19 September, 2010 — VTJP
International Middle East Media Center
Syrian Aid Ship Arrives In Al Arish Port
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Monday September 20, 2010 – 00:54, Lieutenant Hisham Al Janayni, assistant-director of Al Arish Port, stated that a Syrian aid ship heading to Gaza had arrived at Al Arish Port in Egypt on Sunday evening, and that the ship will be towed to the dock in order to be emptied under the supervision of the Red Crescent before the supplies are sent to Gaza by land.
Artery Of Life 5 Arrives In Paris
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 19, 2010 – 23:17, The “Artery of Life 5” solidarity convoy heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies, arrived in Paris on Sunday, and was welcomed by hundreds of French peace activists and Palestinians living in France.
Hamas Leader Arrested By Egypt
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 19, 2010 – 11:20, Egyptian security sources reported Sunday that a senior Hamas leader was arrested by Egyptian security officers at the Cairo International Airport.
Artery Of Life Starts Its Trip From London
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 19, 2010 – 07:42, The Artery Of Life 5 solidarity flotilla had officially kicked of its trip to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies and challenge Israel’s 4-year old illegal siege on the coastal region.
Sudanese Migrant Killed, Three Wounded By Egyptian Border Police Fire
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 19, 2010 – 03:43, Egyptian medical sources reported Saturday that a Sudanese man was killed and three others were wounded by Egyptian Border Police Fire while trying tin infiltrate into Israel to seek work.
Medics: Gaza resident injured by Israeli fire
9/19/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was injured on Sunday when Israeli forces opened fire while he collected aggregate near the border area in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, medical sources told Ma’an. The source said Nader Ghubun, 23, was injured in his right leg during the incident and was transferred to the….
Lawyer: Detainees at Huwara prison suffer malnutrition, food poisoning
9/19/2010 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Palestinian detainees held in Israeli detention are suffering from food poisoning and malnutrition, a human rights lawyer said Sunday. Ahmad Tubasi said the administration of Huwara detention center does not provide sufficient food, and often just an egg and yoghurt is provided. The food is often rotten, he added. Detainee Saed….
Official: Israel to cut off East Jerusalem villages
9/19/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel began construction on Wednesday to separate Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem from the rest of the city, a local committee leader said. Head of the anti-settlement committee in the Shu’fat refugee camp Khader Salamah said Israeli authorities had erected 9- 12-meter concrete blocks around the military….
Israeli FM wants to exclude Palestinians
9/19/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for Israel’s borders to be redrawn to exclude some Palestinian citizens, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Speaking ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting, Lieberman proposed a shift in the principle of peace talks, which he said “must not be land….
Court rules selling land to Israel is capital offense
9/19/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian court in Jerusalem ruled Thursday that selling land to Israel was a capital offense. Judge Ta’et At-Twil ruled that the act of selling – or attempting to sell – land to a foreign country was a criminal offense which could result in the death penalty. Under the instruction of….
Border guards chase Palestinian workers near Jerusalem
9/19/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Border Guards patrolling the area between Jerusalem and Bethlehem chased a car of Palestinian workers on Sunday morning entering Israel by the Tsur Hadassah area, an Israeli source said. The source said during the chase, the Israeli military vehicle hit the Palestinian car, injuring two officers. Six Palestinians were detained….
Group tries to strike Israel from Sinai
9/19/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian security are closely monitoring its border with Gaza after receiving information that a group of Palestinian militants were attempting to infiltrate Egypt’s Sinai to launch several projectiles toward Israel, an Egyptian security source said. The source said reports received by security forces were conflicting, with one suggesting….
Lieberman: Freeze excuse to undermine talks
9/19/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Palestinian demand for an extension to Israel’s temporary moratorium on illegal settlement construction in the West Bank was an excuse used to undermine talks, Israeli media reported Saturday. According to the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, Lieberman told his British counterpart….
Netanyahu: No extension to settlement freeze
9/19/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would not extend restrictions on settlement construction, due to expire later this month, Israeli press reported. Netanyahu’s refusal comes despite widespread international pressure, from the US and UN amongst others, to extend the partial 10-month moratorium. President Mahmoud Abbas….
Hamas intelligence chief detained at Cairo airport
9/19/2010 – CAIRO, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egypt detained a top Hamas security official at the Cairo International Airport, an Egyptian security source said Sunday. The official was identified as the Hamas government’s General Security Service Commander Muhammad Dabaeesh, also known as Abu Radwan. The source said the detention was made in connection to a….
Report: Abbas, Peres to meet in US
9/19/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas and his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres are scheduled to meet in the US on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting this week, a senior Israeli source told the Israeli daily Haaretz on Sunday. According to the daily, Peres will urge Abbas to continue negotiations as the….
Carter book slams Obama policy on settlements
9/19/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Former US President Jimmy Carter has criticized President Barack Obama for backtracking on his initial commitment to a complete halt to West Bank settlement construction in his latest book, Israeli media reported Saturday. Carter also disparaged fellow Democrat and former president Bill Clinton over his policy on Israel settlement expansion, writing….
Israel opens 2 Gaza crossings
9/19/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian crossing officials were informed that Israel would open two crossings into Gaza on Sunday for the transfer of goods, fuel and animal feed, an official said. Raed Fattouh said between 190 and 200 truckloads of goods would be permitted entry into the coastal enclave through the Kerem Shalom crossing….
Gaza resident says shot in family brawl
9/19/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Gaza resident said Sunday he was shot by family members in a family brawl. The resident said he sustained gun shot injuries to his right arm and left leg, and was transferred to the Kamal Adwan Hospital for treatment….
Gaza: Assailants set fire to water park
9/19/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Unknown assailants set fire to a water resort park on Sunday west of Gaza City, causing extensive damage, owners said. Ala Al-Araj, the chairman of the Crazy Water resort’s board, said assailants poured fuel around the resort at 3 a. m and set fire to it, after tying….
Society urges EU to base ties with PA on ‘respect for human rights’
9/19/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian civil society urged the EU on Sunday to base its relations with the Palestinian Authority on the respect for human rights, a statement read. Al-Haq said it was “deeply concerned with the deteriorating human rights situation on the ground,” as the EU is set to meet with the PA….
Hamas says assassination ‘fuel for resistance’
9/19/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The spokesman for Hamas’ military wing the Al-Qassam Brigades warned Israel on Sunday against “continuing its crimes against resistance fighters in the West Bank” following the assassination of a leader by Israeli forces in Tulkarem. Abu Ubaida vowed that the killing of Iyad As’ad Shelbaya “would not….
Barghouthi: Israel insists on killing chances for peace
9/19/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel insists on “killing chances for peace” and “assassinating the peace process” with settlements and the wall, Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouthi said Sunday. The PNI leader said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s comments that Palestinians were using a call to extend a moratorium on illegal West Bank….
Allenby to partially operate over Jewish holiday
9/19/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities informed Palestinian Authority police that the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the West Bank will be partially functioning over the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a report issued Sunday read. Throughout the holiday, which lasts until 29 September, the crossing will be open from between 8 a. m. and….
Israel closes Allenby Bridge
9/19/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities closed the Allenby Bridge to travelers entering the West Bank from Jordan on Sunday without notice. Jericho police spokesman Raed Abu Gharbeiyah said Israeli officials informed the Palestinian Authority that the crossing would close immediately. Israeli authorities cited an overwhelming influx of travelers entering the West Bank as the….
Hamas: PA detained 14 affiliates
9/19/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas accused Palestinian Authority forces of detaining 14 party affiliates across the West Bank overnight, a statement issued Sunday read. The Islamist movement said PA Preventive Security Services detained its members in the northern West Bank districts of Salfit, Tulkarem, Nablus and Jenin and the southern districts of Hebron and Bethlehem….
‘Great book robbery’ aims to document looting of books during 1984 war
Palestine Note 19 Sep 2010 – A Dutch-based organization is currently working on producing a documentary on the looting of books and manuscripts during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The organization is called 2911 Foundation and was established in February 2010 in Amsterdam…
Libererman: Negotiations must tackle issue of Israeli-Arab ‘loyalty’
Palestine Note 19 Sep 2010 – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman suggested on Sunday that “disloyal” Arab-Israelis should take Palestinian citizenship. “The question of Israel’s citizens needs to be one of the central issues on the negotiating table, in light of the…
A letter to president Abbas, prime minister Netanyahu and secretary Clinton
Palestine Note 18 Sep 2010 – The Peace process begins again, so scream the headlines, with the almost unstated sigh that there seems as little hope now as there was two years ago when they broke down. Yet there is a group…
Not a word
Palestine Note 18 Sep 2010 – I came across an op-ed by Daniel Gordis (If This Is Our Future. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=174863 ) describing how Jewish Brandeis University students protested having Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren as a commencement speaker. Gordis expressed displeasure that the protesters…
Iran retracts detaining US troops
AlJazeera 19 Sep 2010 – Semi-official news agency retracts story stating that seven soldiers were held after trying to enter country illegally.
Israel FM proposes redrawing border
AlJazeera 19 Sep 2010 – Avigdor Lieberman says peace deal should allow Israel to incorporate settlements, while excluding Arab citizens.
Lebanon general decries judiciary
AlJazeera 19 Sep 2010 – Former general Jamil al-Sayyed says he would respond to court summon only if Lebanon’s judiciary is ‘de-politicised.’
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (08-15 September 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
PA affirms death penalty for land sales to Israelis
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – The PA says the land law is necessary to prevent the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Gunmen destroy Gaza City water park
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Hamas had closed site on legal pretexts, after warning against men and women mixing at parties there.
Olmert: US agreed to accept 100,000 Palestinian refugees
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – There’s no difference between the views of George W. Bush and Obama on Israel, former PM says.
Olmert: US was ready to absorb 100,000 Palestinian refugees
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Former prime minister also says he “wrote things as they were” in his autobiography regarding Barak’s desire to join Kadima; Defense secretary slams remarks as “pathetic, not deserving of reaction.”
Olmert says he wrote things ‘as they are’ in his memoirs
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Former prime minister says he couldn’t write about Kadima without saying who wanted to be in Kadima and who later called it a party of refugees.
Egyptians on edge in Sinai over possible Hamas attacks
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Officials say top Hamas security official Mahmoud Dababash arrested in Cairo airport with fake documents as Cairo fears attempted rockets attacks on Israel.
Egyptians on edge in the Sinai over possible Hamas attacks
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Official say top Hamas security official Mahmoud Dababash arrested in Cairo airport with fake documents as Cairo fears attempted rockets attacks on Israel.
Gaza water park burned down after shut down by Hamas
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Owner of “Crazy Water” park, which was shut down for allowing mixed bathing, says over 40 masked men tied up guards and torched them using gasoline.
Top Hamas security official arrested in Cairo airport
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Mahmoud Dababash (Abu Radwan) was traveling with falsified documents from Saudi Arabia to Gaza; Egypt on high alert for Sinai rocket attack.
Netanyahu: No change in stance on Judea, Samaria freeze
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – PM says he’s committed to Israel’s security needs, vows to ensure situation will not lead to missiles being fired at civilians like in Gaza, Lebanon.
Report: Hizbullah successfully tests new missile in Iran
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Iranian “Fatah 110” has a range of 200 km, capable of reaching Ashdod, Jerusalem; Lebanese terror group reportedly has list of priority targets.
‘Arab-Israelis should be main issue of negotiations’
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – FM Avigdor Lieberman says the guiding principle in talks with Palestinians should be exchanges of land and population, not land for peace.
Report: Syria welcomes US push for peace talks with Israel
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – Syrian officials call American efforts to renew diplomatic track with Israel “a declaration of good intentions,” but question if in Israel there is a partner “willing and able to make peace.”
Israelis, Palestinians tackle issues on football field
Jeruslalem Post 19 Sep 2010 – The Judean Rebels is the first West Bank franchise in Israel’s amateur American tackle football league.
Edelstein: Anti-Israel reports led to anti-Semitic incident
Jeruslalem Post 18 Sep 2010 – “It is easy to boycott Israel when you don’t know what you are talking about,” says Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister.
Ahmadinejad: Iran economy isn’t suffering from West’s sanctions
Ha’aretz – Iranian President tells American television that Iran has ‘no problem’ with sanctions, and insists that the country is actually benefiting from them.
Report: Egypt warns of immediate terror threat from Sinai
Ha’aretz – Hamas militants reportedly smuggled Grad rockets from Gaza to Egypt, with intention of firing them at Israel and Jordan.
Clinton urges Iran to reject military expansion
Ha’aretz – U.S. Secretary of State concerned about rise of military power in Iran, says many Iranians also having second thoughts about the direction the government is headed.
Netanyahu: We tried and failed to stop Russian missile sale to Syria
Ha’aretz – Russian plans to go ahead with the delivery of P-800 anti-ship missiles to Syria is “problematic” for Israel, PM tells cabinet., Dutch Foreign Ministry cancels tour because participant list includes…
Hamas official detained in Egypt believed to have information on Shalit
Ha’aretz – Relatives of Mohammed Dababish, a top Hamas intelligence officer in the Gaza Strip, say he was arrested at Cairo airport while returning from a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Netanyahu: ‘No change’ on West Bank settlement freeze
Ha’aretz – PM defies international pressure to salvage MIddle East peace talks by extending moratorium.
Militants torch Gaza water park shut down by Hamas
Ha’aretz – Forty unidentified militants storm tourist resort, tying and beating gurads before setting buildings ablaze.
Lieberman: Peace talks must reassess Israeli-Arabs’ right to citizenship
Ha’aretz – With the Palestinians refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, negotiations must tackle issue of Israeli-Arab ‘loyalty’, foreign minister says – prompting accusations of ‘apartheid and ethnic cleansing’ from…
Report: Hamas leader Meshal met Egyptian spy chief in Mecca
Ha’aretz – Islamist group’s political chief in Saudi Arabia for new attempt to broker reconciliation with Fatah faction.
Mubarak: No such thing as a state that is only Jewish
Ha’aretz – In interview on Channel 1, Egyptian president says framework peace deal could be reached within months; calls for Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
IOF shoots Gazan workers, 1 injured
19 Sep 2010 – Gaza, September 19, (Pal Telegraph Nader Ismail Ghaben (23 years), was moderately wounded when shot by Israeli occupation forces north of the town of Beit Lahia in the northern of the Gaza Strip. A spokesman of the military medical services, Adham Abu Salmeyah, said that the Israeli occupation forces opened fire on Palestinian workers who were working in collecting gravel…
IOF closes a gate in Tulkarem
19 Sep 2010 – Tulkarem, September 19, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupying forces closed last night Khirbet Jabara gate, south of Tulkarem in the northern of the West Bank, and prevented the citizens and residents from passing through causing panic and overload between the hundreds of villagers.
IOF erects new checkpoint in Nablus
19 Sep 2010 – Nablus, September 19, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces detained dozens of Palestinian vehicles today morning at a checkpoint in Nablus, in the West Bank. Local witnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces erected a new checkpoint at the entrance to the village of “Assira” north of Nablus and detained a number of Palestinian vehicles which were traveling in both directions….
Gunmen burn one of Gaza’s major resorts
19 Sep 2010 – Gaza, September 19, (Pal Telegraph) One of the “Crazy Water” Park’s owners held the Palestinian government in Gaza responsible for the huge fire that broke out in the resort early today, while the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Gaza’s government said that investigations are being made to uncover the circumstances of the crime, and those who will turn out to…
Israel partially opens Gaza’s commercial crossings
19 Sep 2010 – Gaza, September 19, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces decided today to open the Kerem Abu Salem and Karni commercial crossings for the entry of dozens of trucks carrying aid and fuel to the Gaza Strip following the closure of two long days.
Israel’s foreign minister demands Arabs be stripped of citizenship
Uruknet September 19, 2010 – Israel’s foreign minister demanded yesterday that some of Israel’s Arab citizens be stripped of their citizenship and transferred to a future Palestinian state. In comments that infuriated Arab Israeli legislators, Avigdor Lieberman, the head of the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, said the country’s borders should be redrawn to exclude any Israeli Arab who does not…
Medics: Gaza resident injured by Israeli fire
Uruknet September 19, 2010 – A Palestinian was injured on Sunday when Israeli forces opened fire while he collected aggregate near the border area in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, medical sources told Ma’an. The source said Nader Ghubun, 23, was injured in his right leg during the incident and was transferred to the Kamal Adwan Hospital. An Israeli military spokeswoman…
The Destruction of the Mamilla Cemetery: Desecration of a Sacred Site
Uruknet September 19, 2010 – The Ma’man Allah (Mamilla) Cemetery was the oldest Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem with graves dating back to the seventh century, comprised of 33 acres and tens of thousands of graves. After 1948 the Israeli ministry that maintained the site reassured world leaders that this important religious site would be cared for in perpetuity. Less than…
First Bush’s Torturers ‚Äî Now Obama’s Assassins
Uruknet September 19, 2010 – Many thought that the Obama White House would take a very different stance on the overt and systematic violation of human rights which had become infamous policy in the US “war on terror” under G.W. Bush. Instead, aside from a cosmetic banning of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and an unfulfilled pledge to close the notorious Guantanamo…
Israel Denies Gazans Access to Their Own Land and Waters
Uruknet September 19, 2010 – Throughout 43 years of occupation, Israel has waged war on Palestinians’ human rights and civil liberties, a new UN report providing more evidence that keeps mounting exponentially, adding clarity about an out-of-control rogue state operating lawlessly. On August 10, Haaretz writer Akiva Eldar cited it in an article headlined, “UN report: IDF barring Gazans’ access…
Official: Israel to cut off East Jerusalem villages
Uruknet September 19, 2010 – Israel began construction on Wednesday to separate Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem from the rest of the city, a local committee leader said. Head of the anti-settlement committee in the Shu’fat refugee camp Khader Salamah said Israeli authorities had erected 9- 12-meter concrete blocks around the military checkpoint at the camp’s entrance, isolating Ras…
IDF still using banned weapon against civilian protestors
Uruknet September 19, 2010 – The Israel Defense Forces continues using the Ruger 10/22 rifle to disperse protests even though it has been prohibited by the military advocate general, a hearing at a military court revealed last week. A brigade’s former operations officer told the court he wasn’t even aware of the prohibition. Last Wednesday, the Judea Military Court convened…
Gaza: The Enduring Siege
Uruknet September 18, 2010 – Much attention has been paid to Israel’s “easing” of its siege of Gaza in early July 2010. Palestinians in Gaza now have access to previously banned items like pasta and chocolate. However, there is no freedom of movement for people and goods. In other words, Gaza remains under siege as it has since 2006, almost…
Void of Responsibility: Israel Military Policy not to investigate Killings of Palestinians by Soldiers (Full Report)
Uruknet September 18, 2010 – According to a new report that B’Tselem published today on 14 Sept. ’10, the Israeli army’s policy not to investigate the killing of Palestinian civilians exempts soldiers from accountability, even when criminal offenses are suspected. Even in the few cases in which investigations are opened, routine procrastination by the Judge Advocate Generals’ Office leads to…
Report: Gaza-bound Syrian aid ship sets sail
Uruknet September 18, 2010 – An aid boat destined for Gaza set sail Saturday from the Syrian port of Tartous, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported. State Minister for the Syrian Red Crescent Basahr Al-Shaar said the ship will bring 650 tons of humanitarian aid, including 40 tons of medical supplies, and will travel to Gaza via the Egyptian…
US and Iran battle for Syrian affections
The National 19 Sep 2010 – Analysis The tug of war continues as Washington seeks a Middle East peace deal, Tehran argues that the US has no place in the future of the region’; but Damascus gives a reserved response to both diplomatic visits.
Israel’s foreign minister demands Arabs be stripped of citizenship
The National 19 Sep 2010 – Avigdor Lieberman has suggested some of Israel’s Arab citizens be stripped of their citizenship and transferred to a future Palestinian state.
Clinton urges Iran people to reject military expansion
The National 19 Sep 2010 – The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is urging the people of Iran to reject what she says is an expansion of the Iranian military’s role and power.
Jewish Activists Organise Boat, Ready for Voyage to Gaza
Alternative Information Center – Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), in cooperation with members of the German Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, have organized a boat for Gaza. The group announced last week (15 September)…
UN Human Rights Council to Discuss Jerusalem’s Mamilla Cemetery
Alternative Information Center – Representatives of Jerusalem’s Mamilla Cemetery and the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance, set to be built on top of the cemetery, are scheduled to meet before the United National Human Rights Council during October.
Gush Shalom: Dutch Ban on Settlement Mayors Warning Sign on the Wall
WAFA – TEL AVIV, September 19, 2010 (WAFA)- ‘Your association has fully earned the public humiliation of having the Dutch Government refuse to receive its delegation, which included the municipal
PCRF Refers Young Palestine Patient to Moorfields for Expert Eye Treatment
WAFA – DUBAI, September 19, 2010 (WAFA)- The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) has referred another young patient to Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai (Moorfields) – the Dubai branch of the Moorfields Eye
Netherlands Cancels Tour by Israeli Mayors over Settlers’ Presence
WAFA – TEL AVIV, September 19, 2010 (WAFA)- The Netherlands on Sunday cancelled a tour of the country by a forum of Israeli mayors because their group included representatives of West Bank settlements, the
Lieberman: Peace Talks Must Reassess Israeli-Arabs’ Right to Citizenship
WAFA – TEL AVIV, September 19, (WAFA)- Israeli Arab politicians responded furiously Sunday to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s suggestion suggesting that ‘disloyal’ members of that sector should take
OPT: Palestinian Civil Society Urges the EU to Base its Relations with the Palestinian Authority on Respect for Human Rights
Relief Web 19 Sep 2010 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Human Rights Council holds General Debate on Human Rights Situations that require the Council’s attention
Relief Web 19 Sep 2010 – Source: UN Human Rights Council
OPT: Week in Review – Talks Continue Amid Criticisms and Obstacles [September 11 – September 18]
Relief Web 18 Sep 2010 – Source: MIFTAH
Iran has ‘no problem’ with sanctions
YNet News – President Ahmadinejad makes annual trip to New York to attend UN General….
Shalit family continues Jerusalem protest
YNet News – Few ministers visit Noam and Aviva Shalit’s protest tent outside prime….
Nuclear museum to open in Beersheba
YNet News – Not a word on Israel’s alleged nuclear program in center aimed at teaching kids….
Lieberman: Zoabi can run for Hamas
YNet News – Foreign minister says peace talks should focus on exchange of ‘both territories,….
PA arrests Hamas men in West Bank
YNet News – Palestinian security makes preemptive arrests after Hamas threatens to avenge….
Israeli official: We’ll sell arms to Russia’s enemies
YNet News – Jerusalem angered at sale of Russian cruising missiles to Syria, calls it ‘prize….
Report: Syria wants talks, but Golan first
YNet News – Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reports Syrian officials commend US move towards peace with….
Carter: Obama backtracked on freeze
YNet News – In new book, former US president slams successors Clinton, Obama for allowing….
Israel to allow first import of cars to Gaza since 2007
YNet News – Israel will allow the import of private vehicles into the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2007, the military said Sunday. The “transfer of vehicles for the …….
Deri: Freeze made Ovadia curse Abbas
YNet News – Sorrow over the construction freeze in the West Bank and in particular east Jerusalem caused Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to wish death on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and …….
Olmert: US agreed to absorb 100,000 Palestinian refugees
YNet News – Ehud Olmert said that during his tenure as prime minister he had reached an agreement with the Americans for them to absorb 100,000 Palestinian refugees as part of a …….
Doctor says Netanyahu in good health
YNet News – After the deterioration of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s health, Israel is particular cautious about the prime minister’s medical condition. In accordance with the …….
‘Palestinians plan to fire rockets from Sinai’
YNet News – Egypt’s security forces on Sunday declared a heightened state of alert in Sinai after receiving information that members of Palestinian organizations, who infiltrated the …….
PM ‘troubled’ by missiles sold to Syria
YNet News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said the sale of Russian cruise missiles to Damascus was “a problematic and troubling matter” and that Israel “must prepare …….
Hamas: Death sentence for drug dealers
YNet News – Hamas approved a law permitting the death sentence for drug dealers and up to seven years behind bars for drug users, thereby stepping up its war on drugs in the Gaza …….
Palestinian Information Center
Netherlands cancels visit by Israeli delegation including settlement heads
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – The Netherlands has cancelled a tour of its country by an Israeli delegation including representatives of Israeli settlements in the West Bank set to take place next month.
Lieberman pushes to deport Palestinians
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – Avigdor Lieberman said the principle Israel must stick to during peace talks with the Palestinian Authority is exchanging land and populations instead of trading land for peace.
Jihad movement accuses PA of targeting its staff in arrest campaign
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – Islamic Jihad has accused the PA security militia of launching an arrest campaign against resistance movement supporters throughout the West Bank, especially in the northern regions.
Palestinian female prisoners complain against Nashon
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – Forty Palestinian female prisoners sued the Israeli Nahshon unit that is specialized in quelling prisoners for maltreatment.
Syrian ship sets sail for Gaza via El-Arish
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – A Syrian ship loaded with around 650 tons of relief material has set sail from the port of Tartus en route to Gaza Strip via the Egyptian port of El-Arish, a Syrian official source said on Sunday.
Hawara prisoners suffer food poisoning after served bad food
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – The international Tadhamon foundation for human rights said prisoners in the Hawara detention center near Nablus are suffering from malnutrition, while noting some cases of food poisoning.
Palestinian worker wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – A Palestinian citizen was wounded on Sunday morning when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at him north of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip.
Lieberman: “Settlement freeze” will not be renewed in late September
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will continue to build settlements on Palestinian lands after the partial settlement freeze’s set date of expiry in late September.
Civil defense teams control fire in Gaza water park
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – Civil defense squads controlled a fire that erupted in Gaza city’s “Crazy Water” marine resort at dawn Sunday.
Report reveals Israeli policeman killed Palestinian in Tel Aviv intentionally
PIC 19 Sep 2010 – A research unit under the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights released a report Saturday revealing new details in the death of Hazem Adel Abu al-Dhai’at, 22, from Old City, Jerusalem.
Sarah Shourd feels only ‘one-third free’ after Iran prison release
LA Times 19 Sep 2010 – In comments after returning to the U.S., she expresses gratitude to Iranian leaders but notes that her fiance, Shane Bauer, and their friend, Josh Fattal, remain imprisoned. An American woman who spent 410 days in an Iranian prison said Sunday that she hoped her plight and that of two companions still imprisoned in Iran would nudge Washington and Tehran toward improved relations and that the “humanitarian gesture” that led to her freedom would not go unrecognized.
Armenians worship in eastern Turkey, and for some it’s bittersweet
LA Times 20 Sep 2010 – Hundreds attend a service at the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, the first held there since 1915, when a wave of violence nearly destroyed one of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East. A Sunday service at a historic church in eastern Turkey underscored both the desire for reconciliation between Turks and Armenians and the hurdles that remain nearly a century after a violent massacre of Armenians.
Ahmadinejad Wants Release of Iranians Held in U.S.
New York Times 19 Sep 2010 – As a hiker held in Iran for 13 months arrived in the United States, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said that the United States, as “a humanitarian gesture,” should now release eight Iranians.
HEBRON REFLECTION: “Captain, Where Is Your Sense of Decency?”
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – I wondered what was going on in your heart. I had often encountered you on the streets before this day, and most often I observed you as a decent policeman trying to do your job. This day I saw something so different in you.
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.
Israel Insists On Killing Chances For Peace
Palestine Monitor – Israel insists on “killing chances for peace” and “assassinating the peace process” with settlements and the wall, Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouthi said Sunday. The PNI leader said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s comments that Palestinians were using a call to extend a moratorium on…
How Israel views its public relations problem
Mondoweiss – This ad is currently running on Haaretz for a new website set up by the IsraeliMinistry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Here is the site’s introduction: Going abroad? Meeting foreigners on a visit? Be ambassadors for Israel! Many of us, whether we’re traveling or living…
Harvard students: Peretz invitation ‘lends legitimacy and respectability to views that can only be described as abhorrent and racist’
Mondoweiss – The following letter was recently delivered to the organizers of the Social Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration: Dear Professor Tuck and Dr. Bernstein, We are writing on behalf of the Harvard Islamic Society, Harvard-Radcliffe RAZA, Society of Arab Students and Latinas Unidas. In a recent blog post…
Murder by way of national insanity
Mondoweiss – I arrived at the Haifa District Court with a deep sense of foreboding. On my way there, as I drove through Arrabeh’s sleepy streets (It is Ramadan and most fellow Moslem villagers go back to sleep after their dawn meal and prayer.) I saw clear signs…
Le Moyne students hear Finkelstein despite calls to cancel lecture
Mondoweiss – A small group of faculty members convinced Le Moyne College officials to permit Norman Finkelstein to lecture at their school, despite an organized campaign to persuade Le Moyne to cancel the event. The week before Finkelstein was scheduled to appear, a number of local Rabbis, a…
It’s not about cultural merit
Mondoweiss – In yesterday’s Ha’aretz , Gideon Levy argues for the abandonment/removal of Israel’s illegal settlements from an uncommon standpoint: He lambasts the settlements, as civic/economic/aesthetic entities, for their lack of contribution to the betterment of Israeli society, and says that this ‘uselessness’ is why we need to stop…
Largest Land Flotilla Convoy En-Route to Gaza
Al-Manar 19 Sep 2010 – Four months after being injured on board the Mavi Marmara ship, one of the participants of late May’s Gaza-bound flotilla on Saturday joined what organizers are calling “the largest flotilla yet.” A large land convoy has begun making its way from around the world to…
Four arrested in Beit Ummar; Demonstration violently attacked
Joseph Dana 19 Sep 2010 – Four demonstrators arrested during a demonstration calling for the release of 17 year-old Youssef Abu Maria. A boy runs away from tear-gas after soldiers attacked the demonstration. Picture credit: PSP A large group of Palestinians, joined by a dozen international activists, marched towards Karmei Tsur settlement,…
Israeli army invades Nabi Saleh to thwart a demonstration
Joseph Dana 19 Sep 2010 – Soldiers and armored military jeeps invaded the village of Nabi Saleh in the army’s weekly attempt to frustrate the demonstration there. One Danish activist was arrested and one Palestinian activist was beaten unconscious. Around 60 people — Nabi Saleh residents, including many of the village’s children,…
Feeling the loyalty to the Jewish State of Israel
Joseph Dana 19 Sep 2010 – The Israeli Knesset is debating a bill proposed by David Rotem of the extreme right Yisrael Beiteinu party that would require all Israeli citizens to swear loyalty to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state.” This bill is targeted at increasing pressure on the 20 percent…
Military prosecution demands more than two years imprisonment for Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah
Joseph Dana 19 Sep 2010 – Abdallah Abu Rahmah at the Ofer Military Court. Photo by Oren Ziv/activestills.org Military prosecutor said harsh sentence should serve as a deterrent to other protesters. Despite military orders to the contrary, army officer said 0.22‚Ä? caliber bullets are considered crowd control measures.The sentencing phase in the…
JCSER: “Bound Palestinian Shot To Death By Israeli Policemen”
Sabr 19 Sep 2010 – Saturday September 18, 2010 12:42 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies The Documentation and Research Unit at the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) reported Saturday that the Palestinian resident from Jerusalem who was shot by an Israeli soldiers in Tel Aviv on…
Palestinian prisoners go on hunger strike to protest IPA abuse
Sabr 19 Sep 2010 – [ 18/09/2010 – 05:08 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )— Palestinian prisoners in all Israeli jails have announced they will go on hunger strike next Saturday Sept. 25 in protest of the heightened abuse they have recently suffered from the Israeli prisons authority (IPA). “The IPA has launched…
IOF troops detain 5 demonstrators including journalist
Sabr 19 Sep 2010 – [ 19/09/2010 – 09:31 AM ] AL-KHALIL, ( PIC )— Israeli occupation forces (IOF) quelled on Saturday the Beit Ummar, Al-Khalil district, weekly march protesting the confiscation of the village land to build the “separation wall”. The IOF command blocked Palestinian farmers from heading to their land, threatened…
Gaza man arrested in transit at Cairo airport over links to Hamas
Sabr 19 Sep 2010 – [ 18/09/2010 – 03:32 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— Egyptian authorities arrested a Palestinian man six days back in the Cairo International Airport on his return trip from Makkah after performing Umrah in the holy land, sources in Gaza said, adding that police gave no justification for…
Iran calls for US hiker ‘gesture’
BBC 19 Sep 2010 – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls on the US to release Iranian citizens after Tehran freed on bail a US hiker it accuses of spying.
Released US hiker thanks Iran
BBC 19 Sep 2010 – Sarah Shourd, one of three US hikers held for more than 13 months, has thanked Iran for her release.
Master of spin
BBC 19 Sep 2010 – Iran President Ahmadinejad is a savvy media operator
Israel Denies Gazans Access to Their Own Land and Waters
Sabbah report 19 Sep 2010 – By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Throughout 43 years of occupation, Israel has waged war on Palestinians’ human rights and civil liberties, a new UN report providing more evidence that keeps mounting exponentially, adding clarity about an out-of-control rogue state operating lawlessly. On August…
(en) Palestine-Israel, Another week of joint struggle the Israeli radicals participated in
A-infos 19 Sep 2010 – Palestine-Israel, Another week of joint struggle the Israeli radicals participated in with the special contribution of the anarchists against the wall. Within the 1948 borders the struggle against the transfer of the Bedouins of the south of the Arakiv village drew many activists. This week activists…
VIDEO – The Destruction of the Mamilla Cemetery: Desecration of a Sacred Site
Sylvia Schwarz, Sabbah9/19/2010
Non-Jewish remains at the Mamilla Cemetery were disposed of along with tombstones and other debris in construction dumpsters.
The Ma’man Allah (Mamilla) Cemetery was the oldest Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem with graves dating back to the seventh century, comprised of 33 acres and tens of thousands of graves. After 1948 the Israeli ministry that maintained the site reassured world leaders that this important religious site would be cared for in perpetuity.
Less than fifteen years later, in the 1960s a park was built in part of the cemetery and a parking lot covered another part. These were followed by a school, football field, underground parking garage, and road. Electrical wires were laid in other sections.
The final few acres were dug up just before the beginning of Ramadan, in the middle of the night (as can be seen on the CNN video) so that Israel can build the ‘Museum of Tolerance’ in conjunction with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the United States.
An enormous amount of knowledge was lost with the destruction of the Mamilla Cemetery, according to St. Paul based archaeologist, John E. Landgraf, Ph.D., because the era since the end of the Byzantine period and the beginning of the Islamic conquest (around 638 CE) up to the present day is the least known period of history in the Middle East generally. There is much to be learned by examining skeletal remains, headstones, and tombs. However, the Israeli Department of Antiquities, which has recently been taken over by the Orthodox Rabbinate, does not allow any human skeletal remains to be examined; Jewish remains must be re-interred as quickly as possible out of respect, whereas non-Jewish remains at the Mamilla Cemetery were disposed of along with tombstones and other debris in construction dumpsters. more.. e-mail
Jewish Groups Denounce ‘Museum of Tolerance’ Builder Simon Wiesenthal Center for Support of Islamophobia
Alex Kane, 9/17/2010
A coalition of four Jewish groups, backed by a wide array of peace and justice organizations, held a demonstration Sept. 16 outside the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in New York, denouncing the organization’s opposition to the Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.
Organized by Jews Say No!, American Jews for a Just Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, about 100 demonstrators walked in front of the museum on East 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan, chanting “Islamophobia isn’t pretty, it has no place in New York City” and “Islamophobia is a shame, New Yorkers say not in our name.”
“If you’re going to put tolerance in your name, you got to put it in your game, and the Museum of Tolerance has not done that,” Jon Moscow, an activist with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, told members of the press. “Statements that its leaders have been making have been feeding this frenzy of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.”
As the Cordoba House controversy, manufactured and fueled by far-right blogs and the right-wing press, heated up, Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, appeared on Fox News in early August and criticized the proposed Muslim community center.
The Park 51 Muslim community center, of which the Cordoba House interfaith center will be a part, has sparked an acrimonious national debate over Islam and religious freedom, setting the stage for an upsurge in anti-Muslim sentiment across the United States.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center describes itself as an “international Jewish human rights organization” that promotes “human rights and dignity.” more.. e-mail
Due to Gaza closure, 40,000 students refused from UNRWA schools
* UNRWA can’t meet enrollment demand because of ban on construction materials
* UNRWA needs to build 100 schools, none built since 2007 closure
* UNRWA schools have specialized curriculum on human rights and critical thinking, not available in government schools Notebooks and pens are in, construction materials are out
Despite Israel’s promise to ease the closure of the Gaza Strip, the Gaza school year opened this week with a severe shortage of classrooms. While for the first time in three years Israel has allowed the import of school supplies for government schools in Gaza, the almost absolute ban on the import of construction materials has left students with lots of pens and notebooks but without classrooms. Human rights studies — not for all
UNWRA needs 100 new schools to meet the enrollment demands of the children of Gaza. But despite the “easing” of the closure, building materials for the construction of schools have not been approved to enter Gaza since 2007. Therefore, UNRWA has had to turn away 40,000 children eligible to enroll in its schools for the academic year that began yesterday. Students at UNRWA schools study a specialized curriculum in human rights and critical thinking, not available in government schools. Furthermore, according to UNWRA records, students in its schools score 20% higher than government school students on international aptitude tests. Students being turned away from UNRWA schools is only one consequence of the classroom shortage in the Gaza Strip…. more.. e-mail
Israel Insists On Killing Chances For Peace
Palestine Monitor: 19 Sep 2010 – Israel insists on “killing chances for peace” and “assassinating the peace process” with settlements and the wall, Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouthi said Sunday. The PNI leader said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s comments that Palestinians were using a call to extend a moratorium on illegal West Bank settlement building to undermine peace talks were ” another confirmation that Israel uses negotiations to cover its expansionist policies and not for peace.” Barghouthi said settlement expansion was not deterred by the moratorium, pointing to developments in occupied East Jerusalem, which was excluded from the freeze. He said Israel was planning to build a 12 meter concrete wall sectioning off parts of the occupied city, which would isolate residents in the Shu’fat refugee camp, Ras Khamis, Ras Shehada and Anata villages from Jerusalem. Barghouthi further denounced attacks against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention, calling for an escalation in popular resistance in support…more
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