Israel hides behind ‘armed conflict’ By Julia Romasevych

17 September, 2010 — Radio Netherlands Worldwide

The Israeli military failed to investigate the killings of hundreds of Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories between 2006 and 2009, according to a report by an Israeli human rights group.

B’Tselem claims that Israeli soldiers who kill Palestinian civilians are almost never held accountable which creates a climate of impunity.

The problem is largely created by the Israeli Supreme Court, which classified the situation in the occupied territories as an ‘armed conflict’. This is in contradiction with the principles of international law.

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The fight is not over

22 September, 2010 – Hope Not Hate

Over the past year we have achieved some major victories. We annihilated the BNP in Barking & Dagenham and Stoke-on-Trent. We defeated 26 of its 28 councillors up for re-election, removing the BNP from council chambers across the country. More recently, in seeing off an English Defence League march in Bradford, we built such a large campaign in the community that a new, more positive spirit has taken hold in the city.

This is all down to you.

Thousands of you got involved in our campaign – leafleting, signing petitions and giving money. Over 1,500 people got involved in our Barking & Dagenham campaign alone and over 7,000 of you made donations.

But the fight is not over. We are living in difficult times and as the cuts begin to bite so the likelihood is that the BNP will begin to regroup.

I have written a campaign memo about the coming dangers and I would like you to be the first to read it.

However, the threat from the far right is not just in the ballot box. Racism and Islamophobia is rising in our society as people become more scared and insecure about their own situation. The racist English Defence League is tapping into this darkening mood. We need to work in the communities to win people away from these racist ideas and, through community organising, use the threat of the EDL to actually bring people together.

I will shortly be letting you know how you can get involved in our campaign, but for now I would like you to read the campaign strategy I’ve mapped out that can beat the BNP at the ballot box and see off the EDL in our communities.

This year we have achieved an amazing amount but there is still work to be done. With your help and involvement I have no doubt that we can win again and ensure that HOPE triumphs over hate.


Palestinians and the ‘Jewish state’ By Lamis Andoni

22 Sep 2010 — Al Jazeera

If Palestinians recognised Israel as a Jewish state they would be effectively legitimising their own dispossession.

Avigdor Lieberman is at it again. The right-wing Israeli foreign minister wants the Palestinian Authority (PA) to effectively accept the expulsion of Palestinian-Israelis (or Israeli-Arabs as they are known inside Israel) as part of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 21 September, 2010: US Kills 19 People In Pakistan

21 September, 2010 — Information Clearing House

The “Right Thing” in Iraq?
A Depressing Statistic
By Gary Leupp
58% of U.S. residents believe that the U.S. “did the right thing” in going to war in Iraq. This reflects the fact that most have been persuaded that combat is over, the troops having succeeding in toppling a dictator and establishing a democracy.

‘Pakistan Will Always Support the Taliban
Newly Disclosed Documents Shed More Light on Early Taliban Offers, Pakistan Role
By Jeremy R. Hammond
The Taliban were “’looking for a way out’ of the problem with bin Laden”. The U.S. was urged to “find a way to compromise with the Taliban”, and possible “ways that the U.S. and the Taliban might use to break the impasse” were suggested, including “the possibility of a trial in a third (Muslim) country”

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 21 September, 2010: Farmers vs. settlers: Some killings more ‘moral’ than others

21 September, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli settlers raid olive orchards, attempt to steal olive
IMEMC – 21 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 21, 2010 – 18:18, A number of Palestinian civilians were wounded in clashes with Israeli settlers who invaded the olive orchards that belong to the Palestinian farmers in the village of Burin, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

P.A Security Forces Arrest Hamas Legislator From Tulkarem
IMEMC – 21 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 21, 2010 – 10:54, The Security Forces of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, arrested Hamas legislator from Tulkarem, Eng. Abdul-Rahman Zeidan, after breaking into his home on Tuesday at dawn. He was released an hour later.

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