VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 September, 2010: Obama at UN today: It’s two states now or one state later

24 September, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Weekly Report: 2 Palestinians Killed; 6 Wounded By Israeli Forces This Week
IMEMC – 24 Sep 2010 – Friday September 24, 2010 – 10:45, In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 16-22 September 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that Israeli forces killed two Palestinians and wounded six civilians this week.

Netanyahu Instructs His Envoy To Remain In the U.S.
IMEMC – 24 Sep 2010 – Friday September 24, 2010 – 09:37, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, instructed his envoy to peace talks, Yitzhak Molcho, to remain in the United States in an attempt to find a solution to the issue of settlement freeze in the occupied territories.

Egypt Detonates Two Tunnels In Rafah
IMEMC – 24 Sep 2010 – Friday September 24, 2010 – 09:03, The Egyptian Authorities detonated, Thursday evening, two siege-busting tunnels east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Abbas in New York; “No Settlement Freeze Means No Talks”
IMEMC – 24 Sep 2010 – Friday September 24, 2010 – 08:19, Speaking to dozens of Palestinians at the Egyptian embassy in New York, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Palestinian Authority will withdraw from peace talks should Israel refrain from halting its settlement activities.

Palestinian Detainees To Go On Hunger Strike
IMEMC – 24 Sep 2010 – Friday September 24, 2010 – 07:36, Approximately 7,500 Palestinian political prisons held by Israel will start, on Saturday September 25, a hunger strike demanding that Israel halt its violations and attacks against them, and to improve their living conditions.

Ma’an News

Toddler killed by tear gas in East Jerusalem
9/25/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian toddler was reported dead late Friday after Israeli forces fired tear gas amid clashes in a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Medics said 14-month-old Muhammed Abu Sneneh suffocated after the gas was fired at residents and their houses in Al-Isawiya. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he had….

Fisherman killed by Israeli fire off Gaza shore
9/24/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The body of a 20-year-old fisherman arrived at a Jabaliya hospital in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, killed by Israeli gunfire off the northern coast, medics said. Spokesman for the Kamal Udwan Hospital said the fisherman was identified as Mansour Baker, and that his body was brought to….

Israeli soldiers shoot protester in Bil’in
9/24/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired live ammunition at protesters at a weekly anti-wall rally in the West Bank village of Bil’in on Friday. Village resident Ashraf Al-Khatib, 31, was shot in the leg with a 0. 22 inch caliber live bullet at the demonstration. The local popular committee said no warning….

Jerusalem remains on lockdown after clashes
9/24/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Checkpoints were erected at the entrances to several Jerusalem neighborhoods on Friday, with soldiers preventing residents from leaving the areas in several cases, witnesses said. Hundreds of police and border officers were deployed around the Old City, with 3,000 in total across East Jerusalem, officials estimated. Israeli Police Commander in Chief….

Gunmen fire on Nablus refugee center
9/24/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Masked gunmen fired on the Jaffa Cultural Center for Refugees in the Nablus neighborhood of Balata on Friday morning, causing material damage to the building, the governor said. Denouncing the attack, Governor Jibrin Al-Bakri issued a statement calling the incident “a criminal targeting of a cultural organization which offers free educational….

At UN, Jordan warns against derailing peace
9/24/2010 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Mideast peace was long overdue, calling on regional leaders to show courage and push for a lasting agreement.”We cannot underestimate the importance of success. . . or the painful cost of failure. All of us….

Netanyahu: Talks will go on if Abbas wants peace
9/24/2010 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — Israeli leaders under pressure to extend a settlement construction freeze in the West Bank reportedly ordered officials to remain in New York until a solution to the stalemate was found. Thursday evening reports by the Israeli news site Ynet said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered a delegation to….

Palestinian-Americans reassured by Abbas
9/24/2010 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) —President Mahmoud Abbas met with Palestinian-Americans from across the 50 states on Thursday, for an hour-long meeting where he reasserted his position on a resumption of settlement construction.”I will say this once in front of you, if they want negotiations, then they will continue with settlement freeze otherwise the….

Hamas lawmaker to file suit against PA security
9/24/2010 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — A Hamas lawmaker said Thursday that he had started proceedings to file a lawsuit against Palestinian Authority security forces to the West Bank’s attorney general. Abdel Rahman Zaidan said more than 100 PA security officers raided his home in Deir Al-Ghusun north of the West Bank city of Tulkarem….

Haniyeh praises Syrian role in Palestine issue
9/24/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Receiving a Syrian delegation in Gaza City, Hamas government Prime Minster Ismail Haniyeh said the “good faith of Damascus” had done much to maintain the integrity of the Palestinian national project. Made up of Syrian parliamentary leaders and members of the state teachers union, the delegation sat with Haniyeh on….

Haniyeh backs PA on refusal to say ‘Jewish state’
9/24/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza government Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said he would reject any US or European demand that Palestine recognize Israel as a Jewish state. During a speech given in a mosque west of Gaza City during the Friday prayer, Haniyeh said that Israel’s demand for recognition as….

In photos: Beit Jala Cultural Festival for Peace
9/24/2010 – MaanImages / Haytham Othman – The Beit Jala Cultural Festival for Peace Cities kicked off on Monday, with art from local and international artists, and performances by Palestinain and international musicians. Beit Jala is a town next to Bethlehem, overlooking the city from a hilltop south of Jerusalem, September 20, 2010….

Ma’an takes part in Jordan tourism workshop
9/24/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Jordan’s Tourism Board invited Palestinian journalists to participate in a 6-day workshop in Jordan beginning Friday. JTB spokesman Khaled Kilani said the delegation would include journalists from Al-Etihad and Hadith Al-Nas newspapers, and the Ma’an News Agency. Journalists would be introduced to the country’s….

Hamas: Gaza will resist
9/24/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The spokesman for Hamas’ military wing the Al-Qassam Brigades said Friday that any attack on Gaza will be met with strong resistance. Abu Obeida’s comments followed remarks made by Israel army commander Eyal Eisenberg, who warned that the next war on Gaza would be a “more painful….

West Bank independents: It’s time for conciliation
9/24/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Independent figures in Nablus called for an end to Palestinian infighting on Friday, as efforts in Damascus continue between Fatah and Hamas officials. In the wake of a meeting between Hamas leader in exile Khalid Mash’al and independent Palestinian figure Munib Al-Masri, and in the shadow of talks going….

Palestine Note

Crazy or not, FBI acted properly in nabbing Chicago terrorist
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – He was only 22 and authorities are saying he was a little out-of-his-mind. But Sami Samir Hassoun could have become one of the most sinister terrorists to strike in America, having placed what he thought was…

I Have a dream
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – My dream is that Israel’s crazy quilt political system morphs into something that gives a future Israel and Palestinian peace agreement a better chance to not only be reached but to also be implemented successfully. In…

Killing Palestinians with Impunity
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – With peace talks underway in Washington; Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt; Jerusalem; then New York, Israel, almost daily, commits crimes of war and against humanity. Some of the latest include: — air strikes against Gaza, killing two Palestinian…

The Chamomile tea party?
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – The Tea Party is angry! I think someone slipped something in their tea- maybe “Red Bull,” or a bunch of “5 Hour Energy” shots, or some Jamba Juice “Strawberry Energizer.” In any case, they are pissed!…

Obama at UN today: It’s two states now or one state later
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – One paragraph in the speech President Obama delivered at the United Nations General Assembly this morning jumps off the page. “If an agreement is not reached, Palestinians will never know the pride and dignity that comes…

Why Mitchell said ‘no’: Hamas is not ready to be ‘engaged’
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – One key difference between Hamas and its rival, the Fatah movement in the West Bank, is that Hamas is accountable to a much more complex set of priorities and expectations. While Fatah is effortlessly co-opted, Hamas…

Lebanon: Peace agreement must include refugee status
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – Washington – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman stated that any peace agreement for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must include Palestinian refugees living in other Arab nations, Ynet News reported…

Is the Mideast peace process a charade?
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – A debate over the seriousness of the Middle East peace process was held in London, where six analysts argued for and against the motion that the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were merely a charade. Shlomo Ben-Ami, historian…

Jonathan Pollard is no hero
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – He was an American Navy analyst who sold American government and military secrets for personal gain and profit. The information he collected and used to obtain vacations, cash, and jewelry placed the lives of thousands of…

Israeli deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon is following me. On twitter.
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – Was it something I tweeted? Or didn’t tweet? I didn’t even know I was posting on twitter (or apparently Facebook also ) until Mr. Ayalon was nice enough to let me know he is a follower of…

Ahmadinejad: Potential end to uranium enrichment
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – Washington – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that he would consider halting uranium enrichment if Tehran was provided with nuclear fuel for its medical research factor in a press conference, Haaretz reported Friday. “Iran insists it…

Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli navy
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – Washington – Fisherman Mohammed Bakr was shot in the chest by the Israeli navy in the sea north of the Gaza Strip, Al Jazeera reported Friday. A spokeswoman from the Israeli military stated that Bakr was…

Israel presses UN to postpone debate on flotilla report
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – Washington – Aharon Leshno Yaar, Israel’s UN envoy in Geneva delivered a statement pressuring the United Nations to stall the analysis and debate on its report regarding the Gaza flotilla evidence that took place on May…

Obama: Ahmadinejad’s comments “hateful” and “inexcusable”
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – Washington – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, declaring that the US was behind the 9/11 terror attacks in an effort to save the “Zionist regime.” US President Barack Obama…

King Abdullah: War by the end of the year if settlement issue not finalized
Palestine Note 24 Sep 2010 – King Abdullah of Jordan warned on the Daily Show with John Stewart that if the issue of the settlement freeze in the West Bank was not finalized by the moratorium expiration date on September 30, there…


IAEA rejects Arab move over Israel
AlJazeera 24 Sep 2010 – UN watchdog rejects resolution calling on Israel to join Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Cyber attack ‘targeted Iran’
AlJazeera 24 Sep 2010 – Malicious software discovered on systems around world could have been designed to target Bushehr reactor, experts say.

Israeli navy kills Gaza fisherman
AlJazeera 24 Sep 2010 – Military spokesperson says troops opened fire on the Palestinian man’s boat because it was “heading towards Israel”.

Ahmadinejad defends 9/11 remarks
AlJazeera 24 Sep 2010 – Iran president challenges UN to set up fact-finding mission to investigate whether attacks on the US were a conspiracy.

Palestine News Network

Troops Use Live Rounds Against Anti Wall Protesters In Nil’in
PNN – Nil’in — PNN — the central West Bank village of Nil’in organized on Friday its weekly anti wall protest on Friday midday. Villagers along with international and Israeli supporters conducted the midday…

Bethlehem Villages Protest The Israeli Wall, Soldiers Use Tear Gas
PNN – Bethlehem — PNN — on Friday villagers from Al Ma’ssara and Al Walajeh, near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. In Al Ma’ssara, the protest started at midday, Israeli and international…

Back To A Beautiful Preschool In Gaza
PNN – ANERA —PNN – All across Gaza, children dressed in their freshly laundered uniforms entered school for the new term. At Baraem Al-Amal wa Al-Mahaba preschool, the blackboard in every classroom boasted huge…

Troops Attack Bil’in Anti Wall Protest, Injuring Four, Including Two journalists
PNN – Bil’in — PNN- Israeli troops used live rounds, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to suppress the weekly anti wall protest at the village of Bil’in in central West Bank on Friday;…

Injured Gaza Fisherman By Israeli Navy Fire Dies Of Wounds
PNN – Gaza- PNN – a Palestinian fisherman was killed on Friday by Israeli navy fire at the shore of Biet Lahiya, a town in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Mohamed Abu…

PCHR: the Israeli Military And Settlers Killed Two Civilians This Week
PNN – PCHRGaza – PNN – This week the Israelis military and settlers killed two Palestinians, and wounded two others; The Palestinian Center for Human Right reported in its weekly report. The report, which…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16-22 September 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Ahmadinejad: Iran may consider ending uranium enrichment
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – If world powers send nuclear fuel which can be used to produce medical isotopes, Teheran will consider halting enrichment says Iranian president.

The ‘Zionist regime’ enters the UN’s Iranian underworld
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – “‘The Jerusalem Post?'” he said incredulously. “You have to leave. And you know why!”

‘I am not a Zionist, I am a Palestinian and a citizen’
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – Balad MK Haneen Zoabi slams Israeli gov’t’s characterization of UN flotilla report as “not objective”, calls ‘Mavi Marmara’ passengers peace activists and blames IDF for boarding ship.

J’lem defeats IAEA resolution targeting Israel
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – Arab-backed resolution calling for Israel to accede to Nuclear Proliferation Treaty narrowly defeated at annual meeting of UN atomic watchdog; Lieberman: Important victory for the moral position against an extreme and hypocritical one.

IAEA assembly votes against resolution to censure Israel
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – Arab-sponsored resolution urging Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which would open its nuclear activities to inspection narrowly defeated at annual assembly of UN’s nuclear watchdog.

Israel warns IAEA against resolution targeting Jewish State
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – Arab-sponsored resolution urging Israel to join Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty could deal “fatal blow” to future cooperation on boosting Middle East security, Israeli delegate says at UN watchdog’s annual assembly.

Noam Schalit leads protest outside Barak’s TA residence
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – Hundreds of demonstrators call for release of Gilad Schalit; hold signs, reading “sorry I voted Barak.”

Hamas reports fisherman killed by IDF fire off Gaza coast
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – IDF confirms naval vessels fired on fishing boat approaching limits of allowed fishing area after it failed to heed warning shots.

16 suspected of involvement in Silwan rioting arrested
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – Police on heightened alert in east Jerusalem and the Old City; view gallery of riots.

Eurovision shows understanding on Israel’s Rememberance Day
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – European Broadcasting Union gives Israel a semi-final slot to avoid performance on sensitive day in 2011 contest.

Postal Company invests NIS 50m to boost same-day delivery
Jeruslalem Post 24 Sep 2010 – Israel Postal Company announces purchase of automatic mail sorting equipment which will enable 70 percent of mail processed by company to be sorted automatically.


Settlers outraged by Obama’s call to continue freeze
Ha’aretz – Settler leaders accuse U.S. President of ‘unacceptable intervention’ in Israel’s affairs; call Netanyahu to resume building in West Bank settlements.

Hamas, Fatah revive Palestinian reconciliation talks
Ha’aretz – Meeting between Hamas leader Khaled Meshal and Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed comes as direct talks between Israel and the PA were renewed this month in Washington.

Clinton meets Abbas as settlement freeze deadline looms
Ha’aretz – U.S. launches last-minute effort to prevent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from collapsing, after the PA president threatened to walk out on talks if Israel wouldn’t extend settlement moratorium.

UN atomic agency rejects Arab-led resolution targeting Israel
Ha’aretz – Arab League chief: Middle East will enter arms race if Israel maintains its nuclear weapons.

Israel warns IAEA against targeting it with Arab-led resolution
Ha’aretz – Israeli IAEA envoy: Adopting this resolution will be a fatal blow to any hope for future cooperative efforts towards better regional security in the Middle East., Jonathan Pollard, a former…

Israeli navy kills Gaza fisherman, Palestinians say
Ha’aretz – IDF confirms naval vessels fired toward fishing boat after it approached the limits of waters where Israel permits Palestinian maritime traffic.

Jordan’s Abdullah: Peace talks failure will drag U.S. into new Mideast war
Ha’aretz – Lack of progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace weakening moderates across the region, Jordanian king tells The Daily Show.

Israel presses UN to stall debate on ‘biased’ Gaza flotilla report
Ha’aretz – Government furious as UN Human Rights Commission preempts results of wider UN probe and separate Israeli probe into fatal raid on aid convoy in May.


When Obama spoke of “the young girl in Gaza who wants to have no ceiling on her dreams” I thought of her (graphic)
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – In his speech to the UN General Assembly on 23 September, U.S. President Barack Obama had a throwaway line typical of folksy American campaign speeches to justify why “this time” the so-called “peace process” would be different:

“Why aren’t the Bedouin treated like Jewish citizens?”
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – The Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib was destroyed for the fifth time in two months on 13 September. Villagers and their supporters watched as it took less than an hour for three bulldozers and at least a hundred police officers to raze the entire community, located just outside of Beersheba in the Negev desert. Jillian…

Palestinian toddler killed by tear gas in East Jerusalem
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – A Palestinian toddler was reported dead late Friday after Israeli forces fired tear gas amid clashes in a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Medics said 14-month-old Muhammed Abu Sneneh suffocated after the gas was fired at residents and their houses in Al-Isawiya. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said he had not received any reports of…

Israeli navy kills Gaza fisherman
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – A Palestinian fisherman has been shot dead by the Israeli navy off the Gaza Strip. “Fisherman Mohammed Bakr died by a bullet by the Israeli navy today in the sea north of the Gaza Strip,” Adham Abu Selmiya, heading the Palestinian territory’s medical services, said on Friday. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the fisherman was…

UN report into flotilla assault places the BBC in bad light
Uruknet September 23, 2010 – A report by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has concluded that Israel committed war crimes in its “clearly unlawful” assault on the Turkish-flagged vessel the Mavi Marmara at the end of May. The report was compiled by a team of four human rights experts who, according to the Guardian newspaper, “condemned the treatment of…

Israel kills as it talks
Uruknet September 23, 2010 – Israeli occupation forces have killed a Palestinian man in the northern West Bank in what eyewitnesses and neighbours described as “a cold-blooded murder” and “extrajudicial” execution. The murder took place at the Noor Shams Refugee Camp on 17 September in an area that is supposed to be under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA)….

Palestinians and the ‘Jewish state’
Uruknet September 23, 2010 – 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. Speaking to a government committee on Sunday, Lieberman said that the guiding principle of the current Palestinian-Israeli…

Another War Zone: Social Media in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Uruknet September 23, 2010 – …Since the mid-2000s, the Israeli state has demonstrated its increasing investment in the value of digital media. Activists opposing the Israeli state’s projects, meanwhile, have fine-tuned their usage of new media tools as well. And while assessments of who lost and who won the successive engagements may vary, it is clear that digital communications technologies…

Is the Mideast Peace Process a Charade?
Uruknet September 23, 2010 – A debate over the seriousness of the Middle East peace process was held in London, where six analysts argued for and against the motion that the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were merely a charade. Shlomo Ben-Ami, historian and former Israeli minister, expressed “serious doubts” on the validity of the negotiations, where both sides were in a “…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16-22 September 2010)
Uruknet September 23, 2010 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (16 — 22 September 2010): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF extra-judicially executed a Palestinian in Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They also wounded two Palestinian children and two human rights defenders. Additionally, a guard of Israeli…

The National

Israel asks Palestinians to remain at peace table
The National 24 Sep 2010 – Netanyahu intensifies contacts with leaders in Washington and other countries to find a compromise on the issue of settlements.

Nuclear watchdog throws out anti-Israel resolution
The National 24 Sep 2010 – The UN atomic watchdog throws out an Arab-backed resolution urging Israel to accede to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

UN to Provide School Kits to Thousands of Palestinian Refugee Children
WAFA – BEIRUT, September 23, 2010 (WAFA)- About 30,000 Palestinian refugee children across Lebanon will receive back-to-school kits this week as part of a United Nations push to reduce the financial

King Abdullah II Warns against any Attempts to Derail Middle East Talks
WAFA – NEW YORK, September 24, 2010 (WAFA)- An end to the Middle East conflict is long overdue, Jordan’s King told the General Assembly Thursday, calling on Israelis and Palestinians to approach the current

Brazil Donates $500,000 for Nahr el-Bared
WAFA – BEIRUT, September 24, 2010 (WAFA)- Brazil has donated $ 500,000 to support relief and recovery activities for Nahr el-Bared displaced refugees for 2010/2011 through the United Nations Relief and

Demo in New York to Boycott Israeli Dance Troupe Batsheva Dance Company
WAFA – NEW YORK, September 24, 2010 (WAFA)-About 40 protesters gathered Wednesday evening to call upon New Yorkers to boycott the Israeli dance troupe Batsheva Dance Company during their performances at the

Daily Star

Israel suggests possibility of settlement compromise
Daily Star 24 Sep 2010 LONDON: The diabetes drug Avandia will no longer be available to patients in Europe and will be restricted in the US over fears it increases the risk of heart attack and strokes, regulators said Thursday.The controversial…

Iran, West may discuss nuclear issue next month
Daily Star 24 Sep 2010 NEW YORK: An Iranian official may meet a representative of the major powers next month to discuss Tehran’s nuclear standoff with the West, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday.”According to previous plans, possibly in October,…

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood’s planning to stand in polls
Daily Star 24 Sep 2010 CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s main opposition group, does not plan to heed calls to boycott November’s elections, a senior member of the moderate Islamist movement said Thursday.”The official decision has still not been announced,” but “…

The Guardian

‘We were looking for a nice, peaceful place near Jerusalem’
The Guardian 24 Sep 2010 – If the construction of settlements in the West Bank is meant to be on hold, why are Israeli buyers being offered new properties on Palestinian land at knock-down prices? The housing project currently under construction in…

Relief Web

Israeli navy kills Gaza fisherman – Palestinians
Relief Web 24 Sep 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Israel plays down scope of future settler projects
Relief Web 24 Sep 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

UN committed to helping achieve Middle East peace, Ban assures Palestinian leader
Relief Web 24 Sep 2010 – Source: UN News Service

Postcards from Gaza
Relief Web 24 Sep 2010 – Source: Christian Aid

Stop The Wall

8th Week against the Apartheid Wall, November 9 — 16 2010
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YNet News

IAEA rejects Arab move targeting Israel
YNet News – In diplomatic victory for US, 51 delegations of UN nuclear watchdog member….

Muslim Golani fighter in sukkah with Ashkenazi
YNet News – Zaid Horani, who was enlisted into IDF combat unit two years ago, chosen to….

16 suspected rioters arrested in east Jerusalem
YNet News – Police remain on heightened state of alert in capital following Silwan shooting….

Jordan’s king warns of war by year’s end
YNet News – In Daily Show interview, Abdullah says if issue of settlement construction….

Report: Palestinian infant dies during east J’lem riot
YNet News – Riots broke out in the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Issawiya Friday night. Dozens of Palestinians clashed with security forces in Silwan. The forces …….

NYC: Efforts to avoid impasse in peace talks
YNet News – Defense Minister Ehud Barak and negotiations advisor Attorney Yitzhak Molcho held a series of meetings with US and Palestinian officials in New York Friday, in an attempt …….

Lebanon: Peace deal must include refugees
YNet News – WASHINGTON — Lebanese President Michel Suleiman spoke before the UN General Assembly Friday and said any future Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement cannot exclude …….

Arab League chief warns of Mideast arms race
YNet News – WASHINGTON — Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa commented on the IAEA decision not to monitor Israeli nuclear facilities warning that “if Israel maintains its …….

‘Great flotilla’ group mounts anti-Israeli campaign
YNet News – While Israel is studying the UN Human Rights Council report probing the events of May’s Gaza-bound aid sail, the organizers are preparing for their next sail, by by …….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian baby killed due to inhaling teargas
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – A Palestinian child died at hospital on Friday evening as a result of teargas inhalation in the northern Jerusalem suburb of Eisaweyyah.

Israeli plan to resume settlement building on Monday
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – Jewish settlers in the West Bank are planning to resume settlement building on Monday after the so called ten-month “freeze” on settlement activity comes to an end.

Islamic Jihad hold Abbas responsible for wellbeing of their detained members
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – The Islamic Jihad in the West Bank held Abbas’s militia responsible for the wellbeing of their kidnapped members, a number of whom were arrested or assassinated by the IOF upon release.

Palestinian fisherman killed by Israeli occupation navy in Gaza
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – A Palestinian fisherman was shot dead Friday morning by the Israeli occupation navy off the shores of the Shati’ refugee camp to the West of Gaza city according to Palestinian medical sources.

15 wounded in confrontations with IOF
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – A Jewish settler on Thursday afternoon fired at a Palestinian youth in Silwan, less than 24 hours after a Palestinian youth was killed by a Jewish settler in the same neighbourhood.

Muslim-Christian Committee warns of increasing influence of Jewish extremists
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – The Muslim-Christian Committee for Jerusalem has warned Thursday of the snowballing influence of the fanatic Israeli settlers and extremist rabbis in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Resheq wants UNHRC recommendations against Israeli be implemented
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – Ezzat Al-Resheq, member of Hamas’s political bureau, has welcomed the report by UNHRC committee that investigated the attack on the Freedom Flotilla accusing Israel of committing war crimes.

Haneyya: We shall remain steadfast on national constants
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – Ismael Haneyya, the Palestinian prime minister, has underlined Thursday that his government as well as the Palestinian people will remain steadfast on Palestinian national constants..

Interior ministry in Gaza unveils crimes of spies in the Strip
PIC 24 Sep 2010 – The Palestinian interior ministry in the Gaza Strip has disclosed Thursday information on a number of heinous crimes committed by collaborators working for the Israeli occupation.

Los Angeles Times

Russia pushing back on tougher sanctions against Iran
LA Times 25 Sep 2010 – Moscow is rallying developing countries to oppose unilateral sanctions on Tehran by the U.S. and its allies. The move raises questions about efforts against Iran, and U.S. ties with the Kremlin. Even as the White House praised Russia for declining to sell antiaircraft missiles to Iran in violation of U.N. sanctions, Russian diplomats were quietly recruiting other countries this week to undercut tougher penalties imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Obama slams Iranian president for 9/11 remarks
LA Times 24 Sep 2010 – Ahmadinejad’s claim that many believe that the U.S. was behind the terrorist attacks is ‘offensive’ and ‘hateful,’ he says. President Obama on Friday condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his claim that most Americans believe that the United States orchestrated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against New York and the Pentagon.

New York Times

U.S. Walks Out as Iran Leader Speaks
New York Times 24 Sep 2010 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a series of incendiary comments about the Sept. 11 attacks in his U.N. address.

World Briefing | MIDDLE EAST: Gaza: Hamas Sentences Man to Death for Spying
New York Times 24 Sep 2010 – The Palestinian militant group charges Omar Kawari with spying for Israel.


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.

East Jerusalem still on edge as 14-month-old baby asphyxiated by Israeli tear gas
Mondoweiss – @import “http://embed.tweetizen.com/embed.css”; The news from East Jerusalem has only grown more grim. Ma’an News and others are reporting on the death of Muhammed Abu Sneneh, a 14-month-old boy who suffocated to death from Israeli tear gas used in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Al-Isawiya. Ma’an reports : A…

Bibi & Barney: Spring Pollard for 3-month freeze extension
Mondoweiss – Rep. Barney Frank is attempting to get House members to sign a letter to President Obama which requests the release of Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. In exchange for Pollard, the US would get a three-month extension on the…

Obama’s peace plan? ‘Annexation first, mini-statehood maybe later’
Mondoweiss – Israel’s self-declared settlement building “moratorium” is set to expire this Sunday, and few expect that it will be extended. Even though the moratorium has meant little on the ground , this decision would still present a challenge to the Obama administration who hopes to keep its peace…

Thank you, we’ve reached our fundraising goal!
Mondoweiss – Thank you everyone! We’ve reached our goal of raising $10,000. This was our quickest fundraising drive to date having hit our mark just nine days from when we posted the appeal. In addition to all the financial support we’ve received, we also want to thank you…

Giuliani and Bolton take the stage in NY to call for war on Iran & anoint the neocon choice for Iran’s next leader
Mondoweiss – Yesterday Mahmoud Ahmadinejad restaged his “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” (or rather, New York) show again, this time using new insane conspiracy theories to dominate the headlines . I’ll do here as we all should — ignore his provocations — as the real issue to follow is…

Misc 2

Israeli Navy Kills Palestinian Fisherman in Gaza
Al-Manar 24 Sep 2010 – A Palestinian fisherman was martyred on Friday after an Israeli navy shot him dead off the blockaded coast of the Gaza Strip, medics in the enclave said. “Fisherman Mohammed Bakr died by a bullet by the Israeli navy today in the sea north of the Gaza…

Abbas May Recognize Israel as A “Jewish State”: Report
Al-Manar 24 Sep 2010 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, after he hinted out that he would stay in “Peace” talks even if the settlements freeze was resumed, Israeli reports said as the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas accused Abbas of selling the Palestinians. Israeli daily…

Clashes Spark in Silwan Neighborhood
Al-Manar 24 Sep 2010 – Clashes between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian youths erupted again on Thursday in the al-Quds. Israeli occupation forces fired tear gas grenades and water cannon to disperse the Palestinians in Silwan neighberhood, as a Border Guard police officer sustained light wounds and was taken to hospital…

Man shot with live ammunition at Bil`in wall protest
Joseph Dana 24 Sep 2010 – 24 September 2010 Bil`in, West Bank. From the Bil’in Popular Committee . Today in Bil’in. Photo by Hamde Abu-Rahma Ashraf Al-Khatib was shot in the leg with a 0.22″ caliber live bullet at the weekly demonstration against the illegal apartheid wall. An international nonviolent activist was also…

Sheikh Jarrah in Silwan: Joint Struggle in Action
Joseph Dana 24 Sep 2010 – Empty gas canisters, a day after the riots in Silwan (photo: Joseph Dana / +972) Since Tuesday evening’s fatal shooting of a Palestinian resident of Silwan by a private settler security guard, clashes have been erupting on the streets of the city. Activists from the SJ movement…

Open letter to OECD regarding decision to host tourism conference in Jerusalem
Global BDS 24 Sep 2010 – 18 September 2010 read more

BDS France calls for demonstrations of support for French activists facing repression
Global BDS 24 Sep 2010 – Colonization, apartheid, refugees It is Israel that is breaking the law It’s Israel that should be brought to justice! In Bordeaux, Perpignan, Mulhouse, Paris and Pontoise, certain activists are soon to appear in court due to their participation in the…

Obama condemns Ahmadinejad speech
BBC 24 Sep 2010 – US President Barack Obama tells the BBC that claims by Iran’s president that the US may have been behind 9/11 are “hateful” and “offensive”.

Gaza fisherman ‘killed by Israel’
BBC 24 Sep 2010 – Doctors in the Gaza Strip say a fisherman has been shot and killed by the Israeli navy off the northern coast of the territory.

IAEA rejects resolution on Israel
BBC 24 Sep 2010 – The members of the UN’s nuclear agency narrowly reject an Arab-backed resolution calling on Israel to join a global treaty limiting nuclear arms.

Obama speaks at the UN… Goodbye to peace

Sabbah report 24 Sep 2010 – By Alan Hart* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On marks out of ten for his speech to the UN on the subject of ending the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I’d give President Obama minus five. Earlier this month (on 4 September) I…

Killing Palestinians with Impunity
Sabbah report 24 Sep 2010 – By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz With peace talks underway in Washington; Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt; Jerusalem; then New York, Israel, almost daily, commits crimes of war and against humanity. Some of the latest include: air strikes against Gaza, killing two Palestinian civilians in another…

Day Three, Mideast Hostage Crisis: Extremists Demand Pollard Release
Sabbah report 24 Sep 2010 – Tanks, Bulldozers And “Einsatzkommando” IDF Squads Poised For Attack By Gordon Duff* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “…the depth of Pollard’s info that he passed on to Russia (amongst others) was as damaging as the Rosenberg’s was during that era. Devastatingly state of the art. Virtually…

Israel makes meeting another Arab a crime
Sabbah report 24 Sep 2010 – By Jonathan Cook * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz A vague security offence of “contact with a foreign agent” is being used by Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, to lock up Arab political activists in Israel without evidence that a crime has been committed, human rights…


Zionist Dialectics
M. Shahid Alam, CounterPunch9/24/2010
“My God! Is this the end? Is this the goal for which our fathers have striven and for whose sake all generations have suffered? Is this the dream of a return to Zion which our people have dreamt for centuries: that we now come to Zion to stain its soil with innocent blood?” – Ahad Ha’am, 1921
This study has employed a dialectical framework for analyzing the destabilizing logic of Zionism. We have examined this logic as it has unfolded through time, driven by the vision of an exclusionary colonialism, drawing into its circuit — aligned with it and against it — nations, peoples, forces, and civilizations whose actions and interactions impinge on the trajectory of Zionism, and, in turn, who are changed by this trajectory.
It would be a bit simplistic to examine the field of interactions among the different actors in this historic drama on the essentialist assumption that these actors and their interests are unchanging. Instead, we need to explore the complex ways in which the Zionists have worked — and, often have succeeded — to alter the behavior of the other political actors in this drama: and, how, in turn, the Zionists respond to these changes. Most importantly, we need to explore all the ways in which the Zionists have succeeded in mobilizing the resources of the United States and other Western powers to serve their specific objectives.
Consider a list of the political actors who have had more than a passing connection to the Zionist project and, who, at one time or another, have affected or have been affected by this project. First, there are the different Zionist factions, the Jewish diaspora and, later, the state of Israel. These entities are overlapping, with the degrees of overlap between any two of them changing over time. The second set of actors consists of Western powers — especially, the United States, Britain, and France — the Christian Zionists especially in the United States, the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe…. more.. e-mail

Why Mitchell Said ‘No’ to Hamas
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch9/24/2010
Not Ready for Manipulation
One key difference between Hamas and its rival, the Fatah movement in the West Bank, is that Hamas is accountable to a much more complex set of priorities and expectations. While Fatah is effortlessly co-opted, Hamas remains confined by ideological standards and the stringiest political space. Although, on one hand this represents Hamas’ greatest strength, on the other it shows just how truly arduous is its political undertaking.
The difference is relevant in light of the resumption of talks between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, followed by another round of talks in the Middle East. Both once more raised the question: can Israel and Fatah achieve peace without Hamas’ involvement?
The question itself can be interpreted in more ways than one. Dan Murphy, writing in the Christian Science Monitor on September 16, asked: Can ignoring Hamas lead to Israeli-Palestinian peace? Murphy, unlike many in the US media, had enough insight to see the issue as worthy of discussion. His use of the word ‘ignoring’, however, is greatly misguided.
“But there’s a crucial missing element that will undoubtedly trouble the Israeli-Palestinian talks as they move ahead. Gaza, the Palestinian enclave ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement, is not at the table,” Murphy wrote. With that he offered his version of what not ‘ignoring’ Hamas requires. Far from ‘engaging’ the party, it simply means placing Gaza, that lonely enclave ruled by Islamic Hamas, on the table.
Gaza, however, is not merely one issue among many. It represents the heart of the matter. The Gaza Strip was placed under siege due to the Hamas’ victory in the 2006 parliamentary elections, which robbed Abbas and his movement from any legitimacy in holding negotiations with Israel…. more.. e-mail

Why Russia will not sell the S-300 Air Defense System to Iran

Gen. Vladimir Ivashov, Information Clearing House 9/23/2010
“In the Interests of Israel” – Has Moscow switched to the camp of its foes?
Russian army chief of staff Gen. N. Makarov broke the news on September 22 that Russia will not sell the S-300 air defense systems to Iran. Regardless of official explanations, it does not take an expert to realize that as a purely defensive system designed to shield a country from aircraft and cruise missile attacks the S-300 complexes cannot pose a threat to any country unless it attacks the one owning them.
As for the standoff between Iran and Israel, Tehran is constantly confronted with threats of massive air strikes, and taking steps to prevent the aggression is a must for any country seeking to sustain peace, especially for a permanent UN Security Council member sharing the responsibility for global security. Aggression is least likely in the situation of military parity or if the potential victim is able to inflict unacceptable damage on the aggressor. Iran’s possession of the S-300 complexes could expose Israel’s air forces to the risk of unacceptable damage in case the letter choses to attack the former. Denying Iran the right to efficient means of self-defense is tantamount to encouraging aggression against it. Isn’t Russia thus helping to unleash a disastrous war in the proximity of its own borders, a war against a country which, by the way, hosts a large colony of Russian specialists? On top of that, the refusal to supply the S-300 complexes to Iran clearly hurts Russia’s political and economic interests.
What could be the motivation behind Russia’s recent decision? Obviously, it stems from several regards. Ostensibly unaware of the existence of Israel’ nuclear arsenal, Moscow has for years been playing the game of taming Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions and voted for sanctions against the country in the UN Security Council…. more.. e-mail

“Why aren’t the Bedouin treated like Jewish citizens?”
Electronic Intifada: 24 Sep 2010 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours interviews Ismael Abu Saad, Associate Professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the founder of the university’s Center for Bedouin Studies and Development, about the history of Bedouin communities and Israeli policy in the region, and the strength of resistance in al-Araqib.more

Abdel Nasser Amer’s “Sweet dreams”
Electronic Intifada: 24 Sep 2010 – Abdel Nasser Amer is an artist who lives and works in the city of Khan Younis in the occupied Gaza Strip. During Israel’s 2008-09 winter invasion of Gaza, Amer’s studio and some of his art were destroyed. Amer won a competition for a six-month residency with the Swiss Visual Artists Association in Neuchatel, Switzerland where he is working on his latest project, Rehaan (the sweet smell of dreams). The Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof interviews Amer to discuss his life and work.more

Goodbye to Peace
Dissident Voice: 24 Sep 2010 – On marks out of ten for his speech to the UN on the subject of ending the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I’d give President Obama minus five. Earlier this month (on 4 September) I wrote a piece with the headline “Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby”. That surrender, it seems to me, is now effectively a fait accompli. “After 60 years in the community of nations, Israel’s existence must not be a subject for debate,” Obama proclaimed. “It should be clear to all that efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will only be met by the unshakeable opposition of the United States.” Leaving aside the matter of whether Zionism’s monster child is legitimate or not (I say it’s not), only a complete idiot would deny that Israel exists. The question is — WHICH Israel must not have its existence…more

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