VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 25 September, 2010: Clegg now singing off Zionist hymn-sheet

25 September, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Following The Killing of Jerusalem Infant, Clashes Renew Leading To Dozens Of Injuries
IMEMC – 25 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 26, 2010 – 00:51, After an infant from Al Esawiyya in East Jerusalem died due to teargas inhalation on Friday, clashes were reported Saturday evening between dozens of residents and Israeli soldiers leading to dozens of injuries among the residents.

Palestinian AP Cameraman Deliberately Targeted, Beaten By The Army
IMEMC – 25 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 26, 2010 – 00:15, The Palestinian Journalists Union reported Saturday that Nasser Shiokhy, a cameraman working for the Associated Press, was deliberately attacked and beaten by an army commander and a group of soldiers in his battalion in Bethlehem and Beit Ummar near Hebron.

Fateh, Hamas Officials Meet In Syria
IMEMC – 25 Sep 2010 – Saturday September 25, 2010 – 10:17, Officials of the rival Fateh and Hamas movements held on Friday a meeting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and reportedly managed to achieve some progress in dissolving disagreements regarding the Egyptian Unity Document.

Fisherman Killed By Israeli Navy Fire
IMEMC – 25 Sep 2010 – Saturday September 25, 2010 – 09:45, Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian fisherman was shot and killed by Israeli Navy fired on Friday morning off the shores of the Al Shaty’ refugee camp west of Gaza City.

Infant Dies In Jerusalem After Inhaling Gas Fired By The Army
IMEMC – 25 Sep 2010 – Saturday September 25, 2010 – 08:31, Palestinian medical sources in occupied East Jerusalem reported that a 1—year-old infant died in Al Esawiyya town in occupied East Jerusalem after inhaling gas fired by the army at dozens of youths who hurled stones at them after invading the town.

Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Bil’in Weekly Protest, One Palestinian wounded
IMEMC – 25 Sep 2010 – Saturday September 25, 2010 – 08:06, As local residents of Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, accompanied by dozens of Israeli and international peace activists, held their weekly protest against the Wall and settlements, Israeli soldiers violently attacked them and fired rounds of live ammunition wounding one resident with a live round; several protesters were also wounded as the army fired gas bombs and rubber-coated bullets.

US peace activists’ homes raided by FBI due to alleged support of PFLP
IMEMC – 25 Sep 2010 – Friday September 24, 2010 – 23:41, The US government conducted raids on the homes of at least three families in Chicago and Minneapolis on Friday, seizing property, papers and computers, and claiming that the activists had donated money to the left-wing group called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Ma’an News

Settlers break freeze with 20 mobile homes
9/25/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — At least 20 caravans were installed on a hilltop outside the Revava settlement in the northern West Bank district of Salfit on Saturday, a day ahead of an anticipated end to the Israeli moratorium on settlement construction. Head of the local council of Deir Istiya said settlers he believed were from….

Blackouts to resume in Gaza as fuel runs out
9/25/2010 – GAZA (Ma’an) – Gaza Strip’s only power station stopped one of its generators on Saturday morning due to fuel shortages as crossing terminals into the Strip remain closed for a third day in a row. According to the Gaza Energy Authority’s spokesman Jamal Dardasawi, the plant is down to one….

Israeli forces restrict access to West Bank village
9/25/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — All entrances to the village of An-Nabi Salih were closed off early on Saturday morning and the southern Atara checkpoint was closed to vehicle traffic, village officials told Ma’an. Passengers waiting at the Atara checkpoint were told that it would remain closed until 10 p. m. at night, but….

AP photojournalist detained at Beit Ummar rally
9/25/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted and detained Associated Press photojournalist Nasser Shiyouki on Saturday as he covered the weekly anti-wall protest in Beit Ummar near Hebron, witnesses said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said Shiyouki physically confronted forces and refused to adhere to soldiers’ requests to step back. She said the photographer was….

Detainees in Israeli jails announce hunger strike
9/25/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails announced a hunger strike on Saturday to protest prison conditions. The strike was in response to abuse by Israeli guards and the escalation of arbitrary procedures carried out by the Israeli prison administration, a statement from the Prisoners’ Society said. Head of the society….

VIDEO – Women take on public art project in Gaza
9/25/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Graduates of Gaza’s Fine Arts programs were invited to participate in a project: painting on the walls of an UNRWA compound in Gaza City. The women in the program felt an acute responsibility to participate, in what would be the first ever public art project involving both sexes….

Over 2,000 stranded Palestinians enter Gaza from Egypt
9/25/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Crossings Administration said 2,231 Palestinians stranded on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing were permitted entry into Gaza over the week, a statement issued Saturday read. The majority of those returning were patients having completed their treatment in Egyptian hospitals, the report detailed. Additionally, 3,051 individuals traveled….

Abbas makes sideline trip to Statue of Liberty
9/25/2010 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — “Liberty can’t be perfected without liberating Palestine and securing its independence,” Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said on his way to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York on Friday. Accompanied by Fatah central committee members Nabil Sha’ath and Muhammad Shtayya, alongside a delegation of Palestinian….

Hamas: Militant dies after treatment in Egypt
9/25/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas’ military wing the Al-Qassam Brigades said Saturday that a fighter, wounded by Israeli forces a week and a half earlier, had died. The statement said that Mahmoud Amarin, 22, was injured east of Gaza City on 15 September in circumstances that were not made clear. Amarin, from the….

Arab League chief: No talks without freeze
9/25/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Arab League chief Amr Moussa said Saturday ongoing Palestinian-Israel peace talks would be brought to an end if Israel did not commit to halting settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In an interview with Arab-language satellite network Al-Arabiya, Moussa also said he had no doubts over US President….

Abbas: My people have been waiting 60 years
9/25/2010 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas criticized the UN for failing to adapt “old mechanism” to meet present needs, during a speech Saturday before the UN General Assembly.”Mr President, enforcing the role of the UN and all its agencies, at the top of which is UNRWA, is important. I know you are….

Hamas, Fatah ‘closer than ever’ to unity deal
9/25/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah and Hamas leaders, who met in Damascus Friday evening, have agreed on several disputed points in the Egyptian reconciliation document, according to a joint statement released after the meeting. According to the statement, read to reporters by Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq, the sides also laid out a plan to….

Hamas says PA escalating arrest campaign
9/25/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas officials in the West Bank accused Palestinian Authority security serviceson Saturday of escalating a campaign to detain affiliates. In a statement, the Islamist movement said dozens of party leaders and supporters were arrested overnight in Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron, adding that one detainee was taken to hospital. Hamas has….

21 detained at Allenby Bridge crossing
9/25/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police said Saturday that around 27,000 travelers crossed the Allenby Bridge between the West Bank and Jordan during the week. A police report added that 21 Palestinians “wanted for various criminal acts” were apprehended at the border crossing, and were transferred to prosecution to commence legal proceedings. Israeli forces….

DFLP, Fatah officials meet in Damascus
9/25/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The leader of a Palestinian leftist faction and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad met in Damascus on Saturday to discuss recent developments in efforts to secure a unity deal with Hamas, a party source said. A source within the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Secretary-General Nayef Hawatmeh….

Ma’an Research Unit continues community consultations
9/25/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Ma’an’s research unit organized workshops in West Bank and Gaza on Wednesday, leading discussions with media and local professionals on the role of the Media in Palestine. The West Bank session was held at the Modern Media Institute of Al-Quds University in Ramallah, lead by Head of….

PA to support olive oil farmers
9/25/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Agriculture will not fix olive oil prices ahead of the 2010 harvest season, the minister said, announcing a new mechanism of support for farmers. Minister Isma’il D’eiq told Ma’an on Saturday that rather than fix prices, the ministry….

Palestine Note

Egypt frees top Hamas official
Palestine Note 25 Sep 2010 – Egypt freed on Friday Mohammed Khamis Dababesh, a top Hamas security official after holding him for 10 days on allegations of involvement in smuggling to the Gaza Strip and the killing of an Egyptian border guard,…

Aljazeera

Abbas urges end to settlements
AlJazeera 25 Sep 2010 – Palestinian president calls on Israel not to resume building in the West Bank when a moratorium on construction ends

Iran ‘attacked’ by computer worm
AlJazeera 25 Sep 2010 – Iran’s nuclear agency trying to combat a virus capable of taking over systems that control power plants, media says.

Palestine News Network

Clinton Encourages Continued Peace Talks As Settlement Freeze Is Set To End
PNN – New York — PNN – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the weekend and encouraged him to not walk out on peace negotiations. The Settlement…

Attacks Escalate; Young Man Dies Of Wounds in Gaza, Soldiers Kill A Baby In Jerusalem
PNN – Gaza Jerusalem— PNN – A young man from Gaza City was announced dead on Saturday morning after succumbing to wounds he sustained earlier this month. Mohamed Al Amareen, 21 years old, was…

Peaceful Demonstration Rapidly Suppressed With Violence In Al Ma’sara
PNN – Alessandra Bajec — PNN – This Friday around thirty Palestinian, Israeli and international protesters gathered in Al-Ma’sara after midday prayers to march against the wall. The small village of Al-Ma’sara, south of…

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

Settlers prepare for end of West Bank building freeze
Jeruslalem Post 25 Sep 2010 – As Washington tries to broker moratorium compromise to prevent talks from collapsing, Likud MK Danny Danon says activists plan to lay the cornerstone of a new neighborhood in the Revava settlement.

International Solidarity Movement

Weekly protests: man shot with live ammunition
9/25/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 26 September – Brutal suppression of the Palestinian popular struggle continues: A Palestinian man was shot in the leg with live ammunition in Bil`in, while live rounds were also fired in Ni`lin and An-Nabi Saleh, where rubber-coated steel bullets were fired at children. In Beit Ummar a Palestinian man was beaten unconscious by Israeli forces yet….

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: French human rights activist arrested at West Bank protest
9/25/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 26 September – Beit Ummar, West Bank – French activist Bruno de Ginestet-Puivert, 21, was arrested by Israeli authorities on Saturday 25 September demonstrating alongside Palestinians in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar, near Hebron. He is believed to be charged with assaulting an officer, though witnesses say this allegation is completely baseless. The regular weekly….

Ha’aretz

Islamic Movement: Israeli Arabs will reject peace achieved by current PA leaders
Ha’aretz – Deputy leader of Islamic Movement’s northern branch rejects Lieberman offer for Israel-Palestinian land swap, says only exchange he would agree to would see Lieberman return ‘to his country.’

Two teens die of laughing gas overdose
Ha’aretz – Police arrest two combat soldiers for allegedly stealing laughing gas tank from dental clinic from which cousins Omer Tzur and Avishai Klomeks, both 18, inhaled.

Argument over cigarette ends in stabbing murder in Be’er Sheva
Ha’aretz – 14-year-old stabbed to death overnight; police arrest nine suspects, including eight minors.

Jerusalem Police remain on alert after holiday rioting
Ha’aretz – Prayers on the Temple Mount end uneventfully; 16 Palestinians arrested overnight on suspicion of having participated in Wednesday’s riots.

As settlement freeze expiration looms, U.S. makes final effort to halt peace talks breakdown
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu orders chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho to extend his stay to deal with peace talks crisis; Abbas to meet U.S. Mideast envoy Mitchell.

Abbas: Our wounded hands still capable of holding olive branch
Ha’aretz – Palestinian President accuses Israel of long list of grievances during address before United Nations General Assembly.

Netanyahu: Fidel Castro has a deep understanding of Jewish history
Ha’aretz – PM, President Peres voice appreciation for remarks by former Cuban president, who said that Israel ‘undoubtedly’ has a right to exist.

Despite canceling missile deal, Russia still opposes Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – ‘The unilateral sanctions are a violation, even without mentioning the legal aspect of the issue,’ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says., U.S. Secretary of State is scheduled to meet Syrian…

UN Chief slams Ahmadinejad’s ‘unacceptable misuse’ of UN platform
Ha’aretz – In his speech Thursday to annual summit of world leaders, Ahmadinejad raised the possibility that ‘some segments within the U.S. government’ orchestrated 9/11 attacks.

Arab League chief: No peace talks if Israel continues building
Ha’aretz – Continued negotiations cannot proceed if settlement freeze lifted, as it will threaten the territorial integrity of the new state of Palestine, Moussa says.

U.S. congressmen to Obama: Free Pollard to facilitate Mideast peace
Ha’aretz – Jonathan Pollard, a former civilian intelligence analyst, was sentenced to life in U.S. prison in 1987 on charges of spying for Israel.

IOF raids Hebron, erects checkpoint
25 Sep 2010 – Hebron, September 25, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces erected on Saturday morning a checkpoint at a junction south of Hebron in the West Bank. Security sources said that the Israeli occupation forces established a military checkpoint and wreaked havoc among the citizens and detained a number of their vehicles. Sources also added that the Israeli occupation forces raided neighborhoods and…

Israeli settlers sieze lands in WB
25 Sep 2010 – Nablus, September 25, (Pal Telegraph) Dozens of acres were seized by Israeli settlers on Saturday morning in the villages of “Deir Estia” and “Hares” located to the west of “Salfit” in the West Bank. The mayor of “Deir Estia” village, Nazmi Salman, said that Israeli settlers have put 20 mobile-houses on the territory that belongs to the Palestinian citizens. Salman…

Interview with Richard Falk, U.N. Rapporteur on Human Rights
25 Sep 2010 – Palestine, September 25, (Pal Telegraph – The Hindu) -Richard Falk, the United Nations Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Israeli-Occupied Territories of Palestine, is sceptical whether the negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, guided by the U.S., would produce results, unless the Hamas is taken on board and Israel returns to the pre-1967 position….

Uruknet

Committee of Independent Experts on Gaza War
Uruknet September 25, 2010 – On September 21, the UN Human Rights Council’s independent fact finding Committee issued its report titled, “No Safe Place,” assessing “investigat(ions) and report(s) on violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law during” Operation Cast Lead. Its members included: — Professor John Dugard, Chairman, former UN Special Human Rights Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine; —…

Settlers break freeze with 20 mobile homes
Uruknet September 25, 2010 — At least 20 caravans were installed on a hilltop outside the Revava settlement in the northern West Bank district of Salfit on Saturday, a day ahead of an anticipated end to the Israeli moratorium on settlement construction. Head of the local council of Deir Istiya said settlers he believed were from Revava installed the mobile…

Clegg now singing off Zionist hymn-sheet
Uruknet September 25, 2010 – In the space of a few short years Nick Clegg has shot from obscurity to stardom in British politics, joining Conservative leader David “I’m-a-Zionist” Cameron at the head of Britain’s new coalition government. Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, is deputy prime minister and gets to play PM from time to time, like now…

Iran could halt higher enrichment: Ahmadinejad
Uruknet September 25, 2010 ‚Äî President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran would consider halting its 20 percent uranium enrichment if the West provides the fuel for a medical reactor in Tehran, ISNA news agency reported on Saturday. “Whenever they give us the fuel and we are in possession of it, we can examine a halt” in enriching uranium to 20…

US peace activists’ homes raided by FBI due to alleged support of PFLP
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – The US government conducted raids on the homes of at least three families in Chicago and Minneapolis on Friday, seizing property, papers and computers, and claiming that the activists had donated money to the left-wing group called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The peace activists called the raids a preposterous fishing…

Talks now uncertain
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) continue to assert near diametrically opposed stances with regards to virtually all core issues, including conditions for the continuation of talks. This week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who is coming under a hail of criticisms from Palestinian and Arab quarters for succumbing to Israeli and American bullying, has warned…

Still Waiting After 60 YearsRamadan in Aida Camp
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – …Aida Camp exists today as it has done since 1950. It exists as a refugee camp because today, like for the last 60 years, there are Palestinian refugees and because Palestinians are still denied their rights. Today in Aida Refugee Camp, people wait for the sun to set so that they can quench their thirst…

Sukkot: Festival of Lies Over Palestinian Shooting Death by Settler Guard
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – Daniel Dukarevich has written a powerful account of the events of yesterday, during which a young Palestinian from Silwan, Samir Sirhan, 34, and father of five, was shot to death by an Israeli private security guard paid by the government to “protect” settlers who’ve stolen homes from long time local Arab residents. This is part…

UN atomic watchdog rejects resolution against Israel
Uruknet September 24, 2010 ‚Äî The UN atomic watchdog rejected Friday an Arab-backed resolution against Israel which the United States and its Western allies feared could have jeopardised newly relaunched Middle East peace talks. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on the last day of its annual general conference, voted against a non-binding resolution urging Israel to accede to the…

From Coexistence to Conquest: the international law origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict 1891 1949
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – The Palestinian cause has been, and will remain the most important issue in the Arab world until it is resolved in accordance with international and humanitarian laws. Many people have approached the issue and have discussed it showing at times thought and knowledge, at times not; it has been discussed both intellectually and as an…

The True Meaning of ‘Jewish Democracy’
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – Racism is a normal thing in a state that identifies itself as an ethnic democracy. Israeli officials forcefully declare Israel as the “Jewish democratic” state. Yet there is a basic contradiction between the principals of democracy and having a state built to cater to one of its ethnicities. Minority inclusion, cosmopolitanism and universal protection of…

Goodbye to PeaceObama Speaks at the UN
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – …”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…

Guilty As Charged: UN Report on Gaza Flotilla Massacre
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – On September 22, Reuters headlined the news, saying:

Israel’s Laughable Promise
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – …Whatever “compromise” Netanyahu reaches, the senior government official has made it perfectly clear that “there cannot be zero construction” in West Bank settlements. Nor does it seem that the Obama administration, which only a year ago announced it would abide by nothing short of a complete and unconditional halt to all settlement construction‚Äî”not some settlements,…

Palestinian Detainees To Go On Hunger Strike
Uruknet September 24, 2010 – 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. Riyadh al-Ashqar, head of the Media Department at the Ministry of Detainee in Gaza, called on the Palestinian people to act in…

The National

Hamas and Fatah lay out process for reconciliation
The National 25 Sep 2010 – Leaders from two groups hold ‘friendly’ talks in Damascus, agreeing to hold another meeting designed to bring about peace between the rival Palestinian factions

Abbas and US envoy negotiate terms for peace talks
The National 25 Sep 2010 – The Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met George Mitchell, the US Middle East peace envoy, yesterday to discuss a Palestinian threat to leave peace talks with Israel unless it extends a moratorium on West Bank settlement construction.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

President Abbas: Israel Must Choose Between Peace and Settlment Activities
WAFA –

NAM: Vital Role Should Be Played in ME
WAFA – NEW YORK, September 25, 2010 (WAFA)- The Ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) reaffirmed their conviction that a vital role should be played by the Movement to lead its efforts in pursuit of a

Revava Settlers Set up Caravans on Deir Istia before Sunday Deadline
WAFA – NABLUS, September 25 (WAFA) — Tens of Acers of Deir Istia lands were seized by the Revava settlers, setting up a number of caravans on it. On Sunday, Israel’s 10-month moratorium on building

IOF Blocks Ramallah’s Entrances
WAFA – RAMALLAH September 25, (WAFA) – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed Saturday morning the Ramallah entrances. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli soldiers in Atara Checkpoint prevented in the

Relief Web

Middle East peace push faces settlement deadline
Relief Web 25 Sep 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

OPT: Week in Review – Tensions Over Settlement Moratorium Spike; Jerusalem Under Lockdown [September 19- September 25]
Relief Web 25 Sep 2010 – Source: MIFTAH

With United Nations Credibility, Leadership Role in Jeopardy, World Leaders Warn Only Radical Overhaul’ Can Bring Organization Fully into Twenty-First Century
Relief Web 24 Sep 2010 – Source: UN General Assembly

Stop The Wall

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

Syria critical of UN for not censuring Israel
YNet News – State-owned paper says IAEA decision not to censure Israel over its refusal to….

Egypt, Hezbollah reps meet in Lebanon
YNet News – Cairo’s consul in Beirut meets senior Shiite group member in charge of ties with….

Hamas, Fatah slated to resume reconciliation talks
YNet News – While no solution emerges for deadlock in direct talks, future appears hopeful….

Egyptian FM: Slim chance for peace deal
YNet News – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned Israel it would bear the blame if the peace talks break down over the issue of settlements. “If Israel fails in its …….

Abbas: Israel must choose between settlements and peace
YNet News – VIDEO – “Israel must choose between settlements and peace,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly in New York on Saturday. He called on …….

Palestinians throw firebomb at Jerusalem flat
YNet News – An apartment in Jerusalem’s Abu Tor neighborhood was set ablaze Saturday evening when Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at it. Firefighters were alerted to the …….

Bibi: Castro’s remarks on Jews show his ‘deep understanding’
YNet News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Fidel Castro’s affirmation of Israel’s right to exist, saying he was full of admiration for the former Cuban leader. …….

Israel: Settlers prepare for end of building freeze
YNet News – Israeli settlers have hauled bulldozers, cement mixers and other construction equipment into a Jewish settlement deep inside the West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian …….

Claims of intimidation at Egypt police abuse trial
YNet News – The family of an Egyptian man allegedly beaten to death by two policemen accused local authorities of intimidating witnesses and the victim’s supporters during the trial …….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF troops quell Palestinian peaceful march
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked a Palestinian peaceful march in Beit Ummar village that was protesting the IOF decision blocking Palestinian farmers from cultivating their land.

Resistance leaders sit in at Gaza to support Palestinian prisoners
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – Palestinian faction leaders and other speakers at a press conference on Saturday agreed to escalate efforts supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Radwan: Hamas earnestly interested in reconciliation
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – Dr. Ismail Radwan, a Hamas leader, has asserted that his movement was earnestly seeking inter-Palestinian reconciliation, and asked the Ramallah authority to embark on positive steps.

Gaza power crisis returns with Jewish holidays
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – The electricity crisis in Gaza returned because of the Jewish holidays, during which Israel closed Gaza’s crossings and stopped entry of industrial fuel required to operate the power station.

Palestinian community in US: Abbas only met with Jewish community
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – The Palestinian community in the US has denied that de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas had met with its members, affirming that he only met with a limited number of PA employees.

25 refugees arrested in raid against central Baghdad Palestinian community
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – The Palestinian-Iraqi League said forces from the Iraqi interior ministry known as the “commandos” arrested several Palestinian refugees in one of the largest Palestinian communities in the country.

Egyptian sources: Dababesh and Naim were released after contacts made by Hamas
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – Egyptian sources said that the release of Hamas official Mohamed Dababesh and the health minister’s son Mohamed Naim happened following contacts and top meetings between Hamas and Egypt.

MP Zeidan demands PA to explain its violation of his immunity
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – Hamas lawmaker Abdelrahman Zeidan called on the Palestinian authority for stating its position clearly towards the attack waged by its militias on his home last week.

Jerusalemite MPs facing exile go on hunger strike in solidarity with prisoners
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – The Jerusalemite MPs threatened with exile on Saturday morning went on hunger strike at the Red Cross headquarters in Jerusalem as a step of solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners.

Settlers build new outpost west of Salfit
PIC 25 Sep 2010 – Zionist settlers from Revava settlement established on the land of Deir Estiya and Hares villages, northwest of Salfit district, seized tens of dunums of Deir Estiya village on Friday night.

Los Angeles Times

Why Mexico is not the new Colombia when it comes to drug cartels
LA Times 25 Sep 2010 – Comparisons took on a new urgency after a statement by Hillary Clinton, but a careful look at tactics, targets and the nature of the foe shows they’re apples and oranges. Car bombs. Political assassinations. Battlefield-style skirmishes between soldiers and heavily armed adversaries.

U.S. scrambles for compromise to keep direct Mideast peace talks going
LA Times 25 Sep 2010 – With Israel preparing to resume construction on disputed West Bank land and Palestinians threatening to walk out of the negotiations in protest, U.S. officials seek a way to bridge their differences. U.S. officials scrambled Saturday to find a compromise to a dispute threatening new Middle East peace talks, with Israel preparing to resume construction on disputed West Bank land and Palestinians threatening to walk out of negotiations in protest.

New York Times

Iran Fights Malware Attacking Computers
New York Times 25 Sep 2010 – The agency that runs Iran’s nuclear facilities said that its engineers were trying to protect facilities from a virus.

Egypt and Thirsty Neighbors Are at Odds Over Nile
New York Times 25 Sep 2010 – Upstream countries have joined in an attempt to break Egypt and Sudan’s near-monopoly on the water.

U.S. Tries to Breathe Life Back Into Mideast Talks
New York Times 25 Sep 2010 – American diplomats shuttled furiously between Israeli and Palestinian officials at the United Nations, but there was no sign of a breakthrough.

Misc

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.

No One Was Safe
Palestine Monitor – “No one was safe”, once Israeli soldiers began using live ammunition on board the Mavi Marmara, says an authoritative UN investigation team into the Israeli attacks on the Gaza aid flotilla. Their report is now going to be considered by the 57-member UN Human Rights Council…

A ‘party for Marty’ greets Peretz at Harvard
Mondoweiss – The following was sent out by the organizers of the “Party for Marty”: Over 100 members of the Harvard community and others “welcomed” New Republic editor and the university administration’s favorite racist, Martin Peretz, at the 50th anniversary of Harvard’s Social Studies program with a combination…

UN: Two men killed on ‘Mavi Marmara’ were holding cameras when they were shot
Mondoweiss – We’ve failed to post anything on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s report issued three days ago on the Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla last May that found that Israel had committed grave violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law. But big deal…

The legend of the Silwad sniper
Mondoweiss – Last week a group of Palestinian fitness junkies no different from any group of hikers or bikers or joggers in the U.S. went for a hike in the hills of the occupied West Bank. I went along, and when we came to this ridge, an older…

He willed it but it’s still a dream
Mondoweiss – From The Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl , the Austrian writer/statesman who founded the movement for political Zionism. August 6, 1999, Vienna. My testament for the Jewish people: Make your State in such a way that the stranger will feel comfortable among you.

Two conversations with Europeans in Jordan touch on Jewish fears re anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – A friend back in the States has told me that he’s heard several anecdotes about anti-Semitism in Europe, weird comments made to Jews, and he’s scared by it.In Jordan, I’ve run into a couple Europeans who remind me of my friend’s concern. In one instance, a…

Misc 2

Hamas, Fatah Revive Palestinian Reconciliation Talks
Al-Manar 25 Sep 2010 – The Palestinian Resistance movement Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction announced Saturday that they have agreed on steps to end their division and share power and said they will hold more talks before signing a final deal in Cairo. “An agreement was reached for…

Palestinian Child, Man, Die of Israeli Tear Gas and Tank Fire
Al-Manar 25 Sep 2010 – A Palestinian man has died in the Gaza Strip from wounds received from Israeli tank fire earlier this month, the armed wing of Hamas said on Saturday. “Mahmud al-Ahmarine, 21, died as the result of wounds inflicted by an Israeli tank on September 14 east of…

Viva Palestina 5 in Ancona, a photo essay
Palestine Think Tank 25 Sep 2010 – Yesterday, the Viva Palestina 5 convoy arrived in Ancona to end the first leg of their land journey, and sail closer to the final destination. We all think the destination is Gaza, Palestine, but actually, it’s freedom for all of us. Nobody among us is really…

Czech public figures call on Vaclav Havel: “Do not use your name to whitewash Israeli war crimes, human rights violations and ap
Global BDS 25 Sep 2010 – [ ISM Czech Republic ] – In response to news about V?°clav Havel’s support for an international campaign to fight so-called ‘delegitimisation’ of Israel and to fight against the worldwide boycott movement against Israelinitiated by the former Spanish Prime Minister José Mare Aznar, ISM Czech Republic and…

Abbas declares intent for peace
BBC 25 Sep 2010 – Palestinians are willing and ready to reach a comprehensive and just peace agreement, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas tells the UN.

Committee of Independent Experts on Gaza War
Sabbah report 25 Sep 2010 – By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On September 21, the UN Human Rights Council’s independent fact finding Committee issued its report titled, “No Safe Place,” (Read report here) assessing “investigat(ions) and report(s) on violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law during” Operation…

Guilty As Charged: UN Report on Gaza Flotilla Massacre
Sabbah report 25 Sep 2010 – By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On September 22, Reuters headlined the news, saying: “UN Experts Condemn Israel Attack on Gaza Flotilla” It explained that the UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) “panel of international experts” concluded what was obvious on day one — that…

What Ahmadinejad Isn’t Telling Us
Sabbah report 25 Sep 2010 – Terror Conference In Tehran Will Fall Short Of The Mark By Gordon Duff* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz When President Ahmadinejad announced, before the United Nations that most people in the world believe that the U.S. government was involved in the planning and execution of the…

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Ramadan in Aida Camp
Rich Wiles, CounterPunch9/24/2010
Still Waiting After 60 Years
From the barred windows of a four-storey house, strings run across the narrow main street of Aida Camp, well above head height, to the caged fence atop the walls of the Aida Camp Basic Boys School. Small plastic Palestinian flags hang down limply from the string. The outside walls of the school are adorned with political graffiti, and its two white metal doors are scarred by bullet holes.
Two towers dominate this stretch of the street. One is tall and thin, and green lights glow from its minaret. The second tower, at the end of the street, looks much sturdier and is without damage from gunfire, unlike Aida Camp’s mosque. No lights glow from this tower, and it is impossible to tell if anyone is inside or not. The small windows in the bulletproof glass at the top of the tower are covered by thick caging with just a small purpose-built rectangular hole in the metal, its width sufficient to accommodate the barrel of a US-funded M-16 when the Israeli occupying forces, who use this watchtower in the Apartheid Wall, decide it is time to shoot at the camp. The facing wall of the four-storey house provides testimony to the effectiveness of this practice.
Stars glisten in the clear night skies overhead, but the air is still and stuffy. The heat is stifling, even though the sun set several hours ago, breaking the Ramadan fast. Placed with their backs against the school wall are a range of battered chairs and broken sofas, on which various residents of the house and assorted friends sit on every conceivable seat and broken arm. Half-empty coffee cups rest alongside everyone’s feet. This open-air living room is completed by a small crackling portable TV, powered thanks to a makeshift series of cables that lead down from the upper floors of the house via the narrow stairway. The evenings’ TV viewing is disturbed every few minutes or so, as cars drive down the unaccommodating street, passing between the TV set and its audience.more.. e-mail


Hope vs. reality
Sam Bahour, Ma’an News Agency9/25/2010
As a Palestinian-American father of two daughters living in Al-Bireh, the twin city of Ramallah, no one on this earth wishes for Palestinians and Israelis to reach a lasting peace agreement more than I do.
I suspect that the overwhelming majority of Israeli parents feel the same; I know my Israeli friends do. I would even expect that many of those Israeli settler parents who live on the military garrisons of confiscated lands that pepper West Bank hilltops feel the same too. But wishing in a vacuum artificially raises expectations that hurt even harder every time they come crashing to the ground to meet reality.
The facts on the ground are bitter, very bitter. To extract the region from never-ending turmoil to that of permanent stability and normalcy, much more self-reflection will need to be made by all the parties involved.
I’ll start with my own side, the Palestinians. Since 1948, Palestinians have been dispossessed from 78 percent of our homeland. Today, 60 percent of Palestinians are internally displaced or dwell in refugee camps just hours from their homes and properties, 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza survive under siege conditions, hundreds of thousands have been illegally detained or assassinated by Israel, and the economy is micro-managed by a foreign military that is underwritten by donor countries.
The Palestinian negotiating team claims to be a legitimate leadership but there is not one functioning institutional body that can genuinely claim to be the source of their self-defined legitimacy.
For its part, Israel is not in a much better position. Its government is comprised of a toxic coalition that mixes neo-conservatism with Jewish fundamentalism and lives on the verge of daily collapse…. more.. e-mail

Obama speaks at the UN… Goodbye to peace
Alan Hart, Redress9/24/2010
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 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 debated? Israel inside its borders as they were on the eve of the 1967 war or the greater Israel of today? That’s not a question Obama is prepared to ask let alone answer.
In my view the most appropriate response to Obama from the Arab and wider Muslim would be something like this: all American presidents who refuse to demand (with the promise of sanctions if necessary) that Israel end its occupation of all Arab land grabbed in 1967 will only be met by the unshakeable opposition of all Arabs and other Muslims everywhere.
We now know what Obama himself expects of those Arabs who “count themselves as friends of the Palestinians”. They “must seize the opportunity for a peace agreement that will lead to a Palestinian state”…. more.. e-mail

No One Was Safe
Palestine Monitor: 25 Sep 2010 – “No one was safe”, once Israeli soldiers began using live ammunition on board the Mavi Marmara, says an authoritative UN investigation team into the Israeli attacks on the Gaza aid flotilla. Their report is now going to be considered by the 57-member UN Human Rights Council next week that has the chance to finally ensure that Israel is held accountable for committing what the UNFFM found to be serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law including war crimes of wilful killing and torture. The UNFFM found that Israeli military personnel used ‘incredible violence’ against civilians who the investigators describe as ‘persons genuinely committed to the spirit of humanitarianism’. ENFORCEMENT IS ESSENTIAL – OTHERWISE ISRAEL WILL CONTINUE TO VIOLATE HUMAN RIGHTS WITH IMPUNITY The British passengers who were on board the Gaza-bound aid flotilla have today welcomed the findings of a UN inquiry, which found a strong prima facie case…more

Clegg Now Singing off Zionist Hymn-sheet
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Sep 2010 – By Stuart Littlewood — London In the space of a few short years Nick Clegg has shot from obscurity to stardom in British politics, joining Conservative leader David “I’m-a-Zionist” Cameron at the head of Britain’s new coalition government. Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, is deputy prime minister and gets to play PM from time to time, like now when Dave appears to still be enjoying a perk that’s laughably called ‘paternity leave’. Cameron too came from nowhere to lead a party that’s said to be 80 percent loyal to Israel. This patron of the Jewish National Fund then became prime minister… with Clegg’s help. But what exactly is Clegg’s little game on the foreign affairs front? Last year he seemed to be his own man and was writing this about Gaza in The Guardian: “…And what has the British government and the international community done to lift the…more

The Hesder Quiz: Where is Israel?
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Sep 2010 – By Mahmoud El-Yousseph Here is something you’re not likely to see on evening newscasts or your home town newspapers: A July 28, 2010 survey of Israeli religious school teachers, designed to gauge their level of education, was conducted by Yediot Ahronot, Israel’s largest newspaper. The conclusions were shocking. One young teacher described the Jewish religious school, called a Hesder, where he works one hour per week and earns $300 monthly as follows: “We do not teach math, science, English, history or literature. After morning prayer, we teach the Torah only.” Israel spends 7 million dollars annually on these schools and the government often receives fake and fraudulent progress reports in return. The newspaper quiz consisted of the following questions: 1- What continent is Israel in? 2- Who was Napoleon Bonaparte? – Was he a Russian Emperor? A French military leader? Or The Chief-of-Staff? 3- What is the square root of…more

Dismantling the Empire — Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Sep 2010 – By Jim Miles (Dismantling the Empire – America’s Last Best Hope. Chalmers Johnson. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, NY. 2010.) That the empire has caused much trouble and is in trouble itself has been well documented and well explained by many current authors. Chalmers Johnson, who wrote Blowback – at the time an unheralded piece of research – and two more volumes, Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis that became the Blowback trilogy, has since written a series of essays that are concise, clear, hard-hitting, and undeniably for Dismantling the Empire. The essential theme of the book is that the U.S. must dismantle its empire or face a future of poverty and strife within a divided nation. As these essays were written over a period of five years, there is some reiteration of information – particularly on the military bases and their costs and effects on the economy (not to…more

Singing off the Zionist Hymn-sheet
Dissident Voice: 25 Sep 2010 – In the space of a few short years Nick Clegg has shot from obscurity to stardom in British politics, joining Conservative leader David “I’m-a-Zionist” Cameron at the head of Britain’s new coalition government. Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, is deputy prime minister and gets to play PM from time to time, like now when Zionist Dave appears to still be enjoying a perk that’s laughably called ‘paternity leave’. Cameron too came from nowhere to lead a party that’s said to be 80 percent loyal to Israel. This patron of the Jewish National Fund then became prime minister… with Clegg’s help. But what exactly is Clegg’s little game on the foreign affairs front? Last year he seemed to be his own man and was writing this about Gaza in the Guardian : …And what has the British government and the international community done to lift the blockade? Next to nothing….more

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