VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 September, 2010: Settlement Activities Did Not Stop During Settlement Freeze, Research Center Says

27 September, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli airstrike kills three in central Gaza
IMEMC – 27 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 28, 2010 – 03:00, According to local eyewitnesses, three young men were killed Monday in an Israeli airstrike in al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

Talks Continue While Settlers Celebrate “Freeze End”
IMEMC – 27 Sep 2010 – Monday September 27, 2010 – 10:41, As the so-called temporary freeze on settlement activities in the occupied West Bank had officially ended. Talks between the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are ongoing in an effort to overcome this obstacle, whilst Israeli settlers are celebrating the resumption of settlement activities.

Settlement Activities Did Not Stop During Settlement Freeze, Research Center Says
IMEMC – 27 Sep 2010 – Monday September 27, 2010 – 08:34, The Land and Research Center reported that Israel was ongoing with its settlement activities during the co-called temporary settlement freeze that officially expired by midnight Sunday.

Ma’an News

3 dead in Gaza airstrike
9/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s air force bombed the Gaza Strip late Monday, killing three Palestinians, onlookers said. The dead, all three young men in their 20s, were transferred to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, officials said. They were identified as Ala Abu Zneda, Awni Abdul Hadi, and Muhammad Eid….

West Bank settlement construction resumes
9/27/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israelis resumed construction across several illegal West Bank settlements on Monday, following the expiration of Israel’s 10-month partial moratorium at midnight. Israel’s Channel 2 said construction would be resumed in at least eight illegal West Bank settlements, including Kiryat Arba in Hebron. Ghassan Doughlas, the Palestinian….

Hamas source: Israeli incursion near Khan Younis
9/27/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several Israeli military vehicles crossed the Gaza border near Al-Qarara in the southern district of Khan Younis on Monday, a Gaza government security source told Ma’an. The source said three thanks, three bulldozers and a troop carrier entered Gaza through the Kissufim gate and began combing the area….

Foundation: Israel digging tunnels under Al-Aqsa mosque
9/27/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage on Monday said Israel is expanding the tunnel network under the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. In a statement, the foundation said Israel was digging on the northern and southern sides of the mosque, and that digging to the west of the compound extended for more….

Israel soldiers injure and detain Hebron child
9/27/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers attacked and detained a 13-year-old Palestinian boy on Monday in the Ar-Ras neighborhood of Hebron, witnesses said. Locals said soldiers hit Sayel Rebhi Abu Quweder, leaving him bleeding from his forehead and with bruises on his face. The boy was then handcuffed and taken to an unknown location….

Hebron settlers lay foundations for new school
9/27/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers in Hebron laid the foundations for a new kindergarten at the illegal Abraham Afino outpost on Monday, witnesses said. Locals said hundreds of settlers held a ceremony in the West Bank city to lay the corner stone for the new building, and to celebrate the government’s decision to….

Israeli army raids Hebron school, detains student
9/27/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Relatives of a seventh grade student said Sunday that Israeli forces detained the pupil after raiding his school in Hebron’s Old City. Karam Na’im Da’na was detained from the Al-Mutannabi School and taken to the Ofer detention center in Ramallah, his family said, adding that….

Israeli forces detain 5 in Nablus district
9/27/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained five Palestinians early Monday morning in the village of Talfit in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, a source told Ma’an. The source said Israeli forces stormed the village at 4 a. m. , firing gun shots in the air before ransacking several homes in the….

Group: Sane government won’t hinder Jewish boat
9/27/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli peace groups on Monday applauded Jewish activists on board an aid ship sailing to Gaza. In a statement, Gush Shalom applauded the courage of activists on board the Jewish Peace Boat who were “working to end the Gaza Siege and get for its inhabitants the natural right to….

Center: Palestinian rights worker detained in Silwan
9/27/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian human rights worker was detained by Israeli police in Silwan on Monday, the director of the Wad Hilwa Information Center said. Jawad Siyam said Mahmoud Qara’in was detained near his office, and Israeli police were deployed heavily at the entrance of Silwan inspecting residents as they entered….

Hamas: PA detains 7 in West Bank
9/27/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining seven party supporters across the West Bank, a statement issued Monday read. The Islamist movement said the detentions were carried out in Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus and Qalqiliya. Hamas also said one of the party supporters detained has cancer….

PA disputes Sweden rise in family violence
9/28/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority consul in Sweden says a rise in reported cases of child abuse within Palestinian families is due to false evidence and cultural differences. Karam Farraj said 65 official complaints had been filed against Palestinian immigrants to the country over mistreatment of their children, but he added that some….

Israel opens 1 crossing into Gaza
9/27/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities partially opened the Kerem Shalom crossing on Monday between Israeli and Gaza for the limited transfer of goods and fuel, a Palestinian crossing official said. Raed Fattouh, charged with the coordination of goods into the Strip, said approximately 210 trucks of humanitarian aid and commercial merchandise would be….

Hamas: Settlement activity shows Israel’s intentions
9/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The escalation of settlement building in the West Bank indicates Israel’s intention to use negotiations as a cover to Judaize Palestinian land, Hamas said Monday. Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on President Mahmoud Abbas to make a swift decision to withdraw from the peace talks, which relaunched less than….

PA says no change in position on settlements
9/28/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas’ position remains that peace talks cannot coexist with settlement activity, his office said Monday, a day after Israel’s moratorium on new building ended and settlers renewed construction. Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh told Ma’an radio that Abbas would wait for Israel’s….

US ‘disappointed’ after settlement freeze ends
9/28/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) —US envoy George Mitchell will hold meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week to discuss the consequences of Israel’s decision not to extend a temporary moratorium on settlement building. The US administration is “disappointed” at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley….

Abbas: Talks waste of time if settlements continue
9/27/2010 – PARIS (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas told members of France’s Jewish community on Sunday that peace talks would be futile if Israel’s settlement activity continued in the West Bank. Abbas met with 20 well-known members of the Jewish community at Le Meurice Hotel in Paris, reiterating that “if Israel does….

Former Egyptian foreign minister dies at 75
9/27/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher died on Monday at the age of 75 after suffering from heart problems for several years. Maher, born on 14 September 1935, was the fourth foreign minister under President Hosni Mubarak, replacing Amr Moussa. He was Egypt’s 74th foreign minister. Maher began his….

South Africa university mulls Israel boycott
9/27/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The University of Johannesburg student senate will meet Wednesday to decide whether to terminate a partnership agreement with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The joint research project would look to solve water contamination issues in a reservoir near Johannesburg. Ben-Gurion says its expertise in desert water infrastructure means….

Hamas: Israel seeks to destroy tourism in Palestine
9/27/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza government’s minister of tourism said Israel “seeks to destroy the tourism sector in Palestine, especially in the Gaza Strip,” in a statement issued Monday to mark World Tourism Day. Muhammad Ramadan Al-Agha said Israel’s devastating war between December 2008 and January 2009 destroyed Gaza….

PA Cabinet affirms support for Palestinian negotiators
9/27/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Cabinet affirmed its support for Palestinian negotiators on Monday, at a weekly meeting in Ramallah. In a statement, the Cabinet welcomed US President Barack Obama’s call for an end to settlement activity during his address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday. PA ministers warned of….

Fatah official: Serious progress in unity talks
9/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Fatah Revolutionary Council member said Monday that “serious progress” has been made in finalizing a unity deal between his party and Hamas following a meeting in Damascus over the week. Faisal Abu Shahla told Ma’an that representatives from the rival parties agreed on three disputed points of….

Civil servants union to sue over PA curb on cars
9/28/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Union of Civil Servants announced Monday that it will be protesting a recent Palestinian Authority cabinet decision to curb public spending by reducing the number of cars available to civil servants, the union chief said. Bassam Zarkana said the decision to pursue legal action followed “the lack of dialogue….

Jerusalem Electricity Company employees say attacked
9/27/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinian men attacked employees at the Jerusalem Electricity Company in East Jerusalem on Sunday evening and Monday morning, leaving five seriously injured, witnesses said. Employees at the company’s office on Salah Ad-Din Street in the Old City said the assailants used clubs, knives and pepper spray….

Palestine Note

‘Jewish Boat to Gaza’ leaves from Cyprus
Palestine Note 27 Sep 2010 – A boat carrying aid for Gaza and organized by Jewish groups worldwide left from Cyprus on Sunday, the organizers said in a press release made available to Palestine Note. According to the press release, the boat,…

Palestine Note 26 Sep 2010 – I should be ashamed. At least that’s what an emailer told me through the bravery of his Internet connection. What radical action did I take? What offensive remark did I make? Apparently, my offense was sending…

Gandhi’s wisdom
Palestine Note 26 Sep 2010 – Uri Avnery writes about Gandhi’s wisdom ( http://www.planetarymovement.org/go/newsflash/gandhi%92s-wisdom-by-uri-avnery/ September 24, 2010), to love the enemy even while fighting him. Avnery proposes a “”return to Gandhi’s wisdom,” to a state of reconciliation, of partnership between peoples and between…

Mitchell believes Hamas is not ready
Palestine Note 26 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…


World leaders decry Israeli move
AlJazeera 27 Sep 2010 – World leaders express regret as Israel announces it would not extend 10-month freeze on new settlements in the West Bank

Palestinians killed in Israeli raid
AlJazeera 27 Sep 2010 – At least three men are killed in the strike that targeted a car outside a refugee camp, near the Israeli-Gaza border.

Jewish aid ship nears Gaza
AlJazeera 27 Sep 2010 – Ship with 8 Jewish activists sails for Gaza, in another bid to send humanitarian supplies and break the crippling siege.

Palestine News Network

The Japanese Representative Complete Two Grassroots Projects In the West Bank
PNN – Jenin — PNN — on Monday the completion ceremonies of two projects were held respectively in Um Al Tout Village and Al Zababdeh Town in Jenin Governorate northern West Bank. Mr. Naofumi…

Jewish Member Of Aid Ship To Gaza Has Made Sacrifices
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN – 60-year-old Jerusalemite, Rami Elhana, was born in Jerusalem to a holocaust survivor and is now on the boat that left Cyprus heading to Gaza with humanitarian aid, which…

Settlers Resume Construction In The West Bank; Netanyahu Step Up Efforts To Keep Peace Talks
PNN – Bethlehem — PNN — on Monday Israeli settlers took over Palestinian land and bulldozed crops owned by Palestinian farmers at different location in southern West Bank. In Al Kader village, near Bethlehem,…

Jewish Boat To Gaza Sets Sail From Cyprus
PNN – Cyprus — JFJFPPNN – A boat carrying aid for Gaza’s population and organized by Jewish groups worldwide has set sail from Cyprus on Sunday. The boat, Irene, is sailing under a British…

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

Peres says Israel needs to continue with peace efforts
Jeruslalem Post 27 Sep 2010 – Speaking from Succah in Jerusalem president insists “we must find ways and look for ways, since peace is Israel’s top interest.”

B’tselem: Since 2000, 7,454 Israelis, Palestinians killed
Jeruslalem Post 27 Sep 2010 – According to human rights group report, 6,371 Palestinian, 1,083 Israeli causalities during armed conflict in last 10 years.

Abed Rabbo: If building continues, talks will be suspended
Jeruslalem Post 27 Sep 2010 – Chief Palestinian negotiator says “an end to construction is needed so that peace process can progress”; William Hague urges Israel to renew moratorium.

The World’s Most Expensive iPhone
Jeruslalem Post 27 Sep 2010 – Why is Israel home to the most costly Apple smartphone on earth?

‚ÄòWe were not fleeing Yemen’
Jeruslalem Post 26 Sep 2010 – 60 years ago, the two-year-old state conducted Operation Magic Carpet to bring tens of thousands of Yemenite Jews to Israel. Sara Eden was there

Attorney: US trying to quiet Palestinian anti-war activists
Jeruslalem Post 26 Sep 2010 – FBI agents reportedly confiscated laptops and documents, looking for links with terrorist groups in the Middle East.

IDF: Gaza rocket fire may increase with Iron Dome
Jeruslalem Post 26 Sep 2010 – Officials predict that Hamas will try to test the missile defense system that will be installed along the Gaza Strip periphery,

‘Not how I planned on bringing a child into the world’
Jeruslalem Post 26 Sep 2010 – 35-year-old Netta Zucker gives birth to healthy baby boy after undergoing C-section and surviving terror attack, while husband treated for wounds.

40,000 throng Western Wall Plaza for Birkat Hakohanim
Jeruslalem Post 26 Sep 2010 – Photo Gallery: Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin attend priestly blessing in Jerusalem.

The ‚ÄòZionist regime’ enters the UN’s Iranian underworld
Jeruslalem Post 25 Sep 2010 – Reporter’s notebook: ‚ÄòThe Jerusalem Post?’ Ahmadinejad’s security man says incredulously. ‚ÄòYou have to leave. And you know why!’

International Solidarity Movement

Three protests in Gaza: Israeli sniper shoots Palestinian man, leaving him in critical condition
9/27/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – A 20-year-old Palestinian man, Sliman Abu Hanza, is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in the abdomen with a “Àúdum dum’ bullet at a demonstration in Al-Faraheen, Khan Younis, on Sunday. The injury was inflicted during one of three non-violent demonstrations which took place on Sunday; in Beit Hanoun, Maghazi….


Palestinians: IDF strike kills three Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza
Ha’aretz – Medics said they had recovered three bodies from the site of an explosion that occurred after darkness fell outside Bureij refugee camp, near the Israel-Gaza frontier.

Lieberman: Palestinians to blame for absence of peace deal
Ha’aretz – Foreign minister meets with UN chief, says the PA did not show ‘real good intention’ during negotiations this past month, though insists that direct talks should continue.

U.S. ‘disappointed’ by Israeli decision to end settlement freeze
Ha’aretz – Special Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell to return to the region to continue urgent efforts to break a deadlock in negotiations over Israeli settlements.

Fatah official: Israeli settlements could kill two-state solution
Ha’aretz – Former PA envoy to the UN says both the Palestinians and Israelis would suffer if peace talks collapsed., Meeting with Fatah scheduled for early October in Cairo.

Abbas: No quick decision on future of Middle East peace talks
Ha’aretz – Despite threats to quit negotiations over Israel’s resumption of settlement building, Palestinian president keeps hope of compromise alive.

Israel calls on UN to end ‘obsessively biased’ Gaza war probe
Ha’aretz – Israel’s treatment of Palestinians has been a prime target for UN’s Human Rights Council, where Islamic countries and their allies have a built-in majority.

Jewish aid boat set to reach Gaza waters late Monday
Ha’aretz – Palestinian solidarity activists do not intend to resist potential boarding attempts by Israeli navy.

Bulldozers roll out across West Bank as settlement freeze ends
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu speaks with Clinton, Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah in attempt to salvage peace process.

Arab League to meet next week to decide whether Israel-Palestinian talks should continue
Ha’aretz – Abbas indicates that direct negotiations won’t necessarily be suspended immediately after the construction freeze ends on Sunday night.

Israeli settlers to resume West Bank construction
27 Sep 2010 РJERUSALEM , September 27, (Pal Telegraph РAgencies) РIsraeli settlers say they will slowly resume building new Jewish homes in West Bank settlements — just hours after a construction ban that helped jump-start Mideast peace talks expired.

Jewish Boat to Gaza sets sail from Cyprus
27 Sep 2010 – FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus , September 27, (Pal Telegraph – Agencies) – A boat carrying Jewish activists from Israel, Germany, the U.S. and Britain set sail on Sunday for Gaza, hoping to breach Israel’s naval blockade there.

IOF raids Hebron, erects checkpoints
26 Sep 2010 – Hebron, September 26, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces stormed on Sunday morning the town of “Halhoul”, and erected two roadblocks north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. According to local sources, several jeeps Israeli stormed the town and patrolled the streets, without any confrontations with the citizens. On the other hand, the Israeli occupation forces erected a checkpoint near…

Israel opens Abu Salem, keeps Karni closed
26 Sep 2010 – Gaza, September 26, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation authorities re-opened today the Kerem Abu Salem crossing after closing it for three days, while kept the Karni commercial crossing, east of Gaza, closed. The Chairman of the Coordination Committee of Gaza’s Supplies, Raed Fattouh, said that the Israeli occupation authorities have informed the Palestinian side that it will open Kerem Abu Salem…


Jewish aid ship nears Gaza
Uruknet September 27, 2010 – An aid ship carrying 8 Jewish activists from Europe, Israel, and the US is less than 24 hours from reaching Gazan coastal waters. Having left the port of Famagusta in Turkish-held northern Cyprus Sunday afternoon, the Irene is set to test the Israeli blockade sometime early Tuesday. Ehud Barak, Israel’s defence minister, has repeatedly warned…

UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis “Executed” US Citizen Furkan Dogan
Uruknet September 27, 2010 – The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style at point blank range by Israeli commandos….

Review: Norwegian doctors’ “Eyes in Gaza”
Uruknet September 27, 2010 –

Ma’an exclusive: Turkey’s draft flotilla resolution
Uruknet September 27, 2010 – Ma’an has obtained a copy of the draft resolution that Turkey will present to the UN Human Rights Council this week endorsing follow-up recommendations on a UN-backed inquiry into Israel’s deadly 31 May naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The draft regrets Israel’s “non-cooperation” in the inquiry and recommends that the UN High Commissioner…

Jewish tribalism in the interests of Empire
Uruknet September 26, 2010 – The latest bit to emerge about the F-35 fighter jets reveals a great deal about the dynamics of the relationships between those empty nouns, “Israel” and the “United States.” There are times when nation-states are the correct analytical units‚Äîwhen they are bombing each other to smithereens, for example. They were more appropriate analytical units when…

Israeli building slowdown ends; settlers celebrate
Uruknet September 26, 2010 – Jewish settlers released balloons and broke ground on a kindergarten in celebration Sunday as a 10-month construction slowdown expired, while U.S. and Israeli leaders tried to figure out how to keep Palestinians from walking out of peace talks over the end of the restrictions. After the slowdown ran out at midnight, there was no Palestinian…

The National

Abbas pressured to halt peace talks
The National 27 Sep 2010 – Israel hopes the Palestinian leader tolerates the resumption of low-key settlement construction.

Smartphone application helps users map settlements
The National 27 Sep 2010 – The Facts on the Ground app promises to provide an easily accessible overview of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

PFLP Protests Return to Negotiations, Suspends Participation in PLO
Alternative Information Center – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced in a press conference on September 25, 2010 that it was suspending its participation in the PLO Executive Committee in response to Abu Mazen’s return to…

French BDS Activists Request Your Help!
Alternative Information Center – The repression againstBDSactivists inFranceis reaching a new height with the prosecution of a French MP, Alima Boumediene-Thiery (member of the French Senate) who participated in a BDS action in the Paris region one year ago and…

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

HRW Calls on Israel to Extend Settlement Freeze
WAFA – JERUSALEM, September 27, 2010 (WAFA- Israel should make permanent and total the partial “freeze” on construction in West Bank Jewish settlements, Human Rights Watch said. Israel’s construction

Britain Reiterates Call to Extend Settlement Moratorium
WAFA – LONDON, September 27, 2010′ (WAFA)- The British Foreign Secretary William Hague reiterated Monday call to extend settlement moratorium. In a press release, Hague said: ‘Yesterday I called on Israel

Bulldozers Roll out Across West Bank as Settlement Freeze Ends
WAFA – TEL AVIV, September 27, 2010 (WAFA)- Building work at the West Bank settlement of Ariel restarted Monday morning after a 10-month construction ban expired at midnight on Sunday, Israeli daily Haaretz

Jewish Boat to Gaza Sets Sail from Cyprus
WAFA – TEL AVIV, September 27, 2010 (WAFA)- A boat carrying aid for Gaza’s population and organized by Jewish groups worldwide has set sail from Cyprus Sunday at 13.32 local time.

Number of Hotels in Palestinian Territory Reached 94, PCBS Says

Daily Star

Peace talks in balance as Israelis resume settlement expansion
Daily Star 27 Sep 2010 DAMASCUS: The Syria-based Palestinian Hamas leader said Monday only minor issues remain for a full reconciliation with the rival Fatah group. Khaled Meshaal did not give details but said the two sides have taken “serious and…

Hamas leader says rival Palestinian factions close to reconciliation
Daily Star 27 Sep 2010 DAMASCUS: The Syria-based Palestinian Hamas leader said Monday only minor issues remain for a full reconciliation with the rival Fatah group. Khaled Meshaal did not give details but said the two sides have taken “serious and…

Iran bans two top pro-reform political parties
Daily Star 27 Sep 2010 TEHRAN: An Iranian court has banned two leading reformist parties which backed opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in last year’s presidential poll, a judiciary spokesman said Monday. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said that the Islamic Iran…

Jordan’s Queen Rania has NY heart treatment
Daily Star 27 Sep 2010 AMMAN: Queen Rania of Jordan has successfully undergone treatment in a New York hospital for an irregular heartbeat, a palace statement released in Amman said on Monday. The 40-year-old queen had accompanied her husband King Abdullah…

Palestine-Israel war killed more than 7,400 in decade – report
Daily Star 27 Sep 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: More than 7,400 people have been killed by Israeli-Palestinian violence since the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising 10 years ago this month, an Israeli human rights group said on Monday. The vast majority…

Jewish aid ship fears interception by Israeli navy
Daily Star 27 Sep 2010 BEIRUT: A boat of Jewish activists attempting to break the blockade of Gaza drew closer to their destination on Monday, as organizers voiced fears of an interception by the Israeli Army in international waters. Nine activists…

Israel calls for end to UN’s investigations into Gaza conflict
Daily Star 27 Sep 2010 GENEVA: Israel called on Monday for an end to United Nations Human Rights Council investigations into its actions in the 2008-09 Gaza conflict, insisting that the body was “obsessively biased” against it. But in discussion at…

Saudi Arabia has foiled 230 terror attacks since 2003 – minister
Daily Star 27 Sep 2010 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s interior minister said his country had foiled 230 terror attacks in recent years, with only 10 actually being carried out, local press reported on Monday. “Saudi Arabia is tackling terrorism with all its…

The Guardian

Mahmoud Abbas delays decision on whether to quit Middle East peace talks
The Guardian 27 Sep 2010 – Palestinians will consult the Arab League before reacting to Israel’s refusal to extend the West Bank settlement freeze Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, signalled today that he will not rush to decide whether to abandon peace…

Video: West Bank settlement building resumes
The Guardian 27 Sep 2010 – Israelis and Palestinians react to the end of the 10-month moratorium on new building in settlements

Why Lebanese Palestinians insist on the right to bear arms | Matthew Cassel
The Guardian 27 Sep 2010 – The memory of the Sabra and Shatila massacre makes Palestinians in Lebanon reluctant to give up their weapons This month, Palestinians in Lebanon commemorated the 28th anniversary of a crime whose perpetrators remain unpunished and whose…

Relief Web

Fact-Finding Mission on the Israeli attack on the Flotilla carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza presents report to Human Rights Council
Relief Web 27 Sep 2010 – Source: UN Human Rights Council

Ban ‘disappointed’ at Israel’s move not to extend settlements moratorium
Relief Web 27 Sep 2010 – Source: UN News Service

West Bank and Gaza Social Safety Net Reform Project: Palestinian National Cash Transfer Program (PNCTP)
Relief Web 27 Sep 2010 – Source: World Bank

Why Palestinian refugees in Lebanon support violence rather than peace talks
Relief Web 27 Sep 2010 – Source: Christian Science Monitor

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Riots Grip East Jerusalem
IPS Tension, the twisted carcasses of gutted vehicles, buses with smashed windows, smouldering dumpsters, streets riddled with rubber-coated steel bullets and empty cartridge cases, teargas, and air thickened with black soot from burning tyres marked the beginning of the fifth day Monday of continuous rioting in East Jerusalem.

Stop The Wall

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

Livni to PM: Don’t ruin talks
YNet News – Opposition leader calls Netanyahu, pledges Kadima’s conditional support as long….

Islamic states slam Israel in UN rights body
YNet News – Israel sharply criticized during UN Human Rights Council meeting, accused of….

US ‘disappointed’ by end of settlement freeze
YNet News – State Department spokesman expresses disappointment over Israel’s decision to….

Foreign Ministry: Jewish activists won’t be allowed into Gaza
YNet News – Passengers on board Gaza-bound ‘Jewish ship’ will be handled like previous….

Message to PM: Hebron Jews lay cornerstone for new preschool
YNet News – Jewish settlers in Hebron mark end of settlement freeze by holding….

Hamas: Palestinian reconciliation on way
YNet News – Achieving reconciliation best way to responsd to ‘Zionist extremism,’ Khaled….

Abbas: Palestinians won’t act hastily
YNet News – Palestinian president says will not react ‘hastily’ to Israel’s renewal of….

Housing minister: All eyes on east Jerusalem
YNet News – End of building freeze symbolic for now, east Jerusalem construction must….

PA says ‘quiet’ construction freeze to go on
YNet News – Israel will only be allowed to build in settlement blocs, talks to continue,….

Syria says interested in peace talks with Israel
YNet News – WASHINGTON — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem is “very interested” in pursuing Israeli-Syrian peace, US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said on Monday. …….

Senators ask Obama to pressure Abbas to continue talks
YNet News – WASHINGTON — As fledgling peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians teeter on the edge of an uncertain future, 87 US senators signed a letter calling upon US …….

Direct negotiations suspended
YNet News – Are the peace talks on the verge of breakdown? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed — but the biweekly meetings the two …….

3 Jihad members killed in Gaza strike
YNet News – Gaza sources reported Monday that three Palestinians were killed in an IDF strike on a militant cell. According to the sources, the cell, which was spotted moving at …….

Fatah: Israel has few days to reinstate freeze
YNet News – Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath said Monday that the Palestinians have decided to grant the US a few days to convince Israel to renew the moratorium placed on West …….

Lieberman tells UN chief freeze just excuse for Abbas
YNet News – WASHINGTON — Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met Monday in New York with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon a short time after the latter expressed his disappointment …….

Could Iran retaliate for apparent cyber attack?
YNet News – Iran has limited capacity to retaliate in kind to an apparent cyber attack that infected computers at its sole nuclear power plant, analysts say, but some worry it could …….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas praises PFLP decision to freeze PLO membership
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – Hamas praised the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) for suspending its participation in PLO legislative committee meetings, calling the decision “wise”.

Bahar praises Red Cross’s role in protecting Jerusalem MPs
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – The PLC first deputy speaker Dr. Ahmed Bahar praised the International Red Cross for its “wise” decision to provide protection for the Jerusalem MPs threatened to be deported.

IOA expands tunnel network underneath Aqsa
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – The IOA is expanding its diggings underneath and in the vicinity of the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage (AFEH) said on Monday.

Hamas: Resumption of settlement building exposes futility of negotiations
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – Hamas strongly condemned on Monday the resumption of construction in settlements in the West Bank as a new Zionist crime exposing claims of peace.

500 Swiss sign up to board Freedom Flotilla 2
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – More than 500 activists from Switzerland alone have signed up to take part in the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla 2 convoy, which is expected to set sail to an under siege Gaza before the end of 2010.

Abbas asks Netanyahu to extend settlement freeze for 3 or 4 months
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – De facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has asked Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu to extend the freeze on settlement activity for three or four months to give peace talks a chance to progress.

Rezqa blasts Abbas for letting AL decide for him
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – Dr. Yousef Rezqa described de facto president Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to refer the decision on resumption of Israeli settlement activity to the Arab League as an evasion of responsibility.

Netanyahu declines Obama’s request to expand settlement freeze
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – The Israeli media reported that Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed a request made by US president Barack Obama to expand settlement freeze and called on Abbas not to withdraw from the peace talks.

PA mission to UN intends to thwart report evaluating Israeli-PA probes
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – The council of Palestinian human rights organizations warned that the permanent mission of the PA to the UN intends to postpone action on the report that evaluated the probes into Gaza war.

Prisoner specialist: Situation in Israeli jails could blow up any moment
PIC 27 Sep 2010 – Specialist in prisoners’ affairs Abdelnasser Farwana warned that the situation in Israeli jails could explode any moment as a result of the escalating Israeli violations against Palestinian prisoners.

Los Angeles Times

World leaders criticize Israel for refusing to extend West Bank construction moratorium
LA Times 28 Sep 2010 – The stalled negotiations over the settlements issue leave top diplomats ‘disappointed.’ France calls for another summit for Israeli and Palestinian leaders. World leaders Monday criticized Israel’s refusal to extend its construction moratorium on the West Bank even after Palestinians threatened to quit Mideast peace talks, but they vowed to prevent the stalled negotiations from collapsing.

New York Times

U.S. Scrambling to Save Talks on Middle East
New York Times 27 Sep 2010 – As Israel’s freeze on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank ended, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked President Mahmoud Abbas to continue negotiations.

Jewish Activists Set Sail From Cyprus for Gaza, Aiming to Defy Israeli Blockade
New York Times 27 Sep 2010 – Nine activists from Israel, Britain, Germany and the United States left the port in Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus with a small quantity of aid aboard their catamaran.


AT-TUWANI/ABORIGINAL JUSTICE REFLECTION: Seeking the peace of Palestine by engaging our own settler reality
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – A life-changing thought came to mind this past week while I was serving in the village of at-Tuwani. I was out with Palestinian shepherds, watching the Jewish settlers of Ma’on construct another large chicken barn on stolen Palestinian land. As I watched, all of a sudden,…

Revava Revival
Palestine Monitor – Knesset member Danny Danon led two events in the West Bank celebrating the end of the construction moratorium imposed by President Benjamin Netanyahu 10 months ago. Together with Yesha Council leader Dani Dayan, and MKs Nissim Zeev and Tzipi Hotovely, Danon called for a massive expansion…

On Edge In The Holy Land
Palestine Monitor – Israel, Hizballah, and Syria are all readying for a new conflict – and threatening regional upheaval. Hizballah can hit anywhere in Israel with many more projectiles, Syria has new Iranian Scud missiles, and Israel has positioned troops and armaments along its northern border. President Benjamin Netanyahu…

The Village Of Burin: Under Attack By Surrounding Settlements
Palestine Monitor – The village of Burin is located less than 10 kilometers south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. With a population of approximately 3,500 that is wholly dependent on the yields of their olive trees, Burin’s lands are hemmed in by two settlements on the North…

Oren: Colonization benefits Palestinians
Mondoweiss – A howler from today’s NYT story about the expiration of the so-called settlement freeze: Israeli officials said that Mr. Netanyahu felt it important for his credibility not to extend the moratorium beyond 10 months. “It is a read-my-lips moment,” said Michael B. Oren, the Israeli ambassador…

Wolff: Peretz’s ‚Äòvast corpus of disgusting statements’ stems from support for Israel
Mondoweiss – UMass scholar Robert Paul Wolff participated in the Social Studies celebration at Harvard this weekend at which the Marty Peretz controversy burgeoned. Wolff has urged Harvard to refuse the scholarship given in Peretz’s name. The following account of one event is from Wolff’s blog . The excruciating/bizarre…

Blogging Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – Last week I participated in an event at the Palestine Center called The New Media & the Palestine Question: Blogging Out of Conflict . The event also featured Jerome Slater , Stephen Walt and MJ Rosenberg . You can watch it in two parts below:

Why I protested AIPAC (and what brought me to that point)
Mondoweiss – I’m not anti-Israel. I’m not a self-hating Jew. When Israel launched the Gaza war in 2008, I was a member of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom. We were committed to working politely within the Jewish community, promoting a two-state solution, stressing our pro-Israel credentials, refusing to do street…

Bulldozers and caravans are Israel’s gift to Obama
Mondoweiss – and other news from Today in Palestine: Land and Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Settlement Activities Did Not Stop During Settlement Freeze, Research Center Says The Land and Research Center reported that Israel was ongoing with its settlement activities during the co-called temporary settlement freeze that…

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Even if Settlements Freeze Is Not Extended, Abbas Will Not Walk out of Talks
Al-Manar 27 Sep 2010 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would not walk away immediately from “Peace” Talks with the Zionist entity if it does not extend a 10-month partial settlements moratorium due to expire on Sunday at midnight. Earlier, Palestinian leaders have vowed to break off US-brokered…

International Peace Day in Nabi Salih from David Shulman
Joseph Dana 27 Sep 2010 – Professor, activist and writer par excellance David Shulman attended the international peace day event in Nabi Salih on Saturday. The followingincisiveand personal perspective of the event. International Peace Day in Nabi Salih. Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org An-Nabi Salih, September 25, 2010 By David Shulman Something new…

Nabi Saleh marks International Peace Day; Faces military siege
Joseph Dana 27 Sep 2010 – The army imposed siege on the village of Nabi Saleh, preventing many from entering or passing through the village and detaining dozens in order to prevent the residents and their supporters from marking International Peace Day. Nabi Saleh’s women leading the march in chanting. Picture Credit:…

One photojournalist and a fifty year old man attacked at Beit Ummar demonstration
Joseph Dana 26 Sep 2010 – One Palestinian photojournalist was attacked and detained while a fifty year old man collapsed due to tear gas inhalation during a Beit Ummar demonstration calling for the release of 17 year-old Youssef Abu Maria and the boycott of settlement products. Palestinian Children Call for a Boycott…

PFLP salutes Palestinian prisoners on united hunger strike
Sabr 27 Sep 2010 – PFLP website The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salutes all Palestinian prisoners, carrying out a mass hunger strike on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in the jails of the Israeli occupation. The prisoners are demanding an end to increasingly repressive and restrictive conditions in the…

Prisoner specialist: Situation in Israeli jails could blow up any moment
Sabr 27 Sep 2010 – 27/09/2010 – 12:54 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— Specialist in prisoners’ affairs Abdelnasser Farwana warned that the situation in Israeli prisons could explode any moment as a result of the escalating Israeli violations against Palestinian prisoners. In a statement on Sunday, Farwana said that the repeated provocative…

US ‘disappointed’ by Israeli move
BBC 27 Sep 2010 – The US state department expresses disappointment at Israel’s decision not to extend its ban on settlement building in the West Bank.

Iran bans two opposition parties
BBC 27 Sep 2010 – An Iranian court has banned two parties which backed opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in last year’s poll, a judiciary spokesman says.

Egypt pope apologises to Muslims
BBC 27 Sep 2010 – The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christians apologises for “inappropriate” comments by a bishop that cast doubt on the authenticity of some Koran verses.

Free Pollard Now, Pay Later
Antiwar.com 27 Sep 2010 – The proposal to free spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israel extending a temporary freeze on settlement building has now received support from four Democrats in Congress. Although many claim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initiated this latest bid to free Pollard, it may not be that…


The Truth Will Set U.S. Free: Breaking Israel’s Stranglehold over American Foreign Policy
Maidhc ?ì Cathail, Dissident Voice9/27/2010
If Israel’s stranglehold over U.S. foreign policy is to be broken, Americans will need to be informed about the harm that Washington’s unconditional support for the Jewish state is doing to American interests, say leading analysts of U.S.-Israeli relations.
According to John J. Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, “The only plausible way to weaken the lobby’s influence on U.S. foreign policy is for prominent policymakers and opinion-makers to speak openly about the damage the special relationship is doing to the American national interest.”
“Plenty of people in the United States, especially inside the Beltway, know that Israel is an albatross around America’s neck,” says Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. “But they are afraid to stand up and say that for fear that the lobby will attack them and damage their careers.”
“Hopefully, some of them will develop a backbone,” he adds.
Philip Giraldi, executive director of the Council for the National Interest, believes that Tel Aviv’s stranglehold over Washington can be broken “only by directly challenging the power of the Israel lobby and the false narrative about how it is of value to the United States.”
Giraldi, a contributing editor to The American Conservative, says that “it must be done from the bottom up as Israel cannot be challenged in the mainstream media, Congress, and in the White House.”
“The American people must learn that Israel is and always has been a strategic liability that has done immense damage to the United States and its worldwide interests,” concludes the former CIA officer. more.. e-mail


How U.S. Jews Strangle Peace Talks
Peter Beinart, Daily Beast, Information Clearing House9/27/2010
This just in, for anyone in the United States who still cares: Israel has not renewed the partial settlement freeze it imposed ten months ago. Which means that the direct talks with the Palestinians born this month may die in the crib. Which raises an interesting question: What would it take to make American Jewish groups admit that an Israeli prime minister is not serious about peace?
You could hardly find a better test case than Benjamin Netanyahu. Until last year, Netanyahu had not just spent his entire political career opposing a Palestinian state; he had repeatedly compared such a state to Nazi Germany. He opposed the Oslo peace talks at their inception, and as prime minister in the late 1990s so consistently reneged on commitments made by his predecessors that U.S. envoy Dennis Ross later noted that “neither President Clinton nor Secretary Albright believed that Bibi had any real interest in pursuing peace.” In 2005, when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon proposed dismantling Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu resigned from his cabinet in protest. Netanyahu was still on record as opposing a Palestinian state in 2009, when he again ran for prime minister. He hewed to this position when forming his coalition government, even though doing so helped keep Tzipi Livni’s centrist Kadima party from joining his cabinet, thus preventing Netanyahu from assembling the national unity government he claimed to want in order to confront Iran. Through all of this, the major American Jewish groups still refused to publicly entertain the idea that Netanyahu was anything but a champion of peace.
Then, last summer, under intense pressure from the United States, Netanyahu reversed course. In a speech at Bar Ilan University, he announced that he now supported a Palestinian state‚Äîbefore adding two conditions that no previous Israeli prime minister had imposed. The first was that the Palestinians not merely recognize Israel, but recognize it as a Jewish state. The second was that all of Jerusalem remain under Israeli sovereignty, a condition that precluded the offers that Ehud Barak had made in 2000 and 2001 and Ehud Olmert made in 2008…. more.. e-mail

We Will Not Be Intimidated: The FBI Raids in Context
Ron Jacobs, Dissident Voice9/27/2010
These raids are also an attempt to make support for the Palestinians and other people fighting for self-determination illegal.
On September 24, 2010 the FBI raided several houses and a couple offices in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago and North Carolina under the guise of looking for proof that the people living in those houses were involved with organizations that “lent material support to terrorists.” Ironically (or perhaps presciently) the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) also released an 88 page document titled “The Policing of Political Speech: Constraints on Mass Dissent in the U.S” on that day. Not content to criminalize the representation provided by attorneys to those accused of fomenting terrorism as in the case of Lynne Stewart, with these raids the Obama administration has stepped up the repression that became quite commonplace under George Bush.
In short, the government is attempting to criminalize the organizing of antiwar protests. Furthermore, it wants to make opposition to Washington’s assistance in repressing struggles for self-determination illegal. Other repressive actions by law enforcement against US citizens, including the sentencing of a videographer to 300 days in jail for trespass after he tried to film an unauthorized talk in Chicago and the acknowledgement by the Pittsburgh FBI office that it had spied on peace activists and used a private agency to help out, makes it clear that the PATRIOT Act and its excesses are alive and well under the Obama administration. Repression is a bipartisan activity, especially when it comes to the repression of the left.
These raids are a clear and vicious attempt to intimidate the antiwar movement. The grand jury is a fishing expedition, as evidenced (for example) by the warrant asking for papers from no determined time. This intimidation is a continuation of the harassment of the Twin Cities left/anarchist community that began before the 2008 Republican National Convention…. more.. e-mail

What if peace talks “succeed?”
Electronic Intifada: 27 Sep 2010 – Many commentators expect the direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians to fail. But there is a much worse scenario: what if they “succeed?” Nadia Hijab comments.more

Review: Norwegian doctors’ “Eyes in Gaza”
Electronic Intifada: 27 Sep 2010 – Eyes in Gaza is a detailed and harrowing account by the Norwegian doctors Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse of their experiences in al-Shifa Hospital during Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009.more

Revava Revival
Palestine Monitor: 27 Sep 2010 – Knesset member Danny Danon led two events in the West Bank celebrating the end of the construction moratorium imposed by President Benjamin Netanyahu 10 months ago. Together with Yesha Council leader Dani Dayan, and MKs Nissim Zeev and Tzipi Hotovely, Danon called for a massive expansion of the settlements. 2,500 people swarmed the settlement of Revava halfway between Ramallah and Nablus and just west of Ariel, the largest settlement in the West Bank. MK Danny Danon led the celebration of the freeze’s end and called for a construction boom in “Judea and Samaria” – land internationally recognized as Palestinian territory. Concrete is poured for a nursery school’s foundation to mark the end of the freeze and the beginning of settlement expansion. The moratorium expired during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, and the rally mixed both them together. Christian supporter of settlement expansion. Both event were well-attended by the international press,…more

On Edge In The Holy Land
Palestine Monitor: 27 Sep 2010 – Israel, Hizballah, and Syria are all readying for a new conflict – and threatening regional upheaval. Hizballah can hit anywhere in Israel with many more projectiles, Syria has new Iranian Scud missiles, and Israel has positioned troops and armaments along its northern border. President Benjamin Netanyahu has authorized troop movements to the north. The preparations for this possible war resemble the build-up to World War I, according to If War Comes , a report by Washington Institute defense fellow Jeffrey White. “The long fuse” being created is a fragile tinderbox surrounded by fingers on triggers. The depth of preparations in Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Iran mean this war has potential far beyond anything seen since 1967. “If it does come to pass, the next war will be something different from the 2006 conflict and Operation Cast Lead‚Äîlarger in scope, more destructive, and with serious potential for escalation to a regional level,”…more

The Village Of Burin: Under Attack By Surrounding Settlements
Palestine Monitor: 27 Sep 2010 – The village of Burin is located less than 10 kilometers south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. With a population of approximately 3,500 that is wholly dependent on the yields of their olive trees, Burin’s lands are hemmed in by two settlements on the North and South ends of the village, named Bracha and Yitzhar respectively. In addition to these government-sanctioned settlements, there are four outposts that have taken root up on these hilltops over the last 10 years. The center of Burin, where most families live, lies at the base of these hills. For decades the surrounding hills of Burin are filled with their olive groves and farmlands. Photo: C.E.Silver However, since 2000 Burin’s olive groves and land have been preyed upon by the surrounding settlers, who have declared their desire to annex the entire area into their own territory. Attacking Burin both literally and administratively, the settlers…more

Israeli Raid on Gaza Flotilla: Revealing UN Rights Council Report
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Sep 2010 – By Richard Lightbown Following Israel’s raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on 31 May, the UN Human Rights Council elected to establish an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law. On 23 July the three-person Mission was appointed. It consisted of Chairman Karl Hudson-Phillips, retired Judge of the International Criminal Court and former Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago; Sir Desmond de Silva, former Chief Prosecutor of the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone; and Ms Mary Shanthi Dairiam, a specialist on international women’s rights. They were assisted by a large team including external specialists in forensic pathology, military issues, firearms, the law of the sea and international humanitarian law. The Mission began work in Geneva on 9 August and an advanced unedited edition of its report was published just over six weeks later on 22 September. Israel’s response so far…more

No Closure without Addressing the Nakba
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Sep 2010 – By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Facts that cannot be denied regarding the Palestinian-Israeli issue: the conflict did not start in 1967; Arab Palestinians constituted seventy-five percent of the total population and owned around 94.2 % of the land in Palestine by the end of the Mandate in 1948; and majority of the Palestinians today are refugees scattered throughout the world. Israel insists that nothing that occurred prior to 1967 will ever be negotiable, and the present negotiations view the conflict as having started in 1967. The Israelis must be held accountable, legally, financially and morally for the crimes they committed against the Palestinians in 1947-48. There cannot be a closure to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict without addressing the crimes perpetrated by the Israelis, the massacres, the ethnic cleansing and the confiscating of the Palestinians’ lands and properties. The vision of a purely Jewish state was at the heart of Zionism since the nineteenth…more

Invention of the Jewish People — Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Sep 2010 – By George Polley (The Invention of the Jewish People. Shlomo Sand. Verso, New York, 2009.) Myths are powerful because they tell the story of origins — the origins of tribes and the origins of a people and nations. Myths tell us who we are and where and how we began. Incorporating folktales and legends, myths tell us what truth is and how it makes us different from others. Groups of people use myths in create histories of themselves as people who are different from others. National myths, involving politics and patriotism use myths and mythmaking to construct the national identity: what makes our country and people different from every other? Israeli historian and Professor of History at Israel’s Tel Aviv University calls this process “mythistory”. “From this surgically improved past emerge[s] the proud and handsome portrait of the nation.” “Every history” writes Professor Sand “contains myths, but those that lurk…more

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