VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 29 September, 2010: EU offers tax benefits for Israeli settlements

29 September, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Nobel Peace Laureate Still Detained By Israel
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 30, 2010 – 04:48, Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire, is still imprisoned by Israel and awaiting deportation from the country.

Man Wounded After Being Rammed By Settler’s Vehicle
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 30, 2010 – 03:27, Palestinian medical sources reported on Wednesday at night that a Palestinian man from Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, was moderately wounded after being rammed by the a speeding settlers’ vehicle.

Abu El Gheit: “I Don’t Think The Palestinians Will Resume Talks”
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – 22:52, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmad Abu El Gheit, stated that he does not believe that Palestinians will be back to the negotiations table due to Israel’s refusal to halt its settlement activities in the occupied territories.

Human Rights Council Endorses Flotilla Probe Report
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – 22:13, The United National Human Rights Council endorsed on Wednesday the conclusions of the report that was released earlier this month stating that Israel violated the international law when its army attacked the Mavi Marmara solidarity ship heading to Gaza; nine activists were killed and several others were wounded.

One Palestinian Wounded By Israeli Military Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – 20:24, One Palestinian resident was wounded by Israeli military fire, on Wednesday morning, as he was working at one of the evacuated settlements in the Gaza Strip, local sources reported.

In Gaza: Israel Opens One Border Crossing, Keep The Other Closed
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – 20:04, Israeli authorities ordered the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip to open, but kept Al-Mentar (Erez) crossing closed for the entry of goods.

Israeli Military Raids Houses In Jerusalem
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – 12:48, The Israeli military launched large-scale raids of houses, Wendesday morning, in several neighbourhoods in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, south of al-Aqsa mosque.

Netanyahu: “Lieberman’s UN Speech Does Not Represent Israel’s Official Stance”
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – 10:26, Following a controversial speech at the UN General Assembly by Israeli Foreign, Avigdor Lieberman, in which he said peace could take decades, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued a statement rejecting the speech, stating that it was not coordinated.

Molotov Cocktails Hurled At The Army Near Qalqilia, Jerusalem
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – 07:19, The Israeli Radio reported, Tuesday evening, that Palestinian youths hurled Molotov cocktails at the army near Qalqilia, in the northern part of the West Bank, and near occupied East Jerusalem; no injuries were reported.

Hamas Prisoner In P.A. Jail Hospitalized Due To Torture
IMEMC – 29 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – 06:44, Palestinian media sources reported Tuesday evening that a political prisoner of the Hamas movement was moved to hospital after being reportedly tortured by security personnel of the Fatah movement.

Ma’an News

Israeli forces injure worker in northern Gaza
9/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian worker was injured by Israeli fire on Wednesday near the northern no-go area in Beit Lahiya. Medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said Muhammad Yousif Ma’rouf, 23, was injured as he collected scrap in the area. Ma’rouf was transferred to the Kamal Odwan Hospital for….

Medics: Israeli tanks shell Gaza overnight
9/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli artillery shelling was reported overnight Tuesday in two Gaza districts near the border area, medics told Ma’an. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said tanks stationed along the northern border close to the Karni crossing opened fire toward homes, reporting no injuries. Abu Silmiyya also said….

Scores of Israelis enter Al-Aqsa compound
9/29/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Scores of Israeli settlers entered and toured the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday, as Jews marked the end of the religious holiday of Sukkot. A guard at the mosque compound told Ma’an that approximately 95 Israelis entered the holy site, escorted….

UN vote could ‘kill the Goldstone process’
9/29/2010 – GENEVA (Ma’an) — A draft resolution backed by the Palestinian Authority at the United Nations Human Rights Council could undermine the recommendations of a UN-sponsored inquiry into Israel’s assault on Gaza, experts say. Ma’an has learned that the draft chooses not to pursue accountability for crimes committed during Israel’…. Related: UN vote backs limited Goldstone follow-up

Gazans rally against buffer zone
9/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Marking the 10th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Gaza’s Popular Committee organized a rally to voice dissent against Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank and no-go zone in Gaza. Marching toward the border area, through an Israeli-declared “buffer zone” that reaches up to one kilometer….

Report: Obama trades weapons for talks
9/29/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama sent a letter of guarantees to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in bid to save direct peace talks from collapse, Israel’s Hebrew language daily Maariv reported on Wednesday. The guarantees were reportedly in exchange for an immediate halt to settlement construction, and dealt with….

Medics: Worker injured by Israeli fire near border
9/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza medics said Wednesday that a Palestinian worker was injured by Israeli fire near the border area in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza. Medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said Muhammad Yousif Ma’rouf, 23, was injured by Israeli fire as he collected scrap in the area. Ma’rouf…. Related: Israeli forces injure worker in northern Gaza

UN vote backs limited Goldstone follow-up
9/29/2010 – GENEVA (Ma’an) – The UN Human Rights Council endorsed on Wednesday some of the recommendations in a UN-backed inquiry into Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, but the vote drew criticism from human rights groups. South African jurist Richard Goldstone’s fact-finding mission found evidence that Israel and armed Palestinian groups…. Related: UN vote could ‘kill the Goldstone process’

Israeli army detains 5 in Hebron district
9/29/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained five Palestinians across the southern West Bank district of Hebron on Wednesday morning, taking them to an unknown location. Ma’an’s correspondent said Israeli troops invaded the Ar-Ramadin village in the district, detaining four residents identified asNayef Mohammad Daghaghmah, 34, Hussein Daghaghmah, 42, Ibrahim Mohammad….

Israel high court stays deportation of Nobel laureate
9/29/2010 – HAIFA, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s Supreme Court halted the deportation of an Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner Wednesday who was detained upon arrival at Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport upon arrival. Early Wednesday morning, the high court issued a temporary injunction preventing the deportation of Mairead Maguire, following an appeal submitted….

Roadblock comes down in northern West Bank
9/29/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Bulldozers with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Public Works removed two earth mounds blocking access to the Zawata-Nablus road, re-opening the street to local traffic after more than seven years of closure. The earth mounds, put in place by Israeli forces during the Second Intifada, were at the time said to….

Israel opens 1 Gaza crossing
9/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities were scheduled to open one crossing into Gaza on Wednesday for the transfer of aid and fuel, a Palestinian liaison official said. Raed Fattouh said approximately 90 truckloads of goods for the commercial and agricultural sectors would be delivered through the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza. Limited….

PA slams ‘Israeli leniency’ toward racial incitement
9/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday slammed Israel’s leadership for failing to distance itself from increasing episodes of racial incitement in the Netanyahu government. PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib termed an Israeli parliament member’s statements, which the official said called for killing hundreds of Palestinians, “pure racist incitement that….

Marwan Barghouthi: Too early to talk of new intifada
9/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi said Tuesday it was “too early” to discuss the outbreak of a third Palestinian uprising amidst internal Palestinian division. Speaking from prison on the 10th anniversary of the Second Intifada, Barghouthi said a new uprising “is to be decided by all Palestinians and is carried out….

Allenby crossing to shut down 5:30 p.m. Thursday
9/29/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian police at the Allenby Bridge border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan announced Wednesday that the following day’s hours would be curtailed for the close of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The crossing will close in all directions on Thursday at 5:30 p. m. , officials told….

Japan calls for settlement freeze
9/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Japanese Foreign Ministry said the nation’s government was |disappointed that the Israeli moratorium on settlement activities has not been renewed,” a statement issued on Wednesday said.”Japan urges Israel to return to a moratorium on settlement activities,” the document read, and added that the government “reaffirms its basic….

South African university cuts some ties with Israeli school
9/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The University of Johannesburg decided to conditionally sever ties with Israel’s Ben Gurion University on Wednesday, the Palestine Solidarity Alliance announced. Calls for the break in ties prompted the launch of a fact-finding investigation by the University, which told the university’s senate that it had confirmed BGU….

Clinton, Ashton to push for settlements halt
9/29/2010 – WASHINGTON (Ma’an) — “More than anything, we would like to see, of course, the moratorium on settlement building continue,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told reporters beside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Wednesday. Following a meeting between the two leaders, Ashton outlined her hopes and expectations for an overnight….

Egyptian FM ‘not optimistic’ over talks
9/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit said he did not expect peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to continue, “despite international efforts.” In a televised interview with the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV, Abu Al-Gheit said Wednesday that he believed Israel’s refusal to extend a moratorium on settlement construction had….

Erekat calls on EU, US to enforce settlement halt
9/29/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat called on the US and EU officials to push Israel to extend its settlement construction moratorium during meetings on Wednesday. Settlement activity in both the West Bank and East Jerusalem must be stopped,and the peace process given the chance it deserves, Erekat stressed in separate….

Fatah: Reconciliation with Hamas ‘close’
9/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Senior Fatah official and Palestinian Legislative Council member Azzam Al-Ahmad says the ratification of a unity deal with rival movement Hamas is nearing as officials are scheduled to meet over the last disputed terms next week. Al-Ahmad said that once the last issues relating to internal security and the restructuring of….

Hamas: PA responsible for hospitalized detainee
9/29/2010 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Two Hamas lawmakers expressed concern Wednesday over the ongoing detention of a party affiliate by Palestinian Authority security forces, after he was transferred to hospital in critical condition while in their custody. The Salfit Palestinian Legislative Council members, Omer Abed Ar-Razeq and Naser Abed Al-Jawwad, issued a joint statement saying they….

Mash’al, Egypt intelligence chief meet over unity deal
9/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A high-ranking Hamas official said Wednesday that party leader-in-exile Khaled Mash’al met with Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman over progress made on unity talks with Fatah. Ismail Radwan told Ma’an that “in the coming days, we will witness a meeting between Hamas and Fatah delegations to….

Police control 2 brawls, detain 20 in Tulkarem
9/29/2010 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police controlled two fights and detained 20 suspected of involvement in Tulkarem city and the Bal’a village, a report issued Wednesday read. Eight students were detained after a fight broke out on the Al-Khadoury University campus in the city while 12 were detained for starting a brawl….

PPP calls for united, popular resistance front
9/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The leftist Palestinian Peoples’ Party called on Tuesday for a united front for the popular resistance, in a statement marking the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000. The PPP said Palestinian factions should learn from the First and Second Intifadas “to adopt the peoples’ way of facing….

Gaza police find forged documents at Rafah
9/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza government police detained several Palestinians they said were in possession of forged foreign documents as they tried to leave the Strip through the Rafah crossing with Egypt on Wednesday. Director of Gaza’s crossing police Major Iyad Al-Hurani said passport control officers seized a number of forged Swedish….

Palestine Note

Palestinian group sells out to the lobby
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – This is hard to understand until one realizes that this is just an example of politicians acting like politicians (i.e, with no regard for the people they claim to represent). During their recent visits to the…

Jarring Israeli centrists out of their indifference
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Bob Wright has a piece on the New York Times ‘ Opinionator which should be read in full as he provocatively suggests that we take the earnestness ut of the pursuit of a two-state peace deal…

Fatah and Hamas hold reconciliation talks
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Washington – Ex-Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al met with Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed in Damascus to discuss reconciling the two groups in an effort to bolster Palestinian unity during the fragile peace talks. Mash’al met with Egyptian…

Palestinian human rights groups criticize UN resolution
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Washington – The United Nations Human Rights Council voted on Wednesday to freeze the “Goldstone report,” which calls for Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas to prosecute any war crimes, The New York Times reported Wednesday….

US Palestinian activists under FBI scrutiny
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Washington – Anti-war activists in Minnesota and Chicago have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury investigation after raids fueled by suspicions of the activists’ support of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (…

EU foreign policy chief calls for settlement construction halt
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Washington – The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, declared that a renewed settlement freeze is necessary for the direct negotiations to continue when she met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday….

Are bloggers a threat to governments?
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – In recent years citizen journalism has flourished around the world. Citizen Journalism, which is sometimes labeled as participatory, ‘Guerilla’, or ‘Street’ journalism is springing up all over our TV’s , newspapers, and especially the INTERNET. Indeed, the…

Justice for Suzanne Tamim?
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Pop star murder retrial saves Egyptian senior ruling party member from death sentence. The first time Hisham Talaat Mustafa was found guilty of ordering the murder of Lebanese Pop Star Suzanne Tamim, he was sentenced to…

Israel’s Lieberman at UN: Say what?
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – UNITED NATIONS — Using the podium of the UN General Assembly, Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, spoke against a Palestinian state and said any peace deal could take decades — drawing a quick rebuttal from Prime…

Two views: Palestinian and Israeli
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Anon: I don’t think Israel is really interested in peace. If you were, you’d never have allowed your s0-called settlement freeze to expire. It wasn’t even a real freeze anyway. You were still letting settlers build,…

Government wrong in searching private homes without charges
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Government agents searched eight homes of a handful of activists in Chicago and Minneapolis this past week claiming that they were giving “material support to terrorism.” I don’t know the people whose homes were searched in…

US imposes sanctions on 8 Iranian officials for human rights violations
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Washington – US President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Wednesday for sanctions against Iranian government officials for what the US calls human rights violations during the mass protests after the 2009 Iranian elections. This…

Israeli Supreme Court ruling may signal even more evictions in Sheikh Jarrah
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – A protest in Sheikh Jarrah earlier this year [ jessicadevaney , Flickr] WASHINGTON – This past Sunday, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favor of the local Jerusalem government and a few private pro-settler Jewish landlords in a…

WATCH: Israeli soldiers board Gaza-bound boat
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – Washington- A boat carrying Jewish activists attempting to reach blockaded Gaza was forced to divert to the port of Ashdod in Israel by ten Israeli warships. Among those on the aid boat is a Holocaust survivor…

First Cyber Weapon Stuxnet Hits Iranian Nuclear Station
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – The powerful computer worm Stuxnet is being called the world’s first cyber weapon, though who exactly was behind its creation still remains a mystery. WASHINGTON – Experts examining the malicious software suspect it was designed by…

FM Lieberman pushes for “exchange of populated territory” at UN
Palestine Note 29 Sep 2010 – [Photo Credit: US State Department, Flickr] WASHINGTON – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman caused a splash at the UN General Assembly in New York this Tuesday after he gave a speech suggesting that a permanent Middle…

Israel’s reasoning against peace
Palestine Note 28 Sep 2010 – Deal comes at high cost to Jewish privilege With the resumption of settlement construction in the West Bank yesterday, Israel’s powerful settler movement hopes that it has scuttled peace talks with the Palestinians. It would be…

The horrors of Israeli settlements
Palestine Note 28 Sep 2010 – It looks like Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will get away with his refusal to extend the settlements freeze. Actually, it wasn’t much of a freeze in the first place (it had the consistency of ice cream…


US slaps Iran with more sanctions
AlJazeera 29 Sep 2010 – The new sanctions affect eight Iranian officials, who according to the US, took part in rampant human rights abuses.

Delay hits Iran Bushehr plant
AlJazeera 29 Sep 2010 – Nuclear plant will not begin supplying power until early 2011, three to four months later than expected.

Syria open to resuming Israel talks
AlJazeera 29 Sep 2010 – Peace talks with Israel must lead to the return of the Golan Heights, Syria’s foreign minister says.

Israel releases Gaza activists
AlJazeera 29 Sep 2010 – Jewish protesters who tried to break Gaza blockade on a yacht allege Israeli marines used violence when they boarded.

Palestine News Network

Protestors March In Favor of Gender Rights in Jerusalem
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN — About 40 of protestors, both women and men, marched in the central Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim on Wednesday. The High court of Justice in IsrGenderael ruled on…

Dr. Khater: The Next Stage Is Going To Be A Real Threat To The Religious Identity Of Jerusalem
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN – Dr. Hasan Khater the secretary general of the Islamic Christian Commission in Support Of Jerusalem and its Holy sites; warned that the present and the future of Jerusalem…

Peace Process: American Disappointment; European Condemnation
PNN – Fadi Abu Sada — PNN Editor in Chief — “we continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements”. (Applause) U.S President Obama told the UN general…

Israeli Foreign Minister’s UN Speech Causes Controversy
PNN – New York – PNN – Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, proposed a land swap with the Palestinians in order to work toward peace. Jewish people across the world were upset with the…

This Is The Real Peace Process
PNN – By: Jenne Jan Holtland — Olive Tree Campaign – During two years the Palestinian activist Baha Hilo and the American journalist Jared Malsin shared an apartment in West Bank city of Bethlehem.;…

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

Human Rights Council backs flotilla probe report
Jeruslalem Post 29 Sep 2010 – UNHRC votes in favor of endorsing the conclusions of the inquiry which concluded that Israel violated international law and showed “incredible violence.”

Dozens march in J’lem to protest gender segregation
Jeruslalem Post 29 Sep 2010 – About 50 men, women walk towards Mea She’arim neighborhood amongst a heavy police presence; no violence, friction reported.

PM: I am obligated to reach peace agreement
Jeruslalem Post 29 Sep 2010 – Netanyahu says he, gov’t must take the route of diplomacy “which will ensure the security and essential interests” of Israel after meeting with US Mideast Envoy George Mitchell.

Lieberman attacks Barak in response to criticism
Jeruslalem Post 29 Sep 2010 – Foreign minister responds to criticism leveled against him following UN speech; says defense minister called for division of J’lem in peace agreement, yet no one blamed him for going against gov’t stance.

Navy peacefully diverts Gaza-bound Jewish activists
Jeruslalem Post 29 Sep 2010 – Former Israel Air Force pilot Yonatan Shapira claims he was physically assaulted by IDF soldiers during the maneuver.

Shin Bet: 2 Druse accused of spying for Syria
Jeruslalem Post 28 Sep 2010 – Fars Shaar and Said Abu Zid of Majdal Shams transferred secret letters, money from Syrian agent to Israeli prisons.

Ayalon: Palestinians’ anger over end of freeze a pretext
Jeruslalem Post 28 Sep 2010 – In interview with ‘Post’, deputy FM insists Lieberman, Netanyahu are ‚Äòon same page’ with regard to peace.

Mofaz: Kadima can join gov’t under right circumstances
Jeruslalem Post 28 Sep 2010 – Livni’s rival for opposition leadership says “there will be primaries in Kadima sooner than people think.”

Netanyahu, Lieberman spar as FM says no peace ‚Äòfor decades’
Jeruslalem Post 28 Sep 2010 – The prime minister is the one running negotiations on behalf of the state of Israel, PMO says.

Lieberman: I only expressed the facts and my opinions
Jeruslalem Post 28 Sep 2010 – Foreign Minister defends his “ultimate agreement would require population and territorial exchanges” comments made at UN as strong criticism comes in from all sides.

PMO: Netanyahu is one that conducts talks in Israel’s name
Jeruslalem Post 28 Sep 2010 – Comments come in response to Foreign Minister Lieberman’s proposal at General Assembly for “two-staged” solution; FM says peace deal could take decades.


Pioneer of Israel’s nuclear program dies at 92
Ha’aretz – Leading chemistry professor and Israel Prize winner Israel Dostrovsky is known for being the first general manager of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission.

Egypt FM: Lieberman’s views do not represent Israel
Ha’aretz – Ahmed Aboul Gheit says in response to Lieberman’s controversial UN speech that he is pessimistic about the peace talks due to renewal of settlement construction.

Abbas aides defiant on settlement freeze ahead of Mitchell meet
Ha’aretz – President Barack Obama’s emissary, George Mitchell, is making a secretive last-minute attempt to rescue Mideast peace negotiations

EU’s Ashton: Israel must extend settlement freeze to give talks a chance
Ha’aretz – Comments by EU foreign policy chief come following her announcement of a surprise visit to Israel, PA in another attempt to restart stalled negotiations.

UN panel backs critical Gaza flotilla raid report
Ha’aretz – While flotilla raid report says Israel committed ‘grave violations of human rights,’ the council stopped short of pressing for an international criminal inquiry., University of Johannesburg staff reject bid endorsed…

U.S. sanctions Iran officials over ‘human rights violations’
Ha’aretz – Obama signs executive order placing 8 Iranian officials on a U.S. financial blacklist as Washington think tank releases inconclusive report on effectiveness of Iran sanctions.

EU’s Ashton to make surprise Israel visit amid recent peace talks crisis
Ha’aretz – Visit announced as U.S. officials engage in intense efforts to find a solution to the stall brought about by the end of the settlement construction freeze.

Netanyahu: If we don’t try, we won’t achieve peace
Ha’aretz – PM Netanyahu meets with George Mitchell as the U.S. tries to find a solution to the settlement freeze crisis so that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks can continue.

U.S. Jews outraged by Lieberman’s UN speech on population exchange
Ha’aretz – Foreign Minister proposes controversial land swap, says Mideast peace deal could take ‘decades’; Netanyahu says he didn’t see speech beforehand, but doesn’t reject the idea.


Hungry in Gaza, More and More
Uruknet September 29, 2010 – “Sometimes, for a day or two we don’t even have bread, nor flour to make bread. There’s a store nearby that, when we are truly desperate, lets us take a bag of bread or something simple, on credit. I owe them a lot of money for the food I’ve brought from them, but I still…

Justice Cannot Be Held Hostage to Politics: Decision of PA an Insult to Victims
Uruknet September 29, 2010 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) unreservedly condemns the draft resolution presented by the permanent observation mission of Palestine in Geneva to the UN Human Rights Council. This draft chooses not to pursue accountability for crimes committed during Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip, and instead requests further time to conduct domestic investigations….

Imperial Israel
Uruknet September 29, 2010 – In his book “Against Empire,” Michael Parenti defines imperialism as “the process whereby the dominant politico-economic interests of one nation expropriate for their own enrichment the land, labor, raw materials, and markets of another people.” In a September 21 article, titled “What Do Empires Do?” he says “Imperialism is what (they) do.” They don’t just…

Medics: Israeli tanks shell Gaza overnight
Uruknet September 29, 2010 – Israeli artillery shelling was reported overnight Tuesday in two Gaza districts near the border area, medics told Ma’an. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said tanks stationed along the northern border close to the Karni crossing opened fire toward homes, reporting no injuries…

Israeli court allows displacement of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah area
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – Haaretz newspaper said on Tuesday that the Israeli high court issued a decision allowing the right-wing institutions active in settlement construction to initiate procedures for the immediate displacement of tens of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The court declined a written objection filed by Palestinian citizens against an earlier decision regarding…

Rejecting Obama’s ‘Disfigured’ Palestine
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – … What the U.S. president said about suffering and the coexistence of children of both parties living side by side in peace and stability are beautiful words, but the expression of greatest import in his speech, and which suggests a vision that will lead to more dangerous violence and war, was the one relating to the…

Hamas Calls for Dialogue with Obama
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – London newspaper Asharq Alawsat reported that the Hamas government, in an official statement, revealed for the first time that it has sent a communication to U.S. President Barack Obama. The communication asked the president for dialogue and to lift the veto on Palestinian reconciliation (between Hamas and Fatah), adding that it was not the first…

Gaza family narrowly escapes Israeli airstrike
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – A Palestinian family from the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip narrowly escaped death when an Israeli drone fired a missile at the family’s home Monday night, relatives said. The shelling coincided with an airstrike on the nearby Al-Bureij camp killing three militants. Kamal Abu Shamla, an inspector in the Gaza Strip’s Ministry…

A Lie at the Heart of Israel’s Settlement Project
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – As Israel’s self-imposed and largely irrelevant settlement freeze ends, Prime Minister Netanyahu has asked settlers to show ‘restraint’. It is an interesting choice of adjective, for people who show restraint are the injured and outraged; they are victims who although entitled to a full measure of justice settle for less to maintain good will and…

Burying Nuclear Waste in the Palestinian Territories
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – … After the conference I was informed by Dr. Al-Wazeer that IAEA equipment which was sent to Palestine two years ago is still under the Israeli embargo. The equipment consists of devices used to detect radiation pollution. According to my information, the IAEA did not work enough or ask the general assembly members to impose pressure…

Israel’s reasoning against peaceDeal comes at high cost to Jewish privilege
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – With the resumption of settlement construction in the West Bank yesterday, Israel’s powerful settler movement hopes that it has scuttled peace talks with the Palestinians. It would be misleading, however, to assume that the only major obstacle to the success of the negotiations is the right-wing political ideology the settler movement represents. Equally important are…

Statistics on Palestinians in the custody of the Israeli security forces
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – About 6,011 Palestinians were held in Israel as of the end of August 2010, the vast majority in facilities of the Israel Prisons Service, and a small number in IDF facilities. The figures are provided by the government authorities….

Video: Afghans say more than 13 civilians killed in NATO raid
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – As Israel’s self-imposed and largely irrelevant settlement freeze ends, Prime Minister Netanyahu has asked settlers to show ‘restraint’. It is an interesting choice of adjective, for people who show restraint are the injured and outraged; they are victims who although entitled to a full measure of justice settle for less to maintain good will and…

Palestinian Boy Released From Israeli Jail On Bail
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – An Israeli court released 12-year-old Karam Khaled Da’ana from Hebron, on bail after spending eight days in jail. Yet, the boy will not be allowed to go home until the case is concluded. Da’ana was abducted by Israeli troops after being violently assaulted by Israeli settlers near his school on September 21. The kid’s family…

Jewish Gaza-bound activists: IDF used excessive force in naval raid
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – Israel Defense Forces soldiers used excessive force while taking over a Gaza-bound aid ship organized by Jewish and Israeli activists, the boat’s passengers said Tuesday, countering the military’s official version claiming that the takeover had been uneventful. Earlier Tuesday the IDF reported that Israeli naval commandos peacefully boarded the Jewish aid boat attempting to break…

Lieberman presents plans for population exchange at UN
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday presented the United Nations with his draft for a population and territory swap, as part of an eventual peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Under Lieberman’s controversial scheme, part of Israel’s Arab population would be moved to a newly created Palestinians state, in return for evacuation of Israeli…

Nobel Peace Laureate denied entry to Israel
Uruknet September 28, 2010 – Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire was denied entry to Israel on Tuesday morning and detained at the country’s Ben Gurion International Airport. Maguire, an Irish peace activist and a co-founder of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, was traveling to Israel and the West Bank with a delegation to learn about the efforts of Jewish and Arab…

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

More Countries at General Assembly Back Middle East Peace Talks
WAFA – NEW YORK, September 29, 2010 (WAFA)- The resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian leaders received backing from more States at the General Assembly with a number of

Some of Those on Board of Flotilla Were Summarily Executed
WAFA – NEW YORK, September 29, 2010 (WAFA)- A fact finding mission into the interception of a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza has led to accusations that some of those on board were

Al Mezan: International Justice Mechanisms Must Be Employed in OPT Immediately

Ashton to Visit Middle East in Support of Direct Talks
WAFA – BRUSSELS, September 29, 2010 (WAFA)- EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President , Catherine Ashton will travel to the Middle East on Thursday to bolster

Daily Star

Mitchell presses Israel to halt settlement construction
Daily Star 29 Sep 2010 WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered sanctions against eight top Iranian officials for alleged human rights abuses over the crackdown against those protesting the 2009 elections.

Berlin, Washington say they are vigilant on Al-Qaeda threat
Daily Star 29 Sep 2010 BERLIN/LONDON: Germany said on Wednesday it knew of intelligence pointing to possible Al-Qaeda attacks in Europe and the United States, and US officials said Washington was working closely with its allies on terrorist threats. Intelligence sources…

In Israel, diplomatic farce points to internal political struggles
Daily Star 29 Sep 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: When Israel’s prime minister is forced to declare that his foreign minister, addressing the United Nations, does not speak for the government, it’s a sign that something is deeply flawed with the country’s diplomacy….

Jordan unions: No cycling with Israelis
Daily Star 29 Sep 2010 AMMAN: Jordan’s trade unions called on Wednesday for a boycott of a cycling tour for environmental awareness, saying the event involving Jordan, Israel and the Palestinians was really a cover to normalize ties with the “Zionist…

Jewish boat activists: Israel treated us harshly
Daily Star 29 Sep 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Jewish activists who sought to breach Israel’s Gaza blockade this week said Wednesday that navy commandos treated them harshly when they intercepted their boat. The claims of rough treatment present another headache for Israel,…

Allawi asks Syria to urge Iran not to meddle in premiership row
Daily Star 29 Sep 2010 DAMASCUS: Former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi said he had asked neighboring Syria on Wednesday to persuade Iran to keep out of his protracted battle with incumbent Nouri al-Maliki for the premiership. Allawi, whom opponents have accused…

Bahrain blames outside parties for Shiite unrest
Daily Star 29 Sep 2010 MANAMA: Shiite activists arrested for anti-regime activities were trained and financed abroad, Bahrain’s foreign minister charged in an interview published Wednesday, while insisting he was not blaming Iran. “They received training – and – money from…

Witness did not recognize any of 17 death-row Indians in UAE case
Daily Star 29 Sep 2010 SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates: The witness in the case of 17 Indians on death row for murdering a Pakistani in the United Arab Emirates said Wednesday he did not recognize any of the defendants. “I could…

The Guardian

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks must be inclusive | Samantha Constant and Edward Sayre
The Guardian 29 Sep 2010 – Finding a way to bring Gaza representatives into the discussions is critical to a viable two-state solution The future of a viable Palestinian state will ultimately lie in the choices that President Abbas makes in the…

Relief Web

AFSC in Gaza
Relief Web 29 Sep 2010 – Source: American Friends Service Committee

Gaza Crisis, Revisited
Relief Web 29 Sep 2010 – Source: Open Society Institute

Relief Web 29 Sep 2010 – Source: UN Development Programme

Progress Report on Early Childhood Initiative in West Bank
Relief Web 29 Sep 2010 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Hungry in Gaza, More and More
IPS “Sometimes, for a day or two we don’t even have bread, nor flour to make bread. There’s a store nearby that, when we are truly desperate, lets us take a bag of bread or something simple, on credit. I owe them a lot of money for the food I’ve brought…

Stop The Wall

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

Netanyahu to US: I’m leading Israel’s policy
YNet News – Following Foreign Minister Lieberman’s controversial UN speech, prime minister….

Women protest haredi discrimination
YNet News – Dozens march in haredi area in central Jerusalem in protest of separation….

Yisrael Beiteinu: Barak dragging government leftward
YNet News – Senior member in foreign minister’s party responds to criticism directed at….

‘Jewish vessel’ passenger: Soldier tasered me
YNet News – Passengers aboard Gaza-bound vessel refute IDF claims of non-violent takeover…..

Palestinians: No talks without freeze
YNet News – The Palestinians dug in ahead of a crucial meeting Thursday with Washington’s Mideast envoy, saying they can’t be expected to continue peace talks unless Israel reverses …….

S. African professors shun boycott bid
YNet News – University of Johannesburg professors rejected calls to sever ties with an Israeli university Wednesday, but called on Ben-Gurion University to work with its Palestinian …….

UN body backs anti-Israel flotilla report
YNet News – The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday agreed to back a report which found “clear evidence” for legal action against Israel over its attack on a Gaza-bound …….

Iran nuke plant to start with 2-month delay
YNet News – Iran’s atomic chief said on Wednesday that the country’s first nuclear power plant would be ready to generate electricity by January — two months later than announced. …….

Army chief: IDF has existential need for reserve forces
YNet News – “You are the cyclamen between the rocks; the reason to be proud of Israel,” the daughter of Colonel Dov Harari, who was killed in the border skirmish with the Lebanese …….

Assad to Ahmadinejad: Don’t visit Lebanon
YNet News – The Iranian president’s planned visit to southern Lebanon is raising fears in Syria of all places. According to reports, Syrian President Bashar Assad has suggested that …….

Palestinian Information Center

Zionist settlers storm Aqsa plaza
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – Groups of Zionist settlers entered the holy Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday and roamed its plazas under police escort, guards of the holy site said.

PCHR slams PA resolution to freeze Goldstone report
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – The PCHR condemned “without any reservations” a PA draft resolution aimed at effectively freezing the Goldstone report, which was set to investigate Israel’s war crimes in its recent war against Gaza.

Rights group: Abu Ghalma detention unlawful
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – The Supreme National Committee to support prisoners called on rights organizations to step in to free Linan Yousef Abu Ghalma, 28, from solitary confinement in the Hasharon prison.

Bahar condemns Abbas militias for summoning wife of detained MP
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – Dr. Ahmed Bahar has lashed out at the security militias loyal to de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas for summoning the wife of a detained MP.

Hebrew media: Army used violence against Jews on aid ship to Gaza
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – The Israeli military used “unjustifiable violence” against Jewish activists on board the Irene humanitarian ship while en route to defy the imposed siege on the Gaza Strip, Hebrew media sources said.

IOF killed 7407 Palestinians, including 1859 children since September 2000
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – The number of Palestinians killed by the IOF since the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada on September 28, 2000 until the end of September 2010 is about 7407 martyrs, including 1859 children.

Resheq optimistic reconciliation is nigh
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq expressed optimism that the Palestinian reconciliation was soon to be accomplished.

Barghouthi: Israeli higher court ruling racist
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – MP Mustafa Al-Barghouthi said that the Israeli higher court ruling allowing expulsion of tens of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah was a “serious, racist” decision.

Israeli forces storm homes, detain youngsters in Silwan
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – Israeli police and border police forces launched a large-scale break and search campaign in Silwan town, occupied Jerusalem, at dawn Wednesday, eyewitnesses reported.

Gaza-bound convoy hopes Egypt will allow its passage to Gaza
PIC 29 Sep 2010 – Members of the Gaza-bound Lifeline 5 convoy are hopeful that Egyptian authorities will allow the fleet to pass through to Gaza.

The Media Line

Egypt’s Baradei: Leader for Change or More of the Same?
The Media Line 28 Sep 2010 – While Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei holds support from many seeking social reforms, others contend he won’t succeed in government. ing to traverse the police guarded streets in Alexandria. That man is Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace…

Los Angeles Times

U.S. sanctions 8 Iranian officials accused of rights abuses
LA Times 30 Sep 2010 – Increasing pressure on Tehran, U.S. targets eight men who include the head of the elite Revolutionary Guard and top security officials accused in the crackdown on opposition supporters after last year’s tainted presidential election. The Obama administration Wednesday sanctioned eight senior Iranian officials for alleged human rights violations as it sought to increase pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime while reaching out to his opponents in Iran.

New York Times

Web Tastes Freedom Inside Syria, and It’s Bitter
New York Times 29 Sep 2010 – A draft law regulating online media would clamp down on bloggers and other journalists.

U.S. Sanctions 8 Iran Officials for Crackdown
New York Times 29 Sep 2010 – The Obama administration put eight Iranian officials on a blacklist for their role in the bloody suppression of protesters after the Iranian election last year.


AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Palestinian family awakens to discover 100 mature grapevines destroyed
Christian Peacemaker Teams РPalestine РOn the morning of 20 September 2010, the Abdul Rahman Sharif Sultan family of the Al Bweireh neighborhood awoke to find that Israeli settlers had cut down six dunams (1 dunam= ¼ acre) of their mature grape vines during the night.

Nobel Peace Laureate Refused Entry To Israel
Palestine Monitor – Israeli authorities refused on Tuesday to allow Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire into Israel: she was detained at the country’s Ben Gurion International Airport. The Irish Peace activist — who won her Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work bringing peace to Northern Ireland —…

Avigdor Lieberman’s UN speech shows the true face of Israel
Mondoweiss – Yisrael Beiteinu’s strong third-place showing in Israel’s February 2009 elections for the Knesset was met with dread and disgust from many different quarters. Avigdor Lieberman , the founder and leader of the far-right party and the current Foreign Minister, ran a campaign filled with fascist overtones as…

Rosengarten, sole American on boat: It is Jew against Jew
Mondoweiss – We have received two accounts of the treatment of passengers and crew on the Jewish boat to Gaza . The first is from the American passenger on the boat, Lillian Rosengarten of New York (pictured at left among boat’s passengers in Cyprus earlier this week), a former…

B’Tselem: In the 10 years since the beginning of the second intifada Israeli forces killed 6,371 Palestinians, including 1,317 minors.
Mondoweiss – And other news from Today in Palestine: Land and Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing It was barely a slowdown The official statistics supplied by the Central Bureau of Statistics describe the story behind the 10-month construction moratorium in the West Bank. The story can be called…

Once again, PA caves on Goldstone Report
Mondoweiss – Complete cave: The Palestinian Authority today acted in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to freeze the Goldstone Report, preventing it from going to the Security Council and International Criminal Court. Raji Sourani of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights blasted the PA’s action as…

UN report: Israeli interception of the Gaza flotilla was illegal
Mondoweiss – More from the UN report into the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla . Notice that the report also makes clear that the entire Israeli blockade of Gaza is illegal as a form of collective punishment. The following appears on pages 14 and 15 of the…

Misc 2

Khalid Amayreh — Abbas is unfit to lead the Palestinian people
Palestine Think Tank 29 Sep 2010 – Like the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Abbas refuses to face reality as it is. He is also becoming increasingly peripatetic, preferring to be far away from the theatre of events. He also prefers very much to listen to himself, and when one confronts him with…

Sami Jamil Jadallah — Time to “Kaduk” the Arab Peace Plan and disband the PLO/PA.
Palestine Think Tank 29 Sep 2010 – It really makes no sense, in fact in never made any sense why the PLO and the Palestinian leadership continue to manage the Jewish Occupation and accepts to pay for it too. It never made sense why the Arab countries and Europe accepted to fund the…

Palestinian Boy Released From Israeli Jail On Bail
Sabr 29 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 28, 2010 18:55 by George Rishmawi – IMEMC & Agencies An Israeli court released 12-year-old Karam Khaled Da’ana from Hebron, on bail after spending eight days in jail. Yet, the boy will not be allowed to go home until the case is concluded. Karam…

Israel ‘Tasered’ Jewish activist
BBC 29 Sep 2010 – Jewish activists who sought to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza say they were treated harshly when Israeli forces seized their vessel.

Syria teachers fired for beatings
BBC 29 Sep 2010 – Two Syrian teachers are banned from working with children after a Facebook group posted a video of them abusing young students.

Nobel laureate fights Israel deportation
BBC 29 Sep 2010 – The Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire faces deportation from Israel after being arrested at an airport in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening.

Israel’s Reasoning Against Peace
Antiwar.com 29 Sep 2010 – With the resumption of settlement construction in the West Bank Monday, Israel’s powerful settler movement hopes that it has scuttled peace talks with the Palestinians. It would be misleading, however, to assume that the only major obstacle to the success of the negotiations is the right-wing…


2 fingers
Uri Avnery, Ma’an News Agency9/29/2010
Ehud Olmert raised his hands before his face, two fingertips almost touching: “We were that close!”
He was talking about the negotiation he had conducted personally with Mahmoud Abbas, just before he himself was forced to vacate the Prime Minister’s office.
That was the climax of the speech he made last week at a meeting of the “Geneva Initiative”. Before analyzing it, a few words about the host and about the speaker.
The Geneva Initiative rose like a meteor and fell like a meteor in the early 2000s.
At its center was a serious effort to draft a full and final peace agreement with the Palestinian people. It came after a draft prepared by Gush Shalom and resembled it in many ways. But there were two big differences: the Geneva Initiative had an identified Palestinian partner, and it was far more detailed. While the Gush Shalom draft only laid out the principles, the Geneva draft went into detail and covered 423 pages, plus maps.
When this draft was unveiled in an impressive ceremony in Geneva, in the presence of senior international personalities (and in the absence of the “radical” Israeli peace camp, which had been boycotted by the initiators in order to stress their “mainstream” character), it was an international event.
For some months, the initiative was at the center of world attention. Many governments found it interesting. I, too, was active on its behalf, in spite of the fact that I had not been involved. I spoke about it with several statesmen, including the president of Germany and the German foreign minister…. more.. e-mail

South Africa’s foreign policy in knots?
Iqbal Jassat, Ma’an News Agency9/29/2010
Is South a recent interview, South Africa’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, Ted Pekane, made an intriguing observation:
“Currently we have no intention of breaking ties with Israel. That would be counter-productive. Our policy of engagement applies to Israel as well. Only if the [Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas] asked us to support the disinvestments and sanctions campaign against Israel would we consider packing our bags.”
This admission is the closest any senior foreign ministry official has come to in revealing an inherent weakness in this country’s relations with Israel and Palestine.
It is shocking too in that it implies our diplomatic engagement in the world’s number one conflict zone is blinded and being pursued while voluntarily having our hands tied behind our back.
More importantly, it discloses an intolerable weakness that inevitably is exploited by the stronger of the two sides. Israel is in effective control of all aspects of Palestinian life by virtue of the occupation and the multiple layers of restrictive measures.
In such an unusual situation, no country having diplomatic ties with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority can claim any form of political equilibrium.
For South Africa to argue that ties with Israel are balanced by maintaining a presence in the West Bank is questionable. It results in the type of untenable position articulated by Ambassador Pekane and places undue constraints on our ability to either pursue relations freely or with the legitimately elected leadership of Palestine. more.. e-mail

Eight US universities say yes to apartheid
Lawrence Davidson, Redress9/27/2010
A letter from Gaza appeared on the web dated 24 September 2010. It was from a group of Gaza academics and students and sought to publicize the fact that eight American universities have recently signed agreements with various Israeli universities to offer US students free semester-long programmes in Israel. Among the American universities participating in this venture are Harvard, Columbia and Michigan.
Unspoken strategy of cultural genocide
The Gaza academics and students expressed shock at this turn of events. And so they might, given the fact that they are sitting in an outdoor prison of Israeli making and have seen their educational institutions both starved of resources by an Israeli blockade and literally bombed to rubble by Israeli warplanes. The situation in Gaza is but the worst of a bad situation for all Palestinians, including those in the West Bank and Israel proper. When it comes to education in all of these locales apartheid policies are in place to interfere with Palestinian students and teachers and minimize the educational experience. Actually, this is part of an unspoken strategy of cultural genocide. Such policies are directly or indirectly supported by the Israeli academic institutions to which the participating American universities now want to send their students.
How can these US universities do this? This is certainly a legitimate question in an age when discrimination and racism are, supposedly, no longer socially or politically acceptable. After all Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, etc. are institutions of higher learning housed in a country that prides itself on broad civil rights laws and all of them adhere to social equity rules. Yet here they are climbing into academic bed, so to speak, with a state that practises apartheid against its non-Jewish minority and is attempting to ethnically cleanse the indigenous population of the occupied territories. Well, there are any number of scenarios that might lead them to this sort of hellish arrangement and here I offer only one possibility. It assumes an “Adolf Eichmann context”. more.. e-mail

PA decision at UN a “betrayal of Gaza victims’ rights”
Electronic Intifada: 30 Sep 2010 – As members of the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations, we strongly condemn the decision of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to support a UN Human Rights Council resolution that accords further time for ineffective domestic investigations, thus effectively failing to pursue accountability for crimes committed during the Israeli offensive code-named “Operation Cast Lead.”more

Unrest continues after East Jerusalem killing
Electronic Intifada: 29 Sep 2010 – SILWAN, occupied East Jerusalem (IPS) – Tension, the twisted carcasses of gutted vehicles, buses with smashed windows, smoldering dumpsters, streets riddled with rubber-coated steel bullets and empty cartridge cases, tear gas and air thickened with black soot from burning tires marked the beginning of the fifth day Monday of continuous demonstrations in East Jerusalem.more

EU offers tax benefits for Israeli settlements
Electronic Intifada: 29 Sep 2010 – BRUSSELS (IPS) – Organizations raising funds to benefit the Israeli army and illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank enjoy tax-exempt status in Europe, an IPS investigation has shown. The Sar-El Foundation is one of several groups working in the Netherlands dedicated to supporting the Israeli military.more

Protection by any means necessary
Electronic Intifada: 29 Sep 2010 – This month, Palestinians in Lebanon commemorated the 28th anniversary of a crime whose perpetrators remain unpunished and whose victims still wait for justice. Around the anniversary of the massacres at Sabra and Shatila, Matthew Cassel spoke with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon about the issue of their weapons and their ongoing struggle for rights.more

Hungry but Resilient
In Gaza: 29 Sep 2010 – *photo: Emad Badwan Sep 29, 2010 (IPS) — “Sometimes, for a day or two we don’t even have bread, nor flour to make bread. There’s a store nearby that, when we are truly desperate, lets us take a bag of bread or something simple, on credit. I owe them a lot of money for the food I’ve brought from them, but I still can’t pay them.” Umm Khamis Khattab, 52, lives in a single, bare-bones room in central Gaza’s Bureij refugee camp. Khamis, her disabled son, 30, is married but has no source of income. “Our situation is very bad. We used to receive financial support because my son is disabled. Now, we get nothing. After my husband died five years ago, his family tried to help us, for a short while. But they can’t take care of themselves, let alone us,” says the widow. “So we get by on…more

Nobel Peace Laureate Refused Entry To Israel
Palestine Monitor: 29 Sep 2010 – Israeli authorities refused on Tuesday to allow Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire into Israel: she was detained at the country’s Ben Gurion International Airport. The Irish Peace activist — who won her Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work bringing peace to Northern Ireland — arrived at the Tel Aviv airport yesterday morning from Frankfurt Airport. Airport authorities allowed Maguire’s travel companion and colleague, Ann Patterson, into the country. Both women were coming to Israel and occupied Palestinian territories as part of a women’s peace delegation organised by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, a global organisation co-founded by Maguire and five sister Nobel Peace Laureates. MP Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative condemned Israeli decision to prevent Ms Maguire to enter Israeli and consequently the Palestinian territories. “The decision to refuse entry to Mr Maguire is based on illegitimate and arbitrary political considerations”.” She has…more

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