VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 30 October, 2010: Israel devours East Jerusalem

30 October, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli settlers burn church in Jerusalem
IMEMC – 30 Oct 2010 – Saturday October 30, 2010 – 09:11, A hundred year old church was burned Friday by right-wing Israeli settlers, who broke a number of windows of the church and hurled Molotov cocktails inside.

Ma’an News

Church officials say arson behind Jerusalem fire
10/30/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers were initially accused of carrying out the torching of a church building in Jerusalem on Friday evening, destroying the interior of what was until 1948 the Palestine Bible College. Guardian for the Jerusalem Alliance Church, Zakariyya Al-Mashriqi, said there was evidence that a “group of extremist settlers broke a….

Peace group: Army occupies Hebron-area home
10/30/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers occupied a Palestinian home on Thursday in the Baqa’a Valley near Hebron for the third time in two months, a report from the Hebron-based Christian Peacemaker Teams said. Family members told CPT their father collapsed when he tried to prevent the soldiers entering, and that he was….

Israel expands Nablus settlement
10/30/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers installed 12 caravans on Saturday beside an illegal settlement in the West Bank district of Nablus, witnesses said. Locals said on Tuesday that Israeli forces in armored vehicles bulldozed land next to Shvut Rachel settlement to prepare for the installation of the caravans. At the time, a representative of the….

Hamas says projectile launchers mutineers
10/30/2010 – LONDON (Ma’an) — Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar described militants behind the launch of homemade projectiles from Gaza towards Israel as “mutineers against their factions” in an interview with the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat. Published on Saturday, Zahhar’s comments focused on the point that all factions had agreed to the ceasefire with Israel…. Related: Israel: 2 projectiles fired from Gaza

Israeli rights orgs demand action over settler vandalism
10/30/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Four human rights organizations collaborated on a project documenting settler vandalism during the 2010 olive harvest, reporting a total of 35 incidents of tree vandalism during the six-week season. The organizations, all based in Israel, included The Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), B’Tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights….

Egyptian security kills Sudanese migrant
10/30/2010 – GAZA (Ma’an) — Egyptian security shot dead a Sudanese migrant on Friday, reportedly fleeing toward the Israeli border, sources said. Soldiers patroling the border region were said to have spotted almost a dozen individuals proceeding toward the border, three kilometers south of Israel, near the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza. An official source told….

Christians ask South African opera to reconsider Tel Aviv
10/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Kairos Palestine, a group of churches calling for the end of the Israeli occupation, called on the director of the South African Opera to reconsider a planned performance in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Kairos, which authored A Moment of Truth, sent a letter to Michael Williams, the managing director….

Rafah remains open for travel
10/30/2010 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Rafah crossing was poised to enter its sixth month of continuous operation as officials announced the passage of another 170 Palestinians into Egypt on Saturday. Opened on 1 June, the day after Israel boarded a Turkish aid ship carrying supplies to the blockaded coastal enclave and killed 9 passengers, the….

Army detains B’Tselem field worker
10/30/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers detained a field researcher with the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem in Hebron on Saturday, witnesses said. Locals said Issa Amer was documenting settler attacks on Palestinians when he was detained….

Israeli army closes Bethlehem checkpoints
10/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers closed down all Bethlehem checkpoints on Saturday evening, prohibiting any movement in or out of the West Bank city. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the closure was imposed after shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle in the area. No one was injured in the incident, she said….

Israel: 2 projectiles fired from Gaza
10/30/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Two projectiles fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel on Saturday, an Israeli army spokesman said. The projectiles landed in Kerem Shalom in the northwestern Negev, and no damage or injuries were reported, the spokesman said. So far, no faction in Gaza has claimed the launches. Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud…. Related: Hamas says projectile launchers mutineers

Haniyeh rules out new war on Gaza
10/31/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza government Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday that Israeli threats to launch a new offensive on the Strip were psychological warfare, but that he did not think a new attack was approaching. Speaking at a mass wedding for those injured in the last war on Gaza, Haniyeh said threats…. Related: Hamas leader says new war on Gaza unlikely

Hamas: There was no meeting with Israel
10/30/2010 – GAZA (Ma’an) — Senior Hamas leader Ayman Taha on Friday denied news reports claiming that Hamas leaders met with Israeli officials in one of the Gulf States. The Kuwait-based daily newspaper Al-Jarida ran a story on Friday quoting sources who said the meet was part of a series of preparations aimed at reaching an….

US to send official to Israel’s conflict diamond conference
10/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A US official will participate in the upcoming conference on regulating the diamond trade, a US State Department briefing said Saturday. US Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez will travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from 31 October to 6 November, and participate in the Plenary Meeting….

Canadian MP hosted in Ramallah
10/30/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Maliki directed his most recent call for the international community “to stop the systematic war” waged by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, to visiting Canadian Liberal MP Bob Rae. Citing the Friday night fire in Jerusalem’s Evangelical Alliance Church, believed by some to have….

Fayyad: Don’t blame Israelis for settler terrorism
10/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday condemned an arson attack on a Jerusalem church a day earlier, but said Israelis could not be held responsible for settler terrorism. Extremist settlers were suspected of starting a fire at the Jerusalem Alliance Church by throwing fire bombs through a window, church….

Hamas leader says new war on Gaza unlikely
10/30/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Ismail Radwan said Saturday that the Islamist movement does not expect Israel to launch another war on Gaza in the near future, despite recent threats by senior Israeli army officials. The Israeli government realized that a new war would fail, Radwan said, adding that the resistance movement in…. Related: Haniyeh rules out new war on Gaza

Hamas: PA targeting An-Najah University
10/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Officials within the Hamas movement accused the Palestinian Authority security services on Saturday of detaining two party supporters for political reasons.”The Palestinian Authority continues with a detention campaignagainst affiliates of the movement,” a statement from Hamas authorities in the West Bank said. The two detained were allegedly from Ramallah and….

PA detains 11 at Allenby border crossing
10/30/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces apprehended 11 Palestinians “wanted for various criminal acts” at the Allenby border crossing over the week, a police report said. Police said the suspects were transferred to prosecution to commence legal proceedings. Israeli forces also barred 68 Palestinians from traveling, citing security concerns. Crossings officials noted an….

Palestine Note

Together
Palestine Note 30 Oct 2010 – B’Yachad, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) newsletter, came today with a full back page advertisement describing how the JNF has been planting trees in Israel for over 100 years. In the same newsletter, a story about…

Palestine News Network

Hamas Leader Denies Secret Talks with Israel
PNN – Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida’s claims that Syria had approved secret negotiations regarding a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas were denied today by a Hamas leader. The report claimed on Friday that senior…

Netanyahu Furious at UNESCO Status of West Bank Shrines
PNN – United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization adopted five proposals last week about Muslim and Jewish sites, voting to label several important shrines in the West Bank as holy for believers of…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14— 20 October 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Changing nature of threats to Israel affect security plans
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – Analysis: Approach Israel used in 1999 negotiations with the Syrians and Palestinians was short-sighted.

Labor activists to push Ben-Eliezer to lead party
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – The activists want to initiate a process of toppling current chairman Ehud Barak and advancing the next Labor leadership primary.

PA upset over UNRWA official’s remark on refugees
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – “The Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes and lands is one of the most important rights,” said PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat in letter.

PA upset over UNRWA official’s remark on returning refugees
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – “The Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes and lands is one of the most important rights,” said PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat in letter.

Reps urge Obama to oppose Palestinian state declaration
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – Rep. Tom Price of Georgia wrote Obama on behalf of the 115-member Republican Study Committee.

Helping their own
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – The world’s first and only registry for unrelated Arab donors of bone marrow or stem cells is operating out of Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Shipper: Weapons cache seized in Nigeria came from Iran
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – Confirmation comes after Israeli officials accuse Teheran of attempting to smuggle shipment including rockets into Gaza through Africa.

Ayalon: Deceleration of Palestinian state idle threat
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – Deputy foreign minister says Abbas’ request to UN is bluff aimed at pressuring Israel, says this shows no real intention to resolve conflict.

Turkush document defines Israel as ‘central threat’
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – National Security Council in Ankara decides to remove Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia from list of countries that pose threat; first time Turkey defines Israel’s actions in M.East as threat.

Hamas official: Those firing rockets at Israel are rebels
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – During interview with ‘Al-Hayat’ newspaper Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar says this kind of rebellion could lead to anarchy.

US condemns Hizbullah threats against Hariri tribunal
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2010 – PJ Crowley criticizes “maneuver by Hizbullah to try to deny the Lebanese people the truth”; says interference in tribunal “should not be tolerated.”

US Jewish groups told to be on high alert after terror plot
Jeruslalem Post 29 Oct 2010 – Police and ADL warn Jewish organizations not to open suspicious packages sent from abroad following thwarted terror attacks in US.

International Solidarity Movement

Weekly Demonstrations: Friday, 29 October 2010
10/30/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 29 October – 22 people injured, 5 still in hospital, at increasingly violent An Nabi Saleh Demonstration – Many shebab, two journalists and a girl were injured on Friday at the weekly demonstration in An Nabi Saleh. Villagers had employed a new strategy in response to the increasing violence of soldiers and border police. Demonstrators split up….

Ha’aretz

Peres to address Rabin memorial rally in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – President to mark 15 years since leftwing premier was gunned down by Jewish extremist after signing accords with the Palestinians.

Man suspected of choking his sister to death in Jisr a-Zarqa
Ha’aretz – A 22-year-old woman was found dead in Jisr al-Zarqa on Friday morning, after she was apparently killed by her brother during a physical confrontation in which she was choked.

Weapons seized in Nigeria ‘came from Iran’
Ha’aretz – Claim by shipping company lends weight to suspicions that cargo of rocket launchers, grenades and explosives was destined for Hamas.

Turkey policy paper: Israel’s actions threaten Mideast
Ha’aretz – Ankara’s National Security Council names Israel as central threat to Turkey’s security for first time since 1949, fails to mention Iran, Syria.

Hamas: Anyone firing rockets from Gaza at Israel is a rebel
Ha’aretz – Top Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar says Islamist group agreed to truce with Israel following Gaza war and violations of the truce could result in anarchy.

Report: Hamas, Israel officials hold secret Shalit talks in Gulf
Ha’aretz – Hamas strongman denies report in Kuwait-based daily Al-Jarida, according to which Syria had endorsed negotiations geared at striking a prisoner exchange deal., Organizers say up to 100,000 people attend largest…

Netanyahu: Settlement building won’t affect final status peace deal
Ha’aretz – PM’s remarks come as Palestinians consider UN Security Council vote on unilateral declaration of statehood if Israel does not halt recently resumed settlement construction.

Uruknet

Segregation of Jews and Arabs in 2010 Israel is almost absolute
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – Under the guise of the deceptively mundane name “Amendment to the Cooperative Associations Bill,” the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee this week finalized a bill intended to bypass previous rulings of the High Court of Justice. If indeed this legislation is approved by the Knesset plenum, it will not be possible to describe it…

Hamas says projectile launchers mutineers
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar described militants behind the launch of homemade projectiles from Gaza towards Israel as “mutineers against their factions” in an interview with the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat. Published on Saturday, Zahhar’s comments focused on the point that all factions had agreed to the ceasefire with Israel following the launch of hostilities in…

Jewish settlers seize Palestinian home by force
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – Jewish settlers seized the house of Palestinian citizen Fayez Al-Salayme in the Baqa’a village, east of Al-Khalil, by force and expelled him and his family out of it. Local sources on Saturday said that the settlers beat up Salayme, who is carried to hospital for treatment. The Israeli occupation forces, meanwhile, stormed three villages in…

Turkish document cites Israel as major threat
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – The Turkish national security council recently designated Israel as a “major threat” in a document known as the “red book,” which lists threats to Turkey, local media reported. The council decided to remove Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia from the list of threats. Greece, however, is still considered a threat, whereas Iran was also removed…

Caterpillar Corporation stops shipment of armored bulldozers to Israeli military
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – Peace activists around the world are celebrating Friday’s announcement that the Illinois-based company, Caterpillar, has decided to hold off shipment of dozens of armored bulldozers to the Israeli military while a trial about the killing of Rachel Corrie is ongoing in Israel. Corrie was run down by a Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer in 2003 while…

Israel devours East Jerusalem
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – Dismissing the international community, including its guardian-ally, the United States, Israel has approved a wide-ranging plan to obliterate the remaining vestiges of the traditional Arab-Islamic identity of East Jerusalem. Sponsored by the quasi-fascist group known as the National Union, the plan would see the demolition of hundreds of Arab homes, establishing extensive infrastructure for Jewish…

Child Labour in Jordan Valley Settlements
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – At 5am each day, Nabeel wakes and goes to work. He leaves his house on foot, joining friends and colleagues as young as 10, on their way to the illegal settlement of Tomer. He is 13 years old, living in the Jordan Valley village of Al Fassayil. For Nabeel there is no other choice…

Israeli settlers burn church in Jerusalem
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – A hundred year old church was burned Friday by right-wing Israeli settlers, who broke a number of windows of the church and hurled Molotov cocktails inside. The damage to the church was substantial, with burn damage throughout the first floor of the building. The church was built in Jerusalem in 1897, and housed the Palestinian…

500 Palestinian workers detained in October
Uruknet October 30, 2010 – Israeli occupation police and border guards detained 500 Palestinian workers in the current month of October including 20 women for working in 1948 occupied Palestine without permits. A statement for the Palestinian trade union in the West Bank said that 20 of those workers were held in custody for interrogation while 50 were sentenced to…

Cape Town Opera: Don’t help Israel whitewash its crimes
Uruknet October 29, 2010 – Dear members of the Cape Town Opera, We at the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), have recently learned of your scheduled performance in Israel on 12 November 2010. As you may know, in 2004, inspired by the triumphant cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa, and supported by key Palestinian…

Hiding Behind Lies: Replying To Rupert
Uruknet October 29, 2010 – Rupert Murdoch’s recent speech before the ADL gathering at their dinner gala opened with this flattering observation, ‘You have championed equal treatment for all races and creeds.’ What he omitted from that statement is the ADL’s treatment of the Palestinian people under Abraham Foxman, its national director, who “…uses high-mindedness and unfounded anti-Semitism hysteria as…

Mohamed al-Durrah: in memoriam
Uruknet October 29, 2010 – Muhammad al-Durrah’s murder took place on the second day of the 2nd Intifada and can be seen, during these days of yes/no peace talks and no more Intifadas, as the crux of the Palestinian plight ten years later. No matter how many peace talks are held, no matter what the international community “contribution” is, or…

OECD and Israel’s “tourist” colonization of Syria’s Golan
Uruknet October 29, 2010 – On 20 and 21 October, the 86th session of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tourism committee was held in Jerusalem. Leading up to the conference, there was conjecture on how the member countries in attendance would handle Israel’s tourism policies regarding the occupied territories: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip…

Stop The Wall

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

Terror investigators examine more packages
YNet News – Cargo workers in Yemen airport, employees of local shipping companies working….

‘Netanyahu offered temporary Palestinian state’
YNet News – Senior Palestinian source tells Al-Hayat newspaper prime minister drafted plan….

Hamas official: Rocket launchers are rebels
YNet News – Mahmoud al-Zahar slams armed militants who continue to fire rockets at Israel…..

Republicans urge Obama to prevent Palestinian state recognition
YNet News – As Congressional midterm elections approach, Republican representatives call on….

West Bank terrorists target Israeli vehicle
YNet News – Another West Bank terror attack: An Israeli vehicle was fired at Saturday evening northwest of Bethlehem. No injuries were reported in the shooting attack. A …….

Settlers: Arabs, leftists staged ‘price tag’ act
YNet News – Arabs and leftist activists staged an attack on Palestinian fields in a bid to accuse settlers of vandalism, an organization that claims to have documented the incident …….

Day of hope in Hebron
YNet News – Moment of hope: Unexpected coexistence prevailed in Hebron Saturday, after about 10,000 people visited the Jewish community in town ahead of the Torah portion on …….

Turkish document cites Israel as major threat
YNet News – The Turkish national security council recently designated Israel as a “major threat” in a document known as the “red book,” which lists threats to Turkey, local media …….

Northern Israel Arabs riot after car accident
YNet News – Arab residents of northern Israel stoned emergency forces called in to treat the victims of a car accident on Highway 65 Saturday. At least one person was killed and …….

Palestinian Information Center

Egypt denies entry of European Gaza-bound aid convoy
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – Egyptian authorities have flat-out rejected requests by an international humanitarian aid convoy dubbed “The Road To Hope” to cross through Egypt to Gaza by land, exclusive sources told the PIC.

Political analyst: Egyptian officials informed of next Israeli strike on Gaza
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – Top Egyptian officials informed Palestinian authorities in Ramallah that Israel has its sights set on launching a military strike on the Gaza Strip by the end of 2010, political analyst Sawaf said.

IOA blocks travel of Palestinian MPs
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Saturday blocked the travel of MPs Mohammed Al-Tal and Mohammed Abu Juhaisha who were heading to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj (pilgrimage).

Bardawil: Israel paving way for next strike on Gaza Strip
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – Senior Hamas official Salah Al Bardawil said Friday Israel has been contacting PA officials to thwart national reconciliation efforts to pave the way for a military strike on the Gaza Strip.

Hamas condemns settlers’ assault on Jerusalem church
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – Hamas condemned the extremist Jewish settlers’ assault on a church in the western sector of occupied Jerusalem, holding the IOA fully responsible for such a “disgraceful” act.

Israel’s nuclear heads are trained at Muslims, period
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – The hundreds of nuclear heads which Israel possesses or is assumed to possess are not trained toward Zimbabwe or Gabon or Haiti, but at Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Tehran or perhaps Makkah and Medina.

Jewish settlers seize Palestinian home by force
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – Jewish settlers seized the house of Palestinian citizen Fayez Al-Salayme in the Baqa’a village, east of Al-Khalil, by force and expelled him and his family out of it.

UNESCO asserts Ibrahimi and Bilal Mosques Islamic holy sites
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – The UNESCO executive board issued a decision affirming that the mosques of Bilal Ibn Rabah in Bethlehem and Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi in Al-Khalil are Islamic holy sites and belong to Muslim Palestinians.

PFLP slams Sudanese separatist Kiir’s remarks on his future ties with Israel
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – The popular front for the liberation of Palestine strongly denounced leader of the separatist people’s movement in Sudan Salva Kiir for declaring his readiness to normalize relations with Israel.

Israeli pressures eliminate Turkey from presidency of EMPA
PIC 30 Oct 2010 – Israel used political pressures to eliminate Turkey’s representative from the presidency of the Euro-Mediterranean parliamentary assembly’s conference held in Morocco.

Los Angeles Times

Ahmadinejad says food, fuel subsidies will be slashed
LA Times 31 Oct 2010 – Iran’s president calls on the nation to get used to paying more for less. In Tehran, security forces swarm the streets in a ‘neighborhood watch’ operation that witnesses say targets the middle class. As security forces swarmed Tehran on Saturday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared his country in a live television interview for deep cuts in subsidies that have kept the price of everything from bread to gasoline artificially low.

Iran, Saudi Arabia expected to join new U.N. agency on women
LA Times 31 Oct 2010 – Some activists express skepticism given the two countries’ poor record on women’s rights. Iran and Saudi Arabia, which have been criticized for their records on women’s rights, are on track to join the board of a new U.N. agency devoted to women.

Explosives found in two U.S.-bound packages, thwarting terrorist attack
LA Times 30 Oct 2010 – The two packages and other suspicious parcels aboard cargo jets, all originating from Yemen, ‘underscore the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism,’ President Obama says. A terrorist attack apparently aimed at two Jewish centers in Chicago was thwarted when two packages the size of bread boxes containing explosives were intercepted in Europe and the Middle East, President Obama and counterterrorism officials announced Friday.

New York Times

Iran Says It’s Ready to Return to Nuclear Talks
New York Times 30 Oct 2010 – The negotiations, which would take place in November, would be the first high-level talks in more than a year.

World Briefing | MIDDLE EAST: Gaza: Palestinian Islamic Jihad Vows Resistance
New York Times 30 Oct 2010 – Tens of thousands of supporters of Palestinian Islamic Jihad gathered Friday to mark their movement’s 23rd anniversary and chant “Death to America and Israel” and slogans supporting armed resistance.

World Briefing | MIDDLE EAST: Lebanon: International Tribunal Says Hezbollah Tried to Obstruct Justice in Prime Minister’s Killing
New York Times 30 Oct 2010 – The international tribunal investigating the 2005 killing of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, said that calls to boycott cooperation with the tribunal constituted “a deliberate attempt to obstruct justice.”

Misc

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Palestinian family awakens to discover 100 mature grapevines destroyed
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine –

AT-TUWANI/ABORIGINAL JUSTICE REFLECTION: Seeking the peace of Palestine by engaging our own settler reality
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine –

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) REFLECTION: God’s justice, even for the shops
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine –

Child Labour in Jordan Valley Settlements
Palestine Monitor – At 5am each day, Nabeel wakes and goes to work. He leaves his house on foot, joining friends and colleagues as young as 10, on their way to the illegal settlement of Tomer. He is 13 years old, living in the Jordan Valley village of Al…

The Palestinian Third Way
Palestine Monitor – He is articulate, courteous, handsome and suave. A medical doctor by profession he is also a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and was candidate for the Presidency of Palestinian Authority in 2005. Fifty-six-year-old Mustafa Barghouti wears many hats, but what he most represents is the…

Caterpillar freeze and ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ honor suggest advance of boycott movement
Mondoweiss – This is important and I’ve been sitting on it, sorry. Four points: —Caterpillar has temporarily stopped delivering bulldozers to Israel. JPost : Caterpillar, the company which supplies the IDF with bulldozers, has announced that it is delaying the supply of D9 bulldozers during the time that the…

The Gaza tunnels aren’t just for imports
Mondoweiss – Every time I or one of my relatives visit our Egyptian cousins in Egypt, they ask us to bring specific goods. Two items they almost ask for hair gel, and denim. It seems a good hair gel is hard to find in Egypt. I have never…

When brown shirts attacked my father
Mondoweiss – Lillian Rosengarten, writing at the Palestine Chronicle : Uri Avneri’s always powerful observations raise the most profound question. How can it happen, the lure of Fascism that oozes into the fabric of societies with the promise of a better life? There are always those who are not…

‘NYT’ catches a clue
Mondoweiss – Maybe The New York Times learned something by going to Ariel on the settlers’ red carpet? Its editorial today strikes a new, important tone : it blames Netanyahu for the deadlock in the Middle East and says that the Palestinians and the international community are justly running…

The ZOA’s effort to criminalize campus activism through federal civil rights legislation
Mondoweiss – This post originally appeared on the Jewish Voice for Peace blog MuzzleWatch : Under the leadership of Mort Klein, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is celebrating its success in its efforts to expand federal anti-bullying guidelines stipulated under the US Civil Rights Act of 1964. So…

Misc 2

UNESCO Defines West Bank Sites Palestinian, Netanyahu Slams Naming as “Absurd”
Al-Manar 30 Oct 2010 – Israel was “outraged” on Friday after UNESCO had defined holy shrines in the occupied West Bank and al-Quds as Palestinian sites. The board of the UN’s cultural organization, in its biannual session which ended last week, considered the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Bilal Mosque Palestinian sites,…

Prisoners at Nafha prison go on hunger strike
Sabr 30 Oct 2010 – [ 29/10/2010 – 09:33 PM ] OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, ( PIC )— Palestinian captives in the Nafha desert jail went on hunger strike to protest the campaign of harassment by the occupation prison authority against them, the latest incident of the campaign was last Saturday when all prison wards…

Palestinian female captive on hunger strike for the third day running
Sabr 30 Oct 2010 – [ 29/10/2010 – 08:54 PM ] OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, ( PIC )— The Mandela Foundation that caters for Palestinian captives said that Lanan Abu Ghalma who is detained at Hasharon prison has started a hunger strike three days ago to protest the prison’s administration refusal to unite her with…

IPA offers treatment for woman prisoner in return for her isolation
Sabr 29 Oct 2010 – [ 27/10/2010 – 06:17 PM ] NABLUS, ( PIC )— The Israeli prison service (IPA) has offered medical treatment for a Palestinian woman prisoner in Damon jail in return for isolating her for three months in Ramle prison. Ahmed Al-Beitawi, a researcher in the international Tadamun (Solidarity) institution…

National committee of prisoners: Shalit law is not frozen
Sabr 29 Oct 2010 – [ 27/10/2010 – 11:38 AM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— The higher national committee for the support of prisoners said that the Israeli prison authority still implements the law of Shalit which an Israeli government’s committee approved in order to punish Palestinian prisoners especially from Hamas. Information director…

Facing the hoof
BBC 30 Oct 2010 – Gaza’s donkeys under three-wheeled threat

Articles


A show of Palestinian business resilience
Sam Bahour, Ma’an News Agency10/30/2010
In the upcoming Palestinian information and communication technology (ICT) sector’s premier annual public event, EXPOTECH Technology Week 2010, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will most likely cut a ribbon.
A handful of government officials will be jockeying for camera time to claim economic leadership; major multinationals will compete to get their logo in the limelight; international donors, like USAID, DFID and the World Bank will be prominently featured and the media will eat all of this and regurgitate it, with little or no real analysis, as economic development toward statehood.
The real story, however, will be embedded in the exhibition’s booths, in the people who are struggling to survive under a brutal and prolonged Israeli military occupation while keeping their eye on the prize: building an information technology sector that has the potential to be a pillar of a future Palestinian state while in the meantime providing sustenance under the distress of occupation.
This exhibition is not about growth; it is about survival.
Education
Palestine’s ICT players are many, but the key to this sector is its knowledge-based resources. The human resources that feed the sector are a mix between products of Palestine’s higher education system and Palestine’s diaspora and ex-pat community who have returned home during the past two decades. more.. e-mail


Obama sells the peace process
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency10/29/2010
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to claim that the resumption of peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority have thus far yielded nothing of value, at least not as far as settling the decades-long struggle.
For one, the media has paid the talks little attention, aside from the ceremonial coverage of the first round of talks in Washington on 2 September. It barely noticed the following round in the Middle East nearly two weeks later. What did capture the media’s attention was US President Barack Obama’s attempt to minimize the damage he invited upon himself for merely pressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to issue a partial moratorium on settlement building (about 11 months ago), and then to extend the settlement freeze.
The US president has, as expected, failed to persuade Israeli leaders to uphold such a basic prerequisite to ensuring a smooth-sailing peace process. Its resumption signaled the return of American diplomacy to the Middle East. Its current problems and expected failure, unlike previous rounds of talks, could very much usher the end of American political adventurism in the region.
If a president like Obama — who once enjoyed such a massive national and international mandate — could weaken before a right-wing Israeli prime minister, then why should others even try?
To save face — and postpone failure — Obama has reportedly promised Israel broad security and diplomatic guarantees. All he has asked for in return is the mere extension of the settlement moratorium by 60 days — enough to push his party through the November elections. more.. e-mail

Bread and the circus
Uri Avnery, Ma’an News Agency10/30/2010
I was surprised when, towards the end of 1975, I received an invitation from the prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, to meet him at his residence. He opened the door himself, poured me a glass of whiskey, poured one for himself, and without any further ado asked me: “Tell me, Uri, have you decided to destroy all the doves in the Labor Party?”
Some weeks before, my magazine, Haolam Hazeh (This World), had started to publish disclosures about the corrupt dealings of the candidate for president of the Central Bank, Asher Yadlin. On the eve of the conversation, we had also started to publish suspicions concerning the minister of housing, Avraham Ofer. Both were leaders of the Labor “doves.”
I answered that, unfortunately, I could not offer immunity to corrupt politicians, even if their political positions were close to mine. These are separate matters.
I told this story this week at a conference held by Tel Aviv University devoted to a new book by Professor Yossi Shain, “The language of corruption.”
The panel was very mixed. There were two former ministers of justice — Yossi Beilin, the chairman of the Geneva Initiative, and Daniel Friedman, a right-winger whose unrestrained attacks on the Supreme Court had aroused public indignation; Yedidia Stern, a national-religious intellectual who is advocating reconciliation with the secular camp, and retired General Yitzhak Ben-Israel of the Air Force and the Israeli Space Agency, a member of the last Knesset for the Kadima party. I was introduced as the creator of Israel’s investigative journalism, who was responsible for the exposure of the first big corruption affairs that rocked the nation. more.. e-mail

US activists urge State Dept to call for release of jailed activist
Electronic Intifada: 30 Oct 2010 – Representatives from four US human rights groups met with State Department officials on Friday, 22 October and delivered a letter addressed to Secretary of State Clinton signed by more than 5,000 individuals.more

Cape Town Opera: Don’t help Israel whitewash its crimes
Electronic Intifada: 30 Oct 2010 – The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel calls on the Cape Town Opera to cancel its upcoming concert in Israel.more

Child Labour in Jordan Valley Settlements
Palestine Monitor: 30 Oct 2010 – At 5am each day, Nabeel wakes and goes to work. He leaves his house on foot, joining friends and colleagues as young as 10, on their way to the illegal settlement of Tomer. He is 13 years old, living in the Jordan Valley village of Al Fassayil. For Nabeel there is no other choice. Written by Dorien Vanden Boer. Children on their way to the Tomer settlement. Photo from Stop the Wall Child labour is a serious problem in the Jordan valley. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics found more than 7,000 children between five and 17 were working there in 2008, the highest concentration in the Palestinian Territories. That figure has risen since. The statistics don’t tell the full story, as there is no data for many of the children working secretly in settlements. The lack of information makes the problem difficult to deal with at a political level,…more

The Palestinian Third Way
Palestine Monitor: 30 Oct 2010 – He is articulate, courteous, handsome and suave. A medical doctor by profession he is also a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and was candidate for the Presidency of Palestinian Authority in 2005. Fifty-six-year-old Mustafa Barghouti wears many hats, but what he most represents is the hope of an emerging third power for his Palestinian people fed-up of the Fatah-Hamas binary. In Delhi recently to attend a conference on a Just Peace for Palestine, he modestly downplays the significance of his party — the Palestinian National Initiative, of which he is currently the Chairman. Barghouti founded the party along with the late Edward Said and Haider Abdel Shafi, who had headed the Madrid delegation in 1990. “We have the support of hundreds of intellectual and activists among the Palestinians in the territories and in the diaspora. Our programme is to end the occupation of our land and people by Israel;…more

A Tainted Tribunal: Israel’s Other War on Lebanon
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Oct 2010 – By Jeremy Salt – Ankara The extraordinary scenes this week at a gynaecological and obsetrics clinic in the southern suburbs of Beirut have again cast light on the work of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), set up to investigate the assassination of Rafiq Hariri. STL investigators went to Dr Inam Charara’s clinic with a demand to be given access to the files of patients dating back to 2003. More specifically, they wanted the addresses and phone numbers of 17 patients. The presence of STL investigators in her clinic disturbed women waiting for appointments. Other women arrived from other clinics in the building and a fracas broke out. Eventually the investigators were driven off, but not before a computer, a briefcase, mobile phones and notebooks had been snatched from them. The episode raises fresh questions about the role of the STL. The southern suburbs are predominantly Shi’a and many…more

Hiding behind Lies: Replying to Rupert
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Oct 2010 – By William A. Cook ‘I keep reading between the lies.’ — (Goodman Ace) Rupert Murdoch’s recent speech before the ADL gathering at their dinner gala opened with this flattering observation, ‘You have championed equal treatment for all races and creeds.’ What he omitted from that statement is the ADL’s treatment of the Palestinian people under Abraham Foxman, its national director, who “…uses high-mindedness and unfounded anti-Semitism hysteria as cover for backing Jewish supremacy and the right of Israelis over Arabs, including by occupation and belligerently enforced apartheid” (Steven Lendman, Socio-Economic History Blog). Murdoch omits a needed clause at the end of that statement: “except for the Palestinian people and their beliefs and their rights under international law.” Indeed, Lendman’s article refutes virtually every one of Murdoch’s claims, laying bare the truth behind Murdoch’s talk: see nothing, hear nothing, speak nothing against Israel or suffer the condemnation that comes with the…more

Welcoming Muslims for the Love of Christ
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Oct 2010 – By Mahmoud El-Yousseph In the small Tennessee town of Cordova sits Heartsong Church, who welcomed their Muslim neighbors in a time of distress. The church’s act of generosity is deeply gratifying to me as a Muslim. This story was not found in mainstream media, but rather on an Arabic website whose name translates as “incoming traffic,” and was filled with heartwarming pictures of the event. It all began shortly before the holy month of Ramadan, when the mosque across the street from Heartsong could not meet its renovation deadline in time for evening prayers, or “taraweeh.” So the imam asked the church’s pastor, Dr. Steve Stone, if his congregation could use the church for their prayers. Permission was granted. What makes this noble act by this man of God unique is that it happened during mass anti-Muslim hysteria that swept through our country last summer. Violent crimes targeting American Muslims,…more

Is Rupert Murdoch Ignorant or an Agent of Zionist Deception?
Dissident Voice: 30 Oct 2010 – In a recent speech at an ADL (Anti-Defamation League) dinner, Rupert Murdoch, arguably the most influential mainstream media chief on Planet Earth, made some extraordinary statements which must be challenged. But first it’s necessary for us all to be clear about what ADL’s role is. Its proclaimed objective is to “fight anti-Semitism”. In reality its main purpose under the leadership of Abe Foxman is to smear, harass, silence and preferably destroy those of all faiths and none who are critical of Zionism in action — critical of Israel’s policies in general and its contempt for international law in particular; and critical of the awesome power of the Zionist lobby, in America especially. In his speech Murdoch said his own perspective on the evil of anti-Semitism was “simple”. He put it this way (my emphasis added): We live in a world where there is an ongoing war against the Jews. For…more

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