VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 4 November, 2010: Army Hints Gaza Assassination Was Approved By Washington

4 November, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Britain Caves To Israeli Pressure; Agrees To Revoke ‘universal Jurisdiction’ Law
IMEMC – 4 Nov 2010 – Thursday November 04, 2010 – 12:45, In his visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories this week, British Foreign Secretary William Hague reported being ‘ambushed’ by Israeli officials who cancelled a high-level security briefing with Hague in response to a British threat to arrest an Israeli official for war crimes.

Palestinian Officials Are Not Allowed To Use Jordan Crossing
IMEMC – 4 Nov 2010 – Thursday November 04, 2010 – 11:33, On Wednesday, Israeli authorities decided to block any Palestinian officials from crossing through the Allenby Bridge, which joins the West Bank with Jordan. The decision only excludes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad.

Army Hints Gaza Assassination Was Approved By Washington
IMEMC – 4 Nov 2010 – Thursday November 04, 2010 – 11:16, The Israeli army claimed responsibility for assassinating a Palestinian man from Gaza, while Israel’s Internal Security Agency claimed that the man was a member of the Army of Islam group. A senior army officials hinted that the United States approved the attack.

Gaza Poet Prevented From Travelling To Abu Dhabi
IMEMC – 4 Nov 2010 – Thursday November 04, 2010 – 10:53, On Wednesday, Egyptian authorities prevented a Gaza poet from travelling to a poetry competition in Abu Dhabi, arguing security concerns.

Army Kidnaps Eight Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC – 4 Nov 2010 – Thursday November 04, 2010 – 10:22, Israeli troops detained on Thursday at dawn eight Palestinian citizens in the West Bank allegedly wanted for ‘security violations’.

Army Invades Central Gaza
IMEMC – 4 Nov 2010 – Thursday November 04, 2010 – 10:01, Israeli soldiers, supported by a number of armored vehicles and tanks, invaded on Wednesday evening an area east of al-Boreij refugee camp in central Gaza.

Athan Banned at Hebron’s Al-Ibrahimi Mosque 54 Times in One Month
IMEMC – 4 Nov 2010 – Wednesday November 03, 2010 – 18:50, The Muslim call to prayer (Athan) was prohibited by the Israeli authorities at Hebron’s al-Ibrahimi Mosque for 54 times, during the month of October, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Ma’an News

Barghouthi tracking settlement expansion
11/4/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — In the wake of the end of a partial Israeli settlement construction freeze, officials say the number of buildings going up on Palestinian lands has reached new highs. Palestinian National Initiative chief Mustafa Al-Barghouti said Thursday that new areas of land had been confiscated by Israel in the northern Salfit district….

9 Palestinians seized in overnight raids
11/4/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians late Wednesday and early Thursday, officials said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the arrests were in the West Bank districts of Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron. She specified that the nine were detained in the Silwad, Abu Dis, Beit Ummar, Yatta and Deir Majad villages….

Israel orders Bethlehem quarry closed
11/4/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli Civil Administration forces entered a stone quarry south of Bethlehem on Wednesday and ordered work in the facility to cease immediately. The quarry, harvesting stone from the hills near Beit Fajjar, is owned by Hisham Dirieh, who said that officials handed him papers mandating the closure on the grounds that….

Israel welcomes British promise to change arrest law
11/4/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (DPA) — Israel’s government said Thursday it appreciated a promise from visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague to amend a controversial law which has seen Israeli officials threatened with arrest while visiting London.” Israel welcomes the British government’s explicit commitment to amend the universal jurisdiction law,” a statement released…. Related: Britain working to change arrest law, Hague says and Action Alert: Tell your MP that war criminals should be prosecuted not welcomed!

Egypt shuts down tunnels along Gaza border
11/4/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forcestook over 16 tunnels and quantities of smuggled goods on Thursday. During the operation, a suspected Egyptian smuggler was seized in possession of weapons in the Rafah border area, officials said. Intelligence officials said iron and food were among the supplies seized en route to the besieged coastal….

Israel to discuss loyalty oath bill Sunday
11/4/2010 – HAIFA, Israel (Ma’an) — A controversial bill demanding new citizens of Israel declare their loyalty to a “Jewish state” will come up for discussion on Sunday, a move being decried by Palestinian minority groups. Palestinian rights organization in Israel Adallah issued a statement on Thursday, saying the bill “joins the large number of bills….

Israeli army denies hinting at US clearance over Gaza assassination
11/4/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (DPA) — The Israeli military denied Thursday that it had hinted it had received clearance from the United States, before it used a bomb to assassinate a suspected Palestinian militant in Gaza City the previous day. Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich, who briefed reporters on the assassination Wednesday night, said her remarks were not meant….

Gaza pilgrims continue moving without problems
11/4/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — More than 700 pilgrims from Gaza departed Thursday for Saudi Arabia as the Hajj season gets off to a smooth start for the besieged residents. Heading to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam and a duty for able Muslims, the 2010 pilgrims are the first….

PA court to hear first settlements case
11/4/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The first case of smuggling goods from settlements into West Bank shops was filed in a Bethlehem court Wednesday, in a move that will test a new Palestinian Authority law prohibiting the sale of such products. Although customs officers have patrolled West Bank shops and detained several people since the law….

Crossings: 23 new cars to enter Gaza
11/4/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities partially opened the southernmost crossing with Gaza Thursday, telling liaison officials to expect 200-210 truckloads of goods in addition to the latest shipment of new vehicles. The Kerem Shalom crossing,east of Rafah, will allow in goods for the agricultural and commercial sectors, Palestinian liaison official Raed….

EU pays off chunk of October PA salaries
11/4/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The EU announced a ‚Ǩ20. 7 million contribution to the Palestinian Authority for the payment of civil servant salaries on Thursday, a day after EU officials signed over ‚Ǩ31 million to the PA and UNRWA. A statement released by EU officials in Jerusalem said the payment would go toward….

Netanyahu: Israel has ‘desire’ for talks, Palestinians should too
11/4/2010 – JERUSALEM (DPA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday called on the Palestinian leadership to not look “for excuses” to avoid direct peace negotiations and to drop their preconditions for such talks. Defending his policies in a special Knesset session called by the opposition, he also blamed the Palestinians for not wanting to recognize Israel’….

Clinton: US working non-stop to advance talks
11/4/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The US is working constantly to get Israel and the PLO to resume negotiations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Thursday.”We are working on a non-stop basis with our Israeli and Palestinian friends to design a way forward,” Clinton said at a news conference with Prime Minister John Key….

Mubarak worried about Middle East, Egyptian official says
11/4/2010 – JERUSALEM (DPA) — President Hosni Mubarak is “worried” about the future of the Middle East and Egypt is interested in making a breakthrough in the peace process, Egyptian security chief Omar Suleiman said in Jerusalem Thursday. Speaking as he was about to meet Israeli President Shimon Peres, Suleiman said that he had been sent to Jerusalem….

Fatah official: Gaza fighters will be protected under unity pact
11/5/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Members of armed Palestinian groups will be protected under security arrangements that are a part of a planned unity agreement, a senior Fatah official in Gaza said Thursday.” We are protecting resistance which is committed to the political decision,” Faisal Abu Shahla said in an interview. He was referring to….

Former PA security chief criticizes training protocol
11/4/2010 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Fatah Central Committee member and former head of the Palestinian General Intelligence Major General Tawfiq At-Tirawi criticized Wednesday what he called the exorbitant costs of training officers abroad. Currently head of the Board of Trustees at the Palestinian Academy for Security Sciences in Jericho, At-Tirawi said training one brigade of security….

28 detained in PA arrest campaign
11/4/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian police detained 28 men from Tulkarem and Jericho on Thursday, all of them allegedly fugitives. Among the detainees were 25 from Tulkarem, 19 who were wanted for arrest and another six who had been summoned to answer complaints. In Jericho, police seized three suspected drug dealers as part of a….

Election fraud fears raised ahead of Jordan vote
11/4/2010 – AMMAN, Jordan (DPA) — Jordan’s state-funded human rights watchdog said Thursday it was concerned about new methods of “vote buying” and other election fraud tactics ahead of next week’s polls.” Such recurrent political and social pressures which seek to affect the fairness of the polling process do not live up to the….

Fears rise over Hezbollah reaction if indicted in Hariri murder
11/4/2010 – BEIRUT (DPA) — Members of the Western-backed ruling majority in Lebanon said Thursday they feared the Hezbollah-led opposition may try to destabilize the country if its members are indicted in the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri. Hezbollah, the powerful Shiite Muslim militant group backed by Syria and Iran, and its allies boycotted the….

Palestine Note

Iran detains suspected UK-linked militants
Palestine Note 4 Nov 2010 – Washington – Iran’s Press TV has reported that 4 suspects linked to a Kurdish fighter in Britain have been detained for carrying out a series of assassination, Al Jazeera reported Thursday. “Iran’s intelligence ministry says it…

Syria welcomes Cyprus’ support of returning Golan Heights
Palestine Note 4 Nov 2010 – Washington – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad applauded Cyprus’ “independent” stance of returning the Golan Heights territory to Syria, a position that the EU does not share, Ynet News reported Thursday. Israel captured the region in 1967…

Egypt conveys concern over region
Palestine Note 4 Nov 2010 – Washington – Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omer Suleiman met with President Shimon Peres to discuss ways to save the stalled peace talks as well the security issues of the region, Haaretz reported Thursday. “[Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak…

Israel UK strategic forum relocated to Israel
Palestine Note 4 Nov 2010 – Washington – Due to a British law that allows for the arrest of those accused of war crimes, an annual strategic forum for Israeli and British officials has been relocated from London to Israel, Haaretz reported…

Abbas: Iran is sabotaging peace efforts
Palestine Note 4 Nov 2010 – Palestinian leadership is also considering asking the US to draft a framework agreement for a permanent resolution in the Middle East. Washington – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Iran of using Islamist elements to sabotage the…

Israel suspends strategic dialogue with UK
Palestine Note 4 Nov 2010 – Protesting a law that allows for prosecution of Israeli officials, the governments holds off on annual security talks. Washington – The Israeli government has postponed its strategic dialogue with Britain on security matters in protest of…

Aljazeera

Iran detains ‘UK-linked fighters’
AlJazeera 4 Nov 2010 – State TV says four people are arrested on suspicion of belonging to a Kurdish rebel cell funded by a UK-based commander.

Iran detains two in stoning case
AlJazeera 4 Nov 2010 – A human rights group urges the release of the son and lawyer of an Iranian woman sentenced to death on adultery charges.

Palestine News Network

Violent Soldier Receives Lax Sentence
PNN – Tel Aviv – PNN – A lieutenant in the Israeli Army was convicted of the beating of a fellow soldier and sentenced to a demotion and 21 days of community service. The…

Israel’s Military Says Gaza Attack Was Coordinated With The White House
PNN – Gaza — PNN – Israeli news sources reported on Thursday that the attack which left a Palestinian man killed and four others injured yesterday was coordinated with the White house. During an…

Britain And The Increasing Nonviolent Resistance
PNN – Fadi Abu Sa’da — PNN Editor in Chief — It was vey strange that the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, came to visit Israeli and the Palestinian Territories in the same day…

Israel Refuses To Allow Former Palestinian PM To Use Allenby Bridge
PNN – Bethlehem — PNN — Israeli authorities prevented former Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia from crossing the Allenby Bridge in to Jordan on Wednesday. The former Prime Minister has used the bridge many…

Israel Reject’s UNESCOs Decisions on Shrines
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon follows Netanyahu in condemning UNESCO for naming several religious sights as holy to both Muslims and Jews. Ayalon said that Israel has no…

No Comment: Soldiers And Settlers Abuse A Palestinian Child
PNN – PNN — Hebron — The following is a video released on YouTube documenting Israeli soldiers and settlers abusing a Palestinian child in Hebron, southern West Bank.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

A Person Killed and Two Others Wounded, Including a Woman, in Two Separate Incidents in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Field Update Yesterday, ‘Alaa’ al-Souri was killed and another person was wounded due to being fired at by a gunman in al-Shati’ refugee camp. In a separate incident, I’timad al-Taweel was mistakenly wounded by a live bullet, when her son was cleaning a gun in Sheikh Redwan neighborhood. Such two incidents are part of the state of security chaos and

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

Jerusalem Post

Abbas: PA won’t share security powers with Hamas
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – PA president’s comments come as unity talks set to resume; on Israel – If there’s no settlement freeze, I’ll turn to Obama or the UN.

Clinton: Abbas ‘made clear’ he would accept peace terms
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Former US president offers new insights at NY ceremony marking Rabin anniversary, recalls trust inspired by slain prime minister.

Cooperation with UNESCO only partially suspended
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Israel notifies it refuses to cooperate with the execution of any part of decision calling Jewish Landmarks part of “occupied Palestinian territory.”

PA gives US 2 more weeks to get direct talks restarted
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – PA chief negotiator meets with US Middle East envoy Mitchell in Washington; Never mind Arab League’s looming deadline, says Erekat; Netanyahu to travel to US for talks with Biden, Clinton and Jewish leaders.

Hague: We’ll amend universal jurisdiction within a year
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Visiting British FM vows to make it safe for Israeli officials to travel to UK; urges settlement freeze, vows to confront Iran nuclear threat.

Hague promises Israelis can soon land safely in London
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – British foreign secretary publicly commits to cancel universal jurisdiction after Israel officials cancel trips.

ADL, AJC slam UNESCO over philosophy event in Iran
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – World Philosophy Day, a day of debate, will be held in Teheran; AJC: “UNESCO is bolstering Ahmadinejad’s propaganda.”

Barak: ‘Labor needs to stop the backstabbing’
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Ben-Eliezer says he did not plan to attack Labor Party’s leadership, after Eini calls Defense Minister an “idiot.”

Barak: ‘Labor needs to stop the never-ending backstabbing’
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Ben-Eliezer says he did not plan to attack Labor Party’s leadership, after Eini calls Defense Minister an “idiot.”

‘Cairo wants a breakthrough in the peace process’
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Egyptian intelligence chief meets with Peres, Netanyahu in Jerusalem; PM emphasizes the need for regional security.

Peres, Suleiman discuss peace talks in Jerusalem
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Suleiman: “Egypt is interested in making a breakthrough in the peace process;” Peres discusses Gilad Schalit.

Hizbullah boycotts Lebanese talks over UN tribunal
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Many fear violence if UN probe indicts Hizbullah members in bombing that killed former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Ben-Eliezer denies coordinating campaign to oust Barak
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Industry, Trade and Labor Minister says he did not plan to attack Labor Party’s leadership under Barak with Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini.

State rejects call to investigate Barak over foreign worker
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Right-wing organization petitioned High Court over Defense Minister’s illegal hiring of a foreign domestic worker.

Bill Clinton: Abbas has approved the terms of an agreement
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – In an op-ed marking the death of prime minister Yitzah Rabin, the former US president expresses an optimism for a successful outcome to peace talks.

‘Barak will continue to lead the Labor Party’
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – Defense minister’s office responds to Ben-Eliezer and Eini’s calls to replace Labor’s leadership; Barak to Eini: “shed your ‘street language.'”

Gov’t index shows increasing PA incitement against Israel
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2010 – PM: Just as in Israel there is no rejection of the other side, so too do we expect the Palestinians to act and to educate for peace.

Alleged Jerusalem serial child molester charged
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2010 – Suspect confesses he abused children around his current apartment and in another neighborhood in Jerusalem; police find photos in apartment.

Child abuse is underreported throughout country
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2010 – Percentage of sexual abuse cases reported are higher in Jerusalem; the 33,751 child abuse cases reported in 2009 “only the tip of the iceberg.”

Israel Factor: is a Republican Congress better for Israel?
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2010 – The panel thinks GOP-ruled congress will favor Israel, but aren’t happy — some want the checks and balances to also be applied to Israeli policies.

International Solidarity Movement

Action Alert: Tell your MP that war criminals should be prosecuted not welcomed!
11/4/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary William Hague reiterated the government’s commitment to urgently resolve the “unacceptable situation” with regard to universal jurisdiction during his visit to Israel. The coalition government want to change the current legislation to give the Director of Public Prosecutions power over issuing arrest warrants against alleged international…. Related: Israel welcomes British promise to change arrest law andBritain working to change arrest law, Hague says

Ha’aretz

Hebrew U.: Harassment by El Al security could harm Israeli science
Ha’aretz – Neuroscientist Heather Bradshaw says she was interrogated, searched with no explanation by El Al security en route to Hebrew Univerity conference.

AG won’t charge Barak for his wife’s hiring of illegal worker
Ha’aretz – The announcement came in response to a petition submitted by the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, demanding an investigation against Barak.

‘U.S.-bound mail bomb disarmed 17 minutes before detonation’
Ha’aretz – French Interior Minister provides no other details about the incident; both mail bombs sent were addressed to Chicago-area synagogues.

Minibus driver charged with causing deaths of 7 family members in August train collision
Ha’aretz – Driver’s lawyer denies charges, claims failed lookout, poor visibility caused fatal accident.

Barak vows to continue on as Labor chair despite bid to outflank him
Ha’aretz – Infrastructure Minister Ben-Eliezer and Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini, two of Labor’s big bosses, spoke out against the defense minister’s leadership the night before.

Burst pipe paralyzes traffic on north Tel Aviv drag
Ha’aretz – Police report heavy congestion on north Tel Aviv roads, Ayalon highway.

Cab driver shot dead during botched arrest attempt in northern Israel
Ha’aretz – Police officers arrived at the man’s house following a report of domestic violence; officer says he was forced to open fire after driver tried to run him over.

Is Ehud Barak’s political career finally over?
Ha’aretz – Labor Party’s Ofer Eini and Benjamin Ben-Eliezer move to outflank Defense Minister and party chairman.

Government may cover cost of medicinal marijuana
Ha’aretz – Health Ministry Committee recommends drug be covered by national health basket and more doctors be authorized to prescribe it.

Smoke and flames at Ben Gurion as airport drills for disaster
Ha’aretz – Emergency services carry out large-scale exercise to test readiness for a major air crash.

Hamas: Peace talks with Israel are dividing the Palestinian people
Ha’aretz – Senior Hamas politburo member says that reconcilliation with Fatah is not imminent; calls peace talks with Israel ‘futile’.

Egypt intelligence chief to Peres: Mubarak is worried about region
Ha’aretz – Omar Suleiman visits Israel to help jump start Middle East peace talks; Peres: Egypt is always attentive to needs of all sides.

Arrest fears prompt Israel to relocate strategic forum with U.K.
Ha’aretz – U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain will soon change a law that has threatened Israeli officials with arrest for war crimes if they visit Britain.

Israel welcomes British promise to change controversial arrest law
Ha’aretz – U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain will soon change a law that has threatened Israeli officials with arrest for war crimes if they visit Britain., In interview with Kuwait…

Clinton: U.S. working non-stop to advance Mideast peace process
Ha’aretz – U.S. Secretary of State confirms plans to meet Netanyahu in Washington, says Obama administration believes Palestinians and Israelis will find a way.

IDF spokeswoman completely denies hinting Israel coordinated Gaza hit with Washington
Ha’aretz – IDF confirms assassinating Army of Islam operative Mohammed Nimnim, killed earlier Wednesday when his car exploded in Gaza City.

Republican sweep in House leaves Mideast players uncertain over U.S. policy
Ha’aretz – Many members of Netanyahu’s circle believe Obama will now be more constrained in pressure, while some Palestinian officials sure U.S. stance won’t change.

Israeli army raids Hebron and Bethlehem, detains many
4 Nov 2010 – West Bank, November 4, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces arrested early today four Palestinians after a raid carried out by the Israeli occupation forces on the Governorate of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank. The Hebrew Radio said: “The army arrested four Palestinians claiming they are wanted militants in Bethlehem and taken to investigation without revealing their names.” Israeli occupation…

Israel Hints It Cleared Killing of Gaza Islamist With US
4 Nov 2010 – Gaza, November 4, (Pal Telegraph -Anti War) Mohammed Nimnim, a commander in the Army of Islam group in the Gaza Strip, was assassinated yesterday by the Israeli government in what Gaza security forces say was a car bombing, with an explosive planted under the driver’s seat of his car. Israeli military officials confirmed the attack, saying they had worked with…

Uruknet

None of us were like this before: American soldiers and torture
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – …As this book will make clear, some US forces tortured and abused detainees even before government officials drafted and disseminated memos permitting coercive interrogation and certain “harsh” techniques. (There were, however, early cases of US abuse and torture after the Bush administration lessened certain provisions of the Geneva Conventions by refusing to classify detainees as…

Israeli Army Invades Central Gaza
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – Israeli soldiers, supported by a number of armored vehicles and tanks, invaded on Wednesday evening an area east of al-Boreij refugee camp in central Gaza. Eyewitnesses reported that two Merkava tanks and an armored vehicle advanced 200 meters into the camp. The army fired one shell and dozens of rounds of live ammunition before leaving…

The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – Shir Hever, a radical Israeli economist, recently wrote an article which posed the question: ‘Why does Israel continue to occupy the Palestinians?’ That is also one of the major questions addressed in his new book, an ambitious work on the political economy of the occupation. Hever is an academic/activist on the Israeli Left with a…

US Elections: America’s Right Turn
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – Since the 1980s, neoliberalism dominated US politics under Democrats and Republicans. Bush I continued Reagan policies. Clinton hardened them. Bush II much more, and Obama so far matched Star Trek, going where no administration went before. Count the ways. They’re manyfold, favoring business over popular interests, yet he’s accused of being socialist. On November 2,…

Iran detains ‘UK-linked fighters’
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – Iran says it has arrested four people suspected of carrying out a string of assassinations at the request of a Kurdish fighter based in Britain. “Iran’s intelligence ministry says it has arrested four Britain-linked terrorists in the western city of Marivan, who carried out five assassinations in the last two years,” state-run Press TV said…

Gaza on Canvas With Mohammed Al-Hawajri
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – The devastated Gaza strip, still reeling from Operation Cast Lead and scarred by chronic rates of poverty and malnutrition, would be few artists’ idea of a creative paradise. For Mohammed Al-Hawajri, recently honoured with Birzeit University’s artist of the month award, the “life rich in details and contradictions” is one he would not swap for…

The Anti-Empire ReportJon Stewart and the left
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – …”Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel,” said Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in a sermon in Israel on October 16. Rabbi Yosef is the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and the founder and spiritual leader of the Shas…

Boycott victory: Africa Israel suspends settlement construction
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – Africa Israel, the flagship company of Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, announced this week that it is no longer involved in Israeli settlement projects and that it has no plans for future settlement activities. Africa Israel subsequently denied that this was a political decision. However, in the last few years numerous organizations, firms, governments and celebrities…

US sides with Iran in denouncing rebel group
Uruknet November 4, 2010 — The State Department named a Sunni militant group in Iran to a U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations on Wednesday, a move likely to be welcomed by Tehran just weeks before the resumption of talks over its disputed nuclear program… Suzanne Maloney, an Iran expert at the Brookings Institution, said that the designation could be…

What ruling class split on Israel?
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – … Again, this is further evidence that Obama is wavering between maximal support for Likudnik policies of territorial maximalism, policies that the Lobby strongly supports, and a Fayyad-Abbas-brokered apartheid-lite arrangement, policies that J Street strongly supports. There is no significant element in the policy-making apparatus of the American government that supports either a one-state “solution” or…

Israel ambushes Hague over arrest warrants
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – Israel and Britain moved last night to limit the damage of an Israeli diplomatic ambush that threatened to overshadow the first official visit to the Middle East by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary. British officials were infuriated yesterday when Mr Hague arrived in the region to be confronted with the news that Israel had unilaterally…

Intimidation Continues in Susiya as Peace Activists Are Arrested
Uruknet Novrember 4, 2010 – Two activists from the Jewish-Arab equality group Ta’ayush were arrested while assisting olive farmers in Susiya village on Saturday. The harvest had been interrupted by Israeli soldiers who claimed the land was disputed, although Israeli government-issued aerial maps showed it to be Palestinian…

Palestinian refugees and direct negotiations
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – Leaks from Washington and those involved in the inner circles of the peace negotiations suggest that the right of return for Palestinian refugees is on the point of being sacrificed. The US is insisting that anyone agreeing to negotiate with Israel must abandon this fundamental issue. The right of return is, literally, reaching a point…

The significance of Israel’s “loyalty oath”
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – The Israeli cabinet is to bring in legislation requiring those applying for Israeli citizenship to pledge their loyalty to “the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state”. Presently they must pledge loyalty only to “the state of Israel”. The move is clearly discriminatory and would not apply to Jewish immigrants, but only to…

Guant?°namo, Exception or Rule?All-American Justice for a Child Soldier at Obama’s Gitmo
Uruknet November 4, 2010 – …Alas, in so many ways Guant?°namo is not the exception but far closer to the rule of our criminal justice system, and the case of Omar Khadr, rather than being an anomaly of the War on Terror, is in all too many ways positively all-American. To be sure, taking a child soldier you’ve captured in…

Kufur Qasim Massacre: The Triumph of Memory
Uruknet November 3, 2010 – On October 29, 1956, the Israel Border Police (Magav) announced a sudden curfew on the village of Kufur Qasim located on the Israeli side of the Green Line. Colonel Yiskhar Shadmi, then the Brigade Commander of Israel’s Central District, gathered the border patrol battalion commanders and instructed them to shot and kill anyone found outside…

Israel suspends ‘dialogue’ with UK
Uruknet November 3, 2010 – Israel has postponed all strategic dialogue with Britain in protest at a law which allows UK courts to prosecute visiting Israeli officials for alleged war crimes. Strategic dialogue between the two countries takes place annually and focuses on defence and security issues. “The strategic dialogue has indeed been postponed,” Yigal Palmor, a foreign ministry spokesman,…

Israel hints it cleared killing of Gaza Islamist with Washington
Uruknet November 3, 2010 – The Israel Defense Forces hinted on Wednesday that its assassination of a Islamist militant leader in Gaza had been cleared in advance with Washington. Asked whether Israel had coordinated the hit on Mohammed Nimnim, a commander in the Army of Islam group, with its American ally, an army spokeswoman said. “Without getting specifically into more…

More on the purposeful construction of Israeli paranoia
Uruknet November 3, 2010 – Two posts ago I discussed the Israeli media reporting of a recent poll, and I highlighted how the framing of the matter contributes to Israeli fears, which run directly counter to the attitudes required to make genuine peace. Today we have another striking example. The Jerusalem Post (again) announces:

Untouchable! Criticism and Resistance in Times of Social Media
Uruknet November 3, 2010 -Last weekend a friend of mine, an activist for the good Palestinian cause, got deleted on Facebook by a highschool friend she had obviously known for many years. My friend wrote to her now previous friend, asking for a reason. The response came swiftly: “I hope you know that my husband is Jewish.” No, she didn’t…

Daily Star

Egypt tells Israel peace process must move forward
Daily Star 4 Nov 2010 Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman met Israeli leaders Thursday and said the prospect of renewed Middle East peace talks with the Palestinians must not be allowed to slip away. “We are very concerned about moving the…

Assad: Cyprus key ally within EU in efforts to recover Golan
Daily Star 4 Nov 2010 NICOSIA: Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday Cyprus is an important ally within the European Union in Damascus’ efforts to recover the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and secure regional peace. “I want to thank the Cyprus government…

Syrian internet law threatens to snuff out online freedom
Daily Star 4 Nov 2010 DAMASCUS: Syria is preparing to vote on an internet law that has raised concerns about online media in a country which already keeps a tight control of the Web and where access to at least 240…

Iranian protesters bash US, UK on anniversary of 1979 embassy raid
Daily Star 4 Nov 2010 TEHRAN: Demonstrators chanted “Down with America” outside the former US Embassy and pelted the British diplomatic compound with eggs and tomatoes Thursday in separate rallies held under tight security but without challenges from opposition groups. The…

The Guardian

Window of opportunity for two-state solution is closing, William Hague warns Israel
The Guardian 4 Nov 2010 – British foreign secretary ends two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories with call for Netanyahu to renew freeze on settlement construction to allow talks to resume William Hague warned today that the window of opportunity…

Israeli army chief’s letter on military conduct to be read to every soldier
The Guardian 4 Nov 2010 – Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi’s letter comes after backlash against prosecution of military personnel The Israeli military chief of staff has sent a letter outlining his “personal thoughts on ethics” which will be read to every soldier…

Relief Web

OPT: Summer camp supports Bedouin communities facing demolition threat
Relief Web 4 Nov 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

OPT: EU Commissioner?†tefan F?ºlesigns a ‚Ǩ20 million contribution to UNRWA during his visit
Relief Web 4 Nov 2010 – Source: European Union, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

A Person Killed and Two Others Wounded, Including a Woman, in Two Separate Incidents in Gaza
Relief Web 4 Nov 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

European Union contributes ‚Ǩ20.7 million to the Palestinian Authority’s payment of October salaries and pensions
Relief Web 4 Nov 2010 – Source: European Union

Stop The Wall

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

Agreement: Settlers to seal El Matan synagogue
YNet News – State Prosecution, residents of West Bank outpost reach deal according to which….

Syria hails Cyprus’ support on Golan Heights
YNet News – In Nicosia, Assad says Cyprus can help other EU countries ‘more deeply….

IDF detains kids for picking olives
YNet News – Officer reprimands kids aged 6, 11, and 12 for taking handful of olives from….

PA: Israel punishing our leaders
YNet News – After Israeli soldiers’ refusal to let former Palestinian PM Qureia into Jordan….

Barak responds to ‘idiot’ insult
YNet News – In radio interview, Labor chair says Histadrut chairman’s televised ‘ahbal’….

Clinton: Complete Rabin’s work
YNet News – Former US president says on 15th anniversary of Rabin assassination that, had he….

Abbas: Israel building ferociously in Jerusalem
YNet News – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated that he would not resume direct peace talks with Israel until it freezes construction in the West Bank’s settlements. …….

Palestinians to give US peace effort more time
YNet News – The Palestinians will give the United States several more weeks to try to relaunch direct peace talks with Israel, but will not buckle on their key demand for a halt to …….

Israel ranked 15th in quality of life
YNet News – The United Nations ranked Israel 15th in its annual flagship report on comprehensive human development, which was published on Thursday. The Human Development Report, …….

Hague to Israel: UK will amend war crimes law
YNet News – Foreign Secretary William Hague pledged on Thursday that Britain would act fast to amend a law that puts visiting Israeli officials at risk of arrest for alleged war …….

Barak: Labor has not lost its way
YNet News – “We have not lost our way even after Yitzhak (Rabin) passed on,” Labor Chairman Ehud Barak said Thursday during a special faction meeting marking the 15th anniversary of …….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel slams Arab incitement, ignores clarion Jewish racism
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – Is a state like Israel, whose entire existence has been based on ethnic cleansing, land theft, and mendacity, qualified to preach to the world about incitement.?

Jewish settlers annex Palestinian land south of Nablus
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – Jewish settlers from Eli settlement south of Nablus started to bulldoze Palestinian land near their settlement on Thursday without prior notice, eyewitnesses reported.

IOF kidnap two brothers of prisoner in PA jails in Al-Khalil
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Wednesday evening the house of a prisoner in Fatah’s jails in the West Bank called Bajis Amro and kidnapped two of his brothers.

Israel razes two Palestinian homes in Ara
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – Israeli bulldozers razed two Palestinian homes in Ara village, in the Triangle area occupied since 1948, at the pretext of lack of construction permits.

IOA detains Palestinian recently released after serving 25-year sentence
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) held Omar Al-Barghouthi in administrative detention for six months, his family members said on Thursday.

Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – The Israeli government decided to suspend cooperation with the UNESCO in protest over its decision that considered Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque in Bethlehem an Islamic mosque and heritage.

UK foreign minister handed letter from Jerusalemite officials facing exile
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – A Jerusalemite delegation handed on Wednesday visiting British foreign minister William Hague a letter from the Palestinian officials threatened with expulsion from their native city.

Hamas, Fatah to meet in Damascus to discuss reform of security apparatuses
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – Hamas and Fatah intend in the next few days to hold a meeting in Damascus to discuss the rebuilding of the Palestinian security apparatuses in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Abu Arafa: IOA linking Jerusalemite deputies issue to the exchange deal
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – Khaled Abu Arafa has revealed that the IOA was linking cancellation of the deportation of four Jerusalemite deputies to the conclusion of the prisoners’ exchange deal with the Palestinian factions.

IOF declares responsibility for killing Namnam, raids central Gaza
PIC 4 Nov 2010 – Israel’s internal security apparatus the Shin Bet declared responsibility on Wednesday for the assassination of Mohammed Al-Namnam earlier in the day in Gaza.

Los Angeles Times

A Cairo newspaper peddler’s route through a city of change
LA Times 4 Nov 2010 – Here’s Mahmoud Mohamed, ink-stained and dusty, sandals scuffing as he steers his cart. He starts amid clatter and bustle but when he’s done in the predawn, Egypt’s busy capital hears itself breathe. He’s fast, pushing crooked wheels and a stack of newspapers through the bright Cairo night. They all know him and wave. Here comes Mahmoud Mohamed, ink-stained and dusty, sandals scuffing.

U.S. gets some love, and hate, in Tehran
LA Times 5 Nov 2010 – Officials praise Washington for placing an Iranian insurgent group on its terrorism list even as crowds mark the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy hostage-taking in 1979 with chants of ‘Death to America.’ Supporters of Iran’s government took to the streets of the capital Thursday to denounce the United States on the 31st anniversary of the takeover of the American Embassy compound, even as the nation’s Foreign Ministry praised Washington for placing an Iranian militant group on a list of outlawed terrorist organizations.

New York Times

World Briefing | Middle East: Israel: Officials Cancel Trip To Britain
New York Times 4 Nov 2010 – A Foreign Ministry official confirmed Wednesday that Israeli officials would not travel to London this month for an annual British-Israeli strategic dialogue because of the fear of arrest.

Misc

AL KHALIL (HEBRON): Two Palestinians killed, four families made homeless.
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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Palestinian family awakens to discover 100 mature grapevines destroyed
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AT-TUWANI/ABORIGINAL JUSTICE REFLECTION: Seeking the peace of Palestine by engaging our own settler reality
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Gaza on Canvas With Mohammed Al-Hawajri
Palestine Monitor – The devastated Gaza strip, still reeling from Operation Cast Lead and scarred by chronic rates of poverty and malnutrition, would be few artists’ idea of a creative paradise. For Mohammed Al-Hawajri, recently honoured with Birzeit University’s artist of the month award, the “life rich in details…

Olly and the Olive Factory
Palestine Monitor – The olive harvest is the definitive Mediterranean tradition. From the Pyrennes to the Atlases, Tunis to Athens, Jerusalem to Damascus, farmers and families are climbing trees and filling sacks in their grey-green groves. But before these kilos can be poured on pasta, heated to fry, or…

A tale of two ghettos
Mondoweiss – var docstoc_docid=”59555963″;var docstoc_title=”truthbombsissue92″;var docstoc_urltitle=”truthbombsissue92″; truthbombsissue92 The images above are raising some hackles, especially the comparison between the Warsaw ghetto and Gaza today. They are from the current issue of Adbusters magazine, which had 3,500 copies taken off the racks of Shoppers Drug Mart,Canada’s largest drugstore chain,…

The real Yitzhak Rabin
Mondoweiss – Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of when former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli extremist for Rabin’s signing of the Oslo Accords with Yasir Arafat. With the anniversary comes the obligatory mourning of Rabin as a “man of peace,” as the…

Neocons didn’t gain traction with Jewish voters. Hmmm
Mondoweiss – Eli Clifton at Lobelog says that Bill Kristol and his neocon outfit, the Emergency Committee for Israel, had little traction in the midterm election; and that Jews continue to vote Democratic, and Iran and Israel are not big issues for them: Hawkish astroturf groups such as…

‘Israeli Occupation Awareness Week’ comes to Brandeis
Mondoweiss – From a press release: Brandeis University, America’s only non-sectarian Jewish University, has long been a hotbed of controversy on matters related to the conflict in Israel-Palestine. In contrast to conventional wisdom, the student body does not fall lock step in line with AIPAC, the ADL, and…

Bill Clinton slightly tweaks Netanyahu, goes on to say very little
Mondoweiss – Rabin was assassinated 15 years ago today. Bill Clinton is on the NYT op-ed page with a piece called, “Finish Rabin’s Work,” saying it is time to cut the two-state deal we all know everyone agreed on. A reader writes, “The only really interesting part is…

Misc 2

Israel Blocking Palestinian Officials from Using Main Jordan Crossing
Al-Manar 4 Nov 2010 – Israeli occupation authorities have decided to block any Palestinian official aside from the president and prime minister from crossing over the Allenby Bridge from the West Bank into Jordan. Coordinator of Government Activities in the West Bank Eitan Dangot announced the decision late Wednesday. …

Detainee still in jail months after serving term
Sabr 4 Nov 2010 – GAZA CITY ( Ma’an ) — Protesting a 3-month delay of his release, a Gaza man held in Israel’s Negev prison went on hunger strike Monday, a prisoners support group reported. Shadi Abu Al-Hussein, 34, from the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, was due for release on…

Israeli court sentences Gaza man
Sabr 4 Nov 2010 – BETHLEHEM ( Ma’an ) — A Beersheba court sentenced a Gaza man to six and a half years in Israeli custody on Wednesday, the Center for the Study of Detainees in Gaza said. Tareq Abed Rabbo, from the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, was born in 1976….

Woman demands prison transfer
Sabr 4 Nov 2010 – SALFIT ( Ma’an ) — A woman in Israeli detention ended her hunger strike on Wednesday, after prison officials said they would examine her request to be transferred to a different institution, where her sister remains in custody. The Salfit Prisoners Center said lanan Abu Ghilmah had initially…

UK warning about Mid-East talks
BBC 4 Nov 2010 – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague warns that “the window is closing” on a Middle East peace deal and expresses frustration over a diplomatic row with Israel.

Iran ‘arrests four UK-linked men’
BBC 4 Nov 2010 – Iran arrests four people it says were paid by a man based in Britain to carry out assassinations, says Iran’s state broadcaster, in allegations the UK describes as “baseless”.

(en) Southern-Africa, New releases from Zabalaza Books as of November 2010
A-infos 4 Nov 2010 – Organisation Section: —- Back to the Roots: Anarchists as Revolutionary Organisers by Ian Martin — From Reform to Revolution by Ian Martin — The Intersections of Anarchism and Community Organising by Dave —- Active Revolution by James Mumm —- An Anarchist Reader – for Effective Organising (…

Articles


Thought crimes in Israel
Neve Gordon, London Review of Books, Redress11/5/2010
Would Meryl Streep, Spike Lee, Tim Robbins or Susan Sarandon be willing to swear an oath of loyalty to the United States and its policies in order to receive public funding for feature films that they star in, direct or produce? In Israel, the far-right Knesset member Michael Ben Ari has proposed a bill that would require entire film crews to pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, and to declare loyalty to its laws and symbols, as a condition for receiving public funding. It’s just one of more than 10 bills to be discussed during the Knesset’s winter session that several commentators in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz have characterized as proto-fascist.
As in most countries, all new Israeli citizens must declare loyalty to the state and its laws, but the cabinet last month decided to support (22 in favour, eight against) an amendment to Israel’s citizenship law that would require all newly naturalized citizens to declare loyalty to the Jewish character of the state. In Britain, this would be like requiring Jews, Muslims and atheists who wish to become citizens to declare loyalty not only to the laws of the United Kingdom but also to the Church of England.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has warned that this amendment, which will soon become law, is the tip of an iceberg. Some of the bills now going through the Knesset, which have a good chance of being ratified, would make support for an alternative political ideology, such as the idea that Israel should be a democracy for all its citizens, a crime.
A proposed amendment to the existing anti-incitement bill, for instance, stipulates that people who deny Israel’s Jewish character will be arrested. This extension to the penal code, which has already passed its preliminary reading, incriminates a political view….more.. e-mail


The significance of Israel’s ‘loyalty oath’
Jean Shaoul, WSWS, Axis of Logic11/4/2010
The Israeli cabinet is to bring in legislation requiring those applying for Israeli citizenship to pledge their loyalty to “the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state”. Presently they must pledge loyalty only to “the state of Israel”.
The move is clearly discriminatory and would not apply to Jewish immigrants, but only to Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank or other foreigners who marry Arab citizens of Israel. Non-Jewish immigrants would have to sign up to an ideology that excludes the one fifth of Israel’s existing population that is Arab.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also demanded that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recognise the Jewish character of the state of Israel as a precondition for talks. For him to do so would mean acknowledging that Palestinians who fled or were driven out of their homes in 1948 and 1967 and their descendants have no right of return to Israel and would also jeopardise the status of Israel’s Palestinian citizens.
The cabinet has in addition backed legislation calling for a national referendum before any of the illegally occupied territories—East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights—is ceded to the Palestinians or Syrians in a peace agreement, compromising the chance of any such agreements being secured.
A raft of further discriminatory and anti-democratic legislation is in the pipeline, including a loyalty oath for Israeli parliamentarians aimed at Palestinian MPs. Parliament is discussing legislation that would make it a criminal offence to deny the existence of Israel, or mark the anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe, as the Palestinians call the day that Israel was established. It would be an offence to carry material promoting the boycott of Israel. Governmental organisations in receipt of funds from other nations would have to declare all contributions. — See also: Israel to discuss loyalty oath bill Sunday more.. e-mail

Obama’s Middle East policy a failure
Reza Aslan, Ma’an News Agency11/4/2010
Last September, when President Obama invited Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House to launch a new round of peace talks, he invoked the great historical figures on both sides of the conflict who had come before them. “Each of you are the heirs of peacemakers who dared greatly — Begin and Sadat, Rabin and King Hussein — statesmen who saw the world as it was but also imagined the world as it should be,” the president said. “It is the shoulders of our predecessors upon which we stand. It is their work that we carry on.”
What Obama failed to mention is that for all of their effort and sacrifice, none of those brave statesmen managed to bring the Israelis and Palestinians one step closer to peace. Indeed, after three decades of agreements and accords, initiatives and “road maps,” we are arguably further than ever from achieving a viable two-state solution to this seemingly intractable conflict.
It was precisely this record of abject failure that President Obama promised to reverse when he first came into the White House. He said he would think outside of the box and bring a fresh perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He would be an honest broker, someone who could force both sides to make the sacrifices necessary for peace to prevail.
Yet in his two years in office, President Obama has offered no substantive policy shift from previous administrations, no specific proposals for achieving peace between the two sides, no framework for dealing with final status issues, nothing fresh or new whatsoever save for an unbounded sense of confidence that he could achieve in a year what all of his predecessors, going back to Jimmy Carter, failed to achieve in their entire tenures in office. more.. e-mail

Boycott victory: Africa Israel suspends settlement construction
Electronic Intifada: 4 Nov 2010 – Africa Israel, the flagship company of Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, announced this week that it is no longer involved in Israeli settlement projects and that it has no plans for future settlement activities.more

Interview: Budrus “built a model of civil resistance”
Electronic Intifada: 4 Nov 2010 – This Sunday, 7 November, will mark exactly seven years since Ayed Morrar first saw Israeli bulldozers arrive to destroy the land of his village, Budrus, in the occupied West Bank. Ayed al-Morrar, founder of the first popular committee to resist Israel’s wall, discusses with The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre his village’s struggle and victory and the future of the movement.more

Gaza on Canvas With Mohammed Al-Hawajri
Palestine Monitor: 4 Nov 2010 – The devastated Gaza strip, still reeling from Operation Cast Lead and scarred by chronic rates of poverty and malnutrition, would be few artists’ idea of a creative paradise. For Mohammed Al-Hawajri, recently honoured with Birzeit University’s artist of the month award, the “life rich in details and contradictions” is one he would not swap for Manhattan or Barcelona. Mohammed, 34, is a lifelong resident of the strip, although his exhibitions have travelled the world. He works in varied forms, including sculpture, photography and video art, but his preferred tool is a pencil. “I love simply drawing,” he says, “it is the origin and beginning of art.” He moved into other forms to bypass Gaza’s movement restrictions, as photography and video are better suited to the internet. Mohammed’s most striking works, which earned him his first solo exhibition outside the strip, (in Ramallah, 2000) feature the prominent use of bones and…more

Olly and the Olive Factory
Palestine Monitor: 3 Nov 2010 – The olive harvest is the definitive Mediterranean tradition. From the Pyrennes to the Atlases, Tunis to Athens, Jerusalem to Damascus, farmers and families are climbing trees and filling sacks in their grey-green groves. But before these kilos can be poured on pasta, heated to fry, or soaked in bread, the olives must go to a press. Palestine Monitor visited Ramallah’s downtown olive press to see how the season’s harvest gets from the raw to the extra virgin. The first phase of the olive press: all the olives from one batch are put in this funnel. From the funnel, a conveyor belt carries the olives to the washer. The manager demonstrates how the entire press operation is controlled. Ramallah’s downtown olive press was founded in 1972 and when in season, it produces on average 2.5 tons of olive oil a day. In the washer, twigs and dirt are removed from the…more

Conned by Democracy: The Middle East’s Stagnant ‘Change’
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Nov 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud Democracy in the Middle East continues to be a hugely popular topic of discussion. Its virtues are tirelessly praised by rulers and oppositions alike, by intellectuals and ordinary people, by political prisoners and their prison guards. Yet, in actuality, it also remains an illusion, if not a front to ensure the demise of any real possibility of public participation in decision-making. Bahrain was the latest Arab country to hold free and fair elections. It managed a reasonable voter turnout of 67 percent. The opposition also did very well, winning 45 percent of the seats. In terms of fairness and transparency, the Bahraini elections could serve as an excellent example of how ‘things are changing’ in the Middle East. More, they might provide Western leaders, such as US President Barack Obama an opportunity to commend the contribution of American guidance to ‘progress’ in the region. In actual fact,…more

My Hummus Tastes Like Apartheid
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Nov 2010 – By Abbas Naqvi The recent attacks by Israel on the humanitarian Flotilla is yet another signal for us, as citizens of the United States, to hold the Israeli regime accountable for its reckless and illegal behavior. Israel has consistently prevented aid from entering the Gaza Strip, including medical supplies, cement and food. Consequently, the three-year old blockade has turned Gaza into the world’s largest open-air prison, with an entire population starved and deprived of basic necessities. The simple but tragic truth is that Israel acts with such audacity because the international community fails to hold it responsible for the ongoing occupation and apartheid system against the Palestinian people. However, this is slowly changing as people around the globe have begun to question Israel’s policies, with an increasing number and visibility. As people of conscious, it is our obligation to join the global cry for justice. When we ask ourselves questions…more

Thoughtcrimes
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Nov 2010 – By Neve Gordon – Israel Would Meryl Streep, Spike Lee, Tim Robbins or Susan Sarandon be willing to swear an oath of loyalty to the United States and its policies in order to receive public funding for feature films that they star in, direct or produce? In Israel, the far-right Knesset member Michael Ben Ari has proposed a bill that would require entire film crews to pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, and to declare loyalty to its laws and symbols, as a condition for receiving public funding. It’s just one of more than ten bills to be discussed during the Knesset’s winter session that several commentators in Ha’aretz have characterised as proto-fascist. As in most democracies, all new Israeli citizens must declare loyalty to the state and its laws, but the cabinet last month decided to support (22 in favour, 8 against) an amendment to…more

Murdoch’s Imaginary War
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Nov 2010 – By Stuart Littlewood — London In his recent pep-talk to the Anti-Defamation League, media magnate Rupert Murdoch complains about “an ongoing war against the Jews.” He seems desperate to divert attention from the mounting resentment around the world towards Israel. But his threadbare argument collapses straightaway because no distinction is made between criminal Israelis and Jews generally. The one remains carefully hidden behind the other. And the anti-Semitism label tends to get pinned on anyone and everyone in European society, “from its most elite politicians to its largely Muslim ghettoes”, who speaks against or as much as frowns at the racist regime. The after-dinner audience he was addressing no doubt lapped it up, but unfortunately for Mr. Murdoch people are better informed nowadays. I doubt if the wider audience buys it. What they find unacceptable is Israel’s lawlessness and unrestrained killing. The much-hyped religious dimension is only relevant insofar as…more


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