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Gazan Worker Injured After Being Shot by Israeli Troops
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 16:44, On Wednesday, the Israeli military shot and injured a resident from Gaza, while he was working collecting stones and rubble in the northern area of the strip. The victim has moderate wounds, Ma’an News Agency reported.
Six Arrested During Israeli Military Raids in the West Bank
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 12:09, A series of Israeli army raids held during Tuesday night and Wednesday morning concluded with six people being detained, PNN reported.
Troops Kidnap Elected Legislator In Hebron
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 12:01, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, legislator Sheikh Khalil Nayef Rajoub, after breaking into his home and searching it.
JCSER: “Israeli Police Used Dogs In Attacking Homeowners In Jerusalem”
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 11:31, The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights in Jerusalem (JCSER) reported that Israeli policemen used dogs during their Tuesday attack against Palestinian homeowners as the police attacked their homes before demolishing them earlier in the day in Al Esawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Humanitarian Aid Chain from Spain to Gaza
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 11:26, Several Spanish and Latin American actors, writers and singers, with the support of the UNRWA Committee in Spain, have begun a humanitarian campaign called Aid Chain, to raise funds to help refugee children in Gaza through the construction of a “virtual human chain” in which everyone can join.
Abbas: “We Are Ready For Real Peace, We Demand A Fully Independent State”
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 09:07, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Tuesday that the Palestinians are ready for real and comprehensive peace with Israel, but will not accept a temporary solution as they demand the implementation of all internationally guaranteed rights.
Wikileaks: “Suleiman Recruited Agents in Syria and Iraq To Counter Iranian Influence”
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 08:22, According to released Wikileaks cables, Egypt’ Security Chief, Omar Suleiman, had his intelligence officers recruit agents in Syria and in Iraq in an attempt to counter the increasing Iranian influence and support for militants in Egypt.
Palestinian Woman Abducted While Visiting Detained Brother
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 05:03, Palestinian sources reported that resident Miriam al-Hour was abducted by the Israeli soldiers, on Monday, while visiting her detained brother, Jamal al-Hour, at the Nafha Israeli prison.
Palestinian Home Demolished In Jerusalem, Clashes Reported
IMEMC – 1 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 01, 2010 – 04:16, Clashes were reported between dozens of Palestinian residents and Israeli policemen after the Jerusalem municipality demolished a Palestinian home in al-Isawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Worker shot on Gaza border
12/1/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian worker who was collecting stone aggregates on Wednesday in northern Gaza, medical officials said. The victim was taken to hospital and medics said he sustained moderate wounds. More than 80 people have been injured collecting stone aggregates since the industry became a regular….
Britain placates Israel with war crimes arrest law change
12/1/2010 – LONDON (AFP) — Britain sought Wednesday to soothe strained ties with Israel by publishing an amendment to a law that puts visiting officials at risk of arrest for alleged war crimes, sparking outrage from rights groups. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the change would ensure that private arrest warrants for offenses under certain international laws, including….
Palestinian lawmaker detained in Israeli raid
12/1/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a Hamas lawmaker Tuesday in Hebron, a prisoners rights group said. Soldiers raided the home of Nayef Ar-Rujoub overnight, ordering him to get dressed before arresting him, the Ahrar center said. Only five months earlier, Ar-Rujoub was released from an Israeli after serving a four-year sentence. An Israeli….
2 Palestinians detained in Nablus raid
12/1/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank city of Nablus overnight and detained two brothers after ransacking their home in the eastern part of the city. Palestinian security sources identified the detainees as 24-year-old Darwish Al-Usta and his 26-year-old brother Husam. They were taken to Huwwara military base south…. Related: Israeli forces enter homes in northern West Bank
Israeli forces enter homes in northern West Bank
12/1/2010 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces entered areas in the northern West Bank on Wednesday morning, entering several homes to question civilians and delivering summons orders to others. The raids came in addition to two confirmed detentions in Nablus. In Tulkarem, Palestinian security officials said the homes of Ala Salah Yassin, Ashraf Sareedy, and Basem…. Related: 2 Palestinians detained in Nablus raid
Haniyeh: Israel planning Gaza escalation
12/1/2010 – Jared Malsin – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel is laying the political groundwork for an escalation of attacks on the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister in the Hamas-led government, said Wendesday.” We can sense there is an upcoming Israeli escalation against the Palestinian people in general and the Gaza Strip in particular,” he….
Arab Orthodox orgs slam church-Israel ‘collaboration’
12/1/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Arab Orthodox Central Council in Palestine and Jordan and the Council of Arab Orthodox Organizations in Palestine issued a statement on Tuesday “strongly condemning” cooperation between Greek Orthodox church officials and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The institutions organized a joint inauguration of an Israeli road in the Jordan…. Related: Fayyad denounces Greek Orthodox church decision
Dutch government welcomes first export from Gaza
12/1/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Following the first shipment of strawberries and carnations from Gaza under a Dutch government program to support local farmersprohibited from exporting goods under Israel’s siege, officials from The Netherlands consulate said they were “pleased” and said they hoped the continued export of limited goods would continue smoothly. Dutch Representative….
Gaza man marks 25 years in Israeli prison
12/1/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Detainees Center in Gaza City announced Wednesday that it was marking the 25th year of incarceration of a local man, sentenced to a life term in Israeli prison. Ghazi Al-Nims, now 52, was detained on 30 November 1985 on charges of being a threat to Israeli security, the prisoners….
US denounces Palestinian claims on Western Wall
12/1/2010 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States Tuesday denounced a Palestinian report from last week that denied Jewish connections to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.” We strongly condemn these comments and fully reject them as factually incorrect, insensitive, and highly provocative,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told a briefing.” We…. Related: Contentious Palestinian Western Wall ‘study’ taken offline
Contentious Palestinian Western Wall ‘study’ taken offline
12/1/2010 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — A report by a senior Palestinian official denying Jewish links to the Western Wall disappeared on Wednesday from a government website after sparking fierce criticism. The article, which accused Jews of “falsely” claiming ownership of the site, was written by Mutawakel Taha, the Palestinian deputy minister of information, and appeared on the ministry…. Related: US denounces Palestinian claims on Western Wall
Court charges Arab Israeli with aiding Hamas
12/1/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A court in Haifa on Wednesday charged an Arab Israeli man with trying to set up a Hamas cell after the Islamic group allegedly recruited him to scout sites for terror attacks in the Jewish state. Islam Marei, 26, a resident of the northern Israeli village of Freidis, was charged with having “made….
Report: Egypt financing underground Gaza wall
12/1/2010 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — An underground steel wall on the Egyptian-Gaza border is valued at $40 million and is due to be completed in December 2010, a US Embassy cable has reportedly revealed. The cable, dated 20 December 2009, was leaked to the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm. It reveals that the wall is being constructed….
2 Gaza crossings open
12/1/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel decided Tuesday to partially open the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings to allow goods and aid into Gaza. Palestinian coordination official Raed Fattuh said 220-230 truckloads of aid for the commercial and agricultural sector in addition to limited amounts of cooking gas and industrial fuel was slated to….
Gazans head to Algeria for prisoners conference
12/1/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A Palestinian delegation left the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, en route Egypt and then Algeria where they are set to participate in a conference supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s custody. The delegation included head of the Prisoners Studies Center Raafat Hamdouna, member of the politburo of the….
Clashes in East Jerusalem’s Al-Isawiya neighborhood
12/1/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Sporadic clashes broke out between teenagers and Israeli forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Isawiya on Wednesday evening, injuring one journalist documenting the incident. Muhammad As-Sayyed, a journalist with Dubai TV said his car was stoned as he drove toward the area….
Leaked US cable: Mossad says Palestinians unlikely to join Al-Qaeda
12/1/2010 – 17 March 2005, 10:32SECRET SECTION. . . . MOSSAD CHIEF TO CODEL CORZINE: SOME FOREIGN FIGHTERS BEGINNING TO LEAVE IRAQ. . . . Dagan predicted that these jihadis will have less of a direct impact on Palestinians, because Palestinians are already well aware of militant views and opinions via Internet chat rooms. Furthermore, Dagan said he feels that most Palestinians….
Leaked US cable: MFA says attack on Iran would freeze peace process
12/1/2010 – 17 March 2005, 14:58 SECRET SECTION. . . . Classified By: Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer; Reasons: 1. 4 (B) and (D). (S) SUMMARY:Israel sees Iran as the primary threat to its security and sees the enrichment cycle as the “point of no return” for Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. The GOI believes that diplomatic pressure….
Germany urged US to threaten Israel with UN vote
12/1/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Two weeks before Israel froze most settlement construction in November 2009, a senior German official urged the US to threaten Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with diplomatic pressure. German National Security Adviser Christoph Heusgen suggested that if Netanyahu did not agree to a moratorium, Washington could withdraw its support….
Iran says nuclear scientist’s murder warning from West
12/1/2010 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the assassination of a top nuclear scientist was a warning from the West ahead of new talks on Tehran’s program.”These wicked people wanted to show their hideous side which demonstrates their carrot and stick policy in the run-up to the….
Israel’s Lieberman: Erase ‘freeze’ from vocabulary
12/1/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Wednesday for the word “freeze” to be erased from the vocabulary in Israel, as he repeated his opposition to new curbs on settlement construction. His comments come as the United States drafts a package of incentives intended to convince Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reimpose a….
WikiLeaks: Jordan fears Arabs could pay for US-Iran dialogue
12/1/2010 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) – Jordan fears that any breakthrough dialogue between the United States and Iran could damage the interests of moderate Arab countries, according to US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks this week. In a cable from the US ambassador to Jordan, Stephen Beecroft, dated April 2009, King Abdullah II is quoted as telling Washington….
Abbas sees possible Thursday news on settlement freeze bid
12/1/2010 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Wednesday he was expecting to formally hear the outcome of US efforts to secure a new freeze on settlement building within a day.” We still haven’t received an official US response, but we may get one officially on Thursday,” Abbas told reporters as he inaugurated….
Fayyad denounces Greek Orthodox church decision
12/1/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Ramallah Prime Minister Salam Fayyad denounced Wednesday the participation of officials from the Greek Orthodox Church in an event marking the opening of an Israeli road in the occupied West Bank. The Tuesday event was slammed by Arab Orthodox associations in Palestine and Jordan, who said church participation in the event…. Related: Arab Orthodox orgs slam church-Israel ‘collaboration’
Expert: PA shouldn’t delay ratifying penal code
12/1/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority should immediately ratify a new Palestinian penal code, law professor Dr Kamil Sa’id said at a PA seminar in Jericho. Sa’id, who teaches at the University of Jordan, said the situation was urgent as the Palestinian Legislative Council cannot convene and it was “unbelievable….
Fatah blames Hamas for stalled unity talks
12/1/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Rival Palestinian political factions have not agreed where or when they will hold the next round of reconciliation talks, and Fatah is blaming Hamas for obstructing the deal. The head of Fatah’s reconciliation team, Azzam Al-Ahmad, told Ma’an radio that the next round of talks had not….
Hamas: Abbas betrayed prisoners with Shalit comment
12/1/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum spoke out against comments made by President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday,during a press conference along side German President Christian Wulff. Abbas’ call to Hamas for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is an “indication that the prisoners issue is not on the….
Gaza cop gets death penalty for manslaughter
12/1/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A police officer in the Gaza Strip charged with killing a civilian during a family brawl in November was sentenced to death Wednesday after a court review. The officer, 22-year-old Ismail Najem, was off-duty at the time of the incident, which took place in a busy Gaza City marketplace….
Fatah slams Hamas ban on delegation to Gaza
12/1/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah lawmaker Faisal Abu Shahla said the Hamas decision to prevent his fellow party officials from entering the coastal enclave was a “dangerous indicator” on the stance of the Gaza government toward national reconciliation. Earlier in the week Fatah officials Rouhi Fattuh and Abdallah Al-Ifranji were told that they would….
Found antiquities handed over to Tulkarem museum
12/1/2010 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) —National Museum of Tulkarem had received antiquities found inside the city’s cemetery in a Wednesday hand-over organized by the municipality. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities specialists said the artifacts included a clay pot and several small parts of what appeared to be storage containers, which experts dated to the….
Ruling party crushes Islamists in disputed Egypt vote
12/1/2010 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party wiped out its Islamist opponents from parliament in the first round of a disputed election, according to official results released on Tuesday night. The NDP won 209 of 221 seats in the first round of voting on Sunday. Two-hundred-and-eighty-seven seats will be contested in the run-off….
SITE: Al-Qaeda-linked group calls for uprising in Lebanon
12/1/2010 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A group linked to Al-Qaeda has urged Sunni Muslims in Lebanon to rise against the government as well as Shiite militant Hezbollah, a US-based group that monitors jihadist websites said on Wednesday.” The Brigades of Abdullah Azzam released a statement from its field commander, Saleh bin Abdullah al-Qaraawi, urging Sunni Muslims in Lebanon….
Hamas declares it would “accept” Palestinian referendum on peace deal with Israel
Palestine Note 1 Dec 2010 – Washington – Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said his group would honor a Palestinian referendum on a future peace treaty with Israel based on the 1967 borders in a news conference held in Gaza on Wednesday….
Aid agencies slam Israel for “failure” to bring change for Gaza
Palestine Note 1 Dec 2010 – Washington – A new report from aid agencies and rights groups in Gaza has concluded that “little improvement” has been made since Israel announced it would be easing the blockade six months ago. Entitled ” Dashed…
Wikileaks and the new global order
Palestine Note 30 Nov 2010 – America’ wake-up call The Wikileaks disclosure this week of confidential cables from United States embassies has been debated chiefly in terms either of the damage to Washington’ reputation or of the questions it raises about national…
Opposition groups quit Egypt runoff
AlJazeera 1 Dec 2010 – Muslim Brotherhood and Wafd parties drop out of second round of voting after failing to win many seats in first round.
Interpol Circulates “Red Notice” for WikiLeaks Editor Assange; Ecuador Retracts Offer …
PNN – Bethlehem – PNN – The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) issued a “red notice,” its equivalent of an international arrest warrant, for WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange for rape charges stemming from an…
MADA Center and the UNESCO Ramallah Office Sign Partnership Agreement
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signed an implementation partnership agreement. MADA is independent, nongovernmental,…
Reports: Settlers Bulldoze 60 Dunums near Hebron; Gaza Worker Injured by Gunfire
PNN – Bethlehem – PNN – On Wednesday afternoon dozens of Israeli settlers bulldozed at least 60 dunums of Palestinian land near the southern West Bank village of Saeer, east of Hebron, while reports…
EU Parliamentarians Open Danish House in Palestine
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – On Wednesday three Danish members of the EU Parliament opened the first Danish House in the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The delegation is visiting the city…
Basil Theodori: The Palestinian Musician Who Played for Sultan Qaboos, King Abdullah, and Yeltsin
PNN – Bathina Hamdan – PNN – He was barely five years old when he accompanied his mother to a concert at the Jordanian National Conservatory. He watched without a hint of boredom, seized…
Human Right Groups Voice Opposition to Changing UK War Crimes Legislation
PNN – London – PNN – On Wednesday the Palestine Solidarity Campaign group joined with Amnesty International and other groups in voicing opposition to the British Government’ proposed changes to war crimes legislation. If…
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11. – 24 November 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Members of Congress call for Iran sanction enforcement
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Lawmakers say “efforts to stop the Iranian threat have been half-hearted at best;” Obama officials say investment, oil trade to Iran way down.
Sarkozy: Not negotiating with Hamas hurts PA
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – WikiLeaks cables show Jordan believes Iran’ ‘tentacles’ can be severed if deprived of Palestinian issue.
‘625 housing units approved in northern Pisgat Ze’ev’
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Jerusalem’s District Committee of Planning, Construction officially approves plan for the establishment of a new neighborhood called “North Pisgat Ze’ev” according to report by Channel 10 News.
PA official says ‘economic peace is an illusion’
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Palestinian Economic Minister Abu-Libdeh says “We are ready and committed to signing a peace treaty within three to six months.”
PA: Economic peace is an illusion
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Abu-Libdeh says “We are ready and committed to signing a peace treaty within three to six months. All the issues have been discussed,” at meeting in J’lem.
Heated Knesset debate shows tension between Livni, PM
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Opposition leader attacks Netanyahu, asking, “When was the last time you told the truth to the public, your ministers?”
PA removes controversial Kotel report from website
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Move comes after Israel, US condemn ‘study’ claiming Kotel is not holy to Jews; PA ministry claims post taken down by hackers.
‘By building Hebron, Jerusalem itself will be built’
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Knesset Speaker Rivlin celebrates 1st night of Hanukka at Cave of Patriarchs, reiterates Israel’s claim to the city, J’lem
‘Haniyeh remarks are Palestinian double talk’
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Hamas leader says terror group would accept agreement of a Palestinian referendum on peace with Israel.
PMO: Haniyeh remarks are Palestinian double talk
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Hamas leader says terror group would accept agreement of a Palestinian referendum on peace with Israel; PMO official says, “They never say that a Palestinian state living alongside Israel will be enough for them.”
Iran hangs former soccer player’s mistress
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Shahla Jahed was hanged at dawn, after spending more than eight years in jail for the slaying of the player’s wife
‘Hamas will honor Palestinian referendum on peace deal’
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – In rare Gaza press conference, Hamas PM says “We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with J’lem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees.”
PA removes controversial Western Wall report from web site
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Move comes after Israel, US condemn ‘study’ claiming Kotel is not holy to Jews as factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative.”
Fayyad says Palestinians ready for statehood by August
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – With 2-year plan in final phase, Palestinian Authority PM says it’s time to challenge Israel’s exclusive control over vast tracts of the West Bank.
Jewish Democrats press AIPAC on START
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – US lawmakers back Senate ratification of treaty; view this as “an opportunity to improve relations with Russia” and pressure Iran.
Egypt top opposition party shut out of parliament
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 – Fundamentalist opposition Muslim Brotherhood fails to win any seats in first round of parliamentary elections, claims rampant fraud in elections.
International Day of Solidarity in Gaza greeted with bullets in Beit Hanoun
12/1/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – ISM, Gaza – Live bullets were fired from snipers at an Erez control tower within a metre of demonstrators on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Tuesday morning in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza. A German activist Vera Macht was injured as she stumbled while running for cover. The Local Initiative of Beit….
Glitch leaves millions of Israelis without cell phone service
Ha’aretz – Cellcom says ‘a problem in the heart of the system’ to blame for mass network failure across whole country.
Former IDF chief to head Knesset foreign affairs committee
Ha’aretz – Shaul Mofaz replaces Tzachi Hanegbi, suspended from the Knesset in September over a cronyism conviction.
Knesset blocks WikiLeaks debate
Ha’aretz – Governing body rejects request for session on leaked U.S. diplomatic cables and their consequences for national security.
Bar-Lev pulls out of police chief race amid sexual assault probe
Ha’aretz – Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch expected to announce the next police commissioner within 10 days or so; deputy IDF chief denies rumors of candidacy.
WikiLeaks defends release of secret U.S. cables as ‘perfectly legal’
Ha’aretz – ‘If global stability is based on deception and lies, maybe it needs a bit of a shaking up,’ says the spokesman of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks: Pakistan tipped off Israel on terror threats in India
Ha’aretz – Pakistan wants contacts with Israel to remain secret in order not to anger anti-government Muslim militants.
WikiLeaks: Israel cautioned U.S. not to arm Arabs against Iran
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu is quoted as warning that should Iran get the bomb, Arab powers could shift loyalties from Washington to Tehran.
Israeli Arab suspected of assisting Hamas in planning terror attacks
Ha’aretz – Haifa District Court indicts the 26-year-old resident of Fureidis, who is suspected of recruiting other Israeli Arabs for Hamas military operations., Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh says he would accept a…
U.S. condemns Palestinian claim that Western Wall ‘isn’t Jewish’
Ha’aretz – ‘Factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative,’ says the U.S. government in response to PA official’s claim that Jerusalem site has no significance for Jews.
Shin Bet arrests three Palestinians suspected in West Bank shooting
Ha’aretz – Israeli authorities confiscate ammunition and weapons from the three members of Abu-Moussa group, a cell whose leader was trained in Lebanon and Syria.
Barak: WikiLeaks has changed face of world diplomacy
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister says Israel emerged from fiasco unscathed, but adds that diplomats the world over will now have to be more cautious.
MSD: Israel has razed 1, 485 homes in east Jerusalem
1 Dec 2010 – Jerusalem, December 1, (Pal Telegraph – PIC) Al-Maqdesi for society development (MSD) foundation said Israel has demolished 1, 485 Palestinian homes in the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem since 1967 and issued 1, 322 orders to raze homes in the same area in 2009 and 2010. The foundation noted that if the Israeli occupation authority carried out these orders, 3,…
IOF shoots worker in north Gaza
1 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 1, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces opened fire Wednesday at Palestinian worker in north of Gaza Strip. Local Medical reported that the worker was shot in his leg while he was collecting gravel in north Gaza. The sources added that the injured worker was evacuated to Kamal Odwan Hospital to receive medication and his health condition is…
Israeli Soldiers Fire at Road to Hope Convoy Members
1 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 1, (Pal Telegraph) Members of the Gaza Road to Hope Convoy were shot at by Israeli soldiers while partaking in activities on the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Palestine. Ken O’Keefe of Aloha Palestine, is a Salem-News.com writer known for his defender role on the ship Mave Marmara last May, which was attacked by Israeli…
IOF raids Tolkarem, searches houses
1 Dec 2010 – Tolkarem, December 1, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces raided Wednesday number of houses in the city of Tolkarem in the north of the West Bank, no detentions were reported. Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces raided the houses of Ala Yasin, Ashraf Sridi and Basem Al-Shari who were forced to evacuate their house and stay in…
IOF raids Hebron, erects military checkpoints
1 Dec 2010 – Hebron, December 1, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) erected Wednesday military checkpoints in crossroads in Hebron city, in the West Bank and raided number of neighborhoods. Israeli soldiers erected military checkpoints at the crossroads of Halhoul, the entrances of Bait Kahel and Kraza village and Al-Samoua town, local sources said. The sources added that IOF roamed at the…
Relatives of prisoners dismayed at German president’ visit to Shalit tent
1 Dec 2010 – Jerusalem, December 1, (Pal Telegraph – OP) Relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails have expressed surprise at the visit by German President Christian Wulff to the tent pitched by family of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in occupied Jerusalem. The relatives said they were dismayed at the fact that Wulff did not visit even one family of the…
Chronicle of Fear: Sixteen Year-Old Palestinian Boy Reports Abuse During Interrogation in Military Jail
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – On November 23rd, 2010, Israeli forces entered the village of Bil’in and stormed the home of imprisoned Bil’in organizer, Adeeb Abu Rahmah. After conducting a short search of the premises, the soldiers arrested Adeeb’s only son, sixteen year old Mohammed, who was taken away bound and blindfolded. Mohammed reports being taken to the Maccabim military…
Israelify the US? Not if you Like the Constitution
Uruknet December 01, 2010 – In the wake of the controversy which just passed in the U.S. over full body scans and more hands-on pat down procedures in airports, some pundits and security “experts” are calling for the Israelification of American airports. These supporters sing praises of the system in place Israel’ single international airport. They say it is focused…
Silwan, East Jerusalem – 60 Israeli professionals speak out at violence against Palestinian children
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – – On 24 November 2010, 60 prominent Israeli professionals sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and other senior officials raising their concerns about the violent treatment of Palestinian children at the hands of the authorities in occupied East Jerusalem. According to Israeli Police, in 2010 more than 1,200 criminal cases have been opened against…
Israeli police acknowledge interrogating around 1200 Palestinian children in OJ
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – Official statistics of the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem indicated that its various apparatuses had detained and interrogated 1,124 Palestinian children during 2010, Hebrew media reported on Wednesday. Ha’aretz said that more troubling than the absolute number is the manner in which youths are being detained and questioned. “Children and youth have reportedly being taken…
Egypt’s Duplicity Stands Exposed
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – …More potentially embarrassing for Egypt, given Arab sensitivity to Palestinian affairs, is a cable from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv in June 2009 that reports on a meeting between Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak and U.S. congressional leaders. At the meeting, Barak is said to confirm that Israel consulted both Egypt and the Palestinian…
Jaffa Sold to Zionists
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – Ajami is a predominantly Arab district of Jaffa, housing around 8,000 Palestinian Israelis. In May 2009, a plot of land on Etrog Street, hosting the local farmers’ market, was sold by the Israel Land Authority to B’emunah, a housing company that deals mainly in developing housing estates for Zionist communities in Israel…
Warning of Israeli housing plot to expel Palestinians from Old Acre
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – A group of Old Acre residents have warned against action taken by some Israeli governmental institutions to expel the Arab residents of the old city. The latest action has revealed further the government’s strategy, locally and nationally, behind similar projects which pose a serious threat to Israel’s Arab citizens. The residents’ statement, a copy of…
Targeting Silwan’s children
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – Earlier this year, “Mahmoud” came home to see a letter with his name on it, instructing him to come to the Russian Compound prison facility in Jerusalem. The 15-year-old Palestinian resident of the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem went to the prison with his father, mother and aunt. He was interrogated for seven hours. “…
Worker shot on Gaza border
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian worker who was collecting stone aggregates on Wednesday in northern Gaza, medical officials said. The victim was taken to hospital and medics said he sustained moderate wounds. More than 80 people have been injured collecting stone aggregates since the industry became a regular source of income in the…
IOF arrests Palestinian mother while visiting her detained brother
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) guarding Nafha jail arrested a Palestinian mother while visiting her brother Jamal Al-Hur in the jail, relatives of the family said. They said that Mariam Al-Hur went to visit her brother, who is serving three life sentences, but was taken away by intelligence elements and the prosecution asked court on Tuesday…
International Day of Solidarity in Gaza greeted with more bullets in Beit Hanoun
Uruknet December 1, 2010 – Live bullets were fired from snipers at an Erez control tower within a metre of demonstrators on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Tuesday morning in Beit Hanoun, Northern Gaza. A German activist Vera Macht was injured as she stumbled while running for cover. The Local Initiative of Beit Hanoun organized…
New Polls shows 53% of Israeli Jews believe that Arabs should leave
Uruknet November 30, 2010 – A poll released on Tuesday by the Israel Democratic Institute showed that 53% of Jewish citizens would prefer to see Arabs leave Israel. More that half of the Jewish Israelis polled; believe that the state of Israel has the right to encourage Arab citizens to emigrate. The study also found that 55% said Jewish cities…
Raise A Glass to Wikileaks
Uruknet November 30, 2010 – …Web commenters have noted that the diplomatic cables now released reflect the USA’s political agenda, and there is even a substantial wedge of the blogosphere which suggests that Wikileaks are therefore a CIA front. This is nonsense. Of course the documents reflect the US view – they are official US government communications. What they show…
Israel blocks two UN Gaza schools, citing Hamas threat
Uruknet November 30, 2010 ‚Äî UN plans to address Gaza’s schooling shortage have hit a wall, with Israel banning the construction of two new schools on a site it says could be targeted in strikes on Hamas. The two schools at the centre of the dispute between the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Israeli authorities are part…
Israeli Rights Activists File Complaint Against IDF Deputy Chief, Accusing Him of ‘Crimes’ and ‘Immorality’
Uruknet Alongside the newly named IDF chief of staff, Yoav Galant, his new deputy chief will be Gen. Yair Naveh. Naveh has the distinction of being responsible for the Palestinian targeted killings which Anat Kamm leaked to Haaretz journalist, Uri Blau. These West Bank murders completely contravened Supreme Court rulings which directed that such assassinations be avoided if there were…
Poll: Only 51% of Israeli Jews Believe in Equal Rights for Arabs and Jews
Uruknet November 30, 2010 – According to a report released on Tuesday, conducted by the Israel Democratic Institute, almost half of Israeli Jews refuse the coexistence between Arab and Jews communities in Israel. Only 51 percent of those polled said that Israeli Arabs and Jews should have equal rights. The study showed that 53 percent of Israeli Jews believed the…
Nahr al-Bared reconstruction delay throws civil rights into spotlight
Uruknet November 30, 2010 – More than three years after Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in the north of Lebanon was destroyed, its reconstruction is finally under way. However, the process runs at a slow pace and remains only partially funded as further political obstacles appear on the horizon. Meanwhile, the Lebanese army continues to maintain a tight grip on the…
5 Palestinians Injured By Army Fire In Gaza
Uruknet November 30, 2010 – Five Palestinian workers were wounded, on Tuesday, in an area close to the border north of Gaza after the army opened fire at them. The incident followed a rapid succession of sniper attacks, Ma’an News reported. The attack took place when the men were reportedly gathering stone aggregates in the northern Gaza Strip, near the…
Thoughts on Germany and Palestine
Uruknet November 30, 2010 – …I listen to Ilan Pappe brilliantly articulating in very simple and common language what the underpinning of this “issue” is about (that it is a simple colonialism and racism, nothing special other than the success of propaganda in drowning this fact with much mythologies, lies, and nonsense). He explains how we are allowed to criticize…
Dashed Hopes: Israel’ Continued Blockade of Gaza Strip
Alternative Information Center – A coalition of 21 international humanitarian organizations released a report Tuesday morning (30 November), detailing the present situation in Gaza.
Israel Demolishes 2 Homes, 1 Business in East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – The Jerusalem Municipality demolished two homes and a business in two different neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem yesterday, 30 November 2010.
130 New Housing Units Approved in East Jerusalem Settlement of Gilo
Alternative Information Center – The Jerusalem Local Planning Committee on Monday approved the construction of 130 new housing units in the East Jerusalem settlement Gilo. According to Israel’ Channel 7 news, new units will be built on land in the…
SPF Deivers Tonfa Training to 37 Recruits
WAFA – RAMALLAH, October 20, 2010 (WAFA)- The Palestinian Special Police Force (SPF) has successfully delivered a Tonfa training course to 37 new SPF recruits, according to a press release by EUPOL-COPPS,
Abu Rdeineh: All Settlement Forms are Illegal, Rejected
WAFA – RAMALLAH, October 19 (WAFA)- The Presidency spokesperson , Nabil Abu Rdeineh confirmed today that all the forms of settlement (outposts and non-random) in Palestinian lands are illegal. Commenting
Netanyahu Declines Demolishing Settlements’ Random Units
WAFA – TEL AVIV, October 19 (WAFA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided that he wouldn’t demolish the unregulated construction in a various settlements although the government has issued
The Elders Urge Comprehensive Approach to Arab-Israeli Peace
WAFA – DAMASCUS, October 19, 2010 (WAFA)- The Elders have called for a more comprehensive approach to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks following discussions with officials, civil society, business and
France Provides ‚Ç¨4 million for Gaza Wastewater Treatment Plant
WAFA – JERUSALEM, October 19, 2010 (WAFA)- On Sunday 17 of October 2010, at Ministry of Planning, Mr Dov Zerah, CEO of the French Development Agency (AFD), Dr Ali Jarbawi, Minister of Planning and
IOF deploys Ariel Settlement
WAFA – SALFIT, October 19 (WAFA)- The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) deployed, today, the Ariel Settlement that is established by force on the lands of the Salfit, Iskaka, Yasuf and Burkin
Dr. Erakat: Israel Seeks De Facto Recognition of Illegal Practices
WAFA – RAMALLAH, October 19, 2010 (WAFA)- Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Negotiations Affairs Department Dr. Saeb Erakat said, yesterday, “By hosting the OECD conference in Jerusalem,
Observer: Israeli Government on Division Verge, Netanyahu Negotiates Kadima
WAFA – LONDON, October 17, 2010(WAFA) – The British Newspaper ‘Observer’ wrote that the Israeli government is facing the division risk because of the deadlock in the negotiations with the Palestinians
Iran talks must first focus on nuclear issue, says Clinton
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 ASTANA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday said the United States welcomed Iran’s decision to join talks in Geneva, which she said should focus “first and foremost” on Tehran’s nuclear program. “We are encouraged that…
Abbas expects US answer on settlement freeze ‘within a day’
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday he was expecting to formally hear the outcome of US efforts to secure a new freeze on settlement building within a day. “We still haven’t received an…
Haniyeh: Hamas will respect any peace deal backed by referendum
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Hamas would respect any peace deal reached between Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, provided it is approved in a global Palestinian referendum, the top Hamas official in Gaza said Wednesday. In…
Iran hangs footballer’s ‘temporary wife’ for murder of love rival
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: Iran hanged Wednesday a footballer’s “temporary wife,” convicted of murdering her love rival, her lawyer told the official IRNA news agency. Shahla Jahed was hanged after the verdict was confirmed by the supreme court and…
Tehran announces plans to boost security for its nuclear scientists
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: Iran said Wednesday it will boost security for its nuclear scientists as a funeral was held for a leading expert killed in a mysterious assassination that Tehran blamed on the Mossad and CIA. Iranian state…
Israel accused over ‘cruel’ Gaza blockade
The Guardian 30 Nov 2010 – Report calls for end to embargo, saying easing agreed by Israel six months ago has done little to improve plight of Gaza civilians Gaza’s 1.5 million people are still suffering from a shortage of construction materials,…
OPT : Silwan, East Jerusalem – 60 Israeli professionals speak out at violence against children
Relief Web 1 Dec 2010 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section
OPT: West Bank Closure – Hebron Old City – Oct 2010
Relief Web 1 Dec 2010 – Source: OCHA
Lebanon: Belgium donates EUR 600,000 for Nahr el-Bared
Relief Web 1 Dec 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Assistance to the Palestinians for the Realization of Peace in the Middle East
Relief Web 1 Dec 2010 – Source: Government of Japan
Unexpectedly, Israel Welcomes WikiLeaks Revelations
IPS Embarrassing, damaging or actually helpful? Israeli reactions to the explosive WikiLeaks revelations run the full gamut.
Livni: Netanyahu dishonest, weak
YNet News – After being chastised by Netanyahu for text messaging at Knesset, Opposition….
US: Sanctions inflicting pain on Iran
YNet News – Tehran seems to have underestimated severity, effects of global sanctions, US….
WikiLeaks: Pakistan tipped off Israel on terror threat
YNet News – WikiLeaks revelation: Pakistani spy chief informed Israel of potential India….
Infiltration record: 1,940 illegal aliens entered Israel in Nov.
YNet News – Number of African infiltrators entering Israel from Sinai reaches new heights in….
Hamas: We’ll honor referendum on peace
YNet News – Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says group will back formation of Palestinian state….
Israeli-Arab indicted on terror charges
YNet News – Indictment against 26-year old Amsalem Amin Meri of Fureidis claims he attempted….
Turkey denies defining Israel as threat
YNet News – Turkish Foreign Minister also denies he predicted Israel wouldn’t remain….
Mystery: What happened at PM’s Office Wed. night?
YNet News – What were Bibi’s aides doing in Jerusalem Wednesday night? Officials close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the PM’s aides were convened for an …….
No appeal in Gaza human shield case
YNet News – Military prosecutors decided not to appeal the sentence of two IDF soldiers who forced a nine-year-old Palestinian to open suspicious bags during Operation Cast Lead in …….
Turkish official: Israel initiated massive leak
YNet News – Further deterioration in ties: The Israeli government initiated the massive WikiLeaks disclosure this week in the aims of pushing Turkey into a corner, a senior official …….
More east J’lem homes to be approved?
YNet News – The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee has filed another plan for the construction of 625 housing units beyond the Green Line, at the northeastern …….
Iran: UN, Israel cooperated in attack on nuke scientists
YNet News – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United Nations on Wednesday of complicity in the murder of a nuclear scientist, days before talks aimed at defusing a nuclear …….
Israeli occupation forces arrest MP Nayef Rajoub
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – The Israeli occupation army on Wednesday arrested Sheikh Nayef Rajoub, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from his home in the town of Dura..
Israeli police acknowledge interrogating around 1200 Palestinian children in OJ
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – Official statistics of the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem indicated that its various apparatuses had detained and interrogated 1,124 Palestinian children during 2010, Hebrew media reported.
Hamas condemns Rajoub’s detention as violation of int’l law
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – Hamas strongly condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) detention of MP Nayef Al-Rajoub in Al-Khalil earlier on Wednesday while holding 10 other Palestinian deputies locked up.
Prof. Dhouqan goes on hunger strike in Abbas’s jail
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – Professor Ghassan Dhouqan, the lecturer in Najah University in Nablus, has declared a hunger strike in PA jails in the West Bank to protest his detention, his wife said.
IOF troops detain 7 Palestinians, settlers set fire to cultivated land
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up seven Palestinians in various West Bank areas at dawn Wednesday including MP Nayef Al-Rajoub in Al-Khalil and two brothers in Nablus.
PA erases post from its website refuting Jewish claims to Buraq wall
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – The Hebrew radio said that the information ministery of the Palestinian authority removed documents posted on its official website affirming that the Jews have no right to Al-Buraq (wailing) wall.
Hamas accuses PA, Israel of cooperating to remove it from W. Bank
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – Hamas said that the kidnapping of its MPs and the raids waged on their homes and offices are part of a plan carefully prepared by Israel and the PA to eliminate it completely from the West Bank.
Hamas demands clarification about Wikileaks revelations
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – Moussa Abu Marzouk said the information disclosed by Wikileaks about Gaza war is a serious matter that needs clarification from the parties involved in this scandal.
IOF arrests Palestinian mother while visiting her detained brother
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) guarding Nafha jail arrested a Palestinian mother while visiting her brother Jamal Al-Hur in the jail, relatives of the family said.
Palestinian teen wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 1 Dec 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at Palestinian workers collecting gravel near Beit Hanun (Erez) crossing in northern Gaza on Wednesday wounding a teenager, medical sources reported.
U.S. announces new Iran sanctions
LA Times 1 Dec 2010 – The U.S. move against Iran’s shipping lines comes as Tehran and the West set a date for talks on the nation’s nuclear program. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran will not budge on its rights. On the same day that Iran and the West agreed to meet next week for talks on Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. announced a set of fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s shipping lines, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said defiantly that his nation would not budge “one iota” on giving up what he described as its rights.
U.S. scrambled to understand protests in Iran, leaked documents show
LA Times 1 Dec 2010 – Washington talked with allies’ embassies and Iranian dissidents and businessmen to gauge the Iranian opposition, according to dispatches disclosed by WikiLeaks. As protesters poured into the streets of Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, U.S. diplomats scrambled to decipher the erupting political crisis and the goals of the opposition’s so-called green movement, according to recently disclosed diplomatic cables.
Hamas Leader in Gaza Softens on Vote
New York Times 1 Dec 2010 – Ismail Haniya said for the first time that any resolution of the Palestinian dispute with Israel should be put to a referendum of all Palestinians around the world.
Date Set for Nuclear Talks With Iran
New York Times 1 Dec 2010 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted in a speech that Iran would not give “one iota” in the discussions.
World Briefing | Middle East: Israel: Easing of Gaza Blockade Did Little, Report Says
New York Times 1 Dec 2010 – A report on Tuesday asserted that Israel’ easing of its blockade of Gaza five months ago had made little difference to the people living there.
SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli Army arrests young Palestinian man in South Hebron Hills
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine –
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Shepherd made homeless, livelihood threatened, son in prison
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Jaffa Sold to Zionists
Palestine Monitor – Ajami is a predominantly Arab district of Jaffa, housing around 8,000 Palestinian Israelis. In May 2009, a plot of land on Etrog Street, hosting the local farmers’ market, was sold by the Israel Land Authority to B’emunah, a housing company that deals mainly in developing housing…
Gaza/West Bank Unite Through ‘Puppet Shoes’
Palestine Monitor – Yesterday night, the French-German Cultural Center in Ramallah screened a series of short films produced by youth in refugee camps throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The screening was held in coordination with venues in Nablus, Gaza City and Amman, Jordan to commemorate International Day…
The Victims of Sol Or
Palestine Monitor – The Sol Or factory, located in Tulkarem’s industrial settlement, has become a killer. The factory produces gas and fuels, which require strict safety regulations, but its owners have neglected them at the cost of their employee’s lives. Written by Sophie Crowe. Three people have died from…
Coming soon – The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict
Mondoweiss – You’ve heard the controversy – Now read the report for yourself We are excited to announce the publication of our new book – The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict (Nation Books). We were very lucky to work with…
Notes on Hanukkah: The Maccabees and Zionism’ ‘invented traditions’
Mondoweiss – 1. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, a Hebrew word meaning “to dedicate,” is a minor Jewish festival with no Biblical source. 2. Hanukkah is a historical holiday that commemorates the Jewish defeat of the Seleucidite Syrian Greeks in 165 BCE by a priestly family called the…
‘Daily Kos’ banned me and smeared Rachel Corrie, but we can’t give up on the Democratic Party
Mondoweiss – Daily Kos is the “premier online political community with 2.5 million unique visitors per month and 250,000 registered users.” Its stated purpose is simple: “It’s a Democratic blog with one goal in mind: electoral victory.” Well, that’ a warning right there. Its goal is simply to…
Some things just didn’t make sense
Mondoweiss – I grew up in the womb of the Jewish Community of Washington, D.C, studied at our Hebrew Academy (a school that my grandfather helped found), and worshiped at the Beth Shalom Orthodox Jewish synagogue. After marrying, I travelled to visit family in Israel. On one trip,…
Solarz said Israel’ security was a reason for Gulf War
Mondoweiss – Steve Kornacki says that the late Stephen Solarz made Chuck Schumer what he is today, though Schumer had the temerity to vote against the 91 Gulf war, as a Brooklyn congressman. And then the next year: When [Bill] Clinton’ [presidential] campaign ran into trouble after a…
Haniya Says Hamas Will Accept Referendum on Peace Deal
Al-Manar 1 Dec 2010 – Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said on Wednesday the Palestinian Resistance group would accept a peace deal with the Israeli enemy if the Palestinian people approved it in a referendum. Hamas “will respect the results of a referendum even if the results conflict with Hamas’s…
Israel, the US and Iranphobia. My Recent Appearance on Grit TV
Joseph Dana 1 Dec 2010 – More GRITtv
Chronicle of Fear: Sixteen Year-Old Reports Abuse During Interrogation in Military Jail
Joseph Dana 1 Dec 2010 – Mohammed Abu Rahmah was arrested from his home during a military nighttime raid on his village of Bil’in on November 23rd. Abu Rahmah, the son of imprisoned Bil’in organizer, Adeeb Abu Rahmah, was released without charge on Monday, and reports being harassed and beaten during his…
A Look Inside the Anarchists Against the Wall
Joseph Dana 30 Nov 2010 – The Palestine News Network is running an excellent expose on the Anarchists Against the Wall . I look forward to the day when a similar story will run in an American mainstream publication or Jewish newspaper. Judging by today’ attack on the piece by the Israel Academia…
Antoine Raffoul – Stop War Criminals from visiting the UK
Palestine Think Tank 1 Dec 2010 – We join our friends at The Palestine Solidarity Campaign in issuing this message to all our friends and supporters to enlist their energies to stop the attempts by the UK Government to introduce delaying tactics which will ensure that suspected war criminals visiting this country and…
Tariq Shadid – Wikileaks leaks toxic acid in every direction, except to Israel
Palestine Think Tank 1 Dec 2010 – Let us ponder for a second about the meaning of ‘leaking’. When something is leaking, it is usually understood that some fluid substance that is supposed to be flowing in a certain direction, is escaping from its designed route because of a defect in the structure…
BNC endorses findings of London session of Russell Tribunal on Palestine on corporate complicity
Global BDS 30 Nov 2010 – Occupied Palestine, 30 November 2010 – “May this tribunal prevent the crime of silence‚Äü, pleaded intellectual Bertrand Russell at the first meeting of the citizens’ War Crimes Tribunal that investigated US war crimes during its war on Vietnam.1 At a time when little was known in…
Egypt party ‘quitting election’
BBC 1 Dec 2010 – Egypt’s banned opposition movement the Muslim Brotherhood is withdrawing candidates from Sunday’s election run-off, media reports say.
Egypt resort hit by shark attacks
BBC 1 Dec 2010 – Three tourists are injured by a shark in three separate attacks at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Iran hangs footballer’s mistress
BBC 1 Dec 2010 – Iran executes a woman found guilty of murdering the first wife of prominent footballer Nasser Mohammadkhani, state media says.
Iran in second pollution holiday
BBC 1 Dec 2010 – Iran declares a two-day holiday in Tehran because of air pollution – the second time in a week pollution has forced a shutdown.
Russians Refuted US Claim of Iranian Missile Threat to Europe
Antiwar.com 1 Dec 2010 – A diplomatic cable from last February released by WikiLeaks provides a detailed account of how Russian specialists on the Iranian ballistic missile program refuted the U.S. suggestion that Iran has missiles that could target European capitals or intends to develop such a capability. In fact, the…
Who, Precisely, Is Attacking the World?
Antiwar.com 1 Dec 2010 – The stuck pigs are squealing. To shift the onus from the U.S. State Department, Hillary Clinton paints WikiLeaks’ release of the “diplomatic cables” as an “attack on the international community.” To reveal truth is equivalent, in the eyes of the U.S. government, to an attack on…
(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle is one of the remaining glimpses of hope in the region
A-infos 30 Nov 2010 – The refusal of the sky to shed rain on the coursed land on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean sea is in accord with the sums of the reasons to be optimist. The joint struggle of the anarchists against the wall and the other Israeli radicals…
Hebron: Israeli Occupation Policies, Palestinian Resistance Strategies
Ahmad Jaradat and Maria Chiara Rioli, Alternative Information Center11/29/2010
Hebron is an uncommon city, even in Palestine. Walking along the narrow streets of its Casbah (the “Old City”), admiring from a roof the landscape of its white-stone houses and bright, desert hills dotting the whole district, talking to everybody who offers you coffee or tea with mint leaves or kneeling to see through the grating the Cave of the Patriarchs is a privilege reserved to those who choose to overcome the appearance of misery, oppression and violence in order to discover the sparks of humanity and beauty still abounding in a city like Hebron.
Moreover: Hebron’s beauty shines brighter and brighter, despite Israel’ efforts and practices of colonization and repression. The French writer Albert Camus wrote that “there is beauty and there are the humiliated. Whatever difficulties the enterprise may present, I should like never to be unfaithful either to the second or the first.” Hebron is still faithful to its beauty and to those who are humiliated each and every day.
Hebron was firstly established some 6000 years ago and when the suq (market) was opened 1500 years ago, it was based on those in Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem and Nablus. The old name of Hebron was Arba, (four) because the city was surrounded by four mountains.
Hebron’s importance nowadays is deeply connected to its past, especially with the religious traditions which attribute a powerful symbolic value to this city. Hebron is the place that Ibrahim reached after his travel from Iraq. Here he and his wife Sarah bought a piece of land for their burial. Abraham was the friend of God (khalil in Arabic, hevron in Hebrew), from where the name of the city where he and other Patriarchs were buried comes from. This history transformed Hebron in a holy city for the three monotheist religions and is one of the reasons for its colonization by Jewish settlers. more.. e-mail
Israeli Citizens to Leiden University: Please Do not Hold the 2010 Cleveringa Lecture at the Hebrew University!
Alternative Information Center11/21/2010
Dear Officials of Leiden University,
We are a group of Israeli citizens. It has recently been brought to our attention that Leiden University had decided to host a special lecture at Jerusalem’ Hebrew University on Thursday 25/11, commemorating a speech by Professor Rudolph Pabus Cleveringa during the Second World War, in which he protested the removal of Jewish faculty members.
The statement issued by Leiden University reads as follows:
“Cleveringa raised his voice right at the onset of the war, notably in regard of the freedom of expression. This is highly appreciated in Israel, all the more as there are still universities abroad trying to boycott Israeli professors and students.”
We would like to pay our highest respect to Prof. Cleveringa, for his bold action, taken in the defense of universal principles of human rights. However, as Israeli citizens who care for these principles’ the choice to hold the Cleveringa lecture at the Hebrew University seems completely erroneous to us.
The Hebrew University is not a politically neutral institution. In addition to the incidents mentioned above, the Hebrew University is a constant and willing collaborator with the Israeli Defense Force – a military force over which hover well founded allegations of war crimes, including the bombing and destruction of Palestinian Universities and severe disruption of their academic life, or the bombing of media centers and radio stations. The Hebrew University has been involved in the development of weaponry for use by the Israeli military and in the training of the top military weapons’ researchers. The university even hosts a military base within its Givat Ram campus. All of this does not bode well with the principles of human rights. — See also: Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from within more.. e-mail
Praying hard to make the rain fall
Arieh O’ullivan, Common Ground News Service11/25/2010
JERUSALEM – It’ been said that everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.
Well, seven years of drought in the Holy Land has been so bad that it has brought together Muslim, Christian and Jewish clerics to offer prayers for rain.
The rainy season should have begun over a month ago, but the skies remain blue on this November afternoon. These devout men believe that now more than ever is the time for divine intervention.
At a spring named Ein Heniya in the Valley of the Ghosts that separates Jerusalem from the Bethlehem hills, the clerics gathered on Thursday afternoon for an unusual prayer session. They decided to put aside their differences and, as followers of one God, united their prayers for the much needed rain.
“Look up, it’ dry, dry,” said Rabbi Menachem Froman, an Orthodox rabbi from the Tekoa settlement near Bethlehem, who has close ties with Palestinian religious leaders.
“Before anything else, to live we need rain. If there isn’t any rain, there won’t be any Jews or Muslims or Christians here.”
“According to our traditions, the Jewish and the Islam, rain is due to the deeds of man, and if we make any step of peace between us, perhaps that will open the treasures of the skies and rain will fall,” Froman told The Media Line.
The spring is located a few hundred meters from an IDF checkpoint, and is sort of a no-man’ land. But its location on the fringes of Israel and the Palestinian Authority have allowed it to serve more as an everyman’ land, where Jews and Arabs can gather away from the watchful eyes of the security forces. more.. e-mail
Corporations found guilty at Russell Tribunal second session
Electronic Intifada: 1 Dec 2010 – On 22 November a jury of international experts announced their verdict that compelling evidence shows corporate complicity in Israeli violations of international law. The verdict followed two full days of presentations in London at the second international session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine from 20 to 21 November.more
WikiLeaks exposes Egypt’s duplicity in Gaza siege
Electronic Intifada: 1 Dec 2010 – CAIRO, Egypt (IPS) – More than 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables released by online whistle-blower WikiLeaks include statements made behind closed doors that could prove embarrassing for Egypt’s government, say analysts.more
Targeting Silwan’s children
Electronic Intifada: 1 Dec 2010 – Earlier this year, “Mahmoud” came home to see a letter with his name on it, instructing him to come to the Russian Compound prison facility in Jerusalem. The 15-year-old Palestinian resident of the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem went to the prison with his father, mother and aunt. He was interrogated for seven hours.more
Book review: excavating Palestine’s “Hidden Histories”
Electronic Intifada: 1 Dec 2010 – In his new book Hidden Histories: Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean , Basem Ra’ad unearths new renderings of religious, historical and cultural material and offers readers a direction for thinking about research and activism alike.more
Jaffa Sold to Zionists
Palestine Monitor: 1 Dec 2010 – Ajami is a predominantly Arab district of Jaffa, housing around 8,000 Palestinian Israelis. In May 2009, a plot of land on Etrog Street, hosting the local farmers’ market, was sold by the Israel Land Authority to B’emunah, a housing company that deals mainly in developing housing estates for Zionist communities in Israel. Written by Sophie Crowe. The land, originally Palestinian, was deemed “absentee property” by the state after most Arabs fled the city in 1948, and eventually became public land. Tensions have been raised further by the plans of a Zionist learning centre (Yeshiva) in Ajami, combining military service with Torah study. Its students are mostly West Bank settlers, who stay for a two month stretch. Its Rabbi is accused of racism by Arab residents. B’emunah and the yeshiva are now believed to be seeking to buy several hundred apartments together in the area. The purchase of the Etrog plot…more
Gaza/West Bank Unite Through ‘Puppet Shoes’
Palestine Monitor: 30 Nov 2010 – Yesterday night, the French-German Cultural Center in Ramallah screened a series of short films produced by youth in refugee camps throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The screening was held in coordination with venues in Nablus, Gaza City and Amman, Jordan to commemorate International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Written by Charlotte Silver. The programme, entitled “Will We Meet?” had debuted in Jerusalem on June 20, 2010 in honor of World Refugee Day. However, due to the difficulty for most refugees to gain access to Jerusalem, there was a joint decision to screen the series again at a variety of locations in Palestine and Jordan. Phillipe Guiguet Bologne, the director of the French Cultural Center in Ramallah, said, “For us it is important to celebrate refugee day and solidarity day with the work of youth from the camps.” The films are a result of a collaborative project…more
The Victims of Sol Or
Palestine Monitor: 30 Nov 2010 – The Sol Or factory, located in Tulkarem’s industrial settlement, has become a killer. The factory produces gas and fuels, which require strict safety regulations, but its owners have neglected them at the cost of their employee’s lives. Written by Sophie Crowe. Three people have died from cancer after working in the factory for 10 years, and three from chemical explosions. Due to the toxic nature of the fuels used by the factory’s workers, the owners are supposed to provide them with heavy protective masks and clothing. This basic right has been denied Sol Or’s labourers with the result that they regularly breathe in the carcinogenic fumes, a reality which led to the deaths of Imad Abu Hesh and Musab Abu Tamam from cancer, at the ages of 39 and 40 respectively. Mohamed Blady, head of the Tulkarem Syndicate of General Institutions Working in Food and Agricultural Industries, describes the catastrophic…more
WikiLeaks: More Israeli Game Theory Warfare?
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Dec 2010 – By Jeff Gates ‘The United States is the real victim of WikiLeaks. It’s an action aimed at discrediting them.’ — Franco Frattini, Foreign Minister of Italy. The impact of the WikiLeaks release of diplomatic cables fits the behavior profile of those well versed in game theory warfare. When Israeli mathematician Robert J. Aumann received the 2005 Nobel Prize in economic science for his work on game theory, he conceded, “the entire school of thought that we have developed here in Israel” has turned “Israel into the leading authority in this field.” The candor of this Israeli-American offered a rare insight into an enclave long known for waging war from the shadows. Israel’ most notable success to date was “fixing” the intelligence that induced the U.S. to invade Iraq in pursuit of a geopolitical agenda long sought by Tel Aviv. When waging intelligence wars, timing is often the critical factor for…more
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Dec 2010 – By Susan Abulhawa Over a quarter of a million diplomatic cables, marked – ‘secret’ , ‘confidential’, or ‘unclassified’ – to and from the US State Department have been ‘leaked’ to the public, presumably by a whistleblower. On the surface, it seems like the sort of thing that restores power to the people. It arms us all with knowledge and reminds those in power that they must answer to the public. Then you pause to think. And that’ when the holes in this narrative become obvious. Although WikiLeaks claims to provide a counter balance to the decades of disinformation served up in heaps by the “old media”, it chose to allow the vetting of these documents by these same outlets. Other highly respected media outlets, like al Jazeera and various independent media, were excluded. I find that odd, for starters. If we take a look at the content of the cables themselves,…more
Cleaning House Essential for Mideast Peace
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Dec 2010 – By George S. Hishmeh – Washington, D.C. Considering that the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have shamefully ran out of original ideas and remain deadlocked on the issue of peace negotiations, it may thus be time for all three to do some house cleaning. Whether this will herald a new and successful approach remains to be seen but certainly dependant on their commitment to fairness and peacemaking in the Middle East. President Barack Obama, who acknowledged that he had received a “shellacking” from the Republicans in the recently concluded mid-term Congressional elections, has invited the Republican leaders to a White House meeting last Tuesday. After this first session, the senior Republican leader announced that they all agree to begin negotiations on the tax cuts, introduced by former President George W. Bush, a sensitive issue, which are due to expire at the end of the year. If Obama continue…more
Wikileaks and the New Global Order
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Nov 2010 – By Jonathan Cook The Wikileaks disclosure this week of confidential cables from United States embassies has been debated chiefly in terms either of the damage to Washington’s reputation or of the questions it raises about national security and freedom of the press. The headlines aside, most of the information so far revealed from the 250,000 documents is hardly earth-shattering, even if it often runs starkly counter to the official narrative of the US as the benevolent global policeman, trying to maintain order amid an often unruly rabble of underlings. Is it really surprising that US officials appear to have been trying to spy on senior United Nations staff, and just about everyone else for that matter? Or that Israel has been lobbying strenuously for military action to be taken against Iran? Or even that Saudi Arabia feels threatened by an Iranian nuclear bomb? All of this was already largely understood;…more
Wikileaks: The Tel Aviv Connection
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Nov 2010 – By Jeff Gates What is Tel Aviv to do now that it’s known Israelis and pro-Israelis ‘fixed’ the intelligence that induced the U.S. to war in Iraq? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Con me consistently for six decades and the relationship is over, as is Israel’ credibility as a legitimate nation state. Tel Aviv knows this. But what can the Zionist state do about it? Answer: Wikileaks. Why now? Misdirection. Shine the spotlight on Washington to take it off Tel Aviv. That’ good old-fashioned psy-ops. And challenge the credibility of the U.S. That’ Wikileaks. Any credible forensics would start by asking: to whose benefit? Then look to means, motive and opportunity plus the presence of stable nation-state intelligence inside the U.S. Other than Israel, who else is a credible candidate? Notice how quickly Israel’ role in the peace process vanished from the news….more
Wikileaks: A Surge of Truth
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Nov 2010 – By Gilad Atzmon It is an ‘attack on the international community,’ said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in reference to the release of 250.000 secret cables by Wikileaks. Clinton is correct; this is indeed a long overdue, necessary attack on an ‘international community’ of war mongers and war criminals. The leaked cables reveal a very gloomy picture of the state of our world current affairs: It unveils a clear dichotomy between the people of the world and our conflict driven political leadership. For most of us, it is plainly clear that Wikileaks is not just an act of pure journalism — it is also the ultimate form of true democracy: it respects the most sacred liberal principle, namely, ‘the right to know’. The White House has ordered government agencies to tighten their handling of classified documents. But I guess that there is not much they, or anyone else can…more
Australian Democracy on the Israel Lobby’ Leash
Dissident Voice: 29 Nov 2010 – Dadon and Rudd Before he began promoting Julia Gillard, Israel Lobbyist, Albert Dadon, was “one of Kevin Rudd’ most trusted kitchen cabinet advisers on Israel.” 1 Pre-PM Rudd was cultivated by Dadon, who had organised two trips to Israel for him. Dadon also established the Australia-Israel Cultural Exchange. Through his marriage into the billionaire Besen family (e.g., Highpoint Property Group, Suzanne and Sportsgirl shopping chains), Dadon is related to Morry Schwartz who published Rudd’ ‘Faith in Politics’ essay in his magazine, The Monthly, in 2006, giving him a public profile from which to become PM. In Rudd’ essay, our ex-PM praised his Christian hero, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was an outspoken defender of “the marginalised, the vulnerable and the oppressed” during the Nazi’ rule. Sounds like good human rights stuff. But as PM, Rudd showed indifference to the “marginalised, vulnerable and the oppressed” Palestinians during Operation Cast Lead. Rather…more
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