VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 6 December, 2010: Researcher says detainees used in medical experiments

6 December, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Turkey and Israel Set to Restore Relations
IMEMC – 6 Dec 2010 – Monday December 06, 2010 – 17:32, Turkish and Israeli diplomats met in Geneva on Sunday, and discussed repairing relations between the two countries cooled since after Israeli military raid on the Gaza flotilla last May, Ha’aretz said.

Banks in Nablus Protest New Tax
IMEMC – 6 Dec 2010 – Monday December 06, 2010 – 16:33, A number of banks in Nablus suspended work at 10 a.m. on Monday, protesting the P.A.’s decision to impose a new tax, the Ma’an News agency reported.

Argentina Recognizes Palestine Within its 1967 Borders
IMEMC – 6 Dec 2010 – Monday December 06, 2010 – 16:05, After Brazil’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, confirmed, on Sunday, that she would also recognize an independent Palestine with the same parameters.

Six Palestinians Arrested During Israeli Army Raids
IMEMC – 6 Dec 2010 – Monday December 06, 2010 – 13:00, A series of Israeli military raids that were held during Sunday night and Monday morning in the area of Ramallah, concluded with six Palestinian residents detained, PNN reported.

Peres: “Israel Does Not Tell Spain How to Resolve its Problem of Terrorism”
IMEMC – 6 Dec 2010 – Monday December 06, 2010 – 11:57, During a meeting with Spanish media covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Israeli President Simon Peres stated, on Sunday, that peace negotiations are “still half way” and added that “any deal would be better than not to reach any agreement.”

Carmel Fires Contained, 41 Dead and 50,000 Dunams of Land Burnt
IMEMC – 6 Dec 2010 – Monday December 06, 2010 – 02:46, On Sunday evening, after approximately 77 hours of battling the fire, firefighters have finally been able to contain the fires in the Carmel after it consumed 50,000 dunams of land. Death count now stands at 41.

Report: “280 Palestinians, Including 43 Children and Three Women, Kidnapped In November”
IMEMC – 6 Dec 2010 – Sunday December 05, 2010 – 04:35, The Higher Committee for Supporting the Detainees stated that Israeli soldiers kidnapped in November 280 Palestinians, including 43 children and three women, in several areas in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem.

Ma’an News

Researcher says detainees used in medical experiments
12/6/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Former detainee and researcher Abdul-Nasser Farwana said Monday that Israel performs medical experiments on Palestinians held in Israeli detention centers. Speaking at a workshop in Algeria, Farwana said more than 5,000 experiments had been performed in Israeli jails, and that this number was increasing. Many prisoners left Israeli jails with….

Argentina recognizes Palestine
12/6/2010 – BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – Argentina said Monday it recognized a “free and independent” Palestinian state, days after Brazil drew sharp criticism from Israel and US lawmakers for taking the same step. Argentine President Cristina Kirchner wrote to her Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas saying her country recognizes a Palestine defined by 1967 borders, officials said.” The Argentine…. Related: Israel blasts Argentina recognition of independent Palestine and Uruguay to recognize Palestine in 2011

Minister: Israel detained 423 Palestinians last month
12/6/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 423 Palestinians, including 80 children in the month of November Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday. Qaraqe said most of these arrests took place when Palestinians attempted to fight off Israeli settlers who encroached on West Bank land. He was speaking during a visit….

20 diplomats attend hearing of anti-wall activist
12/6/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Twenty diplomats attended a military court on Monday to hear an appeal to extend the sentence of non-violent protest leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said. Abu Rahmah was due to be released on 18 November, having served a 12-month sentence. The anti-wall activist was convicted of….

Witnesses: Israeli forces surround mosque
12/6/2010 – QALQILIA (Ma’an) – Israeli forces surrounded a mosque south of the West Bank city of Qalqiliya on Monday, witnesses said. Three military jeeps arrived the Beit Amin mosque and refused to allow those inside to leave, onlookers said. Soldiers questioned worshipers and checked their identity cards, locals said, adding that intelligence officers were also….

Medic: Israeli policies to blame for Gaza health woes
12/6/2010 – STOCKHOLM (AFP) – The head of an award-winning group of Israeli medics said Monday the health woes of Palestinians in Gaza and Arab Bedouins living in Israel were the direct consequence of government policies. As her group “Physicians for Human Rights Israel” prepared to receive the annual Right Livelihood Award in Stockholm, Ruchama Marton said the…. Related: Physicians for Human Rights – Israel

Uruguay to recognize Palestine in 2011
12/6/2010 – BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – Argentina and Uruguay said Monday they were joining Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state, earning an immediate sharp rebuke from Israel and causing unease in the United States. Israel called the announcement by Buenos Aires “regrettable” and said it went against an Israeli-Palestinian agreement that such a state should only be…. Related: Argentina recognizes Palestine and Israel blasts Argentina recognition of independent Palestine

Gaza cartoonist opens exhibition in Nablus
12/6/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Gazan cartoonist Muhammad Nimnim on Monday opened a cartoon exhibition titled Malanak Sirr, “Stay as you are,” at the An-Najah National University in Nablus. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Nimnim, who draws under the pen name Abu Noon, said his work described the suffering in Gaza and that he hoped his…. Related: Mohammad Al Nimnim (Abul Noon)

PA security: ‘Atheist’ blogger in jail for own safety
12/6/2010 – RAMALLAH (AFP) – A young Palestinian blogger jailed for posting “blasphemous” remarks online is being kept in jail over fears he will be killed by his family, security sources said on Monday. Walid al-Husseini, 26, was arrested in the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya at the end of October accused of “blasphemy against the prophet….

Israel releases Nablus detainee
12/6/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released a 33-year-old Palestinian detainee on Monday after detaining him for over three years, an international solidarity group said. Hassan Zahi Safadi was detained from his home in Nablus’ Old City in June 2007, and had been detained three times prior to that, the group said….

Army: RPG and projectile fired from Gaza
12/6/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army said militants in Gaza fired a Rocket-Propelled Grenade towards an army force stationed near the Gaza border on Monday. Further, a projectile launched from Gaza landed in the Ashkelon Regional Council, a military spokeswoman said. No injuries were reported from either incident, she added….

Gaza brigade claims projectile fired toward Israel
12/6/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for firing a projectile into southern Israel on Monday. In a statement, the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades said the projectile marked the anniversary of the PFLP’s establishment, and that the militant wing would continue….

Erdogan pledges support for ’67 state
12/6/2010 – ANKARA, Turkey (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas visited Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in his Ankara home on Sunday, to discuss developments in the peace negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators. Following the meeting, Ambassador of Palestine to Turkey Nabil Ma’roof told the official PA news agency WAFA that Erdogan pledged to….

EU gives €20.7 million to PA for November salaries
12/6/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Union said it transferred ‚Ǩ20. 7 million to help the Palestinian Authority pay the November salaries and pensions of 84,948 public servants and pensioners. Almost a third of the recipients are based in Gaza. This contribution is channelled through PEGASE, the European mechanism for support to the Palestinians….

Israel FM: No reason for settlement freeze
12/6/2010 – LJUBLJANA (AFP) – Israel sees no reason to reimpose a freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank after an initial moratorium failed to break the deadlock in the peace process, its foreign minister said Monday.” I do not see any reason to extend this moratorium. After 10 months of moratorium, we are still in a….

Dutch MP: Settlements key to Israel’s survival
12/6/2010 – TEL AVIV (AFP) – Israel must keep on building settlements in the occupied West Bank to defend itself against the forces of Islam out to destroy the Jewish state, visiting ultra-rightwing Dutch MP Geert Wilders said. According to a transcript of a speech late on Sunday at a Tel Aviv conference organized by a far-right Israeli….

Egypt FM: Give US more time for peace efforts
12/6/2010 – BUCHAREST (AFP) – Arab states believe US efforts to save direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks should be given more time to succeed, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Monday.” Arab countries and members of the peace Follow-up Committee (of the Arab League) feel that they have not to close the door and to allow….

WikiLeaks: some key dates
12/6/2010 – PARIS (AFP) – Here are some key dates in the history of WikiLeaks, a site specialized in publishing secret documents:December, 2006: WikiLeaks, a site created with the help of powerful encryption software, is founded to let whistle-blowers in authoritarian countries post sensitive documents on the Internet without being traced. From January, 2007, the site, which….

Iran: Resistance is the only thing Israel understands
12/6/2010 – ATHENS (AFP) – Resistance is the only thing Israel understands, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Monday during a visit to Greece.” History has shown that Israel understands no language other than resistance,” Mottaki told a press conference on the sidelines of his two-day visit to Athens for talks with Greek leaders. Iran and Israel have….

Israel blasts Argentina recognition of independent Palestine
12/6/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel on Monday described as “regrettable” a decision by Argentina to recognize a “free and independent” Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, just days after a similar move by Brazil.” This regrettable decision will not help at all to change the situation between Israel and the Palestinians,” foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told…. Related: Argentina recognizes Palestine and Uruguay to recognize Palestine in 2011

Hamas: PA security detained 8 supporters
12/6/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Hamas officials in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority security services of detaining eight party supporters during spot checks and raids overnight. The Islamist movement said Monday that the detentions, which it alleged were politically motivated and unfairly targeted members, occurred in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Jenin, and….

7,000 workers join picket line in Ramallah
12/6/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Around 7,000 striking workers joined a picket line in Ramallah on Monday to protest new legislation proposed by the Palestinian Authority. Employees of ministries, official institutions and banks joined a strike organized by Palestinian trade unions over legislation related to taxes, retirement and end of service benefits, health insurance and unions….

PA anti-corruption unit says files received daily
12/6/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -The Palestinian Authority Anti-Corruption Commission receives daily complaints over corruption, commission head Rafiq Natsheh said Monday. The commission is studying the complaints and some files have been transferred to a court established in November, Natsheh told reporters at a press briefing. The attorney general transferred more than 70 files to the….

Hamas court orders execution of ‘collaborator’
12/6/2010 – GAZA CITY (AFP) – A Gaza military court has convicted three men of collaborating with Israel, sentencing one to death and two more to prison terms, the Hamas interior ministry said on Monday.” The military court handed down a death sentence against one collaborator with the occupation, and prison terms of seven years and three years….

Slippery roads see death, injuries
12/6/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A woman was killed and five were injured including 3 school-age students when a minivan and a transport truck collided south of Nablus. Police said slick roads from the first fall rains were to blame. Eyewitnesses at the Yetsahhar junction south of Israel’s Huwwara military checkpoint said the vehicles….

Rain falls on forest after devastating blaze
12/6/2010 – BEIT OREN, Israel (AFP) — A fine rain fell Monday morning on the forests of Mount Carmel, near the northern Israel city of Haifa, where a the country’s worst forest fire raged for four days, killing 42 people. Around five millimetres of rain had already fallen on the area, dampening the ground, and another….

Bodies of students killed in Yemen crash arrive in Jericho
12/6/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — The Bodies of four Palestinian students, killed last Thursday in a car accident in Yemen, crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan to the West Bank Monday. Palestinian officials, victims’ families, and a crowd of citizens received the bodies as they entered Jericho. Amongst officials was Dr. Hussein Al-Araj, the Palestinian….

Israel police arrest 4 teens over huge inferno
12/6/2010 – BEIT OREN (AFP) – Israeli police said Monday they arrested four teenagers suspected of starting a blaze that swept through a forest and killed 42 people in the country’s worst fire disaster.” We have made four arrests — two teenagers from the Druze village of Isfiya who were arrested on Saturday, and another two who….

Palestine Note

US mediation monopoly collapses
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – Sam Bahour, Bitter Lemons – The United States is at a crossroads in its mediation of Middle East peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. The Obama administration can no longer walk on the Israeli side of…

Israeli government expresses “disappointment” with Argentina and Brazil
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – Politico – Argentina will recognize Palestine as an independent state, days after Brazil did so, Middle East media are reporting. “Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner confirmed in a phone call to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas…

Israel using Wikileaks to build a straw man
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – James Zogby, Arab American Institute – From the day the first batch of Wikileaks appeared in the international press, the Israelis were crowing “this is good for us”. Seizing on documents demonstrating that some Arab leaders…

The Sad Loss of National Dignity
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – Rami G. Khouri, New York Times – It is sad and shocking — pitiful, even, in many cases — how Arab leaders are portrayed in the U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks earlier this week….

Minister: Israel detained 423 Palestinians last month
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – Maan – Israeli forces detained 423 Palestinians, including 80 children in the month of November Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday. Qaraqe said most of these arrests took place when Palestinians attempted…

Argentina follows Brazil, recognizes Palestinian state
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – President Cristina Kirchner recognizes state based on ’67 borders Jerusalem Post – Argentina announced on Monday that it has decided to recognize a “free and independent” Palestinian state, just days after Brazil said it would do…

Bleeding for Civil Disobedience: Anarchists Against the Wall Tour North America
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – The Link – There is an old saying which suggests that “good fences make good neighbours.” But you may have a hard time hearing that in the West Bank. “There are streets you can step on…

Turkey pledges support for ’67 borders state and urges national unity
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – Maan – President Mahmoud Abbas visited Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in his Ankara home on Sunday, to discuss developments in the peace negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators. Following the meeting, Ambassador of Palestine to…

Iran nuclear talks under way in Geneva
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – The Guardian – International talks on Iran’s nuclear programme got under way this morning amid tension over Tehran’s claim of a breakthrough in uranium production and attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists . Diplomats from six major powers…

Banks in Nablus close protesting new tax
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – Maan – Several banks in Nablus suspended work at 10 a.m. Monday protesting a PA decision to levy a new tax ranging from three to 30 percent on benefits of both civil servants and private sector…

PA security: Atheist blogger kept in jail for own safety
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – Maan – A young Palestinian blogger jailed for posting “blasphemous” remarks online is being kept in jail over fears he will be killed by his family, security sources said on Monday. Walid al-Husseini, 26, was arrested…

Arabs should not ‘close door’ to US efforts: Egypt FM
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – AFP – Arab states believe US efforts to save direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks should be given more time to succeed, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said here Monday. “Arab countries and members of the peace…

Israel extinguishes forest fire
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 – Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of starting blaze in Carmel region, that killed 41 people and scorched woodland. Al Jazeera – A fire that killed 41 people and ravaged big swaths of forest in northern Israel’s…

Aljazeera

Argentina recognises Palestine
AlJazeera 6 Dec 2010 – Buenos Aires follows Brazil in recognising a “free and independent state” for the Palestinians.

Egypt shark attacks puzzle experts
AlJazeera 6 Dec 2010 – Officials are investigating what is behind an unusual spate of shark attacks off the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Saudi-Syria seek Hariri trial calm
AlJazeera 6 Dec 2010 – Regional leaders propose a deal aimed at avoiding sectarian unrest if Hezbollah members are indicted by UN-backed court.

Israel extinguishes forest fire
AlJazeera 6 Dec 2010 – Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of starting blaze in Carmel region, that killed 41 people and scorched woodland.

Palestine News Network

PA: Israel Continues to Test Drugs on Palestinian Prisoners
PNN – Algiers ‚Äì PNN – Palestinian Authority (PA) Prisoner Affairs specialist and former prisoner Abdul Nasir Farawneh said from Algeria on Monday that Israel continues to use prisoners to test the effects of…

Turks and Israelis Repair Relations in Geneva; Flotilla Apology Tabled
PNN – Geneva ‚Äì PNN – Israeli media house Ha’aretz reported that Turkish and Israeli diplomats met on Sunday in Geneva to discuss repairing relations between the two countries, strained since the May 31…

Argentina Latest Nation to Recognize Independent Palestine on ’67 Borders
PNN – Ankara ‚Äì PNN – Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Abed Rabbo said on Monday morning that the recognition of an independent Palestine by the state of Brazil has encouraged…

The City of Christmas Celebrates with Trees, Ornaments, Lights, and Sweets
PNN – Bethlehem ‚Äì Hiba Lama ‚Äì PNN/Exclusive – On the first day of December, a bevy of trees, ornaments, sweets, lights, and gifts come together to announce the beginning of the Christmas season….

Poet Najwan Darwish Reads for New York City Crowds
PNN – New York City ‚Äì PNN – Americans and Palestinians alike thronged to the Alwan Center of the Arts in New York City to hear the Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish read a selection…

Daily Roundup: Six Detained in Ramallah, Hamas Kidnaps Doctors
PNN – Bethlehem ‚Äì PNN – In a series of overnight raids continuing until Monday morning, Israeli troops detained six Palestinian citizens throughout the Ramallah governorate. Meanwhile, sources in the Northern Gaza Strip report…

Jerusalem Post

Current, former pupils tour fire-devastated youth village
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – “I spent the best 3 years of my life here. I’ve been all over Israel, and there’ nowhere as beautiful as this place,” former Yamin Orde pupil says.

City councilors to Adidas: Boycott Jerusalem Marathon
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – Opposition wants race out of east J’lem: “A marathon doesn’t bring Jews, Arabs together. This is just an aggressive move,” Meretz councilman says.

South American countries recognize Palestinian state
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – After initial recognition by Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay follow suit, recognize “free and independent” Palestine with 1967 borders; Israel: recognition contradicts road map; Clinton to make major statement on talks.

Egypt: Sinai shark attacks could be Israeli plot
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – After shark attack leaves woman dead in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egyptian official says Mossad could have put shark in sea to harm Egypt’s tourism.

Anne Pollard, in poor health, arrives in Israel
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – Pollard turned to Israeli consulate for help; Israeli officials found her in bad health and difficult economic conditions in her NY apartment.

Wikileaks releases US list of potential terror targets
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – Cable details State Department effort to gather list of global “critical infrastructure” sites; list includes Israeli weapons manufacturer.

WikiLeaks: Egypt considering nuclear arms if Iran gets them
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – US cable: States in the region “terrified” of a nuclear Iran; head of Egypt’s intelligence service offers assistance in taking on Iran

Turkish planes depart Israel to fight Lebanese forest fires
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – Over 120 fires burn through Lebanon’s Cedar forests over the weekend; Hariri asks Amman and Ankara for assistance in extinguishing the blazes.

Leaked US documents highlight Saudi terror woes
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – US cables: “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”

The Israel Factor has centrist streak
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – Simply put, the panel, like most Israelis, seems to prefer the American policy maker more moderate.

Abbas and Erdoğan meet in Turkey to discuss peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – Turkish prime minister supports establishment of Palestinian state with 1967 borders; asks Fatah and Hamas to reconcile.

WikiLeaks: Iran financed Hizbullah fiber optics network
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 – Lebanese minister says Shi’ite group said it would view cutting of lines as “an Israeli attack”; calls move last step in creating Hizbullah nation-state.

Ha’aretz

14-year-old from Carmel region admits to accidentally starting massive wildfire
Ha’aretz – During police probe teen admits to throwing burning Hookah coal into open area in the forest, which caught on fire immediately.

Thousands attend funeral of Haifa police chief perished in Carmel fire
Ha’aretz – Police chief Ahuva Tomer succumbs to wounds sustained in Carmel fire; ‘that fire annihilated so much, and with Ahuva it has now taken the best of the best,’ Peres says.

Netanyahu orders NIS 2,500 compensation for every Carmel fire evacuee
Ha’aretz – Premier tells Finance Ministry to budget for those who could not return home for at least a month due to damages, for basic necessities such as clothing and school supplies.

Carmel residents return to see aftermath of wildfire
Ha’aretz – Firefighters spent 4 days battling the flames that caused the deaths of 41 people and destroyed 12,500 acres of land.

Haifa Police chief Ahuva Tomer dies of injuries from Carmel fire
Ha’aretz – Brigadier General Tomer was critically injured on Thursday driving behind a bus full of prison guards that burned up in the flames.

Supreme Court seals decision to extradite Abergil mob figures to U.S.
Ha’aretz – Israeli authorities will also extradite three additional suspected criminals implicated in the racketeering investigation; the U.S. has promised that if the five are found guilty, they will not receive the…

Crippling Carmel blaze raises concern over Israel’s ability to prevent disasters
Ha’aretz – Comptroller likely to issue scathing report in wake of Carmel blaze; rain falls on region after four days of wildfire that caused deaths of 42 people.

State Comptroller may launch separate investigation into Carmel fire
Ha’aretz – The comptroller has already critiqued the state’s fire preparedness, saying in a 2007 report that the fire service is the weakest of Israel’s rescue forces.

Argentina joins Brazil in recognition of Palestinian state
Ha’aretz – Argentine President sends Abbas letter stating it recognizes Palestine defined by 1967 borders; Uruguay says it will recognize Palestine in 2011; Israel calls announcement ‘regrettable’.

Ex-wife of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard brought to Israel in grave physical condition
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu comes to the aid of Anne Pollard who was found in serious condition in New York, says Israel has moral obligation toward the Pollards.

Critics fear WikiLeaks list of global U.S. interests could aid terrorists
Ha’aretz – WikiLeaks publishes details of sites around the world which U.S. considers vital to its interests, among them Mideast oil facilities.

WikiLeaks: Qatar using Al-Jazeera as diplomatic tool in Mideast
Ha’aretz – A November 2009 cable obtained by The Guardian surmises that the network could one day be used ‘as a bargaining tool to repair relationships with other countries… including the United…

Israel to build 130 new housing units in Jerusalem
6 Dec 2010 – Jerusalem, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) Hours after the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) declared its intention to build more than 652 housing units in Pisgat Ze’ev settlement in the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem last week, it approved a plan to build 130 other units in Gilo settlement. This came in a report on Israel’ settlement activities and its violations in…

Four more workers shot in Gaza buffer zone
6 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) On Tuesday, the 30th of November 2010, four different individuals were wounded by Israeli gunshots while trying to make their living in the only way they could given the desperation in Gaza’ current economy. Ismael Sa’aed Qapeen, 31 years old, was doing his daily work collecting stones when he was shot in the foot, causing…

Israel obstructs MSF operations in Gaza
6 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) Israel has been “systematically” complicating international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s operations in the occupied Palestinian lands for the past two years. The group would want Tel Aviv to allow the Palestinian staff, who account for 90 percent of its workforce in the Gaza Strip, to cross into Israel to receive the required…

Night clashes in Eisawiye
6 Dec 2010 – Jerusalem, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) Violent clashes took place in Eisawiye in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday night between Israeli border police and citizens, local sources said on Monday. They said that tens of young men threw stones and empty bottles at the policemen who responded by firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters. They said that the police forces are still…

Israel conducts limited incursion in east of Khan Younis
6 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces conducted Monday a limited incursion in the Khoza’ town to the east of Khan Younis, in central Gaza Strip. According SAFA news agency, three bulldozers and four vehicles invaded tens of meters in the area near the borders with the Palestinian occupied land of 48. At the same time, the Israeli…

Uruknet

YOU CAN’T PUT GOD ON TRIAL
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – …The Ashkenazi led country seems set on putting the actual blame either on a Palestinian or a Sephardic Jew. Heaven forbid they look at the real cause, the fact that none of the billions of dollars they receive in foreign aid was used for firefighting equipment in an arid area which is prone to these…

New Israeli laws threaten Palestinian civil society
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – A bill recently proposed in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, requires organizations to pledge loyalty to Israel as “Jewish and democratic.” The legislation continues the trend of anti-democratic laws spreading throughout the country and threatens the existence of civil society organizations working for Palestinian rights within Israel. In a 4 November press release, Adalah, the Legal…

Researcher says Palestinian detainees used in medical experiments
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – Former detainee and researcher Abdul-Nasser Farwana said Monday that Israel performs medical experiments on Palestinians held in Israeli detention centers. Speaking at a workshop in Algeria, Farwana said more than 5,000 experiments had been performed in Israeli jails, and that this number was increasing. Many prisoners left Israeli jails with unique diseases and skin infections…

B’Tselem: Jerusalemite children tortured by Israeli interrogators
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – The Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories B’Tselem said in a report that Palestinian children in Silwan town, occupied Jerusalem, were severely tortured at the hands of Israeli interrogators. The report published on Sunday by the Israeli channel 7 said that the Israeli police had arrested children suspected of committing violations…

Argentina Recognizes Palestine Within its 1967 Borders
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – After Brazil’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, confirmed, on Sunday, that she would also recognize an independent Palestine with the same parameters. The announcement was made by a phone call to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which Kirchner added that that…

Flotilla Support for Gaza
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – … FreeGaza.org has global volunteers. Besides the above countries, they’re in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Denmark, England, France, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere. More flotillas are coming until Gaza is free, the siege ended, rebuilding can begin, and what passes for normal life can resume. Banned from Gaza since…

Geneva hosts Iran nuclear talks
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – Iran has began talks on its controversial nuclear programme with global powers, 14 months after a previous round of negotiations broke off. The talks, which started in the Swiss city of Geneva on Monday, are spearheaded by Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top diplomat, who will be negotiating on behalf of the five UN Security…

Prohibition of visitation rights for Palestinians violates international laws and conventions
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – As part of a series of reports I am preparing to document Israel’s violations against Palestinian prisoners and detainees in its jails, this article looks at the Zionist state’s prohibition of visitation rights. This is, of course, against international law, conventions and norms. In dealing with the humanitarian aspects of prisoners’ rights, I have always…

Medic: Israeli policies to blame for Gaza health woes
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – The head of an award-winning group of Israeli medics said Monday the health woes of Palestinians in Gaza and Arab Bedouins living in Israel were the direct consequence of government policies. As her group “Physicians for Human Rights Israel” prepared to receive the annual Right Livelihood Award in Stockholm, Ruchama Marton said the causes of…

IN ANOTHER CRIMINAL ACT, ISRAELI FORCES INJURE TWO “SCRAP COLLECTORS” NEAR THE BEIT HANOUN (EREZ) BORDER CROSSING
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – Saturday, December 4th, Israeli forces opened fired at and injured two Palestinian “scrap collectors” near the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing while they were collecting rubble and stones. Guilty of having just approached the “buffer-zone”, an illegally restricted “no-go area” along the whole border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, they have been hit in…

Defending Palestinian solidarity
Uruknet December 6, 2010 – The Electronic Intifada, the online publication about Palestine that I co-founded in 2001, finds itself at the centre of a storm as a pro-Israel group applies pressure to have a grant from a Dutch foundation withdrawn. This assault on our freedom of conscience is about much more than our website. It is part of a…

Palestinian Activists from West Bank’ Ni’lin Released from Israeli Military Prison
Alternative Information Center – An organizer of the Ni’lin village’ Popular Committee against the Wall and two other village members and community activists were released from Israel’ Ofer military prison yesterday (5 December) after over ten months of incarceration on…

Infamous Dutch Politician Wilders Visits Israel, Calls on it to Build more Settlements
Alternative Information Center – Right-wing, anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders, currently visiting Israel, gave a speech in Tel Aviv Sunday (5 December), calling on Jordan to open its borders to Palestinians and encouraging Israel to build more settlements in the…

British Shadow Foreign Secretary Calls for EU Labelling of Israeli Settlement Goods
Alternative Information Center – Britain shadow foreign secretary Yvette Cooper is calling for the EU to require labeling of items made in settlements.

Daily Star

Iran and world powers sit down for key nuclear talks
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 BUENOS AIRES: Argentina and Uruguay said Monday they were joining Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state, earning an immediate sharp rebuke from Israel and causing unease in the United States.

Argentina and Uruguay recognize state of Palestine
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 BUENOS AIRES: Argentina and Uruguay said Monday they were joining Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state, earning an immediate sharp rebuke from Israel and causing unease in the United States.

US lawmakers press for Syria nuclear checks
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 WASHINGTON: US lawmakers urged President Barack Obama in a letter out Monday to press the UN nuclear watchdog agency for stepped-up “special inspections” of suspected Syrian atomic program sites.”We write urging you to call on the…

‘Atheist’ Palestinian blogger being kept in jail ‘for his own safety’
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: A young Palestinian blogger jailed for posting “blasphemous” remarks online is being kept in jail over fears he will be killed by his family, security sources said Monday.Walid al-Husseini, 26, was arrested…

Gulf Arabs meet amid alarm over Iran atomic plans
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 ABU DHABI: Kuwait’s emir called for a peaceful resolution to the standoff over Iran’s disputed nuclear program as the leaders of six US-allied Gulf Arab nations opened two days of talks Monday, dominated by their growing…

Egypt puzzled after string of Red Sea shark attacks
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Shark attacks on tourists in the Red Sea have triggered a flurry of speculation as to what could have caused them, with suggestions ranging from overfishing to an Israeli plot to harm Egyptian tourism.

The Guardian

US embassy cables: Clinton asks Sudan to block Iranian arms supplies to Hamas
The Guardian 6 Dec 2010 – Thursday, 22 January 2009, 01:05 S E C R E T STATE 005567 NOFORN EO 12958 DECL: 01/24/2034 TAGS PARM, PREL, ETTC, MASS, AE, MU, SA, YM, IR, SU SUBJECT: FOLLOW-UP TO INFORMATION REF: A. STATE…

US embassy cables: Anti-Palestinian chants mar Jordanian soccer match
The Guardian 6 Dec 2010 – Tuesday, 28 July 2009, 14:27 S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 001689 SIPDIS EO 12958 DECL: 07/23/2019 TAGS PGOV, KDEM, SOCI, JO SUBJECT: JORDANIAN SOCCER GAME HALTED AMIDST ANTI-REGIME CHANTS, HOOLIGANISM…

Video | The rise of Palestinian protest rap
The Guardian 6 Dec 2010 – Don Duncan travels to the West Bank and Syria to talk to Palestinian musicians who are finding their political voices through rap music

Relief Web

Israeli policies to blame for Gaza health woes, says medic
Relief Web 6 Dec 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

IN ANOTHER CRIMINAL ACT, ISRAELI FORCES INJURE TWO SCRAP COLLECTORS NEAR THE BEIT HANOUN (EREZ) BORDER CROSSING
Relief Web 6 Dec 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Gulf could provide lifeline for Palestinian olive farmers, say Oxfam and European Union
Relief Web 6 Dec 2010 – Source: European Union, Oxfam

European Union contributes ‚Ǩ20.7 million to the Palestinian Authority’s payment of November salaries and pensions
Relief Web 5 Dec 2010 – Source: European Union

Inter Press Service

Cables Belie Gulf States’ Backing for Strikes on Iran
IPS The dominant theme that emerged in U.S. media coverage of the first round of Wikileaks diplomatic cables last week was that Arab regimes in the Gulf – led by Saudi Arabia – shared Israel’s view that Iran’s nuclear programme had to be stopped by military force, if necessary.

Stop The Wall

YNet News

Arab agencies: Fire proves Israel is weak
YNet News – Has Israel’s force of deterrence been compromised by Carmel fire? Israeli….

Iran, 6 world powers resume nuclear talks
YNet News – ‘Don’t expect too much of anything,’ says chief negotiator of talks resuming….

Clinton: Saudi Arabia funding terror
YNet News – Principal American ally described in diplomatic cables revealed by WikiLeaks as….

Lebanon: Iran installed secret telecom network for Hezbollah
YNet News – In February 2008, Lebanese authorities were surprised to find a secret communication network that Iran had set up all over Lebanon for Hezbollah’s benefit, US cables …….

Argentina, Uruguay recognize Palestinian state
YNet News – Argentina said Monday it recognized a “free and independent” Palestinian state, days after Brazil drew sharp criticism from US lawmakers for taking the same step. …….

Jonathan Pollard’s divorcee flown to Israel
YNet News – While her former husband, spy Jonathan Pollard, has been jailed for nearly 25 years, Ann Pollard’s medical and financial state has steadily deteriorated. Along with her …….

The Barrier strangles al-Walajah
B’tselem 13 Nov 2010 – The Barrier currently under construction runs close to the homes of al-Walajah, in southwest Jerusalem, damaging the ancient agricultural terraces and blocking villagers’ access to them. The goal is to leave as much village land as possible west of the Bagram F

Palestinian Information Center

IOA using prisoners as medical guinea pigs
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – Former prisoner and expert on prisoners’ affairs Abdulnasser Farwana has said that the IOA was performing more than 5,000 experimental drug tests on Palestinian prisoners per annum.

The hatemonger from the Netherlands
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – Israel’s manifestly fascist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has once again demonstrated virulent malice and ill-will toward Muslims in general by inviting anti-Islam Dutch leader, Geert Wilders..

Gaza bakeries to close down next week
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – Palestinian officials warned on Monday of complete stoppage of bakeries in the Gaza Strip by next week after wheat supplied through Israeli-controlled commercial crossings ran out of stock.

Zahhar: There is no truce between Hamas and Israel
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – Political bureau member of Hamas Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar has affirmed there is no truce between Hamas and Israel but there is only a reciprocal ceasefire, which is daily violated by Israel.

Sabri: Two maps on Jerusalem landmarks finalized
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the head of the higher Islamic authority and preacher of the Aqsa Mosque, has declared that two maps on landmarks of Jerusalem were finalized.

Report: Israel kidnapped last month 100 Palestinians in Al-Khalil
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – The Palestinian prisoner society said that the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped last November in Al-Khalil city about 100 Palestinians including three women, nine children, and seven patients.

Families of hunger strikers in PA jails met with Dr. Barghouthi
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – The families of the six Palestinian hungers strikers imprisoned by the Palestinian authority met with Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi and handed him a special file related to the detention of their sons.

Islamic-Christian commission warns of Israeli intent to raze Aqsa Mosque
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – The Islamic-Christian commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites warned that the demolition of the southern parts of the Aqsa Mosque became a strategic goal for the Israeli occupation.

Dean of prisoners sends letter to Algeria conference
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – Dean of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails Nael Al-Barghouthi sent a letter to the Arab international conference for the support of prisoners that kicked off on Sunday in Algeria.

Haifa police chief dies of burns in Carmel wildfire
PIC 6 Dec 2010 – The commander of the Haifa police force Ahuva Tomer was pronounced dead on Monday after sustaining serious burns in the Carmel fire on its first day last Thursday.

Los Angeles Times

Talks begin on Iran’s nuclear program
LA Times 6 Dec 2010 – Western officials see the Geneva meetings as a test of whether Iran is more willing to bend to international pressure. Six major powers began talks with Iran here Monday in their latest attempt to persuade Tehran to accept limits on the nuclear research program the other nations suspect is aimed at building a bomb.

Misc

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) REFLECTION: We love the land
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine –

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
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine –

A jolt? More on Brazil’ decision to recognize Palestine
Mondoweiss – In a letter sent to Mahmoud Abbas byBrazilian President Luiz In?•cio Lula da Silva, the Brazilian government has declared its recognition of a Palestinian State along the 1967 armistice lines. The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted t he announcement in both Portuguese and English on…

Carmel fire response shows criticism of Israel is based on policy not anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – A friend passes along this excerpt from Yossi Alpher’s Peace Now Q & A : That that help came from the United States, France, Britain, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Jordan and even the Palestinian Authority can conceivably be understood as a sign that Israel’s…

Argentina, Uruguay recognize Palestine within its 1967 borders
Mondoweiss – And other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Israel FM: No reason for settlement freeze LJUBLJANA (AFP) – Israel sees no reason to reimpose a freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank after an initial moratorium failed to…

Fundraising drive off to a great start – please help us keep it going!
Mondoweiss – Just a quick update on our current fund raising drive . We are off to our best start ever! You can follow the progress in the graphic to the right, but we’ve already raised over $8,000, which means thanks to our generous matching fund we’ve raised $16,000….

Israel supporters using Wikileaks to promote attack on Iran are ignoring Arab public opinion
Mondoweiss – Sever Plocker, a columnist forYediot Aharonot, recently wrote with pride and some sadness that, “At least on the Iranian issue — and apparently on more than a few other matters — the leaders of the world, including the Arab world, think as we do [the Israelis],…

Misc 2

‘No result’ as Iran talks resume
BBC 6 Dec 2010 – Iran and key world powers end their first day of talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme in more than a year without a breakthrough.

US experts aid Egypt shark probe
BBC 6 Dec 2010 – Egypt’s tourism ministry calls in experts from the US and abroad to investigate the shark attacks off the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Israel and Turkey talks on rift
BBC 6 Dec 2010 – Officials from Turkey and Israel meet for the first time to try to resolve their dispute over Israel’s raid on a Gaza aid convoy in May.

Iran dissent is ‘denial of God’
BBC 6 Dec 2010 – An Iranian cleric says opposing the supreme leader amounts to a denial of God, in an apparent attempt to silence dissent aimed at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Flotilla Support for Gaza
Sabbah report 6 Dec 2010 – FreeGaza.org has global volunteers. They’re in Sweden, Greece, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, America, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Denmark, England, France, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere.More flotillas are coming until Gaza is free, the siege ended, rebuilding can…

How Many More Must Die for Israel? [Satire]
Sabbah report 6 Dec 2010 – I have heard at least two pretty good alternative media types the past few months talk about an interesting aspect of Israel’s obsession regarding Iran’s ever acquiring even one nuclear weapon. The theory, discussed months before the latest deluge of Wikiwitzleaks documents, says that Iran’s having…

Articles


Uprooting the Bedouins of Israel
Neve Gordon, CounterPunch12/6/2010
Sowing Seeds of Hate and Strife
Despite the fact that it was the seventh demolition since last July, this time the destruction of the Bedouin village Al-Arakib in the Israeli Negev was different. The difference is not because the homeless residents have to deal this time with the harsh desert winter; nor in the fact that the bulldozers began razing the homes just minutes before the forty children left for school, thus engraving another violent scene in their memory. Rather, the demolition was different because this time Christian evangelists from the United States and England were involved.
I know this for a fact because right next to the demolished homes, the Jewish National Fund put up a big sign that reads: “GOD-TV FOREST, A Generous donation by God-TV made 1,000,000 tree saplings available to be planted in the land of Israel and also provided for the creation of water projects throughout the Negev.” GOD-TV justifies this contribution by citing the book of Isaiah: “I will turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into springs.”
The Jewish National Fund’s objective, however, is not altruistic, but rather to plant a pine or eucalyptus forest on the desert land so that the Bedouins cannot return to their ancestral homes. The practice of planting forests in an attempt to Judaize more territory is by no means new. Right after Israel’s establishment in 1948, the JNF planted millions of trees to cover up the remains of Palestinian villages that had been destroyed during or after the war. The objective was to help ensure that the 750,000 Palestinian residents who either fled or were expelled during the war would never return to their villages and to suppress the fact that they had been the rightful owners of the land before the State of Israel was created. Scores of Palestinian villages disappeared from the landscape in this way, and the grounds were converted into picnic parks, thus helping engender a national amnesia regarding the Palestinian Nakba. more.. e-mail


The charade of Israeli-Palestinian talks
Noam Chomsky, In These Times12/2/2010
Washington’ pathetic capitulation to Israel while pleading for a meaningless three-month freeze on settlement expansion—excluding Arab East Jerusalem—should go down as one of the most humiliating moments in U.S. diplomatic history.
In September the last settlement freeze ended, leading the Palestinians to cease direct talks with Israel. Now the Obama administration, desperate to lure Israel into a new freeze and thus revive the talks, is grasping at invisible straws—and lavishing gifts on a far-right Israeli government.
The gifts include $3 billion for fighter jets. The largesse also happens to be another taxpayer grant to the U.S. arms industry, which gains doubly from programs to expand the militarization of the Middle East.
U.S. arms manufacturers are subsidized not only to develop and produce advanced equipment for a state that is virtually part of the U.S. military-intelligence establishment but also to provide second-rate military equipment to the Gulf states—currently a precedent-breaking $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, which is a transaction that also recycles petrodollars to an ailing U.S. economy.
Israeli and U.S. high-tech civilian industries are closely integrated. It is small wonder that the most fervent support for Israeli actions comes from the business press and the Republican Party, the more extreme of the two business-oriented political parties. The pretext for the huge arms sales to Saudi Arabia is defense against the “Iranian threat.”
However, the Iranian threat is not military, as the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence have emphasized. Were Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capacity, the purpose would be deterrent—presumably to ward off a U.S.-Israeli attack. more.. e-mail

Truth Justice and Peace nearly sunk as RTH convoy facts emerge, and as usual, Gazans get the worst part of the deal
Mary Rizzo, Palestine Think Tank12/6/2010
Recent events regarding the setbacks that involved the Road to Hope convoy had made an impact on the activist world in an extremely negative way. That the mission was (finally) successful after such dramatic events is positive and undeniable, yet in light of information that had been gathered from as many sources as possible, a picture emerged which may change the interpretation of what it is that we are witnessing and make us question the utilisation of our activists in disseminating unverified information which, when held up to scrutiny, reveals a totally different set of affairs. One where what actually happened was that those who had initially been accused of the worst deeds had done everything necessary to avoid the real risk of a major international crisis due to the recklessness of some, and those who many judge as heroic instead might actually have been the cause of a series of events that would have been the centre of a lengthy diplomatic crisis and possibly extensive time in detention for many, with Gaza being pushed to the corner, had things taken a different turn and other decisions made.
This report of the RTH “boat incident” attempts to shed light on what was a nebulous situation, full of contradiction, disinformation, erroneous information, extensive calls for sending money to places that were not the organisation itself and now it has become a penal case that will unfold in due time. This report is in no way attempting to represent any party directly involved, and as a matter of fact, it was made possible by means of contributions from very many parties and from the information that was freely shared on several social networks (in the public domain). There was no pressure to publish or withhold information, and as will become evident, some parties were generous in making themselves available, and others refused to do so unless their unacceptable conditions were met. Even the matter of asking the “other side” for their version was treated as if it were a betrayal to truth, and efforts were made by some to stop this from even happening by spreading the most vile and insulting lies regarding this writer and anyone at all who dared to want to know information. more.. e-mail

The Carmel wildfire is burning all illusions in Israel
Electronic Intifada: 6 Dec 2010 – Over the last four days, more than 12,300 acres have burned in the Mount Carmel area or northern Israel, a devastating swath of destruction in a country the size of New Jersey. While the cause of the fire has not been established, it has laid bare the myths of Israel’s foundation.more

New Israeli laws threaten Palestinian civil society
Electronic Intifada: 6 Dec 2010 – A bill recently proposed in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, requires organizations to pledge loyalty to Israel as “Jewish and democratic.” The legislation continues threatens the existence of civil society organizations working for Palestinian rights within Israel.more

US Mediation Monopoly Collapsing
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Dec 2010 – By Sam Bahour The United States is at a crossroads in its mediation of Middle East peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. The Obama administration can no longer walk on the Israeli side of the line—which is exactly where the US has been since Israel’ creation—while continuing to pay lip service to the illusion of walking on the thin line of fair mediation. Unfortunately, neither the US, nor anyone in the Palestinian leadership for that matter, has proposed anything beyond brushing the dust off already-failed initiatives and placing the burden for progress on the need for more Palestinian concessions; concessions that do not exist. The international euphoria surrounding the US bear hug embrace of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah is about to quickly pass and, come autumn 2011—the Fayyad government’ declared target for Palestinian statehood—the region will find itself exactly where former President George W. Bush left it:…more

Hasbara at Work: Oren Promotes Fantasies
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Dec 2010 – By Ira Glunts Three years ago I heard the American-born Israeli Michael B. Oren promoting his new book Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present at a university near my home in upstate New York. Oren is a tall, good looking man who radiated a quiet confidence. His book had the truly fanciful goal of showing that the intense American involvement in the Middle East and especially our engagement with the idea of a renewal of Jewish sovereignty in the region was not a recent development. Oren claimed that both the Zionist idea and the friction between Americans and Muslims is an important and persistent narrative thread running through American history from very early times. For instance, he describes the military confrontations of a young American republic with the Barbary pirates as the first battles in what we now call the “War on Terror.”…more

What Obama Must Do about Palestine, Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Dec 2010 – By James Gundun ‚Äì Washington, D.C. The acting president of the Palestinian National Authority (PA) chose an appropriate setting to issue his latest impassioned plea. Himself in political limbo, running on the fumes of an expired term, Mahmoud Abbas was on hand in Ramallah to lay the cornerstone of the new presidential headquarters. The four-story complex will replace Yasser Arafat’ British-era Mukataa within 18 months – just like U.S. mediated negotiations could use an overhaul. Days earlier Abbas had delivered a special message to UN headquarters in New York warning that the present deadlock, mixed with ongoing Israeli settlement activity, has turned the peace process into a “ticking time bomb.” Although Meron Reuven, Israel’ UN envoy, slammed Abbas’ “destructive rhetoric,” his government appears to have responded with destructive action. Abbas claimed on Wednesday that he’ still in the dark over Washington’ policy towards Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank….more

From the Pages of Time: Truths about US and Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Dec 2010 – By M. Shahid Alam Was there ever a time when a leading organ of the US media could speak the unvarnished truth about the links between the United States and Israel? Consider this quote from Time magazine of January 1952, embedded in an article that explained its choice of Mohammed Mossadegh as its Person of the Year for 1951. It had no compliments for Mossadegh, the man who was spearheading his country’ bid to take back its oil resources from the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. No surprise there. Surprising, however, is Time’ candor on Israel. It minces no words. US support for the creation of Israel had alienated the Middle East: it had been a costly error, motivated not by national interest but petty considerations of presidential politics. Truman had supported the creation of Israel in order to court American Jewish votes. This was the plain truth: a US President…more

Breakthrough: Fear into Compassion – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Dec 2010 – By George Polley (Breakthrough: Transforming Fear Into Compassion, a new perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Insight Press, Albuquerque, NM, November 2010. Paperback.) Richard Forer is a certified practitioner of the Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method. I met Richard Forer during a conversation he was having with a blogger about the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Learning that he had just finished writing a book about it, I asked him to let me know when the book was published, which he did. It arrived in the mail about a week ago. It is one of the most powerful books on the subject I have read to date. “It is difficult to overestimate the emotional attachment of American Jews to the State of Israel,” Anna Balzer writes in her forward. “Zionism, in the words of Baby Boomers like Jewish psychologist and author Mark Braverman, has been the ‘mother’ milk’ to Jews in the United States and…more

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