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PCHR Weekly Report: Two resistance fighters killed; 6 civilians wounded this week
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Friday December 10, 2010 – 00:28, In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 02 – 08 December 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that two Palestinian resistance were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. Another resistance fighter was wounded by Israeli forces in the central Gaza Strip.
Israel Offers To Compensate Families Of Flotilla Victims, Refuses To Admit Guilt
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 09, 2010 – 23:36, The Israeli government made an offer to pay thousands of US Dollars to the families of the of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed during the Israeli violent military attack on the Mavi Marmara Turkish solidarity ship last May. Yet, Israel is refusing to offer apologies or accept responsibility for the deadly attack.
Heading To Gaza, Asian Aid Convoy Arrives in Tehran
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 09, 2010 – 09:42, A ship organized by The Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine, carrying 55 activists and humanitarian aid supplies arrived in Tehran while on its way to impoverished and besieged Gaza Strip.
Army Airstrikes Several Areas in Gaza
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 09, 2010 – 09:16, On Thursday at dawn, the Israeli Air Force carried out several air strikes targeting a number of areas in the Gaza Strip; damage was reported, no injuries.
Israeli Security Officer Wounded After Fighters Fired Mortars Into the Western Negev
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 09, 2010 – 01:45, Israeli sources reported that a security guard working at a kibbutz, in the Eshkol Regional Council in the Negev, was wounded, on Wednesday, at night after Palestinian fighters fired mortars into the area.
PFLP Member Arrested in Raid Near Nablus
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 08, 2010 – 17:38, Israeli forces detained a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in a raid, on Wednesday, Ma’an News sources claimed.
France, First in Europe to Recognize Independent Palestine
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 08, 2010 – 17:19, France declared it will recognize a free and independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, a Press TV report said.
Israeli Army Razes West Bank Village
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 08, 2010 – 14:23, The Israeli military bulldozed Tana village early on Wednesday near the city of Hebron, Press TV reported.
Three Injured in Israeli Shelling on Gaza
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 08, 2010 – 13:48, Israeli tank shelling left three Palestinians wounded, on Wednesday, in the eastern part of Gaza City, Ma’an News claimed.
Peace Group not Allowed to Operate Stand at Ben-Gurion Airport
IMEMC – 9 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 08, 2010 – 13:10, The group Artists Without Walls was denied authorization, on Tuesday, to set up in Ben-Gurion airport a stand run by Jews and Arabs ‘who would be open to dialogue with passengers about coexistence.’, Hareetz reported.
Israel to demolish electric infrastructure near Hebron
12/9/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders Thursday for electric transformers and powerlines in a Palestinian community south of Hebron, a local official said. Local Popular Committee chairman Azmi Ash-Sheiyukhi said Israeli officials handed the orders to Muhammad Al-Adrah, the head of the village council of Rifaya and Ad-Deirat. The orders call for….
Report: Army using banned tear gas again
12/9/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The Israeli armed forces have recently resumed the use of prohibited tear gas canisters to disperse demonstrations in the West Bank, an Israeli newspaper reported Thursday. These tear gas grenades, which are in effect 40 mm rounds with a range of 250 meters, were responsible for numerous serious injuries….
Ministry: Prison guards deny medical treatment to detainee
12/9/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners Affairs reported Thursday that a detainee in Israel’s Meggido prison is losing his sight because of alleged ill-treatment in the facility. Rami Ad-Dik, 28, is serving an eight-year sentence in the prison. The ministry said the prison administration is denying him sufficient medical treatment….
Airstrikes on Gaza overnight
12/10/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes launched air strikes on three separate targets in Gaza. There were no injuries reported. Palestinian sources said the airstrikes targeted two areas in the middle of Gaza. The first, the Al-Qassam area near the electricity company while the other was around the police headquarters in the village. The….
US House votes for Israel missile defense aid
12/9/2010 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved more than 200 million dollars to help Israel deploy a short-range anti-missile defense system called “Iron Dome.” The money was included in a catch-all spending bill covering government expenses in the fiscal year that began October 1, which cleared the House by a 212-206….
WikiLeaks goes backstage in Lebanon’s Hariri case
12/9/2010 – BEIRUT (AFP) – US diplomatic cables unveiled by WikiLeaks have exposed backstage maneuvers surrounding a UN investigation into the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, stoking new controversy around the probe. The cables, which are among some 4,000 more secret documents on Lebanon expected to be released by the whistleblower website or its affiliates, reveal UN….
Gaza facing ‘new electricity crisis’
12/9/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Energy Authority in Gaza blamed the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah for a reduction in fuel supplied to the Gaza power plant. The authority said only 5,950 cubic meters of industrial grade fuel were delivered to the plant in November. Only one week this month did the plant operate with….
Court rescinds order to free Hebron mother
12/9/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court quickly rescindedWednesday a ruling to release a Hebron native from prison, her lawyer said. Israel’s Ofer court determined that Shahira Barqan, a mother of four detainees, would remain in prison. It was not immediately clear why, but her lawyer said in a statement that the….
Israeli forces detain 3 students near Hebron
12/9/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three students overnight Thursday north of Hebron. Palestine Solidarity Project spokesman Muhammad Ayyad Awad said soldiers raided Beit Ummar and searched houses near the northern entrance to the village. Soldiers detained three students who were identified as Adel Issa Abdul Khaleq Suleiman, 15, Khader Bassem Khader Al-Allamy, 15….
Support grows for Israeli rabbis’ ‘racist’ letter
12/9/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Scores more Israeli rabbis have added their names to a document calling on Jews to avoid renting or selling property to non-Jews, despite an outpouring of criticism, media reported on Thursday. Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported that some 300 religious figures had signed the public statement, which warns that “it is forbidden in….
Study: Bribery rampant in Palestinian territories
12/9/2010 – BERLIN (AFP) — One person in four worldwide paid a bribe during the past year, according to a study released Thursday to mark International Anti-Corruption Day. The study, by the Berlin-based non-governmental agency Transparency International, focuses on small-scale bribery and was put together from polls conducted among more than 91,000 people in 86 countries and territories…. Related: Report: Most Israelis say government corrupt
Report: Most Israelis say government corrupt
12/9/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A new survey finds that 88 percent of the Israeli public believes the nation’s political parties are corrupt, according to the results published Thursday by the Israeli news site Ynet. Approximately 1,000 Israelis participated in the poll, which was conducted by the Israeli branch of the Transparency….
Israel returns prisoners to jail evacuated before fire
12/9/2010 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — The Israeli government has returned all the female Palestinians to a prison evacuated ahead of a deadly fire last week. The Detainees Center reported Wednesday that the women were briefly held at the Sharon prison but were returned to Damon. The 16 Palestinians were returned to the Damon prison after Israeli….
Prisoner marks 24 years in jail
12/9/2010 – GAZA (Ma’an) — The prisoners center in Gaza announced Thursday that Muhammad Daoud, 46, from the city of Qalqiliya in the West Bank, marked his 24th year in Israeli prisons. According to the organization, Daoud was arrested in 1987 and sentenced to a life term. His mother and father while he was still in….
Clinton meets Israeli pointman on Mideast deadlock
12/10/2010 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met here Thursday with Israel’s chief peace negotiator Yitzhak Molcho to see how to break the deadlock in the Middle East peace talks, her spokesman said. Clinton sought to get “a perspective on the Israeli side of how to move forward, and the secretary and….
Ban says settlement setback must not halt Mideast talks
12/9/2010 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon insisted Wednesday that Israel’s refusal to halt the colonization of Palestinian territories must not end Middle East peace talks, his spokesman said.” The secretary general takes note with regret that Israel will not heed the united call of the international community” to halt construction in….
Barghouthi: US announced death of peace process
12/9/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The US’ decision to drop its demand for Israel to freeze construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank is an announcement of the death of the peace process, independent Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi said Thursday. In a statement the former information minister said Washington’s announcement was a….
US still hopes for Mideast peace deal by next August
12/9/2010 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Wednesday it still hoped that the Israelis and Palestinians will reach a peace deal by next August even though Washington failed to get Israel to stop building settlements. US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Washington still considered settlements in occupied Palestinian land to be illegal but would now….
Top PA officials head to Washington
12/9/2010 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian premier Salam Fayyad and chief negotiator Saeb Erakat were on Thursday flying to Washington to hold talks with top US officials over the crisis in peace talks. Fayyad was to hold talks with Hillary Clinton early on Friday ahead of a conference at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at which….
Abbas: No talks with Israel in shadow of settlements
12/9/2010 – CAIRO (AFP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday stood firm on his demand for a halt to settlement building before talks with Israel can resume, as US officials scrambled to rescue the collapsing peace process.” We will not accept negotiations as long as settlements continue,” Abbas told reporters in Cairo after more than one hour of….
EU chief regrets Israel decision on settlements
12/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign affairs chief, responded Wednesday to the apparent collapse of peace talks noting the EU’s “regret” that Israel opted not to renew a freeze on settlement building.”I note with regret that Israel has not been in a position to accept an extension of the….
Palestinians weigh options as US concedes talks defeat
12/9/2010 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — As Washington admits it has failed to find a way to salvage direct peace talks, the Palestinians are looking at alternatives, boosted by diplomatic support from Latin America. Over the past few weeks, Palestinian officials have been talking up their options if peace talks with Israel totally collapse — one of which is seeking….
Israel FM favors direct talks with the Palestinians
12/9/2010 – SOFIA (AFP) — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said here Thursday he still favoured direct peace talks with the Palestinians, even if prospects for resuming them grew feebler this week.” It is very important that the dialogue between us and the Palestinians continues,” Lieberman said after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Mladenov.” Nothing can replace….
UK ‘disappointed’ after Israel refuses to extend freeze
12/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that he was “disappointed” Israel has not renewed the freeze on settlement, which are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace.” I am disappointed that Israel has not renewed the freeze on settlement construction and that peace talks are currently on hold….
Zahhar: Armed struggle will free Palestine
12/9/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar said Thursday that all Palestinian factions, including Fatah, should form a united front in an armed struggle in order to liberate all of historic Palestine. Zahhar personally set fire to an Israeli flag during the brief news conference in Gaza organized to mark the 23rd anniversary….
Hamas: 28 detained in West Bank
12/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security services on Thursday detained 28 party supporters in the West Bank, Hamas said. The Islamist movement said that the detentions occurred in Nablus, Jenin, Qalqiliya, Salfit, Bethlehem, and Hebron. Also, PA security forces recently detained seven Hamas members in the West Bank, the party said Wednesday. Hamas said….
Experts race to solve Egypt shark attack mystery
12/9/2010 – SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AFP) — Marine experts on Wednesday quizzed witnesses to shark attacks as beaches at Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh remained closed after a woman was torn apart by a shark. South Sinai governor Mohammed Shosha told reporters a ban on swimming and snorkelling in place since Sunday’s….
The Middle East Is Not Ireland
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – Elliott Abrams, National Review – The 700 days are almost up. On Jan. 22, 2009, his second full day in office, President Obama signed orders to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and announced former Senate majority…
Israel approves wider export from Gaza
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – Los Angeles Times – Gaza will now have access to international markets, after Israel’s security cabinet decided Wednesday to allow international export from the strip. Export previously was restricted to flowers and strawberries sent to Europe…
Israel expels Hamas lawmaker Muhammad Abu Tir from East Jerusalem
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – Los Angeles Times – Israeli police Wednesday expelled Hamas lawmaker and East Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Tir to the West Bank city of Ramallah after an Israeli district court upheld a 4-year-old decision by the Israeli…
Palestinian reaction to U.S. reversal on settlement freeze
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – Los Angeles Times – Palestinian politicians and analysts said Wednesday that they were not surprised that the U.S. government had failed to get Israel to agree to a temporary settlement freeze as a precondition for resuming…
Israel launches strikes, warns on Gaza
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – Alert Net – Israel launched retaliatory air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Thursday hours after its top soldier warned troops to be prepared for possible “wider action” on the enclave’s volatile border. An Israeli military…
Israeli troops used prohibited teargas rounds
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – Alert Net – Israel’s army said on Thursday it had used potentially lethal teargas grenades of a type banned by its rules, but promised it would never happen again. Their use was brought to light originally…
Palestinian Negotiator: More Mideast talks futile without US shift
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – Alert Net – More Middle East peace talks will be “an exercise in futility” unless the United States “curbs Israeli violations”, a leading Palestinian said. Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran of the 20-year old peace process, faulted…
Israel offers compensation for Gaza flotilla deaths
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – The Guardian – Israel has proposed paying compensation to relatives of Turks it killed during a raid on a Gaza -bound ship, in exchange for Ankara’s help in indemnifying the Israeli navy against lawsuits, officials said…
Poll: Majority of Americans favor U.S. role in resolving Mideast dispute
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – Politico – A poll to be released Thursday at the Brookings Institution shows that two-thirds of Americans polled believe that the Arab-Israeli issue is among the top five American interests in the world, while one quarter…
State Department spokesman struggles to explain US settlement policy
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – (Please visit the site to view this media) US State Department – The following text is excerpts from the transcript of the State Department press briefing from December 8, 2010. Philip J. Crowley Assistant Secretary Daily…
Now that the carrot has not worked against Israel
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – At the beginning of the latest US-Israel crisis over the issue of settlement freeze, the Americans considered both carrot and stick to “encourage” the Israelis to do the right thing, in accordance with international law. Among…
US suspends negotiation efforts for a settlement freeze with Israel
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – But what does it mean? The news that the US has officially suspended its efforts to reach a compromise on a settlement freeze with Israel is sure to have significant consequences. But what are those consequences?…
The end of the settlement freeze gimmick is not the end of the world, or the possibility of peace
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – For many months now I have been in predicting that the US would probably be able to secure a three or four-month settlement freeze extension, allowing for the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. And, indeed, the…
Pro-Israel activists launch all-out war against Helen Thomas and American Arabs
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 – It is all out war between Jews and Arabs. Make no mistake about it. American Jewish organizations have launched a vicious campaign to silence Helen Thomas, the 91 year old, 80 pound champion of Palestinian and…
When seduction fails: Time for Obama to make his own weather
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 – Barack Obama’s latest effort to seduce Benjamin Netanyahu to stop expanding illegal settlements in occupied territories as a portal into renewed Palestine-Israel talks has collapsed. Khruschev, Oops, I mean Netanyahu has yet again thrown eggs in…
Lebanon ‘gave Israel army tips’
AlJazeera 7 Dec 2010 – Defence minister offered advice to Israel in 2008 on how to defeat Hezbollah, WikiLeaks documents show.
Israel Offers to Compensate Families of Flotilla Victims, Refuses to Admit Guilt
PNN – By Saed Bannoura – The Israeli government made an offer to pay thousands of US Dollars to the families of the of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed during the Israeli…
Palestinians in Brazil Overjoyed by Recognition of State of Palestine
PNN – Mahmoud Khalouf – Cairo – PNN – Palestinians in Brazil greeted with approval recent steps by Brazil and Argentina to recognize an independent state of Palestine along the 1967 borders, commending Brazilian…
Palestine Swears in First Female Magistrate on Judicial Council
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – On Thursday, Samoud Dhamiri al-Yameen was sworn in as the first female magistrate on the Islamic Judicial Council of Palestine. She will join Supreme Justice Sheikh Yusef al-Da’is…
Petition to Call “Racist” Rabbis to Account Falls on Deaf Ears
PNN – Tel Aviv – PNN – A group of Israeli intellectuals and academics called on the Justice Ministry to bring legal action against the 18 publicly funded rabbis who made headlines earlier this…
Ban Ki-Moon Urges Settlement Freeze after US Fails
PNN – New York City – PNN – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon “noted with regret that Israel will not heed the united call of the international community” and freeze illegal settlement construction in the…
Central Gaza and Eastern Gaza City Targeted by Retaliatory Israeli Airstrikes
PNN – Gaza City – PNN – Early Thursday morning, Israeli airstrikes on targets in the central Gaza Strip and the eastern part of Gaza City caused extensive damage to an electricity generator and…
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Democratic congressman lashes out at Obama’s ME policy
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Ackerman: Shift away from settlements creates an opportunity to focus on Iran’s proliferation threat.
PM to Diaspora Jews: Israel must to rebuild ‘three times’
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Citing dry wood, strong winds, need for firewalls and lack of roads, Netanyahu says forest fires require “fundamentally different logistics.”
Bickering over Hamas MPs use of Red Cross office as HQ
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – The three politicians were ordered to leave J’lem. Instead, they’re meeting foreign dignitaries, handing out literature and holding press events.
UN and EU blame Israel for breakdown of peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Ban Ki-moon and Catherine Ashton criticize Netanyahu gov’t for not “heeding the call of the int’l community” to extend settlement freeze; Barak calls resumption of talks an “urgent necessity.”
After the best of times, fears for the worst of times
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Analysis: There’s been little terror this year, but Hamas’s rearming and the collapse of direct talks mean the situation could turn at any time.
More Latino countries may recognize ‘Palestine’
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Israeli officials concerned Mexico, Ecuador and El Salvador poised to follow Brazilian lead and acknowledge full sovereignty of PA for first time.
New clash with Hamas looms – defense officials
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – IAF bombs three ‘terrorist targets’ in Gaza after upsurge in mortar fire.
Poll: 71% of Iranians want nuclear arsenal
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Survey finds less than half of Iranians think sanctions having major impact; only 1 in 6 believes Israel, US will attack nuclear facilities.
Assad says peace talks shouldn’t focus on settlements
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Syrian president accuses Israel of not being “a partner for peace,”; discusses Hariri tribunal Lebanon tensions: “We don’t want to intrude.”
Turkish FM coy on reports of ‘Marmara’ reparations
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Ayalon says gov’t should not apologize or pay compensation; Olmert criticizes Netanyahu for willingness to compensate Turkish families.
Letter from Bahrain: A Jew at the Arab table
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Innocuous talk of Israel is not so remarkable here, where pragmatism and economics often trump ideology and religion.
Hariri assassination indictment coming very soon
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 – Indictment likely to be confirmed in early 2011 as tension paralyzes Lebanon amid speculation Hizbullah members will be named.
WikiLeaks: Saudi FM proposed plan to destroy Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 – Cable reveals Saudis suggested “Arab force” to maintain order in Beirut; president of Tunisia predicted takeover of Egypt by Muslim Brotherhood.
‘Tunisian premier predicts Muslim Brotherhood takeover’
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 – WikiLeaks document from March 2008 quotes Ben Ali as saying situation in Egypt “explosive,” claims Libya’s Gadhafi “is not a normal person.”
The Israel Factor’s centrist streak
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 – The Panel members, like most Israelis, seem to prefer the American policy maker more moderate.
Wikileaks: Saudis proposed to US plan to destroy Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 – Cable reveals that Saudi foreign minister proposed “Arab force” to maintain order in Beirut; said Hizbullah victory would be “Iranian takeover of Lebanon.”
PA journalists show support for Western Wall report author
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 – The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate expressed solidarity with Taha, who recently published a “study” denying Jews’ rights to the Kotel.
Amid uproar, two rabbis pull their names from letter forbidding rental of homes to Arabs
Ha’aretz – Rabbis remove their signatures after ultra-Orthodox leader denounces the religious ruling.
Israel’s legal establishment to examine rabbis’ letter forbidding rental of homes to Arabs
Ha’aretz – In response to a petition against the signatories of the rabbis’ letter, attorney general’s office says rabbis’ statements were ‘inappropriate for public officials.’
Carmel forest fire linked to global warming, expert says
Ha’aretz – JNF forest official: Ground was exceptionally dry after long, hot summer and lack of winter rain.
Will Israel’s Left and Right march together for human rights?
Ha’aretz – The right-wing Im Tirtzu plans to join left-wing Gush Shalom and Arab movement Adalah in marking International Human Rights Day under the banner ‘Jews also have rights.’
Yad Vashem: Forbidding rental to Arabs is a blow to Jewish values
Ha’aretz – ‘Past experiments have taught how important and fragile the values of coexistence are,’ Holocaust memorial says in response to religious ruling signed by dozens of prominent rabbis.
Former Knesset Speaker Dov Shilansky passes away at 86
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu eulogized the fellow Likud member, saying ‘Israel lost one of its most devoted leaders.’
Israel’s legal establishment silent amid uproar over ‘racist’ rabbis
Ha’aretz – A group of public figures, intellectuals and academics have asked Justice Ministry to suspend any signatories to religious ruling calling for people not to rent homes to non-Jews.
Livni: Netanyahu must resign over Israel’s fire services failure
Ha’aretz – PM says State Comptroller conclusions regarding firefighting services’ poor conditions will be applied immediately, gives 10-day deadline to formulate bill.
Fire services report shows Israel unready for war, again
Ha’aretz – With the Carmel fire sadly becoming history, it remains to be seen if Israel’s politicians will actually listen to the warning bells this time around.
Eli Yishai: Past governments share in failure of firefighting services
Ha’aretz – State Comptroller report on deterioration of Israel’s firefighting services holds interior minister, finance minister and defense minister responsible for service’s dire condition.
State Comptroller blames Eli Yishai for collapse of firefighting services
Ha’aretz – Comptroller targets Interior Minister in report following Carmel fire, saying Israel’s fire department is a continuous and serious failure, more so since Second Lebanon War in 2006.
In wake of Carmel fire, Knesset approves law to change structure of Israel fire services
Ha’aretz – Law will implement suggestions from 12 years ago; massive brushfire last week pointed to serious problems in Israel’s fire and rescue services.
Peres: Rabbis’ petition against renting to Arabs creates moral crisis in Israel
Ha’aretz – The president bitterly attacked the rabbis’ letter, which called on Israelis not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, a move particularly aimed against Arabs.
Leading Haredi rabbi refuses to endorse letter forbidding the rental of homes to Arabs
Ha’aretz – “What if there was a similar call in Berlin against renting properties to Jews?” asks Rabbi Steinman.
Comptroller report to find firefighting services close to collapse
Ha’aretz – In a report that has been rushed to release in light of the Carmel fire, the government will be blamed for a deterioration in firefighting services since the Lebanon War.
Netanyahu slams top rabbis’ call to forbid renting homes to Arabs
Ha’aretz – The prime minister says such things cannot be said in a democratic country, emphasizes that anti-Arab declarations are not acceptable in Israel.
Israel ranks 41 out of 65 countries in OECD education survey
Ha’aretz – PISA survey for 2009 tests over half a million 15-year-olds from around the world in both reading and mathematics.
Top rabbis move to forbid renting homes to Arabs, say ‘racism originated in the Torah’
Ha’aretz – Dozens of Israel’s municipal chief rabbis signed on to the ruling, which comes just months after the chief rabbi of Safed initiated a call urging Jews to refrain from renting…
Ra’anana woman charged over strangling of her two daughters
Ha’aretz – Michal Aloni had suffered from clinical depression; in November she strangled to death Natali, 6, and Roni, 4 with a sock.
Dozens of top Israeli rabbis sign ruling to forbid rental of homes to Arabs
Ha’aretz – The religious ruling comes just months after a group of 18 prominent rabbis, including the chief rabbi of Safed, signed a call to that effect.
UN, Lebanon discuss plans for Ghajar
Ha’aretz – Following Israel’s decision to withdraw from the northern half of the disputed Lebanon border village, UN officials aim to restore Lebanese sovereignty in the area.
Assad in Paris: Israel is not a partner for peace
Ha’aretz – Syrian president meets with French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris; calls referendum bill recently passed by the Knesset ‘illogical and immoral.’
Poll: Half of Israeli Jews hold negative views of Obama
Ha’aretz – German Chancellor Angela Merkel the world leader most admired by Israeli Jews, according to a poll released by Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
‘More Mideast talks futile without US shift’
Ha’aretz – Former member of Palestinian peace delegation Hanan Ashrawi says U.S. approach toward Israel allows expansion of settlements and hinders peace process., Catherine Ashton calls Israel’s decision to allow Gaza to…
Britain ‘disappointed’ by Israel’s refusal to extend settlement freeze
Ha’aretz – Foreign Secretary Hague says U.K. will continue working toward two-state solution with relevant parties; UN Secretary General: Construction in West Bank is snub to international community.
Israel likely to offer heavy ‘humanitarian’ compensation over Turkey flotilla deaths
Ha’aretz – Turkey and Israel near agreement on wording of memo aimed at ending crisis; Erdogan demands Israel say it ‘apologizes,’ while Israel prefers to use the word ‘regrets’.
U.S. allocates $205 million for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system
Ha’aretz – Funds come atop another $200 million designated for joint U.S.-Israel anti-missile projects, David’s Sling and Arrow.
Israel strikes Gaza after overnight mortar attack
Ha’aretz – Kibbutz security chief is the first casualty of rocket fire from Gaza since March.
UN chief urges Israel to freeze settlements despite failure to reach deal with U.S.
Ha’aretz – UN hopeful that U.S. can still facilitate Israeli-Palestinian talks; top U.S. official: Obama administration does not and will not condone settlements.
Israeli wounded as Gaza militants launch mortar shells into Negev
Ha’aretz – 4-mortar-shell volley comes less than a week after IDF soldiers killed two armed Palestinian militants trying to infiltrate into Israel through the Gaza Strip border.
U.S. official: Obama does not and will not condone Israel’s settlement activity
Ha’aretz – Speaking to reporters, State Department spokesman says Washington’s position on settlement building is unaffected by its realization that a temporary freeze does not serve as a sufficient basis for renewed…
‘EU offering to okay Iran nuclear program in return for UN supervision’
Ha’aretz – Diplomatic sources tell Haaretz that EU foreign policy chief advanced compromise offer in recent round of P5+1 nuclear talks in Geneva.
Israel expels East Jerusalem-based Hamas lawmaker to West Bank
Ha’aretz – Mohammad Abu Tir says his expulsion is part of Israel’s goal to evict the people of Jerusalem, saying Israel does not want to see Arabs in the city.
Israeli army detains 4 Palestinians in Hebron
9 Dec 2010 – Hebron , December 9, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Thursday four Palestinians from Hebron city in the West Bank. Israeli occupation forces broke into and searched the house of Ismail Awawda and detained him. Besides, they detained Meqdad Masalmah while he was passing a checkpoint at the entrance of Bait Awa, in south of Hebron, local sources reported….
Israeli F-16 jets hit several targets in Gaza
9 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 9, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli F-16 jet fighters attacked several Palestinian targets in Gaza Strip early Thursday causing no casualties, Palestinian security sources said. The strikes targeted a training field for Izz-Eddine Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance movement, Hamas, in the center of Gaza, leaving damage. However, no casualties were reported. The fighter jets…
Israeli army detains 6 Palestinians in WB
8 Dec 2010 – West Bank, December 8, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Wednesday six Palestinians from Hebron and Bethlehem cities in the West Bank. In Hebron city, Israeli occupation forces broke into the house of Husin Al-Natsh, 47, and detained him and his son Ahmed, 16, after searching it, local sources reported. In Bethlehem city, Israeli occupation forces broke into…
Israeli army demolishes school, houses in Nablus
8 Dec 2010 – Nablus, December 8, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli bulldozers demolished Wednesday school and twelve houses belonging to Palestinians in Tana area, in east of Fourk in Nablus. Ghasan Diglis, the Palestinian official of settlement file, said that this is the third time to demolish houses in the area, adding that the Israeli army demolished nearly 45 houses previously. Palestinian sources said…
Israeli army erects mobile military checkpoint in Qalqiliya
8 Dec 2010 – Qalqiliya, December 8, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) erected Wednesday a mobile military checkpoint at the entrance of Ematen town in east of Qalqiliya city, in the West Bank. Local sources said that Israeli soldiers stopped citizens’ cars for hours. They searched their cars carefully and verified their ID cards. In addition to, IOF raided Frata towmn in…
Israeli army strikes in Gaza
8 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 8, (Pal Telegraph) – The Israeli Air Force attacked a hennery as well as smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning; one injury was reported by Palestinian sources. Israeli warplanes attacked a hennery in south of Khan Younis which resulted in huge destruction in it. In Rafah, Israeli warplanes attacked a smuggling tunnel in Jaradat…
Rights groups report Iran stoning woman released
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – A European human rights group said on Thursday an Iranian woman who had been sentenced to death by stoning had been freed, but there was no confirmation from Iran. The International Committee Against Stoning, based in Germany, said it had heard from “sources in Iran” that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had been freed. Italian Foreign Minister…
Israel to demolish electric infrastructure near Hebron
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders Thursday for electric transformers and powerlines in a Palestinian community south of Hebron, a local official said. Local Popular Committee chairman Azmi Ash-Sheiyukhi said Israeli officials handed the orders to Muhammad Al-Adrah, the head of the village council of Rifaya and Ad-Deirat. The orders call for the demolition and removal…
Where Exactly can we Live?
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – …I know this sounds simplistic and perhaps a bit sarcastic, which it admittedly is. But it is a valid question considering Israel’s increasingly intransigent positions towards facilitating such a settlement. Will Palestinians live in Jerusalem? Well, no, at least not in a Jerusalem that is part of their future state of Palestine. Jerusalem, if you…
And what will Santa bring the kiddies of Gaza?
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – Rarely do I enter a church unless it’s to admire the medieval architecture, a soaring testament to man’s faith in a more dangerous and uncertain age. One reason being that church leaders, by and large, ignore the fate of the Holy Land, which of course underpins the whole structure of their faith. The performance of…
Bil’in Resident Urgently Needs Your Help
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – A tireless non-violent activist and resident of Bil’in, Rani Burnet, needs your help repairing his wheelchair. Rani was shot in the neck by IDF soldiers in 2000 and has since been in a wheelchair. I am posting a letter about his situation and hoping to raise money to fix his wheelchair problem. The non-violent joint…
Israel’s right-wing rabbis pour forth ‘hateful ideas’
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – In a country that describes itself as a democracy, the words are jarring: Jews should not rent homes to “gentiles”. Yet that command is contained in a religious decree issued this week by at least 50 of Israel’s leading rabbis, many of whom are employed by the state as municipal religious leaders. Jews should first…
For the third time, Israeli occupation destroys a school and houses east of Nablus
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – Israeli bulldozers entered the Palestinian town of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, on Wednesday, 8th December, and razed a number of houses, tents, agricultural land, as well as a school in Khirbet Tana. In a formal statement to Quds Press, the Municipality of Beit Furik denounced the Occupation’s operation; calling on human rights and humanitarian…
What Are The Peres Center Up To?
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – Last month the winners of the Danish “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” quiz show donated their winnings to the The Peres Center For Peace in Israel. On the surface they appear a worthy beneficiary, but is the Peres Centre as innocent as it seems? Clive Granger thinks not…
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (02 – 08 December 2010): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed two members of the Palestinian resistance and wounded another one in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 4 Palestinian workers, including a child, in the Gaza Strip,…
Airstrikes on Gaza overnight
Uruknet December 9, 2010 – Israeli warplanes launched air strikes on three separate targets in Gaza. There were no injuries reported. Palestinian sources said the airstrikes targeted two areas in the middle of Gaza. The first, the Al-Qassam area near the electricity company while the other was around the police headquarters in the village. The third target was the Tunis…
Send Wikileaks Some Love (and Cash)
Uruknet December 8, 2010 – Blogs like this one could not exist without sources like Wikileaks. I have had my own Bradley Mannings provide invaluable information which they and I deemed to be vital for my readers to know. Information which governments and intelligence services like Israel, the Mossad and Shabak did not anyone to know. That is why it…
J Street, from outer space
Uruknet December 8, 2010 – J Street sends me their regular cracked-out strategies for achieving a two-state “solution” in Israel-Palestine. It’s endearing to see a sector of the American ruling-class even more clearly out of touch with reality than the rest of it… In the interim, the problem here is that it does not address the institutionalized reasons behind the…
Uruknet December 8, 2010 – Struggling as I have for the past decades to grasp the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and find ways to get out of this interminable and Palestine 2011 By Jeff Halper 419 320×240 jeff halper wikicommons absolutely superfluous conflict, I have been two-thirds successful. After many years of activism and analysis, I think I have…
Israeli rabbis’ racist decree strikes at the soul of Judaism
Uruknet December 8, 2010 – More than 50 of Israel’s leading rabbis have issued a religious decree forbidding Jews from renting or selling homes or land to non-Jews – namely, Arabs, migrant workers and African refugees. The letter was signed by rabbis across the country (many of whom are employed by the state as municipal religious leaders) and urged Jews…
The hatemonger from the Netherlands
Uruknet December 8, 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, to visit Occupied Palestine to spew his hatred and racism before a Jewish audience. Wilders arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday, 4 December, as the biggest fire in Israel’s…
Another silent walk-out in protest of Israel’s PR campaign
Uruknet December 8, 2010 – On December 2nd, an event entitled “Overcoming Terror: A True Story” was set to take place on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. It was sponsored by the Student Alliance for Israel (SAFI) and the University of Massachusetts Hillel House. IDF Sergeant Kenny Sachs was the orator, an on-call speaker for Israeli propaganda…
Sustainable tourism or sustaining Israel’s occupation?
Uruknet December 8, 2010 – With a decidedly upbeat tone, the Sustainable Rural Tourist initiative was launched with a two-day conference at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank last month. Organizers, panelists and Palestinian Authority government officials appeared optimistic and celebratory as they addressed the project’s aim of establishing an independent, thriving rural tourism industry in the occupied West…
Beit Ommar returns to its roots
Uruknet December 8, 2010 – Palestinians in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar are returning to older models of organizing against the Israeli occupation. These organizers are employing strategies of resistance made famous during the first intifada in order to overcome stagnation and division within Palestinian society. Despite numerous obstacles from Israeli repression and the increasingly heavy-handed policies…
Obama to Netanyahu – “You win”
Uruknet December 8, 2010 – Those of us who are associated with the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, and who call for justice for the Palestinians, now have reason to say “Thank you” to President Obama. With his decision to abandon efforts to persuade…
Israel Demolishes 10 Homes, School and Animal Shelters in Nablus District
Alternative Information Center – Israeli military forces destroyed at least10 residential structures in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Tana on Wednesday, 8 December. The structuresbelonged to15 families for a total of 101 persons, including 42 children.
Palestinians Examine Options Following American Failure to Renew Peace Talks
Alternative Information Center – The White House decided to suspend its demand from Israel to renew its moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank. The American government thus recognized on Tuesday (7 December) its failure to renew the peace…
Settlers Violence — Interview with Ahmad Jaradat
Alternative Information Center – Fall 2010 was marked by a drastic raise in attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians. According to a report published by the United Nation’s Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs during the olive harvest 50…
Palestinian Legislators from Jerusalem Commemorate Human Rights Day
Alternative Information Center – The National Committee against Deportations in Jerusalem and the Civic Coalition for Defending the Palestinians’ Rights in Jerusalem held a press conference Thursday (9 December)
Support grows for Israeli rabbis’ ‘racist’ letter
Daily Star 9 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Scores more Israeli rabbis have added their names to a document calling on Jews to avoid renting or selling property to non-Jews, despite an outpouring of criticism, media reported Thursday.
US House votes for Israel missile defense aid
Daily Star 9 Dec 2010 WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives late Wednesday approved over $200 million to help Israel deploy a short-range anti-missile defense system called “Iron Dome.” The money was included in a catch-all spending bill covering state expenses…
Israel draws international rebuke over refusal to halt settlement construction
Daily Star 9 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: The European Union, the United Nations and the Arab League have rebuked Israel after its refusal to halt settlement construction forced Washington to drop efforts to relaunch Mideast peace talks. Palestinian President…
Israel offers cash in return for amnesty in rapprochement deal with Turks
Daily Star 9 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel has proposed paying compensation to relatives of Turks it killed during a raid on a Gaza-bound ship, in exchange for Ankara’s help in indemnifying the Israeli Navy against lawsuits, officials said Thursday. The…
Israel offers compensation for Gaza flotilla deaths
The Guardian 9 Dec 2010 – Israel offers ¬£63,000 each to families of men killed on Mavi Marmara in exchange for Turkey’s help in indemnifying navy against lawsuits Israel has proposed paying compensation to relatives of Turks it killed during a raid…
Middle East peace talks stall as US fails to sway Israel over settlements
The Guardian 8 Dec 2010 – Process ‘in crisis’, says Mahmoud Abbas, as Binyamin Netanyahu refuses to back down on settlement freeze Palestinians and Israelis were tonight blaming each other for sabotaging peace talks after the US admitted it had failed to…
Israel to allow exports from Gaza Strip to boost local businesses
The Guardian 8 Dec 2010 – Government says decision to end trade ban on products such as furniture and textiles aimed at strengthening Gaza economy Israel is to allow exports from the Gaza Strip in a move to help businesses devastated by…
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December 2010)
Relief Web 9 Dec 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Follow on appeal: Gaza and West Bank – PSE10 Revision 1
Relief Web 9 Dec 2010 – Source: ACT Alliance
Israel strikes Gaza after militant mortar attack
Relief Web 9 Dec 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet
Israel relaxes Gaza grip, permitting exports
Relief Web 8 Dec 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet
MIDEAST: New Poll Underlines Gloom Shrouding “Peace Process”
IPS Hope among both Jewish and Palestinian Israelis that a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians can ever be achieved appears to be fading, according to two major new polls released here Thursday.
Israeli Apartheid Short Film Showing in Al Bireh
Stop The Wall – Stop the Wall and ItIsApartheid.org invite you to the screening of The Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest
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Olmert, Ayalon: Israel doesn’t need to apologize to Turkey
YNet News – Official say Israel proposed paying $100,000 each to families of Turks killed….
ElBaradei calls for Egypt presidential vote boycott
YNet News – Egyptian opposition activist Mohamed ElBaradei slams parliamentary elections,….
Abbas: No talks while Israel builds
YNet News – Palestinian president meets with Mubarak as part of consultations on peace talks….
Air Force bombs targets in Gaza
YNet News – IDF says bombing of three Hamas targets was response to mortar shell fire that….
Israeli wounded in mortar attack on Negev
YNet News – Shell fired by Gaza terrorists hits Eshkol Regional Council; man evacuated to….
US: Decision to halt freeze talks recognition of reality
YNet News – State Department spokesman says attempts to persuade Israel to stop settlement….
Barak: When I was PM we built much more in West Bank
YNet News – Israel is not building new settlements, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said to reporters after meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York Thursday night (Israel …….
Report: Iran frees woman sentenced to death by stoning
YNet News – Iran has freed a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, her son, and her lawyer, a German-based campaign group told AFP Thursday after global outcry over the …….
Poll: Israel’s Arabs don’t want to be part of Palestinian state
YNet News – WASHINGTON – While Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman continuously discusses the possibility of territorial exchanges as part of a future peace agreement with the …….
Assad blames ‘Israeli intransigence’ for failed peace talks
YNet News – Syrian President Bashar Assad said ‘intransigent Israel’, not the US, was responsible for the failure of peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Speaking to …….
B’Tselem welcomes cabinet decision, says test will be implementation
B’tselem 7 Dec 2010 – B’Tselem expresses its hope that the change of policy stems from an understanding that Israel must stop using its control over the crossings with Gaza for collective punishment of its population and notes that the true test of this decision is in its implgram Files
Zahar urges Fatah to abandon futile peace process
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – Prominent Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar has urged Palestinian factions, including Fatah, to abandon the “futile peace process” with Israel and revert to the “way of resistance.”
Abu Sha’ar slams General Electric for supporting settlement expansion
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – Palestinian minister of religious affairs Dr. Taleb Abu Sha’ar strongly denounced the American company General Electric for supporting and participating in a settlement project in Abu Ghunaim Mount.
IOF kidnap 9 Palestinians in W. Bank
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – The Hebrew radio said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at dawn Thursday nine Palestinian citizens from different West Bank areas at the pretext they were wanted.
Abbas’s militia kidnaps 28 Hamas supporters
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – PA security militia loyal to de facto president Mahmoud Abbas rounded up 28 Hamas supporters in the past 24 hours in the districts of Al-Khalil, Nablus, Bethlehem, Tulkarem, Salfit, and Jenin.
Hamas: The US administration in cahoots with Israel’s settlement activities
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – The Hamas Movement said that the US remarks about its relinquishment of its settlement freeze demands revealed that the current US administration is accomplice in the ongoing settlement expansion.
Two brothers wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – Two Palestinian brothers were wounded on Thursday morning while collecting gravel in northern Gaza Strip after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at them, medical sources reported.
Palestinian female prisoner on seventh day of hunger strike
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – Palestinian prisoner Linan Abu Ghulma has entered her seventh day of hunger strike on Thursday demanding transfer from the Israeli Hasharon jail to that of Sharon to join her sister.
Rivlin: It is about time for Shalit’s release
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – Israeli Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin has said that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for securing the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit.
Zahalka demands international probe into Israeli diggings under Aqsa Mosque
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – Arab Knesset member Jamal Zahalka called for forming an international committee of specialist architects to investigate the reported dangers threatening the structure of the Aqsa Mosque.
Asian aid shipment en route to Gaza
PIC 9 Dec 2010 – An Asian convoy loaded with humanitarian material to the besieged Gaza Strip has arrived in the Iranian city of Zahdan after passing through many cities to rally support for the trip.
U.S. debates role in Mideast peace effort
LA Times 9 Dec 2010 – After dropping its bid to get an Israeli settlement freeze in order to rekindle talks, officials argue over what direction to take and how much effort should go into peace efforts. The Obama administration’s abandonment of a failed strategy for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking has sparked a debate within the White House and State Department about what kind of approach — and how much energy — America’s overbooked national security team should employ in the Middle East effort.
Gates Meets With Emirates Counterpart
New York Times 9 Dec 2010 – The secretary of defense’s talks with Crown Prince Sheik Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi focused on security in the region and fears of a nuclear Iran.
Iran Security Officials Arrest Four at Newspaper
New York Times 9 Dec 2010 – Security officials have raided one of Iran’s few remaining independent newspapers, arresting three journalists and a managing director.
Israel Says It Will Permit More Exports From Gaza
New York Times 9 Dec 2010 – Israel said that it would allow increased exports from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave in order to improve the economy and ease hardship.
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli soldiers arrest three Palestinians in Hebron’s Old City
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SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli Army arrests young Palestinian man in South Hebron Hills
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What Is The Peres Center Up To?
Palestine Monitor – Last month the winners of the Danish “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” quiz show donated their winnings to the The Peres Center For Peace in Israel. On the surface they appear a worthy beneficiary, but is the Peres Centre as innocent as it seems? Clive…
Inconceivable– the MSM once reflected an Arab perspective
Mondoweiss – Muzzlewatch alerts us to this incredible find by Pulse media . This in none other than Time magazine circa ’52: “The word ‘American’ no longer has a good sound in that part of the world [the Middle East]. To catch the Jewish vote in the U.S., President…
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s perverted stance on ‘tolerance’
Mondoweiss – Why does the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) have nothing to say about the rabbinical edict circulating in Israel—currently signed by more than four dozen rabbis—forbidding the sale or rental of homes to non-Jews? Or, why has the Center not applauded the dissenting view of…
Israeli Occupation Army Razes Homes in West Bank Village
Al-Manar 8 Dec 2010 – Israeli troops razed around 15 Palestinian homes and a school in the West Bank on Wednesday, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said. The Israeli bulldozers moved in during the morning in Khirbet Tana village in the northern West Bank and forced dozens of families living to…
Bil’in Resident Urgently Needs Your Help
Joseph Dana 9 Dec 2010 – A tireless non-violent activist and resident of Bil’in, Rani Burnet, needs your help repairing his wheelchair. Rani was shot in the neck by IDF soldiers in 2000 and has since been in a wheelchair. I am posting a letter about his situation and hoping to raise…
Supplement to Haaretz Expose on High-Velocity Tear Gas Projectiles
Joseph Dana 8 Dec 2010 – Haaretz is reporting today something which has been known for weeks, the IDF has illegally reintroduced high-velocity tear gas canisters to their arsenal of weapons used to crush weekly Palestinian non-violent demonstrations in the West Bank. This is in violation of the IDF’s own directives that…
The Israeli Culture Of Drinking Urine
Palestine Think Tank 9 Dec 2010 – Issa Qaraqe’e, the Palestinian Minister of Detainee Affairs, revealed that Israeli soldiers urinated on two Palestinian minors who they had kidnapped, then jailed, forced to drink urine from a toilet, tortured and filmed while they were completely naked. Minister Qaraq’e said that lawyer Hibah Masalhah visited…
‘Several sharks’ in Egypt attacks
BBC 9 Dec 2010 – Sharks of different species are behind a series of attacks on tourists at Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, a US investigator says.
Mideast Peace Key to Countering Iran, Arabs Told US Diplomats
Antiwar.com 9 Dec 2010 – Gleeful Israeli leaders and their neoconservative supporters here have spent much of the past week insisting that the State Department cables published by WikiLeaks prove that Sunni Arab leaders in the Middle East are far more preoccupied with the threat posed by an ascendant and possibly…
And what will Santa bring the kiddies of Gaza?
Sabbah report 9 Dec 2010 – So what sort of Christmas is in store for their little ones this year while the criminals who inflicted such savagery and torment, and continue to deny them their human rights, have their snouts in the Yuletide trough and enjoy a warm bed? The UN says…
Mideast Peace Key to Countering Iran, Arabs Told US Diplomats
Sabbah report 9 Dec 2010 – Gleeful Israeli leaders and their neoconservative supporters here have spent much of the past week insisting that the State Department cables published by WikiLeaks prove that Sunni Arab leaders in the Middle East are far more preoccupied with the threat posed by an ascendant and possibly…
Honorable Veterans: America Needs You One More Time – Free America from Israel’s Power
Sabbah report 8 Dec 2010 – No Americans possess the honor, courage, credibility, bearing hardships and sacrificing life and limb as America’s soldiers and Veterans who uniquely have the knowledge that war is hell, but willingly accept that liberty and freedom from all foes from abroad or within is the highest calling…
Obama to Netanyahu – “You win”
Sabbah report 8 Dec 2010 – Those of us who are associated with the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, and who call for justice for the Palestinians, now have reason to say “Thank you” to President…
‘The first issue is justice’: Questions for John Ging
Jared Malsin, Ma’an News Agency12/9/2010
GAZA CITY — UN humanitarian officer John Ging was in Rwanda during the genocide. He was in the former Yugoslavia during ethnic cleansing. And he does not hesitate to call the Israeli siege of Gaza a crisis.
A former Irish army captain, Ging is the director of operations for the United Nations Relief Works Agency in Gaza, overseeing a huge network of services for the three-quarters of Gazans exiled from the land that became Israel in 1948.
He was on the ground during Israel’s unprecedented 2008-2009 assault on the territory, taking to the airwaves to denounce attacks on UN installations and civilians. He helped put out the fire white phosphorus hit the central UN warehouse, burning sacks of food indented for Palestinians.
Ging is that rare public official who doesn’t do spin. Speaking with him, one gets the sense that his views are authentically his own. Over the years he has angered pro-Israel figures with his criticism of blockade. Recently he angered pro-Palestinian activists by publicly rejecting calls for boycotts against Israeli institutions.
He also understands the dilemma of using humanitarian aid to address an essentially political problem: the dispossession and denial of Palestinians’ rights.
“The denial of human rights, the injustice of decades of experience of Palestinians,” he told Ma’an, “is then what is at the core of the creation of all the other problems. So the humanitarian problem flows out of the denial of basic human rights to Palestine and Palestinians.” more.. e-mail
Disband the PA
Lamis Andoni, Ma’an News Agency12/8/2010
In interviews and statements, as well as in private meetings, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has said that he is presiding over an authority without any authority and that the very existence of the Palestinian Authority has made Israel’s occupation “the cheapest ever”.
Abbas is simply reaching the same conclusion that many Palestinians have long understood: negotiations, under the prevailing conditions, will not lead to the end of the Israeli occupation, let alone the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
In a recent interview with Palestinian state television, Abbas warned that if all efforts to establish a Palestinian state fail he will dissolve the PA and ask Israel to assume responsibility for the occupation. His threats are neither a manoeuvre nor a clearly planned strategy. They are rather an expression of despair and a reflection of the mood of the Palestinian people – who see the PA as merely facilitating the continuation of the Israeli occupation while removing the need for it to pay for its actions.
Disbanding the PA would mean a return to direct Israeli occupation and could be used by Israel as a pretext for escalating its aggression against the Palestinian people. But the Palestinians have reached breaking point. Seventeen years of talks have stopped neither Israeli land theft nor the displacement of Palestinians.
The idea of dissolving the PA has many supporters – both inside the Palestinian territories and among the Palestinian diaspora. But this must not be a leap in the dark: the Palestinians must be prepared for the consequences of such a move and it must be undertaken as part of a clearly defined resistance strategy. more.. e-mail
Unvarnished Truths About the US and Israel
M. Shahid Alam, CounterPunch12/7/2010
From the Pages of “Time,” January 7, 1952
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’s bid to take back its oil resources from the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. No surprise there.
Surprising, however, is Time’s 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 had placed his electoral chances ahead of a vital national interest. Apparently, in those days, Time could write the plain truth without worrying about the tide of flak from the American Jewish community.
Here is the quote, with italics added for emphasis:
“The word ‘American’ no longer has a good sound in that part of the world [the Middle East]. To catch the Jewish vote in the U.S., President Truman in 1946 demanded that the British admit 100,000 Jewish refugees to Palestine, in violation of British promises to the Arabs. Since then, the Arab nations surrounding Israel have regarded that state as a U.S. creation, and the U.S., therefore, as an enemy. The Israeli-Arab war created nearly a million Arab refugees, who have been huddled for three years in wretched camps. These refugees, for whom neither the U.S. nor Israel will take the slightest responsibility, keep alive the hatred of U.S. perfidy….” more.. e-mail
Defiant Jerusalem Palestinians say “we will remain here”
Electronic Intifada: 9 Dec 2010 – A huge Palestinian flag was carried up a steep hill in Issawiya on 3 December, passed hand-to-hand between the at least 200 Palestinians, Israelis and international activists taking part in the first-ever solidarity march and demonstration in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood.more
They call them martyrs
Electronic Intifada: 9 Dec 2010 – They call them martyrs, their fallen soldiers, their sons, brothers and fathers. Engraved on the walls of the refugee camp are their names and messages from their loved ones. Their faces painted on the alleyways, their eyes dark and alive.more
Israel turns blind eye to racist state-employed rabbis
Electronic Intifada: 9 Dec 2010 – Jews must not rent homes to “gentiles.” That was the religious decree issued this week by at least fifty of Israel’s leading rabbis, many of them employed by the state as municipal religious leaders. Jews should first warn, then “ostracize” fellow Jews who fail to heed the directive, the rabbis declared. Jonathan Cook reports.more
Israel fires on Gaza as it claims to “ease” siege
Electronic Intifada: 8 Dec 2010 – Israeli tanks opened fire east of Gaza City today, injuring three Palestinians near the so-called “buffer zone.” A few hours earlier Israeli fighter jets launched two airstrikes in southern Gaza, where another man was wounded.more
Sustainable tourism or sustaining Israel’s occupation?
Electronic Intifada: 8 Dec 2010 – While the goal of developing tourism, in particular rural tourism, may have at its origins socially benevolent intentions, it cannot transcend the same economic barriers that the Israeli occupation creates for all aspects of the Palestinian economy. Charlotte Silver analyzes for The Electronic Intifada.more
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What Is The Peres Center Up To?
Palestine Monitor: 9 Dec 2010 – Last month the winners of the Danish “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” quiz show donated their winnings to the The Peres Center For Peace in Israel. On the surface they appear a worthy beneficiary, but is the Peres Centre as innocent as it seems? Clive Granger thinks not. Last month former Israeli Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketoft and journalist Martin Krasnik won the jackpot on the Danish version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. They donated their winnings to the Peres Center For Peace. The Peres Center was established by former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres. It states as its mission “to build an infrastructure of peace and reconciliation” in the Middle East. In practice however that translates as normalising the occupier/occupied relations of the Palestinians and Israelis. One of the Center’s tools to “promote peace and reconciliation” is through sports. In 2005 the Center organised a mixed Israeli/Palestinian…more
WikiLeaks Indicts and Vindicates U.S. Diplomats
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Dec 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud The WikiLeaks vs. the US government saga started in July, when 77,000 secret US documents directly relating to Afghanistan were made available to major media organizations. Many of us shook our heads with a mixture of disgust and vindication. We had long been aware of the brutality of the war, and the corruption of its benefactors. Now we finally had written, uncontested proof. The Afghanistan War Logs were revealing and damning. They were filed by soldiers and commanders in the field. Despite the largeness of their size, they constituted a decipherable narrative, a sorry story to told and discussed. The Iraq War Diaries also resembled an unmitigated disaster for US war plans. 391,832 classified military documents were published on October 22, revealing the extent of the calamitous invasion, occupation and ‘state building’ underway in Iraq. The value of these finds – representing the largest leak in history…more
Israel’s Racist Rabbis: ‘Hate the Gentile’
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Dec 2010 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Jews must not rent homes to ‘gentiles’. That was the religious decree issued this week by at least 50 of Israel’s leading rabbis, many of them employed by the state as municipal religious leaders. Jews should first warn, then “ostracise” fellow Jews who fail to heed the directive, the rabbis declared. The decree is the latest in a wave of racist pronouncements from some of Israel’s most influential rabbis. In October, Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, delivered a ruling, signed by 17 other rabbis in the city, telling Jewish residents not to sell or rent property to members of the country’s Palestinian Arab minority, who make up a fifth of the population. His followers turned words into deeds by attacking Arab students in the city and threatening to burn down the homes of Jewish landlords renting to the students. Similar edicts have recently…more
No Beating about the Bush
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Dec 2010 – By Aijaz Zaka Syed – Dubai If only Burma had oil—as much as Iraq has—perhaps Aung San Suu Kyi wouldn’t have spent nearly two decades of her life in incarceration. If Burma had been somewhere in the neighborhood of the imagined biblical map over which the neocons and Zionists are forever fixated, the ordeal of this extraordinary woman and her people would have probably ended sooner. It’s not easy being a hero in Burma. Imagine living all alone, cut off from your family, your people and the rest of the world. No phone, no papers, no mail, let alone the Internet and e-mail. She had the option of walking out and going back to Britain to join her husband and sons. She soldiered on though, not so much as a symbol of defiance but more as a source of hope and support for her people. Yet after all that this…more
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