VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 28 December, 2010: ‘The great book robbery’

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Prominent Rabbis’ Wives Tell Fellow Jewish Women Not To Date Arabs
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 29, 2010 – 03:50, In a letter published Tuesday in the Israeli press, around two dozen wives of prominent Israeli rabbis followed a recent edict by their husbands for Jews to refuse to rent or sell property to Arabs with an edict of their own: that Jewish women refuse to date or associate with Arab men.

Report: 90% of Shin Bet Detainees Prevented from Seeing Lawyer
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 29, 2010 – 03:40, According to study by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), up to 90% of Palestinian prisoners interrogated by the Israeli Shin Bet security team are not allowed to consult with their lawyers, a right guaranteed by international

School Principal In Jaffa Prohibits Arabic
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 29, 2010 – 02:56, On Tuesday, dozens of residents of Jaffa held a protest in front of a school after its principal decided to prohibit Arab students from speaking Arabic inside the classrooms. The issue pushed the protestors to accuse the Jewish principal of racism, Israeli Ynet News reported.

Israeli forces kill one, injure five Palestinians in northern Gaza
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Tuesday December 28, 2010 – 22:21, Israeli tanks and helicopters stationed at the eastern border between Israel and the Gaza Strip opened fire Tuesday, killing a Palestinian man and wounding five others.

Israeli Firms to Help Construct First Modern Palestinian City
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Tuesday December 28, 2010 – 17:46, Around 20 suppliers agreed to assist building the first modern Palestinian city in the West Bank, however with no use of material produced in Israeli settlements, the Associated Press announced on Tuesday.

Israel to Boycott UN Summit Against Racism
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Tuesday December 28, 2010 – 16:39, Israel announced it will boycott a 2011 UN summit commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Durban declaration against racism, the Middle East Monitor said on Monday.

Settlers Confiscate Lands near Nablus
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Tuesday December 28, 2010 – 14:40, Settlers from the Kida settlement, located southeast of Nablus, seized 60 dunums of land in the Jaloud district, the PNN claimed on Tuesday.

Weapons Seized near Nablus
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Tuesday December 28, 2010 – 14:24, Palestinian security forces found weapons and ammunition, on Monday, in a house in the northern village of Salem, east of Nablus, Ma’an News reported on Tuesday.

UK to Upgrade PLO Diplomatic Mission
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Tuesday December 28, 2010 – 14:01, Britain plans to support an upgrade of the diplomatic status of PLO officials in the UK, media agencies reported on Monday.

Israeli Activist in Jail for Protest Against Gaza Siege
IMEMC – 28 Dec 2010 – Tuesday December 28, 2010 – 12:28, Jonathan Pollak was handed a three-month prison term, on Monday, for taking part in a bicycle demonstration against the blockade on Gaza almost three years ago.

Ma’an News

Palestinians ‘routinely denied lawyer’
12/28/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Palestinians being interrogated by Israel’s internal security agency Shin Bet are routinely denied access to a lawyer and are often ill treated, an Israeli rights group said on Tuesday. The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel said in a report made available to AFP that up to 90 percent of West…. Related: Haaretz: ‘Shin Bet tortures prisoners and denies access to lawyers’

Medics: Israeli gunfire kills 1 in Gaza
12/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (AFP) – Israeli gunfire and tank shelling killed a Palestinian militant and wounded five other people east of Khan Yunis in Gaza on Tuesday, a Palestinian medical source and witnesses told AFP. Adham Abu Selmiya, a spokesman for the Hamas-run medical services in Gaza, and hospital officials named the dead man as 22-year-old….

Israeli army opens fire at Gaza worker
12/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot a Palestinian worker on Tuesday east of Gaza City, local medics said. The 19-year-old was collecting cement aggregates near the border area when he was shot, and was transferred to hospital with moderate injuries, a medical official said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces opened fire….

Settlers seize Palestinian land in Nablus
12/28/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of settlers took over 60 dunums of Palestinian land in the Nablus district on Tuesday, Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Doughlas said. Doughlas, who holds the settlements file for the northern West Bank, said settlers erected fences around the land and began digging. The land belongs to Jalud village, which is….

Report: 6 fishermen detained off Gaza shore
12/28/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Israel’s navy intercepted a Palestinian fishing boat on Monday night, said to have been approaching Israeli territorial waters in the northern Gaza Strip, a military official told Radio Israel. The official said six were detained for questioning about a “suspicious object” being dragged behind the small vessel. The….

Israel court sentences Fatah official
12/28/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s high court on Tuesday issued Fatah’s Jerusalem Affairs official Hatem Abdel Qader a three month suspended sentence, his lawyer said. Abdel Qader was charged with violating military orders banning him from accessing the Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as disobeying Israeli forces during protests which erupted in….

Hamas meets with factions over escalation in attacks
12/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Hamas is scheduled to meet with Palestinian factions in Gaza Tuesday to discuss the recent escalation in attacks by Israel, senior Hamas leader Ayman Taha said. Taha told Ma’an the factions would discuss how to respond to the increased violence against Gaza, and said Hamas would commit to….

Israel detains Hamas lawmaker in Hebron
12/28/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday detained Hamas lawmaker Muhammad At-Tal from his home south of the West Bank city of Hebron. Soldiers searched At-Tal’s home in Ad-Dhahiriya before detaining the Palestinian Legislative Council member, witnesses said. An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed At-Tal’s arrest but could not immediately specify….

Tel Aviv court sentences Israeli activist
12/28/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Monday sentenced an Israeli activist to three months imprisonment for his participation in a protest against the siege of Gaza, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said. Pollak was detained in January 2008 by plain clothes police at a Critical Mass bicycle ride held in Tel…. Related: Israeli Activist Jonathan Pollak Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison; Tells Judge “I’ll Go to prison With my Head Held High”

Netanyahu ‘interim’ deal blasted by Palestinians
12/28/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that an “interim agreement” with the Palestinians could be a solution if efforts to clinch a comprehensive peace accord fail. But his suggestion was swiftly rejected by the Palestinians who insisted on an overall agreement that would take into account the fate of Palestinian refugees….

Israel rules out apology to Turks over flotilla raid
12/28/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel ruled out apologizing to Turkey over the raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed eight Turkish activists and one US-Turkish dual national, during a commando raid that sought to prevent the ship from breaking Israel’s naval blockade on the coastal Palestinian enclave.”We will not apologize, but express our….

PA: Ban on settlement workers incremental
12/28/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Speaking out to clarify Israeli media reports suggesting the Palestinian Authority had decided to reduce restrictions on West Bankers seeking work in settlements, government officials told Ma’an Tuesday that progress on the ban was being made, explaining that the policy of zero Palestinians working in settlements would take time….

PCBS: 7,000 Palestinians emigrate annually
12/28/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The first report of its kind, prepared by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in Ramallah and released on Monday, showed large numbers of ?©migr?©s from the West Bank, and Gaza most of whom were young men aged 15-29. Education, improved living conditions, and job opportunities were….

Jericho prepares to inaugurate Russian museum
12/28/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — A museum funded by Russia collecting hundreds of ancient Palestinian artifacts prepares to open its doors in Jericho, over a year after church officials in the city donated a track of land for the project. Municipal officials said the project, the result of cooperation between Jericho municipality and Russian Embassy, would….

Israeli train fire injures 48
12/28/2010 – KIBBUTZ SHFAIM, Israel (AFP) – An Israeli passenger train caught fire on Tuesday, injuring almost 50 people, in an apparent accident north of Tel Aviv, emergency services said. The train carrying 400 passengers was brought to a halt after the blaze engulfed three of its carriages near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to Netanya city, about 15 kilometers….

Gaza crossings extend operations
12/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli officials appear to be marginally increasing the operating time of the only bulk-goods crossing into Gaza, following a series of UN monitoring reports warning of a wheat crisis in the Strip. For the second time since June the Karni bulk goods crossing near Gaza City opened for two days….

PA police: Weapons found in Nablus home
12/28/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian national security forces seized weapons and ammunition on Monday in a house in the northern West Bank village of Salem east of Nablus, officials said. Commander of the special force of the Palestinian National Security force which discovered the cache, Raed Ka’abiyya, said members of his brigade had….

Gaza student detained in Egypt over forgery
12/28/2010 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian police detained a Palestinian student from Gaza in October 6th City accused of fraud, security sources said. Police arrested the 27-year-old from his apartment in the university town where he allegedly forged official documents, including university certificates and residency papers, and sold them to Palestinians and Egyptians. He….

Israel: London is home to Hamas hub
12/28/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s defense ministry has accused a London-based Palestinian center of “terror-affiliated activities” and being the organizational arm of the militant Islamic Hamas movement in Europe. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and advocates violent opposition to the Jewish state, is designated by the European Union as a terrorist organization. An Israeli….

Hamas: PA detains 5 affiliates
12/28/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas officials in the West Bank issued a statement on Tuesday, saying Palestinian Authority police and intelligence officers detained five supporters from four different governorates. The five were detained from Nablus, Tulkarem, Hebron and Jenin. Ma’an was not able to independently verify the reports….

Gaza government frees 45 detainees
12/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A day after Gaza residents marked the anniversary of the Israel’s 2008-9 offensive on the coastal region, Gaza’s interior ministry announced the release of 45 prisoners in honor of the day. Gaza police spokesman Major Ra’ed Al-Batneejy said in a news conference that….

World’s oldest human remains claimed in Israel
12/28/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli archaeologists have discovered human remains dating from 400,000 years ago, challenging conventional wisdom that Homo sapiens originated in Africa, the leader of excavations in Israel said on Tuesday. Avi Gopher, of Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology, said testing of stalagmites, stalactites and other material found in a cave east….

Palestine Note

What if Israel ceases to be a democracy?
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic – Is it actually possible that one day Israelis — Jewish Israelis — would choose to give up democracy in order to maintain Israel’s Jewish voting majority? Some people, of course, argue…

Ecuador becomes fifth Latin American country to recognize Palestinian state
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – Ecuador President Rafael Correa formally recognized Palestine as an independent state on Friday, following its neighboring countries Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay earlier this month, French news agency AFP reported. Read Full Article Photo:…

US declined to cooperate in Dubai probe of Mabhouh killing, WikiLeaks shows
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – The United States declined a request from the United Arab Emirates to assist an investigation into the assassination of a top Hamas commander. Dubai suspects Israel’s Mossad agency to have been behind the murder…

Israeli companies to help build first modern Palestinian city
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – About 20 Israeli suppliers will help build the first modern Palestinian city in the West Bank but only after promising they will not use products or services from Israeli settlements, the project’s developer said…

UAE considered keeping Mabhouh hit under wraps, WikiLeaks cables reveal
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – The United Arab Emirates chose to release details of a Hamas leader’s assassination in Dubai nearly a year ago, after deciding silence would be seen as siding with Israel, U.S. cables released by WikiLeaks…

Fatah bans former Gaza strongman Dahlan from meetings
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – The Western-backed Palestinian Fatah faction has banned from meetings a former leader, once considered a possible successor to President Mahmoud Abbas, an official news agency reported on Tuesday. Read Full Article

Gaza cabinet shuffle deepens division, factions say
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Maan – Independent faction the Popular Struggle Front urged Gaza government Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh not to go ahead with a planned cabinet shuffle, saying Sunday that the move would only deepen division with the West…

Report: UK may upgrade PLO diplomats
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Maan – Officials in London may support an elevation of the diplomatic status of PLO officials in Britain and raise the status of the Palestinian representative’s office to a full diplomatic mission, Israel’s daily news site…

Paraguay to recognize Palestinian state in 2011
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Maan – Joining a growing number of South American nations to support a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, Paraguay said it plans to recognize an independent Palestinian state next year, Palestinian officials told reporters on Sunday….

Initiative seeks end to politically motivated arrests
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Maan – The association of independent Palestinian figures in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip announced Friday an initiative sponsored by Egypt to end politically motivated arrests, which Fatah and Hamas practice reciprocally. Read Full…

Netanyahu proposal unacceptable
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Al Jazeera – Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has suggested that an “interim agreement” with the Palestinians could be a solution to reaching a comprehensive peace accord in the Middle East. But the Palestinians shrugged…

Netanyahu says interim deal possible if talks fail
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Alert Net – An interim Israeli-Palestinian peace deal could result from failure to reach agreement on major core issues, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, the first time he has mentioned such an option….

Jesus recruited for ‚Äòethnic cleansing’ forest
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – God-TV helps Israel oust Bedouin Half a million trees planted over the past 18 months on the ancestral lands of Bedouin tribes in Israel’s Negev region were bought by a controversial Christian evangelical television channel that…

Israel rules out apology to Turkey
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – Al Jazeera – Israel’s prime minister has said that his country will not apologise to Turkey for a May commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed nine Turkish activists. Binyamin Netanyahu said on Monday…

Palestinians mark 2 year anniversary of Gaza war
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 – But is another war between Hamas and Israel on the horizon? Arabiya – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Monday marked two years since Israel’s devastating invasion of the coastal enclave at a time of renewed…

Aljazeera

Iran says ‘Mossad spy’ hanged
AlJazeera 28 Dec 2010 – Two men executed, one convicted of working for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence, the other for being an “enemy of God”.

Israeli firms back Palestinian city
AlJazeera 28 Dec 2010 – Settlers criticise companies for agreeing to developer’s demand to avoid settlement products.

Netanyanhu proposal ‘unacceptable’
AlJazeera 27 Dec 2010 – Palestinian officials say “interim agreement” idea floated by Israeli PM fails to tackle thorniest issues.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Comes to Palestine with Message of No Hope
PNN – Bethlehem – PNN – “I don’t see any kind of hope from any direction.” That was the conclusion of veteran Israeli journalist Gideon Levy when he visited the Alternative Information Center in…

Report: 90% of Shin Bet Detainees Prevented from Seeing Lawyer
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – According to study by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), up to 90% of Palestinian prisoners interrogated by the Israeli Shin Bet security team are not…

Jaffa Principal Forbids Students from Speaking Arabic
PNN – Jaffa – PNN – On Tuesday outside a school in Jaffa, families of students demonstrated against a school ruling forbidding students from conversing in Arabic and demanded the decision be reversed. The…

Settlers Seize Lands Southeast of Nablus
PNN – Nablus – PNN – Settlers from the Kida settlement, southeast of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, seized 60 dunums of village lands in the Jaloud district and brought the total…

Egypt Uncovers Weapons In Sinai
PNN – By Saed Bannoura – To PNN – Egypt announced that its security forces located a large weapons storage facility in the Sinai Desert, and stated that the weapons were meant to be…

EU Groups Mark Anniversary of Israeli War on Gaza
PNN – Rome – PNN – Hundreds of people organized protests in a number of European cities this week to mark the second anniversary of the Israeli war on Gaza. During the 22-day offensive,…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 22 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

British terror group also targeted rabbis
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Nine suspects arrested were indicted over intention to attack London Stock Exchange, US Embassy, mayor’s office; terror alert still “severe.”

Pollard asks rabbis to plant fruit trees for him in Israel
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Imprisoned Israeli agent made request after visit from delegation of rabbis; PM delays announcement asking for Pollard’s release.

Gov’t, JAFI celebrate continued aliya growth for 2010
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Sharansky says programs like Taglit, Masa deserve credit for increased immigration; over 19,000 move to Israel; 16 percent increase from 2009.

Nof Zion: Vote on Arab businessman’s offer postponed
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Bemunah hopes delay is enough for counter-offer for Jewish complex in east Jerusalem to be accepted, making other offer meaningless.

IDF kills Gazan terrorist along border fence
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Palestinians approached Gaza border in attempt to plant explosive devices; IDF holds Hamas responsible for violence in strip.

IDF kills Palestinian terrorist along Gaza border
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Palestinian terrorists approached Gaza fence in attempt to plant explosive devices along the border.

Fatah launches investigation into Mohammed Dahlan
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – PA security forces arrest scores of Dahlan loyalists in West Bank; government institutions instructed not to cooperate with him.

IAF commander: We are prepared to counter all threats
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Nehushtan says 2011 is a “critical year” for stopping Iran’s nuclear program; comments follow weekly training flight in South.

Poll: 48% of Israeli Jews oppose rabbis’ rent edict
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Survey shows major raise in support among Israelis for Clinton permanent settlement framework, marginal raise among Palestinians.

Chilean senator’s comments about Jews spark outrage
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Lawmaker calls member of local Jewish community “activist and militant for the Israeli cause,” holding back Chile’s recognition of Palestinian state.

WikiLeaks: UAE asked US for help in Mabhouh investigation
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Cables give account of UAE officials making request to US ambassador to provide details on credit cards issued by US bank to suspects in the assassination of the Hamas leader in Dubai.

Iran hangs man convicted of spying for Israel
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Teheran prosecutor says man was arrested several times for espionage; received $60,000 for information on military, Revolutionary Guard navigation systems.

‘Egypt seizes Gaza-bound anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai’
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – Security forces discover large cache of ammunition, weapons and explosives in isolated desert warehouse facility, Ma’an reports.

Analysis: Iran corruption claims stoke political infighting
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 – “It isn’t going to bring down Ahmadinejad, but may get ugly.” Analyst calls it “commentary on troubled state of Iranian politics.”

‚ÄòA country more respected when stands up for values’
Jeruslalem Post 27 Dec 2010 – Slovakia, outgoing ambassador Ivo Hlavacek recalls, twice voted against Goldstone in the UN, supported Israel in other international forums.

Erekat to address WUJS Congress at Jerusalem hotel
Jeruslalem Post 27 Dec 2010 – Chief PA negotiator will join Livni, Sharansky, speak to 200 Jewish student leaders from 52 countries participating in conference.

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli Activist Jonathan Pollak Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison; Tells Judge ‘I’ll Go to prison With my Head Held High’
12/28/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 27 December – Pollak was sentenced to three months imprisonment this morning at the Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court for his participation in a 2008 bicycle in protest of the siege on Gaza. He will begin serving his sentence on Januray 11th. Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak convicted Pollak of illegal assembly for his…. Related: Tel Aviv court sentences Israeli activist

Demonstration to re-open Shuhada Street returns to Hebron
12/25/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 25 December,Youth Against Settlements – Saturday, in the city of Hebron, Israeli occupation forces suppressed an anti-settlement movement in the city to reopen Shuhada Street. Two internationals and two Israeli activists were arrested; four activists were beaten. Seventy activists participated in the demonstration, which took place at the eastern entrance to Al-Shuhada Street, which was…. Related: Youth Against Settlements

Ha’aretz

Rabbis’ wives urge Israeli women: Stay away from Arab men
Ha’aretz – A new letter signed by 30 women suggests that girls who date non-Jews will be cut off from their ‘holy race’.

Report: 44% of Israeli Jews support rabbis’ edict forbidding rentals to Arabs
Ha’aretz – According to the results of a new survey, 48% of Israeli Jews oppose the call to forbid renting or selling property to non-Jews.

Fire official: Fuel leak likely cause of fire on central Israel train
Ha’aretz – Investigators find diesel fuel along the track that the southbound train had been traveling on.

70,000 fake Viagra pills uncovered by customs officials at Ben-Gurion Airport
Ha’aretz – Passenger who arrived from Beijing via Frankfurt found to have NIS 1.5 million worth of Viagra pills in his suitcase.

Now you can give your web domain a Hebrew name
Ha’aretz – New development will allow many more Hebrew-speaking surfers to participate in online conversations.

Israel’s diamond body expels member for attempt to smuggle blood stones
Ha’aretz – David Vardi was arrestedlast week with about $200,000 worth of illegal Zimbabwe diamonds.

Israeli soccer legend Avi Cohen declared brain dead after crash
Ha’aretz – Cohen, the first Israeli to play for an English soccer team, had been critically injured in a road accident in Ramat Gan last week.

Israel train fire survivors: Why did we have to force our way out?
Ha’aretz – More than 116 people sustained cuts, scratches, smoke inhalation or burns after forced to break windows and pry open melting doors to escape rail car after fire broke out in…

Passenger on blazing Israel train: Two more minutes and we would have been trapped
Ha’aretz – Eyewitnesses to fire near central town of Shfayim say passengers forced to break windows and pry open doors to escape.

Five moderately injured after fire breaks out on central Israel train
Ha’aretz – Video: Firefighters manage to control blaze about an hour after it begins, when fire has already reaches third car; Israel Railways says fire began in back engine.

Netanyahu’s media adviser quits after tense 18 months
Ha’aretz – Not even two years into the job, Nir Hefetz becomes third Netanyahu aide to quit this week, joining a political adviser and a personal aide.

Israeli leftist jailed three months for protesting Gaza blockade
Ha’aretz – Jonathan Pollak’s lawyers argued he is being singled out for his political activism; Pollak claims he did nothing wrong.

Top rabbi unveils parts of proposed compromise on renting to Arabs
Ha’aretz – Rabbi Haim Druckman’s proposal is a response to letter signed by dozens of rabbis that renting to Arabs violates Jewish law.

One Palestinian militant reported dead in Gaza border incident
Ha’aretz – IDF says soldiers opened fire at a number of suspected militants who were approaching the Israel-Gaza border to plant explosives.

UAE considered keeping Mabhouh hit under wraps, WikiLeaks cables reveal
Ha’aretz – U.S. diplomatic cables show that the UAE decided that remaining silent on the assassination of the Hamas operative would be seen as siding with Israel.

Israeli companies to help build first modern Palestinian city
Ha’aretz – Some 20 suppliers have agreed to assist but only after promising not to use material produced in West Bank settlements.

U.S. declined to cooperate in Dubai probe of Mabhouh killing, WikiLeaks shows
Ha’aretz – U.A.E. alleges Mossad orchestrated the assassination of a top Hamas commander in January 2010, asked U.S. to provide credit card details linked to suspects; U.S. last year denied ever receiving…

Iran hangs man convicted of spying for Israel
Ha’aretz – Ali Akbar Siadat was sentenced to death for spying for Mossad since 2004 and executed just two days after ‘confessing’ in trial., Egyptian security forces found a weapons stockpile, including…

‘Shin Bet tortures prisoners and denies access to lawyers’
Ha’aretz – As many as 90% of Palestinian prisoners are denied this basic right despite civilian and military legislation, says study produced by Public Committee Against Torture and Palestinian Prisoners’ Society.

PA lightens ban on working in settlements to ease Palestinian unemployment
Ha’aretz – Figures show number of Palestinians employed in settlements has increased to nearly 35,000; PA legislation barring employment there would be an economic blow to Palestinian population.

Deputy defense minister: Hamas made Gaza into a troublesome abscess
Ha’aretz – Labor Minister Matan Vilnai says Hamas is trying to conquer Jerusalem instead of taking care of its own people.

Israel attacks Gaza, 1 Palestinian killed 5 injured
28 Dec 2010 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – A Palestinian resident from Khan Yonis has been killed and 5 were injured as Israel shelled their area. The incident took place in Khoza quarter eastern Khan Yonis City central Gaza Strip Tuesday late evening.

Asia-Gaza aid Convoy negotiates entry with Egypt
28 Dec 2010 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – On the second anniversary of Israel’s 22-day war on Gaza, a pan-Asian convoy of activists representing more than a dozen countries awaits Cairo’s approval to enter the besieged strip. The ‚ÄòAsia to Gaza’ convoy, which took off from New Delhi on December 2, is currently stuck in Latakia, Syria, as its spokesmen continue negotiations with Cairo,…

Uruknet

China imports Israel’s methods of propaganda and repression
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – Israeli army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu recently returned from a trip to China where he met with his Chinese counterparts and other officials. The goal was to deepen Sino-Israeli ties on political, security and military levels. This is only the latest in a burgeoning security relationship between Israel and China that includes drone technology,…

‘Shin Bet tortures prisoners and denies access to lawyers’
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – As many as 90 percent of Palestinian prisoners being interrogated by the Shin Bet security service are prevented from consulting with an attorney, even though civilian and military legislation state clearly that such prohibition should be rarely applied, according to a report published by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and the Palestinian Prisoners’…

Video: Saddled with 3 months: Non-violence non grata in Israel”Israel engaged in serious repression of non-violent activism”
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – A Tel Aviv court has sentenced an Israeli activist to three months in prison – for a non-violent anti-war protest. Jonathan Pollak took part in a bicycle-ride demonstration against the blockade of Gaza three years ago. Human rights activists are calling the sentence unusually harsh. Joseph Dana, from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, says the…

Christian extremists assist Israel in displacing Negev Bedouin
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – Half a million trees planted during the past 18 months on the ancestral lands of Bedouin tribes in Israel’s Negev region were bought by a controversial Christian evangelical television channel that calls itself God-TV, US tax records show. A sign posted a few kilometres north of Beersheba, the Negev’s main city, announces plans to plant…

Israeli Settlers Set Fire to Agricultural Lands and Attack Farmers Near Nablus
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – On Monday, dozens of Israeli settlers torched agricultural lands and attacked Palestinian farmers near Madame village, south of Nablus. According to local sources, there were some 37 settlers from the nearby Yitzhar settlement, who arrived in the village divided in four separate groups and started harassing farmers. The burning of the lands came after an…

Iran: Political Prisoner Ali Saremi Has Been Executed & His Family Arrested
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – Ali Saremi was sentenced to death by branch 3 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court on charges of propaganda against the regime, Enemy of god, and connections with the MEK. Ali Saremi never accepted the charges. According to his case, he was first arrested in December 1976 and was sentenced to three years in prison, a…

Rights group slams Israeli treatment of prisoners
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service prevents as many as 90 per cent of its Palestinian prisoners from consulting a lawyer during their interrogation and exposes them to abysmal detention conditions and torture, an Israeli human rights group claimed in a report. The document, jointly issued this week by The Public Committee Against Torture and…

Two years after Operation Cast Lead, Gaza remains imprisoned
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – …Reporting on the current situation in Gaza is all too familiar a story. First of all, we ignore the context of the Israeli-imposed, Egyptian-enforced siege of the Gaza Strip, plunging 1.5 million people into a desperate and isolated existence. We also ignore the fact that hundreds of thousands of these people are refugees, displaced from…

With Indefinite Detention and Transfer Bans, Obama and the Senate Plumb New Depths on Guant?°namo
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – With just two weeks to go before the ninth anniversary of the opening of the “War on Terror” prison at Guant?°namo, almost everyone in a position of authority in the US has failed to resolve, in a satisfactory manner, the bitter legacy left by the Bush administration. In fact, to judge by two recent developments,…

Medics: Israeli gunfire kills 1 in Gaza
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – Israeli gunfire and tank shelling killed a Palestinian militant and wounded five other people east of Khan Yunis in Gaza on Tuesday, a Palestinian medical source and witnesses told AFP. Adham Abu Selmiya, a spokesman for the Hamas-run medical services in Gaza, and hospital officials named the dead man as 22-year-old Hassan Abu Rok Qadeeh…

Palestine: recognising the state
Uruknet December 28, 2010 – On December 17, Bolivia extended diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine within its full pre-1967 borders (all of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem). Coming soon after the similar recognitions by Brazil and Argentina, Bolivia’s recognition brought to 106 the number of UN member states recognizing the State of Palestine,…

Monday December 27, 2010: 24 Iraqis Killed, 66 Wounded
Uruknet December 27, 2010 – At least 24 Iraqis were killed and 66 more were wounded in new violence. The worst attack occurred in Anbar province where, as Awakening Council members abandon their security role, attacks have resumed after a relatively peaceful spell. Also, Kitaeb Hezbollah warned of attacks if U.S. troops fail to withdraw at the end of next…

Peace on Earth, Even in Palestine
Uruknet December 27, 2010 – It has been some 130 years since the first European Jewish settlement was established with the explicit aim of taking over the country. The few thousand native Palestinian (Arab) Jews did not support Zionism. Christians and Muslims resisted it over the decades mostly by non-violent popular resistance as I detailed in my just released book “…

Gaza families recall horror two years after Israel’s assault
Uruknet December 27, 2010 – “It was the first war I ever witnessed in my life. All me and my family could do during the Israeli invasion of the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood was stay in the basement and utter the shahada [declaration of faith], which any Muslim should say when facing death.” Ahmad Mansour remembered how he, along with the…

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

SPF Deivers Tonfa Training to 37 Recruits
WAFA – RAMALLAH, October 20, 2010 (WAFA)- The Palestinian Special Police Force (SPF) has successfully delivered a Tonfa training course to 37 new SPF recruits, according to a press release by EUPOL-COPPS,

Abu Rdeineh: All Settlement Forms are Illegal, Rejected
WAFA – RAMALLAH, October 19 (WAFA)- The Presidency spokesperson , Nabil Abu Rdeineh confirmed today that all the forms of settlement (outposts and non-random) in Palestinian lands are illegal. Commenting

Netanyahu Declines Demolishing Settlements’ Random Units
WAFA – TEL AVIV, October 19 (WAFA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided that he wouldn’t demolish the unregulated construction in a various settlements although the government has issued

The Elders Urge Comprehensive Approach to Arab-Israeli Peace
WAFA – DAMASCUS, October 19, 2010 (WAFA)- The Elders have called for a more comprehensive approach to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks following discussions with officials, civil society, business and

France Provides €4 million for Gaza Wastewater Treatment Plant
WAFA – JERUSALEM, October 19, 2010 (WAFA)- On Sunday 17 of October 2010, at Ministry of Planning, Mr Dov Zerah, CEO of the French Development Agency (AFD), Dr Ali Jarbawi, Minister of Planning and

IOF deploys Ariel Settlement
WAFA – SALFIT, October 19 (WAFA)- The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) deployed, today, the Ariel Settlement that is established by force on the lands of the Salfit, Iskaka, Yasuf and Burkin

Dr. Erakat: Israel Seeks De Facto Recognition of Illegal Practices
WAFA – RAMALLAH, October 19, 2010 (WAFA)- Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Negotiations Affairs Department Dr. Saeb Erakat said, yesterday, “By hosting the OECD conference in Jerusalem,

Observer: Israeli Government on Division Verge, Netanyahu Negotiates Kadima
WAFA – LONDON, October 17, 2010(WAFA) – The British Newspaper ‚ÄòObserver’ wrote that the Israeli government is facing the division risk because of the deadlock in the negotiations with the Palestinians

Daily Star

Bashir vows to help independent South if locals choose secession
Daily Star 28 Dec 2010 Israeli gunfire and tank shelling killed a Palestinian fighter and wounded five other people east of Khan Yunis in Gaza Tuesday, a Palestinian medical source and witnesses told AFP. On the diplomatic front, the United States…

Israeli military kills Palestinian, wounds five others in Gaza
Daily Star 28 Dec 2010 Israeli gunfire and tank shelling killed a Palestinian fighter and wounded five other people east of Khan Yunis in Gaza Tuesday, a Palestinian medical source and witnesses told AFP. On the diplomatic front, the United States…

Iran says Western hostility threatens nuclear talks
Daily Star 28 Dec 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the West’s hostile policies could harm further talks over the country’s disputed nuclear program. The warning delivered in a speech at the northern Iranian city of Karaj came as…

Iraq looks to remove some Baghdad checkpoints as situation improves
Daily Star 28 Dec 2010 BAGHDAD: Iraq’s leaders are investigating the possibility of removing some of Baghdad’s hundreds of much-hated checkpoints because of the improving security situation, said the city’s military spokesman Tuesday.

Palestinians routinely denied lawyers – NGO
Daily Star 28 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Palestinians interrogated by Israel’s internal security agency Shin Bet are routinely denied access to a lawyer and are often ill treated, an Israeli rights group said Tuesday. The Public Committee against Torture in Israel (…

Israelis split over ban on renting, selling to Arabs
Daily Star 28 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli Jews are divided over a call by rabbis for Jews to avoid renting or selling property to non-Jews, with 44 percent in favor, and 48 percent opposed, a new poll showed Tuesday. The…

The Guardian

Israeli authorities deny Palestinian prisoners access to lawyers
The Guardian 28 Dec 2010 – Israeli security services deny Palestinian detainees access to legal advice or family before confessions are signed Palestinian detainees are systematically denied the right to meet a lawyer during interrogations by Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security…

Relief Web

OPT: Al Haq, Al Dameer, and Al Mezan Condemn the Continued, Illegal Detentions Contrary to High Court Decisions; Call for Immediate Release of Detainees and End of Political Arrests
Relief Web 28 Dec 2010 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

Stop The Wall

Violent attacks on protestors in Beitin
Stop The Wall – The village of Beitin is located less than five minutes from Ramallah. Overlooking the city from the northeast, Beitin is sandwiched between the two settlements Bet El, which also contains a military base, and Ofra. The main road between Beitin and Ramallah has been closed by an Occupation checkpoint, forcing residents from Beitin and surrounding villages to travel nearly a half-hour on an agricultural road to reach the city. Yesterday, residents held a protest against this closure. Hundreds marched toward the checkpoint, and were almost immediately attacked by Occupation forces. [

Nine arrested at checkpoint protest
Stop The Wall – Occupation forces repressed a demonstration condemning the Apartheid Wall and settlements at the Qalandiya checkpoint, which closes off Jerusalem to the north, on Saturday. Demonstrators called for the opening of the checkpoint and demanded that Palestinians be allowed to enter and reach their isolated city. [

YNet News

UK terror gang: Rabbis also targets
YNet News – Indictment filed against nine suspects arrested by British police show major….

Iran says West hostility jeopardizes nuclear talks
YNet News – In live TV broadcast, Ahmadinejad says continuing ‘previous path’ will close the….

UTJ: Bibi like child who got slapped by Lieberman
YNet News – House Committee approves IDF conversion bill, haredi party warns of ‘political….

US on Lieberman remarks: Our policy unchanged
YNet News – In response to FM’s claim that peace unattainable ‘even if Israel were to offer….

Iran hangs ‘Mossad spy’
YNet News – Ali Akbar Siadat found guilty of links with Mossad for six years, passing info….

Shas MK backs IDF conversions
YNet News – ‘Rebel’ Shas Knesset Member Chaim Amsellem continued to defy his party’s official position on Tuesday when he called on the Chief Rabbinate to recognize all IDF …….

Report: Hamas torturing 250 Eritreans in Egypt
YNet News – Approximately 250 Eritrean refugees have been held captive and tortured for the past month by Hamas in northern Sinai, human rights organization EveryOne reported. …….

IDF kills Palestinian trying to place explosives in Gaza
YNet News – A Palestinian man was killed Tuesday in an IDF gunfire attack near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical elements reported. The IDF said …….

Making Aliyah: Over 19,000 new olim in 2010
YNet News – It seems there’s something about Israel after all: With the year coming to a close the Jewish Agency and the Absorption Ministry have begun summing up 2010. According to …….

B’Tselem seeks Resource Development Associate
B’tselem 27 Dec 2010 – The position of Resource Development Associate is a mid-level role within the International Relations team charged with building and maintaining relationships with foundations and other donors through proposal-writing, reporting and meeting with donors.

High Court delays ban of political activist from East Jerusalem
B’tselem 27 Dec 2010 – Yesterday, 26 December, the High Court of Justice delayed implementation of the order banning ‘Adnan Gheith from Jerusalem for four months. Earlier in the day, the Military’s Home Front commander issued the order against Gheith, a resident of Silwan, a nickTimeQTSystem

Palestinian Information Center

Israel’s genocidal aggression on Gaza revisited
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – The pornographic apathy with which the so-called civilized world related to the shameful Israeli aggression in Gaza two years ago no doubt represented an all-time low in the world’s morality.

Turkey’s leftists demonstrate in Istanbul in solidarity with the Palestinians
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – Hundreds of leftists in Turkey hit the streets on Monday evening at the Taqsim Square in Istanbul to commemorate the second anniversary of the Israeli war on Gaza Strip.

Haneyya asks Arab League to bridle Israeli aggression
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – Ismail Haneyya sent a message to Amre Mousa, the Arab League secretary general, asking him to file an Arab complaint at the UN Security Council over the serious Israeli military threats.

Jewish settlers seize 60 dunums of Palestinian land in Nablus
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – Jewish settlers seized 60 dunums of Palestinian land near the village of Jalud south of Nablus, ploughed the land, and surrounded it with a fence, local sources said.

IOF soldiers kill Palestinian in southern Gaza
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired live bullets, an artillery shell, and gas bombs at Palestinians east of Khan Younis on Tuesday killing one of them and wounding four others.

Hayya denies Egypt offered Hamas truce extension prior to Israel’s last war
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – Dr. Khalil Hayya categorically denied that his Movement received an offer from Egypt or other parties at the end of December 2008 calling for extending its truce with the Israeli occupation state.

Kuwaiti mediation ends crisis on PLC delegation’s return to Gaza
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – Kuwaiti parliament speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi made intensified contacts with Egyptian officials to convince them to allow the return of the PLC delegation via Egyptian territory to the Gaza Strip.

Vilnai: The situation on Gaza borders could explode any moment
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – Israeli deputy war minister Matan Vilnai said that the security situation on Gaza borders are fragile and explosive and called for getting ready to face any possible scenario.

Israeli secret report on inhumane conditions of detainees disclosed
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – A confidential report prepared by the Israeli association of jurists revealed the tragic and inhumane incarceration conditions which the Palestinian prisoners in solitary cells are living in.

Palestinian worker hit with IOF bullets
PIC 28 Dec 2010 – A Palestinian worker was injured while collecting gravel east of Gaza city at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) who routinely target those workers near the Strip border areas.

Los Angeles Times

Iran hangs alleged spy, militant
LA Times 29 Dec 2010 – The two were arrested years ago. Critics say the executions are part of an attempt by the government to send a message as the public outcry increases over cutbacks in fuel and food subsidies. Iran on Tuesday executed a man accused of spying for Israel and another for allegedly distributing CDs and leaflets promoting an outlawed opposition group. The hangings come amid a crackdown on activists that has coincided with unpopular economic austerity measures.

New York Times

Rarity in Region, Lebanese Paper Dares to Provoke
New York Times 28 Dec 2010 – The five-year old paper Al Akhbar champions leftist causes and publishes expos?©s while maintaining links with Hezbollah.

Iran Executes 2 Men, Saying One Was Spy For Israel
New York Times 28 Dec 2010 – Ali-Akbar Siadat was hanged at Tehran’s Evin Prison after being found guilty of passing on to “Iran’s enemies” information about the country’s military forces.

Relatives See Detained German Journalists in Iran
New York Times 28 Dec 2010 – The journalists were arrested in October, allegedly during an interview with the son of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a woman convicted of adultery and murder.

Misc

Demonstrations in Ni’lin: Routine or Resistance?
Palestine Monitor – Walking through the olive groves separating the village of Ni’lin from the West Bank barrier, a group of Palestinians heading the opposite direction shake their heads at us in warning. “Trouble” is all they say. Trouble is a weekly occurrence here, signified by tear gas, rubber…

Love it– or live it?
Mondoweiss – Gharib : Weiss writes , “And so when Peter Beinart reassures his friends in the Israel lobby that it is OK with him that Palestinians are second-class citizens in the Jewish state, one should ask, If you think that’s such a great system, why don’t you live there?…

‚ÄòTNR’ will stop publishing Peretz’s blog ‚ÄòThe Spine’ (the lobby is melting down)
Mondoweiss – Everyone is talking about Benjamin Wallace-Wells’s profile of Marty Peretz in New York Magazine, and well they should, it’s an excellent piece, very sad. Peretz comes off as a racist crank who has been “stripped of his magazine” and is reduced to telling Holocaust stories in…

Don’t kill dialogue
Mondoweiss – Ten days ago Weiss wrote a piece disparaging dialogue efforts between the Hillel and pro-Palestinian groups at Brooklyn College. Clenchner, pseudonym for a former Israeli refusenik during the first intifadah who is now an activist with American Jewish organizations, takes a different view. When it comes…

‚ÄòNYT’ laments Arab countries destroying ‚Äòcramped, historic city centers’ in 60s and leaves out–
Mondoweiss – Yesterday the New York Times ran a piece about historic preservation in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo and lamented about how many Middle Eastern nations have demolished historic districts in an effort to expand public space. The article is filled with references to how Islamic…

This makes me feel less guilty about my intermarriage
Mondoweiss – Haaretz says that 30 rabbis’ wives have published a [weirdass] letter telling Jewish women to stay away from non-Jews because it’s a danger to their “holy race.” (h/t Ilene Cohen) The letter comes on the heels of a rabbis’ letter published earlier this month urging Jews…

Misc 2

Palestinians Dismiss Netanyahu “Interim Agreement” Proposal as”Unacceptable”
Al-Manar 28 Dec 2010 – The Palestinians considered as “unacceptable” the proposal suggested by the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of an “interim agreement” with them. Netanyahu on Monday evening said that an “interim agreement” with the Palestinians could be a solution to reaching a comprehensive “peace” accord in the Middle…

On the Second Anniversary of Israel’s Bloodbath in Gaza: End International Complicity, Intensify BDS
Global BDS 28 Dec 2010 – Occupied Palestine, 27 December 2010 – On the morning of 27 December 2008 Israeli forces initiated a 23-day military offensive against the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip killing more than 1400 and injuring over 5000 Palestinians, predominantly civilians and refugees since 1948. read more

When the Exception Becomes the Rule: Incommunicado Holding of Palestinian Detainees
Sabr 28 Dec 2010 – PCATI 28.12.2010 70 to 90 percent of GSS interrogees were denied meetings with an attorney for more than two weeks, in order to pressure them to confess Many detainees reported torture, violence and abuse in interrogations while being prevented from meeting a lawyer The new report…

Israeli secret report on inhumane conditions of detainees disclosed
Sabr 28 Dec 2010 – [ 28/12/2010 – 05:13 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— Haaretz newspaper published a confidential report prepared by the Israeli association of jurists revealing the tragic and inhumane incarceration conditions which the Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in solitary cells are living in. The report pointed out that hundreds of…

IOF kidnap once again MP Tal from his home in Al-Khalil
Sabr 28 Dec 2010 – [ 28/12/2010 – 11:00 AM ] Al-KHALIL, ( PIC )— The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at dawn Tuesday Hamas lawmaker Mohamed Al-Tal after a violent raid on his home in the occupied city of Al-Khalil. Parliamentary sources told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that a large number…

Israeli forces detain Palestinian near Tulkarem
Sabr 28 Dec 2010 – TULKAREM ( Ma’an ) – Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man from the Nur Shams refugee camp east of Tulkarem on Wednesday morning, family members said. The parents of 21-year-old Yasser Mahmoud Abdul-Rahim said that Israeli troops surrounded the home in the early hours of the day, and…

‘Israeli spy’ hanged by Iranians
BBC 28 Dec 2010 – Iran has hanged a man after finding him guilty of spying for the Israeli spy agency Mossad, a Tehran news agency says.

Israeli ex-footballer Cohen dies
BBC 28 Dec 2010 – Former Israeli international footballer Avi Cohen dies from head injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Germans held in Iran meet family
BBC 28 Dec 2010 – Two German journalists held in jail in Iran have been allowed to meet relatives for the first time, the Iranian foreign ministry confirms.

Iran
BBC 28 Dec 2010 – Key facts, figures and dates

Articles


Two years after Operation Cast Lead, Gaza remains imprisoned
Jody McIntyre, The Independent12/28/2010
It feels strange to spend time over the Christmas period in a quiet Yorkshire village with family; this time last year, I was on my way to the Gaza Strip. It was the second time I had travelled to Gaza; the first time was in March 2009, just a few months after Israel had launched Operation Cast Lead, a twenty-two day assault on the Strip, in which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed. Hard to describe as a conflict, a massacre perhaps, but a tragedy undoubtedly.
Just as English students are currently enjoying the school holidays, many Gazans had time off school in the winter of 2008/09. There were no lessons in the UN school in Gaza when it was showered with white phosphorus. The Universities in Gaza were closed when they were shelled by the Israeli military. Terrorist breeding grounds, or institutions of education?
In January, I interviewed Ayman Quader, a Palestinian student hoping to leave Gaza to pursue a course abroad. “I remember when I was still at secondary school,” Ayman told me, “it was before the withdrawal of Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005, and the Israeli army would block the road that ran from where I lived to where my school was. So, from an early age I learned the education of occupation.”
Reporting on the current situation in Gaza is all too familiar a story. First of all, we ignore the context of the Israeli-imposed, Egyptian-enforced siege of the Gaza Strip, plunging 1.5 million people into a desperate and isolated existence. We also ignore the fact that hundreds of thousands of these people are refugees, displaced from their homes inside what is now the State of Israel in 1948 and 1967. When Palestinian armed groups fire rockets into Israel, they are “terrorists firing at civilians”, but when the Israeli army fires at and kills Palestinian farmers and fishermen, they are “soldiers shooting at suspicious figures near the border”. The double-standards never cease to amaze. more.. e-mail

‘Shin Bet tortures prisoners and denies access to lawyers’
Amira Hass, Ha’aretz12/28/2010
As many as 90% of Palestinian prisoners are denied this basic right despite civilian and military legislation, says study produced by Public Committee Against Torture and Palestinian Prisoners’ Society.
As many as 90 percent of Palestinian prisoners being interrogated by the Shin Bet security service are prevented from consulting with an attorney, even though civilian and military legislation state clearly that such prohibition should be rarely applied, according to a report published by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society.
The Shin Bet says it has legal clearance to keep certain detainees from lawyers.
According to Dr. Maya Rosenfeld, the author of the study, during prolonged periods when prisoners are kept from meeting with lawyers, the Shin Bet utilizes interrogation methods that run contrary to international law, Israeli laws and Israeli commitments to avoid such methods.
Among these interrogation methods are tying prisoners for a long time to a chair with their hands behind the back, sleep deprivation, threats (usually of harming family members ), humiliation and being kept for long periods in unsanitary cells.
The Shin Bet has refused in the past to provide data on the numbers of prisoners who are prevented from meeting with a lawyer.
A petition filed by the human rights group Yesh Din and the Movement for Freedom of Information in March 2009 is still pending. more.. e-mail

‘The great book robbery’
Radio Netherlands News Desk, Israeli Occupation Archive12/27/2010
The Israeli army’s “looting” of books belonging to Palestinian intellectuals is the subject of a documentary being made by Dutch-Israeli film maker Benny Brunner. He claims as many as 30,000 Arabic books and manuscripts, some of them rare and valuable, ended up in Israel’s National Library after the 1948 war.
Brunner’s interest in the story was sparked by an article written by young Israeli academic Gish Amit who stumbled across books while researching his Ph.D. According to Mr Amit, the library “collected” the books from the private collections of Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes in 1948.
Benny Brunner is now recreating what he calls the “looting” of the books in a documentary, The Great Book Robbery. He hopes eventually to locate the original owners of the books. One witness he has spoken to is Nasser Eldin Al Nashashibi, a member of a well-known family of intellectuals in Jerusalem, who was in his 20s in 1948:
“Our books were stolen from my house here. They were looted by Jews. I saw that with my own eyes”.
Collected According to Brunner, employees of the National Library coordinated with the Israeli military, moving in after Palestinians had been evicted by force from their homes. Sometimes, he says, books were collected while the fighting was still going on.
Israel’s National Library denies the charge of looting. Spokesperson Oren Weinberg says in a written statement that the library is only managing the books on behalf of the abandoned property department of the Israeli ministry of finance. — See also: Sourceand The great book robbery of 1948 more.. e-mail

China imports Israel’s methods of propaganda and repression
Electronic Intifada: 28 Dec 2010 – A recent meeting between Chinese and Israeli military officials is only the latest in a burgeoning security relationship between Israel and China that includes drone technology, crowd control training, surveillance, intelligence gathering and more. This raises the question of how China’s official support for Palestinian self-determination will coincide with its ongoing procurement of the tools of Palestinian pacification. Jimmy Johnson comments.more

Book review: correcting mistaken notions on Arabs in America
Electronic Intifada: 28 Dec 2010 – Many Americans think anti-Arab sentiment in the United States began after 11 September 2001. Others think Arabs are recent immigrants to America. Some think the Arab community has kept to itself, not participating in struggles like the civil rights and labor movements. Alia Malek’s A Country Called Amreeka is a welcome corrective to these mistaken notions.more

Christian extremists assist Israel in displacing Negev Bedouin
Electronic Intifada: 28 Dec 2010 – Half a million trees planted over the past 18 months on the ancestral lands of Bedouin tribes in Israel’s Negev region were bought by a controversial Christian evangelical television channel that calls itself God-TV. Jonathan Cook reports.more

Demonstrations in Ni’lin: Routine or Resistance?
Palestine Monitor: 28 Dec 2010 – Walking through the olive groves separating the village of Ni’lin from the West Bank barrier, a group of Palestinians heading the opposite direction shake their heads at us in warning. “Trouble” is all they say. Trouble is a weekly occurrence here, signified by tear gas, rubber bullets, and arrests. Trouble is punctuated by tragedy, as the Friday demonstrations often end in tear gas, rubber-coated metal bullets, arrests, and sometimes death. The history The protests have occurred every Friday since May of 2008, when Israel began to build their 8-metre barrier wall across the village of Ni’lin, in order to “protect” the Jewish settlements of Modin Illit and Hashmonaim. Over 8,600 dunhams (34,400 acres) of Palestinian land were stolen for the construction and roads to the settlements. The placement of the barrier wall annexed another 50% of the remaining Ni’lin property to the Jewish settlers, with over 6,000 of the oldest…more

Jesus Recruited: God-TV Helps Israel Oust Bedouin
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Dec 2010 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Half a million trees planted over the past 18 months on the ancestral lands of Bedouin tribes in Israel’s Negev region were bought by a controversial Christian evangelical television channel that calls itself God-TV. A sign posted a few kilometres north of Beersheba, the Negev’s main city, announces plans to plant a total of a million trees over a large area of desert that has already been designated “God-TV Forest”. The Jewish National Fund, an international non-profit organisation in charge of forestation and developing Jewish settlements in Israel, received $500,000 from God-TV to plant some of the trees, according to the channel’s filings to US tax authorities last year. A coalition of Jewish and Bedouin human rights groups have denounced the project, accusing God-TV and the JNF of teaming up to force the Bedouin out of the area to make way for Jewish-only communities. No…more

End International Complicity, Intensify BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Dec 2010 – By BDS National Committee (BNC) On the morning of 27 December 2008 Israeli forces initiated a 23-day military offensive against the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip killing more than 1400 and injuring over 5000 Palestinians, predominantly civilians and refugees since 1948. Two years have passed and those responsible for the atrocities committed have not yet been held accountable. The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls on conscientious people and organizations around the world to step up efforts to end Israel’s long record of impunity through boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) until international law and Palestinian rights are upheld. The UN Goldstone report — endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, UN General Assembly, European Parliament, Arab League, among others — found serious evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated mainly by Israel against the occupied Palestinian population in Gaza. The findings of the Mission confirmed…more

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