VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 30 December, 2010: Netanyahu is sowing fear and we are harvesting hatred

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International Middle East Media Center

1,100 Palestinian Children Detained During 2010
IMEMC – 30 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 30, 2010 – 13:50, The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs reported, on Wednesday, that Israeli forces arrested 1,100 Palestinian children in 2010, most of them in East Jerusalem and Hebron.

Another Way to Remember the Gaza War
IMEMC – 30 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 30, 2010 – 12:48, Marking the second anniversary of Israel’s offensive on the Strip, two youth groups in Gaza City are painting murals in the destroyed government compound, Ma’an News reported.

Palestinian Legislator Kidnapped From His Home In Hebron
IMEMC – 30 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 30, 2010 – 12:31, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), from his home in Yatta town, in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

Former Israeli President, Katsav, Convicted Of Rape, Sexual Assault
IMEMC – 30 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 30, 2010 – 12:10, The Tel Aviv District Court convicted on Thursday, former Israeli President, Moshe Katsav, 65, of two counts of sexual assault and rape. By Israeli law, the maximum punishment of rape is 16 years, and carries a minimum of four.

The First In Six Years, U.S. Appoints Temporary Ambassador to Syria
IMEMC – 30 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 30, 2010 – 11:39, U.S. President, Barack Obama, issued an order appointing a temporary ambassador in Damascus after near six years of a total diplomatic boycott.

Two Journalists Attacked by Settlers South of Hebron
IMEMC – 30 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 30, 2010 – 10:31, On Wednesday evening, Israeli settlers attacked a car transporting two journalists working for Reuters and Ball Media. The journalists were taking pictures near Yatta village, south of Hebron

Eight Detainees Injured, Dozens Treated For Gaza Inhalation After Being Attacked By Soldiers
IMEMC – 30 Dec 2010 – Thursday December 30, 2010 – 09:00, Undercover Forces of the Nahshon Israeli Military Unit, broke on Wednesday at night into the Ofer Israeli military detention center, and attacked Palestinian detainees wounding eight while dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Ma’an News

East Jerusalem: Israeli demolitions continue
12/30/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Eleven structures in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of At-Tur were demolished by Israeli forces on Wednesday, and several dunums of lands bulldozed. The demolitions followed court actions determining that the buildings were constructed without permits. In two cases on Saturday, families decided to demolish parts of their own homes when they….

Hamas MP among 6 detained by Israel overnight
12/30/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained Hamas MP Khalil Ar-Rabai from his home in the southern West Bank town of Yatta on Thursday morning, bringing back up to ten, the number of elected Legislative Council members detained by Israel. Family members of Ar-Rabai said troops surrounded then entered the home, then conducted a search….

Israel’s military chief: We will not allow citizens to be fired on
12/30/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — “We will not allow a situation in which our citizens and towns are being fired at from a safe area among citizens,” Israel’s military chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi told a group of Israeli high school students in Jerusalem on Sunday, the military reported. The official’s speech….

Natural gas reserve discovered in Israel
12/30/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A gas field offshore from Israel holds an estimated 450 billion cubic metres of natural gas, positioning the Jewish state as an exporter, Noble Energy said on Wednesday. The new estimates, announced by the US firm which has a major stake in the field, said the Leviathan gas field dwarfs Israel’s….

Single Gaza goods terminal operates
12/30/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities informed Palestinian crossings officials that one Gaza crossing would be partially opened on Thursday for the limited transfer of goods into the coastal enclave, liaison officer Raed Fattouh told Ma’an. Between 190 to 200 truckloads of goods including 20 new cars and five truckloads of cement….

Gaza: Excluded from militia meeting Fatah calls for unity
12/30/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Al-Aqsa Brigades, which claim affinity to the Fatah party, urged other factions to unite Thursday, following a meeting called by Hamas to discuss with Gaza militant groups a unified stance to an increase in violence along the border. Fatah and its militant wing were not invited to the meeting….

Dahlan announces return to Ramallah
12/30/2010 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Speaking out following a Fatah announcement that he would be barred from party leadership meetings until an investigation was complete, former Gaza official Mohammad Dahlan told his news channel that he would return to Ramallah at the New Year to answer questions for the investigation. Dahlan continued to brush off an….

Islamic Jihad refuses role in Haniyeh gov’t
12/30/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Maintaining its position as a extra-political movement, Islamic Jihad officials said Thursday that they had refused a seat on Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s new government.”With all our appreciation for the invitation from our brothers in Hamas, we of the Islamic Jihad will not take part in…. Related: PA waging battle against Islamic Jihad, party says

PA waging battle against Islamic Jihad, party says
12/30/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Dozens of Islamic Jihad members and affiliates have received summons to appear before Palestinian Authority intelligence officials over the past week, party officials told Ma’an on Thursday. Accusing the PA of targeting members of the movement, particularly in the Jenin and Tulkarem regions, Islamic Jihad officials said the…. Related: Islamic Jihad refuses role in Haniyeh gov’t

British archives show fears Israel could nuke Arab states
12/30/2010 – LONDON (AFP) – British diplomats feared Israel would use nuclear weapons in the event of another war with its Arab neighbors, secret files have shown. In 1980, British officials were concerned that Israel could be heading for a new conflict, despite signing a peace treaty with Egypt the year before, according to official papers released from….

Obama names envoy to Syria, bypassing Congress
12/30/2010 – HONOLULU, Hawaii (AFP) — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday bypassed Congress to name the first US ambassador to Syria in nearly six years, part of his Middle East engagement drive criticized by Republican opponents. Obama took the controversial step of forcing through the appointments of Ambassador Robert Ford and five other officials while the Senate….

Israel passes coming year’s budget of $70 billion
12/30/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel’s parliament passed a two-year state budget for 2011 and 2012 by a comfortable majority on Wednesday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it included measures to boost economic growth. In a statement welcoming the 63-33 vote in the 120-seat parliament, Netanyahu’s office said the new budget….

Court convicts Israel ex-president Katsav of rape
12/30/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (AFP) — Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav was convicted of two counts of rape on Thursday, capping a four-year scandal that shocked the Jewish state and leaves him facing at least eight years in prison. As a Tel Aviv court handed down the verdict, which also convicted Katsav on charges of sexual harassment….

Rafah traffic skyrockets in 2010
12/30/2010 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — More than 162,000 have traveled through the Rafah crossing since the start of 2010, Egyptian authorities announced in a report on the crossing activity. There was a net exit from the Strip, with 79,118 leaving for Egypt and 82,942 entering Gaza, most of who held foreign residency cards, study papers….

Palestine Note

Netanyahu: Palestinians evading negotiations with Israel
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that the Palestinians are responsible for the deadlock in peace talks, saying they have been evading negotiations while Israel is striving for peace. Read Full Article Photo: [Prime…

Mixed year for Palestinians
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – After the strong beginnings of 2009, during the Obama administration’s first days in office, 2010 began on a cautious note on the Palestinian cause. There were some promising signs: the Israeli government partially froze its settlement…

British 1980 cable said Israel ready to use nuke bomb
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Arabiya – A British ambassador to Israel warned as early as 1980 that Israel would detonate a nuclear bomb in case of a new war with the Arabs, according to previously secret state documents released on…

Islamic Jihad refuses role in Haniyeh’s government
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Maan – Maintaining its position as a extra-political movement, Islamic Jihad officials said Thursday that they had refused a seat on Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s new government. Read Full Article

Jeff Goldberg Despairs About Israel
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – I rarely, if ever, agree with the Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg about the Middle East. He is the staunchest advocate of Israel’s case in the media today. How big is Goldberg? So big that when Fidel Castro…

PA waging battle against Islamic Jihad, party says
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Maan – Dozens of Islamic Jihad members and affiliates have received summons to appear before Palestinian Authority intelligence officials over the past week, party officials told Ma’an on Thursday. Read Full Article Photo: An Islamic Jihad…

Assange: I’ve got the names of Arab officials spying on their own countries for the CIA
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Blake Hounshell, Foreign Policy – The Internets are buzzing about an interview Julian Assange gave to Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel Wednesday, in which the WikiLeaks frontman reportedly threatened to release cables showing that various Arab officials…

Israel Confirms Major Gas Find
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – New York Times – Exploratory drilling off Israel’s northern coast this week has confirmed the existence of a major natural gasI field — one of the world’s largest offshore gas finds of the past decade –…

Gaza militant groups agree to halt rocket attacks on Israel
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – Militant Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to halt rocket attacks against Israel, a senior Islamic Jihad leader said Thursday. “We agreed to halt one of the means of armed resistance, which…

The struggle for East Jerusalem
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Al Jazeera – Half way down a hill, sandwiched between Jerusalem’s Hadassa hospital and Hebrew University, sits the compact and overcrowded occupied East Jerusalem village of Issawiya. Before crossing the makeshift police checkpoint of concrete block…

Israeli Settlers Aim to Repel Palestinian
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Wall Street Journal – A leading Palestinian businessman is bidding to take over an ill-fated real-estate venture in an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem, upsetting Israeli settlers who are trying to put together a counteroffer. Nof…

Fatah leader Dahlan denies plans to topple Abbas
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Arabiya – Former Fatah leader in Gaza Mohamed Dahlan denied media reports that he planned to topple Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and to freeze his membership in Fatah. Dahlan said he was “surprise” at accusations that…

Who says Christians and Muslims can’t live together?
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Yvette Khoury, The Guardian – I worship Allah and I am not a Muslim. I celebrate eid, and it is not a Muslim festival. I attended al-madrasa, but it was not a Muslim school. How might…

Sectarian tensions loom in Lebanon refugee camps
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Arabiya – Tensions are escalating in Ain al-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon as Sunni- Shiite sectarianism started dividing residents amid fears of a civil war. Several youths in the camp spoke under pseudonyms to AlArabiya.net…

Obama makes recess appointments, taps Robert Ford as ambassador to Syria
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Washington Post – President Obama on Wednesday appointed the first U.S. ambassador to Syria since 2005, using a recess appointment to bypass opposition from Senate Republicans. Because he was appointed while the Senate is in recess,…

Dahlan announces return to Ramallah
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Maan – Speaking out following a Fatah announcement that he would be barred from party leadership meetings until an investigation was complete, former Gaza official Mohammad Dahlan told his news channel that he would return to…

Human rights NGO monitoring Palestinians’ legal rights gets robbed of internal use documents
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – Hundreds of documents have been stolen from the database of Yesh Din, the NGO monitoring the legal situation of Palestinians in the West Bank. The group’s legal adviser, attorney Michael Sfard, said his office…

WikiLeaks: Kouchner Discussed with Mitchell Possibility of Recognizing Palestinian State
Palestine Note 30 Dec 2010 – PNN – WikiLeaks published diplomatic documents saying that the French ex-Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner discussed with the US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell the possibility of recognizing the Palestinian state regardless of the outcome of the…

Aljazeera

Israel confirms major gas find
AlJazeera 30 Dec 2010 – Experts say discovery off the coast of Haifa is the largest deepwater natural gas find in the world in the past decade.

Palestine News Network

PA Statistics: Palestinian and Jewish Populations Will Level by End of 2014
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – A study released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics indicates that the amount of Palestinians living in “historic Palestine”–meaning all territories taken by force in both 1948…

Arab MK to Ask Israeli Education Minister to Investigate Arabic Ban in Jaffa Schools
PNN – Nazareth – PNN – Masoud Ganaim, an Israeli Arab Minister of Knesset (MK), representative of the Islamic Movement in Israel, and member of the Knesset Education Committee, promised on Thursday to bring…

Rotim Settlers Seize Land Near Tubas; Minister Arrested in Hebron
PNN – Tubas – PNN – A group of settlers from the Rotim settlement, built near the northern West Bank town of Tubas, seized at least 30 dunums of Palestinian land on Thursday. Aref…

Gaza Fishermen Face Death at Sea and Poverty at Home
PNN – Gaza City – Muhammad al-Astal – Al-Quds – Palestinian fishermen face great difficulties at work on the Mediterranean Sea: even after continual naval assaults by Israeli troops that have lead to several…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu, Livni hail Katsav ruling
Jeruslalem Post 30 Dec 2010 – PM laments ‘a sad day for Israel;’ MK calls for suspension of former president’s benefits; Livni says ruling will “strengthen Israeli society.”

Livni: I want the Likud as our partner if we win elections
Jeruslalem Post 30 Dec 2010 – PM has endorsed two-state solution, but ‘without real intent,’ Kadima leader tells ‘The Jerusalem Post.’

‘Mossad, US, UK tried to sabotage Iran nuke program’
Jeruslalem Post 30 Dec 2010 – Sabotage acts on Iran included Stuxnet virus, explosion in missile factory, killing of scientists, reports newspaper ‘Le Canard Enchaine.’

Erekat: Boycott Settlements, not Israel
Jeruslalem Post 30 Dec 2010 – Chief PLO negotiator addresses World Union of Jewish Students in J’lem, says “The history of Jewish-Arab relations can change.”

Israel sees gradual increase in Indian steps against Iran
Jeruslalem Post 30 Dec 2010 – India bars firms from dealing with Iran through Asian Clearing Union; gov’t officials in J’lem say move represents “positive trend.”

Iran smuggled hundreds of rockets to Gaza in 2010
Jeruslalem Post 30 Dec 2010 – In year-end report, Israel Security Agency says Teheran also funds Hamas training in Lebanon and Syria.

Iran president auctioning old car for charity
Jeruslalem Post 30 Dec 2010 – Proceeds from Ahmadinejad’s 1977 Peugeot 504 are to go to housing projects for young families.

Barak slams ‘wave of racism’ in rabbi, rebbetzin letters
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 – Reform women rabbis issue statement against “call to exclude the Arab citizen in Israel from workplaces, the cities’ streets and the public sphere.”

International Solidarity Movement

Gazan scrap collector faces death during Israeli incursion
12/30/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 28 December, ISM, Gaza – This morning Mahmoud Mousa Mohammed Al Sirsik, aged 19, was going about his daily business, collecting stones with his horse cart in the border area, east of Gaza City, when Israeli army jeeps entered the area. Seeing the danger approaching, Mahmoud tried to run away, but found himself immobilized as the….

As a new year of resistance dawns, help ISM to support the popular resistance in Palestine
12/30/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – When I locked arms in front of the idling bulldozer, I wanted finances to be the farthest from my mind. As M16- and tear gas-armed soldiers approached us and the Palestinian woman to my right embraced me tighter and my fellow ISM volunteer to my left reached for her medic kit, I did not want….

Ha’aretz

Moshe Katsav’s rape victim: Seven worst years of my life are over
Ha’aretz – The former president was convicted on Thursday of raping and sexually assaulting A., a former employee at the Tourism Ministry, in addition to other charges of sexual abuse.

Katsav’s lawyers: We’ll appeal ‘unequivocal’ rape verdict
Ha’aretz – Former president found guilty of two counts of rape and other abuses, after four-year trial held mostly behind closed doors; Judge: Katsav’s story was riddled with lies.

In Katsav’s hometown, denial and cries of persecution
Ha’aretz – Residents of Kiryat Malakhi believe that former president’s was unfairly convicted and that judges were influenced by biased media coverage.

Katsav trial judges have sent a clear message, says Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – Livni echoes PM in saying verdict conveyed an important message to women in Israel regarding equality and their right to their body.

‘A hard day for Israel, but a great day for Israeli justice’
Ha’aretz – Witnesses, women’s groups say conviction sends clear message to public officials and women who were victimized.

A timeline of Moshe Katsav’s rise and fall
Ha’aretz – A history of Katsav’s political life, from his ascension to presidency to his resignation in disgrace.

Katsav verdict / Former president has tainted Israel’s democracy with shame
Ha’aretz – Never before has a president in the democratic world been found guilty of such deeds; the charges in the indictment have been proven beyond reasonable doubt, essentially beyond any form…

Former President Moshe Katsav guilty of rape and sexual assault
Ha’aretz – Judge deems Katsav’s version of events was ‘riddled with lies’; former president found guilty of all charges, except that he allegedly harassed a witness.

Israel prosecutors end 43-day strike after reaching compromise with state
Ha’aretz – According to agreement with the finance ministry, state prosecutors would receive immediate pay rise of 12 percent.

Knesset passes 2011-12 budget
Ha’aretz – After hours of debate, legislators approved the two-year state budget by a 63-33 margin; economy outpaced forecasts by growing 4.5 percent in 2010.

Largest natural gas reserve discovered in Israel worth approximately $95 billion
Ha’aretz – More than 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas discovered off Haifa shore in joint U.S.-Israeli drilling operation.

U.K. envoy said Israel ready to use nuclear bomb in 1980, newly released cables reveal
Ha’aretz – Documents, released under Britain’s 30-year rule, include Marget Thatcher saying that Israel’s settlement policy was ‘absurd.’

Gaza militant groups agree to halt rocket attacks on Israel
Ha’aretz – Islamic Jihad leader says halt is temporary and that ‘armed resistance will keep active in other means.’

Palestinians target Israeli settlements in draft UN resolution
Ha’aretz – Resolution to ask UN Security Council to declare West Bank settlements illegal and call for full freeze of their construction.

Fatah bans former Gaza strongman Dahlan from meetings
Ha’aretz – Fatah investigating Mohammed Dahlan’s financial assets as well as accusations Dahlan incited against PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

American Framer from Oklahoma writes Play for Gaza “THE PRISON CALLED GAZA”
30 Dec 2010 – by Jerry Hoyt, An American from Oklahoma in the United States of America. He wrote this play to show some support and solidarity for the people of Gaza.

Commemorating Operation Cast Lead in Gaza
30 Dec 2010 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – A demonstration commemorating the beginning of “Operation Cast Lead” was held Tuesday in the Gazan city of Beit Hanoun. Families of victims were in attendance, as were 5 International Solidarity Movement activists. Two years have passed since the Israeli attacks on Gaza, which killed over 1400 people in just 23 days. The vast majority of victims…

Israel’s genocidal aggression on Gaza revisited
30 Dec 2010 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – The Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip two years ago, which lasted for three weeks, was pornographically criminal and graphically genocidal. Israel knowingly and deliberately targeted innocent civilians, including children, using state-of-the-art machines of death.

Gaza Fishermen Face Death at Sea and Poverty at Home
30 Dec 2010 – London, (Pal Telegraph) – Muhammad al-Astal – Al-Quds – Palestinian fishermen face great difficulties at work on the Mediterranean Sea: even after continual naval assaults by Israeli troops that have lead to several recent deaths and injuries and major damage to their boats and fishing equipment, there is still the fact that they are forbidden from fishing in deep water…

Israeli army detains 6 Palestinians in WB
30 Dec 2010 – West Bank,(Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces(IOF) detained Thursday morning six Palestinians from different parts in the west bank claiming that they are wanted .

Israeli settlers sieze Palestinian lands in Al-Aghwar
30 Dec 2010 – West Bank,(Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided yesterday night the civilians’ lands in Al-Faresiya area, deprived its residents from approaching. They claimed that those lands are extension to Rotom settlement which was built on the lands of the village .

Uruknet

Is the British government going to allow a foreign state to threaten its citizens?
Uruknet December 30, 2010 – Media reports about the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) being “designated” by Israel have come sooner than expected. They follow closely on the heels of the two besmirched reports written in Israel which described London as the global hub of “delegitimization” of the Zionist state. The media cite Israeli claims that the PRC is an arm…

British feared Israel would nuke Arabs: archives

Uruknet December 30, 2010 – British diplomats feared Israel would use nuclear weapons in the event of another war with its Arab neigbours, secret files have shown. In 1980, British officials were concerned that Israel could be heading for a new conflict, despite signing a peace treaty with Egypt the year before, according to official papers released from the National…

Global Military Industrial Disease
Uruknet December 30, 2010 – The US Military Industrial spiderweb, with the Pentagon trillion dollar budget at its disposal makes the Israel lobby look like a corner shop. Nearly every US state hosts significant MIC plant and associated jobs -.no potential or incumbent political candidate can afford to ignore this. The Pentagon is enmeshed with industry incestuously…

The struggle for East Jerusalem
Uruknet December 30, 2010 – Half way down a hill, sandwiched between Jerusalem’s Hadassa hospital and Hebrew University, sits the compact and overcrowded occupied East Jerusalem village of Issawiya. Before crossing the makeshift police checkpoint of concrete block obstacles at the edge of the University and entering the neighbourhood – which resembles more of a besieged West Bank refugee camp…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 December. 2010)
Uruknet December 30, 2010 – On the 2nd Anniversary of the Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) ¬? IOF killed two Palestinians shepherd in the Gaza Strip. ¬? Two activists of the Palestinian resistance were killed by IOF in the southern Gaza Strip….

Never again? Elderly Palestinian women called “whores” on Yad Vashem tour, while racism explodes across Israel
Uruknet December 30, 2010 – This week, a group of elderly Palestinian women were escorted to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance musuem to learn about the Jewish genocide in Europe. At the entrance of the museum, they were surrounded by a group of Jewish Israeli youth who recognized them as Arabs. “Sharmouta!” the young Israelis shouted at…

Role of Israeli firms raises boycott concerns about Rawabi
Uruknet EDecember 30, 2010 – The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) in Palestine, has expressed its concern following reports that Israeli companies have been contracted to take part in the construction of Rawabi, an already controversial Qatari-financed Palestinian real estate development in the occupied West Bank. Rawabi is touted by developers as the “first planned Palestinian city.” It…

Palestine Today: A Reality of Justice Denied
Uruknet December 30, 2010 – On December 24, Mondoweiss co-editor Adam Horowitz wrote: “Israeli military kills 20-year old Gazan for herding animals too close to buffer zone.” On December 23, Israeli forces shot and killed Salama Abu Harhish without warning while herding sheep and goats in Beit Lahya. Civilized nations don’t murder nonviolent civilians in cold blood, this time leaving…

East Jerusalem: Israeli demolitions continue
Uruknet December 30, 2010 – Eleven structures in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of At-Tur were demolished by Israeli forces on Wednesday, and several dunums of lands bulldozed. The demolitions followed court actions determining that the buildings were constructed without permits. In two cases on Saturday, families decided to demolish parts of their own homes when they were handed demolition orders…

Christmas resistance activities in Palestine: The best Christmas ever
Uruknet December 29, 2010 – I have spent 26 Christmases in our homeland but never had a more meaningful one than this one. In the traditional 12 days of the holiday season, we finished with class work at Bethlehem University. My masters’ students and my undergraduate students did very well throughout the semester as they evolved their critical thinking and…

Photostory: Volvo equipment used in house demolitions (part 2)
Uruknet December 29, 2010 – Israeli forces are using Volvo construction equipment and trucks in the destruction of Palestinian property. The Electronic Intifada has previously documented the use of Volvo equipment by the Israeli government in its destruction of Palestinian property. Volvo construction equipment and trucks were seen in action on the construction site of Israel’s wall near al-Walaja village…

Israel’s Qassam strikes on Gaza
Uruknet December 29, 2010 – …Exactly two years after the start of Operation Cast Lead, an offensive that kept 1.5 million people trapped by clearly superior Israeli firepower, Vilnai decided to describe the Gaza Strip as an abscess. What was he trying to convey when he made his comments Monday during an appearance before the Eshkol regional council? That now…

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

SPF Delivers 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 ‘Observer’ wrote that the Israeli government is facing the division risk because of the deadlock in the negotiations with the Palestinians

Daily Star

Israel revels in gas find but faces export hurdles

Daily Star 30 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: The Arab population in “historic Palestine” will equal the Jewish population by 2014, and quickly outstrip it thereafter, according to Palestinian statistics released Thursday. The figures published by the Palestinian Central Bureau…

Survey: Arabs to form majority in historic Palestine after 2014
Daily Star 30 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: The Arab population in “historic Palestine” will equal the Jewish population by 2014, and quickly outstrip it thereafter, according to Palestinian statistics released Thursday. The figures published by the Palestinian Central Bureau…

Three detained over Danish Prophet cartoon terror threat
Daily Star 30 Dec 2010 COPENHAGEN: Three terror suspects were remanded in custody by a Danish court Thursday in connection with a foiled plot to massacre staff at a Danish newspaper that published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

Israel re-abducts Hamas lawmaker after releasing him
Daily Star 30 Dec 2010 HEBRON, Occupied West Bank: Israeli troops abducted a Hamas member of the Palestinian Parliament Thursday, the fifth to be re-arrested recently after serving previous prison terms, local officials said. Khalil al-Rabai was abducted at his home…

Palestinian statehood: quality as well as quantity
Daily Star 30 Dec 2010 On December 24, Ecuador 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 similar recognitions by Brazil,…

British diplomats feared Israel would nuke enemies – archives
Daily Star 30 Dec 2010 LONDON: British diplomats feared that Israel would use nuclear weapons in the event of another war with its Arab neighbors, according to secret files released Thursday. In 1980, British officials were concerned that Israel could be…

Relief Web

2010 sees drop in Palestinian attacks: Shin Bet
Relief Web 30 Dec 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 December. 2010)
Relief Web 30 Dec 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Inter Press Service

SOUTH AMERICA: Closer to a Palestinian State
IPS With the string of announcements in South America of recognition of a Palestinian state this month, the region’s integration process showed a new interest in and capacity to reach common positions in the realm of foreign policy.

YNet News

Obama names ambassador to Syria
YNet News – Career diplomat Robert Stephen Ford will be envoy to Damascus after US absence….

Fayyad: We want more than ‘Facebook state’
YNet News – Palestinian prime minister says his people expect wider recognition of their….

Katsav conviction: Prosecution to seek significant jail time
YNet News – Israel is ashamed: The eight president is a convicted sexual offender. In a historical verdict the Tel Aviv District Court ruled on Thursday that former President Moshe …….

UK cable in 1980 said Israel ready to use bomb
YNet News – A British ambassador to Israel warned as early as 1980 that Israel would detonate a nuclear bomb in case of a new war with the Arabs, according to previously secret state …….

Shin Bet: 2010 decade’s calmest year
YNet News – The Shin Bet revealed Thursday that 2010 saw the lowest number of terror attacks and terror victims in a decade. Since January, nine civilians and soldiers have been …….

Netanyahu: Katsav conviction message to all women
YNet News – “This is a sad day for the State of Israel and its citizens,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday in response to the guilty verdict in the rape trial against …….

2010: Serious violations and isolated improvements
B’tselem 27 Dec 2010 – In its end of year summary, B’Tselem warns that the continued siege on Gaza and the settlement enterprise prevent any real human rights improvement. There was a decline this year in Palestinian casualties, and in rocket-fire at Israel, as well as easing

Palestinian Information Center

PA boosts summonses targeting Islamic Jihad Movement in the West Bank
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – PA security militias have recently boosted steps to summon Islamic Jihad cadres and supporters in the West Bank for questioning, the movement said.

Hamas: Al-Ahmed’s recent remarks part of the Israel-Fatah smear campaign
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – Hamas castigated the recent accusations made by Azzam Al-Ahmed that his Movement does not want reconciliation as part of the joint media smear campaign launched by Israel and Fatah.

Israel re-arrests Palestinian MP Khalil al-Rib’i
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – Israeli authorities arrested Thursday morning Palestinian Legislative Committee representative Khalil al-Rib’i 13 months after his release from an earlier bid.

Israel decides to raze Al-Sahaba Mosque in O. Jerusalem
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – The Israeli occupation forces handed the residents of Suwana area in occupied Jerusalem a demolition order issued against Al-Sahaba Mosque at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Former Israeli president found guilty of sex crimes
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – After four years of deliberations, the Israeli central court found former Israeli president Moshe Katsav guilty of rape and sexual harassment of two of his office workers.

16 Gazans killed, 38 injured in December 2010
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – Israel carried out in December 2010 more than 105 attacks targeting Gazans, killing 16 and injuring 38, said Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesman for Gaza’s emergency authority, in statement to the PIC.

IOF soldiers detain six Palestinians, settlers attack farmers
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – Israeli occupation forces rounded up six Palestinian citizens in various areas of the West Bank at dawn Thursday at the pretext of being wanted for interrogation.

Abu Zuhri: Fatah devising serious plot against resistance
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has charged that Fatah faction was hatching a serious plot in cooperation with Israel to liquidate Palestinian resistance and Hamas in Gaza Strip.

Al-Azhar Sheikh demands Abbas to end arrest and torture of citizens in W. Bank
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – Grand Sheik of Cairo’s Al-Azhar university and mosque Ahmed Attayb called on Mahmoud Abbas to end the political arrest and torture of citizens in the West Bank.

Jihad: Arab impotence, international collusion encourages Israeli aggression
PIC 30 Dec 2010 – The Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine has said that the Gaza Strip was under “aggression by installment” on the part of the Israeli occupation forces.

New York Times

Former President of Israel Is Convicted of Rape
New York Times 30 Dec 2010 – The verdict, which will likely lead to a prison term for Moshe Katsav, caps a four-year spectacle.

Gas Field Confirmed Off Coast Of Israel
New York Times 30 Dec 2010 – The Leviathan field, off Israel’s northern coast, is one of the world’s largest offshore gas finds of the past decade.

The Case Against Katsav
New York Times 30 Dec 2010 – The details of the charges against Moshe Katsav, the former president of Israel.

Misc

Entry 10: For the indomitable people of al-Araqib
Mondoweiss – Entry 10 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest are the people of al-Araqib. It was 6 a.m. when the Israeli police invaded al-Araqib for the third time. Still half-asleep, I stood alongside village residents and Israeli and international activists, trying in vain to stop the impending…

Entry 9: ‘Sabra Song’
Mondoweiss – Entry 9 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. Sung to the tune, Darling Clementine In a tavern with my companion Excavating for some wine Found my hummus implicated In the suffering in Palestine … Humiliation of a nation By brigades who have free rein Soldiers supported by…

Entry 8: Gaza, then and now
Mondoweiss – Entry 8 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. Year before last, I was sitting in the living room of my childhood home sharing a cup of morning coffee with my mother and musing over the holidays. We laughed over kitschy Christmas gifts from well-meaning relatives before…

Entry 7: I nominate Adalah-NY
Mondoweiss – Entry 7 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. This contest helps us remember how intertwined we all are, all the many pieces and members of the movement that are moving all the time—in Palestine, in Israel, in the U.S., in the rest of the world, and…

Entry 6: The land, the gun, the olive tree
Mondoweiss – By Sameeha Elwan In Memory of Nakba He closed his eyes when the smell of the thyme found its way to the deepest memory his mind is still tirelessly clinging to. He opened them with a persistence to inhale as much of the smell as he…

Misc 2

Israel Rearrests another Hamas MP in WBank
Al-Manar 30 Dec 2010 – Israeli occupation troops on Thursday seized a Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament, the fifth to be rearrested recently after serving previous prison terms, local officials said. MP Khalil al-Rabai was arrested at his home in the village of Yata, south of the city of…

Fayyad: We Want More than ‘Facebook State’
Al-Manar 29 Dec 2010 – Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Wednesday that Palestinians expect wider recognition of their statehood in the coming year and it will mean more than the mere “Facebook state” predicted by an Israeli minister. Fayyad said recognition by many countries would “enshrine” the Palestinians’…

Gaza Factions Meet over Rising Israel Tensions
Al-Manar 29 Dec 2010 – Hamas movement called a meeting of Palestinian factions overnight as tension rises along the border, a source told AFP. In past weeks, Palestinian resistance fighters have fired a series of rockets into southern occupied territories and the Israeli military has launched air raids and several…

Israel’s Katsav guilty of rape
BBC 30 Dec 2010 – Israel’s former President Moshe Katsav faces jail after being found guilty of rape and other sexual offences by a court in Tel Aviv.

Articles


Christmas Story – Mary and Joseph in Palestine 2010
James Petras, 12/12/2010
How would Mary and Joseph, two Jews from Nazareth, have fared in the context of present-day Palestine where the Romans have been replaced by Jewish occupiers? A caustic exercise in realistic imagination offered by James Petras.
Times were tough for Joseph and Mary. The real estate bubble crashed. Unemployment soared among construction workers. There was no work, not even for a skilled carpenter.
The settlements were still being built, financed mostly by Jewish money from America, contributions from Wall Street speculators and owners of gambling dens.
“Good thing”, Joseph thought, “we have a few sheep and olive trees and Mary keeps some chickens. But Joseph worried, “cheese and olives are not enough to feed a growing boy. Mary is due to deliver our son any day”. His dreams foretold of a sturdy son working alongside of him…multiplying loaves and fish.
The settlers looked down on Joseph. He rarely attended shul, and on the high holidays, he would show up late to avoid the tithe. Their simple cottage was located in a nearby ravine with water from a stream, which flowed year round. It was choice real estate for any settlement expansion. So when Joseph fell behind on his property tax, the settlers took over their home, forcibly evicted Joseph and Mary and offered them a one-way bus ticket to Jerusalem.
Joseph, born and raised in the arid hills, fought back and bloodied not a few settlers with his labor-hardened fists. But in the end he sat, battered on their bridal bed under the olive tree, in black despair. more.. e-mail

Expulsion of Bedouins in Israel’s Negev Desert
Jonathan Cook, Centre for Research on Globalization – Middle East12/28/2010
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 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 one from God-TV was available for comment, but in a video posted on its website, Rory Alec, the channel’s co-founder, said he had begun fundraising for the forest after receiving “an instruction from God” a few years ago. He said God had told him: “Prepare the land for the return of my Son.”
Standing next to the “God-TV Forest” sign, Alec thanked thousands of viewers for making donations to “sow a seed for God”, adding: “I tell you Jesus is coming back soon!” more.. e-mail

Netanyahu is sowing fear and we are harvesting hatred
Akiva Eldar, Ha’aretz12/28/2010
Instead of warning of the dangers of continuing the conflict, Netanyahu chooses to exploit the primitive fear of the other.
How frightening! Masses of Sudanese refugees are threatening to erode our achievements and corrode our existence as a Jewish and democratic state. How frightening!
Iran is threatening to destroy us, and the world is once again standing by. How frightening! If we get out of “Judea and Samaria,” the Palestinians will fire anti-aircraft missiles at Ben-Gurion International Airport. How frightening!
The Palestinians are refusing to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, so as to flood the State of Israel with Arab refugees and rip out parts of the Galilee and the Negev. And those who wish to destroy Israel have begun a deligitimization campaign against the Jewish state within the 1948 borders. How frightening!
This is a collection of the nightmare scenarios of the Benjamin Netanyahu school of thought. One day Netanyahu – the scariest prime minister in the history of Israel – is complaining about the Palestinians refusing to speak with him about Nablus and Hebron, and the next day he’s scaring the populace with statements about the Palestinians plot to take over Carmiel and Be’er Sheva.
In the morning Netanyahu gets his picture taken with Turkish pilots who came to fight the Carmel fire; in the evening, he’s instilling fear with his implication that the world is once again standing by as the Jews are facing annihilation. more.. e-mail

Book Review: Europe’s Alliance with Israel
Electronic Intifada: 30 Dec 2010 – David Cronin’s immensely valuable new book, Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation , charts how the European Union and its member states back Israel, and dispels the idea that the US is the only game in town (and that those of us who aren’t resident there can therefore change nothing), while also offering activists new targets for institutional lobbying and boycotts.more

Role of Israeli firms raises boycott concerns about Rawabi
Electronic Intifada: 30 Dec 2010 – The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee in Palestine, has expressed its concern following reports that Israeli companies have been contracted to take part in the construction of Rawabi, an already controversial Qatari-financed Palestinian real estate development in the occupied West Bank.more

Hope in 2011: Peoples, Civil Society Stand Tall
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Dec 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud When the Iraqi army fell before invading US and British troops in 2003, the latter’s mission seemed to be accomplished. But nearly eight years after the start of a war intended to shock and awe a whole population into submission, the Iraqi people continue to stand tall. They have confronted and rejected foreign occupations, held their own against sectarianism, and challenged random militancy and senseless acts of terrorism. For most of us, the Iraqi people’s resolve cannot be witnessed, but rather deduced. Eight years of military strikes, raids, imprisonments, torture, humiliation and unimaginable suffering were still not enough to force the Iraqis into accepting injustice as a status quo. In August 2010, the United States declared the end of its combat mission in Iraq, promising complete withdrawal by the end of 2011. However, US military action has continued, only under different designations. The occupation of Iraq carries…more

The Struggle for East Jerusalem
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Dec 2010 – By Jesse Rosenfeld Half way down a hill, sandwiched between Jerusalem’s Hadassa hospital and Hebrew University, sits the compact and overcrowded occupied East Jerusalem village of Issawiya. Before crossing the makeshift police checkpoint of concrete block obstacles at the edge of the University and entering the neighbourhood – which resembles more of a besieged West Bank refugee camp than a Jerusalem municipality – there is a clearly marked ‘Dead End’ street sign. On the main road leaving towards the hospital on the other side of the neighbourhood there is a wall of concrete cubes blocking any traffic, leaving just a narrow space for pedestrians to cross. Although the Jewish dominated Hebrew University has expanded onto Issawiya’s land, the picture of Jerusalem from both places couldn’t be more different. While Israeli students attend classes oblivious to life beyond the ‘dead end’, Israeli security forces have orchestrated a campaign of regular night…more

Palestinians to Approach UN for State Recognition
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Dec 2010 – By Mohammed Mar’i – Ramallah The Palestinian Authority (PA) will present the UN Security Council (UNSC) with a draft of a resolution declaring statehood in the coming days, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday. Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said in a press statement that the resolution is scheduled to be filed when Bosnia takes the UNSC’s presidency in January. Erekat added that the Palestinian leadership is “waiting for Bosnia to take the presidency of the Security Council.” The Palestinian negotiator expressed his hope that the US would not veto the move. He added that Australia, Japan, Korea and New Zealand would recognize the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders. Erekat said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will leave for Brazil on Wednesday to lay the cornerstone of the Palestinian Embassy there on Jan. 1. Brazil recognized the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders in early December. According…more

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