VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 10 February, 2011: New Gaza factory, jobs destroyed in Israeli attack

10 February, 2011 — VTJP

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France Grants P.A €10 Million To Finance Water Services In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 23:49, The Palestine News and Information Agency, WAFA, reported Thursday that Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Salaam Fayyad, signed an agreement with the French State Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Michéle Alliot-Marie and General Director of the French Development Agency (AFD) Dov Zerah, under which France will be granting €10 Million water services in the Bethlehem district.

Palestinians Not Allowed Into Egypt
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 21:46, An official at the Egyptian Passport Control department stated Wednesday that instructions were handed down to the department to prevent the Palestinians from entering Egypt amidst the current protests against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

Hamas Rejects July Local Elections
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 21:24, Member of the Hamas political bureau, Izzat Al Rishiq, stated that the decision of the government of Dr. Salaam Fayyad to hold local councils elections in the West Bank before unity is achieved, is an attempt to delude the public opinion and shift their interest away from the latest leaked cables regarding major concessions made by Palestinian negotiators during peace talks with Israel.

Huwwara Checkpoint To Be Removed
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 17:33, The Huwwara and Beit Furik checkpoints are to be removed, beginning immediately, according to the Ma’an News Agency.

Gaza Unemployment Hits 45%
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 17:08, The United Nations Relief Works Agency has announced that unemployment in the Gaza strip has reached 45%.

Israeli Military Demolishes Homes Near Nablus
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 16:20, Two homes have been demolished by the Israeli Army in a village near Nablus, reports the Alternative Information Centre.

Clashes Erupt in Bedouin Village
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 15:28, Residents of southern village of Al-Arakib in Israel clash with JNF workers who came to plant trees in the area. Three people arrested for allegedly hurling stones.

New Fund to Aid Palestinian Victims of Army Abuse
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 15:05, The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee has created a new fund, the “Dismantling Impunity Fund”. This fund will aid Palestinians engaging in non-violent resistance pay for legal fees when suing Israel for deaths caused by the Israeli army.

Israel Cautious About Making Statements On Egypt
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 09:22, A senior Israeli military source reported that Israel continues to be cautious about making official statements on the situation in Egypt and the attempts to end the rule of its overdue regime of Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian Army Prepares To Protect Presidential Palace
IMEMC – Thursday February 10, 2011 – 08:48, At the eighteenth day of massive protests demanding the removal of Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, and his regime, the Egyptian army was extensively redeployed in several streets in Cairo, especially those leading to the Presidential palace.

Ma’an News

Prisoners’ families want UN to pressure Israel
2/11/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails urged the United Nations on Thursday to exert pressure on Israel to respect their human rights. In a memorandum to visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the families asked her to “to take necessary measures and actions to activate the protection of….

Nablus town closed for visit of Israeli lawmaker
2/10/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The town of Balata was closed down overnight by Israeli forces escorting three members of the Knesset on the first state visit to Jospeh’s Tomb since troops withdrew from the area. At least 1,000 religious Jews and settlers were present for the visit, which began at 11 p. m….

Child detained near Hebron overnight, locals say
2/10/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained overnight a 15-year-old boy from his home in the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron and took him to an unknown destination, local officials said. Town spokesman Muhammad Awad said the child’s home in the Ad-Dhaher neighborhood was entered, searched and then Malek Khaled….

Jailed PFLP leader calls for international campaign
2/11/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ahmad Sa’adat on Friday called for international efforts to protect Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. A lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners Society visited Sa’adat in his jail cell in Nafha prison in the Negev desert. In a….

UN says Gaza unemployment rate at 45%
2/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The unemployment rate in Gaza has continued to climb in 2011, reaching 45. 4%, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told reporters in Gaza City on Wednesday. At a news conference for the UN Relief and Works Agency, Gunness warned that the increasing unemployment was a sign of a hugely fragile Gaza….

Israel heading for general strike over price hikes
2/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s national federation of trades unions on Thursday said it intends to call a nationwide general strike in protest at spiralling prices of essential goods and services.” The coordinating committee has decided to register next week an advance notice of a strike which will take place two weeks later,” a spokesman….

In photos: Palestinian refugees rally for Egypt
2/11/2011 – MaanImages / Luay Sababa – Protesters wave Egyptian and Palestinian flags as they rally support for the Egyptian people in Duheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank city of Bethlehem Feb. 6, 2011….

Hamas slams call for West Bank municipal vote
2/11/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The PA’s call to elections is illegal, and made in contravention of Elections Law (9) 2005 because the call came from an illegitimate government,Hamas’ Ministry of Justice said in a statement Thursday. Palestinians, the statement said, must refuse the call and stand in the face of…. Related: PA Elections Law (PDF)

Goods enter Gaza through single crossing
2/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The southernmost Gaza-Israel crossing terminal Kerem Shalom was opened by Israeli officials on Thursday, for an estimated 180-190 truckloads of goods. Raed Fattouh, Palestinian liaison official, said the shipment would include 20 new cars and 10 truckloads of cement and plastic pipes for the German Development Bank. Also for….

Main checkpoint in Nablus to come down
2/11/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Nablus Governor Jebrin Al-Bakri was informed by PA liaison officials that the Israeli military will begin immediately the removal of infrastructure for the Huwwara and Beit Furik checkpoints. Al-Bakri told Ma’an that the news came early Thursday morning, and that the deconstructions would include the removal of dozens of….

Israeli woman gives birth at Ramallah hospital
2/11/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — “I was happily surprised at how well the Palestinian nurses and doctors treated me here, in fact I feel pampered,” new mother Nisreen, a Jewish citizen of Israel, told Ma’an Wednesday night after delivering her first child in a Ramallah hospital. She had been out shopping with her husband….

Report: Israel says ready for Friday protests
2/11/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli security forces are preparing for “any fallout” from the mass protests in Tunis and Egypt, an Israeli official told the Hebrew-language website Enyan Merkazi. Police, border guards, army, intelligence forces, and the Mossad are on alert, according to the report. With Facebook groups calling for protests Friday, against both the….

Israeli army releases An-Najjah professor
2/10/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Ahrar Prisoners Center in Nablus announced Thursday the release of An-Najah professor Mohammad As-Slebi, 62, following 14 months of administrative detention in an Israeli prison. As-Sleibi was detained at the Allenby bridge in his way home from the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on 13 December 2009, and had been….

US ties Lebanese bank to money laundering, Hezbollah
2/10/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States accused a Lebanese bank Thursday of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in drug proceeds from a cocaine trafficker with ties to the militant group Hezbollah. The Treasury said it was seeking to bar US financial institutions from doing business with the Beirut-based Lebanese Canadian Bank, designating it a “primary….

Lieberman threatens to dissolve govt over bill
2/11/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he will aggressively pursue a right-wing agenda and consider dissolving parliament if other coalition parties fail to back the initiatives, Channel 10 reported Wednesday night. Speaking at a closed conference of his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, Lieberman was said to have told members that….

Egypt revolt set to flare as Mubarak clings to power
2/11/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Furious Egyptian demonstrators vowed to launch their most spectacular protest yet in Cairo on Friday to demand the immediate departure of President Hosni Mubarak and his newly anointed deputy. Many tens of thousands of citizens thronged Tahrir Square in the heart of the capital on Thursday, expecting to hear the 82-year-old strongman….

Live report: Obama says ‘there is no going back’
2/11/2011 – CAIRO — 0101 GMT: Obama says the voices of the Egyptian people must be heard and that they have made it clear “there is no going back to the way things were. Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people.”The American president added: “In these difficult times, I know the….

Egyptian cyber activist: ‘Mission accomplished’
2/11/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s most famous cyber activist, Google marketing executive Wael Ghonim, appeared convinced Thursday that President Hosni Mubarak had fallen, telling his followers: “Mission Accomplished.” The 30-year-old pro-democracy activist shot to fame this week when he was released after being held blindfold for 12 days and it was revealed he was….

France wants Egypt democracy, not Iran-style ‘dictatorship’
2/11/2011 – PARIS (AFP) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday he hoped Egypt will move towards democracy and not end up with Iran-style religious “dictatorship….

McCain slams ‘deeply unfortunate’ Mubarak speech
2/11/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Senator John McCain on Thursday condemned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s “deeply unfortunate and troubling” refusal to step down immediately and urged him to heed his people’s calls to quit power….

ElBaradei warns Egypt will ‘explode’
2/11/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Leading Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei warned on Thursday that Egypt was about to “explode” and called on the army to intervene after President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down….

German FM: Mubarak speech ‘not the hoped for step forward’
2/11/2011 – NEW YORK (AFP) — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Thursday said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s speech “was not the hoped for step foward….

Egypt ambassador: Suleiman is ‘de facto head of state’
2/11/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Vice President Omar Suleiman is the “de facto head of state” of Egypt, the Egyptian ambassador to the United States said Thursday after President Hosni Mubarak stopped short of stepping down….

Mubarak, 82, survived plots, but not his people
2/11/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — He survived 10 attempts on his life, and at 82 his health was a subject of speculation. But in the end, it was his subjects who brought down Egypt’s modern-day pharaoh. Late on Thursday, Mubarak said in a televised speech that he would hand over power to his deputy and former….

Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s spy chief, takes the helm
2/11/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Omar Suleiman, handed presidential powers Thursday, was Egypt’s intelligence chief before he came out of the shadows to be named President Hosni Mubarak’s first-ever deputy. More at home in a tailored suit than a military uniform, Suleiman — always impeccably dressed and sporting a groomed moustache — is regarded as a….

Dissident proposes national unity government in Egypt
2/11/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Leading Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei proposed Thursday that a three-person national unity government succeed President Hosni Mubarak and his deputy, and steer Egypt to democracy. In an interview with Foreign Policy Magazine, ElBaradei said the US-backed transition process led by Vice President Omar Suleiman will fail to take the country to democracy unless….

Australian PM says ‘change has to come’ in Egypt
2/11/2011 – SYDNEY (AFP) — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Friday said “change has to come” in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak refused to quit despite mass protests….

Obama: Egypt power transfer not enough
2/11/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama Thursday warned the transfer of some powers by Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak did not represent credible, concrete change and said Cairo must spell out a clear path to democracy….

Obama: Egypt must not resort to repression
2/11/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama on Thursday warned that Egypt’s government must not resort to “repression or brutality” following President Hosni Mubarak’s refusal to step down….

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood splits opinion
2/10/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — They have been hailed as “friends of the poor” but also branded “fanatics loyal to Iran”. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood — long considered the regime’s nemesis — divides public opinion. Despite being the country’s largest and most organised opposition force, the Brotherhood has kept a low profile during anti-government protests….

EU stands ready to help Egypt’s ‘deep democracy’
2/10/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The European Union stands ready to help Egypt’s “deep democracy”, the 27-nation bloc’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday….

Mubarak says will not accept ‘foreign diktats’
2/10/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday he would never accept “foreign diktats” in a televised speech to the nation following weeks of massive nationwide protests demanding his ouster….

Egypt’s Mubarak says transition to last until September
2/10/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday the political transition ending his 30-year-reign would last until September, in a televised address to the nation following two weeks of massive protests….

Tahrir Square crowd furious at Mubarak speech
2/10/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Protesters in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square reacted with fury on Thursday when President Hosni Mubarak failed to announce his immediate resignation, demanding the army join them in revolt….

Egypt’s powerful VP tells protesters to go home
2/10/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman on Thursday told street protesters and strikers to head home or back to work, in his first speech after President Hosni Mubarak delegated him presidential powers….

Palestine Note

The Future of Democracy in the Islamic World
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Online TV Shows by Ustream Popular uprisings in the Muslim world—Iran’s now-dormant Green Movement, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, and the still unfolding popular revolution in Egypt—and loud clamorings for change in Jordan, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, highlight…

Changes in Egypt could sweep across the entire Middle East, but not just yet
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Husni Mubarak lives in a world of fantasy. He must think it is still back in the 19th Century when the British Royalty dispatched their military to colonize and control countries. Mubarak must be hallucinating. I…

US escalates pressure on Egypt
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Al Jazeera – The embattled government of Egypt had not met even a minimum threshold of reforms demanded by the people of the country, the White House said on Wednesday, warning that massive protests will likely…

Egyptian unrest undermines Gaza tunnel business
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Alert Net – Unrest in Egypt has slowed the smuggling of some commercial goods into the neighboring Gaza Strip through border tunnels, a Palestinian smuggler said on Thursday. Stores in Egypt’s northern Sinai peninsula that supply…

Mubarak likely to quit, opponents fear coup
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Alert Net – Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak looked likely to step down on Thursday after the military high command took control of a nation gripped by more than two weeks of unprecedented protests in what some…

Take Me to the Revolution
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Amr Shalakany, New York Times – This was supposed to be Tunisia fast-forward. It took them about a month to oust their president, but to some of us it felt like Mubarak had pretty much left…

Wired and Shrewd, Young Egyptians Guide Revolt
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – New York Times – They were born roughly around the time that President Hosni Mubarak first came to power, most earned degrees from their country’s top universities and all have spent their adult lives bridling at…

Egypt’s Army Signals Transfer of Power
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – New York Times – President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt prepared to address the nation Thursday, with government officials indicating that they expected him to resign, and Egypt’s military announcing that it is intervening in state affairs…

U.S. says won’t let Mideast change threaten Israel
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Alert Net – The United States is committed to ensuring that political changes in the Middle East, including unrest in Egypt, do not threaten Israel, the U.S. deputy secretary of state said on Thursday. Whatever government…

Egypt Nobel laureate Zewail urges Mubarak to go now
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Al Arabiya – Egyptian scientist Ahmed Zewail once received a medal from President Hosni Mubarak. Now, he says, it’s time for the Egyptian leader to heed the demonstrators clamoring for his departure. “He should step down…

Egypt-inspired protests spread to Caucasus, raising tensions
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Los Angeles Times – Opposition groups in Azerbaijan are calling for the release of a 20-year-old political activist who was arrested last week after posting a message on his Facebook page calling for Egypt-style protests in…

Rappers and musicians inspired by uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Los Angeles Times – Sometimes, art imitates life, but other times it struggles just to keep up. So perhaps it is fitting that one of the most popular new songs dedicated to the uprising in Egypt…

‘Saudi king told Obama he’d fund Mubarak if U.S. halted Egypt aid’
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Haaretz – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah told U.S. President Barack Obama that his country would prop up Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak if the United States withdrew its aid program, The Times said on Thursday. Abdullah told…

Main checkpoint in Nablus to come down
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – Nablus Governor Jebrin Al-Bakri was informed by PA liaison officials that the Israeli military will begin immediately the removal of infrastructure for the Huwwara and Beit Furik checkpoints. Al-Bakri told Ma’an that the news…

Mubarak Expected to Step Down
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – Wall Street Journal – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to step aside Thursday evening, the head of the country’s ruling party said, conceding the main demand of protesters gathered in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Read…

Arab Markets Losing Billions
Palestine Note 10 Feb 2011 – But how will it affect political stability in the region? New York Times – Arab stock exchanges lost nearly $50 billion in the last week of January alone as political unrest escalated in Tunisia and Egypt ,…

Aljazeera

Mubarak stays, Egypt erupts in rage
AlJazeera 10 Feb 2011 – Egyptian leader disappointed and enraged pro-democracy protesters when he did not announce he would quit as they hoped.

Indonesian cleric’s trial adjourned
AlJazeera 10 Feb 2011 – Abu Bakar Bashir faces fresh charges including helping establish terror training camp and funding terror organisations.

US escalates pressure on Egypt
AlJazeera 10 Feb 2011 – Egyptian foreign minister says Washington seemed to be trying to impose its will on Cairo.

Palestine News Network

UK Foreign Secretary:” It is not Immediately Clear What Powers are Being Handed Over”
PNN – London — PNN — In a first reaction to Egyptian President Mubarak, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said that UK is seeking a peaceful solution to the situation in Egypt. Hague told…

Mubarak Hand over Power to VP Omer Suleiman; Protesters Demand his Removal
PNN – Cairo- PNN- The Egyptian President Husni Mubarak announced on Thursday night that he will hand over his responsibilities to the newly appointed Vice President Omer Suleiman soon, but will continue as the…

Hundreds of Thousands in Tahrir Square Await Mubarak’s Farwell Speech
PNN – Cairo — PNN – Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian protesters stood in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Thursday night, awaiting what many have reported to be embattled President Hosni Mubarak’s final speech before…

In Wake of Fourth Demolition, Tana Villagers Vow to Rebuild
PNN – Nablus — PNN – On Wednesday, Israeli army bulldozers demolished all but the mosque in the tiny village of Tana, east of Nablus, because it did not have the required permits. On…

DCI: Report to UN Exposes Israel?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Systematic Torture and Ill-treatment of Children
PNN – Ramallah — DCI to PNN — after releasing a report this week documenting torture and Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli detention centers, Defence for Children International -Palestine Section have asked the…

Israeli Woman Gave Birth in Ramallah
PNN – PNN — Ramallah — Palestinian Health officials announced that an Israeli-Jewish woman delivered a baby boy in the Medical compound of the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday. Even though…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03 — 09 February 2011)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Egypt’s Mubarak stays in post, hands powers to VP
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – Protesters warn country could explode in violence, plead for military to take action; Several hundred thousand gather in Tahrir Square; ElBaradei also calls on army to interfere; Mubarak promises free, fair elections.

Obama on Egypt: World witnessing history unfold
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – US president calls for “orderly and genuine” transition to democracy in Egypt amid claims that president Mubarak will step down.

UN agency disavows video venerating terrorist
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – Representative from UN Population Fund tells ‘Post’ campaign which deems female Palestinian terrorist a “model woman” disavowed.

‘Iran opposition leader under house arrest’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – Mahdi Karroubi’s website says officers stationed at his Teheran home because of calls for rally in support of demonstrations in Egypt, Tunisia.

Barak on Shoah: Strong Israel is vengeance of the dead
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – Defense secretary in UN ceremony for int’l Holocaust memorial day says “we have responsibility to protect it for future generations.”

Egypt military officials: Mubarak expected to step down
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – CIA chief says there is “strong likelihood” president will meet protester demands; hundreds and thousands gather in Cairo saying “the people want end of the regime” and “Allahu akbar.”

‘Lebanese bank funding group linked to Hizbullah’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – US Treasury says bank laundering millions of dollars in drug money for drug trafficking group with ties to terror organization.

Thousands of workers strike to join Egypt protests
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – Doctors, lawyers leave work for second day to join anti-gov’t protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as protests enter 17th day; crowds gather in Suez Canal city angry at lack of housing.

The Weekly Schmooze: Guidos ‘heart’ Jewish girls
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – A ‘Jpost’ column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Jews in Super Bowl ads; Israel beats the Zombie Apocalypse.

Rabbi Moti Elon to be charged with sex crimes
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – After police investigation, file submitted to J’lem District Prosecutors; decision to press charges comes six months later.

The Palestinian Ghandi
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – Sari Nusseibeh urges combatants in the local conflict to affirm their common humanity, choosing life over rocks.

‘Saudi Arabia: We’ll support Egypt if US cuts aid’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – Abdullah speaks with Obama, tells him not to humiliate Mubarak, will prop up his regime if Washington withdraws its support, ‘Times’ reports.

Google executive: Time for talks in Egypt has passed
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – Wael Ghonim tells CNN Muslim Brotherhood “not involved” in revolution, describes being “super-scared” during 12-day detention.

Former CIA head on Egypt: US response ‘uncertain’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – In an interview on the sidelines of the Herzliya Conference, R. James Woolsey tells JPost.com, “it’s not clear how one ought to behave.”

Tunisia, Egypt top agenda at French Jewish event
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – CRIF guest of honor Sarkozy notes that popular uprisings didn’t have anti-Israel, anti-West or radical Islamic overtones.

Palestinians: 1st Jewish baby born in Ramallah hospital
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – PA health minister says mother declined transfer to Israeli hospital; baby is born premature, official Palestinian news agency reports.

Thessaloniki mayor hopes to attract Israeli tourists
Jeruslalem Post 10 Feb 2011 – “We cannot look into the future without knowing the past. Not for nothing was it called the Jerusalem of the Balkans.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah swears in new Cabinet
Jeruslalem Post 9 Feb 2011 – Reshuffle follows protests by thousands of Jordanians demanding jobs, reduced prices of food and fuel and change to election law.

Ha’aretz Defense page

Greece vows to help Israel gain access to European markets
Ha’aretz – Papandreou tells visiting U.S. Jewish leaders that such a move would be vital for both Israel’s economy and strategic security.

Israel urges U.S. to reaffirm support in light of Egypt unrest
Ha’aretz – U.S. officials meeting Barak stress administration’s ‘unshakeable’ commitment; Israeli envoy: Foreign aid to Israel can’t be taken for granted.

Ha’aretz National page

Israel decides not to deport partner of slain gay youth
Ha’aretz – Interior Ministry had previously notified Thomas Schmidt that he must leave by February 20, but rescinded order in response to public outcry.

Haifa chief rabbi faces indictment over bribes-for-degrees scam
Ha’aretz – Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen is one of several rabbis suspected of granting fictitious academic degrees for money.

Benny Gantz approved as Israel’s new army chief
Ha’aretz – Turkel Committee affirms Gantz’s suitability after the first candidate for the position, Yoav Galant, was disqualified for the position on Tuesday.

Israeli university lecturer says denied promotion for being ‘too leftist’
Ha’aretz – Bar Ilan’s promotions committee also ruled against elevating Dr. Menachem Klein to the rank of professor five years ago.

Tel Aviv police arrest three on suspicion of forcing tourist into prostitution
Ha’aretz – Three men allegedly jailed the woman in a hotel room once she landed in Israel from Ecuador and forced her to work as a prostitute for them.

Palestine Telegraph

Why would Israel bomb Medical Supplies Factory in Gaza?
10 Feb 2011 – London, (Pal telegraph) – Israel has intentionally dropped two large bombs on the AL-Qerem Medical Supplies Factory in Jabalya, Gaza.

Palestinians denied entry into Egypt
10 Feb 2011 – Gaza strip, (Pal Telegraph) -The permanent Palestinian representative at the Arab League and Ambassador of Palestine to Egypt, Barakat Al-Fara announced earlier that the Egyptian authoritiesallowed access to Egyptian territories according to particular instructions preventing many Palestinians from entering.

Four Palestinians detained by Israeli army in Hebron
10 Feb 2011 – West Bank, (Pal telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained Thursday four Palestinians from Hebron city in the occupied West bank.

Uruknet

Mubarak stays, Egypt erupts in rage
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, provoked rage on the country’s streets when he said he would hand some powers to his deputy, but disappointed protesters who had been expecting him to announce his resignation all together after more than two weeks of unrest. “Leave! Leave!” chanted thousands who had gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on…

The Revolt in Egypt is Coming Home
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – The uprising in Egypt is our theatre of the possible. It is what people across the world have struggled for and their thought controllers have feared. Western commentators invariably misuse the words “we” and “us” to speak on behalf of those with power who see the rest of humanity as useful or expendable. The “we”…

Striking Egyptian Workers Fuel the Uprising After 10 Years of Labor Organizing
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – Egypt’s pro-democracy uprising is surging after striking workers joined in the protests nationwide. Thousands of Egyptian workers walked off the job Wednesday demanding better wages and benefits. Strikes were reported in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and the Suez Canal. We speak to Stanford University Professor Joel Beinin, who, as the former director of Middle East Studies…

New Gaza factory, jobs destroyed in Israeli attack
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – “I still cannot believe my eyes as I see the machines of our new factory, scattered to all corners,” said Rabah al-Hatto as he surveyed the rubble of his recently-established plastic water tank factory in northeast Gaza, which was bombed by Israeli warplanes early yesterday. “What have I and the twenty workers here done to…

Egypt: Not Yet a Revolution
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – …Imperialist politics have matured greatly in the past forty years. The practice of unilateral support for autocrats is over; now imperialists will lean on both camps and adjust their position as a situation develops. Imperialism must be unequivocally denounced. We should not simply react in a populist fashion. We need to point out that the…

Egypt’s Focus Largely Ignores Palestine
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – In fact, repression throughout the Middle East is largely ignored except some reporting on protests in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, and Algeria, but they’ve faded with focus mainly on Egypt. Though important, most Arabs live in 21 other countries and territories from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Horn…

Mubarak says he will not resign until September
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – After a day of rumors fed by major news networks citing officials from the US and Cairo claiming Hosni Mubarak would resign, Egypt’s president addressed the nation and reiterated his intent to hold the post until September. “Your demands are lawful and legitimate,” he said to protesters in Tahrir Square, as chants of “GET OUT!…

In Egypt, Protests Undimmed, as Mubarak Prepares to Cede Power, Torture Stories Emerge and the Revolution Finds a Hero in Wael Ghonim
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – For the last week, while I was in Poland, on a tour of the film “Outside the Law: Stories from Guant?°namo” (which I co-directed with Polly Nash), I was, sadly, unable to keep up with the news from Egypt, although I was deeply reassured to learn, through the occasional Internet search, that the people’s revolution…

Protests shake Algerian regime
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – A national strike by health workers continued yesterday against the military regime of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as protests by unemployed youth and workers spread throughout the country. The Bouteflika regime has been shaken by the wave of revolutionary workers’ struggles taking place across North Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Egypt and Tunisia….

Gaza vulnerable despite resumption of Egyptian petrol deliveries
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – Despite ongoing protests calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s immediate resignation, petrol is once again flowing through the tunnels from Egypt into Gaza after supplies were cut for a week due to the unrest, according to the Palestinian General Petroleum Corporation. The corporation reports that almost one million tons of diesel has been pumped under…

A Cry for Help from Guant?°namo: Adnan Latif Asks, “Who Is Going to Rescue Me From the Injustice and the Torture I Am Enduring?”
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – In the litany of injustices that still permeate the “War on Terror” prison at Guant?°namo — including President Obama’s decision to hold 47 men indefinitely without charge or trial, the resistance by lawmakers to proposals to free prisoners cleared for release by the President’s Guant?°namo Review Task Force, or to allow federal court trials for…

Lieberman threatens to dissolve govt over bill
Uruknet February 10, 2011 — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he will aggressively pursue a right-wing agenda and consider dissolving parliament if other coalition parties fail to back the initiatives, Channel 10 reported Wednesday night. Speaking at a closed conference of his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, Lieberman was said to have told members that he intended to “go all the…

State TV: Mubarak to address nation Thursday night
Uruknet February 10, 2011 — State TV says President Hosni Mubarak will speak to the nation Thursday night from his palace in Cairo. The announcement comes after Egypt’s military proclaimed on national television that it stepped in to “safeguard the country” and assured protesters that Mubarak will meet their demands. In Washington, the CIA chief said there was a “strong…

CIA chief: ‘Strong likelihood’ Mubarak will resign
Uruknet February 10, 2011 – Egypt’s military announced on national television that it has stepped in to “safeguard the country” on Thursday and assured protesters that President Hosni Mubarak will meet their demands in the strongest indication yet that Egypt’s longtime leader has lost power. In Washington, CIA chief Leon Panetta said there is a “strong likelihood” Mubarak will step…

Israeli army represses Palestinian dissent by arresting children at 3am (Part 1)
Uruknet February 9, 2011 – “They come for our woman and our children,” Bassem Tamimi, the leader of the Popular Committee of Nabi Saleh recently told me, “they [the Israeli army] know that woman are half our population and half our strength and so they target them along with the children.” Tamimi, a gentle man with a warm smile spoke…

Rendition: America’s Torturers for Hire in Egypt
Uruknet February 9, 2011 – At a February 4 press conference, U.S. President Barack Obama said about the Mubarak government’s response to the protests, “Suppression is not going to work. Engaging in violence is not going to work.” Obama and other U.S. officials are now condemning the thuggish nature of the Mubarak regime—but the indisputable fact is that the U.S….

Israel’s whitewash report into the Mavi Marmara massacre
Uruknet February 9, 2011 – Computer programmers talk of garbage in, garbage out. While perhaps not precisely the right word for the data given and used by the Turkel Commission, the analogy holds reasonably well. Turkel has heard from some of the great and the bad of Israel and looked at documents from Israeli sources but has only listened to…

The National

UN extends emergency aid to drought-hit Syria
The National 11 Feb 2011 – UN’s World Food Programme seeking additional $16.5m needed to feed 300,000 vulnerable people, including 47,000 children under five who are surviving on little more than bread and tea.

Egypt’s military steps in as Mubarak totters
The National 11 Feb 2011 – Egyptian TV interrupts programming to show senior military officers who said army ‘will examine measures to be taken to protect nation’, as official says Mubarak will ‘probably’ step down

Mubarak refuses to stand down
The National 11 Feb 2011 – Scenes of shock and anger in Tahrir Square as Egypt’s president says in television speech that he will remain in office until September.

Alternative Information Center

EU-Israel Data-Sharing Plan Condemned
Alternative Information Center – The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today condemned the decision of the European Commission which stated that “Israel provides an adequate level of protection of personal data”, thus giving the green light for “the transfer of…

Levelling the Scales by Force: Thoughts on Normalisation in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Alternative Information Center – The BDS campaign, then, is the only way for the Israeli community — and the world — to truly see, experience, andknow what their government is doing in Palestine. Our responsibilities to the truth, both as…

Wikileaks: Economic Reasons Behind the Siege on Gaza
Alternative Information Center – The ripple effects of the Wikileaks documents are still being felt, but until recently Israeli officials continued to boast that the documents were ‘good for Israel’ .

Situation in Gaza Worsens with 45% Unemployment
Alternative Information Center – The unemployment rate in Gaza is steadily increasing and is currently at 45.4%, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told reporters in Gaza City on Wednesday.

Daily Star

Rage on the Nile
Daily Star 10 Feb 2011 American President Barack Obama held an emergency meeting of his national security team Thursday, as tensions soared in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak defied mass demands for his resignation. Though Obama did not make any immediate…

Western leaders troubled by Mubarak’s defiance
Daily Star 10 Feb 2011 American President Barack Obama held an emergency meeting of his national security team Thursday, as tensions soared in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak defied mass demands for his resignation. Though Obama did not make any immediate…

Protesters defiant as Mubarak refuses to quit
Daily Star 10 Feb 2011 President Hosni Mubarak provoked rage on Egypt’s streets Thursday when he said he would hand powers to his deputy, disappointing protesters who had been expecting him to step down altogether after two weeks of unrest.

One-man rule ends, but Mubarak clings to power
Daily Star 10 Feb 2011 CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt for 30 years and a staunch ally of the United States, handed power to his deputy Thursday. He ended his one-man rule but has not quit his post. His ignominious…

Omar Suleiman steps in as Egypt’s ‘de-facto president’
Daily Star 10 Feb 2011 CAIRO: The confrontation between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and a million or more of his compatriots has brought long-serving intelligence chief and newly empowered vice president Omar Suleiman out of the shadows. Mubarak said Thursday he…

The Guardian

WikiLeaks reveals degree of Durham University’s involvement in Iran | Ian Black
The Guardian 10 Feb 2011 – The US embassy was ‘impressed’ by the ‘political cover’ Durham could generate — but the university’s students are less so A weekly look at the Middle East, focusing on some of the issues and debates that…

Crossing borders: the long, lonely walk to Gaza
The Guardian 10 Feb 2011 – Passing through the Erez terminal between Israel and Gaza is an unnerving experience, however many times I do it I’ve been in Gaza this week, and – as always — found the experience of crossing from…

Relief Web

CIDA, SIDA, Netherlands and BCPR funds “The Justice for the Future” project for OPT
Relief Web 10 Feb 2011 – Source: UN Development Programme

OPT/Khirbet Tana: Large-scale demolitions for the third time in just over a year
Relief Web 10 Feb 2011 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Gaza unemployment reaches 45 per cent, says UNRWA
Relief Web 10 Feb 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Inter Press Service

EGYPT: Labour Unrest Feeds Growing Protests
IPS With international press coverage focused almost entirely on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, few outsiders have grasped the scale of Egypt’s popular uprising, now in its third week. But massive demonstrations, and pitched battles between pro- democracy protesters and the regime’s security forces, are taking place in every corner of the country….

Jordan Feels a Jolt
IPS The wave of political protests that has struck parts of the Middle East and North Africa over the past few weeks has also affected the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The protest movement here, initiated in the wake of the Tunisian Jasmine revolution, underscores the population’s demand for political reform.

YNet News

Rabbi Motti Elon to be indicted for sexual offences
YNet News – Jerusalem Prosecutor’s Office tells Rabbi Motti Elon that it is set to file….

WikilLeaks: Syria tried to sabotage Shalit deal
YNet News – In 2009 conversation with US general, Egyptian President Mubarak claimed that….

Clinton pledges commitment to Israel’s security
YNet News – In meetings with senior US government officials, Defense Minister Ehud Barak….

Barak: Up to Egyptians to find their way
YNet News – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday it was up to the Egyptian people to find their way ahead according to the country’s constitution. Speaking to …….

Mubarak says to transfer power but not resigning
YNet News – Hosni Mubarak, struggling to cling on as Egypt’s president in the face of unprecedented protests over poverty, corruption and oppression, said on Thursday he would …….

Reports: Mubarak might step down tonight
YNet News – Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak will “most probably” step down, an Egyptian official told Reuters on Thursday after unprecedented nationwide protests against Mubarak’s …….

Ashkenazi: Keep Israel strong in changing Mideast
YNet News – “Lately we have been experiencing major changes around us, which thicken the fog in the Middle East’s skies. Our duty is to keep the State of Israel strong and ready, and …….

Israeli gives birth in Palestinian hospital
YNet News – An Israeli woman has given birth in a Palestinian hospital – an extremely rare occurrence that won her flowers and a handwritten note from the Palestinian president. …….

Palestinian Information Center

Concocting elections to regain lost legitimacy
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – Frustrated by the utter lack of progress in the manifestly futile peace process the American-backed PA has once again designated a date for holding general elections..

Report: IOA arrested 12,000 Palestinian females since 1967
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – The IOA has arrested 12,000 Palestinian females since its occupation of the remaining Palestinian lands in 1967, Abdul Nasser Farwana, a researcher in prisoners affairs, said.

Jews and three right-wing Israeli ministers desecrate Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – Hundreds of extremist Jewish settlers and three ministers desecrated last night Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus city and some of them caused havoc in a nearby Palestinian girl school.

IOF troops desecrate mosque, detain West Bankers
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) broke into an ancient mosque in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus, and rounded up seven Palestinians in various West Bank areas at dawn Thursday.

Israeli Army occupies roof in Silwan
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – The Israeli Army has occupied the roof of a Palestinian building in East Jerusalem’s Silwan district.

Resheq: Call for elections without national consensus rejected
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – Ezzet Al-Resheq said that the call for local elections on the part of Salam Fayyad was an attempt to preoccupy the public opinion away from the serious information leaked recently.

Tadhamon: Israel demolishes 27 Palestinian structures in January
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – A report issued by the Tadhamon (Solidarity) human rights group says Israel leveled 27 structures in the West Bank during January.

Internet groups launch campaign against Abbas’s regime in W. Bank
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – Many Palestinian bloggers have launched lately online forums and pages aimed at rallying West Bankers against Mahmoud Abbas and his repressive authority in Ramallah city.

Justice ministry: WB elections null and void
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – The justice ministry in Gaza has lashed out at the illegitimate Ramallah government of Salam Fayyad for calling for local elections next July, describing the process as null and void.

IOF arrests three minors in Silwan on Wednesday
PIC 10 Feb 2011 – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed several neighborhoods in the East Jerusalem district of Silwan Wednesday morning arresting three minors.

Los Angeles Times

Hosni Mubarak to address Egypt; protesters are told demands will be met
LA Times 10 Feb 2011 – A general tells protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that their demands will be met, and the military says it is taking the ‘necessary measures to protect the nation and support the legitimate demands of the people.’ Protesters have been adamant that Hosni Mubarak step down. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to address his nation within hours following an announcement Thursday from a general to thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that their demands would be met.

Omar Suleiman warns of coup as tension rises between Egyptian demonstrators, army
LA Times 10 Feb 2011 – Protesters occupy new territory near the Egyptian parliament building, sparking a temporary confrontation with troops. Vice President Omar Suleiman warns of tougher measures to prevent a possible coup. Egypt’s government and protesters edged closer to violent confrontation Wednesday as demonstrators escalated their tactics and the vice president warned of a coup if the unrest continued, saying protests must end or “the dark bats of the night” would emerge to terrorize the nation.

Victims’ mothers drawn into Egypt protests
LA Times 9 Feb 2011 – ‘Egypt is my real mother. I must go save her,’ said one of the men killed in the early days of the protests. Organizers are using images of the ‘martyrs’ and their mothers to keep passions stoked. Day laborer Mohammed Badr clearly didn’t expect trouble when he left home to join the pro-democracy protests in Tahrir Square early on Jan. 29. He took his 5-year-old son, Mahmoud, and promised to return for dinner.

New York Times

Mubarak Refuses to Step Down
New York Times 10 Feb 2011 – President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt told the Egyptian people Thursday that he would delegate more authority to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but that he would not resign his post.

Iran Presses Opposition to Refrain From Rally
New York Times 10 Feb 2011 – The government is increasing pressure on political opposition leaders who want to stage a rally in support of the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt.

Syria Restores Access to Facebook and YouTube
New York Times 10 Feb 2011 – Human rights advocates greeted the change guardedly, warning that the government might try to monitor activity on social networking sites.

Misc

Live Blogging Mubarak’s Speech
Tikun Olam – Al Jazeera screen grab of aftermath of Mubarak’s defiant refusal to leave What? What is this guy thinking? Over the past few hours the international media has trumpeted the likelihood that Hosni Mubarak will resign. I’m watching his speech and unless he’s got a rabbit in…

Revolutionary thought
Mondoweiss – For years my main reservation about the one-state/binational solution for Israel/Palestine was that realists said that even if democracy is the right thing, it would take years of bloodshed to get there. And I have given that argument weight. Did anyone think that Egypt could get…

The Palestine Cables: Egyptian VP Suleiman, Israel’s favorite, wants ‘Gaza to go ‘hungry’ but not ‘starve”
Mondoweiss – The Israeli establishment is pleased to see that Omar Suleiman, the former head of Egypt’s intelligence services who was recently appointed to be Egypt’s first vice president, is angling to continue the Mubarak regime. As reports circulate that Hosni Mubarak may step down tonight, examining Suleiman,…

The Egyptian uprising is united in one goal — Remove the Mubarak regime
Mondoweiss – “Go to Tel Aviv, They like you over there” (Photo: Hossam El Hamalawy ) 9th February, Downtown Cairo It’s not Facebook, or Twitter, or the Muslim Brotherhood, or the middle class, or Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, the CIA, Mossad, Saudi, the PA, Timbuktu OR the illuminati! Read the…

Crash on the Nile— Mubarak isn’t stepping down!
Mondoweiss – @import “http://embed.tweetizen.com/embed.css”; Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Live video of Tahrir Square from MSNBC Update: Well you heard the speech. He owes it to the minds of the unborn not to step down? Now how can he trust anyone…

Getting to know the ‘son of Egypt,’ Wael Ghonim
Mondoweiss – “No one is going to go against our desire. We are getting back our country,” Wael Ghonim declared on CNN last night, and today the 30-year-old Google executive is arguably the most powerful man in Egypt. Ghonim’s spectacular interview on Egyptian TV Monday night hours after…

IDF Needs a Few Good Hasbara Hackers
Tikun Olam – ‘It ain’t over till the fat man hacks’ (Avi Moalem) A common ad slogan a few years back for U.S. Army recruitment was: “the Army needs of few good men.” The IDF doesn’t care if you’re a man or you’re good, but they do want you…

Campaign Launched to Counter Israeli Impunity
Palestine Monitor – The Israeli military has benefited from a system of impunity, in which Palestinians are unable to bring suit against the murderers of their sons, daughters, fathers and mothers due to the high cost for foreigners to participate in Israeli courts. Now, a new collection fund hopes…

Seattle Evening for Egyptian Revolution
Tikun Olam – An Egyptian Muslim and Copt borne aloft in Tahrir Square (Amel Pain/ EPA) If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I hope you can join us in a program of affirmation for the Egyptian Revolution, which I’ve organized (the program, not the Revolution) with the St….

PA security forces targeting Egypt-supporting Palestinians
Palestine Monitor – Peaceful demonstrators targeted by Palestinian Authority security forces during a demonstration in support of the Egyptian uprising.

Hamas and PLO suppress solidarity action for Egypt
WSWS – Both the Islamist Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization have suppressed solidarity actions for Egypt.

Misc 2

Exclusive Video: Israeli army arrests 11-year-old in broad daylight (Part 2)
Joseph Dana 10 Feb 2011 – Yesterday, I posted two videos of January 2011 night raids in Nabi Saleh. The videos were taken during a ‘mapping operation’ conducted by the Israeli army. The operation was to photograph and catalogue all the male children in the village. There is no violence, just violation….

Egypt’s Mubarak refuses to quit
BBC 10 Feb 2011 – Egypt’s President Mubarak defies protesters by insisting he will stay in office and transfer all power only after September’s presidential election.

Iran ‘house arrest’ for Karroubi
BBC 10 Feb 2011 – Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has been put under house arrest, his website says, after he called for a rally in support of Egypt and Tunisia’s popular uprisings.

Egypt markets ‘working normally’
BBC 10 Feb 2011 – The Egyptian stock exchange is functioning in “a normal fashion,” the deputy governor of the Egyptian Central Bank tells BBC News.

New Jordan cabinet after protests
BBC 10 Feb 2011 – King Abdullah of Jordan swears in a new cabinet after nationwide protests inspired by the unrest in Tunisia and Egypt.

The Revolt in Egypt is Coming Home
Antiwar.com 10 Feb 2011 – John Pilger warns the West’s ‘democrats’

Hungry Gazans Feed Egyptian Troops
Antiwar.com 10 Feb 2011 – RAFAH — Mustapha Suleiman, 27, from J Block east of the Rafah crossing with Egypt, crosses through gaps in the iron fence on the border carrying bread, water, meat cans and a handful of vegetables for Egyptian soldiers stationed on the other side. “Whatever you offer…

Behind the Spin, Egypt Gives Tehran Political Heartburn
Antiwar.com 10 Feb 2011 – Judging from official propaganda in both Iran and much of the Arab world, the uprisings that toppled Tunisia’s dictatorship and threaten Egypt’s authoritarian regime are the direct descendent of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. For the Iranians, that analysis is a boast; for the Arabs, it is…

Muslims and Christians Protest as One
Antiwar.com 10 Feb 2011 – CAIRO — Over recent years, Egypt has witnessed mounting tension between its Muslim majority and its sizeable Coptic Christian minority. But in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the site of ongoing mass protests against the ruling regime, members of both faiths chant in unison: “Muslim, Christian, doesn’t matter;…

Egypt’s Focus Largely Ignores Palestine
Sabbah report 10 Feb 2011 – Washington and Israel especially remain deeply hostile to Arab nationalism and attempts to unify Arabs politically. Their goal, in fact, is divide, conquer and control, redrawing the Middle East to suit imperial, not Arab interests. They thrive on Arab fragmentation, collective inaction, and military and economic…

President Obama: Israel, Please Tell Me What To Do About Egypt
Sabbah report 10 Feb 2011 – What will you tell the Egyptian mothers of the slain? That their sons and daughters were killed for the higher cause of Israel’s security and the stability of Arab tyrants? Did you not win the Noble Prize for Peace?Yet you support the real terrorists in Israel…

Articles


The Middle East does not need stability
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive2/10/2011
When a tank enters a residential neighborhood, sows fear and destruction, and the local kids throw stones at it, what is this called? “Disturbing the peace.” And what do you call the detention of those stone-throwers, allowing the tank to continue on its way without any more trouble? “Restoring order.”
That is how we have shaped our disgustingly laundered language to serve our one and only narrative; how we would describe to ourselves the misleading reality in which we live. Meanwhile, tanks are no longer entering residential areas; order is somehow being maintained in the territories without them. The occupier oppresses, the occupied people overcome their instincts and their struggle, and good order is maintained — for now. Stability.
Egypt also suddenly dared to “disturb the peace.” Its people, who have had enough of the country’s corrupt government and the tyrannical silencing of their voices, have taken to the streets. Riots. The Western world, including Israel, has tensed in the face of this great danger — the stability in the Middle East is about to be undermined.
Indeed, that stability should be undermined. The stability in the region, something which Westerners and Israelis have come to yearn, merely means perpetuating the status quo. That situation might be good for Israel and the West, but it is very bad for the millions of people who have had to pay the price. Maintaining Mideast stability means perpetuating the intolerable situation by which some 2.5 million Palestinians exist without any rights under the heel of Israeli rule; and another few million Palestinian refugees from the war of 1948 are living in camps in Arab countries, where they also lack any rights, hope, livelihood and dignity. — See also: Source more.. e-mail

Wikileaks: Economic Reasons Behind the Siege on Gaza
Shir Hever, JNews, Alternative Information Center2/10/2011
Israel uses the banking system in Gaza to increase the political influence of the PA in Gaza, by attempting to starve the Hamas government of cash.
The ripple effects of the Wikileaks documents are still being felt, but until recently Israeli officials continued to boast that the documents were ‘good for Israel’.
As opposed to the way the Palestinian Authority (PA) was portrayed in leaked cables, leading to scandalous revelations, for a while Israel suffered no such scandal from the documents pertaining to its conduct. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even came out in support of the leak of the papers, suggesting that the documents can do no harm to Israel’s foreign policy.
He spoke too soon. More recent cables have provided unflattering revelations about Israel’s policies in the Gaza Strip, quoting Israeli officials spelling out their attempts to keep the Gaza Strip on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe. They have also described how corruption is rife at the checkpoints through which goods are brought into Gaza.
Yet this information failed to shock. It was already well-known and widely reported by UN bodies, NGOs, scholars and journalists.
One cable, however, does contain some new information and has so far received no coverage at all.
The cable, titled “Shin Bet Talks Gaza Economics,” was written by David R. Burnett, Economic Counselor in the US embassy in Tel Aviv. It describes a briefing given to Embassy officials by senior members of the Israeli Shin Bet…. more.. e-mail

Tahrir Square, Jerusalem
Marc H. Ellis, CounterPunch2/10/2011
I doubt many Egyptians in Tahrir Square think that they are striking a blow for Jewish freedom. They are. Just maybe the Egyptian revolution will be the blow that breaks the our camel’s back. Or rather our new found empire’s back, which isn’t good for anyone, including us Jews.
You see for decades now we Jews have been stuck in the empire rut, thinking that only power will save us. This is true especially in Israel but many American Jews have the same view. Since we’ve been without power for so long it’s understandable that we would feast on such a notion. Now we’re clinging to power for dear life. On a life raft in a stormy sea.
Sometimes life’s like that. You’re in an emergency. All hands on deck. Cast your fear to the wind and hope for the best.
When the state of emergency becomes the normal state of affairs, however, there aren’t enough life rafts in the world to save your skin.
Israel is a mini-empire joined at the hip with the American empire. The same hip that Mubarak is joined to. Jordan, too. The list is long.
The truth is that many Jews don’t like being joined at the hip of any empire. You see, empires tend to be more alike than different. Egypt and Israel are more alike than Jews would like to admit. Maybe more than Egyptians would like to admit.
All of us like to think we’re special. Each empire’s boast its specialness. Shall we go through the roster of those “special” empire’s that are now grouped under the same banner by historians from every land? more.. e-mail

New Gaza factory, jobs destroyed in Israeli attack
Electronic Intifada: 10 Feb 2011 – “I still cannot believe my eyes as I see the machines of our new factory, scattered to all corners,” said Rabah al-Hatto as he surveyed the rubble of his recently-established plastic water tank factory in northeast Gaza, which was bombed by Israeli warplanes early yesterday.more

Groups warn of humanitarian consequences of Gaza closure
Electronic Intifada: 10 Feb 2011 – GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IRIN) – Despite ongoing protests calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s immediate resignation, petrol is once again flowing through the tunnels from Egypt into Gaza after supplies were cut for a week due to the unrest, according to the Palestinian General Petroleum Corporation.more

Palestinians in Gaza feed Egyptian troops
Electronic Intifada: 10 Feb 2011 – RAFAH, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) – Mustapha Suleiman, 27, from J Block east of the Rafah crossing with Egypt, crosses through gaps in the iron fence on the border carrying bread, water, cans of meat and a handful of vegetables for Egyptian soldiers stationed on the other side.more

Egypt’s revolution through a million eyes
Electronic Intifada: 10 Feb 2011 – With today’s technology, every person on the street with a cell phone can be a reporter and the entire world can bear witness almost in real time to what happens in the dark alleyways and secret corners of a police state. Yet even this has its risks.more

Muslim-Christian unity characterizes Egypt’s uprising
Electronic Intifada: 10 Feb 2011 – CAIRO (IPS) – Over recent years, Egypt has witnessed mounting tension between its Muslim majority and its sizeable Coptic Christian minority. But in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the site of ongoing mass protests against the ruling regime, members of both faiths chant in unison “Muslim, Christian, doesn’t matter; We’re all in this boat together!”more

Campaign Launched to Counter Israeli Impunity
Palestine Monitor: 10 Feb 2011 – The Israeli military has benefited from a system of impunity, in which Palestinians are unable to bring suit against the murderers of their sons, daughters, fathers and mothers due to the high cost for foreigners to participate in Israeli courts. Now, a new collection fund hopes to facilitate justice. A banner remembering Jawaher Abu Rahmah hangs in Bil’in. Jawaher was killed after inhaling tear gas on 31 December 2010. Her brother, Bassem, was killed on 17 April 2009 by a tear gas canister fired directly at his chest. Since the end of Israel’s onslaught on the Gaza Strip during Operation Caste Lead, the Israeli human rights organisation, B’Tselem, has reported Israeli forces killed 225 Palestinian civilians. As of today, the Israeli Judge Advocate General’s office had not issued any criminal charges against perpetrators of Palestinian civilian murders between 2006 and 2009. This is one reason why the Popular Struggle Coordination…more

PA security forces targeting Egypt-supporting Palestinians
Palestine Monitor: 10 Feb 2011 – Peaceful demonstrators targeted by Palestinian Authority security forces during a demonstration in support of the Egyptian uprising.more

Egypt: Change is in the Air
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Feb 2011 – By Aijaz Zaka Syed — Dubai Here’s something from Egypt to cheer you up at last. President Hosni Mubarak’s speech writer enters his office in a tearing hurry with a piece of paper in his hand. ‘Here you go, Mr President! Your final address to the nation.’ “What happened?” asks a stunned Mubarak. “Are all Egyptians leaving the country?” The Egyptians are known throughout the Arab world for their zany, irrepressible sense of humor. So I am sure this, posted on a website frequented by fellow travelers of the Diaspora, must have originated in the land of pyramids and pharaohs. But seriously speaking, how ludicrously blas?© and brazen can one get? Nearly 85 million people have been out there on the streets for over two weeks now, cursing and shouting at the top of their voice asking you to leave, take a hike or just ‘go to hell,’ as many…more

Why Arab Democracy is Good for America
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Feb 2011 – By Maher Massis, Ph.D. We are currently witnessing an unprecedented shift in Arab politics that has caught the whole world, even the Egyptians themselves by surprise. The uprising and it’s epi-center Tahrir Square (Freedom Square) is the Arab world’s version of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For many decades, the general Arab political discourse was defined by the West as the need to strengthen pro-Western dictatorships because of the fear of the alternative which is Iranian style Islamist regimes. Now, the Tahrir Square movement has clearly forced the West to rethink this perspective by showing that there is a third way — the rise of broad based democratic movements that reject totalitarianism and extremism. We should not fear this change because its uncertain outcome, but rather embrace it and take an active role in encouraging democratic change throughout the Arab world. Democratic change in Egypt matters greatly to the…more

Israel’s Dangerous Game at Brinkmanship
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Feb 2011 – By Dallas Darling It appears that WikiLeaks again has dropped another bombshell. The site revealed that in 2008 Israeli officials told the United States it would continue to keep Gaza’s economy ‘on the brink of collapse’ while avoiding a humanitarian crisis. Three cables were cited showing that Israel’s leaders kept the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv briefed on its punitive and retaliatory economic blockade of the Gaza Strip. WikiLeaks also exposed how Israel’s overall embargo plan, emplaced against over one million Palestinians, was to “keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge.” The leaked reports further mentioned how Israel wanted Gaza and its people “functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis.” The term “brinkmanship” actually comes from a sensational article in Life magazine that praised U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. In an interview with Dulles,…more

Hurriya is Arabic for Freedom: Just Listen to Egypt Roar
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Feb 2011 – By Ramzy Baroud ‘Just listen to that roar,’ urged a CNN correspondent in Egypt, as thousands of Egyptian protesters charged, fists pumped, against hundreds of armed Egyptian security forces. What a roar it was, indeed. The protests have shown the world that Arabs are capable of much more than merely being pitiable statistics of unemployment and illiteracy, or powerless subjects of ‘moderate’ but ‘strong’ leaders (an acronym for friendly dictators). The times are changing, and British MP George Galloway’s comment about the Arab lion roaring again seems truer by the day. The Egyptians have revolted in style, and their revolution will go down in history books with such adjectives as “great”, “noble” and “historic”. Truth be told, Arabs have had their fair share of conjured ‘revolutions’. Arab regimes have always been generous in how they ascribed the loaded term to their military coups or other stunts designed to impress or…more

Memo from Egypt: We Shall Not Be Moved
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Feb 2011 – By Ahmed Amr — Cairo With every passing day, the Egyptian uprising gathers strength as more citizens rally to the cause and demand the immediate resignation of Hosni Mubarak. The regime’s pillars are crumbling. Yesterday, the demonstrators surged out of Tahrir Square and marched towards the National Assembly and the building that houses the Ministry of Interior. But perhaps the most important development was the smaller demonstrations held in front of government owned media outlets and the resignations of a number of prominent journalists on the regime’s payroll. The defection of journalists and TV personalities means that the regime has lost its ability to control the message. Until Monday, the coverage of the uprising by the government owned press has been scandalous. Now, the change in tone coming from the regime’s very own megaphone suggests that even state paid propagandists have read the writing on the wall and decided that…more

US-Egypt: Cookie-cutter Cuisine
Dissident Voice: 10 Feb 2011 – Quiet tourist backwater Tunisia under its only rulers since independence — Habib Bourghiba (1956-1987) and then Zein Al-Abidine bin Ali (1987-2011) — was a much appreciated ally of the United States. However, as bin Ali fled to Saudi Arabia last month, US leaders suddenly were hailing those who defied his US-trained police with their US-made tear gas and guns, including the 100 they killed. Two weeks later, after almost identical developments in Egypt, the US found itself poised to repeat itself, praising the now millions of protesters, including at least 300 who so far have died, though stopping short of pushing Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011) to follow his colleague’s steps into exile, fearing the collapse of its Middle East order. Now mainstream US pundits strategise about how best to shape the new political playing field to continue to meet US needs. In the New York Times Mark Landler worries…more

Charter Voucher Charlatans Now Advocating AIG Style Derivatives
Dissident Voice: 10 Feb 2011 – The education industry represents, in our opinion, the final frontier of a number of sectors once under public control… represents the largest market opportunity… the K-12 market is the Big Enchilada. — Montgomery Securities prospectus quoted in Jonathan Kozol’s ” The Big Enchilada ” If we ever needed more evidence that the entire charter-voucher charade is about market share and money making, Expand a Proven Finance Solution for All Charter Schools , by Ricardo Mireles, the well heeled Executive Director of Academia Avance, provides us with clear insight. In the piece Mr. Mireles, without any regard to the fact that he’s discussing public money, advocates “sell[ing] our state receivables to private companies.” Let’s bear in mind that the state receivables that Mireles refers to is our tax dollars. The last thing the public needs is unelected boards of privatized charter schools gambling with our hard earned tax dollars in cockamamy schemes…more

Memo from Egypt: We Shall Not Be Moved
Dissident Voice: 10 Feb 2011 – With every passing day, the Egyptian uprising gathers strength as more citizens rally to the cause and demand the immediate resignation of Hosni Mubarak. The regime’s pillars are crumbling. Yesterday, the demonstrators surged out of Tahrir Square and marched towards the National Assembly and the building that houses the Ministry of Interior. But perhaps the most important development was the smaller demonstrations held in front of government owned media outlets and the resignations of a number of prominent journalists on the regime’s payroll. The defection of journalists and TV personalities means that the regime has lost its ability to control the message. Until Monday, the coverage of the uprising by the government owned press has been scandalous. Now, the change in tone coming from the regime’s very own megaphone suggests that even state paid propagandists have read the writing on the wall and decided that the demonstrators have gained the…more

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