VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 August, 2011: Settlers Uproot Olive Trees, Grapevines, Plum Trees Near Hebron

24 August , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Another Quds Fighter Assassinated In Gaza
IMEMC – Wednesday August 24, 2011 – 22:59, The Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, reported on Wednesday at night that one of its fighters was assassinated when the Israeli Air Force bombarded Al Nafaq Street, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, in central Gaza. A Quds fighter was assassinated on Wednesday at dawn.

PCHR Welcomes President’s Decision to Postpone Elections of Local Councils
IMEMC – Wednesday August 24, 2011 – 22:28, The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the decision taken by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone the elections of local councils which were scheduled to be organized on 22 October 2011.

Security On High Alert As Israeli Delegation Arrives In South Africa Amidst Protest
IMEMC – Wednesday August 24, 2011 – 07:17, South African security forces were put on high alert this week as a delegation of former Israeli soldiers arrived as part of a campaign by an Israeli group to promote Israel through talks and events at university campuses worldwide.

Ayalon Heads To Spain To Talk It Into Opposing UN Move
IMEMC – Wednesday August 24, 2011 – 06:53, As part of the ongoing Israeli lobbying campaign against the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations this coming September, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, arrived in Spain on a three-day political tour.

Settlers Uproot Olive Trees, Grapevines, Plum Trees Near Hebron
IMEMC – Wednesday August 24, 2011 – 06:10, Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers of the Beit Ayin illegal colony, north of Beit Umamar, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, attacked on Tuesday Palestinian orchards and farmlands and uprooted dozens of Olive trees, Plum trees, and grapevines in Wad Abu Al Reesh area.

Ma’an News

Medics: 1 killed in Gaza airstrikes as border violence flares up
8/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes struck Gaza late Wednesday killing one Palestinian and injuring another amid reports that six rockets had been fired into southern Israel. An Israeli airstrike targeted a group of people in the Ash-Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, a Ma’an correspondent reported. One man died and another….

Farmer: Settlers uproot trees in Beit Ummar
8/24/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers from the illegal Bat Ayin settlement, northwest of Hebron, have uprooted olive, plum and grape trees belonging to a local farmer in Beit Ummar. Hamad Abdul Hamid Sleiby told Ma’an that settlers attacked his land in Beit Ummar for the fifth time on Tuesday. The olive trees were….

Egypt intervention ‘prevented major Gaza assault’
8/24/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Egypt has prevented a major Israeli incursion in the Gaza Strip following the Eilat shootings, according to a report Wednesday in the Israeli press. In messages conveyed to Israel, it was said that a large-scale military operation could lead Cairo to the point of suspending relations with Israel, which…. Related: Az-Zahhar: Eilat attack ‘used as pretext to attack Gaza’ and Ambassador: Israeli-Egyptian relations still tense

Az-Zahhar: Eilat attack ‘used as pretext to attack Gaza’
8/24/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The series of shooting attacks in southern Israel on Thursday were part of an “ambiguous operation” used as a pretext to attack the Gaza Strip, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Az-Zahhar said Wednesday. Israel said militants from Gaza were responsible for the attacks near Eilat which killed eight Israelis. Israeli warplanes responded…. Related: Egypt intervention ‘prevented major Gaza assault’

Israel releases Palestinian detainee after 10 years
8/24/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Tuesday released a detainee who had spent 10 years in Israeli prisons, a rights center reported. Hisham Hmeidan Al-Sharbati, 44, spent several years of his sentence in solitary confinement and was banned from receiving visitors for long periods, the detainees’ center said in a statement….

Rights group: Rockets injure Palestinians inside Gaza
8/24/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Eight Palestinians, including two children and three women, were injured this week by rockets fired in populated areas across the Gaza Strip, a human rights group charged Wednesday. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says a woman was seriously injured. After one incident, according to the PCHR, an ordinance disposal unit…. Related: Gaza projectile lands in Egypt

Gaza projectile lands in Egypt
8/24/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A woman was injured by a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip into the Egyptian town of Rafah on Wednesday, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported. The woman was taken to hospital with light injuries, said a security source in the area. Egyptian security forces said that a…. Related: Rights group: Rockets injure Palestinians inside Gaza

Israel bolsters Egypt border fearing new attacks
8/24/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s army chief Benny Gantz has ordered increased measures along the border with Egypt due to intelligence about new attacks being planned, reports said. Armed groups are planning attacks similar to the ones last Thursday in which eight Israelis were killed, according to a report Wednesday in….

Arab Peace Initiative Committee insists on UN bid
8/24/2011 – DOHA, Qatar (Ma’an) — The Arab Peace Initiative committee on Tuesday confirmed its support for the Palestinian bid for UN membership. The committee convened in Doha and ratified a plan previously set by a reduced committee to recruit international support for the Palestinian statehood bid. Arab ministers, headed by Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin….

Ambassador: Israeli-Egyptian relations still tense
8/24/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Yasser Othman, the Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, said Wednesday that there is still tension in Egyptian-Israeli relations after the killing of five Egyptian soldiers last week.” We want a clear, strong apology and a pledge to not to repeat such acts in the future,” he said. It…. Related: Egypt intervention ‘prevented major Gaza assault’

Envoy: China to support Palestinian UN bid
8/24/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Chinese Middle East envoy Wu Sike announced his country’s full support on Wednesday for the Palestinian UN bid for recognition in September. Secretary-General of the Presidency At-Tayeb Abdul Rahim met with the Chinese envoy in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah on Wednesday. Abdul Rahim briefed the envoy on the….

Fatah official: PA in financial crisis
8/24/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority is in a serious financial crisis because donors are not honoring their commitments, senior Fatah official Mahmoud Al-Aloul said Tuesday. The central committee member said international donors were withholding funds to pressure the PA over political issues.” The pressure is linked basically to the political matter.” The Palestinians…. Related: UK speeds up aid to PA to end fiscal crisis

Al-Qassam Brigades leader dies
8/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas military wing leader Mithqal Issa died while receiving hospital treatment abroad, a statement from the Al-Qassam Brigades said Wednesday. Issa, from Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, was being treated for injuries sustained in an attack by Israel, the statement added….

Fatah official: Hamas requested elections delay
8/24/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul on Tuesday said Hamas requested the postponement of local elections. In a statement, Al-Aloul said a delegation representing Hamas requested that the vote be postponed until reconciliation with Fatah was finalized. President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree on Monday postponing local West Bank elections, scheduled….

UN statehood bid ‘threatens Palestinian rights’
8/24/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian team responsible for preparing the United Nations initiative in September has been given an independent legal opinion that warns of risks involved with its plan to join the UN. An initiative to transfer the Palestinians’ representation from the PLO to a state will terminate the legal status held….

UK speeds up aid to PA to end fiscal crisis
8/24/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UK announced Wednesday that it is to speed up financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority to help it meet its commitments.”Although the PA has made excellent progress in reducing its budget deficit and reliance on external donor financing, it is unable to balance its own budget while the occupation…. Related: Fatah official: PA in financial crisis

Report: Israel to indict army officer for fatal shooting
8/24/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel will indict an army reserves officer who shot a Palestinian in the back and killed him, reports in the Israeli media said Wednesday. The commander, “a well-known religious Zionist educator” who was not otherwise identified, opened fire in contravention of the rules of engagement, a report in Israel….

Palestinians hope most UN members back statehood bid
8/24/2011 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — A senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday that he hoped the great majority of countries would back a Palestinian membership application to the UN next month.” We hope for the vote of more than 150 countries for recognition of the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders with its capital in east Jerusalem….

In Hebron, bargains draw rare crowds to Old City
8/24/2011 – HEBRON (AFP) – An unlikely noise can be heard in the Old City of Hebron in the southern West Bank — the sound of Ramadan bargain-hunters dipping in and out of shops and buying cut-price goods. The crowds milling round the city’s ancient streets are a change of pace for vendors here, who for years….

Gaza man ‘kills his daughter’
8/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man in the northern Gaza Strip fatally shot his daughter on Wednesday morning, police said. Locals said the girl was shot inside the family home in Jabalia, adding that her father was recently released from prison in Gaza. Police are investigating the incident….

Former Gaza detainee dies from diabetes
8/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A former detainee from the Gaza Strip died on Wednesday after suffering complications related to diabetes, a prisoners association said. Ahmad Sharab from Deir Al-Balah camp in central Gaza was released by Israeli prison authorities one and a half years ago. He was a member of the Popular Front for….

Libya rebels hunt for Gadhafi after compound captured
8/24/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libyan rebels hunted Wednesday for Moammar Gadhafi and battled the remnants of his forces after overrunning his Tripoli compound, as the strongman urged residents to cleanse the capital “of rats.” Two powerful blasts thought to be caused by an air attack rocked the capital early in the morning as a NATO warplane flew….

US envoy meets opposition in southern Syria
8/24/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The US ambassador to Syria met members of the opposition on a visit to the south of the country without government approval, as European powers ramped up pressure on President Bashar Al-Assad. US officials said Robert Ford made the visit Tuesday to Jassem, which lies beyond a 25-kilometer limit from Damascus that….

Dead or alive: Libya rebels offer $1.7 million for Gadhafi
8/24/2011 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Libyan rebels put a price of two million dinars ($1. 67 million) on the head of strongman Moamer Gadhafi, dead or alive, the head of the Transitional National Council said on Wednesday.” The NTC supports the initiative of businessmen who are offering two million dinars for the capture of Moamer Gadhafi, dead….

EU releases new Syrian repression blacklist
8/24/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The EU on Wednesday named Iran’s elite Al-Quds force, five Syrian generals and the military intelligence network in Damascus on a new list of those sanctioned for their role in repression the UN says has killed 2,200 people. The much-feared wing of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was listed for….

Rebels offer reward as Gadhafi forces fight back
8/24/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Fighting raged Wednesday as Moamer Gahdafi’s troops fought back near his Tripoli compound a day after it was captured, while rebels offered a $1. 7 million reward for the elusive leader, dead or alive. Meanwhile, international backers of the insurgency were moving to free up billions of dollars in frozen assets….

White House repeats Gaddafi’s power is slipping
8/24/2011 – VINEYARD HAVEN, United States (Reuters) — The White House said on Wednesday there was no sign yet that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi has let go of power, but repeated its view that he was on the way out.” The developments that we’re seeing are an indication the Gaddafi regime’s 42-year grip….

Analysis: Lingering Gaddafi networks pose threat
8/24/2011 – LONDON (Reuters) — Resurgent violence in Tripoli shows Moammar Gaddafi’s threat of a counter-revolutionary “volcano” in Libya is far from idle, with die-hard fighters, secret arms stashes and possibly tribal solidarity favoring his bid to cripple a rebel takeover. For Gaddafi, staying alive and evading capture are the supreme immediate imperatives, for his sons….

Report: 4 Italian journalists kidnapped in Libya
8/24/2011 – ROME (AFP) — Four Italian journalists have been kidnapped in Libya, the Sky TG-24 television station and the ANSA news agency reported Wednesday. Two of the reporters were covering the conflict for Italy’s top daily, Corriere della Sera, while another writes for La Stampa, and the fourth for Avvenire, a Catholic paper, according….

Egypt rights groups complain of official ‘crackdown’
8/24/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s leading human rights groups said on Wednesday they will complain to the United Nations that the ruling military and cabinet are cracking down on civil society groups. The military has accused its critics of receiving foreign financing and the government earlier this month announced an investigation into their funding. The….

Payments with Visa cards stop in Syria as sanctions bite
8/24/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Visa credit cards issued in Syria, by Syrian banks or those with branches in the country, have stopped working from Wednesday, bank officials and users told AFP.” Clients were sent SMS messages Tuesday evening informing them they could no longer use their Visa cards in Syria, or even abroad if it was issued….

Palestine News Network

Spain: “Time is right” for Palestine Recognition
PNN – Spain’s minister of Foreign Affairs, Trinidad Jimenez that Spain is pushing the European Union to work towards the recognition of a Palestinian state. According to Jimenez, who was speaking in an interview…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Welcomes President’s Decision to Postpone Elections of Local Councils
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Alternative Information Center

Palestinian Refugees Flee Attacks as Syria Prepares for UN Mission
Alternative Information Center – Thousands of Palestinian refugees scattered in camps across Syria rose up in May to take their part in the Arab Spring. Now they are sent scattering as their host regime of the past 63 years lines…

Relief Web

IOF Extrajudicially Kills Palestinian in Airstrike in Breach of Ceasefire
Relief Web 24 Aug 2011 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Reference: 71/2011 Date: 24 August 2011 Al Mezan Condemns Attack and Calls on International Community to Intervene In a violation of the recently announced ceasefire, Israeli aircraft extrajudicially killed…

PCHR Welcomes President’s Decision to Postpone Elections of Local Councils
Relief Web 24 Aug 2011 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ref: 89/2011 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the decision taken by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone the elections of local councils which were scheduled to be…

Report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people: Developments in the economy of the occupied Palestinian territory
Relief Web 24 Aug 2011 – Source: UN Conference on Trade and Development , UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 24 August 2011 – The economy of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) grew by 9.3 per cent last year, but that expansion was not enough…

IOF Extrajudicially Kills Palestinian in Airstrike in Breach of Ceasefire; Al Mezan Condemns Attack and Calls on International Community to Intervene
Relief Web 24 Aug 2011 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel In a violation of the recently announced ceasefire, Israeli aircraft extrajudicially killed a Palestinian man just after midnight last night. This act could lead to military escalation, a…

Israeli airstrike destroys sanitation infrastructure in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 24 Aug 2011 – Source: EWASH Country: occupied Palestinian territory Coastal Municipalities Water Utility’s facilities in the Gaza strip were badly damaged during the wave of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip in the past few days. On 19/8/2012, an Israeli strike hit…

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli bulldozers raze 20 dunums in Hebron
24 Aug 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation bulldozers razed on Wednesday Palestinian fields and confiscated irrigation networks in al-Buq’a area, eastern Hebron.

Settlers uproot 50 fruit trees in Beit Ummer
24 Aug 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit Ein uprooted yesterday several fruit trees planted in the Palestinian territories of Biet Ummer town, in the north of Hebron.

Israeli airstrike on Gaza kills Palestinian
24 Aug 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-One Palestinian was killed and another injured on Wednesday as Israeli aircrafts targeted a civilian car moving in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, southern Gaza Strip.

The National

China gives its support to Libya’s rebels
The National 24 Aug 2011 – Despite opposing Nato-led assistance to Libyan rebels, China signals its support of the National Transitional Council in hopes of securing its economic interests.

Burial for former Yemeni PM injured in attack
The National 24 Aug 2011 – Former prime minister, Abdulaziz Abdulghani, was known as the ‘black box’ of Yemeni officials for his inside information.

Gulf allies raise funds for Libya’s rebel council
The National 24 Aug 2011 – Doha hosts aid conference for Libya’s National Transitional Council to pay salaries of government workers and those injured in the fighting.

Reward offered for Qaddafi, dead or alive
The National 24 Aug 2011 – Rebels in Tripoli scour tunnels at Qaddafi’s compound for fugitive leader while the head of the NTC says anyone who kills him will be given amnesty.

Tripoli a city in limbo, ruled by fear
The National 23 Aug 2011 – Images of Tripoli change from joy and celebration to fearful and tense as reporter moves toward centre of city under attack.

Improved security lets Iraqis revive traditional Ramadan game
The National 23 Aug 2011 – Sunni and Shiite communities across country unite to play

Embarrassment for rebels as ‘captured’ Saif Qaddafi appears with his supporters
The National 23 Aug 2011 – Two Qaddafi sons said to be in custody are free, but the game is still over.


Barrage of rockets hits southern Israel; IDF kills Islamic Jihad member in Gaza
Ha’aretz – Toddler lightly injured after rocket hits private car; Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Be’er Sheva after member of Islamic Jihad killed in IDF strike, IAF strikes three Gaza sites in response.

Doubts emerge over identity of terrorists who carried out attack in Israel’s south
Ha’aretz – Gazans doubt responsibility of Popular Resistance Committees and their military wing; Egypt newspaper identifies three of attack planners as Egyptians.

Glenn Beck rally in Jerusalem draws applause, demonstrations
Ha’aretz – 2,000 people attend former Fox TV personality’s final event on his tour of Israel; Protesters outside rally urge ‘Glenn Beck, go home.’

Yossi Sarid / Glenn Beck, don’t come back
Ha’aretz – Rabbis, settlers and others are cooperating with the former Fox TV personality’s belief that most Jews will die in Armageddon so that Jesus can rise from the dead.

Social protest leaders lash out at ‘deceptive’ government-appointed panel
Ha’aretz – Leaders call for Manuel Trajtenberg to ‘resign immediately’ from socioeconomic committee; announce resumption of campaign ahead of million man march due on September 3.

Doctors reach agreement with government, changing the face of medicine in Israel
Ha’aretz – Deal includes 49 percent average pay increase for hospital doctors and extra 1,000 doctors in public hospitals; agreement is for nine years, retroactive to July 2010.

Sudanese refugee accepted to Israel national service for first time
Ha’aretz – Twenty year old Tom Hassan accepted on one-year, pre-army national service program; now a counselor in boarding schools for Eritrean and Sudanese teens in Nitzana.

Protests against Israeli occupation make it to Google Street View
Ha’aretz – Initiative promoted through a Facebook group that coordinates demonstrations alongside the route of Google’s vehicles.

Live blog: Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Courage’ rally in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – Haaretz’s minute by minute coverage of the ‘renegade’ commentator’s final event in his supportarama roadshow in Israel.

Doctors’ agreement with Finance Ministry to cost 2.7 trillion NIS
Ha’aretz – Although mediated agreement appears to be significant improvement for doctors, dozens have demonstrated at hospitals across the country because agreement was made without consulting them first.

Tel Aviv taxi drivers protest fuel prices, work conditions
Ha’aretz – Drivers demand re-evaluation of fuel prices and better protection for taxi drivers; 12 drivers have been attacked in the past month.

Germany police probe strange kidnapping of Israeli woman
Ha’aretz – Israeli woman, 26, escapes homemade ‘torture chamber’ in Hamburg after having been kidnapped there by a German male acquaintance.

Israeli doctors and Finance Ministry report breakthrough in talks
Ha’aretz – Details of agreement still confidential, but the major breakthrough is an agreement on an increase in doctors’ salaries that will take place over a short amount of time.

Israel bolsters Egypt border defenses over new terror warnings
Ha’aretz – Security officials say that Islamic Jihad operative killed in IAF strike on Wednesday was planning another attack from Sinai.

Col. Danny Efroni to be next IDF military advocate general
Ha’aretz – Naming of the new military advocate general was the subject of lengthy debate between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.

IDF kills Islamic Jihad operative in Gaza
Ha’aretz – Two mortar shells fired from Gaza explode in southern Israel on Wednesday morning; defense officials believe calm will hold in coming weeks.

Jerusalem Post

Drastic changes to homicide law formulated
Jerusalem Post 25 Aug 2011 – Under the existing law, unlawful killing can fall under three categories: murder, manslaughter and causing death by negligence.

Eshkol residents attempt routine in shadow of rockets
Jerusalem Post 25 Aug 2011 – Discover the World festival canceled, regional council says school will begin as usual September 1.

State appeals shortening of rapist’s sentence
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Zahar was convicted in the Military Appeals Court in 2006 of raping and sexually assaulting a junior female officer.

Gaddafi urges loyalists to fight ‘traitors and rats’
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Besieged leader reportedly still in Tripoli; Libyan-Jewish leader optimistic democracy will take hold.

The right kind of friend for Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – The liberal-leftist media in Israel has stooped to a new low in demonizing Glenn Beck before his “Restoring Courage” rallies.

Media Comment: The anti-Beck crusade
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Why have the local media given such a cool reception to the US television superstar?

Baby lightly injured after rocket falls near Ashkelon
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – 3-year-old’s hand injured as 1 of 2 rockets fired near Ashkelon causes car to go up in flames; Iron Dome intercepts rocket fired at Beersheba; IAF strikes Gaza after barrage of rockets hit South.

Beck vows to defend Israel against UN, NGOs
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – 1,000 supporters attend J’lem rally where US broadcaster announces formation of global pro-Israel movement.

The American president and freedom for Jonathan Pollard
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Executive clemency is not merely the president’s privilege, it’s his solemn duty; US judicial process hijacked by a political agenda.

Security cabinet mulls response to PA UN state bid
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Jerusalem still undecided whether to announce in advance what it will do and give PA clear picture of costs.

Washington Watch: Didn’t Obama say he’d leave Iraq?
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – With Assad likely to follow Muammar Gaddafi onto history’s garbage heap, Iran may look to Iraq as new strategic partner.

Rattling the cage: Earthquake weather
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – The status quo won’t remain calm for long; If things go bad, who’s going to fix them? Barack Obama? Catherine Ashton? Hosni Mubarak?

Six years! How much longer?
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – A million Israelis are now in Hamas’s missile range; Israel needs Iron Dome policy corollary when dealing with Gaza terror regime.

September should be a season for change
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Ten years ago, NGOs squandered an opportunity to promote universal human rights, now they have a chance to make up for past wrongs.

Can she lead? Shelly Yacimovich and the Labor party leaders
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Yacimovich’s admirers support her because of her clear expression of positions on issues, and her incredible track record as MK.

Rothschild Boulevard: Road to a better Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – As we have seen events unfold, Rothschild is only the spark, not the flame of what is now taking place all over Israel.

Peace Now rally calls on Glenn Beck to ‘go home!’
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – About three dozen activists hold protest outside rally organized by American broadcaster, hold signs saying “Peace Takes Courage.”

Syrian forces kill 1 during raid on eastern towns
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Activists: Dozens arrested as 20 tanks enter Mayadeen, Alburhama; EU could threaten oil sanctions on Damascus as result of violence.

Witness: In Libya, echoes of Baghdad’s Firdos Square
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – If Libya is lucky its new government will learn from the mistakes of Iraq. There is already talk of unity of Libya’s many tribes.

Southern con boss held in connection with Tzanani probe
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Shalom Donrani suspected of being involved with alleged extortion of music agent by singer Margalit Tzanani.

WikiLeaks releases 3,925 diplomatic cables about Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Whistle-blower site publishes unclassified US State Department documents on peace process, Vatican-Jewish relations, terror attacks.

Interim Libyan leader puts bounty on Gaddafi’s head
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Mustafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil offers amnesty, $1.3 million to whoever captures ousted leader; Western journalists freed from Tripoli hotel.

No illegal drugs in Winehouse toxicology report
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – “Alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death,” says spokesman for soul singer.

Hamas’s Zahar: I don’t know who committed Eilat attacks
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Senior Hamas official says that Israel fabricating reasons to attack Gaza, Palestinian factions reserve right to attack despite truce.

Deal to end doctors’ strike awaiting initials
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Wording of final agreement that would end 158-day doctors’ dispute being worked out; doctors and medical interns protest in TA, Haifa.

‘Egypt planning to destroy Gaza smuggling tunnels’
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Security tightened at Egypt-Gaza border in attempt to bring lawless Sinai peninsula under tighter control, Egyptian newspaper reports.

Rocket from Gaza Strip lands in Egypt; woman injured
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – As border tensions simmer, sources say incident marks first rocket from Strip to land on residential area rather than desert, “raising concern among the security forces.”

Tunneling to Egypt: Gaza’s underground economy
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Tunnel operators find new business after the opening of the Rafah terminal having whet Palestinians’ taste for travel without salting it.

‘Material to make nuclear dirty bomb remains in Libya’
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – Former IAEA official: Rebels must secure large quantities of radioactive waste, uranium fuel left over from Gaddafi’s abandoned nuclear program.

Doctors, Treasury reach agreement in principle
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 – After 158-day struggle, Finance Ministry reportedly agreed to improve agreement to a 46-49% pay rise over 10 years; IMA meets to discuss deal.

The Guardian

Glenn Beck tells Jerusalem: ‘Evil is growing. Darkness is falling’
The Guardian 24 Aug 2011 – Former Fox News presenter greeted with protests and empty seats as he takes his message to the Temple Mount The temperature may have dropped a little in Jerusalem on Wednesday night, but it was more than…

Aid alone won’t help the desperate Palestinians | Jonathan Glennie
The Guardian 24 Aug 2011 – A UN reports links all of the Palestinian economy’s dire problems to the Israeli occupation and associated constraints. Aid from the EU and others is merely a sop for political failure There are many good news…

Inter Press Service

U.S.: Libya Intervention Unlikely to Be Repeated
IPS As NATO-backed rebels continue efforts to secure Tripoli from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, analysts here are already debating whether the apparently successful uprising in Libya offers a precedent for future action elsewhere.

LIBYA: Dreaming of a Future After Gaddafi
IPS “We grabbed all these weapons from Gaddafi’s compound just before NATO shelled the whole place,” says rebel fighter Massud Askar in downtown Nalut. The 50-year-old rebel displays an Italian light semi-automatic rifle in his right hand and a hand grenade in the other.

Libyans Find Historic Hope
IPS “I’m 60 years old and I never thought I’d see this moment with my own eyes,” Najib Taghuz tells IPS from the Tunisian-Libyan border. The engineer from the recently liberated town Gehryan is headed for Tunisia – his wife needs surgery on the left hand. But he hopes to return…


Israeli Supreme Court ruling turns Palestinian village into open-air prison
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – The Supreme Court turned down yesterday a petition against the construction of the separation wall between the village of Walajeh, so close to Jerusalem it can essentially be seen as an inlet, and the city itself. The opposition to the wall came from an unusual amount of quarters, including the villagers themselves (arguing the…

Qatar hopes for returns after backing Libyan rebels
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – Qatar was one of the first countries to back Libyan rebels seeking to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi and with his 42-year-old rule collapsing, the natural gas exporter hopes to reap the political and economic rewards. Qatar stuck its neck out among Arab states to support the rebels and the NATO air operation. Qatar was one…

Video – Libya / BBC shows “Green Square” in INDIA, 24 August 2011

Over 200 African Leaders: NATO’s Libyan War Part Of Plan To Recolonize Continent
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – A group of concerned African leaders have issued a statement warning about Africa being re-colonised as Nato continues its support of the Libyan rebels. Speaking to media in Johannesburg today, leaders released a letter lamenting “misuse of the United Nations Security Council to engage in militarised diplomacy to effect regime change in Libya” and…

Riotgate : Dispatch from East London.
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – …As this I written, in Libya, in a re-run, looters are being shown taking furniture and goods away in wheelbarrows. Stripping a legitimate Head of States homes, buildings and offices of all, much which is legitimately State property. They are reportedly being mentored by the SAS and Ex-SAS forces, working for “private security consultants.”…

Libyan Rebels Under Fire in Compound
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – Supporters of Muammar Gaddafi have resumed attacks on rebels who say they control most of the Libyan leader’s sprawling government compound. Rebel fighters stormed the complex, a symbol of the crumbling regime, in an hours-long battle Tuesday, but the Libyan leader remains in hiding and has vowed to fight “until victory or martyrdom.” On…

Medics: 1 killed in Gaza airstrikes as border violence flares up
Uruknet August 24, 2011 — Israeli warplanes struck Gaza late Wednesday killing one Palestinian and injuring another amid reports that six rockets had been fired into southern Israel. An Israeli airstrike targeted a group of people in the Ash-Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, a Ma’an correspondent reported. One man died and another was injured, medical officials said. The…

Another Attack on Gaza: ‘Retaliation’ or Genocide?
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – The latest round of atrocities unleashed upon Palestinians proves yet again that the Israeli government is a homicidal opportunist. Instantly, the problem of mass demonstrations deploring increased cost of living and other economic issues plaguing the Jewish State was solved by rallying Israelis behind the one issue they all seem to have in common:…

Iran and Hezbollah hail rebels
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – Iran on Tuesday congratulated the Libyan people, saying the rebellion there indicated the necessity of submitting to the “legitimate demands of the people.” Also, Hezbollah hailed the “huge victory” of rebels who took control of most of the Libyan capital in their fight against Gadhafi’s rule. Bahrain and Oman recognized on Tuesday the rebels’…

The Libyan Soldier: The True Heroes of NATO’s War
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – NATO has proven it has the capacity to kill thousands of Libyan soldiers from the skies, but it cannot “convey honor and legitimacy” to the rebels under its killer wings. “They are little more than extras for imperial theater, a mob that traveled under the protective umbrella of American full spectrum dominance of the…

Fighting continues in Tripoli after Gaddafi compound is overrun
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – …The rapid advance of the “rebels” into the Libyan capital was prepared, as reports in the media Monday revealed, by heavy airstrikes guided with advanced US satellite intelligence. British, French and Qatari special forces troops and private military contractors operating on the ground directed “rebel” actions with the aim of driving pro-Gaddafi forces onto…

Foreign forces in Libya helping rebel forces advance
Uruknet August 24, 2011 — Special forces troops from Britain, France, Jordan and Qatar on the ground in Libya have stepped up operations in Tripoli and other cities in recent days to help rebel forces as they conducted their final advance on the Gadhafi regime, a NATO official confirmed to CNN Wednesday. British forces, in particular, have assisted rebel…

Video : Gaddafi speech on al-Uruba TV, 24 August 2011
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – [The rebels want to] pillage and torch the city of Tripoli. They want to destroy it. They do not care if you live miserably in darkness. They will take away your petroleum and destroy Libya. They do not care [words indistinct]. The infidels have entered your mosques [words indistinct]. Let everyone converge on Tripoli:…

Sweet and Lowdown: A Crude Analysis of the Libyan Liberation
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – Another war for oil? Surely not! But just to be on the safe side, the world’s oil barons are already moving in to seal some sweetheart deals on that sweet, sweet crude with the new, NATO-installed masters of Libya. And guess what? It turns out that companies from the Western countries that eagerly rained…

Video: Leonor: Jounalists Freed – Rebels controlling – not much known
Uruknet August 24, 2011 – Leonor explained that she has eyewitness accounts of the rebels being in control at least in the area around the Rixos hotel – and it seems a lot more.

Syria News – August 23, 2011 (Videos)
Uruknet August 23, 2011 – Damascus : Waiting authorities to deliver the corpse of the martyr Ahmad Badran who was killed yesterday influenced by wounds caused by being beaten from security forces and Shabiha few days ago, the funeral will be launched tomorrow from AlDaqqaq mosque after the noon prayer. Idlib: Kafarnubbul: Omar Mohammad Khateeb was killed yesterday’s night by…

Libya: Nato plans final onslaught on Gaddafi’s forces
Uruknet August 23, 2011 – British and Nato military commanders are planning what they hope will be a final onslaught on Colonel Gaddafi’s forces to put an end to all resistance from troops loyal to the Libyan leader… The Guardian has previously reported the presence of former British special forces troops, now employed by private security companies and funded…

Abbas ‘to meet top US official in Doha’, Qatar
Uruknet August 23, 2011 – President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Tuesday the US assistant secretary for Near East affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, in Doha as Washington presses the Palestinians to abandon plans to seek UN membership next month, an Arab diplomat says. The meeting will take place as several Arab foreign ministers convene after a request by the Palestinian Authority “…

Al-Walaja Court Ruling and Last Friday in Ramadan
Uruknet August 23, 2011 – It is indeed interesting to witness what is happening in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, Syria or in the social protests among Israelis. But hitting home more directly is the daily challenge of survival here as Israel gobbles up more land and people resist. We could comment on how Egypt is showing more assertive actions…

Seeking Palestinian Statehood: Sovereignty or Paralysis?
Uruknet August 23, 2011 – It’s been since May that we’ve heard Fatah-Hamas reconciliation via an interim unity government leading to elections in 2012, is imminent. Actually, reconciliation has been impending since 2007. Nothing materialized by way of joint governance, certainly not even coordinated security, as the PA is apparently on track to seek Palestine recognition at the UN…

FLASHBACK: Is There a Foxification’ Underway at Al Jazeera Television?
Uruknet August 23, 2011 (Posted June 9, 2007) – Sources inside Al Jazeera who are in a position to know what is going on now confirm to MediaChannel.org that there is an internal struggle underway that may dilute Al Jazeera’s independence and steer it in a more pro-western, pro-US direction. “There is already a change of tone and focus…

Divided We Execute
Uruknet August 23, 2011 – The execution of a Palestinian father and son by Hamas security forces in Gaza throws up a sharp difference over the death penalty between Gaza and the West Bank. In the West Bank a temporary moratorium is in place. The executions were carried out despite pressure from Palestinian and international human rights organisations for…

Turkey says NATO to maintain Libya operation
Uruknet August 23, 2011- NATO will continue its military campaign in Libya until full security is established in the nation, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday. Davutoglu also told a news conference in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi that frozen Libyan assets should be released before the end of the Muslim holy month for the benefit of…

Of Sycophants and Stenographers: Carrying Water for Israel’s Fraudulent Version of Eilat Terror Attack
Uruknet August 23, 2011 – The journalists which Israeli military-intelligence circles are employing to cover their sins involving the Eilat terror attack and its aftermath are certainly not kings, though they might be cabbages. They are sycophants and stenographers as well. What is especially interesting though, is how the very Israeli official sources which claimed the assault was the…

SAS troopers help co-ordinate rebel attacks in Libya
Uruknet August 23, 2011 – The Guardian has learned that a number of serving British special forces soldiers, as well as former SAS troopers, are advising and training rebel forces, although their presence is officially denied. The Guardian has previously reported the presence of former British special forces troops, now employed by private security companies and funded by a…

Iraq snapshot – August 23, 2011
Uruknet August 23, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Turkey vows to continue bombing northern Iraq, the US government announces they are okay with that, The Young Turks keep their audience informed, an Iraqi poet is remembered, the country’s president attempts to get the government beyond Political Stalemate II, and more….

Daily Star

Saudi Arabia arrests 164 anti-Syrian protesters
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Saudi security forces arrested 164 Syrian expatriates who staged a rally in Riyadh in support of the five-month uprising in their homeland against the rule of President Bashar Assad, a Syrian human rights organization said Wednesday.

Four journalists kidnapped by Gadhafi loyalists: reports
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi Wednesday kidnapped four Italian journalists traveling by car outside Tripoli, the Foreign Ministry and local media said.

Sarkozy rules out French intervention in Syria
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 France ruled out intervening in Syria without international backing, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday, while the European Union broadened sanctions to include the elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard for providing equipment…

Wanted dead or alive
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Libya’s new masters offered a $1.6 million bounty for the fugitive Moammar Gadhafi Wednesday, after he urged his men to fight on in battles across the capital.

Bahia Hariri holds iftar to honor General Security head
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Sidon MP Bahia Hariri held Tuesday an iftar to honor Director General of General Security Brigadier Abbas Ibrahim’s efforts to preserve stability in the southern city of Sidon and its neighboring areas.

Armed men beat 3 sheikhs in Druze cemetery
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 The Druze Benevolent Union said Wednesday that armed men stormed a Druze cemetery in Beirut Wednesday and beat three religious men, reported the state-run National News Agency.

Three injured during Kesrouan robbery attempt
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Three men were injured in a robbery attempt that took place Wednesday in Sarba area in Kesrouan, according to the National News Agency.

Moqbel discusses public safety at ministerial meet
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Deputy Prime Minister Samir Moqbel headed Wednesday the first meeting of the ministerial committee assigned to study the decree on securing public safety in buildings and facilities, according to the state-run National News Agency.

Two men wounded by mine on Mount Hermon
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Two men who were wounded Tuesday night in a mine explosion while hiking Mount Hermon were transferred to Syria by international peacekeeping forces, the National News Agency reported Wednesday.

Rai expected to visit Sarba as part of southern tour
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai is set to visit this weekend the southern village of Sarba in qada of Nabatieh as part of his pastoral tours, the Central News Agency reported Wednesday.

Contaminated milk products taken off market
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Contaminated milk products with falsified expiry dates were taken off the market Wednesday by the Economy Ministry’s consumer protection office.

London court convicts Lebanese man 11 years after roommate’s killing
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 A Lebanese man was convicted of murder Wednesday in London, 11 years after he killed his roommate, Moroccan-born Fatima Kama, in London in 1999, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Arab Doctors Union collects funds for Somalia
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 The Arab Doctors Union Wednesday launched a campaign to assist the Somali people and collected donations in the southern coastal city of Sidon.

Growing numbers of valets seen as nuisance
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Valets have become part of the capital’s scenery, stationing themselves in busy areas where they stand on the side of streets, advertising their parking services to potential customers.

Family of poisoned man threatens legal action
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 The family of a man who died from food poisoning called on the government Wednesday to protect the public by increasing the monitoring of food products and restaurants in Lebanon.

Analysis: Lingering Gadhafi networks pose threat
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Resurgent violence in Tripoli shows Moammar Gadhafi’s threat of a counter-revolutionary volcano in Libya is far from idle, with die-hard fighters, secret arms stashes and possibly tribal solidarity favoring his bid to cripple a rebel takeover.

Pentagon: Libya’s stockpile of WMD secure
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 The Pentagon said Wednesday that Libya’s stockpile of chemical weapons are secure but that an arsenal of thousands of shoulder-launched missiles remained cause for concern.

Rebel friends reunite in Tripoli after battle for Gadhafi compound
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 When civil war erupted in Libya, two friends joined the battle to topple Moammar Gadhafi on opposite sides of the country. They met again this week in the dictator’s sprawling Tripoli compound.

Libya missions worldwide raise new flag
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Libyan diplomats and students smashed portraits of Moammar Gadhafi, shouted Game over! and raised the rebel flag at their Manila embassy Wednesday as part of defections at missions worldwide underscoring the leader’s rapid fall.

Israeli airstrikes kill at least 2 in Gaza despite truce
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 An Israeli airstrike on Gaza Wednesday evening killed a Palestinian man, medics said, hours after a militant was killed when a missile ploughed into his car.

Attacks across Iraq kill 12, including child
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Twelve people, among them six policemen, were killed and 14 others wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq Wednesday, security and hospital officials said.

Kurdish president blames rebels for deadly incursions
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 The president of the autonomous Kurdish region said Wednesday that Kurdish rebels provide an excuse for Iran and Turkey to bomb his homeland, and that could lead to greater violence.

Egypt activist charged with inciting violence on social networking sites
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Egypt’s military prosecution charged a prominent activist Sunday with slandering and inciting violence against the country’s ruling generals through social networking sites, lawyers said.

50 people killed in south Yemen violence
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Eleven Yemeni soldiers and 39 suspected Islamist militants were killed in some of the worst violence to grip the volatile south since mass protests began in January against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, residents and officials said.

Kuwait port plans stir tension with old rival Iraq
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Iraq and Kuwait, two countries that share a small border and big history of mutual suspicion and war, are at it again.

Sudan denies existence of mass graves in Southern Kordofan
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Sudan’s U.N. envoy dismissed fresh allegations by a U.S. group that says it has identified a total of eight mass graves in the African country’s conflict-ridden Southern Kordofan region.

Deafening Beirut noise problem poses health risk
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 As a taxi goes past a nightclub blasting music, the driver honks loudly to make sure potential customers hear him. Meanwhile passersby have their mobile phone volumes on high to make sure they can hear any…

Syrian activists say tanks storm flashpoint city
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Syrian activists said tanks stormed an eastern city and made sweeping arrests there Wednesday as the regime faced international threats of an arms embargo and new sanctions.

Gadhafi forces fight back, as reward offered for strongman
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Fighting raged Wednesday as Moammar Gahdafi’s troops fought back near his Tripoli compound a day after it was captured, while rebels offered a $1.7 million reward for the elusive strongman, dead or alive.

Fresh fighting near Gadhafi’s captured compound: AFP
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Fresh fighting erupted Wednesday in the centre of Tripoli near Moammar Gadhafi’s Bab al-Azizya compound, captured by rebel fighters the previous day, an AFP reporter said.

Kuwait port plans stir tension with old enemy Iraq
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 Iraq and Kuwait, two countries that share a small border and big history of mutual suspicion and war, are at it again. This time they are arguing about Kuwaiti plans to build a mammoth port that…

EU releases new Syrian repression blacklist
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 The EU on Wednesday named Iran’s elite Al-Quds force, five Syrian generals and the military intelligence network in Damascus on a new list of those sanctioned for their role in repression the UN says has killed…

Lebanese man convicted of murder 11 years later
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 A Lebanese man was convicted of murder Wednesday in London, 11 years after he killed his roommate, Moroccan-born Fatima Kama, in London in 1999, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Parliament session postponed on lack of quorum
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 A legislative session scheduled for Wednesday was postponed, Parliament’s Secretary-General Adnan Daher announced.

Jumblatt hits back at Aoun, says won’t succumb to blackmail
Daily Star 24 Aug 2011 PSP chief Walid Jumblatt hit back at MP Michel Aoun’s threat to resign his ministers if a controversial electricity bill is not endorsed by Cabinet, stressing that he would not succumb to blackmail.

YNet News

Rocket hurts baby; IDF hits Gaza arms depot
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – VIDEO – Some 20 rockets were fired at Israel’s southern communities on Wednesday with calm nowhere in sight. A rocket fired at Ashkelon Wednesday evening exploded … ….

Ceasefire breached again as 7 rockets hit south; IDF retaliates
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – The Israel-Hamas ceasefire was breached again Wednesday as seven rockets hit southern communities. A rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip exploded in an open field … ….

Egyptians plan million-man rally against Israel
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Egyptian daily al-Youm al-Saba’a reported Wednesday that Egyptian citizens have created groups on Facebook and other social networks calling for “a million-man protest” … ….

Glenn Beck hosts rally in Jerusalem
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – US radio personality Glenn Beck held a rally at the Davidson Center near the Western Wall in Jerusalem under the banner “Restoring Courage.” More than 1,000 of his … ….

Organizers: Tent protest ready to resume
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – One of the leaders of the tent protest has called on Professor Manuel Trachtenberg, who heads the government-appointed committee tasked with resolving the social crisis, … ….

Doctors review contract drafted by Treasury
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Representatives of the Israel Medical Association gathered Wednesday to review the agreement terms drafted by the Finance Ministry, signaling that the longtime labor … ….

Gunned down Islamic Jihad opeartive involved in attacks near Eilat
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – IAF targets car of local group leader in Rafah, who, according to defense….

IDF investigation: Egyptians took part in attack near Eilat
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Army inquiry shows at least three of the terrorists that perpetrated attack were….

Sinai: Women hurt by rocket fired from Gaza
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Incident marked was first time a rocket from Gaza had landed on a residential….

Bank’s security guard robs teller
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Police suspect security guard in Tel Aviv bank violently mugged workplace,….

A wind of change blows in Libya
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Special Ynet report from Libya, where residents try to instill order after….

Rebel leader: Gaddafi to be tried in Libya, elections in 8 months
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Abdel Jalil: We do not wish to continue to be isolated in the world; head of….

Syria opposition tries to unite but divisions remain
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Syria’s opposition, fragmented by years of sectarian and ideological tensions,….

Gaddafi vows to ‘win or die’
YNet News, 24 Aug 2011 – Libyan leader says in radio statement his forces will continue to fight until….

Palestinian Information Center

UFree slams Israel’s mass detention of Palestinians in W. Bank
PIC – The European network to support the rights of Palestinians prisoners, UFree, strongly denounced the campaign of mass arrests that was carried out arbitrarily by the Israeli occupation forces.

Islamic Jihad vows revenge after Israel kills commander
PIC – A commander from al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, was killed and two others have been injured in an Israeli air strike in southern Gaza Strip Wednesday morning.

Jewish settlers cut off Palestinian olive trees
PIC – Jewish settlers cut off olive and fruit trees in the cultivated land lots of Beit Ummar village north of Al-Khalil province on Wednesday, a local source reported.

20 Palestinians arrested in continued mass sweep in Al-Khalil
PIC – 20 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil city were arrested Wednesday morning as Israeli occupation forces continue in the widest military campaign in the city since 2003.

Hamas congratulates Libyan people on success of revolution
PIC – Hamas movement extended felicitations to the Libyan people on the success of their revolution seeking democracy and freedoms.

IOF raises alert in vicinity of the Gaza Strip
PIC – The IOF command raised state of alert along the borders of the Gaza Strip and its environs on Wednesday after Israeli warplanes killed a commander of the Quds Brigades earlier today.

Israeli military court sentences Hamas leader to administrative detention
PIC – The Israeli military court in Ofer on Wednesday sentenced Hamas leader Awad Eshtiye to six months in administrative custody, the Tadamun foundation for human right said.

Two Palestinians wounded in Israeli raid
PIC – Two Palestinians were injured at an early hour on Wednesday when Israeli warplanes targeted a motorbike they were riding in central Gaza, medical sources said.

Gaza gov’t launches fundraising campaign for Somalia
PIC – The Palestinian government in Gaza has launched a fundraising campaign to collect money to extend relief material to drought-stricken Somalia.


China Announces Its Full Support of Palestinian Move

Foreign Minister Starts Tour in Africa to Mobilize Support for UN Bid

Three Palestinians Killed, Several Others Injured by Israeli Strikes on Gaza

Britain Accelerates Aid to Help PA Respond to Fiscal Crisis

Reporters Without Borders Condemns Mistreatment of Palestinian Journalists

Palestine Ranks 157 in FIFA’s World Cup List

Activists Plan March on Jerusalem on Friday

Israeli Army Arrests Nine Palestinians in Hebron

Israeli Prosecution Charges Commander of Killing Palestinian

Minister Accused of Corruption Suspends Work

Rights Group Petitions UN Special Rapporteur on Israeli Killings in Rafah

FRANKLIN LAMB: The Siege of Tripoli
Intifada-Palestine: 24 Aug 2011 – by FRANKLIN LAMB / Counterpunch Tripoli. This observer’s tentative appraisal of Tuesday’s events along the north Tripoli port area as of late afternoon 8/23/11 is that the “65,000 well trained and well-armed troops” hyped Sunday by the Gaddafi government don’t in fact… more

PAUL BALLES: A Conspiracy Beyond Theory
Intifada-Palestine: 24 Aug 2011 – Of course the hijackers knew nothing about any plan to fly into buildings like kamikaze pilots on a suicide mission BY WAY OF DECEPTION WE MAKE WAR — MOSSAD by Paul J Balles Let’s say Mossad, Israel’s intelligence deceivers, speaking perfect… more

Israeli Video Games in Gaza
Intifada-Palestine: 24 Aug 2011 – Islam was the second two-year-old to be killed by Israeli drone strikes in two days. Islam Quraiqe in Gaza by Alison Weir He looks at the camera with bright eyes and the beginning of a smile, wearing a miniature dark blue… more

Why Arabs from Egypt Attacked IDF Solders Riding on an Israeli Public Bus
Intifada-Palestine: 24 Aug 2011 – Israeli Military Occupation in the West Bank How Israeli Propagandists Transform Dead Soldiers Into Civilians by Charles E. Carlson On August 18, high noon, Arabs operating from Egyptian territory attacked, killed and wounded an unknown number of Israeli soldiers on… more

Los Angeles Times

EU imposes new sanctions on Iran, Syria
LA Times 24 Aug 2011 – It accuses the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of providing support to Syrian forces seeking to quell the uprising against President Bashar Assad. The European Union accused an elite branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of giving supplies and other support to Syria to help…

At a Libya morgue, a father fears the worst
LA Times 24 Aug 2011 – As battles continue on the streets of Tripoli, bodies continue to pile up at the Central Hospital morgue, where a father looks with trepidation for his university student son. The mood on the front steps of the morgue at Tripoli’s Central Hospital is far from…

New York Times

Libya Rebels Fight Loyalists and Put Bounty on Qaddafi
New York Times 24 Aug 2011 – Rebels sought to strengthen their control of Tripoli, placing a nearly $2 million bounty on Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, as loyalist fighters freed journalists.

News Analysis: As Joy Dies Down After Arab Revolts, Uncertainty Settles In
New York Times 24 Aug 2011 – Libya’s complexities echo in the revolts in Bahrain, Syria and, most of all, Yemen, suggesting that the prolonged transition to a new order may prove as tumultuous as Egypt’s revolution was stirring.

Qaddafi Leaves Behind Little to Guide Libya
New York Times 24 Aug 2011 – By the time Col. Muammar el-Qaddaf was done, Libya had no parliament, no military command, no parties, no unions and no civil society.

News Analysis: Disinformation and Confusion Swamp the Truth in Libya
New York Times 24 Aug 2011 – In Libya, with so many competing factions and overlapping agendas, truthful information is often difficult to come by.

As War Moves to Tripoli, Airstrikes Are More Difficult
New York Times 24 Aug 2011 – With the war in Libya now mostly confined to a densely populated area with rapidly shifting battle lines, a change in tactics is needed, military officials said.

News Analysis: Libya Faces Hurdles in Reviving Its Oil Sector
New York Times 24 Aug 2011 – The rebels promise to restore full oil production to Libya within months, but international experts say it could take at least a year and perhaps several more.


Gov Rick Perry threw himself into effort to stop Gaza flotilla
Mondoweiss – Alana Goodman in Commentary begins her piece about an Israeli lawfirm that acted to stop the Gaza flotilla last June in a “radical, leftwing coffee shop in Washington.” Do these people really think the world works that way? Wow. The piece focuses on Shurat HaDin, a “…

Tons of empty seats at Glenn Beck’s J’lem rally
Mondoweiss – See the photos of empty seats, from Ami Kaufman at +972 . Jon Voigt is in one of the occupied seats.

Fighting continues in Tripoli after Gaddafi compound is overrun
WSWS – Fighting continued in the Libyan capital of Tripoli Tuesday after NATO-backed forces sacked Muammar Gaddafi’s compound.

Another congressman posting from Israel gets flak for representing wrong country
Mondoweiss – TC Jewish Folk, a “hip” site for Jewish life in the Twin Cities, is posting diaries from Congressman Erik Paulsen, a Democrat who represents suburban Minneapolis.Note that the website prefaces Paulsen’s blogpost with “He is in Israel this week with AIPAC….” Apparently that’s hip? In my…

Romney seems to be positioning himself to capture neoconservative support
Mondoweiss – Two Romney items. Justin Elliott reports at Salon on Mitt Romney’s foreign policy adviser’s support for a terrorist group that is aimed at Iran. You’ll note that Daniel Pipes loves this group: A foreign policy advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been active in…

Preacher Beck: ‘See the miracle of Israel‚Ķ see all that God has done for us‚Ķ He said to his people, ‘I’m coming, stand here‚Ķ”
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Israel’s Channel 10 Tzinor Layla Interview on Eilat Terror Fraud
Tikun Olam – Israel’s Tzinor Layla (Nightline) interviewed me this morning for their lead story about the Eilat terror attack. They devoted three minutes to my debunking of the Israeli government claim (rapidly dissolving for those of you who read the post I published a few hours ago) that…

Of Sycophants and Stenographers: Carrying Water for Israel’s Fraudulent Version of Eilat Terror Attack
Tikun Olam – Of shoes‚Äîand ships‚Äîand sealing-wax‚Äî Of cabbages‚Äîand kings‚Äî And why the sea is boiling hot‚Äî And whether pigs have wings. – The Walrus and the Carpenter Correction : Thanks to those readers who noted my error in originally attributing this verse to Jabberwocky The journalists which Israeli military-intelligence…

Misc 2

Message from Thierry Meyssan after leaving the Rixos Hotel
Voltaire Network 24 Aug 2011 – Tripoli, 24 August 2011 at 9:30 p.m., Thierry Meyssan confirmed that he and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya were among the group of journalists who were freed this afternoon from the Rixos Hotel – after several days of siege by NATO “rebel” forces – through the good offices…

Nigeria: Energy Sector – Israeli, Austrian Investors Explore Opportunities
allAfrica.com 24 Aug 2011 – Investors and representatives of governments of Israel and Austria recently gathered in Lagos to explore opportunities in Nigeria’s energy and agricultural sector, at the instance of the International Strategic Alliance Committee (ISAC), a group of Nigerian professionals in Diaspora.

Background to the Petition To The National Building Museum
Rachel Corrie Foundation 24 Aug 2011 – Caterpillar Inc. knows what is happening with its equipment. It has long been on notice about the pattern of Israeli human rights violations committed with its equipment. In 2004, Amnesty International denounced Israel’s razing of Palestinian dwellings as “a grave breach of international humanitarian law,” and…

Urge the National Building Museum to Rescind the Award to Caterpillar Inc.
Rachel Corrie Foundation 24 Aug 2011 – As we build our list of petition signatures before the September 14 Henry C. Turner Prize event at the National Building Museum, help us today to tell the National Building Museum and the Turner Prize jury how many of us are concerned. Copy and paste our…

Call to Action: Don’t Reward Caterpillar
Rachel Corrie Foundation 24 Aug 2011 – Despite a long history of complicity in human rights abuses and violations of international law, Caterpillar Inc. has been selected to receive the National Building Museum’s Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology. This prize, to be awarded in Washington DC on September 14,…

UN bid ‘endangers Palestinian rights’
Middle East Monitor 24 Aug 2011 – The Palestinian team responsible for preparing the UN initiative in September recently obtained an independent legal opinion that reveals a high risk involved with the plan to join the UN. The UN initiative to transfer the representation of the Palestinian people at the United Nations from…

First “all Turkish” satellite launched
Middle East Monitor 24 Aug 2011 – Turkey has launched its first observation satellite to have been designed and manufactured wholly by Turkish engineers and technicians. The satellite is part of the planned self-sufficiency in Turkey’s military and developmental industries, officials said. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s Space Technologies Research…

Barak denies apologising for killing of five Egyptians
Middle East Monitor 24 Aug 2011 – Israel’s Defence Minister has said that he did not apologise to Egypt for the killing of five Egyptian security personnel by the Israel Defence Forces last week. Speaking to Israel’s Channel 2 television, Ehud Barak said that he didn’t offer an apology, he “expressed regret” while…

Israel kills Gaza militant leader
BBC 24 Aug 2011 – An Israeli air strike kills a Palestinian militant commander from Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

West pushes for Syria sanctions
BBC 24 Aug 2011 – The US and several European nations call for UN sanctions to be imposed on the Syrian regime over its violent crackdown on anti-government protests.

(en) Britain, Freedom* #7216 – WE’VE HAD ENOUGH!
A-infos 24 Aug 2011 – UK Summer riots – streets on fire —— Three deaths in detention centres in one month —— An Anarchist teacher’s reflections on June 30th public sector strike —— Anarchism in the Philippines – a study —— Police tell businesses to inform on anarchists —— New anti-fracking…

High Court approves Separation Barrier route in al-Walajah
B’tselem 23 Aug 2011 – On 22 Aug. 2011, Israel’s High Court of Justice has approved surrounding the built-up area of the Palestinian village of al-Walajah with the Separation Barrier – a concrete wall nine meters high and 700 meters long. The wall will separate the village from hundreds of dunams…


Texas man making dangerous voyage to site of 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty
Ann Wright, 8/24/2011
Larry Toenjes, 74, from Clear Lake Shores, Texas, is sailing his 39-foot sailboat, the s/v Liberty, to the coordinates of the June 8, 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 sailors and wounded another 173. 207 were killed or wounded out of the 294 on board the USS Liberty in the 90 minute attack by strafing attack planes and torpedoes. At the site, Toenjes will be holding a memorial service honoring those killed on the USS Liberty by the Israeli military.
Toenjes is a 5 year Coast Guard veteran with a PhD in economics. He worked for years in the Bureau of Budget in the state government of Illinois and upon moving to Texas in 1983, taught at the University of Texas in Austin and was a research professor at the University of Texas.
Toenjes and Joe and Sherrie Wagner, his 2 person crew also from Texas, set sail from Texas in July. They have sailed over 7,000 miles and are currently in Malta. According to Joe Meadors, the President of the USS Liberty Veterans Association (www.usslibertyveterans.org), Toenjes has Egyptian government permission to travel in Egyptian territorial waters to the site of the attack.
A Call for Congress to Listen to the Survivors of the Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty
Toenjes said: “I do not intend to go near Gaza. All I intend to do is exercise my right as an American citizen to proceed to a point in international waters where a grave injustice was perpetrated against US sailors and express my dismay that that injustice is being extended by the failure of Congress to have the ‘courage’ to listen to what these men have to say….” — See also: Council for the National Interest: Follow Larry more.. e-mail

It’s time for all Palestinians to be heard
Ahmed Moor, Al Jazeera8/23/2011
Palestinian leaders lack electoral legitimacy, partly because the Palestinian diaspora has no say.
The Palestinians have big decisions to make. Their national movement has followed a singular trajectory for decades but now they are at a historic juncture. Yet they lack representative leaders who are capable of steering them ably into the future. That is because no Palestinian currently commands the weighty authority of electoral legitimacy.
Consequently, the Palestinians must conduct new Palestinian National Council (PNC) elections at the soonest practicable date. Furthermore, those elections must be conducted across the Palestinian communities around the world.
1948 witnessed the creation of one of the world’s few scattered national movements. The Nakba – Arabic for “catastrophe” – was orchestrated by Jewish paramilitaries and resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. More than 750,000 native refugees fled and were dispersed from their homes when the Jewish state was established.
The Palestinians quickly overcame their geographical isolation from one another to begin rebuilding their national institutions. Representation for all Palestinians – both internally and externally displaced refugees, along with the Palestinians who remained in their villages – was one of their earliest goals. All agreed that the Palestinians everywhere ought to have a say in how their collective struggle to reclaim their homes and lands would be conducted.
The PNC was formed to represent the isolated Palestinian communities around the world. As the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which was created in 1964, it continues to be responsible for electing the members of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee, in turn, is the leadership of the Palestinian people both in Palestine and in the Diaspora. more.. e-mail

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils unmanned aircraft – GHOST
Ora Coren, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive8/24/2011
Israel Aerospace Industries unveiled over the weekend its latest development in the field of secret unmanned aerial vehicles – a miniature aircraft weighing four kilograms, known as GHOST to foreign customers.
IOA Editor: Israel’s approach to dealing with Palestinian civil society has often been via a ‘technology fix:’ Spot and Shoot, robotic fighting machines, Shock Vehicle and, last but not least, the Caterpillar bulldozer.
This most recent addition to Israel’s arsenal will enable occupation forces to observe urban resistance in narrow alleys, ‘around the corner,’ via a device remotely controlled at the platoon level.
As with the other ‘fixes,’ GHOST could potentially lessen IDF casualties thus making the cost of occupation more acceptable to Israeli society, while enabling the IAI to sell yet another product, tested on the backs of Palestinians, to shady governments around the world.
Ora Coren, Haaretz, August 21: Israel Aerospace Industries unveiled over the weekend its latest development in the field of secret unmanned aerial vehicles – a miniature aircraft weighing four kilograms, known as GHOST to foreign customers.
In a Washington exhibition, the IAI showcased the unmanned aircraft that is able to provide intelligence imagery in real time to soldiers in urban areas, and is also suitable for civilian use. GHOST lands and launches vertically and is able to fly and hover while automatically maintaining its altitude.
GHOST has a low acoustic signature, and can stay airborne for half-an-hour including a payload for both daytime and nighttime observations. — See also: Source: Haaretz more.. e-mail

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