VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 5 September, 2011: Turkish Officials: No More “Israeli Bullying” In Eastern Mediterranean

5 September 2011 , 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

New Palestinian Strategy To Avoid U.S. Veto At The UN
IMEMC – Monday September 05, 2011 – 14:01, Fatah’s leadership is re-wording the proposal for a Palestinian State to submit to the United Nations this month. The new version is designed so that the countries that are more reluctant to accept a Palestinian state will more likely support Palestine’s bid for recognition, or at least abstain from voting.

P.A Slams Israeli Escalation, Settler Attacks
IMEMC – Monday September 05, 2011 – 13:37, The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank denounced the Israeli military escalation and settlement construction, describing the Israeli violations as an attempt to foil the Palestinian initiative to seek international recognition and full membership at the United Nations this month.

Army Surrounds Bethlehem Village, Uproots Olive Trees
IMEMC – Monday September 05, 2011 – 12:57, Local sources reported Monday that Israeli soldiers are currently surrounding the Al Walaja Village, near Bethlehem, and are uprooting dozens of Olive trees in order to construct a section of the illegal Annexation Wall in the area.

Border Authority Prevents West Bank Patient From Traveling To Jordan
IMEMC – Monday September 05, 2011 – 11:34, Israeli Border Authorities at the Allenby Bridge, leading to Jordan, prevented on Sunday a seriously ill West Bank patient, a former political prisoner, from traveling to Jordan for urgently needed medical treatment.

Turkish Officials: No More “Israeli Bullying” In Eastern Mediterranean
IMEMC – Monday September 05, 2011 – 11:05, According to a report by Turkish media agency Hurriyet, Turkish officials have pledged to accompany any future civilian aid missions to Gaza, saying, ” The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their bullying practices against civilian vessels”.

Settlers Burn A Mosque Near Nablus
IMEMC – Monday September 05, 2011 – 10:33, A group of extremist Israeli settlers broke, on Monday at dawn, into a mosque in Qasra village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and torched it after destroying its property and writing anti-Arab slogans on its walls.

Army Demolishes Three Structures In Migron Illegal Outpost
IMEMC – Monday September 05, 2011 – 06:52, Israeli sources reported that hundreds of policemen and members of the so-called Civil Administration Office, running under the Israeli army, demolished on Monday at dawn, three structures in the illegal Migron settlement outpost, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

OIC Slams UN Report On Flotilla Attack
IMEMC – Monday September 05, 2011 – 04:59, The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, expressed support regarding the statement made by Turkey on the report of the UN Panel of Inquiry regarding the flotilla attack and called upon the international community to exert as much pressure as possible on Israel to lift the illegal blockade it imposes on the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.

Aljazeera

Israeli PM refuses apology to Turkey
AlJazeera 5 Sep 2011 – Palestinian officials say attack appeared to be motivated by demolition of buildings at illegal settlement outpost.

Civilians killed in Yemen air attack
AlJazeera 5 Sep 2011 – Permission to visit detention centre for first time granted following talks between ICRC head and President Assad.

‘Israeli settlers’ burn West Bank mosque
AlJazeera 5 Sep 2011 – Deaths and injuries reported after mosque is mistakenly shelled and hospital also targeted by fighter jets in Abyan.

Palestine News Network

Mosque Burning in Qasra, South of Nablus
PNN – Settlers set fire to a mosque in the village of Qasra after defiling it with insulting and racist slogans against Islam. According to eyewitnesses, the settlers arrived between 1:00-3:00 am and started…

Israeli Settlers Plan Renewed Attacks Against Palestinians
PNN – Bethlehem – James Cochrane-Dyet – PNNSettlers armed by the Israeli authorities and supported by extremist right-wing factions based in Israel are preparing plans to attack Palestinian communities this month. Following Israel’s decision…

New Palestinian strategy to avoid U.S. veto at the UN.
PNN – Ramallah – A. Zarzar – PNN – Fatah’s leadership is re-wording the proposal for a Palestinian State to submit to the United Nations this September. The new version is designed so that…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Killed in Familial Dispute in Khan Yunis and Child Killed in Explosion in Deir al-Balah
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Sunday, 04 September 2011

8 Persons, Including 2 Children and 3 Women, Wounded Due to Explosions of Home-Made Rockets in Populated Areas in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Woman Shot Dead by Her Father
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Young Man Killed and His Father and Two Brothers Wounded by Gunshots on Ground of Family Revenge in Nablus
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Alternative Information Center

West Bank Weekly Protests: Support for Palestinian UN Initiative
Alternative Information Center – Below is a review of the weekly demonstrations against the Separation Wall and Israeli settlements conducted on 2 September 2011 in the West Bank villages of Nabi Saleh, Na’alin, Bil’in, al-Masara and Beit Ummar.

Israel Continues to Uproot Hundreds of Olive Trees for Construction of Separation Wall
Alternative Information Center – At 8 am this morning (5 September) bulldozers arrived at the olive tree fields in the Bethlehem-area village of al-Walaje. They were driven by private contractors and guarded by Israeli soldiers.

Settlers Outfitted with Military Training, Equipment Thanks to US Tax-Deductible Donations
Alternative Information Center – While last week’s item about the Israeli military arming settlers in preparation for September made the international news, it is not new. All settlements have a ‘rapid response team’ armed by the Israeli military – and…

Historic Declaration by Palestinians, Israelis in Support of Israeli Social Protest, Anti-Colonial Struggle
Alternative Information Center – Some 20 political parties and social movements from both sides of the Green Line issued an historic declaration in support of the social protests currently rocking Israel and their necessary linkage to the struggle against Israel’s…

Palestine Telegraph

Israel angry over Erdogan’s plans to visit Gaza
5 Sep 2011 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Israel warned on Monday that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s considered visit to Gaza Strip would be a diplomatic mistake. Jerusalem Post quoted Israeli officials saying that Erdogan’s visit would affect Turkey’s relations with the US. Adding that the move would also weaken Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, presumably because a trip to Hamas-controlled…

The National

Qatar’s emir reaffirms support for Hamas
The National 5 Sep 2011 – Israel seems to fear a Palestinian state more than the Islamist movement in Gaza, heikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani tells Al Jazeera.

Iran to give atomic energy watchdog ‘full supervision’ if sanctions lifted
The National 5 Sep 2011 – European Union says Iran must first re-establish confidence for any sanctions to be lifted, and comply with its international obligations.

Palestinian PM says Israel hold ‘full responsibility’ for mosque arson
The National 5 Sep 2011 – West Bank mosque spray-painted with Hebrew graffiti, and damaged by fire and smoke in an attack blamed on Israeli settlers responding to the demolition of three homes in the outpost of Migron.

Seven die as Yemen air strike targets wrong mosque
The National 5 Sep 2011 – A botched air strike against suspected Al Qaeda-linked militants targeted the wrong mosque in the southern province of Abyan, Yemeni officials said.

Tens of thousands of Israelis seek EU passports
The National 5 Sep 2011 – An EU passport enables Israelis to get unfettered travel and work in the entire union of 27 nations, giving access to high quality and subsidised higher education. But just beneath lurks some fear for the future.

Mubarak trial witness says there was ‘no order to shoot Tahrir Square protesters’
The National 5 Sep 2011 – Prosecution witness wrongfoots ex-president’s trial while stormy session descends into fighting as clashes flare amid protests outside court.

Ha’aretz

IDF Home Front Command: Likelihood of all-out Middle East war increasing
Ha’aretz – Home Front Command chief says Middle East regional war could include use of weapons of mass destruction; warns that Arab Spring may turn into ‘Radical Islamic Winter’.

Turkey: Israeli diplomats must leave country by Wednesday
Ha’aretz – Move marks latest step taken by Turkey against Israel following the release of the UN-commissioned report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid.

Israeli cities pressure activists to take down protest tents
Ha’aretz – Eviction orders issued against encampments in Holon and suburbs of Tel Aviv and Haifa; Association for Civil Rights in Israel says removal of activists infringes on right to protest.

Israeli Arab couple wins legal battle to build home in northern Jewish town
Ha’aretz – Residents of Sahknin, Ahmed and Fatina Zabeidat, petitioned High Court of Justice five years ago over rejection by Rakefet’s admissions committee.

Iran ready for ‘full’ UN oversight of nuclear program if sanctions lifted
Ha’aretz – Iranian atomic chief says, however, that Iran has no intention of suspending its uranium enrichment program.

Abbas: I met recently with Barak to discuss Israel-Palestinian ties
Ha’aretz – During meeting in Ramallah with Israeli intellectuals, Palestinian PM says that security cooperation with Israel will continue, regardless of UN vote on Palestinian statehood.

U.S. envoy: Mideast stability impossible without Israeli-Palestinian peace
Ha’aretz – Daniel Shapiro tells regional cooperation conference that Israel and the Palestinians must build a “strong foundation” to ensure a viable accord.

Iranians suspected in hacking of Mossad, CIA, MI-6 info
Ha’aretz – By forging security certificates, the hackers were also able to steal information from Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter.

Focus U.S.A. / Obama campaign does not shy from his record on Israel
Ha’aretz – Obama campaign believes that many U.S. Jews are not aware of the depth of President Obama’s support for Israel.

Looking for something to do with the kids in Israel? These olim have the answer
Ha’aretz – Ra’anana resident Deborah Dickson’s Facebook group aimed at getting a few suggestions from her friends about kid-friendly activities quickly gains large following, begetting popular website.

Quartet envoy Blair: Rationality can prevail, even in the Middle East
Ha’aretz – WATCH LIVE: International confab aims to boost Israel’s cooperation with Arab world; Bank of Israel chief: Cut in trade with Turkey will be ‘expensive’; Peres: Relations are more important than borders.

Egypt denies conducting operations to destroy Gaza tunnels
Ha’aretz – Previous media reports said that Egypt had begun operations to close smuggling tunnels under its border with the Gaza Strip.

Livni: It’s not too late for Israel and Palestinians to resume negotiations
Ha’aretz – Opposition leader tells regional cooperation conference that there is ‘no status quo’ in the Mideast, as ties deteriorate and Israel faces increasing isolation.

Egypt builds concrete wall around Israeli embassy in Cairo
Ha’aretz – Although official denies wall is to protect Israeli mission, move follows repeated angry protests outside embassy.

Foreign Ministry officials admit: Turkey citizens routinely humiliated at Israel’s airport
Ha’aretz – Dozens of Israelis say they were humiliated at Istanbul airport, forced to strip to their underwear on Monday; Foreign Ministry officials say humiliation of Turkish citizens happens on regular basis in Israel.

Lebanon warns UN: Israel’s proposed maritime border threatens peace and security
Ha’aretz – Lebanese FM says Israeli claims of northern part of waters between two countries infringes on Lebanon’s rights.

In occupied West Bank, Jews and Arabs see different sides of justice
Ha’aretz – The Israeli justice system in the occupied territories treats similar crimes committed by Jews and Arabs differently – impunity toward settlers, harsh repercussions for Arabs.

Turkey: Israel was first to humiliate passengers at airport
Ha’aretz – Following reports of dozens of Israelis’ prolonged questioning at Istanbul airport, Turkish officials say Israeli security personnel also delayed a group of Turkish tourists on Sunday, and thoroughly questioned them.

Israel seeks plan to protect planes against rocket attacks
Ha’aretz – Israeli official states that all Israeli passenger planes will soon be equipped with a system that can divert shoulder-launched rockets fired at them.

Dozens of Israelis questioned at length upon landing in Turkey
Ha’aretz – Israeli passengers authorities at Istanbul airport humiliated them and made them undress to their underwear; Officials in Ankara say Turkish tourists subjected to same treatment evening before at Israel airport.

Settlers set fire to West Bank mosque after Israel demolishes illegal structures in Migron
Ha’aretz – Palestinian Authority condemns attack, says incident is not the first of its kind to be carried out by settlers against mosques, hours after Israel Police destroys three homes in settlement outpost of Migron.

Israel demolishes three illegal houses in West Bank outpost, six arrested
Ha’aretz – Demolition takes place after Supreme Court reverses 12-hour delay; the buildings were ordered to be destroyed by the Court earlier this year, following petition issued by a Israeli human rights organization.

Jerusalem Post

State to try former Bank Hapoalim chairman
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Dan Dankner will be charged for suspected offenses of bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering in purchase of Turkish bank.

Summer recess repairs completed at Knesset
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Extensive renovations of the Knesset plenum completed for the first time in 20 years, included new computer and communications systems.

Danino must explain closure of trafficking unit
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – High Court of Justice summoned police chief Insp.-Gen. to appear within 30 days, provide explanation for closure of Sa’ar Unit.

Court turns down appeal by Hamas arch-terrorist
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Abbas al-Sayed orchestrated Park Hotel and Sharon Mall bombings and plotted to use cyanide elsewhere.

New bill eyes licenses, passports of debtors
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee authorizes a bill that would take a hard line against those who do not pay fines to the state.

Taub Center: Israel above OECD average for cost of living
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Housing, food and automobile prices rose dramatically between 2005 and 2008; housing prices higher than prices in 174 of 175 largest cities in US.

‘They smashed our hearts and souls’
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Border police demolish Tammy Guttman’s home in Migron: “We offered to move it but they just wanted to destroy.”

Far-right suspected in mosque vandalism
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Settlers allegedly set fire to, vandalize mosque near Nablus in response to earlier demolition of 3 homes in Migron outpost.

Squatters threaten violence over J’lem eviction
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – 100 tent activists break into building in Jerusalem; “People aren’t going to leave here like lambs to the slaughter,” says protester.

IAF sets new guidelines for reconnaissance flights
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Hezbollah building up air defense systems, moving weapons out of Syria as Bashar Assad loses his grip; fly overs of Red Sea, Lebanon track weapons shipments destined for Hamas, Hezbollah.

Activists to announce new steps in social protests
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – One activist says there will be an unprecedented 1,000 table country-wide discussion, planned from Rosh Pina to Beersheba.

Hope in the Sinai
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Egypt is making every effort to ensure that stability is maintained.

A new public agenda for Israel
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Housing is not the only basic necessity that is significantly more expensive in Israel compared to other western countries.

Our World: Ankara’s chosen scapegoat
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Turkey harassed Israeli businessmen in Istanbul in order to gain popularity in the Muslim world generally and Arab world specifically.

Does questioning evolution make you anti-science?
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said that evolution was “just a theory” and that it had “some gaps in it.”

Home Front Command warns of looming multi-front war
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Maj.-Gen. Eisenberg reveals that Hamas used new advanced rocket in most recent attacks against Israel.

Borderline Views: Freedom of expression in danger
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – In recent years it has become acceptable for politically oriented groups to attack academics who express their views.

Encountering Peace: The loss of youth
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Their childhood was filled with fear; where did these young people learn to raise their voices with such clarity of purpose and determination?

Supporting Palestinians to fail?
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Abu Mazen’s inefficiency in developing infrastructure is an impediment to the future sovereignty of the Palestinian people.

The empirical case for defensible borders
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Israel will have to maintain a perimeter presence along the borders of a future Palestinian state.

IDF to simulate missile attack on Dimona nuclear reactor
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Home Front Command, Israel Atomic Energy Commission to hold large exercise called “Fernando”; drill will simulate Hezbollah, Hamas attack.

Blair says he is not giving up on Mideast peace
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Quartet’s Mideast envoy: Economic solutions are not substitutes for political ones; US ambassador: Obama is committed to Israel.

240 new immigrants report to basic training
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Three month course will teach soldiers to speak and understand Hebrew, help them adjust to military life and Israeli society.

Did Muslims miscall end of Ramadan fast?
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Saudi astronomers threatened for casting doubt on moon sighting; Saturn mistaken for crescent moon indicating end of holy month.

Iran ready for ‘full’ UN oversight if sanctions go
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – IAEA to be granted unfettered access to nuclear program for 5 years, but Iran will not stop enriching uranium, says Iranian atomic energy chief.

Turkey gives Israeli diplomats 2 days to leave country
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Ankara threatens to bring Gaza blockade before International Criminal Court, file suit against Israeli soldiers, officials.

Residents, interns end hunger strike after one day
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – Hunger strike begun when mass resignation of doctors ruled illegal; doctors ordered to return to work.

Egypt builds wall around Israeli embassy in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – After repeated angry protests, Egyptian official says barrier is to protect other residents of high-rise building, not Israeli mission.

Egypt’s Mubarak arrives at Cairo court, State TV reports
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – First witnesses to speak at trial; judge bans television cameras from court sessions; pro-, anti-Mubarak demonstrators gather outside court.

Photo Gallery: 3 homes demolished in Migron outpost
Jerusalem Post 5 Sep 2011 – High Court of Justice had ordered that the structures in the West bank outpost be taken down in September.

The Guardian

Israel and Turkey: sailing into choppy waters | Editorial
The Guardian 4 Sep 2011 – Once again Israel has chosen a tactical victory over a strategic relationship What happened when Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara, the largest ship in a flotilla aimed at breaking the Gaza siege, cannot be undone….

West Bank mosque damaged by settlers in revenge attack
The Guardian 5 Sep 2011 – Windows of mosque in Qusra smashed and graffiti sprayed in Hebrew following demolition of outpost homes in Migron Hardline settlers attacked a mosque in a West Bank village on Monday in an apparent “price tag” operation…

Tony Blair to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders in peace push
The Guardian 4 Sep 2011 – Tony Blair to seek path back to peace talks in effort to avert collision over Palestinian bid to win UN recognition of statehood Tony Blair is expected to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders this week in…

Israel’s March of the Million protest – video
The Guardian 5 Sep 2011 – A record 430,000 people have taken part in demonstrations across Israel to demand social justice and a lower cost of living

Israeli protests: 430,000 take to streets to demand social justice
The Guardian 4 Sep 2011 – Up to 300,000 take part in Tel Aviv, 50,000 in Jerusalem and 40,000 in Haifa in Israel’s biggest ever demonstration Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday night in Israel’s biggest ever…

Israeli protests draw large numbers – in pictures
The Guardian 4 Sep 2011 – More than 400,000 people took to the streets across Israel on Saturday to protest against the high cost of living

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: Al-Qaeda Lost the Battle Long Ago
IPS Osama bin Laden didn’t live to see the 10th anniversary of Sep. 11. And his organisation, according to many U.S. government insiders, is on its last legs since his death at the hands of U.S. Special Forces in May. “We’re within reach of strategically defeating Al-Qaeda,” Defence Secretary Leon Panetta…

ISRAEL: Netanyahu Besieged, From Within and Without
IPS More and more Israelis seem to realise that the only policy that causes bad luck is bad policy. In a fortnight, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found himself politically besieged from within and from without.

Uruknet

Carnage: a letter from Tripoli
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – This letter came from the NGO that was in Tripoli – now they are back in the USA – and they just received this letter.

Army Surrounds Bethlehem Village, Uproots Olive Trees
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – Local sources reported Monday that Israeli soldiers are currently surrounding the Al Walaja Village, near Bethlehem, and are uprooting dozens of Olive trees in order to construct a section of the illegal Annexation Wall in the area. The soldiers, heavily deployed in the area, declared the village a “closed military zone”, and are preventing…

The Tripoli Massacres: Abu Salim Trauma “Hospital” (updated )
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – This really upsetting report came in from Andrew Simmons for al Jazeera English. He should rightly be messed up for life from seeing the scene of Abu Salim trauma hospital under rebel management. Nineteen corpses were dumped outside along with garbage. The one in the foreground is interesting, after I found a photo of…

Syria News – September 4, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet September 4, 2011 – This day Sunday: 15 martyrs until now in each of Idlib, Homs, Hama and Damascus Suburb . Discovery of a mass grave next to Al-Rami village containing at least seven decomposed bodies. People tried to remove them but the security forces kicked them out and spred out massively in the area…Deir Ezzor: martyrdom under torture…

Settlers Burn A Mosque Near Nablus
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – A group of extremist Israeli settlers broke, on Monday at dawn, into a mosque in Qasra village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and torched it after destroying its property and writing anti-Arab slogans on its walls. The Maan News Agency reported that the settler broke into Al Nourein mosque after breaking…

Israel prevents Palestinian from receiving cancer treatment
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – Israeli authorities prevented a Palestinian from leaving to Jordan for medical treatment for cancer, the patient’s family said. Zakariya Dawoud Issa, 43, was sent back from the Allenby border crossing in an ambulance after Israeli authorities refused to allow him to cross into Jordan. Issa, from Al-Khader near Bethlehem, was released from an Israeli…

Libya: The War Continues
Uruknet September 4, 2011 – The cities of Sirte, Bani Walad, and Sabha, at least, are still in the hands of Gaddafi loyalists, including tribal mmilitias. They are still being bombed by NATO’s warplanes and attacked by their helicopters, as they prepare for a September 10 surrender deadline or a September 11 assault by al Qaeda-linked rebel lynch mobs….

New York Times Reports On Libya Ethnic Cleansing of Black People Months Later
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – More than two months after The Wall Street Journal wrote about what amounted to ethnic cleansing of Black people in Misurata, The New York Times in today’s edition finally writes another piece about the racist attacks against Black people by the NATO-backed “rebels” from Benghazi, now installed in power. The article appears under the…

Action call for September
Uruknet September 4, 2011 – We entered the month of September. It is a month that is considered historically bad. Its associations with lots of negative historical dates can be seen on this Palestine calendar http://www.palestinecalendar.org/september.html and on calendars of other countries. But with our efforts we can change these associations and bring positive change in September that we…

US Drone Strike Kills Seven in North Waziristan 50th Strike Reported in 2011
Uruknet September 4, 2011 – At least seven people were killed today when US drones fired missiles into North Waziristan Agency, putting a grim cap on tribesmen’s four day celebration of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most significant holidays of the year. The attack is the 50th reported drone strike of the year, with a reported death toll of…

Save the Children UK: Annual Review of Child Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Uruknet September 4, 2011 – Save the Children presents the major trends of 2010 that affected the rights of children in the occupied Palestinian territory to live, learn and play in freedom and safety. In 2010, Palestinian children continued to face poverty, violence and threats to basic rights such as education and health. Economic growth obscured widespread aid dependency,…

Yemen on edge as army deploys in face of mass protest
Uruknet September 4, 2011 – Hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ouster marched on Sunday in the Yemeni capital, raising tensions as troops deployed to try to prevent mass protests. Security forces closed off all access routes to the capital from Saturday afternoon while armed civilians loyal to the veteran president also took to Sanaa’s…

PCHR Condemns Palmer Report
Uruknet September 4, 2011 – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the report of the Panel of Inquiry (Palmer Committee) established by the UN Secretary-General to investigate the attack on Mavi Marmara, one of the ships of the Freedom Flotilla, while it was in international waters and headed to the Gaza Strip, carrying humanitarian aid for…

Human Rights Watch and persecution of black people in Tripoli
Uruknet September 4, 2011 – Today Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports on the arbitrary detention of black-skinned people in Tripoli. HRW is one of the members of the “Responsibility to Protect coalition” and has been slow to condemn the racist atrocities of the Libyan rebellion and has little to say about the bombing of civilians by NATO in places…

Daily Star

Central Security Council unveils plan for terror cell crackdown
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 The Central Security Council elaborated a plan Monday to intensify its crackdown on terrorist cells, in cooperation with the Lebanese Army.

Jumblatt lauds Turkey’s expulsion of Israeli ambassador
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt has praised Turkey’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador from Ankara as a step reflecting renewed support for the Palestinian cause.

Lebanon tells U.N. Israeli maritime borders threaten peace and security
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Lebanon warned the United Nations Monday that Israel’s proposed sea border threatens peace and security, as tensions rise between the neighbors over offshore oil and gas reserves.

Charbel denies earlier comments on ISF leadership
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Interior Minister Marwan Charbel denied Monday media reports that quoted him as saying that Major General Ashraf Rifi, director general of the Internal Security Forces, and Wissam al-Hasan…

Future slams Hezbollah for silence on Karam
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 MPs from former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s parliamentary Future bloc lashed out at Hezbollah Monday for keeping silent on the case of retired Army Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam who was sentenced to two years in prison…

Russia to oppose any moves to arm Syrian opposition
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 According to Western diplomats and political observers watching the developments in Syria, the next stage of the international community’s response to events in Damascus will move from supporting the people’s uprising…

Kabbara blasts Hezbollah over ties with Iran
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Hezbollah is opposed to foreign intervention in Lebanon yet maintains strong ties with Iran, Future Movement MP Mohammad Kabbara said Monday, after Hezbollah over the weekend threatened to cut off any foreign hand that reached into…

March 14 has adopted divisive rhetoric: Fadlallah
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Hassan Fadlallah accused the March 14 coalition Monday of adopting a sectarian and divisive political rhetoric.

Muslim authorities urge support for army
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Grand Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani called on the Lebanese people to support the army, which he described as the protecter of the nation, following talks with Lebanese Army commander General Jean Kahwagi…

Mikati holds unannounced meeting with STL registrar
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 An unannouncedmeeting between Prime Minister Najib Mikati and a representative from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon took place early Monday at the Grand Serail, sources told The Daily Star.

Geagea predicts uprising will bring down Syrian regime
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea predicted Monday the collapse of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad under pressure of the popular uprising that has been raging for more than five months with no letup.

Rai warns of sectarian wars during Paris talks
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said he discussed with France’s President Nicholas Sarkozy attacks on peacekeepers in Lebanon as well the wave of popular uprisings that have swept the Arab world.

Cabinet split threatens paralysis
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 No progress was made Monday in ministerial discussions of a controversial proposal by the Free Patriotic Movement to develop Lebanon’s electricity sector, as divisions in the March 8-dominated Cabinet threatened to paralyze the government.

Scuffles disrupt Mubarak trial as police witness testifies
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 A top police witness at the trial of Hosni Mubarak said Monday he was not aware of any order to fire on protesters who ousted the Egyptian president, as scuffles erupted inside and outside the courtroom.

Red Cross visits Syrian jail amid fresh raids near Turkey
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Syria has opened its main prison in Damascus to the Red Cross, the organization said Monday, a move that could help reveal the fate of some of the thousands detained since the start of a five-month…

Libyan forces mass outside holdout town
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Libyan forces massed Monday outside a pro-Gadhafi desert town that has refused to surrender, building a field hospital for a possible last stand.

Egypt to end military trials of civilians
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Egypt’s army will stop trying civilians in military courts when it scraps the country’s decades-old emergency law, a top general said Monday, as activists tried to build momentum for a mass protest against military trials this…

Botched government airstrike kills 5 civilians in south Yemen
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Yemeni warplanes mistakenly killed five civilians in raids on suspected militant strongholds in the country’s volatile south, a military official said, in a series of strikes Monday targeting elements thought to belong to Al-Qaeda.

Abbas reveals August talks with Barak
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli intellectuals Monday that he had held a series of talks with Israel’s defense minister, the group’s spokeswoman said.

Turkey tells Israeli diplomats to leave, passengers report harassment
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Turkey deepened its rift with Israel Monday by vowing to work for the recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations and by saying it has notified high-level Israeli diplomats they have two days to…

Egypt builds barrier around Israel’s embassy in Cairo
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Egypt has walled off Israel’s embassy in Cairo after tensions between the two countries sparked a series of angry protests that reached a climax last month when a demonstrator scaled the building and removed the Israeli…

Kurdish rebels kill policeman and his wife
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Kurdish guerrillas opened fire on a group of Turkish policemen playing football in the eastern city of Tunceli late Sunday, killing a senior officer and his wife, and wounding eight other police officers, Turkish media reported.

Iran ready for full U.N. oversight if sanctions go
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Iran would be ready to grant the U.N. atomic watchdog full supervision of its nuclear activities for five years if U.N. sanctions were lifted, a senior official was quoted as saying Monday, an offer the West…

Clash between rival clans kills man in Tunisia mining town
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Fighting between rival clans in the southwestern Tunisian mining town of Metlaoui killed a young man Monday, according to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

Cyprus president denies knowledge of danger posed by munitions
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Cyprus’ president said Monday that he was never told just how dangerous seized Iranian munitions were before they detonated and killed 13 people, triggering an economic and political crisis.

Iran rejects PJAK cease-fire, demands pullout
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rejected a cease-fire Monday declared by the Kurdish rebel group PJAK as meaningless as long as PJAK forces remained on the borders of the Islamic Republic, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Libyan siege puts tribal divisions to the test
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Squatting in the shade of a crumbling hut on the outskirts of Bani Walid, a besieged town still loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, Hasan Warfalla said his tribe would not be persuaded easily to lay down their…

Inquiry to probe British rendition to Libya claims
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 A British inquiry into alleged complicity in the mistreatment of suspected terrorists said Monday it would look into new claims that foreign spy agency MI6 was involved in rendition to Libya.

Tourists feel the heat of tense Israeli-Turkish ties
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Israeli passengers said they were segregated and searched at Istanbul airport on Monday and Turkish tourists made similar complaints about treatment in Israel, accounts that further stoked a heated feud between the two countries.

Turkish PM to visit Egypt next week, has no plan to see Gaza
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Egypt next week but has no plans to visit the Gaza Strip for the time being, an official from his office said Monday.

Abbas ‘met with Israel’s Barak in August’
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Monday told Israeli intellectuals he had held a series of talks with Israel’s defence minister, the group’s spokeswoman said.

200 Bahrain detainees on hunger strike: activist
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 More than 200 Shiite Bahrainis jailed for their role in a month of pro-democracy protests in the Sunni-ruled kingdom have joined a hunger strike, a rights and opposition activist said on Monday.

Iran ready for “full” UN oversight if sanctions go
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Iran would be ready to grant the U.N. atomic watchdog “full supervision” of its nuclear activities for five years if U.N. sanctions were lifted, a senior official was quoted as saying on Monday, an offer the…

Hezbollah hypocritical in opposition to foreign intervention: Kabbara
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Hezbollah is opposed to foreign intervention in Lebanon yet maintains strong ties with Iran, Future Movement MP Mohammad Kabbara said.

Tension lingers over controversial electricity bill
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati held talks Monday in an effort to find a compromise to the controversial plan to develop Lebanon’s electricity sector.

Al-Hajj wins first round of Lebanon Cycling Championship
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Zaher al-Hajj has won the first round of this year’s Lebanon Cycling Championship.

Hush-hush meeting between Mikati, STL
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 A hush-hush meeting between Prime Minister Najib Mikati and a representative from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) took place early Monday at the Grand Serail, sources told The Daily Star.

Investigations under way into kidnapping of 23-year-old
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Mother of Bashir Ali Fakih received phone call Friday demanding $32,000 in ransom money for missing son who had said he intended to take trip to Baalbek.

Rai says he will discuss impact of regional unrest on Lebanon during talks with Sarkozy
Daily Star 4 Sep 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Sunday he will discuss with French President Nicolas Sarkozy Lebanon’s problems in light of the changing geopolitics of the region.

Karam sentenced to 2 years for collaborating with Israel
Daily Star 4 Sep 2011 Retired Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam was sentenced by a military court to two years of hard labor in prison for collaborating with Israel, setting off a flurry of reactions from his political allies and rivals.

YNet News

Israel: Turkey wants confrontation
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Officials in Jerusalem not surprised by detention of Israeli passengers at….

Abbas: I met with Barak in Jordan
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Palestinian president says he discussed various issues with Israeli defense….

Iran set to roll out advanced uranium enrichment machines
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Machines could speed up production of nuclear reactor fuel as well as….

PA launches multi-language propaganda radio campaign
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – PA national radio to air messages aiming to gain support for statehood bid in 26….

Scuffles erupt outside Mubarak trial
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Anti-Mubarak protesters hurl stones at police; proceedings will move into a new….

Man arrested for sexually assaulting kids in synagogue
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – A 65-year-old man is suspected of offering to teach kids Torah, then committing….

Cabinet discusses commercial airliner missile defense
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Security Cabinet deliberates on missile threat, budget of protection equipment….

Israelis held in Istanbul airport
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Passengers arriving in Turkey detained by local police after their passports….

Mosque torched near Nablus
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – In what looks like a retaliation for razing at Migron outpost, Palestinians say….

3 houses razed in Migron outpost
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Nighttime courtroom drama causes delay but operations resumed before dawn and….

EU terror chief: Arab Spring poses risks
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – The Arab uprisings have provided an opportunity for al-Qaeda, the EU’s counter-terrorism chief said on Monday, underlining the need for Europe to help prevent power … ….

Netanyahu ‘kills’ ex-PM Sharon
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Bibi makes faux pas: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mistakenly “buried” former PM Ariel Sharon during a family event held by the daughter of Interior Minister Eli … ….

IDF general: Likelihood of regional war growing
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Recent revolutions in the Arab world and the deteriorating ties with Turkey are raising the likelihood of a regional war in the Middle East, IDF Home Front Command Chief, … ….

Israel’s airport chief: Turks twist reality
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Turkish officials are twisting reality by claiming that the detention of Israeli passengers at Istanbul airport is related to the mistreatment of Turkish passengers at … ….

Sweden earmarks $630,000 to protect its Jews
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – Sweden has earmarked 4 million kronor ($630,000) to boost security for the country’s small Jewish minority. The move comes after criticism at home and internationally … ….

Shooting contest: Police 1, IDF 0
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – A shooting competition pitting special police units against elite IDF forces ended on an unequivocal note, with police snipers taking the top three places in the contest. … ….

Terror attacks skyrocket in August
YNet News, 5 Sep 2011 – A significant rise in the number of terror attacks was recorded in August, the Shin Bet reported Monday. According to the report, 178 attacks were recorded in … ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers arrest 3 citizens, wound 4 in Al-Khalil
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 10:08 AM

Erdogan to visit Egypt, but not Gaza
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 09:30 AM

Jewish settlers burn mosque in Nablus village
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 09:37 AM

WAFA

Kiryat Arba Settlers Attack Palestinian Home in Hebron
WAFA

Belgium Considers Upgrading Diplomatic Status of Palestinian Delegation
WAFA

Abbas: We Want to Legitimize Palestinian Existence, not Delegitimize Anyone
WAFA

Jordan Affirms Support of Palestinian Bid to UN
WAFA

PLO Status not Affected by State UN Recognition, says Executive Committee
WAFA

Ashrawi Urges Belgium to Support Palestine’s UN Membership
WAFA

Pro-Palestinian Festival Held in Vienna
WAFA

Netanyahu Ready to Meet Abbas in Ramallah to Restart Negotiations
WAFA

Settlers Set Fire to Olive Fields in Nablus Area Village
WAFA

Israel Arrests Hundreds of Palestinians in August
WAFA

Palestinian Bid an Urgent Need, Legitimate Right, says Lebanon National Media Council
WAFA


Intifada Palestine

Gaza Not Represented in Blockade Whitewash
Intifada-Palestine: 5 Sep 2011 – Warped “inquiry” invites mega-mischief Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) meets with Panel of Inquiry on the Flotilla Incident on the 10 August. [ Image U.N News Centre by Stuart Littlewood “Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in… more

Anthony Lawson : The Legend of 9/11 — 10 Years On
Intifada-Palestine: 5 Sep 2011 – http://youtu.be/wF-Rp4W_ABE by Anthony Lawson This video concentrates on the two major 9/11 issues: The Unidentified Planes and The Controlled Demolitions. Nothing else. It does not mention the NORAD stand–down; the don’t-fly and don’t-go-to-work warnings or the Dancing Israelis or… more

SAMI MOUBAYED: When the Baathists Read their History
Intifada-Palestine: 5 Sep 2011 – Image: Courtesy of Christian Science Monitor By Sami Moubayed The pre-Ba’ath era in Syria is generally acknowledged by most people as the “golden era” of Syrian democracy. Even radical Ba’athists who refused to admit that in the past now nod affirmatively… more

Los Angeles Times

Syrian forces raid cities in possible manhunt
LA Times 4 Sep 2011 – Residents say forces are looking for a Hama prosecutor who in videos said he had quit because of a Syrian government campaign of killing. The government says he was forced to issue the statements. Government tanks, state security agents and plainclothes loyalist militiamen known as…

Syrian opposition hopes for coup as sanctions, protests grind on
LA Times 4 Sep 2011 – The uprising is testing whether public anger over the collapsing economy and deadly crackdown will break the government before security forces break the nonviolent protest movement. Almost half a year into Syria’s deadly military campaign against street protesters, the United States and Europe remained locked…

Libya rebels close in on Kadafi stronghold
LA Times 4 Sep 2011 – A rebel says negotiations for Bani Walid’s surrender have broken down. Rebel forces are reported to be as close as 10 miles from the town center. Rebel forces were closing in Sunday on a strategic town still loyal to longtime Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi amid…

CIA once handed key Libya rebel figure to Kadafi, documents show
LA Times 4 Sep 2011 – A few years ago, documents show, Abdel-Hakim Belhadj was a wanted Islamic militant whom the CIA handed over for ‘debriefing’ to the government of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, a ‘war on terror’ ally. The sometimes odd contortions of U.S. policy in the Islamic world have…

New York Times

In Damascus, Amid Uprising, Syrians Act Like Nothing’s Amiss
New York Times 5 Sep 2011 – While protests against the government of Bashar al-Assad break out across Syria, many Damascenes insist on another reality.

Syrian Troops Conduct New Raids Against Protesters
New York Times 5 Sep 2011 – Syrian troops launched assaults on Monday on several towns and cities across Syria in an attempt to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad, activists and residents said.

Standoff Continues Between Rebels and Qaddafi Loyalists
New York Times 5 Sep 2011 – Rebel negotiators have resumed talks with loyalist holdouts in the desert town of Bani Walid in an effort to persuade them to surrender peacefully before a Sept. 10 deadline set by the interim government.

Libya Rebels Focus Wrath on Sub-Saharan African Migrants
New York Times 5 Sep 2011 – Libyan rebels have imprisoned hundreds of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, accusing them of being mercenaries for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Libya’s Rebels Open Government Offices to the Public
New York Times 5 Sep 2011 – Pretty much anyone was welcome who was willing to dress up and step through the metal detector at the door to the hall of the General Congress of the People.

Hosni Mubarak Returns to Court Amid Clashes
New York Times 5 Sep 2011 – As crowds and police clashed outside a makeshift courtroom, prosecutors trying former President Hosni Mubarak began Monday to lay out their case against him.

Abbas Affirms Palestinian Bid at U.N.
New York Times 5 Sep 2011 – President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority said that he was going to seek membership for a state of Palestine, not instead of talks with Israel but in addition to them.

Diplomatic Strains Grow Between Turkey and Israel
New York Times 5 Sep 2011 – Tensions between Israel and Turkey mounted further on Monday, as Turkish officials ordered senior Israeli diplomats to leave the country by midweek.

Misc

Alert: French JDL is recruiting ‘militants’ to travel to West Bank in 2 weeks
Mondoweiss – Below is the Google translation of the text at JDL’s French Website . I am literally shaking while typing this. I do not know what more I can say. TRAVEL militant solidarity in the West Bank Posted September 3, 2011 by Administrator The JDL is organizing 19…

Wikileaks: U.S., Saudis reached 2010 compromise over Israeli-made Cadillac parts
Mondoweiss – According to a 2010 cable from the U.S. embassy in Riyadh disclosed by Wikileaks, the U.S. is extremely pleased with ongoing Saudi efforts to reduce the extent of the Saudi economic boycott of Israel, including a historic compromise over fuel filters made in Israel that are…

Many Americans are not aware of the depth of Obama’s desire for a second term
Mondoweiss – Haaretz : Obama campaign believes that many U.S. Jews are not aware of the depth of President Obama’s support for Israel… An Obama campaign activist thinks that the campaign must publicize Obama’s record onIsrael in order to make the Jewish community – where Obama’s approval rating is…

Will Libya victory feed western hubris?
Mondoweiss – It is perfectly correct to observe that any celebration of the apparent victory of the Libyan rebels—a clear consequence of the major military assistance by NATO and the U.S—is, at best, premature. If the outcome of the “victories” in Afghanistan and Iraq don’t warrant extreme caution…

Avnery says UN vote could bring violence/crackdown to West Bank
Mondoweiss – Uri Avnery has written one of the most chilling articles I have ever read, titled “Dogs of War.” It is about the dimensions of potential violence looming after the UN vote in what Israel has dubbed “Operation Summer Seeds” . Avnery fears this will kick off…

Netanyahu Gags Shabak Director, Subverts Knesset Oversight Regarding Eilat Attack
Tikun Olam – Yoram Cohen, Shabak chief, usually gags others; this time he is gagged For those of you who harbor quaint notions about Israeli democracy, tonight’s post should further disabuse you of your illusions. In most western democracies, the legislative branch of government exercises some oversight of military…

As UN Vote on Palestinian Statehood Approaches, U.S. Careens Toward Irrelevance
Tikun Olam – I wasn’t going to write a blog post on this story , but I read one statement from a clueless U.S. official that was so galling I just had to, if only to express my outrage as a U.S. citizen at the increasing outrageousness and irrelevance of…

Still, Small Voice of Reason: While Israeli Media Crows Mavi Marmara Attack Vindicated, Single Soul Argues Israel Erred Grievously
Tikun Olam – Israeli media is filled with headlines claiming the Palmer Report vindicated its attack on the Mavi Marmara and tut-tutting about Turkey’s threats against it. You read headlines saying Erdogan is a dangerous megalomaniac, that Turkey aims to start a war, etc. But you don’t hear hard-headed…

Misc 2

Nicaragua refuses to recognize NTC, calls NATO drunken warmonger
Voltaire Network 5 Sep 2011 – Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega announced that his government does not recognize the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people and described NTC as “an instrument of intervention by NATO forces.” “We can not recognize it. There will have to…

Revolt In Libya: a Message to Chavez
Voltaire Network 5 Sep 2011 – The foray against the Venezuelan Embassy in Tripoli at the hands of the National Transitional Council was meant to send President Chavez a clear message. He, too, can be overthrown by Western powers. Hence, Caracas is carefully examing the way in which the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya…

The western project for the East: parliamentary systems under protectorate
Voltaire Network 5 Sep 2011 – Arab affairs Editorial: Parliamentary regimes under tutelage What is happening in Libya is putting forward the real archetype of the political project carried by an Arab political faction and featuring a mixture of branches from the international Muslim Brotherhood organization, groups from the liberal bourgeoisie and…

Kenya: Two Citizens Detained By Saudi Arabia Bosses
allAfrica.com 5 Sep 2011 – A HUMAN rights group in Mombasa has said two Kenyan women have been forced to work in Saudi Arabia against their wish. The rights group said the two were undergoing mental torture.

Nigeria: 82 Ex-Militants Head for Israel, Philippines
allAfrica.com 5 Sep 2011 – EIGHTY-TWO delegates from the Niger Delta region under the Federal Government re-integration process of the Amnesty Programme yesterday jetted out to Israel and the Philipines for training in Agriculture, pipeline welding and underwater welding.

Nigeria: U.S., Israelis to Probe Nation’s Security Agencies?
allAfrica.com 5 Sep 2011 – PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan may have set up a probe committee primarily of Israeli and the United States of America (USA)-recommended intelligence officers to examine the entire Nigerian security apparatus.

Isreali Surveillance Plane Circles Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 5 Sep 2011 – Saturday 3rd September: At around 11am, residents of Beit Ommar witnessed an unmaned Israeli surveillance plane enter the village, and fly at a very low altitude over areas of the town. The plane appeared only a few hours before the town’s weekly protest against the illegal…

More Evidence of Israeli Plans for September Violence Emerge
Palestine Solidarity Project 4 Sep 2011 – More evidence has emerged this week that Israel and its settlers are preparing to use extreme violence in response to peaceful Palestinian protests this Septemeber. The International Middle East Media Center reports that extreme right-wing settler groups have prepared plans to attack peaceful Palestinian protests following…

Beit Ommar Residents Protest In Solidarity With Majde Za’aqiq
Palestine Solidarity Project 3 Sep 2011 – Today in Beit Ommar, around twenty-five demonstrators marched towards the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur in protest of the imprisonment of Beit Ommar school teacher Majde Za’aqiq. Demonstrators held signs protesting Majde’s imprisonment, advocating Palestinian membership of the UN, and ending the occupation. Israeli soldiers…

Arab League criticises claim that siege of Gaza is legitimate
Middle East Monitor 5 Sep 2011 – The Arab League has criticized the United Nations for issuing a report which claims that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip is legitimate. Such a position, said the League’s spokesman, harms the UN’s reputation, having declared previously that the siege imposed on Gaza’s million and a…

Egyptian call for stronger measures against Israeli border aggression
Middle East Monitor 5 Sep 2011 – The Secretary General of Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party has demanded that Essam Sharaf’s cabinet take stronger measures against Israeli aggression on the border with Egypt. Saad Al Katatny said that his country should follow Turkey’s example, which has expelled the Israeli ambassador following the Zionist…

Hamas rejects UN Palmer Report and calls on Turkey to cut all relations with Israel
Middle East Monitor 5 Sep 2011 – The leader of Hamas in Gaza has made clear his movement’s rejection of the UN Palmer Report into Israel’s attack on the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010. According to Mahmoud Zahar, the report which calls Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza “legitimate”, flies in the face of…

Israeli settlers burn mosque in occupied Nablus
Middle East Monitor 5 Sep 2011 – At dawn on Monday (05/09), Israeli settlers set fire to the ground floor of Al-Nurain mosque in the village of Qasra to the south of Nablus. According to local village sources, residents of Qasra woke this morning to yet another settler crime against mosques and…

UK PM wants Libya rendition inquiry
BBC 5 Sep 2011 – British Prime Minister David Cameron says claims MI6 was involved in the rendition of Libyan terror suspects should be investigated, as an alleged victim demands an apology from the UK and US.

Scuffles as Mubarak trial resumes
BBC 5 Sep 2011 – Scuffles break out outside the Cairo courthouse where the trial of Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak resumed on Monday.

Palestinian mosque in fire attack
BBC 5 Sep 2011 – Israeli police investigate a fire and graffiti attack on a mosque in the Palestinian village of Kasra, north of Jerusalem.

Press review: Turkey-Israel spat
BBC 5 Sep 2011 – Papers across the Middle East are divided about Turkey’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador and suspend military accords over Israel’s refusal to apologise for last year’s raid on a flotilla of activists heading for Gaza.

Lawlessness and Injustice Define America and Israel
Sabbah report 5 Sep 2011 – The plan calls for Israeli children to confront their Palestinian counterparts, Israeli women and men doing the same thing. At home, America is plagued by police state laws.

Suspected “price tag” attack following demolition of houses in Migron outpost
B’tselem 4 Sep 2011 – This morning, Palestinians from Qusra, a village south of Nablus, discovered that the village mosque had been torched with burning tyres. On the first floor of the mosque, the tyres left burn marks and windows were shattered. A Star of David and the writing “Muhammad is…

Articles


September Initiative: Palestinian National Rights are Point of Origin
Nassar Ibrahim, Alternative Information Center8/31/2011
The real meaning of the Palestinian September UN initiative is that it provides an opportunity for a return to the axioms that should guide Palestinian political choices: Palestinian national and social rights, with all their components. Nassar Ibrahim explains.
The announcement by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas that in September the PA will request from the United Nations full membership and recognition of a Palestinian state by international bodies, raises political controversies and legal issues in both the Palestinian and the international arenas. The more that Palestinian political and civil society organizations explore this issue, the more complex the questions to be faced become. This increasing complexity demonstrates how such a step failed to result from a reasoned national political strategy, which is what should lead the way for such a choice. The claim for state recognition could have been the culmination of a real reconciliation process on the ground between Hamas and Fatah, a restructuring of the Palestinian popular movements and a reformation of the relation with the Arab peoples, as well as with the international and Israeli anti-Zionist civil society movement, thus reframing a new position toward future peace initiatives. But it was not.
The first worrying element is that this choice came abruptly and not as a result of an evaluation process of the Palestinian political performance since Oslo until today. In other words, it seems to be an option chosen due to a crisis, rather than an intentional step toward a new national strategy. An analysis of its political and historical context, indissolubly tied with the Palestinian national struggle and its objectives, is fundamental for this initiative to mean more than a diplomatic maneuver under the ceiling of the so-called peace process (i.e. the negotiations), which was a dysfunctional process from its beginning in the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference right through to its death in 2011…. more.. e-mail

It’s a TOTAL war, monsieur
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times9/3/2011
Africa and the Middle East, not to mention most of the global South, you have been warned; Humanitarian imperialism, under the cloak of R2P, is the new law of the land.
The winners of that “kinetic” thing in northern Africa (the Barack Obama administration swears it’s not a war) – collectively described as Friends of Libya (FOL) – were all in a jolly mood as they gathered in Paris on Thursday, with no air-conditioning but potent odors of runny Brie and Roquefort, to gloat about their United Nations-sanctioned, North Atlantic Treaty Organization-implemented “operation” for regime change in Libya.
Call it the FOL war; the R2P war (as in “responsibility to protect” Western plunder); the Air France war; the Total war; anyway, the FOL had a blast spinning their win.
The Great Arab Liberator, neo-Napoleonic President Nicolas Sarkozy, gloated, “We have aligned with the Arab people in their aspiration for freedom.” Bahrainis, Saudis, Yemenis, not to mention Tunisians and Egyptians, have every right to be puzzled.
Sarko added, “Dozens of thousands of lives were spared thanks to the intervention.” Even the “rebels” are spinning there are at least 50,000 dead, with NATO still hooked on a wild bombing spree.
The emir of Qatar at least admitted that on-the-run Muammar Gaddafi could not have been toppled without NATO. But he added that the Arab League could have done more; in fact it did – by providing a bogus vote that opened the way for the Anglo-French-American redacted UN Resolution 1973. more.. e-mail

IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad: ‘We don’t do Gandhi very well’
Joseph Dana, +972 Magazine9/3/2011
In a new wikileaks cable, Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Israel Ministry of Defense, Maj. General (reserves) Amos Gilad, told American government officials, ‘we don’t do Gandhi very well’ in reference to unarmed demonstrations taking place throughout the West Bank and specifically in Nabi Saleh. The cable confirms that the Israeli army has, in recent months, decided to increase violent pressure on the demonstrations ‘even [if the] demonstrations appear peaceful.’
In the cable, titled “IDF PLANS HARSHER METHODS WITH WEST BANK DEMONSTRATIONS” and labeled confidential, the Israeli army is portrayed as fed up with the demonstrations and likely to engage in harsh repression if the demonstrations continue or grow. We learn that Israel has actively sought Palestinian secruity forces to help crush the demonstrations.
“On orders from Mizrachi, West Bank commander BG Nitzan Alon and West Bank civil administrator BG Poli Mordechi reportedly met with the Palestinian security force commanders recently to deliver a strong message that they must stop these demonstrations or the IDF will.”
For those following unarmed demonstrations in the West Bank, the material in this cable will not come as a suprise. Just look at the village of Nabi Saleh. The trial of Nabi Saleh popular committee leader Bassem Tamimi will resume on Sunday. 14 year old Islam Tamimi of Nabi Saleh who was arrested last Janurary and subjected to borderline psychological torture at the hands of Israeli interrogators is set to take the stand. more.. e-mail

Financial Times Betrays Thomas Friedman

Palestine Chronicle: 5 Sep 2011 – By Belén Fernandez Today marks the release of yet another book by Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ prolific foreign affairs columnist whose articles over the years have exposed such trends as the ‘collective madness’ of Palestinians and the progress in Mexican baby names to more NAFTA-friendly alternatives than Juan, such as Alexander and Kevin. Friedman’s latest book, endearingly titled That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, is coauthored by Friedman’s “intellectual soulmate”, the foreign policy expert Michael Mandelbaum–a longtime staple of Friedman columns and a purveyor of such predictable notions as that “The real threat to world stability is not too much American power. It is too little American power”. Despite having admitted to an audience in Istanbul that his two previous bestsellers–The World Is Flat and Hot, Flat, and Crowded, marketed as wakeup calls concerning…more

Palmer ‘Inquiry’ Whitewashes Blockade
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Sep 2011 – By Stuart Littlewood ‘Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law… the flotilla acted recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade.’ That’s the conclusion of the Palmer inquiry. It’s completely at odds with what other experts have said. The UN itself has already accepted that Israel’s blockade is illegal. One of its own fact-finding missions declared that it constituted collective punishment of the people living in the Gaza Strip and thus was illegal and contrary to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The action by Israel’s military in intercepting the Mavi Marmara on the high seas was “clearly unlawful” and couldn’t be justified even under Article 51 of the Charter of the United…more

The Split – Excerpts from ‘Radical Peace’
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Sep 2011 – By William T. Hathaway (From the Book Radical Peace: People Refusing War, by William T. Hathaway. Published by Trine Day) Stan and Hannah Cooper are friends of mine from college days. Both are Jewish, but they have diametrically opposed views about Israel, and their differences have become so bitter that they’ve decided to divorce. As the three of us talked about this, it became clear that their dispute is a microcosm of the conflict that is tearing the Jewish community apart and also destroying lives in an increasingly large part of the world. William: Your differences must have become quite serious if you’ve decided to end your marriage after all these years. Stan: Well, these are very serious issues. If you take the Holocaust seriously, you have to support Israel. And Hannah doesn’t. If she has her way, if the people she supports come to power in Israel and the…more

The People’s State of Palestine?
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Sep 2011 – By Georgina Reeves The internet is awash with opinions about the looming Palestinian Authority bid for statehood at the United Nations in a few weeks. There are some interesting and well-argued articles supporting both the pro- and anti-statehood position. Most recently, legal opinions from Guy Goodwin-Gill and Dr Francis Boyle have been brought in to the mix, and has further muddied an already complex and emotive subject. There are also many articles that obfuscate some of the core issues that face Palestinians regarding the subject of statehood. And let us not forget, this is an issue for Palestinians. It is for them to determine the path they need to choose tread in their struggle for self-determination. Commentary to date has focused on the declaration of statehood: what it means to whom, why it is or isn’t a good thing, the impact on Israel, the rights of Palestinians who do not…more

WCAR: Ten Years Later
Dissident Voice: 5 Sep 2011 – The United Nations General Assembly, made up of 193 member states, will meet on September 22, 2011 at the UN headquarters in New York City to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA). Containing a series of principles and proposals for fighting racism, the 62-page DDPA [ PDF ] was passed at the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa/Azania. Despite opposition from the imperialist countries led by the US, the 2001 WCAR became a flashpoint for focusing international attention on two issues: reparations for slavery and the liberation of Palestine . It involved a convergence of several events: the official meeting of member states that adopted the DDPA; the NGO Forum that approved a substantially stronger document (the WCAR NGO Forum Declaration ); a two-day general strike led by COSATU against the privatization of social services in South Africa/Azania; and daily protest…more

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