VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 6 September, 2011: Uncovered: Israel’s role in planned US lawsuit to fight BDS

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U.S. Concerned About Deteriorating Israeli-Turkish Relations
IMEMC – Wednesday September 07, 2011 – 01:20, U.S. Department of State spokesperson, Victoria Noland, stated Tuesday that Washington is deeply concerned regarding the deteriorating relations between Israel and Turkey, the Arabs48 news website reported.

Abu Zuhri Calls On West Bank P.A To Stop Arresting Resistance Members
IMEMC – Wednesday September 07, 2011 – 00:52, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesperson of the Hamas movement, called on the Palestinian Security Forces of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, to stop the arrests against resistance members, so that they can counter the escalation carried out by Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Army Kidnaps Jerusalem Legislator
IMEMC – Wednesday September 07, 2011 – 00:34, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, Palestinian legislator Mohammad Abu Teir, and took him to an unknown destination.

Airstrike Kills PRC Fighter In Southern Gaza
IMEMC – Tuesday September 06, 2011 – 23:01, A senior member of the Salah Ed-Deen Brigade was killed, and an elderly man and two of his sons, were injured, in an Israeli airstrike near Kissufim crossing, east of the Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, the Maan News Agency reported

Turkey Freezes Trade, Military Ties With Israel
IMEMC – Tuesday September 06, 2011 – 21:56, Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdgan, declared Ankara is freezing all trade and military ties with Israel, as well as stepping up Turkish naval patrols in the Mediterranean.

Gates: “Netanyahu’s Policies Isolate Israel, Ungrateful To U.S.”
IMEMC – Tuesday September 06, 2011 – 09:14, Robert Gates, former U.S.. Secretary of Defense, strongly criticized Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for his polices adding that the policies of Netanyahu indicate that he is not grateful to the U.S.., and is isolating Tel Aviv on the international level.

Israeli Intellectuals Meet Abbas, Express Support For Palestinian UN Bid
IMEMC – Tuesday September 06, 2011 – 08:29, A group of 20 Israeli intellectuals, including artists and writers, held a meeting with Abbas at his headquarters in Ramallah, and discussed the Palestinian move for full membership at the UN and their right to statehood. They also expressed support to the Palestinian right to independence and statehood after ending the Israeli occupation.

Israeli Air Force Bombards An Area In Gaza
IMEMC – Tuesday September 06, 2011 – 08:22, Israeli war-jets bombarded, on Monday night after midnight, an empty area close to the Electricity Company, west of the Al Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

U.S Envoys In Israel To Discuss “The Day After UN Vote”
IMEMC – Tuesday September 06, 2011 – 02:12, Israeli paper, Haaretz, reported on Monday evening that a number of senior American officials, headed by Dennis Ross, advisor to President Barack Obama, will be arriving in Israel Tuesday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for talks regarding the Palestinian UN move.

Ma’an News

Airstrike kills PRC fighter in south Gaza
9/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike late Tuesday killed a member of the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and injured three others east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, medics said. Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said aircraft fired a missile toward a group of people killing a Palestinian and…. Related: Israeli warplanes target central Gaza Strip

Village council: Israeli soldiers destroy trees in Al-Walaja
9/6/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers uprooted a number of trees on Monday in the village of Al-Walaja, north of Bethlehem, the official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA reported. Saleh Khalifa, head of the village council, said that soldiers entered the village Monday morning and cut down olive trees to make way for a section….

Israeli army detains 20 Palestinians in West Bank
9/6/2011 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 20 “wanted Palestinians” across the West Bank overnight, an Israeli military spokesman said Tuesday. The detainees will be questioned by security forces, the army spokesman added. Hassan Shbeta, local head of detainee affairs in Azzun, east of Qalqiliya, told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Hussam Younis….

Negev prisoners start hunger strike
9/6/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Seventy Palestinian prisoners who resided in northern West Bank towns launched an open hunger strike Tuesday demanding to be transferred to prisons close to their hometowns. A Fatah spokesman in Israel’s Negev prison said the prisoners’ families are forced to cross multiple checkpoints and go through “intense and….

Turkey freezes trade, military ties with Israel
9/6/2011 – ANKARA, Turkey (Reuters) — Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey was freezing defense industry trade with Israel and stepping up Turkish naval patrols in the Eastern Mediterranean, deepening Ankara’s feud with Tel Aviv.” The Eastern Mediterranean is not a strange place to us. Aksaz and Iskenderun, these places have the power and….

Israeli warplanes target central Gaza Strip
9/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes raided an open area west of Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip overnight Monday, a Ma’an correspondent said. The Israeli army said in a statement that “in response to rocket fire from Gaza at Israel last night, IAF aircraft targeted a weapons manufacturing site…. Related: Airstrike kills PRC fighter in south Gaza

Locals: Settlers hurl rocks at cars near Qalqiliya
9/6/2011 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers hurled rocks at a number of Palestinian cars driving along the Qalqiliya-Nablus road on Tuesday, locals said. Fatah member in Qalqiliya Riyad Abu Hamda said he was heading back to Nablus when a group of four or five settlers threw rocks at his car, smashing his….

Leak: Lebanon speaker pleased with 2006 Israel raids
9/6/2011 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon’s parliament speaker, a seemingly unshakable ally of the powerful Shiite Hezbollah, drew pleasure from Israel’s deadly raids on the militant group in 2006, a leaked US diplomatic cable said. The July 2006 cable, classified confidential and released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks last week, said speaker Nabih Berri suggested….

Turkish Prime minister says he might visit Gaza
9/6/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he might visit Gaza, adding that no final decision had been made yet.” We are talking with the Egyptians on this matter (. . . ) A trip to Gaza is not finalized yet,” Erdogan, who is due to visit Egypt next week, told reporters….

Fatah leader in Turkey ahead of UN vote
9/6/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah leader Nabil Shaath met Tuesday with senior Turkish officials to discuss the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah’s bid for membership at the UN, officials said. Shaath held a series of discussions as a special envoy for President Mahmoud Abbas in talks about the September bid in the UN, Israel….

Report: Leak case was linked to US spying on Israel
9/6/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — An FBI translator was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking secret US wiretaps of the Israeli embassy to a blogger, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Prosecutors and even the judge were tight-lipped about the case, the first of a record five prosecutions of individuals who leaked information to….

PA to pay half of August salaries
9/7/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet discussed on Tuesday the financial crisis and agreed to pay employees half of their August salaries over the next two weeks. The PA had cut salaries in half amid a financial crisis in the Palestinian territories. The cabinet, headed by Salam Fayyad, also criticized Israel’s….

Israel vows ‘tolerance’ for Palestinian protests
9/6/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Reuters) — A senior officer said on Monday that Israeli soldiers would show “much more tolerance” towards Palestinian demonstrations than in the past thanks to riot-control training and new equipment designed to reduce injuries and deaths. Israel is wary of large-scale protests by Palestinians as their leaders sidestep stalled peace talks by appealing….

Official: Israel military attache to stay in Turkey
9/6/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s military attache will remain at Israel’s embassy in Turkey despite a brewing crisis between the nations that saw Ankara expel the Israeli ambassador, an official said on Tuesday.” There’s no break with Turkey: the proof is that our military attache in Ankara will remain in his….

EU policy chief condemns arson attack on West Bank mosque
9/6/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The office of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton released a statement on Tuesday condemning a recent arson attack on a West Bank mosque.” The High Representative strongly condemns the setting on fire and vandalizing of the Al-Nurayn mosque in Qusra in the West Bank on Monday,” a statement from Ashton….

Hamas backs Turkey’s decision to freeze Israel ties
9/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas has welcomed Turkey’s decision to freeze trade and military ties with Israel and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s intension to visit Gaza. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhry said Hamas supported the decision, which he called a response to the killing of nine activists on….

Netanyahu condemns Nablus mosque arson
9/6/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Tuesday the mosque arson in Qusra village near Nablus. Netanyahu, according to his spokesman Ofir Gendelman, said that the attack was an act of extremism that aims to compromise the relationship between different religions in Israel. Gendelman said Netanyahu ordered police and security forces….

Ashrawi meets Quartet envoy in Jerusalem
9/6/2011 – RAMALLAH (WAFA) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Tuesday told Quartet envoy Tony Blair that going to the UN aimed to change the “dynamic on the ground,” the official Palestinian news agency reported.” By going to the UN, we want to change the current dynamic on the ground in which illegal and unilateral Israeli measures are….

Gaza car traders protest customs increase
9/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Traders in the Gaza Strip on Monday protested a 25 percent increase in import taxes on cars entering the coastal enclave. President of Gaza’s Automobile Association Ismail Al-Nakhaleh said the Hamas Ministry of Transport would raise import taxes on cars from 50 percent to 75 percent, increasing custom….

Erekat addresses PNC meeting in Jordan
9/7/2011 – AMMAN, Jordan (Ma’an) — The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is determined to seek full UN membership even if Israel proposes a counteroffer because the bid is not related to negotiations, a PLO official said Tuesday.”The Palestinian decision is to head to the UN Security Council and table the Palestinian request for a membership….

Report: Turkish hackers target Israeli websites
9/6/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A group of Turkish hackers hijacked Israeli websites on Sunday evening, local media reports said Tuesday. Some 350 sites were thought to be affected. Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported that that there was some concern that the hijacking was a “test-run” ahead of a major attack on….

Lost child found unharmed near Jenin
9/6/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A seven-year-old from Jenin was found safe Tuesday, after an hours-long search near the city. The child, from Nablus, was separated from her family vacationing in Jenin, local civil defense director Lt. -Col. Sami Hamdan said. Hamdan praised the volunteer civil defense officers who found the girl after the search in….

British torture inquiry to probe ties to Libya regime
9/6/2011 – LONDON (AFP) —A British inquiry into claims of complicity in the mistreatment of alleged terrorists will examine accusations the country’s spies helped with the rendition of suspects to Libya, a spokesman said. Prime Minister David Cameron set up the Gibson inquiry in July 2010 to probe allegations that British intelligence were complicit in….

Libyan convoy enters Niger, Gadhafi rumored aboard
9/6/2011 – SHISHAN, Libya (AFP) — A Libyan military convoy with Moammar Gadhafi rumored aboard has crossed into Niger, a military source said, as new regime fighters were poised to strike at one of the toppled strongman’s last bastions. Gadhafi’s spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, however, insisted the fugitive dictator is in top health and planning….

Palestine Note

Turkey Freezes Defense Trade with Israel
Palestine Note 6 Sep 2011 – PM Erdogan declares increase in Turkish navy presence in Mediterranean Arabiya – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey was freezing defense industry trade with Israel and stepping up Turkish naval patrols in the Eastern Mediterranean, deepening Ankara’s feud…

Aljazeera

Iran suspected in hack of web security firm
AlJazeera 6 Sep 2011 – Deaths and injuries reported after mosque is mistakenly shelled and hospital also targeted by fighter jets in Abyan.

Last-minute push to avert PA UN bid
AlJazeera 6 Sep 2011 – Two more civilians killed in city of Homs as UN secretary-general issues his strongest condemnation of crackdown.

Police testify in Mubarak trial amid clashes
AlJazeera 6 Sep 2011 – Armed group says one member killed in attack near Khan Yunis after fighters battled Israeli troops.

Palestinian ‘killed’ in Israeli air strike
AlJazeera 6 Sep 2011 – US envoys arrive in Israel for meetings with Israeli prime minister, while Tony Blair travels to Ramallah to meet Abbas.

Palestine News Network

Ashrawi Urges Belgium to Support Palestine?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s UN Membership
PNN – Bethlehem ‚Äì James Dyet ‚Äì PNNDr. Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee member and member of the PLC, met yesterday in Jerusalem with the Belgium Prime Minister Yves Leterme to discuss Palestinian proposals…

PNN and Peace Frame Plan Media Cooperation
PNN – PNN and Peace Frame Plan Media CooperationBethlehem ‚Äì Hazar Khalileh- PNN A delegation from the Peace Frame organization recently visited PNN to discuss media cooperation between the two organizations. Munjed Jadou (Editor…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Setting Fire to a Mosque in the West Bank and Warns Against Settler Attacks in the Coming Days
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Tuesday, 06 September 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Yitzhar settlers violently crash Burin wedding, military watches
9/6/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – nternational Solidarity Movement, West Bank – While villagers were celebrating a wedding in the small village of Burin, Israeliarsonistsfrom the illegal settlement of Yitzhar seized the opportunity to set ablaze olive groves, destroying over 200 olive trees. On September 5th at 5 AM, locals in the village of Burin and other surrounding areas awoke to the….

Relief Web

Israel air strike on Gaza kills one, wounds three
Relief Web 6 Sep 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories ‚Äî An Israeli air strike on Gaza on Tuesday evening killed a militant and wounded a father and his two sons, medics and the militant group said. The…

UNRWA students show solidarity with threatened Bedouin school
Relief Web 6 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory On their first day back at school, students at four UNRWA schools in Jordan have twinned their schools with a school under threat…

West Bank Movement and Access Update August 2011
Relief Web 6 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory Executive Summary The period between July 2010 and June 2011 was characterized by the absence of significant changes in the system of movement restrictions implemented by the…

ACTED Newsletter #75 September 2011 [EN/FR]
Relief Web 6 Sep 2011 – Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Central African Republic (the) , Chad , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Haiti , Indonesia , Kenya , Kyrgyzstan , Nigeria , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan , Somalia , South Sudan (Republic of) , Sri Lanka , Sudan (the) Contents / Sommaire FOCUS:…

PCHR condemns setting fire to a mosque in the West Bank and warns against settler attacks in the coming days
Relief Web 6 Sep 2011 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the systematic attacks carried out by settlers against Islamic and Christian holy places in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the latest…

West Bank mosque torched as police dismantle outpost
Relief Web 5 Sep 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory QUSRA, Palestinian Territories ‚Äî Vandals set fire to a mosque in the northern West Bank early on Monday in an apparent retaliatory attack after police dismantled three homes in a Jewish settlement. The…

Palmer Report Is Biased, Unreliable, and Contrary to General International Condemnation of Israeli Blockade Imposed on Gaza Strip
Relief Web 5 Sep 2011 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Reference: 73/2011 Al Mezan Condemns Results Related to the Legality of the Siege, Calls for Immediate End The New York Timeshas now published the report[1] of the UN’s Palmer…

PCHR Condemns Palmer Report
Relief Web 4 Sep 2011 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the report of the Panel of Inquiry established by the UN Secretary-General to investigate the attack on Mavi Marmara (Palmer Committee),…

Gaza blockade must be lifted following UN panel finding on flotilla raid
Relief Web 4 Sep 2011 – Source: Amnesty Country: occupied Palestinian territory Amnesty International today welcomed a UN panel’s finding that the Israeli military used excessive force in the interception of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on 31 May 2010, and again urged Israel to end the…

Palestine Telegraph

Erdogan labels Israel a supporter of “State Terror” over flotilla findings
6 Sep 2011 – Istanbul (Pal Telegraph) – Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, accused Israel of behaving like a “spoiled child” as he declared a freeze on military trade between the two countries in response to Israel’s refusal to apologise for a 2010 raid on a ship carrying activists trying to reach the Gaza Strip.

Group: UN report on Gaza Freedom Flotilla ‘biased’; Israel must be sanctioned
6 Sep 2011 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Governments around the world should respond to the new UN report calling the blockade of the Gaza Strip “legal and appropriate” by following Turkey’s lead and imposing sanctions on the state of Israel, says the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza (ECESG).

Israel continues bulldozing Palestinian fields in al-Walaja
6 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli forces razed on Tuesday Palestinian fields in al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, for the second day in a row and detained two Palestinians who were protesting against Israel’s wall that caused massive destruction to their properties.

Chair Travels to New York to Seat New State of Palestine
6 Sep 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – A group of men from Jenin revealed on August 29 showed their own support for the PLO bid for statehood in September in the form of a chair. The 35 men created a powdery blue chair to match with the UN colors with the word Palestine embossed on it. The seat is made entirely from local…

Israeli forces kidnap Jerusalemite MP
6 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces kidnapped on Tuesday Mohammed Abu Tir, 59, a member of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC), and sent him to an unknown location.

Palestinian youth hit by settler’s car near Nablus
6 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-One Palestinian was seriously wounded Tuesday after being hit by an Israeli settler driving a speeding car in a road between Nablus and Qalqilyia.

The National

Syrian opposition plans ‘decisive’ meeting to unite opposition groups
The National 6 Sep 2011 – Muslim Brotherhood set to join a united pro-democracy platform alongside leading secular dissidents to seek end of Assad regime.

Maid who escaped Saudi death row and found wealth faces fury at home for ‘bling’ lifestyle
The National 6 Sep 2011 – Darsem binti Dawud Tawar, 22, was given $140,000 raised by Indonesian TV viewers after she returned from Saudi Arabia, where she had been facing execution for killing a man who tried to rape her – wealth that has turned her neighbours into enemies.

Relationship between Israel and Turkey plummets as trade is suspended
The National 6 Sep 2011 – Turkey has been angered by Israel¬øs refusal to apologise for raiding a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year, killing nine Turks, and has claimed that the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip lacks legitimacy and should be lifted.

Tanks put Syrian city of Homs under siege as UN urges action
The National 6 Sep 2011 – UN’s Ban Ki-moon says President Bashar Al Assad must take ‘bold and decisive measures before it is too late’ over repression and killings.

9/11 Remembered: invading Iraq was a ‘foolish fantasy’
The National 6 Sep 2011 – The demise of Saddam Hussein in the post-9/11 world did not bring prosperity to Iraq. Instead, the 2003 invasion sparked a sectarian war, skewed the region’s power balance, revitalised Al Qaeda and heaped untold misery on Iraqis, writes Michael Theodoulou.

Ha’aretz

Palestinians: We won’t surrender to U.S. pressure to drop UN bid
Ha’aretz – Top Abbas adviser says there is little Americans could do to change the Palestinians’ plans; two senior White House envoys in region for talks with Israeli, Palestinian officials.

Israeli strike on southern Gaza kills PRC militant, Palestinians say
Ha’aretz – The Popular Resistance Committees says its men battled Israeli troops who crossed the border near Khan Younis and that one militant died in an air strike.

U.S. concerned over frayed Israel-Turkey ties
Ha’aretz – State Department spokesperson urges the two U.S. allies to resolve their differences amicably and is meeting with leaders to help facilitate a detente.

Yossi Melman / Turkey’s suspension of trade with Israel is a double-edged sword
Ha’aretz – The deterioration in military ties between the two former close allies began well before the public fallout following Operation Cast Lead.

Turkey clarifies: Trade sanctions against Israel include only defense industry
Ha’aretz – Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, aide to Turkey PM Erdogan clarifies earlier remarks by the Turkish premier, according to which all trade with Israel would be suspended.

Likud defends Netanyahu after report Gates called him ‘ungrateful’
Ha’aretz – PM’s party also accuses Livni’s Kadima of ‘bowing to international pressure’ on Israel, after opposition leader says quotes attributed to former U.S. defense secretary proves ‘Netanyahu’s danger to Israel’.

Israeli stocks plunge into the red following losses in Europe and Asia
Ha’aretz – TA-25 loses 2.8% and TA-100 loses 2.7% in a single day of trading.

Gaza, West Bank Palestinians split over daylight saving time
Ha’aretz – Fatah-ruled West Bank returns to daylight saving time following month of Ramadan, while Hamas-ruled Gaza maintains standard time.

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: NATO preventing Turkey from going to war
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Diplomatic officials believe that NATO membership will prevent Erdogan from escalating crisis to point of military conflict.

Ashkenazi to submit more testimony in Harpaz Affair
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – New evidence shows wife former chief of General Staff had much closer ties with Harpaz than previously admitted, mediated between Harpaz and Moshav Amikam, where Yoav Galant lives.

Hamas lesson for Libya
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Hasty implementation of “democratic” elections can be wrought with danger and can often lead to strife, bloodshed and even civil war.

IBA plans 24/7 news channel
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Talk about a news channel modeled along the lines of CNN has been floating around for years.

Column One: American Jews and liberal art of demonization
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – New York Ninth Congressional District race attracting great attention because it’s serving as a referendum on Obama’s policies toward Israel.

On my mind: Ahmadinejad’s September ritual
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – As Egypt and others look inward to focus on developing new governments, the ever-present Iranian threat has become a less urgent priority.

Terra Incognita: Is Israel’s airport security ‘smart’?
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Israel doesn’t actually profile terrorists ‚Äì its security personnel simply categorize all Arabs as requiring more intensive scrutiny.

Yalla Peace: Osama bin Laden’s message
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – The true goal of the Sept. 11 attacks was to turn people away from the belief that peace is possible.

Center Field: A decade after 9/11 – and still proud
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Despite all my lingering post-9/11 anger, I also hold on to overwhelming feelings of pride, gratitude, hope from that day and its aftermath.

Mahmoud Abbas and the Arab Spring
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – In keeping with the Arab Spring, the Palestinians may yet determine that their own government is the source of their frustration.

Likud: Mofaz criticism of Netanyahu is hypocritical
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Mofaz attacked PM for keeping information from FADC but he himself hid information when he was defense minister, says party spokeswoman.

President’s younger brother Gershon Peres dies at age 85
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – “Gigi” passes away following a serious illness, leaving the president bereaved for the second time in less than a year.

Egypt top cop: I wasn’t ordered to fire on protesters
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – As Mubarak’s trial continues, scuffles erupt inside and outside the courtroom.

Doctors meet to discuss next step in protest
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Meeting will address possible establishment of hospital organization as an alternative to IMA; 200 residents hand in resignations.

IDF kills gunman, wounds others in Gaza strike
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Troops clash with gunmen during operation on Gaza border; Palestinian medical officials say civilians also wounded.

US urges Niger to detain Libyan officials in convoy
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Group reportedly includes senior members of Gaddafi government; no indication that the ousted Libyan leader is the himself.

PA: US trying to threaten Palestinians to drop UN bid
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Officials say Washington has yet to come up with new idea that would lead to resumption of peace talks, envoys probably not bringing new ideas.

Assad gets the picture as satire comes to YouTube
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Cartoons emerge as new medium for Syrian protests, show Ahmadinejad, Khamenei instructing Syrian president in terrorism.

Gov’t official: Cooperation with US better than ever
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Israeli officials say coordination between nations has greatly improved, but acknowledge “different voices” exist in both administrations.

Leaders of protest movement launch ‘second stage’
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Advocates of social change plan to “maintain the energy and passion”; will focus on new budget which gives more funds to address social issues.

Palestinians face their hour of division
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Time difference exists between the West bank and Gaza as the PA returns to summer time after Ramadan while Hamas does not.

Ask the Barman: Step aside Leonardo Di Caprio
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Top Navy officer Guy Shriki, who dreams of serving drinks to Bar Refaeli, really knows how to get the party started at Tel Aviv’s Mendalimos bar.

Persian Jewish Von Trapp offers new spin on penitence
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – All-female Middle Eastern ensemble “Divahn” performs liturgical and secular poetry, goes on tour across the US.

Analysis: From a ‘0-problem’ to ’10-problem’ policy
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Israel must play a new, sharp and calculated game of diplomacy and let Turkey act first.

Israelis of Turkish descent yearn for better days
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Head of Israeli-Turkish center in Yehud says latest deterioration in relations is part of chain that began with Second Lebanon War.

Asaf Avidan comes back to his true love to perform
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – After sharing the stage with Robert Plant and Bob Dylan, Jerusalem-born musician comes home for a performance at the Tower of David.

Syrian Kurds unite amid onslaught
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Kurdish leadership is still hesitant to join rebellion against Assad; Syrian Kurds meet in Stockholm to make roadmap for future in Syria.

Erdogan: Turkey suspends all defense ties with Israel
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Clarifies private trade will continue; says he may visit Gaza, warns of more sanctions and vows more navy presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Erdogan: Turkey to enforce more sanctions against Israel
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Turkish PM says he may visit Gaza but will make decision after talks with Egypt; vows Turkish ships will be seen more in Eastern Mediterranean.

‘Hamas legislator Abu Tir arrested north of J’lem’
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2011 – Palestinians say constituency representative in Palestinian Legislative Council nabbed by IDF at his home in Kfar Aqab.

The Guardian

Letters: Discord over Israeli Prom protest
The Guardian 6 Sep 2011 – The protesters who disrupted the Prom by the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta ( Report , 2 September) are not only guilty of cultural hooliganism, but are deeply misguided. As musicians, the Israel Philharmonic and Maestro Mehta are…

Turkey suspends military ties with Israel
The Guardian 6 Sep 2011 – Turkish prime minister warns further sanctions likely after Israel refuses to apologise for 2010’s deadly raid on aid flotilla Turkey has pursued its diplomatic offensive against Israel by confirming it is suspending defence industry contracts and…

Palestinian statehood must come about by the democratic will of the people | Guy Goodwin-Gill
The Guardian 6 Sep 2011 – The international community has a legal and political interest in who effectively represents the Palestinian people in the UN In August 2011, I drafted an opinion on certain legal questions regarding the issue of “popular representation”,…

Inter Press Service

LIBYA: New Chapter Opens After Gaddafi
IPS Libyan children will go back to school without Muammar Gaddafi’s ubiquitous presence, despite a lack of new books.

Uruknet

Despite FG’s Recognition of TNC, Rebels Still Attack Nationals in Libya
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Although Nigeria has recognised the Transitional National Council (TNC) as the legitimate representatives of Libyans, this rare display of fearless or bold diplomatic action seems not enough to avail Nigerians in the conflict-torn country a safe haven. The same TNC operatives that enjoy the backing of the Federal Government of Nigeria are unleashing inhuman…

Historic Declaration by Palestinians, Israelis in Support of Israeli Social Protest, Anti-Colonial Struggle
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – 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 occupation and colonial policies Together for putting an end to occupation and racism, in support of the struggle…

The Ironies of Humanitarian Intervention How a British NGO Transported Rebels to the Libyan Front
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – In what appears, at first glance, a rather innocuous bit of war propaganda targeted primarily at moving hearts and minds in the UK to delve deeper into their pockets to donate to NGOs involved in humanitarian relief efforts in war-torn Libya, the BBC recently featured first-person accounts of three volunteers serving UK-based aid organizations…

Turkey warns of more sanctions against Israel
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said today his nation’s navy will step up its surveillance of the eastern Mediterranean Sea since Israel has refused to apologise for last year’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound protest flotilla there. Erdogan also said his government may impose more sanctions against Israel since it has refused…

Al-Qaeda and NATO’s Islamic Extremists Taking Over Libya
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Elements of al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups were known to be key players in the NATO-backed uprising in Libya from the beginning, but now it appears that prominent Jihadists and terrorists are practically leading the revolution with Western support. One terror leader in particular, Abdelhakim Belhaj, made headlines around the world over the…

PCHR Condemns Setting Fire to a Mosque in the West Bank and Warns Against Settler Attacks in the Coming Days
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the systematic attacks carried out by settlers against Islamic and Christian holy places in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the latest of which was setting fire to the ground floor of (Thu al-Norain) mosque in Qasra village, southeast of Nablus. This new crime is part…

Airstrike kills Palestinian fighter, injures 3 civilians in south Gaza
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – An Israeli airstrike late Tuesday killed a member of the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and injured three others east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, medics said. Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said aircraft fired a missile toward a group of people killing a Palestinian and injuring two children and…

“Free Tripoli” – just don’t mention the corpses
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – The war on Libya has not only been a war that has vindicated NATO’s claim to the most powerful military force on earth, capable of imposing its will through sheer aggression wherever it sees fit, but it has also been a war that has reasserted the western mainstream media’s power to not just fabricate…

Niger government denies large Libyan convoy in country
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Niger’s interior minister denied on Tuesday that hundreds of Libyan vehicles had crossed into the country, saying that, to his knowledge, only the head of Muammar Gaddafi’s security brigades and his family had been welcomed in the country. French and Nigerien military sources said earlier on Tuesday that a convoy of 200-250 Libyan military…

Uncovered: Israel’s role in planned US lawsuit to fight BDS
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – A group of pro-Israel activists, backed by StandWithUs, a national US pro-Israel US organization is planning to take legal action to force the Olympia Food Co-op to rescind its historic decision to boycott Israeli products. The Electronic Intifada has obtained a copy of a 31 May 2011 letter sent to the Board of Directors…

Libyan opposition lays siege to pro-Gaddafi strongholds
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Thousands of heavily armed opposition fighters have laid siege to the remaining strongholds of the former Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi that continue to be pounded from the air by NATO warplanes and are running short of water, food and medicine. The NATO-backed National Transitional Council (NTC) has set next Saturday as the deadline…

Scuffles disrupt Mubarak trial as police testify
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – Police officers testifying at the trial of Hosni Mubarak said on Monday they were not aware of orders to shoot at protesters, as scuffles erupted inside and outside the courtroom between supporters and opponents of the ousted Egyptian president. Mubarak, 83, is charged with conspiring to kill protesters and “inciting” some officers to use…

Palmer ‘Inquiry’ Whitewashes Blockade
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – ‘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…

Syria News – September 5, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – Jableh: young Jamal Hory was martyred under torture in one of the security branches, he was arrested in 25-8-2011…Abdulsalam Hasson was killed in the Turkish land, 5 others were injuried during shooting by security forces at people fleeing from Muhajerin camp near the Turkish borders while it was being stormed by security forces and…

Video: Moussa Ibrahim 05.09.11 – Our Resistance Will Continue Till We Triumph
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – Peace be upon your viewers, I would like to apologise for my prolonged absence but we are fighting a battle for the good of all Arabs, Muslims & the world. We are fighting in squares, rooms, valleys and villages. Therefore we often do not find the time to communicate with the media, despite our…

Palestinian official: Abbas met Israel’s Barak
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – President Mahmoud Abbas met Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak last week, Palestinian officials said on Monday, his first publicly declared meeting with an Israeli government official for almost a year. Abbas told members of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council that Barak had requested the meeting in Jordan to discuss the possibility of resuming negotiations which broke…

Egypt builds wall around Israel embassy
Uruknet September 5, 2011 — The Egyptian authorities are erecting a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo as relations between the two neighbors who signed a peace treaty in 1979 are at a delicate phase. The wall, about two meters high, consists of prefabricated cement slabs that are being installed around the building that houses the Israeli embassy…

Alert: French JDL is recruiting militants’ to travel to West Bank in 2 weeks
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – 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 to 25 September, a trip solidarity with…

“Syria’s lawyers for freedom” committee: Appeal to the Red Cross Representative Committee
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – Recently we learned that Mr. Hisham Hassan, Spokesperson of the International Red Cross Org., declared that Syrian Authorities gave them the permission to visit Damascus Central Prison in the region of Adra, and that the above visit actually took place. We know very well that Syrian Regime plays tricks on every International, Global, Official…

New York Times hails “humanitarian” war in Libya
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – In back-to-back pieces by its leading columnists last week, the New York Times proclaimed NATO’s war in Libya as a new model for “humanitarian” interventionism. With fighting in Libya continuing, the Times, like the rest of the US mass media, has rushed to proclaim the war over and “mission accomplished.” This is made explicit…

Graveyard for trees
Uruknet September 5, 2011- The old farmer Mohammed Al-Atrash (Abu Wajih) was standing there in shock, speechless, wondering where humanity is on this black day. Israeli authorities picked the day well: it was the day of returning to school and to work from the 5 day Eid (Holiday) at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. They brought…

We Shall Never Forget !
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – The crime of Isahaqi in details , for those who do not know Warning : Graphic pictures are attached …According to Iraqi police, 11 bodies were pulled from the wreckage of the house, among them four women and five children aged between six months and five years. An official police report obtained by a US reporter…

A Labor Day Tale Of Three Cities: Pittsburgh, Birmingham and New Orleans
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – As Hurricane Irene made her way up the Eastern Seaboard, my wife and I packed a few changes of clothes and trundled westward out of her path to spend the storm’s duration in Pittsburgh, PA. The excursion did us some good, in particular, leaving insular Manhattan, and facing the faded, crumbling Industrial Age grandeur…

Syria forces in deadly raids, Red Cross visits jail (Videos)
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – Security forces on Monday launched deadly raids to crush anti-regime dissent, activists said, as the Red Cross gained access to a Damascus jail for the first time in Syria’s uprising. Activists said troops killed nine people and launched assaults on the central cities of Homs and Hama. Among the dead was a man shot…

7 Civilians Killed in Air Strikes on Yemen Mosque
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – The Yemeni air force mistakenly attacked a mosque in Jiar in the southern part of the country on Monday, killing at least seven civilians and injuring five others. Local sources said the Yemeni air force carried out two airstrikes on Abyan province as part of its efforts against al-Qaeda elements in the area. The…

Leak: Lebanon speaker pleased with 2006 Israel raids
Uruknet September 5, 2011- Lebanon’s parliament speaker, a seemingly unshakable ally of the powerful Shiite Hezbollah, drew pleasure from Israel’s deadly raids on the militant group in 2006, a leaked US diplomatic cable said. The July 2006 cable, classified confidential and released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks last week, said speaker Nabih Berri suggested the conflict was an opportunity to…

Witnessing the Transition to Fear in Tripoli
Uruknet September 5, 2011 – …After heavy bombing and attacks by Apaches in Tripoli’s poorest neighborhood and one of the last areas to fall, Abu Saleem, eye witnesses reported seeing masses of bodies covering the streets. A relative of one of those feared to be amongst the carnage visited the local hospital where he said just one doctor and…

Daily Star

Both government and opposition failing: Berri
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Parliament Speaker criticizes behavior of both the March 8 and the March 14 alliances, describing it as a problem for the country.

2 dead, 5 bodies found in central Syria: activists
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Syrian security forces kill two people, including a teenager, and another five bodies are found in the flashpoint central province of Homs.

Turkey freezes all ties with Israel
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a total freeze on military and trade ties with Israel and threatened Tuesday to visit Gaza as the one-time allies’ diplomatic spat intensified.

Jumblatt heads to Benghazi, plans to forge new ties
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt headed to Libya Tuesday, in the first visit by a Lebanese official to the North African country since the Libyan revolution.

Mikati voices optimism over controversial electricity bill
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati voices optimism that a conclusion to the controversy over the electricity bill that is threatening to split the Cabinet is close.

Libyan army convoy in Niger may be Gadhafi deal
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Scores of Libyan Army vehicles have crossed the desert frontier into Niger in what may be a dramatic, secretly negotiated bid by Moammar Gadhafi to seek refuge in an African state.

KAFA launches domestic workers rights campaign
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 The nongovernmental organization KAFA: Enough Violence and Exploitation has launched a media campaign to raise awareness of the often dangerous conditions which foreign domestic workers endure in Lebanon…

Qatari emir should not comment on Syria: Lahoud
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Former Metn lawmaker Emile Lahoud told a local television station Monday that Qatar Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifah al-Thani was not entitled to comment on the unrest in Syria.

Authorities investigate kidnapping of 23-year-old
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Authorities are investigating the kidnapping for ransom last week of a 23-year-old Lebanese man, a security source said Monday.

Mayor threatens to quit over dump closure delay
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 Sidon Mayor Mohammad Saudi is considering resigning his post in protest over the obstruction of a project to permanently shut the city’s notorious dump, a source close to the mayor said Monday.

UNHCR:120 Syrian refugees fled into north Lebanon
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees confirmed Monday that 120 Syrian refugees fled into north Lebanon last week, on the last day of Ramadan, with four of those wounded.

Sexual health remains taboo in Lebanese schools, clinics
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 World Sexual Health day was marked in Beirut Sunday evening with a temporary exhibition of artworks and literature surrounding the theme.

Another tile in Lebanon’s mosaic of faiths
Daily Star 5 Sep 2011 It’s widely known that Lebanon has 18 official religious sects. But neither the number 18, nor even the term sect, truly captures the country’s religious diversity.Spread across the country are several hundred members of the Baha’i…

YNet News

Settlers, Palestinians gather to discuss peace
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – A few dozen settlers and Palestinians, members of the Land of Peace movement, met on Tuesday at the West Bank outpost of Migron in an attempt to mend the rifts. The group … ….

Egypt rallies support for Palestinians at UN
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Egypt lobbied the more than 100 members of the Non-Aligned Movement on Tuesday to support Palestinian statehood at the United Nations this month, and said it believed a … ….

US alarmed at Israeli-Turkish breakdown in ties
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – The Obama administration is scrambling to avoid further deterioration in ties between US allies Israel and Turkey. Senior American diplomats, including Secretary of … ….

Report: NYC police eyes 250-plus mosques in city
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – The New York Police Department collected intelligence on more than 250 mosques and Muslim student groups in and around New York, often using undercover officers and … ….

IDF kills PRC commander in Gaza
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – A commander in the Popular Resistance Committees’ military arm was killed Tuesday evening in a fire exchange in the Gaza Strip. An IDF unit performing routine … ….

‘Turkey violating international law’
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Israeli state officials stressed Tuesday that the recent Turkish announcement of suspension of defense trade with Israel has more declarative significance than actual … ….

Shula Zaken won’t testify against Olmert
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Shula Zaken, the ex-bureau chief of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Tuesday she will not testify in the corruption trial against him, in which she is also … ….

Turkey suspends defense trade with Israel
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Ankara’s rhetoric becomes harsher as PM Erdogan warns his country will enforce….

Livni on Turkey: Stop diplomatic rift
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Opposition leader Tzipi Livni calls Turkish-Israeli leaders to put an end to….

Turkish hackers target 350 Israeli websites
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Hundreds of domains in Israel, worldwide fall pray to hijacking by Turkish….

UN leader urges world to unite, act on Syria
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Ban Ki-moon urges international community to take ‘coherent measures’ on Syrian….

Iran launches mass air drill
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Iranian Air Force embarks on 10-day combat maneuvers in country’s northwestern….

Report: IDF arrests Hamas’ Abu Tir
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Palestinian sources say senior Hamas figure in security forces’ custody once….

Report: Iran to build second power plant in Tajikistan
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Tajik energy minister sign deal to….

Efforts to restore Israel-Turkey relation in high gear
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – US steps in to try and mediate between Jerusalem, Ankara in wake of fears that….

Officials: ‘Eisenberg stirring things up’
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Top defense officials slam Home Front Command chief’s decision to reveal IDF….

Robert Gates: Israel an ungrateful ally
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – Former US secretary of defense says Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies….

‘FBI wiretapped Israeli Embassy in DC’
YNet News, 6 Sep 2011 – New York Times says convicted spy Shamai Leibowitz leaked transcripts of….

Palestinian Information Center

Sheikh Betawi: Jewish settlers’ attack on Nablus Mosque act of savages
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 07:03 PM

Rallies held outside Ofer prison as Palestinian reporters kept behind bars
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 03:14 PM

Bahar: Taking Israel to the ICJ best response to Palmer report
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 11:43 AM

Hamas MPs: Migron demolitions aimed at misleading public opinion
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 12:38 PM

Israeli police close Khaledi school in O. Jerusalem
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 12:35 PM

IOF soldiers storm Nablus, round up six citizens
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 12:29 PM

MP Halayka: Settlers have waged war against Palestinian holy sites
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 12:24 PM

Lawyers for Freedom Flotilla victims reject Palmer report
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 12:21 PM

UFree discuss in Gaza internationalizing Israel’s persecution of Palestinian MPs
PIC – 05/09/2011 – 12:13 PM

Boycott Israel conference held at AL headquarters for first time in a decade
PIC – The Arab League’s Office for the Boycott of Israel is holding its 86th conference at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo for the first time in ten years.

Hamas to PA security services: Lift ban on resistance in West Bank
PIC – Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri has called on the PA security to lift the ban on resistance in the West Bank in response to a wave of attacks against Palestinians by Israeli settlers and soldiers.

Israel warns Erdogan will be committing ‘diplomatic mistake’ if he visits Gaza
PIC – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he may visit the Gaza Strip next week in conjunction with his scheduled visit to Cairo after talks with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

Resheq: Reconciliation progressing in right direction
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has said that the inter-Palestinian reconciliation was progressing in the right direction.

Justice ministry: Palmer report politicized and not professional
PIC – The ministry of justice said the Palmer report on Israel’s deadly attack on Freedom Flotilla and Gaza siege was politicized, non-professional and not up to the size of the crime committed by Israel.

Israel arrests banished Jerusalem MP Abu Tir again
PIC – Israeli occupation forces have once again placed banished Jerusalem MP Muhammad Abu Tir (Hamas) under arrest after raiding his home in Kafr ‘Aqab, just north of Jerusalem.

Davutoglu expects massive Arab intifada against Israel
PIC – Turkish foreign minister Ahmed Davutoglu warned the Israeli occupation state of a massive Arab uprising against it sooner or later if it persisted in its criminal policies.

IOF soldiers detain 7 Palestinian citizens
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the villages of Azzun and Kufr Qaddoum to the east of Qalqilia at an early hour on Tuesday and rounded up seven youths after breaking into their homes.

Turkey gives Israeli diplomats two days to leave country
PIC – The Turkish Foreign Ministry has given all high-ranking Israeli diplomats until Wednesday to leave the country as Turkey has reduced its diplomatic ties with Israel to the level of second secretary.

Hamas: Mosque burning a violation of divine law
PIC – Hamas has condemned the arson of Al-Nourein mosque in Qasra village near Nablus in northern West Bank, calling the burning of mosques a racial crime and violation of divine law.

WAFA

Abbas Meets Quartet Envoy, Discusses UN Bid
WAFA

ISESCO Condemns Mosque Arson
WAFA

Jewish Rabbis Condemn Mosque Arson
WAFA

Israeli Shelling Kills One Palestinian, Injures Four in Gaza
WAFA

Abed Rabbo says Palestinians Going to UN In Spite of Pressure
WAFA

Ashrawi Tells Quartet Envoy UN Bid to Change Dynamics on Ground
WAFA

Abbas: Popular Movement Essential to Support UN Bid
WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Arrest Activist during Protest in Al-Walaja
WAFA

Turkish Lawyers Begin Legal Proceedings against Israeli Soldiers
WAFA

Cabinet Holds Israel Responsible for Mosque Arson
WAFA

Los Angeles Times

Mubarak trial resumes with fistfights and surprise testimony
LA Times 5 Sep 2011 – The proceedings take an unexpected turn when an ex-official says he was unaware of orders to shoot protesters in the revolution that overthrew Egypt’s leader. Meanwhile, clashes flare at the court. During a day of fistfights and raucous courtroom antics, a former senior state security…

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on statehood moves at U.N.
LA Times 6 Sep 2011 – Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat discusses with The Times what Palestinians are planning and why he thinks the United Nations bid, if unsuccessful, could spell the end of the Palestinian Authority. Palestinians have everyone guessing about their next move.

In Libya, euphoria mixes with uncertainty
LA Times 5 Sep 2011 – Optimism and excitement about the future have Tripoli buzzing, despite a lack of water, groceries and services. ‘Our children can enjoy freedom,’ one woman says. Trash piles up on the streets, grocery shelves are nearly bare, water is in short supply and major battles loom…

China says Kadafi regime tried to buy arms to fight Libyan rebels
LA Times 5 Sep 2011 – Beijing confirms Libyan arms dealers representing Moammar Kadafi’s regime visited China but says they bought no weapons. Rebel officials, however, say they believe a deal went through. Beijing acknowledged Monday that Libyan arms dealers came to China over the summer shopping for weapons to prop…

Libya military convoy arrives in Niger
LA Times 5 Sep 2011 – It is not yet known whether the convoy includes Moammar Kadafi, any members of his family or other high-level members of his government. A convoy of Libyan military vehicles carrying troops loyal to ousted leader Moammar Kadafi arrived late Monday in this desert town in…

Iran offers new nuclear deal
LA Times 5 Sep 2011 – Iran says it will open its nuclear program to five years of ‘full supervision’ by the U.N. atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions. But the country’s nuclear chief makes clear that its uranium enrichment programs are going ahead. Iran offered on…

New York Times

Syria Allows Red Cross Officials to Visit Prison
New York Times 6 Sep 2011 – Syria opened its main prison in Damascus on Monday to a delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross for the first time since the uprising started in mid-March.

Fights in Court as Police Accounts Favor Hosni Mubarak
New York Times 6 Sep 2011 – Four senior police officials denied that former President Hosni Mubarak had ordered Egyptian security forces to use live ammunition against demonstrators challenging his rule.

Israel-West Bank Green Line, Defining Lives, Decades On
New York Times 6 Sep 2011 – A boundary created by the 1948 Arab-Israeli War was officially eradicated by a subsequent war in 1967, yet it retains a powerful, if ghostly, influence.

Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel
New York Times 6 Sep 2011 – New details have emerged in the case of an F.B.I. translator who was sentenced last year to 20 months in prison for leaking classified information to a blogger.

Iran Offers Inspectors ‘Full Supervision’ of Nuclear Program
New York Times 6 Sep 2011 – Tehran, in its first counterproposal in two years, seeks to have mounting sanctions lifted by the West.

Iraq Army Bus Is Ambushed; 9 Are Killed
New York Times 6 Sep 2011 – Insurgents attacked a mini-bus filled with Iraqi army soldiers in Anbar province, killing eight soldiers and the driver.

Amid Tensions With Israel, Turkey Threatens Increased Naval Presence
New York Times 6 Sep 2011 – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey compared Israel’s behavior to that of a “spoiled child” and insisted that Turkey would ensure safe navigation in the eastern Mediterranean.

Misc

Erdogan to speak at Tahrir on Sept 12 and try and visit Gaza after, says Turkish news site
Mondoweiss – From the Turkish broadcasting site. This could be big, in the runup to the statehood initiative. The item says that Erdogan may go to Gaza after addressing Tahrir, but this has not been confirmed. This could be international theater on a grand scale. And a call…

Protests continue against US-backed Bahraini dictatorship
WSWS – Repression continues six months after the US-backed regime in Bahrain brutally suppressed a mass uprising of workers.

Israel’s largest ever protests oppose inequality
WSWS – Organizers of the 430,000-strong demonstration in Israel on Saturday have announced that they consider it the “climax” of the protests against economic distress and inequality.

Al Jazeera: Meet Captain Israel, the anti-BDS superhero
Jewish Voice for Peace –

Warped politics: Robert Gates says Israel is ‘ungrateful,’ but Obama will still veto Palestine UN bid
Mondoweiss – Jeffrey Goldberg’s latest column in Bloomberg ( which Paul Mutter covered here ) shows exactly how the Israel lobby has warped the U.S. political system. The lobby has such a stranglehold on U.S. policy towards Israel that a Secretary of Defense’s distaste for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu means…

Ari Fleischer says Obama is avoiding Muslims out of ‘sensitivity to Jewish vote’
Mondoweiss – Great reporting by Scott Wilson in the Washington Post — Obama’s outreach to Muslims is limited at home. Even Bush visited an Islamic center to show solidarity with Muslims. Excellent quote from Ari Fleischer; though note the lame disclaimer after it, the last line of this…

NYT’s Keller implies Iraq War aimed to save Israel from a ‘holocaust’
Mondoweiss – NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller pens a tortured mea culpa about his support for the Iraq War, stopping short of a full apology because he “couldn’t have known better at the time.” Along the way, he drops this stunning revelation about where his and his colleagues’…

Settlers deface and torch Nablus mosque in ‘price tag’ attack
Mondoweiss – PA: Settlers torch Nablus mosque NABLUS (Ma’an) 5 Sept — Ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlers on Monday set fire to a mosque near Nablus area in the northern West Bank, Palestinian Authority officials said … PA settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas confirmed the incident and urged the international Quartet ……

Misc 2

Libyan rebel NTC threatens Algeria
Voltaire Network 6 Sep 2011 – A spokesman for Libya’s NTC called Algeria’s refusal to recognize the NTC and their acceptance of Gaddafi’s close relatives “acts of aggression against the Libyan people”. Another sign of the nature of the Libyan rebel NTC is their unfounded arrogance against Algeria. After alleged atrocities against…

Documents disclose Sir Mark Allen’s role in Libya
Voltaire Network 6 Sep 2011 – Documents that ended up in the hands of the National Transitional Council after the fall of Tripoli highlight Sir Mark Allen’s pivotal role, as head of MI6’s counter-terrorism unit, in fostering special ties between the Crown and the Libyan Jamahiriya. Negotiations between the two states began…

Dick Cheney regrets Hillary Clinton is not US president
Voltaire Network 6 Sep 2011 – The former vice president told “Fox News Sunday”, on 4 September 2011, that he deplores Hillary Clinton is not president of the United States instead of Barack Obama. During the Libyan war, Obama held out as long as possible against NATO’s onslauch on Tripoli and the…

UN Palmer Report into Freedom Flotilla assault condemned as a whitewash
Middle East Monitor 6 Sep 2011 – The long-awaited UN Palmer Report into the Israeli attack on the humanitarian “Freedom Flotilla” to Gaza in May 2010 finally came out last week. However, from the moment it became public – when it was mysteriously leaked to the New York Times – it was met…

Israel warns of “diplomatic mistake” if Turkey’s Erdogan visits Gaza
Middle East Monitor 6 Sep 2011 – A senior Israeli official has warned that it would be a “diplomatic mistake” for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit the Gaza Strip. Reports in the Jerusalem Post quoted an Israeli official who said that Erdogan would damage Turkey’s relations with the United States…

Demonstration held in response to publication of Palmer Report
Middle East Monitor 6 Sep 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES A demonstration attended by farmers and fishermen from the Federation of Agricultural Workers and held under the auspices of the Union of Civil Organisations has marched on the UN headquarters in Gaza. The demonstrators sought to express their bitter condemnation of the UN’s recently…

Israeli forces re-arrest exiled Jerusalem deputy, Mohammed Abu Tair
Middle East Monitor 6 Sep 2011 – At dawn on Tuesday (06.09.2011), forces of the Israeli occupation re-arrested the exiled Jerusalem deputy, Sheikh Mohammed Abu Tair following a raid on his residence in the central West Bank city of Ramallah. He was taken to an undisclosed location. Sheikh Abu Tair has spent…

UFree discuss in Gaza internationalizing Israel’s persecution of Palestinian MPs
Sabr 5 Sep 2011 – [ 05/09/2011 – 12:13 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— Palestinian MP Mushir al-Masri, who heads the international Free PLC members committee, has met with head of the European network to support the Palestinian prisoners (UFree) Mohammed Hamdan to discuss ways to internationalize the issue of Israel’s continued…

IOF soldiers arrest 3 Palestinians including young woman
Sabr 4 Sep 2011 – [ 04/09/2011 – 12:35 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )— Israeli occupation soldiers (IOF) rounded up three Palestinian citizens on Sunday, two young men in Al-Khalil and a young woman in Ramallah. Palestinian police said that IOF soldiers arrested 24-year-old Raufa Hamed from Silwan, Ramallah, while passing at…

Family of MP Yousuf slams Israeli attempts to fabricate charges against him
Sabr 4 Sep 2011 – [ 04/09/2011 – 09:30 AM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )— The family of Palestinian lawmaker Sheikh Hasan Yousuf strongly denounced the Israeli intelligence agency for trying to fabricate charges against him and avenge him after failed attempts to undermine his high morale and steadfastness. The family, in a…

Syria delays Arab League visit
BBC 6 Sep 2011 – Syria makes a last-minute request for the Arab League chief to delay his planned visit aimed at pressing for an end to the crackdown on protests.

Turkey vows new Israel sanctions
BBC 6 Sep 2011 – Turkey says it is ‘totally suspending’ all defence ties with Israel after its refusal to apologise for last year’s deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla.

Fake certificate risk to Iranians
BBC 5 Sep 2011 – Fresh evidence has emerged that stolen web security certificates were being used to spy on people in Iran.

(en) Britain, Liverpool, SolFed* solidarity – Airport rooftop protest – the photos they don’t want you to see
A-infos 6 Sep 2011 – Below we reproduce some photographs of the rooftop protest held by John Foley at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. To avoid embarassment to the airport and Ryanair, the police placed a news blackout on the protest, meaning the local media were unable to report the story. As…

Palestine-Israel, The involvement of activists in the Israeli uprising was in parallel to the joint struggle
A-infos 6 Sep 2011 – The Israeli uprising included also the Israeli Palestinian citizens. Within the social justice struggle, the anarchist against the wall were involved mainly in the Lewinski tent camp that included the African refugees and in the Jaffa Jewish-Palestinian tent camp. We continued – though with smaller numbers…

Civil Administration head orders end to demolition of Palestinian structures
B’tselem 5 Sep 2011 – According to media reports, the head of the Civil Administration has ordered an end to demolition of Palestinian structures built without permits in Area C. He stating “equality of enforcement” as the reason and noted that the Administration is “very far” from similar enforcement in settlements….

Articles


Joint Palestinian-Israeli statement supporting J14, end to occupation
Hagai Matar, +972 Magazine9/6/2011
A large group of left-wing Palestinian and Israeli parties, unions and civil society groups has issued an unprecedented joint statement in support of the Israeli struggle for social justice. The group demands unity in the struggle against occupation and racism.
For the first time since the launch of J14 movement, and perhaps for the first time in regional history, official Palestinian parties and NGOs are showing their support for an Israeli civilian struggle for social justice and against capitalism. Alongside their general statement of support, signatories mentioned the influence Arab revolutions have had on the Israeli movement, and stressed the importance they see in the ground-breaking widespread cooperation between Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel.
In addition, the signatories call upon J14 to connect their struggle with the one against the illegal settlements and the occupation, and to stop the Israeli government’s from attempting to sideline the struggle in the face of “outside security threats” such as the upcoming vote on recognition of Palestinian statehood at the UN on 20 September.
“We understand that one of the primary reasons for the social and economic distress of citizens in Israel, in addition to the capitalist economic policies, is the continuation of the occupation and excessive security budgets, which Israel’s government seeks to justify as needed for defending the security of the settlements on the one hand and the state borders on the other,” reads a part of the joint statement. “We therefore believe that an end to the occupation and establishment of a fair and just peace are essential for a life of peace and welfare. We welcome the participation and integration of the Palestinian population in Israel in the social protest…. more.. e-mail

Looming Tragedy: Vision of the ‘New Libya’: Visit the ‘New Iraq’. Another ‘Liberation’, another Unimaginable International Criminal Tragedy
Felicity Arbuthnot, Global Research, The Intercept9/6/2011
Unimaginable International Criminal Tragedy
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. (Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900.)
As Eid, the great post Ramadan celebration of that month of abstinence, self sacrifice and reflection, dawned on Libya, marked there this year on August 31st, the NATO “liberated” country, after seven months, looks a lot like “liberated” Iraq after eight years.
Queues of cars now wait for petrol in another oil rich country; other queues form, carrying containers for water. The multibillion dollar development of Libya’s vast underground aquifers had been dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world. Libya`s water supply infrastructure has been been systematically bombed throught the country.
Shops are without food.
The all is: “absolute disaster”, according to an eminent legal observer, very familiar with the country.
And with electricity largely off, those seeking knowledge as to whether friends and relatives are alive, injured, fled, dead, find internet, and phones dead.
As the terribly injured overwhelm hospitals, many are bombed, damaged or without power and pharmaceuticals.
No power: no incubators, life support machines or surgery.
Another country with a modern, developed infrastructure reduced to a pre-industrial age ‚Äì with the rebuilding contracts reportedly already being divvied out ‚Äì in the West. — See also: Source and The Devil Writes a Handbook: “The Responsibility to Protect” (2002) more.. e-mail

Atlantic Council: Is Libya a ‘Global Con’?
Tony Cartalucci, Activist Post9/6/2011
Globalist organization ponders whether Al Qaeda has “snookered” NATO.
…..The…Atlantic Council recently penned an article titled “Global Con?” within which senior globalist scribe Arnaud de Borchgrave assaults our sensibility by proposing the following question, “Were the United States, France, Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates — the NATO-led coalition that set out to overthrow Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime — snookered by al-Qaida?” De Borchgrave concludes that it is a preposterous scenario and indeed he is correct, though not for the reasons he proposes….
Indeed, the Libyan conflict is a “global con.” Contra to Atlantic Council member Arnaud de Borchgrave’s suggestion that somehow the West was “snookered” by Al Qaeda, it is NATO and its Wall Street/London big oil, military industrial, and banking interests “snookering” the world into believing a noble military intervention is underway in Libya. Indeed, the global con is that under the thin and perpetually peeling veneer of humanitarian concern, lies a vicious looting spree by violent, internationally recognized terroristic mercenaries on the ground supported by the Fortune 500’s military might via NATO.
In addition to the windfall of profits to be made in Libya, it is specifically noted by another global corporate-financier nexus, the Brookings Institution, that the battle for Libya is being waged in order to establish the primacy of “international law” over that of the nation-state. Clearly by “international law,” Brookings means the dictates proposed by think-tanks like itself or the Atlantic Council, rubber stamped by the UN and pursued by an alliance driven by Wall Street and London interests. To portray a bid for global empire as a progressive humanitarian mission to alleviate unrest they themselves created over the course of decades, is indeed a “global con”. — See also: Escobar: Al-Qaeda asset is military commander of Tripoli and The Devil Writes a Handbook: “The Responsibility to Protect” (2002) more.. e-mail

Uncovered: Israel’s role in planned US lawsuit to fight BDS
Electronic Intifada: 6 Sep 2011 – Ali Abunimah The Electronic Intifada An exclusive investigation finds that pro-Israel activists, backed by an Islamophobic pro-Israel group and with the knowledge of the Israeli government is planning to take legal action to force the Olympia Food Co-op to rescind its historic decision to boycott Israeliproducts.more

Israel’s Anti-democratic Enterprise
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Sep 2011 – By George Polley Israel as a Jewish state is unworkable for one simple reason: non-Jews are treated differently than Jews, leaving non-Jews in a lesser-than position in which they have fewer rights than Jews, and are required to carry a special identification card that identifies them as non-Jews, and must be surrendered whenever requested by a Jewish authority. “In a Jewish state,” writes Israeli journalist and leftist Larry Derfner, “a gentile has a lesser standing, a lesser share in the state, than a Jew” has. (1) One needn’t look far to discover why. In secular Zionist and religious thought, Jews are called by God to separate themselves from other nations as God’s special representatives on earth. The Zionist enterprise looked to create a modern Jewish state of Israel to be the homeland of and for Jews anywhere in the world, a nation in which they would feel free and safe…more

Sanctioning Dr. Shaaban Assaults US Values
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Sep 2011 – By Franklin Lamb – Tripoli As part of its 7th set of US sanctions against Syria, which began in June, 2011, the Obama administration has targeted a messenger, a sometime spokeswoman, a positive image of Syria, someone people of all religions and cultures have easily identified with over the past several years, Dr. Bouthainia Shaaban. The US administration acted thus for the sole purpose of pressuring the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but has succeeded in undermining American values of freedom of expression much more. On August 28, 2011, the US Treasury and State Departments targeted Dr. Bouthainia Shaaban, and froze any assets she might have in the US. According to State Department spokesman, Victoria Nuland, who two US Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers speculate may view Dr. Shaaban as a rival of sorts given their job descriptions, and Dr. Shaaban’s stellar performances during meeting with US officials both…more

Divesting from Israel’s Occupation
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Sep 2011 – By Ida Audeh ‚Äì Boulder, Colorado In September, the University of Colorado Board of Regents will be presented with a petition urging it to remove from the university’s stock portfolio all companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip. Launched by CU-Divest and signed by nearly 2,000 students and human rights activists, the petition states that the university’s $1.7 billion investments “may violate the University’s commitment to human rights and social justice.” Similar divestment campaigns are underway in dozens of campuses across the country, following the successful efforts of Hampshire College students in 2009. (The retirement plan giant TIAA-CREF is the focus of a separate national divestment campaign.) In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call to the international community to apply boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it upholds international law and Palestinian rights. The appeal resonated with…more

7,000 Miles for the USS Liberty
Dissident Voice: 6 Sep 2011 – I’m on my sailboat in Valetta, Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, on my way to perform a memorial service for American servicemen killed in action almost 45 years ago. With Texan crew members Joe and Sherrie Wagner, I’ve sailed 7,000 miles from Galveston. We’re going 1,000 miles more to the exact spot where Israeli forces perpetrated a ruthless, two-hour assault on the USS Liberty , killing 34 and injuring 174. Israel said it was a “tragic mistake.” The survivors said it was deliberate. Lifeboats were shot up and stretcher-bearers machine-gunned. The attack occurred in international waters off the coast of Egypt while the Liberty was monitoring communications during Israel’s Six Day War. Most Americans are unaware of that attack because the cover-up began even before the smoke had cleared, the wounded cared for and the dead counted (see ussliberty.com ). The cover-up occurred because President Lyndon Baines Johnson did…more

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