VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 7 September, 2011: Israel chokes Palestinian trade, says UN study

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International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Vandalize An Israeli Military Base, As A “price Tag” Act
IMEMC – Wednesday September 07, 2011 – 18:18, The Yesha Council of Settlements, the central body representing Israeli settlers in the West Bank, condemned the “price tag” operation carried out by a group of Israeli settlers at an Israeli Military base on Wednesday.

French Fair Trade Activist Denied Access To Palestine Through Tel Aviv Airport
IMEMC – Wednesday September 07, 2011 – 16:40, Michel Besson, director of the “Andines” Cooperative, which develops Fair Trade cooperation with Palestine, was arrested Monday morning on his arrival at the airport in Tel Aviv and was placed in the retention center.

Palestinian Killed, Six Injured, As Army Bombards Khan Younis
IMEMC – Wednesday September 07, 2011 – 11:36, One resident was killed and four others were injured on Tuesday evening, when the army bombarded an area east of Al Qarara, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, The Palestine News and Info Agency, WAFA, reported.

Arab League Calls For Serious Boycott Of Israel
IMEMC – Wednesday September 07, 2011 – 08:10, The Arab League called on Wednesday for instating a comprehensive and serious popular and official boycott of Israel due to its ongoing violations, and stances that obstruct peace talks.

Abbas: “We Are Committed To Serious Talks”
IMEMC – Wednesday September 07, 2011 – 06:47, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated on Tuesday at night that the Palestinian leadership is committed to peace negotiations with Israel, but the Israeli stances and its rejection to abide by the signed peace deals, pushes the Palestinians to head to the United Nations.

Ma’an News

Peace Now: Settlement building doubles since freeze
9/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Reuters) — According to Peace Now’s latest report released Wednesday, construction in West Bank settlements has doubled since the end of a building freeze which ended US brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians last year. Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Director of Projects Hagit Ofran told Reuters that the settlement….

Settlers damage Israeli army base in ‘price tag’ attack
9/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers vandalized an Israeli army base on Wednesday in the first reported case of ‘price tag’ attacks carried out against Israeli forces, the army said.” Initial reports indicate that unidentified vandals broke into a military base north of Ramallah and vandalized thirteen vehicles; puncturing tires, shattering the windows….

Al-Jazeera calls on Israel to free journalist
9/8/2011 – DOHA (AFP) — Al-Jazeera satellite news channel has called on Israel to release its former Kabul bureau chief ahead of the journalist’s appearance before a court on Wednesday. Samer Allawi, a Palestinian, was detained on August 10 by Israeli security officials as he tried to cross the border between Jordan and the West Bank….

French street artist launches new project in West Bank
9/7/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The French street artist responsible for adorning the separation wall with giant portraits of grinning rabbis, imams, Israelis and Palestinians has returned to the West Bank with a new project. The artist, known only by his initials JR, has launched his latest project ‘Inside Out’ globally, and it arrived…. Related: In photos: Street artist launches new project in Palestine

In photos: Street artist launches new project in Palestine
9/7/2011 – The French street artist responsible for adorning the separation wall with giant portraits of grinning rabbis, imams, Israelis and Palestinians has returned to the West Bank with a new project. The artist, known only by his initials JR, has launched his latest project ‘Inside Out’ globally, and it arrived in Palestine on Monday…. Related: French street artist launches new project in West Bank

Israeli army escorts 1,200 Israelis into Nablus
9/8/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of Israeli military jeeps entered the northern West Bank city of Nablus overnight Tuesday to escort Israelis visiting a holy site in the city, witnesses and the army said. An Israeli military spokesman said the army was protecting around 1,200 Israelis in a coordinated visit to the site believed to….

Islamic Jihad operative killed in Gaza
9/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A member of Islamic Jihad’s military wing was killed late Wednesday in an explosion west of Deir Al-Balah, medics said, in what militants described as an airstrike but Israel’s army denied. Al-Quds Brigades spokesman Abu Ahmad said an airstrike on a car west of Deir Al-Balah…. Related: Israel: No attack on Gaza

Leaked cable suggests PA hid torture death
9/8/2011 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — Palestinian security officials privately offered American diplomats candid details about the 2009 death of a detainee while they publicly refuted allegations of torture, according to a US diplomatic cable recently released by WikiLeaks. Suspected Hamas member Haitham Amr, a nurse at a Hebron hospital, died less than a week after….

Clinton urges Abbas to ‘work with Washington’ over UN bid
9/7/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday with President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of a showdown over the Palestinians’ controversial bid for UN membership, the State Department said. The Palestinians are expected to make their bid later this month before the United Nations General Assembly — a move Washington opposes. The US is….

Refugee scholar in new legal opinion on UN bid
9/7/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The release of a legal opinion by one of the world’s top authorities on international refugee law has highlighted possible legal dangers in the September initiative at the United Nations. Guy Goodwin-Gill’s opinion sparked a public debate amongst Palestinians at home and in the Diaspora, amid concerns….

Hamas official: No direct contacts with Israel
9/7/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas said Wednesday that the truce with Israel, which has mostly held for two weeks, was coordinated with Palestinian factions and not directly with Israeli authorities. The lull “was not a joint decision with Israel,” said Hamas lawmaker Salah Bardawil. Hamas is not consulting with Israel about the “Palestinian national….

Turkey PM accuses Israel of lacking ‘trade ethics’ in military deal
9/7/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Wednesday of lacking “trade ethics” in military bilateral contracts.” Israel has shown no loyalty to our bilateral agreements in the defence industry area,” Erdogan told reporters, referring to a military agreement on the purchase of Israeli drones by Turkey….

Arrests as protesters try to storm Tel Aviv city hall
9/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Police arrested 12 demonstrators who attempted to break into Tel Aviv city hall on Wednesday in protest against the clearing of a protest camp in the Israeli city. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said several hundred demonstrators convened outside city hall, chanting slogans and hurling raw eggs and other projectiles. Police sought to bar….

Center appeals to rights groups to help sick detainee
9/7/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian detainees’ center on Wednesday appealed to human rights organizations to intervene and help a sick prisoner detained by Israel. The center said Israeli prison authorities have kept Ammar Samhan, from Nablus, in solitary confinement for long periods despite his poor health. Samhan’s parents appealed to President….

Israel: No attack on Gaza
9/7/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli army spokeswoman denied late Wednesday any involvement in what Islamic Jihad’s military wing said was an airstrike targeting a member of the Al-Quds Brigades. Earlier, an Al-Quds Brigades official said an airstrike killed one person near Deir Al-Balah…. Related: Islamic Jihad operative killed in Gaza

Away from UN debate, Palestinian camp on edge
9/8/2011 – JENIN (Reuters) — Once again, it can be easier to find a rifle than a job in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin. Residents say occasional bursts of gunfire in its narrow streets are an economic indicator as telling as any. Many see the renewed disorder as a consequence of despair. The scene of heavy….

Report: Israel foils Hamas attacks in Jerusalem
9/8/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s security service foiled a suicide attack last month in Jerusalem and seized an explosive belt 24 hours before the attack, Israeli news reports said Wednesday. The Shin Bet’s prevention of the attack was part of a large operation involving multiple Israeli security agencies during….

PA health minister preps for Libya delegation
9/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Minister of Health Fathi Abu Moghli on Wednesday said that he will head a medical delegation on a humanitarian mission to the city of Benghazi in Libya, reports said. The delegation is to fly from Jordan to Libya in a gesture of support from the future Palestinian state, he….

Minister: Israel will not apologize to Turkey
9/7/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel will not apologize to Turkey for a deadly May 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and will not lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip, an Israeli minister insisted on Wednesday, as ties with Ankara sank to new lows.” Israel defends its interests and its government will not apologize,” said Israel Katz….

Palestinians deploy Obama speech in UN campaign
9/7/2011 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) – US President Barack Obama is an unlikely participant in a Palestinian campaign to drum up support for a bid to win UN recognition of their statehood — a diplomatic move opposed by both his administration and Israel. But as part of an official media campaign begun this week, Palestinians have pulled from the archive….

PLO official hits out at US policy on UN bid
9/7/2011 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — The United States is showing “disdain” for Arabs by trying to prevent the Palestinians from gaining statehood recognition at the United Nations, senior Palestinian Liberation Organization official Yasser Abed Rabbo said Wednesday. Washington fears the Palestinians’ move at the United Nations, expected later this month, could further snarl flagging US efforts to….

Differences with US on UN bid ‘still wide’
9/7/2011 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The differences with Washington over the UN bid are “still wide,” a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday after talks with US envoys in the West Bank city of Ramallah.” The gap between the Palestinian and US positions is still wide after the meeting,” presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said.” There are efforts….

Rafah crossing to open Thursday
9/7/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Rafah border between Gaza and Egypt will be open Thursday for those who registered to travel on Sept. 7, the interior ministry in Gaza announced. Ayyoub Abu Shaar, director of the Rafah crossing, said the crisis in traveling regulations had not ended, and thousands of Palestinians are still waiting….

Israel premier says seeks better ties with Turkey
9/7/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday amid a serious row with Turkey that he wanted better relations but also praised forces who took part in a deadly raid on a Turkish ferry.” Over the past few days we have seen a worsening of the tension with Turkey which was not our….

Union chief: No set payday for civil servants
9/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Head of the Civil Servants Union Bassam Zakarneh said Wednesday that there was “no set date” from the Palestinian Authority for the payment of civil service salaries. No official has spoken about the future or given any solutions, Zakarneh said, while Palestinian civil servants were living “in a state of anxiety….

Qassam operative dies in Gaza
9/7/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A member of Hamas’ armed wing died Wednesday during a “Jihad” mission near Ash-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City, the Al-Qassam Brigades announced. Muhammad Rushdi Aqbalan, 52, died after suffering an electric shock, the group said….

Kuwait donates $50 million to Palestinian Authority
9/7/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Kuwait announced Wednesday that it would transfer $50 million to support the Palestinian Authority budget, the official news agency WAFA reported. President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Kuwait for its support of the Palestinian cause, noting that the recent contribution comes at a time in which the PA faces a financial crisis. Abbas….

4 more die as Syria delays Arab League chief’s visit
9/8/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria requested the 11th-hour postponement of a planned visit by the Arab League chief to press for an end to its bloody crackdown on dissent as security forces killed four more people. Syria said that circumstances had forced it to postpone Wednesday’s visit by Nabil al-Arabi in which he had been….

Egypt’s military ruler summoned in Mubarak trial
9/8/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — The chief judge in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday summoned high-profile witnesses including Egypt’s military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to testify. Judge Ahmed Refaat said that Tantawi and other top officials, some of them still serving, would give their evidence behind closed doors for reasons of….

Libya’s NTC demands Niger stop Gadhafi crossing border
9/8/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libya’s new leaders were on Wednesday urgently seeking Niger’s help in preventing Moammar Gadhafi, his family or his troops from crossing the border, as the hunt for the fugitive strongman intensified. The United States also urged other nations to deny refuge to any wanted Libyans. New regime forces, meanwhile….

Egyptians find explosives warehouse in Sinai
9/7/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Authorities found an explosives warehouse Wednesday near Sheikh Zuweid in the northern Sinai, officials said. Security officials received information about the location of the warehouse and found rocket propelled grenades and two rockets at the site. In El-Arish, Egyptian security forces found an Israeli anti-tank mine, which was removed, according….

Syria accused of ‘crimes against humanity’
9/7/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — France accused Syria of “crimes against humanity” on Wednesday, as activists said regime forces killed at least 12 people, including nine in a tank-backed raid on the flashpoint city of Homs.” The Syrian regime has committed crimes against humanity,” French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said during talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart….

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants kill 6 Yemen troops
9/7/2011 – ADEN (AFP) — Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed six Yemeni soldiers in clashes in the south on Wednesday as a security official told AFP that a US drone had struck a makeshift checkpoint killing three jihadists. Six soldiers were also wounded as they advanced on the Abyan provincial capital of Zinjibar, most of which has been in….

Iraqi PM calls for speedy power projects
9/7/2011 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met with an executive from US firm Caterpillar on Wednesday, emphasising that Iraq needs quick solutions to its power woes, a statement from the premier’s office said. Iraq’s current electricity production and imports total about 7,000 megawatts, with demand around twice as much, leaving….

Palestine Note

U.N.’s Gaza flotilla report adrift at sea
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2011 – Sari Bashi, Foreign Policy – For months, since the contents of the report prepared by a UN panel charged with reviewing the May 2010 Gaza flotilla incident (the Palmer Report) began to appear in news media coverage, it has been…

Aljazeera

Egypt football fans clash with police
AlJazeera 7 Sep 2011 – More than 130 officers and seven fans injured in clashes after Al-Ahly supporters chanted anti-Mubarak slogans in Cairo.

Israeli air strike kills Gaza fighter
AlJazeera 7 Sep 2011 – Islamic Jihad member killed after a rocket fired from an Israeli drone hit a car in central Gaza.

Israel ‘disloyal’ to Turkey defence contracts
AlJazeera 7 Sep 2011 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Israel of lacking “trade ethics” in bilateral military contracts.

Palestine News Network

Palestine to Participate in Arab Meeting on Monday to Prepare for UN
PNN – Bethlehem – PNNThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad Al-Maliki has declared that Palestine will participate in an international Arab meeting in Cairo to prepare for Palestine’s membership bid to the UN. According…

Al Walajeh: Demonstrators , Military clash over olive trees uproot.
PNN – Bethlehem – PNN – The Israeli Military attacked a group of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, participating in a peaceful demonstration against the enlargement of the wall in Al-Walajah, North West of…

U.S Envoy to Meet With Abbas
PNN – Bethlehem – Gabrielle Abutom (Trans.) – PNN A U.S Envoy is to meet With President Mahmoud Abbas in a final attempt to resolve the peace process. Yaser Abid-Rabu, secretary of the Executive…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Receives Parliamentary Delegation from the British House of Lords and Parliament and from the European Parliament
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concludes Training Course in Human Rights and Democracy in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Receives Representative of Canada to the Palestinian Authority
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR is participating in the July 2011 High-Level Segment of UN-ECOSOC on the implementation of education
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Today we planted in Gaza’s buffer zone
9/7/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 6 September 2011, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Strip – Today, like every Tuesday in Beit Hanoun, we marched into the buffer zone to protest it and the illegal Israeli occupation. In many ways it was the same as every Tuesday. We gathered at the Agricultural College, we marched down the road that leads to the buffer….

Wasteland in al Walajeh: Israeli military destruction of farmland
9/7/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On TuesdaySeptember 6th local Palestinians from the village of Al Walajeh gathered with international activists to protest the building of the illegal separation barrier as well as the destruction of ancient olive trees. The demonstrators succeeded in halting the razing of Palestinian land for approximately one hour before soldiers violently….

Statement for USS Liberty memorial service
9/7/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – This statement was submitted for tonight’s memorial service off the coast of the Gaza Strip. We join Larry Toenjes, Joe and Sherrie Wagner, Rusty Glenn, and all supporters of the s/v Liberty in remembering the deaths of 34 USS Liberty servicemen killed by the State of Israel on….

Alternative Information Center

Paris Indignados to Israeli Social Protest: Palestinian Rights Must be Realised!
Alternative Information Center – The Indignados of the Bastille in Paris for Real Democracy Now drafted the following letter to the social protesters in Israel:

Memorandum of Intentions: France, Israel to Jointly Assist Developing Countries
Alternative Information Center – France and Israel signed a memorandum of intentions to cooperate in humanitarian assistance to developing countries in Africa and in Haiti.

Israel to Establish “Dialogue Tent” Outside UN to Counter Palestinian Initiative, Durban III
Alternative Information Center – Israel’s Ministry of Public Affairs and the Diaspora will pitch a “dialogue tent” near the UN in NY to counter the planned General Assembly meetings on recognizing a Palestinian state and commemorating the 10 th anniversary…

The National

Key oil town in Yemen captured by militants
The National 7 Sep 2011 – Rowdah’s fall could put Yemen on the ‘doorstep of a crisis’ with fear that it may put an end to all the oil and gas output in the country.

More than 100 jailed Bahraini activists are on hunger strike
The National 7 Sep 2011 – Bahrain Commission of Inquiry says 84 opposition supporters are on hunger strike in prison while 17 detained activists have been hospitalised by the interior ministry for their refusal to eat.

As violence surges, Syria calls off visit by Arab League chief
The National 7 Sep 2011 – Security forces kill nine in Homs as government postpones visit by Arab League secretary general, who was due to unveil a plan to prompt concessions from Assad.

US and Israel step up efforts to block Palestinian statehood bid
The National 7 Sep 2011 – Palestinian bid for UN recognition beginning to look unstoppable despite every effort from Washington and Tel Aviv.

Coming soon: Ahmadinejad through Oliver Stone’s lens?
The National 7 Sep 2011 – The filmmaker’s son, Sean Stone, is in Tehran, possibly plotting a film on Iran.

9/11 Remembered: Palestinians, the forgotten victims
The National 7 Sep 2011 – Reports of happy, gloating Palestinians shocked the West after 9/11 – but the nation’s goals were a world away from those of Al Qaeda and the attacks caused only further suffering, writes Vita Bekker, foreign correspondent.

Ha’aretz

Abbas: Palestinian independence bid does not contradict peace process with Israel
Ha’aretz – Palestinian President tells visiting U.S. envoys campaign to have UN recognize Palestinian statehood would ‘overcome impasse in peace process.’

Erdogan: We will not let Israel disrespect Turkey, no matter the price
Ha’aretz – Comments come on the heels of Turkey’s expulsion of top Israeli diplomats, suspension of all military deals.

UN Security Council: Iran violating ban on nuclear weapons programs
Ha’aretz – Denouncement comes after International Atomic Energy Agency submits a report claiming Iran continues to make advances in uranium enrichment beyond its needs for medical applications.

Palestinians: U.S. prevention of statehood bid shows ‘disdain’ for Arabs
Ha’aretz – Washington fears the Palestinians’ move at the United Nations could further snarl flagging U.S. efforts to revive Middle East peace talks.

Israel security forces foil multiple terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, arrest dozens of Hamas militants
Ha’aretz – Shin Bet security service intercepts explosive after it was smuggled to Jerusalem, it emerges Wednesday; dozens of Hamas militants operating in 13 separate cells arrested by security forces.

Israeli settlers’ council condemns ‘marginal group’ behind vandalism at IDF base
Ha’aretz – More than a dozen army vehicles damaged in first ‘price tag’ attack carried out by extremist settlers at any IDF base, apparently in retribution for demolition of three illegal homes in Migron outpost.

Israeli settlers vandalize IDF base in first ‘price tag’ act against army
Ha’aretz – 12 vehicles damaged inside IDF base in West Bank; incident takes place two days after IDF demolished three homes in Migron outpost.

IDF holds large drill near Dimona nuclear reactor in southern Israel
Ha’aretz – The exercise, codenamed Operation Fernando and the first of its kind since 2004, was overseen by the Israeli army’s Home Front Command and the Israel Atomic Energy Commission.

Israel arrests East Jerusalem Hamas lawmaker near Ramallah
Ha’aretz – Abu Tir, who had his Jerusalem residency revoked last year, is expelled to PA-controlled Ramallah. An Israeli military spokesman in Tel Aviv said he was checking the details of the arrest.

Turkey confirms ‘total suspension’ of defense industry ties with Israel
Ha’aretz – Turkish PM’s remarks follow top Israeli official’s indication that ties are still in effect, and a day after BOI chief Fischer warned of the potential negative effect Israel’s economy could suffer as a result of trade rift with Ankara.

EU’s Ashton: Settler attack on West Bank mosque undermines Mideast peace
Ha’aretz – European High Representative for Foreign Affairs urges Israel to investigate torching of Qusra mosque, calling it an attack on ‘freedom of religion or belief’.

Israeli social activists clash with police outside Tel Aviv City Hall; 30 arrested
Ha’aretz – Activists protest forced dismantling of tent cities across Tel Aviv; hurl eggs and flowers at security personnel.

Haaretz food and wine critic Daniel Rogov passes away
Ha’aretz – American-born Rogov, who began his career in Paris, first started writing for Haaretz in 1984, and quickly established himself as the leading Israeli expert in the field.

Israel Police begin dismantling protest tents in Tel Aviv, Holon
Ha’aretz – Holon social protesters vow to rebuild wooden structures, after many inhabitants left homeless; Tel Aviv mayor says tent encampments can’t exist indefinitely.

Israel Police raid social protest tent encampments in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – Tents cleared from Rothschild Boulevard as well as other Tel Aviv encampment sites; Tel Aviv mayor says sites being cleaned up, not dismantled.

Tel Aviv officials call to dismantle tent protest camps by Jewish holidays
Ha’aretz – Pamphlet distributed to protest camps does not specify whether the city will dismantle tents by force if their owners do not take them down of their own accord.

Israel social protest leaders vow to keep on until ‘profound’ changes made
Ha’aretz – Comments made during press conference near Knesset comes as Tel Aviv officials offer their help in dismantling the city’s extensive tent city.

Israel social protest leaders to announce hiatus, updated list of demands
Ha’aretz – Organizers seek to replace tent protests with network of ‘community-based protest movements’ across Israel; activists to organize citizen-based discussions, put pressure on Knesset members.

Libya rebels: Gadhafi surrounded, forces ready to capture or kill
Ha’aretz – Ousted Libyan leader has been on the run since rebels took over Tripoli last month, reports conflicting about his exact location.

Jerusalem Post

Syrian forces kill at least 20 in assault on Homs
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Violent crackdown against anti-Assad demonstrators comes as Arab League chief Elaraby announces weekend visit to Damascus.

PM lauds navy’s Gaza blockade; no apology to Turks
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Netanyahu’s comments come after Erdogan shrugs off economic cost of sanctions against Israel: “Turkish pride won’t be trampled.”

Shin Bet: Hamas operating in Turkey, China
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Intelligence officials say Hamas operations in China are financial and include money laundering and procurement of equipment. In Turkey, the Islamist organization is believed to be active in recruiting operatives.

Islamic Jihad operative killed in Gaza blast
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Terror group blames Israeli air strike, but the military denies any involvement; two others wounded in the explosion.

Lapid-led social party could change political landscape
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – New survey shows Lapid could win 36 Knesset seats in next election.

The tents may be down, but the social issues remain
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Expert: Trajtenberg findings likely to rekindle mass protests.

Police set up task force to tackle far right in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Netanyahu: “Price-tag” attack a despicable crime; 13 military vehicles vandalized by right-wing extremists in Judea and Samaria.

Breaking up is hard to do
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Israel and Turkey – a love affair gone bad.

Palmer vs Goldstone: lessons learned
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Criticism of Israel is usually foregone conclusion of any UN commission, particularly when human rights, humanitarian issues are involved.

The liberal bias of Israel’s media
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Which is worse, a government-controlled media or a supposedly free media that uses its power to undermine democracy?

Candidly Speaking: The depraved United Nations
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Only a move by the US Congress can changed the UN’s outrageous behavior.

Washington Watch: Getting away with murder
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Assad’s enablers are no less guilty than he is for the ongoing violence in Syria.

Fundamentally Freund: Hold the Saudis to account for 9/11
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – 15 of 19 hijackers and Osama Bin Laden were Saudi Arabian; section of 9/11 report detailing Saudi financial support to Al-Qaida classified.

A window into UN ‘micro-bloc’ politics
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – The Wiesenthal Centre attempts to thwart the Palestinian statehood bid in Central America and the Caribbean.

The power of ‘hasbara’
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – The battle for Israel’s image is not one between nuanced and ‘simplistic’ narratives. It is a battle between truth and lies

UNRWA: Beyond the myths
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Spokesman for United Nations Relief and Works Agency defends organization against claims it perpetuates Palestinian refugee situation.

Israel not withholding UAVs from Turkey, officials say
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Turkish PM Erdogan claims Israel won’t return the UAV’s sent to be fixed, cannot be trusted; Defense officials say engines are being repaired.

Palestinians deploy Obama speech in UN campaign
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – 36 second radio spot cites “Obama promise” of an “independent, sovereign state of Palestine” becoming a new member of the UN.”

US officially asks PA to abandon UN recognition plan
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – David Hale, Dennis Ross meet with Abbas in Remallah; Palestinians might not petition Security Council but only the General Assembly.

Violent protest outside TA City Hall after tents removed
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Over 30 arrested after demonstrators try to break into municipality, throw eggs at building, following early morning cleanup of tent cities.

Bahrain stumbles on road to recovery
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Economy resumes growth, Formula One is back, but banks flee, Shiites simmer as “Arab Spring” unrest threatens regime, business interests.

Hamas terrorists planning bombing arrested in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Cells broken up by Israel in West Bank, east Jerusalem, as Hamas tries to rebuild its forces in the area; terrorists were planning abductions.

What’s new with ancient Jerusalem?
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – The Annual City of David Archaeology Conference will reveal the newest research and discoveries on ancient Jerusalem and the City of David.

Watch: Settler rabbi speaks out against mosque arson
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Peace activist Menachem Froman visits Palestinian village that was targeted in “price tag” attack, condemns graffiti.

Israel-Turkey tensions here to stay, diplomat warns
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Alon Liel says the two countries are poised to clash over Egypt and eastern Mediterranean, after Erdogan suspends defense industry ties.

44 months for IDF officer who sexually assaulted minors
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – 25-year-old officer groomed teens on social network, pretended to be 16; sentence part of plea bargain in which Nahum admitted to charges.

Photos show enduring traces of man’s lunar visits
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – New high-resolution shots taken by orbiting NASA camera show clear evidence nearly 40 years after US spaceflight touched down on the moon.

Cairo: Mubarak back in court over protester deaths
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Session is fourth since trial started last month; many Egyptians, lawyers frustrated by police testimonies; hearing closed to cameras.

Doing Design: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – With designer Gurit Magen and her Junktion People an old and bruised bicycle or even a broken suitcase could become your next coffee table.

Doctors meet in Tel Aviv, call on IMA chair to resign
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2011 – Meeting at Ichilov hospital addresses founding rival medical union to IMA; doctors express their support of medical residents who resigned.

The Guardian

Esc and Ctrl: Jon Ronson’s stories about people trying to control the internet: part one – video
The Guardian 7 Sep 2011 – Esc and Ctrl: In this first episode of Jon Ronson ‘s new series, he looks at a YouTube video posted by a man who accuses a free Gaza organisation of homophobia. However, the film does not…

Uruknet
African women say rebels raped them in Libyan camp
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – When the sun sets on the refugee camp for black Africans that has sprung up at the marina in this town six miles west of Tripoli, the women here brace for the worst. The rebels who ring the camp suddenly open fire. Then they race into the camp, shouting “gabbour, gabbour” – Arabic for…

Analysis: The UN bid through the eyes of a Palestinian refugee
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – Palestinian refugees in Lebanon living in and outside the camps have always dreamt of being a part of the state of Palestine. I have dreamed of participating in the first and the second intifada, in the peaceful protests against the apartheid wall, and in the daily struggle against the occupation in the West Bank,…

Israeli Oppression Continues While Talking Peace
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – No wonder Palestinians want and deserve statehood, as well as full UN membership to be able to seek World Court redress, and be able to sue under Genocide Convention provisions, and why not. Israel’s lawless hypocrisy is shameless given what goes on daily – bombings, killings, mass arrests, settlement expansions, dispossessions, and other civil…

Wasteland in al Walajeh: Israeli military destruction of farmland
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – On Tuesday September 6th local Palestinians from the village of Al Walajeh gathered with international activists to protest the building of the illegal separation barrier as well as the destruction of ancient olive trees. The demonstrators succeeded in halting the razing of Palestinian land for approximately one hour before soldiers violently broke up the…

Libya: Ethnic cleansing of black Africans underway
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – Pope Benedict’s representative in Libya, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, expressed his concern over a growing number of attacks on African migrant workers stranded in Libya. Televised news reports have shown terrified black Africans in the custody of the rebels combatting the government of dictator Muammar Gadhafi. The bodies of others have…

AI: Libya: Tawarghas being targeted in reprisal beatings and arrests
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) must do more to protect black Libyans, Amnesty International said today, after allegations that members of the Tawargha tribe were detained, threatened and beaten on suspicion of fighting for al-Gaddafi forces. Some Tawarghas who have been detained in Tripoli are said to have been made to kneel facing the…

“Their goal is to drive us out of our land” – Israeli settlers attack Kusra mosque
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – One of the four mosques of Kusra, a village of about 6,000 in the south of Nablus, was vandalized in the early hours of Monday morning, allegedly by members of the nearby Israeli settlement of Esh Kodesh. Graffiti was scrawled on the outside wall, windows were broken and there was also an attempt of…

NATO Media Advisory
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – NATO Media Advisory on the correct use of language in case of armed conflict… For enemy forces please use the following approved terms: The government of [ ] ……………………………………the [ ] regime Government officials ……………………………………..regime officials / henchmen President/Prime Minister [ ] ………………………….[ ] / the dictator /ruthless dictator /tyrant [ ] armed forces …………………………………………….regime forces /mercenaries /snipers [ ] volunteers …………………………………………………[ ] militia / thugs / regime diehards /regime loyalists NATO…

Libyan humanitarian disaster deepens as NATO, opposition continue offensive
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – The humanitarian crisis in Libya is deepening as NATO-backed forces of the National Transitional Council (NTC) continue their offensive to crush forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, with the assistance of NATO bombing and special forces troops. Yesterday AFP reported artillery fire as NTC prepared to attack Surt, Gaddafi’s home city in the center…

West Bank dogged by high cost of trade
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – West Bank trade remains largely isolated from global markets due to restrictions imposed on the movement of goods to, from, and within the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), according to a July 2011 study by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Constraints on imports and exports inflate prices for Palestinian businesses and consumers,…

Endless War and the culture of unrestrained power
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – The Washington Post woke up a few days ago and realized that despite everything that has happened since 9/11 — no successful Terrorist attacks on the Homeland in 10 years, a country mired in debt and imposing “austerity” on ordinary Americans, and the election of a wonderfully sophisticated, urbane, progressive multinationalist from the storied…

Promoting Fear and Hate in America
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Numerous previous articles explained how fear is used in America, notably against Muslims for political advantage. They’re described as fundamentalists, extremists, terrorists, and fanatics. They’re identified with violence, when, in fact, Islam has common roots with Christianity and Judaism. Their tenets are based on love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not exploitation; and…

Syria News – September 6, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Bokamal: Jaloud Abdo Gheiz died after being sniped on the street in front of his family. He was hit by two bullets, shot by snipers that are centered on the rooftops of the building of Political Intelligence. Two more people were injured…Rastan: Gunfire at one of the security checkpoints killing Adnan Farzat 29 years…

AFRICOM and the Neo-Colonialists NATO’s War on Libya is an Attack on African Development
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – “Africa the key to global economic growth”; this was a refreshingly honest recent headline from the Washington Post, but hardly one that qualifies as ‘news’. African labour and resources- as any decent economic historian will tell you – has been key to global economic growth for centuries. When the Europeans discovered America five hundred…

New report by Israeli NGO: “All Guilty! Observations in the Military Juvenile Court”
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – ….The findings show that the establishment of the military juvenile court brought about only a marginal change in the legal proceedings against Palestinian minors in the West Bank. The amendment of military law that led to the establishment of the military juvenile court had no effect at all on the interrogation and arrest procedures,…

The re-colonisation of Africa
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Last week the world was treated to the spectacle of the Paris Conference where one Western leader after the other – together with a few token Arab dictators – patted themselves on the back for “liberating” Libya from the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. It quickly brought to mind the infamous Berlin Conference of 1884…

Mavi Marmara lawyers pursue criminal complaints against Israelis, declare UN report “null and void”
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Lawyers representing the victims of the Israeli military attack on the Mavi Marmara have affirmed that they are pursuing legal action against the perpetrators, including individuals Israeli soldiers. The statement signed by Attorney Ramazan Arit?ºrk says: We have the ID information of some of the Israeli soldiers who carried out the May 31 attacks…

NATO, Rebels Continue War Against the People of Libya Imperialist Plot Theft of African Wealth
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Even though the corporate media is daily championing the nearly seven-month-old war against the North African state of Libya, the combined forces of NATO and the National Transitional Council rebel units are tightening their noose around the areas of the country where armed resistance has prevented the intervention of the counter-revolution. Those millions of…

Iraq snapshot – September 6, 2011
Uruknet September 6, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Norah O’Donnell presses the White House to go on the record about Iraq, politics remains murky in Iraq, a new cable reveals Blackwater guards didn’t really leave Iraq, and more…. Al Mada also reports on First Lady Moqtada’s latest drama and notes there are conflicting views on the political feasibility of…

Russian cooks & Ukrainian Engineers locked up by Libyan Rebels
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – In Libya, rebels are detaining oil engineers and cooks from former Soviet countries – suspecting them of being pro-Gaddafi snipers. Two Russians were later released, along with a Ukrainian couple, after they managed to contact the Russian embassy. But more than a dozen Ukrainians are still being held…

Pro-Gaddafi channel broadcasting from van
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Mishan al-Juburi is an Iraqi businessman living in Damascus and owner of ” Al-Rai” television station, which has broadcasted the speeches of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif-al-Islam…Al-Juburi told Asharq Al-Awsat by telephone from Damascus yesterday that “(Al-Muqawamah) channel is based in a vehicle fitted with satellite transmission equipment, called an OB van, and…

Death of a Syrian doctor
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – Sakher Hallak had burns caused by electric shocks all over his body. His genitals had been mutilated, eyes gouged, and he had holes to the back of his head, face, and to the sides of his body. His bones had been broken, and the marks of four different types of military boots were imprinted…

Libyan rebels holding 200 Nigerians hostage
Uruknet September 6, 2011 – The crackdown on Nigerians in Libya continued yesterday, with the arrest of 25 by the rebel-controlled Transitional National Council (TNC), which has slackened Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year grip on power. The development has brought the number of Nigerians in detention to over 200, The Nation learnt. There are fears that the detained Nigerians may…

Daily Star

Power deal recharges Cabinet
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 The government approved a controversial electricity bill Wednesday after members of the March 8-dominated Cabinet reached a last minute compromise over the funding of the project, ending weeks of negotiations that threatened its unity.

Conflicting statements emerge on whereabouts of ousted Gadhafi
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Tripoli’s military commander said Wednesday that Moammar Gadhafi is cornered and the days before he is captured or killed are numbered, but another senior defense official contended that Libya’s new rulers have no idea where the…

Homs under heavy fire after Arabi visit delayed
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Syrian forces backed by tanks killed at least 14 civilians in the city of Homs Wednesday in one of the fiercest military assaults on an urban center during the crackdown on six months of pro-democracy protests,…

Egypt court to hear testimony from top brass
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 The court trying Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters Wednesday summoned the head of Egypt’s ruling military council and top officials to give testimony next week that could prove decisive in determining the fate of…

TIME staff give testimony regarding interview
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 State Prosecutor Judge Said Mirza heard testimony from two staff members of TIME magazine’s office in Beirut Wednesday…

Israel collaborators get prison sentences
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Military Tribunal Judge Nizar Khalil handed down sentences ranging from five years of hard labor to life in prison to seven Lebanese for collaborating with Israel, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

Williams stresses importance of Lebanon’s security
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams met Wednesday with Interior Minister Marwan Charbel to discuss the general situation in the country, particularly the security situation, as well as the broader Arab region.

March 14 calls on Mikati and Cabinet to pay STL dues
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 The March 14 General Secretariat called on Prime Minister Najib Mikati Wednesday to maintain his commitment to paying the country’s dues to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon…

Qassem says Hezbollah will not be dragged into strife
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said Wednesday that his party will not be dragged into the strife sought by the March 14 coalition, which is looking to cover its own political downfall.

Tapping diaspora can spur Lebanon growth
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Lebanon’s expatriate community funneled $8.2 billion in remittances into the country last year, accounting for 22.4 percent of the country’s total GDP, according to the World Bank, and making it the 12th largest recipient of remittances…

STL defense arrangements start to take shape
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati held private talks Wednesday with the head of defense at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, as the tribunal’s Defense Office released a list of defense lawyers the accused will have access to…

Rai: Lebanon stable despite ongoing power struggle
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Wednesday that Lebanon enjoys stability despite the ongoing power struggle between Sunni and Shiite political factions.

Iran kills Kurdish rebel leader: PJAK website
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Iranian shelling has killed the deputy military leader of The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), a north Iraq-based Kurdish separatist group, it said in an online statement.

Sudan denies aid agencies access to conflict state
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Sudan has denied U.N. and other aid agencies access to Blue Nile state, where at least 50,000 people have been displaced by fighting that erupted last week, the U.N. humanitarian office said Wednesday.

Yemen clashes kill at least 11, injured unable to reach hospitals
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Clashes in southern Yemen Wednesday killed eight soldiers and at least three militants, and 20 civilians wounded in the fighting had to be treated at field clinics because government hospitals had been shut down, officials and…

Panel: Over 100 Bahraini activists on hunger strike
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 More than 100 jailed Bahraini activists – including doctors who treated injured protesters during months of anti-government protests and crackdowns in the Gulf kingdom – are on hunger strike, an international panel said Wednesday.

Syrian army defections have yet to reach critical mass
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 A flurry of desertions from Syria’s military shows unease among the rank-and-file over its repression of unrest but the army’s overall clout seems unaffected, allowing President Bashar Assad to go on using force to prop up…

Israel arrests Hamas members accused of killing Briton
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Israeli security forces have arrested Hamas militants accused in a bombing that killed a British woman and wounded dozens of civilians earlier this year, the country’s Shin Bet security service announced Wednesday.

Hale meets Abbas in effort to halt Palestinian U.N. bid
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 The United States is showing disdain for Arabs by trying to prevent the Palestinians from gaining statehood recognition at the U.N., a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday.

Israel makes first arrests as protests turn violent
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Israeli police arrested about 40 demonstrators in Tel Aviv Wednesday, police said, when violence broke out for the first time after weeks of peaceful protests that have called for lower living and housing costs.

Erdogan to start tour of Egypt, Libya And Tunisia
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Egypt, Tunisia and Libya next week, his office said Wednesday, a trip seen as an effort by Turkey to strengthen its role in a region convulsed by Arab…

Turkey: Israel failing to meet obligations
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Turkey’s prime minister accused Israel Wednesday of failing to meet its obligations in defense deals, adding to tensions with Israel which have escalated since an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla killed nine people last year.

Israel increasingly isolated ahead of U.N. vote on Palestinians
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Rising tensions with some of its closest and most important allies have left Israel increasingly isolated ahead of the momentous vote on Palestinian independence at the United Nations.

Gaza militants, Israel exchange attacks
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the southern Israeli Shaar Hanegev region Wednesday, causing no damage or casualties, the Israeli military told AFP.

West has nothing to fear from Libya: Belhaj
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 A Tripoli military commander with suspected Al-Qaeda links, Abdelhakim Belhaj, said the West has nothing to fear from Libyan revolutionaries and thanked NATO for its support.

Sahel meeting looks to prevent Al-Qaeda seizure of Libyan arms
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 The Libyan conflict has turned the neighboring Sahel desert into a powder keg, regional powers said Wednesday in Algiers, as Moammar Gadhafi’s arsenal risks being snapped up by Al-Qaeda’s local franchise.

Docs show Western firm’s Libya weapons deal
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 A major Western defense firm was upgrading military equipment for an elite Libyan security brigade just before an uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, documents reveal, showing how the West tried to foster ties with him during his…

Cabinet endorses controversial electricity bill
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Cabinet approves controversial electricity bill proposed by Energy Minister Jibran Bassil, Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi tells The Daily Star Wednesday.

Documents detail Western arms firm’s Libya deal
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 A major Western defense firm was upgrading military equipment for an elite Libyan security brigade just before the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, documents show, showing how the West tried to foster ties with him during his…

Economic shifts strong factor in university major trends
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 The demand for majors at Lebanese universities follows identifiable tendencies – there are waves and trends linked to economic conditions, whether this is inside the country, or in the Gulf, the destination for many Lebanese graduates.

Fertilizer the source of fly infestation in Bekaa
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Improperly handled fertilizer was the cause of an infestation of flies in the Bekaa Valley last week, Lebanese authorities confirm.

Mubarak back in court over protester deaths
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 An Egyptian court trying ousted President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters convened Wednesday to hear more testimonies after police witnesses suggested this week that neither he nor his interior minister gave orders to shoot.

Mikati holds 2nd discreet meeting with STL
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati held private talks Wednesday with a representative from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in the second such meeting in as many days.

Sehnawi insists dispute over electricity plan political
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 In an apparent criticism of MP Walid Jumblatt, Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnawi said Wednesday that the dispute over a controversial $1.2 billion electricity plan is political.”

Amal MP, family escape car blaze unhurt
Daily Star 7 Sep 2011 Amal Movement MP Ali Khreis, his wife and children escaped a car fire overnight just as they arrived in south Lebanon on a family visit.

Jumblatt holds talks with NTC top officials
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt met with top officials of the Libyan National Transitional Council Tuesday to discuss the future of the country after the ouster of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, as well as other…

Accusations fly as Aoun-Future maintain faceoff over Karam
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun attacked the legitimacy of the trial of Fayez Karam Tuesday, accusing the Internal Security Force’s Information Branch of destroying vital evidence, while the Future Movement denounced Karam and the…

Energy sparks electrocute Cabinet
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun ruled out Tuesday a compromise to break a deadlock over a controversial $1.2 billion electricity plan, in a move that is likely to deepen the split within the Cabinet.

Lebanese, Palestinian actors take part in UNRWA project
Daily Star 6 Sep 2011 After a visit to Beirut’s Bourj al-Barajneh refugee camp Tuesday, a group of Lebanese and Palestinian actors are pledging to present a new and more honest portrayal of the country’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps.

YNet News

US scientist pleads guilty to attempted espionage
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Former US government space scientist pleads guilty to for trying to sell….

Shin Bet uncovers Hamas terror cells
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Joint Shin Bet, IDF and police operation exposes widespread terror organization….

Turkey: Israel not keeping to defense deals
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Ankara’s PM Erdogan says Jerusalem failing to meet defense contracts obligations….

Extreme-rightists vow to fight Arab rioters
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Sheikh Jarrah’s Jewish population fears violent Arab riots due to expected….

‘Price Tag’ reaches IDF base
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Anonymous vandals damage IDF jeeps, graffiti base walls in Binyamin in what is….

PA: US showing disdain for Arabs
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – PLO Secretary General Yasser Abed Rabbo says US scornful of what is happening in….

PA uses Obama 2010 speech ahead of UN bid
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Media campaign drums up support for statehood bid using US president’s 2010 UN….

Ya’alon takes on Erdogan
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Vice premier addresses tensions with Turkey, asking crowd at Tel Aviv….

10 killed in blast outside Delhi High Court
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Explosion first major terror attack in India since Mumbai attacks in 2008;….

Peace Now: Settlement construction rate double national rate
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Movement publishes report based on aerial photos, on-site visits, claims….

Tel Aviv Municipality clears out protest tents
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – City inspectors pay nocturnal visit to protest encampments, clear out empty….

Panetta: Iran revolution ‘matter of time’
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – US Defense Secretary: Reform movement learning from Tunisia, Egypt; says ‘we….

Iran: Cooperation with IAEA conditional
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Iran goes head-to-head with the IAEA, again: The head of Iran’s nuclear agency said Wednesday that Tehran will not abide any new demands concerning its nuclear program. … ….

The Saudi king’s Viagra
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah was still using Viagra pills at the grand old age of 92, according to a classified US State Department document published by WikiLeaks this … ….

Tel Aviv: Social protesters clash with police
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Wrapping up a turbulent day of protests, some 50 social activists gathered on Wednesday evening in front of Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai’s home to protest against his … ….

Islamic Jihad says operative killed in Gaza strike
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Palestinian sources reported Wednesday that one man was killed in an Air Force strike in Gaza Strip. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit denied a strike on the Strip took … ….

‘Young people have lost all faith in politics’
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Israel’s young generation has lost all faith in the political system, Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmuli said Wednesday at the central economic conference held annually … ….

IDF chief: Price tag vandals – extremist criminals
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – The precedential “price tag” activity that targeted an IDF base in the West Bank has caused a stir in the military, prompting IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz to … ….

‘Hebron raids reminiscent of intifada’
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – Caught off guard? Hebron’s Palestinian residents were stunned to learn Wednesday of the nature or the extensive raids carried out by Israeli security forces in the West … ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli drone attack kills fighter, injures father and two kids in Gaza
PIC – 07/09/2011 – 08:02 AM

Report: Israel endorsed 3,050 settlement units last month
PIC – The international relations department of the PLO reported that the Israeli occupation during last August approved the building of 3,050 new settlement units in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Hamas welcomes Turkey decision suspending military, trade relations with Israel
PIC – Hamas has welcomed Turkey’s decision to suspend military and trade relations with Israel in the wake of the latter’s refusal to apologize for its bloody attack on Freedom Flotilla last year.

MP Khoudary welcomes Erdogan’s possible visit to Gaza
PIC – Palestinian MP Jamal el-Khoudary (Independent) welcomed statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he was thinking about visiting Gaza in the near future.

PA security kidnaps son of prisoner Abul Heija
PIC – Security forces from the Palestinian authority on Monday violently raided the house of senior Hamas official and prisoner in Israeli jails Jamal Abul Heija and kidnapped his 18-year old son Hamza.

Hamas denounces preventive security storming of released MP’s home
PIC – Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank have denounced the PA preventive security apparatus for storming the home of MP Sheikh Hassan Yousef who was Tuesday released from Israeli occupation jails.

Katz: Israel will not apologize to turkey
PIC – Israeli minister of transport Yisrael Katz has affirmed that Israel would not apologize to turkey over the Flotilla attack more than a year ago in open international waters.

Prisoners’ Affairs Ministry: Israel arrested 420 Palestinians in Ramadan
PIC – The Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs has said that the Israeli occupation authorities placed 420 Palestinians in detention during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in a report released on Wednesday.

Sit-in over political prisoners to be held in Al-Khalil Thursday
PIC – Palestinian rights advocates will stage a sit-in at ibn Rushd circle, downtown Al-Khalil 1pm Thursday to protest the continued detention of political prisoners in the PA security prisons.

The September entitlement: Behind the headlines
PIC – As it looks now, the PA seems fairly determined to formally ask the UN to recognize “Palestine” within the borders of the 4th of June, 1967, as a member-state.

WAFA

Bethlehem University Professor, Student Attacked by Rampant Settlers
WAFA

UN Secretary General Warns of September Bid Risks
WAFA

Kuwait Grants PA $50 million
WAFA

Demonstrators Call on PA to Face Off US Pressure
WAFA

Abbas tells Hale Palestinian Bid does not Contradict Peace Process
WAFA

Palestine 194 to Launch Campaign outside UN Ramallah Office
WAFA

Jerusalem Schools Refuse to Teach Israeli Revised Textbooks
WAFA

Palestinian Medical Team to Travel to Libya
WAFA

Construction Pace in Settlements Double that in Israel, says Peace Now
WAFA

Grand Mufti Concerned at Israeli Excavations in Al-Aqsa
WAFA

Los Angeles Times

U.S. may leave 3,000 troops in Iraq past year-end, officials say
LA Times 6 Sep 2011 – The White House has told Pentagon officials and military commanders it wants to keep only a small force in Iraq, mostly to train the military and police, if the Iraqis OK it. The Obama administration is considering leaving about 3,000 American troops in Iraq after…

Kadafi loyalists fled to Niger by convoy, U.S. affirms
LA Times 6 Sep 2011 – The size of the convoy is in dispute. The news of the crossing fuels suspicion that a secret pact was reached to allow Moammar Kadafi to escape, but rebels say they are confident he remains in Libya. More than a dozen high-ranking loyalists of Moammar…

Iraq loves American cars
LA Times 6 Sep 2011 – The big, comfortable vehicles appeal to the buying public. Iraqis see American cars as symbols of new technology and a sort of bridge to the rest of the world after years of civil war and isolation. When Hussein Khafaji opened his Chrysler showroom here three…

New York Times

Panetta Said to Back Troops in Iraq Past Withdrawal Deadline
New York Times 6 Sep 2011 – A recommendation from Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to keep troops in Iraq beyond 2011 would break a longstanding pledge by President Obama.

Syrian Troops Kill 6 in Anti-Protest Raids
New York Times 7 Sep 2011 – Security forces killed at least six people on Wednesday in the central city of Homs and arrested a dozen of soldiers who deserted their posts earlier in the day, activists said.

World Briefing | Europe: 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.

The 9/11 Decade: A Free-for-All on a Decade of War
New York Times 7 Sep 2011 – A post-9/11 debate on what has been learned and where our conclusions might take us.

Misc

‘Hands at your side like a soldier,’ first-graders belt out ‘Hatikvah’ –at NY school with public funding
Mondoweiss – Bear in mind that NY shut down the Arabic-language school in Brooklyn, the Kahlil Gibran academy. Well Nina Porzucki reports for PRI’s The World on the new Hebrew language academy charter school in Brooklyn— which is largely supported by public funds but as the Forward says ,…

Just who is General ‘All-out total war’ Eisenberg speaking for?
Mondoweiss – Some strange comments about “all out total war” and the use of WMD, by IDF Major General Eyal Eisenberg, former commander of the Gaza Division during Operation Cast Lead and newly appointed Home Front Command Chief, seem to be throwing everyone in the Israeli defense establishment…

Palestinian and Israeli leftwing groups sign on to J14 protest, opposing occupation
Mondoweiss – Haggai Mattar reports at +972 : 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…

Gabe Schivone and the new hyphenated-Jewish identity
Mondoweiss – The Jerusalem Post recently charged that a human rights activist who participated in the siege-busting Gaza Flotilla was falsely claiming to be Jewish. Given the high stakes over criticism of Israeli policy and the Flotilla in particular, such unsubstantiated charges to discredit a young Jewish activist…

Arraf and Finkelstein rip ‘farce’ UN flotilla report on ‘Democracy Now’
Mondoweiss – Excellent commentary and analysis from Huwaida Arraf and Norm Finkelstein. Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales interview two giants in the Democracy Now report: As Turkey Freezes Israel Ties, Critics Decry “Whitewashed” U.N. Report on Gaza Flotilla, Blockade . [partial transcript below]

Leibowitz Leak Story in NY Times
Tikun Olam – I’ve kept silent till now about the publication of yesterday’s front page story in the NY Times about my collaboration with Shamai Leibowitz in leaking U.S. surveillance of a covert Israeli campaign to drum up hostility in this country toward Iran. I’ll have more to say…

US-backed monarchy loots Jordan amid continuing protests
WSWS – Last January, protesters took to the streets of Amman and other cities in Jordan demanding better living conditions and political change.

Misc 2

Egypt’s military ruler to testify
BBC 6 Sep 2011 – The judge in the trial of Hosni Mubarak summons Egypt’s military ruler to testify on the ousted leader’s role in putting down protests against his rule.

Niger ‘cannot close’ Libya border
BBC 7 Sep 2011 – Niger’s foreign minister says his country’s border with Libya cannot be closed to prevent fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fleeing south.

US envoy in West Bank over UN bid
BBC 7 Sep 2011 – A senior US diplomat visits the West Bank in a bid to dissuade the Palestinians from going to the UN to request full membership status.

Turkish presidential adviser: Palmer recommendations don’t concern us
Middle East Monitor 7 Sep 2011 – A Turkish official has hinted that Ankara could take more punitive measures against Israel if Tel Aviv continues to reject Turkish conditions for ending the diplomatic crisis between the two countries. The Turkish presidential adviser, Ersat H?ºrm?ºzl?º, told Radio Israel on Tuesday, September 6, that…

Egyptian trade delegation to visit Turkey mid-September
Middle East Monitor 7 Sep 2011 – The Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce is organizing a visit to Turkey with the aim of attracting foreign investment into Egypt and supporting Egyptian exports to Turkish markets. The FECC announced on Tuesday, September 6, that the trip is scheduled to take place from…

Arab League hosts first ‘boycott Israel’ meeting in 10 years
Middle East Monitor 7 Sep 2011 – Liaison officials for regional boycott Israel offices have convened their first meeting in over ten years at the Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo despite the League holding session in Damascus twice annually. This is the first time the Arab League has hosted such a meeting…

The Quartet’s envoy is no longer relevant
Middle East Monitor 7 Sep 2011 – The Quartet’s envoy to the Middle East, Tony Blair, is trying to improve his perpetually tarnished image and convince the world that his job actually matters. Speaking at the International Conference on Economic Regional Cooperation in Tel Aviv, he said that he was optimistic about the…

Sudan: Wikileaks – Govt Seeks U.S. Help to Normalize Ties With Israel
allAfrica.com 7 Sep 2011 – The Sudanese government conveyed to the United States in 2008 its desire to normalize ties with Israel, according to one of the diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks website.

Articles


The UN bid through the eyes of a Palestinian refugee
Nizar El Laz, Ma’an News Agency9/8/2011
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon living in and outside the camps have always dreamt of being a part of the state of Palestine.
I have dreamed of participating in the first and the second intifada, in the peaceful protests against the apartheid wall, and in the daily struggle against the occupation in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza as much as I have dreamed of being raised in my homeland and as much as I’ve continuously been hoping for a chance to visit Palestine.
I have also wished that President Abbas would visit some of the camps to see the drastic situation refugees are living in Lebanon instead of only looking to raise the Palestinian flag on the embassy of the state newly recognized by Lebanon. A major question is being raised amongst the refugees’ population in Lebanon: What will be our future?
The major and primary concern a refugee like myself has, faced with the formulation and declaration of the state of Palestine, is the drastic dilemma which will soon face the six million refugees around the world; leaving them with a state that shares the same name as their place of origin but to which they neither legally or physically belong to.
In 2009, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad declared the two-year plan for the establishment of the state of Palestine on the 1967 territories. Since then, as a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, my doubts for being a part of the new order have increased. Lately, an additional reason for my concern was added to the Oslo Accords, Camp David, Road map, Geneva Accords, and many other leaks: the request of recognition of the state of Palestine in the UN. — See also: Refugee scholar in new legal opinion on UN bid more..e-mail

Wasteland in al Walajeh: Israeli military destruction of farmland
International Solidarity Movement9/7/2011
On Tuesday September 6th local Palestinians from the village of Al Walajeh gathered with international activists to protest the building of the illegal separation barrier as well as the destruction of ancient olive trees. The demonstrators succeeded in halting the razing of Palestinian land for approximately one hour before soldiers violently broke up the protest arresting one Palestinian and one Israeli activist.
On September 5th bulldozers protected by dozens of soldiers arrived at 4 AM and uprooted 50 olive trees that date back at least 100 years. The bulldozers also destroyed 18 almond trees, 27 pine trees, and 8 fruit trees. The destruction took place in an area of over 1 square mile and was declared a closed military zone, prohibiting media coverage of the devastating operation.
Mohammed Al-Atrash (Abu Wajih), the elderly farmer who owned the trees, will receive no compensation for his loss.
In the aftermath residents of Al Walajeh called for a presence of media and activists to highlight this illegal destruction carried out by the Israeli government. At approximately 10am on Tuesday several residents from the village, joined by ISM and other activists, walked down to the site of the olive grove, which is now a wasteland. Upon arriving they stood in front of the construction machines and forced them to halt their work.
Soldiers declared the area a closed military zone and disbanded the protest by force within an hour. Yousif Shakawi, a local resident in his 50’s was arrested along with one Israeli activist. The remaining protesters were held at distance so that the work could resume. more.. e-mail

The Devil Writes a Handbook: ‘The Responsibility to Protect’ (2002)
Color Revolutions and Geopolitics9/1/2011
Editors’ introduction: The “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) doctrine is a diabolical bit of psychological wizardry; a conceptual Trojan Horse designed to advance the cause of global governance on a moral platform. The purpose of the doctrine is to achieve legitimacy and legality toward the justification of wars of aggression against non-threatening nation-states. Strumming on emotional chords, a new music has been composed, helping power-hungry aggressors to gain entry into territories of otherwise reluctant sovereign states. Although every war in history has been accompanied by a multifaceted sales pitch—either fear, greed, ideology or religion; even appeals for a better world—the R2P war is now waged with the exclusive appeal to “help” the helpless; to “save” people’s lives. It is a media war; a war for the hearts and minds. If only these altruistic appeals could be considered trustworthy; if only the claims of ‘genocide’ could be verified. They are not. That the establishment media maintains for the public a near-total ignorance pertaining to matters of substance, a platform is laid for these wars to continue. New legal norms are now being established without adequate knowledge, public participation or debate. The situation is so bizarre, in fact, that those opposing the current Libyan aggression have frequently and irresponsibly been painted as advocates of dictators or tyrants. This is modern democracy at its finest. Orwell himself wasn’t so bold a visionary.
One notable aspect of the following article (transcribed from a 2002 issue of the Council on Foreign Relations’ bi-monthy magazine, Foreign Affairs) is that it draws immediate attention to the amount of time that has been spent—largely in darkness—bringing this obscure globalist concept to fruition. Only this year, in 2011, did the world witness its first UN-sponsored R2P war (and many have yet to notice it still). In the article below, however, we see outlines of a ‘Libyan operation’ years in advance. In the article below we read of a blueprint that conveniently allows for a rush to judgment; that’s loaded with feigned compassion; that’s full of gaping legal loopholes; and that prefers exclusivity of those empowered to decide and enforce its dictates…. more.. e-mail

Israel chokes Palestinian trade, says UN study
Electronic Intifada: 6 Sep 2011 – The Electronic Intifada Ramallah West Bank trade remains largely isolated from global markets due to restrictions imposed on the movement of goods, according to a July 2011 study by the UN Conference on Trade and Development.more

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