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International Middle East Media Center

“Palestine UN Seat” Makes It In Brussels
IMEMC – Friday September 09, 2011 – 03:01, The homemade Palestine seat at the United Nations, that was made as a gesture of the Palestinian right to statehood, made it to Brussels as part of a tour to explain the Palestinian legitimate rights, guaranteed by the International Law.

Retired Professor On Epic Voyage To Honor USS Liberty Dead
IMEMC – Friday September 09, 2011 – 01:56, GAZA: A retired college professor from the US state of Texas who has sailed approximately 8,000 miles to the eastern Mediterranean in an epic voyage, is heading toward his destination — the exact location where Israeli forces tried to sink a US Navy ship in 1967, killing or injuring over 200 American servicemen.

Erdgan: “We Will Protect Our Ships En Route To Gaza”
IMEMC – Thursday September 08, 2011 – 23:25, Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdgan, stated Thursday that Ankara intends to protect and support all Turkish ships, loaded with humanitarian aid, bound to the besieged Gaza Strip.

US To Veto Palestinian UN Bid
IMEMC – Thursday September 08, 2011 – 20:55, The United States of America has officially declared Thursday it would use the Veto to topple the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations, the French Press Agency (AFP) reported.

PCHR Weekly Report: 6 civilians, 3 fighters killed by Israeli forces this week
IMEMC – Thursday September 08, 2011 – 18:41, In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 25 Aug. – 07 Sep. 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that 5 Palestinians, 2 of whom were civilians, were killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip. In addition, the bodies of 3 workers who were missing in a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip that had been bombarded by Israeli warplanes were found.

Palestinian Committee confirms Sep.22 date for UN Statehood bid
IMEMC – Thursday September 08, 2011 – 17:13, The executive committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (ECPLO) confirmed Thursday that they would join the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations on Sep 22, 2011 to obtain Palestinian full membership in the UN, and ask for recognition of Palestine as a state, with borders along the 1967 borders, with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

Shalit’s Father meets US ambassador to UN
IMEMC – Thursday September 08, 2011 – 13:48, Noam Shalit, father of the captured Israeli soldier, Gillad Shalit, is holding meetings with ambassadors of some U.N. member states in the U.S. city of New York, prior to the Palestinian statehood bid slated for late September.

Soldiers, Settlers Attack Nablus
IMEMC – Thursday September 08, 2011 – 12:34, Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday morning, the northern West Bank city of Nablus and demolished three wells, while army bulldozers uprooted farmlands in the Nablus district. Armed Israeli settlers also wrote graffiti on a local mosque.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Held 70 Meetings With Counterparts
IMEMC – Thursday September 08, 2011 – 12:09, As part of Israel’s campaign to foil the Palestinian bid at the United Nations this month, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. held seventy meetings with his counterparts trying to convince them to vote against the move.

Israel Claims Foiling A Bombing In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Thursday September 08, 2011 – 09:23, The Israeli Internal Security Services (Shin Bet) and the Police, claimed that they managed to foil a bombing that was allegedly planned to take place two weeks ago at a public transportation station in Pisgat Zeev, north of occupied Jerusalem.

Ma’an News

Witnesses: Overnight raid on Gaza
9/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes struck a site east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday without any injuries reported, witnesses told Ma’an. Eyewitnesses said that an Israeli surveillance plane fired a missile towards a group of militants east of Jabalia refugee camp. The group were located by a….

Settlers burn cars, vandalize mosque in Nablus area
9/8/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers uprooted olive trees, set fire to cars and vandalized a mosque in the Nablus area on Thursday, officials said. Palestinian official Ghassan Douglas told Ma’an that two cars were set alight in the village of Qabalan, south of Nablus. Settlers also vandalized a mosque in Yatma village….

PA: Israeli forces destroy 3 wells near Nablus
9/8/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished three water wells Thursday in the village of Naseriya, east of Nablus, the official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA reported. The wells were owned by Muhammad Wahdan Abu Luay, Najeh Zaid and Nabil Judeh. Chairman of Jordan Valley Central Agricultural Association, Said Ishtayeh, told WAFA that the water….

Activist: Farmers kept off land near settlement
9/8/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces banned a number of villagers from approaching their lands in the Wadi Qashash area north Beit Ummar on Thursday, landowners said. Farmer Ghazi Abu Ayyash and his brothers were not allowed to enter about eight dunoms of land, said Muhammad Awad of Beit Ummar’s popular committee. He….

Erdogan: Turk warships to escort any Gaza aid vessels
9/8/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks broadcast on Al Jazeera television Thursday. Erdogan also said that Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean, according to Al Jazeera’s….

PPSF member detained at Ramallah checkpoint
9/8/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a member of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front late Wednesday after holding him at Atara checkpoint north of Ramallah. PPSF member Monadel Hanini told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Awni Abu Ghosh, 50, while he was on his way back to Jerusalem, where he lives, from….

4 Palestinians detained in northern West Bank
9/8/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four people in the northern West Bank overnight Wednesday, witnesses and the Israeli army said. Security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Ghannam and Fadi al-Balshi, both in their twenties, from Jaba village northwest of Jenin. Soldiers also raided al-Araqa village in Jenin, witnesses….

5 Palestinians arrested from Qalqiliya
9/8/2011 – QALQILIA (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained five Palestinians Thursday from Kufr Qadum village in Qalqiliya, police said. Musab Amer, 22, and Fares Juma, 21, were arrested during raids and soldiers broke into their homes, a police representative said. On Wednesday, three men from the same village were arrested: Qays Al-Qadumi, 25, Khader Juma, 21….

US envoys meet Abbas in last bid to stop UN vote
9/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — U. S. envoys to the Middle East met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, in a last bid to avert a crisis over a Palestinian move to seek UN recognition for an independent state. At least a dozen Palestinians protested at Manara square against US envoy….

Palestinians launch UN campaign as leaders meet in Ramallah
9/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinians on Thursday began a campaign in support of their UN membership bid, as their senior leaders met to fine-tune the plan to become the UN’s 194th member state. The launch of the campaign, dubbed “National Campaign for Palestine: state 194,” is part of the build-up to Sept. 20, when President….

PCBS: Illiteracy rates drop in Palestinian territories
9/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics published results on Thursday showing that illiteracy rates have decreased in the Palestinian territories. A study showed that illiteracy rates in the occupied Palestinian territories dropped from 13. 9 percent in 1997 to 5. 1 percent in 2010, PCBS said. Demographic factors directly affected illiteracy….

Italian activist’s murder trial starts in Gaza
9/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The first session of a murder trial for four suspects in the killing of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni is due to start on Thursday in a Gaza court, a Ma’an correspondent reported. The Italian activist and journalist was murdered after being kidnapped by a group that identified itself…. Related: Vittorio Arrigoni trial, day one

Detainee marks 22 years in prison
9/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The detainees’ center reported Thursday that prisoner Ahmad Shukri from Ramallah marks 22 years in Israeli custody Thursday. His brother Muhammad says he hopes that one day his brother will be released. Shukri has been sentenced to life on charges of operations against Israel….

Hamas ‘opposes popular protests’ in support of UN bid
9/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Popular Resistance Campaign coordinator Mahmud Az-Ziq said Wednesday Hamas is refusing to allow any mass protests in Gaza in support of the UN bid. Hamas has informed factions in Gaza that they are not in favor of any popular action to support the bid, Az-Ziq said. Political factions in the….

Israel ambassador ‘held 70 meetings’ to fight UN bid
9/8/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations says he is making huge efforts to convince his colleagues from around the world not to support the Palestinian position in the UN. In a report to be published in Maariv on Friday, Ron Prosor explained why he believes the UN….

Israel’s Barak: Crisis with Turkey ‘will pass’
9/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak played down the diplomatic crisis with Ankara on Thursday, saying the current dispute over a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish-led flotilla “will pass.” But he reiterated his government’s line that Israel would not apologize for the May 2010 operation which targeted a flotilla of ships….

PA: Israel to allow West Bank cars into Gaza
9/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Minister of transportation in Ramallah Saadi al-Krunz said Tuesday that cars would resume entering Gaza from the West Bank starting next Monday. Al-Kurnoz said the ministry of transportation has made increased efforts to reverse an Israeli decision which stopped the transfer of vehicles from the West Bank into the Gaza Strip….

Israeli held for stoning Egyptian consulate
9/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel filed criminal charges on Thursday against a man who stoned the Egyptian consulate in Eilat, near the site of an attack by border infiltrators last month that strained relations between the two countries. David Macmill, 24, was drunk when he pelted the compound in the Red Sea port on Sunday and voiced….

EU diplomats tour village threatened by wall
9/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — EU diplomats visited the village of Walaja on Thursday to voice concern over the humanitarian impact and political implications of Israel’s wall in the village. Local officials briefed the delegation on the effects of the barrier, settlements and violence by settlers, an EU statement said. Diplomats met residents who….

Mahmoud Awad appointed deputy PM in Gaza
9/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Hamas-run authority which rules the Gaza Strip, has appointed Mahmoud Awad as his deputy prime minister, officials said Thursday….

British minister condemns arson attack on West Bank mosque
9/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — British minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt condemned Wednesday an arson attack by settlers on a mosque near Nablus.” I deplore the senseless arson attack on a mosque in the West Bank village of Qusra on 5 September. I note that the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel have….

Probe: Iraqi died after ‘gratuitous violence’ by UK soldiers
9/8/2011 – LONDON (AFP) — An Iraqi civilian who died in British custody in 2003 in Iraq suffered “an appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence” at the hands of British soldiers, an independent inquiry said Thursday. The treatment of 26-year-old hotel receptionist Baha Mousa represented a “very serious breach of discipline” by members of the army, the….

Libyan capital takes Gadhafi out of the classroom
9/8/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Schools in the Libyan capital are gearing up for a very different kind of academic year: replacing repeated oaths of allegiance to the autocratic Guide, Moammer Gadhafi, with lessons in democracy.” We feel so happy because we are free,” said Rafa al-Sharif, 15, wrapped in the flag of Libya’s former monarchy….

Bahrain releases Shiite medics on bail
9/8/2011 – DUBAI (AFP) — A special Bahraini court has released on bail Shiite medics being tried for their role in a month-long pro-democracy protest, the Information Affairs Authority said Thursday. The national safety court, set up under a three-month quasi-emergency law declared by King Hamad ahead of the mid-March crackdown on the protest led by the Shiite….

Air raids kill 2 civilians in south Yemen
9/8/2011 – ADEN (AFP) — Two civilians including a young girl were killed and 23 others wounded in air raids on a south Yemen town held by Islamist militants, witnesses and medical officials said on Thursday. A local official in Jaar, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a 12-year-old girl was one of the dead. AFP was….

Activist: Syria forces storm village, kill 3 defectors
9/8/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria, accused by France of “crimes against humanity,” on Thursday sent its security forces storming into a northwestern village where they killed three military defectors, rights activists said. Pro-democracy activists, meanwhile, called for the United Nations to send international observers to Syria.” The Syrian people calls on the United Nations to adopt a….

Filmmaker barred from leaving Iran
9/8/2011 – TORONTO (AFP) — Iran has prevented a leading filmmaker from leaving the country to attend the Toronto film festival, where his documentary about a detained co-director is being shown, his spokeswoman said Thursday. Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s passport was seized when he tried to board a flight to Paris on Monday to promote the French release….

Lebanon’s SGBL finalises LCB acquisition
9/8/2011 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon’s Societe Generale bank announced Thursday the central bank had approved its plan to acquire the Lebanese Canadian Bank, accused by Washington of money laundering and ties to Hezbollah.” SGBL obtained on September 7, 2011 the final approval of the central bank of Lebanon for the acquisition of certain assets and….

Palestine Note

Elusive Line Defines Lives in Israel and the West Bank
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2011 – New York Times special report examines the challenges surrounding the Green Line New York Times – For decades Israel has tried to erase from public consciousness the Green Line, the pre-1967 boundary with the West Bank at the heart of…

Aljazeera

Deaths reported in ‘fresh Syrian assault’
AlJazeera 8 Sep 2011 – Special court orders release after more than a hundred detainees go on a hunger strike in protest ongoing trials.

Activists campaign for PA’s UN statehood bid
AlJazeera 8 Sep 2011 – Defence ministry says it is still fixing drone parts after Erdogan accused Israel of lacking “trade ethics”.

Ahmadinejad urges Syria to end crackdown
AlJazeera 8 Sep 2011 – At least 28 killed in tank-backed raid on Homs, a day after 2,000 people held anti-regime protests, activists say.

Bahrain medics freed on bail
AlJazeera 8 Sep 2011 – Ruling party delegation heading for Riyadh to ask Yemen president to allow deputy to enter into talks with opposition.

Israel rejects Turkish claims of ‘disloyalty’
AlJazeera 8 Sep 2011 – Iranian president makes surprise appeal to Syria to end violence and open dialogue with opposition.

Palestine News Network

Palestinians Harbour Reservations Over UN Bid
PNN – Bethlehem – James Dyet – PNNTwo weeks from the crucial UN General Assembly session on Palestine serious concerns have been raised regarding internal flaws in the Palestinian leadership’s UN bid. Aside from…

American Envoy failed
PNN – An American Envoy of David Hale and Denis Ross failed in their mission in convincing the Palestinians not to go to the United Nations. The envoy made it clear to the Palestinians…

Al-Jareeda ?¢‚Ǩ?ìIsrael Palestine under table negotiations?¢‚Ǩ¬ù
PNN – Ramallah/ PNN- Translated by: Hazar Khalilieh Israeli- Palestinian negotiations have recently taken place to postpone the bid for UN state recognition. According to Al-Jareeda, a Kuwaiti newspaper, under table negotiations are occurring…

Ramallah: Israel arrests Struggle Front leader
PNN – The Israeli military forces arrested the leader of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, Awni Abu Ghoush, at the Attarah checkpoint near Ramallah. Abu Ghoush is the secretary of the Political Bureau of…

New Israeli Raids East Jabaliya
PNN – Jabaliya- Hazar Khalilieh (Trans.) – PNN: Israel continues its attacks on Gaza strip. Israeli bombardment attacks were regenerated on Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza on Thursday morning. The attacks targeted a group…

Israel to the world: the Palestinian bid will not lead to Peace
PNN – The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor says Israel is fighting diplomatically at the international organization to handicaps the Palestinian move to UN. Israel seeking to convince all the countries…

International Solidarity Movement

National Building Museum cancels Caterpillar Inc. award ceremony!
9/8/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 7 September 2011 – Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice – ACT NOW: Stop Rewarding Complicity in Human Rights Abuses Altogether! Due to help and pressure from individuals and social justice groups across the country, the National Building Museum has informed us that it has canceled the public award ceremony to present Caterpillar Inc. with the….

Retired professor on epic voyage to honor USS Liberty dead
9/8/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 7 September 2011 – Arab News – GAZA: A retired college professor from the US state of Texas who has sailed approximately 8,000 miles to the eastern Mediterranean in an epic voyage, is heading toward his destination “” the exact location where Israeli forces tried to sink a US Navy ship in 1967, killing or injuring over 200…. Related: Source

Vittorio Arrigoni trial, day one
9/8/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – The trial of four surviving defendants in the April 14 kidnapping and murder of Italian journalist and International Solidarity Movement activist Vittorio Arrigoni began today in a Gaza military court. The hearing, which began at 10:30 am, was open to the public. Two International Solidarity Movement members, along with a…. Related: Italian activist’s murder trial starts in Gaza

Alternative Information Center

Israeli Army Targeting Jenin’s Freedom Theatre
Alternative Information Center – In the past six weeks, the Jenin Freedom Theatre, still recovering from the unsolved 4 April murder of its co-founder and mentor, Juliano Mer-Khamis, has faced a new stumbling block: the Israeli military.

US National Building Museum Cancels Caterpillar Award Ceremony
Alternative Information Center – Due to pressure from social justice groups across the country, the National Building Museum has canceled a public award ceremony to present Caterpillar Inc. with the 2011 Henry C. Turner Prize.

Relief Web

Human Rights Council to hold eighteenth session from 12 to 30 September
Relief Web 8 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: World , Belarus , Cambodia , C?¥te d’Ivoire , Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Somalia , Sudan (the) , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Yemen Human Rights Council BACKGROUND RELEASE 7 September 2011 The Human Rights Council will hold…

BADIL Release Issue 46 of al-Majdal (Summer 2011): The Struggle for Palestinian Rights: Changing Strategies in a Changing Middle East
Relief Web 8 Sep 2011 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory September 2011 – The BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is pleased to announce the publication of the Summer 2011 issue of al-Majdal (…

European Union voices concern over situation in Al-Walaja village, Bethlehem
Relief Web 8 Sep 2011 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory Al Walaja – A group of diplomats from the European Union and EU Member States visited today the village of Al Walaja, close to Bethlehem, to voice their concern over the humanitarian impact…

Ongoing bombing kills children in Gaza and threatens hospital
Relief Web 8 Sep 2011 – Source: AngliCORD Country: occupied Palestinian territory by Jane Still Innocent people, including children, are once again among those who have been killed during ongoing air strikes against Gaza by Israel. At least two children are amongst an estimated nineteen people…

Settlers building twice rate of Israel: NGO
Relief Web 7 Sep 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory JERUSALEM — Settlers are building homes in the West Bank at almost twice the pace that they are being constructed inside Israel, anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Wednesday. The group said analysis…

Over one million go back to school in occupied Palestinian territory
Relief Web 6 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory Schools continue to fight for survival in Area “C” of the West Bank JERUSALEM, 4 September 2011 – Over one million Palestinian students returned to school today in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)….

Palestine Telegraph

Palestinian facilities destroyed by Israel in Hebron
8 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli forces destroyed on Thursday six Palestinian-owned facilities in the south of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Settlers torch Palestinians’ cars near Nablus
8 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-A number of Israeli settlers torched on Thursday two Palestinian cars in the village of Qaplan and drew racist slogans on the walls of a mosque in Yatma village, southern Nablus.

Israeli bulldozers demolish 3 water wells in Jordan Valley
8 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces demolished on Thursday three water wells in al-Nasaria village in the Jordan valley.

1 killed, 4 injured as Israel hits Gaza Strip
8 Sep 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-One Palestinian was killed and four were injured yesterday as Israeli warplanes fired at least one missile at a civilian car in the west of Deir el-Balah city, central Gaza Strip.

4 Palestinians arrested by Israeli army in Bethlehem, Hebron
7 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli army arrested on Wednesday four Palestinians from Hebron and Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank under the pretext of searching for wanted people.

The National

Rape claim by Jordan garment factory worker sees US stores axe orders
The National 8 Sep 2011 – After seamstress from Bangladesh accused manager, retailers including Macy’s stop placing orders with company that is Jordan’s largest garment exporter to US, threatening trade worth $125m.

Cabinet backs $1.2bn scheme to boost Lebanon’s electricity output
The National 8 Sep 2011 – A controversial plan to revamp Lebanon¬øs energy sector, including an emergency solution to generate an additional 700 megawatts of electricity through the rehabilitation and upgrade of ageing power plants now goes to the country’s parliament.

Palestinians step up bid for statehood with ad campaign
The National 8 Sep 2011 – An advertising campaign has been launched by the Palestinian Authority to support its bid for recognition at the United Nations later this month, despite warnings by the US to refrain from pursuing the move.

Iran and Russia increase pressure on Assad as violence grows
The National 8 Sep 2011 – Formerly staunch Assad allies signal growing concern as tanks and troops continue attack on Homs, while Red Crescent ambulance is riddled with bullets.

Western arms firm ‘supplying Qaddafi’ up to time of uprising
The National 8 Sep 2011 – Western defence firm was upgrading tanks, artillery and armoured troop carriers for elite Libyan security brigade less than a month before the start of the revolt against the Libyan leader.

Report condemns UK army brutality in Iraq that led to civilian’s death
The National 8 Sep 2011 – Death of Basra hotel worker was something that ‘should not have happened and should never happen again’, says a former senior judge at launch of report in London.

9/11 Remembered: ‘A wake-up call for Saudi Arabia’
The National 8 Sep 2011 – Fifteen of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi and the ripple effects read all the way to the Arabian peninsula, says foreign correspondent Caryle Murphy, as Saudis suffered perhaps the harshest backlash of any foreigners from angry Americans.

30,000 killed in fighting to bring down Qaddafi
The National 8 Sep 2011 – With Libyan rebels surrounding several loyalist strongholds and further battles anticipated, there are fears many more could die before Qaddafi is finally killed or captured.

As organised terror wanes, focus turns to the enemies within
The National 8 Sep 2011 – Ten years after 9/11, Al Qaeda appears to be on the decline, and western officials are beginning to understand how to interrupt the process of radicalisation and stifle the growing domestic terrorism threat.

With the fall of the Twin Towers, politics of fear rose up
The National 8 Sep 2011 – It was a day of unforgettable horror, but it was the political reaction to 9/11, rather than the event itself, that has defined and darkened the world for a decade.

Ha’aretz

Palestinian envoy to U.S. ‘disappointed’ with J Street’s objection to UN bid
Ha’aretz – Head of the PLO General Mission to the U.S. says Palestinian leadership united on Palestinian statehood issue.

Noam Shalit to UN: Gilad’s release must be precondition to recognition of Palestinian state
Ha’aretz – Father of abducted IDF soldier in New York to meet with world diplomats, UN officials to press for his son’s rleease ahead of Palestinian statehood bid.

J Street opposes Palestinian statehood bid at UN
Ha’aretz – Leftist pro-Israel group says it aligns with U.S. position that Palestinian UN bid will not advance peace.

State Department official says U.S. would veto Palestinian UN bid
Ha’aretz – Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman expresses concern regarding possibility of UN declaration in the General Assembly, expresses the need for direct negotiations.

Turkey: Ties could be restored if Israel apologizes for Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – Ankara has expelled Israeli diplomats and cut military ties in response to UN report, but ruling party say ‘not all bridges are burned’.

Palestinians deny submitting official statehood request to UN
Ha’aretz – PLO officials say letter to UN chief earlier Thursday was sent by grassroots activists, not Palestinian officials.

Palestinians launch UN statehood campaign
Ha’aretz – In missive addressed to UN chief’s Ramallah office, Palestinian activists say plan includes series of peaceful events leading up to September opening of General Assembly.

Defense Minister Barak: Israel and Turkey will not become enemies
Ha’aretz – Barak says crisis could soon pass, believes Palestinians can still be convinced to withdraw UN statehood vote later this month.

U.S. Republicans urge Obama to veto Palestinian statehood bid at UN
Ha’aretz – Chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ros-Lehtinen introduces legislation aiming to cut off U.S. funds for any UN organization that embraces an upgrade to the Palestinians’ diplomatic status.

Top U.S. official: Hamas must release Gilad Shalit unconditionally
Ha’aretz – Following meeting with Noam Shalit in New York, U.S. envoy to the UN Susan Rice says Hamas holding IDF soldier in violation of international humanitarian law, ‘basic decency’.

Israeli court convicts supermodel Bar Refaeli’s father over paparazzi altercation
Ha’aretz – According to court documents, Rafi Refaeli received a call from his daughter complaining that she was being followed by photographers while driving to his house in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv district court issues temporary injunction against evacuation of tent cities
Ha’aretz – The injunction to be enforced until 9 A.M. on Friday, when activists and city officials are set to settle the issue in court.

Tel Aviv municipality orders evacuation of tent cities within 72 hours
Ha’aretz – Decree comes after the city’s magistrate’s court cancels an injunction against the dismantling of the tents on Rothschild Boulevard.

Israel Police to charge social protesters with attacking officers
Ha’aretz – 40 people were arrested in a Tel Aviv protest against the dismantling of tent encampments; Police seek an expedited indictment for 7 of them.

Israeli court orders Tel Aviv municipality to stop dismantling protest tents
Ha’aretz – Court injunction comes amid mounting criticism over the city’s Mayor Ron Huldai for move against protest tents; Huldai: The city isn’t against the protest.

U.S. envoys urge Abbas to reconsider Palestinian statehood bid
Ha’aretz – Abbas says Palestinian statehood recognition request reaches point of no return.

Erdogan: Turkey warships will escort any future Gaza aid flotilla
Ha’aretz – Turkish PM also says that his country had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean.

J Street: Palestinian statehood bid won’t advance peace
Ha’aretz – Leftist pro-Israel group says it aligns with U.S. position to oppose Palestinian UN bid.

Carlo Strenger / September may bring the death of the two-state solution – and the Jewish state
Ha’aretz – What happens when the Palestinians realize come September that UN recognition doesn’t change their lives, that the settlements continue to expand, and the occupation continues?

Maccabi Tel Aviv players serving in IDF barred from Turkey soccer game
Ha’aretz – IDF says Maccabi players who currently serve as soldiers cannot travel to Istanbul for historic Europa League game due to security concerns.

The shekel stops here / A revelation untold
Ha’aretz – Why is the treasury sitting on its concentration report?

The big fish are making the pond costly
Ha’aretz – Blame the likes of Tnuva, Strauss and Osem; Supersol and Blue-Square, says panel.

Students demand Tnuva reduce prices by 30%
Ha’aretz – By dint of threatening a boycott, the students of Tel Aviv University persuaded Israel’s biggest retail chain, Super-Sol, to lower prices of some staples.

Jerusalem Post

Israel braces for Arab offensive at IAEA assembly
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Two anti-Israel proposals expected to be raised during meeting set to take place later this month in Vienna.

‘Price-tag’ vandals target second mosque this week
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Two vehicles reportedly set on fire, vandals spray-paint mosque in W. Bank; attack follows vandalism at IDF base.

Ahmadinejad urges Syria to rein in crackdown
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – International community has given Assad a ‘license to kill,’ says former head of IDF intel Yadlin.

Government to subsidize replacement of old refrigerators
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – National Infrastructure Ministry to help replace 50,000 “electricity-gorging” machines in order to increase energy efficiency.

Erdan: Environment is combined with economy
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Minister says compliance with environmental demands can help solve housing crisis.

Refaeli’s dad acquitted of assault
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Rafael Refaeli quarreled with a paparazzi photographer who chased his daughter.

Religious cadets axed from officers course
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – The four left an IDF event in which female soldiers were singing and refused to return.

Mofaz complains PM withholding information from c’tee
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Shin Bet representative prevented once again from testifying before FADC on Eilat attacks; Rivlin to meet with Netanyahu, Mofaz on issue.

A message from Jonathan Pollard
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Rabbi Pessah Lerner brings bring greetings from the US prisoner.

Noam Schalit implores UN reps on behalf of his son
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Kidnapped soldier’s father says Gilad should be freed before Palestinians can push for UN recognition of a state.

Orphaned Land: Heavy metal envoys to Muslim world
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Heading to Istanbul for a show in the wake of downgrade in Israel-Turkey ties, band says they have become Israel’s only ambassador to Turkey.

Editorial: Turn crisis into opportunity
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Only through dialogue and a commitment to reconciliation can true peace be attained.

Fighting terror, a decade after 9/11
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Israel is capable of teaching the world a few things in this area, but we cannot lose our sense of proportion.

Savir’s Corner: The Egyptian connection
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – As a country and as government, we have to strike a new balance with Egypt.

Turkish PM: Warships will escort future aid vessels to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Erdogan continues heated rhetoric, saying Turkey has taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean.

Court issues 2nd temporary order against tent removal
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Protesters and Tel Aviv City Hall battle in court, after tent protest turns violent; court hearing to be held on matter.

The brains behind the brawn
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – This engineering firm spent decades figuring out the most effective way to bring an idea into reality.

Barging through the Congo
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – The Congo River is the lifeline of Central Africa’s largest country. For traders, the river is the only way to tow their merchandise.

Syrian activists appeal for international help
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Rebel group says it doesn’t want military aid, but international monitors could deter Damascus from carrying out attacks on civilians.

TA issues order to evacuate tents; activists petition court
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Municipal clerks order residents of Tel Aviv’s tent cities to evacuate within 3 days; activists tell court move a violation of right to protest.

Galliano gets 6,000 euro fine for anti-Semitic outburst
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Court says relatively lenient sentence given to former Dior head designer because of previous good treatment and treatment for drug addiction.

‘PLO denies official launch of UN statehood bid’
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – PLO spokesman tells DPA that the Palestinian Authority has “no international mandate,” only PLO can make such an official move.

Off the Beaten Track: The walls of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – With the Jewish New Year and Sukkot approaching, Jerusalem naturally comes to mind and there is no better time to tour the city.

Turkish president: We never hassled Israelis at airport
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – G?ºl tells Al-Arabiya UN-backed Palmer report on ‘Mavi Marmara’ incident wrong, Turkey to head to Int’l Criminal Court over Gaza blockade.

Mubarak in court after top officials called to testify
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Testimonies of Field Marshal Tantawi, armed forces chief of staff, and interior minister will be given behind closed doors.

Weekly Schmooze: Wedding season for famous Jewry
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Scarlett Johansson covers Gainsbourg; Gene Simmons is getting hitched; Tavi launches new fashion site.

Army mule goes robotic
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Israeli robot carries supplies, weaponry into battle, relieving troops of heavy burden; designed to be used by ground forces on missions.

Abandoned Dogs Help Human Sufferers Overcome Abuse, Grief
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Israeli organization HAMA engages in animal assisted therapy (AAT) to help humans and animals heal each other.

Man arrested for stoning Egyptian consulate in Eilat
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Makmil threw stones at Egyptian flag hanging outside consulate shouting curses; court requests suspect remain in custody during trial.

Tel Aviv court indicts seven after violent protest
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Tel Aviv – Jaffa mayor says he received death threats, but will still make sure tents are gone by Rosh Hashana.

The Guardian

Cabinet minister caught smuggling lamb into Israel
The Guardian 8 Sep 2011 – Azerbaijani falls foul of meat importation laws An Azerbaijani cabinet minister has been left feeling sheepish after he was caught trying to smuggle 50 kg(110lb) of lamb meat into Israel. Tax Authority spokeswoman Idit Lev-Zerahia said…

Palestinians to push ahead with bid for UN membership despite pressure
The Guardian 8 Sep 2011 – Statehood would give Palestinians greater leverage in fighting Israeli occupation, says Mahmoud Abbas The Palestinian president has insisted that last-ditch diplomatic efforts to avert a collision at the United Nations over the Palestinians’ bid for statehood…

Turkish warships will escort Gaza aid vessels, pledges Turkish PM
The Guardian 8 Sep 2011 – Erdogan makes pledge as Israeli-Turkish relations plummet following UN report into last year’s Gaza flotilla raid Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister,…

Palestinians begin campaign for full member status at UN
The Guardian 8 Sep 2011 – Activists present letter for Ban Ki-moon at West Bank mission as officials prepare to lobby general assembly for recognition The Palestinian people have officially launched their campaign to join the United Nations as a full member…

In praise of … Daphni Leef | Editorial
The Guardian 8 Sep 2011 – Daphni Leef, one of the organisers of the original Israeli tent protest, deserves particular praise If 430,000 people, 7% of the population, had taken to the streets in any other part of the world demanding social…

US scientist Stewart Nozette pleads guilty to attempted espionage
The Guardian 7 Sep 2011 – Former Nasa scientist admits trying to sell top secret information to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli spy A former US government space scientist has pleaded guilty to one count of attempted espionage for…

Israel should be wary of celebrating the ‘Shia crescent’ setback | Jonathan Spyer
The Guardian 7 Sep 2011 – The Arab spring has weakened the Iran-led muqawama bloc, but another threat to Israel looms – Sunni Islamist forces In recent years, Israeli strategists have identified an Iran-led regional alliance as representing the main strategic challenge…

Libya: hunt for Gaddafi – Wednesday 7 September 2011
The Guardian 7 Sep 2011 – NTC send envoys to Niger to stop Gaddafi fleeing – Gynaecological operating theatre found under Tripoli college – Military ruler Tantawi to give evidence at Mubarak trial – Syria: Up to seven killed in Homs…

Palestinians pressured by US and Quartet to drop bid for UN status
The Guardian 8 Sep 2011 – As general assembly looks set to pass Palestinian vote, Clinton and Blair among those urging talks with a panicked Israel The Palestinian leadership is under mounting pressure to abandon or modify its bid to win full…

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: Double Standards: the Case of Itamar Awarta
IPS Last March, a vicious crime occurred in the occupied Palestinian territories. Five members of an Israeli settler family were slain in their home in Itamar, a settlement in the northern West Bank. A mother, father, two young children and a three-month-old were all stabbed to death.

Deaths Reported in ‘Fresh Syrian Assault’
IPS Syrian forces have killed at least 21 people in a massive tank-backed raid on the central city of Homs, rights activists say, after the government postponed a visit to the country by the Arab League chief.

LIBYA: Jihadists Take Over, As Warned
IPS The official euphoria with which the U.S. and European governments celebrated the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya has given way to growing concern that many among the new Libyan leadership are radical Muslims with links to al-Qaeda. Revelations are surfacing also of a close collaboration of…

Uruknet

Iraqi Journalist Critical of Government Shot Dead ‚Äé
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Iraqi journalist Hadi al-Mehdi, who has been a prominent critic of the government on his radio programme, was shot dead in Baghdad on Thursday, a security official and a medic said…Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released a statement saying it “strongly condemns the assassination of Hadi al-Mehdi.” RSF noted that his murder came…

The ACLU on Obama and core liberties
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – The ACLU decided to use the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack to comprehensively survey the severe erosion of civil liberties justified in the name of that event, an erosion that — as it documents — continues unabated, indeed often in accelerated form, under the Obama administration. The group today is issuing a report…

Settlers building twice rate of Israel: NGO
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Settlers are building homes in the West Bank at almost twice the pace that they are being constructed inside Israel, anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Wednesday. The group said analysis of aerial photographs and field visits to settlements in the West Bank showed a vast disparity between construction inside Israel and in the…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Aug. – 07 Sep. 2011)
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Summary: Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (25 August – 07 September 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed 5 Palestinians, including two civilians (in the Gaza Strip. A child also died of a previous wound. Additionally, rescue team found the body of…

Developing campaigns in support of Palestinian political prisoners
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – The book Threat, Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel is an excellent resource for activists who want to shed light on the situation of Palestinian political prisoners. The editors, Abeer Baker and Anat Matar, have extensive experience in the area of prisoners’ rights. They told me that they published the book in response to a…

LIBYA: Jihadists Take Over, As Warned
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – …Among other well-known radical Muslims in the new leadership are Ismail as-Salabi of Benghazi, Abdelhakim al-Hasidi of Derna, and Ali Salabi, member of the Transitional National Council which now controls the Libyan government. All of them are founding members of the LIFG. Salabi led the LIFG in negotiations with the Gaddafi regime that led…

New Libya: Is it the First African Oil Gulf State in the Making?
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – NATO’s policy to compel African oil countries to blind loyalty, and parrot to their dictations including offering and guaranteeing their oil only to the West is a new phenomenon. However, the new Libya is expected to belly-dance like Qatar, her Arab-speaking mentor, to please her newly found surrogate father of NATO rather than being…

Palestinian Committee confirms Sep.22 date for UN Statehood bid
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – The executive committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (ECPLO) confirmed Thursday that they would join the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations on Sep 22, 2011 to obtain Palestinian full membership in the UN, and ask for recognition of Palestine as a state, with borders along the 1967 borders, with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital. “…

Libya migrants live in abandoned harbor
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Away from Tripoli, away from the fighting and largely away from any aid, hundreds of immigrants are living in an abandoned harbor. They are living on scraps, in poor sanitary conditions, and fearful of being mistakenly identified as mercenaries who fought for the ousted Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi. In one cooking pot a…

Libya: The fate of the Tawarghans – soon to be shared by Sabha
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – We have been following the fate of the people of Tawargha since one of the Misratan rebel commanders threatened to wipe Tawargha off the map. The same commander then turned up on camera with Orla Guerin of the BBC, as Tawargha was taken by the rebels with NATO support and the inhabitants fled. There…

Israel makes military preparations for UN vote on Palestinian state
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – On Tuesday evening, the Israel Defence Forces killed a commander of the Popular Resistance Committees’ military wing in a fire exchange and air attack on an alleged mortar unit in the Gaza Strip. The attack by the IDF is only the latest development in a stepped-up offensive against Gaza and the Palestinians, as Israel…

Inquiry report does not provide justice for Baha Mousa
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Baha died within 36 hours of being taken into British military custody during a raid on a hotel in Basra, Iraq, on 14 September 2003. He received 93 injuries, including a broken nose and fractured ribs, and died from asphyxia…”For almost the whole of the period up to Baha Mousa’s death … the detainees were…

Pappe reassesses legacy of Palestinian dynasty
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Ilan Pappe is an Israeli historian and dissident living in semi-voluntary exile in the UK. He is most famous for The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, a seminal work which, although based on his own research, was more original for the sweep of its historical narrative rather than any groundbreaking new findings. It was a…

Settlers burn cars, vandalize mosque in Nablus area
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – – Israeli settlers uprooted olive trees, set fire to cars and vandalized a mosque in the Nablus area on Thursday, officials said. Palestinian official Ghassan Douglas told Ma’an that two cars were set alight in the village of Qabalan, south of Nablus. Settlers also vandalized a mosque in Yatma village south of Nablus, spraying…

Syria News – September 7, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Number of today’s martyrs in Syria reached 25 martyrs up till now from Homs, Hama and Idlib… Daraa: Nawa: Soldier Mohammad Mutawe’e was shot dead with a bullet to his head because he refused to shoot at civilians in Hama…Homs: martyrdom of Ammar Naasan Al-Yousef and his wife Sahar Mohammad Al-Yousef and their children Ahmad, Ady, Ola and…

Iraq Drawdown Signals New Client State Status, Ongoing Occupation
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – The Obama administration has endorsed a plan that would keep 3,000-4,000 American troops in Iraq past the December deadline to withdraw, although the full remaining presence there will be much larger. Just how large isn’t yet certain, but the numerous agencies and jobs planned for the future of Iraq could mean many thousands more…

NATO’s Glorious Race War in Libya
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – The western media find it more difficult to deny a pattern of murderous ethnic cleansing by the racist Libyan rebels they have treated as saints and heroes for the past six months. Thousands of black Libyans and sub-Saharan immigrants have been murdered by NATO-financed, heavily Islamist fighters who, as African Union chairman Jean Ping…

Support the Palestinian Initiative in the UN for Statehood
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – Virginia Tilley, writing in the Electronic Intifada, under the title, ‘Bantustans and the unilateral declaration of statehood’ has argued that the Palestinian Authority’s move toward a UN resolution declaring statehood is destructive of Palestinian aspiration for statehood. Unfortunately, Ms Tilley’s grasp of the Palestinian situation is distorted by her experience with South Africa. Ms…

Video – Libya: 08 Sept. 2011, Col. Gaddafi speech
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – To our brave Libyan people that are resisting; the land of Libya is your property and your right from the days of your grandfathers and great grandfathers. Those that attempt to revoke it from you; are the insiders , foreign backed mercenaries and stray dogs, those foreigners that have resided in Libya for a long…

US Drone Strikes Kill 10, Wound Dozens in Southern Yemen
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – The usual fighting on the ground continued apace in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, with 8 soldiers and 17 militants reportedly killed in today’s fighting. The Yemeni government has been trying to reoccupy the province since it was lost in late May. Increasingly, however, the ground warfare is taking a back seat to…

Iraq snapshot – September 7, 2011
Uruknet September 7, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, more talk of the US extending the military presence in Iraq beyond 2011, Iraq gets good news with regards to phosphates, the KRG prime minister states Nouri’s acting like a dicator, as does a member of the Iraqi Parliament, and more… Greg Jaffe and Annie Gowen (Washington Post) remind that numbers…

Video: Hundreds locked up in Tripoli jail without charge
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – There are fears that a power vacuum is developing in the Libyan capital, Tripoli as the hunt for Colonel Gaddafi continues. With the opposition leadership still based in Benghazi the need for government and the rule of law is being felt more keenly each day. Jeremy Bowen has been inside one of the Tripoli’s…

Fighter Assassinated In Gaza, Al Quds Brigades Vows Retaliation
Uruknet September 7, 2011 – Israeli Air Force assassinated on Tuesday evening a fighter of the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad west of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, the Maan News agency reported. Gaza Strip, the Maan News agency reported. The slain fighter was identified as Rammah Fayiz Al-Housni, 28, of the…

Daily Star

Libyan interim PM warns of factional infighting
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, in Tripoli for the first time since its motley forces seized the capital…

Russia seeks Syrian detente
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday that some Syrians protesting against Bashar Assad’s regime are terrorists…

Gunfire wounds man in Ain al-Rummaneh brawl
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 A confrontation between two people in the Beirut suburb of Ain al-Rummaneh left one person hospitalized, the state-run National News Agency said Thursday.

Agriculture Ministry to fight Baalbek fly invasion
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The Agriculture Ministry decided to take actions after swarms of flies invaded a village near Baalbek on Tuesday, forcing residents to stay indoors.

Suspect indicted in bid to kill Fatah commander
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Military Investigating Judge Imad Zein indicted a man identified as Mahmoud A. in the attempted assassination of the commander of the Palestinian Armed Struggle faction of Fatah.

Human remains found in trunk of Nabatieh car
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 A gruesome crime was revealed in Nabatieh Thursday when human remains were discovered in the trunk of a man’s car.

Mikati meets with human rights experts
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati met with human rights experts Thursday in order to develop a Human Rights National Action Plan and discuss the newly introduced anti-trafficking law.

Cabinet studies granting Iranians visas at border
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The Cabinet has recommended the approval of an Interior Ministry request to grant entry visas to Iranian citizens at the Lebanese border crossings provided that there is reciprocal treatment from Iran…

Lebanese among 2 arrested in German ‘terror plot’
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Berlin authorities said they arrested two men Thursday on suspicion of acquiring chemicals for a possible bombing, ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks’ anniversary and a papal visit this month.

Employees work to republishAl-Bayraq newspaper
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 A month after the daily Al-Bayraq and three other magazines stopped being published, employees of the newspaper vowed to continue their work.

Arab doctors spearhead Somalia famine relief efforts
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Arab doctors are urging the public to aid the needy in Somalia, as they work to build hospitals, dig wells and raise money to alleviate the effects of a devastating famine that has claimed thousands of…

Campaign to humanize prisons launched at Roumieh
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 A campaign aiming at bringing more humanity into prisons, was launched Thursday during a news conference held at Roumieh prison by several associations and officials.

Migrant workers to get warmer welcome
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Migrant workers will now receive information packs on their rights and responsibilities upon arrival in Beirut, and airport staff will undergo training on how to recognize vulnerable people, General Security announced Thursday.

Williams holds discussion with Hezbollah’s Musawi
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Hezbollah official Ammar Musawi met with U.N. Special Coordinator Michael Williams Thursday to discuss a number of domestic and regional issues, including the need for national dialogue.

Judge convenes STL Trial Chamber
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The president of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Antonio Cassesse, Thursday issued an order convening the Trial Chamber for the first time.

Aridi: Air crash report ready but not released
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The Lebanese government failed again to release the official report on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET409 which plunged into the Mediterranean nearly 20 months ago…

Rai urges international community to give Assad time to implement reform
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai urged the international community Thursday to give Syrian President Bashar Assad further time to implement reform and resume dialogue with opposition factions.

Mikati’s Cabinet after the electricity saga
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The agreement reached by the Cabinet over the controversial electricity bill proved that government stability remains a top priority for its factions, particularly Hezbollah

No winner no loser in electricity bill saga
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The Cabinet’s approval of a controversial $1.2 billion electricity plan won praise from both sides of the political divide Thursday…

Turkey’s gunboat diplomacy may fuel Western unease
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Turkey’s plan to flex its naval muscles in the eastern Mediterranean risks being perceived as an overreaction in Ankara’s dispute with former ally Israel and as an assertion of regional power that could alienate even its…

Turkish warships will escort aid vessels on journey to Gaza: Erdogan
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Turkey said Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year’s Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former…

Mubarak trial witnesses won’t testify publicly
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Hosni Mubarak was back in court Thursday over the killing of protesters, a day after the presiding judge summoned Egypt’s military ruler and other top officials to testify next week in the trial of the toppled…

U.S. finally clearly states it will veto Palestinian statehood
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The Palestinians launched a campaign Thursday to rally support for U.N. recognition as an independent state…

Egypt freezes new satellite TV station licenses
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Egypt’s military rulers have frozen new licenses for private satellite TV stations and are taking steps against broadcasters they say are inciting violence…

Iraqi reporter shot dead, Kurdish editor assaulted
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 An Iraqi journalist who criticized the government was shot dead in Baghdad Thursday, police said while in a separate case…

Yemen ruling party leader in Riyadh to push transition plan
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Yemen’s ruling party has sent a team to meet President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a party official said Thursday, in an apparent effort to revive a deal to ease him out of power and end a stalemate…

Corruption scandal plunges Kuwait into deep political crisis
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The wealthy Gulf state of Kuwait appeared headed Thursday for a major political crisis over allegations of corruption involving several members of parliament and former ministers.

Bahrain’s Shiites still paying dearly
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 One afternoon in May, police in Bahrain led away security guard Mahdi Ali from his job at the Gulf kingdom’s state-controlled aluminum plant.

Special Libyan unit hunting down elusive Gadhafi
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Determined to hunt down Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s new rulers say they have dedicated a special unit of fighters to track the elusive former leader, listening in on his aides’ phone calls, poring over satellite images and…

Iraqi ex-MP sole line of contact with Gadhafi
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 The owner of Arrai TV, famed for being the only media outlet still in contact with Moammar Gadhafi, opposes dictators but says the ousted Libyan leader embodies resistance against foreign occupation.

Tunisia briefly detains, interrogates Gadhafi aide as he flies with family
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Authorities in Tunisia briefly detained a close aide to recently deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi after preventing him and his family from leaving the country, Tunisian officials told Agence France Presse Thursday.

Hezbollah: Lebanon immune to popular uprisings
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Lebanon’s sectarian makeup prevents the rise of popular movements similar to those in other Arab countries, Hezbollah MP says.

U.N. envoy discusses need for national dialogue with Hezbollah
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Hezbollah official Ammar Moussawi and U.N. envoy to Lebanon discuss a number of domestic and regional issues, including the need for national dialogue.

Libya mission continues until threat gone: NATO head
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 NATO says will continue its mission in Libya as long as there is any threat to the country’s population from forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

Syrian ally Iran urges dialogue, end to violence
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Embattled Syrian government faces surprising calls to end violence from its closest ally, Iran, in a sign of growing alarm over the 6-month-old uprising.

Syria forces storm village, activists want UN protection
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Syria, accused by France of “crimes against humanity,” on Thursday sent its security forces storming into a northwestern village where they killed three military defectors, rights activists said.

Report on Ethiopian plane crash finalized: Aridi
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Report will be sent to the U.S., France and Ethiopia for review in the next two days, public works minister says.

Palestinians make a mystery of statehood bid
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Palestinian leaders are making a mystery out of their bid to secure UN recognition this month that is causing diplomatic panic in the United States and Israel.

Erdogan flexes muscles as new Middle East strongman
Daily Star 8 Sep 2011 Turkey, once Israel’s closest ally in the Muslim world, has abandoned its role as a Middle East intermediary and taken advantage of an Arab vacuum to forge a new role as a regional standard-bearer.

YNet News

Sweden receives Palestinian ambassador
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – Sweden’s Foreign Ministry has expressed support for Ramallah’s efforts toward Palestinian statehood as the Scandinavian country held its first official welcoming ceremony … ….

Turkey: Warships will back next flotilla
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Al-Jazeera … ….

Knesset’s Defense Committee summons PM over terror probe ambiguity
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – Is pertinent information regarding the series of terror attacks which took place near Eilat in mid august being kept form the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense … ….

Israeli indicted for stoning Egyptian consulate
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – Israel filed criminal charges on Thursday against a man who stoned the Egyptian consulate in Eilat, near the site of an attack by border infiltrators last month that … ….

Galliano convicted in anti-Semitism case
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – A Paris court has convicted former Christian Dior designer John Galliano for making anti-Semitic insults and gave him a suspended sentence of ‚Ǩ6,000 ($8,400) in fines. … ….

Germany: Lebanese, Gaza men detained for terror plot
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – German police on Thursday detained two men suspected of obtaining potential ingredients for a bomb and searched an Islamic center where the pair had spent time. The … ….

Price Tag: Mosque vandalized, cars torched
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – The “price tag” activity that targeted an IDF base in the West Bank earlier this week continued Thursday as Palestinian sources reported anonymous vandals spray painting … ….

In new audio, Gaddafi denies rumor he fled Libya
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – From hiding, Libyan leader vows never to leave his ancestral land, urges….

Court freezes evacuation of Tel Aviv tent sites
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – Tel Aviv court issues injunction against removal of tent sites in four locations….

Turkish FM to opposition: Learn from Livni
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – Internal conflicts: Turkey’s Ahmet Davutoglu condemns comments made by….

Barak on Turkey: This wave will pass
YNet News, 8 Sep 2011 – Defense Minister Ehud Barak believes Ankara-Jerusalem ties will be mended,….

The Saudi king’s Viagra habits
YNet News, 7 Sep 2011 – US says King Abdullah older than previously assumed, was still using Viagra at….

WAFA

Abu Rudeineh: Going to UN in spite of US Veto Threat
WAFA

Tourist Information Center Inaugurated in Ramallah
WAFA

EU Voices Concern over Situation in Al-Walaja
WAFA

Israel Prevents Clown Show in East Jerusalem School
WAFA

PLO Affirms Support for Palestinian Bid to UN
WAFA

Settlers Raze Palestinian Land behind Apartheid Wall
WAFA

Israeli Army Razes Land in Gaza Strip
WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Homes near Hebron
WAFA

Israeli Forces Raze Artesian Water Wells
WAFA

Jerusalem Schools Suspend Studies for Two Hours
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

A Thousand-And-One Reasons Why Palestine Must Get Independence…
Intifada-Palestine: 8 Sep 2011 – and here’s perhaps the most important The following report from Bethlehem University that academic staff had been attacked yet again, this time by Israeli squatters, reminds me of how the Israelis apparently resent the Palestinians’ fine education tradition. They have seen… more

Sanctioning Messenger Dr. Bouthainia Shaaban Assaults American Values
Intifada-Palestine: 8 Sep 2011 – Editors Note : Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban is a frequent contributor to Intifada Palestine. Dr. Bouthainia Shaaban Franklin Lamb Tripoli As part of its 7 th set of US sanctions against Syria, which began in June, 2011, the Obama administration has targeted a… more

9/11 Ten Years Later: What have we learned?
Intifada-Palestine: 8 Sep 2011 – Jamal Kanj* Like many, I remember vividly the morning of September 11, 2001. I was in Pennsylvania participating in a conference for the American Public Works Association at Philadelphia’s Convention Centre. Walking into the conference hall just around 9 am, I… more

9/11: Open Letter & Challenge to ADL’s Abe Foxman
Intifada-Palestine: 8 Sep 2011 – Abraham Foxman has been the director of the Anti-Defamation league since 1987. “Mr. Foxman, your assertion that criticism of Israel is by definition a manifestation of anti-Semitism, is Zionist propaganda nonsense for a blackmail purpose, the purpose being to silence criticism… more

Los Angeles Times

Nothing will dissuade Palestinians from U.N. bid, Abbas says
LA Times 8 Sep 2011 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said no amount of international pressure or any last-minute concessions would stop him from bringing the Palestinian statehood plan to the U.N. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that no amount of international pressure or any last-minute concessions, including…

Libya rebels scrambling to secure Kadafi arsenals
LA Times 8 Sep 2011 – Moammar Kadafi’s regime moved its weapons stockpiles as NATO unleashed airstrikes in March. Now, rebels have the tough task of finding and securing the caches, some of which have been looted. The fall of Moammar Kadafi has opened up Libya’s vast armories to plunder and…

Syria defectors shed light on regime’s crackdown
LA Times 8 Sep 2011 – Four officers tell of the planning and organization of the Assad regime’s deadly offensive. They say that top officials gave orders to shoot protesters and that Iranian troops are aiding the regime. Days before Syrian forces launched a deadly offensive against street protesters in the…

Critics fault Israel government approach to Palestinian U.N. bid
LA Times 8 Sep 2011 – Critics say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not aggressive enough to either lure the Palestinians back into peace talks or pressure them to abandon their U.N. membership initiative. Heading toward a potential Mideast game-changer at the United Nations this month, Israel’s government is facing questions…

Mubarak regime ordered excessive force, ex-police official says
LA Times 9 Sep 2011 – The police general tells a court the order came from the then-interior minister, an accusation suggesting the top level of Egyptian ex-President Hosni Mubarak’s government plotted a deadly crackdown. A former high-ranking security official testified Thursday that forces loyal to Hosni Mubarak were ordered to…

Key regime witnesses called to testify in Mubarak trial
LA Times 7 Sep 2011 – Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman are to sit across from their deposed boss in closed sessions. They are inextricably linked to his repressive rule. The trial of former President Hosni Mubarak took a scintillating turn Wednesday when the top…

Libyan professor rises to role of rebels’ prime minister
LA Times 7 Sep 2011 – Ali Tarhouni, an economics professor in Washington state, has become one of the new Libya’s most high-profile leaders. His first task is to get Tripoli up and running again. Ali Tarhouni could use some sleep. Fatigue has eclipsed elation for the U.S. business school professor…

Moammar Kadafi’s whereabouts still a mystery
LA Times 7 Sep 2011 – Though convoy reports raised suspicion that the deposed Libyan leader might be seeking sanctuary in sub-Saharan Africa, a Kadafi spokesman says he’s in Libya, and rebels make contradictory statements. Moammar Kadafi’s whereabouts remained a mystery Wednesday, a day after reports of a southbound desert convoy…

New York Times

British Report Details Army Abuse of Baha Mousa in Iraq
New York Times 8 Sep 2011 – A major inquiry into the most notorious case of detainee abuse by British soldiers in Iraq details a series of gruesome abuses by servicemen in a decorated and historic regiment.

Testimony Implicates Habib el-Adly, Mubarak Co-Defendant
New York Times 8 Sep 2011 – Top officials were implicated for the first time in ordering the use of force against demonstrators.

Syrians Report Killings as Troops Hunt for Defectors
New York Times 8 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.

Syrian Ally Iran Urges Dialogue, End to Violence
New York Times 8 Sep 2011 – Syrian security forces kept up a deadly crackdown on dissent Thursday as the embattled regime faced surprising calls to end the violence from its closest ally, Iran.

Yemen’s Leaders Fail for Second Time to Resolve Stalemate
New York Times 8 Sep 2011 – Yemen’s political leaders have been unable to reach a deal to resolve a prolonged stalemate that has pitted demonstrators against President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his backers.

Palestinian Leader, Mahmoud Abbas, Says U.N. Bid Will Go Forward
New York Times 8 Sep 2011 – The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said international powers have failed to produce a concrete proposal, while the United States has vowed to veto a statehood resolution.

Into the Stone Age With a Scalpel: A Dig With Clues on Early Urban Life
New York Times 8 Sep 2011 – A Neotlithic settlement that gave rise to urbanization is still yielding clues for international archaeologists.

Misc

What way forward for mass social struggles in Israel?
WSWS – Last Saturday’s demonstration presents a stark contrast between the mobilization of nearly half a million Israelis in protest against social inequality, and the lack of any political program to realize this movement’s aims.

Israel makes military preparations for UN vote on Palestinian state
WSWS – The Israel Defence Forces is training settler

Minneapolis JCRC Confirms Monitoring Activities, Travel Schedule of Congressman Israel Deemed ‘Hostile’
Tikun Olam – Minneapolis JCRC director admits monitoring Rep. Keith Ellison’s schedule on behalf of Israeli foreign ministry Due to the excellent shoe leather journalism of Mordecai Specktor of American Jewish World in Minneapolis, the local Jewish Community Relations Council has confirmed that it regularly monitors the activities and…

US demands Palestinians drop statehood bid as Israel does a mad dash to build support at the UN
Mondoweiss – link to www.imemc.org link to www.maannews.net ‘—> link to www.maannews.net link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.imemc.org link to www.maannews.net link to old.news.yahoo.com link to silwanic.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.alternativenews.org link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk link to www.haaretz.com link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net

‘J St’ comes out against Palestinian statehood initiative
Mondoweiss – Update: A PDF of the J Street position paper is here . (Dug up by Adam Kredo .) And J Street has posted an “open letter” to “the American Jewish community” on the subject , which as that salutation signals, invokes establishment communalism: J Street’s position on the possible…

‘Huffpo’ warning: US support for Israel may be a mile wide but an inch thick
Mondoweiss – Clarence B. Jones at Huffpo . Note the warning about domestic divisions this issue will spur. Yes, the Democratic Party will have to choose whether it supports democracy or apartheid. That is the coming battle inside the U.S. Thanks to Peter Belmont. Jones excerpt: Few issues, except…

Arrests of 100+ ‘Hamas agents’ in West Bank seem to be Israel’s latest effort to thwart Palestinian reconciliation
Mondoweiss – Israeli security forces report that they have arrested at least 100 suspected members of Hamas and claim to have foiled multiple bombing and kidnapping plots. These actions would seem to indicate a severe setback for Hamas’s influence in the Occupied Territories and undermine prospects for reconciliation…

‘Haaretz’ columnist says Netanyahu/September will bring ‘death’ of dream of Jewish state
Mondoweiss – Why isn’t a voice like this in the New York Times? Carlos Strenger in Haaretz (thx to Paul Mutter): September may bring the death of the two-state solution – and the Jewish state… What happens when the Palestinians realize come September that UN recognition doesn’t change…

IDF: Palestinian Kindergarten ‘Terror Center’
Tikun Olam – Budding Hamas terrorists learning terror at young age (Emil Salman) A year ago or so the IDF shuttered a West Bank charity for orphaned children because it was supposedly funded by Hamas. Today, the IDF has once again done itself proud by punishing children for the…

Former White House Scientist Sentenced for Trying to Spy for Mossad
Tikun Olam – If any one ever needed any justification for FBI spying on the official Israeli governmental presence in this country (diplomats and covert agents included) they need look no farther than today’s news that a former senior White House scientist, spied on behalf of Israel’s major aerospace…

Misc 2

Libya’s new PM Jibril urges unity
BBC 8 Sep 2011 – Libya’s acting PM Mahmoud Jibril calls for national unity to rebuild the country, saying the liberation from Col Gaddafi’s regime is not complete.

Turkey ‘to escort Gaza aid ships’
BBC 8 Sep 2011 – Turkey’s prime minister says his country will in future escort aid ships travelling to the Gaza Strip, amid an escalating row with Israel.

Blast kills Palestinian militant
BBC 8 Sep 2011 – A Gaza militant is killed in an explosion, while suspected settlers spray graffiti on a mosque near Nablus in the second attack since Monday.

New book explores Israel’s military legal system
Joseph Dana 8 Sep 2011 – The Israeli military legal system is one of the most under reported yet crucial components of Israel’s system of control over Palestinians in the occupied West Bank . Since 1967, Israel has controlled the entire area of the West Bank using two forms of legal enforcement based…

Peace Now report claims that illegal settlement construction rate is twice that of building in Israel
Middle East Monitor 8 Sep 2011 – A report by the Israeli Peace Now movement claims that the illegal settlement construction rate in the occupied West Bank is nearly double the construction rate inside Israel (the “1948 occupied territories”). While the latter is one housing unit per 235 residents, the rate in the…

Israel banned the call to prayer from the Ibrahimi Mosque 47 times during Ramadan
Middle East Monitor 8 Sep 2011 – The Israeli occupation authorities in the West Bank prevented the call to prayer (Adhan) being made at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron 47 times during the holy month of Ramadan. The reason given for this curtailment of religious freedom was that the call “…

Turkish Red Crescent renovates water supply networks in Gaza
Middle East Monitor 8 Sep 2011 – The Turkish Red Crescent has announced its readiness to resume work on renovating the water supply networks in the Gaza Strip. The besieged territory suffers from a severe potable and irrigation water shortage as a result of the blockade that has been imposed for five years….

The Tikvah Fund’s Transparency Problem
The Magnes Zionist 7 Sep 2011 – Professor Zachary Braiterman has picked up a theme that I wrote about last year , but at much greater length and in much greater detail. He demonstrates that the Tivkah Fund, which ostensibly supports Jewish literacy and encounter with Jewish culture from a neutral, academic standpoint, is…

Weekly Focus: Taxi driver assaulted by Israeli soldiers 29 August – 4 September
Al-Haq 6 Sep 2011 – (2011-09-07)

Israeli Soldiers, Police Attack Beit Ommar Fruit Vendors
Palestine Solidarity Project 7 Sep 2011 – On 6th September, at 11:00 am, a group of Israeli soldiers and police attacked a group of fifteen local farmers who were selling local fruits at the entrance to Beit Ommar village, on the Route 60 highway. The soldiers then proceeded to confiscate and destroy 15…

National Building Museum Cancels Caterpillar Award Ceremony
Rachel Corrie Foundation 7 Sep 2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Cindy Corrie, cindy@rachelcorriefoundation.org, (360) 359-6790 Olympia, Washington – September 7, 2011 – Due to pressure from social justice groups across the country, the National Building Museum has canceled a public award ceremony to present Caterpillar Inc. with the 2011 Henry C. Turner…

East Africa: Iran Appoints Envoy to EAC
allAfrica.com 8 Sep 2011 – The Islamic Republic of Iran has appointed its Ambassador to Tanzania, Mohsen Movahedi Ghomi, as its representative to the East African Community (EAC).

Zimbabwe: Buddies Take Imperialists Head-on
allAfrica.com 8 Sep 2011 – Zimbabwe and the Republic of Iran enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship whose origins can be traced to the period before Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980. Relations between the two all weather friends began in 1979 when the late Vice President Simon Muzenda visited Tehran to meet leaders…

Washington to veto recognition of Palestinian State
Voltaire Network 8 Sep 2011 – At her confirmation hearing by the Senate of the United States, on 8 August 2011, Wendy Sherman announced that the State Department would veto a Palestinian request for recognition of statehood should it reach the U.N. Security Council, Ms. Sherman is counselor to the former Secretary…

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s speech to his people on 8 September 2011
Voltaire Network 8 Sep 2011 – Col. Gaddafi’s latest speech to the Libyan people was aired on Syrian Arrai TV early in the morning on 8 September 2011. Here is the full translation of this speech: To our brave Libyan people that are resisting; the land of Libya is your property and…

Witnessing the Transition to fear in Tripoli
Voltaire Network 8 Sep 2011 – Evacuated by the ICRC from the Rixos hotel where she had been blocked for five days, Lizzie Phelan offers her first impressions after the fall of Tripoli. Danger, death and fear reign have engulfed the capital of the “New Libya”, while NATO and its collaborators are…

US Senator Menendez wants to send wrong Lockerbie culprit back to jail
Voltaire Network 8 Sep 2011 – Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has announced his intention to file a bill subjecting the thawing of Libyan assets and their transfer to the National Transitional Council to the arrest and extradition of Abdel Basset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. Close to Hillary Clinton and known for his anti-Castro…

Articles


Netanyahu confronts the new Middle East
John Esposito, Al Jazeera9/8/2011
Israel’s intransigence on the flotilla killings will further isolate the country in the international community.
Can it be? Did the Turks really dare to say “No” to Bibi Netanyahu, threaten to break ties with Israel, and say it so directly and strongly?
Bibi Netanyahu defiantly refused to apologise to Turkey for Israeli commando forces’ May 31, 2010 raid that killed nine civilians (eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent) and wounded several dozens, mostly Turkish citizens. The Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara – a flotilla of peace activists, aid workers, writers, journalists, lawyers, members of parliaments and ordinary citizens – was bringing humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza in an attempt to break Israel’s two-year blockade and siege of the Gaza Strip, which they believed was a necessary step to restart the peace process in the Middle East.
Bibi not only said no to the Turkish government’s demand for a formal apology, but no to the US as well. It was not a secret that both US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had strongly encouraged the Israeli government to apologise. Instead Netanyahu retreated to a mantra he has used throughout his years as prime minister: “We need not apologise.”
But should anyone have been surprised? One can understand the Netanyahu government’s intransigence and defiance: This is perfectly reasonable given the lack of resistance from the US and the international community, who consistently avoid dealing firmly, critically and decisively with Israel. Bibi is clearly not used to being diplomatically rebuffed and held accountable. Rather, he has a track record of defying international law, and of not being held accountable for the use of excessive force, violence, punishment and repression…. more.. e-mail

Gilad Atzmon: The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics
Paul J. Balles, Redress9/8/2011
Book review
Gilad Atzmon, scholar, prolific writer and leading jazz saxophonist has authored the book Wandering Who? In it he astutely explores the identity crisis he himself experienced and one faced by many Jews.
Atzmon struggled with the conflict between his early experiences as an Israeli Zionist and his awakening as a humanist.
His book reveals an innate ability to switch between the qualities of a down-to-earth artist (the successful sax player and word-smith) and the knowledgeable philosopher.
Without doubt, The Wandering Who? will awaken many readers– pleasing some and disturbing others.
The pleased will include those who have experienced similar awakenings or resolved identity crises by continuously asking questions.
The book will also find welcome readers among those who have sought honest answers to the many contentious issues involving Jewish identity, Jewish politics and Israel.
The disturbed will include those Atzmon might refer to as “separatist Jews … kind of a bizarre mixture of an SS commander and a Biblical Moses.”
Atzmon will also face threats and complaints from those he calls “pro-war Zionist Islamophobes”/
He will undoubtedly find rejection from those who want “to stop proud, self-hating Jews [like Atzmon] from blowing the whistle”. more.. e-mail

Turkey’s gunboat diplomacy makes waves in region
Ibon Villelabeitia, Ma’an News Agency9/8/2011
ANKARA (Reuters) — Turkey’s plan to flex its naval muscles in the eastern Mediterranean risks being perceived as an over-reaction in Ankara’s dispute with former ally Israel and as an assertion of regional power that could alienate even its new Arab admirers.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ploy may fuel Western unease over Turkey’s reliability as a NATO partner and its penchant for actions designed to court popularity in the Muslim world.
Turkey’s mix of economic growth and secular democracy under an Islamist government has fascinated Arab countries eager for a new model, but even those in the throes of popular uprisings may feel qualms if Ankara starts throwing its military weight about.
Stung by Israel’s refusal to apologize over last year’s killing of nine Turks during an Israeli commando raid on an aid ship bound for Gaza, Erdogan said Turkish warships would be seen in waters where Israel’s navy operates, raising the risk of a clash between the once close allies.
Bolstered by a booming economy and unprecedented political stability at home, Turkey has seen its “soft power” rise in the region under Erdogan’s AK Party, rooted in political Islam.
Conservative on social and religious issues and liberal on economic ones, the AK government has cemented business ties in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa and pursued a foreign policy of “zero problems with neighbours” — a policy buffeted by the dispute with Israel and tensions with Syria. more.. e-mail

The PA doesn’t represent me; why should I trust its statehood bid?
Electronic Intifada: 8 Sep 2011 – Sameeha Elwan The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip An average Palestinian might in fact be the least interested in whether a Palestinian state would be declared in September. Yet he or she will be the one will be the one whose life will be most profoundly impacted by any hasty act of folly by the Palestinian Authority.more

Pappe reassesses legacy of Palestinian dynasty
Electronic Intifada: 8 Sep 2011 – Asa Winstanley The Electronic Intifada Ilan Pappe’s new political biography, The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty , profiles the history of one of Jerusalem’s predominant Palestinian families. The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: The Husaynis, 1700-1948 Manufacturer: University of California Press Part Number: Price: $29.95more

Who Killed Vittorio Arrigoni? Trial Begins
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Sep 2011 – By Michele Giorgio – Gaza Translated by Daniela Loffreda – Rome Vittorio Arrigoni was strangled between 14 and 15 April between the hours of 11pm and 1 am. He was still alive in the video filmed by his kidnappers, which was later published on the internet. The swollen and bloody face of the activist and journalist shown in the images was the result of severe beating. Perhaps the worst blow was one to his head, inflicted by Bilal al Omari (Vittorio’s occasional gym companion) with the grip of his pistol in the early stages of the kidnapping as Vittorio tried to break free and escape. We have learned these details and many others ahead of the trial of the four Palestinians accused of kidnapping and murdering Vittorio due to begin in Gaza City tomorrow (September 8). They were related by Mohamed Najar, the lawyer for Khader Jram, a 26 year…more

Russia’s Middle East Dilemma
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Sep 2011 – By Eric Walberg Muammar Al-Gaddafi’s demise is all but a done thing, carried out with a UN blessing, however dubious, and only belatedly opposed by Russia and China. Russian policy makers are now wondering if their quasi-principled condemnation of Western-backed regime change in Libya was not just Quixotic but downright stupid. Libya’s National Transitional Council denies that Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam signed a secret agreement with France in March mediated by the Qatari government, whereby French companies would control more than a third of Libya’s oil production in return for Paris’s early and staunch support for the rebels. However, even as Russia recognised the NTC last week, Abdeljalil Mayouf, information manager of the rebels’ Arabian Gulf Oil Company, warned, “We don’t have a problem with Western countries like the Italians, French and UK companies. But we may have some political issues with Russia, China and Brazil.” Al-Gaddafi’s impending fate is…more

For the Love of Israel: Congresswoman’s Misguided War on the UN
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2011 – By Ramzy Baroud From an Israeli point of view, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the ideal American politician. Although many in the US government aspire to her level of commitment to Israel, few can measure up to a dedication that extends beyond the very interests of her own country. “Lawless extremists infest Congress like crabgrass besets lawns. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R. FL) is one of the worst,” wrote US columnist Stephen Lendman on September 1. Ros-Lehtinen’s resume is a distressing read. The congresswoman “endorses US imperial wars, police state laws, corporate empowerment, tax cuts for the rich, laying waste to Libya, perhaps a second Bay of Pigs, and Israeli lawlessness, while, at the same, opposing Palestinian statehood,” according to Lendman. It is, in fact, the “Israeli lawlessness” and her opposition to a Palestinian statehood that has made her a darling to Israel and its lobby. Unsurprisingly, Ros-Lehtinen…more

Syria’s Day is Yemen’s Night
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2011 – By James Gundun – Washington, D.C. They supposedly came to the podium in peace. Celebrating the start of Islam’s Holy Month during a time of historic upheaval, President Barack Obama sent his ‘best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.’ His Secretary of State would add, “During this month of peace and humility, I wish the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world Ramadan Kareem.” Hillary Clinton couldn’t have meant every Muslim though – only those that serve U.S. interests. Believing they had affirmed the spirit of Ramadan while defending courageous revolutionaries across the Middle East and northern Africa, the President and his Secretary pledged to “stand with the Syrian people” as government forces rolled into Hama. The “Ramadan Massacre” would leave hundreds of protesters dead by the end of the week, and the administration jumped on the initial siege to “highlight the brutality and viciousness…more

Support the Palestinian Initiative in the UN for Statehood
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2011 – By William James Martin Virginia Tilley, writing in the Electronic Intifada, under the title, ‘Bantustans and the unilateral declaration of statehood’ has argued that the Palestinian Authority’s move toward a UN resolution declaring statehood is destructive of Palestinian aspiration for statehood. Unfortunately, Ms Tilley’s grasp of the Palestinian situation is distorted by her experience with South Africa. Ms Tilley is herself South African. She fails to appreciate the significant difference between the South African proposal establishing Bantustans for South Africa’s black residents and the Palestinian proposal at the United Nations for statehood. Ms Tilley says: “But Israeli protests could also be disingenuous. One tactic could be persuading worried Palestinian patriots that a unilateral declaration of statehood might not be in Israel’s interest in order to allay that very suspicion.” Thus, in Ms Tilley’s view, Israel’s protest, the diplomatic missions of Israeli diplomats visiting capitals to try to dissuade UN member…more

Support the Palestinian Initiative in the UN for Statehood
Dissident Voice: 8 Sep 2011 – Virginia Tilley, writing in the Electronic Intifada , under the title, “Bantustans and the unilateral declaration of statehood” has argued that the Palestinian Authority’s move toward a UN resolution declaring statehood is destructive of Palestinian aspiration for statehood. Unfortunately, Ms Tilley’s grasp of the Palestinian situation is distorted by her experience with South Africa. Ms Tilley is herself South African. She fails to appreciate the significant difference between the South African proposal establishing Bantustans for South Africa’s black residents and the Palestinian proposal at the United Nations for statehood. Ms Tilley says: “But Israeli protests could also be disingenuous. One tactic could be persuading worried Palestinian patriots that a unilateral declaration of statehood might not be in Israel’s interest in order to allay that very suspicion.” Thus, in Ms Tilley’s view, Israel’s protest, the diplomatic missions of Israeli diplomats visiting capitals to try to dissuade UN members from supporting the Palestinian…more

For the Love of Israel: Congresswoman’s Misguided War on the UN
Dissident Voice: 8 Sep 2011 – From an Israeli point of view, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the ideal American politician. Although many in the US government aspire to her level of commitment to Israel, few can measure up to a dedication that extends beyond the very interests of her own country. “Lawless extremists infest Congress like crabgrass besets lawns. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R. FL) is one of the worst,” wrote US columnist Stephen Lendman on September 1. Ros-Lehtinen’s resume is a distressing read. The congresswoman “endorses US imperial wars, police state laws, corporate empowerment, tax cuts for the rich, laying waste to Libya, perhaps a second Bay of Pigs, and Israeli lawlessness, while, at the same, opposing Palestinian statehood,” according to Lendman. It is, in fact, the “Israeli lawlessness” and her opposition to a Palestinian statehood that has made her a darling to Israel and its lobby. Unsurprisingly, Ros-Lehtinen has been rewarded…more

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