VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 September, 2011: Jewish settlers demand legal cover for killing Palestinian demonstrators

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Tunisia Strongly Supports The Palestinian-UN Bid
IMEMC – Friday September 09, 2011 – 22:25, Tunisian Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that it popularly and officially supports the Palestinian statehood recognition at the United Nations.

Israel: “Snipers Fired Ten Rounds Into Homes Close To Gaza Border
IMEMC – Friday September 09, 2011 – 11:08, Israeli sources reported Friday that “Palestinian sharpshooters fired ten rounds into homes in Nativ Hasara settlement, close to the border with Gaza. No injuries were reported.

Israel Presents Lists Of Detainees It Won’t Release
IMEMC – Friday September 09, 2011 – 10:53, The Al Hayat Paper in London reported Friday that a third round of indirect prisoner-swap talks was held in Cairo last Tuesday under direct Egyptian supervision mediating between the Hamas movement and Israel, in an attempt to reach a prisoner swap deal. Yet, Israel presented a list of detainees it will not release under any condition.

Four Israeli Security Men Arrested By Egypt, Released
IMEMC – Friday September 09, 2011 – 10:31, Israeli security sources revealed Friday that the Egyptian security forces released four Israeli security men and a crew of an Israeli yacht, who were arrested in the Straits of Tiran last Wednesday. A gag order was issued by Israeli on the issue, and was removed on Friday.

UN Secretary-General Supports Full Palestinian Membership
IMEMC – Friday September 09, 2011 – 07:44, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, stated that he supporters an independent Palestinian State, but added that UN membership for Palestine is an issue that will be determined by member countries.

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

Ma’an News

Activist: Settlers vandalize family tent
9/9/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Settlers vandalized a family tent in a village south of Hebron at dawn on Friday, a human rights worker said. No one was seriously injured. Naser Nawaja, a field researcher at B’Tselem, an Israeli rights group, said the settlers burned the tent while a man was inside. He was….

Israel: Turkey threat of warships to Gaza ‘grave’
9/9/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A top Israeli minister on Friday described as “grave and serious” a threat by Ankara to send warships to escort any aid vessels trying to reach the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel’s naval blockade. Israel and Turkey have been locked in a bitter dispute since May 2010 when Israeli naval…. Related: Israel’s Lieberman ‘plans to punish Turkey’

3 arrested in raid on village near Qalqiliya
9/9/2011 – QALQILIA (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained three men from Qalqiliya late Thursday, local witnesses and the Israeli military said, in the third such raid in 48 hours. Seventeen jeeps were counted in Jayous village as forces fired stun grenades, locals said. They broke into houses and detained Murad Qadumi, Muhamad Abu Sada and Rasem….

Gunshots fired at western Negev homes
9/9/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Palestinian snipers from the northern Gaza Strip fired at least 10 shots at houses in the vicinity on Friday, Israeli news reports said. No injuries were reported, but damage was caused to several houses in Netiv Haasara, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. Residents were ordered to remain indoors….

UN chief: Palestinian statehood ‘long overdue’
9/9/2011 – CANBERRA (AFP) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Palestinian statehood was “long overdue”, a day after its leadership launched a campaign to become the world body’s 194th member state.”The two state vision where Israel and Palestinians can live. . . side by side in peace and security — that is a still a valid…. Related: US vows to veto Palestinian statehood bid

Israel’s Lieberman ‘plans to punish Turkey’
9/9/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s foreign ministry has prepared a series of “harsh measures” to “punish” Turkey’s leadership for diplomatic slights, Israeli media reported Friday. Israel will facilitate cooperation with the Armenians, Turkey’s historic rivals, and may even lobby for international recognition of the Armenian holocaust, the…. Related: Israel: Turkey threat of warships to Gaza ‘grave’

Hamas considers moving HQ to Cairo
9/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar said Friday that the Islamist movement was considering moving its headquarters from the Syrian capital to Cairo. Zahhar said several possibilities were being considered in light of the security situation in Syria, which is “dangerous for all Palestinians — not just for Hamas.”He added: “There are a…. Related: Egypt envoy: Zahhar statements do not reflect official policy

Egypt police: Migrant says organ traffickers operating along border
9/9/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Organ harvesting gangs are operating along the Egyptian border with Israel, an African migrant told police on Friday. An Eritrean immigrant told Egyptian police that he had escaped from a gang of smugglers in Egypt who African immigrants had paid to enter Israel illegally, a Ma’an correspondent in….

Nabi Saleh rally holds mock funeral for Oslo Accords
9/9/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah held a mock funeral for the Oslo Accords as part of its weekly demonstration on Friday, a Ma’an correspondent said. Demonstrations began after Friday prayers as protesters chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and a likely US veto of the UN bid….

Egyptians demolish Israel embassy wall at protest
9/9/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian activists demolished a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for transition to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians. Activists who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February have been piling pressure on…. Related: Egyptians rally in Tahrir Square for reforms

US vows to veto Palestinian statehood bid
9/9/2011 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States said explicitly for the first time on Thursday it would veto a Palestinian bid for full UN membership, drawing an immediate rebuff from the Palestinians who vowed to press ahead. George Mitchell, a former US envoy, said he saw little chance of talking the Palestinians out of seeking full UN…. Related: UN chief: Palestinian statehood ‘long overdue’

Sweden representative office upgraded to embassy
9/9/2011 – STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Ma’an) — The Palestinian representation in Sweden will now be upgraded to the status of embassy, local media reported on Thursday citing the foreign minister. Carl Bildt received the Palestinian representative Hala Husni Fariz, and she became the official envoy and was welcomed with a ceremony at the Swedish Foreign Ministry. The….

Father: Israel ready to free 1,000 prisoners for Shalit
9/9/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Israel remains ready to free 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, according to the captive soldier’s father who demanded Thursday that any UN vote on Palestinian statehood be tied to his release. Noam Shalit indicated that many Palestinian detainees were only being held by Israel because of the dispute with….

Egypt envoy: Zahhar statements do not reflect official policy
9/9/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman said Friday that a Hamas leader’s comments about the possibility of moving its headquarters to Cairo were not officially discussed with Egypt. Mahmoud Zahhar said Friday that the Islamist movement was considering moving its headquarters to Cairo from Damascus in light…. Related: Hamas considers moving HQ to Cairo

Tunisia confirms support for Palestinian UN statehood bid
9/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Tunisia confirmed on Friday that it will support the Palestinian UN bid for statehood in September. The Tunisian Foreign Affairs ministry gave its total support for the political move and said that UN member countries should support the Palestinian leadership. The Palestinian ambassador to Tunisia Salman al-Herfi held a series of….

Blair wants new Middle East peace drive
9/9/2011 – LONDON (Reuters) – A Palestinian bid for greater recognition at the United Nations this month would be a cry of frustration, Middle East envoy Tony Blair said, calling for a new campaign to get Israeli-Palestinian peace talks back on track. The Palestinians have vowed to upgrade their U. N. status, either by seeking full United Nations….

Syria protesters call for international protection
9/9/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian protesters took to the streets on Friday to call for international protection as activists urged Russia to support both them and a global condemnation of the regime crackdown on dissent. At least one person, a teenager, was killed in the northwest by army gunfire as protests erupted across the country and in….

Egyptians rally in Tahrir Square for reforms
9/9/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Thousands of protesters flocked to Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square on Friday for a rally to demand reforms as the ruling military warned it would respond harshly to any violence by activists. Organizers called the gathering to press Egypt’s military rulers to keep their promises of reform after a revolt…. Related: Egyptians demolish Israel embassy wall at protest

Jordanians protest for constitution reform
9/9/2011 – AMMAN (AFP) — – More than 1,000 Jordanians demonstrated in central Amman on Friday to demand “satisfactory” constitutional reforms as parliament debates amendments proposed last month.” We want to restore our constitutional rights. We demand satisfactory change,” read a banner carried by Islamist and leftist demonstrators who marched after midday prayers from Al-Husseini Mosque to the nearby….

Egypt to stop issuing tourist visas on arrival
9/9/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt is to stop issuing visas to tourists on arrival, a government official said on Friday, although allowances will be made for those traveling in groups. The new regulations have not yet come into effect, and the cabinet is still fine-tuning them, spokesman Mahmud Higazi told AFP. Tourists “will have to apply at….

Palestine Note

Commentary Should Be Renamed “Paranoia Magazine”
Palestine Note 9 Sep 2011 – Stupidity has an interesting quality: in small pieces it can frustrate, but in slightly bigger chunks you can’t help but laugh at it. Commentary Magazine seems to have a knack for the latter kind of stupidity. A few months ago,…

Syrians appeal for international protection
Palestine Note 9 Sep 2011 – Iran says it is prepared to host a meeting of ‘Islamic nations to help Syria’ Al Jazeera – Syrians have taken to the streets for another Friday of protests, calling for international help to stop the security crackdown by Bashar…

Aljazeera

Witness implicates el-Adly in Egypt deaths
AlJazeera 9 Sep 2011 – Egypt’s ex-interior minister told police to use live ammunition against protesters, witness says during Mubarak trial.

Erdogan: Turkish navy to protect Gaza aid
AlJazeera 9 Sep 2011 – Turkish prime minister says he is ready to deploy warships to accompany Gaza-bound vessels delivering humanitarian aid.

Iraqis mourn slain journalist amid protests
AlJazeera 9 Sep 2011 – Crowds rally for better public services and mourn murdered radio host who was among Iraqi government’s leading critics.

‘Hundreds of thousands’ protest in Yemen
AlJazeera 9 Sep 2011 – Pro-democracy rallies held in several cities as ruling party seeks Saleh’s go-ahead for holding talks with opposition.

International Solidarity Movement

Trial over murder of pro-Palestinian activist begins in Gaza
9/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Haaretz – Four surviving defendants charged with kidnapping and murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni; court proceedings postponed until September 22. The trial of the four surviving defendants allegedly involved in the kidnapping and murder of Italian journalist and International Solidarity Movement activist Vittorio Arrigoni began on Thursday in a Gaza military court, the ISM website…. Related: Source

Settlers and Israeli military team up to intimidate Kufr Qaddoum
9/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 6 September 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On the 5th and 6th of September, settlers from the illegal settlement of Qadumim entered Kufr Qaddum in an act of blatant provocation. The settlers were encouraged to leave by a spontaneous demonstration from the villagers who left their houses and rallied in the centre of Kufr….

The National

Kuwait MPs want their wealth revealed amid corruption allegations
The National 9 Sep 2011 – Allegations of corruption escalated when diplomatic cables published on WikiLeaks suggested parliamentary candidates used government money or their personal wealth to buy votes in a general election.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkish navy will protect Gaza aid ships
The National 9 Sep 2011 –

‘Who are they to judge?’ asks survivor of 2005 Amman suicide bomb attack
The National 9 Sep 2011 – Due to their sheer, almost numbing frequency in the early part of the decade, suicide bomb attacks have lost some of the strategic and psychological effect on the people they target.

‘War on Islam’ had victims, but no victor
The National 9 Sep 2011 – In the decade since the September 11 attacks, the world has not broken down into Muslim and non-Muslim camps, as some feared and others hoped.

Syria peace talks hit ‘dead end’ as thousands protest
The National 9 Sep 2011 – In Moscow, Mikhail Margelov, the Russian presidential envoy to the Middle East, met Syrian opposition figures, including leading campaigner Ammar Qurabi.

Ha’aretz

Palestinian UN envoy says delegation to announce moves regarding statehood Monday
Ha’aretz – Palestinian leadership to make decision during a meeting in Cairo that is likely to include supporters from other Arab nations.

Egyptian protesters break into Israeli Embassy in Cairo; Obama expresses concern to Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – Egyptian airport officials say Israeli ambassador and others waiting for military plane to leave country; protesters tear down Israeli flag and attack security wall outside embassy.

Egyptians tear down Israeli flag as hundreds storm Cairo embassy
Ha’aretz – Protesters use hammers and poles to bring down wall built earlier this month following public demands for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador.

Egyptian protesters storm wall outside Israeli embassy in Cairo
Ha’aretz – Protesters use hammers and poles to bring down wall built earlier this month following public demands for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador.

Netanyahu’s office distances itself from Foreign Minister’s plannned measures against Turkey
Ha’aretz – According to media reports, Foreign Ministry recommends assisting the PKK terror group in retaliation to Turkey’s expulsion of Israeli diplomats and suspension of military ties.

Noam Shalit thanks U.S. Muslim leaders for their efforts to release son Gilad
Ha’aretz – U.S. Muslim leaders yet to receive response to letter sent to Hamas requesting release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

Blair: Palestinian UN statehood bid is unilateral cry of frustration
Ha’aretz – Former U.K. premier and Quartet Mideast envoy says Israel, Palestinians will have to find a way to return to negotiations’ table, regardless of what transpires in UN.

UN Secretary General: Palestinian statehood is ‘long overdue’
Ha’aretz – Ban Ki-moon says supports two-state solution for Middle East peace, adding that it was up to UN members whether or not to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

Israel relaxes demands in Shalit talks with Hamas, report says
Ha’aretz – London-based Al-Hayat newspaper quotes sources as saying that Israeli representatives agree to significantly cut the number of Palestinian prisoners it refuses to release.

Egypt Navy briefly arrests Israeli security crew
Ha’aretz – Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the incident, in which the Israeli security agents threw their weapons overboard, was the result of a misunderstanding.

In wake of 9/11, intelligence cooperation proves vital
Ha’aretz – As terror groups spread their operations around the globe cooperation between intelligence agencies is vital.

Yossi Verter / How 9/11 changed U.S. policy toward Israel
Ha’aretz – The United States adopted a black-and-white approach to terror after the September 11 attacks, which boosted Israel and reduced Arafat’s cachet.

Former Libya rebels attack Bani Walid, Sirte on day before surrender deadline
Ha’aretz – Interpol issues arrest warrants for Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and chief of intelligence agency.

For Israeli police uniform style comes at a price
Ha’aretz – It’s always been a challenge to be a cop in Israel; now, with the force’s new, mostly synthetic uniforms, policemen may look sexier, but they’re a helluva lot less comfortable.

Syria activists call for ‘foreign protection’ from Assad crackdowns
Ha’aretz – Syrian opposition urges international community to send in human rights groups to monitor and help deter military attacks on civilians.

Trial over murder of pro-Palestinian activist begins in Gaza
Ha’aretz – Four surviving defendants charged with kidnapping and murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni; court proceedings postponed until September 22.

Interpol issues red notice for arrest of Gadhafi and son
Ha’aretz – Interpol issues warrent for arrest of fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and former intelligence services chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity.

Fischer: Global recession may not happen
Ha’aretz – Bank of Israel governor says that based on second quarter data, and data expected for the third quarter, there is a slowdown in global growth.

No signs of recovery: A volatile, bloody week on the TASE
Ha’aretz – Blue chips drop another 1%, fall 6.1% for the week; banks lose 8.5%.

eBay buys The Gifts Project for $20 million
Ha’aretz – The Israeli start-up developed a system that facilitates the group purchase of gifts.

Jerusalem Post

Egyptians attack Israeli embassy; Obama is concerned
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Activists use hammers to destroy protective wall around embassy, breach entry, toss documents from windows; no Israelis injured, Egypt says 200 activists wounded; 4 Egyptians arrested as 1000s protest.

US condemns ‘price-tag’ attacks on W. Bank mosques
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – US State Department says Israel must arrest culprits; Palestinian sources report new vandalism at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah.

Cairo: Protesters break into Israeli embassy, destroy flag
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Activists use hammers to destroy protective wall around embassy, breach entry, toss documents from windows; no Israelis injured, embassy workers not located in building; 4 Egyptians arrested as 1000s protest.

Cairo: Protesters break into Israeli embassy, flag removed
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Witnesses say policemen, soldiers stand by as activists use hammers to destroy protective wall around embassy; no Israelis injured, embassy workers not located in building; 1000s converge on Tahrir Square.

Palestinians report further ‘price tag’ attack in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Slogans written in Hebrew calling for killing of Arabs sprayed on wall of Bir Zeit University near Ramallah, local sources claim.

Clinton: Al-Qaida behind unconfirmed terror threat to US
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – NY mayor says police deploying additional resources around city in light of Sept. 11 terror threat, says residents should go about business as usual.

Cairo: Protesters try to demolish wall at Israeli embassy
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Witnesses say policemen, soldiers stand by as activists using hammers to chip away at mainly concrete wall erected after daily protests; Egyptian officials say wall intended to protect residents, not Israeli mission.

‘Iran calls on Assad to enter talks with opposition’
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Ahmadinejad quoted as saying that a military crackdown “is never the right solution, governments have to respect nations’ rights for freedom.”

PMO: Our policy is to prevent worsening ties with Turkey
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Following reports that FM planning series of retribution measures against Turkey, PMO says gov’t has discussed what to do in event of escalation.

Zahar: Hamas may move HQ from Damascus to Cairo
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Amid growing Syria tensions, Hamas leader says there are many options for where to move group’s operation center, Egypt is one of them.

Interpol issues arrest warrant for Libya’s Gaddafi
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – ICC prosecutor also issues warrants for Libyan leader’s son, intelligence chief; Niger: We’ll respect commitments to ICC if Gaddafi enters country.

IHH submits list of IDF soldiers involved in ‘Marmara’ raid
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Lawyer for group that organized Gaza flotilla says soldiers’ names passed onto Istanbul prosecutor after calls to obtain specific information.

S&P raises Israel’s credit rating from A to A+
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Finance minsiter Steinitz praises move as “badge of honor” and reward for Israel’s responsible actions during global economic crisis.

2 men suspected of murdering woman on Ashdod beach
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – Police examining whether woman was attacked after refusing sexual advances; one suspects allegedly anonymously reported the body.

Turkish president calls Israel ‘ungrateful burden’
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – G?ºl quoted as saying that Israel should consider “honorable peace” with its Arab neighbors instead of acting like the world owes it something.

This Week in History: Italy bombs Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – 137 people lost their lives on September 9, 1940 to the Italian air force bombers, in an event which has been largely forgotten over the years.

Beijing stays aloof of Arab Spring — for now
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – But recent controversy in Libya points up depth of business ties China has in region, and its confusion in the face of the changing political landscape.

US and China looking to Mideast for more oil
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – China may need to step in to help keep region secure; US reduces its dependence on Saudi oil as Chinese demand soars.

‘Assad declares state of war, opposition calls for protest’
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2011 – “Al-Quds” reports new Syrian military operation seeks to “eliminate armed rebellion proclaimed by terrorists against civilians and the army.”

‘Palestinians must step up sewage recycling’
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Erdan says PA should creating desalination plants and sewage treatment facilities.

Region Watch: Mutual adversity, common interests
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – While Turkey and Iran have found themselves diverging over Syria and elsewhere, they have united against the Kurds in northern Iraq.

Politics: Labor’s long road to resurrection
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2011 – Eight months of political purgatory that began with the departure of Ehud Barak will come to an end when the party holds its primary next week.

The Guardian

Turkey-Egypt talks stoke Israeli fears of political isolation
The Guardian 9 Sep 2011 – Speculation grows in Jerusalem over Turkey prime minister’s trip to Cairo amid concerns it could deepen regional tension The Turkish prime minister is to visit Cairo on Monday amid concern in Israel that he may seek…

Shakespeare in the West Bank: British troupe savour ‘Elizabethan’ crowd
The Guardian 9 Sep 2011 – Raucous audience at Bethlehem refugee camp see closing performance of The Tempest by Jericho House theatre It was, said the director, an Elizabethan atmosphere. People came and went throughout the play. There was chatter and laughter…

Egypt declares state of alert after Israeli embassy broken into
The Guardian 9 Sep 2011 – Storming of building comes after demonstrations two days before Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits country Egypt declared a state of alert early this morning after a group of 30 protesters broke into the Israeli embassy…

Egyptian protesters break into Israeli embassy in Cairo
The Guardian 9 Sep 2011 – Group of protesters march from Tahrir square, where thousands more demonstrated against Egypt’s ruling generals A group of about 30 protesters broke into the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday and threw hundreds of documents out…

The new Israelis have united in protest | Itzik Shmuli
The Guardian 9 Sep 2011 – Last Saturday’s demonstrations across the country showed that a new generation of Israelis want change and social justice On 3 September, Israel experienced a fantastic and exciting civic event. More than 480,000 Israelis, from religious rightwingers…

Inter Press Service

Libyan Rebels Hound Black Refugees
IPS The Libyan revolution has been devastating for 20-year-old Alybe Nally from Nigeria, as it has been for countless others from Africa seen by the rebels as Gaddafi loyalists. “When the rebels took over Tripoli two weeks ago they took my money, my mobile, my
passport‚ĶAll I have is what you…

Uruknet

President Obama STOP The Massacre Of Blacks In LIBYA!
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – When NATO inserted itself into the Libyan conflict it told the world that the mission was to protect “civilians” from supposed genocidal threats made by Colonel Quathafi. So why isn’t NATO objecting to the targeted attacks on Black Libyans, and African migrant workers, by these same “rebels?” Is NATO condoning the ethnic cleansing of…

Syria: Security Forces Remove Wounded From HospitalInterfere in Work of Red Crescent in Homs
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – Syrian security forces forcibly removed 18 wounded people from al-Barr hospital in the central city of Homs on September 7, 2011, including five from the operating room, Human Rights Watch said today, based on reports from witnesses, including doctors. Security forces also prevented medical personnel from reaching the wounded in a number of the…

The blockade which has suddenly become legal
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – In February 2006, the Israeli authorities tightened the siege on the Gaza Strip, reducing the movement of passengers and goods to and from the occupied territory; the excuse was the victory of Hamas in the Palestinian legislative elections. A few months later, after the Hamas government took control in the still-occupied West Bank and…

A war on Africa
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – …Before Gaddafis revolution deposed the British-backed King Idris in 1969, Libya had hosted one of the worlds biggest US airbases, the Wheelus Air Base; but within a year of the revolution, it had been closed down and all foreign military personnel expelled. More recently, Gaddafi had been actively working to scupper AFRICOM. African governments…

Cairo protesters break into Israeli Embassy Embassy staff awaiting evacuation at airport
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – A group of about 30 protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo late Friday and dumped hundreds of documents out of the windows after a day of demonstrations outside the building in which crowds swinging sledge hammers and using their bare hands tore apart the embassy’s security wall. Israel’s ambassador, Yitzhak Levanon, his…

Israel’s Response to Statehood Bid: More Settlements
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Israeli occupation authorities are speeding up their plans to expand construction in the occupied Palestinian territories. Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved on Monday the construction of 277 additional housing units in Neuman neighborhood in the settlement of Ariel, north of the West Bank. These units are part of a plan to build 430 additional…

Libyan Rebels Hound Black Refugees
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – The Libyan revolution has been devastating for 20-year-old Alybe Nally from Nigeria, as it has been for countless others from Africa seen by the rebels as Gaddafi loyalists. “When the rebels took over Tripoli two weeks ago they took my money, my mobile, my passport…All I have is what you see now,” he says,…

US vows to veto Palestinian statehood bid
Uruknet September 9, 2011 — The United States said explicitly for the first time on Thursday it would veto a Palestinian bid for full UN membership, drawing an immediate rebuff from the Palestinians who vowed to press ahead. George Mitchell, a former US envoy, said he saw little chance of talking the Palestinians out of seeking full UN membership…

Video: Black refugees from Libya – interviewed: “Rebels? – Al Jazeera?” – “Only criminals and liars!”
Uruknet

NATO’s responsibility to protect’ doesn’t extend to black migrants
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – A number of reports now, from a variety of organisations, show that black people are being rounded up, disappearing or being interned in atrocious conditions in Tripoli. Hundreds of African workers are stuck in various locations including about 1,000 at the military port of Sidi Bilal six miles west of Tripoli, fearing for their…

Egyptian military junta deepens ties to NATO-backed Libyan opposition
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – In recent weeks, the US-backed military junta in Egypt has increased its support for Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), which is taking over power in Libya thanks to an intense NATO bombing campaign. The close collaboration between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the NTC is part of a US-led counterrevolutionary…

Opinion/Editorial Can US Congress see beyond the orchestration and opulence in Tel Aviv?
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – Americans are frustrated, angry and disappointed in the political leadership of our country. We are enduring one crisis after another: housing, war, jobs, budget, debt and deficit. We are also shouldering our own personal and professional crises. We are governed by political ideologies that are inflexible, uncompromising and that ignore the long-term well-being of…

Egypt activists trying to demolish Israel embassy wall
Uruknet September 9, 2011 — Egyptian activists on Friday began demolishing a wall built around a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect it against demonstrators, witnesses said. They said about a dozen people used hammers to chip away at the mainly concrete wall, which Egyptian authorities erected after daily protests last month sparked by tensions over…

NATO-backed Libyan regime persecutes black Africans
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – The widespread racist persecution of immigrant African workers and black Libyans by forces opposed to Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is a damning indictment of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) and its Western backers. The US and its European allies launched their neo-colonial war against the Gaddafi regime on the pretext of protecting civilians…

Protests erupt in Iraq
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – Throughout Iraq today, protests have taken place. The above is a screen snap of the protest in Ramadi from the video The Great Iraqi Revolution has posted. Today is being called “Dawn of the Liberators.” TGIR reports that at least 50 demonstrators were arrested in Wasit Province while in Baghdad (below), the protesters were…

Ahwaz refugees await aid in Iraq camp, fear clampdown by Iran allies
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – The case of Ahwazi refugees fleeing Iran and currently awaiting rescue at the Syrian borders constitutes another chapter in the ongoing saga of the persecution of Arab Iranians whether at the hand of the Persian state or its allies in the region. Ahwazis living in al-Walid refugee camp on the Iraqi-Syrian borders are caught…

Musawa and Relief International successfully delivered 150 mobile legal clinics regarding the Palestinian Labor Law targeted approximately 1100 female worker in the West Bank
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Within the European Union funded project “Access to Justice for Poor Women”, MUSAWA, The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the legal profession and Relief International “RI” aspired to enhance economic equality between women and men at the workplace and in the private sphere through improving the implementation and enforcement of…

Syria News – September 8, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Deir Ezzor: martyrdom of Iyad Al-Ghadab in a heavy shooting at Mdalgy roundabout and fall of four other injured, and shooting in Adma and Ymamat area.Homs: martyrdom of Bashar Abdul-Kafi Nawaya in Khaldieh neighborhood from being targeted by a sniper deployed in the neighborhood. Idlib: martyrdom of Mohammad Mostafa Harmosh under torture in security department and his wife…

Iraq snapshot – September 8, 2011
Uruknet September 8, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Iraq remains unsecure, Iraq is at risk of panademic, more on the US desire to stay in Iraq beyond 2011, Tom Hayden shows up to self-embarrass yet again, journalist Hadi al-Mahdi is assassinated, and more. In Iraq, a journalist has been murdered. In addition to being a journalist, he was also…

Trial of defendants in kidnap and murder of international activist Vittorio Arrigoni begins in Gaza
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – 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 number of Vittorio’s Palestinian…

Erdogan: Turkey warships will escort any future Gaza aid flotilla
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – 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 on 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 Arabic translation…

To Avert A Bloodbath – Libya And The Press – Part 2
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – On August 23 and 24, the media once again abandoned all pretence of objectivity in celebrating the ‘fall’ of Tripoli, as they had in celebrating the ‘fall’ of Kabul and Baghdad. This, again, was a moment of national triumph, of vindication – the famed concern with ‘balance’ was brushed aside as mean-spirited, even nasty (…

Libya: Sirte Inside 08 September 2011, the free Libya fights against NATO
Uruknet

Hail to the true victors of Rupert’s revolution
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – …The west’s humanitarian mission is not quite finished. Nearly six months after securing a UN resolution authorising “the [protection] of civilians and civilian-populated areas under the threat of attack”, Nato is raining fragmentation bombs on civilian-populated Sirte and other “Gaddafi strongholds” where, says a Channel 4 News reporter, “until they cut off the head…

America’s Sick Economy
Uruknet September 8, 2011 – Sooner or later the usual pundits and “experts” showing up on tout TV will buckle and admit what honest analysts have been saying all along America’s economy is sick and getting sicker. Since 2008, working households have struggled through the early stages of a protracted global depression, getting worse. While corporate profits recovered, workers…

Daily Star

Rai’s comments on resistance draw March 14 criticism
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai came under fire Friday from the opposition March 14 parties but won praise from March 8 politicians for indirectly defending Hezbollah’s arms and linking the party’s arsenal to the termination of Israeli…

Clashes break out in remaining Gadhafi bastion as deadline looms
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Fierce clashes erupted Friday in Bani Walid, a bastion of Moammar Gadhafi, as a deadline loomed for loyalists of the deposed Libyan strongman to surrender or face a final assault.

Syrian protesters seek foreign help amid crackdown
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Thousands of Syrian protesters appealed Friday for international help in the face of a bloody government crackdown, marking a fundamental shift in an uprising that has defied bullets, tanks and snipers but has failed to crack…

Qabalan calls on Gulf to stop Bahrain crackdown
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 The ongoing crackdown in Bahrain should come to an end, said Vice President of the Higher Shiite Council Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan Friday.

Assailants toss concussion grenades in Shoueifat
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Unidentified assailants tossed two concussion grenades in Shoueifat, southeast of Beirut, Friday security sources said.

Syrian envoy says human rights reports inaccurate
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Syrian Ambassador to Beirut Ali Abdel-Karim Ali said Friday that reports of human rights violations in Syria are inaccurate and stressed the need for permanent cooperation between the Syrian government and the International Human Rights Watch…

Nassib Lahoud warns Syria unrest may affect Lebanon
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Head of the Democratic Renewal Party Nassib Lahoud warned Friday that the violent developments in neighboring Syria might destabilize Lebanon.

War of words between Amal, Mustaqbal heightens tensions
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 A war of words between Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement over the publication of WikiLeaks cables dating back to the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon has heightened tension between…

Tripoli rally calls for Arab intervention in Syria
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Several hundred people protested against the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Syria and called on the Arab League to intervene to stop the ongoing bloodshed.

Beirut set to host second meeting on cluster munitions
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Delegations from almost 80 countries are set to arrive in Beirut over the weekend to take part in the Second Meeting for the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Williams thanks Berri as his term as U.N. special coordinator ends
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams met with Speaker Nabih Berri Friday to discuss Lebanon’s security situation and thanked him for his unflagging help throughout the three years of my stay here in Lebanon.

Law to improve judges’ salaries draws praise
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 A recent law to boost the salaries of judges represents a huge achievement in terms of improving the financial situation of judges for the first time in the country’s history.

Lebanese offer range of opinionson Sept. 11 attacks
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Beirutis remember very well what they were doing on that day, how they received the news, and some say that questions remain over what really happened.

Regional first in filming showcases new underwater cave found at Jeita
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 After last week announcing the discovery of a new room and tunnel at Jeita Grotto, the administration Friday premiered a film detailing the work that went into the breakthrough.

Theives rob Jezzine village of power cables
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 A village in Jezzine was the latest victim of cable theft, the state-run National News Agency said Friday.

General Security busts porn trading ring
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 The Directorate General of General Security cracked down on a pornography trading ring, arresting one man and confiscating large amounts of pornographic DVDs and videos, it said in a statement Friday.

Fire fighters battle blazes across country
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Members of the Civil Defense and Lebanese Army extinguished a number of fires that broke out across the country, the army said in a statement Friday.

Man’s body found on Furn al-Shubbak highway
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 A man’s body was found with a gunshot wound to the head on the Furn al-Shubbak-Tahwita Highway, the National News Agency reported Friday.

Man confesses to grisly murder in Nabatieh
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Army Intelligence personnel discovered the body of a man Friday, whose remains were found in the car of his alleged killer.

Sidon civil registration work halted by power outage
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 A power outage followed by a generator failure in the Sidon Serail Civil Registration Department created a state of chaos and prevented employees from completing people’s paperwork Friday.

Relatives remember cousin whose fate was sealed on 9/11
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Waleed Iskandar was 34 years old when he perished in the horrific attacks of Sept.11, 2001. He was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, scheduled to travel from Boston to Los Angeles before it was…

Middle East markets prepare for another shaky week
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Middle East equity markets are braced for another rocky week, with volatile global exchanges likely to dictate direction in the absence of compelling local factors to distract investors from negative news about the world economy.

For Iraqis, 9/11 proved turning point to an uncertain future
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Ten years after the hijacked airliner attacks on the United States, Iraqis are swamped in the violent wake of a war launched on a tenuous premise and uncertain if they are headed to democracy or dictatorship.

Ban reiterates his support for Palestinian statehood bid
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday said Palestinian statehood was long overdue, a day after its leadership launched a campaign to become the world body’s 194th member state.

Angry Iraqis mourn slain journalist, call for reforms
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Iraqis mourned Friday a journalist who had been gunned down in Baghdad, expressing anger over his death and protesting for reforms a day after the country’s anti-corruption chief resigned.

Turkey Gaza warship threat ‘serious’: Israel
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 A senior Israeli official Friday called Turkey’s announcement that Turkish warships would escort any future convoys to the Gaza Strip as harsh and serious but said Israel wanted to avoid a war of words with its…

Tunisian authorities arrest former justice minister
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 A former justice minister in Tunisia, Bechir Takkeri, has been detained for alleged witness nobbling in the case of a yacht stolen in France in 2006, the TAP news agency reported Friday.

Jordanians protest in Amman for constitution reform
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 More than 1,000 Jordanians demonstrated in central Amman Friday to demand satisfactory constitutional reforms as parliament debates amendments proposed last month.

Bahraini Shiites take to the streets near Manama
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Some 20,000 protesters marched near the Bahraini capital of Manama Friday, shouting anti-government slogans and vowing to stick to their calls for democratic reforms in the Gulf island ruled by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

Crew of French catamaran missing off coast of Yemen
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 A German warship has found a French catamaran adrift in pirate-infested waters in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen with no crew aboard, and their fate is unknown, France said Friday.

More Yemen demos, Saleh firm on transition plan
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis flooded the streets of the capital and elsewhere Friday in the ongoing campaign to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh, witnesses and the opposition reported.

Egyptians raze Israeli Embassy wall
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Egyptian protesters demolished a wall around the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for transition to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians.

Battles erupt around Gadhafi-held towns in Libya
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Moammar Gadhafi loyalists fired rocket barrages at fighters besieging two Libyan towns still under the deposed leader’s control Friday as fierce fighting erupted a day ahead of a deadline for their surrender.

STL says legal aid available for suspects if needed
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 The defense office at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will provide funding for suspects unable to cover the costs of their defense, the STL announced Friday.

Sahnawi opens 2nd free Wi-Fi public garden
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Members of the public can now have access to free-of-charge Wi-Fi space in President Rene Mouawad public gardens in Beirut, announced Lebanon’s telecoms minister Friday.

Marada, Kataeb chiefs voiced support for indirect talks with Israel: U.S. cables
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 The rival leaders of the Kataeb Party and Marada Movement both expressed support for indirect talks with Israel in separate meetings with U.S. officials, leaked U.S. cables reveal.

Yemenis turn out in new anti-Saleh demos
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis flooded the streets of the capital and elsewhere on Friday in the ongoing campaign to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh, witnesses and the opposition reported.

Lebanon to host West Asia championships for juniors in athletics
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Lebanon’s Athletics Union announced Friday that the next West Asia Championships for Juniors would be held in Lebanon from Sept. 23 and 24 at the capital’s national stadium.

Assailants toss grenades in Choueifat, police in pursuit
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Unidentified assailants tossed Friday two concussion grenades in Choueifat, southeast of Beirut, security source said.

Interpol issues arrest warrant for Moammar Gadhafi
Daily Star 9 Sep 2011 Interpol has issued arrest warrants for Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, it said in a statement Friday.

YNet News

Gunshots fired at western Negev homes; no injuries
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Palestinian snipers fire at houses in Netiv Haasara, causing damage to several….

US sees credible, unconfirmed Sept. 11 threat
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Obama orders redoubling of counter-terrorism efforts in face of credible but….

Israel to ‘punish’ Turkey
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Jerusalem fights back: Foreign Minister Lieberman formulates series of tough….

Egypt arrests Israeli guards mid-sea
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Cleared for publication: Egypt arrested four Israeli security guards, four….

Egyptians storm Israeli Embassy building, remove flag
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Hundreds of Egyptian activists on Friday demolished parts of the wall erected around a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect it against … ….

‘Price tag’ operations continue in WB
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Palestinian sources reported Friday evening that Birzeit residents discovered graffiti slogans in Hebrew sprayed over a wall at the local town mosque and on one of the … ….

Analysis: Turkey to complicate life for Israel, but avoid war
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Turkey’s threat to send warships to protect aid convoys to Gaza is unlikely to trigger conflict with Israel, but the dramatic deterioration in relations between the … ….

Report: Turkey obtains names of flotilla raid soldiers
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Amid rising tensions between Israel and Turkey over the Palmer Report, Istanbul’s chief prosecutor approached the Turkish intelligence services in a request to reveal the … ….

Hamas considering relocating HQ to Cairo
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar announced Friday that the movement is consierjung relocating its headquarters from Damascus to Cairo. It is the first time a senior Hamas … ….

Meridor: Israel wants no sabre-rattling with Turkey
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – A senior government minister cautioned Turkey on Friday that it was bound by international law in its challenge to an Israeli naval blockade on Gaza, but stressed that … ….

Report: Israel compromises on demands in Shalit deal
YNet News, 9 Sep 2011 – The third round of indirect negotiations on the Shalit prisoner swap deal resumed in Cairo last Tuesday, the London-based al-Hayat newspaper reported Friday. According to … ….

WAFA

EU Voices Concern over Situation in Al-Walaja
WAFA

PLO Affirms Support for Palestinian Bid to UN
WAFA

Israeli Army Razes Land in Gaza Strip
WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Homes near Hebron
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Intifada Palestine

An Oriental Fantasy: Revolution in Israel-Palestine
Intifada-Palestine: 9 Sep 2011 – Sea of People: Israelis watch massive protest that drew 450,000 people on Sept. 3. Adjusted for Israel’s population, that’s the equivalent of 18 million Americans. (Image courtesy of www.forward.com) An Oriental Fantasy: Revolution in Israel-Palestine Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Dateline: Tel Aviv, Sometime… more

Pro-Israeli Group Calls Pro-American Veterans Group Extremist!
Intifada-Palestine: 9 Sep 2011 – The ADL, a non-government Zionist agent organization emmbedded in the USA as a philantropic group. Veterans Today responds and calls ADL a “threat to U.S. citizenry everywhere” by Debbie Menon Congratulations, Veterans Today, Gordon Duff, Alan Hart, Alan Sabrosky, and Kevin… more

Book review: The Wandering Who? — by Gilad Atzmon
Intifada-Palestine: 9 Sep 2011 – “The so-called ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ is also the one that has locked Palestine’s vast populations behind walls and barbed wire for decades.” “The people who rained Lebanon in 2006 with more than a million cluster bombs and… more

Los Angeles Times

Sacramento food co-op becomes battleground over Israeli products
LA Times 8 Sep 2011 – Some members seeking a boycott over treatment of Palestinians sought a referendum on the issue. When the board refused, the group launched a bid for some board seats and a political campaign ensued. Reporting from Sacramento — Its aisles brimming with a rainbow of ripe…

Libya rebels reportedly enter a stronghold of pro-Kadafi forces
LA Times 9 Sep 2011 – Anti-Kadafi forces who had been preparing an assault for weeks moved into the pro-Kadafi bastion of Bani Walid from the north and east, a representative of Libya’s transitional ruling council said. Rebels advanced Friday into Bani Walid, one of the final strongholds in Libya of…

New York Times

Protest of Thousands in Cairo Turns Violent
New York Times 9 Sep 2011 – Demonstrators tore down a protective wall around the Israeli Embassy, while others defaced the headquarters of the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

Syrian Protesters Call for International Protection
New York Times 9 Sep 2011 – Advocates said security forces fired live ammunition at crowds, killing at least 10 protesters, including two teenagers.

Iran’s President, Ahmadinejad, Calls for End to Syrian Crackdown
New York Times 8 Sep 2011 – In a surprising turn, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is calling for Syria to end its crackdown on antigovernment protesters.

Group Says Syrian Forces Seized Hospital Patients
New York Times 9 Sep 2011 – Syrian security forces “forcibly removed” patients from a hospital and prevented doctors from reaching the wounded in Homs, a leading human rights group said.

Egyptians Tear Down Israel Embassy’s Security Wall
New York Times 9 Sep 2011 – Hundreds of Egyptian protesters, some swinging hammers and others using their bare hands, tore down parts of a graffiti-covered security wall outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on Friday.

Officials Appeal to Yemen’s President on Stalemate
New York Times 9 Sep 2011 – A delegation of governing party officials traveled to Saudi Arabia to ask the absentee president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to try to break a paralyzing stalemate.

White House Memo: Obama and Abbas: From Speed Dial to Not Talking
New York Times 9 Sep 2011 – President Obama’s relationship with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has withered, creating more obstacles to Middle East peace.

Misc

5 days left: Double your gift by September 12
Jewish Voice for Peace – “Our strength brings strength to the brave people in villages like Bil’in to keep going. And if the people of Bil’in can keep going‚Äîso can we.”

National Building Museum Cancels Caterpillar Award Ceremony
Jewish Voice for Peace – Olympia, Washington — September 7, 2011 — Due to pressure

National Museum: CAT event cancelled. Ask that CAT award be nixed too!
Jewish Voice for Peace –

Bulletin: Children’s pictures from Gaza are banned in Bay Area
Mondoweiss – Disgusting and horrifying news. What are these people afraid of? An exhibit of children’s art from Gaza, brought back to the States by Susan Johnson, was scheduled to go public on Sept. 24 at the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art. The Middle East Children’s Alliance, a…

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli army threatens village of Umm Al Kheer with demolitions
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – During the night of 4 September, the Israeli army delivered a demolition order for a small taboun oven to the inhabitants of the Bedouin village of Umm Al Kheer. A lawyer representing the village obtained a two-day stop-demolition order from the Israeli High Court, temporarily delaying…

DNC agenda: 1, jobs, 2, healthcare, 3, ‘Jewish messaging’
Mondoweiss – Great reporting by Nicholas Confessore in the New York Times dances out on the third rail, Jewish donorship, pointing out that getting Jews on board is issue #3 at a DNC meeting today in Chicago: It’s no surprise that the Democratic National Committee meeting in Chicago…

Israel monitored ‘travel schedules’ of US politicians
Mondoweiss – Richard Silverstein in the Jerusalem Post says he didn’t like the NYT front page story’s focus on US spying on Israel— right. The story should have emphasized the leaks that Silverstein was privy too, what was in them. Alas, this story is still vague, and filled…

Jewish National Fund uses 9/11 to say Israel and US are joined at the hip
Mondoweiss – An ad on page A11 of today’s New York Times pictures a monument in Jerusalem and is headlined, “Anywhere Else This Would Just Be a Monument.” The ad is from the Jewish National Fund, which has helped to Judaize Palestinian lands, and says “This is the…

National museum cancels Caterpillar honor following pressure from the Corrie family
Mondoweiss – From the JTA : The National Building Museum cancelled a ceremony honoring Caterpillar after pressure from a foundation named for Rachel Corrie, the activist killed during Gaza home demolitions. “We feel the environment for the 2011 Henry C. Turner Price has become politicized and this will divert…

Adelson, Lauder Compel Israel’s Channel 10 to Apologize for Unflattering Profile of Gambling Tycoon
Tikun Olam – Israel’s Channel 10 is considered one of the most bold and independent among the nation’s TV channels. It’s the one which airs Tzinor Layla , where I’ve appeared several times. As part of its reporting, it aired an extremely unflattering profile (segment begins at 20:30 of video)…

Turkey Lays Down Gauntlet to Israel, Will Provide Armed Escort for Future Turkish Gaza Flotillas
Tikun Olam – Turkey to Israel: no more Mr. Nice Guy (PopJolly) Turkey, in a move sure to up the ante regarding tensions afflicting its relations with Israel, announced today that future Turkish aid convoys to Gaza would be escorted by Turkish naval vessels. The goal is to avoid…

Misc 2

Bid to storm Israel Cairo embassy
BBC 9 Sep 2011 – Protesters break into the building housing Israel’s embassy in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, amid tension between the countries.

‘Battle under way’ for Libya town
BBC 9 Sep 2011 – Anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya say they are close to capturing the town of Bani Walid, one of four towns still controlled by fighters loyal to the former leader.

Syria protesters in plea for help
BBC 9 Sep 2011 – Syrian protesters take to the streets in their thousands following Friday prayers, calling for international protection from the security forces.

The blockade which has suddenly become legal
Middle East Monitor 9 Sep 2011 – In February 2006, the Israeli authorities tightened the siege on the Gaza Strip, reducing the movement of passengers and goods to and from the occupied territory; the excuse was the victory of Hamas in the Palestinian legislative elections. A few months later, after the Hamas government…

British ambassador in Cairo praises Egypt’s revolutionary impact on the region
Middle East Monitor 9 Sep 2011 – The British Ambassador in Cairo has praised the crucial impact of Egypt’s revolution across the Middle East, especially in terms of political freedom and social justice. James Watt told a delegation of young Egyptians in Alexandria of Britain’s support for Egypt as one of its allies…

Police witness claims that Mubarak and ex-Interior Minister gave orders to shoot protesters
Middle East Monitor 9 Sep 2011 – A police witness in the trial of Hosni Mubarak and his cohorts in Cairo has said that Egypt’s ex-Interior Minister, Habib Al-Adly, gave the orders to fire on demonstrators; he assumed that this was on the direct orders of the deposed president. Essam Shawki said that…

Jewish settlers demand legal cover for killing Palestinian demonstrators
Middle East Monitor 9 Sep 2011 – A member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council Fatah has revealed that settlers in occupied East Jerusalem are demanding the right to shoot and kill Palestinian protesters in front of the properties that have been occupied illegally as part of Israel’s Judaisation programme in the holy city. According…

One Palestinian Arrested at Al Ma’sara Demonstration
Palestine Solidarity Project 9 Sep 2011 – 9th September: PSP joined residents of the Al Ma’sara village in Bethlehem district for their weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation. Around fifty Palestinian protesters — accompanied by Israeli and international activists — marched from the town and attempted to cross an Israeli-built road to access…

Substantial evidence indicates US neoconservatives perpetrated 9/11 in pursuit of their own goals
Voltaire Network 9 Sep 2011 – In NATO powers and allied states, the media and politicians have embraced the Islamic conspiracy theory as the obvious and indisputable explanation for the September 11 attacks. But one man’s truth is another man’s lie. In the rest of the world, what prevails is the idea…

Articles


Rare sign of Palestinian backbone: Standing up to US and Israeli pressures
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN)9/8/2011
The Palestinian leadership is experiencing a unique situation. Its insistence on going to the UN to seek recognition for statehood despite pressure from Israel and the US is beginning to bear fruit at the local level. Popular support for President Mahmoud Abbas is on an upwards trajectory as the majority of Palestinians are pleasantly surprised by their leader’s determination.
Not that many expect immediate and tangible results from going to the UN or from a positive declaration itself. However, after years of caving in to every pressure, the fact that the head of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority is insisting on a strategic decision seems to be helping the demoralised Palestinians.
This positive popular support is also reflected in the position of the various political factions. Radical PLO factions and Hamas leaders who are constantly second guessing and questioning the Palestinian leadership’s political direction are left speechless. They cannot possibly oppose the move at the UN when the Israelis and the Americans are daily heaping pressure on the Palestinian leader and over 130 countries are publicly supporting it.
A number of local and regional leaders who are opposed to the Palestinians’ seeking state recognition at the UN chose not to publicly express their position. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who favours a de facto, rather than a de jure, statehood at the present time, has chosen to keep his position to himself. While Jordan, a strong US ally, is concerned about the possible negative results of a move that is not done with the acquiescence of the powerful Israelis has chosen not to express its position publicly and instead has been publicly supportive For a Palestinian leadership that for decades has been used to back away under pressure, Abbas’ present position is puzzling to many…. more.. e-mail

Flotilla report: So how did the activists die?
Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine9/7/2011
Why does Israel still refuse to show us the full footage from the Mavi Marmara? Perhaps because it knows what we’ll see.
Last weekend saw the release of the Palmer Report (which can be read here — a PDF file) dealing the Flotilla incident and the assault on the Mavi Marmara last year. To make a simplistic summary, the report reaches two conclusions: That Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip is legal, which means is entitled (in fact, required) to enforce it; and that the assault on the Mavi Marmara was wild and lacked proportion.
The Israeli government, naturally, quickly adopted the first part and did its best to keep the second out of sight. Netanyahu even had the gall to announce Israel accepts the first and rejects the second. I’ll be dealing with the first part, but — as I think the death of nine human beings and the wounding of dozens more is more important than questions of legality — will spend most of my time dealing with the second part.
To begin with, the Palmer Report is a strange animal. The committee investigated nothing on its own and it only relies on the reports delivered by Israel and Turkey. The committee had to ascertain whether the naval blockade of Gaza is legal, and this posed some problems. The first one is that for a blockade to take place, there have to be two belligerent sides — and Israel never recognized Hamas as such. The committee solved the problem by recognizing Hamas as a belligerent (article 73). In the same article, the committee notes it is aware that “under the law of armed conflict, a State can hardly rely on some of its provisions but not pay heed to others.” Yours truly is not an expert on international law, but it looks as if the Palmer Committee recognizes the Hamas gunmen as warriors, enjoying all the rights accorded them in international law…. more.. e-mail

Worst move ever? J Street opposes Palestinian statehood
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine9/8/2011
J Street, the pro-peace Jewish lobbying group, has decided to join the US Administration in opposing the Palestinian’s bid for statehood at the UN. JTA reports:
“‘We believe that everything J Street stands for and what we do needs to promote the two-state solution and not just two states,’ Jeremy Ben-Ami, the director of the dovish pro-Israel group, told JTA on Wednesday.
“‘Palestinian statehood should come about through negotiations with Israel and not unilaterally,’ he said.
“Ben-Ami said the group backs Obama administration plans to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution that would establish such a state and has urged Palestinian leaders to defer plans to introduce such a resolution later this month.”
This is probably the worst move J Street has ever made. While past errors were political ones that could be expected from a young organization that has taken upon itself a tremendous task, this mistake is a moral one. It might bring short term gains — I am not sure, but I’m no expert on Washington politics — but in the long run, it’s likely to do more harm than good. To be sure, I am not a huge fan of the UN bid. My greatest fear is that a Palestinian victory at the U.N. might actually backfire: Israel could simply recognize the Authority’s “independence”, thus getting the diplomatic pressure of its back and keeping the Palestinians locked up in their Bantustans. This might end up in a violent disaster.
To be sure, I am not a huge fan of the UN bid. My greatest fear is that a Palestinian victory at the U.N. might actually backfire: Israel could simply recognize the Authority’s “independence”, thus getting the diplomatic pressure of its back and keeping the Palestinians locked up in their Bantustans. This might end up in a violent disaster. more.. e-mail

Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to dominate UN racism conference
Electronic Intifada: 9 Sep 2011 – Thalif Deen The Electronic Intifada A high-level UN meeting on racism, scheduled to take place later this month, looks set to be dominated by questions relating to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.more

Can US Congress see beyond the orchestration and opulence in Tel Aviv?
Electronic Intifada: 9 Sep 2011 – Rev. Carolyn L. Boyd The Electronic Intifada Despite the many pressing and unrelenting national challenges facing the United States, a record 81 House members, about a fifth of the chamber, spent a week in Israel last month, courtesy of a foundation set up by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee ( AIPAC ), the largest pro-Israel lobby group in the US. more

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