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International Middle East Media Center

A Call To Release Palestinian Journalist
IMEMC – Saturday September 10, 2011 – 21:08, Lawmakers and human rights advocates must intervene to free Samer Allawi, a Palestinian who works as Afghanistan bureau chief for Al Jazeera, says the organization UFree in a press release issued today. Allawi was detained without charges by the Israeli military on Aug. 9 when he was attempting to cross into Jordan from the West Bank, where he had been visiting family. He has been held in jail ever since.

Israel withdraws ambassador to Egypt after embassy protests
IMEMC – Saturday September 10, 2011 – 09:52, After hundreds of Egyptian protesters tore down the security wall to the Israeli embassy in Cairo Friday, the Israeli government decided to withdraw it’s ambassador to Egypt, along with other Embassy staff.

Ma’an News

Israeli envoy leaves Egypt after Cairo embassy attack
9/10/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Israel flew its ambassador home Saturday after Egyptians stormed the building housing the Israeli mission in Cairo, plunging Egypt’s ruling army deeper into its toughest diplomatic crisis since taking over from Hosni Mubarak. The United States, which has poured billions of dollars of military aid into Egypt since it made peace…. Related: Israeli diplomat maintains evacuated Cairo embassy and Egyptians vent fury as troops defend Israel mission

Medics: Israeli forces shell car in southern Gaza
9/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday fired an artillery shell at a civilian car in southern Gaza causing no injuries, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the car was shelled east of Khan Younis. Locals reported hearing a huge explosion near the border in the area. An Israeli….

Turkish official slams mooted Israeli reprisals
9/10/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkish parliament speaker Cemil Cicek on Saturday blasted ideas attributed to hawkish Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for hitting back at Ankara in the row between the two countries. Israel’s Yediot Aharonot daily reported Friday that Lieberman had suggested supporting recognition by the US Senate of Armenian genocide by Turkey, backing…. Related: Analysis: Turkey to complicate life for Israel, but avoid war

Egyptians vent fury as troops defend Israel mission
9/10/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) – Mustafa Yahya’s mother wailed and tore her robe in the Cairo hospital where her son’s body lay in the morgue, accusing her own country’s troops of killing him as they defended Israel’s embassy from protesters overnight.” To hell with Israel. Why is the army protecting…. Related: Egypt vows to try those who targeted Israel mission and Israeli envoy leaves Egypt after Cairo embassy attack

Netanyahu aide: Israel, Egypt to preserve peace deal
9/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel and Egypt are working to preserve the landmark peace accord they signed in 1979, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said on Saturday after rioting forced the evacuation of Israel’s Cairo embassy.” There is a new Egyptian administration with which we are fully and painstakingly coordinating. And it is…. Related: Israeli diplomat maintains evacuated Cairo embassy

Israel lauds Obama’s role in Cairo crisis
9/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel thanked US President Barack Obama on Saturday for his “fateful” role in helping evacuate its besieged Cairo embassy, saying all his influence in Egypt had been brought to bear.” I would say it was a decisive moment — fateful, I would even say,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has long….

Palestinian detainees enter 25th year in Israeli jail
9/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians entered their 25th year in Israeli prison on Saturday, the Hamas ministry of detainee affairs said. Muhammad Ziyadeh and Mukhles Burghal are from Lod in central Israel. They are both serving life sentences. Ziyadeh is affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He is married….

Bethlehem man detained in dawn raid
9/10/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man from a village near Bethlehem early Saturday, police said. Samer Balboul, 26, was arrested near a gas station in Al-Khader….

PA police dismantle Israeli ordnance near Nablus
9/10/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Palestinian police on Saturday dismantled ordnance left by Israeli soldiers in a village south of Nablus, officials said. Authorities responded to a call after a man discovered an ambiguous object in the Qabalan village, police said. The object was dismantled without causing any injuries, the officials said. Police reminded residents never….

Erekat says US veto will destroy peace process
9/10/2011 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat said Friday that a US veto at the Security Council of a Palestinian request to join the UN would amount to a rejection of the two-state solution, “destroying” the peace process. Erekat says President Mahmoud Abbas is making every effort for the peace process and the two-state….

Israeli diplomat maintains evacuated Cairo embassy
9/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel left a diplomat behind to maintain its Cairo embassy after evacuating the ambassador and dozens of other staff and their families on Saturday, an Israeli official said. The diplomat, identified as the consul for state affairs and Ambassador Yitzhak Levanon’s deputy, will remain in Egypt while Israel weighs a response…. Related: Israeli envoy leaves Egypt after Cairo embassy attack and Besieged Israeli embassy guards shared fears with PM

Besieged Israeli embassy guards shared fears with PM
9/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone with guards at the Israeli embassy in Cairo as they were besieged by an Egyptian mob on Saturday, reassuring them they would be rescued, aides said. They said that after demonstrators penetrated the tower block housing the mission, some of the six-member staff on overnight security…. Related: Israeli envoy leaves Egypt after Cairo embassy attack and In photos: Clashes at Israeli embassy in Cairo

PFLP says it will back UN bid for membership
9/10/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has decided to support the Palestinian bid for membership in the United Nations, the faction’s deputy secretary-general said Saturday….

In photos: Clashes at Israeli embassy in Cairo
9/10/2011 – Egyptian soldiers stave away demonstrators attempting to come close to the Israeli embassy in Cairo September 10, 2011. Israel flew its ambassador home from Cairo on Saturday after protesters stormed its embassy building, plunging Egypt’s military rulers into their worst diplomatic crisis since they took over from Hosni Mubarak. Three people were killed…. Related: Israeli diplomat maintains evacuated Cairo embassy and Egyptians vent fury as troops defend Israel mission

Egypt vows to try those who targeted Israel mission
9/10/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptvowed on Saturday to try those behind the violence that drove Israelto evacuate its ambassador from Cairo, heaping pressure on armyrulers to respond to public fury against the Jewish state while fending off US criticism. Washington, which has poured billions of dollars of military aid into Egypt since it made peace with Israel…. Related: Israeli envoy leaves Egypt after Cairo embassy attack and Egyptians vent fury as troops defend Israel mission

PA to pay wages in full
9/10/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will pay employees’ salaries for August in full, government spokesman Ghassan Khatib said. The PA cabinet had announced Tuesday that civil servants would receive half-pay for August amid a financial crisis in the Palestinian territories. But Khatib said salaries would be paid in full after Kuwait donated….

Unknown gunmen shoot Qalqiliya man
9/10/2011 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Gunmen shot and injured a 45-year-old man Saturday near Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, police said. Marwan Salim Shreim was shot five times at around 7 a. m. in the Shreim neighborhood as he headed to work, locals told Ma’an. He was taken to Qalqiliya hospital, where….

Analysis: Turkey to complicate life for Israel, but avoid war
9/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — 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 one-time allies could jeopardize Israeli energy ambitions. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the stakes with Israel on Thursday, saying he would dispatch the…. Related: Turkish official slams mooted Israeli reprisals

Palestinians and Israelis control cross-border blaze
9/10/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Palestinian and Israeli firefighters on Saturday controlled a huge blaze in a forest between the northern West Bank village of Anin and the city of Umm Al-Fahim on the Israeli side of the separation wall. Palestinian crews worked on the fire near Anin while Israeli firefighters battled the blaze near Umm….

Dutch unblock $2bn frozen assets for Libya’s NTC
9/10/2011 – THE HAGUE (AFP) — The Netherlands received permission Friday to unfreeze $2 billion in Libyan assets and send them to the National Transitional Council, its foreign affairs ministry said.” Today we received authorisation from the United Nations to release two billion dollars in Libyan money held in Dutch accounts and send it to Libya,” Ward Bezemer….

Libya’s NTC chief flies to Tripoli
9/10/2011 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — The head of Libya’s new leadership, National Transitional Council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil, flew on Saturday to Tripoli for his first visit since its fighters seized the capital and ousted Moammar Gadhafi. Abdel Jalil told AFP his visit to Tripoli from NTC headquarters in Benghazi was “temporary” and that the….

Tuareg source: Gadhafi generals in Burkina Faso
9/10/2011 – NIAMEY (AFP) — A number of Libyan generals loyal to Moammar Gadhafi are now in Burkina Faso having passed through Niger, a source from Niger’s ethnic Tuareg community said Friday.” Three or four weeks ago a group of generals and senior officials close to Kadhafi entered Niger via Agadez,” the source said, giving no….

TV: Egypt’s ruling army rejects PM resignation
9/10/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s ruling military council rejected an offer to resign by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Saturday after violent clashes around the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Al Arabiya reported. One news website earlier in the day had suggested he might offer his resignation over the violence that led to the Israeli ambassador….

Turkey wants strong ties with Arab Spring countries
9/10/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Monday begin an “Arab Spring” tour to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in a bid to forge stronger ties as relations with Israel are sinking to new lows over a flotilla row. The visit to Egypt comes amid a state of high alert declared….

Aljazeera

Netanyahu: Israel committed to Egypt peace
AlJazeera 10 Sep 2011 – PM says ambassador, who fled Cairo along with staff after embassy was stormed by mob, will return “as soon as possible”.

Egyptians protest against military rule
AlJazeera 10 Sep 2011 – Rally in Cairo to press generals to keep their promises of political reform ends with attack on Israeli embassy.

Yemen troops ‘reclaim’ southern city
AlJazeera 10 Sep 2011 – Military says it has wrested Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, from al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

Arab League claims progress in Syria talks
AlJazeera 10 Sep 2011 – Secretary-General Nabil El-Araby says “agreement on reforms” reached in his meeting with President Assad in Damascus.

Palestine News Network

Palestinian Observer Mission Assures Skeptics: Statehood Will Not Endanger Refugee Rights
PNN – PNNIn a memorandum dated September 2011 and prepared by the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations, Palestinian diplomats claimed that the September bid for statehood would not render the…

Israeli Army Threatens Journalists Covering EU Visit to al-Walajeh
PNN – by Monjed JadouIsraeli soldiers threatened to assault an al-Arabiyacameraman in the southern West Bank village of al-Walajeh on Friday as hecovered a visit by 11 EU dignitaries.The Israeli army did not act…

Relief Web

WASH Cluster oPt Monthly Situation Report – Number 38, August 31st, 2011
Relief Web 10 Sep 2011 – Source: EWASH Country: occupied Palestinian territory Headlines „ɪ IDF air strikes on Gaza (3 rd week of August) damage CMWU building in Gaza City and wastewater pumping station in Middle Area. „ɪ Water quality results from Gaza highlight need for…

Against the odds, students start school in a Bedouin community on the West Bank
Relief Web 9 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Monica Awad AL-KAABNEH, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 9 September 2011 — Every day, 12-year-old Tahreer Ali walks through a mountainous dirt road in the extreme heat to reach her school. “I enjoy…

Japan Donates JPY 2.3 Billion To Help Boost Nutrition In Six Countries
Relief Web 9 Sep 2011 – Source: World Food Programme Country: Bangladesh , Central African Republic (the) , Chad , Japan , Lesotho , occupied Palestinian territory , Uganda YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme welcomed this week a donation package of some JPY 2.3 billion from the Government of…

Press Conference by President of Sixty-Fifth Session of General Assembly
Relief Web 8 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Department of Public Information Country: Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (the) , C?¥te d’Ivoire , occupied Palestinian territory , Syrian Arab Republic (the) In the past year, the General Assembly had made important contributions to the mobilization of support for the Millennium Development…

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli soldiers close Irraq Burin
10 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces erected on Saturday a military checkpoint at the main entrance of Irraq Burin, a village in the southwest of Nablus.

Settlers attack Palestinian citizens in Hebron
10 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli Settlers from the illegal settlements of Ramat Yishai and Kiryat Arba attacked yesterday two Palestinian citizens, smashed a civilian car, and inflicted damage to several houses in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

The National

Threat of emergency law after Cairo riot
The National 10 Sep 2011 – In a televised message yesterday the information minister Osama Heikal said the government was committed to protecting all embassies in Egypt after three people were killed in overnight clashes, and authorities would apply “all articles of the emergency law to ensure safety”.

‘Whatever you do, don’t go there’
The National 10 Sep 2011 – I knew that the clearest view of the Trade Center anywhere in the city was from the West Side Highway. So I went west, across Murray Street, and as I am going across there, I look up and I start seeing people dropping out of the North Tower

Global lenders pledge $38 billion aid package for Arab nations
The National 9 Sep 2011 – The additional funds nearly double a previous $20 billion promised over the next two years to encourage democratic reforms in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan.

Ha’aretz

U.S. told Egypt it must rescue Israeli embassy workers or suffer ‘consequences,’ sources say
Ha’aretz – Officials involved in attempt to resolve mob attack on Israeli embassy in Cairo say U.S. Secretary of Defense Panetta managed to speak with head of Egypt’s ruling military only after 2 hours of repeated calling.

Ari Shavit / Arab Spring showed its real face in attack on Israeli embassy in Egypt
Ha’aretz – Obama busy with West Bank settlements and the 1967 borders, didn’t put in the time and effort for a genuine Marshall Plan that could save the land of the Nile.

Zvi Bar’el / Attack on Israeli embassy unites Egypt in surprising ways
Ha’aretz – Cairo reiterated, to both Israel and the Egyptian public, that it is committed to all agreements with Israel and will not permit anyone to hurt them.

Gideon Levy / Israel is paying for Gaza war with Turkey and Egypt crises
Ha’aretz – During that fateful Hanukkah, the Israel Defense Forces attacked failing to see that war on their televisions as people saw it in Istanbul and Cairo.

Israeli exporters fear drop in Egypt trade following embassy attack
Ha’aretz – Export figures to Egypt for the first half of the year have already dropped 33%.

Obama urges heightened alert ahead of 9/11 anniversary
Ha’aretz – U.S. President tells security team to pursue all threat information vigorously, adds that Washington should not ‘ not relax its counterterrorism efforts’.

Tom Segev / U.S. continuing slow demise, a decade after 9/11 attacks
Ha’aretz – The next day, on the train there were already signs something profound was changing in America as a conductor walked through the cars announcing: “No fare today, no fare today.”

School of mostly native Israelis gets funding to absorb immigrant students
Ha’aretz – Absorption Ministry allocates NIS 320,000 to activities for immigrant students at Gordon elementary school that has only one student not born in Israel.

Netanyahu: Egypt turmoil proves need for security assurances in Mideast peace deal
Ha’aretz – Speaking less than a day after Israel’s Cairo embassy was attacked by protesters, PM says Israel committed to its peace treaty with Egypt, would work to restore Turkey ties.

Egypt: We are committed to maintaining Israel peace treaty
Ha’aretz – Egyptian official say Egypt to reinstate emergency laws canceled in wake of anti-Mubarak protests following protesters’ attack on Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Erdogan slams Obama for silence on Israel’s Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – Turkish premier reiterates Ankara’s intent to refer legality of Israel’s blockade on Gaza to The Hague, saying the world will see ‘who is standing alongside the victims’.

Israeli news channel shaken up following clash with U.S. billionaire
Ha’aretz – Three of Channel 10 news’ top officials have resigned following the channel’s decision to air an apology over a profile piece on Netanyahu ally, newspaper owner Sheldon Adelson.

U.K., Germany condemn attack on Israeli Embassy in Cairo
Ha’aretz – U.K. PM and Germany FM call on Egypt to uphold responsibilities under international law to protect Israeli diplomats in Egypt and resolve tensions.

Egypt cabinet calls emergency meeting after attack on Israeli embassy
Ha’aretz – Cairo raises national alertness level in wake of a mass protest outside Israel’s Cairo embassy, which resulted in protesters breaking into the building as well as the evacuation of dozens of Israelis.

Arab Spring succeeded, it’s Egypt that failed
Ha’aretz – In Egypt, the new regime, the same one that is privy to relative support from the public, has been upended by the people.

Analysis / Crises with Turkey and Egypt represent a political tsunami for Israel
Ha’aretz – The political crisis has become a reality well before the Palestinians declare their independent state, writes Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn, leaving Israel isolated in facing Iran, Turkey and Egypt.

Obama expresses ‘great concern’ to Netanyahu over Israeli Embassy attack
Ha’aretz – U.S. president calls on Egypt to ‘honor its international obligations to safeguard the security of the Israeli Embassy’.

Israeli diplomatic staff and families evacuated after Egyptians storm embassy in Cairo
Ha’aretz – Egyptian commando unit releases 6 besieged Israeli Embassy guards, IAF evacuates diplomats and families from Cairo in the wake of embassy break in; Israeli official calls attack a ‘blow to peaceful relations’ between the two countries.

U.S. and Turkey launch new effort to combat global terrorism
Ha’aretz – New effort, dubbed the Global Counterterrorism Forum, will bring together ‘traditional allies, emerging powers and Muslim-majority countries,’ says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

U.S. State Department condemns ‘dangerous’ settler attacks on West Bank mosques
Ha’aretz – Statement condemns attacks on the mosques in the villages of Yatma on September 8, and Qusra on September 5, calls on those responsible to be arrested and “subject to the full force of the law”.

Jerusalem Post

My 9/11
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – We can never forget how the world changed that day, the lessons learned and challenges still ahead.

Is the West safer after 9/11?
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – The attack on US soil raised terror to a global level.

Tribute: Remembering Gerry Ben-David
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – UK-born scientist worked for decades toward Vision Zero — no road deaths.

Journalists request probe of Channel 10 resignations
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Channel’s apology to billionaire Sheldon Adelson for uncomplimentary coverage has raised fury in News department, and raised the question of investor intervention.

Netanyahu pledges allegiance to treaty with Egypt
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – After violence forces evacuation of embassy, PM says ambassador to return to Cairo soon; praises Obama for intervening to peacefully end crisis and thanks Egyptian commandos for helping to rescue embassy personnel.

The ‘missing battle’ of 9/11
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – To fight terrorism, the US must resume its use of soft power.

My Word: 9/11 – Then and now, here and there
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – The world changed on September 11, 2001. It has yet to understand exactly what hit it. Bin Laden is dead. The forces of evil, however, are not.

Trajtenberg’s task
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – In the end the burden will be borne by the very middle class in whose name this summer’s mass demonstrations were supposedly mounted.

Round table discussions held in cities across Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Social justice movement moves from rallies to “giant dialogue of the masses”; Tel Aviv Mayor Huldai hounded by protesters: “Dictator!”

Lieberman: Israel not interested in conflict with Turkey
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Foreign minister says he hopes “normalization” of ties with Ankara can be regained, but adds Israel “will not wave a white flag.”

Arab League, Assad agree on measures to end violence
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Elaraby says he focused on “importance of an open national dialogue,” during visit to Syria; 6 more protesters killed by regime forces.

Obama: US stronger 10 years after September 11 attacks
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – US president says al-Qaida “is on the path to defeat” after relentless US efforts in the decade since the tragedy that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Dutch MP issues fatwa to free Muslims from extremism
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Muslim lawmaker issues “Final Fatwa” to end extremism; right-wing politician Geert Wilders responds: “What we need is a fatwa to end Islam”.

Libyan fighters, NATO try to capture Gaddafi stronghold
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – NTC says they believe Saif al-Islam Gaddafi still in desert town of Bani Walid, one of three remaining strongholds of Libyan leader.

Egypt vows to prosecute those who targeted embassy
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Offenders in attack will face legal action at emergency state security court; Cairo-born analyst to ‘Post’: Peace must be preserved at any cost.

Arab League chief in Syria as Assad’s forces kill six
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Nabil Elaraby expected to convey concerns over crackdown on protests which has killed more than 2,000 people; bloodshed reported in Homs.

Arab League chief in Syria for talks with Assad
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Nabil Elaraby is expected to convey concerns over the bloody crackdown on protests which has killed more than 2,000 people.

Timeline of Israel embassy attack in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Hundreds of Egyptians storm building housing Israel’s mission; Israel’s ambassador evacuates Egypt.

Hamas officials: Headquarters will stay in Syria
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2011 – Cairo not interested in encouraging division among Palestinians, PLO representation enough, says Egypt’s envoy to Gaza Strip, West Bank.

The Guardian

Israel faces worst crisis with Egypt for 30 years as diplomats flee
The Guardian 10 Sep 2011 – Attack on embassy is latest storm to engulf Jewish state as relations with Turkey also deteriorate Israel is facing its worst crisis with Egypt for 30 years after being forced to airlift diplomats and their families…

Cairo Israeli embassy attack: ‘Staff feared for their lives’
The Guardian 10 Sep 2011 – Israeli diplomats have been airlifted out of Cairo after protests outside the embassy escalated into violence They came armed with sledgehammers, battering rams and a determination to drive the representatives of the Israeli state out of…

Israeli embassy under attack in Cairo – in pictures
The Guardian 10 Sep 2011 – Egyptian protesters storm the Israeli embassy in Cairo

Israel evacuates ambassador to Egypt after embassy attack
The Guardian 10 Sep 2011 – Egypt declares state of alert after three die and more than a thousand are injured as crowds storm the Israeli embassy in Cairo Israel has evacuated its Egyptian ambassador after crowds stormed the embassy in Cairo,…

Israeli embassy is attacked in Cairo – in pictures
The Guardian 10 Sep 2011 – The storming of the building came after a day of demonstrations outside where crowds swinging sledgehammers and using their bare hands tore apart the embassy’s security wall

Uruknet

Death for Libyans; billions for the West
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – From oil to water, water-boarding to arms and from gas to reconstruction the war in Libya will rake in billions of dollars for the West. Just how much will trickle down to the people of Libya remains to be seen. People who think that the West’s intervention in Libya is just another oil grab…

Video: NATO warplanes join Bani Walid fight
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – Anti-Gaddafi forces are warned to pull back from Bani Walid so NATO can carry out air strikes on Gaddafi loyalists. Deborah Gembara reports…

Taliban seek probe into 9/11 attacks
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, the Taliban reiterated on Saturday their demand for an independent and impartial investigation into the incident…Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the movement had long been seeking a neutral probe into the incident. “But the US and its allies are responding to…

Disappointment at the United Nations: The Palmer Report on the Flotilla Incident of 31 May 2010
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – When the UN Secretary General announced on 2 August 2010 that a Panel of Inquiry had been established to investigate the Israeli attacks of 31 May on the Mavi Marmara and five other ships carrying humanitarian aid to the beleaguered people of Gaza there was widespread hope that international law would be vindicated and…

The Worst of the Worst’? 9/11, Guant?°namo and the failures of U.S. corporate media
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – In the wake of the September 11 attacks, George W. Bush deliberately discarded domestic and international laws, creating an experimental facility at Guant?°namo Bay, Cuba. There prisoners would be deprived of the protections of the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions, held without rights as “unlawful enemy combatants” in a world-wide program of extraordinary rendition,…

Palestinian Statehood: Now’s the Time
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – Palestinians worldwide want it. So do supporters and up to 140 countries. They comprise more than enough to ensure it and full de jure UN membership. The Palestinian Authority (PA) can petition the General Assembly directly. It has sole admittance power, not the Security Council only able to recommend. UN Charter Article 80(1) and…

Libya: Massacring Protesters: Really?
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – Huge neon question marks have by now been affixed, usually to the less-visible back sides, of most of the constructed accusations of the Libyan propaganda war. Human Rights Watch and others have repeatedly found against African mercenary claims, Amnesty International found no basis for the general mass rape charges, although there are so many…

NATO strikes pro-Gaddafi town: Reuters witness
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – NATO aircraft carried out at least five air strikes around Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, a Reuters reporter on the outskirts of the town said. Earlier on Saturday anti-Gaddafi fighters were retreating from the town, saying that they expected a NATO bombardment…

Three dead and 1,049 injured in Israeli embassy protests in Cairo: Egyptian health ministry
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – Numbers of those killed and injured during the protests at the Israeli embassy last night reached 1,049 injured and three dead, announced the health ministry. Those injured were taken to different hospitals around Cairo. Friday night, some protesters managed to access a floor in the apartment building where the Israeli embassy offices are housed….

The storming of Cairo’s Israeli embassy: an eyewitness account (part I)
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – At around 6pm downtown, the numbers of protesters who had been calling for an end to military trials, among other demands on the ruling military council, was beginning to thin from tens of thousands earlier in the afternoon to thousands. Many people were leaving Tahrir Square. However, a few thousand were not going home….

Libya – Video Study: Al Baida Snipers
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – The UN Human Right Council report of June 1 [PDF link] found the following about the Libyan government’s firing on demonstrators in the eastern city of al-Baida: [M]embers of Al-Bayda Internal Security Agency fired live ammunition at a demonstration in Al-Salhi Square and the Commission has verified that several demonstrators had been killed. On…

Oakland Museum Shuts Down Palestinian Children’s Exhibit
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland (MOCHA) has decided to cancel an exhibit of art by Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip. The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), which was partnering with MOCHA to present the exhibit, was informed of the decision by the Museum’s board president on Thursday, September 8, 2011. For…

Urgent Appeal: A Major, Unnoticed Rebel Abuse in Plain Sight
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – The following is from an e-mail (improved) I sent to someone at Amnesty International yesterday. I’ve been unable today to send it out to anyone else, but plan to soon. In the meantime, I will post it here on my bulletin board, with a request for anyone else concerned to help spread the word….

Libyan “rebels” meet fierce resistance from Gaddafi loyalists in Bani Walid ‘high noon’
Uruknet September 10, 2011 – Columns of rebel guerrillas encountered fierce resistance when they tried to penetrate the town on Saturday morning, aiming to dislodge loyalists who had been given until midday to surrender. “We began probing the outskirts this morning, but they put up a stiff fight – it was as if Gaddafi himself was still inside,” one…

Israeli Army Threatens Journalists Covering EU Visit to al-Walajeh
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – Israeli soldiers threatened to assault an al-Arabiya cameraman in the southern West Bank village of al-Walajeh on Friday as hecovered a visit by 11 EU dignitaries. The Israeli army did not act on the threats, however, andallowed journalists into a dredging site near the Cremisan Monastery inal-Walajeh, where Israel plans to erect the wall….

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli army threatens village of Umm Al Kheer with demolitions
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – 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 the demolition. In addition to the taboun oven,…

Syria News – September 9, 2011 (Videos)
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – Idlib: martyrdom of Ahmad Eid Dorra and Mohammad Eid Dorra and injury of tens in Talheya village from heavy shooting on the people after it was stormed by tanks with many buses carrying security units…Deir Ezzor: Ahmad Shaikh Hassan (born 1992) was martyred today by the bullets of security forces this noon. …Two civilians…

Cheering for state-imposed death
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – At last night’s GOP debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked by Brian Williams about the 234 executions of death row inmates over which Perry has presided — “more than any Governor in modern times”— and the mere mention by Williams of this morose record triggered an outburst of cheering and applause from the…

Iraq snapshot – September 9, 2011
Uruknet September 9, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, protest erupt in Iraq, an assassin or assassins killed yesterday but Hadi al-Medhi is not forgotten, Iraqis and human rights and journalism organizations call for his killer(s) to be brought to justice, the Sadr bloc wants to oust the Speaker of Parliament, Nouri wants to hush up the judge heading the…

Walter Fauntroy, Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home-Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing US Congressman Witnessed European Special Forces Beheading Libyans …
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya’s bloody civil war — a war that Fauntroy claims is backed by European forces. Fauntroy’s sudden disappearance prompted rumors and news reports…

New Documents Suggest DoD Watchdog Covered Up Intelligence Unit’s Work Tracking 9/11 Terrorists
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – Senior Pentagon officials scrubbed key details about a top-secret military intelligence unit’s efforts in tracking Osama bin Laden and suspected al-Qaeda terrorists from official reports they prepared for a Congressional committee probing the 9/11 terrorist attacks, new documents obtained by Truthout reveal. Moreover, in what appears to be an attempt to cover up the…

The Irvine 11
Uruknet September 9, 2011 – On February 9, New York Times writer Jennifer Medina headlined, “Charges Against Muslim Students Prompt Debate Over Free Speech,” saying: On February 8, 11 Muslim students interrupted Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s University of California-Irvine speech, criticizing him and Israeli injustice. In fact, they exercised their fundamental First Amendment right doing so. Nonetheless, Orange County “…

Daily Star

Jumblatt hosts lunch in honor of Williams
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt invited various foreign and local officials for lunch to his residence in Moukhtara Saturday in honor of U.N. envoy to Lebanon Michael Williams.

Berri: Rai’s views on Syria helps protect Lebanon
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri backed over the weekend controversial statements by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai on the situation in Syria.

Lebanese Army confiscate goods headed to Syria illegally
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 The Lebanese Army confiscated over the weekend in Rashaya, southeast of the capital, a vehicle headed to Syria carrying goods for smuggling, security sources said.

Ali: Syria expects Lebanon’s support at U.N.
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 Ali Abdel-Karim said Saturday Damascus expects Lebanon’s support at the U.N. amid growing international pressure on President Bashar Assad.

Syria, Arab League “agree reforms” as killings go on
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 Arab League chief said he had agreed a series of measures with Assad Saturday to help end violence in Syria, as activists said Assad’s forces killed six people in their relentless crackdown on dissent.

Jumblatt: Hezbollah able to defend suspects at The Hague
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 MP Walid Jumblatt expressed confidence that Hezbollah could mount a capable defense for four of its members indicted in the assassination of statesman Rafik Hariri.

Libya fighters assault Gadhafi-held Bani Walid
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 Libyan fighters trying to capture one of Moammar Gadhafi’s last strongholds battled for the desert town of Bani Walid Saturday against stiff resistance from Gadhafi loyalists.

Egypt vows to try those who targeted Israel mission
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 Egypt vowed Saturday to try those behind the violence that drove Israel to evacuate its ambassador from Cairo, heaping pressure on army rulers to respond to public fury against the Jewish state while fending off U.S….

Egypt commandos save Israelis from embassy raid: officials
Daily Star 10 Sep 2011 Egyptian commandos plucked six Israelis to safety from their Cairo embassy as protesters stormed the building and dumped diplomatic papers from a balcony, an Israeli official said.

YNet News

Why do they hate us?
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – During the 32-year peace treaty with Egypt, the relations between Jerusalem and Cairo have seen their ups and downs. What used to be called “cold peace” turned extremely … ….

Symbol of Egyptian revolution rejects Cairo violence
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – After more than six months since the revolution that removed Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt and with political reform still nowhere in sight, one of the symbols of the … ….

Tantawi didn’t respond to Netanyahu, Barak during crisis
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – What really transpired behind the scenes of the dramatic rescue of six Israelis who were stranded in the Israeli Embassy in Cairo? Although Israel praised the action … ….

Netanyahu: Israel committed to peace with Egypt
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – In a televised statment on Saturday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the violent riots outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Friday night, during which a … ….

Erdogan slams Obama over US flotilla victim
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday slammed US President Barack Obama, claiming he did not take interest in the Turkish-American citizen who died on … ….

Egypt to try Israel embassy rioters
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – Egyptian officials on Saturday said they intend to send those who incited or took part in the violence targeting the Israeli embassy to an emergency state security court. … ….

Obama: US stronger 10 years after 9/11
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States was stronger 10 years after the September 11, 2001, attacks and Americans would “carry on” despite continued … ….

Erdogan says misquoted on warships
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – Turkish PM’s office softens threat of military clash at sea, says country ‘won’t….

Hackers claim false Ground Zero attack
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – Message sent from Twitter micro-messaging feed of US television giant NBC News….

Cairo protestor: We hit embassy worker
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – (Video) Mustafa al-Sayyid says stormed Israeli Embassy building in Egyptian….

Embassy riots: Israeli envoy leaves Egypt
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – (Video) Mob attack on Israeli embassy in Egyptian capital leads to dramatic….

Clinton: Al-Qaeda behind threat to US
YNet News, 10 Sep 2011 – American secretary of state discusses ‘specific, credible but unconfirmed….

WAFA

World Water Contract Delegation Starts Visit to Region
WAFA

Israeli Settlers set Fire to a Palestinian Tent near Hebron
WAFA

‘Palestine 194’ Welcomes Ban’s Support for Palestinian State
WAFA

Government to Pay Full August Salary, says Official
WAFA

‘Palestine 194’ Announces Activities for September UN Bid
WAFA

US Condemns Israeli Settlers’ Attacks on Mosques
WAFA

Birzeit University Students, Staff Protest Settlers’ Vandalism of Campus
WAFA

Ten Years After 9/11, Arab Americans Fear Policies Have Not Changed
WAFA

Lawsuit aims to punish Olympia Food Co-op for boycott of Israeli goods
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

House of Horrors
Intifada-Palestine: 10 Sep 2011 – by Paul Balles Assassinations, kidnappings, torture—the actions of uncivilized pirates, barbaric criminals and rogue governments. The entire litany of vicious crimes against humanity, fitting for horrid, inhuman terrorist groups or third world mongrels, now belongs to America. Every day another violation… more

PSYWAR: The Fake Fall Of Tripoli And The Zionist Dragon’s Butchery Across Palestine I
Intifada-Palestine: 9 Sep 2011 – by Jonathan Azaziah / Mask of Zion The Libyan Rebels: bloodthirsty war criminals in love with their Western puppetmasters. Does this look like a ‘free’ Libya? Prelude: This is the first of a two-part series dealing with the Zionist media’s campaign of… more

Los Angeles Times

Egypt protesters storm Israel Embassy in Cairo, raising tensions
LA Times 9 Sep 2011 – Hundreds of demonstrators march toward the embassy, batter its security wall and pull down barricades recently set up to protect the high-rise. Police do not intervene until hours later. Protesters broke through a security wall and stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo late Friday, throwing…

New York Times

After Attack on Embassy, Egypt Vows a Tougher Stance on Protests
New York Times 10 Sep 2011 – The mob attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo has raised concerns about whether Egypt’s transitional government can maintain law and order.

Beyond Cairo Embassy Attack, Israel Senses Wider Siege
New York Times 10 Sep 2011 – Israel is grappling with a radically transformed Middle East where it believes its options are limited and poor.

Yemen Forces Are Said to Be at Taken City
New York Times 10 Sep 2011 – Local news reports said the armed forces had entered Zinjibar, which has been under the control of Islamic militants since late May.

Many Iraqis Have Second Thoughts as U.S. Drawdown Nears
New York Times 10 Sep 2011 – Though Iraqis have called for Americans to leave from the start of the occupation in 2003, some are now not so sure about a drawdown.

Palestinian Quest to Seek Statehood Stirs New Fears
New York Times 10 Sep 2011 – A Palestinian decision to request membership in the United Nations at a time of regional upheaval has many worried over Arab-Israeli relations.

Iraq’s Sadr Calls for Halt to Attacks on U.S. Troops
New York Times 10 Sep 2011 – Violence against American troops would resume if they failed to leave Iraq by year’s end, Moktada al-Sadr said.

Misc

Washington plans to keep thousands of US troops in Iraq
WSWS – The Obama administration has reportedly reached a decision to leave thousands of US troops in Iraq after a withdrawal deadline expires at the end of this year.

Libyan opposition lays siege to pro-Gaddafi strongholds
WSWS – The NATO-backed National Transitional Council comprises a shaky alliance of ex-Gaddafi ministers, CIA assets and Islamist militants whose political influence beyond Benghazi in questionable.

Egyptian military junta deepens ties to NATO-backed Libyan opposition
WSWS – In recent weeks, the US-backed military junta in Egypt has increased its support for Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC).

NATO-backed Libyan regime persecutes black Africans
WSWS – The racist abuse and killing of black foreigners and Libyans is a devastating refutation of claims by the US and its European allies to be waging a war for democracy and the defence of civilian lives.

Mass protests in Egypt against US-backed military junta
WSWS – Egyptian workers and youth mounted mass protests in cities across Egypt yesterday, after a new wave of strikes swept the country in recent days. In Cairo tens of thousands of protesters gathered in iconic Tahrir Square, one of the epicenters of the Egyptian revolution.

Gabe Schivone and the new hyphenated-Jewish identity
Jewish Voice for Peace –

‘DailyKos’ bans Simone Daud, who sought to inject Palestinian view into US political discourse
Mondoweiss – DailyKos, the popular political site whose goal is to elect “more and better Democrats”, has silenced yet another wonderful strong Palestinian voice, Palestinian Israeli blogger Simone Daud (formerly known as palestinian professor ). The move comes on the same day that the Palestinian Authority officially applied to…

Why it is important for Jews to discuss the cultural boycott of Israel
Mondoweiss – A Jewish journalist recently asked me whether having a panel of Jews about the cultural boycott of Israel ( see flyer below ) privileges Jewish voices over those of Palestinians. This is a serious question deserving of serious consideration. Of course we always have to be thinking about…

Bernard-Henri Levy, philosopher for hire
Mondoweiss – There is a popular belief that a philosopher’s aim is to seek universal truth in a world of competing narratives. As early as the time of Socrates, Western culture viewed the figure of the Sophist, a “philosopher for hire,” as contrary to that of the genuine…

Tom Friedman suggests Arabs are 60 years behind the rest of us, or maybe 100
Mondoweiss – A few months ago, Tom Friedman was on Charlie Rose talking about the Egyptian revolution and said he had been in Cairo and the buildings looked “60 years” behind modern buildings. The Egyptian economy, he was saying, was frozen by dictatorship. I grabbed an envelope to…

Tens of thousands of Egyptians protest Israeli embassy; destroy flag and protective barrier
Mondoweiss – Yesterday Egyptian protesters in the tens of thousands broke down the concrete barrier protecting the Israeli embassy in Cairo with hammers and their bare hands. Egyptian activists were repulsed by the wall which reminded them of the apartheid wall in Palestine and felt doubly insulted that…

Oakland Children’s Museum Cancels Palestinian Children’s Art Exhibit Under Pressure from Local Jewish Groups
Muzzlewatch – Berkeley, CA’s Middle East Children’s Alliance broke the news yesterday that the exhibit of children’s artwork from Gaza that they had worked on for months with Oakland’s Children’s Museum of Art was suddenly canceled by the board before the planned September 24 opening reception. The show…

Obama, Clinton Intervene to Protect Israeli Diplomatic Interests During Egyptian Riots
Tikun Olam – Egyptians storming Israeli embassy in Cairo (Amr Nabil/AP) I don’t know about you, but I find remarkable this passage from Al Jazeera’s report on today’s Cairo riots which swirled around the Israeli embassy and spilled over into attacks on neighboring Egyptian security facilities: US President Barack…

Misc 2

Former Malaysian PM: ‘Bush lied about 9/11 terror attacks’
Voltaire Network 10 Sep 2011 – Mahathir Mohamad says it is not unthinkable for former US President George W. Bush to lie about who was responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks on the American soil. [Editor’s note: Then-Prime Minister Mohamad is shown in the photo (L) with William Rodriguez, 9/11 hero and…

Berlusconi says Libyans love Qaddafi: as Italians protest against NATO
Voltaire Network 10 Sep 2011 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi hasn’t been the victim of a popular uprising. That is the conviction of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has been a friend of Gaddafi till Italy became one of the leading countries behind NATO’s war against Libya in March. “This has…

Libya: The real war starts now
Voltaire Network 9 Sep 2011 – Political, economic and social instability in Libya did not end with the fall of Tripoli and the alleged victory of NATO rebels. Gaddafi’s decision to go underground has caught everyone by surprise. The unfolding scenario is reminiscent of Omar Mukhtar’s legacy, the Libyan leader who struggled…

Two Arrested, Pepper Spray Used As Activists Try to Tear Down Fence In Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 10 Sep 2011 – Today, twenty-five Palestinian, international, and Israeli activists peacefully marched towards an Israeli Apartheid fence built on Palestinian land in the village of Beit Ommar. When they reached the fence, several activists attempted to pull the fence down as an act of symbolism against the occupation and…

Netanyahu says Egypt peace stands
BBC 10 Sep 2011 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will stick to its peace treaty with Egypt despite the attack on its embassy in Cairo.

Libyan interim leader in Tripoli
BBC 10 Sep 2011 – The head of Libya’s interim government, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, flies to Tripoli for the first time since anti-Gaddafi forces captured the capital.

Arab League deal on Syria reforms
BBC 10 Sep 2011 – The head of the Arab League says he has agreed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on steps aimed at ending months of violence there.

G8 pledges $38bn to Arab states
BBC 10 Sep 2011 – G8 nations pledge billions in aid to reforming Arab countries as the IMF decides to recognise Libya’s post-Gaddafi leadership.

US Congress members take junket to Israel: who wins and who loses?
Sabbah report 8 Sep 2011 – 81 House members travelled to Israel, enjoyed the finest of foods & sampled wines from the colonized Golan Heights, while we suffer economic turmoil.

 

Articles


Triumph of groupthink, careerism and narrow interests over honesty and moral courage
Lawrence Davidson, Redress9/10/2011
There is an interesting phenomenon which we can call “the political retiree’s confession”. I don’t mean all those hyped memoirs, ghost written for all manner of high ranking ex-officials. Here I refer to statements by important political leaders and bureaucrats, either out of office or about to vacate their positions, publicly describing what really needs to be done. For instance, what really needs to be done to obtain peace, or accurately pointing fingers at those obstructing peace. These statements can be shocking in their honesty, but curiously enough, are never made, much less acted upon, while the truth sayer is in a position of power. They come to us only with retirement or pending retirement.
Example 1: Ehud Olmert on the occupation
For example, take former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Olmert was prime minister from 2006 (replacing Ariel Sharon who had suffered a debilitating stroke) till early 2009. A few months before leaving office Olmert told the newspaper Yediot Aharonot that, in the end, Israel would have to return “almost all” of the West Bank to the Palestinians, including East Jerusalem. There was no other way to achieve peace with the Arab world. Olmert went on to say that “the decision we are going to have to make is the decision we have been refusing for 40 years to look at open-eyed…The time has come to say these things. The time has come to put them on the table.” Of course “the time” oddly coincided with a period when the prime minister could not move this insight from theory into practice. Example 2: Robert Gates on Israel the ungrateful ally
Now we have another example of this strange phenomenon. This time from the United States. According to Jeffrey Goldberg, the national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, “in a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee held shortly before his retirement this summer [2011]”, gave his expert opinion that the Israeli government was ungrateful for United States assistance…. more.. e-mail

Despite a changing political landscape across the Middle East, Israel’s leaders cling to an outdated mindset
Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera9/9/2011
September is the month of havoc – or so Israeli officials have been warning. The story is that when the Palestinian Authority puts in a UN bid for statehood, in a few weeks time, it will precipitate what Israel describes as a “diplomatic tsunami” – a wave of hostility as nations stampede to back the Palestinians, leaving Israel unsupported and alone.
Perhaps, then, Israel’s latest round of botched diplomacy can be viewed as a typically pre-emptive move. How else to explain the catastrophic fallout with Turkey last week – when, despite months of trying to avoid such an outcome, Turkey downgraded relations with Israel?
After Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish citizens on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year, Turkey froze relations, but was willing to thaw them upon receiving an Israeli apology. It seemed like an easy solution, but elements of Israel’s far-right coalition torpedoed the idea, despite pressure from the US and repeated attempts to formulate a sufficiently palatable phrasing of “sorry”. Now, Turkey has announced that all trade, military and defence ties will be cut – a grave loss of a significant regional ally.
Israeli officials have explained this bust up in terms of an “Islamisation” in Turkey, which is supposed to have used Gaza to score easy points in the Muslim world.
There are also rumblings to the effect that, having been repeatedly snubbed by the European Union, Turkey is somehow visiting its ire upon Israel. This sort of self-perpetuating narrative has its own comfort – namely, that it is always someone else’s fault. But once again, Israel’s leadership has manifested a capacity to join fake dots and reach misleading conclusions…. more.. e-mail

Are Libya’s Palestinians Ready for the Post-Gaddafi Era?
Franklin Lamb, Tripoli, CounterPunch9/9/2011
Defenders of the Right of Return
As Palestinian students and faculty prepare for fall classes at Nassar College and Al |Fatah University in Tripoli, as well as Benghazi’s Garyounis University and Omar Mukhtar University near Al Bayda, a petition is being circulated on and around the campuses.
The petition organizers and initial signatories include mainly refugees and pro-Palestinian Libyans as well as resident foreigners. As part of their campaign the refugees are requesting of the Palestine Authority headquartered in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine, that the “Palestine Seat”, touring the Middle East be sent to Tripoli for a couple of days as part of the run-up to the presumed late September UN vote to admit Palestine as the 194th UN Member State.
Visiting with several Palestinian students, academics, and Palestinian business people who generally have done relatively well here, and some of whose families came here 29 years ago following the 1982 Israeli facilitated massacre at Sabra-Shatila camp in Beirut, one thing seems fairly clear. It is that the normally out-of-the-international-spotlight Palestinian refugees in Libya are quite motivated and are determined in their bid to gain UN membership for a state bordered on the 1967 lines. Several also expressed support for attempting to overcome the anticipated US veto in the Security Council by invoking the 1950 “Uniting for Peace” Resolution 377 and overriding the American veto with a two-thirds General Assembly vote, for which there is international legal precedent.
A few hundred Palestinian refugees have returned to Libya over the past ten days as security improves and they are resuming their livelihood which is close to the pinnacle if compared to the 57 Palestinian refugee camps in the Levant region…. more.. e-mail

Will the US Declare Independence at the UN?
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Sep 2011 – By John V. Whitbeck While many questions relating to the State of Palestine’s imminent application for UN membership are being raised and vigorously debated, one relevant question has not been. That question is how American national interests would be harmed if Palestine were to be admitted as the 194th member of the United Nations, as it clearly would be in the absence of an American veto. Perhaps the question is not being raised and debated because no potential adverse consequences — at least for the United States and the American people — can be envisioned and cited to justify a veto. While legal considerations have never weighed heavily on the American approach to Israel and Palestine, it is worth noting that, since November 1988, when the State of Palestine was formally proclaimed, the Palestinian claim to sovereignty (the state-level equivalent of title or ownership) over the remaining 22% of mandatory…more

US Congress Members Take Junket to Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Sep 2011 – By Reverend Carolyn Boyd 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 our country. Yet, with all of these pressing and unrelenting national challenges, 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), a pro-Israel lobby. As a participant in the Interfaith Peace-Builders’ African Heritage Delegation to Israel/Palestine, who recently returned from a two-week fact-finding study tour, I can attest that Israelis have their own urgent and pressing issues to deal with: ongoing maintenance of the 63-year old occupation (yes, it…more

Daphne and Itzik
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Sep 2011 – By Uri Avnery It sounds like the title of a romantic movie. ‘Daphne, Itzik and all the Others’. It starts off with a friendship between two youngsters, he in his early thirties, she in her mid twenties. Then they quarrel. He leaves. She remains. The audience knows exactly what it wants: it wants the two to reunite, kiss, marry and walk arm-in-arm into the sunrise, to the accompaniment of a soft melody. As for the actors, they are perfect. They both play themselves. Hollywood’s Central Casting couldn’t have done better. She is an attractive young woman, wearing a man’s hat for easy recognition. He is the Israeli young male, vaguely handsome, easily recognizable by his nose. The story starts with Daphne Leef, an editor of short films, daughter of a composer, unable to rent an apartment in Tel Aviv. She is fed up. She announces on Facebook that she is…more

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