VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 12 September, 2011: Israeli cabinet announces plan to forcibly displace tens of thousands of indigenous Bedouins

12 September 2011 , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

B’tselem: Israel Army Denies Palestinians Right To Protest In Wb
IMEMC – Monday September 12, 2011 – 17:48, the Israeli Human Rights’ organization B’Tselem said the Israeli military denies Palestinians the right to protest in the West Bank.

Israeli Settlers Deface The Home Of An Israeli Left-wing Activist
IMEMC – Monday September 12, 2011 – 15:23, Israeli settlers defaced the home of an Israeli left-wing activist with graffiti proclaiming “death to the traitors” and “price tag Migron” on Monday, Israeli sources reported.

Israeli Settlers Burn Protest Tent In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Monday September 12, 2011 – 14:27, Israeli settlers who forcefully occupied part of the house of Rifka Al-Kurd in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, burned the protest tent setup in the backyard of the house.

Israeli cabinet announces plan to forcibly displace tens of thousands of indigenous Bedouins
IMEMC – Monday September 12, 2011 – 09:28, In a cabinet meeting on Sunday, the Israeli ministers approved a plan based on the ‘Prawer Report’, which involves the forced removal of 30,000 Arab Bedouin villagers in southern Israel from their homes.

Israel: “Shots Fired At Army Vehicle In Eilat
IMEMC – Monday September 12, 2011 – 08:57, Israeli sources reported that a number of live rounds were fired Sunday from Egypt into Eilat, close to the site were eight Israeli soldiers were killed last month after gunmen opened fire at a military bus driving on a highway close to the border.

Arab League Affirms Importance Of Palestinian UN Bid
IMEMC – Monday September 12, 2011 – 03:48, Permanent Arab envoys at the Arab League concluded on Sunday evening their preliminary meeting, in Cairo, to set the agenda for the 136 Arab League meeting attended by Arab Foreign Ministers, and decided to place the Palestinian issue on the top of its agenda.

Ma’an News

B’Tselem: Israel denies ‘right to protest’ in West Bank
9/12/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli military systematically denies Palestinians the right to protest in the West Bank, a report published Monday by the Israeli rights group B’Tselem says. The ‘Show of Force’ report finds that Israel does not recognize the “basic right” of Palestinians to protest and responds to demonstrations…. Related: B’tselem

Family: Israeli forces detain 14-year-old boy at checkpoint
9/12/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers detained a 14-year-old child at Beit Jala checkpoint, near Bethlehem on Sunday, the boy’s family told Ma’an. Mahmoud Marzouq Zawahreh said that his son, Mazin, was accused by Israeli forces of trying to stab a soldier. Zawahreh denied the claims, saying that his son….

Witnesses: Explosion outside PA officer’s home in Gaza
9/12/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Unidentified assailants detonated an explosive device overnight Sunday in front of the home of a Palestinian Authority general intelligence officer in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, witnesses told Ma’an. Residents said an explosion was heard at 4. 15 a. m. by an outdoor parking lot where PA….

Palestinian factions divided over UN bid
9/12/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — As President Mahmoud Abbas prepares to submit a bid for recognition of Palestine as the UN’s 194th member, Palestinian factions are divided over the campaign. Abbas will head to New York on Monday ahead of the General Assembly’s annual session, while the US has already vowed….

Palestinian activists seek state recognition from EU
9/12/2011 – BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Pro-Palestinian activists raised a giant Palestinian flag on Monday in front of the European Council building in Brussels. The 20 meter flag was unfolded by activists from the Avaaz Palestine campaign and Belgian artist Alain de Cleck who simultaneously delivered 913,171 signatures to the EU petitioning for member states to recognize Palestine. Diplomat….

Cash crisis risks Palestinian state building in West Bank
9/12/2011 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — Progress made by the Palestinians in building institutions for statehood could be undermined by a fiscal crisis caused by a shortfall in foreign aid, the World Bank said on Monday. In a report released just a week before the Palestinian leadership goes to the United Nations to press its claim for statehood, the….

Bethlehem bakeries strike over bread prices
9/12/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Bakeries in Bethlehem are closed on Monday as strikes take place over bread prices. The ministry of economy changed bread prices last week to 3. 5 shekels per kilogram in a move which has angered local bakeries. Prices were first reduced during Ramadan, and previously stood at 4 shekels per kilo….

PM: Turkey acted with patience despite Israeli raid
9/12/2011 – ANKARA (Reuters) — A 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish boat carrying aid for Gaza in which nine Turkish activists were killed was a “cause for war,” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said, according to a transcript from an interview given to Al Jazeera broadcast last week.” The May 31, 2010 Mavi Marmara event, the attack that….

Israeli leaders mull statehood bid in a changing world
9/12/2011 – HERZLIYA, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s opposition leader said on Sunday evening that Israel should seek its own resolution at the UN to block political parties advocating violence from democratic participation. Ten years since 9/11, and 10 days until the opening of the UN General Assembly session which will consider Palestine’….

Analyst: PA must prepare for Israeli response to UN bid
9/12/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Political analyst Nashat al-Aqtash on Monday urged the Palestinian Authority to prepare for all scenarios in case the UN bid for full membership is successful. Al-Aqtash said Israel had threatened measures to complicate the lives of Palestinians, including freezing the transfer of Palestinian tax revenues. Israel might withdraw from parts of….

EU still undecided on Palestinian statehood bid
9/12/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The European Union has still not decided on a united position on a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations which the United States has said it will veto, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Monday. -“There is no resolution on the table yet [at the UN], so there is….

Saudi prince calls on US to back Palestinians
9/12/2011 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia’s former top US diplomat pressed the United States to support a Palestinian bid to upgrade its UN status, saying that its longtime ally would “risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world” if it failed to do so. Palestinians are seeking either full membership or recognition….

Abbas in Egypt to discuss UN bid
9/12/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas was in Egypt on Monday to consult with Arab officials days before he submits a formal request to the United Nations to accept Palestine as its 194th member state. Abbas was also to meet EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Cairo, where later Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan….

Palestinian Authority says ready for statehood
9/12/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Palestinian Authority said Monday its 2009 two-year plan to put in place the machinery for an independent state has borne fruit in public financial management, law and order and local governance.” Our efforts have been to make statehood inevitable,” Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad wrote in the foreword to a report….

Israeli spy suspects on trial in Iran
9/12/2011 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran has put on trial two people on charges of working for the spy agency of its arch-foe Israel and filming sensitive military sites, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said on Monday. Dolatabadi said the trial started on Saturday, but he did not identify the two who he said were arrested in 2009….

Israel’s leaderless Labor party votes for new chief
9/12/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A former defense minister, a one-time TV journalist, an ex-mayor and a scion of one of Israel’s top political families faced off on Monday in a fight for the leadership of the Labor party. The once-mighty party, now reduced to eight seats in the 120-member parliament, has been without a….

Abbas to address Palestinians on Friday
9/12/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will address the Palestinian public on Friday at 6 p. m. to outline the leadership’s plans to seek full UN membership, a senior Fatah official said. Fatah lawmaker Ashraf Juma said the president would discuss the challenges of the UN bid. The US has vowed….

Egyptian forces come under fire in north Sinai
9/12/2011 – El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian army forces came under fire from unidentified gunmen in the northern Sinai on Monday, a Ma’an correspondent said. Gunmen fired at officers in a bunker at the entrance of the town of Sheikh Zweid. Egyptian forces fired back at the gunmen and clashes erupted in the area….

Bethlehem racer wins speed rally
9/12/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Over 3,000 people watched Bethlehem racer George Saadeh win a rally in his hometown on Friday. Racers from Jordan joined 45 Palestinian competitors on the circuit, and as usual rivalry was strong between Ramallah and Bethlehem teams. But with the support of the home crowd, Bethlehem racers won on the day….

Gadhafi son flees to Niger, fighting flares in Libya
9/12/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Moamer Gadhafi’s son Saadi has fled to Niger, an official said, as Libya’s new regime promised an interim government in 10 days and fighting flared at one of the deposed leader’s remaining strongholds.” Today, September 11, a patrol of the Nigerien armed forces intercepted a convoy in….

US condemns death of Syrian activist
9/12/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The United States has condemned the killing of a Syrian rights activist, as rights campaigners reported that the security forces were continuing their deadly crackdown on anti-regime dissent. New York based Human Rights Watch said Ghiyath Matar, 26, had been a key player in organizing protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime….

UN rights chief: Syria unrest death toll reaches 2,600
9/12/2011 – GENEVA (AFP) — At least 2,600 people have been killed in the unrest in Syria since popular protests first broke out in mid-March, the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said Monday.” With regard to Syria, let me note that, according to reliable sources on the ground, the number of those killed since the onset of….

France: UN inaction over Syria crackdown a ‘scandal’
9/12/2011 – PARIS (AFP) — The United Nations’ failure to take a clear position on the bloody repression of demonstrations in Syria is “a scandal”, the French foreign ministry said on Monday. Recalling that according to the UN at least 2,600 people have been killed in Syria, ministry spokesman Bernard Valero also slammed the “revolting murder” of….

Egypt activists condemn revival of emergency law
9/12/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian activists and politicians accused the ruling military leaders of breaking a promise to end emergency law, after authorities said they would reintroduce special security courts following an attack on the Israeli embassy. Eight months after protesters toppled President Hosni Mubarak and the military took power on an interim basis, many supporters of….

Amnesty urges Iran to free detained rights lawyer
9/12/2011 – LONDON (AFP) — Iran must immediately free Abdolfattah Soltani, a prominent human rights lawyer rearrested at the weekend after spending months behind bars between 2005 and 2009, Amnesty International said on Monday. Soltani, a co-founder of the Center for Human Rights Defenders along with Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and others, was arrested Saturday at a prosecutor….

Russia defends Assad against Western pressure
9/12/2011 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday defended the Syrian regime against sanctions for its crackdown on protesters and warned British Prime Minister David Cameron of the dangers of such a move. Cameron met Medvedev for talks focusing on Syria and bilateral disputes as global frustration mounted with Russia’s continued support of….

Palestine Note

IMF Praises Palestinian Authority’s Economic Policies
Palestine Note 12 Sep 2011 – Despite fiscal crisis, IMF mission chief sees positive signs in West Bank institutions New York Times – With the Palestinian Authority seeking United Nations membership and statehood recognition this month, two new reports say Palestinian public institutions are gaining traction,…


Egypt and Israel seek return to ‘normal’ ties, Egypt and Israel seek return to ‘normal’ ties
AlJazeera 12 Sep 2011 – Former top officials deny ordering men on horseback and camels to attack protesters in Tahrir Square.

Turkey PM arrives in Cairo
AlJazeera 12 Sep 2011 – Barack Obama says if the UN effort came to the Security Council, the US will block it.

Gulf states condemn Syria ‘killing machine’
AlJazeera 12 Sep 2011 – Decree gives vice-president authority to sign and implement a GCC-sponsored plan to end the months-long crisis.

Yemen’s Saleh authorises power transfer talks
AlJazeera 12 Sep 2011 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Cairo at beginning of tour that will also take him to Tunisia and Libya.

Palestine News Network

Blair in Talks to Revive Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations
PNN – PNNTony Blair, envoy of the Quartet negotiating body, is still seeking to revive the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and stop the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN, according to Israeli news source YNet. Yesterday…

Looming Statehood Vote Divides Palestinian Intellectuals, Refugees, Politicians
PNN – By Brendan WorkWith shortly over a week before the UN General Assembly convenes in New York to discuss the Palestinian statehood bid, skeptics in the West Bank are questioning the consequences of…

Settlers Burn Protest Tent in Sheikh Jarrah
PNN – by Maysa Abu-GhazalehSheikh Jarrah resident Rifqa al-Kurd accused settlers of setting fire to a protest tent in her yard at dawn on Monday. According to al-Kurd, her son Nabil woke to sounds…

EU Continues Discussions on Palestinian Statehood Vote
PNN – President Mahmoud Abbas is to meet with Catherine Ashton (EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) on Monday to work on a guarantee the EU’s vote for the Palestinian Statehood…

MADA: New Setbacks for Media Freedoms Last Month
PNN – According to a report by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), freedom of expression in Palestine faced a new setback in August when Israeli occupation forces arrested, detained and…

EU and Oxfam Delegation Visit al-Walajeh
PNN – by James DyetA delegation from the EU and NGO Oxfam met in the village of al-Walajeh last Thursday to discuss the three-year EU-funded Community Development Project and al-Walajeh’s uncertain future. On Thursday…

International Solidarity Movement

Israel targets Vittorio Arrigoni School in embattled Jordan Valley
9/12/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 11 September 2011, The Alternative Information Center, Ben Lorber – As schools around the world begin another year of instruction, one school, near to completion in one of the most grief-stricken and resilient areas of occupied Palestine, has suffered a massive set-back because the Israeli military has carried away its infrastructure- the Vittorio Arrigone school, in…. Related: Alternative Information Center

Broken wrists and arrests by Israeli military as farmers cultivate Beit Ummar
9/11/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 10 September 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Supporting Palestinian farmers in Beit Ummar, International activists joined the weekly Saturday activities—clearing the land for cultivation despite the harrassment of Israeli military and illegal settlers, which resulted in the injury of a Palestinian man and the arrest of a British national, Jude Wells. At….

Alternative Information Center

Jewish Defence League in France Organising Militia to West Bank in September
Alternative Information Center – The Jewish Defence League in France published an ad on 3 September calling on activists with a military background to join a solidarity trip to “Judea and Samaria” between 19-25 September 2011.

Story of the Watermelon and the Forty Palestinian Prisoners
Alternative Information Center – The following piece was written following the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech at the Israeli Presidential Conference on 23 June 23, 2011. During his speech, Netanyahu announced that Israel will impose a series of measures to harden…

Relief Web

Human Rights Council opens eighteenth session and hears address by High Commissioner for Human Rights
Relief Web 12 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: World , C?¥te d’Ivoire , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Kyrgyzstan , Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Somalia , Sri Lanka , Sudan (the) , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Yemen MORNING 12 September 2011 High-Level Dignitaries from…

Children and Justice During and in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict
Relief Web 12 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict Country: World , Afghanistan , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Iraq , Liberia , Nepal , occupied Palestinian territory , Rwanda , Sierra Leone , Timor-Leste , Uganda Introduction “How can we tell what…

Mohammed bin Rashid Charity and Humanitarian Est. opens four schools in Palestine
Relief Web 12 Sep 2011 – Source: Emirates News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory WAM Dubai, Sep 12th, 2011 (WAM)—The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment has recently opened four schools bearing the name of the Establishment at cost Dhs8.5 million in Palestine….

House demolitions in the West Bank resume after suspension
Relief Web 12 Sep 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Israeli authorities have resumed home demolitions in the West Bank after a month-long suspension. In the early hours of 8 September five…

Gaza Strip: Civil activity is going on despite the recent escalation in the security situation
Relief Web 12 Sep 2011 – Source: Government of Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory Goods, people and construction materials continue to cross through to the Gaza Strip, despite the rockets launched at Israeli civilian targets and even at the crossings themselves. COGAT – Coordinator of Government…

Sustaining Achievements In Palestinian Institution-Building And Economic Growth
Relief Web 11 Sep 2011 – Source: World Bank Country: occupied Palestinian territory Jerusalem, September 12, 2011 — The latest World Bank report on West Bank and Gaza affirms that the Palestinian Authority has made substantial progress in implementing its institution-building agenda but that a severe…

The National

Salam Fayyad’s bid to prepare Palestine for statehood dying after foreign aid dries up
The National 12 Sep 2011 – PM fighting bureaucracy and corruption as Palestinian reform plan founders and the failure to meet good government deadline looms.

Saleh allows his deputy to begin dialogue on Yemen power transfer
The National 12 Sep 2011 – Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen¬øs president, has authorised his deputy, Abdurabu Mansur Hadi, to negotiate with the opposition on the implementation of the GCC-brokered plan on power transition.

UN atomic watchdog says Iran failing to co-operate properly
The National 12 Sep 2011 – As Tehran began electricity production at its first atomic power plant, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran was not giving credible assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities.

Death toll in Syria reaches 2,600 says UN
The National 12 Sep 2011 – Gulf Cooperation Council demands halt to ‘killing machine’ and ‘the immediate implementation of serious reforms that meet the aspirations’ of the Syrian people.

GCC agrees five-year aid plan for Morocco and Jordan
The National 12 Sep 2011 – Cash amount for proposed new members will be announced in December as analysts say coalition is looking for ‘strength in numbers’.


Shin Bet: Israel’s extreme rightists organizing into terror groups
Ha’aretz – Peace Now activist targeted with threatening graffiti in latest settler ‘price tag’ attack.

Hamas distances itself from Palestinian statehood bid at UN
Ha’aretz – Speaking with Ma’an news agency, Hamas officials say planned move to garner recognition of Palestinian independence in General Assembly was undertaken without consulting the Gaza Strip-ruling group.

Akiva Eldar / New Mideast will make Netanyahu long for Oslo Accords
Ha’aretz – Opening immediate negotiations over a final-status agreement with the Palestinian state as part of a regional process is the only responsible, realistic and sane alternative to the Oslo Accords.

U.S. hopes attack on Israeli embassy in Egypt is ‘isolated incident’
Ha’aretz – States Department official says Washington believes Israel, Egypt have shown their commitment to calming tensions.

Israel Navy ship accidentally enters waters of neighboring Arab nation
Ha’aretz – Commander sent to jail after a navigational error caused his reconnaissance vessel to cross several hundred meters into neighboring waters before being ordered back by Israeli radar station.

Leading EU countries support Palestinian statehood bid in UN, poll says
Ha’aretz – Survey taken on behalf of the global political web movement Avaaz shows majority of citizens in Germany, France, and U.K. support recognition of future Palestinian state.

Libyan rebels may be guilty of war crimes
Ha’aretz – Amnesty International report says National Transitional Council members and supporters committed unlawful killings and torture, but their crimes don’t amount to those of Gadhafi loyalists, who might be guilty of crimes against humanity.

Mabrouk! Israel to launch its first Arab satellite TV station
Ha’aretz – Pilots have also been shot for a current events program, a children’s show, and series for young people that will begin with a competition to choose young hosts for the shows.

Ashton: No unified EU stance on UN recognition of Palestinian state
Ha’aretz – Comment by EU Foreign Minister comes as PA says Germany was against the planned UN General Assembly vote; top Russian official: Moscow will back Palestinian independence.

Top IDF official in Egypt to discuss Sinai security arrangements
Ha’aretz – Amir Eshel, Head of the IDF Planning Unit, to meet Egyptian security officials to discuss joint investigations into the recent killing of five Egyptian policemen on the Israeli border.

Jordan king: Palestinians have more secure future than Israel
Ha’aretz – King Abdullah II tells authors and academics in Amman that Jordan will never serve as substitute Palestinian homeland.

Elections for Labor Party chief culminate amid sabotage claims
Ha’aretz – Over 65% of potential voters reportedly participate in the elections, choosing between Isaac Herzog, Amram Mitzna, Amir Peretz and Shelly Yachimovich.

Google Israel launches Street View project
Ha’aretz – Photography to begin in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, then spread to popular sites throughout Israel.

Home of Israeli left-wing activist defaced in latest ‘price tag’ act
Ha’aretz – Right-wing activists thought responsible for graffiti proclaiming ‘death to the traitors’ and ‘price tag Migron’; Peace Now urges government to take steps against ‘new Jewish underground’.

European markets tumble amid fears of Greek default, French credit contagion
Ha’aretz – European shares reach two-year low; euro hits 10-year low vs yen, seven-month low vs U.S. dollar; oil drops more than $2 on debt, growth worries.

Israeli tycoon Yuli Ofer dies at 87
Ha’aretz – Ofer, who was one of the richest people in Israel, is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Leora and son Doron, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Home sellers beginning to lose confidence
Ha’aretz – Yad2-TheMarker index shows homeowners still raising their asking prices; but realtors say sellers are more prepared to show flexibility.

Cheney: Israel would strike Iran to prevent it from achieving nuclear weapons
Ha’aretz – Former U.S. Vice President says his assessment comes from a number of conversations with Israeli officials, adds his belief that Israel ‘will do whatever it needs to guarantee its survival’.

Turkey: Israel’s raid on Gaza flotilla was ’cause for war’
Ha’aretz – Turkey PM says Ankara showed restraint and patience ‘befitting our greatness’ by not taking action following the deadly 2010 incident.

Iran parliament voices support for attack on Israeli embassy in Cairo
Ha’aretz – Iranian regime hopes that political changes in Cairo could force Egypt to revise its diplomatic relations with Israel.

Iran’s nuclear program tops agenda at UN watchdog conference
Ha’aretz – Week-long conference will discuss the Islamic Republic’s suspected nuclear weapons program; will also adopt nuclear safety guidelines following Japan accident.

Turkey PM Erdogan begins Egypt visit, amid tensions with Israel
Ha’aretz – Turkish premier will continue on to Libya and Tunisia following meeting in Cairo with Egypt’s new military leaders; Senior Israeli minister Ya’alon: Turkey’s attitude toward Israel may encourage terror groups.

Jerusalem Post

Big changes due in ads, revenues at Israel Radio
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Follows decision to open up advertising and marketing division to several franchisees.

Google Street View to start snapping Israel in 3-D
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – J’lem, TA, Haifa to be first cities covered. Specially-designed cameras mounted on cars and tricycles will patrol every street.

NGOs angry over gov’t failure to provide bailout
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Groups say NIS 100m. were promised to provide financial boost to organizations, but substantially less is being offered now.

‘The worst day in a Beduin’s life’
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Negev community says government decision to resettle villages is “discriminatory, shows we are second-class citizens.”

Dairy giant Tnuva subject of nationwide boycott
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – University student unions call on consumers not to buy company products until Rosh Hashana.

How do you say ‘lose-lose’ in Hebrew and Turkish?
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Neither Jerusalem, nor Ankara have anything to gain from the current stalemate in relationships.

Labor primary polls close, votes being tallied
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Mitzna concedes defeat; Amir Peretz, Isaac Herzog, Shelly Yacimovich face off for party leadership as two thirds of 66,000 eligible voters turn out; all candidates confident they will win; runoff expected.

‘Price tag’ — paying for our educational failures
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Though mainstream Religious Zionists do not support acts of violence, what their children are being taught may be contributing to it.

Candidly Speaking: No tolerance for hooligans
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Too many mistakes made surrounding Migron house demolitions.

Our World: Lessons from the embassy takeover
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Until last weekend, both the Israeli Left and the US foreign policy establishment believed the situation in Egypt was not significantly worse than it had been under deposed president Hosni Mubarak

Encountering Peace: The view from Cairo
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – What’s needed is stronger bridges, not higher walls.

Time for a constitution
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Civil unrest can correct the wrong that caused it.

Giffords to give first TV interview in November
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Jewish congresswoman will speak to Diane Sawyer about her recovery and upcoming book, “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.”

Riding the tiger
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Will reforms in Morocco and Jordan save their leaders’ thrones?

A speechwriting manual for dictators on their way out
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Where are Gaddafi’s speechwriters when he needs them, for that final Big Bang?

The Negev Beduin
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – While it might not be realistic to meet all demands, a more serious effort needs to be made on the part of the gov’t to open up channels of communication with the Beduin community in the Negev.

Iran bans half-naked men, love triangles on TV
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Hardliners press for bans on offensive and deplorable behavior on television as more turn to illegal satellite channels.

Ashkenazi says not involved in writing Galant Document
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – At counter-terrorism conference former IDF chief says relations with Turkey need to be restored, if Assad falls it would weaken Iran, Hezbollah.

Erdogan expected to lambast Israel on Cairo trip
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Turkish PM looks to solidify status as leader of Muslim world; J’lem officials see muscle flexing in Med. aimed as much at Cyprus, as at Israel.

Israel holds out little hope PA state bid will be stopped
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – FM officials say France pushing EU to support “Palestinian compromise” by which PA would go to UN General Assembly for non-member status.

Syria offers to cooperate with UN nuclear watchdog
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – IAEA chief: Damascus will allow probe into Deir al Zour complex which US intel reports say was nascent, N. Korean-designed reactor.

For Hamas, silence on statehood is golden
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Islamist movement can share in glow if UN vote succeeds; if the statehood drive fails, Abbas can suffer the humiliation of defeat alone.

Vandals deface another Jewish memorial in east Poland
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Swastika made of bushes erected in Bialystok Jewish cemetery; Holocaust survivors say Poland should do more to stop anti-Semitism.

Saleh empowers deputy to sign Yemen transition deal
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – 33-year rule to come to an end as Gulf Cooperation Council’s transition plan takes power away from president, gives control to opposition.

Syrian TV says Muammar Gaddafi still in Libya
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Gaddafi urges loyalists to keep fighting as his forces attack oil refinery; National Transitional Council says will establish gov’t within 10 days.

Danino: Terror plots against southern Israel increasing
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Police chief says weakening of Egyptian authorities being exploited by extremist elements, more difficult to coordinate security with Egypt.

Rabin memorial rally won’t be held this year
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Late PM’s daughter announces Yitzhak Rabin Center decided against event due to lack of funds, speakers, renovations in Rabin Square.

At least 2,600 killed in Syria protests, UN says
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Death toll is 400 higher than earlier UN estimates, based on “reliable sources on the ground,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says.

Gaddafi forces attack NTC refinery, kill 15
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – “The aim of this attack was to scare the guards and the fighters and hinder the production of oil,” says Mohamed el-Ferjany, an engineer at the refinery.

Danino: Mass protests likely following Palestinian UN bid
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2011 – Israel police chief says protests in Israeli territory to be expected, police have been instructed to act as they had with tent activists.

The Guardian

Turkey’s stance on Israel will reverberate in Washington | Mohammed Ayoob
The Guardian 12 Sep 2011 – The Middle East will never be the same. America must recognise Turkey’s emergence as the region’s pre-eminent power Turkey’s expulsion of the Israeli ambassador , the downgrading of its diplomatic relations with Israel, and the Erdogan government’s…

US told: support Palestinian UN bid or risk ‘toxic’ reputation in Arab world
The Guardian 12 Sep 2011 – Ex-Saudi ambassador to Washington says US will jeopardise position with Arab allies if it votes against membership proposal A former head of Saudi Arabian intelligence and ex-ambassador to Washington, Turki al-Faisal, has warned that an American…

Egypt’s fragmenting revolution | Steve Negus
The Guardian 12 Sep 2011 – The attack on the Israeli embassy is a wake-up call for the 25 January protesters to focus on the ballot box, not the streets The only surprising thing about the breach of the Israeli embassy in…

Former MI5 chief urges terrorist talks
The Guardian 12 Sep 2011 – Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller says dialogue with terror groups, including al-Qaida, requires courage but ‘is necessary’ The former head of MI5, Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller, has delivered an impassioned defence of talking to terrorists, even to elements of…

Inter Press Service

No Unplugging This Revolution
IPS Nabeel Rajab believes in the power of social media, and he wants his government to know it. Speaking at the CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal, the Bahraini activist embraced such communication and specifically requested that all live- Tweeters “hashtag” his name, or include it in their posts.

MIDEAST: Anti-Israel Tsunami ‘One Door Away’
IPS “Only one door” separated the vengeful throng of demonstrators from the six Israeli embassy guards. Chief security officer ‘Yonatan’ was on the phone from the besieged representation. On the other side of the line was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

MIDEAST: Not School Time Yet for Bedouin Girls
IPS For mother of five Shimaa al-Aasam, providing her children with the opportunity to complete their education despite a severe lack of classrooms in their Bedouin community is of prime importance.

LEBANON: Cluster Bombs Could Kill for Years
IPS Even in the summer heat, the hills of South Lebanon are an impressive sight – a patchwork of green, brown and red fields interrupted only by sleepy villages, rock formations and dirt tracks.


Show of Force: Israeli Military Conduct in Weekly Demonstrations in a-Nabi Saleh
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – A-Nabi Saleh is a Palestinian village in the West Bank, north of Ramallah. For for more than eighteen months now, every Friday, its residents have demonstrated against settlers seizing nearby land that belongs to Palestinians. The Friday processions held in the village have become one of the main sites of weekly protest in the…

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil and Mahmoud Jibril have been paving the way for NATO’s conquest since 2007
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – A violent rebellion broke out in Benghazi, Libya on February 15th this year . Six days later, Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Abdul-Jalil resigned to set up an alternative government. On February 27th, the Transitional National Council was established, and on March 5th, this body had declared itself the “sole representative of all Libya”, with Abdul-Jalil…

Palestinian factions divided over UN bid
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – – As President Mahmoud Abbas prepares to submit a bid for recognition of Palestine as the UN’s 194th member, Palestinian factions are divided over the campaign. Abbas will head to New York on Monday ahead of the General Assembly’s annual session, while the US has already vowed to veto Palestine’s request for full UN…

Wikileaks: AlJazeera Deletes From its Website Content that Disturb the US Government
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – A confidential US cables from US embassy in Doha, Qatar where Aljazeera head quarter is located and was published recently on Wikileaks, reveals that Al Jazeera Managing Director Wadah Khanfar has agreed to US government request to delete and altar website content that “disturb” the US government. The cable talks about the meeting between…

Divisions grow in Libyan ranks after failed attack on loyalist stronghold
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – The friction among those attempting to take Bani Walid, one of three remaining areas, along with Sirte and Sabbah, in regime hands, was the most incendiary sign of the increasing schism in the ranks of the opposition which has begun to appear within weeks of Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow. Before Sunday night there had already…

Military Resistance 9I8: Shameful Anniversary
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – By targeting the seat of local government Thursday, insurgents in Sangin apparently sought to show they can dictate the tempo of the conflict, despite heavy pressure since last year by successive Marine battalions. The U.S. military describes such acts as a sign of desperation by an enemy that has lost sway over communities it…

Conference told that water situation in Palestine is “catastrophic”
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – A conference in Jericho and the Jordan Valley has been told that the water situation in Palestine is “catastrophic”. Delegates at the “Water is a Human Right” conference include Palestinian and international organisations, individuals and activists. They heard the head of the Palestinian Water Authority accuse the Israelis of destroying wells and water conduits…

Pro-Gadhafi forces kill 17 rebels in raid on oil refinery
Uruknet September 12, 2011 — Pro-Gadhafi forces staged a daring guerrilla-style raid Monday on the oil refinery at Ras Lanouf, killing 17 rebel soldiers in the latest military setback for a movement that’s struggling to consolidate its power nearly three weeks after it surprised the world with a dramatic takeover of Tripoli. Since ousting Gadhafi from the capital, however,…

Uruknet September 12, 2011 – On September 19th there will be a review by the UN Security Council of UN Resolution 1973 which has been abused by NATO to provide justification for the bombing. We are asking you to send the suggested email below to the non-belligerent members of that body.

Is the revolt in Libya implementing the North American genocide model
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – Worrisome parallels appear to exist between the North American genocide and current events in Libya with regard to the clash of aboriginal tribalism with modernity sponsored and to a degree engineered and perhaps fabricated by imperialism. I say “appear to exist” rather than “do exist” for while I have reliable information establishing the fact…

How Kobe Bryant blows a hole in the Irvine 11 prosecution’s case
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – Reporting on the opening statements in the Irvine 11 trial, Nora Barrows-Friedman wrote for The Electronic Intifada that the Orange County District Attorney claimed the defendants conspired to “shut down” Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s speech on 8 February 2010. “What their intention was, make no mistake, was to shut him [Oren] down,” Deputy District…

Libya – The Racist Revolution – Tawargha
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – As our regular readers will be aware, we have been reporting on the fate of the people of Tawergha since the local rebel commander Ibrahim al-Halbous, said he was going to wipe the town off the map. We reported the storming of the town, with NATO support, and the extremely worrying reports of prisoners…

Video: Muammar Al-Qaddafi letter – 12th September, 2011 , English subtitles
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – The reality of the situation has started to become clear; it is a revolt against the Al-Fatah revolution and the power of the People’s Committees. This is a renewed effort to return Libya to what it was before the revolution (Al-Fatah revolution) a property of Western companies and not the Libyan people, in order…

Prominent Allawite clerics denounce Assad regime’s atrocities’
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – Three prominent Syrian clerics of the Alawite sect, to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs, have denounced the “atrocities” committed by the regime against pro-democracy protesters. “We declare our innocence from these atrocities carried out by Bashar al-Assad and his aides who belong to all religious sects,” Mohib Nisafi, Yassin Hussein and Mussa Mansour said…

Syria News – September 11, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – …Damascus Suburbs: Douma: martyrdom of Ahmad Salam (14 years old) after he was in a coma from being shot in the head. Idlib: Khaled Ahmed al-Deek has died in detention. He was detained 10 days ago after had been wounded by the security forces gunfire in Kafroumeh. His body was delivered at Ma’arrat Numan…

Sketching out the New Libya: Departures From Protocol at the UN
Uruknet September 12, 2011 – The unfolding of the new libya, and its old colors of monarchy, has been painted as the natural triumph of the peoples’ will against a tyrant’s rule. This had just occurred in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia (and nowhere else yet), leaving everyone just knowing it was just time for change in that narrow region…

Egypt: Retry or Free 12,000 After Unfair Military Trials Civilians Tried Since February Exceed Total Under Mubarak
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – Since it took over patrolling the streets from the police on January 28, 2011, Egypt’s military has arrested almost 12,000 civilians and brought them before military tribunals, Human Rights Watch said today. This is more than the total number of civilians who faced military trials during the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak and undermines…

PRESS RELEASE: Israeli settlers set fire to an house-tent in the palestinian village of Susiya
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – During the night between the 8th and the 9th of September settlers from the Israeli settlement of Suseya set fire to a house-tent in the palestinian village of Susiya. Around 1.00 am the settlers took a tyre that was inserted in a nearby wall, set fire to it and threw it against the outside…

Under Every Stone: Britain ‘s shameful record of abuse
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – How many times does a practice have to be publicly outlawed before people stop pretending they didn’t know it was wrong? Suppose someone in a position of authority was being tried for murder. Would any court accept the excuse that he didn’t know it was illegal to kill someone? Yet this is precisely what…

The Center for Constitutional Rights Marks “The 9/11 Decade and the Decline of US Democracy”
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, George W. Bush shredded the US Constitution, trampled on the Bill of Rights, discarded the Geneva Conventions, and heaped scorn on the domestic torture statute and the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. As we mark the…

Israeli troops detain family of fishermen; fire shell into southern Gaza
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – In the latest in a series of attacks on Gazan civilians, Israeli troops stopped a fishing boat off the coast of Gaza Sunday and detained all eight people on board. In addition, in a separate incident, Palestinian medics report that a civilian car was hit by an Israeli shell on Saturday night, but the…

The Myth of Moqtada
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – …Al Mada reports Moqtada al-Sadr has declared a halt to all military operations against US forces. They quote Moqtada’s spokesperson stating that if the US does not withdraw by the end of 2011, the attacks will resume. Moqtada’s threats are always future tense, aren’t they?…When has Moqtada ever followed up on any threat? Even…

What Lies Beneath: The Essence of Modern America in Somalia’s Blood-drenched Soil
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – For days, weeks on end, we have been bombarded with earnest disquisitions on the “meaning” of 9/11, its implications for America and the world ten years down the line. Oceans of newsprint and blizzards of pixels have been expended on this question. But in all the solemn piety and savvy punditry surrounding the commemoration…

Ground Zero.
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – … And millions of people were slaughtered since 9/11. Iraq was one of them. She had nothing to do with your twin towers…You tell yourself stories every night, you sing to yourselves lullabies made of denial…made of lies, made of films that you replay in your head…you invent jinns, ghosts, enemies to give yourself a…

Help us release Ni’lin’s Ibrahim Srour from Israeli prison
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – When I was in prison for organizing protest in my village of Bil’in, I knew that if I make bail or have to pay a fine to be released, someone would pay it. Worrying about such technicalities was literally the last thing on my mind. But now that I am free and other protesters…

Israel approves plan to uproot 30,000 Bedouins
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – Perhaps the most violent component of Israel’s control over non-Jewish inhabitants since the founding of the state has been the (unequal) distribution and allocation of resources. In Area C of the West Bank, the area designated for full Israeli military and civilian control by the Oslo accords which makes up the majority of land…

Joint statement about martyrdom of activist Ghiath Matar
Uruknet September 11, 2011 – Only three days between the arrest of non-violent activist Ghiath Matar and the delivery of his cleansed body to his family after he was killed by the regime’s jailers and torturers. Ghiath is from Daraya, Damascus suburbs, 26 years old, a member in the coordination of Daraya. He was waiting for two births: the…

Daily Star

Lebanon defense minister, Syrian president discuss army cooperation
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Syria’s President Bashar Assad praised the Lebanese Army Monday for its coordination with its Syrian counterpart in controlling the Syria-Lebanon border.

Gadhafi loyalists mount ferocious resistance to rebels
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight until victory as his forces launched surprise fightbacks on three fronts Monday, as Libya’s interim government won recognition from China.

Syria activists call for Day of Anger over Medvedev stance
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Activists called for a day of protest against Russian backing for Syrian authorities Tuesday, after rights groups said security forces shot dead at least 17 people around the city of Hama Monday.

Yemen’s Saleh OKs power transfer talks
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has authorized his deputy to negotiate a power transfer with the opposition…

Parliament set for charged debate on electricity bill Thursday
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 The controversial electricity bill endorsed last week by the Cabinet was referred Monday to joint parliamentary committees.

Army arrests 569 people on various charges
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 The Lebanese Army said in a statement Monday that it arrested 569 individuals of different nationalities on various charges.

Clashes wound 5 in Beirut southern suburbs
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 At least than five people were wounded in armed clashes which erupted Monday evening in the Beirut southern suburbs.

Mikati unilaterally decides Lebanon will pay into STL funds
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati has come to the decision that Lebanon will pay its share of funds to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon without referring to the Cabinet, ministerial sources told The Daily Star.

Lebanese citizen charged for collaborating with Israel
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Monday charged a Lebanese citizen for collaborating with Israel and entering the Jewish state.

Kahwagi: Army is ready in case of Israeli attack
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Army Commander General Jean Kahwagi said Monday the army was ready to confront any Israeli attack on Lebanon and foil attempts to incite sectarian strife in the country.

Environment Ministry approves 1st stage of project to close Sidon’s overflowing dump
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 The Environment Ministry approved the first stage of a project to close down Sidon’s overflowing dump, paving the way for the construction of a maritime barrier to separate the dump from the sea.

Abu Faour urges more access to adequate housing
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour said Monday that the government needed to do more to ensure that Lebanese citizens have adequate access to housing.

Escaped inmates caught after ISF manhunt
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 The remaining two escapees from a prison breakout in north Lebanon over the weekend were captured at dawn Monday, after the first was found Sunday.

NGO urges U.N. action on dire conditions of Lebanese jails
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 The Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture wrote to the U.N. Human Rights Council Monday, as it commenced its 18th session in Geneva, urging it to act on the issue of prisons in Lebanon.

Charbel: Electoral law nearly drafted
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Monday that a committee tasked with preparing an electoral draft law for the 2013 parliamentary elections has almost finalized its work…

Jordan’s king says Arab Spring bad for Israel
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Jordan’s King Abdullah II, one of Israel’s few remaining close allies in the Muslim world, said in remarks obtained Monday that the uprisings sweeping Arab nations have put the Jewish state in a difficult position.

Erdogan, Abbas both arrive in Egypt
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Cairo Monday to kick off an ‘Arab Spring’ tour in Egypt, where a diplomatic flurry is under way ahead of a Palestinian push to win U.N. statehood and…

Saudi court charges human rights lawyer for reform call
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 A Saudi human rights lawyer said Monday that he was to face trial by a court in Jeddah on charges of calling for a constitutional monarchy.

Egyptians fear attack on Israeli embassy may set back reform
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 An attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo last week could set back political gains since Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising this year, as the ruling army council takes measures to tighten security…

Saudi Arabia, Russia back Palestinian bid
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Russia put its growing ties with Israel to the test Monday by announcing plans to back a controversial Palestinian bid to win U.N. statehood despite strong resistance from the Jewish state.

Sudan’s parliament approves Blue Nile military action
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Sudan Monday approved military action over the embattled state of Blue Nile bordering South Sudan just days after the rivals agreed to withdraw their troops from another flashpoint border region.

Division reigns among Libya’s new leadership
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Sharp splits are already emerging in the ranks of Libya’s new rulers between Islamic conservatives and more secular figures competing for power even as the leadership begins to settle in Tripoli and start creating a post-Moammar…

Libyan rebels, Gadhafi fighters may be guilty of war crimes
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Rebels fighting to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi committed unlawful killings and torture, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday.

Syria to cooperate with U.N. probe on suspected nuclear site
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Syria has offered to cooperate with a U.N. nuclear watchdog probe into a suspected reactor site after years of stonewalling, and a meeting on the issue has been proposed for October, the Vienna-based agency’s head said…

Iran denies airing provocative GCC statements
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Iran has rejected accusations by the Gulf Cooperation Council that Tehran issued provocative statements about its member states, the state television website reported Monday.

Iran cranks up Bushehr output to 40 percent capacity
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Iran’s first nuclear power plant stepped up operations Monday after more than a decade of delays, pumping out electricity at up to 40 percent capacity and marking a major step forward in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear…

Turkey in talks to host U.S. drone base
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Turkey is in talks with the United States to provide a base for a fleet of U.S. Predator drones now stationed in Iraq, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Monday.

Draw clear borders with Syria over Shebaa to protect Lebanon: Jumblatt
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader urges Lebanese lawmakers to remove Lebanon from the dispute over the Shebaa Farms by drawing clear borders with Syria.

Sleiman remembers 9/11, urges dialogue among nations
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 President Michel Sleiman sent Monday a letter to his U.S. counterpart on the occasion of 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York, condemning all forms of terrorism and urging dialogue among nations.

Lebanon’s defense minister meets with Syria’s Assad
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Lebanon’s defense minister meets with Syrian president in Damascus to discuss cooperation and coordination between the countries’ armies.

Russia resists Syria sanctions, U.N. says 2,600 dead
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Russia rejected Monday Western calls for greater pressure on Syria over its violent crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad, in which the United Nations said 2,600 people have been killed.

Saqr charges man for collaborating with Israel
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Monday charged a Lebanese citizen for collaborating with Israel and entering the Jewish state.

Assad aide says 1,400 killed in Syria violence
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Some 1,400 people, including 700 army and security officials, have been killed in the violence in Syria, a top aide to President Bashar al-Assad said Monday.

Lebanon refuses to extradite Libyan accused of supporting Gadhafi forces
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Lebanon says claims that aviation chairman was involved in recruiting pro-Gadhafi fighters not true, Al Hayat newspaper reports.

Pro-Gadhafi forces put up stiff resistance
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Forces of Libya’s new rulers met ferocious street-by-street resistance during an assault on one of the last bastions loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, but were edging toward the ousted ruler’s birthplace of Sirte.

Hamadeh says he believes STL to include more cases in probe
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 March 14 MP Marwan Hamadeh said over the weekend he believed the STL would seek to expand its jurisdiction into the cases of other assassinations in Lebanon alongside that of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Turkish PM to visit Egypt, boost regional influence
Daily Star 12 Sep 2011 Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan meets Egypt’s new military rulers during a visit to Cairo starting on Monday that is likely to be scrutinized by Israel whose once cosy ties with both Muslim states have been…

Siniora urges Assad to take a brave stand
Daily Star 11 Sep 2011 Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora called Sunday on Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is facing the gravest challenge to his 11-year rule from a six-month popular uprising…

Interview: U.N. envoy tells Lebanon: Prepare for storm from Syria
Daily Star 11 Sep 2011 Lebanon’s top U.N. official, whose tenure ends this month, advised the country to prepare for the looming storm the unrest in Syria might trigger…

Rai defends stance on Syria, weapons
Daily Star 11 Sep 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai hit back Sunday at his critics, defending his controversial remarks on Syria and Hezbollah’s arms, which drew harsh criticism from the opposition March 14 parties…

YNet News

Second round for Labor leadership race?
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – VIDEO: With over 90% of the ballots now counted, the initial results are indicating that the race for Labor party leadership will be heading for a second round. As … ….

Romania: Fallen IDF soldiers Remembered
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – A memorial service was held in Romania on Monday on the anniversary of the Yasur helicopter crash that occurred during a training exercise. A delegation of senior … ….

Israeli man to give birth
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – A 24-year-old man shocked medical staff in central Israel Sunday after walking into an emergency room and informing doctors that he underwent a sex change operation and … ….

Erdogan: Turkey ready for all scenarios
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said that his country is not seeking a military confrontation with Israel, but stressed that the “Turkish Navy is … ….

Israelis spark security scare on 9/11
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Security scare on the 10th anniversary of September 11— two Israelis and a Russian passenger raised suspicion during a domestic flight in the United States, prompting the … ….

Report: Turkey to defuse Israeli Navy weapons
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – While Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to arrive in Egypt for a historic visit, daily newspaper Sabah on Monday reported that the Turkish Navy is … ….

Iranian nuclear plant begins operations
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Iranian state TV says the country’s first nuclear power plant has stepped up operations after years of delays. Senior Iranian and Russian officials attended … ….

‘Israel to attack Iranian nuclear facilities’
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Former US Vice President Dick Cheney tells Newsmax ‘Iran represents an….

Jordan’s Abdullah: Israel’s situation today more difficult than ever
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – (VIDEO) King says ‘Jordan and the future Palestine are stronger than Israel is….

Price tag: Peace Now activist’s entryway vandalized
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Slogans spray-painted on leftist activist’s door and stairway, including ‘Peace….

Labor party heads to the polls
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Peretz, Mitzna, Herzog and Yachimovitch battle for party’s leadership as 65,000….

Erdogan says flotilla raid was ’cause for war’
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Turkish PM tells Al-Jazeera: ‘It is a cause for war, but we decided to act in….

UN: Death toll in Syria unrest at least 2,600
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Human Rights commissioner says figure based on ‘reliable sources on the ground’…..

Gay Iranians launch online campaign
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Gay community in Iran launches Facebook campaign against regime that views their….

Jordan protest threatens to emulate embassy storming
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – Facebook page calls Jordanians to attend ‘million-man rally’ outside Israeli….

Military jets safely escort NYC, Detroit flights
YNet News, 12 Sep 2011 – In backdrop of September 11 anniversary passengers on separate flights,….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian detainees in Etzion jail go on hunger strike
PIC – 12/09/2011 – 09:15 AM

MP Rawya Shawa to Abbas: Tell Palestinians what to expect in September
PIC – 12/09/2011 – 10:06 AM

Jewish settlers attack Palestinian workers, Israeli forces arrest minor in OJ
PIC – 12/09/2011 – 08:51 AM

IOF troops shell northern Gaza Strip
PIC – 12/09/2011 – 08:46 AM

IOF soldiers open fire at Palestinian houses in central Gaza
PIC – 12/09/2011 – 09:19 AM

Hamas affirms offices would remain in Syria
PIC – Hamas movement has affirmed that its offices would not be moved out of Syria denying press reports to that effect.

Over 30 Palestinians held beyond sentence in Negev prison
PIC – Over 30 Palestinians are being held two to four months beyond their sentences in the Israeli Negev prison, the Palestinian Prison Committee said Monday.

Hamas: Relations with Egypt stable
PIC – Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri has said that his movement’s relations with Egypt were “stable” and that contacts were underway with Cairo to ensure safety and stability of those ties.

Jerusalem schools to strike Tuesday over Judaization of curriculum
PIC – Schools across Jerusalem will close on Tuesday in protest of the Jewish influence on the educational programs.

IOF soldiers detain six Palestinians in Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up six Palestinian citizens during a search campaign in Al-Khalil city on Monday, local sources said.

Settlers set fire to tent of woman seeking property reclamation
PIC – Jewish settlers set fire Monday to the tent of an old Palestinian woman whose property they usurped in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah district.

Jerusalem man ordered to tear down own home
PIC – A Palestinian man in Jerusalem was ordered on Sunday to tear his own home in order to avoid paying NIS 20,000 in fines.

Islamic-Christian Front: Israel to blame over West Bank settler attacks
PIC – The secretary-general of the Islamic-Christian Front accused Jewish settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories of organizing a long running campaign of terror against Palestinian natives.

Israel seeking new location for its Cairo embassy
PIC – The Israeli foreign ministry is planning to relocate its embassy in Cairo and is currently looking for a new site, Hebrew press sources said.


Gigantic Palestinian Flag Flutters in Brussels Sky in Support of September Bid

Jerusalem Clergymen Support Palestinian UN bid

Russia Affirms its Support of Palestinian UN Bid

Erekat Denies Abbas to Retract from Seeking UN Recognition of Palestinian State

OCHA: Israel Increases Flying Checkpoints in West Bank

Israeli Army close Access Road to Palestinian Villages in South Hebron Hills

PCBS: Mortality and Fertility Rates Decline in 2011

Germany Opposed to Palestinians’ UN Bid, says Foreign Minister

Israeli Jews Attempt to Steal Historical Stones from al-Aqsa Compound

Israeli Ministry to Finance Hebron Settlement Project

International Solidarity Delegation Enters Gaza

Los Angeles Times

Stubborn Kadafi rejected reforms as regime fell, insider says
LA Times 12 Sep 2011 – In the last months of Kadafi’s rule, some loyalists secretly worked on transition plans, but the Libyan leader and one of his sons refused to cede power, ex-Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim says. As Moammar Kadafi’s four decades in power spiraled to an end, loyalists…

Tension rises between rebel and civilian leaders in Libya
LA Times 11 Sep 2011 – The dispute over a plan to bring rebel fighters under civilian authority involves Mahmoud Jibril, who serves as a kind of interim prime minister, and rebel commander Abdel-Hakim Belhaj. A plan approved Sunday by Libya’s transitional leadership team to bring rebel fighters under civilian authority…

New York Times

Yemeni Presidential Decree May Change Little
New York Times 12 Sep 2011 – The order grants Ali Abdullah Saleh’s deputy the power to negotiate a deal to transfer power, a move that appeared to offer a nod to the government’s opposition without actually meeting its demands.

Iran Probes ‘Unprecedented’ Bank Fraud Network
New York Times 12 Sep 2011 – Regulators have blocked the assets a mega-tycoon accused of masterminding a $2.6 billion bank fraud described as the biggest financial corruption scam in Iran’s history, state media reported Monday.

Iran Accuses Businessman of Record Scam
New York Times 12 Sep 2011 – Iranian regulators have frozen the assets of a businessman accused of masterminding a $2.6 billion bank fraud.

Saadi el-Qaddafi Flees to Niger as New Leaders Focus on Next Steps
New York Times 12 Sep 2011 – The Transitional National Council announced steps toward restarting the economy and bringing the country under its full control as former leading figures, including Saadi el-Qaddafi, fled from Libya.

Raid on Egyptian Al Jazeera Affiliate Is Criticized
New York Times 12 Sep 2011 – The move came as part of efforts to impose order after the Israeli Embassy was attacked by a mob over the weekend.


Egyptian junta declares state of alert after storming of Israeli embassy
WSWS – The US-backed military junta in Egypt has responded with large-scale violence after protesters stormed the Israeli embassy in Giza, near Cairo.

Growing tensions between Turkey and Israel
WSWS – Relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated sharply, despite US attempts to broker negotiations between the two countries.

Western media accuse China of selling arms to Gaddafi
WSWS – The purpose of the allegations against Beijing is transparent: to justify excluding China from future economic relations with Libya, above all in the oil industry.

The Hill: JVP Executive Director
Jewish Voice for Peace –

Settlers destroy Beit Ommar farmer’s crops
Mondoweiss – This morning, Beit Ommar farmers arrived at their lands to discover that large areas of grape vines had been attacked by settlers from the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur. The farmers immediately notified Mahmoud Ahmad Coql, who owns the destroyed fields. In total, the settlers severed…

Israeli ship Violates Egyptian Waters, Captain Imprisoned
Tikun Olam – Israel’s Dvora class patrol boat Haaretz reports today a story first broken by Channel 10 news, that an Israeli navy patrol boat violated Egyptian territorial waters last week, encroaching nearly half a mile into Egypt. Israeli censorship prevents the naming of the country whose waters were…

Israel ‘declares war’ on Bedouin, announces plan to relocate 30,000 people from their homes
Mondoweiss – Israel approves plan to relocate 30,000 Bedouin from unrecognized villages Haaretz 11 Sept — Prawer Report plan envisions relocation of Bedouin to recognized settlements, would grant financial and land compensation to evacuees …As part of the plan, some 20,000 to 30,000 Bedouin will be relocated to…

The legal flaws of the Palmer Commission flotilla report
Mondoweiss – The latest United Nations report on last year’s lethal flotilla incident — in which nine people were killed and many injured by Israeli commandos on board a humanitarian ship bound for Gaza — was released at the beginning of September, and generated much controversy. On the…

Jordan and Saudi Arabia sound warnings on blocking Palestinian statehood
Mondoweiss – Wow, things are really moving fast. The NYT has published a must read Op-Ed by Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador, titled Veto a State, Lose an Ally stating if the U.S. doesn’t support the Palestinian bid for statehood, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able…

On September 11, we remember the… 1 percent
Mondoweiss – Yesterday, the nation paused to remember the horrifying attacks of September 11, 2001, and the victims whose lives were cut short by the brutal calculations of those who place a higher value on their self-centered geopolitical theories than on human life. Well, at least one percent…

In Poor Taste: East Bay Jewish Federation tweet
Muzzlewatch – The Jewish Federation of the East Bay gloats about cancellation of the Palestinian children’s art show . h/t Mondoweiss , Youth Against Normalization

The Horror: Recognizing Israel Within ’67 Borders, ‘500,000 Will Become Occupiers!’
Tikun Olam – Ethan Bronner has penned one of his typical “on the one hand-on the other hand” stories about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which make the conflict out to be a he said-she said dilemma. But there is one interesting passage in which he describes the reception of the…

With Egypt, Turkey Lost as Israeli Allies, Where to Turn?
Tikun Olam – Could this be Bibi next? To Saudi Arabia, perhaps? That’s right, the birthplace of most of the 9/11 hijackers and ancient birthplace of Islam. A religion that Bibi, his followers, and more importantly, his father detest. One of the most conservative monarchies in the world. That’s…

Minneapolis JCRC: Brush Up Your Hasbara
Tikun Olam – The Minneapolis JCRC is trying to push the horse back in the barn after I reported (with the journalistic legwork of Mordecai Spektor) that its staff relayed negative information about Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim-American member of Congress, to Israel’s Chicago consulate. The Leibowitz transcripts…

Misc 2

Israeli to forcibly displace tens of thousands of indigenous Bedouins
Voltaire Network 12 Sep 2011 – In a cabinet meeting on Sunday, the Israeli ministers approved a plan based on the ‘Prawer Report’, which involves the forced removal of 30,000 Arab Bedouin villagers in southern Israel from their homes. The Bedouin people have lived in southern Israel for hundreds, if not thousands…

The American veto topples the “Arab Spring” propaganda
Voltaire Network 12 Sep 2011 – Arab affairs Editorial: The American veto topples the “Arab Spring” propaganda The United States and the Western colonial countries are trying to exploit the climate of the so-called Arab Spring in their battle to improve their image ever since the occupation of Iraq and the loss…

Orwellian September 11 commemoration heralds new wars
Voltaire Network 12 Sep 2011 – The tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks has given rise to a profusion of articles, documentaries and television programs that certify the Bush administration’s version of the events, while world opinion has become largely skeptical. For Thierry Meyssan, who sparked the global debate on the…

Africa: Statement On Mosque Attacks in West Bank
allAfrica.com 12 Sep 2011 – U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Egypt: Summary of Clinton’s Call With Egyptian Foreign Minister
allAfrica.com 12 Sep 2011 – Readout of U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr:

Egypt: Govt to Crack Down After Israeli Embassy Siege
allAfrica.com 12 Sep 2011 – Egypt has warned it will use harsh measures to quell civil unrest after protesters stormed Israel’s embassy on Friday forcing the ambassador to leave the country.

Egypt: Protesters Storm Israeli Embassy
allAfrica.com 12 Sep 2011 – Egypt has declared a state of alert and called an emergency cabinet meeting after protesters stormed the building housing Israel’s embassy on Friday and clashed with police.

Settlers Destroy Beit Ommar Farmer’s Crops
Palestine Solidarity Project 12 Sep 2011 – This morning, Beit Ommar farmers arrived at their lands to discover that large areas of grape vines had been attacked by settlers from the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur. The farmers immediately notified Mahmoud Ahmad Coql, who owns the destroyed fields. In total, the settlers severed…

Israeli Army Raid Beit Ommar, Arrest Three
Palestine Solidarity Project 12 Sep 2011 – Sunday 11th September: In the early hours of Sunday morning, at around 2am, Isreali military forces raided several houses in Beit Ommar, firing teargas and throwing concussion grenades. Three houses were surrounded by dozens of soldiers, who arrested Munib Jahed, 17, university student Nadim Khalil, 21,…

Israeli Army Occupy Homes in al-Nabi Saleh After Demonstration
Palestine Solidarity Project 12 Sep 2011 – 9th September: PSP joined residents of al-Nabi Saleh for their weekly demonstration. Around sixty protesters — comprising local residents, Israelis, and international activists — marched towards the area of several local springs which have been stolen by the nearby illegal settlement of Halamish. The march left…

August 2011 Monthly Media Digest
Middle East Monitor 12 Sep 2011 – August 2011saw a flurry of activity in the region: Yet another Israeli attack on Gaza, Israel refuses to apologise to Turkey over the Flotilla massacre and as social justice protest overwhelm Israeli society, further human rights abuses continue against non-Jewish citizens and Palestinians in the OPTs….

Conference told that water situation in Palestine is “catastrophic”
Middle East Monitor 12 Sep 2011 – A conference in Jericho and the Jordan Valley has been told that the water situation in Palestine is “catastrophic”. Delegates at the “Water is a Human Right” conference include Palestinian and international organisations, individuals and activists. They heard the head of the Palestinian Water Authority accuse…

Tensions rise between UNWRA and its Gaza employees
Middle East Monitor 12 Sep 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Employees at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency [UNWRA] in Gaza have stage a sit-in outside the Agency’s main headquarters where they raised banners and placards demanding dignity for employees and a reversal of the decision made to suspend Staff Union President, Suhail…

Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine, says King Abdullah
Middle East Monitor 12 Sep 2011 – The Jordanian monarch has stressed his country’s independence and the Palestinians’ right to an independent Palestinian state. “Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine,” King Abdullah II told a meeting of writers, intellectuals and academics in Amman. “We haven’t changed politically and we will not change,”…

Preparations for the statehood bid ignoring Palestinians
Joseph Dana 12 Sep 2011 – Despite its power and reach, the Palestinian Authority (PA) have made little effort to explain their controversial statehood bid in the United Nations to the rank and file living in the occupied West Bank. The plethora of opinion pieces, news articles and speeches by Palestinian Authority…

Diplomatic disasters incline Israel towards belligerence
Joseph Dana 12 Sep 2011 – During his press conference on Saturday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared developments in the Middle East to the events of the First World War. He was speaking just hours after the dramatic removal of Israeli embassy staff in Cairo following riots by Egyptian protesters….

Document – Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Further information: Palestinian academic’s detention extended: Ahmad Qatamesh
Sabr 12 Sep 2011 – Further information on UA: 127/11 Index: MDE 15/031/2011 Israel Date: 9 September 2011 URGENT ACTION PALESTINIAN ACADEMIC’S DETENTION EXTENDED Palestinian academic Ahmad Qatamesh received a new six-month administrative detention order on 2 September. T he military judicial review of the order has been postponed ; he remains…

Israeli special force abducts five men south of Gaza
Sabr 11 Sep 2011 – [ 11/09/2011 – 12:06 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— An Israeli military force abducted Saturday night five young Palestinian men east of the Israeli kibbutz Kissufim, adjacent to the southern Gaza Strip, security sources and witnesses said in identical reports. Israeli jeeps accompanied by reconnaissance aircraft and…

Palestinian detainees enter 25th year in Israeli jail
Sabr 10 Sep 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…

Libya rebels ‘committed abuses’
BBC 12 Sep 2011 – Libya’s transitional authorities should take steps to stop abuses carried out by anti-Gaddafi forces, says rights group Amnesty International.

Shia pilgrims shot dead in Iraq
BBC 12 Sep 2011 – A group of 22 Shia pilgrims travelling on a bus to Syria have been found shot dead in Iraq’s western Anbar province, say Iraqi officials.

Lawsuit aims to punish Olympia Food Co-op for boycott of Israeli goods
Sabbah report 10 Sep 2011 – Olympia Food Co-op: We can assure you that this lawsuit will not diminish our commitment to the rule of law and universal human rights for all people.

Show of Force: Security forces deny right to protest of a-Nabi Saleh villagers
B’tselem 11 Sep 2011 – The report, published today (12 September), documents how security forces have denied residents of a-Nabi Saleh their right to protest and have prohibited demonstrations. In dispersing the demonstrations, the forces use tear gas and other means inside the village itself, harming the villagers. With demonstrations likely…


Israeli pyromaniacs are setting the Mideast on fire
Gideon Levy, Ha’aretz9/8/2011
Autumn 2011 is teeming with disasters and our fate has been entrusted to a handful of cynical politicians, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu.
It’s as if summer 2011 never happened, as if there had never been a protest here: Israel is being led with dreadful blindness by a handful of irresponsible politicians, dangerous pyromaniacs without equal, yet the public remains apathetic. The government is pregnant with danger, conducting a scandalous policy, yet there is no protest.
With all the (enormous ) respect due the social protest, it should already have roused a political protest as well. With all the (enormous ) respect due to social issues – the cost of living is indeed a vital issue – but what about life itself, which is now being threatened in our names, yet about which no one utters a peep?
After summer comes autumn; that’s the norm. And autumn 2011 is teeming with disasters: Turkey, America, September at the United Nations – and our fate has been entrusted to a handful of cynical politicians, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, who think that national honor means losing our last ally in the region; that national honor means causing Israelis to fear traveling to their favorite country; that national honor means Israelis undergoing humiliating security checks in Istanbul, and perhaps also soldiers standing trial overseas; that national honor means losing a strategic ally, an important Muslim nation, virtually the only one that accepted us in the region where we have chosen to live.
To Netanyahu and his ministers, national honor also means hearing crude (and justified ) remarks about our prime minister from the former defense secretary of our absolutely last remaining ally. So who – tell me, who – has more honor? The one who demands a deserved apology and refuses to back down, or the one who is leading his country to the brink of destruction? more.. e-mail

Arab Spring reaches Israeli embassy in Cairo
Rashid Shahin, Ma’an News Agency9/12/2011
Seven months after toppling the regime of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian protesters broke into the Israeli embassy in Cairo, tore down the Israeli flag and destroyed part of the contents of the embassy.
Consequently, the Israeli government evacuated the embassy staff and rushed to the American president for help and intervention.
For more than three decades the Israeli embassy was planted in the middle of the Egyptian capital, after the two countries signed what is believed by the Egyptians to be an unfair peace treaty. Since then, the embassy was “protected” by the only two Egyptian presidents in the past four decades, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak.
Since the peace treaty was signed, diplomatic relations with Israel were one of the most problematic issues in the Egyptian political arena.
Peace between the two countries was always described as cold and limited to political elites and a few intellectuals who dared to build relations with Israel or its embassy.
It is not strange that the Arab Spring arrived at the Israeli embassy, which for some Egyptians is a symbol of humiliation and disrespect.
They believe that the peace treaty and its conditions were unfair and imposed on their country in a specific moment of history, when President Sadat was ready to pay any price to take his country from the Soviet Camp to the Western Camp during the cold war era. more.. e-mail

VIDEO – The Children Lose, Again
Abby Zimet, Common Dreams9/9/2011
A California museum has cancelled an exhibit of art by Palestinian kids in Gaza, reportedly after pressure from pro-Israel groups in the Bay Area. The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland had been working for months with the Middle East Children’s Alliance on the project, “A Child’s View of Gaza,” set to open in two weeks. Does it really need to be said: Kids shouldn’t have to pay for the appalling cruelty and stupidity of adults. Look at this art.
“The only winners here are those who spend millions of dollars censoring any criticism of Israel and silencing the voices of children who live every day under military siege and occupation.” – Barbara Lubin of MECA. — See also: Oakland Museum Shuts Down Palestinian Children’s Art Exhibit and MECA: A Child’s View from Gaza more.. e-mail

At the UN, the funeral of the two-state solution
Electronic Intifada: 12 Sep 2011 – Ilan Pappe The Electronic Intifada We are all going to be invited to the funeral of the two-state solution if and when the UN General Assembly announces the acceptance of Palestine as a member state.more

Storming the Embassy: ‘Peace without Justice is Tyranny’
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Sep 2011 – By Nath Aldalala’a What was built on feeble foundations is feeble. The Egypt-Israeli Peace Treaty (EIPT) was signed at a time characterised by a very different domestic and regional political climate. The most notable aspect of that period was the lack of voice from within the ranks of the Egyptian people. Commonly, legitimate governments act on behalf of their citizens to produce rightful, and thus, enduring agreements. Yet this has not been the case with the EIPT. It was signed during a period of acute tension and latent aggression in the region, and this overshadowed any desires for peace. That is, simply, why both the treaty itself and the peace it imposed remained fragile and vulnerable. After the treaty was signed, the Arab world placed a boycott on Egypt and a particularly punitive decision was taken to move the headquarters of the Arab League from Cairo to Tunis. This measure…more

What State Do Palestinians Want?
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Sep 2011 – By Mahmoud N. Musa Before Palestinian politicians go to the General Assembly of the United Nations to ask for recognition of their nominal state, they have to answer this question: Is this what the Palestinian people want? In a poll conducted by the Palestine Center for Public Opinion, pcpo.org, (poll number 169, published February 1st, 2010) conducted in Gaza, and available in Arabic and English, question 39 asked the following from a representative sample: There are lots of strategic concepts for the resolution of the conflict in the region and the self-determination of the Palestinian people. What is your evaluation to each of the following? 1. One democratic state on the soil of the whole historic Palestine, in which all its citizens should enjoy the same rights without religious, racial or gender discrimination. 62.5%. 2. Two states, one Palestinian, the other Israeli, live in peaceful coexistence side by side as…more

World Has Not Been the Same after September 11, 2001
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Sep 2011 – By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The Americans and people all over the world who still remember clearly the unfolding of the horrible events on September 11, 2001 day are commemorating with pain and anguish when 3000 Americans were murdered in cold blood ten years ago. Today the Americans and the rest of the world reflect on the attack and the cost of the wars that followed even when the whole story of that day has not been written yet because we’re still in its midst. When evidence of Al-Qaeda’s connection to the September 11 atrocity was finally made public, the United States embarked on the first war of the 21st century. It unleashed its massive and relenting “war on terror” only twenty-six days after the attack, starting with a devastating blitz on the lair of Osama Bin Laden. The US waged military invasion against Al-Qaeda’s networks in northern Afghanistan and the…more

9/11: The Loneliness of the Falling Man
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Sep 2011 – By William A. Cook The moon outside that sheds its light over this desert landscape of chaparral and twisted Joshua trees where I live is not yet full, but it rises nonetheless, as the sun, fallen below the ragged hills in the west, leaves its salmon glow on distant clouds far to the north, while my mind tries to unravel meaning in a film, not yet released in the United States, “The Falling Man,” that filters through my thoughts this eve of infamy, the atrocity of 9/11*.The film highlights a photograph taken by Richard Drew of a man hurtling to his death, one shot in a series as he fell from the 102nd story of the World Trade Center. It is a shot no one wants to see or remember; yet it is unforgettable, catastrophic, a frozen image of human suffering, desperation, forlornness, loneliness in the last seconds of light…more

Children of Qalandiya: Occupation Starts Here
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Sep 2011 – By Tamar Fleishman — The West Bank I wanted to write about Mahmud, the thirteen year old boy that ever since his return from Ofer prison is the first of the children who hurry to greet me on my arrival. Perhaps this is because finally someone has taken an interest in his fate. It isn’t often that someone expresses interest and concern for the children of Qalandiya. More than often people make demands of them, reject them and abuse them. These children are destined to servitude. I no longer regard Mahmud as just another child in the bunch, he is an individual, he is noticed, his photograph is taken, he smiles, he waits for that specific day in the week when he receives his photos, and when I ask him about the leg that was injured when he was beaten, he tilts his head with timidity, which is uncommon among…more

The Egyptian People Want Israel Out
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Sep 2011 – By Julie Webb-Pullman – Gaza The hasty and undignified departure of Israeli embassy staff from Cairo following popular protests on Friday (September 09) underscores the highly-tenuous state of Israeli-Egyptian relations, as well as the strength and determination of the Egyptian people. Since the overthrow of Israeli-US stalwart Mubarak, there have been increasing demands to revise Israeli-Egyptian relations, based on the perception that Israel has never honored the 1978 Camp David accords which govern them. Failure to Honor Camp David The preamble for these Accords states “The agreed basis for a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Israel and its neighbours is United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, in all its parts,” and the Framework, that “the parties are determined to reach a just, comprehensive, and durable settlement of the Middle East conflict through the conclusion of peace treaties based on Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 in all their parts.” (…more

Focusing on Zionist Myths
Dissident Voice: 12 Sep 2011 – I first met Greg Felton during the Halifax Symposium on Media and Disinformation in 2004 where he was one of the featured speakers. Armed with a plethora of facts and knowledge surrounding the Zionist Jew’s dispossession of the Palestinian people, his presentation was informative and forceful. I agree with his depiction of the utter immorality of Zionist dispossession and occupation of Palestinians. However, I know from our previous conversations that we differ markedly on the Canadian state’s dispossession of its Original Peoples. He is the author of The Host and the Parasite and his latest book is Exploding Middle East Myths: 15 Years of Fighting Zionist Propaganda . Exploding Middle East Myths reveals that Zionists formed common cause with Nazis, disabuses the notion that all Jews are Semites and historically tied to a Holy Land, argues that Hamas is a legitimate resistance, portrays Israel as rejectionist, describes how Israel fought the…more

Secret Diplomatic Cables Reveal Microsoft’s “Win-Win” Deal with Tunisian Police State
Dissident Voice: 12 Sep 2011 – Following revelations by Bloomberg Markets Magazine that a spun-off intelligence unit of German electronics giant Siemens, Trovicor , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Perusa Partners Fund 1 LP , a shadowy investment firm headquartered in Guernsey, had sold surveillance gear to Bahrain deployed against the pro-democracy movement, it has since emerged that Microsoft established an IT training program for Ministry of Justice and Interior officials in Tunisia. A secret State Department cable published by the whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks, 06TUNIS2424 , “Microsoft Inks Agreement with GOT,” 22 September 2006, noted that “during the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum in South Africa July 11-12, the GOT and the Microsoft Corporation signed a partnership agreement that provides for Microsoft investment in training, research, and development, but also commits the GOT to using licensed Microsoft software.” The export of high-tech products, included software suites employed for spying on political dissidents, are said to be closely regulated under U.S….more

Egyptians Break Down the Wall around the Israeli Embassy
Dissident Voice: 12 Sep 2011 – Last week, in the wake of public anger over the killing of five Egyptian police officers and soldiers at the borders with Israel, who were reported caught up in the crossfire while the Israeli forces were hunting down a group of infiltrators who carried out the Eilat ambush , Cairo witnessed yet another week of popular rage. The ensuing Egyptian anger targeted the Israeli embassy as thousands of protesters rallied around the embassy for almost a week calling for the expulsion of the ambassador and the whole diplomatic mission. The Egyptian interim government convened on the night of the border killings and actually released a statement via email to the press stating that the Egyptian ambassador in Tel Aviv has been officially instructed to return to Cairo until further notice. A few hours later, during which lengthy deliberations between the military council and Esaam Sharaf, the Egyptian prime minister, seemed to…more

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