VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 20 September, 2011: PA goes to UN without Palestinian consensus behind it

20 September 2011 , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Supporting Palestinian-UN Bid, Protest Held In Front of U.S Embassy In Tel Aviv
IMEMC – Tuesday September 20, 2011 – 21:27, Dozens of members and supporters of the National Democratic Assembly held on Tuesday evening a protest in front of the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, demanding the U.S. not to veto the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations, the Arabs48 news website reported.

Netanyahu Protester Sues Security Guards For Injuring Her
IMEMC – Tuesday September 20, 2011 – 19:29, A Jewish human rights activist who stood up to challenge the Israeli Prime Minister’s address to the US Congress this spring and call for equal rights for Palestinians has filed charges against four security officers who she says tackled and injured her.

Abbas Ready To Meet Netanyahu In New York
IMEMC – Tuesday September 20, 2011 – 12:33, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he is ready to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and any other Israeli officials as along as they have something new to offer, the Maan News Agency reported late Monday.

Ma’an News

2 teens die from injuries after Gaza tunnel collapse
9/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian teenagers have died from injuries sustained when a smuggling tunnel under Gaza’s border with Egypt collapsed on Monday, medics said. Ashraf Al-Qarra, 17, died on Monday afternoon and Haytham Abu Radwan, also 17, died on Tuesday morning, the ambulance and emergencies committee in Gaza said in….

Settlers ‘pelt Palestinian car with stones’
9/20/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers from the Bet El settlement near Ramallah hurled stones at a Palestinian truck on Monday, causing damage to the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Zahir Daana, told Ma’an that he was traveling to Tulkarem when the settlers attacked him. He was not hurt….

Medics: Teen hurt as settlers storm Nablus village
9/20/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A 14-year-old Palestinian was hurt by Israeli forces on Tuesday during clashes with settlers in Asira Al-Qibliya village south of Nablus, witnesses and medics said. Medics said Israeli forces shot Aref Aref in the back, during confrontations which erupted after dozens of settlers marched on the village. AFP said he….

Official: Palestine has 7 votes in Security Council
9/20/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Seven countries in the Security Council are committed to supporting Palestine’s bid for membership in the UN, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said Tuesday. Malki told Voice of Palestine radio that Gabon, a non-permanent member, resolved to support the decision, according to Wafa, the official PA news agency….

Local committee: Soldiers occupy Beit Ummar building
9/20/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces took control of a building under construction on Monday evening in the village of Beit Ummar near Hebron, a local committee said. The Israeli military took control of the privately-owned building and stationed 15 soldiers there, spokesman of the local popular committee Ayyad Awad told Ma’an. The….

Israeli court releases politician to house arrest
9/20/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – An Israeli military court sentenced on Monday a Palestinian politician from Jerusalem to house arrest for 30 days. The Palestinian Popular Struggle Front said in a statement that Awni Abu Ghosh was sent to house arrest Monday just after he was released from Israeli custody. Abu Ghosh is secretary of the….

Abbas ‘willing to meet Netanyahu’
9/20/2011 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he told Fox News in an interview on Monday.” I will meet any Israeli official any time,” the president said.”But there is no use if there is nothing tangible.” The Israeli news site Ynet reported Tuesday that….

US, Israeli military chiefs meet
9/20/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his US counterpart Leon Panetta met Monday at the Pentagon to discuss political changes in the region ahead of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. At the second Pentagon meeting for the two defense leaders since Panetta became Defense Secretary in July, “Panetta and….

China ‘supports Palestinians’ UN aspirations’
9/20/2011 – BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it understood and supported Palestinian aspirations to seek full UN membership, but stopped short of saying how it would vote on the matter. China “believes that establishing a state is a legal right the Palestinian people cannot be denied and is the basis and precondition….

UK’s Hague: No progress on Quartet Mideast statement
9/20/2011 – NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Middle East Quartet of peace negotiators has made no progress on a statement to avoid a showdown between Palestinians and Israelis over Palestinian plans to seek full UN statehood, Britain’s foreign secretary said on Tuesday. William Hague told reporters that the objective of the Quartet — the United States, Russia….

Demonstrations planned to support UN bid
9/20/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The West Bank will witness large demonstrations Wednesday in support of the UN statehood bid, and some institutions are encouraging their employees and students to take the day off to attend. In Ramallah, Palestinians are expected to gather in the early morning for a march to the tomb of late President….

Fatah: No agreement with Hamas to prevent UN bid rallies
9/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Fatah movement on Monday evening denied claims made by Hamas that an agreement had been reached in the Gaza Strip to prevent the organization of rallies supporting the UN bid. Earlier on Monday, Hamas had said that an agreement had been reached with Fatah to prevent popular protests in….

Israel settlers march to protest UN bid
9/20/2011 – BEIT EL (AFP) — A few hundred Israeli settlers were on Tuesday marching through the northern West Bank to protest against Palestinian plans to seek full membership of the United Nations. One group of several dozen people marched from Beit El settlement near the city of Ramallah towards a military base, waving Israeli flags and singing….

Palestinian envoy: Spain making diplomatic efforts to support UN bid
9/20/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez will meet with President Abbas in New York, the Palestinian ambassador to Spain Kifah Odeh said Monday. The Spanish minister is also making diplomatic efforts in support of the Palestinian people, Odeh said in an interview with Ramallah-based radio station Mawtini. Spain will try to….

US official: Quartet talks have been productive
9/20/2011 – NEW YORK (Reuters) – Talks among the “Quartet” of Middle East peace mediators to find a path to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been productive and should continue, a U. S. official told reporters on Monday….

Giant ‘UN chair’ unveiled in Ramallah
9/20/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestine Deserves campaign unveiled a giant symbolic UN chair in Ramallah’s central Manara square on Tuesday during a rally to support the bid for membership of the world body. The chair, made of iron and plaster, stands 3. 5 meters high and 6. 5 meters wide. Before unveiling….

Rally at US embassy calling for Palestinian state
9/20/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A few dozen people protested Tuesday in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv, urging the Obama administration to back down on threats to veto Palestine’s membership in the UN. Many of the protesters were from the traditionally Arab party Balad, Israel’s Ynet news….

Sarkozy: Don’t let Palestinian row poison Arab spring
9/20/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy sounded a warning Tuesday over the current showdown between Israel and the Palestinians saying it should not harm the pro-democracy Arab spring.” Beware that conflicts which have lasted more than 60 years do not poison the building of democracy in Muslim countries,” Sarkozy told a meeting on Libya….

Paris-based Palestinian composes anthem for homeland
9/20/2011 – PARIS (Reuters) — A Palestinian living in Francehas come up with what has become an unwitting anthem for his homeland’s bid for nationhood at the United Nations meeting later this week. Ahmed Dari, who until recently worked for the United Nations’ Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation, is the author of “Mestani Dawla be….

Palestinian embassy holds cultural day in Ireland
9/20/2011 – DUBLIN, Ireland (Ma’an) — The Palestinian embassy in Dublin held a cultural day on Saturday, showcasing Palestinian dress, food, films, music and dance. Assisted by the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union and Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance, the embassy organized the day as a reminder of Palestinians’ right to live freely on….

Saudi Arabia donates $200 million to the PA
9/20/2011 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will pay $200 million to the Palestinian Authority, the official Palestinian news agency said on Monday, funds that will ease a financial crisis faced by the authority as it prepares to apply for full UN membership this week. Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf called Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to….

Amnesty: EU response to Libya refugee crisis ‘abysmal’
9/20/2011 – LONDON (AFP) — Amnesty International on Tuesday attacked the European Union’s “abysmal” response to the mounting refugee crisis on Libya’s borders caused by the recent Arab Spring uprisings. A new briefing paper issued by the rights group called on EU member states to “urgently address” the worsening situation by opening their borders….

6 killed in Syria bloodshed as opposition vies to organize
9/20/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian security forces killed six people on Monday, five during a raid in the flash-point central province of Homs, as the opposition scrambled to organize against the regime, activists said. In Geneva, the UN human rights office said the regime’s bloody crackdown on protesters is intensifying. President Bashar al-Assad’s….

Al Jazeera director-general stepping down
9/20/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The director-general of the Qatar-based Arabic television network Al Jazeera has announced that he will step down after eight years as its top executive, Al Jazeera said. In a farewell note to Al Jazeera staff, the network said, Wadah Khanfar mentioned that upon his appointment he spoke with the chairman and….

Palestine Note

Netanyahu in Last Minute Attempt to Restart Direct Negotiations
Palestine Note 20 Sep 2011 – PA insists on pre-conditions before talks with Israel Al Jazeera – Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has called for a meeting in New York this week with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to relaunch “direct negotiations”. The call came as…


‘Ceasefire’ halts third day of Sanaa violence
AlJazeera 20 Sep 2011 – Truce mediated by Yemen vice-president between pro- and anti-regime forces brings relative peace after earlier fighting., Body calls for freezing of Syria and Yemen’s membership of league until the two nations end violence against protesters.

Palestinians insist on terms for Israel talks
AlJazeera 20 Sep 2011 – Foregin minister says Israel must accept terms of reference before negotiations can resume, as suggested by Netanyahu.

Al Jazeera director general steps down
AlJazeera 20 Sep 2011 – Wadah Khanfar, Al Jazeera’s top executive since 2003, to step down after leading the network to global prominence.

Palestine News Network

Israeli army detains citizens and increases checkpoints and presence in villages
PNN – The Israeli army detained citizen Baha’ Jaser Abdel -Razaq from Deit Ballut, Salfit, on Tuesday morning. The army arrested Abdel-Razaq in an olive field near “Al Ze’if’ settlement while he was checking…

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation 13th International Conference panel…
PNN – According to a press release by HCEF, panelists will be “panelists will be Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute; Dr. Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and…

Alternative Information Center

Urgent Appeal: Human Rights Defender Habash Again Prevented from Travelling Abroad
Alternative Information Center – Addameer is gravely concerned about the renewed implementation of a travel ban on a member of its Board of Directors, Yousef Habash, a longtime human rights defender working for the Health Work Committees (HWC), less than…

Relief Web

Successful statebuilding in the Palestinian Territory
Relief Web 19 Sep 2011 – Source: Government of Norway Country: occupied Palestinian territory Today, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for assistance to the Palestinians (AHLC) commended the Palestinian Authority for its implementation of the government programme over the last three years, and confirmed that it…

Palestine Telegraph

Clashes reported in northern Hebron
20 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-violent clashes erupted on Tuesday between Israeli forces and Palestinian residents near al-Uroob refugee camp in the north of Hebron.

The National

Lawyer for two American hitchhikers held in Iran back in court
The National 20 Sep 2011 – A second judge whose signature is required on the bail papers to free Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal was on holiday until yesterday, their Iranian attorney has said.

Coordinated blasts hit Iraqi city of Ramadi
The National 20 Sep 2011 – A car bomb followed by two suicide attacks just minutes apart in Ramadi, 100 kilometres west of Baghdad, targeted Anbar provincial government offices in the centre of the city.

US spy agencies struggle with languages needed in Middle East
The National 20 Sep 2011 – In the post-Cold War world, as it fights terrorism rather than Communism, the US government needs speakers of Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Dari, Urdu, and other languages that its spy agencies say are more difficult for English-speakers to learn.

Iraq looks to triple its palm trees in revival of date farming
The National 20 Sep 2011 – Programme aims to increase the number and variety of trees in country famed for quality of dates after plantations have been badly affected by decades of war.

Opposition in Kuwait to stage rally over corruption allegations
The National 20 Sep 2011 – Islamist, liberal and nationalist groups claim some Kuwaiti MPs have received around US$350m in corrupt payments, and are demanding the government¬øs resignation.

US preparing for post-Assad violence in Syria, says report
The National 20 Sep 2011 – Washington is quietly working with Turkey to plan for a post-Assad future that could see Syria¬øs various ethnic groups battle for control of the country, according to a report

Bahrain announces payouts for protest victims
The National 20 Sep 2011 – The new fund will pay compensation to all Bahrainis, including security officials and public officials, who would be considered victimised during the protests earlier this year, in which more than 30 people died.

Ceasefire halts bloodshed in Sanaa after three days
The National 20 Sep 2011 – Truce negotiated by Yemen’s vice-president and western ambassadors brings respite after 60 die.


Israel PM departs for UN, says does not expect ‘warm welcome’
Ha’aretz – Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Likud conference, says has tried to approach Palestinian President Abbas several times for negotiations, to no avail.

Israel’s president requests heads of state to oppose Palestinian UN bid
Ha’aretz – In phone calls with the presidents of Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Shimon Peres promotes direct negotiations; Palestinian sources: negotiations are complimentary, not contradictory, to UN bid.

Palestinian official to Haaretz: We are ready to consider ‘serious’ negotiations with Israel
Ha’aretz – Husam Zomlot says negotiations must include settlements and terms of previous agreements; expects a majority at UN Security Council for Palestinian independence

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Perry blasts Obama’s Mideast policy
Ha’aretz – Rick Perry, Republican presidential front-runner, says U.S. president’s demands ftrom Israel emboldened Palestinians to appeal for UN recognition.

Chemi Shalev / Texas Governor Rick Perry: Like a Likudnik
Ha’aretz – In his New York rally, Republican presidential front-runner adopted the rhetoric of Israel’s radical right lock, stock and barrel.

Report: UN vote on Palestinian statehood might be delayed for weeks
Ha’aretz – Sources say a ‘silent agreement’ exists among Western powers to act to postpone the Security Council vote.

Akiva Eldar / Palestinians will land from UN dream into Mideast reality
Ha’aretz – Israel’s struggle against the granting of even a symbolic expression of Palestinian sovereignty implies that Palestinian attempt to change reality will run into opposition.

Palestinians plan mass rally in support of UN statehood bid
Ha’aretz – The rally, set to take place in Ramallah, will include a march from the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to Manara Square in the center of the city.

Former Afghan president assassinated; Karzai cancels UN visit
Ha’aretz – Burhanuddin Rabbani was also the Afghan peace council tasked with trying to negotiate a political end to the Afghanistan war; presidential adviser badly wounded.

Donniel Hartman
Ha’aretz – A Response to Palestinian Unilateralism: A Time to Lead

UN welcomes Libya’s new leadership; Obama pledges support
Ha’aretz – Libya returns to the national flag used from pre-Gadhafi time; Obama returns U.S. envoy to Tripoli, urges Gadhafi loyalists to ‘lay down your arms and join the new Libya.’

Footage shows aftermath of deadly terror attack in Turkey’s capital
Ha’aretz – 3 killed, 34 wounded after car bomb goes off near high school in Ankara; Turkish interior minister: It looks like the intension was to inflict as much harm to people as possible.

Report: Gadhafi spotted as rebels capture parts of south Libya town
Ha’aretz – Witnesses say ex-Libya President Muammar Gadhafi living in Sabha, 750 kilometers south of capital Tripoli; deposed leader makes defiant statement through Syria-based TV channel Tuesday.

AJC slams pro-Israel group over anti-Obama ad in NY Times
Ha’aretz – The ad, sponsored by a group called the “Emergency Committee for Israel”, reads ‘Tell President Obama: Enough. It’s time to stand with Israel’.

‘Palestinians need just two more Security Council votes in bid for statehood’
Ha’aretz – Palestinian Foreign Minister says attempts underway to win over Gabon, Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, in quest for UNSC majority; U.S. has vowed to veto the proposal if it cannot garner a blocking majority.

Mahmoud Abbas is having the time of his life
Ha’aretz – At 76 years of age, with less than a year to go before his supposed retirement, the Palestinian president has suddenly got the world in his hands, or at least at his feet.

After TheMarker revealed gouging in periphery: Tens of thousands threaten to boycott Super-Sol, Mega
Ha’aretz – Super-Sol Deal’s prices were 30% higher in Sderot than Jerusalem, and were also 30% more in Dimona and Nes Tziona than in Ramat Gan.

Social protest may have rescued Apax from having to sell its investment bank
Ha’aretz – Could the cottage cheese protest have saved Apax from having to choose between Tnuva and Psagot?

Emblaze founder Eli Reifman sentenced to 4 years
Ha’aretz – “Reifman committed fraud while using his reputation as a talented and successful businessman,” Judge David Rozen wrote in the ruling.

Veteran Israeli actress breaks world record for longest career
Ha’aretz – Hanna Meron, who began acting at age 4 has been referred to as ‘the first lady of Israeli theater.’

Texas Governor Rick Perry: Like a Likudnik
Ha’aretz – In his New York rally, Republican presidential front-runner adopted the rhetoric of Israel’s radical right lock, stock and barrel.

Germany’s Merkel presses Turkey President to end rift with Israel
Ha’aretz – President Abdullah Gul meets German Chancellor during four-day visit to Germany; Germany’s interests in Middle East hurt by Israel-Turkey diplomatic crisis.

Court remands Israeli settler suspected of vandalizing IDF West Bank base
Ha’aretz – Police say there is evidence linking Alex Ostrovsky, 27, to an attack on an Israeli military base following the destruction of 3 illegal homes in the Migron outpost.

U.S. urges Russia to steer Palestinian statehood bid toward renewed peace talks
Ha’aretz – Secretary of State Clinton tells Russian counterpart that Palestinian action ‘at the United Nations is not the best way forward,’ advocates return to negotiation table.

Israel ready to launch peace talks with Palestinians tomorrow, UN envoy says
Ha’aretz – Diplomatic efforts to avoid unilateral steps continue in the lead-up to the UN vote on Palestinian statehood, says UN Ambassador Ron Prosor.

Jordan’s King says Israel must choose if it is fortress or part of Mideast
Ha’aretz – As UN vote on Palestinian statehood looms, Jordan King warns of possible ‘negative impact’ from ongoing negotiations stalemate; says U.S. veto against Palestinian statehood at UN Security Council would only further isolate Israel.

Jerusalem Post

Egypt bars Islamist terror group from forming political par
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya waged violent campaign in 1990s culminating in Luxor massacre.

Analysis: September and the settler factor
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – IDF prepares for violent/non-violent Palestinian uprising, settler instigation, “price tag” attacks.

8-month Labor saga comes to a head in today’s race
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Amir Peretz and Shelly Yacimovich vie for head of Labor party; polls open at 10 a.m., close at 10 p.m.

Clinton, Russian FM to finalize statement before Friday
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Diplomats working toward two-state solution as statehood bid “will not produce the kind of outcome that everyone is hoping for,” Clinton says.

Walk out on Ahmadinejad at the UN General Assembly
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – At this time of upheaval and change, should the world be complacent with regard to nuclear weapons in hands of unstable and nascent governments?

The UN’s tragic failure
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – In the General Assembly, about 20 anti-Israel resolutions are adopted each year, as opposed to just five or six against other countries.

Barak convinces Nigeria to vote against PA UN state bid
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Defense minister meets with Nigerian president to discuss Palestinian statehood, says Nigeria will vote against state bid in UN Security council; Gabon still on the fence.

David Mamet says it all
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – The connection between the Left and hatred of Israel.

America, Jewry’s disenchantment with the Democratic Party
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – No Holds Barred: The righteous anger of the American voter is causing career politicians who have sat in safe seats for sixteen years to quake in their boots.

Amending justice
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Britain’s amendment of its universal jurisdiction law is a step in the right direction, but what’s needed is a more coherent policy.

Terra Incognita: Equal rights in the Negev for all Israelis
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Beduins should not receive preferential treatment because of the government’s historic abandonment of the land.

A good kick might solve the problem
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Retired champion footballer Haim Revivo might be the best person to mend fences between Israel and Turkey, Yigal Bashan suggests.

W. Bank settlers hold marches to protest UN bid
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Around 200 march in northern Samaria to protest Palestinian statehood bid; “We’re here to show the world that this is ours,” says resident.

Vilnai to ‘Post’: PA working to contain demonstrations
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – “No reason for violence to erupt or for events to get out of control,” no indication of violent resistance plans, home front defense minister says.

First female bomb squad officer joins the police
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Inbal Gawai took part in graduation at police academy in Bet Shemesh after successfully completing grueling 10-month long training course.

Jordan woos Gulf tourists
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Europeans, Americans stay away amid unrest, prompting search for replacement; tourism from Gulf Cooperation Council grows.

Perry says Obama Mideast policy is ‘naive, arrogant’
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – GOP presidential candidate says Obama’s moral equivalency towards Palestinians, Israelis, encouraged Palestinian to petition UN for state.

Poland walks away from Durban III conference
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – “Event could be used to promote racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia,” says embassy diplomat in Berlin; Poland 14th country to pull out of event.

Supreme Court gives reprieve for Rothschild tent city
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Members of the Rothschild tent protest encampment filed a petition to the Supreme Court after TA court allowed evacuation of encampment.

Israel atomic chief says Iran designing nuclear weapon
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – IAEC chief also warns of nuclear terrorism from Libyan and Syrian fallout as both countries become more unstable.

Netanyahu: It’s important that we tell ‘our truth’ at UN
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Prime minister speaks at Likud gathering before scheduled trip to New York; reiterates call for negotiations in order to create lasting peace.

PA urges peaceful protests amid UN bid
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – PA security forces spokesman says no “anarchy” would be allowed during demonstrations protesters will be restricted to PA-controlled areas.

CITYsights: Monkey business as usual in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo not only preserves endangered species from all over the world but conserves various species mentioned in the Bible too.

‘Israeli Idol’ Diana Golbi brings act and message to US
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Star performs short set of songs in New York on behalf of ELEM, a nonprofit organization that assists “distressed youth” in Israel.

Ask the Barman: The perfect English gentleman
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – William Salsbury takes his job very seriously and can often be found on the other side of bar, “researching” the different types of beer on offer.

Australian burial society live-streams funerals
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Cameras installed in cemeteries; service popular because Jewish families dispersed across Diaspora, says Chevra Kadisha director.

Police arrest one of the leaders of Mea She’arim ‘mafia’
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Owners of bookstore harassed by Sikrikim extremists fears retaliation; three detained by police in closure of illegal slaughterhouse.

Gaddafi releases defiant message from hiding
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Deposed Libyan leader says political system he implemented based on “power of the people” cannot be removed, NATO bombs “will not last.”

Saudis to give PA $200m. to help ease financial crisis
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Move comes after IMF, World Bank identify PA economic crisis as danger to state-building program which Fayyad has led over last 2 years.

Euro lawmakers gather in Kiev to condemn anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2011 – Declaration 70 years after Babi Yar: Massacre “symbol of man’s inhumanity to man.”

The Guardian

Palestinian statehood: plan emerges to avoid UN showdown
The Guardian 20 Sep 2011 – Compromise would see Mahmoud Abbas submit letter to security council, which would then defer vote until further talks International efforts to forestall a showdown in the UN security council over the declaration of a Palestinian state…

Rick Perry accuses Barack Obama of betraying Israel over Palestinian bid
The Guardian 20 Sep 2011 – Texas governor turns Palestinian statehood bid into election issue, accusing Obama of siding with ‘orchestrators of terrorism’ The confrontation over the Palestinian bid to win recognition as a state at the United Nations shifted to the…

Palestine Q&A: towards an independent state
The Guardian 20 Sep 2011 – Palestine will become the 194th member of the UN if its application for statehood goes ahead and succeeds. But what will this mean? What will be the territory of Palestine? Palestine is likely to consist of…

Palestinians: we are already recognised as a state by two-thirds of the globe
The Guardian 20 Sep 2011 – UN delegation claims member countries comprising 75% of the world’s population are in favour of its bid for full statehood Interactive: which countries already recognise Palestinian? Almost two-thirds of the UN’s member states — representing more…

Which countries recognise Palestine already? – interactive
The Guardian 20 Sep 2011 – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is to this week make a bid for UN membership. Click below to see the countries that already recognise Palestine as a state, and the proportion of the world’s population and economy…

New tramline connects communities and divides opinion in Jerusalem
The Guardian 20 Sep 2011 – ‘Handy but politically questionable’ transport link runs through Jewish and Arab settlements and into controversy For more than 10 years people in Jerusalem complained bitterly about the road works and congestion for the new tramline. But…

Jewish news network to broadcast from tomorrow
The Guardian 20 Sep 2011 – A Jewish news network is to begin broadcasting from tomorrow. Its main goal is to serve as the Jewish version of Al-Jazeera, which has secured an audience of tens of millions of Arab viewers over the…

Theresa May defends decision to exclude Palestinian activist from UK
The Guardian 20 Sep 2011 – As high court decides upon legality of Sheikh Raed Salah’s detention, home secretary admits tougher line on extremism The home secretary, Theresa May, has defended her decision to exclude the Palestinian political activist Sheikh Raed Salah…


Libyan rebels ‘Brigade for Purging Slaves’ targets black Africans
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – Libyan rebel fighters are allegedly abusing dark-skinned Libyans and migrant black African workers, ignoring calls for restraint from the National Transitional Council. Black Libyans and African migrants have been targeted by Libyan rebel fighters who even have a special unit for the purpose. The ‘Brigade for Purging Slaves, black skin’ have torched the homes…

Official: Palestine has 7 votes in Security Council
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – – Seven countries in the Security Council are committed to supporting Palestine’s bid for membership in the UN, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said Tuesday. Malki told Voice of Palestine radio that Gabon, a non-permanent member, resolved to support the decision, according to Wafa, the official PA news agency based in Ramallah. Malki…

Africa: Vultures Descend On Libya
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – The visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Libya last Thursday exposed the real powers behind the Libyan invasion. Theirs was a shameless show of the “new imperialism” proposed by Tony Blair’s chief policy advisor, Robert Cooper in his treatise, “Re-ordering the World: The Long Term Implications of…

Video: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi speech, English subtitles, 20.09.2011
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – ….The Libyan people are here and they are with me, nobody can represent us. So no legitimacy to anything else or anyone else, the power belongs to the people. All Libyans are members of the People’s Committees. Anything else is false. What is happening now in Libya is a charade which can only take…

BBC Poll: 45% of Americans Support Palestinian State
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – Despite the drumbeat of negativity heard virtually every day in the American media from the Obama-Clinton-Ross crowd, Americans support by a strong plurality independence for Palestine. A BBC global poll of 19 countries including the U.S. found that overall 49% backed statehood and 21% opposed. In the U.S. it was 45% for and 36%…

“The Israeli army would never leave here; we are safe” – Settlers react to Palestinian statehood bid
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – Over 300,000 Israelis live in settlements inside the West Bank – illegally under international law. What will happen to them if the UN accepts the Palestinian bid for statehood on 23 September? Will they stay, leave or fight? David Wilder is not worried. “We are not unfamiliar with difficult situations,” he says. “We can…

Syria News – September 19, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – …Syria: Nine people were martyred today due to gunfire by security forces and the Army. Of these, five were from Hawla in Homs, among them a special-needs deaf-mute child. Hama, Lattakia, and Idlib saw one martyr each, in addition to a martyred soldier from Daraa. Daraa: Inkhel: martyrdom of Sgt. Najm Al-Jawad, in Rastan…

Al-Wazir: PA could collapse if US withdraws aid
Uruknet September 19, 2011 — A formal call for Palestinian statehood at the United Nations this week could bring severe financial strains, even a potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the territories’ top banker told Reuters on Monday. The United States, a major source of financing and aid for the Palestinian Authority, opposes a unilateral call for statehood. Washington…

The Conquest of Thieves
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – When Frankenstein decided to and ultimately created his monster he doubtlessly thought he was being quite clever, but what he clearly didn’t bear in mind while doing so and something that would highlight his astounding stupidity in the process, was the likelihood that his clever creation would in turn develop a mind and will…

Fatah denies deal with Hamas on UN statehood bid rallies in Gaza
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – Officials of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party denied Monday they had agreed with the Islamic Hamas movement not to hold rallies to back the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations. Abdallah Abu Samhadana, a senior Fatah official in Gaza, told Xinhua that Fatah leaders met with Hamas leaders in Gaza earlier Monday…

Iraq snapshot – September 19, 2011
Uruknet September 19, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, a US soldier dies over the weekend, Jalal Talabani comes to the US, the 8 arrested last week in the investigation of killing 22 Shia pilgrims are released, the governmental gridlock continues in Iraq, Matthew Rotshcild’s latest guest is a doozy, and more….Al Rafidayn reports that a prison fire in the…

Palestinians Prepare for Settler Attacks Over UN Vote
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – – Amidst reports that the Israeli military is arming and training Israeli settlers in advance of the Palestinian Authority’s bid to recognise a Palestinian state at the United Nations later this week, Palestinian activists in the West Bank have organised emergency response teams to document settler attacks and prevent more from taking place. “This…

Witnesses: Settlers uproot over 500 trees in Salfit
Uruknet September 19, 2011 — Israeli settlers uprooted over 500 olive and fig trees in Deir Istiya village in Salfit on Monday morning, witnesses said. Onlookers said residents of the Revava settlement chopped down trees using a chainsaw in Qarawat Bani Hassan village near Deir Istiya. The village mayor said the field belonged to Daoud Yousef Harb, a resident…

Video: Muammar Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim calls to not yield to the invasion
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – … Brothers, we are still decided to win and we urge everyone in the world and every Libyan to not yield to these gangs, to not celebrate with them, to disagree with their ideas, to not be quiet and not give them any legitimacy, because we will come back strongly, we will liberate Tripoli, liberate…

Yemeni forces kill 20 more protesters in capital
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – Yemeni security forces killed 20 people, some shot by snipers from rooftops, in a crowd of protesters on Monday demanding the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, medics and witnesses said, in rising violence that has broken an uneasy stalemate. In the worst bloodshed seen since March, medics at various hospitals said a further…

French lawyers to sue Sarkozy over Libya abuses
Uruknet September 19, 2011 – In Libya, new government forces are turning up the heat on Colonel Gaddafi’s remaining supporters. Meanwhile, some Western leaders are facing charges at home over the legacy of their military intervention. The defiant loyalists are making a last stand in three key cities – Sirte, Bani Walid and Sabha – which have been under…

Daily Star

12 killed in violence despite cease-fire as Yemen heads toward civil war
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Raging battles between government forces and military units opposed to Yemen’s president killed 12 people in the capital Tuesday as a crisis over a violent state crackdown on popular unrest drifted toward civil war.

Abbas barrels on toward statehood
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pressed ahead with his campaign for statehood before the U.N. despite frantic U.S. efforts Tuesday…

Berri calls for legislative session to pass power bill
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called Tuesday for a legislative session Thursday to study and approve remaining draft laws on the agenda…

Faraya mayor slams FPM for imposing will on town
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Faraya’s Mayor Nidal Khalil lashed out at the Free Patriotic Movement Tuesday for attempting to impose its will in the Kesrouan town after being defeated in the 2009 municipal elections.

Christian church leaders urge unity at Balamand meeting
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Leaders of Lebanon’s Maronite Church held talks Tuesday with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim, the head of the country’s second-largest Christian community…

Irish troops killed in ’89 could have been spared
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 The lives of three Irish peacekeepers killed when a land mine exploded in south Lebanon 22 years ago could have been spared, a recent report revealed.

Khoury promises to tackle desertification
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Environment Minister Nazim Khoury pledged that Lebanon would do its part to slow climate change and desertification during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday…

Around 2,000 rally in Beirut for Palestinian statehood
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Around 2,000 protesters gathered outside the U.N. regional office in Beirut Tuesday, in support of the Palestinian bid for full statehood recognition.

Decision to prohibit alcohol sale in Hadath late at night sparks controversy
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 While recent bans on the sale of alcohol in predominantly Shiite towns have been implemented rather quietly, a decision prohibiting the sale of alcohol late at night is dividing residents in the town of Hadath.

Aramta villagers slam media reports on killer of Hajj Dibs
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Residents of the village of Aramta said Tuesday that the family of Ali al-Hajj Dib, who were murdered Sunday, were wronged twice…

LF slams vandalism against its advertisements
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 The Lebanese Forces condemned Tuesday vandalism that targeted its advertisement campaign ahead of a weekend rally to honor the party’s martyrs.

Aoun: Assad will not fall, Hariri at fault on maritime debacle
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun ruled out Tuesday the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Future bloc condemns Syrian army incursion
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 The Future parliamentary bloc condemned the recent incursion by the Syrian army into Lebanese territories, stressing that the Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces must protect the country’s borders.

Franjieh holds talks on new electoral law
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh held talks Tuesday with members of the Greek Orthodox gathering in anticipation of discussions on a new parliamentary electoral law.

Syria will emerge from ordeal stronger: envoy
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali said Tuesday that Syria would emerge from its ordeal stronger and more united than before.

All Maronite leaders to attend Bkirki meeting
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 A meeting of Lebanon’s rival Maronite leaders and lawmakers will be held as scheduled Friday, with full attendance expected, officials said Tuesday…

Refugees largely optimistic of success at U.N.
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Ahead of the Palestinian request for state recognition at the U.N. Security Council in New York Friday…

Sleiman schedules Libya meeting
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 President Michel Sleiman said Tuesday a meeting will be held in Beirut on Nov. 24 between the Lebanese and Libyan authorities to discuss investment prospects, in addition to joint cooperation, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Obama urges Gadhafi forces to lay down arms
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 U.S. President Barack Obama called Tuesday for the last of Moammar Gadhafi’s forces to lay down their arms as he announced the return of the U.S. ambassador to Tripoli and pledged to help Libya rebuild.

Palestinians, settlers clash ahead of U.N. bid
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Jewish settlers protested Tuesday against Palestinian plans to seek United Nations endorsement of statehood in the occupied West Bank, and clashes erupted in one village, underscoring growing tensions in the territory.

Egyptian Islamists to appeal party ban after expansion of emergency law
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 An Egyptian Islamist activist who spent decades in prison after the assassination of president Anwar Sadat vowed Tuesday to appeal a politicized government decision not to legalize his party.

Syrian forces kill 3 in raids on rural regions, 2 police shot dead
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 President Bashar Assad’s forces killed three villagers Tuesday in raids on rural regions across Syria, activists said, and two members of the security personnel were reported shot dead in separate attacks.

Ankara bomb blast kills 3, wounds scores
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 A powerful bomb rocked the center of Turkish capital Ankara Tuesday, killing three people and wounding at least 15, the interior minister said, as immediate suspicion fell on Kurdish separatists.

Suicide bombers kill 4 at government complex in Iraq’s Anbar
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Suicide bombers hit a government complex in the capital of Iraq’s mainly Sunni Muslim Anbar province Tuesday, killing four people and wounding at least 15 others, officials said.

Russia banks on Assad’s survival as billions in arms deals hang in balance
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 The uncompromising use of force by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s authorities in attempts to crush the popular uprising against the state, which has left some 2,600 people dead since March…

Al-Jazeera director quits after cables show alleged U.S. links
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 The Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel has announced Tuesday that its director has stepped down after serving the network for eight years.

First Arab Spring votes aimed at stalling change
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 The first elections since the Arab Spring uprisings will be more about holding back change than expanding political freedoms: voting in three Gulf nations that poses no threat to old guard rulers or their efforts to…

Iran probes nuclear scientist over leaks leading to colleague’s death
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 A colleague of a nuclear scientist shot dead in Tehran is being investigated by Iranian security services who suspect him of leaking information leading to the killing, according to an intelligence summary shared with The Associated…

Kuwaitis to call on government to resign over corruption
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Kuwaiti opposition groups called for a rally Wednesday to press for the government’s resignation over an alleged corruption scandal involving a number of MPs and possibly former ministers.

Thousands rally in Beirut for Palestinian U.N. bid
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 More than 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside the United Nations’ offices in Beirut Tuesday in a show of support for a Palestinian bid to secure full U.N. membership.

Fires damage Akkar forests
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Civil Defense personnel fight blaze in Douseh, Akkar, Tuesday afternoon after fires erupt in various areas in the north Lebanon district, damaging thousands of square meters of forest.

Syrian forces kill two in raid on Homs: activists
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Two civilians were killed on Tuesday when Syrian security forces opened fire during a raid targeting anti-regime protesters in the central flashpoint city of Homs, rights activists said.

Lives of Irish troops killed in 1989 could have been spared: report
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 The lives of three Irish peacekeepers killed when a landmine exploded in south Lebanon 22 years ago could have been spared, report reveals.

Berri sets Thursday for legislative session
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri set Thursday for a legislative session which will include a vote on the controversial electricity bill endorsed by Cabinet last week.

Cyprus drills offshore despite Turkish warning
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 A U.S. energy firm has begun exploratory drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus despite strong warnings from Turkey not to do so.

Sleiman in N.Y., prepares to meet world leaders
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 President Michel Sleiman arrived in New York Tuesday to attend the annual session of the U.N. General Assembly and to chair a Security Council session amid mounting Western pressure on Lebanon to pay its share of…

Car bomb kills 3, wounds 34 in Turkey’s capital
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 A car bomb went off near a high school in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, killing three people in a nearby building and wounding 34 others, authorities said. The prosecutor’s office said the blast was a…

Palestinians will submit U.N. membership letter
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Abbas is pressing ahead Tuesday with his diplomatic campaign to gain full U.N. membership, brushing aside heated Israeli objections and a promised U.S. veto as the issue of Palestinian statehood takes center stage at U.N.

Escalating military conflict kills six in Yemen capital
Daily Star 20 Sep 2011 Raging battles between heavily armed loyalists and foes of Yemen’s president killed six people in the capital on Tuesday as a crisis over his violent crackdown on popular unrest drifted towards civil war.

YNet News

IAEA meeting: Iran blames Israel for killing nuke scientists
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – Blaming Israel for assassinating its nuclear scientists, Iran said Tuesday it would not retaliate for the “ugly phenomenon” but would seek more international support … ….

Perry: Obama policy naive, dangerous
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – NEW YORK — Barack Obama’s policy is “na?Øve, misguided and dangerous,” Texas Governor Rick Perry said Tuesday, slamming the president’s Mideast policy ahead of the … ….

Israel Police get 1st female sapper
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – The first female bomb disposal specialist joined the Israel Police Monday, after completing a grueling 10-month training program that included operational exercises, … ….

Hilltop Youth ‘guru’ behind ‘price tag’ acts?
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – The identity of the man suspected of carrying out “price tag” operations in an IDF base in Binyamin has been revealed Tuesday. Eli resident Alex Ostrovsky, who was … ….

Blast kills 3; wounds 15 in Turkish capital
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – A car exploded outside a high school in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, igniting other vehicles, killing three and wounding 15 people, witnesses and officials said. … ….

Kiryat Arba culture center inaugurated
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – Hundreds of people on Monday attended an inauguration ceremony of a culture center in the West Bank town of Kiryat Arba. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, who attended … ….

Bomb threat alerts Israeli consulate in Marseille
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – Anonymous caller alerts of bomb threat near Israeli consulate in southern….

IDF oversees NATO emergency drill
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – Equipped with vast experience and knowledge, representatives of Home Front….

Haredi riots in Jerusalem following police raid
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – Officers, municipal inspectors shut down Mea Shearim slaughterhouse, arrest….

Jordanian king: Israeli leaders burying heads in sand
YNet News, 20 Sep 2011 – Addressing Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements on peace process Jordan’s King….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF troops raid eastern Gaza
PIC – 20/09/2011 – 08:03 AM

Jordanian prisoner in Israeli jail goes on hunger strike
PIC – 20/09/2011 – 08:01 AM

PASF vows to crack down on ‘unfestive’ gatherings during UN bid
PIC – Palestinian Authority security forces spokesman Adnan al-Damiri has warned those forces would suppress any “unfestive” demonstrations that could take place.

Resheq denounces PA dismissal threat against civil servants
PIC – Ezzet al-Resheq has denounced the Nablus mayor for threatening to sack civil servants who do not participate in rallies supporting the PA step of asking UN recognition of Palestine.

Dweik: We should not be over-optimistic about UN resolution
PIC – Speaker of the PLC Aziz Dweik emphasized in a letter to PNC chairman Salim Za’noun that any political moves involving the Palestinian people’s destiny must be made by national consensus.

Settlers pelt homes in outbreak of attacks ahead of UN bid
PIC – Jewish settlers pelted homes in the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliyya in a dangerous outbreak of racial attacks coinciding with a bid by Palestinian politicians to get full membership in the UN.

OIC renews condemnation of Palmer report
PIC – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has lashed out anew at the international Palmer report on the Israeli navy attack on Freedom Flotilla for deeming the Israeli blockade on Gaza Strip as “legal”.

Bahar warns UN bid could bear ‘grave consequences’
PIC – Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmed Bahar warned the Palestinian Authority’s bid for full membership in the UN could bear grave consequences on the Palestinians’ future.

PA security blocks anti wall march
PIC – Palestinian Authority security forces blocked on Sunday a weekly anti-wall march in Nazlat Issa village, north of Tulkarem city, organizers of the march said.

Jewish settlers set fire to Palestinian fields
PIC – Jewish settlers, who have recently organized themselves in armed cells, set fire to Palestinian cultivated fields in Ainabous village, south of Nablus, on Monday night, locals reported.

Leading U.S. columnist: Israel diplomatically inept
PIC – New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman launched an unprecedented scathing attack against the Israeli government calling it the “most diplomatically inept in Israel’s history”.


Settlers Escalate Attacks against Palestinians, Throw Stones on Palestinian Houses and Vehicles near Ramallah

Fierce Campaign against ‘Ofer’ Prisoners, Prison’s Administration Sets ‘Tents Section’ for September

Settlers Wreak Havoc on Outskirts of Nablus, Protesting Palestinian UN Bid

European Parliament Urges to Support UN Seat for State of Palestine as Key to Peace in Region

Palestinians Demonstrate in front of US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Protesting US Position from Recognizing Palestine

Settlers Try to Raid Yabad Town, South of Jenin

EUPOL COPPS: Italy, Cyprus Provide Motorbikes to Palestinian Police

Prisoners Protest Tying them When Meeting with Lawyers, Fear Israeli Reaction to Palestinian Move to UN

Germany for Two-State Solution through Negotiations, says Spokesman

Settlers Attack West Bank Village, Stone Houses

British Labor Party Supports Recognition of Palestinian Statehood

PA Calls on International Community to Stop Settlers’ Attacks

Los Angeles Times

Latest Yemen violence stems from three-way power struggle
LA Times 20 Sep 2011 – Street battles continue in Yemen, eclipsing a peaceful protest movement and reflecting a strategic struggle among a renegade general, a billionaire tribal leader and the family of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The deadly artillery barrages and sprawling street battles that have engulfed Yemen in recent…

New York Times

Qaddafi Assails Libya Government That Replaced Him
New York Times 20 Sep 2011 – Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi denounced the insurgents who toppled him as they are welcomed at the United Nations General Assembly.

Yemen Protesters Killed by Mortar Shells
New York Times 20 Sep 2011 – Violence in recent days, with more than 50 people killed, has constituted the worst outbreak in Sana since the beginning of the uprising in Yemen.

Iraq Tells Bashar al-Assad of Syria to Step Down
New York Times 20 Sep 2011 – Iraq’s new position puts it in line with the American position and at odds with Iran, which still supports the government of Syria.

News Analysis: U.S. Is Quietly Getting Ready for Syria Without Assad
New York Times 20 Sep 2011 – The Obama administration is trying to avoid a repeat of what happened in Iraq, where the United States was not fully prepared for the aftermath of a leader’s fall.

Saudi Prince, Alwaleed, Fights Rape Accusation in Spain
New York Times 20 Sep 2011 – The office of Prince Alwaleed released documents to rebut an accusation that the prince raped a Spanish woman on a luxury yacht.

Diplomats Scramble as Palestinians Plan to Apply for U.N. Membership on Friday
New York Times 20 Sep 2011 – Envoys were hoping to restart peace talks, rather than force the statehood issue in the General Assembly or Security Council.

After a Killing, Michael Solomonov Turns to Israeli Food
New York Times 20 Sep 2011 – Through his Philadelphia restaurant, Zahav, the chef Michael Solomonov shares the world of the brother he lost in the Israeli Army.


As Libyan “rebel” offensive stalls, NATO bombs kill hundreds
WSWS – NATO bombed cities across Libya over the weekend as fighting continued in Sirte and Bani Walid.

Turkey’s Erdogan tours North African capitals
WSWS – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week visited the three North African capitals that have seen the ouster of longstanding regimes–Cairo, Tunis and Tripoli.

Case of jailed Americans highlights infighting in Iranian regime
WSWS – As the country’s economic and social crisis has deepened, a political struggle has opened up between Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei.

Ken Marcus’ Campus Jihad Against Anti-Israelism
Tikun Olam – Gary Tobin, the late and renowned Jewish demographer, founded an academic institute before his untimely death in 2009 called the Institute for Jewish and Community Research . I knew Prof. Tobin and studied his surveys of American Jewry with great interest when I was a fundraiser for…

Bronner speech at Duke reveals deep bias and yet another ethical lapse
Mondoweiss – Last week we posted on Max Blumenthal’s important investigative piece on the New York Times Bureau Chief Ethan Bronner’s connection to Lone Star Communications, an Israeli PR firm run by the West Bank settler Charley Levine. You can see Lone Star’s promotional material for Bronner here (…

Perry says Obama’s Israel policy is one of ‘appeasement’
Mondoweiss – Rick Perry’s speech on Israel this morning in NY . Twice uses the word “appeasement.” Does not endorse a greater Israel, seems to want a 2ss under Oslo. Excerpt : The Obama Administration’s Middle East policy of appeasement has encouraged such an ominous act of bad faith [statehood…

Time for the race speech? Does he have it in him?
Mondoweiss – From a rabbi friend: Do you know that Obama has scheduled a call for rabbis for Thursday at noon? No press allowed. He has had one every year but this year seems more desperate, and evidently I just saw a note that he is organizing a…

Israeli Settlers: ‘Arabs’ attacked us first . . . with harsh language
Mondoweiss – Israel National News : “First Arab ‘September Attack’: Convoy Approached Negohot; September attacks have begun: Arabs in 40-50 vehicles drove along Jewish community’s fence, taunted and jeered.” Presumably, this will be used as evidence to suggest that the Arabs “started it,” like the way they ” started ” the…

Khalidi is sought out by MSM to explain failure of peace process & role of Arab public opinion
Mondoweiss – One astonishing thing about this moment is the Elevation of Rashid Khalidi. As anyone who has heard this softspoken brilliant man speak knows, it’s about time. Back in ’08, Obama threw him under the bus. But now the American media are turning to him! Next, Ali…

Israeli Diplomats Complain Foreign Ministry Abandoned Them During Siege, Mossad Agents Were In Cairo Embassy
Tikun Olam – As they return to Israel, according to a story in Yediot Achronot, diplomats and their families who escaped the siege against the Israeli embassy in Cairo last week are washing their dirty laundry in publicconcerningtheir displeasure with their treatment by the foreign ministry: “While the riots…

Israeli Foreign Ministry Sponsoring U.S. BDS Lawsuits
Tikun Olam – Electronic Intifada and I have been reporting on the Olympia Food Coop BDS lawsuit brought by five members who claim the business violated its procedures by approving a boycott on nine Israeli products in its stores. Up till now, we knew that Stand With Us and…

Misc 2

Muammar Gaddafi: “Jamahiriya Government Can Never Be Defeated”
Voltaire Network 20 Sep 2011 – Summary of leader Muammar Gaddafi’s statement made in an audio message broadcast on Syria’s Arrai television on Tuesday, 20 September: “All should be aware that the government of Libya is the Jamahiriya government, that the power belongs to the men and women of the Popular Conferences…

Are Arab revolutions over or only just beginning?
Voltaire Network 18 Sep 2011 – 600 political and religious leaders from 80 countries representing the major branches of Islam, from the most reactionary to the most progressive, from the most orthodox to the most mystical, met in Tehran to attend the first International Conference on Islamic awakening. Among the participants were…

Angola: Israeli Musician Performs in Schools, Sheltering Centres
allAfrica.com 20 Sep 2011 – The Israeli singer and pianist, Nir Brandt performs from 20 to 24 September in Luanda a series of shows in some schools and centres for needy children.

Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 15
Arab American Institute 20 Sep 2011 – With an approval rating of 12%, maybe Congress feels it doesnÔø?t have any credibility to squander in the first place, but as AAI President Jim Zogby noted recently, the US cannot afford to take yet another hit in Arab public opinion after having vetoed the settlements…

Barak criticizes Netanyahu for the crisis with Turkey but blames Lieberman
Middle East Monitor 20 Sep 2011 – Israel’s Minister of Defence has criticised his country’s Prime Minister for the escalating diplomatic crisis with Turkey. Media sources in Israel say that Ehud Barak has for the first time criticised Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the Freedom Flotilla crisis and claimed that it was possible to…

Knesset controversy over responsibility for failure of negotiations with Palestinians
Middle East Monitor 20 Sep 2011 – Israeli MPs have held an extraordinary session called by the opposition parties over accusations about who should take the blame for the failure of negotiations with the Palestinians. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the Kadima Party was behind the meeting following her strong criticism of Benjamin…

Armed Jewish settlers “to march on Palestinian cities”
Middle East Monitor 20 Sep 2011 – Hebrew media sources claim that illegal Jewish settlers intend to organize demonstrations and rallies on the outskirts of Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank. According to reports in Yedioth Ahronoth, the armed settlers have threatened to shoot at Palestinians if they organise counter-demonstrations or try…

Israeli court releases politician to house arrest
Sabr 20 Sep 2011 – JERUSALEM ( Ma’an ) — An Israeli military court sentenced on Monday a Palestinian politician from Jerusalem to house arrest for 30 days. The Palestinian Popular Struggle Front said in a statement that Awni Abu Ghosh was sent to house arrest Monday just after he was released from…

AU recognises Libya NTC authority
BBC 20 Sep 2011 – The African Union recognises Libya’s National Transitional Council as the de facto government, as the US says it will re-open its Tripoli embassy.

UK firm denies ‘cyber-spy’ deal
BBC 20 Sep 2011 – A British firm offered to supply “cyber-spy” technology used by Egypt to target pro-democracy activists, documents seen by the BBC suggest.

Europe ‘failing’ Libya’s refugees
BBC 19 Sep 2011 – European countries have “shamefully failed” to help thousands of refugees stranded near Libya’s borders, Amnesty International says.

Civil Administration tries to legitimize the Ofra settlement retroactively
B’tselem 19 Sep 2011 – On 15 September 2011, the State Attorney’s Office, in response to a petition filed by the Palestinian villages ‘Ein Yabrud and Silwad in June 2011, informed the High Court of Justice that the Civil Administration had begun to prepare a “community demarcation” map for Ofra that…


Palestine’s state of mind
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency9/20/2011
The idea of Palestine becoming a permanent member of the United Nations originated, say Palestinians, with none other than US President Barack Obama.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010, Obama said that he hoped that “when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations — an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel.”
Palestinians decided to take Obama at his word.
Obama’s efforts to rekindle the Middle East peace process began with Israel’s refusal to carry out a temporary settlement freeze. The United States was even willing to offer a $3 billion arms deal to Israel in return for the suspension of building Jewish-only settlements in areas earmarked for the Palestinian state. But Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, rejected the offer.
Nine months later, Obama made another effort to kick-start the talks. “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states,” he said in May.
Once again, Palestinians accepted Obama’s formula, while Netanyahu publicly rejected it, leaving Palestinians with no other nonviolent alternative but to go to the UN to seek a state based on the 1967 borders. In 1967, it should be recalled, Israel occupied the remainder of historic Palestine and other Arab territories following the June War. more.. e-mail

Ameer Makhoul: The story of the watermelon and the forty prisoners
Ameer Makhoul, Electronic Intifada, Israeli Occupation Archive9/20/2011
This piece was written from Gilboa prison following Israeli Prime Minister’s speech at the Israeli Presidential Conference on 23 June, 2011. During his speech,Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel will impose a series of measures to harden conditions for Palestinian political prisoners, declaring that “the party is over.”
On Friday, 24 June at 12:46 pm, the prison administration brought us, the prisoners, a watermelon. It was our first watermelon of 2011. According to the prison regulations, each prisoner gets 180 grams of fruit each day. It’s one of our basic rights. However, a few days ago, when it seemed that fruits were unavailable, each of us was provided with an onion as an alternative, or compensation.
On that day, all of us had a share in the watermelon “party.” Each prison section, containing 120 prisoners, received the total number of three watermelons. The prisoners are divided into separate and isolated sections according to where they come from: while those who come from Jerusalem, ’48 Palestine and the Golan Heights compile the first section; those of the West Bank are in the second; and our compatriots from the Gaza Strip are in the third. And not only that, in the prisons in the south of the country the prisoners are divided also according to the the political faction they belong to, and for the last four years they have been prevented from receiving any guests.
For every forty prisoners, there was one middle-sized watermelon. As always, we have a special staff composed of prisoners that is in charge of distributing the food. This time, its task was especially difficult: each watermelon had to be cut into forty equal pieces! At the end, each prisoner received a watermelon piece in the shape of an isosceles triangle, whose equal sides are red and the base green. The latter — that is, the rind — was calculated into our 180 grams of fruit a day. more.. e-mail

All alone on Israel island
Yousef Munayyer, Al Jazeera9/18/2011
The US’ veto next week at the UN will be the 43rd time it has been the solitary veto on resolutions condemning Israel.
Solitude and Absurdity. Perhaps no two other words better described the scene at the United Nations earlier this year when US Ambassador Susan Rice raised her hand with a reluctant expression on her face to veto a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli colonial expansion. Fourteen of the fifteen members of the UN’s most important body voted for this resolution save the United States.
The absurdity? The resolution was pieced together using language from speeches and statements American principals have made regarding Israel’s illegal colonies. Susan Rice was effectively vetoing American policy and then found herself in the peculiar position of explaining why the US was against settlements despite vetoing the resolution.
The United States does not want to see another episode of this saga – let’s call it Israel Island – repeated when the Palestinians bring their application for membership to the United Nations this week. No government enjoys isolation, especially not in today’s interdependent and interconnected world and certainly not a leading power in world politics.
With Arab publics clearly asserting their influence in Arab politics today more than ever and with Palestine continuing to be the tie that binds Arab nations, the United States knows that being an impediment to Palestinian self-determination on an international stage is only becoming costlier. more.. e-mail

PA goes to UN without Palestinian consensus behind it
Electronic Intifada: 20 Sep 2011 – Rami Almeghari The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip National Palestinian consensus on the Palestinian Authority’s UN statehood bid, as The Electronic Intifada’s interviews with various factions and broader debates indicate, is decidedly lacking.more

Settler violence rises in West Bank; more expected before UN vote
Electronic Intifada: 19 Sep 2011 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours The Electronic Intifada Jerusalem Amid reports that the Israeli military is arming and training Israeli settlers in advance of a United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood later this week, Palestinian activists in the West Bank have organized emergency response teams to document Israeli settler attacks and prevent more from taking place.more

Another ‘Symbolic Victory’: Abbas’ New Political Gambit
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Sep 2011 – By Ramzy Baroud When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided to go to the United Nations to request the admission of Palestine as a full member, he appeared to have had an epiphany. Had he finally realized that for the past two decades he and his party, Fatah, have gone down a road to nowhere? That Israel was only interested in him as a conduit to achieve its colonial endeavor in the remaining 22 percent of historical Palestine? That his national project — predicated on the ever elusive “peace process” — achieved neither peace nor justice? Abbas claims to be serious this time. Despite all US attempts at intimidation (for example, by threatening to withhold funds), and despite the intensifying of Israeli tactics (including the further arming of illegal Jewish settlers to combat possible Palestinian mobilization in the West Bank), Abbas simply could not be persuaded against seeking a UN…more

Obama Flip Flopped on Palestinian State
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Sep 2011 – By Ahmed Amr — Cairo ‘This time we should reach for what’s best within ourselves. If we do, when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations — an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel. ‘ — Obama’s speech before the General Assembly, September 23, 2010 When Barack Obama uttered these lines, the assembled delegates rewarded him with a standing ovation. That was last year’s promise. This year, Obama is promising to veto a Palestinian state for reasons that he has yet to clearly articulate. The president could always come out and explain his dramatic change of heart in plain language — but that might prove a little embarrassing. When it comes to matters of state, plain language can have a disastrous impact on America’s standing in the world. In the midst of…more

Paradigm Shift: One-sided US Veto
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Sep 2011 – By Neve Gordon and Yinon Cohen US President Barack Obama’s decision to use the US’ veto prerogative if the United Nations votes to recognise a Palestinian state will constitute a blow to those seeking peace in the Middle East. His administration’s claim that peace can only be achieved through dialogue and consent rather than through unilateral moves ignores the complex power relations that constitute peace-making between Israelis and Palestinians. History teaches that peace is achieved only when the conflicting sides believe that they have too much to lose by sustaining the conflict. And, at this point in history, the price Israel is paying for continuing the occupation is extremely small. But if, for the sake of argument, one were to accept the view expressed by President Obama – that unilateralism is a flawed political approach – then one should survey the history of unilateral moves within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and…more

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