VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 21 September, 2011: What Exactly Do Israeli Leaders Want?

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Palestinian Human Rights Worker Kidnapped In Iraq
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 22:32, The Palestinian Human Rights Foundation reported Wednesday that its representative in Iraq was kidnapped by gunmen wearing the attire of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior.

Settlers Attack A Palestinian Woman In Hebron
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 21:50, Palestinian Medical Sources reported Wednesday that a Palestinian woman was hospitalized after being attacked by extremist Israeli settlers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Lieberman Welcomes Obama’s Statements
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 21:24, Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, welcomed the statements of U.S. President, Barack Obama, in front of the General Assembly in New York, and described them as “encouraging”.

Qatar Supports The Palestinian UN Membership, Condemns Israel Settlement Activties
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 19:01, The Prince of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, expressed support for the Palestinian UN membership bid, and condemned the Israeli occupation and the ongoing construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories.

Obama Tells UN: “Only Talks Will Create Palestinian State”
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 18:30, US President, Barack Obama, told the UN General Assembly that the Palestinians deserve a state of their own, but added that this state can only be established through direct peace talks with Israel, the Maan News agency stated.

NY Times: Israeli Prime Minister tightening connections with US Republican party
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 17:29, According to a report published Wednesday by the New York Times newspaper ahead of Wednesday’s meeting between US President, Barack Obama, and Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration has solicited the assistance of Netanyahu to influence the Republican party in Congress on the Israel-Palestine issue.

Palestinians Hold Massive Protests, Demand UN Membership
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 16:32, Thousands of Palestinians are holding massive nonviolent protests to express their support for the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas,who will be requesting a full membership at the United Nations, after delivering his speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday Sep 23. The rallies started in all districts of the West Bank earlier on Wednesday, the Maan News Agency reported.

Obama holds closed meeting with Abbas in New York to try to stop Palestinian-UN bid
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 11:24, The White House announced that the US President, Barack Obama, would hold a closed-door meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday evening outside the UN General Assembly meetings in New York, the French Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

Palestinians plan mass marches in West Bank to support UN statehood bid
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 08:54, Large marches are planned by Palestinian groups on Wednesday in all districts of the West Bank to support the Palestinian bid for full membership in the United Nations. One of these rallies will be taking place in the City of Ramallah in which the Palestinian Authority headquarters are stationed, the Maan News agency reported late Tuesday.

European Parliament letter urges EU to support September bid
IMEMC – Wednesday September 21, 2011 – 06:49, Five members of the European Parliament sent a letter to the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, and the 27 E.U foreign ministers, urging them to vote in favor of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, Palestine & News agency (WAFA) reported late Tuesday.

Ma’an News

5 injured in demonstrations at Qalandia checkpoint
9/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and dozens inhaled tear gas on Wednesday as demonstrations took place at Qalandia checkpoint, near Ramallah. Dozens of young Palestinians demonstrated at the checkpoint near Ramallah to show support for the Palestinian UN bid. Israeli soldiers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, before….

Obama rejects Palestinian UN statehood bid
9/21/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected Palestinian plans to seek UN blessing for statehood and urged a return to peace talks with Israel as he tried to head off a looming diplomatic disaster. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Obama — whose earlier peace efforts accomplished little — insisted Middle East peace “will not…. Related: Palestinians disappointed by Obama speech and Senior PA official disappointed by Obama’s UN speech

2 hurt in clashes with soldiers near Ramallah
9/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured Wednesday during confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces near the Qalandia checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, witnesses said….

Witnesses: Settlers try to raid Palestinian village near Jenin
9/21/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers prevented Jewish settlers from raiding the Jenin village of Arraba on Wednesday, Palestinian security sources and locals said. Settlers from the illegal Mevo Dotan settlement west of Jenin attempted to raid the Palestinian village but were prevented from doing so by Israeli soldiers, who fired sound grenades and tear….

Egyptian authorities: Security forces detain 4 Palestinians
9/21/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces detained four Palestinians on Wednesday who had entered Egypt through underground tunnels connecting to the Gaza Strip. Egyptian authorities said that their visas to enter Egypt had expired and they are still investigating the reason for their entry to Egypt. Egyptian security officials said that the low….

Thousands rally for statehood in West Bank
9/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Thousands rallied Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, as Palestinians called on the United States to back down from its threats to veto Palestine’s bid for membership in the UN. Palestinians in Ramallah held signs and banners in anticipation of a UN initiative to seek recognition of statehood from…. Related: In photos: Bethlehem celebrates ahead of UN vote and West Bank rallies for UN statehood bid in pictures

Abbas to meet Obama on sidelines of UN summit
9/21/2011 – NEW YORK (Reuters) — US President Barack Obama will hold talks with President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly at 6 p. m. Wednesday, White House official Ben Rhodes said Tuesday. Abbas is also willing to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he told Fox News Monday.” I will meet any Israeli….

Az-Ziq: Hamas opposition to UN bid a mistake
9/21/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Popular Resistance Campaign coordinator Mahmud Az-Ziq said Wednesday that Hamas had made a huge mistake by opposing the UN bid and banning activities in Gaza which support the campaign. The UN bid is a national movement with implications that affect all the Palestinian people, a statement said, adding that the….

Analysts: Hamas quietly hoping for failure of UN bid
9/21/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP)— Gaza’s Hamas rulers are quietly hoping that the Palestinian bid for UN membership fails, in the hope they can score some political points without a new split, analysts say.” If Abu Mazen fails, Hamas will be stronger than ever,” political analyst Akram Atallah said, using the nom-de-guerre of Palestinian president….

France’s Sarkozy proposes 1-year Mideast peace map
9/21/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed on Wednesday that the United Nations give the Palestinians status as a UN observer state while setting out a road-map for peace within one year. In an impassioned speech at the UN General Assembly devoted entirely to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sarkozy warned that any veto against Palestinian….

Palestinians disappointed by Obama speech
9/21/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials and analysts were left disappointed by US President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations on Wednesday, viewing the address as a clear indication of support for Israeli interests. President Obama rejected Palestinian plans to seek a UN blessing for statehood and urged a return to peace…. Related: Senior PA official disappointed by Obama’s UN speech and Obama rejects Palestinian UN statehood bid

Quartet powers try to ‘buy time’ ahead of UN bid
9/21/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The PLO was coming under mounting pressure to drop a bid for UN membership of a Palestinian state as diplomats worked frantically behind the scenes to head off a looming clash. Both the United States and the Europeans appeared to be working to buy more time, with President Mahmoud Abbas determined to….

Rallies in Romania, Argentina for UN statehood bid
9/21/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Romanians, Palestinians and Arab immigrants in Romania rallied Tuesday in the capital Bucharest to voice support for efforts to obtain membership in the UN. Palestinian ambassador Ahmad Aqil told reporters the move at the UN is a political, diplomatic and popular step based on international law and human rights. Aqil called….

Republic of the Seychelles supports UN bid
9/21/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian ambassador to Tanzania Nasri Abu Jish met Wednesday with the president of the Republic of the Seychelles in the capital city of Victoria and handed him a letter from President Abbas. Abu Jish updated President James Michel on the UN bid for statehood, explaining that the move was necessary….

In photos: Bethlehem celebrates ahead of UN vote
9/21/2011 – MaanImages / Eva Pilipp – Palestinians attend a rally calling on the international community to back Palestine’s admission as a full member in the United Nations, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sept. 21, 2011…. Related: West Bank rallies for UN statehood bid in pictures

Netanyahu tells Obama Palestinian UN bid doomed
9/21/2011 – NEW YORK (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that direct negotiation was the only way to achieve a stable Middle East peace and the Palestinian effort to secure UN recognition of statehood “will not succeed.” Netanyahu made the remarks at a meeting with President Barack Obama, who reiterated the unwavering US commitment….

Senior PA official disappointed by Obama’s UN speech
9/21/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A senior Palestinian official voiced disappointment at US President Barack Obama’s speech to the the United Nations on Wednesday, saying he had hoped for an expression of support for Palestinian freedom. Obama urged Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch direct peace talks as he made a last-ditch attempt to avert…. Related: Palestinians disappointed by Obama speech and Obama rejects Palestinian UN statehood bid

Islamists: ‘Near-zero’ chance for Palestinians at UN
9/21/2011 – AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan’s opposition Islamists said on Wednesday the Palestinians have “a near-zero chance” of gaining full United Nations membership.” It’s a near-zero chance. Even if it succeeds, the reality on the ground will not change because the United Nations has always been incapable of imposing its resolutions on Israel,” the….

Egypt police injure migrant near Israel border
9/21/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) – Egyptian police shot and injured a Sudanese migrant and seized another Tuesday around midnight as they tried to cross the borders illegally to Israel, security sources said. The sources said a police patrol spotted two infiltrators approaching the barbed wire border fence about 3 kilometers to the south of the….

West Bank rallies for UN statehood bid in pictures
9/21/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Tens of thousands rallied across the West Bank on Wednesday in a mass show of support for a campaign to become a member state of the United Nations. The demonstrations were hailed as the largest public gatherings since the end of the second Palestinian Intifada in 2005. A collection of photos…. Related: In photos: Bethlehem celebrates ahead of UN vote

Israeli study: Marijuana blocks PTSD symptoms in rats
9/21/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Marijuana administered in a timely fashion could block the development of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in rats, a new study conducted at Haifa University has found. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the university’s psychology department and published in the Neuropsychopharmacology journal, found that rats which were treated with….

Analysis: Al-Qaeda and the Arab spring
9/21/2011 – As I watched the coverage and read the commentary around the 9/11 anniversary last week, I was struck anew by the profound changes that have swept the region this year. There is no doubt that September 11 nwas the high point for Al Qaeda. They grabbed the world’s headlines with a shocking….

Explosion at Iraq oil field partially halts output
9/21/2011 – BASRA, Iraq (AFP) — An explosion at Iraq’s biggest oil field on Tuesday sparked a massive fire that partially halted crude production, the state-owned South Oil Co and Britain’s BP said. The blast, which left at least 15 people injured, occurred at a gas compressor at the Rumaila oil field, which runs….

Egypt’s army says emergency law in place till June
9/21/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s emergency law will be in place until June next year, the ruling military said on Wednesday, dashing demands by protesters for a swift end to the code that rights groups say was used by former leader Hosni Mubarak to stifle dissent. The law was extended for two years in mid….

EU to slap new sanctions on Syria as 5 killed in Homs
9/21/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Snipers and security forces killed five civilians Wednesday in Syria’s flash-point province of Homs, activists said as the EU announced plans to slap new sanctions on the regime of President Bashar al-AssadThe latest bloodletting came as US President Barack Obama called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Syria….

Palestine Note

Thousands Rally for Statehood Campaign in West Bank
Palestine Note 21 Sep 2011 – Obama urges return to negotiating table in UNGA speech Arabiya – Tens of thousands of flag-waving Palestinians filled the squares of major West Bank cities on Wednesday to rally behind President Mahmoud Abbas’s bid for statehood recognition at the United…

Aljazeera

Bahrain protesters hold traffic demonstration
AlJazeera 21 Sep 2011 – Barack Obama urges Security Council to punish Bashar al-Assad’s government for bloody crackdown as more deaths reported.

US calls for UN sanctions against Syria
AlJazeera 21 Sep 2011 – Mortars hit street where protesters seeking president’s removal are camped, raising spectre of fresh violence.

‘Several killed’ in Sanaa shelling
AlJazeera 21 Sep 2011 – Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, two US citizens jailed in Iran as spies, freed from Tehran prison on $1m bail.

International Solidarity Movement

‘Holy water’ in Qusra attracts violent settlers
9/21/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 16 September 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – While farming their land in the village of Qusra, 50 year old Fathalla and his three sons were attacked by a group of armed settlers on Friday morning. The attack came amid recent increase of settler violence in anticipation of the UN vote on recognition of Palestinian….

Alternative Information Center

Thousands of Palestinians Demonstrate in Support of UN Bid
Alternative Information Center – Thousands of Palestinians gathered on Wednesday (21 September) in the major West Bank cities to support the Palestinian statehood bid on the eve of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ UN General Assembly speech this Friday.

Palestinian UN Bid and Refugee Rights: Questions and Scenarios
Alternative Information Center – Politically it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find a Palestinian who is against the idea of having an independent and recognized state. Nevertheless, the picture becomes more complex when concrete and legal considerations are discussed.

Jenin’s Freedom Theatre Performs First Play Following Murder of its Founder
Alternative Information Center – Jenin’s Freedom Theatre continues to resist and shows Waiting for Godot . On 10 September, the students of slain activist and Freedom Theatre co-founder Juliano Mer Khamis, under the direction of Udi Alon, first presented the play…

Settler Attacks Countered by New Refusing to Die in Silence Group
Alternative Information Center – On Tuesday afternoon (20 September), Israeli settlers from the settlement of Yitzhar arrived at the Palestinian village of Affira Al-Khaeliya outside of Nablus and, after a brief demonstration, stormed the village, assaulting its inhabitants and damaging…

Settlers Escalating West Bank Attacks in Protest of Palestinian UN Bid
Alternative Information Center – West Bank settlers are organising demonstrations and protests against the Palestinian initiative to gain UN state recognition. On Tuesday 20 September, these attacks occurred primarily in the northern West Bank.

Palestine Telegraph

Israel army and settlers attack Palestinian villages
21 Sep 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces Wednesday escalated their arbitrary, aggressive measures against Palestinians in Hebron governorate, south of the West Bank, according to security sources.

Vietnam strongly support the Palestinian UN Bid
21 Sep 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – Vietnam affirmed its support on Wednesday of the Palestinian bid to the United Nations to seek full membership and recognition of a Palestinian state later this week, according to a Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

The National

Palestinians hold statehood rally ahead of Obama UN speech
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Rally in Ramallah comes as President Barack Obama will publicly push for the Palestinians to drop their statehood bid.

US hikers freed after 782 days in Tehran jail
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Release coincides with Ahmadinejad address to the UN, and Iran’s grisly pre-dawn execution yesterday of a teenager convicted of killing a man in a road-rage confrontation.

Oman jails newspaper editor for slandering justice minister
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Ibrahim Al Maamary, the editor in chief of the Arabic daily Azzaman, printed the grievances of an employee of the justice ministry who was allegedly denied his financial entitlements by the minister of justice, Mohammed Abdulla Al Hinai.

Youth group protesters block traffic in Manama
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Protesters managed to force traffic to a slow crawl on main roads leading to central Manama as part of a call for political reforms, a constitutional monarchy and a boycott of by-elections.

UN statehood initiative raises hopes and fears in Palestinian refugee camps
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Palestinians worry about ‘right of return’, with concern among refugees in Lebanon that their decades-long wait to go home might be in vain.

Palestinian statehood bid one more problem for harried Europeans
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Europe’s leaders would upset the US and Israel by backing the Palestinian bid for statehood, but opposing it would set back their burgeoning relations with the countries of the Arab Spring. First, though, there is the euro zone crisis.

Royal family member put in charge at Al Jazeera
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Wadah Khanfar, the Palestinian-born journalist who had been at the helm of Al Jazeera for eight years, is to be replaced by a member of Qatar’s royal family, Sheikh Ahmad bin Jasem bin Muhammad Al Thani.

Diplomatic stand-off over Palestinian bid for statehood
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Abbas appeals directly to UN tomorrow as US scrambles for allies to broker compromise. But after decades of Israeli intransigence, the Palestinians say: no more, it is time for a vote.

Turkey draws up sanctions against Syria over repression
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Erdogan plan widens the diplomatic rift between former allies as Turkey works with western nations to prepare sanctions against Assad regime in protest at Syria’s violent six-month repression of protesters.

Yemenis pay tribute in their thousands to the dead as violence escalates
The National 21 Sep 2011 – GCC steps in again but rival factions are not ready for a deal as fresh fighting breaches truce agreed only a day earlier.

Obama warns no ‘short cut’ to Middle East peace
The National 21 Sep 2011 – Palestinian people deserve a state of their own, Obama tells UN, but Israel must also have cast-iron security guarantees.

Two American hikers jailed as spies released by Iran
The National 20 Sep 2011 – Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were freed after two years in jail when their Iranian lawyer obtained signatures of two judges on a bail-for-freedom deal and U$1m bail was posted.

Ha’aretz

Obama to Abbas: U.S. will veto Palestinians at UN
Ha’aretz – U.S. President Barack Obama appeals to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to present UN with full membership bid at meeting on sidelines of UN General Assembly.

Akiva Eldar / Obama’s passivity could lead to the loss of a Palestinian partner
Ha’aretz – Speeches like the one given by U.S. President Barack Obama to the UN General Assembly will not advance peace one iota.

Chemi Shalev / Obama gets a kosher seal of approval
Ha’aretz – After perhaps the warmest pro-Israel speech given at an annual UN General Assembly meeting by any U.S. president, Barack Obama now has ‘seal of approval’ from no less an authority than Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Netanyahu to Obama: Palestinian UN bid will not succeed
Ha’aretz – At joint press conference, PM thanks U.S. president for speaking out against any UN bid to declare Palestinian statehood in his speech to UN General Assembly earlier.

Shelly Yachimovich elected as new leader of Israel’s Labor Party
Ha’aretz – Yachimovich wins by 54% of vote against rival Amir Peretz, making her the second woman to lead Israel’s Labor Party, after ex-PM Golda Meir.

Iran frees two U.S. ‘hikers’ after $500,000 bail paid by Oman
Ha’aretz – Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal freed after two-years in jail; Ahmadinejad said earlier this month they would be granted a compassionate release.

Syria accuses Israel of posing ‘nuclear threat’ to the world
Ha’aretz – The exchange between the two adversaries at UN nuclear agency underlines deep divisions between Arab states and Israel ahead of rare talks to rid the world of atomic bombs.

Turkey’s Erdogan calls Israel’s offshore gas drilling ‘madness’
Ha’aretz – Quarrel over gas in Mediterranean Sea has escalated in recent weeks, just as relations between Israel and Turkey abruptly broke down.

Erdogan: Turkey may impose sanctions on Syria
Ha’aretz – Turkey suspends talks with Syria, in clearest sign yet that Erdogan’s government has parted ways with Assad regime due to bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Iran to release two American men convicted of espionage
Ha’aretz – Lawyer of American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal says he has obtained necessary signatures from judiciary officials; hopes the two will be released on Wednesday.

Report: U.S. building drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula
Ha’aretz – Bases are being established to target al-Qaida affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, Washington Post reports.

Senior Palestinian official: UN bid is only alternative to violence
Ha’aretz – Nabil Shaath says Palestinians to give UN Security Council time to mull their statehood bid before turning to General Assembly.

Palestinians disappointed by Obama’s UN speech
Ha’aretz – PLO Secretary-General, members of PLO delegation in Washington say U.S. president’s speech was ‘double standard’ when he praised the Arab Spring but did not express support for Palestinian state.

France’s Sarkozy presents plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace within one year
Ha’aretz – In a roadmap for peace, Sarkozy said negotiations should begin within one month, a deal on borders and security should happen within six months and a definitive agreement be reached within a year.

Should Israel export gas? State setting up committee to decide
Ha’aretz – Many officials say Israel needs every molecule, but gas companies want to return their massive investments and are moving ahead with plans to export.

Pomegranates marked up 330% this year, farmers say
Ha’aretz – Farmers say they’re selling the fruit to distributors for less than NIS 3 per kilo, which means they’re being marked up by 200% to 330%.

Plaza Centers bondholders fight dividend distribution
Ha’aretz – Plaza Centers institutional bondholders threaten to demand immediate redemption of their bonds, take legal action against company directors if company doesn’t desist distribution.

Obama gets a kosher seal of approval
Ha’aretz – After perhaps the warmest pro-Israel speech given at an annual UN General Assembly meeting by any U.S. president, Barack Obama now has ‘seal of approval’ from no less an authority than Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Lieberman praises Obama’s UN General Assembly speech
Ha’aretz – FM states that he does not resort to ‘threats’ against the Palestinians in light of their UN statehood bid; Opposition leader Livni says Obama correct to demand negotiations, emphasizing that UN speeches will not ‘change a thing’.

Obama: UN resolutions won’t bring Israel-Palestinian peace
Ha’aretz – U.S. president addresses UN General Assembly, makes last-ditch effort to prevent Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas from submitting request to UN Security Council for full Palestinian membership on Friday.

Full transcript of Obama’s speech at UN General Assembly
Ha’aretz – U.S. President addresses world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

WATCH LIVE: Obama discusses Palestinian statehood bid at UN General Assembly
Ha’aretz – U.S. president makes last-ditch effort to prevent Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas from submitting request to UN Security Council for full Palestinian membership on Friday.

Thousands rally in Ramallah to back Palestinian statehood bid
Ha’aretz – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to present formal request to UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday.

Poland PM: Israel’s security must not be threatened by Palestinian state
Ha’aretz – Poland, which currently heads the EU, has been urging the EU to work out a joint stance on the Palestinian UN statehood bid.

Lieberman: I didn’t threaten to dismantle coalition unless Netanyahu ‘punished’ Palestinians
Ha’aretz – FM Lieberman reportedly called for annulment of Oslo Accords, annexation of settlement blocs and halt to PA funds if UN recognized Palestinian statehood.

IDF prepared for upswing in West Bank violence ahead of UN vote
Ha’aretz – IDF chief tells Netanyahu he sees no signs of impending riots; source in PMO says IDF ‘taking all possibilities into account’.

Jerusalem Post

Hope mixed with cynicism in Bethlehem ahead of UN bid
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – “It’s important to show the children that we will have our democratic state,” resident says, “they need to know they have a future.”

‘Son killed parents over money for gambling debts’
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Police reveal arrest in August stabbings of J’lem couple; Daniel Maoz was allegedly in hundreds of thousands of shekels in gambling debts.

PM lobbies world leaders on Security Council vote
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Netanyahu to Obama: You’ve made it clear that the Palestinians deserve a state, but it’s a state that has to make peace with Israel.

Palestinians hit the streets in support of statehood bid
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Rallies taking place in Ramallah, other Palestinian cities; learning institutions, gov’t offices closed to encourage participation.

Yacimovich 1st woman since Golda to lead Labor party
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Peretz – Yacimovich’s former mentor – defeated by nine percent in run-off race for party’s chairmanship; Yacimovich’s election comes after contentious election rife with personal attacks.

Washington Watch: For love or money?
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – In an effort to turn Israel support into a wedge issue in the next elections, Republicans are taking positions to the right of Likud.

Fold up the tents
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Local taxpayers will have to cover hefty rehabilitation costs following this summer’s social protests.

Ahmadinejad is the real threat
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – It is critical that the international community be made to acknowledge that genocidal rhetoric cannot be ignored

Fundamentally Freund: An assault on Zionism
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – It is time to draw a land in the sand. Every nation that raises its hand in favor of ‘Palestine’ is raising its hand against the land and the people of Israel.

Media Comment: Who does Israel’s press council protect?
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Do press councils protect rights of media consumers, provide democratic service, or do they simply protect media and journalists?

Candidly Speaking: The silence of American Jewish leaders
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – AIPAC continues to effectively lobby the case for Israel on a bipartisan level in Congress but its role is, by definition, limited to this arena.

Defending Obama’s pro-Israel credentials
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Judge the president by his actions, not by his opponents’ spin.

The naked truth
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Seeing Israelis through a different lens.

Stop the Sinai smugglers
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – A shift in Sinai security strategy must include cracking down on torture camps.

Baby girl injured during violent clashes in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Demonstrators burn tires, throw stones at security forces; IDF uses new non-lethal sonic crowd dispersal weapon; injured man treated on scene.

‘PA to give UNSC some time to mull statehood bid’
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Senior official Shaath: PA will give time to Security Council to “consider first full membership request before heading to GA”.

Obama tells Israelis what they’ve been waiting to hear
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Analysis: US president sent a message, whatever reasons for that message may have been, that between Israel and the US there will be no wedge.

Gulf voters slouch to the polls
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Strictures on voting, lawmakers’ powers mean people’s voice is barely heard as voters head to polls in Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia.

Obama at UN declares ‘no shortcuts’ to peace
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – US president: Peace between Israel, PA won’t be achieved by resolutions; “If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.”

Barak, FM say Obama speech that of an ally to Israel
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Livni says US president correct in assertion that only talks can bring peace; Hasson claims renewed peace talks would isolate Hamas.

Syria, Israel in harsh exchange at UN nuclear meet
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Syria accuses Israel of maintaining large arsenal of nuclear weapons, demands all parties in November nuclear talks be members of NPT.

Toll of Arab Spring on Mideast economies grows
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – IMF lowers its growth outlook, sees diminishing gains from higher oil prices; Syria’s economy predicted to shrink, Tunisia’s to show nil growth.

Police say son killed parents in Ramot double murder
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Daniel Maoz was allegedly in hundreds of thousands of shekels in gambling debts; police call neighbors’ inaction “regrettable.”

Watch Live: World leaders speak at UN General Assembly
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – 66th session of general debate continues in New York; world leaders to give addresses, including Ahmadinejad, Netanyahu, Abbas.

Palestinians take to W. Bank streets in support of UN bid
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Rallies taking place in Ramallah, other Palestinian cities; learning institutions, gov’t offices closed to encourage participation.

Sinai Says: Korzits continues to throw caution to the wind
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – After two near-death experiences, windsurfer Lee Korzits has her sights set on winning an Olympic medal in London next summer.

Ice cream vendor ‘beat competitor with a club’
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Man arrested in Ashdod for turf war attack; suspected of punching, hitting with a bat, puncturing rival’s tires.

Restrictions on rabbis from conducting weddings removed
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Tzohar rabbis authorized as long as they supply proof of rabbinic ordination, know laws of marriage, currently serve as rabbi, teacher.

Imported etrogim must pass check at airport
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2011 – Bringing lulav, willow or myrtle plants prohibited due to difficulty of checking for abnormal abrasions.

The Guardian

David Cameron to urge world leaders to protect civilians
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – Prime minister will use his speech at the United Nations to ask international community to act against repressive regimes David Cameron will issue a plea on Thursday to world leaders to be prepared to intervene again…

Obama: Palestinian statehood must be achieved through talks with Israel
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – US president tells UN general assembly Palestinians deserve their own state — but defends threat to veto any bid on Friday ‚Ä¢ Follow the latest developments at the UN in our live blog ‚Ä¢ Julian Borger:…

Letters: Palestine’s quest for statehood
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – In keeping with our support for a fair and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Independent Jewish Voices welcomes the Palestinian initiative at the United Nations ( Editorial , 19 September). We see it as a legitimate demand…

UK border officials admit banned activist into country six times
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – ‘Insufficiently robust processes’ led to Palestinian ‘non-violent extremist’ Sheikh Raed Salah being allowed into Britain British border officials missed six separate opportunities to prevent a banned Palestinian activist, Sheikh Raed Salah , from entering the UK in…

Obama: Palestinian statehood must be won through talks with Israel – video
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – US president tells UN general assembly Palestinians deserve their own state — but defends threat to veto any bid on Friday

West Bank sees rallies and clashes as Palestinians bid for statehood
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – Peaceful gatherings celebrate UN campaign but violence breaks out between youths and Israeli soldiers in Ramallah Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank joined celebratory rallies on Wednesday in support of their leaders’ bid for statehood…

Obama plays it (electorally) safe on Israel-Palestine
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – The US president’s speech to the United Nations offers little hope to the Palestinians Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, was in New York during Barack Obama’s speech, but did not actually turn up at the General…

Palestinians voice hopes for statehood mission at UN – video
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – Palestinians have taken to the streets throughout the West Bank to express their support for Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas

Inter Press Service

DEATH PENALTY: Not in the Name of the Quran
IPS Islamic regimes look for provisions and precedents to carry out the death sentence in the name of Islam. But, says Dr. Mohammad Al-Habash, director of the Islamic Studies Centre in Damascus, they are not looking enough at 13 provisions within the Quran to commute the death sentence to a lesser…

OP-ED: Palestine and the U.N.: A History of Double Standard
IPS Failure to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Israel’s 40-year occupation, in the words of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, would “continue to hurt the reputation of the United Nations and raise questions about its impartiality”.

“Identities Do Not Have Borders”
IPS Sep. 11, 2001 deeply affected the relations between the United States and Europe on one hand and North Africa and the Middle East on the other.

Post-War Libya Urged to Create New Human Rights Regime
IPS As the United Nations celebrated the birth of a new democratic Libya, the National Transitional Council (NTC), which has been duly recognised as the legitimate government, is faced with new political demands – even before it could get off the ground.

Uruknet

Obama tells Abbas U.S. will veto Palestinians at U.N.
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – U.S. President Barack Obama told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday that U.N. action would not achieve a Palestinian state and the United States would veto any Security Council move to recognize Palestinian statehood, the White House said. “We would have to oppose any action at the U.N. Security Council including, if necessary, vetoing,”…

PRESS RELEASE:The Local Coordination Committees in Syria,Baba Amr: Killing, torture,siege, and an imminent humanitarian disaster
Uruknet September 22, 2011 – Since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution (March 15, 2011) Baba Amr (a borough in southwest Homs) has been one of the most active neighbourhoods in the Revolution, and hence has been subjected to multiple brutal military and security campaigns during which dozens of martyrs and thousands of wounded have fallen, and thousands are…

Snipers, shelling, gunfire kill at least 5 in Yemen’s capital
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – Snipers, shelling, and gunfire killed at least five people in the Yemeni capital Wednesday, violating a truce reached a day earlier between state troops and defected soldiers who joined protesters. Civil war is looming in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country over President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s refusal to quit power after eight months of popular…

UN Palestinian statehood bid: Gaza has no saying Whether you are with or against UN statehood bid, if you live in Gaza you are asked to shut up
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – So, what do you think about the awaited UN Palestinian statehood bid? OH SHUT UP. I don’t care what you really think. How would you feel if someone did this to you? Well, let me tell you it truly sucks. I have been doing my homework for days reading the opposing and supporting opinion…

Az-Ziq: Hamas opposition to UN bid a mistake
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – Popular Resistance Campaign coordinator Mahmud Az-Ziq said Wednesday that Hamas had made a huge mistake by opposing the UN bid and banning activities in Gaza which support the campaign. The UN bid is a national movement with implications that affect all the Palestinian people, a statement said, adding that the UN bid should not…

Libya – Video Study: Demonstrators Shot by Unseen Gunmen
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – In my quest for the elusive video proof of innocent protesters shot by government forces in Libya (link forthcoming), I’ve found a rare near-match I’ll consider close enough to look at in detail. There are two ways this video from the uprising’s first hours has been read by others in the past. I don’t…

International Day of Peace
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – In his first speech at the UN, President Obama stated that he prohibited torture and ordered Guantanamou prisons closed. He also said he will work to cut the nuclear arsenal of the US and Russia and move towards a world without nuclear weapons. He said that peace must be pursued by actions of all…

Family shot by rebels because of Gaddafi surname
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – A woman and her family were shot by Libyan rebel fighters in a deadly attack because their last name was Gaddafi, it has been reported. Mother-of-three Afaf Gaddafi was attempting to flee the war-torn country with her children and other family members over fears that their surname would land them in trouble. Mistaken for…

Al-Jazeera boss Wadah Khanfar steps down to be replaced by Qatari royal
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – Qatar’s government has replaced Wadah Khanfar, the director-general of the al-Jazeera satellite TV network, with a member of its own royal family – a sudden and dramatic move at a time of unprecedented turmoil across the Middle East….The new director-general is said to be Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, an executive at Qatargas…

Does Anyone Remember the Libyan Civilians?
Uruknet September 21, 2011 ¬?- So, the US and NATO went to war in Libya, allegedly to protect Libyan civilians from Bad Muammar Gaddafi. Not to overthrow Gaddafi, of course, since they were not authorized to do that by the United Nations, but only to protect civilians. Now, thanks to almost ten thousand NATO airstrikes, military intelligence and mercenary “…

Clashes between NTC fighters, Gaddafi loyalists in central Libyan capital
Uruknet September 21, 2011 — Clashes took place between the fighters of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) and members of the security troops of the fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi around nightfall on Tuesday in central Tripoli, a Xinhua witness said. The witness on the scene said four pro-Gaddafi members were arrested by the NTC after the exchange of…

What will actually happen on 23 September? Hebron University’s Dr. Qafisheh explains
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – PM: Professor Qafisheh, what will happen on 23 September? MQ: There are a few scenarios. The first: the Security Council will accept the Palestinian bid for statehood. This is unlikely, as the USA has already said they will use their veto. The second possibility is that the USA exercises its veto but there is…

Fierce resistance forces Sirte retreat by Libyan NTC forces
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – Admitting heavy losses from the assault on Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown, National Transitional Council fighters were forced to retreat from Sirte last night to allow NATO warplanes to blitz unexpectedly heavy resistance from loyalist forces. While the NTC announced yesterday at its headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi that the new Libyan government would…

NATO powers indifferent to Libyan refugees
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – The same NATO countries that have waged war on Libya in the name of “protecting civilians” have given “an abysmal response to the plight” of refugees during this conflict, Amnesty International charged in a report released Tuesday. The report calls urgent attention to the conditions facing some 5,000 refugees and asylum seekers who are…

Video: Netanyahu thanks Obama for supporitve UN address
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – Moments before his joint meeting with US President Barack Obama in New York, Netanyahu lauded the American leader for reiterating the unwavering US commitment to Israel during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly… Netanyahu thanked Obama “for standing with Israel and supporting peace through direct negotiations. We both agree that this is…

Obama rejects Palestinian UN statehood bid (Full Speech )
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – And I am convinced that there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades. Peace is hard work. Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations — if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now….. America’s commitment to Israel’s…

How Do You Sleep at Night? Of Kabul and Tet and Generals
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – Dear Lord, what is about generals that seem to make them so particularly immune to history’s lessons? Gen. Navarre had a sure-fire plan to draw the Vietnamese insurgents into a great battle that would end the war. Worked like a charm. On May 7, 1954 the French army surrendered at Dien Bien Phu. In…

Fighting for Jerusalem, Book by Book
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – East Jerusalem schools have been fighting an uphill battle, ever since 1967 really, but more recently since last March. Since 2000, schools in occupied east Jerusalem have taught the Palestinian curriculum, devised by the Palestinian Ministry of Education. Then, after a complaint from Israel Beiteinu parliament member Alex Miller, Israel decided things needed to…

Syria News – September 20, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – … Homs: Rastan: Maher Zoubi, 11 years of age, was killed and his father injured, Miss Aminah Obeid was killed while her 11-year-old son suffered major injures and another 3 persons were injured, two of which with critical injuries, all by bullets of the security forces who opened fire on a taxi that was rented…

Undercount: How Census Bureau Propaganda Ignores the Suffering of 10 Million Impoverished Americans
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – Americans were shocked to learn that U.S. Census Bureau figures showed 46 million people in poverty – the most ever. But a better count would have registered and additional ten million poor persons in the U.S. – 56 million. “The Census measures poverty based on costs of living metrics established in 1955 – 56…

Israel cracks down on Palestinian journalists “to hide the truth”
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – A human rights researcher has claimed that the Israeli authorities have escalated their crackdown on Palestinian journalists order to “hide the truth about Israel’s crimes”. Abdel Nasser Ferwana said that the crackdown includes “assaults on journalists, arrests and detentions”. Mr. Ferwana is a researcher specialising in prisoners’ issues. He has accused the Israelis of…

LIBYA: Sub-Saharan migrants keep their heads down
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – In an abandoned port on the outskirts of Tripoli, a young woman timidly peeks out from behind the blanket that forms a wall in her improvised home. She is one of hundreds of migrants who have gathered in this makeshift camp since a popular uprising to overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi spread to the Libyan…

Iraq snapshot – September 20, 2011
Uruknet September 20, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Political Stalemate II continues, the return of the Accountability and Justice Committee, suicide bombers target Ramadi, a historic day in the US and more. Wang Guanqun (Xinhua) reports, “Three suicide bombers almost simultaneously blew up their explosive vests outside the provincial council compound and nearby police headquarters in centeral Ramadi” according…

Tears of Gaza
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – Tears of Gaza by Vibeke Lokkeberg is a documentary film that should be watched by every American, to see how Israel spends our taxes. Every European should watch it, to see the true face of Israel. It should be viewed by every Arab, to renew our resolve not to allow a racist nation to…

Paradigm Shift: One-sided US Veto
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – 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…

“We are running out of time” – Water in the West Bank is scarce for Palestinians
Uruknet September 20, 2011 – Summer means water shortages for Palestinians. With global warming and a population increase in the West Bank and Gaza, water scarcity becomes even more critical. Experts-both Palestinians and Israelis-address the water problem as urgent, but few can see solutions ahead. In Nabi Salih, a Palestinian village just north of Ramallah, the time between May…

Daily Star

Geagea set to deliver speech at Chehab Stadium
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea will tackle the Christian presence in Lebanon and the Middle East during a mass on Sept. 24, commemorating fallen members of the party, a source close to Geagea told The Daily…

The Lebanese Army anticipates instability and security challenges ahead
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 The Lebanese Army is facing numerous security challenges, and according to informed sources, these challenges are a reflection of the worsening political situation in the country…

French Embassy confirms solid ties with Maronite Church
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 The French Embassy in Beirut confirmed long-standing and solid ties between French authorities and Lebanon’s Maronite Church in a statement issued following talks Wednesday between French Ambassador to Lebanon Denis Pietton…

Head of General Security visits Naqoura, UNIFIL
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 The head of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, inspected the General Security’s headquarters in the southern border village of Naqoura Wednesday after which he held a meeting with the commander of the U.N. Interim Force…

Hezbollah condemns Rabbani assassination
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Hezbollah issued a statement Wednesday strongly condemning the assassination of Afghan peace broker and former President Burhanudin Rabbani in a suicide attack in Kabul…

Jumblatt denounces attacks in Ankara
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt told Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a telegram that Turkey’s support of popular uprisings in the Arab world contributed to drawing a new image for the region.

UNIFIL celebrates International Day of Peace
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon celebrated the International Day of Peace Wednesday, which the commander of the force described as having a special meaning for the U.N. peacekeepers and the Lebanese.

Israel boosts defensive border preparations as U.N. bid looms
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 The prospect of mass protests geared toward the Palestinian bid for statehood and the turmoil caused by the revolutions in Egypt and Syria appear to have prompted the Israeli military to take greater precautions along the…

Aoun: Formal agreement needed between Cabinet and U.N. on STL
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun said Wednesday that he would not support measures to fund the Special Tribunal for Lebanon without a formal agreement between the country and the U.N. …

Lawmakers agree on amendments to power bill
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Parliament will vote Thursday on an amended $1.2 billion draft law to boost electricity production in the country, testing a consensus reached by bitter rivals in the March 8 and March 14 camps the day before.

Sleiman: Lebanon committed to international resolutions
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 President Michel Sleiman said in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday Lebanon would uphold its rights over its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone against any designs by Israel…

New General Security center opens on border
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 The Directorate General of General Security opened Wednesday the new center for General Security at the Abboudieh-Dabousieh border point between Lebanon and Syria.

Palestinian children get back-to-school kits
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Palestinian refugee children received back-to-school kits from UNRWA and UNICEF in an event held Wednesday at Yabad school in Sabra.

Separate accidents claim lives of 2 youths in Beirut
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Two young Lebanese were killed in separate accidents in Beirut late Tuesday night, a police report said Wednesday.

Police investigate mysterious death of woman in Sidon hotel
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young woman whose body was discovered in the room of a hotel facing Sidon’s Sea Castle Tuesday evening…

War game maneuvers show off Lebanese Army’s capabilities
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 The late summer sun rising over the mountains diffuses the last trace of early morning mist. The valley below is leafy, cool and still, enough to relax even the most highly strung of dawn commuters.

Security forces hound shadowy underground groups
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 It’s not exactly illegal to worship the devil in Lebanon. But it is illegal to commit blasphemy or behave in a way that is considered immoral, and it was on these grounds that eight young people…

Minister reassures patients at medical dispensary
Daily Star 21 Sep 2011 Nearly a hundred people were waiting to receive medicine at a Health Ministry dispensary when Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil paid a visit Wednesday.

YNet News

Yachimovich elected new Labor leader
YNet News, 21 Sep 2011 – MK Shelly Yachimovich was elected Labor party leader on Wednesday, defeating MK Amir Peretz in the primary elections. She received 54% of the votes, while Peretz received … ….

Netanyahu approves NIS 3 billion cut in Defense Ministry’s budget
YNet News, 21 Sep 2011 – Moments before he boarded the plane en route to the UN General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved an NIS 3 billion cut in the Defense … ….

Erdogan: Turkey to join sanctions against Syria
YNet News, 21 Sep 2011 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that Ankara has suspended its talks with the Syrian government, and is considering joining the West-imposed … ….

Round 2 begins: Labor Party chooses new leader
YNet News, 21 Sep 2011 – The Labor Party will hold its second primaries vote on Wednesday. Over 66,000 registered Labor Party voters will be able to cast their vote in the race that will finally … ….

Navy prevents tobacco smugglers from reaching Gaza
YNet News, 21 Sep 2011 – The Israel Navy captured two Palestinians with dozens of bags of tobacco worth hundreds of thousands of shekels, destined to be smuggled from Egypt to the Gaza Strip, the … ….

Obama urges Erdogan to resolve crisis with Israel
YNet News, 21 Sep 2011 – NEW YORK — US President Barack Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday and urged him to resolve the diplomatic crisis with Israel. A … ….

Palestinian Information Center

New Israeli housing committee approves 900 settlement units
PIC – Israel’s new NHC approved in its first meeting on Tuesday plans to build 900 settlement units in Jewish settlements in occupied southern Jerusalem, Israeli Channel Ten has reported.

Dozens of Israeli military vehicles deployed in W.B. fearing possible clashes
PIC – Dozens of Israeli tanks and military jeeps amassed Tuesday evening near the West Bank village of Nazlat ‘Isa, north of Tulkarm, and are bracing for potential clashes in the apartheid barrier area.

PRC fighter shot by Israeli naval forces
PIC – A fighter from the Popular Resistance Committees’ military wing Al-Nasser Salaheddin Brigades was shot and injured Wednesday morning in an attack by Israel naval forces.

Dull turnout in pro-UN bid rally in Jenin
PIC – Frustration prevailed among Fatah leadership after the disappointing turnout of pro-Un bid festivities in the West Bank city of Jenin government headquarters on Wednesday.

Bardawil: Demonstration limitations in Gaza made on mutual understanding
PIC – Senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil has revealed that the step to limit demonstrations both for and against the UN bid in the Gaza Strip was done in agreement by leaders of both Hamas and Fatah.

Israel still detains five Gaza citizens as “unlawful combatants”
PIC – The IOA is still holding five Gaza citizens under the so-called law of unlawful combatant after concluding their terms in prison, the Palestinian ministry of prisoners in Gaza said on Wednesday.

Settlers assault Al-Khalil woman in recent surge in attacks
PIC – Jewish settlers assaulted Wednesday a 44-year-old Palestinian woman in the Old City of Al-Khalil in the latest surge in settler attacks in the West Bank.

IOF troops, Jewish settlers block worshipers from heading to Ibrahimi Mosque
PIC – Palestinian citizens clashed with Jewish settlers, backed by Israeli occupation forces, in Al-Khalil on Wednesday after they tried to block worshipers from heading to the Ibrahimi mosque for prayers.

OIC slams Israel’s approval of 900 new settlement units
PIC – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned Israel’s recent approval for the construction of 900 settlement units in Jewish settlements in occupied Jerusalem.

WAFA

Negotiations Resume When Israel Stops Settlements, says Abu Rudeineh
WAFA

Ban Calls for Efforts to End Mideast Crisis
WAFA

Abbas Welcomes the Tens of Thousands Rallies
WAFA

Mass Rally in Argentina in Support of Palestinians
WAFA

Seychelles Supports Palestinian UN Bid
WAFA

Israelis Attack Bus of Prisoners’ Families
WAFA

Israeli Special Forces Arrest Palestinian
WAFA

Israeli Army Uses New Weapon to Disperse Protesters
WAFA

Jewish Settlers Try to Storm Palestinian Town near Jenin
WAFA

Women Demonstrate in Gaza to Support Palestinian UN Bid
WAFA

Rabbis from Neturei Karta Rally to Support Palestinian Bid
WAFA

Newspapers Review: International Efforts to Avoid Palestinian Bid
WAFA


Intifada Palestine

The 9/11 Delusion: Israel’s False Flag, Jingoism And Inhumanity
Intifada-Palestine: 21 Sep 2011 – On September 11th, 2001, Mossad struck New York City, igniting a fire of war and xenophobia that has engulfed the entire globe. by Jonathan Azaziah / Mask of Zion Welcome to hell madames and sirs, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, friends… more

Los Angeles Times

U.N. may delay vote on Palestinian statehood application
LA Times 20 Sep 2011 – The move would let Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas keep his promise of seeking U.N. membership but allow the U.S. to avoid casting a veto in the Security Council. Diplomats on Tuesday raced to nail down a plan to deflect the Palestinian bid for statehood…

Libya fighters offer assurances to Kadafi stronghold
LA Times 20 Sep 2011 – ‘This is about Kadafi and Libya, not about the people of Surt,’ one commander says, referring to the offensive to take the city. Resistance from Kadafi loyalists has been fierce in Surt. Their hometown of Misurata has largely been reduced to rubble, but the fighters…

New York Times

France Breaks With Obama on Palestinian Statehood Issue
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – President Nicolas Sarkozy of France on Wednesday called for enhancing the status of the Palestinians in the General Assembly to that of an observer state.

Truce Slows Fighting in Yemen’s Capital
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – A cease-fire late Tuesday appeared to have sharply reduced fighting in Yemen’s war-torn capital on Wednesday but explosions and heavy gunfire could still be heard.

NATO Extends Libya Role
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – With loyalists of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi still entrenched in a number of places, NATO said it was authorizing an extension of its bombing operations.

In Egypt, Islamists Reach Out to Wary Secularists
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – Nageh Ibrahim, leader of the Islamic Group, argues that Islamists and so-called secularists in Egypt have more common ground than differences.

Immigrants Wonder What Arab Spring Will Mean for Them
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – New questions have surfaced about the volatility of social divisions and the uprising’s impact on economies that largely depend on expatriate workers.

OPEC Says Producers Will Cut Back Once Libya Output Recovers
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – Saudi Arabia and other Gulf producers raised their output this summer to make up for the stall in Libyan exports.

American Hikers Leave Iran After Prison Release
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – Two Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq frontier two years ago were released Wednesday and left the country by plane, their families said in a statement.

Magazine Preview: The Surreal Ruins of Qaddafi’s Never-Never Land
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – Among the dead and the smoldering ruins, Libyans struggle to escape their country’s twisted history.

Misc

Perry embraces violent Jewish extremists, Politico’s Ben Smith calls him ‘moderate’
Mondoweiss – Republican presidential frontrunner Rick Perry embraces former terrorist group leader Dov Hikind Yesterday, I attended Rick Perry’s press conference at the W Hotel in New York City, where the Texas Governor and Republican presidential frontrunner denounced President Barack Obama for supposedly “appeasing” America’s enemies in the…

Obama: Dead Wrong on Palestine
Tikun Olam – Pres. Obama went before the UN today and delivered possibly the least credible, most irrelevant, and downright disappointing speeches of his career. A career which has seen its share of stunningly wonderful ones. It is yet a another mark of how completely lost his presidency has…

Ashrawi and Tibi say Obama made it sound like Palestinians are occupying Israel
Mondoweiss – Hanan Ashrawi, who is part of the Palestinian delegation at the UN, reacted angrily to President Obama’s UN address. Here are some quotes from a Ha’aretz interview in Hebrew that took place immediately after the speech (Barak Ravid, ” Palestinian Anger Over Obama Speech at…

Obama consulted no Palestinians for his rendition of history
Mondoweiss – Mazin Qumsiyeh on Obama’s speech: In his first speech at the UN, President Obama stated that he prohibited torture and ordered Guantanamo prisons closed. He also said he will work to cut the nuclear arsenal of the US and Russia and move towards a world without…

Israel’s remaining friends rally around flag outside of UN
Mondoweiss – Israel may be increasingly isolated globally, but you wouldn’t know it from the scene in New York today. A right-wing crowd of thousands rallied earlier today at Dag Hammarskj??ld Plaza against the ongoing Durban III conference and the Palestinian Authority bid for United Nations recognition of…

Deal in works to save Obama casting a veto, and continue ‘peace process’ –Guardian
Mondoweiss – Chris McGreal, in New York : International efforts to forestall a showdown in the UN security council over the declaration of a Palestinian state are solidifying around a plan for the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas , to submit a request for recognition but for a vote on the…

Yediot: IDF Investigation Confirms All Eilat Attackers Were Egyptian, Not Gazan
Tikun Olam – Alex Fishman, Yediot Achronot’s veteran security correspondent, and one of the few Israeli journalists skeptical about the official government version of the Eilat terror attack, confirms what many of us knew all along: it was a tissue of lies. The government reported originally that the Popular…

Misc 2

Letter from President Hugo Chavez to the Secretary General of the United Nations supporting recognition of Palestinian State
Voltaire Network 21 Sep 2011 – Miraflores, September 17, 2011 His Excellency, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Secretary General: Distinguished representatives of the peoples of the world: I address these words to the United Nations General Assembly, to this great forum that represents all the people of earth,…

The patriarch of Antakya resisting the Western division plans
Voltaire Network 21 Sep 2011 – Editorials The patriarch of Antakya resisting the Western division plans The statements delivered by Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi during his visit to France raised numerous reactions which actually shed light on a number of threats carried by the behavior adopted by the governments of…

Walter Fauntroy, Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home–Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing
Voltaire Network 21 Sep 2011 – Former US Congressman Walter Fauntroy had traveled to Libya as a goodwill negotiator to try to stop the war. Trapped inside the Rixos Hotel together with the team of Voltaire Network journalists, he narrowly escaped death: we can testify that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had…

Africa: Gender Equality and Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region
allAfrica.com 21 Sep 2011 – “I grew up in a world where we believed we could not do anything. Generations believed we could do nothing, and now, in a matter of weeks, we know that we can.” Mariam Abu Adas, 32, an online activist in Jordan who helped create a company…

Letter from the Corries: Petitions Delivered to National Building Museum!
Rachel Corrie Foundation 21 Sep 2011 – This month we convinced the National Building Museum (NBM) in Washington DC to cancel its September 14th public ceremony to award its prestigious Henry C. Turner Prize to Caterpillar Inc. Then, acting on behalf of the Rachel Corrie Foundation, Wednesday afternoon, we and representatives of Jewish…

Petitions Delivered to National Building Museum: No Award to Caterpillar Inc.!
Rachel Corrie Foundation 21 Sep 2011 – This month we convinced the National Building Museum (NBM) in Washington DC to cancel its September 14th public ceremony to award its prestigious Henry C. Turner Prize to Caterpillar Inc. Then, acting on behalf of the Rachel Corrie Foundation, Wednesday afternoon, we and representatives of Jewish…

Huge Protests in Hebron Ahead of UN Bid for Statehood
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Sep 2011 – Wednesday 21st September: PSP today joined tens of thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Hebron to show support for the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN this week. With all local schools closed for the day, children and youths from across the Hebron district…

Israeli Army Escalates Presence in Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Sep 2011 – 21st September: For the past two days, Israeli military forces have repeatedly entered the town of Beit Ommar, advancing along the main street and firing teargas and concussion grenades. Groups of soldiers ranging in number from six to twenty-five occupied the road close to the entrance…

Rallies held across West Bank to demonstrate support for Palestinian statehood bid
Middle East Monitor 21 Sep 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On Wednesday 21, rallies were organised in cities across the West Bank to demonstrate support for Mahmoud Abbas as he heads to the United Nations in New York to submit the Palestinian bid for full membership of the body and the establishment of a…

OIC rejects UN Palmer Report
Middle East Monitor 21 Sep 2011 – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has repeated its rejection of the UN’s Palmer Report on the Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010. The report claimed that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip for the last five years is legal according to international…

Jordan’s King Abdullah warns Israel about risk of instability in the region
Middle East Monitor 21 Sep 2011 – The King of Jordan has warned that Israel’s position on the peace process increases the risk of instability in the Middle East. In an interview in the Wall Street Journal, King Abdullah II expressed his belief that Israeli leaders are “sticking their heads in the sand”….

Turkish Foreign Minister walks out before Israeli speech at UN headquarters
Middle East Monitor 21 Sep 2011 – Turkey’s Foreign Minister has walked out of a conference on anti-terrorism at the UN headquarters in New York moments before a speech by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister. It was reported that Ahmet Davutoglu left the room after his own speech, in which he stressed the importance…

Israel Presents Lists Of Detainees It Won’t Release
Sabr 21 Sep 2011 – Friday September 09, 2011 11:53 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies The Al Hayat Paper in London reported Friday that a third round of indirect prisoner-swap talks was held in Cairo last Tuesday under direct Egyptian supervision mediating between the Hamas movement and Israel, in…

Obama warns on Palestinian UN bid
BBC 21 Sep 2011 – Barack Obama tells the UN General Assembly a Palestinian state can only be achieved through talks with Israel, as thousands rally across the West Bank in favour of the statehood bid.

Iran frees jailed American hikers
BBC 21 Sep 2011 – A pair of Americans convicted as spies and jailed in Iran for two years are released and emotionally reunited with their loved ones.

Gaddafi ‘losing control of Sabha’
BBC 21 Sep 2011 – Libya’s interim leadership says its forces now control much of the southern city of Sabha, but they are still fighting Gaddafi loyalists in some districts.

Articles


The one-sided US veto: an astounding display of hypocrisy
Neve Gordon and Yinon Cohen, Redress9/21/2011
US President Barack Obama’s decision to use the USA’s veto prerogative if the United Nations votes to recognize a Palestinian state will constitute a blow to those seeking peace in the Middle East.
The Obama administration’s claim that peace can be achieved only 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 examine the US response towards them.
A logical place to begin is 1991, when Israelis and Palestinians met for the first time in Madrid to negotiate a peace agreement. United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338, which call for Israel’s withdrawal from the land it occupied during the 1967 war in exchange for peace, served as the basis for the Madrid Conference.
Ever since that conference, Israel has carried out numerous unilateral moves that have undermined efforts to reach a peace agreement based on land for peace. These include the confiscation of Palestinian land, the construction of settlements and the transfer of Jewish citizenry to occupied territories, actions that every US administration regarded as an obstruction to the peace process. more.. e-mail

Palestine & UN: History of a double standard
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera9/21/2011
The struggle for Palestinian nationhood is entering yet another new phase in its decades long history.
Failure to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Israel’s 40-year occupation, in the words of UN former Secretary General Kofi Annan, would “continue to hurt the reputation of the United Nations and raise questions about its impartiality”.
No cause has consumed as much UN paper work as the plight of the displaced and occupied Palestinians. But hundreds of its resolutions on Palestine have not been respected let alone applied for over half a century.
Nowhere has the UN ideals and mechanisms been more mired in power politics than in Palestine. The efforts to neutralise UN intervention have been championed mainly by the United States. This week’s efforts by the Obama administration working on behalf of Israel took advocacy into a whole new level.
Washington has vetoed more than 40 UN Security Council resolutions critical of its policies some of which were drafted by its European allies. A quick look at today’s Middle East makes it clear that such obstructions worked for the interest of neither party, nor for peace and security in the region.
Cold-War rivalries have also contributed to UN paralysis in the Israeli Palestinian-Arab conflict, which explains why more than half of the 690 resolutions adopted by the General Assembly from 1947-1990 have been ignored.
But what justifies sidelining the UN ever since, while keeping it at an arm’s length from a two decades of Peace Process?
The short answer is a double standard….. more.. e-mail

US should recognize Palestinian state
Zvi Bar’el, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive9/21/2011
Just like 23 years ago, today too, Washington is standing like a fortified wall blocking the entry of Palestine to the United Nations.
Memory is short and forgetfulness is often deliberate, but 23 years ago the UN General Assembly decided to move its session from New York to Switzerland so that Palestine Liberation Organization head Yasser Arafat could deliver a speech. The reason: U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz refused to issue Yasser Arafat an entry visa to the United States.
Today too, with the opening of the session of the General Assembly, Washington is standing like a fortified wall blocking the entry of Palestine to the UN building. Although Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has no problem getting a visa, when he comes to ask for a state for the Palestinians he is put on a roller coaster. The list of threats and future punishments to be imposed on him and his country, if it is established, guarantees that this will be a state that is battered from birth.
Here is colonialism in all its glory. After all, the United States agrees that there should be a Palestinian state, it even twisted the arm of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a little bit, cautiously so it wouldn’t hurt, so that he would blurt out the necessary formula “two states for two peoples.” U.S. President Barack Obama even spoke about the optimal borders of the Palestinian state and Abbas was not yet required to recognize Israel.
After all, Arafat already recognized it. Palestine fulfilled all the threshold conditions. And still, this state has only one chance of being born the American way. Through negotiations that will lead to a consensual agreement and a handshake. And if Israel’s hand is missing, never mind, the Palestinians will wait until it grows. — See also: Source more.. e-mail

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