VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 22 September, 2011: Knesset moves forward on bill granting Israel unchecked, draconian powers

22 September 2011 , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Military Storm Villages, Break Into West Bank Homes
IMEMC РThursday September 22, 2011 Р20:10, Israeli military stormed the villages of Burqin and al-‘Arqah near the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday. Military vehicles patrolled the streets of the villages, no arrests were reported.

20 Palestinians Injured In Qalandia Clashes
IMEMC – Thursday September 22, 2011 – 19:09, Palestinian medical sources reported that twenty Palestinians were wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed at the Qalandia terminal, north of Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority Will Not Push For Immediate Security Council Vote
IMEMC – Thursday September 22, 2011 – 07:59, Although the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank said it is determined to go ahead with its full UN Membership Bid, it has decided not to push for an immediate Security Council vote on the issue.

Ma’an News

PA says it is ready to declare statehood
9/22/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Thursday said the PA has completed the construction of capable and efficient institutions which makes it ready for an independent Palestinian state. The cabinet stressed its support for the UN initiative which it said was aimed to make the international community take on its responsibility toward….

PLO chief: Abbas going to Security Council
9/23/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Abbas will apply to the Security Council for United Nations membership as scheduled on Friday, PLO secretary-general Yasser Abed Rabbo said Thursday. Abed Rabbo said there has been no agreement to give the UN Security Council more time to discuss the bid other than the legal period which the UNSC….

PA: Israeli protesters block relatives prison visit
9/23/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli protesters prevented Palestinian families from visiting their relatives in an Israeli prison on Thursday, Palestinian Authority officials said. The PA Ministry of Detainees said that a group of Israelis chanted slogans and halted the passage of buses to the Negev prison. Israeli forces in the area did not intervene to….

Arrigoni murder suspects claim forced confessions
9/22/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — A Gaza military court on Thursday played the alleged confessions of four men accused in the April kidnap and murder of Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni. Of the four men, all from Gaza, two are accused of murder, a third of having helped in the kidnap and killing, and a fourth of…. Related: Gaza court questions accused in death of Italian

Report: Israeli settlers give women weapons training
9/22/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers began a weapons training program for women in the settlements on Wednesday, Israeli media said. The training started with a five hour course on the use of guns and M16 rifles for six women from Pnei Kedem, a Jewish-only settlement in the West Bank district of Hebron, according to….

PLO to give UN council time to mull bid
9/22/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The Palestinian leadership— despite firm US and Israeli opposition — will give the UN Security Council “some time” to study their application for full membership in the United Nations, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday. He also said the Palestinian delegation would politely reject US President Barack Obama’s demand in…. Related: Fatah official: Abbas seeks ‘accelerated’ Security Council review

Long-shot scenario to avert Mideast diplomatic clash
9/22/2011 – NEW YORK (Reuters) — A scenario is emerging that might prevent an Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic train wreck at the United Nations this week but analysts and officials say it will require near perfect timing and diplomacy to pull it off. Under the scenario, described by people familiar with the diplomacy, President Mahmoud Abbas would submit a letter….

Tunisian press: Convoy waits for Egypt permission to enter Gaza
9/22/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Tunisian aid convoy Karama, or Dignity, is still waiting for permission from Egyptian authorities to enter the Gaza Strip, Tunisian press reported Thursday. The Karama aid convoy was launched in mid-September and its members are in contact with Egyptian authorities and Tunisian embassy officials in order to allow entry….

Sharia judiciary: UN membership a legal, historic right
9/22/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The President of the Supreme Council of the Sharia judiciary said Thursday that Palestine’s full membership at the United Nations is a natural, legal and historic right. In a press conference in Ramallah, Sheik Yousef Edeis said that the Palestinian people want peace, and seek freedom and dignity after….

Israeli press wary over Obama’s ‘Zionist’ UN speech
9/22/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli newspapers were unanimous Thursday in characterizing US President Barack Obama’s UN speech as hugely supportive of Israel, but some argued it was perhaps too much of a good thing.” The American embrace” was the front-page headline of the Maariv daily, while the top-selling Yedioth Aharonoth took a similar line, summing….

Argentine president: Palestinian UN bid aids peace
9/23/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner told the UN on Wednesday that blocking Palestinian membership at the world body would lend credence to terrorists.” I pray to God to illuminate those who have to make the transcendent and structural decisions in the world to achieve a better balance” and a Palestinian….

Protest in Ramallah condemns Obama speech
9/23/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Protesters in Ramallah on Thursday condemned US President Barack Obama’s speech at the UN a day earlier, in an event organized by a workers union. Workers from the education and health ministries also joined, as demonstrators called Obama’s speech biased and said it ignored the Palestinian people…. Related: Nablus workers protest Obama speech and Women demonstrate in Gaza in support of UN bid

Fatah official: Abbas seeks ‘accelerated’ Security Council review
9/23/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas has urged the UN Security Council to “accelerate” the Palestinian application for membership in the UN, a senior Fatah official said Thursday. Muhammad Shtayyeh told Ma’an that Abbas’ request will first be examined by a committee of experts before it is debated by the…. Related: PLO to give UN council time to mull bid

Israeli leaders welcome Obama UN address
9/22/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli leaders and pro-Israeli group AIPAC praised US President Barack Obama’s speech at the UN on Wednesday, where he reiterated his opposition to the Palestinians’ bid for membership of the world body. At a meeting with the president on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Obama and….

Nablus workers protest Obama speech
9/22/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The workers union in Nablus said members suspended work for an hour on Thursday in protest against US President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations, which slammed the Palestinian bid for membership of the world body. Union official Amjad Abu Raed told Ma’an that over 7,000…. Related: Protest in Ramallah condemns Obama speech and Women demonstrate in Gaza in support of UN bid

Women demonstrate in Gaza in support of UN bid
9/22/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Dozens of women marched in support of the Palestinian bid for UN membership on Thursday, in a rally jointly organized by the General Federation of Palestinian Women and political party FIDA. The marchers called for wavering countries to take a position and support Palestinian rights, refusing Israeli and US pressure…. Related: Protest in Ramallah condemns Obama speech

Clock ticks on Palestinian UN plan
9/22/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Diplomats struggled to find a formula on Thursday to avoid a clash over the Middle East as time ticked down on Palestinian plans to ask the United Nations to recognize their statehood. President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing ahead with plans to submit the Palestinian application to the UN Security Council on Friday….

UN expert calls for Palestine membership
9/22/2011 – GENEVA (AFP) — The UN expert for the Palestinian territories Richard Falk on Thursday called on UN member states to recognize Palestine as a state, saying its right of self-determination should be respected. In a statement, Falk “called on every United Nations Member State to recognize the reality of Palestinian statehood, and urged Israel to listen….

Former journalist elected Israel’s Labour leader
9/22/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Former TV journalist Shelly Yacimovich has been elected as the new leader of Israel’s Labour party, defeating former union leader Amir Peretz in a run-off. The 51-year-old Yacimovich secured 56 percent of the vote Wednesday, compared to Peretz’ 46, to take the helm of the ailing party, according to….

Fatah official calls on Hamas to permit UN rallies
9/22/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah official Zakaria al-Agha called on Hamas to allow demonstrations to take place in the Gaza Strip in solidarity with the Palestinian bid for UN membership, a statement issued Thursday said. Al-Agha said the danger posed by international efforts to thwart the bid demands that “the people should be united….

Bus accident injures 19 in Jenin
9/22/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Nineteen people, including children and pregnant women, sustained moderate and serious injuries after a bus overturned near Jenin-district village Ajja on Thursday. Civil Defense Director in Jenin Sami Hamdan told Ma’an that a bus tire burst due to the high speed it was traveling, causing the bus to flip….

Christian leaders back UN bid at faith conference
9/23/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine organized a spiritual meeting for the “International Day of Prayer for Peace” on Wednesday. Christian and Muslim religious figures attended the conference and appealed for the world to back the Palestinian UN bid. They also insisted upon the Palestinian people’s unity….

‘Comedy’ king Maradona enjoys first Al Wasl win
9/22/2011 – DUBAI (AFP) — Diego Maradona enjoyed his first victory as coach of UAE side Al Wasl on Thursday, a day after telling fans to stay at home and watch a DVD if they found it too stressful to follow his team. Al Wasl’s goals against promoted Emirates in the second round of matches in….

Bahrain nominee urges kingdom against ‘repression’
9/22/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama’s pick for ambassador to Bahrain urged the kingdom Wednesday to avoid “repression” and instead respond to unrest “through genuine reform and reconciliation.” “Political reform and respect for human rights are vital to Bahrain’s stability and to the protection of US interests in the region,” Thomas….

US leads mass walkout of Ahmadinejad UN speech
9/22/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The United States on Thursday led a mass walkout of the UN General Assembly when Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched an outspoken attack on Western nations. A US diplomat left halfway through the Iranian leader’s speech, while the 27 European Union nations followed in a coordinated protest move….

Fighting in Yemen capital raises civil war spectre
9/22/2011 – SANAA (AFP) — Deadly clashes spread across Yemen’s capital on Thursday as tribesmen joined battles between rival military units, raising fears among frightened residents of a descent into civil war. Soaring tensions between troops loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his opponents torpedoed efforts on Wednesday by international mediators to promote a….

Iran opposition identifies arrested filmmakers
9/22/2011 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, co-director of banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s latest film, is among six movie makers arrested by Iranian authorities, an opposition website said in a posting seen on Thursday. Iranian media on Saturday reported the arrest of six filmmakers, but identified them only by their initials. The others are directors….

Palestine Note

Internationally recognised Palestine in Israel’s best interest?
Palestine Note 22 Sep 2011 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is wearing thin the patience of the international community. As we creep closer to the date when the majority of UN member states officially lend their support to the Palestinian bid for statehood, Israel will find itself…

Obama Tells Palestinians to Stay in Back of Bus
Palestine Note 22 Sep 2011 – Steve Clemons on the US President’s disappointing UN speech Steve Clemons – President Obama’s speech at the United Nations yesterday paled in comparison to the soaring, expectation raising addresses he gave early in his administration, particularly in Cairo, but also…


Syrian security forces ‘killed in ambush’
AlJazeera 22 Sep 2011 –

Bahrain calls for UN recognition of Palestine
AlJazeera 22 Sep 2011 – King’s speech to UN also outlines domestic reform program he claims focuses on “the supreme interests of the people”.

Deadly fighting rages through Yemeni capital
AlJazeera 22 Sep 2011 – At least fifteen people, including two women, reportedly killed in Sanaa as death toll increase.

Defiant Ahmadinejad prompts UN walkout
AlJazeera 22 Sep 2011 – Iranian leader accuses US and others of racism, colonialism, war-mongering and blames them for financial crisis.

Obama: No shortcut to Middle East peace
AlJazeera 22 Sep 2011 – US president tells UN that Israel and PLO both have “legitimate aspirations”, but peace can only come via direct talks.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Meets Oxfam Novib Delegation
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Human Rights Organisations Call on International Community to Pursue Accountability at UN General Assembly
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concludes 5 Training Courses in Human Rights and Democracy in the Gaza Strip
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Hebron rally: ‘Like everyone else, we want to be free.’
9/22/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 21 Wednesday 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – A huge rally for Palestinian statehood surged through the streets of Hebron all day Wednesday, mobilizing thousands and culminating in prolonged and sustained Israeli military attacks on Palestinian civilians in the narrow and crowded markets of the Old City. The demonstration began at 10:30 AM around….

Israel’s ‘Scream’ fails to silence Palestinian resistance
9/22/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 22 September 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On Wednesday, demonstrators at the Qalandia checkpoint were met with a new weapon referred to as the “Scream,” an obnoxious siren that sounded once demonstrators had organized near the checkpoint in spirit of a future Palestinian state. The new sound weapon was used for the first time….

Gaza court questions accused in death of Italian
9/22/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – AFP – GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories “” A Gaza military court on Thursday played the alleged confessions of four men accused in the April kidnap and murder of Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni. Of the four men, all from Gaza, two are accused of murder, a third of having helped in the kidnap and killing, and a…. Related: Arrigoni murder suspects claim forced confessions

Gaza: 29 years later, Palestinians march forward
9/22/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – For three years the Beit Hanoun Local Initiative and the International Solidarity Movement have marched into the buffer zone north of Beit Hanoun. Tuesday, September 20th was no different. We gathered near the agricultural college, and at 11 AM we marched north into the buffer zone. There were about thirty of….

Palestine Telegraph

Extremist settlers set fire to agricultural lands near Jenin
22 Sep 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Extremist settlers on Wednesday set fire to Palestinian agricultural lands in Yaboud, a town in the southwest of Jenin.

The National

Exhausted but free, US hikers head home via Oman
The National 22 Sep 2011 – Families’ tearful embrace for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, released from Iran after 782 days in jail for espionage.

Billionaire Palestinian Munib Al Masri fears for the viability of a Palestine state
The National 22 Sep 2011 – Founder of powerful Padico conglomerate backs bid but blasts lack of peace negotiations and asks: ‘What does Netanyahu want from us? Does he want to throw us into the sea or the desert?’

Palestinians fear their ageing leaders lack any credibility
The National 22 Sep 2011 – Mahmoud Abbas is 76, his top aides 73 and 67, and critics say the plan to gain full UN membership is an attempt to demonstrate their relevance and revive their waning popularity among ordinary Palestinians.

Fighting spreads in Sanaa as division in Saleh party holds up talks
The National 22 Sep 2011 – Split in ruling party, the General People¬øs Congress, said to be over role for Ahmed Saleh, the president’s son, and the GPC in a post-Saleh Yemen

Campaigners for Palestinian state look to 1947 UN resolution that created Israel
The National 22 Sep 2011 – What has come to be known as UN Resolution 181 was the trigger for the 1948 war between Jews living in then Palestine and surrounding Arab countries that eventually led to the creation of Israel. Palestinians say the UN should complete the mission of resolution 181 to create two states.

Israel fears further isolation globally
The National 22 Sep 2011 – Netanyahu afraid that UN recognition of Palestine would weaken Israel’s hand in future negotiation, further isolate Israel internationally and undermine his own hold on power at home, say analysts.

Thousands of Kuwaitis press for answers on MP corruption claims
The National 22 Sep 2011 – Multi-billion dinar deposits have been paid into the accounts of several parliamentarians, according to Kuwait’s opposition, as anti-government protests surge.

Day of decision on Palestine
The National 22 Sep 2011 – Obama speech criticised as Abbas prepares to submit Palestinian statehood bid at UN despite US pressure.


Palestinian President to seek full UN recognition despite Western pressure
Ha’aretz – President Obama meets with Abbas in effort to convince him not to seek Security Council recognition, warning that U.S. would use its veto power to block it.

Ari Shavit / Obama, Abbas and Netanyahu squandered their golden opportunity
Ha’aretz – This historic moment is still dangerous. The mistakes of the past 30 months have created an abysmal gap between the Palestinians’ expectations, the Israelis’ needs and the international community’s perceptions. This gap is asking for trouble.

Israel security force braces for mass Palestinian protests in West Bank
Ha’aretz – While the IDF has no indication that violence will erupt, it worries that PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ address at the UN General Assembly today could inflame tempers

Erdogan at UN: Israel must apologize for flotilla deaths
Ha’aretz – Speech at General Assembly comes on heels of UN report which says the Israeli blockade of Gaza is legal, but criticizes Israel for excessive use of force for its killing of 9 Turkish citizens aboard the Gaza flotilla in May 2010.

Ahmedinejad: U.S. and allies threaten anyone who attacks Holocaust, 9/11
Ha’aretz – Delegations walk out of the United Nations General Assembly after Iranian president says U.S. and allies view Zionism as ‘sacred’ ideology.

Durban III conference opens in New York amid allegations of anti-Israel bias
Ha’aretz – Counter-convention draws Jewish leaders and prominent supporters of Israel; 13 countries refuse to take part in Durban III.

French protest leader tells Israeli activist: don’t separate social issues from politics
Ha’aretz – Daniel Cohn-Bendit, one of the leaders of the 1968 student protest in France, says that money for West Bank settlements deprive Israel of money for social welfare.

Fashion powerhouse Hugo Boss issues formal apology for its Nazi past
Ha’aretz – According to recent study findings, the company forced a total of 140 Poles and 40 French prisoners of war to work for Boss during the Holocaust. They were housed in a camp in one area of the factory, and lived in extremely poor conditions.

Palestinians blast Obama’s UN speech at West Bank rally
Ha’aretz – Protesters amass near Abbas’ Ramallah office, accuse U.S. President of siding ‘with killers against victims’; activists call for protests in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

U.S. Jews give Obama mixed reviews for ‘pro-Israel’ UN speech
Ha’aretz – AIPAC lauds U.S. President for seeing Israelis deserve ‘normal relations with their neighbors’; Americans for Peace Now: U.S. position as defender of rights cannot stand as Israeli-Palestinians conflict ‘left to fester’.

IDF bans Meir Kahane’s grandson from West Bank for 3 months
Ha’aretz – Associates of right-wing activist Meir Ettinger say he was banned over his involvement in a self-defense class for residents of illegal West Bank outposts.

Livni to Yachimovich: Labor is Kadima’s ‘natural’ Zionist partner
Ha’aretz – Leadership rivals Amir Peretz and Isaac Herzog call new Labor leader to congratulate her on her success and share hopes of collaboration among Labor MKs.

Train service disrupted across Israel following workers’ sanctions
Ha’aretz – Israel Railways says company will turn to labor courts after talks with rail workers’ union break down; workers protesting plans to outsource maintenance on new trains

Israel Police: Jerusalem man killed his parents to get their inheritance
Ha’aretz – Daniel Maoz arrested one month after the bodies of his parents, Noah and Nurit Maoz, found brutally stabbed in their home; police say he had heavy gambling debts.

Permira won’t buy Clal Insurance after all
Ha’aretz – But it still wants irrigation systems co Netafim, for $850-$890 million.

Airport tightens security ahead of PA statehood bid
Ha’aretz – Representatives of foreign carriers are concerned that rising tensions could lead to cancellations, but there are no current signs of this occurring; Israel Hotels Association manager says September bookings ‘slow’.

The indexes are inflated by duplicate companies, says TASE head
Ha’aretz – Economic concentration committee recommends throwing off nonproductive holding companies. Ester Levanon applauds the idea.

Olmert: Netanyahu and Abbas must strike Mideast peace, or face the results
Ha’aretz – Ahead of UN vote on Palestinian statehood, former Prime Minister says in New York Times op-ed that continued peace talks stall could lead region into violence.

Jerusalem Post

‘Footnote’ wins top prize at Ophir Awards
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Film which won Best Screenplay at Cannes takes top prize at Israeli awards; will be official selection for best foreign film at Oscars.

Israel is not to blame
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – With Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, if peace depended solely on Israel, it would have been attained long ago.

Erdogan slams Israel in UN General Assembly speech
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Turkish PM says Israel “has seriously wronged” Turkey and its people; reiterates demand for ‘Marmara’ apology, lifting of Gaza blockade; says world must “put pressure on Israel to achieve peace.”

Jewish immigration to Israel increases by almost 20%
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – “This is a trend that has been increasing: Aliya is younger and better educated,” Jewish Agency for Israel chairman Sharansky says.

Jewish pilgrims flock to Bulgarian holy site
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – 2,000 pilgrims fly to the eastern Bulgarian town of Silistra to pay homage at the grave of Rabbi Eliezer Papo.

Youngest case of ‚Äòtefillin allergy’ reported by IMA journal
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – 14-year-old boy who complained of a chronic rash on his left arm and hand has been diagnosed with allergy to chemical used to process tefillin straps.

German Jews praise pope but warn on Pius XII, Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – “A possible beatification of Pius XII would hurt us,” says German Jewish leader of pontiff who remained silent during Holocaust.

Doctors raising funds for Gaza teen’s organ transplant
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – The life of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl from Rafah in Gaza was saved by Kaplan Medical Center doctors after she fell from a ferris wheel.

Durban III opens amid boycott by major democracies
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Controversial UN anti-racism event missing key European nations, US, Australia; Ban Ki-moon condemns use of platform for anti-Semitism.

Grapevine: With a Greek song in their hearts
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Celebrities galore showed up at one of galleries in Neveh Tzedek to celebrate the latest move in career of fashion designer Galit Levy.

US delegation walks out on Ahmadinejad UNGA speech
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Iranian leader attacks US, says anyone who questions the facts of September 11th or the Holocaust is threatened with sanctions.

Savir’s Corner: October opportunity or autumn tsunami?
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Up to Netanyahu, Abbas, Obama to find last minute solution, open a new multilateral process for the people of the region.

On the Other Hand: Removing the obstacles
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Whether at the UN or in a West Bank backyard over a plate of humous, communication is the key.

Israeli leftists demonstrate for PA statehood in TA
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Dozens proclaim support for Palestinian bid outside Independence Hall, sign declaration; Israel Prize laureates among protesters.

Bridging Worlds
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – The Piyyut Festival in Jerusalem aims to reconnect to the deep roots of the past in a way that’s relevant for the future.

Yacimovich: Labor alternative to Likud, unlike Kadima
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – “I have a lot in common with Livni, but come election day, we will fight to make Labor the biggest party in this bloc,” new Labor leader says.

Tourism in Israel, PA thrives on eve of UN vote
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – “Our feast pilgrims know this is the time to come to show solidarity with Israel,” says spokesman for International Christian Embassy in J’lem.

Bani Walid stalemate continues between NTC, loyalists
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – NTC forces frustrated after retreat from Bani Walid; “There are a few issues – a lack of weapons, men. We were met with strong resistance,” says commander.

PA: Obama will be responsible for failure of peace
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Dozens of Palestinians protest in Ramallah, heeding officials’ instructions to hold anti-Obama demonstrations in West Bank.

Off the Beaten Track: Days of Judgment
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – A new column: Travel expert Joe Yudin introduces “the road less travelled” as well as some new discoveries at more well-known sites.

Wave of new holiday prayer books changing ways to worship
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – The Koren and “Lev Shalem” machzors are among the many High Holidays prayer books that have been published in the past year.

Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – An installation at the Israel Museum is making waves as it uses many bits of disconnected narrative to treat various themes — the most obvious of which is time.

Indonesia meets Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Though diplomatic relations are nonexistent between the two countries, that hasn’t stopped two ambitious graduate students from coming here to further their education.

Weekly Schmooze: Bartenura Blue meets Purple Drank
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – A JPost column wrapping up Jewish culture news worldwide: ‘Twilight’ actor visits Israel; ‘Star Wars’ jokes for cancer research.

Brain Fatigue? A Bout of Exercise May be the Cure
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – researchers at the University of South Carolina report that regular exercise increases mitochondrial numbers in brain cells.

Supreme Court: Find school for Ethiopian pupils in PT now
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Education Ministry, Petah Tikva Municipality asked to find immediate solution for remaining handful of Ethiopian children whose school was closed.

Nahsholim environmental protest given last-minute reprive
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Tents on beach part of campaign against new tourist resort; ILA says protesters misleading public.

BGU team finds freshwater springs in Dead Sea
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – German group pinpoints new types of microorganisms growing in fissures on the saline seafloor near the springs, university announces.

Court: No temporary stay in expelled army cadet petition
Jerusalem Post 22 Sep 2011 – Yoel Glickman was dismissed from officers course after refusing to return to an IDF event where women were singing.

The Guardian

Palestine’s UN bid boosts support for Mahmoud Abbas
The Guardian 22 Sep 2011 – President goes to UN general assembly backed by popular spirit of flag-waving optimism At the top of a steep staircase in a backstreet of Nablus, Nizam Kartullah was stitching together swaths of white, green, black and…

Israelis largely support calls for Palestinian state, say protesters
The Guardian 22 Sep 2011 – Claims backed by survey showing that 70% of Israelis believe country should accept decision if UN votes in favour of move It is the exact spot where the new sovereign state was declared. But the year…

This UN bid for statehood will not help the Palestinian cause | Einat Wilf
The Guardian 22 Sep 2011 – Negotiating with Israel may be exhausting and frustrating, but if Palestinians really want a state, they must persevere Well-meaning world leaders, supporters of peace, even friends of Israel, are under the impression that in supporting the…

Humanitarian aid for Palestinians shouldn’t be necessary | Ross Mountain
The Guardian 22 Sep 2011 – The huge amount of money spent on aid wouldn’t be needed if the international community pressed Israel to lift the blockade and respect international law, and pushed for a political solution As Friday’s expected Palestinian bid…

Mike Leigh, AL Kennedy, Mark Wallinger speak out for the LPO Four
The Guardian 22 Sep 2011 – Writers, film-makers, artists and academics ‘dismayed’ at suspension of four musicians, and urge the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider A letter to the Telegraph (scroll down) expresses what so many people in the audience at the…

Palestinians ready to put statehood on backburner in favour of peace talks
The Guardian 21 Sep 2011 – Obama causes anger with veto pledge and staunch backing of Israel but Abbas continues to hold out olive branch ‚Ä¢ Read the day’s developments as they happened ‚Ä¢ Julian Borger: Obama plays it (electorally) safe The…

Border officials missed six chances to stop banned activist entering UK
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…

Inter Press Service

Deadly Fighting Rages in Yemeni Capital
IPS Deadly fighting has spread across Yemen’s capital as tribesmen joined battles between rival military units, raising fears among residents the country is descending into civil war.

MIDEAST: As a Street Parliament Views Obama
IPS “Welcome to our ‘Palestine State Parliament’!” Nidal Bazbaz calls out to a friend who’s passing by in between an assembly of older and younger Palestinians. They’re seated on plastic chairs, lined up against opposite walls, in an alleyway of the walled Old City.

MIDEAST: Hamas Turning Away From UN Towards Arabs
IPS In the face of the moves by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for recognition of an independent Palestinian state, the Hamas-led foreign ministry in Gaza is forming a new diplomatic strategy that looks to Arab countries in the region such as Egypt and Turkey to apply political pressure on Israel….


Thousands rally in West Bank for statehood bid
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – While Palestinians are defenseless and under attack in villages and cities around the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem, and Hebron to show support for the United Nations bid for Statehood…. It worth noting that this rally was probably the biggest rally held in Ramallah since the…

NATO strikes, NTC kill 151 in Sirte – Gaddafi’s spokesman
Uruknet September 22, 2011 – Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s spokesman told Reuters on Thursday that NATO air strikes and shelling of Sirte by interim government forces on Wednesday and Thursday killed 151 people.He also said the city’s main hospital had run out of medical supplies and power.His claims could not immediately be verified as Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, is…

PLO chief: Abbas will go to Security Council
Uruknet September 22, 2011 — President Abbas will apply to the Security Council for United Nations membership as scheduled on Friday, PLO secretary-general Yasser Abed Rabbo said Thursday. Abed Rabbo said there has been no agreement to give the UN Security Council more time to discuss the bid other than the legal period which the UNSC takes to review…

Ashrawi and Tibi say Obama made it sound like Palestinians are occupying Israel
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – 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 the UN” (original title), Ha’aretz (Hebrew)): I did not believe…

Lieberman Welcomes Obama’s Statements
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – 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”…In his speech, Obama did not mention the border of 1967 as the base of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but only said that the conflict…

Syria News – September 21, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Homs: Rastan: Bashar Saqr, a child, was martyred today, as was Malek Darwish. At least three other people were wounded. Among them were Abdallah Al-Deek, a school principal, and Abdel Baset Hamza, a teacher, as they left the school….Homs – Talbiseh: Mahmoud Suleiman Aldahik (24 years) was martyred today. He is the brother of Martyr Ahmad who was…

Palestinian Statehood is a Matter of Justice
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – President Obama’s speech at the UN today in which he tried to dissuade the Palestinian leadership from applying for a statehood status at the General Assembly is yet another attempt by the Obama administration to deny the Palestinians the justice they seek through achieving a statehood status at the UN. There were many arguments…

Georgia Board of Pardons Affirms State-Sponsored Murder
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – At issue is saving Troy Anthony Davis. On September 21, he’ll die by lethal injection, despite clear evidence he’s innocent. On September 20, Georgia’s Board of Pardons denied him clemency. Because Georgia’s governor can’t stay executions, Davis lost his last hope, barring an unexpected 11th hour reprieve. Georgia State University Law Professor Anne Emanuel…

Zionist bullying “doesn’t work”; Students for Justice in Palestine interviewed
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – Campus activists working with Students for Justice in Palestine and similar groups are gearing up for a national Students for Justice in Palestine meeting to be held at Columbia University in New York City on 14-16 October. Hundreds of students from around the United States are expected to attend. The Electronic Intifada recently interviewed…

Dr Mustafa Barghouthi: Why our occupation must end now
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – I have lived my entire adult life under Israeli military occupation. I snatch an approximation of freedom only when I travel and even then I know I am not truly free because my homeland remains controlled by a foreign power. This week Palestinians will apply for United Nations membership in an attempt to secure…

Africa: Crucifying the Innocent, Feting Barabas
Uruknet 21 September 2011 – …To rub salt into the womb, it was at the same UN HQ that long-suffering Palestinians are being denied statehood and effectively told they have to continue living under the boot of the Zionists. These are Palestinians represented by a legitimate leadership that they chose and who are not fronting anybody. Contrast that with…

Palestinian Human Rights Worker Kidnapped In Iraq
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – 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. The foundation said that, on Wednesday evening, Qusai Abdul-Raouf was on tour documenting the increasing attacks carried out by the Iraqi Forces against the Palestinian refugees in Al Baladiyyat…

SYRIA: New report indicates over 5,000 deaths since March
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – – Twice as many people have allegedly been killed in Syria – since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began six months ago – than the current UN estimate, and three times the regime’s official tally, according to new statistics from human rights researchers and opposition activists in Syria. The report by Avaaz, the…

Arrai TV says Ukrainian doctor hurt in NATO shelling of Sirte hospital
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – Arrai television, which has broadcast several audio messages from Gaddafi and his sons and aides, said NATO warships and air planes struck a hospital in Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte on Wednesday, wounding a Ukrainian doctor and patients there. The Syria-based television station said the doctor, identified only as Alexander, was severely injured in the…

NATO extends Libyan bombing campaign
Uruknet September 21, 2011 – NATO is extending its bombing campaign in Libya for another 90 days, as forces loyal to former leader Moamar Gaddafi continue to resist a military assault by rebel fighters. Eight of the 28 NATO nations have taken part in air strikes since the mission began and have flown 23,350 sorties, including 8,751 raids against…

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…

Daily Star

Qabbani denies Future tension, supports STL
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani reiterated Thursday his support for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, while denying any tension in his relations with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement.

Fattoush proposal sparks uproar in Parliament
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 The calm atmosphere that accompanied the endorsement of the electricity bill at the outset of Parliament’s session Thursday turned unruly as MPs discussed a proposal forwarded by Minister of State Nicolas Fattoush.

Rai receives Syrian delegation in Bkirki
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai met with a Syrian delegation from the St. Mansour Association in Damascus Thursday, in Bkirki, the seat of the Maronite patriarch.

Cabinet backs law allowing sentence reduction appeal
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Lebanon’s government approved a draft law Thursday allowing prisoners to request a reduction in their sentence…

Campaign group: Politicians insulting intelligence of Lebanese voters
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 A leading reform group criticized the government Thursday for insulting the intelligence of Lebanese voters by failing to adopt an improved electoral system.

Maronite leaders set to meet in Bkirki
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Amid expectations of full attendance and a split over a new election law…

Sleiman stresses peacekeeping importance
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 President Michel Sleiman said Thursday peacekeeping missions throughout the world are one of the key tools of preventive diplomacy.

Both camps content as Parliament passes electricity bill
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Parliament unanimously endorsed a $ 1.2 billion electricity bill Thursday, ending six weeks of political wrangling with both March 8 and March 14 camps declaring victory.

Attempt to smuggle pesticides thwarted at Beirut port
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 The Agriculture Ministry and the Directorate of Customs thwarted the smuggling of a dangerous pesticide through Beirut’s port, the National News Agency said Thursday.

Armed group opens fire on Tripoli police station
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 A group of unidentified individuals armed with military rifles shot at a police station in the northern coastal city of Tripoli Thursday, security sources told The Daily Star.

General Security arrest 7 foreign nationals
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 The Directorate General of General Security arrested a gang of seven foreign nationals who were smuggling people from their countries to European states, said a statement from the General Security.

Mansour asks Spain not to pull out UNIFIL troops
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour called on his Spanish counterpart Trinidad Jimenez not to reduce the number of Spanish peacekeepers working with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Hezbollah denies arrests on charges of spying
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Hezbollah denied Thursday media reports that new party members have been arrested on charges of spying for Israel.

Lebanese, Syrian authorities discuss joint border, weapons smuggling
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 A joint subcommittee of the Lebanese-Syrian Higher Council agreed Thursday to promote cooperation to counter weapons smuggling, amid recent reports of increased arm trafficking to Syrian opposition groups seeking to oust the regime.

U.S. military delegation tours the Blue Line
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 An American military delegation toured the Blue Line on the Lebanese-Israeli border Thursday, after holding discussions earlier in the day with Lebanese Army Commander Jean Kawhagi, the National News Agency reported.

Bar association called on to stop disciplinaryaction
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 The Maharat media watchdog has asked the Beirut Bar Association president, Amal Haddad, to cease all disciplinary procedures against two of its members ahead of an Oct. 11 hearing.

Arrested devil worshippers charged with blasphemy
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Military Judge Saqr Saqr charged eight members of a devil worship group Thursday, with blasphemy.

Hajj Dibs killings highlight dangers of mental health misdiagnoses
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Psychologists are warning against the dangers of misdiagnoses after Sunday’s family murder in Ras al-Nabeh, initially linked to the eldest son’s autism.

Southern towns, villages prepare for Rai’s 3-day visit
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Preparations are under way in southern towns and villages to welcome Patriarch Beshara Rai on the first visit by a Maronite patriarch to the area near the border with Israel.

3 workers rescued after dig site collapses in Sidon
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 Response teams in the southern coastal city of Sidon rescued Thursday three construction workers whose dig site had caved in earlier in the day.

Sleiman holds talks with top officials in New York
Daily Star 22 Sep 2011 President Michel Sleiman held a series of meetings with heads of state in New York ahead of his chairing of the United Nations Security Council Thursday.

YNet News

Cop who attacked settler to face trial
YNet News, 22 Sep 2011 – Police Commander Amir Faras is to face a disciplinary trial for assaulting a protester during the evacuation of the Amona settlement in 2006, Ynet learned Thursday. … ….

Obama courts Jewish vote with UN speech
YNet News, 22 Sep 2011 – Hours before his UN General Assembly address, US President Barack Obama sought to ensure that prospective Jewish voters pay close attention to his speech. Three of … ….

Olmert: Peace now, or never
YNet News, 22 Sep 2011 – Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is blaming both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of acting unwisely. In a New York Times … ….

Palestinian Information Center

PA gives UN ‚Äòsome time’ to mull over appeal
PIC – Fatah central committee member Nabil Shaath said Wednesday night that the PA will give the UN “some time” to mull over the request for full membership.

Palestinian boy loses left eye in Israeli quelling of demonstrators
PIC – A Palestinian child lost his left eye on Wednesday when Israeli occupation forces fired teargas canisters at demonstrators near Qalandia in occupied Jerusalem.

IOA forces Jerusalemite to demolish part of home with his own hands
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority has forced Basem Hizaji to demolish part of his home in Abbasiya suburb in Silwan town to the south of the Aqsa Mosque.

PASF nabs seven Hamas supporters in arrest campaign
PIC – Palestinian Authority security services arrested Thursday morning seven supporters of Palestinian resistance group Hamas in an arrest campaign in the West Bank.

BDS protests compels closure of Israeli retailer in London
PIC – The boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign (BDS) effectively closed down Israeli beauty product supplier Ahava in London after two years of bi-weekly protests.

Calls for organising committees to defend Jerusalem against settler attacks
PIC – The popular national conference for Jerusalem has called for the formation of committees aimed at defending Jerusalem neighborhoods under threat of settler attacks.

IOF and settlers terrorize Jenin villages
PIC – IOF troops stormed, at dawn Thursday, several Palestinian localities in the flashpoint area west of Jenin city in the occupied West Bank without report of arrests.

Israeli occupation police announce a state of alert in Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli occupation police announced a state of alert for Friday fearing Palestinian demonstrations to coincide with the PA’s application for full membership of United Nations.


Israel Intensifies Security Measures in Jerusalem

Settlers Destroy 60 Olive Trees in West Bank Village

Settlers Burn Agricultural Land in West Bank Village

Teenager Arrested for Violating House Arrest

Arab League Official Criticizes Obama’s UN Speech

Calls Made to Follow Abbas’ UN Speech at City Centers

Demonstration in Denmark in Support of UN Bid

Protesters Condemn Obama’s UN Speech

French Jewish Leaders Support Bid to UN

Newspapers Review: Mass Rallies in West Bank to Support Bid to UN

Intifada Palestine

The Importance of Being Anti-Israeli
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Sep 2011 – By Dr. Ismail Salami When valleys accuse their mountains of having altitude-and march denounces april as a saboteur then we’ll believe in that incredible unanimal mankind (and not until) . — e.e. cummings Anti-Israeli sentiments have begun to surge radically as the… more

An Offer Syria Shouldn’t have Refused — An Analysis by Sami Moubayed
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Sep 2011 – Prof. Sami Moubayed by Sami Moubayed The recent Arab League plan for Syria has aroused more than a stir in Damascus. The league’s new secretary general, Nabil al-Arabi, brought the initiative with him to Damascus in early September, discussing it with… more

At the UN: the Speech that Might Have Been
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Sep 2011 – William A. Cook “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr An Address at the United Nations by the President of the United States: May I address each and every one of… more

An Ill Wind From Norway
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Sep 2011 – How Andrew Breivik Has Helped Assuage Abe Foxman’s Internet Nightmares by Maidhc ?ì Cathail ” Abe Foxman [image: opinion-maker.org “‚ÄòTis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,” wrote Christopher Bullock almost three centuries ago in his comedic… more

New York Times

United Nations Journal: Israeli-Palestinian Dispute Upstages Arab Spring at U.N.
New York Times 22 Sep 2011 – Tensions in the Palestinian-Israeli dispute have largely overshadowed the year of Arab uprisings at the General Assembly.

At General Assembly, Turkey Slams Israel, and Iran Slams the West
New York Times 22 Sep 2011 – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey enumerated a long list of grievances with Israel, and Iran’s president delivered an anti-Western tirade.

Obama Rebuffed as Palestinians Pursue U.N. Seat
New York Times 21 Sep 2011 – An extraordinary tableau at the United Nations underscored that the United States may have to share, or even cede, its decades-long role as the architect of Middle East peacemaking.

8 Months After First Protests, Yemen Enters Dangerous New Phase
New York Times 22 Sep 2011 – In the new round of violence, street demonstrators appear to have become little more than sacrificial pawns in a long-term rivalry among members of Yemen’s political elite.

Truce Threatened in Yemen
New York Times 22 Sep 2011 – A tenuous truce showed signs of falling apart Thursday in Yemen’s capital as clashes intensified between government forces and troops loyal to a commander who defected months ago.

New Leader for Israel’s Labor Party
New York Times 22 Sep 2011 – The election of Shelly Yachimovich to the historic but severely diminished party prompted talk of a possible revival on Thursday, but analysts were predicting a modest comeback in the best case.

Arts & Leisure: Islamic Art Treasures at the Metropolitan Museum
New York Times 22 Sep 2011 – The new Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum will open on Nov. 1.


Saleh urged to resign as Yemeni regime kills more protesters
WSWS – A three-day crackdown by security forces has left 80 people dead in Yemen’s capital after demonstrators moved from Change Square toward the centre of the city on Sunday.

Obama speech was shattering to liberal Zionists
Mondoweiss – Yesterday was a staggering day. It was as bad as when Obama went to AIPAC in June 2008 and said, Jerusalem must not be divided. Obama piped the hard-right Israeli line for the purposes of winning an election. It was a naked renunciation of everything he…

Well ain’t that America: Obama ignores Palestine in UN speech on freedom, and the world watches the US execute an innocent man
Mondoweiss – link to www.imemc.org link to www.ynetnews.com link to english.wafa.ps link to www.maannews.net link to www.youtube.com link to english.wafa.ps link to www.maannews.net link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.thedailynewsegypt.com link to www.amnesty.org link to www.amnesty.org link…

Ismail Khalidi: A tragic lecture, justifiying a vicious occupation, with no awareness that we killed the two-state solution
Mondoweiss – A great effect of the Obama speech: Americans are going to hear clear moral voices. We will be informed. Playwright Ismail Khalidi gains a platform in the Albany Times-Union: The only conclusion to be drawn from the ongoing row over the Palestinian plan to gain full…

Bill Keller still doesn’t know now what we all knew then…
Mondoweiss – It’s been several days since I finally got around to reading former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller’s hymn of self-justification — I mean, sober and self-reflective mea culpa — for his early, eager support of the Iraq war, and I’m still smoldering, still spewing…

Settler violence and ‚Äòthe threat of Jewish terrorism’
Mondoweiss – Settlers attack a Palestinian woman in Hebron IMEMC 21 Sept — 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. The woman, Intisar Al Rajabi, 44, was moved to…

Stanley Fisher to Poor Israelis: Let ‘em Eat Cake
Tikun Olam – Stanley Fisher and Bibi Netanyahu celebrate the success of crony capitalism: ‘Let ’em eat cake’ Stanley Fisher, head of Israel’s central bank, knows on which side his bread is buttered. And it certainly ain’t on the side eaten by Israel’s poor or those supporting the J14…

Misc 2

Statement by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 66th UN General Assembly
Voltaire Network 22 Sep 2011 – Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am grateful to the Almighty Allah who granted me, once more, the opportunity to appear before this world assembly. I have the pleasure to express my sincere thanks to H.E. Joseph Deiss, president of the sixty-fifth session for his…

Witch hunts in “free” Libya
Voltaire Network 22 Sep 2011 – While NATO’s mandate enjoins it to protect civilians, the Alliance allows the forces of the Libyan National Transition Council to continue their abuses. After hunting down black Africans, the summary executions now extend to members of the Qadhadhfa tribe, that of the fallen Leader. Hundreds of…

Hamas’ Ismail Haniya: “Abbas’ UN bid is a scam”
Voltaire Network 22 Sep 2011 – The Prime Minister of democratically elected government, Ismail Haniya, has termed Mahmoud Abbas’ coming bid for a Palestinian state on pre-1967 borders “a compromise over historical Palestine”. He said Hamas will not back a UN membership bid, and warned that no Palestinian leader had a mandate…

Africa: Jordan’s King, At UN, Calls for Major Push Towards Peace in the Middle East
allAfrica.com 22 Sep 2011 – Voicing support for Palestine’s efforts to seek full United Nations membership, King Abdullah II of Jordan today called for a vigorous international push with concrete steps to end the Middle East crisis based on the two-State solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in…

Africa: South African Leader Backs Palestinian Bid to Join UN As a Member State
allAfrica.com 22 Sep 2011 – South African President Jacob Zuma today told the General Assembly that his country supported the intention of the Palestinian Authority to seek full membership of the United Nations as a sovereign State and urged other countries to back the move.

Morocco: Princess Ghida Talal Expresses Admiration for Action of HRH Princess Lalla Salma Against Cancer
allAfrica.com 22 Sep 2011 – Princess Ghida Talal of Jordan, Chairperson of the “King Hussein Cancer Foundation,” expressed her admiration for the commendable action of HRH Princess Lalla Salma, Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Association for the Fight against Cancer, in terms of prevention and cancer treatment, praising the progress made…

PSP Farmer Accompaniment Program Begins
Palestine Solidarity Project 22 Sep 2011 – This week PSP began its annual farmer accompaniment program. Around dawn, international activists joined Beit Ommar farmers in harvesting grapes on land close to the illegal settlement of Kfar Etzion. In a busy but sucessful morning, volunteers assisted the famrers in picking and packing over fifty…

Open Letter to the UK Foreign Secretary urging the UK to recognise Palestinian statehood and vote in favour of Palestine’s admission to the UN
Al-Haq 20 Sep 2011 – (2011-09-21)

The Real Train Wreck
Arab American Institute 22 Sep 2011 – As dramatic upheavals sweep the Arab world, Arab public opinion matters more than ever, both to regional leaders and to the United States. Next Monday, AAI President Jim Zogby will discuss the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, the intended veto by the United States…

Israeli law lecturer calls Jordan a “puppet state”
Middle East Monitor 22 Sep 2011 – An Israeli law lecturer has called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan a “puppet state” which had never existed in reality or on a map and whose people are “a combination of tribes recently settled” there. In his Op-Ed piece in Yedioth Ahronoth headed “Jordan is Palestine”,…

Lieberman warns Netanyahu of coalition break-up if punitive measures aren’t taken against the Palestinians
Middle East Monitor 22 Sep 2011 – Israel’s Foreign Minister has warned Benjamin Netanyahu that the governing coalition will fall part if the Prime Minister doesn’t take punitive measures against the Palestinian Authority for its decision to bid for independent statehood at the United Nations. A report in Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper claims…

US Republicans call for annexation of West Bank if Palestinian UN bid goes ahead
Middle East Monitor 22 Sep 2011 – A number of Republican members of the US Congress have submitted a bill saying that Israel should annex the occupied West Bank if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas carries on with his bid for UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state. According to CNN, 30 members…

Conspiracy between Israel and its settlers
Middle East Monitor 22 Sep 2011 – The Zionist state of Israel has always worked hard to put a spin on events which falsifies reality and covers-up the facts. An objective observer, however, can discern the truth and find contradictions between Israeli propaganda and the real facts on the ground. One such contradiction…

Palestinians Wait for Statehood, With Mix of Emotions
Joseph Dana 22 Sep 2011 – RAMALLAH — The mood on the streets of Ramallah can best be described as tempered excitement as the Palestinian leadership begins its bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations. Flags attached to car windows proudly feature the words U.N.-Palestine State. Massive billboards advertise the statehood…

Israel still detains five Gaza citizens as “unlawful combatants”
Sabr 22 Sep 2011 – [ 21/09/2011 – 04:41 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— The Israeli occupation authority 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. Riyadh Al-Ashqar, the ministry’s spokesman,…

Jordanian prisoner in Israeli jail goes on hunger strike
Sabr 22 Sep 2011 – [ 20/09/2011 – 08:01 AM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )— Ala’a Hammad, a Jordanian prisoner in Israeli occupation jails, has gone on hunger strike to protest the Israeli authorities repeated refusal to allow his wife and children visit him. The Palestinian prisoner society said in a statement on…

IOF soldiers arrest Palestinian woman, six other Jerusalemites
Sabr 22 Sep 2011 – [ 19/09/2011 – 08:51 AM ] OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, ( PIC )— Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian woman from occupied Jerusalem alleging that she was planning to smuggle mobile phones to Palestinian prisoners. An IOF statement on Sunday said that the woman, who was not named, was…

Egyptian authorities: Security forces detain 4 Palestinians
Sabr 22 Sep 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…

Anti-Gaddafi fighters take Sabha
BBC 22 Sep 2011 – Forces loyal to Libya’s new government take control of the strategic southern town of Sabha, which straddles the main road south to Niger.

US confirms Palestinian UN veto
BBC 22 Sep 2011 – Barack Obama tells the Palestinian president he will veto a bid for UN membership, but Mahmoud Abbas says he will not drop the plans.


Analysis: UN bid teaches us about America
Sam Bahour, Ma’an News Agency9/22/2011
The case of Palestine’s bid for UN membership is teaching us more about the United States than it is about the stubborn Middle East.
Sadly, the United States, my country, heads the list of member nations making a mockery of the international venue founded to intervene in exactly the type of crisis now facing Palestinians and Israelis.
The Palestinian case for full UN membership is rather simple. After 20 years of fruitless negotiating, championed by the United States, the talks have come to a screeching halt. From his first day in office, President Barack Obama sought to restart the talks between Palestinians and Israelis, and failed.
The Palestinians, meantime, are paying the price of that failure with every single additional day spent in the cross hairs of Israeli military rule. At long last, the Palestinian leadership has chosen to do what any other people would have done years, even decades, ago: To seek redress back where it all began, at the United Nations.
Addressing the most multilateral venue in the world, Palestinian leaders have a simple request: Take a stand.
The Palestinian action is not really news. Far more newsworthy is how the United States and Israel have reacted – with total hysteria.
I don’t expect much from Israel, as perpetrator of the dispossession of, discrimination against and four-decade-long outright military occupation of Palestinians, especially after witnessing how they operate, from up close, for nearly 20 years…. more.. e-mail

Open letter to Barack Obama from Gaza official
Ahmed Yousef, Ma’an News Agency9/22/2011
Mr. President,
The Arab world is experiencing a time of epic transformation. Few believed the streets of Tunis would rebel in their lifetimes, let alone simultaneously with Tripoli, Cairo, Damascus, Sanaa and all the smaller cities known more to the citizenry than the media.
Not so exciting, perhaps, are the daily demonstrations in Palestine where we have struggled against Israeli occupation for over 60 years and humanity has become accustomed to our stone-throwing youth. Yet that familiarity, and in some cases apathy, does not make us any less determined to free ourselves of tyranny.
America’s Israeli ally assassinates, bulldozes, seizes, jails and kills with impunity. It has little if any regard for the sanctity of life, let alone other nations borders, passports or laws. It has faced no actionable censure since its inception and its impudence grows with each measure of appeasement believing, both before and during your presidency, that it is above the law.
The United States has played an important role in our subjugation and virtual slavery.
American politicians may recoil in horror at this suggestion as quickly as they’d reject the view that Israel controls Congress, the Senate or even the Presidency, yet true or not that is what much of the planet believes. More importantly, it is what Israeli leaders believe. And the standing ovation Benjamin Netanyahu received following what sounded like a State of the Union address reinforces these perceptions. more.. e-mail

Escaping Oslo: Questions for Mouin Rabbani
Jared Malsin, Ma’an News Agency9/23/2011
NEW YORK (Ma’an) — Escaping the diplomatic framework created by the never-completed Oslo peace accords is the only route for Palestinians to ensure the realizations of their rights, says Palestinian analyst Mouin Rabbani.
In an interview on the eve of President Mahmoud Abbas’ push for recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN, Rabbani said the ultimate impact of this initiative will depend on precisely how the PLO proceeds.
“It is only through the internationalization of the question of Palestine that you can preserve the claims you have and make progress toward converting those claims into rights,” said Rabbani, a senior visiting fellow at the Washington-based Institute for Palestine Studies.
“And to the extent you don’t do that and you remain mired in Oslo you see those rights disintegrate before your very eyes.”
“Over time rights are converted into claims. Claims are converted into contested issues and contested issues are converted into legitimate Israeli demands and Israeli rights,” he also said.
Ma’an: What are we going to see at the UN?
Mouin Rabbani: There isn’t even a draft resolution prepared yet. Some people have speculated that this is as much an exercise in brinksmanship as a statement of intent. In other words, the Palestinian leadership is still very keen to avoid a confrontation with the Americans, avoid doing serious damage to the Oslo process, and is therefore hoping that through this threat, which they would rather not implement, that some kind of arrangement can be reached so the won’t have to do this. more.. e-mail

Israeli “administrative detention” punishes entire family
Electronic Intifada: 22 Sep 2011 – The Electronic Intifada Ayed Dudeen is back behind bars again; he has already spent four years in Israeli custody.more

Knesset moves forward on bill granting Israel unchecked, draconian powers
Electronic Intifada: 21 Sep 2011 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours The Electronic Intifada Jerusalem Israel’s use of administrative detention, expulsion and widespread closure of Palestinian cultural institutions will be fortified and backed by a bill that threatens to turn law-abiding citizens and organizations into “terrorists.”more

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