VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 7 October, 2011: Israeli Police Captured On Video Violently Attacking Arab Family in Haifa

7 October 2011 , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Bil’in Holds Its Weekly Protest Against The Wall
IMEMC – Saturday October 08, 2011 – 02:50, Dozens of local residents, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, held on Friday the weekly nonviolent protest against the Israeli Annexation Wall and settlements, in Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Five Injured In Nabi Saleh Anti-wall Rotest
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 20:19, Five Palestinians, three women and two men, were wounded in clashes between protestors and Israeli soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday.

Middle East Quartet Meets Sunday In Brussels
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 13:57, Envoys of the Middle East Quartet committee will meet in Brussels on Sunday to discuss possibilities of restarting the stalling peace process, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Continuing Detention In Tuba Zingerah, Upper Galilee
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 13:36, Israeli police continue to detain citizens of the village of Tuba Zingerah in the Upper Galilee, Israel, who were arrested during demonstrations protesting the burning of the village mosque several days ago, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Army Isolates Jerusalem Old City, Prevents Residents Under 45 Years From Praying
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 13:02, Israeli army personnel are preventing East Jerusalem and Israeli Palestinian residents under the age of 45 from entering the old city of Jerusalem and praying in AL-Aqsa mosque, Palestine News & Info Agency reported on Friday.

Army Closes West Bank And Border Crossings, Halts Public Transport And Aviation
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 12:35, For the Israeli “Yom Kippur” holiday, the Israeli military fully closed the West Bank for 48 hours., from midnight Thursday till midnight Saturday. Arabs48 News Agency reported.

PCHR Weekly Report: 4 civilians, including a child, wounded by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 10:55, In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 29 Sep. – 05 Oct. 2011, 3 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian was wounded when Israeli forces attacked a non-violent protest in the West Bank.

Israel Claims 3 Men Admit Causing Death Of Settler, Son
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 10:02, On Thursday evening Israeli police lifted a gag order on the arrest of three Palestinian men on October 4th, stating that during interrogation the three confessed to causing the death of a 30-year-old Israeli settler and his 18-month-old son, by hurling stones at his vehicle and thereby causing a crash

Settlers Burn Dozens of Olive Trees North Of Jerusalem
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 05:19, A group of armed extremist Israeli settlers of the Ramat Shlomo illegal settlement installed on lands that belong to residents of Shu’fat, north of Jerusalem, set ablaze dozens of olive trees that belong to two Palestinian families, the Palestine News Network reported.

Israeli Police Captured On Video Violently Attacking Arab Family in Haifa
IMEMC – Friday October 07, 2011 – 04:42, Two days ago, the Israeli Police violently attacked and evicted an Arab family who had been living in a vacant home in Salma Street, Haifa, mistreating the mother and her children, the Arabs48 news website reported. Video included.

Ma’an News

Rights group: Israel punishing detainee hunger strikers
10/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli prison authorities are cracking down on Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails, a prisoner rights group said Thursday. Strikers protesting worsening conditions have been transferred to different facilities, denied visits by lawyers, and put in solitary confinement, a release from Addameer said. At Ofer prison, 12 hunger strikers were…. Related: Detainees in Rimon prison suspend hunger strike and Envoy says Egypt supports Palestinian detainees

Israel restricts access to al-Aqsa mosque
10/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel limited access to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday for fear of violence on the Muslim weekly day of prayer, which leads directly into Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, police said. The restrictions were part of a wider lock down, under which the army closed all….

Thousands protest Israel plan to uproot Negev Bedouins
10/8/2011 – BEERSHEBA, Israel (AFP) — Thousands of Bedouins demonstrated in the southern city of Beersheba on Thursday to protest against a government project they say will displace tens of thousands of people from their land. The demonstrators rallied in the city center shouting: “This land is ours, we are staying here!” and holding up signs reading: “No….

Smuggling tunnel collapses in Rafah
10/7/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A smuggling tunnel under the border of Egypt and the Gaza Strip collapsed on Friday, Egyptian security sources said. Security officials told Ma’an that a truck was unloading construction materials near the site of the collapse and overturned into the tunnel, in the cross-border town of Rafah. Police….

Official: Navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats
10/7/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli gunboats opened fire on Friday evening toward Palestinian fishing boats at sea near Beit Lahiya off the coast of northern Gaza; no injuries were reported. Mahmud Al-Asi, head of the Tawfiq organization for fishermen, said the gunboats open fire regularly toward the fishing boats, forcing fishermen to head back….

Israel media: Nuclear whistle-blower banned from emigrating
10/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s supreme court on Thursday barred nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu from emigrating on the grounds he still poses a threat to state security, Israeli media reported. Vanunu, under orders to stay in Tel Aviv and not to speak to journalists, “has proved several times he can not be trusted and does….

Detainees in Rimon prison suspend hunger strike
10/7/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Detainees in the Israeli prison Rimon said Friday that they would suspend a hunger strike for one day as the administration agreed to discuss demands. The prisoners’ society said detainees held a session with the prison’s administration and will meet again Monday. If the administration rejects their demands…. Related: Rights group: Israel punishing detainee hunger strikers

Israel says 5 detained over Hebron settler deaths
10/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel said on Thursday it had arrested five Palestinians in the West Bank in connection with the stoning of a vehicle that overturned, killing a Jewish settler and his baby late last month. Their arrest earlier this month was announced after Israel said it was holding a Jewish youth as a suspect in….

4 Palestinians detained at Walaja protest
10/7/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The popular campaign against the wall and settlements organized a peaceful demonstration in Al-Walaja village west of Bethlehem on Friday, activists said. Israeli forces attacked the demonstrators and detained four Palestinians. The popular campaign’s coordinator, Mazen Al-Azza, said soldier and settler attacks amounted to “terrorism, which includes confiscating and….

Settlers attack Israeli army patrol near Ramallah
10/7/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli army patrol in the West Bank was attacked by settlers who blocked a road in the northern West Bank, provoking a fight between the two sides, an army spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday. The incident occurred late on Wednesday on a road near Ramallah, she said.” Last night, during a routine….

Minister: All USAID projects halted
10/7/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — All projects by the US international assistance agency in the Palestinian territories funded under its 2011 budget have been halted, the minister of economy in the West Bank said Friday. Hasan Abu Libdeh said funding for USAID projects stopped after the US Congress blocked transfer of some $200 million in funds….

Arrigoni murder trial to resume Monday
10/7/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military trial for four people suspected in the killing of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni will resume on Oct. 10, officials in Gaza City said this week. The court held its fifth session on Monday and heard from witnesses brought by the prosecution including a forensics specialist from the Gaza….

Detainee’s mother dies in Gaza
10/7/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The mother of a Palestinian detainee died in Gaza on Thursday without seeing her jailed son, a prisoners’ center reported. Hajjeh Aminah al-Khatib’s son Omran was detained in 1997 and sentenced to life in an Israeli jail. Israel banned families in Gaza from visiting detained relatives in….

Israeli forces state to change ‘Jewish’ classification
10/7/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — In its troubled peace talks with the Palestinians, Israel has demanded that it should be recognized as a Jewish state, but there is deep domestic division on what that means. Yoram Kaniuk, a rambunctious 81-year-old author, was hailed by Israeli secularists this week for winning a court victory that compelled the state….

Fatah youth call for Blair to be replaced
10/7/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah youth movement said Thursday that Quartet envoy Tony Blair was no longer welcome in Palestine as he “cannot be considered a neutral mediator.”The former prime minister “is not part of the solution but of the problem,” the group said.” We, the youth of Palestine, declare Mr Blair persona….

Envoy says Egypt supports Palestinian detainees
10/7/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Egypt’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority on Friday met with the prisoners minister in Ramallah to express solidarity with detainees who are on hunger strike. Yasser Othman met Issa Qaraqe and conveyed a message from the Egyptian leadership that Cairo supported the Palestinian detainees and their struggle against poor…. Related: Rights group: Israel punishing detainee hunger strikers

Abbas in Caribbean to garner support for UN bid
10/8/2011 – SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in the Dominican Republic on Friday to drum up support for Palestine’s bid for full membership of the United Nations as a state. Abbas, who was received by Dominican President Leonel Fernandez at the presidential palace in Santo Domingo, is also scheduled to visit Colombia and….

Police train on youth cases in Jericho
10/7/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Police completed on Thursday a three week course in the new Jericho training school on how to handle offenses by minors. Thirty-two officers from the West Bank, including eleven female police officers, were trained in child psychology, provisions of torture, defensive tactics, legal aspects of cases involving juveniles, first aid and….

Nobel Peace Prize honors women and Arab Spring
10/8/2011 – OSLO (Reuters) — Declaring women’s rights vital for world peace, the Nobel Committee awarded its annual Peace Prize on Friday to three indomitable campaigners against war and oppression — a Yemeni and two Liberians, including that country’s president. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, shared the $1….

Karman dedicates Nobel Prize to Arab Spring activists
10/7/2011 – SANAA (Reuters) — Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakul Karman said on Friday the award was a victory for Yemen and all Arab Spring revolutions and a message that the era of Arab dictatorships was over. The peace activist, who was detained briefly during protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, told Reuters the peaceful revolution to topple….

Syria says 1,100 killed by ‘terrorists’
10/7/2011 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syria will shortly present the United Nations with a list of more than 1,100 people it says have been killed by “terrorists” in ongoing unrest in the country, its deputy foreign minister said Friday.” Syria is grappling with terrorist threats,” Faysal Mekdad said in a speech to the 47-state UN Human Rights….

Top Kurd among 10 killed as Syrians protest
10/7/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Ten Syrians, including a prominent Kurdish rights activist, were killed Friday as thousands of people rallied against President Bashar Assad’s regime and in support of a newly formed opposition front, activists said. The fresh surge of violence came as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Assad will have to leave power if….

US says Syria stepping up intimidation campaign
10/7/2011 – WASHINGTON(Reuters) — The US State Department on Friday accused the Syria government of escalating acts of intimidation against prominent opposition leaders, as part of a deadly crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad. Pro-government gangs recently attacked two opposition activists on the street during daylight hours, stepping up a violent campaign against opposition leaders that….

Timeline: Syrian protests and crackdown
10/7/2011 – Following is a timeline of events in Syria since protests began. March 16 – Security forces break up a gathering in Marjeh Square in Damascus of 150 protesters holding pictures of imprisoned relatives. Witnesses say 30 people are arrested. March 24 – President Bashar Assad orders the formation of a committee to study how to raise living….

Cyprus leader says no one can tell him to quit
10/7/2011 – NICOSIA(Reuters) — Cypriot President Demetris Christofias, battling for his political survival after being blamed for a deadly munitions blast, said on Friday no one had the right to tell him to quit. All parties in parliament, except his main backers the Communist AKEL, have called on him to step down after an official inquiry said….

Palestine Note

What does it mean when Rick Perry says, “As an American and a Christian…I stand with Israel”?
Palestine Note 7 Oct 2011 – Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Perry probably echoes the sentiments of many Americans when he says , “I also as a Christian have a clear directive to support Israel, so from my perspective it’s pretty easy‚Ķ Both as an American and as…

What Will Happen to Syria’s Palestinian Refugees?
Palestine Note 7 Oct 2011 – Palestine Note Senior Editor interviews Syrian-Palestinian activist on the struggle to remain neutral Christa Blackmon – A Western states backed UN Security Council resolution threatening “targeted measures” against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad may have been crushed this…

Palestinian refugees weathering the Syrian storm
Palestine Note 7 Oct 2011 – A Western states backed UN Security Council resolution threatening “targeted measures” against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad may have been crushed this week by Russia and China’s veto, but that is hardly an indication that major world powers…


Three women share Nobel Peace Prize, Three women share Nobel Peace Prize
AlJazeera 7 Oct 2011 – Nobel peace laureate Tawakul Karman says the “fight for democratic Yemen will continue”.

Civilians killed as Yemeni troops shell Taiz
AlJazeera 7 Oct 2011 – Baghdad says US military trainers are needed past December 31, but will not allow them to be above the law.

International Solidarity Movement

Beit Kahlil: Tear gas flies as Israel demolishes home
10/7/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 6 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Demolitions in Beit Kahlil – At 5:00 AM on the morning of the 6th October, approximately 30 armed soldiers came to demolish a house in Beit Kahil. The IOF woke up the family living in the neighbouring house and informed them about the demolition and declared the…. Related: Demolitions in Beit Kahlil – Images

Beit Ummar steadfast in supporting prisoners despite LRAD and teargas
10/7/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Beit Ummar solidarity with prisoners – On the tenth day of the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, a crowd of around a hundred people took to the streets for a planned demonstration in the village of Beit Ummar, Hebron. This was one of a number of recent demonstrations…. Related: Beit Ummar solidarity with prisoners – Images

Nablus sisters fall victim to yet another hit and run crime
10/7/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Sajah, 19, and Ahlam Bilal, 18, from Kufr Qaddoum were injured on Tuesday October 4th by Israeli settler, Eliyaho Miller, on the main road in Huwara. The two women were walking to Ibn Sina College of Nursing where they are studying when the settler crashed his vehicle into the women….

Students march to Ofer Prison in solidarity with hunger strike
10/7/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 5 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Over 100 students from Bir Zeit University marched to the gates of Ofer Prison, near Ramallah today, to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Prisoners in several Israeli jails began hunger strikes on 27 September 2011 toto protest against solitary confinement, restricted….

The National

Yemen’s ‘mother of the revolution’ is Nobel Peace Prize winner
The National 7 Oct 2011 – Tawwakol Karman was the first to make peaceful protesting a way to demand reforms in Yemen, and now it’s changing the country.

Bahrain’s ‘important step to justice’
The National 6 Oct 2011 – After the attorney general ordered a civilian court retrial for 20 Shiite medics who were sentenced to up to 15 years in jail over anti-government protests, Amnesty International praised ‘an important step towards justice’.

Quartet negotiators set meeting to revive Middle East peace talks
The National 6 Oct 2011 – Palestinian bid for statehood, which is under consideration at the United Nations, prompts effort to kick-start languishing effort.


Israel comes to a halt for Yom Kippur
Ha’aretz – About 40,000 worshippers are expected to attend some 200 prayer sessions organized for people who do not pray regularly; air traffic to and from Israel halted over holiday, border crossings to Jordan and Gaza closed down.

Uri Avnery / The acts of perfidious traitors throughout Jewish history
Ha’aretz – Today they call them leftists, but throughout history, it is those who have strived for peace and compromise, and who may have been seen at the time as traitors, who are remembered for their moderation.

Carlo Strenger / Open letter to Mahmoud Abbas for Yom Kippur
Ha’aretz – The two-state solution is running out of oxygen, if it is not implemented soon, it will die; it is time for Abbas to take the step Anwar Sadat took by coming to the Knesset, recognizing Israel as the Jewish people’s homeland.

Yossi Verter / Netanyahu’s ‘triumph’ at the UN was followed by humiliation at home
Ha’aretz – After feeling triumphant at the UN, Netanyahu could not manage this week to muster a majority of ministers to approve the Trajtenberg recommendations.

Syria troops fire on anti-regime protesters, killing eight
Ha’aretz – Masked gunmen shoot to death a prominent Kurdish opposition figure in the predominantly Kurdish northeast of the country.

Sayed Kashua / Obama’s resurrection of the Elders of Zion
Ha’aretz – The itching that started when President Obama began to speak only got worse.

Quartet to meet in Brussels in bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks
Ha’aretz – EU spokesman Michael Mann says focus of talks will be to maintain momentum in encouraging the parties to return to negotiations.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox rethink Yom Kippur animal sacrifice
Ha’aretz – Practice, known as kaparot, or atonement in Hebrew, decreed by some rabbis as violating Jewish law, which has strict rules on the care and slaughter of animals.

Syria forces kill seven after opening fire on anti-Assad protesters
Ha’aretz – Syrian protesters burn Russian and China flags for blocking European-drafted UN Security Council resolution urging Syria to end its six-month crackdown on protesters.

Israel Police on high alert ahead of Yom Kippur
Ha’aretz – Police meet with Israeli Arab representatives to prevent incidents such as the one in Acre three years ago when clashes erupted between Arab and Jewish residents.

The protesters’ next step: Students planning strike for the end of the month
Ha’aretz – The social protest movement faces turning point, after last tent encampments in Tel Aviv demolished and most protesters have gone home.

Accommodating for profit
Ha’aretz – A can of cola for NIS 20: Why do the hotels charge exorbitant prices for basic services?

Labor Ministry to tackle its own gender pay gaps first
Ha’aretz – Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon establishes a working group to examine wage gaps between the sexes and to formulate a detailed operational plan for advancing gender equality within the ministry.

Jerusalem Post

Libyan forces battle for Sirte, civilians flee
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2011 – Dozens of fighters are wounded in fighting as rebels attempt a symbolic victory in Gaddafi’s hometown.

Damascus vows reforms, activists report 7 new deaths
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2011 – Syrian forces cross into Lebanon, shoot man dead; US, British and French diplomats call on Damascus to end executions, detentions of activists.

Liberian, Yemeni women win Nobel Peace Prize
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2011 – Prize awarded to Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Yemini Tawakkul Karman who campaigned for rights, an end to violence; Karman calls award “a victory for the youth.”

Medical residents: Resignations may be unstoppable
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2011 – If no agreement reached, resident says, young doctors’ anger will grow; residents agree to delay move until after Yom Kippur amid talks.

Going around the world to break the fast
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2011 – Here are some special recipes to break the fast with traditional Jewish vegetarian dishes from Jews around the world, can be prepared ahead.

This Week in History: Deadly riots on the Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2011 – After fringe Jewish group attempts to lay cornerstone for a “third temple” in 1990, Palestinians riot and Israeli police fire live bullets into the mob.

IDF announces closure of Judea, Samaria for Yom Kippur
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2011 – Clashes erupt day before Yom Kippur between security forces, settlers; Arab and Jewish-owned olive trees destroyed in West Bank violence.

Swastikas left at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2011 – Soldiers discovered the swastikas when they went to tomb to prepare for the arrival of worshipers to the tomb in advance of Yom Kippur.

Jewish teen held for Galilee mosque arson
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – Police probe whether suspect is part of “price-tag” cell.

PA official: IDF protects settlers who attack Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – Palestinian Authority officials claims that settler violence planned in coordination with IDF; Charges are “ridiculous,” says military source.

MKs recall experiences from Yom Kippur War
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – Kadima MK Avi Dichter made it from Sharm e-Sheikh home safely despite a bullet hitting helicopter’s rotor.

Libyans protest Jew attempting to reopen synagogue
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – Libyan-Italian citizen David Gerbi: My faith in God gives me strength; armed gunman force Gerbi, crew retreat to hotel.

Social Affairs: Raising hell
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – Debate over increasing the age of retirement for women intensified this week when it was revealed that Steinitz aims to raise it to 64.

Into the Fray: Reassessing ‚Äòroot causes’ and ‚Äòred herrings’
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – In the face of mounting international pressure, Israel cannot afford to lose sight of what the conflict is really about.

Column One: Justice for Jonathan Pollard
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – American Jewish leaders deserve praise for their willingness to plead on Pollard’s behalf. Pollard committed a crime. But his punishment far outweighs his misdeeds

A culinary classic, reimagined
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – The venerable Jerusalem restaurant Fink’s takes on an inspired new incarnation.

Outside the mainstream
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – This year’s Haifa International Film Festival features an eclectic array of cinematic gems from near and far.

A window into the haredi world
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2011 – Community leaders discuss changes in ultra-Orthodox society at the launch of a book about hassidic life in Mea She’arim by photojournalist Gil Cohen-Magen.

The Guardian

Sleep easy, war criminals | Michael Mansfield
The Guardian 7 Oct 2011 – Britain’s insulting new rules on arrest warrants will only encourage Israel’s view of itself as above international law Israel has violated innumerable UN resolutions and international laws over the past 50 years without any sanction being…

Libya: the battle for Sirte – Friday 7 October 2011
The Guardian 7 Oct 2011 – ‚Ä¢ NTC forces launch major assault on Sirte ‚Ä¢ Up to 22 anti-Gaddafi fighters killed and 146 wounded ‚Ä¢ Syrian MP assaulted and 8 killed in protests, say activists ‚Ä¢ Nobel peace prize goes to Yemen…

Inter Press Service

U.S. Move to Block Palestine in UNESCO Doomed to Fail
IPS Despite a slim chance of diplomatic victory, the United States is leading a doomed, mostly Western attempt to block Palestinian membership in the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

U.S. Congress Blocks Humanitarian, Security Aid to Palestinians
IPS Eager to demonstrate their fidelity to Israel and make good on threats to punish Palestinians for seeking statehood status from the United Nations, U.S. lawmakers are blocking the disbursement of tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian and security assistance for the occupied territories.


Video: Nato helicopters engaged in attack on Sirte
Uruknet October 7, 2011 – Nato helicopters struck earlier this week with a series of overnight missile attacks on the birthplace of the deposed leader. The heavy airstrikes took place on Monday and hit several targets in the town….Vusw

Bahrain Protesters Clash With Police Near Capital After Teenager’s Funeral
Uruknet October 7, 2011 – Security forces clashed with demonstrators along a central highway west of Bahrain’s capital, Manama, on Friday, in what appeared to be among the largest protests in months… The protest appeared, from video posted online by Shiite activists, to be much larger than the small demonstrations that have occurred regularly since March, and it was…

* * * NOT SATIRE * * * Iraq offers its experience’ to Libya’s NTC
Uruknet October 7, 2011 – Iraq offered its experience of rebuilding the country and gearing up for democracy during a visit to Baghdad on Oct. 6 by Libya’s interim premier Mahmud Jibril, officials said. Jibril’s visit was his first since a mid-February revolt in Libya that eventually led to strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s overthrow, and he met with Prime Minister…

A war criminal’s “special mission”: avoid arrest
Uruknet October 7, 2011 – The failure to uphold Britain’s obligations towards universal jurisdiction were demonstrated this week when Tzipi Livni met with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London and managed to avoid arrest for alleged war crimes. Livni’s previous, disrupted, visit to London in late 2009 was the catalyst for the British government’s move to change the law…

Syria News – October 6, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – Death toll in Syria today reached 17… Idlib: A defection at one of the Army checkpoints in Kafr Nubbul leads to the killing of an officer and multiple soliders, as well as more than 30 wounded. …Homs: 4 year old child Mohammad Al-Omar from Alziraa village in Quseir was martyred today…Homs: Rastan: Qassem Abd…

The Israeli government is directly responsible for the ongoing harm inflicted on the residents of Qusra
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – This morning (6.10.2011), Palestinian farmers from the village of Qusra, south of Nablus, discovered that approximately 200 of their olive and fig trees were completely destroyed or uprooted. The vandalism occurred south of the village, in an area adjacent to the location of several outposts of the Shilo settlement. Some of the olive trees…

Report: No evidence al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – Yemen’s security agencies have no substantial evidence that al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a recent airstrike in the eastern province of Mareb, an official security source said Thursday. ‘The latest information available to the security agencies is that al-Awlaki was driving in a motorcade of three cars when a US drone targeted…

Rebel Claims of Libya Mass Graves’ Come Up Empty, Again
Uruknet Since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi, the rebel claims that the former dictator had killed some 50,000 people in the civil war began to be scrutinized, and suffered from a major lack of actual bodies. The rebels acted quite vindicated yesterday, announcing some 900 bodies were found in a “mass grave.” The problem is once again, it never…

CIA: Detainee’s Torture Drawings, Writings, “Should They Exist,” to Remain Top Secret
Uruknet In 2002, not long after he was subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” by Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, psychologists under contract to the CIA, high-value detainee Abu Zubaydah made about ten drawings depicting the torture he endured while in custody of the agency. The drawings Zubaydah made were classified as top secret by the CIA. But according…

The plight of the Negev’s Bedouin
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – In my travels I have seen how far awareness of the Palestinian issue has spread – in contrast to the misery of my constituents, the Bedouin of the Negev. Just last month the Israeli cabinet approved a plan to relocate up to 30,000 Bedouin from unrecognised villages in the Negev. On Thursday a national…

Steve Jobs, Palestinians steps and more
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – In this week’s digest, further tree uprooting and destruction in Walaja, upcoming Friday Demonstrations, the death of Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple and son of a Syrian immigrant to America), home demolitions increased five folds, Israel police turning a blind eye to lynching, “anti-Semitism” in the occupy Wall street movement, where did Palestine come…

PCHR Condemns Collective Penalties against Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns collective punishment measures being taken by the Israeli prison authorities against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have organized a hunger strike in protest to their deteriorating detention conditions. PCHR is also concerned over the health conditions of the prisoners who have now been in…

Settlers Uproot 200 Olive Trees Near Nablus
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – A group of extremist Israeli settlers uprooted on Thursday morning, at least 200 olive trees that belong to residents of Qasra village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Shortly after midnight, a group of Israeli settlers invaded the village and vanadalized the orchard, eyewitnesses reported. Ghassan Douglas, in charge of the…

Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – Israel treats Palestinian prisoners horrifically. In detention, interrogations include torture, intimidation and other abuses. “Security prisoners” are punitively isolated for extended periods. Others for any reason or none at all face similar short or longer-term treatment. Administrative detainees are held indefinitely without charges or trial. Children are treated like adults.Horrific conditions include severe overcrowding;…

Execution by secret WH committee
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – Here is what the Democratic President has created and implemented, and what many party loyalists explicitly endorse (when there’s a Democrat in the White House) – from Reuters: American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president…

Libya revolutionaries burn, loot village homes
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – Forces loyal to Libya’s transitional leaders looted and burned civilian homes Wednesday in the recently captured village of Abu Hadi, near ousted ruler Moammar Kadafi’s besieged tribal homeland of Surt. Smoke spires rose into the air as fighters, mostly from the western city of Misurata, threw gasoline bombs and grenades into abandoned homes in…

Gadhafi May Be Hard To Find, But Not His Supporters
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – In Libya, anti-government fighters are facing fierce resistance in Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte. It’s one of the last areas that has not fallen to rebel forces. But it’s hardly the last bastion of support for the deposed leader. On a busy afternoon in the market in the southern Tripoli neighborhood of Abu Salim,…

America couldn’t veto Palestinian admission to the UN
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – The United States of America is preparing to use its veto in order to block Palestine’s admission to the United Nations as an independent state. However, it is doubtful if this vote will have the effect desired by the US State Department because the Americans have renounced using the veto in this way. Not…

Libya – Video: A Massacre at Abu Salim Trauma Hospital
Uruknet October 6, 2011 – Abdul Salam Turshi said he saw armed men stopping cars on the “highway,” opening the doors and “just killing people for nothing.” It originally sounded vague as to just who the “armed” men were – perhaps government soldiers – and who they were killing. But he said armed men, not soldiers, didn’t he? He…

Libya conflict: Muammar Gaddafi urges mass protests
Uruknet October 6, 2011 Libya’s ousted leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has called on Libyans to come on to the streets “in their millions” to resist the nation’s interim leaders. In an audio message broadcast on Syrian-based Arrai television, he says conditions in Libya have become “unbearable”. The message comes as heavy fighting continues between anti-Gaddafi forces and loyalists for…

Daily Star

2 Syrians arrested over murder of Syrian teen
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Two Syrians were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the murder of a Syrian teenager, according to the Internal Security Forces.

Metn residents keep up protest against power line
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Residents of the Metn towns of Mansourieh, Ain Najm and Ain Saade continued their demonstrations for a third day Friday, calling on the government to revoke the law that permits the use of high-voltage electrical lines.

Mirza orders probe into casino corruption
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza ordered the Criminal Investigations Department Friday to open an investigation into media reports of financial corruption at Casino du Liban, the National News Agency reported.

Man arrested for losing pilgrims’ $450,000
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Police arrested a man on charges of theft and fraud for allegedly convincing around 450 people that he could arrange their pilgrimage at a reduced price, then losing $450,000 he collected from them.

Auto inspection center halts operations after fight
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 The head of Beirut’s auto inspection center urged Lebanese authorities Friday to protect his facility amid a work stoppage observed by employees a day after a brawl left seven people injured.

Embassies mourn closure of Revue du Liban
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Several ambassadors to Lebanon have expressed regrets over the closure of the Lebanese French weekly magazine Le Revue du Liban, and expressed hope the periodical could return to newsstands.

More help for children’s cancer center
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon has signed a new partnership with the American-Lebanese-Syrian-Associated Charities, which becomes the center’s fourth partner…

AUB: Students need skills to face region’s challenges
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 The American University of Beirut’s president has said students must be equipped to deal with challenges facing the region after it crossed a historical threshold this year.

Public hospitals offer free mammograms
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 To mark the 10th annual breast cancer awareness campaign in Lebanon, state-run hospitals are offering free mammograms to women over the age of 40 until the end of the year.

AUB says students need skills to face region’s challenges
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 The president of the American University of Beirut has said students must be equipped to deal with the challenges facing the region, after it crossed a historical threshold this year.

Arsal, Future Movement discuss Syrian incursion into Lebanon
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Future Movement representatives and residents of the Bekaa village of Arsal Friday ask the government to take action over recent incursions by the Syrian army into Lebanon which this week resulted in the death of a…

Work stoppage at auto inspection center after fight
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 The head of Beirut’s auto inspection center urged Lebanese authorities Friday to protect his facility amid a work stoppage observed by employees a day after a brawl left seven people injured.

Ogero gets equipment that helps boost Internet speeds
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Lebanon’s telephone land-line provider Ogero says it has finally received equipment it needs to help boost Internet speeds.

YNet News

Gantz: Israel must always be war-ready
YNet News, 7 Oct 2011 – IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz was 14-years-old when the Yom Kippur War broke out. “I remember sitting by the radio, anxiously listening to reports from the … ….

Settlers vow to resist future evictions
YNet News, 7 Oct 2011 – The second disengagement? The State is gearing to launch a series of West Bank settlements and outpost evictions after the High Holidays, but the settlers have vowed … ….

Liberian, Yemeni women win Nobel Peace Prize
YNet News, 7 Oct 2011 – The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen for their … ….

Police bolster security in Akko
YNet News, 7 Oct 2011 – Police has bolstered security in the northern city of Akko, three years after violent riots erupted between Arab and Jewish residents, during which some 100 vehicles and … ….

Musical Chairs: Iranian diplomat sits in Israel’s IAEA seat
YNet News, 7 Oct 2011 – WASHINGTON – The Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize Israel in any way, referring to it at best as “that Zionist entity,” but sometimes, even Iranian diplomats … ….

‘Pilots’ resourcefulness prevented crash’
YNet News, 7 Oct 2011 – The IAF inquiry into the emergency landing performed Thursday by an F-15 crew determined that the pilot and the navigator’s resourcefulness prevented the jet from … ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya receives former Netherlands PM, calls for an end to the siege
PIC – The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haneyya, received on Thursday former Netherlands Prime Minister, Andries van Agt, at the head of a delegation from the Netherlands.

IOF impose restrictions on W.B. worshippers’ entry to the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Israel Occupation Forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers from the West Bank to the Aqsa Mosque on Friday.

Bahar calls on Arab League and OIC to support Palestinian captives
PIC – Dr. Ahmad Bahar, the first deputy speaker of the PLC called for mobilising all popular, political, diplomatic, and media efforts to support the brave Palestinian captives on hunger strike.

New legislation fails to give Tzipi Livni protection from arrest
PIC – Ms. Livni was Foreign Minister during Israel’s 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip. Significant evidence was collected indicating her individual criminal responsibility.

Jerusalem captives’ families hold protest at the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Families of Jerusalem captives held a protest at the Aqsa Mosque after the Friday prayers outside the Dome of the Rock.

Letters of condolence to Erdogan from the Islamic university in Gaza
PIC – MP Jamal al-Khudary, head of the council of trustees of the Islamic University, and members of the council sent a letter of condolence to the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Miles of smiles convoys to continue
PIC – Head of “Miles of Smiles 7” convoy, Isam Yousuf, said that their convoys will not stop and that a new convoy is due to visit Gaza on Eid al-Adha..

Settlers attack a village near al-Khalil
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers at dawn Friday attacked the village of Khirbat Tuwwana, to the east of Yatta in the southern West Bank al-Khalil district.


Abbas to PACE: We Deserve your Support

Settlers Cut Down Olive Trees in Nablus Area

Intifada Palestine

Isad in Damascus: Syrians Reclaim Steve Jobs
Intifada-Palestine: 7 Oct 2011 – Like father, like son…John Jandali and Steve (image courtesy: theconsvertivetreehouse.wordpress.com) By Sami Moubayed During the years of French Mandate Syria, Abdul Fattah Jandali was born to a large landowning family in the midland town of Homs in 1931. Like most affluent… more

Max Puts the Boot into Pakistan
Intifada-Palestine: 7 Oct 2011 – Pro-Israeli hawk urges U.S. to “get tough” with sole Islamic nuclear power By Maidhc ?ì Cathail While much attention has been paid to Admiral Mike Mullen’s allegations that Pakistan’s ISI was behind recent attacks on American targets in Afghanistan attributed to… more

“Impunity Always Leads to Greater Crimes”
Intifada-Palestine: 7 Oct 2011 – Robert Gates: Israel is an Ungrateful Ally By: Jamal Kanj * The Israeli newspaper Haaretz was flashing on October 2 nd with harsh remarks made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel over Israel’s decision to build more illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine…. more

Free Palestine’ Book Posted On The Internet As Holy Land Looks To United Nations For Justice And Liberty
Intifada-Palestine: 7 Oct 2011 – A book telling the plight of the Palestinians under the longest military occupation in modern times has just been made available on the Internet in flip-page form. It comes at a critical time for Palestinians as the UN considers theirbid for… more

Los Angeles Times

Three women, two Liberians and a Yemeni, win Nobel Peace Prize
LA Times 7 Oct 2011 – Sharing the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize are Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; her countrywoman Leymah Gbowee, a peace activist; and Tawakul Karman, a Yemeni human rights leader. Three women from Africa and the Middle East who symbolize nonviolent struggles to improve their nations and advance the…

New York Times

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman
New York Times 7 Oct 2011 – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen were recognized for their nonviolent activism.

Iraqi Dispute About U.S. Troops Reflects Clashing Emotions
New York Times 6 Oct 2011 – Iraq’s desire to keep some American troops but not give them legal immunity encapsulates the nation’s ambivalence about the American invasion.

Tuba-Zangariya Journal: Mosque Burning Frays Ties Between Israel and Arab Allies
New York Times 6 Oct 2011 – Bedouin Arabs in a northern Israeli village who have a long history of supporting Jewish settlers are enraged by a mosque attack tied to Jewish extremists.


Death of Israeli Co-Existence: Mosque Burning at Tuba-Zangariyye
Tikun Olam – While NY Times coverage of Israel is generally far lower in quality or comprehensiveness than other issues it covers, Isabel Kershner did manage to write a reasonable story about the mosque burning at Tuba-Zangariyye. Here is how she begins: The founders of this Bedouin Arab village…

Getting banished by the Jewish Federation on Yom Kippur.
Muzzlewatch – What does Chabad Rabbi Manis Freidman have that I don’t have? Is it the beard? The religious authority? Or is it the record of advocating for the killing of Arab women, men and children? Why does he get to stay on the Jewish Federation’s much promoted…

Operation Enduring Failure: Ten years of war on Afghanistan
Mondoweiss – Today is the tenth anniversary of the US war on Afghanistan. Ten years. A decade. The longest war in US history*. Nearly 1700 US troops dead and more than 1000 “coalition partners” dead. Thousands of soldiers wounded, thousands traumatized. Billions of dollars spent. And the number…

The Boomerang Comes Home: Obama’s ‚Äòdeath panel’ and the war on terror
Mondoweiss – It should never be forgotten that while colonization, with its techniques and its political and juridical weapons, obviously transported European models to other continents, it also had a considerable boomerang effect on the mechanisms of power in the West, and on the apparatuses, institutions, and techniques…

Kol Nidre in Cairo. Not
Mondoweiss – At sundown tonight, I walked down the five flights of my hotel and into the streets of central Cairo. The muezzin was calling people to prayer, and I was going to pray— walking the one block from my hotel to the Adly street synagogue, the large…

The Jewish-Palestinian book of life
Mondoweiss – An American Jew in India. On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The day Jews confess sins. The day God judges sins. The day God decides our fate. Tradition tells us that on Yom Kippur, God writes our name in the Book of Life. Or…

Week against the Apartheid Wall, November 9 – 16
Mondoweiss – link to www.maannews.net link to english.wafa.ps ‘—> link to www.imemc.org link to www.imemc.org link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.maannews.net link to english.pnn.ps link to www.imemc.org link to www.stopthewall.org link to www.haaretz.com link to english.pnn.ps link to us.rd.yahoo.com link to www.youtube.com link to angryarab.blogspot.com link to english.aljazeera.net…

Israel Fires Deputy Ambassador to U.S. Over Iran Leak, Original Haaretz Story Exposed for First Time
Tikun Olam – Two days ago, with the help of an Israeli source I broke a gag order concerning the arrest of a dubious suspect in the mosque burning in northern Israel, naming him as Yisrael Katz. Today, various Israeli media published portions of what I wrote (though only…

Misc 2

Washington targeting China’s Achilles heel
Voltaire Network 7 Oct 2011 – While nervously watching China edging closer to becoming the predominant world power in the 21st century, Washington has also been keeping a keen eye on China’s heavy reliance on foreign oil to meet its growing energy needs. Engdahl analyses the oil trap that Washington has laid…

Africa: Palestine and Western Sahara – A comparative Analysis of Both Disputes and the Applicable Law
allAfrica.com 7 Oct 2011 – For four decades the UN has clearly and repeatedly affirmed the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination, writes Juan Soroeta Liceras. Morocco’s continued occupation of Western Sahara violates international law, just like the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Land Demonstration in Yatta 7 October 2011
Palestine Solidarity Project 7 Oct 2011 – After the prayers Friday October 7th the popular Committee in Yatta arranged a demonstration against Israeli land grab. Along with residents and land owners from Yatta, people from PSP – Beit Ommar, Israeli and international sympathizers, walked to the demolished wells and houses belonging to inhabitants…

Wadah Khanfar: People should be at the heart of journalism
Middle East Monitor 7 Oct 2011 – The former Director General of the Al-Jazeera Network became the first Muslim and non-Western journalist to deliver the annual James Cameron Memorial Lecture at City University in London on Thursday. The anticipation buzzed through the crowd waiting to hear from Wadah Khanfar, one of the most…

A war criminal’s “special mission”: avoid arrest
Middle East Monitor 7 Oct 2011 – The failure to uphold Britain’s obligations towards universal jurisdiction were demonstrated this week when Tzipi Livni met with Foreign Secretary William Hague in London and managed to avoid arrest for alleged war crimes. Livni’s previous, disrupted, visit to London in late 2009 was the catalyst for…

An attempt to understand what we have done to ourselves
Middle East Monitor 7 Oct 2011 – It is important for us to know what others scheme for our revolutions, and we should not be surprised if they attempt to hijack or abort them. But what is more important is to know what we have done to ourselves, because it is truly strange…

British justice is exposed as a sham
Middle East Monitor 7 Oct 2011 – Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague received Tzipi Livni in his office at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office this week. The former Israeli Foreign Minister was welcomed warmly even though she is now simply the leader of the opposition in Israel. It was a black day in…

Libya battle hits heart of Sirte
BBC 7 Oct 2011 – The forces of Libya’s transitional government fight their way into Sirte, meeting strong resistance from Gaddafi loyalists, as more civilians flee.

Three women win Nobel Peace Prize
BBC 7 Oct 2011 – Three women share the Nobel Peace Prize for their “struggle for women’s rights” – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.

Reform or go, Russia tells Assad
BBC 7 Oct 2011 – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad should launch the reforms he has promised or leave office, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says.

Arrests in Israeli settler deaths
BBC 7 Oct 2011 – Israeli police arrest two Palestinian suspects in the deaths of two Jewish West Bank settlers whose car crashed when stones were thrown at it.

Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell
Sabbah report 7 Oct 2011 – Security prisoners are punitively isolated for extended periods. Administrative detainees are held indefinitely without charges or trial. Children are treated like adults.

Show Your Solidarity for Palestinian Prisoners
Sabbah report 7 Oct 2011 – Palestinian prisoners are continuously subject to lengthy solitary confinements, sudden night raids and torture. The prisoners’ hunger strike was called to protest the solitary confinement of some prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti.

Netanyahu: Master of Deception
Sabbah report 7 Oct 2011 – Netanyahu says that Israel would like to be the first to recognize Palestine. His wish will be granted very soon, as Israel weeps in grief and guilt before the world and asks for forgiveness.

American hypocrisy at its most naked
Sabbah report 7 Oct 2011 – Susan Rice is outraged at security council because it failed to address an urgent moral challenge in Syria. But Rice have no problem to cast veto to kill the Palestinians’ bid.


Aid blackmail in Palestine
Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera10/6/2011
Throughout the ‘peace process’, when Palestine tries to make any real progress on independence, aid is cut as a warning.
Once again, Palestinians are being punished for daring to exercise a choice.
It happened before in 2006, when they took part in what was deemed to be the wrong kind of democracy and picked the wrong (Hamas) government. That mistaken execution of free will caused the international community to close its funding tap – cutting Palestinian aid and salaries.
Now, there are penalties for taking another ‘wrong’ turn, despite repeated threats and warnings: US congress is blocking US $200 million intended for the Palestinian Authority (PA), which persisted with its UN statehood bid in the face of US disapproval.
Few things typify international complicity in stalling Palestinian aspirations like this on/off money switch. The current cut in cash will affect health and social projects – but not, it is said, the PA’s security commitments (coordinated with Israel). In other words, the pinch is designed to cause Palestinian suffering – but is calibrated so as not to upset Israeli concerns, or totally derail the stagnating status quo.
It’s a fine calculation and one over which Palestinians are losing patience – on more than one occasion, PA officials have threatened to pull the plug on their limited governance…. more.. e-mail

The More Enemies, the More Honor?
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch10/7/2011
How Israel Alienated Germany
AN OLD photo from World War I shows a company of German soldiers getting on the train on their way to the front. On the wall of the car somebody had scribbled: “viel Feind, viel Ehr” (“The more enemies, the more Honor”.)
In those days, at the very start of what was to be the First World War, country after country was declaring war on Germany. The spirit of the graffito reflected the hubris of the supreme commander, Kaiser Wilhelm, who relied on the war plan of the legendary German General Staff. It was indeed an excellent war plan, and as excellent war plans are apt to do, it started going awry right from the beginning.
The foolish Kaiser now has the heirs he deserves. Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, a former army Chief of Staff whose intelligence is below the average even of that rank, has announced that Israel could not possibly apologize to Turkey, even though its national interests may demand it, because it would hurt our “prestige”.
Many enemies, much prestige.
It seems that we shall soon run out of friends whom we can turn into enemies to gather even more prestige.
LAST WEEK a black cat came between Israel and its second best friend: Germany.
High-ranking German officials confided to their Israeli colleagues that their Kanzlerin, Angela Merkel, was “furious” when she heard that the Israeli government had approved the building of 1100 housing units in Gilo, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem…. more.. e-mail

Palestinian refugees weathering the Syrian storm
Christa Blackmon, Palestine Note10/7/2011
Palestine Note Senior Editor interviews Syrian-Palestinian activist on the struggle to remain neutral
A Western states backed UN Security Council resolution threatening “targeted measures” against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad may have been crushed this week by Russia and China’s veto, but that is hardly an indication that major world powers have grown unconcerned about the seven-month long uprising that has now been estimated to have cost 2,900 lives. From the US, to the European Union, to Russia and Iran, to Turkey, and the Arab states of the Gulf, officials have either been cautiously treading their ties with the government of President Bashar Assad in his growing international unpopularity, or blatantly calling for his resignation. Analysts and academics the world over are also watching carefully, gauging the impact on the politics of the entire region should the international community intervene, by broad implementation of sanctions or otherwise.
Notably guarded in their public stances, however, are the many Palestinian refugees who have enjoyed some of the unique freedoms in access to employment and education unavailable to them elsewhere in the Arab world. The refugee camps in which they reside have also evolved over the years from haphazard temporary shelters to full fledged neighborhoods near major cities. Historically, Palestinian refugees have been content to follow the Syrian government because they recognize how well they have been treated and try to behave in a manner fitting the hospitality of their Syrian hosts.
“The Palestinians [in Syria] had been watching the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, and they were euphoric. They were dancing in the streets when Hosni Mubarak fell, seeing things they had only dreamt of,” recounts Syrian-Palestinian American cardiologist, Dr, Tarek Abou Ghazala. “But when the protests came to Syria, Palestinians did not take sides, but preferred to sit tight and watch what was going on.” more.. e-mail

Israel: Many Enemies, Much Prestige
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Oct 2011 – By Uri Avnery An old photo from World War I shows a company of German soldiers getting on the train on their way to the front. On the wall of the car somebody had scribbled: “viel Feind, viel Ehr'” (“The more enemies, the more Honor”.) In those days, at the very start of what was to be the First World War, country after country was declaring war on Germany. The spirit of the graffito reflected the hubris of the supreme commander, Kaiser Wilhelm, who relied on the war plan of the legendary German General Staff. It was indeed an excellent war plan, and as excellent war plans are apt to do, it started going awry right from the beginning. The foolish Kaiser now has the heirs he deserves. Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, a former army Chief of Staff whose intelligence is below the average even of that rank,…more

The Great and the Poor America
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Oct 2011 – By Eyad Sarraj – Gaza A few days ago, Three American scientists have won the noble peace prize for discovering that the universe is expanding. Many American scientists are prize winners and laureates. There is no doubt that the US is the most advanced on almost all sciences. American universities are the top on all others. The intellectual life in campus is so rich and vibrant. America is a vast continent with huge natural resources from gold to oil. America is a beautiful country with such diversities of people of various backgrounds and origins. People are generally kind and merry. America is great. But such greatness of America is not matched in its choice of leaders. There is dearth of political leadership and a steady deterioration from Eisenhower and Kennedy to reach the low level of Obama’s. Poor America. The Congress is controlled by lobbies and the administration is infiltrated…more

Obama: The Assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki by Fiat
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Oct 2011 – By James Petras The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki a U.S citizen in Yemen by a CIA drone missile on September 30 has been publicized by the mass media, President Obama and the usual experts on al-Qaeda as “a major blow to the jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden” US officials called Awlaki “the most dangerous figure in Al-Qaeda” (Financial Times Oct. 1 and 2, 2011). There is ample evidence to suggest that the publicity surrounding the killing of al-Awlaki has greatly exaggerated his political importance and is an attempt to cover up the declining influence of the US in the Islamic world. The State Department’s declaration of a major victory serves to exaggerate US military capacity to defeat its adversaries. The assassination serves to justify Obama’s arbitrary use of death squads to execute overseas US critics and adversaries by executive fiat denying the accused elementary judicial protections. Myths About…more

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