VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 22 October, 2011: Struggling for water in Gaza

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Ma’an News

Israeli forces fire into air by funeral procession, 4 injured
10/22/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Four people were injured by fragments of Israeli ammunition after troops fired into the air while a funeral procession passed through a gate in the separation wall in the northern West Bank on Saturday. Mourners from Dhaher al-Malih, a Palestinian village cut off from the West Bank behind Israel’s….

PRC leader ‘survives car bomb attack’
10/22/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Popular Resistance Committees leader Ayman al-Shashniya survived a car bombing outside his Gaza home on Friday night, a spokesman of the movement said. Al-Shashniya was lightly injured when an explosive device planted in his parked car was set off around 11 p. m. damaging the house with him inside, spokesman Abu….

Village council: Israel builds watchtower near Salfit
10/22/2011 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have started the construction of a watchtower near the illegal settlement outpost of Nofei Nehemia, the head of a local village council said Saturday. Samir Hareis, head of Iskaka’s village council in the Salfit district, told Ma’an that the watchtower was being built to monitor….

Israeli stabbed in Jerusalem, police say suspect Palestinian
10/22/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 20-year-old Israeli was stabbed in north Jerusalem on Saturday, with police launching a man hunt for a suspect said to be Palestinian. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said the incident in the Ramot neighborhood of East Jerusalem was planned to be a “a terrorist attack,” although there is no…. Related: Israeli forces storm Beit Iksa after Jerusalem stabbing

Israeli forces storm Beit Iksa after Jerusalem stabbing
10/22/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces attacked 3 Palestinians on Saturday in the East Jerusalem village of Beit Iksa, a Ma’an correspondent said. Two others were detained as Israeli forces closed the military checkpoint to the village, reportedly in pursuit of an attacker who had earlier stabbed an Israeli man in the East…. Related: Israeli stabbed in Jerusalem, police say suspect Palestinian

Hamas official: Abbas, Mashaal to meet in Cairo
10/22/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader in exile Khaled Mashaal will meet in Cairo next month, a Hamas official said Saturday. Izzat ar-Rishiq told journalists in Gaza City that Hamas and Fatah had agreed to hold a meeting which both Abbas and Mashaal would attend, noting that a final date….

Report: Egypt pushes Europe to talk to Hamas
10/22/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egypt is working to establish communications between Hamas and European nations in the wake of their brokering of a prisoner swap deal between the Gaza rulers and Israel, Egyptian daily Al-Mesryoon said Thursday. Officials hope to build on European contacts with Hamas during the swap negotiations, including by German and French….

Tulkarem checkpoint ‘closed for maintenance’
10/22/2011 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israel’s army has informed the Palestinian Authority that the Innab military checkpoint in Tulkarem will be closed Sunday until Nov. 1, a Ma’an correspondent reported. The checkpoint, which blocks the eastern entrance to Tulkarem, will be closed for maintenance, according to officials with the District Coordination office….

US doctors arrive in Gaza
10/22/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Six US medics arrived in Gaza on Friday to provide treatment not available in the blockaded coastal strip, the Union of Health Work Committees said. The delegation will work in Al-Awda Hospital in Jabalia and Al-Awda Specialist Health Day Care Center in Gaza City during their five day visit, a press….

Erekat: Freeze on govt settlements ‘false distinction’
10/22/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat has rejected the distinction between government and private construction in Israeli settlements, the premise of Israel’s “offer” for a partial building freeze reported by Israeli media on Friday. As all settlement building on Palestinian lands is illegal under international law, differentiating public and private-led expansion….

Egypt, Israel ‘poised to agree prisoner swap’
10/22/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt and Israel are adding the “final touches” to a deal to swap an Israel-American detained in Cairo for Egyptian prisoners detained in Israel, the official MENA news agency said on Saturday.” MENA has learned that the final touches are currently being made for a deal to swap Israeli spy Ilan Grapel, accused….

’20 injured’ in celebrations following prisoner swap
10/22/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Some 20 people including six children suffered injuries Tuesday during celebrations following the Israel-Hamas prisoner swap, a human rights group has said. The incidents constituted a form of misuse of weapons and assaults on the rule of law in the occupied territories, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said in a….

In photos: Abbas arrives in Cairo
10/22/2011 – Reuters, Pool – President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Egypt for talks with Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, head of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in Cairo on Oct. 22, 2011. Abbas will return to Cairo next month to meet Hamas leader in exile Khaled Mashaal for a new round of unity talks….

Turkey ‘keeps up bombing’ of rebel bases in Iraq
10/22/2011 – CUKURCA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey sent helicopter gunships against Kurdish rebels Friday after air strikes on their bases in northern Iraq overnight, while seeking support from its neighbors for its military campaign. Three days after Kurdish rebels killed 24 soldiers along the Turkish-Iraqi border, the army’s biggest losses at their hands since 1993, jets….

Activists: Syria forces kill 20 at rallies after Gadhafi death
10/22/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian security forces killed 20 civilians Friday, most of them in the flashpoint central city of Homs where the death of Libyan ex-leader Moammar Gadhafi galvanized mass protests, activists said.” Fifteen people were killed in Homs,” which has been at the heart of military operations this week, Rami Abdel Rahman of the Britain-based….

UN Council calls on Saleh to hand over power
10/22/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution calling on Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh to immediately sign a deal under which he would quit. But Yemen’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tawakkul Karman, criticized the council for not opposing a Gulf Cooperation Council proposal to give Saleh….

Palestinians say killing of Gadhafi was expected
10/22/2011 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah and in the Gaza Strip on Friday said that the killing of Moammar Gadhafi did not come as a surprise. Gadhafi was killed after being captured by the Libyan fighters he once scorned as “rats”, cornered and shot in the head after they overran his….

Libya rules out Gadhafi post-mortem but promises probe
10/22/2011 – MISRATA, Libya (AFP) — Military commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata said on Saturday that no post-mortem would be carried out on the body of Moammar Gadhafi despite concerns over how the toppled dictator died. Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said an investigation was being conducted into the circumstances of Gadhafi’s killing following….

12 killed as fierce clashes erupt in Yemeni capital
10/22/2011 – SANAA (AFP) —At least 12 people were killed in fierce clashes in Sanaa between President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s troops and rival forces in escalating violence on Saturday, a day after the UN Security Council urged the embattled leader to hand over power. Witnesses and AFP correspondents in Sanaa said explosions were heard throughout….

Egyptian gets 3 years jail for Facebook Islam insult
10/22/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court sentenced a man to three years in jail with hard labor on Saturday for insulting Islam in postings on Facebook, the official MENA news agency reported. The Cairo court found that Ayman Yusef Mansur “intentionally insulted the dignity of the Islamic religion and attacked it with insults and ridicule on….

Jordan says Arab region needs new strategies
10/22/2011 – DEAD SEA, Jordan (AFP) — King Abdullah II urged the World Economic Forum meeting in Amman on Saturday to create new strategies for the Arab region, insisting political change is needed for economic reforms.” Your meetings here focus on an area of urgent need, economic growth and jobs,” the king told economic experts and world leaders….

Iran’s Ahmadinejad condemns ‘killings,’ ‘massacre’ in Syria
10/22/2011 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has condemned the “killings and massacre” in key ally Syria, which has carried out a bloody crackdown on seven months of protests, in an interview with CNN.” We condemn killings and massacre in Syria, whether it is security forces being killed or people and the opposition,” Ahmadinejad said, according….

11 killed in Syria as Tehran ups pressure on Damascus
10/22/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s military clampdown on protest hubs, and skirmishes pitting soldiers against armed gunmen, believed to be defectors, killed at least 11 people dead on Saturday, activists said. Meanwhile, Iran, Syria’s key ally, took a tougher stance against the regime of President Bashar Assad, openly condemning its crackdown on dissent….

Tunisians gear up for historic vote
10/22/2011 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisian voters weighed their choices Saturday on the eve of the Arab Spring’s historic first election nine months after the toppling of strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.” I am so happy to be voting tomorrow, to be able for the first time to exercise my choice,” Neda Kouki, 37, told….

Aljazeera

Turkey and Iran to co-operate against PKK
AlJazeera 22 Oct 2011 –

Fierce fighting erupts in Yemen’s capital
AlJazeera 22 Oct 2011 – Deadly clashes as government troops and defected soldiers fight in Sanaa, a day after UN resolution urges Saleh to quit.

Egypt and Israel on verge of prisoner swap
AlJazeera 22 Oct 2011 – Cairo to hand over accused US-Israeli spy Ilan Grapel in exchange for 28 Egyptian prisoners, including three children.

No let-up in Syria unrest
AlJazeera 22 Oct 2011 – Iranian president condemns “killings and massacre” as activists report fresh deaths and arrests in continuing turmoil.

International Solidarity Movement

An open letter from Palestinian students to their peers in Europe
10/22/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 21 October 2011, Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel, Gaza – We Palestinian students of the Gaza Strip wish to send a message to all European student groups in solidarity with the Palestinians to do all they can to increase Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel this academic year. We also reiterate….

In recovery: Hit and run victim’s will is stronger than ever
10/22/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Sajah Bilal Abd el Raouf Jum’a, 19, who was seriously injured in a hit and run attack by an Israeli settler is still in need of treatment for her injuries. After ten days in the hospital she is now back in her home in Kufr Qaddoum. She will….

Palestinian youth welcome former detainees to Gaza in ‘Prisoners Uprising’
10/22/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – Fifty Palestinian youth marched from Gaza’s International Committee of the Red Cross compound to the Commodore Gaza and Al-Quds International Hotels, celebrating the release of 477 political prisoners Tuesday and welcoming those exiled to Gaza, who are currently housed in the hotels. The demonstration ended in the Al-Nour Cultural….

Struggling for water in Gaza
10/22/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Mondoweiss, Leila Al-Najar and Ishraq Othman – The Beach camp “Al-shate” is located to the west of Gaza City. Small houses are crowded together with an unbearable smell springing from the wastewater running through the alleys. As volunteers in Youth for the Right of Water and Sanitation project (YRWS) we occasionally visit homes there randomly for….

Relief Web

Delivering Winter Relief To Isolated Gaza Families
Relief Web 20 Oct 2011 – Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Country: occupied Palestinian territory Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Worry has become a daily companion for Hatem, a father of five. He has been without a job since the closing of the Gaza Strip. What income…

Press Conference by Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories
Relief Web 20 Oct 2011 – Source: UN Department of Public Information Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel The prolonged occupation of Palestinian territories presented extraordinary problems for the protection of the human rights and required stronger protection measures, particularly for the welfare of children, a United…

Under Prolonged Israeli Occupation, Children’s Development ‘Deformed by Pervasive Deprivations’ affecting Health, Education, Security, UN Expert tells Committee
Relief Web 20 Oct 2011 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Georgia , Iraq , Israel , Kenya , Pakistan , World GA/SHC/4016 Sixty-sixth General Assembly Third Committee 25th & 26th Meetings (AM & PM) Also Hears from Experts on Human Rights While Countering Terrorism, Religious Freedom, Foreign…

Golan Heights: Over 500 Druze pilgrims cross at Kuneitra under the auspices of the ICRC
Relief Web 20 Oct 2011 – Source: ICRC Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 20-10-2011 Field Newsletter ICRC delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, e-newsletter, October 2011. Content: Golan Heights: Over 500 Druze pilgrims cross at Kuneitra under the auspices of the ICRC Gaza: Going back…

The Palestinian children’s plight under prolonged occupation: “Let’s put an end to it”
Relief Web 20 Oct 2011 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel NEW YORK (20 October 2011) — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, urged the Government of Israel to…

Egypt to pick rest of detainees in swap deal: Hamas
Relief Web 20 Oct 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Egypt , Israel GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Hamas will not be involved in picking the 550 prisoners to be freed by Israel in the second stage of a landmark exchange deal, the movement’s…

Swiss Ambassador opens computer lab in Baqa’a camp
Relief Web 20 Oct 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory , Switzerland 18 October 2011 Amman The Swiss Ambassador in Jordan Mrs Andrea Reichlin today opened the newly equipped computer lab and internet…

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli soldiers injure 3 Palestinians in Jerusalem
22 Oct 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Three Palestinians were injured on Saturday evening after being attacked by Israeli soldiers at the entrance of Beit Eksa village in the west of Jerusalem.

Ha’aretz

IDF searches for Jerusalem stabbing suspect in West Bank village
Ha’aretz – An initial investigation indicated that the attacker was an Arab man who fled from the scene of the crime and ran through the Ramot forest toward the village of Beit Iksa. Police have determined that the attack had nationalist motives.

Egypt spokesman: Cairo finalizing prisoner swap deal for release of alleged Israeli spy
Ha’aretz – Foreign Ministry spokesman says security agencies in the country will determine the number and names of Egyptian prisoners to be released in return for Israeli Ilan Grapel.

Rightist MKs: Netanyahu’s surrender to Hamas will bring wave of terror
Ha’aretz – MKs blast Israel’s ‘generosity’ in Shalit deal, say stabbing in Jerusalem and suspected arson in northern Israel were direct results of the swap.

George Costanza to ask for some ‘serenity now’ at Knesset meeting
Ha’aretz – American actor Jason Alexander will participate in event to promote a two-state solution, which will include a delegation of over 30 American businessmen and entertainers as part of the ‘One Voice’ campaign.

Israeli official: Cyprus military drills not meant to ‘send message’ to Turkey
Ha’aretz – Israeli source tells Cyprus Mail that its plan to hold military exercises in Cyprus airspace is routine for the Israeli military and there is no political agenda behind it.

With Gadhafi gone, Libya’s new leaders to declare country ‘liberated’
Ha’aretz – In a ceremony on Sunday transitional government officials plan to start the clock for national elections after months of bloodshed; new questions emerge over how Gadhafi was killed.

Jordan king urges Israel and Palestinians to use Arab Spring as inspiration to revive talks
Ha’aretz – King Abdullah cautions ‘shortsighted leaders may think they can shut the door to peace’, adding that a Palestinian-Israeli deal must consider Israel’s ‘security and acceptance’ and allow for the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Libya prime minister says plans to step down in wake of Gadhafi’s death
Ha’aretz – Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril warns Libya’s next government not to allow politics to influence the award of oil contracts.

Protesters in Syria, Yemen take to streets, inspired by Gadhafi death
Ha’aretz – Syrian protesters chant ‘Your turn is coming Bashar’; Yemenis deliver similar message to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, saying ‘Gadhafi is gone, and you’re next, oh butcher’.

Ahmadinejad: U.S. must put an end to Middle East colonialism
Ha’aretz – Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells CNN that U.S. weakening and ‘hated’ in the region, slams NATO involvement in Libya saying it has exacerbated the conflict.

17-year-old Israeli seriously wounded in Jerusalem stabbing
Ha’aretz – An initial investigation indicates that the attacker is an Arab man, and that the stabbing is nationalistically motivated.

Firefighters battle two fires in northern Israel in suspected arson
Ha’aretz – Amir Levi, a fire commander in the Western Galilee, says investigation into the possibility of arson is being conducted due to the abnormal number of north Israel fires on Friday and Saturday.

Jerusalem Post

Mayors from France to attend ‘sister cities’ conference
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – “Israel-France Conference” to take place in Haifa; French Ambassador Bigot says cooperation between cities “at the core” of relations.

Released prisoner praises Hamas for kidnapping Schalit
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Islamic Jihad member brags of details of stabbing spree, says “path of resistance” the only way to free Palestinian prisoners.

Peretz: Schalit was almost freed 2 weeks after capture
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Former defense minister Amir Peretz says a deal negotiated through Egyptian mediators “blew up”; pursued negotiations through Syria.

Jerusalem teenager stabbed in apparent terror attack
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – 17 year-old’s condition improves to moderate as security forces seek suspect; activists accuse Schalit deal of inspiring wave of terrorism.

‘Additional construction freeze would be ethnic cleansing’
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Vice Premier Ya’alon responds to reports that Netanyahu willing to partially freeze settlement construction if Abbas resumes direct talks: “Islamic fundamentalism, not settlements, cause of ME instability.”

Senior MDA official in North dies after bike accident
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – MDA deputy director Meir Vanisch had been critically injured in a bicycle accident after working a night shift in Nesher.

Health Scan: Unpleasant encounters with sea urchins
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Hope for brain injured; Dancing back to health.

Exploding myths about ADHD
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – In her new book, mother and journalist Hanna Stern offers personal insight to families affected by one of the most common behavioral conditions diagnosed in young children.

Danish study: Mobile phones don’t hike cancer risk
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Largest study yet on mobile phone use adds to growing pile of evidence that it has no links to cancer.

Terra Incognita: The acceptance committee conundrum
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – It should not be legal for kibbutzim founded many years ago to be allowed to uphold an institution that is considered illegal in other communities that were founded more recently.

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Protest leaders did their utmost to stick to economic demands.

Secular group marches against Mea Shearim segregation
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Free Israel movement pelted with bottles and diapers as they march through ultra-Orthodox neighborhood; haredim call march “provocation.”

Schalit deal may boost Fatah-Hamas unity
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Exchange deal provides a window for unity that could complicate US policy in a region where there are already complications aplenty.

Let’s stay vigilant!
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Hamas is essentially run via remote control by a host of chieftains who were either expelled from previous bases or who had chosen to stay far from Israel’s grasp.

Libyans line up at Misrata meat locker to gawk at Gaddafi
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Rebels cover wounds on deposed strongman’s body, raising suspicions he was summarily executed an not killed in crossfire.

Clinton warns Central Asian leaders on radical Islam
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Clinton tells leaders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan that limiting religious freedom may promote, not reduce, radicalism.

Black magic widespread in Middle East
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Belief in witchcraft, spells, the occult and protective charms runs deep, despite religious and governmental bans against using magic.

Abbas to pay grants to prisoners released in Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Hamas official says several former prisoners have been summoned for interrogation by PA security forces; Meidan to meet with Shamgar C’tee.

Jordan: Israeli security, 1967 borders key to peace
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – King Abdullah tells World Economic Forum acceptance of Israel, security and Palestinian state within 1967 borders keys to peace.

Israel, Egypt putting ‘finishing touches’ on Grapel deal
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Conflicting reports say between 19 and 81 Egyptian prisoners to be freed in exchange for dual Israeli-US citizen suspected of espionage.

Turkish military says forces kill 49 Kurdish militants
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Offensive in Iraq border region comes after deaths of 24 Turkish soldiers at hands of PKK guerrillas; military says operation ongoing.

Libyan PM Jibril sees elections within eight months
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Mahmoud Jibril: assembly would form constitution, interim government, country needs to end reliance on oil; Jibril expected to step down.

Wildfires break out in Western Galilee; arson suspected
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – 11 firefighting crews summoned after extinguishing 2 blazes hours earlier; 38 fire-related incidents recorded throughout weekend.

‘US becoming weaker and weaker, hated in the region’
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slams foreign intervention in Libya, Syria: “Justice, freedom, respect – this is the right of all nations.”

‘Israel gives Egypt list of prisoners for Grapel exchange’
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2011 – Egypt’s ambassador to Israel gives Cairo list of 81 Egyptian prisoners to be released in deal for Ilan Grapel, according to ‘Al-Youm Al-Sabeh.’

Inter Press Service

EGYPT: Bumpy Ride to a New Human Rights City
IPS The upheaval of the Arab Spring has provided fertile ground to plant the seed of a new framework for human rights that moves beyond monitoring violations. Rights advocates want to integrate human rights into the fabric of daily life and are working at the community level to establish the first…

Uruknet

Struggling for water in Gaza
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – The Beach camp “Al-shate” is located to the west of Gaza City. Small houses are crowded together with an unbearable smell springing from the wastewater running through the alleys. As volunteers in Youth for the Right of Water and Sanitation project (YRWS) we occasionally visit homes there randomly for our case study on water…

Videos: Mutassim Gaddafi talking to his captors before being tortured and murdered My Injuries are like Medals
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – The last amateur video of Gaddafi’s son Mutassim, who was captured together with his father, shows him alive in custody, and even casually smoking a cigarette. The photos and videos released depict Mutassim sitting against a wall, drinking water, smoking and even speaking to his captors. Gaddafi’s fifth son wore heavily blood-stained clothes but…

Gaddafi: “I chose to stay, fight and die with dignity”
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – … In his written message on October 17, Gaddafi confided that he wanted, should he be killed, to be buried according to Muslim ritual in his clothes, in the cemetery of Sirte, near his family and relatives. Gaddafi demanded that his family, including women and children are treated well. The ex-leader calls on his supporters…

Libya: UN and NATO Enjoin Multi-State Terrorism?
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – …Both Saddam and his sons said they would never leave their countries and would die there. They did. Colonel Quaddafi did the same. Saddam faced out “Shock and Awe”, Quaddafi twenty six thousand Nato sorties and over nine thousand six hundred strike missions, in seven months; sixty eight strikes, seemingly, round Sirte, on the…

The “liberation” of Libya
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – Libya’s NATO-backed National Transitional Council (NTC) is set to announce the supposed completion of the country’s “liberation” this weekend following the lynching of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi. What is being celebrated with the speech to be delivered by NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Gaddafi’s former justice minister, is not the liberation of the Libyan…

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan dies
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, died on Saturday, the Royal Court said in a statement. He was in his eighties…King Abdullah is now expected to call to session the Allegiance Council to appoint the crown prince. Second Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Prince Naif is…

New Videos: Savage Lynching of Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Uruknet

Israel stops the wife of a former prisoner from travelling to meet him in exile
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – Israel has stopped the wife of one of the prisoners released in the exchange deal and sent into exile in Qatar from travelling to meet him. The wife of Abdul Hakim Aziz Hanini was prevented by the Israelis from crossing from the occupied West Bank into Jordan so that she could go on from…

Gaza’s Ministry Of Detainees: “There Are 5,300 Detainees Still Imprisoned By Israel”
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees in Gaza reported on Thursday that Israel is still holding captive over five thousand Palestinian detainees, including 22 elected legislators. In a press release, Riyad Al Ashqar, head of the media department at the Ministry of Detainees in Gaza, said that “After the release of 477 detainees under the…

Syria News – October 21, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – 26 documented martyrs so far, 20 martyrs from Homs, 3 martyrs from Hama and it’s Suburbs, 2 martyrs in Damascus Suburbs “Saqba and Arbeen” and 2 martyrs in Idlib “Areha and Saraqeb….Homs: Mr. George Mtanyous Dagher, 56 years of age, was killed be the bullets of the security forces. The Shabiha who are centered…

UN urges Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – The UN Security Council has called on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down immediately after months of anti-government protests. It condemned excessive force against protesters, hundreds of whom have died since unrest began in January. The council said those responsible for violence should be held accountable…The BBC’s UN correspondent Barbara Plett says…

Class War in America
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – Class war raged for decades. Business and America’s super-rich always win. In his 1925 short story titled “Rich Boy,” F. Scott Fitzgerald said: “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early…They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we..” “…

Iraq snapshot – October 21, 2011
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – Chaos and violence continue, Barack holds a press conference, few reporters listen to what he actually says, they then miss another press conference, the Iraq War continues, the Iraqi refugee problem continues, and more….Today in DC, US President Barack Obama held a press conference to announce . . . Well, let’s look at how it’s being reported….

GUANTANAMO – The U.S.’s Very Own Concentration Camp
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – At a time when the U.S. pretends to be a beacon of freedom and liberty to the world, one would expect that Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp – a symbol of blatant repression — would not exist. It logically would be seen as an anathema the U.S. would want to keep hidden. Instead, the U.S….

Released prisoner: “The freedom of a people and the freedom of a land are inseparable”
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – When dawn marches over the hills of Palestine and the sun begins to cast its light over lemon, olive and orange trees, dusty narratives of hard-working peasants escape their time and ride in the air through history to our lungs. A scent from the past caresses our hair; we stretch our limbs, slip our…

“New Libya” : Gaddafi’s body put on display in shopping centre freezer (video)
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s blood-streaked body has been stashed in a commercial freezer at a shopping in Misrata. The body, stripped to the waist and wearing beige trousers, is laid on a bloodied mattress on the floor of a room-sized freezer where restaurants and stores in the centre keep perishables….

“New Libya” : Libya: Gaddafi’s body put on display in shopping centre freezer (video)
Uruknet October 21, 2011 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s blood-streaked body has been stashed in a commercial freezer at a shopping in Misrata. The body, stripped to the waist and wearing beige trousers, is laid on a bloodied mattress on the floor of a room-sized freezer where restaurants and stores in the centre keep perishables….

Daily Star

Air show wows Beirut
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Seven jets took to the sky over Beirut Saturday afternoon for a synchronized air show.

Iranian envoy meets Lebanese army commander
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Lebanese Army chief Jean Kahwagi meets with Iranian Ambassador Ghadanfar Rukn Abadi Saturday at Kahwagi’s office in Yarze, where the two discussed general issues.

Russian envoy: we support Hariri tribunal
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Russia supports the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and considers it a mechanism for international legitimacy, Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon says.

Hariri: late crown prince was model for leadership
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri hails Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who died early Saturday, as a model of successful leadership who has supported Lebanon through its toughest times.

Turkey keeps up military strikes on Kurdish rebels
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Turkey on Saturday kept up a major offensive against Kurdish rebels on its border and in northern Iraq on the third day of operations after deadly attacks which killed 24 Turkish soldiers.

Hezbollah meets with UNIFIL head for first time
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 UNIFIL Commander General Alberto Asarta Cuevas met with Hezbollah MP Ali Fayyad for a working lunch Friday, the first meeting between the party and a high-ranking UNIFIL official, Hezbollah’s press office confirmed Saturday.

Egypt, Israel poised to agree prisoner swap: MENA
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Egypt and Israel are adding the “final touches” to a deal to swap an Israel-American detained in Cairo for about 16 Egyptian prisoners and three children, official MENA news agency says.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad condemns ‘killings,’ ‘massacre’ in ally Syria
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Iranian president condemns the “killings and massacre” in key ally Syria, which has carried out a bloody crackdown on seven months of protests, in an interview with CNN.

Lebanon lost a brother in Saudi crown prince: Sleiman, Mikati
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Lebanon has lost a brother following the death of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, President Michel Sleiman says.

Fierce clashes erupt in Yemeni capital
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Fierce clashes erupt in the Yemeni capital between troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and rival forces a day after the U.N. urged the embattled leader to hand over power.

Syrian incursions due to lack of borders: Charbel
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Syrian army incursions into Lebanon are the result of a lack of demarcated borders between the two countries, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel tells An-Nahar.

‘Catch an ex-regime member’, Egypt group tells voters
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Thinking of running for office in Egypt? Not if you once belonged to ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s party, say activists who have launched a campaign to out ex-regime members involved in corruption.

Gadhafi unburied, Libyans manoeuvre for new era
Daily Star 22 Oct 2011 Moammar Gadhafi’s body lay still unburied as Libya’s new men of power wrangled over its fate and a formal announcement the war was over.

Obama announces full Iraq pullout this year
Daily Star 21 Oct 2011 President Barack Obama said Friday he would pull U.S. troops from Iraq this year, almost nine years after the U.S. invasion, after he failed to convince Iraq that several thousand troops should remain in part as…

Euphoria and apprehension in Libya
Daily Star 21 Oct 2011 Moammar Gadhafi’s battered body was stashed in a commercial freezer at a shopping center Friday as Libya’s new rulers, now facing mounting pressure to explain the circumstances of the former leader’s death circumstances…

YNet News

Haredim assault officers with concrete blocks
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Haredim in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim hurled concrete blocks from their balconies at police officers on Saturday. Several officers were lightly wounded and … ….

‘I thought I was going to die’
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – A 12-year-old Jerusalem girl recalled the terror she experienced as she fled from an assailant who moments earlier stabbed another teen multiple times. The girl told … ….

Libyans line up to see Gaddafi’s body
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Just two days after the brutal execution of Muammar Gaddafi, many Libyans are lining up to behold his body with their own eyes. Gaddafi’s body has been stored in a … ….

Stabbing attack in Jerusalem; youth hurt
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Police and army forces continued to search for a suspect who stabbed a Jewish youth at the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot on Saturday. The police believe that the … ….

Abbas: Renewal of talks with Israel won’t affect UN bid
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he will not withdraw the Palestinian Authority’s bid for UN membership even if the negotiations with Israel are … ….

Libya nixes Gaddafi post-mortem but says will probe death
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Military commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata said Saturday that no post-mortem would be carried out on Muammar Gaddafi’s remains despite concerns over how the ousted … ….

Report: Egypt, Israel closer to Grapel deal
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Israel has agreed to release 81 Egyptian prisoners in exchange for Ilan Grapel, an Israeli-American who has been held in Egypt since June on suspicion of espionage, Ynet … ….

Arson suspected as multiple fires plague Galilee
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Northern District firefighters battle simultaneous blazes in five locations; 62….

Jordan’s king urges restart of Mideast peace talks
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – King Abdullah says Israel, PA must ‘look to Arab Spring for inspiration’ on….

Arab MKs welcome end of Gaddafi era
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Knesset members who were once Libya leader’s guests are not saddened by his….

Report: Israel, Cyprus to hold joint military exercise
YNet News, 22 Oct 2011 – Turkish media says Jerusalem, Nicosia to hold aerial maneuvers next week; blames….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers perform religious rituals at the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – In a provocative step, a group of extremist Jewish settlers on Friday performed religious rituals near Bab al-Qattanin gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque gates.

Israel attempts to assassinate PRC leader
PIC – The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) said that the Israeli occupation tried to assassinate one of its leaders on Friday evening by planting an explosive device under his car.

IOF wound 4 Palestinians participating in a funeral
PIC – IOF troops on Saturday afternoon fired at a funeral in the northern West Bank city of Jenin wounding four Palestinians.

Resheq: a meeting between Mishaal and Abbas in Cairo next month
PIC – Ezzar al-Resheq, member of Hamas?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s political bureau, said that there arrangements being made for a meeting between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo next month, to be attended by Fatah and Hamas leaders.

IOF takes new security measures around the Gaza Strip
PIC – IOF troops are taking new security measures in all military post on the border with the Gaza Strip after the success of prisoner exchange deal, fearing the capture of more soldiers.

Settler stabbed in Jerusalem
PIC – A settler was stabbed with a knife in Ramout neighbourhood in east Jerusalem by a Palestinian who fled the scene, according to Israel occupation police.

WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Attack Anti-Wall Protest in Beit Ummar
WAFA

Abbas Discusses with Egyptian Leaders Latest Developments
WAFA

New Construction in Settlement Outpost near Salfit
WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Shoot at Funeral, Injure 4
WAFA

Turkey Grants PA $10m for Jenin Industrial Zone
WAFA

Abbas for Quartet Efforts, but Settlements Remain an Obstacle
WAFA

530 Life Term Prisoners Remain in Israeli Jails, Report
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

Libyan confessed to killing Gaddafi
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Oct 2011 – by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat A young Libyan fighter claimed in a video posted on the internet overnight that he had captured Libya’s deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi and shot him twice, fatally wounding him. The claim, made by a youth from Benghazi… more

A World United for Human Rights
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Oct 2011 – “… disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear… more

Targeted for assassination by NATO? Will Seif Gaddafi Survive to Have His Day in Court?
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Oct 2011 – Seif Gaddafi by Franklin Lamb During the late evening of 10/20/11 the White House, the Office of the Secretary of State, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Libyan Embassy in Washington, DC received a faxed communication from an American… more

PAUL BALLES: Still Under Wraps
Intifada-Palestine: 21 Oct 2011 – by Paul Balles Here’s a story to contemplate: From a passenger ship, everyone can see a bearded man on a small island. He is shouting and desperately waving his hands. “Who is it?” a passenger asks the captain. “I’ve no idea…. more

Los Angeles Times

NATO sets date to end operation in Libya
LA Times 21 Oct 2011 – The secretary-general declares mission accomplished in light of Moammar Kadafi’s death, and says NATO troops will end their involvement by Oct. 31. Declaring mission accomplished, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that the alliance would begin winding down its aerial campaign over Libya with…

New York Times

Tunisia Election Faces Financing Questions
New York Times 22 Oct 2011 – Approaching its first national election since the ouster of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the former strongman, Tunisia faces a fierce debate over the sources of political spending.

In His Last Days, Qaddafi Wearied of Fugitive’s Life
New York Times 22 Oct 2011 – After 42 years of absolute power in Libya, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi spent his last days hovering between defiance, anger and delusion, surviving on rice and pasta, according to an aide captured with him.

Jubilant Fighters Return to Benghazi, the Cradle of Libya’s Revolt
New York Times 22 Oct 2011 – Veterans of the battle for Surt streamed into Benghazi to a raucous heroes’ welcome, firing round after round into the air and yelling greetings to a packed crowd.

News Analysis: U.S. Scales Back Diplomacy in Iraq Amid Fiscal and Security Concerns
New York Times 22 Oct 2011 – America’s fiscal troubles are dictating a drastic scaling back of plans to expand diplomatic, economic and cultural programs once deemed vital to steadying Iraq.

Yemen Mosque Becomes E.R. for Protesters
New York Times 22 Oct 2011 – When the demonstrations started in Yemen’s capital, Sana, volunteers turned a mosque into a field clinic to treat injuries.

Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz of Saudi Arabia Dies
New York Times 22 Oct 2011 – Prince Sultan was the heir apparent to the Saudi throne and one of the kingdom’s most powerful princes.

Misc

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit freed in Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange
WSWS – Yesterday Hamas released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to the Egyptian government in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinians detained by Israel.

The destruction of Sirte
WSWS – The atrocities now being committed in Sirte arise directly out of the nature and aims of the neo-colonial intervention itself.

Yemen regime massacres dozens as Saleh considers immunity deal
WSWS – There is a stark contrast between the imperialist powers’ attitude to the repressive measures utilised by the government in Yemen and those of the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

US and NATO murder Muammar Gaddafi
WSWS – The savage killing Thursday of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi served to underscore the criminal character of the war that has been prosecuted by the US and NATO over the past eight months.

The Jewish Federation sullies Jewish morality
Jewish Voice for Peace –

In anxious/nostalgic interview of Amos Oz, NPR’s Rob’t Siegel says Shalit was held ‘hostage’
Mondoweiss – Robert Siegel interviewed the Israeli writer Amos Oz on National Public Radio last night, ostensibly about his new collection of short stories, but Siegel wasn’t that interested in the short stories and soon moved Oz on to the Situation. Tell us about Israel, he asked revrently;…

Eilat Terror Attack’s Iran connection
Tikun Olam – I wrote yesterday about Alex Fishman’s expose of a hitherto secret IDF report on the Eilat terror attack. The most tantalizing claim in his piece is that Iran, which he overreaches in associating with “global jihad,” backed the attack. He offers no proof of the claim…

Struggling for water in Gaza
Mondoweiss – The Beach camp “Al-shate” is located to the west of Gaza City. Small houses are crowded together with an unbearable smell springing from the wastewater running through the alleys. As volunteers in Youth for the Right of Water and Sanitation project (YRWS) we occasionally visit homes…

The Real ‘Theater of the Absurd’: Netanyahu, Givat HaMatos and his endgame in Palestine
Mondoweiss – During his deliberately offensive speech on September 23, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the General Assembly as “the theater of the absurd.” Israel’s few friends at the United Nations — led by the US delegation – listened gleefully and applauded as Netanyahu heralded a steady…

Iran Does It Again, Saudi Crown Prince Murdered in NYC Hospital Bed
Tikun Olam – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdul Aziz offed by Iranian agents Don’t you believe a word of what you’re hearing from the U.S. media about the Saudi Crown Prince dying today in a New York hospital. Nor a word about his long term illness which allegedly killed…

Yediot: Secret Israeli-Egypt Efforts to Counter Iran Threat, IDF Report Confirms Eilat Terror Cells Not from Gaza
Tikun Olam – Yediot Achronot’s veteran military correspondent, Alex Fishman, reveals for the first time the substance of the secret IDF report about the Eilat terror attack. He also reveals secret Israeli-Egyptian meetings designed to unblock the Shalit prisoner exchange and counter the alleged Iranian regional threat. I should…

Misc 2

Libya: Transition Council Chairman Jibril Outlines Challenges at World Economic Forum Special Meeting
allAfrica.com 22 Oct 2011 – Mahmoud Jibril, Chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya, outlined the challenges of building national unity in the wake of the liberation of Libya from the Ghaddafi regime. He spoke in the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth…

International Activists Join Demonstrators in Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 22 Oct 2011 – 22th October 2011: Accompanied by a big crowd of international and Israeli activists and residents of Beit Ommar, PSP had a peaceful demonstration towards the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur. The internationals carried slogans for “justice,” “freedom for all”, and “dignity for the Palestinians”. Slogans supporting…

Saving Sergeant Shalit
Middle East Monitor 22 Oct 2011 – As a young soldier returns home to assuage the “righteous indignation” of a nation state, no longer “sensitive [even] to its image of democracy”, one can only agonise on the return of other soldiers and civilians of no blame apart from being under the yoke of…

Exclusive: Nobel Laureate Tawakkul Karman on the Struggle for Women’s Rights, Democracy in Yemen
Middle East Monitor 22 Oct 2011 – Anexclusive interview by Democracy Now! Speaking to Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Yemeni activist, Tawakkul Karman. The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a resolution calling on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to immediately step down after 33 years in power. All five permanent…

The first national SJP conference adopts BDS principles as point of unity
Global BDS 21 Oct 2011 – Israel was being discussed as a settler-colonial project in one classroom, while in another a workshop about the Arab uprisings and Palestine took place. In the hallways of New York’s Columbia University, activists huddled together and talked about recent travels or the Palestinian Authority ‘s role…

An Open Letter from Palestinian Students to Their Peers in Europe
Global BDS 21 Oct 2011 – An Open Letter from Palestinian Students to Their Peers in Europe: “Time Now to Boycott Israeli Apartheid on University Campuses” Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine 21.10.2011 We Palestinian students of the Gaza Strip wish to send a message to all European student groups in solidarity with the…

Libyan PM ‘wanted Gaddafi alive’
BBC 22 Oct 2011 – Libyan acting PM Mahmoud Jibril tells the BBC he wished Col Gaddafi was alive to be tried, as the new leadership is set to declare Libya liberated.

Iran criticises killings in Syria
BBC 22 Oct 2011 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran criticises the killings in Syria’s anti-government crackdown but warns against outside intervention.

Saving Sergeant Shalit, Condemning Palestinians to Torture and Children to Imprisonment
Sabbah report 22 Oct 2011 – Oh Israel… Would you give a scorpion to the little one who asked for an egg?” And would you offer prison, torture and exile to the children that ‘cry freedom?’

Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others
Sabbah report 22 Oct 2011 – Israel can’t be trusted. Its promises lack credibility and honor. Despite releasing 447 prisoners and promising another 550, new arrests are made regularly.

Articles


Struggling for water in Gaza
Leila al-Najar and Ishraq Othman, Mondoweiss10/22/2011
The Beach camp “Al-shate” is located to the west of Gaza City. Small houses are crowded together with an unbearable smell springing from the wastewater running through the alleys. As volunteers in Youth for the Right of Water and Sanitation project (YRWS) we occasionally visit homes there randomly for our case study on water problems. Residents suffer enormously from serious water problems caused by the Israeli occupation which for years has undertaken exploiting and withdrawing all our pure water resources; groundwater, the Jordan River, the Gaza valley and Lake Tiberius. Thus, all aquifers start to run out and the problem of salty water is increasingly appearing in most houses in Gaza.
We visited the home of Haider Saed Abu-Jazya, a 51 year old carpenter and a father of 14 children whose family has a long miserable history with water. “We have been suffering from water shortage and unfair distribution for 10 years. It’s only available for two days a week beginning at midnight only to run out again in the morning. Along with the problem of polluted insufficient supply another problem has emerged, salty water” said Haider who looks older than his age.
The tone of Haider’s voice tells us he is extremely worried about his family’s life. He is likely to pass on the misery he inherited from his refugee parents to his children. “Can you drink a cup of tea melted with three spoons of salt? Absolutely you cannot” he stresses. He describes how salty and polluted water negatively affects his family. For this, he is obliged to buy a 500-liter gallon supply of water which costs 15 NIS 4 US dollars a day. Sometimes he borrows from a neighbor or friend to pay for it, ? other times his friends have no money to offer.
Not only is pure water used for drinking but also for ordinary daily use. Haider has a big family, yet he earns a low income to cover the simplest and most important needs of life like water which must be affordable to all people as a matter of human rights.more.. e-mail

VIDEO – Olive harvest brings settler violence in West Bank
Joseph Dana, +972 Magazine10/21/2011
On the outskirts of the northern West Bank village of Qasra, a 19-year-old resident recently told me that settlers are not going to stop attacking Palestinians, simply because they don’t have too. According to the man, settlers live in a world of no consequence as if removed from the normal social contract of Western societies. One look at this year’s olive harvest, taking place throughout the West Bank over the next two weeks, proves the statement to be correct.
This morning (Friday), a group of armed settlers from the illegal outpost of Ash Kodesh (Sacred/Holy Light) approached a group of Palestinians picking olives, accompanied by Israeli and international activists. The Palestinians were from the nearby village of Jalud and had been picking olives in peace until settlers descended from their outpost. The settlers claim that the Palestinians “provoked” them by throwing stones, a claim denied by the Palestinians and activists. Settlers also noted that the Palestinians did not get permission from the proverbial master of the land — the Israeli army — to have an olive harvest. You can read their fantastic understanding of how the events unfolded on Ynet.
Palestinians claim that the settler attack was driven by pure malice. As you can see in the embedded video, many settlers had covered their faces with masks, with some carrying metal poles in addition to several firearms. Had the settlers only been defending themselves, one wonders why they would cover their faces–a practice popular among setters engaged in wanton violent attacks on Palestinian civilians and their supporters.
The Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement, a leftist activist outfit based in Jerusalem, posted the embedded video on Twitter, claiming that it shows a sound grenade thrown by settlers at Palestinians this morning…. more.. e-mail

The Son of Africa Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels
John Pilger, Antiwar.com10/21/2011
On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo, and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defense,” says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.
Obama’s decision is described in the press as “highly unusual” and “surprising,” even “weird.” It is none of these things. It is the logic of American foreign policy since 1945. Take Vietnam. The priority was to halt the influence of China, an imperial rival, and “protect” Indonesia, which President Nixon called “the region’s richest hoard of natural resources …the greatest prize.” Vietnam merely got in the way; and the slaughter of more than three million Vietnamese and the devastation and poisoning of their land was the price of America achieving its goal. Like all America’s subsequent invasions, a trail of blood from Latin America to Afghanistan and Iraq, the rationale was usually “self defense” or “humanitarian,” words long emptied of their dictionary meaning.
In Africa, says Obama, the “humanitarian mission” is to assist the government of Uganda defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which “has murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa.” This is an accurate description of the LRA, evoking multiple atrocities administered by the United States, such as the bloodbath in the 1960s following the CIA-arranged murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first legally elected prime minister, and the CIA coup that installed Mobutu Sese Seko, regarded as Africa’s most venal tyrant. more.. e-mail

Despite attacks, national conference unites Students for Justice in Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 21 Oct 2011 – Alex Kane The Electronic Intifada New York City Hundreds of student activists from dozens of colleges and universities across the US are expanding the grassroots movements for Palestine solidarity activism despite aggressive smear campaigns by pro-Israel groups.more

Saving Sergeant Shalit
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Oct 2011 – By Clive Hambidge Does Israel really care for its returned son? Or was he used as a political pawn? As a young soldier returns home to assuage the “righteous indignation” of a nation state, no longer “sensitive [even] to its image of democracy”, one can only agonize on the return of other soldiers and civilians of no blame apart from being under the yoke of Israel. They are those who, on being released from Israeli prisons, there incarcerated for resisting a “brutal occupation”, find themselves in another prison, Gaza, while many are sent into exile and an uncertain future. Does Israel really care for its returned son? Or was he used as a political pawn? Was “partial intelligence” soon after his capture enough to effect a rescue operation? Evidence suggests that it was, but more importantly what of Gaza and the conditions inside Israel’s notorious prisons? The world must seek…more

A World United for Human Rights
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Oct 2011 – By William A. Cook ‘ … disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people …’ — (United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights) Today the American people, in concert with their brothers and sisters around the world, proclaim the rights to which they are entitled by birth and citizenship, by Constitutional law and Proclamation, and by membership in the collective body of nations that has universalized recognition of these rights for all humanity. And today, in cities and hamlets across this nation, and in many nations around the world, people gather in peace to demand of their governments’ recognition of these rights that have been abrogated by…more

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