VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 October, 2011: Peace process dead in the water

23 October 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

“Marrying Non-Jews Serves the Nazis”, Rabbi Tells Students
IMEMC – Israeli Ynet News reported that students of the Ohel Shem High School in Ramat Gan, stated that Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, who spoke at their school, told them that “marrying gentiles plays in the hands of the Nazis”. …

Turkey Rejects Israeli Offer To Help In Quake Rescue
IMEMC – The Turkish government rejected Sunday an Israeli offer to help in rescue efforts after Turkey was hit with with a 7.2 magnitude quake followed by a 6.1. 138 were killed and more than 350 injured, as rescue continue, hundreds more feared dead. …

Israeli troops fire toward Palestinian funeral, injuring four
IMEMC – A funeral procession in the Palestinian village of Dhaher al-Malih Saturday received a violent response from Israeli soldiers stationed at a gate in the Annexation Wall. Several soldiers fired toward the mourners, injuring four, including three sons of the deceased. …

Quartet Envoy to Visit Middle East to Revive Stalled Peace Talks
IMEMC – The international Quartet delegates will be arriving in Ramallah and Israel later this week in an attempt to revive the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, the Palestinian News Agency, Maan, reported earlier on Sunday. …

Livni: “Swap-Deal Served Hamas”
IMEMC – Israeli opposition leader, head of the Kadima Party, Tizipi Livni, stated that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made huge concessions to Hamas by approving the prisoner-swap deal, and that he weakened Israel’s position. …

Israeli Stabbed In Jerusalem, Army Invades Nearby Palestinian Town
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported that an Israeli man, in his twenties, was stabbed on Saturday around 4 P.M in Ramot, north of Jerusalem. The stabber was allegedly an Arab-looking man who Israeli sources say fled towards Beit Iksa town, in East Jerusalem. …

Ma’an News

Israeli troops enter Tulkarem, youth hurl stones
10/23/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces entered northern West Bank city Tulkarem on Sunday evening, sparking clashes with local youth. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that four Israeli military vehicles stormed the city, before youth pelted them with stones and Israeli soldiers responded by firing tear gas. No injuries were reported. An Israeli army spokesman….

Hamas leader: Israel threatens to kill freed prisoners to boost public
10/23/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli government threats to assassinate prisoners freed under an exchange deal with Hamas are an attempt to satisfy their public, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar told reporters on Sunday. The senior Hamas figure downplayed Israel’s intention to extend its tactic of targeted killings to the prisoners released in exchange….

Al-Aqsa spokesman responds to MK ‘terrorism’ comments
10/23/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The spokesman for Fatah’s military wing on Sunday responded to comments from Knesset member Aryeh Eldad, who said the prisoner release had encouraged a new wave of terrorism. Abu Uday of the Al-Aqsa Brigades told Ma’an that no faction would ask prisoners to return to the resistance….

Israel activists dismantle Shalit campaign tent
10/23/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Activists on Sunday dismantled a protest tent where the family of newly-freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit campaigned for his release during his years of captivity in Gaza. The tent, set up near the Jerusalem home of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, became home for Shalit’s parents Noam and Aviva, as well as….

Blair: Arab Spring causes problems for peace talks
10/23/2011 – DEAD SEA, Jordan (Reuters) — Arab pro-democracy uprisings spell more regional instability that could complicate peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians but also make it necessary to get the process back on track, envoy Tony Blair said on Sunday. Blair will sit down separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials this week in Jerusalem to try….

Israeli court jails 2 Nablus men for DLFP membership, aggressive acts
10/23/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court sentenced two men from a Nablus village to multi-year jail terms on Sunday after they were convicted of membership of DFLP and “conducting aggressive acts against Israel.” Rashid Othman Dweikat, a student at al-Najah university in Nablus, was sentenced to 33 months and Abed Zeidan Dweikat to….

Egypt envoy: Palestinian reconciliation a top priority
10/23/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman said Sunday that reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah is a top priority for the Egyptian leadership. President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Egypt on Friday to discuss implementation of the deal reached on May 4 and brokered by Egypt, but which has yet to….

Hamas: Israel will not release top figures or criminals in next phase
10/23/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel will not release top security prisoners, nor common criminals, in the second phase of its prisoner swap deal with Hamas, senior official in the Gaza-ruling faction Mahmoud Zahhar said Sunday. Under the second phase of the deal reached last week, 550 Palestinians — who remain unnamed — will be freed from Israeli….

Israeli ministry: Flow of natural gas from Egypt resumes
10/23/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The flow of natural gas from Egypt to Israel has resumed after a cut of several months due to repeated militant attacks, Israel’s National Infrastructure Ministry said on Sunday. It said gas began to flow in reduced quantities on Thursday night to test the system, before a resumption of full levels….

Gaza crossing reopened after prisoner exchange
10/23/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities reopened Gaza’s sole goods crossing on Sunday following a week-long closure as Israel used the Kerem Shalom terminal for a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas. Palestinian Authority crossings official Raed Fattouh said Israeli officials cleared between 260 and 270 trucks to cross into Gaza from Israel….

Kadima’s Livni: Swap deal ‘strengthens’ Hamas
10/23/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said Sunday that the recent prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel had strengthened the Islamist movement. In an interview with Israel Radio, Livni said that the prisoner exchange “legitimizes and strengthens” Hamas, adding that Israel is losing its military deterrence, Haaretz reported the….

Al-Malki: Gabon to vote in favor of UN bid
10/23/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Gabonese Republic is set to endorse the Palestinian bid for statehood in the UN Security Council, a Palestinian Authority official said Sunday. The foreign minister in the West Bank government Riyad al-Malki told Ma’an that Gabon has “historically been supporting the Palestinian cause.” “We have recently held several….

Israel offers Turkey aid after quake
10/23/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel said Sunday it had offered its assistance to Turkey after a 7. 3 magnitude earthquake struck the eastern part of the country, despite ongoing tensions between the formerly close allies. But Turkey had said that for the time being, they would not need it.” I am under the impression the Turks do….

Palestinian delegation in Tunisia to help monitor elections
10/23/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Ridha Belhadj, president of Tunisia’s Hizb ut-Tahrir movement, welcomed a Palestinian delegation on Saturday who will help monitor elections taking place on Sunday. The Palestinian delegation consists of lawmakers Fuad Kukali, Muhammad Lahham, Ahmad Shreim and Dous Darras, in addition to the Palestinian Authority ambassador to Tunisia Salman al-Harfi….

Mother of Tunisia martyr: Honor my son’s sacrifice
10/23/2011 – TUNIS (Reuters) — The mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian man who set himself on fire in an act of protest which inspired the Arab Spring, urged the new leaders the country is electing on Sunday to honor her son’s sacrifice by helping poor people like him.” These elections are a moment of victory….

Death toll from Yemen violence rises to 20
10/23/2011 – SANAA (AFP) — The death toll from fierce clashes and shelling that erupted in the wake of a UN call for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down has risen to 20, officials and medics said on Sunday. The violence Saturday began at dawn with intense shelling of the Hasaba district, home to tribal chief Sheikh….

Large turnout in Tunisia’s ‘Arab Spring election’
10/23/2011 – TUNIS (Reuters) — Tunisian voters stood in long queues on Sunday, seizing the opportunity to take part in the first election of the “Arab Spring” that was expected to hand the biggest share of power to an Islamist party. The election, the first free vote in Tunisia’s history, will set a standard for other….

In photos: Tunisians vote in country’s first free election
10/23/2011 – Reuters – Manoubia Bouazizi gestures after casting her ballot at a polling station in Marsa district, north of Tunis. Tunisian voters stood in long queues on Sunday, seizing the opportunity to take part in the first election of the “Arab Spring” that was expected to hand the biggest share of power to an Islamist party. The….

NTC: Gadhafi’s body to be handed to his extended family
10/23/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libya’s interim government will hand the body of slain despot Moammar Gadhafi to his extended family after consulting with them on the location of his burial, a senior government adviser said on Sunday.” The decision has been taken to hand him over to his extended family, because none of his immediate….

Turkish observatory estimates up to 1,000 dead in quake
10/23/2011 – VAN, Turkey (Reuters) — A powerful earthquake which shook southeast Turkey on Sunday may have killed up to a 1,000 people as it triggered the collapse of dozens of buildings across the region, media reported the Kandilli Observatory as saying. Emergency workers battled to rescue people trapped in buildings in the city of Van and surrounding….

Syria’s Assad names new governors as protests grow
10/23/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s under-fire president Sunday appointed two new governors in flashpoint provinces that have seen staunch protests against his regime, as security forces reportedly killed three more civilians. On the political front the European Union was set to call anew on President Bashar Assad to step down and to condemn the deadly….

NTC declares ‘liberation’ as Libyans contemplate future
10/23/2011 – BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) — Libya’s new rulers declared the country freed from Moammar Gadhafi’s 42 years of one-man rule on Sunday, saying the “Pharaoh of the times” was now in history’s garbage bin and a democratic future beckoned. Tens of thousands who until this year’s revolt had known….

Aljazeera

Heir to Saudi Arabia throne dies, Heir to Saudi Arabia throne dies
AlJazeera 23 Oct 2011 – At least one person killed and six wounded as fighting around Change Square encampment enters second day.

No let-up in Syria unrest, No let-up in Syria unrest
AlJazeera 23 Oct 2011 – Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, 83-year-old defence minister, has died “outside the kingdom following an illness”.

Palestine News Network

In Pictures: Olive Harvest Draws Internationals to West Bank
PNN – by Lo Yuk FaiEvery October, Palestinian families take to their groves to harvest olives from the approximately 10 million olive trees throughout the West Bank. Facing a dry year and an unprecedented…

International Solidarity Movement

As settlers disrupt olive harvest, Israeli officer declares: ‘I am the law, I am God.’
10/23/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 22 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Intimidation of Palestinians in the Israeli-controlled H2 section of Hebron continued today as the Israeli military and settlers harassed Palestinians and international observers as they attempted to pick olives on their land in Tel Rumeida. Around 40 students from different Palestinian universities marched onto the land at….

Ashraf Abu Rahmah, brother of two Bil’in casualties, arrested during protest
10/23/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 22 October 2011, Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Ashraf Abu Rahma, brother of Bassem andJawaher Abu Rahma who were killed by the Israeli army in Bil’in is falsely accused of stone-throwing and was sent to Ofer Prison. Ashraf himself was shot in the leg by the army while cuffed and blindfolded in a scandalous…. Related: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Ashraf Abu Rahmah was arrested for being himself
10/23/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – To some soldiers of the Israeli army, staying alone, being quiet, and carrying a flag is a crime. To them, people who act in that way should be arrested. At least we can come to that conclusion when we think about the arrest of Ashraf Abu Rahmah, from Bil’….

Israeli tanks patrol olive farmers in Gaza
10/23/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – Olive farmers and volunteers were picking olives on 23 October 2011 when they were circled by two Apache helicopters and were faced by four tanks at certain points in the day. This video shows one of the tanks. Updated on October 23, 2011….

Main Witness to Testify Tomorrow in Trial of West Bank Protest Organizer, Bassem Tamimi
10/23/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Islam Dar Ayyoub, the 14 year-old who incriminated Tamimi after being unlawfully interrogated, will take the stand tomorrow at the Ofer Military Court. Tamimi has been incarcerated for seven months, in which only one witness testified. The Military Prosecution will resume making its case against West Bank protest organizer from Nabi…. Related: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

The National

Saudi crown prince mourned
The National 22 Oct 2011 – Sheikh Khalifa sends condolences, orders UAE flags at half mast after Saudi’s Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud dies in New York.

Ha’aretz

Aftershocks rattle southeastern Turkey after deadly quake
Ha’aretz – Turkey turns down offer of assistance from Israel, but says decline is not politically motivated; Turkish PM says 138 people killed in earthquake, about 350 injured and hundreds more feared killed.

Peres to Turkey President: Israel ready to help in quake aftermath ‘wherever needed’
Ha’aretz – Israeli President offers condolences to Turkish President Abdullah Gul following an earthquake in southeastern Turkey that may have claimed 500 to 1,000 lives.

Tunisians turn out in force in first Arab Spring election
Ha’aretz – Elections highlight tensions between Islamists and secularists; official results due Monday expected to give Islamist party largest share of votes.

Blair: Arab Spring may endanger Mideast peace process
Ha’aretz – Quartet envoy, who is scheduled to meet Israeli and Palestinian officials later this week, says more regional instability could complicate peace efforts.

Libya declares nation liberated after Gadhafi death
Ha’aretz – After 42 years of Muammar Gadhafi’s ended with his capture and death last week, interim leader declares ‘we have liberated our beloved country’ at Benghazi ceremony.

U.S. Senator McCain: After Libya, strike on Syria may now be considered
Ha’aretz – On a visit to Jordan, Republican Senator stops short of referring to strike by U.S. or NATO, but says ‘there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered’ against Assad regime.

Netanyahu: Israel ready to tackle other challenges now that Shalit released
Ha’aretz – Premier thanks ministers for approving deal that secured IDF soldier’s release from Hamas captivity, say they helped bring Shalit back to Israel ‘alive and well.’

A Special Place in Hell / The new U.S. Zionist: Israel-bashing, made kosher
Ha’aretz – The deal to release Gilad Shalit has changed the way American Zionists relate to the Israeli government – and the freedom with which they criticize its policies.

IN PICTURES: Exclusive Haaretz photos of Gilad Shalit’s first weekend of freedom
Ha’aretz – Haaretz photographer Yaron Kaminsky was camping in the north when he saw Noam Shalit escorting his son on his first beach visit since being taken captive five years ago.

EU leaders threaten Iran and Syria with further sanctions
Ha’aretz – European Union calls on Iran to engage in ‘constructive and substantial’ talks over nuclear issue, warns Syria over continued ‘repression of the civilian population.’

Clinton warns Iran not to exploit U.S. Iraq pullout
Ha’aretz – U.S. Secretary of State Clinton says U.S. to maintain strong security relationship with Iraq after troops pullout; Iran President Ahmadinejad says sees no change in Iran’s relations with Iraq.

Up to 1,000 estimated dead after powerful earthquake shakes Turkey
Ha’aretz – Dozens of buildings collapsed in various cities in the southeast region after quake measured at magnitude of 7.3 Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory puts death toll between 500-1,000.

Israel offers aid to Turkey in wake of massive earthquake
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Barak instructs top official to contact Ankara, despite the deep diplomatic crisis that has engulfed the two nations in recent years.

Fatah and Hamas said moving toward finalizing Palestinian reconciliation deal
Ha’aretz – Palestinian President Abbas’ Fatah movement, which rules the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules Gaza, have been attempting to implement a unit deal ever since signing it earlier this year.

New Security Council members likely to vote against Palestinian UN membership, diplomats say
Ha’aretz – Election of temporary members, including Guatemala and Morocco, could sway vote in U.S. favor; Quartet envoys expected in Mideast on Wednesday for separate rounds of peace talks with Israelis and Palestinians.

IDF officer arrested over NIS 2.5 million drug-trafficking scandal
Ha’aretz – Undercover investigation ties high-ranking IDF major, along with eight others, to drug trafficking ring along Egypt border.

Israeli court sentences hit-and-run driver to 12 years in prison
Ha’aretz – Tal Mor was convicted of killing Shneor Cheshin, son of former Supreme Court justice Mishael Cheshin, with his car while inebriated.

Israel tops OECD in subcontracted workers
Ha’aretz – Histadrut declares labor dispute, puts issue of workers employed through subcontractors on public agenda.

Government to extend Delek, Noble gas licenses – and monopoly
Ha’aretz – Their drilling licenses were due to have expired within the next six months, but Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau approved the extension on the eve of the Sukkot holiday.

A record 3.3 million Israelis watched Shalit’s return on TV
Ha’aretz – 50% of all televisions were tuned into a channel reporting on Shalit on Tuesday morning; by prime time, 70% were watching.

Livni: Shalit swap deal legitimizes and strengthens Hamas
Ha’aretz – In interview with Israel Radio, opposition leader says Israel must coordinate second stage of prisoner exchange with Palestinian President Abbas.

Jerusalem Post

NY mayor presents J’lem with expanded MDA station
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Station cost some $10 million, some of which donated by Bloomberg himself and rest by MDA friends organizations in North America, Europe.

Armed man arrested at Cave of Patriarchs
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Police focus weekend’s J’lem stabbing probe on village of Beit Iksa; security officials deny attacks signify new wave of terror.

Cabinet approves creation of green-growth plan
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Government task force given six months to give course of action for transitioning to a green economy.

Haifa court imposes highest ever fine for oil spill
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Mediterranean Shipping Company is fined NIS 1m. after one of its ships spilled oil into the Port of Haifa; indictments are dropped.

Technion, Cornell to open NYC Tech Campus
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – In a completely 50-50 partnership, the presidents of the two schools intend to open a full-scale campus in 2012.

Man charged with murdering Peruvian embassy employee
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Vargas is accused of beating to death 45-year-old Castillo, who was assistant to the military attache at Peruvian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Pro-Israel activists slam praise of ‘anti-Semitic’ book
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – ‘The Wondering Who’ by London-based Israeli Gilad Atzmon hailed by US academics Mearsheimer and Falk.

Israeli kidney donation saves Bethlehem teen at Hadassah
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – The transplantation coordination center, Civil Administration and Hadassah’s organ transplant center worked around the clock to facilitate the donation and sending the teen to Jerusalem.

Libya, where to?
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Libya must proceed cautiously, putting in place the sorts of institutions that are a prerequisite for even the most rudimentary forms of democracy.

In Egypt, with liberals
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Mubarak’s Egypt was far from a Jeffersonian democracy, but neither was it the worst offender of democratic rights in the region.

Fundamentally Freund: Do we really value life?
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Many of those celebrating Schalit’s freedom would not have hesitated to endanger his life on the highway if he happened to be driving in their lane.

Perceptions and misperceptions in the Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Hamas wants to portray the prisoner release as a victory that Abbas couldn’t have achieved. The truth is not so simple.

The Region: Distorting the truth in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Every day in the Middle East, terrible things happen. The lies and distortions of truth help ensure things don’t get better.

New media and revolutions
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Millions of individuals in dozens of countries are taking to the streets with what boils down to one simple message: Do more for the people.

French hit-and-run suspects explore Israel legal options
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – The two suspects, who fled country after their vehicle struck and killed Lee Zeitouni, request attorney begin discussions with prosecutors.

Tunisian politics: Staking a claim for the country’s Jews
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Jewish parliamentary candidate Jacob Lellouche promises to represent all minorities in the Arab Spring’s first-born democracy.

IDF prepares to assist Turkey after earthquake
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Prime Minister Netanyahu: “This is what neighbors do”; Ankra rejects all internationals calls for aid following powerful earthquake.

‘Hamas understands not worth its while to kidnap again’
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Defense Minister Ehud Barak: Schalit deal strengthened solidarity; says Israel must change its approach to kidnapping situations, “this slippery slope has to stop.”

Educational deficiencies hinder Arab economies
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – World Economic Forum report sees lack of skills, training hurting competitiveness.

Likud slams Livni for opposing Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – “Livni doesn’t know what responsibility is,” says Likud spokeswoman; prisoner exchange to be debate in special Knesset session.

EU leaders threaten Iran and Syria with more sanctions
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – EU says Iran nuclear talks must be “constructive and substantial”; Russia and China have blocked a broader response to Syria repression.

Police arrest third suspect in Galilee mosque arson
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Suspect also believed to be involved in torching of West Bank mosque; attorney says client denies all charges against him.

Huge turnout in Tunisia’s Arab Spring election
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Election marks the first of the Arab Spring; Islamists expected to win but will need a coalition; secularists heckle Islamist leader.

Strong earthquake hits Turkey, up to 1,000 feared killed
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Quake was magnitude 7.2, Turkish observatory says; Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit affected region.

Israeli-Arab suspected of smuggling weapons into Egypt
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Egyptian security forces say suspect was in possession of with weapons, ammunition; Foreign Ministry is investigating the report.

Egypt renews its supply of natural gas to Israel
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Supply was halted amid six separate attacks by terrorists and saboteurs in the Sinai Peninsula; resumption expected to affect electricity rates.

Libya declares nation liberated after Gaddafi death
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – North African state on course for transition towards democracy; outgoing prime minister says Libya to form interim government within a month.

‘Birkat Hakohanim’ extravaganza
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – The chief rabbis of Israel, several ministers and the mayor of Jerusalem, joined throngs of people at the Western Wall last week in to hear ‘birkat hacohanim.’

‘Seinfeld’ star to address peace talks at Knesset parley
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Jason Alexander part of delegation of over 30 entrepreneurs and entertainers from the US visiting Israel to promote peace.

Police: IDF major ran drug trafficking ring worth millions
Jerusalem Post 23 Oct 2011 – Major responsible for stopping drug smuggling in South suspected of distributing confiscated heroin, hashish, ecstasy across country.

The Guardian

Gilad Shalit’s release has given Hamas a boost, says Tzipi Livni
The Guardian 23 Oct 2011 – Israeli opposition leader says prisoner swap deals, like that for abducted sergeant Shalit, ‘legitimises’ the Islamists The price Israel paid for the release of the captured soldier Gilad Shalit was too high and ended up strengthening…

Inter Press Service

TUNISIA: Women Seek to Set Their Stamp
IPS Nine months after a popular election toppled the dictatorship of former Tunisian president Zine Abadine Ben Ali, voters headed to the polls Sunday to cast their ballots for fresh leaders to rewrite the laws of the country’s political system.

Uruknet

Oral Statement introducing Report on Israeli Violations of Human Rights in Occupied Palestine
Uruknet October 23, 2011 – I am placing an edited and slightly modified version of my oral statement to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on 21 October 2011. The main modification is to add a paragraph on the prisoner exchange. I found it disturbing that the single Israel soldier released received virtually all the attention in…

The Dynamics of the Uprising in Syria
Uruknet October 23, 2011 – ….The uprising has taken the “three no’s” of no to violence, no to sectarianism, and no to foreign intervention as its moral and political foundation. From its inception until today, six months after it began, it has demonstrated total commitment to this foundation. All the dynamic forces active in the uprising were working according…

U.S. AND NATO ARE JUBILANT OVER THE SPOILS OF WAR IN LIBYA
Uruknet October 23, 2011 – … The national traitors that have collaborated with the US and the other Western powers in taking over Libya have been in disarray and will continue to be so to the full advantage of their imperialist masters. So far, they have been put together under the monarchist flag of convenience by their hatred of the…

Bodies and devastation in Sirte
Uruknet October 23, 2011 – The destruction is more vivid around the city centre where bullet casings cover streets and sidewalks. Not one building is intact. Windows are shattered. Shops are shuttered and the city’s 120,000 residents are nowhere to be seen. The district known as Number Two neighbourhood, where Gaddafi loyalists made their final stand carries the signs…

Fate, Parallels and the Deity of Hell
Uruknet October 23, 2011 – I have just spent over 2 hours watching in details almost every video available on the lynching of the Libyan leader and martyr Muammar Gaddafi… I was looking for that one detail, that one image that would make sense of it all… And I found it. The images were somehow not unfamiliar to me,…

Turkish observatory estimates up to 1,000 dead in quake
Uruknet October 23, 2011 — A powerful earthquake which shook southeast Turkey on Sunday may have killed up to a 1,000 people as it triggered the collapse of dozens of buildings across the region, media reported the Kandilli Observatory as saying. Emergency workers battled to rescue people trapped in buildings in the city of Van and surrounding districts on…

Despite massive NATO bombing, Libyans defended sovereignty Mainstream media report false stories
Uruknet October 23, 2011 – After more than 9,000 bombing raids on Libya, NATO forces have overthrown the country’s sovereign government and brutally executed leader Muammar Gaddafi. Along the way, they have reduced much of the country, which had been booming with industry and agriculture, to rubble. Over these last seven months, however, despite the NATO attacks and terror…

Gaza child artist responds to the censoring of his artwork
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – Following last month’s decision by the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) in Oakland, California, to shut down an art exhibition of drawings by Palestinian children in Gaza, one of the child artists included in the exhibit has illustrated his response to being censored. The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) has posted this new drawing…

Israel censors Palestinian textbooks in East Jerusalem
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – While the mainstream media has been dominated by big stories, others are not getting enough attention. For example, Israel’s Jerusalem Education Administration (JEA) recently decided to enforce the use of new, censored textbooks in all private schools in East Jerusalem. The JEA is a joint body of the Jerusalem municipality and the Israeli Ministry…

The End of History
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – Now that the CIA’s proxy army has murdered Gadhafi, what next for Libya? If Washington’s plans succeed, Libya will become another American puppet state. Most of the cities, towns, and infrastructure have been destroyed by air strikes by the air forces of the US and Washington’s NATO puppets. US and European firms will now…

Syria News – October 22, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – Number of martyrs today in Syria uptill now reached 18, 11 of them in Homs, 3 in Damascus suburbs; 2 in Madaya 1 in Kfar Batna; and 2 in each of Idlib Sermin, Ma’ar Horma, Daraa Ibta’a and Jassem….Homs: Martyrdom of Assistant Abdul Naser Al-Hasan under torture on the background of his arrest for…

Obama Puts Lipstick on Iraq War Pig
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – Putting gobs of lipstick on the Iraq War pig, President Obama announced today that all US forces, except for a tiny number to protect the not-so-tiny US embassy in Iraq, were coming home…Some relevant points: 1. To call it a success, after hundreds of thousands of people died, a trillion dollars in US cash…

THE GREAT PRETENDERS
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – This is a republishing of an article I wrote over four years ago depicting the insincerity of much of the US anti-war movement and one of its gurus, Phyllis Bennis. The “peace movement” in the U.S. has no lack of leaders. Unfortunately, these self-appointed chiefs seem to be more interested in self-promotion and image…

Celebrating Palestinian Culture in the Shadows of Occupation
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – When talking, reading and writing about Palestine, there is almost always one subject overshadowing everything else: the occupation. Living in the West Bank every day is a reminder of the restrictions put on the Palestinians by the Israeli government. Once in a while, however, it is possible to forget, if only for a moment,…

Video: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi ‘We continue our resistance to full revenge. I am in Libya, alive and free’
Uruknet October 23, 2011 – The son and heir apparent of the late Colonel Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, is still in Libya. In his first statement after the death of his father Muammar Qaddafi, Saif al-Islam vowed to continue fighting NTC and NATO forces in a one-minute audio message aired Saturday by the Syria-based Al-Rai TV . “We continue our resistance….

Withdrawal Symptoms: Curtain Rises on Second Act of an Endless War Crime
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – …Thus it is almost a certainty that by the end of 2012, there will be, at the barest minimum, at least 8,000 to 10,000 heavily armed personnel under the direct control of the United States government stationed at strategic points throughout Iraq; the actual figure will doubtless be higher, perhaps much higher. But this…

Military Resistance 9J14: Over
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – … Turning to Libya, Mr. Obama expressed pride in the successful NATO effort to topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi: “It is my hope that Libya will soon have a functioning democracy, and that someday the United States will, too.” Former Vice-President Dick Cheney also congratulated the Libyan people, releasing the following official statement: “With Gaddafi gone,…

In Israel, it is very clear where you can and cannot live as a Palestinian
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – With the legalizing of admissions committees and strict restrictions on building in Palestinian communities, Palestinians will soon have nowhere else to live in Israel. After a six-year legal campaign, a Palestinian-Israeli couple has been granted the right to build a home in the communal settlement of Rakefet in the Misgav Regional Council, located in…

Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – In mid-October, Netanyahu’s cabinet agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian political prisoners in two waves (including 27 women and nearly 300 children) in return for Hamas releasing Gilad Shalit after over five years in captivity. Wave one is completed, freeing 477 Palestinians. In two months, phase two will release another 550. According to terms, 203…

Libyan Leader Gaddafi murdered by imperialist lynch mob NATO, Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron: bloody murderers!
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – The imperialist broadcast of the murder of Gaddafi is too late to demoralize or stop the ongoing rise of the African revolution. The white press and their puppet presses around the world are celebrating the murder and fall of Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi. It is no surprise that imperialist culture finds joy in the…

Shocking brutality
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – Nothing defines the post-Gaddafi National Transitional Council (NTC) regime better than the shockingly brutal manner in which Colonel Moammar Gaddafi was literally beaten to death after his capture on Thursday in Sirte…Given that this treatment of a captured leader was not the first manifestation of the brutality of the NTC fighters (note the violence…

Just two prisoner stories and the olive harvest
Uruknet October 22, 2011 – Western media try to make Palestinian political prisoners mere numbers while personalizing one Israeli soldier. So let me just give you the names and brief story of two of those released Palestinian political prisoners. -Chris Bandak, a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem was just 21 when he was abducted by the Israeli occupation forces. He…

Videos: Mutassim Gaddafi talking to his captors before being tortured and murdered”My wounds are all medals on my chest”
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…

Daily Star

Up to 1,000 feared dead in Turkey earthquake
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 As many as 1,000 people were feared killed Sunday when a powerful earthquake struck southeast Turkey, destroying dozens of buildings and trapping some victims alive under the debris.

Gadhafi rots in public view as NTC declares Libya liberated
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Libya’s new rulers declared the country freed from Moammar Gadhafi’s 42 years of one-man rule Sunday…

Tunisians turn out in droves for first election since revolution
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Ten months after vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in an act of protest that gave birth to the Arab Spring uprisings…

Rai places some blame for divided country on international community
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 According to Hezbollah and its allies, any attempt to strengthen the role of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon — whether by the country continuing to pay its share of funding or by renewing the cooperation protocol…

Philippines asks workers to heed Lebanon ban
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Ministry asked over the weekend that its citizens respect the deployment ban to Lebanon as many still manage to work illegally in the Middle Eastern country, the Inquirer Global Nation reported.

Ain al-Hilweh witnesses series of attacks
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh witnessed separate security incidents over the weekend, including an attack against a local organization and the torching of a vehicle.

Roads closed near Beirut over Lassa dispute
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Several roads in Beirut’s southern suburbs were closed Sunday after members of the Miqdad family burned tires in protest over a land dispute in the Jbeil town of Lassa, a security source told the Daily Star.

Sidon set to start building sea wall
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The foundation stone for Sidon’s maritime barrier will be laid Thursday, paving the way for a project to close down the city’s notorious dump and end some 40 years of environmental degradation.

Earthquake response plan vital: U.N. disaster risk expert
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The Lebanese government must urgently adopt a response plan for emergencies such as earthquakes, the U.N. disaster risk expert has warned.

LU president sees pros and cons of strike
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The new president of the Lebanese University is seeking to assure students that the university will compensate them for the disruption in classes…

Ex-president of STL Cassese dies of cancer in Italy
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The former president of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Antonio Cassese died of cancer Friday night in Florence, Italy, the court said in a statementover the weekend.

Kahwagi holds talks with Iran’s ambassador
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Lebanese Army chief Jean Kahwagi met with Iranian Ambassador Ghadanfar Rukn Abadi Saturday at Kahwagi’s office in Yarze, where the two discussed general issues.

Russian envoy voices support for tribunal
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Russia supports the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and considers it a mechanism for international legitimacy, Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon said Saturday.

Charbel says poor demarcation cause of Syrian incursions, warns against renewed assassinations
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Syrian army incursions into Lebanon are the result of the lack of clearly demarcated borders between the two countries, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told reporters in Paris over weekend.

Officials in Libya to follow Sadr case
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 A Foreign Affairs Ministry delegation headed over the weekend to Libya to follow up on the case of the disappearance of the influential Lebanese Imam Musa Sadr.

Lebanese leaders laud late Crown Prince Sultan as brother and friend
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Top Lebanese leaders have praised Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, who died Saturday, as a brother and friend who supported Lebanon in times of crisis

Christians discuss optimal role of sect in Arab uprisings
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 As countries in the Arab world move toward democracy, Christians shouldn’t remain bystanders or seek alliances with fading authoritarian regimes…

Hezbollah telecoms network, security promotions to challenge Cabinet
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The installation of Hezbollah’s alleged private telecommunications network in the Metn town of Tarshish and a long-simmering dispute over promotions of security officers…

McCain hints at intervention in Syria
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 U.S. Senator John McCain raised the prospect Sunday of possible armed intervention to protect civilians in Syria, where a crackdown on pro-democracy protests has killed more than 3,000 people.

Harsh sentences raise Egyptians’ authoritarian-rule concerns
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The arrest of a young graffiti artist who could now face years in jail has prompted renewed accusations that Egypt’s ruling generals are hardening their wave of authoritarian rule.

Qatari PM tells Arab leaders to listen to the people
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Arab leaders must be open to reform and listen to their peoples so that issues can be resolved without conflict or protest, Qatar’s prime minister said in a televised interview Sunday.

Islamists: Jordan palace should not interfere in government
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Opposition Islamists Sunday told Jordan’s prime minister-designate that intelligence services and the palace should not interfere in government affairs.

Egypt, Israel put final touches on prisoner swap
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Egypt and Israel are adding the final touches to a deal to swap an Israel-American detained in Cairo for a group of Egyptian prisoners and children, the official MENA news agency said Saturday.

Bodies, devastation in Gadhafi’s hometown
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Omar Beifala is sweeping up the ruins of what used to be his home and his shop in Sirte, the hometown of Moammar Gadhafi where the former dictator holed up until his capture and death last…

Spoils of war evoke fears about Libya’s future after conflict
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Gazing out over an ad hoc collection of tanks, mortars and Molotov cocktails seized in fighting against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Mokhtar Ahmed was ecstatic.

Yemen clashes erupt anew after U.N. resolution
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Dawn gunfire in the Yemeni capital Sanaa killed one person and wounded six others, medics said, as demonstrators demanding the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh accused government snipers of targeting their protest camp.

Iran influence high as U.S. moves to withdraw Iraq troops
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 With the U.S. moving to withdraw its remaining 39,000 troops from Iraq, the influence of its nemesis Iran in the corridors of power in Baghdad and beyond remains strong and could still rise, analysts say.

MPs threaten to impeach ministers of Iran president
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Iran’s parliament threatened Sunday to impeach two of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ministers, in a new wave of pressure against the president who is already under attack from lawmakers.

Saudi king prepares to name new crown prince
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Saudi Arabia mourned Sunday the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, as King Abdullah prepared to nominate his new heir…

Tarshish mayor: Calm restored after Hezbollah telecoms incident
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The mayor of Tarshish said Sunday tensions in his town had declined after residents last week prevented Hezbollah members from extending a private telecoms network using state infrastructure in the town.

Newspapers multiply as Libya enjoys press freedom
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Some 200 independent publications have sprung up in Libya since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, and newsagents say clients leave their shops with armfuls of papers to ensure they do not miss any news.

Libya declares “liberation” amid fears of unrest
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Libya declared itself liberated on Sunday after 42 years of rule by Muammar Gadhafi ended with his capture and death last week, setting the North African state on course for a transition towards democracy.

Saudi King prepares key appointments after heir dies
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Saudi Arabia mourned on Sunday the death of Crown Prince Sultan, as King Abdullah prepared to nominate his new heir and choose a new occupant of the key defence minister’s job.

UAE court verdict on rights activists next month
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 An Emirati court said Sunday that it will next month issue its verdict in the trial of five activists accused of insulting top officials as the defendants continue to boycott the hearings.

Six Indian oil workers killed in Iran shipwreck
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Six Indian divers trapped inside an Iranian boat ferrying oil workers that sank in the Gulf on Thursday were found dead, having run out of oxygen before they could be rescued.

U.N. mourns loss of STL Judge Cassese
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 The United Nations is mourning the loss of Judge Antonio Cassese, the first president of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

One dead as Yemen clashes continue
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 Dawn gunfire in the Yemeni capital Sanaa killed one person and wounded six others, medics said, as demonstrators demanding the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh accused government snipers of targeting their protest camp.

Lebanese delegation heads to Libya to follow up on Sadr case
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 A Foreign Affairs Ministry delegation headed over the weekend to Libya to follow up on the case the disappearance of the influential Lebanese Imam Musa Sadr.

“Lady of the Mountain” gathering kicks off in Adma
Daily Star 23 Oct 2011 A gathering of Lebanese Christians, known as the Lady of the Mountain,” met in Adma Sunday with the aim of mapping out the role that Middle East Christians should play in the Arab Spring.

YNet News

Israeli volunteers prepare to aid Turkey
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Despite Turkey rejecting Israel’s offer to send humanitarian aid after a deadly earthquake hit the country earlier Sunday, dozens of Israeli volunteers still await … ….

IDF officer dismissed over Palestinian fatality
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – The IDF decided Sunday to dismiss the commander of the force which shot and killed a Palestinian man near the village of Kusra last month. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit … ….

Rice: I thought peace was within reach
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – The year was 2008. Israel was in the midst of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority and US officials were convinced that an agreement would soon be reached. … ….

Turkey: We declined all offers of assistance
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Turkey has not yet made any call for international assistance after Sunday’s powerful earthquake in which many people were feared killed, a Foreign Ministry official … ….

Libyan rebel: I killed Gaddafi
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – A Libyan rebel confessed on camera Sunday to killing Muammar Gaddafi. The provisional government in Libya is claiming Gaddafi was killed in a shootout in the city of … ….

Israel offers aid to Turkey following quake
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Israel is preparing to send aid to Turkey in the wake of a powerful earthquake that hit the east of the country. The Foreign Ministry said that the scope of the … ….

Netanyahu celebrates 62nd birthday
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated his 62nd birthday on Sunday with a surprise party. Israel’s leader had plenty to celebrate in the wake of the return of IDF … ….

Tunisian elections: Islamic party leads race
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Tunisians vote in nation’s first truly free elections following popular uprising….

Egypt nabs Israeli for arms smuggling
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Reports suggest Kfar Qara resident caught in possession of Kalashnikov, two….

Powerful earthquake hits Turkey
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes in southeast of country near Iranian border; 85….

ADL: Stop anti-Semitic calls during Occupy Wall Street rallies
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Anti-Defamation League urges organizers of protest movement to condemn signs,….

Student village emerges in desert
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Group of young activists finds way to bypass planning red tape by establishing….

IDF major suspected of heading drug ring
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Cleared for publication — Operations Directorate officer from Southern Command….

‘Gaddafi died of shot to head’
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Forensic doctor says autopsy shows former Libyan leader died of gunshot wound;….

Court hands down 12-year sentence to killer of judge’s son
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – Tal Mor, who killed cyclist Shneor Cheshin in hit-and-run last June to begin….

‘Shalit deal led to stabbing attack’
YNet News, 23 Oct 2011 – On heels of terror attack in Ramot neighborhood, security establishment to….

Palestinian Information Center

Jaabari: More Israeli soldiers to be captured to free all prisoners
PIC – Ahmed Al-Jaabari, the deputy general commander of the Qassam Brigades the armed wing of Hamas, has affirmed that his armed wing would continue to plan capturing Israeli soldiers.

Jerusalem village under siege for second day
PIC – Israeli occupation forces continued on Sunday to cordon off the village of Beit Egza for the second day running in search of a Palestinian youth who allegedly stabbed a Jewish settler.

Palestinian gov?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t offers condolences over death of Sultan
PIC – The Palestinian government headed by premier Ismail Haneyya has extended its sincere condolences to Saudi king Abdullah Al Saud over the death of his brother Sultan Al Saud, the crown prince.

Muslim youth society calls for refusing summonses from PA security services
PIC – The association of Muslim youth urged the ex-detainees recently released from Israeli jails to refrain from answering the summonses issued against them by the security apparatuses.

Prisoner swap deal to take place soon between Egypt and Israel
PIC – The Egyptian news agency Asharq Al-Awsat said a prisoner swap talks underway between Cairo and Tel Aviv could lead to the release of Egyptian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli spy.

Qar’awi criticise PA security for summoning recently freed captives
PIC – 21/10/2011 – 09:40 PM

Gaddafi’s ignominious end
PIC – 21/10/2011 – 10:13 PM

WAFA

Israeli Court Extends Palestinian Student’s Detention
WAFA

Israeli Forces Raid City of Tulkarem
WAFA

OCHA Weekly Report: Setters’ Attacks Remains High in West Bank in Mid-October
WAFA

Newspapers Review: Details of Gaddafi Killing Dominate Dailies
WAFA

Israeli Police Search for Stabbing Suspect in Beit Iksa
WAFA

Wholesale Price Index Increases in Third Quarter
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

The Lynching of Muammar Gaddafi
Intifada-Palestine: 23 Oct 2011 – The death of Muammar al-Gaddafi was hailed with an explosion of joy in all the government palaces of Western countries, but not by the Libyan people. For Thierry Meyssan, this militarily useless murder was perpetrated by the Empire not only as… more

Los Angeles Times

Tunisia vote could shape religion in public life
LA Times 23 Oct 2011 – In the country where the ‘Arab Spring’ began, Islamists are set to win big. Many worry about the future of civil liberties ‚Äî and the likelihood of Islamist victories in other countries. This nation that inspired revolution across the Arab world is facing another bellwether…

Iraq eager to see U.S. troops leave
LA Times 22 Oct 2011 – Though some Iraqis fear that the withdrawal could lead to greater instability, others seem to think a quick U.S. departure is most preferable. More than 1 million Americans have served in Iraq, and almost 4,500 lost their lives there. Now the Iraqis have given the…

Saudi prince’s death casts spotlight on aging leadership
LA Times 22 Oct 2011 – The country is a key U.S. ally amid ongoing upheaval in the Middle East. But King Abdullah is 87 and the likely next crown prince is in his late 70s. The death of the heir to the Saudi throne has cast a spotlight on the…

New York Times

Tunisians Hold First Vote Since Revolution
New York Times 23 Oct 2011 – Millions of Tunisians stood in lines to vote for an assembly to draft a new constitution, expressing confidence that their small country could now lead the way to democracy.

Abdel-Jalil Promises Role for Islam in a New Libya
New York Times 23 Oct 2011 – The leader of Libya’s transitional government declared to thousands of revelers that Libya’s revolution had ended, setting the country on the path to elections.

Palestinian Bid to Join Unesco Could Imperil U.S. Funds
New York Times 23 Oct 2011 – American legislation dating back more than 15 years mandates a cutoff of financing to any United Nations agency that accepts the Palestinians as a full member.

Misc

Will U.S. Destroy UNESCO to Stop Palestinian State?
Tikun Olam – Palestine, UNESCO , and the U.S. are on a collision course . It will be instructive to see which one blinks first. U.S. law calls for cutting funding for any UN body that supports a Palestinian state. UNESCO is poised to do so this week. If it does,…

As settlers disrupt olive harvest, Israeli officer declares: ‘I am the law, I am God.’
Mondoweiss – Intimidation of Palestinians in the Israeli-controlled H2 section of Hebron continued today as the Israeli military and settlers harassed Palestinians and international observers as they attempted to pick olives on their land in Tel Rumeida. Around 40 students from different Palestinian universities marched onto the land…

Americans who support Palestinian cause must be willing to lose friends
Mondoweiss – Readers know that I was really impressed by meeting American volunteer Morgan Bach in Palestine. When you watch this video I made in the little village of Al Aqaba, you’ll understand why. Bach, 24, who blogs here , is a volunteer in Palestine for the Rebuilding Alliance ….

What’s good for Gaza was not good enough for Shalit
Mondoweiss – link to english.aljazeera.net link to english.aljazeera.net ‘Shalit was poorly nourished in captivity’ A relative of the formerly captive soldier told Ynet on Friday that while Shalit wasn’t starved, he was not provided with a nutrient-rich diet.”There wasn’t a shortage of food, they didn’t starve Gilad,…

Caroline Glick Gets Down and Dirty With Gates of Vienna and Other Racist Anti-Jihadi Friends
Tikun Olam – When Anders Breivik was getting down in the dumps about the Muslim takeover of Eurabia, he could always turn for succor to the pages of Gates of Vienna, where he would find the sort of reassuring anti-Muslim race hatred that soothed his fevered brow. It was…

The Face of the Jewish Klan
Tikun Olam – The face of the Jewish Klan When I saw this picture I reacted with visceral, primitive fear, and then with hate, much the same way I imagine my ancestors must have when they faced odious, powerful, hateful enemies throughout Jewish history, whether they be Romans, Spanish…

Dagan: Iran Won’t Have Nuclear Weapon Until 2014-15, Hasn’t Even Yet Decided to Make One
Tikun Olam – Haaretz reporters Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff write about the political manuveuring within Israel over a potential attack on Iran. They reveal that Meir Dagan, the former Mossad chief, proclaims that Iran will not have a nuclear weapon till 2014-15 at the earliest, and that in…

Maariv on Palestine Statehood Vote: “We Lost Gabon”
Tikun Olam – UN General Assembly deliberates on partition plan and recognition of State of Israel, November 29, 1947 With a headline that reminded me of the old Republican 1950s smear–” Who lost China “– Maariv’s headline today (h/t Didi Remez ) says: Fear in Jerusalem: We Lost Gabon Apparently,…

Misc 2

Gaddafi’s son: ‘We continue our resistance to full revenge. I am in Libya, alive and free’
Voltaire Network 23 Oct 2011 – The son and heir apparent of the late Colonel Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, is still in Libya. He is free and will go on with resistance, he reportedly claimed in an address to supporters aired by Syria’s Arrai TV Channel, loyal to the Libyan ex-leader. “We continue…

Ch?°vez: Gaddafi’s assassination will not be the end of Libyan resistance
Voltaire Network 23 Oct 2011 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned the killing of Libyan head of state Muammar Gaddafi as an “assassination” and “a disregard for human life”. Ch?°vez stated that Gaddafi would be remembered as “a fighter and a martyr” and opined that the conflict in Libya isn’t finished, because…

New leaders declare Libya freed
BBC 23 Oct 2011 – Libya’s transitional leaders declare national liberation before a huge, jubilant crowd in Benghazi, where the revolt against Gaddafi began.

Libya country profile
BBC 23 Oct 2011 – Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer which was ruled by Colonel Gaddafi for 42 years.

Palestinian Prisoners Are Not Unpeople; They Are Children of God
Sabbah report 23 Oct 2011 – The one-sided media coverage of the prisoner exchange was treating Israeli Jews as people, while dismissing Palestinians as “unpeople”.

Articles


The alternative plan for Al-Bustan (‘King’s Garden’ site)
Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine — APJP, Israeli Occupation Archive10/21/2011
A letter to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat….
Dear Mayor Barkat:
RE: The Alternative Plan for Al-Bustan (“King’s Garden Site”)
We wrote to you last year (April 2010) to call a halt to the requisition and demolition of Palestinian homes in Silwan and the establishment of the City of David. Since then, you have handed over the national park into the hands of Elad, an illegal and dangerous move, condemned by archaeologists and NGOs like Ir Amim, Emek Shaveh and BIMKOM. Meanwhile Silwan residents have been subjected to almost daily terror meted out by the brutal security police funded by the State, with killings, injuries and arrests, including many children. It has turned Silwan into a war zone.
We hear that the Kings Garden project designed by Arieh Rahamimov has been approved by the Jerusalem Municipality Planning Committee, against proper planning procedures, and with the total opposition of the residents of Al-Bustan, many of whose homes are still under threat of demolition. One of your proposals to move homes in the western quarter of Al-Bustan into additional stories built over ‘partner families’ in the eastern quarter is impractical and will enforce construction against the will of community involved. Any family living in eastern Al-Bustan who refuses to share their home in accordance with this irregular agenda is threatened with home demolition as well. All this is, in any case, illegal under international law. In the latest of the twists and turns and obfuscations that have been employed by your municipality, you are back to total expropriation and demolition of the houses, which will make thousands homeless. more.. e-mail

Peace process dead in the water
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly10/20/2011
Announcing new plans to build thousands of settler units, Israel continues to undermine efforts to see direct peace talks resume with the Palestinian Authority.
Seemingly hell-bent on thwarting renewed efforts by the International Quartet to encourage the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Israeli government has announced fresh plans to build a large settlement south of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.
The new colony, slated to include thousands of settler units, is designed to create an irreversible demographic barrier between occupied Arab East Jerusalem and the Bethlehem region, which includes the Palestinian towns of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahur as well as dozens of smaller towns and villages.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced the appointment of a panel that would look for ways to “legalise” colonies and outposts illegally built on private Palestinian lands. According to international law, all Jewish settlements established on land occupied since 1967 are illegal.
The new settlement northwest of Bethlehem will see the construction of 2610 settler units. According to Israeli sources, the new “neighbourhood” will tightly cordon East Jerusalem by cutting it off, demographically speaking, from the rest of West Bank. In other words, the new settlement will further scuttle Palestinian hopes of making East Jerusalem the capital of a prospective — and increasingly improbable — Palestinian state. more.. e-mail

You can’t blame Gaddafi for thinking he was one of the good guys
Robert Fisk, The Independent10/21/2011
The West may be celebrating his death, but that’s just an accident of timing
Gaddafi remembered the Italian colonial rule in Libya, the repulsive Italian rule during which every Libyan had to walk in the gutter when confronted by an Italian, when Libya’s heroes were hanged in public, when Libyan freedom was regarded as “terrorism”. The oil men and the lads and lassies from the IMF are going to be treated no better with the same servitude.
We loved him. We hated him. Then we loved him again. Blair slobbered over him. Then we hated him again. Then La Clinton slobbered over her BlackBerry and we really hated him even more again. Let us all pray that he wasn’t murdered. “Died of wounds suffered during capture.” What did that mean?
He was a crazy combination of Don Corleone and Donald Duck — Tom Friedman’s only moment of truth about Saddam Hussein — and we who had to watch his ridiculous march-pasts and his speeches bit our lips and wrote about Libyan tanks and marines and missiles that were supposed to take this nonsense seriously. His frogmen flipped and flapped through Green Square in the heat and we had to take this rubbish at face value and pretend that it was a real threat to Israel; just as Blair tried to persuade us (not unsuccessfully) that Gaddafi’s pathetic attempts to create “weapons of mass destruction” had been skewered. This, in a country that couldn’t repair a public lavatory.
So he is gone, the colonel who was once beloved of the Foreign Office (after the coup against King Idris), then guarded as a “safe pair of hands”, then loathed because he sent weapons to the IRA, then loved, etc, etc. Can you blame the man for thinking he was a good guy. more.. e-mail

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