Israel has 101 different types of permits governing Palestinian movement By Chaim Levinson

23 December 2011 — Haaretz

Over the decades permit regimen grows into vast, triple-digit bureaucracy.
Israel’s Civil Administration issues 101 different types of permits to govern the movement of Palestinians, whether within the West Bank, between the West Bank and Israel or beyond the borders of the state, according to an agency document of which Haaretz obtained a copy.

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BREAKING NEWS: European Union Protests Israeli Policies in the Occupied West Bank

23 December 2011 — ICAHD
 
 ”The significance of this development is not only the creation of a greater Jerusalem that controls the center of the West Bank” says ICAHD Director Dr. Jeff Halper “but the emergence of Israeli Occupation territorial contiguity, that effectively eliminates the two state solution.”

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Will rendition of this man land MPs in jail for war crimes?

21 December 2011 — Morning Star by Paddy McGuffin, Home Affairs Reporter

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Will rendition of this man land MPs in jail for war crimes?

British ministers could be found guilty of war crimes if the US refuses to hand back a Pakistani citizen held without charge in Afghanistan for seven years.

The government confirmed today that it has complied with a Court of Appeal ruling and written to the US to demand the return of Yunus Rahmatullah to British custody.

Mr Rahmatullah was captured by British forces in Iraq in 2004 and handed to the US, who renditioned him to Bagram airbase in Afghanistan where he has remained ever since.

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Dump Veolia West London campaign a SUCCESS!

23 December 2011

VEOLIA LONDON ACTION GROUP

The West London Waste Authority announced yesterday (21st December) that four bidders have been short-listed for the long term West London Residual Waste Services contract covering the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, and Richmond upon Thames – VEOLIA was NOT on the list.

For the full press release go to http://www.westlondonwaste.gov.uk/four-tenders-short-listed-for-west-london-waste-contract

Congratulations to the ‘Dump Veolia West London’ campaigners who have been working incredibly hard for the past year for Veolia to be deselected from this tender, and to Daniel Machover for his brilliant legal advice and assistance in this campaign.

Well done to everybody.

‘If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed’ By Phoebe Greenwood

22 December 2011 — The Guardian

bethlehem.jpgBethlehem – If Joseph and Mary were making their way to Bethlehem today, the Christmas story would be a little different, says Father Ibrahim Shomali, a parish priest in the town. The couple would struggle to get into the city, let alone find a hotel room.

‘If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed,’ says the priest of Bethlehem’s Beit Jala parish. ‘He would either have to be born at a checkpoint or at the separation wall. Mary and Joseph would have needed Israeli permission – or to have been tourists.

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Syria Newslinks 22-23 December 2011

23 December 2011 — williambowles.info

Maybe updated as the day wears on…

23 December 2011
Hamas denies Syrian report about Mashaal
occupation magazine – articles Today at 23:59
Ma`an News Agency – ‘The website of Syria’s General Organization of Radio and TV on Tuesday quoted Mashaal expressing disappointment at al-Qaradawi urging the Syrian people to revolt against the Syrian regime. Arab countries’ leaders have sold our cause, and the most renowned sheikhs have abandoned our people while president Bashar Assad was there to protect and support Hamas.’ ca

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Syrian opposition death toll claim: Thousands dead, zero verifiable sources — RT

22 December 2011 — Syrian opposition death toll claim: Thousands dead, zero verifiable sources — RT

The Syrian opposition says 5,000 have been killed during a nine-month crackdown, with more than 250 civilians killed in two last days alone, calling for UN protection from ‘acts of genocide.’ But researchers say the information is tough to verify.

­RT spoke with Julie Levesque from the Center for Research on Globalization, who says the most significant problem with the figures from Syria is that, simply, ‘we do not know where they come from.’

‘I’ve discovered that it mostly comes from one group, which is a local coordination committee in Syria. We do not know who these people are,’ she said.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 23 December 2011

23 December 2011 — williambowles.info

WikiLeaks founder helped Army private get data, prosecutors say
Los Angeles Times
During closing arguments in the pretrial hearing of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, prosecutors flashed excerpts of chat logs to the courtroom that they alleged showed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coaching Manning on how to decode computer passwords to …
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-manning-hearing-20111223,0,3196435.story

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 23 December 2011

23 December 2011 — williambowles.info

Bradley Manning hearing ends with no clear sign of harm done to US
Kansas City Star
By NANCY A. YOUSSEF FORT MEADE, Md.After seven days of testimony and the submission of more than 300000 pages of documents, a key question remains unanswered in the case against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning: How exactly did his leak of hundreds of …
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/22/3333863/bradley-manning-hearing-ends-with.html

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New York Times Finds Noam Chomsky Fit to Print

22 December 2011 — Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

Left-wing activist and author Noam Chomsky is in the New York Times today:

The American linguist Noam Chomsky, a prominent source of intellectual inspiration for President Hugo Chávez, made a new appeal on Wednesday for the release of María Lourdes Afiuni, a judge arrested two years ago by the secret intelligence police.

If you find it a little surprising that Chomsky’s views on international affairs would be reported in the Paper of Record, and if you’d be inclined to believe the Times finds his views newsworthy only because Chomsky is criticizing Chavez (which they’ve done before)… well, you might  not be the only one. Here’s what Chomsky said about it to the Guardian:

Despite his appeal for Afiuni’s release, Chomsky has been critical of the media’s coverage of the case. On Wednesday he suggested the case had received so much media attention only ‘because Venezuela is an official enemy’ [of the United States]. ‘I am involved in these appeals all the time but I get no calls unless it is an enemy of the US,’ Chomsky said. ‘This is more a comment on the media than on the case.’

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 22 December 2011: EI exclusive: UK charity with Mossad links secretly denounced anti-Zionist Jews to government

22 December 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Enter The Al Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – A group of Israeli settlers entered on Thursday that Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, under the protection of dozens of Israeli soldiers. The settlers were marking the “Hanukkah” Jewish feast; no clashes were reported. …

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