VTJP News & Articles 25 September 2012: UN Chief: “Door Closing To Two-State Solution”

25 September 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel To Build New Settler-Road Near Qalqilia
IMEMC – The so-called Israeli Civil Administration Office, run under the Israeli Military in the occupied West Bank, is planning to pave a new road to be used by Jewish settlers, in the northern West Bank district of Qalqilia. …

UN Chief: “Door Closing To Two-State Solution”
IMEMC – United Nations Secretary-General, Bank ki-moon, stated that the two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians is having less chances of survival, and warned that Israel’s ongoing actions of construction and expansion of Jewish-only settlements in the occupied territories are hindering the prospects of peace in the region. …

Quakers Divest from Veolia and Hewlett Packard!
IMEMC – The US Campaign is thrilled to announce that the Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC) has become the first U.S. national fund to divest from Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Veolia Environment following concerns expressed by Palestinian rights advocates about the companies’ involvement in the Israeli occupation. At last count, FFC held investments of more than $250,000 in HP and more than $140,000 in Veolia. …

Meretz Head Submits Plan To Replace Oslo Accords
IMEMC – Zahava Gal-On, head of the Israeli Meretz Party, submitted a draft for a new “peace plan” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and called on Israel to support the Palestinian statehood application at the United Nations. …

Army Kidnaps Palestinian Woman Visiting Detained Sons
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian woman from occupied East Jerusalem while she was trying to visit her sons detained at the Eshil Israeli Prison In Beershiva (Be’er As-Sabe’). … 

Ma’an News

PA official: Settlers dig up 200 dunams of Nablus land
9/25/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of settlers dug up 200 dunams of agricultural land in the Nablus village of Yanun on Tuesday, a PA official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that dozens of settlers used bulldozers to destroy the land. [END]

Lawyer: Israel must identify remains of Palestinian bodies
9/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian lawyer submitted a petition to Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday in a bid to pressure the legal body to open a testing center to identify the remains of Palestinian bodies held in Israeli cemeteries. Haitham al-Khatib, a lawyer with Al-Quds Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights….

Family blames sewage, trash for deaths of 8 children in Gaza camp
9/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A family in Gaza that lost eight children over two years says the lack of sanitation around their home in al-Bureij refugee camp is responsible for their deaths. The Salim family lives meters from a landfill in the central Gaza camp, and their home is surrounded by open sewage and….

Nablus olive harvest to start Oct. 9 in restricted areas
9/25/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The olive harvest will start on Oct. 9 in restricted areas of Nablus, a PA official said Tuesday. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that the Nablus governorate had informed farmers about the decision. The set date will enable farmers and local….

Official: Israel to release prisoner after 22 years
9/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will release a prisoner who has served a 22-year sentence in Israeli jails, an official in the ministry of detainee affairs said Tuesday. Suheel al-Jadeli, 39, was detained aged 17 and sentenced to 22 years by an Israeli military court. He was accused of involvement in the….

Israel army: Syrian mortar shells land in Golan Heights
9/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Mortar shells fired by the Syrian army landed in the northern Golan Heights on Tuesday, Israel’s army said.” Several mortar shells landed in the Golan Heights causing no damage or injuries. The shells were aimed at villages inside Syria and are part of the ongoing internal conflict,” an Israeli….

Meretz promotes peace plan to replace Oslo
9/25/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli political party Meretz is promoting a peace plan to replace the Oslo Accords, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Tuesday.” Without determining who is to blame for what, the Oslo process must be replaced by a new paradigm,” Meretz chairwoman Zahava Gal-on was quoted as saying. The leftist party….

Ambassador: Jordan welcomes Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria
9/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian ambassador to Jordan on Tuesday denied reports that Amman was concerned Palestinian refugees who fled Syria would settle in Jordan. High-ranking Jordanian officials told the London-based al-Hayat newspaper in early September that Jordan was concerned about an influx of Palestinian refugees in the country, and feared they would not….

‘Savage’ jihad ad debuts in New York City subway
9/25/2012 – NEW YORK (Reuters) — An inflammatory ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad. The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared after the Metropolitan Transit Authority….

UN: Door for Israeli-Palestinian peace may be closing
9/25/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday the “door may be closing, for good” on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the continued growth of Jewish settlements undercuts peace.” The two-state solution is the only sustainable option. Yet the door may be closing, for good,” Ban told the UN General….

Qatar pledges millions in aid for Gaza rebuilding
9/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Qatar is planning to provide half a billion dollars in assistance to the Gaza Strip over the coming three years to rebuild infrastructure destroyed in Israeli attacks. In a visit to the enclave Tuesday, Qatari ambassador Muhammad al-Imadi said the Gulf country’s emir created a special committee to….

Palestinians set for Pyrrhic victory in United Nations
9/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. After failing last year to win recognition of full statehood at the United Nations, President Mahmoud Abbas returns to New York on Thursday to ask the General Assembly for a less ambitious status upgrade. This time around, he looks certain to get….

PA: World must act to lift economic barriers
9/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday called on the international community to compel Israel to ease obstacles restricting the Palestinian economy. At a weekly cabinet meeting headed by Salam Fayyad in Ramallah, ministers said Israeli obstacles undermined the Palestinian people and its PA‘s achievements, particularly its efforts to build institutions….

European delegation to visit West Bank, East Jerusalem
9/25/2012 – BRUSSELS (Ma’an) – A delegation representing the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament is scheduled to visit the West Bank and East Jerusalem at the beginning of October. A joint statement by the EFL and the council for Palestinian European Relations said the delegation would consist of 15 European dignitaries. The EFL….

Abu Marzouk: Abbas should end security coordination
9/25/2012 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The deputy head of Hamas on Tuesday urged President Mahmoud Abbas to put an end to security coordination with Israel. Cairo-based party leader Moussa Abu Marzouk said that “If I were in Abu Mazen’s place, I would put an end to security coordination with Israel, which enabled settlers to….

Egypt sentences Islamists to jail over Suez murder
9/25/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Three Egyptians accused of killing a man while he was walking with his fiancée were sentenced to 15 years in jail on Tuesday for forming an Islamist vigilante group to enforce their hardline ideas, the state news agency MENA reported. In a separate case, Egypt’s public prosecutor referred three Muslims….

France: New EU Iran sanctions to target finance, trade
9/25/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday the next round of European Union sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program would focus on the financial industry and trade. French President Francois Hollande earlier in the day told the UN General Assembly that the EU was ready to impose a new set of….

Obama UN address passes quickly over Palestinians
9/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama passed quickly over the Arab-Israeli conflict Tuesday at the United Nations, focusing instead on Syria and Mideast protests.”The road is hard, but the destination is clear – a secure Jewish state of Israel and an independent, prosperous Palestine. . . America will walk alongside all who are prepared to….

Parents protest overcrowded classrooms in Bethlehem school
9/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of parents withdrew their children from a girls’ school near Bethlehem on Tuesday in protest at overcrowded classrooms. The school, in Battir, is run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. Parents say there are 48 children in each class, and students must wear name badges as teachers….

Police seize 7-seater vehicle found carrying 50 children
9/25/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police on Tuesday impounded a vehicle in Yatta found carrying 50 children, despite having a legal limit of seven passengers. Police stopped the vehicle to check its license and were astonished to find 50 children in the vehicle, a statement said. The vehicle was en route to a kindergarten….

5 shop owners to face prosecution in Nablus
9/25/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Five shop owners in Nablus were transferred to prosecutors on Tuesday for violating customer protection laws, the Palestinian Authority ministry of national economy said. During inspections in the northern West Bank city, customer protection units found the five traders had failed to label the prices of produce, the ministry’s….

Gaza women call to implement unity deal
9/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-Fatah split only benefits the occupation, and there is an urgent need to establish a democratic political system which respects freedom and diversity, a member of the general union of Palestinian women in Gaza said Tuesday. Speaking at a sit-in protest near the Palestinian Legislative Council office in Gaza….

ICHR: Outrage must not hinder fair trial for suspect in boy’s murder
9/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The head of the Independent Commission for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that public outrage over the murder of a 10-year-old boy could hinder a fair trial.” We shouldn’t mix clan traditions and sentiments with law,” Ahmad Harb told Ma’an. Khaled Badee Barham was found dead….

Rebels: Bombs explode at security site in Damascus
9/25/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Bombs planted by rebels exploded at a school building occupied by security forces and pro-government militias in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Tuesday, activists and rebels said. Residents said smoke was billowing from the area in southeastern Damascus and an activist said ambulances were rushing to the scene.” At exactly 9:35….

Hundreds of Syrian refugees riot in Jordanian camp
9/25/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Hundreds of Syrian refugees demanding help to return home from a camp in northern Jordan rioted and clashed with security forces on Monday night, Jordanian and United Nations officials said. Six members of the security forces were wounded by stones thrown by protesters, a spokesman for the Jordanian forces said on Tuesday….

Syrian children speak of beatings, burnings, electric shocks
9/25/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Khalid, 15, said he was hung by his arms from the ceiling of his own school building in Syria and beaten senseless. Wael said he saw a 6-year-old starved and beaten to death, “tortured more than anyone else in the room”. The first-person accounts come from interviews with refugees who have fled….

Palestine News Network

Meretz proposes new plan to replace Oslo Accords
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Detains Palestinians in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Arrests 5 Palestinians, Released Prisoners Included
Palestine News Network

Palestinians Demand Oslo Cancelled
Palestine News Network

Gaza’s Impoverishment Leading to Desperation
Palestine News Network

On Occasion of Yom Kippur, Dozens of Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

Challenging Blockade of Gaza: Message from a Canadian on Board the Estelle
Palestine News Network

Dilma Rousseff at the UN: “A free and sovereign Palestine will contribute to peace and stability in the region.”
Palestine News Network

Minnesota Court of Appeals to Hear Israel Bonds Divestment Appeal
Palestine News Network

British Consulate General Supports Private Sector in East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Ashton Urges Donors to Help PA
Palestine News Network

PCHR Submits Memorandum to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
Palestine News Network

PCHR Submits Written and Oral Statement to the 21st Session of the Human Rights Council
Palestine News Network

Culture Week: Cinema is Resistance and Life
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic (the): Syria ‘calamity’ a threat to world peace: Ban
Relief Web 25 Sep 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Afghanistan , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Mali , occupied Palestinian territory , South Sudan (Republic of) , Sudan (the) 09/25/2012 13:36 GMT UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24, 2012 (AFP) – UN leader Ban Ki-moon said…

The National

Ahmadinejad’s last bite at the Big Apple
The National 25 Sep 2012 – Iranian president’s swansong speech on the international stage comes during a period of acute tension, with Israel threatening military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Unwed Syrian refugees to be isolated in camps after riots
The National 25 Sep 2012 – Single men are to be separated to avoid more trouble in Jordan refugee camp after anti-riot police called in to quell protest.

Qatar’s emir calls for Arab-led intervention in Syria
The National 25 Sep 2012 – Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani told the United Nations general assembly that ‘it is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of national, humanitarian, political and military duties and to do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed’.

Concern over new SARS-like virus is allayed
The National 25 Sep 2012 – UAE health authorities are monitoring the appearance of a virus that appears to have originated in Saudi Arabia, but have no special instructions for Haj pilgrims.

Weapons drop hangs over Sudan talks
The National 25 Sep 2012 – Peace summit hits third day as Southern army claims north has airdropped weapons to a militia seeking to undermine the South’s government.

Men negligent in tragic boat trip
The National 25 Sep 2012 – Seven found guilty after Emirati drowned while going for swim.

Obama condemns the denigration of Islam in UN address
The National 25 Sep 2012US president defended Americans’ belief in freedom of speech while condemning the denigration of Islam, while holding out the threat of military action against Iran.

What training do security guards have?
The National 25 Sep 2012 – All security guards in Dubai must undergo a weeklong course involving 36 hours of theoretical and practical training.

Police reject call for guards to be armed
The National 25 Sep 2012 – As security is criticised after a Dh1m armed robbery at a money exchange, guards admit they have no training and often feel helpless.

New PO box service for driving licences
The National 25 Sep 2012 – From next month, the agency will also send clients notice of vehicle registration renewal by post, and later this year they will notify customers of driver’s licence renewals.


Obama: U.S. will do ‘what we must’ to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran
Ha’aretz – 25 Sep 2012

Israel comes to a halt for Yom Kippur
Ha’aretz – 25 Sep 2012

Abbas adopts ‘Dershowitz Formula’ for resuming talks with Israel
Ha’aretz – 25 Sep 2012

Syrian mortar shells land in northern Golan Heights
Ha’aretz – 25 Sep 2012

Israeli university psychometric tests now include writing a composition
Ha’aretz – 24 Sep 2012

Jerusalem Post

Security forces on high alert as Israel marks Yom Kippur
Jerusalem Post 25 Sep 2012 – Full closure on West Bank in place until after Day of Atonement ends; large police forces deployed in Jerusalem; train and bus services ceased. 

PLO ambassador calls on UN to recognize Palestine
Jerusalem Post 24 Sep 2012 – Ibrahim Khraishi addresses UNHRC for Palestine to become “fully fledged member state,” accuses Israel of violations. 

The Guardian

Barack Obama to warn Iran in UN general assembly speech
The Guardian 25 Sep 2012 – President says US will ‘do what we must’ to thwart an Iranian bomb and calls on UN to help protect diplomatic missions Barack Obama will warn Iran that the US will “do what we must” to…

Inter Press Service

For Palestinian Workers, the Enemy Is the Hope
IPS Hassan Hader’s application for a permit to work in Israel has been rejected four times. Now waiting to hear back from the Israeli authorities on his latest attempt, the 52-year-old father of five said he has no choice but to keep applying. “I wasn’t even given a reason why my…

Child Abuse on the Rise in Bahrain
IPS A thirty-four-year-old Bahraini teacher, whose son was abused five years ago, has hitherto refused to tell anyone the story, afraid that she will be blamed for failing to protect her child who is now eight years old. “He was sitting with the maid outside the house. She left him alone…


Untold atrocities The stories of Syria’s children (Full Report )

New Stanford/NYU study documents the civilian terror from Obama’s drones

Why Palestine is a key issue for UK trade unions

Video: Living Under Drones

West Bank: Families face forced eviction in “Fire Zone 918”

Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood deny meeting Iranian officials

The US is still Executing Teens and Locking Kids Up for Life

This Week at Guantánamo: More on Adnan Latif, Omar Khadr’s Birthday, A French Appeal, and the Release of Cleared Prisoners’ Names

House votes to extend FISA for five years, inviting more unconstitutional surveillance

“I picture a dead Arab”: In disturbing video, Israeli children’s words echo indoctrination

Daily Star

UN chief demands global action to end war in Syria
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded international action to stop the war in Syria, telling a somber gathering of world leaders Tuesday that the 18-month conflict had become “a regional calamity with global ramifications.”

Israel: Syrian mortars accidentally land in Golan
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 Syrian soldiers fought rebels Tuesday in a firefight that killed nine people and sent several mortars sailing across the border into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

France says Iranian interference in Syria ‘unacceptable’
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 French President Francois Hollande declared on Tuesday that Iran’s material support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime amounted to unacceptable interference in Syria’s bloody civil war.

Clinton, UN mediator seek a path to peace in Syria
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the U.N.’s new Syria mediator have discussed ways to unite Syria’s opposition and advance a political transition.

Obama greets Yemeni president at UN
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 President Barack Obama greeted President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of Yemen on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Tuesday to thank him for helping to secure the US embassy in Sanaa.

France demands UN protection for Syria ‘liberated zones’
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 France’s President Francois Hollande on Tuesday called for UN protection for “liberated zones” under opposition control in Syria.

Iran says it blocks Gmail based on court decision
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 Iran’s telecommunication minister says the government has blocked Google’s Gmail service following a court order to bar access to the popular email service.

Obama proclaims fight against ‘slavery’
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a new offensive against what he called the “modern slavery” of human trafficking.

Qatar emir calls for Syria military intervention in Syria
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 The emir of Qatar on Tuesday called for an Arab intervention force to be sent to Syria to halt the escalating conflict.

Door for Israeli-Palestinian peace may be closing: U.N.
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the “door may be closing, for good” on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the continued growth of Jewish settlements undercuts peace.

Obama: Time ‘not unlimited’ to resolve Iran nuke
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 President Barack Obama is telling the U.N. General Assembly that he wants to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy but that the time to do that is not unlimited.

Obama vows to hunt killers of US ambassador to Libya
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 Obama vowed to hunt those behind the “attack on America” in Libya that killed the US ambassador and said a “disgusting” film that insulted Muslims was no excuse for violence.

Obama calls for Syria sanctions and end to Assad rule
Daily Star 25 Sep 2012 U.S. President Barack Obama demands “sanctions and consequences” for atrocities in Syria and says President Bashar Assad’s rule must come to an end.

YNet News

Ynetnews will resume its updates after Yom Kippur
YNet News, 25 Sep 2012 – ….

Ban rejects threats by states of potential military action 
YNet News, 25 Sep 2012 – ….

Ban warns against stalemate in Israel-PA peace talks 
YNet News, 25 Sep 2012 – ….

Iran denies state oil company linked to Guards
YNet News, 25 Sep 2012 – ….

China says first aircraft carrier entering service
YNet News, 25 Sep 2012 – ….

One day of doubt
YNet News, 25 Sep 2012 – Op-ed: On Yom Kippur God reminds us that most atrocities are committed in the name of ‘justice’ ….

Mortar shells land in northern Golan Heights
YNet News, 25 Sep 2012 – Several projectiles land near Israel-Syria border; fire believed the result of clashes between rebel forces, Assad’s army ….

Palestinian Information Center

Occupation plans to demolish 3,700 houses in Silwan
PIC – The Committee for the Defense of Silwan said that the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem plans to demolish 3,727 homes in Jerusalem houaing 1,500 Jerusalemites a prelude to establish Talmudic gardens.

Saadat: the occupation did not commit to the agreement signed with prisoners
PIC – Secretary-General of the PFLP, Ahmed Saadat, denounced the continuation of Israeli prison administration’s procrastination in implementing terms of the agreement with Palestinian captives.

Palestinian citizen detained on charge of transferring money to prisoners
PIC – Israeli Court in Haifa city, in the northern 1948-occupied Palestine, sentenced a Palestinian youth, 33 from Musmus town northern occupied Palestine, to three years suspended sentence..

Mashaal to refuse renewal of his post as head of Hamas’s political bureau
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq said that Khaled Mashaal would not accept his nomination for the presidency of the Movement’s political bureau in the coming internal election.

UK rights group demands Palestinian authority to stop arresting journalists
PIC – The Arab organization for human rights in Britain said journalist Walid Khaled has been on hunger strike since September 17 in protest at his arbitrary detention and demanded his immediate release.

Dismissed employees warn Fayyad’s government of staging an open sit-in
PIC – A number of employees, dismissed from their jobs on political grounds, staged yesterday a sit-in in front of Council of Ministers of Ramallah government to demand reinstatement.

Issawi rejects deportation, says he will continue his strike
PIC – The prisoner Samer Issawi, 55 days on hunger strike, confirmed his absolute rejection of deportation, adding that he would not end his hunger strike till his liberation to Jerusalem or martyrdom.

Transport union resumes strike action in West Bank
PIC – Transport union decided to strike on Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and all day Wednesday in case the PA did not meet their demands, Ibrahim Awadallah, the union spokesman, announced.

IOF arrests five citizens from West Bank, including three brothers
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Monday five citizens, three of them from the town of Anata in occupied Jerusalem and two from the town of Beit Ummar, north of al-Khalil.

IOA starts building 300 housing units south of Bethlehem
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) began to build 300 housing units near the town of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.


British Consulate General Supports Private Sector in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 25 Sep 2012

Newspapers Review: Barak’s Unilateral Steps Dominate Dailies
WAFA – 25 Sep 2012

Finance Minister Asks Donors to Help Build Up Area C in West Bank
WAFA – 25 Sep 2012

012, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 25 Sep 2012

012, says Bureau of Statistics
WAFA – 25 Sep 2012

France Grants €10M Aid to PA Budget
WAFA – 25 Sep 2012

EU’s Ashton Calls on All Donors to Help PA
WAFA – 25 Sep 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 23 Sep 2012


At U.N., free speech divides West and Muslim nations
LA Times 24 Sep 2012 – At the U.N. General Assembly, Muslim nations are expected to demand international limits on anti-Islam speech, putting President Obama in a tough spot. UNITED NATIONS — The annual U.N. General Assembly meeting, which is intended to celebrate the world’s common values, this year is exposing…

Bombs Hit Damascus School Said to Be Military Center
New York Times 25 Sep 2012 – The conflict’s scope widened as Syrian government shells landed in the disputed Golan Heights region held by Israel. 

World Briefing | Europe: Switzerland: 3 Found Guilty of Aiding Libya’s Nuclear Weapons Program
New York Times 25 Sep 2012 – The men were found guilty on Tuesday of helping supply material and know-how to Libya’s atomic weapons program almost a decade ago. 

Iran Reveals More About What It Calls Foreign Sabotage Acts
New York Times 25 Sep 2012 – An announcement by the Intelligence Ministry did not specify the intended targets, but said they included nuclear, defense, industrial and telecommunications installations. 

The Lede Blog: Vivid Dispatches From Syria’s Front Lines
New York Times 25 Sep 2012 – Three correspondents for British news organizations filed vivid television reports from inside Syria in the past week. 

Why Judith Butler had to be shut down
Muzzlewatch – Normal 0 false false false ENUS JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-language:JA;} The announcement of a prestigious international academic prize doesn’t typically generate endless sturm und drang on…

American Enterprise Institute’s Daniella Pletka goes quack quack quacky
Mondoweiss – Daniella Pletka (Photo: Kevin Wick) Does anyone take the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seriously anymore? AEI’s Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy studies Danielle Pletka has gone off the rails in her latest blog post Does Obama hate Israel? Initially it didn’t even occur to…

Pamela Geller’s ’50 Shades of Jihad’
Mondoweiss – Sara Yasin has given Pam Geller’s ad a makeover:

Exile and the Prophetic: B’Tselem and the end of Jewish history
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. As Yom Kippur draws ever nearer, thoughts about what confession means – and doesn’t mean. Typically, we think confession purges the past….

Furor in France: Mission civilisatrice and ‘muslim rage” in the motherland
Mondoweiss – As Muslims around the world  protest  their contemptuous treatment by the West, catalyzed by the provocative, racist American film  Innocence of Muslims , the French media added fuel to the fire of by publishing offensive cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Left-wing alt-weekly  Charlie Hebdo  ran  cartoons  that…

Quakers divest from HP and Veolia Environment
Mondoweiss – The Palestine Israel Action Group, a subcommittee of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, issued the following press release : September 24, 2012, Ann Arbor. Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the socially responsible investment firm serving over 300 Quaker institutions in the United States,…

Video: Israeli kids in the army museum (‘I picture a dead Arab and that makes me happy’)
Mondoweiss – Wow. For more on filmmaker Itamar Rose see here , and for more on the militarization of Israeli society check out the organization New Profile .

Abbas Tells Jewish Leaders He Wants Talks 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Sep 2012 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Jewish leaders that his U.N. speech would address showing greater sensitivity to Jewish claims to Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Apple Fumbles Status of Jerusalem on New Map 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Sep 2012 – The map included in Apple’s new iOS6 operating system reportedly does not show Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Quiet on Iran as Yom Kippur Arrives 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Sep 2012 – Israeli leaders made no comment on Tuesday over the latest outburst from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, maintaining near-total silence as the country closed down for the holiest Jewish day of the year, Yom Kippur. Click here for the rest of the article…

Obama Talks Tough at U.N. 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Sep 2012 – President Barack Obama declared the U.S. will ‘do what we must’ to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon in a speech at the United Nations. Click here for the rest of the article…

Africa: Mitt Romney At the Clinton Global Initiative (Remarks) 
allAfrica.com 25 Sep 2012 – [U.S. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney]The following are U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks to the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.

CCR and End the Occupation Action Alert: Urge US Investigation of Corrie’s Death 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 25 Sep 2012 – In Response to Corrie Verdict : Sign the Center for Constitutional Rights’ (CCR) and End the Occupation’s petition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the U.S. government to conduct thorough, credible, and transparent investigations into the death of Rachel Corrie and into each case involving the…

012 to be Awarded to Rachel Corrie… 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 25 Sep 2012 – Craig and Cindy Corrie, will accept the award from Yoko Ono in Iceland, October 9, on behalf of their daughter. On October 9, in Reykjavik, Iceland, Yoko Ono will award the Biennial LENNON ONO GRANT FOR PEACE to five activists. The day also celebrates the birthday…

Child from Beit Ommar Imprisoned for the Second Time this Year 
Palestine Solidarity Project 25 Sep 2012 – During the night raid Monday 24th of September the Israeli occupation forces also raided the house of the Ramzy Al Alamy family in Beit Ommar. Their 15 year old son, Hossein Ramzy Al Alamy, was arrested on March 31st 2012 when he was attending a peaceful…

Child and Youth Arrested During Night Raid 
Palestine Solidarity Project 25 Sep 2012 – On Monday 24th of September two Beit Ommar residents, Mohammed Abu Hashem (16) and Tarik Abu Maria (18), were arrested in a night raid by the Israeli occupation forces. Mohammed’s father, Ahmed Abu Hashem, got a call from a neighbour at 02.30 a.m. saying that about…

Night Raids in Beit Ommar 
Palestine Solidarity Project 25 Sep 2012 – Most of the arrests in Beit Ommar take place at night as Israeli occupation forces storm civil Palestinian homes to search and arrest children and young men. The soldiers usually enter the village in large numbers with several jeeps and a prisoner truck. Not only do…

Danish organisations ditch G4S as company is targeted with creative actions 
Global BDS 25 Sep 2012 – Boykot G4S! from janne wanne on Vimeo . The group, a network of existing solidarity groups and individuals, published a report on G4S’ activities and reasons to boycott them: “We have prepared a report stating the latest developments in the case, and described how G4S’ counter arguments…

Quakers Divest from Veolia and Hewlett Packard! 
Global BDS 25 Sep 2012 – September 24, 2012, Ann Arbor. Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the socially responsible investment firm serving over 300 Quaker institutions in the United States, has dropped its holdings in Hewlett Packard and Veolia Environment, multinational corporations that support Israel’s Occupation of the Palestinian Territories. Hewlett Packard was removed…

Syria child trauma ‘appalling’ 
BBC 25 Sep 2012 – A Save the Children report finds numerous cases of horrific abuse against Syrian children and urges the UN to do more to document them.

Egypt paper in cartoon campaign 
BBC 25 Sep 2012 – An Egyptian newspaper launches a campaign against the obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

How to kill Arab Kids: Israeli Kids Learning in the Army Museum [must see video] 
Sabbah report 25 Sep 2012 – by Haitham Sabbah | Sabbah Report : www.sabbah.biz I can’t say that I was shocked or surprised by what I saw and heard in this video because I knew it as a fact. Actually it reminded me of these pictures with Israeli kids writing “sweet” messages on the…

Stealing Palestinian Resources 
Sabbah report 25 Sep 2012 – by  Stephen Lendman  |  Sabbah Report :  www.sabbah.biz Boycott activists protest the sale of Ahava products at a US store. Photo -Steve Rhodes Israel wants it all. For decades, it’s been systematically stealing Palestinian land and resources. Al Haq’s  new report  provides more evidence. Titled “Pillage…

PHOTOS: Subverted anti-Muslim/anti-Palestinian Ads in NYC Subway 
Sabbah report 25 Sep 2012 – Sabbah Report : www.sabbah.biz Monday night, shortly after controversial ads purchased by anti- Islam and anti-Palestinian activist Pamela Geller began running in 10 New York City subway stations, several of them were altered, subverting their intended message. The ads, which have been condemned by Muslim and  Jewish…

Stances Against Iran: Pink is the New Red 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 25 Sep 2012 – An Iran 180 demonstrater stands outside the Warwick Hotel on 24 September 2012 in New York to protest the Warwick and its guest, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Photo: AFP – Timothy A. Clary) An Iran 180 demonstrater stands outside the Warwick Hotel on 24 September 2012

The Throne of the Lebanese Man 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Sep 2012 – Photo Blog by Lea Najjar Breadwinner, father, husband and man of the house. The synonyms are plenty but they all revolve around the special seat in the house that is reserved for the head of the household, his throne. Plastic, straw, cheap or high-end, his figure…

Assad must fall: Obama 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Sep 2012US President Barack Obama addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York 25 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Shannon Stapleton) US President Barack Obama on Tuesday accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of committing massacres against civilians and demanded that the…

Gaza Trying to Survive a Crippling Siege 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Sep 2012 – A relative of Ihab and Akram al-Zaanin, two Palestinian brothers who were killed by Israeli fire, is comforted by family members as she mourns during their funeral in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on 6 September 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Hams) A relative…

Gaza’s Youth Lose Hope 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Sep 2012 – A portrait of Ehab Abu Nada, a young umemployed Palestinian who took his own life last week, hangs on the wall of his family’s living room in Gaza City’s al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza city 3 September 2012. The 17-year-old died on September 2 of his…

Saghir Oulad Ahmed: Tunisia’s Flaming Poet 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Sep 2012 – Ahmed, with his slender physique and his voice ruined by smoking, never stopped condemning the authorities. Ahmed, with his slender physique and his voice ruined by smoking, never stopped condemning the authorities. Tunis – Back in August, Tunisian poet Saghir Oulad Ahmed wrote on his personal…

Tooth Fairies Soothe Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Sep 2012 – Radwan was able to get his front teeth back in one session for just 100,000 Lebanese Lira ($ 67) and without having to schedule an appointment during his work hours. He is not alone in seeking alternatives to costly doctor’s visits. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) Radwan was…

Berri: The Battle for the Lebanese Presidency Is On 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Sep 2012 – Berri maintains that he is laying the foundations for a new phase of Lebanese politics that would ease some of the internal tension. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Berri maintains that he is laying the foundations for a new phase of Lebanese politics that would ease some of…

Egypt Workers Striking in Record Numbers 
Al-Akhbar Politics 24 Sep 2012 – A worker walks past a newly planted middle garden in Tahrir Square, following a campaign that was launched to clear the square after clashes between police and Egyptians incensed by a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad, in Cairo 30 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Amr Abdallah…

Egypt: The Popular Current Party is Born 
Al-Akhbar Politics 24 Sep 2012 – (FILES) A picture dated on 18 May 2012 shows Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahy being carried by supporters during a campaign rally in the Nile delta city of Mansura, some 120 kms north of Cairo. Sabbahy have launched an opposition coalition movement to counter the Islamist…


Spineless bookkeeping: The use of Mizrahi Jews as pawns against Palestinian refugees 
Yehouda Shenhav, +972 Magazine 9/25/2012
      Calls to define Jews from Arab countries as refugees were silenced in the past by Israeli governments. The change of policy has to do with the relatively new recognition that Israel will not be able to escape its responsibility for the Nakba. But leaders of the new campaign should first learn the history of their unfounded idea.
     In the last three years, we have witnessed an intensive campaign aimed at winning political and legal recognition of Arab Jews as “refugees.” The aim of this campaign is to create symmetry in public opinion between the Palestinian refugees and the “Oriental” Jews who arrived to Israeli in the 50s and 60s, presenting both populations as victims of the 1948 war. The Foreign Ministry, under the leadership of Deputy Minister Danny Ayalon, is intensively collecting evidence which would offset – as if it were an algebra equation – the testimonies of Palestinians regarding expulsion, looting and killings.
     A couple of years ago, the Knesset passed a law ordering every Israeli government that deals with Arab representatives (i.e. Palestinians) to treat the Jews of Arab origin as refugees. Several weeks ago, the National Security Council published a paper recommending the government “create a linkage between the Palestinian refugees and the Jews of Arab origin.” Former head of the NSC Uzi Arad decided upon his appointment to lead a special team that would come up with the official Israeli policy on “the Jewish refugees of Arab counties.”
     Arad has received Prime Minister Netanyahu’s blessing for his initiative. He set up a special body inside the NSC and had representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Finance Ministry and the Foreign Ministry join the discussions. Historians, economists and representatives of Jewish organizations such as WOJAC (World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries) and JJAC (Justice for Jews from Arab Countries) were invited as well. The council recommended that the prime minister make the “Jewish refugees” and their compensations claims an inseparable part of the negotiations over the issue of Palestinian refugeesmore.. e-mail

The Struggle for Rachel Corrie’s Legacy 
Patrick O. Strickland, Alternative Information Center 9/24/2012
      Rather than attacking Palestinians, the strategy employed by Israel’s advocates within the corporate media establishment is to launch a thorough smear campaign against those who support Palestinian rights, whoever they may be: journalists, academics, politicians, intellectuals, activists. In order to do so, they consciously ignore the possibility of Israeli injustice or Western complicity.
     Last month, an Israeli court ruled that the death of Rachel Corrie, a Palestinian solidarity activist crushed by an Israeli military armored bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, was her own fault and not the result of military negligence. Brendan O’Neill, blogging for The Telegraph, wrote a scathing critique of Rachel Corrie, her posthumous supporters, and the broader Palestinian solidarity movement.
     According to O’Neill, Corrie’s “cheerleaders,” as he smugly describes them, have engaged in her “secular beatification” and “turned [her] into Saint Rachel of the Put-Upon Palestinians” which “captures everything that is wrong with the modern day solidarity with Palestine.”
     O’Neill does not spare Corrie herself either, launching a full on assault on her character as well as her legacy—he is, after all, a self-proclaimed warrior, battling “misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism in all their ancient and modern forms.”
     He dismisses her motivations for joining the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and suggests that she was nothing more than a present day Rudyard Kipling, solemnly carrying out what she perceived as her moral duty to protect an oppressed people which she felt were incapable of surviving on their own. “The transformation of Corrie’s life and death into a black-and-white morality tale…sums up the boneheadedness of modern-day Palestinian solidarity,” he concludes. more.. e-mail

Iranian Diplomat Says Iran Offered Deal to Halt 20-Percent Enrichment 
Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service 9/25/2012
      WASHINGTON, Sep 24 2012 (IPS) – Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran, according to Iran’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
     Ali Asghar Soltanieh, who has conducted Iran’s negotiations with the IAEA in Tehran and Vienna, revealed in an interview with IPS that Iran had made the offer at the meeting between EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s leading nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Istanbul Sep. 19.
     Soltanieh also revealed in the interview that IAEA officials had agreed last month to an Iranian demand that it be provided documents on the alleged Iranian activities related to nuclear weapons which Iran is being asked to explain, but that the concession had then been withdrawn.
     “We are prepared to suspend enrichment to 20 percent, provided we find a reciprocal step compatible with it,” Soltanieh said, adding, “We said this in Istanbul.”
     Soltanieh is the first Iranian official to go on record as saying Iran has proposed a deal that would end its 20-percent enrichment entirely, although it had been reported previously.
     “If we do that,” Soltanieh said, “there shouldn’t be sanctions.”
     Iran’s position in the two rounds of negotiations with the P5+1 – China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, the United States and Germany – earlier this year was reported to have been that a significant easing of sanctions must be part of the bargain. more.. e-mail

Egypt’s Gaza Policy: Time for Change is Now
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Sep 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud If the new Egyptian leadership thinks it is possible to achieve lasting reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah within the current political climate, it is likely to be disappointed. In the case of Gaza, the government of Mohamed Morsi should in fact pursue sensible policies free from the protracted and complex factional divide. If it subsists in its indecision, Israel and suspect extremist elements in the Sinai will likely intensify their efforts at derailing Egypt’s foreign policy agenda. Palestinian factional division is unfortunate, but once placed within proper political context, it is fathomable. Both Fatah and Hamas are stuck in a power-struggle that is fed and sustained by regional and international parties. Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, is financially and politically bankrupt, and its will is dictated by and hostage to Israeli-US decisions. On the other hand, Hamas, which…more

Bravo! President Morsi
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Sep 2012 – By M. I. Bhat In a recent interview to New York Times, the Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi did some plain talking. He identified three major points for the United States to consider for improving its relations with the Arab world. Other than its political import, the language he used and the manner he spoke is what generation after generation of Muslims has been aching to hear but didn’t get it from the American stooges ruling the Arab world. Therefore, for Muslims the greatest significance of President Morsi’s plain speaking lies in that this is for the first time that one of their very few genuine leaders is giving vent to their suppressed feelings and also for the first time reversing the flow by setting, in NYT terminology, “terms” for the United States. Whatever worth it may prove in the future, for the immediate it is a great moral booster for…more

Meshaal’s Resignation Inconsequential to Palestinians
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Sep 2012 – By Ali Younes The news that Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is giving up his leadership post is an ominous sign that Hamas is heading toward more confrontation with its Palestinian rival Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the near future. Meshaal is reported as seeking a bigger role for himself within the PLO even perhaps as its leader replacing the ageing and discredited Mahmoud Abbas. As a leader of Gaza-based Hamas, Meshaal should have been leading his organization from Gaza which is free of Israeli control and work to improve the lives of the people of Gaza his organization has been controlling since 2007. Instead Meshaal has opted to place himself in the mold of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat taking comfort in hoping from this Arab capital to that with the hope of one day of replacing Arafat a “symbol” of the Palestinian struggle against Israel albeit…more

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