VTJP News & Articles 3 October 2012: The deeply disturbing Israel court ruling on Rachel Corrie

3 October 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israel Believes Al-Qaida Was Behind Attack On Border With Egypt
IMEMC – Israeli security sources reported that the Israeli investigations into an attack that took place on the border with Egypt last month, leading to the death of one Israeli soldier and three gunmen, was carried out by operatives of the Al-Qaida network. … 

Settlers Attack A Young Palestinian Man In Jerusalem
IMEMC – A number of extremist Israeli settlers attacked, Wednesday, a young Palestinian man from Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, while he was working at his bakery in Ash-Sharaf neighborhood, in the Old City. …

Settlers Install New Illegal Outpost Near Nablus
IMEMC – A group of extremist Israeli settlers installed, Wednesday, a new illegal settlement outpost near Yanoun Palestinian village, south east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

OCHA: “Israel Restricting Palestinian Access To Basic Services”
IMEMC – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory (OCHA) issued a new report accusing Israel of continuing its serious violations against the Palestinian people, and of preventing access to basic services. …

New Racist Graffiti Found On Gate On Jerusalem Monastery
IMEMC – A number of extremist Israeli settlers spray-painted racist graffiti against Jesus Christ on the main gate of the Franciscan Monastery, located in Jerusalem. This is the second attack against a Christian Holy Site since last month. …

P.A Financial Crisis Likely To Escalate
IMEMC – Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior Palestinian official stated that, during their September 23rd and 24th meetings in New York, representatives of Donor Countries did not express any interest in funding the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank despite its sharp financial crisis. …

Ma’an News

Settlers build new illegal outpost near Nablus
10/3/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Jewish settlers on Wednesday started building a new illegal settlement outpost on privately-owned Palestinian land in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers installed mobile homes, water tanks, tents and agricultural sheds….

PA budget crisis expected to worsen
10/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority does not expect a significant boost in foreign budget assistance to follow a meeting of donor countries in New York last month. A report presented by Nabil Qassis, the Palestinian Authority finance minister, has received no significant response, a senior government official told Ma’an. The official….

Fatah discharges 18 members for breaking consensus
10/3/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — TheFatah movement’s executive committee has decided to discharge 18 senior Fatah officials for failure to comply with the movement’s decisions related to the upcoming local elections. Secretary general of Fatah Revolutionary Council Amin Maqboul said Wednesday that Fatah decided earlier that any member of the movement who….

Gaza ministry to investigate journalist complaints
10/3/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Ministry of Interior will launch an inquiry into complaints by journalists against reporting restrictions in the coastal enclave, a spokesman said Wednesday. Interior minister Fathi Hammad issued the decision to form the committee, ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan said. He called on the media to cooperate with the committee….

Israel implements project to name East Jerusalem streets
10/3/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem started to implement a project to name streets and number homes in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli media reported Wednesday. Israel will name all streets and alleys and number homes by computer using satellite maps, the Hebrew-language Maariv reported. The plan is part of a wider project….

Empire trapped: US role in a new Middle East
10/3/2012 – By Ramzy Baroud – Editors representing many Asian newspapers stood in a perfect line. They were nervous and giddy at the prospect of meeting Li Changchun, China’s powerful member of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee. Personally, the Great Hall of the People and the fortitude of Chinese society mesmerized me. Despite….

Fatah official: Lieberman’s threats must be taken seriously
10/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The furious Israeli reaction to President Abbas’ UN speech is part of a strategy to derail seeking member status at the international body, a Fatah official said Wednesday.”For Palestinians to have a state and avoid a veto created a problem with the Israelis, who are thinking of initiating a….

EU considering initiative to label settlement produce
10/3/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — France and the UK are among several European countries backing a proposal to force stores to label settlement produce, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Wednesday. Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal is pushing the initiative, Haaretz said, based on a decision by EU foreign ministers in May to implement existing….

Abbas aide meets Egypt intelligence chief
10/3/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas’ senior aide Tayyeb Abdul-Rahim on Wednesday met Egypt‘s intelligence chief Raafat Shehata to discuss relations. Abdul-Rahim, Abbas’ secretary-general, thanked the newly-appointed Shehata for Egypt‘s official and popular support for Palestinians and their struggle for statehood, and the Egyptian government’s efforts….

Mashaal to speak at festival marking Saladin capture of Jerusalem
10/3/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas chief-in-exile Khaled Mashaal arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to take part in commemorations to mark Saladin’s capture of Jerusalem in 1187, Ma’an’s correspondent said. Mashaal is due to speak at the festival, which marks the capture of the holy city from crusaders. The….

PA distributes August salaries
10/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority finance ministry said Wednesday that it was distributing late salaries to employees who have been waiting since early September to be paid. Ministry spokesman Rami Mahdawi said the salaries would be paid out on Thursday to employees making over 4,500 shekels per month. Their full salaries had been….

HRW: Hamas should urgently reform justice system
10/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas should urgently reform Gaza’s criminal justice system to end arbitrary arrests and ensure detainees have prompt access to lawyers, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Hamas’ Internal Security agency, the drugs unit of the civil police force, and police detectives all torture detainees, according to the Independent Commission…. Related: Hamas ministry rejects torture allegations

Hamas ministry rejects torture allegations
10/3/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Interior in Gaza on Wednesday said it was reviewing a Human Rights Watch report that accused the Hamas security forces of torturing detainees. The Hamas-run ministry says it applauds the role of human rights organizations in protecting rights.” We assure you that our detention centers are open…. Related: HRW: Hamas should urgently reform justice system

PA: No reduction in cigarette prices
10/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority customs department on Wednesday dismissed reports cigarette prices would be reduced. Ahmad al-Hilou, director of the customs and VAT department, said the reports were baseless.” A decision to reduce prices comes only from the Palestinian cabinet, and nothing has been announced in this regard,” al-Hilou told Ma’….

Price of gas reduced again in Gaza
10/3/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The petroleum authority in Gaza has decided to further reduce the price of domestic-use gas, a board member of the oil companies association said Wednesday. Samir Hamadah said a 12-kilogram bottle of gas would sell for 60 shekels ($15. 46) as of Thursday, in the second price cut this….

Netanyahu-Barak spat stokes early Israel vote talk
10/3/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Friction between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak over relations with the United States fueled talk on Wednesday of an early Israeli election. Ministers said the quarrel, Barak’s resistence to defense cuts in coalition budget talks and his dovish comments on peace efforts with the Palestinians were signs….

Group: 20 Palestinians killed in Syrian refugee camp
10/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twenty Palestinians were killed overnight Tuesday in a refugee camp in southern Syria, a Damascus-based Palestinian group said. The coordinating committee of Yarmouk refugee camp told Ma’an that 20 Palestinians in Deraa camp were killed and dozens injured in heavy bombing by the Syrian army. Sources in Deraa camp….

At least 40 people killed in Aleppo explosions
10/3/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Four blasts ripped through a government-controlled district close to a military officers’ club in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 90 on Wednesday, opposition activists said. The attacks within minutes of each other struck the main Saadallah al-Jabiri Square and a fifth bomb….

Iranian police clash with protesters over currency plunge
10/3/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iranian riot police clashed on Wednesday with demonstrators and foreign exchange dealers in the capital Tehran over the collapse of the country’s currency, which has lost a third of its value against the dollar in a week, witnesses said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, angered by the plunge….

3 dead in blast in Hezbollah stronghold
10/3/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Three members of Hezbollah were killed on Wednesday when an explosion ripped through a weapons warehouse in eastern Lebanon, the group said. Hezbollah forces quickly cordoned off the area and prevented journalists from entering the town of Nabi Sheet, 30 km south of the regional center of Baalbek. A Lebanese security source said….

Turkey strikes back at Syria after mortar attack
10/3/2012 – AKCAKALE, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s military hit targets inside Syria on Wednesday in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory which killed five Turkish civilians. In the most serious cross-border escalation of the 18-month uprising in Syria, Turkey hit back at what it called “the last straw” when a mortar hit….

2 Egyptian boys charged over Koran desecration incident
10/3/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Two Coptic Christian boys in Egypt accused of tearing up a copy of the Koran and of urinating on it have been placed in juvenile detention, a lawyer for the boys said on Wednesday. A series of incidents involving religious insults, including protests last month over a film made in California that mocked….

Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Arrests 7 Palestinians in the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Catholic Church Sharply Criticises Jews and Condemns Attacks on Holy Sites in the West Bank
Palestine News Network

HCEF Prepares for its 14th International Conference in Washington
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Journalist Released, Banned Entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

7 Palestinians killed in Artillery Shelling in Syria
Palestine News Network

TPFF’s Opening Moves Audiences with
Palestine News Network

Taybeh Oktoberfest
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Occupied Lives: They terrorize us in our homes.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Forcible Dispersion of Peaceful Set-in by Security Services in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Kufr Qaddoum – apartheid injustice for Palestinian men kidnapped from home
10/3/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Ben Greene, Ellie Marton, and Anna Conroy, 3 October 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – In advance of their hearing in military court tomorrow, Majd and Abdelateef Obeid’s mother Sahra Fayez Obeid has recounted to ISM the events of their arrest on the 21st September in the village of Kufr Qaddoum. Neither….

The National

Turkey retaliates with strike on Syria
The National 3 Oct 2012 – Nato closely monitors developments after Turkey launches artillery strikes on Syrian targets in retaliation for Syrian mortar attack on Turkish border town.

Salafists lose their way in Egypt’s complicated corridors of power
The National 3 Oct 2012 – To compromise, or not? Rifts at the top of Al Nour Party, political wing of the Salafi Daawa movement, threaten its unity. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo. 

UAE University must raise more of its own funds, says Nahyan
The National 3 Oct 2012 – Staff at the country’s oldest university were told on Wednesday that generating funding and boosting research capacity was top of the agenda.

RAK hiker’s body discovered a day after being reported missing
The National 3 Oct 2012 – With map: Rescuers in Ras al Khaimah recover the body of an expatriate hiker missing since Monday. 

Stairway to Heaven – take the lift
The National 3 Oct 2012 – News of a death on Stairway to Heaven in Ras Al Khaimah is certain to reignite debate about the UAE’s most notorious mountain route. John Henzell reports.

Abu Dhabi courtyard collapse under scrutiny
The National 3 Oct 2012 – As the investigation continues into the collapse of a landscaped residential courtyard, architects and engineers across the city debate the likely cause – and look at the lessons learnt.

UAE Filipino council hopes to allay concerns over funds’ misuse
The National 3 Oct 2012 – The leaders of 80 community groups in Dubai and the Northern Emirates have been invited to meet and discuss the financial reports of a governing council.

Criminal probe into collapse of Abu Dhabi courtyard
The National 3 Oct 2012 – Al Rayyana development’s consultant and building contractor are summoned for questioning with municipality chief engineer.

GCC considers raising tax on cigarettes
The National 3 Oct 2012 – Among the many topics to be discussed is the possibility of increasing a region-wide tobacco tax in response to calls by the healthcare professionals in the GCC and the World Health Organization.

Terror trial begins for US Somali
The National 3 Oct 2012 – A man who worked as a janitor at a mosque in the United States directed young Somali expatriates back to their war-torn homeland to fight, federal prosecutor tells court.

Ha’aretz

Israeli lawmakers: Netanyahu-Barak ‘crisis’ merely a political spin
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

Haaretz workers launch strike, paralyzing the newspaper’s Internet sites
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

Report: Iran’s fear of Israeli strike in 2008 led to series of air defense mishaps
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

Australian bid for UN Security Council strains relations with its Jews
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

Ethicist Asa Kasher: IDF can conduct medical experiments on soldiers under certain conditions
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

Another Israeli church defaced with ‘price tag’ graffiti
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

Thursday edition of Haaretz may not appear as workers plan strike
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

IDF believes single network behind all the past year’s attacks from Sinai
Ha’aretz – 2 Oct 2012

Graduate of Israel’s Technion wins prestigious MacArthur fellowship ‘genius’ grant
Ha’aretz – 2 Oct 2012

Israel’s clinical psychologists fear they will be replaced by cheaper workers
Ha’aretz – 2 Oct 2012

UN Agency: Israel Continues to Impede Palestinians’ Access to Basic Services
Ha’aretz – 2 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

Int’l Christian lawmakers vow to stop Iranian nukes
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Lawmakers gather for Chairman’s Conference of the International Israel Allies Caucus in J’lem, sign “Declaration of Solidarity.” 

Special needs band performs for president Peres
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – At open house event held in honor of Succot, president joins children, tries his hand at playing darbuka drum. 

Candidly Speaking: Netanyahu speaks for Israelis
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – With threats confronting Israel on so many levels, it is not surprising that most Israelis united in support of their prime minister. 

Clinton’s diplomatic missile launched at Tehran
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Clinton revoked the US terrorist designation of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), causing much dismay in the Islamic Republic. 

Fundamentally Freund: The Vilna Gaon and Jewish destiny
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – It was 215 years ago that Rabbi Elijah the Gaon (Hebrew for genius) of Vilna returned his soul to its Maker. 

A Swiss bribe
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Some principles of media ethics should seem self-evident, and yet, journalists and their papers find it difficult to uphold them in practice. 

The mikve as a symbol of religious freedom
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – The rational majority in Israel can – and must – work to change the relationship between religion and state. The time for true religious freedom has come. 

The informed public and the Yom Kippur War
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Information, presented to the public as classified and indistinct, shapes the public mood in one way or another. 

‘Never again!’
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Following Yom Kippur, it behooves us all to reflect on what the oath of “never again” means in practical policy terms. 

Lessons of the Holocaust Museum
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – While it is considered a success in telling a compelling story to motivate people to fight persecution, at its core lies the definition of Jew as prey. 

Washington Watch: Can foreign policy be good local politics
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Those senators, known as the “Three Amigos,” are expected to help Berman attract Republicans and independents. 

Natan Eshel attempting to fix Netanyahu-Barak rift
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Former chief of staff engages in shuttle diplomacy to resolve reported dispute that may lead to early elections. 

Turkey strikes targets inside Syria after mortar attack
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Attack comes in response to Syria mortar that kills 5 Turkish civilians; Erdogan: Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by Syrian regime; UN urges Syria to respect territorial integrity of neighbors. 

Turkey strikes targets in Syria after mortar attack
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Attack comes in response to Syria mortar that kills 5 Turkish civilians; Erdogan: Turkey will never answer provocations. 

Clinton: Sanctions can be eased if Iran cooperates
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012US secretary of state blames Iranian government, not Western sanctions, for financial troubles in wake of Tehran protests. 

MK Danon asks Central Elections C’tee to bar Zoabi
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Likud MK requests Balad’s Haneen Zoabi to be barred from running for next Knesset; Zoabi: Likud MK is racist, shallow. 

Khamenei: Iran will never bow to pressure
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Supreme leader says despite sanctions, Iran has become stronger; Iranians protest against Ahmadinejad’s “failed economic policies.” 

Smoking, drinking linked to early onset of cancer
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Drinkers and smokers can be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 10 years earlier, American Cancer Society says. 

Hamas dismiss HRW’s charges of torture, detention
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Islamist movement labels Human Rights Watch report as politically biased, denies torture of detainees. 

‘Haaretz’ workers vote 125-68 to go on strike
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Employees vote to hold strike in spite of top reporters warning against it; action means no newspaper to be published Thursday. 

Syrian mortar kills five family members in Turkey
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Bomb lands in middle of residential area, hits house, says Turkish mayor; at least eight seriously wounded according to witness. 

Explosion kills three in Hezbollah stronghold
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Hezbollah members quickly seal off the area of the blast that reportedly housed an arms depot. 

Untangling the Web: The 24-minute news cycle
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Losing a week’s worth of articles lead to introspection about the way news is reported, published – and stored. 

Israelis evacuated as armed Syrians approach border
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – IDF: Possibly armed suspects near border without infiltrating; Gantz: Syria turning into a weapons cache for terrorists. 

Yemen president asserts US alliance during visit
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi positions his administration with Washington in fight against al-Qaida. 

Iran police clash with protesters over rial plunge
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Tehran foreign exchange dealers protest against Ahmadinejad’s “failed economic policies”; UN calls on Iran to halt clampdown. 

LIVE: Haaretz workers launch open-ended strike
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – The ‘Post’ brings you live coverage of ‘Haaretz’ employees’ indefinite strike against expected layoffs 

Animal attractions
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – A collection of some of the country’s more lively tourist sites, from camel-riding to cow-milking. 

Five car bombs kill at least 40 people in Syria
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Opposition activists report at least 90 wounded in the explosions in a government-controlled district of northern Syrian city;. 

Navy prepares to intercept Gaza activist ship
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Ship from from Italy attempting to break security naval blockade around Gaza will be intercepted, says Foreign Ministry. 

PA security fears for Abbas’s life after UN speech
Jerusalem Post 2 Oct 2012 – Source tells ‘Asharq Al-Awsat’ PA president’s security increasing “because the Americans and Israelis intend to replace him.” 

The Guardian

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mocks Netanyahu’s bomb drawing – video
The Guardian 3 Oct 2012 – The Iranian president criticises the Israeli prime minister’s diagram of a nuclear bomb used during his speech at the United Nations general assembly

Hamas accused of routine torture of detainees in Gaza Strip
The Guardian 3 Oct 2012 – Human Rights Watch report says three Palestinians have been executed after ‘confessions’ apparently obtained under coercion Hamas security forces are routinely subjecting Palestinian detainees in Gaza to torture and abuse, according to a report by Human…

Inter Press Service

Deadly Explosions Hit Central Aleppo
IPS Four blasts have struck a government-controlled district close to a military officers’ club in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 100, opposition activists say. Later on Wednesday, a Syrian mortar bomb killed five Turkish nationals when it landed in southeastern Turkey….

Rights Groups Slam Bahraini Court Ruling
IPS Human rights groups reacted with condemnation following a ruling by Bahrain’s highest court Monday rejecting the last appeals and upholding the convictions of nine medics for their role in the 2011 uprising in the capital  Manama. “Large numbers of Bahrainis have aired their criticisms of the government through peaceful protests….

Uruknet

Unnecessary and Disproportional: The Killings of Anwar and Abdul Rahman al-Awlaki
Uruknet

012 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet

Press conference with Zakaria Zubeidi
Uruknet

Is This the Beginning of ‘Insider Attack’ Units in Afghanistan?
Uruknet

Court Stays Permanent Injunction Against Indefinite Detention Provision
Uruknet

US Preparing for JSOC ‘Kill-Capture’ Operations in Libya After Consulate Attack
Uruknet

Remember Sirte! Heroism and Apocalypse in the Libyan Desert
Uruknet

Dangerous New Turn in Obama Administration’s Assault on Fundamental Rights
Uruknet

Settlers Spray Offensive Slogans Against Jesus Christ on Monastery Gate, Jerusalem
Uruknet

The Neoliberal Disaster in Palestine
Uruknet

Daily Star

Hamas disputes HRW’s charges of torture, detentions in Gaza
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 Officials of Gaza’s Islamist Hamas government turned up at a news conference by Human Rights Watch in Gaza to dispute an HRW report accusing Hamas of torture and other abuses of justice in the Palestinian enclave.

Book: Obama hoped to try bin Laden, if captured
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 A new book says Obama hoped to put bin Laden on trial, showing the U.S. commitment to due process under law, if the al-Qaida leader had surrendered during a U.S. raid in Pakistan last year.

Saudi rebound stalls as volumes slump
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 audi Arabia’s bourse ends lower on its final trading day of the week, snapping a three-session rebound as volumes again slump.

Turkey strikes back at Syria after mortar kills five
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 Turkey’s military hit targets inside Syria on Wednesday in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory which killed five Turkish civilians.

Libya PM submits gov’t line-up for congress approval
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 Libyan Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur presented his nominations for his government line-up on Wednesday to the ruling national congress for its approval.

Bahrain frees Shiite female activist from jail: lawyer
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 Bahraini authorities released Shiite rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja from prison Wednesday after she served a two-month jail term for destroying government property.

Saudi religious police losing some powers
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 The director of Saudi Arabia’s powerful religious police says his forces are losing some of their key powers, including arrests, investigations and raiding houses.

Houthi rebels seen gaining new influence in Yemen
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 When riots erupted this month over an anti-Islam film made in California, Houthi rebels, long confined to remote corners of Yemen by then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Bombs tear into Syria’s Aleppo, killing nearly 50
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 Three car bombs tore into the heart of Syria’s second city Aleppo, killing almost 50 people, mostly troops, as the regime launched an offensive against rebels near Damascus, a watchdog said.

Syria shells kill five inside Turkey
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 Syrian shells killed five people in a Turkish town near the border Wednesday, prompting Ankara to contact the UN over the incident, which it said went “too far.”

Egypt PM says IMF loan talks to resume in late October
Daily Star 3 Oct 2012 Egypt‘s prime minister said an IMF team would come to Cairo in the last week of October to resume talks on a loan sought by his government.

YNet News

KUNA: Kuwait govt calls for dissolution of parliament
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – ….

Obama’s anti-Israel agenda
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Pre-election polls sad reflection of how unimportant Israel is to majority of US Jews ….

Report: Turkish forces continue to pound Syrian army positions
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – ….

IDF intel chief: Syria violence getting closer 
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – Few hours after 50 Syrians approached border with Israel, Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi says infiltration of global jihadists poses new threat ….

Report: Mortar attack on Turkey launched by Syrian army tanks
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – ….

IDF intel chief: Syria battles only few miles away from Israel
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – ….

US vows support for Turkey after Syria mortar strike 
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – ….

Aides: PM kept in the dark on Barak-Emanuel talks
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012Netanyahu‘s associates say he was not briefed on defense minister’s recent meeting with Chicago mayor.’ Steinitz to PM: He will ….

Petition: Yishai’s plan to detain migrants ‘barbaric’
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – Rights groups say interior minister’s plan to send Sudanese migrants back to their home country may lead to humanitarian crisis. Yishai: Infiltrators threaten our identity as Jewish, Zionist state ….

Bad film club
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Unlike Muslims, Christians and Jews understand US president does not edit Hollywood’s movies ….

Israel’s Vatican envoy: Offending Christianity harms Israel
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – After submitting his letter of credence to Pope Benedict XVI, Israel’s ambassador to Holy See says recent ‘price tag’ attacks on holy Christian sites ‘showcase Israel in negative light’ ….

Hermon evacuated after dozens approach border
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – IDF detects group of 50 Syrians, including armed men, approaching Israeli border, prompting evacuation of Hermon site ….

Special team to crack down on ‘price tag’ vandals 
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – Attorney General takes action against Jewish vandals; new enforcement team to include members of Shin Bet ….

Barak fends off Netanyahu criticism 
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – Responding to accusations he is ‘stoking conflict’ with US, defense minister says ‘we must not compromise US support with steps that show Israel as aligning itself with one side in US politics’ ….

What about the Iranians?
YNet News, 3 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: UN address was Netanyahu‘s chance to tell the Iranian people the truth ….

Palestinian Information Center

Khaled Mash’al is not a traitor, the murderer of his own people is 
PIC – A commentary by the Syrian state-run TV on Monday 1 October attacked the Palestinian Islamist leader Khaled Mash’al, calling him, inter alia, a traitor.

Barhoum calls on PA to free the resistance to respond to Israeli raids of Aqsa
PIC – Fawzi Barhoum considered that storming al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish extremists represents an offense against al-Aqsa and the holy places and proves Israeli insistence on violating Palestinian sanctities.

PA security close a street in al-Khalil to protect settlers
PIC – PA security apparatus evacuated on Tuesday Beersheba Street in the center of al-Khalil in the southern West Bank to protect the settlers, who stormed the region..

Worshippers confront settlers at al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Worshipers in al-Aqsa mosque forced on Tuesday morning dozens of Israeli settlers, including the extremist MK Feiglin, to leave the grounds of Al-Aqsa Mosque..

Sit-in in Ramallah in support of the striking prisoners
PIC – A solidarity sit-in was staged in Manara Square on Tuesday at 5.30 pm in support of the striking prisoners and liberated detainees who were re-arrested.

IOF arrests two citizens in Bethlehem
PIC – Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) arrested early Tuesday two citizens from the occupied city of Bethlehem, the Israeli army claimed that they “are wanted.”

Settlers daub a monastery in Jerusalem with anti-Christian graffiti 
PIC – Suspected hard-line Israelis scrawled anti-Christian and “Price-tag” slogans on a monastery southwest of the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Occupation hinders tour of MEPs in al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli soldiers hindered tour of members of European Parliament in Old city of al-Khalil and detained a number of Palestinian activists who accompanied the MPs during the tour.

6 Israeli soldiers injured after being hit by Palestinian car
PIC – A Palestinian taxi injured six Israeli soldiers in a hit-and-run incident in the West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli police stated.

WAFA

Soldiers Terrorize Schoolchildren in Hebron
WAFA – 3 Oct 2012

Jewish Fanatics Intensify Provocative Tours of Al-Aqsa
WAFA – 3 Oct 2012

Israeli Forces Raid Hebron Area Village
WAFA – 3 Oct 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Soars
WAFA – 30 Sep 2012

Misc

In New Era, Egyptian Police Mimic the Old, Critics Say
New York Times 3 Oct 2012 – Two deaths at a police station last month have stoked fears that Egypt is not moving beyond its repressive past. 

Wary of Israel, Iran Is Said to Blunder in Strikes
New York Times 3 Oct 2012 – The Iranian military was so worried about the threat of an Israeli airstrike in 2007 and 2008 that it mistakenly fired on civilian airliners and, in one instance, on one of its own military aircraft. 

Netanyahu Appears to Be Shifting Israel’s Iran Policy Toward More Sanctions
New York Times 3 Oct 2012 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel plans to travel to Europe to press for a toughening of sanctions against Tehran. 

Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s Master of Iraq Chaos, Still Vexes the U.S.
New York Times 3 Oct 2012 – Qassim Suleimani, a general in the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, is linked to many aspects of both war and diplomacy in classified documents. 

Bombs Rock Aleppo, Syria’s Largest City, Killing 40
New York Times 3 Oct 2012 – Huge explosions struck a government-held district of Aleppo on Wednesday, shearing off the fronts of two buildings, killing more than 40 people and filling the streets with rubble. 

Israeli Electric Car Company’s Chief Steps Down
New York Times 3 Oct 2012 – Shai Agassi leaves Better Place, a company that has won widespread praise and attention for his dream of ending the world’s dependence on oil. 

Tamar production platform heading for Israel 
Globes Energy & Water – The 290-meter high production platform is taller than Israel’s tallest skyscraper, the Moshe Aviv Tower, which is 244 meters high.

Leasing exec: Axing Agassi hurts Better Place
Globes Main News – Industry sources believe that only an aggressive government move can give Better Place the sales push it needs in Israel.

iPhone 5 to cost twice US price in Israel
Globes Main News – The new Apple smartphone, which sells for $700 in the US, will cost at least double in Israel when it arrives in December.

Wed: Banks continue to drive market gains
Globes Main News – Bank Leumi rose strongly, but telcos were down as the market has risen 18% since June.

Drahi ups HOT offer to purchase
Globes Main News – The new offer is NIS 38 per share, one shekel more than the original offer and 2% more than yesterday’s closing price

Orckit warns of going concern notice
Globes Main News – Orckit cited recurring losses, negative cash flow, and shareholders’ equity deficit.

Shekel strengthens in thin holiday trading
Globes Main News – Atrade believes that the dollar shekel exchange rate could fall to NIS 3.8/$.

Poland cancels Aeronautics UAV deal – report 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Aeronautics has failed to meet the deadline for supplying its Aerostar medium range tactical UAV to the Polish Army for operations in Afghanistan.

IAI in $958m Indian UAV upgrade deal – report 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The Indian media reports Israel Aerospace Industries will upgrade Searcher and Heron UAVs for the Indian armed forces.

Mossad chief: A woman can lead the Mossad 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Tamir Pardo: Women have the edge over men in multitasking – to carry out the mission and to survive.

Elbit Systems awarded Australian navy contract
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The company’s Battle Management Systems are to be integrated into landing craft installed on board the Canberra Class Amphibious ships.

U.S.-Israeli Cyber-Attacks Against Iran Continue With Assault on Internet
Tikun Olam – Reuters reports that foreign cyber-attacks have decimated internet traffic within Iran.  My own Israeli source tells me that these were mounted by a joint Israeli-U.S. cyberwar operation designed to ratchet up pressure on the country in combination with the ongoing currency crisis which is rendering the…

WINEP’s Clawson Advocates U.S. Sinking Iranian Sub to Provoke War
Tikun Olam – Until today, the notion that Aipac wanted a war against Iran seemed plausible, but there was no smoking gun.  There is now. This month, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (its slogan: “ideas, action, impact” appears apt considering the subject of this post), a pro-Israel…

Anti-Obama infomerical confirms Israel’s role as a partisan election issue
Mondoweiss – Check out this fantastic 18 minute anti Obama infomercial from RightChange.com titled ” Absolutely Uncertain “. There’s no indication from RightChange’s website or their YouTube video feed they are an Israeli centric group, nonetheless the length of the video is a departure from their norm by a long…

‘Boston Globe’ columnist sells one Jewish state (and wonders why Israel’s image is tanking)
Mondoweiss – David Ehrens, a New Bedford, MA, writer, has this report up at his site on the visit to his area of a Boston Globe columnist. He allowed us to publish it. –Ed. On Sunday, September 23rd, Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby gave a talk at the…

Senate report: ‘Fusion centers’ meant to combat terrorism found to spy on U.S. citizens
Mondoweiss – President George W. Bush signing a 2004 bill that established financing for fusion centers. Photo:Tina Hager/White House. A Senate subcommittee report on so-called “fusion centers” meant to combat terrorism has found that they produce little of value, are used to spy on U.S. citizens–particularly Muslims–and endanger…

Exile and the prophetic: Kitsch Israel
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Susie Abulhawa and Nurit Peled (Elhanan) to appear together in New York
Mondoweiss – Susan Abulhawa It’s shaping up to be a great October in New York for the issue. The Russell Tribunal on Palestine this weekend, and then on Monday, October 8 , three important voices, authors Miko Peled, Nurit Peled (Elhanan), and Susie Abulhawa will be gathering at All…

Hebrew University lecturer calls for expelling Palestinians as alien hostages in war against Muslims
Mondoweiss – Mordecai Nisan, a lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has a crazy/scary piece up on the rightwing site, Arutz Sheva, calling for the expulsion of Palestinians from Israel and the West Bank. Arabs in Israel and Palestine are “a hostage population,” and in the coming…

U.S. Warned European Governments Not to Support Palestinian State 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Oct 2012 – The United States reportedly warned European governments in a memorandum not to support a Palestinian bid for increased status at the United Nations. Click here for the rest of the article…

Cyber Attackers Disrupt Internet in Iran 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Oct 2012 – Cyber attackers have targeted Iranian infrastructure and communications companies, disrupting the Internet across the country, a state official was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Human Rights Watch: Hamas Abusing Palestinians in Gaza 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Oct 2012 – Human Rights Watch released a report Wednesday which revealed that Hamas’ security forces in Gaza are committing severe abuses, including torture of detainees, arrests without warrants, forced confessions, unfair trials and mock executions. Click here for the rest of the article…

Report: Iranian Fears of Israeli Attack Led to Military Mishaps 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Oct 2012 – Iranian fears of an Israeli airstrike on its nuclear facilities led its military to mistakenly fire on civilian airplanes and its own military aircraft, the New York Times reported. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Military Spokesman – Sinai Problems Not Security Only, No Israeli Devices 
allAfrica.com 3 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]The Official Spokesman for the Armed Forces Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali said the Armed Forces will assign the police with the responsibility of protecting vital civil facilities soon after police troops had recovered their capability to safeguard these facilities.

Egypt: Shura Speaker, Qatari Public Prosecutor Discuss Efforts to Retrieve Stolen Funds 
allAfrica.com 3 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Shura Council Speaker Ahmed Fahmi said on Monday 1/10/2012 that Egypt is keen on taking all legal measures to retrieve its stolen funds.

Egypt: Presidency Denies Discussing Military Intervention in Syria 
allAfrica.com 3 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Presidential Spokesman Dr. Yasser Ali denied on Monday 1/10/2012 the press reports that President Dr. Mohamed Morsi had talks with Turkish leaders on a possible Arab military intervention in Syria, pointing out that the president is against foreign military intervention in Syria.

Egypt: FM Sets Features of Foreign Policy After Revolution 
allAfrica.com 3 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr is expected to address on Tuesday 2/10/2012 the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) on behalf of President Mohamed Morsi.

Child from Beit Ommar Arrested in a Night Raid 
Palestine Solidarity Project 3 Oct 2012 – In the last nine days two sons of Ahmed Abu Hashem, a Popular Committee member in Beit Ommar, have been arrested by Israeli occupation forces. Both arrests happened during night raids. Mohammed Abu Hashem (16) was arrested last week and he is still awaiting his court…

Crucial next stage of trials of French BDS activists gets underway 
Global BDS 3 Oct 2012 – In December 2011, several BDS activists that were acquited of the charges against them relating to their involvement in BDS actions declared that freedom of speech had won out, and their lawyer hoped that the judgement would set a precendent in favour of campaigners. However, the…

Turkey hits targets inside Syria 
BBC 3 Oct 2012 – Turkey targets positions inside Syria in response to the deaths of five people killed by Syrian shells in a Turkish border town.

Iran clashes over currency crisis 
BBC 3 Oct 2012 – Riot police in Iran break up protests in the capital, after sharp falls in its currency, the rial, which has plummeted against the US dollar.

Hezbollah fighters ‘die in blast’ 
BBC 3 Oct 2012 – Explosions at an arms depot in eastern Lebanon kill three militants from Hezbollah, the Shia Islamist group’s TV station says.

Hamas justice system ‘abusive’ 
BBC 3 Oct 2012 – The criminal justice system overseen by the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip is responsible for “serious abuses”, a pressure group says.

State TV: suicide bombers kill 34 in Aleppo 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Oct 2012 – Three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in a government-controlled area of the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people, leveling buildings and trapping survivors under the rubble, state TV said. More than 120 people were injured, the government said….

Yemen: Determined to Self-Determine 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Oct 2012 – Boys sit under a sign painted on a wall with the main motto of the Shi’ite rebel al-Houthi group, in Old Sanaa 30 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) Boys sit under a sign painted on a wall with the main motto of the Shi’ite…

Damascus Cafés’ Shadow Poets Live Their War 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Oct 2012 – Members of the Free Syrian Army play backgammon at a cafe in Aleppo’s Saif al-Dawla district on 8 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Zain Karam) Members of the Free Syrian Army play backgammon at a cafe in Aleppo’s Saif al-Dawla district on 8 September 2012. (Photo:…

Iraq attack kills three 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Oct 2012 – Bombings and a shooting in Iraq killed three people, including a senior transport ministry official, and wounded 12 on Wednesday, security and medical officials said. “A high-ranking official in the transport ministry was assassinated by unknown gunmen armed with silenced weapons” in the west of the…

Displaced Palestinian Refugees Vent Frustration 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Oct 2012 – Palestinians hold signs that read in Arabic “UNRWA find us a job” and “we request donor countries to fulfill their commitments to UNRWA” during a protest outside the offices of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza City on September 2012 (photo: AFP -…

Explosion kills three Hezbollah fighters 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Oct 2012 – An explosion ripped through a Hezbollah munitions depot in East Lebanon Wednesday killing three of the group’s fighters and wounding an unknown number, Hezbollah said in a statement. “It led to the martyrdom of three of our mujahideen brothers and wounded several. We are now working…

Jihadis in Syria: The Cracks Start to Show 
Al-Akhbar Politics 3 Oct 2012 – Civilians and Islamist fighters pray over the body of Tareq Naser, an Islamist fighter who died during clashes on Sunday, during his funeral near the village of Fafeen in Aleppo’s countryside 17 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Zain Karam) Civilians and Islamist fighters pray over the…

Hariri’s Illusory Munificence 
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Oct 2012 – Hariri failed to donate even a quarter of the schools he promised the Lebanese (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Hariri failed to donate even a quarter of the schools he promised the Lebanese (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Most of the 82 public school projects the former prime minister formally…

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US warns European governments against supporting Palestinians at UN 
Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem, The Guardian 10/1/2012
      Private memo threatens ‘significant negative consequences’ if Palestinian Authority succeeds in obtaining enhanced status.
     The United States has warned European governments against supporting a Palestinian bid for enhanced status at the United Nations, saying such a move “would be extremely counterproductive” and threatening “significant negative consequences” for the Palestinian Authority, including financial sanctions.
     A US memorandum, seen by the Guardian, said Palestinian statehood “can only be achieved via direct negotiations with the Israelis” and urged European governments “to support [American] efforts” to block the bid. The message was communicated by officials to representatives of European governments at the UN general assembly (UNGA) in New York last week.
     Palestinian officials accused the US of exerting “tremendous pressure” on European governments to oppose their bid for upgraded “non-member state” status at the UNGA. Announced by president Mahmoud Abbas last week (video), the move is a significant diminution of Palestinian ambitions after its application for full statehood failed last year when it was blocked by the US in the security council.
     The Palestinians will wait until after the US presidential election in early November before proceeding with their bid for upgraded status. However, they insist they will press for a vote by the end of the year and are confident of winning a comfortable majority among the UN‘s 193 countries. The US has no veto at the general assembly.
     The memorandum – described by one diplomatic source as “private correspondence” – said the US was continuing to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and urged both parties “to avoid provocative one-sided actions that could undermine trust or otherwise distract from the pursuit of peace.” more.. e-mail

Bedouin village in Negev to be destroyed, Jewish settlement to be built on site 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 10/2/2012
      Despite being sent there by the state in the 50s, the residents of Umm al-Hiran face immediate evacuation and destruction of their homes, in order to make way for Hiran, a settlement for national-religious Jews. 
     Last month, I visited along with a group of other +972 bloggers the village of Umm al-Hiran, in the northeastern part of the Negev, a few kilometers south of the Green Line. Residents were anxiously waiting a decision regarding the fate of their village, which was up for destruction by state authorities.
     Umm Al-Hiran is one of roughly 40 unrecognized Bedouin villages, some of them predating the state itself. Those villages are deprived of basic government services, like running water and electricity; they are not entitled to zoning plans, such that every house built in these villages is at risk of demolition.
     As it happens, Umm al-Hiram stands on the site of one of 10 new Jewish settlements the Prime Minister’s Office seeks to build in the area. In 2010, a state zoning committee recommended recognizing Umm al-Hiran, but Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office overruled that decision. The new settlement, called Hiran, will offer housing subsidies for national-religious families.
     The Bedouin in this village have an especially strong case, since they were sent there by the state of Israel itself. Following the 1948 war, members of the Abu Al-Qian tribe were evicted from their lands in the western Negev (currently the site of Kibbutz Shoval). After settling in a temporary site, they were sentin the mid-50s by the military governor – who was put in charge of the Palestinian population after the war – to the Yatir area, where they currently live.
     Last week, Umm Al-Hiran’s 500 residents received grim news: the National Council for Planning voted unanimously against the objections to the plan, filed in their name by Adalah and Bimkon, two NGOs…. more.. e-mail

The deeply disturbing Israel court ruling on Rachel Corrie 
Cindy Corrie, The Seattle Times 9/29/2012
      The wrongful death lawsuit for Rachel Corrie was not a solution, but rather a symptom of a broken system of accountability within Israel and the U.S. government.
     LAST month, in a deeply disturbing ruling, an Israeli court dismissed the civil lawsuit brought by my family against the state of Israel for the wrongful death of my daughter Rachel Corrie.
     Born and raised in Olympia, Rachel was a human-rights defender and peace activist killed in 2003 by an armored Israeli military bulldozer as she stood for hours, visibly and nonviolently protesting the Israeli government’s policy of civilian home demolitions in Rafah, Gaza.
     The home Rachel and her friends from the International Solidarity Movement defended was eventually demolished with hundreds more in mass-clearing operations to create a buffer along Gaza’s southern border.
     Our lawsuit was not a solution, but rather a symptom of a broken system of accountability within Israel and our own U.S. government. Despite a promise from Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for a “thorough, credible, and transparent” investigation and repeated calls from the highest levels of our government for such an investigation to occur, there was no diplomatic resolution. According to the U.S. State Department, its calls “have gone unanswered or ignored.”
     Court testimony also confirmed a credible investigation did not occur. Investigators failed to question key military witnesses, including those recording communications; failed to secure the military video, allowing it to be taken for nearly a week by senior commanders with only segments submitted to court; failed to address conflicting soldiers’ testimonies; and ignored damning statements in the military log confirming a “shoot to kill” order and command mentality to continue work in order not to create a precedent with activists. more.. e-mail

Dark, beautiful exploration of the human psyche: a new novel by Adania Shibli
Electronic Intifada: 3 Oct 2012 – Sarah Irving 3 October 2012 A new novel confirms Adania Shibli as a rare, challenging talent.more

BDS key to a “just peace,” says Palestinian Christian boycott activist 
Electronic Intifada: 3 Oct 2012 – Joe Catron Gaza Strip 3 October 2012 While much work is still to be done, the coordinator of the project that produced the landmark Kairos Palestine document reflects on its successes.more

Palestine freedom battle “will be won”: interview with author Miko Peled 
Electronic Intifada: 3 Oct 2012 – Charlotte Silver Berkeley 3 October 2012 A solution can be clinched within the coming decade, according to the son of an Israeli military chief.more

Ending the Violence in Syria
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Oct 2012 – By Jeremy Salt – Ankara It would seem to be quite simple. All that has to happen for the fighting to end in Syria is for those with guns in their hands to put them down. So why isn’t it happening? Again the answer is simple and not just seemingly. Outside governments supporting the armed groups do not want them to put their weapons down. It has been deliberately locked into a cycle of violence which its enemies hope will end in its destruction. This strategy is the prime cause of the death and devastation over which the sponsors of this violence have been wringing their hands before the UN General Assembly. Agendas vary slightly but the prime goal of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the governments of the US, Britain and France is not political reform but the destruction of Iran’s best friend in the region. Syria is the central…more

Interfaith Dialogue No Answer to Israel’s Racism
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Oct 2012 – By Stuart Littlewood So the Albuquerque Episcopalians got jumpy and ‘disinvited’ the Friends of Sabeel who had booked their cathedral for a conference. Sabeel is an international peace movement which calls itself the Voice of Palestinian Christians. Why would one Christian group snub another? The excuse for turning away the conference was concocted by the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Rev. J. Mark Goodman. “We said our prayers and deliberated thoughtfully and purposefully,” he explained. It seems he and his Episcopalian colleagues didn’t like the way the conference would be dealing with “a political issue that has polarized people in ways that we felt were unhelpful. We did not want to introduce a polarized issue into the life of the Cathedral that would have the potential to divide rather than unite. Our decision was not based upon anti-Palestinian positions. In fact, many on the Vestry [i.e. the church directors]…more

Cynthia McKinney on Leadership
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Oct 2012 – By Paul Craig Roberts Those who have followed the Republican campaign for the presidential nomination and current contest between Romney and Obama know that the United States has no political leadership in Washington. Billions of dollars have been spent on political propaganda, but not a single important issue has been addressed. The closest the campaign has come to a political issue is which candidate can grovel the lowest at the feet of Israeli prime minister Netanyahu. Romney won that contest. But for the rest, well, it is like two elementary school children sticking their tongues out at one another. The question of US political leadership has been on my mind for some time. I can remember when political leadership still existed and when bipartisan cooperation could be mustered on enough issues to keep the country and the government functioning. But no more. It might have been Newt Gingrich who, as…more

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