VTJP News & Articles 8 October 2012: Extremists Hurl Molotov Cocktails, Stones, At Jerusalem Church

8 October 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Children Evicted From Five Gaza Schools Due To Israeli Bombardment
IMEMC – The Palestinian Ministry of Education in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, evicted Monday dozens of schoolchildren from five schools, east of Khan Younis, due to heavy Israeli bombardments targeting the area. …

Extremists Hurl Molotov Cocktails, Stones, At Jerusalem Church
IMEMC – the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported reported Monday evening that Israeli extremists hurled stones, Molotov cocktails and trash at a Christian Church in occupied Jerusalem. This is the third attack targeting against a Christian holy site in recent weeks. …

Four Fishermen Arrested and a Fishing Boat Confiscated
IMEMC – Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and is concerned about the escalation of these violations, which have resulted in the arrest of four fishermen and the confiscation of a fishing boat belonging to a fisherman from the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Israel shells south Gaza amid rocket fire
10/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an)– Israeli forces fired a barrage of artillery shells on the southern Gaza Strip early Monday injuring five Palestinians, witnesses said, as Gaza brigades fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel. More than ten Israeli artillery shells landed near Ammar Ibn Yasser Mosque east of Khan Younis, causing damage to the…. Related: Hamas brigade threatens to scale-up rocket fire and Man hit by Israeli airstrike dies from injuries

Lawyers: Hunger-striking prisoners in critical condition
10/8/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hunger striking prisoners Samir Issawi and Ayman Sharawna are both in a critical condition, their lawyers told the Palestinian Authority prisoners ministry on Sunday. Sharawna has been on hunger strike since July 1, and Issawi joined a month later. They were both released under the 2011 prisoner swap deal but rearrested….

Man hit by Israeli airstrike dies from injuries
10/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Abdullah Hasan Makkawi, 25, died on Monday from injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike on the southern Gaza Strip a day earlier, the Ministry of Health said. Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said Makkawi died in Shifa Hospital. Makkawi was hit while riding his motorcycle in the Brazil neighborhood in Rafah…. Related: Israel shells south Gaza amid rocket fire

Man ‘shot by undercover Israeli soldiers’ near Bethlehem
10/8/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Undercover Israeli soldiers shot and injured a 26-year-old Palestinian man in Beit Jala on Monday, a local official said. Plain-clothes soldiers shot Sakhr Husain al-Alami, from Beit Ummar, as he traveled to work in Gilo settlement, said Muhammad Awad, the spokesman for the Beit Ummar popular committee. Al-Alami is in….

Hamas brigade threatens to scale-up rocket fire
10/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas’ military wing the Izz Addin Al-Qassam Brigades on Monday warned it would scale up its response if Israel continued military operations on the Gaza Strip. The brigades joined Islamic Jihad’s military wing in claiming responsibility for the volley of rockets fired into south Israel on Monday…. Related: Israel shells south Gaza amid rocket fire

Report: Settlers attack undercover Israeli police in Hebron
10/8/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Three young Israeli settlers are in custody on suspicion of attacking undercover Israeli officers posing as Palestinian shepherds in southern Hebron, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Israeli police said the settlers punched the officers and attacked them with clubs last week, assuming they were Palestinians, Israeli news site Ynet….

Iran official: Drone flight shows Israel is vulnerable
10/8/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — The incursion by an unmanned aircraft into Israeli airspace at the weekend exposed the weakness of Israeli air defenses, an Iranian military official was quoted as saying on Monday. The Israeli air force shot down a drone on Saturday after it crossed into southern Israel, the military said, but it remained unclear where….

Official: Cyber attackers target Iranian oil platforms
10/8/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Cyber attackers have targeted communication networks on Iranian offshore oil and gas platforms in the past few weeks, but their attacks have been repelled, a state official was quoted as saying on Monday. Iran, the world’s No. 5 oil exporter, has tightened cyber security since its uranium enrichment centrifuges were hit….

Fatah official attends funeral for former Algerian president
10/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Abbas Zaki on Monday attended the funeral ceremony of former Algerian President Chadli Bendjedid. Zaki represented President Mahmoud Abbas at the ceremony, a statement from his office said. Bendjedid died of cancer on Saturday aged 83, according to news reports. He served as president of Algeria from 1979 to 1992. [END]

Romney critiques Obama’s policy in Middle East
10/8/2012 – LEXINGTON, United States (Reuters) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a sweeping critique of President Barack Obama‘s handling of threats in the Middle East on Monday in a foreign policy address in which he tried to present himself as a credible mainstream alternative. Romney departed from his focus on the US economy to….

Judicial council calls for PA minister to be dismissed
10/8/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas assured senior judges that legal amendments will not be made without consultation with the Supreme Judicial Council, the council said Sunday. The council representatives asked Abbas to dismiss the Minister of Justice, who has championed a judicial reform proposal that outraged the Judicial Council, arguing they should have….

Unions threaten strikes over ‘low minimum wage’
10/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After a national committee announced the first minimum wage in Palestine at 1450 shekels ($375), the general federation of Palestinian trade unions has threatened to take serious steps against the decision if it is approved by the cabinet.”We decided to boycott the wage committee meeting on Sunday because we refuse….

PFLP-GC urges supporters to vote in local elections
10/8/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command on Monday urged its supporters to vote in upcoming local elections in the West Bank. A splinter group from the leftist PFLP, the group said it had decided not to nominate any of its own affiliates to run in the Oct. 20….

New Salafist party announced in Gaza
10/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Salafist movement in Gaza announced the creation of a new political party on Monday, a senior leader said. The An-Nur party, or ‘party of the Light’, will begin officially operating on Thursday after a press conference to announce its creation, senior official Muhammad Abu Jami told Ma….

PPP leader: Factions yet to receive monthly PA allowance
10/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian National Fund has not yet transferred September’s monthly allowances to PLO factions, secretary-general of the Palestinian People’s Party said Monday. Bassam al-Salihi told Ma’an that the delay in allowances may be related to the participation of some factions in recent protests over the….

Dmeiri: Security forces to protect local elections success
10/8/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces are ready to protect the electoral process in the West Bank to ensure that it is successful, spokesman Adnan Dmeiri said Monday.” Elections must be implemented with full integrity and transparency and it’s a national wedding dedicated to freedom and protecting Palestinian democracy,” he said. Palestinians….

PA: No date set for payment of September salaries
10/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has not set a date for the payment of government employees’ September salaries, PA spokeswoman Nour Odeh said Monday. The Ministry of Finance will release a statement when the salaries are available to employees, Odeh told Ma’an. On Wednesday, the PA paid part of employees….

5 injured in Qalqiliya road accidents
10/8/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Five people were hospitalized Monday after two separate road accidents in Qalqiliya, police said. Four people were injured in a car crash on Jensaffot high road. Meanwhile, in central Qalqiliya, a 12-year-old girl was hit by a car, police said in a statement. [END]

Security forces, gunmen clash in north Sinai
10/8/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out on Monday between Egyptian security forces and gunmen in north Sinai, Egyptian security sources said. Two cars without number plates drove past a security checkpoint in north Sinai and opened fire on Egyptian forces, sources told Ma’an. Police fired back at the gunmen, who fled….

Official: Turkey returns fire after Syria bombing
10/8/2012 – HACIPASA, Turkey (Reuters) — Turkey’s military launched a retaliatory strike after Syria fired a mortar bomb into countryside in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay on Monday, a Turkish state official told Reuters. It was the sixth consecutive day of Turkish retaliation against bombardment from the Syrian side of the border, where President….

Syrian forces advance into rebel-held part of Homs
10/8/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian forces advanced into the rebel-held Khalidiya district in the central city of Homs on Monday for the first time in months, rebels in the neighborhood said. Government forces fighting rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad have been bombarding 12 districts of the besieged city for four days.” For the first time….

Egypt and Turkey hold joint naval exercise
10/8/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The Egyptian and Turkish navies have begun a week-long joint drill in the eastern Mediterranean, an Egyptian military official said on Monday. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist elected in June, has sought to deepen ties with Turkey and this month addressed the conference of the ruling Turkish AK Party. Turkey was one….

Turkish president says ‘worst case’ unfolding in Syria
10/8/2012 – GUVECCI, Turkey (Reuters) — Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the “worst-case scenarios” were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would to do everything necessary to protect itself, while its army fired back for a sixth day after a shell fired from Syria flew over the border. Gul said the violence in Turkey’….

UAE: Gulf states must tackle Muslim Brotherhood threat
10/8/2012 – ABU DHABI (Reuters) — Gulf Arab countries should work together to stop Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood plotting to undermine governments in the region, the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said on Monday. The UAE, a major oil exporter and business hub, has arrested around 60 local Islamists this year, accusing them of belonging to….

Egypt’s Mursi pardons political prisoners
10/8/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi pardoned on Monday all political prisoners detained since the start of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year. The pardon covers citizens facing trial and those serving jail sentences except for those convicted of murder, the presidential spokesman said, but did not give a specific number for….


Israel strikes Gaza after Hamas retaliation
AlJazeera 8 Oct 2012 – Tanks fire shells at Gaza Strip after Palestinian groups retaliate with rockets for Sunday’s deadly Israeli airstrike. 

Palestine News Network

Health Condition of Prisoners Deteriorated, Calls For Immediate Intervention
Palestine News Network

Settlers Throw Stones at Cars in Hebron, Palestinian Injured
Palestine News Network

One Palestinian Killed in Israeli Missile on Gaza, 55 Rockets Fired on Israel
Palestine News Network

Freedom in Jordan Does Not Extend to Information
Palestine News Network

Erekat: Our Bid to the UN General Assembly, Only Solution to Face Settlement
Palestine News Network

PLO Considers Filing a Lawsuit Against Lieberman
Palestine News Network

Iranian Official: Israel to Lose 10,000 Troops If Strikes Iran
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Four Fishermen Arrested and a Fishing Boat Confiscated, PCHR Condemns Continued Israeli Violations Against Palestinian F…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Alternative Information Center

ELCA calls for investigation of military aid to Israel
Alternative Information Center – Concerned about the deteriorating conditions in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and the commitment for a just peace, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and other…

Konrad Adenauer Foundation: respect rule of law
Alternative Information Center – We are writing to you from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) to urge you in the strongest terms to cancel your co-sponsorship of the public lecture on “The Crisis…

The National

Romney attacks Obama on Iran, Syria, Iraq and Benghazi killings
The National 8 Oct 2012 – Mitt Romney, the Republican US presidental candidate accused President Barack Obama of a Middle East policy that has emboldened America’s enemies, alienated its allies and made the risk of conflict in the region greater than it had been four years ago.

UAE Foreign Minister urges action in Syria
The National 8 Oct 2012UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, says the international community must take action to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

Italy seeks Dubai man in US$36m fraud case
The National 8 Oct 2012 – Italian authorities have launched an official probe into dealings of a Dubai businessman suspected of US$36m fraud in Italy.

Euro crisis; Merkel heads for Athens maelstrom
The National 8 Oct 2012 – German chancellor Angela Merkel expects to be greeted by a mixed reaction today in Greece, where many of her of her economic decisions have impacted Greece.

College accountant forged Dh16 million worth of cheques, Dubai court hears
The National 8 Oct 2012 – A college accountant was charged in absentia after being accused of embezzling Dh15.7 million and forging 197 cheques, a Dubai court hears.

Everyone is entitled to local water, UAE website believes
The National 8 Oct 2012 – Consumers are being duped into buying more expensive imported water at some food outlets across the UAE.

UAE’s Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak visits India Club
The National 8 Oct 2012 – The UAE‘s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, praised the close connection between India and the Emirates.

Hearts reach out for Haj pilgrim
The National 8 Oct 2012 – The generosity of social networkers has led to a seriously sick woman’s dream of performing the pilgrimage being realised. But Haj, one of Islam’s pillars, has become difficult for many to undertake.

Haj: a more dangerous road for the faithful
The National 8 Oct 2012 – Two pilgrimages 28 years apart showed a world of difference.

Paris Sorbonne University aims to double student intake in Abu Dhabi
The National 8 Oct 2012 – The new executive director of Paris Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi hopes to double student intake to 1,500 by 2016.


Iran slowed progress on nuclear weapons program by eight months
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

Thousands attend funeral of murdered Eilat hotel chef
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

IDF deploys Patriot missiles in Haifa after drone breaches Israeli airspace
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

Iranian FM: If Israel wanted to attack, it would have long ago
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

WATCH: Pro-Palestinian activists interrupt JNF fundraiser in Berlin
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

Iran military official: Drone incursion shows Israel is vulnerable
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

IDF strikes Gaza sites in response to Hamas rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

Heavy mortar, rocket fire from Gaza hits southern Israel
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

Teachers threaten strike over understaffed classes
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Preschool educators call for the government to fund more classroom aides for public classes. 

Fatah: Palestinians have not abandoned armed struggle
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Member of Fatah Central Committee Aloul says “no one has dropped armed resistance from his dictionary,” points out Fatah political program has reaffirmed “resistance is legitimate right against occupation.” 

Haredim hold keys to potential early elections
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – PM to consult UTJ on whether or not to call poll, other coalition partners push for elections; Litzman: No compromise on budget. 

Jerusalem kidnapped
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Refusing to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel until Arabs agree, makes the issue a hostage to Arab demands. Such capitulation is unfair and encourages Arab intransigence. 

Assault on Jewish customs in Scandinavia
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – With the recent outlawing of circumcision in the district of Cologne, Germany, the circumcision debate was bound to find its way to neighboring Denmark. And it has. 

Aung San Suu Kyi should not avoid minority problems
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – The latest US government’s decision to lift economic sanctions should be a new impetus for both the Thein Sein government and Suu Kyi-led opposition to address ethnic conflict and human-rights violations in minority territories. 

Terra Incognita: A little pogrom in Bangladesh
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – The Western press was quite concerned about not reporting about the destruction of Hindu temples in Pakistan and burning of Buddhist temples in Bangladesh. After all, mentioning how fanaticism actually results in attacks on religious minorities might make the Barack/Clinton appeasement broadcast seem foolish. 

Our higher root cause
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – It is time for “Jewish” to mean hero; a hero that knows himself, that knows how to overcome his own ego and to love others, teaching others how to do the same. 

The Egyptian Jewish remnant against Israel
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – According to rough estimates, the Jewish community in Egypt numbered around 80,000 in 1922. Today, fewer than 100 documented Jews remain. 

Team Obama and crunch time on Tehran
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012US President Barack Obama promises “no daylight” between the US and Israel when it comes to stopping Iran’s nuclear bomb-making. But it is unlikely the US will launch military moves against Iran. 

Can sanctions change Iran’s mind?
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – The UN’s efforts to alter Iraq’s actions have been cited as an example of a successful sanctions regime. Contrary to what some people now believe (or have forgotten), sanctions on Iraq were an abject failure. 

Obama vs. Romney
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – For the record, The Jerusalem Post is not backing either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in next month’s presidential elections. 

Ignoring threats, Jordanian sworn in as Israel envoy
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Walid Obeidat rejects warnings from his clan not to become Jordan’s ambassador to Israel, fills position after 2-year vacancy. 

UAE: Gulf must tackle Muslim Brotherhood threat
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – United Arab Emirates FM Sheikh Abdullah cautions Brotherhood threatening state sovereignty, urges cooperation against Islamists. 

Romney: I will put the leaders of Iran on notice
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – In major foreign policy speech, Romney vows to “prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability,” accuses Obama of placing “daylight” between US, Israel, botching Middle East peace process. 

IDF deploys Patriot defense battery on Mt. Carmel
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Move follows drone intrusion into Negev; surface-to-air battery can intercept medium-range ballistic missiles, planes, drones. 

Iran official: Cyber attackers target oil platforms
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Mohammad Reza Golshani says Iranian offshore oil, gas platforms have been attacked, planned by “regime occupying Jerusalem.” 

Hungarian radio praises attack on Jewish leader
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Nationalist station said recent attack on 62-year-old Budapest Jewish leader was in “response to general Jewish terrorism.” 

‘UAV flight exposes weakness in Israeli air defense’
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Iranian official Jamaluddin Aberoumand says unmanned aircraft incursion into southern Israel indicates Iron Dome “does not work.” 

IDF hits Gaza targets in response to rocket barrage
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012IDF responds to 30 mortar shells bombing Hamas terror targets in Gaza; escalation follows air strike on 2 terrorists in Rafah. 

Venezuela’s Chavez re-elected to extend his rule
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Socialist president defeats youthful opposition rival; win extends Chavez’s rule to 20 years, health permitting. 

Abbas aide: PLO planning lawsuit against Liberman
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Palestinian report doesn’t specify for what the PLO seeks to sue Israeli FM, but aide decries Liberman’s call to replace Abbas. 

Libya assembly dismisses PM in no-confidence vote
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – National Congress ousts newly-elected moderate Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur after second failed attempt to form cabinet. 

Alternatively Speaking: Stay abreast of situations
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Alternative health expert Natalie Marx answers your questions: Any natural remedies to help increase breast milk production? 

Sites and Insights: Linking cisterns, rain and Torah
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – The recent discovery of a massive water reservoir by the Temple Mount underscores the importance Simhat Torah. 

Chosen Bites: Squashed to perfection
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – There is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of delicious soup, especially if it contains Butternut Squash. 

Travels with Ben-Gurion
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Yitzhak Navon reminisces about his former pupil. 

The soldiers behind the robots
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – The only maintenance center for military robots in the country created its training courses and guides from scratch. 

Not his father’s keeper
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Yair Lapid wants to follow his father Tommy into the Knesset, but without his anti-religious agenda and his provocative style. 

The Guardian

Romney on foreign policy: view from Israel and the Palestinian territories
The Guardian 8 Oct 2012 – Middle East analysts dismiss many of the Republican candidate’s suggested foreign policy changes as ‘cosmetic’ Mitt Romney’s pledge “to use America’s great power to shape history” is likely to be applauded by those in Israel who…

Inter Press Service

Besieged Homs Areas Endure Heavy Bombardment
IPS Syria’s military has intensified its shelling of rebel-held areas of the city Homs, activists say, amid reports of aerial and ground bombardment elsewhere in the country. Heavy clashes were reported between government forces and opposition fighters in Homs’ al-Khalidiyeh neighbourhood, as videos posted online appeared to show barrels of TNT…


Marching to Waziristan Meeting the Victims of a U.S. Drone Strike

Gaza: Man hit by Israeli airstrike dies from injuries

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

Secret courts: what they don’t want the British people to know

Extradited to a Future of Torture in a U.S. Supermax Prison

World Forgetting Palestinian Rights

Military Resistance 10J3: More Stupid

Military Resistance 10J2: They Shot Him

012 : A Video Roundup

‘No food, no drugs’: Libyan troops siege ex-Gaddafi stronghold

Daily Star

IFC to boost investments in Yemen, Iraq, N. Africa
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 The World Bank’s financial arm International Finance Corp (IFC) plans to increase its investments in Yemen, Iraq and North Africa next year to help support development and job creation.

Saudi bourse hits 10-week low as oil prices weigh
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 Saudi Arabia’s share index hit a 10-week low and most other Gulf Arab bourses declined as slumping oil prices and a gloomy start to the week on world markets weighed on regional sentiment.

UNICEF says agrees with Syria to expand relief efforts
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 The United Nations Children’s Fund has agreed with the Syrian government to expand humanitarian work across the country in a move that could save tens of thousands of lives.

Tunisia sacks governor of troubled Sidi Bouzid
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 The governor of Sidi Bouzid has been sacked after weeks of violence in the central region of Tunisia that was also the birthplace of last year’s revolution, local media reported on Monday.

Egypt mulls arming Sinai Bedouin security force
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 In Egypt’s restive Sinai, Bedouin leaders are pushing to take matters in their own hands and urging the government to arm their tribesmen by creating a local security force in the peninsula.

Turkish president says “worst case” unfolding in Syria
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the “worst-case scenarios” were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would do everything necessary to protect itself.

Suicide bomber attacks Syrian security compound
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 BEIRUT: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a compound of the Syrian intelligence on the outskirts of Damascus on Monday, a Syrian official said.

Romanian church in Jerusalem stoned: police
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 Police said unknown assailants threw stones, bottles and garbage at the door of a church in Jerusalem, in the third attack against Christian sites in Israel in recent weeks.

Iran would need 2-4 months to amass bomb material – think tank
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 Iran would currently need at least two to four months to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for one nuclear bomb, and additional time to make the device itself.

Romney: Obama ‘has failed to lead’ in Syria, Middle East
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 US President Barack Obama has “failed to lead in Syria” and the broader Middle East, and strains between his administration and ally Israel are emboldening Iran.

Egypt draft constitution fails to protect key rights: HRW
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 A draft Egyptian constitution heavily influenced by Islamist conservatives contains articles that could pose a serious threat to basic human rights in post-Mubarak Egypt, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

Over 32,000 killed in Syria conflict: watchdog
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 Violence across Syria has killed more than 32,000 people, most of them civilians, since the outbreak of an anti-regime revolt in March last year, a monitoring group said.

New Syria shell draws Turkish fire after UN warning
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 Turkey bombarded Syrian army positions afresh on Monday in response to what Turkish officials said was a new shell strike on a border town, just hours after UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned of the dangers.

Iran govt likely to win battle of wills over currency
Daily Star 8 Oct 2012 A battle of wills between Iran’s government and foreign exchange traders may end with authorities taking over all legal trade in the rial, leaving many Iranians to seek hard currency illegally in a poorly supplied black…

YNet News

Greece: Anonymous activists claim shutting down government websites
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Obama campaign brands Romney speech as ‘chest-pounding rhetoric’
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Syrian rebels shoot down fighter jet near Haleb
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‘Gaza hackers’ breach national theater’s website
YNet News, 8 Oct 2012 – Individuals claiming to be from Gaza Strip hack, shut down Habima National Theater’s website ….

Egypt mulls arming Sinai Bedouin security force
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Suicide bombing kills at least 15 near Damascus
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UNIFIL: No drone detected crossing from Lebanon into Israel
YNet News, 8 Oct 2012 – UN force says it hasn’t spotted any breach of Israeli airspace from Lebanon; responsibility for UAV mission yet to be claimed ….

Patriot missile battery deployed in Carmel region 
YNet News, 8 Oct 2012 – Defense forces deploy Patriot anti-missile battery near Haifa just two days after unidentified drone penetrated Israel’s airspace; IDF did not confirm two incidents are connected ….

Enough is enough 
YNet News, 8 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: It is unfathomable that some Israelis risk their lives to defend country while others do nothing ….

Jordanian border: Palestinian tried to smuggle snakes into Israel 
YNet News, 8 Oct 2012 – Security guards discover three rare snakes in Palestinian’s luggage; suspect taken into custody, snakes transferred to authorities ….

Dozens of rockets, mortars hit south
YNet News, 8 Oct 2012 – No injuries reported as Gazans launch 55 rockets, mortar shells at Eshkol Regional Council less than day after an IAF strike in Gaza injured 11; Hamas, Islamic Jihad: Attack in response to ‘Zionist crimes’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

The Jewish war on Islam 
PIC – In the last few days, millenarian Jews, protected by para-military Israel police, have been attacking and beating peaceful Muslim worshipers at the Aqsa Mosque esplanade.

Abu Sisi demands his release from solitary confinement
PIC – Isolated captive Dirar Abu Sisi, deputy head of Gaza Power Plant, appealed to all officials to work on releasing him from solitary confinement, especially after the deterioration of his health.

Barhoum: We will not allow the imposition of any Israeli equation on our people
PIC – Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, described the Israeli escalation in Gaza, which targeted civilians, mosques and children as dangerous, unjustified and criminal.

Workers in West Bank’s universities will start strikes
PIC – Workers at universities in the West Bank announced their intention to adopt escalatory steps, including strikes, if Salam Fayyad’s government does not meet their demands..

Abbas al-Sayed: next stage will witness escalation in Israeli jails
PIC – Prisoner and Hamas leader Abbas al-Sayed confirmed the prisoners’ determination to achieve their demands, in light of the occupation’s violation of the agreement..

IOA blocks entry of Jerusalemite activist into Aqsa for one month
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority has ordered Jerusalemite activist Ala’s Al-Hadad not to enter the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem for 30 days.

Education ministry evacuates five schools in southern Gaza
PIC – The education ministry in the southern Gaza Strip province of Khan Younis evacuated on Monday five schools in light of the escalating Israeli raids on the area.

Escalation of Israeli violations against holy sites last week
PIC – A Palestinian official report reported that Israeli violations against the Islamic and Christian religious sanctities in the occupied Palestinian territories have escalated during the past week.


UN Bid is Only Way to Face Settlements, says Official
WAFA – 8 Oct 2012

Israeli Artillery Shells Kkan Younis area in Gaza
WAFA – 8 Oct 2012

Weather Forecast: Chances of Rain in North
WAFA – 8 Oct 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012


In Syria, a rebellion calls for revolutionary measures
LA Times 8 Oct 2012 – Law student Hanadi, 19, is eager to see action on the front lines. Her ticket? A marriage of convenience to a militia commander fighting to oust Bashar Assad. DAMASCUS, Syria — The crack of a sniper rifle and the boom of exploding shells seemed to…

Tehran calm but Iran merchants fear more currency turmoil
LA Times 7 Oct 2012 – Authorities keep a lid on protests, but analysts warn of hyperinflation, which could have dire consequences for consumers and the government. TEHRAN — The black-market money changers are lying low these days here in Iran’s capital, feeling the heat of a government that has singled…

Egypt rights activists seeing hopes dissolve
LA Times 8 Oct 2012 – Women and minorities had wanted guarantees of equal rights, but that goal seems out of reach now that control of Egypt has shifted to an Islamist president. CAIRO — Eman Mostafa, a village girl from southern Egypt, was shot and killed last month when she…

Iran Places New Restrictions on Currency Trading
New York Times 8 Oct 2012 – The police moved to arrest unlicensed currency dealers and increase patrols in Tehran to prevent unofficial trading from disrupting new official exchange rates for Iran’s currency, the rial. 

Westerners With Syrian Ties Trickle In to Help Rebels
New York Times 8 Oct 2012 – As the war drags on, some people of Syrian descent, from the United States and other Western countries, have traveled to Syria to help in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad. 

Romney Remains Vague on Foreign Policy Details
New York Times 8 Oct 2012 – Mitt Romney has yet to explain how he would conduct policy toward the Middle East, or to resolve deep ideological rifts within the Republican Party. 

Syria Accuses Turkey of Imperialist Delusions as Border Shelling Resumes
New York Times 8 Oct 2012 – Both insurgent sympathizers and the Syrian government described an extremely violent day in the nearly 19-month-old uprising in the country, with unverified accounts of killings and destruction. 

Rebels Clash With Syrian Security Forces Near Lebanon
New York Times 8 Oct 2012 – Fighting was reported at the Lebanon border and in Aleppo on Sunday as Turkish forces fired back into Syria for the fifth consecutive day in retaliation for cross-border shelling. 

Lebanon Says Israeli Planes Circled Its Airspace for an Hour
New York Times 8 Oct 2012 – The morning after the Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified drone, the Lebanese government said that four Israeli warplanes spent an hour illegally circling in its airspace. 

Israel Launches Airstrikes After Attacks From Gaza
New York Times 8 Oct 2012 – Israeli warplanes responded to rocket fire from Gaza on Monday by launching airstrikes, in a flare-up that began Sunday when Israel fired missiles against two suspected members of jihadist groups. 

IDF Failure Allows Hezbollah-Iranian Drone to Overfly Israeli Cities, Military Bases
Tikun Olam – The IDF displayed yet another embarrassing failure in defending the homeland yesterday regarding the Iranian drone launched under the auspices of Hezbollah from Lebanon.  Yediot’s Alex Fishman, one of the few forthright Israeli defense reporters notes (print only) that the aerial vehicle was allowed to fly…

7 former board members of Free Gaza Movement deplore anti-Semitic messaging
Mondoweiss – Ali Abunimah has posted the following statement from former board members of the Free Gaza Movement. As former board members of the Free Gaza movement (our terms ended in August, as outlined in a 22 September statement released by Free Gaza, though this was not immediately…

Roger Waters says Israel’s staggering record of impunity from world’s judgment is due to elephant in the room: the lobby
Mondoweiss – Saturday in New York was a special day. Two halls on either side of downtown were jammed with leftwingers for whom Palestine has become a central issue. What Central America was in the 80s or South Africa in the 90s– the Palestine moment is now. The…

Update: IDF deploys Patriot missiles in Haifa, Israeli warplanes stage mock raids over southern Lebanon, break sound barrier
Mondoweiss – ( Update below: Israel deploys Patriot missiles in Haifa after drone breaches Israeli airspace ) Two days ago,  Israel downed a drone invading its airspace. Yesterday, in blatant contravention of Resolution 1701 and Lebanon‘s sovereignty, Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace by staging mock raids over villages in southern…

Romney’s ‘no daylight’ pledge between US and Israel means that Israel will lead us — Dajani
Mondoweiss – Mitt Romney gave a major foreign-policy speech today in which he declared of Israel:  “The world must never see daylight between our two nations.” Some quick responses from experts: Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada: Romney said little different than Obama about the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, suggesting…

The US legacy of Bagram prison
Mondoweiss – The father of Hamidullah Khan, who was 14 when he was abducted and handed over to the U.S., relates his story Abdul was just 20 years old when he drove his father to the medical clinic one day for an exam. He dropped his father off,…

Exile and the prophetic: Adelson’s triumph signals Israel’s end as a battlefield for Jewish identity
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. What a political week that wasn’t political in any sense of moving toward a better world.  Yes, I’m thinking about the Presidential…

Iran Would Need 2-4 Months to Amass Bomb Material 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Oct 2012 – Iran would currently need at least two to four months to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for one nuclear bomb, and additional time to make the device itself, a U.S. security institute said on Monday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Air Strike Wounds 10 in Gaza 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Oct 2012 – A missile fired by an Israeli aircraft hit and wounded two Palestinian militants and eight bystanders in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian hospital officials said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gazans Stage Soccer Protest of Shalit’s Barcelona Visit 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Oct 2012 – Palestinians freed from Israeli jails held their own version of the Barcelona-Real Madrid soccer match on Sunday to protest at the presence of a former captive Israeli soldier at the actual fixture. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran: Drone Flight Shows Israel Vulnerable 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Oct 2012 – The incursion by an unmanned aircraft into Israeli airspace at the weekend exposed the weakness of Israeli air defences, an Iranian military official was quoted as saying on Monday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sudan: Israel to Extradite 15,000 Sudanese Asylum Seekers 
allAfrica.com 7 Oct 2012 – [Sudan Tribune]London -Israel’s interior minister Eli Yishai said on Wednesday 15,000 Sudanese asylum seekers will be detained from October 15, claiming they are not refugees; something which the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) disputes.

Libya: Iranian Red Crescent Workers Released in Libya 
allAfrica.com 8 Oct 2012 – [Magharebia]Seven Iranian Red Crescent workers kidnapped more than two months ago in Benghazi were freed on Saturday (October 6th), a day after Libyan Red Crescent chief Abdulhamid Elmedani called for their release, Libya Herald reported.

Egypt: Foreign Minister – Iran Is Part of Syrian Crisis, Should Help in Solution 
allAfrica.com 8 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr asserted in an interview with Al-Ahram newspaper on 8/10/2012 that the coming phase will witness promoting joint cooperation with the countries of South America.

BDS key to a “just peace,” says Palestinian Christian boycott activist 
Global BDS 8 Oct 2012 – This summer, headlines about Palestine dominated news from gatherings of Christian churches. North America’s  United Methodist Church , the  Presbyterian Church (USA) , and  United Church of Canada  voted to boycott  products from Israeli settlements . Meanwhile the  Church of England’s General Synod [council] affirmed its support  for the …

Angela Davis: Dismissal of Palestinians is reminiscent of Jim Crow days 
Global BDS 5 Oct 2012 – The controversy generated by Newt Gingrich’s outrageous statement last year that Palestinians are “an invented people” should have led to greater caution in the formulation of politicians’ public statements on Israel and Palestine. However, this seems not to have been the case: Mitt Romney recently offered…

Egypt pardons ‘revolutionaries’ 
BBC 8 Oct 2012 – Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi pardons all those arrested during the uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak, state media says.

‘Saudi weapons’ found in Syria 
BBC 8 Oct 2012 – The BBC finds evidence that weapons intended for the Saudi military have been diverted to Syrian rebels in the city of Aleppo.

Syrian author shares Pinter prize 
BBC 8 Oct 2012 – Samar Yazbek, whose latest book is an account of the Assad regime written inside Syria, will share the Pen Pinter prize with poet Carol Anne Duffy.

Strikes on Gaza after rocket fire 
BBC 8 Oct 2012 – Israel carries out strikes at targets in the Gaza Strip, injuring five people, after Palestinian militants fire about 50 rockets into southern Israel.

Dennis Banks: Palestinian Suffering Under U.S.-Backed Occupation Recalls Plight of Native Americans 
Sabbah report 8 Oct 2012 – Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14162 Dennis Banks, the legendary Native American activist and co-founder of the American Indian Movement, was in New York City this weekend to serve as a jurist at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine , an international people’s tribunal created in 2009 to bring attention to…

Palestine Solidarity Billboards Go Up Across South Africa 
Sabbah report 8 Oct 2012 – By Antoine Raffoul | Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14138 The Palestinian solidarity movement in South Africa (through  BDS South Africa  and the  Palestine Solidarity Alliance ) have taken out over 12 billboards (large outdoor displays) across the country graphically explaining the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian lands and the dispossession of…

Muhammad: The Prophet of Mercy For Our Time 
Sabbah report 8 Oct 2012 – By Mohamed Khodr | Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14129 “And, thus, (O Prophet) We have sent you as a Mercy to the worlds” (Quran: 21:107) “And know that God invites (humanity) unto the abode of peace, and guides him that wills to be guided onto a straight path.” (Quran:…

Palestine: One or Two State Solution? 
Sabbah report 8 Oct 2012 – Illustration by David Klein by Stephen Lendman | Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14125Opinions vary. Why isn’t clear. Years ago, two states were possible. No longer. Israel controls over half the West Bank and much of East Jerusalem . More is added daily. When completed, the apartheid wall will control…

The 100-Day Debate 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 8 Oct 2012 – Cairo – It’s been 100 days. Much has been said about reviewing President Mohamed Mursi’s commitment to his 100-day plan. There are the level-headed analyses , the spiteful critics and the fanatic supporters. read more

The Myth of Kuwaiti Democracy 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 8 Oct 2012 – “We just want to be like Kuwait” is a sentence that one might often hear from people of the Gulf – specifically Saudis and Bahrainis. The sentence reflects either their desire for greater individual freedoms or to be able to express themselves freely in politics. In…

The Cult of Ziad Rahbani 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 8 Oct 2012 – For people between the ages of 18 and 35, Ziad Rahbani is the biggest celebrity there is. Some non-Lebanese may not be aware of the extent and reach of the Ziad Rahbani cult. You will find young people in Lebanon who can recite entire dialogues and…

Syria: When Will Both Sides Wake Up? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 8 Oct 2012 – Participants of a political forum under the title of “Political Dialogue and National Reconciliation Path to Restore Stability and Security” sit in a room in Damascus 8 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled al-Hariri) Participants of a political forum under the title of “Political Dialogue and…

Yemen’s Universities Want Rid Of Military Rule 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2012 – Pro-democracy protesters at the time had mixed feelings about this move. (Photo: Atiaf Alwazir) Pro-democracy protesters at the time had mixed feelings about this move. (Photo: Atiaf Alwazir) Students in Yemen’s capital are mobilizing to demand the end of the military presence on their campus. Their…

Chadli Bendjedid: The Godfather of Algerian Democracy 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2012 – Algerian security forces escort the hearse of late Algerian president Chadli Bendjedid during his funeral in Algiers on 8 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Farouk Batiche) Algerian security forces escort the hearse of late Algerian president Chadli Bendjedid during his funeral in Algiers on 8 October…

Egypt Chokes Off Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2012 – Photo Blog by Shuaib Abu Jahal The Tunnels of Life are used by Gazans to get essential supplies into their besieged strip. Individual tunnels run for a few hundred meters from one side of the Egyptian-Palestinian border to the other. Egypt’s authorities have used an attack…

Racist Business as Usual at Beirut Airport 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2012 – “Even if you complain, this will be thrown away and we dare you to do anything about it.” (Photo: Bilal Jawich) “Even if you complain, this will be thrown away and we dare you to do anything about it.” (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Beirut – On October…

Civil Marriage in Lebanon: The Time Is Now 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2012 – If there was political will to find a solution, they would have created subcommittees. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) If there was political will to find a solution, they would have created subcommittees. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) As the story goes, at the height of the Lebanese civil war,…

Bahrain rejects appeal to release jailed activist 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2012 – Leading Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who was sentenced to three years in prison in August for organizing demonstrations, was denied a request for release, his lawyer announced today. “The court rejects the request for the release of Nabeel Rajab and to stop the implementation…

A Dutchman’s Vendetta Against Hezbollah 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Oct 2012 – Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Rosenthal addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, 28 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Mike Segar) Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Rosenthal addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly…

Iraq Struggles to See the Light 
Al-Akhbar Politics 7 Oct 2012 – A worker adjusts a pipe at the Nassiriya oilfield in Nassiriya, 300km southeast of Baghdad, on 8 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Atef Hassan) A worker adjusts a pipe at the Nassiriya oilfield in Nassiriya, 300km southeast of Baghdad, on 8 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters -…


Jim Crow and the Palestinians 
Angela Davis, CounterPunch 10/8/2012
      Regimes of Dehumanization and Segregation
     The controversy generated by Newt Gingrich’s outrageous statement last year that Palestinians are “an invented people” should have led to greater caution in the formulation of politicians’ public statements on Israel and Palestine. However, this seems not to have been the case: Mitt Romney recently offered the judgment that “Palestinians have no interest in peace” as if he were making an uncontested factual observation.
     This was the moral equivalent of saying that African Americans were never interested in ending Jim Crow or that black South Africans did not want to see Apartheid dismantled.
     It is revealing that Romney proposed this characterization of Palestinians’ political stance in the same speech (at a fund-raiser among the ultra-wealthy in Florida) in which he insisted that 47 percent of the people in this country believe that they are entitled to government assistance and do not want to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
     The convergence of backward positions regarding governmental guarantees of universal availability of food, health care, housing, and other necessities and retrograde policies on settler colonialism practiced by Israel might be expected. But the Democratic Party scarcely fares better when it comes to Israel and Palestine.
     At its recent national convention, the party leadership chose to disregard voting preferences of delegates by passing a two-thirds voice vote — despite the fact that the convention’s oral response clearly indicated otherwise — asserting that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Such flagrantly undemocratic behavior summons up such past moments in convention history as the conduct toward Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964. more.. e-mail

Seven Deadly Myths 
Lia Tarachansky, Israeli Occupation Archive 10/8/2012
      My name is Lia Tarachansky and I’m a Russian-Israeli (and Canadian) video journalist covering Israel/Palestine for The Real News. I’m also the director of this upcoming documentary, Seven Deadly Myths (working title).
     I’ve just found out Seven Deadly Myths was selected as a semi-finalist in the documentary competition Cuban Hat. If we win, most of our post-production costs will be covered. To move on to the finals, we need you to vote for us (leave the “pledge” line empty and remember to click the link in the confirmation e-mail you’ll receive).
     This film tells the stories of four veterans of the 1948 war that erased from the Israeli landscape hundreds of Palestinian villages and connects their stories to the modern-day Palestinian dispossession through the occupation and settlements. The film also profiles my personal journey from a place of denial, growing up in a settlement in the heart of the occupied West Bank, to confronting a landscape of erasure and denial.
     This film is important not just as a documentary about the Middle East and our conflict. It is a film that challenges taboos and sheds light into the darkest corners of colonialism. Thanks to this film I have already had the privilege of addressing audiences all over the world, from South Africa to North America, Europe and Israel itself, and discover that because the voices in this film are of those who themselves participated in the processes of denial, it opens conversations and spaces for change that otherwise remain barbwired in contention.
     We’ve filmed it, but we need help to edit and finish its post-production. You can find more information about the film on our website, donate to our Indie Go Go campaign, and vote for us to become finalists in the Cuban Hat competition. The clock is ticking as the deadlines are coming up fast for both. — See also: Seven Deadly Myths more.. e-mail

Christian Zionists Back Israel’s Risky Policy Decisions 
Tristan Sturm, CounterPunch 10/8/2012
      The Quest to Induce the Second Coming
     Christian Zionists increasingly act as if they were religious Jews until the End. They refer to the year 5773; many have changed their day of Sabbath from Sunday to Saturday; some have made aliyah through the use of suspect Jewish ancestry, or are on indefinitely renewed tourist visas; they donate millions of dollars indirectly to settlements activity and provide various IDF battalions military equipment; their national allegiance is seemingly stronger to Israel than America, as illustrated by their condemnation of US policy that criticizes Israel because Israeli policy is understood as God sanctioned and therefore infallible; and they make pilgrimages to Israel less to celebrate Christ and more to “witness the incoming” of Jews to Israel.
     Christian Zionists also increasingly celebrate Jewish holidays, including this week’s Sukkot, by way of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem’s (ICEJ) “Feast of Tabernacles” conference. This week, 7000 Christian Zionists will descend into Jerusalem for this conference at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. The Feast of Tabernacles is the largest non-Jewish tourist event in the State of Israel. Each year Israel’s PM has addressed this body. As in previous years, Netanyahu is eager to address these Christian Zionist pilgrims to gain support for the bombing of Iran.
     Since its inception in the 1980s, the organizers have structured the Feast’s itinerary around an existential threat to Israel. In the 1990s it was Oslo threatening Israel’s territorial integrity, and in 2008/9 it was rockets being launched into southern Israel from Gaza. This is an attempt to ferment anxiety around the promise of Armageddon and Christ’s return to earth. This year, the threat will be Iran’s nuclear armament. But this concern is not simply contingent upon the fallout from Israel’s threat to strike Iran; rather it resonates with deeper prophetic concerns that have long seen nuclear weapons as the cause of the apocalypse. Indeed, immediately following the Cold War, Iran replaces the USSR as the purveyor of global nuclear war. more.. e-mail

Ireland has a moral duty to ban goods from Israeli settlements 
Electronic Intifada: 8 Oct 2012 – Stephen McCloskey 8 October 2012 While the Irish foreign minister has made some positive noises, more pressure is needed to bar imports of products from Israeli settlements.more

No Justice at Qalandiya
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Oct 2012 – By Tamar Fleishman ‘This is what’s on the agenda now at Qalandiya’, a Palestinian man rightly said. For over two weeks the place has been burning. On the week of the 12th anniversary of the start of the El-Aqsa Intifada, on the day of the murder of the child Muhammad A-Dura, during the days that mark the October 2000 Events, the situation at Qalandiya seems to be on the verge of explosion. I talked about the symbolism of these dates with a friend that in a comradely gesture offered me help by handing a cloth soaked with alcohol, so as to ease the burning sensation from the gas fumes. He said he thought the youngsters weren’t aware of this coincidence. I don’t know, but I saw their faces and they were raging and their body language spoke of determination and they acted with defiance when throwing stones at the checkpoint…more

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One thought on “VTJP News & Articles 8 October 2012: Extremists Hurl Molotov Cocktails, Stones, At Jerusalem Church

  1. InI says:

    Unfortunately, there’s nothing ‘inevitable’ about the demise of capitalism, short of the entire destruction of the ecosystem. It takes people acting together and right now, at least in the UK, there’s no sign of such an event taking place.


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