VTJP News & Articles 9 October 2012: Israel’s abuse of anti-Semitism tackled head-on in new memoir

9 October 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

1 Palestinian Man Assassinated, Another Wounded
IMEMC – 8 civilians, including 4 children and 1 woman, Injured In The Attack The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the assassination, on Sunday, 07 October 2012, of 1 Palestinian man and the severe injury of another. 8 civilian bystanders, including 4 children and 1 woman, were also wounded in the attack. … 

Child Who Was Violently Attacked By Israel Police Released
IMEMC – Last Friday, several Israeli policemen, in full riot gear, violently attacked and punched a Palestinian child from Jerusalem and kidnapped him. The child was released Tuesday and was placed under house arrest. VIDEO ATTACHED …

Soldiers Kidnap Wife Of Political Prisoner In Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, the wife of detainee Mohammad Atiyya Abu Warda, after breaking into her home in Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. …

Settlers Cut Dozens Of Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC – Local sources reported that a group of armed extremist settlers of the Aliyea illegal settlement cut dozens of Olive trees that belong to residents of Qaryout village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Ma’an News

PA: Settlers destroy 120 olive trees in Nablus
10/9/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Jewish extremists cut down over 120 olive trees on private Palestinian land in Nablus on Tuesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. The vandals were from the illegal settlement of Eli, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an. Eyewitnesses said the settlers used chainsaws….

Al-Barq to ‘resume hunger strike’ if not released to Egypt
10/9/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Samir al-Barq plans to resume his hunger strike if Israel does not release him from jail to Egypt as agreed in September, his lawyer said Tuesday. Palestinian prisoners society lawyer Jawad Bulus visited al-Barq in Ramle prison clinic on Monday. Al-Barq ended his strike on Sept. 23 after learning Egypt and….

Hidden health crisis facing Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
10/9/2012 – JOHANNESBURG (IRIN) — New research has uncovered the hidden health toll that refugee life in Lebanon has taken on more than 400,000 Palestinians. UK medical journal The Lancet has published a series of abstracts drawn from a meeting of public health researchers, The Lancet-Palestine Health Alliance, in Beirut in March 2012. The Alliance aims to “strengthen…. Related: 012

Netanyahu announces early Israeli election
10/9/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Tuesday for an early election, seeking to strengthen his political position after signalling that any military action against Iran could be months away. Opinion polls suggest Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party will coast to victory in the national vote, which he said in a televised…. Related: Israel’s Netanyahu to make statement amid election talk

Palestinian militants warn Israel not to invade Gaza
10/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian resistance factions on Tuesday warned Israel not to invade the Gaza Strip, as an Israeli military commander spoke about the possibility of another war on the coastal enclave. A senior Israeli commander told the Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv on Tuesday that a large-scale military operation into Gaza was “inevitable” due….

PA endorses minimum wage, workers reject
10/9/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority endorsed a national minimum wage for the first time Tuesday, but protesting workers said it was too low. The cabinet in Ramallah endorsed a wage committee’s recommendation at its weekly meeting, setting the minimum wage at 1,450 shekels ($375) per month. PA ministers “commended the committee….

Police stop 10-seater minibus carrying 35 children
10/9/2012 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Police on Tuesday impounded a 10-seater minibus found carrying 35 children in Tulkarem in the northern West Bank. A police patrol stopped the vehicle to check its license and found 35 children being transported to a kindergarten, police said in a statement. [END]

Man shot by gunmen in Yatta
10/9/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A man was shot in Yatta on Monday by unidentified gunmen, medics said. Nidal Issa al-Jabour, 25, was taken to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron with moderate injuries to the back and abdomen, a Red Crescent official told Ma’an. The circumstances behind the shooting are unclear. [END]

Hebron hosts conference on sports for disabled children
10/9/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Local and international organizations took part in a conference in Hebron on sports for children with disabilities, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron said Sunday. The conference focused on the importance of play and sports activities for young people with disabilities, TIPH said in a statement.” It is through play that….

Israel’s Netanyahu to make statement amid election talk
10/9/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will issue a statement on Tuesday evening, his office said, amid speculation that he would call an early national election that polls suggest he can win comfortably. Israeli commentators have said Netanyahu was likely to announce an election for January or February, months ahead of the official end…. Related: Netanyahu announces early Israeli election

Hajj pilgrims to leave Gaza for Mecca
10/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The first group of pilgrims will leave Gaza on Tuesday to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia, a ministry official said. Adel al-Sawalha, director of the pilgrimage department at Gaza’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, told Ma’an that around 660 people would leave Gaza on Tuesday. They will….

Official: Gaza date bars to be exported to West Bank
10/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Date bars produced in the Gaza Strip are set to be shipped to the West Bank on Tuesday as Israel reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing after closing it for a Jewish holiday, a Gaza official said. Crossing official Raed Fattouh told Ma’an that three truckloads of date bars….

Gunmen stab, attempt to kidnap Sinai policeman
10/9/2012 – El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Masked gunmen stabbed and attempted to kidnap a policeman in the Sinai peninsula on Tuesday, a Ma’an correspondent said.” The policeman tried to resist the gunmen who stabbed him. He was seriously injured and transferred to hospital for treatment,” the reporter said. The Egyptian police officer was with….

Rebels: Suicide bombers hit Syria security complex
10/9/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Rebel suicide bombers struck overnight at an Air Force Intelligence compound on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, killing or wounding at least 100 people, insurgents and activists said on Tuesday. The militant Islamist group al-Nusra Front said it had mounted the attack because it was used a center for torture….

Taliban shoot 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl campaigning for peace
10/9/2012 – PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) — Taliban gunmen in Pakistan shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday a 14-year-old schoolgirl who rose to fame for speaking out against the militants, authorities said. Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck when gunmen fired on her school bus in the Swat valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad. Two….

Gadhafi’s son will receive a fair trial at home, Libya says
10/9/2012 – THE HAGUE (Reuters) — Libya can guarantee the son of its former dictator a fair trial, Libyan government lawyers said Tuesday at a hearing on whether Saif al-Islam Gadhafi should face justice at home or at the International Criminal Court. Accusations by ICC defense lawyers acting for Muammar Gadhafi’s son that he was physically….

Tunisian kids’ magazine to be prosecuted for petrol bomb guide
10/9/2012 – TUNIS (Reuters) — A popular Tunisian children’s magazine is to be prosecuted for telling its young readers how to make a petrol bomb, officials said on Tuesday. The latest edition of “Qaws Quzah”, Arabic for “Rainbow”, featured a piece about the history of petrol bombs in its “Knowledge Corner”, including detailed instructions and a….

No reply to cables asking for more security for Benghazi
10/9/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A US security officer formerly stationed in Libya has told lawmakers he sent two cables to the State Department requesting more security agents for the American mission in Benghazi but received no response. The officer, Eric Nordstrom, also said that a State Department official, Charlene Lamb, wanted to keep the number of US….

UN concerned by reports medical facilities used in Syria
10/9/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United Nations is “extremely concerned” by reports that medical facilities and vehicles were being used to carry out violence in Syria’s 18-month conflict, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.” Medical facilities, equipment and personnel must not be targeted or used for military purposes,” Ban spokesman….

Palestine News Network

Hussam: Palestinian Female Prisoners in Sharon Suffer Harsh Detention Conditions
Palestine News Network

Rocket from the Gaza Strip Hit Ashkol
Palestine News Network

Popular Front Claims Responsibility for Firing 4 Rockets at Israel
Palestine News Network

The Freedom Bus – A Historic Freedom Ride
Palestine News Network

Settlers Uproot 120 Olive Trees in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Italians Protest Weapons Sales to Israel
Palestine News Network

AICafe: Chavez Victory in Venezuela
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Renewed Israeli Escalation in the Gaza Strip: 1 Palestinian man killed and another wounded, along with 8 civilians, incl…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

Lebanon: Hidden health crisis facing Palestinian refugees
Relief Web 9 Oct 2012 – Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory JOHANNESBURG, 9 October 2012 (IRIN) – New research has uncovered the hidden health toll that refugee life in Lebanon has taken on more than 400,000 Palestinians. UK medical journal The…

The National

Microsoft’s Bill Gates: UAE key in global fight to end polio
The National 9 Oct 2012 – The billionaire philanthropist, speaking in Abu Dhabi, said his ‘highest priority’ is to finish his quest of making the disease extinct.

Rising unemployment of Emirati women cause for concern, experts warn
The National 9 Oct 2012 – The Abu Dhabi Human Development Report highlights unemployment among Emiratis, particularly women, as a key issue for the emirate’s government.

Bill Gates spreads philanthropy in the UAE
The National 9 Oct 2012US billionaire Bill Gates is urging the wealthy in the UAE to give to the poor.

Junk food taken off the menu in UAE schools
The National 9 Oct 2012 – The Ministry of Education is setting nutritional guidelines for canteens in government schools in a bid to promote healthy eating habits among young people in the Emirates.

Bill Gates to Abu Dhabi Media Summit: ‘Innovate to help the poor’
The National 9 Oct 2012 – Microsoft chairman and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates speaks to delegates at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit about using technology to help the poor.

Study shows Emiratis and expats in UAE prefer overseas medical care
The National 9 Oct 2012 – A health authority study reveals that both Emiratis and expats go overseas for more skilled medics and shorter waiting times.

Minimum wage for Filipino maids in Saudi a model for Gulf countries
The National 9 Oct 2012 – Take our poll: Recruiters, welcoming new rules of employment agreed between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, say agreement could be a model for other countries employing domestic workers. 

Dubai to expand home care programme for senior citizens
The National 8 Oct 2012 – The Community Development Authority (CDA) launches the Weleef initiative in Dubai which provides care services to elderly UAE nationals.

UAE pushes to boost security talks in Asia
The National 9 Oct 2012 – Members of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (Cica) met yesterday to discuss how to improve cooperation between Asian nations.


Agassi steps down from Better Place’s board
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Police thwart ‘attempted hit’ on suspected mobster
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Head of Jewish Agency’s Oranim program to resign post
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

New moms learn to reduce risk of heart disease in children
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

The line to join Bibi’s next government
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

First major rain of the season washes black sewage in Tel Aviv out to the sea
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Bird(watchers) of a feather should flock together … in Israel
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Bibi II hands back the keys
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Netanyahu stands unchallenged in Israel’s political landscape
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

WATCH: Israeli policeman punches a handcuffed East Jerusalem resident
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Netanyahu announces early elections
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Abbas proposes Israel peace talks after UN vote on ‘nonmember state’ status
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Religious leaders call on U.S. Congress to rethink military aid to Israel
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Israeli women’s coalition wants to become a force to be reckoned with
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

IDF dog-training exercise is no picnic for Israelis on holiday
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Azerbaijan jails 22 Iranian-hired spies who plotted attack on Israeli, U.S. targets
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Kuwaiti newspaper names Israel’s finance minister as source of Iran leaks
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

U.S., Israel considering joint ‘surgical strike’ on Iran’s nuclear facilities
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Thousands attend funeral of hotel chef murdered by American
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Masked youths attack Kibbutz Movement leader in West Bank settlement
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

Israeli public housing applicants blast state for ‘bureaucratic terror’ policy
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2012

The Arab Spring is far from over
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem artist and healer dies in Toronto
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Azriel Cohen, who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 47, was known in the capital as a “mystical renaissance man.” 

Housing, technology Israelis’ costliest expenses
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – 2011 Household Expenditure Survey also finds 71% of households have two or more cellphones, 78% own a computer. 

Saudi: Corruption, dictators the enemy, not Israel
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Saudi journalist says that the ‘real enemies of Arab world’ are corruption and dictators, not the Jewish state. 

Shapira: Don’t raise food prices before open debate
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – State Comptroller takes exceptional step of publicly attempting to delay anticipated ministerial decision to raise food prices. 

Survey: Students more dependent on parents
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – The average amount of parental financial help to students in 2012 so far climbed to NIS 14,355, 15 percent increase from last year. 

Arab-Israeli unemployment much higher than thought
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – The share of Arabs among all unemployed Israelis is around 30 percent, twice that of earlier estimates. 

Damaging Israel’s scientific reputation
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Borderline Views: Much harm is being done to the name of Israel’s scientific community. The CHE must return to being a professional body, free from political ideologies and pressures. 

Encountering Peace: Zionist fantacide
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – It is a lie to claim that partition is no longer possible. It is squarely against the interests of Israelis and Palestinians to claim that the two-state solution is dead. Neither one of us is willing to concede the right of self determination. 

The Taliban, Salafi ideology: Learning from history
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Salafism is the inspiration for the Taliban ideology, and both have manifested themselves in the battlegrounds of Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

Romney won by two touchdowns
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – This could be the only presidential debate ever won so definitively in the absence of some obvious and ruinous gaffe, like Gerald Ford’s “there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.” 

Anti-jihad ads
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – AFDI’s anti-jihad ad might be distasteful to some. But it is precisely when a message is controversial that true freedom of expression is tested. 

Netanyahu calls early elections ‘as soon as possible’
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Prime Minister announces elections must be held soon as current Knesset will not be able to pass responsible budget; earliest possible date for vote is three months after dissolution of Knesset. 

US report: Israel-US discussing joint Iran attack
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Uzi Arad says that while report not divorced from US politics, public airing of discussion adds pressure on Iran. 

Shin Bet: Steinitz didn’t leak secret Iran intel
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Finance minister blames Barak’s office for Kuwaiti report claiming he gave reporters information from security cabinet meetings. 

Police: Mobsters tried to kill crime kingpin Domrani
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Criminals plotted to fire a missile at the house of mob kingpin Shalom Domrani, in an ongoing feud between rival gangsters. 

Greek police, protesters clash during Merkel visit
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Tens of thousands defy ban on protests to voice displeasure with German chancellor; four in military uniform give Merkel Nazi salute. 

French Jew shares coveted Nobel Prize in Physics
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Serge Haroche, of Moroccan origin, wins prize with American David Wineland for groundbreaking advances in quantum systems. 

#USelections2012: Romney resurgent
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – This Week: Obama takes a drubbing in the first presidential debate; Romney puts Big Bird on the chopping block. 

Barbra Streisand: From Funny Girl to Funny Momma
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Legendary Jewish singer talks family, Romney and environment at first show of her “Back to Brooklyn” tour. 

‘If attacked, Iran’s response would be crushing’
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Iranian president Ahmadinejad admits the “possibility of an attack against Iran cannot be ignored,” according to Fars news agency. 

Support Sherman, not Berman
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Whereas they are very similar on domestic issues, the far better candidate for Israel is Brad Sherman. 

Israel is on its own vis-à-vis Iran
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – For 60 years, America has rejected military action against nuclear programs. Iran won’t be the exception. 

Gilad: Intercepted UAV failed at both its missions
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Defense Ministry official says UAV incursion into Negev failed to collect data, did not hurt Israel’s air defense reputation. 

UTJ: PM prefers passing budget to early elections
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – United Torah Judaism, other coalition partners push for elections in meetings with Netanyahu; Litzman: No compromise on budget. 

The Palestinian great escape?
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012PA police have apprehended nearly 2,000 people trying to escape prosecution by feeling to Jordan. 

Wandering Jew: Budapest’s heroes and villains
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – While Budapest is full of painful memories for Jews, it’s also the birthplace of modern Zionism and the home of heroes. 

IMF forecasts for Iran show limited sanction impact
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Report indicates that despite Western sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program, Iran can recuperate economy by next year. 

Syria clashes intensify near Turkey border
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Concern over spillover of violence into Turkey heightens after Rasmussen warns that NATO will defend Turkish sovereignty. 

UN: One in eight of world population going hungry
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – While there is a decline in food insecurity, UN says it is slowed by an upwards trend in food prices in the last 5 years. 

Suicide bombers hit Syria security complex
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2012 – Rebel group Al-Nusra claims responsibility for the attack on Damascus Air Force Intelligence units loyal to Assad. 

UN completes probe into false tweet about Gaza
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Findings not yet released after completion of investigation into tweet of photo falsely claiming Palestinian killed by IDF. 

Gov’t invites Shaare Zedek to run Bikur Cholim
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Bikur Cholim has been suffering for the past decade from a “severe managerial crisis,” says director-general Halevy. 

‘Palestinians have not abandoned armed struggle’
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Fatah Central Committee member Aloul says party’s program has reaffirmed “resistance is legitimate right against occupation.” 

Women’s group battles anti-Semitism in Italy
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – Binah is taking a stand against what it deems a renewed legitimization of Italy’s fascist past and anti-Semitism. 

Ecumenical red lines
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2012 – In the face of the unprecedented contemporary challenge of the “religionization” of politics and its grave humanitarian and strategic implications, it behooves the international community to draw a red line of unacceptable behavior in the name of religion for any cause. 

The Guardian

Binyamin Netanyahu calls early general election in Israel
The Guardian 9 Oct 2012 – Israeli PM announces vote early next year, with campaign likely to focus on economy and security Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has called a general election early next year in a move designed to avoid a…

Romney attacks Obama over Middle East policy – video
The Guardian 9 Oct 2012 – The Republican presidential candidate calls for the US to pursue its traditional role as the world’s policeman

Raja Shehadeh: ‘Every aspect of Palestinian life is affected by the occupation’ – video
The Guardian 9 Oct 2012 – Palestinian writer and lawyer Raja Shehadeh talks about his experiences growing up in the West Bank Josh Strauss David Shariatmadari

Inter Press Service

Israeli Academics Fight for Freedom
IPS As the political science department at a major Israeli university has been threatened with closure in the 2013 school year, professors and students say the move reflects the politicisation of Israeli academia, and threatens basic freedoms. “These are very dark days for academic freedom in Israel and freedom of speech…


012 : A Video Roundup

Overwrought Empire The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power

The Naqab Series I: A conversation with the head of Al Araqib

012 “AD”

‘We win, you lose’: Taliban jeers at US, NATO as Afghan war enters 12th year

A Challenge to Obama Supporters and Everyone Who Cares About The Future Of the Planet

Gaza-based human rights worker prevented from entering U.S.

Report: Settlers attack undercover Israeli police in Hebron

Statement from former board members of Free Gaza movement


Daily Star

Egypt minister says to probe Mubarak-era deals
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Egypt will probe investment deals signed under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak to ensure the state gets a fair price for assets it sold, the country’s investment minister said on Tuesday.

Palestinians propose peace talks after UN vote
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 The Palestinian president appears to be backing away from his longstanding demand for Israel to halt West Bank settlement construction before peace talks resume.

Civil war leaves Syrian economy, cities in ruins
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 In Syria’s cities and towns, entire blocks of apartment buildings have been shattered, their top floors reduced to pancaked slabs of concrete.

Democracy in Morocco advancing slowly but surely: PM
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Morocco’s Islamist premier Abdelilah Benkirane insisted on Tuesday that democracy in his country was advancing slowly but surely, in an interview with France 24 television channel.

Netanyahu announces early Israeli election
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Netanyahu called on Tuesday for an early election, eager to strengthen his political position after signalling that any military action against Iran could be months away.

Egyptian-born terror suspect pleads not guilty
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 An Egyptian-born preacher pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon state.

Up to 335,000 people have fled Syria violence-UNHCR
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Up to 335,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the United Nations, ten times more than in March, but the real figure could be as high as 500,000, a U.

Syrian rebels take key town in blow to regime
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Rebels seized a town on the highway to Aleppo in what monitors said was a blow to regime plans to reinforce troops in the northern city, the main battleground of Syria’s nearly 19-month conflict.

Iran warns UAE ties at risk over Gulf island claims
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday Tehran would consider downgrading ties with the United Arab Emirates over three disputed Gulf islands.

Iran budget under pressure, Ahmadinejad says
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Iran’s state budget is under pressure and the government has cut spending in some areas, Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying as the country struggles to cope with Western economic sanctions.

First female rapper debuts in Afghanistan
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 “Listen to my story! Listen to my pain and suffering!” Afghanistan’s first female rapper Sosan Firooz pleads into her microphone.

Taliban gunmen shoot 14-year-old girl activist
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai was admired across a battle-scarred region of Pakistan for exposing the Taliban‘s atrocities and advocating for girls’ education in the face of religious extremists.

Libya wrestles with ICC over right to try Kadhafi son
Daily Star 9 Oct 2012 Libya has enough evidence to charge Moamer Kadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam with crimes against humanity, lawyers told the ICC amid a dispute over where he should face justice.

YNet News

Olmert mulls running for office in next elections
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – ….

Taliban gunmen shoot 14-year-old girl activist
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Before dissolving, Knesset to reconvene next week
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – PM’s decision to hold elections early means that parliament will break for campaign season only hours after winter session begins ….

Man arrested after smoke grenade found in luggage
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – ….

3 rockets explode in south
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – Two rockets explode near Sderot, followed by another rocket in Netivot; No injuries or damage reported in either incident ….

Scottish to vote on independence in 2014
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – ….

France: Suspected assailants of kosher store to be charged with terrorism
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – ….

Beersheba mosque conflict reaches Facebook
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – Controversial mosque, court ordered to operate as museum and not place of worship, draws thousands for prayer, protest, via Facebook ….

Early elections unnecessary
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Bored people in love with political bickering, fake disputes want Knesset to dissolve prematurely ….

PM: Elections to be held early 
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – Prime Minister Netanyahu says that economic, security situation requires elections for 19th Knesset to be moved up; vote expected to be held early in 2013. Politicians from Right, Left, laud decision ….

Israel to host international space convention
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – International Astronautic Federation to hold 2015 annual convention in Jerusalem; ‘Israel is an international power in the field,’ says Science and Technology minister ….

Police close case of alleged racist assault by cops
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – Probe into complaint filed by man of Ethiopian descent fails to find evidence to support claims he was attacked without provocation ….

He started it!
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Will Netanyahu and Barak mess things up for us because no one can keep their egos in check? ….

Study: Higher education fees take toll on parents 
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – National Student Union finds more students have to rely on parents’ financial aid to access to higher education institutions ….

Romney is good for Israel 
YNet News, 9 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Statements given in private show Republican candidate truly understands Israeli-Palestinian conflict ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF officer threatens new war on Gaza
PIC – A senior commander in the Israeli occupation army has said that a new war on the Gaza Strip was “inevitableâ€.

Bahar: Palestinian people will never give up RoR
PIC – First deputy speaker of the Palestinian legislative council Dr. Ahmed Bahar has asserted that the Palestinian people would never give up the right of return for millions of its refugees.

QII asserts its independence and its persistence to support Jerusalem
PIC – Quds International Foundation described American decision, considering it as a terrorist organization and freezing its financial assets on the pretext that “it is affiliated to Hamas”.

Occupation stops Jerusalemite pilgrims from leaving for Mecca
PIC – Local sources in occupied Jerusalem reported on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation forces prevented a number of Jerusalemite pilgrims from traveling through al-Krama Bridge..

IOF deploys Patriot missiles in Haifa
PIC – A Patriot missile battery was deployed in the city of Haifa in the northern occupied Palestinian territories on Monday, two days after an unmanned aircraft breached occupation’s airspace.

Abu Teir: PA promises to pre-Oslo prisoners are false
PIC – Mohammed Abu Teir, MP and a liberated prisoner deported from Jerusalem, considered the PA promises to release prisoners detained before Oslo agreement as false.

New Palestinian Nakba in Umm Al-Hieran village in the Negev
PIC – Tension prevailed throughout Umm al-Hieran village in the Negev desert, in southern 1948-occupied Palestine, following the Israeli decision to expel the village’s residents..

More than a hundred Jewish settlers storm the Aqsa esplanade
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the holy Aqsa mosque at noon Tuesday amidst heavy police escort.

Israel razed 19 Palestinian homes in two months
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities razed 19 Palestinian homes in the past two months of August and September, Together against Settlement society said in a statement on Tuesday.

Egyptian tourism sources affirm Shalit visit to Sinai
PIC – The declared plan of an Israeli tourism agency to organize package tours to Sinai with one of them including former Israeli captive Gilad Shalit was a kind of tourism marketing.


Newspapers Review: Man Dies of Wounds in Gaza Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 9 Oct 2012

East Jerusalem Hospitals Seek International Accreditation
WAFA – 9 Oct 2012

Taybeh Oktoberfest: A Form of Beautiful Resistance
WAFA – 9 Oct 2012

Settlers Uproot Tens of Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA – 9 Oct 2012


Syria pounds rebels trying to seize strategic city
LA Times 9 Oct 2012 – More than 60 people, mainly civilians, are killed in the city of Maarat Numan. Meanwhile, NATO says it has plans in place to protect Turkey if needed. BEIRUT — As Turkey sought to increase its military presence along its border with Syria, opposition fighters in…

Official says he sought more security at U.S. Consulate in Libya
LA Times 9 Oct 2012 – Eric Nordstrom tells Congress he got no reply from the State Department to his concern about the dangers in Benghazi, where 4 Americans were killed. WASHINGTON — A State Department officer who worked in Libya has told congressional investigators that he requested more security for…

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu calls for early elections
LA Times 9 Oct 2012 – The prime minister says his coalition government is unable to agree on budget cuts to tame a growing deficit. JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday night that he is disbanding his right-wing government and calling for early elections, blaming a coalition deadlock…

Netanyahu calls elections for January
Globes Main News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a press conference in Jerusalem that elections will be held within three months.

Israeli marble imports from Iran booming – report
Globes Main News – “Yediot Ahronot”: Israeli marble imports from Iran are injecting millions of dollars a year into the struggling Iranian economy.

Better Place needs $130m capital injection
Globes Main News – The request to shareholders for an immediate capital injection is due to low electric car sales and a high cash burn rate.

Tue: Tech stocks pull market down
Globes Main News – Mellanox, NICE, and EZchip fell hard today, but oil and gas exploration companies and the banks gained ground.

Orbotech cuts guidance again
Globes Main News – Orbotech predicts $98 million revenue for the third quarter, and cut its full-year guidance to $400 million from $430-450 million.

Clal Finance downgrades Israel Chemicals
Globes Main News – Clal Finance cites questions about demand in China and India in 2013 and the gap that has opened compared with the company’s peers.

Israeli students more dependent on parents 
Globes Macro Economics – Students received an average of NIS 14,355 from their parents in 2012, 15% more than in 2011.

IMF cuts global 2013 growth forecast to 3.6% 
Globes Macro Economics – The IMF’s pessimism is due to worries about the future of the eurozone and incorrect US fiscal policies.

Atlantic Council Hosts Presentation on Semnani Iran Study
Tikun Olam – If you’re in DC and interested in averting a war with Iran, you must attend the Atlantic Council’s presentation on Friday of Khosrow Semnani’s groundbreaking study.  He’s produced the first scientific projection of the number of casualties from a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.  The event…

David Rothkopf’s Fever Dream of U.S.-Israeli “Surgical Strike” Against Iran
Tikun Olam – Every so often I single out some particularly outrageous piece of hasbarist nonsense to illustrate the vacuousness and delusional nature of the war camp’s strategic thinking.  Often my favorite targets are people like Eli Lake, Tom Friedman or Yossi Melman.  But tonight, Foreign Policy’s (FP) David…

Bibi’s Climb-Down from Iran Attack: Concedes Iran Using 20% Enriched Uranium for Medical Purposes
Tikun Olam – Vanity, thy name is woman, some misogynist once said.  My version is: cynicism, thy name is Bibi.  I can’t think of a more cynical, manipulative story than this one.  In his UN address, the PM said that his red lines had receded for some unspecified reason. …

New School discussion on American Jewish relationship with Israel
Mondoweiss – The New School has posted this full recording of the discussion on Saturday afternoon. (h/t Alex Kane).

Evangelical Lutheran Church calls for US inquest into human rights violations in Israel, and some Jewish groups are outraged
Mondoweiss – Wow, this is an exciting press release from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ( ELCA ). The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with 4.2 million members in 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. ELCA News…

Russell Tribunal conclusion: U.S. facilitates Israeli immunity and impunity
Mondoweiss – Diana Buttu speaks at the Russell Tribunal (Photo: Nathanaël Corre) After two long days of expert testimony, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine wrapped up Sunday night (see Ethan Heitner’s reports and sketches of the days here and here ). Then yesterday, the tribunal’s jury presented its findings to…

Media are feeding Americans WMD ‘propaganda’ again to lead us into war with Iran– Amber Lyon, former CNN investigative journalist
Mondoweiss – Amber Lyon, Brian Redban from JoeRogan on Vimeo . Who is Amber Lyon you might ask? She’s a gutsy three time Emmy Award-winning journalist, photographer and filmmaker who’s creating quite a storm by not backing down or shutting up. Faced with the option to keep her mouth…

Exile and the prophetic: The Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Mondoweiss – Normal 0 false false false ENUS X-NONE X-NONE 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. I’ve been watching the live-streaming of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine being held in…

NY set up Pakistani immigrant on bombing charges because he’d expressed ‘sympathy’ for Palestinian suicide bombers who had lost family members
Mondoweiss – Here is more evidence of the false conflation of America and Israel that now permeates our discourse: specifically, a criminal case in NY in which a young Pakistani immigrant was targeted, entrapped in my view, because of his statements about the Palestinian situation. And so Israel’s…

Netanyahu Calls Early Israel Elections 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Oct 2012 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would seek an early Israeli election, a ballot that political commentators said would likely take place in January or February. Click here for the rest of the article…

Netanyahu Calls for Early Election 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Oct 2012 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will issue a statement on Tuesday evening, his office said, amid speculation that he would call an early national election that polls suggest he can win comfortably. Click here for the rest of the article…

Church Leaders Slam U.S. ‘Unconditional’ Israel Aid 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Oct 2012 – Fifteen leaders of U.S. churches and other faith-based organizations have asked Congress to reevaluate U.S. military aid to Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran Can Manage Hit From Sanctions: IMF 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Oct 2012 – Iran will manage to bring its high inflation lower and return to growth next year despite Western sanctions over its nuclear programme, according to projections from the International Monetary Fund. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Tourism Minister – Turkish – Japanese Tourist Up 
allAfrica.com 9 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Tourism Minister Zazou arrives to Istanbul on 9/10/2012 in a visit during which he will launch a new airline route between Istanbul and Sharm el-Sheikh. This comes as part of promoting Turkish tourism in Egypt.

Man from Beit Ommar Shot on His Way to Work 
Palestine Solidarity Project 9 Oct 2012 – Israeli occupation forces dressed in civilian clothes where chasing a Palestinian, Sakhr Husain al-Alami, and shot him as he tried to go to work in Gilo, an Israeli colony about 4 p.m. on Monday, October 8th. The 26 year old Palestinian from Beit Ommar was shot…

Syria intelligence complex bombed 
BBC 9 Oct 2012 – Syrian rebels carry out a bomb attack on an intelligence agency complex in Damascus, with one activist group saying dozens of people were killed.

Netanyahu calls early Israel poll 
BBC 9 Oct 2012 – Israel’s prime minister calls an early general election, following the failure to agree the annual budget with his coalition partners.

Abu Hamza denies US terror charge 
BBC 9 Oct 2012 – Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza pleads not guilty in New York to charges of setting up a terror training camp and abducting tourists in Yemen.

Abu Qatada begins ‘final’ appeal 
BBC 9 Oct 2012 – Radical cleric Abu Qatada is launching what could be his last appeal against deportation to Jordan.

Palestinians Cannot Be Relegated to Margins of Own Liberation Struggle 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 9 Oct 2012 – Anna Baltzer is National Organizer at the US Campaign. She gave this talk at an event entitled ” The Jewish American Relationship with Israel at the Crossroads .” Thank you so much to OR Books, Vera List Center, Adam Shatz, and the others who organized this event. It’s…

URGENT: Chapel Hill Town Council Meets Thu. to Review Our Ads on Aid to Israel 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 9 Oct 2012 – For those of you who live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Join Us at the Town Council Meeting Thursday to Support Our Ads & Free Speech By now, you’re probably aware of the controversy generated when the Church of Reconciliation, along with other Chapel Hill-based groups,…

The Battle of Aleppo: High Stakes for Both Sides 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 9 Oct 2012 – A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 25 September 2012, shows a digger along a street in the Arkoub district of the city of Aleppo (Photo: AFP – SANA) A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on…

Syria’s Tragedy Sends a Chilling Message to All Arabs 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 9 Oct 2012 – Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties are reflected in a helmet during a demonstration demanding political reforms, in Amman on 5 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Muhammad Hamed) Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties are reflected in a…

Unidentified Drone Shatters Israel’s Dome 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 9 Oct 2012 – An Israeli Army helicopter lands on an open area in southern Israel 6 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Amir Cohen) An Israeli Army helicopter lands on an open area in southern Israel 6 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Amir Cohen) Hezbollah has neither confirmed nor denied…

Suicide blasts hit Damascus base as fighting intensifies 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Oct 2012 – A rebel fighter gestures at a car after a shell hit a street in Bustan Al-Basha, Aleppo on 9 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Zain Karam) Rebel suicide bombers struck overnight at an Air Force Intelligence compound on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, killing…

A Shadow State in Lebanon for the Syrian Opposition 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Oct 2012 – Lebanese protesters take part in a demonstration lead by Lebanese Salafist figure Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir (unseen) to protest against the Syrian regime in the southern city of Sidon on 7 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Lebanese protesters take part in a demonstration lead by…

Lebanon Risks Losing its Sea Turtles 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Oct 2012 – Sea turtles also sometimes get caught in nets and fishman are tempted to kill them to cut them out. (Photo: Kamel Jaber) Sea turtles also sometimes get caught in nets and fishman are tempted to kill them to cut them out. (Photo: Kamel Jaber) The number…

Zeaiter Family Murders: Avoidable Deaths? 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Oct 2012 – Randa Zeaiter was shot while inside the house, in the kitchen leading to the porch, but survived. (Photo: Rameh Hamieh) Randa Zeaiter was shot while inside the house, in the kitchen leading to the porch, but survived. (Photo: Rameh Hamieh) The murder of a father and…

US complicit in Israeli crimes: Palestine tribunal 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Oct 2012 – Palestinian youths hurl stone towards Israeli riot police during scuffles at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on 5 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli) The United States is guilty of aiding and abetting Israel’s criminal acts against Palestinians in flagrant violation of a host of international…

Al-Qaeda beheads three “spies” in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Oct 2012 – Al-Qaeda militants have beheaded three Yemeni men in the provincial city of Maarib after accusing them of spying on their operations, a tribal source close to Islamist militants said on Tuesday. The headless bodies of three men who formerly cooperated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (…

Yemen’s Universities Want Rid Of Military Rule 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…


Israel takes pride in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Bedouin villages 
Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, Negev, Electronic Intifada 10/9/2012
      Earlier this year, I spent a day in the heart of the occupied West Bank with Israelis — some of them living in illegal settlements — who have made it their mission to destroy Palestinian homes and communities built without permits, all in the name of “equality under the law.”
     The irony was hard to miss.
     That day in the West Bank, when I asked about “equality under the law” as it applies to the Negev/Naqab region of southern Israel — another area of focus for these right-wing activists — I was told that the Negev could wait for another day.
     Last week, that day finally came. The individuals I met in the West Bank belong to right-wing Israeli group Regavim, whose explicit mandate is to “promote a Jewish Zionist agenda for the State of Israel.” They hosted a public forum last Thursday titled “Which way for the Negev?”
     Held in conjunction with the Zionist Organization of America and a group called Likud Anglos, English-speaking supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party, organizers handed out pamphlets announcing that “time was running out” on the Negev.
     The Negev region of southern Israel covers over half of the total territory of the state. About 200,000 Palestinian Bedouin citizens of Israel currently live in the area, making up some 30 percent of the total population.
     For years, the government has promoted a policy whereby Jewish-Israelis are encouraged to move to the Negev — through generous benefits packages — while the Bedouin are increasingly restricted, and their villages are denied official recognition. more..e-mail

The PA’s desperate UN feat 
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Ramallah, Al-Ahram Weekly 10/4/2012
      In New York, Mahmoud Abbas renewed the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition. Whether anything will come of it remains to be seen.
     There is a broad agreement within the Palestinian political class that the road to obtaining UN recognition for a Palestinian state, even with borders yet to be designated, with or without agreement with Israel, is going to be anything but smooth sailing.
     Nonetheless, the Palestinian Authority (PA) seems intent on walking the “extra mile” in order to receive such recognition, irrespective of the risks of failure.
     Some PA officials have warned that UN failure to grant the PA full non-member status would send an unmistakable message to the Palestinians that they have to remain under Israel’s racist military occupation for eternity, and that it would be better for them to come to terms with this reality.
     But the PA seems in no mood to be affronted, once again, with this sort of argument.
     Palestinian officials told Al-Ahram Weekly that the PA leadership, which has negotiated with Israel almost nonstop for two decades but to no avail, is feeling that the Palestinian cause has reached the hour of truth and that there is no longer room for procrastination, equivocation or postponement.
     In the past, the PA has voiced exasperation with Israeli recalcitrance and US acquiescence on numerous occasions. However, the Ramallah regime is now facing mounting pressure from its own grassroots support base…. more.. e-mail

Testimony: Israeli activist blindfolded, mugged, beaten by settlers 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 10/5/2012
      An Israeli activist decided to spend his Yom Kippur in the South Hebron Hills, providing humanitarian and political support to Palestinian residents there who suffer daily from military occupation and settler violence, and who have also come under threat of being uprooted from their homes to make way for an IDF firing zone.
     As he told me, the morning after the holiest day of atonement (September 27), he found himself laying on the ground, after being blindfolded, mugged, beaten and threatened by three Israeli settlers outside the illegal outpost called “Avigail.” While he was pinned down and being beaten, they said they would make an example out of him for all the ‘leftists.’
     As has become all too prevalent to those familiar with these parts, the IDF and police rarely if ever arrest or take any action against settlers who commit crimes. Almost exactly one year ago on September 30, 2012, 23 Palestinians and Israelis were attacked by a mob of settlers in Anatot, near Jerusalem. To my knowledge, none of those assailants were ever arrested or questioned. Similarly, in this case, it is hard to believe the assailants will be brought to justice.
     Here is an abridged version of his testimony that I translated:
     I was accompanying a Palestinian shepherd near the settler outpost of Avigail. During the night the settlers positioned a bulldozer in the area, but had not started any construction work yet. According to Israeli law, the outpost is illegal, so any construction work in this area is of course illegal. But the authorities in the area do nothing about it.
     I decided to get closer to the outpost to document what was going on and make my presence known. A police officer in uniform showed up in a civilian car – I thought he was coming to address the illegal construction being done, but then he disappeared into the outpost and I didn’t see him again. I only learned later on that he lives there and had just returned from a night shift. more.. e-mail

Israel takes pride in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Bedouin villages
Electronic Intifada: 8 Oct 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Negev 9 October 2012 Happy that their theft of the West Bank has succeeded, right-wing Israelis are turning their sights on the Negev.more

Israel’s abuse of anti-Semitism tackled head-on in new memoir
Electronic Intifada: 8 Oct 2012 – Asa Winstanley 9 October 2012 Antony Lerman has incurred the wrath of influential Zionists for challenging their bigotry.more

Much at Stake for Turkey: Border Violence Meant to Be a Defining Point
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Oct 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud ‘We expected a greater Turkish response than this, but you know, every country has its own special affairs.’ Taken alone, the remarks by Bashir Hajjo, introduced by BBC Arabic TV last Thursday as the spokesperson of the Tawhid Brigade, are no cause for alarm, except, of course, when placed within context. By “we”, Hajjo was referring to the Tawhid Brigade — and other rebel groups — perceived as a division in the loosely-defined Free Syrian Army (FSA). Based on Hajjo’s forthright remarks, one can effortlessly deduce that the Tawhid spokesperson was disappointed by the meek Turkish response to mortar shells originating from Syria. The shells fell on a Turkish border town, killing five, including three children. Hajjo perhaps expected an all-out Turkish military intervention in Syria. Some deem that as one of few options that could break the deadlock in fighting between the Syrian army, which is…more

Hidden Health Crisis Facing Palestinian Refugees
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Oct 2012 – By IRIN – Johannesburg New research has uncovered the hidden health toll that refugee life in Lebanon has taken on more than 400,000 Palestinians. UK medical journal The Lancet has published a series of abstracts drawn from a meeting of public health researchers, The Lancet-Palestine Health Alliance, in Beirut in March 2012. The Alliance aims to “strengthen and expand the capacity of Palestinian scientists to study, report and advocate for the health of their own people,” explained Richard Horton, The Lancet’s editor-in-chief. While much of the research investigates the negative physical and mental health impacts of living in the occupied Palestinian territory, several studies also explore the health and well-being of Palestinians living in Lebanon, which has hosted Palestinian refugees for more than 60 years. Poor Living Cnditions According to one of the studies, by researchers from the American University of Beirut, “discriminatory laws and decades of marginalisation” have left…more

Rachel Corrie’s Parents Accept LennonOno Grant for Peace on Behalf of Their Daughter
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Oct 2012 – Olympia, Washington – On behalf of peace activist Rachel Corrie, her parents Craig and Cindy Corrie today accepted the 2012 LennonOno Grant for Peace presented by Yoko Ono in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ono also presented grants to performing artist and activist Lady Gaga, author John Perkins (Confessions of an Economic Hit Man), and to the late author and journalist Christopher Hitchens (accepted by his widow Carol Blue Hitchens). At a ceremony in New York in September, three performers with the Russian band Pussy Riot, who remain imprisoned for their stand for freedom of speech and expression, also received the LennonOno award. The October 9th event marks the birthdays of artist John Lennon and his son Sean. Lennon Ono Grant for Peace Honoree Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist and human rights defender from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer March 16, 2003, as…more

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