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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
9 September, 2009


International Middle East Media Center

Egypt: "Freezing settlement activities does not equal full normalization with Israel"
10 Sep 2009 - The Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday that freezing Israel’s settlements activities in the occupied territories, does not mean that the Arab will offer Israel full normalization. 

Ki-moon: "Israeli settlements illegal"
10 Sep 2009 - United Nations Secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, stated Wednesday that he is deeply concerned over Israel’s decision to build new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, and added that such constructions are illegal and violate the International Law and the Road Map peace Plan. 

Settlers burn two vehicles, attack homes near Nablus
10 Sep 2009 - A group of fundamental settlers attacked on Wednesday Aseera Al Qibliyya village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, torched two vehicles and hurled stones at a number of homes. 

Israeli tanks invade northern Gaza, one civilians injured
9 Sep 2009 - Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded on Wednesday afternoon farm lands located in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian child dies due the siege on Gaza, death toll 352
9 Sep 2009 - A Palestinian child was announced dead on Wednesday after she was prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip for medical care she needed. 

Israeli settlers attack villagers and destroy a house in northern West Bank
9 Sep 2009 - A group of armed Israeli settlers attacked on Wednesday midday the village of Oreef northern west Bank and leveled one house there.

Israeli authorities demolish huts, remove tents, at an Arab village in the Negev
9 Sep 2009 - For the 31st time, Israeli Authorities demolished huts and removed tents used by the residents of the unrecognized Tawil Abu Jarwal Arab village in the Negev. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Putin denies secret meeting with Netanyahu
9 Sep 2009 - PM's trip on Monday reportedly kept secret from all but a very select few officials close to his bureau. 

NGO Monitor: Gaza war probe tainted by anti-Israel ideology
8 Sep 2009 - Israeli researchers Richard Goldstone's former role in HRW casts doubt on neutrality of international probe. 

Transport Minister promises to invest millions in Jewish Hebron
8 Sep 2009 - Likud minister Katz says Israel 'supports settlements' won't be cowed by 'diplomatic compulsions'. 

Russian FM: No S-300 missiles on hijacked ship
8 Sep 2009 - FM Lavrov calls reports 'a complete lie,' despite sources in both Russia and Israel claiming otherwise. 

Gates: Arabs should strengthen armies to counter Iran threat
8 Sep 2009 - U.S. Defense Secretary says stronger Arab armies would help Iran rethink nuclear ambitions. 

Ma'an News

West Bank settlers torch Palestinian cars, stone homes near Nablus 9 Sep 2009

Abed Rabbo: Israel killing peace process before it begins 9 Sep 2009

PA destroys five tons of expired food in Bethlehem 9 Sep 2009

Archbishop of Jerusalem urges Sheikh Jarrah steadfastness 9 Sep 2009

Erekat to US, UN, Greece: Settlements and peace two separate tracks 9 Sep 2009

Hamas fighters: We will answer Israeli bullets with bullets 9 Sep 2009

Gaza MOH: Death of child brigs siege toll to 352 9 Sep 2009

Settlers destroy walls of partially built home near WB settlement 9 Sep 2009

Islamic Jihad leader warns against Fayyad's unilateral state proposal 9 Sep 2009

Gaza website says Shin Bet attempting to bribe fishermen into spying 9 Sep 2009

Gaza border violence heats up: Israel enters, factions retaliate 9 Sep 2009

Abbas receives Egypt's vision of reconciliation, response in 2 days 9 Sep 2009

Ancient Beit Jala home collapses, killing contractor 9 Sep 2009

Israel rejects B'Tselem report, reminds world of projectile attacks 9 Sep 2009

National forces step in and end Bethlehem University strike 9 Sep 2009

Gaza nurses protest assault of colleague 9 Sep 2009

The National

Israel stops money for Gaza's disabled
9 Sep 2009 - A petition is launched against the Israeli government over its decision to suspend payments to people in Gaza.

Lebanon struggles to form unity government
9 Sep 2009 - Attention now switches to the president as tension increases over a stalemate in agreeing to the composition of a new cabinet.

An economy strangled by its neighbour
9 Sep 2009 - The Bank of Israel's cut with Gaza highlights the degree to which Israel has engineered the Gaza Strip's absolute financial dependency on its larger neighbour.

Arabs in Israel plan to strike on October 1
9 Sep 2009 - A growing number of 'racist' measures brought in by Netanyahu's government has Arab leaders calling for first strike in years.


Iran submits new nuclear talks plan
9 Sep 2009 - The move aims at resolving international standoff over Iran's uranium enrichment drive.

'Half of Gaza war dead civilians'
9 Sep 2009 - Israeli rights group says more than half of Palestinians killed in the war were civilians.

Palestine News Network

Violations of Palestinian media freedoms continued during August at hands of PA, Hamas and Israelis
8 Sep 2009 - Ramallah / MADA / Mousa Rimawi - Violations of media freedoms in the Palestinian territories have increased last August, on the one hand the Israeli occupation authorities arrested the journalist writer Seri Sammour, prevented the journalist Sabrin Diab from entering the Al-Aqsa yards, confiscated the transmission equipment of Radio Bethlehem 2000 which resulted in the stopping of its broadcast, prevented two Swedish journalists from...

Armenian Patriarchate protests deportation of seminarians
8 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / Special from Arthur Hagopian - The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem has lodged a strong protest against a decision by the Israeli Ministry of Interior to deport two seminarians involved in a fight with a Jewish youth who had spat on a religious procession they were participating in. Patriarchate spokesperson Father Pakrad Bourjekian noted that this was not the first time such...

Israeli government’s approval of new settlement units a direct challenge to international ...
8 Sep 2009 - Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dr Saeb Erakat, says that Israel’s decision to approve over 450 new settlement units for construction in the West Bank, including in and around East Jerusalem, is a direct challenge to US and international efforts to restart negotiations. “Israel’s decision to approve the construction of over 450 new settlement units nullifies any affect that a settlement freeze, when and...

PCHR strongly condemns new Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank
8 Sep 2009 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns new Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank. PCHR reiterates that settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) constitute a war crime, and calls upon the international community to fulfill their obligations stipulated in Article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention to ensure Israel’s respect to the Convention and to ensure the...

Oktoberfest with first rock rap band in Palestine
8 Sep 2009 - Taybeh / Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. - What more extraordinary event can one imagine in a small ancient village than the collaboration of the Finest in the Middle East with the first rock rap band in Palestine? The Taybeh Oktoberfest, October 3 and 4, 2009 in Taybeh-Ramallah, will have some traditional happenings and certainly some revolutionary happenings. On Saturday night, 9 pm,...

W Ramallah village known for its nonviolent resistance targeted by Israelis: 3 months of night raids
8 Sep 2009 - Bil’in / PNN - Shortly after 2:30 am the Israeli military again invaded Bil'in, a village known for its nonviolent resistance to the Wall. The contingent of Israeli forces early this morning consisted of five jeeps and a military truck. Their target was a 16 year old boy. Hamaza Burnat was not at home at the time of the invasion. This is the...

After being attacked in Old City by Jewish extremists, members of the Armenian clergy face expulsion
8 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN - A group of Jewish extremists attacked on Sunday afternoon two young Armenians and destroyed a cross near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in East Jerusalem’s Old City. Israeli settlers such as these have attacked for years members of the clergy in the Armenian Quarter. Today the Armenians who were assaulted Sunday are not being...


OPT: Gaza schoolchildren lack basic equipment
GAZA CITY Wednesday, September 09, 2009 (IRIN) - Some 1,200 students at al-Karmel High School for boys in Gaza City returned to class on 25 August without history and English textbooks, or notebooks and pens - all unavailable on the local market.

ISRAEL-OPT: New report highlights educational poverty in East Jerusalem
TEL AVIV Thursday, September 03, 2009 (IRIN) - Palestinian East Jerusalem lacks public educational facilities and many classrooms are cramped, according to a new report by Ir Amim, an NGO working in East Jerusalem, and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).

In Brief: East Africa teams up over disaster management
NAIROBI Thursday, September 03, 2009 (IRIN) - At least 1,556 East African Community (EAC) military personnel are participating in a three-week joint field training exercise codenamed Ex–Mlima Kilimanjaro (Mount Kilimanjaro) 2009 in Arusha and Tanga, Tanzania, to share knowledge on the regional challenges in peace support, counter-terrorism and disaster management.

Inter Press Service

ENVIRONMENT: Desert Winds Stir New Hope 
CAIRO, Sep 9 (IPS/IFEJ) - With oil and gas reserves running dry, the most populous country in the Arab world is eyeing wind power as a solution to its looming energy crunch.

MIDEAST: Business Seeks Ways Past Political Impasse 
RAMALLAH, Sep 8 (IPS) - Business between the Palestinian Authority and Israel is growing despite the political impasse over Israel's refusal to cease illegal settlement building in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank.

MIDEAST: Stolen Room Offers a Split View 
OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM, Sep 7 (IPS) - In the early morning sunlight, the smoky window of the plush new apartment reflects back a golden tinge from the Dome of the Rock that stands at the heart of Islam's third holiest shrine.

PCHR Latest

IOF Willfully Kill a Child in Beit Hanoun Town, Northern Gaza

PCHR Weekly Report

(27 Aug.- 02 Sep.  2009)
During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.  Two members of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) were also killed in the Gaza Strip, and Hamas accused IOF of killing them.

information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
IOF Willfully Kill a Child in Beit Hanoun Town, Northern Gaza 06 September

International Solidarity Movement

How does Israel decide who gets a visa to Ramallah?
9/8/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Amira Hass, Ha'aretz - Sven Ouzman, a 39-year-old archaeologist from South Africa, violated the terms of his "Palestinian Authority only" visa six times, when unintentionally and for lack of choice, he drove on roads under full Israeli control, between Palestinian Authority enclaves in the West Bank. Ouzman, who was attending a conference of the World Archaeological Congress in Ramallah last month, was late for a lecture he was scheduled to deliver on the evening of August 9. He had arrived at the Allenby Bridge crossing on Saturday morning, August 8, after having passed through passport control on the Jordanian side and entering the Israeli-controlled area, but the Israel Airport Authority employees demanded he come back the next day. When he asked them why, "they were very rude and would not reply," Ouzman said this week by phone from South Africa. 

UN: Gaza in worst condition since 1967
9/8/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - YNet News - A UN report published Tuesday says poverty in the Gaza Strip has deteriorated to levels unseen since 1967. The UN trade and development agency says 90% of Gaza's residents are currently beneath the poverty line and rates the damages caused by the IDF's Operation Cast Lead at $4 billion, a sum it claims is three times larger than the Strip's annual market performance. The agency claims the operation halted all trade in the Gaza Strip, creating a deficit of around $88 million. This, in addition to material damages and loss of finances due to the siege and trade limitations later imposed on the Strip, make up the final sum. The agency's report claims the Strip has not been in such dire straits since 1967, and that the government has become the residents' main force of employment. Gaza's production capabilities are also on a permanent downslide, the UN agency says, and its economy has been recessing for nine years. 

Israeli forces raid Bil’in
9/8/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 8 September 2009 - Shortly after 2:30am, the Israeli occupation forces invaded the village of Bil'in again with five Jeeps and a military truck. They came to arrest Hamaza Burnat (age 16) but he was not at home at the time. This was the second time this week that the Israeli Army raided his house. Bil'in is a small village of 1,700 inhabitants near Ramallah in the West Bank. For nearly three months now, the Israeli occupation forces have been conducting night raids several times a week in this village arresting more than 20 people, mainly teenagers. On behalf of Iyad Burnat, the Head of the Popular Committee, we call on all the supporters to help us in our struggle by organizing demonstrations and sending messages to the Israeli Embassies demanding to stop these night raids in Bil'in. Our children cannot sleep at night because of sound bombs and tear gas being fired by the invading forces. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

YouTube bans AIDS awareness ad showing Hitler look-alike having sex 
9 Sep 2009 - A German AIDS awareness advertisement featuring an Adolf Hitler look-alike having sex was pulled from Internet content-sharing site YouTube on Wednesday, the French news agency AFP reported. ...

Poll finds fewer Americans believe Islam encourages violence
9 Sep 2009 - The percentage of Americans who believe Islam encourages violence has declined in recent years but remains far above where it was in 2002, while very basic knowledge about the faith has shown modest increases, according to a new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life. ...

Ukraine mayor denies Russia's chief rabbi spurned his medal offer
9 Sep 2009 - A Ukrainian mayor accused of anti-Semitism on Wednesday denied reports that he had tried to bestow a medal on a leading Russian rabbi, who said he had spurned the honor. ...

Spain: Assad optimistic about resuming peace talks with Israel
9 Sep 2009 - Syrian President Bashar Assad is optimistic about restarting peace talks with Israel, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos told President Shimon Peres Wednesday night, Israel Radio reported. ...

Jewish Agency pulls controversial 'Lost Jews' ads
9 Sep 2009 - Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky has yanked an anti-assimilation ad campaign that has outraged Jews abroad. The campaign was co-sponsored by the government. ... 

The Guardian

Media war rages over Gaza conflict | Seth Freedman
9 Sep 2009 - B'Tselem's report on Israeli and Palestinian casualties is bound to spark another round of claim and counter-claim Gone are the days when history was written solely by the victors. In today's democratised climate of instantly disseminated...

Venezualan president Hugo Chávez accuses Israel of genocide
9 Sep 2009 - Israelis 'openly exterminated' Palestinians in Gaza offensive, says Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, has accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinians, saying the offensive in Gaza early this year was unprovoked. "The question is...

Rawabi, the new Palestinian city that could rise on the West Bank
8 Sep 2009 - The artist sketches are striking. Sitting on a hilltop among the olive trees of the West Bank is a new town, carefully designed with tall apartment blocks, shaded pedestrian walkways, a concentric road network and abundant...

Israel's laws of persecution | Nimer Sultany
8 Sep 2009 - Israel is using the country's legal system to segregate and penalise its Palestinian citizens and prohibit Arab dissent Two cases brought before Israeli courts last week revealed the attitude of the establishment towards Palestinian Arab citizens...

Ha'aretz National page

Netanyahu aides mired in anarchy, turf wars, lies
9 Sep 2009 - If over the past few weeks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to be making some order in his office, his conduct and that of his advisers regarding his secret trip to Moscow reveal that anarchy, turf wars and mendacious responses to both the media and the public are but a few of the manifestations of the organizational culture prevailing in the office that runs the State of Israel. ... 

Israel to allow more Palestinian laborers from West Bank
8 Sep 2009 - The government on Wednesday announced that it will increase quotas for permits to be issued to businesses seeking to hire Palestinian laborers. ...

Netanyahu named most influential person in Israel's economy
8 Sep 2009 - TheMarker on Wednesday named Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the person who weilds the most influence on Israel's economy. ...

Relief Web

OPT: Secretary-General expresses deep concern over Israel's decision on settlements
9 Sep 2009 - Source: UN Secretary-General

OPT: KRCS continues Gaza aid efforts throughout Ramadan
9 Sep 2009 - Source: Kuwait News Agency

Palestinian militants clash with Israeli troops north of Gaza
9 Sep 2009 - Source: Kuwait News Agency

YNet News

Spanish FM: Syria optimistic about talks with Israel 
9 Sep 2009 - In Jerusalem meeting with Peres, Moratinos says, 'There is definitely a momentum for peace between Israel and the Arab world' ; Israeli president says renewal or talks with PA may be announced during upcoming General Assembly session 

Yaalon: Withdrawals whet enemy's appetite
9 Sep 2009 - Minister for strategic affairs attends 25th anniversary celebration at West Bank settlement of Eli, says Jewish people's right to settle the land undisputable 

Mashaal: Hamas produces and smuggles weapons 
9 Sep 2009 - In Khartoum, Islamist group's leader says, 'Despite blockade, closing of border crossings your brothers in Palestine manage to buy, produce, smuggle arms' 

Abusive mother allowed to visit toddler 
9 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem District Court allows woman suspected of starving three-year-old son to see him under Social Services' supervision; orders her other children be questioned by youth investigator 

Rally: Deportation of foreign workers' kids redolent of British Mandate
9 Sep 2009 - Demonstrators in Tel Aviv slam State's plan to deport children of foreign workers; 'our behavior reminds me of how the British treated the Jews before Israel's inception,' protestor says 

UN chief 'concerned' by settlement expansion 
9 Sep 2009 - Ban Ki-moon said to be deeply concerned by Jerusalem's decision to greenlight construction of 455 homes in West Bank 

Barak: IDF deterrence will ensure calm in north
9 Sep 2009 - Defense minister observes joint land, air and naval forces' drill, says it reflects 'significant progress' since 2006 war 

High Court: Raze illegal Palestinian structures in West Bank
9 Sep 2009 - State ordered to implement demolition orders for illegal Palestinian structures built near Jewish settlement of Rehalim 

Iran presents proposals as West ups nuclear pressure
9 Sep 2009 - Just hours after US says Islamic Republic moving closer to being able to make atomic bombs by stockpiling enriched uranium, Tehran hands world powers package of proposals that it says address 'various global issues' and represent 'new opportunity for talks and cooperation' 


Most fatalities in Operation Cast Lead did not take part in the hostilities 
8 Sep 2009 - B'Tselem releases comprehensive casualty figures from the three-week operation. The enormous toll on civilians - including the death of 320 minors - requires serious introspection on the part of the military, the government, and Israeli society as a whole

Daily Star

Beirut forum on women's rights in Arab world to address everything from politics to sexuality 
9 Sep 2009

Egypt, Syria sign agreement to pipe gas to Lebanon 
9 Sep 2009

Ban urges Israel to compensate Lebanon 
9 Sep 2009

Israeli official doubts Syria's clout on Hizbullah 
9 Sep 2009

US voices bomb fears as Iran submits nuclear proposals 
9 Sep 2009

Netanyahu made secret visit to Russia over Iran, Syria 
9 Sep 2009

Israel-EU relations chill as Netanyahu lets settlements continue unabated 
9 Sep 2009

UAE and Egypt to launch budget airline, domestic market shrinks 
9 Sep 2009

Palestinian Information Center

Fatah’s schizophrenia
9 Sep 2009 - Political schizophrenia has always been one of Fatah’s dominant characters. It continues to shape the overall Fatah discourse.

QB: Any Israeli aggression on Gaza will be met with fire and iron
9 Sep 2009 - The military wing of Hamas Movement, the Qassam Brigades (QB), said on Wednesday that any Israeli escalation in Gaza Strip won't be met with words but with fire and iron..

Hamas says it wasn’t officially informed on planned Fatah visit to Gaza
9 Sep 2009 - Spokesman of Hamas Movement in the Gaza Strip, revealed Wednesday that his movement wasn’t officially informed about the intention of a Fatah delegation to visit the besieged Gaza Strip

Hamas: B’Tselem’s report further confirmed Israeli war crimes in Gaza
9 Sep 2009 - The Hamas Movement said that the report issued by B’Tselem further vindicated the commission of war crimes in the last military aggression on the Gaza Strip.

PCHR: Settlement construction war crime
9 Sep 2009 - The Palestinian center for human rights (PCHR) has said that the world community's submissiveness toward the IOA arrogance gave it the audacity to commit more crimes against human rights.

Israeli settlers uproot 150 olive trees from Palestinian lands
9 Sep 2009 - Palestinian farmers from the village of Magir in Ramallah have charged that extremist Israeli settlers uprooted 150 olive trees during the last few days.

Fayyad government dismisses 40 teachers for their political affiliation
9 Sep 2009 - The ministry of education in the illegitimate government of Salam Fayyad in Ramallah has sacked 40 teachers from Al-Khalil district, mostly newly appointed, for their affiliation with Hamas.

Gaza children protest at Israeli ban on stationery and school needs
9 Sep 2009 - Hundreds of Gaza children participated in the protest organized Tuesday by the Palestinian ministry of education to condemn the Israeli ban imposed on the entry of stationery and school needs.

UNCTAD: Gaza suffered $4b in economic losses in the Israeli aggression
9 Sep 2009 - "Economic cost of the massive Israeli military campaign in Gaza is estimated at US$4 billion - almost three times of the size of its economy," this is how the UNCTAD opened its report on Tuesday.

Hamas: exiling Yassin inside West Bank racist decision par excellence
9 Sep 2009 - The Hamas Movement on Tuesday condemned the Israeli decision to exile its spokesman in Tulkarem Sheikh Abdullah Yassin from the north to the south of the West Bank as racist par excellence.

Los Angeles Times

Iranian cleric stands his ground against authorities 
9 Sep 2009 - Under threat of arrest, Mehdi Karroubi continues to lead the charge against the state's crackdown on dissent after the disputed presidential election. 'I won't go underground,' he says. The white-turbaned cleric is an unlikely enemy of the Iranian state. He was a confidant of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and served seven years as speaker of parliament. 

Settlement permits placate Israeli hawks 
8 Sep 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's move may have been necessary to keep his governing alliance intact and the prospect of U.S.-brokered talks alive. With a green light to build 455 homes for settlers in the West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have contained unrest among his right-wing supporters over a likely deal with the Obama administration to limit the growth of Jewish communities on land claimed by the Palestinians. 

Ahmadinejad levels new broadside at opponents 
8 Sep 2009 - The Iranian president's fresh rebuke of political foes, along with continued defiance on the nuclear issue, suggests that recent postelection protests haven't prompted him to change his ways. Three months after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad derided his opponents as "dirt and dust," sending hundreds of thousands of angry protesters into the streets, he risked enraging them again Monday by likening them to "pollutants" staining "the gown of the revolution." 

New York Times

Iranian Opposition Offices Are Raided
8 Sep 2009 - Iranian authorities seized documents on prison abuse from the offices of two opposition leaders in Tehran this week. 

U.S. Raises Concerns on Iran Nuclear Program
9 Sep 2009 - U.S. officials raised “serious concerns” that Iran is trying to preserve a nuclear weapons option. 

Nuclear Agency Said to Be in ‘Stalemate’ With Iran
7 Sep 2009 - The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said his agency was in a “stalemate” with Iran as it faces a deadline to respond to an offer of nuclear talks or face more sanctions. 


Norway divestment & Toronto film fest protest continue to get attention
Mondoweiss - 9 Sep 2009 - Two BDS stories that we’ve been following lately seem to have legs. Amira Hass has an article in today’s Haaretz wondering why Norway stopped with divesting from only Israel’s Elbit systems when there are so many other candidates. Hass: The question is not why Norway divested...

More on Jimmy Carter and one-state
Mondoweiss - 9 Sep 2009 - Landrum Bolling, the filmmaker and educator , sent the following email to John Whitbeck yesterday in the wake of Jimmy Carter’s Washington Post piece suggesting that the two-state solution has lost its meaning. Bolling permitted me to publish it: I just had a good phone conversation with...

‘J Street’ comes off as hip & the future, in NYT Mag piece
Mondoweiss - 9 Sep 2009 - Two excerpts from a favorable piece about J Street in the forthcoming NYTimes Magazine, by Jim Traub. Excerpt one, the Jewish identity piece. Funny shrewd quote from MJ Rosenberg: Important Jewish organizations are normally reached through a series of locked doors presided over by glassed-in functionaries....

Elliott Abrams, the early years
Mondoweiss - 9 Sep 2009 - Regular visitors to this site are familiar with Elliott Abrams, the neoconservative former Bush administration official, apologist for Greater Israel, and scourge of Jewish intermarriage. But younger readers may not know that he established his public reputation as a liar much earlier, in a different part...

Somewhere over the rainbow, Harvard neocons fly
Mondoweiss - 9 Sep 2009 - The Harvard forum offers four responses, all by intelligent men, two of whom find the demand completely reasonable too: Walter Reich is a former director of the Holocaust memorial , and grim Robert Satloff of WINEP, a leading branch of the Israel lobby, spun off from AIPAC....

B'Tselem: Most Palestinians Killed in Gaza War Were Civilians
Alternative Information Center - 9 Sep 2009 - Today (Wed. Sept 9th) Israeli human rights group B'Tselem published its findings on the number of Palestinians and Israelis killed in Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. According to B’Tselem’s research, Israeli security forces killed 1,387 Palestinians during the course of the three-week operation. Of...

Outing Israeli Liberals from Their Political Closet: A Letter to Eytan Fox and Gal Uchovsky 
Alternative Information Center - 8 Sep 2009 - To Gal Uchovsky and Eytan Fox, In two weeks your film The Bubble will be screened in the “City to City” tribute to Tel Aviv, which will open the prestigious Toronto Festival (mabruk!). In left-wing circles in Toronto and the film world there is an unpleasant...


Electronic Intifada
Compromising for Gaza without compromising Palestine
9 Sep 2009 - A call to organize a large march to break the siege of Gaza immediately captured the imagination of many organizers. However, after the initial call, the framework of the march was challenged by highly-respected Palestinian activists. Their criticism, expressed with the utmost respect for the courage and good will of the organizers, challenged the organizers' decision to delay engaging in a wide conversation with Palestinian civil society and activists until after the call was made and the framework formulated. Gabriel Ash, Mich Levy and Sara Kershnar comment for The Electronic Intifada. 

Racist measures against Palestinians in Israel lead to strike call
9 Sep 2009 - The increasingly harsh political climate in Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government has prompted the leadership of the country's 1.3 million Arab citizens to call for the first general strike in several years. Jonathan Cook reports. 

Palestinians in limbo in occupied East Jerusalem
8 Sep 2009 - OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM (IPS) - In the early morning sunlight, the smoky window of the plush new apartment reflects back a golden tinge from the Dome of the Rock that stands at the heart of Islam's third holiest shrine. Down across the valley from the walled Old City, families have already started moving into some of the 91 apartments in this new 240-family compound of Jewish settlers. 

"Scare tactic" campaign aims to bring US Jews to Israel
7 Sep 2009 - The Israeli government has launched a television and Internet advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews. The advertisements, employing what the Israeli media described as "scare tactics," are designed to stop assimilation through intermarriage among young Diaspora Jews by encouraging their move to Israel. Jonathan Cook reports. 

In Gaza
tradition and new tradition: Gaza Ramadan day 18
9 Sep 2009 - It’s evening, and a few friends and I have gone to a quiet café, a grassy enclave with much shrubbery, open air, no music. It’s simple, tranquil, a comparatively lush environment (compared to dry or sandy city streets), and it’s a place which many of Gaza’s more artistic residents frequent. Khaled Harara and Ayman Mughames sit down to discuss rap in Gaza. They list off their reasons for choosing rap as their medium: it reaches the young people, it conveys a message clear, it is a tool that can fight the Israeli occupation and siege effectively. They are energetic and youthful, in their mid-twenties. Enough talking, they break out the...

Palestine Chronicle
Palestinian Embassy in London Silent as Israeli Land-grabs continue
8 Sep 2009 - By Stuart Littlewood - London As if they didn't have enough problems, tormented Palestinians suffer the added misfortune of being represented here in London - the media capital of the western world - by the most invisible and silent embassy it is possible to imagine. A year ago, campaigners urged the ambassador to get his act together or go home. He angrily retorted that he had "a plan of how to influence British Media to give us the Palestinians more exposure". Whatever the plan was, it hasn’t worked. Press releases and briefings are non-existent. It is many months since I last heard the ambassador on radio or TV, while his Israeli opposite number pops up on the national airwaves with nauseating regularity. And the Palestinians' precious shop window - their embassy website – never functioned properly and has now been taken down. What a way, as the Americans say, to run a f***ing railroad. So what’s going on? Littlewood to Ambassador, 27 August With so much happening both in Palestine and on the propaganda front, could you please bring me up to date on the Delegation's diplomatic and PR activities? We see no news releases, no attempt to set the news agenda and the website appears to have died despite earlier assurances that it would be given new life. This is most dispiriting for Palestine's friends and campaigners here in the UK, especially when the Israeli side are at full throttle with their distorted messages and briefings..... Ambassador to Littlewood,...

Zionism for Dummies
8 Sep 2009 - By William James Martin In pondering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict I have found that very few people actually have a basic understanding of the conflict nor could they define it in even rough approximating terms. In pondering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict I have found that very few people actually have a basic understanding of the conflict nor could they define it in even rough approximating terms. Thus one sometines hears that it is all about Arab/Palestinian ‘terrorism’ and suicide bombings and the ultimate goal of the terrorists-Palestinians is to ‘push all the Jews into the sea, dead or alive” and that their motives are those of anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews. Those who hold this view see the conflict as one of the survival of the Jewish state amid a sea of irrational hatred. That is the view of the Zionists, and the one they would like for the world to accept. One also hears that the conflict is a religious one between Jews and Arabs and that it has been continuous for ‘thousands of years’. Neither is correct. The first Palestinian suicide bombing occurred in 1994, 40 days after the massacre by the Brooklyn native Baruch Goldstein of 29 praying Muslims at the Al Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron. The ’67 War and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip was 25 years old at that time. Thus an entire generation of Palestinians had grown to maturity knowing nothing but occupation before the first suicide bomber...

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