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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
14 September, 2009


International Middle East Media Center

Rafah Terminal to open for three days
15 Sep 2009 - The Border Crossings Department at the dissolved Hamas government in Gaza stated Tuesday that the Rafah Border Terminal between Gaza and Egypt would be opened for three days starting on Tuesday September 18. 

Gaza Strip Waters collapsing
15 Sep 2009 - The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) stated that the underground water in the Gaza Strip is in real danger of collapse after the recent war in the Gaza Strip. 

Qaida affiliated group claims responsibility for firing shells into Israel last week
15 Sep 2009 - A group calling itself Ziad Al Jarrah brigades, identifying itself as affiliated with the Al Qaida network, stated that it fired several shells into northern Israel last week. 

The Israeli military kidnaps three civilians from Gaza
14 Sep 2009 - The Israeli military kidnapped on Monday three Palestinian civilians from the central Gaza strip during an invasion targeting border areas.

A child die in Gaza due to the siege, death toll reach 356
14 Sep 2009 - A three year old child was announced dead in Gaza on Monday as she was unable to leave the region for life saving medical care.

The Israeli military kidnaps 12 civilians from the West Bank
14 Sep 2009 - Israeli troops kidnapped 12 Palestinian civilians on Monday during pre dawn invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.

Package for Shalit in return for 150 packages for Hamas detainees
14 Sep 2009 - An Israeli source was quoted as stating that a 'Jewish new year package' would be sent to Gilda Shalit, captured by the resistance in Gaza, in return for delivering 150 packages to Hamas detainees imprisoned by Israel. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

U.S. kills Kenyan behind 2002 attacks on Israelis
14 Sep 2009 - Joint American and French operation kill man believed also to be behind 1998 U.S. embassy bombings. 

Bin Laden issues new tape warning U.S. against ties with Israel
14 Sep 2009 - Al-Qaida leader says time has come for Americans to 'liberate themselves from the Israeli lobby'. 

Militant group linked to Al-Qaida claims rocket attacks on Israel
14 Sep 2009 - Group cites Gaza blockade and limits on worship at Al-Aqsa mosque as reasons for launching Katyushas. 

Netanyahu: Death of Ilan Ramon's son is 'terrible tragedy'
13 Sep 2009 - 'This is a painful and sad day,' says Defense Min.; Peres: What happened today was more than a tragedy. 

Settlers and troops clash as IDF chief eyes better ties
13 Sep 2009 - Four arrested, one hurt as troops enter illegal West Bank site to confiscate caravan-carrying truck. 

Ma'an News

UN report: Gaza water system on verge of collapse
9/15/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Gaza's underground water system is in serious danger of collapse after Israel's recent assault compounded years of overuse and contamination, according to a report from a key United Nations body. The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) published the report Monday on the environmental condition of the besieged coastal strip following Israel's military assault in the area in late 2008 and early 2009, the UN News Service reported. According to the UNEP, local authorities in Gaza should take the sole aquifer, which supplies 1. 5 million Palestinians with agricultural and drinking water, offline until alternative sources can be found. "Unless the trend is reversed now, damage could take centuries to reverse," the environmental assessment report warned. "Since the aquifer is a continuum with Egypt and Israel, any such action must be coordinated with these countries. 

Israeli forces take three, including two women, from northern WB
9/14/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained two women and a man from the Nablus and Jenin areas early Monday morning, Palestinian security forces said. The sources identified those taken as 26-year-old Nadia Omar Hamdan, who was taken from her home in the Al-Ein Refugee Camp west of Nablus. Her family reported soldiers storming the home shortly after 1am. Twenty-five-year-oldHana Ash-Shalabi was taken from the Jenin area, she was transported to an unknown location. Also near Jenin 30-year-old Abed Ar-Rahman Adnan was taken when forces invaded the town of Burkin, south west of Jenin. Forces withdrew from Burkin village before sunrise, but erected a checkpoint on the main road of the village that remains in place. Israeli forces said a total of 12 Palestinians, all allegedly "wanted" by Israeli authorities, were taken from the West Bank Monday morning. 

CPT workers: Israeli forces deliver 6 demolition orders in At-Tuwani
9/15/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli soldiers from the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Hebron delivered demolition orders to six Palestinian homes near the village of At-Tuwani south of Hebron on Sunday night, observers from the Christian Peacemaker Teams said. The village, located in the South Hebron Hills area, is designated "Area C" under the Oslo Accords and subject to full Israeli civil and military control. The homes targeted with demolition orders were built over the course of the summer, CPT workers said. During construction, on 16 July, one building was completely destroyed, allegedly by Israeli settlers from the nearby settlement of Ma'on or the outpost Havat Ma'on. The family, however, continued to build the home. Stop work orders were delivered a few days later on 20 July. The order affected the partially-built home, a cistern, and one other small agricultural structure. 

Report: Egypt destroys 10 Gaza smuggling tunnels
9/14/2009 - Al-Arish - Ma'an/Agencies - Egyptian security forces destroyed 10 tunnels used to smuggle goods into the besieged Gaza Strip after a tip off from an arrested smuggler last week, AFP reported on Monday. According to an Egyptian security source who spoke to AFP, the tunnels were found north of the Egyptian border town of Rafah late on Sunday after a smuggler named Muhammed Ash-Shaer informed the forces of their location. The tunnels were then immediately destroyed, the source told AFP. According to the report, Ash-Shaer was arrested last week at the Rafah border crossing as he tried to enter Gaza on false documents. Ash-Shaer was one of the most wanted smugglers in the area and could provide vital information on smuggling networks operating in Egypt, the official told AFP. Tunnels provide a lifeline to Palestinians in Gaza who have lived under an Israeli-imposed siege for over two years. 

Shalit family: Rosh Hashana gift for Gilad; 100 for Hamas prisoners
9/14/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The family of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit hopes to send a parcel to their son for Rosh Hashana, the Hebrew New Year. They proposed exchanging the delivery of the gift for the delivery of 100 Ramadan deliveries for Hamas affiliated prisoners in Israeli jails, the family said Monday. The proposal would have the Shalit family deliver their gift to Gilad to a Hamas representative at the Erez crossing. The Israeli Hebrew newspaper Haaretz said the already-prepared gift was travelling around southern Israel with a group of activists in what appeared to be a move to gain popular support for the initiative. The group was also the source of the suggestion that 100 gifts be permitted for Hamas affiliated prisoners in Israel, though there seems to have been little coordination between either the group and the Israeli prison administration, or with Hamas leaders in Gaza. 

Eyewitnesses: Undercover Israeli troops enter Gaza, detain three
9/14/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Undercover Israeli forces entered the Gaza Strip Monday morning and took three unidentified Palestinians from the bridge area near the Al-Bureij Refugee Camp in the central Strip, eyewitnesses said. The operation is the second of its kind in the central region, with eyewitnesses reporting troops invading the same area on Saturday with troops entering 60 meters in under helicopter cover. Troops reportedly nabbed a farm guard and interrogated him for hours before setting him free. Israeli military sources denied the report. Apparently as a retaliation for the invasion and detentions, unknown Palestinian resistance fighters launched a Rocket-Propelled Grenade at the undercover Israeli force. No casualties have been reported. South of Al-Bureij, at the Al-Maghazi Refugee Camp, eyewitnesses said three mortar shells were fired at an Israeli vehicle patrolling the border fence east of the camp. 

Israel to open three Gaza border terminals Monday
9/14/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israel will open all three of its border terminals with the Gaza Strip for commercial shipments and humanitarian aid deliveries on Monday, Palestinian crossings official Raed Fattouh said. Seventy-six to 86 trucks of goods are set to enter the area via the Kerem Shalom crossing, while fuel and cooking gas will be delivered through Nahal Oz, Fattouh said. Fattouh added that the Karni terminal, which is usually closed, will operate for trucks loaded with wheat and animal feed. The fuel and fodder deliveries mark the first in days, following a partial closure of the crossings over the weekend. [end] 

UNRWA to distribute 5.3 million in cash aid to 200,000 Gazan students
9/14/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) announced will distribute 20 million shekels (5. 3 million US dollars) to 200,000 students in Gaza schools on Tuesday. In a statement from UNRWA spokesperson Adnan Abu Hasna, the agency explained the donations as a mechanism to forestall the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza as part of ongoing support UNRWA provides to Palestinian refugees. Abu Hasna also noted UNRWA's operations in the Gaza Strip have been stepped up over the past months, now offering services to approximately 700,00 Palestinians in Gaza. UNRWA also hosts Iftar dinners, the meal marking the end of a day's fasting during Ramadan, with support from the UAE Red Crescent, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. "Despite the financial crisis experienced by UNRWA, the organization focuses great attention on the Gaza Strip. . . 

Hebronites mourn death of Obeida Dweik in Israeli detention
9/14/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - Hebronites mourned the death of 25-year-old detainee Obeida Al-Qudsy Ad-Dweik on Monday; the youth was detained moments after being shot by Israeli forces 20 days ago in Hebron. Al-Dweik was shot in the stomach and legs while at the entrance of Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron. Obeida spent the next 20 days in an Israeli military hospital where he died Sunday. The mourners held carried Obeida's body past the Al-Ansar Mosque on As-Salam road to the Martyr's cemetery in central Hebron. Hundreds participated in the burial ceremony. [end] 

Israeli pilot killed as warplane crashes near Hebron
9/15/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - An Israeli military pilot was killed on Sunday when his F16 jet crashed during a flight near the illegal West Bank settlement of Pnei Hever, according to an Israeli military spokesperson. The pilot, Capt. Asaf Ramon, 21, was reportedly the son of the famed Israeli astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon, who himself died in 2003 over the US state of Texas when the American space shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon its reentry to Earth. In a statement, Israel's military spokesperson claimed Ramon's aircraft "crashed during a routine flight as part of the advanced pilot training course," apparently being conducted over Palestinian territory some 12. 5 kilometers from Israel's border. Search and rescue forces were notified and called to the scene where they began large-scale searches, after which remains from the plane were found, according to the statement. 

Collaborator sentenced 17 years in jail
9/14/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - The Nablus Court of First Instance sentenced a Palestinian youth to 17 years in jail on Monday after he was found guilty of collaboration with Israeli intelligence. The suspect, unnamed because he was under 18 when the crime was committed, was first detained on 13 June 2006, when he was accused of corresponding with Israeli forces in violation of article 2/101 of the Palestinian Law of Punishment (1960). The penalty, according to the code, is life imprisonment with hard labor, but was commuted given the youth's age. According to judicial sources, the defendant was found guilty of giving Israeli intelligence information that led to the assassination of Al-Aqsa Brigades leader Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Fayid in Qalqiliya on 28 October 2004. The defendant told Israeli intelligence the location of Sheikh Al-Fayad before they targeted him near Abu Ubayda Mosque in the city. 

Police suspect bombs in Palestinian car; highway to Tel Aviv blocked
9/14/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israeli police stopped four Palestinians in a rental car and closed Highway 1 between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Monday afternoon, Israeli news sources reported. The car was pulled over near the Palestinian Latrun villages, and police allegedly called in bomb experts to check the vehicle. There was no word on the identities of the passengers in the car, or whether any arrests were made. [end] 

Netanyahu: East Jerusalem settlements not up for discussion
9/14/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Settlement construction in East Jerusalem will "go on as planned," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Knesset members in a meeting Monday, as the Israeli leadership continues to negotiatie with the United States on a settlement freeze. US President Barack Obama requested a complete settlement freeze in the West Bank including East Jerusalem according to Roadmap prescriptions. Additionally, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that only a complete halt to settlement construction in the Palestinian territories is enough to bring him back to the negotiating table. East Jerusalem is within in Palestinian territory according to the 1967 armistice line. The 1967 borders are what most believe will be used to determine the outlines of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu displayed defiance to pressure from US Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell. . . 

Rafah to open for three days; Egypt considering longer term plans
9/14/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Crossings and Borders committee in Gaza announced Tuesday that the Rafah crossing will be open for three days starting Tuesday 15 September through Thursday 17 September, and plans are in the works that could see longer and more regular crossing opportunities for Gazans. While in the past openings have been reserved for the passage of the sick, international passport holders and Gazans who attend universities internationally, the first two days of the opening will be free and restricted only to those who have arranged their permits in advance, while the final day will be only for those traveling with Egyptian or International passports. Sources say at least 10 buses of 50 people each will leave the Strip each day, but Palestinian crossings officials said they hope the number will be double that. 

PA Cabinet maintains hope for Obama peace efforts
9/14/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - In their Monday meeting the West Bank cabinet ministers expressed positive sentiments around current US efforts to halt settlement construction and limit Israeli incursions into Palestinian areas. In a statement summing up the proceedings of the meetings, ministers expressed their hope around the visit to the region of US Special Middle East envoy George Mitchell this week. The cabinet said the visit indicates the serious of the US administration around re-launching the peace process. The cabinet said it hoped US President Barack Obama would continue to show the same energy and maintain pressure on Israel until negotiations are resumed, settlement is completely halted including natural growth, and all settlement outposts are removed. The cabinet also requested the US step up efforts to stop all Israeli incursions and apprehension campaigns in the Palestinian territories and call for a break in the siege on Gaza. 

Egypt defends shootings along Israel border
9/14/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Using lethal force against African migrants is justified based on the sensitivity of the border area and the common criminal activities like drug trafficking that occur there, Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said Monday. The defense came following a recent spike in fatal incidents involving mostly Ethiopian and Eritrean nationals as far as 80 kilometers from the Egyptian border with Israel. Egyptian security reports say the Africans are en route to Israel when they are apprehended or shot. Egyptian security also routinely search for smuggling tunnels on the section of the border near Rafah, which connects Egypt with Gaza. [end] 

Coalition of independents say Egyptian plan should come after unity
9/14/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Egyptian plan should be a last resort if sides are unable to decide on the formation of a consensus government, which should be a priority, a group of politically non-aligned Palestinians said Monday. The group ofacademics, businessmen, Muslim scholars, Christian clergy and representatives of civil society institutions in the West Bank, Gaza and the Palestinian diasporamet Sunday evening to draft an official response to the Egyptian vision for Palestinian conciliation. Last week the document was distributed to all factions that took part in the conciliation talks in the spring, and parties have begun responding to the vision. Representing the unaffiliated group, Dr Yasser Al-Wadieh said the independent figures who participated in the unity sessions in Cairo were keen on uniting Palestinians as soon as possible. 

Gaza police: Israeli offensive hampered maintenance of law and order
9/14/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The de facto government in Gaza released a police statement Monday reporting a significant decrease in the murder rate during the first half of 2009, despite a slow start due to Israel's Operation Cast Lead. According to the report, there were 27 murders in the Strip between 1 January and 31 July 2009, the office did not provide the numbers for the same period in 2008, but said the rate was down significantly. Police attributed the decrease to "the state of safety and security in Palestinian streets which came as a result of police efforts to impose sovereignty of law and order. " According to the report, the number of cases solved and cleared, including robberies, public indecencies, and provision violations, were on the rise since January. The report noted the increase as follows:In January police cleared 200 cases, in February 248 were cleared, 366 were. . . 

Hamas: PNC meeting rendered PLO institutions illegitimate
9/14/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Hamas movement said on Monday that it would continue to view Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) institutions as illegitimate until they are reformed through elections. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said that recent elections for the PLO's Executive Committee were "a real farce, and they represent intrusion and violation of the Organization's law. " Abu Zuhri said he was taking into consideration remarks by Palestinian People's Party official Abdul Rahim Mallouh, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, who said earlier that there may have been legal problems with the election in August, which took place during a meeting of members of the Palestinian National Council (PNC). During the meeting, Mallouh said, PNC non-members voted, while members of the council were not invited to the meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority. 

Paralympic team from Gaza brings home a gold from Japan games
9/14/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Disabled members of the Al-Jazeera Sports Club in Gaza received top medals at the Asia Paralympic Games Championship in javelin throwing Sunday in Japan, their coach happily reported. Marking a first for Palestine, Mo'men Al-Masry received the gold medal for his javelin throwing, while Walid Judeh received earned a silver medal in the same event. Head of the Al-Jazeera sports club Ali An-Nazli said the honors the athletes received were a great achievement for the team, doubled because the young men were able to represent Palestine despite the difficulties they face in Gaza. An-Nazli said he was particularly proud to see the Palestinian flag flown so high during the award ceremony. Other players from the team received silver and bronze medals in several of the other games at the championship. 

PSE: Al-Quds index rises 4.53 points
9/14/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestine Securities Exchange in Nablus rose on Monday, with the Al-Quds Index closing at 493. 65, an increase of 4. 53 points (0. 93%) over the previous session. Trading volume for Monday was 2,537,076 shares, a total value of 2,891,903. 95 US dollars, over the course of 341 trades. The shares of 15 companies were traded. The shares prices of nine companies rose, while those of two others declined. [end] 

The National

Hariri to get tough on opposition
14 Sep 2009 - Saad Hariri, the leader of Lebanon's parliamentary majority March 14 alliance, will probably be chosen again as prime minister.

US to urge Palestinians to resume peace talks
14 Sep 2009 - Despite Israel's rejection of settlement freeze, Washington's top envoy will call for a meeting on the sidelines at the United Nations.

Israeli peace groups target US fundraising
14 Sep 2009 - Activists say Washington is effectively subsidising settlements by giving tax breaks to organisations that bankroll Jewish extremists.

American planes for Iranian peace?
14 Sep 2009 - Claims the US offered 20 Boeing aircraft to soothe Tehran amid an impasse on its nuclear programme has inflamed the republic's hardliners.


Tehran says nuclear talks possible
12 Sep 2009 - Statement marks apparent reversal of Iran's refusal to discuss nuclear programme.

Palestinians hurt in Israeli attack
12 Sep 2009 - Israeli shoots two in East Jerusalem after stone-throwing protest, police say.

Alternative Information Center

The Participation of Ariel University’s Center Of Samaria in The Solar Decathlon, Madrid 2010
14 Sep 2009 - To: Beatriz Corredor Sierra, Minister of Housing, Government of Spain. Javier Uceda Antolín, Rector, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Illegal Israeli settlements should not be promoted as a form of sustainable architecture. The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and...

Jerusalem Court Halts Jewish Construction in Silwan
14 Sep 2009 - The Jerusalem District Court has ruled in favor of the residents of the Wadi Hilwa-Silwan Neighborhood of East Jerusalem - who petitioned against massive Jewish construction works there; Construction halted was initiated by the Elad Association,...

Palestine News Network

Zbaidi brothers denied visits in Israeli prisons: family targeted for detention 
14 Sep 2009 - Jenin / Ali Samoudi for PNN – It had been years since Daoud Zbaidi was allowed to see his brothers. As a political prisoner in the Al Naqab Prison, Zbaidi was banned from visits by three brothers under the pretext of security. He was released three months ago, but his brother, Jibril, remains inside the prison. Zbaidi said he could not believe it...

Israeli press calls Al Jazeera Sports broadcast of match a move toward normalization
14 Sep 2009 - Bethlehem / PNN – The Arab satellite news channel, Al Jazeera, is broadcasting Israeli sporting events, a move that the Israeli press says is a step toward normalization between the occupier and Arabs. A match of the European Champions League that has the Israelis playing Munich will be broadcast, leading the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth to suggest that a “new Middle East” has...

Gaza Center for Culture and Arts organizes Ramadan evening commemorating Mahmoud Darwish
14 Sep 2009 - Gaza / PNN – The late great poet, Mahmoud Darwish, died over a year ago in the West Bank and was commemorated today in the Gaza Strip. An evening event on the occasion of Ramadan was organized by the Gaza Center for Culture and the Arts.A number of intellectuals and artists gathered in memory of the man known as the Palestinian national poet.The...

Al Aqsa Foundation for Islamic Heritage finds ancient cemetery where Israelis are digging for sewage
14 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN – An ancient Islamic cemetery has been found in Jaffa, a Palestinian city within Israeli boundaries. The Al Aqsa Foundation for Islamic Heritage announced today that a cemetery was located south of Siksik mosque where the Israeli Antiquities Authority is digging. The Israelis are preparing to implement a project to extend the sewage system.The Al Aqsa Foundation sent an urgent...

President orders emergency aid for thousands of families in the Gaza Strip
13 Sep 2009 - Ramallah / PNN - The Presidential Commission to oversee humanitarian aid began today to distribute food parcels to thousands of needy families in the Gaza Strip. The Minister of Awqaf and Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Assistance, Dr. Mahmoud Habash said in a statement, “President Mahmoud Abbas has given instructions to provide urgent food aid for thousands of needy families in the...

Palestinian campaign for continued nonviolent resistance against demolition as olive harvest nears
13 Sep 2009 - Nablus / PNN – The Palestinian People's Party held a meeting at the leftist movement’s headquarters in the city of Nablus yesterday evening. The Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in the Nablus district was part of the northern West Bank meeting, including representatives of NGOs.All are involved in the combined popular campaign of resistance to the Wall, and a number of...

Netanyahu refuses settlement freeze, is waiting for response from Mitchell regarding normalization
13 Sep 2009 - Cairo / PNN - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held late last week a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Cairo. The talks focused on the “peace process.” Today Netanyahu said that the Israelis refuse “Palestinian conditions” for a return to negotiations. President Abbas had said that no negotiations could take place without an Israeli settlement freeze. The US said the same...


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

MIDEAST: Unrest Brewing Beneath Gaza Calm 
GAZA CITY, Sep 14 (IPS) - The mile-long stretch that divides Israel's Erez border crossing into northern Gaza from the Hamas police border post is eerily quiet. But the mountains of rubble, twisted metal and craters which remain following Israel's intensive bombing campaign in January serve as a stark reminder...

MIDEAST: To Rap Is to Resist 
GAZA CITY, Sep 12 (IPS) - In a backstreet open-air café in Gaza late at night, Khaled Harara from the Black Unit Band starts to talk about rap.

MIDEAST: NGO Reports on Gaza War Belie Israeli Claims 
WASHINGTON, Sep 11 (IPS) - This week, two respected human rights organisations - one Palestinian, one Israeli - each came out with very full reports into the extent of the damage caused by the assault Israel waged against Gaza last winter.

MIDEAST: Israel Taking Sharp Measures Over Iran 
JERUSALEM, Sep 11 (IPS) - Questions about Iran's nuclear thrust are tumbling out, echoing around the world in several directions.

Stop The Wall

Ni’lin protestors destroy sensors, cut through fence
13 Sep 2009 - The struggle of the village of Ni’lin is still continuing, despite the hot weather, the month of the fasting and new concrete wall. During the demonstration, protestors confronted soldiers and destroyed segments of the Wall, cutting fences and wrecking electronic sensors. [

PCHR Weekly Report

(03- 09 Sep. 2009)
During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian child and wounded 6 Palestinian civilian, a resistance activist and an Israeli journalist.

information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
PCHR Publishes ‘Targeted Civilians’ a Comprehensive Report on the Israeli Military Offensive against the Gaza Strip

International Solidarity Movement

Oakland man to sue for injury in Israel protest
9/14/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The San Francisco Chronicle - An Oakland man who was seriously wounded by a tear gas projectile fired by Israeli police during a West Bank protest will file suit despite a military report concluding that he was engaged in an "act of war," his lawyers said Sunday. The case of Tristan Anderson, who remains hospitalized with brain damage and a fractured skull six months after he was injured, may test Israel's efforts to shield itself from lawsuits for harm it causes during wartime, said attorney Michael Sfard. Anderson's lawyers said Israel's Ministry of Defense has told them the demonstrators threw stones and other objects at police, who acted in self-defense. The Ministry of Defense, Sfard said in an e-mail message, "is trying to apply the (act of war) doctrine to every (case of) damage caused in the occupied Palestinian territories by Israeli forces. 

Settlers attack Palestinian home in Burin
9/14/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 10 September 2009 - In the early hours of Thursday 10 September at approximately 3am, 20 masked settlers came down from the illegal settlement of Bracha near Nablus to a home under construction in the Palestinian village of Burin. The home which is currently under construction had just been furnished with a wooden roof ready for concrete to be poured. Two local Palestinian boys had been sleeping at the home as it is close to the illegal settlement of Bracha and has been subject to attacks in the past. The boys were awoken by 20 masked settler youths who threw stones at them and threatened them. The Palestinian boys retreated to telephone the owner of the home and alert local international groups. Upon arriving at the scene the home owner, Bruce Lee, discovered the settlers had sprayed the wooden roof planks with gasoline and ignited it. 

Israeli forces put curfew on Azzoun
9/14/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 12 September 2009 - On Saturday 12 September at 10:30am the village of Azzun in Qalqiliya came under curfew for the third time in 6 days. Soldiers stomped the village announcing curfew over a loudspeaker from a jeep with no explanation for villagers. Villagers were forced to stay in their homes until Iftar, the breaking of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. On Tuesday 8 September, one Israeli army jeep entered the village and fired live ammunition into the air. This was then followed by 7 more jeeps who declared a curfew and forced shop owners to close their shops at 5pm shortly before Iftar, and losing the shopkeepers their perishable goods that would be purchased in advance of Iftar. Curfew continued until approximately 2am in the morning when the army invaded and threw sound bombs and sealed off the exits to the village setting up checkpoints and earthmounds to prevent movement. 

Israeli military delivers demolition orders for six Palestinian houses in at-Tuwani
9/14/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Christian Peacemaker Team, 13 September - At-Tuwani - In the afternoon of 13 September, members from the Israeli District Coordinating Office (DCO), accompanied by Israeli soldiers, delivered demolition orders for six Palestinian houses near the village of At-Tuwani. The houses were recently built on privately-owned Palestinian land in Humra valley. On the night of 16 July, while some of the houses were still under construction, one building was destroyed and a nearby olive tree was damaged. The Palestinian family suspected the house had been destroyed by Israeli settlers from the nearby settlement Ma'on or the outpost Havat Ma'on. The family began rebuilding their house the next day. On 20 July 2009 the Israeli military delivered stop work orders on the houses and two other structures, including a cistern. Now that demolition orders have been issued the families fear the Israeli military will soon destroy the houses. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

'Ramon family is heroic and tragic, like the Kennedys'
13 Sep 2009 - Israeli Ambassador the United States Michael Oren on Monday compared the Ramon family to the Kennedys, a day after the son of Israel's most famous astronaut was killed in an Israel Air Force training accident. ...

Outgoing UN official: World powers curbed me from aiding Palestinians
13 Sep 2009 - Outgoing United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockman said Monday he had been restrained by leading UN members in his efforts to improve the lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. ...

WJC: World must boycott Ahmadinejad speech at UN
13 Sep 2009 - The World Jewish Congress on Monday launched a new global campaign on to convince world leaders to boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the United Nations General Assembly next week. ...

Egypt defends shootings of migrants along Israel border
13 Sep 2009 - An Egyptian spokesman on Monday fended off criticism of his country's policy of using lethal force against African migrants trying to sneak across the border into Israel. ...

UN: Gaza water supply could collapse in wake of Israel war
13 Sep 2009 - The Gaza Strip's underground water supply is in danger of collapse due to overuse and contamination, exacerbated by Israel's offensive there in December, the United Nations said Monday. ...

The Guardian

Peace in the Middle East is possible | Carlo Strenger
14 Sep 2009 - Benny Morris is wrong about Israel and Palestine – the two-state solution is not doomed, but we must be pragmatic Benny Morris is one of today's most serious and disturbing pessimists about peace in the Middle...

Letters: Planet Phoenix Four
13 Sep 2009 - Benny Morris ( Impossible ambition , 11 September) is right to judge the gulf between Israelis and Palestinians unbridgeable, when Israelis like him continue to promote such apparent disregard for truth. The most pernicious of his numerous historical...

Video: Far-right group confronts pro-Palestinian march
13 Sep 2009 - Police say no arrests made as members of English Defence League demonstrate at London march in support of Gaza Laurence Topham

Far-right supporters confront pro-Palestinian protesters
13 Sep 2009 - Police say no arrests made as English Defence League supporters involved in standoff at central London demonstration Far-right supporters of the English Defence League were today involved in a standoff with pro-Palestinian demonstrators in central London....

Ha'aretz National page

Jerusalem tests out earthquake-proof shelter for children
14 Sep 2009 - Officials from the Jerusalem municipality tested a new invention on Monday that is designed to prevent loss of life in an earthquake. ...

Asaf Ramon's mother: I know your father is watching over you
13 Sep 2009 - Son of Israeli astronaut buried beside his father, day after killed in an IAF accident; Peres: All of Israel in mourning.

Rabin assassin to remain in solitary confinement, despite appeal
13 Sep 2009 - Yitzhak Rabin's assassin Yigal Amir will remain in solitary confinement for at least another six months, after the Nazareth District Court on Monday rejected his request to be moved to a prison for observant Jews. ...

Relief Web

oPt: Environmental Assessment of the Gaza Strip following the escalation of hostilities in December 2008 - January 2009 [maps only] 
14 Sep 2009 - Source: UNEP

The economic dimensions of prolonged occupation: Continuity and change in Israeli policy towards the Palestinian economy
14 Sep 2009 - Source: UN Conference on Trade and Development

OPT: Speech of UNRWA Commissioner-General to the EU Parliament Foreign Affairs and Development Committees
14 Sep 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

YNet News

Poll: Most Americans support US aid to Israel if attacked
14 Sep 2009 - Survey finds 59% of US citizens willing to grant Israel military aid if it is attacked from abroad 

PA to tell Mitchell: No talks without settlement freeze
14 Sep 2009 - Special US envoy to Middle East scheduled to meet Netanyahu, Abbas Tuesday to discuss disputed issues, including Israeli settlement freeze, construction in east Jerusalem. Israeli official: Only after meetings will we know if Netanyahu-Abbas-Obama meeting will take place 

Sources: US behind attack on terrorist in Somalia
14 Sep 2009 - Witnesses, Somali government source say man wanted for deadly bombing of Israeli-owned hotel on Kenya's coast and botched missile attack on Israeli airliner killed by foreign commandos; four other top foreign commanders of terror groups also killed, says source 

Family of missing soldier compensated
14 Sep 2009 - Court says IDF did not consult family on process of declaring Yehuda Katz, missing since 1982, dead 

Peres eulogizes pilot Asaf Ramon
14 Sep 2009 - Son of Israel's first astronaut laid to rest by father's side in Nahalal cemetery. Brothers say Kadish, President Peres says that when he pinned pilot's wings on Asaf he prayed: 'Do not raise your hand against the boy'. US publishes statement of mourning 

Contradictory gov't policies affect West Bank children
14 Sep 2009 - Plan to fund armored transport, new schools for West Bank students thwarted by Defense Ministry 

Daily Star

Beirut forum to focus on climate change in region 
14 Sep 2009

Hariri: It's my right to try a 'different' cabinet strategy 
14 Sep 2009

Marouni decries political interference from Syria 
14 Sep 2009

Hamas official backs Fadlallah's stance on Israel 
14 Sep 2009

Lebanon slams belligerent Israeli response to rocket fire 
14 Sep 2009

Bin Laden warns US that Israel ties root of dispute with West 
14 Sep 2009

Iran agrees on date for nuclear talks with world powers 
14 Sep 2009

War drums begin beating in Washington over Iran's nuclear work 
14 Sep 2009

Palestinian Information Center

MP Qara’awi: Without ending political arrest in W. Bank, dialog will not succeed
14 Sep 2009 - Hamas lawmaker Fathi Al-Qara’awi stated that without the release of political prisoners from the Palestinian Authority’s jails, the national dialog would never succeed.

Al-Quds center calls on Obama to stop US organizations from funding settlement
14 Sep 2009 - Al-Quds center for social and economic rights called on Obama to hold accountable all organizations and enterprises active in the US which fund settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands.

IOF soldiers kidnap 3 Gazans, 12 West Bankers including 2 young women
14 Sep 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped three Palestinians in the Gaza Strip at dawn Monday following a brief incursion east of Breij refugee camp in central Gaza, locals reported.

Aqsa Mosque preacher calls for defending Jerusalem before it is too late
14 Sep 2009 - Sheikh Hamid Al-Beitawi, the Aqsa Mosque preacher, appealed to all Muslims to necessarily move to defend the occupied city of Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque before it is too late.

Haneyya briefs Qaradawi on dangers threatening Jerusalem
14 Sep 2009 - Ismail Haneyya, the PA premier in Gaza, has briefed Dr. Yousef Al-Qaradawi, the secretary general of the international union of Muslim scholars, on Zionist threats against occupied Jerusalem.

Int'l campaign for the release of MPs s asks for European parliament support
14 Sep 2009 - The international campaign to release kidnapped Palestinian MPs from IOA jails has asked president of the European parliament Jerzy Buzek to immediately activate the case of those kidnapped deputies.

PA militias kidnap 13 Hamas members in West Bank
14 Sep 2009 - The Palestinian Authority’s militias reportedly kidnapped 13 Palestinian citizens affiliated with Hamas in Nablus, Salfit and Tulkarem including one teacher and eight ex-detainees in Israeli jails.

IOA distributes demolition notifications to Palestinians
14 Sep 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday distributed demolition notifications to 32 house owners in the villages of Yitma and Sawiya, Nablus district, local sources reported.

Detained Palestinian young women subjected to torture rounds in IOA jail
14 Sep 2009 - Ghufran Zamel has been subjected to 12 days of continued violent interrogation in an Israeli occupation authority (IOA) jail, the international Tadamun society for human rights said on Sunday.

Ramallah authority: All Hamas councils, employees to be sacked
14 Sep 2009 - All municipal councils and employees affiliated with Hamas in the West Bank would be sacked, a well informed source in the ministry of local government of Salam Fayyad's illegitimate cabinet said.

Los Angeles Times

Israel pilot Assaf Ramon, astronaut's son, dies in F-16 crash 
14 Sep 2009 - The 21-year-old air force lieutenant was the son of Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut who died in the Columbia space shuttle disaster of 2003. Israelis witnessed the second act of a riveting tragedy Sunday when the crash of an F-16 fighter-bomber killed the pilot son of Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut who died in the Columbia space shuttle disaster of 2003. 

Protest over Israel roils Toronto Film Festival 
12 Sep 2009 - Whether you're a film festival director, a college president or a secretary of State, you know that you've landed in Media Hell when Noam Chomsky, Jane Fonda and Harry Belafonte start signing open letters complaining about your policies. 

New York Times

New Details on Iran Prison Abuse
14 Sep 2009 - Mehdi Karroubi, a leading opposition leader, gave new details of prison abuse allegations Monday, days after Iran’s Supreme Leader warned of a “harsh response” to those making them. 

Iran Nuclear Talks to Start in Early October
14 Sep 2009 - Iranian and European representatives attempting to resolve a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program plan to meet in early October, state-run media reported on Monday. 

Iran Opposition Leader’s Aide Is Freed
13 Sep 2009 - The release of the aide, Alireza Hosseini-Beheshti, appears to be a sign of retreat by the hard-core conservative authorities running Iran. 


No Celebration of Occupation: 1,500 Artists and Writers Sign Letter Protesting Toronto Film Festival Decision to Spotlight Tel Aviv
9/13/2009 - Democracy Now! - A protest at the Toronto International Film Festival has taken center stage after a group of artists and writers signed a letter of protest against the festival’s decision to spotlight the city of Tel Aviv. Activists say the TIFF spotlight plays into Israel’s attempt to improve its global image in the wake of the assault on the Gaza Strip and the ongoing occupation of Palestinian land. Over 1,500 people have signed the letter, called “The Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation,” including Jane Fonda, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte. We speak with journalist and author Naomi Klein, who helped draft the letter. [includes rush transcript] - AMY GOODMAN: The Toronto International Film Festival is renowned as one of the world’s top cinematic events, the staging ground for the top films in any given year. 

Naomi Klein on 'Minority Death Match: Jews, Blacks and the ‘Post-Racial’ Presidency' 
9/13/2009 - Democracy Now! - We speak with journalist Naomi Klein about her latest article for Harper’s Magazine, “Minority Death Match: Jews, Blacks and the ‘Post-Racial’ Presidency. ” The piece examines the World Conference Against Racism that was held in Geneva this past April, a follow-up to the first racism conference in Durban, South Africa in 2001. There was a major boycott with the Obama administration refusing to attend, claiming the conference would unfairly target Israel. Critics say the controversy over Israel could have been an excuse to avoid dealing with the conference’s key issues, including addressing the legacy of slavery. [includes rush transcript] - AMY GOODMAN: On a related topic, I want to turn now to your piece in Harper’s Magazine. The World Conference Against Racism was held in Geneva this past April, a follow-up to the first racism conference in Durban, South Africa that took place, well, right before the September 11 attacks, actually. 

Fatah backs Egypt election delay proposal 
9/14/2009 - The National - RAMALLAH // The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction today said it had accepted an Egyptian proposal to end a rift with Hamas and would delay presidential and parliamentary elections due in January. Egypt is trying to reconcile the two rival factions and last week proposed holding elections during the first half of 2010 to allow more time to work out a power-sharing deal between the two rival groups. Fatah’s acceptance of the delay now puts the onus on Hamas which won the 2006 parliamentary election and a year later took over the Gaza Strip after routing forces loyal to Abbas in a brief civil war. Fatah controls the West Bank and Hamas rules Gaza, territory that Palestinians want for a future state culminating from peace negotiations with Israel. Presidential and parliamentary elections are slated for January 25 but it remains unclear how they could take place with the 

Palestinian state to be established in two years? 
9/14/2009 - The National - As the US Middle East peace envoy arrived in Israel with the aim of securing an agreement on a settlement freeze, a report in the Israeli press claimed that Palestinian statehood is just two years away. - TEL AVIV // George Mitchell, the top US envoy to the Middle East, said yesterday that he hoped to conclude an agreement with Israel on a possible freeze of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank this week to help spur the renewal of peace talks. Mr Mitchell, who arrived in Israel on Saturday, said after a meeting with Shimon Peres, the Israeli president: “While we have not yet reached agreement on many outstanding issues, we are working hard to do so, and indeed the purpose of my visit here this week is an attempt to do so. ”However, the US emissary also cautioned that it was too early to say Israel and the United States have wrapped up details of a pact. 

Al Qa’eda-linked group in rocket attack on Israel 
9/14/2009 - The National - A group linked to al Qa’eda has claimed responsibility for last week’s rocket salvo from Lebanon into Israel, a US-based group that monitors jihadist websites said today. The attack from south Lebanon into northern Israel was claimed by the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam, Battalions of Ziad Jarrah, in a statement today by the Al-Fajr Media Centre on jihadist forums, the SITE Intelligence Group said. According to SITE, the statement said the rocket fire had been in response to “flagrant hostility” displayed by Israel towards Palestinians and Muslims. At least two rockets fired from the village of al Qlaileh in southern Lebanon slammed into Israel on Friday, triggering retaliatory artillery fire. No casualties were reported on either side in the attack, the third this year. A UN official in Lebanon said at the weekend that extremists tied to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon may have been behind the attack. 

Israel blames Lebanese government for attacks 
9/13/2009 - The National - The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said Israel held the Lebanese government responsible for rocket fire from its territory, following the latest attacks from southern Lebanon into the Jewish state. “We consider that the Lebanese government as the one responsible for this,” Mr Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, in reference to Friday’s attacks. “We see the Lebanese government as the one responsible for all (ceasefire) violations and all aggressions coming from its territory against us,” he said. Israel has lodged a complain with the UN over Friday’s attacks, which saw several rockets fired into the north of the Jewish state from southern Lebanon, prompting retaliatory fire from Israel. No casualties were reported on either side. An official with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) said extremists tied to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon 

Israel stops money for Gaza’s disabled 
9/10/2009 - The National - Jonathan Cook - NAZARETH // Yunis al Masri was luckier than his two brothers in Gaza. Although the truck that ploughed into their car as they travelled to work in Israel 24 years ago killed Jaber and Kamal instantly, Mr al Masri survived with shattered bones, internal bleeding and brain damage. Today, aged 49 and after many operations, he has difficulty walking and problems remembering to do things. Any hope of working again was crushed in 1985 amid the car wreckage. Like tens of thousands of other Palestinian manual labourers who worked inside Israel before Gaza was progressively sealed off to the outside world from the early 1990s, Mr Al Masri had paid regularly into Israel’s social security fund from his salary. Certified as disabled by an Israeli medical committee, he is entitled to a monthly allowance of US$800 (Dh2,900) from Israel’s National Insurance Institute, out of which he 

George Mitchell tries to secure Israeli settlement freeze to revive peace talks 
9/14/2009 - Times of London - President Obama’s envoy to the Middle East was last night locked in intense negotiations to secure agreement on a settlement freeze and revived peace talks before a possible summit in New York next week. George Mitchell met the Israeli President hours after Shimon Peres was discharged from hospital after fainting at a public engagement on Saturday. He will meet Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, tomorrow to discuss a peace plan whereby Israel would freeze construction of settlements on the West Bank and Arab countries take steps towards recognising Israel. Negotiators said that the outline of a final peace deal for Palestinian statehood could be drawn up by the end of this month. US officials hope that agreement on a framework deal will lead to a meeting of the Palestinian and Israeli leaders alongside President Obama on the sidelines of next week’s UN General Assembly. 

Druze leader Jumblatt says Iran can supply nation’s weapons 
9/13/2009 - Los Angeles Times - The leader of Lebanon's Druze community says the country should buy weapons from Iran, among others, to use to defend itself against the Israeli "enemy," Iran's English-language Press TV is reporting on its website. The U. S. has given Lebanese security forces millions of dollars in aid, equipment and training. But Washington refuses to give Lebanon any weapon that could harm Israel, a staunch American ally. That's OK, says Walid Jumblatt. If the United States fails to provide Lebanon with such weapons, it could turn to the Islamic Republic, which already is believed to supply weapons to Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite political organization and militia. " Until now all the weapons delivered to the Lebanese army were American weapons or weapons from the Arab world," Jumblatt said. "We need anti-tank weapons and anti-aircraft weapons. . . I think we can find such weapons in Iran or in Russia or in China. " 

Russian report: Netanyahu may be planning attack 
9/10/2009 - YNetNews - PM's rushed visit to Moscow under cloud of secrecy occupies Russian media. Kommersant paper quotes 'informed Israeli' source as saying 'It can't be ruled out that Israel may be ready to move on to decisive actions with regards to Iran, and Netanyahu decided to inform Kremlin of this'Russian media on Thursday continued to cover Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's mysterious visit to Moscow, that was leaked to the media from his office. Kommersant newspaper quoted "experts" as saying they believe a visit of this kind could have stemmed from urgent circumstances, "for example, in the event that Israel plans to attack Iran". At first, Moscow denied a visit ever took place, but after Netanyahu's office was forced to admit to the PM's Military Secretary Meir Kalifi's lie, a senior Kremlin source also confirmed to Kommersant that the Israeli prime minister did indeed visit the city. 


Helping Palestinian Children Confront their Trauma of the Occupation 
Iqbal Tamimi, Uruknet 9/13/2009
      A child from Gaza sent us this drawing after the Israeli attack on Gaza. The barbed wire is evident in the drawing that talks of the siege on the city, and the sky is almost blocked by the Israeli planes that are raining on them lots of missiles and fire, while Palestine is bleeding exactly like the injured children who are dying. The faces of the dying children are full of sadness and sorrow, their home has been bombed, yet the Israeli soldier is still firing at them and at the ambulance that came to their rescue.
     A picture or a drawing speaks better than a thousand words can.

     Romi Elnagar: Art therapy enables children to deal in nonverbal ways with traumatic events in their lives.
     Many who work with children who have experienced traumatic events, such as child psychologists, believe it is crucial for children to express their feelings about those events if they are to recover from their suffering. Art is a way for children to communicate the full range of emotions, and one of the most important ways to express feelings of anger, pain and fear. Child psychologists have found that art therapy works to enable children to show in nonverbal ways what they have experienced and to deal with traumatic events in their lives.
     For example, the organization Darkness to Light, which deals with child sexual abuse, uses art therapy in its work, and says, "Anyone who has experienced psychological trauma may have difficulty expressing their experience directly or effectively in words…Art is a non-threatening way to visually communicate anything that is too painful to put into words." (1) more.. e-mail

Dividing War Spoils: Israel’s Robbery of Palestinian Property 
Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Chronicle 9/13/2009
      While the news headlines were occupied with the freeze or suspension of Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories or with the competition for positions in the sixth Fateh conference in Bethlehem, Israel is putting into effect the most devastating operation since the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in al Nakba of 1948. This new operation aims to eliminate irrevocably Palestinian rights and historical roots in Palestine.
     Ironically, Arab and Palestinian leaderships remain oblivious to these cataclysmic developments. In particular, the Palestinian leadership, whose main duty is to defend Palestinian rights, is bogged down with the assignment of internal political posts and fighting what it sees as its primary enemy, Hamas.
     The Zionist leadership in Israel felt bold enough to transform the ideological slogan of ‘Jewish Israel’ into a reality on the ground. The Knesset, the Israel Parliament, passed a law on August 3rd, 2009, after its second and third readings, which allowed the sale of “Absentees” Palestinian refugees’ land to Jewish individuals and Jewish institutions exclusively anywhere in the world. Thus, the legal right of the original Palestinian owner to his land would be severed through creating a barrier between the owner and his property. The passing of the new law represents an audacious initiative by the current Israeli government that no previous Israeli government dared contemplate or venture into.
     It will be recalled that the State of Israel was founded on the land it occupied in Palestine in 1948/49. The conquered area is 20,255 sq. km which represents 78% of the Mandatory Palestine. The land Israel occupied was delineated by the armistice line defined in the Armistice Agreements signed with four Arab countries in 1949. more.. e-mail

Electronic Intifada
Palestinian village calls for Swedish divestment from occupation
14 Sep 2009 - We have learned with dismay that Sweden, a great supporter of human rights worldwide, has invested its pension fund AP1 in at least ten companies that support Israel's human rights abuses and violations of international law. One of those companies, Israel Discount Bank, is directly involved in settlements on Bilin's stolen land, and all the companies are involved in destroying hopes for justice and peace in Palestine. 

Gaza's conflicting casualty counts
14 Sep 2009 - WASHINGTON (IPS) - This week, two respected human rights organizations -- one Palestinian, one Israeli -- each came out with very full reports into the extent of the damage caused by the assault Israel waged against Gaza last winter. According to PCHR 1,419 Palestinians were killed during the fighting, of whom 252 were combatants and the rest noncombatants. Three hundred and eighteen of those killed were, it said, children. 

In Gaza
Abu Mahmoud’s heart
14 Sep 2009 - Abu Mahmoud’s taxi stinks of petrol and barely made it up a gentle slope the other day. He was thrilled when some of us hopped out and readied to push the car. Or perhaps mortified. “Get back in, it’s okay,” he’d said. Miraculously, his car did start, after several stalled efforts. He picked us up again tonight, passing by chance at the right time. I didn’t recognize him or the beat-up car (too many beat-up cars in Gaza), but I recognized his heart. Of all the gaudy but endearing decorations I’ve seen in Palestinian taxis (and on motorcycles), this is one of my favourites. In the low night light it...

Palestine Chronicle
President Obama's Nuclear Opportunity
14 Sep 2009 - By Eileen Fleming The wind from Iran changed on September 12, 2009, when Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced that he welcomes broad talks with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council [America, Russia, France, Britain, China, and Germany] and he offered the olive branch of ‘comprehensive, all-encompassing and constructive’ talks on a range of security issues, including global nuclear disarmament. [1] The U.N. Security Council has issued resolutions requiring Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment, which is a possible pathway to nuclear weapons. On September 7, 2009, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated that Tehran will neither halt uranium enrichment nor negotiate over its nuclear rights; but Mottaki's comments opened the door, "Should the conditions be ripe, there is a possibility of talks about the nuclear issue with the West, given the new package we have presented." [Ibid] While the West's key demand is for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, Tehran is in the right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel. The NPT/Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, was created in 1968, and maintains that nuclear weapons proliferation can only be curtailed if nuclear countries move toward disarmament while the rest of the world is allowed to access civilian nuclear technology. The five nuclear powers that signed the NPT agreed to get rid of their nuclear weapons. In the latest report from, the International Atomic Energy Agency it states that "Iran now has, at a minimum, 1,430 kilograms (3,153 pounds) of low-enriched uranium hexafluoride. Iran insists...

Dividing War Spoils: Israel's Robbery of Palestinian Property
13 Sep 2009 - By Dr. Salman Abu Sitta While the news headlines were occupied with the freeze or suspension of Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories or with the competition for positions in the sixth Fateh conference in Bethlehem, Israel is putting into effect the most devastating operation since the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in al Nakba of 1948. This new operation aims to eliminate irrevocably Palestinian rights and historical roots in Palestine. Ironically, Arab and Palestinian leaderships remain oblivious to these cataclysmic developments. In particular, the Palestinian leadership, whose main duty is to defend Palestinian rights, is bogged down with the assignment of internal political posts and fighting what it sees as its primary enemy, Hamas. The Zionist leadership in Israel felt bold enough to transform the ideological slogan of ‘Jewish Israel’ into a reality on the ground. The Knesset, the Israel Parliament, passed a law on August 3rd, 2009, after its second and third readings, which allowed the sale of “Absentees” Palestinian refugees’ land to Jewish individuals and Jewish institutions exclusively anywhere in the world. Thus, the legal right of the original Palestinian owner to his land would be severed through creating a barrier between the owner and his property. The passing of the new law represents an audacious initiative by the current Israeli government that no previous Israeli government dared contemplate or venture into. It will be recalled that the State of Israel was founded on the land it occupied in Palestine in 1948/49. The conquered area is 20,255...

'Give Me a Rocket Launcher ..'
13 Sep 2009 - By Jim Miles A Canadian polling company, the Angus Reid Global Monitor, [1] indicates that the majority of the world's citizens express concerns about their countries' role in the war, and the majority wishes the troops to be removed. This includes the majority of the big hitters in NATO, and many other countries around the world. There are exceptions, with mixed results from U.S. polls indicating support for Obama but not necessarily for the war, and with India, a country with different political aspirations vis a vis Pakistan, still strongly supporting the Afghanistan occupation. Whither Democracy? The contrast is obvious, wherein the elites and corporate and political powers of the (mainly) western world wish to remain in Afghanistan for the putative democratic values that they call for, yet ignore that very same democracy in their own homelands. The typical argument would be that this is a 'difficult situation' with 'complex issues', the standard line that serves as the apologetics for continuing their war making. The simplistic argument is for 'democracy,' without understanding that democracy required hundreds of years of peasant and labour revolts and protests before it even came close to its current status in the western countries. If we are a democracy, if the other countries are democratic, the people are calling for the troops to be removed from Afghanistan. Democracy cannot be imposed at the barrel of a gun, especially in the situation of an occupying army with completely different cultural beliefs and systems trying to impose its...

Problems Defending Palestinians in Israeli Courts
13 Sep 2009 - By Stephen Lendman Established in 1992, the Addameer (Arabic for conscience) Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association provides support for Palestinian prisoners and works to end torture, arbitrary arrests and detentions, other forms of abuse, and unjust and unequal treatment in Israel's criminal justice system that handles Jews one way and Palestinians another. In January 2007, it published a report titled "Defending Palestinian Prisoners: A Report on the Status of Defense Lawyers in Israeli Courts" in which it explained obstacles lawyers face in representing Palestinians in military and civil courts. They're hampered by military orders, Israeli laws, and prison procedures that prevent them from adequately helping clients - from their time of arrest through detention, trial, imprisonment, appeal, and other constraints against justice. Yet international law is clear and unequivocal. Article 2, section 3(b)(c) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states: ....persons "shall have (the) right (to effective remedy through a) competent judicial, administrative or legislative (authority), or by any other competent authority provided for the legal system of the State (to) ensure that the competent authorities shall enforce (judicial) remed(ies)." Article 14, section 1 states: "All persons shall be equal before the courts and tribunals (and) shall be entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law." They shall "be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law." They're also entitled to competent counsel, may meet with them in confidence, and censorship of their written and oral...

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