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Settlers torch olive groves near Nablus
20 Oct 2009 - Exercises will test technology that could be used to defend Israel against possible Iranian attack.
U.S. officer: If Israel strikes Iran, U.S. will likely join
20 Oct 2009 - Former top-ranking U.S. Air Force officer cautions: I don't think Israel can do it alone.
Top IDF officer warns: Settlers' radical fringe growing
20 Oct 2009 - Over the past two years, the defense establishment has taken a harder line against unruly settlers.
Israel worried Fatah may resume suicide attacks
20 Oct 2009 - Fatah members have urged followers to use the 'doom's day weapon' employed during the second intifada.
UN: IDF may have planted spy gear in Lebanon
20 Oct 2009 - UN probe indicates devices planted in 2006 war; IDF: Hezbollah trying to cover up truce violations.
Family who lost 29 members in Gaza war: We envy the dead
20 Oct 2009 - The Samouni family says Richard Goldstone has finally lent the Gaza offensive victims a voice.
Why Israel failed in the Gaza war
20 Oct 2009 - The IDF was not actually responsibile for the failure in the 3-week offensive against Hamas.
Hezbollah vs. Israel: Who has 'real' video of Lebanon blast site?
20 Oct 2009 - Group denounces IDF video of militants removing arms from site as lie, airs clip detailing 'true events.'
Israel warns of possible terror attacks in India
20 Oct 2009 - Counter-Terrorism Bureau: Terror group behind 2008 Mumbai attack planning further attacks on Israelis.
Turkey: We foiled al-Qaida plot against Israeli, U.S. targets
20 Oct 2009 - State-run news agency reports 32 suspected militants detained in raids across eight provinces.
Report: Syria supplying long-range missiles to Hezbollah
20 Oct 2009 - Kuwaiti paper: Israel sources say Syria has given quarter of its middle-, long-range missle arsenal to Lebanon group.
IDF to start handing out new gas masks to civilians in January
20 Oct 2009 - Plan is to hand out 4.5 million kits within three years; GOC Home Front Command: We don't have enough kits.
ISRAEL CENSORSHIP EXPOSED
London, October 20, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - As the preparations of The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) for the International Conference, UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees; continue, more interest from people is being showed. PRC has received tens of requests from people to join...
Puppets on Road to Jerusalem
Palestine, October 19, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) 'Courage ... courage to movement, courage not to give up, courage to break doors, the courage to overcome barriers, the courage to fly', are words advocated by participants in the march of the road to Jerusalem, organized by...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow Concludes Visit to Palestine
Palestine, October 19, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - World renowned actress Mia Farrow ended Sunday a six-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. The mission focused on children affected by conflict, UNICEF said in a press release.
Locked in: Life in Gaza
Gaza, October 18, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Munzer al-Dayyeh is a 40-year-old mechanic living in Gaza. In a land of ruin and disrepair, Munzer is kept busy fixing generators and repairing motorbikes.
Iran: Israelis should stand trial over war crimes
Iran, October 18, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - In light of the Goldstone report on Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip, Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki calls for legal action against the Tel Aviv leadership.
20 Oct 2009 - Cairo's failure to mediate a deal between Fatah and Hamas could allow regional states such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Syria to take the lead in the area's crucial challenges.
Pressure grows on Israel after Gaza report
20 Oct 2009 - Cabinet split over carrying out an inquiry that would help stave off international efforts to bring the country before a war crimes tribunal.
Eavesdropping sparks fresh border tension
19 Oct 2009 - The discovery of three eavesdropping devices planted in southern Lebanon has prompted a wave of spying allegations between the country and Israel.
Good start' to nuclear talks, says ElBaradei
19 Oct 2009 - Landmark negotiations between Iran and world powers resume in Vienna aiming to finalise a deal on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Iran vows revenge over suicide bombing
19 Oct 2009 - Tehran accuses the United States and Britain of involvement in the militant attack.
20 Oct 2009 - Authorities detain Iranians in connection to Sunday's attack as funerals are held.
Iran not to cede 'nuclear rights'
20 Oct 2009 - Foreign minister rules out abandoning "legal and obvious" right to nuclear technology.
Israel to discuss Gaza war inquiry
20 Oct 2009 - Two ministries reportedly back probe in order to mount defence against damning report.
Lebanon blasts called 'spy devices'
19 Oct 2009 - Hezbollah and army say Israel detonated underground sensors in country's south.
19 Oct 2009 - On 14 October 2009, the World March for Peace and Nonviolence reached Bethlehem. Organized by the international pacifism organization World Without Wars, the march began in New Zealand on 2 October, Gandhi’s birthday and the “International...
20 Oct 2009 - This year several Palestinian cultural activities in Jerusalem were banned or disturbed by Israeli authorities. Citing that artistic expression of one’s identity is vital to any society, a collective of approximately 60 young people is preparing “Al Quds Underground”, a hidden cultural festival on secret places in the Old City.Actors, musicians, writers and other artists are preparing a unique and unconventional festival...
Investigation may open into soldier attacks on Palestinians in southern West Bankâ€™s Hebron Hills
19 Oct 2009 - Hebron / PNN – It is clear from testimonies collected by B'Tselem that Palestinians were attacked south of Mount Hebron during the month of September. Israeli soldiers have also engaged in the extensive vandalism of cars in the southern West Bank’s Mount Hebron. The vehicles are parked by Palestinian laborers who are traveling for work to Jerusalem or inside the Green Line. Documentation...
Israeli organizations working for Palestinian human rights say 335 prisoners are held without trial
19 Oct 2009 - In a report issued by two Israeli organizations working for Palestinian human rights, it was noted that 335 Palestinians still being held without trial in Israeli prison; 29 of them from two to five years continuously. In the report that HaMoked and B'Tselem published last week, the organizations severely criticized the Israeli detention of Palestinians without trial. The report states that the...
Palestinian Broadcast Union calls for solidarity with Ahmad Saâ€™adat upon six months in isolation
19 Oct 2009 - Gaza / PNN – For six months leftist leader Ahmad Sa’adat has been in solitary confinement in Israeli prison, a situation that has grabbed the attention of most Palestinians, including the Broadcast Union. Media outlets are beginning a new solidarity campaign with Sa’adat, the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Held in isolation for six months, the prominent...
Palestinian delegation asking UNESCO for condemnation of Israeli excavations around Al Aqsa Mosque
19 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN – The Palestinians are asking that United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization condemn the Israeli excavations around Al Aqsa Mosque. Dr. Hamdan Taha, Assistant Undersecretary of Archaeological and Cultural Heritage in the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, is leading the delegation attending the UNESCO meeting, ongoing from 6 through 23 October.The Palestinian delegation is asking specifically that UNESCO...
Council of Ministers welcomes UNHRC adoption of Goldstone, pushes for follow-up, end to settlements
19 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – The weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers welcomed today the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council of the Goldstone report that states the Israelis committed war crimes in Gaza. The meeting of the Council of Ministers was chaired by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah and stressed that the Palestinian National Authority is determined to follow-up...
International peace cycle joined by Qalqilia bike club arrives in Bilâ€™in
19 Oct 2009 - Bil’in / Iyad Burnat - This weekend in western Ramallah, members of the Bi'lin community lined the streets to greet cyclists from Belgium, the UK, Canada and Sweden. With temperatures at 38 degrees Celsius, the group has continued the Peace Cycle 2009 seemingly undaunted.The initiative aims to educate foreign visitors of the suffering of West Bank communities caused by the Israeli occupation.Since starting...
20 Oct 2009 - Following 3-day visit, Canada's top general says he wants to read Goldstone report in "full context."
US, Israel to start major joint drills
20 Oct 2009 - Wednesday air defense exercises to include anti-missile radar systems amid Iran nuclear threat.
FBI nabs scientist on espionage charges
20 Oct 2009 - Agent posing as Mossad officer sets up US man said to be disloyal; Jerusalem not linked to affair.
Obama: US-Israel ties are 'more than strategic alliance'
20 Oct 2009 - Obama sends taped message to Peres; envoy to UN Rice: US will stand by Israel on Goldstone; French FM cancels visit to Israel next week over report.
No more Pollards
20 Oct 2009 - Nozette's alleged treason had little to do with ethnicity, but will still add fuel to Israel's enemies.
'Decision on how to proceed in Lieberman case to come within a few weeks'
20 Oct 2009 - In interview, State Attorney Moshe Lador also says he opposes splitting the functions of the attorney-general into two different jobs.
Livni's criticism of Barak draws cries of 'hypocrisy'
20 Oct 2009 -
HRW founder slams criticism of Israel
20 Oct 2009 - In 'NY Times' piece, group's first chairman says it should focus on authoritarian regimes.
'Fewer east J'lem residents take advantage of social benefits'
20 Oct 2009 - Help offered to children, elderly especially low.
CAIRO Monday, October 19, 2009 (IRIN) - In the first of a series of interviews with refugees living in Cairo, IRIN spoke to John Simon (not his real name), a 33-year-old Dinka from Southern Sudan, about why he left home, and what prospect he faces in this host country.
GAZA: Farmers struggle with damaged agricultural land
GAZA CITY Thursday, October 15, 2009 (IRIN) - Thousands of Gazan farmers may be unable to replant their crops during the region’s main planting season in October due to agricultural land still damaged by the Israeli offensive at the start of the year, and a lack of agricultural materials like...
EGYPT: Disaster looms for Delta region
CAIRO Wednesday, October 07, 2009 (IRIN) - Egypt’s Delta region faces a natural disaster of massive proportions by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to better manage scarce fresh water resources and come up with solutions to mitigate the effects of rising sea levels, according to government officials.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (IPS) - As the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama prepares for a critical series of talks about the fate of Iran's nuclear programme, Congress has begun moving long-pending legislation to impose new unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
POLITICS: U.N. Body Backs War Crimes Charges on Israel, Hamas
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - The 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC) approved a resolution Friday endorsing war crimes charges against Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, as spelled out in a report by a four-member international fact-finding mission headed by Justice Richard Goldstone.
20 Oct 2009 - n Monday 19 October 2009, a court hearing at Salem military court, in the Northern West Bank, extended Mohammad Othman’s detention period for another 11 days, failing once again to provide any evidence justifying Mohammad’s arrest. Read more about the conditions of detention and interrogation methods used against Mohammad. [
20 Oct 2009 - More than 150 people attended the weekly demo against the Apartheid Wall. Protestors held signs with the names of the five Nil’in prisoners, and others called for the freedom of the 11,000 other Palestinians held in Israeli jails. Youth marched with their hands tied, imitating the means soldiers use when they arrest Palestinians. Soldiers constantly tried to capture protestors, and jeep mounted launchers showered the area with gas. Soldiers also targeted medical teams, firing tear gas directly at them. [
During the reporting period, a Palestinian child of wounds inflicted by IOF earlier this year, and 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded by IOF gunfire in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
10/21/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 20 October 2009 - The settlers who have recently occupied the house of the Gawi family, forcefully evicted from their home in Sheikh Jarrah on 2 August 2009, launched an attack today on the Palestinians camping outside. According to local sources, seven Palestinians were injured and four arrested. The attack started between 8 and 8. 30pm, when a driver of a lorry delivering furniture to the occupied house, accompanied by four settlers, attacked a five year old boy from the Gawi family who was playing nearby. The settlers then attacked a small tent where the Gawi family have been living since the eviction. The tent was full of mainly women and children at that time. A Palestinian woman who was hit hard by the driver had to be taken to hospital. A fight broke out immediately, involving at least 15 settlers. Several members of the family sustained light injuries and a 15-year old girl from the neighbourhood was hit by a falling TV as the settlers managed to tear down the tent.
Israeli forces step-up campaign against Jerusalemite leaders
10/21/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Ma'an News, 20 October - Two Jerusalem leaders were harassed and interrogated by Israeli forces Tuesday, marking a steep increase in targeted detentions and raids of organizers involved in the Al-Aqsa Mosque sit-ins and demonstrations during the Jewish holidays earlier this month. In the latest incident, Israeli police released senior Fatah official and Jerusalem affairs official Hatem Abdul Qader after detaining him for hours at the Allenby Bridge as he returned to Palestine from Jordan on Tuesday. Abdul-Qader said authorities on the bridge handed him an order to submit to further interrogation by Israel's intelligence unit at 12pm on Wednesday, an order he said he intended to refuse. On Thursday Abdul Qader was taken from his car along with Islamic Movement leader Ali Sheikha. The two reported they had been taken by undercover Israeli agents at the Qalandiya military checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Filling up Israel’s jails to no avail
10/20/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Seth Freedman, The Guardian - The plight of Palestinian activist Mohammad Othman has dominated the agendas of NGOs in the region ever since his detention in late September. However, while his case is at the forefront of their minds, Othman is just one of 11,000 Palestinian prisoners currently held in Israeli jails, 800 of whom are incarcerated under the terms of administrative detention - meaning that they are imprisoned indefinitely without any charges brought against them. As things stand, Othman appears to be heading for the murky world of administrative detention, given the treatment handed out to him thus far by the military courts. Othman was arrested by soldiers at the Allenby Bridge crossing on 22 September as he tried to return home to the West Bank town of Jayyous following an advocacy trip to Norway. Despite a lack of evidence presented against him in court, judges in subsequent hearings have extended his remand, leading to his having spent almost a month in solitary confinement.
Ezra Nawi to be sentenced tomorrow, Wednesday 21 October
10/21/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - www. supportezra. net - Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21, at 8. 30, the final sentencing of Ezra Nawi will be given at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court (Peace Court). The judge, Eilata Ziskind, found Ezra guilty of assaulting two border police officers and participating in a riot, during a house demolition in the West Bank, in the village of Um el-Hir in February, 2007. Ezra was convicted based solely on the border police officers' testimonies, while the video footage from the event clearly showed that Ezra did not use violence in his protest against the injustices of the occupation. The sentencing was supposed to be given a month ago, but was postponed since the judge tried to examine the possibility of reducing the punishment to community service. Ezra refused to comply with this attempt, as he continues to claim his innocence. . . . Links: Support Ezra Nawi
How the Muslim world deals with the rise of Islamism
20 Oct 2009 - The cries of joy from the four women elected to the parliament in Kuwait this past spring may yet turn into sobs. A religious edict published in that country last week states that any woman who wants to take parts in politics, either as a candidate or as a voter, must dress in accordance with Muslim religious law - with their head covered and "a long robe that hides all parts of the body and which is not so tight so that it would give prominence to any curves." ...
PA official ready for talks with U.S., but not Israel
20 Oct 2009 - Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat arrived in Washington Tuesday, where he is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other American officials to discuss the first phase of the road map for Mideast peace and the renewal of final-status talks. ...
Ex-IDF chief's widow rejects naming East Jerusalem street after him
20 Oct 2009 - Following similar opposition by the family of late entertainer Shaike Ophir, the widow of late minister and Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Rafael Eitan does not want a street named after her husband in a Jewish neighborhood of East Jerusalem. ...
Netanyahu to Abbas: The time has come for peace
20 Oct 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called on Palestinian President to renew peace negotiations with Israel and bring an end to the years of conflict. ...
Deputy PM to Haaretz: Israel needs internal probe of Gaza war
20 Oct 2009 - Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor thinks Israel should establish its own independent committee to investigate Israel Defense Forces activity in the Gaza Strip during last winter's Operation Cast Lead. ...
20 Oct 2009 - Bodyguards subdued a Palestinian man as he approached Middle East envoy Tony Blair, shouting, 'You are a terrorist'
US scientist charged with attempting to sell military secrets to Israel
20 Oct 2009 - Stewart Nozette, 52, arrested after demanding Israeli passport during FBI sting A former Nasa scientist who helped discover evidence of water on the moon has been charged with attempting to sell Israel secrets about America's military...
Filling up Israel's jails to no avail | Seth Freedman
20 Oct 2009 - The imprisonment of Palestinian activists such as Mohammad Othman aims to curb dissent but it seems to be backfiring The plight of Palestinian activist Mohammad Othman has dominated the agendas of NGOs in the region ever...
FBI arrests US scientist on spying charges
20 Oct 2009 - Stewart David Nozette attempted to pass on secrets to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer, say charges A scientist credited with helping discover evidence of water on the moon has been arrested on...
A moral atrocity | Harold Evans
20 Oct 2009 - Judge Goldstone has been suckered into letting war criminals use his name to pillory Israel Aren't the British sickened by the moral confusions of their government? First, we have the weasel words to justify the unjustifiable...
US scientist faces espionage charges
19 Oct 2009 - Man accused of passing classified information to a person he believed was an Israeli intelligence officer A Maryland scientist who worked for the US defence department and other agencies has been arrested on espionage charges. The...
Obama's mettle is about to be tested | Simon Tisdall
18 Oct 2009 - As the Middle East slides towards renewed conflict, the president has to revitalise US efforts for a peace or face humiliation It's getting harder each day for the Obama administration to maintain the illusion of progress...
Hamas patrols beaches in Gaza to enforce conservative dress code
18 Oct 2009 - Lawyers resist campaign to make Palestinian society more Islamist It began with a rash of unusually assertive police patrols. Armed Hamas officers stopped men from sitting shirtless on the beach, broke up groups of unmarried men...
Reviving hope for Middle East peace | Olivia Hampton
18 Oct 2009 - Hope that Obama could make progress toward peace has evaporated. To get back on track, he should turn to Syria Hopes are dimming in Ramallah over Barack Obama's ability to deliver on his promise to revive...
20 Oct 2009 - Police arrested on Monday a 13-year-old boy from the northern town of Beit Shean on suspicion of sexually abusing 15 boys in the near by area during the last summer vacation. ...
Galilee man gets 9 years for killing girl with ATV on Yom Kippur
20 Oct 2009 - Assad Shibli, who was operating his all-terrain vehicle which struck and killed nine-year-old Tal Zino on Yom Kippur two years ago in the Galilee town of Kfar Tabor, was sentenced on Tuesday to nine years in prison by Nazareth District Court. ...
I quit Labor post over Barak failure to push peace
20 Oct 2009 - The last time we met, two days before the opening of the Knesset winter session, I asked Ehud Barak where he was heading. He said the Labor Party was on the right track. I asked why West Bank outposts hadn't been evacuated as promised, and he said that day was fast approaching. I posed a similar question to him toward the end of the summer session several months ago, and he told me the same thing - the day was approaching. ...
Ministers set up task force to ease West Bank settlement construction
20 Oct 2009 - The defense and interior ministers agreed on Monday to appoint a task force to facilitate construction in the West Bank. ...
What are 50-year-old Egyptian guns doing roadside in Israel?
19 Oct 2009 - Archaeologists carrying out excavations prior to road-widening near Hamovil junction in northern Israel discovered a weapons cache including submachine guns and ammunition on Monday. ...
20 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Jordan to conduct survey the its Palestinian camps
19 Oct 2009 - Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur
OPT: USAID West Bank/Gaza mission program achievements - Week of 5 Oct 2009
19 Oct 2009 - Source: US Agency for International Development
Palestinian refugees reject 'sell-out' deal
19 Oct 2009 - Source: Medical Aid for Palestinians
OPT: Israel's reaction to the decision of the UN Human Rights Council
19 Oct 2009 - Source: Government of Israel
ICC Prosecutor receives Palestinian Minister of Justice, Arab League and Independent Fact-Finding Committee
19 Oct 2009 - Source: International Criminal Court
20 Oct 2009 - Robert Bernstein says in New York Times editorial that human rights organization, 'Lost critical perspective on conflict in which Israel has been repeatedly attacked by Hamas, Hezbollah.' On Gaza war crimes allegations: Reporting often relies on witnesses whose stories cannot be verified
Obama to J'lem: Friendship more than just strategic alliance
20 Oct 2009 - (Video) Thousands participate in opening ceremony of Jerusalem's presidential conference Facing Tomorrow and watch video message sent by US president. Peres: Israel wants to contribute. Netanyahu to Abbas: Lead your people to peace
Israel's US envoy rejects invitation to attend J-Street conference
20 Oct 2009 - Embassy in Washington says 'concerned over some of organization's policies that may impair interests of Israel.' J-Street: 'Israel missing opportunity to engage with over 1,200 pro-Israel activists'
US pedophile arrested in J'lem after escaping 110 year sentence
20 Oct 2009 - Sporting a beard and long hair as a disguise, American citizen Donald Nelson located and arrested by police detectives in a Jerusalem hostel. 59-year-old convicted on 52 counts of sexual offenses against minors. He will likely be extradited
Netanyahu: Advance international effort to change laws of war
20 Oct 2009 - PM tells cabinet laws of war should be contingent on type of warfare due to spread of global terror. 'No one will damage our ability and right to protect our children,' he says
Goldstone: Gaza report won't hurt peace process
20 Oct 2009 - UN investigator who issued report saying Israel, Hamas committed war crimes tells American rabbis, 'What peace process is Israel talking about? There isn't one. Lieberman doesn't want one'
20 Oct 2009
Talks stall after Iran rejects curbs on atomic drive
20 Oct 2009
US scientist faces court over attempt to spy for Israel
20 Oct 2009
Jordan mulls sukuk issue to cover part of its deficit
20 Oct 2009
Palestinian, Russian films win lucrative prizes at Abu Dhabi festival
20 Oct 2009
Neither Sri Lanka nor Israel should have impunity in their 'wars on terror'
20 Oct 2009
Saving the Special Tribunal for Lebanon from failure: a response to Jamil al-Sayyed and Antonio Cassese
20 Oct 2009
20 Oct 2009 - Hamas spokesman Hammad Al-Ruqub stated that the Palestinian Authority's persistent meetings with Israeli officials provided a cover-up for the serious Zionist judaization schemes in Jerusalem.
Nasr: Egypt should match its last reconciliation paper with previous agreements
20 Oct 2009 - Mohamed Nasr, a member of Hamas political bureau, urged Egypt to match its last reconciliation paper with what had been agreed upon previously before his Movement accepts to sign any agreement.
Khudari hails Turkish supportive stands
20 Oct 2009 - MP Jamal Al-Khudari has lauded the Turkish government's stands in support of the Palestinian people and their cause in a letter addressed to Turkey's premier Recep Erdogan on Tuesday.
Hamas denounces terrorist attack in Iran
20 Oct 2009 - Hamas Movement on Tuesday condemned the "terrorist" attack in the Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan province that led to the death of tens of civilians and military personnel.
Abu Obeida: The dream of dissolving the resistance can never be realized
20 Oct 2009 - Abu Obeida, the spokesman for the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, stated that that the dream of dissolving the Palestinian resistance factions can never come true.
IOF troops round up nine Palestinians in the West Bank
20 Oct 2009 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up nine Palestinian citizens in different West Bank areas at dawn Tuesday in line with their daily arrest campaigns.
Hayya: Hamas is ready to sign a reconciliation agreement free of additions
20 Oct 2009 - Dr. Khalil Al-Hayya, a member of Hamas political bureau, stated that his Movement is ready to sign the reconciliation agreement even before the 25th of this month, but without any new additions.
Gaza suffers shortage in cooking gas, fuel for power station
20 Oct 2009 - The Gaza Strip is suffering an acute shortage in cooking gas after most of its gas supply stations ran out of gas due to the Israeli reduced supply of that material.
Masri: Fatah leaders’ unseemly remarks aimed to confuse the Palestinian arena
20 Oct 2009 - Senior Hamas leader and lawmaker Mushir Al-Masri stated that Fatah leaders seek through their ill-mannered statements to confuse the Palestinian arena.
Erdogan: Gaza witnessing humanitarian tragedy
20 Oct 2009 - Turkish premier Recep Erdogan has described the conditions in the Gaza Strip as a humanitarian tragedy that should be ended without further delay.
20 Oct 2009 - The U.S. urges President Hamid Karzai to accept a U.N.-backed panel's decision to throw out hundreds of thousands of ballots. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's encouraged. A United Nations-backed panel Monday tossed out hundreds of thousands of ballots cast in August for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and independent election observers said the new figures dictated that a runoff election should take place.
U.S., allies begin talks with Iran on nuclear program
20 Oct 2009 - The Vienna gathering seeks a deal under which Russia would enrich uranium for Iran. But Tehran says that if talks fail, it will accelerate its enrichment capabilities. Iran threatened to accelerate its uranium enrichment capabilities if talks with world powers that began Monday in Vienna don't yield a compromise on an international plan to provide materials for Tehran's nuclear program.
Dozens killed in suicide attack on Iran's Revolutionary Guard
19 Oct 2009 - A bomber in tribal dress infiltrates what was to have been a reconciliation meeting between Shiite and Sunni tribesmen. Six guard commanders are among those slain. At least 28 people are wounded. In a brazen attack on Iran's military elite, a suicide bomber on Sunday killed six Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders and 36 others at a gathering of tribal leaders in a southeastern province near the Pakistani border known for drug running and religious extremism, according to the official Iranian news agency.
10/20/2009 - Yahoo! News - JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his government on Tuesday to draw up proposals to amend the international laws of war after a damning UN report on its war in Gaza. The security cabinet did not, however, discuss calls made by ministers for an internal investigation into the 22-day offensive at the turn of the year that killed some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, an official told AFP. " The prime minister instructed the relevant government bodies to examine a worldwide campaign to amend the international laws of war to adapt them to the spread of global terrorism," his office said in a statement. Israel was dealt a heavy diplomatic blow with the adoption by the UN Human Rights Council of the report that accused both Israel and the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip of war crimes.
Oren rejects J Street conference invite
10/21/2009 - Jerusalem Post - Ambassador to the US Michael Oren has decided not to attend next week's J Street conference, the Israeli Embassy said on Tuesday. Instead, a lower-level member of the embassy staff will be sent to watch and report on the event. "In response to the question about J Street's invitation to participate in its conference, the Embassy of Israel has been privately communicating its concerns over certain policies of the organization that may impair the interests of Israel," the embassy said in a statement. "Accordingly, the embassy will send an observer to the conference and will follow its proceedings with interest. " The move stands in contrast to the White House's, which will be sending one of its highest officials, National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones, to deliver the keynote address on Tuesday. " The White House always welcomes the opportunity to discuss the president's views and engage
’Water reserves may be drained by 2010’
10/20/2009 - Jerusalem Post - If this winter is as lacking in rainfall as the last one, then by next summer Israel will have to take drastic steps such as importing water and setting up portable desalination plants, officials believe. Even if the winter is a rainy one, there will still be a serious crisis, according to the Water Authority's prognosis for the coming year. The authority's head, Prof. Uri Shani, will testify about its plan for 2010 and reply to the questions of the National Investigation Committee Regarding the Water Crisis in Israel in Haifa on Tuesday afternoon. The committee made the plan and Shani's responses to previous questions available ahead of his testimony. Prof. Dan Bein, who chairs the committee, and members Prof. Yoram Avnimelech and Prof. Yoav Kislev invited Shani to testify again, so as to ensure that there would be no policy zigzags this coming year, as there were last year, they said in a statement.
HRW founder slams criticism of Israel
10/20/2009 - Jerusalem Post - The Human Rights Watch founder has criticized the organization for "helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state. "In a New York Times opinion piece, Robert L. Bernstein, who served as Human Rights Watch chairman from 1978 to 1998 and is now its founding chairman emeritus, wrote that with increasing frequency, the watchdog casts aside its important distinction between open and closed societies. " Nowhere is this more evident than in its work in the Middle East," he said. "The region is populated by authoritarian regimes with appalling human rights records. Yet in recent years Human Rights Watch has written far more condemnations of Israel for violations of international law than of any other country in the region. " He said Israel was home to at least 80 human rights organizations, a vibrant free press, a democratically elected government, a judiciary that frequently rules against
Erdogan defends Iran’s nuclear right
10/19/2009 - Press TV - The Turkish prime minister defends Iran's right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology, saying that Iran's right is not 'questionable'. Speaking at an Istanbul forum, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Tehran's nuclear activities should not be the only one under focus. “Iran's nuclear program should not be the only one under focus, other countries possessing nuclear weapons should be questioned as well,” Hurriyet Daily News quoted Erdogan as saying. He also called on the international community to ease its concern about Iran's nuclear program. “I firmly believe that the international community's concern over Iran's nuclear program should be eased,” the premier added. He also stressed Turkey's willingness to improve relations with Iran, saying his country will spare no efforts to help remove concerns over Iran's nuclear case.
Israel’s New Goldstone Strategy
10/20/2009 - Irish4Palestine - Israel is developing a strategy to "Change the International Law that governs the Rules of War" Israel has come out in favour of supporting “lawlessness. ” This is the new strategy. Israel has now decided on its new strategy for fighting the Goldstone report and the Draft Resolution supporting it. Their answer is NOT to actually investigate or consider even the smallest possibility that anything could be justified within that report. Instead Israel will now attempt to “change the rules of war”, so that genocide, slaughter, mass murder and inflicting a holocaust are all fair play. Netanyahu has instructed the creation of several committees to tackle "Israel's Problems" This whilst they seek to destroy International Law and the Geneva convention so they no longer apply. In other words, it’s not the ”crimes” that need to be changed, using Zionist logic, it’s the Law that disallows those crimes that must be changed.
Israel prepares to fight war crimes trials after Goldstone Gaza report
10/20/2009 - Ha'aretz - The prospect that Israeli officials could face war crimes trials abroad led the political-security cabinet on Tuesday to form a committee to deal with the international legal consequences of the Goldstone Commission's report on the Gaza war. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who promised a lengthy battle to "delegitimize" the findings of the United Nations commission, also instructed government officials to draft proposals for changing international laws of war. The cabinet met to discuss Israel's diplomatic and legal response to the Goldstone report and its endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Netanyahu's office said in a statement his security cabinet instructed the Justice Ministry to form a committee to deal with the prospect of "legal proceedings abroad against the state of Israel or its citizens".
’You’re a terrorist’: Tony Blair taunted by young Palestinian in West Bank mosque
10/21/2009 - Daily Mail - Tony Blair had to be 'rescued' by bodyguards as he visited a West Bank mosque yesterday when a Palestinian man approached him shouting: 'You are a terrorist!'The security breach occurred as the former prime minister was visiting an ancient mosque during an official trip to the city of Hebron. The protester, a local man carrying a bag who was praying when Mr Blair and his entourage entered, was backed into a corner by guards who tried to shut him up. 'He is not welcome in the land of Palestine,' the man shouted before he was dragged away by Palestinian security forces. The man, a supporter of the Islamic Liberation Party Hizbut-Tahrir, was released after Blair left. Mr Blair - the Special Representative in the Middle East for the 'Quartet' of the UN, EU, U. S. and Russia - gave a tight-lipped smile and tried to wave the incident off, but his Palestinian hosts were visibly upset by the lapse.
Israel spying devices found by UN
10/19/2009 - BBC Online - Israeli spying devices that were planted during the 2006 war with Hezbollah have been discovered in southern Lebanon, the UN has said. UN peacekeepers discovered the buried devices when they were blown up by remote control by Israel on Sunday. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora accused Israel of blatantly violating the UN Security Council resolution that led to the end of fighting. Israel has declined to comment directly on the matter. Mr Siniora said an Israeli plane flying above peacekeepers and Lebanese troops investigating the blasts constituted further violation of the resolution. The incident comes at a time of increased tension between the Lebanese authorities and Israel. Earlier in October the Israeli army released a video which it said showed Hezbollah removing munitions from the scene of an explosion near the city of Tyre.
Palestinian question is political, not humanitarian
Naseef Muallem, Ma’an News Agency 10/20/2009
Conferences, workshops, meetings and talks on humanitarian aid to Palestinians have been taking place since 2005 and have been accelerated intensively since the beginning of 2009.Some Palestinians see the phenomenon as urgently needed donor support, while others see it as a mechanism to maintain corruption despite its obvious appearance in 2005.
A third perspective, and one that I hold, is that the donor conferences encourage Israel, the Occupying Power of the Palestinian Territory, to sake off its obligations under international law and use the occupation as an income generating project, allowing Europe and North America to pay for all the services it is obligated to provide.
So as Israeli forces continue killing innocent people, demolishing houses, building colonial walls, confiscating land and water resources or caging people in jails, donors pave roads, build court houses and take on the responsibility of occupation.
So the question remains: will aid accelerate the founding of an independent Palestinian state, or is it prolonging the life of the Israeli occupation.
Does aid placation buy Israel more time to confiscate land, build ’facts on the ground, push their hand in the demographics game and judaize the city of Jerusalem? more.. e-mail
Scandal in the raw
Azmi Bishara, Champress 10/19/2009
The decision to behave in Geneva like the made-in-Oslo Palestinian Authority (PA) was but an extension of the Israeli occupation was the final nail in the coffin of international solidarity with the Palestinian cause in its customary sense. Those who took this decision knew this. International solidarity was confounded by the questions stirred by the Oslo Accords, a treaty struck with the occupation power before a solution was in sight. Was the liberation struggle still in progress as the occupation was still in place? Or did the Oslo process mean that matters now rested with the ability of "the two sides" to reach a settlement? Although the solidarity movement revived somewhat with the second Intifada, the Palestinian rift and the behaviour of the PA towards the war on Gaza threw it into confusion again. Even so, as fragmented and disarrayed as they were, all grassroots and semi-grassroots organisations and movements mustered what spirit they could to stand behind the Palestinians, as divided as they are, in the wake of the Israeli assault on Gaza. The Goldstone Report was the product of this drive. But now, after 2 October in Geneva, who is going to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinians, how would they do so, and why should they?
The Palestinian party that declared, in Geneva, that it would withdraw its support from the Goldstone Report behaved not as though the Palestinians needed as much support as they could get, but as though this were part of the international order. Grassroots solidarity embarrasses such officials. It doesn’t mesh with their self-image. They are up there with those in the White House, and who needs popular solidarity once you’re a guest of the US president? Also, that solidarity movement can be more of an enemy than a friend at times. That movement supports the people in Gaza, for example, whereas the Palestinian officials in question stand on the other side of the blockade, working to obstruct any efforts that might give an advantage to their Palestinian political adversaries. These officials bade farewell to the liberation movement some time ago. "So long, liberation movement," they said well before liberation was even a glimmer on the horizon. That was painfully obvious to those who had eyes and ears. However, their behaviour in Geneva came as the definitive and impossible to miss adieu to the spirit and logic of liberation and solidarity movements. more.. e-mail
Human rights defender's detention without charge enters second month
20 Oct 2009 - On Monday 19 October 2009, a court hearing at Salem military court, in the northern West Bank, extended Mohammad Othman's detention period for another 11 days. It has been 29 days now since human rights defender Mohammad Othman was arrested at the Allenby Bridge Border Crossing between Jordan and the West Bank.
20 Oct 2009 - For his continued wars against Pakistanis, Afghans, and Iraqis, his support for the overthrow of democracy in Honduras, his abetting dictatorships across the Arab and Muslim worlds (which his government finances, arms and trains in torture methods), his planning for a possible invasion of Iran, and his enthusiastic support for the racist Israeli settler colony (and its colonial wars and occupations against Palestinians), US President Barack Obama received the Nobel "Peace" Prize. Joseph Massad comments.
Olmert visit sparks Palestine movement at US university
20 Oct 2009 - On 13 October, Tulane University, an elite university in the southern United States, hosted former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as a featured speaker. In response to his visit, a coalition of students, teachers, activists and community members -- Muslims, Jews, Christians, Palestinians and their allies -- rallied in opposition and protest inside and outside the event. Emily Ratner writes from New Orleans.
Believing in the nonviolent struggle
19 Oct 2009 - The tactics of Israel seem to promote armed resistance. They refuse to release just one of the 11,000 Palestinian prisoners currently rotting away in Israeli jails, but when an Israeli soldier is taken hostage, they are willing to negotiate. How can I convince the mothers of those martyred and those imprisoned that nonviolent resistance is the way forward? But in my heart, I know that nonviolent resistance is the path to freedom for our nation. From my small village of Bilin, I hope our actions can set an example for others to follow. Ahmed A. Khatib's story as told to The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre.