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House of Representatives votes to condemn Goldstone Report
officials posture on new war in Gaza
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Settlers force Palestinians out of East Jerusalem home after court rejects family's appeal.
ANALYSIS / Israel preparing public for a new war in Gaza
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Hamas has used the lull in fighting with Israel not only to restore, but improve its capabilities.
Iran twitchy since Israel strike on Syria nuke reactor
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Der Spiegel: Iran has demanded Syria return uranium delivered to it prior to the Israeli attack.
Sources: Iran gave Hamas missile that can hit Tel Aviv
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - MI chief: Hamas has missile with a range of 60km; Hamas refuses to discuss reports of test-fire.
IDF executes largest-ever terror attack simulation
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - The drill will simulate an enormous explosion in a mall in Haifa, causing around 600 casualties.
Settlements are fertile ground for Jewish terror
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Had Teitel been satisfied with acts of murder against Palestinians, he would never have been caught.
Report: Mossad hacked Syrian computer to uncover nuke site
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Mossad agents planted malware on Syrian official's computer while he was at London hotel,
How Israel caught the suspected Jewish terrorist
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - After Yaakov Teitel was arrested in Jerusalem, armed police broke into his home and roused his family.
Settler admits to murder, series of bomb attacks
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Yaakov Teitel suspected of killing 2 Palestinians, attemping to kill Messianic Jew, leftist professor.
Settler leaders: Jewish terrorist does not represent us
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Suspected Jewish terrorist Teitel's neighbors shocked by arrest, declare he is innocent until proven guilty.
Rightists confront 'IDF organ trafficking' reporter at Israel airport
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Upon Swedish journalist's arrival in Israel, rightists at Ben Gurion airport call for his expulsion.
Former IDF chiefs trade barbs over failures in Second Lebanon War
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Dan Halutz blasts Ya'alon's 'obsession' with matter after deputy PM accuses him of arrogance.
Israeli Arabs accuse Israel of 'ethnic cleansing' in Jerusalem
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Umbrella group calls on Palestinians and Arabs to 'defend' Al-Aqsa mosque and East Jerusalem.
Report: Lebanon nabs top militant over rocket attack against Israel
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Lebanese daily reports arrest; Lebanon FM: Israel's cease-fire violations hint it's planning to attack us.
The IDF has become Israel's diplomatic channel to the West
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - In recent months, the similarity of the threat facing Israel and its Western counterparts has grown.
and the Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
West Bank, November 3, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Sabri Mohammed Ghraieb has seen the olive groves that once fringed his West Bank home turn into a Jewish settlement and prison-like walls but still he refuses to leave.
Fateh calls on Hamas to release Fatah members from Gaza jails
London, November 2, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Fateh Spokesman Dr. Fayez Abu Eita held Hamas and it's affiliated militants responsible about the life and safety of Fateh member Dr. Ziyad Asarafandi who has been detained in Hamas jails since five months.
Attacks by Israeli settlers spark more by the army as Palestinians defend themselves in West Bank
Jerusalem, November 1, 2009, (Pal Telegraph)-The media office in the Palestinian Authority police reported on two separate incidents involving Israeli settlers and soldiers in the West Bank yesterday evening.
Palestinians Believe Abbas's Election Decree Ends Chances for Reconciliation
Gaza, November 1, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Gamal El-Zahhar, 27, had good reason to be angry last week. Living in Khan Younis in southern Gaza he came to realise that his chances of marrying Shaimaa, a Palestinian girl living in Jordan whom...
On the arrest of Greek diplomat in Sheikh Jarrah
Greece, November 1, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) The Palestinians will not be left...
The National 3 Nov 2009 - Opposition is growing in Egypt's political scene to speculation that Hosni Mubarak's youngest son, Gamal, will take over the presidency.
Clinton vows support to Muslim world
The National 3 Nov 2009 - US secretary of state pledges to help with education, women's rights and civil society in struggling countries and to send embassy officials out to offer training.
Hizbollah goes public with security worries
The National 3 Nov 2009 - Group says a series of mysterious events along Lebanon's tense border with Israel pose the greatest risk to safety since the Lebanese civil war.
Palestinian revolutionary dies
The National 2 Nov 2009 - Sakher Habash, founding member of Fatah and intellectual with 'absolute faith in inevitable victory', dies at 70.
Obama betrays hope created by Cairo speech
The National 2 Nov 2009 - Analysis Despite his bold words in Egypt, the US president has deflated expectations of an even-handed approach to the Arab-Israeli peace process.
Syria and Saudi end tariff war
The National 2 Nov 2009 - The end of the tax barriers on the ceramics and olive oil trade indicates improved political relations between Damascus and Riyadh.
AlJazeera 4 Nov 2009 - Non-binding resolution criticises commission that accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza.
US 'committed to settlement freeze'
AlJazeera 4 Nov 2009 - Washington still wants complete halt, but Israeli moratorium is progress, Clinton says.
US will not alter Iran nuclear deal
AlJazeera 2 Nov 2009 - Clinton tells Tehran to accept UN-brokered fuel plan in full after Iran calls for review.
US blocks 'Syria torture' lawsuit
AlJazeera 2 Nov 2009 - Canadian who was deported to Middle East country cannot sue US officials, court rules.
Alternative Information Center 3 Nov 2009 - United in Struggle against Israeli Colonialism, Occupation and Racism 24-25 October, 2009 Bethlehem , Palestine Seminar Declaration Towards the unity of all forces in struggle for boycott, divestment and sanctions for Palestine
Interview with Shir Hever of the AIC: Clinton, Goldstone and True Cost of the Occupation
Alternative Information Center 3 Nov 2009 - After US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Jerusalem this weekend, the US-mediated peace talks threaten to collapse. Meanwhile Israel ramps up its occupation of the Palestinian Territories. The Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported last Friday...
“We Will Stay Here Like the Fig and the Olive Trees”: The Housing Struggle and the Popular Committees of Silwan
Alternative Information Center 3 Nov 2009 - Seen from within, the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan seems to be more refugee camp than district of the Jerusalem metropolis. Cinderblock houses are thickly stacked, some separated by inches and accessible only through alleys four feet...
A Brief Interview with Jamal Juma’a on the Separation Wall and Settlments
Alternative Information Center 2 Nov 2009 - During the recent conference hosted by AIC, “United In Struggle Against Israeli Colonialism, Occupation, and Racism,” I spoke briefly with Jamal Juma’a about his views on the Separation Wall and ongoing settlement construction.
PNN 2 Nov 2009 - Quartet Representative Tony Blair today welcomed the launch of the Wataniya mobile phone operator in Palestine, a flagship project which will increase competition and boost investment in the Palestinian economy. Mr. Blair, who helped broker the agreement that was announced at the May 2008 Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem and who has been intimately involved subsequently in efforts to help bring the...
Settler admits to murder, series of bomb attacks
PNN 2 Nov 2009 - A resident of the West Bank settlement outpost Shvut Rachel was arrested last month for suspected murder and for his alleged role in a string of attempted murder plots, according to details of an investigation revealed on Sunday after a gag order on the case was lifted. Yaakov Jack Teitel, 37, is suspected of killing two Palestinians, for rigging the package bomb...
Jeruslalem Post 4 Nov 2009 - Group test-fired Iranian rocket that can reach Tel Aviv; PM: These missiles endanger the whole world.
Lockheed Martin in Israel amid concerns
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2009 - Aerospace giant fears state won't go ahead with plans to buy fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighter jet.
US House backs resolution to condemn Goldstone report
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2009 - EU countries hammer out details of new initiative to amend existing resolution, send matter back to Geneva; Israel mounts intense lobbying effort.
PA: US 'clarifications' not enough to get us to the table
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2009 - Mitchell reassures Abbas: Our policy toward the issue of settlements hasn't changed.
Yadlin: Qom has no civilian use
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2009 - MI chief says current economic, political conditions give Iran sanctions more chances of success.
Most Israelis distrust Palestinian intentions and international security guarantees, survey finds
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2009 -
Right-wing bloggers skeptical of Teitel charges
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2009 - "Just another attempt to place blame on settlers."
Neighbor arrested in Teitel terror case
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2009 - Fellow Shvut Rachel man suspected of involvement in suspected Jewish terrorist's alleged attacks.
Israel can't stop growth in emissions by 2030
Jeruslalem Post 3 Nov 2009 - But can make it a small increase instead of a big one, McKinsey says in report; Erdan to push for 25% of electricity production from renewables.
IRIN CAIRO Tuesday, November 03, 2009 (IRIN) - I come from the Gash Barka region of Eritrea, near the Sudanese border. I escaped from prison and left my country on 1 January 2004 to come to Sudan and then Egypt, where I was jailed again.
ISRAEL: New report highlights exploitation of migrant workers
IRIN TEL AVIV Friday, October 30, 2009 (IRIN) - Migrant workers in Israel’s agriculture sector are among the most exploited, according to a 28 October report by Kav LaOved, an Israeli NGO campaigning for the rights of disadvantaged workers in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
LEBANON: Solar power helps schools, hospitals
IRIN AKKAR Thursday, October 29, 2009 (IRIN) - In Lebanon’s remote northeastern district of Akkar, teachers and pupils at the Rajam Issa public school are hoping this winter will be the first when the lights stay on. “Electricity is the lifeline of the school,” said head teacher Ibrahim Salame, complaining of...
IPS UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 (IPS) - Is the ongoing controversy over Iran's nuclear programme helping to advance the United Nations' agenda on nuclear disarmament? To a number of diplomats and experts who have participated in past U.N. discussions on the spread of nuclear weapons, the answer is, yes – although...
MIDEAST: Israel Divided Over 'Illegal' Children
IPS TEL AVIV, Nov 2 (IPS) - "Migrant workers bring with them a profusion of diseases - hepatitis, measles, tuberculosis, AIDS and drug addiction: Our critics can be as sanctimonious as they like, but unless we stop the wave of migrant workers, the whole character of the State of Israel, its...
Stop The Wall 3 Nov 2009 - This Friday, in spite of heavy rains, soldiers and tear gas, the people of Bil’in and al-Ma’sara marched against the Wall. In Bil’in, organizers dedicated their protest to jailed activist Adeeb Abu Rahmeh, who was arrested this summer and remains in prison for his role in organizing grassroots resistance. [
Ni’lin resists the Wall under heavy rain
Stop The Wall 3 Nov 2009 - The heavy rain which fell in the West Bank did not prevent the people of Ni’lin village from protesting against the Apartheid Wall. This week, people marched under the slogan of the “Black Wall”, bringing car tires to burn along the base of the Wall. [
11/3/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Haaretz - Israeli goods produced in West Bank settlements are not eligible for customs benefits in the European Union, stated an advocate general of the European Court of Justice last week. Israel and the EU have a free-trade agreement that gives Israeli exports substantial customs breaks. The advocate general's non-binding opinion, if followed, could mean that goods produced in the territories may be saddled with full customs duties. The opinion, submitted in a case in Germany brought by water purification firm Brita in 2002, could serve as a precedent in the EU. The company was ordered to pay 19,155 euros in customs for equipment it imported from the Israeli firm Soda Club, whose factory is in the West Bank. German customs authorities asked Israeli authorities whether the goods were produced in the territories, and when no answer was received, Brita was ordered to pay customs duties.
Jews take over Jerusalem house from Palestinians
11/3/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Reuters - Jews took over another house in Arab East Jerusalem on Tuesday in what Palestinians say is a systematic campaign to drive them out and strengthen Israel's hold on all of Jerusalem. The house, built 10 years ago by the al-Kurd family, is the seventh this year to be awarded to Jewish settlers following legal battles in the Israeli courts, where the Palestinians say a fair hearing is impossible to obtain. The houses, in a predominantly Palestinian district, now fly the Israeli flag and are protected by men with guns. The al-Kurd house was unoccupied and locked for eight years by court order pending settlement of a land-ownership dispute. Police kept members of the family back as a dozen Israeli men removed furniture. 220;They can go to Syria, Iraq, Jordan. We are six million and they are billions,” said Yehya Gureish, an Arabic-speaking Yemen-born Jew who said
Madama shepherd beaten and detained by the Israeli army
11/3/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - On Monday 2 November, Ma'mon Amen Fayis Nassar, a 35 year old man from Madama, near Nablus, was beaten and subsequently detained for 5 hours by Israeli soldiers with no reasoning given. In the morning, he had gone out to his family's land some 3 km from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar and was clearing the lands of weeds while his sheep were feeding, when he was approached by three Israeli soldiers. The soldiers promptly attacked him, striking his forehead with a riffle and kicked him while he was lying down. They shouted at him that he was a terrorist and when he grabbed a stone to defend himself with, still on the ground, they pointed their guns at him and told him that they would kill him if he didn't drop it. He did as ordered and the soldiers handcuffed him with plastic strips, still punching him in the stomach and chest.
Today in Jerusalem
11/3/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - When talking about Palestine and Palestinian's rights it is difficult to decide where to start. So I will just tell you day about my day of today. 9:39am: I am drinking my second cup of tea, trying to do my arabic homework, (last minute as usual) when I got a text message "DWG alert : demolition ongoing of a structure in Abu Dur in East Jerusalem. For further info call xxx". I ring the number, try to get info about this address and figure out if it is still time to get there or if everything is already over. I jump into a taxi, and start grumbling against Jerusalem's traffic. When we reach Abu Dur, a truck blocks the street. I get out the taxi, decided to find the place walking. But I realize I am in a very Jewish and "bourgeois" neighbourhood. Obviously nobody is going to demolish anything here. Did I misunderstood the indication? Did the taxi driver make a bad joke? I get down the hill looking for buldozers.
A protest vigil will be held in Sheikh Jarrah following a settler takeover of a Palestinian home
11/3/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Wednesday, 4 November 2009 at 7pm: A protest vigil will be held outside the al-Kurd home in Sheikh Jarrah. Following a settler takeover of a Palestinian home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the al-Kurd family and international and Israeli solidarity groups will hold a vigil. Israeli settlers take over Palestinian home Tuesday morning at around 9. 30am, a group of settlers took over a portion of the al-Kurd family home. The 40 settlers, accompanied by private armed security and Israeli police forces, entered a section of the home, threw out the family's belongings and locked themselves in. The take-over came after an appeal submitted by the family's lawyer was rejected by the District Court this morning. In their appeal, the Palestinian family was challenging an earlier court decision that deemed a section of the house illegal and ordered that the keys be given to settlers. The settlers proceeded to enter the house, while the court did not grant them the right to enter the property.
U.S. House backs resolution to condemn Goldstone Gaza report
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday condemned a UN report that accuses Israeli forces and Palestinian militants of committing war crimes in Gaza early this year as irredeemably biased and unworthy of further consideration or legitimacy. ...
Renowned French Jewish intellectual Claude Levi-Strauss dies at 100
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Claude Levi-Strauss, widely considered the father of modern anthropology for work that included theories about commonalities between tribal and industrial societies, has died. He was 100. ...
Britain: Israeli settlements are 'illegal' and 'obstacle' to peace
Ha'aretz 4 Nov 2009 - British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Tuesday criticized Israel's construction of settlements in the West Bank as "illegal" and said they represented an "obstacle" in the path of peace. ...
Why do Israelis dislike Barack Obama?
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What does Michelle Obama's style say about the woman and the White House?
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - To Robin Givhan, the Pulitzer Prize winning fashion editor and critic for the Washington Post, Michelle Obama's much discussed style of dress is a reflection of many things aspects of her personality, her beliefs and the way in which she wishes to appear to the outside world. ...
The Guardian 3 Nov 2009 - Hired guards evict elderly Palestinian woman as settlers display what they say is a court order granting them ownership Jewish settlers forced their way into a disputed house in east Jerusalem today, using hired guards to...
Hillary's mistakes | Michael Tomasky
The Guardian 2 Nov 2009 - The consensus is clear that Hillary Clinton stepped in it on her recent overseas trip. Here's Jason Zengerle at TNR , quoting in part Ben Smith of the Politico: It's certainly starting to seem that way. Last...
Lionel Davidson obituary
The Guardian 2 Nov 2009 - Award-winning writer renowned for thrillers such as The Rose of Tibet and The Chelsea Murders Graham Greene called Lionel Davidson, who has died aged 87, the first contemporary storyteller to have recaptured the high adventure of...
Arab anger as Hillary Clinton backs Israel on settlements
The Guardian 2 Nov 2009 - US secretary of state praises concessions by Israel 'Israel can get away with anything,' claims Arab League Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, sought to deflect the anger and disappointment of pro-western Arab states today...
Palestinians must prepare for statehood | Hussein Ibish
The Guardian 2 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian Authority is taking a unilateral approach to institution-building. It's a policy that demonstrates maturity In an article last week, Ahmad Samhi Khalidi derisively dismissed the plan of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to build the...
American-Israeli settler questioned over terror attacks
The Guardian 2 Nov 2009 - Yaakov Teitel 'deeply involved in terrorism in all different levels', police spokesman says Israeli security services were today re-questioning an American-Israeli settler who they say has confessed to attacks including the killing of two Palestinians and...
Palestinians condemn Hillary Clinton over Jewish settlements stance
The Guardian 2 Nov 2009 - Call for return to peace talks rejected after secretary of state praises Israel for offer to curb settlement construction The Palestinian government has accused the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, of undermining progress towards Middle...
Obama must try harder | Richard Silverstein
The Guardian 1 Nov 2009 - After his magnificent speech in Cairo, Obama's Middle East peace policy earns an 'A' for vision but only a 'C' for action Though Obama campaigned as somewhat of a hardliner on issues like Iran and Jerusalem...
Writing Jews out of Jerusalem's history | Jeremy Sharon
The Guardian 1 Nov 2009 - The whipping up of unrest around the Temple Mount is part of an insidious campaign to cast Jewish people as modern interlopers The Temple Mount, or al-Haram al-Sharif to Muslims, must rank as one of the...
Ha'aretz 4 Nov 2009 - State Prosecutor Moshe Lador sent a letter to Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman Tuesday that observers said constituted an unprecedented attack by a civil servant on the minister to whom he reports. Associates of Neeman went even further, terming it an attempted putsch. ...
Will Israeli schools hop on the anti-obesity bandwagon?
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - The state should combat obesity among the young by better monitoring of the food served in schools, community centers and youth clubs and banning vending machines in schools that offer sweets and carbonated drinks, according to a bill proposed by Likud MK Danny Danon. ...
Keys to Kafka's Tel Aviv safe handed to estate executor
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - BERLIN - The court-appointed executor of the estate of German-language novelist and essayist Max Brod has won a long legal battle for possession of the keys to five safe-deposit boxes holding Brod's manuscripts as well as part of the estate of Franz Kafka. Brod was Kafka's friend and literary executor. ...
'Jewish terrorist' suspected in murder blamed on Palestinians
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - Police suspect that Yaakov (Jack) Teitel, who has confessed to murdering two Palestinians and carrying out a long list of other, less deadly, terror attacks, also murdered two traffic policemen in the Jordan Valley eight months ago - a crime originally attributed to Palestinian terrorists. ...
Russians requested extradition of Oshrenko murderer two years ago
Ha'aretz 3 Nov 2009 - The former headwaiter who is suspected of killing a family of six because he was fired from a restaurant owned by them is cited in more in one of more than 200 extradition requests on file at the Justice Ministry. Only four of those requests have reached the Jerusalem District Court this year, the only court in the country with the authority to hear extradition cases. ...
Relief Web 3 Nov 2009 - Source: European Union
OPT: Dismayed' by continued settlement activity in occupied East Jerusalem, UN SG calls on Israel to cease such provocative actions'
Relief Web 3 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Secretary-General
Film star goes to market with Palestinian family
Relief Web 3 Nov 2009 - Source: World Food Programme
OPT: Gaza food distribution during Ramadan
Relief Web 3 Nov 2009 - Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
OPT: General Assembly must vote to fight impunity and uphold the rule of law
Relief Web 3 Nov 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Report of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (A/64/13)
Relief Web 3 Nov 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly
YNet News 3 Nov 2009 - Jerusalem gearing for UN meeting on Gaza war report as it may lead to Security Council hearing. Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon says Washington agreed to exercise right to nix decision
Regiment commander, troops questioned on Gaza war
YNet News 3 Nov 2009 - Ynet learns Investigating Military Police has summoned at least seven soldiers, officers on suspicion of firing at populated areas, using civilians as human shields. IDF source: It's hard to predict how many of these cases will end with indictments
Senior officer: New rockets a real threat on home front
YNet News 3 Nov 2009 - IDF officials believe Hamas has accumulated significant number of long-range rockets while continuing to arm. According to estimates, however, Palestinian organization's ability to launch missiles into central Israel is limited
Palestinian workers: We're being treated like cattle
YNet News 3 Nov 2009 - Thousands of laborers waiting to cross into Israel via Eyal checkpoint, near Qalqilya, have to do so while exposed to harsh cold
Merkel: Iranian threat to Israel threatens us all
YNet News 3 Nov 2009 - German chancellor addresses US Congress, says 'nuclear weapon at the hands of an Iranian president who denies the Holocaust, threatens Israel and negates its right to exist is simply unacceptable'
Egypt urges world to 'intervene in racist occupation'
YNet News 3 Nov 2009 - Following another clash between Jews and Palestinians in east Jerusalem, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman slams Israeli actions, calls on international community to work to 'prevent Israel from executing its will, which is against international law'
Ayalon to ambassadors: Goldstone Report hurts us all
YNet News 3 Nov 2009 - Deputy foreign minister and ministry director-general call on foreign envoys to urge their countries to vote against Gaza war crimes report in UN General Assembly on Wednesday. 'Report damages every peace-seeking democratic country dealing with terrorist,' says Ayalon
PM on drill with US: We're breaking new ground
YNet News 3 Nov 2009 - Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak visit IAF base hosting joint US-Israel military drill. Prime minister expresses his gratitude to Obama administration's commitment to Israel's safety, says relations 'have started on the right foot'
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a package of measures on Tuesday designed to help businesses and non-governmental groups around the Muslim world. The initiatives came after President Barack Obama's much-heralded speech in Cairo in June, in which he called for a new beginning in relations between the United States and the Muslim world.
Khamenei: US 'hiding a dagger' in negotiations with Iran
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at the United States on Tuesday, saying Tehran will reject any talks backed by its arch-foe because Washington is not to be trusted. Khamenei's salvo raised the possibility that a Washington-backed nuclear fuel deal for a Tehran research reactor may be derailed, despite world powers turning up the heat on Iran to accept the UN-brokered offer.
Israeli settlements 'obstacle' to Mideast peace, says Britain
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in Jordan on Tuesday that Israeli settlements remain an "obstacle to peace" between the Palestinians and Israel. "Settlements are illegal in our view and an obstacle to peace settlement in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem," Miliband told a news conference after talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II.
Norwegian university mulls academic boycott of Israel
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 The Norwegian University of Science and Technology will decide next week whether to launch an academic boycott of Israel due to its occupation of the Palestinian territories, officials said Tuesday. The NTNU institute, Norway's second-biggest university located in the western town of Trondheim, said that it will consider on November 12 a proposal initiated by more than 30 professors.
Iran police threaten full-scale assault on opposition rallies
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 The head of Tehran's anti-riot police threatened opposition protesters Tuesday with a full-scale assault if they return to the streets during government-backed events marking the takeover of the US Embassy. Reformist leaders, however, have shown no sign of backing off their calls for marches to compete with Wednesday's state-sanctioned gatherings.
Arab delegates nudge Goldstone report toward Security Council
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 Arab delegates to the United Nations are floating a draft resolution that would require UN chief Ban Ki-moon to bring a damning report on the Gaza war before the Security Council. The United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to take up the Goldstone report on Wednesday, a day after the US House of Representatives is slated to vote on a resolution calling on President Barack Obama to reject its findings.
Turkey remains anchored to West - Erdogan
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 Turkey is still anchored to the West and closer ties with neighboring Iran do not indicate a change of course in foreign policy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, brushing aside criticism of his recent trip to the Islamic Republic. Erdogan's visit to Iran in late October and his defense of its controversial nuclear program caused concern at home.
Jewish settlers and the return to the Middle Ages
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 When you read a news story saying that "the United Nations called on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes and put an end to the policy of forced evictions in occupied East Jerusalem, warning that there are 60,000 Palestinians threatened of becoming homeless, you cannot but wonder about the role of the international organization today.
Israel says Hamas' latest rockets can target Tel Aviv
Daily Star 3 Nov 2009 Hamas militants in Gaza have successfully test-fired in recent days an Iranian rocket able to reach Tel Aviv in Israel, the Israeli military intelligence chief said Tuesday. Major General Amos Yadlin told the Israeli Parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee that the rocket could fly 60 kilometers, which would put the country's largest urban center at risk, Israeli media reported.
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - The latest visit by Hilary Clinton to Occupied Palestine seems to have effectively terminated whatever hopes the Palestinians and other Arabs may have pinned on the Obama administration
Dr. Bahr: The suffering of Gaza workers under the siege is a war crime
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - Dr. Ahmed Bahr stated that the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza especially the workers as a result of the siege is a war crime similar to the atrocities committed by Israel in its last war.
Hamas denies Israeli allegation about having ballistic missile
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - The Movement of Hamas categorically denied an Israeli allegation that it conducted successful experiments on a missile with a range of 60 km that may reach Tel Al-Rabi (Tel Aviv).
Tens of Jewish settlers break into, occupy home of 83-year-old Palestinian woman
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - Tens of armed Jewish settlers on Tuesday stormed and occupied the home of 83-year-old Rifka Al-Kurd in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the heart of occupied Jerusalem.
Palestinian prisoners in Nafha jail go on hunger strike
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation's desert prison of Nafha have gone on hunger strike on Tuesday and returned all meals served to them, the Palestinian prisoner's society said.
Hammad: We will arrest any citizen participating in Abbas’s elections
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - Palestinian minister of interior Fathi Hammad stated that his ministry would prevent any citizen in Gaza from participating in the unconstitutional elections of Mahmoud Abbas.
Apartheid Israel releases six more Palestinian MPs
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - The Israeli occupation authorities on Monday released six Palestinian legislative council members who were abducted from their homes and offices nearly 42 months ago.
IOA plans construction of new settlement in occupied Jerusalem
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - The IOA is planning to build a new settlement in Walaja village, occupied Jerusalem, that would comprise 14,000 housing units, a report by the Israeli B'Tselem for human rights organization revealed.
Radwan: Abbas’s last remarks reflected his anti-resistance mentality
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan strongly condemned Mahmoud Abbas’s remarks in Al-Arabiya satellite channel in which he lashed out at the Palestinian resistance.
Palestinian alliance slams US bias in favor of Israel, calls for intifada
PIC 3 Nov 2009 - The alliance of Palestinian factions deplored the American position biased in favor of the Israeli occupation which was voiced recently by Hillary Clinton and called for renewing the intifada.
LA Times 3 Nov 2009 - The opposition plans large demonstrations Wednesday, the first in six weeks. But in the West, some analysts have begun to discount the opposition movement's power. Students in the western Iranian city of Ahvaz in recent days launched an impromptu protest in a campus auditorium. In Kashan on Monday, a group took over the campus cafeteria, singing anti-government songs. A couple of weeks ago in Tehran, others cheered wildly as someone threw a shoe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's former culture minister.
Messages from the past become easy to read
LA Times 2 Nov 2009 - USC researchers are producing crisp images of inscriptions and artifacts from biblical Israel and other Near Eastern locales and putting the pictures online. Four thousand years ago, a government bureaucrat in Mesopotamia jotted down a tally of slave laborers on a clay tablet.
New York Times 4 Nov 2009 - With the peace push stalled, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is sketching out a more modest effort.
Israel Says Hamas Test-Fired Rocket
New York Times 4 Nov 2009 - Hamas militants in Gaza recently test-fired a rocket that flew 37 miles into the sea, which could put it within the reach of Tel Aviv, Israel said.
Clinton Offers U.S. Aid to Help Boost Muslim Ties
New York Times 3 Nov 2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered aid to boost ties with the Muslim world and urged Israel, the Palestinians and Arab countries to search for peace.
Clinton Denies Easing Pressure on Israel
New York Times 3 Nov 2009 - In an effort to stem Arab protests, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reiterated that the White House wanted Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements.
Israelis and Obama
New York Times 2 Nov 2009 - Obama is not popular in Israel because he is serious about peace.
Israelis Arrest West Bank Settler in Attacks
New York Times 2 Nov 2009 - Jack Teitel, an immigrant from the United States, was charged with the murders of two Palestinians and two bombings that wounded a professor and a 15-year-old boy.
11/4/2009 - Ha'aretz - . The U. S. House of Representatives on Tuesday condemned a UN report that accuses Israeli forces and Palestinian militants of committing war crimes in Gaza early this year as irredeemably biased and unworthy of further consideration or legitimacy. With a 344-36 vote, the House passed a nonbinding resolution that urged President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to oppose unequivocally any endorsement of the report. Twenty-two representatives voted present. The report, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, accuses both Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group of war crimes but presents Israel's actions as much more serious. The report "paints a distorted picture," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. It "epitomizes the practice of singling Israel out from all other nations for condemnation. "
Report: Mossad hacked Syrian computer to uncover nuke site
11/2/2009 - Ha'aretz - Israel's Mossad espionage agency used Trojan Horse programs to gather intelligence about a nuclear facility in Syria the Israel Defense Forces destroyed in 2007, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported Monday. According to the magazine, Mossad agents in London planted the malware on the computer of a Syrian official who was staying in the British capital; he was at a hotel in the upscale neighborhood of Kensington at the time. The program copied the details of Syria's illicit nuclear program and sent them directly to the Mossad agents' computers, the report said. Israel's September 6, 2007, raid on the al-Kabir site in Syria's eastern desert is said to have knocked out the country's reportedly nearly-completed reactor. Israel has refused from the beginning to comment on, confirm or deny the strike, but after a delay of several months Washington presented intelligence purporting to show the target was a reactor being built with North Korean help.
VIDEO - Rep. Howard Berman Confronted Over Goldstone Report
11/3/2009 - YouTube - On Nov. 3, 2009, on Capitol Hill, activists from the "Coalition for Free Gaza March," personally confronted Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA,) just outside his office over the Goldstone Report. The Congressman then quickly rushed towards his private elevator. Afterwards, six activists strolled into Room 2221, Rep. Bermans office, in the Rayburn Building, around 10 AM. There, they began reading the 575-paged UN Report of Judge Richard Goldstone. The Goldstone-authored document is highly critical of Israel's recent military conduct in Gaza, labeling some of its action as "War Crimes. "Rep. Berman, who is Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, has introduced HR 867 in the House. Its purpose is to reject the report of the distinguished jurist, without giving Judge Goldstone a chance to personally testify before the Congress on his findings. HR 867 is due for a vote in the House later today.
Jews take over Jerusalem house from Palestinians
11/3/2009 - Reuters - JERUSALEM, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Jews took over another house in Arab East Jerusalem on Tuesday in what Palestinians say is a systematic campaign to drive them out and strengthen Israel's hold on all of Jerusalem. The house, built 10 years ago by the al-Kurd family, is the seventh this year to be awarded to Jewish settlers following legal battles in the Israeli courts, where the Palestinians say a fair hearing is impossible to obtain. The houses, in a predominantly Palestinian district, now fly the Israeli flag and are protected by men with guns. The al-Kurd house was unoccupied and locked for eight years by court order pending settlement of a land-ownership dispute. Police kept members of the family back as a dozen Israeli men removed furniture. " They can go to Syria, Iraq, Jordan. We are six million and they are billions," said Yehya Gureish, an Arabic-speaking Yemen-born Jew who said
How Israel Destroyed Syria’s Al Kibar Nuclear Reactor
11/2/2009 - Der Spiegel - The Story of 'Operation Orchard' - In September 2007, Israeli fighter jets destroyed a mysterious complex in the Syrian desert. The incident could have led to war, but it was hushed up by all sides. Was it a nuclear plant and who gave the orders for the strike? The mighty Euphrates river is the subject of the prophecies in the Bible's Book of Revelation, where it is written that the river will be the scene of the battle of Armageddon: "The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. " Today, time seems to stand still along the river. The turquoise waters of the Euphrates flow slowly through the northern Syrian provincial city Deir el-Zor, whose name translates as "monastery in the forest. "Farmers till the fields, and vendors sell camel's hair blankets, cardamom and coriander in the city's bazaars.
NAMAW Submits Goldstone Report to International Criminal Court
11/3/2009 - National Association of Muslim American Women - The Hon. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, International Criminal Court, Office of the Prosecutor. . . The Hague, The Netherlands - Your Honor, On September 15, 2009 the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) endorsed a report issued by a team of credible and respected UN investigators. The report is entitled, Human Rights in Palestine and Other Occupied Territories: Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. The report is more popularly known as the Goldstone Report. The UNHRC endorsement of the report, and its allegations that Israel committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity in its December 27th assault on Gaza, Palestine, was a major step in a decade’s long struggle to end impunity and to hold Israel accountable for alleged illegal actions being carried out in the occupied territories, including its continued occupation of the territories in spite
Clinton ‘Re-Backtracks’ on Israeli Settlements
11/2/2009 - Antiwar.com - The Obama Administration’s position on Israeli settlements is as changeable as the seasons, and like the seasons they appear to be starkly different depending on which country one is in. Nowhere was this more apparent than during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Marrakesh. Over the weekend, Secretary Clinton was visiting with top Israeli officials, and publicly praised Israel for its commitment to peace despite its repeated refusals to halt settlement growth, and chastized the Palestinian Authority for holding on to demands that themselves were at the center of the Obama Administration’s position only a few months prior. Now, following what is being described as a rather awkward meeting with Arab foreign ministers in Morocco, Secretary Clinton insists that the position she took just 24 hours ago isn’t really her position.
Arrest of Jewish terrorist raises questions
11/2/2009 - The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles - JTA - Some Israeli commentators suggested that had Teitel limited his attacks to Palestinians, Israeli authorities would have left the investigations into the attacks on Palestinians grow cold. - After the news broke in Israel that a West Bank settler was charged with murdering two Palestinians in 1997 and bombing the home of a prominent Israeli professor last year, many Israelis were asking why it took police so long. On Sunday, Israeli authorities lifted a gag order on the arrest of Yaakov (Jack) Teitel, a 37-year-old American immigrant living in the settlement of Shvut Rachel, on a variety of charges dating back to the murders of a Palestinian cab driver and shepherd. Teitel is also charged with planting several explosive devices in 2006 and 2007 directed at Arabs, Christians and police; sending a bomb hidden in a Purim gift basket to a messianic Jewish family that left a 15-year-old
A misguided resolution
US Rep. Brian Baird, Ma’an News Agency 11/4/2009
Before US House members vote on H.Res. 867, regarding the UN Goldstone report on the Gaza conflict, there are a few questions worth asking.
First, why are we bringing this resolution to the floor without ever giving former South African Constitutional Court Justice Richard Goldstone a hearing to explain his findings?
Have those who will vote on H.Res. 867 actually read the resolution? Have they read the Goldstone report? Are they aware that Justice Goldstone has issued a paragraph by paragraph response to H.Res. 867 pointing out that many of its assertions are factually inaccurate or deeply misleading?
Since scarcely a dozen House members have actually been to Gaza, what actual first-hand knowledge do the rest of the members of Congress possess on which to base their judgment of the merits of H.Res. 867 or the Goldstone report?
What will it say about this Congress and our country if we so readily seek to block "any further consideration" of a human rights investigation produced by one of the most respected jurists in the world today, a man who led the investigations of abuses in South Africa, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Kosovo and worked to identify and prosecute Nazi war criminals as a member of the Panel of the Commission of Enquiry into the Activities of Nazism in Argentina?
As one of the first two American officials, along with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), to enter Gaza shortly after the conclusion of major bombing from "Operation Cast Lead," then again several months later, I have seen firsthand the devastating destruction of hospitals, schools, homes, industries and infrastructure. Much of that devastation was wrought using US manufactured- and paid-for weaponry. I have also spoken with health workers, average Gazans, NGO relief workers, and many others. more.. e-mail
Rattling the Cage: Some victims we are
Larry Derfner, Jerusalem Post 10/30/2009
The kill ratio was 100-to-1 in our favor. The destruction ratio was much, much greater than that. To this day, thousands of Gazans are living in tents because we won’t let them import cement to rebuild the homes we destroyed. We turned the Gaza Strip into a disaster area, a humanitarian case, and we’re keeping it that way with our blockade.
Meanwhile, here on the Israeli side of the border, it’s hard to remember when life was so safe and secure.
So let’s decide: Who was the victim of Operation Cast Lead, them or us?
No question - us. We Israelis were the victims and we still are. In fact, our victimhood is getting worse by the day. The Goldstone report was the real war crime. The Goldstone report, the UN debates, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Red Cross, B’Tselem, the traitorous soldiers of Breaking the Silence and the Rabin Academy - those were the true crimes against humanity. This is what’s meant by "war is hell."
It is we who’ve been going through hell from the war in Gaza. It is we who’ve been suffering.
Gazans? Suffering? What’s everybody talking about?
We let them eat, don’t we?
This imaginary monologue is how we actually see ourselves today. We initiated the war in Gaza, we waged one of the most one-sided military campaigns anyone’s ever seen - and we’re the victims.
We’re fighting off the world with the Holocaust; witness Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the UN with his Auschwitz props. "We won’t go like lambs to the slaughter again," vowed his protégé, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, in a cabinet discussion of the Goldstone report.more.. e-mail
Justice Goldstone and the Jews
Tony Judt, Huffington Post 10/29/2009
We Jews should be very proud of Richard Goldstone. In an ancient tradition of Jewish self-questioning and uncomfortable truth-telling, the author of the recent report from the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict has braved personal vilification and institutional mendacity to describe the crimes committed by Israeli forces in the course of their invasion of Gaza in December 2008.
To be sure, the Goldstone Report also itemizes the crimes of Hamas, notably in its campaign of rocket-firing into Israel. But the scale of human rights abuses by Israel vastly outdoes anything Hamas could hope to have achieved: Israeli civilian victims of Hamas rocket attacks numbered less than ten. The attack on Gaza by the IDF resulted in at least 1,100 Palestinian civilian deaths. The major perpetrator of human rights abuses in this conflict is without question the State of Israel, and Justice Goldstone records as much.
That the Israel of Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen to conduct an international campaign against Justice Goldstone and his report need not surprise us. Israel refused to cooperate with the UN investigation; long before its conclusions were published, Netanyahu had set in motion a campaign to deny and denigrate them. More dispiriting, and of greater political consequence, is the pitiful and humiliating response of the Obama Administration. The "fierce urgency of now" apparently required that Washington join Tel Aviv in discrediting the Goldstone Report, and with it the UN inquiry.
Please join me and Jews from all over the world in signing the Jewish Appeal Letter in Support of the Goldstone Report written by Jews Say No an organization in NY. -- Links: Jewish Appeal Letter in Support of the Goldstone Report -- See also: Jewish Appeal Letter in Support of the Goldstone Report more.. e-mail
Israel's anti-Semitic friends
Electronic Intifada: 3 Nov 2009 - There can be few supporters of the Palestinians, still less anti-Zionists, who haven't, at some time or another, been accused of "anti-Semitism." Accusations that anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism have become little more than a ritual exercise in defamation. Tony Greenstein comments for The Electronic Intifada.
Rights groups: UN General Assembly must adopt Goldstone recommendations
Electronic Intifada: 3 Nov 2009 - On 4 November 2009, the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (Goldstone Report) is scheduled to be tabled before the Plenary of the UN General Assembly in New York. Following the Report's endorsement at the Human Rights Council on 21 October 2009, it now falls to the General Assembly to ensure that the Report is endorsed and its recommendations acted upon.
Rights groups condemn bid to quash Goldstone report
Electronic Intifada: 3 Nov 2009 - WASHINGTON (IPS) - International human rights groups have raised concern over a proposed non-binding resolution in the US House of Representatives which would call on the White House to oppose any future endorsement or consideration of Judge Richard Goldstone's "Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict."
Israeli physicists supply solar and wind power to Palestinian herders
Electronic Intifada: 3 Nov 2009 - SUSYA, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Hundreds of impoverished Palestinian herders and farmers living in caves and tents in a remote area of the Palestinian West Bank have been provided free electricity due to the ingenuity of two Israeli physicists.