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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
9 November, 2009


International Middle East Media Center

Mezan Center Slams Hamas’ Government For Shutting Down IFJ Conference
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Tuesday November 10, 2009 - 06:01, The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights issues a press release calling on the Hamas-run Ministry of Information to void its decision which banned the conference of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

US peace activist disrupts Israeli Prime Minister in Washington DC
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Tuesday November 10, 2009 - 02:34, When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today at the Annual Conference of the United Jewish Federations in Washington, DC, he was interrupted by Code Pink peace activist Midge Potts stood up with a banner that said “End the Siege of Gaza”.

Netanyahu: “We Are Ready To Make Concessions, But Not On Jerusalem, Israel’s Security”
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Tuesday November 10, 2009 - 00:43, Israeli Prime Minister stated at the conference of the General Assembly of the Jewish Federation in North America that he is willing to make concessions for peace but will never compromise Israel’s security.

Marking The Fall of Berlin Wall, Palestinians Down Section Of The Annexation Wall In Bil’in
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Monday November 09, 2009 - 21:37, Dozens of protesters reenacted the 20the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by downing part of the Israeli Annexation Wall built on local Palestinian lands near the Qalandia Airport, north of Jerusalem. The army rushed to the area firing tear gas at the protesters.

Palestinian fighters fire a home-made shell at the Israeli borders near Gaza
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Monday November 09, 2009 - 16:13, Palestinian armed group in Gaza fired on Monday a home-made Qassam shell at Israeli borders area with the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military kidnaps 14 civilians from the West Bank
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Monday November 09, 2009 - 16:08, 14 Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by Israeli troops on Monday during military invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.

Ma'an News

Israel to bulldoze Jerusalem women’s organization
11/9/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Israeli municipality staff delivered a notice to demolish the Women's Society office in the Old City of Jerusalem, accusing the organization of 100 square meters of unlicensed construction. Wafa'a At-Taweel, executive officer of the Women's Society, stated that the organization provides a range of services to women and children in the field of rehabilitation and culture, further explaining that it remains the sole society offering such services in the area. Founded in 2009, At-Taweel emphasized that the demolition of the organization's office will harm its ongoing programs and activities. The women's organization is located in the Al-Magharbeh neighborhood south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, The Israeli municipality delivered 17 demolition notices in the Al-Bustan, Ein Al-Luzeh and Al-Yaman neighborhoods in Silwan, also in East Jerusalem on Sunday. 

Medical aid denied entry into Gaza
11/9/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Egyptian authorities denied a European medical aid convoy from "Miles of Smiles" en route to Gaza to unload its cargo and has been left waiting at Al-Arish Port. Hamdi Sha'ath, head of the committee against the siege, stated that the director of Al-Arish Port told those travelling with the medical aid that they could not unload their cargo until Israel approved its shipment to the Gaza Strip. Sha'ath further noted that a delegation representing the convoy had asked the Egyptian Red Crescent to facilitate the entry of the medical cargo into the Gaza Strip, highlighting that they had received assurances from the Egyptian authorities that the shipment would be permitted entry into Gaza. In September, "Miles of Smiles" sent forty trucks loaded with medical equipment and wheelchairs to the Gaza Strip. 

PLO chief: Abbas has lost faith in the PA
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - President Mahmoud Abbas has come to the conclusion that the Palestinian Authority is no longer a relevant institution, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat told the New York Times on Monday. "He really doesn't think there is a need to be president or to have [the Palestinian] Authority," the PLO chief was quoted as saying. Framing the crisis as larger than mere politics, Erekat warned of far-reaching implications. "This is not about who is going to replace him. This is about our leaving our posts. You think anybody will stay after he leaves? " According to Erekat, the president lost faith in the 14-year-old body, itself meant to be temporary, when it became clear establishing an independent state was no longer likely to happen. "I think he is realizing that he came all this way with the peace process in order to create a Palestinian state but he sees no state coming. . . . " 

Marking Berlin anniversary, Palestinians breach Israel’s wall
11/10/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Palestinian demonstrators breached Israel's concrete barrier near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday. Reporting from the scene, Ma'an's correspondent said the protesters, once they reached the other side, set fire to tires. Israeli forces also opened fire, the reporter said. Around 100 demonstrators waving Palestinian flags and wearing fluorescent jackets reading, "We are going to Jerusalem," broke through near the Qalandiya military checkpoint, onlookers said. A truck was used to pull down the concrete slabs making up the wall, an organizer said. Early reports said the demonstration was planned by the "popular committees" - local groups organized to oppose the construction of the wall - as well as the Fatah movement. Last Friday, protesters in the village of Ni'lin also managed to tear down a section of the wall. 

At least 10 Palestinians detained overnight
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained at least ten civilians across the West Bank around dawn on Monday, taking them to an undisclosed location, Palestinian security sources said. Israeli sources put the number at 14. The PA police media office reported that Israeli forces stormed the Jenin governorate early on Monday, opened fire and ransacked homes, and ultimately detained from Fahma village Samer As-Sanouri, 36, Iyad Nawassrah, 32, and Yazid Nawassrah. Soldiers operating in the Bethlehem governorate detained 16-year-olds Ahmad and Baha'a Zaghloul, as well as 15-year-old Ahmad Zaghloul and 18-year-old Bashar Zaghloul. In Nablus, Israeli forces stormed the Aynabous and Awarta areas, where stun grenades burned Luay Dawabsheh's car. Three civilians were detained in Hebron, and a fourth was beaten, the police office said. 

Nablus man given two life terms in Israeli jail
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian man from Nablus, Riyad Arafat, on Sunday to two life terms and an additional 30 years in jail. The court convicted Arafat of masterminding and participating in an operation near Tapuah crossroads in southern Nablus four years earlier. According Israel Radio, one Israeli soldier was killed in the operation and two others were moderately injured. Arafat recruited two of his cousins and transported them in his car to carry out the operation, the court said. They were disguised as Israeli soldiers, stopped an Israeli military vehicle and opened fire at its occupants. His other two cousins were yet to be tried. 

Two Gaza crossings open
11/9/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities decided to open the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings to allow food and goods into Gaza on Monday. Raed Fattouh, a border crossings representative, said the Nahal Oz crossing would stay closed. Israel allowed the delivery of 92-102 trucks of aid, among which 12 were carrying 330 calves, and opened the Karni crossing for 120 to 130 trucks loaded with wheat and animal feed. [end] 

Israel military ethics authors want Gaza probe
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The two professors who authored the Israeli military's ethical code in 1992 called on Israel to probe certain aspects of the Goldstone report that alleges war crimes in Gaza, Israeli media reported on Monday. Professors Moshe Halbertal and Avi Sagi, two authors of the "Spirit of the IDF," a military code of conduct released in 1992 have published articles respectively detailing the need to investigate certain aspects of the Goldstone report on conduct that appears to undermine the Israeli military's ethical code. In an article published in the US magazine The New Republic, Professor Moshe Halbertal stated that while Judge Richard Goldstone's reported intended"to prepare a general indictment of Israel as a predatory state that is geared toward violating human rights all the time, " the Israeli military must nonetheless investigate. . . 

Israeli press: Projectile lands in Sderot
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - A homemade projectile landed in the southern Israeli town of Sderot overnight, the Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Monday. There were no reports of injury or damage. There were also no immediate claims of responsibility for the reported launch. [end] 

PA: US failure will cause ’regional violence’
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - US failure to push forward the peace process has created a political vacuum that will soon be filled with violence, said Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesperson of the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Monday. "The current political vacuum which resulted from the failure of the peace process will soon be filled with violence leading to a serious shake up in the security of the whole region," Abu Rudeina said. "To avoid this, the US administration should immediately start exerting pressure on the government of Israel and make them comply with their share of the peace process," he added, according to the Palestinian Authority's WAFA news agency. The official explained that in the view of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, the peace process reached an impasse due to Israel's insistence on expanding settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank. 

DFLP slams Mofaz proposal
11/9/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) on Monday slammed the Mofaz plan to establish a Palestinian state on 60% of the West Bank. In a statement distributed by the DFLP, the party announced that, "The plan suggested by Kadima's senior leader and former Israeli defense minister Mofaz is an Israeli plan to annex Jerusalem and 40% of the West Bank, and to drop the right of return of Palestinian refugees which was guaranteed by the UN resolution 194. "  The statement also warned other Palestinian factions, the PLO, the Palestinian Authority, and Arab countries not to deal with the Mofaz proposal, and instead remain adamant that the Palestinian people have the right to self determination, an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and the return of refugees who had been forcibly displaced from their lands. 

Al-Ahmad: Hamas, Israel, US drove Abbas to quit
11/9/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - US failure to place pressure Israel and an impasse in negotiations with Hamas drove President Mahmoud Abbas to quit, a top member of his Fatah party said on Monday. Azzam Al-Ahmad, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, said during his speech at a workshop in An-Najah University in Nablus, that, "The real reason why president Abbas refused to join the presidential elections was because he was disappointed by the internal conflict and by the United States' failure to support Palestinians. " Al-Ahmad stated that Fatah had agreed to sign a reconciliation document, despite pressure from the US, while Hamas refused to do so, confirming Hamas' desire for internal division, he said. The member of the Central Committee further stressed that he considered the current state of internal conflict as a turning point in the Palestinian case, asserting that reconciliation between the rival factions must take way. 

Netanyahu says willing to make ’great concessions’
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Mahmoud Abbas to immediately re-launch peace talks in a speech in Washington on Monday. Netanyahu said Israel is "willing to make great concessions for peace but there is something I will never compromise on, and that is Israel's security. We have to ensure that weapons do not flow into the West Bank - we cannot permit another Gaza in the heart of our country. What we want is durable peace. " "We should not place preconditions for holding talks, such preconditions have never been set in 16 years," he also said, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "No Israeli government has been so willing to restrain settlement activity as part of an effort to relaunch peace talks," Netanyahu reportedly told an audience of thousands at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. 

Abbas: Peace deal was close under Olmert
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were close to reaching a peace deal in the last round of formal negotiations, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday. Abbas claimed that the two sides were nearing a breakthrough in talks that were broken off last year when Israel launched its war on the Gaza Strip. The present Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he said, is simply uninterested he peace, he said. "We sat and negotiated with the Israelis over drawing borders and we negotiated these borders with [former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert and [former Foreign Minister Tzipi] Livni," Abbas was quoted as saying. According to the Palestinian Authority's WAFA news agency, Abbas told a gathering of business figures at his compound in Ramallah, "We must continue to have faith in peace, security and we must believe in the development of our country and our national unity. 

Bahar: National consensus before elections
11/9/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) favors Palestinian national consensus unbound by external intervention before elections, PLC first deputy Ahmad Bahar said on Monday. During a panel discussion at Islamic University's faculty of arts in Gaza, the Hamas political official said President Mahmoud Abbas did not have the constitutional authority to issue elections decrees. Last month's presidential decree was illegal and meant "to impose the International Quartet's demands on all Palestinian society," he said. "Abbas' decision was based on Article 1 of the 2000 elections law," he said. "This law compels each candidate for both legislative and presidential elections to sign a written commitment that he is committed to the PLO program and, consequently, to the Oslo Accords, which stipulates abandoning resistance. 

Fatah dissident Qaddoumi meets Islamic Jihad chief
11/9/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Dissident Fatah leader Farouq Qaddoumi met with the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad in Damascus on Monday, sources said. Qaddoumi, the head of the PLO political department, is considered a rogue within Fatah and a critic of President Mahmoud Abbas. In July he stirred controversy by accusing Abbas of involvement in a plot to kill his predecessor, Yasser Arafat. The meeting was said to address recent developments in Palestinian affairs, including the rise to power of the current right-wing government in Israel, the crisis in Jerusalem, and the US position on Israeli settlements. They also discussed Egypt's stalled efforts to reunite the disparate Palestinian factions. Shallah was quoted as saying after the meeting, "There is a need to re-direct the Palestinian national project on better foundations in order to build a strong united front and re-activate the. . . 

Settler rabbi authors guidelines on killing gentiles
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Jews have the right to kill non-Jews in just about any circumstance, said Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the head of a religious school in the illegal settlement of Yitzhar, near Nablus. "If we kill a gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments. . . there is nothing wrong with the murder," Shapira wrote, according to Hebrew-language Israeli newspaper Maariv. In his new book, The King's Torah, Shapira, who heads the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva, justifies the slaying of "non-Jews who demand the land for themselves," and for, among other transgressions, "hostile blasphemy. " "Those who, by speech, weaken our sovereignty" - deserve to die, the book explains. "It is permissible. . . even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation. "According to Maariv, the book is a manifesto, "230 pages, no less, on the laws of the killing of gentiles,. . . 

Gaza photojournalist wins international prize
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Gaza's Eman Mohammed, a Palestinian photojournalist, was shortlisted to win the prestigious Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Prize on Saturday. "Gestion aims each year to support photojournalists who, through their work, are at the forefront of events and uphold the values of courage, independence, transparency and sharing," the committee said in a statement. At the end of a first round of analysis, the work of two other finalists was singled out: Kai Wiedenhöfer from Germany and Lizzie Sadin from France. In its discussions, the judges made special mention of the quality and sensitivity of the work of 22-year-old Mohammed's work on the conditions of Palestinian women, for which she was awarded the judges' Special Prize. Fourteen candidates from eight countries were shortlisted for the prize, "selected as much for their extremely well-researched projects as. . . 

Gaza: 2,700 pilgrims depart for Mecca
11/9/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Hajj pilgrims from the Gaza Strip continued to depart through the Rafah crossing on Monday. Sources at the terminal say about 2,700 pilgrims have left since Friday. The first group left Monday morning heading to Al-Arish Airport en route to Saudi Arabia, said Jasir Al-Mashyukhi, a Palestinian official at Rafah. Four other groups of 205 pilgrims each were scheduled to leave the same day. For his part, the de facto government's minister of endowments, Talib Abu Sha'r, said Palestinian Airlines failed to adhere to its agreement signed with the ministry stipulating that pilgrims should fly directly from Al-Arish to Medina Airport. This infraction resulted in confusion about flights, he added, expressing hopes that the issue would be sorted out in time. 

Fayyad to attend ceremony for record-breaking gown
11/9/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - Caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will sponsor a celebration on Thursday to mark the entry of the world's largest embroidered gown, made by Palestinians, into the Guinness Book of World Records at the Masader youth center in Hebron. Manager of youth center, Tariq Abu Hashash, announced that the celebration will take place at the Ben Ali playground in Hebron and will be attended by a number of consuls and ambassadors from the Arab world and the international community. Abu Hashash added that event's sponsor, caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will deliver the opening speech. Entrance to the event is free. [end] 

PSE rises: Al-Quds Index up 0.08% on Monday
11/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Stocks increased slightly on the Palestine Securities Exchange in Nablus on Monday, as the Al-Quds Index increased 0. 42 points (0. 08%) to close at 496. Trading volume was 576,577 shares, a total value of 1,560,668. 4 US dollars over the course of 201 trades. The shares of 18 companies were traded. The shares prices of eight companies rose, and those of four others declined. The top five gainers were PIIC by 3. 08%, PCB by 2. 50%, UCI by 1. 69%, AZIZA by 1. 61%, and ISBK by 1. 37%. The top losers were JCC by 3. 75%, GCOM by 3. 50%, PID by 2. 11%, and WASSEL by 1. 67%. [end] 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Most advanced, expensive fighter jet headed to Israel
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - The U.S. is scheduled to respond next week to Israel's request for 25 F-35 stealth fighter jets. 

Outpost residents finally admit IDF official issuing demolition order
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Police negotiating with residents of unauthorized community, Givat Asaf, who refuse to accept decree. 

Lebanon source: Israel working with Islamists to hurt Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Lebanese official says Katyusha fired last month was arranged with Israel, to make Hezbollah take blame. 

Report: Hezbollah rearming for imminent conflict with Israel
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - The British Observer quotes a Hezbollah commander as saying they expect an Israeli attack by spring. 

U.S. top brass: Nuclear Iran is existential threat to Israel
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Mullen: A nuclear Iran would undermine the stability of a region that is already highly unstable. 

Lebanon authorities detain 'arms ship' crew for questioning
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - After Israel releases ship found to be carrying tons of weapons apparently to Hezbollah, crew questioned in Beirut. 

Israel threat to attack Iran is not a bluff, deputy FM says
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Danny Ayalon tells Sky News that Iran conduct regarding international efforts is bid to 'buy time and procrastinate. 

Netanyahu: Iran's shipment of arms to Hezbollah - a war crime
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - PM responds to seizure of hundreds of tons of weapons believed to be Iranian shipment to Hezbollah. 

ANALYSIS / Arms ship seizure just another battle in the secret war with Iran
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Israel shouldn't congratulate itself too much for intercepting hundreds of tons of weapons apparently meant for Hezbollah. 

WATCH: Video of Israel Navy commandeering arms ship
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Ship believed to be carrying tons of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah, disguised as civilian cargo. 

Israel Navy chief: Hezbollah-bound Iran ship carried hundreds of tons of arms
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - The Antigua-flagged ship was raided by the Navy not far from the coast of Cyprus before dawn Wednesday. 

Police call off search for terrorist feared loose in Israel
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - The highest level of alert has been declared by security forces in the Sharon plain. 

ANALYSIS / Israel preparing public for a new war in Gaza
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Hamas has used the lull in fighting with Israel not only to restore, but improve its capabilities. 

B'Tselem: IDF probes alleged cases of harm to civilians in Gaza
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - B'Tselem reports that IDF is examining 21 cases of violence against civilians during Operation Cast Lead. 


[] Settler rabbi authors guidelines on killing gentiles
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - Jews have the right to kill non-Jews in just about any circumstance, said Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the head of a religious school in the illegal settlement of Yitzhar, near Nablus. "If we kill a gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments... there is nothing wrong with the murder," Shapira wrote, according...

[] The 'Unknown' Fight the Illegal
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - "Make sure your father gets this," the municipal inspector tells a ten-year-old boy at the gate of the concrete house in an alleyway in the Al-Bustan quarter of Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood right under the shadow of the walled Old City. "This" is a court-approved demolition notice, "No. 59". It's for a house under imminent threat...

[] Irredeemable war criminals AshkeNazi threatens Gaza with another "little holocaust"
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - There seems to be a perfect conformity between Gabi Ashkenazi and his last name. The Israeli chief of staff is considered one of the main Israeli war criminals responsible for the virtual genocide against the Gaza Strip during the past winter. On his murderous hands, he carries tons of innocent blood, including that of more than...

[] A group of Palestinians from the popular committees and Fatah movement tore down a part of the Apartheid Wall separating occupied East Jerusaelm from the rest of the West Bank
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - ...Rebuilding popular resistance is essential for Jerusalem and Palestine. In this event we are calling for a return to the achievements of the popular uprising that began on 9 December 1987. This year, on 9 December, we are calling on people to move en masse towards Jerusalem. We are calling for the formation of a unified...

[] Open Letter to the Board of Governors of Trondheim University
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - We are Arab students at the Israeli universities writing to you in support of the proposed academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. We believe that the boycott is timely and hopefully will help in upholding moral values of fairness, justice and equality which have been sorely missed in our region. While the reason for the boycott...

[] Israel targeting the boycott movement
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - For nearly six weeks now Mohammed Othman, a prominent Palestinian activist and an outspoken advocate of the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, has been held in an Israeli military prison without charges. On 22 September 2009 Othman, 34, was detained at the Allenby Crossing as he attempted to enter the occupied West Bank from...

[] Vast majority of Gaza children suffer PTSD symptoms
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - More than 40 years of Israeli military occupation have had a devastating impact on Palestinians in Gaza. Air strikes, artillery shelling, ground invasions, jet flybys and other acts of violence have all led to an epidemic of suffering among Gaza's most vulnerable inhabitants. The most recent studies indicate that the vast majority of Gaza's children exhibit...

[] Lebanon PM forms unity cabinet
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - Lebanon's prime minister-designate has formed a national unity government, five months after his March 14 coalition won parliamentary elections in June. Saad al-Hariri submitted a list of ministers to Michel Sleiman, the president, in Beirut on Monday after tough negotiations with opposition leaders over the make-up of the cabinet. The 30-member cabinet will include 15 ministers...

[] Report says Tel Aviv uses site to get inside people's head Israel uses Facebook to spy on Arabs & Muslims
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - For Facebook users updating their statuses or posting family pictures is for their select friends list but according to new report the information most people believe is private is actually being used by Israel to profile people and spy on them to obtain valuable information. According to "reliable" sources quoted in France-based, Israël Magazine, Israeli intelligence...

Uruknet November 9, 2009 - In a blatant show of contempt for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, the US House of Representatives voted to oppose the Goldstone Report on the war crimes committed in Gaza last year. The vote was 344 to 36. Those that voted against the House resolution are to be thanked, supported and reelected.....

[] UN: Gaza needs construction material before winter
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - Thousands of Gaza Palestinians left homeless by an Israeli invasion face a cold and rainy winter unless Israel allows building supplies in, a senior U.N. official said Monday. But Israel has ruled out unrestricted shipments, fearing the material would be used by militants. Thousands of homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during Israel's fierce three-week...

[] How Israel Won the Settlement Battle Again Back-Pedaling Politicians
Uruknet November 9, 2009 - When British Foreign Secretary David Miliband uttered a few words regarding the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, many wanted to believe that London was taking a sharp stance against Israel's continued violations of international law. Alas, they were wrong. The fact is Miliband's statement, made during a press conference that followed...

Palestine Telegraph

Like Berlin Wall; Palestinians try to break Israeli "Apartheid " wall
Palestine, Novermber 10, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Palestinians and foreign activists have torn down segments of Israel's separation wall in a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Fenced in but defiant in Israeli-occupied West Bank 
US, Novermber 8, 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.

The National

Palestinian leaders foresee bleak future
The National 9 Nov 2009 - Even as Obama meets Netanyahu in an effort to push for peace, Palestinians see no possibility of statehood as Israel expands settlements.

Hariri ready to lead Lebanon in unity
The National 9 Nov 2009 - After months of difficult negotiations, prime minister-designate announces formation of national unity cabinet to join political factions.

West Bank demonstration supports Abbas
The National 9 Nov 2009 - Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to express support for the president Mahmud Abbas days after he said he would not seek re-election in January.

Arab echoes of grassroots protest
The National 8 Nov 2009 - In a reflection of the street demonstrations sweeping Europe in 1989, the people of a Palestinian town would try to achieve liberty through non-violent means, only to be rebuffed by Israel.


Palestinians break Israel's wall
AlJazeera 9 Nov 2009 - Protesters tear down segments of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank.

Lebanon PM forms unity cabinet
AlJazeera 9 Nov 2009 - Opposition agrees to join government after months of negotiations.

Alternative Information Center

Israeli Settlers Plow Privately Owned Palestinian fields, Israeli Police Fail to Intervene
Alternative Information Center 9 Nov 2009 - At-Tuwani - On the morning of Sunday 8 November 2009 four Israeli Settler youth from Ma'on settlement plowed privately-owned Palestinian fields in Umm Zeituna valley. The settlers arrived at approximately 8:50am and chased two Palestinian shepherds...

Open Letter to the Board of Governors of Trondheim University
Alternative Information Center 9 Nov 2009 - We are Arab students at the Israeli universities writing to you in support of the proposed academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. We believe that the boycott is timely and hopefully will help in upholding moral...

Palestine News Network

Qalqilia Zoo
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - The Qalqilia Zoo was established in 1986 through funding from the Qalqilia Municipality. The total area of the project did not initially exceed ten dunums, including a small park, the animals’ area, and some recreational attractions. As time went on, the zoo started to expand. In recent years, the Qalqilia Municipality has focused on expanding and improving the zoo and inaugurated the...

The Writing on the Wall 
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, I find it appropriate to reflect on what lessons its fall has to teach us about the Wall being built here in Palestine, what is known to Israelis as the “Security Fence” and what is known to many Palestinians as the “Apartheid Wall.” In order to deepen my understanding of...

Harvest under Fire
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - Immatin is a small village of nearly 2,500 people that is nestled in the hills east of Qalqilia. Like so many other villages in Qalqilia, Immatin’s recent history is marred by stories of confiscated lands, uprooted olive trees, and the approach of the Wall, which threatens to isolate 10,000 of the village’s 27,000 dunums. To make matters worse, the people of Immatin...

Military escort falls short, failing the children of at-Tuwani
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - PNN/Amanda Mueller. In the rolling, rocky hills of South Hebron, where electricity and water are scarce and Israeli settler violence is plenty, a group of children huddle together, waiting to be escorted to school by the Israeli military. They come from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed, facing intimidation and harassment, for an education. What should be a peaceful twenty...

Israeli settlers plow privately owned Palestinian fields, Israeli police fail to intervene.
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - At-Tuwani - On the morning of Sunday 8 November 2009 four Israeli settleryouth from Ma'on settlement plowed privately-owned Palestinian fields inUmm Zeituna valley. The settlers arrived at approximately 8:50am andchased two Palestinian shepherds off the land throwing stones, beforestarting plowing. Local Palestinian shepherds and international peaceactivists from Operation Dove called the Israeli police, who failed torespond to the incident.Settlers worked for several...

Jerusalem Post

Meeting between Netanyahu, Obama ends after nearly 2 hours
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - PM cancels Israeli press briefing, Barak scraps planned radio interviews; White House: President reaffirmed US commitment to Israel's security.

Assad: Resistance is an alternative solution
Jeruslalem Post 9 Nov 2009 - Syrian president says 'patriotic duty' to resist occupation does not contradict the desire for peace.

PM to Abbas: 'Let's begin talks now'
Jeruslalem Post 9 Nov 2009 - Netanyahu tells GA no previous gov't made more concessions on settlements to resume peace talks.

Barak: We mustn't miss opportunity for peace
Jeruslalem Post 9 Nov 2009 - Ahead of addressing GA, Barak says "Israel is doing whatever it can to resume peace talks."

Saeb Erekat: 'Defining moment' is here
Jeruslalem Post 9 Nov 2009 - Palestinian negotiator warns Israel it might end up dealing with Hamas; denies calling to dismantle PA.

'Ties with Diaspora vital against Iran'
Jeruslalem Post 9 Nov 2009 - In Denmark, FM compares Teheran regime to Nazis, accuses Iran of funding activities targeting Jews.

PMO: Friedman wrong about Israel
Jeruslalem Post 9 Nov 2009 - PM spokesman dismisses call on US to ditch ME peace efforts; Edelstein endorses US leaving Israel alone.

Ethiopian students to celebrate Sigd alongside veteran Israelis
Jeruslalem Post 9 Nov 2009 - Monday November 16 marks Sigd, traditionally celebrated by Ethiopian Jews as a day of fasting, prayer, forgiveness and longing to return to Jerusalem.

Hariri unveils national unity cabinet
Jeruslalem Post 9 Nov 2009 - Lebanon's new prime minister sworn in after lengthy internal struggle; 2 Hizbullah ministers announced.


In Brief: Israel transfers 5,000 H1N1 vaccinations to Gaza
IRIN TEL AVIV Sunday, November 08, 2009 (IRIN) - Israel’s Civil Administration announced on 5 November that it had transferred 5,000 pandemic H1N1 vaccinations to Gaza for Hajj pilgrims leaving to Saudi Arabia via the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

EGYPT: Nearly a third of children malnourished - report
IRIN CAIRO Thursday, November 05, 2009 (IRIN) - Despite a number of positive economic indicators, Egypt has a hunger problem: Nearly a third of all children are malnourished, according to a new report compiled by the Ministry of Health and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

EGYPT: Black cloud with a silver lining
IRIN CAIRO Monday, November 09, 2009 (IRIN) - The conversion of excess rice straw into fertilizer, rather than simply burning it off could be the solution to a problem that has plagued Cairo residents for the last 10 years: the “black cloud” that decends on the city every October and November....

Inter Press Service

POLITICS: On Nuke Disarmament, It's Still "You First" 
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: The 'Unknown' Fight the Illegal 
IPS OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM, Nov 8 (IPS) - "Make sure your father gets this," the municipal inspector tells a ten-year-old boy at the gate of the concrete house in an alleyway in the Al-Bustan quarter of Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood right under the shadow of the walled Old City.

Stop The Wall

Al-Ma’sara commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall
Stop The Wall 9 Nov 2009 - In Friday’s demonstration against the illegal construction of the Apartheid Wall that is designed to steal the agricultural lands of the villages of Southern Bethlehem, the people of al-Ma'sara celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. In chants and speeches, the demonstrators insisted on the illegality of the Wall and occupation, while international and Israeli activists showed support using percussion instruments. [

al-Ma'sara and Bil'in protest as tensions mounts in Jerusalem
Stop The Wall 9 Nov 2009 - As tensions mounts in Jerusalem over the Occupation’s assault on Al Aqsa, demonstrators in the West Bank continued their struggle last week against the Wall and the ongoing confiscation of land. [

PCHR Weekly Report

(29 Oct.- 04 Nov. 2009)
PCHR Weekly Report

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli settlers plow privately owned Palestinian fields, Israeli police fail to intervene
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Christian Peacemaker Team - At-Tuwani - On the morning of Sunday 8 November 2009 four Israeli settler youth from Ma'on settlement plowed privately-owned Palestinian fields in Umm Zeituna valley. The settlers arrived at approximately 8:50am and chased two Palestinian shepherds off the land throwing stones, before starting plowing. Local Palestinian shepherds and international peace activists from Operation Dove called the Israeli police, who failed to respond to the incident. Settlers worked for several hours and plowed the whole valley which is situated on privately-owned Palestinian land and lies outside of Ma'on's municipal boundaries. Local shepherds also reported that on Friday 5 November settlers from Ma'on, with the accompaniment of Israeli soldiers, plowed a field near the Palestinian village of Maghayir al Abeed belonging to Hajj Hussein Daoud from the Palestinian city of Yatta. 

Protesters reenacted the fall of the Berlin Wall to mark its 20th anniversary: 8 meter tall concrete wall dividing Ramallah and Jerusalem tipped-over
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Photos - In a symbolic reenactment of the event that changed the world 20 years ago, demonstrators from all over the West Bank managed to topple a section of Israel's wall, 8 meters of reinforced concrete in height, near the infamous Qalandiya Checkpoint. On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, hundreds of demonstrators from across the West Bank convened in Qalandiya to demand the immediate dismantling of Israel’s wall. In a dramatic turn of events, protesters managed to tip-over a a section of the wall, opening a passage in this strategic and symbolic location at the entrance to East-Jerusalem. Exactly twenty years ago today the Berlin Wall came crumbling down in two days that changed the world forever. Today, a wall twice as high and five times as long is being built by Israel in the West Bank, in blatant contempt of international law, to separate Palestinians from their lands. 

Qaryut residents successfully remove a roadblock
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 5 November 2009 - The villagers of Qaryut are facing a new weekend tradition: the Friday removing of a roadblock, repeatedly re-instated by the Israeli army upon every attempt to clear the road connecting the village with Ramallah and Nablus. The morning of Friday, 5 November, saw approximately 200 villagers join forces in clearing a large earth mound that blocks Qaryut's passage to Road 60, the route for travelling between Ramallah and Nablus. Although 15 soldiers, 2 Israeli police vehicles and one car of settlers (who halted to observe from Road 60) were awaiting the villagers' arrival when they marched down to the roadblock, the action remained peaceful to the end. The soldiers and border guards had initially taken up position to defend the block, however they had no choice but to move back in the face of the large and determined crowd. 

Seven Palestinians arrested during Nablus military raids
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 5 November 2009 - In the dead of night, at 2am, Thursday 4 November, the Israeli Occupation Force made a series of military raids on civilian home in Nablus, arresting 7 young men. Al-Ein camp was brutally attacked by a force of some 100 Israeli soldiers, encircling a large part of the camp while firing sound bombs. A large number of houses were invaded, their occupants awoken and forced to stand outside in the freezing cold, while soldiers with dogs wrecked havoc upon their personal belongings. One woman saw two young Palestinians with their hands tied behind their backs, while the soldiers had placed toy guns, partisan scarfs and knives at their side and were taking pictures of this (apparently a ploy to prove that they were ‘dangerous militants', thereby justifying their arrest). Among the arrested were Mustafa Kasem Al-Mabruk, 21 years old, and Ahmed Khalid Abdo Bohe, his cousin, who is 18 years old. 

Residents of Sheikh Jarrah demonstrate against settlements in East Jerusalem
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 4 November 2009 - On Wednesday 4 November 2009, a vibrant demonstration was held in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The demonstration was organised as a protest against Jewish settlers taking over a Palestinian house in Sheikh Jarrah, belonging to the Al Kurd family, on the previous day. It was also a protest against the ongoing home confiscations, home demolitions, and evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. The demonstration gathered about 150 demonstrators and was covered by a number of press reporters. In addition to Sheikh Jarrah families, participant organizations included Israeli activists such as Ta'ayush and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and international activists such as the International Solidarity Movement, Michigan Peace Team, and Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. 

Israeli army use live ammunition during invasion of Iraq Burin
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 7 November 2009 - On Saturday 7 November the residents of Iraq Burin, a small village outside Nablus, once again had their weekend disrupted by settlers and the Israeli army. During the day settlers from the nearby illegal settlement came down close to the village in a provocative act. The scenario that followed was the same as the previous two Saturdays – settler attack followed by an army invasion. During the invasion that lasted about one hour, the army shot teargas and live ammunition inside the village. Because of similar events of settler and army violence in the last two weekends, the Palestinians have called for international activists to be present in the village on Saturday morning. At around 2. 30pm, five settlers from the illegal settlement Bracha appeared close to the village, scaring and provoking the villagers. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Dutch Jews, Israelis clash over Lieberman visit to Holland 
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - The scheduled arrival of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in the Netherlands Wednesday has touched off a rare display of discord between the local Jewish community and some Israelis living there. Holland has one of the largest Israeli communities in Europe. ...

Obama reaffirms 'strong commitment' to Israel's security
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama held a private meeting on Monday night, during which the two discussed Iran's nuclear ambitions as well as stalled Middle East peace talks. ...

ANALYSIS / Netanyahu is good for the (American) Jews
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the United Jewish Communities General Assembly was a dry run for the real showdown - meeting President Barack Obama - then he will live to regret this visit. Demanding that Palestinians "return to negotiations with no preconditions" might wring applause from a Jewish audience, but Obama has learned that it's merely code for "you can forget about my government freezing any settlements." ... 

Norwegian minister: Academic boycott of Israel would be illegal 
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - The University of Trondheim would be in violation of legal principles if its board members vote on Thursday to boycott Israel, Norway's minister for higher education, Tora Aasland warned on Monday in a television broadcast. ...

Report: Mofaz seeks meeting with senior Hamas officials
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Opposition MK Shaul Mofaz is planning to meet with senior Hamas officials, the Channel 10 website reported late Monday. ...

The Guardian

Abbas's mixed messages | Hussein Ibish
The Guardian 9 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian president is fed up, but his statement that he would not seek a second term was a warning, not a resignation The recent announcement by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that he would not seek...

Letters: 1989 after the wall came down 
The Guardian 8 Nov 2009 - Timothy Garton Ash covers a broad canvas of post-1989 issues ( Comment , 5 November), but the key failure was to leave Mikhail Gorbachev without economic support at the crucial moment. In 1989, unlike in 1945, the west...

Hezbollah gears up for new war
The Guardian 7 Nov 2009 - Fighters rearm and reinforce positions in valleys amid fears that Israel is about to launch attack on Islamic group Hezbollah is rapidly rearming in preparation for a new conflict with Israel, fearing that Benjamin Netanyahu's government...

Ha'aretz National page

Massive reservoirs discovered under Mandate-era Nazareth fort 
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - The architect, first lieutenant Omer Neeman, spent several minutes running his hands along the massive reinforced concrete wall under the Nazareth fort. ... 

T.A. University to probe claim right-wing students silenced
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Tel Aviv University rector Dan Levitan said he would investigate whether right-wing students refrain from expressing their political views in class, fearing that lecturers perceived as left-wing may lower their grades. ... 

Israel Unposed / Rabin Memorial and rainy days
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - ... 

Palestinians breach separation fence for 2nd time in a week
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Activists breached a hole in the West Bank wall for the second time in less than a week on Monday in a demonstration to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. ...

Four students indicted for murdering Kfar Qasem teen
Ha'aretz 9 Nov 2009 - Four minors were indicted Monday for the murder of a teen when they opened fire on a school bus in Kfar Qasem around a month ago. ...

Relief Web

OPT: 'Not for a single moment' has Israel ceased illegal settlement activities, Fourth Committee told, opening discussion of Israeli practices in occupied territories
Relief Web 9 Nov 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly

Syria/OPT: UNRWA opens US-funded school in Dera'a camp
Relief Web 9 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

OPT: Call for immediate opening of Gaza Strip crossings - Press statement by UN agencies and AIDA
Relief Web 9 Nov 2009 - Source: Association of International Development Agencies, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt

OPT: Interview - U.N. official warns of grim Gaza winter
Relief Web 9 Nov 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Israel and the occupied territories: Helping people improve their lives
Relief Web 9 Nov 2009 - Source: ICRC

Palestinians warn of violence if peace efforts fail
Relief Web 9 Nov 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse

YNet News

Should Teitel's house be razed? 
YNet News 9 Nov 2009 - Defense minister avoids answering question presented by Ynet, after firmly demanding last year that east Jerusalem terrorists' homes be demolished 

Netanyahu: Israel willing to be 'generous' in talks
YNet News 9 Nov 2009 - Shortly before meeting with US president, prime minister says ready to make concessions but won’t compromise on security arrangements. Senior entourage members say Netanyahu will tell Obama, 'We mean business' 

Mofaz probes legality of meeting with Hamas
YNet News 9 Nov 2009 - Kadima's No. 2 MK consults legal experts on options for promotion of his plan for Palestinian statehood 

2 Hezbollah ministers named in Lebanon 
YNet News 9 Nov 2009 - Lebanese PM-designate Saad Hariri hands in new national unity government list to President Suleiman that includes two members from Iranian-backed organization 

Netanyahu urges Abbas to resume talks 
YNet News 9 Nov 2009 - Prime minister tells 2009 General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America his goal is to 'achieve a permanent peace treaty.' Female protestor removed from hall after calling for end to siege on Gaza 

Lieberman: Radical Islam abusing democracy 
YNet News 9 Nov 2009 - Foreign minister sends warning to European countries during Denmark visit, saying 'Islamic elements are using democratic tools to incite and encourage anti-Semitism' 

Daily Star

Riyadh 'will not tolerate' breaches of sovereignty
Daily Star 9 Nov 2009 The Saudi Cabinet on Monday stressed that the kingdom would not "tolerate any violation of the sovereignty of its territory," in a statement issued at the end of its weekly meeting. According to a provisional Saudi toll, three soldiers and four other Saudis have now been killed in the fighting. Meanwhile France's Foreign Ministry condemned any violation of Saudi sovereignty.

Peres to tour Latin America to counter Iranian influence
Daily Star 9 Nov 2009 Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday headed on a tour of Brazil and Argentina to counter arch-foe Iran's influence in Latin America, the second such trip in months by a senior Israeli official. The elder statesman was to arrive in Brasilia early on Tuesday for the first visit to Brazil by an Israeli president since 1966. On Sunday he will continue to Argentina in the first such visit in 20 years., Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday headed on a tour of Brazil and Argentina to counter arch-foe Iran's influence in Latin America, the second such trip in months by a senior Israeli official. The elder statesman was to arrive in Brasilia early on Tuesday for the first visit to Brazil by an Israeli president since 1966. On Sunday he will continue to Argentina in the first such visit in 20 years.

Palestinians show support for Abbas at Ramallah rally
Daily Star 9 Nov 2009 Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Monday to express support for President Mahmoud Abbas days after he said he would not seek re-election in January. Several rallies have been held for the beleaguered president since he announced last Thursday that he would not seek another term in office because of the US government's failure to compel Israel to freeze Jewish settlements.

Three Americans held in Iran face spying charges
Daily Star 9 Nov 2009 Three Americans taken into custody near the border with Iraq on July 31 are facing spying charges, Iran's judiciary said on Monday, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for their release. Tehran's chief prosecutor Abbas Jaffari Doulatabadi said investigations were continuing against the three hikers, Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, the official IRNA news agency reported.

A young nation with growing pains
Daily Star 9 Nov 2009 Teenage pregnancies are common in Yemen. In fact, Yemen is a nation raised by young mothers.  In the remote northern village of Al-Qobai, local villager Hassan and I talk about our homelands. The conversation turns to women in Lebanon and Yemen. He suddenly tells me, "Ask Mohammad why he wants to find a husband for his 8-year-old daughter," and points to his friend sitting in our group.

Palestinian Information Center

AshkeNazi threatens Gaza with another“little holocaust”
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Because of the serious moral imbalance afflicting our world today, Ashkenazi and ilk are not only free but are even threatening their victims with a fresh holocaust.

Zionist Rabbi allows killing non-Jewish infants if they pose a “threat” to Israe
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Yitzhak Shapira, the fanatic Zionist rabbi, has issued a number of religious edicts in his new book allowing killing of non-Jewish enemies even if they were children and infants.

Bahar: PLC supports elections after national reconciliation
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the first deputy speaker of the PLC, has emphasized that the PLC supports general elections only after national reconciliation away from conditions of the quartet committee.

Masri: Hamas would never accept partial solutions or give up rights
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri has denied press allegations that he supported the plan tabled by Israeli MP Shaul Mofaz stipulating the establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders.

Barghouthi calls for popular resistance against Zionist schemes
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - MP Mustafa Al-Barghouthi, the secretary general of the Palestinian national initiative, has called for planning a national strategy that would merge popular resistance with national steadfastness..

IOA delivers demolition notifications to 17 families in O. Jerusalem
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) handed 17 new demolition orders to Palestinian families residing in Silwan village in occupied Jerusalem.

Egypt asks Miles of Smiles aid convoy to receive Israel’s approval to enter Gaza
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The spokesman for the aid convoy Miles of Smiles, said that the Egyptian authorities asked the convoy organizers to receive Israel’s approval to enter the besieged Gaza Strip.

Mada: IOF assaults on journalists rude violation of freedom of expression
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian center for development and media freedoms "Mada" has condemned the Israeli occupation forces' (IOF) persistent assaults on journalists in violation of international laws and norms.

IOF soldiers detain 14 Palestinians, Abbas militias detain 4 others
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 14 Palestinians in various West Bank areas at dawn Monday during violent incursions that included breaking into civilian homes, locals reported.

Ministry of detainees slams Israel for barring J’lem prisoners of visits
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs strongly denounced the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for depriving Jerusalemite families of visiting their sons and daughters in Israeli jails.

Los Angeles Times

Iran may call for a nuclear fuel swap, Iranian TV reports 
LA Times 9 Nov 2009 - A state-owned station says officials may compromise on a U.N. bid to have uranium refined abroad. Iran may seek a 'simultaneous exchange' of enriched uranium for medical reactor uranium plates. A state-owned Iranian television station quoted unnamed diplomats Sunday as saying Iran, in a possible compromise to a U.N.-backed proposal, is willing to send about 1,800 pounds of its enriched uranium abroad to be exchanged for fuel for a medical reactor. 

Fort Hood shooting suspect endured 'big pressure,' uncle says 
LA Times 8 Nov 2009 - The uncle says Nidal Malik Hasan was a sensitive man who faced ethnic taunts and was haunted by soldiers' wartime disabilities. Hasan was not political, his relatives in the West Bank say. When Rafik Ismail Hamad last traveled from the West Bank to visit relatives in the United States, he was struck by the pressures one of his nephews was facing. 


Report says 32 children killed in Gaza tunnels in past 3 years
11/7/2009 - China View - GAZA, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- A report Saturday showed that 32 Palestinian children have been killed while working in smuggling tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt in past three years. The report, conducted by the Palestinian National Society for Democracy and Law, said 32 children were killed since Israel imposed a blockade on the coastal enclave in mid-2006 and restricted entry of goods to little more than food and medicine. The research also focused on child labor, revealing that children, under 18 years old, work for 12 hours a day in the tunnels, and some of them take pain-killer called Tramadol and energy-giving drugs. The report said during this period, 117 Palestinians in total have been killed in the tunnels, which flourished in the Hamas-run area due to the tight blockade. The cave-ins often result from Israeli air raids, Egyptian detonation 

Wasted years: Jobless youngsters collect rubbish for living in besieged Gaza
11/7/2009 - China View - GAZA, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Every morning, Ali mounts a donkey carriage and heads toward one of Gaza city's rubbish dumps near a central football field to rummage with his naked hands for plastic waste. At the doorway of his house in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, Ali's donkey stands waiting to go out on a daily trip. Wearing his usual dirty work clothes, Ali said he felt "jealous watching children wearing clean uniforms on their way to school. "Ali said he felt ashamed when his friends saw him searching through the rubbish with flying insects around. He usually sells the plastic waste to recycling factories at the end of a day of hard work. Now aged 21, Ali has been doing this for four years since he was forced to leave school to support a family of 11 members, after his father could no longer do the job due to an injury. 

Israel spy agency tried to recruit alleged killer
11/7/2009 - Yahoo! News - AFP - JERUSALEM (AFP) – A Jewish settler who was arrested for allegedly having murdered two Palestinians was approached by Israel's internal security agency to be an informer after the attacks, the agency said Friday. Jack Teitel, a 37-year-old immigrant from the United States, was arrested in October on suspicions of murdering the men in 1997 while visiting Israel as a tourist, the police announced on Sunday. He is also suspected of being behind a string of bomb attacks since 2006. When Teitel returned to Israel in 2000, three years after the murders, he was questioned by the Shin Bet internal security service and the police over the killings, but no charges were filed. It was at that moment that the domestic intelligence agency asked him to serve as its informant in extreme right-wing circles, according to the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper, which broke the story. 

VIDEO - Israel: Remote control occupation?
11/7/2009 - The Real News - Baum: New technologies are allowing Israel to maintain control over its occupation remotely - This week, the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erakat, announced that because Israeli settlements continue to grow (with de facto US support) and annex the land planned for a future Palestine, the Palestinians may have to abandon hopes for an independent state. He therefore urged Palestinians to fight for one democratic state where all citizens will be equal. With this announcement, many are wondering what the future of the Israeli occupation would look like. Meanwhile, Israel is continuing its technological evolution of the occupation, making it possible to institutionalize control over the occupation remotely. At the end of October, the joint Israeli-Palestinian Alternative Information Center held a conference in Bethlehem on economy of the occupation. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky attended. . . . 

US Senators Act to Force Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital 
11/9/2009 - Arutz Sheva - (IsraelNN. com) Seven United States senators have sponsored a bill that would abolish the “security” waiver that American presidents have used to prevent implementing a 1995 law declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback, a long-time supporter of Israel, introduced the bill and said, "It is long overdue for America to recognize the sovereign right of Israel to choose Jerusalem as its capital city. ”The proposed Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act law, number S. 2737, is "a bill to relocate to Jerusalem the United States Embassy in Israel" and has six co-sponsors--five Republicans, from Kentucky, Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana and Independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. It would remove the current waiver, which gives the president authority to delay recognition of Jerusalem as the capital on the premise that doing so would endanger the security of the United States. 

US Generals Flood Israel for Exercise against ‘Specific Threats’ 
11/8/2009 - Arutz Sheva - (IsraelNN. com) An unprecedented number of American generals, along with 1,400 U. S. army soldiers, are participating with top IDF brass in the high-level Juniper Cobra military exercise that one U. S. Navy commander said is aimed at “specific threats. ” Public affairs officials interrupted the naval commander in order to divert the conversation from the scenario of Israel attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities and defending itself from a counter-attack. One senior IDF source told BBC magazine, “I've never seen so many American generals. ”Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, along with the commander of the U. S. force in Europe and U. S. ambassador to Israel James Cunningham attended the three-week exercise on Tuesday. It is one of the largest-ever joint training drills and is fueling speculation that the United States is preparing for 

Jordanian Professor: Israel Will Go to War over Water 
11/9/2009 - Arutz Sheva - (IsraelNN. com) Israel will go to war against Lebanon and Egypt to solve its water crisis, a Jordanian political science professor has charged. Dr. Ghazi Al-Rababah told the Jordanian Al-Arab Alyawm newspaper that the first war would be in Shebaa farms area, a small part of which Lebanon and Syria have been trying to force Israel to surrender. Although Israel is taking steps to solve the water shortage by building desalination plants that will be in full production in four years, al-Rababah declared that Israel will wage war against Egypt within seven years in order to control the Nile River. He accused Israel of "stealing hundreds of millions cubic meters of water from the Litani water in Lebanon, which has violated agreements by diverting water from flowing across the border. The professor also repeated charges that Israel is stealing water from the Palestinian Authority and that it is sending contaminated water to Gaza. 

Israel Warns IDF Ready to Roll Against Iran 
11/9/2009 - Arutz Sheva - (IsraelNN. com) Israel's warnings that it will not tolerate an existential threat in the form of a nuclear Iran should be taken seriously, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon warned in an interview with the Britain-based Sky News on Friday. " The one who's bluffing is Iran, which is trying to play with cards they don't have," Ayalon told the news network. "All the bravado that we see and the testing and the very dangerous and harsh rhetoric are hiding a lot of weaknesses. " Israel has repeatedly warned the Islamic Republic -- and the rest of the world -- that it will not allow Iran to complete its nuclear development program and create an atomic weapon to be aimed at the Jewish State. " If Iranian behavior and conduct continues as they have exhibited so far, it is obvious that their intentions are only to buy time and procrastinate," Ayalon said. 

Pete Seeger’s role in ending Israeli house demolitions 
11/8/2009 - Ha'aretz - Anyone who owns a radio probably knows the song "Turn, Turn, Turn" (To everything there is a season) very well. A number of versions of this song have become permanent fixtures on the play lists of most popular music radio stations. Here's what the listeners don't know: every time this song is played, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions receives a few dollars, which accumulate to a "several thousand dollars every year," according to the committee's co-founder and coordinator. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is a non-profit organization that uses non-violent means to oppose Israeli demolition of homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Seeger has been donating some of the song's royalties to ICAHD for ten years. The banjo-playing Seeger, 90, is considered one of the pioneers of American folk music. 

Israel’s New Generation Of Conscientious Objectors 
11/7/2009 - Palestine Monitor - "We cannot ignore the truth - the occupation is a violent, racist, inhumane, illegal, undemocratic, immoral and an extreme condition that presents a mortal danger to both peoples… We, who were educated on the values of liberty, justice, honesty and peace, cannot accept it. " So reads the letter declaring the refusal of 150 students to join the Israeli army this year. Amongst that number is Efi Brenner, 18 years old and an active animal and human rights campaigner. His decision has resulted in ten days imprisonment, with further terms likely, and for his family to throw him out of home. Despite the fallout Efi’s commitment to his decision and the reasons underlying it remain resolute. " One of the reasons I refuse to join is because I want the Palestinians to know that not all Israelis are in favour of the occupation and that some people are willing to make a sacrifice to end it. " 

Norway drops war crimes case against Israel 
11/8/2009 - JTA - WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Norwegian prosecutors dropped a case alleging war crimes by 10 Israeli leaders during last winter’s Gaza military campaign. Chief prosecutor Siri Frigaard said last Friday that she is dismissing the complaint because "there is no good reason" for Norwegian authorities to investigate further and Norway should be judicious in deciding when to investigate alleged war crimes by individuals with no connection to the country. A group of lawyers had lodged the complaint April 22 under Norway's universal jurisdiction law. The 2008 law allows foreigners to face charges in Norway for war crimes committed anywhere in the world. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Tzipi Livni were among the Israelis named. The decision comes a day after the United Nations General Assembly, with Norway abstaining from the vote, endorsed the Goldstone report. The report alleges war crimes by Israel and Hamas during the Gaza war and recommends independent investigations into the charges. 

Dispute persists over Israel’s weapons-shipment claims 
11/9/2009 - Daily Star - Release of vessel and crew casts doubt on validity of claims - BEIRUT: The dispute over Israel’s claimed haul of “hundreds of tons” of rockets it said was aboard a ship bound for Hizbullah showed no sign of abating over the weekend as the Antiguan-owned vessel docked in Beirut. Israel claims that it seized cargo from a ship after naval commandoes stormed the vessel in the Mediterranean in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a bounty which consisted of more than 3,000 rockets, according to reports from the Israeli media. Israeli Army sources claimed to have obtained papers proving that the ship was destined for the port of Latakia in Syria and weapons aboard it were sent from Iran, eventually destined for Hizbullah. Both Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers denied that such a cargo existed and accused Israel of attempting to hamper legitimate trade routes between the two nations. 

Berri: Israel arms-ship claims ’fabricated’ 
11/7/2009 - Daily Star - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Friday that Israeli claims about an alleged arms ship sent from Iran to Hizbullah were fabricated by Israel to target the resistance, which he stressed had the right to obtain weapons from “anywhere in the world. ” The speaker added that Israel’s capture of a ship near Cyprus was also a bid to deflect attention away from the Goldstone report, on Israeli war crimes during the Gaza war. The Goldstone report accused Israel and Hamas militants of war crimes during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip, which killed up to 1,387 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. The report gave Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movemnet six months to mount credible investigations into the allegations or face possible prosecution at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. On Wednesday, Israeli naval commandos stormed a ship they said was carrying hundreds of tons of weapons just before dawn in waters close to Cyprus. 

March 14 Christians to still agree on seat distribution 
11/9/2009 - Daily Star - No dispute’ over Hizbullah’s arms in policy statement - BEIRUT: Senior political leaders have approved the distribution of ministries in a new government, five months after June’s parliamentary elections, but further negotiations await to appease March 14 Christian politicians, officials said Sunday. While the hurdles between Premier-designate Saad Hariri and opposition politician Michel Aoun appear to have been cleared, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader’s camp must now put forward the names of individual ministers for the new cabinet. As for the formulation of the cabinet’s policy statement, opposition groups stressed on Sunday that no disagreement governed the issue of Hizbullah’s weapons since the matter would be subject to discussions during upcoming National Dialogue sessions, while March 14 Christian figures expressed their rejection of legitimizing the party’s weapons. . . . -- Links: Rival Lebanon factions agree on unity government and Rival Lebanon factions agree on unity government

Hezbollah gears up for new war 
11/8/2009 - The Guardian - Fighters rearm and reinforce positions in valleys amid fears that Israel is about to launch attack on Islamic group - Hezbollah is rapidly rearming in preparation for a new conflict with Israel, fearing that Benjamin Netanyahu's government will attack Lebanon again prior to any assault on Iran's nuclear facilities. Last week, Israeli commandos seized a ship in the Mediterranean loaded with almost 400 tonnes of rockets and small arms – which Israel claimed was being sent from Iran to its Hezbollah allies. In dramatic further evidence of growing tensions, the Observer has learned that Hezbollah fighters have been busy reinforcing fixed defence positions north of the Litani river. Having lost many of its bunkers in the south, Hezbollah is preparing a new strategy to defend villages there. Although the organisation denied last week that the weapons were intended for its use, senior commanders have done little to disguise the scale of rearmament. 

UN-proposed nuclear deal still on table: Iran MP 
11/8/2009 - The Raw Story - AFP - Proposals from world powers to supply nuclear fuel for a research reactor in Iran are still on the table, a leading MP said on Sunday, a day after suggesting that Tehran could reject the deal. " Our first option is to buy fuel of 20 percent (enrichment)," ISNA and Mehr news agencies quoted Alaeddin Borujerdi, the head of parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, as saying. " But if we cannot buy it we could make a limited exchange on condition that first we get fuel of 20 percent," he added. Borujerdi on Saturday said that Iran had decided to reject proposals from major powers for the supply of nuclear fuel, in what was seen as a serious setback for UN-brokered efforts to allay Western concerns about Tehran's atomic ambitions. Under the plan thrashed out in talks with France, Russia and the United States, Iran was to have shipped out most of its own stocks of low-enriched 

Arab echoes of grassroots protest 
11/8/2009 - The National - . . . . . On November 5, 1989 – four days before the Berlin Wall fell – the people of the Palestinian town of Beit Sahour decided they would no longer pay for Israel’s occupation of their land. A coalition of Arab armies inspired by Nasser’s Pan-Arabist dream had failed in 1967 to expel Israel from the same soil; now, in an echo of the grassroots street protests sweeping Europe, the people of Beit Sahour would try to achieve it by refusing to pay their taxes. “No taxation wut representation!” their leaflet cried. In reply, Israel did not follow the path of Mikhail Gorbachev. When told on March 3, 1989, of the decision of the Hungarian Central Committee to “completely remove the electronic and technological defences from the western and southern borders of Hungary”, the Soviet leader did not condemn the move or order retaliation. 

J’lem mayor finds support for united city in Congress 
11/7/2009 - YNetNews - Barkat warmly received in Washington, with Congress members presenting to him legislation proposal to have US embassy moved from Tel Aviv to capital without need for president's consent - WASHINGTON - Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat met with Democratic and Republican Congress members in Washington on Friday, and was pleased to find wall-to-wall support of the need to keep Jerusalem united. The mayor, who is on a two-week visit to the United States and Canada, arrived at Congress accompanied by Israeli Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren. Barkat was received warmly, and learned that it is seemingly easier to run Jerusalem from the US capital than from the Israeli one. One example of the support Barkat found for his position on Jerusalem can be found in the Senate, where a group of seven senators are working on legislation that will support maintaining a united Jerusalem. 


The Gaza Chronicles: Part 3 - Shattered Minds And The Children of Gaza 
Aditya Ganapathiraju, Palestine Monitor 11/5/2009
      It’s the most terrifying place I’ve ever been in… it’s a horrifyingly sad place because of the desperation and misery of the way people live. I was unprepared for camps that are much worse than anything I saw in South Africa.– Professor Edward Said 1993 [1]
     They may be living but they’re not alive. – Journalist Philip Rizk [2]
     Gaza is a place that needs a million psychologists.— Ayed, a psychotherapist from Northern Gaza [3]
     Over 40 years of Israeli military occupation have had a devastating effect on Gaza; airstrikes, artillery shelling, ground invasions, jet flybys and their sonic booms have all led to an epidemic of suffering among Gaza’s most vulnerable inhabitants.[4]
     Soon after the recent winter Israeli assault, a group of scholars at the University of Washington discussed different aspects of the situation in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian Territories. Dr. Evan Kanter, UW school of medicine professor and the current president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, delivered a somber talk describing the mental health situation among Gaza’s population.[5]
     Dr. Kanter cited studies that revealed 62 % of Gaza’s inhabitants reported having a family member injured or killed, 67% saw injured or dead strangers and 83% had witnessed shootings. In a study of high school aged children from southern refugee camps in Rafah and Kahn Younis, 69% of the children showed symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), 40% showed signs of moderate or severe depression, and a whopping 95% exhibited severe anxiety. Seventy percent showed limited or no ability to cope with their trauma. All of this was before the last Israeli invasion.
     Links: The Gaza Chronicles: Part 1 and The Gaza Chronicles: Part 2 -- See also: The Gaza Chronicles: Part 1 and The Gaza Chronicles: Part 2 more.. e-mail

Who killed Abu Mazen? 
Reuven Kaminer, Ma’an News Agency 11/9/2009
      Hillary Clinton killed Abu Mazen. Barack Obama set him up last June in his Cairo speech and Hillary killed him dead. Her repeated declarations last week regarding "unprecedented concessions" by Netanyahu on the settlement issue finished the job. 
     Are we exaggerating? Is Abu Mazen still alive? One would hope that as just another pensioner, Abu Mazen will enjoy a healthy and vigorous private retirement. But politically he has become, despite illustrious chapters in his younger years, a political corpse. He simply bet everything on the US, and when it turned out that all the services he rendered to were used and exploited by Obama to increase pressure against his own people, he was forced to understand that the game was over. 
     Abu Mazen was not born to deceive his people. But he (and many others) deceived themselves regarding Clinton, her boss and her associates. Is it clinically possible that Abu Mazen died of shame.
     Of course, Clinton is a highly regarded figure. But the Clinton aura is just another trap. For her own convenience, she can turn the most faithful ally into a political non-entity. Abu Mazen began the descent to his own elimination last month when he issued orders to connive with Clinton to prevent the UN Human Rights Council from discussing the Goldstone report. And Mrs. Clinton, speaking words of adoration for Bibi during her recent trip to the Middle East, finished him off.
     There are three major lessons here, if you will. The first is the danger and the illusions of the theory which holds that since we live in a unipolar world, nothing can be done without an alliance with the US, which supposedly holds all the cards. Let the case of Abu Mazen be a lesson to all that hitching your wagon to the US train is the best way to go nowhere. more.. e-mail

Ending Israel’s Occupation 
John F. Mahoney, Americans for Middle East Understanding - AMEU 11/9/2009
      September - October 2009 
     Drive along Indian School Road, between University Boulevard and US-25, in downtown Albuquerque, on April 8, 2009, and you’d be hard-pressed not to catch sight of a particular billboard displaying a young Palestinian girl on one side and an Israeli tank on the other.
     Turn left onto University Boulevard, then left again onto Candalaria Road, then right onto 2nd Street, and you’d come across a similar billboard, and you might read the message between the images: “Tell Congress: Stop Killing Children. No More Military Aid to Israel.”
     And were you to continue north on 2nd Street and turn right onto Montano Road, then merge onto I-25S, then onto I-40W until you came to Coors Boulevard NW, you would come upon yet another billboard with the same message, and you might have noticed that it was sponsored by Stop $30
     The signs—10 of them in all—definitely caught commuters’ attention. Lamar Outdoor Advertising, which owns the billboards, and whose graphics department helped design the ads, reported hundreds of responses, although it never gave a breakdown of those for and those against.
     Then, three weeks later, with five weeks left of a two-month contract to display the message, Lamar Outdoor Advertising covered or removed all 10 ads, charging they were misleading and factually inaccurate. Specifically, said a company official, “We know money is going to Israel but it is not going there with the purpose of killing children.”
     A spokeswoman for the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, sponsor of the advertisements, countered that they were not saying that U.S. monetary aid is being sent to kill children. “We’re saying it is killing children.” more.. e-mail

Electronic Intifada
Portuguese water company's immoral collaboration with Israel
Electronic Intifada: 9 Nov 2009 - The management of Portuguese water company EPAL recently informed its workers about its collaboration with the Israeli national water company Mekorot on "water security issues." An EPAL intern who recently visited the occupied West Bank reacted to the news by informing colleagues about how Israel is depriving Palestinians from water. EPAL responded by sacking the intern within one hour. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada. 

Vast majority of Gaza children suffer PTSD symptoms
Electronic Intifada: 9 Nov 2009 - More than 40 years of Israeli military occupation have had a devastating impact on Palestinians in Gaza. Air strikes, artillery shelling, ground invasions, jet flybys and other acts of violence have all led to an epidemic of suffering among Gaza's most vulnerable inhabitants. The most recent studies indicate that the vast majority of Gaza's children exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Israel targeting the boycott movement
Electronic Intifada: 9 Nov 2009 - For nearly six weeks now Mohammed Othman, a prominent Palestinian activist and an outspoken advocate of the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, has been held in an Israeli military prison without charges. On 22 September 2009 Othman, 34, was detained at the Allenby Crossing as he attempted to enter the occupied West Bank from Jordan. He was returning from a trip to Norway, where he met with Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen, amongst other officials. Mya Guarnieri reports for The Electronic Intifada. 

In Gaza
peak hour
4 Nov 2009 - Children swarming the streets coming from school, men and women going to market, people employed as traffic police, police –many who worked for the former government and continued with the current government –people on bikes, in taxis, afoot… These were the scenese when Israel began dropping bombs all over Gaza on December 27 and kept it up for the next 22 days, indiscriminately targeting civilians at a peak hour, in their homes, schools, cars, mosques, kindergartens… Think of these children, and justice for Palestinians.  And ask, what more than supporting the Goldstone report (important, but certainly not marking Israel’s first violations of international human rights) can we do? … BDS :...

Palestine Chronicle
The White Man's Mess
9 Nov 2009 - By Aijaz Zaka Syed- Dubai My apologies for returning to Rudyard Kipling in every discussion about Afghanistan! But the man, who gave us such enduring classics as Jungle Book and an endless repertoire of tales, ballads, ditties and just about everything on the Raj, remains eminently relevant on this untamed frontier of civilization. Kipling may have been Poet to the Empire and its best apologist (or worst?). But having spent most of his life in Her Majesty’s Service in the Indian Sub-continent as a soldier and journalist, Kipling knew the redlines that were not to be crossed -- ever. And Afghanistan and most of today’s Pakistan constituted the forbidden territory the English poet and writer repeatedly warned his fellow Westerners against. Here’s one such advice: It is not wise for the Christian white To hustle the Asian brown; For the Christian riles And the Asian smiles And weareth the Christian down. At the end of the fight Lies a tombstone white With the name of the Late deceased; And the epitaph drear, A fool lies here, Who tried to hustle the East Kipling who famously justified the Western colonization and European imperialism in the now infamous poem, The White Man’s Burden, was nothing if not a pragmatist. He knew the limits of the imperialism project. Kipling recognized the fact that the white man’s so-called burden to “civilize the natives” could wreak unspeakable havoc if he barges into the forbidden territory where angels fear to tread. These days, Kipling’s immortal words...

Obama Must Deliver on His Promises
8 Nov 2009 - By George Hishmeh - Washington DC The first nine months of US President Barack Obama's tenure at the White House have been pregnant with thought-provoking ideas and commendable aspirations aimed at improving the tarnished US image and bringing the world closer together in every way possible — especially in the Middle East, where an unresolved Arab-Israeli conflict has been simmering for more than 60 years. But there is increasing fear in Europe and the Arab world that Obama may fail to deliver on his potential. "Trans-Atlantic relations are again clouded by doubts", the New York Times reported on the eve of a United States-European Union meeting in Washington this week. "Europe and the United States remain at least partly out of sync on Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran and climate change". Coincidentally, Obama will next week be addressing major Jewish organizations in Washington. Many hope he will use the opportunity to put an end to the hesitation within his administration over the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The signs so far are not encouraging. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has caused mayhem this week with her inelegant pronouncements in the Middle East, a development which makes one wonder whether she realizes that she is no longer the senator from New York, having to cater to her large Jewish constituency there, but a senior official of the Obama administration, which is committed to a ‘new beginning' with the Arab and Muslim worlds. Netanyahu's Proposal Arab anger was touched off by Clinton's untimely...

How Eurocentric Is Your Day?
8 Nov 2009 - By M. Shahid Alam At the outset of the classes I teach, I always address the question of bias in the social sciences. In one course – on the history of the global economy – this is the central theme. It critiques Eurocentric biases in several leading Western accounts of the rise of the global economy. This fall, I began my first lecture on Eurocentrism by asking my students, How Eurocentric is your day? I explained what I wanted to hear from them. Can they get through a typical day without running into ideas, institutions, values, technologies and products that originated outside the West – in China, India, the Islamicate or Africa? The question befuddled my students. I proceeded to pepper them with questions about the things they do during a typical day, from the time they wake up. Unbeknownst, my students discover that they wake up in ‘pajamas,’ trousers of Indian origin with an Urdu-Persian name. Out of bed, they shower with soap and shampoo, whose origins go back to the Middle East and India. Their tooth brush with bristles was invented in China in the fifteenth century. At some point after waking up, my students use toilet paper and tissue, also Chinese inventions of great antiquity. Do the lives of my students rise to Eurocentric purity once they step out of the toilet and enter into the more serious business of going about their lives? Not quite. I walk my student through her breakfast. Most likely, this consists...

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