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Israel demolishes home, okays 900 settlement units
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Subject arose following the death of Capt. Asaf Ramon in an IAF F-16 crash two months ago.
Netanyahu: Israel is world's 'most threatened country'
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - PM notes faster economic growth needed to finance increasing burden of state's defense needs.
IDF refusal will bring about Israel's collapse, warns Netanyahu
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Some 15 lawmakers sign on to proposal to curb army mandate; two soldiers jailed for pro-settler sign at base.
Netanyahu: Israel is Iran's first target, but not its last
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - During navy tour, PM warns of Iran threat and visits boat that raided 'Hezbollah arms ship.'
IDF troops hang sign at base: We won't evacuate settlers
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Move comes month after soldiers from same brigade waved pro-settler banners during graduation ceremony.
Lieberman: PA playing ugly 'double game' with Israel
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - FM accuses PA of pressuring Israel to crush Hamas, then submitting complaints to international court.
Turkey and Israel hold joint drill, in apparent ease of tensions
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Jordan also takes part in rescue exercise; Turkish daily
Netanyahu: If Palestinians act unilaterally, so will Israel
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - PM tells Saban Forum there is no substitute for talks, appeals to Palestinians to negotiate at once.
Report: Missing Iran general abducted by Mossad, being held in Israel
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Iranian website: Ali-Reza Asgari taken to Israel to get information about Iran nuclear program, Ron Arad.
Iran MP: We could produce our own missile defense system
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Lawmaker says Iran will soon be able to produce system if Russia does not deliver S-300 air defense missiles.
IDF Chief Rabbi: Troops who show mercy to enemy will be 'damned'
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Brig. Gen. Rontzki also tells yeshiva students that religious individuals made better combat troops.
IDF chief: Army open to looking into Goldstone claims
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Ashkenazi says Israel must explain the war's justice as it is possible we will be forced to act again in Gaza.
ANALYSIS / Next round of Gaza hostilities will be more intense
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - To halt rocket fire, IDF will have to combine massive firepower with deployment of ground forces.
Hamas: Israel fabricating pretext for new Gaza war
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Spokesman says IDF report of Hamas test-firing rocket is intended to cover up 'previous crimes' in Gaza.
IDF Chief: Israel will fight in Gaza again if needed
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Hamas tells Red Cross: Israel planning another war in Gaza'; Palestinian militant killed by IDF at border.
IDF troops kill Palestinian militant at Gaza border
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Gaza militants fire rocket into south Israel; Palestinian arrested over bid to stab cop near Temple Mount.
Olmert: Groups using Goldstone Gaza report to attack us are 'hypocritical'
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Former PM, who launched Gaza offensive condemned in UN report, says Israel must continue fighting terror.
Brazil to buy $350 million worth of drones from Israel
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - The deal was signed during President Peres' official visit to Brazil, but negotiations began months ago.
Israel shows papers linking Iran to seized 'Hezbollah arms ship'
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Iran urges Russia: Ignore Israeli pressure, deliver S-300 missiles are capable of shooting down warheads.
U.S. accuses Iran of arms shipments to Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - U.S. raises issue of arms shipments to Security Council; UN: Both sides violating UN Resolution 1701.
Arab Teens Need "Protecting from Israeli Justice" Judge Warns of
Israel's Two-tier Legal System
Gaza, November 17, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - A new report has found that thirty two children have died in the last two years in smuggling tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
Israel Threatens to Annex More Palestinian Land
Israel, November 17, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Israel has threatened to annex more land in the occupied West Bank, should Palestinians declare statehood without concluding a peace agreement.
Tunnel Trade wins Noor Award for best short doc!
Gaza, November 16, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - We have just learned that Tunnel Trade, the film I co-directed with my friend and colleague Saeed Farouky of Tourist with a Typewriter Ltd, in 2007, has won a Noor Award for Outstanding Short Documentary...
Israel Rejects Palestinian Call For Statehood
Israel, November 16, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Israel has rejected a move by the Palestinians to gain international recognition for an independent state, saying negotiations are the solution.
Palestinians Seek UN Help For State
West Bank, November 15, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The Palestinians plan to take their quest for independence to the U.N. Security Council, aiming to secure international support for a state, Palestinian officials said Sunday.
The National 17 Nov 2009 - Tehran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's move to control the capital's metro system is seen as a personal grudge against political opponents.
Syria has easy answers, but ducks the hard questions
The National 17 Nov 2009 - Emile Hokayem, Political Editor: A once-shunned Bashar al Assad has returned to the international fold after a series of foreign policy coups.
The legal legacy of a ‘hedonist’
The National 17 Nov 2009 - In an unprecedented case, the former prime minister Ehud Olmert faces trial for graft, while some of his ministers have been sentenced.
AlJazeera 17 Nov 2009 - US "dismayed" and Palestinians outraged over approval for 900 new homes in East Jerusalem.
Iran protesters sentenced to death
AlJazeera 17 Nov 2009 - More than 80 others get jail terms of up to 15 years for roles in post-election unrest.
Iran dismisses nuclear concerns
AlJazeera 17 Nov 2009 - UN agency report on enrichment site proves nuclear programme is peaceful, envoy says.
EU rejects Palestinian state plan
AlJazeera 17 Nov 2009 - Bloc says move to call for recognition of independent state at the UN is premature.
Alternative Information Center 16 Nov 2009 - Construction on the Jerusalem Light Railway (JLR) began in 2006 with the pretext of, “bringing immediate relief to traffic congestion” and “revitalizing the center of Jerusalem”. The project, slated for completion in 2010, is a public-private...
Israel Must End Gaza Blockade, Evictions, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Alleged Abuse of Palestinian Children
Alternative Information Center 16 Nov 2009 - Israel should end the blockade of Gaza, cease evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and ensure that the rights of children are respected and that all allegations of torture and ill-treatment are promptly investigated and perpetrators...
PNN 16 Nov 2009 - Gaza City - Hamas rejected Monday a Palestinian suggestion to seek UN Security Council support for unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Such a declaration would have no meaning and was merely an attempt by the rival Palestinian camp of President Mahmoud Abbas to pretend it had an alternative to faltering peace negotiations, other than armed...
Israel could annex more of West Bank: minister
PNN 16 Nov 2009 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday Israel could annex more of the West Bank if Palestinians declared statehood without concluding a peace agreement. If the Palestinians take such a unilateral line, Israel should also consider ... passing a law to annex some of the settlements, Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Israel...
Palestinians warned over UN move
PNN 16 Nov 2009 - Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has warned the Palestinian leadership against any attempts to unilaterally declare statehood for the Gaza Strip, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. West Bank-based Palestinian officials said on Sunday that they were preparing to ask the United Nations Security Council to declare their backing for the Palestinian quest for an independent state. In a radio address...
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 - Fmr. Supreme Court justice Tzvi Tal says he thought law in his name would make more haredim join IDF.
UN lists vulnerable Palestinian villages
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs maps 83 spots likely to be targeted by settlers.
Rabbis grapple with IDF insubordination
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 - Orthodox Zionist leaders discuss what troops should do when torn between loyalty to God and the army.
'No one will limit Gilo construction'
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 - Gov't sources: Israel won't accept restrictions in J'lem; US, UK, PA slam approval of 900 Gilo houses.
'Afghan debacle rules out US-Iran war'
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 - Obama adviser Bruce Riedel says Israel needs to understand the "huge drain on US resources."
Erekat denies PA plans to declare state unilaterally
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 - Top Palestinian negotiator tells 'Post': We want the UN Security Council to recognize pre-1967 lines as the borders of our future state.
Israel ranks 32 in global corruption index
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 -
IDF to up Arrow interceptor production
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 - In addition, air defense chief says Iron Dome system to be deployed along Gaza border in mid-2010.
Defense Ministry, IDF veterans end feud
Jeruslalem Post 17 Nov 2009 - Deal aims to end string of protests from disabled army veterans suffering cut-backs to benefits.
IRIN CAIRO Tuesday, November 17, 2009 (IRIN) - When government workmen came in a truck to take Ahmed Mohamed’s furniture to his new home just outside Cairo, the 32-year-old fisherman was overjoyed: His dream of quitting the slum where he had lived for years seemed to be coming true.
In Brief: Stunting not as bad as expected in Occupied Palestinian Territories
IRIN DUBAI Friday, November 13, 2009 (IRIN) - An estimated 200 million children aged under five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth due to maternal and childhood undernutrition, according to a new UNICEF report.
In Brief: Israel transfers calves to Gaza as a ‘humanitarian gesture’
IRIN TEL AVIV Sunday, November 15, 2009 (IRIN) - Israel’s Ministry of Defence has accepted agriculture minister Shalom Simchon’s request to transfer some 7,500 calves into Gaza for Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday on around 27 November this year and symbolised by the slaughtering of animals to distribute meat to the...
IPS WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (IPS) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published new evidence Monday that Iran had been building "contingency centres" in the event of a U.S. bombing attack as early as 2002, years before it began building the second enrichment facility at Qom.
MIDEAST: Palestinians Threaten Unilateral Independent State
IPS RAMALLAH, Nov 17 (IPS) - Following the political deadlock between the Israelis and Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has decided to take the matter directly to the U.N. Security Council.
Stop The Wall 17 Nov 2009 - This afternoon, exactly 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, popular committees struggling against the Apartheid Wall and the settlements destroyed part of the Wall near Qalandiya. Hundreds of people, with some 30 international supporters, used a truck to pull down part of the Wall in the area east of the Qalandiya refugee camp and beyond the UN Vocational College. They also destroyed iron gates and other pieces of concrete in the same area. [
Medic beaten, youth destroy fence in Ni'lin
Stop The Wall 17 Nov 2009 - More than 200 people participated in the protest that the Ni’lin popular committee organizes every week on Friday. In response to the recent tearing down of the Wall in both Qalandiya and Ni'lin, a large contingent of soldiers were waiting for the protestors, and immediately started fire huge amounts of tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets and also live ammunition. Despite this, a group of youth managed to cut up parts of the fence and partially damage the gate. [
PCHR During the reporting period, 6 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli forces in the West Bank
11/17/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Gulf News - Group urges GCC states to shun Alstom and Veolia involved in Occupied Jerusalem projects - Dubai: A pressure campaign targeted at Gulf states was launched in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday by a coalition of 170 Palestinian organisations urging Arab states to boycott companies complicit in Israel's expansion in the holy city. In a rare public pressure campaign, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Palestine, a grouping of Palestinian civil society organisations, has turned its focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is preparing to build a multi-billion dollar railway to link its six members. The BDS campaign has called on the GCC and its member states to shun French transport giants Alstom and Veolia, both of which are involved in the construction of the Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR). . . . Links: Palestinians to Arab states: You can stop Jerusalem light rail
Palestinians to Arab states: You can stop Jerusalem light rail
11/17/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Amira Hass, Ha'aretz - The chairman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office, Dr. Rafiq Husseini, on Monday urges all Arab countries to cancel their business ties with two French companies – Veolia and Alstom – involved in the construction of a Jerusalem-based light railway which passes through the West Bank. Husseini spoke in a press conference organized by the BNC – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee – made up of several non governmental organizations. So far, the Palestinian civil society organization are those which have initiated local and international activities calling for various types of boycotts (mainly on companies which are active in the occupied territories, and on Israeli academics and artists. -- Links: Plea to boycott firms with Israel link
al-Ma’sara demonstrates against the Apartheid Wall
11/17/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The al-Ma'sara Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, 13 November - In memory of the fifth year since the death of Yaser Arafat, who was poisoned by the Israeli army, villagers of Al-Ma'sara gathered today along with Israeli and international activists in protest against the illegal Apartheid Wall and settlement building. The protesters raised Palestinian flags and banners demanding that farmers be allowed to access their lands to pick olives. As every Friday for the past three years, they were intercepted by Israeli soldiers who had put up a fence of barb wire at the entrance to the village, effectively cutting off the villager's access to their lands. Demonstrators chanted against the discriminatory policies of the occupation and reminded that only this morning, farmers who were picking olives on their lands in the surrounding villagers were harassed by settlers while Israeli soldiers stood by.
IDF uses ‘two-two bullets’ in Ni’ilin clash
11/17/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The Jerusalem Post, 15 November 2009 - IDF troops used ammunition equivalent to live bullets against protesters at Ni'ilin on Friday, where a weekly protest by Palestinians and left-wing activists from Israel and abroad is held against the West Bank security barrier. The military ordinarily only uses protest-dispersal means such as tear gas and a recently introduced "skunk bomb" that is harmless but exudes a pungent stench. One Border Police officer was lightly wounded in Friday's clash when he was hit by a rock. He was given preliminary treatment at the scene and later taken to a hospital. A rioter at Friday's protest said the military fired ‘two-two bullets,' small metal pellets similar to those fired by BB guns but of a larger caliber (5. 6 mm. vs the BB gun pellets' 4. 5 mm. ). The man said ‘two-two bullets' have not been used against protesters since May.
ANALYSIS / Netanyahu senses Obama's weakness on Jerusalem
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - If there is anything that irks the White House more than news from the American consulate in Jerusalem about new West Bank settlements, it is a newspaper report on a new neighborhood in East Jerusalem. ...
Comment / Why Netanyahu really does want to advance peace
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - I could hear the prime minister's familiar voice on the telephone. "I want to advance a peace agreement with the Palestinians. I am capable of achieving an agreement. I have the political will inside me," Benjamin Netanyahu told me. He repeated this message during his speeches at the conference of Jewish communities in Washington and at the Saban Forum in Jerusalem: great concessions, generosity of spirit, territorial compromise, let's start negotiations and surprise the world, he said. ...
'Egyptians should read in Hebrew, to know what the enemy is plotting'
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - A gigantic storm has been brewing among Egyptian intellectuals ever since Egyptian poetess Iman Mersal permitted one of her books to be published in Hebrew ("An Alternative Geography," translated by Sasson Somekh, Hakibbutz Hameuhad publishing house). How, they demand, could any Egyptian writer cross the lines, defy the writers association's orders and destroy the bases from which the war against normalization with Israel is being waged? ...
Jerusalem holds off removing rightists from building in Arab area
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Last minute political pressure is preventing the implementation of a Supreme Court ruling to evacuate Beit Yehonatan, which was established in East Jerusalem by the right-wing group Ateret Cohanim. ...
Peres in Argentina: Ahmadinejad, Chavez will fall
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - President Shimon Peres predicted on Tuesday that the people of Venezuela and Iran will make their leaders disappear before too long. ...
The Guardian 17 Nov 2009 - Controversial settlement expansion criticised Obama's efforts to resume negotiations undermined The White House yesterday expressed exasperation with Israel over a plan to build 900 new houses on the West Bank at a time when Barack Obama...
Letters: Is apologising for the past enough?
The Guardian 17 Nov 2009 - Having decided a formal apology will be made by the prime minister to those who survived the appalling deprivations of forced child migration, according to Valerie Amos, the "next stage" is to decide its wording ( Brown...
Shallow polemic on pro-Israel lobby | David Cesarani
The Guardian 17 Nov 2009 - Peter Oborne's investigation into Britain's pro-Israel lobby shows one side of a complicated picture. It will do more harm than good In his Dispatches programme on the pro-Israel lobby, and the accompanying online pamphlet authored with...
Palestinians call for EU to back independence
The Guardian 16 Nov 2009 - Frustration at impasse on 'two-state project' Israel warns of retaliation over any unilateral move Palestinians have formally asked the European Union to urge the UN security council to recognise a fully independent state in the West...
Friends in high places | Peter Oborne
The Guardian 16 Nov 2009 - Britain's pro-Israel lobby needs to be far more open about how it is funded and what it does Every year a very grand lunch is given by the Conservative Friends of Israel at a central London...
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - In the monthly newsletter that the hesder yeshiva Birkat Yosef in the northern West Bank settlement of Elon Moreh sends to its students in the army, a soldier in the Kfir Brigade describes how he and his comrades stopped a Palestinian trying to get around the army roadblock in Qalqilyah. ...
Who are Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews?
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - The more Israeli society deteriorates and its skullcap-wearers divide and subdivide into groups and communities with differing lifestyles and differing relations with society and the state, the shallower the perspective from which secular people view them. ...
Intel to employ only non-Jews at Jerusalem plant on Shabbat
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Intel will not employ Jewish workers on Saturday shifts in its Jerusalem plant, the chip-maker has suggested in a new compromise proposal. The move comes after large crowds of ultra-Orthodox protesters attacked the plant on Saturday, in protest of it continuing operations on Shabbat. The plant, in the Har Hotzvim industrial area in Jerusalem, employs some 150 workers. ...
U.S. 'dismayed' at Israel plan to build 900 homes beyond Green Line
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Israel disregards specific U.S. objection, approves plan to expand Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood.
Police probing MK over fraudulent West Bank outpost deal
Ha'aretz 17 Nov 2009 - Police are investigating suspicions of document fraud involving the chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu), secretary general of the Amana settlement housing group, Ze'ev "Zambish" Hever, and prominent settlement leader Yoel Tzur. ...
Relief Web 17 Nov 2009 - Source: Government of Israel
OPT: Israel angers U.S. by approving new WBank homes
Relief Web 17 Nov 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet
OPT: Secretary-General deplores Israel's settlement expansion decision
Relief Web 17 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Secretary-General
Factbox - Factors to watch from Israel, Palestinians
Relief Web 17 Nov 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet
ACTED Newsletter No 59 - Nov 2009
Relief Web 17 Nov 2009 - Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
Council conclusions on ESDP, 2974th External Relations Council meeting
Relief Web 17 Nov 2009 - Source: European Union
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - Two foreigners accompany Palestinian family to village in South Mount Hebron as part of Christian Peace Group, claim they were assaulted by settlers near outpost
White House baffled by Clinton's gaffes
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - Sources close to US President Obama tell New Republic magazine secretary of state veered away from White House’s message on Middle East peace process in two different occasions
Israel insists there is no crisis with US
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - Sources close to Netanyahu imply White House's public criticism against planned construction in Jerusalem neighborhood is only a show, although state officials surprised by its intensity. Prime Minister's Office instructs ministers not to comment on issue
US: Time 'very short' for Iran on nuclear deal
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - State Department spokesman says 'frustration is mounting' over Islamic Republic's delay in issuing formal reply to nuclear proposal drafted by IAEA a month ago
Palestinians return home, harassed by settlers
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - Residents of Khirbet Bir al-'Idd in Hebron area forced to leave their homes 10 years ago following repeated attacks by settlers. Last week, families return with IDF approval but are harassed again
No budget for Gush Katif evacuees' kids
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - NIS 5 million lost in pipes between ministries. In meantime, youth counselors leaving, IDF prep programs closing, and Gush Katif kids are suffering. Likud MK Danny Danon blames his colleagues in cabinet
US 'dismayed' at Gilo expansion approval
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - White House press secretary responds to plan to build 900 new housing units in Jerusalem neighborhood, says 'neither party should engage in efforts or take actions that could unilaterally preempt, or appear to preempt, negotiations'
Palestinians, UK blast Israeli Jerusalem building plan
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - Despite US pressure, Jerusalem building authorized and Palestinians aren't happy about it, say move shows Israel's overtures for talks 'meaningless'
FM Lieberman tops 'corruption index'
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - Annual survey presented at Israel-Sderot Conference on Social Issues shows public perceives left-wing MKs as most uncorrupt elected representatives
Hamas prisoner: Progress made in Shalit talks
YNet News 17 Nov 2009 - Senior Hamas inmate says headway involves next stages of deal, names of prisoners to be swapped
Daily Star 17 Nov 2009 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday the impasse in the Middle East peace process left him no choice but to seek international recognition, even as Europe and Washington discouraged the move. "We feel we are in a very difficult situation," he said in Cairo after talks with Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. "What is the solution for us? To remain suspended like this, not in peace? That is why I took this step."
Tehran accuses Saudi Arabia of 'Wahhabi state terrorism' over Yemen strikes
Daily Star 17 Nov 2009 A senior Iranian military official Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of killing Shiite Muslims in Yemen and denounced it as the onset of "Wahhabi state terrorism." In another sign of increased regional tension over fighting in northern Yemen, Iran's Parliament shelved a bill on tax cooperation with Sanaa in protest at its treatment of Yemen's minority Shiites, Iranian state broadcaster IRIB said.
Obama warns of 'consequences' to Iran nuclear plan
Daily Star 17 Nov 2009 Iran vowed to continue enriching uranium despite a wrist slap by the UN nuclear watchdog, as US President Barack Obama warned of "consequences" Tuesday if Tehran refused to come clean on its atomic program. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) raised suspicions on Monday that Iran could be hiding more atomic facilities and complained.
Turks and Israelis hold first military drill since row
Daily Star 17 Nov 2009 Israel and Turkey have held a joint military drill in Ankara, an official said Tuesday, the first such cooperation since Turkey excluded Israel from an October exercise, sparking a diplomatic row. Israeli and Turkish Army units conducted a joint search-and-rescue exercise in Ankara staged between November 3 and 5, the military official who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP., Israel and Turkey have held a joint military drill in Ankara, an official said Tuesday, the first such cooperation since Turkey excluded Israel from an October exercise, sparking a diplomatic row. Israeli and Turkish Army units conducted a joint search-and-rescue exercise in Ankara staged between November 3 and 5, the military official who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
PLO will keep Abbas as Palestinian president
Daily Star 17 Nov 2009 Mahmoud Abbas' term as Palestinian president will be extended by the supreme body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) when it meets in December, senior PLO officials said on Tuesday. Abbas, the Western-backed leader committed to negotiating peace with Israel, will stay in office, they said. Though Abbas has said he does not want to run again for the presidency.
Israel approves plans for 900 new homes for Jews in West bank
Daily Star 17 Nov 2009 Defying the United States, Israel approved on Tuesday the building of 900 homes for Jews on West Bank land it occupied in a 1967 Middle East war. The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth said that President Barack Obama's envoy, George Mitchell, had asked an aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a meeting in London on Monday, to block the proposed construction at the settlement of Gilo.
IAEA deepens Syria nuclear probe over uranium traces
Daily Star 17 Nov 2009 Syria's initial explanation of uranium traces UN inspectors found at a Damascus atom research reactor is unconvincing and they will take more samples in a deepening probe, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. In a report obtained by Reuters on Monday, the IAEA said Syria was also still blocking follow-up access to a desert site of what US intelligence reports said was a nascent.
Civilian death toll trebles in Afghan attack
Daily Star 17 Nov 2009 Afghan officials said on Tuesday 14 civilians had been killed by rockets fired by the Taliban into a crowded market a day earlier, almost trebling the original toll given for the attack in the country's northeast. "In total 14 people were martyred and 38 of our countrymen were wounded," Afghan Army General Paikan Zamaray told reporters after visiting some of the wounded at a medical facility in a NATO military base at Kabul airport.
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - The Israeli government strongly rejected a US request to halt construction in Gilo settlement built on usurped Palestinian lands in the south of occupied Jerusalem.
OCHA warns of displacing hundreds of Palestinians in O. Jerusalem
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs warned that hundreds of Palestinians in Jerusalem are threatened with displacement because of Israeli intentions to demolish their homes.
Hamas initiates social visits to all Gaza homes
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - The Movement of Hamas started Tuesday to visit all homes in the Gaza Strip to give sweets to citizens as a sign of love and in appreciation of their steadfastness in face of the Israeli blockade.
IOF troops conduct an incursion into Johr al-Deek to south east of Gaza
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - Six IOF bulldozers and four tanks rolled Tuesday morning across the demarcation line into Johr al-Deek village to the south east of Gaza City and bulldozed tracts of Palestinian land.
Bahar: The present PLC will carry on with its duties until elections are held
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - Dr. Ahmad Bahar said on Tuesday that the PLC takes its legitimacy from the amended Palestinian Basic Law, and stressed that the present PLC will continue until a new PLC is elected..
Haneyya: Gaza welcomes private investment
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - Ismail Haneyya told a delegation of Egyptian businessmen on Monday that he welcomed all companies that want to work legally and responsibly to rebuild the Gaza Strip.
Abbas’s militias put MP Abdeljawad under 24-hour surveillance
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - Hamas lawmaker Nasser Abdeljawad, who was released two months ago from Israeli jails, reported that Abbas’s militias in Salfit still harass him everyday and put him under surveillance for 24 hours.
Human rights center condemns Israel’s “illegal combatant” law
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - The Mizan center for human rights has strongly condemned Monday the Israeli “illegal combatant” law that allows the IOA to arrest and detain any Palestinian citizen indefinitely..
Swedish writer to organize sea trip from Scandinavia to Gaza
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - Swedish writer Matthias Kardel intends to hold talks in Sofia park in the province of Smaland aimed at organizing a sea trip from Scandinavia to the Gaza.
Hamas: Declaring the Palestinian state entails the renunciation of Oslo accords
PIC 17 Nov 2009 - Hamas stated that the idea of declaring the Palestinian state unilaterally needs the termination of Oslo accords and its results and the rebuilding of the Palestinian liberation organization (PLO).
LA Times 17 Nov 2009 - The IAEA says satellite photos show construction on the facility near Qom began five years earlier than Tehran contends it did. The latest United Nations report on Iran's nuclear program questions Tehran's credibility regarding a recently disclosed facility built into a mountain near the holy city of Qom.
U.S., Russia agree on dissatisfaction with Iran
LA Times 16 Nov 2009 - Obama meets with Medvedev at the APEC summit in Singapore, with both saying Iran has limited time to accept a proposal to outsource enrichment. Obama then moves on to Shanghai. Presenting a united front on Iran's nuclear energy program, President Obama and Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev warned Sunday that they were losing patience with Tehran and wouldn't wait much longer for it to accept a proposal to resolve the dispute.
New York Times 18 Nov 2009 - Israel said it had advanced plans to expand a district of Jerusalem that Palestinians also claim, a move likely to complicate the White House’s efforts at peace talks.
A Mideast Truce
New York Times 17 Nov 2009 - Peace between Israelis and Palestinians is unattainable. The wounds of the past decade are too deep.
Unusual Partners Study Divisive Jerusalem Site
New York Times 15 Nov 2009 - Israeli and Palestinian experts, seeking to promote understanding, collaborated on a new book about the holy site known as the Temple Mount and as Haram al-Sharif .
11/17/2009 - Antiwar.com - Mel Frykberg - EZBT ABBED RABBO – Tens of thousands of Gazans living in tents and damaged homes face a wet, cold, and miserable winter as Israel’s blockade of the coastal territory continues to prevent the importation of building and reconstruction material. During the last few weeks, Gazans were given a brief reprieve from the oncoming winter as an unseasonable snap of warmish, sunny weather held off winter rain and plummeting temperatures. But during a tour of northern Gaza last week, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard, and the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) called on Israel to open its border crossings immediately to avert a further deterioration in the humanitarian situation on the ground. " With winter rains and cold weather now imminent, the people of Gaza are even more desperately in need of construction
US Slams Palestinian Statehood Initiative
11/16/2009 - Antiwar.com - Israel Threatens Annexations to Punish Palestinians - Less than six months after President Barack Obama came out formally in favor of an independent Palestinian state, the US State Department is condemning the Palestinian push for statehood. Following yesterday’s reports that top Palestinian leaders, frustrated by Israel’s repeatedly declarations that the peace process was dead, intend to approach the UN about a unilateral declaration of independence, the State Department says the US is opposed to any Palestinian state that doesn’t arise from negotiations with Israel. Israel has also angrily condemned the idea of a unilateral Palestinian state, and Minister Gilad Erdan says Israel may annex additional portions of the occupied territories to punish the Palestinians for this move. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed hope that the US would veto Palestinian statehood in the UN Security Council.
No Unilateral Declaration of Palestinian State, Says Erekat
11/17/2009 - Antiwar.com - IPS - JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority has embarked on a new strategic drive to get renewed international recognition for the borders of the future Palestinian state. Last Thursday it gained backing for this approach from the Arab League. Going into a meeting with European representatives in Ramallah on the West Bank to explain the Palestinian strategy, and hours before embarking with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on a three-nation tour of Latin America, the chief Palestinian peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, spoke exclusively Monday morning to IPS’ Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler. IPS: There has been much talk in recent days of a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state. What’s the purpose of that move and what lies behind it? Saeb Erekat: Actually, we’re not planning to declare our state unilaterally, as has been mistakenly reported.
US ’dismay’ at Israel over Gilo plan
11/18/2009 - The Guardian - Controversial settlement expansion criticised • Obama's efforts to resume negotiations undermined - Barack Obama, centre, with Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas. Robert Gibbs expressed concern the Gilo development will undermine Middle East peace negotiations. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesThe White House yesterday expressed exasperation with Israel over a plan to build 900 new houses on the West Bank at a time when Barack Obama is trying to broker a Middle East peace agreement. Although Obama is mainly focused on a tour of south-east Asia, the White House took time out to express disappointment over approval of the new houses at Gilo, a controversial settlement on the outskirts of east Jerusalem. It is politically risky for Israel to snub Obama so publicly. The White House has been pressing Israel for at least a week not to take this course of action.
US Politician Wants American Jews to Buy West Bank Homes
11/17/2009 - Political Theatrics - An influential Jewish community leader and Democratic State Assemblyman from New York is currently heading a mission of about 50 Americans through the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem to promote home purchases in the area and to protest U. S. President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy. “Our goal is to send a clear message to Washington and President Obama that Jews will continue to live in Judea and Samaria and the ultimate commitment American Jews can make is to actually come and buy property in these areas as this will ensure these communities” security and growth,” said Dov Hikind, 59, who has been representing Brooklyn’s 48th district since 1983. “People buy properties in different places, and I can’t think of any reason why people dedicated to the land of Israel shouldn’t own something here, whether they will use it or use it as an opportunity for young families to live in that
'Israeli Ministries Funding the Rabbi who Endorses Killing Babies'
11/17/2009 - Political Theatrics - Israeli daily Haaretz published a report on Tuesday in which it said that there are Israeli ministries funding Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the rabbi who endorsed killing gentile babies. The Haaretz repost says: “Right-wing spokesmen, including some elected officials, rushed to place Yaakov “Jack” Teitel in the fringe group alongside Yigal Amir, Eden Natan Zada, Eliran Golan, Asher Weisgan, Danny Tikman and a few other “political/ideological” murderers. True, they acknowledge, there are among us several lunatic rabbis who agitate to violence. Really, just a handful; even a toddler could count them. The more stringent will note that unlike the Hamas government, our government does not pay the salaries of rabbis who advocate the killing of babies. ” “Is that so? Not really,” Haaretz continues. -- Links: Who is funding the rabbi who endorses killing gentile babies?
Ehud Barak: Arrow Gives Israel Leverage in Talks
11/17/2009 - Political Theatrics - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that Israel’s Arrow missile defense system, once completed, would “change the picture and be a necessary condition for a peace accord that is stable, due to deterrence”. Speaking at the international Euro-Space conference near Ben Gurion International Airport, Barak stressed Israel’s need for defense systems in any negotiations for peace with its neighbors. “Any threat that could disrupt normal life must be neutralized,” he said. “This effort is an addition to a multi-layered concept: Iron Dome as an answer to short-range (artillery), Magic Wand for the middle layer, the Arrow as it is today and Arrow 3. ”Barak then questioned whether these defenses were sufficient. “This must rely on strong intelligence and control systems, coordinated planning and operations, and intelligent ties, especially with the Americans, some of which were tested during a very extensive drill.
New Yorkers For Military Aid Cuts To Israel
11/17/2009 - Desert Peace - Commentary by Chippy Dee - The Brooklyn Law School Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Brooklyn for Peace, and Students for Public Interest sponsored a program at the Brooklyn Law School entitled, U. S. Military Aid to Israel…is it legal? Moral? Political? In 2007 the U. S. agreed to increase military aid to Israel to $30 billion over the next 10 years. Is this a worthwhile use of taxpayer dollars? The speaker was Josh Ruebner, the National Advocacy Director of the U. S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 300 organizations working to change U. S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. He is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy research and analysis.
20-Year-Old Letterhead points to Israeli Forgery in Francop Affair
11/17/2009 - JuanCole.com - Iran's PressTV says it has caught Israel forging documents in an attempt to implicate Iran in arms smuggling. The Israelis have been maintaining that a ship, the Francop, that their forces boarded near Cyprus originated in Iran and was bringing arms to Hizbullah and Hamas. Many US news outlets published the accompanying picture, which seemed to indicate that the arms were being supplied by the Ministry of the Sipah [i. e. of soldier]. The name of that ministry was changed 20 years ago, however, to the Ministry of Defense. One Iranian journalist opined, "So this begs the question of what the emblem of a nonexistent body was doing on the cargo? " Syria had all along accused the Israeli operation of being a forgery. It is tempting to speculate as to how the Israelis got the letterhead of the Iranian Ministry of the Soldier. -- Links: Israel gaffe reveals 'Iran ship photos' were forged
Israel gaffe reveals ’Iran ship photos’ were forged
11/16/2009 - Press TV - Iran says labels reading 'Ministry of Sepah', a body that no longer exists, are enough to prove that the photos released by Israel are forged. - After Israel released photos it said proved that a huge shipment of weapons for Hezbollah came from Tehran, Iranian news agencies publish evidence showing that the photos are forged. Israeli naval sources recently claimed that they found a large cache of Iranian-made arms when they stormed a vessel near Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea. They claimed that the ship was heading for the Hezbollah resistance movement, either in Lebanon or Syria. Iran instantly dismissed the claims, issuing a statement with which it condemned Israel's many acts of piracy in international waters. But the Israeli government persisted in its accusations, releasing what it claimed to be photos and documents in an effort to implicate the Iranian government in the matter. -- Links: Egypt's Mubarak says Israel faked smuggling evidence
Jordan’s king rejects pro-Israeli’s anti-Iran plans
11/17/2009 - Press TV - Jordan's King Abdullah II has expressed his country's “rejection” of any anti-Iran measure, speaking to a visiting group of a major pro-Israeli lobby group in the US. The rare pro-Iran expression by the King of Jordan, which has formal diplomatic relations with Israel, unlike Iran which considers the entity as illegitimate, came during a meeting Monday with a delegation representing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israeli pressure group in the US that widely influences American foreign policy in the Middle East. In the meeting, King Abdullah called for "dialogue" as the only channel for resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear case. His comment came after Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon rejected speculations that the warnings of any military attack on Iran are just a bluff, insisting that they are very real.
Israel faked Francop arms claims -- Iran
11/16/2009 - UPI - TEHRAN, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Israeli photos depicting shipping documents pointing to an alleged Iranian arms delivery to Hezbollah are forgeries, Iranian media claims. The Israeli army in early November said it unloaded 36 containers of weapons at the Israeli port of Ashdod from the Antigua-flagged vessel Francop. Thirty tons of weapons, rockets, missiles, hand grenades and ammunition were hidden behind thousands of plastic polyethylene bags, the army said. Israel claimed the Iranian- and Russian-made arms were due to be unloaded in the Syrian port of Latakia and from there transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Los Angeles Times and other media outlets published a series of photos that allegedly back the Israeli claims. Iran, however, says one of the photos -- an apparent shipping manifest from the Ministry of Sepah -- is from a defunct agency, suggesting Israel made up the story. . . .
VIDEO - Living in fear of evictions
11/4/2009 - AlJazeera - The United Nations, the United States and the European Union have all called on Israel to stop the illegal eviction of Palestinians and the demolition of their homes. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, urged Israel to end its "provocative actions" in East Jerusalem, while calling for it to freeze all settlement activity in the occupied West Bank. Despite that, the sight of Palestinians in East Jerusalem being forced out of their homes has become an all too familiar scene. Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from occupied East Jerusalem.
Soldiers’ mutiny raises concern in Israel
11/17/2009 - Reuters - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced concern on Tuesday over a mutiny by pro-settler soldiers that raised fears of more rebellion in the ranks in any future land-for-peace moves with the Palestinians. " Our security and existence depend on the Israel Defense Forces," Netanyahu told reporters. "If you promote disobedience, you will bring about the downfall of the state. There is no place for disobedience. " In an incident on Monday played down by the military as an aberration and described by some political commentators as a crossing of a red line, a handful of soldiers protested against the partial dismantling of a settler-outpost in the West Bank. Their action prompted 15 right-wing legislators in the 120-member parliament to propose a bill that would bar the military from forcing troops to remove Jews from settlements in the occupied territory.
Israeli soldiers protest razing of settler homes
11/16/2009 - Reuters - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A group of Israeli soldiers disobeyed orders Monday to help in the dismantling of several structures that Jewish settlers had built without government authorization in the occupied West Bank. A military spokeswoman said two of the soldiers were sent to prison for 30 days and permanently dismissed from command or combat positions. Several others were still being investigated, the spokeswoman said. The mutiny followed a similar incident last month that raised concern in Israel about rebellion in the ranks of soldiers opposed on religious or political grounds to any settler evacuation in a future peace deal with the Palestinians. " It should be emphasized that the soldiers' actions were fundamentally wrong and contradictory to the (military's) core values," an army statement said about Monday's events.
Israel angers U.S. by approving new WBank homes
11/17/2009 - Reuters - JERUSALEM, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Israel triggered a fresh rift with Washington over settlement building on Tuesday by approving the building of 900 homes for Jews on West Bank land it occupied in a 1967 war and annexed to its Jerusalem municipality. The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth said U. S. President Barack Obama's envoy, George Mitchell, had asked an aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a meeting in London on Monday, to block the proposed construction at the settlement of Gilo. But a government planning commission approved the addition of 900 housing units at Gilo, where 40,000 Israelis already live. The Israeli decision drew an unusually sharply worded rebuke from the White House, which said it was "dismayed" and accused Israel of undermining Obama's efforts to resume peace talks with Palestinians stalled since December.
Israel could annex more of West Bank - minister
11/16/2009 - Reuters - JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Israel warned the Palestinians on Monday that declaring a state without concluding a peace agreement would lead to Israeli counter-measures that could include annexation of more of the occupied West Bank. " If the Palestinians take such a unilateral line, Israel should also consider. . . passing a law to annex some of the settlements," Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Israel Radio. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, speaking to reporters, declined to specify what action Israel might take. But he said: "It is clear any such step by the Palestinians would not pass without an Israeli response. " Without setting a timeframe, Palestinian officials said on Sunday the Palestinians planned to go to the U. N. Security Council in an effort to secure international support for an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Palestinians to Arab states: You can stop Jerusalem light rail
11/17/2009 - Ha'aretz - Amira Hass - The chairman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office, Dr. Rafiq Husseini, on Monday urges all Arab countries to cancel their business ties with two French companies - Veolia and Alstom - involved in the construction of a Jerusalem-based light railway which passes through the West Bank. Husseini spoke in a press conference organized by the BNC - The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee - made up of several non governmental organizations. So far, the Palestinian civil society organization are those which have initiated local and international activities calling for various types of boycotts (mainly on companies which are active in the occupied territories, and on Israeli academics and artists. )It seems that the international attention their activities have garnered has encouraged the Palestinian Authority to join in the boycotts. . . . Links: Plea to boycott firms with Israel link
Lieberman: PA playing ugly ’double game’ with Israel
11/16/2009 - Ha'aretz - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday accused the Palestinian Authority of playing an "ugly and double game," by seeking Israel's support in crushing Hamas while submitting simultaneous complaints to the international community. " During Operation Cast Lead, the Palestinian Authority pressured us to crush Hamas," Lieberman told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. "Then, a month later, they submitted a complaint against us to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. " Even before the Goldstone Commission published its damning report about Israel's offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, said Lieberman, "there were a thousand complaints against Israel at the ICC, a large number of them encouraged by the PA. " Fatah, which runs the PA, was ousted by Hamas from Gaza in a bloody 2007 coup. Since then, the rival movements have been deeply divided and repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed.
Hamas criticizes PA attempt to seek UN recognition of statehood
11/16/2009 - Monsters and Critics - Gaza City - Hamas rejected Monday a Palestinian suggestion to seek UN Security Council support for unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Such a declaration would have no meaning and was merely an attempt by the rival Palestinian camp of President Mahmoud Abbas to pretend it had an alternative to faltering peace negotiations, other than armed struggle, said the radical Islamist movement controlling Gaza. 'This move is not a meaningful declaration. It simply aims at escaping the benefits of resistance against the (Israeli) occupation,' Salah al-Bardaweel, a senior Hamas leader based in Gaza, said in a statement sent to journalists. 'Instead of threatening to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state to be established in the air, we should work on liberating the occupied territories and end the current internal (Palestinian) division,' said al-Bardaweel.
Jordan’s king urges US Jewish leaders to back two-state solution
11/16/2009 - Monsters and Critics - Amman - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Monday appealed to the Jewish community in the United States to support the two-state vision, saying Israel should choose between peace and continuing to live with the 'fortress mentality. 'The monarch made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation representing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), currently on a visit to Jordan, according to a royal court statement. 'The king underscored the importance of support by all parties, including the US Jewish organizations, for current efforts aimed at accomplishing the two-state solution which represents the cornerstone for peace and guarantees the rights of all parties in the region,' the statement said. 'Israel should choose between peace that ensures its security and recognition in accordance with the Arab peace initiative and sticking to the fortress mentality in a region that faces
’Peres won the Nobel Prize for murder’
11/16/2009 - Jerusalem Post - Peres: 'Ahmadinejad carries the mark of Cain' - BUENOS AIRES - Despite the warm welcome given to President Shimon Peres by Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner, hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Monday night opposite the parliament building in Buenos Aires in protest of his visit, shouting that he was a laureate of the "Nobel Prize for murder. "Peres, however, did not seem affected by the demonstration, choosing instead to focus on Mideast issues such as the nuclear crisis. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad carries the mark of Cain, he said at a luncheon hosted in his honor by Kirchner on Monday. Citing two acts of terrorism perpetrated by Iran on Argentinean soil - the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in 1992 and the attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in 1994 - Peres wondered who could allow a regime that murders innocent people to develop nuclear weapons.
From Idealism to Brutality, From Liberation to Oppression
Hanna Braun, peacepalestine 2/13/2005
How did we get from there to here?
This is an account of a personal Journey to try and help to explain how so many of us fell for the Zionist myth and how difficult it was -and still is- to see the truth beyond it.
When I arrived in Palestine with my parents in 1937, the Jewish Community in Palestine was minute. The country was also in the midst of a bitter and violent revolt against the British Authorities and the new settlers. As soon as we arrived, my father’s relations who had come to Haifa’s port to welcome us, warned us of the dangerous, treacherous and backward Arabs, who were highly visible as dockworkers. These aunts and uncles also cautioned us never to employ Arabs nor to buy anything from them. This widespread slogan however, termed "Hebrew work for Hebrew workers", was frequently observed in the breach of it. My mother’s immediate reaction was "is this how you want to live with them in peace?" This remark earned her the pity, bordering on contempt, of most people for not being a true Zionist at all.
At the time this was certainly true: my family on mother’s side were so deeply integrated into German society that they regarded Zionists as something for poor East European Jews who couldn’t make ends meet. Eventually she was persuaded to Zionism; albeit to a more humane and benign version that was very short lived.
As to me, I started school immediately, learned Hebrew from scratch and was keen to fit in. The nationalistic songs we learned as well as the collection boxes for the Fund for Israel and the Settlement Redemption Fund, didn’t impinge much on my consciousness. My Zionist convictions grew almost imperceptively, mainly after I started secondary school in Haifa at the age of 13. Together with socialism, which many of us embraced to a greater or lesser degree, the vision of an idealised future of shared rather than owned property and of building our new land with our hands, if at all possible as pioneer founders of a new kibbutz (an agricultural commune), was beguiling. more.. e-mail
Recognize Palestinian statehood now
Ghassan Khatib, Ma’an News Agency 11/17/2009
The failure of the Obama administration to launch a serious negotiating process between the PLO and Israel has led to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, announcing that he will not seek re-election. He cited Washington’s inability to ensure an Israeli settlement construction freeze as well as American bias toward Israel as the main reasons.
This has created a serious crisis not only for the peace process, but for US Middle East policy in general. It is a crisis that will be magnified because of the interrelation between the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and other Middle East conflicts, in addition to the fact that no vacuum is possible in this region: when there is no move toward peace, it only provides room for war and violence.
At the same time, the crisis should give pause for reflection, especially for the US administration. Theoretically, we can go in one of two possible directions from here. The crisis can either lead us back to violent confrontations and the unmasked reality of military occupation, or it can move us forward toward ending the occupation, Palestinian statehood and a two-state solution.
A two-state solution still appears to be the preferred goal of the international community. However, the international community is laboring under a problematic concept: that the only way to get there is through agreement between the two parties. This needs to be reconsidered. The concept presupposes Israeli consent. However, Israel has proven reluctant to embrace a two-state solution, certainly a reasonably just one, and has instead used the imbalance of power to prevent any agreement from emerging. For as long as Israel can do this, it has no incentive to end the occupation. more.. e-mail
Who is funding the rabbi who endorses killing gentile babies?
Akiva Eldar, Ha’aretz 11/17/2009
Right-wing spokesmen, including some elected officials, rushed to place Yaakov "Jack" Teitel in the fringe group alongside Yigal Amir, Eden Natan Zada, Eliran Golan, Asher Weisgan, Danny Tikman and a few other "political/ideological" murderers.
True, they acknowledge, there are among us several lunatic rabbis who agitate to violence. Really, just a handful; even a toddler could count them.
The more stringent will note that unlike the Hamas government, our government does not pay the salaries of rabbis who advocate the killing of babies.
Is that so? Not really.
For example, government ministries regularly transfer support and funding to a yeshiva whose rabbi determined that it is permissible to kill gentile babies "because their presence assists murder, and there is reason to harm children if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us ... it is permissible to harm the children of a leader in order to stop him from acting evilly ... we have seen in the Halakha that even babies of gentiles who do not violate the seven Noahide laws, there is cause to kill them because of the future threat that will be caused if they are raised to be wicked people like their parents."
Lior Yavne, who oversees research at the Yesh Din human rights organization, checked and found that in 2006-2007, the Ministry of Education department of Torah institutions transferred over a million shekels to the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in Yitzhar. more.. e-mail
Israeli judge rules Arabs need "protection" from justice system
Electronic Intifada: 17 Nov 2009 - An Israeli judge made an historic ruling last week when he decided that an Arab teenager needed "protection" from the justice system and ordered that he not be convicted despite being found guilty of throwing stones at a police car during a protest against Israel's attack last winter on Gaza. Jonathan Cook reports.
Gaza braces for bitter winter
Electronic Intifada: 17 Nov 2009 - EZBT ABBED RABBO, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza living in tents and damaged homes face a wet, cold and miserable winter as Israel's blockade of the coastal territory continues to prevent the importation of building and reconstruction material. During the last few weeks Gazans were given a brief reprieve from the oncoming winter as an unseasonal snap of warmish, sunny weather held off winter rain and plummeting temperatures.
Baseball team urged to cut ties with settler organization
Electronic Intifada: 17 Nov 2009 - WASHINGTON (IPS) - A coalition of 11 US, Israeli and Palestinian groups are calling on the New York Mets baseball team to cancel a fundraiser by the "violent and racist" Israeli Hebron Fund which is scheduled to be held at the Mets' stadium, Citi Field, on 21 November. The Hebron Fund participates in "the raising of capital for the improvement of daily life for the residents of Hebron, Israel," but the Fund has been accused of encouraging violence towards Palestinians and participating in illegal settlement expansion.
Resisting through education
Electronic Intifada: 16 Nov 2009 - Ahmad's first day of school was in 1991 during the first Palestinian intifada. Then six years old and living in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, Ahmad was a good student who enjoyed school. He worked hard and was always the first in his year. However, he was to have a different attitude towards education as frequent Israeli violence made completing his studies a struggle. Marryam Haleem writes from Beit Hanoun.