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Remember something as you watch all this folks–The JDL has been linked by the US Justice Department to numerous bombings, arsons, murders and is listed as one the 10 most dangerous terrorist groups operating in the United States. Remember also that if these were Muslims doing this–talking about arming themselves in preparation for the coming “final showdown” it would be all over the news.



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  1. 1 B.A.Frémaux-Soormally

    September 21, 2010 at 4:14 am

    The Jews are the only group allowed to set up militia groups to terrorise, beat up, intimidate, and even kill their adversaries on European land. They are protected by the Police, the media, the government, and the media. One such armed group is BETAR FRANCE. Of Latvian origin, as far as I can remember, they used to murder Palestinians under the British Mandate in Palestine, and operated with the other terrorist gangs.

    BETAR has a student wing called TAGAR. They have several groups operating freely in Britain.

    “Betar believes in a 23 state solution with Israel from Sinai to the Golan, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean for the Hebrew people as one state and with the 22 states- members of the Arab league- as the natural homeland for the Arab populations. Betar opposes the creation of any Arab state in the Land of Israel and all those who cherish peace in the Middle East should be opposed to such failed policies. ”

    They are never convicted for their crimes. They constitute the only Terrorist groups on the land and are infact with Chabad Lubavitch what Britain calls the “Al-Qaida Sleeping Cells”. Chabad was the one that carried out the Mumbai Bombing with MOSSAD help that has set up more than one thousand terrorist cells throughout India. They are training the Indian Army and have set up the Indian Nazi Army of Hindu fanatics that we can find on Youtube.

    If America does not wake up, we are in big trouble, because they are canvassing and intimidating the Western governments for supporting a US-Israeli nuclear attack on Iran.


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September 21, 2010 

by Gordon Duff 



  By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

“….the depth of Pollard’s info that he passed on to Russia (amongst others) was as damaging as the Rosenberg’s was during that era.  Devastatingly state of the art. Virtually everything that we knew/know about nukes….”  (US Navy nuclear weapons expert exclusive to Veterans Today)

Israel is demanding the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard.  Pollard, sentenced to life in prison for spying against the United States is a hero in Israel.  Jonathan Pollard, an American of Jewish ancestry and Zionist extremist views who publicly acclaims that he tried to destroy America to help maintain the “racial purity of Israel.”  Pollard may have been spying for Israel but all the information he stole, a truckload of America’s most vital secrets, all went to the Soviet Union.

Why did Israel send this information to Russia, the names of all American intelligence assets behind the Iron Curtain, the exact locations of all NATO nuclear weapons facilities, missile silos and detail on how to defeat America’s defenses from nuclear attack?  America doesn’t openly admit it, but this is exactly what was done, and done with one purpose, a surgical strike on America, starting and ending World War III in hours.

This is the current deal Israel is offering this time; If America releases Pollard, Israel agrees to suspend its 62 year ethnic cleansing program against Palestinian Muslims and Christians, for a short time at least.

The  American public has never been told the truth about Pollard.  Current figures of deaths directly attributed to Pollard’s spying are at between 110 and 120 American CIA agents and up to 1600 top American intelligence assets that were foreign nationals.  Minimally, Pollard should have faced 110 murder counts for American victims alone.  He should have been tried and executed many years ago except for intercession by the government of Israel.  Since Pollards sentencing in 1987, they have continually demanded his release.

Pollard wasn’t a spy, he was a terrorist.

Pollard had only one purpose, not to spy for Israel but to enable the Soviet Union to launch a successful nuclear “first strike” on America.  Pollard didn’t act alone but had a series of handlers in Tel Aviv and Moscow,


For some reason, the State of Israel has never been called to account for its full complicity in Pollards crimes.  Dozens of Israeli military and intelligence officials were fully complicit in along with Pollard and should have been extradited to the United States and tried for their crimes.  Additionally, why isn’t it a crime for an Israeli to spy on the United States on behalf of the Soviet Union?  If Israel and the United States are allies, then spying on the United States for Russia should have been a crime in Israel also.

Instead, Pollard and his accomplices in Israel are treated as national heroes and the American government has remained silent.  Moreover, the American press, even when reporting Israel’s current demand for Pollard’s release, fails to outline the most basic facts of the case and, in particular, the most glaring inconsistencies.


Though the facts behind the Pollard disaster have never been made public, members of America’s military, intelligence and national security organizations knew, they had to, it was their job to try to defend a country left vulnerable to attack.  Stories of DEFCON alerts tied to Pollard, are spoken of quietly, hushed voices, among retirees, pilots from the Strategic Air Command, NORAD personnel and other top military commands, both American and NATO partners.

Pollard dangled victory in front of a Soviet regime that was the most radical and thoughtless in their history, at a time when the signs of the collapse were becoming clear.


This is the rationale Israel gives for asking for Pollard’s release:

The Reagan Administration was withholding critical intelligence on potential terrorist attacks on Israel.  (Editor’s note:  Coincidentally, after Israel’s withholding information that would have prevented the attack on the Beirut Marine Barracks in 1983, killing 241 Americans including 220 Marines.)

President Reagan’s betrayal of Israel and the support for terrorists shown by people on his National Security Council, including advisers who were supplying Iran with advanced weapons including the Hawk anti-aircraft system and 1500 advanced TOW anti-tank missiles.  (Iran Contra)

Key Reagan officials were actively building Iraq as an American surrogate power in the Middle East, offsetting Israel’s role as sole nuclear power in the region.

(Unstated but clearly implied)  The Soviet Union had, by 1982 become a more reliable partner for Israel and was likely to come out the winner in the Cold War. (Editor’s note:  Worst guess of all time)


Wolf Blitzer, then of the Jerusalem Post, interviewed Pollard in his jail cell and wrote an article calling Pollard “Israel’s Master Spy.”  Blitzer tried to paint Pollard as victim of an American witch hunt, the victim of an anti-Semitic FBI.  The Washington Post published the Blitzer account and American media pulled in behind this false cover story painting Pollard as a victim.

Blitzer used his support of Pollard to vault himself to the top of Americas most respected media, the voice of CNN.

What is not reported is that Blitzer was only able to “spin” Pollard as aiding Israel because the damage done to the United States was so severe that it was and is classified.  Polland and Blitzer talked about stealing intel on the PLO and Libya, information long shared with Israel but nothing about NATO order of battle or war plans against a Soviet ground offensive against Western Europe, the real heart of Pollards efforts.

The deal cut Pollard, leaving him alive, is the equivalent of giving a drunk driver who plows through a sidewalk filled with kindergartners a ticket for a broken tail light.


The Pollard story should be a hot one.  We have CIA agents rounded up, tortured for months, their networks turned, hundreds head for the gulag, more get a bullet in the back of the head.  America is left blind and defenseless during the most brutal period of the Cold War, a period when the Soviets had a real superiority in missiles and the ability to hit any target with pinpoint accuracy, something continually misreported by America.

The nuclear Armageddon prayed for by Christian Zionists would have been a reality, for America at least.  Russia would have survived relatively unscathed except for the radiation clouds from North America and Western Europe.  This is the real story of Pollard, one totally blacked out in the press.  Why is no one asking about this?


Admiral Shapiro, who was himself Jewish, stated that he was troubled by the support of Jewish organizations for Pollard: “We work so hard to establish ourselves and to get where we are, and to have somebody screw it up… and then to have Jewish organizations line up behind this guy and try to make him out a hero of the Jewish people, it bothers the hell out of me”.[10]

Eric Margolis alleges that Pollard’s spying may have led to the capture and execution of CIA spies in the Eastern Bloc after Israel sold or bartered Pollard’s information to the Soviet Union.[60] According to one theory , Israeli businessman and convicted Soviet spy Shabattai Kalmanovich may have been made a scapegoat for information from Pollard that had been willingly shared by Israel with the Soviets in order to secure the release of certain Jewish scientists in the USSR.[61]

Ron Olive, retired Naval Criminal Investigative Service, led the Pollard investigation and in 2006 published the book Capturing Jonathan Pollard – How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice. In his book, Olive writes that Pollard was not serving Israel solely, and that Pollard confessed to passing secrets to South Africa and to his financial advisers, shopping his access to Pakistan and recruiting others for money.[62]


A few weeks ago, a serial killer was arrested in Atlanta, boarding a plane for Israel.  For decades Israel was a “get out of jail free card” for anyone, with extradition totally impossible, no matter how serious the crime.

If an African American kills a police officer in any state, he will be executed.  Are we saying that, if for instance, the murderer is of Jewish heritage and he kills a CIA officer, even a hundred CIA officers, he can reasonably expect to spent his reflective years in a beach front condo in Israel?  Do the families of the dead have to see his beaming face on Israeli television or read his commentaries in the Jerusalem Post?

Well, this is exactly what Israel is asking for and are holding the lives of thousands of Palestinians hostage as a bargaining chip.

This sounds to me like the actions of a terrorist state.


What the hell Gordon? Ya’ got something printed that I cannot find ANYthing to argue with. I feel…kind of depressed. Just kidding.

You know my background, so you know I can’t go into some things, but….the depth of Pollard’s info that he passed on to Russia (amongst others) was as damaging as the Rosenberg’s was during that era.

Devastatingly state of the art. Virtually everything that we knew/know about nukes.

Combine it with what Walker gave, along with what the couple working at Los Alamos TRIED to give away to”Venezuela” (and some say that they had already offered it/sold it to Russia & China), and it’s fairly evident that our enemies know pretty much everything we know. I was told at one time that the amount of money spent by Russia and China combined, on obtaining our technology by espionage, was absolutely minute in consideration of what the costs to them would have been if they had to use their own technology, and therefore it was given the highest priority.

They placed virtually no limits on what they would pay for critical design info, and yet, amazingly, they usually got it at bargain basement prices. In the case of the Rosenberg’s- for free. Same for Pollard and I believe Ames. I doubt if we’ll ever truly know what nuke info Walker and his son passed on to Russia, but it was sold incredibly cheap. 

A few thousand dollars for the entire Polaris-sub codes being used in the Pacific, for instance. Much less for entire copies of nuke IPB’s  and weapon assemby summaries.
To the point tho- Walker will never be released I’ve been told, and I believe it. He pissed off the wrong people with his arrogance. But Pollard? Probably.   G-d damn the people that allow the castration of this country.

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September 21, 2010

by Debbie Menon

Support for Israel is not only tragic and immoral, it is also extremely damaging to Americans

By Debbie Menon

(DUBAI) – Mark Perry in a recent article in Foreign Policy journal “Petraeus wasn’t the First,” describes succinctly, the opposition to U.S. support for Israel, the rationale for it, and the cover-up on it among American publishers[1].

It is extremely valuable reading recommends Alison Weir, the the executive director of the website   IF AMERICANS KNEW,  “it corrects misconceptions that so many Americans have on the causation of U.S. support for Israel – including even some who are otherwise well informed on Palestine” she asserts[2].

Mark Perry is correct in all respects. He quotes Joe Hoar, who remind him that it’s all old history. “What’s the news here? Hasn’t this been said before?” and hasn’t it all been done before?

Has man ever learned from history? I think it says something about the nature of Man when you reflect that Einstein said “that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Key elements of the US government have always opposed the concept of a Zionist Israel, ever since the State and Defence departments advised President Harry Truman not to sign up to the Zionist project, which he nevertheless did but with reservations, qualifications and conditions that were immediately ignored.

But none of these key elements of governance has influence over the Zionist-controlled US corporate press, entertainment, academic and public (mis)information media (and the corporate and business advertising budgets that drive them) where the roots of American public opinion are planted and from which the blissfully ignorant American masses take the cues for their views and feelings. Nor, do they control the free-spending lobbies that buy and sell legislators and politicians on Capitol Hill with the same ease with which they trade banks and corporations on the stock market.

While this is well documented, the sad thing is that today many mainstream editors, journalists, analysts and publishers, even in the so-called progressive American media, either still do not know these facts or have chosen not to inform the public about them.

Recent “hate speech” legislation in US Congress has already eviscerated the freedom of speech guarantees of the First Amendment. Try to persuade me that abuse and vilification of Islam and Christianity will get you the same treatment in the courts, that open  objective political criticism of Israel will. The fact that it will almost certainly not is a perfect example of the power of Israel lobbies in controlling the law of, and restricting free speech in, the USA.

The recent 300-36 vote by US House Representatives rejecting the UN-sponsored Goldstone Report, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)-initiated letter “Reaffirming the US-Israel Alliance”, which was signed by 76 senators, that pressed the US president not to put pressure on Israel – and repeated the “unbreakable bond” mantra – is the best evidence of who controls US Middle East policy and how powerless the US President is to serve his own country’s interest. Barack Obama would do well to heed George Washington’s advise, when he warned in his farewell address against “passionate attachment” to an ally.

See Anthony Lawson’s analysis in this video, “Treason by Members of the United States Congress”.

YouTube – Veterans Today 

Pro-Israel Biased Media Is a Threat to Our Security

YouTube – Veterans Today –

Yes, it is about this ally and it’s powerful lobbying and it’s pervasive influence on American politics, policy and institutions that these and other writers have long written valuable books, revealing facts about the extent of the stranglehold of the Israel lobby over the US Congress and the US administration.

Paul Findley, They Dare to Speak Out

Edgar Tivnan, The Lobby: Jewish Political Power and American Foreign Policy

Donald Neff Fallen Pillars, US Policy Towards Palestine and Israel Since 1945

George W. Ball and Douglas B. Ball, The Passionate Attachment: America’s Involvement With Israel, 1947 to the Present

John Mulhall, America and the Founding of Israel: An Investigation of the Morality of America’s Role

James Petras, The Power of Israel in the United States

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy

Jeff Gates, Guilt by Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War (2008) – his first release in the Criminal State series

American support for Israel is not only tragic and immoral, it is also extremely damaging to Americans when American Representatives continue to put Israel’s interests before the interests of Americans – a reality that U.S. analysts have noted for years, but that individuals and corporate owners in the media, academia, and elsewhere have worked to prevent the public from learning.

It’s long past time to end one of the most damaging and pervasive cover-ups in the U.S. today and time for people and institutions to confront Israel’s lobbies.


[1] Petraeus wasn’t the first

[2] If Americans Knew – what every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine

[3] US House rejects Goldstone report

[4] Signatories to Boxer-Isakson Letter – Reaffirming the U.S.-Israel Alliance

[5] Cherry-picking from Washington’s Tree

Debbie Menon is a freelance writer based in Dubai. Her commentary has been published widely in Print and Online publications. She can be reached at: A version of this commentary was first published in Salem-News.Com




September 21, 2010

by Michael Leon  

By Dr. David Halpin

Global Research, September 18, 2010

Your ‘Journey’ has been long on miles but absent of humanity, reason and law. ‘It can only get better’.  Could it have got any worse? 

You joined the dummy Bush over blood-oozing steaks in April 2002. 

The false flag of 9/11 had been repeated by the media megaphones of the UK/US/Israel axis and the absence of a judicial inquiry ensured the ‘big lie, oft repeated’ sank into irrational, Mammon possessed populations.  All that was modelled in the ‘think’ tanks with the aim of breaking Iraq, the Arab bastion, for ever.  You, and another three of the mafiosi, Aznar, Barroso and Dubya met for an hour in the Azores 16 March. Two of these mafiosi have fascist connections.  The capo, Dick Cheney, was home pushing buttons and pulling strings for shocking and awing and burning and blasting.  In your ‘book’ you wrote that Cheney wanted a wholesale reorganization of the political map of the Middle East after 9/11.

The vice president “would have worked through the whole lot, Iraq, Syria, Iran, dealing with all their surrogates in the course of it — Hezbollah, Hamas, etc,”. [1] In your speech on those Azores, which insulated you so well from world wide protest against your coming crimes, you pretended that the door was still open for Saddam Hussein to disarm.  Your lust for Arabic and Islamic blood gave only 24 hours for the UK/US resolution for WMD disarmament to remain on the ‘Security Council’ table. 

You pretended peace whilst you ravened for genocidal war.  You said there were ’10,000 litres of anthrax that the inspectors just a week ago said was unaccounted for’.  [1]  Your complete absence of any scientific training or of logic allowed you to speak of litres of bacillus anthracis.  You certainly did not know that this strain was isolated from an Oxfordshire cow in 1936, cultured by a professor in the spires and transferred to the US post WW2.  Your trans-Atlantic buddies passed it and all the works to Saddam’s regime in the Iran-Iraq war. [2]  This quote reveals the treachery and the incest of the British press with the traitors.   

”Finally, on 14 March, the Ministry of Defence replied to Sir Teddy Taylor with a written statement confirming that it was now aware of the Riegle Report, though it stopped short of providing any specific details. Three days later in his landmark resignation speech, Robin Cook made the first public declaration by a member of the British Cabinet that US companies had sold anthrax to Iraq. Here was an announcement of the greatest magnitude, pointing to a direct breach of the internationally binding Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, signed by Britain and the US in 1972 and ratified in 1975. Yet, remarkably, the significance of Mr. Cook’s statement received no comment in the British press.” 

You must read this essay by Geoffrey Holland who was a mature student at Sussex University when you were being let loose on our still beautiful world. [3]  He quotes you in our House of Commons, 18 March 2003. 

”In the final Iraq debate of 18 March, Sir Teddy Taylor was on the case again, this time urging the Prime Minster to make a statement before the war began, asking him, “Will he tell the House whether there has been any identification of the countries that have supplied these terrible biological materials – should those countries not be identified – named by the Prime Minister and condemned?” Mr Blair replied with just eight words, saying, “Much of the production is in Iraq itself.”  That is one of thousands of lies you will be questioned on, in the dock. 

Within two days of the mafiosi words on the Azores, Australian Special Forces had entered Iraq on armoured cars and within four days the buddies had started liberating the Iraqis with bombs.4]  They proved very good at liberating Iraqis from their lives and their limbs and what remained of their livelihoods after twelve years of genocidal sanctions. The shocking and awing went full swing with B2 Spirit bombers at 2 billion dollars apiece, refuelling on Diego Garcia in their trans-global evil.  

You might know that another socialist manque and Zionist, Harold Wilson, did some ethnic cleansing there of our Chagos sisters and brothers to aid the axis powers.  As the welcome sound of the machinery of war clunked into gear, the ‘Zioneocons’ high fived.  We had had them up to here on the BBC.  The Perles, Wolfowitzs and Edelmans were given free rein by our State Broadcaster whereas voices against illegal war were handed three percent of broadcasting time. 

So there are many questions to answer before you face charges at the Hague, and a multitude to follow in the dock.  But the myriad questions you face at trial are but a fraction of the minds, lives, limbs and eyes you have taken in your zeal.  Your sofa war cabinet is in the frame as well.   Campbell and Hoon will be going Dutch as well, the former being one of three unelected fellow psychopaths who  encouraged you in war over Freetrade coffee. 

And after a hard day as a sofa general, you told the world you relaxed with a G and T and a half bottle of Chateau Rothschild over dinner.  The Islamic world will be have been disgusted to know the fate of some of their peoples was washed down with alcohol.  If you had been a driver, the police could have found you ‘drunk in charge’ and removed the key from the ignition.  Three months in prison could have been your sentence.  Instead you were in charge of unlawful wars, and the ignition of other humans. 

These are two specific cases for your answers, representing a tiny but important fraction of the millions you have killed, maimed or made homeless and stateless.   

The first concerns Ali Abbas. 

He was 12 years old  when ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ came for him in Zafaraniya, 30 miles from Baghdad.

”We had all gone to bed and there was this loud noise and smoke. I felt very scared and I was in much pain. I kept shouting for my mother. I did not know at the time what had happened to her.”

His arms, you see, were incinerated.  IMAGE 1&2&3  His mother, who was six months pregnant, his father, brother and at least 10 other relatives were incinerated too. It was reported that, just after midnight on 30 March 2003 and 10 days into your war, a weapon or two weapons exploded in this location.  Careful analysis of these images suggest the incineration was caused by the most intense thermal or nuclear radiation.  That his head, neck and lower half were unblemished meant they were shielded whilst the energy did its worst through a window aperture or similar.


His most tragic story was carried widely on that media which served your purposes so well but these images were not.  There were happy pictures of Ali playing soccer in his Roehampton preparatory school.  No hand of his will ever write that book ‘My Journey of Liberation from my Arms’, but he is handy with his feet. 

Questions to Mr Blair in the dock. 

1.    One possible agent for this incineration, this little holocaust, is a tactical nuclear weapon.  Were these being ‘deployed’ in Iraq?

2.    Do you recall your fellow psychopath Hoon saying, I paraphrase, ‘dictators such as Saddam can be absolutely confident that in the right conditions we would be willing to use our nuclear weapons.’  [5]

3.    This promise of mass murder was widely reported so the court can assume you knew of the utterance.  Was it discussed in cabinet or later on the sofa?

4.    As prime minister with ultimate authority, did you agree with this ‘policy’ as outlined by Hoon?

5.    Did you therefore have central responsibility for the use of these terrible weapons?

6.    Were you responsible for the use of over two tonnes of ‘depleted’ uranium, that is of uranium 238?  The terrible effects of this isotope, and on germ cells in particular, are emerging in Fallujah in particular. 

The second is Nema Abu Said, a 33-year-old mother of five.

She is one of many thousands killed by the Zionist entity during and in every year since its ethnic cleansing of 800,000 Palestinian people in 1948.  She was killed 13 July 2010 by a flechette (dart or small arrow) shell fired from a tank – one of those 3,500 in the hands of Israel.  The Bedouin family, of which she was part, farmed near the ‘border’.  There were no guerrillas in the vicinity.

‘Around 8:45pm on 13 July, 2010, a few of the women of the family were enjoying the cool of the evening in the courtyard in front of their house. They heard a muffled shooting sound, followed soon after by another, and then by a loud buzzing noise, as if a swarm of insects was approaching at full speed.’  [6]

‘Without provocation, an Israeli tank fired two artillery shells at the family’s home. Amira Jaber Abu Said, 30, was hit and wounded in the shoulder by a piece of shrapnel and by steel darts, called flechettes. Her sister-in-law, 26-year-old Sanaa Ahmed Abu Said, was wounded in the foot. Panicking, they took shelter inside their home and called an ambulance. Meanwhile, from the direction of the nearby military turret, an Israeli armour-plated vehicle was stationed underneath and a machine gun was still shooting towards the family and continued to do so for a solid ten minutes.’

 ”After Amira and Saana were wounded, we continued to call for the Red Crescent ambulance. After 15 minutes the paramedics arrived in our area, but they told us they couldn’t get to our house because the Israeli soldiers wouldn’t given them permission. They threatened to shoot them if they had come near.” 

After an hour of apparent calm, Nema Abu Said, a 33-year-old mother of five, realized that her youngest child, Nader, was still asleep outside the family home. Nema rushed out to find Nader when another dull shot was heard and she was hit by a round of flechettes, and was killed on the spot. Her brother-in-law, Jaber Abu Said, 65, was wounded by flechettes in his right thigh.

The Israeli military allowed a Red Crescent ambulance to enter the area two hours later and retrieve the dead woman and three injured family members.  (Comment.  This delay is typical Mr Blair and it is, of course, contrary to all law and humanity.  The delay ensures that some of our Palestinian sisters and brothers bleed to death.  The Red Crescent ambulances and their personnel were targets in the greater shoah – holocaust. [7])

Amira and Sanaa join the other 35,000 plus Palestinians injured since 1998.  Talk to young men in Rafah and find that one in three carry Israeli wounds.

An abdominal radiograph of Nema, the mother, might well have been this.


Further questions to Mr Blair in the dock.

1.      On 27 June you resigned as PM and you were appointed ‘Envoy’ to the Quartet.  What have you done which has contributed in the least way towards justice for the Palestinian people?

2.    One of the specious tasks set by the Quartet was:- ‘help to identify, and secure appropriate international support in addressing the institutional governance needs of the Palestinian state, focusing as a matter of urgency on the rule of law.’  This implied that lawlessness of the Palestinian was the problem, and not that of the cuckoo in the Palestinian nest.  Have you done your best to stop all attacks by the forces occupying the whole of Palestine?

3.    Did Nima Abu Said deserve to die of darts bursting from a tank shell 40 metres above the ground any more than your lawyer wife Cherie?

4.    You repeat with others the mantra – ‘a secure Israel and a viable Palestinian state.’  Although your idea of a viable Palestinian state is risible given its division into small ghettoes and the certain domination of all its functions by the cuckoo, why is ‘security’ not a Palestinian requirement also?

5.    Reports suggest that you did not reside at your office in the American Colony Hotel for too many days each month.  You would have been whisked to your jet at Tel Aviv airport many times and a cosy meeting with your Zionist friends wedged in.  There was the South Korean oil company, the Kuwaitis, JP Morgan, Yale, ‘Faith’ this and ‘Faith’ that to advise and build.  And you had those lectures, those medals for foresight etc.  You only found time to visit Gaza once and that was to the UN headquarters in the north of the battered little strip. You kept Haniyeh in Coventry although he heads a party which garnered 43% of the vote in scrupulous elections in 2006.  Your garnering was of only 25% of the popular vote.  Mr Blair, have you applied yourself to this ‘hinge of humanity’, the Palestinians, as they face their continued genocide?  Have you in fact lifted one finger for them?      

We see you cannot stop in your apocalyptic path.  “I would tell them they (Iran) can’t have it (Israeli type nuclear weapons) and if necessary they will be confronted with stronger sanctions and diplomacy. But if that fails, I’m not taking any option off the table,” said Blair.  [8]  You lust for the spilling of more olive skinned Muslim humans.

You have, with your many accomplices, made genocide banal and the world more cruel as it has become inured to the burning and the shredding.  The cold prison island will need many hundreds of cells for you and your ilk, including the authors of this satanic proclamation. [9]  The ‘audios’ of weeping mothers and their children will be piped to every cell.  Writing Mills and Boon books will have to keep you busy.

‘If the world is to draw back from the abyss over which are poised the weapons of a silent eternity, these creatures must be brought immediately before an international court. They are to be tried with all the rigour of the law, unlike Milosevic, Hussein or currently, Aziz. Those many psychopaths waiting in the wings will be checked at least when smiling killers and cold liars are taken down below. [10]  Image 5 – the smiling killer. 


The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. ~ Plato












Your vapour trails have left millions weeping.  One million of those are widows in Iraq, at least 1.2 million humans with their Allah, five million orphans and four million refugees.  We will leave out the blood and the mayhem you have left in Afghanistan, Somalia and the Yemen.  You sprang from each jet with strange eyes ablaze, with more lies and plans for yet more Muslim decimation.  You had been re-fuelled at high altitude by your fellow psychopath Campbell and other ‘advisers’ like Manning.    

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PAUL BALLES: More Islamophobia in America

September 21, 2010

by Debbie Menon  

To generalize is to be an idiot. –William Blake


Xenophobia is a fear or contempt of that which is foreign or unknown, especially of strangers or foreign people. It includes hatred of persons belonging to a different race, or different ethnic or national origin.

The fear or hatred that makes up xenophobia involves a great deal of generalizing about “others”.

Unfortunately, if you develop a mindset about large numbers of people based on the actions of a few, you can treat whole populations badly.

British historian Thomas Macaulay said, “In proportion as men know more and think more they look less at individuals and more at classes.”

Generalizations involving xenophobia include thoughts like: “immigrants are not as worthy as natives,” and “women are not as capable as men.”

There are those in America who consider Barak Obama unworthy of being its president because of his colour, because his father was not American by birth, or because Obama’s middle name is Hussain.

The mental degradation as part of this generalizing applies to any and all who don’t belong to the tribe or group of the xenophobes.

Philosopher and author Eric Hoffer observed that “We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.”

Thus, by faulty reasoning, if there is one bad black, all blacks are bad; and if one Muslim has committed a crime, therefore all Muslims must be criminals.

A special name – Islamophobia – applies to xenophobia involving Muslims; and Islamophobia has been growing alarmingly in America recently.

A knife-wielding lunatic attacked a Muslim taxi driver in New York City.  Why? The driver admitted to a drunk lunatic that he (the taxi driver) was a Muslim.

The attacker reasoned from the specific (an attack attributed to Muslims on 9/11) to the general (all Muslims were responsible).

A mosque under construction in Tennessee suffered an arson attack. Why? Comments by Islamophobes like Newt Gingrich have incited a general hatred of Muslims.

Newt Gingrich, once the speaker of the US House of Representatives, would naturally have others attaching greater credence to what he says.


Newt Gingrich has been vocal in opposing the building of mosque

How many people has Gingrich fed anti-Muslim thinking with his inflammatory public remarks about Islam?  The false generalization: if one Muslim is bad, all Muslims must be bad.

Florida Pastor Terry Jones’ planned to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11. Why? He generalized from Muslims alleged to have been responsible for 9/11 to all of Islam.

Documentary film-maker Michael Moore pointed out, “Blaming a whole group for the actions of just one of that group is anti-American. Timothy McVeigh was Catholic. Should Oklahoma City prohibit the building of a Catholic Church near the site of the former federal building that McVeigh blew up?”

Protesters have been assailing the building of an Islamic cultural centre – including a mosque – near Ground Zero in New York. The protestors disregard the fact that before Ground Zero became Ground Zero, it had two mosques.

The problem:  general and increasing Islamophobia.  According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 49 percent of all Americans say they have generally unfavourable opinions of Islam. A larger percentage opposes the cultural centre.

Poet Ezra Pound wrote “Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.” In other words, if the money isn’t in the bank the cheque is worthless.

Applied to the generalizations about Islam, if they don’t fit Muslims generally, they are worthless expressions of xenophobia and the ignorant fear called Islamophobia.

Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. For more information, see

Also see:

PRESS TV’s Kaneez Fatima talks to James Morris on US Blasphemy


The arrogance of power

The Israeli-US love affair

Call for American Declaration of Independence from Israel




Dear Friends,

The 10 items below are but a small number of items that seemed worth sending today.   I regret the omissions, but understand that there is just so much time in a day and so much that one can absorb when reading.  So, 10 it is (item #5 is only a few lines).

Items 1 and 2 seem to me to complement one another.  Item 1 relates that “Young Israelis move to Berlin in droves,” and item 2 that “Israel is aging,” i.e., 10 % of its population is over 65.  Moreover the percentage is expected to grow to 20% in 20 years.  Well, considering that item 1 speaks only of Berlin, while emigration may well be also to numerous other countries, and considering that Israel’s population is aging, perhaps in 10 years (if wars don’t kill more) there won’t be a problem.  The Jews will have moved elsewhere except for the aged and aging.

Item 3 suggests that living in a country for Jews increases racism, or perhaps it’s just fear.  One problem is that most Israeli Jews do not know Arabs and vice versa.  Too bad.  But I recall that in the U.S. before the days of the civil rights movement, that many white people were afraid of Afro Americans. A little education and knowing one another could eradicate most of the fear.  But that’s not what Israel’s leaders want.

Item 4 reveals that even though Israel has removed some checkpoints, there is still no real freedom of movement for Palestinians.  Imagine  yourself having to get up at 3 AM to be at work at 8 AM, not because you live many miles from work, but because you had to wait at the checkpoint.

Item 5 shows that checkpoints or not, Palestinians without permits do manage to get into Israel.  Some are caught, but not at a checkpoint or in the West Bank but in Israel. And imagine how many are not caught!!!

Item 6 relates that Netanyahu wants Israeli troops on the Palestinian border (if and when there will be a Palestinian State).  How many countries would allow a military force of another country (except for UN forces) to guard its borders?

Items 7 and 8 show how readily Palestinians pay with their lives because Israeli security forces have easy fingers on the trigger.

Item 9 is a case of Civil Disobedience, where Israeli women took Palestinian women to the beach in Israel.  They apparently got into Israel with no difficulty, notwithstanding lacking permits.

Item 10 would not be worth the paper it’s written on were it not for the fallacious arguments that it uses.  The gentleman (the Israeli Consul General Jacob Dayan) argues against a single state. But his 2 reasons are wholly unintelligent.

The first of these is that Israeli Jews and Palestinians are totally different people having nothing in common.  Had he said that Ashkenazi Jews have nothing in common with Palestinians, it might have made more sense, but even then he would be wrong.  I’m Ashkenazi but have quite a number of very close Palestinian friends.  And I’m not the only one.  But then people like myself don’t select friends by nationality, ethnicity, or religion.    Moreover, the fact that I’m Jewish does not mean that I have anything in common with many a Jew.  More outstanding is the fact that Jews lived in Arab countries (and there are those who still do), and did have much culture in common with non-Jews in those countries.  Besides, who said that a single state has to be restricted to 2 peoples?  It should not be!  Not a binational state but a state for all its citizens.

The 2nd point is that the gentleman uses Lebanon as an example of where 2 peoples don’t manage to coexist.  But there are so many cases to the contrary.  The United States, for instance, also underwent civil war, but all the peoples whose origins are from many diverse countries eventually became a nation.  And besides, although things are far from perfect in our day, and although racism still exists and especially Islamophobia is rife, peoples of different origins, religions, etc do manage to live together in most of the Western world (to which Israel aches to belong)  So if Israel wants to be Western, then it should do as its supposed compatriots do.   

I personally would love to see a single state here, where one did not have to engage in civil disobedience to go to the beach, where one could choose to live wherever he/she wanted, where one’s friends could come to another’s house to visit without permits, where one could get to a hospital or doctor when needed without having to spend hours or days trying to get a permit, where the only remnants of checkpoints were in history books. 

I’m not exactly an optimist, but I do still have hope.

All the best,



1.[forwarded by David McReynolds

Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010

Subject: [DemocraticLeft] Young Israelis moving to Berlin in droves

Young Israelis moving to Berlin in droves

City from which Hitler unleashed genocide of six million Jews now attracting small but growing community of Jews from Israel for whom it embodies freedom, tolerance, anything-goes spirit,7340,L-3953354,00.html

Associated Press

September 19, 2010

Nirit Bialer, granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, welcomes listeners in

Hebrew to a one-hour radio show of music, talk and interviews. The setting

isn’t her native Israel but a radio station in the heart of the German

capital – and hundreds of Israeli Berliners are tuning in.

The city from which Hitler unleashed the genocide of 6 million Jews is now attracting a small but growing community of Jews from Israel for whom it embodies freedom, tolerance, and an anything-goes spirit.

“Berlin has become a real magnet for Israelis – everybody wants to move

here,” said Bialer, 32, whose Friday noon “Kol Berlin,” Hebrew for “the

voice of Berlin,” started three years ago and is something of an institution

for young Israelis in Berlin.

Nobody knows exactly how many Israelis have moved here in recent years;

unofficial estimates suggest 9,000 to 15,000 – far fewer than the 120,000

Jews who lived in Berlin before the Nazis came to power in 1933.

But their presence is a powerful symbol of generational change. Years ago,

Israelis viewed emigration from their country as a betrayal of the Zionist

cause, and moving to Germany was reviled as the worst betrayal of all.

Many wouldn’t set foot in Germany even as tourists. Today, Israelis make up the second-largest group of non-European tourists coming to Berlin, after Americans. The streets of Tel Aviv feature billboards featuring Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate as a tourist attraction.

The Israelis who come to stay are looking to work, study, party and make

art, and don’t seem to care much about the Nazi past. They arrive on student visas, overstay tourist permits or have German or other European ancestry that entitles them to citizenship. Many start families with German partners, far from the tensions of the Middle East.

“I love Israel, but I just couldn’t live there anymore – it’s like a small

village and so militaristic,” explained Lea Fabrikant, a photography student

who arrived two years ago.

“Most of all, I needed freedom and space, and I found it here.”

Fabrikant, 26, said she lived through the many suicide bombings in

Jerusalem, her home town, during the 1990s, and loves Berlin’s tranquility,

relaxed spirit and affordability for students and artists.

Germany’s past, she said, “doesn’t affect me at all.”

New Jewish community

On the other hand, Asaf Leshem, a 36-year-old travel guide, said his move

three years ago had much to do with his family’s past in Germany.

He has walked through the Schoeneberg neighborhood where his grandfather lived as a child before emigrating in 1938, and visited the family plot at the Jewish cemetery in Weissensee.

Leshem thinks his grandfather, were he alive, would have supported his


“The Nazis ruled Germany for 12 years and many German Jews felt like the Nazis abducted the country from them,” Leshem said. “They also had good memories, especially from their childhood in Germany, how they used to go on trips to the Baltic Sea or go for a swim in Berlin’s Grunewald forest.”

Leshem grew up in Israel but says he feels a bit German himself and

appreciates German culture.

For those who miss the flavors of home there are Israeli delicatessens,

bakeries, bars and child care groups. Berlin is friendly to gays, and the

Israelis among them throw a monthly party, called “Meshuggah” – Yiddish for “crazy.”

Udi Cohen, 32, wandered around the US and Europe for years before settling in Berlin. He opened “Luigi Zuckermann,” a bistro in Berlin’s Mitte district where he sells sandwiches and salads with an Israeli twist.

“In Israel, I couldn’t function, I couldn’t find a job, but here I’m fine

and enjoy the vibe and energy of the city,” he said.

Gal Bar-Adon, 27, learned trombone in Berlin and produces dancefloor music that he said is played in clubs across the city and beyond. “Israel is

simply too small,” he said. “There’s not enough of an audience for my kind

of music.”

Bialer said that despite Berlin’s attraction, living here also means coming

to terms with Germany’s past. She notices that sustained conversation with

Germans inevitably shifts to the Nazi era.

“It can be exhausting, it can be liberating – but it is a sure thing that at

some point we will talk about the Holocaust,” she said.

When the grandchildren of the victims and of the perpetrators meet for the

first time, the experience can be sensitive and guilt-ridden.

Living here has also made Bialer more aware of her Jewishness.

“In Israel you don’t think about what it means to be Jewish because

everybody is celebrating Shabbat or the Rosh Hashana” (Sabbath and Jewish New Year), she said. “In Germany, you suddenly realize who you are as a Jew and you’re different from everybody else around you.”

In the end, Bailer said, an Israeli influx could start to fill the void left

by the Holocaust.

“I think there’s something growing here: A new Jewish community in Berlin.”


2. Ynet Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Israel is aging

New data show some 742,000 citizens aged 65 or above – figure expected to double within 20 years. Most in age group satisfied with life,7340,L-3958477,00.html

Ynet Published:  09.22.10 / Israel News 


One in ten Israeli citizens is over the age of 65, according to data released Tuesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics to mark the International Day of Older Persons which will begin next month.

The data show that some 742,000 people aged 65 and above live in Israel. Since 1995, the percentage of this age group has remained stable, but according to forecasts up until 2030, their numbers are likely to double within the next 20 years, reaching some 14% of the population.

Of those aged 65 and above, some 89% are Jewish, compared to 76% in the general population; 8% are Arab compared to 20% in the general population; and 3% “others”.

Women, the data show, live longer than men. Nearly 57% of this age group are women, and the percentage of women in the general population increases with age. Women comprise some 62% of people aged 85 and above.

Some 57% of people aged 65 and above are married, about one third widowed. The percentage of those widowed increases with age: Some 55.2% among those aged 80 and above are widowed, with just 37.4% married. Among men aged 65 and above, some 77.5% are married, and among women of this age group nearly half (45.6%) are widowed.

Nearly half of this age group lives in Tel Aviv and the surrounding area. The West Bank has the lowest percentage of people from this age group. Some 94% of this age group lives in an urban environment.

Most people aged 65 and above report being satisfied with life (77%). However, a relatively low percentage from this age group believes life will be better in the coming years (11% compared to 54% among those aged 20-64). Nearly two thirds (64%) are satisfied with their financial situation, compared with just 55% among those aged 20-64. 

The percentage of those able to cover monthly expenses such as food, electricity and telephone bills is higher among the older population: 74% of those aged 65 and above are able to cover expenses compared with 63% in the rest of the population.


3.  Haaretz,

September 22, 2010

Jerusalem mall: Where Arabs and Jews shop together

Jerusalem’s shopping centers are where Israelis and Palestinians are most likely to mix, a new report finds, but neither are pleased

By Nir Hasson

The boundary between East and West in the capital is not as clear-cut as it once was. Increasing numbers of Palestinians from East Jerusalem are shopping and spending leisure time in the western part of town.

New research also reports that having Arabs in shopping malls upsets many Jews.

The research, soon to be published by the Floersheimer Institute for Policy Studies, was carried out by Marik Shtern, the son of the late MK Yuri Shtern. He did the research for Prof. Shlomo Hasson, studying integration in three locations: Malha Mall, the Alrov (Mamilla ) Mall and the Old City markets.

Gideon Avrahami, Malha’s director, said 1,000 to 1,200 Palestinians come to the mall on any given day – about 3 percent of all visitors. But on Muslim holidays and Sundays, the figure rises to 25 percent.

Shtern said that 35 percent of the Jewish shoppers he interviewed at Malha expressed negative opinions about Arabs there. “If I would go to them, they’d butcher me,” one woman said. One man said the mall had “gone down hill” with the Arabs there. Some said the Arab presence didn’t bother them. Only one interviewee, a midwife from the Ramat Sharett neighborhood, said something positive: “It’s excellent. They don’t have a mall so they enjoy themselves here.”

Shtern said lower middle-class Arab shoppers come to the mall for free cultural events and the upper middle-class come for products they cannot find in East Jerusalem or the West Bank.

Arab shoppers said the security checks at the entrances were an obstacle.

The three-year-old Mamilla Mall is probably the capital’s most cosmopolitan shopping area, where Jews, Muslims, and tourists of all faiths mix in almost equal numbers. Unlike Malha, many shop workers are Palestinian, which heightens the sense coexistence. “This is a floating balloon, unconnected to anything,” a cafe worker told Shtern.

Israeli visitors seem to perceive the place as less “Jewish”; only 22 percent of those interviewed expressed a negative opinion about the presence of Arab shoppers. As for Old City markets, Shtern concludes Jews and Arabs perceive the area as an arena of conflict. Many Jews, asked whether they felt safe there, responded with an ideological declaration like “I feel safe everywhere in the Land of Israel. But they also said the presence of Arabs negatively affected their sense of safety.

Palestinians, too, felt insecure. “I’m afraid of groups of Israelis, I’m elderly and can’t speak Hebrew,” one Christian woman said. Others said armed Israelis there bothered them.

Shtern said Arabs came to West Jerusalem to shop and for leisure time (and to a lesser extent, as residents, mainly in the northern neighborhoods ) from a lack of services in East Jerusalem. “The policy of aggressiveness and inequality is pushing is toward a binational reality,” he said.


“At all of the crossings, weapons and explosives have been found on Palestinians seeking to enter Israel who were carrying documentation that would have let them through” [Jerusalem police spokesperson, below]

Would have to be a crazy or an idiot to try to get through a checkpoint with ‘weapons and explosives’!  There are many easier and smarter ways to get into Israel if one wants to.


4.  Haaretz,

September 22, 2010

MESS Report / Palestinians forced to claw their way to building Israel’s dream homes

Some arrive before 3 A.M. so that they can make it to work on time and earn NIS 200 a day.

By Avi Issacharoff

In Bethlehem, several hundred meters from the separation fence, a vague commotion is audible. Moving closer to the fence, you can see the full, unpleasant scene.

It’s 4 A.M. and underneath the fence, hundreds of people are cramming into a corridor bounded by iron bars. The corridor is several hundred meters long and a meter and a half wide.

Young men in their 20s push their way next to others over 60. They yell, argue, hit and do whatever else they need to in order to get through the crossing as quickly as possible. Almost all work legally in Israel, building Israelis’ dream homes.

The rumble starts whenever someone starts pushing. The workers grasp the bars, trying not to be trampled and to keep their place in line.

Nowhere does the West Bank’s economic development seem further away than here, with the thousands of people desperate to cross into Israel to find work.

They come from Bethlehem, Hebron and the villages between. Some arrive before 3 A.M. so that they can make it to work on time. Taxis come one after the other to drop off workers, then return to pick up more.

On the eastern side of the road are stands selling hummus, cheese, falafel, coffee and cigarettes. Most of the products are Israeli-made.

Musa Abu Khamis waits at the far end of the corridor. “They let 10 in every time, then close the gate for a few minutes,” he says. Several bystanders say the wait can be three or four hours.

A nearby corridor set up by the Civil Administration allows women, the elderly and “humanitarian cases” to pass through more quickly.

Abu Khamis says he makes NIS 200 for a day’s work in construction, and is docked NIS 50 for every hour he arrives late. The taxi to the construction site in the upscale West Jerusalem neighborhood of Talpiot costs him another NIS 30.

‘We’re like animals’

“What law in the world allows someone to leave home at 3 A.M. to get to work at 8? We’re standing here like animals,” says one man from Bethlehem.

Around 5 A.M., the mass of people starts to move. The gate is opened. One man displays his blood-stained T-shirt. “It happened at the beginning of the line,” he says. “They pushed the man next to me with a piece of metal. He bled on me.”

A little after 6 A.M., the tension in the corridor has diminished, and by 6:30 it’s virtually empty. Today, the gate will be closed for security reasons over the Sukkot holiday. Next week, the same disturbing scene will return.

Police: No one waits three hours

A statement from the Jerusalem District Police said, “The workers undergo a comprehensive, time-consuming security examination as part of an effort to thwart terror attacks. The inspection is performed with maximum consideration of the individuals passing through. At all of the crossings, weapons and explosives have been found on Palestinians seeking to enter Israel who were carrying documentation that would have let them through.

“We try to reduce the amount of time the inspection takes as much as possible, and no Palestinian worker is forced to wait three hours at the crossing,” the statement said.

“That said, the police do not intend to make any compromises in their security checks, as human lives are at stake.”


[as this item shows, Palestinians without permits do get into Israel and are sometimes caught—not at a checkpoint but in Israel!]

5.  Ynet Breaking News Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ten Palestinians illegally in Israel caught near Netanya

Published:  09.22.10/ Israel News 


Police arrested ten Palestinians aged 15-17 who were illegally in Israel. They were caught in a private vehicle on Highway 57, near Netanya, after the driver stopped because of a roadblock and fled. (Raanan Ben-Zur. 


6. The Independent,

September 21, 2010

Netanyahu wants Israeli troops on Palestinian border


21 September 2010

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel wants to keep its troops on the eastern border of a future Palestinian state.

Palestinians reject the idea and have proposed an international force along the West Bank’s border with Jordan as part of a peace deal.

Mr Netanyahu told US Jewish leaders in a conference call yesterday that “the only force that can be relied on to defend the Jewish people is the Israeli Defence Force”.

The premier said an international force cannot ensure Israel’s security. He fears Palestinian militants will attack Israel from within a Palestinian state if Israeli troops are withdrawn from the West Bank-Jordan border.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas maintains that an Israeli troop presence would infringe upon Palestinian sovereignty.


7.  Guardian Wednesday 22 September 2010 12.26 BST

An Israeli security guard shot dead a Palestinian man this morning during clashes in a contested East Jerusalem neighbourhood.

Israeli construction in the middle of Palestinian residential areas in Silwan has caused tensions in the area.

Rachel Shabi in Jerusalem 

Another Palestinian man was critically injured in the incident near a Jewish settlement in the Silwan district, the scene of frequent tensions over the presence of settlers and over municipal plans to destroy Palestinian homes to build a tourist park.

Israeli police say the guard fired shots in the air after his car was blocked and stoned by dozens of Palestinians. However, residents say that the two Palestinian men were taxi drivers on their way to or from work when they were shot by the guard.

Community leaders say that they had warned police of the dangers of allowing armed, private security contractors to patrol the streets of Silwan on behalf of Jewish settlers. Police are questioning the guard while a postmortem is carried out on Samer Sirhan, a 32-year-old father of five.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, in a move not recognised by the international community. Earlier this year, the Jerusalem municipality approved a plan to destroy 22 Palestinian homes in Silwan – a mainly Palestinian neighbourhood of some 45,000 residents close to the Old City walls – to make way for an archaeological park.

Hardline Jewish settlers refer to the heavily guarded Silwan as City of David and have in recent years been increasing their presence in the neighbourhood.

Today, tensions are running high. Tear gas and rubber bullets were used by Israeli forces to disperse angry demonstrators hurling rocks at police. Riots broke out in the area in August over Jewish settlers using a pathway alongside a neighbourhood mosque. Around 300 settlers are thought to now live in the area.

The Middle East quartet has again urged Israel to extend its partial freeze of Jewish settlements construction, which expires in days.

The quartet, which comprises the US, Britain, Russian and the EU, issued a statement, saying it “noted that the commendable Israeli settlement moratorium instituted last November has had a positive impact and urged its continuation.”


8. “Iyad Abu Shilbaya’s wife, Latifa, who was visiting relatives on the night of the raid, said that the killing of her husband was completely unexpected, because he had not behaved like a wanted man on the run. ‘He was sleeping at home,’ she said. ‘They could have shot him in the leg and arrested him.’” [below ]

Ah, but why shoot in the leg when you want to kill?  There have been so many occasions when a given military shooting begs for an answer to ‘why did you shoot at all, and if you had to, why didn’t you shoot him/her in the leg or arm or other part of the body less likely to be lethal?’  If any other country had so easy a finger on the trigger respecting Jews, there would be a huge outcry.  But where is the world when these acts are perpetrated on Palestinians? 


Washington Post Tuesday,

September 21, 2010

Killing of Hamas operative raises questions about conduct of elite Israeli units in pursuing militants

By Joel Greenberg

Washington Post Foreign Service

IN NUR SHAMS REFUGEE CAMP, WEST BANK Moving quietly through the alleys of this ramshackle neighborhood, the Israeli soldiers forced their way into Iyad Abu Shilbaya’s home in the early morning hours under cover of darkness. 

A Hamas operative who had been detained repeatedly by the Palestinian Authority and imprisoned for two years by Israel, Abu Shilbaya was one of more tean a dozen people whose homes were raided during a sweep of arrests in the Nur Shams camp outside the town of Tulkarm on Friday.

But Abu Shilbaya was not arrested. In an encounter in his bedroom, the details of which remain murky, he was fatally shot at close range, prompting vows of revenge by Hamas and condemnation from the Palestinian Authority, which said the killing “undermines the credibility” of recently renewed negotiations with Israel.

The talks, which have broached core issues in dispute, have been accompanied by stepped-up violence from Palestinian militants opposed to the negotiations, including the fatal shooting of four Jewish settlers in the West Bank last month in an attack claimed by Hamas and rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The killing of Abu Shilbaya came at a time of improved cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian security forces, but it was a reminder that Israeli troops still operate in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, and it raised fresh questions about the conduct of elite Israeli units when pursuing militants in the West Bank.

Following classified rules of engagement, the units who carry out the most risky arrests are authorized to use lethal force, which can cause political complications.

Ghassan Khatib, the spokesman for the Palestinian government in the West Bank, said actions such as the killing of Abu Shilbaya, which he called an assassination, damaged the Palestinian Authority’s standing among its own people, giving it the image of a “sort of a subcontractor of the Israeli occupation.”

“We make no secret of our cooperation with Israel, but such Israeli activities give the impression that this is collaboration, not cooperation,” Khatib said. After Friday’s killing, Hamas was quick to accuse the Palestinian Authority of complicity in the deadly raid.

Palestinian security forces detained Abu Shilbaya for a few days earlier this month as part of a mass roundup of Hamas militants after the killing of the Israeli settlers.

The Israelis have lately praised the performance of Palestinian security forces in the West Bank. But they say they need more assurances that the Palestinians can control security before the Israeli military hands over more responsibility in the area.

Accounts of how Abu Shilbaya was killed, in an operation that an Israeli military official said was carried out by the special forces unit Cherry, or Duvdevan in Hebrew, provide a glimpse of how the unit works in the West Bank.

Muhammad Abu Shilbaya, a brother of the slain militant, said that soldiers forced their way into his house before 3 a.m. and ordered him to lead them to his brother’s home nearby. There the front door was broken open and soldiers entered the darkened home while Muhammad was ordered to turn and face a wall outside.

“I heard Iyad call three times, ‘Who’s there?’ and seconds later I heard shooting,” Muhammad Abu Shilbaya said. “Then it was quiet.” The brother said that soldiers ordered him to sit on the floor inside the house, and they opened a stretcher to take out the body of the slain man.

An army statement said that the militant, who turned out to be unarmed, had run toward the soldiers “in a suspicious way” with his hands behind his back, and when he ignored orders to halt, the troops, who felt threatened, opened fire. A medical report from a hospital in Tulkarm said that Abu Shilbaya had been shot twice in the chest and once at the base of the neck.

In the militant’s cramped bedroom two days after the shooting, a bloodied mat remained next to the bed, and blood was spattered on a bedsheet, the lower part of a wall and a radio on the floor. Three spent bullet cartridges had been found a few feet from the bed, the militant’s brothers said.

Iyad Abu Shilbaya’s wife, Latifa, who was visiting relatives on the night of the raid, said that the killing of her husband was completely unexpected, because he had not behaved like a wanted man on the run. “He was sleeping at home,” she said. “They could have shot him in the leg and arrested him.”

Relatives and neighbors said that soldiers gave no warning before entering Abu Shilbaya’s home and did not call on him to surrender.

Capt. Barak Raz, an army spokesman, said that the soldiers were given intelligence information that Abu Shilbaya might be armed and fired “when they felt their lives were threatened.” He noted that all the other arrests in Nur Shams that morning were accomplished without incident.

Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for the Israeli human rights group B’tselem, said that it was demanding a military police investigation. B’tselem has received no response from the army to its request for a similar investigation into the killing by Cherry soldiers of three militants in December in the city of Nablus, where witnesses said that two were shot as they came out of their homes with family members.

Raz declined to discuss the rules of engagement for the special forces units.

But a former soldier in Cherry who spoke on condition of anonymity said in an interview that the rules were “very fluid” and changed according to circumstances. The veteran, a member of the group Breaking the Silence, which publishes accounts by discharged soldiers who served in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, said that in close encounters with militants, members of the unit were given broad discretion to open fire.

In one operation, he recalled, soldiers were told that their objective was an armed militant, and that “if you see a weapon near him, you shoot. If he makes any strange or sudden move, you shoot. Don’t take a risk. If you shoot, you’ll have backing.”

“The culture of the unit was to arrest, but also not to take risks,” the veteran said. In some cases, soldiers were given the message that “killing the terrorist was best,” he added.

The former soldier said Cherry troops were trained for hair-trigger responses in face-to-face confrontations with militants who were usually described in pre-operational briefings as armed or likely to be armed, although many times they were not.

After bursting into a room, there’s no chance to instantly check if a militant inside is hiding a weapon, the former soldier said. So, in effect, ” your life’s already in danger the moment you’re in the room and there’s someone on a bed,” he said. “It’s an impossible situation.”

Greenberg is a special correspondent.


9.  September 21, 2010

Disobeying Israel’s Law of Entry, for Fun


Haaretz A photograph published in an Israeli newspaper in May showed two Palestinian girls during an illegal day trip to Tel Aviv from the West Bank.

Ilana Hammerman, an Israeli author who has smuggled Palestinian women and children out of the West Bank twice this year for day trips to Tel Aviv, was questioned by police on Tuesday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

Ms. Hammerman has described the two trips as acts of civil disobedience designed to draw attention to the Israeli law which makes it difficult for Palestinians to enter Israel.

She published a Hebrew-language account of her first trip, with three Palestinian girls she took to a museum, a mall and a beach in Tel Aviv, in Haaretz in May. Ms. Hammerman wrote:

The end was wonderful. The last photos show them about two hours after the trip to the flea market, running in the darkness on Tel Aviv’s Banana Beach. They didn’t want to stop for even a minute at the restaurant there to have a bite to eat or something to drink, or even to just relax a bit. Instead they immediately removed their sandals again, rolled up their pants and ran into the water.

After the publication of her article, a group called the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel pressed the government to open an investigation of Ms. Hammerman. She was also contacted by several Israeli women who wanted to accompany her on a second trip. In July, a dozen Israeli women, including Ms. Hammerman, smuggled a dozen Palestinian women and four children out of the West Bank for another day of fun in Israel.

Haaretz In August they took out a large ad in Haaretz to explain what they had done and why, accompanied by another photo of Palestinian women looking at the sea.

According to a translation of the ad by Noam Sheizaf, an Israeli journalist and blogger, the women wrote:

On Friday, July 23rd, a dozen Jewish women, a dozen Palestinian women, one baby, and three Palestinian children took a trip from the West Bank in six private cars. We crossed several checkpoints, drove to Israel’s coastal plain, and toured Tel Aviv and Jaffa together. We ate in a restaurant, swam in the sea, and played on the beach. We ended our day in Jerusalem. Most of our Palestinian guests had never seen the sea….

None of our guests had an entry permit from the Israeli authorities. We are announcing here publicly that we deliberately violated the Law of Entry into Israel. …

We cannot assent to the legality of the ‘Entry into Israel Law,’ which allows every Israeli and every Jew to move freely in all regions between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River while depriving Palestinians of this same right. They are not permitted free movement within the occupied territories nor are they allowed to enter the towns and cities across the Green Line, where their families, nation, and traditions are deeply rooted.

They and we, all ordinary citizens, took this step with a clear and resolute mind. In this way we were privileged to experience one of the most beautiful and moving days of our lives, to meet and befriend our brave Palestinian neighbors, and together with them, to be free women, if only for one day.

Haaretz reported on Tuesday that Ms. Hammerman “said the possible two-year prison term for smuggling people into Israel did not deter her.” 


LA Times Monday,

September 20, 2010

Israeli Consul General Jacob Dayan on the one-state solution [UPDATED]

Beirut-based journalist Ahmed Moor wrote in his Sept. 17 Blowback article that decades of colonization of Palestinian land and other maltreatment by Israelis have made a two-state solution impossible. Below is a response by Jacob Dayan, Israel’s consul general in Los Angeles:

Ahmed Moor asserts that Israel is making it virtually impossible for the reality of a two-state solution to come to fruition. His entire theory is based on the assumption that two distinctly different peoples can coexist as one in Israel. One of the reasons behind the assertion is that Moor claims Israel/Palestine is already one state and should remain so. Moor knows better. He lives in Beirut, Lebanon, and does not have to look far for an example of a failed one-state solution. For many years Lebanon was the only example in the Middle East of two people living in one state. The Muslims and Christians of Lebanon have a dreadful history in the region. Just ask the 7 million Lebanese Christians who fled the country and are currently living outside Lebanon. They know firsthand the horrors of the bloody internal war between the Muslims and Christians.

A historical perspective: Lebanese Christians experienced a backlash in 1991 after the end of the Lebanese civil war. Since the end of the war, Christians in northern and central Lebanon have been under social and political oppression by Syrian forces. And in the south, Hezbollah has its way with them. Yet the mainstream media hardly provide us with updates about the 1.5 million Christians still living and suffering in Lebanon today.

Not only is this an atmosphere in which people — Christians and Muslims — don’t trust each other;  it is also an atmosphere that harbors alienation and fear from militant groups surrounding the area. That is not the kind of environment we want to create in Israel and its future neighboring state, Palestine. For the safety, security and well-being of all of its people, each state will have its own governing body and its own institutions to protect its borders. So the best possible outcome for coexistence is still the two-state solution.

Update, 9:21 a.m., Tuesday: A previous version of Dayan’s response incorrectly stated that the Lebanese civil war ended in 1985.



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Oren uses Yom Kippur pulpit to warn D.C. faithful to back Israel whatever it does Iran

Oren uses Yom Kippur pulpit to warn D.C. faithful to back Israel whatever it does Iran

Sep 21, 2010

Philip Weiss

I attended Yom Kippur services at Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism. Speaking in English, the rabbi told the story of the scapegoat being sent out into the desert and said that its destination, Azarel, or the place of the demons, is used in the Israeli equivalent of “Go to hell.” “To Azarel,” Jews say in Hebrew. And isn’t it interesting, he went on, that Gaza is called Aza in Hebrew; and so Azarel begins with Gaza. So Gaza, a place where 1.5 million people live, is hell. Is that religion? Not long after, I voted with my feet.

How would I have done in Washington? Turned heckler? The Washington Jewish Week reports that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren used the Yom Kippur service to visit several D.C. area synagogues, including one attended by new Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, to remind American Jews to support Israel no matter what it does in the near future re Iran. Reporter Debra Rubin says that Oren suggested Israel will be making a preemptive strike against Iran. Certainly this sounds belligerent. And notice the suggestion that the peace talks will fail.

“Back us in our efforts to defend ourselves from terrorist rockets. Uphold us if we have to make painful sacrifices for peace or if we decide that the terms of the proposed treaty fail to justify those sacrifices. Stand with us as we resist Iran’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. Respect the decisions we take through our democratic system and respect the risks that we, more than any other nation, take.”

The full transcript is at the link above. Oren sounds a lot like Jeffrey Goldberg. So this is the Israel lobby at work. Gosh I wish more American Jews came out to Israel, and saw how decisions are made in this polity, who is enfranchised and who is not, and then judged for themselves what a democracy it is, and how paranoia grips the Israeli soul.

Intolerant Middle Eastern religious group forces men to cover themselves

Sep 21, 2010

Philip Weiss


American men wear shorts. The right to bare our legs is not just part of our unbridled way of life, it is a symbol of the other democratic freedoms we cherish: freedom of expression and thought and of the individual pursuit of happiness. Well at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, in occupied Palestine, men are routinely forced to cover their legs before they can enter the church. Here are two of the four or five I saw the other day being forced to drape. Just imagine if this practice spreads to the United States– where there are millions of practicing Christians who venerate this church as the alleged birthplace of Jesus.


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Avigdor Lieberman wants to use the ‘peace process’ to kick Palestinians out of Israel
Sep 20, 2010 01:23 pm | Adam Horowitz


And you wonder why Palestinians (and pretty much everyone else) are pessimistic towards the peace process? Avigdor Lieberman is trying to inject his loyalty oath campaign platform into the negotiations. From Haaretz:

The question of Israel’s citizens needs to be one of the central issues on the negotiating table, in light of the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state,” Lieberman said ahead of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. . .

“We can’t continue to ignore issues like that of Hanin Zuabi, who identifies completely with the other side,” Lieberman said, , referring to an Israeli Arab member of Knesset was stripped of her parliamentary privileges after sailing aboard a pro-Palestinian aid convoy attacked by Israel en route to the Gaza Strip.

“It’s as if someone sells you a flat and then demands that his mother-in-law continues living there,” he said. “Any Israeli you takes pride in his citizenship should be able to serve in any post, but people like Hanin Zuabi should in my opinion be Palestinian citizens elected under Hamas in Gaza.”

In response to Lieberman’s remarks, Zuabi declared: “We [Israeli Arabs] represent the only possible democratic option, while Lieberman represents apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”

“Lieberman bases his claims on a doctrine of racism, while I base mine on the principle of full equality among citizens – but both of us agree that there needs to be a discussion on the question of Palestinians in Israel and how to classify the state in any negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” she added.

Lieberman is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly in New York later this month. He should receive an interesting reception.

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Israel allocates over $2.4 million to promote tourism in the occupied territories

Sep 20, 2010


And other news from Today in Palestine:

Land and Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing
Clinton renews US plea on settlements with one week to go (AFP)
AFP – With one week to go before Israel’s freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank expires, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton renewed Sunday a US call for it to be extended.*

Lieberman: Freeze excuse to undermine talks
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Palestinian demand for an extension to Israel’s temporary moratorium on illegal settlement construction in the West Bank was an excuse used to undermine talks, Israeli media reported Saturday.  According to the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, Lieberman told his British counterpart William Hague over the weekend that Israel could not possibly extend the moratorium past its late-September deadline, despite US insistence that it should be prolonged so direct negotiations may progress.

Abbas says won’t negotiate ‘for single day’ if freeze ends (AFP)
AFP – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Monday he will not take part in US-backed peace talks “for a single day” if Israel does not extend a freeze on settlement building at the end of the month.*

PA official: Settlers harvest Palestinian olives
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers began harvesting Palestinian olives on Monday in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya and Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said.  Ghassan Doughlas, who heads the PA file on northern settlement activity, said settlers brought sheets and ladders “as though they were the owners of the land” and started harvesting the olives from Palestinian land.

Settlers uproot 100 grape trees east of Hebron
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Several Israeli settlers uprooted approximately 100 grape trees in the Al-Buera village in the southern West Bank district of Hebron on Monday, owners of the grape plantation said.  The plantation belongs to Abdul Rahman Sharif Sultan, said Syfian Sultan, who estimated damages caused to reach thousands of dollars. He said settlers vandalized six dunums worth of grape trees, some as old as 15 years.

Israeli high court stops mosque’s construction
RAMALLAH: A Palestinian official on Friday said that the Israeli High Court of Justice issued an immediate stop work order against builders of Al-Huda Mosque near the West Bank refugee camp of Al-Jalazoun, to the north of Ramallah.

Yediot: NIS 9 million for settlement “tourism”, including 2 million for “City of David” in Silwan, Didi Remez
The fact that these grants will fund highly politicized and inflammatory projects is best exemplified by the NIS 2 million slated for the “City of David” project in Silwan. This East Jerusalem settlement in the guise of an “archeological park” is at the cutting edge of efforts to insert Israelis in Palestinian communities around the Old City basin.

Israel Denies Gazans Access to Their Own Land and Waters, Stephen Lendman
Throughout 43 years of occupation, Israel has waged war on Palestinians’ human rights and civil liberties, a new UN report providing more evidence that keeps mounting exponentially, adding clarity about an out-of-control rogue state operating lawlessly.

Court rules selling land to Israel is capital offense
A Palestinian court in Jerusalem ruled Thursday that selling land to Israel was a capital offense., Judge Ta’et At-Twil ruled that the act of selling – or attempting to sell – land to a foreign country was a criminal offense which could result in the death penalty., Under the instruction of general attorney Ahmad Al-Mughni, the court issued the ruling as a consolidation of the previous legal principle, a statement from the prosecution said, adding that the ruling aimed to protect the Palestinian national project to establish an independent Palestinian state.

Freeze Lieberman, Akiva Eldar
The demand to suspend settlement building is no excuse – it’s as legitimate a position as the Palestinians can have. Why should they relinquish a condition that has the support of the entire world, with the sole exception of Israel?

Contesting Past and Present at Silwan, Joel Beinin
On September 1, Elad — a Hebrew acronym for “To the City of David” — convened its eleventh annual archaeological conference at the “City of David National Park” in the Wadi Hilwa neighborhood of Silwan. Silwan, home to about 45,000 people, is one of 28 Palestinian villages incorporated into East Jerusalem and annexed by Israel after the June 1967 war. It lies in a valley situated a short walk beyond the Dung Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City. Elad, a militant, religious, settler organization, claims that Silwan is the biblical City of David mentioned in the second book of Samuel and that the Pool of Shiloah (Siloam) located there watered King Solomon’s garden.

Put the settlements in your pocket, Adam Horowitz
Americans for Peace Now have just released a neat new app for the iPhone and iPad (Android on the way) called Facts on the Ground (link to iTunes). It includes their entire settlement database and information on each settlement.

Solidarity/Activism/Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment
3 protestors wounded in Bil’in protest in solidarity with the prisoners of the Popular Resistance
Sep 20, 2010– During the protest the participants raised Palestinian flags and pictures of the popular resistance prisoners.
The participants wore masks representing the prisoner Abdallah Abu Rahme, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King drawing similarities between global protests from history.

Nil’in places Palestine flag on Wall: Oppression won’t stop our struggle
Sep 20, 2010– On Friday, two demonstrators were wounded and dozens suffered teargas inhalation during the weekly protest in Ni’lin village, where a hundred of demonstrators gathered for the weekly protest against the Apartheid Wall and the settlements.

Report: Syrian aid ship en-route to Gaza Strip
A Syrian aid ship has set sail toward the Gaza Strip, according to a report by Palestinian news agency Maan. The Syrian Red Crescent reported that the ship, which is scheduled to arrive at the Strip after stopping at el-Arish port in Egypt, is carrying 650 tons of humanitarian aid for the Palestinians.,7340,L-3955820,00.html

Syrian Aid Ship Arrives In Al Arish Port
Lieutenant Hisham Al Janayni, assistant-director of Al Arish Port, stated that a Syrian aid ship heading to Gaza had arrived at Al Arish Port in Egypt on Sunday evening, and that the ship will be towed to the dock in order to be emptied under the supervision of the Red Crescent before the supplies are sent to Gaza by land.

Jewish Activists Organise Boat, Ready for Voyage to Gaza 
Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), in cooperation with members of the German Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, have organized a boat for Gaza.

Artery Of Life 5 Arrives In Paris
Sunday September 19, 2010 – 23:17, The “Artery of Life 5” solidarity convoy heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies, arrived in Paris on Sunday, and was welcomed by hundreds of French peace activists and Palestinians living in France.

Artery Of Life Starts Its Trip From London
Sunday September 19, 2010 – 07:42, The Artery Of Life 5 solidarity flotilla had officially kicked of its trip to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies and challenge Israel’s 4-year old illegal siege on the coastal region.

The Importance Of The International Solidarity, Eyad Burnat
As the Nonviolence Resistance in Palestine is growing, I believe the international solidarity is one of the most important components of our struggle against the occupation.  The presence of the international supporters in Palestine is very importance especially in the nonviolent protests like those in Bil’in, Nil’in, Al Ma’ssara, and Al Nabi Saleh villages; those supporters help in deescalating the violence used by the Israeli military during those weekly actions. They are also our ambassadors to the world, they transmit the full picture of what is happening here to their home countries though there presence and cameras.

Harvard students: Peretz invitation ‘lends legitimacy and respectability to views that can only be described as abhorrent and racist’

Le Moyne students hear Finkelstein despite calls to cancel lecture, Ira Glunts
A small group of faculty members convinced Le Moyne College officials to permit Norman Finkelstein to lecture at their school, despite an organized campaign to persuade Le Moyne to cancel the event. The week before Finkelstein was scheduled to appear, a number of local Rabbis, a high ranking member of the New York State Catholic hierarchy, and other prominent community members contacted the school to request that the event be called off.

Israeli representative attempts to influence local co-op board decision, Adam Horowitz
The following press release was sent out by the Jefferson County BDS Committee:  A proposed boycott of products at a food co-op in Port Townsend prompted a visit from the Israeli Deputy Consul General for the Pacific Northwest.  Five member/owners of the Port Townsend Food Co-op presented a proposal to co-op board of directors asking the store to pull seven products from its shelves until Israel complies with U.N. decisions regarding occupied territories and lifts both the siege on Gaza and apartheid on Palestinians. Proponents of the boycott have gathered hundreds of signatures in support of the proposal.  Gideon Lustig, Israeli deputy consul general, flew from San Francisco to travel to Port Townsend, Washington, a rural town with a population of 8,000, located near the Canadian border. Lustig spoke at a public presentation arranged by “Stand With Us”, a Seattle lobbying group. Lustig also attempted to hold a secret meeting with the Food Co-op board of directors.

France’s “justice” persecutes BDS
On 29th October, representatives of CAPJPO Europpalestine, a French BDS group, are to appear in a French court in Paris, to answer charges that publishing the above video of a BDS action that took place in July 2009 at a Carrefour supermarket in Avry, constituted an “offense of incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence against a group of people on account of their belonging to the Israeli nation.”  The plaintiff, the “National Bureau of vigilance against antisemitism (because, naturally, according to antisemites and fake “vigilantes against antisemitism” alike, to speak against Israel is to attack Jews for being Jewish), is looking for opportunities to promote repression of Palestine solidarity activism, and the French state is more than happy to oblige. Europalestine was chosen out either randomly or out of convenience. As a matter of fact, the action was sponsored by a long list of organizations, including a Jewish group (IJAN) and a national political party (the New Anti-Capitalist Party), both of which it would probably be counter-productive for the Zionists to attack in court.

The Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Humanitarian/Restriction of Movement/Human Rights/Racism
Industrial Fuel – Needs Vs. Supply –Aug 22 –Sep 18

Goods – Needs Vs. Supply – Aug 22 – Sep 18

Israel denying PLC member access to hospital
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities are preventing a sick Palestinian lawmaker from accessing health care, a former European parliamentarian said Monday.  Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar was advised by doctors to undergo urgent brain scans more than two months ago, after tests at a Ramallah hospital revealed concerning results, former European Parliament vice president Luisa Morgantini said.

Israel to allow 20 cars into Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel will permit the entry of private vehicles into Gaza on Monday for the first time since 2007, a Palestinian crossing official said. Raed Fattouh said 20 cars will enter the Strip, as well as oil, spare parts and rubber tires. Israel has slowly allowed the entry of car parts and oil for the first time in four years over the past week.

Gaza: The Enduring Siege
Much attention has been paid to Israel’s “easing” of its siege of Gaza in early July 2010. Palestinians in Gaza now have access to previously banned items like pasta and chocolate.

A few scenes from the occupation, Philip Weiss
I go through the Qalandiya checkpoint, the dispiriting checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, famous for its galvanized-steel cattle chutes and gates. I am with a dozen other people lined up behind a turnstile that the guards control– they let a few people at a time into the inspection zone. A Palestinian woman is stopped at the front, and her son has been let through. He is about eight, and frightened. He can’t get his papers right and the soldier behind the glass keeps yelling at him and he keeps looking to his mother, who is locked in the turnstile. Men in line call out to let the woman through. At last she is let through to take care of her son.

* Violence/Aggression & Provocations

Medics: Gaza resident injured by Israeli fire
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was injured on Sunday when Israeli forces opened fire while he collected aggregate near the border area in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, medical sources told Ma’an.  The source said Nader Ghubun, 23, was injured in his right leg during the incident and was transferred to the Kamal Adwan Hospital.

Israeli Troops Invade Bil’in And Clash With Local Youth
Bil’in – PNN – an Israeli army force invaded on Monday midday the village of Bil’in in central West Bank and clashed with local youth.  Israeli troops stormed a number of homes and tried to arrest local youth, during the search campaign, soldiers fired tear gas at local youth who responded by hurling stones at the soldiers.  At least a dozen civilians suffered effects of tear gas inhalation and were treated locally, witnesses reported.

Border guards chase Palestinian workers near Jerusalem
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Border Guards patrolling the area between Jerusalem and Bethlehem chased a car of Palestinian workers on Sunday morning entering Israel by the Tsur Hadassah area, an Israeli source said.  The source said during the chase, the Israeli military vehicle hit the Palestinian car, injuring two officers. Six Palestinians were detained and the car was impounded, the source added.

Some Killing More ‘Moral’ Than Other, Mel Frykberg
Controversy is building up over a 91-year-old man, his 17-year-old grandson and a 20-year-old neighbour, all farmers, who were killed by Israeli shelling and gunfire as they tried to tend their land 700 metres from northern Gaza’s border with Israel.

IDF finally admits its three victims were civilians, David Samel
It cannot be much of a surprise to anyone with half a brain, but it’s now official. The 91-year-old Ibrahim Abu Sayed, his grandson Hossam and young family friend Ismail Abu Oda, who were blown away by Israeli tank shells in Gaza on September 12, were not terrorists after all. Even the IDF now admits it, although of course it still insists that these deaths were not the fault of the killers themselves. It was Hamas, and an imprudent, virtually suicidal gesture on the part of one of the victims, that are to blame. According to Ha’aretz: “Soldiers manning one of the IDF’s permanent lookout posts noticed three men on agricultural land at the edge of the no-go zone that the military imposes along the border fence. One of them, apparently the 21-year-old, was seen lifting a loaded rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, and seemingly aiming it at the border fence and in the general direction of an IDF patrol. The force commanders estimated the man was a terrorist preparing to fire the rocket, and an IDF tank opened fire on the group, killing all three.”

* Detainees

IOF troops detain 5 demonstrators including journalist
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) quelled on Saturday the Beit Ummar, Al-Khalil district, weekly march protesting the confiscation of the village land to build the separation wall.  [Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]

Israeli army abducts citizens from Jenin
Israeli military abducted three citizens from the villages of Jaba and Seelit Aad-Dahr, and invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin Monday morning.

Lawyer: Detainees at Huwara prison suffer malnutrition, food poisoning
SALFIT (Ma’an) — Palestinian detainees held in Israeli detention are suffering from food poisoning and malnutrition, a human rights lawyer said Sunday. Ahmad Tubasi said the administration of Huwara detention center does not provide sufficient food, and often just an egg and yoghurt is provided. The food is often rotten, he added.

Soldiers Break Into Ramon Prison, Attack Detainees
The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies And Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers broke, on Sunday at night, into the Ramon prison and attacked dozens of detainees; clashes were reported following the attack.

* Israel’s Arab Helpers

Hamas: PA detains 20 affiliates
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas accused Palestinian Authority forces of detaining 20 party affiliates across the West Bank overnight, a statement issued Monday read. The Islamist movement said the PA Preventive Security Services has “escalated” its detention campaign against party members and supporters in the West Bank since it claimed responsibility for the killing of four Israeli settlers on 31 August.

PA’s militias kidnap Hamas official Abu Eida
The Palestinian Authority’s security militias kidnapped on Sunday senior Hamas leader Wajih Abu Eida in Nablus city despite his suffering from several chronic diseases.  [Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]

Sudanese Migrant Killed, Three Wounded By Egyptian Border Police Fire
Sunday September 19, 2010 – 03:43, Egyptian medical sources reported Saturday that a Sudanese man was killed and three others were wounded by Egyptian Border Police Fire while trying tin infiltrate into Israel to seek work.

* “Peace” Talks/Political Developments

Hamas: We told U.S. in the past that we would accept Palestinian state along 1967 borders
In semi-annual report cited by Israel Radio, the militant group also says it asked the U.S. to engage in dialogue and to lift veto on reconciliation efforts with Fatah.

Obama responds to Palestinian petition
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama responded to a petition Sunday signed by Palestinians calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and support for Palestinian self-determination.  The letter was delivered to Sabri Seiydem, who coordinated the campaign, via the US Consulate in East Jerusalem. The letter was signed on behalf of the president by US Secretary of State assistant Jeffrey Feltman.

* Other News

Barak: US will supply Israel with bunker busters
Defense minister to meet with top US security officials in DC; Jerusalem believes Washington will agree to supply Israel with advanced cruise missiles, bombs designed to penetrate underground facilities.,7340,L-3956902,00.html

Olmert: US was ready to absorb 100,000 Palestinian refugees
Former prime minister also says he “wrote things as they were” in his autobiography regarding Barak’s desire to join Kadima; Defense secretary slams remarks as “pathetic, not deserving of reaction.”

Turkish president won’t meet Peres
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Monday he would not be meeting with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres in New York due to a tight schedule, Turkish media reported.  On Sunday, reports suggested the presidents would meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, marking the first official meeting between Gul and Peres since Israel raided a Turkish-flagged aid vessel in international water in May, killing nine Turkish nationals on board.

How dozens of Israeli Arab ‘espionage’ arrests ended in minor convictions
Attorney describes legal clause on contact with agents as ‘a trap’ that turns any interaction with an Arab from an enemy state into a criminal offense.

Israeli official: We’ll sell arms to Russia’s enemies
Jerusalem angered at sale of Russian cruising missiles to Syria, calls it ‘prize for extremist states’.,7340,L-3956186,00.html

Israeli universities dropped from list of top 200 in world
Haaretz learns that most Israeli universities were not on the list because they failed to respond to repeated requests for information, including on faculty and students.

Deri: Freeze made Ovadia curse Abbas
Former minister Aryeh Deri explains controversial words of Shas spiritual leader who wished death on Palestinian president, Palestinian nation. ‘He’s very sensitive,’ disgraced leader says.,7340,L-3956798,00.html

Nuclear museum to open in Beersheba
Not a word on Israel’s alleged nuclear program in center aimed at teaching kids about atomic energy.,7340,L-3956349,00.html

Arafat’s companion dies at 105
NABLUS (Ma’an) — The close friend and companion of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died on Monday at the age of 105 in his native village of Bita in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, his family announced.  Hajj Mussa Salama Jaber Duweikat fought in several battles leading up to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, including the Battle of Beit Furik.  He was detained several times by British forces in Mandatory Palestine and later by Israel. In 1999, he was barred from leaving the occupied Palestinian territories.  Duweikat is survived by 12 children and 150 grandchildren.

* Analysis/Opinion/Human Interest

Murder by way of national insanity, Hatim Kanaaneh
Here was a most capable pair of Palestinian lawyers bearing down with full force on a series of witnesses representing the best Israel could produce in its defense, formerly in the face of the intruding ISM and now to counter the petty claims of a sad family set on discrediting ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ and its valiant soldiers, members of the ‘most moral army in the world.’ I had seen and heard of innumerable cases where again and again the Israeli judicial system squeezes Palestinian defendants literally lifeless. But here I was witnessing the reverse process: Palestinians pressing proud Israelis, former and current members of Israel’s proud and mighty field units, into a state of denial, meekness, confusion and regression.

It’s not about cultural merit, Anees of Jerusalem
In yesterday’s Ha’aretz, Gideon Levy argues for the abandonment/removal of Israel’s illegal settlements from an uncommon standpoint: He lambasts the settlements, as civic/economic/aesthetic entities, for their lack of contribution to the betterment of Israeli society, and says that this ‘uselessness’ is why we need to stop the settlement project.  While I agree with much of what it says, I really don’t like this Gideon Levy piece—even though I get that he could just be trying to persuade Israeli society to oppose settlements using a new rationale. But to argue merit through cultural achievement is a rotten game. As a Palestinian, this makes me easily recall how Israelis often use the supposed cultural/industrial inferiority of “the Arabs”—How many Arab Nobel laureates are there compared to Jewish, they propose—to soothe their guilt for what Israel has done to Palestinians. (By the way I sense, through his writings, that even the leftist Israeli Uri Avnery is guilty of this.)

What Would Recognition Of A Jewish State Achieve?
The talks which only America wanted have already run aground on a seemingly trivial issue relative to the core problems of borders, settlements and Jerusalem. The inertia and outright hostility on this point speaks broadly of a lack of faith shared by both parties for this road so travelled. Resentment at being shoehorned into photo opportunities for Hillary Clinton can be divined from high level dissenting talk. Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared himself “very sceptical” at the outset. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat has made plain his willingness to walk away from the table.

How Israel views its public relations problem, Adam Horowitz
This ad is currently running on Haaretz for a new website set up by the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs.

Peace Talks? What’s on TV?
ROGER COHEN – IHT – “Question: What kind of government has its prime minister and foreign minister on different planets, spans secular-Labor to rightist-religious parties, and talks of peace within a year as it calls peace impossible for generations?”

In West Bank, corruption-busting teenagers shake up local government
While Israeli-Palestinian talks aim for Palestinian statehood, a devoted band of educators is grooming the rising generation to be citizens of a vibrant democracy.

Something is Rotten in This State, Too, Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
Most people involved or interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are currently focused – and rightly so – on newly started up direct talks between the two parties. However, as appealing as these negotiations may seem to be and regardless of whether they fail or succeed in the end, there are other just as important issues pressing on the Palestinians right here at home. If these “pressing issues” are not solved internally, not even a peace settlement will calm the fires of dissent slowly burning within.

One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State
I think there’s a degree of wishful thinking in the positive reaction from some pro-Palestinian one-staters to recent suggestions by a few Israeli rightists that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be resolved by gradually offering citizenship of a Jewish state of Israel to some of the Palestinians of the Occupied Territories. The wishful thinking lies in the assumption that “we” are talking about one state, and “they” are talking about one state, so regardless of the differences in the details we’re all to some extent reading off the same page.I don’t think there’s any basis to that assumption at all. What the Likud’s apparent “converts” mean by the one state solution is that there will be no Palestinian state, only an expanded Jewish state encompassing Israel and the West Bank. Some of the West Bank Palestinians may be granted citizenship in the Jewish state, so long as they formally accept Zionist supremacy and don’t expect to become citizens in the sort of numbers that would make them a “demographic threat” to Zionist rule. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip and its inhabitants can fulfill Yitzhak Rabin’s dearest wish, and sink into the sea.

Salem Music Center: 3-Year Plan
The Salem Music Center is a venture developing gradually thanks to the ongoing cooperation between its local Palestinian initiators, from the village of Salem near Nablus, the Israeli volunteers of the Villages Group, and donors from Israel and abroad (especially from Australia and the U.S).


* Lebanon

Hizbullah units successfully test new Iranian missile – report
BEIRUT: Special Hizbullah units in Iran have successfully launched and tested a new Iranian missile “Fatah 110,” according to a report by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai. The report, which was carried by Israel’s Channel 2 and Jerusalem Post, was also posted on the website of Hizbullah’s Al-Manar television.
Hezbollah slams western-backed faction over killing of HaririBEIRUT, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah slammed the western-backed Future Movement on “false witnesses” over the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.  Hezbollah’s spokesperson Ibrahim Moussawi said in a statement issued on Sunday that the Future Movement, through its recently adopted stands, is practicing a forgery operation of the largest scale in Lebanon’s modern history.  The Future Movement is also practicing “coup d’etat” against the state’s institutions from within, through exploiting them to its own total benefit and administering the country in a rather chaotic manner, he said.

Hezbollah Rejects Mustaqbal’s Sectarian Rhetoric as Shameful
18/09/2010 Suddenly and without prior notice, the sectarian rhetoric found its way in the Lebanese political scene… Despite its known sectarian color, Hezbollah backs the man who’s threatening the leader of the Sunnites in Lebanon,” Future Movement MP Ammar Houri said on Friday, in one of the most suspicious statements made so far.  The “blue” MP was commenting on the statement made by Hezbollah in which it condemned State Prosecutor Said Mirza’s request to summon former General Security Chief Jamil as-Sayyed, saying that the request was “political par excellence,” and calling on authorities to back down this judiciary decision.

Sayyed to Hariri: Criminals around You Must Be Held Accountable
18/09/2010 On Saturday, Lebanese delivered again a clear message to their state and judiciary… They believed the judicial decision to summon former General Security chief Jamil as-Sayyed following his latest press conference was illogical.  Instead of examining the accuracy of his dangerous revelations, the “judiciary” chose to “summon” him, simply because he “threatened” the state, the Prime Minister and the judiciary.  A man who was unfairly put in jail for four years in the file number one in Lebanon, the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, has no right to express himself. Perhaps, he might have no right to reject his political detention and should thank God his arbitrary arrest saw an end, after four years of injustice.

Indicted Johnny Abdo entered Lebanon secretly, and was ‘escorted’ by Saad Hariri’s ‘security contingent’…
Just a reminder: Johnny Abdo was indicted in absentia by a court in Lebanon for slandering the President, and yet he flew to Beirut a couple of weeks ago, did not go through any immigration control or else at the airport, and was escorted by Hariri’s men under the cloak of night .. Jamil Assayed is accused of attacking Lebanon’s prime minister (who is himself in absentia) …

Lebanon general decries judiciary
Former general Jamil al-Sayyed says he would respond to court summon only if Lebanon’s judiciary is ‘de-politicised.’
Aoun: We Aren’t Leading a Coup but Intellectual Revolution on Corruption
20/09/2010 Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader MP General Michel Aoun denied on Saturday that he, along with his allies, were carrying out a coup in the country but trying to bring back some apparatuses to the legitimacy and preserve the rights of the people. “We are carrying out an intellectual revolution against corruption,” Aoun said.  In an interview with al-Jazeera network Saturday night, Aoun added, “It is a political revolution against corruption, breaking laws and abusing human rights. We live under illegal systems that we don’t know how they were found, what their missions are or who gives them the directions.”  The FPM leader reiterated his call for forming a parliamentary investigation committee to examine the actions of Attorney General Said Mirza, Internal Security Forces (ISF) Director General Achraf Rifi, and ISF-Information Branch head Major Wissam al-Hassan, and added that he is supporting former General Security chief Jamil as-Sayyed’s case because Sayyed was falsely accused; however, “unfortunately, the false witnesses have immunity.” 
“Mustaqbal Performing Biggest Fraud Operation in Lebanon’s Modern History”
20/09/2010 Hezbollah Media Relations Officer Dr. Ibrahim Moussawi on Sunday accused the Future Movement (Mustaqbal) of “performing the biggest fraud operation in Lebanon’s modern history.”  Moussawi slammed the “latest stances voiced by some of its (Mustaqbal) leaders,” saying the movement was “staging a coup against state institutions, from the inside, through fully taking advantage of them to serve its interests and run the country as if it was a abandoned farm.”  Dr. Moussawi added, “The most dangerous thing is the acts of some of this movement’s symbols who are charging the atmospheres with sectarian tension through dragging the country into the rhetoric of sectarian strife – by classifying political stances according to sectarian basis, and by describing any stance that opposes the premier as opposition against its sect.”

State fails to secure bedouin adequate equal healthcare
BEIRUT: The nation’s 100,000 to 150,000 estimated bedouin are not receiving adequate medical access and are discriminated against by primary healthcare providers, a EU-backed project has concluded.  The lack of citizenship papers, an overall exclusion, and the near total lack of official policy planning for bedouin healthcare were the most significant problems, findings from the “Bedouin Health Project” have shown.  The three-year study, now concluding its final phase, has been jointly operated by the American University of Beirut and Oxford University and is primarily focused on assessing reproductive and child health care delivery in bedouin villages in central Bekaa.

* Iraq

Sunday: 56 Iraqis killed, 171 Wounded
Updated at 8:22 p.m. EDT, Sept. 19, 2010 An unusually quiet Saturday was followed by a very bloody Sunday in which at least 56 Iraqis were killed and 171 more were wounded. Baghdad again received most of the violence, for which a member of the Iraqi National Alliance blamed al-Qaeda and the political vacuum. Underscoring the unreliability of news accounts from Iraq since many international reporters left, a couple of the attacks that occurred yesterday went unreported until today and Mosul saw very little violence.

Iraq: Civilian shot down by gunmen fire in Mosul
A civilian man was killed by gunmen fire in eastern Mosul city on Saturday, a source from Ninewa police said.

Iraq arrests suspect responsible for recruiting suicide bombers
Joint security forces arrested a suspect responsible for recruiting Al Qaeda suicide bombers and four of his aides. An ammunition cache including explosives belts and high explosive materials was found as well during a security operation in northeastern Fallujah.

Post-U.S. invasion economic strategy ‘complete shambles’, says Iraq Central Bank official
The years since the 2003-U.S. invasion of Iraq have done more harm than good to Iraq’s economy, a senior Central Bank official says.  “One of the reasons for the failure of the economic administration in the past seven years is the misuse of the resources which the country owns,” said Mudher Saleh, the bank’s official consultant.  He said there was imbalance and mismatch in Iraq’s economy with the state in control of 80 percent of the country’s riches and other sectors the remaining 20 percent.  “This mechanism cannot achieve any economic feasibility and therefore its unproductive and doomed to failure .. it is  a complete shambles,” Saleh said.\2010-09-19\kurd.htm

Iraqi Kurds refuse to cooperate with Oil Ministry on oil exports
Iraqi Kurds have not delivered on promises to ship 100,000 barrels of oil a day to the outside world through Iraqi national pipeline network, the Oil Ministry said.  The ministry’s spokesman, Assem Jihad, said the sides had reached an agreement under which the Kurds would have pumped the volume for exports.  “The Ministry of Natural Resources in the (Kurdish) region has exhibited no sign of cooperation so far. It has not supplied us with 100,000 barrels we had agreed to be exported to the outside world,” Jihad said.  The agreement was that the proceeds from oil exports originating in the Kurdish region would go to central government coffers.\2010-09-17\kurd.htm

“New Order, Same Abuses”: Amnesty Condemns Iraq for Holding 30,000 Prisoners Without Trial
Amnesty International is condemning Iraq for holding an estimated 30,000 prisoners without trial, including 10,000 prisoners who were recently transferred from US custody. In a new report, Amnesty documents that Iraqi prisoners are being arbitrarily detained and often beaten to obtain forced confessions.

Iraqi Refugee Describes Torture, Imprisonment of Husband Who Returned to Iraq to Free Jailed Son
Rabiha al Qassab, a British Iraqi woman who lives in London, describes the harrowing story of her husband, Ramze Shihab Ahmed. Having fled in 1998 after being accused of trying to overthrow Saddam Hussein, Ramze returned to Iraq last year to get his son out of prison. He, too, was arrested and was tortured. Like 30,000 other Iraqis, he and his son are being held without charge.

Iraq finds missing artifacts in premier’s storage (AP)
AP – More than 600 ancient artifacts that were smuggled out of Iraq, recovered and lost again have been found misplaced among kitchen supplies in storage at the prime minister’s office, the antiquities minister said Monday.*

Iraq war saga: A Baghdad family cherishes good grades, dreams of an Xbox (The Christian Science Monitor)
The Christian Science Monitor – After years of study, sacrifice, and sleepless preparation, the two graduating girls of the Methboub family in Baghdad both held their breath this summer for the results.*

Syrian-Iraqi relations start to thaw
Ties between Damascus and Baghdad are warming after the deep freeze when Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki blamed Iraqi Ba’athists in Syria for last summer’s triple attacks in Baghdad. Maliki realizes he needs Syria’s support to hammer out alliances vital to his ability to retain power after indecisive elections in March. The rapprochement doesn’t mean he has been fully forgiven. – Sami Moubayed

* Iran

Ahmadinejad: Iran economy isn’t suffering from West’s sanctions
Iranian President tells American television that Iran has ‘no problem’ with sanctions, and insists that the country is actually benefiting from them.

Ahmadinejad Wants Release of Iranians Held in U.S.
New York Times 19 Sep 2010 – As a hiker held in Iran for 13 months arrived in the United States, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said that the United States, as “a humanitarian gesture,” should now release eight Iranians.

Poll: Vast majority opposes attack on Iran
Two-thirds want US to be neutral in Israeli-Palestinian conflict Americans increasingly accept torture, survey finds Fewer than one in five Americans would support a US military strike on Iran if the Middle Eastern country continued to pursue its nuclear program in the face of international sanctions, a new poll indicates.

Jail sentence for Iran activist
Shiva Nazar Ahari sentenced to six years in prison for plotting crimes against state and waging war against God.

Journalist jailed in Iran speaks
Like two Americans who remain incarcerated in Iran on spying charges, the journalist Roxana Saberi knows what it is like to be stuck in an Iranian jail. The freelance reporter was imprisoned last year on espionage charges, but she was later released. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, Americans who say they were hikers, are still in an Iranian jail on spying charges. Sarah Shourd, a third American woman who was traveling with them, was just released. In a studio interview with Al Jazeera, Roxana Saberi discusses prison, journalism and naïveté.

Reality Check: Iran is Not a Nuclear Threat, Scott Horton
Forget the neoconservative hype. The facts show Iran is not and has not been a nuclear threat to either the United States or Israel.

* U.S. and Other World News

Army: U.S. Soldiers Killed Afghan Civilians For Sport, Dismembered Bodies
According to charging documents, the unprovoked, fatal attack on Jan. 15 was the start of a months-long shooting spree against Afghan civilians that resulted in some of the grisliest allegations against American soldiers since the U.S. invasion in 2001. Members of the platoon have been charged with dismembering and photographing corpses, as well as hoarding a skull and other human bones.

Afghans scrub fingers clean to cast extra votes
One voting station in the capital Kabul, suspected frauds included three middle-aged women who turned up to vote with the registration cards of women half their age. Three more had real voting cards but couldn’t give the names printed on them.

Inside Story – Afghanistan: Credible elections?
Votes are being counted in Afghanistan after the country held its parliamentary elections over the weekend. But do Afghanistan’s people believe in democracy?

Kuwait bans public gatherings to curb Shiite-Sunni tensions
KUWAIT CITY: The Gulf state of Kuwait on Sunday banned public gatherings in a bid to contain rising tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims over inflammatory remarks by a Shiite activist in self-imposed exile.

Bahrain revokes citizenship of top Shiite cleric
BAGHDAD — Bahrain stripped a powerful Shiite cleric with close ties to Iraq of his citizenship as authorities Monday widened a crackdown against alleged dissidents ahead of next month’s elections in the tiny Gulf nation.  The move against Ayatollah Hussein al-Najati — the Bahraini representative of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite figure — shows the increasingly hard line by the island kingdom’s Sunni leadership against the majority Shiites, who have religious and cultural ties to both Iraq and Iran.

Bedouins cry foul in Egypt
Egyptian Bedouins in the Sinai Peninsula lead a traditional lifestyle not far from the bustling holiday resorts that are being developed in south of the country. The Bedouins say that they have been increasingly marginalised from the development projects as the Egyptian government denied them their share of profits from the country’s lucrative tourism industry. They also claim that the authorities employ excessive force against them, saying that between 1,000 and 3,000 Bedouins are held in Egyptian jails. Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports from the Sinai Peninsula.

The oil weapon for another war, As’ad Abukhalil
Khalid kindly translated per my suggestion the article by comrade Fawwaz about the Saudi arms deal:  “Saudi Arabia has announced the “Deal of the century” to buy American “F-15s”, and around 150 Military Choppers at the time when the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians had taken place. The timing between the two events could have been a coincidence, but it’s a coincidence that does not abandon the significant evidence of the new forming relationship between Arab Oil, Israel, and the Palestinian cause.  The United States is the biggest Arms dealer in the world, its arms Industry is the umbilical cord that feeds its economy. And the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the biggest client for the American Weaponry. Its military expenditure has reached $11.2bn in the years of 2005 and 2008. Its not confidential that the purchases of Oil producing countries of American arms, as well as operating trillions of dollars in the purchase of American Treasury Bonds like the private sector, has played an important role in reducing the commercial imbalance between Saudi and the US. Beside that, it should be added that the role of this Aero-Deal (And another Navy-Deal which could follow) would compensate a good percentage of the Trillionic’ Military Expenditure which the US has spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan & “International Terrorism”

Professor AbuKhalil: “The shift from a unipolar US world to a multipolar world is overstated”
As’ad AbuKhalil, or Angry Arab, as he is more commonly known after his blog The Angry Arab News Service is in real life, a most friendly, and forthcoming man.  The Lebanese-born author of four books on the Middle East, he is professor of Political Science at California State University, and is visiting professor at UC Berkeley.  Rather rare among American academics he is openly and adamantly critical of US foreign policy, so-called, moderate Arab regimes, such as Mubarak’s Egypt and the Kingdoms of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and of the state of Israel. At the same time, the resistance axis is never safe from his biting criticism either.

Translation of “Arab Lobby,” As’ad Abukhalil’s appearance on Min Washington

First Bush’s Torturers — Now Obama’s Assassins
Uruknet September 19, 2010 – Many thought that the Obama White House would take a very different stance on the overt and systematic violation of human rights which had become infamous policy in the US “war on terror” under G.W. Bush. Instead, aside from a cosmetic banning of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and an unfulfilled pledge to close the notorious Guantanamo.

The “Obscenity” of Comparing Americans to “Killers and Terrorists”, Glenn Greenwald
The nature of tribalism is that one always thinks their side is better and the other side worse, and that comparisons between the two sides (or even equal application of standards to each) is deeply unfair and offensive (“moral relativism”).

Burning and Building, RICHARD PHELPS
Should a building that isn’t a mosque be built on a site that isn’t all that near to where the Twin Towers once stood? Should a pastor of a church that no-one had ever heard of until recently be allowed to burn some books that he himself can’t read, but that folk he has never met often do read? As the frenzy of the past week quietens, this is not yet another article concerning either case. For herein lies the precisely the point: what could possibly be said regarding either case that was not obvious right from the beginning? This is about propaganda and distraction.

Legendary British Author John le Carré on Why He Won’t Be Reading Tony Blair’s Iraq War-Defending Memoir
David Cornwell, the legendary British novelist who writes under the name John le Carré, joins us in London. A former British spy, his books include The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and The Constant Gardener. On the heels of the publication of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Iraq war-defending memoir A Journey, le Carré explains why he refused to interview Blair and why he won’t be reading his memoir. [includes rush transcript]

American public opinion and the special relationship with Israel

Sep 20, 2010 

John Mearsheimer

There is no question that the United States has a relationship with Israel that has no parallel in modern history. Washington gives Israel consistent, almost unconditional diplomatic backing and more foreign aid than any other country. In other words, Israel gets this aid even when it does things that the United States opposes, like building settlements. Furthermore, Israel is rarely criticized by American officials and certainly not by anyone who aspires to high office. Recall what happened last year to Charles Freeman, who was forced to withdraw as head of the National Intelligence Council because he had criticized certain Israeli policies and questioned the merits of the special relationship.

Steve Walt and I argue that there is no good strategic or moral rationale for this special relationship, and that it is largely due to the enormous influence of the Israel lobby. Critics of our claim maintain that the extremely tight bond between the two countries is the result of the fact that most Americans feel a special attachment to Israel. The American people, so the argument goes, are so deeply committed to supporting Israel generously and unreservedly that politicians of all persuasions have no choice but to support the special relationship. 

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has just released a major study of how the American public thinks about foreign policy. It is based on a survey of 2500 Americans, who were asked a wide variety of questions, some of which have bearing on Israel. Their answers make clear that most Americans are not deeply committed to Israel in any meaningful way. There is no love affair between the American people and Israel.

This is not to say that they are hostile to Israel, because they are not. But there is no evidence to support the claim that Americans feel a bond with Israel that is so strong that it leaves their leaders with little choice but to forge a special relationship with Israel. If anything the evidence indicates that if the American people had their way, the United States would treat Israel like a normal country, much the way it treats other democracies like Britain, Germany, India, and Japan.

Consider some of the study’s main findings:

“Contrary to the long-standing, official U.S. position, fewer than half of Americans show a readiness to defend Israel even against an unprovoked attack by a neighbor. Asked whether they would favor using U.S. troops in the event that Israel were attacked by a neighbor, only 47 percent say they would favor doing so, while 50 percent say they would oppose it …This question was also asked with a slightly different wording in surveys from 1990 to 2004 (if Arab forces invaded Israel). In none of these surveys was there majority support for an implicitly unilateral use of U.S. troops.”

Americans “also appear to be very wary of being dragged into a conflict prompted by an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. In this survey, conducted in June 2010, a clear majority of Americans (56%) say that if Israel were to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran were to retaliate against Israel, and the two were to go to war, the United States should not bring its military forces into the war on the side of Israel and against Iran”

“While Americans have strongly negative feelings toward the Palestinian Authority … a strong majority of Americans (66%) prefer to ‘not take either side’ in the conflict.”

“There is some tangible worry regarding the direction of relations with Israel. Although 44 per-cent say that relations with Israel are “staying about the same,” a very high 38 percent think relations are ‘worsening,’ and only 12 percent think they are ‘improving’.”

“Americans are not in favor of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a major sticking point in the conflict, with 62 percent saying Israel ‘should not build’ these settlements.”

Finally, only 33 percent of those surveyed feel that Israel is “very important” to the United States, while 41 percent said it was “somewhat important.” It is also worth noting that on the list of countries that were said to be “very important” to the United States, Israel ranked fifth behind China, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Of course, all of those countries have a normal relationship with the United States, not a special relationship like the one Israel has with Washington. 

The data in the Chicago Council’s study is consistent with the data that Steve and I presented in our book and in countless public talks. The story remains the same.

The bottom line is that the lobby is largely responsible for America’s special relationship with Israel, which is harmful to both countries. Alan Dershowitz was spot on when he said, “My generation of Jews … became part of what is perhaps the most effective lobbying and fund-raising effort in the history of democracy.” 

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True talk on the Israeli siege of Gaza

Sep 20, 2010


In advance of tomorrow’s meeting of the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) for assistance to the Palestinians, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) released a report detailing steps taken to improve Gaza’s economy pursuant to a June 20, 2010 Israeli Cabinet decision to “ease” the closure. We analyze what is true and what would be more true about the MFA report.

True: “Traffic has increased significantly. The number of trucks coordinated with the PA normally reaches the current maximum capacity of 250 trucks a day”.

More True: While the volume of trucks has increased, it was still at just 38% of demand in the last month, due to Israel’s refusal to re-open crossings it has closed since 2007.

True: “Real GDP growth in the first half of 2010 (compared to the first half of 2009) is estimated by the IMF at 9 percent for the West Bank and 16 percent for Gaza”.

More true: The IMF report points out that growth is reflected in part because the first half of 2009, which included the military operation “Cast Lead” and its aftermath, represents a very low base or point of comparison. GDP per capita for Gaza is still 40% less than it was in 1994 and has yet to recover to 2007 levels, due to an apparently ongoing Israeli policy of “economic warfare”, including a ban on exports. The IMF has noted that true and sustainable economic recovery requires lifting the ban on exports and removing remaining restrictions on entrance of raw materials.

True: “Growth in the field of construction reached more than 20% in the first quarter of 2010 (in comparison to the parallel quarter in 2009)”.

More true: The parallel quarter in 2009 included the military operation “Cast Lead”, in which buildings were still being actively destroyed by the Israeli military. Due to onerous approval requirements and limited capacity of the crossings, just 132 truckloads of cement and gravel have entered Gaza since the “easing”, even though tens of thousands are needed. The UN notes, at this rate, it would take approximately 75 years to bring in the materials needed for UNRWA’s reconstruction plan.

True: “A number of projects have already been fully implemented or are currently underway. These projects include… Delivery of containers to serve as classrooms, a UN project”.

More True: Children in UNRWA schools attend classes in the aforementioned shipping containers, because despite the “easing”, Israel has yet to approve entry of a single truckload of construction materials for the 100 new schools UNRWA has requested to build.

True: “In July … a total of 2,457 exit permits were granted [to leave the Gaza Strip]”.

More true: This is less than 1% of the number of exits in Sept. 2000, before Israel imposed tight restrictions. Israel has announced that “[the easing] does nothing to expand the criteria [for travel]”.

For Gisha’s information sheet on the changes in the closure policy since the June 2010 cabinet decision, see: Unraveling the Closure of Gaza.

For weekly information about Gaza’s crossings, see

TIAA-CREF CEO confronted on investments supporting the occupation

Sep 20, 2010

Adam Horowitz 

UMass Boston faculty, staff and students bring the issue of divestment to TIAA-CREF CEO Roger Ferguson. This is part of an ongoing campaign to get the investment fund to divest from companies that arm, and profit from, the illegal Israeli occupation.

Tomorrow – Siege Busters Ball to benefit the US boat to Gaza

Sep 20, 2010

Pamela Olson



Come one, come all to


A dance on International Day of Peace for the US BOAT TO GAZA CAMPAIGN

Tickets $20-$40 – Purchase now at the Littlefield website

All proceeds will go to support the US BOAT TO GAZA, so give as generously as you can!

Join DJ Ibrahim, DJ Vega Benetton, Marcel Cartier (Existence is Resistance), Monstah Black, Harrabic Tubman, Ismail Khalidi, Pamela Olson, Ryan Green, Daniel Maher…

…and 400 New Yorkers who will help launch the US BOAT TO GAZA, THE AUDACITY OF HOPE

(Read more about our performers here)

Dance the siege away at Littlefield in Brooklyn to free Gaza!

Tuesday, September 21st, from 8pm – whenever! Littlefield (a gorgeous performance space!) 622 Degraw St. Brooklyn, NY

(R train to Union or B, D, N, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Avenue)

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Israeli representative attempts to influence local co-op board decision

Sep 20, 2010

Adam Horowitz


The following press release was sent out by the Jefferson County BDS Committee:

A proposed boycott of products at a food co-op in Port Townsend prompted a visit from the Israeli Deputy Consul General for the Pacific Northwest.

Five member/owners of the Port Townsend Food Co-op presented a proposal to co-op board of directors asking the store to pull seven products from its shelves until Israel complies with U.N. decisions regarding occupied territories and lifts both the siege on Gaza and apartheid on Palestinians. Proponents of the boycott have gathered hundreds of signatures in support of the proposal.

Gideon Lustig, Israeli deputy consul general, flew from San Francisco to travel to Port Townsend, Washington, a rural town with a population of 8,000, located near the Canadian border. Lustig spoke at a public presentation arranged by “Stand With Us”, a Seattle lobbying group. Lustig also attempted to hold a secret meeting with the Food Co-op board of directors.

Sam Gibboney, the co-op board president, had agreed to a secret meeting with the consul general. The meeting was reported in a local newspaper, and prompted criticism for operating behind closed doors and violating co-op by-laws and governing policies. The board is required to hold open and transparent board meetings, unless there is a compelling reason for privacy. Gibboney has since revoked the invitation to other board members after public outcry. Gibboney will meet with the consul general in a private meeting before the consul general returns to San Francisco. That meeting is closed to the public and co-op member-owners.

“We wish that Sam Gibboney had given the same courtesy to listen to the member-owners that she was elected to represent.”, said Liz Rivera Goldstein, one of the proponents of the boycott. Recently, several educational events have been organized by both sides of the boycott issue. Gibboney has not attended any of the public forums. Only one food co-op board member has been seen at any of the recent forums and slide shows organized to educate the community about the issues of human rights violations and continued military action against civilian populations.

Tuesday, September 21, the Food Co-op board will hold a special meeting to vote on the boycott proposal. The board has invited co-op member/owners to attend and comment before the board discuses and votes upon the boycott proposal. The meeting takes place at 6 pm at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., in Port Townsend.

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Serco provide “security” in Australia so let’s all relax

21 Sep 2010

Behold! The local media (in today’s Australian) briefly mention the role of British multinational Serco but watch how quickly it’ll be buried again. Nothing to see here, all hail privatised cruelty:

The government has ruled out using the military as a crisis response force in the event of trouble at a new immigration detention centre at Cape York Peninsula, giving police that role.

An Immigration Department spokesman confirmed that officials and private security contractor Serco had undertaken contingency planning to deal with potential security issues at the planned detention centre at the Scherger airforce base near Weipa, 2500km north of Brisbane.

“This is standard operating procedure for all of (the department’s) immigration detention centres and facilities,” the spokesman told The Australian yesterday.

“We are not going to discuss details of our contingency planning other than to say that the use of defence forces is not a part of contingency plans.”

In two to three weeks, Scherger will be opened to house up to 300 single adult male asylum-seekers currently held on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

Serco, the British-based private security contractor in charge of the centre, already holds the contract for security at every Australian immigration detention facility. It has refused to be interviewed.

As well as using Scherger, additional immigration detention accommodation is being added at the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre in remote Western Australia, and at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, for families and children.

This sparked criticism from West Australian Premier Colin Barnett, who said WA police had raised concerns about their capacity to deal with riots and escapees from the base at Derby, in the Kimberley region of WA.

Weipa is more than 800km from Cairns and is more than one hour by plane from the far north Queensland city.

A spokesman for the Queensland Police Service said the QPS would work with “relevant state and federal authorities to provide an appropriate policing response” when required at Scherger.

There are 12 police officers permanently based at the Weipa police station. The next closest police station to the Scherger base is at Aurukun, an indigenous community about 100km south of Weipa, at which 10 police officers are stationed.

Earlier this month, nearly 100 asylum-seekers broke out of the detention centre in Darwin and staged a peaceful protest outside the fence before being rounded up by Northern Territory police.


FBI fears the radical Quakers

21 Sep 2010

Never trust the government or intelligence authorities to not exceed their mandate, to poke where they should not and investigate what is not their business:

The FBI in recent years opened investigations into some U.S. activists with little basis, unjustifiably extended the duration of the probes, improperly retained information about activist groups in its files, and classified its investigations of “nonviolent civil disobedience” as investigations into “acts of terrorism,” according to a report released today [1] (PDF) by the Justice Department’s Inspector General.

The FBI activities reviewed by the Justice Department took place from 2001 to 2006, and involved groups including the Thomas Merton Center (a Pittsburgh social justice center), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Greenpeace, The Catholic Worker (communities of religious pacifists) and a Quaker peace activist.

The report by the Justice Department watchdog didn’t find that the FBI  targeted these groups on the basis of their free speech activities — which would be a serious violation [2] of FBI guidelines — but did fault the agency for other reasons, most notably a “factually weak” basis for opening investigations.

Treat Arabs like dogs, lawless Israel says

21 Sep 2010

So what is Israeli apartheid offering today?

Security officers in settlements are confiscating Palestinian workers’ identity cards and holding them while they are in the Jewish communities, under IDF orders, even though there is no legal basis for their action. The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman told Haaretz that the matter is being investigated.

How the Arab music world can see our noble soldiers in war

21 Sep 2010

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This fascinating video, by Iraqi singer Shadha Hassoun, has caused a sensation in the Middle East:

The raging questions about America’s role in Iraq came to a boil earlier this year with “Arqoub’s Promise,” a controversial music video which captured public debate. Invoking Arqoub, a legendary character infamous for his unfulfilled promises, the Iraqi singer Shadha Hassoun bemoans both her affair with a U.S. soldier and the U.S. invasion of her war-torn country. Double-entendre lyrics about love and betrayal combine with images of the singer crossing wind and sand-swept streets to end up in a poignant post-lovemaking confrontation with her lover in the back of a U.S. military truck, with a large screen playing images of military hardware, explosions and torn bodies. As the U.S. soldier walks away, the video concludes in black and white, with a street strewn with dozens of shoes — in homage to Bush shoe thrower Muntazher al-Zhaidi — and a haunting close-up of a fright-stricken baby face encircled with barbed wire. The release of the video in mid-January, 2010 set the Iraqi and Arab press ablaze: “Shadha Hassoun glorifies the occupation of Iraq!” accused one columnist; “A political or romantic message?” wondered another; “Shadha Hassoun expels occupier,” wrote a third, reflecting multiple and contrary readings of the video.

Such work simply shows that the Arab world is often forced to be far more political than the West, as war and occupation are daily on their door-steps, courtesy of the “liberating” US and her charming allies.


Keeping the Israel lobby close to the PM’s heart

 21 Sep 2010

What will this leading Australian Zionist lobbyist do? The poor dear. He’ll still be helping the Labor Party back every Israeli policy in such a noble act of benevolence. One day, and soon, such figures will be seen as the worst friends of Israel imaginable:

Tim Mathieson, the partner of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, has quit his job with ALP benefactor and prominent Melbourne property developer Albert Dadon.

A senior Jewish business figure last night told The Age his resignation had been ”inevitable” and that moving away from any such employment was ”the right thing to do”.

Last month, The Age reported that if Labor won the election, Mr Mathieson would resign, with senior figures in Labor and the Jewish community concerned about his position with Mr Dadon’s Ubertas property business.

The ALP increasingly regards Mr Dadon as a conduit to donations, including from the Jewish business community. On the last Sunday before polling day he hosted a large breakfast function at his home, where Ms Gillard met members of the Jewish community.

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said Mr Mathieson had decided to resign from his job only because he wanted to pursue more advocacy and charity work, in line with his responsibilities ”as the partner of a Prime Minister”.

During the election, Mr Dadon said the function at his home was not a fund-raising event and told ABC Radio that media coverage of his links with the ALP and Tim Mathieson were because of his [Mr Dadon’s] Jewish heritage. ”I feel that this whole thing is simply because I’m a Jew. And that’s what I resent.”

Business sources have told The Age that donations were not collected at the campaign function, but some attendees would later be asked for contributions.

The Prime Minister’s office says Mr Mathieson will spend his time working with groups such as beyondblue and in other roles related to indigenous health.

Since 2008, Mr Mathieson has been national charity ambassador with Kidney Health Australia. The charity’s chief executive, Anne Wilson, said she was contacted on August 31, more than a week after the election, about a possible significant donation from Mr Dadon. His company Ubertas has donated a mid-level apartment from a soon-to-be-developed city site, which the charity will auction or raffle to raise funds.

Mr Mathieson worked selling apartments for Ubertas, responding to inquires from potential buyers and dealing with existing customers.


Talking on ABC TV News24 about refugees, Afghanistan and some common sense

21 Sep 2010

Last night I again appeared on ABC TV’s News24 The Drum panel alongside the Australian Financial Review’s David Crowe and The Daily Grind’s Joe Stella (vision here for two weeks, look for 21 September and here’s info about my August appearance).

The main topic up for discussion was the asylum seeker crisis at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre and the length of time refugees are locked up while claims are being processed. Mental anguish is almost guaranteed. I urged an examination of the role of private company Serco, the far-too-mysterious corporate running all the country’s centres. Nobody on the panel seemed to believe accountability with the current system was really possible. Who truly knows what Serco does and why? The Labor government is far too keen to give the firm the dirty work and blame them for incompetence. Finally, I urged Australia to release detainees into the community once checks are undertaken. In a country such as New Zealand, there’s far less hysteria over asylum seekers and there aren’t countless missing refugees running wild. Oh, is it too much to ask that a person, like fellow panellist Stella, not continually refer to refugees as “illegal”? They’re not, and have a perfect international right to seek safety and asylum here.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young was interviewed and called for an end to mandatory detention and a warning that the nation was descending back into a period of harming citizens in our care. She seemed open to the possibility, based on my question to her, to push for a robust debate in the Australian parliament on the gross human rights abuses in Sri Lanka and the threats faced by Tamils there, meaning we shouldn’t be sending them back from detention.

Finally, the war in Afghanistan was on the agenda following a leaked email detailing the lack of appropriate support for Australian troops in the country. I argued that a majority of Australians oppose the conflict, the West is backing a warlord infected and corrupt regime and simply staying there to “finish the job” – aka fellating Washington – was plainly offensive to our intelligence. We should withdraw immediately while providing reparations for the massive damage we’ve caused since 2001.


The lack of imagination by the Israeli left

21 Sep 2010

American, Jewish journalist and activist Joseph Dana, writing from Israel:

Israelis have the unique position (read privilege) to support the popular non-violent struggle of Palestinians in the West Bank against the occupation, settlements and separation wall. Palestinians have extended an open hand to Israelis to join their struggle which takes place only one hour from Tel Aviv. Many Israelis have answered this call but it has only been a drop in the sea compared with the number of people that harbour ‘left’ opinions about the occupation and prospects for co-existence through grassroots work. Shiekh Jarrah had the opportunity to energize these people with ‘left’ opinions and lead them in the direction of genuine solidarity with Palestinians struggling against the crippling occupation. Yet, the movement has made the decision to focus energy on exhibiting ‘solidarity’ in places where Palestinians by and large can’t enter. It comes down to one’s definition of solidarity.


Off-shore processing for refugees is about as logical as Blair’s parenting skills

 20 Sep 2010

More here.


Hello media, what are Serco doing to asylum seekers in Australia?

20 Sep 2010

The Australian media is filled with coverage of the refugee protest at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre and yet virtually no journalists seem to be reporting about the role of Serco, the company running the place.

It’s always simply assumed that privatisation of detention centres is a jolly good idea for all concerned. For a lack of accountability, it’s wonderful.

Jewish occupation via the iPhone

20 Sep 2010

Following Zionist apartheid from the comfort of your portable device:

Want to know what’s happening in the West Bank settlements in real time? In addition to ‘Sudoku’ and ‘Street Fighter,’ iPhone owners will now be able to install the “Facts on the Ground” application, which monitors the expansion of settlements in Judea and Samaria, created by Americans for Peace Now.

“This new app shows the unfiltered realities that settlements create on the ground of the West Bank. While people are entitled to their opinions on this divisive issue, there is only one set of facts, and our app makes these facts available in unprecedented clarity and detail,” said Debra DeLee, APN’s President and CEO.

Settlements are symbolized by little blue houses on the map. Clicking once on the icon gives its land area. A second click brings up a window with more details: the year it was established, population, ideology (or lack of), character (secular or religious), amount of ‘private Palestinian land’ it occupies, and a graph that tracks its population growth.

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Dear Friends and Allies,

On July 27-28  student activists from around the world participated in a conference hosted by the Right to Education Campaign at Birzeit University. Al Fakhoora was a proud supporter of the Conference and is pleased to share a description of the event and follow-up action plans drafted during the two day event. Click here to read more.

Conference Plans for the Right to Education Week: November 2010
During the conference, participants worked together to draft ideas for the upcoming Right to Education Week (November 15-19) including a Global Day of Action (November 16th):
During the International Week of Action student groups will hold events and take action to raise awareness about the struggle for education under Israeli occupation. For a list of event ideas and to learn more about how you can host events on your campus and in your communities, click here. *The Right to Education Campaign is encouraging student groups to participate in the Right to Education Week in November! Email for more information and/or to submit ideas for the Week of Action.

Students Share Their Experience at The Right to Education Conference: July 27-28

Here is a message sent to us from our Gaza Student Coordinator, Abdullah Riyah El-Khoudary soon after he and other students were denied permits to travel to the West Bank. He and fellow students in Gaza overcame odds and joined the Right to Education conference via Video Conferencing and Skype:

“Greetings from Gaza. I wish that you are good and doing well! So sorry that we didn’t get the permission to cross to the West Bank. You know, this is the Israeli treatment. I was so sad when I was told that the permission to cross would not be given to us! Anan called me and asked me that to arrange a video conference in Gaza with Birzeit, and I did my best even though there was just one day before the conference. And I succeeded! In just one day — it was something like a miracle. We got a hall in Gaza University and I provided a lunch for the students…” Read the rest of Abdullah’s message here and visit the blog of West Bank student, Arabiat, to read her feedback after attending the Right to Education Conference.

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About Al Fakhoora

Al Fakhoora was established under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah and is part of an international movement that supports student advocacy to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinian students in Gaza and the West Bank.  It has committed to providing 100 scholarships a year for 10 years for Palestinian students in post secondary education in Gaza and is working with various international agencies including The United Nations Development Program and the Islamic Development Bank to rehabilitate universities in Gaza, improve the quality of education, provide psychosocial counseling to students, and deliver prosthetics to youth in need. Learn more at

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