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NOVANEWS


06 Oct 2010

Why does Tehran continue playing into America and Israel’s hands? Repression is a bad look, politically and morally repulsive:

Reporters Without Borders is outraged that the Iranian government is reinforcing and extending its online censorship and repression of netizens. Several news and information websites have been blocked in the past few days including those of two influential Grand Ayatollahs, which have been inaccessible in Iran since 3 October. Online women’s rights and student activists are among those who continue to be questioned and threatened.

It is now the ayatollahs’ turn to be censored. It seems that the Islamic Republic’s government, led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supported by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, can no longer tolerate the views of some of Iran’s leading clerics. Their websites cater to spiritual needs and are far from being news outlets or sources of information about opposition politics. But they are being targeted by the government. By preventing Muslims from visiting these sites, the Islamic Republic is taking censorship to a new level.

The websites of Ayatollah Yusef Saanei and Ayatollah Asadollah Bayatzanjani were blocked on 3 October, as their offices have confirmed. Both are critical of the government and Supreme leader and both had often objected to the crackdown on protesters following President Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009. 

 

 

 

 
06 Oct 2010

Wow, tell me something I don’t know:

A Haaretz investigation reveals that since the building freeze in the West Bank was lifted ten days ago, bulldozers have been working furiously on the construction of 350 new housing units in various settlements.

As the end of the freeze approached, the settlements have made great efforts to launch a massive building campaign in response. The Yesha Council has expressed satisfaction at the large amount of construction that has taken place so far.

 

 

05 Oct 2010

This is what Israel has created, pure ugliness, racism and hatred. Courtesy of the Israeli tax-payer and allowed to fester for decades. Try undoing this:

The Settlement movement warned Tuesday of a harsh reaction and painful “price tag” style retaliation if authorities proceed in the plan to seal a synagogue which was illegally built in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Shomron.

Elements in the far Right warned that should the synagogue be sealed, they will stage protests, burn tires, set Palestinian farmland on fire and block roads. Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari (National Union) vowed to entrench himself in the building and physically block any such attempt with his body.

The settlers are enraged that while legal action is taken against their prayer house, no action is being taken again an illegally built mosque in the Burin, an adjacent Palestinian village.

 

 05 Oct 2010

An interesting idea and one to consider as an alternative to the rampant privatisation agenda pushed by both major sides of politics in the Western world:

Help the unemployed! Cut spending! Provide a safety net! No new taxes! America expects the impossible of government right now, if campaign events are any indication. But what if government could do all that without spending a dime up front? A recent plan from England may prove an inspiration for penny pinchers, bleeding hearts, and rational economists alike.

It’s called a social impact bond, and here’s how it works: Social entrepreneurs or community groups are loaned money by private investors to try out solutions to social problems. If the solution works, the government pays whoever invested in the solution a share of whatever spending is saved. In other words, as one writer put it, “It’s a way of transferring public sector savings to private investors who are willing to put money into preventative initiatives early on.” 

The social impact bond launched earlier this summer in England and it is a global first in government spending, mainly because the government doesn’t spend anything until they get results. And “results” means both cost savings as well as meeting a social goal. Win-win all around if it works, and if it loses, the investors are out, not the government.

 

 

 

 

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SAUDI PRINCE KILLED SERVANT

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Saudi Prince killed servant in attack with sexual element, court told

The grandson of the King of Saudi Arabia beat his servant to death in an attack which had a sexual element, a jury at the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

6 October 2010

The grandson of the King of Saudi Arabia beat his servant to death in an attack which had a sexual element, a jury at the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, killed Bandar Abdulaziz in a murder of “ferocity” it is claimed.

According to The Mirror, Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, was found strangled in a Marylebone hotel suite which he was sharing with the prince, in February.

He suffered brain damage, fractured ribs, a split lip and broken teeth.

Although al Saud claims their relationship was one of equals, he is alleged to have subjected his aide to repeated vicious assaults over several weeks.

The court heard that the victim had spent the last three years travelling as an “occasional companion” to the prince after meeting via friends.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw, QC said: “Theirs was a far more complicated relationship than the defendant was prepared to admit. Abuse was not confined to physical violence. There was a sexual element as well.”

Although the prince has denied being gay, a barman at the Sanderson Hotel said the prince flirted with him and suggested they go on a date.

According to the Mirror, two male escorts also visited the prince’s hotel suite and police said that he had visited gay escort websites.

He denies grievous bodily harm with intent. The trial continues.

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UNRWA IN CRISIS


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UNRWA is an agency in crisis.  For more than 60 years, it has tirelessly served as a lifeline for Palestinian refugees, but 2010 is different. 

UNRWA is simply overstretched and underfunded.  Due to the increased demand for services and the global financial crisis, the Agency is facing an $80 million deficit and as a result, UNRWA cannot pay staff salaries in November. This is a devastating reality for the 29,000 staff members, 99% of whom are Palestinian refugees themselves, working as doctors, nurses, teachers, counselors and engineers.  Without this staff, UNRWA cannot continue to operate its life-saving programs.  

What will become of the 4.8 million Palestinian refugees without UNRWA?  Who will teach the 500,000 students enrolled in UNRWA schools?  Who will care for the patients that visit UNRWA’s 134 health clinics each day? Without your support, we will all be forced to answer these questions.

UNRWA has always served as a refuge, providing food, water and shelter in the worst of storms.  From Gaza in 1956 through the cataclysm of June 1967, to Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s and onto successive intifadas, up to Operation Cast Lead in 2009 – UNRWA continues to shield and support the people of Palestine.  However, conditions are more urgent than ever, and the unprecedented budgetary crisis of 2010 may be one storm the Agency cannot weather.  

Now, more than ever, the UN agency that has steadfastly worked to provide Palestinians with the tools to improve their lives needs our support.  

There are many ways you can help:

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DOROTHY ONLINE NEWSLETTER

NOVANEWS

Dear Friends,

4 not very long reports—beginning with an anticipated one (continuation of colony construction), the second an angry Amira Hass relates how the Shabak (General Security Service) treats Palestinians in dire need of medical assistance and the ok of the Israeli consensus, the third and fourth both about possible boycotts against Israel.   Should they materialize, should the great granddaughter of Wagner declare that her decision to not come to Israel is in effect her Boycott, and should one or both soccer organizations kick Israel out because of its treatment of Palestinian soccer players, each of these will hurt,  Will Israel be forced to at the least alter its treatment of Palestinian athletes?  Not likely.  It will be another indication for the Israeli public on how anti-Semitic the world is.

Few, (if any) really expected Netanyahu to continue the settlement freeze once it had expired.  So it is no surprise that construction in the colonies is once again going on, in the OPT, and apparently at a pace.  Actually it never entirely stopped.  Thus the present government’s intentions have been and are clear.  The so-called ‘peace’ talks are (as in the past) a smoke screen for Israeli expansion. 

As for Amira Hass, here anger is justified.  The situation when an extremely ill person does not have medical help available in her country and is not allowed to exit if for medical help in another country is disgusting, to say the least.  But that’s Israel today.  And, as Hass remarks, the Israeli public is complicit in its attitude towards such events.

Item 3 is about the possibility that Israel will be kicked out of the UEFA, and, possibly also, out of FIFA.  If either or both transpire, they are  unlikely to bring Israel to change its ways, but they will hurt.  Eventually, as more people realize what Israel is, and as more organizations and individuals refuse to be  partners with Israel, then we might yet see Israel behaving differently, not because it wants to, but because it cares about its image.  As for the final item, no reasons are given why Wagner’s great granddaughter has announced just one  week prior to her planned appearance here that she will not come.  Perhaps we shall also eventually learn why.  I found nothing mentioned about this in the European newspapers that I checked, nor in Al Jazeera.  But both the last, however they turn out, are positive events.

All the best,

Dorothy

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Haretz Wednesday,

October 06, 2010

10 days after settlement freeze expires, 350 new units under construction

West Bank settlers satisfied with the momentum; council chair: Building proceeding normally, not at a heightened pace.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/10-days-after-settlement-freeze-expires-350-new-units-under-construction-1.317467

By Chaim Levinson

A Haaretz investigation reveals that since the building freeze in the West Bank was lifted ten days ago, bulldozers have been working furiously on the construction of 350 new housing units in various settlements.

As the end of the freeze approached, the settlements have made great efforts to launch a massive building campaign in response. The Yesha Council has expressed satisfaction at the large amount of construction that has taken place so far.

Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha Council of Settlements, said, “construction in Judea and Samaria is resuming normalcy. After ten wasted months, that only caused harm and didn’t benefit anybody, we are returning to routine.”

Dayan continued, “When you [finally let go after you] throttle someone’s neck for two months, he does not start breathing four times as heavy, he starts breathing normally. That is what is happening right now in the settlements.”

A long queue of Palestinian laborers lined up Tuesday at the entrance to the settlement of Talmon, west of Ramallah. The vehicles with white license plates parked at the side of the road, and Palestinian workers exited the vehicles.

The workers waited for the security officer to check their identity cards before entering the various construction sites spread out over the settlement that have sprung up since the end of the building freeze.

In the settlement of Kedumim, laborers are working on 56 new houses, and in Ariel bulldozers are flattening the land where 54 staggered-floor houses will be built for the evacuated Gaza settlers of Netzarim. The lands are also being measured because of a problem in the way that the land is parceled.

In Karmei Tzur in the Gush Etzion bloc they have started building 56 houses and executing major earth-moving work. In Adam, land-leveling work has begun for 24 new houses; some of those houses will be ready for their concrete foundations in the near future.

In Kiryat Arba they have begun construction on 34 new houses, and in the small settlement of Nariya they are expanding with 20 new houses. Workers are building 20 new houses in the settlement of Matityahu, and between five to ten in Nili.

There are also a number of settlements in which only a handful of houses are being built. In Oranit and Sha’arei Tikvah there has been some ‘D-I-Y’ construction. In Revava in Samaria, a single-digit number of houses are being built, some of which were already partially constructed. A similar situation exists in Yakir, Elazar and Kochav Hashachar.

In Barkan, building has begun on a small number of houses. In Kfar Adumim and Tekoa a few houses are being built. In the settlement of Dolev, two new houses are under construction.

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Haaretz Wednesday,

 October 06, 2010

Israel is now punishing Palestinians shamelessly

What is delaying treatment of a 47-year-old Palestinian woman, if not punishment of someone who opposes her foreign rulers?

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/israel-is-now-punishing-palestinians-shamelessly-1.317415

By Amira Hass

Behind a modest desk with a view of Beit Jala sits a nameless Shin Bet security service officer who is very pleased with himself. He has just saved the Jewish people in Israel from yet another grave security risk by preventing a 47-year-old woman, for five weeks now, from going abroad for urgent medical tests.

Or perhaps this isn’t a story about just one officer, but rather about a committee of three. What matters is that Khalida Jarrar, a resident of Al-Bireh, has not gone to Amman for diagnostic brain tests that cannot be done in the West Bank due to lack of the necessary medical equipment.

I first wrote about Jarrar’s case a month ago. On July 19, a doctor in Ramallah informed her she could obtain the necessary tests in either Israel or Amman. The Palestinian Ministry of Health told her it would not pay for the tests to be done in Israel.

Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was refused permission to leave in 2008, when she was supposed to participate in the intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks in Cairo. But until getting that note from her doctor, she had never fought for her right to freedom of movement.

This time, officials in the Palestinian Authority promised they would arrange her exit permit for medical tests with their acquaintances in Israel. They promised, and then they disappeared.

After about three weeks, some of her lawyer friends applied directly to the Civil Administration and tried to discover how her exit permit could be arranged. Two weeks later, the answer arrived in writing: Jarrar, it said, does not have a notation by her name barring her exit.

The Civil Administration officer had relied on computer input from the Shin Bet. So on August 30, Jarrar set out for the Allenby Bridge. But there, the Israeli border control computers had different data: She was not allowed to exit. What had been true a few hours earlier stopped being true when she arrived at the border.

At the time, the Shin Bet told Haaretz that Jarrar had to apply for an exit permit via the Civil Administration’s health coordinator. So the lawyers resent all the documents to the coordinator.

At first, there was some delay: The Civil Administration said the documents and the application had not reached their destination. Then work began on the application. But our anonymous man from the Shin Bet is evidently in no hurry.

This is a mere footnote in the chronicle of the Palestinians’ life under foreign rule. But this footnote is a typical chapter in the history of Israeli society: a democratic society that gives those wonderful fellows from the Shin Bet a blank check to act like the last of the great dictators and juggle with their subjects’ lives – without elections, without oversight, without supervision. Their word is sacrosanct. And if they say, as they did in reply to Haaretz, “Relevant information exists indicating that [Jarrar’s] exit from the area poses a risk to our security,” we all salute.

If she were dangerous here, she would have been arrested long ago. Her address, after all, is known. Hence the Shin Bet’s bluster about “relevant information” showing the danger she poses will somehow materialize only abroad. Evidence? Explanations? Common sense? No need. They, after all, are paid a salary by the Israeli taxpayer in order to invent new kinds of punishment and torture.

For what is the endless postponement of an urgent medical test if not torture of a sick person and her family? And what is delaying treatment, if not punishment of someone who opposes her foreign rulers? 

Until six or eight years ago, a journalist’s report of a similar situation would have embarrassed someone up there on the security ladder and an exit permit for medical reasons would have been issued despite the “security considerations.” But today, the sense of shame has disappeared. Society’s backing is assured.

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3.  Haaretz Wednesday,

October 06, 2010

Soccer / Arab press: UEFA mulls banning Israel over treatment of Palestinian athletes

UEFA President Michel Platini reportedly pledged to exert his influence in removing Israel from European competition.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/sports/soccer-arab-press-uefa-mulls-banning-israel-over-treatment-of-palestinian-athletes-1.317398

By Uzi Dann

The head of European soccer’s governing body told a senior Palestinian Authority official that Israel is in danger of eviction from UEFA if its government does not change its policies limiting the freedom of movement for Palestinian athletes, according to reports in Palestinian and Arab media outlets.

During a late September meeting in the West Bank with Palestinian Olympic Committee chairman Jibril Rajoub, UEFA President Michel Platini reportedly pledged to exert his influence in removing Israel from European competition over the authorities’ refusal to permit members of the Palestinian national soccer team to attend games due to “security reasons.”

“We accepted Israel into Europe and it must abide by the laws and regulations which require freedom of movement for players,” Platini is said to have told Rajoub. “If Israel does not do this, it will bear the serious consequences and it is liable to be thrown out of Europe.”

A UEFA spokesperson said the organization cannot confirm or deny that the statements were made since it does not comment on private conversations held between two officials.

Sources in both UEFA and FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, said that officials are angered by the difficulties that Israel imposes on athletes in the Palestinian Authority.

The president of the International Olympic Committee expressed concern yesterday over “obstacles” facing Palestinian athletes and urged Israel to grant them free movement regardless of politics.

Palestinian officials say Israel routinely hinders the movement of Palestinian athletes, particularly those from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Israel denies the accusations.

Making his first trip to the West Bank, Jacques Rogge said there is a “unanimous voice” in the sporting world for governments to allow athletes to travel freely. “The International Olympic Committee is a sport, not a political or sovereign organization,” he said. “I will try to persuade the people who we speak to … so we will focus our efforts on removing the obstacles.”

Rogge was meeting with Palestinian leaders and watching an exhibition soccer match in the West Bank before heading to Israel today for talks with President Shimon Peres and other dignitaries. In the midst of a four-day visit to the region that also included a stop in Jordan, Rogge said he would raise the freedome of movement issue with the Israelis.

Bilal Abualarish, spokesman for the Palestinian Olympic Committee, said the soccer team’s 30 players live in various countries and struggle to enter the West Bank for training or games. The committee has a hard time planning training schedules because they don’t know whether players will arrive. The captain of the Palestinian soccer team, Ahmed Kashkash, a Gaza native, was unable to play at yesterday’s match because Israeli officials would not allow him to enter the West Bank from neighboring Jordan, he said.

Guy Inbar, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said Israel does not target athletes specifically, but sometimes raises concerns about individuals. An official from the Shin Bet security agency, speaking on condition of anonymity under agency regulations, said Israel had approved special travel permits for Palestinian football players in recent weeks.

Rajoub said yesterday that the Palestinians were also encountering difficulties building stadiums and importing sporting goods because of Israeli restrictions. The Israel Olympic Committee says it would be pleased to help their Palestinian counterparts overcome any bureaucratic hurdles, but said the Palestinians have not reached out to them.

Palestinian Olympic officials say that some 70 percent of athletes work in various Palestinian security services and therefore are regarded with suspicion by Israeli authorities and often face travel restrictions. Rajoub himself is a former West Bank security commander.

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4.  Haaretz Wednesday,

October 06, 2010

Wagner’s great-granddaughter cancels Israel trip week before arrival

Katharina Wagner had been expected to announce that Israeli Chamber Orchestra is invited to open annual Wagner festival next July.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/wagner-s-great-granddaughter-cancels-israel-trip-week-before-arrival-1.317505

By Noam Ben Ze’ev

The great-granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner, Katharina Wagner, has canceled a visit to Israel next week, fearing criticism in Israel and abroad. Katharina Wagner is the head of the annual Wagner festival in Bayreuth, which was founded by the composer in 1876.

Wagner’s work was long taboo in Israel due to his anti-Semitism and his status as a favorite of Adolf Hitler.

Katharina Wagner’s visit to Israel has been kept secret for the past year, and tensions surrounding the trip have been high. Wagner had planned to call a press conference on October 13, during which was to extend an invitation to the Israel Chamber Orchestra to open the Wagner festival next July. She had planned to precede the announcement of the invitation with comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel in honor of the occasion.

Reports of the visit, however, were leaked in the Israeli press, and soon reached the media in Germany, Austria and around the world. Reactions to the news were mixed: Austrian newspaper Der Standard quoted Israeli journalist and Holocaust survivor Noah Klinger as saying that such a step would be seen as “capitulation” after years of boycotting Wagner’s work.

In light of the leaks regarding the invitation, the organizers of the festival held an emergency meeting in Bayreuth on Tuesday night, during which the decision was taken to cancel Wagner’s visit to Israel; it seems unlikely that this decision will be reversed, barring a last-minute development.

The ties with the Bayreuth festival were established by the new director of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Austrian Jewish conductor Robeto Paternostro, who is friends with Katharina Wagner.

In an interview with Haaretz, Paternostro described how the two thought up the idea in Frankfurt a year ago, as an act of reconciliation between the Wagner family and Israel.

 

 

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ZIO=NAZI PUNISHING PALESTINIANS SHAMELESSLY

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Israel is now punishing Palestinians shamelessly

What is delaying treatment of a 47-year-old Palestinian woman, if not punishment of someone who opposes her foreign rulers?

By Amira Hass

Behind a modest desk with a view of Beit Jala sits a nameless Shin Bet security service officer who is very pleased with himself. He has just saved the Jewish people in Israel from yet another grave security risk by preventing a 47-year-old woman, for five weeks now, from going abroad for urgent medical tests.

soldier - Ap - Aug 21, 2010

Palestinian women argue with an Israeli soldier while attempting to cross the Kalandia checkpoint August 27, 2010

Photo by: AP

Or perhaps this isn’t a story about just one officer, but rather about a committee of three. What matters is that Khalida Jarrar, a resident of Al-Bireh, has not gone to Amman for diagnostic brain tests that cannot be done in the West Bank due to lack of the necessary medical equipment.

I first wrote about Jarrar’s case a month ago. On July 19, a doctor in Ramallah informed her she could obtain the necessary tests in either Israel or Amman. The Palestinian Ministry of Health told her it would not pay for the tests to be done in Israel.

Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was refused permission to leave in 2008, when she was supposed to participate in the intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks in Cairo. But until getting that note from her doctor, she had never fought for her right to freedom of movement.

This time, officials in the Palestinian Authority promised they would arrange her exit permit for medical tests with their acquaintances in Israel. They promised, and then they disappeared.

After about three weeks, some of her lawyer friends applied directly to the Civil Administration and tried to discover how her exit permit could be arranged. Two weeks later, the answer arrived in writing: Jarrar, it said, does not have a notation by her name barring her exit.

The Civil Administration officer had relied on computer input from the Shin Bet. So on August 30, Jarrar set out for the Allenby Bridge. But there, the Israeli border control computers had different data: She was not allowed to exit. What had been true a few hours earlier stopped being true when she arrived at the border.

At the time, the Shin Bet told Haaretz that Jarrar had to apply for an exit permit via the Civil Administration’s health coordinator. So the lawyers resent all the documents to the coordinator.

At first, there was some delay: The Civil Administration said the documents and the application had not reached their destination. Then work began on the application. But our anonymous man from the Shin Bet is evidently in no hurry.

This is a mere footnote in the chronicle of the Palestinians’ life under foreign rule. But this footnote is a typical chapter in the history of Israeli society: a democratic society that gives those wonderful fellows from the Shin Bet a blank check to act like the last of the great dictators and juggle with their subjects’ lives – without elections, without oversight, without supervision. Their word is sacrosanct. And if they say, as they did in reply to Haaretz, “Relevant information exists indicating that [Jarrar’s] exit from the area poses a risk to our security,” we all salute.

If she were dangerous here, she would have been arrested long ago. Her address, after all, is known. Hence the Shin Bet’s bluster about “relevant information” showing the danger she poses will somehow materialize only abroad. Evidence? Explanations? Common sense? No need. They, after all, are paid a salary by the Israeli taxpayer in order to invent new kinds of punishment and torture.

For what is the endless postponement of an urgent medical test if not torture of a sick person and her family? And what is delaying treatment, if not punishment of someone who opposes her foreign rulers?

Until six or eight years ago, a journalist’s report of a similar situation would have embarrassed someone up there on the security ladder and an exit permit for medical reasons would have been issued despite the “security considerations.” But today, the sense of shame has disappeared. Society’s backing is assured.

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UEFA MULLS BANNING ZIO=NAZI REGIME OVER TREATMENT OF PALESTINIAN ATHLETES

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UEFA President Michel Platini reportedly pledged to exert his influence in removing Israel from European competition.

By Uzi Dann

The head of European soccer’s governing body told a senior Palestinian Authority official that Israel is in danger of eviction from UEFA if its government does not change its policies limiting the freedom of movement for Palestinian athletes, according to reports in Palestinian and Arab media outlets.

Jibril Rajoub

AB-A$$ PUPPET Jibril Rajoub.

 

During a late September meeting in the West Bank with Palestinian Olympic Committee chairman Jibril Rajoub, UEFA President Michel Platini reportedly pledged to exert his influence in removing Israel from European competition over the authorities’ refusal to permit members of the Palestinian national soccer team to attend games due to “security reasons.”

“We accepted Israel into Europe and it must abide by the laws and regulations which require freedom of movement for players,” Platini is said to have told Rajoub. “If Israel does not do this, it will bear the serious consequences and it is liable to be thrown out of Europe.”

A UEFA spokesperson said the organization cannot confirm or deny that the statements were made since it does not comment on private conversations held between two officials.

Sources in both UEFA and FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, said that officials are angered by the difficulties that Israel imposes on athletes in the Palestinian Authority.

The president of the International Olympic Committee expressed concern yesterday over “obstacles” facing Palestinian athletes and urged Israel to grant them free movement regardless of politics.

Palestinian officials say Israel routinely hinders the movement of Palestinian athletes, particularly those from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Israel denies the accusations.

Making his first trip to the West Bank, Jacques Rogge said there is a “unanimous voice” in the sporting world for governments to allow athletes to travel freely. “The International Olympic Committee is a sport, not a political or sovereign organization,” he said. “I will try to persuade the people who we speak to … so we will focus our efforts on removing the obstacles.”

Rogge was meeting with Palestinian leaders and watching an exhibition soccer match in the West Bank before heading to Israel today for talks with President Shimon Peres and other dignitaries. In the midst of a four-day visit to the region that also included a stop in Jordan, Rogge said he would raise the freedome of movement issue with the Israelis.

Bilal Abualarish, spokesman for the Palestinian Olympic Committee, said the soccer team’s 30 players live in various countries and struggle to enter the West Bank for training or games. The committee has a hard time planning training schedules because they don’t know whether players will arrive. The captain of the Palestinian soccer team, Ahmed Kashkash, a Gaza native, was unable to play at yesterday’s match because Israeli officials would not allow him to enter the West Bank from neighboring Jordan, he said.

Guy Inbar, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said Israel does not target athletes specifically, but sometimes raises concerns about individuals. An official from the Shin Bet security agency, speaking on condition of anonymity under agency regulations, said Israel had approved special travel permits for Palestinian football players in recent weeks.

Rajoub said yesterday that the Palestinians were also encountering difficulties building stadiums and importing sporting goods because of Israeli restrictions. The Israel Olympic Committee says it would be pleased to help their Palestinian counterparts overcome any bureaucratic hurdles, but said the Palestinians have not reached out to them.

Palestinian Olympic officials say that some 70 percent of athletes work in various Palestinian security services and therefore are regarded with suspicion by Israeli authorities and often face travel restrictions. Rajoub himself is a former West Bank security commander

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A.LOEWENSTEIN ONLINE NEWSLETTER

NOVANEWS


Yet more signs of an insecure Islamic leadership

 

06 Oct 2010

Why does Tehran continue playing into America and Israel’s hands? Repression is a bad look, politically and morally repulsive:

Reporters Without Borders is outraged that the Iranian government is reinforcing and extending its online censorship and repression of netizens. Several news and information websites have been blocked in the past few days including those of two influential Grand Ayatollahs, which have been inaccessible in Iran since 3 October. Online women’s rights and student activists are among those who continue to be questioned and threatened.

It is now the ayatollahs’ turn to be censored. It seems that the Islamic Republic’s government, led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supported by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, can no longer tolerate the views of some of Iran’s leading clerics. Their websites cater to spiritual needs and are far from being news outlets or sources of information about opposition politics. But they are being targeted by the government. By preventing Muslims from visiting these sites, the Islamic Republic is taking censorship to a new level.

The websites of Ayatollah Yusef Saanei and Ayatollah Asadollah Bayatzanjani were blocked on 3 October, as their offices have confirmed. Both are critical of the government and Supreme leader and both had often objected to the crackdown on protesters following President Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009. 

 

 

 

 
Israel continues settlements and the world smiles with thanks  

06 Oct 2010

Wow, tell me something I don’t know:

A Haaretz investigation reveals that since the building freeze in the West Bank was lifted ten days ago, bulldozers have been working furiously on the construction of 350 new housing units in various settlements.

As the end of the freeze approached, the settlements have made great efforts to launch a massive building campaign in response. The Yesha Council has expressed satisfaction at the large amount of construction that has taken place so far.

 

 

Nothing pretty about Zionist colonists  

05 Oct 2010

This is what Israel has created, pure ugliness, racism and hatred. Courtesy of the Israeli tax-payer and allowed to fester for decades. Try undoing this: 

 

The Settlement movement warned Tuesday of a harsh reaction and painful “price tag” style retaliation if authorities proceed in the plan to seal a synagogue which was illegally built in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Shomron.

Elements in the far Right warned that should the synagogue be sealed, they will stage protests, burn tires, set Palestinian farmland on fire and block roads. Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari (National Union) vowed to entrench himself in the building and physically block any such attempt with his body.

The settlers are enraged that while legal action is taken against their prayer house, no action is being taken again an illegally built mosque in the Burin, an adjacent Palestinian village.

 

 

 

Is a social impact bond more than just a buzz world?

 

 05 Oct 2010

An interesting idea and one to consider as an alternative to the rampant privatisation agenda pushed by both major sides of politics in the Western world:

Help the unemployed! Cut spending! Provide a safety net! No new taxes! America expects the impossible of government right now, if campaign events are any indication. But what if government could do all that without spending a dime up front? A recent plan from England may prove an inspiration for penny pinchers, bleeding hearts, and rational economists alike.

It’s called a social impact bond, and here’s how it works: Social entrepreneurs or community groups are loaned money by private investors to try out solutions to social problems. If the solution works, the government pays whoever invested in the solution a share of whatever spending is saved. In other words, as one writer put it, “It’s a way of transferring public sector savings to private investors who are willing to put money into preventative initiatives early on.” 

The social impact bond launched earlier this summer in England and it is a global first in government spending, mainly because the government doesn’t spend anything until they get results. And “results” means both cost savings as well as meeting a social goal. Win-win all around if it works, and if it loses, the investors are out, not the government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE UGLY DETAILS OF NAZI’S GAZA SIEGE

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TIM KING: The Ugly Details of Israel’s Gaza Siege & Attack Against the Mavi Marmara (VIDEO)

October 6, 2010by Debbie Menon  

Ken O’Keefe’s International NW Tour leads to interviews with a second Gaza Flotilla attack survivor.

Tim King interviews Ken O’ Keefe

(SALEM, Ore.) – The last thirteen days of my life will leave an indelible impression from here on out; to say any less would be a vast understatement. I have been accompanying Ken O’Keefe on an international speaking tour of the NW Americas.

This man who fought Israeli commandos last May aboard the passenger ship Mavi Marmara isn’t afraid to admit that it takes strength to bring about real change. I like his program and I certainly admire Ken’s spirit. 

From the midst of a movement to free Palestine from Israeli occupation that is largely tied to non violence, Ken admits that it takes direct action, physical resistance, and yes, sometimes violence, to counter a deadly threat to peaceful action.

Kevin Neish of Victoria, B.C. another survivor of the Mavi Marmara Gaza Flotilla

I had the good fortune of meeting and interviewing a second Mavi Marmara survivor in Victoria, British Columbia, on the tour; his name is Kevin Neish, a lifelong peace activist and friend of Ken O’Keefe’s for many years.

It was very interesting to hear things that had missed my attention, and to record these thoughts and statements so they can be presented to the public. 

The level of dedication these activists possess is definitely long term.

Ken’s Mom, Pat Johnson in Washington

Ken O’Keefe’s involvement in the future is centered around the company AlohaPalestine.com, though his activism goes back and includes years of fighting for Hawaiian national heritage, marine sea life and ecosystems, human shields in the beginning of the Iraq War, and many other accomplishments.

Ken renounced his U.S. citizenship in protest over political issues, specifically relating to the U.S. military industrial complex and the wars overseas. Today he is a citizen of Palestine and Ireland, though the U.S. he explains, does not release citizenship, even when one burns their U.S. passport in a public ceremony… twice.

This video delves into areas that have not been fully explored:

  • The absurdity of Israel stating that the Gaza activists were terrorists, Ken O’Keefe specifically; it is one area wide open for factual rebuttal.
  • Israel’s use of deadly firearms against unarmed activists armed with broom handles; that is certainly an area screaming for exposure.
  • Then there are the three activists who died by bleeding to death while Israeli ‘commandos’ refused to offer medical aid.
  • Ken O’Keefe offers his straight opinion on suicide, an act he says he will never commit.
  • Finally, Kevin Neish addresses the question; what is responsible for Israel’s lack of humanity?

Over the next several weeks we will deliver a great deal of information regarding Ken O’Keefe, future plans to break Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza, and highlights from Ken’s Northwest tour, which is extended to

Ken O’Keefe & Bonnie King Salem-News.com

include one more speaking engagement at Portland State University.

This has been an extremely important and successful event and Ken’s talks were well received everywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

Needless to say, people are curious about what happened last May when the Turkish flagged Mavi Marmara was attacked by Israel’s top rated commando unit 13 in international waters.

The ship was part of a larger flotilla operation that intended to break Israel’s illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip. 

This report is the first in an upcoming series that will examine many aspects of the attack that happened on 31 May 2010, leaving nine people dead, including one U.S. citizen who was 19-years old.

Salem-News.com Reporter Eileen Fleming

Our party included Ken’s mom Pat Johnson who had not seen her son since before the Mavi Marmara attack, and Salem-News.com Reporter Eileen Fleming, who discussed her seven trips to Israel/Palestine and her new book. Learn more by visiting WeAreWideAwake.com.

Special Thanks to Tim King: SalemNews.Com Editor and Writer

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.   

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.

Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation’s only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 65 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can send Tim an email at this address:

newsroom@salem-news.com

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INTER-NET KILL SWITCH

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October 6, 2010

by E. Paul Newell

Earth Earth

“KILL SWITCH”

CAN EVERYONR ON PLANET EARTH BE SO NAIVE

Can everyone on planet earth be so naive? Does everyone actually think that the “internet has given of so much freedoms? Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of,…. well free will, freedom to seek porn freely, freedom to seek the sickest of sick, on this truly sick and dieing planet, freedom to past info back and forth, freedom to plot, freedom to…. lets see, ya just let yourself go? Well think again.

Wrong.

This time try thinking with your brain, don’t ask someone else to do it for you, don’t “Google” the answer, don’t try to study it, just answer from your gut. This (INTERNET) is just another link in the mighty chain that binds you and will now gag you bringing you just to the edge of death, and then revive you just to see if you will now capitulate to your captors. Think about the word it self well two words Inter- Net, Inter-net, yes say it over and over until it makes some real sense to you, Really it is time to stop letting others think for you, try it for your own just this time if you will.

Each government in each country has come out and told it’s citizens that “no don’t worry we do not have a secret file on each and every individual, well some country s just don’t give a crap they just tell it like it is (“yeah we have a file on you so stay in line punk”) oh you mean those old paper documents ….oh ya well we used to have files ya we needed them because of War Efforts and so forth. But hey we destroyed them don’t worry.”

Every person now who buys a computer and goes on line, or is a part of the electronic world is being tracked and digitally recorded, for what well just in case that you might try and do something or maybe you are a terrorist, or maybe you have something against the government. Or hey what better way to well just weed out the “Riff Ra ff.” But Hey that’s all fixed now gov does not need to keep a file on you anymore you are giving of it yourself “FREELY”

Wow how stupid are we. “Freedom” does not exist for the common folk, only for those that have surpassed a certain bank account figure. If anyone does not think this to be real you only fool yourself, however because you fool your self you also make it difficult for others who know and accept the truth and are willing to do something about it, that is like being ….well what’s called a cock-blocker… it’s a term used in the engine room of a ship.

See “Sailors Anonymous” or “B.S. Writers Guide”. Joe Biden wants a “KILL SWITCH” not for the country’s security reasons but for his security reasons him and his buddies because when the truth gets just to close to them they can kill any and all ability to carry out any more efforts to properly and truthfully inform the people, thus allowing for these freaks to carry on with their illegal activity, global scale. But at the same time have so much info on everyone, that anybody who even try’s to set against them, they will surly bury, as they did bury the towers. 911 so sick of that??? ya. 

Well 911 was just that and emergency to get on track with one world order, you see it was slipping quickly and nobody was cooperating so it became a real emergency. Brought down like a house of cards was every system that had been built by the forefathers and mothers to protect the civil and human rights of each and every individual. 60 years plus worth of honest hard work from many many good people a lot dead now. But most not forgotten. But also 60 years of devious work on the inside to help this fall. What will the people do now ??? Continue the blind march into their voided destiny as seen fit by the perpetrators of the biggest holocaust ever preformed.

The main threats to world peace are, “world monetary system”, “world banks”, (world bankers) all very much out there in the public eye for all to see what they are doing…. “world tribunals”, “world trade”, (controlled) “one world order” “united nations” (garbled mandate) “world health organization” hmmmm world peace not likely while these groups are allowed to continue their world order ( “domination”) mandate. “KILL SWITCH” FOR THE WORLD ORDER MANDATE CRIMINALS.

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ZIONIST LOBBY & OBAMA DANCE OF DEATH

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ISRAEL IN AMERICA: OBAMA’S DANCE OF DEATH

October 6, 2010

by Debbie Menon  

By Eric Walberg

Is this odd move of Emanuel a sign of the end of any hope to stop the Israeli whirlwind, or can a brave, principled Dart prick the Zionist balloon and bring the circus to a stop?

Obama has just lost his closest adviser and chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is making the unusual transition from national to municipal politics. His replacement, the quiet Washington insider Peter Rouse, head of the Obama-Biden 2008 transition team, is the antithesis of his sharp-tongued predecessor. “Pete was affectionately known as the 101st  senator,” effused Obama. He is also losing his closest adviser David Axelrod (pragmatist Emanuel described their difference as prose versus poetry) and director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.

Why are Obama’s three closest advisers — all Jewish — leaving? There is no pat answer. Axelrod is no friend of Summers, and suggested in an email the latter would be more comfortable in the “cafeteria at Goldman Sachs”. He claims he is homesick. Obama’s Keynesianism probably finally got to Summers. Emanuel, a former congressman, a talented ballet dancer, son of an Irgun terrorist, and an Israeli soldier during the first Gulf war against Iraq, leads us to the real answer.

As a very, very strong Zionist (dual citizen? sayan?), he is Israel’s canary in the White House. Israel boycotted Obama’s UN speech at the Millennium Goals Summit in September, and has subjected Obama to dose after dose of humiliating treatment, the latest when Netanyahu asked for the pardon of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard (serving a life sentence) in exchange for a temporary halt in settlement expansion. Netanyahu defiantly visited Pollard in jail in 2002 and he is celebrated as a hero in yearly commemorations in Israel. There seems to be an eerie replay of 1991, the last time the White House seriously tried to stop the settlements. The Israel lobby abandoned Bush then and destroyed him in the 1992 elections.

The writing is on the wall: Obama is a one-term president. That is if he is even allowed to finish his first term. Obama was never popular in Israel. Now there are even threats against his life as a result of his stance on settlements and his reluctance to attack Iran. Loud protests in front of Netanyahu’s residence witness crowds burning effigies of Obama “the new Pharaoh”, “the descendant of slaves” who must be put in his place.

Obama, son of a Kenyan Muslim and American expat radical, is facing equally vicious bigotry by non-Jews. He is attacked at home by Americans of more traditional backgrounds who call him a communist and are incensed by his unusual origins and his unrepresentative entourage. Apocalyptic movements and rightwing “patriotic” militias, which grew under Clinton but abated under Bush junior, are increasingly rapidly under Obama, and more staid but equally frustrated Americans conduct political “tea parties”, confused and desperate for both stability and real change.

For despite the radically different appearance of Obama’s “change” administration (including the colourful Emanuel), his policies have provided neither stability nor any real change. They are remarkably like those of his predecessor. The unwieldy and disappointing healthcare reform aside, the bankers and generals have been given just about whatever they ask for, Guantanamo stays open and torture continues. US troops stay in Iraq and Afghanistan. The economic morass Obama inherited from Bush merely deepens.

And what is Emanuel’s legacy? According to critics, he was responsible for scuttling the real public healthcare option, leaving it in the hands of private insurers. He was courted by a litany of Wall Street officials and business leaders from day one. Emanuel’s White House calendar was filled with the likes of Comcast VP David Cohen (who just happened to have mergers pending), Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, and New York Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman, who showed up three times in two months.

Is it any wonder that Rahmbo, as he is affectionately known for his ruthless strong-arm tactics in the political ring, is now jumping ship just before it sinks in the November elections? He is clearly betting that his friendship with Chicago’s darling, America’s first black president, will see him to victory.

But, why the municipal ring? Yes, his “friend” Obama is toast. But is it possible his sudden interest in local politics is because he realises presidents, senators and the like have very little real power to make decisions anyway? That a mayor can at least leave a visible legacy — bike paths, community centres, parks? Or is he just bored, looking for a challenge where he can flex his muscles anew, flit gracefully across the political stage yet again as prince charming seducing the sleeping Miss America?

Whatever his motives, Rahmbo epitomises the shallowness, the effeteness of American politics today. The president of the most powerful nation on earth is powerless. A stuffed shirt. A photo op. A cultured Afro-American presiding over the most brutal empire the world has every known. Emanuel “made him” and has decided to leave him to his fate, to yet again play games with the US media and political circles, like a virtual performer orchestrating a grand reality game.

Pundits are mixed in assessing his chances. His strongest supporters are Chicago’s white moneyed class and the business community, who favour Emanuel’s run because of his history as a Washington power broker, says political analyst Charles Dunn. “His pockets are overflowing with IOUs”  and he will be able to call in past favours, giving him a huge advantage over his many competitors.

But he has little appeal to the 35 per cent of Chicagoans who are black and the 28 per cent who are Hispanic. His challengers are predominantly minority candidates, including James Meeks, a state senator and Baptist minister, and Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle. Many minority leaders, including several aldermen, have already made statements saying they will not support Emanuel’s candidacy. The field is very much open. In fact the call among those unhappy with machine politics in the Chicago is “Abre” — “Anyone but Rahm Emanuel”, which translates into Spanish as “Open”.

As a Jew, Emanuel is very much a supporter of minority rights, but these real minorities understand that Jewish support for them from the likes of Rahmbo is only skin deep, so to speak. CNN’s Hispanic host Rick Sanchez shocked Americans last week for saying as much on air. Sanchez is constantly ridiculed by Jewish TV satirist Jon Stewart, and finally fought back, calling Stewart a “bigot” with “a white liberal establishment point-of-view”, saying CNN and the media are largely run by Jews and elitists. Of course, he was immediately fired, but no one can dispute the truth behind his outburst. Says analyst Peter Myers, “Other minorities are accorded status only on condition that the Jewish minority remains number one.”

Compounding Emanuel’s difficulties is the expected candidacy of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who is white (but not Jewish), and well-liked among black and Latino voters because of his highly publicised refusal to evict renters of foreclosed buildings and his prosecution of the owners of a historic black cemetery who illegally exhumed 300 bodies for profit.

Is any of this of any conceivable importance? Do the departures of Emanuel, Axelrod and Summers portend a more even-handed policy on the Middle East — a defiance of Israel in the remaining two years of his one-term presidency? Will he suddenly cut Israel’s massive aid budget and insist it withdraw from occupied lands? Will (largely Jewish) bankers and other elite miscreants be subpoenaed and jailed for their many crimes, as happened to an earlier Chicagoan, Moses Annenberg, who was jailed for tax evasion in the 1930s under president Roosevelt? 

I mention Annenberg, because he was a Jewish Chicago media magnate and underworld figure brought down by a president who still wielded some power. His son Walter Annenberg continued in his father’s less-than-pristine footsteps, but covered them with the Annenberg Foundation, lavishing money on “good causes”. He rightly realised he could use a liberal facade and his newspapers to make or break politicians, rather than be broken by them.

Like Obama and Emanuel, Annenberg’s story is the stuff of legend. His publishing empire grew and grew, he was Nixon’s ambassador to the UK and so charmed the Queen that she made him an honourary knight (Americans disdain such unseemly titles). All the time he was “conservative” Ronald Reagan’s “best friend” according to Nancy Reagan.

The “liberal” Barack Obama first gained political prominence as an activist with the Annenberg Foundation’s Education Challenge. Annenberg, who died in 2002, would be delighted to know his charitable works in Chicago helped elect the first black president, whose “Israel first!” chief of staff would go on to become the city’s first Jewish mayor, putting the real minorities in their place.

Is this odd move of Emanuel a sign of the end of any hope to stop the Israeli whirlwind, or can a brave, principled Dart prick the Zionist balloon and bring the circus to a stop?

Eric Walberg is a journalist and writes for Al-Ahram Weekly. For more visit his website: http://ericwalberg.com/

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