Archive | November 8th, 2010

DANCE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURS FOR F**K’S SAKE

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1. Gilad Atzmon: Dance With Your Neighbours For F**k’s Sake
Many Western media outlets were delighted to report today that two Israeli women teamed up to become the first same-sex couple to compete in a version of the internationally popular television series “Dancing With the Stars.”
Indeed a great day for humanity.
Rupert Murdoch’s Sky news reported today that “thirty different countries have versions of the show, but none have done what Israel has this week.”
(To watch Sky News’ coverage of the sensational humanitarian event click  here)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwHIksas6U0
Israel is praised here for being an exemplary tolerant and liberal society.
Yet, I am slightly puzzled, if Israel is indeed as tolerant and liberal, how come it fails to dance with its neighbours?
2. Palestinian Resistance vs. Israeli Barbarism 
Here are just a few:

To see more:

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/palestinian-resistance-vs-israeli-barbarism.html

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THE ANTI-SEMITIC OF ZIONISM

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1. Gilad Atzmon:

The Anti-Semitic Side of Zionism (must watch)

November 8, 2010

Gilad Atzmon

If you are interested in Jewish political power and Zionist morbidity you must find the time to watch the first forty minutes of this incredible Israeli documentary. The film outlines what early Zionists thought of their Diaspora Jewish brothers, Jewish wealth, Jewish war mongering and Jewish power.

http://video.google.com

I do not know much at all about the people behind this film, except that they belong to the Israeli Ultra Orthodox sector. The film is there to expose the inherent anti Jewish discrimination within the Zionist discourse. It is there to prove that Zionism is deeply anti- Semitic. The film is well made and very well researched, and the shocking quotes it outlines are all genuine. 

In case you fail to realise the role of Jewish wealth, the impact of AIPAC, Lord Cash point Levy, the Conservative Friends of Israel, and other relentless Jewish lobbies, Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl (the founder of modern political Zionism) doesn’t seem to mince his words.

Just five minutes into the documentary, Herzl is quoted as saying: “The wealthy Jews control the world…In their hands lies the fate of government and nations” (4:59)
Click to read more …
 
http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-the-anti-semitic-side-of-zionism-must-watch.html
 
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2, Bulldozing Peace (video)

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/bulldozing-peace.html 

3. Sarkozy versus Gypsy (music video)

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WHOLESALE TREASON,WHY ISRAEL BOUCHT CONGRESS

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November 8, 2010by Gordon Duff 

Israel Gordon Duff Bag
You Can’t Make Stuff Like This Up! 

AIPAC BRAGS, “UNPRECEDENTED CONTROL OVER AMERICAN POLITICS”

By Gordon Duff, STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

“Step two, “shock and awe” for Iran followed by a full scale invasion that, according to military experts directly responsible for drawing up our war plans, requires the fall of Pakistan, its “Balkanization and the military occupation of Baluchistan as a staging area.”

AIPAC, the Israel lobby used to, well, we don’t exactly know what they are “used to” but every politician in America is terrified of it for some reason, claims to have total control over the new congress.

It isn’t a “Jewish thing,” AIPAC got rid of 6 Jews who were too “pro-American” for their tastes.  The last thing it is about is the security of Israel, a regional bully, a small land of ICBMs, germ warfare labs and warehouses loaded with American munitions which they sell around the world.

Israel and its thuggish “American” lobby terrifies a lot of people, congress, journalists certainly and as Noam Chomsky continually points out, its own citizens.

There is a real threat against Israel, one they perceive but many Americans are unaware of yet.  Israel is terrified of a new 9/11 investigation.  Even Noam Chomsky, top critic of many Israeli policies, had always stopped short of debunking 9/11.  He was their last line of defense, Chomsky and Jon Stewart, pseudo-progressive “hand puppet.”


YouTube – Veterans Today –

“The explicit and declared motive of the [Afghanistan] war was to compel the Taliban to turn over to the United States, the people who they accused of having been involved in World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist acts. The Taliban…they requested evidence…and the Bush administration refused to provide any,”

“We later discovered one of the reasons why they did not bring evidence: they did not have any.”

Chomsky doesn’t come out and say “Israel did it.”  However, he does point out that the attack on Afghanistan was illegal and that there has never been a shred of proof that anyone in Afghanistan had ever been involved in 9/11 at any time, not Osama bin Laden, not the Taliban, nobody.  In fact, when it came time for America to submit proof to justify attacking Afghanistan, America began a series of subterfuges that have left the United States branded an aggressor and criminal state.

When 9/11 moves away from Afghanistan, one of the two targets Israel gave us after 9/11, with the veritable flood of secret intelligence from the Mossad guiding Bush 100%, Israel is faced with real risks.  When you look outside Afghanistan, you look at terrorist organizations long penetrated by Israeli intelligence, perhaps even under the control of Israel as with many of the groups now active in Yemen. 

If this door is opened, if an honest investigation begins, Israel will quickly move from “trusted ally” to “rogue state” and “suspect number one.”  Iraq and Afghanistan have been found innocent.  9 years has found no massive underground complex such as the one the Mossad told America of in Afghanistan or the weapons labs and secret stolen nuclear weapons they “convinced” Bush and Rumsfeld to invade Iraq for.

Mossad depiction of Tora Bora
“BIN LADENLAND” AT TORA BORA, AMERICA’S IMAGINATION GONE WILD

The other “job” the new congress was hired for is to destroy Iran.  With America’s military stretched to the limit, exhausted from 9 years of civil wars, occupation, and endless “wheel spinning” in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Neo-con boondoggles of all time, the new “wet behind the ears” Israeli controlled legislators are expected to fall into line, recognizing who owns them.

$1.2 billion dollars bought the new congress, laundered drug money from Afghanistan and Mexico, Federal “bail-out” tax dollars, “recycled” into buying even more bail outs but mostly money tied to Israel and tied to war.  The one issue every Tea Party member was silent on, orders from the top, was war on Iran.  This is the cost of their office, sending 400,000 troops that America doesn’t have to fight a war against an enemy 3 times larger than Iraq, one whose military wasn’t already 90% depleted as was Iraq in 2003?

Oh, they didn’t tell you that, after Gulf War I, Iraq was never able to rearm and that America spent years fighting the leftovers of an enemy it had already defeated only a few years before?  They didn’t tell you that other part, where the new troops are to come from.

We call it a “draft.”

Not only doesn’t America have a large enough army to fight in Afghanistan and keep our other obligations around the world, we are shy 250,000 men, even with every national guard and reserve unit used, all troops from Korea and Europe deployed and maybe even police and fire departments nationalized and put under federal control.

This is the military and manpower capabilities of Iran, according to the Central Intelligence Agency (2008)

  • Total Population: 65,875,224   [2008]
  • Population Available: 39,851,026   [2008]
  • Fit for Military Service: 34,344,352   [2008]
  • Reaching Military Age Annually: 1,494,322   [2008]
  • Active Military Personnel: 545,000   [2008]
  • Active Military Reserve: 350,000   [2008]
  • Active Paramilitary Units: 11,390,000   [2008]

THERE ARE ALMOST 13 MILLION ARMED IRANIANS!

Those 20 million “illegal aliens” living in the United States are likely to be much more popular if Israel get’s their wish.

Notwithstanding that Iran has never attacked the United States nor every threatened to attack the United States and has proven repeatedly that it has no nuclear program, Israel is demanding of that its members of congress support a war against Iran, one that doesn’t involve a single Israeli soldier, exactly as with Iraq and Afghanistan, the two other surrogate wars we are fighting for Israel.

Is Israel planning to pay the  estimated $2 trillion dollars they are asking America to spend or compensate the families of the 40,000 troops we are expected to lose?  Thus far, nearly 500,000 Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are either being compensated for war related disability, military or veteran retirement and Social Security.  Are we aiming to make it an even million?

MORE OF WHY ISRAEL IS TERRIFIED OF 9/11

Taking the clock back to September 2001, just after the 9/11 “incident,” I use this term as far as we have proven, 9/11 may well have been some sort of mind control of mass hysteria.  Actually, this seems to be an apt description of the governments position on 9/11 or so we thought.  Now I am not so sure what the government really thinks.  This is how Wired magazine reported it then:

When the terrorists who commandeered the four airplanes in the Sept. 11 attacks were identified, their faces appeared in news publications all over the world.

President Bush has said he has evidence that Osama bin Laden was behind the attacks, so it would seem obvious that the FBI would include him and other suspects on its 10 most wanted fugitives Web page.

Think again.

Bin Laden is listed, but only for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. There is no mention of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or the attacks on the USS Cole in October 2000, both of which he is widely believed to have orchestrated. And forget about Sept. 11.

The reason? Fugitives on the list must be formally charged with a crime, and bin Laden is still only a suspect in the recent attacks in New York City and Washington.

“There’s going to be a considerable amount of time before anyone associated with the attacks is actually charged,” said Rex Tomb, who is head of the FBI’s chief fugitive publicity unit and helps decide which fugitives appear on the list. “To be charged with a crime, this means we have found evidence to confirm our suspicions, and a prosecutor has said we will pursue this case in court.”

Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA officer who was deputy director of the U.S. State Department Office of Counterterrorism from 1989 to 1993, said in a Sept. 12 interview conducted by Frontline that there is no concrete proof that bin Laden is responsible for the USS Cole and the 1993 WTC attacks, but bin Laden celebrates those attacks and associates himself with people who are responsible for it.

President Bush promises to reveal evidence linking bin Laden to the suicide hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

 

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Blog lays out a case for how far out of control the demand for a new 9/11 investigation has gone.  With folks like Jon Stewart still referring to those who want the truth as “lunatics,” even though, in a recent poll by the Herald Sun of Australia (10,000 responses) 77% of citizens there believe 9/11 was an “inside job.”  That’s right, not a 200 phone call sampling, 10,000 responses and nearly 8 out of 10 in agreement.

Does Jon Stewart know what the 9/11 Commission members themselves said?  Perhaps he should learn:

9/11 Commissioners:

  • And the Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission (John Farmer) – who led the 9/11 staff’s inquiry – recently said “At some level of the government, at some point in time…there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened”. He also said “I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described …. The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years…. This is not spin. This is not true.” And he said: “It’s almost a culture of concealment, for lack of a better word. There were interviews made at the FAA’s New York center the night of 9/11 and those tapes were destroyed. The CIA tapes of the interrogations were destroyed. The story of 9/11 itself, to put it mildly, was distorted and was completely different from the way things happened”

 

Additionally, the Washington Blog has a few members of congress that are, according to Stewart, “lunatics.”  Check the list carefully, it will be surprisingly bipartisan:

  • Former U.S. Republican Congressman and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, and who served six years as the Chairman of the Military Research and Development Subcommittee Curt Weldon has shown that the U.S. tracked hijackers before 9/11, is open to hearing information about explosives in the Twin Towers, and is open to the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job.

To this list, we can go on and on, top intelligence officials, top military leaders, diplomats, even former FBI director Louis Freeh called the 9/11 investigation a coverup:

“No wonder the 9/11 families were outraged by these revelations and called for a ‘new’ commission to investigate.”

CONGRESS AS TERRORISTS, CONGRESS AS CONSPIRATORS, WILL THIS BE AMERICA’S MOST TREASONOUS CONGRESS?

Hundreds of thousands of Americans received emails last week claiming a “false flag” nuclear attack on the United States had been predicted on the network cartoon show, The Simpsons. Emails blaming the “Illuminati” and including links to a video viewed over 200,000 times in a few days, were included.  Terrorism and nuclear holocaust had become humor but something more.  Warnings of “false flag” attacks, orchestrated by Israel, to push the US into war with Iran had moved from “fringe” internet sites to corporate intelligence reports.  Rumors began spreading not through chatrooms but through military and law enforcement circles.


YouTube – Veterans Today –

This humorous depiction, released in a video that quickly went viral, released on all the “right” email lists, through the Tea Party, “Birther” and “Islamophobia” groups, had a purpose other than to inform and entertain.  Real warnings about “false flag” attacks had gotten “too close to home” and needed to be discredited.  Tying space aliens or the “Illuminati” to them is an attempt to poison the message, using “spin” to push the views of what is likely a majority of Americans into an area that can be contained, under the label of “fringe” or “conspiracy theory.”

Clever people were trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube.

This is the job of the new congress also, to head off any investigation, financial crimes, espionage, illegal foreign influence and, especially, 9/11.

Step one, kill any possibility of a new investigation that will permanently damage the relationship between the United States and Israel.

“Step two, “shock and awe” for Iran followed by a full scale invasion that, according to military experts directly responsible for drawing up our war plans, requires the fall of Pakistan, its “Balkanization and the military occupation of Baluchistan as a staging area.”

 

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DOROTHY ONLINE NEWSLETTER

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Dear All,

6 items, after reducing from 15, and debating whether or not to reduce further.  I guess I’ll leave to you to decide what to read, what not.  You are, after all, adults.

Item 1 is the Haaretz report about this year’s poverty statistics on Israeli poverty.  As in the past 5 years, the stats this year are worse than last year’s. 

Item 2 is a report about Hillel’s efforts to prevent a pro-Palestinian event from taking place at Rutgers university.  Hillel apparently lost this round.  More interesting are the comments on about the younger generation’s attitudes towards Israel.

Item 3 is a New York Times report about the trials and tribulations of the Corries in seeking to learn the truth about their daughter’s/sister’s death 7 years ago.  The experience that the family is undergoing here is appallingly difficult.  They are wonderful people, who believe in justice, and surely have a right to it.  But this is Israel, and judges here tend to be super Israeli defenders. 

Item 4 is a review of a documentary on an Israeli family that suddenly discovered that its extended family included Muslim Palestinians living in the OPT.  The experience that this family (both sides) underwent is probably typical for many persons, particularly those on the Israeli side, but is not typical for all.  Many of us Israeli Jews have found warm and loving friendship among Palestinians.  The issue is not whether one is or isn’t Jewish or Muslim, or, for that matter Hindu, Christian, etc.  The issue is what kind of a person one is.

Items 5 and 6 treat a single subject: IOF violations of human rights in the OPT.  These are especially interesting today, since Haaretz carries a report on a huge reduction in names on the “most-wanted” list http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/west-bank-most-wanted-terrorist-list-has-dwindled-to-almost-nil-1.323465

that items 5 and 6 would seem to contradict.  5 is a brief report about IOF night raids in one village, 6 is the PCHR report of human rights violations during a single week.  Even if  you read no more than the headings, you will have some idea of what Palestinians undergo. 

All the best,

Dorothy

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1. Haaretz,

November 08, 2010

[The radio reported that this year, as also the past poverty report, a larger number of families where both spouses are working also are poor.  Very likely this is at least in part due to the implementation of the Wisconsin Plan as adopted by Israel. For info on it, see, e.g.,

http://meretzusa.blogspot.com/2006/10/victims-of-israels-wisconsin-plan.html]  

[Today’s Ynet report on the Poverty report has additional information and statistics, for those interested http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3981263,00.html ]

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Report reveals poverty is on the rise in Israel

National Insurance Institute report shows the number of families living below the poverty line increased by 15,000 in 2009.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194460

By Dana Weiler-Polak

A report on poverty in Israel released on Monday revealed that the number of families living below the poverty line has increased by 15,000 in 2009.

The report, which was released by the National Insurance Institute, said the total number of people living below the poverty line is around 150,000. The report is based on date from 2009, which is considered the peak year of the international economic crisis.

Most of the families discussed in the report are either ultra-Orthodox or Arab, the two sectors of society which have the highest poverty rates. The report noted that the group with the highest poverty rate was Arabs living in East Jerusalem.

A common factor within most of the families discussed was that the main earner in the family had lost their source of income or their work conditions had deteriorated because of the global economic crisis. Even without these factors, 6,300 families with two sources of income are still living below the poverty line.

In 2009, there were 435,100 families living below the poverty line, with 850,300 children among them, an increase from the 783,600 children living below the poverty line in 2008.

The one positive note in the report is that poverty rates amongst the elderly have improved since 2008.

Esther Dominissini, The Director General of the National Insurance Institute, said in response to the report that in order to reduce the poverty rate, minimum wage must be raised, additional grants for poor children must be considered, and changes must be made to support low incomes.

“Its impossible to fight poverty without making a list of priorities,” Dominissini said.

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2.   Forwarded by the JPLO List

November 8, 2010 

This article discusses Hillel’s efforts at Rutgers university to prevent a “pro-Palestinian” event from taking place.

This is at least the second time in a few weeks where  a Hillel chapter is making an effort of that nature.  A few weeks ago Hillel at the University of New Mexico made an attempt to get the university to dis-invite Ali Abunimah from coming and speaking.

Hillel pretends to be speaking for all Jewish students on campus, but as Kumar’s essay shows, there are plenty of Jewish students who disagree with Hillel’s stance.  It seems that the rigid politics of supporting Israel right or wrong are repelling young people, rather than attracting them to support Israel and its blind followers.

Racheli Gai.

http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/kumar051110.html 

The US to Gaza Initiative and the Hillel Controversy at Rutgers
by Deepa Kumar

Last night I attended a fundraiser for the US to Gaza mission that intends to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.  It was an incredible success.  About 350 mostly young people had crowded the hall, most of whom stayed on past 10 pm to listen to the invited speakers.

The presence of so many students who had chosen to attend the event despite intimidation by those claiming to represent Rutgers Hillel was truly heartening.  Colonel Ann Wright, who was one of the featured speakers, said that this was one of the largest and most well attended of such fundraising events she has been to.

This speaks volumes to the potential that exists right now to build a genuine grassroots movement that will not be bullied and that will stand up against the inhumane conditions that the people of Gaza have had to endure under Israel’s blockade.

Hillel’s line of attack was predictable.  In a press release Andrew Getraer, the executive director of Rutger’s Hillel, argued that there were “serious legal issues” involved.  First on the list was the claim that the “blockade runners will attempt to deliver goods, services or technical assistance to Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).”

This is a standard rhetorical ploy: trot out the bogeyman of Hamas in order to obscure and paper over the horrendous conditions under which Palestinian people in Gaza live.  In fact, the press release does not once make reference to these conditions and why it is so urgent and important to raise money for this humanitarian crisis.  Instead, it asserts that “Hillel is vehemently opposed to this event.”

Which leads me to ask: what kind of person would oppose an event that tries to bring much needed aid to people who are suffering from malnutrition, lack of access to clean water, inadequate housing and health care facilities, and massive unemployment?

International agencies from the UN to various human rights groups have documented the impact that Israel’s blockade (begun in 2007) has had, shedding light on the extent of the crisis.  A recent report by the United Nations Development Programme explains:

The blockade [has] resulted in the closure of most of the manufacturing industry, which was deprived of materials and export markets, and led to a surge in unemployment which currently stands at 40%.  John Holmes, the United Nations Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, described the blockade as “collective punishment” of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.  The blockade has created shortages in a number of critical items and constrained the rights of Gazans to education, health, shelter, culture, personal development and work.

The Red Cross recently pointed out:

The closure imposed on the Gaza Strip is about to enter its fourth year, choking off any real possibility of economic development.  Gazans continue to suffer from unemployment, poverty and warfare, while the quality of Gaza’s health care system has reached an all-time low.  The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility.  The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.

“The closure is having a devastating impact on the 1.5 million people living in Gaza”, said Béatrice Mégevand-Roggo, the ICRC’s head of operations for the Middle East.

Why would anyone be opposed to efforts to not only bring aid to Gazans but also challenge the blockade?  As many commentators have pointed out, it is the blockade that is illegal and not efforts to challenge it.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a leading figure in the South African struggle against Apartheid as well as a UN envoy, called it “a siege” and a “gross violation to Human Rights.”

Yet, none of this is worthy of mention in Getraer’s press release.  There is neither empathy nor compassion for the plight of the 1.5 million men, women, and children who live in what is nothing less than a prison camp in Gaza.

Getraer’s second line of attack has to do with the environment for Jewish students at Rutgers.  He criticizes BAKA (Belief Awareness Knowledge and Action) for not only organizing this fundraising event but for holding other events as well on campus that he alleges “contribute to creating an environment that is becoming increasingly anti-Israel, and supportive of terrorist organizations, such as Hamas.”  One of the events that he lists, a talk by Prof. Gilbert Achcar on Nov. 10th, has been organized by me.

This line of attack is also utterly predictable and is in line with the now well-established argument that criticisms of Israel’s policy are unacceptable and are automatically anti-Semitic.  And in this instance apparently automatically supportive of “terrorist organizations” as well.

In making these unfounded charges against BAKA, Getraer claims to represent and speak on behalf of the 6000+ Jewish students at Rutgers.  He ends the press release by stating that his aim is to ensure that the atmosphere at Rutgers “remains a safe one for pro-Israel students.”

This is truly a despicable accusation and one made in bad faith.  Neither myself nor any of the students that I know in BAKA would ever participate in creating an unsafe environment for Jewish students.

Hoda Mitwally, a leading member of BAKA, who has worked with me as a research assistant for the last two years is an outstanding person.  She is extremely well read, thoughtful, and compassionate — to paint her and others like her in BAKA as attempting to create an “unsafe” atmosphere is insulting.

Perhaps Getraer might have spent a little more time talking to the people he is attacking, or for that matter talking to the Rutgers Jewish student body to elicit their opinions before putting out a press release that has now drawn national media attention.  If he had done so, he might have found that his views don’t strike a chord with everyone.

For instance, Avi Smolen, a former president of Rutgers Hillel, wrote a letter to the Rutgers campus newspaper the Daily Targum offering his support for the BAKA fundraiser.  In the letter titled “Allow BAKA event to continue,” Smolen takes on all the points raised by Getraer and refutes them, stating at the outset that the blockade of Gaza “violates international law.”

He adds:

Some people will also be quick to say that this event will be “anti-Israel.”  First, this “pro” and “anti” dualism is rarely useful in any case.  If a U.S. citizen doesn’t support the war in Iraq, is she “un-American” or is she simply expressing her views on a single issue?

Second, the aim of the event is to challenge the actions of Israel in enforcing a blockade against Gaza.  I recognize Israel’s positive movement in easing the restrictions on Gaza, but the blockade does still exist, and those who disagree with it have every right to protest it.

Smolen is not a lone voice among the young Jewish American students who attend Rutgers University.  If anything, he is part of a new generation that is open to having an honest discussion about Israel and its policies.  As Peter Beinart in an article in the New York Review of Books points out, today’s younger generation of liberal college-age Jewish students have “imbibed some of the defining values of American Jewish political culture: a belief in open debate, a skepticism about military force, a commitment to human rights.”  He adds that, “in their innocence, they did not realize that they were supposed to shed those values when it came to Israel.”

Beinart also states that “several studies have revealed, in the words of Steven Cohen of Hebrew Union College and Ari Kelman of the University of California at Davis, that ‘non-Orthodox younger Jews, on the whole, feel much less attached to Israel than their elders,’ with many professing ‘a near-total absence of positive feelings.'”

Smolen has some good words of advice at the end of his letter.  He states: “I encourage all current University students, faculty and staff for whom this issue is meaningful to speak about it openly and with compassion for people with different viewpoints.  If we listen to one another, instead of shouting past each other, we may understand each other better and find a way to work together for the common good.”

Indeed.

In the face of what is now universally recognized as a horrendous humanitarian crisis in Gaza, I urge the Rutgers administration to permit BAKA to donate the money raised yesterday for the US to Gaza initiative and not give in to Getraer’s pressure tactics.  In my view, this is simply the right thing to do.

Deepa Kumar is an associate professor of Media Studies at Rutgers University.  This article first appeared on her blog EmpireBytes.com

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Racheli Gai

Rela Mazali

Sarah Anne Minkin

Judith Norman

Lincoln Z. Shlensky

Rebecca Vilkomerson

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3. New York Times,

November 7, 2010

For Family of Slain Activist, No End in Sight for Case

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/world/middleeast/08corrie.html?_r=1&ref=middleeast

By ETHAN BRONNER

HAIFA, Israel — Seven years after an American student, Rachel Corrie, was killed in Gaza by an Israeli military bulldozer she tried to block, becoming a global symbol of the Palestinian struggle, her parents and her older sister sit in an Israeli court in this northern city with two hopes: to confront the men who ran over her and to prove that the army investigation into her death was flawed.

On both counts, it has been a frustrating effort. To guard their identities, the bulldozer operators are called only by their initials and testify behind a screen, disembodied voices claiming vague memories. The Corrie lawyer presses them with props: “Mr. A,” he said to a commander this past Thursday, arranging a plastic toy bulldozer, an orange lump of putty and a Raggedy Ann doll, “Where was she when you saw her?”

Mr. A’s answer differed markedly from that of Mr. Y, the driver of the bulldozer who testified two weeks earlier, although both denied seeing her before she was crushed under their vehicle. The army said Ms. Corrie’s death was an accident. The Corries believe the drivers either saw Rachel or were so careless toward the protesters as to be criminally negligent.

On the blond wooden benches of the Haifa District Court, the Corries take notes, volunteer translators whispering in their ears. They have mostly been here, away from their Olympia, Wash., home, since their civil case claiming the intentional and unlawful killing of their daughter began in March and there is no end in sight, with sessions already planned for January. They are exhausted but unbent.

“If I killed someone, I would remember that day for the rest of my life,” Cindy Corrie, Ms. Corrie’s mother, said during a break, eyes tearing, voice shaking. “This is not just about Rachel, but something bigger. What happens to the humanity of soldiers?”

This is indeed about something bigger but just what has been debated since the instant of Ms. Corrie’s death. Books, plays, videos and even an aid ship to Gaza have been dedicated to her memory and spirit, her focus on human rights and the plight of the Palestinians. A student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Ms. Corrie, then 23, joined the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian activist group, in January 2003 and moved to Gaza to help prevent house demolitions in the southern border town of Rafah.

It was the height of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israel, which at the time occupied Gaza. The Israelis say the houses in question were the source of sniper fire and arms-smuggling tunnels. Ms. Corrie, by contrast, wrote e-mails home saying that the families she met were gentle people whose houses had been shot at and whose children were harassed for no reason.

“The count of homes destroyed in Rafah since the beginning of this intifada is up around 600, by and large people with no connection to the resistance but who happen to live along the border,” she wrote in one e-mail on Feb. 27, 2003. “I think it is maybe official now that Rafah is the poorest place in the world.”

Rafah was never the poorest place in the world, but Ms. Corrie was writing as an incensed activist, not an economist. For many Israelis, however, the glorification of Ms. Corrie and her activism has amounted to an effort to portray Israel and its army as exceptionally brutal, part of a campaign to delegitimize the state and its security challenges.

The day that Ms. Corrie was killed, her fellow activists sent two photographs of her to news agencies that were then transmitted around the world. The first one showed her standing in an orange jacket with a bullhorn addressing an approaching bulldozer, and the second showed her crumpled on the ground, near death. The clear implication was that the two pictures were sequential, whereas the first was shot hours earlier with a different bulldozer.

The Israeli Army investigation found that the drivers of the bulldozer that killed her did not see Ms. Corrie because she was standing near a high mound of dirt as it approached. The drivers, it said, had limited lines of sight inside their heavily armored vehicle, and that by placing themselves in the bulldozer’s path as human shields, the eight activists bore primary responsibility.

But the Corries believe that the army carried out a lackluster investigation filled with internal contradictions and with insufficient care to what orders soldiers received when faced with civilians in their paths. That view, it turns out, was not only that of a grieving family. It won support from the United States government.

Lawrence B. Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, wrote to the Corries in his official capacity in June 2004. He referred to their query whether the American government viewed the military’s final report “to have reflected an investigation that was ‘thorough, credible and transparent.’ I can answer your question without equivocation. No, we do not consider it so.”

Mr. Wilkerson recommended that the Corries pursue the matter in an Israeli court. An observer from the American Embassy in Tel Aviv has attended every session of the case.

Sarah Corrie Simpson, Ms. Corrie’s older sister, who is here with her mother and father, Craig, has taken a leading role in bringing attention to the case. Asked what she thought of how her sister was viewed, she said her family did not consider itself anti-Israel and was not responsible for the way in which Ms. Corrie’s name had been used by groups and causes.

To the contrary, she said, the family was using Israel’s court system to get its army to stand up to the standards it professes, a vote of confidence in the society.

“I don’t see this as about Israel’s legitimacy,” she said in an interview. “My family is not anti-Israel. What Rachel saw when she went to Gaza was extremely troubling and because of what happened to her we are now connected to the Palestinian issue. But Israeli peace activists shared her concern and are helping us with our case. From our family’s perspective, this is about human rights for all people and holding governments accountable.”

Cindy Corrie added, “An Israeli colonel said at this trial that there are no civilians in a war zone. But there are. If that hadn’t been the army’s attitude, maybe my daughter would still be with us.”

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4.  The Guardian

8 November 2010

My family, the enemy

Israeli film-maker Noa Ben-Hagai went in search of a forgotten great-aunt and found cousins who are Palestinian Arabs. What happened next?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/nov/08/israel-palestine-jewish-film-festival

Jonathan Freedland

Secrets and lies … Film director Noa Ben Hagai in Tel Aviv. Back when peace did not seem such an impossibility, it was fashionable to cast the Middle East conflict as a family feud. Jews and Arabs were held to be if not brothers then long-lost cousins – the descendants, of Isaac and Ishmael, perhaps, or of Jacob and Esau – who would one day end their estrangement in an embrace. After the collapse of the Oslo peace process, a second intifada and a lethal military offensive in Gaza, you don’t hear that kind of talk so much these days.

Yet for at least one family that fanciful, even romantic, notion is a long-buried and painful reality. A new film, receiving its UK debut next week at the UK Jewish film festival, tells the true and astonishing story of a single family divided both by the kind of heartbreak that can split any family anywhere and by what is commonly regarded as the world’s most bitter and intractable conflict.

Blood Relation comes from Noa Ben-Hagai, a young Israeli documentary maker, who four years ago made a jaw-dropping discovery – a stash of letters and photographs hidden away by her late grandmother. They revealed what no one had ever told Noa: her grandmother had had a sister, Pnina, who, in circumstances hazy with mystery, had ended up “living as an Arab” in a Palestinian refugee camp in the city of Nablus. Pnina was a Jew but her husband was a Palestinian Arab, as were her eight children and their children. Noa suddenly discovered not only a great-aunt she had never heard of but also a large extended family on the other side of the national divide – among the enemy.

“It was hidden behind a high wall of silence,” Noa says, recalling the determination with which her grandmother Rachel – who died when Noa was 15 – had kept her sister a secret. Rachel had held on to the “letters of abandonment” her sister Pnina had written to her, but she had rarely replied.

The film seeks to uncover what happened to Pnina, how a Jewish girl ended up removed from her brothers and sisters, on the other side of the Israeli-Palestinian battle-line. It also lays bare what happens when the two sides of this torn family encounter each other today, revealing the guilt, resentment and stubborn sense of kinship that has not faded in 70 years.

Both these stories, past and present, are compelling as family dramas, the kind of tales packed with secrets and lies that lurk in so many families. But they also serve as a poignant parable for the wider Middle East conflict, highlighting the many ways in which, after all, the war of Arabs and Israelis resembles a family affair.

In seeking to get to the bottom of Pnina’s fate, Noa discovers what anyone digging deep into their family history soon learns: myths abound. Truths are handed down that are not truths, exaggerations harden into legends. So Noa’s Israeli relatives tell her that in 1940, Pnina, then 14, was kidnapped, perhaps while hitching a ride away from the family homestead in the poor Galilee farming village of Yavniel. She was snatched, they say, by an Arab man who promptly took her to his home in Jaffa. She was not heard from again for nearly 27 years. During the 1948 war that attended Israel’s birth, the Arabs of Jaffa – now including the Jewish-born Pnina – had fled to the West Bank, where they lived, following the 1967 war, under Israeli occupation. Why did she never come back to Israel? They asked her to, but she refused.

That’s the version told by the Israeli relatives, including an elderly sister who admits Pnina “never said [a man] kidnapped her – but we know he did”.

From Pnina’s daughters, Noa hears a different story. The way they heard it, Pnina was raised in a rich Jewish family with an Arab maid. The young Pnina would watch the pious Muslim girl saying her prayers, and was one day so moved she asked if they could pray together. Later, the maid’s father gave Pnina a lift back to their village, where she completed her spiritual journey by converting to Islam. Why did she never go back to Israel? Because her previous family refused to take her back.

The gulf between the two accounts will be recognised by anyone familiar with ancient but bitter family rows, in which the two warring sides can’t even agree on the basic facts. It also echoes the so-called war of narratives, in which Israelis and Palestinians have radically different perspectives on the past that preceded their present dispute. In this, the two sides of Noa’s unique family – with their incompatible versions of history – are utterly true to their national roles.

Eventually, through doggedly tracking down anyone with memories from the small village where Rachel and Pnina were raised, Noa assembled an account she could hold on to. She agrees that the year of her great-aunt’s departure was 1940 and that it happened when – in a widely forgotten episode – Mussolini’s fighter planes strafed the northern city of Haifa in what was then Palestine. But “I don’t believe Arabs kidnapped her, nor that she fell in love,” says Noa.

She thinks the heart of the matter was scandal: Pnina was pregnant. Noa interviewed an elderly villager who brutally declares that the teenage girl was notoriously loose. No beauty, she would do it “for candy”, he says – “Anyone could have her.”

Unable to deal with the shame, her family recoiled until Pnina ran away. She was taken in by an Arab man who, says Noa, “rescued her … accepted her”, despite the fact she was carrying another man’s child. To her family, the fact she had gone with an Arab compounded the disgrace; after that, they shunned her.

Pnina lived in fear of her father, afraid he would kill her for the double shame she had inflicted on the family. When her sister later told her to come home – to what was now Israel – Pnina refused, knowing that Arab tradition would oblige her to leave her children behind. Rachel warned her then that if she didn’t come, all ties would be severed: she would be dead to them. So began the long silence broken only by Pnina’s letters, ever more plaintive pleas to her siblings to visit her in the refugee camp, not to forget her – texts aching with longing and melancholy that continued to arrive until Pnina’s death in 1971. “Every day I ask, when will you come? I miss you every day. You are my family.”

Noa’s research took her to the West Bank, to meet Pnina’s children and grandchildren. Most did not want to talk, anxious that any contact with an Israeli – let alone an admission of Jewish ancestry – would raise suspicions of collaboration among their fellow Palestinians. The only one of Pnina’s eight children who agreed to speak to her was Salma, a middle-aged woman who had reached rock bottom: “She had no money, she had no work, she needed money for food – she had nothing to lose.” With a husband and sons in and out of Israeli custody, usually for trying to work in Israel without a permit, Salma reckoned that contact with an Israeli might prove helpful – especially as Noa’s uncle, Shmulik, is a former military governor of Ramallah, in charge for a time of military intelligence on the West Bank. Salma was keen to make contact, sensing that her Israeli cousins might be a lifeline.

The Israelis are not so sure. Noa’s camera records her mother, uncles and others debating the wisdom of the family reunion Noa is planning. “What will we gain from this, except helping them out?” asks Shmulik’s wife, Sarah. Great-uncle David is worried that, if they help Salma, 10 more Palestinian relatives will pop up demanding similar assistance: “That’s our problem with the refugees. They left with two or three children, now they’re clans!” In that sentence he speaks for those many Israelis who believe that, while the estimated 700,000 refugees of 1948 might be eligible for some kind of restitution, it’s too much to compensate the many millions who now make up the Palestinian nation.

The encounter in the film is tense, confusing and touching all at the same time. Simultaneously you’re watching a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian strangers – always awkward – and the reuniting of a family. You ask yourself a basic but profound question: are these people – so divided that on one side stands a retired Israeli military governor and on the other young Palestinian men who include some linked to terrorist organisations – a family or not? “If you look closely,” says Noa, “you can see they are the same. They look the same, they speak the same language.” And yet they are worlds apart.

The key tension arises between Salma and Shmulik. She needs his money and believes that, as they share the same blood, he should give it. He is torn: one moment he loudly resents her demands, the next he is phoning old contacts and paying bail in order to get Salma’s husband out of jail.

Partly this is an age-old family story: the rich man who believes his poor relations are sponging off him, the poor relative who resents her cousin’s wealth, the guilt and obligations that come with blood ties. But there is also an echo of the wider story, starting with the perennial Israeli fear that, if you grant one concession, the Palestinians will come back wanting more.

One of the most powerful moments in Noa’s journey came when she gathered her Israeli relatives together to debate what they should do about their newly discovered cousins. “Are we ready to accept them as our family?” someone asked. The debate reached a kind of climax when an uncle stated plainly, as if making a confession: “I have a cousin called Salma.” At issue here is the question that may well be at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute: recognition.

Noa found that her sessions with Salma and another daughter of Pnina’s became especially intense because the two women seized on the film-maker as a connection with, and a reminder of, their late mother. “All they want is to be accepted by the family. They got it from her, this longingness: they want to be accepted by us as equal human beings.” What they want is recognition.

The story of Pnina, Salma, Shmulik and Noa provides countless such insights into the conflict in which they are all tangled up. We see that fear lives even among the strong: when Shmulik visits Salma at her home, driving alone in the West Bank, he calls for directions, admitting he’s scared. As governor of Ramallah, he made no contact with his cousins, fearing that if his military superiors knew there were Arabs in his family, his career prospects would be harmed.

We see, too, the strange connections that tie these enemies close together. Fascinatingly, Pnina’s family were not Jewish immigrants to Palestine caught up in the early waves of Zionist settlement: they had roots in the country going back generations. They came originally from Tiberias, a mixed city of Jews and Arabs, speaking Arabic at home. Precisely described, they were Palestinian Jews. Yet far from that engendering a sense of kinship or solidarity with the Palestinian Arabs, it has, Noa believes, produced the opposite sentiment. Arabs, one interviewee told her, were associated with “poverty, neglect, primitiveness”. Noa’s grandmother, the rest of her siblings and her children were keen to see themselves as modern Israelis, not to be reminded of their proximity to the Palestinian “natives”. Pnina’s marriage to an Arab – in contrast with Noa’s mother and her uncle Shmulik, who both married Ashkenazi, or European Jewish, partners – seemed an unforgivable step backward. “Our family was once like the Arabs of Israel,” says Noa. “But all this time they ran away from this legacy.” When they see Salma and her children, “it’s like looking in the mirror; it’s very frightening”.

By the end of Blood Relation, there is no emotional breakthrough, no sudden comprehension of all these complex feelings. Shmulik struggles to relate to his Palestinian cousins in anything but the old way he learned during military service: he speaks to Salma in a kind of interrogator’s Arabic. At one point, he suggests that a possible solution to Salma’s economic woes would be for him to hire her as his cook and cleaner. When Noa says a real family relationship is impossible because of the occupation, Shmulik is indignant: “What’s the occupation got to do with it?”

Noa’s investigation has provided no catharsis: her family accuses her of opening a sore better left untouched. And she has not brought the Middle East conflict to a symbolic end with a Jacob-and-Esau-style embrace of long-lost brothers. Instead, she has revealed feelings that run through so many families, even those not rendered extraordinary by a long-running war. Pnina’s yearning is exquisite and explicit in those repeated letters. But her younger, Israeli brother, David, outwardly so tough, expresses similar pain when he recalls the first time he saw Pnina in Nablus: “I found a sister who was a complete stranger to me.”

Blood Relation is on at the Everyman Hampstead cinema as part of the UK Jewish film festival on 14 November. See ukjewishfilmfestival.org.uk

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5.November 8, 2010

[translation, forwarded by Ofer]

***** Nabi-Saleh : Israeli Army Invades Homes of Protest Organzers *****

IDF soldiers raided the home of two brothers during the night, with a warrant containing a warning against their participation in the weekly protest of villagers against land confiscation.

Nabi Saleh, a village located north of Ramallah, bordering on an Israeli military post on the north and the settlement of Halamish on the south, is one of four villages whose inhabitants have participated in regular protest against land confiscation, every Friday afternoon, after prayer.

Last Thursday, late at night, local sources reported that Israeli soldiers had entered the homes of Bassem and Mahmoud A-Tmimi, members of the local organizing committee.

The two were told that the village had been declared a closed military zone, and any protest would be quelled.

Demonstrators who have marched from the centre of the village of Nabi Saleh towards its outskirts have been shot with tear gas, rubber bullets and even live ammunition, during IDF attempts to disperse the crowd.  Soldiers call the protests “illegal rioting”, to justify the use of demonstration dispersion mechanisms.

A spokeswoman for the army said she was unable to confirm that homes in the village had been raided, but said she was aware of the “routine nature” of conducting military patrols in the area during the night.

Inhabitants of Nabi Saleh say that nocturnal raids by the Israeli army have become more frequent and forceful in recent months, including arbitrary arrests of locals known to be protest participants.

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ZIO=NAZI VIOLATIONS OF PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS

NOVANEWS

 From Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR)

PCHR_e] Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in theOccupied Palestinian Territory (28 Oct. – 03 Nov. 2010)

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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

·         A Palestinian activist was extra-judicially executed by IOF in the Gaza Strip. 

·         IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

–        7 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

–        IOF arrested 5 demonstrators, including two Israeli human rights defenders. 

·         IOF continued to fire at Palestinian workers, farmers and fishermen in border areas in the Gaza Strip.

– 3  Palestinian workers and a mentally disabled civilian  were wounded

–        IOF fired at Palestinian fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip.

·         IOF conducted 29 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.  

–        IOF arrested 16 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.

–        IOF raided houses of a number of leaders of Hamas in Jenin.

·         Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

·         IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

–        IOF confiscated 70 donums  of Palestinian land in Beit Ummar village to expand “Karmi Tsur” settlement, north of Hebron.

–        IOF demolished a car washing shop, a tire change workshop and two mobile rooms in Jerusalem. 

–        Israeli settlers added 9 houses to “Shavot Rachel” settlement, southeast of Jenin. 

–        Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilian vehicles traveling on the main roads in the West Bank.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (28 October – 03 November 2010):

Shooting:

During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian activist in the Gaza Strip, and wounded 11 civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

In the Gaza Strip, on 03 November 2010, IOF extra-judicially executed an activist of the Army of Islam in Gaza City.  An IOF drone fired two missiles at the car in which the activist was traveling.  As a result, he was killed and two civilian bystanders were wounded.  IOF admitted responsibility for the attack, claiming that the activist was involved in attacks against Israeli and US targets in Sinai Peninsula.  

During the reporting period, IOF fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting raw construction materials near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  As a result, 3 workers were wounded. 

On 02 November 2010, Israeli soldiers positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan Yunis wounded a mentally disabled Palestinian civilian near the border. 

IOF also fired at Palestinian fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall.  As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians were wounded, and dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation or sustained bruises. 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 29 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 16 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.  IOF also raided houses of a number of leaders of Hamas in Jenin, and held discussions with them about the movement’s activities and policies.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one limited incursion into al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, during which they leveled areas of Palestinian land, which they had already razed.  

Restrictions on Movement:

Israel had continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  

·         The illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza Strip. Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis, which can only be addressed by an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. PCHR is concerned that the new Israeli policy is simply shifting Gaza to another form of illegal blockade, one that may become internationally accepted and institutionalized. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from the rest of the world.

·         Expanding the list of items allowed into Gaza does not change the illegality of this policy, which is inconsistent with Israel’s legal obligations both as an Occupying Power and under international human rights treaties to which it is party, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.    

·         Facts on the ground refute Israeli claims with respect to the easing of the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and the reduction of restrictions imposed on the entry of goods.

·         Israeli declaration of allowing new goods to be entered into the Gaza Strip constitutes an attempt to delude the international community, as such goods do not meet the minimal needs of the Gaza Strip. 

·         IOF have continued to ban the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip. 

·         IOF have imposed a ban on all exports from the Gaza Strip. 

·         Israel had continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing to Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to the West Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade or social visits.

·         Israel has imposed additional access restrictions on international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers seeking to enter the Gaza Strip. They have prevented representatives of several international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.

·         Living conditions of the Palestinian civilian population have seriously deteriorated; levels of poverty and unemployment have mounted sharply.

West Bank

IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

·         IOF have established checkpoints in and around Jerusalem, severely restricting Palestinian access to the city. Civilians are frequently prevented from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

·         There are approximately 585 permanent roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank.

·         When complete, the illegal Annexation Wall will stretch for 724 kilometers around the West Bank, further isolating the entire population. 350 kilometers of the Wall have already been constructed. Approximately 99% of the Wall has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, further confiscating Palestinian land.

·         At least 65% of the main roads that lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF.

·         There are approximately 500 kilometers of restricted roads across the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to Palestinians without a permit issued by the IOF. These permits are extremely difficult to obtain.

·         IOF continue to harass, and assault demonstrators who hold peaceful protests against the construction of the Annexation Wall.

·         Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by IOF in Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being regularly stopped and searched in the streets by IOF.

Settlement Activities:

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. 

On 29 October 2010, Palestinian civilians living in Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, noticed that Israeli settlers had added 9 mobile homes to the eastern part of “Shavot Rachel” settlement.  The addition of such mobile homes followed land leveling by Israeli settlers on 24 October 2010.  The mobile homes were placed on Palestinian land recently confiscated by IOF, whose area is estimated at 280 donums.  

On 31 October 2010, Israeli settlers from “Shilo” settlement gathered at Nablus-Rmallah road and threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles.  No injuries or damages were reported.

On 01 November 2010, Israeli settlers from “Karmi Tsur” settlement to the south of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, escorted by IOF, resumed leaving Palestinian land near the settlement for the 3rd consecutive week.  By that time, the settlers had leveled at least 70 donums of land belonging to Palestinian families, in order to expand the settlement.  These areas of land were planted with grapes and almonds.

On 02 November 2010, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers of the Municipality of Jerusalem, moved into Tal’et Hazma area in Beit Hanina village.  They demolished a car washing shop, a tire change workshop and two mobile rooms belonging to Amjad Salhab and Hammoud Salhab, claiming that they were built without licenses.

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (28 October – 03 November 2010)

1.       Incursions into Palestinian Areas and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Thursday, 28 October 2010

·         At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They raided two houses belonging to the families of Mohammed Samir Abu Maria, 21, and Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Maria, 15, and arrested the two individuals.

·         Also at approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.  They raided and searched two houses belonging to the families of Majdi ‘Ali Haddad, 16, and Mohammed Yousef Ghannam, 18, and arrested the two individuals. 

·         At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Sa’id Mohammed Sha’ban, 58, and arrested him.

·         Also at approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Nayef Jadallah Abu Mifreh, but no arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets.  They then headed towards the Palestinian Housing Suburb.  There, they raided a house belonging to Wasfi ‘Izzat Qabaha, 51, a former minister and a leader of Hamas.  Qabaha stated to a PCHR field worker that IOF raided his house at approximately 02:15, and ordered his family to gather in one room.  An officer, who introduced himself as the commander of the area, asked Qabaha to sit and have a discussion with him in the presence of an Israeli intelligence officer.  The discussion focused on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the Palestinian reconciliation and peace prospects.  At the end of the discussion, Israeli officers demanded Qabaha to convey a warning message to Hamas not to carry out any activity and that the situation is under Israeli control.  Qabaha was also informed that he is banned from entering his home village, East Barta’a, which has been isolated by the annexation wall, southwest of Jenin. 

At approximately 04:15, IOF raided a house belonging to the family of Ghassan ‘Abdul Wahab al-Zughaibi, 37, a leader of Hamas.  They informed him that they came to the house in a visit, and not to arrest him.  A similar discussion took place between al-Zughaibi and Israeli officers, at the end of which the Israeli military commander warned him of carrying out any activity.

Soon after, IOF raided a house belonging to Khaled Mohammed al-Hajj, 45, the spokesman of Hamas in Jenin.  They informed him that they did not come to the house to arrest him, rather to have a discussion with him.  He sat with the Israeli military commander of Jenin.  The discussion between him and them was focused on the relations between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, dismissal of Hamas’ members from public jobs and the financial and political ban imposed on Hamas. 

IOF withdrew from the area later and no arrests were reported.

·         Also at approximately 02:00, IOF moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin.  They raided a house belonging to ‘Adnan Mohammed Mousa.  Following a debate between them and Mousa, IOF broke into the house and interrogated Mousa’s son,  33-yeaar-old Khader, a leader of Islamic Jihad.  They threatened to arrest the son, and warned him that he was under observation.

·         At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into ‘Aanin village, northwest of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Rebhi Yassin, 21, and arrested him.

·         At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into ‘Ein al-Dyouk village, north of Jericho.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Koubar village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

Friday, 29 October  2010

·         At approximately 09:45, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation towers at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north of the Bedouin village in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting raw construction materials in Erez industrial zone.  As a result, Mohammed Kamal ‘Olaiwa, 20, was wounded by a bullet to the left leg, when he was about 450 meters away from the border.

·         At approximately 10:50, IOF moved into Tulkarm and into Shwaika suburb, north of the town.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 19:15, IOF moved into Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

·         At approximately 09:30, IOF stormed an oil press plant in Jeet village, east of Qalqilya.  They attempted to attack the owner, Anwar Ma’zouz al-Sidda, 28, and a human rights defender, Zakaria al-Sidda, 32, Coordinator of Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel.  Following a debate between the two sides, and communications made by the human rights defender, the Israeli police came and confiscated a bulldozer that was parked near the oil press.  They also arrested the owner, but released him later on a bail of 1,000 NIS (approximately US$ 280). 

In his testimony to PCHR, Zakria al-Sidda, stated:

“At approximately 09:30 on Saturday, 30 October 2010, I received a phone call on my mobile phone from my cousin, Anwar Ma’zouz al-Sidda, 28, the owner of Jeet Modern Oil Press in Jeet village, east of Qalqilya.  He informed me that IOF came to the press and asked for the documents of a bulldozer parked near it.  When Anwar told them that the bulldozer is old, that there were no documents for it and that the Israeli police confiscated and checked it last year, IOF insisted to confiscate it and ordered him to drive it.  He refused and told them that the bulldoze was not eligible to be driven on the main road.  However, they ordered him to drive the bulldozer behind them.  He again refused.  I arrived the scene.  I saw 6 Israeli soldiers attempting to attack Anwar and his brother.  I immediately stood between the two sides and told Israeli soldier that I am the Coordinator of Rabbis for Human Rights and that their action was illegal.  An officer listened to me and prevented the attack.  A debate erupted between me and other Israeli soldiers who threatened to attack me.  Ten minutes later, I contacted the governor of Nablus, the Israeli military liaison department in Qalqilya and the Palestinian civil liaison to stop the attack.  Another 10 minutes later, the Israeli officer left the area threatening to take action against me if I did not leave the area.  Later, the Israeli police and an Israeli military liaison officer arrived at the area.  The Israeli officer came back to the area and a debate erupted between us.  Later, the Israeli police demanded Anwar to sign documents related to the confiscation of the bulldozer for checking.  They also arrested him.”

Sunday, 31 October 2010

·         In the early morning, IOF raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Sarhan, 38, in al-Bustan quarter in Silwan village to the south of the old town of Jerusalem.  They arrested him and his son Mohammed.

·         At approximately 08:15, Israeli soldiers stationed on a hill at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northwest of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting raw construction materials from a site where the evacuated Israeli settlement of “Elli Sinai” used to stand.  As a result, Nazmi Salim Tanboura, 50, from Beit Lahia, was wounded by a bullet to the thighs, when he was nearly 500 meters away from the border.

·         At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into al-Jalama village, north of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 09:50, IOF moved into Fassayel village, north of Jericho.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 22:20, IOF moved into Southern Mazra’a village, north of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets.  A number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at IOF.  Immediately, IOF fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the boys.  As a result, a number of Palestinian civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.  IOF withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets.  At approximately 23:15, they raided a 3-storey apartment building belonging to ‘Izziddin Ahmd ‘Amarna, 39, a leader of Hamas.  Two Israeli intelligence officer introduced themselves to ‘Amarna, and asked him for talking.  They discussed with him Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and peace prospects.  During the discussion, an Israeli officer was photographing the house.  At approximately 01:00 on the following day, they left the house and moved to a house belonging to ‘Adnan Yassin Hamarsha, 45, a leader of Hamas.  They gathered the family in one room, and asked to talk with Hamarsha.  During their talk, an Israeli intelligence officer threatened Hamarsha of detention.  In the meantime, an Israeli soldier was photographing the house.  At approximately 03:45, IOF withdrew from the village, and no arrests were reported. 

Monday, 01 November 2010

·         At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Abu Ktaila area in the center of Hebron.  They raided two houses belonging to the families of Tha’er Bassam Ayoub, 25, and Bahaa’ Ibrahim Bassal, 18, and summoned the two individuals for interrogation. 

·         At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Nablus, and the nearby ‘Askar refugee camp.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Ibrahim Jamal Sa’ad, 22.

·         At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Kufor al-Dik village, west of Salfit.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Majdi Rateb al-Dik, 26, and arrested him.

·         At approximately 07:40, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.  Palestinian fishermen fled from the area and no casualties were reported.

·         At approximately 08:45, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting raw construction materials from the evacuated Israeli settlements of “Elli Sinai” and “Dogit.”  The workers fled from the area and no casualties were reported.

·         At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm and into Ektaba suburb, east of the town.  They established a checkpoint, and stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  They withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 13:50, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit.  They raided a carpentry workshop and arrested Suhaib Ahmed Mar’ei, 30.

·         At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Madama village, south of Nablus, and imposed a curfew.  They ordered closure of shops.  They then raided and searched a number of houses.  They withdrew from the village at approximately 22:00.  No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 02 November 2010

·         At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian civilians, including a child:

1.       Ayham Khalil Sabarna, 117; and

2.       Nidal Husni Za’aqiq, 20.

·         At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets and took position in front of the main entrance of Palestine Technical College (Khadouri).  Israeli soldiers stepped down from military vehicles.  They photographed the campus and stopped, checked and interrogated a number of young men.  Later, they patrolled in the streets of the town.  They stopped and interrogated Mohammed ‘Eissa alp-Ashqar, 37, correspondent of Ma’an news agency and al-Salam Television, claiming that he photographed the Israeli incursion into the town.  Shortly after releasing him, an Israeli soldier called him and took his identity card.  IOF ordered al-Ashqar to follow them towards the District Liaison Office.  While IOF were withdrawing from the town, they threw the identity card on the ground.

·         At approximately 11:00, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast of Gaza Valley village in the central Gaza Strip fired at a number of Palestinian civilians who were collecting plastics, iron and aluminum from a garbage plant, nearly 300 meters away from the border.  As a result, Hussam ‘Abdul Hafez al-Khaldi, 34, was wounded by a bullet to the right shoulder. 

·         At approximately 16:00, Palestinian ambulances were able to evacuate Mahmoud Mohammed Shirrir, 34, from ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis, to the European Gaza Hospital, as he was wounded by a bullet to the left ankle.  According to investigations conducted by PCHR, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of ‘Abassan village fired at Shirrir, who is mentally disabled, when he was a few meters away from the border.

03 November 2010

·         At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Kour village, south of Tulkarm.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Bilal Hussein Jayoussi, and arrested two of his sons: Fadi, 22; and Shadi, 20.  Soon after, they raided and searched two houses belonging to another two sons of Jayoussi and arrested them: Hassib, 27; and Ahmed, 23.   

·         At approximately 17:30, IOF moved into al-Yamoun  village, northwest of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

·         At approximately 19:30, IOF moved nearly 200 meters into the east of al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.  They leveled areas of Palestinian land.  During the incursion, an Israeli tank fired a shell at a space area, but no casualties were reported. .

2.       Use of Excessive Force against Peaceful Demonstrations Protesting Settlement Activities and the Construction of the Annexation Wall

During the reporting period, IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the construction of the Wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians were wounded.  Dozens of civilians and human rights defenders also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.  

·         Following the Friday Prayer on 29 October 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders, including Westen Rinneth, Member of the Norwegian Parliament, and Thoron Hovick, Member of the Norwegian Labor Party, organized a peaceful demonstration in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah.  They moved towards the annexation wall.  Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.  As a result, Samir Suleiman Bernat, 34, was hit by a tear gas canister to the right shoulder, and a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten by Israeli soldiers.      

·         Also following the Friday Prayer on 29 October 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the construction of the Annexation Wall.  They clashed with Israeli troops positioned near the Wall.  Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators.  As a result, several demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation, and others sustained bruises. 

·         Also following the Friday Prayer on 29 October 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in protest against land confiscations in the Wad al-Raya area between the villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam.  When the demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land seized by Israeli settlers near “Halmish” settlement, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them.  As a result, 6 demonstrators were wounded:

1.       Helmi Muneer Tamimi, 26, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right hand;

2.       Mohammed ‘Atiya Tamimi, 28, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right leg;

3.       ‘Atallah Tamim Tamimi, 60, hit by a tear gas canister to the left leg;

4.       Eyas Mohammed Tamimi, 24, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the chest;

5.       Arsulan Saleh Tamimi,22, hit by a tear gas canister to the right leg; and

6.       ‘Odai ‘Abdul Raziq Tamimi, 18, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right leg.

A number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

3.       Extra-Judicial Execution

During the reporting period, IOF extra-judicially executed an activist of the Army of Islam in the Gaza Strip. 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 11:35 on Wednesday, 03 November 2010, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car (a silver Daewoo) that was traveling near the western gate of Arafat police town in the west of Gaza City.  As a result, Mohammed Jamal Fares al-Nemnem, 29, an activist of the Army of Islam, from al-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City, who was traveling in the car, was killed as the car was completely destroyed.  Two civilian bystanders were also wounded:

1.       Yahia Fayez al-Yazji, 25, from Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, sustained bruises throughout the body as he was traveling in his car behind the targeted car; and

2.       Suha al-Shoubaki, 18, from al-Tuffah neighborhood in Gaza City, lightly injured by glass fragments throughout the body.

In the evening, IOF admitted responsibility for the attack, claiming that “al-Nemnem was a senior leader of the Army of Islam, who was involved in attack against Israeli and US targets in Sinai Peninsula.”

4.       Continued Closure of the OPT

Israel has continued to impose a tightened closure of the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  

·         The illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza Strip. Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis, which can only be addressed by an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. PCHR is concerned that the new Israeli policy is simply shifting Gaza to another form of illegal blockade, one that may become internationally accepted and institutionalized. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from the rest of the world.

·         Expanding the list of items allowed into Gaza does not change the illegality of this policy, which is inconsistent with Israel’s legal obligations both as an Occupying Power and under international human rights treaties to which it is party, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.    

·         Facts on the ground refute Israeli claims with respect to the easing of the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and the reduction of restrictions imposed on the entry of goods.

·         Israeli declaration of allowing new goods to be entered into the Gaza Strip constitutes an attempt to delude the international community, as such goods do not meet the minimal needs of the Gaza Strip. 

·         IOF have continued to ban the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip. 

·         IOF have imposed a ban on all exports from the Gaza Strip. 

·         Israel had continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing to Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to the West Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade or social visits.

·         Israel has imposed additional access restrictions on international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers seeking to enter the Gaza Strip. They have prevented representatives of several international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.

·         Living conditions of the Palestinian civilian population have seriously deteriorated; levels of poverty and unemployment have mounted sharply.

Movement at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 01 June 2010, the Egyptian authorities decided to open Rafah International Crossing Point on the Egyptian border in both directions without specifying a date for its closure.  The Egyptian decisions came following the Israeli attack on the Gaza-aid flotilla in international water.  On the following morning, the crossing point was effectively opened and restricted categories of Palestinian civilians were allowed to travel through it.

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

27 October- 02 November 2010

Date   Details

27 October 2010    217 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 171 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

28 October 2010    321 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 265 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

29 October 2010    170 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 219 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

30 October 2010    250 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 181 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

31 October 2010    256 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 183 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

01 November 2010 256 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 194 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

02 November 2010          396 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 253 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

27 October – 02 November 2010

Date   Imports

          Category      Amount

                   Tons  Liters

27 October 2010    Foodstuffs   933   

          Agricultural materials       169   

          Various goods       1,767

          Humanitarian aids  129   

          Cooking gas 111   

          Industrial fuel                  500,000

28 October 2010    Foodstuffs   983   

          Agricultural materials       258   

          Various goods       1,140

          Humanitarian aids 186   

          Cooking gas 111   

          Industrial fuel                  501,020

31  October 2010   Foodstuffs   879   

          Agricultural materials       290   

          Various goods       849   

          Humanitarian aids 163   

          Cooking gas 173   

          Industrial fuel                  184,014

01 November  2010         Foodstuffs   890   

          Agricultural materials       141   

          Various goods       1,637

          Humanitarian aids 135   

          Cooking gas 89.350        

          Industrial fuel                  137,009

02 November 2010 Foodstuffs   1,060

          Agricultural materials       383   

          Various goods       1,289

          Humanitarian aids 365   

          Industrial fuel                  137,009

Al-Mentar (Karni) Crossing: During the reporting period, IOF partially opened the crossing on Thursday, 28 October 2010, and allowed the entry of 780 tons of wheat, 2,590 tons of construction aggregate and 1,820 tons of fodders.  They opened it again on Monday, 01 November 2010, and allowed the entry of 2,106 tons of wheat, and 2,691 tons of fodders.  

Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing: Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF have allowed only diplomats, a number of international journalists, employees of international agencies and a limited number of patients who suffer from serious diseases to pass through the crossing. They have continued to prevent Palestinian civilians from visiting their relatives who are detained in Israeli jails. The small number of patients permitted to pass through the crossing is only able to do so under severe restrictions that include prolonged checking.

Movement at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

27 October – 02 November 2010

Date   27 October  28 October  29 October  30 October  31 October  01 November         02 November

Patients        21      25      Nil     Nil     29      28      26

Companions          21      28      Nil     Nil     34      24      26

Palestinians from Israel    2        7        3        Nil     12      10      4

Diplomats    6        2        4        Nil     Nil     4        2

International Journalists    3        2        5        Nil     Nil     2        3

International Workers      29      69      24      Nil     11      22      29

Travelers abroad    3        Nil     Nil     Nil     Nil     16      1

Traders        22      28      Nil     Nil     15      9        17

Business People    13      Nil     Nil     Nil     8        7        16

Meetings      9        6        Nil     Nil     Nil     6        Nil

Ambulances to Israel       3        3        Nil     Nil     6        3        2

Ambulances from Israel   4        Nil     Nil     Nil     6        6        Nil

The West Bank

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.

·         Jerusalem: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians to and from the city. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been denied access to the city. IOF have established many checkpoints around and inside the city. Restrictions of the movement of Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays, preventing Muslim Palestinians from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque.  On Friday morning, 01 October 2010, IOF imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  They reinforced their presence throughout the city.  They stopped and checked Palestinian civilians.        

·         Hebron:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  During the reporting period, Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrances of Tal al-Rumaida neighborhood in the center of Hebron imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  They held some civilians at military checkpoints established at the entrances of the neighborhood.  On Saturday afternoon, 30 October 2010, IOF established several checkpoints inside the town, on roads leading to the town and at the entrances of neighboring villages and refugee camps.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. 

·         Bethlehem:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  They have maintained their presence at 41 checkpoints around the town.  The town has been also impacted by the construction of the annexation wall to the north and west, and large areas of Palestinian land have been isolated by the wall.  During the reporting period, Israeli troops stationed at the 300 checkpoint (Rachel Toms), north of Bethlehem, continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to Jerusalem.  Palestinian civilians are forced to wait in queues on two routes outside the checkpoint.  They are then checked by Israeli soldiers using electronic checking machines.  Such checking is often prolonged and humiliating.  During the reporting period, only Palestinians who have permits were allowed to travel to Jerusalem.      

·         Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian civilians in Ramallah.  IOF troops positioned at the Jaba’ and Qalandiya checkpoints, southeast of Ramallah, have imposed additional restrictions on movement and conducted prolonged checks of Palestinian civilians.  During the reporting period, IOF erected a number of temporary checkpoints, and stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 15 October 2010, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  At approximately 22:00 on Thursday, 28 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridge, west of Ramallah.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 29 October 2010, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.          

·         Qalqilya:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  On Thursday, 28 October 2010, IOF established 7 checkpoints around the town.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  On Friday, 29 October 2010, IOF established two checkpoints at the entrances of Ematin and Jainsafout villages, east of Qalqilya.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilians vehicles.  On Saturday, 30 October 2010, IOF established 9 checkpoints around Qalqilya.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.   On Sunday, 31 October 2010, IOF established 5 checkpoints around Qalqilya.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

·         Tulkarm:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 12:00 on Thursday, 28 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit Leed intersection, east of Tulkarm.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  At approximately 09:10 on Sunday, 31 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Deir al-Ghossoun village, north of Tulkarm.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles traveling to and from the village.  At approximately 23:00 on Monday, 01 November 2010, IOF established a checkpoint on ‘Allar-Kufor Ra’ei road, north of Tulkarm.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.         

·         Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  On Friday evening, 29 October 2010, Israeli soldiers positioned at a checkpoint established on the main road linking Jenin with the northern villages of Tulkarm imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 18:00, they stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  On Sunday morning, 31 October 2010, Israeli soldiers positioned at the same checkpoint stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  At approximately 09:10, they held a Palestinian civilian vehicle for some time.  At approximately 20:30 on Monday, 01 November 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at Sanour intersection, south of Jenin.  They stopped and searched Palestinian

civilian vehicles.    

·         Salfit:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  IOF have continued to close the northern entrance of Salfit with cement blocks and sand barriers since 2000.  They have also continued to close two roads linking Marda village with agricultural land belonging to it.  At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 19 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Hares village, northwest of Salfit.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. 

·         Jericho:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 19:30 on Thursday, 28 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Fassayel village, north of Jericho.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.  At approximately 17:30 on Friday, 29 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Ein al-Dyouk village, north of Jericho.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.           

5.       Settlement Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

·         On Friday morning, 29 October 2010, Palestinian civilians living in Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, noticed that Israeli settlers had added 9 mobile homes to the eastern part of “Shavot Rachel” settlement.  The addition of such mobile homes followed land leveling by Israeli settlers on 24 October 2010.  The mobile homes were placed on Palestinian land recently confiscated by IOF, whose area is estimated at 280 donums.  The settlement stands on a 1,026-donum area of land in the villages of Qaryout and Jaloud.  It is worth noting that the settlement is less than 150 meters away from Palestinian houses.

·         At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 31 October 2010, Israeli settlers from “Shilo” settlement gathered at Nablus-Rmallah road and threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles.  No injuries or damages were reported.

·         On Monday noon, 01 November 2010, Israeli settlers from “Karmi Tsur” settlement to the south of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, escorted by IOF, resumed leaving Palestinian land near the settlement for the 3rd consecutive week.  By that time, the settlers had leveled at least 70 donums of land belonging to Palestinian families, in order to expand the settlement.  These areas of land were planted with grapes and almonds.

·         At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 02 November 2010, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers of the Municipality of Jerusalem, moved into Tal’et Hazma area in Beit Hanina village.  They demolished a car washing shop, a tire change workshop and two mobile rooms belonging to Amjad Salhab and Hammoud Salhab, claiming that they were built without licenses.

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Recommendations to the International Community

1.       PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their legal and moral obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure Israel’s respect for the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  PCHR believes that the conspiracy of silence practiced by the international community has encouraged Israel to act as if it is above the law and encourages Israel continue to violate international human rights and humanitarian law.

2.       PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to convene a conference to take effective steps to ensure Israel’s respect of the Convention in the OPT and to provide immediate protection for Palestinian civilians.

3.       PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to comply with their legal obligations detailed in Article 146 of the Convention to search for and prosecute those responsible for grave breaches, namely war crimes.

4.       PCHR calls for the immediate implementation of the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice, which considers the construction of the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank illegal.

5.       PCHR recommends that international civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, bar associations and NGOs, participate in the process of exposing those accused of grave breaches of international law and  urge their governments to bring the perpetrators to justice.

6.       PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that Israel must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel.  PCHR further calls upon the EU states to prohibit import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the OPT.

7.       PCHR calls on the international community to recognize the Gaza disengagement plan, which was implemented in September 2005, for what it is – not an end to occupation but a compounding of the occupation and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. 

8.       In recognition of ICRC as the guardian of the Fourth Geneva Convention, PCHR calls upon the ICRC to increase its staff and activities in the OPT, including the facilitation of family visitations to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

9.       PCHR appreciates the efforts of international civil society, including human rights organizations, bar associations, unions and NGOs, and urges them to continue their role in pressuring their governments to secure Israel’s respect for human rights in the OPT and to demand Israel end its attacks on Palestinian civilians.

10.     PCHR calls upon the international community to pressure Israel to lift the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government and its occupation forces on access for international organizations to the OPT.

11.     PCHR reiterates that any political settlement not based on international human rights law and humanitarian law cannot lead to a peaceful and just solution of the Palestinian question.  Rather, such an arrangement can only lead to further suffering and instability in the region.  Any peace process or agreement must be based on respect for international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law.

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Public Document

For further information please visit our website (www.pchrgaza.org) or contact PCHR’s office in Gaza City, Gaza Strip by email (pchr@pchrgaza.org) or telephone (+972 (0)8 282 4776 – 282 5893).

 

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A MESSAGE FROM A CHRISTIAN ARAB

NOVANEWS
 November 8, 2010 

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The Christians of the Middle East are targeted by the agents of Zionism
because they constitute the future bridge of understanding
between the Christian-West and the Islam of the Orient.

Nobody can explain Islam to the West , better than a Christian Arab.
The Christian-Arabs are the living witnesses to the tolerance of Islam.

The Christian-Arabs have been infiltrated
by fanatic-fascists like in the Lebanon
or by fanatic-idiots like in Egypt………
all that just to plan and to plant, an artificial animosity with Islam.

In other places where Oriental-Christianity could not be infiltrated ,
for various reason,so the Christians are being martyred just like in Iraq
or Pakistan.

Whatever role Zionism is planing for the Christians of the East ,
it is macabre.

Christians of the East must be wiser
and must follow the paths of:
Antoun Saadeh
George Habash
Naef Hawatmeh
Gibran Khalil Gibran
Edward Saiid
Azmi Beshara
and indeed Gamal Abdel Nasser
Saddam Hussein and Tarek Aziz.

Jesus spoke (almost) Arabic
Jesus is considered a Muslim……. by Islam .

What else do you need ??
to realise that it is:
only one religion but with two interpretations
Raja Chemayel
I call my God , Allah !!

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BOYCOTT,DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS WEEK

NOVANEWS

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions week of Action till 16th November 2010

 

BDS Week of ActionFor more than sixty years the suffering of the Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli state has been met with the international community rewarding Israel economically and politically, and allowing Israel to act with impunity.

 

People of conscience around the world have a responsibility to respond to the call from Palestinian civil society to join them in the growing movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until the country complies with international law and recognises Palestinian rights.

As part of the BDS week of action, we’re pleased to re-launch the Boycott Israeli Goods website – with in-depth information in a number of current campaigns we are involved in – including saying no to Ahava Stolen beauty; a new ‘boycott pledge’ as part of our supermarket actions and phone-in; a petition to launch campaigns to ‘Bin Veolia’ and a new campaign that we will be launching later in the week.

Check out the relaunched www.bigcampaign.org

From taking part in a direct action outside your supermarket to signing the ‘boycott pledge’ online, everyone can get involved in during the BDS week of action.

Below are seven things you can do:

1)      Sign the ‘boycott pledge’ and keep it in your wallet, as a reminder to check the label during your supermarket shop, or make conversation with the shop manager to show you’re a card carrying boycotter of Israeli goods.  You can also sign the pledge online and send an email to the supermarkets you shop at that you’ve signed the boycott pledge.

2)      Supermarket phone in: On Thursday 11th, ring Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s and ask them to stop stocking Israeli goods until the country complies with international law. Tesco’s: Ring 0800 505 555 and press option 3. Sainsbury’s: Ring 0800 636 262.

3)      Change your facebook profile (using the picture above) tag your friends in it, and ask them to change it too

4)      Get involved in a supermarket action – ask shoppers to boycott Israeli goods. Find out what Israeli goods are sold in the supermarkets by visiting our ‘supermarket product watch’ page. To see what PSC branches are organising, click here

5)      Use our model petition to gather support for a local campaign to ‘Bin Veolia’ who are breaking international by providing refuse and transport services to illegal settlements.

6)      say no to stolen beauty – join the fortnightly protest outside the ‘Ahava’ flagship store in Covent Garden – find out when the next one is at: http://freepalestinefortnightlydemo.wordpress.com/

7)      Order boycott leaflets, pledge cards, stickers, factsheets and more from the PSC office – check out our resources page and place an order

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RACIST ZIO=NAZI GESTAPO TRY TO KILL CHILEAN TOURIST, MISTAKEN FOR PALESTINIAN

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November 8, 2010

PNN – Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronoth published a report on Monday about the attempted murder of a Chilean tourist in Jerusalem by eight Jewish extremists who mistook him for an Arab.

Jose Dominus Nolido, 43, came to Israel to celebrate the wedding of his son’s Jewish friend and visit holy sites. As he returned to his hotel, Nolido said he was accosted by youths.

“I decided to return to my room and I went through Independence Park,” Nolido explained. “Suddenly a youth attacked me. I thought he was a soldier, since he had on Israeli army pants. I tried to flee, but I ran into seven others. I fell on the ground and couldn’t get away from the blows. Then I lost consciousness. I was convinced they wanted to kill me because I looked like an Arab.”

Nolido was taken to a Jerusalem hospital, bleeding from the head and eyes. Doctors said they feared loss of vision in his right eye.

 “They said I looked like an Arab,” he said. “I didn’t think that would cost me my life.”

Israeli police said that the assault had a “nationalist character” and that the Jewish  attackers took him for an Arab or Palestinian. Five of the suspects were settlers from ultra-Orthodox areas of Jerusalem.

“I don’t think I’ll come back to Israel,” said Nolido. He explained that he knew the Israeli-Palestinian conflict well, but never thought he would be attacked because of his appearance.

Source–Palestine News Network

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Goosebumps video links American sacrifices in civil rights struggle to Palestinian protesters’ travails
 

Nov 07, 2010

Philip Weiss

One of my strongest impressions of my last trip to Palestine is what a great price people are paying for their sturdy resistance to occupation. This is also a theme of Budrus, the fine new documentary. Well now Sana Kassem (whose work we grabbed last week) sounds the same theme with another stirring video, this one marrying Barbara Dane’s civil-rights anthem, It Isn’t Nice (backed up by the Chambers brothers), to images of the struggle in Palestine. Notice especially the three last pictures in the sequence. And these lines:

They murdered folks in Alabama,

They shot Medgar in the back–

Did you say that isn’t proper?

Did you stand out on the track?

You were quiet just like mice,

Now you say that we’re not nice.

But if that’s freedom’s price, we don’t mind…

(Thanks to Norman Finkelstein)

Obama’s political woes elicit advice from Israel (sans the usual middlemen)
 

Nov 07, 2010

Philip Weiss

More craziness from Israel– pressure on Obama without the usual lobby middlemen. Aluf Benn, an editor at Haaretz, echoes David Broder’s column saying that a U.S. attack on Iran would resurrect the economy and reelect Obama (Broder link here), then goes further and advises Obama to carry out such an attack so as to win Israel’s compliance with international law re colonies in West Bank. Israel sure is a tough lay!

Broder is the voice of the American center, which supported Obama and still believes in his ability to get back on track. If the president listens to him, the conditions will be created for a historic deal with Israel: elimination of the Iranian threat in return for Palestinian independence and dismantlement of the settlements in the West Bank. In other words: You give me Itamar, I will give you Natanz.

Obama and Netanyahu are great campaigners when in the opposition, but their political trade names became blurred when they came into power. They will be tested in their ability to overcome character weaknesses, old baggage and past disputes, in order to create a blueprint that will reshape the Middle East. If they succeed, they will leave a legacy – and win the next elections.

Oh and this: Netanyahu was reported to be planning to tell Biden today, the U.S. must attack Iran. Says my tipster: Boorish but predictable. They don’t even have the decency to wait a couple of weeks after the election. (Thanks to Ofer Neiman for Benn pickup).

‘New Yorker’ connects Elvis Costello’s use of the word ‘nigger’ 30 years ago to his recent participation in boycott of Israel
 

Nov 07, 2010

Philip Weiss

From Abe Foxman’s lips to the New Yorker’s ear. Nick Paumgarten profiles Elvis Costello in the new New Yorker magazine, and links the entertainer’s use of the n-word in an episode 30 years ago to his participation this year in boycott of Israel, another “mess” that Costello made for himself.

Ali Gharib, who brought this to my attention, writes: “There is no mention of a positive reaction to Costello’s move (I sure saw the Facebook postings and got the blast e-mails); it is merely suggested as a racist ‘bookend’ to his career or the ‘arbitrary… singling out of Israel.'” Does the New Yorker understand the moral/political universe that Costello is operating in?

In the occupation, a Palestinian is killed every other day, and inside Israel, hundreds of Jewish towns have been created in the last 60 years, and not one new Palestinian town, and meanwhile the foreign minister talks about expelling Palestinians. This is why boycott has traction. The New Yorker: 

Control is hard to come by. His feat of self-sabotage occurred during the hostile and turbulent 1979 “Armed Funk” tour of the United States. In the bar of a Holiday Inn in Columbus, Ohio, the Attractions and their retinue ran into Stephen Stills’s band and crew, the the two gangs began an evening of heavy drinking and sharp talk.

As the provocations escalated, Costello, deriding the state of American music, called Ray Charles “a blind ignorant nigger” and James Brown “a jive-ass nigger”; his opponent in the bar debate, the white should singer Bonnie Bramlett, knocking him to the ground, touching off a mini-rumble, and then she reported the whole incident to the newspapers. The story crushed Costello’s commercial momentum; radio stations stopped playing the album, and the tour went sour.

He held a press conference in new York, to explain the context of the ironic drunken instigation — and to assert, fairly, that he wasn’t a racist. Ray Chales shrugged it off, saying, “Drunken talk isn’t meant to be printed in the paper.” But the damage was done, and Costello slunk back to England, having blown a shot at being the next Bowie.

Never again did he come so close to megastardom. To a certain extent, he chose that fate, bu confounding expectations, trying new things, and pursuing a stubborn kind of career. He says he never really wanted to play stadiums. Still, the chance passed him by. 

In 2003, when he was backstage with [his wife the singer Diana] Krall at a gala performance, Ray Charles walked by, but Costello couldn’t bring himself to say anything. “There are some times when you’re just got to be smaller,” Costello told me. “You know when people get sober, and they come and tell you all the terrible things they did?

You know, ‘I stole money from you once.’ ‘Well, actually I felt tine until you told me.'” He added, “You also can’t keep explaining.” 

He has applied this principle to the latest mess he has created for himself. In May, he announced that he was pulling out of a pair of planned summer performances in Israel. He issued a statement that was as hard to decipher as some of his songs, citing the risk of his appearance there being taken the wrong way. Needless to say, he came in for some criticism and abuse; to some, his singling out of Israel seemed, at best, arbitrary and, at worst, an unsavory bookend to Columbus.

“You must be aware that it was a very difficult decision to make,” he told me. “It’s quite the opposite of what people always assume about singers, that they are grandiose and they’re on a big platform and they’re asserting their own ego. I’m actually trying to be humble and say i don’t actually know the answer. I don’t have a solution with my songs.”

Gharib again: “So far as I know, Costello’s ‘latest mess’ hasn’t caused radio stations to turn against or ban him, or even take his stuff out of rotation (at least I never saw any stories on it).

It makes you wonder if today’s young musician might one day have her boycott of Israel remembered as an opening “bookend” of musical career with social activism the way one might think of Bono’s contribution to the 1985 ‘won’t play Sun City’ campaign against Apartheid (whether or not you agree with Bono’s particular brand of social activism).”

Court docs show that the Israeli government sold property in East Jerusalem to settlers
 

Nov 07, 2010

Kate

And more news from Today in Palestine:

 

Settlers / Land, property and resource theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing

Court documents show settlers got land deals in E J’lem
(AP) The government sold or leased properties in Arab areas of east Jerusalem to settlers at low prices and helped them cement a Jewish presence in disputed areas of the holy city, according to court documents published on Sunday. The documents are the first to show how easily settlers were able to put down stakes in these areas with the help of successive Israeli governments. The documents were released to anti-settlement activists who sought a comprehensive accounting of the government’s relationship with the groups Elad and Ateret Cohanim. The documents refer to 11 properties, but activists say the state is withholding information.
http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=194330

Settlers carry out work on seized Jerusalem home
Israeli settlers have expanded construction work on a Palestinian-owned house in Jerusalem’s Old City they took control of nearly a year ago. Witnesses said settlers brought construction equipment and furniture to the building, which is owned by Fatima Dahoody, 80. The Palestinian Prisoner Society’s Jerusalem chairman, Nasser Qaws, confirmed these reports, saying settlers are attempting to add another floor to the building. Dahoody, the elderly owner, still lives in a small part of the structure. In late January, Israeli settlers began an illegal squat in the home after an Israeli court granted settlers partial access to the building.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331656

MK: Remove memorial for Silwan riots instigator
Knesset Member Miri Regev (Likud) sent a letter to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Sunday demanding he remove a memorial set up in Silwan for a Palestinian man who was shot to death by an Israeli security guard. The incident led to riots in east Jerusalem last September. In her letter, MK Regev claimed that the memorial is illegal and “perpetuates the legacy of a Fatah militant who headed a terrorist organization. Samer Sarhan was shot to death by a Jewish security guard in September 22.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3981064,00.html

Getting onto the map / Joanna Paraszczuk
Close to half of the Beduin population of the Negev lives in 45 ‘unrecognized’ villages that are fighting for recognition from the state — Around 13 kilometers west of Arad in the Negev desert, a narrow dirt track heads south off Route 31 toward a small cluster of buildings. Goats graze – somehow – on the stony ground near a signpost bearing the name of this tiny Beduin village: al-Sira. Underneath, in Hebrew, another line has been added – Founded in the Ottoman Era. Many places like to show off their historicity, but in al-Sira’s case there is a subtle but significant subtext to this assertion of pre-state establishment. It is a claim of legitimacy.
http://www.jpost.com/home/article.aspx?id=194046

Rahat mosque razed; police officers stoned
Land Administration personnel demolish mosque built in Bedouin city without a permit; residents demonstrate, throw stones at security forces; no injuries. Mayor: Crime committed against entire public by wicked government
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980592,00.html

Israeli police, Bedouin clash at mosque demolition
Israeli police on Sunday arrested five people protesting the demolition of a mosque in the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel. Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said the protesters had thrown rocks at the police, who were providing security for civil authority workers who were taking down the structure.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331558

Big settlement projects approved as Netanyahu flies to US
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli government approved three settlement projects in occupied Jerusalem on the eve of its premier’s departure for Washington to meet with US president Barack Obama. Different Israeli sources said that one of these projects is to build 1, 250 settlement units in Mount Abu Ghoneim in addition to building 983 units in the context of the plan number 10310, stage C. The second project is to finish stage B of building 42 settlement units in Har Homa B area, also located in Mount Abu Ghoneim. The plan number is 12825, according to the sources. They said that the Israeli government and its municipal council in Jerusalem have been imposing a news blackout on their settlement activities since the end of the alleged freeze. They also pointed out to a third project, number 4820B, to build 250 housing units and a huge shopping mall in Ramot settlement, which was established illegally on Palestinian lands in Beit Hanina village and another destroyed and deserted village called Lafta.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7Uohfdcyeqh0ZyA2TgOaKiLAY9O6zB1wZGvCKHFEGYwrkYnaCcyD7QJAbPqrTWlaLpsIgWgOOLi7lfkLs%2bQXlQnxcKPdQdpuqi07P3iDziqM%3d

Israeli settlers threaten Sheikh Jarrah / Stephen Lendman
…The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) published an October report titled, “The Case of Sheikh Jarrah,” explaining the growing threat, saying it’s “of serious humanitarian concern.” Settlers have used different methods to encroach, including: (1) taking over land or property confiscated or expropriated by Israeli authorities, one way, among others, under the 1950 Absentee Property Law (2) giving settlers land designated “public” or “state” for environmental, historic or religious reasons. (3) using Israeli law (denied Palestinians) to pursue alleged Jewish ownership of land or property prior to 1948. (4) buying land through intermediaries as well as through a process involving threats, deception, false depositions, or forged documentation, complicit courts cheating Palestinian owners.
http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/11/israeli-settlers-threaten-sheikh-jarrah.html

State: Settlers have 2 weeks to seal outpost synagogue
If the building in Elmatan is not sealed by then, the state will do so itself, representative says … The building was completed in violation of a court order to stop construction and is currently used as a synagogue.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194116

Violence

Soldiers shoot worker on north Gaza border
A Palestinian man was injured Sunday when Israeli forces opened fire at a group of workers collecting stone aggregates near an evacuated Israeli settlement in northern Gaza. Eyewitnesses said 19-year-old Karam Al-Adham was shot in his left leg near the abandoned Eli Sinai structure northwest of Beit Lahiya.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331505

Gaza scrap gleaners risk life in tense border zone
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – A Palestinian was wounded by Israeli forces on Sunday while collecting scrap from a no-go border zone in the Gaza Strip, the latest casualty in the blockaded enclave’s most dangerous way to scrape a living … Adham Abu Selmeya, a spokesman of the Hamas-run medical service, told Reuters most of the casualties were shot in the legs, in northern areas where the border with Israel is formed by a high concrete wall with watchtowers and machine guns. He said the Palestinians clearly did not pose real danger, otherwise the Israelis would not be firing at their legs.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101107/wl_nm/us_palestinians_israel_scrap

Israeli war jets hit southern Gaza targets
Israeli war jets struck two targets in southern Gaza Strip Saturday night in response to an earlier homemade projectile fired from [northern!] Gaza at southern Israel … The first airstrike targeted an empty olive farm east of the city of Khan Younis and the second targeted a smuggling tunnel under the borderline between Egypt and the salient, ruled by the Hamas movement … Medics at southern Gaza hospitals said that ambulances and rescue crews rushed to the theatre of the airstrikes; no injuries were reported [from either the projectile or the airstrikes] [later: one Palestinian was injured inside his house by shattering glass]
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331430

Watch: Truth seekers
[This] latest documentary film produced by Ma’an, in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information, highlights the role of Palestinian journalists covering Israel’s occupation. Five journalists were interviewed for the project, each speaking about the dangers they faced reporting from the field. The documentary features photojournalist Nasser Shtayyeh, who was shot twice with live ammunition and six times with rubber-coated steel bullets, and brutally beaten twice. In 1995, settlers threw him in a well and left him to die as he covered a rally near the illegal Israeli settlement of Qedumim in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya. He was rescued by a colleague. [Warning: graphic content]
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331157

Activism / Solidarity / Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

Israel refuses entry to Sweden MP and ex-Israeli who sailed on Gaza flotilla
MP Mehmet Kaplan and artist Dror Feiler planned to lodge complaint against IDF for violence, armed robbery, obstruction of freedom and kidnapping.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-refuses-entry-to-sweden-mp-and-ex-israeli-who-sailed-on-gaza-flotilla-1.323419

African academics launch boycott campaign against Israeli universities
JOHANNESBURG, (PIC)– Hundreds of African academics with the support of international influential figures announced an initiative to boycott Israeli universities until their state ends its occupation of the Palestinian territories. More than 200 academics from 13 African universities pledged in a statement reported by different media outlets on Sunday to support the initiative made the university of Johannesburg which calls for ending academic cooperation with the Israeli occupation.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7XRuOLGZ0gg5mUtyUaX6S8aM24m6p%2fXwCOtBEUMTS8e4iSpyQiadqs1sPLDCjegAStnGuol%2f8MWKt5M94148KJuD%2f5gETisrFNEbHwqJK31Y%3d

Open letter from Gaza students to the European Students’ Union: Oppose apartheid and war crimes
One Democratic State Group — Nov 6, 2010 — onedemocraticstategroup@gmail.com — We are writing to you as students from the besieged Gaza Strip whose entire educational system has been crippled as a result of Israel’s four-year long and ongoing blockade. We are deeply distressed that you held your annual conference this year in Jerusalem, a conference organized by the National Union of Israeli Students and the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, in addition to the Prime Minister’s Office. We are saddened that you failed to empathize with us and break through the silence imposed on our voices by the state you visited…
http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=43268

The US to Gaza initiative and the Hillel controversy at Rutgers / Deepak Kumar
Last night I attended a fundraiser for the US to Gaza mission that intends to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.  It was an incredible success.  About 350 mostly young people had crowded the hall, most of whom stayed on past 10 pm to listen to the invited speakers. The presence of so many students who had chosen to attend the event despite intimidation by those claiming to represent Rutgers Hillel was truly heartening … Hillel’s line of attack was predictable.  In a press release Andrew Getraer, the executive director of Rutger’s Hillel, argued that there were “serious legal issues” involved.  First on the list was the claim that the “blockade runners will attempt to deliver goods, services or technical assistance to Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).”
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/kumar051110.html

Anti

Settlers counter artists’ call to boycott Ariel
Shomron Settlers’ Committee urges ‘supporters of Land of Israel’ to boycott performances, works of artists who refuse to appear in Ariel. Katzover: Separate politics from the arts
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980701,00.html

MKs: Stop funding ‘lunatic’ artists
A number of MKs are objecting to the ongoing artists’ boycott of the soon-to-open Ariel culture center, and on Saturday MK Yariv Levin (Likud) suggested the government withdraw funding from theaters supporting the protest.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980481,00.html

War criminals

Palestinian government asks Britain not to amend war criminals law
GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian government in Gaza has asked the British government to revoke an earlier decision to amend the legislation on prosecuting war criminals. The justice ministry said in a statement on Sunday that such an amendment would constitute a big insult to the British judiciary’s reputation, independence, and integrity. It charged that the step was meant to please Israel, noting that the British foreign secretary William Hague had said that the law would be amended, which meant treating criminals as official guests with diplomatic immunity and sparing them punishment.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7UHjOWCQWJ1gdUpfxnGfz2qfysqUxpuDp8Y7uPfmjHMNIV57uHMiZ6kLOM%2bgjVcY5kM%2bVbWgAdwxcTyotHF%2bq%2f61hq7UB34MGRQj2il382zI%3d

British activists slam cave-in to Israel
Britain’s decision to revoke a law which allows activists to request arrest warrants for Israeli officials during their visits to the UK over war crimes has outraged senior pro-Palestinian figures.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/149870.html

Detention

Nazareth imam charged with incitement and supporting terror
…Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim, who heads the Shihab A-Din Mosque, has delivered regular Friday sermons since 1997 at his own institution as well as in a number of other houses of prayer, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. He also founded and runs a website called Muslim 48. The indictment presented to the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court states that Abu Salim has used his sermons, books and web site to disseminate the views of global jihad and to show solidarity with Al-Qaida.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/nazareth-imam-charged-with-incitement-and-supporting-terror-1.323412

PA security militias kidnap 10 citizens from Hamas
WEST BANK, (PIC)– The Palestinian authority (PA) did not cease for one day its arrest campaign in the West Bank in the context of its cooperation with Israel, where its security militias kidnapped during the last two days 10 other Palestinian citizens affiliated with Hamas Movement in the cities of Al-Khalil and Ramallah, according to local sources on Sunday. Among those who were arrested in Al-Khalil because of their political affiliation are two brothers called Yehya and Zakariya Saleh. Both of them are still students at Al-Khalil university and has a brother called Isa who was kidnapped two months ago by the PA intelligence and is still in prison.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7T87u7QCaUtFLjKXokhzpl%2bwxLzTZf%2fwq18MwzNLtwk%2bLMfPwxM0dtJK%2bHJduEnhtEZUg6Y28%2fQOCTtUAaVVzt9plynzJK0ohj3TPg17Mcj4%3d

Islamic Jihad: PA detains leader in Ramallah
…The movement said in a statement that Abdul-Hakim Masalma, 50, was taken to a detention center. The official had been wanted by Israeli forces for five years, the statement said.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331638

Rights group: Female detainees in Talmond denied medical treatment
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Several ill detainees in the female population of the Israeli Talmond prison have been denied medical treatment, a Palestinian rights group reported, adding that the prison administration has refused to allow a dentist into the facility.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7nakkO9QSRZopoTNDrAHF9R1dJ6ntt58WhMYo%2fYWEovpogsfCjahpejEv3VJFLbHXhtsmKvjoTcP3kog4vAO1Ah8pp6n%2bjfgpCOWyWBfbd8A%3d

Int’l jurist: Palestinian detainees are hostages under international law
CAIRO, (PIC) — International law expert Hasan Omar stated that the Palestinian detainees in Isreli jails are not prisoners, but they are hostages being held by the Israeli occupation state and they must be released according to the principles of international law. In an interview published by the journal of Muslim Palestine, Omar explained that the prisoner under the third Geneva convention is the one who is captured by an adversary during military operations and thus he is subject to the provisions of this convention which governs his release after the end of military actions.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s74t8Zpu%2bH6ERpIQvN9JurqRIdVmek2e7ftpoT6uKD6013%2btm7%2fpE470aO5ONaA5VmkLRDupnPkjvIlSLcRVHXEEEaxeN87%2bPvjDCbBphFDmU%3d

Siege / Restriction of movement / Other rights violations / Humanitarian issues

Zoabi petitions High Court to keep parliamentary rights
MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) petitioned the High Court on Sunday to nullify the Knesset decision depriving her of her parliamentary rights following her involvement with the Gaza flotilla in May. The petition, filed in conjunction with Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), claimed that the Knesset exceeded its authority and acted against the law of immunity, which prohibits abuse of the rights and immunity of parliament members if they engage in political activity.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194333

German FM urges end to Gaza export ban
JERUSALEM (AFP) – German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Sunday urged Israel to lift export restrictions against the Gaza Strip, on the eve of a visit to the impoverished Hamas-run Palestinian territory. After talks with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, Westerwelle said the Palestinians needed improved economic prospects if peace talks were to stand a chance.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101107/wl_mideast_afp/israelpalestinianspeacegermanydiplomacy

Shortage of medicines felt by patients in Gaza
…Al-Barsh asserted that hospitals in the besieged Strip are short of 100 types of medicines and 160 types of medical requirements such as cotton, gauze and other stuff.  He explained that the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health was mostly responsible for that shortage because in 2008 they delivered to the only 48 percent of the needed medical equipment; in 2009, they sent 50 percent and in 2010, only 37 percent has been delivered. He noted that the World Bank pays for 100 percent of equipment costs … Asked about the tons of medicines and medical equipment the Gaza Strip receives through solidarity activists who keep arriving to the Gaza Strip, he said, “They can’t bring every medication and medical device for all 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip.”
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331345

Easing of Gaza blockade leaves many smugglers idle
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel’s relaxing of its blockade on Gaza has accomplished something that bombing raids and an underground steel wall could not: It has devastated the Hamas-ruled territory’s once thriving smuggling industry. Now that most consumer goods can again reach Gaza through Israel — after three years of tight border closures  — many of the hundreds of smuggling tunnels that once served as the Palestinian territory’s lifeline have simply shut down. Only a few dozen are still active, compared with a total of about 400, a Hamas government official said. And an Associated Press spot check in one former smuggling hot spot found only 1 in 4 tunnels working.
http://www.statesman.com/news/world/easing-of-gaza-blockade-leaves-many-smugglers-idle-1027105.html

Gaza: Kerem crossing partly open, Karni closed
Israeli authorities will partially open one crossing into the Gaza Strip on Sunday for the limited delivery of food and fuel, a Palestinian liaison official said.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331442

Dubai Cares to implement de-worming program in Gaza and West Bank in partnership with global network
The program which will be implemented for a period of one year will eventually benefit 258,000 children enrolled with UNRWA schools. Commenting on this new initiative, Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, said, “Intestinal worms are considered to be one of the most critical mortality factors causing malnutrition and anemia among children in Gaza and the West Bank, resulting in an increase in absenteeism and drop in performance…” A survey conducted by UNRWA in 2005 revealed the prevalence of anemia among 23.95% of all school children and 36.3% of first grade students in Gaza.
http://www.ameinfo.com/248210.html

Racism / Discrimination / Segregation

Court okays Jews-only building in Jaffa
Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish rejected an appeal filed by Arab residents of the Jaffa neighborhood of Ajami, in which they inveighed against a decision allowing for the construction of a Jewish-only apartment complex. Beinish, however, hinted that the permit for the building constituted “wrongful discrimination”.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980909,00.html

State prosecutor: Probe anti-Arab flyers in Safed
Authorities continue to battle racism in northern city as teen indicted for calling ‘Death to Arabs’ —  The State Prosecutor’s Office ordered police on Sunday to investigate the distribution of fliers against Safed’s mayor and the city’s Arabs. The fliers took aim at Mayor Ilan Shohat because, they say, his support of the establishment of a medical school in the city will attract secular students. Mayor Shohat wants to “found a refugee camp and a shelter for sadistic, deranged Arabs” in the city, the fliers say.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3981071,00.html

Artists: Stop racist legislation
Academic, humanitarian figures sign petition sent to PM and Knesset demanding firm action against ‘racist laws and inciting rabbis’ forbidding renting or selling apartments to Arabs. Prof Shenhar: Reaching level of discrimination never imagined
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980731,00.html

Shulamit Aloni: I feel like stranger here
As artists protest ‘wave of racism’ sweeping country, Lieberman slams renewed call to boycott Ariel center — Academics, artists and civilians demonstrated Sunday afternoon in Tel Aviv against what they call racist laws recently approved by the government and Knesset, which they say are contrary to the spirit of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3981038,00.html

State scholarships for haredi students support segregation
Discrimination, Education Ministry style: Only haredim who study at colleges that separate between men and women will be eligible for State scholarships, those who choose to study at “regular” universities will be forced to do without them.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980623,00.html

ADL condemns racism against Arabs in Safed
The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement condemning racism towards Beduin students in Safed on Thursday. Recently, an 89-year-old holocaust survivor and resident of the northern city was harassed and threatened for renting an apartment to Beduin students studying at the Safed Academic College. The ADL statement said, “All citizens of the state of Israel, according to the law, have equal rights, including renting apartments.” The statement continued, “Citizens should not be discriminated against for their ethnic background.”
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194129

Political / Diplomatic news

US ambassador: Midterm results won’t affect US-Israel relations
US Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham said the results of the US midterm elections would not affect relations between the US administration and Israel. During a conference at Bar-Ilan University, Cunningham said the US wanted peace in the region, and this policy would not change. He added the US would maintain Israel’s security superiority and assist in its defense against Hezbollah and Hamas rockets.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3981072,00.html

Palestinian leadership warns US concessions to Netanyahu is destroying talks
Palestinian leaders have warned that the US role as an honest broker in Middle East peace talks has been severely undermined by President Barack Obama’s concessions to Israel’s ruling coalition … Mr Obama’s strategy of mollification could tip him over the edge, Mr Shaath said. “There is an increasing malaise in the Palestinian ranks,” he said. “The Palestinian leadership is totally convinced that they have been victims of a game of deception. That feeling has pushed Palestinians to discuss alternatives.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/8115887/Palestinian-leadership-warns-US-concessions-to-Netanyahu-is-destroying-talks.html

Israel must extend settlement moratorium: Italy FM
RIYADH (AFP) – Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini on Saturday urged Israel to reinstate a moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank until a final peace deal is reached with the Palestinians. Europe has to make a greater effort to convince the Jewish state “that it is in the best interest of Israel to reach a peace deal,” he told reporters on a visit to the Saudi capital.
http://news.yahoo./s/afp/20101106/wl_mideast_afp/israelpalestinianspeaccomesaudiitaly_20101106193946;_ylc=X3oDMTEwYThkNnUzBF9TAzIwMjM4Mjc1MjQEZW1haWxJZAMxMjg5MDc3NTg1

Ashqar leaves Gaza to join Hamas delegation in reconciliation talks
GAZA, (PIC)– MP Ismail Al-Ashqar, a Hamas leader, left Gaza on Sunday heading for Syria to participate in the next round of reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah that would be held in Damascus on Tuesday … The MP had earlier said that the next round of dialog in Syria would focus on formation of a security committee to supervise the restructuring of the PA security apparatuses.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7pwQNkMBYRLBRWattgfi3NHNNG7XaV%2b8A%2byU0JaR%2b5XLVAuwNybmjnAN5hiQip7ortRBqbQ2TUz91RqPRuMyrFlKRNCxWchhoCj8XqKCvvt4%3d

Britain’s first Jewish envoy to Jerusalem negotiates dual identity with aplomb / Nathan Jeffay
Tel Aviv — The day before his interview with the Forward, Great Britain’s first Jewish ambassador to the State of Israel met with a senior member of the government to discuss Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank — a topic on which London and Jerusalem sharply disagree. “In the course of this discussion he started quoting various pieces of talmudic wisdom to me,” marveled Matthew Gould, the British envoy. “Now, I just don’t think there’s any other job in the British Foreign Service where I could go and see a senior government minister and, arguing over an incredibly important point of geopolitical significance, end up discussing it in terms of talmudic debate.”
http://forward.com/articles/132930/

Other news

Peres expresses support for the legal system of the IDF
President meets with Mandelblit; says he is “shocked to the depths of his soul” at “traitor” graffiti painted on the walls of military legal chief’s home.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194331

IAF receives first batch of small diameter bombs
The 250-lb. (113.6-kg.) bomb was developed by Boeing Company as a low-cost weapon capable of high-precision and low-collateral damage strikes. [no comment] Israel received approval from Congress in late 2008 to buy 1,000 units. Israel is the first country outside of the United States to receive the weapon. The IAF has named the new bomb “Sharp Hail.”
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194285

IDF presents: Missile alerts on your cell phone
Home Front Command to launch new cellular application alerting citizens about missile attacks starting June 2011 … The system enables sending alerts in several languages simultaneously (Hebrew, English, Russian, Arabic and Amharic)
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/idf-presents-missile-alerts-on-your-cell-phone-1.323395

Union: UNRWA rejected PA mediation
Striking UN workers accused UNRWA of obstructing attempts by the Palestinian Authority’s Labor Ministry to resolve the dispute. Workers at the UN refugee agency have been on strike since mid October in protest over the agency’s refusal to pay salaries during the last strike and other issues. UNRWA officials have described the workers’ demands as “absurd.”
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331375

Luxury hotel to open in Gaza
Nablus businessman Munib Al-Masri on Sunday toured industrial projects being carried out by the Palestine Development and Investment Company in the Gaza Strip … The West Bank multimillionaire told journalists Friday that after three years of waiting, his company decided to inaugurate a five-star hotel in the northern Gaza Strip. The hotel was completed in 2007, but its opening was delayed due to the dire conditions in the Strip. In Ramallah, officials announced the opening of the city’s first five-star hotel on Monday. The Movenpick Ramallah, a locally owned franchise of the Swiss-based chain, includes 171 rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, fitness center and seven conference rooms, Agence France-Presse reported.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331456

Stones thrown at ambulance treating Palestinian
Stones were thrown Saturday at an ambulance and an MDA mobile intensive care unit near the village of Al-Azariya just a day after some young Israelis were attacked as they drove through nearby Issawiya, in east Jerusalem. The ambulance teams had been called to village to treat a young man who had fallen from the fifth floor of a building … “Unfortunately, we see once again how terror groups operate without limits, even when it’s clear to all that ambulances don’t do any damage anywhere in the world” said Danny Rotenberg, MDA spokesman in the Jerusalem region. [Right, and the Israelis have never, never shot at Palestinian ambulances…]
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980498,00.html

Off-duty cop arrested for deadly Gaza shooting
Authorities in the Gaza Strip have arrested a police officer for shooting two civilians in a Gaza City market last week, the local Ministry of Interior said Sunday … The ministry said AN was not working in his capacity as a police officer at the time of the incident.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331476

Analysis / Opinion / Human interest

Dear American Jews, if you love Israel, criticize it / Gideon Levy
Today, your representatives will open your great annual convention, the General Assembly … I read that your menu includes an Israeli breakfast, and also several discussions about the global delegitimization of Israel. Doubtless the speakers will tell you it’s because of anti-Semitism. Don’t believe them. There is anti-Semitism in the world, but not to the extent they will tell you. Nor is there any “delegitimization of Israel.” There is only delegitimization of Israel’s policy of force and occupation.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/dear-american-jews-if-you-love-israel-criticize-it-1.323314

Education is Palestinians’ path to independence / Daoud Kuttab
I can see the path to the state of Palestine. And education is an integral part of it. Palestinians have always prided themselves on being among the highest educated among all Arabs, but if this was true in the past, it is not true anymore, and it is certainly not true for Palestinians in the occupied territories.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daoud-kuttab/education-is-palestinians_b_779104.html

The Incitement Index / Adam Keller
…This week, at long last, marked the launching of the “Index of Incitement” project, on which Prime Minister Netanyahu and his aides have been working for almost a year. A team of senior officials led by Ron Dermer, Netanyahu’s political advisor, and retired Brigadier General Yossi Kuperwasser have carefully monitored and recorded unsympathetic statements made by Palestinians. They are to be published and widely distributed, divided into four major categories: explicit incitement to violence, encouraging the creation of an atmosphere of violence and terror, promoting hatred and demonization and failing to prepare the hearts for a positive change. Of course, this project is limited solely to monitoring Palestinian performance in the field of incitement. Still, it is worthwhile to ask Nethanyhau’s experts in which of their four categories they would have placed “The King’s Torah”.
http://adam-keller2.blogspot.com/2010/11/incitement-index.html

Gideon Orwell / Adam Keller
George Orwell described in his famous “1984” a monstrous tyrannical regime which calls everything by an opposite word. The distributors of lying propaganda are called “Ministry of Truth”, the constant wars are run by the “Ministry of Peace”, and the dreaded secret police is managed from the “Ministry of Love.” 1984 is long past, but Mr. Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Education in the State of Israel, has proven himself a worthy Orwell pupil. The Minister of Education announced this week that he intends to formulate “guidelines” which would be imposed on Israel’s universities forbid lecturers from expressing “anti-Zionist positions” of the kind disliked by the minister. To these guidelines the minister refers by the name “Principles of Academic Freedom.”
http://adam-keller2.blogspot.com/2010/11/gideon-orwell.html

Israel confronts flagging interest in military service / Janine Zakaria

TEL HASHOMER, ISRAEL – Since Israel’s founding, the military here has served not just as a defender against outside threats, but as the glue that brings together a patchwork nation of immigrants. Now, the Israel Defense Forces’ position as the country’s most venerated institution appears to be slipping. While service is compulsory for most young men and women, a growing minority is avoiding conscription
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/06/AR2010110604283.html?wprss=rss_world/mideast

Blind West Bank woman conquers disability by unremitting efforts
Ikhlas Ijbara, a 23-year- old Palestinian girl in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, has never put an end to her ambitions, although she was born blind. She insists on continuing her higher education, where she showed brilliant talents in learning foreign languages, in addition to practicing her other hobbies of sports that many healthy people in her city are not able to master.
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90854/7190773.html

Apple pie and bitter loss — a Palestinian’s 60 years in America
Saleh always thought he would return to his mother and family in Yafa’s suburbs of Beit Dajan once he completed his master’s degree at Berkeley. He even planned to go back and work with the Arabic government there, but never did. In fact, Saleh could not return home – because it was taken. He learned that his family was forced to leave their home and orange grove in Yafa’s suburbs of Beit Dajan, which became part of Israel. Saleh could not leave the United States to see what happened to his family. His British passport was revoked after England withdrew from Palestine and he became stateless. Both the governments of Israel and Jordan, which controlled the West Bank then, rejected his letters asking for permission to return to his family.
http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/apple-pie-bitter-loss—-a-palestinians-60-years-in-america.php

Iraq

Iraq rivals ‘agree to share power’ eight months after poll
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq’s political rivals reached a breakthrough power-sharing deal in which Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, retains the premiership, a spokesman said on Sunday, exactly eight months after inconclusive elections. “An agreement was reached yesterday among the political parties in which Jalal Talabani will continue as head of state, Nuri al-Maliki will stay on as prime minister and Iraqiya will choose its candidate for parliament speaker,” government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told AFP.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101107/wl_afp/iraqpolitics

Saturday: 2 Iraqis killed, 52 wounded
At least two Iraqis were killed and 52 more were wounded in mostly light violence. The worst attack occurred in Kirkuk, where three cars bombs apparently targeted Kurdis officials. Meanwhile, about three-dozen Iraqis wounded in Sunday’s attack on a church in Baghdad will be flown to France for further treatments.
http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2010/11/06/saturday-2-iraqis-killed-42-wounded/

Sunday: 10 Iraqis killed, 25 wounded
Eight months after national elections, lawmakers have tentatively resolved a deadlock preventing the selection of the new government. Meanwhile, several of today’s attacks focused on Awakening Council (Sahwa) and other security forces. At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 25 more were wounded across the country.
http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2010/11/07/sunday-10-iraqis-killed-25-wounded-2/

Iraqi Christians hold Mass in assaulted church
Just a week earlier, 58 people died in the worst attack against the country’s Christian minority since 2003 — BAGHDAD (AP) The walls were still splattered with blood and pieces of flesh as Iraqi Christians celebrated Mass on Sunday in the church that just a week before had been the scene of a horrific bloodbath in which dozens died.
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40055091

Al-Qaida is turning its focus on Iraq’s vulnerable Christians / James Denselow
Over the last week in publicity trailing the release of his autobiography, former president George W Bush admitted that when it came to Iraq he felt a “sickening feeling”. Sadly for those looking for greater remorse he was only referring to the failure to discover weapons of mass destruction. But as a man of devout Christian faith it would be interesting to discover what Bush’s thoughts are on the fact that one of the consequences of his war is that Iraq’s Christian community of 1 million pre-war has shrunk by 60% since 2003, as its members have fled abroad or been killed.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/07/alqaida-iraq-christians-disappearing

Other Mideast

Anger at Israel flares in Jordan election campaign
ZARQA, Jordan (AP) — Frustration with the interminable deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is bleeding over into Jordan, where bitterness at Israel is flowing more freely than ever during campaigning for this week’s parliamentary elections. Behind the anger expressed by candidates and voters lies U.S. ally Jordan’s greatest fear: that if peacemaking collapses, Israel will try to force it to take in the residents of the West Bank and stand as the Palestinian state. Recent talk by right-wing Israelis about the “Jordanian option” has only fueled the belief here that this is Israel’s ultimate plan.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101107/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_jordan_election

Netanyahu to tell UN: We’ll withdraw from Ghajar soon
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to present UN chief Ban Ki-moon with Israel’s plan to withdraw from the northern sector of the village of Ghajar, Ynet reported Sunday. A border drawn by the United Nations in 2000 split Ghajar between Lebanon and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Israel has occupied all of Ghajar since its 2006 war with Hezbollah
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980625,00.html

Israel to pull out from Lebanon border village
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel is planning to withdraw its troops from part of a disputed village on the Lebanese border and hand over control to a UN peacekeeping force, an official said on Sunday … UNIFIL confirmed it has been pressing Israel to withdraw from northern Ghajar in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which ended a 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah … Northern Ghajar is in Lebanon and the rest lies in the Golan Heights, but Israel took over the Lebanese half during the 2006 war. The villagers of southern Ghajar were Syrian nationals when Israel occupied the region but they took Israeli nationality after the Golan annexation, a move not recognised by the international community. Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar hailed the planned pullout and said it should extend to other areas of dispute along the border.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101107/wl_mideast_afp/israellebanonconflictsyriaunwithdraw

Lieberman: Israel will quit Lebanon town unilaterally due to Hezbollah refusal to cooperate
Netanyahu to inform UN of expected disengagement from disputed border village of Ghajar; FM: We told Netanyahu we could not wait for Lebanese government to comply … The international border between Israel and Lebanon runs through the middle of the village of Ghajar, and according to UN Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War, Israel was required to cease all operations north of the border, with an emphasis on military operations.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/lieberman-israel-will-quit-lebanon-town-unilaterally-due-to-hezbollah-refusal-to-cooperate-1.323414

US deploying drones in Yemen to hunt for Al-Qaeda, has yet to fire missiles
The United States has deployed Predator drones to hunt for al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen for the first time in years but has not fired missiles from the unmanned aircraft because it lacks solid intelligence on the insurgents’ whereabouts, senior U.S. officials said.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/06/AR2010110604454.html?wprss=rss_world/mideast

Iran’s middle class to be hard hit as subsidy program is overhauled
TEHRAN – Last year, Tehran’s writers, doctors and small-business owners formed the backbone of a grass-roots opposition movement against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Now these middle-class urbanites feel they’re being singled out by a government plan that will soon cut off state subsidies and boost the prices of a wide array of everyday products. Members of Iran’s middle class are already bearing the brunt of U.S. and European sanctions intended to curtail the country’s nuclear weapons program.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/06/AR2010110603061.html?wprss=rss_world/mideast

Iran suggests new nuclear talks be held in Turkey
FM Mottaki says Tehran informed its ‘friends in Ankara’ it is willing to conduct negotiations with world powers there; adds ‘situation in US after election is boiling’
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980785,00.html

‘Black cloud season’ sees rise in health problems
CAIRO (IRIN) — Every year a noxious black smog hangs over Egypt as the seasonal burning of rice straw by farmers begins, and with it comes a surge in allergic reactions and lung infections.  The inky haze lasts from October to November;
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331512

Egypt vows to protect Christians after Qaeda threat
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak promised to protect Coptic Christians in the country after Al-Qaeda renewed threats against them, state-run media said Sunday … Last week, the group made threats against Christians, and called for the “release” of two Egyptian women, which it said had converted to Islam and were now being forcibly held by the Coptic church.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331495

US and other world news

Detainee’s release is put on hold
WASHINGTON (Reuters) –  An appeals court yesterday [Friday] overturned a judge’s order for the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of helping Al Qaeda recruit two men who became Sept. 11 hijackers. A lower-court judge had ruled that Mohamedou Ould Salahi should be freed after eight years in the US military prison in Cuba because he was abused by interrogators, which tainted the evidence against him.
http://af.reuters.com/article/mauritaniaNews/idAFN0511003820101105

US to step up military presence across Asia, into Indian Ocean / Hamish Macdonald
THE United States military will store equipment and supplies in Australia as part of a new regional posture to respond faster to natural disasters and other contingencies, and conduct more intensive training with Australian forces. The two militaries will also build a new space-monitoring facility in Western Australia, as previously reported in the Herald, to extend tracking of space activity, including missiles from rogue states like North Korea and orbiting debris.
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/11/05-3

Muslim president inaugurates Jewish school
Azerbaijan leader applauded at Jewish education center in Baku, says hopes ‘school’s graduates will be proud Jews and proud Azeri citizens’
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980207,00.html

Open season on Muslims in America / Stephen Lendman
More than ever today, Muslims are public enemy number one. Post-9/11, they’ve been ruthlessly vilified and persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence and activism. As a result, innocent men and women have been spuriously called terrorists, or charged with conspiracy to provide them material support.
http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/11/open-season-on-muslims-in-america.html

Sen. Lindsey Graham says U.S. should ‘neuter’ Iran

Nov 07, 2010

Anonymous

I fear this is just the beginning… Lindsey Graham has lately been denounced by Limbaugh and others for selling out to the establishment (for his efforts with Kerry for cap-and-trade and skeptical words about the Tea Party). This wildly irresponsible idea is meant to conciliate them. It costs him nothing in South Carolina and it shows his solidarity with the Israel lobby. It will make the Likud/neoconservative pressure to bomb merely the nuclear enrichment facilities seem by comparison “moderate.” It sets them up to portray Obama as weak in the extreme if he tries to prevent some sort of strike against Iran. Graham won’t have had the approval of the military for this move. He’s on his own–catalyst of a new triangulation rightward and building a bridge with the likely militarist majority of the Tea Party

My mother gave up her seat

Nov 07, 2010

Saleema Gul

My mom recently went to New York City. She loved it. She loved the lights, the crowds and the crazy people on the corners selling things. She brought back a lot of crap.

When she gets excited, she’s like a child, full of energy and wonder. She told us everything about the trip.

She and her friend gave up their seats on the Staten Island ferry to an elderly Jewish couple because they looked so tired. Awww…my mom is so sweet, I think to myself. She thought they were cute. With her limited English she struck up a conversation and found out that their kids had made aliyah to Israel in the late 60s. “Were you angry then? I would have taken my seats back!” I exclaimed. 

My mom shot me a look that only a mother can give when she is displeased with you. “Why would I do that?” she asked.

My sisters stared at me. I felt stupid. 

My mom carried on telling her story, with the same enthusiasm. My mom felt sorry for them. “What kind of children leave their ‘zaeef’ (elderly) parents all alone?”

And I wondered at the softness of her heart and my anger. I hope to be a better person. Not full of revenge. I’ve been feeling like that lately, making nasty comments and way too many sarcastic remarks.

I also reflected on Ali Abunimah’s book, “One Country.” My reaction to his book was the same. At first anger, because he didn’t fill the book with injustices and make them a focal point. His focus in the book was on reconciliation and recognition from both sides. I’m glad there are rational people out there like Ali Abunimah and compassionate people like my mother. I hope to learn from both. 

Abunimah quotes an American Jew who moved to Israel, but then decided it wasn’t really the place for him, “Who cares who owns the land? Everyone who lives there owns the land. The issue is how can all the people who live there have equal rights?

Alienated affection: Israel relationship is costing the U.S. its alliance with Turkey

Nov 07, 2010

Gil Maguire

Israel and its U.S. lobby’s insistence on unquestioning U.S. support for Israel in its brutal and illegal conduct toward Palestinian and Turkish civilians has cost the U.S. a major, strategic ally, Turkey, and has severely undermined U.S. foreign policy goals, strategy, and power in the Middle East .

President George W. Bush has been accused of having the most disastrous foreign policy in U.S. history. Unfortunately, President Obama’s apparent inability to stand up to Israel’s U.S. lobby may have created a foreign policy catastrophe that exceeds even that of his hapless predecessor by costing the U.S. the loss of Turkey as our main strategic ally in the region, and by drastically reducing U.S. influence and power in the Middle East.

If this sounds implausible, consider the following: Turkey just recently concluded a public but covert military air combat training exercise with the Chinese in Turkey in which the Chinese flew their jet fighter aircraft from China to Turkey, refueling in Iran.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao just made a state visit to Turkey after which both countries concluded a strategic cooperation agreement. China will build a 4500-kilometer railroad to Turkey, along with two high-speed rail lines, plus oil pipeline systems from Iran to Turkish ports. China has agreed to sell military equipment to Turkey, and is also developing a surface-to-surface rocket-launching system together with Turkey. Turkey’s foreign minister is visited China this week, working out details of its new strategic relationship. Turkey has also strengthened its ties with Russia, Iraq, Syria and Iran, and refused to support the most recent UN resolution imposing sanctions on Iran.

Turkey has ceased all cooperation with its former close ally, Israel, including closing its airspace to Israeli planes, ceasing all cooperative military exercises, ending intelligence sharing with Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, and has changed Israel’s status from a close ally to a strategic threat. Turkey has strongly condemned Israel for its brutal conduct against Palestinian and Turkish civilians in Israel ’s December 2008 Gaza invasion, and the recent Gaza aid flotilla incident, accusing Israel of committing state terrorism.

Turkey has also accused the U.S., formerly its strongest ally, of supporting an international terrorist (Israel) for failing to condemn Israel’s atrocities, and for its monetary, military, and diplomatic support of Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and illegal settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

In less than two years, Turkey has changed from being a strong U.S. ally and NATO member to a country pursuing an independent path toward strategic relationships with countries that are either adversaries or potential adversaries of the U.S. How did we get to this point?

Turkey’s Importance as a Major U.S. Strategic Ally 

Turkey , a nation of 73 million Muslims, has been a major strategic ally of the U.S. for some six decades since the beginnings of the Cold War, providing the U.S. with military bases and a forward bulwark against Soviet expansionism into the Middle-East and the Mediterranean . Turkey fought valiantly alongside the U.S. in the Korean War, and risked nuclear annihilation during the Cuban Missile Crisis by allowing the U.S. to station nuclear-tipped Jupiter missiles in Turkey , on the Soviet Union ’s doorstep.

Turkey has the second largest military force in NATO and occupies one of the most vital geographic areas in the world, bordering the Mediterranean, Greece, Bulgaria, the Black Sea, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. It has the second fastest growing economy in the world, behind only China . Most important, Turkey is a stable, moderate, secular, Muslim democracy and provides a model template for success for the many Muslim nations in the Middle East and South Asia that suffer from instability, autocratic rule, religious extremism, and poverty. 

Turkey also provides the U.S. with an invaluable entrée into the Muslim world and a proven ability to conduct effective diplomacy and mediation among Muslim nations such as Iraq, Syria, and Iran. Turkey permits the U.S. to use a critical military air base and transportation hub at Incirlik, in southeastern Turkey While strong militarily, Turkey has been successfully moving to reduce tensions with all of its neighbors, including traditional rivals such as Greece, Armenia, Syria, and Iraq, and, in addition, has also moved to defuse the conflicts with its minority Kurdish population.

It has also taken steps, in part with Brazil , to reduce the conflict between Iran and the West. In short, Turkey , under its strong civilian leadership, has become a major strategic player in the world economically, politically, and diplomatically, and a vital player and asset for the U.S. and its European allies in the Muslim world and in the Middle East and South Asia.

It is difficult to imagine an ally of greater strategic importance to the U.S. in the Middle East than Turkey . Its loss is a major blow to U.S. vital national security interests. 

The Gaza Disasters and the Loss of Turkey

In December of 2008, the U.S. and Turkey remained strong, close NATO allies. Israel and Turkey also had a strong strategic alliance in which they cooperated on intelligence matters, and conducted joint military training exercises; Israel had the use of Turkish airspace for training and operational use; Turkey purchased weapons systems from Israel ; trade and tourism between the two countries was booming.

Turkey was also mediating the disputes between Syria and Israel in the hope of resolving their differences and achieving a permanent peace treaty for the two countries.

Israel’s brutal bombing and shelling of civilian noncombatants in its invasion of Gaza in December 2008, and in its violent capture of a Gaza aid ship in May of 2010, in which nine Turkish citizens were killed, at least five execution-style, by Israeli commandos, deeply angered the Turks. These events, coupled with subsequent UN investigative reports that confirmed Israeli atrocities against civilians and other war crimes in both incidents, ultimately caused Turkey to end its close strategic alliance with Israel .

The U.S.’ unquestioning support of Israel in both incidents, even after both later UN investigative reports confirmed Israeli atrocities toward civilians, caused Turkey to be highly critical of the U.S., and ultimately caused it to reduce its strategic alliance with the U.S. and seek, or at least consider, new strategic relationships and agreements with potential U.S. adversaries such as Russia, Iran, and, of greatest and most recent concern, China. 

The strength and effectiveness of Israel ’s U.S. lobby in influencing U.S. foreign policy in matters related to Israel was demonstrated by Congress and the Obama administration’s unqualified support of Israel ’s excessively brutal actions toward civilians in its Gaza invasion and capture of the Gaza aid flotilla in the face of worldwide approbation of Israel . An unfortunate and apparently unforeseen byproduct of the lobby’s actions was the loss to both the U.S. and Israel of the support of a critical major strategic ally, Turkey.

The loss of Turkey as a major U.S. ally will change the balance of power in the Middle East and do serious harm to U.S. vital national security interests in that region, and to Israel ’s as well. It is inconceivable that the U.S. would allow a strategic relationship with an ally as vitally important as Turkey to be undermined by supporting brutal and unlawful conduct on the part of a far less strategically important ally, Israel . Yet, because of the overwhelming strength and influence of Israel ’s U.S. lobby on the Obama administration and Congress, that is precisely what has occurred.

The Israel Lobby’s Role in the Loss of Turkey as a Key U.S. Ally

The Israel Lobby, headed by the American-Israeli Political Action Committee, or AIPAC, acts in a variety of ways to protect and promote Israeli interests in this country. Any Israeli action, such as the Gaza invasion or the capture of the Gaza aid flotilla, is immediately condoned and praised, discussion and debate are stifled, and dissent is punished. While it is beyond the scope of this article to address the lobby’s strategy and methods in any detail, these are well-known and well-documented. After the Gaza incidents, letters or resolutions supporting Israel ’s actions were immediately forthcoming from either the U.S. Senate or the House, or both, and were typically signed or approved by astonishingly overwhelming margins, typically 75 to 90 percent.

There is never any debate in Congress or investigations by congressional committees into Israel ’s actions and whether or not they might have a negative effect on U.S. foreign policy interests. Any member of Congress that publicly questions, let alone disapproves, any action taken by Israel , quickly suffers the consequences. For instance, 54 members of Congress, many of whom were running for reelection, were attacked for supposedly being “anti-Israel” because they signed a letter that labeled Israel ’s invasion of Gaza as “de facto collective punishment of the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip” and pressed for “immediate relief for the citizens of Gaza .”

Yet, the charge of collective punishment, a war crime, was later well documented and confirmed by a balanced and competent United Nations investigating committee.

The problem isn’t whether a member of Congress can be criticized for a statement made or action taken, but whether healthy debate about U.S. foreign policy interests is being stifled by the aggressive actions of a lobby that acts in the interest of a foreign government, namely Israel . When Turkey , a major U.S. ally, criticized Israel ’s brutality toward civilians in both the Gaza invasion and the Gaza aid flotilla capture, Congress should have at least debated the issue, particularly since there was widespread televised evidence of the conduct and worldwide universal criticism of Israel ’s actions during and after both events. Instead, Congress showed unquestioning support for Israel , without investigating or even inquiring about the facts related to either incident. 

Later, when two separate UN investigations of these incidents developed overwhelming evidence of Israeli war crimes and atrocities toward civilian noncombatants, Congress again immediately sided with Israel and conducted no inquiry or investigation into the incidents, or the allegations and evidence provided in the UN investigations. The Obama administration also sided with and provided unquestioning support for Israel , describing the investigations as biased.

The fact that a major strategic ally and fellow NATO member had suffered the death of nine of its citizens in the Gaza aid flotilla incident, and that the UN investigation described at least six of the deaths as illegal summary executions seemed an unimportant detail to the Obama administration.

The key, critical question is whether Israel ’s U.S. lobby’s actions forcing congressional and executive branch approval and support for Israel ’s brutal and illegal treatment of civilian noncombatants caused Turkey to change its policies toward the U.S. , reduce its commitment to its alliance with the U.S. , and take steps contrary to the vital national security interests of the U.S. The answer, unfortunately, is yes.

The public statements of Turkish leaders since these incidents, strongly criticizing the U.S. failure to criticize Israel and support Turkey and the rest of the world in sanctioning Israel, plus the strong actions taken by Turkey that negatively impact U.S. interests in that region, after the U.S.’ failure to provide that support, demonstrates that causal link. Turkey ’s frustrations and disillusionment with U.S. uncritical support for Israel along with its failure to move aggressively toward achieving a two-state solution, had reached a breaking point.

While it would be easy to adopt the Israel lobby’s view that Turkey ’s actions are those of an increasingly radical and Islamic regime, there is little evidence to support such a view. Turkey , in fact, has taken the moral high ground in criticizing Israel ’s brutal behavior toward Gazan and Palestinian noncombatants. Turkey had little to gain by entering this fray, and much to lose, both in its relationship with Israel and with its longtime ally the U.S. Nonetheless, it has taken a strong public position against both Israel’s actions and U.S. enablement and complicity in those actions, and it is clearly not about to back down.

The Consequences of Inaction / Unless the U.S. can reengage with Turkey , allow the UN to sanction Israel for its Gaza atrocities toward civilian noncombatants, and move to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a major, even cataclysmic shift in the balance of power in the Middle East could occur. Turkey , Syria , Iraq and Iran could assume control and assert power in that area in place of the U.S. ’ traditional “moderate” allies of Saudi Arabia and Egypt . Both China and Russia are interested in gaining economic and political influence in the northern Persian Gulf area and are lukewarm toward or unwilling to support strong sanctions against Iran. China , in particular, sees that area as the most important source of oil and natural gas in the world, and would be willing to pay almost any price to gain influence in that area and access to its oil.

For those who remain nostalgic about Israel , our supposed great friend, strong ally, and strategic partner in the Middle East, imagine the following scenario: China offers Turkey billions of dollars in development aid for oil and gas pipelines, ports, railways, and other infrastructure projects. In return it receives a long-term exclusive lease for Incirlik air base and a major naval base on Turkey ’s Mediterranean coast. Turkey then withdraws from NATO and improves its trade ties with Iran , Iraq , Syria and Russian and forms an alliance with these countries, and perhaps including Lebanon and even Jordan . Such an alliance would control much of the oil resources in the Persian Gulf . Russia and China would both benefit from this arrangement, China most of all by gaining access to Iranian and Iraqi oil and natural gas resources. China would also gain a significant strategic position in southern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf with a major air base and naval base in Turkey . 

The U.S. and NATO would be suddenly faced with a major strategic competitor in what had been largely their own private Mediterranean lake. With the loss of its Incirlik air base, the U.S. would no longer have easy air access to its conflicts and interests in the Middle East and South Asia . European Union countries would be facing a potential loss of Persian Gulf oil and gas resources. Israel would be even more isolated strategically, now facing the might of Turkey against any incursion it might contemplate against Lebanon , Syria , or Iran . The U.S. would be in the unenviable position of having to defend Israel against not only Turkey but potentially China and Russia as well.

While the above scenario may not be imminent or even likely, the reality is that Turkey has become so disillusioned by the U.S.’ inability to fulfill its role as the dominant player in the Middle East that it has decided to forge its own path, independent of the U.S. and its NATO allies. Turkey clearly sees U.S. Middle East policy as feckless and dominated by Israel and its U.S. lobby, and unlikely to change.

It no longer views the U.S. as a strong, reliable, trustworthy partner and ally, but as a weakened giant unable to control small allies like Israel even when its vital national security interests are under threat. That view of the U.S. , as a feeble, declining giant, unable or unwilling to defend its vital interests, may well increasingly be shared by many of our allies and potential adversaries. If so, that is a dangerous trend indeed, and one that we need to stop.

Clearly the U.S. desperately needs to reevaluate its foreign policy goals and relationships in the Middle East . Faced with the loss of a Turkey , a foreign policy disaster of epic proportions, it needs to do so immediately. President Obama should begin his post-election administration by conducting a major reevaluation of U.S. Middle East policy, beginning by appointing an independent, bi-partisan commission of distinguished elder statesmen and states women to review U.S. Middle East policy and the effect of Israel and its U.S. lobby on influencing that policy.

Continuing down a byzantine path of a U.S. Middle East policy influenced or even directed by Israel and its U.S. lobby is a recipe for further foreign policy disasters and a cataclysmic decline in U.S. influence in the world. This is an outcome that even Israel and its lobby should fear.

This post is similar to a post by Gil Maguire at his IrishMoses blog.

Half of Milgram’s subjects told him to take a hike, hallelujah

Nov 07, 2010

Philip Weiss

I’m running today but needed to get this up in an optimistic spirit. On Sunday mornings, my NPR station airs Krista Tippett’s great religion show, On Being. And this morning during a conversation with a social scientist about torture, Tippett aired audiotape from the Stanley Milgram experiment at Yale that blew me away.

The Milgram experiment is famous of course for what it demonstrated about human beings’ willingness to torture others at the direction of authority. Well, Tippett pointed out that half of Milgram’s subjects refused to follow orders, and she played a section of the researchers’ tapes that showed a true profile in independence.

I wish we knew his name, but his anonymity serves the larger spiritual point. Here’s a transcript, with Tippett’s intoduction. “Man” in the transcript is the authority figure. The “subject” is the confederate who acts like he’s being tortured. And “Man Two” is the actual subject of the experiment, who has been assigned the role of “teacher.” Tippett:

“The famous ‘obedience experiments’ conducted by social psychologist Stanley Milgram beginning in the early 1960s tested whether average citizens would inflict harm on another person under instruction from an authority figure. Milgram and his staff asked participants to deliver a series of progressively intense electric shocks each time a man answered a word problem incorrectly. Before this experiment, leading psychiatrists predicted that fewer than 1 percent of participants would be willing to administer shocks at dangerous levels. As it turned out, half of the participants were ready to comply in this.

Yet, as Darius Rejali notes, half did not. Like the man we’ll hear resisting instructions in the following audio. Please note that the electric shock you are about to hear is fake and the subjects of punishment in the Milgram experiment were in fact actors, though participants believed they were administering real pain.”

Man: The experiment requires that you go on. Teacher, please continue.

[Buzzer]

Man: Incorrect. A hundred-and-fifty volts.

[Shock]

[Man groans]

Man Two: Sad face.

Subject: That’s all. Get me out of here. I told you I had heart trouble. My heart’s starting to bother me now. Get me out of here, please.

Man: Continue. Go on.

Subject: You’re starting to bother me. I refuse to go on. Let me out.

Man Two: I think we ought to find out what’s wrong in there first.

Man: The experiment requires that you continue, teacher.

Man Two: Well, the experiment might require that we continue but I still think we should find out what the condition of the gentleman is.

Man: As I said before, although the shocks may be painful, they’re not dangerous.

Man Two: Look, I don’t know anything about electricity. I don’t profess any knowledge, nor will I go any further until I found out if the guy’s OK.

Man: It’s absolutely essential that you continue.

Man Two: Well, essential or not, this program isn’t quite that important to me that I should go along doing something that I know nothing about, particularly if it’s going to injure someone. I don’t know what this is all about.

Man: Well, whether the learner likes it or not, we must go on until he’s learned all the word pairs correctly.

Man Two: Well, you can sure have your $4.50 back. I didn’t want it anyhow. I intended to give it some charitable organization. But I wouldn’t go on with it.

Man: The $4.50 is not the issue here. That check is yours …

Man Two: Yeah, I realize that.

Man: … simply for coming to the lab. It is essential that you continue the experiment.

Man Two: No, it isn’t essential. Not one bit.

Man: You’ve got no other choice, teacher.

Man Two: Oh, I have a lot of choices. My number one choice is that I wouldn’t go on if I thought he was being harmed.

UK Foreign Ministry official says Gaza blockade is unbearable

Nov 07, 2010

Kate

and other news from Today in Palestine:

Settlers / Land, property and resources theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing

MK Baraka exposes plan targeting Arab homes in Lod
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Arab MK Mohammed Baraka, speaking Saturday before the Israeli Knesset, offered evidence suggesting that NIS 40 million of the NIS 130 million budget set aside to develop the city of Lod will be used to demolish Arab homes that were allegedly built without permits. Baraka accused the Israeli government of promoting the development project without discussing details. “But when we read that NIS 40 million of the total amount for the plan, which is nearly 31 per cent of the total allocated budget, will be spent on what the government calls ‘applying the law against building violations’, we know in what way the government will develop the city of Lod,” he said.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s71eCmHDegiEAV8GxSH3c9A3SLPG%2fzk68atp0yB%2fHn9kjcoSJXMoanWmjQyzoaU2Zyex97OBJhHrRMVzQK83Pf1UgiKaIB3mmXG%2bP1KM50jXI%3d

Fires in West Bank destroy 300 olive trees
Firefighters controlled blazes in several villages throughout the week which had burned around 300 olive trees, a civil defense report said. Civil defense crews also extinguished fires in two cars in Qalqiliya and Dura, the report added.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331104

Adding insult to injury / Gideon Levy
A Palestinian family’s olive-picking was interrupted by angry settlers, who ended up receiving the output … Only 25 trees remains today in the grove of 300 trees planted in the 1980s, which have been damaged or uprooted over the years by settlers. In this case, members of the Abu Sabha family from the village of Yatta, south of Hebron, picked the olives, the settlers attacked them – and the police gave the sack to the settlers. Adding insult to injury, the police detained two members of the family, but not a single one of the attackers.
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/adding-insult-to-injury-1.323068

Hundreds of worshipers pray Jumaa at the Bustan sit-in tent and the Red Cross
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Hundreds of Jerusalem residents performed the Friday prayers at the Bustan sit-in tent in the Jerusalem suburb of Silwan and outside the Red Cross compound where three Jerusalem officials threatened with deportation are holding a sit-in for the past 128 days. Local sources said that the occupation police intensified its presence around the protest tent at Bustan neighbourhood which witnessed clashes between occupation police and local Palestinian youth last night.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s755qoBEv0RoX6301zUQ4PWpRKEmg%2bm%2bgNBBLAf%2bDDW2C2ssoCsEzi3MQkSQhY3uO%2fxsjHsJrTPV4AdW3ol4vqRhUcYCuO%2fhE4Pf7Ng4SXheA%3d

Israeli fast train to run through West Bank
BEIT IKSA, West Bank (AP) — A high-speed train between two major cities seems like a must for a developed nation. But Israel’s long-awaited, $2 billion Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway is turning into a potential political nightmare after planners moved parts of the route into the West Bank. The route dips twice into the war-won territory, at one point as a short cut and at another to appease Israelis who objected to tracks in their backyard. Critics say that violates international law because the construction has seized occupied Palestinian land and won’t serve West Bankers.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101105/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_railway_wrangle

The settlements have been a project of Main Street Jewish America / K. Feldman
The ironic part about this Al Jazeera video is that, because it’s Al Jazeera, they have to frame their story as “going undercover” to expose sales in the settlement of Efrat by real estate giant Anglo-Saxon (motto: “have a foothold in Israel”). And yet, there’s nothing secret about the very mundane way that the Green Line has been erased for the past 30+ years. I approach real estate agents as simply a New York-based reporter, and they are happy to talk my ear off. Just this past June, the Jewish Agency hosted a real estate expo in the Times Square Marriott, where property on both sides of the Green Line was for sale—with no mention of the 1967 borders in sight.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/11/the-settlements-have-been-a-project-of-main-street-jewish-america.html

Israel moves to improve relations with UNESCO after forging holy sites
NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli government is determined to settle existing differences with UNESCO (the UN organization for Education, Science and Culture) in light of the organization’s recent decisions to counter the prior’s practice of adding Islamic holy sites in Palestine to the country’s Jewish heritage list, Israeli media said. According to Israeli Radio, a series of bilateral talks between Israeli officials and UNESCO representatives will be held in the French capital this week in an effort to solve current disagreements between both parties as relates to Israel’s decision to include a number of religious and archaeological sites in Palestine to the alleged heritage list.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7NvhHIpguW2g5Z5kLqyJJ3VV0fO%2berhybc7DLxQGquD6lQll6MRS2cCKm6igf4qnn%2b0bRN%2b0zy0NGsVaF5j2%2byG6d076H3X0IHUl20NzQJ%2fA%3d

Activism / Solidarity / Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

Foreign activists take part in protest rally in JV
JERICHO, (PIC)– Inhabitants of Jaftelk village, Jericho district, in the Jordan Valley organized a protest sit-in on Saturday with the participation of foreign solidarity activists against Israeli settlement activity. The rally was held following the recent Israeli confiscation of 25 dunums of the Jaftelk land, which would isolate 32 families, 120 individuals, from their land and property. The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) already controls 95% of the area and is trying to expropriate the remaining 5%.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7NZDACGAUrIHNw3OFSnFNYrEJ9VAWSyvAACu9yLMi%2faIMCImz78dJYjvn%2bysyghpSFp5Q39eq%2bK1%2bSVACle1untIMkgnk8HYFZGr8OGzrBjE%3d

Gazans demonstrate on anniversary of Balfour Declaration
(ISM) As Israeli army snipers in the control tower at the Erez crossing looked on, Saber Al Za’anin, the General Coordinator of the Local Initiative group spoke passionately about Palestinian resistance on the anniversary of the November 3rd 1917 Balfour Declaration.“We carry forward the fight of our great grandfathers to dismiss the disgraceful and unjust promise that the UK Foreign Secretary offered to the Zionists to create a state in the middle of Palestine 93 years ago. Here we are, the present-day Palestinian generation standing strong again to uphold the principle of our forefathers and the struggle that has been passed down for us to continue today.”
http://palsolidarity.org/2010/11/15405/

The People Speak / Eva Bartlett
(IPS) – The focus on people’s movements in Palestine continues to gain momentum with growing non-violent demonstrations in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, and with a Palestine-wide call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Years of the non-violent demonstrations throughout the occupied West Bank against Israel’s separation wall have finally generated some media interest in the issue of the wall and annexation of Palestinian land. Yet the behind-the- scenes work of Palestinian unions, Palestinian and international BDS groups, video conferences bridging Palestine to the outside world, and the struggle of Palestinian students to access an education continues largely unnoticed by the cameras.
http://ingaza.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/the-people-speak/

Ali Abunimah lecture at Stanford Nov 3 – YouTube in 13 parts
“My lecture at Stanford, hosted by Students Confronting Israeli Apartheid on Nov 3, 2010. Go to the Youtube page to access the subsequent segments.”
http://palestinianpundit.blogspot.com/2010/11/ali-abunimah-lecture-at-stanford-nov-3.html

UK official: Gaza situation is unbearable
British Foreign Office spokesman Martin Day on Thursday called on Israel to allow Gaza borders to open for exports to ease an unbearable situation in the Strip … Day said the British government believed settlements were a major obstacle to achieving peace, and that the UK continuously relayed this to Israel. All settlement activity, including in East Jerusalem, contravened international law and should be frozen to create an atmosphere for successful negotiations, he said
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331050

Letter calls on Israeli artists not to perform in Ariel
Group of Israeli artists say there is no obligation to perform in West Bank settlement because ‘Ariel is not part of sovereign territory of Israel’. — A group of well-known arts and entertainment figures issued a letter Friday to all theater actors, calling on them not to perform in Ariel and providing them with legal information regarding their rights to refuse performances in the West Bank settlement, reported Army Radio.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194199

Anti

Jeez louise: Freiburg, Germany, demands that Nakba exhibit with Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein requires …. balance
From Hedy Epstein, Palestinian-solidarity activist and Holocaust survivor, who leaves the midwest for Germany tomorrow to do several speaking engagements: “A Palestine Solidarity Group in Freiburg, Germany, applied and received permission from the city gov’t to show a Nakba Exhibit in the city public library, beginning on Nov. 12, 2010.  Just nine days before the opening of the exhibit, the permission was withdrawn.  Reason: The one sidedness of the exhibit. Additionally it was stated that I will speak at the opening of the exhibit as a patron of the exhibit…that I am a member of a terrorist organization, Free Gaza.”
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/11/jeez-louise-freiburg-germany-demands-that-nakba-exhibit-with-holocaust-survivor-hedy-epstein-requires-balance.html#more-28788

Flotillas

Friends of Humanity calls on Egypt to facilitate Road to Hope convoy mission
VIENNA, (PIC)– Friends of humanity international organization appealed to the Egyptian authorities to allow Road to Hope convoy to move from the Egyptian-Libyan borders into the Gaza Strip to deliver medical and human assistance to the impoverished Palestinian people there.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7f8TTOqtas8yPIxda%2fXVdak9736Ogjdg%2fbnwN04MVgSSHRNVnIssYqCPYIfR3a7t0Niy08vYQiVIvkcZ%2bO4o7NXWsflOYTA1RN4qKL63SSvA%3d

Swedish activists to sue Israeli leaders
LONDON, (PIC)– Swedish activists have decided to sue Israeli leaders for their role in ordering the attack on the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy that was bound to Gaza Strip but was intercepted at sea by Israeli navy forces late last May. Dror Feiler, the spokesman for the Swedish ship that was part of the Flotilla, told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper on Friday that he would file a complaint on behalf of 11 Swedes against the Israeli leaders on 8th November with Tel Aviv police and the Israeli prosecutor.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7riwLE4xta%2fYEnNzM7pAyig9p7%2bH0vo2nkuD4giaXDjNwRUsVcmfxvKzFYlnO2ZcS%2bIoeRl4XqkcjprF4q%2bWb9Yu7lD63MmDZUAZvCG8iy40%3d

Israeli flotilla participant wants saxophone back
Artist Dror Feiler demands confiscated items be returned. ‘Why does Israel need my saxophone?’
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3978738,00.html

Siege / Restriction of movement / Denial of rights

Israel issues Jerusalem resident 6 month travel ban
Israel’s Interior Minister Eli Yeshai issued an order Thursday banning Jerusalem resident Ya’qoub Abu A’sab, 40, from travelling for six months. Ma’an’s correspondent said the minister cited security concerns as grounds for the order.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331053

Internal issues behind Allenby travel block, PA says
Senior Palestinian officials blamed internal politics for an embarrassing incident at the Israeli-controlled West Bank-Jordanian border crossing on Wednesday, a report in the Arabic daily Al-Quds newspaper said. PLO official Ahmad Qrei’a was told by Israeli officials at the border crossing that he would not be permitted to drive his government car through to Jordan, saying the privilege had been reserved for President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad only. The incident, which drew ire from Palestinians as another humiliation from the Israeli occupation, did not illicit immediate comment from Palestinian officials. Reports in the Israeli press said the privilege had been revoked because of statements issued by Qrei’a against the stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Speaking anonymously to Al-Quds, one official said “I believe that a Palestinian side requested from the Israeli side to take this measure.”
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331024

Israeli occupation stops dozens of pilgrims from leaving for Makka
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Palestinian captives committee said that the Israeli occupation authorities refused to allow dozens of pilgrims from leaving the West Bank to Amman on their way to Makka to perform Hajj. The committee added in a statement on Friday that the Israeli occupation intelligence held the pilgrims in different areas of the Allenby bridge border crossing. Some of them were thoroughly searched and questioned by occupation intelligence officers. Some of them were barred from travelling on allegations they constitute a security threat to “Israel” and others under other “security” pretexts.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7sgiv9EsgKQP9pYjNSLWGKrzklj%2bP0Zg8MAxIQzEywSV3c5Hu6WEiMPjpriAIVnlRdiNqZND3GYXn5KDqZtmbh%2fIlMbHam2xHwyRqVQsMDmE%3d

Rafah crossing sees more pilgrims depart Gaza
Hajj pilgrims from Gaza continue to leave the coastal enclave via the Rafah crossing with Egypt in a process that has so run smoothly, officials told Ma’an on Saturday.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331176

Protest against Fayyad for excluding Jerusalemite pilgrims from Hajj mission
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dozens of Jerusalemite families of prisoners, ex-detainees and martyrs on Friday rallied outside the house of Salam Fayyad, head of Fatah’s government in Ramallah city, in protest at excluding them from the pilgrimage (Hajj) mission to Makkah this year as part of the generous gesture made by Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7F3a%2fxrrRUaMhKwRGnLnMaRvYEf%2fKLj23%2b7T5xQWNuTPf12Xo%2bWSskvoBPwLUljeEAam3Q3hBk6OcM9QFBCPw%2fqq32DUn%2baffBSth41x8YKA%3d

Detention

Plea deal ‘only option’ for political prisoner Ameer Makhoul / Jillian Kestler- D’Amours
After spending nearly six months in jail, Palestinian political prisoner Ameer Makhoul signed a plea agreement with Israeli state prosecutors on 27 October … According to Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, Chairperson of the Committee for the Defense of Ameer Makhoul, while the decision to plead guilty to reduced charges was extremely difficult for Makhoul, his family and the defense team, the reality of life for Palestinian citizens of Israel made it the only option. “Historically, the record of Israel’s court system shows that nearly 100 percent — definitely over 95 percent — of cases where a person is accused or arrested on the basis of security violations, are indicted and put in jail. The court finds them guilty.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11611.shtml

Sheikh Saleh goes on trial Wednesday
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli court in the Israeli Ramle prison has scheduled the hearing of Sheikh Raed Salah this coming Wednesday to investigate whether or not he violated orders from the Israeli occupation police not to meet with more then seven people in a public place.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s778syiptqlbkLKLaXL31WAd8TmeorHNntHI2KYBEBEDPNzmpyUoBWK6CVoiiTjJMrAuUpCIj%2fRq7g0uULVQAa0dunxtSRQTREC2M1NVIKm%2b4%3d

Hamas: PA security carried out 163 political arrests this month
WEST BANK, (PIC)– PA security forces arrested this month 163 Palestinians throughout the West Bank, among them 74 ex-detainees who were released from Israeli jails, and transferred 40 detainees for military trials over their political affiliation, the Hamas movement in Gaza reported Saturday. The official report added that Israeli forces arrested 13 Hamas supporters who were previously released by the PA security militia, while the PA security arrested a number of Hamas affiliates immediately after their release from Israeli prisons.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7hCJyK4iAjl0cAlE73Gv0TWxtqlEHPfdeYz8ga5ok40%2bliW2ELN3vYqSYT3N2Kf3P4lJDxLasmog5xwHpozjfz53xAMRThKKAc%2fZ7i2vmgtc%3d

Hamas: PA gave detainee day release for funeral
Hamas officials in the West Bank said Saturday that PA forces continued to detain the party’s members and affiliates in the region, citing two recent releases as evidence that detentions remained political.  With three Hamas affiliates allegedly detained by PA forces overnight, the party statement said, two others were released without charges, one for only a few hours to attend his mother’s funeral, and a second man due to deteriorating health conditions.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331172

Extrajudicial killings

Israeli occupation hints at involvement in the assassination of Nimnim
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation military sources hinted that the US was involved in the assassination of Muhammad al-Nimnim, a Palestinian resistance fighter affiliate with the Islamic Army faction and whose car was targeted by an Israeli occupation drone on Wednesday. Israeli radio on Friday quoted occupation military sources that the assassination of Nimnim was coordinated with the US, and while an occupation military spokeswoman refused to give details on the subject she said that there was good coordination between the two sides [the Zionist occupation and the US] and added that “Israel” conveys from time to time information to the US and other parties.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7B275cV9OYBwkvpf5CtJGRU%2bkyCYMR6ANHCX33b%2bt5d3edwlKOMkhidTuF9pMkFtMqqdEXVqD2RcsRi%2bO3TuDTJkgE4QJyc7uGdjw2I06ewk%3d

Racism / Discrimination / Segregation

A lesson in inequality
As opposed to comfortable learning conditions in Omer, Bedouin students attending nearby Segev Shalom high school study in overcrowded caravans with no air-condition. Teacher: Our goal is that these students attend university, but it’s not easy
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980374,00.html

87% of seculars: We won’t live in haredi building
Ynet-Gesher poll finds two-thirds of secular Jews have not visited ultra-Orthodox home, one-third have no religious acquaintance or friend. And how many secular employers would hire former yeshiva student?
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3978555,00.html

Reprisals

Projectile fire reported from northern Gaza
An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed media reports Saturday morning saying a single homemade projectile was fired from northern Gaza toward Israeli territory … there were no reports of injury or damage from the projectile, which was said to have landed in an open field. No Palestinian faction has claimed the act.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331296

Israelis attacked on way to Jerusalem pub
Three students and Australian tourist take wrong turn on way to Jerusalem’s city center, find themselves in heart of Arab neighborhood of Issawiya. ‘Dozens of young men began throwing stones and sticks at us. It was a well-planned ambush,’ driver recounts
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980165,00.html

Political news

Mideast peace still a priority for Obama, US says
(dpa) Republican gains in midterm elections will not reduce pressure on Israelis to strike a peace deal, says State Department.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/mideast-peace-still-a-priority-for-obama-u-s-says-1.323209

US denies support for UN statehood bid
WASHINGTON (Ma’an) — A US State Department official denied a host of rumors on the progress of the peace process Friday, including reports that Washington would back a bid for a Palestinian state presented to the UN Security Council.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331162

Erekat: US-Israeli decision on freeze in 3 weeks
Chief Palestinian negotiator expecting answer from US on requested settlement construction freeze
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980438,00.html

Palestinians will shun talks without freeze
LONDON: An overwhelming majority of Palestinians will refuse to back the current peace process if Israel resumes building settlements in the occupied West Bank. A report by research group YouGov Siraj revealed that 90 percent of Palestinians would no longer back talks if West Bank settlement building restarted. It also stated that most Palestinians believe the current talks are meaningless with only 16 percent believing the talks will lead to a positive outcome and 60 percent believing they were likely to fail.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=121254#axzz14WVuncoV

Report: PA to make decision on talks late November
ABU DHABI, UAE (Ma’an) — US mediators will hand the Arab League peace initiative’s followup committee details on a deal to bring Palestinian and Israeli negotiators back to the table by 10 November, the Palestinian presidential spokesman told AFP Friday.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331161

Al-Masri arrives in Gaza
Palestinian National Coalition leader Munib Al-Masri urged Hamas and Fatah to engage every effort to achieve success in their upcoming meeting in Damascus. On November 9 the rival factions will discuss security, the final issue stalling the ratification of an Egyptian-backed reconciliation agreement, said Yaser Al-Wadieyah, a representative of independent officials seeking unity. Al-Masri arrived in Gaza Friday via the Erez crossing for a three-day visit to meet Hamas and Fatah leaders including Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to prepare for the Damascus meeting. The Nablus tycoon would also discuss economic issues, he said.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331132

Abbas: Iran is holding up peace talks
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that Iran was holding up peace talks by pressuring Hamas not to be part of any agreement, CNN reported.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331094

PLO official criticizes one-state solution
A movement to seek a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse would only prolong Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian negotiator Hanan Ashrawi said Thursday … “It will be buying time for Israel to do more damage and create more prejudicial situations on the ground,” she said, adding, “we’re not going to find a global partnership for this anywhere.”
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=330918

Other news

Past fails to pass barriers / Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
JERUSALEM, Nov 2, 2010 (IPS) – A Swedish attempt to bridge conflicting historical narratives has failed to bring Israeli and Palestinian educators together in teaching the other side’s views on history … The Swedish project revolves around a joint textbook titled ‘Learning the Historical Narrative of the Other’, which tries to present both national narratives of the conflict. The book was banned from the outset by the Israeli Education Ministry, and now the Palestinian Education Ministry, after initially approving the project, has also backed away.
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=53433

Bethlehem holds vigil for Baghdad church victims
A mass and a candlelight vigil were held in Bethlehem Sunday for the victims of Sunday’s massacre in a Baghdad church. Hundreds of Christians attended a mass at the Nativity Church, and then held a candlelight vigil in Nativity Square in Bethlehem city center.  Several speeches were given in front of the Peace Center expressing solidarity with Iraqi Christians and Iraqis in general. Muslims and Christians from all denominations held candles and signs condemning the slaughter, which left dozens dead.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331115

Israel allows guns into Gaza to protect UN chief
Israel has authorized a UN agency to take automatic weapons into Gaza for the protection of its director, Agence-France Presse reported Friday. UNRWA, whose mandate is to assist and protect Palestinian refugees, requested the weapons three years ago, an Israeli military spokesman told AFP. The agency acquired the weapons in June, but it took five months for Israel to authorize their transfer, the spokesman said … UNRWA director John Ging survived an assassination attack in March 2007, when gunmen sprayed bullets at his armored car.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=331136

Islamist students boycott Najah University election
Islamist students at an-Najah University, in the city of Nablus, have announced that they will boycott the Student Council election after the PA security forces arrested several supporters, according to local sources.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59837

Authorities battle Jenin tattoo parlors
Municipality says underground parlors pose serious health, moral risks for Palestinian youth [not to mention being against Islamic teachings]
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3973650,00.html

Israeli army chief’s letter on military conduct to be read to every soldier
The unusual decision to send a clear and direct message to every soldier reflects concern over a backlash against the prosecution of military personnel. It follows a campaign of graffiti-spraying near the home of Brigadier General Avichai Mendelblit, the military advocate general, accusing him of being a traitor. The graffiti is thought to refer to a few prosecutions of soldiers on charges relating to the war in Gaza of 2008-2009. [see next article]
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/04/israeli-army-chief-sends-letter

Radical students from Yitzhar launch campaign against MAG [military advocate general]
Calling themselves ‘Your Wreckers and Your Destroyers,’ the group of anonymous activists from Samaria are operating in their rabbis’ name in an effort to protest against civil servants and law-enforcement agencies.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/radical-students-from-yitzhar-launch-campaign-against-mag-1.323001

Civil marriage possible by weekend
Knesset approves fee for civil marriage certificate, allowing non-Jewish Israelis or citizens defined by State as lacking religious denomination to wed without Chief Rabbinate. ‘Law will solve a problem faced by thousands of people,’ says law’s initiator, MK David Rotem
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3979038,00.html

What ‘fortifications’?
IDF Home Front engineers on strike
Civilian engineers working for the IDF Home Front Command have been striking for several days now, holding up fortification work across Israel, Ynet has learned. The engineers, who are in charge of approving fortification plans, are striking over what they refer to as “unbearable working conditions.” They say that they are facing an immense burden because of new fortification regulations.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980264,00.html

Golan Heights bushfire ravages thousands of dunams in nature reserve
Fire apparently erupts after tourists burn toilet paper near the archaeology site Umm el-Kanater and throw it away.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/golan-heights-bushfire-ravages-thousands-of-dunams-in-nature-reserve-1.323231

Analysis / Opinion / Human interest

Financing the Israeli occupation
Israeli banks provide the financial infrastructure for all activities of companies, governmental agencies and individuals in the continuing occupation of Palestine and the Syrian Golan Heights. The services provided by the banks support and sustain these activities. Additionally, as this report shows, it is evident that the banks are well aware of the types and whereabouts of the activity that is being carried out with their financial assistance. Our research has identified six categories of involvement of Israeli banks in the occupation.
http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/resources/reports-and-publications/1720-financing-the-israeli-occupation

Where will the next leaders come from?
The Palestinian youth are fed up with politics. In a country where 70% of young people described themselves as ‘politically inactive’ in a Sharek youth forum survey, and just 33% professed to have trust in any political party, what has gone wrong? It was a question debated by representatives of all the major parties in a specially convened event at the Sharek Centre on Wednesday.
http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1603

Ramallah seeks an out / Khalid Amayreh
The Palestinian leadership is looking for side exits from a moribund peace process that appears set to collapse — Increasingly frustrated by US inability — or unwillingness — to force Israel to end its decades-old military occupation of Palestinian territories, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is preparing a list of alternatives that would forestall the looming breakdown of US- sponsored talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1022/re61.htm

The voice of Hamas – Manuela Paraipan interviews Khaled Mashal
Q: Why is a top ranking Hamas leader living in Damascus? And who is Khaled Mashal in his own words?  A: On your first question – you should ask the Israelis. But I can answer your second. I am a Palestinian, an Arab, a Muslim and a human being. I am looking for freedom and self-determination. I have two purposes in life: to serve Almighty God and my people. In the time I devote to serving my people, I take as my guiding light humane and religious values.
http://www.opendemocracy.net/manuela-paraipan/voice-of-hamas

UN will be judged on whether it upholds Palestinian rights / Richard Falk
As this is my last report to the General Assembly in my term as Special Rapporteur on the Situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 it seems appropriate to describe some of the special difficulties that have faced the mandate-holder in discharging the functions of the position. The most salient of these difficulties involves the non-cooperation of the Government of Israel … This mandate has also been hampered to some extent, as well, by the Human Rights Council and by the Palestinian Authority.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11610.shtml

Tears of Gaza / Ashraf Ezzat
The history of Gaza is the history of empires come and empires go but the people of Gaza always remain in the land, They do not go. They remain to grow more children and more olive trees. Many times they have been conquered but never have they been treated like prisoners. Never have they been terrorized nor punished except by the Israeli occupation. Never have they been humiliated nor the olive trees uprooted like this before.
http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/11/tears-of-gaza/

“We won” / Shay Fogelman
Fifteen years after casting a death curse on Yitzhak Rabin, Avigdor Eskin is satisfied with the way his views are spreading. Now, to further his ideological and business interests, he is allying with white segregationists in South Africa
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/we-won-1.323092

The nobleman and the horse / Uri Avnery
…THE BIG winner of the American election is none other than Binyamin Netanyahu. His policy is similar to that of his political mentor, Yitzhak Shamir. It is based on the Jew who had to teach the Polish nobleman’s horse to read and to write within a year – otherwise the whole shtetel would be massacred. “A year is a long time,” he tried to soothe his weeping wife, “Within a year the horse or the nobleman will be dead.” Shamir’s game was to postpone everything, miss every opportunity to bring peace closer, gain time.
http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1289050375/

Red Rag: Israel is not a Nazi state – yet / Gideon Spiro
…Israel is not a Nazi state – not yet. But there are alarming signs that are reminiscent of the racist demon of the 1930s. There is much evil and crime in Israel, as well as military occupation, racism and apartheid. And here too, it is not just the army that collaborates with the evil. Without the collaboration of the wearers of ties, the whole complex could not move.
http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=43214

Travels in hyperreality / Ilana Hammerman
A police investigation of another trip in which young Palestinian women were brought into Israel for a day of fun; a nighttime encounter with laborers easing past checkpoints to get to work in Israel.
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/travels-in-hyperreality-1.323093

Vicious circle / Tal Niv
Of all the many recently published photographs of the policing and suppression of demonstrations in the territories, this is one of the most disturbing, like a thorn in an animal’s paw. It was taken on October 9 by Nasser Shiyoukhi of the Associated Press in the village of Beit Ummar, near the settlement of Karmei Tzur in the Hebron area, during the dispersal of a routine demonstration by Palestinians and foreign activists. The headlock is the focus of this photograph. Not just the headlock itself but the dominance it represents.
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/vicious-circle-1.323100

Iraq

Friday: 5 Iraqis killed, 9 wounded
At least five Iraqis were killed and nine others were wounded in a pair of attacks in Iraq. Other reports focused on past violence, including abuse from British soldiers, and the potential for future attacks … The Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on Shi’ite targets in Baghdad earlier this week and threatened more violence towards Christians and Shi’ites … Baghdadiya television station was shut down ostensibly for breaching “professional standards and regulations” after Sunday’s attack against a Baghdad church, but many believe the closure is in retaliation for programming that is embarrassing to the government.
http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2010/11/05/friday-4-iraqis-killed-9-wounded/

Iraqi prisoners were abused at ‘UK’s Abu Ghraib’, court hears
(with video) Detainees were starved, deprived of sleep and threatened with execution at JFIT facilities near Basra, high court told … [The court] also received allegations that JFIT’s prisoners were beaten, forced to kneel in stressful positions for up to 30 hours at a time, and that some were subjected to electric shocks. Some of the prisoners say that they were subject to sexual humiliation by women soldiers, while others allege that they were held for days in cells as small as one metre square.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/06/iraq-prisoner-abuse-court

European court demands halt to forcible return of Iraqi asylum seekers
• Human rights court cites ‘deteriorating security’ in Iraq • Home Office ‘will not enforce’ deportations under rule 39 — The government’s programme of deporting failed asylum seekers to Iraq has been thrown into confusion after the European court of human rights ruled that forcible returns to Baghdad should be suspended immediately because of an upsurge in sectarian violence and suicide bombings. The court decision has already led to the Netherlands halting all removal flights to Iraq. In the UK, the Home Office pledged to “continue to undertake” deportations but acknowledged that in cases where the Strasbourg court supported petitions from individuals it would not enforce removal.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/05/strasbourg-forcible-returns-iraqi-asylum

Car bombs wound 27 civilians in northern Iraq
(AP) An Iraqi police officer says three car bombs have exploded in the northern city of Kirkuk, wounding 27 civilians. Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir said Saturday morning that the parked cars exploded over a 30-minute period in three adjacent Kurdish areas.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980338,00.html

Iraq postpones crucial parliament session
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraqi MPs on Friday postponed a meeting to elect a speaker and kick off the process of forming a government, as civil society groups seek to recover 40 million dollars from deputies left idle over the past eight months.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101105/wl_mideast_afp/iraqpoliticsparliament

Iraqi Christians seek autonomous region in Nineveh province
An organization representing Iraqi Christians today issued a call for the Iraqi government to accept the establishment of an autonomous region for the nation’s Christian minority, carving out part of the Nineveh Province and bordering Iraqi Kurdistan, the first such autonomous region. Iraqi Christians have an ancient history but have come under growing attack since the 2003 US invasion. As many as half of the nation’s Christians are believed to have died or fled into exile. The region in question includes a large number of Iraqi Christians, but has also been singled out as a target of annexation for the Kurds.
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/11/05/iraqi-christians-seek-autonomous-region-in-nineveh-province/

They kill Christians (too) / Sinan Antoon
…While Iraqi Christians are not the only targets of this sectarian violence (Sabaeans and Yazidis amongst the non-Muslims, for example) and of course hundreds of thousands of Sunnis and Shi`is have also been the victims of violence and have had their mosques and shrines attacked, the plight of Christians and other non-Muslims always receives disproportionate attention in the west. Genuine concern for the plight of others notwithstanding, the tradition of official “concern” for minorities in the Middle East, especially Christians, has been used as a pretext for intervention and a tool to gain geopolitical influence and power.
http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/281/they-kill-christians-%28too

Outlook improves for two large southern Iraq oilfields: SOC
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Output at one of southern Iraq’s largest oilfields is on the uptick after sharp declines, and it should bottom out at a second field next month before turning higher, the head of South Oil Co said in comments published on Friday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101105/wl_mideast_afp/iraqeconomyoilcompanysoc

Other Mideast

Report: Lebanon says Israel erecting 21 spy posts along its border
Lebanon’s parliament accused Israel on of erecting 21 wiretapping and spy posts along the Lebanese border, Channel 10 quoted Quds Net news agency as having reported on Thursday. Hassan Fadlallah, a Hezbollah representative in the Lebanese parliament, said that the parliament’s media and committee had investigated photographs, documents and maps proving that Israel was engaging in intelligence activity.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-lebanon-says-israel-erecting-21-spy-posts-along-its-border-1.323201

Beirut probes tribunal staff attack
(Al Jazeera) Lebanon has told the United Nations that it is investigating an attack last week on UN officials involved in the inquiry into the killing of Rafiq al-Hariri, Lebanon’s assassinated ex-prime minister.
http://english.aljazeera.net//news/middleeast/2010/11/20101160719424630.html

US: Syria risks IAEA action over suspected atom site
(Reuters) The United States warned Syria on Friday it may face action by governors of the UN nuclear watchdog if Damascus fails to give its inspectors access to the remains of a suspected nuclear site in the desert.  It has been over two years since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was allowed to visit the Dair Alzour site in Syria where secret nuclear activity may have taken place before it was bombed to rubble by Israel in 2007.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980339,00.html

Bush considered attack on Syrian facility: book
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush says he considered ordering a U.S. military strike against a suspected Syrian nuclear facility at Israel’s request in 2007 but ultimately opted against it. Israel eventually destroyed the facility, which Syria denied was aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101105/ts_nm/us_bush_book_mideast

UK: Damascus has failed to protect jailed lawyer
(AFP) …Eight groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, say Hassani, co-founder of the Syrian Human Rights Organization, was “physically assaulted” on October 28 by a fellow prisoner in his jail in Damascus. They said Muhannad al-Hassani, who was awarded an international human-rights prize in May for representing opposition figures, needed 10 stitches for a head wound after the assault.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=121211#axzz14WXBRnWQ

Al-Qaeda claims parcel bomb plot
(Al Jazeera) Group’s Yemen wing says it was behind plan to hit US targets, and caused earlier Dubai air crash.
http://english.aljazeera.net//news/middleeast/2010/11/2010115204329353739.html

Yemen orders US born cleric to be found dead or alive
(AP) A Yemeni judge ordered police Saturday to find a radical U.S.-born cleric “dead or alive” after the al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role in the killing of foreigners. Yemen is under heavy U.S. pressure to crack down on the country’s al-Qaida offshoot after a scheme to send bombs through the mail in packages addressed to the U.S. was thwarted a week ago.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/yemen-orders-u-s-born-cleric-be-found-dead-or-alive-1.323252

Yemen mobilized tribe of radical cleric against Al-Qaeda
ADEN, Yemen: The Yemeni government, which this week charged radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi with incitement to kill foreigners and with links to Al-Qaeda, is trying to mobilize his Awaliq tribe in Shabwa Province. Tribal dignitaries who are close to the government met Awaliq leaders in October to convince them to combat the local arm of Osama bin Laden’s extremist network, a tribal source told AFP.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=121213#axzz14WWbMr4z

Egypt holds blogger past deadline
Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman, an Egyptian blogger serving a four-year prison term for inciting unrest and antipathy to Islam, has not been released despite serving out the end of his sentence, journalists and activists close to Suleiman say.
http://english.aljazeera.net//news/middleeast/2010/11/2010115163112910778.html

Blog at your own risk in the Middle East
“According to Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based watchdog, at least 17 “netizens” are in jail across the Middle East: eight in Iran and the rest in Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. China may be the biggest online represser, but the Middle East is not far behind.”
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2010/11/blog-at-your-own-risk-in-middle-east.html

U.S. and other world news

UN body accuses US of rights abuses
(Al Jazeera) The United States has for the first time faced the United Nations Human Rights Council over accusations of human rights violations. Council members in Geneva, Switzerland, levelled a barrage of criticisms at the US administration on Friday, calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison and for investigations into alleged torture by US troops abroad.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/11/201011519328797206.html

Largest world gathering of Muslims, Jews kicks off in US
The third annual Twinningsm weekend kicked off this weekend as Jews and Muslims, as well as representatives of Mosques and Synagogues from across the globe came together to take part in the world’s largest gathering encouraging ethnic tolerance.
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/largest-world-gathering-of-muslims-jews-kicks-off-in-u-s-1.323169

Upper West Side Synagogue and Brooklyn Jewish Center to host memorial events for far right extremist Meir Kahane / Alex Kane
Three memorial events for the racist, far-right ultra-nationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane are to be held throughout New York City this Sunday in ceremonies marking twenty years since the killing of Kahane … The honoring of Meir Kahane has sparked controversy among the Jewish community in New York City, and there are plans, led by Yeshiva students in the city, to protest the memorial events … Perhaps the most infamous act of violence by a follower of Kahane was the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre, when Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli-settler born in Brooklyn, murdered 29 Muslims praying at the Cave of the Patriarchs/Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.  The Israeli government outlawed the Kach political party, which was founded by Kahane, and an offshoot party, in the 1990′s.
http://alexbkane.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/upper-west-side-synanogue-and-brooklyn-jewish-center-to-host-memorial-events-for-far-right-extremist-meir-kahane/#comments

NJ train worker who burned Quran sues over firing
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey train worker fired after publicly burning pages from the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks filed a lawsuit Friday seeking reinstatement and monetary damages. Derek Fenton’s dismissal violated his constitutional right to free expression, the American Civil Liberties Union said in its lawsuit.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101105/ap_on_re_us/us_quran_burned_conductor_fired

California man accused of terrorism
(AP) SAN DIEGO – A Somali national accused of routing money from San Diego to a terrorist organization in his native country was being held without bail Friday after government prosecutors argued he was a flight risk and danger to the community. Basaaly Saeed Moalin and two other Somali nationals living in San Diego were among six people indicted nationwide this week by federal authorities and accused of funneling funds to al-Shabab
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101105/ap_on_re_us/us_terrorism_us_somalia

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ZIO=NAZI IDEA: JORDAN IS THE PALESTINIAN NATION STATE

NOVANEWS

Maariv: Geert Wilders to express support for “Jordan is Palestine” at Tel-Aviv conference

November 8, 2010
There’s more to this. Israeli adulation for the Dutch ultra-nationalist is not limited to the National Union: Manfred Gerstenfeld, Chairman of the Board of Fellows at Dore Gold’s neoconservative power-house — The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs — has been a leading cheerleader.

Dutch reinforcement for National Union

Arik Bender, Maariv, November 8 2010 [Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]

Cooperation between the extreme right wing in Holland and Israel: Dutch anti-Muslim nationalist Geert Wilders will come to Israel in order to support the idea that “Jordan is the Palestinian nation state,” which is being promoted by MK Arieh Eldad (National Union).

Eldad, chairman of the Hatikva party, one of the constituent parties of the National Union, is convening a special conference of his party in order to discuss an “alternative foreign policy plan,” which mainly consists of recognition of the fact that Jordan is the Palestinian state, while only one state will exist between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea—the State of Israel.

MK Eldad will present the main points of his idea at the conference, which will be held in Tel Aviv at the beginning of next month.  Eldad will be followed by a guest speech by the Dutch nationalist Wilders, in which he will voice support for the idea of establishing a Palestinian state in Jordan.  Former defense minister Moshe Arens and former GSS director Ami Ayalon were invited to the conference in order to respond to the speeches.

The party led by Wilders, the Dutch Party for Freedom, currently holds 24 of the 150 seats in the lower house of the Dutch Parliament.  Wilders, who is opposed to Muslim immigration to Europe, sparked a furor following the film “Fitna” that he wrote, produced and directed in 2008.  In the film, he presents Islam and the Koran as a religion that supports terror.  Since then, he has received many death threats and is under heavy security.

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