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Aljazeera: as a typical regime station

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““They have lost their credibility in the Arab world, by either covering developments one sided — or completely ignoring them,” said As’ad AbuKhalil, author of the Angry Arab News Service, a widely read blog about media coverage of the Arab world, and a prominent voice among the growing number of academics and media analysts speaking out against the network. “They became a typical regime station,” he wrote Saturday. “Their political agenda is not even masked.

 

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Who was behind the Palestine Papers?

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The story is out and it’s written by Ziyad Clot, a French lawyer of Palestinian descent:

In Palestine, the time has come for national reconciliation. On the eve of the 63rd commemoration of the Nakba – the uprooting of Palestinians that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948 – this is a long-awaited and hopeful moment. Earlier this year the release by al-Jazeera and the Guardian of 1,600 documents related to the so-called peace process caused deep consternation among Palestinians and in the Arab world. Covering more than 10 years of talks (from 1999 to 2010) between Israel and the PLO, thePalestine papers illustrated the tragic consequences of an inequitable and destructive political process which had been based on the assumption that the Palestinians could in effect negotiate their rights and achieve self-determination while enduring the hardship of the Israeli occupation.

My name has been circulated as one of the possible sources of these leaks. I would like to clarify here the extent of my involvement in these revelations and explain my motives. I have always acted in the best interest of the Palestinian people, in its entirety, and to the full extent of my capacity.

My own experience with the “peace process” started in Ramallah, in January 2008, after I was recruited as an adviser for the negotiation support unit (NSU) of the PLO, specifically in charge of the Palestinian refugee file. That was a few weeks after a goal had been set at the Annapolis conference: the creation of the Palestinian state by the end of 2008. Only 11 months into my job, in November of that year, I resigned. By December 2008, instead of the establishment of a state in Palestine, I witnessed on TV the killing of more than 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli army.

My strong motives for leaving my position with the NSU and my assessment of the “peace process” were clearly detailed to Palestinian negotiators in my resignation letter dated of 9th November 2008.

The “peace negotiations” were a deceptive farce whereby biased terms were unilaterally imposed by Israel and systematically endorsed by the US and EU. Far from enabling a negotiated and fair end to the conflict, the pursuit of the Oslo process deepened Israeli segregationist policies and justified the tightening of the security control imposed on the Palestinian population, as well as its geographical fragmentation. Far from preserving the land on which to build a state, it has tolerated the intensification of the colonisation of the Palestinian territory. Far from maintaining a national cohesion, the process I participated in, albeit briefly, was instrumental in creating and aggravating divisions among Palestinians. In its most recent developments, it became a cruel enterprise from which the Palestinians of Gaza have suffered the most. Last but not least, these negotiations excluded for the most part the great majority of the Palestinian people: the seven million Palestinian refugees. My experience over those 11 months in Ramallah confirmed that the PLO, given its structure, was not in a position to represent all Palestinian rights and interests.

Tragically, the Palestinians were left uninformed of the fate of their individual and collective rights in the negotiations, and their divided political leaderships were not held accountable for their decisions or inaction. After I resigned, I believed I had a duty to inform the public.

Shortly after the Gaza war I started to write about my experience in Ramallah. In my 2010 book, Il n’y aura pas d’Etat Palestinien (There will be no Palestinian State), I concluded: “The peace process is a spectacle, a farce, played to the detriment of Palestinian reconciliation, at the cost of the bloodshed in Gaza.” In full conscience, and acting independently, I later agreed to share some information with al-Jazeera specifically with regard to the fate of Palestinian refugee rights in the 2008 talks. Other sources did the same, although I am unaware of their identity. Taking these tragic developments of the “peace process” to a wider Arab and western audience was justified because it was in the public interest of the Palestinian people. I had – and still have – no doubt that I had a moral, legal and political obligation to proceed accordingly.

Today, I am relieved that this first-hand information is available to Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory, in Israel and in exile. In a way, Palestinian rights are back in their holders’ possession and the people are now in a position to make enlightened decisions about the future of their struggle. I am also glad that international stakeholders to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can access these documents. The world can no longer overlook that while Palestinians’ strong commitment to peace is genuine, the fruitless pursuit of a “peace process” framed according to the exclusive conditions of the occupying power leads to compromises which would be unacceptable in any other region of the globe.

Finally, I feel reassured that the people of Palestine overwhelmingly realise that the reconciliation between all their constituents must be the first step towards national liberation. The Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians in Israel and the Palestinians living in exile have a common future. The path to Palestinian self-determination will require the participation of all in a renewed political platform.

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US wants to remain in Iraq another 25 Years – MP

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source–Aswat al-Iraq:

 

The U.S. desires to extend its military presence in Iraq for another 25 years, until the Islamic rule in Iran is toppled, an Ahrar MP declared today.

Amir Al-Kinani of Ahrar bloc, affiliate with  the Sadrist Trend, told Aswat al-Iraq that the majority in the Iraqi Cabinet and Parliament support the extension of U.S. military presence.

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad said that the political parties that signed the strategic and security agreements are representing the Iraqi people, not the Sadrist Trend.

Embassy spokesman David Ranz added that “the Sadrist Trend position on U.S. withdrawal does not represent the public opinion of the Iraqi people, they are an important component and have the right to express themselves.”

Kinani added that the Iraqi public opinion rejects the U.S. presence.

Accordingly, the Sadrists are not expressing their view points, but rather the demands of public opinion.

Sadrist spokesman Salah Al-Obaidi had declared on 9 April 2011 that “if the U.S. forces do not withdraw, the Mehdi Army (militia) will escalate military resistance, as well as peaceful resistance.”

He divided the Iraqi political arena into two categories, one appointed by the occupier and the other the nationalist one.

On 7 May 2011, Jawad Al-Hasnawi, from the Ahrar Bloc of Karbela, disclosed that there is a plan to escalate military, political and civil resistance to be implemented by the next year, if the US military presence continues on Iraqi soil.

“There is a plan to incite problems in some provinces through agitations and explosion,” Kinani added.

This matter was disclosed yesterday (Thursday) by the Iraqi Parliament, noting that the latest explosions in Basra were connected to foreign elements and the U.S. embassy, to send a message that the situation is unstable which will give them an excuse for demanding the extension of U.S. forces.

 

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Dorothy Online Newsletter

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Dear friends,

9 items below.  These are unfortunately tempestuous times here; the number of items and their nature reflect this; at least the final 2 are positive in nature.  Those preceding them, less so.

Item 1, “Days of blood and violence ahead” sets the tone of what Israelis hear on the media news (if they listen or read news).  The propaganda-fear-hate machine is working overtime.  The report is about the funeral of the 17-year old Palestinian boy who was shot yesterday, apparently not by the police or military, but by a private Israeli, or perhaps a security guard from a private firm.  What matters is that another youngster is dead.

Item 2 continues the tone when reporting on a Nakba-day march in Jaffa today.  I say more about this when we come to the item.

Item 3 is a hard-hitting Haaretz editorial commenting on Israel’s ethnic cleansing.  It points out that Israel lets people from all over the world in, but not Palestinians.

In item 4 Saeb Erekat states that Israel has to chose between peace and apartheid.  In my opinion, Israel’s leaders want neither—that is not a Palestinian state, not a single secular state for all who wish to live here, and not apartheid.  Rather, Israel’s leaders want all of Palestine (the Greater Israel) with as few Palestinians as possible. The US seems to be in cahoots with Israel’s leaders.  But that is another story.

Item 5 is one of these disgusting revelations.  A few days ago I sent you an item about the IOF using vicious dogs on Palestinians.  In item 5 Gideon Levy spells this out more precisely.  The dogs are being used, mind you, not on ‘terrorists,’ not on ‘freedom fighters,’ not on criminals!  They are being used on men trying to get work to support their families.  Israel first steals the land that Palestinians used to farm, then does not allow them to find jobs!

In item 6 whistle blower Ziyad Clot reveals why he did it.

Item 7 iterates a point that I make whenever I speak abroad, and also here to whomever will listen: Israel devaluates life. Nehemia Shtrasler puts the same idea in different words, ‘In Israel you are nothing until you are dead.’  But of course he does not mean just any dead person.  No.  Only those who died fighting its wars.  Not even fire fighters who died in the service of the civilian members of society get the respect that dead warriors do.  Respect for the dead is hierarchical in Israel.

Item 8 brings a bit of relief: Louisa Morgantini informs us: “Finally in Gaza.”

And the last item is an invitation to a movie (The Bottom line) on boycotting in SA and now the Palestinian boycott, which is to be shown in San Francisco.  If it comes your way, be sure to see it.

All the best, and may we have a quiet week, despite attempts to make us fear the worst.

Dorothy

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1. Ynet,

May 14, 2011


Tensions

The funeral Photo: Gil Yohanan

‘Days of blood and violence ahead’

East Jerusalem tensions near boiling point as participants in funeral of teen killed during ‘Nakba Day’ riot predict dark days

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4068383,00.html

[ For more on the events  yesterday and videos of protests see http://josephdana.com/2011/05/17-year-old-killed-during-nakba-demonstrations-in-east-jerusalem/ ]

Omri Efraim

Hundreds attended the Saturday funeral of 17-year-old Milad Ayache, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen during a ‘Nakba Day’ riot in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Friday.

Calls of “Allahu Akbar” and “With our souls and our blood we will redeem you, Shahid,” sounded during the procession, which started at Ras al-Amoud and went through the volatile Silwan neighborhood as well. Participants also hoisted Palestinian flags.

Prior to the funeral, the Jerusalem Police increased deployment near the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, where Ayache resided, in an effort to thwart further rioting.

Deployment was also bolstered along the funeral procession’s route, which ended at the Muslim cemetery in Temple Mount.

Currently, it is unclear who fired the deadly shot. The Jerusalem District Police in investigating the incident, but a police request to autopsy the body was denied by the family. Palestinian sources said it is believed the fire came from the direction of Biet Yonatan.

‘People are furious.’ The funeral (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Abu Sharif, a resident Silwan, told Ynet that “All of Silwan in taking part in the funeral. People here are furious. Today and tomorrow will be days of blood and violence.”

Samir, another neighbor, added that “the atmosphere here is very strained. The police murdered a child. It’s typical of the Israeli police and government.”

During the funeral, a group of mourners tried to force their way into a nearby Jewish home and started stoning security forces; who resulted to using crowd-control measures.

Protester near Jerusalm’s Holy City (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Earlier, Palestinian sources reported that two Palestinians suffered rubber-bullet injuries during a clash with security forces near Beit Yonatan, in east Jerusalem.

Palestinian protesters continued clashing with security forces in the capital’s east after the funeral as well: demonstrators stoned security forces near the Dung Gate, effectively blocking traffic and a similar clash near Mount of Olives ended with the arrest of four Palestinians.

‘This was murder’

A mourners’ tent was set up at the Ayache family Ras al-Amoud home Saturday afternoon.

“He was still a boy, just 17. He was and never participated in protests. The entire neighborhood loved him,” Said Ayache, the teen’s father, told Ynet.

“What happened (Friday) was murder. My son was intentionally murdered. The settlers and the forces guarding them used live rounds and hit him from five meters away. The Police and the Israeli government are responsible for the actions of the radical settlers that are squatting in the middle of our neighborhood.

Women at the Ayache family home (Photo: Noam Moskowitz)

“For the past two years the police are protecting the settlers,” he continued. “They say they are investigating, but they will not tell the truth. People who were there told me that after the shooting the police at Beit Yonatan used tear gas and wouldn’t let my wounded son be evacuated.”

Ayache senior added that his son was only an observer in the protests and had nothing to do with stoning the security forces present. “The security officers in Beit Yonatan shot him at short range. The medical report said so.

“My son… never participated in demonstrations against the settlers, even tough it’s legitimate Palestinian resistance against the fact that the radical Israeli government allowed settlers to come to Silwan,” he said.

He also has a message for the Israeli public: “Would you use live fire on Jewish kids protesting? Israel says it’s a democracy. Where’s the law? Where’s the democracy?”

Said Ayache works at the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, where he translates Hebrew books into Arabic. “I went to school to try and understand the Israelis, but the occupation is robbing us of all hope. I hope my son becomes a symbol for the Palestinian people, to get rid of the Israeli occupation and the settlement in the middle of Silwan.”

Elior Levy contributed to this report

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2.  Ynet,

May 14, 2011


Procession

“Tensions are high in East Jerusalem as Palestinians prepare to mourn on Sunday the creation of Israel in 1948, which they call the “Nakba”, or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced to leave their homes.” [Haaretz http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/violent-clashes-erupt-between-police-and-palestinians-at-east-jerusalem-funeral-1.361634 ]

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“the Palestinian day of mourning over the inception of the State of Israel”

[below, item 2]

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Both these and like interpretations of the Nakba are wrong.  They misinterpret the facts.  Israel is not the object of the commemorations of the Nakba, the Catastrophe.  This fits in with the new ‘Nakba law,’ but not with the facts, and this interpretation is relatively recent.  The Palestinian catastrophe refers to the dispossession, dispersion, killings, demolition of villages that occurred as a result not of Israel becoming a state, but of the policies of Israel’s Zionist leaders.  The UN division of Palestine left Palestinians in the 55% that was given to Israel (55% despite the fact that Jews were but 1/3 of the population).  The Zionist leaders wanted (a) more land, and (b) less Palestinians.  These are the identical principles of colonization and expansion that exist today.  Israel does not now truckload Palestinians out of the West Bank, Jerusalem, or Gaza, but does everything possible to force them to leave!  Ethnic cleansing and land theft continue.  The Catastrophe continues.  It has never ended! Dorothy]

Ynet Saturday, May 14, 2011

Protesters in Jaffa Photo: Yaron Brener

Hundreds mark ‘Nakba Day’ in Jaffa

At least 1,000 protesters march on Jaffa’s main street, wave Palestinian flags. ‘Just as is happening in Arab world, one day Israeli-Arab population will explode, go out on streets and protest against government,’ says Jaffa resident

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4068464,00.html

Hassan Shaalan

At least 1,000 people on Saturday attended a procession held at the coastal city of Jaffa ahead of “Nakba Day” – the Palestinian day of mourning over the inception of the State of Israel.

The procession moved along Jaffa’s main street Sderot Yerushalayim and blocked traffic in both directions.

Protesters waved Palestinian flags and signs reading: “We have the right of return”, “we will not leave Jaffa” and “From Jaffa to Beirut – one people will not perish.” The crowd chanted slogans against the Israeli government, calling it “a terror government.”

Baqa al-Gharbiyye resident Ali Moasi told Ynet, “We came to the protest in order to convey a message to the Israeli establishment and the government of Israel; we will not keep silent over our rights and continue the struggle – no matter the cost.

‘We want our right of return.’ Protesters in Jaffa (Photo: Yaron Brener)

“All the racist laws that the Knesset legislated gave us more motivation and power to protest and struggle without fearing the government or Avigdor Lieberman,” he added.

A Jaffa resident also participating in the protest added that “eventually we

will return to our occupied lands, and will never forget our Nakba. It will remain engraved in our memories, and I say to the government of Israel – it makes no difference how much you acts against us, you will eventually lose and regret your actions.”

‘Continue the struggle even if it costs us our lives.’ (Photo: Yaron Brener)

Linking between the “Nakba Day” protests and the recent uprisings across the Arab world, the Jaffa resident said, “Just as is happening in the Arab world, one day the Israeli-Arab population will explode and go out on the streets, protesting against the government and all the racists.

“They will demand rights and the right of return, even if it costs them their lives,” he noted.

The procession was organized by members of youth movements in Jaffa and Lod. Arab Members of Knesset did not attend the protest, although it is considered one of the main events ahead of “Nakba Day.”

“I regret that no Arab MKs participated in the protest. It is irresponsible and makes the Arab residents lose their trust in them,” said a protester.

Shortly prior to the procession, a group of protesters arrived to the Tel-Aviv promenade and got off the bus while waving Palestinian flags, prompting passersby to spit on them while calling out slurs. The Arab protesters responded with more slurs and returned to the bus.

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3.  Haaretz Editorial,

May 13, 2011


Israel opens its gates to the world, shuts them to Palestinians

The covert deportation of West Bank residents in order to increase the number of Jews in the West Bank, like the declaration of land as “state land” to build settlements on it, is an example of the occupation’s rotten fruit.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/israel-opens-its-gates-to-the-world-shuts-them-to-palestinians-1.361422

Haaretz Editorial

From the occupation beginning in 1967 to the day after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1994, Israel used a covert procedure to banish Palestinians by stripping them of their residency rights. This was revealed in an official document drawn up by the Israel Defense Forces’ West Bank headquarters, published by Haaretz on Wednesday.

A letter sent to the Center for the Defense of the Individual says the procedure, enforced on Palestinian West Bank residents who traveled abroad, led to the stripping of 140,000 of them of their residency rights. Israel registered these people as NLRs − no longer residents − a special status that does not allow them to return to their homes. The document makes no mention of the number of Gaza Strip residents who traveled abroad for studies or work and were permanently banished from the region by the same procedure.

The sweeping denial of residency status from tens of thousands of Palestinians and deporting them from their homeland in this way cannot be anything but an illegitimate demographic policy and a grave violation of international law. It’s a policy whose sole purpose is to thin out the Palestinian population in the territories.

It would be reasonable to assume that many family members of the Palestinians uprooted between 1967 and 1994 joined their relatives in exile and became homeless refugees themselves. The gates of the West Bank and Gaza Strip were also locked to the NLR’s children and descendants who were born outside the territories. After the Oslo Accords, Israel allowed a relatively small number of NLRs to return to the territories. Since the second intifada broke out, the people exiled between 1967 and 1994 have been prohibited from visiting their homes, even as tourists.

The covert deportation of West Bank residents in order to increase the number of Jews in the West Bank, like the declaration of land as “state land” to build settlements on it, is an example of the occupation’s rotten fruit. Israel opens its gates to people from all over the world, who have the right of return. It lets them settle in Hebron and at the entrance to Nablus. It must immediately rectify the ongoing injustice caused to tens of thousands of Palestinians who were born in Hebron and raised children in Nablus.

The government would do well to remove the NLR stigma from these people, restore their residency status as quickly as possible and permit them to return home and unite with their families.

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4,  Haaretz,

May 13, 2011


Israel has to choose: Mideast peace or apartheid

The choice is not between Hamas and Israel; the choice is between settlement-colonies or states: between accepting two states with the 1967 border or maintaining an apartheid regime.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/israel-has-to-choose-mideast-peace-or-apartheid-1.361423

By Saeb Erekat

Having all Palestinian political factions come together for national reconciliation was an emotional experience for all Palestinians who witnessed the events taking place in Cairo. The Arab Spring has finally reached Palestine. The left, the religious right, and the nationalist camp − across the Palestinian political spectrum − with the support of the new Egyptian government, reached an agreement to establish a technocratic administration in order to hold elections within one year and rebuild the Gaza Strip. This is a critical step in our path toward freedom and independence.

This ceremony was a representation of the will of our people. After the reconciliation ceremony, a young boy from Gaza was reported to have said, “I call on Fatah, Hamas and the rest of the factions to march hand in hand toward independence, to open and build our country.” From the mouths of babes come the most simple and powerful sentiments. In this case, that sentiment represents those of Palestinians everywhere, from Chile to Lebanon.

As President Mahmoud Abbas said in Cairo, with the establishment of a government of national unity, we will have closed one of the darkest periods in the history of our people.

Palestinians are looking forward now. We will continue to work hard on gaining international recognition for the State of Palestine in the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Today, we have received such recognition from 112 countries. The latest vote in the UN Security Council calling for an end to settlement expansion ‏(14 countries voting in favor and the United States against‏) shows unprecedented support for the Palestinn position: The Israeli occupation of Palestinian land must end.

Under the leadership of President Abbas, we are concluding the process of building Palestinian institutional capacities. According to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and the European Union, Palestine has reached a point where it is ready to take the reins of state. Only the Israeli occupation stands in the way of our progress.

In September 2011, a united Palestinian people will go to the United Nations to request that the State of Palestine be admitted as a full member of the UN. It is time for Israel to stop denying freedom to the Palestinian people. We deserve to live free just like all other peoples in the world. Our message is very simple: The Palestinian people will not remain hostage to Israeli intransigence and unilateralism; settler violence and expansion are not going to stop us.

National reconciliation will also re-energize and empower our nonviolent struggle for justice and peace. We have been inspired by the determination shown weekly by young Palestinians and Israelis, Europeans and Americans, demonstrating together every Friday against the Israeli occupation policies in dozens of places, from Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan to Bil’in and Nabi Saleh.

So as we continue our efforts at uniting our people and building our state, we call on Israel not to interfere in domestic Palestinian politics. Israelis are free to elect whomever they choose to represent them, whether they be from the peace or the anti-peace camp. We have respected their choice by negotiating with every single Israeli government since 1991, including with the current Israeli coalition government, not a single member of which recognizes Palestinian national rights.

The choice is not between Hamas and Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested. The choice is between settlement-colonies or states: between accepting two states with the 1967 border outlining the shape of the future for Israelis and Palestinians where real peace is possible, or maintaining an apartheid regime that will define our relationship with Israelis as one of oppressor and oppressed. We have clearly made our choice; we are waiting for Israel to do the same.

Only days before our national reconciliation, Prime Minister Netanyahu complained to the international community regarding the lack of a unified Palestinian government. He asked, “Shall I make peace with Gaza or with the West Bank?” To Netanyahu we can now reply, “You shall make peace with the State of Palestine.” Netanyahu may persist to find excuses why he will not negotiate in good faith with us, and we will persist to take our case to the United Nations.

Gaza is not to be regained by bullets but by the ballot box. The way to peace is through reconciliation and democracy. I hope that Israelis and the international community will stand shoulder to shoulder with us in order to support peace and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis by ending the Israeli occupation and consolidating a sovereign Palestinian state in the 1967 border.

The writer is the chief Palestinian negotiator.ia

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5,  Haaretz,

May 13, 2011


Israel’s dogs of war

Palestinians desperate to earn a living are becoming bolder about getting into Israel to find work. The IDF response? Dogs.

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/israel-s-dogs-of-war-1.361449

By Gideon Levy

The old man threw me a helpless look, collapsed and fell to the ground, losing consciousness for a moment. The young men around him rushed to give him water and then carried him to the van and left.

He was a worker from distant Tul Karm, much older than the rest of the group, and he was trying to return home because Palestinians were prohibited from staying in Israel on Independence Day, and he had spent the past two weeks working and sleeping in hiding there. When he tried to go through the breach in the fence in the southern Hebron Hills, between Kibbutz Lahav and the Bedouin refugee town of al-Ramadin, dogs led by soldiers suddenly appeared. He ran for his life until he eventually collapsed on the hill where we were standing, overlooking the valley east of the fence, in the West Bank. The young men showed us their torn trousers and their wounds where the dogs had bitten them this morning.

We stood on that hill for a long time. In the fields of Kibbutz Lahav just across the way, the Israel Defense Forces jeeps waited in ambush; in the shade of a distant grove of trees stood a group of workers who had been caught, their hands bound since the morning.

On the horizon, more and more workers were becoming visible, waiting for an opportune moment to return home because of the Independence Day closure. From our lookout on the hill, we could see the van drivers waiting to collect the men on the run, warning them about the soldiers and the dogs on their Mirs cell phones.

The sophisticated, electronic separation fence, hundreds of kilometers long, ends near al-Ramadin. In its stead a simple iron fence has been erected, which already has many gaping holes in it and a stretch at the center that is completely open. “Israel opens one eye and shuts the other,” one of the workers remarks. “If it wanted, not even air would pass from here to there.”

From here they slip into Israel with the help of a fleet of vehicles driven by Israeli Bedouin to locales in the south, both Jewish and Bedouin, for day jobs – mainly in building and renovations. Every week or two, they return home after a few days of working and sleeping on the construction sites.

Every night, thousands of young Palestinian men from throughout the West Bank flock to this point to cross the fence on their way to work in Israel. In recent weeks, it is not only soldiers who wait here to ambush them, but dogs as well.

At the gas station located in the small southern town of Dahariyeh, Al’a Hawarin appears with two fingers of his left hand bandaged. There are also scars on his right knee. He is 22, his divorced mother’s only son and sole provider; he’s completed only two years of schooling. Men over 30 don’t stand a chance of obtaining permits to work in Israel, or, for that matter, of finding employment in the West Bank. In recent years, Hawarin has been working in Sderot, Ashdod, Rahat and Lakiya.

On April 10, he headed toward the fence before dawn, paying a driver NIS 100 to get there. They were five friends from Dahariyeh and the morning light had not yet broken over the fence near the border town of al-Ramadin. A Bedouin driver’s car was waiting on the other side of the broken fence. The five moved ahead quickly in a line, with Hawarin bringing up the rear. Suddenly he felt someone attacking him from behind.

He was convinced it was a soldier, but when he turned around he saw a large dog. The dog first sank its teeth into his buttocks and then grabbed his hand. Hawarin started to scream, and then four or five soldiers leaped out. He managed to free his hand from the dog’s jaws and push his way into the van. The soldiers, he relates, did not try to stop him, and the van set off in the direction of the Bedouin town of Lakiya in the Negev. His hand was bleeding, and he was in great pain.

In Lakiya the workers were unable to get help, so they headed back in the direction of the fence in order to reach a place where Hawarin could get medical care. Near the fence he saw that in the meantime the soldiers had arrested nine other workers, one of whom had also been wounded by the dog. Hawarin found another way to get through and eventually ended up in Alyah Hospital in Hebron, where his fingers were stitched up and he was told that he would never be able to bend them again.

The next day, Musa Abu Hashash, an investigator from B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, suggested that Hawarin file a complaint with the police. He went to the Kiryat Arba police to complain – and was arrested. The charge: damaging the fence. It was only through the intervention of B’Tselem lawyers that he was released the following day on bail, and he is now awaiting trial. When he has use of his hand again, he told us, he will go back to infiltrating the fence. He has no alternative.

B’Tselem has documented seven additional cases of attacks by dogs in recent weeks, but clearly, there are others that have gone unreported. Forty-four-year-old Hatem Talahma, from the village of al-Burj, recently underwent open-heart surgery at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva. A day after Passover, he tried to infiltrate for a follow-up examination at the hospital, after he had been unable to obtain an entry permit. He was attacked by a dog, arrested and sentenced to 31 days in prison for damaging the fence.

Phone photo

In another case, 20-year-old Mohammed Abu Qa’ut, a son of Bedouin refugees, was returning to his home in al-Ramadin on April 9 when he, too, was bitten by IDF dogs. He has scars along his waist and his leg and also on his arm. A soldier ordered the dog to jump him, and his soldier-friend filmed what was happening on an iPhone. It was several minutes before the soldier ordered the dog to release him, but the dog only let go after the soldier stunned it with an electrical device.

The soldier bandaged Abu Qa’ut’s arm to stop the bleeding and then handcuffed him. He was taken to a military base where his wounds were disinfected and instructions were given to send him to Soroka. The soldiers refused to send him to the hospital and said they would take him to the Tarqumiya crossing point. “Let the Red Crescent take care of him,” Abu Qa’ut quotes them as saying. Flies swarmed around his wounds. He asked for water, but the soldier who was guarding him refused and said to him, “Let the flies stay.”

At 3:30 P.M., half a day after he was wounded and arrested, Abu Qa’ut was released at the crossing point, and from there a Palestinian ambulance took him to a hospital in Hebron, where he was hospitalized and treated. His friend, Yusuf Zararna, who was arrested with him, is still in prison. Abu Qa’ut has been under the care of psychologists in Hebron from Doctors Without Border since the incident.

We asked Abu Qa’ut whether he will go back to working in Israel. “It’s my living,” he replied. “Where can I go?”

The workers who had been arrested and were still sitting handcuffed in the shade of the grove said they had been there since 4 A.M. The jeeps were still lurking, with their headlights on, among the haystacks. Every so often, one of them rushed out for a foray, raising clouds of dust behind it. The dogs were kept out of sight. The van drivers continued to shout warnings. The lucky ones who managed make it through the fence, a group of sturdy young men, were waiting for transportation back home. After the holiday, they will be back.

The IDF spokesman issued the following statement in response: “In the area of al-Ramadin in the southern Hebron Hills, during the past several years, damage to the infrastructure of the security fence has developed into a serious problem and has enabled elements engaged in terrorist activity to infiltrate the State of Israel. This phenomenon jeopardizes the security of the citizens of the State of Israel and causes damage amounting to millions of shekels annually.

“To prevent damage to the security fence infrastructure, the IDF is employing various means, including the dog-handlers unit, which makes use of trained dogs while taking adequate precautions to prevent unnecessary injury.”

The statement added: “The purpose of using dogs, in a broad perspective, is in fact to reduce bodily harm, and they are meant, among other things, to reduce reliance on other means.”

The spokesman also assured Haaretz that “every detailed complaint received by the military prosecution is examined and dealt with accordingly.”

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6.  The Guardian,

14 May 2011

Why I blew the whistle about Palestine

Israel’s attack on Gaza and the disastrous ‘peace talks’ compelled me to leak what I knew

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/14/blew-the-whistle-about-palestine

Ziyad Clot

In Palestine, the time has come for national reconciliation. On the eve of the 63rd commemoration of the Nakba – the uprooting of Palestinians that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948 – this is a long-awaited and hopeful moment. Earlier this year the release by al-Jazeera and the Guardian of 1,600 documents related to the so-called peace process caused deep consternation among Palestinians and in the Arab world. Covering more than 10 years of talks (from 1999 to 2010) between Israel and the PLO, the Palestine papers illustrated the tragic consequences of an inequitable and destructive political process which had been based on the assumption that the Palestinians could in effect negotiate their rights and achieve self-determination while enduring the hardship of the Israeli occupation.

My name has been circulated as one of the possible sources of these leaks. I would like to clarify here the extent of my involvement in these revelations and explain my motives. I have always acted in the best interest of the Palestinian people, in its entirety, and to the full extent of my capacity.

My own experience with the “peace process” started in Ramallah, in January 2008, after I was recruited as an adviser for the negotiation support unit (NSU) of the PLO, specifically in charge of the Palestinian refugee file. That was a few weeks after a goal had been set at the Annapolis conference: the creation of the Palestinian state by the end of 2008. Only 11 months into my job, in November of that year, I resigned. By December 2008, instead of the establishment of a state in Palestine, I witnessed on TV the killing of more than 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli army.

My strong motives for leaving my position with the NSU and my assessment of the “peace process” were clearly detailed to Palestinian negotiators in my resignation letter dated of 9th November 2008.

The “peace negotiations” were a deceptive farce whereby biased terms were unilaterally imposed by Israel and systematically endorsed by the US and EU. Far from enabling a negotiated and fair end to the conflict, the pursuit of the Oslo process deepened Israeli segregationist policies and justified the tightening of the security control imposed on the Palestinian population, as well as its geographical fragmentation. Far from preserving the land on which to build a state, it has tolerated the intensification of the colonisation of the Palestinian territory. Far from maintaining a national cohesion, the process I participated in, albeit briefly, was instrumental in creating and aggravating divisions among Palestinians. In its most recent developments, it became a cruel enterprise from which the Palestinians of Gaza have suffered the most. Last but not least, these negotiations excluded for the most part the great majority of the Palestinian people: the seven million Palestinian refugees. My experience over those 11 months in Ramallah confirmed that the PLO, given its structure, was not in a position to represent all Palestinian rights and interests.

Tragically, the Palestinians were left uninformed of the fate of their individual and collective rights in the negotiations, and their divided political leaderships were not held accountable for their decisions or inaction. After I resigned, I believed I had a duty to inform the public.

Shortly after the Gaza war I started to write about my experience in Ramallah. In my 2010 book, Il n’y aura pas d’Etat Palestinien (There will be no Palestinian State), I concluded: “The peace process is a spectacle, a farce, played to the detriment of Palestinian reconciliation, at the cost of the bloodshed in Gaza.” In full conscience, and acting independently, I later agreed to share some information with al-Jazeera specifically with regard to the fate of Palestinian refugee rights in the 2008 talks. Other sources did the same, although I am unaware of their identity. Taking these tragic developments of the “peace process” to a wider Arab and western audience was justified because it was in the public interest of the Palestinian people. I had – and still have – no doubt that I had a moral, legal and political obligation to proceed accordingly.

Today, I am relieved that this first-hand information is available to Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory, in Israel and in exile. In a way, Palestinian rights are back in their holders’ possession and the people are now in a position to make enlightened decisions about the future of their struggle. I am also glad that international stakeholders to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can access these documents. The world can no longer overlook that while Palestinians’ strong commitment to peace is genuine, the fruitless pursuit of a “peace process” framed according to the exclusive conditions of the occupying power leads to compromises which would be unacceptable in any other region of the globe.

Finally, I feel reassured that the people of Palestine overwhelmingly realise

that the reconciliation between all their constituents must be the first step towards national liberation. The Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians in Israel and the Palestinians living in exile have a common future. The path to Palestinian self-determination will require the participation of all in a renewed political platform.

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7.  Haaretz,

May 13, 2011


In Israel, you’re not somebody until your dead

Death in this country has ranks and classes. Drop dead just like that in the street and you’re not anything. If you’re a fireman who risks his life and dies doing his duty, that’s also not enough. Only if you fell in a war is your death considered something.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/in-israel-you-re-not-somebody-until-your-dead-1.361421

By Nehemia Shtrasler

The special week in which we mark Memorial Day and Independence Day has brought to new heights the morbidness prevalent here − venting our emotions about death. Fewer and fewer bereaved families recall the Torah’s injunction “Therefore choose life,” nor does one hear it said, “By their death, they bequeathed us life.”

Life is no longer a prime value. Sacrifice and death are the new values. Israel has the most memorial sites in the world, one monument for every 17 dead, on average, while in Europe there is one monument for every 10,000 fallen. We have sanctified death by showing respect only to those who are dead. The sad story of their premature loss is told mostly with resignation, as if such a fate cannot be changed.

No one dares ask the bereaved about their political beliefs. Even if the family lives in an isolated settlement in the territories, on land that was taken by force from their neighbors.

They are not asked about the link between the occupation, the repression, the lack of readiness to negotiate and the continuation of the wars that will lead to more bereaved mothers and more tearful fathers. From their point of view, there is no connection.

Death in this country has ranks and classes. Drop dead just like that in the street and you’re not anything. If you’re a fireman who risks his life and dies doing his duty, that’s also not enough. Only if you fell fighting in Israel’s wars − only then − is your death considered to be something. Only then can you be inscribed in the roll of the most honored. Only then is there a point to your dying.

Thus the families of three firefighters killed in the Carmel blaze are struggling mightily to have their sons recognized as fallen in Israel’s campaigns, even though everyone knows there is no connection between their deaths and a war. They died as heroes, but doing their civilian duty.

Against this backdrop, one condemns the cynical remarks of Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who has suddenly become an enthusiastic supporter of recognizing the firemen as fallen in Israel’s wars. Yishai even raised the matter at a cabinet meeting, apparently to be rehabilitated in the eyes of the families of the blaze’s victims who had demanded he leave the memorial ceremony held a few months ago.

Someone who accepts not serving in the Israel Defense Forces as a way of life needs considerable chutzpa to dare speak about the fallen. What a whopping serving of sensitivity from someone whose sons and supporters do not serve in the army at all; he decides on memorializing the fallen?

This worship of death apparently scared Yoel Shalit, the brother of the abducted soldier Gilad. So he did not continue to sit quietly during the official Memorial Day ceremony but deliberately interfered with it. Shalit heard, with growing fury, how the country’s elite paid lip service to his living-dead brother. How Reuven Rivlin, the speaker of the Knesset, and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and President Shimon Peres spoke so eloquently of Gilad, who has been sitting in a hole for five years. They lit a torch in his honor and recited a prayer for him, as if they were from the United Nations. As if they are not in a position to have an influence.

Rivlin, who was agitated by the disturbance to the smoothness of the ceremony, says that Yoel and his girlfriend disturbed its national character and succeeded merely in disrupting unity. After all, everyone agrees that Gilad must be brought home. The spirit of the ceremony was supposed to be “mutual support.” Any more support like this and where will we be?

Yoel Shalit understood, tragically late, that our many wars have turned us into a nation drenched in a ritual of death. He understood that the political leadership prefers a dead Gilad to a living Gilad. It’s hard to deal with a living Gilad. He causes tremendous headaches and invites criticism and damage to the image should a large number of terrorists be released in return for him. But with a dead Gilad, the leadership has no problem. Yet another monument will be built, and maybe even some side street will be named after him. It will even be possible to exploit his death to threaten Hamas with a terrible reprisal. The public will like that.

We’re experts at the danse macabre. Our only problem is with life.

according to the exclusive conditions of the occupying power leads to compromises which would be unacceptable in any other region of the globe.

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8.  Forwarded by the JPLO List

From: “Prof. Dr. Fanny-Michaela Reisin (Präsidentin)” [mailto:FannyM.Reisin@ilmr.de]

Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2011 8:36 AM

To: Verborgene_Empfaenger:

Subject: Re: [inpnpr] They are in Gaza

What a moving and at the same time so encouraging report.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

WHOEVER IS PART OF THIS HONARABLE COMEMMORATION OF VITTORIO ARRIGONI

I am going to share this email with all international and national friends of Palestine! fm

12 may, 2011

80 people mostly italian are in Gaza now in the name of Vittorio.

they will stay there till the 17 of may.

Great action, totally supported by the Italian Peace Association and other

organizations.

Love

Luisa Morgantini

NEL NOME DI VITTORIO ARRIGONI IL CONVOGLIO RESTIAMO UMANI E´ENTRATO A GAZA

Am 13.05.2011 18:24, schrieb Stephanie Westbrook:

Here’s the English version of the latest press release. Please share!

Follow the Stay Human Convoy via:

Web site: http://vik2gaza.org/en/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/vik2gaza

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002318810069&sk=wall

Finally in Gaza

The sun had not yet risen in Cairo, as the Stay Human convoy began to prepare the departure for Gaza. The journey about to be embarked upon was one filled with expectations and hope. The importance of the crossing the border at Rafah following the protests that

brought down the Mubarak regime was on the minds of everyone, as well as the desire to remember Vittorio Arrigoni in the same place where he dedicated his life. The convoy will carry a message to the people of Palestine addressed to the entire world: Palestine is not alone, Vik’s dreams are also ours, solidarity towards those who struggle against oppression

and exploitation knows no borders.

Ten checkpoints slow the journey, one in particular, blocks it for 2.5 hours in the Sinai desert, with the usual issues, the same from the previous days, about not being able to cross Rafah. The Italian embassy “concerned and ernest” had announced that the convoy

would never enter Gaza, but obviously the facts have proved him wrong: we are here!

The Stay Human Convoy now follows in the footsteps of Vittorio, imprinted in the land of Gaza and underscored by the spontaneous affection shown by the Palestinians who welcome our arrival. The Stay Human Convoy breathes in the determination, courage and extreme humility of Vittorio, characteristics that we recognize in the unrelenting resistance of the Palestinian people. For many of us this is the first time crossing the border of the Gaza Strip, a victory for those who never surrendered, whether by land or by sea, to the

categorical “Denied Entry”: nothing to see here, no one to meet.

The historical importance of the moment is heightened by the infectious enthusiasm of the many Palestinians present to welcome the convoy, who accompany us to Gaza City. Once there we retrace Vittorio’s footsteps, in the places he frequented during his long stay in

Gaza, where he met the friends that we now meet. To the tunes of Bella Ciao, Unadikom

and Gazawi rap, images of Vittorio greet our arrival.

Ciao Vik, Free Palestine.

Thank you Fanny but the real appreciation is for the group in Roma which is called Free Palestine, they were the one really determined.

Love

Luisa

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9- Please forward around and send to your lists – this is an AMAZING film, much for us to learn from it***

The Bottom Line: film screening and discussion

Targeting corporations to take down Apartheid – from South Africa to Palestine

Thursday, May 19th, 7:00 pm at the Victoria Theater (2961 16th Street, San Francisco)

Tipping Man 6, the Sixth International Anti-Corporate Film Festival, opens this year with The Bottom Line, a blow-by-blow account of the divestment movement against corporations in Apartheid South Africa,  a global movement that successfully brought down a regime by targeting the powerful corporations that were profiting from and supporting it. Companies such as Polaroid, Shell, IBM, Ford, Chase, BP, GM, and others that were involved in the South African racist Apartheid economy were targeted by dozens of campaigns around the world, mobilized people to vigil, boycott and divest from these companies. The film uses a wealth of original materials to show how these campaigns grew and how this once-marginalized movement has contributed to the country’s financial collapse, the downfall of its white minority government, and the release of imprisoned ANC leader Nelson Mandela.

What can we learn for similar campaigns today against corporations that profit from Apartheid, occupation and war?  Two-time Academy Award-nominated director Connie Field will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Activist Dr. Dalit Baum of Who Profits (www.whoprofits.org)  and Economic Activism for Palestine (Global Exchange) will discuss ideas for targeting corporations involved in the occupation and exploitation of Palestine..

Tickets are $10 and available through the Festival website: www.countercorp.org or atwww.brownpapertickets.com/event/176751

Dalit Baum

Director, Economic Activism for Palestine

Global Exchange

2017 Mission St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: (415) 5755529; Cell: (415) 4009370

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Pro-Zionist support for Syrian protests exposed on RT’s Crosstalk

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Posted By: Sammi Ibrahem

SHOAH

 

 

 

With Barada TV, the anti-Assad satellite channel referred to by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, all roads lead to IsraHell.

According to an April 18 Washington Post report, the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) has funneled up to $6 million to Syrian opposition groups such as Barada TV since 2006. MEPI is supervised by Tamara Wittes, a longtime pro-Israel advocate of democratic reform in the Middle East and author of Freedom’s Unsteady March: America’s Role in Building Arab Democracy. The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), where she coordinates democracy and human rights policy for the NEA Bureau, is a former director of the Saban Center’s Middle East Democracy and Development (MEDD) Project. As to the nature of MEDD’s concern for the Middle East, a New Yorker profile of Haim Saban is revealing:

His greatest concern, [Saban] says, is to protect IsraHell, by strengthening the United States-IsraHell relationship. At a conference last fall in IsraHell, Saban described his formula. His ‘three ways to be influential in American politics,’ he said, were: make donations to political parties, establish think tanks, and control media outlets.”

Asked to comment on the Post’s allegations, Wittes responded:

“There are a lot of organizations in Syria and other countries that are seeking changes from their government. That’s an agenda that we believe in and we’re going to support.”

According to the Post, the money was funneled through an LA-based non-profit, the Democracy Council. Jim Prince, the founder and president of the Democracy Council, is also an advisor toCyberDissidents.org, which was launched in 2008 by the Jerusalem-based Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies “to research and focus attention on the online activities of democracy advocates and dissidents in the Middle East, in the hope of empowering them at home and raising awareness of their plight abroad.”

Dissidents who put their faith in such improbable champions of their freedom would do well to remember the words of Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino mogul whose $4.5 million grant set up the institute in 2007. Referring to a conversation he had with Iranian dissident Amir Abbas Fakhravar at a neoconservative 2007 Prague conference on “Democracy and Security,” the Likudnik casino magnate reportedly said, “I like Fakhravar because he says that, if we attack, the Iranian people will be ecstatic.” But when another Iranian pro-democracy activist disputed that assumption, Adelson candidly responded:

“I really don’t care what happens to Iran. I am for Israel.”

Source–thepassionateattachment.com

 

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Pakistan: Resolution condemning Abbottabad raid passed

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ISLAMABAD: Parliament adopted a 12-point unanimous resolution calling upon the government to appoint an independent commission on the Abbottabad operation, fix responsibility and recommend necessary measures, including blocking of Nato supplies, to ensure that such an incident does not recur in the future.

It also called upon the government to revisit and review its terms of engagement with the United States. The composition/modalities of the agreed upon independent commission will be settled after consultations between the leader of the house and the leader of the opposition.

The unanimous resolution could be hammered out only after the PML-N backed off from its original demand of a purely judicial commission and agreed on the formation of an independent commission. The judicial commission demand accompanied by a three-day deadline to comply had been given by Nawaz Sharif 48 hours earlier in a press conference.

The resolution was approved after an in-depth discussion, including presentations made on the relevant issues by the DG Inter-Services Intelligence, DG (Military Operations) and deputy air chief (Operations). The resolution condemned the US unilateral action in Abbottabad, which constitutes a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

It strongly asserted that unilateral actions, such as those conducted by the US forces in Abbottabad, as well as the continued drone attacks on the territory of Pakistan, are not only unacceptable but also constitute the violation of principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and humanitarian norms and such drone attacks must be stopped forthwith, failing which the government will be constrained to consider taking necessary steps, including withdrawal of transit facility allowed to Nato/Isaf forces.

The resolution also said that unilateral actions cannot advance the global cause of elimination of terrorism and the people of Pakistan will no longer tolerate such actions and repeat of unilateral measures could have dire consequences for peace and security in the region and the world.

Parliament reaffirmed the resolve of the people and the Government of Pakistan to uphold Pakistan’s sovereignty and national security, which is a sacred duty, at all costs.

It also affirmed the resolve of the people and state institutions of Pakistan to safeguard Pakistan’s national interests and strategic assets and, in this context, underscored that any action to the contrary will warrant a strong national response.

Parliament through the resolution expressed its deep distress on the campaign to malign Pakistan, launched by certain quarters in other countries without appreciating Pakistan’s determined efforts and immense sacrifices in combating terror and the fact that more than 30,000 Pakistani innocent men, women and children and more than 5,000 security and armed forces personnel had lost their lives, that is more than any other single country, in the fight against terror.

The resolution called upon the government to ensure that the principles of an independent foreign policy must be grounded in strict adherence to the principles of policy, as stated in Article 40 of the Constitution, the UN Charter, observance of international law and respect for the free will and aspirations of sovereign states and their peoples.

It further called upon the government to revisit and review its terms of engagement with the United States, with a view to ensuring that Pakistan’s national interests are fully respected and accommodated in pursuit of policies for countering terrorism and achieving reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan.

The resolution affirmed the importance of international cooperation for eliminating international terrorism, which can only be carried forward on the basis of a true partnership approach, based on equality, mutual respect and mutual trust.

It also affirmed full confidence in the defence forces of Pakistan in safeguarding Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and in overcoming any challenge to security, with the full support of the people and Government of Pakistan.

Parliament reaffirmed the resolution passed by the joint sitting on national security held on October 22, 2008 and the detailed recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security in April 2009.

 

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Turkey demands names of Zionist Villain’s involved in flotilla Murder’s

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Ankara Prosecution sends Israeli Justice Ministry letter demanding to receive names of all Naval, military and ministerial officials involved in decision to raid Marmara in May 2010

The Turkish Prosecution demands Israel divulge the identity of the Naval Commandos who participated in the deadly raid on the Mavi Marmara, in May of 2010.

A Justice Ministry official said Israel was unfamiliar with the demand.

The Marmara was the lead vessel in last May’s aid sail to Gaza Strip. Israeli commandos attempting to stop the ship from breaching the Gaza blockade boarded the ship after it refused the Navy’s hails to stop. The ensuing violence resulted in the death of nine Turkish activists.

Diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkeys have been extremely tense ever since.

According to a Saturday report in the Turkish daily Zaman, Ankara sent the Justice Ministry a letter demanding it disclose the names and addresses of all Navy and military personnel involved, as well as the details of all government officials involved in ordering the raid.

The demand was reportedly based on the testimonies of over 500 activists who were aboard the Marmara and claimed they were “grossly mistreated” by the Israeli soldiers.

Meanwhile, Turkey threatened to withdraw from the United Nations panel investigating the raid over what it called its finding’s “soft wording,” which favor Israel.

According to Turkish daily Hurriyet, Ankara said the panel’s findings “fall short of concluding that Israel violated International Law” when its commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara.

Israel and Turkey were both handed a draft of the UN report ahead of its intended public release later this month. Ankara has since said it would “disassociate itself from the report” unless radical changes were made to its findings.

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Zio-Nazi Gestapo”Shin Bet”: Gaza arms smugglers operating freely since fall of Mubarak

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Ed note–Israel giving up the Sinai at the Camp David Peace accords was just a ruse. The moment she agreed to give up the territory she stole from Egypt in ’67 she always planned on taking back, because her very existence is tied to what is written in the Bible concerning the “divinely created” borders of ‘the promised land’. Part of the long range goal of the arab uprisings is to create a cassis belli with the surrounding arab nations for the purpose of going to war with them in order to steal more land, and the following story ispart of that scenario.

Shin Bet says in report the Egyptian government is preoccupied with stabilizing the county, allowing smugglers to operate almost entirely hindrance-free; Bedouins reportedly a major group smuggling weapons to Gaza.

Reuters

Smugglers transporting arms into the Gaza Strip are operating almost freely after a change of leadership in Egypt, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Friday.

A report by the domestic intelligence agency said with Egypt’s new leaders preoccupied with stabilizing their country, “governance in Sinai is not high and this allows smugglers to operate almost without hindrance.

“Today the Egyptian regime’s attention is focused on stabilizing the new government and this eases the Sinai smugglers’ task,” the report said.

The Sinai forms a huge desert buffer zone between Egypt and Israel, which sealed an historic peace treaty in 1979 after fighting two wars against each other in less than a decade.

The Bedouin people of the Sinai, for whom smuggling is a major source of income, was the group mostly involved in getting weapons into Gaza to supply the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which controls the enclave and other smaller militant groups, it said

It also reaffirmed Israel’s belief that Iran, in seeking to strengthen its influence in the region, was supplying Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants with “choice military-grade weaponry.”

It said hundreds of rockets with a range of 20-40 kilometres (12-25 miles), at least 1,000 mortar bombs, some anti-tank missiles and tons of high explosives and raw material to make high explosives had entered Gaza since the start of 2010.

Outgoing Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin, who hands over the role to his successor Yoram Cohen on Monday, said in a rare speech earlier this week: “In Egypt it is very hard to assess what will happen in the elections expected in the summer … it’s not a good idea to rest on our laurels.”

Even under the rule of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who was considered a partner of Israel in the Middle East, “Egyptian actions did not significantly reduce the scale of munitions smuggling,” the report said. But matters have now worsened.

The Shin Bet report said munitions were transported from Iran to Sudan, across Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and through smuggling tunnels into the Gaza Strip.

Sudan accused Israel of launching an air strike in April near Port Sudan airport that killed two people. Khartoum has close ties with Hamas, but denies giving it direct support.

Israel is also suspected of carrying out an air strike on an arms convoy in eastern Sudan in 2009 for which it has neither admitted nor denied responsibility.

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Report: Turkey threatens to leave UN Gaza flotilla inquiry panel over ‘Zionist-favored’ draft

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UN panel investigating IsraHell’s raid of the Mavi Marmara reportedly falls short of saying IsraHell violated international law.

Haaretz Service

Turkey threatened Friday to drop out of a United Nations panel investigating Israel’s deadly raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May last year, saying the wording of the draft report was in favor of Israel, Turkish daily Hürriyet reported.

The report said that Ankara believed the panel was favoring the Israeli view, as its wording fell short of saying Israel violated international law when its naval commanders boarded the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish-sponsored Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

The Mavi Marmara was one of several aid ships aiming to deliver supplies to Gaza in violation of an Israeli naval blockade. In efforts to prevent the ship from arriving at Gaza’s shores, Israeli navy commandos boarded the ship on May 31, 2010 and were met with violence. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the clash that ensued.

“There is a crack on the panel. The talks are not going well,” the Hürriyet Daily News reported a diplomatic source as saying, but added that the rough draft “is being worked on.”

Israel and Turkey were both handed a draft of the UN report ahead of its intended public release this month, but Turkey’s threat to disassociate itself from the report unless radical changes were made has delayed the announcement of the panel’s findings.

The findings were due to be released ahead of another Gaza-bound flotilla, which is expected to set sail in mid-June. The organizers of the second flotilla initially intended to embark this month, but deferred the departure date until after the upcoming Turkish parliamentary elections.

Turkey has demanded that Israel apologize for the raid, and pay compensation. Israel has maintained its stance that it had a right to protect the Ocean siege on the Gaza strip, and has expressed regret for the deaths in the attack.

UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon set up the four-member review panel in August 2010. The panel is led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, who is also an expert in international maritime law, and includes one representative each from Israel and Turkey.

The Israeli member of the panel is Joseph Ciechanover, former Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Turkish member is Ozdem Sanberk, a former diplomat who held senior positions in the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the United Nations.

The panel listened to the representatives for the last time late-April and was expected to make its findings public this month.

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Palestinian teen dies of wounds by Nazi Gestapo’s

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Palestinian teen dies of wounds sustained in East Jerusalem clashes

 

Milad Said Ayyash

Milad Said Ayyash, 17, was shot in the stomach on Friday during violent clashes near Silwan; police deploy heavily throughout Jerusalem as further demonstration expected.

Haaretz

A Palestinian teenager who was shot on Friday during clashes with Israeli security forces near the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, succumbed to his wounds on Saturday morning. Expecting further demonstrations, Israeli police have been deployed heavily throughout the city.

Milad Said Ayyash, 17, was hospitalized in critical condition in East Jerusalem Al-Mukassad hospital shortly after he was shot in the stomach on Friday. The doctors said he had no pulse when he arrived, and had already lost a great deal of blood.

A Palestinian activist told Haaretz that Ayyash was allegedly shot by a security guard near Beit Yonatan in East Jerusalem. Leftist actvists said the guard shot him after a Molotov cocktail was hurled in the direction of the neighborhood which has been the site of growing tension over the last few years.

Activists added that the bullet removed from his wound during surgery came from a gun and not a riffle, which is predominantly used by security guards, as opposed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

His funeral will be held in Ras al-Amud in east Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon, after which Palestinian activists plan to march from the Old City in Jerusalem to Sheikh Jarrah.

Tensions are high in East Jerusalem as Palestinians prepare to mourn on Sunday the creation of Israel in 1948, which they call the “Nakba”, or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced to leave their homes.

IDF soldiers and Palestinians clashed on Friday throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem, days before planned demonstrations to commemorate the Nakba.

Mild clashes between the IDF and Palestinians erupted in Jerusalem, in Silwan, Isawiya and in the Old City. Israel police forces arrested 11 protesters.

Israel security officials in Silwan reportedly fired shots in the air to stop stone-throwing.

Police reported that a 34-year-old masked man was arrested for carrying a Molotov cocktail, and that three Palestinians were lightly wounded by projectile fire from security forces in Silwan.Prayers on the Temple Mount in which 8,000 worshippers were in attendance, took place without a hitch, despite predictions of possible unrest.

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