Archive | October 28th, 2011

Who Was Muammar Qaddafi? Libya’s Wealth Redistribution Project


With an Introduction by Cynthia McKinney

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Global Research,

Fourth of Four Installments on Libya: Who is Stealing the Wealth?

Once again, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya peels away the veneer of legitimacy and deception enveloping the U.S./NATO genocide currently taking place in Libya. In his first article, Nazemroaya makes it clear that there never was any evidence given to the United Nations or the International Criminal Court to warrant or justify United Nations Resolutions 1970 and 1973 or current U.S./NATO operations inside Libya.

In his second article detailing this very sad story, Nazemroaya exposes the relationships between the major Libyan protagonists/NATO collaborators and the U.S. Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy. Incredibly, when leading Members of Congress publicly proclaimed repeatedly that they did not know who the Libyan “rebel” NATO collaborators were, select so-called rebel leaders were political intimates with stakeholders at the National Endowment for Democracy.  Nazemroaya also exposes that, despite its Global War on Terror, the U.S. government actually financed Libyan terrorists and criminals wanted by INTERPOL.

In his third installment, Nazemroaya removes the U.S./NATO fig leaf that attempts to cover the cynical machinations of the pro-Israel Lobby and its objective of balkanizing African and Asian states, especially those whose populations are largely Muslim.  Nazemroaya makes the essential point: “An attempt to separate the merging point of an Arab and African identity is underway.” The Voice of America has exposed the psychological aspects of its brutal intervention and hints at the mindset of the U.S./NATO Libyan pawns; several stories suggest that the “new” Libya will turn more toward its Arab identity than its African identity. While Muammar Qaddafi drove home to all Libyans that Libya, as its geography dictates, is an African country, Nazemroaya shows how this fact is not a policy objective shared by the U.S., NATO, Israel, or their Libyan allies. 

Finally, in this last of the four-part series, Nazemroaya shows the ultimate perfidy of the U.S./NATO Libyan allies, especially Mahmoud Jibril, in the pre-emptive strike against the Jamahirya Wealth Redistribution Project.

The Libyan people are now fighting the world’s most powerful militaries to save their Jamahirya.

No matter how many times NATO-inspired media lie to their publics, the lies will never become the truth.

Hauntingly, Nazemroaya ends by telling us that the Libyan National Transitional Council has already recognized the Syrian National Council (SNC) as the legitimate government of Syria.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, now reputed to be the leader of Al Qaeda and reportedly rewarded with U.S. citizenship after fighting for the C.I.A. in Bosnia, just called for the people of Algeria to oust their President.

President Obama’s policy of flying drones and dropping bombs over Africa, and invading the Continent with US troops, means that any country that resists an AFRICOM base, as Colonel Qaddafi’s wife tells us he did, or expects to exercise its right of self-determination, can expect the kind of treatment we are witnessing now in Libya. We, in the U.S., must resist these policies for ourselves and and on behalf of  the Africans who deserve better than this from the United States of America.

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Did  Zio-Nazi racist Anthony Cooper see this as Anti-Semitism or Anti-Gentilism?


Zio-Nazi Former Chief Rabbi–Gentiles exist only to serve Jews

According to Rabbi, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.

The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the head of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator.

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel,” he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat.

According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.

“In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money.

This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” Yosef said.

“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.

That is why gentiles were created,” he added.

Yosef’s Saturday night sermons have seen many controversial statements from the 90-year-old rabbi. In August, Yosef caused a diplomatic uproar when he wished a plague upon the Palestinian people and their leaders, a curse he retracted a few weeks later, when he blessed them along with all of Israel’s other peace-seeking neighbors.

Rabbi–’Intermarriage plays into Nazis’ hands’ 

“Marrying gentiles is like playing into the hands of the Nazis,” Yad Vashem Council Chairman and former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau has been quoted as saying to students from Ramat Gan’s Ohel Shem High School.

According to the students, the rabbi made the remark during a lecture on the Holocaust and on his personal memories as a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp which he delivered to teenagers who had returned from a trip to Poland.

One of the teens who left the room explained, “As far as I understood, the lecture’s point was that marrying non-Jews is forbidden, and according to Rabbi Lau, marrying gentiles is ‘playing into the hands of the Nazis.’

“This remark was made toward the end of the lecture and made me very angry. As soon as it was said, I got up and left. I came to the lecture without any skepticism and tolerant toward his opinions, otherwise I would have walked out at an earlier stage.”

The student addressed other remarks made by the rabbi, which angered him. “We were told about the daughter of a respected rabbi who disconnected from religion during the Holocaust, married a goy, had a child and sent him to a convent,” he recounted.

“The lecture also included Bible verses, one which I particularly remember was from the Book of Psalms, and according to the rabbi, it described the Holocaust before it happened. This was said after he claimed that the Nazis tried to destroy Judaism and not just the Jews, so basically the Jews drawing away from religion are destroying Judaism.”

Another 12th grader shared the unpleasant atmosphere caused by the rabbi’s remark. “He spoke about his life in Poland and about the Holocaust, and then began preaching about assimilation,” he recounted.

“He said the Jewish people must not assimilate and that we must maintain the Jewish identity. In addition, he presented delusional statistics, claiming that had there been no assimilation the United States would now have 30 million Jews, and showing contempt for those who assimilated – as if they are inferior to others.”

Some students were upset over their fellow classmates’ protest. “I saw students leaving in the middle of the lecture, not listening, and some even chose not to enter the auditorium at all. It made me very angry and bordered on disrespect for an elder and honorable person,” a 12th grader said.

“A spontaneous discussion on the issue continued in the classrooms,” she added. “Many were irked by the fact that we are forced to enter lectures. We have listened to many lectures during our three years in Ohel Shem, and I think the only reason they were angry was because that person is a rabbi and now a secular man.

“But Rabbi Lau is a person who contributes to the community. He is an outstanding man and should be respected if only for his position and for being an honorable person, regardless of his beliefs.”

And weren’t you irked by the saying about marrying gentiles?

“Every person can take this sentence to a different place. The Nazis tried to hurt Judaism, and there is a point in the rabbi’s remark that assimilation is a spiritual victory for the Nazis.

“The lecture was not religious in my opinion and I didn’t see any incitement attempts. The word ‘assimilation’ was mentioned in only one sentence and the rabbi was not trying to influence us. If a secular person had said the exact same thing, it would have been received differently.”

The former chief rabbi’s office issued the following statement in response: “Rabbi Lau has been delivering lectures at Ramat Gan’s Ohel Shem High School for many years now, and this time too he appeared before nearly 400 12th graders.

“The rabbi did not see any of the students leave during the lecture. On the contrary, he got the feeling that the students were attentive and fascinated by what he had to say.”

As for the rabbi’s remarks, his office said: “It’s no secret that the number of Jews in most of the world’s countries is steadily declining – not because of their immigration to Israel but because of intermarriage and assimilation. Therefore, self-examination is needed during the High Holidays.

“This troubling phenomenon serves generations of Israel’s enemies, who envy the Jewish people’s survival. The rabbi regrets any extreme reactions from those who surely did not listen to what he was saying and did not absorb the message stemming from the lecture.”

The municipality said in response, “The Ohel Shem School encourages an open dialogue in democratic and pluralistic frameworks and hosted Rabbi Lau. Several students who were unsatisfied with certain opinions acted in a disrespectful manner and walked out, and we regret that.

“The school is unaware of the discussion reaching the classrooms, although we encourage an open dialogue as part of our values-based education.”

Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin promotes call for Palestinian genocide

Max Blumenthal 

In a blog post cheering the release of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, neoconservative activist Rachel Decter Abrams descended into a twisted call for genocide, calling for Israel to throw released Palestinian prisoners whom she described as “child sacrificing savages” and “unmanned animals” — along with “their offspring” — “into the sea, to float there, food for sharks.”

Abrams is the half-sister of Commentary editor John Podhoretz, the wife of Iran-Contra felon and former Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams, and the daughter of Midge Decter and step daughter of neocon founding father Norman Podhoretz. She is also a board member of the right-wing Emergency Committee for Israel, which recently produced baseless ads claiming the Occupy Wall Street movement is anti-Semitic.

The Washington Post’s neoconservative “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin is one of Abrams’ closest allies in the media. As soon as Abrams tweeted out a link to her exterminationist blog post, Rubin — whose Twitter account is “JRubinBlogger” — retweeted it to her followers, clearly approving of its content. Indeed, Rubin is not known for using Twitter to simply curate news and opinions.

Here is a screenshot of Rubin’s retweet of Abrams’ call for mass murder:

In July 2010, the veteran CNN correspondent Octavia Nasr was fired for writing on Twitter that she was “sad” to hear of the death of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a figure instrumental in the foundation of Hezbollah whom she said she “respect[ed] a lot.” Despite apologizing and explaining that she merely admired Fadlallah’s strong stance against honor killings and support for women’s rights, CNN heeded calls from pro-Israel groups for her termination.

An Ottawa-based diplomat from the Palestinian Authority, Linda Sobeh Ali, was reassigned by the Canadian government last week after she retweeted a link to a Youtube video that included a call for a war “against the soul of Zionism.” Pro-Israel groups in Canada were responsible for bringing the retweet to the government’s attention, and for pressuring it to act.

In the case of Nasr, CNN took full responsibility for what she wrote and promoted on her personal Twitter account. The news organization saw her tweet as a reflection on its reputation and credibility, and took action. The Washington Post has done nothing, however, about Rubin’s approving promotion of her friend’s call for genocide.

Does the Washington Post have a policy on the promotion of mass murder by its staffers? It is up to Post Ombudsman Patrick Pexton to explain if Rubin’s act was permissible according to his paper’s ethical guidelines, and if so, why.


Guardian’ columnist apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic slur’


ed note–Deborah Orr was 1000% correct, but this–the intrisinic, inherent anti-Gentilism on the part of the followers of Judaism–is simply the cat that CANNOT be let out of the bag in public discourse.

What is so maddening and unbelievable about it is how Mz Orr and the rest of the West must continually apologize and grovel when reporting such things when ON A DAILY BASIS Jewish loudmouths repeat the SAME THING.

Until the world comes to grip with this fact, that Jews by virtue of their religion and culture–consider themselves superior to  Gentiles and endowed by their tribal god to rape, pillage and murder others’ for the sake of Jewish gain, there will NEVER be an end to the misery that this tiny virus has caused the body politic.

LONDON – A Guardian journalist has apologized after being accused of anti-Semitism following an article in which she maintained that Israel’s eagerness to bring home Gilad Schalit was based on a “Zionist” belief that the lives “of the chosen are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate neighbors.”

Deborah Orr, a columnist for the Guardian, said in an article published last week, titled “Is an Israeli life really more important than a Palestinian’s?”, that the prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, which led to the release of Schalit, “tacitly acknowledges acceptance of that obscene idea.”

“All this, I fear, is simply an indication of how inured the world has become to the obscene idea that Israeli lives are more important than Palestinian lives,” Orr said.

“Netanyahu argues that he acted because he values Schalit’s life so greatly.”

Mark Gardner, from the Community Security Trust, a London-based organization that monitors anti-Semitism, said: “Deborah Orr used an old anti-Semitic slur in order to attack Zionists. It shows how easily these ways of thinking can be adapted for modern use. But the entire article was extremely stupid and should never have been published in the first place.”

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post this week, Orr said she was sorry for the words she used.

“First, I’m certainly not anti- Semitic, and don’t want to sound as if I am,” she said. “So I’m sorry if the form of words I used gave that impression.

Often, however it seems difficult to be critical of the Israeli state without such accusations being made.”

Explaining what she meant, Orr told The Jerusalem Post that in her view “Zionists did consider their own ambitions to be of paramount importance, of greater importance than the views of the people they wished to displace to form their state.”

She said that the problem goes back to 1948 when Israelis deemed the creation of a new state of much greater importance than the claims of another.

“The problems date back to the enforced ‘exchange’ that was imposed on Palestinians in 1948. Many hundreds of thousands were compelled to move off the land so that Israel could be created,” she told the Post.

“From the start, it seems to me, the idea of Israel was predicated on the idea that the creation of a new state for one group was of much greater importance than the claims of the non-Jewish among those already living there… From the start, Palestinian needs were considered less important than nascent Israeli needs,” she maintained.

Her story, published in the Guardian on October 19, led to a huge backlash with commentators and bloggers on both sides of the Atlantic accusing her of using classical anti- Semitic motifs.

Comment is Free Watch, a group that monitors the Guardian blog, said “the anti- Semitic use, and profound distortion, of the idea of ‘chosenness’ – from a passage in the Torah widely understood as a Jewish requirement to uphold an especially high standard of ethical behavior – has a long and dark history.

“Indeed the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the most widely distributed anti-Semitic forgery in history – a book still quite popular in the Arab world – is premised partly on the idea of Jews’ ‘chosenness.’”

Writing in the Atlantic, Jeffery Goldberg said: “Chosenness does not mean ‘exclusive’ or ‘more equal than others.’ It never has, except to anti-Semites.

Christians believe they are in possession of the final word of God, as do Muslims. This belief fosters a feeling of theological superiority. Does this make Christians and Muslims ‘chosen’ as well? Or is the term ‘chosenness’ only a weapon for use against Jews?”

Jerusalem-based media monitors Honest Reporting said: “That Deborah Orr is prepared to descend to the depths of anti- Semitism to claim that Israel is motivated by racism says much about her own warped values.”

“That the Guardian was prepared to publish such an obscene commentary merely confirms the publication’s vicious anti- Israel bent.”


Israel’s Former Chief Rabbi–Gentiles exist only to serve Jews

According to Rabbi, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.

The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the head of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator.

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel,” he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat.

According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.

“In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money.

This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” Yosef said.

“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.

That is why gentiles were created,” he added.

Yosef’s Saturday night sermons have seen many controversial statements from the 90-year-old rabbi. In August, Yosef caused a diplomatic uproar when he wished a plague upon the Palestinian people and their leaders, a curse he retracted a few weeks later, when he blessed them along with all of Israel’s other peace-seeking neighbors.

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IsraHell rejects Palestinian lawsuit over Zio-Nazi missile that struck family home

by crescentandcross

Jerusalem court calls incident, in which Nazi missile killed 2 Gaza family members during 2006 hit operation, legitimate act of war, orders family to pay NIS25,000 in legal fees.

ed note–besides the obvious–which is that IsraHell NEVER admits culpability to ANYTHING, from her murderous attack on the USS LIBERTY to the various false flag attacks she has waged on other nations, to her various assassinations of foreign leaders to the murder of civilians in Gaza, Lebanon, etc, the REAL significance of this story is found by reading between the lines. As far as IsraHell goes, ALL HOSTILE ACTS AGAINST GENTILES, whether it is war, economic violence, the destruction of their culture, YOU NAME IT–are considered “legitimate acts of war”, as Judaism and Jewish culture teach that a “perpetual and unavoidable” state of war exists between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.


An Israeli court on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by a Palestinian family that lost two relatives after their home in the Gaza Strip was bombed during an Israel Defense Forces operation.

The Jerusalem District Court refused the family’s request for damages, ruling that the fatal 2006 bombing was a legitimate act of war.

Fatma Wahabe and her son Khaled were killed after a missile fire by an IDF assault helicopter hit their home in Khan Yunis, instead of the targeted vehicle carrying wanted Palestinian militants.

The court’s decision was based in part on an affidavit filed by the head of the Shin Bet security service’s department on Gaza, who defended the IDF operation as necessary “to prevent a clear, immediate, and present danger to public safety.”

Justice Chana Ben-Ami determined that the IDF had no choice by to carry out that missile strike, as it represented the only way to perform the mission without risking the lives of Israeli soldiers.

“It was an initiated attack meant to strike a top terror operative based on solid intelligence, according to which he was about to attack Israeli citizens,” the judge said.

The plaintiffs were also ordered to pay NIS 25,000 in legal fees.

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Bernard and Ruth Madoff attempted suicide, says wife Ruth

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In interview with 60 Minutes, Ruth Madoff says they had taken pills which didn’t work as they woke up the next morning. ‘I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening’

ed note–generally speaking, those who are serious about killing themselves don’t have much trouble doing it, therefore we can consider the following story to be just another attempt at eliciting UNWARRANTED compassion for the poor, pitiful Jewish thieves who were just doing what their religion and culture tells them to do.

Wife of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff revealed in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that she and her husband had attempted suicide.

In the only interview Ruth Madoff has given since the affair broke out, she said, “I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening… We had terrible phone calls. Hate mail, just beyond anything and I said ‘…I just can’t go on anymore.’”

Ruth told Morley Safer that she and Bernard took some pills, some of them Ambien and possibly some Klonopin. “I took what we had, he took more,” says Ruth. The fact that it was Christmas Eve, says Ruth, “added to the whole depression.” But the pills didn’t work. “We took pills and woke up the next day….It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up,” she says.

However, Ruth had given the idea some thought, sending a package to their son Andrew before making the suicide pact. The package included sentimental items, including jewelry.

Three years later, Andrew asked his mother why she had sent him the jewelry. “And she told me that she and my father had planned to kill themselves…they put that package together beforehand and sent it out,” he tells Safer.

In December 2010, Mark Madoff, the Madoffs eldest son, committed suicide on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest.

The 46-year-old Madoff, who had worked at his father’s firm, “succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo,” his lawyer said. He was found dead in his apartment in the city’s SoHo neighborhood, New York City police spokesman Paul Browne said.

“Mark Madoff took his own life today. This is a terrible and unnecessary tragedy,” Martin Flumenbaum, a lawyer for Mark Madoff and his younger brother, Andrew, said in a statement. He said “Mark was an innocent victim of his father’s monstrous crime.

Bernard Madoff, 72, is serving a 150-year prison sentence after confessing to running a decades-long Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of billions, considered the biggest financial fraud in history.

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Is This Anti-Semitism or Not ?

Dear All,

Just one item today.  Actually, I was hoping to find news in the printed media about an item that was broadcast on tonight’s TV news here in Israel , but with no luck. The news item showed homeless people (some with infants) being brutally removed from vacant apartments that they had broken into.  The news item furnished statistics on why public housing was not being built, namely, much of the money that had been dedicated to it was being spent on other things, as, for instance, a road to Maale Adumim in the West Bank.  In addition to that there were additional purposes for which the money was being used, none having to do with public housing.  Perhaps tomorrow the Israeli newspapers will have something about the issue.  


Meanwhile,  ‘Today in Palestine ’ has plentiful material to keep you busy.  Please pay special attention to the following : the first item, in which the Israeli court gives Elad the right to continue its means of Judaizing East Jerusalem. Under the heading “Settlers” all the items.  Under Prisoner Swaps see especially ‘The Hannibal  Policy,’ which reveals Israel ’s true attitude towards the lives of its soldiers.  Under ‘Israeli Forces’ ‘4 year old girl shot in the neck.’ And Under “Detention/Court Actions’ see especially ‘Israeli punishments against prisoners escalate . . .’ and ‘Israel releases Palestinian child after 5 months’—the child being 11 years old!!! Can you imagine your 11 year old child or anyone’s being held in an adult prison for 5 months???!!!


The more of all the items that you manage to read, the better informed you will be.  I see now that Today in Palestine for the 27th is also up, so am including its link, too.


If you can stomach all that Israel does in the OPT and to its own, you have a less sensitive stomach than I do!


All the best,Land theft / Ethnic cleansing 


Elad can continue to operate City of David, court finds

JPost 26 Oct — The City of David Foundation can continue to operate the City of David Archaeological Park in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, despite a petition against the private organization’s right to manage a national park, the High Court of Justice decided on Wednesday. Left-wing group Ir Amim filed the petition in July 2010 to challenge an allegedly secret contract between the Israel National Parks Authority and Elad, a right-wing organization that supports Jewish residents in the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Silwan. Ir Amim charged that Elad’s political agenda was ignoring the Arab history of the site and creating a conflict of interest

Israeli Municipality to demolish Dung Gate bridge

JERUSALEM (WAFA) 26 Oct — Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem said Tuesday that Bab El-Magharbeh (Dung Gate) bridge in Jerusalem’s Old City is in danger of collapse or fire and must be demolished within 30 days. Israeli authorities issued, five months ago, a permit to demolish the Dung Gate bridge and build another one in accordance with Israeli plans which aim to Judaize the area, but the police postponed the demolition for fear of the outbreak of protests by Palestinians. Israeli authorities are working to change the character of Jerusalem’s Old City, including the demolition of the Dung Gate bridge, which is used by Israeli police and security as well as the Jews when entering Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards.

Al-Aqsa Foundation warns against demolishing mosque passage

JERUSALEM (WAFA) 26 Oct — The al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage in Jerusalem Wednesday warned of dangerous repercussions if the Israeli municipality proceeds to demolish Magharbe Gate passage to al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. If implemented, it said, it would lead to the demolition of a section of the Mosque itself.

The land exchange project  / Sawsan Ramahi

MEMO Briefing Paper 25 Oct — Zionist political thought continues to propose projects based on the eradication of the Palestinians as a people or, at the very least, their marginalisation inside the state of Israel. So-called ‘population transfer’ is a fundamental and unequivocally non-negotiable principle of political Zionism. It has been used to devastating effect for more than sixty years to carry out what historians have called the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Palestinians from their land … the Zionist establishment has now added a new dimension to its concept of ‘transfer’. This has come to be known as ‘geographical transfer’ and is intended to destroy Palestine as a viable homeland while still referring to it as a land.

The Negev’s hot wind blowing / Jonathan Cook

MERIP 25 Oct — Over the past 15 months the dusty plains of the northern Negev desert in Israel have been witness to a ritual of destruction, part of a police operation known as Hot Wind. On 29 occasions since June 2010, hundreds of Israeli paramilitary officers have made the pilgrimage over a dirt track near the city of Beersheva to the zinc sheds and hemp tents of al-‘Araqib. Within hours of their arrival, the 45 ramshackle structures — home to some 300 Bedouin villagers — are pulled down and al-‘Araqib is wiped off the map once again. All that remains to mark the area’s inhabitation by generations of the al-Turi tribe are the stone graves in the cemetery … The struggle over al-‘Araqib has played out many times before in other Negev locations since Israel’s founding in 1948. Then, and in the early years of state building, all but 11,000 of the Negev’s population of 90,000 Bedouin were expelled to Egypt, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank.

Attempts to erase history and culture

East Jerusalem school textbooks are a war of words

LATimes 24 Oct — Israel says some passages incite violence. Parents and teachers are incensed …Two sets of textbooks are vying for the formative minds of thousands of Palestinian students in Arabic-language schools in East Jerusalem. One was written by the Palestinian Authority, and the other is a revised version reprinted by Israeli authorities. It’s a textbook war that underscores the long-running battle of narratives in the Mideast conflict, where the fight over the future is often rooted in understanding of the past, and schoolbooks can play a critical role .. Palestinian parents, teachers and officials, however, say Israel’s edits are politically motivated, essentially erasing all references and symbols relating to Palestinian identity, history and nationalism. [See also Jalal Abukhater’s article cited in Monday’s list],0,216250,full.story


PA: Settlers prevent farmers from harvesting olives

NABLUS (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — PA settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas said villagers in Huwwara were prevented from accessing their land near the notorious Yitzhar settlement south of Nablus, despite having approved coordination between Israeli authorities, the official news agency Wafa reported.

Jewish settlers burnt or uprooted 7,500 olive trees in 9 months

RAMALLAH (PIC) 26 Oct — Jewish settlers burnt or uprooted 7500 Palestinian olive trees in the first nine month of 2011, a report by the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in the occupied territories (OCHA) said on Tuesday. The report documents the damage of thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural fields cultivated with olives. It said that Palestinians’ access to their olive fields near 55 settlements in the West Bank was limited to certain periods in the year and in the presence of Israeli occupation forces. It noted that the Israelis turn down 40% of requests by Palestinian farmers to ‘visit’ their fields located beyond the separation wall.
Link to Palestinian Information Center

‘Price tag amounts to terrorism’

Ynet 25 Oct — Outgoing Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brigadier-General Nitzan Alon warns against ‘growing extremist margins of Israeli public’  … The Samaria and Binyamin settlement councils welcomed Alon’s departure. “His flaccid policy towards Arab rioters, the statements that show a clearly leftist world-view and the war on Jewish settlement have caused a great rift and a credibility crisis between the army and the settlers,” they said in a statement.,7340,L-4139064,00.html

Palestinian, Israeli videos offer conflicting views of East Jerusalem assault

Haaretz 25 Oct — Palestinian video shows a man subduing a boy throwing rocks, while Jewish video shows boy and other children vandalizing a house with rocks and iron rods.

Israeli forces

Four-year-old girl shot in neck next to wall in Anata

PNN 27 Oct — Shortly after noon on Wednesday, a four-year-old Palestinian girl named Asil Arara was shot in the neck by Israeli troops near her village of Anata, northeast of Jerusalem. A PNN reporter in Jerusalem said the shot was fired from the nearby Anatot army training camp toward Arara’s home, which lies next to the wall separating Anata from Jerusalem. Medical sources in al-Makased Hospital in Jerusalem told PNN that Arara was “seriously wounded” and described her condition as “dangerous.” Arara, they said, was in danger of paralysis as a result of the injury.

4-year-old ‘critically injured’ after shooting

BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — A young Palestinian girl was shot late Tuesday in an incident near Israel’s separation wall near the Anata district in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian and Israeli officials said Wednesday. The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear. The family has blamed Israel’s army but an Israeli military official denied involvement in the girl’s injury … The girl’s family, of the Bedouin community, resides in the Anata area near an Israeli army camp, the Palestinian Government Media Center said in a statement on Wednesday.

House demolished, trees uprooted in Anata

PNN 25 Oct — On Tuesday, Israeli forces demolished a 120-square foot house in the village of Anata, northeast of Jerusalem, as well as uprooted trees and removed barbed wires placed on village land. A group of Israeli soldiers entered the village from the northeast and imposed a military blockade of the village before it began demolitions. According to Palestinian official news wire Wafa, the Israeli forces claimed that the Palestinian buildings were illegally constructed in an Israeli area.

Israeli police target Sheikh Jarrah store for hanging posters of Erdogan

Mondoweiss 25 Oct — For the past year Palestinian store owner Azzam Maraka has been displaying posters of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in his store windows near the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Today Israeli police arrived for the fifth time since the posters were hung to fine Mr. Maraka 475 Israeli shekels (equivalent to approximately 130 US dollars) totaling 2375 shekels (~$650) to date.

Israel police close ‘Hamas, PFLP’ offices in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AFP) 26 Oct — Israeli police said on Tuesday they had closed down two offices in occupied East Jerusalem which were allegedly being used by Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine … The office which was allegedly being used by Hamas was in the northern Dahiyat al-Barid neighborhood, while the premises being used by the PFLP were located in Shu‘fat, police said. But Khaled Zabarqa, who runs Jerusalem for Development, a local housing association which is based in the Dahiyat al-Barid office, said he was “surprised” by the move and denied the organization had any ties with Hamas … Israel took over the eastern sector of the city during the 1967 Six Day War and has since banned any Palestinian activity there deemed as “political.”


UN official calls on Israel to end the blockade of Gaza

MEMO 26 Oct — A senior United Nations official has called on the Israeli government to lift the siege that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip for five years. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe told a Security Council meeting on the Middle East and the Palestine Issue that the prisoner exchange agreement should lead to further steps towards ending the closure of Gaza

Egypt releases 6 Palestinians

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday released six Palestinians who had been detained for illegally entering Egypt without permits.Palestinian sources told Ma‘an that six men from Rafah and Khan Younis in southern Gaza were returned to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing.

Grad rocket fired from Gaza Strip explodes near Ashdod

JPost 26 Oct — No injuries but several suffer from shock; sirens heard in cities north of Ashdod; IDF force near Efrat hit earlier by roadside bomb, causing no injuries; rocket attack is first since Schalit deal.

Detention / Court actions

Israeli punishments against prisoners escalate after swap deal: report

RAMALLAH (WAFA) 26 Oct — The Israeli punishments and arbitrary measures against Palestinian prisoners have significantly escalated following the completion of the first phase of the prisoners’ swap deal, according to a report published on Wednesday. The report, published by the Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs, said that the solitary confinement policy against prisoners, which is considered one of the most dangerous Israeli policies against prisoners, is still carried out by the prisons’ administration and did not end; almost 20 prisoners are still detained in solitary confinement, some of them have been there for several years. Shirin Iraqi, one of the ministry’s lawyers, said that the legal adviser of the Israeli prisons’ administration closed the canteen accounts for 28 prisoners and their families can no longer pay for the canteen. The report pointed out that Gazan prisoners are still awaiting family visits since more than five years, although the Israeli pretext, Gilad Shalit issue, to prevent family visits no longer exists after the prisoner’s swap deal.

Israel releases Palestinian child after 5 months

JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 25 Oct — Israeli authorities released on Tuesday Omar Jaradat, 11, from Saeer village north of Hebron after five months in the Israeli prison Ofer. He also paid a 5,000-shekel fine. Israeli forces tried to forbid people who were waiting for the child near the checkpoint from welcoming him and tried to remove Palestinian flags that were on cars near the checkpoint. The released prisoner spoke of harsh conditions inside the jails. He said that as winter approaches, there are few clothes for the prisoners and the authorities prevent families from providing them.

Israeli intelligence kidnaps 7 family members of detained Jerusalemite MP

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 25 Oct — Israeli occupation forces and intelligence agents broke into the home of detained Jerusalemite MP Ahmed Attoun in Sur Baher village and took away seven of his relatives including two brothers … He said that the police forces detained five of Attoun’s cousins, adding that an intelligence officer told him that they had a list of names of his family to be arrested but did not give reasons for the arrest. The father charged that the Israeli occupation authority wanted to spoil the family’s joy with the release of one of Attoun’s brothers in the recent prisoners’ exchange deal.
Link to Palestinian Information Center

Israel detains released prisoner

JERUSALEM (WAFA) 26 Oct – Israeli forces Tuesday night detained Samer Issawi, a released Palestinian prisoner in the latest swap, according to a WAFA correspondent. Israeli police arrested Issawi at a checkpoint near Issawiya, an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem, and detained him for 13 hours in al-Muskubiya, the detention center in the Russian compound in West Jerusalem, before releasing him.

Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians overnight

BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — Israeli forces detained 19 people across the West Bank overnight Tuesday, witnesses and the army said.  An Israeli military spokeswoman said the 19 Palestinians were taken for security questioning … The prisoner rights group Addameer estimates that Israel has jailed 650,000 Palestinians since 1967.

[UK] Immigration Tribunal rejects Sheikh’s appeal on a sad day for human rights and democracy

MEMO 26 Oct — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The Immigration and Asylum First-Tier Tribunal has rejected the appeal of Sheikh Raed Salah against the decision of the Home Secretary to exclude him from the UK. Yesterday’s judgement (Tuesday 25 October), a court statement said, came down to a balancing act between the public interest and the interests of Sheikh Salah … It is unfortunate that the tone of yesterday’s judgement suggests that Sheikh Raed Salah is being excluding from Britain for being a vocal critic of the state of Israel (of which he is a citizen).

PA sentences Nablus man for collaboration

PNN 25 Oct — …Meanwhile, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, a Palestinian Authority (PA) court sentenced an unnamed man to 10 years in prison for collaborating with the Israeli security service Shabak. The prosecutor in the case told reporters that the collaborator, age 34, had been passing information to the Shabak officer in charge of the Salfit governorate since 2002, after he was imprisoned inside Israel. On his release, the officer gave him an identity card that would let him pass through Israeli checkpoints and a cell phone with 450 NIS on it.

Border cop gets 7.5 years for West Bank checkpoint bribes

JPost 26 Oct — The Jerusalem District Court sentenced border policeman Atta Marai to seven-and-a-half years of imprisonment on Tuesday, following his conviction on 49 counts of bribery and breach of trust and one count of carrying out an act that could spread disease. Marai was also fined NIS 50,000. According to the indictment, 32-year-old Marai had been a border guard for 14 years and at the time of his arrest served as commander of the al-Jib, or Givat Ze’ev, checkpoint. Al-Jib is part of the “Jerusalem envelope” series of checkpoints at various entrances from the West Bank into the capital. Marai, who was convicted under a plea bargain, admitted that, together with two guards and a civilian accomplice, he took bribes from truck drivers to allow them to pass through the checkpoint from the West Bank into Israel without a security check.

Prisoner swaps

In light of Shalit swap, 29 Palestinian women demand Israel return bodies of family members

Haaretz 26 Oct — Since 1967, Israel has held about 180 bodies of Palestinians killed in various clashes, and those of suicide bombers. Most of the bodies are held in a cemetery for enemy combatants, near Adam Bridge in the Jordan Valley.  A decade ago, a number of families petitioned the High Court of Justice demanding the return of Palestinian bodies. At first the state agreed, subject to an identification process. But after Shalit was abducted to the Gaza Strip, the state changed its stance and said the bodies would not be returned for they were bargaining chips in the negotiations for the soldier’s release.

Israeli authorities prevent Al-Rugoob from meeting his released son

IMEMC 25 Oct — The Israeli authorities have prevented Awad Yonis al-Rugoob, 60, from traveling to the Gaza strip to meet his son, who was released in the first phase of the prisoner-swap deal and exiled to Gaza. Al-Rugoob said that heads of the Israeli Intelligence Agency held him for several hours before telling him to go home. He asserted that there is no explicit reason for this, and that he has also been prevented from visiting his son in the Israeli jail for ten years.

Freed prisoner weds after 17-year engagement

JENIN (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — …Thaher Ribhi Qabha was freed from an Israeli jail last week in the prisoner exchange deal but was sent into exile in the Gaza Strip. His bride was still waiting for him in his hometown of Bartaa al-Sharqiya, a village overshadowed by Israel’s separation wall near Jenin in the northern West Bank … Exiled to the Gaza Strip, Thaher couldn’t attend the ceremony but a satellite feed was arranged and he delivered a speech aired on a huge screen in the village park … the bride would join her groom in Gaza, traveling via Jordan and Egypt accompanied by her father and brothers. Fatah secretary Mohammad Saleh Qabha told Ma‘an that Thaher’s mother and his disabled brother had died while he was in prison in Israel.

Israel stopped mother visiting prisoner son for 11 years / Rami Almeghari

EI 25 Oct — “Eid was born on the night of Eid al-Fitr 47 years ago,” Eid Abdallah Misleh’s mother, Umm Eid, explained, referring to the feast marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, “So we named him Eid to be a good omen for our family. This day is also Eid for me, as my son has been released from the Israeli occupation’s jails.” Indeed, it was a celebration for Misleh, back with his mother, his wife Umm Ubaida, his daughters, Shaima, 23, Israa, 21, and his son Ubaida, 19, and many extended family and friends in Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Six days after his release, friends and family continued to flow to Misleh’s home to welcome him back.He had just served almost two decades in the Israeli desert prison in the Negev (Naqab).

IDF to revisit abduction prevention protocol

Ynet 25 Oct — Army to discuss ‘Hannibal Protocol’ which stipulates kidnappings of living soldiers must be prevented at any cost, including endangering captive’s life … The protocol takes into consideration the fact that the captive soldier may be killed, with the guiding principle being that a dead soldier is better than a kidnapped soldier in the eyes of the State of Israel which will be forced to pay a heavy price for the captive. In practice, each commander gives his own interpretation of the order to his men. On the eve of Operation Cast Lead, for example, a Golani battalion commander told his soldiers that if they find themselves in danger of being kidnapped they must blow themselves up using a grenade …Gantz will be forced to form a clear and unified policy next week which will no doubt prompt a public discussion. Meanwhile IDF officials stressed that the protocol will not be changed but procedures will be revisited to prevent any misunderstandings.,7340,L-4138915,00.html

‘Hannibal’ policy: Israel’s plan to kill its own soldiers / Jonathan Cook

National 26 Oct — …Amid all the self-congratulation, it was easy to overlook the army’s view of the Shalit deal. Its commanders were not only downcast, but, it seems, determined to use drastic military means to ensure there was not a repeat of the event. Not least, they appear to be reviving the so-called “Hannibal procedure”, the Israeli army’s dirtiest secret … The procedure was supposedly ended in 2003, after its existence came to light inadvertently when a media report slipped past the military censor. But few observers believe it was ever rescinded in practice. The circumstances in which two Israeli soldiers died following their capture by Hizbollah in 2006, triggering that year’s Lebanon war, have never been satisfactorily explained.

Teens: Don’t exchange terrorists for our freedom

Ynet 25 Oct —  A week after Gilad Shalit’s return from captivity, dozens of spirited teens signed a petition opposing the release of terrorists — even in the event that they themselves become prisoners of war …  The future IDF soldiers note in the letter that they would agree to a prisoner swap, if it was done in accordance with international conventions that call for one POW to be exchanged for another.  Moreover, the teens demand the state downgrade terrorists’ imprisonment conditions.,7340,L-4138946,00.html

Saudi cleric offers cash for Israel soldier kidnap

DUBAI (Reuters) 26 Oct — A prominent Saudi cleric has offered to pay $100,000 to any Palestinian who kidnaps an Israeli soldier, according to his Facebook page. Awad al-Qarni said he had made the offer in response to a similar reward promised by an Israeli family for anyone who catches the person who killed one of its members in 1998, following the exchange this month of more than 1,000 prisoners for a captive Israeli soldier. “The media reported the news of the Zionist occupiers paying a huge sum to anyone who killed the freed Palestinian prisoners,” Qarni, who is well known in Saudi Arabia for his outspoken views but is not part of the official clerical establishment, said on his Facebook page.

Cabinet approves Grapel deal

Ynet 25 Oct — Political-Security Cabinet unanimously approves release of 25 Egyptian prisoners in return for Israeli-American citizen. Swap to be held Thursday under heavy security; Grapel to meet family in Eilat,7340,L-4139050,00.html

Grapel deal: Drug dealers and infiltrators

Ynet 25 Oct — Prison Service publishes online list of 25 Egyptian inmates to be freed in exchange for release of US-Israeli citizen. Most prisoners arrested for drug smuggling, trafficking and infiltrating into Israel,7340,L-4139159,00.html

Solidarity / Aid

French musicians play ‘Music beyond Walls’ in Palestine

PNN 26 Oct — The French musical group Swing Gadje rounded up a successful two-week visit to Palestine with ten performances, including a show in Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp … Agatha Mary, who coordinated the visit, told PNN that the visit was themed “Music Beyond Walls,” a message to the world that the Palestinians are living civilized lives despite difficulties imposed by the occupation, wall, and settlements … The visit was not just about official performances, Mary said, but included training sessions for children, many of whom have no experience in music.

UNDP, Germany inaugurate new classrooms in Beit Jala

BEIT JALA (WAFA) 26 Oct — The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the German government Tuesday inaugurated seven new classrooms in the Talitha Kumi co-educational secondary school in Beit Jala near Bethlehem, said a press release by the UNDP


Rutgers students stand up for Mideast peace

9 Mar — After weeks of tension among Rutgers University students over the Israeli-Palestinian issue, students came together at two events in a spirit of dialogue, acceptance — and laughter. On March 1, four young Israelis — one black, one Arab, one gay, and one lesbian — gathered in New Brunswick to speak about minority rights in Israel.

Political / Diplomatic / International news

Palestinians: No renewed talks unless Israel accepts preconditions

DPA 26 Oct — Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat calls on Quartet to ‘explain, in practical terms’ how renewed negotiations will differ from past failed attempts.

As Quartet tries to renew Israel-Palestinian talks, Lieberman steps up attack on Abbas

Haaretz 26 Oct — Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s office released on Wednesday a document to dozens of foreign embassies, saying Palestinian President is the main obstacle to the peace process. The release of the document comes as the Quartet representatives are holding talks in Jerusalem and in Ramallah in an effort to renew  negotiations. Liebermancalled Abbas the “greatest obstacle” to regional order, telling reporters in Jerusalem it would be a “blessing” if the Palestinian leader were to resign.

Fatah lawmaker: Lieberman’s remarks threaten Abbas’ life

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — Fatah lawmaker Faysel Abu Shahla on Wednesday said the Israeli foreign minister’s comments urging the removal of Mahmoud Abbas threatened the president’s life. Avigdor Lieberman told reporters in Jerusalem on Monday: “If there is one obstacle that should be removed immediately, it is (Abbas).” …  Abu Shahla said in a statement that Lieberman’s comments reflected arrogance in Israeli thinking, which he said was based on assassinations and terror. He added that Israel had assassinated dozens of Palestinian leaders in the past and urged leaders to take threats seriously … Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Tuesday also considered Lieberman’s comments a public call to kill the president, the official news agency Wafa reported.

Nimr Hamad: Lieberman has a ‘thuggish, animal’ mentality

PNN 25 Oct — Nimr Hamad, the political adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks from a “thuggish mentality.” The comment comes as a response to Lieberman’s statement that Mahmoud Abbas is an obstacle to the peace process and he must be removed. Hamad said Lieberman’s statements represent how Israel is governed: with “a thuggish and aggressive mentality.” Hamad said he was sorry that Israel chose someone like Lieberman to represent it.

Shin Bet ex-chief defends Abbas

Forward 26 Oct — Former Shin Bet security service director Yuval Diskin defended Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, saying that Abbas is against terrorism. “[Abbas] is against terrorism, although not because he loves us,” Diskin told a student conference in southern Israel.

Palestinians seek UNESCO vote despite US opposition

RAMALLAH (Reuters) 26 Oct — The Palestinian delegation will seek a vote on the bid for full membership of UNESCO on Oct. 30, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Wednesday, despite US threats to pull funding from the UN cultural agency. The initiative is part of a push, opposed by the United States, for recognition as a state in the UN system — a move the PLO hopes will strengthen its standing vis-à-vis Israel.

Sha‘ath to PNN: Rumors of PA dissolution not true

PNN 27 Oct — On Wednesday, Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Nabil Sha‘ath spoke to PNN and denied rumors that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was willing to dissolve the Palestinian Authority (PA) … Sha‘ath talked about the upcoming meeting of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, which will be held on Wednesday evening in the presidential residence in Ramallah. Many issues will be discussed, Sha‘ath said, such as “after September” initiatives, but dissolution of the PA was not one of them. Sha‘ath said the second item on the agenda would be national unity and the reconciliation agreement with Hamas.

DFLP: Egypt to increase reconciliation efforts after Eid

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — A member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Wednesday that Egypt would increase efforts to implement a Palestinian reconciliation deal after Eid al-Adha. Saleh Zeidan told Ma‘an that Egyptian mediation efforts would increase after the religious holiday, with the country planning to meet Palestinian factions separately to discuss different means to implement a deal.

Azerbaijan wins Security Council seat

BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — The UN General Assembly on Monday elected Azerbaijan to a two-year term on the Security Council, joining Pakistan, Morocco, Guatemala and Togo as the five new non-permanent members of the most powerful UN body … Analysts say the new structure of the council is more likely to yield to US pressure over the Palestinian bid for full UN membership, particularly Guatemala and Togo who replaced Brazil and Nigeria. Azerbaijan is considered more vulnerable to the US pressure than its predecessor on the council Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite being an Islamic country.

Barghouthi: South Africa familiar with Israel’s apartheid policy

BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — South Africa’s support of the Palestinian UN bid stems from its familiarity with Israel’s apartheid policy in Palestine, Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi said Wednesday. South Africa on Tuesday threw its weight behind Palestine’s bid to become a full member of the United Nations and called on the international body to settle the bid quickly.

Israel downplays Turkey quake aid as salve for ties

JERUSALEM (Reuters) 26 Oct — Israel’s help for earthquake-struck Turkey is a humanitarian gesture with limited prospects of rebuilding ties between the former allies, Israeli officials said on Wednesday. Responding to an international appeal by Ankara following Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude quake that killed more than 400 people and forced thousands to flee their homes in the eastern Van province, Israel planned to fly out a small number of prefabricated homes and said it could ship hundreds more by sea.

Report: Germany rethinks submarine sales to Israel

TEL AVIV (Ma‘an) 26 Oct — Germany is reconsidering its decision to sell Israel a sixth “Dolphin” class submarine, Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Wednesday. According to a report in Ynet, a news service connected to the newspaper, the move was prompted by the tensions between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Top political sources” say Merkel is fed up with Netanyahu

Other news

PA armored personnel carriers, gifted from Russia, languish in Jordan

PNN 26 Oct — Fifty armored personal carriers (APCs) intended as a gift from Russia to the Palestinian Authority remain in Jordan after more than a year since their initial delivery. Russia first announced its intention to provide the APCs, along with 2 Mi-17 transport helicopters, to Palestine in December of 2005. Israel agreed to the deal on the condition that all machine guns be removed from the APCs, but despite Russia’s acquiescence, Israel has continued to block the final delivery of the equipment to Palestine.

World Bank insures Palestinian investors

BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 24 Oct — A World Bank fund announced on Monday it will give investment guarantees to a Palestinian consortium to help inject $15 million into date palm farms in Jericho.

Minister: 9,200 Palestinian pilgrims in Mecca

MECCA (Ma‘an) 25 Oct — Some 9,200 Palestinian pilgrims from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have arrived in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage, the Palestinian Authority’s religious affairs minister said Tuesday. Mahmoud Habbash told reporters in Mecca that the ministry was able to successfully take the pilgrimage for the third year under the slogan “One Palestine” with participants from both enclaves … more Palestinians have been able to join this year because 2,000 of them were sponsored by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

For Palestinians on pilgrimage to Mecca, permits are not guaranteed

PNN 25 Oct — Ahmed Hamamreh, deported in 2002 after the siege of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, has not seen his mother in nine years. This year, they had planned a memorable reunion in Saudi Arabia for Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca — but they were turned back by ‘technical problems’ … Back in Palestine, red tape prevents even more Palestinians from going on Hajj. Umm Ashraf Abu Sroor, the mother of a prisoner, cried over her luck because she applied for a Hajj permit only to have her request postponed and postponed until the Palestinian Waqf Ministry took her passport and refused to let her leave.

IDF sets up Magic Wand unit

Ynet 26 Oct — After the deployment of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which has provided southern Israel with limited yet efficient protection from Qassam and Grad missiles, the defense establishment is forging ahead with developing the Magic Wand system, designed to thwart mid and long-rage missiles.7,7340,L-4139576,00.html

Only 2% of Jewish Israelis consider emigration ‘reasonable’, new survey shows

Haaretz 25 Oct …According to the survey, conducted by the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, 44 percent of Jewish Israelis have never considered emigrating and 35 percent have thought about it “but would never do it.” Intentions to leave the country are higher among younger Israelis and decrease with age, the survey found. Only 4 percent of citizens older than 60 are considering emigration as a viable option, compared with 31 percent in the 18 to 29 age group.

Analysis / Opinion

Aish Kodesh setters brutally attacked peace activists, now accuse them of inciting serial Jewish murder / Richard Silverstein

Tikun Olam 25 Oct — Tonight we’ll view the sick, twisted and sociopathic mind of Isra’Holy Fire’) who brutally assaulted the 61 year-old A. whom I profiled in a post earlier today, breaking his fingers, ribs and stealing several thousands dollars worth of personal property. A. has filed a police complaint and demanded they investigate the crimes.  Not that this will matter much regarding the outcome, which is always virtual

A chance for Hamas to find friends outside of Damascus / Salman Shaikh

ly the same: nothing happens. Now, we see in the far-right nationalist Israeli media, the settler counter-attack against the peace activists, whose real crime was joining with Palestinian farmers to harvest their olive trees.  The charge levelled by the settlers is that the protesters are ‘anarchists’ who are really spies on behalf of Palestinian terrorists, whose plan is to commit a terror attack against Aish Kodesh like the murders of the Fogel family committed in Itamar.

A chance for Hamas to find friends outside of Damascus / Salman Shaikh

National 26 Oct — …As the growing influence of Egypt demonstrates, Hamas-Syrian relations are increasingly being shaped by other actors. Under the weight of a range of regional pressures, and given the new narrative of the Arab Awakenings, Hamas has found it difficult to chart an independent political course over the past few months. It was no coincidence therefore that Turkey and Qatar took nearly two-thirds of the 42 Palestinian prisoners exiled abroad in the Shalit prisoner swap deal. Both countries have emerged as independently minded regional powers that balance relations with Islamists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, and the United States.

Book review– Exploring the diversity of Palestinian identity / Mya Guarnieri

Ma‘an 26 Oct — …which voices are we still not hearing? What are their stories? What unites — and divides — the sometimes mutually antagonistic voices across their society as a whole? Who are these people, the Palestinians? Arthur Neslen’s groundbreaking new book, In Your Eyes a Sandstorm: Ways of Being Palestinian, has some answers. A collection of 51 in-depth interviews of Palestinians from all walks of life













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Dear Friends

I thank those individuals and organizations who have come forward on my

behalf. There is an important principle involved in this case and we

must fight the attempt to confuse criticism of Israel and defense of the

Palestinian human rights with anti-semitism. Anti-semitism like

Islamophobia and Homophobia and all other forms of discrimination must

be condemned.


I have now received 41 letters of support from Jewish academics and

activists. This includes a letter of support from  Independent Jewish

Voices ( Canada ), a United Jewish Peoples Order and from Not In Our Name

(NION). I have also received a support letter from 15 other prominent

activists and authors who are not Jewish. This includes a letter from a

Judge in Portugal .


As noted in my previous email I have also received letters of support

from the editors of Middle East Policy, Dissident Voice and of course

Jewish Outlook. I am expecting several more such letters from other

publishers. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)

have also written a powerful letter addressing the issue of

“anti-semitism” and Palestinian human rights.


I have distributed a statement of support from Israeli lawyer Henry

Lowi, Professor Noam Chomsky , a letter from The Editor of Outlook, and a

letter from Professor Norton Mezvinsky, Distinguished Connecticut State

University Professor of History (Emeritus) and President, International

Council for Middle East Studies, Washington , D.C.


Attached below is Professor Richard Falk’s letter of support. He is the

UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine and the Milbank Professor

of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University and since 2002

Visiting Distinguished Professor, Global Studies , University of

California at Santa Barbara


More letters are need to make an overwhelmingly strong legal case that

criticism of Israel or Zionism or defending Palestinian human rights is

not anti-semitic. I would like to have 50 letters of support written by

Jewish critics of Israel ‘s policies who do not equate criticism of

Israel‘s policies or of Zionism with anti-semitism.


As noted in my previous update I have now received the Defendant’s list

of witnesses.  The list includes the defendant; Clayton C. Ruby, a well

known Civil Liberties lawyer and member of the Law Union of Ontario;

Windsor Lawyer Victoria Cross also a member of the Law Union and who is

active with the NDP; and Winnipeg lawyer David Matas who is the senior

legal counsel of B’nai Brith Canada .


My witnesses include a leading Jewish academic, a prominent Jewish

activist and another prominent academic who has published a book

critiquing the so called “new anti-semitism” who have agreed to testify

on my behalf in the law suit. I have also approached a number of other

individuals to give testimony.


This case will be a precedent setting legal decision on the question “is

criticism of Israel or Zionism anti-Semitic.” With David Matas, and

B’nai Brith, weighing in on the case it is clear the Defense intend to

argue that other than trivial matters criticizing Israel is anti-Semitic.


In their Statement of Defense, in my opinion, they could not produce

anything of substance that indicated that I had written any articles or

said anything even remotely anti-semitic.


The vast majority of my articles published on the Israel-Palestine issue

has been quoting Jewish and Israeli authors in defense of Palestinian

human rights. Quoting Jewish writers can hardly be considered

anti-semitic. The rest of my published articles are on Immigration and

refugee issues or other political matters.


If this allegation of anti-semitism is not refuted in a libel action it

will stand against me in terms of my public and professional career. If

not withdrawn by the Defendant or deemed libelous and defamatory by the

Court the charge of anti-semitism can be leveled at any person who

criticizes Israel , or anyone who posts articles critical of Israel on a

list serve or who tries to publicly defend Palestinian human rights.


The charge of anti-semitism, as you all know, is the big stick that

right-wing Zionists and uncritical supporters of Israel ‘s government’s

policies use to suppress criticism of Israel and Zionism and attack

those who defend Palestinian human rights. Even Jews are attacked in

this manner or they are called self-hating Jews for supporting

Palestinian human rights.


Resources legal and financial are going to be very important in deciding

the outcome.  I have received $900 in contributions to help off set the

costs of the law suit and for bringing in expert witnesses to testify on

the subject of anti-antisemitism and Palestinian Human Rights. More

money has been promised.


Much more money will be needed to proceed with this law suit if it

proceeds to court and to win the legal battle and to establish a legal

precedent that criticism of Israel or Zionism is not anti-Semitic. It

will cost a great deal to pay for experts and professional legal

counsel. I am presently in discussions with a prominent legal counsel

about moving the case to a higher court.


I need more letters of support from Jewish academics and activists and

also from others concerned that criticism of Israel policies or

defending Palestinian human rights might be considered anti-Semitic.


If this legal battle is lost it will establish a most unfortunate legal

precedent that will be used to silence criticism of Israel and criticism

of Zionism in Canada and even beyond. It would be a disaster if

defending Palestinian human rights can be attacked as anti-Semitic. Both

electronic and signed hard copies of the letters would be appreciated.

If you send the letter electronically please put “Support Letter” in the

subject line as I am being bombarded by SPAM emails at the present time.


Donation of cash and other in kind support are also needed. Any money

raised will be allocated specifically to cover expenses related to this

case. Checks should be made out to Edward C. Corrigan and marked for

legal case and send to the below address.


If you would like more information on this subject especially to write a

support letter please do not hesitate to contact me. Found below is an

Interview I did for Stan Heller of the Struggle, a well known Jewish

peace activist. Please also read Professor Richard Falk’s letter of

support found below.


Edward C. Corrigan

Barrister & Solicitor

Certified Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration

and Immigration and Refugee Protection

383 Richmond Street, Suite 902

London, Ontario , Canada

N6A 3C4

(tel) 519-439-4015

(fax) 519-439-7657

Toll free 1-800-883-6217


web site


Here is a link to an interview I did on October 26, 2011 with Stan

Heller with The Struggle.


permanently at


I think it came out well


Stan Heller

Here is an electronic copy of Professor Falk’s letter of support.


September 14, 2011


To Whom it May Concern:



I am extremely sorry to hear that you are being unfairly and

outrageously attacked as an anti-Semite. To call you “one of Canada ‘s

worst anti-semites, and idiotic spammers” is, in my opinion, false and



To smear someone who speaks out on behalf of Palestinian human rights as

an anti-Semite is a frequent technique used by extremist Zionists, that

is, those who unconditionally support Israel and defame even the most

responsible critics by charging anti-semitism. I have been myself

targeted by these groups on frequent occasions. In my opinion it is also

a dangerously deceptive tactic to insist that all Jews must show their

total support of Israel and its policies or be labeled as enemies of the

Jewish people.


I have written elsewhere that in my opinion the Palestinians are among

the most victimized peoples in the world. Symbolically, the Palestinian

struggle is one that engages people of conscience everywhere in the

world in a manner that has similarities with the way the anti-apartheid

movement worked effectively to undermine South Africa ’s claims of

sovereignty and legitimacy.


I have met with and read many of Mr. Ed Corrigan ’s articles on Jewish

criticism of Zionism, on refugees and other international matters. I

have received many of his emails, many from the Israeli and Jewish

press. In my opinion there is nothing I have read in these articles or

emails that can in the remotest sense be regarded as anti-semitic by a

responsible and objective person.


The fact that this writing focuses on the many Israelis, and other Jews,

who criticize the policies of past and present Israeli government’s

treatment of the Palestinians actually provides a constructive

contribution to the Jewish community. It helps show the Arab and Muslim

world, and beyond this, the majority of people throughout the World,

that many Jews do not support the inhumane conditions officially imposed

on the Palestinians living as refugees or under occupation.


In my opinion Mr. Corrigan’s contribution to the discussion of the

Israel and Palestine issue is valuable, especially in helping people

understand that to be a Jew is not at all synonymous with being a

Zionist. I would go a step further and say that being a Zionist is far

from synonymous with endorsing the policies of the Israeli state. I have

had several controversies along these lines with Israeli diplomats and

others who want to blur these distinctions by invoking a catchall

‘anti-semitism’ as a response to any criticism of Israel.


It is important to resist a new wave of repressive efforts around the

issue of human rights for the Palestinians in North America. Norman

Finkelstein’s denial of tenure at DePaul and Joel Kovel who lost his

special professorship at Bard College comes to mind. They were attacked

even though both were well-published academics and Jewish. There are

many other cases were academic freedom and free speech has come under

assault and defenders of Palestinian human rights attacked with ugly

smear campaigns.


Former US President Jimmy Carter, former South African President Nelson

Mandela, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, former Irish President Mary Robinson,

former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbor, also a former UN

High Commissioner for Human Rights, and a former Chief Prosecutor of the

International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

and since 2009 serving as President and CEO of the International Crisis

Group, South African apartheid expert John Dugard who served as Special

Rapporteur for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and many

other prominent individuals, have been accused of being anti-semites for

defending Palestinian human rights. Even Judge Richard Goldstone, an

ardent Zionist, was accused of anti-semitism immediately after the

release of the Goldstone Report showed that Israel’s attack on Gaza at

the end of 2008 was carried out in violation of international criminal law.


Many Jews are also attacked as anti-semites, or since they are Jews, as

“self hating Jews,” including the most distinguished MIT professor and

world famous linguist, Noam Chomsky. All of these attacks are attempts

to suppress discussion of the Palestinian issue and to protect Israel

from justified criticism. It is a propaganda technique I have described

as the politics of deflection, attack the messenger to avoid addressing

the message.


In any event, I commend Mr. Corrigan’s willingness to put up a fight

against these attempts to silence him from speaking out or writing on

this most important human rights issue.



Dr. Richard Falk

UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine.

Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University

(since 2002) Visiting Distinguished Professor, Global Studies,

University of California at Santa Barbara



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Bronner lets his hair down– will appear w/ Perle and Bolton on Iran-scare panel hosted by Islamophobic shop

Oct 26, 2011

 Philip Weiss

Eli Clifton reports at Think Progress:

an announcement on the 92nd St. Y’s website shows that [New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan] Bronner is now scheduled to appear on a panel hosted by the Clarion Fund, an Islamophobic organization, to discuss the “threat of a nuclear Iran.”

The invitation, as it appears on the Clarion Fund’s website, reads:

On Monday, November 7, 2011, at 7:30 PM, the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, NY will host a panel discussion about the threat of a nuclear Iran, interspersed with clips from the award-winning documentary Iranium. The panel will be moderated by the film’s director, Alex Traiman, and will be simultaneously broadcasted in over 20 communities throughout the U.S. (details below).

Panelists include:

John R. Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Nazie Eftekhari, Director, Iran Democratic Union
Richard Green, Executive Director, Clarion Fund
Richard Perle, former Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, Bush administration

Soviet-style ‘Foreign Affairs’ stages ‘debate’ on Israel between ’2 senior Israeli officials’ and ‘liberal American Zionist’
Oct 26, 2011

 Philip Weiss

I wish this was a joke, but it’s not. Here’s a portion of an email promoting the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs. The actual articles are here.   The email promotion (emphasis mine):

“The Problem is Palestinian Rejectionism” by Yosef Kuperwasser and Shalom Lipner and “Israel’s Bunker Mentality” by Ronald Krebs A heated debate over the source of Israel’s greatest threat, pitting two senior Israeli officials against a liberal American Zionist, as they lock horns over whether hard-line Palestinians or hard-line Israelis are to blame for the impasse in the peace process.

Isn’t this like ‘pitting’ a ram and a ewe? P.S. Foreign Affairs is edited by Gideon Rose, son of Zionist philanthropist Daniel Rose.

J Street presses division inside Jewish community, blaming neocons for leading ‘charge to war in Iraq’
Oct 26, 2011

Philip Weiss

The other day we reported on an effort by the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League to maintain a Jewish political monolith on Israel– essentially, don’t argue in front of the goyim because it could fracture American support for Israel.

Well interestingly, neither “the left” nor the right in the Jewish community is buying the pledge. They want the fight! This is something I have long pushed for. Unfortunately, it’s a political battle over How Zionist the Jewish Community Will Be– extreme or mild. But it does portend a battle over Zionism itself.

And good for J Street, the “left” in this battle, for foregrounding the right wing’s support for the Iraq war.

J Street has now issued two statements in this battle, lately taking on the neoconservatives as the faction in the Jewish community that pushed the Iraq war and wants a Greater Israel:

There’s a part of our community – represented by the Emergency Committee for Israel – whose supporters led the charge to war in Iraq, who ally with the Christian Zionist movement, and who affiliate with the Tea Party. This part of the community sees nothing wrong with unlimited settlement expansion and no need to actively pursue a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They seem perfectly content to affiliate with those who engage in hate-filled harangues and to demonize Palestinians – and Arabs and Muslims generally – without reservation and to engage in campaigns of smears against their opponents.

There’s another part of our community – for which J Street speaks – that believes that Israel’s security and survival depends on ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a two-state solution and that is deeply committed to American leadership in helping that to happen

And here is the rightwing also declining the pledge, reported by Haaretz:

A couple of days after the pledge landed in the mailboxes of the Jewish activists, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director Matt Brooks issued a combative response, saying: “This effort to stifle debate on U.S. policy toward Israel runs counter to this American tradition. Accordingly, the RJC will not be silenced on this or any issue.”

“An open and vigorous debate on the questions confronting our country is the cornerstone of the American electoral process. Allowing the American people to see where candidates stand, pro and con, on critical issues, is the hallmark of our free and democratic political system. For this reason, the RJC will not be a signer to this pledge,” he concluded.

Emergency Committee for Israel joined the opposition to the pledge with a blunt opening: “You must be kidding” and promised that “this attempt to silence those of us who have “questioned the current administration’s foreign policy approach vis-a-vis Israel” will re-energize us… Directors Harris and Foxman need a refresher course on the virtues of free speech and robust debate in a democracy. Their effort to stifle discussion and debate is unworthy of the best traditions of America, and of Israel.”

Palestine in Oakland
Oct 26, 2011

Adam Horowitz

Woman in a wheelchair tries to escape the tear gas the Oakland Police Department launched upon the protesters. (Photo: Occupy Together)

Last night police in Oakland, California cracked down on protesters in the Occupy Oakland movement in a possibly ominous sign of things to come. Mother Jones reports that law enforcement used rubber bullets, tear gas, and flash-bang grenades to attack the protesters. The tactical similarities to Israel’s treatment of nonviolent Palestinian protesters were obvious to many, but they go deeper than that. Max Blumenthal writes the Oakland police used many of the same weapons:

The police repression on display in Oakland reminded me of tactics I witnessed the Israeli army employ against Palestinian popular struggle demonstrations in occupied West Bank villages like Nabi Saleh, Ni’lin and Bilin. So I was not surprised when I learned that the same company that supplies the Israeli army with teargas rounds and other weapons of mass suppression is selling its dangerous wares to the Oakland police. The company is Defense Technology, a Casper, Wyoming based arms firm that claims to “specialize in less lethal technology” and other “crowd management products.” Defense Tech sells everything from rubber-coated teargas rounds that bounce in order to maximize gas dispersal to 40 millimeter “direct impact” sponge rounds to “specialty impact” 12 gauge rubber bullets.

Poet Amirah Mizrahi made a similar connection in a piece she wrote for the Occupy Writersseries:

oakland, 25 october 2011

I. second person present

when you are there
nothing else
is real.

tear gas makes you calm
a warm comfortable room
is disorienting

the shaking you feel
is each cell rising up
to protest with you
each person marching
is a cell
in the blood stream
of resistance flowing

is a vein

II. first person past

i was wadi salib 1959
i was musrara 1971
i was palestine in oakland
like never before i was
all the places
in all the radical histories
i know and don’t know

i heard a trumpet in a marching band
play a tune i recognized
bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
clapping hands marching feet i gave
away shirts as scarves
to shield faces

today i was a time
place comma date
that some day some one will be
when she is again marching
in the streets and
knowing history
holding it

III. future perfect

there is a moment of realization
that a new world
is on the horizon we
work hard for her
slowly, painfully we

that there is still work
to be done tomorrow we
go home, wash
tear gas out
of our hair
clean our wounds
each other’s wounds

we remind each other:
love yourself
& build
for tomorrow.

How far will these connections resonate with the broader Occupy Together movement? Blumenthal ends:

Some Occupy Wall Street activists have argued that Palestine must remain segregated from the movement’s agenda. It is a distraction from the essential economic issues that drive the protests, they say, and turns the majority of Americans off. But the issue is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid now that the protesters are confronted with the very same weapons Israel uses to crush unarmed Palestinian resistance.

Jennifer Rubin’s fast track to intolerance
Oct 26, 2011

Philip Weiss

At Politico, here  is a Ben Smith profile of Jennifer Rubin, the intolerant neoconservative blogger at the Washington Post. She is 49 and never worked in journalism till 2007. Fast track. Before then she worked for Hollywood studios. And then, of course, she worked for Commentary. Smith doesn’t mention that part. He does have this. Helpful:

She planned to be the perfect suburban PTA mom, if with an intense and combative interest in foreign affairs and politics in general, and in Israel in particular – the sole bumper sticker on her gray Honda Pilot reads, “JERUSALEM IS NOT A SETTLEMENT. It’s Israel’s Eternal And Undivided Capital.” …

She emerged as a leading voice, in particular, of pro-Israel Republicans like Standard editor Bill Kristol and his protegés who view the interests of the United States and of Israel’s hawkish government as almost identical and who view any public suggestion of difference between them as a dangerous.

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Jewish groups: Don’t slam Obama over Israel

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WASHINGTON – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), two of the most prominent Jewish-American organizations in the United States, on Sunday issued a joint “pledge” calling on Jewish and Israel groups not to criticize President Obama’s record on Israel.

The “National Pledge for Unity on Israel,” aims to promote bipartisan support for Israel while preventing the Jewish State from becoming a wedge issue in the upcoming campaign season.

However, not all Jewish organizations supported the bid, The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) Chairman William Kristol saying his organization will not be signing the pledge.

“Here’s the Emergency Committee for Israel’s answer to Directors Abe Foxman and David Harris: You must be kidding,” Kristol wrote in a statement.

“Indeed, this attempt to silence those of us who have ‘questioned the current administration’s foreign policy approach vis-a-vis Israel’  
will re-energize us. Nor, incidentally, should those who support the administration’s approach to Israel be bashful about making their case. Directors Harris and Foxman need a refresher course on the virtues of free speech and robust debate in a democracy. Their effort to stifle discussion and debate is unworthy of the best traditions of America, and of Israel,” he stated

According to ADL National Director Abe Foxman and AJC Executive Director David Harris, the initiative stems from the Jewish community’s “strong interest in ensuring that American support for Israel is one of the critical strategic issues that unites rather than divides parties and officials.”

‘Don’t turn Israel into political issue’

In an interview with Ynet, Foxman explained the move, saying he was the first to criticize President Obama for anything ranging from the United States’ policy toward the settlements to the administration’s treatment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Foxman noted that it’s one thing to criticize his policy and a completely different matter to turn Israel into an internal political issue.

In the joint statement issued by the organizations, Foxman and Harris noted that “US. – Israel friendship should never be used as a political wedge issue. At a time when Israel is confronting new dangers and challenges in a fast changing Middle East, the United States must continue to project to the world the solid support of the American people and their elected representatives for Israel’s rights and quest for peace and security.”

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Shalit was not beaten while in captivity


Zionist Gilad Shalit,  held hostage in the Gaza Strip for more than five years, did not face violence while in captivity, an official from the Palestinian Hamas movement said Wednesday.

For most the period of his captivity, the conditions under which Shalit was held were good, Salah al-Arouri, a senior member of Hamas  movement’s Damascus-based leadership in exile, told Arab Radio.

He said he was allowed to watch television and listen to the radio for most of the period, and at times would even talk and “laugh” with his captors.

Al-Arouri is one of the four Hamas members who negotiated Shalit’s release.

Jailed by Zionist in the past for orchestrating armed attacks against Zio-Nazi regime, he spoke in almost fluent Hebrew, but with a heavy Arabic accent.

Hamas’ political leadership, aware of the asset the soldier was for the Islamist movement ruling Gaza, had instructed Shalit’s captors not to harm him.

“The situation, for most of the period it was good,” al-Aurori said.

“Nobody hit him,” he said.

Asked why Shalit emerged malnourished, pale and weak, he said it was because of the mental stress of his captivity, being allowed no visits or contacts with his family or the outside world.

Shalit had coped mentally with ups and downs, al-Aurori said.

“Sometimes he would think of his family,” he said. “That is a difficult situation.”

Shalit was released last weak in exchange for 477 Palestinian. Another 550 Palestinians jailed in Zio-Nazi camps are to be released in some two months, under the deal mediated by Egypt.

Shalit himself has as revealed little about his captivity, saying only that conditions were tough at first and then gradually improved, especially during the final years.

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