Sunday, September 30, 2007

Headlines for 09-29-07

Iranian lawmakers label U.S. troops and CIA as "terrorist" "They (the U.S. army and the CIA) support Israel's state terrorism in its crackdown on Palestinian and Lebanese people, trained Al-Qaida and Taliban and established secret prisons in Europe, torture prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib," added the statement.

Portugal warns of impact of failure at Mideast conference

Army invades Hussan village; three youth injured

Egypt lets stranded militants return to Gaza: Hamas

Hamas slams Abbas speech before General Assembly as "factional"

Israel fears PA taking tougher stance prior to summit

Israel FM tells Abbas to be 'realistic' over timeframe Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has cautioned Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to be "realistic" about the prospects for Middle East peace, an Israeli newspaper reported on Saturday.

Nine injured in the weekly non violent protest at Bil'in

Anti-Iran Hawks Win Partial Victory in Congress ** its huge margin of approval, which some observers said was boosted by this week's controversial visit to New York by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, helped demonstrate once again how responsive members of both major parties are to the so-called "Israel Lobby," which has made the sanctions bill its top legislative priority this year......the first call for cross-border attacks on Iranian targets was made by the Senate's "independent" Democrat, Joseph Lieberman, who is regarded as particularly close to the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)......As introduced, the amendment, which, according to several Capitol Hill sources, was drafted by AIPAC, actually went considerably further, deploying language that some senators argued could be interpreted as authorizing war against Iran.

The Teflon Alliance with Israel In their book on the lobby, Mearsheimer and Walt provide overwhelming evidence for an Israeli link to the war that completely undermines the public myths revived by Wilkerson's and Greenspan's statements, and they build a convincing case against the notion that the war was "all about oil." They are the first who have done the extensive research necessary to bring the mountain of evidence together. KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON are former CIA officials.

U.S. gives anti-terror funds to mostly Jewish non-profit groups That Jewish organizations received the bulk of the funding does not mean there are new or heightened threats against Jewish Americans, the department said. ....."It is no secret that Jewish communities are targets, whether in the United States or in Israel," said a former FBI agent who works in counterterror. He spoke on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorized to speak publicly in his new government post.

Israel News Agency Discovers Nazi Sex Video On YouTube "The Israel News Agency often patrols the Web for Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel content. When we find it we immediately report it to the Website and or Internet Service Provider which carries the content," said Joel Leyden, publisher and editor in chief of the INA. If the content carries direct death threats we report it to the FBI and to Israel security forces. We trust that the content is not taken down immediately but rather analyzed as to it's source and those who subscribe to it are unmasked by legal, justice and security organizations."

Why Did Israel Attack Syria? ** before an attack on Iran could be countenanced, Hezbollah in Lebanon had to be destroyed and Syria at the very least cowed. The plan was to isolate Tehran on these two other hostile fronts before going in for the kill. Israel's attack on Lebanon was a prelude to an attack on Iran.

Play highlights witness of Christians in Palestine During a visit to the Holy Land to meet members of the Palestinian Christian community, Riding Lights received a clear message: ?Pray for us, visit us, tell our story.?

Liberty Survivors Reply to Cristol's Arizona Republic Screed of July 17, 2007

The Man Behind the Iran Curtain When asked for a one-word answer ? "yes or no" ? as to whether his government desired the "destruction of Israel as a Jewish state", Ahmadinejad responded: "And then you want the answer the way you want to hear it. Well, this isn't really a free flow of information... I'm asking you, is the Palestinian issue not an international issue of prominence or not? Please tell me, yes or no." His answer received laughter and applause.

Israel hails end of British academics' boycott threat Israel welcomed on Saturday a decision by Britain's main academics' trade union to end a threatened boycott of Israeli universities following legal advice that it would be unlawful.

Syria sees warmongering in Israeli sortie Syria accused Israel of staging a strategic air raid to prepare international opinion for a future war between the countries.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Headlines for 09-28-07

Army prevents Sheikh al Tamimi from reaching Jerusalem

RELEASE: Settlers enter village in the South Hebron Hills, assault On September 23rd, shortly before sundown, ten Israeli settlers entered the
village of Tuba in the South Hebron Hills. The settlers threw stones,
hitting a woman and her adult son. Settlers remained in the village for
about an hour. Israeli partners called police at 5:30pm to report the
incident. Police did not arrive in Tuba until 7:30pm after the settlers had
already left.

Hamas says well prepared for any Israeli incursion into Gaza

Khalid calls for unity Tayseer Khalid, member of the Executive committee of the PLO and of the political office of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, on Thursday denounced the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip which have killed several residents and injured others.

Peaceful demonstration at al-Walaja village

Palestinians committed to peace meeting: Abbas

Police flood Jerusalem amid unrest fears Israel deployed 4,000 police throughout Jerusalem on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, preparing for a possible backlash from Gaza strikes earlier in the week, police said.

PLO factions, Islamic Jihad, issue a statement on Israel?s decision declaring Gaza a ?hostile entit Palestinian factions that are part of the umbrella of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Islamic Jihad movement in the Gaza Strip issued a press release slamming the Israeli decision considering the Gaza Strip as a hostile entity, and stated that this decision is a declaration of war against the Gaza Strip.

Jets scrambled toward Syrian aircraft For the second time in less than a week, IAF fighter jets were scrambled to the northern border on Thursday after radar systems picked up Syrian helicopters making their way towards Israel. Israelis seem to be looking for a fight.

Rachel Corrie: Staging a protest "Openly debating U.S.-supported Israeli policy is a major taboo in our society," said playwright Jason Grote, whose "1001" premiered at the Denver Center Theatre Company in January.

Corrie's global conscience surfaced early

Bedouin struggle for land in Israel desert

India supports Palestine's struggle for homeland Mukherjee and Abbas recalled India's "historic and consistent support for the Palestinian people's struggle for a homeland and for the Palestinian people to attain their rightful place in the comity of nations".

Palestinians prepare return to devastated refugee camp

Bank of Palestine denies any ties to Islamic bank

Ex-Va. appointee discusses videotaped denouncement of Israel In one last year, he denounced the "Israeli war machine," and in 2000 he endorsed "the jihad way" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Morality Police patrol West Bank

Britain's Labor party decries academic boycott Members of Britain's Labor Party spoke out against a proposed academic boycott of Israel.

US pledges funds for Hariri court The US has pledged $5m towards the UN-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murder of Lebanese ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Saying the unsayable The links between the Israel lobby and US foreign policy are a Washington taboo. But a controversial new study is opening up a long-stifled debate

Friday, September 28, 2007

Headlines for 09-27-07

Israeli strike hits 'rocket crew' An Israeli air strike has killed two Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in the territory to 11 since Wednesday.

Journalists angry with Palestinian Authority conduct

Saudis urge Hamas and Fatah to form new coalition

Palestine's Abbas to pay working visit to Portugal Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will pay a working visit to Portugal Saturday, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Israel won't halt fence work to get Saudis to int'l conference Israel has no intention of stopping work on the security barrier to lure Saudi Arabia to the US-sponsored conference on the Middle East later this year, senior diplomatic sources said Thursday night in response to comments made by the Saudi foreign minister in New York.

The forgotten faithful

Settlers planning 5 new outposts

Palestinian Security forces arrest five of Hamas West Bank activists

Israel arrests top wanted in West Bank raid

Money trail to Hamas begins with Israeli banks Israeli authorities tracking Hamas's funds said they made an unexpected discovery last month - cash from one of Israel's biggest banks had found its way to a security force loyal to the Palestinian Islamists in Gaza.

Palestinian policeman injured by Palestinian Security A 24 year-old Palestinian policeman, Mohammad Abu Saleem, was shot on Wednesday morning by Palestinian Security officers while he was trying to cross a barrier near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Israel Warned After Closing West Bank for Jewish Holiday

Dickinson: The situation is very close to a Humanitarian Disaster in the Gaza Strip

Newsweek Senior Editor Says 'Israeli Lobby' Is Shaping U.S. Policy Toward Iran

Why Does Norman Podhoretz Hate America? by Michael Scheuer Podhoretz hates every American who does not support the neoconservatives' views, the foreign policy they have devised, and the military and national security disasters to which they are leading America. Michael Scheuer is a former CIA counterterrorism official.

In Israel, an oasis of peace Half Jewish, half Arab, Neve Shalom tries to overcome mutual mistrust. Divisive pressures test the community's resolve.

2000: 'Provocative' mosque visit sparks riots

Clinton supports Israeli 'strike' on Syria

Children imprisoned by Israel in Telmond appeal Abbas to intervene for their release

Kuwait appeals for serious action to resolve Mideast crisis "This requires serious action from the international community to protect the Palestinian People and implement the resolutions of international legitimacy of the Palestinian People.

Palestinian Detainee facing deportation along with his family

Life is an open book for the peace-loving Quakers

French FM cancels meet with Syria over Lebanese MP's killing

Sa'adat warns against use of prisoners for political gains

High Court demands response

Palestinian factions criticize Abbas-Olmert meetings after Gaza offensive Palestinian factions have criticized recent meetings between President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and Israeli leaders on Thursday in the wake of Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Arafat was unsure on Palestinian state Senior Palestinians urged Yasser Arafat not to declare an independent state in the 1970s because they feared it would allow Israel to maintain sovereignty over all Palestinian lands, according to declassified documents.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Headlines for 09-26-07

Palestine says Israeli shell kills four Gaza civilians

'Eight die' in Israeli Gaza raids In a separate incident, Israeli tank fire killed four Palestinians in Beit Hanoun, local medical officials said.
At least three of those killed in the reported shelling of a house in the town have been named as civilians. Witnesses said the fourth victim was a gunman.

Israeli fire wounds Gaza child The child, thought to be around 12 years old, was wounded when Israeli warplanes fired a missile against a rocket launcher in the area, the witnesses said.

Barak says Israel is 'close' to Gaza operation At least two civilians were reportedly among eight Palestinians killed in Gaza yesterday by Israeli forces as Ehud Barak, the Defence Minister, warned that a "widespread" military operation in the Strip was "getting closer".

Johnston kidnapper killed in raid One of the kidnappers of the BBC journalist Alan Johnston was killed yesterday when an Israeli missile hit the vehicle he was travelling in.

Palestinian Security forces find two home-made shells near Bethlehem Palestinian Security forces on Wednesday to located two home-made shells in the city of Beit-Jala, located in Bethlehem.

PLO veteran mourned in Gaza Strip Thousands of Gazans have attended the funeral of Haidar Abdel Shafi, who led Palestinian negotiators at the Madrid peace conference in 1991.

PLC in Gaza slams Israeli military attack against the house of a Gaza legislator

The Popular Committees Slams settler and soldier attacks against residents in Hebron and Bethlehem

Fatah officers rally in Gaza to demand pay Hundreds of security men from President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement held a rally in Gaza on Wednesday to demand the government he set up in the occupied West Bank pay their salaries.

Israeli incursion into West Bank refugee camp causes destruction, fear "The effects of these military operations at such close quarters have an incalculable impact on the well-being of the young," said Christopher Gunness from UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

Militant group accuse PNA forces of curbing attacks against Israel

November conference failure will hurt Fatah: lawmaker

Palestinian experts hold Israel responsible for water shortage in the Palestinian territories Fadel Ka'wash, in charge of the Palestinian Water Authority, stated that the occupation had confiscated 85% of the Palestinian water resources , adding that" Since the beginning of the fifties until now Israel had looted the underground water and the rain water by digging aquifers and huge water networks."

Palestinians Reject Foreign Soldiers in Gaza The vast majority of people living in the Palestinian Territories would be against the entry of United Nations (UN) or Arab troops into the Gaza Strip, according to a poll by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion. 70.6 per cent of respondents oppose a military intervention.

Saudi urges Israel to freeze settlements, barrier Israel should freeze construction of Jewish settlements and a separation barrier in the West Bank to prove its "seriousness" ahead of a Middle East peace summit, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Wednesday.

Palestinian cave dwellers defy creeping occupation "But the land is all we have, and if we move the Israelis will take it from us. This is what they want."

Palestinian security finds arms cache near Jerusalem

Palestinian militants complain of Israeli phone threats Palestinian militants in Gaza Strip and West Bank reported on Wednesday they have received threats of killings on their mobile telephones from Israeli intelligence.

House committee congratulates Israel on U.N. gain It also backs Israel's efforts to join the Security Council, the U.N.'s only body with powers of legal enforcement, by 2019. The resolution will now be considered by the full House.

Divided and voiceless Any progress in the Middle East must begin with building a peace among Palestinians

Iranian President: If Holocaust happened, why must Palestinians pay? In an address before students and faculty at Columbia University in New York on Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that if the Holocaust really happened, the Palestinian people mustn't be forced to pay the price.

Kadima MKs vow to thwart any withdrawal from Jerusalem Israeli Ynetnews reported on Monday that four members of the Kadima Party, the ruling political body in Israel, vowed to thwart any proposals by the Israeli Prime Minister, head of the party, Ehud Olmert, to withdraw from parts of Jerusalem as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Paul not welcome at RJC event There was time only for leading candidates; and Paul's record of consistently voting against assistance to Israel and his criticisms of the pro-Israel lobby.

Merkel harsh on Iran, anti-Semitism Angela Merkel delivered a stern rebuke of Iran and promised to stay vigilant in confronting anti-Semitism.

New bill to fund Holocaust education It was co-sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who said "students, in order to spread tolerance and civility, should study the dark blemish upon mankind which is the Holocaust. Education is so important and decisive to this endeavor.?

Evangelical Split Seen Fueling Giuliani Bid "It's a win-win for him," said a longtime Jewish Republican who is supporting another GOP contender. "The more hawkish he is on Israel, the better he does with some important Evangelicals, despite his views on their other big issues. And it doesn?t hurt him with Jewish Republicans either, although it could prove to be more of a problem if he wins the nomination and then has to appeal to a wider group of Jewish voters."

Boca resident stuck in the Gaza Strip Hafez Almbasher, a Boca Raton resident with a green card, was visiting his mother, a Palestinian who lives in the Gaza Strip, back in April.

Congress Throws Covert Israeli Attack on Syria Out Into the Open Ranking minority member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also took on the issue of the Israeli attack on Syria, which according to reports was aimed at nuclear devices that Syria received from North Korea.....According to Wexler, who is a strong backer of Israel and a member of the foreign affairs committee, congressional support for the Israeli attack is needed, since it will pose ?an obvious contrast? to the lack of action on behalf of Congress when Israel attacked an Iraqi nuclear reactor near Baghdad in 1981, effectively putting an end to the Iraqi nuclear program.

Sydney council reaches agreement over Hebron

Gov't bans Hebron settlers from winterizing controversial house

In Mideast, is plowshare mightier than sword? Bulldozers have rumbled through the valley to raze unlicensed Palestinian homes. Settlers have stolen and burned the black tubing that carries water to Palestinians' crops. Israeli soldiers have arrested Jaber four times for trying to protect his land.

Syria said ready to cede disputed area to U.N. Syria has indicated it is willing to allow the United Nations to take custody of the disputed Shebaa Farms area claimed by Lebanon but which is under Israeli occupation, a Spanish diplomat said on Wednesday.

Vandalism strikes Muslims, Jews A pro-Israel banner was slashed at the Silver Spring Jewish Center in Wheaton on Sept. 3, said Nurit Shoham, center office administrator. How is that considered a hate crime?

Children are also casualties in world's wars Those children in Palestine and Iraq and all those other "trouble spots" around the world know little, perhaps nothing, about such childhood adventures. What they do know is that big people don't get along and killing each other is a perfectly normal thing.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Headlines for 09-25-07

Hamas slams Israeli disconnection with Gaza banks

At-Tuwani Update: 21 August - 14 September 2007

Haider Abdel-Shafi Dr Haider Abdel-Shafi, who has died at the age of 88, was a towering figure of the Palestinian national movement for more than half a century - not only one of the fiercest critics of Israel, but also often of the Palestinian leadership. He had a commanding presence, equally at home in an Oxford college as on the crowded streets of Gaza, and his integrity shone out in any company.

Israeli High Court will hear petition against Israel's policy of dividing families in West Bank

Israel arrests 15 Palestinians in West Bank

Hamas says release of jailed Fatah lawmaker separated from Shalit's case

In Gaza, 3 grieving fathers recall strike that killed their children

Seven Palestinian civilians kidnapped in Hebron and nearby village

Israel constructs 40 new roadblocks in the West Bank despite repeated promised to reduce their numbe

Indonesia calls for dialogue between Palestinian factions

Gaza must be part of future Palestinian state: Fayyad

Army invades Bethlehem town; resident abducted

Israeli minister proposes trading Barghuti for missing soldier An Israeli minister said on Tuesday his country should exchange jailed Palestinian intifada leader Marwan Barghuti for an Israeli soldier seized by Gaza militants more than a year ago.

Holy Land Church workers refused re-entry visas The Israeli Government has rescinded its policy of granting re-entry visas to Arab Christian ministers, priests, nuns and other religious workers who wish to travel in and out of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, according to Christian clergy in Jerusalem.

Ahmadinejad adresses U.N. General Assembly "The era of darkness will end," he concluded. "Prisoners will return home, the occupied lands will be freed, Palestine and Iraq will be liberated from the dominion of the occupiers and the people of America and Europe will be free of the pressures exerted by the Zionists."

Israeli air strike did not hit nuclear facility, intelligence officials say Vincent Cannistraro, Director of Intelligence Programs for the National Security Council under President Ronald Reagan and Chief of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency's Counterterrorism Center under President George H. W. Bush, said Sunday that what the Israelis hit was "absolutely not a nuclear weapons facility."

Rabbis Say Iran Seeks Peace, Respects Judaism - Calls for True Dialogue With Ahmadinejad

Israeli bank cuts ties with Gaza banks

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP Transcript for 09/21/07 ** MR. BUCHANAN: Everything you read about Cheney is he's saying, "Condi Rice has failed. Let's get on with it." I think the Israelis are pushing it. We don't know what that strike in Syria was about. The neoconservatives are pushing it; the AEI. They're holding their little sessions there, promoting this idea. It is the biggest issue in D.C. right now.

West Bank: A walkers' paradise?

House votes to sanction Iran The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee strongly praised the bill's passage as a step toward discouraging Iran's suspected nuclear weapons ambitions.

Bethlehem police nab Israeli with 900 chickens Officers picked up the man and the chickens he was allegedly trying to sell in defiance of a local boycott on produce from Jewish settlements built on occupied Palestinian territory, security forces said.

Israel seeks exemption from atomic rules Israel is looking to a U.S.-India nuclear deal to expand its own ties to suppliers, quietly lobbying for an exemption to non-proliferation rules so it can legally import atomic material, according to documents made available Tuesday to The Associated Press.

Ben-Eliezer: Continued neglect of Israeli Arabs may spark 'internal Intifada'

Detainees in Huwwara and Salem detention facilities facing bad health conditions

Israel's leading writers demand talks with Hamas on a ceasefire

Israeli in Lebanon jail not a spy-family

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Headlines for 09-24-07

Israeli army kidnaps 22 Palestinians The Israeli army kidnapped 22 Palestinians in the early hours of Monday morning from different parts of the West Bank.

Hamas urges Abbas not to meet Bush

Hamas welcomes Fatah leaders' return to Gaza Ayman Taha, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, told reporters that "Hamas movement doesn't oppose their return to Gaza. It is their right as long as they would act according to the law and they won't act in a way that would bring tension to Gaza again."

Israeli bulldozers raze arable lands in Rafah

Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country.

Cheney mulled luring Iran into war with Israel: report ** the weekly said the steady departure of neoconservatives from the administration over the past two years had helped tilt the balance away from war.

Olmert: Israel to withdraw from "considerable" part of West Bank Suurre.

MIDEAST: Border Impasse Arises Again A new security arrangement between Cairo, Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority (PA) has effectively sealed the last sovereign transit point in or out of the troubled territory, which has been governed by Palestinian resistance faction Hamas since mid-June.

Palestinian interim gov't says no word over if old prisoners among those to-be-released The Palestinian caretaker government, based in this West Bank city, said Monday it had no information if Israel was going to include old prisoners among the group who it would release as a goodwill gesture.

Preparations on track for donors conference for Palestinians An upcoming international donors conference meant to revive the Palestinian economy will also represent a major boost to the peace process, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday.

Resident dies of wounds sustained after being attacked by gunmen Palestinian medical sources in the West Bank reported on Monday that resident Ali Sa?id Matar, died on Sunday of wounds sustained on Thursday after being attacked by unknown gunmen.

Bush vows to work for Palestinian statehood

Bush meets with Palestinian leader Abbas

Blair: Palestinians need institutions for a state Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said a Middle East political pact will work only if Palestinians first build proper institutions and living conditions are improved in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel wants joint statement at US peace meet

Syria set to reject peace talks offer Syria is expected to rebuff an invitation from the US to attend a grand Middle East peace conference later this year because it does not believe that either the Bush administration or Israel wants to reach a comprehensive regional settlement.

In a recent report: Israel uses 180 investigation methods to interrogate jailed Palestinians Lawyer Ahmad Shawahneh, a Palestinian activist in Prisoners' rights reported that investigations conducted by the Center on Palestinian political detainees imprisoned by Israel, affirmed that the Israeli security apparatuses are using 180 methods while interrogating the Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails.

Former Syrian official: Report on IDF commandos is psychological warfare

IAF dispatches jets as Syrian plane disappears from radar The Israel Air Force dispatched several fighter jets toward Syria Saturday, after a Syrian airplane disappeared from the Israeli radar screens, army sources said.

Nonviolent Protest Gains in West Bank Ten shouting Palestinians were pushing against one boulder, but the primitive Israeli roadblock cutting off the tiny Palestinian village from Bethlehem was not budging. Then, with the help of two giant crowbars, an Israel protester, and a Japanese backpacker, the group heaved the stone aside, opening the road for the first time in three years.

Israel faces corruption 'epidemic' The latest scandals to hit the Israeli political establishment are just two examples in a long line that have recently rocked Israeli political and public life.

Bethlehem beholds very rare species ? tourists

Just How Powerful is the Israel Lobby?

Israeli PM faces corruption probe

'Secret clause lets Shin Bet get data from cell phone firms' The licenses that the state gives to cell phone companies contain a secret codicil requiring them to give the Shin Bet security service information about conversations and messages that its customers transmit on their cell phones, according to the Movement for Freedom of Information in Israel (FOIM).

Monday, September 24, 2007

Headlines for 09-23-07

Israeli settlers stab a Palestinian boy, attack an ambulance crew A number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron, stabbed a Palestinian boy near the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba?, to the east of the city.

Gaza Strip isolation begins to bite

Mid-East peace conference backed After Sunday's meeting, the Quartet issued a statement expressing its support for the proposed international meeting that the Americans have been in the forefront of promoting.

Israel rejects Gaza cease-fire offer

Cheney seeks pretext for war as US reestablishes elite Air Force wing ** The group is led by Brigadier-General Lawrence Stutzriem, and assisted by a former Israeli military officer and cyberwarfare expert.

Israel set to free Palestinians The list of prisoners nominated for release must now be approved by a ministerial commission, which includes members of Israel's Shin Beth security service.

Haniya discusses lifting siege with Iranian President

Israeli electricity and fuel clampdown on Gaza condemned by church and aid groups UK-based international development agency Christian Aid says it deplores attacks on civilians and affirms Israel?s right to defend itself from attack but the humanitarian consequences of cutting these vital services to Gaza will be severe.

2 Qassams, mortar land in western Negev

Quartet hopes to resume funding to Abbas government The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators said on Sunday it hoped to start directly funding the government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas next year.

Israel okays 500 Palestinian police for West Bank city Israel on Sunday authorised the deployment of 500 Palestinian police reinforcements to the restive West Bank town of Nablus, where it recently carried out a major military incursion.

Progress on Mideast talks, Iran vital: Miliband The world must act now to keep alive the prospects of a two-state solution in the Middle East or see the opportunity disappear, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Sunday.

Israeli rabbis to shun Christian event "According to information that has reached the chief rabbinate, there are participants in this conference who convert Jews to Christianity and perform missionary activity throughout the year," Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook, the chief rabbi of Rehovot, who took part in committee discussions of the matter, said on Sunday. "This is against the law, so the chief rabbinate is calling upon Jews not to take part in the conference."

Israeli writers urge ceasefire with Hamas Prominent Israeli writers called on their Government to negotiate a ceasefire with the Islamist movement Hamas as a step towards lasting peace with the Palestinians

?The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy? Excerpted from The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer Stephen M. Walt ....This situation, which has no equal in American history, is due primarily to the activities of the Israel lobby. While other special interest groups-including ethnic lobbies representing Cuban Americans, Irish Americans, Armenian Americans, and Indian Americans-have managed to skew U.S. foreign policy in directions that they favored, no ethnic lobby has diverted that policy as far from what the American national interest would otherwise suggest. The Israel lobby has successfully convinced many Americans that American and Israeli interests are essentially identical. In fact, they are not.

Snatched: Israeli commandos ?nuclear? raid ISRAELI commandos from the elite Sayeret Matkal unit ? almost certainly dressed in Syrian uniforms ? made their way stealthily towards a secret military compound near Dayr az-Zawr in northern Syria. They were looking for proof that Syria and North Korea were collaborating on a nuclear programme. The point being here that Israeli commandos are quite capable of impersonating and mixing in with Arabs in that part of the world.

US feared N Korea-Syria link before Israeli strike Universities have larger nuclear programmes than Syria.?Most experts have suggested that Israel was much more likely to have targeted some a facility related tofor conventional weapons or missiles, over which North Korea and Syria have co-operated in the past.

Israel's Right of Self-Defense Raw foreign "intelligence," withheld from our zillion-dollar multi-agency intelligence community, chock-full of skilled professionals who evaluate satellite imagery for a living, stovepiped directly to the White House where "some" members of the Cheney Cabal ? proven neophytes when it comes to evaluation of satellite imagery of any industrial process ? have concluded the facility under construction could be used to produce material for nuclear weapons.

At State Dept., Blog Team Joins Muslim Debate The postings, are an effort to take a more casual, varied approach to improving America?s image in the Muslim world. Want to improve our image? Get Israel out of our government (foreign policy).

Americans warned on travel to Syria The department has urged Americans to stay away from Syria amid threats of Islamic insurgency attack. Officials said the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad might be unable to stop attacks on Americans in the country.

Attacks by Israeli commandos dressed as Syrians?....

Israel discussed by Scheuer and Garofalo Realtime 9/21/07 Whoa. Minute 4:00 on for the next few seconds. Former CIA counterterrorism official Michael Scheuer will now get reamed (for being a true patriot). And minute 05:00 on the dot. Garafolo at the end was spot on. Must watch.

Israel raises alert level in north after electronic alarm activated

Israeli army launches 'early warning' website The Israeli army unveiled a new website on Sunday that will be used to warn Israelis of impending attacks after the "lessons learned" from the 2006 war in Lebanon.

From 2004: No End to War By Patrick J. Buchanan Fear is what Perle and his co-author David Frum are peddling to stampede America into serial wars. Just such fear-mongering got us into Iraq, though, we have since discovered, Iraq had no hand in 9/11, no ties to al-Qaeda, no weapons of mass destruction, no nuclear program, and no plans to attack us. Iraq was never "the clear and present danger" the authors insist she was.....The neocons do not want to narrow our list of enemies. They do not want to confine America's war to those who attacked us. They want to expand our list of enemies to include Israel?s enemies...... if we allow the neoconservatives to morph our war on al-Qaeda into Israel's war for Palestine, our war will never end. And that is the hidden agenda of the neoconservatives: permanent war for their permanent empowerment......because Israel is a friend does not mean that the Sharonites have preemptive absolution to settle or seize Arab lands or permanently to deny Arab peoples the rights we preach to the world. In our own national interests, we must say so?in the clear......With the end of the Cold War, an alliance with Israel has ceased to be central to U.S. interests. Indeed, our reputation as armorers and allies of Israel only damages us as Sharon rampages through the West Bank and Gaza walling off Arab land and denying to Palestinians that very right of self-determination we Americans espouse. Sharon is making hypocrites of us, and we are cowards for permitting it. Powerful truth by the venerable Patrick J. Buchanan.

Come clean on nukes, Rice tells Koreans

YouTube contest aims to boost Israel's image The Israeli consulate in New York has launched a video competition on YouTube to boost Israel's image. Boost Israel's image in AMERICA. Why?

Young Israelis dodge the draft, some in protest Vardi is part of a growing group of young Israelis who are refusing to sign up for mandatory military service, often in protest over the Jewish state's occupation of Palestinian territory or because of last year's unpopular war in Lebanon.

Israel settles Darfur asylum deal Officials said those from other parts of Africa already in the country would be expelled, along with new arrivals.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Headlines for 09-22-07

Iran shows off new missile, taunts Israel

Fatah official: talks with Hamas likely after November conference

Gaza-based Fatah leadership resigns over delayed salaries

Dr. Barghouthi:"There is no real peace partner in Israel"

Israel Police: Yom Kippur Attack Stopped

Palestinian security forces attack peaceful demonstration Palestinian security forces attacked on Saturday a peaceful demonstration in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Hamas women protest in West Bank Some 200 women supporters of Hamas have marched in the West Bank to demand the release of Hamas members being held in jails run by the Palestinian Authority.

UN finds 40 new W. Bank roadblocks in two months Despite repeated promises to reduce the number of roadblocks in the West Bank, Israel has in fact added dozens of new ones, according to the United Nations.

Four Palestinian children injured by remnants of Israeli military operation in Gaza Four Palestinian children were injured on Friday night when an unknown device exploded. The device is believed to be a remnant of the Israeli military's operation in Beit Lahiya, located in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

French court reopens investigation into the death of Mohammad al-Dura

Dehumanizing the Palestinians

Israeli Raid on Syria Fuels Debate on Weapons Mr. Bolton wanted to include information in a public speech about a Syrian nuclear program that could not be corroborated by intelligence agencies. In recent interviews, Mr. Bolton has suggested that the Israeli strike may have partly vindicated his view.....It is unclear to what extent the secrecy about the Israeli strike has been motivated by American doubts about the intelligence or by an effort to protect sources and classified information. Was Bolton vindicated, or was Israel's intel that they supplied to our government as evidence, bogus?

Want electricity? Stop the rockets Like punishing all Americans for the criminals amongst us.

The war on Gaza's children It is a violation of international law to collectively punish more than a million people for something they did not do. According to the Geneva Convention, to which it is a signatory, Israel actually has the obligation to ensure the well-being of the people on whom it has chosen to impose a military occupation for more than four decades.

UMC calls for sale of Caterpillar stock The board objects to Caterpillar sales of bulldozers and other equipment, which eventually were used for "the illegal destruction of Palestinian homes, orchards and olive groves in the Occupied Territories and to clear Palestinian land for illegal Israeli settlements, segregated roads and the Separation Barrier," the resolution states.

Janeane Garofalo: 'Bush is a War Criminal,' 'O'Reilly Can Kiss My Fat A**' Our support of Israel to the detriment of the Palestinian people and the American people is not wise, and it's been responsible for a lot of problems. And the way the mainstream media portrays the Palestinians is totally unfair...Our Israeli policy is very dangerous for us, and for them. I don't think the Knesset, the rightwing of the Knesset, represents the Israeli people any more than the rightwing of this government represents the American people.

In Tiny Particles, a Big Link in Jerusalem

U.S. plans to invite Arabs to peace meeting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Washington plans to invite six Arab states including Syria to a Middle East peace conference, Abbas's aides said.

15 Palestinians found in a container in Barcelona Port 15 illegal immigrants, five of them children, all of the thought to be Palestinian, have been discovered in a container on board a Turkish boat which docked in Barcelona today.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Headlines for 09-21-07

Bush to hold first direct talks with Tony Blair as Middle East envoy

Israeli Public Security Minister bans charitable Ramadan breakfast in Jerusalem Under Israeli legislation, the Public Security Minister can prevent and bar meetings of any kind at their discretion. Those scheduled to attend included Christian and Islamic religious figures.

PCHR Calls for Investigating Torture and Abuse by Palestinian Security Forces in the West Bank

Student challenges Gaza lockdown in court

Syria strike: US shared intelligence with Israel However, there is considerable scepticism of the intelligence that prompted Israel's attack, with some proliferation experts querying whether Syria is even attempting to acquire nuclear weapons. The quality of the Israeli intelligence is also unknown, as is the extent of North Korean co-operation. Some people have suggested that a North Korean ship merely unloaded items it no longer needed.

Non-violent protest near Bethlehem

Egypt hits at EU for U.N. nuclear vote abstention Egypt criticised the European Union on Friday for failing to support a U.N. atomic watchdog resolution calling on all Middle East nations to renounce atomic weapons ? a clear reference to Israel's undeclared arsenal.

Israeli police deny worshippers access to al-Aqsa mosque

Oxfam's partners in Gaza warn of Israel's decision outcomes to declare Gaza a "hostile entity"

Israel: Groups condemn government A coalition of Israeli human rights groups condemned the government's decision this week to cut back fuel and electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip, saying it violated international law.

Hamas rebuffed in approach to Israel: source A prominent Hamas official tried to open discussions with Israel to ease confrontation in the Gaza Strip but was rebuffed, a Palestinian official familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday.

Iran cleric hears "death knell" for Mideast peace plan A senior Iranian cleric said on Friday the "death knell" had sounded for a U.S.-sponsored Arab-Israeli peace conference, which has drawn skeptical remarks from some Arab countries that are expected to take part.

Israel blocks Muslim worshippers Israel stopped thousands of Palestinians from entering Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque on Friday and tightened border security as Jews prepared for the solemn annual rite of Yom Kippur.

Israel consulted US before Syria strike, report says ** We are getting much closer to another Middle East war that's going to involve several countries. And if you think the price of gasoline is high NOW...

Haniyeh in negotiations to bring an end to home-made shell fire


At a Philadelphia Synagogue, Fear of Walt/Mearsheimer (and the Myth of Jewish Powerlessness)

Crowds attend Lebanese MP funeral

ZOA, OU concerned at Ramon offer Two U.S. Jewish groups expressed concerns that top Israeli officials were proposing sharing Jerusalem with the Palestinians.

UN chief names Israeli musician Daniel Barenboim peace envoy

Citizenship case takes a new twist A computer expert who pioneered text-to-speech software, Mahd, 34, is representing himself. He was born totally blind to Palestinian refugees in Jordan and came to the United States as a teenager with the help of U.S. officials. He has worked for IBM and on government contracts, living in the country legally for 17 years.

Israeli authorities deny Catholic priest re-entry into West Bank Father Faris Khaleifat of Annunciation Church, a Melkite Catholic parish in Ramallah, was returning to his parish when Israeli authorities at the Al Sheik Hussein Bridge crossing canceled his multiple-entry visa without explanation Sept. 14.

Iran and Israel face off over nuclear weapons Iran called for UN inspectors to be dispatched to verify whether Israel has nuclear weapons, in a heated showdown with the Jewish state at a meeting of the UN atomic agency Friday.

Palestinian plight in Lebanon worsens

US, Israel shared intel before Syria raid: report

Barak: Israel shouldn't appease U.S. president with one year left In statements made to Haaretz, Barak warned against a "withdrawal from Israeli principles that have stood for 40 years, merely to gain favor in the eyes of an American president who is leaving office in a year."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Headlines for 09-20-07

Teen crushed by Israeli bulldozer in Gaza A 16-year-old Palestinian boy was killed on Thursday after being run over by an Israeli army bulldozer during a military incursion in the Gaza Strip, medics and witnesses said.
Mahmud Kayed was run over by the bulldozer when it lurched towards a group of youths throwing rocks at the vehicle during the army incursion in the Al-Bureij refugee camp, they said.

Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinians in Gaza raid A senior Hamas operative, a 22-year-old militant and a 16-year-old civilian were also killed, medical workers said.

EU calls on Israel to reconsider sanctions against Gaza Strip The European Union joined on Thursday a United Nations call for Israel to reconsider its move to declare the Gaza Strip "hostile territory" and appealed for it not to cut key services to the Hamas-run territory.

Wounded activist testifies against IDF Brian Avery, the American human rights activist who was shot in the face and badly wounded in the West Bank in 2003, took the stand for the first time since the incident in the opening hearing of a civil suit in Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Thursday that he filed for damages against the state.

Moscow calls on Israel not to cut fuel deliveries to Gaza Strip Moscow backs UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's appeal to Israel to review its decision to introduce additional restrictions on electricity and fuel deliveries to the Gaza Strip if missile attacks on Israel from the Palestinian territory continue.

Mid-East diary: Keeping perspective The Palestinians to whom I have spoken ask what is new. For years, they have routinely described the Gaza Strip as a big prison and it is hard to argue with the description. Throughout 40 years of occupation, collective punishments that violate the fourth Geneva Convention have been commonplace.

Full closure on West Bank, Gaza A full closure has been imposed on the West Bank and Gaza starting Thursday at midnight for the duration of the Yom Kippur holiday. The closure will be lifted on Defense Minister Ehud Barak's orders following a renewed security assessment after the holiday ends.

Carter: Iran No Threat to Israel Now "Iran is quite distant from Israel," said Carter, 83. "I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel."

Pressure to arrest Ahmadinejad Israel's friends are calling for the arrest of Iran's president in advance of his arrival next week in New York City

Meretz: Cabinet can't whitewash war crimes in Gaza Left calls cabinet decision to declare Gaza a hostile entity 'dangerous and foolish.' Right dismisses cabinet vote as 'lip-service', too little and too late

Awad: "Everything is being done to overcome the embargo"

Hamas and the PFLP in Nablus organize a protest against the military invasion into Nablus

Israeli military operation in el-Ein refugee camp continues into third day

P.A shuts down Al Aqsa TV Station in the West Bank Mohammad Eshtewy, director of the Al Aqsa satellite station in the West Bank, stated on Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority, headed by Dr. Salaam Fayyad, decided to shut down the station and to bar its activities in the West Bank.

Barghouthi: ?Israel?s decision to consider Gaza a hostile entity, a declaration of war" Palestinian Legislator, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, stated on Wednesday that the Israeli decision to consider the Gaza Strip as a hostile entity is considered a declaration of war against the Palestinian people, and a collective punishment.

Bush to meet Abbas in New York next week: W.House

Gazans fear worst after Israeli threat to cut supplies Gazans braced for the worst on Thursday after Israel branded the territory a "hostile entity" in a move that paved the way for cuts to basic supplies and drew widespread international criticism.

Arabs slam Israel for declaring Gaza "enemy entity" Arab and Islamic countries on Thursday condemned Israel for declaring the Gaza Strip an "enemy entity", and accused Israeli forces of killing Palestinian civilians, detaining parliamentarians, and destroying property.

Arabs push through U.N. watchdog vote against Israel

Israel can beat any enemy: defence minister "We can win in every situation, even when the sound of war comes from Syria or when Iran readies its weapons," he said.

Israel bars students from leaving Gaza at last minute

Brazil offers hope to Iraq refugees It is the second time in 60 years that they and their families have been refugees. They fled British-mandate Palestine after the formation of Israel and eventually ended up in Iraq, where they were welcomed by the former government and given generous financial support

Fury as Netanyahu confirms Syria strike An anonymous official said to be close to Mr Olmert was quoted in the Haaretz newspaper as saying: "Bibi's slip of the tongue borders on national irresponsibility. Once again Netanyahu couldn't restrain himself and he ran to tell the guys."

'Dozens died in Syria-Iran missile test' This 'report' sounds like more propaganda in the effort to include Syria when the US attacks Iran.

Giuliani says NATO should admit Israel, Japan Giuliani for President...of ISRAEL!

U.S. talking about isolating Iran "The reason why is, is because it's very important for us to take the threats coming out of the mouth of the president of Iran very seriously," Bush said, adding that Mahmoud Ahmedinejad constantly talks about using force on Israel, "and Israel is our very firm and strong ally."

Moran Should 'retract His Remarks' About Israel Lobby, Hoyer Says Moran, a Virginia Democrat, got himself in hot water last week telling a Jewish magazine that the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was enormously influential in pushing for war in Iraq. He also said AIPAC's "ties to certain newspapers and magazines and individuals in the media are substantial and intimidating."

On Being Called An Anti-Semite in Montana The Israeli Lobby in action.

Groups welcome travel insurance law Jewish groups welcomed the passage of a bill banning insurers from discriminating against travelers to Israel.

Jewish congressmen slam Moran Sixteen Jewish Democrats in Congress slammed a colleague who blamed AIPAC for the Iraq war.

Bush warns N. Korea on nuclear export In a press conference Thursday, Bush refused four times to comment on allegations that Israel struck deep into Syrian territory two weeks ago, targeting nuclear material shipped to Syria by North Korea. However, the president said he was willing to comment in general on allegations that North Korea exports its nuclear know-how, contrary to an emerging agreement in its talks with the international community.
Israel to Bush: "Bark like a dog". Bush: "Woof!"

35 senators sign peace resolution The nonbinding bipartisan resolution, initiated by U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), had languished for months until a recent lobbying blitz led by dovish pro-Israel groups rekindled interest. It calls for President Bush to name a top-level envoy to the talks and to urge the sides to negotiate a two-state solution.

NY university urged to cancel Ahmadinejad speech

Australia calls for soldiers' release Australia's government passed a motion calling for the release of Israel's abducted soldiers. Aussies have their own burgeoning Israeli lobby. My condolences.

Combatants for Peace

Scots stop anti-Israel petition The decision was applauded by Leah Grant, of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, who saw it as a ?reassuring? development.

MIDEAST-US: The Long Propaganda War Wittes suggests that the U.S. use the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as an opportunity to build a coalition to counter Iranian clout that would include Israel and moderate Arab states allied or friendly with the U.S. Again, the current administration's bumbling efforts to hastily set up a meeting for mid-November between Israel and some Arab states is already mired in doubt about what specific progress will be made, dimming hopes for a lasting and effective coalition

Al-Dura footage to air

No credible threat to Israel Israel does not enhance its survivability by lawless and violent policies and behaviors that create more enemies than it can kill or incapacitate by its aggressive tactics.

American journalist criticizes American Media coverage of Palestinian issues In a lecture organized by the Al Najah University of Nablus on Wednesday, Alison Weir, founder of the ?If Americans knew? organization, criticized the biased American Media coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Israeli plans tallest N.Y. residence An Israeli real estate magnate plans to build New York City's tallest residential building.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Headlines for 09-19-07

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in Nablus incursion Mohammed Selim, 38, whom witnesses said was a civilian and handicapped in his legs and one hand, died on the balcony of his house in Ein Beit Elma refugee camp inside the city, Palestinian security sources said

World Bank: Gaza must be part of PA economic recovery plan

Palestinians left helpless by Israelis, World Bank warns Tony Blair, the new international Middle East envoy, and key donor countries meeting in New York will be given an alarming picture of economic run-down in which Gaza in particular faces an "extreme scenario" in which children under 15, comprising half the population, will soon "be thrust into a non-existent labour market".

Israel declares Gaza Strip hostile territory The Israeli government yesterday declared the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity" and threatened to further cut fuel and electricity supplies if militants continue to fire Qassam rockets at Israel, a decision that was backed by the United States.
The decision was described by Palestinians and international agencies, including the UN, as collective punishment, which is illegal under international law. Hamas said the policy was a declaration of war.

Iran issues Israel attack warning Iran has drawn up plans to bomb Israel if it launches an attack on Iranian soil first, military officials say.

US vows 'serious' Mid-East talks This is a dog and pony show to get the Arab countries to support another war in their neighborhood - this time, Iran.

B'Tselem: "Stripping Palestinians of their homes contravenes Palestinians human rights" The Israeli Center for Human Rights "B'Tselem" has demanded the Israeli military Deputy-General to issue orders to the Israeli police to investigate the widespread demolition of homes in Qalqiliya and the practices associated with these demolitions.

Egypt, Syria press for IAEA resolution against Israel Egypt and Syria urged the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday to pass a resolution condemning Israel for possessing nuclear weapons.

Israel to reduce power and fuel supplies to Gaza

UN chief: Cutting off fuel to Gaza is violation of international law United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Wednesday to
reconsider its decision to declare the Gaza Strip a hostile territory, warning that any cutoff of vital services would violate international law and punish the already suffering civilian population.

Rice criticises nuclear watchdog The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, today publicly criticised the UN's atomic watchdog and called for diplomacy with "teeth" to end Iran's nuclear plans.

Gaza militants shell Israeli army positions Three Palestinian militant factions, including two previously-unheard groups, announced on Monday responsibility for targeting Israeli army bases around the Gaza Strip with mortar shells and home-made rockets.

Palestinian opinion poll shows Hamas trailing Fatah, criticism of Gaza takeover The popularity of the Hamas militant group has fallen far behind rival Fatah, according to an opinion poll released Monday, and Palestinians were overwhelmingly opposed to the Islamic group's heavy-handed tactics in the Gaza Strip.

Attackers wound 2 Hamas security men in Gaza

Israeli forces kidnap 3 Palestinians from Qalqilia, one from Hebron, two from Bethlehem

World Bank says donors need long term plan for OPT

Israel to remove 24 barriers across West Bank Defence Minister Ehud Barak presented the plan during a meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who arrived earlier in the day for a series of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss efforts to revive the stalled peace process.

WHO in urgent appeal to avert Palestinian health crisis The World Health Organisation issued an urgent appeal on Wednesday for international donors to fund essential drugs and medical supplies to avert a Palestinian health crisis.

Rice: U.S. won't abandon Palestinians Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the United States "will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza," shortly after Israel declared the territory to be an enemy entity in order to cut off power and fuel supplies to the coastal strip. They already did years ago.

Sheetrit pessimistic about peace talks Should the league compromise on a contentious issue like refugees, Sheetrit said, the Palestinians would have no choice but to go along.

U.S. officials object to Israel's treatment of Arab-Americans During meetings between senior State Department officials and their counterparts in Israel, the Americans said that in recent months there has been a troubling increase in the number of complaints by American citizens of Palestinian and Arab origin, regarding the treatment they receive at border crossings and airports in Israel.

Police bar sounding of muezzin in mostly Arab part of Acre Police have decided to prohibit the sounding of the muezzin, the prayer call used in Islam, during the month of Ramadan in an Acre neighborhood comprising an Arab residential majority.

Fallow year is year of plenty for Arab-Israelis

Israeli army soldiers broke into a PRCS volunteer committee center in Deir Estia

URGENT Legal Funds Needed! Qusin Demo Video and Report

A double standard on academic freedom No full-page advertisements in major American newspapers have publicized Israel's violations of Palestinian children's right to an education. No editors, syndicated columnists or presidents of major universities in this country have denounced this callous measure. Our politicians have demanded no remedial action. Instead, they continue, verbally and materially, to support Israel in its near-total blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians, kids and all.

Anger at new Lebanon MP killing World leaders and Lebanese politicians have condemned the bomb attack that killed an anti-Syrian Lebanese MP in a mainly Christian suburb of Beirut

Assad reiterates peace hopes

Act won't allow domestic spying Jewish organizations were among those that had expressed concerns about the law passed this summer with vague language that could be interpreted as allowing searches without warramts of U.S. individuals and organizations in communication with suspected spies and terrorists overseas.

Half-million signers demand two states More than a half-million Israelis and Palestinians have signed a petition demanding a two-state solution.

US Methodists plan to disinvest from Israel and Sudan "The United Methodist Church has a long history of unwavering support for Israel's right to exist," said Sprecher. "We have also long supported human rights for Palestinians. We, like many, are frustrated by the increasing harsh conditions Palestinians continue to endure under Israel's 40 years of illegal occupation."

School, activists at odds over Mideast speaker Qumsiyeh denies the accusations of anti-Semitism and misinformation, which he said are used by his opponents to silence his arguments. ?Whenever people are speaking truth in a situation where there is injustice, they?re going to be attacked,? said Qumsiyeh. ?I?m very sad that they?re losing an opportunity to engage in dialogue.?

Judge Throws Out ?Jerusalem, Israel' Passport Lawsuit The State Department contends that marking Menachem's place of birth as "Jerusalem, Israel" would upset long-standing American policy that the sovereignty of Jerusalem is an issue to be determined in peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Arabs.

Unique Middle East program rooted at MIT bears fruit Palestinian becomes first MEET student to enroll at MIT

Tenure Battle At Barnard Gains Fresh Urgency In one particularly contested section, Abu El-Haj writes about observing the use of bulldozers during a dig, proposing that they may have erased the top layers of culture that would have contained evidence of other civilizations. Her focus on bulldozers, her critics say, conjures up a sinister, more contemporary meaning of the machines.

On unconditional support of Israel We are Israel's foreign-policy patsy for two main reasons: (1) the influence of the pro-Israel lobby, which is, perhaps, the most powerful in Washington; (2) the pervasive pro-Israel bias throughout the American media. (Example: The killing of 35 Palestinian children by Israeli weapons in 2007 goes unreported. But, had they been Israeli, you would know about each one.) Until these influences are overcome, Americans will never be secure.

Beep backs Arabic school, urges controversial principal be reinstated

Netanyahu says Israel carried out Syria air raid, he backed it Opposition leader and former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said that the Jewish state had carried out an air strike in Syria two weeks ago and that he had backed it.

Defend Cong. Moran from AIPAC Media Attacks (Updated)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Headlines for 09-18-07

Two killed in West Bank clashes An Israeli soldier and a Palestinian militant have been killed in clashes during an Israeli raid in the West Bank town of Nablus, officials have said.

Hamas official denies holding contacts with Israel

Families cannot sue firm for Israel deaths Cindy Corrie, Rachel's mother, told the Guardian that she was extremely disappointed by the court's decision. "Clearly there were war crimes committed here and we will continue to challenge Caterpillar and the US government." Mariah LaHood, a lawyer with the Centre for Constitutional Rights who acted on the case, questioned the role the US government played in giving evidence favourable to Caterpillar. "Isn't there a responsibility to permit justice to be sought on behalf of a US citizen killed in a foreign country?" Not if that foreign country was Israel.

Letter From the Middle East: Palestinians build a Political Prisoners Museum

West Bank village faces demolition

'In' and 'out' in Palestine and Israel When we talk about Christians in Palestine-Israel it is important to pay attention to our language of who is ?in? and who is ?out.? As the story above indicates, some people may not see our Palestinian brothers and sisters as being ?in.? From one perspective, Palestinians, be they Christians or Muslims, are usurpers who should leave the land. A reading of Scripture that erases Palestinians from the land is tantamount to a biblically-justified ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

'Soldiers came out of nowhere and abused us'

Fatah, Hamas fight upends aid to Palestinian poor The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is here, and Naila Khalaf is entering it with little to feed her 11 children.

Abbas faces pressure to skip Mideast conference Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is under pressure from his Fatah faction not to attend a U.S.-led Middle East conference, aides said on Tuesday, citing uncertainty over its participants and outcome.

Israel to query 2002 strike killing of civilians, Hamas chief Late at night on July 22, 2002, an Israeli F-16 dropped a one-tonne bomb onto Shehade's house in a crowded section of Gaza City, killing him, his wife, nine children and four other civilians and wounding dozens of others. Like letting the fox investigate the henhouse.

Women police: the new veiled face of order in Gaza Susan Aqal is a tightly veiled Palestinian mother who has a baby boy. But she has abandoned traditional domestic life to interrogate suspected drug addicts, thieves and murderers in the volatile Gaza Strip.

Palestinian government seen needing $1.6 bln a year

Israeli border police attack and injure two Shepherds near Jerusalem

'Ground forces were operating in Syria' According to the report, at a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team waited to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching IAF planes. The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames. I wonder how often Israeli commandos have been inside Lebanon conducting ops in the past few years? ....

'Israeli warplanes raid' Lebanon It was reportedly the first time that Israeli planes have flown at supersonic speeds in Lebanon's airspace, causing sonic bangs. More psyops.

Neocon hawks go all-out for Giuliani Many of its leaders now see Giuliani as the made-to-order candidate, or at least the best chance to perpetuate their influence, experts say By coincidence (not really), Israel has him pegged in first place in terms of his support for that nation.

N Korea denies Syria nuclear ties Syria has formally complained to the United Nations about the alleged raid by Israeli aircraft over its territory.

Report: Israel to launch satellite India Defense magazine reported this week that by month's end, Israel will launch a TechSar satellite from the Indian air base of Sriharikota.

Bolton: U.S. backs Israeli pre-emption The United States would stand behind any pre-emptive attack by Israel on neighboring countries believed to have nuclear weapons programs, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said in an interview published Tuesday in the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot.

U.S. officials seek to lower expectations as they prepare for November summit Lawmakers are circulating a letter, initiated by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), urging Rice to insist that Arab nations meet those requirements in order to attend the summit. The letter, backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, states: "Your ongoing efforts to work with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are critical, but so is the support these efforts receive from those Arab countries."

Prisoners? families in Gaza call for the release of their beloved ones

Ministers speak out against Ramon plan Several ministers express outrage at vice premier's letter proposing ceding parts of Jerusalem to Palestinian Authority. Kadima MK warns party could turn into Meretz; Olmert's office says plan does not obligate prime minister

Israel, Iran cooperate in crash probe

Isolation of Gaza Chokes Off Trade

Arab committee boycotts Israel national carrier An Arab civil liberties group on Tuesday called on the Arab community in Israel to boycott national carrier El Al to protest against the "humiliation" of Arab fliers in the name of security.

Dutch church to reexamine policy of solidarity with Israel

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Headlines for 09-17-07

Teenager shot dead in West Bank Local residents said Mohammed Jabbarin, 16, had not been armed and had been shot after he threw rocks at a patrol

Egypt coordinates stands with Russia, EU on U.S.-proposed Mideast conference

Palestinians Sue for Use of Road Built for Them "It's a road inside the West Bank, and in this sense it is outside the borders of Israel, and basically Israelis don?t have a right to go there," she said. "It's the same as Israelis claiming that Palestinians don't have the right to enter Israel. The same argument should apply to Israelis [in the West Bank]."

Brown says Palestinian economy is key to revival of peace process Israeli closures and security restrictions on the movement of goods and services "represent the greatest barrier" to Palestinian economic growth. These are targeted at extremists but "impact equally on the majority of moderate Palestinians", it warned, adding: "Israel's medium-term security can only be assured through Palestinian prosperity."

Iran threatens Israel, U.S. interests Iran threatened to fire hundreds of missiles at Israeli and U.S. targets if its nuclear facilities are attacked.

Palestinian police capture Israeli citizen in Bethlehem Palestinian police forces captured Monday night a stray Israeli citizen near the Church of Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, police sources said

Hamas slams Arab states' support to Abbas

Europeans try to mediate between rival Fatah and Hamas

Palestinians looking for substance from peace meeting "The most important thing is not what we call things, it's the substance," Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP when asked to comment on the Israeli statements issued the previous day.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian militant in northern Gaza Israeli soldiers, stationed near northern Gaza borders with Israel, shot dead on Monday night a Palestinian militant, said sources from both sides.

Abbas? Advisor slams Israeli Army killing of a child in Ramallah Abdul-Rahman stated that the child, Muhammad Jabareen, 16, was throwing stones at invading forces, and does not deserve to be punished by death.

Gaza doctors suspend strike for Ramadan

Israeli border guards charged in attacks Four Israeli border guards have been charged with beating and threatening two Palestinians and two Israeli-Arabs in the West Bank.

Israeli forces kidnap one Palestinian from Bethlehem, another from Qalqilia

Erekat: Israeli operations lead to more violence

A double standard on academic freedom in the Middle East

Experts: Syria may have violated non-proliferation treaty Hey pot, this is the kettle calling..

Israelis vacation in Golan Heights despite tensions with Syria

Syria reopens Lebanon border posts

Bush's fall Mideast meeting may be in trouble Palestinian leaders, along with Saudi Arabia , are threatening to boycott the event unless it ends with a detailed framework and specific timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

It is unjust and absurd to apply economics to this hell

Political rivalries emerge in Ramadan

Orthodox Jew tapped to replace Gonzalez Mukasey's Jewishness became an issue when a defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing filed a motion to remove the judge, arguing that his allegiances to fellow Jews and Israel would create a bias against Muslim defendants. The motion was dismissed as "utterly irrelevant."

First joint Israeli-Palestinian exhibition held at UN headquarters

Lawmaker prods Olmert over Syria An Israeli lawmaker demanded Ehud Olmert provide an accounting of Israel's alleged airstrike inside Syria.

Israeli soldiers prosecute the director of ?Jenin Jenin? movie

French Jew defends claim that Arab boy's death was staged ?The problem here is Karsenty himself,? said Stephane Bou, who has written on the subject for Charlie Hebdo, a satirical political weekly. ?He is known here for being obsessed with international plots against Jews and against Israel."

US Court Won't Reinstate Corrie Suit Because the U.S. government pays for all Caterpillar bulldozers sold to Israel, the lawsuit presented foreign policy questions best left to the White House and Congress, said the three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco."A court could not find in favor of the plaintiffs without implicitly questioning, and even condemning, United States foreign policy toward Israel," Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote.

Intensive contacts to revive Shalit's case: militant group

Muslim charity trial wraps up in Texas Defense attorney Nancy Hollander said prosecutors built their case on the word of one Israeli official who testified under a false name, and showed the jury only selective evidence

Politics Pushes Uneven Policies The completely one-sided support for Israel from some conservative evangelicals rests on two things: one, a very dubious interpretation (I'm being generous here) of biblical prophecy and eschatology (the theology of the "end times") in which the modern state of Israel is still equated with the Old Testament notion of "God's chosen people;" and two, a complete denial of the very existence of Palestinian Christians.

UN moves to counter deteriorating Gaza education levels

Olmert: I respect Assad Ehud Olmert voiced respect for Bashar Assad and reiterated Israel's desire for peace with Syria. Umm, they say this right after they buzzbombed the place?