Thursday, January 31, 2008

Headlines for 01-30-08

Two militants killed in northern Gaza Two Palestinian militants were killed and two others wounded on Wednesday in a gun battle with an Israeli army force in the town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, said medics and residents of the town.

An urgent call for prayer; Gaza Christians 'desperate'

W. Bank Palestinian authorities announces emergency after bad weather

Abbas rejects Hamas control over Gaza border

Soldier steals from Palestinians 'because of Gilad Shalit' A Golani fighter who stole NIS 100 (about $27.4) from a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip explained that he committed the offense "out of anger after seeing a picture of Gilad Shalit. I wanted to buy pizza for my platoon."

Palestinian woman dies in Gaza due to the Israeli siege imposed on the region

The Israeli army shells northern Gaza and Palestinian resistance retaliates In Beit Hanoun, local sources said that jet fighters shelled a farm and residential areas, causing damage to property, but no injuries.

One Injured and four kidnapped during Israeli army attack on Jenin

Report: Egypt foiled attack on Israel

Bush releases $32 million to the Palestinians President Bush released $32 million for emergency assistance to the Palestinians.

Hamas rejects international presence on Egypt border

Egyptians host Gaza rivals talks

Security Council Loses Credibility Over Iran, Israel For more than 26 years, he pointed out, Israel has been in violation of UNSC resolution 487 which calls upon Israel to "place its nuclear facilities under IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguard." The US does Israel's bidding at the UN (and just about in every other venue as well).

Why lovers of Israel should vote for McCain (according to Lieberman) ** He does not believe that talks with Iran will make the difference. Lieberman calls this approach "just naive". You can't expect that "words" will do the trick. The Iranians will react to "strength." And in McCain Lieberman found the "principled leader in time of war" that will not be swayed by public opinion. Whose war is this?

Gaza petrol stations boycott Israeli fuel shipments in protest Petrol stations in Gaza on Tuesday refused to receive fuel shipments from Israel except diesel for power plants and the cooking gas.

Israel's days are numbered - Iran "It has lost its reason to be and will sooner or later fall,'' he said.

Snow further complicates relief supplies to Gaza Vulnerable refugees in the Gaza Strip could soon be without an important source of protein, as canned meat has not been imported into the enclave in recent days and supplies from the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) are about to run out, a UN official who requested anonymity said on 30 January.

Islamic Jihad hails Abbas-Hamas dialogue on Rafah terminal crossing Khaled aL-Batch, a senior Jihad Gaza-based leader, said in a statement, faxed to press, that success of such a dialogue is a 'national imperative', in a way that would lead to lifting the siege being imposed on the Palestinian people and setting forth new arrangements for running the Gaza's crossings.

Conflicts killed 108 Palestinians, three Israelis, UN says The military conflict between Israel and the Hamas-led Gaza Strip has killed 108 Palestinians and three Israelis in the past month, the United Nations said Wednesday in summing up the explosive situation that has exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Rare snowstorm hits the Middle East "I'm originally from Gaza where snow never falls," said Bothaina Smairi, 28, who was out in Ramallah taking photographs. "The white snow is covering the old world and I feel like I am in a new world where everything is white, clean, and beautiful."

UN official cautions that Gaza sanctions will 'punish' vulnerable residents «He noted his concern for the 1.4 million residents of Gaza, including the old, the young and the sick, who are already suffering from the impact of prolonged closure, and said that they should not be punished for the unacceptable actions of militants and extremists,»

Charity makes dreams come true for injured Gazan children

School life on the West Bank Two Palestinian schools - and the startling problems that they face every day - are the subject of a remarkable new film from EducationGuardian and Teachers TV

Italy: US dialogue with Iran impossible, says Jewish leader The executive director of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris, said he found it difficult to accept that the US could negotiate with Iran until it halted its nuclear enrichment programme.

A model wears a creation by Palestinian fashion designer Jamal Taslaq part of his Spring-Summer 2008 high-fashion collection

Egyptian president, visiting Iranian parliament speaker agree diplomatic relations soon to be restored Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and the head of Iran's parliament agreed in an hour long meeting Wednesday that their nations could soon restore diplomatic relations, the visiting Iranian official said. The ties were cut after Cairo signed a peace deal with Israel in 1979.

Severed cables disrupt internet Internet services have been disrupted in large parts of the Middle East and India following damage to two undersea cables in the Mediterranean.

Israel probe finds war 'failure' Israel's 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon was a "large and serious" failure, according to an Israeli government-appointed inquiry.

Gaza: Israeli "End the Siege" Action at Erez Checkpoint

Gaza crisis complicates U.S. peace efforts

Arab ministers attend anti-terrorism conference Arab interior ministers arrived in Tunisia Wednesday to debate how to cut off funding for extremist networks and improve frontier controls at a two-day conference.

Israeli court backs Gaza blockade

Lantos blasts PLO office on Habash Afif Safieh, who heads the Palestine Liberation Organization's Washington office, on Monday described George Habash, who headed the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as a "great leader" and opened a condolences registry for him.

WJC praises Canada on Durban

OSU students hold vigil for deprived Gaza residents

Israel says Libya unworthy of seat on U.N. council During a debate on the Middle East, Libya's U.N. ambassador, Giadalla Ettalhi, angered his Israeli counterpart by accusing the Jewish state of "ethnic cleansing" and rampant human rights violations in the Palestinian territories.

'Living stones' offer Christian witness in Holy Land

Palestinians have little faith in Bush

Methodist Church Renews Drive For Divestment From Israel Tensions are re-emerging between Jewish organizations and some mainline Protestant churches in the wake of a renewed drive for churches to divest from companies doing business with Israel......Relations with the Presbyterian Church (USA) are also strained, following remarks by church officials criticizing Israel because of the Gaza closure

Israel?s war crimes in the Gaza Strip

Dire conditions for patients seeking medical treatment outside Gaza On Saturday, 19th January, Munir finally managed to leave Gaza following persistent campaigning on his behalf by numerous human rights organisations. Munir was one of the "lucky" ones. Hundreds and hundreds of other people in similarly critical medical conditions are still waiting, and hoping, to be given permission to leave.

Israel to send vaccines to Gaza after border breach Israel will deliver thousands of vaccines for cattle and avian-borne diseases to the Gaza Strip because of fears the recent breach of Gaza's border with Egypt will bring a wave of sickness to the coastal area, Israeli officials said.

Palestinian Territories: cameraman held by Executive Force for two days Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the arbitrary arrests of journalists in the Gaza Strip by the Executive Force, Hamas? armed wing.

Poll: Palestinian majority wants pro-Abbas forces on Gaza crossings

Ad campaign targets rocket attacks The 220 spots by the nonprofit group, which promotes Israel's image in the media, will run on cable news channels and target national opinion leaders during an intense political season. They will be seen only in the Washington-area market.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Headlines for 01-29-08

The Israeli army attack several villages in northern part of the West Bank and kidnaps two civilians

Hamas chief discusses renewing talks with Fatah

EXTRA: EU calls on Israel to halt "illegal" settlements "The EU considers that settlement building anywhere in the occupied Palestinian Territories is illegal under international law. This includes Israeli settlements in both East Jerusalem and the West Bank,"

UN fails to agree Gaza statement Libya wanted language more critical of Israel than the US would accept.

Egypt tries to seal Gaza border

OPT: Palestinians must not be re-imprisoned within the Gaza Strip "The 1.5 million Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip have been virtually imprisoned there since June, most of them in abject poverty as fuel, food and medicinal supplies run out as a result of the Israeli blockade," said Malcolm Smart, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme. "They must not be left to live in the same conditions after the re-closure of the border."

Ha'aretz Rates the Candidates by Philip Giraldi The Israeli national interest is clearly not identical to that of the United States, except possibly to AIPAC, but it would be difficult to discern the difference based on the comments being made by American presidential candidates. Indeed, many of the candidates sometimes seem as if they are actually running for office in Israel.

Faeces Change the Face of Gaza The rain has not helped. The sludge has spread, and the stench with it. Starved of timely income and essential supplies, municipal services have all but ceased.

The Israeli army target several West Bank cities and kidnap 6 civilians

Egypt turns back 3000 Palestinians EGYPTIAN authorities have turned back around 3000 Palestinians trying to reach Cairo and other cities after crossing into Sinai from Gaza following a border breach, a security source said overnight.

The Israeli Authorities destroy part of a Palestinian owned building in Jerusalem Palestinian sources reported that on Monday evening the Israeli Authorities demolished part of a house owned by a Palestinian family located in the northern part of Jerusalem city.

Israeli troops arrest Jihadist leader

UN Security Council won't condemn Israel Sources in Livni's office said that Israel's insistence, backed by the US, was what caused Libya, the Security Council's chair this month, to go back on its demand that the discussion be held.

Hamas: "P.A security forces arrested eight Hamas members in the West Bank"

Egypt cuts Gaza border crossing points to two

'Soldiers abused Palestinian detainees, took photos on their cell phones' Soldiers in the IDF's Kfir Brigade are suspected of abusing Palestinian detainees in the West Bank and documenting it all on their cell phone cameras, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.

Gaza diary 4: Rana Elhindi In a bleak final entry, Save the Children worker Rana Elhindi concludes her diary on the current crisis in Gaza for the BBC News website.

Passports to progress Israelis and Palestinians alike should join me in taking dual citizenship - for we share one destiny

U.S. hearing addresses anti-Semitism Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Middle East Subcommittee, convened a hearing last week addressing censorship in the Arab world and how it spurs anti-Semitism. On the Republican side, Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution last week calling for the United Nations to take steps to prevent the expression of anti-Semitism at U.N. events.

Obama rejects Palestinian right of return Democratic presidential candidate reaffirms support for Israel, but backs Iran dialogue: Senator Barack Obama presented his views on Israel and the Middle East Monday in a phone conversation with Israeli and Jewish journalists.

Obama speaks to Jewish voters on Israel Winning over Israel could help the Democratic presidential candidate gain favor with American Jews, who make up large voting blocs in key states like New York and Florida.

Palestinians suffer as the world fails Gaza After hesitantly voicing their "concern" over Israel's post-Annapolis decision to expand Jewish settlements throughout East Jerusalem, both the United States and the European Union have lapsed into an embarrassed silence. All the frontrunners in this year's US presidential campaign ? Clinton, Obama, McCain, Giuliani ? have expressed their uncritical support for Israel as they compete for Jewish campaign funding

Five Palestinians kidnapped from Hebron

Israeli official: Bolton said Rice caved on truce terms to end 2006 Lebanon war

Knesset members want Joseph's Tomb repaired Israeli lawmakers are demanding that the Palestinians repair Joseph's Tomb.......Joseph's Tomb, the West Bank shrine considered to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch, was reduced to rubble as the Israeli army retreated from the area in October 2000.

Methodists back call for ending 'siege' The leader of U.S. Methodists endorsed a letter urging Israel to end the "siege" of the Gaza Strip.

Smashed border fence costs Gaza's smugglers Tunnel owner Abu Yassin said a customer cancelled a $150,000 job to smuggle 15 tons of medicine into the Gaza Strip on the night Hamas gunmen blasted open the border fence and shoppers streamed into Egypt. Since then, business has been dead

Who is pushing whom into the sea - who is wiping whom off the map? Israel doesn't threaten to 'wipe countries off the map', true. It doesn't threaten - it just does it. It also doesn't threaten to 'annihilate' other nations. It doesn't threaten - it just DOES IT (to Lebanon in 2006's leveling of that nation).

Cisco Announces $10 Million Investment to Support Job Creation and Economic Development in the Palestinian Territories Cisco (NasdaqGS:CSCO - News) today announced an investment of $10 million to seed a sustainable model of job-creation and economic development in the Palestinian Territories. The three-year investment, made in cooperation with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, represents Cisco's continued commitment toward building stronger and healthier global communities through strategic social investments.

Bush says 'time has come' for Israeli-Palestinian peace

No way to avoid Hamas now

Students march for blockade issues Students banded together yesterday in efforts to bring attention to the issues facing the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

Delegation traveling to Middle East over Feb. break Rising to the challenge set forth by former President Jimmy Carter in his speech at Brandeis last January, the students will travel to the West Bank and Israel in an attempt to have a diverse experience and make connections, Kang said.

Russia wants creation of organization for Persian Gulf "A path to peace in the region will be opened when the parties to the conflict begin real negotiations, in which the positions of all parties will be taken into account. If good will is manifested, then important aspects such as the release of occupied territories, the stopping of settlement activities, refugees, and the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jerusalem issue may well be resolved,"

Palestinian engineer puts Tel Aviv on the right track

Arabs, Russians, protest against Israel?s siege over the Gaza Strip Hundreds of Arabs and Russians protested in Moscow on Tuesday against the unjust Israeli siege over the Gaza Strip and demanded the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.

United Methodists explore divestment proposals Sprecher pointed to a resolution (#312) passed by the 2004 General Conference opposing Israeli settlements in Palestinian land. "This is the current policy of our church," he said. "So how do we make it more than just words?" He stressed that the action against Caterpillar is proposed because the company's bulldozers and other equipment are being used to clear Palestinian land, destroy Palestinian homes and olive groves and help erect the "wall of separation," some of which is on Palestinian land.

US sharply toughens stance toward Syria

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Headlines for 01-28-08

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank The officials said the teenager was shot in his stomach by the troops who were surrounding a building in the city during a search for militants.

None Dare Call It Treason The Israeli connection is what's interesting about this covert operation, because it involves U.S. citizens, high government officials who have been part of an ongoing investigation that dates back to at least 1999, the earliest year mentioned in the AIPAC indictment.

Israelis halt Gaza project backed by Tony Blair Mr Blair won public assurances from Israel last November that it would allow the final items needed to complete the £8?million project. But subsequent refusals by Israel to allow in enough cement means that all work has stopped.

Fatah: Hamas must not have border role

Palestinians mourn radical Habash

U.S. lawmakers to attend Arutz-7 confab Four U.S. Congress members are confirmed participants in a settler-affiliated conference in Israel.

Bush to Gaza: 'Look what Hamas has brought you' Freedom?

Supplies run out in Egypt-Gaza border town

Egypt offers more food, medicine for Palestinians in Gaza An Egyptian charity body has sent a convoy of some 50 tons of food and medicine to the Palestinians suffering a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the official MENA news agency reported on Sunday.

Egypt wants Abbas forces to control Gaza border Egypt said on Monday it wanted the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas to control the border crossing with the Gaza Strip, excluding Hamas Islamists who have run the territory since June.

Hamas leader Meshaal in Saudi Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal met Saudi officials in Riyadh on Monday as part of a Saudi bid to mediate the return of Gaza, under Israeli blockade, to Palestinian Authority control, Saudi and Palestinian officials said.

Border Breach Temporary Boost for Gaza The freedom for Palestinians to move unchecked across Gaza's border with Egypt for the past six days spawned frenzied trading that created tens of thousands of overnight entrepreneurs like Mikdad.

Arabs say Israel fully responsible for Palestinian crisis in Gaza Arab foreign ministers said Monday that Israel was fully responsibility for the deterioration in the Gaza Strip and demanded the Jewish state immediately lift its blockade, open crossing points and allow humanitarian supplies to reach the people.

Arabs plan strikes, protests in response to Mazuz decision Following Attorney General Menachem Mazuz's decision to close case of October 2000 riots, Arab sector set to embark on protest marches, strike on Friday

Abbas gets European and Arab backing Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit endorsed Abbas's proposal to deploy his own, Western-trained forces at the crossing along with the EU monitors, though the presence of neither force was imminent, given Hamas's command on the ground.

Troops attack a female detainee while in Tel Aviv to court Palestinian sources reported on Tuesday that Israeli soldiers attacked detainee Woroud Qasim, 20, from the Arab town of Al Teera, as she tried to talk to her brother before the court session in the Central Court in Tel Aviv.

2 Border Guard officers charged with assault of Palestinian teen A video of the two beating the boy during what was suppose to be a routine patrol in the villages south of the West Bank city of Nablus, was aired on Ynet last March.

Palestinian militants reject rockets halt in exchange for fuel supplies

Israel allows fuel into Gaza; Palestinian officials say the amount insufficient

Olmert postpones talks on Jerusalem The Olmert government is postponing talks with the Palestinians about the future status of Jerusalem.

Rebel from a bygone era

Sick detainees hospitalized in Al Ramala, face deteriorating conditions

George Habash

Hebron special update: Gaza, Beit Ummar, and Hebron

Christian Peacemaker Teams Releases Video of Settlers Firing on Palestinian Shepherds in South Hebron Hills

Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief concludes visit to Israel and the OPT I was more than surprised to learn about the subtle differences with regard to indicating religious affiliation on official ID cards. While Israeli citizens' ID cards no longer state the holder's ethnicity, those of Palestinians residents of the oPt do disclose their religion. In my opinion, to indicate the religious affiliation on official ID cards carries a serious risk of abuse, which has to be weighed against the possible reasons for disclosing the holder's religion

Report: Chief Rabbi says move Gazans to a Palestine in Sinai

End 'siege' of Gaza, Israeli activists urge Israeli authorities did not permit the relief aid to reach the Palestinian side.

Barak secretly meets Pakistan president Defense Minister Ehud Barak secretly met last week with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, Israel's Channel 2 reported Sunday. The two met in Paris and discussed the Iranian nuclear threat and the situation in the Middle East.

Hizbollah criticises Lebanese army over killings Hizbollah, backed by Syria and Iran, and the de facto leader of the opposition against the western-backed government, has demanded an inquiry into the killing of the protesters, almost all opposition members and Shia.

Israeli Soldiers Bare All In South Hebron Hills The incident was insult to injury as it occurred immediately after
settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of Havat Ma?on,
accompanied by Israeli soldiers, pushed the shepherd and his flock off the

Jerusalem Diary: Monday 28 January "Some people are surviving here," he said, in a voice so quiet that it barely punctured the din of the market. "But most of us are going under."

Protests across the US call for an end to Gaza siege Over the weekend, protests were held in a number of US cities and towns calling on Israel to end the imprisonment of 1.5 million Palestinians inside Gaza without access to food, safe water, electricity or medical care.

Arabs battle for citizenship; State unyielding

US supports presence by Abbas forces on Gaza border

The Dershowitz/Berman Primary Dershowitz has devoted his life in recent years to discrediting the careers and reputations of critics of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, slavishly defending Israel against any and all comers, no matter the validity of their point.

Yemen's President Saleh to seek European pressure on Israel

Giuliani bolsters Olmert ahead of Winograd Giuliani emphasized security and foreign policy issues when speaking to the Post, strongly defending Israel's actions against Gaza......He also reiterated his insistence that "Iran will not be allowed to become a nuclear-armed power" under a Giuliani administration and that the military option should be kept on the table.

US roadmap monitor meets Israeli FM

Cabinet okays change in law to reopen British Gas talks The cabinet approved an amendment to the natural gas law on Sunday that would allow it to buy gas from the British Gas Group's reserves off the Gaza coast and from other suppliers to sell to end users.

Terrorism's Christian Godfather When war broke out in 1948, he returned to Lydda. In July, Israeli forces led by Moshe Dayan entered Lydda and its population emptied. Israeli accounts long portrayed the Palestinians as having "fled." But Israeli historian Benny Morris wrote in 1999 that Israeli forces killed at least 250 townspeople, including young men massacred in a mosque. "Immediately after this, with [Israeli Prime Minister] Ben Gurion's authorization, the troops expelled the inhabitants of Lydda and Ramle and drove them toward the [Arab] Legion lines to the east," according to Morris. Two articles in regard to Lydda - this one, and this one. Be sure to listen to the sound bite from the Anglican priest on the CNN website as it mentions the mosque massacre, which CNN decided against putting in the article. The Palestinians were forced out at gunpoint by Israelis/Jewish soldiers during the Lydda/Ramle death march, or as I call it, the Palestinian Trail of Tears.

Hezbollah demands inquiry into Beirut killings Lebanon's most powerful faction, demanded on Monday to know who was behind shooting that killed six opposition supporters in some of Beirut's worst street violence since the 1975-90 civil war.

Aboutrika warned for Gaza protest Egypt midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika has been warned for making a political statement during his team's Africa Cup of Nations match on Saturday.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Headlines for 01-27-08

How To Help Feed and Support Children of The Gaza Strip And West Bank

Israel will resume Gaza supplies Israel says it will resume regular fuel supplies to Gaza in a week's time. They were stopped 10 days ago due to rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.

Christian Palestinian children light candles during a special prayer supporting Gaza people in the Holy Family Latin Church in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Iran extends olive branch to Israel and U.S "Iran is not threatening Israel and does not want nuclear weapons." "Israel has nuclear weapons and it is threatening Teheran," he said

Hamas polices Gaza border with Egypt The small group of Hamas forces appeared to be coordinating efforts to restore order at the border with their Egyptian counterparts, jointly directing traffic and manning checkpoints. Both Hamas and the Egyptians were urging Gaza motorists to go back home.

Case closed against police for killing Israeli Arabs in riots during Palestinian uprising

Olmert and Abbas fail to shut border

Palestinian factions mourn PFLP founder Hamas leader Ismail Haneya in a statement that "Dr. George Habash spent all his life struggling for the cause of the Palestinian people," adding that Hamas and the deposed government mourn Habash's passing away.

Beit Ommar under siege

EU plans to revamp aid for Palestinians to make it fit with government goals The European Union plans to revamp its massive annual aid for Palestinians from next month to make it fit better with the economic reform program of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Palestinians rally in West Bank cities to mourn PLFP leader George Habash

News Photo Results for Gaza

A Palestinian boy pulls an empty cart on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip

A tale of two visitors They speak of their existence as Palestinians with passion. Yet they do not seem angry. And while the men admit their life can be hard and it becomes frustrating, they look to their faith and their work as good Samaritans for strength and guidance......."Freedom - you can taste it, you can feel it ... this is why I'm thankful I'll spend 25 days here with you,"

Gazans head home as Egypt chokes off supplies

Teens turning cameras on Sderot Given international attention on the Palestinian plight in Gaza, Israel is searching for ways to stir foreign sympathy for its civilians targeted in the almost daily shelling attacks.

Court convicts IDF officer who led troops in W. Bank rampage

The True Miracle of Israel Never in history has a story been so slanted as that of Palestine and Israel. Never has the victim been so squarely blamed for his own misfortunes as the Palestinian. This is not an arrogant counter-narrative to Israel's concoctions. It's a glaring truth that continues to be either ignored or misunderstood.

Seven killed in Beirut violence

Bush marks Holocaust remembrance "I was deeply moved by my recent visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum," Bush said in his statement Sunday, referring to the culmination of his visit to Israel earlier this month

Standing with Israel, but stepping on all other toes The mission statement of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre commits it to "standing with Israel". Its political power was shown last week, when it elicited a letter from Barack Obama urging the US ambassador to the UN to oppose a motion on Gaza unless rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel

Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis brings her one-woman show to UW-Madison She 's sitting shivah for a little Palestinian girl who her grandson shot, and she 's a Jewish woman.

20 Arabs suspected of Tanzim arms deals

Giuliani Spends Morning at Synagogue Rudy Giuliani expressed his support for members of Florida?s Jewish community and the state of Israel during a synagogue visit this morning.

Shas threatens to quit gov't over Jerusalem Shas' Council of Torah Sages convened Sunday at the home of the party's spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and announced that Shas would quit the government once negotiations with the Palestinians over the fate of Jerusalem begin

Amal, Hezbollah call for end to Beirut clashes Lebanese Shiite movements Amal and Hezbollah have called on their supporters to leave the streets, after at least seven people were reported killed in clashes with demonstrators in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Headlines for 01-26-08

The Israeli army attacks a non-violent protest near Bethlehem On Friday midday the villagers of Al Khader village located near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem protested today against the illegal Israeli wall being built on the villagers lands.

Egypt watches Gaza traffic go on On Saturday, the governor of the Egyptian border province of North Sinai said that Egypt would continue allowing Palestinians to come across the border, and that it would help them stock up on supplies.

Palestinian radical founder dies Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called three days of national mourning

2 children die in Gaza after Israel denies them travel approval

Gaza's falling wall changes Middle East map for ever For the first time in years Gazans feel free 'Free at last. Free at last. Are we finally free at last?'.....

Jordanians protest Gaza siege, call for UN intervention

Israeli police shoot Palestinian after stabbing Israeli police shot a Palestinian who had stabbed an Israeli border policeman near Jerusalem, Israeli police and ambulance workers said.

Houstonians protest Gaza blockade Raw video from the scene

Hundred thousands of Yemenis hold demonstration supporting Palestinian people The Capital Sana'a witnessed on Saturday the greatest demonstration of hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people in support to the Palestinian people against the barbarian aggression of Israeli army on Gaza Strip.

Gaza families flock across border amid continued chaos Early Saturday, many Egyptian-owned stores were shuttered, with groups of Palestinians gathering outside and pleading with shopkeepers to allow them to purchase food and supplies in anticipation of a more heavy-handed effort to re-seal the border. By nightfall, however, the security presence largely had disappeared, the throngs were back and sidewalk trading was brisk....."They were choking in a prison and now that prison is open," Ibrahim said. "To be honest, it's not just about profit. It makes me feel good to sell to them."

Abbas calls on militants to halt Gaza rocket fire In a speech from the presidential headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Abbas also accused Israel of imposing collective punishment on the Gaza population by barring the transfer of food and medical supplies.

Border town united by Gaza border breach After the towering border wall slicing through Rafah was toppled earlier this week, long-separated relatives, friends and even former soccer buddies just had to walk a few yards to embrace and reminisce.

Fistfights as Gazans clear Egyptian shelves "Where are the Arab countries that should have sent food aid immediately as soon as they heard the border was open?"

Abbas to press Olmert to end Gaza blockade

A Palestinian Christian girl with a Palestinian flag painted on her face, prays during a mass service in support of Gaza

Israel suspects Iranians already working on nuclear warhead Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, in an interview published Saturday, that Iran is "quite advanced" in its work on atomic weapons and may already be fashioning a nuclear warhead.

Soldiers attack underage Palestinian detainees during interrogation

Why Bush Wants to Legalize the Nuke Trade with Turkey According to FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, there is a vast black market for nukes, and certain U.S. officials have been supplying sensitive nuclear technology information to Turkish and Israeli interests through its conduits.

Found in Translation by Philip Giraldi if she is to be believed, a treasonous plot to embed moles in American military and nuclear installations and pass sensitive intelligence to Israeli, Pakistani, and Turkish sources was facilitated by figures in the upper echelons of the State and Defense Departments......Edmonds also claims that Grossman was instrumental in seeding Turkish and Israeli Ph.D. students into major American research labs by godfathering visas and enabling security clearances.......She further reports that beginning in 1999, the FBI was investigating senior Pentagon officials who were assisting agents of foreign governments, including Turkey and Israel. Edmonds has not publicly named names at the Pentagon, but a website linked to her appears to be a non-incriminating instrument for identifying suspects without doing so directly. Its ?rogues gallery? includes photos of Richard Perle and Douglas Feith........?If you made public all the information that the FBI have on this case, you will see very high-level people going through criminal trials,? Edmonds told the Times...... Edmonds?s claims that the section was infiltrated by translators who should never have received security clearances and who were deliberately failing to translate incriminating material are supported by the Justice Department inspector general investigation and by an FBI internal investigation, which concluded that she had been fired after making ?valid complaints.?........Edmonds?s revelations have attracted corroboration in the form of anonymous letters apparently written by FBI employees. There have been frequent reports of FBI field agents being frustrated by the premature closure of cases dealing with foreign spying, particularly when those cases involve Israel, and the State Department has frequently intervened to shut down investigations based on ?sensitive foreign diplomatic relations.?.......Curiously, the states-secrets gag order binding Edmonds, while put in place by DOJ in 2002, was not requested by the FBI but by the State Department and Pentagon?which employed individuals she identified as being involved in criminal activities.......It is generally believed that Waxman, a strong supporter of Israel, is nervous about exposing an Israeli lobby role in the corruption that Edmonds describes. Wow.

The Biggest Jailbreak in History

The Gaza 'tea party' Gaza is the Massachusetts of 2008. The "Intolerable Acts" of 1774 are a child's birthday party compared to the "Intolerable Acts" of 2008, committed by Israel. The Crossing of Rafah is the Port of Boston, 234 years later.
We went to war over much much less than what these people have had to suffer - for sixty years.

This exodus presents us Egyptians with a threat - and an opportunity

The Arab American News: New York activists take on Israeli settlement builder A network of pro-Palestinian organizations in New York is working hard to expose Israeli businessman Lev Leviev?s sponsorship of Israeli settlement construction. The groups have engaged in creative protests and organized boycotts and pressured those linked with Leviev. Their boycott campaign is gaining strong momentum.

Rice decries 'foreign interference' after Lebanon bombing

Middle East peace deal possible this year: Blair

Hospitality in a suspicious world Palestinians were generous despite their bleak, constrained lives. Lives which, they were usually too polite to point out, my country was historically, partly responsible for.

McCain is using support for Israel to court Jews - and Christians

Letter: Resist Israel lobbyists The drums for war with Iran are getting louder, and overpowering calls for restraint and negotiation. The only country advocating, in fact demanding, that the United states attack Iran, "regime change" is the euphemism used, is Israel......I cannot stand idly by and watch special interests, such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and their neoconservative partners, browbeat our leaders in Congress and the White House into actions that may well result again in Americans' lives being wasted in more unnecessary Mideast wars.

The Long Fuse to the Iraq War He talks about a parallel establishment and "an elite caste," but doesn't do anything to explore the huge pots of money available to the neocons and to politicians who stick by Israel. There is no follow through because all these ideas are close to anti-Semitic "canards," the word the pro-Israel crowd likes to use when anyone tries to address Jewish influence in public life......... If Heilbrunn doesn't believe this, he ought to state why not. As it is the reader is left with the shadowy sense that the neocons have a pro-Israel agenda that they are not upfront about. But it isn't a conspiracy, Heilbrunn warns. The neocons have convinced themselves that the U.S. and Israel have congruent interests.

Time to change direction The prime minister and his people apparently realized that the Israeli public loves to hate Olmert, but it hates the Palestinians even more. The tough position presented by the prime minister vis-à-vis the besieged Gazans instantly turned him into the crowd favorite. The public likes to see its prime minister being indifferent to Palestinian suffering. This trick helped Ariel Sharon in the past, and now it serves Olmert.

Dutch Jewish group slams card of Anne Frank in kaffiyeh A Dutch Jewish organization last week condemned the distribution of a postcard showing a manipulated image of Anne Frank wearing a Palestinian kaffiyeh, calling it "a tasteless falsification of history." The company that published the postcard described it as "an idyllic image of peace."

Christian Zionists Feel "Betrayed" by Bush's Road Map "Hagee's injection of the charged rhetoric of biblical prophesy into contemporary foreign policy," Posner writes, "has catapulted him to the forefront of an American Christian Zionist movement that has become the darling of conservative Israel hawks in Washington and neoconservatives yearning for regional war in the Middle East."

Demonstrations "for Gaza and Sderot" on both sides of the fence A convoy of about 100 private cars and 25 buses is currently on its way to the Erez crossing in a demonstration of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and the residents of Sderot, under the slogan: "Stop the siege on Gaza: A demonstration for Gaza and for Sderot."

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Headlines for 01-25-08

Israel kills 4 in Gaza as Egypt begins closing border

Israeli air strike kills Hamas commander Mohammed Harb was killed along with one of his lieutenants when an Israeli missile struck their car, medical sources said.

Israel kills Palestinian in West Bank clash, medics say Witnesses said troops opened fire at local residents who hurled rocks at troops in the village, killing the teenager.

'Breakout into Israel' ahead A SENIOR Hamas official warned yesterday that the next breakout from the Gaza Strip could be into Israel, with 500,000 Palestinians attempting to march towards the towns and villages from which they or their parents fled or were expelled 60 years ago.

US still blocks UNSC vote on Gaza while the new draft makes mention of rockets targeting Israelis, it strengthened its condemnation of Israel, according to officials in the Israeli Mission, who said the current draft was "very bad" for Israel.

To avoid fence, Jerusalem Arabs are making move to Jewish areas This shift, wrought by the security fence, is profoundly changing the city?s character. In some cases it is prompting Jewish Jerusalemites unhappy with the changes to talk about leaving their neighborhoods or the city entirely......Jerusalem?s Jews seem to have mixed feelings about the changing demographics of their neighborhoods. Jews in some neigborhoods are setting up committees to prevent Arabs from moving in, and some are circulating fliers in synagogues against selling or renting homes to Arabs, according to Israeli media reports.
This racism is truly the heart of this conflict; from the beginning the plan has been to be rid of as many Arabs as possible from the region in order to further the defining characteristic of Israel, the Jewish State. All manner of Israeli government policies are put forth (and have been since before the inception of Israel, really) in an effort to achieve this end.

Israeli cop killed A Palestinian group claimed responsibility for killing an Israeli border guard in a shooting attack near Jerusalem.

Hamas: ?P.A security arrested five Hamas members in the West Bank on Thursday?

Qurea meets EU envoy for Middle East Peace Process, slams settlements, siege

Fearing Palestinian unrest, Jerusalem police limit access to Moslem shrine

Hamas says its members carried out WBank attack Hamas's armed wing said in a statement on Friday that its members were responsible for an infiltration into a West Bank settlement that ended with the death of the two Palestinian militants.

Israel refuses to rule out retaliatory attack ISRAEL is still considering a large-scale military operation to stop rocket attacks from Gaza, according to defence minister Ehud Barak.

A Palestinian boy helps his sister as they make their way to Egypt after

Palestinians profit from breach Faced with constant economic challenges and hardships, Gazans are used to using their wiles to keep bread on their tables.

Hamas challenges Egypt's bid to close Gaza border Egyptian security forces greatly reduced their presence along the breached Gaza border late on Friday after Palestinian militants defied their attempts to seal the gaps by bulldozing a new opening.

Gazans scramble to Egypt in supply rush Gazan men heaved sheep and mattresses over a concrete wall at one border point. Young men helped women and the elderly scale the wall to buy food or medicine.

Egypt struggles to herd Gazans back to confinement

Hamas accepts Egypt invitation to meet Fatah

Jordanians rally in support of Hamas in Gaza The demonstrators lambasted Arab rulers, without naming them, accusing them of standing idly by as ordinary Gazans suffer and called on Egypt to allow freedom of movement for Palestinians.

Israeli-Turkish relations tense as Erdogan says Qassams don't kill Relations between Israel and Turkey have become very tense in the last two days, after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that no Israelis have been killed by Qassam missiles, while every Israel Defense Forces attack in the Gaza Strip kills dozens of Palestinians.

Blockade can't divide some Israeli, Palestinian friends

Security chief assassinated in Lebanon bomb A senior Lebanese police officer and 10 other people were killed this morning when a powerful car bomb exploded in an east Beirut suburb.

Ambassador vs. Ambassador: Is Obama good for Israel? A couple of weeks ago, the Israeli tabloid Maariv ran a leading headline claiming that Israeli officials do not want Obama to be elected. They don't think he will be good for Israel.

U.N. aide played down attacks on Israel, envoy says Only one of the 15 council members -- the United States -- opposes the Arab draft. A senior U.S. envoy said Washington was unhappy with it because it fails to condemn the "terrorism" against Israel and ignores the causes of the problem.

Neocons Shaken, But Not Deterred While battered, however, neoconservatives have not yet been forced from the field. And while their hopes that President George W. Bush would "take out" Iran's nuclear program before leaving office appear to have diminished substantially, their hawkish voice is still heard loud and clear both in the White House ? courtesy of Vice President Dick Cheney's office and Deputy National Security adviser Elliott Abrams ? and in this year's Republican presidential race, where neoconservative favorites include former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. John McCain, and, until earlier this week, Fred Thompson......neoconservatives, both Jew and gentile, are bound by a "shared commitment to the largest, most important Jewish cause: the survival of Israel."

Anderson: Palestine needs our help Israel receives more money than the Caribbean, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa combined. By some estimates the U.S. sends $22 million to Israel a day. Pinch this pipeline?even for a moment?and the entire occupation would grind to a halt.

Circuit judge resigns to do religious work A lifelong Tampa resident, Sierra is giving up her $145,000-a-year job to bring food and Bibles to Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank.

U.S. Arabs protest Israeli blockade of Gaza Friday?s protest outside the offices of Israel?s consulate and U.N. mission was organized by groups including the Arab Muslim American Federation, the National Council of Arab-Americans, the Palestinian American Congress and Jews Against the Occupation.

Candle procession in Kafer Kanna Arab town in solidarity with the Gaza Strip

Gandhi grandson leaves peace center He apologized "for my poorly worded post," saying he shouldn't have implied that Israeli government policies reflected the views of all Jewish people.

The agony of Gaza The highly publicized breakout of those Gazans also made it impossible to ignore the collective punishment being imposed on them by Israel's policy of closure and economic blockade. Hard to believe that this came from The Boston Globe.

Montreal Palestinians urge Harper to intervene in worsening situation in Gaza

Court denies Al-Arian's appeal in contempt case

BBC bids to suppress study on Middle East 'bias' In 2006, however, a study for the BBC governors led by Sir Quentin Thomas, the president of the British Board of Film Classification, found that the BBC's coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict implicitly favoured the Israeli side. It concluded that the deaths of Israelis received greater coverage than Palestinian fatalities and made reference to "identifiable shortcomings".

Panel discusses integration of Arabs citizens in Israeli media

Israeli, Palestinian influences in Middle Eastern cooking

U.S. Jews working toward peace a sign of hope The voices of U.S. Jewish peace groups like Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, of which James and Jack are members, and Jewish Voice for Peace, which calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, are rarely heard in the U.S. mainstream media.

(By MJ Rosenberg)Gaza: Frozen and dark

Diplomats: EU foreign ministers to focus on Gaza The European Union's foreign ministers are set to focus on the situation in Gaza when they hold a regular meeting in Brussels on Monday, diplomats said.

The enemy within The Chicago Tribune justifies collective punishment by blaming the victims thereof.

Interview of Under Secretary Burns and Consul General Walles by Palestinian Media I want to say first of all, how much we support the United Nations and what UNRWA is doing in this camp as it does throughout the West Bank and Gaza, in Syria, in Jordan and in Lebanon. I think we all, members of the United Nations, have a responsibility to support the Palestinian people who are living under occupation and living in such hardship......We will in the next few weeks be providing more money, because we believe in the work that UNRWA is doing and we believe that Palestinian children should be educated. We believe that Palestinians should have dignity.

Shameful denial of Palestine holocaust

Israeli Initiative campaign spotlights Palestinian refugee problem The Israeli Initiative said it was due to launch a massive advertising campaign "that seeks to place the solution to the problem of the Palestinian refugees at the center of the political agenda".

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: Palestinians in Lebanon Seek Right of Return There will be a demonstration in Jerusalem around the right of return for Palestinian refugees and the Nakba, or 'catastrophe', when they were forced out of the land that became Israel in 1948. Palestinians in Lebanon are some of the worst off -- having been displaced up to five times from fighting and the civil war since then.

A rough guide to Hebron: The world's strangest guided tour highlights the abuse of Palestinians

Israel-Lebanon war sparks "human" films at Sundance

Friday, January 25, 2008

Headlines for 01-24-08

Medics say Israeli strike kills 2 Palestinians in Gaza An Israeli air strike on a car killed at least two Palestinian militants in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Friday, security officials and medical staff said.

Three dead in Mid-East violence Two Palestinians infiltrated a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and attacked students at a seminary before being shot dead, police say.

Sick Gazans rush Egypt's chemists Abu Abdullah wanted only one thing when he crossed through the shattered wall into Egypt -- a vaccine for his baby boy that can't be found in the neighbouring Gaza Strip.

U.N. Human Rights Council rebukes Israel on Gaza U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, in a speech on Wednesday, denounced Israel's "disproportionate use of force and targeted killings" as well as the Palestinian militants for firing rockets into Israel. Arbour, a former U.N. war crimes prosecutor, told the forum that international law forbids collective punishment and said Israel should lift all restrictions on aid intended for Gaza.

Israel pushes Egyptian responsibility for Gaza Israeli officials proposed that Egypt take over responsibility for supplying the Gaza Strip

Border breach could let Israel cut Gaza link, say officials The deputy defence minister, Matan Vilnai, said the rush of Palestinians across the border - after explosives were used to breach the dividing wall on Wednesday - was an opportunity for Israel to "disconnect" from Gaza. He said Israel wanted to relinquish responsibility for the supply of water, power and medicine to Gaza.

Situation in Gaza and the path to peace Article 33 of the fourth Geneva convention states that "no protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed". The British government, as a signatory to the convention, has a responsibility to ensure that it is upheld.

US presses Egypt on Gaza border Ms Rice, arriving for talks in Colombia, said she understood Egypt's position, but said: "It is an international border, it needs to be protected and I believe that the Egyptians understand the importance of doing that."

Gaza diary 3: Rana Elhindi We have been working with the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility, a water company in Gaza, to map out where the greatest need for water is so that we can work at fast tracking supplies to these areas.

In pictures: Gaza border break

Egypt moves to stem tide of Palestinians breaching border Egyptian riot police attempted to reseal the country's border with Gaza today as Palestinians continued to pour through a smashed wall into north Africa.

Egypt jittery at Israeli proposal to disconnect from Gaza The Gaza border crisis caused another sharp flap Thursday in Egyptian-Israeli relations, with Egypt angrily accusing Israel of trying to dump all responsibility for the troubled Gaza Strip in its lap. According to Israeli officials, Israel DID just dump all responsibility for Gaza on to Egypt.

GAZA EXODUS TO EGYPT - A 'Blessing in Disguise' for Israel? In Jerusalem the opening of the border with Egypt is even being greeted with some relief. "Cairo now has to solve the humanitarian problem that we have been dealing with until now,"......"The opening of the border relieves us of our responsibility for Gaza," a government official said, "and if the international community demands that the Israeli border with Gaza be opened, we will now point to the Egyptian role."

UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees appeals for funds to Gaza

Video: Desperate Palestinians burst into Egypt

Human Rights Council calls on Israel to end Gaza blockade The session opened with a plea by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour urging the Israeli Government to lift all restrictions on supplies into Gaza and pointed out that Israeli action in Gaza amounted to the use of collective punishment.

U.S., Israel discuss Iran Senior Bush administration officials are in Israel to discuss countering Iran's nuclear program.

Kucinich Urges Restoration of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza "Threatening the public health of 1.5 million people is not an effective or lawful means to ensure the security of Israel," Kucinich said. "Collective punishment will not stop the rocket fire; it only creates a questionable "balance" of suffering on both sides of the border.

Settlers attack a Palestinian house , international observers in Hebron

Gaza busts out of its blockade "We want to breathe some new fresh air, the air of freedom," said one woman as she headed toward Egypt with five children in tow. "I don't have much money to buy anything, but I will buy some detergent. My main reason is to just get out to see the other side."

Palestinians protest in Jerusalem, call for ending Gaza siege Dozens of Palestinian residents, and peace activists, held a protest on Thursday evening against the ongoing Israeli siege and attacks against the Palestinian residents in the Gaza Strip. The protest was organized by the Al Aqsa Foundation for Rebuilding Muslim Holy Sites.

Palestinian forces enter Jordan under U.S. program

Undercover Israeli troops invade Bethlehem and Kidnap two Palestinians

Escape from Gaza or Voluntary Transfer? Here's an excerpt from the Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva which explains the real motive behind the incident: "MK (Israeli Knesset member) Aryeh Eldad is hailing the Arab exodus to Egypt as proof that voluntary transfer is indeed an option."

The West's Orwellian Monopoly on Morality The US and Israel need a puppet government in Palestine so that a ghettoized remnant of Palestine can be turned into a "two-state solution." The two states will be Israel incorporating the stolen West Bank and a Palestinian ghetto without an economy, water, or contiguous borders.

US Officials Rejected Key Source on '94 Argentina Bombing The FBI agent, James Bernazzani, also says Argentine investigators had no real leads on an Iranian link to the bombing when his team was in Argentina. Three top officials in the US Embassy in Buenos Aires at the time ? including Ambassador James Cheek ? have confirmed the absence of evidence linking Iran to the bombing, which killed 85 people and wounded another 300.

Gaza overlooked by U.S. voters; economy dominates race Americans are still largely clueless as to what Israel is really doing to those people, thanks to the influence of the Israeli lobby on our media.

The day Gaza's Berlin Wall came down Finally came crowds and crowds of normal Gazans, men and women, old and young, some on bicycles, a few being pushed in wheelchairs, simply enjoying the rare sensation of freedom.

Refugee stories - Letters from Gaza (3) ... no expectations

Olmert: 2006 war with Hezbollah restored Israel's deterrence

Alarm for Egypt as Gaza crisis crosses the border Demonstrations in Cairo and elsewhere today were a reminder that Gaza's suffering generates strong feelings.

McCain to U.N.: Condemn Palestinian attacks U.S. Sen. John McCain called on the United Nations to condemn Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel.

Bush, Jordan king, discuss Gaza/Egypt issue

US Methodists to unveil proposals for divestment in Caterpillar The Church's social action agency wants the denomination to divest from companies providing products or services used for 'illegal destruction' in Palestinian areas.

'US will continue to buy Israeli goods despite economic slowdown' "I understand the growing fears of Israeli exporters regarding the weakness of the US dollar and uncertainty of the US economy," Donohue said. "But even with a slowdown in the economy, we are still going to buy more Israeli goods than anyone else." Of course we will, it's probably legislated by now.

American Official Visits Bethlehem and meets with UN Representatives

Rights court awards 2 Palestinian asylum seekers ¤15,000 for inhumane treatment in Belgium The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Belgium to pay two Palestinian asylum seekers ¤15,000 (nearly US$22,000) each in damages for inhumane and degrading treatment they suffered while awaiting deportation.

4,200 balloons released in NY to protest Qassam fire Israeli consulate organizes display to illustrate ongoing rocket attacks on southern communities

Former Ambassador to U.N. Advocates for Israel A staunch advocate of Israel, Bolton served as Assistant Secretary of State in the early 1990s.

OneVoice spreads its message at York University

Delegation invites Abbas to Knesset Israeli lawmakers attempting to visit Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah Thursday got an unexpected taste of life at IDF checkpoints when their convoy was denied entrance into the Palestinian territories.

Actually I'm quite comfy in here Israeli veterinarian Dr. Motke Levinson (left) and Palestinian zookeepers wait for an antelope to come out of its crate at a zoo

Israel urges Davos business chiefs to boycott Iran

UN seeks 10 million dollars in Gaza aid from Gulf Arabs

Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs: Brainwashing the U.S. Military, U.S. police departments and stealing elections

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Headlines for 01-23-08

Israeli fire kills Palestinian in Gaza: medics Ismail Ahmad al-Attar, 50, was killed by gunfire as he worked in his fields in the northern town of Beit Lahiya near the border with Israel, they said.

UN: Despite Israel's promises, West Bank barriers have increased A United Nations report released Tuesday shows that there has been a six-percent rise in the number of barriers in the West Bank, despite pledges by Israel to reduce this amount

Jews break down wall, escape the Warsaw Ghetto Play on words. You get the point.

US speaks to Egypt about its 'concern' over Gaza border

The Return of Dick Cheney by Philip Giraldi ** One would have thought that both Israel and the United States, not to mention Mahmoud Abbas, would have finally realized that there is no military solution to Hamas in Gaza, but the newer, more robust attitude is a product of the resurgence of Vice President Dick Cheney and the neocon hawks that surround him. Cheney and his friends are again planning to attack Iran before Bush leaves office.......The resurgence of Cheney and the instability arising from Bush's attempts to reinvigorate the faltering anti-Iran Arab coalition has alarmed several senior members of the American intelligence community who are now backing away from their optimistic assessment that the NIE on Iran ensured the US would not attack Iran.

Ecstatic Palestinians Go on Buying Spree Children bought soft drinks and chocolate, women scooped up cheese and cleaning products, and many men stocked up on cigarettes -- all expensive, or simply unavailable in Gaza because of Israel's shutdown of cargo crossings in June, after the Hamas' takeover. This article paints a portrait of what it must've been like for the Jews to escape from the Nazi ghettos.

Israel: fuel shipment to Gaza to thwart UN Security Council condemnation of Gaza siege

UN Security Council seeks common ground on Gaza Another diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "It really depends on the United States."

Radical Palestinians urge more resistance against Israel Hamas and Syria-based Palestinian radical groups called for stepped up resistance against Israel as they began a three-day "national conference" Wednesday while the Hamas-run Gaza Strip faced a crippling blockade.

Palestinians urge unity at Damascus meeting

US worried about fleeing Palestinians Worried that they might be able to get the basic necessities that they cannot get due to Israel's blockade of Gaza? Worried they might get food? Worried for their wellbeing? F'k no. The US, being Israel's stool pigeon, is worried that they BROKE FREE.

Hamas calls for urgent meeting on Gaza with Abbas, Egypt

Israel to remove largest settler outpost by August

A broken society If you bottle up 1.5 million people in a territory 25 miles long and six miles wide, and turn off the lights, as Israel has done in Gaza, the bottle will burst. This is what happened yesterday when tens of thousands of Gazans poured into Egypt to buy food, fuel and supplies after militants destroyed two-thirds of the wall separating the Gaza Strip from Egypt. It was the biggest jail break in history.

Hebron UPDATE: Hebron Update: 06-14 January 2008

Arab MKs: Israel committing crimes Some 300 representative of the "committee for lifting the blockade on Gaza", including members of Balad and the Islamic Movement, arrived at the Erez crossing and declared that they would try and transfer food to the Palestinian residents.

Israelis kidnap the Governor's consultant to religious affairs in Bethlehem

Gaza: man dies of wounds sustained earlier in the week, while navy attacks fishermen

Blockaded Gazans pour into Egypt to stock up Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he had authorised the crossing of the Palestinians as long as they were unarmed.

Palestinian man dies of wounds sustained in Israeli raid - A Palestinian civilian wounded in an Israeli military raid earlier this month died Wednesday, his family said.

Gaza humanitarian, Israel security needs must be balanced: Rice

Additional flaps with US officials reported at roadblocks American diplomats continued this week to raise the Civil Administration's ire over their continued refusal to open their car doors or windows and present identification when crossing from Israel into the West Bank....."This appears to be a new policy," a senior official said. "What is strange is that only Americans are behaving this way and no one else." They're flipping the bird to you, as only Americans could. :)

Municipality plans 40,000 new J'lem houses The Jerusalem Municipality is planning 40,000 new apartments throughout the city over the next decade, including several thousand flats in various Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem that have already been approved, the city said Tuesday.

Soldiers kidnap a Palestinian Human rights Activist in Nablus The Ahrar Center for Detainees? Studies reported on Wednesday that Israeli soldiers kidnapped Ahlam Jawhar, a Palestinian woman active in Human Rights, as she was leaving Nablus city through the Huwwara roadblock.

National Lawyers Guild Deplores Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Caused by Israeli Blockade and Fuel Cutoff

Palestinians' donors conference calls for "further efforts" "Efforts by all parties are required for the economic situation to improve: by donors to fulfill rapidly their commitments, by the Palestinian Authority to ensure prompt and full implementation" of the program "and by Israel to encourage improved movement of goods and persons, which, as highlighted by the IMF and the World Bank, is a prerequisite to a full economic recovery."

Hope blooms for Gaza flower farmer who crossed into Egypt "I'm exporting to Egypt for the first time," he said, standing by dozens of boxes from which poked out his pink, yellow and white blooms.

Experience Is to Hillary as 9/11 Is to Giuliani she defended Israel's right to occupy Palestinian territory, not to mention its erection of The Wall. Then she disrespected another international body of law -- the International Court of Justice -- which she denounced for calling on Israel to abide by international humanitarian law.

Foreign Thought Police Target US Candidates Like her neoconservative soul-mates in America, Glick is focused like a laser on the issue of "respectability": it's important that she and her ideological confreres get to determine who's "legitimate," and who ? to put it in Bill Kristol's terms ? is "a crank." This latter category includes anyone who, like Paul, wants to abandon as futile the Bushian project of "transforming" the Middle East into nascent "democracies" while taking out Israel's enemies one by one.

Palestinian Family to Hold Vigil Outside Israeli Embassy Commemorating One Year Death Anniversary of 10-Year-Old Daughter Killed by Israeli Soldier The family of Abir Aramin, a ten-year-old Palestinian girl who was shot by Israeli border police a year ago, will hold a vigil and protest outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC on Thursday, January 24 at 12:00pm.

"Hebron" Is There Peace Now?

Obama: Note Hamas in Gaza resolution Barack Obama wants a U.N. Security Council resolution on the Gaza Strip to mention rocket attacks on Israel.

More Yemenis rally against blockade of Gaza Strip

Canada snubs UN anti-racism conference Canada's delegation to the 2001 conference issued a statement of reservation on its final declaration, which included a statement of concern for the "plight of Palestinian people under foreign occupation." The document stopped short of directly condemning Israel. Canada falls ever further to the burgeoning Israeli lobby of its own.

Livni: Defense trumps reputation Israel's self-defense is more important than finding favor in foreign eyes, its foreign minister said.

Pakistan expresses concern over situation in Gaza

Muslim scholar appeals US visa refusal The US government has accused Ramadan of giving some 1,670 Swiss francs, (about 1,500 dollars) to a charity supporting the Palestinian people which Washington has blacklisted as being close to Hamas militants.

Controversy dogs Rachel Corrie There is no question that the work is biased. It's one woman's view of the issues. Some feel it's not the right view.

Middle East: Region would prefer jaw, jaw to war, war While the US has nudged Israel back to the negotiating table, producing a comprehensive settlement that creates a viable Palestinian state would require the kind of American pressure on Israel that few expect of Mr Bush, who has gone farther than his predecessors in supporting Israeli policies.

American unveils her Middle East experiences in new book "I don't think people see men and women from Palestine, for example, as human beings. Any time they are seen it's always (in the context of) war or conflict and the result of that has been de-humanize people."

Concern over situation in Gaza "In my view, the measures that the Israeli authorities have now implemented against the people of Gaza are unacceptable, and at the same time counterproductive. Everything seems to indicate that the armed groups are coping well and continue to receive money and weapons, whereas the civilian population is suffering. Their situation is steadily deteriorating,"

U.S. must continue to support Israel Let?s remember who attacked whom in 1967. Arab nations gathered forces in an attempt to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth Is the person not privvy to who exactly fired the first shot in the Six Day War? Evidently so, because Israel did so when it preemptively struck Egypt, destroying its air force.

61% - U.S. Muslims Optimistic About Israel Six-in-ten Muslim Americans (61%) say that "a way can be found for Israel to exist so that the rights and needs of the Palestinian people can be taken care of," compared with 16% who say that the rights and needs of Palestinians cannot be taken care of as long as Israel exists.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Headlines for 01-22-08

Israeli forces kill Hamas militant in Gaza: Hamas

A Palestinian killed in northern Gaza as Israeli aircrafts shell a home

This brutal siege of Gaza can only breed violence: Karen Koning AbuZayd in Gaza City Gaza is on the threshold of becoming the first territory to be intentionally reduced to a state of abject destitution, with the knowledge, acquiescence and - some would say - encouragement of the international community. An international community that professes to uphold the inherent dignity of every human being must not allow this to happen.

Palestinians blow up border wall with Egypt More than a thousand Palestinians crossed freely into Egypt without facing interference from Egyptian policemen, the Rafah residents said.

Red Cross Warns of Gaza Crisis The international Red Cross issued a dire warning on the state of basic services in Gaza on Tuesday, calling on Israel to lift a blockade it has imposed in response to increased rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.

Israel Metes Out Collective Punishment of Palestinians, Bush Yawns

Despite entry of fuel shipments to Gaza, the crisis persists

The Israeli army injures a Palestinian youth and kidnaps him near Hebron city

Malaysia condemns Israel's blockade of Gaza

Gaza militants resume rockets attacks at Israel

Israel arrests 16 Palestinians in West Bank Three of those nabbed in Nablus were members of the Palestinian security services.

Barak - Israel will apply more pressure on Gaza Israel will continue to apply "pressure" on the Gaza Strip to end rocket attacks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday night, just hours after he authorized a one-time shipment of fuel for its power plant.

Israeli tanks shells civilians in southern Gaza Strip, no injures reported

Anger as UN debates Gaza blockade American and French representatives to the UN said the current draft was unacceptable as it did not refer to militant rocket attacks on Israel from within the Gaza Strip.

Border protests over Gaza blockade Five tankers pumped fuel for Gaza's power plant through the Nahal Oz crossing, enough to provide electricity to Gaza City for two days. Three other tankers pumped cooking oil.

Egptian border guards open fire to drive off Gaza protestors Egyptian border guards fired in the air and used clubs and water cannon to drive back hundreds of Palestinian women and children who surged across the border from Gaza Tuesday in a protest to back their demands for the frontier to be opened for shipments of food and essential provisions, in short supply due to Israel's closure of its borders with the coastal strip.

Gaza: No Rights, Little Mercy

Gaza hours from water and sewage crisis as fuel for pumps run dry Only 37 of the 122 water supply pumps have fuel and most will run out of fuel within hours. Only six water pumps have fuel to run for more than a day. Oxfam fears the risks of an outbreak of water borne diseases if the water and sanitation system shuts down.

From Gaza City, a challenge for peace I challenge the United States to wield its influence to get Israel to try the only thing that it has refused to try to date to end the conflict: to immediately end the Israeli occupation without any preconditions and without holding my life and future hostage to some final-status solution yet to be negotiated.

Church Leaders Urge End to Gaza Violence Church leaders in the Holy Land are appealing to international leaders to end what they called the siege of Gaza, an "illegal collective punishment."

Rice urges Israel to avoid Gaza humanitarian crisis U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday she had spoken to the Israelis and urged them to avert a humanitarian crisis in Gaza where Israel implemented a blockade on fuel and electricity.

Israeli and Palestinian envoys trade charges at U.N.

Stench wafts through Gaza as sewage system falters Gaza's creaking sewage system is the latest casualty of Israeli sanctions aimed at getting Hamas to halt militant rocket fire from the impoverished territory.

The Popular Committees appeals the international Community to save Gaza from imminent disaster

A child's story from Gaza Because of the Israeli blockade on Gaza, Samer has not been able to travel to hospital for his treatment for weeks, and his condition is deteriorating by the day. His young cousin, Bassam Harara who had the same disease, died of kidney failure on November 6 last year. His parents fear that it is just a matter of time before he dies too.

PA sentences killers of 2 Israeli hikers to 15 years Fatah members Amar Taha and Ali Dandanes admitted to shooting attack on off-duty soldiers Ahikam Amihai and Sgt. David Rubin near Hebron last month. Ahikam's father: I call on Olmert to display some national dignity, bring the murderers to trial in Israel

Hamas says won't abandon rockets under Israel attack "We are dealing with aggressive Zionist behaviour. Let Israel stop its aggression and its occupation of Palestinian land and the resistance, including rockets, will stop," Meshaal told Reuters in an interview.

Mayor okays 7,300 new homes in east Jerusalem: TV Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski has given the okay for the construction of 7,300 new homes in occupied Arab east Jerusalem, private television Channel Two reported on Tuesday.

US: Israel 'defending itself' with Gaza blockade

U.S. diplomat backs Abbas's control of Gaza border A senior U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday the United States backed the idea of letting President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority control main border crossings in Hamas-run Gaza to help ease local hardship.

Top EU official: Gaza siege not a war crime A change in EU attitudes towards Israel? In a briefing to Israeli reporters Tuesday, European commissioner for Justice Freedom and Security, Frano Frattini, said that the steps leading up to the Gaza blackout cannot be construed as a war crime and criticized the incessant Qassam rocket fire on Israeli civilian population centers.

Save the Children worker on the impact of Israel's blockade

Sudan students rally against Gaza blockade

Egypt and Iran presidents talk directly for first time Discussions focused on the Palestinian and Lebanese issues, the MENA news agency said in a one-sentence report.

Freedom?s Watch and ?Strong Supporters of Israel?

Two Forms of Resistance

Gaza holds key to Mid-East conflict

Dutch want to participate in new Middle East peacekeeping force

Oxford Union stages 'farcical' debate Oxford University's debating society is being accused of childishness and sensationalism by Jewish groups after inviting participants with alleged anti-Israel backgrounds to support a motion questioning Israel's right to exist in a debate on Thursday.

Vancouver to mount contentious play

AJC Condemns UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Gaza The American Jewish Committee today denounced a one-sided "special session" scheduled by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva this week on the recent escalation of violence in Gaza. The session was called at the request of the Arab Group and the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

Yaalon: Replace political perception "We must lay the values of democracy and strengthen and bolster Palestinians willing to promote ideas of sanctifying the value of human life, rather than sanctifying death, and human rights rather than oppression. Wow. This moron ought to get Israel to practice what it preaches first. Israel wouldn't know a thing about affording others basic human rights.

Aisha, 3, the youngest Palestinian detainee, freed

Barak leaves to Paris for talks on the Iranian nuclear race Defense Minister Ehud Barak flew to Paris on Tuesday for talks with senior government officials with a focus on the Iranian nuclear threat.

Prime Minister welcomes Palestinian PM to No10 Gordon Brown has welcomed Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to Downing Street.

Mideast not funny? Four comics are working on it