Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Headlines for 09-09-08

A Stand For Justice

Iran demands U.N. response to Israeli "threats"

Israeli soldiers arrests 13 Palestinians in West Bank

Back to school, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which looks after refugees, reports that at least "82 children, including 21 UNRWA students won't be going back to school. They were killed this year, victims of the violence that frames daily life here for children: 76 were killed in the conflict with Israel and six in intra-Palestinian violence."

Abbas to meet Bush on Sept 26: Palestinians Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is due to hold talks with US President George W. Bush at the White House later this month, Palestinian officials said on Tuesday.

Hamas releases 12 Fatah leaders from Gaza jails

Education, occupation, incarceration Omar's case is nothing unusual. Over 80 other students from Birzeit University are similarly incarcerated, 35 have not faced trial. In the last 5 years, nearly 350 students studying there have served time in prison. Widespread arrest and detention is only one example of the occupation forces' systematic attack on education in the occupied territories, and Birzeit is only one hundreds of schools, colleges and universities under occupation. The use of checkpoints, the separation barrier, arbitrary curfews, rigidly controlled resources and even extra-judicial killings are all measures which cause extensive and critical damage to academia at all levels.

Israel 'could kidnap Ahmadinejad' "A man like Ahmadinejad who threatens genocide has to be brought for trial in The Hague," seat of the international war crimes tribunal, Eitan said today. "And all options are open in terms of how he should be brought." See the write up on about the alleged threats to Israel Iran's president made.

Poll: Most Israelis back release of Barghouti for kidnapped Shalit

Report: Israel's leading weapon company wins $260 mln missile deal from India The Israel Armament Development Authority (Rafael) has won a contract of 260 million U.S. dollars from India whose air force intends to buy 18 Spyder Low Level Quick Reaction Missiles, local daily Ha'aretz reported here Sunday.

Israel Moves to Judaise East Jerusalem

Olmert indicted as deputy is accused of war crimes A leading Israeli law professor has written to justice officials, calling for the investigation into claims ? highlighted by The Independent last month ? that during a briefing to army officers in May 2001, after the start of the second Palestinian uprising, Mr Mofaz ordered a daily "quota" of Palestinian deaths.

Mahmoud Abbas on the frustrations of seeking peace "I do feel disappointed and frustrated. But I keep it to myself", said Mr Abbas. "My duty is to give hope and not sell a delusion to my people. I have to seize every opportunity possible so that future generations cannot say we lost any opportunity to make peace".

Israeli security makes member of American Alvin Ailey dance troupe dance at airport Abdur-Rahim Jackson, an eight-year veteran of the African-American dance ensemble, said he was singled out by Israel?s renowned airport security because he has a Muslim name. He called the experience embarrassing and said at one point, one of the officers even suggested he change his name.

Report: '60 Minutes' Cut Ahmadinejad's Statement, 'Solution Is Democracy' in Israel/Palestine

Israeli parliament committees agree on national referendum for any territory concession

Israel attack on Lebanon depends on Iran, Syria: Hezbollah Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said any Israeli attack on Lebanon depended on the Iranian nuclear issue and the Israel-Syria talks, in an interview with Iran's state-run television on Monday.

Jews to rally against Ahmadinejad "We're not going to be silent when someone threatens to destroy the United States and Israel," Hoenlein said. Oh I see. So now Iran has threatened to destroy Israel AND America? The tales grow taller on down the line.

Swastikas painted in D.C. suburb Several swastikas were found painted on homes in a Washington suburb that is home to many Israelis. Police are investigating the vandalism in the Rockville, Md., neighborhood as a hate crime, according to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz.

Hizbullah chief warns against Gaza strike

Egypt kills two Sudanese entering Israel

Vying for Jewish votes, parties target VP picks Most recently, Biden and Obama refused to back a nonbinding amendment last year initiated by Sens. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) that would have urged President Bush to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist group. (The amendment passed, and Bush did so.) Biden and Obama objected to including attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, allegedly backed by Iran, as a rationale for the designation, fearing Bush could claim congressional backing if he attacked Iran.
Oh dear.

Controversial Rachel Corrie play to open in Ottawa

Lebanese cabinet calls for Israel to implement UN resolutions Specifically, he said Israel must withdraw its forces from Lebanese territory, referring to the disputed Shebaa Farms; end overflights of Lebanese airspace and turn over maps of mines and cluster bombs laid and dropped on Lebanese territory.

Israel's Olmert, ministers to discuss Iranian nukes Israeli Radio said government officials were concerned by reports that Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station was nearing completion.
Russia has already delivered nuclear fuel to Iran under a $1 billion contract to build the Bushehr plant, on the Gulf coast in southwest Iran, and Iranian officials say the reactor is likely to be started up soon.

Ron Paul: US And Israel To Attack Iran... Ron Paul took the floor of Congress to tell it like it is. Why are oil prices so high? Many reasons but among them is the war talk coming from Bush and the Israeli government. Next week, Iran starts settling oil contracts in Euros instead of dollars. Right on. Must watch.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Headlines for 09-07-08

A Stand For Justice

Iran rejects French warning it risks Israeli strike Iran dismissed on Saturday a warning by France's president that the Islamic Republic was taking a dangerous gamble over its nuclear program because one day its arch-foe Israel could strike.

Abbas casts doubt on Mideast peace deal this year

Egypt determined to end Palestinian crisis by October

Arab activists accuse Israel of Gaza 'genocide' A group of Arab international lawyers and human rights activists accused Israel on Sunday of committing "genocide" through its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Sarkozy: Israeli Attack Inevitable While the Republicans were nominating Sarah Palin ? who reportedly believes the Bush-Cheney war of aggression against Iraq was inevitable, part of "God's plan" ? French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in Damascus, warning the "leaders of Syria, Turkey and Qatar" that an Israeli attack on Iran also appears to be inevitable.

Hamas breaks up Islamic Jihad protest in Gaza Hamas-run security forces dispersed some 150 teachers loyal to the Islamic Jihad movement who had gathered on Saturday to protest against the politicisation of the civil service in the Gaza Strip.

Sources:Egypt to reopen its borders crossing for two days Well-informed Palestinian sources said Sunday that Egypt intends to reopen its borders crossing with Gaza for two days this week to ease the suffering of stranded patients and students.

Palestinian official warns from accepting American offer regarding statehood Taysser Khaled, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's (PLO) executive committee, revealed that the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in her last visit to Ramallah, tried to get the PNA's acceptance on a statehood with temporary borders and the postponement of the outstanding final-status issues between the PNA and Israel.

Israel nudges Egypt to crack down harder on Gaza smugglers The border guards' job has gotten harder, he says, since Israel began blockading Gaza in June 2007, when Hamas gained control of the coastal strip from forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement based in the West Bank. The blockade has created shortages of food, medicine, and fuel in Gaza, and has been denounced by Human Rights Watch as an "unlawful" form of "collective punishment."

Palestinians Would Vote for Abbas Again

George Galloway's charity Interpal back under police glare

Report: UN to demand Israel pay Lebanon $1 billion in reparations The United Nations will require Israel to pay Lebanon nearly $1 billion for environmental damages caused during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Saturday. GOOD! Serves them right for what they did to Lebanon. Unfortunately, it will more than likely be the already overburdened US taxpaying public that will foot the bill (as usual) via increased aid to Israel.

Cheney tells Peres: Russia supplies weapons to terrorists U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney met with President Shimon Peres on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti forum on the edge of Italy's Lake Como on Saturday, telling the Israeli leader that Russia is selling arms to Damascus and Iran with the clear knowledge that they are being channeled to Hezbollah and terror groups in Iraq.

South Hebron Hills land dispute turns violent Farmer Yohanan Sharet says he was beaten up this week by 20 fellow settlers who want him to leave the land he has worked for eight years so it can be used to build a new neighborhood for Sussiya in the South Hebron Hills.

Iran Emerges as Wedge Issue for Jewish Voters As Democrats work to shore up support of Jewish voters, and Republicans do all they can to tear it down, Iran is emerging as a pivotal foreign policy issue in the presidential campaign, and an indirect test by many Jews of the candidates? full commitment to Israel?s security. Israel's security - not America's.

Hezbollah chief says to keep arms to defend from Israel's attack

Israeli police seek criminal charges against Olmert

Israel postpones talks on settler compensation Israel on Sunday postponed talks on a plan to compensate West Bank settlers who agree to relocate as part of a future peace agreement with the Palestinians, army radio reported.

In Israel, era of mass immigration ends And yet, the settlements keep coming.

Palestine's militant thespian

Olmert Accuser Faces FBI Probe Into Allegations of Money Laundering American defense sources said that although Israel cannot formally intervene in an ongoing investigation in the United States, it is not unheard of for American prosecutors to abandon an investigation in favor of a more important one in another country. "They have an ongoing relationship," the source said of Israeli and American prosecutors. "They can find an informal way of dealing with it."

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Headlines for 09-05-08

Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians in West Bank Israeli security forces detained 12 Palestinians near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron overnight, a military spokeswoman said on Friday.

Naalin: Palestinians say youth wounded in face by rubber bullet Palestinian sources in Naalin reported that a 16-year old boy was moderately wounded in his face when IDF soldiers fired rubber bullets in his direction

Abbas pledges best efforts to reach peace agreement with Israel by year's end

EU eyes security support for Palestinians - diplomats France is looking at the possibility of sending a European Union mission to help security in the Palestinian territories, diplomats said on Friday before a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers.

Iran nuclear program needs political, not military response: Peres Iran's nuclear program demands a political rather than a military response, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Friday, a day after his French counterpart warned Tehran risked a possible Israeli strike.

British aid workers risk arrest in Gaza British aid workers distributing medical and food supplies in the West Bank risk being arrested by Israel after it banned five British-based charities operating in Gaza for their alleged links with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group.

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers on holy day Hundreds of Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank after the army blocked them from attending Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, witnesses said.

Ninety thousand throng Jerusalem mosque for Ramadan Ninety thousand Muslims attended the first prayers of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid tight security, police said.

State admits outpost built on private Arab land The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies - Article 49, Fourth Geneva Convention

Zealous for Zion In February 2006, televangelist John Hagee founded CUFI to "respond instantly to Washington with our concerns about Israel," telling reporters to "think of CUFI as a Christian version of AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee]."

Pro-Palestinian activists to return to Gaza after "siege-breaking" voyage

Resettlement of Palestinians to Iceland A total of 29 vulnerable Palestinian refugees stranded for the last two years in a makeshift camp in the desert on the Iraq-Syria border are set to leave Monday to begin a new life in Iceland. The group includes some of the most vulnerable refugee women, several of whom lost their husbands during the conflict in Iraq ? and their children. Given their vulnerability, UNHCR considers resettlement their only option and we appreciate Iceland's decision to accept them.

Joyous supporters greet Imam In his 69-page decision, Immigration Judge Alberto Riefkohl said Homeland Security officials had presented a case weak on evidence and credibility in their effort to cast Imam Mohammad Qatanani as someone who had had ties to Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization, and who had lied about it to obtain a so-called green card here.

A new mayor for Jerusalem The city's forthcoming election hints at what might happen in Israeli elections if the peace v security debate wasn't dominant

In pictures: Ramadan prayers at al-Aqsa mosque

Israel military sees world of threats Israel is its own worst enemy.

Hezbollah says it shot helicopter The leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon has acknowledged that his group was responsible for the shooting down last week of a Lebanese army helicopter.

Sarah Palin: The Xena of the War Party Religion also played an important role in the choice of Palin: she's a member of a dispensationalist sect, within the Pentecostalist tradition, a "born again" Christian who believes in the Rapture and the centrality of Israel in world affairs.

AIPAC Meets the Candidate Having already thrice denied denied any connection with Pat Buchanan, it was perhaps inevitable that Sarah Palin?s walk to Canossa would now entail passing through the gauntlet of The Lobby. On Tuesday she was accompanied by Joe Lieberman when she met with a group from AIPAC

Experts Helping Palin Brush Up on Foreign Policy Lieberman, who was the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee but is now an independent, has helped introduce Palin to officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the leading pro-Israel lobby. In a meeting Tuesday, the day before she delivered her prime-time address at the Republican National Convention here, Palin assured the group of her strong support for Israel, of her desire to see the United States move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and of her opposition to Iran's aspirations to become a nuclear power, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Don't vote for Palin/McCain unless you want more of the same (Israel first!).

Third peace activist boat set to reach Gaza on September 22 A boat carrying pro-Palestinian peace activists is scheduled to arrive in Gaza later this month, one of the organizers said Thursday.

Israeli Arab convicted of spying for Hezbollah

Sabeel Plans International Conference in Birmingham, Michigan: 'Peace, Palestine and U.S. Policy 1948-2008' An international conference exploring U.S. policy and its relationship to the Palestinian issue will take place at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan from September 25-27, 2008.

Iran strike a costly attempt to buy time Aviv, now heading a security consultancy in New York called Interfor and sporting a large CIA badge in his lapel, was shown off to Australian gatherings this week by several Jewish groups, including the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, who seemed to take him and what he said at face value......"I believe that Israel is planning to act on these reactors before Bush leaves the White House," Mr Aviv said. "We've got to take a chance ? the next president of America may not allow it.".....He may or may not be speaking for anyone but himself, but his sponsorship suggests Australian opinion-makers were being warmed up for an Iran strike. Former Israeli MOSSAD is sporting a CIA badge?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Headlines for 09-04-08

Congress is about to pour lighter fluid on Iran According to the Jewish Daily Forward, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., offered an apology to a representative from the antiwar group Peace Action, saying, "I regret the fact that I did not read this resolution more carefully." He further told the Valley Advocate of Northampton, Mass., that he?s "all for stricter sanctions against Iran, but the blockade part goes too far. I?m going to call the sponsors and tell them I?m changing my vote." Don't be fooled by Israel-firsters like Wexler - this resolution IS an act of war. And based on the last paragraph of that article, AIPAC is literally dictating US foreign policy - to the detriment of AMERICANS. Our representatives on Capitol Hill are committing an act of treason to allow these agents of a foreign nation to dictate to them foreign policy directives that gravely threaten US interests.

Israel court okays far-right demo in Arab town The court upheld the appeal by the Kach movement even though the group has been outlawed since 1994 when it expressed support for the actions of party member Baruch Goldstein in shooting dead 29 Muslim worshippers in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Shin Bet to Palestinian: Collaborate or go to jail

Palestinian Fury Over Killings In July 10-year-old Ahmed Moussa was shot dead after a protest. At his funeral an 18-year-old was also hit with rubber bullets, also at close range, say Palestinians. He died some days later.
Rubber bullets, meant to be used as a non-lethal means to control riots and unruly persons - are being used (and have been since the first intifada) by Israel to shoot at children/disabled people at close range; a grave physical threat.

Gaza hospitals strain under pressure of strikes A walkout of medical staff throughout Gaza has strained services at hospitals and clinics throughout the territory, the latest in a series of crippling strikes that are deepening bitter divisions between Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and loyalists of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

PA seizes $2.2 million in cash from Hamas last month A Palestinian official says Palestinian security forces in the West Bank seized $2.2 million in cash from Hamas in August

Barak: East Jerusalem could be capital of Palestinian state He also said that there was still time for diplomacy to curb Iran's nuclear program but that Israel was serious about using "any option" if that failed.

Hamas security detains Islamist leader in Gaza Security forces of the Islamist Hamas group have detained a senior leader of Jaysh al-Ummah, a pro-al Qaeda group, in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas-controlled territory, one of his aides said on Thursday.

State prohibits right-wing procession in Umm al-Fahm The State Prosecutor's Office appealed to the High Court of Justice on Wednesday against right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir's demand to hold a right-wing procession in which Israeli flags would be paraded through Umm al-Fahm. According to the prosecution the event could deteriorate into violent riots.

Scholar From Gaza Blocked Anyone who can excel academically and be awarded a Fulbright while growing up in a place like the Gaza Strip deserves red-carpet treatment from any university in the world. Schools in Gaza are frequently closed because of curfews imposed by the Israeli military. Electricity and water are severely curtailed by Israel, and "normal life" consists of surviving with shortages of food, medical treatment and many other basic necessities.

Feature: Gazans make do with a destitute, joyless Ramadan

Egyptians claim compensation from Israel for killing of POWs Egyptian families of prisoners of war (POWs), who were killed in the 1967 War, have filed a lawsuit demanding over $100 million from the Israeli government, the Egyptian Daily Star reported.

Biden: Israel's decisions must be made in Jerusalem, not D.C. The Delaware senator also attacked critics who have questioned his support of Israel saying, "I will take a back seat to no one, and again, no one in AIPAC or any other organization, in terms of questioning my support of the State of Israel." .....Biden also questioned the wisdom of a pre-emptive U.S.-led attack on Iran, at a time when the U.S. is "bogged-down in Iraq," adding that he has been "stunned by the incompetence" of the Bush administration in its handling of the war in Iraq. That last sentence from the excerpt is the only thing Biden's got going for him in terms of dealing with Israel and its lobby in the States (and their desire for the US to attack Iran).

Can we count on US? In the latter period, any Israeli policy, particularly in respect to the conflict with the Palestinians, was granted automatic support and acquiescence from the White House: Starting from the Rabin government?s Oslo process, through Netanyahu moves, Barak?s talks on a final-status agreement, Sharon?s path of siege and disengagement, and back to the current government?s attempts to secure a final-status agreement. This support and acquiescence came in addition to the international backing for Israel on the part of the American giant at global institutions. Note the source. 'Acquiescence' - you ain't kidding. Total obeisance, is more like it. The actual premise of this story is that America is no longer the superpower she once was, so Israel is looking for a new host to feed off of. This was actually a prediction I made way back in 2003 just before the attack on Iraq- that Israel would continue to use us as their whore for money and to attack nations on their behalf - and then kick us to the curb once our time has run out in terms of blood and treasure.

Syria awaits Israeli response to peace proposals after talks postponed Syria today said a round of indirect talks with Israel had been postponed because of the resignation of the chief Israeli negotiator, as Damascus waited for a response to its latest proposals.

Israelis warned of 'very high' risks in Egypt and Jordan Israel on Thursday warned its citizens of a "very high" risk of kidnapping or acts of terror if they travel to Jordan or Egypt, the two Arab countries which have made peace with the Jewish state.

Will summer fun foil Gaza's extremism? For the second summer in a row, Walid participated in camps run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN arm devoted to Palestinian refugees, that gave some 250,000 refugee children at more than 350 locations in the impoverished Gaza Strip some sense of summertime normalcy ? sports, arts and crafts, relay races, swimming, and even hula-hooping.

Palin links energy policies, Iran Sarah Palin tied the energy policies she favors to diminishing the Iranian threat.

Journalist can call Israel critic anti-Semitic The case called attention again to the thorny issue of where criticism of Israel crosses the line to anti-Semitism. Several recent cases in Germany have brought the issue to the fore, but this one pitted two Jews against one another.

Biden, Palin take the lead as campaigns clash on Mideast The two vice-presidential candidates led the way Wednesday as the Obama and McCain campaigns worked to draw clear battle lines on Iran and Israel.

Sarkozy warns Iran it risks Israeli attack French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned Iran on Thursday it was taking a dangerous gamble in seeking to develop nuclear weapons because one day its arch-foe Israel could strike.

Evangelical faith drives Palin's pro-Israel view Sarah Palin displays an Israeli flag in her governor's office in Juneau, even though she has never been to the country, and attends Protestant evangelical churches that consider the preservation of the state of Israel a biblical imperative. Her faith makes her a favorite with the staunchly pro-Israel neoconservative elements in the Republican Party.
Well, now you know why she got the nomination.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Headlines for 09-03-08

Palestinians to propose Arab military force for Gaza The Palestinian government in Ramallah will propose that Arab nations deploy a joint military force in Gaza once a coalition government has been formed between the rival factions Fatah and Hamas, the Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki, said today.

Israel warplanes break sound barrier over Lebanon Israeli jets have repeatedly overflown Lebanon in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brought an end to the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah

UN deminer killed in south Lebanon A Belgian sapper with the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon was killed Wednesday while clearing unexploded ordnance from Israel's 2006 war with Shiite militant group Hezbollah, UN and Belgian officials said.

Ben Graber says U.S. Rep. Wexler "an embarrassment to Jews'' "He's called Washington Israeli-occupied territory,'' Johnson said. Even if Palin later joined the Forbes campaign, Johnson said she hasn't distanced herself from Buchanan. Buchanan was not wrong on that statement. It's a fact.

'We can choose our destiny by ourselves' Rory McCarthy meets a Fatah leader recently released from an Israeli jail and who is a rousing advocate of Palestinian reform and empowerment

Jerusalem concerned as Egypt halts gas supply to Israel The supply of natural gas from Egypt to Israel was halted on Friday and has yet to be resumed. Concern is mounting in Jerusalem: Sources there believe Egypt is struggling to supply all its clients, and has chosen to cut back its supply for its neighbors, including Israel, some of which pay especially low prices for the fuel.

Sarah Palin mesmerizes Israeli filmmaker When asked about Palin's past support of Pat Buchanan, whose anti-Israeli views are common knowledge, Frank said that Palin's support of Buchanan stemmed from his positions in other issues, and that she did not agree with his views of Israel. "She had an Israeli flag, of all the things, mounted on her office wall, and I have that on film" he said. "I was very surprised to see that and when I asked her about it, she said that she loves Israel and the she had friends who visited the country and brought her the flag."
Don't vote for Palin/McCain unless you want more of the same.

Aussie activist stranded in Gaza

Biden: AIPAC doesn't speak for all Jews Even as he pledged to respect Israel?s decisions on peace and security, Biden vigorously defended his record of occasionally breaking ranks with the pro-Israel lobby.....

Israel to mull paying settlers who leave Israel's Cabinet will debate an initiative that would pay settlers who leave their West Bank homes of their own volition.

Israeli mothers allegedly drown children Two Israeli mothers were arrested for allegedly drowning their 4-year-old sons....The alleged drownings follow a report early last week that police were searching for a missing 4-year-old, Rose Pizem. The girl's grandfather, who is also the boyfriend of Rose's mother, has admitted killing the girl and dumping a suitcase containing her body in the Yarkon River.

While the case of the mentally disabled Palestinians who were kept in the basement by their father out of embarrassment made headlines in the US, these stories have gone largely unreported.

Hamas moves to break strike by Gaza medics "We have appointed new doctors, nurses, and health workers in some areas, and there will be various punishments for those who participate in this politically motivated strike,"

Syria pledges to help France solve Iran dispute Sarkozy had asked Assad to use Syria's ties with its ally Iran to urge the Islamic Republic to cooperate with Western powers over its nuclear programme, which they say could be used to develop nuclear weapons.

Anti-Islam film makes Mideast 'debut' in Israel UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called the film "offensively anti-Islamic," and European foreign ministers supported the Netherlands in rejecting it. If it were all about Islam, then why has Islam been around since 600 AD, and Israel only since 1948? Why did Jews and Christians live peacefully with their Muslim neighbors for centuries prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948?

GOP platform offers strong support for Israel, veers right domestically Sources familiar with the formation of the platform say the language dealing with Israel and fighting anti-Semitism was drafted in consultation with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and other Jewish groups. Note the source.

Hezbollah attempts to kidnap Israelis foiled: Barak

Dick Cheney arrives in Azerbaijan The US Embassy says US Vice President Dick Cheney has arrived in Azerbaijan as part of a tour in support of Russia's southern neighbours.

September Surprise Remember, the Israelis have been threatening to strike on their own for months: what's changed is that now, apparently, the U.S. has caved in to what is a blatant case of blackmail and has agreed to do the job for them.....Reports of anywhere from 100 to 1,000 Israeli "advisers" in Georgia do not bode well for the situation on the ground. With the Israelis already installed in that country, the logistics of carrying out such a sneak attack are greatly simplified. Israeli pilots would only have to fly over Azerbaijan, and they'd be in Iranian airspace ? and within striking distance of Tehran. Note the mention of Azerbaijan. Look who just arrived in Azerbaijan: Dick Cheney, coincidence of all coincidences.

Headlines for 09-02-08

Israeli navy arrests three Palestinian fishermen in Gaza waters Israeli forces arrested three Palestinian fishermen when they were fishing in Gaza waters on Tuesday, security sources said.....On Monday, two other fishermen were also injured when the Israeli gunboats targeted their fishing boats.

Gaza strike deepens Palestinian rift: U.N. envoy An education and health dispute that has sparked a huge strike in Gaza may deepen the rift between Hamas and Fatah and harm chances of Palestinian reunification, a United Nations envoy said on Tuesday.

Israelis guilty of Hebron killing Mr Abu Hamdieh was seized from outside his home in Hebron on 30 December 2002. He suffered serious head injuries when members of the border police unit - celebrating the end of their posting in Hebron - made him jump from their jeep as it sped through the streets.

Blair's relative 'stuck in Gaza' Ms Booth told the BBC: "I'd actually like to say 'Thank you very much' to the Israeli authorities at Erez for giving me this fantastic chance to feel just exactly what it is like to be inside what is effectively the world's largest internment camp, where individuals who should have the right to travel under international law are withheld in a 40km by 10km camp."

Syria warns of 'catastrophic' effect of any Israeli strike on Iran Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Tuesday that an attack by Israel on Iran would have catastrophic consequences for the entire world.

Israeli-Georgians protest 'Putin the murderer' Hundreds rally in Israeli port town to stage protest against Russian human rights violations in their former homeland, call for EU sanctions on Moscow

Report: Ethnicity, social status determine levels of poverty in Israel Forty percent of Druze, a separate religious Arabic entity with its own courts, live under the poverty line, as do 50 percent of the Arab-Muslim households.

Palestinians to McCartney: Stay home "Performing in Israel at this time is morally equivalent to performing in South Africa at the height of the apartheid era... We strongly urge you to uphold the values of freedom, equality and just peace for all by joining this growing boycott against Israeli apartheid. Nothing less would do justice to the legendary legacy of the Beatles."

Commentary: Israel of the Caucasus In a secret agreement between Israel and Georgia, two military airfields in southern Georgia had been earmarked for the use of Israeli fighter-bombers in the event of pre-emptive attacks against Iranian nuclear installations. This would sharply reduce the distance Israeli fighter-bombers would have to fly to hit targets in Iran. And to reach Georgian airstrips, the Israeli air force would fly over Turkey. The attack ordered by Saakashvili against South Ossetia the night of Aug. 7 provided the Russians the pretext for Moscow to order Special Forces to raid these Israeli facilities where some Israeli drones were reported captured. A rather interesting article by Arnaud de Borchgrave of the UPI.

Israel watches bitter parting of unlikely allies While they hardly justified the "Romeo and Juliet" tag awarded them by parts of the Israeli press, Tali Fahima and Zachariya Zubeidi were certainly unusual friends and comrades

French head to begin Syria visit Mr Sarkozy's two-day visit to Syria is the first by a Western head of state in five years.

PALIN MEETS WITH AIPAC A campaign official would not say who asked for the meeting, but said it was geared towards putting the American Jewish community at ease over her understanding of US-Middle East relations......Palin, joined by Sen. Joe Lieberman, expressed her "heartfelt support for Israel" and spoke of the threats it faces from Iran and others, the campaign official said.

'Lenient' sentences for troops who assaulted Palestinian Soldiers convicted of beating taxi dispatcher in Hebron sentenced to active prison terms of less than six months after military court partially rejects victim's contradictory testimony

Palin Pick Shows, Awareness of the Israel Lobby Is Now Out There in the American Hinterland

Lebanese speaker warns against serious Israeli threats Several Israeli officials recently vowed to destroy Lebanon's infrastructure if the Shiite Hezbollah controls the Lebanese government. Evidently, Israel decides which Arabs will govern in Arab countries.

Palin meets with AIPAC leaders "Now that both the Democrats and the Republicans have determined their respective tickets, AIPAC is pleased that both parties have selected four pro-Israel candidates," he said. "In so doing, they have reaffirmed the broad bipartisan support that exists in our country for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship."

Biden reassures Florida Jews on Israel "By any objective fact, Israel is less secure today in the world than it was eight years ago," Biden said. "I promise you ... we will make it more secure."

Report: Israel will leave disputed areas Israeli officials are denying widespread reports that Israel is ready to pull out of disputed areas on its border with Lebanon.

Google responds to ZOA complaint The Zionist Organization of America applauded Google for removing what the group deemed as objectionable material about Israel from its Google Earth service.

Allies, foes scrape through Palin bio for Jewish material The paucity of material led the Republican Jewish Coalition to tout the appearance of a small Israeli flag propped against a window of the state Capitol in an online video in which Palin touts the virtues of hiking Juneau. In an e-mail blast, RJC executive director Matt Brooks offered the screengrab as an answer for "those of you who have had questions regarding Sarah Palin and her views on Israel."

Hamas denies political chief Meshaal quit Syria for Sudan The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Tuesday denied that its political supremo Khaled Meshaal had moved from his self-imposed exile in Syria to Sudan.

UAE CHARITY FOUNDATION REACHES OUT TO PALESTINE, IRAQ DURING RAMADAN For Palestine, he said about 14,000 Muslims in Old Jerusalem, Old Jericho and three other areas in Gaza would be served the Iftar meals in phase one while in phase two, some 4,200 food parcels, comprising a full month's supply of basic food items, would be distributed in East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza.

Palestinian Village Faces Army Reign of Terror B?Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, has accused the Israeli army of seeking ?revenge? for the girl?s role in exposing the actions of its armed forces in the West Bank......In the past few weeks, two youngsters have been shot dead by the army, including one, Ahmed Moussa, who was 10. The army claimed he was throwing stones. An autopsy showed he was hit in the head by a bullet from an M-16 rifle.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators interrupt concert Pro-Palestinian demonstrators interrupted a concert by an Israeli string quartet at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Headlines for 09-01-08

Israeli troops shoot Palestinian man with learning difficulties Two young Palestinians, one aged 10 and the second aged 17, were shot dead by Israeli troops during protests in Nilin in July. Video footage of another incident showed an Israeli soldier firing a rubber-coated bullet at very close range at a Palestinian in Nilin who had been detained, blindfolded and cuffed.

Mentally ill Palestinian critically injured by IDF The injured man, Awad Srur, who is believed to be mentally ill, was reportedly wounded by four rubber-coated steel bullets fired at him point blank.

Egypt closes Gaza border after thousands cross

Hamas and Fatah agree to form committee to end political arrests

Court orders P.A. to pay compensation Israel can enforce a U.S. court ruling ordering the Palestinian Authority to compensate terror victims, an Israeli court ruled.

Statistics: West Bank population above 2 million An official Palestinian population census published on Monday by the Palestinian Statistic Center (PSC) showed that the Palestinian population in the West Bank has grown up to 2,350,000

ME Arabs 'reject' idea of Iran strike By and large, Arabs in the Middle East "absolutely reject" an Israeli or American strike on Iran or its nuclear facilities and believe the Islamic Republic is being "targeted" for reasons other than its nuclear program, an Egyptian expert on Iran has told The Jerusalem Post.

Iran says has not bought Russian missiles Iran denied on Monday it had bought Russia's advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, after Israeli defense sources said the Islamic Republic could take delivery of the weapons by the end of the year......The U.S. Department of defense said in July that Iran was not expected to receive the anti-aircraft system this year. Those remarks followed comments by Israeli defense sources who said they expected Iran to take delivery by the end of 2008.

Dutch intel: US to strike Iran in coming weeks The Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, has called off an operation aimed at infiltrating and sabotaging Iran's weapons industry due to an assessment that a US attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is imminent, according to a report in the country's De Telegraaf newspaper on Friday.

Arab League vows not to accept continuation of Palestinian split

Shadow over Mideast Ramadan mood Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem stock up ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

Evangelicals in Israel back McCain If you want a better chance of seeing more neocon-centric policies being put into action for four years starting in January of 2009, vote for John McCain. He's the best friends the neocons could want right now. And for that reason alone, he isn't getting THIS Republican's vote come November.

Biden camp says report on Iran a lie A spokesman for US Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden on Monday scathingly rejected an Army Radio report which claimed Biden told Jerusalem officials three years ago that he firmly opposed an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities and that Israel would likely have to come to terms with a nuclear Iran.....Biden has a solid 36-year Senate record of pro-Israel leadership. He has called Israel "the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East" and declared himself a Zionist in an interview with a US Jewish television channel last year, saying that "you don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist."
Obama and Biden aren't much better than McCain/Palin. Both party's candidates are proposing to expend more American blood and treasure defending Israel - TO THE DETRIMENT OF THIS NATION - America.

Jerusalem Diary: Monday 1 September Hebron is also coloured - saturated - by the surreal juxtaposition of several hundred Jewish settlers, guarded by several thousand Israeli soldiers, in the centre of the West Bank's largest city, home to 160,000 Palestinians.

Woman who wore a suicide bomb takes up fight for Middle East peace "Israel destroyed our cities, I knew every inch of Netanya and I wanted to destroy it," she says. "Israel was arrogant and I thought our operation would hurt that arrogance. I am not a bloodthirsty person, I cannot kill a chicken. But the Palestinians were angry, I was angry. It was an eye for an eye."

Ex-Ambassador to U.S.: Arabs in Galilee are secessionist threat n Ayalon's first public appearance since he joined the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party on Saturday, he warned on Sunday: "If the government of Israel does not act to have a Jewish majority in the North, then the Arab majority in the Galilee will declare independence and [demand] international recognition on the basis of the precedents of Kosovo, Abkhazia and [South Ossetia].

McCain camp rebukes Buchanan claims On Aug. 29, the Democratic Party issued a release quoting U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) as saying that McCain's pick was a "direct affront to all Jewish Americans" because of reports of Palin's past associations with Buchanan, who has long postulated that the pro-Israel lobby is inordinately influential and that Hitler might have been contained through peaceful means.

Israel, Syria to resume indirect peace talks: public radio

Gaza kids 'training to kill Jews' "The Palestinian people support the resistance and understand that we are responding to the occupation and that these children are being recruited to help defend their homes and their land. We are preparing these children to fight the enemy, as the enemy does not differentiate between children and adults; it wants to annihilate the entire Palestinian nation."