Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Headlines for September 9 - September 15

A Stand For Justice

Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli tank shells
One, a 91 year old farm caretaker was killed along with a 20 year old worker.

The teenage grandson of the farm holder also died of wounds sustained in the incident, which occurred close to the Gaza-Israel border.

Israeli army admits three killed Gazans were civilians
Hours after the general's statement, at least two Palestinians were wounded in Israeli shelling east of Gaza City, a medic and another witness said.

Israeli aircraft strike Gaza as leaders convene

PA releases dozens of Hamas-linked detainees despite rising tensions
The Palestinian Authority said in a statement that the decision to release the detainees was a gesture marking the Muslim holiday of Eid el Fitr which ends the holy month of Ramadan.

Israeli police accused of targeting Jerusalem's Arab residents
Israeli authorities "practise selective law enforcement and fail to provide even the most minimal protection to Palestinian locals," Acri claimed. "Law-enforcement authorities have become complicit in violating Palestinian rights; in many cases, they do not enforce the law or do so only in a discriminatory manner." Palestinians claim that they are often arrested as suspects when they make complaints against Israelis, that their children are arrested in circumstances that flout Israeli law on the treatment of minors, and that widespread surveillance cameras violate their privacy.

Clinton: Israel must extend settlement freeze for peace talks to succeed
"The United states believes that the moratorium should be extended," Clinton told reporters, echoing a view taken by U.S. President Barack Obama.

But she then put some of the onus on the Palestinians to take unspecified steps to help Netanyahu to extend the freeze. Huh? 'Help Israel stop robbing you of your land by kowtowing further ot them. That way you can make 'peace' but never get your land back'.. Oh ok..

Pentagon proposes huge sale of warplanes to Saudis
The Obama administration is seeking a go–ahead from Congress to sell up to $60 billion worth of sophisticated warplanes to Saudi Arabia and could add another $30 billion worth of naval arms in a deal designed to counter the rise of Iran as a regional power.....Washington plans to counterbalance the sales to Arab nations with $30 billion in military assistance to Israel over 10 years. Israel is buying about 20 advanced American F–35 fighter jets worth $4 billion, to be funded by U.S. military aid to the country.

CNN report: IDF sexually abused Palestinian children

U.S., allies should accept a nuclear-armed Iran
An attack on Iran is coming — if you believe what some analysts in the nation’s capital are saying.

Israel, they predict, will make a pre-emptive strike to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon — and probably sooner rather than later if U.S. conservatives rack up big gains in the Nov. 2 elections.

Let’s hope the pundits are wrong because the Air Force will almost certainly be drawn into the fight — and it doesn’t need to help wage another ill-fated war......Although many Americans want to support Israel, the feeling is not universal. A big reason is the size of the check the U.S. is writing. Just one example: Israel’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program, estimated at $30 billion, will be paid for by American taxpayers. $30 billion dollars? The American taxpayers could put that money to better use than to continue to arm the most rogue nation in the Middle East.

Israeli PM: Current settlement curbs won't remain
Netanyahu told Mideast envoy Tony Blair, "the Palestinians demand that after Sept. 26, there will be zero building" in the West Bank.

"That will not happen," Netanyahu said

Netanyahu silent on Obama settlement freeze remarks
"Unfortunately I am not yet hearing from the Palestinians the sentence 'two states for two peoples'," Netanyahu said.

Palestinians have said they have already recognised the state of Israel in past declarations and in interim peace agreements that set the basis for establishing a state of their own in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

No progress seen on Israeli settlements in talks
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai spoke out Tuesday against the settlement slowdown, reflecting the intense pressure on Netanyahu to resume construction once the moratorium ends.

"The freeze in the West Bank is incorrect and its good that it is ending," Yishai told Israel Radio as the meetings in Egypt were taking place.

Obama presses Israel to extend settlement freeze
US President Barack Obama called Friday on Israel to extend a freeze on settlements as he pledged a never–say–die approach to the new Middle East peace talks, calling the effort "a risk worth taking."

Israel refuses to meet European ministers for settlement talks
Israel has said it will not meet a delegation of European foreign ministers, including William Hague, this week as diplomatic pressure mounts on its government to extend a 10-month settlement freeze that ends next week.

Rachel Corrie v. Israel Trial Contradictions Emerge
Oded testified that the interview of the bulldozer driver was halted on the order of a senior commander. He also testified that investigators waited a week to retrieve from another unit the only known videotape of the incident; failed to interview non-military eyewitnesses; ignored the ambulance workers, doctors and other Palestinians who treated her; and did not even visit the scene of her death

Los Angeles Company Indicted for Human Trafficking
Cushman provided the court with a copy of a 2003 report, "Migrant Workers in Israel – A Contemporary Form of Slavery," published by the Euro–Mediterranean Human Rights Network and the International Federation for Human Rights. It states that Orian took 3,000 dollars from each of 19 Chinese workers for the "privilege" of working in Israel for two years.

Matthews says Obama has gone ‘neocon.’ Why?
As for Obama's neoconservativism, anti-Vietnam-war Democrats like Schumer, Berman, and Lieberman voted for the Iraq war, surely in part because of Israel's security. Just as many Democrats are now pushing for an attack on Iran. The Iran saber-rattling is not a partisan issue; both parties are corrupted (as both existing parties were by the slave power); and the cause of the rot is the Israel lobby. Until the media start talking about it, politicians can't run against it, and voters won't be able to vote against it.

Jordan King Abdullah anti-semitism and Zionism conversation

Bibi Gets Down With the Facebook Generation
“Today, social media channels are more vital than ever for Israel’s public diplomacy efforts, for administrative transparency and for providing citizens with updated information,” Netanyahu said in a statement posted to his website.

'In Whose Name Do They Talk?'
Gazans share their views on the talks taking place between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Void of Responsibility: Israel Military Policy not to investigate Killings of Palestinians by Soldiers
B'Tselem protests the sweeping classification of the situation in the Occupied Territories as an “armed conflict,” which effectively grants immunity to soldiers and officers, with the result that soldiers who kill Palestinians not taking part in hostilities are almost never held accountable for their misdeeds.

BBC Bias: Panorama Programme Exposed

Poll: Americans' support for Israel up following restart of talks
Of 800 people questioned, 58 percent thought the U.S. should support Israel – a jump of 7 percent on a similar poll in July. Israeli PR (read Hasbara) really works on the sheep. Go figure.

Orthodox Jewish youths burn New Testaments in Or Yehuda
Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.

European Jewish aid ship bound for Gaza ready to sail
An organization of European Jews that wants to sail an aid ship to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza said Wednesday its ship was ready to go, but its port of departure remained a secret.

Why Some Jewish Stars Support Israeli Artistic Boycott
“Anyone who has strong feelings for Israel like I do, and that believes it is an absolute necessity to strive for peace, understands that the single most obvious obstacle are the settlements,”

IDF soldier convicted of killing U.K. activist in Gaza released from jail
Military Advocate General Avichai Mendelblit opposed Hayb's early release, citing the potential damage such a move could cause to Israel's relations with Great Britain.

Major pro-Israel giver funding Jihad Watch
A woman who with her husband has contributed large sums to pro-Israel and Jewish groups is the principal funder of a leading foe of the Ground Zero Islamic center.....Aubrey and Joyce Chernick, Politico reported, over the years have contributed to, among other groups, the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles; the Anti-Defamation League; the Zionist Organization of America; MEMRI, a group that distributes translations of inflammatory Arabic language material; the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a group that tracks what it depicts as the threat of radical Islam; the American Jewish Congress; CAMERA, a group that tracks what it says is anti-Israel bias in the media; the Central Fund for Israel, a clearinghouse for monies directed to pro-settler groups; and a number of conservative think tanks. As I noted in a previous news batch: it is the Israeli lobby that is largely behind this anti-Muslim sentiment in America.

Clinton resuming 'last chance' Mideast peace talks
More broadly, the status quo is a drag on U.S. interests. The wars and grievances that flowed from Israel's 1948 founding as a Jewish state have divided the Middle East, and U.S. officials have argued that the conflict begets hatred and suspicion of the U.S. as Israel's principal ally.

UN nuclear chief chides Iran, defends monitors
Beyond Iran, the board – and a subsequent assembly of the 151 IAEA member nations – will focus on allegations of a hidden Syrian nuclear program; something Syria denies. Israel – which is commonly considered to have nuclear arms – is also on the agenda, with Islamic nations pushing the Jewish state to open its atomic activities to IAEA perusal.

The ‘Meaning’ of 9-11 by Justin Raimondo
Millions pour into the coffers of these groups, all of which are dedicated to one overriding principle, one goal: advancing Israel’s national interests in the US. The serpentine convolutions of the Chernick connection, linking one front group to another, encircle the political and temperamental spectrum, ranging from the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles (over $900k) to the many hundreds of thousands given to hardline neoconservative outfits like the Hudson Institute, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, not to mention Pajamas Media ($7 million, in collusion with venture capitalist James "extensively experienced in multimillion-dollar technology transfer and license agreements " Koshland) and a mass campaign to distribute DVDs of the virulently anti-Muslim film "Obsession." And again.

Report: Ahmadinejad to visit Lebanon's border with Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will make an official visit to Lebanon next month, the Iranian administration said in an official announcement on Thursday.

Netanyahu said Iran was 3-5 years away from nuclear capability– back in ‘95!
One has to question Netanyahu's sincerity because Israel uses this alleged threat. It uses it to distract the world from its oppression of Palestinians, and from Obama's pressure on it to stop settlement activities. Netanyahu has never wanted to stop settlement activity. He needs an existential threat to turn attention away.

Danny Yatom urges strike on Iranian nuclear sites

US to Arabs: Don't Make Israel a 'Pariah' at IAEA
Arab countries, backed by Iran, are seeking to build on a victory at an assembly meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency last year when they narrowly won support for a non-binding resolution calling on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation treaty. Israel evidently must remain above the law.

U.S. diplomat fears condemnation of Israel
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog fears Arab ambassadors may condemn Israel at the next board of governors meeting, Asharq al-Awsat reported.

Israel-Iran War: Not Inevitable

Now, It's the Jewish Men Who Are Wearing Burqas
over the past years, we’ve seen the birth of the Jewish burqa-wearers, embracing the most uncomfortable of severe Islamic restrictions — a fully covered body and a veil over the face.

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Cuba says U.S. embargo has toughened under Obama
There has been more leniency, too, in granting of licenses for visits by U.S. performers and academics, but progress has stalled since Cuba detained a U.S. contractor in December on suspicion of espionage.

The contractor, Alan Gross, remains behind bars in Cuba, without formal charges. The U.S. says he was not a spy, but was in Cuba installing Internet services for Jewish groups

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Headlines for September 2 - September 8

A Stand For Justice

Mideast crisis looms over Israeli settlements
Meanwhile, Israeli aircraft bombed three Gaza smuggling tunnels late Saturday in retaliation for two Hamas shooting attacks that killed four Israelis in the West Bank last week. The airstrikes killed two Palestinians and wounded a third. Two more Palestinians were missing.

Israel picks Gaza war commander as new military chief
The Israeli cabinet on Sunday confirmed as armed forces chief Major General Yoav Galant, who directed Israel's 2008–2009 Gaza war, the prime minister's office said.

Why most Palestinians don't support Israeli-Palestinian talks – or another intifada
A June survey by the Palestinian Center for Public Survey Research found that 71 percent of Palestinians oppose abandoning a two-state solution.

A majority also oppose a resumption of the armed uprising against Israel and more than two-thirds doubt that a new nonviolent uprising would achieve their goals either.

Gaza militants vow wave of attacks against Israel
Several armed gunmen held an open-air news conference in Gaza where Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for Hamas's military wing, vowed that militants would "respond to the negotiations that aim at selling out (Palestinian) land."

Lieberman: This generation will not see Middle East peace
A peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians will not be achieved in the foreseeable future, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday.

Israeli Settlement Construction Booms Despite Ban

Boycotted, Bothered and Bewildered
The problem is that this is unlike any boycott Israel has faced before. For one thing, it’s working. Israeli news reports tell of factories shutting down and millions of shekels lost. That’s never happened before, in all the years of Arab boycotts and campus divestment rallies. Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin called it “a declaration of war against Israel.” The Yesha Council, which represents Jewish settlers in the West Bank, called it “economic terrorism.”
.....Even more awkward, the boycott is an embodiment of something Israel has been demanding for years: that Palestinians pursue their goals non-violently. Boycotts are not violent. Dubbing a settlement boycott illegitimate suggests, in effect, that Palestinians have no right to pursue their goals at all.
Pay attention that paragraph. This will surely shape future Israeli policy dealing with the Palestinians. The Israeli government has increasingly been taken over by settler interests over the last decade. They now hold a lot of power.

When Would Israel Attack Iran?
Under what conditions would an Israeli leader, left or right, civilian or military, actually consider attacking Iran’s nuclear infrastructure? By my reckoning, the following set of conditions would have to exist in its entirety:

Fifth, it is clear to Israel that neither America nor any other international actor is prepared to deal militarily with Iran, but that Washington is giving Israel at least a “yellow light” to move. This is not the case today; the United States itself frequently hints that it might ultimately resort to military means.

They will try to getAmerica to attack Iran before they take military action.

Iran could strike Israeli nuclear site if attacked

PNA, Hamas trade accusations over arrests
Palestinian National Authority ( PNA) and Islamic Hamas movement on Thursday traded accusations over intensive arrests in the West Bank after Hamas claimed responsibility for two attacks on Israelis.

Palestinian Authority lashes out at Ahmadinejad over remarks
The Iranian president, "who does not represent the Iranian people, who falsified elections and took power by fraud does not have the right to talk about Palestine, its president or its representatives," Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rodeina said in a statement distributed by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

PA official: We won't recognize Israel as a Jewish state
Shaath said that the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would harm Israel's Arab citizens and negate the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

Israeli spies wooing U.S. Muslims, sources say
t a retired senior FBI counterintelligence official told SpyTalk, "They have always been extremely aggressive, and seem to feel they can operate whenever and wherever they want, in spite of being called on the carpet more than any other country by probably a factor of three times as often."

Settlers reveal deep disdain for events in Washington

Settlers Defy Peace Talks With New Construction Across West Bank
Pro-settler parties are a majority in Netanyahu's right-wing coalition and a number of cabinet ministers have already backed demands to resume settlement construction.

Israeli FM pushes for new settlement construction
Israel's hard–line foreign minister said Monday that his party will try to block any extension of Israel's settlement slowdown, a move that could derail the recently launched Mideast peace negotiations.

Piece or peace? Israel always chooses piece as in, another piece of Palestine.

Abbas asks US to step into settlement dispute

Irishman held in Israel ‘threatened by top official close to PM’
The Donegal man detained in Israel after its commandos shot dead nine people on a flotilla of ships heading for Gaza has told the UN that he received a “serious threat” from an official close to the Israeli Prime Minister.

Palestinian leader urges Israel to end settlements
The Palestinian leader spoke at the State Department at the opening of face–to–face peace negotiations with Israel.

Religious Leaders Condemn Growing Islamophobia
In addition to the planned Qu'ran burning, a major rally in Lower Manhattan against the Proposed Islamic centre is also planned for Sep. 11, led by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, two bloggers who have been leading critics of the project.

Both have until recently been widely considered "fringe" figures, although their work has been praised or supported by a number of prominent far-right or neo-conservative personalities and groups, such as the Center for Security Policy (CSP), which itself is funded by major U.S. defence contractors and several wealthy Jewish donors who also have supported radical Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank; former U.N. Amb. John Bolton of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the Middle East Forum; and the Foundation for Defence of Democracies. All are pro-Israel neocon outfits/individuals. Go figure.They want us to hate all Muslims so that our enemy (Al Qaeda) and theirs (Hamas/Hezbollah/Iran etc) can be conflated into one: Islam. That way, the US can keep fighting Israel's wars. These people have a vested interest in Americans hating Muslims.

UN Atomic Agency Curtails Probe of Israel’s Nuclear Capability
Countries including Canada, the U.K. and U.S. opposed the probe, saying that the inquiry risked turning the IAEA into a political battleground, according to the documents. Others, including China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey, supported the investigation

Abbas: No talks without building freeze
A 10-month freeze on settlement housing ends September 26, and Netanyahu is under pressure from hardline allies to resume construction

Book says Nazi hunter Wiesenthal worked for Mossad
Wiesenthal worked with the Mossad until 1970, operating under the code name "Theocrat" and providing Israeli intelligence information on suspected war criminals, neo–Nazi groups that threatened Jewish communities in Europe and German scientists working for Egypt's rocket program.

Hamas leader rejects talks with Israel

US Condemns Murder of Israelis -- But Never of Palestinians
We did not condemn the Gaza onslaught in which the IDF killed 1,200 Palestinians (including 432 kids). We do not condemn the routine killing of Palestinian civilians by the army or the settlers. We did not condemn the the shooting of the American Jewish girl from Maryland who lost an eye for protesting the Gaza ship raid. We did, however, condemn the Goldstone Report for delineating what the IDF did in Gaza.

Matan Cohen legal appeal – £5,000 needed
Readers of may recall the case of Matan Cohen, a young refusenik who almost lost an eye after being shot in the face by a tear gas canisterMC eye (hosp) on a demonstration in the West Bank village of Bil’in. He brought a court case to highlight the violence meted out to such demonstrations by the Israeli security forces.

MSCI Forces Israel Sale Harvard Campaign Failed to Bring About
Israeli economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to an annualized 4.7 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than two years, as exports and consumer spending increased, the Jerusalem-based Central Bureau of Statistics said Aug. 16. The median forecast of six economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for growth of 2.9 percent.

US artists support Israelis' settlement protest
The names on the letter include Oscar–winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, Cynthia Nixon of "Sex and the City" and playwright Tony Kushner. It was organized by the Jewish Voice for Peace.

EU trade chief apologizes for Jewish comments
The European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group, had demanded a retraction of De Gucht's remarks in which he maintained that Israel frustrates U.S.–led peace efforts and warned not to "underestimate the Jewish lobby on Capitol Hill."

Unseizing Gaza
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister says Blockade of Gaza Was a “Mistake and Not Effective”

Why Israelis Don't Care About Peace with Palestinians
Now observing 2½ years without a single suicide bombing on their territory, with the economy robust and with souls a trifle weary of having to handle big elemental thoughts, the Israeli public prefers to explore such satisfactions as might be available from the private sphere, in a land first imagined as a utopia

Report: U.S. threatens to shun military drill with Turkey if it bans Israel
The U.S. has pressured Turkey in recent months to ease tensions with Israel, which have been increasingly strained since Israel's three-week-long offensive in the Gaza Strip that began in December 2008 in a effort to stop rocket fire from the territory into bordering Israeli cities.

EC halts proposed data deal with Israel
Mr Martin said the Irish Government had raised concerns in the context of the fraudulent misuse of information on Irish passport holders for an extra judicial killing in Dubai and had articulated its anger about that on a number of occasions. Good move.

Poll: Half of Israeli teens don't want Arab students in their class

Survey Says Young Jews Do Care About Israel
They need American Jews to be attached to Israel in order for Israel to survive. Well, WE need AMERICANS to be attached to AMERICA in order for AMERICA to survive. I can't see how the former sentence helps the latter. Two different countries here.

Hebron: God's Justice, Even for the Shops
Over the past decade, more than five hundred Palestinian shops have been welded shut and well over a thousand more closed due to Israeli imperial politics. That’s about 75 % of the shops in this place, and the impact of such oppression, as you can well imagine, has been devastating. Once the hub of trade, giving life to the entire community, today’s Old City struggles simply to survive.

Israel urged to open up atomic program

Israel: Explosions occurred at Hezbollah depot

Lebanon PM: accusations against Syria were mistake

Report: Castro blasts Ahmadinejad as anti-Semitic

Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, blogged on the magazine's website Tuesday that he was on vacation last month when the head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington – which Cuba maintains there instead of an embassy – called to say Castro had read his recent article about Israel and Iran and wanted him to come to Cuba.

Goldberg asked Julia Sweig, a Cuba–U.S. policy expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, to accompany him, and the pair spent portions of three days talking with Castro.

The false case for attacking Iran

Israel Invited to Join Anti-Nuclear Pact
By staying outside the NPT, Israel has maintained secrecy over a programme widely believed to have yielded the region's only atomic arsenal -- perceived as an irritant and threat among its neighbours.

Tony Blair: West should use force if Iran 'continues to develop nuclear weapons'
The west should use force against Iran if it "continues to develop nuclear weapons", Tony Blair said today, aligning himself with US hawks who have called for strikes against Iranian nuclear sites......"The reason for that, let me explain it, is that in my view what was shocking about September 11 was that it was 3,000 people killed in one day but it would have been 300,000 if they could have done it," Blair said, appearing to equate al-Qaida with Iran.....Blair's approach to Iran aligns him with US hawks such as John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the UN, who believes that Israel should have attacked Iran before it started loading fuel into its first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr

Foreign report: Israel has one of world's largest 'eavesdropping' intel bases

Washington Post: Pervasive Israeli Spying in the U.S.

During War There Are No Civilians
"During war there are no civilians," that’s what “Yossi,” an Israeli military (IDF) training unit leader simply stated during a round of questioning on day two of the Rachel Corrie trials, held in Haifa’s District Court earlier this week. “When you write a [protocol] manual, that manual is for war,” he added.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Headlines for August 26 - September 1

A Stand For Justice

Palestinian kills 4 Israelis on eve of peace talks
Being an ultranationalist settler living in civilian settlements on occupied land is evidently a dangerous thing.

Whodda thunk it?

Boxed into a Corner on Iran by Philip Giraldi
To be completely and cold bloodedly serious about the respective positions being staked out by Iran and its chief antagonists in Washington and Tel Aviv, one must first of all remember that Tehran does not currently have a nuclear weapon and there is no real evidence that it even has a program to produce one. It has been basically compliant with the UN inspection regime mandated by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which it is a signatory. Nor is there any evidence that the Mullahs are suicidal....The conversation on Iran, such as it is, has been expressly designed to bring about a war rather than avoid it. The mainstream media disinformation campaign orchestrated by AIPAC has worked just fine. Most Americans already believe incorrectly that Iran has a nuclear weapon and most also support attacking it, a product of the steady diet of hokum that they have been fed

Abbas, Palestinians should die: Israeli rabbi
"Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this earth," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual head of the religious Shas party in Israel's government, said in a sermon late Saturday, using Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's popular name. ....The Iraqi–born cleric has made similar remarks before, most notably in 2001, during a Palestinian uprising, when he called for Arabs' annihilation and said it was forbidden to be merciful to them.
The warships would be descending on Iran if this were an Iranian cleric that said as much about Jews.

Abbas: No peace talks with settlement building
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Sunday that he will not back down from his threat to pull out of new peace talks with Israel if it resumes construction in West Bank settlements.

Hamas: PA can't give up Jerusalem in direct Mideast peace talks
Palestinian negotiators are not mandated to surrender Jerusalem or any part of Palestine, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency quoted Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh as saying on Friday, with the Hamas strongman dubbing upcoming direct peace talks as the latest in a string of Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.

Obama, Netanyahu condemn Hamas killings in Israel

'IDF can destroy Lebanon army within 4 hours'

Abbas seeks active US mediation in Mideast talks

Palestinians crack down on Hamas after shooting
Palestinian security forces arrested more than 250 Hamas members in an overnight sweep throughout the West Bank after the Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for shooting dead four Israelis on the eve of new Mideast peace talks.

Obama says Mideast peace moment 'must be seized'

Israel rabbi remarks on Palestinians 'deeply offensive': US
"We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement.

Mahmoud Abbas: If talks fail over settlements, only Israel will be to blame

Israel gave 'licence to kill' on Gaza ship: Israeli Arab MP
Outspoken Arab Israeli MP Haneen Zuabi on Tuesday told a UN human rights inquiry into Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza–bound aid flotilla that its commandos had a "licence to kill."

Israel govt mulls alternatives to settlement freeze
The idea would be to keep the restrictions quiet in order to minimise chances of a public uproar among rightwing Israelis.

Report: Israel planning to attack Hezbollah arms depots in Syria
The report is based on Western sources who asserted that Israel has increased its military force level along the northern border in the Golan Heights and Mount Dov areas.

NY Muslim groups decry hostile atmosphere
Islamic leaders on Wednesday said they would support a move to another location, if that's what the imam and his supporters choose to do. But they emphasized that Muslims also were killed in the terrorist attacks and were first responders.

'Palestinian Gandhi' Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent
Last week, an Israeli military court convicted Abdallah Abu Rahmah, whom progressive Zionists have called a "Palestinian Gandhi," of "incitement" and "organizing and participating in illegal demonstrations" for organizing protests against the confiscation of Palestinian land by the "Apartheid Wall" in the village of Bilin in the West Bank, following an eight month trial, during which he was kept in prison

The Egyptian Plumber and My ‘Eurabia’ Problem
for Jews, Israelis and Americans in Europe, the first impulse is often to worry about Arab migrants. A 29-year-old Tel Aviv native in East Berlin (where I’ve been living since March), summed it up best when she told me the reason that she doesn’t like to visit Neukölln, the Turkish-Arab district in the southeastern part of the city: “I’m an anarchist. I think Middle Eastern immigration to Germany is good. But I lived through the second intifada, and Muslims scare me.”

‘Sinner’ singer given 39 lashes by rabbis

How to Kill Goyim and Influence People:
Palestinian Israeli member of Knesset Jamal Zehalka subsequently demanded that the Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein put Yosef on trial for incitement. "If, heaven forbid, a Muslim spiritual leader were to make anti-Jewish comments of this sort," Zehalka said, "he would be arrested immediately."

Hebron: Soldiers Practice Break and Enter

Obama Resists Pressure for Red Line on Iran's Nuclear Capability
Gates appears to have been trying to maneuver Obama into adopting a policy under which the United States would have a reason for threatening Iran unless it agreed to divest itself of its low enriched uranium stocks and end enrichment.

Losing a Mentor, Gaining an Opponent
In the coming years, he wants to see the Jewish population of the West Bank — which he always refers to by the biblical regions it covers, Judea and Samaria — swell to a million.

At Ground Zero, a Fight We’re All Losing
said Gingrich, “There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.” (So now the state of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia becomes the standard against which we are urged to measure ourselves.)

The Israeli Right’s ‘Post-Nationalism’ Excuse
George Will, the conservative Washington Post columnist, was in the Israeli prime minister’s office a few weeks ago and came away with a fascinating new take on Israel’s image troubles.
George Will, a neocon. Whodda thunk it?

Yizkor for Jabotinsky: The Prophet Half-Heeded
At New York’s only memorial for him, an evening organized by Americans for a Safe Israel and held at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue, the keynote speaker was Douglas Feith, a prominent neoconservative who was under secretary of defense for policy in George W. Bush’s administration. Early on in his talk, Feith highlighted this distinction about Jabotinsky. That's the same Douglas Feith that was making the case for war against Iraq. Read Whose War by Patrick J. Buchanan for more information

Anniversary of WTC Attack To Prompt Rallies Amid Holy Days
The rally will be held on the corner of Park Place and West Broadway, half a block from the proposed site of the Islamic community center and two blocks from Ground Zero. In addition to Wilders, the rally will feature a videotaped address by John Bolton, ambassador to the United Nations during the second Bush administration, and speeches by Republican political candidates and by a conservative radio host

New Goldstone Follow-Up Probe Will Hold Hamas Accountable for First Time
After the second follow-up, Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying that Israel’s military investigations have fallen “far short of addressing the widespread and serious allegations of unlawful conduct during the fighting.” But Hamas, it said, has “announced no serious investigations whatsoever.”

Now, the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council, which provided the mandate for the Goldstone Report, is launching its own inquiry to judge for the first time the quality of the aforementioned investigations. And according to several human rights groups, it also will examine whether Hamas has scrutinized its own actions, as is frequently demanded of Israel....Israel has refused to participate in the Human Rights Council’s investigation, just as it refused the demands of the original Goldstone Commission. It has, however, been producing the reports that have been delivered to Ban and the G.A., detailing Israel’s own investigations into the 30 incidents described in Goldstone’s report.

FBI paid informant in Bronx synagogue bomb plot $97K, who provided terror suspects with fake bombs
Defense lawyers contend that without the informant - who they say entrapped the suspects - their bumbling clients would never have tried to blow up two synagogues in Riverdale and shoot down missiles.

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Leaked CIA memo cites U.S. Jews among exporters of terrorism
"Some American Jews have supported and even engaged in violent acts against perceived enemies of Israel," the report reads. "In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an American Jewish doctor from New York, emigrated to Israel, joined the extremist group Kach, and killed 29 Palestinians during their prayers in the mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron which helped trigger a wave of bus bombings by Hamas in early 1995."

The only conclusion one can draw, if Israel is not planning to actually invade Iran, which, clearly, it could not, is that Israel is planning to use the gasoline and the diesel fuel for some other ground incursion – and that can only mean an invasion of Lebanon and possibly the Gaza and West Bank when an attack against Iran is launched.

Peres warns IAEA chief of Iran nuclear threat
Israel is also widely believed to have an arsenal of around 200 nuclear warheads – but as the country has not signed the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, the IAEA has no inspection rights in the country and has not been allowed access to Israel's main nuclear installation at Dimona.

West Bank Security Barrier Draws Artists and Advertisers

Lawsuit Accuses IRS of Screening Israel-Related Charities
A hawkish pro-Israel activist group has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Internal Revenue Service is impeding or denying applications for tax-exempt status from nonprofit organizations that oppose the Obama administration’s Israel policies. But experts in nonprofit tax law say that the allegations seem far-fetched

Israeli Police Ban Leftist Protests, Fearing Violence; O.K. Rightist Protests Despite Violence
In a separate development that I’m sure is totally unrelated, police in Jerusalem over the past year have arrested dozens of left-wing demonstrators protesting against Jewish settlers moving into the mostly-Arab Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, despite repeated court rulings that the arrests were an illegal violation of the demonstrators’ rights

First They Came for the Sharia Court. Then They Came for the Bet Din
Permitting people to settle their disputes in their own religious courts is not a “replacement” of American law, but a time-honored expression of religious freedom and accommodation.

Bollywood comes to Holy Land for film about Jesus

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Headlines for August 19 - August 25

A Stand For Justice

Mossad in America By Philip Giraldi
As tensions with Iran increase, sources in the counterintelligence community report that Israeli agents have become more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as in operating against critics. There have been a number of cases reported to the FBI about Mossad officers who have approached leaders in Arab-American communities and have falsely represented themselves as “U.S. intelligence.” Because few Muslims would assist an Israeli, this is done to increase the likelihood that the target will cooperate. It’s referred to as a “false flag” operation...In another bizarre case, U.S.S. Liberty survivor Phil Tourney was recently accosted in Southern California by a foreigner who eventually identified himself as an Israeli government representative. Tourney was taunted, and the Israeli threatened both him and journalist Mark Glenn, who has been reporting on the Liberty story.

PA Claims US Threatened to Withdraw Aid
Palestinian Authority officials claim that the United States threatened PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas with ending financial aid if he did not agree to direct negotiations with Israel.

UN official criticises Israel over flotilla probe
Israel is not co-operating with the UN
Human Rights Council's probe of May's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a UN official said today.

UN Report: IDF Barring Gazans' Access to Farms, Fishing Zones
All in all the IDF restricts access to 17 percent of Gaza's territory. At sea, the fishermen are completely barred from 85 percent of the naval territory to which they are entitled under the Oslo Accords......According to OCHA, the IDF enforces uses life fire on individuals who enter restricted zones. Though in most cases the troops fire warning shots, 22 people have been killed and 146 have been wounded in such incidents since the end of Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. The report further argues that this method of enforcement violates international humanitarian law, and that the local Palestinian population was never informed by Israel of the exact nature of the restrictions. Lovely people, aren't they?

Benjamin Netanyahu rejects demands to continue settlement freeze
Mr Netanyahu leads a largely right-wing and religious coalition which is committed to Jewish settlement across the West Bank, and the Israeli prime minister has already warned that extending the moratorium would risk the future of his government.

Declassified: Massive Israeli Manipulation of US Media Exposed
A huge trove of newly declassified documents subpoenaed during a Senate investigation reveals how Israel’s lobby pitched, promoted, and paid to have content placed in America’s top news magazines with overseas funding. The Atlantic (and others) received hefty rewards for trumpeting Israel’s most vital – but damaging – PR initiatives across America. Wow. How many media outlets, magazines, newspapers, radio programs are they funding now? 99 percent of the mainstream media carries Israel's side of the story 99 percent of the time. Not a coincidence.

Russia: Israel need not fear reactor
Israelis should not be concerned about the uranium fueling of a Russian-built nuclear reactor in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr that is set to take place on Saturday, diplomatic officials at the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv told The Jerusalem Post.

U.S. support for Israel is decreasing, new poll shows
One of the questions that the poll presented was "Does the U.S. need to support Israel?" In August of 2009, 63% of Americans polled said that the U.S. does need to support Israel. In June of this year, 58% of respondents shared the same view; by July only 51% of respondents said the U.S. needed to support Israel. This means that the Israeli PR machine will be in full swing, much stronger than it normally is. Be on the lookout (for increased BS).

Iran unveils long-range bomber drone
The presentation of the drone came a day after Iranian and Russian technicians began fuelling Iran's first nuclear power station, something Israel called "totally unacceptable."

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UN official says Israel not co-operating with Human Rights Council probe of Gaza flotilla raid

Hamas: Direct Israeli-Palestinian talks illegitimate, coerced by U.S.

Israel tells UN it will stop Gaza aid flotilla

Military Computer Attack Confirmed
A top Pentagon official has confirmed a previously classified incident that he describes as “the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever,” a 2008 episode in which a foreign intelligence agent used a flash drive to infect computers, including those used by the Central Command in overseeing combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lieberman: Settlement building should restart in September

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that there was no reason why building should not restart in the major West bank settlement after a 10-month freeze expires next month Peace, perhaps?

.Israel faces difficult choice on settlement freeze
"If Israel resumes settlement activities in the Palestinian territories, including east Jerusalem, we cannot continue negotiations," Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said, quoting from the letter. He said the document also was sent to other members of the "Quartet" of Mideast mediators, the EU, U.N. and Russia.
Peace or piece. Can't keep taking someone else's land and expect them to be at peace with it.

Abbas: End of settlement freeze would end direct peace talks
Renewed Israeli construction in settlements after the end of the construction freeze in late September would bring the newly-launched direct negotiations to a grinding halt, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has warned in letters sent to U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the High Representative of the European Union on Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton. "It's impossible to conduct negotiations alongside settlement construction," wrote Abbas. Peace or piece. Israel chooses piece every time - as in, another piece of Palestine.

UN report: IDF barring Gazans' access to farms, fishing zones
Over the last ten years, the Israel Defense Forces have increasingly restricted Palestinian access to farmland on the Gazan side of the Israeli-Gaza border as well as to fishing zones along the Gaza beach, a United Nations report revealed Thursday.

Netanyahu rejects peace talks based on 1967 borders
The Quartet - the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia - issued the statement after a meeting in Moscow on March 19. It calls for 24 months of talks between Israel and the PA that would result in an agreement on the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The statement said that the founding of the Palestinian state would end the occupation that began in 1967. It also called on Israel to institute a total freeze of construction in West Bank settlements and to refrain from home demolitions in East Jerusalem. The declaration even went so far as to mention that the international community does not recognize Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem.

Amnesty Int'l Finland: Israel scum state
Asked why he termed Israel a “scum state,” Johansson told the Post in a telephone interview that it was because Israel has “repeatedly flouted international law,” and due to his “personal experiences inside and outside of Israel with meeting Israelis.” Well, Israel in fact does flagrantly violate international law and has since its inception.

Aussie parties support Israel
As the two major parties in Australia's federal election vie for the title of Israel's most ardent backer, most Jewish leaders believe that Australia’s longstanding, strong bilateral support for the Jewish state will not be jeopardized regardless of the outcome. Why, it's just like it is here in America - the power of Israel and its lobbies over Western governments.

United Against Knowledge
The Guardian reported today that two Israeli groups have set up training courses in subversive Wikipedia editing aiming to 'show the other side' of the Jewish State....Yesha Council, representing the Jewish settler movement ran their first workshop this week in Jerusalem, teaching participants how to ‘rewrite’ and ‘revise’ some of the most “hotly disputed pages of the online reference site.” I'm not really surprised. I have encountered people like this since I began this fight 8 years ago. The Israelis and their supporters here will do anything to whitewash Israel's past and ongoing crimes against not just Palestinians, but Americans too (USS Liberty, Rachel Corrie).

Palestinians: Arab states are not paying
Arab states have cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority so far this year, according to PA figures seen by Reuters, and the United Nations has warned of a looming Palestinian cash crisis

Cyprus says will not allow Gaza-bound aid ship
Cyprus will not allow a ship carrying women activists and aid for the blockaded Palestinian territory of Gaza to sail from its ports, the island's police said on Friday.

PLO defends Abbas statements on Jewish rights
The 22 July letter, signed by dozens of scholars, activists, and civil society leaders, specifically expressed concerns that Abbas had denied Palestinians their basic rights and accepted an "exclusive Jewish claim to Palestine" in remarks during a conversation with American Jews in the US capital.

Palestinians learn about the Holocaust in Israel

Fatah accepts Haniyeh unity invite
Fatah officials, in Gaza to offer condolences to family members of a former PA intelligence chief, will begin meetings with Hamas officials to discuss Palestinian unity, sources confirmed Friday.

Jews elected to new Australian parliament
3 chosen, including Israel's most ardent representative in parliament.

Internet Killed Israeli PR An interview with Minor Demographic Threat
Israel understands the threat of a medium that bypasses intermediaries and allows ordinary people to disseminate content to a mass audience. Journalists aboard the Mavi Marmara have said that the top priority for soldiers boarding the ship appeared to be the seizure of all the photographic equipment they could find, thus allowing their government to control the media narrative. The only way Israel could exert any measure of control was by cutting off the flow of information. And despite their best efforts, information still got out, some of it during the attack itself. As the web continues its evolution into a real-time medium, this strategy will become increasingly unsustainable.

Is Canada passing information on its citizens to Israel?
The ardently pro-Israel Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly equated expressions of support for Palestinian rights with extremism. In March 2009, Ottawa barred British parliamentarian George Galloway from Canada for delivering humanitarian aid to Hamas officials who were the elected administration in the Gaza Strip.

US jobless claims jump to 500,000; nine-month high

America Has Disgraced Itself
Once upon a time, Republicans were so confident that the vast majority of Muslims preferred freedom to jihad that they believed the U.S. could install democracy in Iraq within months. Now, confronted with a group of Muslim Americans who want to build a cultural center that includes Jews and Christians on the board (how many churches and synagogues do that?), GOP leaders call them terrorists because they don’t share Benjamin Netanyahu’s view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict..... I wonder how David Petraeus feels about all this. There he is, slogging away in the Hindu Kush, desperately trying to be culturally sensitive, watching GIs get killed because Afghans believe the U.S. is waging a war on Islam, and back home, the super-patriots on Fox News have… declared war on Islam. Good point.

A Threat From Within
No surprise that the number of millionaires in Israel soared by 43% in just one year, from 2008 to 2009, a rate bested only by Hong Kong and India. Then why exactly is my government sending billions of American taxpayer dollars to Israel, when clearly, that money could be better spent at home?

Canada Halts Mail to Gaza

Aid ship Mariam now looks to set sail from Greece
The Mariam, a Bolivian-flagged cargo ship, was to have left from Tripoli in north Lebanon later the same day for Cyprus on the first leg of a crossing to Gaza despite an Israeli warning it could use force to keep the blockade intact.

The Peace Process is Still Going Nowhere Stephen M. Walt

Report: Iran needs year to develop nuclear weapon
American and Israeli officials believe that Iran has only enough nuclear materials for two weapons. And to build those two would require the country to kick out international inspectors, which would make it clear what its intentions were.

It would also take some time for Iran to convert its nuclear facilities to produce weapons–grade uranium.

Statement of Muslim American Imams and Community Leaders on Holocaust Denial

Will US Navy board Iranian ships for AIPAC/Israel next month?!

Gary Hart Is Right
4. Bombing Iran would virtually assure an attack of considerable dimensions carried out against Israel. This would involve both Iranian and Lebanon-based missiles. Israel would necessarily retaliate. We would then have all-out war in the Middle East.

Senior Hezbollah member killed in Beirut clashes
Two Lebanese men, including a senior member of Hezbollah, were killed in Beirut on Tuesday in clashes between supporters of the Shi'ite militant group and a Sunni faction, security sources said

Two Minutes to Midnight?: Cutting Through the Media's Bogus Bomb-Iran Debate
The pièce de résistance in the most recent drum roll of bomb-Iran alerts, however, came from Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic Monthly. A journalist influential in U.S. pro-Israeli circles, he also has access to Israel's corridors of power. Because sanctions were unlikely to force Iran to back down on its uranium enrichment project, Goldberg invited readers to believe that there was a more than even chance Israel would launch a military strike on the country by next summer.

The Erosion of America's Middle Class
Finley calls them "the new poor." "That is a different category of people that I think we're seeing," he says. "They are people who never in their wildest imaginations thought they would be homeless." They're people who had enough money -- a lot of money, in some cases -- until recently......the United States, in the wake of a real estate, financial economic and now debt crisis, which it still hasn't overcome, is threatened by a social Ice Age more severe than anything the country has seen since the Great Depression......While 90 percent of Americans have seen only modest gains in their incomes since 1973, incomes have almost tripled for people at the upper end of the scale. In 1979, one third of the profits the country produced went to the richest 1 percent of American society. Today it's almost 60 percent. America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

Israel Places Order For 20 F-35s; U.S. Picks Up The Tab
To sweeten terms of the deal, Lockheed Martin agreed to buy more component parts for the JSF from Israeli firms; at a price of around $4 billion.

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America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

22 cities in danger of a double-dip recession
A new report from Moody's singled out 22 cities that are at risk of slipping back into a recession in as early as three months. To come to this conclusion, the economists considered dwindling progress in employment, housing starts, home prices and industrial production. (See the map above for the full list.) America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

US Says Bankruptcies Reach Nearly 5-Year High
U.S. bankruptcy filings have reached the highest level since 2005, government data released on Tuesday show, as the economy slows and the unemployment rate hovers just below double digits. America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel.

Al Qaeda Already Gaming Out War Between Israel and Iran
Israel will stage air strikes on Iran’s nuclear installations to start. Shehri expects the Iranian Shia regime to try to take advantage of an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities to seize the holy cities of Mecca and Medina by blaming Saudi Arabia for helping Israel attack. In turn, the Israelis will seize territory in the Levant to establish “the greater state of Israel.” The Sunni Arab population of the Middle East will be caught between the “Jews in the Middle East and Iran in the Peninsula.”

Bad news on homes, goods adds to air of recession
It's starting to feel like another recession. Businesses are ordering fewer goods. Home sales are the slowest in decades. Jobs are scarce, and unemployment claims are rising. Perhaps most worrisome, manufacturing activity, which had been one of the economy's few bright spots, is faltering Let's send a few more billion to Israel.

Hebron: Open Shuhada St. Action Changes Tactics
The activists used the day to build up relationships in the Old City with certificates of appreciation to the shopkeepers for continuing to open their shops every day in the midst of this Occupation

Pentagon computers attacked with flash drive
A foreign spy agency pulled off the most serious breach of Pentagon computer networks ever by inserting a flash drive into a U.S. military laptop, a top defense official said Wednesday.

Obama's Silent Jewish Majority
The Wall Street Journal reported last week, “U.S. military aid to Israel has increased markedly this year. Top-ranking U.S. and Israeli soldiers have shuttled between Tel Aviv and Washington with unusual frequency in recent months. A series of joint military exercises in Israel over the past months has included a record number of American troops.” Even AIPAC is on board, at least when asked a direct question

Iran says it's ready to sell arms to Lebanon
Iran is prepared to sell weapons to Lebanon if Beirut asks for help in equipping its military, Iran's defense minister said Wednesday.

Fidelity: 401(k) hardship withdrawals, loans up
Let's give a couple more billiion to Israel.

Iran to supply Lebanon with anti-missile system: report
Iran is expected to make the offer to Lebanon during Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to Beirut shortly after the holy month of Ramadan. Iran would also offer to supply some other weapons during his visit, said the report.

40 Bizarre Statistics That Reveal The Horrifying Truth About The Collapse Of The U.S. Economy
What we are now witnessing are the early stages of the complete and total breakdown of the U.S. economic system. The U.S. government, state governments, local governments, businesses and American consumers have collectively piled up debt that is equivalent to approximately 360 percent of GDP. At no point during the Great Depression (or at any other time during our history) did we ever come close to such a figure. America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

Steinitz demands ultimatum for Iran
The US should issue a strict ultimatum to Iran, warning that the possibility of a military strike will turn into reality within weeks should Tehran fail to curb its nuclear program, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Thursday. ....Steinitz, who is a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Whose war is this?

US to Fund Israeli Purchase of 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
he $2.75 billion arms deal will be paid for by American taxpayers as part of the US military aid package to Israel. Israel will become the first foreign country to sign an agreement to buy the F-35 outside the eight international partners that helped to develop the plane. America can ill afford to buy planes for the defense of Israel

Battle for Jewish Votes In a Florida Race That Threatens To Oust Incumbent
On the Middle East, West has sounded an even more hawkish note. Speaking to Jewish voters, he has explained that any two-state solution should consist of Israel and Jordan and that by establishing an independent Palestinian state “all you will be doing is creating a terrorist state.”

Lebanon moves to address widespread use of weapons