Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Headlines for January 13 - January 19

A Stand For Justice

Government Spy Infiltrated Antiwar Groups Before FBI Raids
“When I speak of disruption, I am referring to an August 2009 solidarity delegation to Palestine. This delegation was a fact-finding mission, where participants were to witness the conditions for Palestinians living under U.S.-backed occupation, and to express our solidarity in a person-to-person way. Officer Sullivan made public her plans to join this delegation, she helped to promote it and fundraise for it here in our community. At the same time, she was secretly working to sabotage the trip entirely. Through her work, reports were passed onto Israeli authorities, who then barred entry to the two Minneapolis women traveling with Karen Sullivan. Her action, on behalf of the U.S. government, deprived these women of their rights to travel, association and dissent. The government was wrong to disrupt our important and legal work against U.S. aid to Israel.”

UN council considers Israeli settlement issue
The Palestinians and their supporters on Wednesday presented a Security Council draft resolution declaring that Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory are illegal – despite a U.S. appeal not to.

Israel demolishes homes and classroom in West Bank village
Between 50 and 60 people were made homeless by Wednesday's demolitions, adding to the 478 - many of them children - displaced in Area C in 2010, according to figures from the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The number for the previous year was 319.

AIPAC on Trial By Philip Giraldi
Rosen claims to have “about 180” documents that demonstrate that classified information was regularly collected by AIPAC and given to the Israeli Embassy with the full knowledge of the organization’s executive director and other senior officials, something they have denied under oath. He also claims that depositions of FBI agents who questioned AIPAC officials will demonstrate that the collection and use of classified information was routine, generally known, and widely accepted within AIPAC. Notice all of the neoconservatives involved in passing intelligence to AIPAC. Big surprise there, huh?

Hamas deploys forces near Israel-Gaza border to enforce truce
Hamas has largely respected an informal cease-fire since a three-week Israeli military offensive in the winter 2008-09. But smaller militant groups have carried out sporadic attacks.

Israel tested worm linked to Iran atom woes: report

In what the Times described as a joint Israeli–U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions, it said the tests of the destructive Stuxnet worm had occurred over the past two years at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert.

U.S. push for Israeli, Palestinian intelligence: WikiLeaks
These included "evidence of Government of Israel support for or opposition to actions to limit and/or reduce settlement and outpost growth" on occupied land where Palestinians want to establish a state.

Settlement growth has been one of the chief obstacles to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Hamas launches project to rebuild homes destroyed in Gaza war
Dozens of families are still living in tents and depend on aid from relief agencies after their homes were destroyed in the December 2008-January 2009 Gaza war, which Israel said was aimed at curbing cross-border rocket attacks.

Russian president calls for Israeli freeze
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave a political boost to the Palestinians on Tuesday, backing their claim to east Jerusalem as a capital and their demand that Israel must freeze all settlement construction before peace talks can resume.

Palestinians raise flag at Washington office
At a brief ceremony, the Palestinian's chief envoy to the United States, Maen Areikat, hoisted the red, green, white and black banner outside the PLO General Delegation office. He said he hopes the symbolic act would help win support for independence with or without a peace deal with Israel.

Well I hate to break the news to you people, but you might as well hoist the ISRAELI flag over Capitol Hill, as, our foreign policy was outsourced to Tel Aviv long ago.

Anyone that doesn't know that isn't paying attention.

Moscow reaffirms Soviet recognition of Palestine
Odd, isn't it that Russia was subsequently the victim of terrorism within days.

Hamas deploys forces to stop Gaza rocket fire

Plan for 1,400 apartments in contested Jerusalem
Israeli authorities said Sunday they are moving ahead with a new proposal to build 1,400 apartments in east Jerusalem, enraging Palestinians who denounced the plan as another settler land grab.

Stuxnet Virus Attack: Russia Warns of ‘Iranian Chernobyl'
Russian nuclear scientists are providing technical assistance to Iran's attempts activate the country's first nuclear power plant at the Gulf port.

But they have raised serious concerns about the extensive damage caused to the plant's computer systems by the mysterious Stuxnet virus, which was discovered last year and is widely believed to have been the result of a sophisticated joint US-Israeli cyber attack.

'South African groups seek arrest warrant for Livni'
The South African groups allege that Livni is guilty of war crimes due to her role in Israel's three-week offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in the winter of 2008-09, when Livni was foreign minister in the government of Ehud Olmert.

Hanan Ashrawi : 20 Years of Disappointments
"The last time they acted decisively was in 1991-1992 - linking $10 million to the building of settlements. After that they bent over backward to give Israel rewards; Obama and Clinton promised Israel everything to reduce settlement building. The Americans are repeating the mistakes of the past by going into the process for its own sake. They have to have a clear basis - they need clear objectives, a time frame, arbitration - you cannot enter negotiations as though they were a fishing expedition.

Chicago man admits to running Israeli-American money laundering scam
Prosecutors say the scam was worth about $54 million.

According to the report, Berkowitz fled Chicago and arrived in Jerusalem seven years ago, but was eventually caught and extradited to the United States.

We're conflating proper dissent and terrorism
The Patriot Act thus condemns a large range of nongovernmental efforts, which have tended to be more effective than government-backed ones at furthering education, providing humanitarian assistance, and ensuring free and fair elections throughout the world.

Such a chilling effect only makes nonviolent conflict resolution and mediation more difficult and terrorism more likely. It starts to make sense when you consider just how much the defense industry is intertwined with our government.

Social Affairs Minister: Israel today feels like Alabama in the 1940s
Several incidents of discrimination in Israel have garnered worldwide attention as of late, among them rabbis outlawing the rental of homes to Arab citizens and a recent Knesset initiative supporting a panel of inquiry into organizations that purportedly delegitimize the Israel Defense Forces.

Turkish PM: Israel must remove foreign minister
"Israelis must rid themselves (of Avigdor Lieberman) and that is surely their duty and not ours," he told the network.

King's words live in Palestinian city
It may surprise people to know that Palestinians read Dr. King's words and call his name and study the American civil rights movement, among other histories of other peoples, for ways to bring to the attention of the world the fact that little by little, their land is disappearing along with their rights.

Pickering, Hills, Sullivan, Beinart, Dobbins, More Ask Obama Administration to Support UN Resolution Condemning Illegal Israeli Settlements

US officials boycott Mayor of Bethlehem, a Christian, US citizen, and retired physician
A retired physician, Batarseh was elected as the mayor of Bethlehem in 2005 as a candidate of the Bethlehem Brotherhood and Development bloc. By law, the holder of this post must be a Christian. He is a Palestinian Roman Catholic and holds a US passport.

Israel training Brit army in drone use - Britain
Human rights campaigners slammed revelations today that British troops were being trained in the use of attack drones by Israeli forces as "shameful."

The use of the pilotless craft by Israel during its recent assault on Gaza has been roundly condemned by human rights organisations.

Israeli PM: Tunisia reflects regional instability
Palestinians accused the Israeli leader of searching for excuses.

"If there was a tsunami in Asia, a flood in Latin America or a lunar eclipse, Netanyahu would use it as a pretext not to negotiate," said chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.

‘And No One Wants to Know’: Israeli Soldiers on the Occupation
I understood that basically everything that goes on there, [Palestinian] kids, 14 years old, 8 years old who die for no reason, innocent, where settlers go into their homes and shoot at them, and settlers go crazy in the streets and break store windows and beat up soldiers and throw eggs at soldiers and lynch the elderly, all of these things don’t even make it to the media. There is a small and isolated world in Hebron, the Avraham Avinu [settler] neighborhood sits alone in Hebron, more soldiers protect it than people live there. The people who live in that neighborhood do whatever they want, the soldiers are forced to protect them … I've always felt that these soldiers are very courageous for coming forward and telling the truth. God bless.

Wikileaks Cables on Israel's Gaza Onslaught
The cables give a notably one-sided account of the assault. Because they take their daily reporting primarily from the Israeli media, the cables keep a tally of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza and dramatically describe “burned dolls and destroyed children’s toys” at an unoccupied kindergarten in Beer Sheba hit by a rocket, but make virtually no mention of Israel’s intensive air and artillery bombardment of Gaza, including its civilian population. There are no reports of burned Palestinian babies or very few of destroyed property in Gaza. Even the western media provided more accurate coverage of Palestinian casualties than this.

Turkey PM: Netanyahu has worst government in history of Israel
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Erdogan said that Turkey would uphold the chill in relations until Israel relented in its refusal to apologize for the raid and compensate the families of the nine pro-Palestinian activists killed aboard the Mavi Marmara.

Lebanon in Limbo: A Nation Haunted by the Murder of Rafiq Hariri

Canada's double standards
Canada's tax system currently subsidizes Israeli settlements that Ottawa deems illegal, however, the Conservative government says there's nothing that can be done about it.

Federal Probe May Open New Front in Terror War
Subpoenas issued in December reportedly included no details on the information requested. Maureen Clare Murphy, an activist called to testify, said her subpoena simply told her to appear at a hearing January 25. She said she believes that the subpoena came as a result of her work organizing “solidarity delegations to the West Bank.”

....Cole conceded that it’s unlikely for the Times to be prosecuted. This underscores the concerns of Kadidal and others that the Supreme Court ruling could open the door to selective prosecution.

“I don’t think it’s going to be The New York Times that’s going to be prosecuted. I think it’s going to be the small solidarity groups who are working to change the status quo,” said Murphy, the subpoenaed activist.

Do you think this same effort is made to subpoena those that offer material support to Jewish groups on the list of terror organizations? They do in fact have representation on that list, I've seen it. American Israel-supporters send millions and millions of dollars in support of illegal Israeli settlements, war crimes, but not one word is uttered by our officials about it, nevermind any subpoenas.

Latest Chapter in Mideast Tension Is Dennis Ross vs. George Mitchell
The reported friction is, in part, a result of Ross’s increasing influence over Middle East peacemaking efforts. While originally focused on Iran and regional strategic issues, Ross’s portfolio has broadened to include Israel, as the White House has felt a need to repair frayed ties with American Jews and Israeli officials disturbed over perceptions that the administration was pressuring Israel.

....“Dennis is the closest thing you’ll find to a melitz yosher, as far as Israel is concerned,” said the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, who used the ancient Hebrew term for “advocate.”

Yes, that makes sense : have a pro-Israeli as a 'peace negotiator'.

Military strike on Iran is what unites Netanyahu and Barak
Netanyahu and Barak have hinted over the past two weeks that Israel is on the verge of a surprising diplomatic move. In his address to foreign reporters, Netanyahu promised that in 2011 "the truth will emerge" about who really wants peace in the region.

Who Lost the Middle East? By Patrick J. Buchanan
should a new wave of revolts sweep the region, we might see the final collapse of the neoconservative foreign policy of George W. Bush.

Independent Investigation or US-Israeli Cat's-paw?
In August 2010, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah presented "intercepted Israeli reconnaissance footage" and "the recorded confessions of Israeli spies" at news conference in Beirut to support his claim that Israel was responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The aerial footage, taken by Israeli unmanned drones, showed the same route taken by Hariri's motorcade on the day of the assassination, suggesting that the ex-PM was being pursued.

Nasrallah's revelations were compelling but, unfortunately, they were ignored by the western media except for the Christian Scientist Monitor which compiled the information in an article titled "Is Hezbollah right that Israel assassinated Lebanon's Rafik Hariri?"

Here's an excerpt from the CSM:

“Israel has the capability to carry out this type of operation, such as Hariri’s assassination and the other assassinations that targeted Lebanon during the past few years,” said Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, adding that Israel’s motive was to cast the blame on its enemies, Syria and Hezbollah. ("Is Hezbollah right that Israel assassinated Lebanon's Rafik Hariri?", Christian Scientist Monitor)

What Now For Lebanon?
More likely would be Israel undertaking a White House green lighted invasion of Lebanon to degrade Hezbollah and Syria as a forward base-up weakening of Iran from ground level. Congressional sources report that the Pentagon disagrees with Israel and intend to attack not from the base but from above the top of the Resistance pyramid which is Iran. The US will hit Iran hard thus hopefully opening up another attempt to peel away Syria and forced them to accept a peace deal with Israel.

McCarthy Comes to the Knesset
It seems inevitable that after 44 years in which one nation occupies another and deprives it of basic human and civil rights, the occupying society would also come to be affected by the occupation. Indeed, increasingly the tools of occupation — the restrictions of personal and political freedoms — are no longer confined to the territories. These methods are now being extended beyond the Green Line, which divides sovereign Israel from the occupied West Bank, and are tainting Israeli democracy.

It's not a coincidence that it's happening here too in the US, and that the same people are being targeted. It cannot be overstated just how much influence Israel has over America. Patrick J. Fitzgerald might as well be saluting the Israeli flag. While he and others in like positions are wasting time chasing down lefty pro-Palestinians, there are likely bigger fish to fry here in America that are getting away scot free.

The US/Israeli Coup in Beirut
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton preemptively torpedoed negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Syria by telling "Saudi King Abdullah and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that the U.S. would reject any settlement at the expense of the UN tribunal." (Tehran Times) Clinton knew that the Saudi-Syria team was close to a "breakthrough" that would have resolved contentious issues related to the investigation of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. She could not allow that to happen because it would derail the US/Israeli plan for regime change and another Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

Giffords’s Jewish Journey: From Israel To Service and Study
Giffords grew up in an interfaith family, a daughter of a Jewish father and a Christian Scientist mother. Her interest in Judaism was heightened during her first trip to Israel, in 2001 — shortly after the September 11 terror attacks and at the height of the Second Intifada. The trip was sponsored by the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange, which sends politicians, journalists and opinion leaders to meet with their counterparts in the Jewish state. At the time she was a member of the Arizona state legislature.

Why is it that so many of our politicians suddenly embrace their Jewish family roots AFTER they enter into politics?

Jewish and English 'Defence Leagues' Alliance Sparks Violent Protests in Canada
Demonstrators representing several anti-racism and social action groups shouted slogans and taunts at members of the JDL, whose Canadian leader, Meir Weinstein, announced recently that his group would ally with the British organization, which is known for violence and extremism. Police on foot and horseback managed to control the protest, but not before one officer reportedly suffered a broken rib.

US diplomacy suffers a setback in Lebanon
American diplomacy in the Middle East suffered a setback Wednesday when U.S. ally Saudi Arabia abandoned efforts to mediate the political crisis in Lebanon, where the militant group Hezbollah has toppled the Western–backed government.

The withdrawal of Arab powerhouse Saudi Arabia is the latest sign that the competition over influence in Lebanon is tipping in favor of Hezbollah and its patrons Iran and Syria.

My country ought to stop meddling in the affairs of other nations (at the behest of and on behalf of Israel). We have enough problems and frankly, we don't have a dog in that fight.

Israel troops on alert after Lebanon govt falls
Israeli troops in the north were on alert Thursday over worries that the political turmoil in Lebanon might spill over into renewed violence on their shared border, following the collapse of the Lebanese government.

Why Hezbollah Walked

First US ambassador in 5 years arrives in Syria

First indictment filed in Lebanon's Hariri killing
On Monday, Foreign Minister Ali Shami cautioned the U.S. to stop meddling in Lebanon. He summoned American Ambassador Maura Connelly to explain her weekend meeting with Nicolas Fattouch, a key undecided lawmaker, as politicians scramble to form a government.

Avi Shlaim on the Neoconservative Middle East War Agenda
After mentioning the major goals of the plan, including the removal of Saddam’s regime, Shlaim declares: “Thus, five years before the attack on the twin towers, the idea of regime change in Baghdad was already on the agenda of some of Israel’s most fervent Republican supporters in Washington.” (p. 299) Regarding the connection of that policy to actual American interests, Shlaim opines that “While the authors’ devotion to Israel’s interests was crystal-clear, their implicit identification of those interests with American interests was much more open to question.”

Knesset To Investigate Funding of Left-Wing Israeli NGOs for Terror Ties
NGOs Decry Effort as an Attempt To ‘Silence Criticism,’ While American Pro-Israel Groups Voice Condemnation

And again.

Alleged Israeli mobsters indicted in Los Angeles JTA - Jewish & Israel News
Israeli brothers Meir and Yitzhak Abergil and three other Israelis were ordered held in prison without bond on Jan 14. They are charged with crimes ranging from murder and embezzlement to money laundering, racketeering and running a large L.A.-based Ecstasy ring. Yitzhak Abergil allegedly is the crime boss of the operation.

All five were extradited July 13 from Israel following a protracted legal battle to stand trial in Los Angeles federal court.

.....Israeli courts have rarely agreed to extradite their citizens to other countries, in line with the Jewish tradition of not turning over Jews for trial in "Christian" courts.

.....While stressing the cooperation of the established Jewish and Israeli communities with the police, the two officers noted a gradual increase in crimes by Israelis, mostly in such white-collar felonies as money laundering, tax evasion, real estate and financial frauds, but also in narcotics trafficking.

"Israeli crime here tends to be quite sophisticated and hard to track," Hall said. "We're worried about what may be going on that we don't know about."

Mossad Zeros in on Tehran's Nuclear Program
Mossad's attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists right in the center of Tehran has cast a spotlight on Israel's shadowy war

........Targeted killings outside of its borders have been used as a military weapon more often by Israel than by any other country. In its 63 years of existence, Israel has acquired a high degree of craftsmanship when it comes to snuffing out its opponents, and was the first country to develop the technology for targeted killings from the air.

In 1978 Israeli agents used poisoned toothpaste to kill Wadih Haddad, the leader of a faction of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Seven years later they packed a copy of the Koran with explosives and sent it to Ali-Akbar Mohtashamipur, Iran's ambassador to Syria. In 1997 they attempted, but ultimately failed, to assassinate Hamas leader Khaled Mashal with the neurotoxin botulin in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

And exactly a year ago, they appeared unconcerned that surveillance cameras captured each stage of their murder of Hamas activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh -- allowing the world to examine the anatomy of that Dubai attack. Israel is quite capable of executing murders in even hostile nations such as Iran. Tell me again that it was Hezbollah that killed Hariri? Laughable.

Out of answers on how to confront BDS, StandWithUs comic book portrays Palestinians (and allies) as vermin, reminiscent of Nazi propaganda

David Cronin Dutch democracy under threat from Israel lobby
The minister is putting pressure on the Dutch anti-poverty organisation ICCO to cease funding The Electronic Intifada, an excellent website that consistently defends the rights of the Palestinian people. Rosenthal has indicated that he cannot tolerate how ICCO supports this website, given that the Dutch government is a strong supporter of Israel. He has threatened to withdraw Dutch state grants to ICCO, telling the organisation: “It is alright to be critical but not to directly oppose the government”.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Headlines for January 6 - January 12

A Stand For Justice

West Bank civilian dies in Israeli army raid in Hebron
Israeli troops have shot dead a 67-year-old Palestinian man by mistake in an operation to arrest members of the Islamist militant organisation, Hamas.

Palestinians: Israeli troops mistakenly kill man
Israeli troops mistakenly shot and killed a 65–year–old Palestinian man in his bed during a pre–dawn raid Friday to arrest a Hamas militant in the West Bank, Palestinian and Israeli officials said.

2 Palestinians killed along Gaza-Israel border
Gaza's Health Ministry says Israeli troops have killed two Palestinians along the Israel–Gaza border.

Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said Thursday the two men were shot in the Israeli–enforced buffer zone near the frontier.

Targeted IDF strike kills Islamic Jihad militant in Gaza
A senior Islamic Jihad militant was killed Tuesday by an Israel Air Force missile while he was driving a motorcycle in the southern Gaza Strip, according to local Palestinian officials.

West Bank: UN warns of new Israeli controls
The United Nations says it is increasingly concerned that Israel is about to tighten access restrictions to the occupied West Bank.

WikiLeaks: Israel charged bribes for Gaza access
The June 14, 2006, cable, published Thursday by Norway's Aftenposten daily, says major American companies told U.S. diplomats they were forced to pay hefty bribes to get goods into Gaza. It was unclear whether the practice still continues.

EU diplomats say East Jerusalem should be treated as Palestinian capital
East Jerusalem should be treated as the capital of the Palestinian state, according to a report compiled by the heads of European diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah. The report includes several other unprecedented recommendations to the European Union regarding its attitude toward East Jerusalem.

Hamas urges Gaza militant groups to stop attacks on Israel
Hamas said on Sunday it has begun talks with other militant factions in the Gaza Strip to urge them to stop firing rockets at Israel, attacks that have raised Palestinian fears of a new Israeli offensive.

Israeli military and Palestinians clash over death of West Bank woman
The military sources suggested Abu Rahma may not have been present at the protest and that she suffered from a pre-existing condition likely to have caused her death.

The family's supporters issued a detailed rebuttal of the IDF claims, backed by documentation, and said the military was waging a smear campaign.

Mossad chief: Iran won't go nuclear before 2015
Israel's newly retired spy chief thinks Iran will not be able to build a nuclear bomb before 2015, Israeli media reported Friday – further pushing back Israeli intelligence estimates of when Tehran might become a nuclear power.

2004 IDF study High concentrations of tear gas could be lethal
a high concentration of the gas in a given location could cause serious or even lethal harm, and therefore, the gas cannot be considered innocuous.

Over the last year the IDF has begun using a tear gas grenade launcher in Bil’in, the Ringo, that allows them to shoot six canisters at once into the same place, creating a thick cloud of gas. The Palestinians say Abu Rahmah was caught in such a cloud.

Gaza situation 'very dangerous,' Arabs tell Hamas
Hamas held "urgent" talks with militant groups on Wednesday to pass on a warning from Arab leaders about firing rockets at Israel, faction leaders told AFP.

The meeting at a Gaza City hotel came just days after Hamas said it would ensure militant factions obeyed a national consensus truce on rocket fire, following weeks of rising tensions along the border with Israel.

Israeli military court extends jail term for Palestinian anti-wall activist
Amnesty International has condemned an Israeli military appeal court's decision to extend the prison sentence of a Palestinian non-violent activist, convicted over his involvement in organizing protests in the occupied West Bank. His face is familiar to me because he appears in some of the photos I gathered via Yahoo News; he was at protests of the wall (that runs through and on Palestinian land in violation of international law).

Maybe he is the Palestinian Ghandi that so many Israel-supporters always ask about (ie, 'where is the Palestinian Ghandi?', he's in Israeli jail, geniuses, or crushed under a bulldozer like Rachel Corrie).

Ties make Palestinian state a SAmerican priority

2/3 of Americans say take no side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
It is important to note the implications of these findings, and what the implications are with respect to the propaganda that 'America supports Israel'.

2 Israelis extradited to US on murder charges
Israel arrested the men in 2008 after a U.S. court charged them with using a San Fernando Valley gang to distribute 1 million ecstasy pills and paying a gang member to kill a man for stealing a drug shipment.

Police say the Abergils head a powerful crime syndicate with interests in drugs and gambling.

Arrest of children – Violation of rights
In 2010, reports of a sharp increase in the number of children being arrested from Silwan and East Jerusalem have been recorded. According to Israel Police figures, between November 2009 and October 2010, the Jerusalem District opened 1,267 criminal files against Palestinian children living in East Jerusalem who were accused of throwing stones. During the same period, the Israeli NGO, B’Tselem reports that 81 children from Silwan have been arrested or detained for questioning, mostly on suspicion of stone throwing.

Chile recognizes Palestinian state
Over 130 countries have officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

In December 2010, Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia recognized Palestine as an independent state.

Palestinians say they'll go to UN for recognition
The Palestinians appear to have a majority in the General Assembly, but are unlikely to get the go–ahead in the Security Council.

The U.S. routinely vetoes measures Israel considers hostile, and the U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a resolution "condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state."

EU's Ashton raps Israel for demolishing East Jerusalem hotel
Settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory is illegal, the European Union reminded Israel on Sunday, after a historic hotel in East Jerusalem was partly demolished to make way for a Jewish apartment complex.

Israel Defiant in Face of US Criticism
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying Jews have a right to live anywhere in Jerusalem, defended today a settlement project that drew criticism from US secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Clinton slams Israeli demolition of historic hotel

Jerusalem hotel demolished for Israeli apartments
"They have no right to anything here," said Inas al–Ghawi, a 38–year–old Palestinian who watched Sunday's demolition. "This is Palestinian land, but they are thieves, they steal everything."

Silwan activists ask EU for protection against Israel's actions
The letter followed the publication of a report compiled by heads of European diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah in which they concluded that East Jerusalem should be treated as the capital of a Palestinian state, and included several other unprecedented recommendations to the European Union regarding its attitude toward East Jerusalem.

Irving Moskowitz demolishes part of Jerusalem hotel to build settler housing
Both the US and UK governments have raised objections to the hotel's replacement by a Jewish settlement. East Jerusalem was annexed by Israel in 1967, and settlements there are illegal under international law. The hotel was declared "absentee property" after 1967. Approval was given last year by the Jerusalem district planning and building council to demolish part of the building to make way for 20 housing units.

Appropriators Sound Support for Israel Missile Defense

In August, House appropriators pushed funding for Israeli missile defense to $422.7 million, its highest level ever.

Funding for Israel missile defense over the past two years adds up to nearly $1 billion. Aid to support the short-range David's Sling anti-missile system, for example, more than doubled from $37 million in FY 2008 to $80 million in FY 2010.

With the mounting Iranian threat and Israel's role as America's strongest ally in the Middle East, lawmakers say, Congress will need to continue to strongly fund these programs.

"I continue to view the Jewish state as America's most important military and intelligence and economic ally and friend in that most dangerous and important part of the world," said Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), who sits on the Appropriations subcommittees on Defense, Homeland Security and State and Foreign Operations As more Americans are jobless and go hungry, Congress continues to shovel billions to Israel.

Psychiatrist in Gaza wins Palme prize for his dedication to peace
Dr Sarraj (66), who studied in Alexandria and London, is the first psychiatrist to practise in Gaza, where he established the Gaza community mental health programme, an independent organisation focused on treating the traumas and stresses of living under Israeli occupation. The programme’s seafront offices were bombed by Israel during its 2008-09 military offensive, which killed 1,400 and wounded more than 5,000 Gazans.

IDF soldier killed, 4 wounded from friendly fire near Gaza border
Israel Defense Forces soldier Sgt. Nadav Rotenberg, 20, was killed Friday and four were wounded when a mortar shot by IDF troops hit the soldiers near the Gaza security fence.

Netanyahu: Only 'credible' military threat led by U.S. can stop nuclear Iran
Only the convincing threat of military action headed by the United States will persuade Iran to drop plans to build an atomic bomb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

West Bank Families Need More Support
I am inspired constantly by the people I have come to know through my work in Bethlehem. They are not suffering because they do not have the capacity to succeed, but because of a political situation that is beyond their control. I ask myself every day how ANERA can help them with the things we CAN control in order to make their lives better.

Israeli PM defends east Jerusalem construction
The Palestinians, the European Union and the U.S. have all condemned the planned building of 20 apartments for Israelis on the site of an empty hotel in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The project, approved in 2009, began in earnest Sunday with the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel.

Security firm G4S confirms involvement in Israel's occupation
By providing security services to illegal settlement businesses, G4S facilitates Israel's violations of international law.

COPTIC ASSEMBLY OF AMERICA - Egyptian lawyers blame Israel for church bombing

Toward defending Israel, mainstream U.S. Jewish groups critique it
What’s new is the concern by U.S. Jewish groups that discrimination and a diminishing of democratic values is becoming mainstream in Israel.

....Anne Clemons, a local community activist who is active with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, among other groups, said she helped organize the event in part to push back against the delegitimization of Israel.

“I felt the community would benefit, the young generation and the press would benefit from learning what Israel was doing to help its Arab citizens,” she said. So, was the event orchestrated as part of a PR campaign to say ,
'look, we had a conference to address discrimination against Arabs' , in other words, to keep up appearances? I hope not.

Why the demise of the Middle East ‘peace process’ may be a good thing

Shepherd Hotel developer top donor to GOP foreign affairs chair Ros-Lehtinen - Laura Rozen -
Irving Moskowitz, the retired Florida businessman who is developing a controversial Jewish apartment project at East Jerusalem’s Shepherd Hotel, is a top campaign contributor to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the new GOP chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, campaign finance records show.

Israeli bulldozers began on Sunday to demolish the Shepherd Hotel, located in the predominantly Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, to make way for the apartments for Jewish residents.

Ramsey Clark leads Solidarity delegation in Gaza visit two years after Israeli assault
International human rights activist Ramsey Clark led a delegation that, after a day-long struggle for admission, crossed into Gaza on Jan. 4 to show solidarity with the blockaded population of the strip.

Memo notes Giffords’ Judaism in motives of alleged attacker
Giffords, 40, was raised "mixed" by a Christian Scientist mother and Jewish father, but said she decided she was Jewish only following a visit to Israel in 2001.

Lieberman says Israel won't be Turkey 'punching bag'
In a commentary published in the English–language Jerusalem Post, Avigdor Lieberman accused Ankara of anti–Israel incitement, and warned the situation in Turkey reminded him of Iran just before the Islamic revolution.

YouTube retracts rejection of Palestine Christmas video

Iran says it has arrested spy ring linked to Israel

Christmas in Bethlehem off limits for Gaza's Christians

Israeli Anti-Missile System Faces Fire at Home and Delays in U.S. Funding
speaking under usual diplomatic rules of anonymity, an Israeli diplomat said that Congress’s strong bipartisan support for funding the program meant that Israel had nothing to worry about, despite the unfortunate delay.

As Americans go hungry..

Law and Disorder by Philip Giraldi
So why the sympathy in the media and within government circles for the oligarchs? Well, it is the usual nonsense. Hardliners in Washington, many of whom are our good old friendly neocons, need an enemy and Russia was available. Some have also cleverly woven into their narrative the theme of anti-Semitism, always available when all else fails. The fact is that most oligarchs and their enablers from the West who looted Russia were Jewish and a number were Israeli citizens. But they were also criminals Another must read article by Philip Giraldi.

Iran vows to bring Israel to justice for 'crimes against humanity'
Iran has declared that it intends to seek international action against Israel after blaming the Mossad for the murder of a nuclear scientist last year, Iran's Press TV reported on Tuesday.

Iran broadcasts 'confession' of man it says was part of assassination plot
Iran's state TV has broadcast the apparent confession of a man it describes as "the main element" of an Israeli-trained network involved in the assassination of an Iranian scientist last year.

Israel’s Post-American Future
In an example of dialectical thinking run amok, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has turned the strategic logic behind the patron-client state relationship on its head. He has “threatened” Washington that unless it supports his radical Zionist agenda, Jerusalem would ally itself with another global player that would supposedly be willing to prop up a militarized anti-Arab Jewish Ghetto in the Middle East.

US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed

Israel admits Iran incapable of producing nuclear weapon before 2015
"There's a lot that's happened. We've seen this worm, this virus that's attacked the computers that run the Iranian uranium enrichment process,” Steinberg said. “We've seen some scientists who have been killed and injured, people who are working on the nuclear enrichment program in Iran, and we've seen sanctions. When you put those pieces together, it makes sense to see a slowdown in the process." Israel was behind those events.

Israel’s Top Military Brass Is Marching Away From the Prime Minister
Most in Israel’s security establishment — hard-liners included — worry that continuing to rule over the West Bank, with its 2.5 million hostile Palestinians, is more dangerous than Palestinian statehood. Netanyahu claims to agree, but his Likud doesn’t, and he seems unable or unwilling to budge. As Israel grows more isolated, its defense chiefs grow more alarmed and impatient.

Iran warns neighbors not to aid Israel
Iran warned neighboring countries not to help its arch–foe Israel, one day after announcing it had rounded up a spy ring linked to Israel which it said had assassinated an Iranian nuclear scientist.

Helen Thomas returns to journalism
"Her remarks in June were in response to a question about Israel, not Jews, and were intended to mean that in these times, Jewish people are free to live wherever they wish, because the era of anti-Jewish persecution is ended. That was not adequately expressed because of the impromptu nature of the incident,"

AIPAC Challenged in Court Over Espionage and Theft of Classified Report Investigation
On January 10, 2011, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was challenged in the District of Columbia Superior Court over its past receipt, duplication and redistribution of U.S. government classified documents.

Hezbollah and its allies topple Lebanon government
Disputes over the tribunal have paralyzed the government for months, with Hezbollah denouncing the court as a conspiracy by the U.S. and Israel and urging the prime minister to reject any of its findings. But Hariri has refused to break cooperation with the Netherlands–based tribunal.

Pentagon Must Sharpen Iran Strategy to Counter Arms Buildup, Congress Says
The provision is the second in as many years directing the military leaders to initiate a specific task pertaining to Iran. Congress last year, in its fiscal 2010 defense bill, required an unclassified report on Iran's current military capabilities and strategy.

The new section goes further and "appears to reflect the views of those who believe a more well–developed military option" is needed to counter Iran's potential nuclear weapons program, said Kenneth Katzman, a Middle East analyst with the non–partisan Congressional Research Service.

Israel pleased, no doubt.

Lebanon's Hariri urges more U.N. pressure on Israel
Lebanon's prime minister urged the U.N. chief on Sunday to increase pressure on Israel to end all violations of Lebanese borders, and to help prevent it from exploiting Lebanese oil and gas, a Lebanese official said.

Mirror Image
Nearly 63 years after Israel’s founding, a thousand-and-one broken promises later, Israel’s Arabs remain second-class citizens. Yes, they have the vote, and yes, Arabic is an official language of the country, but no, and again no, to anything approaching government services equal to those granted Jewish citizens and Jewish communitie

Bilin marches for Jawaher Abu Rahmah
Since Jawaher's killing, the Israeli military has launched an aggressive propaganda campaign of disinformation and half-truths to cover up its culpability in her death. Iyad Burant, one of the leaders of Bilin's Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, put it simply after the demonstration: "Nothing scares Israel more than nonviolence, so they attack us any way they can and then lie to the media about their actions."

New York State Agriculture Department Dismisses Its Kosher Law Enforcement Inspectors
The state argues that the kosher inspectors and the division are irrelevant since a 2004 court case ruled unconstitutional a law that required the agency to perform religious kosher inspections

Israeli pilot describes 'good strike' that killed 15 Gazans in 2002

Israel's Rightward Lurch Scares Even Some Conservatives
On the table was a bill proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Is Our Home), the right–wing party headed by foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman. The measure called for stripping the citizenship of any Israeli convicted of espionage, but the only Israelis under discussion were the country's Arab minority. The move follows a loyalty oath Lieberman would make a condition for acquiring citizenship; calls for bans on Jews renting property to Arabs; and street demonstrations demanding prohibitions on Arab boys dating Jewish girls.

What Would Einstein Say? By Fidel Castro
Today the leaders of the State of Israel practice genocide and are associating themselves with the most reactionary forces on the planet.

Hagee, a blessing and a curse
Jewish Israel is fully aware that the Jewish philanthropic world is challenged at this time, and that turning to Christian aid is increasingly being considered as a viable, albeit complex, option. It is therefore obligatory that Jewish leaders, who do choose to engage in partnerships with devout evangelicals, admit to themselves and to their communities that they are by definition working with missionaries.

It must be acknowledged and considered that encouraging fundamentalist Christian political, economic and humanitarian involvement in the Jewish state will exact a cost in the form spiritual destruction and apostasy Oh?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Headlines for December 30 - January 5

A Stand For Justice

Israel troops shoot dead West Bank Palestinian

Israelis kill man carrying bottle
The Israeli military confirmed that Mr Daraghmeh was not armed with a knife but said he entered an unauthorised lane in the checkpoint and was believed to have been holding a bottle. "He was holding a glass bottle and the soldiers were probably scared he was going to try to stab them," a military spokeswoman said

Witness: Palestinian shot, left for 30 minutes

Israeli Settlers set fire to a house-tent in the Palestinian village of Susiya
During the night of the 28th December
2010, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian village of Susiya,
setting fire to a house-tent containing a sleeping family.

CPT Tuwani School Patrol 2009-2010: The Dangerous Road to Education
Despite the children's right to access education, *the military fails to
provide a consistent escort for the children*. When the military doesn't
arrive, the schoolchildren are then forced to take alternative routes
which take up to two hours by foot through a rocky, hilly landscape.
Furthermore, *settlers attack the children and their relatives* on these
longer paths.

Former U.S. attorney general visits Gaza on solidarity mission
Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark kicked off a three-day visit to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, for a solidarity mission that places him at odds with American foreign policy.

Abbas suspends Dahlan from Fatah over 'coup plot'

Protester Death Shows IDF May Be Using Most Dangerous Type of Tear Gas
Jawaher Abu Rahmah was the sister of Bassem Abu Rahmah, who was killed in April 2009 when Israeli soldiers fired a tear-gas grenade at his chest at a demonstration at the fence in Bil'in. Ahmed Abu Rahmah has three surviving brothers; their father died five years ago.

Brazil hosts first Palestinian 'embassy' in Americas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Brazil on Friday for recognizing his nation's statehood with the first embassy in the Americas and said other countries were following suit.

...In a further sign of growing pro-Palestinian sentiment in South America, the regional trade bloc Mercosur signed a trade accord earlier this month with the Palestinian authority.

Bolivia broke ties with Israel in 2009 after Israel's assault on Gaza.

Abbas: Recognitions will push Israel to peace deal
"These recognitions of a Palestinian state will help us to convince the Israelis on the necessity to reach a two-state solution," said Abbas.

Anglican church members grapple with fallout over brutal knife attack
"We got burned," Pileggi said, referring to articles in Israel's press that speculated whether Wilson's account of the event was true. Several potential alternative scenarios circulated, including the two women getting into a fight with each other.

"What was difficult for us was that nobody took the story at face value," he explained. To date, the media blackout continues with respect to who the men were that Israeli police arrested 3 weeks ago, and no American reporter even questions this.

Abbas: Latest Palestinian death another Israeli crime against our helpless nation
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Israel Defense Forces on Saturday for causing the death of a Palestinian woman after they shot tear gas at protesters in the West Bank village of Bil'in on Friday.

According to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, Abbas called the act a "new Israeli crime carried out by the occupation army against our helpless nation."

Settlers set fire to home as seven Palestinians sleep inside

Russian president to visit Palestinian territories

Palestinians arrest wanted Hamas man
Palestinian security forces said Friday they had arrested a man they said was a leading member of Islamic militant group Hamas, wanted by the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Palestinian leader wants new plan for peace talks
The Palestinian president called on the international community Friday to draft a new formula for peace talks with Israel and set aside the current process that he said is "managing the conflict but not solving it."

Israeli PM wants nonstop talks with Palestinians
A desperate attempt to make Israel look like it wants peace when in fact it will not stop building the illegal settlements, which is a prerequisite thereof.

Israel said would keep Gaza near collapse: WikiLeaks
Israel told U.S. officials in 2008 it would keep Gaza's economy "on the brink of collapse" while avoiding a humanitarian crisis, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by a Norwegian daily on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses Describe Death of Palestinian Woman in Israeli Tear Gas Attack

Civilian killed by Israeli military in Gaza

WEST BANK: Palestine National Orchestra has its debut
More than 40 Palestinian and foreign musicians came together to make the dream of a national orchestra a reality. The task was not easy, particularly because most of the musicians also play with renowned orchestras around the world. But for most of them, putting together a Palestinian national orchestra is seen as a stepping stone toward building an independent state of Palestine.

'Mossad, US, UK cooperating to sabotage Iran nukes'
The sabotage included, according to the report, the introduction of the Stuxnet computer virus into 30,000 computers in Iran’s nuclear reactors and explosions in October in which 18 Iranian technicians were killed at a factory in the Zagros mountains that manufactured Shihab missiles.

According to the sources, the assassination of five Iranian nuclear scientists were also carried out by the Mossad in cooperation with the American and British intelligence agencies.

Will 2011 Become 1848? by Philip Giraldi
Sarah Palin recently paused in her campaign to amass as much money in as short a time as possible to inveigh against Iran in December 23rd’s USA Today. Mamma Grizzly, who in all probability had the article written for her by some neocon hack like Bill Kristol, opens up with “Iran continues to defy the international community in its drive to acquire nuclear weapons” and goes downhill from there. “Israel would face the gravest threat to its existence…Iran’s leaders have repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction”…“a second Holocaust”…“Iran has provided arms used to kill American soldiers”…she is the “biggest state sponsor of terrorism.”

Millions needed to upgrade east Jerusalem: report
Settlement construction on occupied land in the West Bank and Jerusalem remains one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and torpedoed the last round of direct talks between the two sides.

Pollard Again by Philip Giraldi
That this man should go free to curry favor with the Israel Lobby and with a snake like Netanyahu is despicable. Bill Clinton almost did it and one wonders if a politically damaged Obama will take the plunge. If he does, the defense and intelligence communities will not stand for it, setting up an interesting confrontation with the White House over the next two years. Obama should once and for all state emphatically that Pollard will never go free.

Israeli PM appeals to US to free convicted spy
Israeli analyst Yossi Alpher speculated that it could be part of a deal over the stalled peace talks. He said Netanyahu could sell concessions to his hard–line government more easily if he won freedom for Pollard at the same time.

On the other hand, Alpher said, it could be just a "populist gesture on Netanyahu's part directed at various circles in Israel and the American Jewish community."

How is it that releasing an American traitor would please the American Jewish community? Explain that one to the rest of us.

Netanyahu: Israel never said no to new freeze
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said talks to secure a new settlement freeze ground to a halt when the United States stopped pressing for the ban, not because Israel rejected it.

Is that why he hasn't yet stopped building settlements in Jerusalem? Please.

Netanyahu: Israel Agreed to New Settlement Freeze, but U.S. Retracted Offer

Moreover, Netanyahu again reiterated his stance that the Palestinians were responsible for the deadlock in peace talks. Unreal.

US against anti-settlement resolution in Security Council
Naturally, when we consider who's pulling the strings.

Abbas says 'always ready' for talks after settlement freeze
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Monday that he was "always ready" to continue peace talks with Israel as soon as the Jewish state freezes settlement building.

Israelis spying on new Irish Gaza blockade ship

WikiLeaks quotes IDF chief: Iran could hit Israel within 12 minutes
Ashkenazi is supposed to have also told the American delegation on November 15, 2009 that Israel was preparing for a large-scale war with Hamas or Hezbollah.

Lawmaker Plans Controversial Hearings on Islamic Threat
New York Rep. Peter King has long railed against a “wall of political correctness” blocking out his warnings about the mass threat he sees coming from the mosques of America. Now, as incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Long Island Republican is poised to do something about this.

King, who has vowed to make hearings on this perceived threat his first order of business as chairman, promises to “do all I can [to] drive the public debate on Islamic radicalization.” But some question whether a former supporter of the Irish Republican Army, which targeted civilians with its bombs, is the right person for this job.

Recall this article, and also this one. The greatest amount of anti-Muslim vitriol in this country effuses from Israel-supporters.

Palestinian's Death Reveals Alliance with Israeli Leftists
Their numbers may be relatively small, but the activists are certainly making their presence felt. Weekly demonstrations against Israeli settlement activity in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem regularly draw scores of Israelis, who have also ventured out to demonstrations elsewhere in the West Bank. Just last week, Israeli anarchist Jonathan Pollak was sentenced to three months in an Israeli prison for his role in a bicycle protest against the Gaza blockade three years ago.

Guest Media Alert - Tilting Towards Israel
I was encountering similar difficulties with other mainstream papers where I submitted articles. Indeed, my first three years as a freelance journalist based in Israel were a rapid lesson in the limits of the permissible in reporting and commenting on the conflict

'Israel right or wrong' crowd advocates censorship in Seattle
We didn't announce the ad campaign, but news leaked out and some local groups that defend Israel from all criticism took action to convince King County that any discussion of Israeli war crimes is inappropriate for public speech

Proposed Anti-Subversive Bill Aimed at Anarchists and Boycotters
The Interior Minister would be empowered by law to bar hostile activists from entering Israel. The opposed changes in the law would apply restrictions to anyone who acts against the country, denies the Holocaust, works to boycott Israel and who tries to place Israeli leaders on international trial for what they did in the line of duty.

Hamas stages Israeli attack to recall Gaza war
Hamas rulers have staged a mock attack by Israel to commemorate Israel's 2008 Gaza offensive.

Opposition groups urge Jordanian government to sever ties with Israel

Dubai Assassination Followed Failed Attempt by Same Team Threat Level
The elite team suspected of orchestrating the kill tried to poison Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in November 2009 in Dubai, according to GQ magazine. The unknown toxin, possibly slipped into a drink or placed on fixtures in a hotel room, left al-Mabhouh mysteriously ill but not fatally so. Al-Mabhouh recovered from the illness without knowing he’d been poisoned, only to be killed by the same team about two months later on Jan. 19, 2010.

Asian aid convoy arrives in Gaza
Some 100 pro-Palestinian activists, part of an Asian aid convoy, have crossed into the Gaza Strip from Egypt.

Christian extremists assist Israel in displacing Negev Bedouin
Half a million trees planted over the past 18 months on the ancestral lands of Bedouin tribes in Israel's Negev region were bought by a controversial Christian evangelical television channel that calls itself God-TV.

Gazan youth issue manifesto to vent their anger with all sides in the conflict
"Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed," reads the extraordinary document. "We are afraid of living, because every single step we take has to be considered and well-thought, there are limitations everywhere, we cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want, sometimes we even can't think what we want because the occupation has occupied our brains and hearts so terrible that it hurts and it makes us want to shed endless tears of frustration and rage!"

Israel arrests 2 British consulate staff in gun probe
Israel's Shin Bet Security Service said the two Palestinians were indicted recently on the weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot by two other Palestinians to attack Teddy Stadium, home to Jerusalem's Beitar soccer team, with a rocket.

Midterm assessment of US-Israel relations successful maneuvering
for the past two years the United States has been meticulous about demonstrating impressive support for Israel in the face of serious attacks against it in the international arena. This is a situation that did not always exist in the past, and it undoubtedly gives expression to an important Israeli diplomatic achievement, at least for now.

Bottom line:

Thus at least at this stage, the State of Israel has succeeded in maneuvering well in sensitive areas. All thanks to its powerful lobby here in the United States.

Standing together against US government witch hunt
In a press release issued by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Murphy stated, "Along with several others, I am being summoned to appear before the Grand Jury on Tuesday, January 25th, in the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. We are being targeted for the work we do to end US funding of the Israeli occupation, ending the war in Afghanistan and ending the occupation of Iraq. What is at stake for all of us is our right to dissent and organize to change harmful US foreign policy" First they came for ...

HRW Targets Businesses on the West Bank
The report argues that while a village like Bardala was prevented from having access to sufficient water and therefore restricted in its agricultural capacity, the nearby settlements have greatly benefited from the water. Agriculture is a big business for the settlements in the valley, the report notes, citing a settlement website that explains how such agricultural activity brings in $130 million in yearly revenue. The Palestinians, meanwhile, have suffered from “drinking water shortages and a sharp decline in lands under cultivation for Palestinians.”

Gaza Doctor’s Story: A Painful Legacy Of Occupation
This article clearly is written by a sympathizer of Israel.

Holocaust survivors warn of stirrings of neo-fascism
"As someone who suffered as a Jew and underwent the Holocaust, I remember the Nazis throwing Jews out of their apartments and city centres in order to create ghettos," said Noah Flug, the chairman of the International Association of Holocaust Survivors.

"I remember how they wrote on benches that no Jews were allowed, and of course it was prohibited to sell or rent to Jews. We thought that in our country this wouldn't happen."

Israeli lawmakers approve ‘McCarthy-esque’ panel to probe ‘left-wing’ groups
"The political persecution of human rights group will cause great damage to Israel and across the world, and will lead to the delegitimization [of Israel] and the representation of it as a Marxist state in which a witch hunt is taking place,

AIPAC Protests Disclosure of Its Secret Files by Grant Smith
AIPAC is determined to treat the Rosen defamation lawsuit as that of a “disgruntled former employee” while dodging more relevant questions about its own handling of government classified information. Rosen has continually introduced highly sensitive AIPAC documents into court filings while threatening to put more about AIPAC’s most sensitive operations into the public domain Well well well. Read the entire article. What was this all about, hmm?...

The US Media Hit on Helen Thomas
The Simon Wiesenthal Center – not, by the way, linked to the legendary Nazi Hunter (who was unhappy with its work) – put her on their top-ten list of anti-Semites after angry remarks she made about Israel went viral and blew up into one of the major media stories of 2010.

Aftenposten: Israel gears up for Iran attack

U.K. envoy said Israel ready to use nuclear bomb in 1980, newly released cables reveal - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
Thatcher said at the time that all "efforts to convince Mr. Begin that his West Bank policy was absurd, and that there should not be Israeli settlements on the West Bank, had failed to move him."

Max Blumenthal « Antiwar Radio with Scott Horton and Charles Goyette
how the David Project – an Israel-lobby-created college campus group targeting pro-Palestinian academics – laid the foundation for the Islamophobia crusade; Pamela Geller‘s interesting history and close affiliation with European fascists; and how widespread fear of a global Islamic caliphate gives the US empire a reason for existence and serves to justify the otherwise nonsensical wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Spokespersons and Their Causes
It is interesting to note that most of those in the West who serve as spokespersons for the Palestinians are recognizably rational and analytical. That does not mean they are without passion, but it does mean that they have a grasp on reality. They do not advocate "kicking the Jews into the sea," but rather they fight for Palestinian rights so that the Israelis cannot kick the indigenous population of the "Holy Land" into bantustans.

Why Israelis emigrate
Those remaining in Israel are increasingly ethno-nationalists such as religious Zionists, Russians, traditional-minded Sephardim and Ethiopians.

Assange: I'll Reveal Info That Will Spark Arab World Coups
"These officials are spies for the US in their countries," Assange said in the second part of his interview with Arab television network Al Jazeera. He said the leaked documents in his possession show that Arab officials reveal sensitive information on their colleagues and respective countries.

Media Hit Job of the Year: Punishing Helen Thomas For Criticizing Israel

UK cable in 1980 said Israel ready to use bomb
A British ambassador to Israel warned as early as 1980 that Israel would detonate a nuclear bomb in case of a new war with the Arabs, according to previously secret state documents released on Thursday.

There's no substitute for Washington
This week it emerged that $205 million in American aid pledged for the acquisition of an additional Iron Dome missile interception system is being delayed because of a dispute in Congress. And Israel expects the administration to abide by its commitment and increase annual defense aid to $3 billion, an all-time record, while it deliberates over cuts in its defense budget.

The Un-Jewish Assault on Richard Goldstone
It would have been “good for the Jews” and for Israel had the report’s substance been frankly confronted and debated, however the only game in town is “Kill the message, trash the messenger.” In that sense, Goldstone is the Eliezer of our age — a judge pledged to defend the law in the face of arrogant opposition, excoriated for holding Jews to their principles, excommunicated for speaking truth to power.

Any Respect For International Law Left In The US Congress?
The US administration, as revealed in a State Department cable posted by Wikileaks, has been working overtime with Israel to parry further condemnation of Israeli crimes documented in the Richard Goldstone and Richard Falk Reports, among others. These investigations established massive violations of human rights and international law, war crimes, and possible crimes against humanity while refuting claims by Israel that it acted according to the limited international right of self-defense. Goldstone, Falk and others have demonstrated that it was both the victims of Cast Lead and the Mavi Marmara who alone possessed the right of self-defense in light of Israel’s agressions, not Israel.

Grant F. Smith « Antiwar Radio with Scott Horton and Charles Goyette
Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses how Steven Rosen’s lawsuit disclosures are shining a light on the highly-secretive inner workings of AIPAC

New Study Finds Jews are the Most Popular Religious Group in U.S.

Evidence is now clear. Wikipedia, the vast online encyclopedia used as a reference source by amateur and professional scholars, journalists and researchers of all kinds is now proven to be subject to a massive assault by the government of Israel. Hundreds of Wikipedia editors are being recruited and trained each week, tasked by the Israeli government with instilling open “Zionist” bias in even the most innocent areas, not just news, but personal biographies and, especially history.

The Lieberman Question
if Netanyahu persists in keeping Lieberman, both men should know this: The obligation we assume as Diaspora Jews to support Israel and combat delegitimization becomes much harder, more distasteful and less effective every time the foreign minister opens his mouth. It betrays our Judaic and civic values to stand by while such a man advocates for the transfer of Arab citizens of Israel, for a discriminatory loyalty oath, for an endless postponement of peace negotiations that are the only — the only — way to ensure that Israel remains Jewish and democratic.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2/3 of Americans say take no side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

2 recent polls:

The Brookings Institution


67% say US should "lean toward neither side"

Dates of survey October 8-22,2010, November 6-15, 2010

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

2010 National Survey of American Public Opinion

p. 62


(66%) of Americans think the United States should

not take any side in the Middle East conflict"

Authors, bloggers, please feel free to make note of these observations in your travels.

It is important to note the implications of these findings, and what the implications are with respect to the propaganda that 'America supports Israel'.

Also note the findings are not reflected by our representatives on Capitol Hill; the vast majority of those therein are staunchly pro-Israel evidently in contradiction to how Americans really feel.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Headlines for December 23 - December 29

A Stand For Justice

Palestinian medic: Israel kills Gaza shepherd
Adham Abu Salmia said the man was leading his goats in an open area near Gaza's Erez border crossing with Israel Thursday when he was shot. He died later in hospital. Another man with him was wounded.

Stealth Resolutions by Congress by Philip Giraldi
Then comes the really interesting part. The mainstream media did not report on the passage of House Resolution 1765, as if it did not happen. Nothing appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC, CBS, or PBS. Nada. Did some gatekeeper news editors decide that the story did not reflect well on Israel and its friends in Congress so it had to vanish down the memory hole? Congress again lining up and bending its knee before AIPAC was not news? Apparently not.

....You have created that evil, Frank, you and all your buddies in Congress who line up to do AIPAC’s bidding and pass shameful pieces of paper like House Resolution 1765, which do terrible damage to the United States and its interests on behalf of Israel. Dante’s Ninth Circle of Hell, the lowest level, was reserved for those who betray their own country. If God truly exists and will someday mete out justice, I expect to learn that you and many of your colleagues from the 111th Congress someday will be doing hard time there. Former CIA Philip Giraldi, hat's off to you, Sir.

Israeli forces kill two Gaza militants near border
The Islamic Jihad militant group said two of its gunmen were killed by Israeli fire after they detonated an explosive device against a passing Israeli patrol.

New Gaza War 'Only a Question of Time'
A senior Israeli army officer has told the BBC that as long as Hamas remains in control of the Gaza Strip, another war is "only a question of time".

Israeli Mayor Bans Christmas Trees
Nazareth Illit is a suburb of Nazareth, which as the childhood home of Jesus Christ is an important center of Christian history and is about one-third Christian today. Journalist Nir Rosen wonders how Fox News, which has a tendency to defend Israel but also a love of fighting what it calls "the war on Christmas," would handle this story. Who are the intolerant ones here?

An Open Letter from Gaza: Two Years After the Massacre, a Demand for Justice

West has 3 years to rein in Iran: Israeli minister
The United States and its allies have up to three years to curb Iran's nuclear programme, which has been set back by technical difficulties and sanctions, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday.

Somehow Israel's problems become OUR problems.

'WikiLeaks to publish Israel cables on Second Lebanon War, Dubai assassination'
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Assange said that only very few files related to Israel were published so far and that WikiLeaks intends on releasing many more documents over the next six months. Hmm?

Rabbis' wives urge Israeli women Stay away from Arab men
A letter urging Jewish women not to date non-Jewish men has been published by a group of rabbis' wives. The letter comes on the heels of a rabbis' letter published earlier this month urging Jews not to sell or rent properties to non-Jews.

The new letter, signed by 30 rabbis' wives, says, "For your sake, for the sake of future generations, and so you don't undergo horrible suffering, we turn to you with a request, a plea, a prayer. Don't date non-Jews, don't work at places that non-Jews frequent, and don't do national service with non-Jews." Who are the intolerant ones here?

Pope appeals for Israeli-Palestinian co-existence

Democrats up in arms over hints of reduced aid for Israel
David Harris, president of the National Jewish Democratic Council, charged that “for America to remain engaged as a world leader, and for the sake of Israel’s security, Congress must fully fund foreign aid and aid to Israel together. As the pro-Israel community has said for decades, the two cannot be separated for a host of reasons.”

Harris referred to Israel aid as the “centerpiece” of the pro- Israel community’s agenda.

“To do any less would threaten the bipartisan support that has been the hallmark of this issue – and risk the future of foreign aid,” he said. Israel's shills on Capitol Hill are trying to find ways to spare Israel any cuts to its share of US foreign aid in the midst of cuts to others'. AIPACers are naturally behind it. How many services will be cut to AMERICANS as a result?

Congress: Still Opposed to a Palestinian Statehood Declaration
Jewish groups had been pushing the White House for several months to make clear it will veto a resolution declaring a Palestinian state if it reaches the UN Security Council.

Why was this a matter for the US Congress?

Israel prepares ground for military operation in Gaza: PLO official

Abbas heads to Brazil to found Palestinian embassy
Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on December 3 that his country would recognise a Palestinian state following a personal request from Abbas.

"The demand presented by his excellency (Abbas) is just and consistent with the principles upheld by Brazil with regard to the Palestinian issue," Brazil's foreign ministry said.

Palestinian delegate to U.S.: Congress shouldn't interfere in Mideast peace process

U.S. declined to cooperate in Dubai probe of Mabhouh killing, WikiLeaks shows
A cable sent from the embassy in Dubai less than a month after the assassination reveals that senior U.A.E. officials asked the American ambassador and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to probe urgently "cardholder details and related information for credit cards reportedly issued by a U.S. bank to several suspects" in the murder.

The WikiLeaks cable not only proved that the request was indeed made but that it was recorded in a secret State Department cable. By not accepting the request, the Obama administration harmed the Dubai investigation efforts and assisted Israel instead. Now there's a real shocker.

Palestinians slam U.S. for not recognizing a state, say no talks with Israel yet
Palestinian officials have on Saturday slammed the United States for refusing to recognize the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 and for saying that it is still premature to recognize the Palestinian state.

Jewish Activist Faces Jail for West Bank Resistance

Police mum on hiker death investigation
The media blackout on this case and the arrests Israel made on December 22 continues.

IDF soldier charged with killing Gaza civilian: My commander told me I was 'cold-blooded murderer'
The day after ground troops entered the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead two years ago, S., a soldier in the Givati Brigade, allegedly shot a woman in her upper body while she was carrying a white flag. About half an hour later, S. subsequently told the Military Police, the company commander arrived and S. was stunned by his response.

"He told me, in front of everyone, 'You're a cold-blooded murderer, you'll go to hell,'" S. said. "When I tried to tell him, 'But those were your orders,' he told me, 'Shut up. You won't remain in my company.'"

"But that was it. From then on, until the end of the fighting, it was if nothing had happened," S. related.

Crowds pack Bethlehem to hear message of peace

Xmas joy mixed with threats for Mideast Christians

Wave of ethnic rage worries Israeli PM, activists
A wave of protests and discriminatory acts by Jewish Israelis against Arabs and Africans is worrying rights activists and has prompted an unprecedented appeal for calm from Israel's prime minister.

Who are the intolerant ones here?

Israeli foreign minister: peace is 'impossible'
"It's not only that it is impossible" to reach an overall agreement, he said. "It is simply forbidden."

Israel = Israel's own worst enemy.

Palestinians to take settlement battle to U.N.
The Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council in the coming days to condemn Israeli settlement construction, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday, part of a growing Palestinian campaign to rally international pressure against Israel with peace efforts deadlocked.

Bethlehem celebrates merriest Christmas in years
"Because of the hard situation and the pressure we are living in, we take advantage of any joyful moment and bring our children to play," said Khitam Harazallah, a veiled Muslim housewife from the nearby Deheishe refugee camp who came with her two young children.

Hamas abiding by Israel truce but ready for war
Overnight Saturday, Israeli warplanes hit four targets in the Gaza Strip, wounding at least two people and knocking out power in a large swathe of the strip.

The strikes came after militants fired a mortar and rocket into Israel on Friday, according to the army, which called the target a "terror centre."

Britain forms plan for Gulf evacuation in event of war with Iran
The British armed forces are drawing up contingency plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands of British residents and tourists from Dubai and other Gulf cities in the event of war with Iran.

Ecuador recognizes Palestine state
Ecuador's decision, the ministry statement said, "vindicates the valid and legitimate desire of the Palestinian people for a free and independent state" and will be a key contribution to a negotiated peaceful coexistence in the Middle East.

Peace Talks Stall, But Palestinians' Fayyad Conjures a State
"This is not about state declaration; this is about building a state," says Fayyad, in what has become a mantra since he announced a two–year plan to create the institutions of a state by August 2011. The timetable puts the effort in "the home stretch to freedom,"

Israeli authorities deny Palestinian prisoners access to lawyers
Palestinian detainees are systematically denied the right to meet a lawyer during interrogations by Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security service, according to a report published today by an Israeli and a Palestinian rights group.

Israeli FM vows no apology to Turkey on raid
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed on Sunday that Israel would not apologise to Turkey for a commando raid on a Gaza–bound aid ship that killed nine Turkish activists.

Paraguay to recognize Palestinian state in 2011

seattle Anti-Israel ad campaign rejected by city officials
On Wednesday, Seattle Jewish community leaders held a meeting with senior officials from the King County Executive's office and Metro Transit management about the "potential threat to the Seattle-area Jewish community" after over 2,000 emails, and numerous organizations announced that counter advertisements would be initiated to promote Israel. Who are the intolerant ones here?

It's not anti-Semitic to say that Hasidic Jews are intolerant of goyim
Labelling Patterson as an anti-Semite is manifesting far more intolerance than anything she ever wrote. Yes, calling for Jews to be burned to death is anti-Semitic, but asking Hasidic Jews in Stamford Hill to be a little more polite is not. Victimhood status should never confer an automatic exemption from criticism. Helen Thomas' comments (also taken out of context) made this top ten list as well.

African migrants protest Israeli detention center
many in Israel think the migrants are overwhelming the small state and threatening the country's Jewish character.

Supremacism and the irony - Jews in the US are behind the immigration 'reform' here in the US.

Turkey's apology demand is "chutzpah": Israeli Finance Minister
Israel's ultranationalist foreign minister on Sunday dismissed as "chutzpah" a Turkish offer to restore ties if Israel apologizes for a deadly raid on a Gaza–bound ship, saying it was up to Ankara to make amends.

Gallery Patrons Ejected Over T-Shirts

Haredim threaten to boycott Mamilla Mall
The ultra-Orthodox community is threatening to boycott Jerusalem's luxurious Mamilla shopping complex due to electric ornaments resembling Christmas lights, which have been placed along the boulevard.

....The ads – titled "Is Jerusalem becoming Christian?" – were signed by the Rabbis' Committee for the Sanctity of Jerusalem. They stated that "if this idol worship is not removed immediately, we will declare a consumer boycott against the mall and the Mamilla Hotel, owned by businessman Alfred Akirov." Who are the intolerant ones here?

New Mossad chief to apologise for use of UK passports in Dubai killing
Mr Pardo's apology and pledge during a visit to London that is expected early in January would be the first official acknowledgement by Israel that it was behind the assassination of the Hamas leader in Dubai.

Israel won't attend racism conference fete
Israel says it won't participate in the 10th anniversary commemoration of a U.N. conference on racism that singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism to racism.

The truth hurts.

Progress Seen in P.A. Crackdown On Incitement by West Bank Imams
When will see a crackdown on incitement by fiercely anti-Arab rhetoric by Israeli rabbis, as one example? Google Ovadia Yosef for more. Who are the intolerant ones here?

YouTube Removes Pro-Palestinian-Anti-Motorola Video - St. Louis News
Two weeks ago, we told you about the local activists who busted out an anti-Motorola song-and-dance routine at the Best Buy and AT&T stores in suburban Brentwood -- and we posted a video of the performance. That video quickly drew more than 35,000 hits.

Last week, however, YouTube unceremoniously removed the video in question, saying it was subject to a copyright challenge by WMG (apparently, the Warner Music Group). See this link for the brief message from YouTube.

WikiLeaks to Release Israel Documents in Six Months
WikiLeaks will release top secret American files concerning Israel in the next six months, its founder Julian Assange disclosed yesterday.

In an excusive interview with Al Jazeera, Assange said only a meagre number of files related to Israel had been published so far, because the newspapers in the West that were given exclusive rights to publish the secret documents were reluctant to publish many sensitive information about Israel.

....“The Guardian, El-Pais and Le Monde have published only two percent of the files related to Israel due to the sensitive relations between Germany, France and Israel. Even New York Times could not publish more due to the sensitivities related to the Jewish community in the US,” he added. Really now?

Mideast Peace: What If the Palestinians Turn to the U.N.?
Israel is worried, according to press reports in the country, that the United States will not "rush to veto" a planned U.N. Security Council resolution condemning ongoing Israeli settlement construction. Oh dear. How could the US not ask 'how high?' when Israel says 'Jump!'?

2010: What Came, What Went, What’s Next
You wouldn’t know it from listening to Jewish liberals, but November 2 was a great day for our people. Finally, there will be a Jew in the top leadership ranks of the House of Representatives. After Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn, we can take pride in the ascension of Eric Cantor! More seriously, the election is great for Jews on almost every issue we care about: Israel (more support), Iran (more pressure), education (more choice), national security (more serious), immigration (more reform) and the peace process (more realistic). In addition, like all Americans, we can hope the fiscal mess made by previous Congresses will now be addressed.

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Commies Are At It Again by Philip Giraldi
What this is really all about is the hidden message, conveyed by Clinton’s reference to selective. Khodorovsky is Jewish, as are most of the oligarchs who stripped Russia of its wealth in the 1990s, and he has his own claque of supporters who regard his conviction as anti-Semitism.

The fact is that anyone who has looked into the looting of Russia knows very well that Khodorovsky is guilty as hell on all charges. This case is demonstrative of the ever-increasing philosemitism of the American government. The spread of philosemitism, not democracy, has become their mission. Conversely, the demonization of those that do not subscribe to this supremacism is also taking place by this same institution.

Counter-terror ‘Expert’ Tells Cops: Kill Militant Muslims, ‘Including Children’
A counter-terrorism consultant told a meeting of law enforcement officials that the way to combat militant Muslims is to "kill them ... including the children," says a news report.

Walid Shoebat, a self-described "former PLO terrorist" who "now speaks out for USA and Israel," reportedly made the comment at a speech during a conference of the International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association in Las Vegas this past October, according to the Huffington Post's Chip Berlet.

Report: Accused Egyptian spy says Israel paid Syrian agent for nuclear plan details
An Egyptian charged with spying for Israel told authorities that his Syrian counterpart was paid 1.5 million dollars to provide Israel with information on Syrian nuclear activities, Egyptian media reported Wednesday.

UAE 'held back full story of hotel assassination'

IF Obama could put America’s own real interests first…

Mossad agent 'brought down Egypt's internet'
Severe disruptions to Egypt's internet service in December 2008 were blamed at the time on damage to underwater data cables caused by a ship's anchor.

But Hassan told police that the incident was, in fact, the work of Israel's foreign intelligence agency, according to interrogation records leaked to an independent Egyptian newspaper.

Egyptian has 'revealed three Israeli spy cells'
The aim of the missions was to deliver sums of money to a Syrian holding a "sensitive" post with the security services.

Al–Shuruk daily said Abdul Razzak has provided investigators with copies of reports he had passed on to Israeli intelligence from a Syrian chemist working for the security services in connection with a Syrian nuclear programme.

The Syrian expert had been spying for Israel for 13 years, according to the confessions. He was executed in Syria last month, said Al–Shuruk, which did not give sources for its report.

Israel Represses Israelis and Congress Approves
A resolution -- sponsored by House Foreign Relations Committee Chair Howard Berman (D-CA), Middle East Subcommittee Chair Gary Ackerman (D-NY), and soon-to-be House Foreign Relations Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) -- condemned the findings of the UN Human Rights Council report for documenting such infringements on civil liberties and other human rights violations by the Israeli government.

Why Anti-Semitism Is Growing in Germany
Taken at face value, opposition to Israel need not be assumed to be anti-Semitic. But the majority who tell pollsters they view Israel’s actions toward the Palestinians as a “war of annihilation” and “principally not different than what the Nazis did with the Jews during the Third Reich” reflect a country in which there are blurred lines between opposition to Israeli actions and policies and anti-Semitism.

to be highly critical of Israel is the new definition of anti-Semitism. Even some Holocaust survivors themselves (or their children) liken what Israel is doing in Gaza to the Holocaust. I suppose they are anti-Semites too?

Israeli activist imprisoned for protest against Gaza blockade
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel criticised the sentence. "Placing Pollak behind bars because of his participation in the critical mass bike ride is an extreme punishment and an unusually harsh measurement," Dan Yakir, the organisation's chief legal adviser, said in a statement.

"The entire affair raises suspicion that Pollak was personally targeted because of his views in an attempt to silence him and prevent him from partaking in various acts of protest."

Israel uses arcane law to try to expel Palestinian
Gheith is also a leading opponent of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's plan to raze 22 Palestinian homes in another neighborhood to make way for an Israeli tourist center. That plan is on hold.

"They are trying to make look it like I am the one threatening the security, as if saying no to oppression and to house demolitions is an assault," he said. "Whatever they do to stop me, I will keep talking." The similar article of the Israeli protester sitting in an Israeli jail for his activism against Israel coupled with this one are the answer to the oft-asked question: where is the Palestinian Ghandi? Palestinians DO protest using non-violent means. They're lucky they aren't killed by the IDF (Rachel Corrie, numerous Palestinians, etc).

French activists arrested at West Bank protest

After Israel flap, Constantine bans certain bus ads
King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday temporarily suspended all non-commercial advertising on Metro Buses following complaints about a planned bus ad that criticized Israel Who are the intolerant ones here?

Israel-Palestine News Spanish artists paint on Israeli apartheid wall (PHOTOS)

Abe Foxman Takes on a New Threat: Jewish Paranoia

Iran hangs man convicted of spying for Israel
According to IRNA, Siadat confessed to spying for Israel starting in 2004 in return for $60,000, as well as an additional $7,000 each time he met with Israeli handlers. IRNA said he met up with Israeli intelligence agents during "foreign trade" trips to Turkey, Thailand and the Netherlands and that he transferred data through a digital camera, transmitters and laptop.

Seattle anti-Israel demonstration in wake of Metro ad controversy
"We'd like Israel to be held accountable for its actions and our government to stop spending our tax dollars to support Israel's war crimes," said Ed Mast, Mideast Awareness Campaign.

Israel destroyed Syria nuclear reactor: WikiLeaks
Former US president George W Bush recounted in his memoirs that he resisted Israeli pressure to bomb the site.

In 2008, current US President Barack Obama said when he was a Democratic hopeful for the White House that Israel was right to bomb the suspected nuclear facility in Syria.

Seattle transit agency rejects bus ads alleging 'Israeli war crimes'
That proposed ad, expected to appear next week, sparked a furor, with thousands of comments flooding into the transit agency as two groups said they planned to run their own ads to counter the "Israeli war crimes" message.

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Nurse Wins $40,000 in Sabbath Discrimination Case
Everything seemed great in 2007, when registered nurse Alisa Dolinsky got offered a job by the Color-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility on Roosevelt Island, part of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation. But when the observant Jew informed her prospective employer she couldn’t work on the Sabbath, they withdrew the offer. Now, that decision has earned Dolinsky a $40,000 payout from the city’s Commission on Human Rights to settle a discrimination claim, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The case “could be an embarrassment to the Bloomberg administration, which has worked to build bridges with the Orthodox Jewish community,” according to the Journal. “Mayor Michael Bloomberg is Jewish. His press secretary, Stu Loeser, observes the Sabbath. And there are more than 1.4 million Jews in the area, many of them Orthodox.”


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