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.

Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/134149/#ixzz1A74d2n79

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.

Press TV News Analysis, James Morris, Richard Millet and Dahr Jamail on Israeli Nukes # 3

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Press TV News Analysis, James Morris, Richard Millet and Dahr Jamail on Israeli Nukes # 1

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.”


Press TV's Waqar Rizvi talks to James Morris on "Mossad in Iraq"

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