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.

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