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Obama has promised to 'make a personal commitment to do all I can to
advance the cause of [Israeli-Palestinian] peace from the start of my
PNI: No more hope for peace with Israel; EU: Israel must reconsider settlement construction
Ramallah - Ma'an - There is no hope for peace with Israel in light of
Israeli election results and the recently unveiled plans to build
73,000 housing units in settlements across the Palestinian territories
in the West Bank, the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) said.
PA condemns Israeli decision to build 15.000 housing units in WB
Palestinian presidency's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina described on
Monday the Israeli cabinet' approval of building more than 15.000
settling units in West Bank as "a hit against the peace process in the
West Bank settler count to 'double'
ISRAEL'S housing ministry has plans for West Bank building that will
nearly double the number of settlers in the occupied territory, the
Israeli group Peace Now says.' The group's report was issued overnight
ahead of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's first visit to the
Middle East since taking office.
IOF demolishes a Palestinian house in Jerusalem
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished on Monday a Palestinian
house in the occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian security sources said.
Expelling Jerusalem's Palestinians, One House at a Time
are some people whose faces betray the difficulties they have
encountered throughout their lives. Salah Shweiki is one of them.
Sitting under the large tent set up in Silwan's Bustan Quarter, seeking
warmth from the wood burning in an old wheelbarrow, Shweiki emanates
the aura of an elderly sage. In his 56 years of life, he has seen a
lot, maybe too much, but today, he is focused, his face determined and
his will iron solid.
Israel Threatens to Evacuate 1,500 Palestinian Residents from Silwan
showing the areas of Israeli settlement and archeological excavations
(pink), and areas under the threat of demolition by Israel (yellow),
(map by OCHA, 2009). On 22 February 2009, the Jerusalem Municipality
served notices to the citizens of al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan to
'voluntarily' evacuate their homes within 72 hours. The municipality
claimed the houses in the area were built without permits.
Jayyus, a village trapped
RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - "They started smashing down doors
at 2am last Wednesday before moving through homes and destroying
property," says the mayor of Jayyus, Muhammed Taher Shamasni.
"Residents were assaulted, money was stolen, computers confiscated,
over 60 young men arrested and the village placed under curfew. The
Israeli soldiers came into my home and threw the contents of cupboards
and closets on to the floor," Shamasni told IPS.
Jaffa: from eminence to ethnic cleansing
The story of Jaffa's ongoing Nakba is the story of the transformation
of a thriving modern urban center into a marginalized neighborhood
suffering from poverty, discrimination, gentrification, crime and
demolition since the initial wave of mass expulsion in 1948 to the
present day. Sami Abu Shehadeh and Fadi Shbaytah trace Jaffa's modern
Rebuild Gaza, but don't forget Nahr al-Bared
Monday's international donor conference at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt,
which is expected to raise some $2 billion for the ailing Palestinian
economy, is crucial to the future of the Middle East. The main focus of
the conference is the reconstruction of Gaza - and rightly so. As many
as 20,000 homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed in the recent
23 Palestinians killed in February
International Solidarity for Human Rights reported Sunday that the
Israeli army carried repeated violations in the occupied territories in
February and killed 23 Palestinians, including four children and three
Report: Israeli army kidnapped 292 Palestinians from the W.B during the month of February
The Palestinian Political detainees Society issued a report on Monday
stating that the Israeli military have kidnapped 292 Palestinians
during the month of February.
The military kidnaps three civilians from Nablus, and two injured in villages nearby
troops kidnapped on Monday morning three Palestinian civilians during a
pre dawn invasion targeting the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Israeli Army kidnaps five Palestinian civilians from Ramallah
Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by the Israeli Army on Monday
during pre dawn invasions targeting a refugee camp in the central West
Bank city of Ramallah.' Local sources said that Israeli troops stormed
al-Jalazon refugee camp, searched homes and then kidnapped five men.'
Meanwhile, other invasions were reported in the northern West Bank city
of Tulkarem and in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday.
Israeli troops searched and ransacked homes, but no kidnappings were
Medical neglect on the rise in Hadarim Prison, nine more arrests
During early morning invasions of the West Bank Israeli forces arrested
nine Palestinians. Break-ins included Nablus and it's Balata Refugee
Camp. Jalazone Refugee Camp in northern Ramallah was also hit along
with the southern city of Hebron.
Israelis beat, detain young Palestinian at Nablus checkpoint
Israeli soldiers arrested 20-year-old Husam Mohammad
Abu Hamad from a village near Nablus on Sunday, local witnesses said.
The young man from the village of A'sira Al-Qebliya was beaten before
his arrest at the Huwwara checkpoint on the outskirts of the West Bank
city of Nablus, witnesses claimed. "The Israeli soldiers harshly beat
Abu Hamad [who was] trying to pass through Huwwara, before being
handcuffed, and then transferred him to the nearby Huwwara military
post," one of the witnesses told Ma'an. [end]
Israeli settler children stone Palestinian woman and baby
Israeli settlers' unleashed pigs attack Palestinian near
Dozens of pigs belonging to Israeli settlers attacked
a Palestinian young man from the village of An-Nasarieyah, north of the
West Bank city of Nablus, on Sunday. Palestinian medical sources said
that Ayman Ibrahim Hamdan, 25, was transferred to Rafidia Hospital in
the city after being bitten by one of the pigs. Hamadan told Ma'an that
dozens of pigs unleashed by the Israeli settlers of the illegal
settlement of Al-Hamra adjacent to the village had attacked him while
he was in his farm in the village. One of the pigs apparently bit him
in the foot, causing injuries, and he was transferred to the hospital,
where his condition was described as lightly injured.
Al Jazeera Video:'Differences threaten Gaza reconstruction - 02 Mar 09
Israel's 22-day offensive
on the Gaza Strip has left a trail of destruction.' Rebuilding is an
enormous project, now being done with little money, a few tools and no
organization. But as bn of dollars are being pledged to fund the
reconstruction efforts, Israeli blockade is still in effect.' Al
Jazeera's Todd Baer reports from Gaza City.
In pictures: Gaza's Samouni Street
Surrounded by all sides, choices go from bad to worse for devastated Palestinians of Gaza Strip
The Palestinian donor conference is underway in Sharm el-Sheikh
bringing in billions of dollars. Now the Secretary General of the Arab
League, Amr Mousa, says that Sharm el-Sheikh is a strong message to
Israel that the world is with Palestine. During the major attacks
Palestinians from all corners demanded the presence of the UN, of the
Five Gaza rockets strike Israel: military
AFP - Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired five
rockets at southern Israel on Sunday, according to the Israeli
military, further straining a fragile ceasefire.
Hamas: Palestinian blood can't be traded for politicized aid
' Ma'an ' The Hamas movement on Monday stated its rejection 'of taking
advantage of reconstruction in Gaza to achieve political gains for any
side at the expense of the Palestinian people and their inalienable
rights.'' 'Our people's blood can't be traded, under any circumstances,
by politicized aid for reconstruction,' said Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas
Oxfam: Survival rations will not rebuild Gaza
- Ma'an - As the Palestinian Authority unveils its plan for Gaza
reconstruction based on the insistence of the international community
to have Israeli crossings opened, Oxfam International revealed that
only a fraction of the range of goods needed even for humanitarian
purposes are being allowed.
Amnesty Calls On Us To Suspend Arms Sales To Israel
Hellfire missiles and white phosphorus artillery shells among weapons
used in 'indiscriminate' attacks on civilians, says human rights group.
US shuns Hamas in Gaza aid pledge
Gazans to get $300m to rebuild and Abbas government $600m but Hamas bypassed.
The pasta, paper and hearing aids that could threaten Israeli security
Members of the highest-ranking American delegation to tour Gaza were
shocked to discover that the Israeli blockade against the Hamas-ruled
territory included such food staples as lentils, macaroni and tomato
Israeli limits stymie Gaza rebuilding
a shift in the Israeli policy that doesn't allow building materials
into Gaza, much of the $2.8 billion that Palestinians hope to raise at
a donors' conference Monday will be limited to humanitarians needs.
Israel may face war crimes trials over Gaza
' Court looks at whether Palestinians can bring case
' International pressure grows over conflict
Iran urges Interpol to arrest 15 Israelis over Gaza 'war
Iran has asked Interpol to arrest what it says are 15 Israeli "war
criminals" who were involved in the conflict in Gaza in December and
January, the Tehran prosecutor said in remarks reported on Sunday.
Iran, which does not recognize Israel's right to exist, said in
December it had set up a court to try Israelis for attacking Gaza. It
had said at the time it was ready to try those it accused in absentia.
" In the current week, we have completed our investigation [of] about
15 individuals who were among those criminals," Tehran prosecutor Saeed
Mortazavi said. "Based on our investigation and according to article
two of the Interpol charter, we asked Interpol to arrest these
suspects," he said in comments carried by Iranian state television,
according to the BBC's monitoring service.
Talks Tough on Gaza Aid
Distribution of $300 Million Suggest
Administration Is Hewing to Bush-Era Stance.
International Donors Meet on Gaza Aid without Hamas
donors meeting in Egypt on Monday are expected to pledge billions of
dollars in aid to help rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip and
revitalize the Palestinian economy.'' But US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, on her first visit to the region as America's top diplomat,
said the economic aid must go hand-in-hand with efforts to reach a
comprehensive peace deal with Israel.
Donor conference brings in billions but attempts to keep control via the western backed PA
The money is coming in at the Palestinian Donors Conference that began
this morning in Sharm el-Sheikh.' Nearly three billion dollars are
expected, but Palestinian officials such as Jabril Rajoub told PNN in
Jerusalem that the crossings must be opened, while Economy Minister
Zaza says reconstruction must be coordinated with Hamas.
Rizqa: Al-Sharm conference invited the wrong representative
GAZA, (PIC)-- Dr. Youssef Rizqa, the political advisor to premier
Ismail Haneyya, stated Sunday that the organizers of the Sharm
Al-Sheikh conference on the Gaza Strip who invited Salam Fayyad to
represent the Palestinian people went to the wrong address, saying that
Fayyad represents only the international and American will. In a
statement published by the Bayan media center, Dr. Rizqa underlined
that this conference should have invited the true representative of the
Palestinian people represented in the democratically elected PLC,
stressing that without the government in Gaza there could be no
Palestinian factions in Cairo identify duties of committees
CAIRO, (PIC)-- The Palestinian factions identified at the conclusion of
their meetings in Cairo the duties of the five committees formed to
deal with the files of the national unity government, the security
apparatuses, the rebuilding of the PLO, the elections and the national
reconciliation. According to a statement issued by the Palestinian
factions and a copy of which was received by the PIC, the committee on
the government has been entrusted with the task of preparing a proposal
about the formation of the government and its nature as a transitional
government until the end of the PLC's mandate and determining its
Israel PM's family link to Hamas peace bid
Olmert rejected Palestinian attempts to set up talks through go-between
before Gaza invasion. - Hamas, the militant Palestinian organisation,
attempted to conduct secret talks with the Israeli leadership in the
protracted run-up to the recent war in Gaza - with messages being
passed from the group atone stage through a member of prime minister Ehud Olmert's family.
Confirmation of attempts to establish a direct line of communication
between Hamas and Israel - and the willingness of senior figures in
Hamas to contemplate direct negotiations - fundamentally alters the
narrative of the build-up to the war in Gaza which claimed more than
1,300 Palestinian lives and led to about a dozen Israeli deaths.
Livni: Netanyahu Is More Extreme than Lieberman
Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni is a "unity refusenik," sources close to
Israeli prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday
following his second meeting with Livni on Friday.' The failure to
bridge gaps between the leaders of the two largest actions in the
Knesset increases the likelihood that Netanyahu will seek a partnership
with rightist factions in establishing his government.' In a round of
talks Livni held with members of the Kadima faction, she said,
"Netanyahu is more extreme than Lieberman, who doesn't rule out a
two-state solution. Netanyahu isn't even willing to discuss it."
Turkish newspaper: Israel plans to oust Turkish premier
The Turkish Zaman newspaper reported Saturday that
Israel plans to overthrow the Turkish government headed by Recep
Erdogan because of his support for the Palestinian cause and his
withdrawal from the Davos forum in protest at not being given enough
opportunity to respond to the fallacies of the Israeli president. The
newspaper revealed that Israel provides support for Turkish forces
opposed to the ruling party of justice and development and trying to
topple the Turkish government.
Human rights group demands investigation into Gaza City murder
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) on
Sunday called upon the de facto government in Gaza to initiate an
immediate investigation into the murder of one of the Strip's
residents. Hamza Mahmoud Al-Shoubaki, age 40, was abducted by
unidentified gunmen on Thursday, 26 February and subsequently died.
Gazans say Karem Shalom fire caused $11 million in damages
A committee of Gaza traders who were harmed by the fire
that broke earlier at warehouses near the Karem Shalom crossing in Gaza
estimated their total damages at USD 11 million. "Our loss reached 11
million USD, which equals 43 million NIS, due to the fire that broke
out in the Karem Shalom crossing and burned 150 truckloads of goods,
which belonged to traders and importers from Gaza," the group said. At
a news conference on Sunday in Gaza City, Khaled Lubad, a spokesperson
for the committee, held the Israeli government responsible for the
damages and insisted they should compensate those harmed.
PA: Israel to approve 3,458 family reunification applications
The Palestinian Authority's head of Civil Affairs
said 3,458 family reunification documents would be published by Israel
on Monday. The department head, Husein Ash-Sheikh, said that the move
to approve the documents was evidence of "the efforts made by the
[Civil Affairs] department on this issue. " He added that the
development "came out of hard work on this initiative upon the
instructions of President Abbas," noting that "these efforts will
continue for all submitted reunification applications through
coordination and dialogue with the other side [Israel]. " He concluded
by saying that 'this file is of national importance, since citizenship
is a right for each Palestinian, and we make our utmost efforts" on the
Two Gazan photojournalists win Thomson foundation awards;
West Bankers take first and third in print
Two Gazan journalists received prizes from the
British Thompson Foundation's 'Inquirer Award 2008' which for the first
time included a category for photojournalists. They accepted the awards
in absentia, being denied permission to leave Gaza. The Inquirer Award
is an initiative of British ambassadors in the Middle East and seeks to
reward the region's best investigative reporter of the year.
Olmert told indictment may include Talansky charges
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Sunday informed Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert's attorney that he was considering filing criminal charges
against the premier for allegedly accepting cash-stuffed envelopes from
Jewish-American businessman Morris Talansky. Olmert will have one last
chance to testify, should he choose to do so, before a final decision
is made on the matter. Olmert's former bureau chief, Shula Zaken,
received a similar message from the attorney general on Sunday.
Largest U.S. Jewish body urges EU to take Obama's lead, skip Durban
The biggest Jewish body in the United States on Sunday lauded the
decision of the Obama administration not to participate in a United
Nations anti-racism summit which it fears will be used as a forum to
ADL slams Swedish city's 'anti-Israel bias' in tennis fan ban
The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday criticized Swedish authorities
for banning spectators from a Davis Cup tennis match between Sweden and
Ramallah: the Palestinian Police fines drivers with flowers instead to tickets
it's the case each morning the traffic policemen started there day by
standing on the meager street intersections in the central West Bank
city of Ramallah on Monday.
Media Bias and Propaganda
The American Left and the Middle East: the lousy Example of the Nation magazine
Here, the Nation magazine continues in its Zionist apologia and
provides praise for Grossman merely because he does not question
Israeli decisions to engage in crimes, massacres, occupation, and wars
of aggression. His son (a member of a terrorist army who probably
killed--like other Israeli terrorist soldiers kill--a countless number
of Palestinian and Arab civilians--is that not a specialty of that
Israeli army?) received more attention and mention in the American
press than all the hundreds of Palestinian children who were killed by
Israeli army terrorists in the war on Gaza.
'Viva Palestina' continues Gaza journey
The Gaza-bound aid convoy 'viva palestina' carrying humanitarian
supplies from Britain toward the Gaza Strip has arrived in Libya.
'Israeli Apartheid Week' Taking Place in Universities and Refugee Camps
BDS National Committee (BNC), Occupied Palestine, 26 February 2009 '
The fifth international Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) ' occurring in
over 40 cities in Palestine and worldwide ' will be held across the
West Bank from 2-8 March 2009.
Israeli Apartheid Week: local production, economic stimulus discussion in Tulkarem
The Israeli Apartheid Week has begun in universities across the
occupied West Bank. Monday's session is being held in the northwestern
West Bank's Tulkarem and is discussing the effects of the Wall on the
economy. Mohammad Jayyousi of the Stop the Wall Campaign in leading
today's opening session at Al-Khadouri College.
Friday protests in solidarity with Silwan
In spite of Friday's stormy weather, villagers in Jayyous, Ni'lin and
Bil'in held their weekly demonstration against the Wall. Several people
were wounded, and one student in Jayyous was arrested. A mass
demonstration also took place in Jerusalem to protest the home
demolitions that will displace 1,500 from Silwan.
West Bank strike unifies country that is divided on the map
'What is being done to my neighbors in Silwan is being done to the
whole of Palestine,' Adela Hosseini told PNN yesterday during the West
Bank-wide commercial strike against the destruction of East Jerusalem.'
The Al Bustan area of Silwan, just to the south of Al Aqsa Mosque, is
one of dozens of East Jerusalem neighborhoods under threat of
destruction as the Israeli administration continues the steady takeover
of the holy city.
Sustaining global solidarity after Gaza
Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza, which has now claimed more than
1,400 lives, generated serious popular backlash the world over. The
overwhelmingly weak official positions and statements, especially in
the Arab world, stood in stark contrast to the outpouring of rage that
was witnessed in the streets of capitals, cities and towns across the
globe. This recent wave of protests has a particular quality, however,
that differentiates it from past mobilizations: The initial flare up of
energy is being channeled into effective grassroots political action,
primarily in the form of an ongoing campaign of boycott, divestment and
sanctions (BDS). The tangible victories and rise of BDS activism
immediately following Gaza are a direct result of the many years of
often little-acknowledged organizing, building, and mobilizing that was
undertaken following the 2005 call from Palestinian civil society. It
is important to look at these last four years in order to make sure
that we continue to build on these victories. We have moved beyond
questioning the efficacy of BDS and must now work to incorporate the
growing numbers of people who, while outraged at the events in Gaza,
are not yet connected to the BDS movement. We also must expand the
actors and struggles involved in BDS by linking the Palestinian cause
to other similar fights for social, economic and political justice.
King Abdullah Has No Robes
Located in the Hijaz region of western Saudi Arabia, Medina is the
second holiest city in Islam. It is home to the Prophet's Mosque and
its famous green dome, beneath which is found Muhammad's tomb. Millions
of Muslims visit Medina each year, often as a stopover before beginning
the Hajj, or annual pilgrimage to Mecca. This week though, in the
normally tranquil environs of the mosque, violence erupted and blood
was spilled. The strife in Media comes on the heels of recently
announced 'reforms' of the religious police and judiciary by Saudi King
Abdullah, and is a telling sign of just how dismissively they were
Jordan's King: LSD, fortune tellers, and Black September
Ashton describes Hussein's brush with LSD (Linda Christian, described
as a "fading starlet" from Hollywood, brought it to one of the king's
parties; the king needed medical treatment afterward), as well as how
the king chose which day to attack the Palestinian rebels, in what
would become Black September of 1970, based on the advice of his
sister-in-law's fortune teller in London.
A Website to Spread Al Jazeera English.
Finally, there is a website
that helps viewers generate pressure on American cable and satellite TV
providers who have not included Al Jazeera English in their offerings. Some fear consumer backlash or say there is not enough demand.
AIPAC, Espionage and the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement
following document case file tracks the first US Free Trade Agreement
signed with Israel in 1985.' The lobbying battle pitted' large US
corporations, American industry associations, small fruit and vegetable
growers and thousands of individual petitioners against the
"American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc." and American
Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.' American industries were
shocked when the FBI began investigating AIPAC for obtaining and
distributing the 300 page report containing their trade secrets titled
"Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty Free Treatment for U.S.
Imports from Israel, Investigation No. 332-180" in the midst of the
negotiations.' The ITC later confirmed that the Israeli government also
obtained the still-classified report.' The document contains business
confidential trade secrets, market share, inventory, delivery costs,
internal production costs and other highly sensitive data US industries
submitted under strict confidence to urge the best possible outcome for
Walt calls out seven Israel-firsters for smearing Freeman
Steve Walt, who is giving lectures on the Israel lobby, here describes a McCarthyite smear campaign against longtime public servant Chas Freeman,
the new head of the National Intelligence Council, and singles out:
Jonathan Chait, Michael Goldfarb of Weekly Standard, Jeffrey Goldberg,
Gabriel Schoenfeld, Jonah Goldberg of National Review, Marty Peretz,
and Steve Rosen, formerly of AIPAC.
Mideast turmoil dooms high-achieving West Bank mayor
BIDYA, West Bank ' Something about Bidya doesn't look quite right.' The
streets that Mayor Ramadan Shatat tried so hard to keep clean are
littered with trash. The taxi stand he planned is still an empty lot.
The City Hall bulletin board is blank; no photos of city events, no
updates on city business.' And what happened to the mayor himself?'
"He's no longer mayor,'' says Billa Assaf, one of Bidya's 10,000
residents.' Today, Bidya is again under the control of the Palestinian
Authority and its Fatah Party. Gone is Shatat, who went from
ribbon-cuttings to arrest by Israeli soldiers to hanging by his wrists
in a Palestinian jail. His offense? Being elected mayor on the ticket
of Hamas, rival party of Fatah.' Now back at home, Shatat says his
experience shows another face of the Palestinian Authority and Fatah,
widely viewed as Israel's "moderate'' partners for peace despite their
treatment of fellow Palestinians and a questionable commitment to
The wisdom of an Israeli Jew
J. Balles considers former Israeli legislator and cabinet member Avrum
Burg's thought-provoking views on Jewish identity and Israeli
psychology, arguing that, if American Jews and Israelis could learn
from Burg, 'there might be a chance for an enduring peace in the Middle
East'.' "Avrum Burg is the scion of one of Israel's founding families,'
writes Tony Karon in Time magazine (1 January 2009) 'His father was the
deputy speaker of the first Knesset, and Burg himself later became
speaker of the legislature, and a member of Israel's cabinet." Karon
adds, "In his new book The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise from Its
Ashes, he argues that an obsession with an exaggerated sense of threats
to Jewish survival cultivated by Israel and its most fervent backers
actually impedes the realization of Judaism's higher goals."' The
following extracts of Avrum Burg's thinking came from an interview with
Karon. While his humanitarian conscience held sway during that
interview, his comments are thought provoking and raise further
Another day in Jerusalem, with some walking
More blustery and foul, rainy weather in Jerusalem today. In the
morning I did great back-to-back interviews with Naomi Chazan and Yigal
Kipnis. Naomi's the Chair of the Meretz Party, a former leading Meretz
MK, and one-time deputy speaker of the Knesset. Yigal is a
farmer/settler on Golan who's very supportive of the idea of a
land-for-peace deal with Syria and has written a lot about the history
of the Golan. Two peaceniks with interesting perspectives on the
decline of their country's peace movement-- which is what I was
principally asking about.
"Dance of Death: 'Waltz with Bashir' and Sympathy for the Killer
film "Waltzing with Bashir" is being shown in some cities here in
America. I didn't want to see it on the big screen so I didn't have to
hear the "oohs and ahhs" of the sympathetic liberal crowd of'for
example'Berkeley. More importantly, I didn't want to pay one penny to
an Israeli company. I have to say, after I went to see Steven
Spielburg's "Munich" with a leftist friend, I no longer saw her, except
rarely. When the film ended, I wanted to go very far away from her,
toward Anatolia. She tried to persuade me that Mr. Spielberg was a just
man, that the film wasn't biased against Arabs like others of its ilk
from Hollywood. Do you want me to be happy just because we are depicted
as half-human as opposed to animals? Have you read the memoirs of Abu
Daoud [leader of the Black September group] before debating me? Is
Spielburg aware that the Munich action came not from the [Palestinian]
leadership but from the base, whose blood was boiling because of the
on-going Israeli attacks on the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon at
the time? I spoke quickly, and my voice was raised and tense, and she
thought she would calm my nerves. Who told her I wanted to be calmed?
Arabs in Hollywood
The Academy Awards
rarely make mention of films that properly address issues relating to
the Arab world, Islam and/or terrorism (I'm not including technical
categories like sound and special effects). Of course, there are
exceptions like Waltz With Bashir
but those types of movies are only palpable to the people running Hollywood
because they present a purely Israeli perspective. Syriana
is another one, closer to the middle of the spectrum. And of course there was Paradise Now and all its problems
(despite the fact that it was produced with help from people in Israel).
Exclusive: The Iraqi Resistance Responds to President Obama
Sunday: 3 Iraqis Killed, 3 Wounded
Iraq Death Toll Rises to 258 in February: Ministries
A total of 258 Iraqis were killed in violence in February, a sharp rise
from the previous month that saw the lowest casualty figures since the
2003 US-led invasion, authorities said on Sunday.'' Statistics compiled
by the defense, interior and health ministries showed that 211
civilians, 17 soldiers and 30 policemen lost their lives to violence
across the country in February. The death toll was up 35 percent on
January's total of 191, which was the lowest figure since 2003. The
latest casualty figures also showed that 456 civilians, 31 soldiers and
61 police were wounded in February.
Hundreds of Iraqi Shiites Protest Voting Results, Allege Fraud
March 1 -- Hundreds of Shiite protesters took to the streets Sunday in
restive Diyala province, asserting that electoral fraud had deprived
Shiites of seats on an influential provincial council.
Enemy fire caused copter collision in Iraq
Enemy fire caused two U.S. Army helicopters to
collide in Iraq last month, killing four American
pilots from Fort Drum, officials at the northern
New York military post said Friday.
Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' condemned to death for third time
Iraqi court on Monday condemned Saddam Hussein's notorious henchman
"Chemical Ali" Hassan al-Majid to his third death sentence over the
murder of Shiite Muslims 10 years ago.
Iraq court acquits Tareq Aziz of Shiite killings
An Iraqi court acquitted former deputy premier Tareq Aziz of all
charges related to the killing and displacing of Shiite Muslims in
1999. While Saddam Hussein's top henchman and cousin "Chemical Ali" was
given his third death sentence by for his involvement in the matter.
An amazing youtube of an American officer berating a group of Iraqi policemen
[made] last month, calling them "women" for the fact that they won't
take on the Mahdi militia. All his rage must be translated into Arabic
by a soldier at his side:' "You love seeing Americans die for your
fucking country, you won't die for it yourself. I don't see your ass in
Iraqi Refugees Returning to Danger Zone to Escape Poverty in Utah...Frustration: "We're human beings there. ' Here we are mice."
As human rights organizations call for aid and resettlement for
millions of Iraqi refugees, some who are exasperated by America's
refugee system are going home or attempting to return to other
countries in the Middle East. They feel abandoned by federal policies
that offer limited and brief financial support and leave many refugees
living in poverty.
Iraqi government careless about its own refugees ' minister
The Iraqi ministry which is supposed to look after Iraqi refugees says
its coffers are empty despite urgent needs.' Displacement and Migration
Minister Abdulsamad Sultan said he could not even afford paying the
travel expenses of Iraqi refugees willing to return home.' There are no
exact figures on the numbers of Iraqis who had to flee the country or
leave their homes in the aftermath of the 2003 U.S. invasion.
Iraq's orphans battle to outgrow abuse
(Reuters) - At night, 11-year-old Salah Abbas Hisham wakes up
screaming. Sometimes, in the dark, he silently attacks the boy next to
him in a tiny Baghdad orphanage where 33 boys sleep on cots or on the
Baghdad fire devours ancient quarter
huge fire raged in the ancient Kadhimiya quarter of Baghdad and the
blaze is said to have razed at least 50 shops, Baghdad fire fighting
officials said.' They said it took 300 fire fighters and scores of fire
fighting vehicles more than five hours to extinguish the blaze.' The
shopping area most affect by the fire is a venue for traditional
shopping where grocers sell mainly spices and antiques.
A new democratic dawn in Iraq - or back to the bad old days?
As the troops prepare to go, how do conditions compare with those under
Saddam?' As the US and Britain steadily exit Iraq, a pre-invasion
reality is returning for many. Essential services still don't work,
while the old-world Ba'athist order is once again flourishing.' Saddam
Hussein's loyalists have been removed from the extensive bureaucracies
that once ran Iraq, but the often draconian rules they imposed over 30
years are back in vogue.
In Iraq, shisha cafes are in the air
With improved security and more young men with money to spend, clubs
offering hookah pipes to smoke are cropping up all over the capital.'
Outside the Soltan Nights cafe in central Baghdad, the air is thick
with the exhaust of countless diesel generators and a sandstorm that
turns the sky the color of dishwater.
U.S. and other news
officer gets 25 years for detainee murder
An army officer was sentenced to 25 years in
prison by a military jury on Saturday for
shooting and killing an Iraqi detainee during an
ministers refuse to appear before Human Rights
'There was no Cabinet debate in run-up to war,'
says Short as Government refuses to release
Details surrounding two
crucial meetings on the eve of the conflict were
laid bare for the first time yesterday when
former Cabinet Minister Clare Short, who was
present at both, gave a full account of what
Foreign Secretary David
Miliband and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith have
both refused to appear before Parliament's
human rights committee to answer questions about
allegations of British collusion in the torture
of British citizens and residents detained during
counter-terrorism operations in Pakistan.
Ross and Iran
In October 2008 I presented a paper, entitled 'What the Future has
in Store for Iran,' at a conference on Middle East Studies. The paper,
which was subsequently posted at Payvand.com , examined what the US
policy toward Iran might look like if either Barack Obama or John
McCain came to office. The conclusion of my essay, stated in its last
two lines, was: 'In the case of McCain, the war [waged against Iran]
might come sooner than later. In Obama's case, one might see a period
of 'tough' or 'aggressive diplomacy' before hostilities begin.'
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