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Jerusalemites rally outside two Sheikh Jarrah homes slated for evacuation
The Al-Hanoun and Al-Ghawi families have been stationed in front of
their Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, homes since early on 14 March in an
effort to prevent their forced evacuation.
The two families, comprising a total of 52 members, received evacuation
orders effective 15 March, after which point Israeli authorities said
they intend to demolish the homes ... According to the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement
(ISM), both the Al-Ghawei and Al-Hanoun families were evicted from
their homes by Israeli police in 2002, after Israeli settlers used
falsified documents to claim ownership of these houses.
Family members lived in tents for four months before returning to their
homes. The families were able to present their documents proving their
legal ownership before the courts on the 19th of February, but the
eviction orders still remain in effect.
Sheikh and archbishop condemn Jerusalem home evictions
There is an Israeli plan to evacuate and demolish at least 1,700 homes
owned by Palestinians in Jerusalem in 2009, warned head of the Islamic
movement in Israel Sheikh Raed Salah on Sunday. Sheikh Salah revealed information at a media conference in Jerusalem on
Sunday that demolition orders or re-zoning plans would make homeless
more than 17,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem. He described the
situation as the most dangerous since Israel�s annexation of the area
in 1967. Also at the conference was Archbishop Attalla Hanna, who assured that
Muslims and Christians in Jerusalem are united in the face of Israeli
threats trying to defend the city�s heritage in the Arab nation. The
archbishop accused Israel of responding to the 2009 Al-Quds Capital of
Arab Culture by ordering the demolitions.
British consul-general in Jerusalem 'concerned' over Israeli decision to demolish 88 homes
British Consul General in Jerusalem Richard Makepeace expressed his
concern over the Israeli decision to demolish 88 Palestinian-owned
homes in Silwan, East Jerusalem in a statement released on Thursday.
Makepeace�s statement was directed to the residents of Silwan, to whom
he reiterated that the demolition of homes in an occupied area is in
contradiction to the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as the Road Map,
which Israel signed.
He noted that the action would cause many to question Israel�s commitment to peace with Palestinians.
Israel continues to allow minimal, basic goods into Gaza
to Raed Fattuh, chair of the Gazan committee for the entry of
goods, Israel partially opened the Kerem Shalom crossing to let in 110
truckloads, 23 of humanitarian aid for the UN and other agencies and 75
trucks destined for the Gazan private sector, including frozen meats,
flour, sugar, rice, beans, cooking oil, disposable diapers, toilet
paper and blankets in addition to 12 trucks carrying fruits. The Nahal
Oz crossing was opened to allow the transfer of 44 tons of
cooking gas and 280,000 liters of industrial diesel to run the
power-generating station in Gaza. This will allow the Gaza power plant
to operate at full capacity for just over half a day. The admission of
minimal goods following the day and a half closure of
the crossings for the Israeli weekend continues the trend of the past
two-and-a-half months ... Regular grade diesel and benzene have not
been allowed in for over five months.
Children's play area arises from the ruins of Hay Salaam in Gaza
Saturday [March 7], over a hundred children made homeless by the
Gaza found a little light relief in the temporary Samoud Camp in
Jabalia�s detroyed Hay Salaam area. Local youth leaders and
international supporters from the International Solidarity Movement who
put the space together named it FreeGaza Kids Space after the project
that helped to fund it. Tents, toys, and snacks for the kids came from
independent donations. Children aged 5 to 12 crowded into the separate
girls and boys� tents. Most of them come from houses now flattened or
no longer even locatable ... Some games were just for fun; others had
children identifying their
fears: �the dark�; �when the bombs fall�; �Israeli soldiers�. The youth
leaders, all of whom have experience of psychosocial work
with young people are volunteers, but will receive a meal each day they
work, and minimal expenses. They plan to open the play space for 3
afternoons a week.
Video: Painting on the walls of Gaza
By Asmaa. It is nothing new in Gaza seeing lots of words in great lines on any
wall you pass it in Gaza .. Some of them talk about the political
situation .. Another is talking about the Social events.. many of them
are talking about whom left their families and died during the last war
or previous Israeli military operations in Gaza .. with their names and
their painting faces .. It is the fast, cheap, easy way to express your opinion , And to reach
what you want the other Gazans to know freely .. Even it stays for a
short time .. [and the Israelis think they can defeat these people?!?]
When a 2nd home isn't due to wealth
[with excellent photos] We were visiting hospital dietician S�s family in Al Fukhary. They all
fled their home during the attacks, except for S�s dad who stayed
behind to confront the tanks. And literally did - S shows us where the
tanks got to: the back garden. At this point, his dad went to the back
door and looked the solider in the tank in the eye. The soldier in the
tank looked back. And then he turned the tank around and left. I guess
Abu S has one great stern look.
As we are leaving we pass several houses totally destroyed, in
amongst houses still standing. Why these houses? Nobody knows. A
kindergarten is also destroyed, and there is no logic in that either.
Photo essay: Paint over the bullet hole
By Dr. Mustafa Barghouti. Here I want to discuss how, despite the occupation, and sometimes
because of it, Palestinians have been given the chance to constantly
prove their humanity while the world disregards their human rights �
and while Israel works so hard to disprove it. How, we not only rebuild
broken structures, but how we put ourselves and our creativity into the
task. It is one thing to replace a bombed out wall or window; what
makes our determination inspiring is that we go beyond replacing it, we
make it beautiful.
Going, going, Gaza
Accidental Tourist. �You are beautifu-u-u-l! I love yo-o-o-u!� the taxi
driver screamed at me maniacally, slapping me vigorously on the upper
thigh. Just go with the flow, I thought. �Thank you!� I screamed back.
�You too!� I slapped him on his thigh and shouted: �Y�alla, Y�alla!�
(Arabic slang for �let�s move!�). The taxi sped off into the charming
darkness of Gaza City. Another cup of Herculean, Arabic coffee awaited
me, as did a spicy, sweet Bahraini shisha and another unforgettable
night in Palestine.
Al Jazeera videos 13 March: Gaza blockade
"In this week's show we look at how the Israeli blockade continues to
hinder life in Gaza. We have an interview with George Galloway and
feature a new campaign by an Israeli anti-blockade group. Plus we
follow one fishermen as he tries to provide food for his family. "
Israelis 'firing live rounds' at West Bank protesters
By Peter Beaumont. Israeli armed forces and border police used the cover of the war against Hamas in Gaza
to reintroduce the firing of .22 rifle bullets - as well as the
extensive use of a new model of tear-gas canister - against unarmed
demonstrators in the Occupied West Bank protesting at the building of
Israel's "separation wall". The tactics were highlighted on Friday,
when a US protester, Tristan
Anderson, 38, was hit in the head by one of the new extended-range gas
canisters in the village of Ni'ilin, suffering an open wound in his
skull and substantial brain damage. Anderson's friend, Gabrielle
Silverman, claims he was struck by a canister fired from a
high-velocity rifle ... The extended-range canisters have been brought
into service at the same
time that the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and border police have again
been using live rounds fired from Ruger sniper rifles, banned in 2001
by Israel's then military advocate general, Menahem Finkelstein.
Four Palestinians taken by Israeli troops near Ramallah Saturday night
Israeli troops took four Palestinians as they passed a military
checkpoint north of Ramallah Saturday night, sources said. The men were
alleged to have weapons in their possession.
East of Qalqiliya, Israeli soldiers claimed two Palestinians threw a
Molotov cocktail at an Israeli military vehicle. The two men were also
taken into custody and removed to an unknown location. [End]
For third week, Qalqilia's villagers confront Israeli bulldozers
Dozens of Palestinians and international peace activists confronted
Israeli bulldozers working in the towns of Ras Teera and Wad Ar-Rasha,
southeast of the West Bank city of Qalqiliya ... The residents called on international organizations to immediately
intervene to stop the bulldozing of their land that would lead to
destroying sections of electricity, water networks, greenhouses and
American in stable condition after being seriously hurt in West Bank protest
Tristan Anderson, 38, of Oakland, California, was hit
in the head by a tear gas canister during a protest against Israel's
separation barrier Friday and underwent surgery at a hospital near Tel
A hospital spokeswoman said Anderson is still on a respirator but
in stable condition. She spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because
of the issue's sensitivity.
Israeli justice: Arrest young boys for toy guns and unfounded allegations of 'stone throwing'
By Kristen Ess. ...It was Thursday/Friday night (12-13 March) in the
northern West Bank�s Hares. Israeli forces hit the area near the
village old mosque. Residents report the time of the invasion as being
between 1:30 and 3:00 am. Incursions are becoming alarmingly more
frequent in the town according to the international women�s house that
keeps a 24 hour presence in the town. Israeli soldiers broke into a
sleeping home, assaulted a family, and arrested a child who suffers
from kidney malfunction, as IWPS tells PNN ... The family of 14,
including a three month old baby and pregnant woman, were then forced
at gunpoint into the street. Israeli soldiers made them sit on the road
in the cold, dead of night, while continuing to lob concussion grenades.
Government and Elections committees continue to meet; DFLP gives details on elections sticking points
Palestinian unity committees with unresolved issues continue to meet
Sunday despite an initial tentative deadline of Saturday night for the
first stage of talks.
With the PLO, Reconciliation and Security committees finished, only the
Government and Elections committees remain to complete their tasks. The
five committees, higher committee and two follow-up committees are
in Cairo this week in an effort to pave the way for the creation of a
transitional consensus government for Palestinians, which will end the
state of division between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (The three
elections sticking points are: elections date, proportional
representation, and the Central Elections committee.)
Olmert: We will decide on Shalit deal on Monday
Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced on
Sunday that the government would decide on the following day on a deal
to secure the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Israel sent a message to Hamas Saturday that the
final date for reaching an agreement on a prisoner exchange involving
Shalit will be Sunday night.
In Cairo, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that
there had been no new developments, and he considered Olmert's
statement, and the arrival of Israeli negotiators in Cairo, to be
'Arab' prisoners want in on Shalit deal
Arab-Israeli prisoners serving time in Israeli prisons for security-related offenses are demanding that Hamas
include them in the list of prisoners to be released in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit ... There are currently 140 Arab-Israeli
prisoners being held in jails throughout the country for
security-related crimes. One third acted for the benefit of Hamas and
the rest on behalf of other organizations. A number of these prisoners
have been held for over 20 years.
Bardawil: Fatah is trying to drag Hamas into recognizing the Israeli occupation
(PIC)-- MP Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, the spokesman for the Hamas
parliamentary bloc, stated Saturday that the Fatah faction is trying to
drag his Movement into recognizing the Israeli occupation and into
involvement in issues that had already proven their failure, while the
issues which must be recognized are the Palestinian people's rights. In
an exclusive interview with the PIC, Dr. Bardawil said that the main
dispute is over Fatah's insistence that the next government should
abide by the PLO's obligations, considering it a failed attempt to make
Hamas recognize the occupation.
EU to press for Fatah-Hamas unity government
(AP) The European Union will press Egypt Sunday to step up
its mediation efforts to secure a Fatah-Hamas Palestinian unity
government and re-ignite the Mideast peace process.
Diplomats have said a Palestinian unity government would lead the
rebuilding of the Gaza Strip after an Israeli offensive against Hamas.
Hamas says power-sharing talks with its Palestinian rival Fatah are
stuck because of disagreements over the political program of a future
The talks between key European Union, Palestinian, Egyptian and
Jordanian officials will also focus on efforts to open more crossings
into Gaza for humanitarian aid.
EU parliamentarians meet Mashal in Syria
A number of European parliamentarians met in Syria on Saturday with
Khalid Mashal, head of the Hamas political bureau, and demanded EU
countries to engage in dialog with the movement. Clair Short, a former
UK minister, member of the British Labor Party, said that the visit
aims at encouraging EU parliamentarians to hold talks with Hamas. Short
added that the international community must hold talks with the
movement and listen to its points of view. She also said that the visit
does not represent the countries of the parliamentarians, and added
that this visit is an indication that future talks with Hamas are
possible, similar to the recent talks between the UK and Hizbollah
party. Chris Andrew, an Irish politician, said that holding talks with
Hamas helps in elevating the suffering of the Palestinian people.
Olmert: My government went further in peace talks than anyone before
Addressing the peace process with the Palestinians,
Olmert said that his government had "gone further in the peace
negotiations than any previous government." The prime minister added
that it was the Palestinian leadership that didn't have enough courage
to made the necessary decisions on the path to peace.
Israel shuts down major military checkpoint near Nablus, installs smaller gate nearby
Israeli military checkpoint at Beit Iba west of Nablus will be
removed, Israeli officials announced Sunday, and replaced by a large
iron gate two kilometers away.
According to an Israeli Government Press Office statement, the move is
part of �general plan of goodwill.� There are currently 13 military
checkpoints 39 earth mounds, 12 road blocks and 26 road gates
preventing Palestinians from moving freely in the Nablus area alone.
The removal of the Beit Iba checkpoint will reduce the number of manned
zones to 12, but will increase the number of road blocks and road gates
to 13 and 27, respectively.
IDF to station troops in Hebron's 'House of Contention'
The Israel Defense Forces has decided to station
troops at the so-called "House of Contention" in the West Bank city of
Hebron, the building from which the army forcibly evacuated settlers
about three months ago.
The decision was reached as part of a plan to allow Palestinian
vehicles entry to the "Zion route," which connects the settlement of
Kiryat Arba to the Tomb of the Patriarchs. The army seeks to better
protect Israeli and Palestinian residents with the deployment of the
The significance of the move is that the owners of the building
will be unable to use it as long as it is held by the IDF ... The IDF Spokesman's Office told Haaretz that
the troops' presence in the building is only temporary. It said there is
nothing in the decision that would influence disputed ownership rights
over the building and a court hearing between various the claimants,
which is currently underway.
Hebron settlers harshly criticized the move, claiming
that the army had not formally notified them of it and that it would
Hearing on petitions against the Citizenship Law
15 March 2009, the High Court of Justice will hold a hearing � by an
extended panel of 7 Justices � on petitions against the Citizenship Law
submitted by HaMoked, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel,
Adalah and MK Zehava Galon: the petitioners demand the HCJ strike down
this Law, as it is unconstitutional, motivated by racist-demographic
and economic considerations, and contradicts the HCJ's previous ruling
Palestinian civil servants begin receiving salaries in Gaza Strip
Financial sources in the Gaza Strip announced on Sunday that banks have
began to pay civil servant salaries after a two-week delay.
Ma�an has learned that salaries are to be paid in all currencies
available, including Israeli shekels, Jordanian dinars, and US dollars.
However, one source pointed out that once salaries are paid, banks
could experience a cash crisis if Israel insists on refusing to allow
the entry of currency.
New anti-fraud, five year term, black-covered passports to be issued by PA
Revamped Palestinian passports will hit the streets next week, sporting
new black covers and several anti-fraud devices, head of the passports
department in the West Bank Yousef Harb said Saturday.
The new passports, printed in France, have a five (rather than three)
year term of validity and are meant to help ease restrictions on
passport renewal for Palestinians at home and abroad. The new passport will cost 210 shekels (50 US dollars).
Palestinian security training center opens
Palestinian Authority has opened a new training center for its
elite presidential guard in the West Bank town of Jericho.Most of the
funding for the $11.5 million center was provided by the United States.
center is part of the US effort to boost
Palestinian security forces in the West Bank. A special security envoy,
Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, has coordinated several years of efforts to help
train Palestinian forces. Israel and the United States have said the
Palestinians' ability to handle internal security is a prerequisite for
Committee continues to prepare Al-Quds Capital of Arab Culture opening event in Jerusalem
for the now two-and-a-half months overdue launch of Al-Quds
Capital of Arab Culture events continued in Bethlehem Saturday, with
officials meeting with planning committee members in an effort to pull
together plans for the celebrations. The main celebrations for Al-Quds
(Jerusalem, in Arabic) Capital of Arab Culture events would mostly take
place in Bethlehem.
While a significant portion of the year-long celebration�s budget will
go to support cultural and community centers in Jerusalem, the
impossibility of being granted permits for Palestinian public events in
the Israeli-occupied city makes large gatherings both dangerous and
Freed Tulkarem prisoner visits family of fellow jailed Palestinian
A Palestinian ex-prisoner, 36-year-old Ghassan Mahdawi, was released on
Wednesday 11 March after serving 19 years in Israel�s custody. On Sunday, he visited the family of his fellow prisoner, Hatim
Jayyousi, who is serving six life terms and an additional 55 years in
an Israeli jail.
Music center in Jenin burned to ground; police suspect arson
Unidentified vandals set fire to the Al-Kamanjati Society for Music in
Jenin Saturday night, incinerating all the furniture and instruments
inside, and destroying the building.
Police said they opened an investigation into the incident, after
firefighters, who rushed to the scene after locals called in the blaze,
found empty fuel bottles and matches littered around the building.
Al-Kamanjat (Violinist) is a non-governmental organization in Jenin that teaches music to the area�s children. [End]
More rockets fired at south
least two more rockets landed in open area in the south Saturday night,
bringing the number of rockets and mortar shells fired at the western
Negev since the end of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza to about 100. No
injuries or damages were reported in the latest attacks.
Police foil second Jerusalem stabbing attack in one week
For the second time in a week, the Israel Police
foiled a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday, arresting a young
Palestinian woman, carrying a kitchen knife, in the Old City. During
questioning, the young woman confessed that she had planned to stab a
police officer. On Monday, police arrested
two Arab youths carrying a commando knife in the Pisgat Ze'ev
neighborhood of Jerusalem, foiling a stabbing attack. During a
preliminary investigation, the pair said they had planned on carrying
out a terror attack.
Police call off terror alert in south Tel Aviv
Police in Tel Aviv on Sunday called off a terror
alert after having carried out extensive searches in the south of the
city for a suspected terrorist.
Police were acting on an intelligence warning of a man in the area believed to be involved in terrorist activities.
School boycott in Sakhnin
The parents association in the Arab town of Sakhnin, in northern
Israel, announced that it was heading a boycott of all local schools on
Saturday, after a middle-school teacher was physically assaulted by two
parents on Thursday. The boycott, which went into effect on Saturday,
is an effort to "kick off a struggle against violence in our society,"
said the association's chairman, Adel Abed.
'Chastity Squad' mercenary jailed for four years
The Jerusalem District Court sentenced Elhanan Buzaglo to four years in
prison on Sunday, after finding him guilty of aggravated assault,
extortion, aiding an extortion and intimidation. He was also ordered to
pay the complainant against him NIS 10,000 (about $2,400) in
damages. Buzaglo, a known member of the Jerusalem haredi neighborhoods'
"Chastity Squad," pled guilty as part of a plea bargain struck with the
State Prosecutor's Office. The "chastity squad" is a notorious group
operating within the haredi community in the capital with the sole
objective of fighting what it deems "female immodesty," and using
methods of violence and intimidation to obtain its goal, if need be.
Britain denies entry to Hezbollah official
Britain has denied an entry visa to a Hezbollah official who had been invited to speak at a London university.
The United Kingdom's Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was quoted by
British news outlets as ruling that Ibrahim Moussawi's presence in
Britain would not be "conducive to the public good."
Moussawi had been due to speak at the London School of Oriental and
African Studies as part of a course on political Islam. The university
had billed him as "an expert on Hezbollah and Islamist political
... The move came after the U.K. announced last week a decision to reestablish ties with Hezbollah.
Protest the shooting of Tristan Anderson - Tel Aviv
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An interview with Haidar Eid: Massacre in slow motion
By Eric Ruder. Israel has already made the two-state solution
impossible, and we definitely need to begin discussing an alternative
program to the fiction of the two-state solution. The first thing to do
is to dismantle the Palestinian Authority. The PA was a product of the
Oslo Accords, and it sends the wrong message to the international
community and to solidarity groups all over the world. The existence of
the PA suggests that what exists in Palestine are two equal
parties--the Israeli state with its army and the Palestinian state with
its army. We need to get rid of the PA in order to correct the
equation. The relationship that exists is not between equals, but
between an occupier and an occupied, an oppressor and an oppressed.
Gideon Levy / Don't protest for release of Shalit, protest for release of terrorists
If you want Shalit to return then shout out for the
release of Palestinian prisoners. Protest the lost time wasted on a
campaign of fear against the question of the "price," or Shalit will
become a second Arad. Don't believe the tall tales that the war in Gaza
helped in talks with Hamas, and campaigns for his release are damaging.
Don't believe that "progress" is being made in talks over his release.
Hold to account our cowardly leaders who did not do everything they
could - just as was the case with Arad.
By Avi Issacharoff. All signs indicate that jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti will be
freed as part of a deal to release Gilad Shalit. Who exactly is this
man who, based on a recent survey, has a good chance of winning the
election for the Palestinian presidency?
Gaza's new line of defense
By Yair Lapid. A total of $4.4 billion was collected
in the recent Sharm conference dedicated to rebuilding the Gaza Strip.
At this time of a global economic crisis, this is an incomprehensible
sum. Yet the identity of the donors is no less important than the
sum of money donated. Our best friends put their hands deep into their
empty pockets. The donors emphasized, of course, that all
this money will only be earmarked for humanitarian purposes. It will be
used to rebuild roads, schools, hospitals, public buildings, and
residential homes. It all sounds very positive, until we recall
that we are talking about the roads and buildings that we destroyed.
Very quietly, without us noticing it, a new line of defense is being
established in the Gaza Strip: The money line. After
all, these good people did not donate billions of dollars just so the
IDF�s list of potential targets can be expanded later on. If they are
willing to spend such huge sums in Gaza, it means they are assuming
that we do not intend to dispatch our F-16 fighter jets to the Strip
yet again. So the next time we wish to launch a military operation, we
will have to ask ourselves whether we can afford to destroy the
�Shifa-Berlusconi� hospital, bomb the Carla Bruni school, or raze the
�Clinton Center for Culture and Arts.�
Zvi Bar'el / Becoming a footnote
The following is a list of political events that took
place this past week in the Middle East, and Israel was not invited.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who was supposed to visit Israel in
January, visited Iran with full media coverage. In Riyadh, King
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia hosted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the
Kuwaiti ruler and Syrian President Bashar Assad for a little four-way
summit. The gathering marked the great Arab reconciliation with Syria
and the ending of the distinction between "moderate" and "extremist"
Arab states ... The results of the Israeli elections have made it
clear to the Arab leadership that they can present a moderate Arab
Middle East vis-a-vis the extremist right in Israel; a sober and
practical Middle East. Vis-a-vis the opponents in Jerusalem of a
two-state solution, they are formulating a worthy Arab alternative that
Washington will find appealing.
Zvi Bar'el / Fatah-Hamas unity would pose major dilemma for Israel
Should Jerusalem recognize a united Palestinian
government comprised of Hamas and other factions, or should it adopt
anew the position of Israel's government since the elections in 2006
which posits that any entity of which Hamas is a part is illegitimate?
... If Israel decides not to recognize a united
government, it must also take into account that a Fatah-Hamas coalition
will make it easier for the European Union, perhaps even Washington as
well, to hold direct contacts with it. The rationale would be that such
a government is one that rules with a mandate from all Palestinians,
even if that government does not recognize Israel. It goes without
saying that should Israel reject the idea of two states for two
peoples, it would find itself on a collision course with the American
Zionism is the problem
The Zionist ideal of a Jewish state is keeping Israelis and
Palestinians from living in peace. By Ben Ehrenreich. ...Yet it is no
longer possible to believe with an honest conscience that
the deplorable conditions in which Palestinians live and die in Gaza
and the West Bank come as the result of specific policies, leaders or
parties on either side of the impasse. The problem is fundamental:
Founding a modern state on a single ethnic or religious identity in a
territory that is ethnically and religiously diverse leads inexorably
either to politics of exclusion (think of the 139-square-mile prison
camp that Gaza has become) or to wholesale ethnic cleansing. Put
simply, the problem is Zionism ... Establishing a secular, pluralist,
democratic government in Israel and
Palestine would of course mean the abandonment of the Zionist dream. It
might also mean the only salvation for the Jewish ideals of justice
that date back to Jeremiah.
CIA predicts collapse of Israeli state
to respected international lawyer Franklin Lamb a recent CIA
report gives the Israeli state 20 years before it collapses. Apparently
members of the US Senate Intelligence Committee have seen the report
which argues that a two-state solution is no longer realistic and that
a one-state solution is the only viable democratic option ... According
to Lamb the CIA refers to the rapid and unexpected downfall
of Apartheid South Africa (unexpected by the CIA that is which was of
course a supporter of the racist regime, with the US government
refusing to support sanctions, along with Thatcher's Britain) and of
the Soviet Union. The authors of the CIA paper believe that hundreds of
thousands of Israelis will leave for the US. ... 15 March: Franklin
Lamb contacted Gaza Solidarity today to confirm the report's
existence and he expects an Executive Summary of it to be posted on Wikileaks in the near future.
By all means, let us have the dual loyalty debate
Charles Lane in the Washington Post and David Rothkopf on Foreign Policy
make the same angry point: the Freeman affair has devolved into a
regrettable argument about whether Israel's supporters have dual
loyalties. Lane wants Obama to repudiate the charge for the health of
our "political culture." ... These two writers are hardly the first to
be up in arms about dual loyalty. Gabriel Schoenfeld and Alan
Dershowitz both responded to Walt and Mearsheimer 2 and 3 years back by
saying that the scholars were implicitly accusing Israel supporters of
suffering from dual loyalty conflicts. The answer to all these men is,
Of course American supporters of Israel are vulnerable to a dual
Uri Avnery / The rape of Washington/
the US, the intelligence chiefs famously supplied President George W.
Bush with the (false) intelligence he needed to justify his invasion of
Iraq. All this shows how vitally important it is to have an estimates
chief of intellectual integrity and wide experience and knowledge.
Admiral Blair could not have chosen a better person than Charles
Freeman, a man of sterling character and uncontested expertise,
especially about China and the Arab world. And that was his undoing.
AIPAC takes another scalp - what the Chas Freeman fight was really about
By Peter Lee. Israel�s access to buckets of U.S. money and
shiploads of arms is secure as long as the grass grows and the rivers
run, no matter what it does with settlements on the West Bank or to the
people of Gaza. The real significance of the fight against Freeman
takes us away from the traditional need to affirm the right of Israel
to exist, enjoy America�s commitment to its continued survival, and
consume its yearly entitlement from the U.S. budget. It has everything
to do with trying to disrupt Obama�s initiative to engage with Iran �
an initiative that has the active encouragement of Russia, probably
tacit support from China, and the active interest of Iran itself.
Saturday: 10 Iraqis killed, 10 wounded
Excerpt: At least 10 Iraqis were killed and another 10 were
wounded in the latest violence. Six of the dead were killed during a prison
transfer. Meanwhile, voters in Karbala are demanding changes to Iraq�s
byzantine method of assigning seats to election winners. No Coalition deaths
Sunday: 6 Iraqis, 4 PKK rebels killed
Excerpt: At least six Iraqis and four PKK rebels were killed
in the latest attacks. No wounded nor Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile
former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said
that the U.S. has accomplished nearly everything it wanted in Iraq. Also, U.S.
troops will continue
to conduct combat operations after they withdraw to rural bases in June,
according to a U.S. military spokesman.
Al-Maliki: US will stay in insecure areas
BAGHDAD � Iraq's prime minister says U.S. troops will not be withdrawn
from areas of the country that are not completely secure. Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki tells The Associated Press in an interview
that he has informed President Barack Obama and other top U.S.
officials that the Iraqi government must agree to any withdrawals "and
must be linked to the security situation." Al-Maliki says that he does
not want U.S. troops taken out of any area unless it is "considered 100
percent secure and under control." Otherwise, withdrawals will be
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