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Israel planning a new settlement in East Jerusalem
Israeli Human Rights Group, Ir Amin, reported Thursday that plans for
the construction of a new settlement, called Maale David, in Ras Amud,
were submitted to the Planning Department at the Jerusalem Municipality
Settlers break into the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron
150 Jewish settlers broke on Thursday into the Ishakiyya area in the
Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron under the
protection of the Israeli army.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment
Reuters photographer among injured in Nablus-area protest
– Ma’an – Five Palestinians including a journalist suffered tear gas
inhalation during a non-violent rally against the Israeli occupation of
the West Bank in the Nablus area village of I’raq Burin on Friday.
Israelis arrested at Bil'in anti-wall rally
- Ma'an - A Palestinian photographer and two Israeli protesters were
detained by Israeli forces seeking to stifle an anti-wall demonstration
in the West Bank village of Bil'in on Friday, a local organization
Israeli forces target Palestinian cameramen at Bil’in demonstration
September 2009: Israeli forces target Palestinian cameramen at Bil’in
demonstration. Around 1pm, Israeli forces arrested 2 Israeli
solidarity activists and a Palestinian cameraman, Haitham al-Khatib (33
years old) during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Bil’in.
Witnesses say that Israeli soldiers ran in and arrested the 3
demonstrators. Haitham al-Khatib was filming the demonstration near the
Wall when he was taken.
Bedouins, JNF workers clash in south; 15 arrested
National Fund workers performing infrastructure maintenance at Negev
site confronted by local resident who claim land is privately owned.
Two Bedouins, one police officer lightly hurt as riot turns violent.
European campaign leading movement to commemorate first memorial of major attacks on Gaza
Brussels / PNN – The Brussels-based European campaign to lift the siege
on Gaza is launching a series of events throughout the European
continent to commemorate the first memorial of the Israeli war on the
Aggression and Violence
Al-Aqsa foundation says extremists planning break-in
– Ma'an – The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said on Thursday
it had learned Israeli settler groups were planning to break into the
Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday.
Hamas: PA police detain four party affiliates
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Thursday night raids on the West Bank by
Palestinian Authority police forces saw the detention of four Hamas
affiliates, the party said in a statement Friday. The raids were in
the areas of Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron, the party said.
More Palestinian Children Getting Jailed
West Bank – Eight children between the ages of 10 and 17 were arrested
and detained by Israeli soldiers during military raids Monday night and
Tuesday morning in the northern West Bank cities Nablus and Qalqilia.
Israeli soldiers detain two West Bank Palestinians
– Ma'an – Two Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces in the
southern West Bank areas of Hebron and Surif on Thursday, according to
Palestinian Authority security sources.
Israel relieved as Goldstone Report scantly mentioned at UN
the release last week of the Goldstone commission findings which
accused Israel of committing war crimes during its offensive in the
Gaza Strip, diplomatic officials feared that the report would weigh
heavily on the agenda of this week's United Nations General Assembly
Susan Rice: We remember Rwanda
"In his speech, Mr. Churkin noted sardonically that just a few months
ago, on the subject of Darfur in Sudan, he had been lectured about how
war crimes charges should never be sacrificed for political reasons,
according to two diplomats present, and now he was being told the
opposite. Amnesty International called her position “deeply
disappointing.” Ms. Rice denied a double standard. The report had a
lopsided focus on Israel, which is capable of investigating possible
war crimes, while Sudan is not, she said."
Capable of investigating? Israel has committed at least one
massacre/war crime per years since its usurping founding, and no
serious investigation ever took place. In fact, if you read the Kahan
commission report you realize that Israel, as far as accountability for
state crimes, is no different or better than the Sudanese regime. But
how could Susan Rice have any credibility on any foreign policy issue?
She was the top Africa expert in the Clinton's White House when the
Rwanda massacres too place. They took place on her watch.
Tunnel collapse in Gaza claims life of youth, injures two
Gaza – Ma’an – A Palestinian youth died and two others were injured in
a tunnel collapse on Friday morning beneath the Egypt-Gaza border,
medical sources confirmed.
Palestinians mark 60th anniversary of aid body (AFP)
AFP - The international community Thursday paid tribute to the UN
relief organization UNRWA marking 60 years since it was founded to help
Palestinians caught up in the Middle East conflict.
Palestinian refugee agency appeals for more aid
chief calls on international community to increase donations to agency
dealing with humanitarian side of one of the world's longest running
Palestinians want peace deal but don't reject Hamas (Reuters)
- Most Palestinians who want a state of their own would like to achieve
it through a peace deal with Israel but there is still substantial
support for the Islamist Hamas group which favors resistance, according
to a new opinion poll.
Abu Zuhri: Abbas's behavior pushed the Palestinian issue down below zero
Sami Abu Zuhri, the spokesman of Hamas Movement in Gaza Strip, strongly
criticized Thursday the way the former PA chief and Fatah leader
Mahmoud Abbas is handling the Palestinian issue.
Mideast negotiators lauds Obama's initiative (AP)
- The Quartet of Mideast peacemakers says President Barack Obama's
meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas represents an important step toward the
resumption of peace talks.
Rahm Emanuel: Israel, PA must seize opportunity for peace
and Palestinian leaders must move quickly to take advantage of this
"unique moment" for making peace, following their meeting with U.S.
President Barack Obama earlier this week, White House Chief of Staff
Rahm Emanuel said in an interview Thursday with America's public
television station, PBS.
Hamas says Meshaal to go to Cairo on Sunday (AFP)
- Khaled Meshaal, exiled leader of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas,
will go to Cairo on Sunday for fresh talks with Egyptian officials, a
Hamas spokesman said on Thursday in Gaza City.
Shimon Peres evaluates the puppets
"I talk with Abbas and Fayad a lot too. We've never had better leaders
to deal with. Fayad is an economist; he understands the importance of
producing real results for his people."
Will Akko riots resume on Yom Kippur?
of police officers to be deployed in northern city's mixed
neighborhoods during Jewish holiday to prevent last year's violence
from repeating itself. Many Arab residents to spend holiday away. 'The
residents have learned their lesson. They know the heavy price for
their actions, and they've all paid it,' says mayor.
MK Tamir to settlers: You're going against consensus
Defense Committee tours disputed Gush Etzion neighborhood. Residents
say Palestinian ownership claims false; 'we were sent here by Israeli
governments,' they declare.
Netanyahu likens Hamas to Nazis attacking England
just told the UN General Assembly that the only example in history of
rockets being rained down on civilians–prior to Hamas doing so to
southern Israel–was the blitz of England by the Nazis. And the western
powers responded justifiably by levelling German cities.
Netanyahu's speech / Cheapening the Holocaust
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cheapened the memory of the Holocaust in
his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. He did
so twice. Once, when he brandished proof of the very existence of the
Holocaust, as if it needed any, and again when he compared Hamas to the
Zionism is racism AND sectarianism
pair of Nigerian-born converts to Judaism who were married two years
ago in a ceremony conducted by a rabbi recognized by the Chief
Rabbinate remain unable to register themselves as a couple with the
Interior Ministry, even though the husband has been an Israeli citizen
since 2005,The Jerusalem Post has learned." [end]
Embezzlers, crooks, and rapists...unto the nations
former finance minister and Olmert associate, Avraham Hirshson,recently
began a five-year prison sentence for embezzling funds. A
former health minister, Shlomo Benizri, is serving a four-year term
after being convicted of bribery, fraud and obstruction of justice in
the spring. The former president of Israel, Moshe Katsav, is on trial,
accused of rape and indecent assault against women who worked for him
when he was the tourism minister and president. Mr. Katsav resigned the
presidency in mid-2007." [end]
550 Druze cross border to visit Syria
of Golan Heights residents leave for five-day visit to Syria as part of
joint operation between IDF, Red Cross, Israeli and Syrian interior
Elliott Abrams on Salam Fayyad
source from Williams College in Massachusetts sent me this report (and
does not want to be identified): "Elliot Abrams gave an "off the
record" talk on Obama and Israel to a small group at my college today.
No press or publicity; one plus is they know the man stinks like rotted
meat. Interestingly, the talk turned into an hour of Neocon love for Salam Fayyad,
including a substantial amount of praise for his decision to
unilaterally declare a Palestinian state; his name came up more than
any other person's in the the talk by a great factor. I'll admit that I
was cautiously optimistic about Fayyad, but hell, there's no better way
to judge a Palestinian's worth to the resistance than the love a man
like Abrams has for him. Abrams' praise for Fayyad speaks for itself.
He is still treating arafat as if he is alive; after Fayyad, arafat
beat out even Abbas in mentions by Abrams, which I thought was odd. The
best part was that he referred to Fayyad (no joke) as a Palestinian
Herzl; he quoted Hertzl to summarize what Fayyad was doing and said
that just as Hertzl laid the groundwork for a Zionist state, Fayyad was
laying the ground for a Palestinian state. Odd to think that
Palestinians, in order to have basic human rights and self
determination, must go through the work that the Zionists did in order
to justify taking away those rights. Either way in Abrams' mind
Fayyad=Hertzl. He stated that he felt that a west bank under fayyad had
the potential to be a 'shining beacon' in the middle east, whatever
that means. Most of the talk was standard neocon talking points; said
that Obama and Bush are making the same mistakes in the Palestine,
meaning relying on talks and what they should be doing is allowing
Palestinians to construct their own state apparatuses under occupation.
In essence, he was pushing for normalizing the defacto apartheid.
Praise for Dayton, praise for Palestinian police forces. He did say
that settlements east of the apartheid wall would have to be
dismantled. The Fayyad obsession is something that I've seen from
people like Friedman but not from anyone like Abrams. This Fayyad as a
Palestinian Hertzl thing, though, is quit a new one." [end]
Rahm Emanuel's disturbing view of US role
Key Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel said this about Israeli-Palestinian peace and the US role in securing it, to Charlie Rose on Wednesday night: "You can’t want this more than they want it. They have a
responsibility to their people if they want to make peace and have... a
two-state solution that’s based on the principles of past Israeli
governments and past American presidents regardless of party have
endorsed, as have past Palestinian leaders."
Rahm: No place for Hamas
Emanuel on Charlie Rose, picked up in Haaretz by Akiva Eldar. Excerpt
1: But even more importantly, he believes that both parties, Israeli
and Palestinian, need to "put aside the negotiations about the
negotiations and begin their negotiations," Emanuel told interviewer
Charlie Rose. "And you can’t start as if there hasn’t been a process."
Thursday: 3 Iraqis Killed
least three Iraqis were killed in light violence. The most significant
news items today were the escape of 11 detainees in Tikrit and the
foiled assassination attempt on a major political leader. Meanwhile,
the Iraqi Ministry of Immigration has plans to help 30,000 displaced
families return to Ninewa province. Also, Kuwait is considering
re-investing any war reparations back into Iraq in hopes it will end
any issues preventing payment.
15 Iraqi soldiers 'killed in accidental blasts' (AFP)
- Fifteen Iraqi soldiers were killed accidentally during what were
meant to be controlled explosions in a town outside the northern city
of Mosul on Friday, a defence ministry official said.
Iraq launches manhunt after Al-Qaeda prisoners escape
Iraqi authorities launched a manhunt Thursday after an apparent inside
job saw 16 Al-Qaeda members, including five who had been sentenced to
death, escape from prison overnight.
Iraqi forces catch five Al-Qaeda jailbreakers (AFP)
The ringleader of a daring prison break and four other Al-Qaeda
fugitives were recaptured on Friday, two days after they fled jail in
what officials believe was an inside job.
Iraq: Living with the threat of unexploded ordnance and landmines
key part of MAG's work is to help minimise the risks for people living,
working and travelling through areas contaminated with landmines and
unexploded ordnance, until clearance teams can remove the threat.
Echoes of Arabic Fade From Kurdistan
people in semi-autonomous region reject Arabic language, amid rising
tensions with Baghdad. By Najeeba Mohammed in Erbil (ICR No. 306,
Kurds and Israel
saw a recent survey of Iraqi Kurdish attitudes to Israel. A majority
favor a relationship between Kurdistan and Israel. My opinion is this:
I have always favored self-determination for Kurds and fulfillment of
their national aspiration. I reckon that Kurds suffered discrimination
and oppression by the US, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. But
the future of the Kurds of Iraq is in Iraq and with the larger Arab
world. The association between some Kurdish leaders and Israel will
hurt the future of Arab-Kurdish brotherhood/sisterhood. In the long
future, Israel will not be there and Kurds have to have peaceful
relations with the Arabs. End of my preachment. [end]
Jamil al-Sayyed lashes out at UN chief in letter
Jamil al-Sayyed published a letter on Thursday criticizing UN chief Ban
Ki-moon, saying Ban should have acted on a Syrian request to open a
probe into fraud and other violations committed by former Commissioner
of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission Detlev
Mehlis. Syria alleged Mehlis and his assistant plotted to falsely
Abu al-Aynayn insists Palestinian camps calm
commander in Lebanon Sultan Abu al-Aynayn said on Thursday there were
no political disputes raging within Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee
camps. Speaking to Voice of Lebanon radio station, Abu al-Aynayn said
all the political parties present within the camps were aware of their
"limits" and would not allow for another battle to take place in a
The Lebanese president at the UN
The Lebanese president is heading a delegation to attend the opening of
the UN's session. The Lebanese media are covering his visit. It said
that yesterday he met with the presidents of Albania, Cyprus, and
Guinea. But it also added that he met President Obama "on the
sidelines" of the UN meeting. You know what that means, don't you?
Obama hosted a dinner for ALL presidents of delegations at the UN, and
he greeted them all. So Obama shook hands with the smiling president of
Lebanon. In Lebanese diplomatic mind, that counts as a meeting. Don't
get me wrong: the trip by the president of Lebanon to the UN was worth
it: I mean, Albania can really help Lebanon in solving its political
and economic problems. In moments like this, you can only remember the
words of the last Pope: Lebanon is more than a country; it is a joke.
New York Times ad: Musa As-Sadr
A group of Lebanese from Detroit bought a half page in the New York
Times yesterday to protest the visit of Qadhdhafi to New York City and
to call for information on the plight of Imam Musa As-Sadr. This group
of Lebanese (presumably Shi`ites from South Lebanon) could not buy a
quarter page or less to protest the Israeli wars on Lebanon throughout
the years? Don't get me wrong. I am in favor of protesting Qadhdhafi's
rule daily (not so much for what he did to Musa As-Sadr but for what he
did to the Libyan people and the civilian passengers on plane that he
ordered bombed), but it would have made more sense if they spent their
money against a state that killed and kidnapped more than one person.
And the Amal supporters even demonstrated at the UN, calling on
Qadhdhafi to "free Sayyid Musa." Yes, the entire world knows who
"sayyid Musa" is, and you still think that "Sayyid Musa" is still
alive? And why did you not demonstrate when Israeli was bombing your
villages and towns in South Lebanon? Or is it because it is safe to
demonstrate against Qadhdhafi because he is reviled here in the US? My
father was a friend of Musa As-Sadr (and was even friends with the his
two companions who were kidnapped) but I never liked the man: from the
first time I met him when I was seven or so. And of course, he played a
horrible role in the civil war in 1976 on the side of the Syrian
regime, against the Lebanese National Movement. I do hold political
grudges. You bet.
Lebanese are commemorating
the anniversary of "Wimpy Operation". When on one day in the summer of
1982, a Lebanese resistance fighter was walking on Hamra street and was
so offended by the sight of Israeli terrorist soldiers arrogantly
sitting in a street cafe. The man rushed to this house and brought a
revolver, and shot all three Israeli terrorist soldiers. It was that
attack that led the Israeli terrorist army to humiliatingly flee from
West Beirut and yell through loudspeakers: "Don't shoot at us. We are
leaving the city." I remember that I passed by the site only an hour or
so after wards, and remember that people were ecstatic. Khalid `Alwan
was later shot by militia men loyal to Walid Jumblat. By the way, it is
a commemorative plaque for Khalid `Alwan that American-British
showman/poseur, Christopher Hitchens, was trying to deface during his
trip to Beirut when he was beaten up.[end]http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2009/09/khalid-alwan.html
U.S. and other world news
Report: Obama told Petraeus and McChrystal to "scrub" assessments
the Obama administration wrestles with how to deal with the worsening
military and political situation in Afghanistan and the worsening level
of public support for the war at home, new details are emerging about
how the president is thinking about his decision on whether to send
more U.S. troops to the region.
White House concedes Gitmo prison won’t be closed by deadline
four months left to meet its self-imposed deadline for closing the U.S.
military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Obama administration is
working to recover from missteps that have put officials behind
schedule and left them struggling to win the cooperation of Congress.
Israel's dirty hands
By the way, you need to read Jane Hunter's book on Israeli Foreign
Policy to know that Israel's dirty hands were involved in many
right-wing dictatorships in Latin America and Africa. Here is one fresh
reference: "It's been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from
power. He's sleeping on chairs, and he claims his throat is sore from
toxic gases and ``Israeli mercenaries'' are torturing him with
high-frequency radiation." [end]
"But foreshortening the historical context of the cartoons to merely
the Enlightenment conceals the degree to which, far from being a bold
and innovative defence of Western values, they are instead the latest
manifestation of a long medieval European tradition of seeking out
martyrdom by deliberately insulting Islam in general and the Prophet
Muhammad in particular. Among possible precedents, I would point to the
Christians in 9th-century Córdoba who cursed Muhammad and insulted
Islam before the qadi, knowing that by doing this they would achieve
martyrdom. There were also similar activities by 13th century
Franciscans and Ramon Llull, who agonized about whether his destiny was
to convert Muslims or to die a martyr. The title of the Jyllands-Posten
piece, “Muhammeds ansigt [Muhammad’s Face]” shows that the publication
of the cartoons had no point other than to provoke a reaction by
breaking known taboos — indeed without the title, it would be hard to
know that the cartoons were supposed to be representing Muhammad specifically." [end]
Saudi websites may be ordered to pray--five times daily
"While the debate on stopping all commercial activity during prayer
times continues, one local online newspaper in Hail province has
decided to advocate for this pause by taking down its site for 20
minutes, five times a day."
Ahmadinejad: Iran doesn't equate Judaism, Zionism
- Ma'an/Agencies - Iran does not equate Zionism with the Jewish
religion, Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted in an interview
with The Associated Press in New York on Tuesday.
Excerpts from AP interview with Ahmadinejad
Honduras: Ousted Zelaya predicts attempts to assassinate him
Honduran President Micheletti is downplaying Zelaya's return, though
the Brazilian Embassy's utilities were cut off and police beatings have
Amnesty International Reports Rise in Police Beatings, Mass Arbitrary Arrests
Amnesty International warned that fundamental rights and the rule of law in the Central American nation are in grave jeopardy.
Michael Moore is the best development for the American Left in decades
one of the biggest barriers I've found in my research around worker
cooperatives is not just government and companies being resistant to it
but actually unions as well. Obviously there are exceptions, like the
union in your film, United Electrical Workers, which was really open to
the idea of the Republic Windows & Doors factory being turned into
a cooperative, if that's what the workers wanted. But in most cases,
particularly with larger unions, they have their script, and when a
factory is being closed down their job is to get a big payout--as big a
payout as they can, as big a severance package as they can for the
workers. And they have a dynamic that is in place, which is that the
powerful ones, the decision-makers, are the owners." The
left in the US is really bad in terms of delivery and form: they come
across as spineless, humorless, and tedious. Michael Moore (and Noami
Klein) know how to deliver an uncompromising Leftist message to a
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