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|Land and property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Threats to Palestinian heritage|
Video -- Dkaika: Israel continues to expel Bedouins
ISM 23 Nov -- The entire Bedouin village of Dkaika encounters
demolitions, and all the villagers face expulsion. Every single
construction of Dkaika has a demolition order totally over 75 demolition
orders including a mosque, a school, a graveyard, water cisterns,
housing tents, and folds for sheep. This Thursday, on the 24th of
November, the Israeli Supreme court will decide if it will accept
the interim injunction submitted by villagers in collaboration with
Rabbis for Human Rights.
Israel plans forced transfer of 27,000 Bedouin from East Jerusalem, Jordan Valley
JVS 21 Nov -- Israel plans to uproot Bedouin communities from 60% of the
West Bank and forcibly transfer them into controlled enclosures. If this
is allowed to happen, 27,000 people will be evicted from their homes
and land - they will be forced to live in ghettos, with no land on which
to make a living. This cruel and shocking new development represents
the acceleration of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Bedouin communities
from the West Bank, since it illegally colonised the area in 1967, and
they aim to complete this plan within the next 3-6 years. The first
phase of this racist, apartheid strategy is scheduled for January 2012,
with the forced removal of Bedouin communities from the land around East
Jerusalem into a camp/ghetto next to a landfill site by Abu Dis in East
Jerusalem. Work on constructing the ghetto has already started.
Medics: Farmers hospitalized after Israel rips up land
(Ma‘an) 23 Nov – Three Palestinian farmers collapsed and required
medical attention Wednesday when they saw Israeli bulldozers razing
their olive fields in the northern West Bank, medics said. Mufeed
Abdul-Halim Ash-Sheikh, 62, his wife Fahmiyya, 60, and his son Mahmoud,
26, were evacuated to the Darwish Nazzal Hospital after they collapsed
at the scene in Azzun Itma, near Qalqilya. Israeli forces began digging
in farmland last week to make way for a new section of the wall.
Israeli forces raid school, hand its principal demolition notice
HEBRON (WAFA) 23 Nov – Israeli forces Wednesday raided
Palestinian school in Khirbet Susiya, a locale south of Yatta in Hebron, and handed its principal a demolition notice of the school, said a
local activist ...A total of 36 students and seven teachers use the school, which was
rebuilt from bricks and tin after Israeli forces demolished the school
tents last year. The Israeli settlement Susiya was built on the ancient land of the Arab
Khirbet Susiya, whereas Israeli forces completely demolished the nearby
Khirbet Um Neir earlier this year
Israeli bulldozers raze land, destroy irrigation networks in Jericho
JERICHO (WAFA) 22 Nov -- Israeli bulldozers Tuesday razed agricultural
land belonging to Palestinian farmer Hassan Erekat and
destroyed the irrigation networks considered the main water source to
the land in an area northeast of the West Bank city of Jericho. Erekat
told WAFA that Israeli bulldozers, under the protection of Israeli
soldiers, razed 18 dunums (1 dunum=1000 square meters) of land planted
with corn crops and destroyed the infrastructure of the irrigation
networks that irrigate about 120 dunums of the agricultural land. "I
have been planting this land since the mid eighties and I never got
any notice from the Israeli government as it claims," he said.
Galaxy of prominent figures slams Israel's plan to raze Maghariba Gate
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 22 Nov – Noted Palestinian figures from occupied
Jerusalem and the 1948 occupied lands on Monday warned the Israeli
occupation state of its declared intent to demolish what remained of the
historical Maghariba Gate and build a bridge in its place. This came
during a news conference held Monday morning in the holy city by the
authority of endowments and Islamic holy sites in occupied Jerusalem
along with the follow-up committee in the 1948 occupied lands. Prominent
figures including the grand mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Sheikh
Mohamed Hussein, preacher of the Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ikrima Sabri and
head of the follow-up committee for the Arabs Mohamed Zeidan
participated in the news conference.
In the West Bank, a contested heritage
(WaPo) 21 Nov -- At a museum just off the desert road from Jerusalem
to Jericho in the West Bank, the artifacts of a contested heritage are
on display. Colorful mosaic floors from Byzantine-era churches and
synagogues, inscriptions, Roman capitals and stone burial boxes -- all
dug up by Israeli archaeologists in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip --
are shown at the site, developed by Israel’s West Bank military
administration with the Israeli antiquities authority. An Israeli flag
flies over the museum and adjacent ruins of ancient pilgrim hostels,
asserting Israel’s control of the site, which is traditionally
identified as the location of the inn mentioned in the biblical parable
of the Good Samaritan. But now, after more than 40 years of Israeli
occupation, Palestinians are making a bid for greater control of the
West Bank’s historical and archaeological landmarks, which they are
claiming as their own.
Aerial and naval assaults and an incursion into the southern Gaza Strip
RAFAH (PIC) 22 Nov -- Israeli occupation forces escalated their aggression
against the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening with attacks from the air, the
sea, the land reported. No casualties were reported. PIC correspondent
reported that Israeli occupation gunboats opened machinegun fire at
Palestinian fishing boats opposite Khan Younis and Rafah shores in the
southern Gaza Strip, without any casualties reported at the time of
preparing this report, apart from the state of fear this has created
amongst fishermen who started to head back to shore.
southern Gaza Strip witnessed a limited incursion of IOF troops to the
east of Rafah. Local sources told the PIC correspondent that 3 Israeli
occupation tanks and two military bulldozers, crossed the border east of
Rafah from the Nahdah gate in the southern Gaza Strip and penetrated
the area for a limited distance where some fields were bulldozed while
drones buzzed in the skies of southern Gaza.
This incursion was preceded by an Israeli
occupation airstrike that targeted a position for the Naser Salahuddin
Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees.
Local sources informed the PIC
correspondent that occupation aircraft fired one rocket that the Abu
Ataya site to the west of Rafah without causing any casualties.
Blast at PRC site in southern Gaza; no injuries
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 22 Nov -- An explosion was reported late Tuesday at a site
operated by the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees in the
southern Gaza Strip. The Nasser Salah Ad-Din Brigades reported no injuries following the blast near Rafah, which locals blamed on Israeli
aircraft. An Israeli military spokeswoman denied the reports. Gaza has experienced relative calm over the past week. Israeli aircraft last targeted the coastal enclave on Wednesday [16 Nov], in what the army described
as a response to rocket fire.
Sowing wheat in Israel's kill zone
ISM 22 Nov By Radhika Sainath -- One need not be an agronomist to know that its been a long time since
the farmers of Khuza‘a, Gaza have tended to their land near the border.
When we arrived on Friday, the densely packed soil formed small hills
with alien, ridged, patterns: Israeli tanks had roamed here, dozens of
them. It was hard to imagine how anything ever grew on this brown,
barren soil, much less the hundreds of olive, orange and grapefruit
trees the Qudaih family reminisced about ... The donkey cart pulled us down the lone road heading towards the school.
I had been down this road before, my second week in Gaza, when I and 3 local children
had been shot at by the Israeli army without warning, reason, or
explanation. I understood why those farmers feared the Israeli army, and
had not tended to this land in four years.
Haniyeh: No longer any justification for siege
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 23 Nov -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday
called on Israel to end its siege of the Gaza Strip in light of the
release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Speaking at an event to
welcome the Arab Spring convoy, which delivered medical aid to the
coastal enclave, Haniyeh noted that Israel had claimed it tightened the
blockade because Shalit was held captive in Gaza.
The international community affirms unified opposition to Gaza blockade
MEMO 23 Nov -- EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Dozens of academics and
parliamentarians from over 40 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and
North and South America, along with revolutionary representatives from
Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, have come together to affirm their opposition
to and condemnation of the continuing siege of the Gaza Strip. The
announcement came in the context of condemnation of siege tactics being
used against any group of people, but with particular emphasis on the
siege against Palestinian civilians. It was made at a conference in Gaza
City on Tuesday; several members of the Palestinian Legislative Council
were in attendance. During the proceedings, the European delegation
called on governments and human rights organisations across the world to
utilise all peaceful means at their disposal to force Israel to end its
siege of Gaza.
Tunisia medical convoy arrives in Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 23 Nov -- A Tunisian medical aid convoy arrived late
Tuesday in Gaza. Jalal
Ayyad, head of Amal organization for social development in Tunisia,
said the visit was to show solidarity with Gaza. The medical aid is only
symbolic; the main aim is to lift the siege, he said. Still, the
Tunisian delegation is carrying 1.5 tons of medication and medical aid,
Japan supports hearing a speech center in Gaza with equipment
RAMALLAH (WAFA)23 Nov -- Naofumi Hashimoto, Representative of
Japan to the Palestinian Authority and Arslan Agha, Chairman of Society
for the Care of the Handicapped in Gaza (SCGH) signed on Wednesday the
grant contract of a project to install devices and tools for auditory
and speech therapy in the 'hearing and speech center' of the SCGH.
Activism / Solidarity
Video: Palestinian Freedom Riders
the 15th of November, six Palestinian activists: Nadeem Al-Sharbate,
Huwaida Arraf, Dr.Mazin Qumsieyeh, Fadi Qura'an, Basel Al-Araj, and
Badee' Dwaik, boarded a segregated Israeli bus used by Israeli settlers
to Jerusalem in an attempt to highlight the regime of discrimination on
freedom of movement in place in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and
the fact that Palestinians cannot access Jerusalem freely. [Seeks to
show that the two struggles for freedom, in the US and in Palestine, are
essentially the same - pairs similar photos from the civil rights
movement and the occupation of Palestine. Soundtrack includes the
African American anthem "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'round" sung by
Sweet Honey in the Rock and Joan Baez singing Oh Freedom. I dare anyone
who remembers the civil rights struggle - hey, anyone who loves justice
- to watch this with dry eyes.]
Fishermen hold sit-in in protest of Israeli measures against them
GAZA (WAFA) 23 Nov – Hundreds of Palestinian fishermen
participated Wednesday in a sit-in organized by the Union of
Agricultural Work Committees in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza, condemning Israeli policies against them and demanding the end of siege imposed on Gaza, said a statement by the union ... The
participants chanted slogans; “in spite of the weather, the siege,
the killing and the destruction, fishing will not stop,” condemning the
Israeli policies and affirming their right to exercise fishing,
stressing that they will not leave the sea, despite the horrors and
attacks they face on daily bases, to keep them from the sea and push
them towards begging.
VIDEO: Palestina Amore
Al Jazeera 23 Nov -- Some Italians have made it their mission to
mobilise support on behalf of the Palestinian cause. On May 31, 2010, an
Israeli military raid on an aid flotilla sailing to the blockaded Gaza
Strip resulted in the deaths of 19 unarmed peace activists, prompting
international condemnation over what was perceived as a brutal and
unjustified use of force. Five of those killed were Italian nationals
who were part of the humanitarian mission attempting to break the
blockade by delivering goods and construction materials to the occupied
Palestinian territory. Israeli sanctions on Gaza since 2001 have led to
widespread poverty and rampant unemployment there. But the deadly attack
on the flotilla has only served to further motivate Italian supporters
of the Palestinian cause. The Palestine Forum, a network of Italian
committees and associations, is pushing for greater political support
for the Palestinians, while the Rome Palestinian Solidarity Network is
continuing to organise a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
campaign against Israeli products.
Detention / Court actions
Israeli forces detain 17 in West Bank raids
JENIN (Ma‘an) 22 Nov -- Israeli forces detained 17 people early Tuesday
morning in raids across the West Bank. An Israeli military spokeswoman
said 17 Palestinians were detained and taken for security questioning.
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine officials told Ma‘an that eight
of their members were among those detained, adding that soldiers broke
into several homes to make the arrests.
Israeli forces detain 9 across the West Bank
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 23 Nov -- Israeli forces detained nine people overnight
Tuesday in raids across the West Bank, the army said. An Israeli
military spokesman said three people were detained in Beit
Ummar, two in Tulkarem, two in Tubas, one in Qalqiliya and one in
Ramallah. Beit Ummar committee spokesman Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma‘an
that Israeli forces raided the Hebron village at around 2.30 a.m. and
ransacked three homes.
IOF soldiers detain 3 citizens in Al-Khalil, and a Jerusalemite
AL-KHALIL (PIC) 23 Nov -- ...Meanwhile, Israeli policemen in occupied
Jerusalem arrested Ehab Al-Jallad, the coordinator of the popular
Jerusalemite committee, from his home in Aisawiye town on Tuesday. The
head of the committee of Jerusalemite prisoners said that the police
thoroughly searched Jallad’s home and confiscated some of his belongings before taking him in. He said that Jallad was taken to Maskobeh
detention center where he was told that he would be held for a week.
Health Work Committee condemns arrest of its financial director
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 23 Nov – The Health Work Committee (HWC)
Wednesday condemned the arrest of its financial and administrative
director, Waleed Abu Ras, by the Israeli Authority’s after raiding his
home in the West Bank city of Ramallah, according to a statement issued
by the committee. The HWC website said that, "Dozens of soldiers raided and cluttered Waleed's
house and terrorized his children before arresting him in a brutal
manner." ... It added that several of HWC employees were previously subjected to the
Israeli authority’s harassment through arrests, prevention of the health
crews’ movement, as well as the closing of some of the committee’s
centers, including the Nidal Center for Community Development in the old
city of Jerusalem
Aruri: Second batch of Palestinian prisoners to be freed by end of December
DAMASCUS (PIC) 23 Nov -- The second batch of Palestinian prisoners to be
released from Israeli occupation jails according to the prisoners
exchange deal would be set free within three weeks, Sheikh Saleh
Al-Aruri, political bureau member of Hamas, said on Wednesday. He told
Al-Resalah net website that the Israelis had categorically turned down
an Egyptian request to re-open negotiations over the second batch ...
Aruri noted that the second batch of 550 prisoners would be chosen by
Israel but would not include anyone imprisoned on criminal charges.
link to Palestinian Information Center
Military court 'charges Palestinians with murder'
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma‘an) 22 Nov -- An Israeli military court has charged two
Palestinians from the southern West Bank with murder following the death
of a settler whose car overturned near Hebron, Israeli media said. Israel's
Ynet news site reported Tuesday that the two Palestinians from Halhul,
who were not otherwise identified, confessed to hurling stones at a
passing vehicle near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba. The
stones caused the car to swerve off the road and resulted in the deaths of
Asher Palmer and his young son Yonaton, according to the report and
others at the time in the Israeli media. The prosecutor also
filed indictments against "other members of the terrorist cell,"
according to the report. It says one of the men, who was not identified,
is accused of stealing the settler's gun after the incident.
MADA: 20 journalists killed in Palestine since 2000
(WAFA) 23 Nov – Palestinian Center for Development
and Media Freedoms (MADA) said in a press release Wednesday that 20
journalists were killed by the Israeli army in Palestine since 2000.
MADA, in a statement marking the launch of its new campaign to prosecute
and punish the Israeli army for killing reporters and journalists in
Palestine, to coincide with the International Day to End Impunity today, said it will produce a video commemorating the 20 murdered reporters in Palestine.
Hamas forces arrest two reporters in Gaza
IMEMC 23 Nov -- The Palestinian Journalist Syndicate in Gaza reported Tuesday that members of the Hamas-led security forces in Gaza arrested two
Palestinian reporters; one in central Gaza, and the other in the
southern part of the Gaza Strip. The two reporters were identified as
Salah Abu Salah and Mohammad Awad.
The Journalist Syndicate reported that Hamas security forces broke into
the home of Awad in Al Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza, and
kidnapped him after confiscating his personal computer, documents and a
camera from the house. In Khan Younis, reporter Abu Salah was ordered to head to a security centre for questioning, and was detained upon
Discrimination / Extremism in Israel
Prominent Israeli rabbi faces criminal charges over anti-Arab remarks
Haaretz 22 Nov -- Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided Tuesday to open a criminal
investigation against Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, for alleged
incitement to racism ... Eliyahu was one of 18 rabbis who signed a petition in October 2010,
urging Jews to refrain from renting or selling apartments to non-Jews – a
move seen as being directed against Arab students enrolled in Safed’s
college. Some 50 rabbis eventually endorsed the so-called "rabbis'
letter." The criminal investigation opened by
Weinstein will not focus on "rabbis' letter," however, but rather on
personal remarks made by Eliyahu.
Israeli public figures apologize to Greek patriarch for ultra-Orthodox spitting incidents
Haaretz 23 Nov -- Last Friday, a group of Jewish public figures and intellectuals paid a
visit to the leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem with
one simple goal in mind, asking for forgiveness. The group took the step following a report in Haaretz about two weeks ago describing the
practice of some ultra-Orthodox Jewish young people of spitting when
passing church clergy on the street.
IDF must bar soldiers from leaving events over women's singing, officer says
Haaretz 23 Nov --Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai, head of the Israel Defense Forces' personnel directorate, is expected to recommend that the Chief of Staff continue
obliging soldiers to take part in formal ceremonies in which women sing, despite the objections of many rabbis.
The army "must make it possible for every female soldier and any woman to sing at any ceremony and on any stage.
We must enable both religious soldiers and women to have a significant
army service, and [we must] not exclude them from tasks," said Barbivai
Women's groups outraged by all-male rabbinical c'tee
JPost 23 Nov -- The Israel Bar Association angered a raft of liberal and women’s groups on
Tuesday by failing to select a woman to serve on the Appointments Committee for
Rabbinical Judges. The committee, which is headed by Justice Minister
Yaakov Neeman and holds the power to elect judges to the country’s 12 regional
rabbinical courts, voted instead to elect attorneys Asher Axelrod and Mordechai
Judges Selection Commission gets first Arab rep
Ynet 22 Nov -- The Israeli Bar Association elected Attorney Khaled
Hosni-Zoabi as its representative to the Judges Selection Commission,
alongside Attorney Rachel Ben-Ari, Ynet learned Tuesday. Hosni-Zoabi
will be the first Arab lawyer to serve on the committee.
Vast majority of Tel Aviv women report sexual harassment, survey finds
Haaretz 23 Nov -- A resounding 83% of Tel Aviv women report being sexually harassed at
least once in their lifetimes, according to a new survey sponsored by
the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality's committee for advancing the status of
women, in conjunction with assistance shelters for the victims of sexual assault, and the Shatil organization.
Political / Diplomatic / International
UN committee approves draft resolution on Palestine
NEW YORK (Ma‘an) 23 Nov -- A United Nations committee on Tuesday approved a
draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to
self-determination. The draft resolution, presented by Egypt,
was approved by 166 states in a vote at the UN General Assembly's
Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee. Canada, Israel, the
Marshall Islands, Micronesia and the United States voted against the
resolution. The resolution states that the Palestinian people have the right to
self-determination and the right to an independent state. It urges all
states, agencies and organizations to support and assist the Palestinian people to realize that right.
Abbas, Mashaal to meet in Cairo despite Egyptian unrest
GAZA CITY (AFP) 23 Nov -- President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid
Mashaal will meet in Cairo this week despite the unrest rocking Egypt,
Hamas and Fatah officials said on Tuesday ... The talks will go ahead "as scheduled on Thursday," Hamas official
Ismail Radwan told AFP in Gaza, in remarks which were confirmed by
senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad. The two leaders are due to
finalize details of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas
which was signed in May but has yet to be implemented.
Deported fighters urge reconciliation success
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 23 Nov -- Palestinian resistance fighters deported in 2002
after an Israeli siege on the Nativity church in Bethlehem have called
on President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal to implement
the reconciliation deal signed in May. Spokesman for deportees
in Europe Jiha Jaara said that it was time to bury the division, which
only benefited the Israeli occupation, a statement said Wednesday.
Abbas meets Tantawi in Cairo
CAIRO (WAFA) 23 Nov -- President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday met
the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt,
Mohammad Tantawi, accompanied by members of the Supreme Council, in
Cairo. Abbas and Tantawi discussed the recent developments in the Palestinian
arena under the Israeli occupation’s continuous settlement activities
and escalations, as well as talks with the Quartet and US on the halted
peace process.T he meeting also discussed efforts to implement the reconciliation
agreement between Hamas and Fatah, which is sponsored by Egypt
PFLP urges PA to reconsider economic ties with Israel
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 23 Nov -- ...In a statement, deputy PFLP secretary-general
Abdul-Rahim Mallouh called on the PA to assign a specialized committee to analyze economic
relations and protect the economy from subordination to Israel. Mallouh
urged Palestinians to boycott Israeli products, in particular settlement produce.
PLO: Withholding tax revenues 'state piracy'
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 23 Nov – The Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) considered the Israeli withholding of Palestinian tax revenues as "state piracy,?" an illegal action and a breach of the
signed agreements between PLO and Israel, Wednesday said a statement by
the PLO Department of International Relations.
World pushes Israel to release funds to PA
JPost 23 Nov -- Israel
will not transfer a shekel of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority
if it reaches a reconciliation agreement with a Hamas that refuses to
forswear terrorism and recognize Israel, Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman said Wednesday. Lieberman's comments were made even as
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Quartet envoy Tony Blair, and the EU's ambassador to Israel Andrew Standley called over the last two days for
Israel to release the $100 million in tax revenue to the PA it has held up since UNESCO voted earlier this month in favor of admitting the Palestinians into the organization.
Clinton presses Netanyahu to release frozen Palestinian tax funds
Haaretz 23 Nov -- Israel holds $100 million in PA tax revenue collected
in October as part of economic agreements; should the freeze continue
through the end of November, the sum will reach $200 million -- U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton phoned Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu Monday night and demanded that he release Palestinian tax
revenue that Israel has frozen for more than a month after UNESCO
accepted the Palestinians as a member.
Report: Israel returns drones to Turkey
Ynet 23 Nov -- Turkish newspaper Zaman reported Wednesday of an
"important development" in the relations between Ankara and Jerusalem.
According to the report, Israel has returned to Turkey a number of Heron drones after conducting maintenance work on them. About two months ago
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of failing to meet its obligations in defensedeals,
adding to tensions with Israel which have escalated since an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla killed nine people last year.
2 Egyptian policemen killed near border
Ynet 23 Nov -- Bedouin smugglers shoot, kill two Egyptian border guards trying to stop them from infiltrating Israel. Second border incident
sees Golani forces pursue armed smugglers near border. IDF chief orders to increases border patrols ... The cooperation between
the Israeli and Egyptian security forces proved efficient and professional throughout the night's events. The IDF said that the
Egyptians recognized immediately that their troops were killed by the
Egypt committed to Israel peace deal despite revived unrest, officials say
Haaretz 23 Nov -- Top Egyptian figures have delivered conciliatory messages to Jerusalem
in the past two days, insisting that Egypt is committed to its peace
accord with Israel, and will act to uphold it. Senior Foreign Ministry
figures say these messages were relayed to outgoing Ambassador Yitzhak
Levanon during a farewell visit he paid to Cairo on Sunday and Monday.
Egypt military offers to speed up power transfer in meet with political parties
AP/Haaretz 22 Nov -- Party heads say Supreme Council of Armed Forces
agree to July 2012 regime change; parties power to be transferred on
April 29, probe into the death of 36 protesters in last 4 days.
US blogger: Israel behind blast at Hezbollah arms cache
Ynet 23 Nov -- A massive explosion rocked a Hezbollah stronghold near
Siddiqin in the southern coastal city of Tyre in southern Lebanon
overnight Wednesday, a security source told The Daily Star. There were
no reports of injuries. Local media said the explosion likely took place at a Hezbollah arms cache.
Hezbollah denies explosion in munitions warehouse
Ynet 23 Nov -- Hezbollah issued an official statement on Wednesday
denying that the mysterious explosion in southern Lebanon took place in
one of their strongholds. "Contrary to reports, the Siddiqin incident
has nothing to do with any of Hezbollah's munitions warehouses," the
statement said. Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that a massive explosion
took place at a Hezbollah facility near Siddiqin, in the southern
coastal city of Tyre. There were no reports of injuries in the blast. The blast took place in a
UNIFIL-controlled area in Lebanon. Should Hezbollah have a munitions
warehouse in the area, it is in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701.
A UNIFIL team is scheduled to arrive at the scene and investigate.
PA, Belgium sign partnership agreement of €71.6 m
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 23 Nov – The Palestinian Authority (PA)
Wednesday signed a partnership agreement of €71.6 million, over the
course of four years, with the Belgian government to support vital
sectors and programs in Gaza, East Jerusalem and Area C [note unusual areas]
PCBS: Hotel guests over 100,000 in third quarter
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 22 Nov -- The total number of guests in
Palestinian hotels was 106,000, spending 254,000 nights during the third quarter of 2011, said a report on Tuesday by the Palestinian Central
Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). It said that 30% of guests were from
European Union countries, 7% from Asia, and 6% from the USA and Canada.
Room occupancy was 22% in the third quarter of 2011, a decrease of 36%
compared to the third quarter of 2010 in which the number of guests
decreased by 23%.
Attacks on democracy in Israel
All for Peace goes silent / Mikaeli Levin
AIC 22 Nov -- The left-leaning Kol HaShalom (All for Peace--a wordplay in
Hebrew that also means Voice for Peace) was on the air for the last
seven years. Their studios are in Sheik Jarrah, East Jerusalem, and
their shows and music are broadcast in Hebrew and Arabic ... On November 4th we got a letter from the Communication Ministry telling me
personally that the radio was violating the law and therefore we had to
stop all broadcasting immediately. They said it was violating the law
that deals with Israelis in Israel. They said that we have a studio in
East Jerusalem, which is correct; we don´t think this is a violation of
the law, but it´s correct. They claim that people can listen to us in
most of the territory of Israel, which is also correct. They also claim
that we own a transmitter in the Occupied Territories, which is wrong.
We don´t own any transmitter. And actually they demand to stop all
broadcast to residents in Israel. They didn´t ask us to completely stop
transmitting, just to stop transmitting in Israel.
Recommendation: Shut down 'leftist' department
Ynet 23 Nov -- In an unprecedented
move, an international committee appointed by the Council for Higher
Education has recommended that the Politics and Government Department at Ben Gurion University be shut down unless it addresses some of the
problems pointed out by the committee. According to the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, several of the
department's researchers are considered to be radical leftists. Some of
them have even called for an economic, political and cultural boycott
on Israel due to its "apartheid regime."
'Libel law protects truth, strengthens democracy'
JPost 23 Nov -- Netanyahu: Nobody thinks there will be a thought police; Mofaz warns "1984 is already here." Prime Minister Binyamin defended the controversial amendment to the libel bill from opposition claims that it is “anti-democratic,” in a speech to the Knesset plenum on Wednesday. "You
may call this a libel law, but I say it’s a law to promote the truth,"
Netanyahu said. "Everyone has the right to investigate and broadcast,
but no one has the right to slander."
Hundreds rally in TA against 'undemocratic' bills
video] Meretz, Peace Now organize protest against Knesset passing 1st
readings of libel, judicial bills; MK Horvitz: "This is a fascist law."
-- Several hundred protesters gathered at Rothschild Boulevard on Tuesday night to
protest against a series of recently passed laws that they say muzzle freedom of
speech. In their first plenum readings, the Knesset on Monday voted in
favor of both a libel law amendment that would raise the penalty for libel
without proof of damages, and another bill that seeks to regulate the Bar
Association’s choice of representatives to the Judicial Selection
Lieberman to target human rights groups after Netanyahu shelves bill
Haaretz 22 Nov -- Foreign Minister denies reports he threatened coalition over outposts -- The Yisrael Beiteinu Party is acting to push the legislation to limit
foreign funding of Israeli human rights organizations, despite the prime
minister's decision to freeze two bills to this effect indefinitely.
Analysis / Opinion
From the archive, 16 Nov 1988: Troops stifle West Bank rejoicing
Guardian --Independent Palestine spent the day of its birth behind
closed doors yesterday, as Israel poured in thousands of troops to stop
the people of the occupied territories from openly celebrating their new
claims to statehood and to keep the press out. Ian Black reports from
Ramallah ... Behind the eerie calm, a frisson of excitement was
muttered a wizened sweet vendor near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
"We have always said we wanted peace and now we hear the news from
Algiers. A state for us and state for Israel, that's how things should
be." [plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose]
Over Netanyahu's New Israel, the B.S. light is on / Bradley Burston
Haaeetz 23 Nov -- How are people who support Israel supposed to understand the
Black Flag legislation which has expropriated the business of the
Knesset? ... Make no mistake, this is a people which knows its way
around an untruth.
Like the apocryphal 50 words for snow, the Hebrew language is rich in
synonyms for something south of honesty. But nothing in the ancient
lexicon quite fits the Black Flagging campaign. You need something more
contemporary, more Western in origin. Something that recognizes the true
common denominator of Netanyahu's New Israel, the fact that the ends
and the means are now one and the same. The purpose of the laws, as well
as the blind eyes turned to the likes of misogynist, seditious, racist
rabbis and their violent disciples, is not to institute apartheid,
fascism, Jim Crow, tycoonocracy, the Chile of Pinochet or the
Afghanistan of the Taliban. The purpose of these laws is to disguise the
ways in which we have grown to resemble parts of each. The purpose of
the laws is to shield the system by shielding us from it.
The boys who call "Holocaust" / Gary Kamiya
22 Nov -- The same neocon hawks who lied us into Iraq are using the
ultimate argument-stopper to push war with Iran ...Ever since the
International Atomic Energy Agency released its overhyped,
old-news report on Iran’s nuclear program, Israel’s amen corner in the
U.S. has been loudly calling for war. If American politics did not
contain an enormous blind spot, no one
would pay any attention to what these discredited ideologues have to
say. The Iraq war they championed turned out to be one of the biggest
foreign-policy disasters in U.S. history. Their ignorant and
Islamophobic view of the Middle East is as breathtaking as their bland
willingness to commit America to yet another ruinous war against a
Muslim country, this time one four times larger than Iraq and with more
than twice as many people. They have a demonstrated track record of
Yet these incompetent militarists are still taken seriously. And the
reason is simple: They purport to be supporters of Israel.
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