Today in Palestine! ~ Headlines ~

Land Theft
Car Park for Jewish Worshippers Planned on Palestinian Land in East Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Municipality has confiscated 4 dunams of privately owned Palestinian land in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, near the tomb of Shimon Hatsadik (Simeon the Righteous).

Al Quds Day Protests
Thousands Protest In Front Of Israeli Embassy In Cairo
UPDATE: More protesters continue to gather in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Power blackout was also reported in the area, while ambulances arrived at the scene as a precaution due to fears of possible clashes between the protesters and the Egyptian Military Police.

Norwegians hold Quds day rally
A group of Norwegian Muslims have rallied in Norway's capital of Oslo on the occasion of Quds Day, calling for an end to Israel's state terrorism.

Anti-Israeli protests held in Kashmir
In Indian-controlled Kashmir, thousands of people took to streets in support of Palestinian cause. People from all walks of life expressed solidarity with the oppressed nation tor remind the world community of the occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashes out at Israel in Quds Day speech
Iran's president says creation of a Palestinian state would not satisfy those intent on 'annihilating' Israel and again characterizes the Holocaust as a 'lie.' Establishment of an independent Palestinian state would not stop efforts to wipe out Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday.,0,4532331.story

Al Quds Day in Palestine

Around 300 thousand worshipers attend Friday prayers at the Aqsa Mosque
About 300 thousand Palestinian worshipers attended the last Friday of Ramadan at the Aqsa Mosque, which also coincides with the night of 27th Ramadan, which is a special night in the holy month.

The Last Friday of Ramadan ~ Laylat Al Qadr in Palestine – in pictures

Friday Protests
Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Weekly Protest In Nil’in
Several injuries were reported in Nil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, as Israeli soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlements.

Six Protesters Wounded in Kafr Qaddoum
Israeli troops attacked the weekly nonviolent protest in Kafr Qaddoum village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, leading to six injuries.

Nine-year-old Wounded in al-Ma'asara Village Weekly Protest
Aug 27, 2011-- On Friday, a young man and a child were injured during the weekly protest against the Apartheid Wall in al-Ma'asara village in Bethlehem after the occupation forces attacked the participants.

Clashes Reported At The Qalandia Terminal
Israeli troops fired dozens of gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets as hundreds of residents who gathered at the Qalandia terminal, north of Jerusalem, demanding their legitimate right to enter occupied Jerusalem in order to conduct Friday prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Other Israeli Regime Violence

Gaza children injured by Israeli airstrike
Two Palestinian children were wounded when their house, in the Ameer project of Gaza City’s Soudania neighborhood, was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike early in the morning of Friday, August 19. Marihan Atif abu Samarah, age ten Moustafa Atif abu Samarah, age five...  After the building lost power around midnight, ten-year-old Marihan Atif abu Samarah and her five-year-old brother, Moustafa, joined their family around light from a generator to wait for Suhoor, the early morning meal eaten before the daily Ramadan fast. Shortly afterward, an Israeli missile exploded outside, demolishing an empty guard tower for a former government building nearby, as well as the family’s home, leaving only the bathroom standing.

Witnesses: Settlers attack olive trees in Salfit
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Settlers on Saturday cut down Palestinian-owned olive trees in Salfit in the northern West Bank, witnesses said. A group of settlers destroyed eight olive trees and damaged two lemon trees belonging to farmer Abdel Razzaq Khaled Mansour in the Wadi Qana area of Deir Istaya, locals told Ma'an. Local mayor Nathmi Salman said settlers constantly attacked farmers' land and damaged their property.

Detentions & Political Arrests

Israeli court places mother, her three sons under house arrest
An Israeli court in occupied Jerusalem arbitrarily issued a verdict of house arrest against Palestinian activist Abeer Abu Khadir, three of her sons and one of her relatives.

Security sources: Hamas members arrested in Jenin
JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli forces arrested two Hamas members in Jenin late Friday, local residents and security sources said. Muhammad Ahmad Sokiyeh, 38, and Mahdi Hasan Hifawiyah, 34, were driving with their wives when "undercover" forces stopped their cars and took them to an undisclosed location, Palestinian security sources said.

PA security storm home of senior Islamic Jihad member
The Palestinian Authority security services Saturday afternoon stormed the home of senior member of the Islamic Jihad Palestinian resistance group Bassam al-Saadi, 50, in Jenin.

Wife banned from visiting Gilbo’a prisoner for six months
A Palestinian woman has been banned from visiting her husband in the Israeli Gilbo’a prison for six months after she refused to visit him by herself two months ago.

Other News
Report: Israel had planned to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza
An Egyptian newspaper reported Saturday that Israeli forces had planned to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza after last week's shooting attack that killed five Israeli civilians and three soldiers, but Israeli officials managed to convince the Israeli leadership not to carry out the assassination.

Abbas: I am ready to resume peace talks with Israelis
Mahmoud Abbas declared his willingness to listen to any international proposal that can convince him to resume peace talks with Israelis and refrain from resorting to the UN.

Netanyahu: Israel shouldn't hurry to alter peace treaty with Egypt
PM says such a move would require approval by cabinet after examination of security situation; recent reports indicate Israel may be interested in allowing Egypt to station more troops in Sinai, which violates the 1978 peace treaty.

Israeli Regime Racism

Lieberman: Palestinians want to take over Israel from within
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Saturday that a statement made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier in the day that the Palestinians would not agree to recognize a Jewish state revealed the true nature of the Palestinian move for recognition of statehood in September.

BDS: Anti-Israeli campaigners protest in Sydney, Australia
"A protest took place for activists arrested for their involvement in boycott Israel activities. A number of groups have been formed in Australia dedicated the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, from a broad cross-section of Palestinian organisations in 2005. On July 1st the Victorian police launched what protesters described as an unprovoked attack on a peaceful demonstration outside the Max Brenner cafe in Melbourne. 19 people were arrested in what protesters believe is an attempt to intimidate the BDS, which has been growing in Australia. Two Sydney activists were arrested on July 9 at a similar protest. The activists face up to $32,000 in fines. On Tuesday 9th August, 4 of the arrested activists in Melbourne were re-arrested in dawn raids for allegedly breaching their bail conditions by attending another BDS protest. $18,000 in surety had to be paid before the police would release them. "

Boycott Israel protest in Brisbane Tomorrow at Max Brenner Store
"A protest in support of Palestinian rights will be held in Brisbane on Saturday August 27 as part of the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel. The protest will gather in South Brisbane with a march to the Israeli owned Max Brenner chocolate store. The global chain of stores is owned by Israel’s second largest food company, the Strauss Group, which boasts of its support for the Israeli military occupation forces.

BDS: Tell Interpol Not to Entertain Israeli Apartheid!
American post-punk band Interpol plans to perform in Israel later this month. Join the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) -- a US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation member group -- in calling on Interpol to not entertain Israeli Apartheid! Here is a sample email appeal, followed by sample tweets.

US raised academic boycott vote with Norwegian government, Wikileaks shows
Cables released this week by Wikileaks show that the US government raised with the Government of Norway concern over a motion to boycott Israeli academic institutions at University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU) in Norway. A 10 November 2009 cable with the subject “NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY TO VOTE ON BOYCOTT OF ISRAELI ACADEMICS” designated “unclassified/for official use only” explains that a US diplomat called a Norwegian counterpart to seek the Norwegian government’s views on the upcoming boycott vote. The Norwegian diplomat confirmed that the boycott measure is contrary to Norwegian state policy.

Statehood Stuff
UN rep. Prosor: Israel has no chance of stopping recognition of Palestinian state
Sources in the Prime Minister's Office say Netanyahu is considering sitting out this year's General Assembly, sending Peres to face likely diplomatic barrage in his stead.

124 Out Of 193 Countries Recognize Palestinian Independence
A total of 124 countries, out of 193 UN member countries, have officially declared recognition of Palestine, and the Palestinian UN move this September, to seek recognition of statehood and a full UN membership.

Abbas: UN bid not meant to isolate US, Israel
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian bid to seek recognition of statehood from the UN Security Council is not aimed to isolate Israel or confront the US, but rather to "realize our dream" of statehood.

Abbas: “We Are Willing To Listen to Suggestions, Alternatives To UN Move”
Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Saturday that the Palestinian leadership is willing to listen to proposals and suggestions from the International Community to return to the negotiations table with Israel, instead of heading to the UN in September.

Palestinian state could leave millions of refugees with no voice at UN
Millions of Palestinian refugees outside the West Bank and Gaza could lose their representation at the UN if the Palestinian Authority succeeds in winning recognition of its state at the world body, according to a British expert in international law.

USPCN response to PA Statehood bid
Any diplomatic initiatives, including the initiative at the United Nations this September, must preserve the status of the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian people at the United Nations and protect and advance our inalienable rights. The current Statehood initiative does neither, and is therefore an unacceptable threat to the Palestinian national movement.

The Future State of Palestine, Francis Boyle
In the 15 November 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence that was approved by the PNC representing all Palestinians all over the world,  the Executive Committee of the PLO was set up as the Provisional Government for the State of Palestine—pursuant to my advice. In addition, the Declaration of Independence also provides that all Palestinians living around the world automatically become citizens of the State of Palestine—pursuant to my advice. So the Executive Committee of the PLO in its capacity as the Provisional Government for the State of Palestine will continue to represent the interests of all Palestinians around the world when Palestine becomes a UN Member State.

Lousy Hamas and Lousy Human Rights Watch, As'ad AbuKhalil
Hamas has established a lousy police (non)state in Gaza. It has managed the place horribly and made it clear that it is as bad as Fath--and that is really bad in Palestinian politics. But in a week when children and other Palestinians were murdered by Israeli jet fighters, Human Rights Watch found time to talk about harassment of activists in Gaza--as important as the topic is. But having been privy to internal documents leaked to me from Human Rights Watch's staff over the years, I know how much the director worry about "our pro-Israel donors". So I know the game. Human Rights my...potato. Maybe this press released would be sent to your pro-Israel donors and maybe you will get a few thousand dollars for it. Good luck. I know how hard you are trying to be...bad.

Nakba Day during the Arab Spring, Matthew Cassel
Some Palestinian refugees worry that Syria's regime is using their struggle to gain legitimacy during its crackdown.

J14: The Exclusive Revolution, Joseph Dana and Max Blumenthal
The men and women who set out to build a Jewish state in historic Palestine made little secret of their settler-colonial designs. Zionism’s intellectual author, Theodor Herzl, described the country he envisioned as “part of a wall of defense for Europe in Asia, an outpost of civilization against barbarism.” “All the means we need, we ourselves must create them, like Robinson Crusoe on his island,” Herzl told an interviewer in 1898. The Labor Zionist movement’s chief ideologue, Berl Katznelson, was more blunt than Herzl, declaring in 1928, “The Zionist enterprise is an enterprise of conquest.” More recently, and perhaps most crudely, former Prime Minister and current Defense Minister Ehud Barak described the goal of Zionism as maintaining “a villa in the jungle.

Did Wikileaks just reveal the US blueprint for Libya?, Ali Abunimeh
The US administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were set on developing deep “military to military” ties with the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi, classified US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks on 24 August reveal. The United States was keen to integrate Libya as much as possible into “AFRICOM,” the American military command for Africa which seeks to establish bases and station military forces permanently on the continent. “We never would have guessed ten years ago that we would be sitting in Tripoli, being welcomed by a son of Muammar al-Qadhafi,” Senator Joseph Lieberman (Ind.-CT) said during an August 2009 meeting, which also included Senators John McCain and Susan Collins.

Fishy Wikileaks?
Journalist Abbas Al-Lawati sent me this (I cite with his permission):  "Not sure if anyone has noticed this yet but of the hundreds of new wikileaks cables released yesterday from Manama, Muscat, Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha, every single one is labelled as unclassified.  To be fair, 40% of the 250,000 cables are reported to not be secret, but keep in mind that more than half of the cables have already been released, and that the Gulf release from yesterday covers a period if 1989-2010 in one case (Riyadh) and 2003-2010 in the rest.  It's hard to believe that there were no classified cables in that period, and I don't know if wikileaks has ever done a single classification release in the past."

The Politics of Royal Pluralism in Jordan, Alex Schank
While the people have demanded the fall of their regimes in streets and squares across the Arab world this year, those regimes have offered a persistent, if predictable, reply: “the people just aren’t ready for us to go yet.” This accusation of unpreparedness has taken a few different forms in different contexts: “The people are too sectarian” (Bahrain and Syria); “too tribal” (Libya and Yemen); “too Islamist” (Egypt, Libya, Syria); “too underdeveloped,” “too radical” “too violent,” “too weak and defenseless,” et cetera. In every case, the people are portrayed as inept and a threat to themselves. Meanwhile, regimes clinging to power in the face of mass protests portend that the only solution to this unpreparedness is their steady hand ferrying their societies into the harbor of democratic governance (eventually).

Bahrain update
Angry Arab chief correspondent in Bahrain sent me this (her identity can't be revealed for the obvious GCC reasons):  "The February 14 Youth Movement have declared today as Youm Haq taqrir alma9eer (I guess the translation would be, the  day of the right to self determination).  There are protests everywhere, much bigger than usual. So far, I have heard of the following villages being attacked:  AlDaih, AlDair, AlBurhama, Bani Jamra, AlNuaam, and Salmabad.  AlDair, next to the airport and on the island of Muharraq was aggressively attacked. I am unclear as to whether they were attacked by the royal guard, the army the riot police or a combination of all three.  The slogans were directed at the King himself instead of the Prime Minister (as the slogans of the legal opposition are).  The rest of the villages went out in larger numbers to distract the regime and to remove their focus from AlDair. They are resisting bravely though they are not armed. They did manage to cause some disruption.

Ali Ferzat: Disciplining a Cartoonist
Damascus — Prominent Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat is recovering in hospital after masked men kidnapped and tortured him last Thursday. Ferzat, born in 1946 in Hama, was heading home when he was attacked while driving through the Umayyad Square in the center of Damascus. After assaulting him, the men threw him out in a distant area on the Airport Road. His head was bleeding, his face was bruised, and his body covered in cigarette burns. Shortly after, he was brought to al-Razi Hospital where he received treatment.

The Syrian Social Nationalists: In the Hurricane of Revolt
According to their oath as guardians of the ‘Syrian nation, ’Syrian Social Nationalists are born hailing “long live Syria” and strive to stand vigilant over its unity. The Syrian Social Nationalists believe in establishing a unified polity spanning the historic Fertile Crescent, including modern day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, Kuwait, Sinai, and parts of southern Turkey and Iran. In the wake of the current uprisings, these guardians find themselves at an impasse.
For further information contact Shadi Fadda

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