[A-List] Fwd: Today in Palestine! ~ Headlines September 15, 2010 ~
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Sat Sep 18 07:01:09 MDT 2010
I agree about cemeteries.I will be ashes that will go into some river.While we are at it---how about monuments to various wars?
> Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:49:37 -0800
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> From: toddfboyle at gmail.com
> Subject: Re: [A-List] Fwd: Today in Palestine! ~ Headlines September
> 15, 2010 ~
> I would cheer, if the cemeteries in my own city were bulldozed.
> An incredible waste of space. Earth is for the living. Just my opinion.
> There are 7 billion people on earth. Are we all entitled to a burial plot
> in a cemetery? The answer is NO. You cannot be buried in a
> cemetery, unless you're fairly wealthy. And why should I then, uphold
> the rights of others, to their burial plots?
> As perhaps an unrelated matter, the City of Tokyo realized in 1923 they had
> wasted too much space on hundreds of years' accumulation of shrines
> and temples... A whole bunch of the land was reclaimed and the shrines
> were moved to
> "Karasuyama Teramachi is a town of temples, with 26 temples
> concentrated in the area surrounded by greenery. The town first
> developed when 22 temples were relocated here en masse after being
> burned out of Tokyo's Shitamachi (downtown) areas such as Asakusa,
> Tsukiji, Honjo and Arakawa as a result of the Great Kanto Earthquake in
> 1923. Called "Little Kyoto", a quiet demeanor blessed with history and
> nature has been created. "
> We need to do more of that kind of thing. Move the cemeteries and
> legacy churches out. I'm no fan of religion. Make them all pay property
> taxes and corporate taxes like anybody else.
> At 08:18 AM 9/17/2010, Suzanne de Kuyper wrote:
> The UNGA head who is concerned about a museum or somesuch to be built
> where the Mamilla Cemetary recently stood for over a thousand years,
> need not attempt to save it! All the remains have been bulldozed
> away. He should ask where those sacred remains now are! And sned
> messages to tth U.N. to level sanctions on Israel for the
> desicrations. Several International Laws of great respect World-wide
> have been trashed completely. Suzanne
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> From: Today in Palestine!
> Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM
> Subject: Today in Palestine! ~ Headlines September 15, 2010 ~
> To: f_shadi at yahoogroups.com
> Land and Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing
> Report: New East Jerusalem housing plans
> TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli city planners will in the coming
> weeks discuss a scheme to build over a thousand housing units beyond
> the Green Line in Jerusalem, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday.
> On October 7, the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction
> Committee will discuss plans for 1,362 new homes in Givat Hamatos,
> between the Talpiot and Gilo, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
> Although Givat Hamatos is not covered by the partial settlement
> freeze, which excludes occupied East Jerusalem, the timing of the
> debate could have significant diplomatic consequences, the report
> Residents: Israel to demolish barns, greenhouses
> TUBAS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces handed notifications to residents in
> the Al-Maleh area of the Jordan Valley that 16 barns and greenhouses
> are slated for demolition, locals said. One of these houses is owned
> by the municipality and is used by the public. The head of the village
> council, Aref Daraghma, appealed to the Palestinian Authority to stop
> the plan.
> Settlers remove furniture from East Jerusalem home
> JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers have removed furniture from a
> Palestinian family's home in Jerusalem, witnesses said Tuesday. Mazen
> Al-Qirsh, a member of the family whose house was taken over by
> settlers a month earlier in East Jerusalem's Old City, said the
> settlers removed furniture in preparation of moving in.
> Settlers build near Palestinian villages on eve of peace talks
> A human rights foundation said Israeli settlers kicked off a series of
> new settlement activities the night of the outset of peace talks
> between Abbas and Netanyahu. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to
> IOF troops bulldoze lands in southern Gaza
> Israeli occupation forces (IOF) escorted huge bulldozers into
> southeast of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday to
> bulldoze Palestinian cultivated land. [Hamas website, may not be
> accessible to all]
> Israeli troops hand out 16 demolition notices in northern Jordan Valley
> Israeli forces handed out Tuesday demolition notices against 16 tin
> houses owned by Palestinian shepherds in the Jordan Valley, Save the
> Valley coordinator Fathi Khaddirat said. [Hamas website, may not be
> accessible to all]
> UNGA president concerned over Mamilla desecration
> NEW YORK (Ma'an) -- The president of the UN General Assembly expressed
> "profound concern" Monday at what he described as desecration of the
> ancient Muslim Mamilla cemetery in West Jerusalem, the UN news agency
> reported. Ali Treki, in a note released by his representative, said
> he was “alarmed by the intent of erecting secular projects on the site
> of this holy sanctuary, which is the burial place of venerated
> religious figures for more than 14 centuries.”
> Netanyahu to Abbas: Don't let end of settlement freeze foil peace talks
> Prime Minister considering trip to U.S. on Saturday for summit
> organized by Bill Clinton at which Abbas will also be present;
> Netanyahu would meet with Obama after summit.
> Chief justice: State ignoring demolition orders
> Supreme Court president orders state to explain why buildings built on
> Palestinian land were not razed.
> Five largest Israeli settlements: who lives there, and why
> The end goal of the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is two
> separate, sovereign states. Palestinians say that the expansion of
> Israeli settlements in the West Bank, deemed illegal by the United
> Nations, influence the outcome of such talks. With more than 300,000
> Israelis now living in such settlements, Israel expects to keep at
> least some of them under a final peace deal possibly as part of a
> land swap. An estimated three-quarters of Israeli settlers live on a
> relatively small percentage of the West Bank, most of them in
> communities adjacent to Israel proper. Some of them are ideologically
> driven and some are attracted by the low cost of living; many are
> motivated by a combination of the two. Here are the five most
> populous settlements in the West Bank.
> Solidarity/Activism/Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment
> Night raids resume in Ni`lin; one Palestinian anti-wall activist arrested
> At 3 a.m. this morning the Israeli army entered the West Bank village
> of Ni`lin and arrested a Palestinian man, Barakat Nafi. This is the
> first house raid since before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan; there
> used to be one or two such raids every week. Soldiers came on foot
> and in jeeps from the nearby gate in the illegal apartheid wall and
> violently entered the home of the 35-year-old. He was arrested in
> front of his wife, who afterwards, clearly very shaken, reported
> hearing him cry out, saying “don’t beat me!” According to his
> neighbour, Nafi has always had a stoic resolve so such signs of
> distress were particularly surprising. No reason was given by the
> soldiers for the arrest.
> Gaza deaths protest comes under heavy live fire from Israeli snipers
> Click here to view the embedded video. Over 100 rounds of live
> ammunition were fired at peaceful protesters in a Tuesday
> demonstration in the Gaza strip. The protest at the Erez border area
> near Beit Hanoun yesterday included Palestinian activists from the
> Local Initiative group, local residents and 4 members of the
> International Solidarity Movement who marched into the site of the
> recent fatal Israeli incursion. The demonstrators had a view of the
> area where only a few days earlier, a Grandfather Ibrahim Abu Sayed
> and his 17 year-old grandson were killed by Israeli tank shelling.
> Activists: Israel opens fire at no-go zone rally
> GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire Tuesday at a march
> held to protest Israel's imposed no-go zone along the Gaza border near
> the Erez crossing in the north, international peace activists said,
> with no injuries reported Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags
> toward the electric fence demarcating the buffer zone, and attempted
> to fill in a trench dug by Israeli bulldozers.
> UK unions vote to divest from occupation, Published yesterday
> BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Many of Britain's unions have thrown their weight
> behind a campaign of disinvestment and boycott from companies which
> are profiting from Israel's occupation of the Palestinian
> territories., Trade unions voted unanimously at an annual conference
> for a motion put forward by the Transport Salaried Staffs'
> Association, seconded by the GMB, and supported by UNSION, the Public
> and Commercial Services Union, and the Fire Brigades' Union., The
> motion called for the General Council to work closely with the
> Palestine Solidarity Campaign to actively encourage affiliates,
> employers and pension funds to disinvest from, and boycott the goods
> of, companies who profit from illegal settlements, the occupation and
> construction of the separation wall.
> CEO of Israeli Cosmetic Firm Ahava Rattled by Growing Boycott; False
> Claims Put Out by Company Are Refuted by ‘Stolen Beauty’ Campaign
> WASHINGTON - September 14 - In a recent, quietly circulated letter
> from the desk of Yaacov Ellis, CEO of Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories—a
> company at the center of a growing international boycott campaign—and
> directed at the company’s retail partners, Ellis deploys specious
> information about his own company’s business practices, contradictory
> claims about Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and
> unfounded innuendo about boycott campaign supporters. This letter
> comes after a year of pressure, lead in the United States by the
> women’s peace group CODEPINK and their “Stolen Beauty” Ahava Boycott
> campaign, and total refusal by the CEO to respond to press queries
> about his company’s illegal business practices.
> South African human rights group responds to Zionist Federation
> criticism of Ahava boycott
> This is an open letter sent to the South African Zionist Federation
> (SAZF) from Open Shuhada Street (OSS). OSS recently launched a boycott
> campaign against Ahava products and received a pernicious response
> from both Ahava and the SAZF; this is their reply.
> U.S. Boat to Gaza Activists Hit Fashion Week with Style
> Activists organizing to send a U.S. boat to break the Israeli blockade
> and siege of Gaza took their case to the streets Sept. 14. Dressed in
> t-shirts featuring the ubiquitous “We Will Not Be Silent” slogan in
> various languages, including Arabic and Hebrew, plus a new design
> featuring the U.S. Boat to Gaza logo, they tried to hold a “fashion
> shoot” in front of Lincoln Center, site of New York’s Fashion Week.
> The plaza was filled with tourists and people with cameras taking
> pictures of the fashionistas coming and going from the event in
> Damrosch Park behind the arts center.
> Chris Hedges lends support to USToGaza.org
> Chris Hedges speaking at the Tabernacle Church fundraiser for
> www.ustogaza.org in Philadelphia on September
> 10, 2010. “You may have
> the bulldozers, the planes and helicopters that smash houses to
> rubble…the commandos who descend on ships and kill civilians on the
> high seas, as well as in Gaza.
> Academic research collaboration emboldens Israeli apartheid
> Israel aggressively courts research partnerships with American
> universities by hosting academic delegations. These academic
> delegations are political-educational junkets, which subliminally
> promote a Zionist ideology along with coordinating potential
> partnerships with Israeli universities. Diane Shammas comments for The
> Electronic Intifada.
> Youth Against Normalization: Boycott Israel & Its Supporters
> The Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Humanitarian/Restriction of
> Movement/Human Rights/Racism
> Foreign Ministry official: Malaysia considering petitioning Hague over
> Gaza blockade
> Israel is aware of the reports and preparing itself for possible row
> at the International Court of Justice.
> Gaza maternity ward closed over 'dispute with PA'
> GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A hospital in the northern Gaza Strip warned
> Wednesday that it was forced to shut down its maternity ward over an
> insurance dispute with the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry, a
> statement read. The Al-Awda Hospital in the Jabaliya area north of
> Gaza City said the move placed approximately 7,000 pregnant women with
> insurance at risk. The hospital said the women all currently receive
> treatment at the hospital on a yearly basis.
> Gaza journalists call for IFJ visit
> GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Journalists in Gaza on Wednesday called for the
> head of the International Federation of Journalists to make an urgent
> visit to the Strip. An IFJ delegation is currently visiting the West
> Bank at the invitation of its affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists'
> Syndicate. Journalists in Gaza issued a statement after holding a
> meeting, and said they had not received any invitation to participate
> in meetings with the IFJ. The journalists said they were not informed
> of a conference via video-link between journalists in Gaza and the
> delegation in Ramallah, and accused the PJS of arranging meetings in a
> "secretive and selective way." Gaza security forces prevented the
> meeting, the journalists added.
> Hamas bans journalists from debate meeting with int'l organization
> GAZA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Hamas security personnel on Wednesday
> prevented journalists in Gaza from holding a video- conference debate
> with a delegation from the International Federation of Journalists
> (IFJ), a journalist said. Yousef Al-Ostaz of the Palestinian
> journalists syndicate said that the deposed Hamas government sent
> policemen in plainclothes to the hall that was supposed to host the
> meeting and ordered them to cancel the video link's booking.
> Report: Due To The Israeli Siege on Gaza, 40,000 Students Refused From
> UNRWA Schools
> Gisha PNN - Despite Israel's promise to ease the closure of the Gaza
> Strip, the Gaza school year opened this week with a severe shortage of
> classrooms. The Legal Center For Freedom of Movement Gisha , an
> Israeli not-for-profit organization, reported on Wednesday.
> Divided We Educate, Mel Frykberg
> QALANDIA CHECKPOINT, Occupied East Jerusalem, Sep 14, 2010 (IPS) - A
> thin Palestinian boy, no older than ten, darts between the piles of
> garbage and the congested lines of traffic which converge at the
> Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem.
> Violence/Aggression & Provocations
> Israeli soldiers open fire on handcuffed Palestinian
> Israeli media sources have confirmed that an Israeli soldier shot and
> killed a handcuffed Palestinian youth on Tuesday morning (14.09.2010)
> in the city of Tel Aviv. Israel's Channel Two television station
> confirmed that police forces detained four Palestinian youths in Tel
> Aviv during the early hours of Tuesday morning under suspicion of
> involvement in stealing an Israeli vehicle. One of the youths was
> killed and another managed to escape while the remaining two were
> detained by the authorities of the Israeli occupation. According to
> the television station, "during the arrest, the sound of gun fire was
> heard then one of the handcuffed detainees fell after being shot in
> the upper part of his body. He died shortly afterwards." According to
> Channel Two, the Israeli police officer who opened fired on the youth
> has claimed that the bullet "was shot accidentally from his weapon"
> and hit the 18 year old Palestinian youth in his back killing him on
> Five Palestinians Wounded As Army Shells Gaza
> Palestinian medical sources reported that Five Palestinians were
> wounded on Tuesday evening, two seriously, after the Israeli army
> fired artillery shells into an area near Gaza city.
> Israeli shelling in Gaza wounds two Palestinians: medics (AFP)
> AFP - Three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli tank fire in a clash
> along the volatile Gaza border on Tuesday, Palestinian sources said.
> Israel army fires on central Gaza
> GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured Tuesday after
> Israeli forces fired on a group of Palestinians in the central Gaza
> Strip, medical and security officials said. One Palestinian was
> seriously hurt following the incident near Juhor Ad-Dik, east of
> Al-Bureij refugee camp, medics told Ma'an. Israel's military said a
> group of militants fired an anti-tank missile at soldiers operating
> near the border fence in northern Gaza. "No injuries were caused," the
> army said in a statement.
> IOF Fires at Peaceful Demonstration and Shells Agricultural lands,
> Killing 3 Farmers and 43 Goats
> The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed three farmers, one of whom
> was an elderly man with his child grandson as they worked in their
> land in the north-Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, and the third was a child.
> The IOF fired artillery shells at the farmers who were in their land
> less than 500 meters from the northern separation fence between Gaza
> and Israel. In a separate attack, in the morning of Tuesday 14
> September 2010, the IOF opened fire on a peaceful demonstration
> against the "security buffer zone". As Al Mezan Center for Human
> Rights has frequently asserted, the IOF enforcement of the "security
> buffer zone" inside the Gaza Strip has been carried out by means and
> methods that gravely violate international law. Al Mezan condemns
> these Israeli violations and calls on the international community to
> protect civilians and stop the IOF deadly enforcement of the "security
> buffer zone" in Gaza.
> Israeli troops assault Palestinian workers at West Bank checkpoint
> Israeli soldiers stationed at Al Hamra military checkpoint in the
> Jordan Valley detained a group of Palestinian workers on Tuesday
> morning and assaulted them, a Palestinian media source reported.
> Student says extremists destroyed Koran in Jerusalem
> JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Extremists desecrated a Koran in West Jerusalem
> on Monday, a Palestinian from Bethlehem said Tuesday. Bethlehem
> University student Muhammad Munir claims a group of Israeli Jews tore
> pages out of the Muslim holy book on Jaffa street. Munir said he saw
> the incident while walking from work to his home in Wadi Al-Joz.
> Settlers announce rally at Nablus tomb
> BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Settler community leaders announced Wednesday
> that a rally would be held Thursday evening demanding "open access" to
> the Nablus area, and in particular Joseph's Tomb. Following violence
> precipitated by settler visits to the site - which saw Palestinian
> areas closed down or put under curfew - the area was closed off to
> settlers in early 2000.
> Terror In The Village That Became A Minefield
> For many villages in Area C, landmines have become a regular feature
> of daily life. Israeli military training zones occupy nearly 30% of
> the land, often based around civilian areas, leaving unexploded
> ordnance (UXO) that cause horrific injuries to local residents. We
> spent a few days with the victims to see how they live with the
> constant terror. Rafat Al-Rushayida is 24, he has lived his whole
> life in the bedouin village east of Bethlehem that shares his name.
> Al-Rushayida has played host to a military training zone since 1967,
> which has now expanded into 50% of the village's land. He and four
> young friends showed us what the soldiers left behind.
> Israel's compensation bill since start of second intifada: NIS 89
> million and growing
> Israel has compensated Palestinians and foreigners who suffered
> damages or injury from the IDF in 524 separate damage suits.
> Israel accused of not probing Palestinian deaths (AP)
> AP - An Israeli human rights group charged in a report released
> Tuesday that Israel's military has failed to adequately investigate
> cases in which Palestinian civilians have been killed by soldiers.
> Rocket, six mortars hit southern Israel (AFP)
> AFP - A Qassam rocket and six mortar rounds hit southern Israel on
> Wednesday morning, the Israeli military said, with the rocket landing
> near the southern Israeli port city of Ashkelon.
> Israeli soldiers raid Palestinian house in Hebron; one man arrested
> At 21.00 on 12 September 2010, the final day of the Islamic festival
> of `Eid al-Fitr, eight Israeli army jeeps and armoured personnel
> carriers (APCs) were observed leaving the Israeli-only apartheid roads
> in Hebron and crossing into the Palestinian Authority-controlled “H1”
> region. Five international activists followed the vehicles to their
> destination, a house in the Tel Rumeida area. Around twenty soldiers
> stayed close to the jeeps, while around ten others entered the
> targeted house. Other soldiers closed off the area, not letting cars
> pass. The internationals were already in the area close to the house
> so they were able to document what was happening, although they were
> physically prevented from approaching the raided home.
> Society: Israel detained 14 in Bethlehem over Ramadan
> BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities detained 14 Palestinians in
> the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem during the Muslim fasting
> month of Ramadan, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society in the
> district said Tuesday. Abdul Fattah Khalil said the detentions were
> carried out the Al-Arrub and Ad-Duheisha refugee camps in the
> district, as well as in Tuqu', Battir and Al-Ubeidiya. Lawyers with
> the society said they were granted access to the detainees, who are
> being held in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem and the Etzyion and
> Ashkalon detention centers.
> Israel's Arab Helpers
> Hamas: PA detained 60 affiliates
> BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas accused Palestinian Authority security
> forces Wednesday of detaining 60 party affiliates across the West
> Bank. In a statement, the Islamist movement said the PA had escalated
> its campaign against Hamas leaders and supporters. On Tuesday, Hamas
> reported that 65 of its West Bank affiliates were detained by PA
> forces, and the party has claimed that up to 750 supporters have been
> arrested since the movement claimed responsibility for two shooting
> attacks in the West Bank which killed four Israeli settlers and
> injured two others.
> PA's militias kidnap husband of MP Halaiqa in Al-Khalil
> The Palestinian Authority's security militias kidnapped Mohamed
> Zeitoun, the husband of lawmaker Samira Halaiqa, from Al-Shyukh town
> in Al-Khalil city after summoning him for interrogation. [Hamas
> website, may not be accessible to all]
> ADC fondly remembers George W. Bush
> In a 9-11 related press release, the ADC looks back with nostalgia at
> George W. Bush. If they had any self-respect, instead of quoting what
> the stupid war criminal read after someone wrote it for him, they
> would be calling for sending him to the Hague to stand trial for his
> crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
> "Peace" Talks/Political Developments
> Balancing peace in the Middle East
> Israeli and Palestinian leaders have entered a second round of direct
> Middle East talks in the past two weeks, but in the end both sides
> could only agree to talk again on Wednesday. The negotiations in the
> Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh were attended by senior US
> officials including Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, and
> George Mitchell, the US Middle East envoy. Clinton and Mitchell both
> expressed optimism over the direction of the talks, but did not say if
> any tangible progress had been made. Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin
> No concessions in Middle East talks
> Negotiations in Sharm el-Sheikh end without agreements on Israeli
> settlements but leaders agree to meet in Jerusalem.
> Abbas to attend talks at Netanyahu's home
> TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Israeli
> Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on
> Wednesday to continue peace negotiations, Abbas' spokesman said.
> Nabil Abu Rudeineh was confirming a report first aired on Israel's
> Channel 2 Tuesday. Abu Rudeineh, speaking after the second round of
> direct negotiations in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm
> Ash-Sheikh, said the talks there were "serious" and wide-ranging.
> Abbas will stop in Amman, Jordan on his way to the West Bank, the
> spokesman said. Netanyahu's plane touched down at Ben Gurion
> International Airport Tuesday afternoon, officials said. In Egypt, US
> special envoy George Mitchell said Tuesday that Israel must commit to
> extending its 10-month moratorium on illegal settlement construction
> the West Bank.
> Israel considers prisoner release, ceding territories to PA
> Despite difficulties in direct negotiations, western officials say
> Jerusalem considering goodwill gestures, including extending
> settlement freeze in areas outside settlement blocs. Netanyahu, Abbas
> to meet in Jerusalem Wednesday.
> U.S. envoy's upcoming Syria trip raises speculation of possible peace
> Reports say George Mitchell will brief Syria's leadership on
> Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and discuss ways in which Syria could
> contribute to the talks.
> Other News
> Report: Turkey denies Israel's request to question Gaza flotilla captain
> Ankara says it has already interviewd captain of the Mavi Marmara as
> part of Turkish probe and submitted testimony to the UN.
> Israeli media: 3 embassies threatened
> TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An envelope containing a threatening
> letter and suspicious white powder was found Tuesday afternoon at the
> US Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. Similar
> envelopes were sent to the Swedish and Spanish embassies in the city,
> according to the report.
> Israeli Arab woman suspected of trying to smuggle weapons from West Bank
> Woman detained after guards performing a routine inspection of her
> vehicle at the Jordan Valley crossing discovered a makeshift pistol
> and ammunition in her possession.
> Yishai: Ease weapons laws for settlers
> In aftermath of West Bank attacks, interior minister says MKs must
> work to afford settlers firearms.
> At Ben-Gurion University, student protests can lead to disciplinary action
> Student who organized demonstration for maintenance workers' rights at
> the campus was brought in for disciplinary hearing, and on Wednesday,
> several students who protested against Israel's Gaza flotilla raid
> will be summoned.
> High Court approves private school for Haredi girls involved in
> segregation row
> Ultra-Orthodox network that runs the Beit Yaakov girls school in
> Immanuel told last year t it must pay a fine of NIS 5,000 for every
> day they continued to violate court order requiring it to eliminate
> any vestige of ethnic discrimination.
> Director: No Hamas involvement in Tel Aviv film
> GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The director and producer of a low-budget film
> depicting the "liberation" of Tel Aviv has no affiliation with Hamas,
> he insists, despite the Israeli media's coverage of the viral hit as a
> "Hamas studios" production. Gaza native Muhammad Al-Amrity says he
> and his friend Ayman Hijazi made the film. It was inspired by a dream
> he had of his family that originates in Tel Ar-Rabi, which became Tel
> Aviv. "I tried to go back to my city in the dream."
> Poll: Majority opposed to moratorium
> Didi Remez has the results of an interesting poll from today's Yediot
> Ahronoth on Israeli attitudes toward the peace process.
> Pornographer sells Twitter ID to Israel
> Israel's foreign Ministry has acquired the @Israel username on
> Twitter, the social networking site, from the Spanish owner of adult
> porn sites.
> Mubarak: photoshopped
> Look what Al-Ahram newspaper did. They photoshopped a picture of
> Obama and the other Middle East leaders in the White House to show
> Mubarak in the front of the group.
> Analysis/Opinion/Human Interest
> Mideast Peace Talks: Getting Past the Settlements Issue, Tony Karon
> Time.com - Netanyahu may end his settlement construction moratorium in
> two weeks, but the U.S. warns Abbas to find a way to fudge the issue.
> Palestinians, Israelis show no sign of narrowing gaps
> SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: The US gave no sign on Tuesday that Israel and
> the Palestinians had narrowed the gap on Jewish settlements, but said
> they tackled issues at the heart of their decades-old conflict.
> A Circle Not Easily Squared, Jerrold Kessel and Peter Klochendler
> JERUSALEM, Sep 14, 2010 (IPS) - Security first or borders first:
> security says Israel, borders retort the Palestinians.
> Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are finally again getting under way.
> Israel though remains adamant that the only chance the talks have to
> make headway is for its security concerns to be satisfactorily
> 'In Whose Name Do They Talk?'; Gazans share their views on the talks,
> Laila El-Haddad
> "The negotiations add up to a big zero. They don't belong to us and
> neither does Abbas. Things are completely rotten. He doesn't recognise
> the Gaza Strip - so what's he negotiating over?
> All That You Have Done: Colonialism, Ethnic Cleansing and the Web,
> Roger Sheety
> Despite the current facade of yet another round of fake peace talks,
> the Israeli government and its professional apologists remain in a
> panic. Hardly a week passes by without complaint that Israel “is being
> isolated” or that it is facing a campaign of “delegitimization.” In
> February of this year the Reut Institute, an Israeli group-think tank,
> published a remarkably delusional, ahistorical piece of propaganda
> masquerading as a scholarly report and warning of an internationally
> concerted effort that seeks to “erode” Israel’s diplomatic status
> which “may develop into a comprehensive existential threat within a
> few years.” (*) In essence, any organization or individual that dares
> criticize Israeli policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in
> particular is a de facto member of this dreaded network of
> delegitmization. As with all Israeli hasbara (explanation), the Reut
> Institute blames primarily the Palestinian victims and secondarily
> those who report or publicize their plight.
> From the Diary of a Binationalist, Udi Aloni
> Israeli film director Udi Aloni divides his time between New York
> City, where he makes films, and the Jenin Refugee Camp, where he has
> recently moved in order to help his friend Juliano Mer-Khamis
> establish a school for film and multimedia production. He is currently
> writing a biweekly column called, Brooklyn - Jenin, about this
> experience for the popular Israeli news website Ynet. Mondoweiss is
> excited to be able to present English translations of these columns.
> "FUCK YOU, GAZANS!", Flora Nicoletta
> This is the narrative of a 22-year old Palestinian who returned
> recently to Gaza. Among his misfortunes he was apprehended and
> arbitrarly detained by the mukhabarat (General Intelligence) in
> HAMDULILLAH' OFFICIAL VIDEO
> Ridwan Adhami, Shadia Mansour and I had a sit down in New York to talk
> about "Hamdulillah' and how we could represent the meaning of it.
> People are everything in what I do, the people that come to shows, the
> people that listen to my music, the people that support me. My people.
> My family. My friends. I'm feeling very blessed and grateful these
> days to be able to make my music and have your support. So we reached
> out to people we know around the world, who knew of the music and felt
> the same. Ramadan this year opened me to the new friends, new ideas,
> new plans, new blessings.
> This is for you. Shout out to Ridwan and the whole team. Shadia and
> the whole fam. And every face and person in my video.
> Veto Power Is an Insult to the International Community: Kenneth O’Keefe
> Kenneth O’Keefe is a world citizen. As an anti-war activist and social
> entrepreneur, he renounced his U.S. citizenship on March 1, 2001 and
> burned his American passport on January 7, 2004 in protest to the
> United States’ Imperialism and called for the immediate withdrawal of
> American forces from Iraq. O’Keefe is a former U.S. Mariner who served
> in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and subsequently revealed the use of
> depleted uranium by the United States as a crime against humanity.
> Hizbullah's arms include drones, long-range rockets - Israel
> BEIRUT: Hizbullah has long-range drones and rockets capable of hitting
> targets more than 300 kilometers from Lebanon, Israel's
> counter-terrorism chief has said. Brigadier General Nitzan Nuriel also
> refused to rule out a pre-emptive Israeli strike on Syria, should
> Damascus fail to halt its alleged military support of Hizbullah.
> Sayyed Looking for Court to Sue Lebanese State
> 15/09/2010 Former head of Lebanon's General Security Directorate Major
> General Jamil Sayyed is looking for a human rights court to sue the
> Lebanese State. Sayyed, who is currently in Paris, said in an
> interview published Wednesday by Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar that he and
> a team of advisers were "rummaging around for a human rights court
> eligible to sue the Lebanese State." Al-Akhbar said the World Council
> for Human Rights of 2007 which finds that the "arrest of officers was
> in breach of Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and
> Political Rights" was signed by Lebanon and demanded for the
> "restoration of political and Judicial rights and an immediate
> solution to the officers' status." Sayyed stressed that he does not
> want to "open any battle," stressing, on the other hand, that he
> cannot stand idle and not mention a response made by former PM Fouad
> Saniora back then in which he distorted facts and held the arrest to
> be justified according to witnesses. "This is what made me press
> charges against Saniora and State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza."
> Gemayel's son places blame on Syria for father's death
> BEIRUT: Phalange Party MP Nadim Gemayel, son of late former
> president-elect Bashir Gemayel, held Syria responsible for a series of
> assassinations that started with his father and ended with figures of
> the March 14 coalition including former Premier Rafik Hariri.
> Two steps back for Palestinians in Lebanon
> "Everyone here works without a permit," said Shatila refugee camp
> resident Mohammed Khalife. "Being legal and having a work permit is
> the strange thing, not the other way around."
> Nine Iraqi soldiers killed in roadside bomb (AFP)
> AFP - Nine Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday by a roadside bomb
> on the outskirts of the main northern city of Mosul, police said.
> US-Iraq raid, roadside bombing kill 18 (AFP)
> AFP - Violence killed 18 people in Iraq on Wednesday, including nine
> in a firefight that broke out during a joint US-Iraq raid in search of
> a top Al-Qaeda leader in the former rebel base of Fallujah.
> Tuesday: 8 Iraqis Killed, 6 Wounded
> Sarah Shourd, the American hiker arrested and accused of spying after
> illegally crossing from Iraq to Iran, was released on $500,000 bail.
> Meanwhile, at least eight Iraqis were killed and six were wounded in
> unusually light violence.
> Seven Killed In Iraq attacks
> Gunmen opened fire on the car of a government-backed Sunni militia
> leader, killing him and three members of his family in Latifiya town,
> 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, a security source said.
> Iraqi Deputy Minister escapes assassination
> Iraqi Deputy Minister for social affairs escaped assassination attempt
> due to a bombing that targeted his convoy in Al Waziriya region,
> eastern Baghdad. 11 citizens were wounded in a special US-Iraqi
> forces operation on the house of former army officer Yassin Kassar,
> southwestern Falluja, a security source from Anbar Operations Command
> said. Two suspects were arrested in this operation, the source added.
> Anbar Provincial Council held an urgent session to investigate the
> operation, the source reported.
> UN experts rap US over private security firms
> UN experts have rapped the United States for its failure to prosecute
> private security personnel over violations in Iraq, citing a case
> against two US firms which was dismissed after they claimed immunity.
> US watchdogs say Iraq has own money for security (AP)
> AP - Congressional investigators estimate that Iraq has about $11.8
> billion in surplus money available to use for its own security.
> Iraqis outraged at payout for US victims of Saddam
> Americans win $400m compensation but locals struggle with crippling poverty.
> SYRIA: Precarious existence of Iraqi Mandaean community
> DAMASCUS Wednesday, September 15, 2010 (IRIN) - Among the estimated
> 1.2 million Iraqi refugees in Syria are several thousand Mandaeans, a
> small religious minority on the verge of extinction in Iraq, and
> lacking support in Syria.
> U.S. and Other World News
> UN chief: Ahmadinejad to attend disarmament meeting
> A U.S. official told Reuters in Washington that President Barack Obama
> would probably not attend the disarmament talks, since he will be
> participating in a UN summit meeting on Sudan and other meetings that
> same day.
> U.S. diplomat fears condemnation of Israel
> The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog fears Arab
> ambassadors may condemn Israel at the next board of governors meeting,
> Asharq al-Awsat reported.
> What does Israel get for not objecting to this deal? U.S. to sell up
> to $60 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia
> U.S. defense official says Congress will soon be notified of arms sale
> to Saudi Arabia, including 84 F-15 fighter jets and 72 Black Hawk
> US-Saudi arms deal aimed at Iran
> Analysts say US arms deal gives Saudis advantage over all regional
> states except Israel.
> US Soldier Committed Suicide Rather Than Take Part in Torture, Greg Mitchell
> Alyssa Peterson was one of the first female soldiers who died in Iraq.
> Her death under these circumstances should have drawn wide
> attention. It's not exactly the Tillman case, but a cover-up,
> naturally, followed.
> Ex-CIA Agents Confirm Torture at Polish Black Site, Spiegel
> Former CIA agents have confirmed rumors that the agency tortured
> terror suspects at a detention center in Poland. One agent allegedly
> held a drill to a prisoner's head while he was naked and hooded.
> Dutch soldiers accused of war crime
> Dutch soldiers stationed in the Afghan province of Uruzgan allegedly
> violated the laws of war when they carried out a raid on a hospital in
> the provincial capital Tarin Kowt in 2009.
> Nato urged to allow partition of Afghanistan
> Afghanistan should be allowed to partition along ethnic lines by
> pulling back Nato forces and acknowledging that the Taliban will not
> be defeated in their heartland, a senior former American national
> security adviser has warned.
> Thousands of Afghans stage anti-US protest in Kabul
> KABUL, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Police fired into the air to disperse
> thousands of angry anti-American protesters in Afghanistan's capital
> on Wednesday, witnesses and police said, with at least two people
> suffering apparent gunshot wounds. Protesters chanted "Death to
> America", "Death to Christians", and "Death to Karzai", the latter
> referring to President Hamid Karzai.
> Bombshell from London, Eric S. Margolis
> The report, presided over by the former deputy director of Britain’s
> foreign intelligence agency, MI-6, says the threat from al-Qaeda and
> Taliban has been "exaggerated" by the western powers.
> Egyptian party boycotts elections
> Egypt's al-Ghad party announces it is going to boycott parliamentary
> elections amid divisions in the opposition camp.
> Islam in the West
> French Senate overwhelmingly votes to ban face veils in public
> The French Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill banning the
> burka-style Islamic veil in public, but the leaders of both
> parliamentary houses said they had asked a special council to first
> ensure the measure passes constitutional muster amid concerns its
> tramples on religious freedoms.
> Is Muslim life actually “cheap”?, James North
> New Republic editor-in-chief Martin Peretz’s anti-Muslim slanders have
> finally gotten him into trouble in the mainstream, after years during
> which the major opinion-makers pretended not to notice his chronic
> racism. Here again is the second half of his latest slur, the part he
> didn’t apologize for: “Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, especially for
> Muslims. . . This is a statement of fact, not value.” The racism is
> obvious. But underneath it is a dangerous and inaccurate assumption
> that the Muslim world today is exclusively or mainly violent.
> A note of apology to readers
> We made a news decision on Friday that offended many readers and we
> sincerely apologize for it. Many saw Saturday's front-page story and
> photo regarding the local observance of the end of Ramadan as
> offensive, particularly on the day, September 11, when our nation and
> the world were paying tribute to those who died in the 9/11 terrorist
> attacks nine years ago. We have acknowledged that we erred by at
> least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on
> the front page.
> Is Fox News the dog from "Up," and the lower Manhattan Islamic
> community center its squirrel? Jon weighs the evidence in last night's
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