Studies show that US coverage is Israeli-centric. The main bureaus for CNN, Associated Press, Time, etc. are located in Israel and often staffed by Israelis. The son of the NY Times bureau chief is in the Israeli army;"pundit" Jeffrey Goldberg served in the IDF; Wolf Blitzer worked for AIPAC. Because the U.S. gives Israel over $8 million/day - more than to any other nation - we feel it is essential that we be fully informed on this region. Below are news reports to augment mainstream coverage.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Daily Situation Report: Sept. 28, 2009

Israeli forces
  • Conducted 7 raids into Palestinian territories
  • Injured 2 civilians, including two children, one a girl
  • Detained/kidnapped 14 Palestinians
  • damaged agricultural land
  • Closed towns, villages and roads
  • Fired artillery shells and UAV missile at Gaza
  • Israeli navy opened intensive fire toward Palestinian fishing boats
Israeli colonists living on confiscated Palestinian land
  • Cut off 125 Palestinian olive trees
Palestinians living on Palestinian land
  • Opened fire and launched 8 mortars toward the Green line
Full report

COMMENTARY: Don't Israel's nuclear weapons count?

UK Independent
...Nobody could hate Ahmadinejad more than M; she hates the whole regime... but yet, she finds her passions rising for her country this week because of fears of military strikes by Israel and the manifestly unfair way that Israel is indulged. "I will go back if they attack my country, even if they put me to jail," M says. "That is my duty. Israel is the enemy of peace and America gives them money to get more arms. I don't want Iran to have these terrible weapons, but Israel must also be stopped." ..Israel no longer cares to deny that it has hundreds of atom and hydrogen bombs and devastating biological "tools". Full story

In the shadow of an Israeli settlement

...In the second of a two-part investigation, the BBC's Martin Asser sees the effect of settlements on the lives of Palestinians... Full story

Dodd to introduce Senate Iran sanctions bill

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee announced plans to introduce Iran sanctions legislation.

... His announcement comes just days after U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said he would advance the matching legislation through his committee...

The Obama administration is reportedly ready to move ahead with sanctions as soon as December -- either through the United Nations Security Council, or in coordination with Europe.

Dodd's speech to AIPAC

..."What an honor it is to be here today to address members of AIPAC. I want to thank those of you here today, and all the members of AIPAC around the country, for the incredible job you do keeping us informed about the threats facing Israel... And I learned young. In a way, my connection to the State of Israel starts with my father. Tom Dodd spent over a year as Executive Trial Counsel in one of the most remarkable court cases the world has ever seen...

Human Rights Watch: U.S. must back Goldstone

Human Rights Watch called on the Obama administration to endorse the Goldstone report.

..."Dismissal of all or parts of the Goldstone report would contradict President Barack Obama’s stated commitment to human rights in the Middle East and reveal an ill-timed double-standard in Washington’s approach to international justice," the group said. "It would also undermine efforts to revive the peace process."

... HRW also dismissed claims that Israel was able to investigate itself. "The U.S. claim that Israel can be relied upon to investigate itself ignores the well-documented pattern of impunity in the country for past violations of international humanitarian law," said the group. Full story

COMMENTARY: The Enemy from Within
Yeshiva World News
... In her comments to the press, she added that if not for her father’s pro-Israel efforts, the outcome of the report would have been even more damaging, insisting his input assist Israel, as was reported by YWN-Israel. She did add however that if he had known the outcome of the report in advance, he would have declined the assignment... Full story

Israeli army vandalizes Azzun water station in raid

Israeli forces invaded the town of Azzun in Qalqiliya Wednesday, assaulting a guard at the area's pumping station, which provides most of the water for residents. The facility was searched and the door broken in. Full story

Jenin-area boy killed as Israeli military jeep runs him over

A seventeen-year-old student was killed on Wednesday morning when an Israeli military jeep ran him over near the West Bank city of Jenin...Turkman’s uncle and a teacher at the school, said he saw army forces “came onto the road of the school. This road is especially for the school.”

...“The jeep was driving fast towards a group of students. The jeep ran over [Turkman’s] body with all four wheels, and then backed up and drove over him again. Then the soldiers wouldn’t allow us to get Foad for about 15 minutes,” he added.

...After Turkman was run over dozens of schoolchildren protested, throwing stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas grenades. According to Nayif, soldiers also threw gas grenades into the school itself. Dozens of children chocked on the gas. Full story

Women Prisoners salted for release in Shalit video deal named

Majority of 20 female Palestinian prisoners pardoned in exchange for proof of life from Hamas-held soldier were to be released within year's time. Full story

Background on female prisoners held by Israel

Report: Israel set to approve massive new settlement near Bethlehem

Israel’s Ministry of the Interior is expected to approve what could become the most populous single settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967, an Israeli newspaper reported on Wendesday.... The land in question is owned by Palestinians in the West Bank village of Al-Walaja ... Full story


1948 history

Recent history
...They claim that it was annexed in 1967, but they never informed us until 1987 when they came and started demolishing our houses... Full story

Two die in smuggling tunnels after airstrike

Two Palestinians died as a result of a gas leak inside a smuggling tunnel along Gaza’s border with Egypt in the city of Rafah, medics said on Wednesday... Israeli warplanes launched three separate raids on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning. Full story

Background on Gaza tunnels
Israel has maintained its blockade of Gaza, preventing goods from being imported, and Palestinians use the tunnels to transport every product imaginable from northern Egypt into the territory.

Humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Israeli police interrogate Al-Aqsa preacher

Israeli police interrogated Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, chief of the Islamic Supreme Committee, and preacher of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [one of the holiest sites in Islam] on Tuesday afternoon over possible charges of incitement ...

The interrogation came after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters at the Al-Aqsa Compound on Sunday ...Sheikh Sabri accused Israeli police of allowing extremist settlers to access the Al-Aqsa compound, and then protecting them while inside. He said the intrusion was a violation of the mosque’s sanctity. He said that to protect the settlers, Israeli police fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at worshippers. Full story

Israeli soldiers assault man at checkpoint, seize 14 during raids

A 21-year-old man was hospitalized after being beaten by Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint in the West Bank on Tuesday night, Palestinian Authority (PA) police said. Full story

Former Arafat aide: Third Intifada on its way

...a former senior advisor to late President Yasser Arafat, added his voice to a chorus of those raising the possibility of a third Intifada, or uprising against Israel.

“The Palestinians are preparing themselves to carry out another Intifada of independence and freedom in response to Israeli violations, massacres and policies against the Palestinians and their land, against Jerusalem, the confiscation of land and the geographic separation of the Palestinian territories,” ...

... He called on US President Barack Obama to hold an international conference to push for the implementation of UN resolutions, as an alternative to bilateral peace negotiations which the US wants resumed. He said these peace talks will be “useless.” Full story

Bil'in night invasion 30.09.09

Shortly before 2am, the occupation forces invaded Bil'in once again. They raided the house of Basil Mansour Ali Mansour (age 32), a member of the Bil'in Popular Committee, in an attempt to arrest him, but he was not at home at the time. About a dozen soldiers had entered the house when Palestinian and international activists arrived at the site. Another 15 soldiers surrounded the house preventing anyone from approaching... Full story

Background on Bi'lin

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Islamic Christian soc: Israel to enforce Jewish prayer time at Aqsa

... there will be 50 Jewish holidays on which Jews will have exclusive access to the compound for worship. The religious calendars of the Muslim and Jewish faith often overlap, with the Jewish Rosh Hashana holiday coinciding with the final Friday of the Muslim Ramadan. The [Islamic Christian Society] calls the decision “unacceptable.”

Officials... warned that such a policy was dangerous, and “went beyond the red line.” Full story

Netanyahu says UN speech was inspired by Lubavitcher Rebbe

Jerusalem Post
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hassidic movement, was the inspiration for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech in the UN, Netanyahu said last week, following the speech in the General Assembly. Full story

Book Review - Allan Brownfeld
The late, highly revered Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the “Lubovitcher Rebbe” who headed the Chabad movement and wielded great influence in Israel as well as in the U.S., explained that, “The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: ‘Let us differentiate.’ Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have a case of ‘let us differentiate’ between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world...A non-Jew’s entire reality is only vanity. It is written, ‘And the strangers shall guard and feed your flocks’ (Isaiah 61:5). The entire creation [of a non-Jew] exists only for the sake of the Jews...”

"Rabbi Schneerson always supported Israeli wars and opposed any retreat. In 1974 he strongly opposed the Israeli withdrawal from the Suez area. He promised Israel divine favors if it persisted in occupying the land. After his death, thousands of his Israeli followers played an important role in the election victory of Binyamin Netanyahu. Among the religious settlers in the occupied territories, the Chabad Hassids constitute one of the most extreme groups. Baruch Goldstein, the mass murderer of Palestinians, was one of them. Full story

Long waiting list for Gaza's new amputees

"It changed me," he added, recounting months without hope, of despair and fatigue, obsessed with what the future would hold...

Fresh after Israel's assault on Gaza last winter, and due to its ongoing blockade of the coastal strip, finding prosthetic limbs is for the first time more difficult than affording them... Full story

Eight Azzun residents handed orders to demolish homes

Israeli forces handed demolition orders to eight Azzun residents, whose homes are now set for demolition within thirty days, Palestinian police reported Tuesday. Full story

Eight Azzun residents handed orders to demolish homes

Israeli forces handed demolition orders to eight Azzun residents, whose homes are now set for demolition within thirty days, Palestinian police reported Tuesday. Full story

Israeli forces confiscate tractor of Jericho-area farmer

Israeli forces entered Fasayel village near Jericho, and confiscated the tractor of a local farmer, police reported Tuesday. Full story

Reflections on a Yom Kippur closure - Mazin Qumsiyeh

Today, Bethlehem University was forced to close because the Israeli authorities imposed a "closure" of the West Bank because of Yom Kippur holiday. Full story

Goldstone tells UN: War crimes accountability needed for peace

A lack of accountability for war crimes committed in the Middle East is undermining any hope for peace in the region, Justice Richard Goldstone, told the UN Hman Rights Council Tuesday. Full story

Why the Goldstone Report Matters - Richard Falk

Report: Abbas drops demand for settlement freeze under US pressure

Two key Israeli officials will head to Washington on Wednesday for continued talks leading up to renewed peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority...

... Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had dropped the pre-condition of a settlement construction halt under US pressure. In exchange ... US President Bacack Obama promised Abbas that the Palestinian viewpoint will be taken into consideration in forming the “framework” for the negotiations. Full story

Israeli forces seize dozens of Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City

Israeli forces raided the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday night and seized some 50 Palestinians allegedly involved in the confrontations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday. Full story

Gaza parents demands Israel release prisoners

The mothers and relatives of Palestinians held illegally in Israeli prisons held yet another demonstration in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza on Monday calling for the release of their loved ones.

Detainees from Gaza represent a minority (an estimated 1,000 out of 11,000) of the Palestinians held by Israel. Since June of 2007 Israel has also denied prisoners’ families the right to visit their relatives as mandated under the Geneva Conventions. Full story

Bethlehem man seized at military checkpoint

Israeli soldiers seized a man when he attempted to cross a military checkpoint near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday night, according to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Full story

Settlers chop down Nablus olive grove on eve of harvest

Dozens of chainsaw-wielding Israeli settlers cut down more than 150 olive trees in to the northern West Bank village of Burin, south of Nablus on Monday. Full story

Nevzlin donates $6M to 'Museum of the Jewish People'

Donation announced by Russian-born businessman during event celebrating his 50th birthday... Full story

Leonid Nevzlin: The One Who Got Away
Forbes Aug. 2008
Moscow City Court found Leonid Nevzlin... guilty of organizing five murders and sentenced him to life in prison Friday...... Nevzlin moved to Israel, and acquired Israeli citizenship. Attempts to extradite him to Russia have been thwarted... Full story

Bedouins protest poor school conditions

Hundreds of parents, students in Tel-Sheva rally outside Education Ministry in Beersheba in protest of classroom shortage, safety dysfunctions, registration changes... Full story

Foreign diplomats to rally with Israeli Arabs marking October 2000 riots

Representatives of foreign governments stationed in Israel plan to participate in a rally marking the Israeli Arab riots of October 2000, Haaretz learned on Monday, in a diplomatic first in Israel's history.

The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee has said that the representatives of about ten embassies have approached it over recent days...

During the disturbances, which coincided with the outbreak of the second intifada, Israeli police killed 13 Arab youths....

..."The list includes representatives from ten countries, some of them central and influential."

... in response to a string of anti-Arab decisions and events over the passing year.... laws and regulations that were "racist," such as a law which prohibits the commemoration of the Nakba; a recent national land reform, and its consequences for Palestinian refugees; and the initiative to change the names of Arab towns and villages to Hebrew names. ... the demolition of Arab homes, as well as limiting the jurisdiction of Arab councils...
Full story

PA officials: Netanyahu seeking crisis in Jerusalem

Palestinian officials say they expect the current Israeli government to take the region into a period of renewed confrontation, especially in light of Sunday’s violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

...Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also prime minister in 1996 when Israel’s construction of the Western Wall tunnels sparked an uprising that claimed the lives of 70 Palestinians and 17 Israeli soldiers. Full story

Daily Situation Report: Sept. 27, 2009

Israeli forces
  • Conducted 9 raids into Palestinian territories
  • Shelled Gaza
  • Detained/kidnapped 22 Palestinians
  • leveled agricultural land
  • Severely beat a civilian
  • Closed villages and roads
  • Fired 2 artillery shells at Gaza
  • Opened intensive fire toward agricultural land and civilian houses in Gaza
Israeli colonists living on confiscated Palestinian land
  • Stoned civilian houses and vehicles
Palestinians living on Palestinian land
  • Fired 7 mortars toward Israeli soldiers
Full report

Monday, September 28, 2009

Through Women's Eyes

The Israeli offensive claimed the lives of 118 women, and injured atleast 825 more. However, although the numbers of victims and casualties illustrate the appalling human toll of this conflict, the true extent of the suffering lies in the day-to-day reality of life in the Gaza Strip following Operation Cast Lead, as civilians struggle to rebuild their lives, come to terms with their loss, and restore some semblance of human dignity

PCHR has released ‘Through Women’s Eyes’ in order to highlight the gender-specific impact of Operation Cast Lead and the illegal Israeli closure. Full report

On Palestinian Civil Disobedience

CounterPunch - Neve Gordon
... Since 2004, nineteen people, about half of them children, have been killed in protests against the barrier. The rights groups found that in four small Palestinian villages ... 1,566 Palestinians have been injured in demonstrations against the wall. In five villages alone, 176 Palestinians have been arrested for protesting against the annexation, with children and youth specifically targeted during these arrest campaigns. The actual numbers of those who were injured and arrested are no doubt greater considering that these are just the incidents that took place in a few villages...

... The problem is that the world knows very little about these acts. A simple google search with the words “Palestinian violence” yields over 86,000 pages, while a search with the words “Palestinian civil disobedience” generates only 47 pages - this despite the fact that for several years now Palestinians have been carrying out daily acts of civil disobedience against the Israeli occupation. Full story

The Partition Straightjacket

CounterPunch - John Whitbeck
...there is an alternative to despair -- breaking free from the partition straitjacket and runaround and demanding democracy and equal rights for all in the unitary state which, de facto, has already existed for the past 42 years.

If the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is ever to be solved, peace-seekers must dare to speak openly and honestly of the "Zionism problem" -- and then to draw the moral, ethical and practical conclusions which follow... Full story

Bearing the Brunt Again

DCI - Defence of Children International

This report illustrates the scale and range of serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law perpetrated by the Israeli army during Operation Cast Lead. It stresses that these violations follow decades of impunity for previous violations and demonstrates how eight months on, in the context of the Gaza blockade and continued military occupation, Palestinian children remain unable to rebuild their lives. Full story

Ecumenical prayer service for Jerusalem held at St. Stephen's

An ecumenical prayer service for Jerusalem was held at St. Stephen's Dominican Cathedral on Nablus Road on Thursday, 24 September. The service was held in response to rising tensions stemming from Israeli policies towards Palestinian residents of the city. Full story

The power of ideas: Irving Kristol, public intellectual and godfather to neoconservatives

... his role in the creation of an important intellectual movement -- neoconservatism, of which he was said to be the godfather ...socialist during his youth and a liberal as a young man.......

Kristol’s influence was at the heart of the conservative political revival.. In this era, rather than being the “stupid party,” Republicans became the party of ideas. Neoconservatism’s task was, Kristol said, to “convert the Republican Party and American conservatism in general, against their respective wills, into a new kind conservative politics suitable to governing a modern democracy.”

....the triumphs of neoconservative thought had already altered the country’s political landscape...must be credited, along with his fellow neocon pioneer Norman Podhoretz, with creating a lively debate about ... the perils to Jewish interests and specifically to Israel ...

Neoconservatism continues to flourish in the formidable intellectual institutions that Irving Kristol helped build and the writers, thinkers and policy wonks deeply influenced by his thought and his example that labor in them... Full story

Background on neoconservatives connection to Israel

Gillibrand, Isakson circulate anti-Goldstone letter

Two U.S. Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee are circulating a letter that would urge the Obama administration to block punitive actions against Israel in the wake of the Goldstone report.

... circulated by the offices of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).

...based on a draft by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee... Full story

Not all Jews appreciate Israel's new anti-assimilation campaign

A day after mounting a scare-tactic campaign to prevent the assimilation of Diaspora Jews, the Prime Minister's Office and Jewish Agency received some 200 calls, most of them reporting names of Jews living abroad.

However, many callers also blasted the campaign - which describes assimilation as a "strategic national threat."

The campaign, which launched on Wednesday, urges Israelis to report the particulars of acquaintances living abroad so that these people, who are "in danger" of marrying non-Jews, can be persuaded to come to Israel. Full story

On the Goldstone Report - Curtis F.J. Doebbler

[Extremely thorough analysis by professor of law]
...Why wasn’t more attention given to the role of the world’s more legitimate international body, the UN General Assembly?... it has the most explicitly mandate for taking action. According to article 22 of the Charter of the United Nations the General Assembly has an explicit mandate to create bodies, including international courts of tribunals, to follow-up the report’s recommendations on prosecutorial action... Full story

Goldstone report

A Palestinian mini-state linked to Iran strike - Nasser Lahham

Israel has been holding secret meetings with Arab leaders over the past several months with the aim of establishing a miniaturized Palestinian state and in hopes of gaining Arab acquiescence in a first strike on Iran. Full story

J'lem archbishop: Israel targets mosque today, church tomorrow

Archbishop Atallah Hanna, one of the highest-ranking Christian clergymen in Jerusalem, declared Sunday's violence near the Al-Aqsa Mosque a dark premonition of Israel's plans for the city.

"What is being planned for Jerusalem is very dangerous," the archbishop said in a statement. "What happened today at the Al-Aqsa yard is a dangerous indicator of what Israeli authorities intend to work toward on Al-Aqsa, in particular, and in Jerusalem, in general." Full story

Medics: Teens hurt by shelling in central Gaza

Two Palestinians were reportedly injured when an Israeli artillery shell landed at a farm in the Al-Musddar neighborhood near Al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Monday morning. Full story

Residents: Israeli artillery pounds northern Gaza Strip

Israeli forces fired artillery shells toward an agricultural area northeast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday evening, according to witnesses and residents. Full story

PLO slams 'provocative attack' on Jerusalem worshipers

The top Palestinian negotiator, Dr Saeb Erakat, on Sunday condemned what he termed Israeli violence against worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem earlier the same day.

"This attack on ordinary civilians and worshippers at Al-Aqsa is unacceptable," he said in a statement to Ma'an. "Israel must cease all actions that will only inflame the situation."

...Erekat alleged that Sunday's events were not only reminiscent of Ariel Sharon's provocative visit to Al-Aqsa in 2000 that helped set off the second intifada, but were "deliberately timed to coincide with the eve of the anniversary of that visit." "We’ve seen this before, and we know what the consequences are." Full story
The Hamas movement urged Palestinians throughout the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel to take to the streets and begin a new uprising against Israel in reaction to clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Sunday...

By midday on Sunday, 26 people were said to be injured after stone-throwing Palestinians fought Israeli riot police after right-wing Jewish activists entered the Al-Aqsa compound [one of the holiest sites in Islam].

...Islamic Jihad leader Khalid Al-Batsh said, “The Israeli assault is part of a central Israeli decision to escalate in the whole region. This escalation might reach neighboring Arab countries...” Full story

Witnesses: Israeli forces shelled Gaza overnight

Israel's military bombarded several areas in Gaza overnight, and a number of military vehicles crossed the border near Beit Lahiya in the north, witnesses said on Sunday. Full story

Israel to close West Bank for Yom Kippur

The Israeli military announced a closure of the West Bank beginning at midnight on Saturday, lasting until midnight on Monday, which is the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur. Full story

Analysis: Israeli strike intended to disrupt calm

An Israeli airstrike that killed three Palestinian fighters on Friday night was targeted at Islamic Jihad in a calculated move intended to disrupt a precarious calm in the Gaza Strip, political analysts told Ma’an on Saturday. Full story

Daily Situation Report: Sept. 26,, 2009

Israeli forces
  • Conducted 18 raids into Palestinian territories
  • Shelled Gaza
  • Detained/kidnapped 15 Palestinians
  • Severely beat a civilian
  • Closed villages and roads
  • Opened fire at civilians in Gaza at a funeral
  • launched artillery shells at Gaza neighborhood
  • Israeli naval boats opened fire intensively towards Palestinian fishing boats
Israeli colonists living on confiscated Palestinian land
  • Invaded a Palestinian village and fired at civilian houses
Palestinians living on Palestinian land
  • Launched one mortar toward Israeli troops
Full report

Friday, September 25, 2009

Israel slammed for detention of human rights activist

Charity calls for immediate release of Palestinian campaigner

The UK human rights charity War on Want has today called on the Israeli authorities to immediately release Mohammad Othman, a prominent Palestinian human rights activist arrested this week and currently being detained without charge.

Mr Othman [a prominent leader in the nonviolence movement] was arrested on 22 September on his return from Norway... He is currently being held in administrative detention, not being told of the charges against him... Full story

Blog on the situation

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Olmert in court: I’ll come out innocent

For first time in State's history, a former prime minister faces long list of accusations in corruption affairs... Full story

Chief rabbis urged not to harm animals in Kapparot custom

Animal activists from 'Let the Animals Live' collect halachic opinions from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef claiming that harm brought to chickens during Yom Kippur ceremony should be kept to minimum... Full story

ICC may try IDF officer in wake of Goldstone Gaza report

A senior prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague said Monday that he is considering opening an investigation into whether Lt. Col. David Benjamin, an Israel Defense Forces reserve officer, allowed war crimes to be committed during the IDF's three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip this winter. Full story

Non-violent protest in Beit Hanoun, Gaza

IMEMC - InGaza
On 15 September, we join farmers and residents, including a contingent of women, youths and men, in a non-violent walk to the border region east of Beit Hanoun in the north of Gaza, singing and chanting as they march past Israeli army razed fields and destroyed water tanks and cisterns. The march is in the tradition of popular resistance in Palestine, more widely known worldwide in the villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin, but equally practised all over occupied Palestine... Full story

Israel Blocks Money to Gaza's Disabled

IMEMC - Sept. 12 - By Jonathon Cook
Yunis al Masri was luckier than his two brothers from Gaza. Although the truck that ploughed into their car as they travelled to work in Israel 24 years ago killed Jaber and Kamal instantly, Mr al Masri survived with shattered bones, internal bleeding and brain damage. Full story

He is an Arab, therefore he is scary!

IMEMC by Saed Bannoura
Unfortunately, the title of this piece is not fiction and is based on real life stories and incidents in which armed Israeli settlers shot, wounded and killed several Palestinians in the occupied territories including in occupied East Jerusalem. Full story

Israeli settlers and soldiers break into Ibrahimi Mosque at dark

At least 140 Israeli settlers, protected by a dozen Israeli jeeps, took over the area around the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, entered the building and performed ceremonies for the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday on Thursday night. Full story

Reuters photographer among injured in Nablus-area protest

Five Palestinians including a journalist suffered tear gas inhalation during a non-violent rally against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in the Nablus area village of I’raq Burin on Friday. Full story

Israeli forces invade village home, detain 16-year-old boy

Four Palestinian municipalities were targeted by Israeli raids Thursday night and Friday morning, as troops made off with two residents including one child. Full story

UNRWA chief: Palestinian refugee crisis unparalleled

No current world refugee crisis has gone unresolved longer than the Palestinian exodus, said the UN Relief and Works Agency's commissioner-general, Karen Abu Zayd, in New York on Thursday.

"The Palestinians make up the world's largest refugee group, and their plight has gone on longer than any other," the AP quoted Abu Zayd as saying during an event marking 60 years since UNRWA was established. Full story

Jund Ansar Allah claims morning's projectile launch

The Salafi group known as Jund Ansar Allah (Soldiers for God) said their fighters were behind the reported projectile launch from the northern Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, a statement from the group said. Full story

Union: Israeli naval vessels open fire on, confiscate fishing boat

Israeli warships confiscated the fishing vessel of a Gazan fisherman off the coast in of the northern Strip on Wednesday and towed the boat to an unknown location, according to a local organization. Full story

Israeli forces invade homes across West Bank, detain seven

Israeli army seized seven Palestinians from the Nablus, Tulkarem, Salfit and Hebron areas during overnight raids ending before dawn on Thursday morning, Palestinian Authority Police reported. Full story

PA: Israelis detain nine in village raids, beat man near Bethlehem

Israeli forces invaded villages in the West Bank on Wednesday morning, breaking into homes and detaining five men, according to the Palestinian Authority police's public information office. Full story

Former Deputy Prime Minister to be released from Israeli prison

The Israeli army is expected to release Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Naser Ash-Sha’er, an Israeli High Court decided Wednesday.

Ash-Sha’er has been in administrative detention for two consecutive three month periods and was held without charge... Full story

Israel reports detention of Gaza man found escaped in Ra'im

Israeli forces reported the arrest of a Gazan man who attempted to escape the Strip by climbing the border wall on Tuesday evening. Full story

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Goldstone Report expresses alarm at the detention of hundreds of young children

...the [UN Fact Finding Commission] not only deals with the direct impact of the war but also considers the broader effects, including the effect on Palestinian children from the West Bank...

Based on evidence from numerous sources, the Report expressed a number of key concerns regarding the treatment of Palestinians, including children, held in Israeli detention:

  • Concern about the detention of children and adults on political grounds, in poor conditions...

  • Concern by reports of coercion and torture during interrogations...

  • Particular alarm at the arrest and detention of hundreds of young children... ill-treatment described to the Mission received by children and adults is disturbing in its seemingly deliberate cruelty... Full story

Obama Folds a Royal Flush: Israel Wins, Palestine Suffers

One rarely sees someone sit at a card table holding a Royal Flush with most of the game’s chips in front of him, and fold his hand. But that is precisely what Obama did with Netanyahu on the settlements issue, which was absolutely a litmus test of what he would do to Israel to force a solution, and of what the Palestinians could expect from him. The answer in both instances is “nothing.”

...The key within America is to challenge members of Congress who make this injustice possible by toadying to AIPAC and company. Don’t go after them in their posh Washington offices with staff (& lobbyists) all around, or try and get the mainstream media to criticize them. Those are THEIR chosen battlefields.... Full story

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Six Palestinians kidnapped in the West Bank

It has been reported that Israeli troops have invaded the Qalqilia and Jericho districts in the northern and eastern West Bank and kidnapped six Palestinians in the early hours of Tuesday.
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Israeli police refuse to file a claim against settlers in favor of Palestinians

The Israeli police have refused to file a complaint for Palestinian villagers from At-Tuwani village in the southern Hebron hills. The Palestinian villagers wanted to contest the regular abuse by people from the illegal settlements of Ma'om and its off shoot Havat Ma'on. Full story

The Israeli military injures a man in Bethlehem city

Israeli soldiers attacked on Wednesday morning a Palestinian man at a military checkpoint separating the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem form Jerusalem. Full story

Israeli navy kidnaps five Palestinian fishermen off Gaza City shores

Israeli navel forces kidnapped on Wednesday midday five Palestinian fishermen off Gaza City shores. Full story

The Israeli military invades northern Gaza, uproot farmlands

Israeli tanks invaded on Wednesday farmlands in northern Gaza Strip town of Khuza'a and uprooted them. Full story

Interview with Bil'in non-violent organizer

Jenka Soderberg interviews Eyad Bornat, an organizer with the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil'in village, about the recent Israeli invasions in the village that have resulted in 25 non-violent organizers and participants abducted and held in Israeli detention over the last month. 10-minute interview Full story

Interview with American denied entry by Israel

Report on Israeli attack on non-violent protest organizers in Bil'in

Since 2003, the village of Bil’in has engaged in weekly non-violent protests against the Israeli Wall being built on their land in violation of both international and Israeli law. The Israeli High Court ruled two years ago in favor of the villagers’ plea to move the route of the Wall, but the Israeli military has continued construction of the Wall on village land. Full story

The Israeli military invades Gaza City and open fire at residents

Israeli tanks invaded on Thursday Al Shojayia neighborhood east of Gaza City and opened fire at residents homes and a nearby hospital. Full story

White House: Official ‘misspoke’ on Goldstone report

The White House says an official "misspoke" when he said the Obama administration would not allow the Goldstone report recommendations on Israel's conduct in the Gaza war to reach the International Criminal Court.

A top White House official told Jewish organizational leaders in an off-the-record phone call Wednesday that the U.S. strategy was to "quickly" bring the report -- commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council and carried out by former South African Judge Richard Goldstone -- to its "natural conclusion" within the Human Rights Council and not to allow it to go further, Jewish participants in the call told JTA.... Full story

Summary of Goldstone Report

Background on Gaza - 2006 John Dugard

Jewish groups, clerics back Obama peace efforts

A number of Jewish groups and rabbis joined an open letter backing President Obama's intensive efforts toward a broader Middle East peace...... "we believe bold American leadership can help Israelis and Palestinians make the difficult decisions necessary to achieve lasting peace and hold the parties to account should they fail to honor their commitments."

Other signatories include leaders of the Arab American Institute, Churches for Middle East Peace and the American Task Force for Palestine .... Full story

Egypt: Probe Israeli nuke capabilities

Jerusalem Post
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit sent a message to the UN Security Council last week, reiterating his support for non-proliferation and imploring the 15 member countries to investigate Israel's nuclear capabilities, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry revealed Wednesday. Full story

Converts' marriage still unrecognized

Jerusalem Post
A pair of Nigerian-born converts to Judaism who were married two years ago in a ceremony conducted by a rabbi recognized by the Chief Rabbinate remain unable to register themselves as a couple with the Interior Ministry, even though the husband has been an Israeli citizen since 2005, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Full story

When Zionists made deal with the Nazis

\Jerusalem Posy - Edwin Black official delegation of four German and Palestinian Zionists and one independent Palestinian businessman were ushered into an Economics Ministry conference room. The Jews had been authorized by a combine of Jewish and Zionist bodies to negotiate with the Third Reich.

After hours of wrangled debate, Hans Hartenstein, director of the Reich Office of Currency Control, was about to call the meeting to an inconclusive close when a messenger from Deutsche Reichpost delivered a telegram from the German consul in Tel Aviv. The telegram advised Hartenstein that a coalition of official and commercial Zionist interests in Palestine was the best way to break the growing Jewish-led worldwide anti-Nazi boycott that was crippling the Hitler regime in its first months. A deal with the Zionists would be necessary........ The Transfer Agreement was created. Full story

Gideon Levy / Obama, you won't make peace without talking to Hamas

It's as if U.S. President Barack Obama did the least he had to. He "rebuked" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. That's not how a president with star power acts. That is not how a superpower does things. America is again falling down on the job, and Obama is betraying his mission and the promise of his presidency. Full story

Barghothi slams Israeli tactics on negotiations

By refusing a state on the 1967 borders Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has added to the list of government positions that leave no room for Palestinian negotiations, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) Mustafa Barghothi said.

Netanyahu’s government has put forward a series of positions that only reinforce the Israeli desire to make Palestine a prison for Palestinians and in no way a viable state, Barghouthi said Thursday... Full story

Report: Barak approved 37 more settler units

sraeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has approved 37 more housing units for the West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Wednesday.

Weeks earlier Barak approved the construction of 455 such units elsewhere in the West Bank... Full story

Allenby Bridge closes Monday; open for two hours Sunday morning

The only crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, the Allenby Bridge, will be closed Monday while Israeli soldiers mark the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur. Full story

Israeli forces invade homes across West Bank, detain seven

sraeli army seized seven Palestinians from the Nablus, Tulkarem, Salfit and Hebron areas during overnight raids ending before dawn on Thursday morning, Palestinian Authority Police reported. Full story

Three injured, 15 Bedouins arrested over land confiscation protest

Fifteen Bedouins were arrested on Wednesday near the Beersheba-area Goral Junction, according to the Hebrew-language newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

The paper said the Bedouin arrestees were trying to stop work by the Jewish National Fund, a pro-Israel corporation owned by the World Zionist Organization, on land they said was privately owned by local residents. Full story

Daily Situation Report: Sept. 22, 2009

Israeli forces
  • Conducted 25 raids into Palestinian territories; in one six armored vehicles and two bulldozers covered by reconnaissance aircraft raided Gaza and opened intensive fire and fired two tank shells at civilians and property in Gaza
  • Detained/kidnapped 21 Palestinians
  • leveled agricultural land
  • Destroyed private property
  • Closed villages and roads
  • Beat 2 civilians
  • Opened fire toward Israeli troops
Full report

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Israeli forces detain 14, including eight children

Eight children between the ages of 10 and 17 were detained by Israeli forces during West Bank raids Monday night and Tuesday morning, four Palestinian citizens of Israel were also detained.
Full story

Murder at the checkpoint; death of Jlem man not "security related"

Walid Rabi At-Tawil, shot and Tuesday by Israeli forces near the Beta Illit checkpoint, was not the consequence of the 27-year-old failing to stop when ordered, but rather a planned ambush that abused the power Israeli soldiers wield over Palestinian travelers. Full story

Monday, September 21, 2009

Seven injured as Israeli army attacks prayer demonstration in Ni’lin

Every Friday at 1pm the villagers from Ni’lin meet in the fields outside the village to pray. This Friday, more than 50 soldiers and

Once it finished, the army without provocation shot 36 tear gas canisters in a very short time, using a multiple-shot machine carried in one of the jeeps. They kept shooting tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets for more than half an hour from less than a hundred meters distance from the houses, so many of them got teargas inside as well... Full story

Widows and Children Begin to Beg

...For most Palestinians in Gaza, there is no escaping the constraints of a suffocating Israeli-imposed siege that, with the complicity of the Egyptian government and the international community, has tightened since June 2007 when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip. The siege goes further back from that time two years ago to shortly after Hamas was elected in early 2006. Since then, Palestinians have lived under increasingly choking restrictions on what can enter and leave Gaza.

In the Rimal shopping area, a growing number of Palestinians have resorted to begging. Among them are widows trying to provide for their children, and children themselves begging to contribute to family income.... Full story

Israeli forces continue arrest and intimidation campaign with Bil’in night raids

Israeli forces invaded Bil’in once again just before 1am. Six jeeps entered the village via the gate in the occupation wall. Two jeeps stopped at the house of Mohammed Ahmed Yasseen (age 21) and searched for him in the ground floor apartment belonging to his mother. Four jeeps stopped at Abdullah Mahmoud Aburahma’s (age 37) house and searched for him there. Two of these jeeps left quickly to search for Yasseen Mohammed Yasseen (age 21) at his home. None of the men were at home and no-one was arrested.... Full story

World Bank to Israel: Ease Palestinian exports

Associated Press - Ynet
Donor countries will have to keep giving large amounts of aid to the Palestinian government in the foreseeable future, unless Israel eases access of Palestinian goods to Israeli and world markets, the World Bank said in a report Friday... Full story

West Bank closure to be lifted at midnight Publi

sraeli authorities said on Monday they would lift the West Bank closure imposed on Thursday.

The closure will be lifted on Tuesday at midnight, according to Israeli sources. It was imposed on Thursday night for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Full story

Two projectiles fired from Gaza

Palestinian fighters fired two homemade projectiles from the Gaza Strip into Israel early on Sunday, according to Israeli reports.

The projectiles reportedly landed in an uninhabited area near the border town of Sderot, causing no damage or injuries.

A group calling themselves "Sunnah members" later claimed responsibility for launching the rockets. In a statement received by Ma'an, the group said the attack was a response to recent reports that Israeli prison guards had sexually abused female Palestinian prisoners. Full story

Israeli strip searches of women and children

Israeli warplanes bomb Rafah tunnels

Israeli warplanes bombed three smuggling tunnels along the Gaza Strip’s southern border with Egypt overnight, according to witnesses and a military spokesperson.

Area residents told Ma'an the jets fired four rockets, causing destruction but no casualties.... Full story

Soldiers detain two residents at military checkpoint

Israeli soldiers operating a military checkpoint near a Nablus-area village said they detained two Palestinians for possessing a knife in their car on Sunday... Full story

Israeli forces seize man at Tulkarem checkpoint

Israeli soldiers seized a Palestinian man at a military checkpoint at the entrance of the West Bank village of Jabara, south of the city of Tulkarem, on Sunday, according to Palestinian police... Full story

Rachel Corrie's parents denied entry to Gaza for Memorial Soccer Cup

The parents of slain American activist Rachel Corrie were denied entry into the Gaza Strip Tuesday, following day-long efforts to secure their entry and cheer on teams at the Rachel Corrie Ramadan Soccer Tournament... Full story

FACTBOX-Facts about Israel's settlements

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Tuesday in an effort to narrow gaps and attempt to revive peace talks [nLL655684].

One of the crucial issues that has stalled the talks is Palestinian objection to Israel's settlement building in the occupied West Bank. A U.S. call for Israel to freeze building has so far failed to illicit a public response from Netanyahu causing a rare rift in relations with its main U.S. ally. Full story

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Israeli military set to demolish 55 Palestinian homes in Nablus

Despite the outcry raised by Palestinian and international human rights organizations, the Israeli military announced this weekend it plans to go ahead with 55 home demolitions in Nablus -- a city deep inside the West Bank which is supposed to be under the control of the Palestinian Authority.
Full story

PCHR Weekly report: One Palestinian dead, 6 injured by Israeli attacks

During the week of 10 - 16 Sep. 2009, one Palestinian died from Israeli-inflicted wounds, and 6 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire. In addition, Israeli forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized in protest of the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.
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Full PCHR report

Two killed, three injured by Israeli shelling in northern Gaza

Two men were killed and three others injured after Israel's military shelled targets in northern Gaza on Sunday evening, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

The two slain Palestinians were later identified by medics as Abdel Hafez As-Silawi, 21, and Muhammad Nasir, also in his 20s. Full story

Goldstone Report on Gaza Conflict

Synopsis of report
UN Fact Finding Mission finds strong evidence
of war crimes and crimes against humanity
committed during the Gaza conflict;
calls for end to impunity... Full story

Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict
Dec. 17 - Jan 18

Interview with Richard Goldstone

Gaza Backgrounder

Richard Goldstone, is "an ardent supporter of Israel"

Daily Situation Report: Sept. 15, 2009

Israeli forces
  • Conducted 27 raids into Palestinian territories
  • Detained/kidnapped 27 Palestinians
  • Confiscated private property
  • Closed main roads
  • Injured 3 Palestinians

Israelis living on Palestinian land
  • killed Palestinian farm animals
  • Detonated an explosive device near an Israeli border patrol
Full report

Daily Situation Report: Sept. 16, 2009

Israeli forces
  • conducted 13 raids into Palestinian territory
  • detained/kidnapped 19 Palestinians, including a minor
  • severely beat 4 civilians, including a child
  • closed major Palestinian roads
  • shelled Gazan fishing boats
Israelis living on Palestinian land
  • severely beat a Palestinian civilian
  • launched 3 mortars toward Israel
Full report

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Dead in the course of the Israeli recent military offensive on the Gaza strip between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009

Download PCHR's full list of Palestinians killed during Israel's assault on Gaza.

Comprehensive Report on the Israeli Military Offensive against the Gaza Strip

1,419 Palestinians were killed during the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009)

1,167 non-combatants (82.2%)
252 resistance activists (17.8%).
918 civilians were killed (64.7% of the total number of victims).
318 children (22.4 % of the total number of victims and 34.7% of the number of civilian victims) and
111 women (7.8% of the total number of victims and 12.1% of the number of civilian victims).
at least 5,300 Palestinian were wounded during the offensive.
at least 1,600 children (30%) and 830 women (15.6%);
at least 2,430 children and women were wounded, 45.6% of the total wounded.

AIOF completely destroyed 2,114 houses (2864 housing units) affecting 3,314 families (19,592 individuals).
They also partially destroyed 3,242 houses, (5,014 housing units) affecting 5,470 families (32,250 individuals).
A further 16,000 houses at least sustained various degrees of damages as a result of bombardment and destruction, including the burning of dozens of houses in different areas. Approximately 51,453 individuals were made homeless.

The latest offensive was the most violent, brutal and bloodiest since the beginning of Israeli occupation in 1967.

Full Report: "Targeted Civilians"

Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations, Sep 3-9, 2009

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Closure on the Gaza Strip
  • A Palestinian child was killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.
  • 6 Palestinian civilians, a resistance activist and an Israeli journalist were wounded by IOF gunfire.
  • IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized to protest the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.
  • IOF conducted 38 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 5 into the Gaza Strip.
  • IOF arrested 22 Palestinian civilians, including two children, in the West Bank, and 5 children in the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli naval troops continued to attack Palestinian fishers and fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.
  • IOF have continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
  • IOF troops positioned at military checkpoints and border crossings in the West Bank arrested 6 Palestinian civilians, including two women.
Full Report

B'Tselem publishes complete fatality figures from Operation Cast Lead

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem published its findings on the number of Palestinians and Israelis killed in Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. According to B’Tselem’s research, Israeli security forces killed 1,387 Palestinians during the course of the three-week operation. Of these, 773 did not take part in the hostilities, including 320 minors and 109 women over the age of 18. Of those killed, 330 took part in the hostilities, and 248 were Palestinian police officers, most of whom were killed in aerial bombings of police stations on the first day of the operation. For 36 people, B’Tselem could not determine whether they participated in the hostilities or not.

Palestinians killed 9 Israelis during the operation: 3 civilians and one member of the security forces by rockets fired into southern Israel, and 5 soldiers in the Gaza Strip. Another 4 soldiers were killed by friendly fire.

B'Tselem’s figures, the result of months of meticulous investigation and cross-checks with numerous sources, sharply contradict those published by the Israeli military.

Full Press Release

Full Report

Israel subjects Palestinian female prisoners to humiliating internal searches

Al Jazeera English

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Monday, September 14, 2009

West Bank economy heading toward growth for first time in years

The economy in Palestinian West Bank remains on course to grow about 7 percent this year, for the first growth since 2005, according to the International Monetary Fund.

In notes to media accompanying a report the IMF will present to donors at the United Nations on Sept. 22, the international lending agency said on Sunday achieving the projected figure largely depended on Israel's policy towards the Palestinians.

"For the first time since 2005, there is a realistic chance that the downward trend in Palestinians' living standards in the West Bank can be reversed in the near future, provided that [Israeli] restrictions on movement and access continue to eased," said Oussama Kanaan, the IMF's representative in the West Bank and Gaza.

Full Article

Norman Podhoretz's false accusations of "dual loyalty"
...Apparently, The Godfather of Neoconservatism believes that American Jews do -- and should -- base their political beliefs not on what is best for their own country, but on what is best for a foreign country (Israel). According to him, even though Obama shares most of their views on political matters ("on abortion, gay rights, school prayer, gun control and assisted suicide, the survey data show that Jews are by far the most liberal of any group in America"), American Jews should have nonetheless voted for McCain because of McCain's alleged "long history of sympathy with Israel." Isn't this the "dual loyalty" argument that nobody is allowed to make upon pain of being accused of all sorts of bad things -- that the political beliefs of some American Jews are shaped primarily or even exclusively by loyalty to Israel? Yet here we find not Walt and Mearshimer or Chas Freeman making this claim, but Norman Podhoretz.

Full Article

Getting a yes on Iran Advocacy Day

More than 300 Jewish communal leaders came to the nation's capital to push for increased pressure on Iran -- and they were pleased by what they heard...

Speaking Sept. 10 at the National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day on Iran in Washington, U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) said that next month he will mark up the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act and "begin the process of tightening the screws on Tehran" if Iran "does not reverse course."

...Berman said the clock has "almost run out" on Iran.

...If anyone had any doubts about how important the Iran issue is to the leadership of the mainstream American Jewish community, the powerful lineup at the Sept. 10 panel discussion during advocacy day should have erased them.

AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr, Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman, American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris and B'nai B'rith International Executive Director Dan Mariaschin were seated at the same table on the stage next to panel moderator Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

...Hoenlein as he moderated the panel blasted those in the Jewish community “who seek to get attention by sowing discord” on the Iran issue.

“We need to put aside our differences and stand together” against the threat of Iran, said the chief executive of the Presidents Conference -- the Jewish community's main umbrella organization on Middle East-related issues.

Hoenlein did not specify exactly to whom he was referring, and declined he to do so when asked by JTA. But he appeared to be reacting to a statement released the day before by Americans for Peace Now, a Presidents Conference member, opposing “crippling” sanctions "that target the Iranian people rather than their leaders" and backing "engagement" without "arbitrary deadlines."

The statement contradicted the message of advocacy day, during which leaders were calling for increased economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran and for the passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act. The measure would punish companies that help Iran import or produce refined petroleum.

Full Article

Settler fires at Palestinians in Jerusalem

An Israeli settler, in his twenties, opened fire on Friday evening at two Palestinians from Silwan neighborhood, and claimed that he ‘felt threatened’ by them. The two suffered mild injuries.

Full Article

Israeli settlers in Hebron construct new outpost

International observers in the Hebron area have reported that Israeli settlers living in violation of international law in the South Hebron Hills, in the southern West Bank, have constructed five new caravan trailers in an attempt to further expand the Ma'on settlement.

Full Article

Israeli forces continue escalation of night raids of non-violent anti-Wall organizers

Just after 2 am on Saturday morning, Israeli forces invaded the village of Bil'in, west of Ramallah in the central West Bank. The late-night raid is one of a series of similar raids carried out over the last month by Israeli troops against the village of Bil'in, which is a center of non-violent organizing against the Israeli Annexation Wall and Occupation of the West Bank.

Full Article

3-year-old dies in Gaza due to the siege, death toll reach 356

A three year old child was announced dead in Gaza on Monday as she was unable to leave the region for life saving medical care.

Huda Qandil had cancer case, her family has completed all needed documents to leave Gaza but the military refused, doctors reported.

Full Article

Israelis lost in West Bank stopped at PA checkpoint, returned home

Palestinian security sources in the West Bank city of Nablus handed three Israeli civilians over to Israeli security forces after they entered the city by mistake on Sunday.

The official police statement said that the three armed men “were arrested at a checkpoint manned by PA security forces near the compound building in Nablus before they were handed over to the Israeli side via the military coordination office."

Full Article

Hebronites mourn death of Obeida Dweik in Israeli detention

Hebronites mourned the death of 25-year-old detainee Obeida Al-Qudsy Ad-Dweik on Monday; the youth was detained moments after being shot by Israeli forces 20 days ago in Hebron.

Al-Dweik was shot in the stomach and legs while at the entrance of Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron. Obeida spent the next 20 days in an Israeli military hospital where he died Sunday.

Full Article

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Paralympic team from Gaza brings home a gold from Japan games

Disabled members of the Al-Jazeera Sports Club in Gaza received top medals at the Asia Paralympic Games Championship in javelin throwing Sunday in Japan, their coach happily reported.

Full Article

Eyewitnesses: Undercover Israeli troops enter Gaza, kidnap three

Undercover Israeli forces entered the Gaza Strip Monday morning and took three unidentified Palestinians from the bridge area near the Al-Bureij Refugee Camp in the central Strip, eyewitnesses said.

The operation is the second of its kind in the central region, with eyewitnesses reporting troops invading the same area on Saturday with troops entering 60 meters in under helicopter cover. Troops reportedly nabbed a farm guard and interrogated him for hours before setting him free. Israeli military sources denied the report.

Full Article

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gazans lament 8-year prohibition on travel for prayer at Al-Aqsa

“I still remember years ago, my husband and I would with one of the tour groups going to the Al-Aqsa Mosque; I don’t think we paid more than 20 shekels each. We would pray there until the sun set and return to Gaza after dark,” recalled the now elderly Umm Ibrahim sitting in her home in Gaza City on Friday.

“Today I miss the small parts of the soil of Al-Aqsa and the whole city of Jerusalem,” she said.
Full story

Nablus area villagers prepare to fight home demolition notices

Israeli forces handed out 32 demolition warrants to home owners in As-Sawiya and Yutma on Thursday, a report from the Palestinian police in the West Bank said.
Full story

Palestinian man dies of wounds from Israeli fire sustained in Aug.

Hebron resident Ubayda Dweik died Sunday morning in an Israeli hospital almost one month after being hit by Israeli fire in Hebron's city center, his family said. Full report

Israeli tanks invade northern Gaza, one civilians injured

IMEMC - Sept. 9
Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded on Wednesday afternoon farm lands located in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Farmers said Israeli tanks opened fire at them and their homes as bulldozers destroyed farm lands and uprooted trees... a farmer was moderately injured ...moved to hospital for treatment. Full story

Palestinian child dies due the siege on Gaza, death toll 352

A Palestinian child was announced dead on Wednesday after she was prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip for medical care she needed. Full story

Daily Situation Report: Sept. 10, 2009

Israeli Occupation Forces
  • conducted 23 raids into Palestinian territory
  • fired sound grenades in civilian neighborhoods
  • detained/kidnapped 23 Palestinians, including 3 children
  • destroyed private Palestinian property
  • closed off towns, villages, and roads
  • continued construction of the wall on Palestinian land
  • leveled Palestinian farmland
  • closed the PalestinianNational Theatre (‘Al Hakawati’) as well as the Olive Mount Club in At Tur neighbourhood in the city of Jerusalem, preventing organisation of 2 previously-scheduled cultural events.

Israelis living on confiscated Palestinian land
  • committed 4 attacks on Palestinian civilians, destroying private property
  • attempted to kidnap a Palestinnian

Palestinians living on Palestinian land
  • Armed Palestinian individuals opened fire towards Israeli troops
    positioned on the Green Line.
Full report

Friday, September 11, 2009

Daily Situation Report: September 5, 2009

Israeli occupation forces
  • Killed a 13-year-old Palestinian boy
  • Injured a father and three of his children as well as 4 others

Israeli settlers
  • Cut down Palestinian olive trees.

  • Held 3 demonstrations
  • Fired a mortar towards Israel

Full report

Daily Situation Report: September 4, 2009

Israeli occupation forces
  • Severely beat 3 Palestinian civilians
  • Conducted 30 raids into Palestinian territory
  • Kidnapped 7 Palestinians, including 2 children from the Bethlehem area
  • Fired mortars on Palestinian fishing boats

Israeli settlers
  • Attacked a Palestinian man on his own land with a sharp tool, beat him with clubs, stripped him to his underwear, and stole his watch, ID, and keys. He was seriously injured.

Palestinians in Gaza:
  • Fired guns and 7 mortars towards Israel

Full report

Daily Situation Report: September 3, 2009

Israeli occupation forces
  • Injured a Palestinian child
  • Conducted 15 raids into Palestinian territory
  • Kidnapped 6 people, including 1 child and 1 journalist
  • Stole 2 laptops

Israeli settlers
  • Threw stones and wastewater at civilians

Full report

Thursday, September 10, 2009


By Alan Sabrosky

The attacks on September 11, 2001 have been a defining moment for America. Although the losses were not great in terms of urban slaughter during WWII, the political and psychological impact on Americans of a concerted and visible attack in America were enormous -- indeed, it is an interesting "coincidence" that the attacks occurred on the one day of the year whose mention reinforces a public sense here of danger and emergency: 9-1-1.

With remarkably little reflection or concern with details and evidence, Americans accepted sweeping restrictions on civil liberties, torture as an instrument of government policy, and waged wars first in Afghanistan and later in Iraq, presumably punishing those who attacked America then or might do so in the future. A similar if less enthusiastic drama is unfolding today, as many of the same parties who brought us 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq are edging America into confrontation and war with Iran.

Like most Americans, I take a dim view of a fixation on conspiracies. I am also conscious of a remark by a French colleague some years ago to the effect that Europeans saw conspiracies everywhere, but Americans never saw them anywhere, and both were wrong. I am even less enthusiastic about presumed coincidences with global consequences driving policy, or superficial explanations of physical catastrophes that fly in the face of both logic and physical realities. With one war waning today, another getting hotter and a third "in the oven," it is high time to look hard at what brought us to this place.

Prelude to 9/11

Most of the world (but not Americans) understood for decades that American Middle East policy was weighted heavily towards Israel. Eisenhower could compel Israel to withdraw from the Sinai, but the last US President who forcefully opposed Israeli regional and nuclear ambitions was John F. Kennedy. His assassination brought Lyndon Johnson into the White House, so much a friend of Israel that he disregarded the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty during the 1967 war, in which over 200 US sailors and Marines were killed or wounded.

Shortly thereafter, pilgrimages to Israel and laudatory appearances before AIPAC (the powerful Jewish lobby in Washington) became effectively obligatory for Presidents and serious aspirants for the White House alike, with the Congress (both houses, both parties) being even more supportive – something commonly understood in Washington, but almost unknown elsewhere in the country.

A significant development in the 1990s was the formation of the neo-conservative think tank known as PNAC (Project for a New American Century), whose members prepared position papers for the Israeli government and for a future US Administration sharing their views. That happened in 2000 with the election of George W. Bush, and a contemporary writer summarized the tip of the neo-conservative iceberg in his first Administration this way:

The "outsiders" from PNAC were now powerful "insiders," placed in important positions from which they could exert maximum pressure on U.S. policy: Cheney is Vice President, Rumsfeld is Defense Secretary, Wolfowitz is Deputy Defense Secretary, I. Lewis Libby is Cheney's Chief of Staff, Elliot Abrams is in charge of Middle East policy at the National Security Council, Dov Zakheim is comptroller for the Defense Department, John Bolton is Undersecretary of State, Richard Perle is chair of the Defense Policy advisory board at the Pentagon, former CIA director James Woolsey is on that panel as well, etc. etc. (PNAC's chairman, Bill Kristol, is the editor of The Weekly Standard.) In short, PNAC had a lock on military policy-creation in the Bush Administration.

The presence of so many people from PNAC in key positions definitely sent a signal that US Middle East policy would henceforth be that of Israel, something that brought no joy to any other countries in the region, much less the long-suffering Palestinians. Mutterings about a supposed "Road Map" to some type of peace arrangement in such circumstances were utterly meaningless, and almost everyone except the American public understood this fact of life.

Far more significant in terms of subsequent events was the acknowledgement in one of PNAC's own documents that their program for America (and Israel) would not readily be accepted by the American people. What this meant, PNAC opined in 2000, was that "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor."

9/11 Reconsidered

On September 11, 2001, the PNAC people in and out of government -- and by extension AIPAC and Israel -- "coincidentally" got the event they needed, barely eight months after coming into office. Most people are familiar with the basic details of that day -- two commercial aircrafts crashing into the two tallest buildings in New York City's World Trade Center (WTC), a third striking the Pentagon, and a fourth ending up in a Pennsylvania field. Few people will forget the images of the burning buildings, their collapse, the casualties, and the sense of shock and tragedy that ensued. Few should forget the passage of emergency legislation (the misnamed "Patriot Act"), the rush to attack Afghanistan for harboring the source of the attackers, or the later rush to attack Iraq to forestall "mushroom clouds" from its apocryphal "weapons of mass destruction."

The official 9/11 Commission's work and report were at best an incomplete exercise. Many people dismiss the findings of the Commission, and that includes its co-chairs. Many others who utterly distrust the 9/11 Commission report, dismiss the US Government’s explanation of it, and point to both an official cover-up and an “inside job,” include veteran fighter pilots, EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) (EMT interview), air defense experts, experienced commercial pilots, demolition experts, architects and civil engineers – none of them professions that inherently attract and retain the gullible and credulous.

Errors abound in the report. Among the more catastrophic is the collapse of a third WTC building (the 47-story WTC7) which was not hit by a plane, and fell in what appears to be a controlled demolition, but has essentially been sidestepped by the mainstream media (MSM). And this video interview (Interview) with a demolitions expert overseas explains clearly and succinctly what happened to WTC7, with the shock and chaos accompanying the impact of the aircraft serving to distract attention and conceal what happened overall. The overlay of the World Trade Center below shows the layout of the affected buildings:

Even more unbelievable is the "coincidental" salvage of an intact passport presumably belonging to one of the hijackers inside the plane that hit WTC2 -- and this was how the official 9/11 Commission report described it:

The passport was recovered by NYPD Detective Yuk H. Chin from a male passerby in a business suit, about 30 years old. The passerby left before being identified, while debris was falling from WTC 2. The tower collapsed shortly afterwards. The detective then gave the passport to the FBI on 9/11.


Several things are very clear to me from a careful assessment of both official and critical evaluations of the 9/11 attacks. First, the striking aircraft alone simply could not have brought down either of the two buildings in the manner in which they fell, much less a third building which was not hit by a plane (I expect the one intended to do that as a "cover" had ended up in that Pennsylvania field), given the available physical evidence and a wealth of expert testimony. This means the attackers had assistance on the ground, and it had to have been active before the attacks occurred: preparing buildings for controlled demolition is not something done haphazardly in the midst of chaos.

Second, only two intelligence agencies had the expertise, assets, access and political protection to execute 9/11 in the air and on the ground: our CIA and Israel's Mossad. Only one had the incentive, using the “who benefits” principle: Mossad. And that incentive dovetailed perfectly with the neo-con’s agenda and explicitly expressed need for a catalytic event to mobilize the American public for their wars, using American military power to destroy Israel’s enemies. Only the unexpected strength of the Iraqi resistance kept Syria and Iran from being attacked in the second Bush Administration. Thus, the evidential trail for 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq run from PNAC, AIPAC and their cohorts; through the mostly Jewish neo-cons in the Bush Administration; and back to the Israeli government. None of the denials and political machinations can alter that essential reality. Terms such as treason, betrayal and deceit do not overstate the case against them.

Finally, we need to take a hard look at why the mainstream media (MSM) have paid more attention to Sarah Palin’s wardrobe than they have to dissecting blatant falsehoods, discrepancies and inconsistencies in the US Government’s treatment of 9/11 and its aftermath. And the reason is that on this issue, all are on the same side, and the official line is the one they all prefer – “all” meaning the PNAC alumni who took over the Bush Administration’s national security apparatus and their counterparts in the Obama administration, AIPAC and the rest of the numerous Jewish PACs, the MSM owners and Israel. The depiction of the media management in America in 2002 is especially informative, and has not changed significantly since then:

Freeze Frame the U.S. Media – mid 2002

CEOs and Directors of companies change as often as Boards of Directors vote. But if we could “freeze frame” the CEOs of the largest U.S. Media companies in mid 2002, we would find that ten Jewish American men ran the vast majority of U.S. television networks and other media companies including movies, radio, and publishing at that time. Not much has changed today.


Media Company


TV Networks, Movie Companies & Publishers

Gerald Levin

AOL Time Warner

Largest media conglomerate in the U.S.

HBO, TNT, TBS, CNN, TCM, Warner Brothers, Time Inc.

Michael Eisner

Walt Disney Company

2nd largest media conglomerate

ABC, ESPN, A&E, Lifetime, Miramax Films, Caravan Pictures, Touchstone Pictures

Summer Redstone

Viacom Inc.

3rd largest media conglomerate

CBS, Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Country Music Television, Nashville Network Cable, Infinity Broadcasting (radio), Pocket Books, Free Press, Scribner, Simon & Schuster

Edgar Bronfman, Sr Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

Vivendi Universal

4th largest media conglomerate

Universal Studios, USA Networks, Houghton Mifflin Publishers

Robert Murdoch

Murdoch’s News Corporation

5th largest media conglomerate

Fox Television Network, 20th Century Fox Films, Fox 2000, New York Post, TV Guide

Robert Perelman

New World Entertainment

Premier independent TV program producer in the US

David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg

DreamWorks SKG

Looking Ahead

Today we are getting the same line on Iran, from the same type of people -- Obama himself tries to be more independent, but most of the key staff and national security people in his Administration do not differ greatly on Israel and the Middle East from those of his predecessor. And the Congress has shown itself to be even more of AIPAC's lap-dog than the preceding Congress, an exercise in self-serving cowardice that admittedly has taken some doing. This is not a simple anti-Jewish canard or mindless prejudice, both of which are juvenile and self-defeating sentiments. They are a factual depiction of specific people in specific positions advocating specific policies and stonewalling specific attempts to elicit specific information about specific lies, misrepresentations and deceit.

AIPAC and company are riding a tiger in America, and if they ever slip, the resulting convulsion will be catastrophic for them and for Israel. The open unfolding of the 9/11 tragedy and its ensuing wars that is now occurring can be that slip. The human cost to America to date is some 60,000 people, military and civilian, killed or wounded on 9/11 and in Iraq and Afghanistan together, with more to come once we go to war with Iran (or get dragged into it following an Israeli attack on Iran). Much of the deliberately misdirected rage that followed 9/11 has given way to endurance and grief, captured all too well in the following picture of a military funeral here:

But grief is a close cousin to rage, and an enraged America is not pretty, as anyone familiar with our history can appreciate. Americans are often deceptive without meaning to be. To much of the world, they often come across as naive, bumbling innocents in the world of global politics. And on a day-to-day basis, there is much truth to that.

But an enraged America is a very different character. You have only to look at what happened in WWII to German and Japanese cities, towns and villages, where America slaughtered literally millions of German and Japanese civilians -- most of them women and children -- knew it was doing it, and cared nothing at all. The goal was to crush, and restraint was not a word used much at all.

If these Americans and those like them ever fully understand just how much of their suffering -- and the suffering we have inflicted on others -- is properly laid on the doorsteps of Israel and its advocates in America, they will sweep aside those in politics, the press and the pulpits alike whose lies and disloyalty brought this about and concealed it from them. They may well leave Israel looking like Carthage after the Romans finished with it. It will be Israel’s own great fault.



Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a writer and consultant specializing in national and international security affairs. In December 1988, he received the Superior Civilian Service Award after more than five years of service at the U.S. Army War College as Director of Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, and holder of the General of the Army Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research. He is listed in WHO'S WHO IN THE EAST (23rd ed.). A Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Sabrosky's teaching and research appointments have included the United States Military Academy, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Middlebury College and Catholic University; while in government service, he held concurrent adjunct professorships at Georgetown University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Sabrosky has lectured widely on defense and foreign affairs in the United States and abroad. You can email Dr. Alan Sabrosky at:

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