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Saturday, January 21, 2012
A detainee at risk: Ongoing hunger strike since December 17
Shahd Abusalama, Electronic Intifada 1/21/2012
      If you have the power, you can abuse it and no one will say a word in protest. At least this is the case for Israel, which openly violates international law and human rights feeling secure that one will stop it.
     But Khader Adnan, a detainee from Jenin, has decided not to stay silent and accept injustices against him and his fellow prisoners. He is battling armed jailers with his only weapon: his empty stomach. Khader started hunger striking the day of his arrest, December 18, to protest the unjust administrative detention he is serving and the indescribable cruelty he has experienced since then.
     My father’s experience of being an administrative detainee
     It’s worth mentioning that administrative detention is a procedure the Israeli military uses to hold detainees indefinitely on secret evidence without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Over 300 Palestinian political prisoners are serving this term now, and tens of thousands of Palestinians have experienced administrative detention since 1967.
     My father served this term three times. Previously, he had been sentenced to seven lifetimes plus ten years, but released in the 1985 prisoner exchange after serving thirteen. As I read about Khader’s story in a report by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, stories about Dad’s experiences in Israeli prisons came back to me.
     The last time it happened, a month after I was born in 1991, was the hardest. My mother told me how I came into this life where safety, peace, and justice are not guaranteed. ”In the middle of the night, a huge force of armed Israeli soldiers suddenly broke into our home, damaging everything before them....
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Have Israel’s 'inner circles' discussed assassinating President Obama?
Alan Hart, Redress 1/22/2012
      One man who apparently thinks Israel’s “inner circles” have discussed assassinating President Barack Obama is Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times. (By the time this article of mine is posted will he be the former owner and publisher?)
     In his weekly newspaper Adler listed three options for Israel “to counter Iran’s nuclear weapons”. (Never mind that, unlike Israel, Iran does not possess nuclear weapons and that the latest assessment of Israel’s intelligence community – an usually honest assessment – is that Iran has not yet taken a decision to go nuclear for weapons).
     Murdering Obama
     Option 1, according to what Adler wrote, “is to launch a pre-emptive strike against Hamas and Hezbollah”.
     Option 2 “is to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities”.
     Option 3 “is to give the go-ahead for US-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice-president to take his place and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies”.
     To make sure his readers got the message, Adler added this:
     "Yes, you read “three correctly”. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If you have thought of this Tom-Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?”.....
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Israeli army fails to protect Palestinian children
Operation Dove, Alternative Information Center 1/19/2012
      According to a new report released by Operation Dove, Israeli authorities have been increasingly intransigent in their obligation to protect Palestinian children from settler violence in the South Hebron Hills this school year. The mandatory Israeli military escort that is supposed to ensure that Palestinian children arrive to school safely failed to walk with the children 95% of the time since the school year began in September. Soldiers and police also behaved aggressively towards Palestinians, forcing a pregnant women to spend 30 minutes at a flying checkpoint, for example, and aided settler harassment of Palestinians.
     The month of December was characterized by increased Israeli military and police actions against the Palestinian communities of the South Hebron Hills. Several demolition orders were delivered to the community of Susya, including against a school, water tanks and trees. During a non-violent demonstration in the same village, a Palestinian male child was arrested. In some cases, as in the village of At- Tuwani, soldiers harassed local Palestinians, threatening and prohibiting them from calling the international volunteers of Operation Dove. There were random checkpoints and inspections, sometimes in the middle of the night, such as occurred in Umm Fagarah. In one case, soldiers stopped a car carrying a pregnant woman and sick child at a flying checkpoint outside of At-Tuwani; soldiers forced the family to remain there for more than thirty minutes. This month also saw Israeli settlers perpetrate violence against Palestinian property, destroying six olive trees.
     Problems with the military escort of school children from Tuba and Maghayr Al-Abeed
     During December, the Operation Dove team registered 20 days of school. Although the military escort arrived on time, only in a few cases did the soldiers walk with the children, as mandated.
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Conflict and El Clásico in the Little Town of Bethlehem
Dissident Voice: 21 Jan 2012 - Overlooked by a military watchtower, in a region known most for conflict and a town known more for Christmas, a few hundred Barcelona and Real Madrid fans are packed into a make shift outside viewing arena. This is El Clásico in Bethlehem, a city where you either support Barca or Real; to support another team is at best unheard of, at worse disgraceful. In a region which is dominated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has been for over 60 years, El Clásico provides a welcome break from life under occupation and a chance for Palestinian football fans to be like any other throughout the world: sing songs, curse the referee and yo-yo up and down off a seat for 90 minutes. And for the Christians in the crowd it’s a chance to drink the local Taybeh beer — brewed just a few kilometres away in Ramallah — and for the...more

Have Israel’s “Inner Circles” Discussed Assassinating President Obama?
Dissident Voice: 21 Jan 2012 - One man who apparently thinks the answer is “Yes” is Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times . (By the time this article of mine is posted will he be the former owner and publisher?) In his weekly newspaper Adler listed three options for Israel “to counter Iran’s nuclear weapons”. (Never mind that, unlike Israel, Iran does not possess nuclear weapons and that the latest assessment of Israel’s intelligence community – an usually honest assessment – is that Iran has not yet taken a decision to go nuclear for weapons). Option 1 according to what Adler wrote “is to launch a pre-emptive strike against Hamas and Hezbollah.” Option 2 “is to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.” Option 3 “is to give the go-ahead for US-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place and...more

The Blockbusters
Dissident Voice: 21 Jan 2012 - “Israel has no foreign policy, only a domestic policy,” Henry Kissinger once remarked. This has probably been more or less true of every country since the advent of democracy. Yet in Israel, this seems even truer. (Ironically, it could almost be said that the US has no foreign policy, only an Israeli domestic policy.) In order to understand our foreign policy, we have to look in the mirror. Who are we? What is our society like? IN A classical sketch, well known to every veteran Israeli, two Arabs stand on the sea shore, looking at a boat full of Russian Jewish pioneers rowing towards them. “May your house be destroyed!” they curse. Next, the same two figures, this time Russian Jewish pioneers, stand on the same spot, launching Russian curses at a boat full of Yemenite immigrants. Next, the two are Yemenites cursing German Jewish refugees fleeing from the Nazis....more

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