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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Israeli intelligence, our constant companion
Jeff Stein, Washington Post 3/25/2010
      Judging by once sensitive FBI documents making the rounds in recent days, the Israelis have been at this task in Washington for a very long time.
     Another big week for Israeli spies – new and old.
     In the latest chapter of the Dubai assassination drama, Britain gave the boot Tuesday to an Israeli diplomat, asserting that Israel was involved in the forgery of U.K. passports used in the January killing of a senior Hamas operative.
     Meanwhile, declassified FBI documents from a 25-year-old Israeli spy scandal here surfaced on the Internet.
     Lest one think the Israelis might lay low for awhile, a defiant Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a fiery speech in Washington Tuesday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the same powerful group implicated in that long-ago spy scandal.
     Odd, for a business that’s supposed to stay out of the news. Then again, that’s been the fate of spy services in recent years. A lot of what they do, from espionage and bribery to counterterrorism and hacking into computers, has ended up on the front page.
     So it was in London Tuesday, when Her Majesty’s Government concluded “there are compelling reasons to believe that Israel was responsible for the misuse of the British passports," in the words of Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
     As a consequence, Britain ordered the expulsion of an unidentified Israeli diplomat after concluding that the high-quality fakes used in the Dubai hit were almost certainly “made by a state intelligence service.”
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A prayer for Rachel Corrie
Aijaz Zaka Syed, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/25/2010
      The supreme sacrifice of one US student who gave her life to save Palestinian homes and families will not be in vain.
     And I thought people like Rachel Corrie only existed in books and movies -- people who can stare death in the face and put their own lives on the line to save someone else’s. Rachel Corrie just did that.
     The 23-year-old student activist travelled thousands of miles from her Ivy League University in the United States to form a human shield protecting Palestinian families. This happened in March 2003 when all of us were obsessing over Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
     Full of idealism and dreams about creating a better and just world, Rachel Corrie was too young to die. At a time when most of her friends and fellow students were having a good time experimenting with drugs, booze and sex, Rachel joined the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a peace movement against the Israeli occupation, and travelled all the way to the occupied Palestinian territories.
     She wanted to help and make a difference for long tormented Palestinians. She was so passionate about her cause that she spent many months learning Arabic and educating herself and her family and friends about the Middle East and the appalling humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories. Rachel first went to the West Bank for training with the ISM. Then she volunteered to go to Gaza, to Rafah in particular, as she felt it was forsaken and needed her attention.
     There were many international activists like her on the ground trying to help Palestinians by providing aid, teaching their children and, more importantly, protecting them from the murderous Israeli forces. Rachel enthusiastically joined these valiant efforts.....
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On the road to Canossa
Uri Avnery, Ma’an News Agency 3/27/2010
      In January 1077, King Henry IV walked to Canossa. He crossed the snow-covered Alps barefoot, wearing a penitent monk’s hair shirt, and reached the North-Italian fortress in which the Vicar of God had found refuge.
     Pope Gregory VII had excommunicated him after a conflict over the right to invest bishops throughout the German Reich. The excommunication endangered the position of the king, and he decided to do everything possible to get it lifted.
     The king waited for three days outside the gates of Canossa, fasting and wearing the hair shirt, until the pope agreed to open the gate. After the king knelt before the pope, the ban was lifted and the conflict came to an end – at least for the time being.
     This week, the Netanyahu went to Canossa in the United States, in order to prevent Pope Obama I from putting a ban on him.
     Contrary to the German king, Bibi I did not walk barefoot in the snow, did not exchange his expensive suit for a hair shirt and did not forgo his sumptuous meals. But he, too, was compelled to wait for several days at the gates of the White House, before the pope deigned to receive him.
     The German king knew that he had to pay the full price for the pardon. He knelt. The Israeli king thought that he could get off cheap. As is his wont, he tried all kinds of subterfuges. He did not kneel, but barely bowed. The pope was not satisfied.
     This time, the walk to Canossa did not succeed. On the contrary, it made the situation worse. The deadly sword of American excommunication continues to hang above Netanyahu’s head.
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Israeli invasion into southeastern Gaza kills 4, injures 8, destroys a home and ravages farmland
In Gaza: 27 Mar 2010 - On 26 March, fighting erupted between Palestinian resistance and invading Israeli soldiers when IOF jeeps, tanks, and bulldozers invaded, supported by F-16s, Apache helicopters and unmanned drones from above. Two Israeli soldiers were reported killed and 2 more injured. Medics with the Red Crescent report that three Palestinian resistance fighters were killed, along with 1 civilian, Haitam Arafat, 22 years old, shot on his land. Eight more Palestinians were injured, according to Muawiyya Hassaniin, director of emergency services in Gaza. The injured include Osama Abu Dagga, a child of 6 years, shot in the head while in his home 2 km from the border. He is in critical condition. While the invasion was underway, locals reported several F-16 Israeli warplanes, Apache helicopters, drones, roughly 20 tanks and 6 bulldozers. During the Israeli invasion, Palestinian ambulances were unable to reach the injured, delayed and unable to attain coordination from Israeli authorities...

Concert to Support Palestinian Medical Relief Society
Palestine Monitor: 27 Mar 2010 - André Mergenthaler Naser Halayqa Govinda Schlegel Behnam Hassani Anne Galowich Päivi Kaufmann Hany Heshmat Trierer Guitarrenquartett Organisé par – Organisiert von : Naser Halayqa Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient (CPJPO) Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster (CCRN) Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS - Ramallah, Palestine) Tickets : +352/ 47 08 95-1 (Billetterie), www.luxembourgticket.lu +352/ 26 20 52-1 (CCRN) Naser Halayqa (oud, chant) Né en Palestine, il a entamé ses études de musique et son apprentissage du oud à Bethléem puis au Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Rabat au Maroc. Installé en Allemagne, il étudie la guitare classique au Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg et la composition auprès du professeur Alexander Mullenbach. En participant à diverses manifestations culturelles, lectures, conférences, il tente de faire connaître le folklore palestinien et différents artistes du MoyenOrient. C'est à travers ses compositions personnelles et ses textes qu'il souhaite...

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