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Settlers take over 7 E. Jerusalem homes in dead of night
Orly Noy, +972 Magazine 9/30/2014
     Settlers say that they bought the house, but they haven’t shown us any documents,’ says one Palestinian woman whose home settlers took over Tuesday morning. ‘Now they’re sleeping in my bed; all of our clothes and furniture is still inside.’
     Israeli settlers took over seven homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem Tuesday morning, primarily in Wadi Hilwe, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. According to residents, the settlers arrived at around 2 a.m., escorted by large numbers of riot police.
     “I was still awake, here in the store,” said neighborhood resident Ahmed Qareen, the owner of a small market in Wadi Hilwe. “I saw a large group of settlers and police but I didn’t think that they were going to take more homes. I assumed that it was somehow related to your (Jewish) holidays now, that they were walking around here at such an hour.”
     One of the houses that the settlers took over in the dead of night was the Hayat family home. Like many other houses in the neighborhood, the building is split into a number of apartment units, most of which are occupied by family members. Two of them are now occupied by settlers.
     In the building’s internal stairwell that connects the apartments, sits Bushra Hayat, whose eyes are dashing back and forth tracking the police officers walking into the apartment that until yesterday was hers. “We have two apartments here, one that my father rents out and we live in the other one. The two apartments were empty yesterday. My father wasn’t here and I slept at my uncle’s house, here, downstairs. They knew ahead of time when the houses would be empty and that’s why they came [now].”
     “They know what we are doing at all times,” Ahmed Qareen says with a smile. “Look around: the whole neighborhood is full of their security cameras, some of them are pointed directly into our houses. They know better than us what’s happening here."
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What Israel did after the Gaza ceasefire
Omar Robert Hamilton, London Review of Books, Redress 9/27/2014
     On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following:
     1. Annexed another 1,500 acres of West Bank land
     2. Seized USD 56 million of Palestinian Authority (PA) tax revenue
     3. Not lifted the illegal blockade (as required by the ceasefire)
     4. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen on four separate occasions
     5. Detained six fishermen
     6. Killed a 22-year-old, Issa al Qatari, a week before his wedding
     7. Killed 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot with a rubber bullet to the head
     8. Tortured a prisoner to the point of hospitalisation
     9. Refused 13 members of the European Parliament entry into Gaza
     10. Detained at least 127 people across the West Bank, including a seven-year-old-boy in Hebron and two children, aged seven and eight, taken from the courtyard of their house in Silwad – and tear-gassed their mother
     11. Continued to hold 33 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in prison....
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Dr. Mustafa Barghouti: Netanyahu’s fascist speech at UN puts nail in coff
Palestine Monitor 9/30/2014
     Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the United Nation’s New York City headquarters on Monday revealed Israel’s true intentions to liquidate the Palestinian cause and its attempt to circumvent it by calling for the normalization of relations with Arab countries while outright ignoring the Palestinian issue, according to Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative.
     At a press conference in Ramallah Monday evening Barghouti said that Netanyahu’s “fascist, aggressive and fierce” speech was “full of lies and fabrications and an attempt to mislead.” He added that Netanyahu had blatantly ignored the Palestinian issue as a whole, completely rejecting Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
     Barghouti added that Netanyahu’s speech attempted to do away with the humanitarian values of the Palestinian people, and instead tried to rebrand them as another version of the Islamic State militants currently reaping havoc across much of Iraq and Syria. In drawing connections between Hamas and Islamic State militants, Barghouti argued, Netanyahu attempted “to justify the war crimes committed by the [Israeli] army” in the Gaza Strip throughout this summer’s Operation Protective Edge.
     Barghouti said that Netanyahu’s blatant regard for human rights and the jurisdiction of the UN Human Rights Council was a clear sign of Israel’s growing international isolation. He said that the State of Israel was quickly heading toward a fate similar to that of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
     Barghouti argued Netanyahu’s attempts to flirt with some of the Arab regimes, pitting them against the Palestinians and other regional powers, reveal the deeply set racism within the Israeli government.
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Israel’s very own history of eugenics
Jonathan Cook, Redress 9/28/2014
     This hour-long documentary, the Ringworm Children, raises so many disturbing questions about Israel and its relationship with the US that one hardly knows where to begin.
     In the 1950s, waves of new immigrants swept into Israel. To the dismay of the country’s Ashkenazi leaders (those originating from Europe and the US), the great majority were from Arab countries. Levi Eshkol, a later prime minister, expressed a common sentiment when he called them “human rubbish”. Israel, deprived of “good-quality” Jews, was being forced to bring to its shores Arab Jews, seen as just as primitive and dirty as the Palestinians whom Israel had recently succeeded in ethnically cleansing.
     Into this deeply racist atmosphere stepped Dr Chaim Sheba, a eugenicist, who believed that the Arabs Jews were bringing along with them diseases that threatened the Ashkenazi Jews. His obsession was ringworm, an innocuous childhood disease that affects the scalp. He went to the US, collected old military X-ray equipment and zapped tens of thousands of these children’s heads with potentially lethal doses of radiation. The survivors tell of their horrifying experiences during and after the treatment, and of the brothers and sisters they lost at a young age.
     But this isn’t just a history lesson exploring an unusual aspect of Israel’s racist underpinnings. The documentary exposes a massive cover-up by the state: many of the children’s medical files – long thought to have been lost – were actually held by one of the doctors involved. Even after this disclosure, the state has continued to refuse the victims access to the files, despite the fact that such access may be vital in helping them receive the correct life-saving treatment, as well as proper compensation.
     The final shocking twist is the discovery that all these experiments cost the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars in today’s terms – in fact, more than Israel’s entire annual budget at the time. How could Israel have afforded it?
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Watch: Gaza artists respond to Israel's war
Electronic Intifada: 29 Sep 2014 - Mohammed Al Hawajri, Raed Issa and Dina Matar on objects and memory, and home and resistance.
"Museum without borders" to open in Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 30 Sep 2014 - Palestinian Museum is being built in the occupied West Bank but aims to reach beyond the Israeli-controlled borders.
Haj Sami Sadeq and the struggle for Al Aqaba
Palestine Monitor: 28 Jan 2013 -   Al Aqaba is a small Palestinian village located in the northern Jordan Valley, home to around 300 residents. Since 1999 Haj Sami Sadeq has been the mayor of this town, facing a constant struggle...
Nearly ten years after store closures, old city of Hebron still suffering
Palestine Monitor: 28 Jan 2013 -   This report is the second in a new Palestine Monitor series on life in the Old City of Hebron (known in Arabic as Khalil). The Palestine Monitor will publish one report a week on...
What if ‘Islamic State’ Didn’t Exist?
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Sep 2014 - By Ramzy Baroud What if the so-called Islamic State (IS) didn’t exist? In order to answer this question, one has to liberate the argument from its geopolitical and ideological confines. Flexible language Many in the media (Western, Arab, etc) use the reference “Islamist” to brand any movement at all whether it be political, militant or even charity-focused. If it is dominated by men with beards or women with headscarves that make references to the Holy Koran and Islam as the motivator behind their ideas, violent tactics or even good deeds, then the word “Islamist” is the language of choice. According to this overbearing logic, a Malaysia-based charity can be as ‘Islamist’ as the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. When the term “Islamist” was first introduced to the debate on Islam and politics, it carried mostly intellectual connotations. Even some “Islamists” used it in reference to their political thought. Now,...
Netanyahu’s Chutzpa: Lying with a Smile
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Sep 2014 - By Jamal Kanj I have followed the megalomaniac performance of Benjamin Netanyahu since he was Israel’s representative at the UN in the mid-1980s. I watched with keen interest his debates, and must confess I was taken by his chutzpa. Netanyahu has special abilities to twist facts without blinking an eye: he can lie with a smile. This is not my subjective opinion. It is a fact attested by almost every other international political figure he has met over the years. The Zionist thought police – masqueraded as international media – which succeeded in intimidating aspiring politicians, failed to inhibit leaders from expressing their opinion in private meetings or after retirement. In his book The Truth About Camp David, Joe Lockhart, former White House spokesman for Bill Clinton, described Netanyahu as “one of the most obnoxious individuals, just a liar and a cheat. He could open his mouth and you could...
Why Obama Must Bomb ISIS
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Sep 2014 - By Steve Breyman Every national peace group (large and small, new and old, religious and secular) opposes Barack Obama’s war against ISIS in Iraq, and its recent extension to Syria. Their opposition extends to Obama’s Congress-sanctioned arming of “moderate” Syrian rebels (for which legislators found half a billion dollars). The anti-war movement’s antagonism is sturdy and reasoned. It’s based on irrefutable historical, political, economic and cultural analysis focused on the past thirteen years of bloody, wasteful, failed war on Afghanistan and Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Find some here , here , and here . The groups don’t merely oppose more war. They also advance positive agendas of alternatives to bombing. United for Peace and Justice (an umbrella coalition under which many US peace groups cohere) recommends five “better choices”: (1) make diplomacy and humanitarian assistance the priority; (2) seek improved relations with Iran to end the fighting in the region; (...

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