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The Wall: News & Background - January 2012
Scores of Palestinian books, Nakba’s lesser-known victims
Karina Goulordava, +972 Magazine 1/29/2012
Some 70,000 books were seized from homes left empty by Palestinians who fled in 1948. The books, some of which are now in Israel’s National Library, attest to an attempt at the destruction of an entire culture.
June 1948: Israeli soldiers advance in an affluent Arab neighborhood, now almost deserted, in western Jerusalem. The soldiers are followed by several librarians from the national library. Sporadic gunfire is heard. The men cling against the walls as they arrive in a street lined with empty, affluent houses, their occupants having left in haste. Breaking into house after house, the librarians “collect” entire libraries into boxes that are loaded onto trucks. Similar scenes are repeated throughout the Arab neighborhoods of western Jerusalem, and later on in Haifa, Jaffa, Nazareth and elsewhere. In total, 70,000 Palestinian books were “collected” in this manner.
In 1948, after the Arab rejection of the UN partition resolution of November 1947, the new state of Israel used its military power to conquer as much land – initially designated for an Arab state – as it could, and to cleanse the newly occupied territories from their Arabs inhabitants. At the time, the book plunder was a mere sideshow of the main events of the war. But seen through a wider historical perspective, the looting of the books, together with the destruction of Palestinian urban centers, constitute the destruction of an entire culture and an important outcome of the 1948 war.
Thousands of the books were recycled into paper while others were absorbed into National Library of Israel’s general collection, making it impossible to trace them today. Some 6,000 of these books were eventually categorized as foreign and placed in the Eastern Studies Department of the National Library, although they are technically still owned by the Custodian of Absentee Property. The fate of these books is much like that of the Palestinian people: unlawfully removed from their homes, expelled and made foreign in their own land. Each book beares the label “AP” (abandoned property). more.. e-mail
Report: Palestinian dies after hit by concrete mixer in Israel
1/30/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian construction worker died after being hit by a concrete mixer in southern Israel, Israeli media reported. The man, aged 40 and from the West Bank, was hit by the truck in Ashdod city and evacuated by Israeli ambulances, Israeli news site Walla reported. Medics did not release the man....
Rethinking Israel’s border policy
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2012 - Rapid construction of the Israel-Egypt border fence motivated by defense, economic considerations.
[uruknet.info] Documenting scores of Palestinian books, Nakba's lesser-known victims
Uruknet January 29, 2012 - June 1948: Israeli soldiers advance in an affluent Arab neighborhood, now almost deserted, in western Jerusalem. The soldiers are followed by several librarians from the national library. Sporadic gunfire is heard. The men cling against the walls as they arrive in a street lined with empty, affluent houses, their occupants having left...
Likely Hezbollah Drone Explodes at Secret Israeli Airbase
Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam: Make the World a Better Place 1/29/2012
An exclusive report from a confidential highly-placed Israeli source says that a booby-trapped drone crashed and exploded at the top-secret Israeli airbase Sdot Micha. Sdot Micha (also profiled here) is the home of the Israeli missile arsenal including its long-range Jerichos capable of striking Iran. There were civilian and military eyewitnesses to the crash, which happened within the perimeter fence of the facility, which covers a large area just outside Bet Shemesh.
The eyewitnesses and Israel’s wish to avoid pressure to retaliate against the Iranians, necessitated the publication of a media cover story. The story claims an advanced Israeli drone crashed near the Yesodot moshav, 10 miles from Sdot Micha. Israel also claims the drone took off from Tel Nof airbase. Eyewitnesses may be able to produce video documentation of the precise location of the crash unless it is impounded by the IDF.
The cover story reminds me in crucial ways of a similar one put out by the U.S. when it lost control of its advanced drone inside Iran. It did everything in its power to make the world believe that the drone crashed by accident and we vehemently denied it was brought down by Iranian electronic warfare capability. The more we denied the more people believed we were protesting too much.
Though crashing a drone inside Israel would appear to have Iran’s fingerprints all over it (they would certainly have greatest motivation), it’s hard to believe that Iran could fly a drone 1,000 miles with such precision. So blame will inevitably fall upon Hezbollah, a Syrian-Iranian ally, which often procures its most advanced weaponry from Iran. Hezbollah would’ve launched the drone from southern Lebanon. But I find it unlikely it could master the technological know-how to bring this off without Iranian engineering assistance. more.. e-mail
[uruknet.info] Analysis: The writing has always been on the wall
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - ...It is clear that Israel has no plans to reach any form of lasting peace with Palestinians or concede to a two-state solution. Its spread of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has created new facts on the ground that make it impossible to form a contiguous Palestinian state, even on...
PA officials: Israeli border proposal a non-starter
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2012 - PLO source says Israeli proposal for borders and security calls for "a Palestinian state made up of a wall and settlements."
Will Israel Attack Iran?
Ronen Bergman, New York Times 1/25/2012
After speaking with many senior Israeli leaders and chiefs of the military and the intelligence, I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012.
As the Sabbath evening approached on Jan. 13, Ehud Barak paced the wide living-room floor of his home high above a street in north Tel Aviv, its walls lined with thousands of books on subjects ranging from philosophy and poetry to military strategy. Barak, the Israeli defense minister, is the most decorated soldier in the country’s history and one of its most experienced and controversial politicians. He has served as chief of the general staff for the Israel Defense Forces, interior minister, foreign minister and prime minister. He now faces, along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and 12 other members of Israel’s inner security cabinet, the most important decision of his life — whether to launch a pre-emptive attack against Iran. We met in the late afternoon, and our conversation — the first of several over the next week — lasted for two and a half hours, long past nightfall. “This is not about some abstract concept,” Barak said as he gazed out at the lights of Tel Aviv, “but a genuine concern. The Iranians are, after all, a nation whose leaders have set themselves a strategic goal of wiping Israel off the map.”
When I mentioned to Barak the opinion voiced by the former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and the former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi — that the Iranian threat was not as imminent as he and Netanyahu have suggested and that a military strike would be catastrophic (and that they, Barak and Netanyahu, were cynically looking to score populist points at the expense of national security), Barak reacted with uncharacteristic anger. He and Netanyahu, he said, are responsible “in a very direct and concrete way for the existence of the State of Israel — indeed, for the future of the Jewish people.”.... more.. e-mail
Israeli Forces Raid Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 25 Jan 2012 - On Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, Israeli occupation forces raided the Palestinian town of Beit Ommar, north of the city of Hebron, and searched several residents’ homes. No arrests were made during the house searches. According to the media spokesman of the Popular Committee against the Wall...
The writing has always been on the wall
Sam Bahour, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 1/25/2012
The human body is an amazing creation. It's not only the most complex system known to mankind, but it embodies within it signals that tell its owner that something has gone wrong. A similar signaling system exists in political bodies. Those tasked with reading the signals--be they individuals, physicians or politicians--can choose to consciously ignore the warning signs. The Middle East peace process between Palestinians and Israelis has been emitting SOS signals for decades, but only recently are those signals being received and analyzed for what they are transmitting--a clear and irreversible message that the entire paradigm of "two states for two peoples" has collapsed.
Like doctors who peddle medications instead of practicing medicine, many politicians are under the influence of their narrow political interests and prefer not to call situations by their name. After so many years of failure--political, legal, diplomatic and economic--those who are paid to diagnose and treat reality are being replaced with voices from all corners of the world, voices convincingly making the case that the entire premise undertaken by the Palestine Liberation Organization, starting as far back as 1974, is no longer feasible.
Some will say that the PLO was tricked by the West into a path that was never intended to succeed. Others may claim that the PLO had no option but to acquiesce to the pressures placed upon it to enter, more recently, the Oslo peace process, in hopes that the West (mainly the US) would then pull its weight in bringing Israel in line with international law and UN resolutions. Regardless of the analysis of the past, very few people on the ground who are intimately involved in the attempt to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli "conflict" would venture to spend any additional political credit on the notion that two independent states, Israel and Palestine, remain a way out of this man-made tragedy.
The measures were many, each of them a warning signal that sounded over and over again, but largely fell on deaf ears. The ignoring of a refugee population. A prolonged military occupation, unaccountable to the Fourth Geneva Convention.... more.. e-mail
Writing Has Always Been on the Wall
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Jan 2012 - By Sam Bahour The human body is an amazing creation. It's not only the most complex system known to mankind, but it embodies within it signals that tell its owner that something has gone wrong. A similar signaling system exists in political bodies. Those tasked with reading the signals--be they individuals, physicians or politicians--can choose to consciously ignore the warning signs. The Middle East peace process between Palestinians and Israelis has been emitting SOS signals for decades, but only recently are those signals being received and analyzed for what they are transmitting--a clear and irreversible message that the entire paradigm of "two states for two peoples" has collapsed. Like doctors who peddle medications instead of practicing medicine, many politicians are under the influence of their narrow political interests and prefer not to call situations by their name. After so many years of failure--political, legal, diplomatic and economic--those who are paid...more
[uruknet.info] Activists resisting Palestinian home demolitions face IDF Price Tag' attack
Uruknet January 25, 2012 - It has become commonplace among violent West Bank settlers to randomly attack Palestinian mosques, homes, olive orchards and individuals in order to send a message to other Israelis. They are called "Price Tag" attacks, after the "signature" the settlers leave scrawled on the walls of the burnt-out buildings. In the dark of...
In Palestine, to Exist Is to Resist
Melinda Tuhus, In These Times 1/24/2012
Behind the headlines, Palestinians are using nonviolent direct action to protest the status quo.
Few readers of mainstream media are aware of Palestinians' longstanding creative efforts to use non-violent direct action in their struggle for self-determination.
WEST BANK, PALESTINE – On November 15, Mazin Qumsiyeh and other Palestinian activists boarded public bus number 148, an Israelis-only bus that normally takes Jews from the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ariel to Jerusalem. The bus took the group to the Hizma checkpoint, just outside the northern entrance of Jerusalem, where activists resisted authorities’ efforts to remove them. Eventually, as a camera broadcast the action online, eight people were pulled from the bus and arrested. They were charged with “illegal entry to Jerusalem” and “obstructing police business.”
Qumsiyeh hopes this recent “freedom ride” – possible because a bus driver let them ride by mistake, he said – will spark the same kind of response that its namesake did across the United States in the early 1960s, when interstate bus trips helped end racial segregation in the South. Qumsiyeh, author of Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment, says other examples of nonviolent resistance include protests of the separation barrier (which many Palestinians call an “apartheid wall”) that has effectively turned 10 percent of Palestinian land into Israeli land since its construction began in 2002; school girls holding class in the street when they can’t get to their schools because of Israeli interference; and farmers braving Israeli intimidation to harvest olives. “For us to exist on this land is to resist,” says Qumsiyeh, who teaches at Bethlehem and Birzeit universities.
Most readers of mainstream media in the United States think of the First Intifada (1987-92) as the stone-throwing uprising and the Second Intifada (2000-2004) as the attack of the suicide bombers.... more.. e-mail
The Palestinian children – alone and bewildered – in Israel's Al Jalame jail
The Guardian 22 Jan 2012 - Special report : Israel's military justice system is accused of mistreating Palestinian children arrested for throwing stones The room is barely wider than the thin, dirty mattress that covers the floor. Behind a low concrete wall is...
Troops Attack Nonviolent Protest in Kufr Qaddoum
IMEMC - Local sources in Kufr Qaddoum village, east of the northern west Bank city of Qalqilia, reported that Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlements; dozens of injuries were reported. ...
1,500 Tank Shells Missing from Israeli Army Base
IMEMC - Israeli Hebrew-language Walla news reported, Thursday evening, that approximately 1,500 tank shells went missing, likely stolen, from a military base in southern Israel. ...
Israeli Army and Air Force Target Fighters in Gaza
IMEMC - Two men have been confirmed dead, with two more injured, after Israeli planes and tanks opened fire upon them as they approached the Security Fence surrounding the Gaza strip. The strike occurred just before noon, east of the Northern town of Beit Hanoun. ...
[uruknet.info] Waging liberation in and outside Israel's prison walls
Uruknet January 18, 2012 - The success of internationalization can be gauged by the extent to which the issue or question concerned becomes a global concern. It means creating a situation on the ground which makes it impossible for the international system to continue shirking responsibility, or colluding with a dominant or powerful party in usurping the...
Waging liberation in and outside Israel's prison walls
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jan 2012 - Ameer Makhoul The Electronic Intifada Gilboa Prison The official Palestinian position on the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails serves to undermine their cause, which is a central component of the Palestinian people’s liberation struggle, comments Ameer Makhoul from Gilboa prison.more
[uruknet.info] Unlawful, Unresolved: Israeli Settlers in Foreign Land
Uruknet January 17, 2012 - Violence, abuse, non-accountability, hate, such is communal living today within the occupied West Bank, where some 518,974 colonisers sit within 200 illegal settlements.... Around half a million settlers' - more accurately, colonisers - now squat upon Palestinian soil, huddled within walled encampments upon stolen land, branded blue and white. Noisily perching upon...
Unlawful, Unresolved: Israeli Settlers in Foreign Land
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jan 2012 - By Graham Peebles Violence, abuse, non-accountability, hate, such is communal living today within the occupied West Bank, where some 518,974 colonisers sit within 200 illegal settlements. According to Noam Chomsky, "The settlements cover over 42% of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), not counting the Jordon valley, which they are taking over." Estimates of colonisation vary from the 42% reported by Chomsky and B'Tselem to that of Human Rights Watch who at 60% set the figure even higher. Around half a million ‘settlers’ - more accurately, colonisers - now squat upon Palestinian soil, huddled within walled encampments upon stolen land, branded blue and white. Noisily perching upon hilltops, rooms with a view, or flourishing in verdant valleys, these settlements creep shamefully throughout the West Bank and the sacred city of Jerusalem. Jimmy Carter said, “the occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land that doesn’t belong to Israel, the building of settlements on...more
16 January 2009 - The Shurrab family
Palestinian Center for Human Rights 1/16/2012
"Can I go to a court to restore my sons? No," says Mohammed. "What is the point in bringing the soldiers who killed my sons to justice when there will simply be more and more after them? When others will lose their sons as well? Soldiers commit these crimes because they know they have immunity."
On 16 January 2009, Israeli forces positioned in the al Fukhari area, south east of Khan Younis, opened fire on the vehicle of Mohammed Shurrab and his two sons Kassab, 28, and Ibrahim, 18, as they were travelling back to their home during the Israeli-declared ceasefire period. Mohammed was injured and crashed the car, his two sons were subsequently shot as they left the car. Israeli soldiers refused to allow medical access to the area, and Kassab and Ibrahim bled to death on the scene over a number of hours. There were no military operations in the area at the time.
For Mohammed Shurrab (67), life since the death of his sons has been a contact battle to fight back the memories of the day. “I try to keep busy in every moment. I read 4-5 hours every day. These books you see on my wall have all been read 2-3 times each. The rest of my time I work on my farm, tend to my crops and care for my live stock”, says Mohammed, pointing to the two new born sheep that arrived only two hours beforehand. Despite his best efforts to distract himself, however, Mohammed seems resigned to a life of remembering. “Until I get buried bellow the soil I will continue to suffer, agonising over my sons.”
Mohammed is adamant that he hopes that time will come sooner rather than later, “everyday I hope to join my sons. The only question is how I do so. I am a religious man and believe in God, taking my own life would be against my beliefs, but I believe it’s better for me to join my sons. I am waiting to die.” more.. e-mail
Amr Moussa arrives in Beirut
Daily Star 14 Jan 2012 Former Arab League head Amr Moussa arrived in Beirut Saturday from Cairo.
U.S. concerned over Israeli strike on Iran: report
Daily Star 14 Jan 2012 Washington is increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to attack Iran, and the U.S. is making in plans in case there is such a conflict in the region, reported the Wall Street Journal Saturday.
U.S. concerned over Israeli strike on Iran: report
Daily Star 14 Jan 2012 Washington is increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to attack Iran, and the U.S. is making in plans in case there is such a conflict in the region, reported the Wall Street Journal Saturday.
Lebanese men and women march against rape
Daily Star 14 Jan 2012 Women and men from across Lebanon marched together Saturday to call for changing the law governing rape crimes and support for victims of such acts.
IOF troops quell peaceful anti wall marches
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) quelled the weekly anti-wall marches in a number of West Bank villages on Friday using rubber bullets, teargas, and waste water.
U.S. Prepares for Possible Israeli Attack on Iran by Adding Firepower
Tikun Olam - It’s hard to know how much to credit anything published in the Wall Street Journal. But in an article that raises the temperature a few degrees higher than it already is, the reporters say that U.S. officials are growning more worried about an Israeli attack on...
Mideast conflict spills onto BART walls
US Campaign to End the Occupation 14 Jan 2012 - Jewish Voice for Peace is a coalition member of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. 12 January, 2012 San Francisco Examiner Thousands of miles removed from the political tinderbox of the Middle East, a controversy has broken out between Palestinian and Israeli advocacy groups...
America’s Last Chance
Dissident Voice: 14 Jan 2012 - America has one last chance, and it is a very slim one. Americans can elect Ron Paul President, or they can descend into tyranny. Why is Ron Paul America’s last chance? Because he is the only candidate who is not owned lock, stock, and barrel by the military-security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby. All of the others, including President Obama, are owned by exactly the same interest groups. There are no differences between them. Every candidate except Ron Paul stands for war and a police state, and all have demonstrated their complete and total subservience to Israel. The fact that there is no difference between them is made perfectly clear by the absence of substantive issues in the campaigns of the Republican candidates. Only Ron Paul deals with real issues, so he is excluded from “debates” in which the other Republican candidates throw mud at one another: “Gingrich...more
Israeli Apartheid Week
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(en) Israeli activists with the anarchists against the wall arrested in Nabi Saleh subjected to "Palestinian" treatment by occupation soldiers
A-infos 12 Jan 2012 - Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OovgDlGN9wQ of 23.12.2011 ---- The kidnap, detention and torture of Palestinians, especially children, at the hands of Israeli occupation forces is a routine practice in the West Bank. ---- It is more rare for Israelis – who enjoy racial privileges under Israel’s apartheid system –...
[uruknet.info] Israel Plans More Walls
Uruknet January 10, 2012 - Instead of peace, reconciliation, equity and justice, Israel plans settlement expansions and more Walls. More on them below. At the same time, Abbas broke his pledge about no peace talks unless settlement expansions stop. Chief negotiators Saeb Erekat and Yitzhak Molcho are meeting in Amman, Jordan. They're joined by Quartet representatives. Netanyahu's...
Omar Barghouti: ‘They can colonize our lands, but they can never colonize our minds’
Mondoweiss - (Photo: Bud Korotzer/NLN) Last Saturday, Omar Barghouti stopped in Oakland, CA as part of his current West Coast tour . The lecture was billed as "Occupy Wall St., not Palestine," and Barghouti made the case that it makes "perfect sense to think of Israel as part of...
The Inexorable Advance Towards a Greater Israel
Patrick Seale, Agence Global 1/10/2012
This past year has dealt a heavy blow -- perhaps even a terminal one -- to the project, long supported by the international community, of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of two states. When the United States itself proved unable to halt Israel’s relentless land grab, it seemed that nothing and nobody could rein in Israel’s iron-willed ambition to expand its borders towards a “Greater Israel.”
What will the immediate future bring? In the continued absence of firm international intervention, the likeliest scenario is that Israel will seek to consolidate its hold over 40 percent of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, either by settlement expansion or outright annexation. The main centres of Arab population, such as Nablus, Jericho and Ramallah, would be fenced off, although Israel might allow them corridors to Jordan. This first stage of the project would, of course, be portrayed by Israel as a painful concession.
If Israel managed to get away with it, the next stage could be a good deal more radical, and could possibly involve the expulsion of large numbers of Palestinians, probably under the cover of war as occurred in 1948 and 1967, so as to complete the creation of a Greater Israel between the sea and the river.
After the experience of the past two years, no one should have the slightest doubt that Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition is utterly determined to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank. Bantustans, for a while perhaps, but a Palestinian state, never! Netanyahu is known to be profoundly influenced by his father, the historian Benzion Natanyahu, now 101 years old, who was once the secretary of Ze’ev Jabotinsky – “the father of Revisionist Zionism” -- and who remains a life-long passionate believer in a Greater Israel. He petitioned against the UN Partition Plan for Palestine of 29 November 1947 because he, and others like him, wanted the whole of Palestine for the Jews. That remains his dream. more.. e-mail
Activist: Expansion of Apartheid Wall near Qalqilya will Separate Towns
WAFA - 12:33-QALQILYA, January 9, 2012 (WAFA) – An Israeli decision to seize vast areas of Palestinian land east of the West Bank city of Qalqilya in order to expand the Apartheid Wall will separate two Arab towns...
9 January 2009 - The Abu Oda family
Palestinian Center for Human Rights 1/9/2012
"The Israeli military say they are the most moral army in the world, but they killed my daughter, they didn't respect her right to live."
On 9 January 2009, the Abu Oda household in the Al Amal neighbourhood of Beit Hanoun came under sustained fire from Israeli positions close to the Gaza-Israeli border 2 kilometres away. Nariman Abu Oda, 16, was hit in the right side of her body by Israeli fire as she was walking from the hallway, where the family were taking cover, to the kitchen. Medics were unable to reach the family and Nariman died before she could receive medical attention.
The pockmarked concrete walls of the Abu Oda household tell a good deal of the story of Nariman’s death. Despite the best efforts of father Ahmed Abdel Kareem Muhammad, 57, and mother, I’tidal Abd al Aziz, 53, to plaster over the patch work of holes and indentations in the walls, ceiling, floors and doors, the house remains riddled with bullet holes. As I’tidal explains “it is clear the shooting was completely indiscriminate.”
Nariman’s mother and father keep returning to the question, why did this happen? For them, it is not an empty rhetorical question, but one that holds a great deal of weight and a great deal of their concern. “Why my daughter? What were their motives? What were their reasons?” asks Ahmed. “The Israeli military say they are the most moral army in the world, but they killed my daughter, they didn’t respect her right to live.”
The Abu Oda family find themselves caught in a deep state of mourning regarding Nariman’s absence, yet at the same time feel her constant presence. Recalling that Nariman used to make him his coffee in the morning, Ahmed says that, he still absentmindedly calls for Nariman when he wants coffee or tea... more.. e-mail
Forces detain 9 Israelis for blocking Bethlehem wall build
1/8/2012 - BETHLEHEM(Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained nine Israeli activists blocking the path of bulldozers constructing Israel's separation wall surrounding a Bethlehem village on Sunday. The group sat infront of vehicles levelling ground to build the concrete wall that will entirely enclose the village of al-Walaja, popular committee member Shireen Al-Araj told Ma....
Provocations on the Western Wall
Alternative Information Center - Haaretz, an Israeli daily, reports that the Military Rabbinate issued a presentation for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah including a picture of the Western Wall plaza without the Dome of the Rock, a mosque that is...
Over 250,000 foreigners live in Israel, report finds
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2012 - Number of infiltrators from Sinai is expected to increase as border fence nears completion, according to Knesset report.
[uruknet.info] One year later, no justice for Jawaher
Uruknet January 7, 2012 - The West Bank village of Bilin sits 12 km west of Ramallah, home to nearly 2000 people. For six years the community has witnessed the gradual encroachment of Israel's separation wall on village lands. The original route of the wall would see 60 percent, 2,300 dunums, of Bilin's - mostly agricultural -...
New Israeli excavations south of Aqsa Mosque
PIC - Wadi Hilwa information center revealed that the IOA started to carry out new excavations south of the Aqsa Mosque at the pretext of looking for a historic wall under the ground.
IOF intensify attacks on peaceful marches against settlement and wall
PIC - The IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest at Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank.
Four Injured In Bil’in Weekly Nonviolent Protest
IMEMC - Israeli troops attacked on Friday the weekly nonviolent protest against the illegal Annexation Wall and illegal settlements, in the West Bank village of Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, wounding at least four residents. ...
Beware of the final scene
Dr Jamal Zahalka, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/6/2012
Israel's response to the political developments in the Arab world revolves around security. An increase in its military budget has been accompanied by substantial amendments to the country's security strategy.
Democracy in the Arab world is viewed by Israel as a serious threat to its security and even its existence. The government in Tel Aviv knows that the Arab peoples are against the Israeli colonial project and its criminal practices against the Palestinians; no democratically-elected Arab government could ignore the mood of its people in support of the people of Palestine, leaving little option but to stand up to Israel.
In his speech last week in the Knesset (parliament), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government is increasing the military budget due to the "new regional challenges". He said that there was "a new reality in Egypt and Iraq" and added: "In less than a year we will finish building the security fence on the Egyptian borders ... As for Iraq, the fact is there can be challenges to Israel from the east, that we have not faced in recent decades." Netanyahu also mentioned the Iranian nuclear threat and Libya, from where, he claimed, weapons are being smuggled.
The Knesset Finance Committee approved an increase of $200 million in the military budget weeks ago, without explanation. The promised Ministry of Defence explanation was not forthcoming. Soon after, there was a transfer $400 million from the budget excess of various ministries, also without explanation. Most increases in the military budget this year have been cloaked in mystery, leading analysts to suggest that something big on the military front is being prepared.
Thus, by the end of 2011, the overall increase in Israel's military budget amounted to around $2 billion at a time of heated discussions about the need to reduce military expenditure in the face of worsening economic and social conditions.... more.. e-mail
New segment of West Bank security fence may separate nuns from monks
Ha'aretz - 4 Jan 2012
Hamas: PLO, Israeli meeting 'blow to reconciliation'
1/4/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Ismail Radwan said on Wednesday the PLO meeting with Israeli envoys in Amman on Tuesday would damage Fatah's reconciliation deal with his faction."We consider these meetings a blow for national reconciliation, especially as we agreed in Cairo to face Israel's settlements, wall, and.... Related: Abbas 'will keep pushing for peace talks'
Israel to build wall along Blue Line: reports
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Israel’s army will begin building a 1-kilometer security wall along the border of its northernmost village with Lebanon to prevent potential clashes in the area, media reports said early this week.
Bill Kristol’s group pictures Obama in front of Western Wall seemingly soaked in blood
Mondoweiss - Emergency Committee for Israel ad This ad appeared with Josh Nathan-Kazis's great reporting on the Emergency Committee for Israel's Super PAC at The Forward. (I cannot find the image at the ECI site. ) Incitement? This follows the last ad from the ECI , which said that Obama...
Report: Israel to build wall on Lebanon frontier
1/2/2012 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli military officials plan to build a new wall on the country's northern ceasefire line with Lebanon, Israeli media reported on Monday. An official in Israel's northern command told Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth that the 5-meter high and 1-kilometer long wall will be....
Jordan Denies Israeli Decision to Construct Security Fence on Israeli-Jordan Borders
PNN - PNN On Monday, Jordanian Foreign Minister said that Jordan hasn't received any official information about what has been published in the media, about the Israeli private decision of constructing a security fence...
[uruknet.info] Report: Israel to build wall on Lebanon frontier
Uruknet January 2, 2012 -- Israeli military officials plan to build a new wall on the country's northern ceasefire line with Lebanon, Israeli media reported on Monday. An official in Israel's northern command told Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth that the 5-meter high and 1-kilometer long wall will be equipped with alarms and separate Israeli kibbutz al-Matala and...
Israel building walls on its borders with Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon
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PM: Security fence to be built along Jordan border
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 - When fence along Egypt border complete, work to begin on new fence to prevent migrant workers, refugees from entering; record number of "infiltrators" arrived in December.
IOA confiscates 50 dunums of Salfit land
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has expropriated 50 dunums of Palestinian land in two villages west of Salfit to build part of the separation wall..
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