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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Sakhnin; Thousands Mark 11th Anniversary Of Al Aqsa Intifada
IMEMC - Sunday October 02, 2011 - 02:12, Responding to a decision by the Arab Higher follow-up committee in the 1948 territories, thousands of Arabs, Palestinians, participated in a ceremony commemorating the 11th anniversary of the Al Aqsa Intifada.

Mezan Center Report on 11th Anniversary of the Al Aqsa Intifada
IMEMC - Sunday October 02, 2011 - 01:42, On the 11thAnniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada: Al Mezan Calls for Protection and Respect for Civilian's Rights and Accountability for Violators.

Three injured in Israeli air strike north of Gaza
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 23:57, Three Palestinians were injured as Israeli jets targeted a group of militants east of town of Beit Hanoon, North of the Gaza Strip Saturday evening, local medical sources reported.

Settlers Uproot Dozens Of Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 23:20, A group of extremist armed Israeli settlers uprooted on Saturday dozens of Palestinian olive trees that belong to residents of Madama village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Clashes were reported; soldiers fired gas bombs at the protesters leading to a number of injuries.

OCHA Report: “Home Demolitions Doubled in 2011”
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 21:03, The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied territories (OCHA) reported that Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes have doubled in 20111 comparing to the figures of 2010.

Settlers Torch Dozens Of Farming Acres South Of Nablus
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 17:05, Settlers burnt dozens of farming acres in the lands of Einabous s and Huwwara, south of Nablus on Saturday afternoon, local media sources reported.

US Congress freezes 200 USD million USAID transferred to P.A
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 14:00, The US Congress decided to freeze 200 USD million of the USAID which are annually transferred to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the British newspaper, “The Independent” reported earlier on Saturday.

Isolated Detainees Announce Open-Ended Hunger Strike
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 12:44, Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe’, stated Friday that around Twenty-five Palestinian detainees in solitary confinement at the Nafha. Ramon, Al Ramla and Asqalan Israeli detention facilities declared an open-ended hunger strike.

Two Residents, Activist ,Wounded As Army Attack Nonviolent Protest Near Hebron
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 11:30, Two Palestinians women and one international peace activist were injured after the Israeli army during attacked a nonviolent protest against settlements and the Annexation Wall in the southern West Bank village of Yatta north Hebron on Friday, Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

UN Committee Held First Meeting To Discuss Palestine Bid
IMEMC - Saturday October 01, 2011 - 08:02, The special UN Security Council Admission Committee, tasked with dealing with state membership requests, held on Friday its first meeting to discuss the Palestinian request to become a full member at the international body.

3 injured in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza
10/2/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces launched an airstrike on northern Gaza on Saturday evening seriously injuring one man and wounding two others, medical officials said. Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said three men were hospitalized, adding that one man sustained serious injuries in the attack. An Israeli army spokeswoman said forces....

Hamas leader urges Abbas to discuss failure of talks
10/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Senior Hamas leader Ahmad Bahar on Saturday urged President Mahmoud Abbas to talk openly about "the negotiation path with brought Palestinians to an impasse." Speaking at the fifth International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada in Tehran, Bahar urged Abbas "to work with all the Palestinians on a united national strategy.... Related: Hamas: No agreement to meet Fatah

Israeli forces 'raid Palestinian village'
10/1/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided a village near Qalqiliya and placed checkpoints on roads leading to it, locals said. Witnesses said soldiers were stopping residents from traveling through Kafr Qaddum village. Murad Eshtewy, a Fatah spokesman in Qalqiliya, said Israel's "repressive measures have escalated against Kafr Qaddum and other Palestinian villages....

Official: Settlers start fire near Nablus
10/1/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers burned farmland south of Nablus on Saturday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Doughlas, who monitors settler violence and vandalism in the northern West Bank, said land in the Einabus and Huwwara villages burned as the result of a fire set by residents of the illegal Yitzhar settlement. The settlers....

Settlers 'steal 150 sheep' near Hebron
10/1/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Armed Israeli settlers seized 150 sheep from shepherds south of Hebron in the southern West Bank, a popular committee leader said. Popular committee secretary-general Azmi Shoyoukhi told Ma'an that residents of Shima, a settlement east of al-Dhahiriya, stole sheep belonging to Faris Samamrah. They took the sheep to Shima....

Report: US blocks $200 million in aid to PA
10/1/2011 - LONDON (Ma'an) -- The United States Congress has blocked nearly $200 million in aid for the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas' request to join the UN, a British newspaper report said Saturday. The Independent called the move the most tangible sign yet of the seriousness of US threats to halt funding.... Related: EU contributes €9.9 million to PA and Fatah leader: Arab countries will cover shortfall if US blocks aid

Protest held in Ramallah to support prisoners' strike
10/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Demonstrators on Saturday set up a tent in central Ramallah to support Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails." This is a protest, a sit-in tent erected to urge the Palestinian people to support prisoners," said demonstrator Murad JadallahPalestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are on hunger strike for the fifth consecutive....

EU contributes €9.9 million to PA
10/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The European Union announced Saturday that it will transfer €9. 9 million to the Palestinian Authority on Monday to fund social protection programs. The contribution is the third quarterly payment in 2011 and will directly benefit 50,556 eligible families in the West Bank and Gaza, the EU said in a.... Related: Report: US blocks $200 million in aid to PA

Iran 'totally rejects' UN statehood bid
10/1/2011 - TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran's supreme leader rejected the Palestine UN statehood bid on Saturday, saying any deal that accepted the existence of Israel would leave a "cancerous tumor" forever threatening the security of the Middle East. As leader of a country under a long-standing threat of military action from Israel and the United States.... Related: Hamas says party united against UN bid and Report: US blocks $200 million in aid to PA

Hamas says party united against UN bid
10/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas is united in its rejection of President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for UN membership despite reports of internal divisions, a party spokesman said Saturday. Fawzi Barhoum told Ma'an there was "no controversy" within the movement, and that all party decisions were being decided in comprehensive consultations with.... Related: Iran 'totally rejects' UN statehood bid

Fatah leader: Arab countries will cover shortfall if US blocks aid
10/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Arab countries will cover a budgetary shortfall if the United States blocks aid to the Palestinian Authority, a senior Fatah official said Saturday. Muhammad Shtayyeh told Ma'an that Arab and Islamic countries had promised to fund the PA if the US followed through on threats to cut aid over....

Palestinian lawyers affirm essential role of PLO at UN
10/1/2011 - As the Security Council considers Palestine's application for full membership of the United Nations, Palestinian lawyers, jurists and legal scholars have signed a joint statement expressing concern over the bid's implications for Palestinians' rights. The recent initiative of the Palestinian leadership at the UN has far reaching legal implications on....

Shaath: US trying to avoid veto
10/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath said Saturday the US was trying to avoid using its veto by pressuring UN Security Council members to vote against a Palestinian bid for UN membership. At a news conference in Ramallah, Shaath said nine countries in the 15-member council had already recognized the state....

Egypt mulls release of US-Israeli spy suspect
10/1/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt said on Saturday it was considering the release of a US-Israeli dual national suspected of spying for Tel Aviv, the official MENA news agency reported. Ilan Grapel has been in custody since June 12." Cairo is considering the release of Ilan Grapel, a US citizen accused of spying for Israel during the....

Abbas hosts talks on reconciliation in Ramallah
10/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas met Thursday with three Hamas members at his headquarters in Ramallah, officials said. Nasser al-Din al-Shaer, the former deputy prime minister, Samir Abu Ayasheh and Ali al-Sartawi discussed with Abbas efforts for reconciliation and the subsequent steps of the UN bid for membership, informed sources said. Abbas informed.... Related: Hamas: No agreement to meet Fatah

Hamas: No agreement to meet Fatah
10/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas denied Saturday any agreement to meet with Fatah to resume reconciliation talks, as had been announced. Hamas leader Ismail al-Ashkar said Friday that there had never been an agreement to meet with Fatah, despite statements from party official Azzam al-Ahmad. Al-Ashkar said there is no communication with other than.... Related: Abbas hosts talks on reconciliation in Ramallah and Hamas leader urges Abbas to discuss failure of talks

In photos: PRC military wing holds exercises in Gaza
10/1/2011 - MaanImages - The armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees held military exercises in the Gaza Strip on Friday, commander Abu Muhammad said. The drills, which include a review of weaponry and military formations, come as the militant group guards against any future Israeli incursion, he said....

Ban condemns 'harsh' Bahrain jail terms
10/1/2011 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Friday strongly criticized "harsh" prison sentences ordered in Bahrain against 20 medical workers who treated protesters and called for the release of all political prisoners. Ban "expresses his deep concern over the harsh sentences handed down in Bahrain to civilians -- medical professionals, teachers and others -- by the....

Syria dissidents meet as crackdown claims more lives
10/1/2011 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Representatives of Syria's six-month-old protest movement joined opposition parties in Turkey on Saturday to forge a united front against Bashar al-Assad's regime after violence claimed at least 19 more lives. Clashes between security forces and deserters killed 11 people in a village in Hama province on Friday, while another....

Egypt army chief to meet party heads after protest
10/1/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's military chief of staff Sami Enan was due to meet party leaders on Saturday, a day after protesters converged on Cairo's central Tahrir Square to demand reforms. Enan, who is also the number two in the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, invited a range of parties....

Egypt military rulers agree to amend election law
10/1/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's military rulers agreed on Saturday to amend a controversial electoral law following threats of a poll boycott by dozens of political parties and a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square for reforms. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power when President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in....

The life of Anwar al-Awlaki
AlJazeera 1 Oct 2011 - "Chief of external operations" for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was a western-educated man with US citizenship.

Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen
AlJazeera 1 Oct 2011 - Officials confirm death in al-Jawf of dual Yemeni-American citizen accused by US of spreading al-Qaeda's message.

Bahrain says charged medics 'attempted coup'
AlJazeera 1 Oct 2011 - Doctors claim their confessions were forced through torture and appeal to UN chief for probe into their prison sentences, Move comes after a meeting between the military chief of staff and members of political groups.

Syrian army 'reclaims' central town
AlJazeera 1 Oct 2011 - State media says army is in control of Rastan after fierce fighting with anti-government troops.

Palestinian detainees continue hunger strike
1 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph)-Palestinian detainees inside Israeli jails continued their open hunger strike for the fifth day in a row to protest  Israeli aggressive policy against them.

Palestinian Authority risks funding squeeze
The National 1 Oct 2011 - Threats to cut off funding to Palestinian Authority, led by Israel and its allies in US Congress, in response to UN statehood recognition request, could cripple the PA's administration.

Yemen's president claims victory in terrorism fight
The National 1 Oct 2011 - Opposition parties vow to ensure Yemen's president does not use the death of Al Awlaki to prolong his stay in power.

Hamas is 'backing protesters' says Syria
The National 1 Oct 2011 - Angry Baath party official in Damascus accuses Hamas of funding anti-Assad groups in Europe as a 'bet against the regime".

Report: Obama weighed clemency for Pollard, but Biden vehemently opposed move
Ha'aretz - New York Times quotes U.S. vice president as saying that convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard would be released 'over my dead body'.

Israel Air Force targets rocket squad in Gaza; three Palestinians wounded
Ha'aretz - IDF spokesperson says air strike in Beit Hanoun targeted a militant squad that was preparing to launch rockets into Israel; Palestinian medical officials report one critical injury.

Netanyahu: Iran’s anti-Israel stance proves our need to be recognized as Jewish state
Ha'aretz - Earlier on Saturday, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel 'a cancerous tumor' that should be removed.

Report: Egypt may release alleged Israel spy Ilan Grapel
Ha'aretz - U.S. has offered Egypt political and economic incentives in exchange for Grapel's release, AFP reports, citing MENA news agency.

Palestinian official: Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair 'useless'
Ha'aretz - Nabil Shaath says former British prime minister 'talks like an Israeli diplomat'; states that Quartet proposal for renewal of direct peace talks is too vague.

Hamas: 'Resistance' against Israel is only option left for Palestinians
Ha'aretz - Hamas leader Khaled Meshal addresses Tehran conference 'in support of the Palestinian Intifada'; Iranian supreme leader tells conference that UN bid for statehood will fail.

Iran Supreme Leader: Palestinian UN statehood bid doomed to fail
Ha'aretz - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tells Tehran conference Palestinians should not limit themselves to state on pre-1967 borders as 'all land belongs to Palestinians.'

Report: U.S. blocks $200 million in aid to Palestinian Authority
Ha'aretz - Funding stopped by three congressional committees in response to UN statehood bid, according to report by U.K.'s Independent newspaper; PA calls move 'collective punishment.'

Knesset legal advisor: 'Nakba Law' is constitutional
Ha'aretz - Law grants Israel's finance minister the power to reduce budget of state-funded bodies that openly reject Israel as Jewish and democratic state or mark Independence Day as a day of mourning.

350,000 Israelis mark Jewish New Year in nature reserves
Ha'aretz - Jewish National Park reports that over 100,000 people hiked through different forests across Israel during holiday weekend.

Thousands of Israeli Arabs march to commemorate October 2000 riots
Ha'aretz - Demonstrators in several towns across Israel wave flags, chant anti-Israel slogans and hold up photos of the 13 Israeli Arab protesters killed in clashes with police at start of Second Intifada.

First international passenger flight lands in Libya in post-Gadhafi era
Ha'aretz - Turkish Airlines plane touches down at Tripoli's Mitiga airport, another step in Libya's return to normalcy following overthrow of Gadhafi regime.

Syria forces regain control of most of rebel town
Ha'aretz - Syrian army is reportedly deployed across 80 percent of Rastan, where prolonged armed clashes have taken place recently.

Egypt police clear Cairo's Tahrir Square of protesters
Ha'aretz - Around 100 protesters tried to stage a sit-in, demanding an end to emergency laws and a speedy transfer of power to civilians from military rulers.

Travel website offers a whole new way to discover history
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - makes planning a visit to historical sites a one-stop adventure.

Egyptian military proposes timeline for leaving power
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Egyptian council says it will consider ending military trials for civilians, prevent members of Mubarak's party from taking part in politics.

Tehran to execute Christian pastor for ‘apostasy'
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - United States, British governments have condemned the planned execution, call on Iran to waive the death penalty for Nadarkhani.

'Obama mulled freeing Pollard, but Biden opposed'
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - 'NY Times' reports US vice president told group of rabbis in Florida that US president considered clemecy for Israeli agent.

Venezuela's Chavez sends solidarity to Gaddafi, Assad
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - South American leader says Syria, Libya "resisting imperial aggression, the attacks of the Yankee empire and its European allies."

Ideology at the checkout
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Everyday people in the UK were taking notice of what for us is an everyday theme; the complexity I felt I wanted to express in my answer scared me.

Taking passengers hostage
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Wherever justice resides in this bitter wrangle, one thing is clear: even in the context of the most defensible labor struggle, some tactics are out of bounds.

My word: On milk and honey
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - The past few months will go down in Israeli history for all the right reasons; it has been a season of change, a summer of women power, peaceful protests.

Polls find Israelis optimistic - except on peace
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Three separate polls in leading Israeli dailies all find Israelis to be satisfied despite challenges that may lie ahead.

Eli Dali’s Jewish metal mash
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Two of the guitar virtuoso’s passions – heavy metal and Judaism – have merged into one, resulting in a new album called 'Metal Prayer'.

IAF strikes Gaza terror cell attempting to fire rockets
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Air Force personnel identify direct hit on cell, resulting in injuries to three terrorists, one of whom was in critical condition.

'Ayatollahs prove need for recognition of Jewish state'
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - After Iran's supreme leader says existence of Israel leaves a "cancerous tumor" forever threatening the security of the Middle East, Netanyahu responds that such hatred justifies his insistence on security assurances.

Homeless man beaten to death 'by drunken group'
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Police suspect the victim was set upon by the suspects without any prior cause or provocation; incident occurred in Rishon Lezion's old industrial area.

'Egypt mulling release of alleged Mossad spy Ilan Grapel'
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Cairo considering granting freedom to dual US-Israeli citizen in exchange for increased US political, economic support, AFP reports.

Thousands of Israeli-Arabs mark October 2000 riots
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - MKs Tibi, Zoabi among those marching to commemorate events in which 13 Israeli-Arabs were killed; Tibi: "Our blood is no longer cheap."

PA calls on Quartet to 'clarify' peace talks proposal
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Shaath says initiative contains "encouraging" elements, but stops short of endorsing it; claims US Congress hasn't told PA of plans to block funding.

Israelis retrace Herzl’s footsteps in Europe
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - World Zionist Organization, Habonim Dror embark on journey to show Israeli Jews Diaspora life's value, Jews can make a home in Europe.

Egyptian police clear Tahrir Square of protesters
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - 100 protesters had been camped in square since a demonstration demanding an end to emergency laws, speedy transfer of power.

Khamenei rejects two states, calls Israel 'cancerous'
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - At ‘Intifada Conference,’ Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal proclaims ‘resistance is the only remaining option’ for Palestinians.

Khamenei slams two-state solution at 'Intifada Conference'
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Iranian leader speaks at first day of Tehran conference, says any solution to conflict should include referendum of Palestinians around the world; Larijani says Arab Spring created opportunities for Palestinians.

Where in the World Is Sean Penn? Protesting in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Actor joins protesters in Tahrir Square to in call for transfer of power from military, end emergency laws; was invited by Egyptian actor.

The year the light rail pulled out of the station
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - ...and nine other top stories of 5771.

Study: Aerosol particles dry out South Asian monsoons
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Summer monsoons provide most of the water South Asia needs; trend could be reversed in 20-30 years as India develops.

Officer: Syrian defectors target security police
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - High-ranking defected officer says sectarianism, crackdown have lowered army morale; says international support could bring down Assad swiftly.

Twitter tells scientists how the world feels
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Study shows people wake up cheerful, then moods droop until bedtime; scientists prize hour-by-hour barometer of feeling.

Tussling over a textbook in Saudi Arabia
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - New Saudi high school text prompts controversy with attacks on West and UN; Education Ministry officials clash over foreign studies.

Could engineered fatty particles help prevent AIDS?
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2011 - Liposomes block HIV infection in early tests; could be a cost-effective preventive for developing countries.

Palestinian leaders renew attack on Tony Blair over Israel
The Guardian 1 Oct 2011 - Middle East envoy accused of 'parroting' Israeli demands during negotiations The Palestinian leadership has stepped up its attack on Tony Blair in his role as envoy of the Middle East Quartet, saying that his "parroting" of...

US Congress blocks £128m in aid for Palestinians
The Guardian 1 Oct 2011 - Palestinian Authority accuses Congress of holding back aid to punish Mahmoud Abbas' bid for UN statehood The Palestinian Authority has accused the US of "collective punishment", after the US Congress blocked $200m (£128m) in aid in...

[] Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22 - 28 Sep. 2011)
Uruknet October 1, 2011 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (22 - 28 September 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 25 others, including 7 children, and a French human rights defender in the West Bank. On 23 September 2011, IOF...

[] NTC commander admits did not capture Moussa Ibrahim
Uruknet October 1, 2011 - It appears that news of the capture of Gaddafi's spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, was premature. Although an NTC commander announced Ibrahim was caught on Thursday, the fighters' high command now say that he was not captured. Libya's new National Transitional Council has once again been using the propaganda war to disseminate false information, this time...

[] Libya's Moussa Ibrahim denies reports of his capture
Uruknet October 1, 2011 - Moussa Ibrahim, the fugitive spokesman for Muammar Qaddafi, telephoned a Syria-based television channel on Saturday to deny reports that he himself had been captured this week. Media reports after that said Ibrahim, disguised as a woman, had been captured by forces loyal to the ruling National Transitional Council while in the NTC-held city of...

[] 3 injured in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza
Uruknet October 1, 2011 -- Israeli forces launched an airstrike on northern Gaza on Saturday evening seriously injuring one man and wounding two others, medical officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said forces struck Beit Hanoun targeting militants attempting to fire a rocket into Israel. Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said three men were hospitalized, adding that...

[] Obama boasts of assassinating American citizen in Yemen
Uruknet October 1, 2011 - In a speech before a military audience in Virginia Friday, President Barack Obama boasted of the role of the CIA and US special operations units in the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a 40-year-old, New Mexico-born Muslim cleric. It marked the first time in history that an American president has publicly applauded the government's assassination...

[] Entrapping Muslims in America
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - Post-9/11, American Muslims became fair game, targeting them for their faith, ethnicity, and at times prominence and charity. As a result, they've been ruthlessly vilified and exploited as "war on terror" scapegoats for political advantage. Entrapment is commonly used. Guilt or innocence doesn't matter, just the illusion that America is safer when, in fact,...

[] "Syria: Inside the Secret Revolution"
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - To date, though, at least 2,700 people have been killed in Syria since March, Deraa is still occupied by the army, and, of those killed, 600 have died in Deraa alone, and 3,000 more have disappeared. As violence again erupted across Syria today, this programme is a timely insight into the oppression of the...

[] Press Release: High Court rules Raed Salah is 'entitled to damages for wrongful detention'
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - High Court rules Raed Salah is 'entitled to damages for wrongful detention' . The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) welcomes the High Court ruling that the British government's detention of Sheikh Raed Salah was illegal during the early part of his detention and that he is entitled to damages during that period. After wrongfully detaining the...

[] Video: Israeli Police Join Settler Pogrom at Anatot, 23 Israeli, Palestinian Activists Injured
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - Israeli settlers have celebrated the second day of the New Year of 5772 in the only way they know how, by a pogrom which drew the blood of Palestinians and Israeli peace activists who'd come to a Palestinian village to help a local landowner plant olive trees. Instead, settlers swarmed the group, smashed the...

[] Libya: "the jewel in the crown"
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - In a recent teleconference with US businessmen, Washington's ambassador to Libya let slip a telling phrase while referring to the North African nation's oil reserves. Ambassador Gene Cretz, who recently ran the stars and stripes up the flagpole at the previously abandoned US embassy in Tripoli recounted to reporters the contents of the briefing...

[] Envoy: Israel plotting to retake Sinai
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - Egyptian Ambassador to Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman on Friday said that Israel is plotting to retake the Sinai Peninsula. Othman told the independent Palestinian news agency Ma'an that the "escalating rhetoric of the Israeli leadership, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Ehud Barak, about lawlessness, lack of control in Sinai by...

[] ACLU Statement on Killing of Anwar Al-Aulaqi
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - U.S. airstrikes in Yemen today killed Anwar Al-Aulaqi, an American citizen who has never been charged with any crime. ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said, "The targeted killing program violates both U.S. and international law. As we've seen today, this is a program under which American citizens far from any battlefield can be...

[] Syria News - September 30, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - Death toll in Syria in the Friday of "Victory for Sham and Yemen" has reached 23, 12 are from Homs province ( Homs city , Rastan , Talbieseh), 6 in Hama and suburbs, 3 in Douma and Darayya in Damascus Suburbs, and one in each of Idleb and Daraa...Homs: Rastan: shortage of water, food and medication in...

[] Hungry Libyans flee besieged Sirte
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - ... Several residents said they were leaving Sirte because they had not eaten for days. "I am not scared. I am hungry," said Ghazi Abdul-Wahab, a Syrian who has lived in the town for 40 years. Abdul-Wahab said he had been sleeping in the streets with his family after a NATO airstrike hit a building...

[] Anwar al-Awlaki's extrajudicial murder
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - Is this the world we want? Where the president of the United States can place an American citizen, or anyone else for that matter, living outside a war zone on a targeted assassination list, and then have him murdered by drone strike. This was the very result we at the Center for Constitutional Rights...

[] Anti-Qaddafi Fighters Are Accused of Torture
Uruknet September 30, 2011 -First there were the blindfold, the wrist-scarring handcuffs and the death threats. Then came beatings and electric shocks. In the fog of pain, the detainee, who said he had done nothing wrong, would have confessed to anything, he later recalled. The man, who requested that his name not be published because he feared retribution from...

[] Protests continue in Iraq
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - Hadhi was part of the Friday protests, as Tim Arango notes in his article, and they continue today. The Great Iraqi Revolution reports, "A big demonstration came out after Friday prayer today in Wasit condemning the American occupation and refusing to grant occupation forces an extension of their stay under the pretext of 'training'."...

[] Iraq snapshot - September 30, 2011
Uruknet September 30, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, disagreement in Iraq over whether or not Nouri can close the deal alone on extending the US military presence, protests take place across Iraq, US President Barack Obama orders the deaths of two Americans, and more. "Suddenly the place turned into hell," explains survivor Haider Qahtan to Reuters. It was supposed...

[] Palestine Debate Exposes Undemocratic UN
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - President Barack Obama's shameful turnaround over Palestine has exposed the 'audacity of hope' for what it is-a sham. More important, it has turned the spotlight on the world body and the crass hypocrisy that goes on in there in the name of peace and international diplomacy. Let's face it. The world body has ended...

[] Palestinian reconciliation is "inevitable", claims senior Fatah member
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - A senior member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council has said that Palestinian reconciliation is now "inevitable". Without it, claimed Nabil Amr, "other achievements make no sense". In exclusive statements to the Palestinian media, Mr Amr regretted that the discussions and agreements on reconciliation have not been translated into reality. "The indications are that nothing has...

[] Iran "totally rejects" Palestine U.N. statehood bid
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - Iran's supreme leader rejected the Palestinians' U.N. statehood bid on Saturday, saying any deal that accepted the existence of Israel would leave a "cancerous tumor" forever threatening the security of the Middle East... "Any plan that seeks to divide Palestine is totally rejected," Khamenei told a conference on the Palestinian issue "The two-state scheme,...

[] Rage Against Wall Street Crooks
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - ...Wall Street crooks transformed America into an unprecedented money making racket, facilitated by government collusion at the highest federal, state and local levels. As a result, working Americans got scammed. For years, they've lost their savings, jobs, homes and futures to let privileged elites get richer and more powerful. The book explains, pulling no...

[] PFLP: Fatah, Hamas 'deception' unacceptable
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Jamil Mizher said Friday the "deception and stalling" of Hamas and Fatah to reconcile was no longer acceptable. In a statement, Mizher said the Palestinian people and factions need honesty, and he demanded the parties implement an agreement signed in May and put "this black page"...

[] Israeli parliament approves plans to transfer 30,000 Palestinian Bedouin
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - While attention is focused on the Palestinian Authority's UN recognition initiative, Israel is quietly taking hugely significant steps to transfer 30,000 Palestinian Bedouin in the Naqab (Negev) desert from their ancestral lands. Recently, Israel's parliament, the Knesset, approved plans for another large-scale cleansing of the Bedouin community in the Naqab. The plan would "relocate"...

[] The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality
Uruknet September 30, 2011 - It was first reported in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one of those Americans was Anwar al-Awlaki. No effort was made to indict him for any crimes (despite a report last October...

[] Assassinating Awlaki: Obama Can Kill Anyone He Wants To
Uruknet September 30, 2011 -... Awlaki's assassination, and that's what it was, is a signal that the Obama administration intends to pursue the LWT to the ends of the earth, regardless of the consequences, even if it means an extrajudicial killing of an American citizen. Not that killing noncitizens is kosher, but killing an American isn't. Still, rules are...

Rai sets off to U.S. on pastoral visit
Daily Star 1 Oct 2011 Maronite Patrirach Beshara Rai said before departing to the United States Saturday that his visit to America was pastoral in nature.

With al-Awlaki dead, al-Qaida lacks Western voice
Daily Star 1 Oct 2011 Issuing English-language sermons on jihad on the Internet from his hideouts in Yemen's mountains, al-Awlaki drew Muslim recruits like the young Nigerian who tried to bring down a U.S. jet on Christmas.

Mikati back in Lebanon, meets Sleiman
Daily Star 1 Oct 2011 Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati held talks at Baabda Palace over the weekend about Mikati’s recent visit to New York.

Nahhas says his bloc will reject funding of STL
Daily Star 1 Oct 2011 Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas said over the weekend his group would reject the funding of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and that statements by the president and prime minister on the issue were merely "points of...

Navy unveils new training technology
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - The Israel Navy unveiled new anti-terror technology over the weekend, which will allow Israeli marines and commandos to thwart terror threats at sea more efficiently. ... ....

Report: Biden torpedoed Pollard's pardon
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - WASHINGTON – Did US Vice President Joseph Biden stop President Barack Obama from pardoning convicted spy Jonathan Pollard? According to the New York Times, the answer is ... ....

IDF targets Gaza terror cell; 3 injured
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - Israel Air Force jets targeted a Gaza terror cell gearing to fire rockets at Israel, injuring three Palestinians believed to be the terror cell's members. The IDF ... ....

Social activists: We're being driven to violence
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - The City of Tel Aviv has been granted the court's approval to evict the social activists who have taken residence in the Rothschild Blvd tent city. City inspectors ... ....

Leftists, settlers clash near Jerusalem
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - Dozens of settlers clashed left-wing protesters outside Anathoth settlement, near Jerusalem on Friday, injuring seven and leading to the arrest of three others. Settlers ... ....

Mashaal: No alternative to resistance
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - Hamas Politburo chief Khaled Mashaal said Saturday that "our position is that of resistance until the Zionist regime is defeated." Speaking at a pro-Palestinian ... ....

Report: Egypt mulling Ilan Grapel's release
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - Egypt is considering releasing Ilan Grapel, the Israeli-American who was arrested in Egypt in June, on suspicion of espionage, Cairo's MENA news agency reported on ... ....

Cyprus: Offshore gas search to continue
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - President Dimitris Christofias insists Cyprus’ right to search for potential....

Arab sector marks October Riots
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - Thousands stage protest march in Sakhnin in honor of 2000 riots which left 13....

Arabs outraged over ban on October riots studies
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - Education Ministry warns schools in Arab sector against organizing political....

Iran proposes referendum about Palestine
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - Grand Ayatollah Khamenei stresses Tehran is opposed to two-state solution during....

Al-Awlaki: From voice for jihad to al-Qaeda figure
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - A close look into American-born al-Qaeda leader killed in Yemen airstrike on....

US to provide Turkey with attack helicopters
YNet News, 1 Oct 2011 - American ambassador says Washington to provide Turkish army with three....

Mishaal: liberation first, then state declaration
PIC - In an address in Iranian capital Tehran to an international conference, Hamas political leader Khalid Mishaal said that Palestinian lands should be liberated first, then a state can be announced.

Friday prayers held on land mapped out for separation barrier
PIC - In a step aimed at demonstrating the Palestinians’ right to the land, locals in Shuafat refugee camp held Friday prayers this week on land planned to be used by the Israeli apartheid barrier .

Ibrahim Hamed and Hasan Salama join mass hunger strike
PIC - Commander of Al-Qassam Brigades’ West Bank division Ibrahim Hamed and prisoner representative Hassan Salama have joined a hunger strike declared in most of the Israeli prisons.

Haneyya welcomes aid delegations from Kuwait, Tunisia
PIC - Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya lauded Friday concurrent aid projects in the Gaza Strip by Arab and international aid organizations in a welcome of delegations of from Kuwait and Tunisia.

Fatah official: going to UN is an irresponsible step
PIC - Dr. Rebhi Hallom, member of the PLO's national council has described Thursday Abbas’s step to seek full membership in the UN as an irresponsible step, a jump in the air and a new doze of sedative.

Sabri calls on KSA to exclude Alstom from holy land railway bids
PIC - Former Jerusalem Grand Mufti Ekrima Sabri has called on Saudi Arabia to defend Jerusalem by not accepting dids for the Haramain rail project by Israel’s Jerusalem transportation partner Alstom.

Injuries reported in violent clashes in Beit Furik
PIC - There were a number of injuries amongst Palestinians after Jewish settlers backed by Israeli occupation forces clashed with locals in the Palestinian village of Beit Furik, some 7 km east of Nablus.

EU Contributes €9.9 Million to PA

US Congress Blocks $200 Million in Aid for Palestinians

Israeli Soldiers Close Down West Bank Village

Newspapers Review: Papers Continue to Focus on UN Bid

Cabinet: Winter Time into Effect Tonight

US Congress blocks $200 Million in aid for Palestinians
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Oct 2011 - Palestinian Authority accuses Congress of holding back aid to punish Mahmoud Abbas’ bid for UN statehood A group of Palestinians rally in New York while President Mahmoud Abbas calls for the UN to formally recognise the Palestinian state. Photograph: Gary Dwight... more

Sean Penn Takes Part in Egypt’s Tahrir Demo
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Oct 2011 - Ahram Online Friday 30 Sep 2011 Sean Penn in Tahrir square, Cairo's iconic landmark US film star and Oscar winner Sean Penn has joined today’s demonstration in Tahrir Square, staged to protest recent unpopular moves by Egypt’s ruling military council. “The... more

U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills U.S.-born Al Qaeda figure Awlaki
LA Times 30 Sep 2011 - The lethal strike that killed Anwar Awlaki marked the first known case in which the Obama administration tracked down and killed a U.S. citizen. The raid also killed a second American, Samir Khan. A two-year hunt for an American-born Muslim cleric accused of inspiring and...

Egyptians protest military leadership
LA Times 30 Sep 2011 - Organizers didn't get the 'million men' they'd hoped for, but thousands revisit Tahrir Square to demand a date for a presidential election and the end of emergency laws. Thousands of protesters once again gathered in the heart of Cairo on Friday to voice their exasperation...

Awlaki Strike Shows U.S. Shift to Drones in Terror Fight
New York Times 1 Oct 2011 - Huge costs and uncertain outcomes in two wars have led the United States to embrace drones, like those used in the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, in the fight against terrorism.

Yemen Notes Its Own Role in U.S. Attack on Militant
New York Times 1 Oct 2011 - A government spokesman said that the United States should show more appreciation to Yemen’s embattled president for his assistance in finding Anwar al-Awlaki.

As the West Celebrates Awlaki’s Death, the Mideast Shrugs
New York Times 1 Oct 2011 - In a region transfixed by the drama of its revolts and revolutions, the voice of the American-born Anwar al-Awlaki has had almost no resonance.

Samir Khan, Killed by Drone, Spun Out of the American Middle Class
New York Times 1 Oct 2011 - Samir Khan left his comfortable life in Charlotte, N.C., for Yemen, started a magazine for jihadists and continued to dodge efforts to stop his self-described “media jihad.”

Homs, Syria, Spirals Down Toward Civil War
New York Times 1 Oct 2011 - Across the political spectrum, residents of Homs, Syria, speak of a recent shift, from a largely peaceful uprising to a struggle that has made the city violent, fearful and determined.

Khaled Abdel Nasser, Son of Egyptian Hero, Dies at 62
New York Times 1 Oct 2011 - Mr. Nasser captured the world’s attention in the late 1980s when he was tried and acquitted of helping to assassinate two Israeli diplomats.

Thousands Protest and Clashes Continue in Syria
New York Times 1 Oct 2011 - There was a smaller number of protesters in the streets of Syria than in past demonstrations, but fighting was reported between security forces and army defectors.

Anti-Qaddafi Fighters Are Accused of Torture
New York Times 1 Oct 2011 - A rights group says that former rebel fighters have tortured some of the detainees swept up by the thousands in Tripoli, Libya.

Israel announces new settlements in East Jerusalem
WSWS - Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s right wing coalition government has approved the construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo, an outer suburb of East Jerusalem, on what was Palestinian land.

Anwar al-Awlaki’s extrajudicial murder
Mondoweiss - This article originally appeared in The Guardian: Is this the world we want? Where the president of the United States can place an American citizen, or anyone else for that matter, living outside a war zone on a targeted assassination list, and then have him murdered...

Khalidi reflects on the ‘Palestinians’ Next Move’ in The National Interest
Mondoweiss - Among the countless recent commentaries on the prospects and implications of the Palestinian leadership's bid for membership at the United Nations, I find Rashid Khalidi's " The Palestinians' Next Move " exceptionally clear, concise, and convincing. Among his "initial conclusions": 1.  "the United States now is thoroughly out...

US withholds $200 million from PA for punishment over statehood bid
Mondoweiss - From Haaretz : The United States Congress has blocked nearly $200m in aid to the Palestinians, the U.K’s Independent newspaper reported on Saturday. The aid, which was destined for projects related to food aid, health care, and state building efforts, was to have been transferred to the...

Building the Wall in al-Walajah
Mondoweiss - Photostream: Building of the Wall in al-Walajah 28.09.2011 Foundation of a tunnel is seen next to the house of Al-Hajajleh family on the route of the Wall in Al Walaja village, 28.09.2011. The tunnel, which costs around 32 million dollars, will soon be the only way...

Michele Bachmann says Obama ‘laid the table’ for the Arab Spring
Mondoweiss - That's right: a Republican is giving Obama more credit than even his own party will for influencing --no, inducing -- the "Arab Spring." MSNBC broke the story, capturing footage of Michele Bachmann, GOP presidential hopeful, saying that: "Just like Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s [who]...

CIA Drone Kills Al-Awlaki, Second U.S. Citizen, in Yemen
Tikun Olam - Frankly, I’m wondering whether anything like this has ever been done before.  Apparently, a CIA drone killed two U.S. citizens in Yemen, one of whom was Anwar Al-Awlaki, a noted American-born Al Qaeda leader.  They killed him without trial despite the fact that the U.S. Constitution...

(en) [Brazil] Pedido de Solidariedade/Request for Solidarity
A-infos 1 Oct 2011 - Dear Friends -- Greetings --- The Comrades of the “Sindicato de Artes e Ofícios Vários de Araxá” (Syndicate of Various Arts and Crafts of Araxá), Minas Gerais, Brazil, affiliated to the “Confederação Operária Brasileira” (Brazilian Workers’ Confederation), Brazilian section of the International Workers Association, are under...

Egypt offers poll law concession
BBC 1 Oct 2011 - Egypt's ruling military council says it will amend part of a disputed election law following demands from protesters, reports say.

Forget the distractions; the realities of Israel's Occupation demand its end
Middle East Monitor 1 Oct 2011 - Tons of paper, gigabytes of email and hours of talking heads on TV, led up to the psycho-political drama of the unknown territory that was the application for UN recognition of a Palestinian state. The high-level rhetoric and the contradictory legal opinions; the sad, expected Obama...

UK government conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism in Salah trial
Middle East Monitor 1 Oct 2011 - Renowned Palestinian activist and religious leader Sheikh Raed Salah was at the UK's Sheldon immigration court in Birmingham this week. His appeal against the government's decision in June to ban him from the country is now being heard in earnest, with testimonies from Salah and several...

Beit Ommar Demonstration 1. October 2011
Palestine Solidarity Project 1 Oct 2011 - Demonstration in Beit Ommar. 01.Sept 2011 Saturday October 2011: The weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar was peaceful. Residents from Beit Ommar walked towards their land in the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur, accompanied by many internationals and Israeli activists. The demonstrators were stopped by approximately...

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