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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Hunger Strike Ongoing, Violations Against Detainees Escalating
IMEMC - Sunday October 09, 2011 - 03:51, Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated Saturday that Palestinian political detainees in Israeli prisons are ongoing with their hunger strike demanding their legal rights, yet, Israel is escalating its violations against them in an attempt to break their strike.

Israel to Release Abu Zent Corpse after Being Kept for 35 Years
IMEMC - Saturday October 08, 2011 - 13:35, Israeli authorities have decided to release the corpse of Hafeth Abu Zent on Sunday at Jaljolia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Qalqilia. The body had been kept for 35 years in the so- called Israeli Cemetery of Numbers, the Ma’an News Agency reported.

Israeli right-wingers vandalize Islamic and Christian Cemeteries in Jaffa
IMEMC - Saturday October 08, 2011 - 12:41, On Friday night, the eve of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, a group of Israeli extremists broke into both an Islamic and a Christian cemetery in the city of Jaffa, damaging graves and writing anti-Arab and Muslim slogans on the walls of the mausoleums, the Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

Israeli Navy Fires At Fishing Boats In Gaza
IMEMC - Saturday October 08, 2011 - 07:05, On Friday evening, the Israeli Navy opened fire on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in Palestinian territorial waters near Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip; no injuries were reported.

Police: Palestinian graves vandalized in Jaffa
10/8/2011 - JAFFA, Israel (Ma'an) -- Vandals defaced graves in two cemeteries, one Muslim and the other Christian, with anti-Arab graffiti in Jaffa south of Tel Aviv, Israeli police said Saturday. The Islamic cemetery al-Kazakhana and nearby Christian Orthodox cemetery in the town were broken into at night, locals told reporters. A website called Yaffa48 posted.... Related: In photos: Palestinian graves defaced in Jaffa

Settler homes approved in East Jerusalem
10/8/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) --The Jerusalem municipality has given the green light for the construction of 11 new apartments in the Jewish settlement of Pisgat Zeev in the annexed east of the city, a councilor told AFP on Saturday." The municipality approved at the beginning of the week the construction of 11 apartments, as part of a....

Israel to release body of killed Palestinian after 35 years
10/8/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities will hand over the body of a Palestinian killed in 1976, via Qalqiliya checkpoint on Sunday, officials told Ma'an. The remains of Hafez Muhammad Hussein Abu Zant have been held for 35 years in Israeli custody, after he was killed in an operation by the Democratic Front....

In photos: Palestinian graves defaced in Jaffa
10/8/2011 - MaanImages / Ibrahim Sarsour, HOChristian and Muslim graves in Jaffa, Israel were vandalized overnight Friday by assailants suspected to be Jewish extremists, local media reports and a religious official said.... Related: Police: Palestinian graves vandalized in Jaffa

Bethlehem students support hunger strike
10/8/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Student groups at Bethlehem University have set up a sit-in tent in support of detainees on hunger strike. The student senate at the university also suspended several classes in order to hold events in support of the strike. Palestinians jailed in Israel went on a mass hunger strike on Sept. 27....

EU parliament proposes aid hike to Palestinians
10/8/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- European parliamentarians proposed a 100 million euro ($134 million) increase in aid to Palestine in 2012, according to a press release Friday. The European Parliament budgets committee asked for the hike in assistance to Palestinians to be put to a parliament vote on Oct. 26, the EP press statement said....

Fatah official: Quartet should condemn settlements
10/8/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The success of an upcoming statement by the Middle East Quartet on Sunday will depend on whether it condemns Israeli settlement building, a Fatah official said. Fatah spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal said Saturday that "the Quartet should realize that the aim of negotiations is to end the occupation and that....

Rafah crossing reopens after Egypt holiday
10/8/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's crossing with Egypt reopened on Saturday after a two-day closure for Egypt's commemoration of its 1973 war with Israel. The ministry of interior of the Gaza-based government said students and patients registered to travel on Oct. 6 and 8 could access the Rafah crossing to....

Israel transport closes for Jewish holiday
10/8/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- All air traffic to and from Israel was stopped late Friday until 9 p. m. Saturday, as Israelis mark the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, Israeli media said. The Taba crossing to Egypt, in southern Israel, will also reopen at 9 p. m. Saturday, media reported. All transportation is shut down during....

Analysis: Turkey takes sides on Syria, faces new risks
10/8/2011 - ANTAKYA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Turkey is piling pressure on Syria with border military exercises, economic sanctions and the harboring of Syrian opposition groups and army defectors, but Ankara must tread carefully to avoid arousing the suspicion of Arab states or spurring Syrian counter-measures. Turkey has shifted, in the space of six months, from being Syria'....

Hundreds rally for Assad in the Golan Heights
10/8/2011 - MAJDAL SHAMS (AFP) -- Some 500 people living on the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on Friday held a rally of support for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an AFP photographer said. Waving Syrian flags and portraits of Assad, the demonstrators marched through Majdal Shams."We love you, Bashar. . . We are with the Syrian army," they chanted. Against....

Libyan govt forces launch big assault on Sirte
10/8/2011 - SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) -- A Libyan interim government force of about 100 vehicles, mounted with heavy weapons, advanced on the southern side of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte on Saturday in one of the biggest assaults yet, a Reuters reporter in the city said....

Yemen president says will leave power in coming days
10/8/2011 - SANAA (Reuters) -- Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would leave power in the coming days, the closest the veteran leader has come to announcing he plans to step down after nine months of mass protests against his 33 year rule." I reject power and I will continue to reject it....

Syrian forces fire on 50,000 mourning slain Kurd
10/8/2011 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Syrian security forces killed at least two people when they opened fire on 50,000 people at the funeral of assassinated Kurdish opposition figure Meshaal Tamo on Saturday, activists said. The shooting, which also wounded several others, came a day after nationwide rallies against President Bashar al-Assad and in support of a newly formed....

Libya fighters seize strategic highway in Sirte
10/8/2011 - SIRTE, Libya (AFP) -- Forces from Libya's interim regime scored a strategic goal on Saturday in their push to capture Sirte, seizing a highway that opens the way to a final assault on a key base of troops loyal to Moamer Gadhafi. But with thousands of civilians still trapped in the ex-leader's....

Egypt military gives in to parties, amends election law
10/8/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's military amended a controversial election law on Saturday to allow parties to contest a third of the seats in parliament reserved for independents after a boycott threat, state media reported. The military decree is a concession to the parties, which also insist on a law banning corrupt politicians from running....

More Syria residents flee to Jordan
AlJazeera 8 Oct 2011 - Growers of palms say they will lose more than $1m because of the ban imposed by Hamas.

Ban on palm frond export hits Gaza farmers
AlJazeera 8 Oct 2011 - Fourteen hurt in Gulf city, officials say, as Saudis vow to come down on "division instigators" with an "iron fist".

Police clash with mourners in Bahrain
AlJazeera 8 Oct 2011 - Concerned about the kingdom's response to a popular uprising, members of Congress aim to bloc a $53m sale.

US politicians seek to halt Bahrain arms deal
AlJazeera 8 Oct 2011 - Activists say 13 people were killed after gunmen opened fire on funeral processions for people who died on Friday.

Israeli military fires canisters straight at protesters in Nabi Saleh
10/8/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Israeli military forces fired tear gas canisters directly at protesters and international observers during the weekly demonstration at Nabi Saleh yesterday, 7 October.   An international activist  sustained a minor wound to the leg after being struck by a tear gas canister fired directly from a distance of around 15 metres....

New Israeli homes set for east Jerusalem
Relief Web 8 Oct 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel JERUSALEM — Jerusalem municipality has given the green light for the construction of 11 new apartments in the Jewish settlement of Pisgat Zeev in the annexed east of the city, a councillor...

Les délégations de la sixième commission réaffirment leur attachement à la promotion de l’état de droit aux niveaux national et international
Relief Web 6 Oct 2011 - Source: UN General Assembly Country: World , Côte d'Ivoire , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Haiti , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan , Senegal , Sudan (the) , Zambia AG/J/3410 Sixième Commission 5e & 6e séances – matin & après-midi Elles se félicitent de la convocation...

Hamas fees and taxes infuriate Gazans
The National 8 Oct 2011 - A raft of measures by Hamas is raising speculation that the organization is suffering a significant drop in funding from Islamist supporters.

Molotov cocktail thrown at Jaffa synagogue; hundreds protest 'price tag' attack on cemeteries
Ha'aretz - No casualties were reported in synagogue attack; protesters chant 'no to racism' after Muslim and Christian cemeteries were defaced with racist slogans over the weekend.

Yom Kippur War Redux / How Israeli and U.S. leaders ignored the Arab drums of war in 1973
Ha'aretz - Amir Oren explores how newly released documents reveal details of American and Israeli leaders' blindness to the warning signs.

Yemen president says he wants to leave power
Ha'aretz - Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni leader for the last 33 years and recovering from an assassination attempt in June, remains vague about his plans to step down.

Iran says deployed radars capable of detecting unmanned drones
Ha'aretz - Senior military commander says air defense units equipped with advanced systems to enable them to trace and shoot down small drones over airspace.

Anti-Gadhafi forces in 'final offensive' against former Libyan leader's stronghold
Ha'aretz - Fighters trying hard to flush out snipers holed up inside tall buildings in Sirte, on the Mediterranean coast, in what they say is the final onslaught.

Libyan rebels shell Gadhafi stronghold in renewed push toward coast
Ha'aretz - Sirte is the last major city to remain in loyalist hands following the collapse of Gadhafi's 42-year rule in August. Residents who have fled say there is no electricity, water or food.

Peres condemns 'price tag' attack on Muslim and Christian cemeteries
Ha'aretz - President calls defacement of two Jaffa cemeteries a 'criminal act' and calls on law authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice; activists plan a demonstration at the sites later Saturday.

Muslim, Christian graves in Jaffa defaced with racist slogans in suspected 'price tag' attack
Ha'aretz - Adjacent cemeteries in South Tel Aviv desecrated with graffiti saying ‘Death to Arabs’ over the Yom Kippur holiday.

‘Serial armed robbers’ to be charged in Hod Hasharon murder
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2011 - Two suspects allegedly killed jewelry store owner, shot at others.

Iran tells Turkey: Change tack or face trouble
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2011 - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s military adviser attacks Erdogan's behavior towards Syria, Iran as "in line with the goals of America."

Taking on the taboo
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2011 - Human rights groups, MK Orit Zuaretz set to raise the stakes in battle against prostitution in Israel.

Thousands mourn Syrian Kurd opposition figure
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2011 - 50,000 turn out to bury charismatic critic of Assad, Meshaal al-Tammo; government forces fire on funeral, killing two.

MDA paramedics treat 2,168 people over Yom Kippur
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2011 - Dehydration, road and bicycle accidents cause of most sickness, injury; J'lem police report 4 incidents of stone throwing in the capital.

A drinker's guide to Islam | Khaled Diab
The Guardian 8 Oct 2011 - A Palestinian beerfest is not as bizarre as it seems. Alcohol has long been a tolerated aspect of Muslim culture If I said that we went to an Oktoberfest last weekend, readers may wonder why I...

EGYPT: Islamists and Secularists Draw Closer
IPS Egypt, routinely the cradle for new Arab and Islamic ideologies, is now witnessing the birth of yet another line of thought - Islamic Liberalism. The term is touted now as a panacea for the eight-month impasse that has locked Islamists and their secularist rivals in bitter bickering over how this...

[] Bani Walid can't be taken, so MSM ignore it; Britons forever will be slaves
Uruknet October 8, 2011 - ...The Libyan War, as well as being a good demonstration of the out-and-out perversion of our criminal political elite (that's why I've dwelt upon it), also offers an opportunity to show how the media insists on doublethink in its consumer-ship. For instance, Al-Qaeda is bad, but Al-Qaeda is good. Kinetic military action is not...

[] Iraq, siding with Iran, sends essential aid to Syria's Assad
Uruknet October 8, 2011 - More than six months after the start of the Syrian uprising, Iraq is offering key moral and financial support to the country's embattled president, undermining a central U.S. policy objective and raising fresh concerns that Iraq is drifting further into the orbit of an American arch rival - Iran...Pollock noted that Iranian-backed cleric Moqtada...

[] Yemen's president again promises to step down
Uruknet October 8, 2011 - With his country tilting toward civil war and powerful tribes and mutinous soldiers arrayed against him, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Saturday that he would step down soon. Saleh, a shrewd political tactician who has stayed in power for more than three decades, has broken such promises previously. But the president appears to...

[] The Tripoli Massacres: 900 Bodies in Two Suburban Mass Graves
Uruknet October 8, 2011 - Since rebel forces followed the path of NATO'sbombs and entered Tripoli in late August, a rash of brutal and "mysterious" killings has plagued the city. Bodies at first left rotting in the open, stuffedinto a hoslital-cum-slaughterhouse, and then in mass graves appearing weekly. I estimate collectively at least 400 known victims of the takeover...

[] Video: Ahmad Chalabi gets a shoe thrown by one of the audience in Hezbollah's forum about Bahrain
Uruknet October 8, 2011 - On 5-6 October 2011 Hezbollah, together with Bahraini opposers and human rights activists, held in Beirut a conference on human rights violation in Bahrain ( Bahrain Forum for Human Rights). The event was being carried live by Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV...In the opening session of the conference, the speeches were delivered by the Bahraini lawyer Dr....

[] Police: Palestinian graves vandalized in Jaffa
Uruknet October 8, 2011 - Vandals defaced graves in two cemeteries, one Muslim and the other Christian, with anti-Arab graffiti in Jaffa south of Tel Aviv, Israeli police said Saturday. The Islamic cemetery al-Kazakhana and nearby Christian Orthodox cemetery in the town were broken into at night, locals told reporters. A website called Yaffa48 posted photos of what it...

[] Syria's Sectarian Curse
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - Much of what is written about Syria is pretty dull and useless, but sometimes I read an article like this and it pricks my ears up instantly. In effect, Theo Padnos is trying to understand what the Assad regime really is. Is it an Alawite regime? Is it a regime that happens to be...

[] Israeli Police Captured On Video Violently Attacking Arab Family in Haifa
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - Two days ago, the Israeli Police violently attacked and evicted an Arab family who had been living in a vacant home in Salma Street, Haifa, mistreating the mother and her children...The Israeli Police attacked the home and and the mother, pushing her violently. One policeman also kicked the mother, and another held her by...

[] Murdered By His Own Government Family of Samir Khan 'Appalled' by U.S. Actions
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - ...Being a law abiding citizen of the United States our late son Samir Khan never broke any law and was never implicated of any crime. The Fifth Amendment states that no citizen shall be 'deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law' yet our government assassinated two of its citizens. Was...

Uruknet October 7, 2011 - ...The NTC, who gave them legitimacy? How did they obtain legitimacy? Did the Libyan people elect them?Did the Libyan people appoint them? And if only the power of NATO bombs and fleets grant legitimacy, then let all the rulers in the Third World beware for the same fate awaits you!To those who recognize this...

[] British justice is exposed as a sham
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague received Tzipi Livni in his office at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office this week. The former Israeli Foreign Minister was welcomed warmly even though she is now simply the leader of the opposition in Israel. It was a black day in the history of British justice and a huge...

[] Israel media: Nuclear whistle-blower banned from emigrating
Uruknet October 7, 2011 -- Israel's supreme court on Thursday barred nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu from emigrating on the grounds he still poses a threat to state security, Israeli media reported. Vanunu, under orders to stay in Tel Aviv and not to speak to journalists, "has proved several times he can not be trusted and does not respect the...

[] SOMALIA: Rape - The Hidden Side of the Famine Crisis
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - When Aisha Diis* and her five children fled their home in Somalia seeking aid from the famine devastating the region, she could not have known the dangers of the journey, or even fathom that she would be raped along the way. Diis left her village of Kismayu, southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu,...

[] U.S. Move to Block Palestine in UNESCO Doomed to Fail
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - - Despite a slim chance of diplomatic victory, the United States is leading a doomed, mostly Western attempt to block Palestinian membership in the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The 193-member General Conference, UNESCO's policy-making body, is expected to ratify Palestine's membership during its weeklong session beginning Oct. 25. The application was...

[] Syria News - October 7, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Qamishli: Unknown persons fired on and killed Mashaal Tammo, the spokesperson for the Kurdish Future Party while he was in a private residence. His son was injured, as was activist Zahida Rashkilo...Homs: Martyrdom of Talal Mamdouh Al-Turjuman (54 year-old) under torture in one of the security departments. He was arrested with his 3 children over a month ago...

[] Costs of UK's colonial war in Libya spiral
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - A leading defense expert has tallied the real costs of the UK's seven-month-old military intervention in Libya. The sum spent so far vastly outstrips previous claims of UK ministers, confirming that the expenses of the imperialist intervention have been deliberately concealed. According to the figures compiled by Defense Analysis editor Francis Tulsa, the war...

[] State Sanctioned Killings
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - ...The sad reality is that even though the Obama administration prides itself on ending the Bush administration's policies of torture and secret detention (although the latter is highly disputed, especially in light of new evidence suggesting the existence of a CIA "proxy detention" scheme in a secret detention facility in Somalia) this administration continued...

[] Wall Street Runs America
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - Major Wall Street banks occupy and control Washington. They recycle their officials in and out, make policy, and enforce it with money power supremacy for virtually everything they want. Political Washington salutes and obeys. Money power in private hands and democracy can't co-exist. It buys what it wants at the expense of government of,...

[] Jailed Egyptian blogger on hunger strike, in critical condition
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - Last March, an Egyptian blogger named Mikael Nabil Sanad, 26, was arrested and accused of insulting and defaming the military. The catalyst for the arrest was a blog post he wrote at the beginning of the month, in which he accused the army of forcing female activists arrested at Tahrir to undergo virginity tests....

[] Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 Sep. - 05 Oct. 2011)
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (29 September - 05 October 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF wounded 4 Palestinians, including a child, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, on 01 October 2011, an Israeli drone...

[] Iraq snapshot - October 7, 2011
Uruknet October 7, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, protests and teach-ins take place in the US, the New York Times picks up an acoustic guitar and decides to try a confessional song, Iraq has serious water problems, Political Stalemate II continues, and more....In Baghdad today, protests took place. The Great Iraqi Revolution notes that chants included, "America Out, Baghdad...

[] Farewell, Mashaal Tammo...
Uruknet October 7, 2011 - Mashaal Tammo, one of the most active Kurdish leaders in the Syrian Kurdish community, and a highly respected figure across all segments of Syrian society, was born in Derbassiyeh in 1958. He was a resident of Qamishli, and was an agricultural engineer. He was married and had four sons and two daughters. Mashaal Tammo...

Yemen president says will leave power in coming days
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Saturday he would leave power in the coming days, the closest the veteran leader has come to announcing he plans to step down.

Hezbollah MP warns against Western manipulation of Arab uprisings
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Western countries are trying to manipulate the uprisings sweeping Arab countries nowadays to serve its interests at the expense of the interests of Arabs, Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad said Saturday.

Protesters break into Syrian embassy in Vienna
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Eleven people arrested in Vienna after they broke into a building housing the Syrian embassy and consulate, a police spokeswoman said.

We are not against minimum wage increase, Mikati
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri meets with Prime Minister Najib Mikati to discuss a number of domestic issues.

Libya new regime fighters seize key Sirte road: AFP
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Libya's new regime fighters seize control of a key road in Sirte as fierce gun battles rage in the centre of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown.

Auto inspection center to reopen with security personnel
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Beirut’s auto inspection will reopen Monday after the head of the vehicle inspection center agreed with the Interior Ministry and the Internal Security Forces to dispatch security men to protect workers inside the center.

Homeless Algerian mother sets herself, child on fire
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 An Algerian woman who had been evicted from her flat in Oran died after setting herself and her three-year-old son on fire, police said Saturday.

Syrian forces fire on Kurdish funeral, two dead
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Fifty thousand Syrians rally against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad during the funeral of Meshaal Tamo, a Kurdish opposition figure slain Friday.

Syrian army blocks highway with Lebanon
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Syrian army blocks the Beirut-Damascus international highway on the Syrian side of the border Saturday.

Kahwagi to visit U.S. to seek continuation of military aid: report
Daily Star 8 Oct 2011 Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi to travel to U.S. Monday to request the continuation of the military aid program to Lebanon, high-ranking military source tells An Nahar newspaper.

Deadly fighting rages in final assault on Gadhafi’s hometown
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Sirte was rocked by deadly fighting Friday in what new regime forces said was a final assault on Moammar Gadhafi’s besieged hometown, with orders they take it the same day despite stiff resistance.

Yemen wins first Nobel as committee honors African, Arab women
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Declaring women’s rights vital for world peace, the Nobel Committee awarded its annual Peace Prize Friday to three indomitable female campaigners against war and oppression – a Yemeni and two Liberians, including that country’s president.

Reform or go, Medvedev tells Assad, Syrian leaders
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down Friday as Syrian forces killed at least eight people when they opened fire to disperse anti-government protests in Damascus and Homs, activists said.

Panel pitches 20 percent wage hike
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 A Labor Ministry-led committee tasked with proposing a new minimum wage has recommended a 20 percent across-the-board wage hike after deliberations Friday.

Bekaa officials want government action
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Future Movement representatives and residents of the Bekaa village of Arsal called on the government Friday to take action over the Syrian army’s recent incursions into Lebanon, which resulted this week in the death of a...

Hamas official dismisses Abbas’ U.N. bid as ‘jump in the air’
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 Senior Hamas official says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to seek U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state is designed to scuttle an inter-Palestinian reconciliation

STL: Sayyed can see some witness statements
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 The prosecutor of the United Nations-backed court probing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has failed in an appeal to keep selected witness statements from a former general imprisoned for four years in...

Gathering moves venue to avoid embarassing church leaders
Daily Star 7 Oct 2011 A major gathering of Lebanese Christians later this month is set to declare its support for the popular revolts in the Arab world. But unlike other editions of the gathering held in the past decade, this...

Egypt wants 81 prisoners in exchange for 'Israeli spy'
YNet News, 8 Oct 2011 - Egypt wants Israel to free 78 Egyptian prisoners in exchange for Ilan Grapel, an Israeli-American national accused of spying and held by Cairo since June. The demand ... ....

Jaffa synagogue firebombed
YNet News, 8 Oct 2011 - A Molotov cocktail was hurled at a Jaffa synagogue Saturday evening, as tensions were rising in the central Israel town after two Arab cemeteries were vandalized over the ... ....

Jaffa: Arab cemeteries vandalized
YNet News, 8 Oct 2011 - Some 25 tombstones were vandalized at two Jaffa cemeteries belonging to Muslims and Christians. The messages “Death to Arabs” and “Price tag” were spray painted on the ... ....

Widow of rocket fatality gives birth
YNet News, 8 Oct 2011 - Lilach Shushan, whose husband was killed in a rocket attack in August, gave birth on Saturday at Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center. Lilach’s husband, Yossi, 38, was ... ....

Syrian forces fire on Kurdish funeral
YNet News, 8 Oct 2011 - Syrian security forces killed at least two people when they opened fire on tens of thousands of mourners on Saturday at the funeral of a Kurdish opposition figure, ... ....

Jewish fanatics desecrate Islamic, Christian burial grounds
PIC - A group of Jewish fanatics vandalized Islamic and Christian cemeteries in Yaffa on Friday night, Palestinian eyewitnesses said on Saturday.

European rights group accuses Alstom of ‘direct involvement’ in Judaizing J’lem
PIC - A European rights group has called on Saudi Arabia to boycott French transportation giant Alstom, saying the company “clearly defied international law” by participating in the Jerusalem Light Rail.

Four Palestinian female prisoners to join hunger strike
PIC - Four Palestinian female prisoners are to join the open hunger strike waged by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails starting on Sunday, well informed sources said on Saturday.

Bahar lashes out after immunity granted to Livni during UK trip
PIC - Deputy speaker of the PLC Ahmed Bahar has condemned the British government after immunity was granted to suspected Israeli war criminal Tzipi Livni upon her visit to the country on Thursday.

Israel planning 300 new housing units in OJ
PIC - The Israeli local committee for organization and construction in occupied Jerusalem has approved the building of 300 new housing units in the holy city.

Prisoner hospitalized after health fails in hunger strike
PIC - A Palestinian prisoner who joined the mass hunger strike rocking the Israeli prisons has been transferred to the hospital after his health deteriorated drastically.

Haneyya: Government will use all means to free prisoners
PIC - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya said Friday that the government in Gaza was endeavoring to see the release of the Palestinian captives in the Israeli occupation prisons.

Bardawil calls for uprising with aim of freeing prisoners
PIC - Senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil has called for a popular uprising with the aim of freeing the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons.

Violent clashes break out in Ras al-Amud
PIC - An outbreak of violent clashes erupted Friday after Israeli occupation forces cordoned off East Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amud district in conjunction with the Jewish Yom Kippur holidays.

Zahar: Palestine closer to liberty than ever before
PIC - Hamas political leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said that Palestine is the closest it has ever been to liberty, reiterating that resistance is what will etch the path to freedom from the Israeli occupation.

Israel No. 1 in Violating Prisoners’ Rights, says Group

Israel to Return Remains of Palestinian Fighter

Extremist Jews Believed Behind Jaffa Cemeteries’ Vandalism

EU Committee Recommends €100m More Aid to Palestinians

Dominican Republic Offers Support for Palestine’s UN Bid

Witness The Nazis Of Our Time [VIDEO]
Intifada-Palestine: 8 Oct 2011 - צילום: חיים שוורצנברג © Photographed by Haim Schwarczenberg         Source: Via Gilad Atzmon more

Mosque Torching: When Extremist Attacks Against Arabs Cross the Green Line
Intifada-Palestine: 8 Oct 2011 - An Arab-Israeli boy inspects a burnt mosque after it was torched overnight in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangaria, in the northern Israeli Galilee, Monday 3 October 2011. (Photo: AFP - Menahem Kahana) “Since 2009, when Netanyahu formed the most right-wing... more

Yemen's president again promises to step down
LA Times 8 Oct 2011 - President Ali Abdullah Saleh has broken similar promises in the past, but he appears to be losing control over a nation engulfed in protests and fighting. With his country tilting toward civil war and powerful tribes and mutinous soldiers arrayed against him, Yemeni President Ali...

Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen
New York Times 8 Oct 2011 - A secret memo offers a glimpse into the legal debate that led to the Obama administration’s decision to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, in Yemen.

Yemen’s Leader Says He’ll ‘Reject Power’; Foes Are Skeptical
New York Times 8 Oct 2011 - Not for the first time, President Ali Abdullah Saleh made vague comments on Saturday indicating that he was willing to leave office.

If U.S. Leaves Vacuum in Iraq, Disliked Iran May Not Fill It
New York Times 8 Oct 2011 - Iran has made inroads in swaying the Iraqi government, but its reach has not extended to ordinary people.

Activist’s Killing Stokes Tensions Among Syria’s Kurds
New York Times 8 Oct 2011 - The killing of Mashaal Tammo ignited anger among a restive community that the government had tried to avoid provoking.

Among 3 Women Awarded Nobel Peace Prize, a Nod to the Arab Spring
New York Times 8 Oct 2011 - When Tawakkol Karman was awarded the prize, she became a standard-bearer for the Arab Spring and for the role of women across the Middle East.

Attack by Syrian Forces Leaves Opposition Leader Dead
New York Times 8 Oct 2011 - A leading Kurdish political figure was shot to death in northern Syria, while a political dissident was brazenly beaten in the heart of the capital Damascus, activists said.

Protesters and Police Clash in Bahrain
New York Times 8 Oct 2011 - The rally followed the funeral of a teenager who activists said was killed by the police the day before.

Costs of UK’s colonial war in Libya spiral
WSWS - The neo-colonial intervention into Libya has cost the UK around £1.75 billion so far, seven times the figure originally stated.

Saudi Arabia cracks down on protesters
WSWS - An angry protest broke out in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province in response to police kidnappings.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) REFLECTION: The power of hope—what Palestinians are saying about recent events at the U.N.
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - “No!”  This is the answer one gets when you ask Palestinian shopkeepers in Hebron whether they expect anything good to come out of the recent events at the United Nations.  They cite the twenty years of broken promises—especially those of Barack Obama.  They point out the...

Jewish Federations drop JVP leader from ‘Heroes’ ballot without explanation
Mondoweiss - The Jewish Federations of North America , an umbrella organization that brings together 157 local and regional Jewish federations and hundreds of other Jewish organizations in the U.S. and Canada, runs an annual  contest to choose "Jewish Community Heroes." It slogan: "We honor those making strides to...

Muslim and Christian cemeteries desecrated in Jaffa on eve of Yom Kippur
Mondoweiss - (Photo: Facebook) From the Facebook photo album "Extremist attack Muslim and Christian cemeteries in Jaffa": Images of assault by the Zionist extremists on the Islamic cemetery named "Al-kazachana", and they also made a assault on the Christian Orthodox cemetery adjacent to it. They left racist statements...

In memoriam: Hanan Porat, an extremist by any other name
Mondoweiss - Late Wednesday night, after I finished devouring the Steve Jobs obituary on the New York Times website, my eye happened to catch the headline for another of the day's death reports: " Hanan Porat, Jewish Settlement Leader, Dies at 67 ." (Actually, my eye didn't so much catch...

Taha Muhammad Ali, One of Israel’s Great Poets, Dies
Tikun Olam - Taha Muhammad Ali: one of Israel's greatest poets For many years, I was a graduate student in Hebrew literature and studied at several of this country’s best programs as well as the Hebrew University. But I never came face to face with Palestinian literature. And some...

Syria Claims Armed Bands Have Killed 1,100 People
Voltaire Network 8 Oct 2011 - Syria will pass to the United Nations the names of 1,100 people that it said were killed by terrorists who received arms from neighboring countries, reports the Lebanese television Al Manar. The reports quotes Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Moqdad (photo above) in Geneva as saying that...

A happy day for Yemen
Middle East Monitor 8 Oct 2011 - That a Yemeni political activist should win the Nobel Peace Prize is indeed unprecedented. The award for Tawakkul Karman confirms the importance of the role that Arab women have played in the Arab Spring, especially in Yemen. The revolutionary movements started with demands for democratic change...

Syrian forces 'fire on mourners'
BBC 8 Oct 2011 - At least 14 people die in Syria after security forces open fire on mourners attending the funerals of people killed in violence on Friday.

Gaza orphans: on the line of fire
Sabbah report 8 Oct 2011 - These kids are in the direct firing line - Khan Yunis is attacked almost daily, and the shadows under the eyes of the kids in the video and the pics are testament to the sleepless nights they suffer - from drones, F16s, rockets, hunger, or just...

Israel Real Democratic Rights: Jews are taught to hate and fear Palestinians
Sabbah report 8 Oct 2011 - The situation for those Palestinians under Israeli domination is likely to get worse before it gets better. And it is going to take a force of catastrophic intensity to really change Israeli behavior.

(en) Britain, Electricians block Oxford Street
A-infos 8 Oct 2011 - In the sixth week of the conflict, following last Wednesday's site occupation, electricians gathered on Oxford Street outside two building sites, as part of demonstrations against the attempts to change working conditions in the largest construction companies. Changes include pay cuts of 35% and de-skilling which...

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