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Rescue personnel evacuating the wounded from the scene of the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Monday, 3/17/2006. (Nir Kafri/Ha'aretz)
Rights groups to Clinton: Free imprisoned Palestinian activist
Palestine Note 30 Jul 2010 - Washington – An array of legal and human rights groups have sent a joint letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to advocate for American support to release Palestinian human rights activist Ameer Makhoul, Electronic...
ADL sides with Sarah Palin on NYC Muslim center
Palestine Note 30 Jul 2010 - Washington - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin came under fire last week when she beseeched the Cordoba Initiative and the wider Muslim community in the US to " refudiate " its decision to build...
Don't Deny Our Rights: Open Letter to Mahmoud Abbas
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jul 2010 - By Various Undersigned (29 July 2010) The following open letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose elected mandate expired in July 2009 and who has remained in power under controversial emergency laws, was issued on 22 July 2010: We are Palestinians of diverse perspectives and affiliations -- scholars, intellectuals, artists, activists, trade unionists, human rights advocates and civil society leaders, inside historic Palestine and in exile -- who are united in our commitment to the fulfillment of the fundamental rights of all Palestinians, particularly our inalienable right to self-determination. This universally sanctioned right encompasses, at a minimum, freedom from occupation and colonization in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Jerusalem; full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel; and the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. During a 9 June meeting with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, you reportedly said: "I would never deny [...more
Mash’al: International parties against conciliation
7/30/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Hamas prefers not to bow to international pressure, it will remain steadfast and work to change the rules of the game, the party's politburo chief in Damascus Khalid Mash'al told reporters in Qatar on Thursday. Accusing "international parties" of being opposed to Palestinian unity, Mash'al brushed off the Arab League's decision to support....
Rights groups to Clinton: Free prisoned Palestinian activist
Palestine Note 30 Jul 2010 - Washington – An array of legal and human rights groups have sent a joint letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to advocate for American support to release Palestinian human rights activist Ameer Makhoul, Electronic...
ADL takes Sarah Palin stance on NYC community center
Palestine Note 30 Jul 2010 - Washington - Former Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin came under fire last week when she beseeched the Cordoba Initiative and the wider Muslim community in the US to " refudiate " its decision to build an...
Palestinian factions condemn PA plans for direct negotiations with occupation
PIC 30 Jul 2010 - Palestinian factions have condemned the PA plans to enter into direct negotiations with the Israeli occupation at a time when Zionist aggressions are on the increase.
Activists work to stop tax-exempt donations to Israeli settlements
Electronic Intifada: 30 Jul 2010 - As Israel's illegal settlement enterprise in the occupied West Bank continues to be a strain on US-Israel relations, an unflattering light is being shone on US private donations towards the development of the settlements that are increasingly encroaching on Palestinian land. Alice Speri reports for The Electronic Intifada.more
US tax-exempt donations fund Israeli settlements
Electronic Intifada: 30 Jul 2010 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Anger has arisen in Palestinian areas over reports that millions of tax-exempt dollars from the US are being funneled towards Israel's illegal settlement building in the occupied Palestinian West Bank -- in flagrant violation of international law.amore
Book review: history lesson on the left's Palestine blind spot
Electronic Intifada: 30 Jul 2010 - If I am Not For Myself provides fascinating critical insight into Zionism, and amounts to a crucial warning from history on Palestine for the liberal left of today. Asa Winstanley reviews for The Electronic Intifada.more
Don't Deny Our Rights: Open Letter to Mahmoud Abbas
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jul 2010 - By Various Undersigned (29 July 2010) The following open letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose elected mandate expired in July 2009 and who has remained in power under controversial emergency laws, was issued on 22 July 2010: We are Palestinians of diverse perspectives and affiliations -- scholars, intellectuals, artists, activists, trade unionists, human rights advocates and civil society leaders, inside historic Palestine and in exile -- who are united in our commitment to the fulfillment of the fundamental rights of all Palestinians, particularly our inalienable right to self-determination. This universally sanctioned right encompasses, at a minimum, freedom from occupation and colonization in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Jerusalem; full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel; and the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. During a 9 June meeting with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, you reportedly said: "I would never deny [...more
Don't deny our rights: open letter to Mahmoud Abbas
Uruknet July 29, 2010 - The following open letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose elected mandate expired in July 2009 and who has remained in power under controversial emergency laws, was issued on 22 July 2010: We are Palestinians of diverse perspectives and affiliations -- scholars, intellectuals, artists, activists, trade unionists, human rights advocates and civil society leaders,...
Hip hop as global resistance
Palestine Note 29 Jul 2010 - In making my documentary film about electronic music, Modulations (1998), I learned a great deal about rap music. The genius of hip hop emerged first as party sport -- the urban poor salvaging musical parts to...
The Palestinian Authority is imprisoning Gazans
Amira Hass, Israeli Occupation Archive 7/28/2010
      The same government that includes a call to end the blockade on Gaza, in practice aids in imprisoning the Gazans by preventing them from holding valid Palestinian passports
     Lies and power go hand in hand. But what is considered outrageous in a sovereign state is catastrophic for a society fighting for its freedom. The Palestinians have two sets of leadership under occupation competing for the dubious title of “government” – and both are generating lies to perpetuate their status. The Hamas government, which won the majority of the vote in democratic Palestinian legislative elections, is not recognized by most countries. Yet these countries warmly accept the Palestinian Authority government, which was appointed by the president and leader of the party that lost the election, Fatah.
     This is the government that has explained its decision to postpone the municipal and local elections, originally scheduled for July 17 this year, by its desire to prevent the political rift between Gaza and the West Bank from widening. Parallel elections would not have been possible in the Gaza Strip because of the split between the parties and clashes over authority and legitimacy.
     It is possible to argue over the logic of the initial stubbornness to hold elections that would have fortified the double-rule reality (one political experience in Gaza, and a different one in the West Bank ). This is why, indeed, independent circles in Gaza welcomed the decision to postpone. But everyone knows the real reason behind the postponement was internal disputes within Fatah, as well as a possible fear that competing slates would succeed – despite the fact that Hamas announced it would boycott the elections. -- See also: Source: Ha'aretz
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What's in a name? In a racist society, everything
Electronic Intifada: 29 Jul 2010 - A young Jewish Israeli woman and a young Palestinian Jerusalemite had consensual sex. Afterwards, the Jewish woman discovered that her partner was in fact not Jewish at all, but horror of horror, a Palestinian. But there was more, the Palestinian had called himself "Dudu," his nickname, but one most often used by Israeli Jews, and from this the young woman concluded she had been deliberately deceived and in fact raped. Richard Irvine comments for The Electronic Intifada.more
Don't deny our rights: open letter to Mahmoud Abbas
Electronic Intifada: 29 Jul 2010 - No Palestinian institution or leader has ever accepted an exclusive Jewish claim to Palestine, which is irreconcilable with the internationally recognized rights of the Palestinian people. Our rights inhere in us as a people; they are not yours to do with as you please.more
Groups urge Clinton to intervene in case of jailed rights defender
Electronic Intifada: 29 Jul 2010 - Madame Secretary, we respectfully request that your office investigate the arrest, unlawful treatment, and detention of Mr. Makhoul and use its considerable diplomatic influence to bring an end to his arbitrary detention and to ensure that Israel, a leading recipient of US military and economic aid, comply with its commitment under US law and international legal norms.more
VIDEO - Israel police raze ‘illegal’ Bedouin village in Negev
Israeli Occupation Archive 7/27/2010
      Around 300 Bedouins living in Israel’s Negev desert have been made homeless after police raided their village and razed their homes.
     Israeli activists said 1,500 police arrived in Al-Arakib village at dawn.
     They destroyed 30 to 40 makeshift homes and uprooted hundreds of olive trees belonging to the villagers, they said.
     Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said the homes had been “illegally built” and were destroyed in line with a court ruling issued 11 years ago.
     “Several hundred people were taken back to the Rahat area where they originally came from,” he told the AFP news agency, referring to a nearby Bedouin town in Israel’s arid south.
     More than 150,000 Bedouin live in Israel, mostly in and around the Negev desert.
     Around half live in villages that are not recognised by the state, and have no access to municipal services like water and electricity.
     Many live in extreme poverty.
     At dawn on Tuesday, women and children in Al-Arakib watched as Land Administration bulldozers demolished their houses, Israeli press reports said. -- See also: YouTube: Live Video of Ethnic cleansing in the Israeli?? Negev and Ethnic cleansing in the Israeli Negev
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Bedouin village razed in Negev as Israelis cheer on
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jul 2010 - Early morning on 27 July, Israeli bulldozers, flanked by helicopters and throngs of police, demolished the entire Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the northern Negev desert. Despite their land rights cases still pending in the court system, hundreds of al-Araqib villagers were instantly made homeless a month after Israeli police posted demolition orders.more
Dutch Christian Zionists enjoy political clout
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jul 2010 - Even though they are supporting settlement activities that the Dutch government officially considers to be illegal, Christians for Israel and the Christian Friends of Israeli Communities enjoy a cordial relationship with some of the most powerful politicians in the Netherlands.more
Israel's Shin Bet encouraged accused killer to assassinate Raed Salah
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jul 2010 - The arrest by Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet, of an Israeli Jew accused of killing at least four Palestinians has thrown a rare light on the secret police, including attempts by one of its agents to enlist the accused to assassinate a Palestinian leader. Jonathan Cook reports.more
Fatah official: PA to disband government
7/27/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Ramallah-based government led by premier Salam Fayyad will be disbanded and a new Palestinian Authority cabinet will be formed next week, a high-ranking Fatah official said Tuesday. Fatah's parliament speaker Azzam Al-Ahmad told Ma'an radio that President Abbas would consult with Palestinian factions over the new structure of the PA. Fayyad or....
Analysis: ’Groundhog Day’ for MidEast peace process
Ben Wedeman, CNN, Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development 7/19/2010
      For some, it may have felt like the diplomatic equivalent of Groundhog Day. Officials, in Cairo, Egypt for another round of talks in the never-ending Middle East peace process.
     Despite a spate of rumors about his failing health, Sunday Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had a busy schedule. First, he met with U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell, then Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and finally Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
     According to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, the meeting between Mubarak and Netanyahu was scheduled to last four hours. Not bad for the 82-year-old Egyptian leader. In any event, the meeting was brief.
     The main focus of the talks in Cairo was to convince the Palestinians and Israelis to move from, until now, largely fruitless "proximity" or indirect talks to direct negotiations.
     Direct talks were suspended in December 2008 when Israel launched its offensive against Gaza. The 2009 election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, never a peace process enthusiast, made reviving direct talks all the more complicated.
     George Mitchell, a 77-year-old former senator and diplomat, has been trying to coax the two sides back to the table, but the prospects of achieving that, in the words of one Egyptian official I spoke with before the meetings, were "not rosy."
     The Palestinians argue that as long as Israel continues to build settlements in the West Bank, expand the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, and demolish Palestinian homes in the city, direct talks are impossible.... -- See also: Source: CNN
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PALESTINE REFLECTION: Freedom
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - "Is running water what makes us happy?"  This question, coming from a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in At-Tuwani, where there is neither running water nor electricity, has made me think.  What is the ideal human condition anyway?
Israelis rally around officer convicted of killing unarmed Palestinian motorist
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jul 2010 - A decision by Israel's high court to double a 15-month jail term for a policeman who shot dead an unarmed Palestinian driver suspected of stealing a car has provoked denunciations from police commanders and government officials. Jonathan Cook reports.more
Gaza children shelled with flechette bombs
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jul 2010 - Nine-year-old Samah al-Massry is now being hospitalized in serious condition, having been hit by shrapnel and flechettes from an Israeli-fired nail bomb that landed 100 meters away, causing internal bleeding to the chest and severe head trauma. Adie Mormech reports for The Electronic Intifada.more
Israel wages war against media and activists
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jul 2010 - NABI SALAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Palestinian activists are being jailed, Israeli activists are under surveillance, and the Israeli military is increasingly targeting journalists who cover West Bank protests.more
Haniyeh lauds calls for dialogue with Hamas
7/26/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Gaza-based premier Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday he welcomed international calls for direct dialogue with Hamas and resistance factions in the coastal enclave."Several countries are being contacted to urge them hold direct dialogue with resistance factions. We applaud all attitudes toward reconsidering Palestinian democracy, as our own rival is occupation," Haniyeh said, speaking....
Why are equal rights dangerous? In today’s Israel, advocating equal rights for all can prove fatal
Ahmad Tibi, Al-Ahram, Axis of Logic 7/18/2010
      In the 11 years that I have served in Israel’s Knesset I have received numerous death threats. Pulsa Denura (the term for a rabbinical death curse) has evidently taken exception to my consistent call for equal rights for Israel’s Palestinian minority. Recently I received a letter -- the second in as many days -- that warned: "You have 180 days to live. Your death will be sudden and cruel, accompanied by great pain... "
     Last month, I was forcibly removed by armed guards from the Knesset podium. In recent days, colleagues have faced violent and vulgar rhetoric and one was very nearly physically attacked by fellow Knesset members. Much, but not all of this fury, is a consequence of daring to speak out on behalf of Palestinians in the biggest prison in the world, Gaza, a land cruelly and illegally deprived of essential goods. Yet American elected officials seem far more concerned with specious claims against humanitarian aid workers who were violently attacked and abducted by Israel in international waters.
     A young American citizen was killed execution-style aboard the lead ship, with one bullet to the chest and four, at close range, to the head. The next day, another young American, Emily Henochowicz, a college student at New York’s prestigious Cooper Union, had her eye shot out by an Israeli-fired tear gas canister as she peacefully protested against the flotilla raid. Days later, a Palestinian man married to an American woman was executed after what appears to have been a traffic accident at an Israeli checkpoint.
     American officials have not demanded accountability for these acts of violence. Instead, too many are busy responding to AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which has released a list of members of Congress parroting the group’s talking points. They speak of Israel’s right to "defend itself" from humanitarian workers brutally murdered in international waters by the equivalent of modern-day pirates. It seems that only in the US Congress is this perverted Israeli rationale accepted as reality. -- See also: Source: Al-Ahram
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Rights organizations slam W. Bank court for acquitting five killers of prisoner
PIC 26 Jul 2010 - Human rights organizations strongly criticized a military court under the authority of Fatah faction for acquitting officers charged with torturing to death Hamas-affiliated prisoner Haitham Amr.
Press freedoms fall victim to Fatah, Hamas disunity
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jul 2010 - The split between the the Hamas-run Gaza wing and the Fatah-run West Bank wing of the Palestinian Authority (PA) has overshadowed every aspect of public life, including, many rights groups have documented, infringements on press freedoms and the work of journalists. Rami Almeghari reports from Gaza for The Electronic Intifada.more
Victories as N. American boycott movement gains momentum
Electronic Intifada: 26 Jul 2010 - A food co-operative in Olympia, Washington, voted to become the first grocer in the US to ban Israeli-made items from its shelves. Meanwhile, activists in New York delivered more than 15,000 signatures from petitions and postcards to the TIAA-CREF shareholders' meeting on 20 July.more
No words to console Gaza child after mother is killed by Israeli shelling
Electronic Intifada: 26 Jul 2010 - Around 8:45pm on 13 July, 2010, a few of the women of the Abu Said family in the northern Gaza Strip were enjoying the cool of the evening in the courtyard in front of their house. They heard a muffled shooting sound, followed soon after by another, and then by a loud buzzing noise, as if a swarm of insects was approaching at full speed. Vittorio Arrigoni reports from the occupied Gaza Strip.more
Book review: Gideon Levy and the Western media elite
Electronic Intifada: 26 Jul 2010 - The small volume The Punishment of Gaza provides a selection of Gideon Levy's columns on Gaza in Israeli daily Haaretz since 2006. But does its publication reflect a bias against Palestinian and other Arab voices in the publishing industry? Asa Winstanley reviews for The Electronic Intifada.more
PALESTINE REFLECTION: Freedom
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - "Is running water what makes us happy?"  This question, coming from a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in At-Tuwani, where there is neither running water nor electricity, has made me think.  What is the ideal human condition anyway?
Palestinian bishop elected to top Lutheran church post
Palestine Note 25 Jul 2010 - New York - A Palestinian bishop from Jerusalem has been elected to lead the Lutheran World Federation . [Bishop Munib Younan. Photo: www.kirken.no] Bishop Munib Younan, 59, was chosed for the position by a vote of 300...
Sarkozy Accused of Working for Israeli Intelligence
Gamal Nkrumah, Centre for Research on Globalization - Middle East 7/21/2010
      Sarkozy’s bad week
     As if his marital challenges were not enough cause for concern, “Sarco the Sayan” has suddenly emerged as the most infamous accolade of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The influential French daily Le Figaro last week revealed that the French leader once worked for — and perhaps still does, it hinted — Israeli intelligence as a sayan (Hebrew for helper), one of the thousands of Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel who cooperate with the katsas (Mossad case-officers).
     A letter dispatched to French police officials late last winter — long before the presidential election but somehow kept secret — revealed that Sarkozy was recruited as an Israeli spy. The French police is currently investigating documents concerning Sarkozy’s alleged espionage activities on behalf of Mossad, which Le Figaro claims dated as far back as 1983. According to the author of the message, in 1978, Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin ordered the infiltration of the French ruling Gaullist Party, Union pour un Mouvement Populaire. Originally targeted were Patrick Balkany, Patrick Devedjian and Pierre Lellouche. In 1983, they recruited the “young and promising” Sarkozy, the “fourth man”.
     Ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky describes how sayanim function in By Way Of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer. They are usually reached through relatives in Israel. An Israeli with a relative in France, for instance, might be asked to draft a letter saying the person bearing the letter represents an organisation whose main goal is to help save Jewish people in the Diaspora. Could the French relative help in any way? They perform many different roles. A car sayan, for example, running a rental car agency, could help the Mossad rent a car without having to complete the usual documentation. An apartment sayan would find accommodation without raising suspicions, a bank sayan could fund someone in the middle of the night if needs be, a doctor sayan would treat a bullet wound without reporting it to the police.
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Palestinians break records to reclaim culture
Electronic Intifada: 24 Jul 2010 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) -- Nasser Abdulhadi is a mild-mannered man who runs a restaurant. He was always known as the jovial sort. One day, his friends say, he stopped being jovial. He chose instead to fight for a world title for one of his country's national dishes, and through that to gain worldwide recognition for Palestine.more
Bill Kristol’s ‘Emergency Committee?’ Give me a break
MyCatBirdSeat.com: 24 Jul 2010 - By Stephen M. Walt – Foreign Policy Via Ben Smith at Politico , we learn that the usual suspects have started yet another organization whose objective is to promote a hard-right, Likudnik agenda in the Middle East. The new group apparently intends to go after anyone who thinks U.S. Middle East policy has been less than totally successful in recent years, and who is willing to think for themselves (and U.S. interests), instead of reflexively echoing the positions favored by AIPAC and other groups in the “status quo” lobby. To be more specific, Smith reports that hardline neoconservatives such as William Kristol, Michael Goldfarb, Noah Pollak, and Rachel Abrams have joined forces (again) with rightwing Christian evangelical Gary Bauer to establish a new group: the “Emergency Committee for Israel.” The group says it is going to target candidates in key Senate and Congressional races, along with the Obama administration. It is...more
Fatah Revolutionary Council praises Abbas
7/23/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Fatah's Revolutionary Council affirmed its support for President Mahmoud Abbas' position that he will not resume direct talks with Israel until progress is achieved in proximity talks. As the council closed its fourth session, a statement commended Abbas' efforts to achieve national conciliation in signing the Egyptian unity paper, and condemned Gaza's Hamas....
The Hariri Assassination
Rannie Amiri, CounterPunch 7/23/2010
      Israel’s Fingerprints Surface
     In the Middle East, the link between political machinations, espionage and assassination is either clear as day, or clear as mud.
     As for the yet unsolved case of the February 2005 murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, mud might be giving way to daylight.
     A crackdown on Israeli spy rings operating in Lebanon has resulted in more than 70 arrests over the past 18 months. Included among them are four high-ranking Lebanese Army and General Security officers—one having spied for the Mossad since 1984.
     A significant breakthrough in the ongoing investigation occurred in late June and culminated in the arrest of Charbel Qazzi, head of transmission and broadcasting at Alfa, one of Lebanon’s two state-owned mobile service providers.
     According to the Lebanese daily As-Safir, Qazzi confessed to installing computer programs and planting electronic chips in Alfa transmitters. These could then be used by Israeli intelligence to monitor communications, locate and target individuals for assassination, and potentially deploy viruses capable of erasing recorded information in the contact lines. Qazzi’s collaboration with Israel reportedly dates back 14 years.
     On July 12, a second arrest at Alfa was made. Tarek al-Raba’a, an engineer and partner of Qazzi, was apprehended on charges of spying for Israel and compromising national security. A few days later, a third Alfa employee was similarly detained....
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Gaza hospital suffers interruption in electricity supply
PIC 23 Jul 2010 - The electricity crisis resulting from the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip is effecting every aspect of life in the strip even hospitals are not immune to its detrimental effects.
International labor report's omissions reveal pro-Israel bias
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jul 2010 - The International Trade Union Confederation's annual survey released in June describes repression meted out to Palestinian workers and trade unionists by both the Israeli authorities and the Palestinian factions. But ITUC's omissions and brevity both disguise the complexity of life for Palestinian workers, and reveal some of the union confederation's own biases. Sarah Irving analyzes for The Electronic Intifada.more
The Islamic bloc wins elections of the engineering syndicate
PIC 23 Jul 2010 - The Freedom list of the Islamic bloc has won the elections of the Engineering syndicates in the Gaza Strip for another three years after all rival blocs decided to withdraw..
Human Rights Watch flotilla stance mirrors that of US, Israel
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jul 2010 - Despite the alarms sounded by its most staunch critics, Human Rights Watch has been mostly silent on the horrific Gaza Freedom Flotilla attack. When they have spoken out, they have been notably timid, essentially sharing the same positions as the US government, Israel's closest ally.more
Women prepared to break the siege of Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jul 2010 - BEIRUT (IPS) - The Maryam , an all-female Lebanese aid ship, currently docked in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli, is getting ready to set sail for Gaza in the next few days. The ship, which aims to break Israel's siege on the Palestinian territory, will carry about fifty aid workers, including some US nuns keen to deliver aid to the long-suffering women and children of Gaza.more
Haneen Zoabi: The largest threat to Zionism is democracy
Electronic Intifada: 22 Jul 2010 - Having been stripped of parliamentary privileges for participating in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Haneen Zoabi describes the "fascist atmosphere" inside Israel. Max Blumenthal interviews for The Electronic Intifada.more
PALESTINE REFLECTION: Freedom
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - "Is running water what makes us happy?"  This question, coming from a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in At-Tuwani, where there is neither running water nor electricity, has made me think.  What is the ideal human condition anyway?
'This Time We Went Too Far' – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jul 2010 - By Stuart Littlewood 'This Time We Went Too Far'. By Norman Finkelstein. OR Books, 2010. Quite simply, this is a cracker of a book and very timely. In explaining how Israel’s war on Gaza in 2008/9 was not the defensive action it is always painted, Norman Finkelstein recalls the 1947 UN partition of historic Palestine and remembers how, in 1957, US President Eisenhower forced Israel to withdraw from Gaza by threatening sanctions and in the 1967 war Israel re-occupied it. The book then takes us through the warm-up for the 2008/9 war and the subsequent whitewash. In the three years following Israel’s withdrawal to Gaza’s perimeter in 2005, we are reminded that about 1,250 Gazans, including 222 children, were killed by the Israeli army while 11 Israelis were killed by Palestinian rocket fire. In January 2006 Hamas won the Palestinian elections fair and square, and the US and Israel reacted...more
The Slow Death of Palestinian Democracy
Palestine Monitor - Palestinian municipal elections were supposed to be held last week. Instead, they were canceled. A statement released by the Palestinian Authority claimed the cancellation was "in order to pave the way for a successful end to the siege on Gaza and for continued efforts at unity"...
The Slow Death of Palestinian Democracy
Uruknet July 21, 2010 - Palestinian municipal elections were supposed to be held last week. Instead, they were canceled. A statement released by the Palestinian Authority claimed the cancellation was "in order to pave the way for a successful end to the siege on Gaza and for continued efforts at unity" between Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and the...
Gaza's strawberries spoil under siege
Electronic Intifada: 22 Jul 2010 - Israel's policy towards strawberry farming in Gaza, and particularly their exports, is a demonstration in the economics of occupation.more
Haneen Zoabi: The largest threat to democracy is Zionism
Electronic Intifada: 22 Jul 2010 - Having been stripped of parliamentary privileges for participating in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Haneen Zoabi describes the "fascist atmosphere" inside Israel. Max Blumenthal interviews for The Electronic Intifada.more
The Slow Death of Palestinian Democracy
Palestine Monitor: 22 Jul 2010 - Palestinian municipal elections were supposed to be held last week. Instead, they were canceled. A statement released by the Palestinian Authority claimed the cancellation was "in order to pave the way for a successful end to the siege on Gaza and for continued efforts at unity" between Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and the government in the West Bank. The cancellation of this election was an unjustified, unlawful, and unacceptable act. It damages democratic rights and makes a mockery of the interests of the Palestinian people. But this is far more than an internal Palestinian issue. The only lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians will be based on a settlement negotiated between two democracies — this was the case in Europe, and it will be the case in the Middle East. The Palestinian struggle for democracy has been long and painstaking. Against long odds, we succeeded in constructing a...more
PALESTINE REFLECTION: Freedom
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - "Is running water what makes us happy?"  This question, coming from a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in At-Tuwani, where there is neither running water nor electricity, has made me think.  What is the ideal human condition anyway?
The Slow Death of Palestinian Democracy
Palestine Monitor - Palestinian municipal elections were supposed to be held last week. Instead, they were canceled. A statement released by the Palestinian Authority claimed the cancellation was "in order to pave the way for a successful end to the siege on Gaza and for continued efforts at unity"...
Congressman Joe Sestak Attacked for Signing a Letter Asking for End of Israeli Blockade on Gaza [VIDEO]
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Jul 2010 - Congressman Joe Sestak The Congressmen who defeated Arlen Spectar is under attack for signing the letter asking for an end to the Gaza blockade. Watch this horrific ad that is all over Pennsylvania TV network The ad is ridiculously offense and is the first product out of a newly formed Israeli lobby. Congressman Sestak needs our support! Please Call him and commend him for his courage for speaking out against the Gaza blockade and for signing the letter asking for the end of the Israeli Blockade on Gaza. Also mention that Congressman Sestak should speak for Americans and not Israel at a time when the unemployment is hovering in double digits. Bringing in a “middle east” issue during an election that is essentially about local issues. Congressman Joe Sestak – The Number to call is (202) 225-2011 Thanks Editor Share this on del.icio.us Digg this! Post on Google Buzz Add this...more
J Street defends Sestak
Palestine Note 21 Jul 2010 - New York - The liberal pro-Israeli group J Street announced on Monday it is airing a television ad defending Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, after he came under attack from the far-right...
Israelis embrace one-state solution from unexpected direction
Electronic Intifada: 21 Jul 2010 - There has been a strong revival in recent years of support among Palestinians for a one-state solution in historic Palestine. One might expect that any support for a single state among Israeli Jews would come from the far left. Recently, proposals to grant Israeli citizenship to Palestinians in the West Bank have emerged from a surprising direction: right-wing stalwarts. Ali Abunimah comments.more
Challenging the Jewish National Fund
Electronic Intifada: 21 Jul 2010 - As owner of 13 percent of land in Israel, and the organization that appoints the largest number of people to the Israel Lands Authority board of directors (6 out of 13), the Jewish National Fund is the central pillar of Israel's regime over land. Hazem Jamjoum analyzes.more
PALESTINE REFLECTION: Freedom
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - "Is running water what makes us happy?"  This question, coming from a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in At-Tuwani, where there is neither running water nor electricity, has made me think.  What is the ideal human condition anyway?
Stuart Littlewood reviews ‘This Time We Went Too Far’ by Norman Finkelstein
MyCatBirdSeat.com: 21 Jul 2010 - Special for My Catbird Seat “The Gaza invasion marked the climax of Israel’s descent into barbarism” Q uite simply, this is a cracker of a book and very timely. In explaining how Israel’s war on Gaza in 2008/9 was not the defensive action it is always painted, Norman Finkelstein recalls the 1947 UN partition of historic Palestine and remembers how, in 1957, US President Eisenhower forced Israel to withdraw from Gaza by threatening sanctions and in the 1967 war Israel re-occupied it. The book then takes us through the warm-up for the 2008/9 war and the subsequent whitewash. In the three years following Israel’s withdrawal to Gaza’s perimeter in 2005, we are reminded that about 1,250 Gazans, including 222 children, were killed by the Israeli army while 11 Israelis were killed by Palestinian rocket fire. In January 2006 Hamas won the Palestinian elections fair and square, and the US and...more
Turkish FM met Hamas supremo in Damascus
MyCatBirdSeat.com: 21 Jul 2010 - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal in Damascus, Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday, a move that threatens to fan fresh tensions with Israel. The two men met on Monday to discuss efforts to heal the rift between Hamas — the resistance militant group controlling the Gaza Strip — and the Fatah faction of Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. The Middle East peace process was also on their agenda, Anatolia said. The meeting took place amid simmering tensions between Turkey and its one-time ally Israel over the killing of nine Turks on May 31 in an Israeli raid on a Turkish ship that was part of a flotilla carrying aid to Gaza. Israel has reacted angrily to previous contacts between Turkish officials and Hamas. Davutoglu was in the Syrian capital Damascus for a one-day visit Monday, after which he headed to Afghanistan for an international conference on...more
PFLP denies reports of tensions with PA
7/20/2010 - Nablus - Ma'an - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denied reports issued by the Hamas-affiliated Paldf website on Monday which alleged a strain in relations between the party and the PA. The site quoted"informed sources" describing a sit-in held Saturday in protest of the postponement of local elections as an event where "sharp....
Syria president, Turkey FM issue joint call for end to Gaza siege
Ha'aretz - After meeting in Damascus, Assad and Davutoglu emphasize importance of reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions.
Syria president, Turkey FM issue joint call for end to Gaza siege
Ha'aretz 20 Jul 2010 - After meeting in Damascus, Assad and Davutoglu emphasize importance of reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions.
PALESTINE REFLECTION: Freedom
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - "Is running water what makes us happy?"  This question, coming from a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in At-Tuwani, where there is neither running water nor electricity, has made me think.  What is the ideal human condition anyway?
Johnny Rotten: "Rise" against racism, boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada: 20 Jul 2010 - The following letter to British musician John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, who is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv next month, was issued on 18 July 2010 by the Palestinian Students' Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) and the University Teachers' Association in Palestine (UTAP).more
Video: Netanyahu brags he deceived US to destroy Oslo accords
Electronic Intifada: 20 Jul 2010 - A 10-minute video segment originally broadcast in Hebrew on Israel's Channel 10 threatens to gravely embarrass not only Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but also the US administration of Barack Obama. Jonathan Cook reports.more
Liberate all ghettos
Electronic Intifada: 20 Jul 2010 - The action that we recently undertook on the terrain of the old Warsaw Ghetto -- to spray the words "Liberate all ghettos" in Hebrew and "Free Gaza and Palestine" in English -- has been used by some commentators in Israel and the Jewish community in Poland to accuse us of anti-Semitism. Ewa Jasiewicz and Yonatan Shapira comment for The Electronic Intifada.more
Syrian President, Turkish FM jointly call for end to Gaza siege
Ha'aretz - After meeting in Damascus, Assad and Davutoglu emphasize importance of reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions.
Syrian President, Turkish FM jointly call for end to Gaza siege
Ha'aretz 19 Jul 2010 - After meeting in Damascus, Assad and Davutoglu emphasize importance of reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions.
US voters can demand Palestine's freedom
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2010 - It is only a matter of time before voters of conscience make it clear that elected policy-makers who collaborate in America's unconditional partnership with Israel will be exposed as shameful; and make it clear to policy-makers that such shameful behavior is unsustainable because collaborators in injustice will be ejected from office by the people. Cynthia McKinney comments on the growing grassroots boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for The Electronic Intifada.more
Gaza's bee industry stung by Israeli attacks
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2010 - GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - Said Hillis, 60, has kept bees since he was a boy. Until the Israeli attacks changed his business. Until 2009 Hillis' farm had hundreds of trees, and more than 10,000 chickens. "It was all destroyed during the Israeli attacks," Hillis says.more
Fighting racism through sports
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2010 - Comprised of four women and three men between the ages of 18 and 27, a Palestinian football team was organized to participate in the Anti-Racism World Cup in Belfast, Ireland. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours reports for The Electronic Intifada.more
Palestinians in Gaza denied PA passports
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2010 - Amid all the obstacles preventing Palestinians in Gaza from traveling outside the besieged territory, Nidal Abdo faces an additional one. He needs a passport and despite five attempts to obtain one, he has so far failed. Rami Almeghari reports for The Electronic Intifada.more
Palestinian worker killed in electric shock in Rafah tunnel
PIC 19 Jul 2010 - A Palestinian worker was killed Monday morning by an electric shock inside a tunnel on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, medical sources said.
Palestinians suffer as Israeli government ignores its own court
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jul 2010 - The Israeli government is facing legal action for contempt over its refusal to implement a high court ruling that it end a policy of awarding preferential budgets to Jewish communities, including settlements, rather than much poorer Palestinian Arab towns and villages inside Israel. Jonathan Cook reports.more
A Parliamentary Mob
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2010 - By Uri Avnery – Israel When I was first elected to the Knesset, I was appalled at what I found. I discovered that, with rare exceptions, the intellectual level of the debates was close to zero. They consisted mainly of strings of clichés of the most commonplace variety. During most of the debates, the plenum was almost empty. Most participants spoke vulgar Hebrew. When voting, many members had no idea what they were voting for or against, they just followed the party whip. That was 1967, when the Knesset included members like Levy Eshkol and Pinchas Sapir, David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan, Menachem Begin and Yohanan Bader, Meir Yaari and Yaakov Chazan, for whom today streets, highroads and neighborhoods are named. In comparison to the present Knesset, that Knesset now looks like Plato’s Academy. What frightened me more than anything else was the readiness of members to enact irresponsible laws...more
Gaza's Electricity Crisis
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2010 - By Stephen Lendman Under siege for over three years, Gaza's humanitarian crisis continues unabated, Israel's bogus easing doing little to relieve it, including a serious electricity shortage, what the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement addressed in a May report titled, "Electricity Shortage in Gaza: Who Turned Out the Lights?" Besides earlier attacks, Cast Lead severely damaged Gaza's sole power plant, putting it on the verge of collapse, exacerbated by inadequate industrial diesel supplies and the destruction of power lines supplying electricity from Israel and Egypt. As a result, Gaza experiences outages of up to 12 hours a day, severely disrupting "normal functioning of humanitarian infrastructure, including health and education institutions and water and sewage systems, as well as the agricultural sector." In addition, faulty generators at times kill or injure users, an untenable situation because of Israeli attacks and siege, in violation of international law. Chronology of Gaza's...more
Court to hear lawsuit against PA cabinet
7/18/2010 - Ramallah "“ Ma'an "“ The High Court of Justice agreed Sunday to hear a lawsuit filed against the Palestinian Authority cabinet over its deferral of local elections that were scheduled to take place this month. The lawsuit was filed by a group of lawyers representing left-wing, democratic, and independent parties seeking to overturn the decision. The court....
Lieberman: Israel planning to improve Gaza's water and electricity infrastructure
Ha'aretz - In meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Israel 'is looking for serious partners' to improve economic situation in Gaza.
Protest Against Suspension Of Elections
PNN - Ramallah – PNN – Palestinian lawmakers and party officials gathered in front of the Legislative Council in Ramallah yesterday, objecting the suspension of Palestinian municipal elections which were scheduled for July 17th....
Lieberman: Israel planning to improve Gaza's water and electricity infrastructure
Ha'aretz 18 Jul 2010 - In meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Israel 'is looking for serious partners' to improve economic situation in Gaza.
Off the Grid in the South Hebron Hills
Iris Keltz, CounterPunch 7/16/2010
      Down Highway 60
     Bedouin villages in the South Hebron Hills are poised to skip the industrial age and take a leap from primitive to sustainable. They will never have to worry about reducing their carbon footprint– unlike those of us from affluent societies in the US or Israel. Renewable energy systems– wind turbines and solar panels are being built for the poorest and most marginalized communities in the occupied West Bank. This help is a matter of life-support. Environmental studies reveal their cisterns are toxic and they have been denied access to the electricity grid servicing nearby settlements. The project is a joint initiative of Israelis and Palestinian community workers who believe borders of fear and racism are best overcome by neighbors working together.
     I am traveling on Highway 60 with Ilan, cofounder of Breaking the Silence, a group of former Israeli soldiers who insist on telling their fellow citizens the price of occupation. Historically this road connected seven major cities: Nablus/Shchem, Genin, Tul-Karem, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron/Halil and Be’ersheva. In 95-6 during the Oslo agreements, the road was shifted to lead ’around’ the Bethlehem area. The tunnels near Beit Jallah were dug, establishing the first "Israeli only roads", marking the beginning of "separate roads." Check Points were set up, not quite on the Green Line, shaving land away from Palestinians (as usual). Internationals are supposed to go through Bethlehem near Rachel’s Tomb Checkpoint, turning the Beit Jallah "tunnels" into a de-facto apartheid checkpoint. To pass through, one must have either a Blue ID- Israeli citizenship, or ’the Right of Return’. Neither of which I have, but Ilan does not seem worried. West Bank Palestinians are not aloud into Jerusalem without permits and green license plates are not aloud within Israeli ’67 lines. They are however allowed on Highway 60 if it is within the Occupied Territory. Jerusalem is effectively off from the the road as is historical continuity, the traditional economy and of course the people.
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Palestinians suffer as Israeli government ignores its own court
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jul 2010 - The Israeli government is facing legal action for contempt over its refusal to implement a high court ruling that it end a policy of awarding preferential budgets to Jewish communities, including settlements, rather than much poorer Palestinian Arab towns and villages inside Israel. Jonathan Cook reports. ...more
Water restrictions in the occupied West Bank
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jul 2010 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IRIN) - The worst place to be in the occupied West Bank in terms of water and sanitation facilities is an Israeli-controlled stretch of land known as Area C, where the Palestinian Authority (PA) is technically responsible for water services, but simply unable to deliver. ...more
IDF Raids Across the West Bank
Palestine Monitor: 17 Jul 2010 - Thursday morning saw simultaneous raids take place in homes throughout the West Bank: the Northern village of Beit Furiq was one of the targeted areas with 8 residents taken, including 2 women. Over 50 soldiers surrounded the Abu Ghalam family home in Beit Furiq and entered by force at 2.30 am, arresting 20 year old Laith Abu Ghalam, and confiscating electronic equipment and the ID of one family member according to the residents of the home. Apparently around 50 soldiers entered the home following sound bombs: the use of riot dispersal gear in the raid was confirmed by an Israeli Military spokesperson. At the same time two other homes in the village were raided. Hani Aref Abdu As-Su'od and Hamada Hanany, along with Mas'ab and Sajed Abdul-Latif Maltyat were taken from the Maltyat home. All electronic equipment was also stripped from this home. Ayman Abu Ghalam, released only one month......more
A Parliamentary Mob
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2010 - By Uri Avnery – Israel When I was first elected to the Knesset, I was appalled at what I found. I discovered that, with rare exceptions, the intellectual level of the debates was close to zero. They consisted mainly of strings of clichés of the most commonplace variety. During most of the debates, the plenum was almost empty. Most participants spoke vulgar Hebrew. When voting, many members had no idea what they were voting for or against, they just followed the party whip. That was 1967, when the Knesset included members like Levy Eshkol and Pinchas Sapir, David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan, Menachem Begin and Yohanan Bader, Meir Yaari and Yaakov Chazan, for whom today streets, highroads and neighborhoods are named. In comparison to the present Knesset, that Knesset now looks like Plato’s Academy. What frightened me more than anything else was the readiness of members to enact irresponsible laws......more
Gaza's Electricity Crisis
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2010 - By Stephen Lendman Under siege for over three years, Gaza's humanitarian crisis continues unabated, Israel's bogus easing doing little to relieve it, including a serious electricity shortage, what the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement addressed in a May report titled, "Electricity Shortage in Gaza: Who Turned Out the Lights?" Besides earlier attacks, Cast Lead severely damaged Gaza's sole power plant, putting it on the verge of collapse, exacerbated by inadequate industrial diesel supplies and the destruction of power lines supplying electricity from Israel and Egypt. As a result, Gaza experiences outages of up to 12 hours a day, severely disrupting "normal functioning of humanitarian infrastructure, including health and education institutions and water and sewage systems, as well as the agricultural sector." In addition, faulty generators at times kill or injure users, an untenable situation because of Israeli attacks and siege, in violation of international law. Chronology of Gaza's......more
Lawmakers protest elections deferral
7/17/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Palestinian lawmakers and party officials gathered outside the Palestinian Legislative Council headquarters in Ramallahto protest the Palestinian Authority's deferral of local elections originally scheduled for Saturday. PLC member Qais Abed Al-Karim, who heads the legislative body's social affairs committee, said the PA's decision was "illegitimate and contradicts Palestinian Basic Laws and the urgent....
Israel Tortures Detained Children
Uruknet July 17, 2010 - "We will attach the electricity wires to your testicles and prevent you from marriage and having kids forever, if you don’t tell us exactly what you know." This is a fraction of what the Israeli interrogator said to the child "A.M.M" of the city of Hebron when he was arrested two weeks ago, who threatened...
'Beware of Small States': journalist David Hirst interviewed
Robin Yassin-Kassab, Electronic Intifada 7/9/2010
      Veteran Middle East correspondent David Hirst, author of the seminal work on the Palestinian plight The Gun and the Olive Branch, has a new release: Beware of Small States, an equally important book on Lebanon’s complex tragedy. The Electronic Intifada contributor Robin Yassin-Kassab interviewed Hirst on his work and views.
     Robin Yassin-Kassab: You did your national service in Cyprus and Egypt just before the 1956 Suez War. What effect did your first experience of the Middle East have on you? Why did you end up spending your life in the Middle East, particularly in its more violent corners? Have kidnappings and bannings discouraged you?
     David Hirst: Yes, I was one of the last generation of British 18-year-olds obliged to do two years of military service. Politically speaking, it had virtually no effect on me; I was an immature youth from a thoroughly apolitical middle class background, and knew next to nothing about international affairs, and hardly knew, for example, the difference between Arabs and Israelis. But -- unusually for a mere private soldier -- I sought and secured permission to use a fortnight’s leave to travel round Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. I enjoyed the experience. After three years at Oxford, I could not think of a career to embark on. Remembering the American University of Beirut, I wrote and asked them if there were any kind of introductory course about the Middle East that I could follow there. There was. With a vague idea of staying there for a couple of years or so, I found myself drifting into journalism, and, taking to it, I ended up staying fifty.
     I grew deeply interested in the politics of the region; I also like to think that -- having come to the area entirely devoid of preconceptions, or anything more than the most rudimentary knowledge, tabula rasa as it were -- the opinions and interpretations I developed about the Arab-Israeli conflict were always as near as possible spontaneously personal and first-hand ones....
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IDF Raids Across the West Bank
Palestine Monitor: 17 Jul 2010 - Thursday morning saw simultaneous raids take place in homes throughout the West Bank: the Northern village of Beit Furiq was one of the targeted areas with 8 residents taken, including 2 women. Over 50 soldiers surrounded the Abu Ghalam family home in Beit Furiq and entered by force at 2.30 am, arresting 20 year old Laith Abu Ghalam, and confiscating electronic equipment and the ID of one family member according to the residents of the home. Apparently around 50 soldiers entered the home following sound bombs: the use of riot dispersal gear in the raid was confirmed by an Israeli Military spokesperson. At the same time two other homes in the village were raided. Hani Aref Abdu As-Su'od and Hamada Hanany, along with Mas'ab and Sajed Abdul-Latif Maltyat were taken from the Maltyat home. All electronic equipment was also stripped from this home. Ayman Abu Ghalam, released only one month...
Independent: Arab League chief blames factions for split
7/16/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa blamed Palestinian factions for obstructing conciliation, saying the continued division was destroying chances for state building, a Palestinian official reported. Moussa spoke during a meeting with members of an independent commission of non-aligned leaders working through the unity file. Members were in Cairo on Thursday....
Report: Hamas submits proposal to Cairo
7/16/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Hamas has submitted a proposal to Cairo to overcome the stalled national conciliation process, Egyptian press reported Friday. In an interview with Egyptian daily newspaper Ash-Shorouk, Hamas leader Mahmoud Az-Zahhar outlined the proposal to form two central election committees, the first formed of judges and independent leaders, and the second formed from....
Gaza's Electricity Crisis -
Uruknet July 16, 2010 - Under siege for over three years, Gaza's humanitarian crisis continues unabated, Israel's bogus easing doing little to relieve it, including a serious electricity shortage, what the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement addressed in a May report titled, "Electricity Shortage in Gaza: Who Turned Out the Lights?" Besides earlier attacks, Cast Lead severely damaged...
Israel's economic warfare still keenly felt in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 16 Jul 2010 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) -- Israel has received international praise for its decision to ease its crippling blockade on Gaza following the country's deadly assault on a humanitarian flotilla trying to bring desperately needed humanitarian aid to the coastal territory. But according to the UN and human rights organizations, the easing of the blockade is insufficient in meeting Gaza's needs.
"They want us to be loyal to the occupation": Muhammad Totah interviewed
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jul 2010 - Muhammad Totah is one of three Palestinian legislators staging a sit-in to protest Israel's decision to expel them from Jerusalem. In an interview with The Electronic Intifada contributor Max Blumenthal, he details the Israeli government's plan for mass deportations of Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Palestinians unite on housing rights
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jul 2010 - The al-Rajabi family of the Beit Hanina neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem were made homeless on Tuesday, 13 July, after Israeli demolition vehicles razed their home to the ground. Five other homes and structures were destroyed earlier in the day in the Issawiya and Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhoods, also in East Jerusalem.
Architectural planning for a different future
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jul 2010 - If you live under a colonial regime, the first thing you are prevented from doing is thinking about a future," proclaims Sandi Hilal, one of the founders of Decolonizing Architecture. "This is the first thing that the occupation imposes on you. And to propose in Palestine right now a future where you can plan, imagine, is something which is very important."
US university suspends Muslim student group for Palestine protest
Electronic Intifada: 14 Jul 2010 - In response to intense political pressure by multiple pro-Zionist organizations, the administration at the University of California, Irvine recently decided to suspend Muslim students' right to assemble and practice their faith together on campus. Brian Napoletano reports for The Electronic Intifada.
Toy Israeli Houses for Italian kids, Destroyed Homes for Palestinian Children
Palestine Monitor: 14 Jul 2010 - That was the heading on the leaflet distributed at the Iper Coop in Rome, Italy on July 9, 2010, marking the fifth anniversary of the launch campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. While the systematic demolition of Palestinian homes by Israel continues, the Italian hypermarket instead sells colourful and cheerful plastic toy houses, in addition to children's chairs, tables and slides, produced by the Israeli company Keter and marketed in Italy by Giochi Preziosi and Grand Soleil. / The Keter Group, a leading worldwide producer of plastics, has some of its factories located in Israeli settlements built illegally in the occupied Palestinian territories, in particular, the infamous industrial zone of Barkan outside the Ariel settlement. Barkan, the second largest settlement industrial area, is home to some of the most environmentally unfriendly industries producing plastics, aluminum, fiberglass, electroplating and weapons production. It is estimated that Barkan discharges 810,000 cubic...
Pride through solidarity
Electronic Intifada: 14 Jul 2010 - Though I've never felt compelled to take the streets for Pride, I did this past month, on several occasions, walk alongside folks that I resonated with in important ways, in vocalizing my outrage against the illegal and inhumane acts of the Israeli state. Amita Kumari writes from Toronto.
Israeli education minister wages witch-hunt against boycott supporters
Electronic Intifada: 14 Jul 2010 - Hundreds of Israeli college professors have signed a petition accusing the education minister of endangering academic freedoms after he threatened to "punish" any lecturer or institution that supports a boycott of Israel. Jonathan Cook reports.
Toy Israeli Houses for Italian kids, Destroyed Homes for Palestinian Children
Palestine Monitor: 14 Jul 2010 - That was the heading on the leaflet distributed at the Iper Coop in Rome, Italy on July 9, 2010, marking the fifth anniversary of the launch campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. While the systematic demolition of Palestinian homes by Israel continues, the Italian hypermarket instead sells colourful and cheerful plastic toy houses, in addition to children's chairs, tables and slides, produced by the Israeli company Keter and marketed in Italy by Giochi Preziosi and Grand Soleil. / The Keter Group, a leading worldwide producer of plastics, has some of its factories located in Israeli settlements built illegally in the occupied Palestinian territories, in particular, the infamous industrial zone of Barkan outside the Ariel settlement. Barkan, the second largest settlement industrial area, is home to some of the most environmentally unfriendly industries producing plastics, aluminum, fiberglass, electroplating and weapons production. It is estimated that Barkan discharges 810,000 cubic...
Steps Toward National Unity
Palestine Monitor: 14 Jul 2010 - A delegation of independent Palestinian political figures visited the Gaza Strip to meet with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and representatives of the de facto Government. They discussed the prospects for unity in the occupied Palestinian territories. The delegation included Dr. Hanna Nasser, a Palestinian academic and political activist and Hani al-Masri, a political analyst and independent columnist for several Palestinian newspapers. Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, arrived in Gaza on Saturday. " Ending the political and geographic division between West bank and Gaza is not only a priority and a need but also a duty for every Palestinian, in order to not to surrender to the present status quo", Dr Barghouthi said. " Regardless of the obstacles, we are determined to mobilise all political factions and popular bodies in order to end the divisions and achieve a national reconciliation, no matter how long it will take." During...
Waiting for November
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Jul 2010 - By George S. Hishmeh – Washington, D.C. The Lovefest celebrated here for all to see when Barack Obama escorted Benjamin Netanyahu on the front lawn of the White House and at a joint press conference was a marked difference from their contentious, behind-closed-doors meeting here last April. But judging from the early assessments it is not certain that their relationship will bear fruit in the near future. For one, the American and Israeli leaders are hoping that their get-together will serve their political ambitions at home. Obama, whose rating has lately dropped markedly, will be facing in the next four months a crucial mid-term elections when Americans elect a new House of Representatives and a third of the Senate, now controlled by his Democratic Party. He apparently fears that his stance on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict may affect the voting; it certainly is giving the Republican Party and its Jewish supporters...more
PFLP calls for cross-party meeting, including Hamas
7/13/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called on President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to hold a comprehensive meeting for all Palestinian factions and political parties, including Hamas, a statement read. The leftist faction said "in light of the exposure of US President Barak Obama's false promises, and the continuation of settlement....
Why doesn't Clinton care about my jailed husband?
Electronic Intifada: 13 Jul 2010 - I used to tell my husband, Ameer Makhoul, "One day, they'll come for you." As chairman of the Public Committee for the Protection of Political Freedoms he'd begun to organize an awareness-raising campaign to push back against the security services' harassment of our community, the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Come for Ameer they did, late one night this May, pounding at our door, ransacking our house and terrifying our two teenage daughters. Janan Abdu comments.
Israel's video game killing technology
Electronic Intifada: 13 Jul 2010 - It is called Spot and Shoot. Operators sit in front of a TV monitor from which they can control the action with a PlayStation-style joystick. The aim: to kill terrorists. Played by: young women serving in the Israeli army. Jonathan Cook reports.
Unwelcome guests: Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
Electronic Intifada: 13 Jul 2010 - For over 60 years, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have been denied their basic rights. Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Dalal Yassine examines the legal status of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and the "Right to Work" Campaign. She argues that greater coordination between Palestinian and Lebanese civil society organizations and solidarity groups in the Palestinian Diaspora is required in order to change the country's laws.
Separate sit-ins in Ramallah
7/12/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Two sit-ins demonstrations are scheduled to be held in the central West Bank city of Ramallah in front of the headquarters of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The first is organized by the nongovernmental committee which monitors elections to call on President Mahmoud Abbas to cancel his decision to postpone local elections. The second....
Hizb Ut-Tahrir: PA security detained 17 supporters
7/12/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - Hizb Ut-Tahrir, an international pan-Islamist party seeking the re-establishment of an Islamic Caliphate, accused the Palestinian Authority's security services of detaining 17 supporters near Hebron on Sunday. A statement from the group, which does participate in Palestinian elections, said the detentions came after a public lecture at Al-Umari Mosque in the southern West....
Palestinian villagers battle plans to wall them in
Uruknet July 11, 2010 — Omar Hajaj says he will soon be caged "like a zoo animal," with an electric fence encircling his house and his village hemmed in by the notorious West Bank barrier. The rumble of bulldozers has become a common sound around this Palestinian village on Jerusalem's southern outskirts as earthmovers work on a huge trench which...
Despite Israeli blockade, innovation thrives in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 12 Jul 2010 - The relentless Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip has squeezed many things, but it hasn't robbed people of their ability and desire to innovate and invent. At the Rashad al-Shawa cultural center in heart of Gaza City, dozens of local companies and individuals recently demonstrated hi-tech products and inventions at an exhibition sponsored by government and nongovernmental bodies. Rami Almeghari reports from the occupied Gaza Strip.
Israeli colonization means life of poverty for W. Bank children
Electronic Intifada: 12 Jul 2010 - Israel's policies of land confiscation, expanding settlement colonies, and discriminatory building permit restrictions are forcing more Palestinians -- especially children -- into a desperate economic and humanitarian crisis in the occupied West Bank, according to a report by Save the Children UK (STCUK).
"Life for Palestinians in Israel is complicated in every respect"
Electronic Intifada: 12 Jul 2010 - Basma Fahoum -- an activist with the organization Who Profits from the Occupation? -- recently sat with The Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof and discussed what it means to be a Palestinian in Israel and her the ongoing efforts for her community to realize their rights.
Mediator says reconciliation inevitable
7/11/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that he is committed to achieving Palestinian conciliation and to forming a political and security partnership with his Hamas movement's political rivals. Speaking in Gaza at a joint press conference following a meeting with Palestinian business leader Munib Al-Masri, Haniyeh explained that "we are trying to....
Toy Israeli Houses for Italian Kids, Destroyed Homes for Palestinian Children
Rome Palestinian Solidarity Network, Dissident Voice 7/10/2010
      "Toy Israeli Houses for Italian Kids, Destroyed Homes for Palestinian Children"
     That was the heading on the leaflet distributed at the Iper Coop in Rome, Italy on July 9, 2010, marking the fifth anniversary of the launch campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. While the systematic demolition of Palestinian homes by Israel continues, the Italian hypermarket instead sells colorful and cheerful plastic toy houses, in addition to children’s chairs, tables and slides, produced by the Israeli company Keter and marketed in Italy by Giochi Preziosi and Grand Soleil.
     The Keter Group, a leading worldwide producer of plastics, has some of its factories located in Israeli settlements built illegally in the occupied Palestinian territories, in particular, the infamous industrial zone of Barkan outside the Ariel settlement. Barkan, the second largest settlement industrial area, is home to some of the most environmentally unfriendly industries there are: plastics, aluminum, fiberglass, electroplating and weapons production. It is estimated that Barkan discharges 810,000 cubic meters of industrial waste water per year, which ends up in rivers and lands near the Palestinian village of Salfit.
     The Israeli government provides strong incentives for industries that choose to locate their production facilities in the illegal settlements, such as tax breaks, grants and reductions of up to 69% in the rent of state owned lands. In addition, factories have access to a low-cost workforce, exploiting the Palestinians, including many minors, under constant threat of being fired and with no labor or health safeguards.
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Palestinian leaders head to Cairo after Damascus talks
7/10/2010 - Damascus/Ramallah - Ma'an - A Palestinian delegation of independent faction leaders completed talks in Damascus on Friday, leaving for Cairo in a bid to reach a unity deal between the rival Fatah and Hamas parties. The delegation included Palestinian tycoon and chief of the Palestinian National Coalition of independent leaders Munib Al-Masri, Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general....
Delegation wraps up Cairo visit
7/10/2010 - Cairo - Ma'an - A Palestinian delegation of independent and national faction leaders were expected to arrive in Gaza on Saturday in a bid to reach a unity deal between the rival Fatah and Hamas parties. The delegation included Palestinian tycoon and chief of the Palestinian National Coalition of independent leaders Munib Al-Masri, Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general....
Palestinian workers say attacked with electric batons
Uruknet July 8, 2010 - Four Palestinians said they were beaten with electric batons while they were at work inside Israel Wednesday, Ma’an’s correspondent reported. The construction workers, from Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, said they were attacked by five Israelis, who they identified as settlers, in the southern Israeli town of Masmiya. They were not...
Two sit-ins
Uri Avnery, Ma’an News Agency 7/10/2010
      At this moment, two sit-ins are taking place in Jerusalem, two kilometers apart.
     In West Jerusalem, the Shalit family is sitting in a protest tent in front of the prime minister’s residence, swearing to remain there until the return of their son. In East Jerusalem, three members of the Palestinian parliament are holed up in the building of the International Red Cross.
     The word that connects the two is: Hamas.
     The Shalit family is demanding the release of their son, Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit, after four years in captivity. For that purpose they have marched, under the beating sun, 200 kilometers from their home in Galilee to Jerusalem, at the head of tens of thousands. This is a popular movement almost without precedent in Israel: people of the left and the right marched together with ordinary people who were touched and united by their concern for the young man. The common demand was for the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to the proposed prisoner exchange with Hamas.
     The three Palestinian members of parliament are protesting the order to leave the city, in which their forefathers have lived for centuries – perhaps for millennia. Their sin is that they were elected as Hamas candidates to the Palestinian parliament, in democratic elections whose fairness was certified by former President Jimmy Carter and his team.
     East Jerusalem was indeed formally “annexed” by Israel but according to the Oslo agreements, its inhabitants have the right to take part in elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council. Hamas won the last elections.
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Hamas official denies Egypt ban on traveling via Rafah
7/10/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Cairo has not banned Hamas officials from traveling through the Rafah crossing, senior party leader Salah Al-Bardawil said Thursday. Rebuffing reports on the travel ban, Al-Bardawil said such a move "would not serve conciliation nor push [Hamas] to change their stance on the Egyptian proposal," a statement read. The senior official said that....
Palestinian workers say attacked with electric batons
Uruknet July 8, 2010 - Four Palestinians said they were beaten with electric batons while they were at work inside Israel Wednesday, Ma’an’s correspondent reported. The construction workers, from Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, said they were attacked by five Israelis, who they identified as settlers, in the southern Israeli town of Masmiya. They were not...
California dockworkers reject meeting with Israeli consul
Electronic Intifada: 9 Jul 2010 - Two weeks after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in the San Francisco Bay Area joined with activists at the Port of Oakland to block the unloading of an Israeli Zim Lines cargo ship, the union reaffirmed its support of Palestinian rights despite pressure from the Israeli consulate and the Zionist-Israeli organization Stand With Us.
"Beware of Small States": journalist David Hirst interviewed
Electronic Intifada: 9 Jul 2010 - Veteran Middle East correspondent David Hirst, author of the seminal work on the Palestinian plight The Gun and the Olive Branch , has a new release: Beware of Small States , an equally important book on Lebanon's complex tragedy. The Electronic Intifada contributor Robin Yassin-Kassab interviews Hirst on his work and views.
Boycott, divestment and sanctions in Australia, five years on
Electronic Intifada: 9 Jul 2010 - In Australia, with a supine government and a media unwilling to investigate Israel's criminal acts, getting the Palestine message out to the public has been a real challenge. However, Australian unions look like they might be changing that. Sonja Karkar comments on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in Australia on the anniversary of the historic Palestinian call for such tactics.
Palestinian workers say attacked with electric batons
7/8/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - Four Palestinians said they were beaten with electric batons while they were at work inside Israel Wednesday, Ma'an's correspondent reported. The construction workers, from Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, said they were attacked by five Israelis, who they identified as settlers, in the southern Israeli town of Masmiya. They....
Report: Secret document affirms U.S.-Israel nuclear partnership
Uruknet July 7, 2010 - Israel's Army Radio reported on Wednesday that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries. According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is...
Unexploded ordnance poses deadly threat in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 8 Jul 2010 - GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - More than a year after the Israeli attacks on Gaza, the risk of unexploded ordnance poses as real a threat as the fresh bombings.
Report: Secret document affirms U.S.-Israel nuclear partnership
Ha'aretz - According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies.
Report: Secret document affirms U.S.-Israel nuclear partnership
Uruknet July 7, 2010 - Israel's Army Radio reported on Wednesday that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries. According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is...
Report: Secret document affirms U.S.-Israel nuclear partnership
Ha'aretz 7 Jul 2010 - According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies.
Protesters greet Netanyahu in Washington as Israel expands settlements
Electronic Intifada: 7 Jul 2010 - Hundreds of activists in Washington, DC demonstrated outside the White House to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit on Tuesday, 6 July. As protesters held signs calling on the US government to end military aid to Israel, Netanhayu met with US President Barack Obama in a meeting characterized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as "empty theatrics."
Palestinian students, teachers condemn Italian university's normalization project
Electronic Intifada: 7 Jul 2010 - The Italian Development Cooperation (DGCS), with the support of UNESCO, has engineered the partnership of three Israeli universities with that of Al-Quds University in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in a masters program that allows 20 Israeli and Palestinian students to participate in learning about "cooperation, humanitarianism, peace and cultural preservation." This act of normalization aims to blur the boundaries between oppressor and oppressed, colonizer and colonized, occupier and occupied, executioner and victim, and ultimately aims at whitewashing Israel's war crimes.
Book review: pocket-sized volume deflates Canada's "peacemaker" myth
Electronic Intifada: 6 Jul 2010 - In his latest book, Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid , Yves Engler contends that Canada's lopsided support for Israel is neither a shift nor the product of current government policy but goes as far back as Zionism itself. Hicham Safieddine reviews for The Electronic Intifada.
IKEA furnishing the occupation
Electronic Intifada: 5 Jul 2010 - Swedish Radio reported on 23 June that home furnishings retail giant IKEA in Israel discriminately ships to Israel's illegal settlements but not Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank. The company's shipping policies are coming into question following a report by Swedish Radio's correspondent in Israel. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada.
Palestinian trade unions call for immediate action to end electricity crisis
PIC 3 Jul 2010 - The Palestinian trade unions called on all free people to intervene and take urgent action to lift the siege on Gaza and fulfill their responsibilities in putting an end to the electricity crisis.
Independents hope to solve Gaza’s electricity crisis
7/2/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Palestinian figures unaffiliated with the two leading factions affirmed Thursday the necessity that all commit to an agreement signed to get Gaza's power situation back under control. In a letter penned by several independents and signed by the leaders of Palestine's Islamic and national factions, an agreement was reached on restoring fuel imports....
Cement Still Banned as Israel ‘Still Deciding’ on Gaza Blockade
Uruknet July 1, 2010 - A month after Israeli troops attacked the ship, killing nine aid workers, the first of the humanitarian aid from the Mavi Marmara is just finally being allowed into the Gaza Strip today in the form of 82 of the electric wheelchairs that were on board. Long banned as a luxury, Israel is allowing ketchup into...
From Israel to Arizona, boycott racism!
Electronic Intifada: 2 Jul 2010 - The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) endorses and supports the call for Boycott of Arizona on account of its manifestly racist laws, HB1070 and SB 2281.
Home demolitions, arrest raids as Israel implements Jerusalem "Master Plan"
Electronic Intifada: 2 Jul 2010 - Israeli police detained residents of Silwan as bulldozers demolished a horse stable in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood on 29 June, while other construction vehicles razed a small warehouse to the ground in nearby Abu Tur. These demolitions came after Israeli courts decided that both of the buildings were built "illegally" and against "building codes."
Hamas Legislators Hold Protest Against Deportation Orders
IMEMC - 1 Jul 2010 - Elected Hamas legislators in Jerusalem started a protest against Israel’s order to expel them from Jerusalem, and will likely escalate their protest to a hunger Strike.
Abu Tier detained; expulsion expected
Uruknet June 30, 2010 - Jerusalem resident and elected Palestinian official Mohammad Abu Tier was detained by Israeli police on Wednesday, and reportedly taken to the Russian Compound for questioning. Former Minister of Jerusalem Affairs for the Palestinian Authority Khalid Abu Arafa confirmed the arrest, which he said was carried out near the official's Sur Baher home, in a neighborhood...
The Two Sides of a Barbed-Wire Fence
Nicholas D. Kristof, Karmel, West Bank, New York Times 6/30/2010
      The Israeli occupation of the West Bank is widely acknowledged to be unsustainable and costly to the country’s image. But one more blunt truth must be acknowledged: the occupation is morally repugnant.
     On one side of a barbed-wire fence here in the southern Hebron hills is the Bedouin village of Umm al-Kheir, where Palestinians live in ramshackle tents and huts. They aren’t allowed to connect to the electrical grid, and Israel won’t permit them to build homes, barns for their animals or even toilets. When the villagers build permanent structures, the Israeli authorities come and demolish them, according to villagers and Israeli human rights organizations.
     On the other side of the barbed wire is the Jewish settlement of Karmel, a lovely green oasis that looks like an American suburb. It has lush gardens, kids riding bikes and air-conditioned homes. It also has a gleaming, electrified poultry barn that it runs as a business.
     Elad Orian, an Israeli human rights activist, nodded toward the poultry barn and noted: “Those chickens get more electricity and water than all the Palestinians around here.”
     It’s fair to acknowledge that there are double standards in the Middle East, with particular scrutiny on Israeli abuses. After all, the biggest theft of Arab land in the Middle East has nothing to do with Palestinians: It is Morocco’s robbery of the resource-rich Western Sahara from the people who live there.
     None of that changes the ugly truth that our ally, Israel, is using American military support to maintain an occupation that is both oppressive and unjust. Israel has eased checkpoints this year — a real improvement in quality of life — but the system is intrinsically malignant.
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Israel convicts grassroots activist to two years' imprisonment
Electronic Intifada: 1 Jul 2010 - On 30 June grassroots activist Adeeb Abu Rahmah was sentenced by Israel to two years imprisonment at a military court hearing at the Ofer Military Complex in the occupied West Bank. Abu Rahmah already spent 11 months behind bars and his arrest and detention is part of Israel's repressive efforts to criminalize the grassroots popular resistance to the Israeli occupation. Amy Darwish reports for The Electronic Intifada.
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid refuse to be silenced
Electronic Intifada: 1 Jul 2010 - On the morning of 25 May, the Board of Pride Toronto held a press conference on the lawn outside its offices to announce that the phrase "Israeli Apartheid" would be censored from the upcoming 2010 Pride Parade. The decision, aimed at banning the Toronto-based activist group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid from the parade, set off a firestorm in the community. Savannah Garmon comments for The Electronic Intifada.
EU-Israel talks skirt around Jerusalem police headquarters
Electronic Intifada: 1 Jul 2010 - BRUSSELS (IPS) - Talks aimed at reaching an intelligence-sharing agreement between the European Union and Israel have skirted around the location of Israel's national police headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem. In 2005, the EU decided that Europol, its law enforcement office, should negotiate a formal cooperation agreement with Israel.


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