Archive for September 30, 2012

Ethnic Cleansing / Land & Property Theft and Destruction / Restriction of Movement / Occupation
Government’s decision to convert Umm al-Hiran into Jewish settlement enrages Bedouin residents; ‘You can’t just take an Arab and put a Jew in his place. This is Nakba of 2012,’ they say.

Occupation prevents Palestinian volunteers from cleaning Islamic cemetery
Jerusalemite Foundation said that Israeli police prevented yesterday Silwan’s residents from cleaning al-Rahma Gate Islamic Cemetery, located east of al-Aqsa Mosque.
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JERICHO (Ma’an) – The Allenby Bridge between the West Bank and Jordan will operate only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday due to Jewish holidays, police running the crossing on the Palestinian side said. A statement by Allenby Bridge police highlights that the crossing usually operates from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, while on Friday and Saturday, it operates only until 10:30 a.m. The statement noted that last week more than 19,000 passengers traveled in both directions. Some 10,229 passengers left the West Bank to Jordan, and 8,729 arrived in the West Bank, it said. Police at the crossing detained 21 fugitives last week over fraud and other criminal charges. Furthermore, 21 patients were allowed to travel in ambulances in both directions. 
Intensive IOF presence in Al-Khalil city for 12th anniversary of intifada
The Israeli occupation force (IOF) started on Friday to intensify their presence throughout Al-Khalil city and the roads leading to it on the 12th anniversary of the Aqsa intifada (uprising).
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Siege on Gaza
Egypt still considering free trade zones on Gaza border, says official
The Cabinet is still considering the creation of three free trade zones in Sinai along the Gaza border, said Sinai Development Authority chairman Major General Mohamed Shawky on Friday, contradicting recent reports that the government had rejected the proposal. The zones would be established in Rafah, Nuweiba and Arish, and the Cabinet would make a final decision on the matter in the 2012/13 fiscal year, Shawky added. The Investment Ministry is leading studies to determine the economic feasibility of the project.
GAZA CITY, Sep 29 2012 (IPS) – “From the coast to eight miles out, the sea is like a desert: it’s sandy and there are no fish.” Mohammed Al-Bakri traces a thick line on the wall map before him, following the lines of Gaza’s eastern and northern borders, continuing south from three miles off the coast. General manager of Gaza’s Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bakri is well-versed in the woes of the Strip’s fishers and farmers. He explains the insufficient fishing waters Palestinians are limited to, and the consequences of being on the sea at all. “The Israeli navy attacks the fishermen, arrests them and takes their boats, even within three miles,” he says, referring to the three-mile limit the Israeli authorities have unilaterally imposed on Palestinian fishers.

Miles Of Smiles 16 Convoy Enters Gaza
The “Miles Of Smiles 16” Solidarity Convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip on Saturday carrying 38 solidarity activists and medical supplies urgently needed in the besieged coastal region.

Israeli Terrorism
(Reuters) – A Palestinian man died on Saturday after he was shot by Israeli troops while fishing on the beach in the Gaza Strip, said Hamas officials, while an Israeli military spokeswoman said the man was shot when he approached the border fence.

Fisherman Killed By Israeli Navy Fire
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported, Friday, that a Palestinian fisherman was killed by Israeli navy fire west of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The fisherman’s brother was wounded in the attack.
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Palestinian young man electrocuted, brutally beaten in Silwan
The Israeli occupation forces on Friday evening kidnapped a 20-year old young man in Silwan district and physically assaulted him using a stun gun.
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HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers attacked Palestinian demonstrators in the Hebron town of Yatta on Saturday, a local committee official said. Ratib al-Jubour, coordinator of local Hebron committees, told Ma’an that settlers threw rocks at Palestinians and international activists who had rallied to protest the confiscation of land in al-Hamra and al-Kharrouba. Israeli forces were deployed in the area but did not intervene, al-Jubour said. Fadel Jibreel Rabae, 46, and Muhammad Ali Shawahin, 19, were injured in the attack, he added. President Abbas condemned settler violence in a speech to the UN on Thursday.

Soldiers Attack Bil’in Weekly Protest
The Friends of Freedom and Justice Committee in Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, reported Friday that dozens of nonviolent protesters were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers attacked their weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlements in the village.


Israeli settlers throw rocks at non-violent demonstrators near Hebron
A non-violent protest against the illegal Israeli confiscation of Palestinian land in Yatta village was attacked by Israeli settlers on Saturday afternoon.

Racism / Discrimination
The Modi’in-Maccabim-Reut municipality has closed the main public park in Modi’in to nonresidents of the three communities in its jurisdiction. The move is the latest in an ongoing battle among residents and local governments over the character of the area..
Palestinian Authority Arrests on Behalf of Israel
PA security forces kidnap 3 Hamas-affiliated citizens
The Palestinian authority security forces kidnapped three citizens from Hamas Movement in Tulkarem and Qalqiliya and summoned another for interrogation.
Illegal Israeli Arrests

IOF kidnap two Palestinians from village south of Al-Khalil

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped two Palestinians from Tabka village south of Al-Khalil city and clashed with young man from this village and the nearby village of Kharsa.
Hunger Strikers / Other Prisoner News
Deterioration in health of a Jerusalemite hunger striking prisoner
A Palestinian Human Rights organization reported the deterioration of the health situation of Jerusalemite prisoner Samer al-Issawi, on hunger strike since 59 days.

Occupation releases Hamas leader Ismail Awawda
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) released, on Thursday, the captive Ismail Awawda, a leader in Hamas movement from Dura, south of al-Khalil.

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Activism / Solidarity / Protests / BDS

In interview, Mahmoud Sarsak confirms FC Barcelona Clasico invite, says he won’t attend with Shalit, Ali Abunimah
“I know that the invitation was issued after heavy pressure on FC Barcelona so that it could get out of its dilemma,” Sarsak said.

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Non-violent demonstration held Saturday in Beit Ummar; army declares ‘closed military zone’
A group of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered to demonstrate peacefully in front of the Israeli settlement colony called ‘Karmei Tsur’ on Saturday, September 29.

West Bank weekly marches commemorate the 12th anniversary of Intifada
West Bank’s anti-apartheid wall and settlement marches commemorated, this week, the 12th anniversary of Intifada, as demonstrators insisted on the option of resistance.
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Peaceful Weekly Demonstration Against Israeili Colonies in Front of Karmei Tsur
A group of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered to demonstrate peacefully in front of the colony Karmei Tsur Saturday, September 29. When they entered the fields in front of the settlement a large group of soldiers from the Israeli occupation forces were blocking the roads and the agricultural fields, claiming that it was a closed military zone. Even though they were more than a hundred meters from the fence and barb wire separating the protesters from the private Palestinian land stolen and annexed by Israel.
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West Bank Village Resists, Week after Week
Mohammed returned to the central square of his village in a small caravan of cars with his friends. Their horns were blaring. This wasn’t a usual night in Nabi Saleh: Half of its 500 inhabitants were already out in the square, surrounding a makeshift stage of lights and speakers. His friends dragged him out of the car and through the crowd, toward the lights. The crowd chanted “Freedom!” and then found their way into a song that declares against the jailer, “I will love the dark.” There was a play already underway, and suddenly it was about him — and, by extension, the nearly three-year-old struggle of his entire village.
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Sept 28th: Action Day of International Visibility of Palestine Struggles
On September 28, we’ll be at exactly two months from the World Social Forum Free Palestine (FSMPL), an global encounter to show the solidarity of the people with the Palestinian people in struggle against the occupation of their land, the right of return for which they were expelled as part of the founding of the State of Israel, and for self-determination to choose their future.

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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign
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Political Developments / Other News
Iran to ‘retaliate’ if attacked by Israel
Iran’s envoy reacting to Israeli PM’s remarks says his country is “strong enough” and “reserves full right” to hit back.
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Israel PM in ‘full agreement’ with US on Iran
Binyamin Netanyahu eases tensions with White House in phone call with US leader following speech at UN.

Haaretz: Abbas adopts a U.S. formula for the resumption of negotiations
Head of the Ramallah Authority Mahmoud Abbas signed the new American formula for the resumption of the negotiation process with the Israeli occupation, Hebrew press sources revealed.
Palestinian leadership defends UN statehood bid: last ditch effort to salvage the two-state solution
Ramallah – In the face of criticism, the Palestinian leadership defended its recent UN statehood bid initiative – which has received very little support from the public – following President Abbas’ address to the United.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli leaders condemned President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, describing the speech as “incitement” and “slander” and against Israel. The Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said Friday that “this was a speech of flagrant incitement and a verbal attack. “This speech will make clear to all those who live with illusions and are not honest with themselves what are the true intentions of Abbas and what he is striving to reach.” He added: “Instead of thanking Israel for saving the Palestinian Authority from financial and humanitarian collapse just a few days ago, Abbas chose to lie and slander Israel. Anyone who heard Abbas’s speech should understand that he does not intend and does not want to be a partner to a settlement with Israel.”
Hamas promises to adhere to resistance to defend the holy sites
Hamas said that the occupation plans to Judaize Jerusalem and its attempts to build the alleged Temple will never be achieved, stressing that “Jerusalem will remain an Arabic and Islamic city.
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ALGIERS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Economy is working to develop economic ties with Algeria in the public and private sectors, an official said Saturday. A PA delegation, headed by minister of economy Jawad Naji, is due to meet with the Algerian minister of industry and economy in Algiers on Saturday.
Officials will discuss economic ties and are expected to sign an agreement following the meeting, Naji told Ma’an. Algeria has pledged to implement a resolution which will exempt Palestinian products entering Algeria from customs taxes, he added.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A new poll shows 72 percent of Palestinians plan to vote in elections taking place in three weeks, but supporters of Hamas are much less likely to participate in the vote, which is being boycotted by the party. In a poll published on Saturday by the Arab World for Research & Development, 85 percent said they support holding local elections, which will take place on Oct. 20 in the West Bank only. The election is the first time Palestinians will have the opportunity to cast votes since 2006, after Hamas and Fatah split violently a year later. 
Jordan has named carrier diplomat Walid Obeidat as a new ambassador to Israel, filling a position that has been vacant since 2010, a senior official said on Friday.  “The council of ministers has decided to appoint Walid Obeidat as an ambassador to Israel,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.  “No date has been set yet for his departure to Israel.”  Ali al-Ayed left his post as ambassador to Israel to become information minister in mid-2010 and since then the post has been vacant.  The United States has called on Jordan to appoint a new ambassador in Israel, but Amman has been reluctant over what officials said was the Jewish state’s policies towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab countries to have made peace with Israel.
A Haaretz investigation found that 19 of Netanyahu’s wealthiest American donors have also given to Romney, the Republican Party, and/or other Republican candidates.
Analysis / Op-ed / Human Interest
Nobel Prize literature laureate, declared ‘persona non grata’ by Israel over a poem criticizing its stance on Iran, lauds nuclear whistle-blower Vanunu as a ‘hero.’

Survey of Arab-Americans highlights drop in support for Obama,  Alex Kane
The Arab-American community still largely supports President Barack Obama, but 15 percent of Arabs who voted for Obama in 2008 have not declared their support for him this year, according to a new poll released by the Arab American Institute (AAI). 52 percent of all Arab-Americans say they will vote for Obama, compared to 28 percent who have declared their support for Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate. The numbers are also broken down by religious identity. “Arab American Muslims support Obama overwhelmingly (75% to 8%), while Orthodox/Protestants support Romney by a 16% margin,” according to the poll.

The Political Transformation of Edward Said, Asad AbuKhalil
Edward Said was a progressive liberal. He was not the radical that he is portrayed to be in Zionist media. But then again, anyone who stands up to Zionism is a radical by Zionist standards. My encounters with Edward Said (and I was not a friend of his and I only saw him a few times and we spoke on the phone a number of times and later exchanged emails – the last one I received from him said that he was “busy writing and dying”) attest to his political transformation over time. I first saw Edward Said at the Institute of Policy Studies in Washington, DC in 1984 ( it might have been 1985).
Survivor Nidal Hamad: “It is not permissible to forget…Sabra and Shatila”
In an interview with “Fasl Al Maqal”, prominent journalist and political activist, Nidal Hamad, who currently resides in Norway, recalls scenes from the massacre during which he was seriously wounded; a wound that forced doctors to amputate his leg. He also shares with us information available to him about the massacre and narrates accounts he heard from others. He brings us back to Sabra and Shatila some of the most heinous crimes of modern times were perpetrated.
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It Matters Little What Abbas Says, Tariq Shadid
It has not gone unnoticed that Palestinians are showing little interest in Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the United Nations, which he held on the 27th of September. Most Palestinians have no idea what he said, and do not care to know it. There is quite a contrast between the amount of attention given by Palestinians to this speech, and to the one that he held last year. The explanation for this is really quite simple, especially if the situation is summarized by highlighting a few of its most important aspects.
One day, says Jamal Zubeidi, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp, angry young residents of the camp will march into PA areas and onto Israel, as part of an uprising even more violent than its predecessors.

Israel lobby uses discredited anti-Semitism definition to muzzle debate,Ben White
Despite having no official status, the EU’s “working definition” on anti-Semitism is being used by the Israel lobby on both sides of the Atlantic.

Anti-Apartheid: An Interview with Ronnie Kasrils, Frank Barat
Ronnie Kasrils is a South African author and activist. He was Minister of Intelligence Services from 2004 to 2008, and member of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1987 to 2007. He was a founding member of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) and lived in exile in London, Luanda, Maputo, Swaziland, Botswana and Lusaka where he served the ANC. He is currently a jury member of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.
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Palestine and Netanyahu’s bomb chart at the UN
The highlight of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech as he addressed the 67th United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York yesterday was by far and away his cartoon bomb chart.Complete with first, second and final stages (drawn within the outline), each marked a different point in Iran’s progress towards making a nuclear bomb. At some point Netanyahu produced a red marker, drawing a horizontal line near the tip of the bomb, or the final stage just above the 90% line; this is where the international community should act he told us, estimated to be next spring or summer.
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Leila Khaled in lipstick: women-focused art show tours West Bank
Feminist take on Palestinian history offered by art show touring West Bank universities.
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