***Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles*
*International Middle East Media Center* <http://imemc.org/>
*Israeli Military Takes Precautions To Prevent Leaks Regarding Removal
Of Minor Outposts* <http://www.imemc.org/article/62229> IMEMC - Sunday October 09, 2011 - 12:54, According to Israeli sources,
the military has taken a number of measures to prevent leaks by soldiers
about when minor settlement outposts will be dismantled. This is due to
recent occurrences of soldiers sharing information with settlers in
order to obstruct the Israeli procedures.
*Israel To Release Remains of Abu Zent , 35 Years Later*
<http://www.imemc.org/article/62227> IMEMC - Saturday October 08, 2011 - 13:35, Israeli authorities have
decided to release the remains of Hafeth Abu Zent on Sunday at Jaljolia
checkpoint near the West Bank city of Qalqilia. The body had been kept
for 35 years in the so- called Israeli Cemetery of Numbers, the Ma'an
News Agency reported.
*PA: Settlers damage land in northern West Bank*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427382> 10/9/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers caused damage several Palestinian
villages' land in the Qalqiliya and Nablus districts on Sunday, an
official said. Palestinian Authority settlement affairs official Ghassan
Doughlas told Ma'an that farmers from Farata village, east of Qalqiliya
had arrived at their land to find that olives had been stolen. Israeli....
*Local official: Bulldozers destroy land in al-Walaja*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427462> 10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers on Sunday destroyed
agricultural land belonging to the village of al-Walaja, northwest of
Bethlehem, local officials said. Head of al-Walaja village council Saleh
Khalifa said that a number of bulldozers accompanied by Israeli soliders
destroyed land in the Ein Jozeh area of the village to expand the
*Settlers clash with Palestinian farmers*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427493> 10/9/2011 - NABLUS (AFP) -- Jewish settlers clashed with Palestinian
farmers on Sunday, as they tried to pick olives from land owned by
relatives of two men convicted of killing a settler family. At least
three Palestinians were injured when dozens of settlers from Itamar
armed with sticks and stones attacked the group of about 50 workers
*Minister: Hunger strike about isolation, not chicken*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427559> 10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The main goal of Palestinian prisoners
on hunger strike in Israeli jails is an end to solitary confinement
policies, the Palestinian Authority prisoners' affairs minister said
Sunday. The use of isolation cells is the "strategic demand" of
prisoners, who have refused food for 13 days, Issa Qaraqe said, accusing
Israeli.... Related:Israel approves several hunger strike demands
*Israel approves several hunger strike demands*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427389> 10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison authorities have decided
to meet some of the demands by Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in
Israeli jails, detainees said Sunday. The prison administration has
agreed to allow the transmission of satellite television, has allowed
prisoners to go on family visits without handcuffs, and has permitted
visits between different.... Related:Minister: Hunger strike about
isolation, not chicken
*Report: Israeli army tightens settler outpost evacuation procedures*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427384> 10/9/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army has stopped
soldiers who operate in the West Bank from taking part in dismantling
illegal settlement outposts, Israeli media reported Sunday. Military
commanders will alone be notified of the operations in advance, Israeli
daily Haaretz said, adding that the new measures were to prevent leaks
*Israeli forces arrest 4 men from Nablus*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427418> 10/9/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested four people
overnight Saturday in the village of Beita, south Nablus, locals and the
army said. Witnesses in the village said that Israeli forces entered the
village overnight and raided several houses. Islam Labeeb, 22, Samer
Hamaeel, 30, Zahran Hamaeel, 18, and Abdulmenem Dwikat, 22, were
*Israel transfers remains of fighter killed in 1976*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427512> 10/9/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday afternoon
transferred the remains of a Palestinian fighter killed in 1976 to the
West Bank, a Ma'an correspondent said. The remains of Hafez Muhammad
Hussein Abu Zant have been held for 35 years in Israeli custody. Abu
Zant was killed while participating in an operation....
*Israeli forces detain 2 near Bethlehem*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427574> 10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained two men in
al-Khader in south Bethlehem on Sunday afternoon, witnesses said. Forces
raided the family's house and used spray-gas to disable Raed Salah and
Muhammad al-Sarafandi before detaining them, locals told Ma'an. A
pregnant relative who tried to intervene was also sprayed, they....
*Minister: Tourism won't be affected by US aid cuts*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427407> 10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Minister of tourism in the West Bank
Kholoud Deibes said Sunday that tourism to Palestine will not be
affected by aid cuts recently announced by the United States Congress.
Tourism projects are largely developed through the private sector,
Deibes told Ma'an, and thus the decision by Congress to freeze....
*Quartet says will ask Israelis, Palestinians to meet in days*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427422> 10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Middle East Quartet will invite
Israelis and Palestinians to meet in "coming days," envoys said on
Sunday after convening in Brussels to discuss their plan to revive
negotiations. Quartet representative Tony Blair said Sunday's meeting
"showed the Quartet's commitment to the timetable for talks set out....
*Report: Israeli officials arrive in Egypt for talks*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427497> 10/9/2011 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Israeli officials arrived in Cairo on
Sunday to discuss security arrangements, Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper
said. The delegation, which included a top defense official, came by
private jet for talks on cooperation at the Israel-Egypt border and
developments in Israeli-Palestinians relations, the report said. The
officials were not identified, as....
*PA: Quartet must act on Israeli settlement 'provocations'*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427548> 10/9/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority said on Sunday
Israel's decision to approve new housing units in an East Jerusalem
settlement undermined the Middle East Quartet's proposal for
talks."Israel's approval of more settlement housing, this time in Pisgat
Zeev, is a clear violation of the Quartet'....
*Palestinian blogger wins honorary award*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427454> 10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian blogger and writer from
the Gaza Strip has been awarded the Honorary Anna Lindh Mediterranean
Journalist Award for 2011, a statement from the Anna Lindh foundation
said Friday. Asma al-Ghoul was awarded the prize for her "commitment to
freedom of expression and her courage in facing repression," a
statement.... Related:AsmaGaza blog (Arabic)
*UNRWA calls for teachers to return to work*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=426952> 10/9/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UN agency for Palestinian refugees
said Friday that teachers in Gaza should return to work permanently,
welcoming a suspension in the workers' union strike. Teachers in
UNRWA-run schools in Gaza went on general strike on Wednesday to protest
the dismissal of union chief Suheil al-Hindi. The union said it....
*Israeli police: Second suspect held in Galilee mosque attack*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427671> 10/9/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli police said Sunday a second
suspect had been arrested following an arson attack on a mosque in
northern Israel a week ago." The suspect will appear in court on Monday
for his remand to be extended," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said,
without providing further details. Media reports said he was a settler....
*Israel forces search for settlement intruder 'false alarm'*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427453> 10/9/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces flooded checkpoints south
of Nablus on Sunday afternoon, as Israeli media reported the army was
tipped that an armed Palestinian entered Eli settlement. Eyewitnesses
told Ma'an that hundreds of Israeli police and border guards, along with
settlers, gathered at the Zatara and Huwwara checkpoints, while Israeli
*Abbas in El Salvador to pitch UN recognition*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427346> 10/9/2011 - SAN SALVADOR (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in El
Salvador on the latest stop of a Latin American tour to round up support
for UN recognition of a Palestinian state. Abbas, who arrived from the
Dominican Republic on Saturday, was to meet with the local Palestinian
community later in the day ahead of a meeting....
*Israeli cabinet approves economic reforms*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427658> 10/9/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved the
outline of economic reforms intended to address rising frustrations
about the cost of living and income disparity in the Jewish state. The
proposals, which passed 21-8, were laid out by a committee appointed by
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year, as Israelis took....
*Egyptian finance minister: Qatar grants $500 million to help budget*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427374> 10/9/2011 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- Egypt's finance minister, who has been
negotiating with Gulf Arab states for financial assistance, said on
Sunday that Qatar had given a grant of $500 million to support the
budget which has ballooned as a result of political turmoil. Hazem
el-Beblawi said last week he was negotiating with Saudi Arabia and....
*Syria warns of reprisals for recognition of opposition*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427432> 10/9/2011 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Syria will retaliate against any country
that recognizes the opposition National Council, Foreign Minister Walid
Muallem said on Sunday." We will take significant measures against any
country that recognizes this illegitimate council," Muallem told a news
conference, as the newly formed opposition group lobbied for support in
*Demonstrators storm Syrian embassy in Berlin*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427438> 10/9/2011 - BERLIN (AFP) -- A group of about 30 demonstrators stormed
the Syrian embassy in Berlin overnight and confronted the ambassador to
Germany, police said Sunday, following similar protests in other
European capitals. No one was injured, a police spokesman told AFP. The
protesters, Syrian nationals, broke through a gate in the fence and then
*Mubarak party members demand right to run in polls*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427625> 10/9/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Members of Egypt's former ruling party have
demanded to be allowed to run in upcoming elections, as officials mull a
draft law that could see them banished from politics for a decade. The
plea came during a rally organized on Saturday evening by members of the
now dissolved National Democratic Party....
*At least 19 killed as Copts, police clash in Cairo*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=427660> 10/9/2011 - CAIRO (Reuters) - Nineteen people were killed in Cairo on
Sunday when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus,
clashed with military police, medical and security sources said, in the
latest sectarian flare-up in a country in political turmoil. Christians
protesting against an attack on a church threw rocks and petrol bombs
and set cars....
*Israel police out in force after Muslim tombs defaced*
<http://reliefweb.int/node/451631> Relief Web 9 Oct 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied
Palestinian territory , Israel JERUSALEM --- Israeli police deployed
reinforcements around Muslim and Christian sites in Jaffa on Sunday
after graves in the mixed port town were found to be desecrated, a
police spokeswoman said. "Police...
*Hold the (smart) phone for vital signs*
<http://www.jpost.com/Health/Article.aspx?ID=241032&R=R1> Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2011 - An iPhone app that measures the user's heart
rate could be turned into a sophisticated medical monitor able to
capture, transmit vital physiological data.
*Earlier circumcision may slow HIV, HPV rates in S. Africa*
<http://www.jpost.com/Health/Article.aspx?ID=240994&R=R1> Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2011 - For maximum reductions in HIV and HPV
infections in women, researchers recommend male circumcision, HPV
vaccination be delivered prior to sexual debut.
*Muslim and Christian graves desecrated in Israeli city of Jaffa*
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/09/graves-desecrated-jaffa-yom-kippur> The Guardian 9 Oct 2011 - Militant Jewish settlers smash tombs and spray
stones with graffiti on Yom Kippur and firebomb is thrown at synagogue
Dozens of gravestones have been desecrated at Muslim and Christian
cemeteries and a firebomb thrown at a...
*MIDEAST: Media Throttled From All Sides*
<http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105393> IPS As media freedoms throughout the occupied Palestinian territories
continue to decline, human rights groups are urging the international
community to pressure Israeli and Palestinian security forces to respect
and facilitate the ability of journalists to do their work.
*Cairo: Army and police massacre protesters at Maspero (Videos)*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82144> Uruknet October 9, 2011 - The army and police committed a horrible
massacre against peaceful protesters today in Maspero, Cairo. Army
vehicles ran over protesters. Live ammunition was used. Extensive rounds
of tear gas were fired, and showers of beatings from the military police
and the central security forces. At least 19 people have been killed,
and more than...
*Protest against persecution of Copts in Egypt attacked with bloody
force* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82143> Uruknet October 9, 2011 - A peaceful march by Copts today against
religious persecution gave way to a night of violence after the
protesters were attacked. A march of 10,000 Copts began today from
Shubra to the State TV building in Maspero turned violent when
protesters were attacked by stone throwing mobs from on top of the
*Bush's Middle East Wars In Keeping With Historic U.S. Patterns,
Historian Says* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82142> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - President Bush's "preventive war" strategy in
the Middle East not only "comported with what most Americans believed to
be desirable at the time" but followed a bipartisan American tradition
in such actions, historian Melvyn Leffler writes in the current "Foreign
Affairs" magazine. Much of what President Bush did "was consistent with
long-term trends in...
*Syria News - October 8, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82141> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - (10-08-11) Douma | Damascus | Child, Ameen
Khabiya Murdered by Assad Forces at Funeral Procession ... Qamishli:
martyrdom of Jamal Al-Omar, 67 years suffocation by a gas bomb which
were thrown by security forces on the funeral of the martyr Mashaal
Tammo, and arresting 16 person...Qameshli: Martyrdom of Jamal Husain
Husain who was born in Naf Korah...
*Settler homes approved in East Jerusalem*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82140> Uruknet October 8, 2011 -- The Jerusalem municipality has given the
green light for the construction of 11 new apartments in the Jewish
settlement of Pisgat Zeev in the annexed east of the city, a councilor
told AFP on Saturday. "The municipality approved at the beginning of the
week the construction of 11 apartments, as part of a project...
*Israeli Rightists Threaten Arab Civilians*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82139> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - Israel's right-wing leaders feel they can
count on U.S. politicians to rubber-stamp pretty much whatever Israel
does to the Palestinians, with some extremist rabbis even glorifying the
racist mass murderer Baruch Goldstein. Which leaves Lawrence Davidson
wondering what it will take to change behavior in Washington and Tel Aviv...
*Obama's Death Panel It's not what you think ...*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82137> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - When the Tea Partiers protested President
Obama's healthcare plan, they claimed that, in order to shave medical
costs, the healthcare bureaucracy would be setting up "death panels,"
which would decide who gets medical treatment and who didn't. Presumably
this would be adjudicated on the basis of a cost-benefit analysis: the
cost of care weighed...
*Sleep easy, war criminals* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82136> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - Israel has violated innumerable UN resolutions
and international laws over the past 50 years without any sanction being
incurred - whether legal, economic, political or military. Most blatant
is its disregard for the overwhelming opinion of the international court
of justice in The Hague, which in 2004 declared the erection of a wall
*Suppressing the truth...* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82133> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - ...Both the US and Israel have apparently
adopted a war machine of drones to eliminate any enemy - real or
perceived. With drones, the commanders fly their attack weapons into
enemy territory with no risk to a flyer's life. Nothing more than a
remotely guided machine can be lost. The deaths and destruction at...
*Anti-Defamation League Assails Palestinian UN Membership*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82132> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - For nearly a century, ADL falsely called
itself "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency
(fighting) anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry...." In fact, all
along it fronted for Jewish supremacy. After Israel's 1948 creation, it
backed Israeli rights over Arabs, including by occupation and
belligerently enforced apartheid. One of the 52 Conference of...
*NATO bombings, al-Qaeda and the Arab Spring*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82131> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - .....But, why attack Libya? Is it the oil?
Samir Amin thinks not, no, 'it's not oil that they [the US] are after -
they already have that. Their goal is to put Libya under their tutelage
to establish Africom (US military command for Africa),' currently based
in Stuttgart (Germany). 'African countries had rejected its...
*The Tripoli Massacres: 900 Bodies in Two Suburban Mass Graves*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82126> Uruknet October 8, 2011 - Since rebel forces followed the path of
NATO'sbombs and entered Tripoli in late August, a rash of brutal and
"mysterious" killings has plagued the city. Bodies at first left rotting
in the open, stuffedinto a hoslital-cum-slaughterhouse, and then in mass
graves appearing weekly. I estimate collectively at least 400 known
victims of the takeover...
*Israeli Police Captured On Video Violently Attacking Arab Family in
Haifa* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82119> Uruknet October 7, 2011 - Two days ago, the Israeli Police violently
attacked and evicted an Arab family who had been living in a vacant home
in Salma Street, Haifa, mistreating the mother and her children...The
Israeli Police attacked the home and and the mother, pushing her
violently. One policeman also kicked the mother, and another held her by...
*Christian Copts, security forces clash in Egypt*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Fierce clashes erupted in Cairo Sunday night
between Christians protesting over a recent attack on a church and the
military, leaving at least 23 people dead and more ... ....
*Police vow swift arrest of Jaffa vandals*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Police officials on Sunday met with Jaffa
community leaders and vowed to act swiftly in order to apprehend those
responsible for the desecration of 25 tombstones, but ... ....
*IDF warns of budget cut repercussions*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Budget Wars- Defense Minister Ehud Barak on
Sunday warned Cabinet members against approving the socioeconomic
reforms recommended by the Trajtenberg Committee, but ... ....
*Gov't to double soldiers' discharge bonus*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Yisrael Beiteinu announced Sunday that the
government will double the discharge bonus granted to IDF troops,
raising the sum to NIS 20,000 ($5,380) in some cases. The ... ....
*Report: Israeli delegation in Egypt for security talks*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - A delegation of four Israeli security officials
arrived in Cairo by private jet for talks with local officials, Egyptian
newspaper al-Ahram reported on Sunday. The ... ....
*Ministers skip Yom Kippur commemoration*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Bereaved families were furious to discover
Sunday no government official was present at the memorial ceremonies for
780 fallen soldiers of the Yom Kippur War, held at ... ....
*Cabinet approves Trajtenberg Report*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - The government approved the recommendations
presented in the Trajtenberg Report on Sunday, with 21 ministers voting
in favor and eight voting against it. Prime ... ....
*Probe into Jaffa cemeteries vandalism continues*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Detectives collect fingerprints, as Jaffa
residents recall incident, say....
*Report: Israel returns body of Palestinian terrorist*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Palestinians say Israel repatriated body of DFLP
member who was killed during....
*Palestinian inmates to get whole chickens*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Hunger strike at security prisons expands with
over 230 going on strike due to....
*Anti-Arab hate slogans sprayed in Bat Yam*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - 'Death to Arabs' and 'Kahane was right'
spray-painted on two structures in Bat....
*Settler violates house arrest in bid to fly to Uman*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Petah Tikva Magistrates' Court extends remand of
25-year-old man from Elon Moreh....
*Netanyahu: We won't tolerate vandalism*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Prime minister condemns attack on Arab
cemeteries, hurling of Molotov cocktail....
*Clashes in Itamar: Fogel killers' relatives attend harvest*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Settlers claim family members of murderers
responsible for Fogel family massacre....
*Trajtenberg Report likely to pass cabinet vote*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Government set to discuss recommendations of
seriocomic committee. Netanyahu....
*Romney vows to increase defense aid to Israel*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
says that if elected he would....
*Iran says radar can detect small unmanned drones*
YNet News, 9 Oct 2011 - Islamic Republic's air defense units equipped
with advanced radars capable of....
*Libyan fighters taking Kadafi's hometown street by street*
LA Times 8 Oct 2011 - Optimism rises in the ranks battling to take Surt
from Moammar Kadafi loyalists, but there may still be a hard fight ahead
for the final quadrants of the city. After weeks of failed offensives,
insubstantial incursions and withering counterattacks, it seemed
Saturday that the end...
*Syria democracy activists say they are committed to nonviolence*
LA Times 9 Oct 2011 - The uprising's public face as a peaceful movement
has helped garner international sympathy. In recent weeks, however,
armed clashes have emerged as another facet of the struggle in Syria.
More than six months after mass protests began spreading through the
streets of Syria, activists say...
*Panic and shock sweep Cairo*
<http://mondoweiss.net/2011/10/panic-and-shock-sweep-cairo.html> Mondoweiss - Waves of panic and shock are passing through Cairo tonight
along with gusts of smoke and teargas. I was at a friend's shop near
Tahrir Square at 7 tonight when facebook began lighting up with news of
the clashes at Maspero, the radio and television building...
*The Ninety-Nine Percent*
<http://mondoweiss.net/2011/10/the-ninety-nine-percent.html> Mondoweiss - To sit in silence when we should protest Makes cowards out
of men. The human race Has climbed on protest. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, I
Protest , 1914 With so much effort being exerted by the right-wing
lunatic punditocracy and commentariat , Citigroup fiancées with CNN
programs , know-nothing...
*Palestinians have their own Gandhis and Kings*
<http://mondoweiss.net/2011/10/palestinians-have-their-own-gandhis-and-kings.html> Mondoweiss - I appreciate Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York
Times, because he writes and well and thoughtfully about far-flung areas
of the world, including the "ordinary" people who are striving to make a
difference. But although his intentions are good, he has a bit of a...
*Protest encampments take root in Washington D.C.*
<http://mondoweiss.net/2011/10/protest-encampments-take-root-in-washington-d-c.html> Mondoweiss - American Autumn has arrived; the encampment in NY that
began on September 17th has spread to dozens of cities across the United
States. In the nation's capital, two occupations of public squares have
started five blocks apart; Occupy DC and Stop the Machine . For now the...
*Yom Kippur and the Death of the Jews*
<http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/richardsilverstein/ZOfh/%7E3/sas0gES89R4/> Tikun Olam - No, we Jews aren't about to go the way of the dodo bird.
We're not going extinct anytime soon. But almost all Jews agree there
is a problem, a serious one. We're losing Jews. Our synagogues, our
Jewish federations, our fraternal organizations like the ADL, AJC...
*Besieged inside their own fortresses*
<http://www.voltairenet.org/Besieged-inside-their-own> Voltaire Network 9 Oct 2011 - The only distinguishing feature remaining
of a U.S. embassy as such is its diplomatic status. In reality, they are
a nest of spies and military command centers. Washington has been aware
that it is in breach of the Vienna Convention ever since the siege of
*'Israeli agents operate in Argentina'*
<http://www.voltairenet.org/Israeli-agents-operate-in> Voltaire Network 9 Oct 2011 - A strange episode took place this week in
Buenos Aires. A huge radio tower that housed three FM stations collapsed
on an area belonging to Argentina's Security Ministry for, still,
uncertain reasons. A local TV news channel, that is also the owner of
two of those...
*Rebel Claims of Libya 'Mass Graves' Come Up Empty, Again*
<http://www.voltairenet.org/Rebel-Claims-of-Libya-Mass-Graves> Voltaire Network 9 Oct 2011 - The NTC loses yet more credibility! Since
the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi, the rebel claims that the former dictator
had killed some 50,000 people in the civil war began to be scrutinized,
and suffered from a major lack of actual bodies. The above photo, taken
*Women Prisoners: WOFPP Newsletter September 2011*
<http://palestinianprisoners.blogspot.com/2011/10/wofpp-newsletter-september-2011.html> Sabr 9 Oct 2011 - WOFPP Newsletter September 2011 There are, at present,
33 women political prisoners in the Israeli jails: 17 in Hasharon Prison
(Tel Mond), 16 in Damoon Prison (Carmel Mountain). Hasharon Prison (Tel
Mond) The conditions in the cells It is very hot in the cells. There is...
*Hunger Strike Ongoing, Violations Against Detainees Escalating*
<http://palestinianprisoners.blogspot.com/2011/10/hunger-strike-ongoing-violations.html> Sabr 9 Oct 2011 - Sunday October 09, 2011 03:51 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC
& Agencies Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe', stated
Saturday that Palestinian political detainees in Israeli prisons are
going on with their hunger strike to demand their legal rights, despite
Israel's escalating measures aimed at breaking...
*This Occupation is Brought to You by A Pattern of Racial Bigotry*
<http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/SabbahsBlog/%7E3/99Kjr5P0Wjo/> Sabbah report 9 Oct 2011 - The decision makers in these US institutions
have been manipulated into sanctioning the racial bigotry that has
allowed the Zionist leaders of the state of Israel to corrupt American
*Opportunity in a Middle East identity crisis*
<http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/10/201110414418645816.html> Mark LeVine, Al Jazeera 10/7/2011
/Exploring his own character as a Palestinian Jew, Israeli filmmaker Udi
Aloni says a universal identity is needed./
Udi Aloni is a well-known Israeli filmmaker, theatre director,
writer and activist, whose recent work includes such films as
Forgiveness, Local Angel, and Kashmir: Journey to Freedom. His new book,
What Does a Jew Want?: On Binationalism and Other Specters, is published
by Columbia University Press (2011).
Mark LeVine met with Aloni in Ramallah as he was beginning
rehearsals for a production of "Waiting for Godot" with students from
the Jenin Freedom Theatre and continued the conversation in the United
States. The US premiere of the production will take place at the Miller
Theatre in New York, on October 18.
Mark LeVine: Your book starts off with a seemingly provocative
question, one which would seem to be impossible to answer. How can
anyone claim to answer what Jews collectively want, or Muslims or
Christians for that matter?
Udi Aloni: The idea for the book arose from the contradictions
that I felt exists between my work as an artist, as a writer, and as an
activist. In particular, a difficulty in expressing how one can move
from one's particularity - in my case as an Israeli Ashkenazi Jew - to a
universal ethic and aesthetic, and to create a new identity in the
process. The task, I suppose, is to show people that you can open
yourself to your most dreaded "other", that you can forge relationships
outside of your group that are even more meaningful than the ones that
have always defined you..
To do that, I had to accept the position of speaking from weakness
and vulnerability, in contrast to the strength Israelis and American
Jews imagine they have (but are really afraid that they don't possess).
I argue that from this weakness, we can create new possibilities, or
*This local trend of burning mosques*
<http://972mag.com/rick%E2%80%99s-weekly-wrap-this-local-trend-of-burning-mosques/24895/> Rechavia "Rick" Berman, +972 Magazine 10/9/2011
/Rick's Weekly Wrap/
Welcome one and all to the Weekend Holyland Wrap. Israel is the
name, self-destruction is the game, and we only pretend to have shame.
The two big events in the past week were the shocking -- shocking,
I say! -- seepage of the disgustingly-named "price tag" pogrom tactic
into sovereign Israel, and what some saw as the equally shocking failure
of Prime Minister Bibinocchio to pass the recommendations of the
Trachtenberg Committee in the cabinet.
As y'all have no doubt heard, some Judeo-fascist or other
desecrated the mosque in the Galilean Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangriyya,
setting fire to the place and spraying "Death to Arabs" and "Price tag
Palmer" -- the latter being the settler who was murdered by
rock-throwers near Hebron a week or two before.
The choice of Tuba-Zangriyya is of course extremely ironic, since
it happens to be home to a tribe of Bedouins who are highly loyal to the
State of Israel and have been since its inception, serving with
distinction in the IDF and everything. I have to wonder if it wasn't
chosen on purpose, to make the point that, as the racist saying goes, "A
good Arab is a dead Arab."
The act sparked almost universal outrage, with figures from the
terrible Abe Foxman to the mortality-defying President of Israel, Shimon
(father of the settlements) Peres condemning the act. Why did these
luminaries not express similar outrage at identical acts committed
against mosques east of the Green Line? Because they realize deep down
what this means -- that the two state solution is a mirage....more..
*Suppressing the truth: US and Israeli cover-ups*
<http://www.redress.cc/global/pjballes20111010> Paul J. Balles, Redress 10/10/2011
Issues that should concern everyone, but especially in America,
have been subverted, degraded, perverted, retracted, eradicated,
expunged, obscured, obliterated, squashed or (simply) zapped!
Cover-ups have kept these issues under wraps for all but those
whose concern for the truth provokes them to do serious research,
primarily on the internet.
The mainstream media rarely touch these topics and, when they are
discussed in the alternative media, the discussions are limited to a few
who have been following the issues closely.
Obscured issues that deserve more than a passing interest include:
*The USS Liberty cover-up
* Israel's nuclear programme
* 9/11 truth seekers discoveries
* Big business corruption
* Bush administration crimes
* Plight of the Palestinians
* Murder by unmanned drones.
Unmanned drones provide the one issue receiving major media
coverage, because Anwar Awlaki, assassinated in Yemen, was an American
citizen....more.. <http://www.redress.cc/global/pjballes20111010>e-mail <mailto:?subject=Suppressing%20the%20truth:%20US%20and%20Israeli%20cover-ups%20&body=Suppressing%20the%20truth:%20US%20and%20Israeli%20cover-ups%20--%20http://www.redress.cc/global/pjballes20111010%20--%20link%20courtesy%20www.vtjp.org>
*Children of Qalandiya: Sharif's Future Foretold*
<http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17169> Palestine Chronicle: 9 Oct 2011 - By Tamar Fleishman -- The West Bank
Since September has past and with it the trepidation about a 'political
tsunami', and the horrifying scripts or bleak prophesies about thousands
of people from throughout the West Bank marching towards Qalandiya
checkpoint had been disproved, the place is once more governed by that
same mundane routine and depressing grayness. The blockages on the way
leading to and from Ramallah had been diverted to the side of the road
and traffic was once again free (if jams that stretch on for hundreds of
meters are a depiction of "free traffic"). The white camera balloon that
hovered above during the entire month has disappeared. It has probably
been stored somewhere. Once again trash is piling up on the side of the
road, children peddlers stock the passersby and the air is once again
polluted by dust and gas fumes without the stinging-sweet smell
*Honoring Israel for What?*
<http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17168> Palestine Chronicle: 9 Oct 2011 - By Mahmoud El-Yousseph Van Buren Board
of Education near Findlay, Ohio is holding 'A Night to Honor Israel' at
its High School on October 27th. The sponsor of the event is nothing
other than Christians United for Israel (CUFI). This is an odd thing. A
Night of Honoring Israel for what? Honoring someone, or a group, should
be reserved for those whose work and contributions help positively
impact the quality of life for others and enhance the image of their
country. Not Israel! That said, there are however several noted and
noble Israelis that are worthy of honor for their efforts end the
occupation and help bring peace to the region. Here is my short list:
Jeff Halper, Amira Hass, Gideon Levy, Rami Elhanan and Uri Avnery. The
first thing I did after reading about this so-called "Honor Night," was
draft a letter and send it to the School Superintendent...more
*Hypocrisy Kills: An American Tragedy*
<http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17167> Palestine Chronicle: 9 Oct 2011 - By Aijaz Zaka Syed -- Dubai Samir Khan
was the age of my young brother. Born to reasonably well-to-do parents,
he grew up in the United States and went to the best of schools in a
privileged neighborhood. How did he then end up in distant Yemen,
offering lessons in bomb making to aspiring terrorists? Samir was killed
in a US strike last week along with Anwar Al Awlaki, a US-born cleric,
and two others. He was 25 and editor of Al Qaeda's English online
magazine Inspire. He had come a long way from Charlotte in the American
South to the tribal melting pot of Yemen. In a piece last year, he
wrote: "'I laugh at the intelligence agencies that were watching me all
those years. Back in North Carolina, the FBI dispatched a (guy to) spy
on me who pretended to convert to Islam. I am a traitor to...more
*I Weep for My Nation, Mr. President*
<http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17166> Palestine Chronicle: 9 Oct 2011 - By Katherine Barwick Dear Mr.
President, I am neither an expert on history nor a political activist; I
am just an average American who is gravely concerned about the direction
I see my country taking. I know you inherited a snake-pit of problems
when you first took the oath just three years ago, but somehow when you
said 'Yes, we can!' I believed you could find a way to return our
country to its basic beliefs in liberty and justice for all. I grew up
being proud to be an American, inspired by Patrick Henry's heroic words
of 'Give me liberty or give me death', instilling in me a belief that
liberty was indeed worth dying for. My grandfather enlisted in the army
in 1914, thinking that his involvement would help make it the war to end
all wars. Then just twenty-five years later, my father enlisted in the