|Documents & Data|
|Wave of Israeli Demolitions, Displacements in West Bank, East Jerusalem || ||29/11/2010|
|IDF officers get photo of dead child ||Hanan Greenberg--"The phenomenon of classifying IDF officers as `war criminals` is unacceptable, and it`s even worse when their homes and relatives are targeted with this filth. We must do all we can to back this officers, while working to reduce this phenomenon," says a senior military source. [While I oppose threats of any sort, this report shows that more and more in the world Israeli military personnel are being regarded as war criminals. Dorothy] ||28/11/2010|
|Police exonerate Israeli officer who shot canister that hit U.S. activist`s eye||Chaim Levinson--The Judea and Samaria district police found no criminal wrongdoing in the actions of the Border Police soldiers who left an American art student without an eye after getting hit in the face with a tear gas canister at a protest in Qalandiyah six months ago.||28/11/2010|
|Dublin Food Co-Op passes Israeli boycott motion||[forwarded by Neta and by Ofer]--
John D - IPSC--Last night at a Special General Meeting, members of the Dublin Food Co-Op voted overwhelmingly to boycott Israeli goods. This was the third attempt over the last 2 years to bring in a boycott of Israeli goods. Previous attempts failed to reach consensus or when put to a vote failed to reach the required 75%. Last night the mood was clearly in favour with a final tally of 50 for to about 6 against.
|ISRAEL REFUSES TO ATTEND THIS YEAR TO VALLADOLID (SPAIN) TOURISM FAIR AFTER THE BOYCOTT ACTION MADE LAST EDITION||[forwarded by Ofer]
plataformapalestinavalladolid.blogspot.com -- Platform of Solidarity with Palestine-Valladolid
Valladolid.- The State of Israel has refused this year to attend to the XIV Valladolid Tourism Fair INTUR, which started yesterday, 25th November, after the strong boycott action organized in the 2009 of edition by the Platform of Solidarity with Palestine of this Spanish city.
|WEST BANK: Israel bulldozes Fayyad’s Freedom Road ||BabylonBeyond--While Fayyad was on a trip to Japan this week, hoping to get more funding for his two-year “Palestine: Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State” program, of which building that road was one project, Israel on Wednesday destroyed the road, which is located in Area C of the West Bank.||28/11/2010|
|VIDEO Demolitions in South Hebron Hills||In the village of A-Rifayah, area C where settler-dominated planning committees refuse nearly all Palestinian building permits. ao||27/11/2010|
|DOCUMENTS Russell Tribunal on Palestine Protocols Online|| ||27/11/2010|
|Israeli Settlers’ Violence Report – September and October 2010 ||Ahmad Jaradat, Alicia Isani - AIC - "This report highlights three worrying phenomena related to the strengthening of the settlers and to the tacit recognition of the illegal settlements in the West Bank, as well as to the settlers’ violence against Palestinians. First, these last two months have been characterized by an expansion of the geographical area in which violent settler attacks took place. […] Second, there is increasing cooperation between settlers and the Israeli army. The end of the settlement freeze has indeed led to army intervention and participation in building, including helping to bulldoze targeted Palestinian lands. Last, but unfortunately not least, settlers have demonstrated increasing organization in their actions"
|Economic Prison Zones ||Sam Bahour--When a project mixes the feel-good words of jobs, economic development and Israeli- Palestinian cooperation, how can anyone complain? These things are some of what the international community has been promising to deliver through the construction of industrial free trade zones in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The free trade zone model has been promoted locally and globally by powerful third parties like the United States, France, Germany, Turkey and Japan for two decades, but none has much to show for the enormous efforts and amounts of money spent to bring these zones to life. Nonetheless, the projectï¿½s proponents expect the zones to constitute the economic foundation for a future Palestinian state. They hope that, by bolstering Palestineï¿½s economy, the zones will make Palestinians less prone to social upheaval, less insistent on their national rights and more amenable to the status quo. The idea is that a peace agreement with Israel will ensue. ||21/11/2010|
|Our Man in Palestine ||Nathan Thrall--Over the past three years, the State Department has allocated $392 million to the Dayton mission, with another $150 million requested for 2011.13ï¿½
|Israeli education: Losing faith in system||Tomer Velmer--The lowly level of teaching at Israeli schools, the unbearable physical and crowded conditions, and the lack of discipline push local students into the arms of private tutors. The industry is flourishing, while further boosting the gaps between Israel`s haves and have-nots. [these complaints are not uttered by Israelis in the West Bank, which apparently have smaller classes and better conditions. DN]||21/11/2010|
|Palestine Today||http://www.imemc.org--[daily news updates about events in Palestine]||21/11/2010|
|In the dock||Letter in the Guardian--signed by Stephane Hessel
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
|Finance Ministry website lifts veil of secrecy on state support to non-profits ||Lior Dattel, Moti Bassok and Amiram Cohen--However, the new website doesn`t provide information from the government ministry with the largest budget: the Defense Ministry.||21/11/2010|
| Support for Hamas and Iran is dropping in Gaza ||HILARY LEILA KRIEGER--Still, while most Palestinians said they support a two-state solution, most see that as a step towards eventually having a one-state solution of a Palestinian state.||21/11/2010|
|Lt. Colonel Yehuda HaCohen Suspected in War Crime Cover-Up||Salah Abu Hajjaj…was among the targeted group: “My mother was shot and injured. The bullet went through her arm and into her chest. After 15 meters my mother fell down. Majeda, was also shot. She died immediately.” Salah’s mother and sister were the only two individuals killed in the incident...A battalion-level report was written on the incident but it was suppressed and never filed with the proper authorities...until two months later, a reserve officer received a laptop on which he found the report titled, “Normative Incident–killing of innocent civilian during Operation Cast Lead.” ao||20/11/2010|
|Testimony on 1948 by Palmach Fighter Amnon Neumann||In the last day of the break we were told that the Egyptians smuggled 20mm cannons to the villages Kawfakha and al-Muharraqa and tomorrow they would act with them and we need to destroy these villages. We drove there … and the men had fled, that was the usual practice. The men would run away first, leaving the women and the children, and then … (silence) we would expel them, right? And so it was in Kawfakha. I was in Kawfakha, others were in al-Muharraqa. It’s about 15km from Gaza. We surrounded the village, started shooting in the air, and everybody started to scream, yes, and … and we drove them out. The women and the children went to Gaza.||20/11/2010|
|Defence for Children International(DCI)- Monthly bulletin on detention ||
Detention Bulletin - Issue 10 - October 2010
|In 6 weeks the settlers almost made up for the 10 months Settlement Freeze||Hagit Ofran - Peace Now - "According to Peace Now’s count, since the end of the freeze in October 26th, the settlers managed to start to build 1,629 housing units, and even to dig the foundations for 1,116 of them. The works started in 63 settlements, 46 of them east the Separation Barrier and 17 on the western side of it"||15/11/2010|
|Netanyahu: US 90-day freeze proposal is not final ||JPOST.COM STAFF--"The proposal is going through a formulation process between teams on both the US and Israeli sides. If and when the process is completed, the proposal will be brought to a suitable government forum," the prime minister said.||14/11/2010|
|Netanyahu Agrees to Push for Freeze in Settlements||MARK LANDLER--In return, the Obama administration has offered Israel a package of security incentives and fighter jets worth $3 billion that would be contingent on the signing of a peace agreement, the official said. The United States would also block any moves in the United Nations Security Council that would try to shape a final peace agreement. ||14/11/2010|
|A campaign of racism and anti-Arab incitement is turning one of Israel`s holy cities into a ticking bomb ||Gideon Levy--For an entire hour, student Mustafa Shahin, a resident of Sakhnin who studies sociology and human resources at Safed College, made telephone inquiries - in vain. Because he is an Arab, the rental listings on the college bulletin boards are irrelevant. Mahmoud Abu Salah, Shahin`s representative in the student union (there are a total of eight representatives, but only one is an Arab ), says that he sometimes introduces himself on the phone as "Tomer" to get the conversation started. Now everyone has started calling Mahmoud "Tomer." But that doesn`t mean people want to rent to Arab college students in Safed.||14/11/2010|
|Prominent film, television artists join boycott of West Bank arts center||City Mouse Online--"Threats of this type by these Knesset Members do not scare us," the petition continued. "As Israeli citizens, the refusal of these theater actors to perform in Ariel, which is not within the borders of Israeli sovereignty, is a democratic right."||14/11/2010|
|High legal costs force most civil defendants to make do without lawyers ||Orly Vilnai--Eight of 10 defendants in civil suits filed in magistrate`s courts appear without legal representation, according to a report released recently by justice system officials.||14/11/2010|
|America`s Giant Holocaust Fraud--More than just a blip?||Anshel Pfeffer--You could almost say it was a crime without victims. Sure, $43 million were stolen over the last 16 years through false claims submitted to two funds run by the Claims Conference, the main organization that administers reparations to Jewish Holocaust survivors. And granted, six present and former employees of the organization were at the center of the scam, including the man in charge of overseeing both funds.||14/11/2010|
|Firing at workers near the Gaza perimeter fence||B`Tselem - Over the past year, B`Tselem has documented eleven cases in which soldiers fired at and wounded Palestinian civilians working in areas near the perimeter fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. In these eleven cases, the gunfire struck civilians who, because of the lack of jobs in the Strip, were compelled to earn a living by collecting building materials for recycling. The lack of jobs has grown since Operation Cast Lead and following the continuing siege on the Strip.
|PA: Israel raided thousands of homes in October||Ma`an News Agency - "The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Detainees` Affairs said Israeli forces detained 403 Palestinians and raided 2148 homes across the West Bank during October"||8/11/2010|
|UN will be judged on whether it upholds Palestinian rights ||Richard Falk - EI - "Because so much attention has been devoted to Gaza during the course of the last several years it is often assumed that material conditions in the West Bank are acceptable. Such an impression is strengthened by reports that economic growth in the West Bank reached 8.5 percent in 2009, mainly as a result of capital investment clustered around Ramallah. What is not sufficiently noticed is the actual living realities of the people"||8/11/2010|
| Court okays Jews-only building in Jaffa||Aviad Glickman--She [High Court President, Dorit Beinish] stated that the Ajami residents were right to criticize the decision to define the national-religious public as a minority group in need of religious and cultural protection, but that in this case, the court can not make a decision because it would not be "practical to provide the petitioners with the assistance they desire".||7/11/2010|
|Israel refuses entry to Sweden MP and ex-Israeli who sailed on Gaza flotilla||Chaim Levinson--Feiler, who currently lives in Sweden, also took part in the flotilla, though not on the Mavi Marmara ship where nine Turkish activists died in clashes with Israeli naval commandos. He has given up his Israeli citizenship but has been permitted to return to the country dozens of times since. This was the first time he was denied entry.||7/11/2010|
|Open Letter from Gaza Students to the European Students’ Union: Oppose Apartheid and War Crimes||[forwarded by Ofer]One Democratic State Group--We are writing to you as students from the besieged Gaza Strip whose entire educational system has been crippled as a result of Israel’s four-year long and ongoing blockade. We are deeply distressed that you held your annual conference this year in Jerusalem, a conference organized by the National Union of Israeli Students and the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, in addition to the Prime Minister’s Office. We are saddened that you failed to empathize with us and break through the silence imposed on our voices by the state you visited, to stand against what the United Nations Special Rapporteur John Dugard described as the only remaining case after South Africa, “of a Western-affiliated regime that denies self-determination and human rights to a developing people and that has done so for so long.”  ||7/11/2010|
|The settlements have been a project of main street Jewish America||[Forwarded by the JPLO List] K. Feldman--
And yet, there`s nothing secret about the very mundane
way that the Green Line has been erased for the past 30+ years. I
approach real estate agents as simply a New York-based reporter, and
they are happy to talk my ear off. Just this past June, the Jewish
Agency hosted a real estate expo
in the Times Square Marriott, where property on both
sides of the Green Line was for sale—with no mention of the 1967
borders in sight. Notice how the Anglo-Saxon real estate agent in the
video has an American accent?||7/11/2010|
|MK Baraka exposes plan targeting Arab homes in Lod||[forwarded by ï¿½Today in Palestineï¿½]--[Palestinian viewpoint] OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Arab MK Mohammed Baraka, speaking Saturday before the Israeli Knesset, offered evidence suggesting that NIS 40 million of the NIS 130 million budget set aside to develop the city of Lod will be used to demolish Arab homes that were allegedly built without permits.||7/11/2010|
|Police, Bedouin clash as state demolishes condemned Rahat mosque||Yanir Yagna--Police, Bedouin clash as state demolishes condemned Rahat mosque
Mosque, which police say was funded by the Islamic Movement`s Northern Branch, had been marked for demolition as a result of it being illegally constructed; residents begin rebuilding demolished mosque Sunday.
|A Collection of VIDEOS from the past week||from FriendlyStranger, an Arab blogger at Daily Kos. ao ||6/11/2010|
|Kept in the Dark: Treatment of Palestinian Detainees in the Petach- Tikva Interrogation Facility of the Israel Security Agency ||B`Tselem - This report is based on the testimonies of 121 Palestinians who were held, some for up to two months, in the Petach-Tikva interrogation facility of the Israel Security Agency (ISA) in the first and last quarters of 2009. The testimonies indicate clear patterns of treatment of detainees by the authorities. Certain patterns were reported by all detainees, others by most or some of them.
|Political Survey: 56% Against the Resumption of Talks with Israel ||Ane Irazabal - IMEMC & Agencies - With regards to the peace process, 56.1% of the respondents disagreed with the resumption of the direct talks with the Israeli government in the current climate. However, 42.6% claimed that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will succeed and an agreement is “likely” to be made between the Palestinians and Israelis next year.
|90% of Palestinians would no longer back the peace process if West Bank settlement building restarted||YouGov Siraj - Zawya - 49% of Palestinians believe the peace process will continue even if West Bank settlement building restarts**53% of Palestinians believe Mahmoud Abbas is the legitimate voice of the Palestinian people**57% of Palestinians believe Hamas should be involved in the peace talks
|Bâ€™Tselem report: Shin Bet questioning violates intâ€™ law ||Yaakov Katz - JPost/Press release - B`Tselem: Palestinians, lifted from their beds and detained for questioning face cruelty such as: disgraceful hygienic conditions, sleep deprivation and physical abuse. Fifty-one percent of the witnesses were held in the facility for a week or more, and some for a month. ||2/11/2010|
|35 tree vandalism cases in 6 weeks||ACRI/B`Tselem/Rabbis for Human Rights/Yesh Din: We have called on the Israeli authorities many times before to take all necessary steps to "fulfill duties and obligations and protect the rights of residents who live in the occupied region". [But] the steps taken are insufficient [to say the least, bz]
|The Latest from Mondoweiss ||ReportersNotebook||1/11/2010|
|American professor invited to Israel `humiliated` by El Al security personnel ||Zohar Blumenkrantz--American professor invited to Israel `humiliated` by El Al security personnel Heather Bradshaw, a neuroscience professor invited to a conference at Hebrew University, says she was asked to remove clothing, board the aircraft with no luggage.
|Press Release Spanish Authorities Refuse to Grant Avi Dichter Immunity||PCHR--The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) notes that the Spanish authorities refused to provide Avi Dichter, former Director of the Israeli General Security Services, with requested immunity prior to a planned visit to Spain. Mr. Dichter is currently the subject of a criminal lawsuit before the Spanish Courts in relation to his role in the Al Daraj assassination of July 22, 2002.||1/11/2010|
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