| ||A small boy, his hands thrust deep into the pockets of his padded vest, amidst the roar of diving jets and exploding bombs jerked his chin and said contemptuously “Many of them don`t even go off.” And there, to our horror, in the garden of what had been his family`s home, was an unexploded anti-personnel bomb.||30/8/2007|
|Unrecognized||Link to an excellent documentary film on Israeli government policies towards its Bedouin citizens in the Negev, by Adalah the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel - "The state sees us only as security and demographic threat". On the pattern of discrimination, denial of vital services, home and crop demolitions, aiming at internal expulsion to government-designated "townships"||29/8/2007|
|Several near-lynchings in past week, officials say||Ronny Sofer -
"Palestinian security officials were able to calm the mob and rescue the security guards."
| Gaza wave of enthusiasm swept up in Hawaii||Mehdi Lebouachera (AFP) -- Yahoo! News -- "’If guys can surf together they can live together, it is as simple as that,’ the retired American Jewish doctor told AFP as he and members of his Surfing For Peace Movement handed the colourful boards to Gaza riders at a small ceremony. Paskowitz rustled up support of a chain of Israel sports shops to buy the boards and then persuaded the Israeli army to open the crossing point which had been almost permanently sealed since Hamas took over Gaza by force in mid-June. The only other frontier openings have been for absolute necessities, not for surfboards which are viewed here purely as frivolous baubles”
|Israel wages war on army of refuseniks||Annette Young -- Scotsman.com -- "New figures reveal that 27% of potential male draftees do not now serve in the IDF, with this year`s draft being the smallest in recent times"
|Senior former US officials and experts: talk to Hamas and Hizbullah||"Foreign Policy" Magazine/The Center for American Progress - a large majority, among 108 former senior US officials and foreign policy experts polled, expressed themselves in favour of either "selectively engaging with moderates" in Hamas and Hizbullah or of dealing with governments in which these organizations are involved "as with any other government of a foreign sovereign state". ||25/8/2007|
|Palestinian Under-19 football team refused entry to the UK,||NEWS.scotsman.com - The Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre said it was "shameful" the young players from the Gaza Strip will not be able to join a goodwill tour of north England, and invite people to write to the Foreign Office to express their disapproval.||25/8/2007|
|Book Reveals Details of Iran’s Diplomatic Outreach to Israel ||Marc Perelman -Forward -"Rezai’s proposal at the conference, which is organized annually by the Greek Foreign Ministry and the University of California, Los Angeles, entailed a more moderate Iranian stance on the Palestinian issue in exchange for Israel dropping its opposition to rapprochement between Washington and Tehran."||24/8/2007|
|Arab school stirs storm in NYC||Yaniv Halily and AP -Ynet news-“You can’t apply a Middle Eastern agenda on something taking place in New York. If you look into it, you’ll find that most of the people who oppose the establishment of the school are Kahane supporters,”||24/8/2007|
|Hawaii Surfer Donates Boards for Gazans||ARON HELLER -
"Tanned and shirtless, Paskowitz emerged grinning at the Israel-Gaza border crossing after handing over the dozen boards to Palestinian surfers waiting on the other side."
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|Britain urged to engage moderate elements in Hamas||Julian Borger -- The Guardian -- · MPs say western embargos are counterproductive · Report encourages Blair to talk to radical Palestinians||13/8/2007|
|The Black Sites: a rare look inside the CIA`s secret interrogation program||Jane Mayer - The New Yorker - A secret C.I.A. program was initiated after September 11th, in which terrorist suspects were detained in “black sites”—secret prisons outside the United States—and subjected to unusually harsh treatment. The program was effectively suspended last fall, when President Bush announced that he was emptying the C.I.A.’s prisons and transferring the detainees to military custody in Guantánamo. This move followed a Supreme Court ruling, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which found that all detainees—including those held by the C.I.A.—had to be treated in a manner consistent with the Geneva Conventions. These treaties, adopted in 1949, bar cruel treatment, degradation, and torture. In late July, the White House issued an executive order promising that the C.I.A. would adjust its methods in order to meet the Geneva standards. At the same time, Bush’s order pointedly did not disavow the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques”||12/8/2007|
|Nagasaki, Christian terrorism and Christian nonviolence||Gary G. Kohls - Early in the morning of August 9, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress called Bock’s Car, took off from Tinian Island, with the prayers and blessings of its Lutheran and Catholic chaplains, and headed for Kokura, the primary target. (Its bomb was code-named "Fat Man," after Winston Churchill.) The Catholic chaplain, Father George Zabelka, later saw his grave theological error in religiously legitimating the mass slaughter that is modern land and air war. His conversion to Christian nonviolence led him to devote the remaining decades of his life speaking out against violence in all its forms, especially the violence of militarism.||12/8/2007|
|Middle East: Fewer Weapons, More Diplomacy||Jewish Voice for Peace-"Last week, the Bush Administration announced that it would be increasing military aid to Israel 25% to $30 billion, would be guaranteeing $13 billion in military aid to Egypt and would sell $20 billion to the Gulf states, primarily Saudi Arabia, all over the next ten years. The Middle East is lacking for many things, but the one thing that every Middle Eastern country is awash in is weapons. "||10/8/2007|
|45 villages, 90.000 residents in the Negev on the verge of displacement||Maisa Abu Ghazala - IMEMC - "Thousands of residents participated on Wednesday in a conference which comes in solidarity with the “unrecognized” Arab villages in the Negev, and the ongoing Israeli threats to evacuate these villages and displace the 90.000 Arab residents in the Negev living in 45 unrecognized villages."
|Haifa University Harasses Jewish and Arab students who Participated in Peaceful Anti-Racist Picket ||Alternative Information Center||11/8/2007|
|Dry twigs||Smadar Lavie - Electronic Intifada - No one has ever forced the kibbutzniks or the residents of the spiffy neighborhoods erected on the ruins of Palestine`s Nakba villages to keep on living in the precarious indeterminacy typical of Kfar Shalem. Mizrahim were forced to make Kfar Shalem their home from 1948 on, so that the Palestinians would have no place to return to, and for 60 years. Now the Mizrahim too are forced to vacate this land, their homes, in favor of the Ashkenazi real estate barons. ||4/8/2007|
|Ben-Eliezer to present nuke plant plan||Sharon Wrobel & staff - Jerusalem Post - Israel has in the past been reluctant to set up such a power plant since it requires international inspectors.||4/8/2007|
|Israeli textbooks and children`s literature promote racism and hatred toward Palestinians and Arabs||Maureen Meehan - www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com - "The early textbooks tended to describe acts of Arabs as hostile, deviant, cruel, immoral, unfair, with the intention to hurt Jews and to annihilate the State of Israel. Within this frame of reference, Arabs were delegitimized by the use of such labels as `robbers,` `bloodthirsty,` and `killers,`" said Professor Bar-Tal, adding that there has been little positive revision in the curriculum over the years.
Bar-Tal pointed out that Israeli textbooks continue to present Jews as industrious, brave and determined to cope with the difficulties of "improving the country in ways they believe the Arabs are incapable of." ||3/8/2007|
|Why my landlord is expecting the worst : The Lebanese army is about the only institution still working in this country||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "The UN`s reports to New York are of the deepest pessimism. The Blue Line - the so-called frontier between Lebanon and Israel which does not include the Shebaa farms area, occupied by Israel but originally belonging to Lebanon - is "tense and fragile". Hizbollah - which provoked last year`s war by capturing two Israeli soldiers on the Israeli side of the border - continues to monitor the UN peacekeeping army`s activities, "including through the taking of photographs and filming"."||2/8/2007|
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