|The JNF - pre-state fossile owning 11.5% of all the land in Israel ||Dan Izenberg - Jerusalem Post - Like the petition filed in 1995 by Israeli Arab Adel Ka`adan to buy land and live in the Jewish Agency-developed community of Katzir, three High Court petitions heard earlier this week - protesting the sale of Jewish National Fund (JNF) land to Jews only - penetrates to the very heart of the Zionist movement, and arouses tensions between it and the overall responsibilities of statehood. ||29/9/2007|
|Columbia was right||Avi Weinberg -
"Journalists should be at the forefront of the struggle for the freedom of speech."||26/9/2007|
|Intellectuals urge Olmert to talk to Hamas||Ahead of November peace conference, Israeli intellectuals sign petition calling for negotiations with Hamas in an attempt to reach a ceasefire||24/9/2007|
|JNF to repeal practice of selling land to Jews only||Aviram Zino -- YNET -- Jewish National Fund tells court it will sell land to Jews and Arabs on condition that Israel Land Authority compensates it for land sold to non-Jews||24/9/2007|
|French court reopens investigation into the death of Mohammad al-Dura||Nisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC News - The French Court of appeal has re-opened an investigation into the death of a Palestinian child in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian boy, Mohammad al–Dura, 12, died near the Netzarim junction in the Gaza Strip at the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada [30 September 2000] when he was reportedly shot by Israeli forces while taking cover behind his father. ||23/9/2007|
|For first time, Iran directly confronts Israel on alleged nuclear arms ||AP - The harsh Iranian and Arab words reflected frustration on their part after their efforts to formally submit a resolution to the conference on Israel Nuclear Capabilities and Threat was blocked by the EU, the United States and other Western nations.||22/9/2007|
|Lawyers for Islamic Charity Urge Jurors to Ignore Politics||Peter Whoriskey -
Washinton Post -
""Association, association, association -- that`s what the government wants you to convict them on," defense attorney Joshua L. Dratel said to jurors in closing arguments."
|Israeli Arabs decide to boycott El-Al||JPOST.COM STAFF -
J-lem Post -
""This offensive practice accentuates the sense of discrimination felt by Arab citizens, reinforcing their feeling that they are considered second-class citizens by the state.""||19/9/2007|
|Olmert plays down conference expectations; Abbas threatens withdrawal||John Smith -- IMEMC & agencies -- "Two months ahead of the upcoming US-proposed Middle East peace conference, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to withdraw from the summit over a perceived lack of willingness on the part of the Israeli administration to enter into meaningful negotiations"||17/9/2007|
|Articles of faith||Ed Pilkington - The Guardian - Given the reception John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt received for their London Review of Books essay last year on what they called the Israel Lobby, it would have been understandable had they crawled away to a dark corner of their respective academic institutions to lick their wounds. Their argument that US foreign policy has been distorted by the stultifying power of pro-Israeli groups and individuals was met with a firestorm of protest that has smouldered ever since.||16/9/2007|
|When is a US citizen not a US citizen? When Israel says so||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Here`s my Swiftian "modest proposal" to address this issue and set Israel straight on honoring U.S. passports: I would propose that the U.S. government determine it will no longer honor all Israeli passports but force non-native Israelis to apply for passports from their birth countries and exit from the U.S. via Mexico, rather than New York City. How does that sound Mr. Olmert? What`s good for the goose should be good for the gander, no?||16/9/2007|
|12 years in prison - though the only witness recanted||Fatimah Nasser - Mahsom - Muhammad Khalaf, a resident of Jatt in Wadi Ara (Israel), was convicted of having contacts with a foreign agent, helping the enemy in a time of war, conspiring to buy weapons and possession of destructive materials. This, despite the fact that the main witness in the case recanted his testimony. ||16/9/2007|
|Monday 17/9 at 8:30 - a protest watch in Lud||in front of the office of head of the municipality committee of Lud Mr. Ilan Harari, (Dani Mass 1 street) calling him not to demolish a group of seven houses and to start a negotiation process with the house owners for the legalization of the houses, as was decided in the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee of the Knesset.
If you plan to come, or for more details, contact Yaron Caspi 03-5100560
|`Unrecognized` Palestinians||Stephen Lendman - icahd.org - Around 150,000 or more (accurate numbers are hard to come by) Palestinian Arabs today live in over 100 so-called "unrecognized villages," mainly in the Galilee and the Negev desert. They`re unrecognized because their inhabitants are considered internal refugees who were forced to flee their original homes during Israel`s 1948 "War of Independence" and were prevented from returning when it ended.
These villages were delegitimized by Israel`s 1965 Planning and Construction Law that established a regulatory framework and national plan for future development. It zoned land for residential, agriculture and industrial use, forbade unlicensed construction, banned it on agricultural land, and stipulated where Israeli Jews and Palestinians could live. That`s how apartheid worked in South Africa. ||15/9/2007|
|Israel’s neo-Nazi gang: A symptom of a deeper malaise||Chris Marsden - wsws.org - (...) it is necessary to rise above the sensational media reportage and often hysterical response of parties across the political spectrum in the Knesset and consider more broadly what it reveals about Israeli society.||15/9/2007|
|Arab-Israeli group: National service offshoot of occupation army ||Roee Nahmias - Ynet - Baladna officials said in a statement that "despite what the government claims, the national service is a branch of the occupation army, which has always acted against the Arab-Israeli population and the Palestinian people in general.
"Therefore, any attempt to present the national or civil service as social activity constitutes a deception of the public in general and the Arab public in particular."||15/9/2007|
| Fracas Erupts Over Book on Mideast by a Barnard Professor Seeking Tenure||KAREN W. ARENSON-NY Times-""She is a scholar of the highest quality and integrity who is being persecuted because she has the courage to focus an analytical lens on subjects that others wish to shield from scrutiny," said Michael Dietler, an anthropology professor at the University of Chicago, "and because she happens to be of Palestinian origin." "||14/9/2007|
|Excellent interview with John Mearsheimer on CBC (Canada)||CBC Canada-"It all began in 2002 when The Atlantic Monthly commissioned an article by two leading experts on international relations. They were asked to write about the role American-Israeli relations play in US foreign policy. 2 years later the article was dead, killed by the magazine forcing the professors to go shopping for a new publisher. It finally went to print last year unleashing a firestorm of criticism."||14/9/2007|
|Olmert promises `relentless` attacks in Gaza Strip||The Daily Star -- "Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that his army will press forward with its attacks against the Gaza Strip `without hesitation,` a day after Israeli commandos disguised as Hamas forces captured a leader of the Islamic group"||10/9/2007|
|A pitch for Palestine||Times of London - A group of British Jews calls on the British government to reconsider its decision to bar entry to a Palestinian football team. ||9/9/2007|
|The Apostate A Zionist politician loses faith in the future.||David Remnick -New Yorker-"It may turn out that the most important constituency applying pressure to the Israeli government to engage the Palestinians in diplomatic negotiations will be not the activists or the left wing of the Labor Party but, rather, the entrepreneurs and managers who run such successful companies as Teva, Check Point, and Iscar. According to Bernard Avishai, a consulting editor with Harvard Business Review and the author of “The Tragedy of Zionism,” the business élites know that political unrest and, of course, potential war on any front threatens their interests. Those same businessmen are also wary of the most right-wing sector of society: "||7/9/2007|
|US Arabs and Muslims: The Search for Common Identity||Ramzy Baroud -
"Millions of Arab and American Muslims can take advantage of their privileged status to reach out to and educate the public, to get involved in city, state, and national politics, to stop trying to prove their patriotism by distancing themselves from the "extremists" back home." ||5/9/2007|
|Press releases of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights||(1) PCHR Calls for Investigation into the Killing of a Child at Rafah International Crossing Point [by the Hamas Executive Force]; (2) Arrests against Hamas Supporters Continue in the West Bank;
Families of Detainees Assaulted and Detainees Tortured and Mistreated [by Palestinian security services]; "PCHR is concerned over the Presidential Decision with the Force of Law on Presidential and Legislative Elections issued by President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday. The Centre views this decision as a continuation in the undermining of the legislative branch and usurping its authority by the executive branch since the events of last June."
|Norman Finkelstein: "I fully expect to be arrested" on 5 September||Cecilie Surasky - Muzzlewatch - After losing tenure because of an unprecedented campaign of outside interference waged by Alan Dershowitz, who has no academic background in in Middle East or Israeli history or politics , DePaul University has decided to unilaterally cancel Holocaust Industry author Norman Finkelstein’s classes and shut down his office. This despite overwhelming approval of his scholarship by his peers at the school, and a remaining one-year contract.||2/9/2007|
|DePaul University pulls the plug on Norman Finkelstein||ZNet/Chicago Tribune - Ron Grossman - Bowing to pressure from the Israel Lobby, DePaul University in Chicago has denied tenure to Norman Finkelstein and cancelled his courses. Prof. Finkelstein rejects the university`s decision, and has announced that he will show up for work on 5 September and will stage a hunger strike if arrested. ||2/9/2007|
|`To systematically share the Palestinian story with a US audience` ||
Strategic Assessments International, a not-for-profit private international organization working for the peaceful resolution of conflicts has embarked on "a focused and collaborative program be established to systematically share the Palestinian story with a US audience", which in its is view is vitally needed "regardless of the eventual territorial agreement Israelis and Palestinians make". The involvement of Israeli academics from Tel Aviv University in the project was enough for extereme-right "Academia Monitor" to call upon donors to stop donations to that university.
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