|Hugo Chavez: Israel plans to `terminate the Palestinian people` ||By News Agencies -
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday charged that Israel aims to "terminate the Palestinian people" and said he backs the establishment of Jerusalem as capital of an independent Palestinian state."
|Bring on the transparency ||By Didi Remez
"The government of Israel is waging an aggressive campaign to suppress internal dissent. Any NGO in the government`s way seems to have become fair game; indeed, officials have even started calling refugee-aid groups a fifth column."
|Manipulating the marketplace of ideas ||By Gerald M. Steinberg -
"For over a decade, European governments have been major sources of funding for dozens of Israeli and Palestinian organizations claiming to promote human rights and similar moral causes."||28/11/2009|
|`We will have to kill them all`: Effie Eitam, thug messiah ||By Jim Holstun and Irene Morrison
Source: The Electronic Intifada
"Eitam sees himself as the messianic soldier-prophet directing future expulsions of Palestinians from Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. "||27/11/2009|
|Turkish Armenians hope for new era ||By Jonathan Gorvett
Source: Al-Jazeera English
"With news of growing rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey, one community that has been watching this process with a mixture of both hope and trepidation is the Armenian community of Istanbul."
|Joel Beinin - Another Sign of the Times||E-mail from Reuven Kaminer
"Yesterday, for the first time since my first visit to Israel in 1965, I was detained without explanation at Ben-Gurion airport for nearly two hours and ultimately interrogated."||27/11/2009|
|South Africa Deports Israeli Airline Official After Investigation||Jonathan Cook -
""Here is a secret service operating above the law in South Africa. We pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. We do exactly what we want. The local authorities do not know what we are doing.""
|Abbas: “Obama Is Doing Nothing To Advance Peace”||Saed Bannoura -
"As for the Palestinian stance for peace, Abbas said that the Palestinians cannot make any more concessions as they already accepted only 22% of Palestine, giving Israel 78% of the historic land of Palestine." ||25/11/2009|
|Egyptian banks sue Israel over King David Hotel||THE MEDIA LINE NEWS AGENCY -
J-lem Post -
"Mosseri sold all his personal shares in the hotel but the bank held onto its shares until Israel`s Absentee Property Custodian seized them in 1958 after the bank was declared an `absentee` party."||25/11/2009|
|Rabbi Metzger on Shalit: Rightist rabbis irresponsible||Kobi Nahshoni -
"...according to Kabbalah, the 13 minutes between the hours of 1:43 pm and 1:56 pm on Thursday have unique qualities. He called upon the public to take advantage of this occasion to read psalms for Gilad`s rescue." ||25/11/2009|
|Israel, Hamas near swap of prisoners for soldier||Josef Federman and Diaa Hadid - AP/antiwar.com - With peace efforts at a standstill for nearly a year, Abbas already is deeply unpopular with the Palestinian public. The prisoner release is likely to reinforce the notion that Hamas` violent struggle against Israel is far more effective than Abbas` pursuit of a peaceful settlement.
The release of Barghouti, a member of Abbas` Fatah party, could also complicate things for the president. The charismatic Barghouti is widely popular with the Palestinian public and is seen as a strong contender for president.
|Why is Israel laying claim to an Arab home in Jaffa? ||Dana Weiler-Polak - Haaretz - The family patriarch, the priest Salim Khoury Shaya, built the house on a hill in Jaffa. In 1948, three of his seven children who all lived in the house went to visit relatives in Lebanon, where they got stuck when Israel`s War of Independence broke out - unable to return. The other four remained in the house. Still, the house was transferred to the "Custodian of Absentee Property". It took nine years, until 1959, for the state to recognize the rights of the four siblings who were not absentees and still lived in the house. ||24/11/2009|
| A superfluous show of sovereignty ||Anat Matar - Haaretz - Currently around 130 Palestinian citizens of Israel are incarcerated as security prisoners. Hamas does not insist that they all be released, but is concentrating on the 22 who have been in jail for more than 15 years, much longer than the average for offenders sentenced to life. Most of them were imprisoned before the Oslo Accords. None are Hamas members. Some are serving life sentences, although they were not convicted of murder or manslaughter.||24/11/2009|
|Eyeless in Gaza||Rachel Cooke - The Guardian - Colleagues laughed when a young journalist in Palestine announced his intention to tell the story of that region though cartoons. Twenty years later, Joe Sacco is one of the world`s leading exponents of the graphic novel form…||23/11/2009|
|Israeli legislators plan commemoration of Jewish terrorist Meir Kahane||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Member Michael Ben-Ari is organizing, with other legislators and supporters, a commemoration this month of the death of Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose organization, Kach, was declared a `terrorist cell` by the US and Israeli governments in 1994"||23/11/2009|
|Will settlers become illegal residents of Palestine?||Daniel Edelson - Ynet - Legal expert, professor Yaffa Zilbershatz said that a growing trend in international law dictates the settlers could not be expelled as a minority, and that the Palestinians must offer them citizenship. But she warns that the Palestinians could claim that the settlers are not legitimate residents, meaning they reside on territory in violation of international law, because they are citizens of a holding country and they should not have been allowed to live in the held territory.||17/11/2009|
|Jaffa residents ired over lack of Arab street names ||Yuval Azoulay - Haaretz - Residents had called for the square next to the clock tower at the entrance to Jaffa to be named after Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat (the two leaders who forged the first peace in the Middle East); instead, the municipality named it for a philanthropist, Yossi Carmel.
|Goldstone to Haaretz: U.S. does not have to protect Israel blindly ||Tomer Zarchin - Haaretz - Goldstone said he had anticipated that the report would engender considerable criticism. "After all, no one likes to be accused of committing serious war crimes. However, I was surprised at the many nasty attacks made against me personally. In my view, it was a classic case of attacking the messenger rather than addressing the message."||13/11/2009|
|French FM: It seems Israel no longer wants peace ||Reuters -
""What really hurts me, and this shocks us, is that before there used to be a great peace movement in Israel. There was a left that made itself heard and a real desire for peace," Kouchner said."
|Arafat celebrated five years after death||Ma`an -
"Thousands are expected to attend the event, which will take place at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Ramallah."
|IPCRI: Palestinian Economic Priorities: 11 November 2009||We are happy to announce the next meeting in our Afternoons with IPCRI* series: Palestinian Economic Priorities: Notre Dame Hotel, Jerusalem, 15:00-17:00 on Wednesday, 11 November 2009||9/11/2009|
|PM heads to U.S. under threat of Palestinian statehood declaration ||Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya - Haaretz - Concerns are growing in Israel`s government over the possibility of a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence within the 1967 borders, a move which could potentially be recognized by the United Nations Security Council. Such recognition would likely transform any Israeli presence across the Green Line, even in Jerusalem, into an illegal incursion to which the Palestinians would be entitled to engage in measures of self-defense. ||8/11/2009|
|UN vote on Goldstone report a defining step for accountability, says Amnesty International|| ||7/11/2009|
|U.S. State Department: Israel is not a tolerant society ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Israel discriminates against groups including Muslims, Jehova`s Witnesses, Reform Jews, Christians, women and Bedouin. The protection of holy places refers to all religious groups in the country, including in Jerusalem, but "the government implements regulations only for Jewish sites. |
More than 300,000 immigrants who are not considered Jewish under rabbinical law are not allowed to marry and divorce in Israel or be buried in Jewish cemeteries.
|Our Arab affairs expert: Dan Schueftan||Sarah Liebovitz-Dar - Maariv - “While Israel sends a satellite into space, the Arabs come up with a new kind of hummus” * The best thing that has happened to the Arabs is that they agreed to be occupied” * “There is no such thing as Iraq. The only thing they have in common is their pyjamas” * Those are only a few pearls from the lectures of Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert whose courses are attended by many senior members of the military establishment||6/11/2009|
|The Government of Israel Continues to Confiscate Bedouin Lands : Old-New Partners in Crime: the Jewish National Fund||Yeela Raanan - Regional Council for the Unrecognized Bedouin Villages in the Negev - Before 1948 the Bedouin occupied 99% of the Negev lands. The majority of the Bedouins fled/ were banished during the war, and the remaining 11,000 swore allegiance to the State, while the State in return promised to allow them to maintain their traditional way of life and their lands. However, less than a decade later, the government relocated and concentrated the Bedouin into a reservation, named the Siyag, which was only about 10% of the Negev. Most of the lands outside the Siyag were officially confiscated and most became land for the new Jewish agricultural settlements.
|South Africa`s legal war over Gaza ||Imran Garda - Al Jazeera - "Now a group of South African lawyers are confident that his [Goldstone’s] recent Gaza report has paved the way for a legal case that could see uncomfortable questions about the conflict asked much closer to home. They want to investigate South African citizens who may have fought for the Israeli army during the war on Gaza in December and January, with a view to prosecuting them on South African soil for war crimes and crimes against humanity"||2/11/2009|
|IDF Chief Rabbi: Troops who show mercy to enemy will be `damned` ||Anshel Pfeffer - Haaretz - "The Israel Defense Forces` chief rabbi told students in a pre-army yeshiva program last week that soldiers who `show mercy` toward the enemy in wartime will be `damned.` Brig. Gen. Avichai Rontzki also told the yeshiva students that religious individuals made better combat troops"||16/11/2009|
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