|Zero evictions now!||Jeff Halper - Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - video||31/5/2009|
|Israel rejects US plea to halt settlement building|| Rupert Cornwell - The Independent -
Ms Clinton`s words on the subject could not have been more explicit. Mr Obama, she said after talks with her Egyptian counterpart, `wants to see a stop to settlements – not some settlements, not outposts, not `natural growth` exceptions.` The US had communicated its position `very clearly... and we intend to press that point.`"
| Middle East hangs on Obama`s words||
Simon Tisdall - The Guardian
A strong speech in Cairo could help tip the balance in Lebanese and Iranian elections and convince Arabs of American intentions
|MKs support arrest over denial of Israel`s existence [as a `Jewish and democratic` state]||Amnon Meranda - Ynet - Meretz KM Chaim Oron: "This crazy government - what exactly are you doing? Thought Police? Have you lost it? ||27/5/2009|
|Nakba bill on way back to committee||Rebecca Anna Stoil - Jerusalem Post - If the Labor Party remains divided on the bill [forbidding to commemorate Palestinian victims on Independence Day], its passage through the Knesset is virtually guaranteed.||26/5/2009|
|Nationwide drill to simulate war, intifada ||Roni Sofer - YNET - `Turning Point 3` exercise to be launched next Sunday with `battle in Gaza`, shifting to `war` in northern Israel. Forces to also practice uprising by Israel`s Arabs. PM Netanyahu: It`s just a routine drill ||25/5/2009|
|On Normalization—Continued: Daniel Barenboim in Cairo||Michael Warschawski - AIC - "Despite Barenboim’s rich record in supporting Palestinian rights, his many projects aimed at promoting high-level music in the West Bank and his known friendship with late Edward Said, his performance in Cairo was criticized by many Egyptian intellectuals and presented as an un-direct way to promote normalization with Israel"||22/5/2009|
|Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Unexceptional Americans||Noam Chomsky - Tom Dispatch - The torture memos released by the White House elicited shock, indignation, and surprise. The shock and indignation are understandable. The surprise, less so. For one thing, even without inquiry, it was reasonable to suppose that Guantanamo was a torture chamber. Why else send prisoners where they would be beyond the reach of the law -- a place, incidentally, that Washington is using in violation of a treaty forced on Cuba at the point of a gun?||20/5/2009|
|Picking on AIPAC?||Philip Giraldi - Antiwar.com - It is time for the US people to demand that AIPAC be registered as a foreign lobby and cease and desist from its interference in U.S. politics. Neither America nor Israel is well served by having a United States Congress, White House, and media so cowed by AIPAC that they will endorse anything the corrupt politicians in Tel Aviv choose to do. It is time for Washington to return to a foreign policy based on the United States’ national interest, not Israel’s.||20/5/2009|
|CIA briefs Obama for talk with Netanyahu||Ira Chernus - Commondreams - Here`s the CIA`s briefing memo for President Obama, in preparation for his talk with Benjamin Netanyahu -- in my fantasy. If the CIA was really giving the president the information he needs, it would read something like this:||19/5/2009|
|Documentary: The Promised Land: US Media & The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict||Sut Jhally - The Real News Network - A film that provides a comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.||19/5/2009|
|Arabs slam bill to criminalize `nakba`||Brenda Gazzar - The Jerusalem Post - "The bill, which has been submitted by MK Alex Miller (Israel Beiteinu), would punish citizens with jail terms of up to three years for commemorating what Palestinians and Arabs consider their nakba or catastrophe"||18/5/2009|
|Two articles related to the possibility of Israeli strike on Iran||(1) Don`t surprise me with strike on Iran, Obama warns Netanyahu;
Secret envoy brings stern message on eve of Washington meetings
- Donald Macintyre -
The Independent (2)
Aipac`s hidden persuaders:
The Israel lobby is aiming to soften up US public opinion for an attack on Iran - Richard Silverstein
- The Guardiam||16/5/2009|
| Pope’s ‘pilgrimage’ mired in politics||Jonathan Cook - "This Pope`s visit, unlike his predecessor`s, offers no novelty -- apart from his decision to stand next to [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and legitimise an extreme right-wing government."||16/5/2009|
|Why doesn`t Obama want us to see what`s in the photos?||Margaret Talev, Jonathan S. Landay - McClatchy Newspapers - The timing of the president`s decision suggests that a key factor behind his switch of position could have been a desire to prevent the release of the photos before a speech that he`s to give June 4 in Egypt aimed at convincing the world`s Muslims that the United States isn`t at war with them. The pictures` release shortly before the speech could have negated its goal and proved highly embarrassing.||15/5/2009|
|Letter to Obama from a Palestinian Doctor in Galilee ||Hatim Kanaaneh - Tikkun Magazine - The newly-elected prime minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, and his foreign minister, Mr. Avigdor Lieberman, plan evict me from my home and to take away my garden. These two persons and their fellow ministers were democratically elected to their positions and will use `democratic` means at their disposal to legitimize my disenfranchisement as have previous Israeli governments done in the past. ||14/5/2009|
|Lieberman in London to meet Miliband||JONNY PAUL -
J-lem Post -
""Join us to show our disgust at the government`s willingness to meet with Israeli warmongers.""
|King Abdullah of Jordan : Netanyahu-Obama meeting decides Mid-East’s future||Michael Binyon and Richard Beeston - Times of London - “All eyes will be looking to Washington. If there are no clear signals, there will be a feeling that this is just another American Government that is going to let us all down. The tremendous credibility that Mr Obama had built up in the Arab world would evaporate overnight, and there might soon follow another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel, with implications far beyond the Middle East."
|Campaign urging Leonard Cohen to nix T.A. show co-signed by a hundred Israelis ||Cnaan Liphshiz - Haaretz - Organizers confident that "the situation in Palestine and Israel is quite clear to Leonard Cohen, to judge by his song entitled Questions for Shomrim. The poem begins with the words "And will my people build a new Dachau and call it love, security, Jewish culture." It also reads: "You were our singing heroes in `48, do you dare ask yourselves what you are now" and: "now my son must die for he`s an Arab." |
Haaretz title: Anti-Israel activists urge Leonard Cohen to nix T.A. show
|National Security Adviser Jones: Iran Threat reinforces need for Two-State Solution ||Hilary Leila Krieger - Jerusalem Post - "We understand Israel`s preoccupation with Iran as an existential threat. We agree with that. By the same token, there are a lot of things that you can do to diminish that existential threat - by working hard towards achieving a two-state solution".
|UN Security Council calls for two-state solution in Mideast ||Silobreaker - The News International - The UN Security Council adopted a presidential statement, drafted by Russia, calling for "renewed and urgent efforts" to achieve "a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East" on the basis of two-states. ||12/5/2009|
|She`s Israeli, he`s an Arab. War has made them like mother and son||Sarfraz Manzoor - The Observer - An unlikely pair of peace campaigners brought their message to Britain last week. Sarfraz Manzoor discovers how the deaths of loved ones brought them together||11/5/2009|
|Jerusalem worried over breakdown of U.S.-Israel cooperation under Obama ||Aluf Benn and Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Senior White House officials told their Israeli counterparts that Obama will demand Netanyahu completely suspend construction in the settlements. "Obama`s people brief their Israeli counterparts in advance much less about security and Middle East policy activities than the Bush administration used to," the officials said. And when they do brief Israeli officials, they don`t consult with them or coordinate their statements in advance.
|Interview With Khaled Meshal of Hamas||Transcript excerpts -
"Olmert is behind the failure to reach an agreement over the truce and Shalit. We are ready to finalize both agreements regarding the truce and Shalit at the same time." ||6/5/2009|
|UN seeks access to secret Israeli jail||AFP -
Herald Sun -
"In a written reply, Israel denied that it was operating the facility or using it to interrogate suspects."
|Yishai to annul citizenship of 4 Arabs||DAN IZENBERG -
J-lem Post -
""Stripping them of their citizenship is an extreme and unacceptable act.""
|US wants Israel in non-proliferation treaty||Reuters -
"Rose Gottemoeller declined to say whether Washington would take any new steps to press Israel to join the treaty." ||6/5/2009|
|Israel angered over `biased` UN report on Gaza war ||AFP - rawstory.com - UN chief Ban Ki-moon softened some of the wording in the three-page document, submitted to the Security Council. But Israeli officials worried that the current wording is still too critical.||5/5/2009|
|Israel loses prized `Free` Press status; Kuwait tops Arab World||The Media Line - Washington-based non-profit Freedom House lowered Israel`s rank from 59 to 72 out of 195 countries surveyed, citing restrictions on journalists` freedom of movement, increased self-censorship during wartime and "biased reporting."
| Israel`s budding autocracy||Dimi Reider - The Guardian - "
The arrest of members of a pacifist NGO is symptomatic of a country that is becoming militarised at an alarming pace". Also, Gush-Shalom Ad on the subject.||1/5/2009|
|Fatah`s turn to say no||Al-Ahram Weekly - "
This week`s new round of Fatah-Hamas talks ended as they were about to start. Amira Howeidy finds out why"||1/5/2009|
|UN: Israel hands over info on munitions used in 2nd Lebanon War||Reuters -
""These maps and locations should have been handed over immediately after the issuance of the international resolution."" ||13/5/2009|
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