And other news from Today in Palestine:
Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing
Extremist Jews raze 20 graves in Maamanullah Cemetery
Extremist Jews razed around 20 graves in the Islamic historical Maamanullah Cemetery in occupied Jerusalem in an apparent attempt to gradually erase the Islamic identity of the holy city.
Shepherd Hotel developer top donor to GOP foreign affairs chair Ros-Lehtinen
Irving Moskowitz, the retired Florida businessman who is developing a controversial Jewish apartment project at East Jerusalem’s Shepherd Hotel, is a top campaign contributor to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the new GOP chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, campaign finance records show.
Mufti’s descendents: Shepherd Hotel ours
After Jerusalem court rejects petition against construction of Jewish neighborhood on site of derelict hotel, Husseini family calls for ‘international presence to protect Palestinian residents’ property’.
Shepherd Hotel Demolition an Outrage
MIFTAH strongly condemns the January 9 demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in east Jerusalem. The hotel, originally belonging to the prominent Haj Amin Al Hussein of Jerusalem was torn down to make way for a new settlement enclave in the eastern sector of the city. American Jewish millionaire and settlement advocate Irving Moskowitz supposedly bought the building although the sale is still under scrutiny. According to Israeli plans, 20 luxury homes exclusively for Jewish settlers will be built on the hotel grounds in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
Palestinian Activist Attacked by Settlers in the South Hebron Hills
On Friday, January 7th, at 10am, Israeli settlers attacked Azmi Shoyokhi, a general member of all National Committees in the West Bank, while he was supporting Palestinian farmers in Om Al-Arrays, in the South Hebron Hills. About a dozen settlers surrounded Azmi, striking him in his head. Israeli military along with police were in the area and witnessed the attack, but they did nothing to intervene.
Silwan activists ask EU for protection against Israel’s actions
Letter to EU diplomats also requests that Palestinian activist Adnan Jith, recently banned from Jerusalem for four months, be granted political asylum.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
Far Left activist Yonatan Pollack behind bars
Pollack begins prison sentence after conviction for illegal gathering. ‘It seems like a bad joke’ says activist’s father, actor Yossi Pollack.
Organizers say flotilla will try to break Gaza siege
BEIRUT: A Gaza-bound flotilla comprised of 25 ships would try to break the siege on the strip, organizers said following a news conference in Beirut Monday. The Freedom Flotilla’s journey was announced by Hani Sleiman, the coordinator of the National Initiative to Break the Siege on Gaza.
Boycott roundup: US tear gas-maker CSI urged to cancel Israel sales
Four activist groups in the US are calling on a tear gas manufacturer to stop providing its products to the Israeli military following the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah from severe respiratory distress on 1 January 2011 after inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank.
#BDS: Palestine ad in National Geographic triggers Zionist complaint
“Jewish organisations have condemned as misleading an advert that appeared in National Geographic Traveler magazine for implying that Palestine extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. The Zionist Federation, which has complained to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), said the advert also gave “false impressions” by describing Palestine as a country and suggesting that the city of Hebron was under Palestinian control. The advert, which appeared in this month’s edition of the magazine, invited tourists to visit the famous city of Jerusalem, but makes no mention of Israel. It stated: “Palestine lies between the Mediterranean coast and the Jordan River, at the crossroads between Africa and the Middle East.”
Human Rights/Humanitarian Issues/Siege/Refugees
Gaza’s Children Dare to Dream, Mel Frykberg
GAZA CITY, Jan 11, 2011 (IPS) – Despite the lingering trauma of living under siege, regular Israeli military attacks and the consequences of a bloody war several years ago, Gaza’s children still dream of happiness and of normal lives.
Racism and Discrimination
“Cultural barriers” a euphemism for Israeli racism
“Arabs have a tremendous amount to contribute to the Israeli economy in fields such as high-tech, but they are not being hired due to cultural barriers, he said. Some of these barriers could be overcome by putting high-tech offices in Arab cities and by sector-specific training.”
Bedouin man accused of rape after posing as Jewish pilot
Accusers claim the man lied on his internet dating service profile; he claims that his accusers also lied to him about their own details.
There can be no coexistence with a racist consensus
MK Haneen Zoabi/translation Sol Salbe – +972 – The process of incitement and persecution against the “Jewish Left extremists”, set a different dynamic in motion than the persecution of Arab citizens. This time the political persecution is extending to all layers of Jewish society, permeating into political and cultural dimensions that even the Shin Bet and the establishment had not considered.
Israel accelerates rate of killing Palestinians in early 2011, Yaniv Reich
Last October, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem published a report indicating that Israel murdered, on average, one Palestinian every other day between 2006 and 2009, excluding the attack on Gaza known as Cast Lead that killed an additional 1,400 people (note that including Cast Lead brings the total to an average of around 1.5 murdered Palestinians per day). Nevertheless, Israel seems dissatisfied with that killing rate, because the inglorious Israeli occupation forces have increased it in early 2011. A quick run-through of those Palestinian human beings already killed in the long first week of 2011.
Official report: IOF troops arrested 67 Palestinians since start of 2011
A report by the ministry of prisoners in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) had rounded up 67 Palestinians since the start of 2011 ten days ago including 13 minors and 3 fishermen. http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc
Hamas MPs slam PA for kidnapping lawmaker’s son
The change and reform parliamentary bloc has condemned the PA security apparatuses in Ramallah for kidnapping the son of Hamas MP Azzam Salhab in Al-Khalil earlier on Monday.
IOF kidnap MP Abdelrazeq from his home in Safit
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at an early hour on Tuesday Hamas lawmaker and former minister of finance Omar Abdelrazeq after a violent raid on his home in Salfit city.
Rights group: Israeli forces mistreated Hebron detainees
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A prisoners’ support group on Monday said Israeli soldiers mistreated five Palestinians detained in dawn raids on Friday. Israeli forces detained the men the day after their release from Palestinian Authority custody. PA security forces released the men Thursday following an order by President Mahmoud Abbas. The men had been on hunger strike since November and the Emir of Qatar, Hamas officials, rights groups as well as family members of the men in the West Bank had all appealed for their release.
In first, Hamas allows Fatah visit to Gaza prisons
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Hamas officials have granted a lawmaker from bitter rival group Fatah the rare permission to visit several prisons run by them and to meet Fatah detainees. The visits on Monday night were the first that the Gaza-based Hamas has permitted any member of Fatah, the party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, and comes as the two parties trade accusations over the treatment of detainees.
Ties make Palestinian state a SAmerican priority (AP)
AP – Five South American nations have recognized Palestinian statehood in recent weeks, and several more are expected to do so soon.
US Embassy Cables: Mossad implicated in murder of Hamas leader
Fourteen of the suspected murders used MasterCard credit cards issued by MetaBank, in Iowa, to book hotel rooms and pay for air travel.
Netanyahu rejects Clinton criticism
Rebuffing U.S. criticism of a new housing project for Jews in an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office said Monday that the project was a private initiative in which the government “was not involved.”
Jerusalem will never be divided, says city mayor (AFP)
AFP – The mayor of Jerusalem, a rising star in Israeli politics, has vowed that the city would never be divided to allow the eastern side to become the capital of a future Palestinian state.
US sets talks with Israeli, Palestinian negotiators (AFP)
AFP – Israeli and Palestinian envoys are expected to hold separate talks in Washington this week with US officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as part Washington’s bid to revive peace negotiations, the State Department said Monday.
Sarkozy envoy with ‘message from Damascus’
French envoy meets Netanyahu after visit to Syria, passing along message about possible renewal of peace talks. Israeli official: No special development.
Iranian ‘Mossad agent': I was trained in Israel
Iranian state television shows interview with man who claims he was trained in espionage by Israel and participated in the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran last year.
Iran ‘uncovers Israel spy network’
State television identifies a young Iranian as “main element” behind death of a nuclear scientist in January last year.
Blackwater (or Xe) in the West Bank
“A company closely associated with the security firm once known as Blackwater has won a new State Department contract worth more than $84 million over five years. The contract was won by International Developments Solutions, a joint venture that includes U.S. Training Center, a company until recently owned by Xe Services, which changed its name from Blackwater following a cascade of legal problems over several years. The consortium will provide protective security in the Israel-occupied West Bank, “services that are based from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.”
Arafat’s aide: New information on president’s death
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The special advisor to Yasser Arafat said Monday that he will soon release new information on the death of the late president. In an interview with Ma’an Radio, Bassam Abu Shareef said research conducted by British forensic experts had revealed that Arafat was poisoned with Thallium. New information had also come to light, Abu Shareef said, adding that he would present it to an investigation committee.
Environmentalism in Gaza
“As Plato (or possible Aesop) said, necessity is the mother of invention. Despite the almost total lack of research facilities (al-Azhar University’s Agriculture faculty and the Islamic University’s laboratories were bombed in 2009), a highly-educated population dealing with severely-restricted circumstances is a recipe for innovation. I have seen ever more elaborate (and waterproof) buildings constructed from compressed earth, with two small factories now producing cheaper and more durable blocks. I have visited a laboratory – more of a kitchen, really – where an organic pesticide (BT) is being produced so effectively that the owners sell it to municipalities for a tenth of the price it costs in Israel. That knocked mosquitoes on the head throughout Gaza; they are now working on producing the variant which attacks the dreaded tomato pest mentioned above (bane of my summer, and that of 3,500 tomato farmers).”
Video clip comes out against incitement
Following video threatening deputy state prosecutor, new youtube clip portrays incitement in Israeli society, containing archive footage with calls to murder Defense Minister Barak.
Leftists: Lieberman’s comments only spur us on
Netanyahu talks to FM following comments made against leftist groups but avoids denouncing statements, chooses to focus on remarks made against Likud ministers. Meanwhile, leftist activist describe feeling of persecution, stress comments only encourage them to work harder.
Report: How Arab money is transferred to Israeli Left
After Knesset approves establishment of inquiry commission into activity of leftist groups in Israel, Im Tirtzu report reveals money trail, which it says begins in Arab countries and ends with pro-Palestinian activity in the Jewish state. B’Tselem: Claims unfounded.
Israeli drug dealer arrested in Peru
(Video) Thirty-six-year-old Yaniv Benaim wanted in India for involvement in Goa drug network linked to local police officers, politicians. Reports claim Benaim also wanted on 16 counts of fraud, violence in Israel.
Death by Tear Gas: On West Bank ‘Calm’, Stephen Lendman
Daily accounts can be followed on important sites such as Palestine Chronicle.com, Palestine Telegraph.com, and the Electronic Intifada.net as well as others like Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, Haaretz, available online in English.
Demolishing another Jerusalem Landmark, Jeremy Salt
Once again Israel demonstrates its contempt for the world. This time the location is the Jerusalem quarter of Sheikh Jarrah and this time the occasion is the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel, the latest target in a process of demolition and rebuilding in the Zionist image that has been going on for the past six decades in all of Palestine.
The Holocaust, Palestine and the Arab World: Gilbert Achcar interviewed
The Electronic Intifada contributor Arwa Aburawa interviews Gilbert Achcar about his latest book, The Arabs and the Holocaust.
Amb. Richard P Parker, dead
By way of coincidence, I received the obituary of Ambassador Richard P Parker the day I wrote about him on my blog yesterday (in the post about Jeffrey Feltman–please don’t compare the two otherwise it would be an insult to knowledge, education, and expertise). I knew Parker when I lived in Washington, DC and I saw him while he worked at the Middle East Institute. He in fact, published my first piece in a journal: a study of the internal contradiction of the PFLP which he published in the Middle East Journal back in 1987 when I was still finishing my dissertation at Georgetown. Parker’s level of Arabic was quite impressive and he was very impatient with mistakes in Arabic transliteration which are still common in the press and in academia. Parker served as ambassador in Lebanon in the late 1970s so I obviously had many questions to ask him about that experience. I remember how much he detested Bashir Gemayyel–the worst Lebanese ever–and how he consistently referred to him as “thug”. He was alarmed when the US government would later endorse him in the Reagan administration. He also served in Lebanon during the time when the Lebanese government tried to deployed army troops in the South (I personally am opposed to the deployment of any Lebanese troops in South Lebanon and call for their total removal from the area–along with the UNIFI–because the South should only be home to those resistance groups, Lebanese and Palestinians, who are willing to defend Lebanon from Israeli aggression and to attack Israel from Lebanese territory.) And for Parker, it was clear that it was Israel and not the PLO–as the Israeli propaganda in the US would have it–which prevented the deployment and bombed the troops. I read a manuscript he wrote on that era and don’t know if he later published. Parker belongs to that generation of Arabists who are not allowed to exist anymore: WINIP and AIPAC now get to pick who get to serve where in the Middle East (how do you think that fanatic Zionist, Adam Ereli, got to serve as ambassador in Bahrain? This Likudnik could one day become Asst Sec of State for the Near East due to his ties with the Likud network in DC. Oh, and you have to watch him attempt to speak Arabic. I remember once and Arab watched him and exclaimed: was that supposed to be Arabic?) and they decide what the criteria for Middle East expertise are (they are fanatic dedication to Likud interests).
Obama needs to twist Israeli arms, George S. Hishmeh
US President Barack Obama must be very disappointed these days. He was hardly applauded in the American media which reviewed his domestic and foreign policies — especially his stance on the Middle East — at the beginning of the century’s second decade.
The lobby has been broken because… Israel isn’t good for the Jews, Philip Weiss
A few months back, young Brandon Davis, writing thrillingly in the Daily Princetonian, blamed the American Jewish community en bloc for the crimes of Israel– [J]ust as it is fair to criticize Israeli policies, it is fair to criticize its apologists — groups that claim to represent the entire American Jewish community. American Jews have traditionally been at the forefront of progressive movements. But in recent years, American Jewish institutions have trended toward the ugly side of Zionism, defending — or at least apologizing for — the Israeli hard right in its continuation of the occupation of the West Bank and repression of Palestinian identity. The undeniable injustices of the Israeli government and military warrant criticism; silence in the face of these injustices warrants criticism as well.
Why it will be said one day that anti-Zionists had a better grasp on 20th C history than Uri Avnery or Tom Friedman, Philip Weiss
“Left Zionism is the belief that destroying a people and taking their homeland is something that can be done humanely and fairly through mutual agreement and dialogue.” –Gabriel Ash of Jews Sans Fronteres
on pin-headed use of the word Shoah, Max Ajl
Someone pointed me to a recent piece about why it’s reasonable to call other atrocities Shoah, a Hebrew word that means literally catastrophe or devastation, and in its proper noun variant, is used for Holocaust. The author is of zero interest to me. What interests me is that it is taken as a point of high principle that atrocities other than those that occurred to “Jews” (but really to Roma, the disabled, gays, communists, trade-unionists, and others) should also be called Shoah, genocide, or Holocaust. Like most principles dear to the Facebook and Twitter battalions of the Palestine solidarity movement, this is stupidity of the first order. It’s stupid because under the cover of anti-Zionism, it’s Zionist to the core: a people has not endured tragedy until it has had its own Holocaust. Atrocity must mirror the purposeful genocide of the Jews before it can enter into the historical ledger books as intolerable massacre. It’s also deeply racist: atrocity must be compared to not only Jewish atrocity but white peoples’ atrocity before it becomes real. It’s colonialist: the first atrocity to enter History was the Holocaust. Forget Leopold’s War. Forget Armenia. Forget the capitalist famines of the late Victorian Era. Shoahshoahshoah. Sorry but I had to get that out of my system.
There can be no half-measures on Palestinian sovereignty
The Arab Peace Initiative, which was adopted by the Arab League at its summit in Beirut in 2002, is a comprehensive peace initiative first proposed by then-Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and re-endorsed at the Riyadh summit in 2007.
Britain’s War on Islam, Stephen Lendman
Western vilification of Islam is longstanding, cruel, and unjustifiable. In his 1978 book “Orientalism,” Edward Said explained a pattern of Western misinterpretation of the East, especially the Middle East. In “Culture and Imperialism” (1993), he broadened Orientalism’s core argument to show the complex relationships between East and West by referring to colonizers and the colonized, “the familiar (Europe, West, us) and the strange (the Orient, East, them).”
Partition of Sudan, As`ad Abukhalil
A lot can be said. Yes, the Arab North (with Soviet and later US support) has dealt with the South with a combination of neglect, racism, and cruelty. But Israeli dirty hands have been present in the Southern rebellion from the start (there is no secessionist or partitionist movement in the Arab world in which Israel has not been heavily involved: either in support of the government (like in Oman) or in opposition to government (like in Iraq, Sudan, Lebanon, etc). But the referendum is a sham. This is one of the most illiterate areas in the world. The US creates an artificial mark for voter turnout level as a criterion, and then the US spends lavishly on a PR campaign in favor of the secession. I mean, this is all cooked up by the US, no matter how much I condemn successive Sudanese government, especially the US puppet, the famous kook, Ja`far Numayri. Also, there is something very fishy about the behavior of the tyrant, Omar Bashir. He suddenly accepts the referendum and his ambassador even said that if the South wants to establish relations with Israel, it is their business. Bashir has received (political and/or financial) payment from the US for his silence. For a corrupt ruler like himself, all is possible. And can he be more annoying than when he dances with the cane? Oh, would Obama and Carter have been in favor of a referendum of the people of the South IN THE US prior to Civil War? Just asking, really.
Economists Foretell of U.S. Decline, China’s Ascension
“The age of American predominance is over,” he told a panel. “The (Chinese) Yuan will be the world’s reserve currency within two decades.
UN to help Lebanon demarcate sea borders to protect gas reserves
Beirut requested UN to protect the country’s gas reserves along the maritime border with Israel, after a huge gas field was discovered underneath the Mediterranean Sea.
Moussawi: U.S. veto only hurdle for settlement
SIDON: Hizbullah M.P. Nawwaf al-Moussawi said Monday that part of the Saudi-Syrian talks to solve Lebanon’s political crisis was focused on whether to implement the agreement before or after the release of indictment by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon which is probing the assassination of Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Monday: 5 Iraqis Killed, 13 Wounded
At least five Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in new violence. Several more were wounded in Baghdad, but no figures were released. Meanwhile, Diyala provincial police reported arrested almost 10,000 suspects last year. They also noted that 1,876 policemen were killed and just over 3,000 were wounded during 2010. Many of these casualties went unreported in western media sources.
Bombs Kill Four Across Iraq, among Them Children
Four Iraqis, including two children, have been killed and five others have been injured in bombings across the country over the past 48 hours.
13 killed and wounded in Iraq car bomb
The final death toll of the car bomb in Al Shirqat District, northern Tikrit, left 13 people among killed and wounded, a police source in Salahuddin province said. An official from Baghdad Secretariat was wounded in an armed attack on Monday night.
Kuwaiti Coast Guards attack Iraqi boat
Three Iraqi sailors were wounded and four others went missing due to an attack by Kuwaiti Coast Guards on an Iraqi boat that was drowned, Al Sindibad Iraqi Fishermen Association said. Kuwaiti Coast Guards detained two Iraqi sailors, the Association said denying reports saying that Iraqi sailors.
Iraq: cleric warns Maliki of walkout if US troops stay
Moqtada al-Sadr willing to imperil prime minister’s position if US soliders stay past expiration of security agreement.
Iraq to buy $26 billion worth of armaments from United States
The money will be used to buy aircraft, helicopters, tanks, other armored vehicles, warships and missiles, to enter service with the Iraqi defense and interior ministries.
Occupation of Iraq destroys women’s lives
More than seven years after the US- and UK-led invasion of their country, Iraqis continue to endure an occupation that has systematically violated their basic rights. In particular, the role and situation of women and girls has declined precipitously.
Kurdish club scene booming as Baghdad bans alcohol (AP)
AP – Dozens of men gathered in the smoky little club to watch five scantily clad dancers sway their hips to the beat of a drum and the grooves of an electric piano. Once a common sight in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, the scene can now only be found in the more liberal Kurdish north.
U.S. and other world news
Date set for Assange hearing in UK
WikiLeaks’ founder to face full hearing on February 7 over Swedish request for his extradition over alleged sex crimes.
Gabrielle Giffords Brain Injury Update: Congresswoman Gives Thumbs-Up
TUCSON, Ariz. — Doctors treating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Monday the congresswoman was responding to verbal commands by raising two fingers of her left hand and even managed to give a thumbs-up. Giffords, 40, is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Tucson’s University Medical Center after she was shot through the head Saturday during a meet-and-greet with voters outside a supermarket. Two patients were discharged Sunday night. Eight others, including Giffords, remained hospitalized.
Fox News chief tells GOP employees to ‘tone it down’
It appears that even the president of Fox News knows when rhetorical attacks have gone too far. In a wide-ranging interview with Russell Simmons, Fox News’s Roger Ailes remarked that he’d told his employees to “shut up, tone it down” and “make your argument intellectually.” You don’t have to do it with bombast,” he reportedly [...]
US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed
A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine.
NATO Occupation Force Strike Kills 3 Afghan Policemen
A NATO airstrike killed three Afghan police officers in central Afghanistan on Sunday in what Afghan officials said was friendly fire, and two more police officers died Monday in a suicide car bomb attack in the southern Taliban stronghold of Kandahar Province.
Pakistan will implode if US does not leave Afghanistan
The assassination of Salmaan Taseer has shown only too clearly the growing extremism in Pakistan. – This is not just between the religious and the secular, but also the polarisation that the “war on terror” has caused between the various religious sects.
Pakistanis believe U.S. is destroying their country
America has a dilemma in Afghanistan in that there is really no face-saving formula for an exit. The Taliban are gaining more territory, and they more or less control the countryside.
Pakistan governor’s killing ‘hidden hands’ at work
In her first interview following the assassination of her father, the daughter of Salmaan Taseer tells Chanel 4 News she believes there are many “hidden hands” behind his murder.
Did the U.S. government misuse science to justify torture?
It is also possible that CIA doctors may have “neglected and/or concealed medical evidence of intentional harm” among detainees held after the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to a separate report from Physicians for Human Rights.
Soldier’s inhumane imprisonment
For five months, Pfc. Bradley Manning is confined to his cell for 23 hours a day, with no sheets and without exercise, while he awaits trial on charges of providing documents to WikiLeaks.
US demands Twitter release Assange details
A court order issued on 14 December ordered Twitter not to disclose the existence of the subpoena to any of those targeted because it was part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Only after legal action by Twitter was the order made public.
US demands IP’s and other info of all 637,000 followers
Wikileaks says: Too late to unfollow; Trick used is to demand the lists, dates and IPs of all who received our twitter messages.
Facebook and Google under pressure over WikiLeaks
Pressure was growing for Facebook and Google to state whether they have been asked to submit data on prominent figures linked to WikiLeaks, as fresh signs emerged that a secret jury investigation will lead to an attempt to lay criminal charges against the whistleblowing website’s founder.
Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans
President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.
Iranian plane crashes
Make no mistake about it: blame the US and Israel (and their allies in EU) for all the plane crashes in Iran. As is known, the Zionists believe that even plane spare parts should be on the sanctions list. It is racism too: they would never apply sanctions affecting civilians if they people were white Europeans.
’35 killed’ in Tunisia violence
At least 35 people have died in violent unrest in Tunisia, according to a human rights group – more than the 14 the regime said had died.
Israeli dirty hands in Tunisia
“The Tunisian regime has killed over 20people thus far in attacks against civilian demonstrations, Tunisians have picked up tear gas cans with Hebrew writing identifying them from Israel. It is widely believed that secret relations exist. Now we know where the regime gets its tear gas. Other tear gas cans are in English and advise use for animals. This is how they treat Arabs! Not that Arab regimes need lessons from anyone as to how to kill their own people, but the regime mimics Israeli brutality against Palestinians where Palestinians have died after being hit by tear gas cans.”
Algeria unrest eases after state vows to lower food prices
ALGIERS: Algeria began cleaning up Monday following days of rioting over soaring food costs that left five people dead, hundreds wounded and 1,000 in jail, as authorities firmed up pledges to lower prices. Businesses, schools and public services opened as normal in much of the country as unrest that kicked off Wednesday last week.
Did Hillary Clinton and Jeffrey Feltman bring up her case when they met the Saudi king in NYC?
“JEDDAH – A 23-year-old unmarried woman was awarded one-year prison term and 100 lashes for committing adultery and trying to abort the resultant fetus. The District Court in Jeddah pronounced the verdict on Saturday after the girl confessed that she had a forced sexual intercourse with a man who had offered her a ride. The man, the girl confessed, took her to a rest house, east of Jeddah, where he and four of friends assaulted her all night long.” Notice it said: “she confessed that she had a forced sexual intercourse”. She was raped, damn it. RAPED. Does that exist in the legal books of House of Saud??
Woman jailed for beating maid
A Saudi court has sentenced a woman to three years in prison for beating her Indonesian maid.