The Jerusalem Society for Arabic Studies has revealed Israeli plans to build a new illegal settlement which will cut-off Palestinian villages in the Holy City from the south of the West Bank. The head of the Society, Khalil Al Tafakji, said that the Israeli Occupation Authorities plan to establish a large settlement on the Palestinian village of Walaja north-west of Bethlehem. Called Givat Yael, the new settlement will stretch from Walaja and Battir across to the western edge of the Gilo settlement to the south of Occupied Jerusalem. The huge settlement bloc will be a physical barrier between Jerusalem's Palestinian villages and the southern part of the occupied West Bank. "Israel is using the current international and domestic situation as a diversion to approve the construction of more illegal settlement units as part of a huge settlement scheme to provide 58,000 housing units," said Mr Al Tafaki.
Sakhnin; Thousands Mark 11th Anniversary Of Al Aqsa Intifada
Palestinian medical sources reported, on Thursday evening, that three residents were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading Yasouf Palestinian village, near the West Bank city of Salfit.
Two Residents, Activist ,Wounded As Army Attack Nonviolent Protest Near Hebron
Two Palestinians women and one international peace activist were injured after the Israeli army during attacked a nonviolent protest against settlements and the Annexation Wall in the southern West Bank village of Yatta north Hebron on Friday, Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported.
Demonstration against land confiscation for new bypass road in Beit Ommar
Friday September 30. : Residents of Beit Ommar demonstrated against recent received land confiscation orders. 800 dumums of Beit Ommar and Shwoukh land will be taken by the Israelies for a 8km bypass road, starting from Gush Etzion. The settlers have already built a watch tower on a hill top in the area – the first step to establish a new settlement. The road to the planned settlement on Halhoul land will go through Beit Ommar and Shwoukh land and join in on the route 60 by Halhoul.
Friday prayers held on land mapped out for separation barrier
In a step aimed at demonstrating the Palestinians’ right to the land, locals in Shuafat refugee camp held Friday prayers this week on land planned to be used by the Israeli apartheid barrier .
link to Palestine Information Center
Responding to a decision by the Arab Higher follow-up committee in the 1948 territories, thousands of Arabs, Palestinians, participated in a ceremony commemorating the 11th anniversary of the Al Aqsa Intifada.
Other Israeli Regime Violence
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces launched an airstrike on northern Gaza on Saturday evening seriously injuring one man and wounding two others, medical officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said forces struck Beit Hanoun targeting militants attempting to fire a rocket into Israel. Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said three men were hospitalized, adding that one man sustained serious injuries in the attack.
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided a village near Qalqiliya and placed checkpoints on roads leading to it, locals said. Witnesses said soldiers were stopping residents from traveling through Kafr Qaddum village. Murad Eshtewy, a Fatah spokesman in Qalqiliya, said Israel's "repressive measures have escalated against Kafr Qaddum and other Palestinian villages in the past days, especially near settlements."
Settler Attacks / Vandalism / Aggression
This morning (9/30) Israeli activists and Palestinians were attacked by settlers near the settlement of Anatot. The landowner of the plot to which the activists came in order to plant trees was also attacked by the settlers who cracked his head open, as well as attacking his wife. The two were have been hospitalized at Hadasa Ein Karem hospital.
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers burned farmland south of Nablus on Saturday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Doughlas, who monitors settler violence and vandalism in the northern West Bank, said land in the Einabus and Huwwara villages burned as the result of a fire set by residents of the illegal Yitzhar settlement. The settlers had started a fire on the Einabus mountain but it spread to Huwara, he said. Residents of the villages were trying to control the blaze but strong winds hampered their effort.
Vandals sprayed Islamophobic and racist graffiti on the walls of a mosque and a university in the West Bank town of Birzeit near Ramallah on September 9 in attacks by suspected Israeli settlers. Palestinian security officials said that “Death to the Arabs” and slogans insulting Prophet Muhammad were painted in Hebrew and that they suspected settlers were to blame. It was the third mosque to be daubed with graffiti in Hebrew, when Israeli troops demolished three homes in the settlement outpost of Migron.
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Armed Israeli settlers seized 150 sheep from shepherds south of Hebron in the southern West Bank, a popular committee leader said. Popular committee secretary-general Azmi Shoyoukhi told Ma'an that residents of Shima, a settlement east of al-Dhahiriya, stole sheep belonging to Faris Samamrah. They took the sheep to Shima settlement after assaulting several shepherds and threatening to shoot them if they returned to the area, the local official said.
Three cousins die in Gaza tunnel collapse
Shortly after 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 25, three Palestinians died when sewage leaking from an Egyptian pipeline caused a tunnel connecting the Egyptian and Palestinian sides of the Rafah border, in which they were working, to collapse. It was the second time that the pipeline, which pumps sewage east into the Sinai, had sprung a leak in the area. The three, all cousins, lived in the south of the Gaza Strip. Feras Ahmed Al-Shaer, 18 years old, lived in Khan Younis with his parents, one brother, and seven sisters. He was completing his last year of high school. Fady Mostafa Al-Shaer, also 18, lived in Rafah with his parents, four brothers, and two sisters. He had decided to work in the tunnels to help support his family, which lived in two rooms. Anwer Eid Al-Shaer, age 22, lived in Rafah and needed money to finish his final year of studies at Al-Quds Open University.
Tunisian delegation visit Karama hospital in Gaza
A Tunisian delegation visiting the Gaza Strip paid a visit to the Karama Hospital to see for themselves the services provided to patients by the hospital.
Detention / Court actions
Isolated Detainees Announce Open-Ended Hunger Strike
Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe’, stated Friday that around Twenty-five Palestinian detainees in solitary confinement at the Nafha. Ramon, Al Ramla and Asqalan Israeli detention facilities declared an open-ended hunger strike.
Racism / Discrimination
Law grants Israel's finance minister the power to reduce budget of state-funded bodies that openly reject Israel as Jewish and democratic state or mark Independence Day as a day of mourning.
Arabs outraged over ban on October riots studies
Education Ministry warns schools in Arab sector against organizing political activity in classrooms. Many parents respond by keeping kids at home.
Demonstrators in several towns across Israel wave flags, chant anti-Israel slogans and hold up photos of the 13 Israeli Arab protesters killed in clashes with police at start of Second Intifada.
Activism / Solidarity
Following the convictions of the students known as the "Irvine 11" this past week, over thirty chapters nationwide of Students for Justice in Palestine have signed on to a message of support for the Irvine 11. The students were arrested in February 2010 and charged with “conspiracy to disrupt a public meeting” and “disruption of a public meeting,” after interrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren.
How can one expect any art to take root under Israeli occupation, let alone for a small delegation of artists, DJs and rappers to make any impact?
Funding stopped by three congressional committees in response to UN statehood bid, according to report by U.K's Independent newspaper; PA calls move 'collective punishment.'
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Arab countries will cover a budgetary shortfall if the United States blocks aid to the Palestinian Authority, a senior Fatah official said Saturday. Muhammad Shtayyeh told Ma'an that Arab and Islamic countries had promised to fund the PA if the US followed through on threats to cut aid over the Palestinian bid for full UN membership. The UK newspaper The Independent reported Saturday that the US Congress had blocked nearly $200 million in aid for the PA in response to President Mahmoud Abbas' request to join the UN.
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas is united in its rejection of President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for UN membership despite reports of internal divisions, a party spokesman said Saturday. Fawzi Barhoum told Ma'an there was "no controversy" within the movement, and that all party decisions were being decided in comprehensive consultations with officials.
link to www.maannews.net
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The prime minister in Gaza said Friday that his government supported the establishment of a Palestinian state on liberated lands, but not in exchange for recognizing Israel or giving up rights. Ismail Haniyeh said Palestinian land is an Islamic endowment that cannot be negotiated.
Mishaal: liberation first, then state declaration
In an address in Iranian capital Tehran to an international conference, Hamas political leader Khalid Mishaal said that Palestinian lands should be liberated first, then a state can be announced.
Iran "totally rejects" Palestine U.N. statehood bid
Reuters - Iran's supreme leader rejected the Palestinians' U.N. statehood bid on Saturday, saying any deal that accepted the existence of Israel would leave a "cancerous tumor" forever threatening the security of the Middle East.
Egypt accuses Quartet of encouraging Israeli settlements
The Egyptian Foreign Minister has condemned Israel's latest settlement plans and blamed the Middle East Quartet for "encouraging" the Israelis. Speaking in Washington, Muhammad Amr said that the settlements remain illegal in international law and Israel's move is "treachery" towards the international community. Palestinians deny attempt to oust Blair as Middle East envoyThe Palestinian Authority has denied it plans to make a formal request to remove Tony Blair from his position as a Middle East envoy.
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- The era of one-man rule in Arab countries is drawing to a close and the change sweeping the region will take hold in Syria soon, a United Nations envoy said. "Syria is in the midst of a profound crisis. I do believe strongly that there will be substantial change," UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams told Reuters. "When that will take place it is very difficult to ascertain but I don't think we are talking about years".
Political / Diplomatic / International
On the 11thAnniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada: Al Mezan Calls for Protection and Respect for Civilian's Rights and Accountability for Violators. Wednesday 28 September 2011 marks the eleventh anniversary of the second Palestinian Intifada (the Al Aqsa Intifada), which erupted due to a provocative visit by Israel’s then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon to the Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, accompanied by a heavy Israeli police guard which shot and killed dozens of Muslim worshipers.
Palestinian leaders renew attack on Tony Blair over Israel
Middle East envoy accused of 'parroting' Israeli demands during negotiations. The Palestinian leadership has stepped up its attack on Tony Blair in his role as envoy of the Middle East Quartet, saying that his "parroting" of Israeli demands casts doubt on his credibility. Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, confirmed that Palestinian leaders had discussed whether to make a formal request to the Quartet that Blair be removed from his position, but had decided against such a move. "Everyone had reservations about Blair's performance, but we don't want to embarrass him any more," Shaath said. "If you want to do it, you wait until things have quietened down."
Nabil Shaath says former British prime minister 'talks like an Israeli diplomat'; states that Quartet proposal for renewal of direct peace talks is too vague.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshal addresses Tehran conference 'in support of the Palestinian Intifada'; Iranian supreme leader tells conference that UN bid for statehood will fail.
JERUSALEM, October 1, 2011 (WAFA) – the European Union (EU) will be making on Monday an almost €9.9 million aid to the Palestinian Authority, its third contribution this year to quarterly payment of social allowances to poor Palestinian households, Saturday said an EU press release. EU will contribute €8.9 million while Finland €1 million, all channelled through the PEGASE mechanism, the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the PA’s three-year Reform and Development Plan, said the press release.
Biden: Pollard pardon over my dead body
US Vice President Biden meets with rabbis in Florida, says US President Barack Obama was considering clemency for convicted Jewish spy 'but I told him over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time'.
UK government conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism in Salah trial
International Support for Palestinian Intifada in Tehran
The Fifth International Conference for Supporting the Palestinian Intifada was held in Tehran Saturday and its slogan was “the Palestinians are not looking for a home… their home is Palestine”. Parliamentary representatives of over 170 states have joined the conference after receiving invitations from the Islamic Shura Council of Iran. The parliament speakers of Lebanon, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, and Algeria have joined the first session of the conference that discussed the regional developments, the future of Palestine, and ways for lifting the Israeli siege that has been imposed on Gaza since 2008.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, stressed that Palestine remained the first central cause in our Islamic world, calling on the Islamic world to adopt the resistance choice, since it had brought triumph for the nation. At the 5th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada, Imam Khamenei said: “Palestine had a special stature, since it holds within unique characteristics. It is a Muslim country that was occupied by dispersed people who committed brutal crimes.”
Egypt / Israel
CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt said on Saturday it was considering the release of a US-Israeli dual national suspected of spying for Tel Aviv, the official MENA news agency reported. Ilan Grapel has been in custody since June 12. "Cairo is considering the release of Ilan Grapel, a US citizen accused of spying for Israel during the 25 January revolution, especially after promises from the US of offering more political and economic support in return," MENA said without elaborating.
Other Mideast & World News
U.S. Now Controls More than Half of World Arms Sales
The United States overwhelmingly dominates arms sales to the Near East, with the bulk of sales in the last four years going to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Iraq.
U.S. Congress Urged to Reject Arms Sale
More than a dozen U.S. and international human rights and arms control groups are urging Congress to block a proposed 53- million-dollar arms sale to Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, until it ends its crackdown against the opposition and adopts serious reforms.
UN condemns jail sentence for Bahrain medics
UN chief criticises "harsh" prison terms for medical workers who treated protesters during March uprising.
Thousands of Jordanians have taken to the streets in the capital, Amman, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit and the dissolution of the lower house of parliament.
link to www.presstv.ir
Yemenis Say They Have Bigger Problems Than Al Qaeda
Second Bloody Day in Iraq: 22 Killed, 61 Wounded
Updated at 1:28 p.m. EDT, Sept. 30, 2011 At least 22 Iraqis were killed and 61 more were wounded in new attacks, including one that targeted mourners at a funeral in Hilla. This is the second day in a row that dozens have been killed or wounded in violence.
Four years after Blackwater's license to operate in Iraq was revoked over the killing of 17 Iraqis, Xe Services LLC -- the company formerly known as Blackwater -- wants to return to the country. In an interview published Thursday, Xe President and Chief Executive Ted Wright told The Wall Street Journal
that he would like to do business in Iraq again. "Would I like to go back into Iraq?" Wright said. "Certainly." "Would the Iraqi government accept us in Iraq? That’s really the question."
If you watch one of Anwar al-Awlaki's hundreds of YouTube videos, the first thing that strikes you is the American accent in which he delivers his exhortations to jihad, a residue of his childhood in New Mexico.
Most Yemenis had only a faint sense of why the United States considered Anwar al-Awlaki a highly significant target. If anything, Yemenis thought his death would only increase their woes.
Awlaki death rekindles legal debate on targeting Americans
The slaying of two Americans renews questions about whether killing U.S. citizens is legal under rules of war or constitutes an extrajudicial execution in violation of U.S. and international law. The killing of two Americans by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen has reignited a debate about whether targeting U.S. citizens — even terrorists — is legal under the rules of war or constitutes an extrajudicial execution that ignores their rights.
Inside Story - Egypt: Reclaiming the revolution
Military rulers in Egypt are under mounting pressure as thousands take to Tahrir Square demanding political change. Joining Inside Story are: Ramy el-Swissy, Dina Zakaria, and Omar Ashour.
Funeral service held for executed US man
Friends and family of Troy Davis honour 42-year-old put to death despite pleas of innocence.
United Steelworkers announce support for ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest
The United Steelworkers, North America’s largest industrial union, announced on Friday that it supported the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protest that began in lower Manhattan and has slowly spread to other cities across the United States. The protesters have pledged to occupy Wall Street until something is done about corporate greed and corporate influence on the U.S. government. They have been camped out in New York’s old Liberty Plaza since September 17.
More than 750 turn out for ‘Occupy Los Angeles’ protest
Several hundred protesters gathered in front of City Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday to show solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in lower Manhattan. The demonstrators marched from Pershing Square to City Hall, where they plan to camp out indefinitely. LA Weekly estimated there were at least 750 people participating in the protest. They chanted slogans such as, “Hey hey, ho ho! Wall Street greed has got to go!” and “The people united will never be defeated.”
'Occupy LA' Protest Underway At City Hall (PHOTOS)
Fox host: Occupy Wall Street protestors are ‘dirty’ and useless
If a tea party group has a protest, Fox News is very happy to present coverage for that event. But if a protest has anything to do with “liberal views,” the network certainly doesn’t share the eager glee. In the midst of a Hannity segment Friday evening that criticized and mocked the Occupy Wall Street protests,The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle denigrated the now two week protestors as being virtually useless. “It’s Woodstock meets burning man meets people with absolutely no purpose or focus in life,” she said. “They have nothing but free time to be down there, they make up a slogan or cause as they go along, and they’re just looking to go out there and dirty the streets. And they really don’t have any idea of what they’re doing there.” WATCH: Video from Fox News, which appeared on September 30, 2011.
Analysis / Op-ed
On September 26, The Los Angeles Times ran a short Calendar section item
on the new belated 50th anniversary, fully restored DVD and Blu-Ray editions of William Wyler's 1959 blockbuster biblical epic Ben-Hur. The film, which was based on an 1880 novel by former Civil War general and New Mexico territory governor Lew Wallace, is described by the paper as a "period drama [that] revolves around Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), a Palestinian nobleman who is enslaved by the Romans, engages in one of the most thrilling chariot races ever captured on screen, and even encounters Jesus Christ."
Forget the distractions; the realities of Israel's Occupation demand its end
Tons of paper, gigabytes of email and hours of talking heads on TV, led up to the psycho-political drama of the unknown territory that was the application for UN recognition of a Palestinian state. The high-level rhetoric and the contradictory legal opinions; the sad, expected Obama betrayal of the Palestinians; the heavy arm-twisting of the Palestinian leadership; the shameless speech of Prime Minister Netanyahu to the UN; all were distractions from the realities of the Israeli Occupation, which demand a change in the world's consciousness of Palestine today.
Palestinian Youth Movement: Statehood Bid Harmful to Struggle
We, in the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), stand steadfast against the proposal for Palestinian statehood recognition based on 1967 borders that was presented to the United Nations this September by the Palestinian official leadership. We believe and affirm that the statehood declaration only seeks the completion of the normalization process, which began with faulty peace agreements. The initiative does not recognize nor address that our people continue to live within a settler colonial regime premised on the ethnic cleansing of our land and subordination and exploitation of our people.
link to english.al-akhbar.com
Sullivan on Obama’s ‘capitulation’ at the UN
The explanation for the humiliation of Obama at the UN, where he gave the kind of speech a junior congressman might give at an AIPAC break-out session, is pretty simple. Obama was checkmated. Netanyahu and the GOP recognized immediately that the Cairo speech could have opened up a whole new chapter in America's relationship with the Arab and further Muslim world. And so they, in active collaboration, did all they could to stop it in its tracks. They succeeded in handing Obama the clearest defeat of his first term.
A Palestinian-American view of the US veto
The Palestinians have been suffering for decades at the hands of one of the most brutal military occupations in the modern world. They are dehumanised on a daily basis, their civil and human rights are violated and their land is stolen; any attempt at self defence is considered to be an act of terrorism by the occupiers and their backers.
Alice Walker is Pulitzer Prize winning poet, author and activist. She participated recently in the U.S. Boat to Gaza, which was a part of the Freedom Flotilla, to break the Israeli embargo on the Gaza Strip. Last year, a flotilla was attacked by Israeli commandos and a number of people were killed and wounded. Walker’s boat was stopped by Greek authorities before it could traverse the eastern Mediterranean to Gaza.
Ikhras Shoe Of The Month Award Winner – September 2011
September 23, 2011, after leaving occupied Palestine with an Israeli-issued VIP pass, Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen), the head of the Israeli sponsored, Western-funded, American supervised collaborationist Palestinian (illusory) Authority in occupied Ramallah begged the United Nations for a facade of a state situated on 22% Palestine