Al-Barghouthi: “There Should Be A Complete Cessation Of Settlement Construction, Not A Partial One”
Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative Movement, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, calls on the national consensus for the complete cessation of settlement activity, including Jerusalem, the Ma'an News Agency reported.
link to www.imemc.org
PLO 'not informed' of US proposal on settlement freeze
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- PLO official Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that the US had not officially informed the Palestinian leadership of any proposal to partially freeze settlement building. The Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported Tuesday that the US had made an offer to the Israeli government and the PA suggesting Israel halt the construction of new neighborhoods but could continue building in existing settlements on occupied Palestinian land, apparently to cope with natural growth.
link to www.maannews.net
Israel plans building 4000 new housing units south of occupied Jerusalem
The Israeli government has recently endorsed the building of a new Jewish suburb south of occupied Jerusalem that envisages the construction of 4000 housing units, Hebrew press reported on Monday.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk
Zionist plan to isolate the village of Eksa to the north of Jerusalem
Hebrew media sources revealed a plan to isolate the village of Eksa to the north west of occupied Jerusalem to separate it from the nearby Ramot settlement in the city.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk
Israel still demolishing Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem
Israel is continuing with its policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem on the pretext that the properties do not have official permits. In at least one case, the home owner was forced to demolish his home himself; failure to do so would have landed the man with demolition by the authorities and a heavy fine. A staggering 95 percent of building permit applications submitted by Palestinians are refused by the Israeli authorities.
Welcome to the rural community of Wad Rahal (the Valley of Travelers) in Palestine. Located only three kilometers from Bethlehem, 1700 people call this village home. This community sits in between Palestine’s hillsides creating a picturesque farming village.
link to www.stopthewall.org
Khalil lives with his 4 children and his wife in a small neighbourhood near the Etzion Settlement Block. Khalil is a farmer in the area, tending olive and fruit trees. For generations Khalil and his family have lived in this small neighbourhood where about 35 other people live. His home is humble. It is a two-room house. The washroom does not exist within his house but just outside his front gate there sits an outhouse. His walls and roof have been patched with tin and scrap wood. The oven for cooking is outside in the yard. His home has been unchanged since 1967. Not by choice, but through an order from the Israeli Military.
Hebron teachers protest measures that keep them from school
Ben Lorber - +972 Magazine - The IDF has suddenly decided to force Hebron school teachers to go through checkpoint metal detectors that place the health of preganant women and people with heart devices at risk. The teachers refuse and schoolchilrern join their protest, meeting army violence. In the background hover the Hebron settlers, who have long since targeted the Qurtuba School.
link to 972mag.com
Overdue Books: Returning Palestine’s “Abandoned Property” of 1948, Hannah Mermelstein
Cultural genocide extends beyond attacks upon the physical and/or biological elements of a group and seeks to eliminate its wider institutions... Elements of cultural genocide are manifested when artistic, literary, and cultural activities are restricted or outlawed and when national treasures, libraries, archives, museums, artifacts, and art galleries are destroyed or confiscated.
link to www.jerusalemquarterly.org
Israeli Regime Violence
Violent clashes erupted in Bir Ayyub district of Silwan on Saturday evening, 22 October. Confrontations were provoked by settlers and Israeli forces, who maintain a heavy presence in the neighborhood. Bir Ayyub has been one of the hardest hit districts of Silwan by state and settler violence, particularly since the 2008-09 Gaza assault.
Israel Police raid Jerusalem buildings suspected of housing Hamas activity
Police raid two buildings in Dahiyat al-Barid in north Jerusalem, where Hamas allegedly operates, and another in Shuafat neighborhood in East Jerusalem where PFLP operatives suspected of gathering.
The settlers in Silwan tried to provoke the Palestinians, who were celebrating the prisoner’s release, by throwing stones, showering them with water pipes, and verbally insulting. Despite the settlers’ attempts to end the celebrations, Palestinians continued celebrating for a second day.
Medics: Gazan man killed in Rafah tunnel collapse
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A smuggling tunnel underneath the Egypt-Gaza border collapsed on Tuesday morning killing a young man from Khan Younis, medics said. Medics in the Gaza Strip identified the man as 29-year-old Ahmad Rabee. The victim had been missing for hours after the tunnel collapsed in the Brazil neighborhood of Rafah before his body was found
link to www.maannews.net
IOF artillery blasts southern Gaza
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened artillery fire at southern Gaza Strip at a late hour on Monday night targeting the vicinity of the Gaza international airport to the east of Rafah city.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk
OPT: New projects to ease Gaza housing crisis
GAZA CITY 25 October 2011 (IRIN) - In response to a growing housing crisis in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), several new building projects have been initiated by the Hamas-led government, and thousands of families have begun purchasing properties in new communities, officials say.
Besieged Gaza paid the price for the release of the prisoners
Without doubt, the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel is a huge achievement for the Palestinians. Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in 2006 that he would not give in to Hamas and would not release any Palestinian prisoners. The entire population of Gaza was then besieged by Israel in its efforts to find and free their soldier held captive in Gaza, Gilad Shalit; Israel wasn't prepared to give anything in return for their man. During the siege, of course, Israel bombed and invaded Gaza, killing 1,400 Palestinian civilians, one-third of them children. They could still not find and free Shalit. His freedom came when the deal suited the Palestinians and the Israeli government caved in to their demands.
link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk
Army Kidnaps Ten Palestinians In The West Bank
The Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported Tuesday that the Israeli military kidnapped ten Palestinian citizens in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
link to www.imemc.org
To some soldiers of the Israeli army, staying alone, being quiet, and carrying a flag is a crime. To them, people who act in that way should be arrested. At least we can come to that conclusion when we think about the arrest of Ashraf Abu Rahmah, from Bil’in village, who was arrested on Friday, October 21. The demonstration had not yet finished when the Israeli soldiers, in four jeeps, went into the village. It was a surprise to everyone, but not an unexpected act, because Israeli incursions into Palestinian villages is something regular. The surprise comes because people were going home, far from the place of the demonstration. Ashraf was arrested just on his way home.
Netanyahu's office announces deal to obtain release of man with dual US-Israeli nationality held by Egypt since June.
link to english.aljazeera.net
AP - Palestinian prisoners sent to the Gaza Strip in a swap for a captive Israeli soldier last week are contemplating the rest of their lives after years behind bars.
Aruri: Israel's exile of prisoners strategic mistake
Senior Hamas official in charge of the prisoners' file Saleh Al-Aruri said Israel makes a strategic mistake when it exiles Palestinian prisoners from their occupied homeland.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk
Eshel's captives await a reply
The PPS on Tuesday said that most of the captives in Eshel who suspended their hunger strike, especially those affiliated with the PFLP, were returned to the prison wards.
Racism and Discrimination
New Israel Fund Honors ‘New Generation’ of Israeli Social Justice Activists, No Arabs Need Apply, Richard Silverstein
Well, at least they paid lip service to all Israeli citizens in that italicized phrase, because they sure didn’t pay lip service or any attention to over 20% of the Israeli population when they determined their honorees. They will be Zvi Benninga–Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement, Idit Menashe–SHATIL, Gil Gan-Mor–Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Inna Zysskind and Pavel Kogan–Fiskha Club and Havaya-Life Cycle Ceremonies Religious Pluralism and Marriage Equality, and Noa Sattath–Religious Action Center. Who’s missing from this list? Israeli Palestinians, that’s who. None will be recognized. Now, does this mean that no Israeli Palestinians are working for social justice in Israel? To read this list it would. But of course that’s a lie.
link to www.richardsilverstein.com
This is what BDS should look like; not staying quiet while Israel and Australia continue the romance, Antony Loewenstein
How dare anybody raise objections to an Australian university normalising relations with Israeli academia, despite the vast bulk of Palestinians under occupation in Palestine actively opposing Western intellectuals providing cover for Zionist crimes?
link to antonyloewenstein.com
Tanzania affirms support for Palestine
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The foreign minister of Tanzania on Monday confirmed his country's support for an independent state of Palestine, the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported. The United Nations was established to defend peoples' right to self-determination, Bernard Membe said while speaking at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam to commemorate 50 years of Tanzanian independence and the 66th anniversary of the UN. Membe said Tanzania supported the Palestinian right to freedom and independence and urged UN institutions to support a two-state solution. "We absolutely support the Palestinian leadership in obtaining full membership of the United Nations," he added.
link to www.maannews.net
Resheq denies Hamas wants to move from Damascus
Member of Hamas's political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq denied what reported by Debka website about his Movement's intention to change its headquarters in Damascus and move to another country.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk
American legislation dating back more than 15 years mandates a cutoff of financing to any United Nations agency that accepts the Palestinians as a full member.
Arab Spring may endanger Mideast peace: Tony Blair
Reuters - Arab pro-democracy uprisings spell more regional instability that could complicate peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians but also make it necessary to get the process back on track, envoy Tony Blair said on Sunday.
PM meets Shas' spiritual leader, says he is making utmost efforts to help free Israeli agent; notes progress also made in Ilan Grapel case.
Today's violence appeared to focus mainly on Iraqi police forces. The attacks came just a day after a controversial crackdown on alleged supporters of the now outlawed Ba'ath Party. A second mass arrest, of Arabs in predominantly Kurdish Kirkuk, is also drawing fire from critics. It is not clear if any of the attacks are related to the arrests. At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 37 more were wounded.
Feras Boqna, Hussam al-Drewesh and Khaled al-Rasheed detained after posting 10-minute film on Saudis living in poverty to YouTube. Three young film-makers are still in detention a week after being arrested for posting a film about poverty in Saudi Arabia on the internet.
Ruling Military Council Intensifies Media Clampdown in Egypt, Sharif Abdel Kouddous
CAIRO, Egypt - The media clampdown in Egypt is worsening. Over the past six weeks, the ruling military council has censored the press, raided news organizations, shut down broadcasts and intimidated journalists. The anchor of the U.S.-funded TV station Al-Hurra speaking to armed security forces who raided the studio on October 9 as he was on air reporting on the clashes. Egypt, 2011. "The military government has revived Mubarak-era repression," says Mohamed Abdel Dayem, the Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists. In the most recent incident, Yousri Fouda, a widely respected journalist and the host of an influential political talk show, announced he was indefinitely suspending his program on Friday due to censorship pressure. Fouda, whose show ran on ONTV—a private channel owned by Egyptian telecommunications tycoon Naguib Sawiris—had invited outspoken novelist Alaa el-Aswany and opposition journalist Ibrahim Eissa to join him on Thursday evening's program, but the episode was inexplicably cancelled.
Yemen editor: it's hell here, but we need coverage by international media
He was speaking to the International Press Institute's Naomi Hunt by Skype, which was something of a feat because Skype has been jammed from Yemen since February. It is just one of the ways in which the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh is inhibiting media coverage in his country. He clearly wishes to prevent the world from seeing what's happening in the clashes between renegade forces and his troops. Only days after the United Nations called on Saleh to step down in exchange for immunity from prosecution, at least 12 people were reportedly killed and many more wounded after fighting broke out in the capital, Sana'a.
link to www.guardian.co.uk
Watch live: ‘Occupy Oakland’ attacked by police
Hundreds of protesters at “Occupy Oakland” were facing arrest in the early hours of Tuesday morning as 100 or more police officers closed in on their location. Local media reports indicated that hundreds of police showed up wearing riot gear around 4:40 a.m. and proceeded to surround the small tent city at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, which protesters have taken to calling “Oscar Grant Plaza” in honor of a young man who was gunned down for no apparent reason by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer two years ago.
link to www.rawstory.com
WASHINGTON -- More than one-third of the country supports the Wall Street protests, and even more – 58 percent – say they are furious about America's politics. The number of angry people is growing as deep reservoirs of resentment grip the country, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.
Clergy march through S.F. to back Occupy movement
Northern California clergy joined the Occupy movement this morning in a march that snaked through San Francisco's Financial District.
NEW YORK -- As their classmates spent fall break putting finishing touches on fellowship and graduate school applications, a group of Oberlin College students voyaged to lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park armed with nothing but sleeping bags and a change of clothes.
About 130 protesters were arrested at an Occupy Chicago demonstration early on Sunday after they set up tents and refused to leave a public park after closing time, police said. The protests, which have spread across the United States and to other countries since starting in New York last month, focus on anger over inequality of wealth, government bailouts of big banks and persistently high unemployment. The breakup of the protest in Grant Park was the second mass arrest of Occupy Chicago demonstrators in the past week. A week ago, about 175 protesters were arrested.
Princeton University professor and renowned civil rights activist Cornel West was arrested Friday afternoon during a demonstration in Harlem against alleged racial profiling by the New York City Police Department. West joined a protest against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, which critics say disproportionately targets people of color. New York City police carried out 600,000 such searches last year, with 87 percent of the targets being black or Hispanic. West’s arrest in New York City comes just a week after he and 18 others were arrested on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court during a protest against the increasing role of money in politics, the same day that the new Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was dedicated. A professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University, West is the author of numerous books, including his memoir, "Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud."
Over the weekend, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman visited demonstrators at Occupy Louisville, a protest inspired by Occupy Wall Street. They’ve set up an encampment right across the street from a local jail. We hear from veterans, students, social justice activists, and other community members who spent the night at the protest.
As Occupy protests against inequality and corporate greed continue across the United States and around the world, we’re joined by Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning filmmaker and activist, and Princeton University Professor Cornel West. "We expect [President Obama] to do the work of the people," Moore says. "The people are not going to go away. So he can either go down as a historic president, who become the FDR of this century, or he can be remembered as the man who was in the pocket of Goldman Sachs." West added, "What we’re trying to do is connect what’s going on on Wall Street with what’s going on in Harlem... If in fact we continue to have this kind of magnificent movement here and around the world, we want to be able to connect the corporate greed not just on Wall Street, but in the military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, and the corporate-media multiplex."
Three of Egypt’s so-called Facebook revolutionaries told a crowd of 100 people who gathered Sunday afternoon in Washington’s Freedom Plaza that the U.S. government has abandoned their peaceful revolution in favor of an alliance with the country’s still-powerful military. “We hoped U.S. policy would change” said Esraa Abdel Fatah, known as theFacebook girl for creating a social media page that helped mobilize a general strike over workers rights in 2008. “We hope they would support the people, not the government. But U.S. policy supports the military now, the same way it was supporting Mubarak.”
Occupy Wall Street movement is making room for Palestinian issue
As pro-Palestinian discourse begins to make its voice heard in the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement, right-wing organizations and individuals in the United States, including the Republican National Committee and the Emergency Committee for Israel, have denounced the protests as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. As the people-powered movement for social justice and democratic equality, which began in New York City in September, has spread to more than 900 cities in 82 countries worldwide, it has generated a global discourse critical of the economic and political powers and privileges of the world’s richest 1%, and has opened a space for the 99% of humanity to come together in solidarity, united by a common struggle for freedom. As it gains momentum, its message of protest has broadened to target injustices committed not merely on Wall Street but all over the world, including the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
link to mondoweiss.net
Netanyahu is punishing Abbas by strengthening Hamas
Representatives of the Quartet are to arrive in the region on Tuesday and will want to know if the Israeli government has accepted its September 23 outline.
link to www.haaretz.com
On Tuesday October 18, 2011 a prisoner exchange deal was successfully carried out between Hamas and Israel for the first time. Since the capture of Gilad Shalit, Israel had been intractably headstrong on negotiating any deal with Hamas, and therefore, many attempts and mediations to broker an agreement failed. On the one hand, however, the Israeli government was clearly caught in a dilemma, being under heavy pressure from the Israeli public, including Shalit’s family, demanding his release, and, at the same time, from those Israelis who rejected any deal, which, according to them, would secure the release of “terrorists” who had “blood on their hands.” On the other hand, Hamas always seemed unflinching and couldn’t lose but win, since it had nothing to lose.
A Desperate ATFP Invokes The Support Of Ray Hanania
How desperate are the three guys at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) for Palestinian-American support? Well, they’re desperate enough to invoke the endorsement of Palestinian-American Zionist and failed comedian, Ray Hanania. The outfit, which functions as a Washington public relations firm for the collaborationist Palestinian (illusory) Authority (PA) in occupied Ramallah posted Hanania’s latest article in defense of the ATFP on its official website.
link to ikhras.com
There is video circulating of Libyan militants sodomizing, torturing, and then murdering Qadhafi. One sentiment I've seen is that we should "give the Libyan people some credit." I am not sure this is the credit they want. This is, however, the credit they'll get, especially if an autopsy is performed on the body. Not that they deserve all the credit: this "revolution" was cooked up in the NATO kitchen, and the assassination was helped along by French jets and American Predator drones. The whole thing was one of the more grotesque affairs I've seen, lubricated by all too many leftists. I would include Hamid Dabashi amongst their number, but mostly Dabashi's peacocking is about using the Arab Spring or the Iranian Green non-Revolution to bash the left and promote his CNN column. No shock that in the house journal of the Gulf ruling class, Al Jazeera, he's triangulating about the Libyan "freedom fighters" and how they must "commence the rest of their history with a sense of self-dignity, of triumphant pride. That self-dignity is now determined by how they will treat the dead body of Colonel Gaddafi." Actually, that "self-dignity" was determined by how they treated the live body of colonel Qadhafi after holding out their hands, begging for imperial intervention, slaughtering tens of thousands of black Libyans, and leaving Libya in ruins. They will indeed get the Libya they deserve. It's just the remainder of the Libyans, some huge chunk of whom still support the dead Qadhafi, who will not.
Just as protests in Tunisia led the Arab spring, so its elections can show other Arab nations the way to true democracy. Yesterday, millions of Tunisians lined up – some for several hours – to vote in their country's first free election. Some voters came with their children to show them, they said, what democracy looks like. Many were also voting for the first time, having refused to take part in the masquerade that electoral politics was under the oppressive regime of their deposed dictator, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
Tunisia kicked off the Arab Spring, with its urban crowds effectively protesting the decades-long dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his nepotistic in-laws, the Trabelsi clan. The Tunisians were the first to demonstrate that flashmobs could, if sufficiently determined, outmaneuver the secret police and send a dictator into exile. Even more remarkable than the revolution of last January, to my mind, is the widespread conviction on the part of Tunisians that the way forward is liberal, parliamentary democracy. Thus, Sunday’s election of a constituent assembly that will fashion a new constitution and form an interim government is in some ways the real revolution. For decades, most Arab states implicitly accepted the Leninist critique of parliaments as mere instruments of plutocracy and wholly unrepresentative. But it turns out that the main alternative to parliamentary democracy is not direct democracy but rather oppressive dictatorship masquerading as the latter.