13 year old Palestinian girl in wheelchair victim of hit and run by Israeli settlers

Disabled girl in a wheelchair hit by settler car in Hebron on her way to school
HEBRON (Ma’an) — A disabled child was hit by a settler car on Thursday near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, medics said. Head of the Red Crescent emergency ward in Hebron told Ma’an that Hiba Abdul Ghaffar, 13, was heading to school when she was hit by the car. Ghaffar, who is in a wheelchair, suffered light injuries in the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=451903

Land, Property Theft & Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Apartheid
IOA confiscates cultivated land lot in Bethlehem
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) confiscated a cultivated land lot in Khader village south of Bethlehem at the pretext of constructing a road to serve a nearby settlement.
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Palestinian leaders outraged over West Bank construction data
A report released by Israel’s Peace Now group also says building last year on East Jerusalem land seized during the 1967 Middle East War was at the highest level in a decade.  Palestinian leaders voiced outrage Tuesday over a new report that Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank rose 20% last year. The report released by the Peace Now group also says that building on East Jerusalem land seized during the 1967 Middle East War was at the highest level in a decade.

 

IOA to expand West Bank settlement
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has announced tenders for the construction of 213 settler houses in Efrat settlement to the south of Bethlehem.

 
Israel tightens grip on West Bank Bedouin
On Monday, January 9, Israeli authorities shut down “the only road leading to Khan al Ahmar elementary school,” the Palestinian news agency WAFA reports. The move came a day after Israeli authorities issued a number of stop work orders in Umm al Kheir. Both Khan al Ahmar and Umm al Kheir are Bedouin villages located in the West Bank’s Israeli-controlled Area C.

Rivlin: Gov’t must find solution for Migron
Knesset speaker visits illegal West Bank outpost, says relocating it ‘makes no sense’
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4174942,00.html
 
Survey by European Heads of Mission in Jerusalem, Ramallah criticizes Israel for the ‘forced transfer’ Palestinians from Area C, defined by the Oslo Accords as those parts of the West Bank under full Israeli control.
 
On Wednesday, Islamist deputies in Ramallah met with the Archbishop of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hanna, within the framework of an extensive solidarity campaign for the Jerusalemite Deputy, Ahmed Atwan, who was expelled by the Israelis to Ramallah.  The Deputies welcomed Archbishop Hanna extoling the Islamic-Christian affiliation of the Palestinian people and emphasizing the strength and durability of their relationship.

http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/3269-orthodox-patriarchate-shows-solidarity-with-expelled-jerusalem-deputy

Violence & Aggression / Israeli Injustice System

Two Israeli women ran over two Palestinian schoolgirls in each of Al-Khalil and Nablus in separate incidents on Thursday morning, medical sources said.

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NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli military forces on Thursday confiscated computers, mobile phones and camera memory cards from the office and home of a Palestinian journalist. Soldiers raided Amin Abu Warda’s office in Nablus at 3 a.m., his colleague Atef Doughlas told Ma’an, and confiscated several items, including a work computer and mobile phone.  Witnesses said Israeli forces also raided Abu Warda’s home and confiscated his personal mobile and laptop as well as his son’s mobile phone. 

Four years after an Israeli soldier used his sniper rifle to kill a Palestinian civilian from Bethlehem district visiting family in the Ramallah district; an Israeli court acquitted the soldier and claimed that there is not enough evidence to convict the soldier, adding that no charges were filed against the shooter, the Arabs48 News Agency reported.
 
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three years on from the killing of 2-year-old Fares Hamouda and his stepbrother Muhammad, Israel has yet to respond to a complaint over their deaths. On Jan. 11, 2009, Israeli tanks shelled the Hamouda family home in Gaza City. Fares died instantly and Muhammad bled to death waiting for an ambulance which was unable to reach him in the midst of Israel’s three-week bombardment of Gaza, Operation Cast Lead. Fares’ mother, Intissar, told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights that the brothers had shared a close relationship. Muhammed’s mother had died when he was 10 months old.  ”Fares would refuse to go to sleep until Muhammed came home from school. On the day of the attack Fares was sick, but he refused to take medicine from me, he wanted it from Muhammed,” she said. 
 
Detainees
 
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a search and arrest campaign in another Bethlehem village on Wednesday that ended with the detention of three young men including two brothers one of them a 16-year-old child. Locals in Battir, west of Bethlehem, said that the IOF soldiers entered the village in six armored vehicles, erected roadblocks, and broke into many homes before taking away the three citizens.
 
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli military forces arrested 16 people overnight Wednesday and early Thursday, the army and local officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said four people were arrested in Madama village, Nablus, four in Asira al-Qibliya, also in Nablus, three people in al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, and five people southwest of Jericho.  Head of Madama village council Ihab al-Qitt told Ma’an that Israeli tanks raided the village at 2 a.m. and arrested Muhammad Sadeq Qitt, 22, Ahmad Atef Ziyada, 21, and Mahmoud Abdullah al-Qitt, 23, after ransacking their homes.
 

IOF soldiers arrest citizen and confiscate cars in Jenin
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Jenin refugee camp at dawn Wednesday in tens of army vehicles and arrested a citizen from inside his home after wreaking havoc on it and on his garage. 

 

IOF troops storm Nablus village, detain minor
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the village of Sebastia to the north west of Nablus on Tuesday and detained a minor in one of its streets, local sources said.

 
IOF troops round up four citizens in Al-Khalil
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up four citizens in Al-Khalil in the latest round of arrests in the province that has been the target of semi daily incursions for the past few months.
 

Masada unit storms Negev prison cells of Hamas, Jihad prisoners
Israeli Masada unit soldiers stormed ward 9 of the Negev prison where Hamas and Islamic Jihad affiliates are held on Wednesday, the prisoners’ studies center said.

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Committee for Political Prisoners organize sit-in in West Bank

On Monday, 09.01.2012, the Committee for Political Prisoners and the Association of Muslim Youths in the West Bank organized a solidarity sit-in against policies of political detention and job severance by the Ramallah Authority.  Protesters demanded the release of all political prisoners, the reinstatement of those dismissed from jobs and general freedoms in the West Bank. The protests were staged at the Martyr’s Rotary in the northern West Bank city of Nablus under the slogan “Freedom for the Al-Junaid Detainees”.
 

Wajeb slams systematic kidnapping of Palestinian refugees in Iraq
The Palestinian return assembly-Wajeb strongly denounced the Iraqi security forces for storming the municipal compound of the Palestinian refugees in Baghdad and kidnapping some of its residents.

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Gaza

Khudari blames world community for slow Gaza reconstruction
Independent MP Jamal Al-Khudari has blamed the world community for failing to embark on reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which was devastated in the Israeli invasion three years ago.

 
It’s exactly three years ago that the ins and outs of the overpopulated strip were sealed off by the Israeli military just as tightly as the entire “International Community” shut its eyes and ambivalently turned its back on a horrifying massacre that was in the making. And it’s three years ago that we’ve used up what little was left of our quota of sympathy and compassion towards the Palestinians and took our collective apathy to a whole new level.
 

Racism / Discrimination / Sexism & others things you would read in the New York Times

 

Israeli bar on citizenship upheld
A law preventing Palestinians gaining Israeli nationality by marriage is upheld by Israel’s top court.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-middle-east-16526469
 

‘Citizenship Law – declaration of war on Israeli Arabs’
Israeli Arab says court’s decision to reject petition against law will lead to ‘expulsion of thousands of families.’ Rahat resident: Why are we being treated like enemies?

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4175008,00.html
 
Updated 2.21pm: Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected constitutional challenges to a law that makes it more difficult for Palestinians to get permission to live with their Israeli spouses inside Israel. Israel’s parliament approved a law in 2003 that severely limits the ability of Palestinians to gain Israeli citizenship through marriage to an Israeli national. Civil rights organizations and Arab rights advocates filed the appeal in 2007.
 
A new Israeli law allowing for automatic and lengthy detention of asylum-seekers flies in the face of international law, Amnesty International said today.  Early on Tuesday the Israeli parliament passed the “Prevention of Infiltration Law”, which mandates the automatic detention of anyone, including asylum-seekers, who enters Israel without permission. It is aimed at those entering via the Egyptian border.  The law allows for all such detainees to be held without charge or trial for three or more years. People from countries considered “hostile” to Israel, including asylum-seekers from Darfur in Sudan, could be detained indefinitely. Children travelling with parents may also be subjected to the same prolonged detention.
 

Yair Lapid gets death threat on Facebook
‘If you challenge Netanyahu, your fate will be similar to that of Yitzhak Rabin,’ man writes on journalist turned politician’s Facebook page. Police investigating.

 

Minister: Ethiopians should ‘say thank you’ for what they got
Ethiopian social activist draws Immigrant Absorption minister’s ire after telling Knesset Committee they are ‘hypocrites’ who are ‘creating a 21st Century version of Apartheid in Israel’.

 

IDF: No coercion of haredi soldiers
Army informs haredi soldiers that they will not be forced to attend military ceremonies featuring female performers. MK Gafni urges haredim not to join IDF.

 
Activism / Solidarity / BDS
 

Palestinian youth call for Ramallah protest against Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Jordan, Ali Abunimah
Palestinian youth are calling for a silent protest this Saturday outside the headquarters of Palestinian Authority ruler Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to protest the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Jordan.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/palestinian-youth-call-ramallah-protest-against-israeli-palestinian-negotiations

Last month, the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank hosted the Third National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Conference. The Conference centered on BDS as a means of nonviolent popular resistance and addressed some key issues currently confronting the movement, both locally and internationally. Below is the Conference Report, published by the Palestinian BDS National Committee.
 

Photos: Palestinian graffiti artists penetrate heavily fortified heart of West Jerusalem, Ali Abunimah
Palestinian artists penetrated the heavily fortified heart of West Jerusalem overnight and painted graffiti bearing political messages on walls, doors, construction sites and other surfaces.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/photos-palestinian-graffiti-artists-penetrate-heavily-fortified-heart-west
 
Political Developments / Diplomacy / Other News
 

Hamas leader to visit Iran, Qatar in new trip (AP)
AP – An adviser to Hamas’ prime minister says the leader will visit Iran, Qatar and other Muslim countries at the end of the month.

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/mideast/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120112/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_palestinians_hamas

On Wednesday, Israel’s voice website transferred from Palestinian sources that Israel warned the Palestinian National Authority because they chose to challenge Israel, so the latest imposed sanctions on the PA president Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian officials. Sources told London-based al-Hayat newspaper that the sanctions are imposed because Palestinians headed to the United Nations for the full membership bid in the international organisation, and due to the political attitudes or behaviours that the PA keeps doing. They also said that the sanctions are by: imposing Security prohibition on Abbas and other Palestinian Officials, and stop giving them the VIP IDs, which allow them to move freely.
 
A high-ranking human rights delegation from the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory began an official visit to Tunisia on Tuesday 10th January. They presented President Al Moncef Al Marzouki with copies of international human rights reports into Israeli violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and expressed hope that Tunisia would play a greater role in supporting Palestinian rights in line with international humanitarian law.
 
The new Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, and Modern Technology is a life long activist on Palestine and is a senior figure in the Justice and Development Party.  He said that Arab uprisings will help liberate Palestine in a matter of years because the fortresses that protected Israel are falling.  Someone should sent that to Thomas Friedman as a reward for his theory that Arab uprisings have no foreign policy goals.  
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2012/01/moroccan-prediction-on-palestine.html
 

Saudi hacker strikes again
Hacker indentifying himself as ’0xOmar’ leaks details of 200 more Israeli credit cards; urges fellow Arab hackers to ‘destroy Israel’.

 

Egypt to halt annual Israeli pilgrimage
Foreign ministry says holding annual visit to rabbi’s tomb is “impossible” owing to political and security concerns.

Elias Younes suspected of providing Israel with access to Lebanese communications system, information on naval security means.

 
Jaser Asraf, 38, of Baka al-Garbiyeh, allegedly received the money from the Egyptian banks to file a suit on their behalf against the Custodian General and Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.
 

‘Mossad recruiting Iranian refugees in Iraq’
France’s Le Figaro quotes Iraqi security official as saying Israel has increased recruitment efforts in country’s Kurdish region.

 

Fox News reports that IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz testified in closed session to the Israeli Knessets foreign affairs and defense committee that Israel was engaged in sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program through a series of “unnatural” acts:

 

Sharansky: Obama`s new chief of staff `staunch Israel supporter`
Aviel Magnezi – Ynet – “While he refrained from predicting an improvement in Israel-US relations following the appointment of Lew, Sharansky said he is convinced that Lew`s presence will have a positive effect in the media sphere.”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4174088,00.html
 

Other Mideast News

 

30 Killed Across Iraq

At least 30 Iraqis were killed and 32 more were wounded in new attacks against Shi’ite pilgrims and other Iraqis., while the Diyala Council Fears Returning To Work.

 

Eight Iraqis Killed As Maliki’s Rivals Try To Outplay Him
Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq called for replacing his dictatorial boss during an interview today.. Separately, officials in Iraqi Kurdistan told Baghdad to consider holding Hashemi’s trial in neutral territory because they aren’t handing Vice President Tareq al-Hashimi to Maliki operatives. Meanwhile, no major attacks against Shi’ite pilgrims took place today, but least eight Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded in new violence. Also, one Syrian militant was killed.

 
Shi’ites brave crisis, bombs for Iraq pilgrimage (Reuters)
Reuters – Tens of thousands of Shi’ite Muslims are pouring into Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala, despite having become the main targets of a bombing campaign that followed the withdrawal of U.S. troops last month.

 

Ex-Marine testifies that killings of Iraqis were justified after house was labeled ‘hostile’
A former Marine testified Tuesday that he and other Marines were justified in breaking into a home in Iraq and killing everyone inside after their squad leader told them the house was to be treated as “hostile.”

 
US marines could see only “silhouettes” as they entered a house where some of a total of 24 Iraqi civilians were massacred in a controversial 2005 shooting, a soldier said Tuesday. Speaking at a court martial of squad leader Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, another intelligence officer described the “sad” scenes following the killings in the Iraqi town of Haditha. Squad member Lance Corporal Stephen Tatum was in the thick of the house-to-house search for insurgents after an early morning bombing which killed one of their US colleagues on 19 November 2005. On the second day of the month-long trial in California, the former Marine testified he heard between 5-15 rounds of semi-automatic weapon fire after the bombing, and was ordered by Wuterich to “treat the house as hostile.”
 

US troops ‘told to lie’ about Iraqi killings
US soldier says his commander killed five Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 and asked him to lie about it.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/01/201211242715642773.html
 

Bahrainis protest at UN offices
Several thousand people hold a protest outside the UN’s offices in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, calling for intervention to protect civilians.

 

Business as usual in bloody Bahrain
It’s no surprise the Countess of Wessex accepted jewellery from the Bahraini royal family: Britain has been its backbone for years News that the Countess of Wessex accepted gifts of jewellery from Bahrain’s royal family is not surprising. After almost 200 years of British-supported rule by the House of Khalifa, Bahrainis are no closer to human rights or democracy. Meanwhile, British firms continue to profit from the ongoing crackdown, as the British government seemingly turns a blind eye to continuing abuses.

 

Syria’s Assad maintains support despite deadly situation 
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad made a surprise appearance at a rally in Damascus hoping to show the world he is a leader in charge. But in the opposition stronghold of Homs eight people were killed in an attack on a government-organised media trip. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from neighbouring Turkey.

Nir Rosen discusses the situation in Syria 
Al Jazeera interviews Nir Rosen, a journalist who has been in Syria for the last two months, on the situation in Syria, and his opinion of the Free Syrian Army.
 

Marwan Bishara speaks on Syria situation 
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, talks about the situation in Syria after one Arab monitor quit the team saying “the mission was a farce”. Bishara says: “The sort of individual declarations by [Arab League]team members is not exactly the most professional thing I have seen before.” “If the observers’ mission fails because the violence continues, then this is another reason why the Arabs and their allies could go to Security Council.” “In the worst case scenario, if they fail in the coming weeks or days, it goes to the Security Council in a far stronger way,” he said.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mykTvhD_5SU&feature=youtube_gdata

 
WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday met Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal for talks, as the allies face a nuclear showdown with Iran, a political crisis in Yemen and other key issues. “The President and Prince Saud affirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and discussed recent developments on key regional issues of mutual interest,” a White House statement said. Officials refused to divulge further details of the talks, or even say which countries and issues were particularly touched upon.
 
Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Bill Burns holds talks in Cairo with head of Muslim Brotherhood, but does not meet with hardline Salafist group.
 

Thomas Friedman in Cairo: A fact-check
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is enormously influential, with a cabinet full of Pulitzer prizes, so it’s important to set the record straight when he gets some facts wrong.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/world/~3/MRuEykt3QdE/Thomas-Friedman-in-Cairo-A-fact-check

 
Marines to probe video of soldiers urinating on corpses
from RawStory.com Headlines by Stephen C. WebsterMilitary officials said Wednesday that they’re investigating a video published online showing four men in U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) uniforms urinating on several lifeless bodies purported to be dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. “While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps,” a USMC spokeswomantold celebrity gossip website TMZ. ”This matter will be fully investigated and those responsible will be held accountable for their actions.”
 
Detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay launched a hunger strike today marking the prison’s 10th anniversary, inspired in part by U.S. activists who have called for a national day of action. “They will be staging a series of peaceful protests that will involve sit-ins with signs and banners in the part of the prison that has communal areas, as well as hunger strikes,” says Ramzi Kassem, counsel to a number of Guantánamo prisoners. He notes his clients pay “particularly close attention to any gestures of protest in the United States… And they’re always very moved by the fact that Americans stand in solidarity with what they’re going through and what their families are experiencing.” On Wednesday, a major demonstration is planned in Washington, D.C., where organizers say they will form a human chain stretching from the White House to the Capitol, with participants wearing orange jumpsuits to represent the prisoners at Guantánamo and at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan who are still held without charge or trial. 
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/10/guantnamo_prisoners_launch_hunger_strike


Guantánamo Exclusive: Former Chief Prosecutor, Ex-Prisoner Call on Obama to Close Prison

On the 10th anniversary of when the United States began detaining terror suspects at its Guantánamo Bay military base in Cuba, we speak with a former prisoner and the ex-chief U.S. prosecutor, who both call for the Obama administration to close the base. “People are locked up in isolation camps… People lost their hands, lost their eyes, lost their limbs,” says Omar Deghayes, who was arrested in Pakistan as a terror suspect and held in U.S. custody from May 2002 until December 2007, most of that time at Guantánamo. “Some people were subjected to sleep deprivation. They weren’t allowed to sleep… And they had to live under those conditions for six years … without being convicted of any crime, which is the most unacceptable thing.” Asked if prisoners were tortured at Guantánamo, Air Force Colonel Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at the military prison, answers, “I don’t think there’s any doubt.” Davis resigned his position in 2007 in protest of what he called political interference in the military commissions of Guantánamo prisoners. “In many of the cases, we had evidence independent of that [torture] that was sufficient to establish guilt. But to use torture to gain intelligence and then also to turn around and use that as evidence in an American court is just not consistent with American principles,” Davis says.http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/10/guantnamo_exclusive_former_prisoner_chief_prosecutor

NDAA: Obama Signs Law Restricting Transfer of Guantánamo Prisoners and Expands Indefinite Detention
It has been 10 years since the United States began detaining people at its military base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. We speak with someone who has worked to defend the rights of those prisoners for the last decade: Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights. While dozens continue to face an unknown future at Guantánamo, we ask Ratner to comment on President Obama’s recent approval of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which some legal experts say would authorize the military to indefinitely jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect — without charge or trial. “The Center represented the first people out of Guantánamo over 10 years ago. At that time, the detention of people, the military trials, was all done by a presidential order. When Obama took office, he continued the same actions. And recently, in theNDAA, those actions, the ability to detain people, the ability to use military commissions, etc., were actually put into law, and Obama, contrary to his claim that he was going to veto it, signed it, making him the first president ever in the United States to sign into law indefinite detention as part of the policy of the United States.” Ratner adds that “the NDAA puts very heavy restrictions on moving people out of Guantánamo… We are now in the longest period, almost a year, in which nobody has been transferred out of Guantánamo.”
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/10/ndaa_obama_signs_law_restricting_transfer

Analysis / Op-ed

The US presidential election campaign that kicked off January 3 with the Iowa caucuses, was the subject of a curious article attacking President Barack Obama in the mass circulation Israeli daily newspaper, Israel Hayom. “US President Barack Obama is ‘naïve’ and needs to face up to the threat presented by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East, Israel’s National Security Council concluded during a strategic discussion several days ago,” Israel Hayom reported. The Israeli National Security Council consists of Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s closest advisers. And Israel Hayom is not just another right-leaning Israeli tabloid. Referred to by Israelis as the “Bibiton,” or Bibi’s mouthpiece, the paper is an instrument that gives him extraordinary political leverage. The obviously planted article in Israel Hayom rang like a bell sounding the start of Netanyahu’s own campaign in helping the Republican Party oust Obama from the White House.
 

Why is it open season on Palestinians in US presidential race?, Hasan Abu Nimah
The pro-Israel rhetoric of some election hopefuls is so extreme that they make George W. Bush seem reasonable by comparison.

 
Israel’s Mercy is Inhumanely Strained, Vacy Vlazna
There is a growing campaign to urge the London Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to cancel Israel’s Habima Theatre’s performances of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ on 28-29th May 2012 at the Shakespeare Globe to Globe Festival. The Habima Theatre, the National Theatre of Israel, has no moral qualms about performing in the illegal settlement colonies on stolen Palestinian lands.

 
Mainstream media only ever addresses Israeli racism indirectly, if at all. An issue that has received less than its fair share of media coverage is the document prepared by European embassies in Israel asserting the “importance of regarding Israel’s treatment of its Arab population as a substantive issue, and not one that is secondary to the Palestine-Israel Conflict.” According to the Palestinian leadership inside Israel, the document includes formal proposals against the racist draft laws frequently discussed in the Israeli parliament which discriminate against Palestinians.  
 

The Revolution Will Be Televised, and Manipulated, Ramzy Baroud
In the final days of the Libyan conflict, as NATO conducted a nonstop bombing campaign, an Aljazeera Arabic television correspondent’s actions raised more than eyebrows. They also raised serious questions regarding the journalistic responsibility of Arab media – or in fact any media – during times of conflict. Using a handheld transceiver, the journalist aired live communication between a Libyan commander and his troops in a Tripoli neighborhood targeted by a massive air assault. Millions of people listened, as surely did NATO military intelligence, to sensitive information disclosed by an overpowered, largely defeated army. The Doha-based news anchor sought further elaboration, and the reporter readily provided all the details he knew.

 

Israel’s Nightmare: Jew against Jew, Lillian Rosengarten
I have such a problem with Zionism today, some kind of distorted incarnation of what was once created from the ashes of the Holocaust to be a safe haven for Jews within a model of a secular nation state. I rage against attempts to blur the distinction between Zionist nationalism and Jewish religion. Of course some Jews are Zionists but I am a secular non Zionist Jew who strongly believes in the separation of church and state for a country to be truly democratic.

 
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  1. Charon says:

    These settlers have no idea how out-numbered they are. If they want to participate in such immoral behavior, they have to understand that eventually they will pay the price and it will not be pretty. Not for them, their families, or their outposts. Fogel family style. Not advocating it, just saying karma’s a bitch.

    • MLE says:

      It reminds me a bit of the end of Natural Born Killers when Tommy Lee Jones was the prison warden and the prison was overcrowded and tensions were rife, but he was arrogantly strolling through the prison oblivious to the impending chaos. When the prison exploded into riots, there were just too many prisoners that he got surrounded, even when the prison guards tried to protect him. I think the directors cut shows his head on a pole at the end.