Settlers attempt to burn another mosque in Nabi Saleh and graffiti ‘death to Arabs’ near Ramallah

Land Theft / Ethnic Cleansing 

Zionist plans to build a shopping centre on Armenian Church land
The Jerusalem occupation municipality announced a plan to build a new shopping centre with a car park on a piece of land that is owned by the Armenian Church in the old city.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7K1lb424vTV6QXD6QuszFgxbUKYQ9HEwQVqHtMCZ2Zptx7vpbNtfOGKTv%2bhKjBBsTWpBTx9RWELGdfhLOVaYpus6lsLzbNCyzCsqVr0db3Do%3d

Israel’s Bedouins are at the frontline of Israel’s continued ethnic cleansing
The unrecognised Bedouin village of Al Araqib, in Israel’s Negev desert, remains steadfast in the face of ongoing demolitions at the hands of government authorities.

http://www.palestinemonitor.org/?p=3869
 
Violence & Aggression
 
Villagers foil settlers’ attempt to burn mosque
Jewish settlers attacked Nabi Saleh village, to the north west of Ramallah, before dawn Saturday and tried to burn a mosque in it, local sources said.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7SeVNwp0yoaqJi3ZeUQJz98Btn06yZCUbgNNBbh96WXIyS6bL6MypPkka%2b%2fDZTlywtFmDEhb4HTD65XxLjczU%2bZLITS20vbsvKyX%2bKfAXu0w%3d
 
Palestinian sources from a village near Ramallah are claiming that settlers came into the village in the middle of the night and spray painted abusive slogans on the wall of a building and on a taxi. The residents claim that they also punctured the cab’s tires. According to one villager, settlers spray painted the slogans: “Death to Arabs” and “revenge” as well as a Star of David. The villagers claim the settlers then fled to the nearby Talmon settlement. Security forces are investigating the incident.
 

IOF soldiers unleash hounds at Palestinian teen, beat two children
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian teen in Tabaqa village, south of Al-Khalil, after unleashing trained hounds at him, local sources said.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7e2TftY40q1SmLxgQJ2HvHAMduGhl1%2bHOU7Dsg5AENBJWzgmlToX1RZmwalxDrT0Hw5pkL2ZKWi8B%2bum%2fO92CbYk8%2ftsMAYCYwqzq7YBJBL4%3d
 

Israeli Settlers Enter Beit Ommar, Harass Palestinian Residents
On Friday, February 3, 2012, a large group of around 150 Israeli settlers entered the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar in the southern West Bank. The presence of settlers on Palestinian land is prohibited under International Law. The group was escorted by Israeli soldiers and border police, and moved through several neighborhoods of the village during the middle of the day.

http://palestinesolidarityproject.org/2012/02/04/israeli-settlers-enter-beit-ommar-harass-palestinian-residents/
 
“We will rebuild”: Hebron family resists unrelenting settler violence, Emily Lawrence
Despite chronic attacks on their homes and property by settlers, while Israeli forces continue to confiscate more and more land to serve the nearby settlement, the Jaber family hold fast to both their heritage and their future.
http://electronicintifada.net/content/we-will-rebuild-hebron-family-resists-unrelenting-settler-violence/10889?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+electronicIntifadaPalestine+%28Electronic+Intifada+%3A+Palestine+News%29 

 
Detainees
 
Palestinian prisoner near death on hunger strike; joined by dozens of students in solidarity
Palestinian Prisoner Khader Adnan reached the 49th day of his hunger strike against prison conditions on Saturday. This includes five days of refusing liquids as well – although Israeli prison officers have begun force-feeding him liquids to keep him alive. In solidarity, dozens of youth activists in Gaza have announced that they are joining Adnan in his hunger strike.

http://www.imemc.org/article/62956
 

10 More Detainees Join Hunger Strike
Ten more Palestinian detainees at the Ofer Israeli prison, decided to join the open-ended hunger strike of Sheikh Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike since 50 days, and his health condition has sharply deteriorated. 

http://www.imemc.org/article/62957
 

15 Palestinian young men go on hunger strike in solidarity with Adnan
15 Palestinian young men started a hunger strike at the Red Cross offices in Gaza on Saturday in solidarity with Islamic Jihad leader Sheikh Khader Adnan who has been on hunger strike for 49 days.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7UfQWVsQ3V8CRNi1%2fnq5cIFNRqACt9jhvL0Y9eSmy14Lcl4EdneZHnyAUfVLpejEyVPDX86%2fuwXnEqNmijnZWEDfM52GaFR9sCqge%2bu%2fdOCI%3d
 
IOF soldiers arrest Palestinian, two French activists
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently dispersed Palestinians and foreign activists while trying to plant olive trees in Beit Ummar village in Al-Khalil on Saturday.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7B3pQYRIVFKrtydYwZoRJz5zkkkpkog9wy5YtoqV3k0dq7KNIBJ5kxic%2fV2J4ABZGISifW97GhEDpIkAaetOJkm3suP%2fG6dygkKzmERHu1p8%3d
 
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The journalists’ union on Saturday condemned Israel’s decision to hold a Palestinian journalist in jail for a further three months, without pressing charges.  Israeli forces detained Nawwaf al-Amer, a program coordinator for al-Quds satellite TV station, in June from his home near Nablus in the northern West Bank.  In October his administrative detention order was renewed for four months, without notifying him of the accusations against him, media freedoms group MADA said. Al-Amer’s detention without charge was renewed again this week, the union statement said. 
 
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained three marathon-runners near Hebron on Saturday, including two French nationals, witnesses said. The three men were later released, but Palestinian Nasser Abu Farha, 47, was told he will face a hearing in June on charges of organizing an illegal demonstration, he told Ma’an. The runners were taking part in a marathon from Hebron to Jenin organized by Fair Trade groups and US-based community development group On the Ground. 
 

PA security raid home of a liberated captive
PA security forces on Friday afternoon raided the home of liberated captive Burhan Shreteh from the town of Yatta to the south of al-Khalil.

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Palestinian prisoner threatened with paralysis
A human rights report has warned that health of Palestinian prisoner Zuhair Lubada was rapidly deteriorating in Israeli detention and could end up in paralysis.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7eSLyz%2f58ebdZbmElewfUwVUTo5Dce9ctn630gVbmXJHiwYY%2b3hvrCZLRsp4gYh%2b%2bNAHb8CiqnQSnt2aYUvTBjm0SFaNm2RpTZxwZjj%2bBTvY%3d
 
“Any movement that does not support its political internees is a sham movement.” – US political prisoner Ojore Lutalo.  Political prisoners, their families, and their concerns and causes enjoy massive support in Palestinian society. Palestinians who may have never joined a boycott campaign or acted to break the siege of Gaza routinely demonstrate for the rights of detainees and contribute to support their families. Among political factions, the liberation of all prisoners is a clear point of consensus. Competing parties demand and celebrate the return of each others’ imprisoned members as a matter of course.
 
Attacks on Peaceful Popular Resistance / BDS / Solidarity
 
 

Non-violent anti-wall marches in W. Bank met with Israeli violence
Peaceful marches against the segregation wall and settlement activities took place on Friday afternoon in different West Bank villages despite the violence used by Israeli soldiers against them.

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Burqin and Kufr Ad-Dik face daily obstructions in justice as nearby illegal Zionist settlements encroach on the livelihood of local Palestinians. The villages are surrounded by several hilltop illegal settlements and industrial sites with polluting factories and an army base. “This is a microcosm of Palestinian suffering” stated a resident upon the arrival of International Solidarity Movement volunteers. Burqin and Kufr Ad-Dik are under siege by settlers and soldiers. The villages are situated in Areas B and C as stipulated by the Oslo Agreement and sit dangerously close to the 1948 Green Line. Burqin has approximately 4000 residents which include many refugees from Al Nakba, or the Catastrophe, known to Palestinians when they faced exile from their villages in 1948 at the creation of Israel.
 
Palestinians challenge privatization in protests across the West Bank

The Palestinian People’s Party and other left-wing groups held non-violent marches in cities throughout the West Bank Saturday, challenging the Palestinian Authority’s proposed austerity measures and privatization schemes.

http://www.imemc.org/article/62955
 
The Arab uprisings are serving Palestinian youth in much the same way solidarity with Palestinian intifadas historically served activists in other Arab countries.
 

Happy birthday, dear Vittorio (RIP)
As I realized today’s date, the 4th of February, a stream of memories flooded into my mind. Today, last year, marked my dear friend Vittorio Arrigoni’s last birthday I spent with him.  I remember it was a nice, rainy Friday. I felt happy to be rich, having just gotten my $1,000 share from YouthSchool for my work on the Gaza 2011 calendar “All I Want Is Peace”. My best friend Adie Mormech, an English activist who spent a year in Gaza working with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), reminded me that it was Vik’s birthday. That day, Vik missed the Friday lunch, to which he always looked forward. I knew about Vik’s stress regarding his father’s deteriorating health, and that it was a reason he didn’t join us for lunch. He would always say “Zaki”, delicious, as his gentle but funny way of thanking Mum for the food that was fondly ranked by “his majesty” as the best in Gaza.

 
Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian reporter who worked with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement in the Gaza Strip from 2008 until his death 2011, is remembered in graffiti seen around the port. Palestinian Territory. 4th February 2012
 
RAMALLAH, February 2, 2012 (WAFA) – A group of Americans from the State of Michigan will embark on Saturday on a 200-kilometer run across Palestine to raise funds and awareness for fair trade olive growers in Palestine, according to press release. The runners will start their activity from Hebron in the southern edge of the West Bank and run across Palestine to the north in five days. Sponsored by the Palestinian Fair Trade Association, the goal of this run is to encourage fair trade between West Bank farmers and their American counterparts as well as to raise awareness of the problems facing Palestinian farmers under Israeli occupation
 

Israeli Apartheid Week: Call it as it is, Adam Horowitz

Calling the Israeli regime as one of apartheid is not rhetoric, nor is it an exaggeration or a propaganda tool. This is the reality in modern day Palestine, where the Israeli regime is based on discrimination, through laws, practices, education and most aspects of life. This apartheid regime is not only imposed on the people in Palestine, but also on millions of Palestinian refugees denied their right to return home because they are of the wrong religion.
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/israeli-apartheid-week-call-it-as-it-is.html
 

Two US Delegations Endorse BDS and Call for Action in the US
The Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel has been endorsed by two US delegations recently returned from fact finding missions to occupied Palestine and Israel. US Campaign member group US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) organized a delegation of five distinguished scholars for a trip to Palestine and Israel in January. The delegation, composed of professors working at US universities, witnessed firsthand how Israel routinely denies the academic freedom of Palestinian scholars and students. According to a press release issued by USACBI, the delegation noted:

http://blog.endtheoccupation.org/2012/02/two-us-delegations-endorse-bds-and-call.html
 

Organizers say pro-Israel filmmaker with controversial past deceives, disrupts Penn BDS conference, Alex Kane

Organizers of the University of Pennsylvania’s BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) conference acted to prevent a rightwing pro-Israel filmmaker from interviewing participants at the conference because he misrepresented himself and disrupted the event Saturday, they said. 
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/organizers-say-pro-israel-filmmaker-with-controversial-past-deceives-disrupts-penn-bds-conference.html
PennBDS: Hate-fest or Human Rights Conference?
This weekend, the first national conference bringing together American supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement takes place at the University of Pennsylvania. We discuss the conference, the controversy surrounding it, and the growing international BDS movement, with guests Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and conference keynote speaker, and Anna Baltzer, National Organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
http://blog.endtheoccupation.org/2012/02/pennbds-hate-fest-or-human-rights.html
 

Video: “We–the global 99%–shall overcome!” Omar Barghouti’s salute to PennBDS conference, Ali Abunimah
Despite all attempts to bully BDS activists at UPenn into cancelling their historic conference, they have prevailed. Omar Barghouti, a human rights activist and founding member of the Palestinian civil society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in this video salutes PennBDS and all US activists who have adopted BDS as the most effective form of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-we-global-99-shall-overcome-omar-barghoutis-salute-pennbds-conference
 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu endorses PennBDS conference,  Adam Horowitz

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/archbishop-desmond-tutu-endorses-pennbds.html
 

Alumni donor threats and more Nazi analogies as the world awaits Penn BDS conference, Philip Weiss
I went to the last BDS conference at Hampshire College in Massachusetts and nobody paid any attention to us. But this weekend! Holy moly! Isn’t this an utter fulfillment of the Gandhi law of activism: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win….

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/alumni-donor-threats-and-more-nazi-analogies-as-the-world-awaits-penn-bds-conference.html
 

Barghouti: Attacks on the Penn BDS conference reveal panic that Israel is losing hearts and minds, Adam Horowitz
Omar Barghouti, who was smeared in Professor Ruben Gur’s outrageous broadside against the Penn BDS conference, has been given a chance to reply. He shows that while Israel’s defenders will stoop to slurs, lies and fear mongering in their attempt to derail the BDS movement, supporters of Palestinian rights only need to rely on the values leading the BDS movement – freedom, justice and equality. From Barghouti’s Daily Pennsylvanianarticle “We — the global 99% — shall overcome!“:

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/barghouti-attacks-on-the-penn-bds-conference-reveal-panic-that-israel-is-losing-hearts-and-minds.html
 
The game of “Jews Scaring Jews” is a viral smash hit! Whoever’s idea it was to take the Penn BDS conference—a conference organized by some university students to discuss a nonviolent tactic in which nobody dies, and a program featuring many Jews—and turn it into something worse than the Holocaust, is genius! Was it a school prank gone out of control? Was it a social experiment in hysteria? Or perhaps it is just the latest in a line of inane fads—everyone’s doing it, but nobody knows why or who started it—akin to “planking” or“Bros Icing Bros.”
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/penn-boycott-conference-is-target-in-viral-scare-game.html
 
Last Wednesday at the amphitheatre in front of Oakland’s city hall, occupiers endorsed Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel in a 135-to-one vote. Oakland’s occupiers have recently experienced chemical dispersants, and a mass arrest, which took place over the weekend. Among those arrested was Noura Khouri, the Palestinian organizer who initiated the BDS proposal.
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/occupy-oaklands-landslide-bds-endorsement.html
 
Political Developments / Diplomacy
 
Egyptian Pipeline Supplying Israel Is Attacked
Saboteurs blew up a pipeline in Egypt that supplied gas to Israel, the 12th such attack in a year, security officials said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/world/middleeast/egyptian-pipeline-supplying-israel-is-attacked.html
 
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas said Thursday that Fatah was responsible for the deadlock in progress toward reconciliation, as it has avoided holding a meeting on a framework for the leadership. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Hamas was committed to holding the meeting of the PLO interim leadership, but Fatah is avoiding the meeting, although he did not specify how.  Abu Zuhri called Fatah’s intransigence “evidence they are not serious” about unity.
 

Hamas “will hold on to Meshaal”
The head of the Palestinian government in Gaza has confirmed his belief that Hamas “will hold on to Khaled Meshaal” as the head of the Islamic Resistance Movement’s Political Bureau. Speaking during his visit to Qatar, Ismail Haniyeh said that the movement’s political and military leaders are calling on Meshaal to withdraw his decision to stand down. Mr. Meshaal had notified the Hamas Shura Council of his intention not to stand for re-election during its meeting last month.

http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/3344-hamas-qwill-hold-on-to-meshaalq
 
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal left Jordan on Saturday after completing his first visit to the country since being expelled in 1999.  Mashaal met with King Abdullah II and other senior Jordanian officials in his week-long visit, accompanied by Hamas members Mohammad Nast and Sami Khatter. The Hamas delegation said they were pleased with the outcome of the visit, which they described as “positive”.
 
DOHA, February 4, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Qatar Saturday coming from Jordan where he had held talks with King Hussein and Foreign Minister Naser Judeh on the latest peace talks held in the Jordanian capital Amman last month. Abbas will continue discussion on the peace talks with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani during his official visit to this Gulf country. He will also meet Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who also arrived in Qatar on Saturday, to discuss formation of a new Palestinian government and implementation of the reconciliation agreement the two leaders have signed in Cairo last May.
 
AQABA, JORDAN, February 4, 2012 (WAFA) –President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday held a closed one-on-one meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba, before other officials from both sides had joined them. The meeting discussed the latest developments in the peace process, particularly the exploratory talks supervised by Jordan held last month and which ended on January 26. Abbas had on Friday held a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh also to discuss the exploratory talks. Efforts are underway to persuade Abbas to continue in the talks, which he said had failed when Israel refused to present visions on security and borders as required by these meetings. Abbas said he will consult Arab leaders and members of the Arab League peace follow up committee on the next move.
 
The two will be meeting for the first time in 18 months; visit will mark the second time that Lieberman will visit the U.S. capital since becoming Israel’s foreign minister.
 
On visit to Israel, Ban Ki-moon calls on leaders to show courage to resolve conflict.
 
Move signals Israel’s increased involvement in global issues beyond the Israeli-Arab conflict, said Israel’s deputy ambassador to the UN.
 
Bahrain
 

Bahrain protests grow ahead of anniversary
Frequency of demonstrations increasing as kingdom approaches first anniversary of protests.

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2012/02/20122471035145707.html
 
Bahrainis hold independent dialogue over political crisis (Reuters)
Reuters – Bahrainis of different political stripes faced off in a rare forum on Saturday to try to bridge deep rifts against a backdrop of continued disturbances outside the Gulf Arab state’s capital.

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/mideast/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20120204/wl_nm/us_bahrain_dialogue

 
Iraq
 
Iraqi Town Asks For Help in Removing Landmines
At least eight Iraqis were killed and nine more wounded in the latest violence. However, a town council in Diyala province wants help preventing more deaths. They want all the landmines and other explosives removed from the area.

http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2012/02/04/iraqi-town-asks-for-help-in-removing-landmines/
 
BAGHDAD — American sanctions on Iran pose difficulties for Iraq because of its close economic ties with the Islamic republic, so Baghdad plans to seek a waiver from the US, the government spokesman told AFP.
The United States, European Union and others have ramped up sanctions to target Iran’s oil industry and central bank in an effort to pressure Tehran over its nuclear programme, which the West suspects is part of a secret drive to build an atomic bomb.
 
Syria
 
Syrian government forces have bombarded the city of Homs with artillery shells and mortars, killing at least 55 people, according to opposition groups. But the government has denied the claims and accused activists of engaging in a propaganda campaign. The BBC’s Paul Wood, and cameraman Fred Scott, were smuggled into Homs, from where they sent this report.
 

Russia and China veto UN resolution on Syria
Second double veto of Syria resolution draws condemnation from Western and Arab powers as activists report more deaths.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/02/201224162422121856.html
 

The Lede Blog: Violence in Syria Prompts Protests at Embassies
In London, New York and other cities, demonstrators rallied after reports of mass killings in the city of Homs, Syria.

http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=c159b34d033b8528fe77408c362be8d5
 

Syria activists commemorate Hama atrocities
Red paint symbolising blood put in the streets, 30 years after tens of thousands were killed in the central city.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/02/2012221439757981.html
 
Rehearsed statements filled the stale air of the UN Security Council on the last day of January. The Arab League’s Nabil el-Araby pleaded with the Council to adopt a draft resolution on Syria furnished by the Moroccan delegation to the UN. The Moroccan resolution is based on a report by the Arab League’s human rights mission to Syria. This draft called for an immediate cessation of violence in Syria and a national dialogue. “We are attempting to avoid any foreign intervention,” el-Araby told the Council, “especially military intervention.”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/03/cynicism-around-syria/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cynicism-around-syria
 
Syrian Islamists have been engaged in “extortion” against protesters who often do not share the religious beliefs of such groups. The Catholic Church began granting indulgences in the 9th century. In the 11th century, these indulgences were sometimes given to pilgrims who visited holy shrines. Those who obtained them got full or partial remission from punishment, purification from their sins, and the absolution required to gain access to heaven.
 
Iran
 

Article says Israel may attack Iran in April
Opinion piece in US newspaper claims US defence secretary believes strong likelihood of attack over atomic programme.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/02/20122392950666773.html
 

U.S. Leak on Israeli Attack Weakened a Warning to Netanyahu, Gareth Porter
When Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Washington Post columnist David Ignatius this week that he believes Israel was likely to attack Iran between April and June, it was ostensibly yet another expression of alarm at the Israeli government’s threats of military action. But even though the administration is undoubtedly concerned about that Israeli threat, the [...] 

http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2012/02/04/u-s-leak-on-israeli-attack-weakened-a-warning-to-netanyahu/
 

HYPE OR REALITY: WILL ISRAEL ATTACK IRAN BEFORE THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
Today, The Washington Post’s David Ignatius devoted his column, see here, to growing concerns within the Obama Administration that “Israel will attack Iran militarily over the next few months.”  Ignatius describes U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as believing “there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June—before Iran enters [...]

http://www.raceforiran.com/hype-or-reality-will-israel-attack-iran-before-the-u-s-presidential-election
 

The Iran Crisis and Israeli Nukes
One of the most uncommented on ironies today is that Israel is threatening military action to prevent Iran from continuing the same clandestine route to nuclear weapons that Israel took; just as Israeli planes destroyed nuclear reactors in Syria and Iraq to prevent those countries from following Israel’s lead. A parallel irony: President Obama champions an economic embargo to force Iran to back off its nuclear program. Yet, for more than half a century one American president after another declined to sound any alarums over Israel’s secret drive for nukes. Indeed, U.S. leaders refused to even officially acknowledge the foreboding intelligence about Israel’s intentions that American analysts were providing. That flimflam continues to this day.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/02/the-iran-crisis-and-israeli-nukes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-iran-crisis-and-israeli-nukes
 

The Warmongering Post: Iran, Israel, Ignatius, and the Intended Consequences of Propaganda, Nima Shirazi
In the latest example of mainstream warmongering, in today’s The Washington Post’s David Ignatius writes, “Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has a lot on his mind these days, from cutting the defense budget to managing the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But his biggest worry is the growing possibility that Israel will attack Iran over the next few months. Panetta believes there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June — before Iran enters what Israelis described as a “zone of immunity” to commence building a nuclear bomb. Very soon, the Israelis fear, the Iranians will have stored enough enriched uranium in deep underground facilities to make a weapon — and only the United States could then stop them militarily.”  When reading reports like the one Ignatius has filed here, it should always be remembered that what is being so nonchalantly discussed as a point of perturbation for a beleaguered Leon Panetta is, without doubt, the willful and active commission of a war crime. Not only that, but – in the words of the Nuremberg Tribunal - initiating a war of aggression, as Israel would undoubtedly be doing by unilaterally and illegally bombing Iran, is “the supreme international crime.”

 

NYPD Muslim Spy Scandal Grows With Newly Revealed Plan to Target Shiite Mosques
New revelations have emerged about the New York City Police Department’s secret program to spy on Muslim communities. The Associated Press has just uncovered a confidential NYPD plan from 2006 to engage in targeted surveillance of Shiite mosques following increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran; the latest revelation on its secret intelligence operations focused on Muslim neighborhoods. On Thursday a coalition of Muslim and civil rights organizations reiterated their call for the immediate resignation of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. We’re joined by reporter Matt Apuzzo, who has helped break the NYPD spying story for the Associated Press; and Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, spiritual leader at the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood and president of the Islamic Leadership Council of New York.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/3/nypd_muslim_spy_scandal_grows_with
 
How is it possible that New York police chief Ray Kelly still has a job?  Days after news broke that Kelly gamely sat for an interview for The Third Jihad, the anti-Muslim agitprop-cum-police training video, the Associated Press (bless its investigative soul) has broken news of yet another New York Police Department outrage: in May 2006, as tensions flared between the US and Iran, the NYPD “recommended increasing surveillance of thousands of Shiite Muslims and their mosques, based solely on their religion, as a way to sweep the Northeast for signs of Iranian terrorists.”That’s right, a whole religious group was deemed potentially suspect simply because they happen to worship the dominant form of Islam practiced in Iran.

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/praying-while-shia-the-nypds-latest-religious-profiling-scandal.html
 
Analysis / Op-ed
 
Equality for Palestinians? Israel won’t have it, Ben White
Elected representatives of the Palestinian community in Israel face growing harassment by the state, fellow MKs and the media. The presence of a few Palestinian members in the Knesset (MKs) is often touted as a sign of Israel’s robust democracy. Yet elected representatives of the Palestinian community inside Israel face growing harassment by the state, by fellow MKs and the media. On Monday, the trial of MK Said Naffaa, from the Balad party, opened in Nazareth. Naffaa is charged with “travelling illegally to an enemy state, assisting in organising a visit to an enemy state, and being in contact with a foreign agent” – all relating to a trip he made to Syria as part of a Druze delegation in 2007.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/03/equality-palestinians-israel
 

Palestine-Israel negotiations are impossible
There are no Palestine-Israel negotiations being held at the moment because Israeli preconditions kill them before they begin. The Palestinian side doesn’t have any alternative to offer instead of negotiations, which means that the issue will remain in limbo unless there is a change in the balance of power on the ground. The logical basis for negotiations has to be the importance of Israel’s withdrawal from the land it has occupied since 1967 in return for the security demands it wants. However, Israel has switched from the issue of withdrawal to a plan to change borders, which will allow it to continue its occupation with new land in the West Bank.

http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/articles/middle-east/3351-palestine-israel-negotiations-are-impossible
Sheldon Adelson has already bought a politician: Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, Assaf Oron
Newt Gingrich’s South Carolina primary victory has brought onto the spotlight his campaign’s main benefactor,Sheldon Adelson. Relatively to his wealth and the manner in which he has acquired it, Adelson has managed to stay away from the limelight – despite his quoted bragging of being “The world’s richest Jew” (he’s not, btw; but his wealth is currently estimated at >$20B).
http://theonlydemocracy.org/2012/02/sheldon-adelson-has-already-bought-a-politician-israels-prime-minister-netanyahu/
 

Why is the BBC so afraid of the word “Palestine”?, Amena Saleem
This week, the BBC issued its final ruling on a controversy which has been raging for nearly a year after the words “Free Palestine” were censored from a freestyle rap played on Radio 1Xtra.

 
A must-see 12 minute wrap up on the state of affairs in this seasons Republican primary, the Adelson/Netanyahu/Gingrich connection, the push to war with Iran, and the dangers of fanning the flames of anti-Semitism. Real News host Paul Jay asks Blumenthal to ‘unravel all this’ and unravel he does. Max is not known for mincing words and he doesn’t disappoint. He opens warning: ‘It’s a dangerous American election that could accelerate the ongoing drive to war’. 
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/blumenthal-netanyahu-seeks-regime-change-in-us-and-iran.html
 

Anti-Semitism and Israel’s Inherent Contradictions, Ramzy Baroud
In a recent article, columnist Yaniv Halili described British author Ben White as ‘anti-Semitic’. He also denounced Arab Knesset member Hanin Zoabi for writing a forward to White’s latest book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy. Those of us who can see through such distorted thinking know that White is a principled writer who has never displayed a shred of racism in his work. Zoabi is very well-known civil rights leader with a long-standing reputation of courage and poise. How could anti-racist endeavors themselves become the subject of accusation by Halili and others like him?
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17749

As I pointed out yesterday, the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic-Party-linked thinktank in D.C., has met quietly with officials of the Israel lobby group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and explicitly sought to squelch suggestions by its own journalists that AIPAC is pushing war on Iran. Notably it squelched a CAP blogger, Eli Clifton, who wrote in August at the thinktank’s site that AIPAC’ssummons to Congress for sanctions on Iran “brings to mind eery parallels” to its campaign for Iraq sanctions that paved the way for that stupid war.
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/the-iraq-war-coverup-what-did-aipac-do-and-when-did-it-do-it.html
 

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  1. Chaos4700 says:

    More Jewish Settlers Wage More Pogroms; Deafening Silence from Adherents of Zionism Expected to Continue

    • seafoid says:

      It’s not deafening silence. It’s slurring anyone who protests with the curse of “antisemitism”, whatever that is supposed to mean today.