Report: occupation plans to expand over forty settlements in West Bank
A report issued by Hamas’s Media Office stated that settlement activity and Judaization projects have been escalated, in an unprecedented way, in the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Occupation confiscates lands west of Jerusalem
The Israeli occupation issued an order to confiscate 14 dunums of Khalayleh neighborhood in the village of al-Jib northwest of Jerusalem, on the pretext of being used “for military purposes.”
On Wednesday 19th of September at 5 a.m. the home of Mohamad Abdulmajid Arar, his wife Fatima and their six children caught fire. The house is located in the south of Beit Ommar close to the colony of Karmei Tsur. Palestinian fire trucks and police, both from the village and Hebron, came to extinguish. Luckily there were no Israeli occupation forces to stop the firefighters from doing their job considering the home is in area C. None of the family members were home when the fire broke out but the fire department was alerted by a neighbour. Mohamad was at a hospital in Jordan with his sick daughter and returned to a ruined home Wednesday afternoon.
Occupation builds a bridge to change the landmarks in Silwan town
Moriah Jerusalem Development Company will start, during the coming days, building a bridge for pedestrians and cars linking the visitor center of “City of David”, established at Silwan’s entrance.
New Challenges Grip Lebanon’s Palestinian Camps
The Sabra-Shatila Massacre: it seems like a dozen weeks, not 30 years ago. This year American citizens received messages to stay away from Beirut and the annual commemoration of the Israeli facilitated Massacre at Sabra-Shatila from their State Department and Beirut Embassy. The latter’s staff on 9/19/12 completed destroying sensitive documents and packing all non-essential items. The French government too told its citizens not to come to Beirut or participate in “mass gatherings because of concerns over sudden random violence”.
A worker dies and another is injured in a tunnel collapse
A Palestinian worker, on Saturday evening, died and another was wounded when a tunnel collapsed in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Why did a young man in Gaza set himself on fire? Ehab Abu Nada’s family speaks, Rami Almeghari
A wave of self-immolation attempts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is ringing alarm bells.
PCHR Weekly Report: 2 Palestinians executed; 3 wounded by Israeli forces this week
In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 13- 19 Sep. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces extra-judicially executed two members of the Palestinian resistance and wounded a third one in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
A Palestinian citizen was wounded in addition to dozens of cases of suffocation on Thursday evening, during the suppression of a peaceful march in solidarity with the prisoners.
IOF storms al-Jamiaa and Salam streets in al-Khalil
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed, on Thursday, al-Jamiaa and Salam streets in al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.
A young Palestinian man died on Thursday evening of wounds he sustained nine years ago by occupation forces’ fire, after a long battle with his injuries.
EMOHR accuses PA of kidnapping one of its staff
EMOHR strongly condemned PA arrest of one of its employees in the Nablus district, within the security campaign that targeted a wide range of political and human rights activists Tuesday.
MADA demands PA to release journalist Khaled Walid
Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) strongly condemned arrest of journalist Walid Khaled, former director of “Filastin” newspaper office, in West Bank by PA security.
Hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested by the Israeli military every year for throwing rocks at occupying forces. They are tried in Israeli Military Courts and human Rights organisations say the trials lack due process and are against international law. Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from Abu Dis in the occupied West Bank.
Al-Khalil: IOF arrests a citizen in Edna
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested yesterday evening a Palestinian from Edna village, west of Al-Khalil in the southern West Bank, also raided the town of Samu, south of the province.
Israeli occupation forces arrested on Thursday six citizens in the cities of Qalqilya and al-Khalil, including two children from the village of Kafr Kodoum.
An Israeli court sentenced to fifteen months imprisonment Mohammed Kanaana, 47 from Arraba Buttof town inside the Green Line, after being convicted of participating in the March of Return.
Podcast: The “revolution inside Israeli prisons” continues, says hunger striker Mahmoud Sarsak
Palestinian footballer and former hunger striker Mahmoud Sarsak with Shahd Abusalama on the ongoing prisoner hunger strikes in Israeli jails; and an interview with Eric Romann of LA Dump Veolia.
The Israeli occupation authorities stepped up its punitive measures against Palestinian captives at Megiddo prison under flimsy excuses.
Israeli Military attempts to crush weekly Kufr Qaddum demonstration, 6 arrested
Four human rights defenders (3 British citizens and an American), as well as two Palestinians, were arrested at the weekly Kufr Qaddoum demonstration. They are currently detained in the illegal Kedumim settlement police station for interrogation. The two Palestinians, Majed Faruq, 20, and Abd al-Latif Faruq, 24 were arrested from inside their homes as the army stormed the village.
Palestinians for Dignity close EU office, demand support for hunger striking prisoners
The following statement was issued by Palestinians for Dignity, a Palestinian youth organization that sat in at the European Union building, EUPOL COPPS – an EU entity that funds and trains Palestinian Authority police – to protest recent EU free-trade agreements with Israel, and demand that the EU take a clear position to free the Palestinian hunger striking prisoners. Former prisoner and hunger striker Khader Adnan sent a message of support to the youth, saying that “The Palestinian youth closure of the European Union police agency headquarters in Ramallah on Friday morning in support of the prisoners and in rejection of international silence is a blessed action of which all must be conscious.” Former prisoner and at one point the longest serving prisoner in Israeli prisons, Nael Barghouthi, came to the protest to offer his support.
Some 20 Palestinian youth blocked entrances to a European Union representative building in Ramallah Friday to protest a recent law easing trade between the EU and Israel. The protesters standing outside the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) also demanded that the EU issue a statement calling for the immediate release of Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike, and to investigate all EU businesses benefiting from Israeli occupation and settlement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Will other countries follow? Norway bans tax deductions for donations to Israeli settlements, Ali Abunimah
In a precedent-setting move, Norway has ended tax-deductions for organizations that finance Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
“Every BDS success makes us feel like we made a stride forward towards freedom, justice, equality and return”
New Mexico Jewish Fed smears Sabeel conference as “anti-Semitism,” bullies churches, Ali Abunimah
The movement for Palestinian rights has gained strength even though the bully and smear tactics of Zionist groups have remained the same.
It’s 2012 and Leila Khaled can still manage to stir-up controversy. In May, the staff members at Manchester’s branch of the Blackwell’s bookshop were inundated with phone calls; the company’s multi line system was essentially under blockade. On the end of each of their telephones were aggressive campaigners, on the line to express distaste at a book launch set to take place in the shop. The book was Sarah Irving’s new biography of Leila Khaled.
On the eve of his first trip to the United States as Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi said the United States must fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world.
Updated 4:39pm: Israeli soldiers killed three armed men who crossed into Israel from Egypt on Friday, the army said, with local media reporting that an Israeli soldier had also died in the incident. The military declined to comment on Israeli casualties. Israel claimed the men were strapped with explosives. It was at least the fourth cross-border attack into Israel from Sinai in just over a year. Previous attacks were blamed on Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip and their supporters, who have allegedly established bases in the Sinai.
Egypt: “U.S. Did Not Threaten To Stop Aid”
Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Amro, denied media reports claiming that the United States issued an official threat to cut all financial aid to Cairo, adding that there is no crisis in relations between the two countries.
Egypt Wants To Modify Peace Agreement With Israel
Israeli media sources reported that the new Egyptian government, headed by elected Islamist leader, Mohammad Morsi, intends to hold deliberations on modifying the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement, especially regarding security attainments in Sinai, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported.
Following Gaza Strip Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s departure from Cairo, a high-ranking Palestinian Authority official expressed grave concerns Friday concerning Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and what that meant for Egypt’s relations with Palestine. Azzam al-Ahmed, a member of the Fatah party’s central committee, stated that the Palestinian Authority rejects the Egyptian government’s meetings this week with the Hamas delegation from the Gaza Strip.
Egypt FM: Hamas ‘not opening bureau in Cairo’
CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr said Thursday that Hamas had not opened a bureau in Cairo, Egyptian media reported. Amro told the Al-Ahram daily that Hamas officials were welcome in Cairo as visitors, but denied reports the party had opened an office there. Turkish state media reported Thursday that Hamas had permanently closed its politburo in Damascus and moved its staff to Cairo. A Hamas official told the Anadolu Agency that Hamas officials in Syria would begin working in Cairo from October. The official said Egypt gave Hamas permission to relocate to Cairo six months ago but the offer was not publicized “perhaps due to a request by the Egyptian government or due to expectations on the end of crisis in Syria.”
U.S. lawmakers express concern over Israeli-American relations
Martin Indyk warns U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee that Israel ‘has very good reasons to be concerned’ about the developments in the Middle East.
Israel sends top officials to the White House
Israel is trying to thaw the frosty relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House, and set up a meeting with President Barack Obama, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday. A report in the Maariv daily said National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror was in Washington and had been “meeting senior White House officials for the past two days in an attempt to reach certain understandings regarding the red lines that must be set for the Iranian nuclear programme.” Critics say that Netanyahu’s repeated demands for Obama to set unambiguous “red lines” for Tehran have angered the White House and put the president on the spot in the runup to the US election and supplied ammunition for Republican hopeful Mitt Romney.
World Bank calls on donors to continue support for Palestinian Authority
The World Bank has launched an appeal to its member states urging them to address the fiscal crisis afflicting the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank as a matter of urgency. According to a report published by the World Bank on Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority faces a dangerous situation in its public finances in light of the raised budget deficit which exceeds the expected level, along with large debt to the local banking sector. Such a position will reduce the PA’s opportunities for getting more credit from the private sector, it is claimed.
After 19 years, the PLO admits Oslo failure
For the first time in 19 years the Palestine Liberation Organisation/Palestinian Authority has raised publicly the possibility of revoking the Oslo accords with Israel. Several press reports have quoted senior PLO officials, Yasser Abed Rabbo and Nabil Shaath, among them as saying that the annulment of the agreement was now on the table for Palestinian discussion. The explanation given for this sudden turn-around is that Israel’s policies have practically ruined all chances of a two-state solution to the conflict.
Almost 1 million Israelis left the state to live in the US, Britain, Australia and Germany in 2011. The figure was revealed by researcher Michel Sharon, who added that they end up having a prosperous life in their new countries. The details of Israel’s migration statistics were given in a television programme on Israeli Channel 2. Migrants to Canada told the programme that life there is “more peaceful” than in Israel. Around 2,500 Israelis migrate to Canada every year; one of the reasons given is that there is no talk of death and destruction there. This is causing the Israeli government some concern.
New AIPAC spox reflects the pro-Israel tent having worked for Lieberman, McCain and the Christian Coalition, Adam Horowitz
The new AIPAC spokesman seems to have run the political gamut during his career and perfectly compliments the organization’s political coalition. Marshall Wittmann has worked for Joe Lieberman, the Democratic Leadership Council, John McCain, the Heritage Foundation and the Christian Coalition.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is heading back to the United Nations on September 27th to seek non member state status for Palestine through the General Assembly, although he is not pressing for a vote until after the U.S. presidential election on November 6. There will undoubtedly be intense diplomatic pressure from both the U.S. and Israel for Palestinians to drop their bid which has strong backing from members of the General Assembly.
Romney dirge for two-state solution causes widespread panic among those fearing for Israel, Philip Weiss
That Was Now, This Is Then: Netanyahu Edition, Nima Shirazi
Journalist Jim Lobe has done a tremendous service to those of us who follow the warmongering propaganda of American and Israeli officials over the Iranian nuclear program. This week, Lobe reminded us of the testimony then-former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered before the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight on September 12, 2002 in which he marshaled nearly every hackneyed talking point about weapons of mass destruction, support for terrorists and the benefits of regime change in an effort to push the United States to illegally invade and occupy Iraq.