Aqsa foundation unveils Israeli plan to erase Islamic antiquities in Wad street
The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage revealed an Israeli plan to remove the Islamic monuments and antiquities in Al-Wad street in the old city of occupied Jerusalem.
Dozens of Palestinian citizens managed on Monday to remove the border fence set up by the occupation east of Johr al-Dik town and the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
Jerusalem Municipality Delays Discussion Session To Change Arab Names Of Jerusalem Neighborhoods
Yesterday, the Jerusalem Municipality postponed a session to discuss the change of names and streets in the neighborhoods of Silwan and Swaneh, in accordance with the request of the settlers who live in the Municipality of Jerusalem.
To get into Gaza from the West Bank, Linah must travel from Occupied Palestine to Jordan and then to Egypt: From Ramallah to Gaza: Two countries, two continents and finally there, Linah Alsaafin
For the first time since September 2005, I finally made it into Gaza by crossing two countries and two continents. For my week long stay, I be keeping a diary recording my experiences upon reuniting with family, meeting new friends, and hearing the stories of other people.
OIC recommends an urgent plan to rescue Gaza
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recommended for the need to prepare an urgent humanitarian plan to meet the medical needs in the strip.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health issued its final statistical report related to the brutal Israeli aggression against unarmed civilians in the districts of Gaza.
Testimony: Iyad Abu Khusah, a year-and-a-half-year old toddler, killed in bombing while playing in yard of his al-Bureij home with two 4-year-old cousins, both injured
I live with my four sons and their families in a residential compound east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. My house is in the eastern part of the al-Bureij refugee camp in a nearly unpopulated area. The compound is surrounded by a wall. Yesterday, 18 November 2012, around 7:40 am, three of my grandchildren – Suhaib and Sarah, both four years old, and Iyad, a year and a half old – were playing in the yard in front of the house, within the compound.
21 November 2012: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is affecting children.
Thankful to be alive in Gaza: My family’s story of survival, Hani Almadhoun
My two-year-old nephew Omar had been confined to a small apartment with six other screaming children and their families since Israel began its bombardment of the Gaza Strip eight days ago. Shortly after a ceasefire was announced on Wednesday, he and his parents returned to our family home in Bait Lahia. My mother, who I spoke to over the phone, said that the first thing that Omar did was rush up the stairs in search of his most prized possession: his bike.
Clashes Reported Near Jenin
Palestinian sources reported that clashes took place between dozens of residents and Israeli soldiers after the army placed iron barriers blocking the eastern entrance of Ya’bod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
The Israeli court sentences the leader Jaber Abu Alya to 19 years
The Israeli military court in Ofer detention center sentenced the Qassam leader Jaber Hussein Jaber Abu Alya, 55, to 19 years and a fine of 12,000 shekels, about three thousand dollars.
Iyad Burnat to speak on nonviolent protest in Palestine in Columbus Wednesday night, Susie Kneedler
Iyad Burnat–whose travails trying to get into the U.S. we reported here and later here– will discuss “Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine” this Wednesday night, November 28, in Columbus, Ohio (details below). Susannah “Jill” Baker says of Burnat’s US speaking tour, “Iyad Burnat is head of the Bil’in Popular Committee and a leader in the village’s non-violent popular resistance movement. Since 2005, citizens of Bil’in have held weekly demonstrations against the building of the Israeli separation wall through the community’s agricultural lands and the encroachment of illegal settlements. The demonstrators are joined by Israeli and international peace activists, and have maintained a commitment to non-violent methods of resistance in spite of armed, military opposition that has resulted in many injuries and some deaths.
Conscientious Objector Natan Blanc to military prison
Rawan Eghbariah – New Profile – Blanc stated to the recruiting officer: “Members of the cabinet can continue this cycle of bloodshed, with no end in sight. But we, as citizens and human beings, have a moral duty to refuse to participate in the cynical game.” He was sent to ten days in the military prison, which – should he persist in his refusal to enlist – would be the first in a string of repeated imprisonments. Letters of support are welcome.
Israeli Vets on Israeli Treatment of Gaza & Palestinians: “It’s Mostly Punishment” (Breaking the Silence)
The authors of Our Harsh Logic, Israeli veterans who protest the treatment of Palestinians via an organization, “Breaking the Silence,” write at Tomdispatch.com: “It’s Mostly Punishment…” Testimonies by Veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces From Gaza and the Occupied Territories
Police order Palestinian workers off buses to West Bank, at request of Israeli settlers
Haaretz – The number of Palestinians working in Israel has increased in the past two years to 29,000 a day, up from 22,000 in 2010. Palestinian workers generally do not enter the settlements to get on and off the bus, since that would require special authorization. Usually they get on and off along the Trans-Samaria Highway (Route 5). All the same, Ron Nachman the mayor of the West Bank settlement of Ariel [the “co-existence” guy!!], has announced on his Facebook page that he has spoken with the army, police and Transportation Ministry about “stopping Palestinians from boarding the buses that go to Ariel.”
Mouaz al-Khatib, widely seen as a moderate religious figure, also praised Saddam Hussein for ‘terrifying the Jews’.
Palestinians predict historic UN vote on statehood
The Palestinians predicted a historic U.N. vote recognizing their statehood this week, praising important new support from France on Tuesday and likely backing from other European nations seen as critical to enhancing their international standing.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that upgrading the Palestinian status in the UN to a non-member state is the last chance for making peace.
French will vote in favour of Ramallah’s bid for recognition as a non-member observer state at UN, minister says.
In about-face, Israel says it won’t cancel Oslo if Palestinians pursue UN bid
If Abbas unilaterally seeks statehood status, Jerusalem will weigh other punitive measures, senior official says.
America said to be pursuing several avenues to counter PA’s initiative to gain nonmember status.
Israeli PM Netanyahu suddenly seems vulnerable
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who appeared to be cruising to re-election a few weeks ago, suddenly appears vulnerable as the country prepares to go to the polls in January.
Veteran Begin could lose his seat, Meridor almost certainly will; Netanyahu may try to adjust final list, but has limited room for maneuver.
Fajr rockets up the name list
Gazans have a blast naming their children after icons of recent round of conflict with Israel.
Zionist propaganda trickery in the New York Times: the false symmetry trick, As’ad AbuKhalil
Look at this sentence: ” Israel bombed more than 1,000 targets in Gaza and the militants fired more than 1,500 rockets into Israel…” They counted the number of rockets that were fired on Israel but they did not count the number of bombs, rockets, missiles (from the air, land, and sea) that Israel dropped on Gaza. In fact, Israel often drops more than 10 or 20 bombs on the same target. So the sentence should have read: militants fired weak 1500 rockets on Israel, while Israel dropped more than 15000 (at the very least) bombs, missiles and rockets on Gaza. Who do you think that you are fooling with these numbers? Do you have a doubt that Israeli terrorist military released this count to the media to make it look as if Israel dropped less bombs and rockets than the other side?
How lonely must it be to be Mahmoud Abbas?
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is losing support at home as Hamas’ star rises. While he’s trying to regain relevance with a UN bid this week, the US and Israel are working against him.
What’s next for Palestinian territories? (CNN)
History professor Rashid Khalidi discusses the future of the Palestinian territories and how the latest conflict may shift political power.
The Daily Wrap with Michael Castner, 21 Nov 2012(Wall Street Journal)
A cease fire announced between Israel and Hamas, can it last?
Where’s our humanity for Gaza? by Sara Roy
Between February 2009 – just after the Operation Cast Lead onslaught – and August 2012, Israeli attacks in Gaza, averaged six per week. They came by aircraft, helicopter gunships, drones, and tanks throughout Gaza; the confiscation of, or damage to, fishing boats and the detention and arrest of fishermen; attacks on industrial, farm, and food production facilities; and military ground incursions.
Jon Stewart blasts media coverage of Gaza-Israel conflict
Though disappointed to learn the Iron Dome wasn’t a giant yamaka, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Monday night was thankful that the Gaza-Israel conflict ended “before it could fulfill the Mayan 2012 prophecy.” Stewart said the media seemed obsessed with finding the winners and losers in the deadly conflict, as if it were merely a board game. Various pundits declared Israel, Hamas, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Egypt as the winners, while Mahmoud Abbas and Iran were both declared losers. “So the only two losers in the war between Israel and Gaza are the people who don’t live in either of those places?” Stewart mockingly remarked. “So the lesson here is the next time your region descends into a war, you have got to be in it to win it.”
As of late Friday the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding, if tentatively. While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily on hold, we must realize that without changes in U.S. foreign policy it is only a matter of time before the killing begins again.
The Likud presents: The craziest, most radical list ever expected to win elections, Noam Sheizaf
Knesset members behind attacks on the left, Arabs and asylum seekers won the day at the Likud primaries. All moderates but one were pushed down the list, and probably won’t serve in the next Knesset. The Likud, Israel’s ruling party the last four years, and the one expected to win the next elections according to every poll I have seen since 2009 (!), held its primaries on Sunday and Monday. The outcome was somewhat expected but is still stunning, and more than anything, it reveals the deep change Israel is going through.