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Kate

American (New Englander); Muslim; A.B., M.A. in political science; former ISM volunteer in the West Bank

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  • Friedman prepares American Jews for a divorce from zealot Israel
    • > Israeli (and Palestinian) security forces have effectively shut down Palestinian suicide bombers

      What nonsense is this? The Palestinian militant groups themselves decided to stop suicide bombing, years ago. This is as bad as saying the 'security fence' stopped them when everyone knows that thousands of Palestinians get into Israel illegally all the time - around, over, through the 'fence' - and none of them have chosen to take bombs with them.

  • On Easter week, Shaath says millions of Palestinians are denied access to Jerusalem
  • Israeli restrictions over Palestinian movement violate Christian religious freedom during Easter
    • You are the awesome one, Annie. I wish I had thought to include your great article on this issue from last year in the list. Did you add it here, or did Phil?

  • Bloodbath in Jenin
    • from Gideon Levy's article in Haaretz today:

      link to haaretz.com

      I met with fugitive Hamza “Hamzi” Abu al-Haija around two weeks ago, at his home on the slopes of the Jenin refugee camp (“Twilight Zone,” March 7). Hamzi didn’t act like a wanted man. He was spending the day in his family home, acting normally; he wasn’t armed nor did he betray any signs of the nervousness typical of men on the run that I’ve met over the years. Wearing sweats, he was playing with his little niece and joined the conversation we were having with his mother. He smiled a lot and said he was not afraid.
      ...
      I first met Hamzi in June 2003. He was 11, with both parents and his oldest brother in jail, and the five remaining children, all of then young, were forced to fend for themselves. I described Hamzi then as a scared and quiet boy. His mother, Asmaa, was placed in administrative detention (arrest without trial). She spent nine months in prison, all the while suffering from a brain tumor. The family home was destroyed in 2002 by a missile fired by an Apache helicopter, but was rebuilt and is now roomy, pleasant and well-tended, with pictures of the father and his sons on a large poster in the living room. Two of Hamzi’s brothers, Abed and Amad, are also imprisoned in Israel.

  • 'Nobody knew where I was, nobody… I was simply disappeared': An Italian tourist's Ben Gurion nightmare
    • In contrast, here we have an article from today's Haaretz about four people who had no problems at Ben Gurion and no doubt would be astounded to hear about Andrea's ordeal.

      link to haaretz.com

      "(...)
      Sarah Dexter, 22, Jake Evans, 23, from Virginia, and Cathie Dexter, 44, from Maryland; Cathie and Jake are arriving from New York

      Hello, can I ask what you’re doing here?

      Sarah: I’ve been here for two months, sightseeing in the Holy Land.

      Cathie: Jake and I have just landed. We’ve come to travel with her for another week.

      How has it been so far?

      Sarah: I couldn’t see it all, but I tried to see everything possible. The most beautiful part was the Friday evening walk on the ramparts of Jerusalem.

      Have you been traveling alone?

      I met some other American travelers, but most of the time I’ve been alone, and it was amazing.

      Why did you decide to visit Israel and then also drag your boyfriend and mother here?

      I got my university degree and said to myself that now I have the time – just before I have to start repaying the student loans, somehow. I majored in multicultural studies, so I thought it would be interesting to come here.

      Cathie: Besides which, I’ve already been here four times, and I told her it was worth going.

      Jake: I’ve never been here. And I’m her fiancé, by the way.

      You’ve been here four times, Cathie? Are you Jewish?

      Cathie: No, I’m Christian. The first time I was here was when my husband organized us a tour with a Christian group. I remember that I didn’t really want to go but somehow I ended up going, and then, when we got back home, I said, “Okay, when are we going back to Israel?” I’ve been here with different groups, including once with Messianic Jews, and also alone.
      (...)"

      I was surprised that some of these people had been to Israel alone, just wandering around. I was interrogated for maybe half an hour when I went - and part of the trouble was that I was alone - this was apparently considered suspicious. Wonder what makes the difference, how people are chosen to be harassed. Andrea may be right about their reading his emails - but when I went they weren't doing this, and they were still suspicious about me - an older American woman who said she was planning to see some archaeological sites.

  • Israel to build museum of Jewish history in occupied Jerusalem
    • PNN says (and it is quoted by IMEMC) that it is a settlement in East Jerusalem, and they give Israel's TV Channel 7 (Arutz Sheva) as the source.
      link to english.pnn.ps
      I don't know how good the Hebrew of translator Monjed Jadou is. Since I don't know any Hebrew at all myself, I can't check this out.

      I did find an article in JPost from August 11 2013 that mentioned East Talpiot :
      link to jpost.com
      Israel announces tenders for 1,187 new homes over Green Line
      by Tovah Lazaroff and Daniel K. Eisenbud

      First line is this:
      "Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel pledged to continue building in east Jerusalem and West Bank settlements on Sunday evening as he laid the cornerstone of a 63-unit Jewish housing project in East Talpiot, over the pre-1967 lines."

      Don't know if this helps any.

  • Israel targets Gaza militants in policy of targeted assassination
    • link to commondreams.org
      ACLU to Obama: No, You Can't Just Murder an American Overseas
      Responding to news reporting, civil liberty group say White House "killing program has gone far beyond what the law permits"

      Oh, but he can. Just watch.

    • link to democracynow.org

      Report: Obama Administration Considers Assassinating Another American Overseas

      The Associated Press is reporting the White House is considering using a drone to kill an American citizen who is allegedly a member of al-Qaeda. The AP did not name the man or the country where he is residing. The Obama administration has killed four U.S. citizens in drone strikes since 2009, including Anwar al-Awlaki and his son in separate strikes in Yemen. We get response to the latest news from investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald of the new digital magazine, TheIntercept.org.

      Part of the Israelization of America?

  • Video: Nonviolent Palestinian protesters sing as they are forcibly evicted by soldiers from occupied village
  • Chilean soccer team defies league, retains Palestine on jersey
  • EU envoy warns that Israel is isolating itself with yet another settlement announcement
    • ritzl -- Thanks back at you! I bet you'd be a great help. We can talk about it after September.

      There already exists a kind of bare-bones list, put out most days by the Palestinian Monitoring Group of the Negotiations Affairs Department of the PLO. It has some things that I don't cover, like flying checkpoints and Wall construction. Starts out with loads of statistics, and has some details on subsequent pages. I find that the .pdf file takes an inordinate amount of time (minutes!) to load past the first two pages, though. Here is an example: link to nad-plo.org

      Leslie Bravery of New Zealand also has a daily list, which I think is at least partly taken from the PLO list. Example for 21 January:

      Israeli drone strike kills 2 and damages homes
      Occupation settlers plunder Red Cross-funded olive seedlings
      Zionist fanatics damage olive trees and spray-paint racist graffiti
      Israeli soldiers destroy Palestinian villager's home
      Israeli soldiers abduct 3 minors aged 14 to 16
      Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 12 towns and villages 1 drone strike – 34 raids including home invasions – 2 dead – 3 injured
      3 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage
      16 taken prisoner – 11 detained – 111 restrictions of movement

      link to palestine.org.nz

    • Sorry this newslist is so long today - unavoidably, it's a day late, and that means even more events to report.
      I'd like to ask how many readers would like to have bare-bones reports on the West Bank-wide daily arrests - perhaps just '15 Palestinians were kidnapped today in the following villages: A, B, C...' rather than the detailed reports IMEMC puts out for each day that I now include. Some stories, like the arrests of children, released prisoners, relatives of prisoners and lawmakers, etc. and detentions involving injuries, would remain the same.

  • Why Americans must see 'When I Saw You'
  • The search for U.S. charities that support projects in Gaza
    • I very much endorse the recommendation of ANERA and PCRF.

      I was surprised not to see Islamic Relief mentioned. This is a huge charity operating all over the world - including the U.S. They have worked in the West Bank and Gaza for a long time. Currently they are also involved in getting humanitarian aid across the borders into Syria, a place many charities have given up on. link to odihpn.org

      I sponsored orphans in Gaza for years, until the US govt declined to renew IR-USA's license to do this - I think we can all imagine who is likely to be behind that decision. I shouldn't have to say that there are no credible accusations of connections between IR and terrorism.

      IR is not only for Muslim donors or Muslim recipients - the recipients are those in need, period. All donors welcome. (Non-Muslim donors can just ignore the references to zakah, the charity donation obligatory for Muslims.)

      http://www.irusa.org

  • Israeli settlers set mosque on fire as UN says settler attacks have quadrupled in last 8 years
  • Scarlett Johansson watch: SodaStream stock plunges
  • The self-hating goy
    • Somehow I had managed not to see that disgusting Larry David video before. And I wish I hadn't seen it now. Only managed to get through about half of it. Ewwwww.

  • Vandal settlers, and their soldier guardians
    • Is it mean of me to think it's funny that Kahane's grandson was one of the settler thugs who received a taste of their own medicine? Yes.

      Speaking of Kahane, I have minor history with the Jewish Defense League. Way back in the 1970s I went to a JDL weekend on the subject of race. They divided all the participants into three groups for the first day or morning or whatever it was: 1) Jews 2) Blacks 3) Whites. 'White' was the garbage category, included anyone who didn't fit into either of the first two. Whole thing was most interesting.

      Thanks everybody for your appreciation.

  • Palestinian villagers capture settlers carrying out 'price tag' attack in West Bank
    • On Ahmed Talet Hasan's Facebook page ( link to facebook.com ) there is another video (public, you don't need to belong to FB to watch it) from Qusra, showing the Palestinians looking rather jubilant - and who could blame them? Usually the settlers beat them up, and the army arrests the victims.

      link to facebook.com

    • AP reporting on this incident isn't bad. Byline is Nasser Ishtayeh.
      link to bostonglobe.com
      One misleading thing in it is this:

      "A UN monitor says that from 2006 to August 2013, there were 630 settler-related attacks on Palestinians and 1,344 attacks on their property, with the pace of incidents rising since 2008. In all, 10 Palestinians were killed and 1,040 injured in such attacks, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
      During the same period, 29 Israeli civilians were killed and 368 injured by Palestinians in the West Bank, the UN office said. "

      No mention of the number of Palestinians killed and injured by the army and police, so it looks as if more Israelis had died and been wounded than Palestinians, which we know is far from being the case.

  • Crushed to death: Palestinian man dies at overcrowded West Bank checkpoint
  • Israeli minister times settlement move to humiliate Kerry
    • >Israel placed children in outdoor cages during Winter storm

      I missed that one, bilal a. Thanks for the heads-up. Will be in the next newslist.

      And a Happy New Year to everyone!
      كل عام وانتم بخير

  • Israeli rap warns vulnerable Jewish women about seductive, dangerous Arab men
    • '50,000 Jewish women in “the villages”'

      Hmm, rampant paranoia, to be sure.

      This reminds me so much of what my mother (who was a racist) told me when we were driving through the Chinatown of a U.S. city decades ago. She claimed that behind most of the doors were white women being held prisoner. I don't know how these rumors get started in the first place, but they seem to strike some chord in people disposed to believe the worst of 'the other'.

  • Israel's real fear is BDS and 'delegitimization,' says Goldberg
    • Check out the last entry in my latest Palestine newslist (West Bank demolitions continue even as Kerry visits Israel) - "The real cycle of violence" by Roget Sheety:

      "December 7, 2013, John Kerry, the current Secretary of State and mouthpiece of U.S. President Barack Obama, spoke at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy (a Zionist “think tank”) in Washington, D.C … “Now, I want to come back to the peace process for a moment, because there is another existential threat to Israel that diplomacy can far better address than the use of force. And I am referring to the demographic dynamic that makes it impossible for Israel to preserve its future as a democratic, Jewish state without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a two-state solution...” … In plain language, Palestinians having children — certainly a basic right to all peoples of the world — are an “existential threat” to poor, nuclear-armed Israel; they are a “demographic time bomb.” Additionally, according to Kerry, Palestinian children are merely the second major “existential threat” to poor, U.S.-funded and protected Israel, the first being Iran, a state which has never attacked or invaded another in its modern history … However, unlike the killing of Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, Kerry’s racist anti-Palestinian rant was, in fact, widely reported on by “serious” journalists, none of whom bothered to ask Kerry this most basic of questions: “Would you ever speak of any other national, ethnic, or religious group as a demographic time bomb and an existential threat?” The dehumanization of Palestinians has, of course, been a mainstay of Zionist thought from its very beginnings. The use of zoological terms, in particular, to describe Palestinians has been common among Israeli leaders over the years. For example: • Menachem Begin: “[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs.” • Yitzhak Shamir: “[The Palestinians] would be crushed like grasshoppers…heads smashed against the boulders and walls.” • Ehud Barak: “Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more.” • Moshe Dayan: “We have no solution… You [Palestinians] shall continue to live like dogs, and whoever wishes may leave, and we will see where this process leads.” • Raphael Eitan (former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces): “When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.”

  • Israel's water company recognizes no Green Line, no occupation
    • >Israel’s water company recognizes no Green Line, no occupation
      Odd, that, considering that it has no trouble excluding Palestinian villages in 'Samaria' and 'Judea' from getting water.

  • Israeli government hid map of Prawer plan from Bedouins and Knesset
  • The Almond Tree: A peace proposal
    • Pabelmont: 'Authors need editors for style, for spelling and grammar, and for more important things like “getting the historical, social, and political descriptions right”, the latter humorously indicated by the Ashkenazi (and, a surprise to me, not the Hebrew) business of spelling “H” words (like “Hamas”, which the American press writes as “Hamas”) with “CH” (like “Chamas” as many Israeli Jews spell it). Or, I suppose one might have used “KH” instead of “CH”. '

      The 'h' situation is a bit more complicated than that. Arabic has three separate consonants that could be loosely considered a kind of H. English has one; Modern Hebrew, to my knowledge, has two.

      All three languages have the kind used in English, as in 'here', 'house', or 'ahead'. Examples of Arabic words with that 'h', known as haa' ه, are 'huwa', "he", 'hunaa' "here", 'Allaah' "God", and 'nahr' "river'. This 'h' is not particularly common in Arabic.

      Much more common is Haa' ح , which does not exist in English, or as far as I know, in modern Hebrew either. Examples of Haa' words: 'Hubb' "love", 'MuHammad', masiiH "messiah", as well as 'Hamas', mentioned above.

      The third h-like sound in Arabic is khaa' خ , as in 'khubz' "bread', 'intikhaab' "election', 'shaykh' "sheikh". That is the one closest to the 'ch' in Scottish 'loch', or, I think, to the Hebrew 'ch' in Chanukkah.

      Note that the Arabic Haa', as in Hamas or MuHammad, is not like any sound in either English or Modern Hebrew. For this reason, English pronounces these words with its only 'h', as in 'house'. Hebrew uses its 'ch' sound. Neither sounds remotely like the Arabic sound.

  • Like the status quo? Ever wanted to stand on the front line against human rights? Apply here!
  • Not just the Prawer Plan: Villages across the West Bank face 'unrelenting assault' from Israeli military
    • Thanks much, Marco. I agree with you of course that these compilations are both overwhelming and depressing! Sometimes though there are heartwarming articles - not often enough.

    • Please note that this, like my (Kate's) other columns, is a compilation of all kinds of articles about Palestine, not just what's in the headline. I'm never sure how many people don't get that and therefore miss a lot of good articles.

  • Ambassador Mohammed Assaf comes to the UN
  • Israeli soldiers cut down 100 olive trees at night in occupied village-- in name of security
    • Many thanks for the praise for my 'column' or whatever it is! I wish it weren't upsetting the people who already know what the Israelis are doing in Palestine, but my hope is that people who didn't know are learning from it. As for my supposed fortitude or sumoud, only the Palestinians have that - I am only reading about and reporting these horrors, not living them. Inshaa'llah someday soon no one will be enduring such things.

  • Palestinian cameraman shot in the head by Israeli soldier while covering military operation near Bil'in
    • "Martyr" in Palestinian parlance means someone who is killed by the enemy - that is, Israel. Period. No moral judgment implied. Would include everyone from the planner of a suicide bombing to a baby hit by a ricocheting bullet.
      Rather like Americans using 'hero' to mean anyone from a firefighter rushing into the Twin Towers to try to save people to someone who was killed by a terrorist act when doing nothing but minding his/her own business - that is, what people used to call a 'victim'.
      And if you had bothered to look just a little farther down the list you would have seen that Assi's connection with Islamic Jihad and the bus bombing was mentioned - twice, actually. Once in the collection of articles Phil put at the top of the list here, and again in the 'Violence' section later.

  • Settler attacks on the rise as Palestinian olive harvest begins in the West Bank
    • Thank you for these comments.

      Taxi, the Fairouz song is lovely, though so very sad. And I loved your description of olive trees. They are truly special. I didn't pick the olives quite that way - I ran my thumb and first two fingers down the branch and the olives fell onto the tarp one after another - that was the way one of the Palestinian families I picked with did it. I had calluses on my hand after days of this, since the leaves are rough. The only method of picking I don't like is the one using plastic 'combs' - it seems to injure the trees. One family said that this method had been imported from Italy, but they didn't approve of it.

      Seafoid, don't forget sharing the FOOD! All the wonderful fresh food, hummus and 'Syrian' bread as we call it around here, labneh, those long thin sweet cucumbers, tomatoes, cured olives, tea, and many other things - I can taste it all now. It is such a happy time, the olive picking season, with the adults going out to the groves in the morning and the children joining in after school.

      It breaks my heart that the settlers and soldiers deliberately spoil it - what kind of people can they be? In a village near Nablus I saw a settler kick an old lady and spill her whole container of olives that she'd worked so hard to pick - with soldiers standing by, not helping her, then throwing us all out of the grove. That was in 2002, and if anything the situation is even worse now. Surely this injustice can't go on forever?

  • 'NYT' offers cloak to religious zealots storming Al Aqsa-- 'mainstream Jews'
    • As Dorothy Naor of New Profile has said, Israel in acting like this on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is "playing with fire." Is it worth the risk? One sometimes wonders if some in the Israeli government actually want a conflagration.

  • Update: Israeli soldiers manhandle European diplomats seeking to aid demolished Palestinian village
  • Will there be fallout from the NSA sharing intel with Israel?
    • When is this story broken by The Guardian going to be taken up by US news outlets? I can't find it on any US network or (so far) in any US newspaper -- with the single shining exception of Al Jazeera America. I don't know about other people, but I very much resent having information withheld from me by supposed 'news' organizations. And I of course wonder what other news is being withheld.

  • No one knows what Obama stands for
    • Hmm. I don't often comment here, just post the thrice-weekly lists of Palestine news (btw, although Phil's headlines for these are usually about settlements, the lists cover a lot more that that -- you might want to check that out, if you haven't already). Part of the reason I don't comment is that I am not good at navigating the minefields here - clearly I stumbled over a mine this time. Let me try again, though I'll probably step on another one!

      I didn't say 'Zionist' or 'Israel-firsters' when mentioning belatedly finding out about Obama's Jewish mentors/teachers/advisers, although perhaps I should have - I did in my remark about Hillary. I thought the net result of Obama's connections to all these people, Zionist or not, meant that he probably had, perhaps inadvertently, become much more familiar with and sympathetic to the Israel-oriented view of the Mideast than the Palestinian view, Edward Said notwithstanding. One Palestinian friend wasn't likely to have much effect.

      Obama's appointment of Rahm Emanuel (with his Israeli connections) as chief of staff was my first clue that I should have investigated Obama's background a bit more before voting for him, though as usual in US presidential politics there wasn't much of a choice.

      When I finally did so, I read a lot of articles like the following from October 2008: "OBAMA AND THE JEWS: A look at why some Jews love him and some don't trust him; and at the key role Chicago Jews played in getting him to where he is"

      link to chicagojewishnews.com

      Although this article discusses the mistrust of Obama many Jews apparently have, it also contains remarks like this:
      "One longtime Jewish observer of the political scene, who did not want to be identified, said admiringly that 'Jews made him. Wherever you look, there is a Jewish presence.' " To someone whose 'one-issue' political orientation is Palestinian, this would have been alarming if I had seen it before the primary. After all, it's still true, isn't it, that the majority of American Jews support Israel to a greater or lesser extent?

    • There is more to Obama's 'dithering' than contradictory pressures. A considerable part of it has to be his own character or 'core values', or lack of such.

      Back during the primaries when most Democrats were choosing between Hillary Clinton and Obama, I approached the polls still undecided. I was afraid that Clinton, as senator from New York, was beholden to the Zionists; but I knew very little about Obama, who didn't seem to reveal much about himself. I finally chose him, in spite of his inexperience, because I hoped his childhood in Indonesia and his international family connections meant that he would be less parochial than most American politicians, and I thought that his 'friendship' with Edward Said might mean a more evenhanded approach to the Palestinian-Israeli situation. What I had no idea about (my fault, lack of research on my part) was how many Jewish mentors, teachers, advisers, and friends he had.

      Even now that he's been president for so long, I still have no handle on what goes on inside his head. I can see no understanding of or interest in the Palestinian plight, or indeed in anything Muslim or Arab. Do his sympathies lie with Israel, or is he just indifferent? Is he afraid to do anything bold to redress injustices? Is he such a private person that no one knows what he thinks? Or is it just that there is no there there? What a disappointment he is.

  • Jewish success-- is it ever a story?
    • @James Canning "Isn’t William Hague’s chief of staff a Muslim? This fact gets no attention in US news media."

      Yes, but she's a Bosnian - usually regarded as the most 'harmless' kind of Muslim by Islamophobes.

  • Anthony Weiner: BDS movement 'unwise,' Israel surrounded by 'terrorist states'
  • Ramadan in Palestine
    • Oh it's nothing, just, I know how easy it is to confuse people who do something of the same work. Especially if they have something else in common, like being female. Twice when I worked in Australia I was confused with another single female who also worked with some of the tribes I worked with - one person kept calling me by the other woman's name to my face (well, he was a conservative Christian missionary, probably thought all feminist single women were weird and to be avoided), and the other even wrote a history of the school putting me in the job that the other woman had held!

      And MHughes, if I remember my Egyptian history correctly, Akhnaton's new monotheism, if that's what it was, didn't even survive his death. It was quite an aberration in ancient Egypt.

  • A dozen Palestinian children 'on big adventure of their lives' are balked when teacher is stopped from traveling
  • Review: The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust
    • I thought the book was well worth reading. It is always instructive (and saddening) to hear firsthand what early brainwashing can do to a person. He seems like a decent guy, too. Glad he overcame it.

  • UPDATE: Mohammed Assaf IS Arab Idol!!!
  • Update: 'Raise your keffiyeh, raise it,' Mohammed Assaf sings, and there is jubilation in Palestine
  • The Har Homa Heat?: Meet the settlement-building family that owns the Miami Heat
    • Daniel Rich, I only just now saw your June 9 'off-topic' reply to my comment about 'A tale of 3 villages', my Today in Palestine newslist for June 8. I can't reply there since that thread is apparently closed, but I can't thank you enough for what you said. You're a real mensch, if I am using that term correctly. There's no way to reach you except via this more recent series of comments. Hope you see this!
      Kate

  • Religious zealots attack shepherd. Soldiers, playing 'messiah's donkey,' back zealots
    • Thank you, Shmuel. I didn't know those terms. IDF euphemisms are interesting - like 'cutting the grass' or 'mowing the lawn' for deadly attacks on Gaza.

  • A tale of 3 villages: settlers cut down 20 olive trees, burn a car, scrawl 'Death to Arabs' on homes
    • Daniel, the many horrible stories depress me too. Sometimes I can hardly make myself work on the list -- but someone has to. Certainly we can't depend on the MSM to do it. And then every time I am compiling the list there are particular stories that get to me more than others, because they are especially nasty or because of personal issues of my own.

      This time, for example, the story about the little boy Baraa' Badawi, who lives in fear that the rest of his family will die because his father and uncle were killed by the Israelis, really upset me since I lost my own 34-year-old father to cancer when I was four, and it was the end of my world. After that, I never had the sense that most American children have that the world was safe and just and everything would be OK. I tended to have a sense of impending doom that I imagine most Palestinians must share.

      Another story that got me was that of Kamel Dweikat being attacked by settlers for no rational reason whatever, when he was just trying to harvest his wheat -- isn't a 66-year-old man entitled to work on his land in peace? What on earth is wrong with the people who do things like this?

      And there were too many other upsetting stories to list.

      I will include stories on the USS Liberty in Sunday's list. It isn't up to me whether this story will be covered by Mondoweiss (as it has been many times before), but it seems likely.

      Thank you for your comment!

  • Updated: al-Aqsa Foundation discovers mass graves of Palestinians killed during the Nakba in Jaffa
    • Annie, I added this comment to my Today in Palestine list for 28 May which included a Middle East Monitor report on this find, but that was days ago so most people won't have seen it:

      Early source for the Jaffa mass grave story:
      this article (Arabic) in the Lebanese As-Safir newspaper [28 May]:
      link to assafir.com
      See Al-Monitor’s English translation [29 May]:
      link to al-monitor.com
      (Many thanks to As‘ad AbuKhalil)

      Team Palestina stated that their source for these photos:
      link to facebook.com
      was the Al-Aqsa Foundation.

      I see that a short version of the story has today, miraculously, made the mainstream media (AFP):
      link to uk.news.yahoo.com

  • New report shows Palestinians own only 8% of historic Palestine
    • Source for the Jaffa mass grave story:
      this article (Arabic) in the Lebanese As-Safir newspaper:
      link to assafir.com
      See Al-Monitor's English translation:
      link to al-monitor.com
      (Many thanks to As‘ad AbuKhalil)

      Team Palestina stated that their source for the photos was the Al-Aqsa Foundation.

    • That's about par for the course concerning news about Palestinians, isn't it? Especially the Nakba.

      The Middle East Monitor story referring to the Al-Aqsa Foundation announcement seems to have been the source for all the other mentions I've seen so far, at least those in English. MEMO says in the comment section for their article: "Hi Williams, this was a breaking news alert, hence the lack of details. We're hoping to get more on the story later. Yes, you find human remains in a cemetery...but they found a "secret" mass grave in this particular cemetery, cleverly hidden, since remains in a cemetery isn't normally suspicious..."

      I don't know the source of the photos posted by Team Palestina. As‘ad AbuKhalil, the Angry Arab, mentions the story on his blog ("Jaffa mass grave: not covered by US media protecting Zionist crimes") and includes one photo, the first one in the TP collection. Possibly they came from the Al-Aqsa Foundation also.

  • SF officials describe 'apartheid' label as 'intolerance alienating the Jewish community'
    • Ramzi, bintbiba: I think this terrific saying is the same as this:
      ضربني وبكى سبقني و شتكى (Darabni wa baka, sabaqni wa shtaka) But I don't know much Arabic, so am not sure. I would like to ask a question.

      When you wrote ' in the middle of your version of 'he preceded / anticipated me' (saba'ni) did you mean hamza (ء)? Or perhaps ‘ain (ع )? And is that a common Palestinian substitute for qaf (q, ق ) as in the middle of the same word (sabaqni) in the above version? I noticed more than one type of Arabic in Palestine and don't know much about any of them.

      MRW, the linguist in me can't help noting that Arabic is not a stress language, it's a vowel-length language, so stress isn't really important in it - vowel length is. There aren't any long vowels in any of these particular words.

      Sorry for boring most readers stiff with this, but I am really interested in the answers to this question!

  • 'AP' says Barbara Boxer is favoring Israeli travelers over American ones
    • From the AP article:
      'Ms Tamari said the State Department later told her she must have misunderstood the embassy official.

      Department spokesman Mark Toner, asked about the incident at a June 2012 press briefing, said, "We would never deny assistance to any American citizen, regardless of their religious or ethnic background." '

      What nonsense. American embassies are often not helpful to any US citizens. I was in Mali, West Africa at a time when the banks stopped accepting American money and travelers' checks. When I called the embassy, I was just told "Well I guess you'll be on bread and water for a while."

  • Israel approves draft law to displace dozens of villages and tens of thousands of Bedouins in the Negev
    • On second thought, Joe, I just dropped the ball on that one. Even forgot your April article. No excuses!

    • Thanks Joe. I put both the Ma‘an and PIC articles in because I thought each was a bit confusing and I was trying to cover all bases. Didn't see the Xinhua article - no Middle East RSS - and if the NYTimes one is the most accurate, that's unusual! Thanks for the clarification.

    • David Doppler, I didn't see this comment of yours from several days ago. Sorry! Did not mean to ignore you.

      "Kate, your log of news from the West Bank fills a big gap in what is otherwise a “firehose” of online news and information. I find it hard to read through, not because it isn’t thorough and straightforward journalism, but because it is so dissonant with MSM accounts of life in the Middle East, and what it means to be an American or an important American ally. One story after another details such oppression, the lack of consequences leads to a sense of powerlessness that starts to breed despair. Thank you for what must be hard work. Perhaps someday you might share your reflections on collecting and publishing this important but suppressed tale. Where does the “feed” of stories come from, and is the MSM unaware, or willfully ignoring it? Do they rationalize by discrediting it? What are your experiences interacting with MSM writers and editors and producers in connection with these stories?"

      Thank you for your note of appreciation!

      I use an RSS feed from some 200 sites to gather the news. However, Google is dropping the Reader on 1 July so I will have to find an alternative. Even now, many sites that I use are no longer participating in RSS, which makes finding articles on them harder. I hope this situation will improve, since even with the Reader each compilation takes about six hours. Six very depressing hours, sometimes.

      Another problem is the number of online newspapers that have gone behind a paywall - notably Haaretz.

      I don't have much interaction with MSM writers and editors, having given up on them quite a while ago. Normally my emails have gone unanswered. I don't know for sure how many of these people are actually ignorant of what is going on in Palestine, and how many of them are just afraid that if they report it, they will either be considered 'antisemitic' or lose their jobs. And some, of course, are just pro-Israel and won't report anything that they see as detrimental to Israel's image.

      I will give you an example of stonewalling by a newspaper: In 2003, a reporter for a regional newspaper I read interviewed an FBI counterterrorism agent who had visited Israel, and quoted him as saying "Since September 2000 [the beginning of the 2nd Intifada] to mid-January 2003, about 40,000 Israelis have been killed in terrorist attacks." This figure was so obviously out of whack that I decided the reporter must have misheard him - the number of Israelis killed during this period was actually 677, including 217 members of Israeli forces, according to B'Tselem. I wrote to both the reporter and the editor, including the B'Tselem link, but received no reply; my letter was never printed. This erroneous figure must have done considerable damage to the Palestinian cause in the area served by this newspaper, since most readers would have taken the statement at face value -- how would they know any better? Multiply that by all the other 'mistakes' and omissions by the MSM.

  • Boston's interfaith memorial deflection
    • You might be interested to know that the choice of Nasser Weddady to represent New England Muslims at the service was apparently made without consulting mosque leaders here or other local Muslims. I was expecting to see the imam of one or another of our larger mosques, and when Weddady appeared all I could think of was 'Who is that?' I don't know how he was chosen, or by whom.

  • Obama's heckler asked about Rachel Corrie, not Jonathan Pollard
  • Simon Moya-Smith relates the experience of settler colonialism on his native land
    • I don't know how to think about the issue either -- it messes with my head. I readily agree that the colonists (some of them my ancestors) practiced genocide on the indigenous inhabitants of the U.S. and Canada, and that there is a lot of atonement and reparations that we need to deal with. I was long kept aware of the issues by a Chippewa friend, now dead, who was born on a 'reservation' in Minnesota and had a good deal of anger about the situation.

      But recently I have been following the Idle No More movement, and somehow found myself out of my comfort zone - big-time. The problem? Being expected to consider myself a 'settler'! That term chilled my bones. B-b-but I'm an American! Some of the youngest members of my family are 16th-generation Americans! How long do you have to be in a place to be considered a native, or non-settler? Two generations? Thirty? Or do your ancestors have to be the first people ever to live there? In that case most of the people in the world outside the Americas aren't indigenous to the place they live now. What if some of your ancestors (Irish in my case) are here because they were starved out of their original place by other colonialists? There sure isn't anything simple about this.

      Let me quote from an article:
      link to uncomfortablycanadian.wordpress.com

      "Last week I attended a town hall-style panel discussion in Victoria on the future of Idle No More, one that posed the question that’s on everyone’s mind, “Where do we go from here?”

      In one of the evening’s poignant moments – there were many – a non-indigenous woman walked up to a microphone to bring attention to something that was upsetting her deeply. A previous speaker had suggested that non-indigenous people would be supportive of the movement just as long as it didn’t personally inconvenience them – a fair statement in itself, only the speaker didn’t use that politically correct appellation, non-indigenous.

      The woman at the microphone began to cry as she spoke about how she grew up on this coast and loved it deeply, how it was her home. “I am not a colonist,” she said, “I am not a squatter.” It must have been a hard thing to say, and might well have been on the minds of others in the room, but it also begged the further question, what was she?

      It can seem difficult to know exactly what us non-indigenous Canadians should refer to ourselves as in such contexts – there is certainly no shortage of options. Colonist or squatter? Settler, guest or newcomer? Simply Canadian?

      The crux of the issue, for many non-indigenous Canadians, is the question of guilt. To refer oneself as a colonist or squatter, or to be referred to as such, might well imply an uncomfortable degree of complicity in events that can seem historically abstract from our daily lives."

      I feel uncomfortable just discussing this issue - and perhaps I shouldn't have done so - but Phil has been so honest about some of his confusions and doubts about identity that I can be no less.

  • West Bank funeral highlights Israel's use of live ammunition to provoke violent resistance
  • 'You’re not allowed to use public transportation at all': A report from Israel's segregated buses
    • Latest development on the segregated buses issue:

      Suspicion: Buses of company operating 'Palestinian' lines torched

      Following the uproar against its 'Palestinian-only' West Bank bus lines, two Afikim company buses caught fire on Monday night in Kfar Qassem.
      There were no reports of injury, and the police are investigating suspicions of arson.
      Due to the incident, the company's drivers were asked to remove all buses from the Arab town, fearing similar occurrences in light of the protest against the new bus lines.
      On Monday morning, a riot broke out at the exit point of the Eyal crossing, adjacent to Qalqilya, after numerous Palestinian laborers could not get to work within the Green Line.
      They protested the fact that as of now, they must arrive at the crossing from far-off places in the West Bank since the new bus lines are their only means of entering central Israel....
      link to ynetnews.com

  • Last week in the oPt: 12 Palestinians, incl 4 children, wounded by Israel fire; 26 Palestinian children arrested
    • Couple of comments on Avi's post:

      1) Seham is gone only temporarily (since early December) - she's due back soon! We hope to get back to doing the list six days a week, instead of the current three.

      2) For a rather different kind of news roundup, see the PLO Negotiation Affairs Department's Daily Situation Reports. The latest one, for 28 Feb, is here:
      link to nad-plo.org
      It lists 168 'events' in chart form (there were 229 for 27 Feb). Usually there are more pages with details, but that doesn't seem to be the case with this particular day's report -- there seems to be some sort of formatting problem.

      There are also monthly reports - February's isn't out yet, but you can see January's here, listing 1898 'events' and containing useful graphics, including charts of trends in raids and casualties:
      link to nad-plo.org
      These PLO reports are good for the historical record, since they are more comprehensive than Seham's and mine, if also comparatively 'dry' and statistical.

    • Thanks Annie - may the work all of us do result in the end of this madness!

  • Denied entry by Israel, American teacher prepares to say goodbye to Palestinian students
    • "She was also asked if she knew any prisoners, a question she had not answered previously. When she said she did not, the Shin Bet members asked her whether she knew anyone who had a relative in prison."

      Just try and find a Palestinian with no relatives in prison or formerly in prison.

      "Since Israel's occupation of Palestine in 1967, an estimated 800,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders. This constitutes over 20% of the total Palestinian population located therein, including 40% of the male population in the State of Palestine."

      Quoted from this article (included in my 26 Feb compilation of news and opinion on Palestine):
      link to english.pnn.ps

  • Emad Burnat's Oscar speech: 'We are seeking freedom and peace -- for my son Gibreel and his generation'
  • '5 Broken Cameras' director detained in LAX on way to Oscars (Updated)
    • from the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar:
      link to english.al-akhbar.com

      "The director was interrogated, detained for an hour and a half, and had his fingerprints taken twice. Airport officers googled his name to confirm that he had indeed been nominated for an Oscar.

      LAX officials at first told Burnat they intended to deny him entry to the United States. “I told them I don't care if you send me back to Palestine, just don't detain me for any longer,” Burnat said.

      His wife and eight-year-old son, who is the documentary's main character, were also held at the airport.

      During his layover in Turkey's Istanbul, Burnat was also questioned by airport security officials.

      Asked whether he thought he was sought out because of his film, Burnat said: 'I don't know, but this is the first time this happens. I've been to the States six times in the last year.' ”

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