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


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  • Whew! Likely DefSec nominee said U.S.-Israel relationship has never been stronger
    • Try this video (which has been posted on Mondo before):

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      Uploaded on Apr 24, 2009

      "99yr old Palestinian man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by Israeli army dogs. The pensioner's ear and shoulder were bitten as he lay in bed when soldiers conducted a house search. Question is what danger does a bed ridden 99yr old man can POSSIBLY do to a well armed soldier"

  • UN commemorates Palestine's long journey
    • straightline -- The five countries that voted against the Arab-backed resolution criticizing Israel for refusing to join an international treaty against nuclear proliferation were Israel, the US, Canada, Palau, and Micronesia -- according to this 2 Dec AP story included in my newslist here yesterday:
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  • Hate attacks in Jerusalem and Israel include one by settler girls
    • It does look like the whole place is going to hell in a handbasket. And who is the architect of this godawful mess? Netanyahu, apparently. One person who can't be worrying about his 'legacy', unless he's insane.

  • One week in Jerusalem and -- it's not complicated
    • Thank you very much for your reporting, John. It's good to have a fresh look at things some of us have become almost used to.

      You might want to look at the website and Facebook page of the famous Bil`in photographer Haitham al-Khatib -

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      His first book Children of Bil`in will be available to buy from the website soon. The proceeds from the sale of this book in memory of his beloved son Karme Khatib (who sadly died from cancer 2 years ago) will go to cancer charities in Palestine. You will be too late to befriend him on Facebook since he's reached their limit of 5,000 friends, but you can Follow him. He's quite a guy, and his photos are amazing.

  • Netanyahu's 'battle for Jerusalem' can't end well for any of us
    • Note that 'Come to success' in the call to prayer means 'Come to salvation'.

    • Lovely, Kay24, thank you!

    • This powerful resistance song about Jerusalem, written by the Rahbani Brothers in Classical Arabic and sung by the Lebanese Christian singer Fairouz, shows the Muslim connection to Jerusalem without forgetting those of other religions. From the lyrics: 'Our eyes travel to you every day, moving about the hallways of the temples, embracing the old churches, wiping sadness from the mosques'

      Elizabeth Bell comments : 'Fairuz often performs songs relevant to the situation of Palestinians and Zahrat al-Mada`in (Flower among Cities) is no different. It surrounds the problem of Jerusalem, which typically represents loss to Palestinians. For example, the lyrics include lines such as “crying for those who have been displaced, for the children without homes, for those who resisted and fell at the gates.” This obviously refers to how Palestinians lost Jerusalem to Israel in the Six-Day War, along with many other cities. However, the song also includes lines such as “the child is in the cave with his mother Mary,” which refers to the importance of Jerusalem to Christians. ' (Although. to be sure, there is a whole chapter in the Qur'an about the Virgin Mary and her child Jesus/Issa), this particular line seems to be referring to the Christian story)

  • Videos: Jerusalem Skunk
  • Palestinian citizens of Israel protest across country following police killing of Kheir Hamdan
    • Thanks Just! But I'm just doing my job. So many people do so much more...

    • What happened to this paragraph I had just before the Ma'an one on the same incident? Does my newslist get edited now? Is it the photo that is the problem?

      Extremists burn Palestinian worker inside 'Israel'
      [with photo] WEST BANK (Days of Palestine) 8 Nov – Israeli extremists set fire on Saturday morning in Palestinian worker in Tamra City in ‘Israel’ causing him severe burns. Witnesses said that a group of Jews believed affiliated to Price Tag groups kidnapped the Palestinian worker, beat him, set him in fire and fled away. “When they saw us approaching them, they fled without giving us a chance to recognise any of them,” a Palestinian living in Tamra told Days of Palestine, but preferred to remain unknown for security reasons. The Palestinian worker was transferred to an Israeli hospital with severe burns all over his body. Israeli medical sources said his health condition is difficult but stable. Palestinian sources said that the man was identified as Mahmoud Kamel Qalalweh, 23, from the Palestinian West Bank city of Jenin. Family members expressed their “surprise” over hearing the news about their son because they believed that he has been always calm and has never been involved in resistance activities.
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  • Homes of Palestinians accused of ramming pedestrians to be demolished
    • Just, the surprising thing about the resuscitation of the electrocuted Palestinian is that it was the Border Police that did it - they are generally considered by Palestinians and internationals to be worse than the army as far as their actions toward Palestinians are concerned. Maybe their EMTs or whatever they are are a different matter. Thanks for including the Ma'an story - I only had the Tazpit version - a commenter on that story remarked that this story would not be reported by international media - are we international media? I guess not. Another said 'stupid border guards next these arab filth will state that the border gaurds tried to kill him'. Same ol' same ol'.

  • On Balfour anniversary, Jerusalem boils
    • Just, thank you. I know some of the articles I include are two-three days old. Wish I could still do the compilation every day instead of three times a week! But that's not on right now. Anyway I do get most things into the list even if a bit late. The last three weeks or so were worse than usual, since I was out of the country Oct 4-11, and had minor surgery today after some time leading up to it with various doctors. Yes, I'm fine, don't worry about me! I'm just a little tired.

      Zionists usually avoid my compilations, can't imagine why.

  • Blockade continues: Gaza fishing boats are targeted with gunfire inside six-mile zone
    • LOL Just, I didn't mean you! And glad to hear from you, Shmuel!

      This particular newslist has a sad history - I was all set to send it out when I lost half of it. Reconstructed it as best I could, but I know the second version isn't just like the first! Don't know if it's better or worse. Impossible to cover everything, anyway. I can remember back in 2003 it was almost impossible to find 15 or so tories to put in the list each day - there wasn't much reporting on Palestine - now we have the opposite problem!

    • Lots of interesting stories in this compilation that have nothing to do with Gaza fishermen - wonder if anyone is reading them?

  • Does 'the thief of Jerusalem' deserve US aid? (Update)
  • Settlers in Jerusalem tear down family's Islamic banners, give them to a dog
    • The meanness of the settlers never fails to amaze me. Why would any sane person want to ruin a family's happy celebration? And the way the Palestinians manage to live their lives as happily and with as much dignity as possible with all this crap going on is inspiring.

  • West Bank settlers exporting dates labelled as 'Made in Palestine'
  • Life after a massacre: The story of Ahmed and Mahmoud
    • Pure evil, these bombings. Almost too painful to watch, and we can only guess how terrible it was to live through. And then the aftermath... the injuries, the maimings. Unspeakable. I am so sorry for all the people who suffered and are still suffering.

  • Entry Denied
    • I asked because it is fairly rare for this to happen to a Jew, unless they are known to have connections with the Palestine resistance or with a group that contests the Israeli version of the situation. I know I could never get back into the West Bank, and I had thought that if I were Jewish I might have a chance, but I guess not.

    • I assume their reason for denying her entry was her work with the Alternative Information Center (AIC)?

  • Israeli officer tosses Palestinian shepherds from their land so settlers don't have to hear Arabic
    • Reminds me of when I was in the West Bank -- Palestinians from the village we ISMers were staying in were not allowed to reach their olive grove by going in between a settlement and an outpost - not, apparently, because they were considered 'dangerous', but because 'it would upset the children to see Arabs'. What sick minds those settlers had.

  • Women dying in Egyptian and Israeli hospitals bring Gaza toll to 2154
    • Thank you, just, for all your kind words!

      Annie, just saw your comment. I wasn't really complaining about the formatting - I know it's a pain. My greatest fear is that the next update of WordPress will wreck the workaround I'm using now for the formatting! It was Shadi Fadda (originator of the Today in Palestine list) who pointed out to me, after the direct MS Word-to-WordPress copying suddenly ceased to work after an update and I was pulling my hair out, that sending the list via Gmail automatically HTML's it. That helps a lot, though it isn't sufficient to do only that to post the list with proper formatting.

    • I understand, Pixel. There are also people who can't decide what to comment on if there are 50 or so different articles included so they just don't comment.

      Personally I wish that there were some way to indicate that my posts are compilations - I'm not certain that everyone knows this. I can visualize readers (esp. new readers) looking at the headline, deciding that they're not interested in that particular topic, and so not opening the page - thus missing all the other articles on subjects they might well be interested in.

      This particular post has some messed-up formatting - whoever chose the headline and moved the relevant article to the top of the post apparently didn't know how to make the paragraphs come out exactly right. It isn't easy -- to get it right in the first place I have to gmail my post to myself, copy it into Word, fix various formatting problems, copy it back into gmail, send it to myself again and then copy it into Mondoweiss. And then preview it to find the things that still didn't come out right, and fix those! Takes forever. It used to be much easier, when you could just copy the Word file in, but this version of WordPress doesn't allow that.

  • 'It's 120 years that the world has opposed our construction, and we'll continue to do it': Naftali Bennett defends Israeli settlement expansion
    • Perhaps the US should branch out to other countries' ways of expressing disapproval, since it seems to have run out of words. When I worked in Australia I was fascinated by some of the ways that country uses. For example, 'This committee VIEWS WITH DISQUIET recent developments regarding admissions'.

  • Palestinians in E. Jerusalem are detained in greatest number, 770, since Second Intifada
  • Gov. Cuomo annexes Jerusalem to Israel -- and 'NYT' echoes him
    • Thank you ckg! I hadn't noticed the 'search tools' menu - stupid of me. When I tried it for this photo, starting at 2009, I got the same results you did. The Independent and Al-Quds seem to be using the photo when referring to the same incident - the shooting of Ahmed Farouk Aqraaan (or Ahmad Qarae'en as The Independent has it - Arabic is أحمد قراعين ) in Silwan. Odd that you can read the Independent article. When I try I get a few seconds to look at it and then it's dimmed and I get a message 'Start you full access today....'

    • OK just, here's how to do it. Let's assume you've already put a copy of the photo you're looking for in your own photo library (it appears you can also drag a copy of the photo from the site where you found it, but I haven't been doing that).

      Go to Click on Images up at the top. You will get a search box with a camera icon to the right. Click on the icon, and you will get a choice of uploading an image or dragging an image to the search box. If you choose the first option, browse your library to find the image and click on it. You will get a page with a guess as to the subject of the image, and a number of URLs for that subject (not photo). Go a little farther down the page and Google gives you 'visually similar' images - I haven't found this to be particularly useful
      Past this, there are the URLs of pages that include matching images. This is very useful. One page included for the tweeted image is a Silwanic page entitled 'Settler threatens resident with gun in Ras al-Amoud' from Tuesday, November 15, 2011. The photo is stamped with the Silwanic address, but this still doesn't prove this is where the photo originally came from, or that this is the original date. It seems likely that the Independent article with this photo is earlier - unfortunately I don't have an Independent subscription so I can't look at it (these newspaper subscriptions are killing me).
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      So all we know for sure about this particular photo right now is that it is not from August 2014.

      I find this Google app very useful because many people post images from long ago and claim they're recent, or take images from Syria and claim they're Palestinian, etc. Often the people who post the images have no idea themselves what the provenance of the photos is - they may not intend to deceive. We need to be careful, though, since wrong ID's of photos can work against our credibility.

    • The photo tweeted by Rachel Michele Green can be found on this very interesting page, which has many such photos. No dates, though. One, that of a female settler trying to pull off a Palestinian woman's hijab, I recognize from a long time ago - 2002, perhaps.

      Jewish settlers - the armed vanguard of Judaism
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      I see this particular photo tweeted by Green used on a page from The Independent from 2010, on a Silwanic page from 2011 - so it is at least that old.

      Many of the settlers look like some of the white 'supremacists' from the US -- amazing how un-supreme these types look. Losers and --- I won't use the word I was thinking.

      Does everyone know how to use Google Search to find particular photos?

  • Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence
    • Mohammed Zeyara (link to posted the following status update on Facebook Friday, right after the 'ceasefire' began:

      Yesterday at 08:16
      Ceasefire period started 16 minutes ago. Israel bombed “Al-Salam” area in Gaza 8 minutes ago. Israel already violated the ceasefire.

  • Will 'Protective Edge' galvanize the US mainstream, as 'Cast Lead' galvanized the left?
    • On a second and third inspection, I think this is the same double
      attack, and the same video, but without the censorship.

    • Haven't got a less sanitized version of the video of the latest attacks on Shuja'iyya just shown on CNN, but here is one of one of the previous attacks:

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      فيديو جديد يوثق مجزرة الشجاعية +16 a new video for Massacre in Shujaiya

  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • There's a whole book about this attempted assassination of Khaled Meshaal:
      Kill Khaled: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas by Paul McGeough -- fascinating read. I'm amazed that CNN is covering this 1997 story.

      CNN story: link to

      TIME story: link to
      Khaled Mashaal lay dying in a hospital bed as poison flowed through his bloodstream, slowly shutting down his respiratory system. With a machine pumping air into his lungs, he had, at best, a few days to live. An antidote could save the Hamas leader’s life. But the only person who could provide it was the very man who had tried to kill him: Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
      As the clock ticked down over four days in late September 1997, with Mashaal unconscious and steadily deteriorating, Netanyahu faced an excruciating choice. The Mossad agents who had sprayed poison into the Palestinian’s ear on a street in Amman, Jordan — in retribution for a series of suicide attacks within Israel — had been captured while fleeing. Jordan’s King Hussein vowed to put the Israelis on trial if Mashaal expired. The agents would likely face execution if convicted. Desperate to avert an international crisis that would derail his efforts to broker peace deals between Israel and its Arab enemies, President Bill Clinton intervened, insisting that Netanyahu, then serving the first of his two tenures as Israel’s prime minister, provide the antidote. The Israeli leader grudgingly complied, even traveling to Amman to issue a personal apology to the King. Mashaal was revived, his stature forever enhanced as “the living martyr.” Instead of killing one of Israel’s most despised enemies, Netanyahu had resurrected him.

  • 'Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever,' Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says at NY rally
  • 'Tomorrow there’s no school in Gaza, they don’t have any children left' -- Israeli chant
    • from Samah Sabawi:
      It is amazing how Palestinians in ‪#‎Gaza‬ were able to rise from the rubble for Eid in the few hours they had of quiet... mamoul was baked...soma2ya was cooked...prayers were performed...hospitals were visited...bereaved families were consoled....loved ones were buried...Instead of saying the standard Eid greeting 'Eid Sa'eed' which means happy Eid...they are saying 'Eid Shaheed' Eid of martyrs.

  • Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
    • Djinn says: [Pronouncing the Arabic 'h' in Hamas as 'kh'] Has absolutely nothing to do with ethnic origin and everything to do with making the Palestinians seem more “other” to western audiences.

      You mean like some Islamophobes quoting 'Allahu akbar' as 'Allahu akhbar' ? ('akhbar' means 'news', so this sounds pretty funny.)

      Perhaps the reason you give for this pronunciation is correct, Djinn - but I think there's a more innocent reason for the mispronunciation of the 'h' ح (which is the same 'h' as in Muhammad): neither modern Hebrew nor English has this 'h' - not many languages do - and it's hard for non-speakers of Arabic to pronounce. In fact, since both this 'h' and the much less common 'h' ه that sounds like the English one (ham, ahead, for example) are transliterated from Arabic writing as 'h', most non-speakers of Arabic probably don't realize there are two of them. A Hebrew speaker would most likely use the sound that is often written as ch in transliterated Hebrew (Chabad, for example - this is actually much closer to another Arabic sound that is transliterated as 'kh' خ). A speaker of English, lacking that Hebrew sound, would most likely use the only 'h' English has.

      Am I writing this to try to distract myself from the horror in Gaza? Yes. Is it working? No.

    • >You haven’t lived there , or read british colonial history, if you equate civilization with a British accent

      My first thought too - starting with the Irish, who had the great misfortune to live next to England, British colonialism was as racist and vicious as any other version, worse than many. Calling oneself 'civilized' is just a way to assert your superiority to anyone with less technology and/or a different culture.

  • The killing fields
  • Israeli police ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir family home and arrest relatives in apparent revenge raid
    • I used to think there was logic in Israel's actions, if I could only figure it out. I no longer think that. They're just crazy in a very vindictive, paranoid way. They'll do anything.

  • 'We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist': Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza
    • Anyone behaving like this in anticipation of battle has no idea what war is actually like. All they know in occupation. Israeli troops entering Gaza for a real fight will get quite a shock - like Israeli troops engaging Hezbollah a few years ago. They had their heads handed to them.

  • State Dep't says Israel has a right to defend itself, but can't say the same of Palestinians
    • That link goes to the usual message about its not being available in my country (the US). I suppose that's because there is now an Al Jazeera America. Since AJA is available on my cable network (don't know how many Americans can access it), I watch it a lot - and I was watching it earlier today when Prosor was on. His smile is the very definition of 'smarmy' - repulsive person. I turned off the sound myself when I couldn't stand any more of what he was saying, so I missed observing AJ turning it off themselves! Too bad.

  • Why is Mohammed Abu Khdeir's death different from all other Palestinian deaths?
    • Note that on my Today in Palestine list today I have an article about two more attempted kidnappings of young Palestinians - perhaps more, if the locals quoted in the second article are correct. How terrifying this must be for parents - they must hardly dare to let their boys out of their sight.

  • Contradicting Israeli officials, family of Tarek Abu Khdeir says he was attacked while in uncle's Jerusalem backyard
    • Business as usual, Israeli troops beating up three young Jerusalem men (16, 17, and 20) Saturday. Of course we won't see them on the front page of the New York Times since they aren't American.

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      Israeli officers beat 3 East Jerusalem teens
      Published yesterday 22:46
      Abdul-Rahman Abu Dalou
      JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Three young Palestinian men from the Wadi al-Juz neighborhood of East Jerusalem say they were “brutally” beaten by Israeli troops who stormed a house in the neighborhood Saturday.

      Mahir Abu Dalou told Ma’an Monday that Israeli soldiers broke into a building belonging to his family late on Saturday evening. He added that his son Abdul-Rahman, 17, cousin Ammar Abu Dalou, 20, and their friend Majd Jamal Siyam, 16, were in the front yard of the building when the soldiers broke in.

      Israeli officesr then “brutally” assaulted the three with rifle butts and clubs. The officers, he added, threatened to “beat and shoot my brother and my wife.”

      Abu Dalou added that his son Abdul-Rahman was taken to hospital for stitches after he sustained cuts in his face. Ammar Abu Dalou, he added, sustained bruises all over his body, while Majd Siyam was stopped for an hour after he was beaten on his head.

      “The soldiers treated us savagely under the guise that young men who partook in the clashes in the neighborhood were hiding in our house,” added Abu Dalou.

    • Anyone who wants to see photos of Mohammed Abu Khdeir's burned body can just Google his name and then choose Images at the top of the page. There are a couple of post-mortem photos among the others. I advise you not to, though, esp. if you want to sleep tonight.

  • Family of Tarek Abu Khdeir calls for his immediate release after brutal beating and arbitrary arrest
    • "you are a treasure" Not really, just, but thanks! So many thousands of people trying to get justice for Palestine, and still we're just at the beginning, it seems.

    • Page: 3
    • I emailed a relative in the western US to ask if she had seen anything about the story in the MSM - she replied that she certainly had, and that it was the lead story on CNN online. The Israelis are going to have some trouble explaining this one away.
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      The story includes interviews with Tariq's parents in Florida and a representative of Human Rights Watch. Video of the beating shown. Ben Wedeman shows the spot were Tariq's blood is still visible on the ground. There is a link to the story of the murder of his cousin Mohammed.
      Tariq's 'trial' should be starting about 2 1/2 hours from now. Wonder if there will ever be any trials of the border police who beat him.

    • The American MSM ARE covering this story and that of Tariq's cousin Mohammed's horrific death. Too well covered outside of the US to ignore, apparently. Especially important that it is on TV, since most people in the US don't read newspapers.

      CNN on New Day this morning:
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      video with Ben Wedeman in Jerusalem, who was himself attacked by Israeli forces with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Friday (bad mistake, Israel) - though Wedeman did keep saying 'according to the Palestinians'.
      Palestinian teen burned alive, autopsy shows
      By Kareem Khadder, Samira Said and Susanna Capelouto, CNN

      Wall Street Journal:
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      Associated Press:
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      ABC television news:
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      and many more.

  • Autopsy report shows Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burned to death; reports spread of other possible abductions
    • If they aren't punished we will hear about it from the MSM, for once. It's all over US TV, including Fox News, CNN, etc. Too horrific to ignore, I suppose. Or too 'good' a story, bringing in viewers?

  • Please, pray for Palestine
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      Sacramento relatives of slain Palestinian teen say he didn't deserve to be targeted in Palestinian-Israeli conflict

      "Muhammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was kidnapped and burned to death Wednesday in Jerusalem, was a sweet, peaceful boy, his relatives in Sacramento said Thursday. “He loved to tell jokes and riddles; he was never serious. In all the pictures we have of him he was making a goofy face,” said his first cousin Wadha Abukhdeir. News reports have quoted police as saying they are investigating whether the kidnap and killing of Abu Khdeir, 16, was revenge for the recent murders of three Israeli youths. “He didn’t ask for this, and he didn’t deserve to be a pawn in this deadly game,” Wadha Abukhdeir said ... “Three men pulled up in a car and pretended to need direction, then two got out and grabbed him and drove off,” she said. Some of the kids saw what happened, and families gave chase but couldn’t catch them. An hour after Muhammed’s family called Israeli police, “they found him beaten to death and charred in the forest near a Jewish neighborhood,” Wadha said. “He was burned so badly, his family couldn’t identify him. They had to take a DNA test.”... Wadha Abukhdeir’s young sister, Nada Abukhdeir, 28, visited their cousin in the summer of 2006. “We sometimes called him Mo or Hamuda – he was a funny kid,” recalled Nada, who studied psychology at UC Davis. “I stayed there the entire summer, and we joked around about getting married. He told me he was going to get married soon, and I said, ‘You’re 8 years old, why are you talking about marriage already?’ ” In tears, Nada said, “We told him and his family how great it is in California, that he has to come and visit, and now he’s not going to get the chance.”

      I have rarely been this sad and angry about anything. This poor little boy, may something equally terrible happen to his killers.

  • In Shuafat, Palestinian family delays funeral of murdered teen to search for answers
  • Missing Israeli teens found dead near Hebron; Netanyahu: 'Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay'
    • So can you say that it was 'Hamas', meaning the leadership, if it was actually done by this clan? Never mind, I'm sure the innocent will pay. I am scared for Gazans and the people of Halhul.

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      Accused kidnappers are rogue Hamas branch - by Shlomi Eldar

      "On June 26, the Shin Bet allowed the release of the names of the two men suspected of orchestrating the kidnapping of the three yeshiva (religious high school) students in the Etzion settlement bloc. The suspects are Marwan Qawasmeh and Amar Abu Aisha.
      According to Palestinian sources, Palestinian security forces had already reported to Israel that these two suspects had disappeared from Hebron within 24 hours of the abduction. That was the first clue in the investigation and the reason why Israel pointed an accusatory finger at the Hamas infrastructure in Hebron. But while Israel continues to accuse the Hamas movement and its leadership of being responsible for the abduction, Palestinian security forces attribute the abduction to the Qawasmeh clan of Hebron specifically. Though the clan is known for identifying with Hamas, it also has a well-earned reputation as troublemakers. Not only does it tend to ignore the movement’s leaders. It even acts counter to the policies being advocated by the movement.
      That is why officials in the Palestinian Authority (PA) were shocked by the timing of the three boys’ abduction, just two weeks after the establishment of a Palestinian unity government. After all, the very creation of this new coalition came with the assumption that the Hamas leadership had come to terms with reality and moderated their positions.
      Enter the Qawasmeh clan. The total number of people belonging to the clan is estimated at about 10,000, making it one of the three largest clans in the Mount Hebron region. At least 15 members of the family were killed during the second intifada, nine of them while committing suicide attacks against Israel.
      Each time Hamas had reached an understanding with Israel about a cease-fire or tahadiyeh (period of calm), at least one member of the family has been responsible for planning or initiating a suicide attack, and any understandings with Israel, achieved after considerable effort, were suddenly laid waste. If there is a single family throughout the PA territories whose actions can be blamed for Israel’s assassination of the political leadership of Hamas, it is the Qawasmeh family of Hebron.

  • Glib, simplistic, and extreme -- the world according to Richard Landes
    • Exactly, just! Tree, you made every single point that I was preparing to make and then some - and you made them much better than I could have. Terrific.

  • Two elderly Palestinian women die of occupation-- one at a checkpoint, the other during a raid
    • Good news, Just! What a miserable time he and his family have endured, for no logical reason.

      “In light of the passage of time without resolution, the United States has decided that the best available course of action is to move to dismiss the indictment so that action can be taken to remove the defendant from the United States,” prosecutor Gordon Kromberg wrote.

      In a statement released through Al-Arian’s attorney, the 56-year-old former professor’s family hailed the dismissal of the charges.

      “We are glad that the government has finally decided to drop the charges against Sami Al-Arian. It has been a long and difficult 11 years for our family in what has ultimately been shown to be a political case. We are relieved that this ordeal finally appears to be at an end,” the family members said. “We hope that today’s events bring to a conclusion the government’s pursuit of Dr. Al-Arian and that he can finally be able to resume his life with his family in freedom.”

      Read more: link to

      [Deportation... There was no freedom to be found for him here in the land of the free. But as a Palestinian born in Kuwait, where can he go? Does he hold any citizenship? Or is he stateless like so many Palestinians? His wife and children are US citizens. Egypt, where he lived before coming to the US in 1975, doesn't seem like a realistic option now. I hope a campaign is started to allow him to stay in the US. ]

    • Lollipops, incredible. They might as well not try to influence people against Hamas, whose standing is probably higher than ever after all the attacks on it from two sides. But the Israelis just don't get it, do they? This behavior is even more bizarre than usual.

      And in addition to where the lollipops came from and the propaganda they came with, who knows if they were years past their sell-date or even contaminated? Can't imagine the Israelis spending much money on them.

    • I agree, Chocopie -- People should at least be safe from deliberate harm when they are old. I often think of the 90+ man attacked by an Israeli dog in his bed. The above-mentioned Fatima Rushdi, 78, must have been born around 1936. Imagine what she had seen in her life - most of it bad after a probably normal Palestinian childhood until she was 7 or so. All those decades in a refugee camp - what was her original village, I wonder? And then to die when occupation soldiers raided the camp. This makes me mad enough to spit nails.

    • And thank YOU so much, Daniel! I appreciate your kind words.

    • Interesting comment, MahaneYehude1. Apparently you have a narrower view of what is relevant to the P/I conflict than I do.

      I have myself encountered Israelis selling Dead Sea (Ahava) products in malls here in the U.S. I stopped to look at the products (they look very appealing) in one mall, and then told the woman selling them why I would not be buying anything - because these products are produced in a settlement in the West Bank from Palestinian resources and are under boycott. She was very annoyed, and claimed that she knew nothing about this because she was South American, not Israeli. Funny, her accent didn't sound Spanish, and a Palestinian selling carvings from Bethlehem in the same mall told me she was Israeli.

      You can check out the boycott in many places, including here:
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      "Ahava manufactures its cosmetics in a factory in the illegal Mitzpe Shalem settlement in the occupied West Bank. However, Ahava labels its skin care products imported into the EU as originating from “The Dead Sea, Israel.”
      The settlements Mitzpe Shalem and Kalia, located deep within the Israeli-occupied West Bank, own 44 percent of the shares of the company. Before the June 1967 war, Palestinians lived on some of the lands that are now part of the two settlements; there were Palestinian communities in Nabi Musa where Kalia is now located and in Arab al-Taamira next to Mitzpe Shalem.

      According to the Israeli group Who Profits From the Occupation? (, the mud used in Ahava products is taken from a site on the shores of the Dead Sea inside the occupied territory, next to Kalia. Ahava uses Palestinian natural resources without the permission of or compensation to the Palestinians. Meanwhile, Israel denies Palestinians access to the shores of the Dead Sea and its resources, although one-third of the western shore of the Dead Sea lies in the occupied West Bank."

      Irrelevant to the P/I conflict? I think not.

  • Photo Essay: Israeli night raids terrorize families of Azza Refugee Camp
    • This business with the dogs is diabolical. There was an incident in 2009 when a 99-year-old man was attacked by an IDF dog while he was sleeping during the night. Less shocking dog attacks still occur, and often.

    • Make what you will of these two incidents; some of the IDF is not taking the disappearance of the three young men seriously:

      link to

      Soldier reports own abduction in prank call to authorities

      Roadblocks set up in central Israel, police helicopter begins search; soldier who claimed to be kidnapped found safely on bus.

      As thousands of soldiers continued the search for three abducted Israeli teens Tuesday, sources in the command center at the Kiryah military base in Tel Aviv called the police at 6:00pm to report that yet another teenager, an IDF soldier, had possibly just been kidnapped.
      In another incident almost a week ago, a soldier in southern Israel called the police and reported that she had been kidnapped. Police were able to trace the call to a military base and passed on the information to military police who are now investigating the incident.

  • One killed in protests as Israeli army takes control of Ramallah city center for first time since 2007
    • a blah chick, thank you! I have been so depressed about the outrages that keep getting worse and worse, to the point where doing the Palestine newslist is barely tolerable, and then I read your comment about the BS meter and I laughed out loud for the first time in quite a while.

  • Six Palestinians injured by shots as hundreds march on Qalandiya in protest
    • Thanks just! No, I hadn't seen that yet. Seems like more and more people, even Israelis, are beginning to understand the reality of the Palestinians' situation, yet nothing changes except for the worse.

  • Kidnapped
    • Mayhem: "So Mondowiess’ resident Jewish apologist Marc Ellis has been called upon to cobble together some more ambiguous pseudo-sympathetic words about these innocent teenagers whom he is now willing to say have been kidnapped when before they were merely ‘missing’. I had posted elsewhere on MW (refer
      link to about this event and at that stage there had not been a word said about this sordid affair."
      Your link goes to a post on the 15th June, while on the 14th my 3-times-a-week compilation of news from Palestine link to had included 5 articles on the subject - under the heading '3 Israeli teenagers missing in West Bank'. Not a word said on Mondoweiss about 'this sordid affair'? Apparently you don't read the news compilations.

  • Israeli army seals Hebron, saying Hamas is responsible for abducted teens
    • Surprisingly, here is an NBC story about the page Facebook doesn't consider bad enough to take down:

      West Bank Kidnappings: Facebook Page Backs Hourly Executions

      A Facebook page calling for the execution of one “terrorist” per hour until three Jewish teens kidnapped in the West Bank are freed had garnered more than 17,000 likes by Monday.

      “Execute a terrorist every hour until the Jewish kidnapping victims are released,” read the page's description, referring to Palestinians jailed in Israeli prisons for terrorism.
      First published June 16th 2014, 9:22 am

      link to

    • And I. Facebook objectivity is nonexistent. Now if it had been a Palestinian page advocating the killing of an Israeli Jew every hour or so....

  • Missing!
    • You may want to report the page listed in the following article to Facebook. It advocates killing a Palestinian 'terrorist' (meaning any random Palestinian) every hour until the Israeli teenagers are returned to their families. It has received 15,521 'Likes' as I write this. How to report a page? Go to the menu just to the right of 'Message' near the top of the page, choose 'Report/Block' and continue.
      link to

  • Thousands of Bedouins to be removed from West Bank lands slated for Jewish apartments, farms
    • Please check out the photo under 'Settler runs over sheep' in the Violence section.
      link to
      Some of these settlers can't even leave innocent animals unharmed. Many Palestinian farmers must cross settler highways with their livestock to get to their olive groves and animal pastures. There are no pedestrian crossings, and Israeli drivers often can't be bothered to slow down to avoid killing goats and donkeys, not to mention people. We sometimes hear about the innocent people (often kids) who are hit, less often their animals.

  • Destroyed Palestinian village outfitted with 1,000 JNF trees memorializing Denver couple's dead dogs
    • eGuard, look up al-Haditha in the al-Ramla district. Sometimes short vowels get omitted in spoken Arabic and then misidentified in writing.

      Walid, glad to hear more about the Lebanon reforestation. Apparently they're picking the right trees, unlike the JNF which has tended to plant (in nostalgia for Europe?) the kind of trees (pines) that need far more water than trees like olives that are right for the climate and terrain.

  • Israeli reservists protest 'hate crimes and racism' at West Bank settlement
    • Just, I am not sure that people in our government DO know about what the Israelis routinely do to Palestinians. I say this because an Israeli friend who has been in the peace movement there for a long time says that the average non-Palestinian Israeli has no idea what goes on in the West Bank, unless they have served in the army there, and most of those don't talk about what they've seen or done. I suppose that in both cases - our govt and the Israelis - it's a kind of willful avoidance of learning anything about what goes on. After all, if they did know, their consciences might force them to do something about it.
      Yes, it does look as if the reservists are only or mostly concerned with how settler terrorism might affect them. However, this article illustrates how stupid it is of the settlers to attack army installations, since doing this just might bring the wrath of the army down upon them as attacking Muslims or Christians never would.

  • Two Palestinian youths killed by Israeli army live-fire during Nakba Day demonstration
  • Historical whitewash: Great Britain must be held accountable for its role in the Nakba
    • Al Jazeera video published on May 15, 2014

      An extraordinary insight into Palestinian life in the city before 1948, revealing the loss of a culture and lifestyle.
      Rarely seen archival footage accompanies memories and accounts of forgotten Palestinian cities and the catastrophic effect the creation of Israel in 1948 had on them.

      Haifa, Nazareth, and Jaffa have all been overshadowed by Tel Aviv, but in their day each of the Palestinian cities had magnificent commercial and cultural ability.

      Made for Al Jazeera Arabic in 2011, "Lost cities of Palestine" provides a rare opportunity to see Palestine as it was in the 30s and 40s and learn about the everyday life and culture of urban Palestine before 1948.

  • Israeli teens take celebratory selfie in police custody after attacking Palestinian car
    • Jackdaw, as far as I know this isn't clear yet. But there seems to be one of the infamous 'gag orders' on the story. If I find anything I will post it

  • Circular logic: Israel agrees not to discriminate against Palestinian-American travelers -- not that it ever did
    • The ISM probably has data. I haven't seen any figures. From link to

      "Though the Israeli authorities deny having a policy of denial of entry to all people associated with ISM, visitors who identify themselves as ISM volunteers to Israeli border staff are almost uniformly denied entry by Israeli authorities. Israeli authorities also often deny entry to other human rights activists, NGO staff, and individuals expressing an interest in visiting Palestinians and the Occupied Territories or expressing sympathy for the Palestinian plight.

      Visitors coming in solidarity with the Palestinian people and/or to support Palestinian non-violent resistance therefore face a difficult situation. If they admit the goals of their visit to Israeli border staff, and admit any association with ISM, they will most likely be denied entry. If they state other reasons for their visit, they can also be accused of lying to Israeli authorities and denied entry for this reason...."

  • Very far from paradise: Palestinians from Fureidis protest 'price tag' attack
    • And then there is this. Seems like the poison is spreading.

      link to

      [Tuesday, April 29, 2014] In a letter delivered to the Latin Patriarch in the Holy Land, Paul Marcuzzo of Nazareth, an Israeli man has said that all Christian priests, and Christians in Israel, must leave the country “or else a 100 Christians will be killed every hour of delay”.

      The Israeli police in the northern part of historic Palestine said that a 40-year old Israeli man, from Safad, was apprehended.

      The police added that the man actually went to the home of Marcuzzo, and handed one of his housekeepers a letter containing death threats to Christians, priests and every person who works for a church in the country.

      The letter demanded Marcuzzo to inform all priests, except for Protestants and Evangelicals, to leave the country by sunset of May 5, 2014.

  • As Israel 'staggers toward the abyss,' criticizing it is now 'the most fashionable cause' on the left
    • Thank you, Jon. Evil is evil, no matter who does it or to whom it is done. We need to remember all the genocides or near-genocides -- African slavery, Native Americans removed from their land and killed in great numbers, the complete wiping out of the Tasmanians in Australia and who knows how many other peoples who were 'in the way' of European conquests. We don't know much at all about the tribes and peoples destroyed by non-Europeans, but they surely existed.

      The Holocaust in Europe is the closest to us in time, with survivors still living, and the one we know the most about. The songs you posted help us to realize what was lost. If only we had more films and songs and first-person narratives by the survivors of other genocides also - but most were too long ago.

  • Federal agencies express concerns about Israel's entry into the Visa Waiver Program
    • > It’s not just Palestinian and other Arab Americans who are denied entry into Israel or given less than a 90 day visa. It’s also anyone border officials suspect might be sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.

      Right. And the reason there are comparatively few instances of outrageous treatment is that most people who might be treated like this won't even try to enter Israel. It's rather expensive to fly there and be turned away, not to mention the humiliation.

    • > Who are the 16 signers?

      That's a good question. I have not been able to find either a copy of the letter or a list of the signatories. Interesting that one cannot find everything on the Internet! From various sources I have only come up with these names:

      Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) - Muslim
      Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind) - Muslim
      Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) - only Republican, second-generation Arab-American of Palestinian Christian and Syrian Greek Orthodox descent
      Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky) - former Republican, Kentucky's first Jewish congressman

      Perhaps someone might email one of these congressmen and ask for a copy of the letter, complete with signatories.

  • 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

      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

      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
      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
      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
      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

      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,

      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

      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

    • 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

      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.)

  • 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 ) 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

    • AP reporting on this incident isn't bad. Byline is Nasser Ishtayeh.
      link to
      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

      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!

  • 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
      See Al-Monitor’s English translation [29 May]:
      link to
      (Many thanks to As‘ad AbuKhalil)

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

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

  • 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
      See Al-Monitor's English translation:
      link to
      (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

      "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

  • 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
      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
      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

  • 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

      "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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