Friday, 29 December 2006


A Poem For The New Year


Childhood Interrupted, Again
Amahl Bishara writing from Chicago, USA, Live from Palestine, 30 December 2006

Israel's So-Called Democracy
Israeli professor Benjamin Beit Hallahmi speaking at the Tree of Life Conference 12/06 in CT tells about the basic defects in Israeli democracy.


683 people killed in the conflict in 2006
Report, B'Tselem, 28 December 2006


Imaginary Hugs In Palestine
Rami Almeghari writing from Gaza, occupied Palestine, Live from Palestine, 18 December 2006


Rafah Revisited
Dr. Bill Dienst writing from Rafah, occupied Gaza, Live from Palestine, 22 December 2006


The Embarrassment of the Wretched
Ran HaCohen, December 26, 2006
A recent call for a cultural boycott against Israel by John Berger and others has elicited one of its more wretched responses in the Guardian (Dec. 22), signed by Anthony Julius and Simon Schama.


Christmas in Bethlehem 2006
Photostory, The Electronic Intifada, 24 December 2006


Israel blocks another UN fact-finding mission
Michael F. Brown, The Electronic Intifada, 22 December 2006
Israeli obstructionism on Beit Hanoun killings
Israel has shut down another internationally mandated investigation of its military actions. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his high-level fact-finding mission, authorized by the UN's Human Rights Council, have been refused entry by Israel for so long that they have been forced to call off the visit.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mark Regev disingenuously claimed that Israel had not denied entry, but simply not yet reached a decision. The families of the 19 Palestinian civilians slain at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on 8 November 2006 will apparently not see even an approximation of justice at this time.

Brookings hosts an ethnic cleanser

Brookings Hosts an Ethnic Cleanser
Mr. Lieberman Comes to Washington
Will Youmans, December 8, 2006
When far-right leader Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party joined the Israeli government, pro-peace Israelis expressed outrage. The Brookings Institution extended an invitation.

MK Avigdor Lieberman's visit to US
Michael F. Brown, December 14, 2006
Israel's most notorious anti-Arab politician and provocateur, Avigdor Lieberman, spoke at Brookings' Saban Center Forum in Washington, DC this past weekend.


Robert Fisk Criticizes 'Experts' Cited in Iraq Study Group Report
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
This past weekend Robert Fisk was invited to deliver the keynote address before hundreds of Muslim Americans gathered in Long Beach, California for the sixth annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. At the convention, Fisk - who was the keynote speaker - participated in a roundtable discussion on the Iraq Study Group's implications. He took to the podium with a copy of the report in his hand.
The problem, I'm afraid, is that we have grown used to a kind of mild, temperate reporting out of the Middle East in the US media, which is incomprehensible unless you happen to know the region. The "wall" becomes a "security barrier," like the Berlin security barrier, which some of you may remember. "Occupied territory" is "disputed territory." A "colony" becomes a "neighborhood." And thus, of course, the Palestinians, generically violent for opposing this by throwing stones, or worse.

I think, you know, you see the same thing happen with Mearsheimer-Walt report. I interviewed poor old Walt up in Harvard just after he produced his famous report on the Israeli lobby and the power of the Israel lobby, and he was in a state of near catatonic shock. And I said, "Calm down, you know. Join the club. We've been through this before." Anybody who has a reasonable decent criticism of Israel, including Israelis, will be called anti-Semitic. And we respond to this very clearly. In Britain, we threaten to sue when anyone calls us that, because it's a lie. John Malkovich, the actor, who said at the Cambridge Union he wanted to shoot me, followed this up in the Observer by saying he hated me because of my, quote, "vicious anti-Semitism." Our lawyers went into action immediately. The Observer withdrew the story and apologized. You've got to stand up. And journalists have got to stand up when they are falsely accused of racism.

Banality and barefaced lies
Robert Fisk, 23 December 2006
At Detroit airport, I picked up an even slimmer volume, the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group Report - which doesn't really study Iraq at all but offers a few bleak ways in which George Bush can run away from this disaster without too much blood on his shirt. After chatting to the Iraqis in the green zone of Baghdad - dream zone would be a more accurate title - there are a few worthy suggestions (already predictably rejected by the Israelis): a resumption of serious Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, an Israeli withdrawal from Golan, etc. But it's written in the same tired semantics of right-wing think tanks - the language, in fact, of the discredited Brookings Institution and of my old mate, the messianic New York Times columnist Tom Friedman - full of "porous" borders and admonitions that "time is running out".

The clue to all this nonsense, I discovered, comes at the back of the report where it lists the "experts" consulted by Messrs Baker, Hamilton and the rest. Many of them are pillars of the Brookings Institution and there is Thomas Friedman of The New York Times.


As'ad Abukhalil : A sample from the language of the Iraq Study Group report: "U.S. military and civilian personnel, and our coalition partners, are making exceptional and dedicated efforts—and sacrifices—to help Iraq." I mean, look how nice. This reminds me of the efforts and sacrifices of the France in Algeria and Belgium in the Congo. Very nice.


Baker panel's mention of Palestinian "right of return" raises eyebrows
Dec 06 3:43 PM US/Eastern
A reference to Palestinians' "right of return" in the report issued by the high-level Iraq Study Group broke a diplomatic taboo which sparked immediate concern in Israel and surprise among Middle East policy experts. The reference was buried deep inside a 160-page report that urged US President George W. Bush to renew efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks as part of a region-wide bid to end the chaos in Iraq.

"This report is worrisome for Israel particularly because, for the first time, it mentions the question of the 'right of return' for the Palestinian refugees of 1948," said a senior Israeli official, who was reacting to the US policy report on condition he not be identified.

A Middle East analyst who was involved in the Iraq Study Group discussions but did not participate in drafting the report expressed surprise when the reference was pointed out to him by a reporter.

"It's hard to know whether that language got in there because of carelessness -- I know there were many revisions up to the very last minute -- or whether it was a deliberate attempt to fuse something to the Bush rhetoric which wasn't there before," the analyst said.


Full text: the Iraq Study Group Report

Executive Summary of the Iraq Study Group report

Who is Mohammad Dahlan?

Who is Mohammad Dahlan?
Arjan El Fassed, The Electronic Intifada, 20 December 2006

As'ad AbuKhalil - Thursday, January 11, 2007
I am not making this up. Muhammad Dahlan said that Fath is ready for elections...once Fath gets "sufficiently strong."

The Man Who Would Be King
Lawrence of Cyberia, January 15, 2007
“…there are some things that Dahlan does have. For example, he has a belief that to be successful in Palestinian politics you have to be willing to use force. He has extremely fervent armed supporters in the Gaza PSS whom he has used to foment disorder in Gaza as a reminder first to Arafat and now to Hamas that without his cooperation Gaza is ungovernable.

From the beginning of this month, he also has command of all the PA's security services, reportedly at the request of the U.S. and Israeli administrations, whose confidence he enjoys. And ever since returning to the Occupied Territories at the signing of the Oslo Accords, he has shown evidence of financial resources going well beyond his legitimate means.

Taking all those things into consideration, you can't help wondering if Dahlan thinks that there are some things you need more than votes in PA politics, and that perhaps the campaign he is running ends with the presidency, but doesn't necessarily pass through the formality of holding an election.”


Saturday, February 03, 2007
As'ad Abukhalil: Dahlan TV Show. Did you see Muhammad Dahlan on Gizelle Khuri's Bi-l-`Arabi on Al-Arabiya TV? For me it was tough to watch. I mean, to have my least favorite people on earth together? I had to watch a taping of it while doing cardio exercises to let off steam--plenty of steam.


Rumors abound on Unity Government makeup
Laila El-Haddad - Monday, February 12, 2007

Anyway, rumours abound about who will fill what Ministerial slot. My father says he's heard that Fateh strongman, Mohammad Dahalan, will fill the post of "deputy PM" to give him a taste of the power he worships, but sort of "keep him in check".

"But isn't that just giving him what he wants?" I asked

"At this point, its not as important who is in what position as it is that they actually get a unity government done so people can live their lives…we’ve seen some very black days in Gaza over the past weeks…did you see Iraq today? 3 bombings. You want us to be like that?"

Desmond Tutu: Israel refused fact-finding mission to Gaza

Nobel laureate Tutu to head UN rights probe of Israeli killing of Palestinian civilians
Report, UN News, 29 November 2006
Former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu will head the United Nations Human Rights Council fact-finding mission into Israeli military operations in Gaza established after 19 Palestinian civilians were killed in an attack on the town of Beit Hanoun earlier this month.

Tutu to head mission to Beit Hanoun
11/29/06 Al
Desmond Tutu, the South African Nobel laureate, is to lead a UN fact-finding mission to investigate the killing of 19 Palestinians in their homes in Beit Hanoun earlier this month.

The United Nation Human Rights Council said the mission would report back by mid-December.Luis Alfonso De Alba, the president of the UNHRC, said that Tutu will travel to Gaza to "assess the situation of victims, address the needs of survivors, and make recommendations on ways and means to protect Palestinian civilians against further Israeli assaults".
Artillery bombardment

The UN Human Rights Council voted on November 15 to set up the fact-finding mission into the deaths during an Israeli artillery bombardment.

The former Anglican Archbishop chaired the South African Truth and Reconciliation after the end of the apartheid regime.

Thirty-two countries in the 47-member Council, mainly from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, voted for the resolution setting up the mission.

Eight countries, including Canada and European nations such as Britain and Germany, opposed the move.

Six nations, including France, Switzerland and Japan, abstained.

Nineteen Palestinians were killed on November 18 in the Israeli shelling of private homes in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun, which Israel blamed on a "technical malfunction".

Tutu is a former Anglican Archbishop in South Africa.


Lack of Israeli cooperation prevents UN fact-finding mission to Beit Hanoun
Report, UN News, 11 December 2006
Israel's lack of cooperation has prevented a fact-finding mission from the United Nations Human Rights Council from visiting Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, where an Israeli attack last month killed 19 Palestinian civilians, the head of the team, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, said today.

Dorothy Naor - December 12, 2006
For those of you who have been wondering about the delay in Desmond Tutu's fact finding mission re the shelling of Beit Hanoun, now weknow: Israel delayed and delayed issuing a permit for the investigation until the Bishop understood the message: he was not tobe allowed into Gaza (this Israeli conduct was to be expected fromIsrael's past performance on such issues).

Such a 'democracy' is Israel! Freedom of speech? Nonsense! It's policy is no opinion allowed but the official Israeli one published by its best propagandists, as, for instance, Mark Regev. Of course this official Israeli opinion on Beit Hanoun states that the shelling that killed 19 people (most caught unawares in bed asleep) was"unintended." That won't bring the 19 back to life or the seriously injured back to health or the psychologically injured back to normal, any more than will George Bush's favorite word for human lives:"collatoral damage."

Desmond Tutu: Israel refused fact-finding mission to Gaza
Last update - 16:29 11/12/2006 Haaretz
By The Associated Press

"We find the lack of cooperation by the Israeli government very distressing, as well as its failure to allow the missing timely passage to Israel," Tutu told reporters after UN officials said Israel had blocked his UN fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip.

Tutu finds blocking of Gaza mission by Israel 'distressing'
Ellen Teague, LONDON - 19 December 2006
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Anglican Archbishop of Capetown and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, has been unable to reach the Gaza Strip for a UN fact-finding mission because Israel would not cooperate with the visit. In a statement issued from Geneva last week, he said he and the assembled fact-finding team found "the lack of co-operation by the Israeli Government very distressing, as well as its failure to allow the mission timely passage to Israel". They had resisted entering Gaza through Egypt because they wanted to visit Israel as well and had "hoped for meetings with members of the [Israeli] Government at a high level".

The UN had appointed the Archbishop to lead a mission to the town of Beit Hanoun in Gaza, where 19 Palestinians were killed during Israeli military operations last month. The visit was to follow a UN Human Rights Council's resolution calling for a mission to "make recommendations on ways and means to protect Palestinians against further Israeli assaults". Israel has apologised for the 8 November attack, calling it the result of a technical error. Archbishop Tutu said the visit intended to look at human rights and humanitarian law violations by both sides, with a view to contributing "to the creation of a climate conducive to negotiations". In the statement, concern was expressed about the "humanitarian crisis of very serious proportions" in Gaza. "This is a time in our history that neither allows for indifference to the plight of those suffering," it commented, "nor a refusal to search for a solution to the present crisis in the region".

© Independent Catholic News 2006


Who Makes the Middle East?
Ran HaCohen, 29 November, 2006

A revealing book I have recently read about the present Middle East is Joris Luyendijk's Almost Human. Luyendijk was a Dutch journalist who spent several years (1998-2003) in Arab countries as well as in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, working for two Dutch quality newspapers and for the television. His background as a social science student, his command of Arabic and his academic research in Egypt, as well as the fact that he deserted the journalistic profession, all give him a unique critical perspective on the "Middle East," both as an actual reality and as a permanent media item. In fact, the gap between these two – between the Mideast's reality and its Western image – is the true subject of the book.

The book is currently available in Dutch only; I hope some English-language publisher will pick up the glove and translate it.


Elbow to Elbow, Like Cattle - The Cruel Line into Gaza
Gideon Levy, December 11, 2006
Without anyone paying attention, the Gaza Strip has become the most closed-off strip of land in the world--after North Korea. But while North Korea is globally known to be a closed and isolated country, how many people know that the same description applies to a place just an hour away from hedonist Tel Aviv?

When You Annoy a Soldier ...The Checkpoint Generation
Amira Hass, December 2 / 3, 2006
For nearly a month now, a young Palestinian has been hospitalized at Beilinson Hospital; soldiers shot him at a checkpoint in northern Nablus on Saturday, November 4. Haitem Yassin, 25, is conscious now,but he is still hooked up to a respirator. In recent days, he has been suffering from a high fever, apparently caused by an infection in his abdomen, which was wounded in the shooting. His family is still waiting for a report from the hospital about the number or type of bullets that caused the serious injury.

Cancer didn't kill my mother, the occupation did
Raed M. Sharif writing from Syracuse, U.S., Live from Palestine, 11 December 2006

Allegra Pacheco on the Israeli Policy of Closure


A shocking statement: HRW condemns Palestinians' use of nonviolence to protect homes from destruction (Human Rights Watch: "OPT: Civilians Must Not Be Used to Shield Homes Against Military Attacks"; The Associated Press : "American nun, priest join Gaza standoff") 11.23.2006

Palestinians Are Being Denied the Right of Non-Violent Resistance?
Would HRW Have Attacked Martin Luther King, Too?
Jonathan Cook, November 30, 2006

10 November 2006

The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari:

"As Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the artillery shelling of Palestinian homes by the Israeli defence force in Beit Hanoun that killed 19 innocent civilians and injured 60, including women and children. The explanation by Israeli authorities that this wantonly criminal act was a mistake is unacceptable. The shelling and subsequent killing of civilians indicates a premeditated military tactic constituting a form of collective punishment against the Palestinian people.

The End of Academic Freedom and the Israel Lobby
Juan Cole, November 28, 2006
The general tone of the participants' comments suggested that academic blogging has severe drawbacks and, with regard to Middle East bloggers, has not produced a 'second generation' after the crop of 2002. One reason in my view is that academics who blog on the Middle East are relentlessly harassed and cyberstalked by Likudnik crazies and other sorts of wingnut. You have to have very thick skin and, I think, you have to just not care about the career ladder or social climbing of other sorts to risk it. In my case, I think it helped to have been an army brat. You're always being transferred to another base and you can't count on friendships lasting very long, so you just become self-reliant. And, of course, the ethos of the army encourages you to stand up to bullies. But I take Mark Lynch's point that it isn't everyone's cup of tea.

There is something wrong with our society if simply sharing one's expertise for free is actually punished. We should do something about that.

Mideast studies accused
Rebecca Weisser, November 22, 2006
Allegations of bias in Australian universities were made in federal parliament in August when Labor MP Michael Danby singled out Andrew Vincent from Macquarie University's Centre for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Amin Saikal of the Australian National University's Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies.

Video - 11.11.2006
One viewer's impression of the Norman Finkelstein - Alan Dershowitz debate.


Right to Education Student Committee, Birzeit University, 28 November 2006
Open letter in support of Irish academics,

We, the undersigned, members of the Birzeit University' community ofstudents, teachers, faculty staff and employees, congratulate and thank the group of Irish academics who called for a moratorium on theEuropean Union's financing of Israeli academic institutions until Israel withdraws from the occupied Palestinian territories and abides by international humanitarian and human rights laws, including theright of return.

The recent attacks and re-invasion of Gaza and Lebanon expose the contempt with which Israel treats the UN, its resolution and its own bilateral agreements. We strongly condemn the death, chaos and destruction inflicted upon Gazans and Lebanese, and call upon the students, academics and staff of universities worldwide to collectively condemn these acts and take action to support us in our struggle to end Israeli military aggression and occupation.

Academic Boycott: "We do not want to continue business as usual"
Birgit Althaler, The Electronic Intifada, 8 November 2006
Jonathan Rosenhead (67) has been a member of the British Committee for Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) for the past two years. He has been a member of staff at the London School of Economics since 1967 and Professor of Operational Research from 1987.

Sue Blackwell, a lecturer at Birmingham University is interviewed about the Academic Boycott on Radio BBAD.


Principled Dutch ASN Bank ends relations with Veolia
Adri Nieuwhof, November 26, 2006
This week, ASN Bank, a Dutch bank based in The Hague,1 announced that it would end its relationship with Veolia Transport, and all companies that benefit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. Since it first announced its intentions to become involved in an Israeli project to build a light rail / tramline system, to be constructed in occupied East Jerusalem, Veolia Transport, a French multi-national corporation, faced a lot of criticism from all over the world. The tramline aims to connect the illegally-constructed settlements in East Jerusalem with towns and cities in Israel.

Labour Youth calls for Israel Boycott to mark UN Day of Solidarity with Palestine
Labour Youth (Ireland) November 28, 2006
Labour Youth will mark November 29th, the United Nations day of solidarity with Palestine by calling for a boycott of all Israeli goods and services as well as support for the educational and cultural boycott of Israel. Speaking ahead of the UN day of solidarity, Labour Youth National Chairperson Patrick Nulty said "As an organisation, Labour Youth has a proud tradition of solidarity actions with the Palestinian people and wishes to mark this year's international day of solidarity by reiterating its call for a boycott of all Israeli goods until such time as they respect international law and norms for human rights."


A rare voice: An interview with author Ilan Pappe
Christopher Brown, 11 December 2006
I think the problem with Avigdor Lieberman is not his own views but the fact that he reflects what most Israeli Jews think, and definitely what most of his colleagues in the Olmert government think but don't dare to say, or don't think is desirable to say for tactical reasons. But I do think that we should be worried about Lieberman, not as an extreme fascist but rather as a person who represents the mood of Israel in 2006.

Peace through equality for all
Bernard Sabella, IMEU, Nov 16, 2006
In the land where Jesus once walked, Palestinian Christians face extinction. With nearly 500,000 Palestinian Christians worldwide, only 170,000 remain in the Holy Land. They belong to 15 different Churches,some still using Aramaic, the language Christ spoke. But the traditions of service and continuity of Christian communities in the very birthplace of Christianity may soon disappear.

Refugees Are The Key
Sam Bahour, The Electronic Intifada, 11 December 2006


As'ad Abukhalil - Thursday, November 03, 2005
Yes. Jimmy Carter has a new book out.

As'ad Abukhalil - Monday, December 11, 2006
Jimmy Carter who has just--just now--discovered the power of the pro-Israel lobby defines the state of Israel as a place "where democracy prevails and citizens live together and are legally guaranteed equal status."

Norman G Finkelstein: Jimmy cracks fibs, and I do care
See 01 min 17 sec into the video: Jimmy Carter: "Inside Israel... Arabs and Jews both have the same priveleges. There's no allegation of any kind of discrimination."(Anderson Cooper 360, 11.30.2006)


APARTHEID - Israelis adopt what South Africa dropped
John Dugard The Atlanta Journal-Constitution November 29, 2006
Former President Jimmy Carter's new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," is igniting controversy for its allegation that Israel practices a form of apartheid. As a South African and former anti-apartheid advocate who visits the Palestinian territories regularly to assess the human rights situation for the U.N. Human Rights Council, the comparison to South African apartheid is of special interest to me.

Two laws, one trap for family unification
Shahar Ilan, Ha'aretz, November 30, 2006


Disregard for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
9 December 2006
Today the United Nations (UN) observes the 58th International HumanRights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly, on 10 December 1948. On this occasion, Al-Haq is compelled to note the stark contrast between the fundamental standards enshrined in the UDHR, and the situation of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

U.N. group: Israel laid mines in Lebanon
Zeina Karam, Associated Press, Sat, Nov. 25, 2006
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A U.N. agency said Saturday that Israel laid mines in Lebanon during this summer's war between the Jewish state and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah group - the first time Israel has been accused of planting mines during the latest fighting.

Prime suspects
Jonathan Cook, November 24, 2006
While many seem to have made up their minds that Pierre Gemayel's murder was down to Syria, the blame could still lie elsewhere.


72-year-old left-wing activist decries repeated 'harassment' by B-G security
Rebecca Anna Stoil, November 21, 2006
Ingrid Steinitz, a 72-year-old Danish Jew, has alleged she was strip-searched and harassed by Ben-Gurion Airport security for hours and on a second occasion told to spread her legs and place her hands against a wall. But Ben-Gurion security officials said Monday that everything was done according to procedures, and that the treatment the grandmother and left-wing activist had received was entirely justified.


As'ad Abukhalil - Friday, December 08, 2006
I am not in the habit of defending Jimmy Carter. Never. But for Dennis Ross to make a claim of plagiarism over this? Give me a break. What? Ross invents maps of lands that do not exist except in worlds that he alone can see and in planets that he inhabits by himself? What is next? Dennis Ross claims exclusive ownership over the word "potato."? And since when Dennis Ross "makes" maps? I mean, I know that he makes great contributions to the absence of peace in the Middle East, but I never knew that he has other skills besides not knowing much about the Middle East, and merely advancing the cause of Zionist militancy.

Friday, 22 December 2006


White Sisters?
Paul Heywood - Smith QC, November 20, 2006
The Australian government's silence regarding Mr. Tamir's comments and its rejection of Senator Allison's bill raises some troubling questions regarding Australian foreign policy. To what extent do Mr. Tamir's comments reflect the Australian government's perception of Australia's place in the world?

Two White Sisters in Asia: Israel and Australia
M. Shahid Alam, November 7, 2006
Perhaps, it is this changing global scenario that is causing some Israelis to emphasize their root constituency: white solidarity. Is this why Ambassador Naftali Tamir is advising Israel to forge a deeper partnership with Australia? It is possible that deep down, some Australians too feel beleaguered among a 'sea of Asians,' even though no Asian country threatens Australia. Perhaps, the Ambassador speaks as an insider. Perhaps, that is why he thinks it might be a good idea to exploit these Australian fears.

Israel's white Australia policy!
Mark Elf, Friday, October 13, 2006
Check this out. It's a report in Ha'aretz about how the Israeli ambassador to Australia has suggested that Israel and Australia should unite on the basis of the whiteness of the populations that count in those two states.

As'ad AbuKhalil: The glorious country of Micronesia (which had sent one soldier into Iraq to support the American occupation) is in the news again: "Voting "no" were the United States, Israel, Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. Abstaining were Canada, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu."

U.N. assembly presses Israel to withdraw from Gaza
Saturday November 18, 06:36 AM
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Friday to deplore a deadly Israeli artillery attack in Gaza, six days after the United States vetoed a similar measure in the Security Council.

The assembly voted 156-7 with six abstentions to approve a resolution put forward by Arab states that also urged the Jewish state to immediately withdraw its troops from Gaza.


Iraq war was good for Israel: Olmert
Dan Williams, Wednesday November 22, 3:16 PM ET
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Iraq war was a boon for Israel's security, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday, voicing fresh endorsement for a Bush administration sapped by the unpopularity at home of its Middle East policies.

For a year - a SOLID YEAR - you should be invoking the name of Saddam Hussein and how Israel was always behind American efforts to rid the world of this ruthless dictator and liberate their people. Saddam will remain a powerful symbol of terror to Americans for a long time to come. A pro-Israeli expression of solidarity with the American people in their successful effort to remove Saddam will be appreciated.

Peretz's office admits 'irregularities' in use of cluster bombs during war
Meron Rapoport, Ha'aretz, November 21, 2006
Meanwhile, for the first time yesterday, the IDF admitted targeting populated areas with cluster munitions. In a statement released by the IDF Spokesman's Office, "the use of cluster munitions against built-up areas was done only against military targets where rocket launches against Israel were identified and after taking steps to warn the civilian population." The statements released by the minister's office contradict Israel Defense Forces' claims - made both during and after the war - regarding the use of cluster munitions.

Civilians bear brunt of abuses, UN rights chief says
Report, UN News, November 23, 2006

International court on trial
Ian Black
Israel, another significant non-signatory, fears prosecutions over its behaviour in occupied Palestinian territories - such as the incident in which 18 Gazan civilians were killed by shelling this month. Still, the court's reach is fairly limited. Though the UN security council can ask the ICC to launch investigations, it has no police force or coercive powers of its own.


Swedish human rights worker viciously attacked by Jewish extremists in Hebron
ISM Hebron, November 18, 2006
A 19-year old Swedish human rights worker had her cheekbone broken by a Jewish extremist in Hebron today. Earlier the same day at least five Palestinians, including a 3-year-old child, were injured by the settler-supporting extremists, who rampaged through Tel Rumeida hurling stones and bottles at local residents. Palestinian schoolchildren on their way home were also attacked. The Israeli army, which was intensively deployed in the area, did not intervene to stop the attacks.

Nigel Parry's Hebron Diary

International Solidarity Movement updates


Hollow Visions of Palestine's Future
Jonathan Cook, November 18, 2006
Peace will need more than David Grossman - or Uri Avnery.

A project of dispossession can never be a noble cause
Ahdaf Soueif, November 17, 2006
Israel's liberal intellectuals lament the malaise that grips their country - but refuse to face up to the ethnicide at the heart of it.

Realities of death - November 2006
The value of life has little to do with the value accorded to death and the latter, writes Azmi Bishara, is determined as much by who did the killing as by the identity of the victim.


Israel ups the stakes in the propaganda war
Stewart Purvis, November 20, 2006
Amir Gissin talked last week of plans to get Israeli video onto sites like YouTube which he said were viewed by opinion "shapers". And his cousin Dr Ra'anan Gissin, formerly Ariel Sharon's media adviser, has endorsed the idea of having picture power at the country's disposal ready for future conflicts. Referring to Israel's opponents, he put it in his usual direct way: "You need to shoot a picture before you shoot them."

SourceWatch: Hasbara refers to the propaganda efforts to sell Israel, justify its actions, and defend it in world opinion. The premise of hasbara is that Israel's problems are a matter of better propaganda, and not one of an underlying unjust situation.


Bright lights and promises
The new Palestinian government of technocrats may bring an end to sanctions, and hope for the peace process reports Khaled Amayreh.
Fatah is likely to take the Foreign Ministry and a number of other service- oriented portfolios. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Palestinian Democratic Initiative headed by Mustafa Barghouti and the Third Way, headed by former minister of finance Salam Fayad, are all expected to take part in the upcoming government.

A committed intellectual - November 2006
Mustafa Barghouti reflects on the work and life of Edward Said.

Propaganda and war
Edward Said, September 2001
Never have the media been so influential in determining the course of war as during the Al-Aqsa Intifada, which, as far as the Western media are concerned, has essentially become a battle over images and ideas. Israel has already poured hundreds of millions of dollars into what in Hebrew is called hasbara, or information for the outside world (hence, propaganda).

Perpetual discord - November 2006
Dina Ezzat is shocked by the Arabs' endless ability to accommodate Israeli violations and American arrogance.


Killing Hope in Beit Hanoun
Ramzy Baroud, November 18, 2006

The Worst Ramadan

A prayer in paradise
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, November 23, 2006
The kindergarten teacher is lying on a stretcher, covered with blood. The minibus is parked alongside. From somewhere to the left, the army cannon is firing shells. The children are lying on the ground next to one another. That is how one of the children described the morning when they were driving to their kindergarten in Beit Lahia and an Israel Defense Forces shell or missile - the army spokesman refuses to say - exploded several meters away and mortally wounded the teacher before their eyes.


Caterpillar Homewrecker's Visit to London
Tom Hayes, November 24, 2006
On Wednesday around 50 protesters including the rhythms of resistance samba band turned out to 'greet' Mike Baunton, the Vice President of Caterpillar, who was due to speak at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers' Annual Dinner.

The message of the bulldozers
Jeff Halper, November 19, 2006
Israel's policy of demolishing Palestinian homes is part and parcel of an overall policy of displacement in which 80% of the Palestinians have been pushed from what has become Israel. Almost half of the entire Palestinian people (those living in the Occupied Territories) are being confined to a truncated Bantustan. Millions of refugees continue to languish in camps and 'Israeli Arabs', Palestinian citizens of Israel, find their own status increasingly threatened.


Artist Suzanne Klotz's Indispensable Guide to the Holy Land
Mulham Assir, November 24, 2006
Her commitment to the Palestinian cause is above all else spiritual. A deeply compassionate and genuine humanist, Klotz believes that the spiritual teachings of all major religions are the same. She also believes that Zionism has not only perverted and misrepresented Judaism to both Jews and Christians but is also misrepresenting and demonizing Muslims and Islam to the world. Her current work is a collection of 99 books she is creating, each representing one of God's attributes.

Karen Armstrong: How Religious Movements Prolong the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Carlton Cobb, CNI, November 20, 2006


Peace never - November 2006
In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Dina Ezzat seeks out the Israeli drive for peace.

Nine Israeli human rights organizations speak out about Gaza
Statement, Israeli human rights organizations, November 17, 2006

Israel/Palestine: Violence Hasn't Worked
Vivienne Porzsolt, November 22, 2006


Palestinians hail Irish academics' support of Palestine
David Lundy, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, November 21, 2006
Irish academics were thanked this week in an open letter, signed by over 100 academics and 1,000 students of Birzeit University near Ramallah, Palestine. The thanks were addressed to the 61 Irish academics who wrote a public letter in September calling for a moratorium on EU aid to Israeli universities, until Israel abides by international law and basic human rights norms.

Why The Academic Boycott Is Necessary
Lawrence Davidson, November 2006

Witnessing an Undercover Operation in Ramallah

A Tale of Two Sisters: Witnessing an Undercover Israeli Operation in Ramallah
Annemarie Jacir, occupied Palestine, 15 November 2006

Emily Jacir's blog from Ramallah
Today is November 15th. Today is our supposed "Independence Day". A joke. Was almost killed today. This will be brief and inarticulate. I am still in shock.


Book Review: The Second Palestinian Intifada by Ramzy Baroud
Fred Wilcox, 7 November 2006
Palestinians who resist the occupation suffer terrible consequences, but they are not alone. An Israeli sniper in the Jenin refugee wounded Ian Hook, a United Nations coordinator. Mr. Hook bled to death when the IDF refused to permit an ambulance to take him to a hospital. On the same day Hook was murdered, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a twenty-three year-old Irish activist, Caoimhe Butterly, who was standing in the line of fire between the IDF and Palestinian children.

Treacherous Road to Oslo Begins Here
Ramzy Baroud, November 13, 2006

Pinochet in Palestine
Joseph Massad, 9 - 15 November 2006

Academic set for Palestinian 'unity' leadership
Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem, 14 November 2006


Gaza: While the world looked elsewhere, another week of death and misery
Donald Macintyre In Beit Hanoun, 11 November 2006

How a Beit Hanun Family was Destroyed
Amira Hass, November 13, 2006

Not Without my Daughter
Gideon Levy, November 13, 2006
Above all, this is the story of a little girl whose life was ruined during the festive first trip in the family car that her father had bought, when it was hit by an air force missile. Perhaps it was supposed to kill a wanted man, but instead it hit the new car and wiped out an innocent family. But no less than that, this is also the story of her father, Hamdi Aman, a young man of 28 who lost his small son, his wife, his mother and his uncle during the cursed family outing, and whose life's work is now his disabled daughter's rehabilitation.

Preparing for the next invasion
Amira Hass, Haaretz, 15 November 2006
The management of the Beit Hanun hospital decided to dig a well in the hospital's yard. By Saturday, laborers and bulldozers were already on the job. That is how the hospital is readying itself for the next invasion by the Israeli army.


US vetoes Security Council draft resolution on Israeli operations in Gaza
Report, UN News, 11 November 2006
Exercising its veto in the Security Council today, the United States blocked a draft resolution that won the endorsement of 10 other members and would have called for a United Nations fact-finding mission in response to a recent Israeli operation in Gaza resulting in at least 18 civilian deaths.

UN expert urges Israel to stop destruction in Gaza, calls for military sanctions
Report, UN News, 13 November 2006


A Dissenting Note on the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917
On the Anti-Semitism of the Present Government

By Lord Montague

South Africa seen as model for Palestine
Ali Abunimah, The Chicago Tribune, 13 November 2006

Lieberman And Israeli Apartheid
Saree Makdisi, 15 November, 2006
The only thing that distinguishes Avigdor Lieberman from run of the mill politics in Israel is that he is willing to take Israel's vision of itself to its logical conclusion. Rather than tolerating non-Jews as second or third class citizens, he wants them out altogether. The issue, then, is not that Lieberman is more racist than other Israeli politicians. It is, rather, that he shamelessly utters what most of his peers dare not say aloud.

The Anatomy of a Beautiful Soul
Raymond Deane, The Electronic Intifada, 9 November 2006
Of Israeli literature's "three wise men", Grossman is the one who universally gleans most respect. When the "three wise men" came out against the recent Lebanon war two weeks after it had started, this was widely reported and totted up to their credit. The fact that they had initially backed it enthusiastically wasn't reported at all.

Poetic license
Meron Benvenisti, Ha'aretz, 16 November 2006


French troops 'came close to shooting down Israeli jets'
Angela Charlton in Paris, 10 November 2006
The French government has demanded that Israel stop mock raids over Lebanon after French peacekeepers came within seconds of shooting down Israeli warplanes.

Military sales to Israel challenged
Richard Norton-Taylor, Wednesday November 15, 2006


The Contract of the Distilled Egotism
Benny Ziffer (Tziffer), Zalman Amit (translator)
Ha'aretz, November 8, 2006

We already have experience with one thousand and one cases where Palestinians were killed by mistake.

No one is guilty in Israel
Gideon Levy, November 14, 2006
A few hours after the disaster, while the Gaza Strip was still enveloped in sorrow and deep in shock, the air force was already hastening to carry out another targeted killing, an arrogant demonstration of just how much this disaster does not concern us.


How Gaza Offends Us All
Jennifer Loewenstein, Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre, 11.09.2006
What a terrible shame it is that Gazans have not yet attained the status of Human in the eyes of the Western powers, for the resistance there will continue to be an enigma until this changes. For now, however, the slaughter will continue unabated.

Cultural diplomacy
Jessica Robertson Wright, The Jerusalem Fund, 13 November 2006
With reactions ranging from bugged-out eyes to shocked silence, I have started tempering my response to the job question by mumbling that I work for a Middle Eastern nonprofit. However, my husband, who loves to rile people up and dismisses my soft-pedaling, usually leans over when he hears me and chimes in with a hearty "It's a Palestinian organization." And there the conversation dies.

The Democrats Don't Care
Kathleen and Bill Christison, 13 November 2006


Photostory: The Old City of Nablus
November 14th, 2006 Posted in Journals, Nablus Region,
Photos by Bill Dienst MD, November 13th

Nablus, population 113 thousand, is the West Bank's second largest city: second only to East Jerusalem. Founded during the time of the Romans, it is over 2000 years old.


Dear student, what does Dad think of the army?
Meron Rapoport, Ha'aretz, 15 November 2006
The homeroom teacher did not tell the students the truth, and maybe she didn't know it herself. Those questionnaires were not meant "to remain with the youth counselors." They were meant to reach the Education Corps and to help it find "problematic clients," the young people who are not happy about army induction and to give them personal attention. The IDF uses the direct-mailing method. The product it is marketing with this method is the military draft.

Israel opted for cheaper, unsafe cluster bombs in Lebanon war
Meron Rapoport, Haaretz, 14 November 2006
The main reason for the use of the U.S.-made weapons: Israel uses military aid funds to purchase cluster bombs from the U.S., and in order to buy IMI-made bombs, the Israel Defense Forces would have to dip into its own budget.

How Israel put Gaza civilians in firing line
Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor, Sunday November 12, 2006
The IDF has claimed a fault in the artillery radar system's co-ordinates for the missiles changed the margin of error from 25 to 200m, but that still does not explain why it waited until the following day to return fire to a general area - a policy that the Israeli peace group B'Tselem describes as a 'war crime'.

Grave suspicion of extrajudicial execution of two wounded Palestinians
B'Tselem - 8 November 2006
B'Tselem's investigation indicates that Salim Abu al-Heijah and Mahmoud Abu Hassan were executed by soldiers while they lay wounded, unarmed and posed no risk to the soldiers.


For Evangelicals, Supporting Israel Is 'God's Foreign Policy'
David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times,14 November 2006

Christian Zionism: An Egregious Threat to Middle East Understanding
Report, Council for the National Interest, 26 October 2006

Save a Jew, Save Yourself!
Mark Ames reviews The American Prophecies by Michael D. Evans


As'ad AbuKhalil reviews Time Magazine's
The Middle East: The History,the Conflict, the Culture, the Faiths

12 November 2006

Norman Finkelstein on Jimmy Carter's Peace Not Apartheid (New York: 2006)
10 November 2006


Photostory: How to Harvest Olives In Palestine
Omar, with photos, editing, and English translation by Dr. Bill
Dienst writing from Qraawa-Beny-Zed, occupied Palestine, 13 November 2006

Academic Boycott: "We do not want to continue business as usual"

We overcame our fear
Jameela al-Shanti in Beit Hanoun
Thursday November 9, 2006

Yesterday at dawn, the Israeli air force bombed and destroyed my home. I was the target, but instead the attack killed my sister-in-law, Nahla, a widow with eight children in her care. In the same raid Israel's artillery shelled a residential district in the town of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip, leaving 19 dead and 40 injured, many killed in their beds. One family, the Athamnas, lost 16 members in the massacre: the oldest who died, Fatima, was 70; the youngest, Dima, was one; seven were children. The death toll in Beit Hanoun has passed 90 in one week.

Israel kills 18 in shelling of Gaza town
08 Nov 2006 07:43:17 GMT, Source: Reuters
Nidal al-Mughrabi

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Israeli tank shells killed 18 civilians in Gaza on Wednesday including 13 members of one family, Palestinian officials and residents said, in one of Israel's deadliest strikes in the territory in months.UN officials voice 'shock and dismay' at deadly

Israeli shelling of Gaza civilians
Report, UN News, 8 November 2006


The Women of Beit Hanoun
Eliza Ernshire, November 7, 2006
The winter rains have started and the temperatures are falling everyday. Unsealed roads are fast becoming muddy tracks. The heavens are weeping too, witness to the frightful events that are unfolding now in that devastated and forgotten strip of land that we call Gaza, home to 3 million Palestinians.

Gaza women killed in mosque siege
Friday, 3 November 2006, 22:15 GMT
The BBC's Matthew Price in Jerusalem says that in television footage of the incident, some men are visible in the crowd, but there is no evidence that they were carrying guns.

Israeli troops open fire on women outside mosque
Staff and agencies, 3 November 2006



A blog by Dr. Mona El-Farra, a physician by training, a human rights and women's rights activist by practice, in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Laila El-Haddad, journalist, mom, occupied Palestinian-all packed into one.


Casualties Mount in New Israeli Attack on Gaza
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
Amy Goodman interviews Jennifer Loewenstein, visiting research fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, currently in Gaza City.

Listen to Maj. Gen. Stern
Gideon Levy, 7 November, 2006
In recent months, almost no day has gone by without Palestinians being killed in Gaza. Instead of asking why, we get a prime minister who boasts to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee about "300 terrorists" dead within four months, as if killing in itself were an enormous achievement. This is the lesson from Ehud Olmert, and it is immeasurably more grievous than all his alleged corruption affairs.

Another Hamas Peace Plan Ignored
Ira Chernus, 4 November 2006

Video: Norman Finkelstein on Hamas, current crisis
Lebanon, Hezbollah (Burlington, VT, 09.30.2006)


After a six-day barrage, Israel leaves Gaza town to count dead
Sa'id Ghazali in Beit Hanoun and Eric Silver in Jerusalem
Published: 08 November 2006

Beit Hanoun: Israelis pull out leaving trail of death
Rory McCarthy in Beit Hanoun
Wednesday November 8, 2006

Hours after the Israeli military pulled out of the town of Beit Hanoun yesterday morning, Talal Nasr was at the cemetery to search for a spot to bury the body of his 13-year-old daughter.

Olmert to press on with Gaza offensive
Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem
Monday November 6, 2006


Gaza: ICRC deplores the death of two Palestine Red Crescent volunteers carrying out their humanitarian duties
5-11-2006 Press Release 06/121

International Red Cross says Israeli forces hit clearly marked ambulance workers November 5, 2006
The Associated Press

Red Cross deplores the deaths of two paramedics in Gaza
Report, ICRC, 6 November 2006
Palestinian friends and relatives attend the funeral of paramedic Ahmed al-Madhoun, 43, who was killed during clashes with Israeli forces in Beit Hanoun in Gaza, 4 November 2006.

Red Cross: IDF hit clearly marked ambulance workers
Last update - 07:59 06/11/2006


Transcripts of Campus Conflict & Vincent/Danby Interview
Dateline, SBS - November 8, 2006

Targeting the University
Joseph Massad, 3 June 2005

Neocon Man
Eyal Press - April 22, 2004
Pipes conceded to me that there was an element of "wishful thinking" among supporters of the war, "including in myself." He might have been more sober-minded had he listened to some of the arguments being made by members of the profession he once, a long time ago, aspired to join.

Pipes' personal views on the conflict can be traced back to the early days of the struggle. In 1923, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, an ideological father to the Israeli right wing, wrote that there would be no peace until the Arabs in Israel were psychologically crushed. "As long as the Arabs preserve a gleam of hope that they will succeed in getting rid of us, nothing in the world can cause them to relinquish that hope," he declared.

"AIPAC has undertaken a massive effort to educate all congressional candidates on the value of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Nearly every candidate has met with AIPAC professional staff members and submitted a position paper summarizing his or her views on U.S. policy toward the Middle East. A non-partisan organization, AIPAC has for decades worked with Republican, Democratic and Independent members of Congress to strengthen the ties between the United States and Israel."

Israel Comes First - Pelosi at AIPAC
Joshua Frank, 31 May 2005

Blaming the lobby
Joseph Massad, March 2006

A Note of Dissent: On the Israel Lobby Piece by Mearsheimer and Walt
As'ad AbuKhalil, Friday, March 17, 2006
Since I returned from Qatar on Thursday, I must have received a copy of the Israel Lobby article by Mearsheimer and Walt from more than 20 different sources, at least. It is clear that this is one of those pieces that get wide circulation over the internet (the internet? that is where Walid Jumblat "found" evidence that Shib`a Farms are not Lebanese). I of course read it with interest. This is what I think. I will be referring to the full text that appeared as a Faculty Research Working Papers Series by the Kennedy School of Government.

Debating the Lobby in Manhattan - Israel Sends in the Clowns
Michael J. Smith, 29 September 2006

The Demographics of American Jews
Lenni Brenner, 24 October 2003

The Lobby and the Great Protestant Crusader
The NYT Confronts Mearsheimer and Walt--Not Quite Head On

Lenni Brenner, 17 March 2006


Academic Boycott: "We do not want to continue business as usual"
Birgit Althaler, 8 November 2006

Final Report of the Conference
"The Struggle Continues: Boycotting Israeli Apartheid"

Memorial on the 50th Anniversary of the Kafr Qasem Massacre

First it was the ABC, now senator has new target
Jason Koutsoukis, October 22, 2006
KEY Howard loyalists are set to launch a scathing attack on multicultural broadcaster SBS and force it to answer accusations of blatant left-wing bias.

Influential Victorian Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson will lead the assault on SBS and its executives at a special Senate estimates hearing next week.

He singled out SBS's coverage of the recent Hezbollah-Israel conflict as one of the most appalling examples of biased reporting he had ever seen. "Their commentary on international events, particularly the conflict between Lebanon and Israel, just displayed a clear lack of impartiality and completely lacked any balance whatsoever," Senator Ronaldson said.


Israel's scandalous siege of Gaza
Patrick Seale, October 27, 2006
The situation is all the more urgent because, according to reports from Israel, something bigger and still more lethal is in prospect. Fresh from the indiscriminate slaughter they unleashed on Lebanon this summer - and no doubt eager to efface the memory of that fiasco - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and the chief of staff, General Dan Halutz, are said to be about to mount a military offensive against Gaza, on a far larger scale than the bombardments and armored incursions of recent months.

"What We Did Was Insane and Monstrous"
Israel's Cluster Bomb War

Saree Makdisi, October 23, 2006
When the count of unexploded cluster bomblets passed 100,000, the United Nation's undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Jan Egeland, expressed his disbelief at the scale of the problem. "What's shocking and, I would say to me, completely immoral," he said, "is that 90% of the cluster-bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when we knew there would be a resolution, when we really knew there would be an end of this."

Mystery Of Israel's Secret Uranium Bomb
Robert Fisk, 28 October 2006
Did Israel use a secret new uranium-based weapon in southern Lebanon this summer in the 34-day assault that cost more than 1,300 Lebanese lives, most of them civilians?


Israel's Minister of Strategic Threats
Jonathan Cook, October 25, 2006
The furore that briefly flared this week at the decision of Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to invite Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party into the government coalition is revealing, but not in quite the way many observers assume.

Lieberman to power
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 16 October 2006
Peace-seekers should support the move to bring Avigdor Lieberman into the government. It is impossible to understand the opposition of several Labor party ministers to having Yisrael Beitenu join the government after all, just what precisely are they afraid will happen? That Israel will embark on an unnecessary war? That the settlement enterprise will be reinforced? That the government will reject Syria's peace proposal? That racism toward Arab citizens of Israel will increase, or that the occupation army will be cruel to the Palestinians?

An empty car
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 22.10.06

Labor accepts inclusion of ultra-nationalist in Israeli government

Hamas touts 10-year ceasefire to break deadlock over Israel
Ewen MacAskill and Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian, November 1, 2006
Hamas is urging Britain to back its proposal for a ceasefire of up to 10 years as a way of breaking the impasse over its refusal to recognise the state of Israel.


Ramallah Friends School Hit by Denial of Entry Policy
Paul D. Pierce, Quaker International Affairs Representative - Jerusalem
October 2006

When Renee Bowyer left Ramallah for Jordan at the beginning of October, she thought she would spend a couple of days in Amman, Jordan and return to teaching English at The Friends School in Ramallah the following week. Unfortunately, when she tried to re-enter Israel and renew her three-month visa at the Allenby Bridge in the middle of October, she was denied entry. Her 7th grade students at the Friends School would have to do without their teacher as a result. Bowyer, who holds an Australian passport, joins hundreds and perhaps thousands of foreign passport holders who have been denied entry as a result of a new Israeli policy.

Not Only the Right to Worship is Sacred
Amira Hass, Haaretz, 25 October 2006
During the past two weeks, there has been fresh proof of the importance of collective struggle: The U.S. State Department has complained about the ethnic discrimination Israel practices at border crossings when it restricts the entry of American citizens of Palestinian and Arab origin into the occupied territories. An American complaint like this - though only against one of the aspects of the policy of oppressing Palestinian freedom of movement - is a rare thing.

Even Palestinian-Americans are being turned back at the border
Amira Hass, Haaretz, 18.10.06

Keepers of the Peace
Rima Merriman, 24 October 2006


Art of resistance
October 21 2006, The Guardian
Ahdaf Soueif on how Palestinians are reaching out across the globe creatively

Book Review: The Persistence of the Palestinian Question
Sally Bland, 26 October 2006
Taking stock over a decade later, it is obvious that the pragmatic approach was not at all pragmatic, for it failed miserably. Far from ushering in peace, the Oslo accords paved the way for Israel to grab more land and tighten its control over Palestinian lives. Massad doesn't waste time bemoaning this outcome, but rather seeks the roots of the problem, delving into awkward corners that most prefer to ignore.

Dems Repudiate Carter Book
"Top Democrats are rushing to repudiate former President Carter's controversial new book on the Middle East, in which he accuses the Israeli government of maintaining an apartheid system. Two key party leaders - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, party chairman, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - and several congressmen issued statements Monday saying that the book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," does not represent their views on the Jewish state."


Settlements grow on Arab land, despite vow to U.S.
Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent

A secret, two year investigation by the defense establishment shows that there has been rampant illegal construction in dozens of settlements and in many cases involving privately owned Palestinian properties.

The information in the study was presented to two defense ministers, Amir Peretz and his predecessor Shaul Mofaz, but was not released in public and a number of people participating in the investigations were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements.

According to security sources familiar with the study, the material is "political and diplomatic dynamite." In conversations with Haaretz, the sources maintained that the report is not being made public in order to avoid a crisis with the U.S. government.


Tel Rumeida Diary: The Israeli Idea of "Quiet"
Mary, October 14th, 2006

This is the "quiet" of the Israeli army. The settlers, no matter how badly they behave or how unreasonable their demands, are always put first. The Palestinians, no matter how conciliatory they are, always come last.

Olive Harvest in Tel Rumeida under Threat from Settlers
H has experienced continual harassment from the settlers who want to force him out and occupy his house and land. They have put razor wire across a path so that he cannot access a safer way to his home and have built their own steps down onto this land so that they can work it themselves. One of the main people responsible for this is a woman who recently moved to the Tel Rumeida settlement after having been evicted from the settlements in Gaza.

Israeli barrier and settlement to leave West Bank village with nowhere to go
Rory McCarthy in Wadi Fukin
Monday October 30, 2006

Land confiscation and pollution threaten future of ancient farming community


Twilight Zone / Loss upon loss
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 20.10.06
Mohammed was 53 years old; Ismail was 27 and Hanan was 15. Their only crime, according to the evidence, was that they emerged from their house in the middle of the night, frightened by the thunder of the shell or missile that landed on their house. And then the soldiers standing in the street fired at them, killing them one after the other.


MEMORIAL on the 50th Anniversary of the Kafr Qasem Massacre
Fifty years ago, on October 29, 1956, 49 Palestinian residents of Kafr Qasem were murdered by Israeli border police who at that time were officially attached to the military. Countless more were wounded and left bleeding and unattended. Their families were unable to offer aid because of a 24 hour curfew lasting for some two days and three nights. Violation of the curfew was punishable by death.

For Arabs Only: Israeli Law and Order
Jonathan Cook, June 14, 2006
Arab citizens have not forgotten the massacre of 49 men, women and children by a unit of soldiers who enforced a last-minute curfew on the Israeli village of Kfar Qassem in 1956, executing the villagers -- Arabs, of course -- at the checkpoint one by one as they innocently returned home from a day's work in the fields. During their trial, the Haaretz newspaper reported that the soldiers received a 50 per cent pay increase and that it was obvious the men were "not treated as criminals but as heroes". Found guilty of an "administrative error", the commander was given a one penny fine.

Israel's white Australia policy!

The Struggle for Palestine's Soul
Jonathan Cook, October 6, 2006


Fatah's US saviour
Erica Silverman, Al Ahram, 19 - 25 October 2006
The United States is standing squarely behind Fatah as rumours spread of possible new legislative elections.


Ten Palestinians Killed in Gaza Past Two Days
Report, PCHR, 15 October 2006
In the past two days, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed 10 Palestinians and wounded 11 others, including a child, in the Gaza Strip. Six of the victims, including two civilians, were killed during an incursion conducted by IOF into the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya. The remaining victims were extra-judicially executed by IOF in Beit Lahia and Gaza City.

Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks
Rory McCarthy in Gaza City, Wednesday October 18, 2006

Starvation continues
Al Ahram, 12 - 18 October 2006
Amid defiance on the part of Hamas and endurance by the population, no end seems in sight to the policy of starving the Palestinians into submission, writes Erica Silverman.

Good News From Gaza
Ran HaCohen, October 16, 2006
But even in these darkest days there is a single ray of light. There is someone who does care about the people of Gaza, someone who does see them as human beings deserving food, shelter, freedom and dignity. Guess who. Mother Teresa? Close, but no cigar. The answer is: the Israeli army. At least if you ask Israel's by far most popular portal, YNET, the website of Israel's most selling daily Yediot Achronot. Read along (Hebrew; translation: ).


Just Another Mother Murdered
Alison Weir, October 6, 2006

Weekend Reading: Collateral Damage
Gideon Levy, October 11, 2006
Let the chips fall where they may, the saying goes, but this time the chip was a terrifying concrete beam that was sent flying into the air hundreds of meters from a house the IDF bombed in the middle of the night. It landed in the bedroom of a 14-year-old girl, Dahm al-Az Hamad. Sometimes children are killed, but this time the girl was her parents' only child. Her mother is paralyzed. Sometimes tragedies happen, but the tragedy of the Hamad family is almost too much to describe.


The BBC and Israel's plan for a military strike on Iran
Jonathan Cook, 12 October 2006

A re-run of the Lebanon war in Palestine?
Hasan Abu Nimah & Ali Abunimah, 11 October 2006

Israeli / US Cluster Bombs Litter Lebanon
James Brooks, October 17, 2006

Official: Israel used phosphorous bombs
23 October 2006, USA Today
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli army used phosphorous artillery shells against Hezbollah guerrilla targets during their war in Lebanon this summer, an Israeli Cabinet minister said, confirming Lebanese allegations for the first time.

Extreme right-winger to join Israeli government
Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem, Scotsman, 23 October 2006
A FAR-RIGHT politician dubbed "the most dangerous politician in the history of Israel" because of his anti-Arab and authoritarian views last night looked set to join the Israeli government.


Air Condi - The Mystery of America
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, October 9, 2006
It happens once every few months. Like a periodic visit by an especially annoying relative from overseas, Condoleezza Rice was here again.

Denial of Entry: Rice's Probe and the Israeli Administration
Rima Merriman, October 17, 2006

2 pictures speak volumes + denied entry update
Sam Bahour, October 14, 2006


Israel's white Australia policy!
Mark Elf - Friday, October 13, 2006

Israeli envoy faces sack over race slur
David Humphries and Edmund Tadros, October 16, 2006

Careless words are often an indication of underlying racism
Iain Gillies, Thursday, October 19, 2006

Katsav urged to quit
Agencies, 16/10/2006

Israeli President accused of rape
PM - Monday, October 16, 2006
Reporter: David Hardaker

A soul-searching mission
Arthur Neslen, October 19, 2006
Allegations against Israel's president have opened up a dialogue on sexual violence - one of many things the country needs to talk about.


Academic to quit post in anger over Israel
Penelope Debelle The Age October 11, 2006

Israeli academic condemns ethnic cleansing
Tony Iltis, Green Left Weekly, October 18, 2006

Review of week of solidarity with Palestine
Rahul Prassad & Amber Pike - Sydney
Green Left Weekly, October 18, 2006

600 Attend Landmark BDS Conference in Toronto
Press Release, CAIA, October 10, 2006