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Thursday, August 31, 2006

News for 08-30-06

08-30-06 - Nine Palestinians killed in Gaza Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called on the international community to "halt Israeli aggression" after nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops....They included a 14-year-old boy shot in the chest, two men in their 30s also shot and five others who died from tank fire, medical officials said.

08-30-06 - Israeli fire kills six Palestinians in Gaza Strip According to witnesses, all five were civilians.

08-30-06 - Israeli snipers shoot dead two Palestinians in eastern Gaza

08-30-06 - Israel spewed cluster bombs over Lebanon in last days of war : UN UN Mine Action Coordination Center had assessed "nearly 85 percent of bombed areas in south Lebanon" and identified "359 separate cluster bomb strike locations that are contaminated with as many 100,000 unexploded bomblets." "What's shocking and I would say completely immoral is that 90 percent of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict when we knew there would be a resolution, when we knew there would be an end,"

08-30-06 - Annan urges Israel to stop killing Palestinians United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has said the suffering of the Palestinian people must not be forgotten during attempts to end the crisis between Israel and Lebanon...."The closure of Gaza must be lifted, the crossing points must be opened."

08-30-06 - Pressure for ban on cluster bombs as Israel is accused of targeting civilians Simon Conway, director of the British charity Landmine Action, condemned Israel's "cynical" use of the weapons. He said: "The premeditated targeting of residential areas with high failure-rate cluster munitions in the final days of the conflict means that the rubble-filled villages of southern Lebanon have been deliberately turned into minefields that will indiscriminately kill civilians for years to come."....Frank Cook, Labour chairman of the Commons all-party Landmine Group, added: "These weapons are totally indiscriminate. For them to be used by Israel among a civilian population is quite outrageously inexcusable."

08-30-06 - Islamic Jihad military chief dies A top Palestinian militant leader has died after being shot in the head by Israeli troops last week, Palestinian officials said.

08-30-06 - UN denounces Israel cluster bombs The UN's humanitarian chief has accused Israel of "completely immoral" use of cluster bombs in Lebanon.

08-30-06 - OPT: Gaza siege causing major health crisis Gaza hospitals are facing a crisis because of a western and Israeli economic boycott, and an Israeli military offensive. The United Nations has warned of an increasingly desperate humanitarian situation.

08-30-06 - International blockades threaten Palestinian schools With an alarmingly high unemployment rate of 40 per cent and most civil servants, including most teachers without paychecks for five months now, few households can afford the expense of sending the students back to school when the summer holidays end. Salaries have not been paid for MONTHS - and that includes the salaries of TEACHERS, folks. It's not right to punish an entire people for the actions of a few. Collective punishment was SUPPOSED to have gone out with the Nazis.

08-30-06 - Pregnant women must get urgent access to health care in Occupied Palestinian Territory, Says UNFPA UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, expresses its deep concern about recent reports of delays at Israeli checkpoints of women in labour, which have resulted in forced roadside births, and even death of some women and infants

08-30-06 - Settlers uproot scores of olive trees in Yatta near Hebron A group of right wing Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Sousa uprooted on Wednesday scores of olive trees that belong to Palestinian farmers from the nearby village of Yatta south of the West Bank city of Hebron.

08-30-06 - UNICEF action in Gaza - update as of 29 August 2006

08-30-06 - Israel rejects U.N. blockade appeal Israel rejected a call by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday to lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon, saying it would end the seven-week-old siege only when all aspects of a ceasefire were in place.

08-30-06 - Lebanon refuses contact with Israel

08-30-06 - Lebanese gov't to compensate war victims Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora has said his government would pay 40,000 dollars in compensation to families whose homes were destroyed in southern Lebanon during the war between Israel and Hezbollah.

08-30-06 - UN humanitarian chief to attend Palestinian aid conference "You cannot seal off an area which is a litlle bigger than the city of Stockholm (and has) 1.4 million people, of whom 800,0000 are youths and children and then have hundreds of artillery shells (fired) in there every day, seal off the borders, crippling the economy," he said, warning of a "social explosion".

08-30-06 - No security in Mideast without Palestinian state: Abbas "Continued occupation of the Arab and Palestinian territories will not achieve peace," he said after holding talks with Annan in Ramallah.

08-30-06 - OCO health centre, school in Palestine

08-30-06 - The Enemy of My Enemy While it may not sit well with the U.S. public discourse, neither Hezbollah nor Hamas are enemies of the U.S. other than by inferred extension of their enmity with Israel.

08-30-06 - ADL Calls Amnesty International Report "Bigoted, Biased, And Borderline Anti-Semitic Pro-Israeli outfit smears human rights watchdog for daring to tell the truth. Next someone will discover whale feces at the bottom of the ocean.

08-30-06 - Freed Gaza journalist speaks out Gaza is now a no-go area and I think for the people of Gaza that's just such a tragedy because their story needs to be told and the best way of telling that is to have international journalists walking the streets and being able to tell the story of everyday people in Gaza and the minute that story is not being told, then I think that's a great tragedy.

08-30-06 - Voices: A year after Gaza withdrawal

08-30-06 - Lama Hourani NGO worker This collective punishment against the Palestinians is not just from the Israelis, but the international community.

08-30-06 - Russian FM, Hariri discuss Lebanon ceasefire Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has reiterated Russia's call for all sides to meet their obligations under the UN-brokered ceasefire in Lebanon during a telephone conversation with Lebanese parliamentary leader Saad Hariri

08-30-06 - Lebanon war emboldens Palestinians-security chief

08-30-06 - Israel sidesteps calls to end blockade Syria has said it would consider the presence of international troops on its border a hostile act and Lebanon has said it would deploy its own forces there, but bar international troops. Annan has backed Lebanon in the dispute.

08-30-06 - Israel Cause Of Corruption In Palestine, Says MP "Israel took away 83 per cent of our available water, 86 per cent of our land, destroyed 90 per cent of our infrastructure and left three million of our people under siege,"

08-30-06 - Two Elephants in the Room - Israel and its amen corner Mearsheimer, the dean of American foreign policy "realists," and Walt, former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a distinguished member of the faculty, are not easily brushed aside, so the Lobby resorts to a smear campaign

08-30-06 - Led by unidentified relatives, Lebanese girl Lara Abdallah, 6, cries as she walks in the funeral procession Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006 for her mother, sister and four brothers

08-30-06 - Selective Prosecution of War Crimes In fact, the main difference between Saddam's war crimes and Israel's is that while Saddam denies them, Israeli officials indirectly admit them. Amnesty cites a comment by Israel's top uniformed military official that implied that Israel was trying to punish the Lebanese population and government to get them to oppose Hezbollah.

08-30-06 - Chavez: Venezuela, Syria united vs. U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said in Damascus on Wednesday that he and Syrian President Bashar Assad shared a "decisive and firm" stance against U.S. "imperialism" and "domination."

08-30-06 - Livni spared lawsuit Danish authorities turned down a request to prosecute Israel's visiting foreign minister for alleged war crimes.

08-30-06 - Saudi urges world to help Lebanon Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which has provided a 1.5-billion-dollar aid package for Lebanon, will present to the diplomatic missions a list of the country's needs in terms of rebuilding its infrastructure and rehabilitating its armed forces, the statement added.

08-30-06 - Ottawa pledges to help Lebanon's battered fishing industry Ottawa pledged two million Canadian dollars (1.8 million US dollars) to clean up oil spills caused by war off the coast of Lebanon and to help its fragile fishing industry recover.

08-30-06 - Jackson has plan for soldiers' release

08-30-06 - Annan to press Jordan and Syria on Lebanon truce U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan holds talks with Jordan on Thursday in a drive to cement a Hizbollah-Israel ceasefire before travelling to Damascus to press Syria to help stop arms smuggling across its border.

08-30-06 - RI lawmakers want Palestinians freed

08-30-06 - Source: Israel delaying deal on Shalit Israel and Hamas have agreed on the principle of exchanging Shalit for Palestinian prisoners, but that the two parties have not yet decided the exact nature of the deal or how it will be carried out.

08-30-06 - Journalists blame Israel for war coverage "Journalists' access to the battlefield is controlled exclusively by the IDF," said Simon McGregor-Wood, Chairman of the Foreign Press Association, and Bureau Chief of ABC News. ....The New York Times bureau chief also said that Israelis "were not interested in whether 1,000 Lebanese civilians needed to die," adding that the question of "whether Israel fought a proportional war is not much of interest here (in Israel)." I had noticed that myself. The debate in Israel has not once covered the utter destruction that Israel did to civilian life and infrastructure in Lebanon. Some felt that Israel did not do enough damage. Preposterous.

08-30-06 - ADL blasts Annan for Iran visit The national director of the ADL, Abraham Foxman, said Wednesday that the U.N. secretary-general?s talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran this weekend would be akin to meeting with Hitler.

08-30-06 - Hezbollah firm on swap Hezbollah says it won?t relent on its demand to release two captive Israeli soldiers only as part of a prisoner swap.

08-30-06 - U.S. Policies Hurt War on Terrorism, Say Americans

08-30-06 - Report: U.S. Secretly Negotiated with Gaza Kidnappers

08-30-06 - Israel using Rafah crossing to pressure PA on Shalit release The document reveals for the first time that the IDF and the Shin Bet are calling for a closure on grounds other than intelligence on pending terrorist attacks.

08-30-06 - Analysts see 'disaster' in U.S. position "It wasn't what we said" that sparked a firestorm, he said yesterday. "It was the fact that two card-carrying members of the American intellectual establishment finally pointed out the elephant in the room."

08-30-06 - Lebanese Have Little Faith in Peacekeepers 77.3 per cent of respondents think the soldiers will be unable to act as a deterrence force against a possible Israeli attack.

08-30-06 - IDF examining alternative technologies to U.S.-made laser gun

08-30-06 - Israeli Arabs: Israel committed war crimes in Lebanon

08-30-06 - Hizbullah's victory has transformed the Middle East

08-30-06 - Palestinian learns from Northside host Ursula visited Palestine some years ago to experience the difficulties there. "The biggest thing that hit me when I was there and what still makes me shiver, is the complete lack of freedom they have,"

08-30-06 - More U.S. Adults See Israeli Government as an Ally or Friend Than They Do Twelve Other Middle Eastern Countries, According to The Harris Poll Good little sheepies.

08-30-06 - The Five Morons Revisited The "cakewalk" war has now lasted longer than World War II with Nazi Germany, and no end is in sight. It has cost the U.S. taxpayers $310 billion in out-of-pocket costs, with many additional hundreds of billions coming due in veterans' medical bills and other expenses yet to be paid. See last night's news (Neocon Watch) for story on Americans in poverty.

08-30-06 - Calif. mayor won?t apologize Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews provoked the ire of local Jewish leaders earlier this month when she presented a key to the city to Afif Safieh, a longtime member of the PLO, at a talk in front of 250 people

08-30-06 - Other 6-year-olds worthy of coverage, too Are the uncounted 6-year-old Lebanese, Palestinian and Iraqi girls needlessly and violently killed just this year less deserving of our attention and focus than JonBenet?

08-30-06 - Syrian group threatens abductions An obscure Syrian terrorist group threatened to abduct Israeli soldiers.

08-30-06 - Aliases, disguises OK'd for witnesses at Chicago terror trial The ruling came in the case of Muhammad Salah, 53, of suburban Bridgeview and Abdelhaleem Ashquar, 48, of Alexandria, Va., both accused of funneling money to Hamas to pay for murders, kidnappings and other acts of terrorism aimed at the Israeli government. Here in the United States of Israel, you don't have the right to know your accuser.

08-30-06 - Palestinian Activists with International and Israeli Supporters Picket Kofi Annan?s Visit

08-30-06 - Has the Hegemon Been Humbled in Lebanon?

08-30-06 - Former PLO terrorist will speak in area No 'former PLO terrorist' - particularly one that has done jail time in Israel - is going to be allowed access to the US, that is unless he is a propagandist for Israel. Which is exactly what he appears to be. Israel is evidently sending this guy to every major city in the country, to keep the American sheep in line.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Syrian group threatens abductions

An obscure Syrian terrorist group threatened to abduct Israeli soldiers.
In a statement read by Al-Jazeera television Wednesday, the Men of the National Resistance vowed to emulate the border kidnapping tactics of Hezbollah in order to bargain for the release of Syrians held in Israeli prisons. According to the report, the apparently new group operates in the Golan Heights.

Israeli security sources played down the threat, noting that the Golan is populated by Israeli Jews or by Druse who, while professing loyalty to Syria, generally are peaceful.

Hezbollah firm on swap

Hezbollah says it won’t relent on its demand to release two captive Israeli soldiers only as part of a prisoner swap.
“There is no unconditional release. It is not feasible,” Energy Minister Mohammed Fneish, a Hezbollah representative in the Lebanese government, said Wednesday.

Hezbollah captured Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in a July 12 border raid that also killed eight soldiers, and the group insists on releasing them only in exchange for hundreds of Arab prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Israeli media has speculated that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would settle for a compromise whereby three Lebanese prisoners go free.

ADL blasts Annan for Iran visit

The Anti-Defamation League came out against Kofi Annan’s plan to meet the Iranian president.
The national director of the ADL, Abraham Foxman, said Wednesday that the U.N. secretary-general’s talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran this weekend would be akin to meeting with Hitler.

“This is a man who time and again has vowed to destroy Israel and who openly questions the Holocaust,” Foxman said.

Annan, who was in Jerusalem on Wednesday as part of a regional tour to consolidate the U.N.-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah, defended the planned meeting, saying it was his job to maintain contacts with international leaders.

Calif. mayor won’t apologize

A mayor in California refused to apologize for bestowing an honor on a Palestinian who called Hezbollah an “amateur in terrorism compared with Israel.”

Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews provoked the ire of local Jewish leaders earlier this month when she presented a key to the city to Afif Safieh, a longtime member of the PLO, at a talk in front of 250 people, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Mathews said the gesture was not a means of taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but was meant to endorse Safieh’s vision of a two-state solution. Jewish leaders note that the PLO includes groups like the Fatah Movement’s Al-Aksa Brigade, whose members would like to “wipe Israel off the map of the world,” said Rick Litvak, rabbi of a local Reform synagogue.

Livni spared lawsuit

Danish authorities turned down a request to prosecute Israel’s visiting foreign minister for alleged war crimes.

The Attorney General’s Office in Copenhagen rejected the appeal filed by a left-wing lawmaker against Tzipi Livni, who visited Denmark this week as part of a European tour, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.

The lawmaker had argued that Livni should be arrested and prosecuted for her role in Israel’s recent offensive against Hezbollah, which drew international censure due to the high civilian toll in Lebanon.

Israel says its armed forces acted within the bounds of international law.

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News for 08-29-06

08-29-06 - Israeli troops kill more civilians in Gaza

08-29-06 - Palestinian resident killed in Beit Lahia

08-29-06 - Fresh Israeli airstrike kills 3 Palestinians in eastern Gaza

08-29-06 - Nine Palestinians wounded in Israel raid on Gaza Among the wounded were militants and a 10-year-old child in serious condition, the medical source said Tuesday

08-29-06 - Palestinian Children Assaulted by Israeli Army

08-29-06 - Annan urges Israel to end siege Mr Annan also said Israel had committed most of the violations reported in the two-week-old truce with Hezbollah.

08-29-06 - US: Settlers assaulting American citizens "In recent months, citizens of Western nations, including Americans, involved in pro-Palestinian volunteer efforts were assaulted and

injured in the Occupied Territories by Israeli settlers and harassed by the (Israeli army). Those taking part in demonstrations, nonviolent resistance, and direct action are advised to cease such activity for their own safety," it said.

08-29-06 - UN faces rising anger in Lebanon

08-29-06 - Lebanese father mourns loss of family "The Lebanese people, the civilians, we are the losers," Abdallah said softly. "We have lost everything." And unfortunately, that was not a coincidence.

08-29-06 - UN chief calls for end to 'humiliating' Lebanese blockade

08-29-06 - Thousands of Lebanese unable to go home Michael Bociurkiw of the U.N. Children's Fund said four children were injured by previously undetonated explosives over the weekend.

08-29-06 - Annan meets families of abducted Israeli soldiers

08-29-06 - Health Ministry, WHO begin effort to disinfect ravaged neighborhoods

08-29-06 - TV star Nasrallah impresses people on all sides in hopeful Lebanon

08-29-06 - Sinai advisory reissued Israel reissued a warning to its citizens not to travel to the Sinai Peninsula.

08-29-06 - Bush Goes Retro to Avoid Prosecution Bush blocked the attempt to stop Israel's aggression and is, thereby, equally responsible for the war crimes. Indeed, a number of reports claim that Bush instigated the Israeli aggression against Lebanon

08-29-06 - US targets Hezbollah fundraising arm The US government blacklisted a fundraising arm of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah which it said makes no pretence of hiding the deadly aim of its activities.

08-29-06 - Religion in public life: Americans yearn for a middle way strong majorities of white Evangelicals believe God gave Israel to the Jewish people and that the state of Israel is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, views not shared by majorities of the rest of the public A bible is not a land deed.

08-29-06 - 'Missing Israeli pilot' on film Lebanese television has broadcast footage of what it says is Israeli pilot Ron Arad, missing since he was shot down over Lebanon in 1986

08-29-06 - Italian troops head for Lebanon

08-29-06 - Poll says Lebanese are spilt over Hezbollah disarmament

08-29-06 - Middle East peace process must be revived -Chirac The war in Lebanon flared partly because of deadlock in the Middle East peace process, French President Jacques Chirac said on Monday, urging world powers to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

08-29-06 - Attorney: Justice Min. plan would 'launder' illegal West Bank outposts the proposal would allow "reasonable and immediately adjacent" expansions of existing settlements without any approval from the central government, meaning that only the approval of local or regional councils in the territories would be needed...the proposal makes no mention of evacuating illegal outposts, thereby "undermining the principle of enforcing the law and allowing those who broke the law to benefit from doing so."

08-29-06 - U.N. hopes to double Lebanon force

08-29-06 - Iran president wants TV debate with Bush The Iranian president also called Israel a threat to peace and stability in the Middle East. "The Zionist regime has deprived the Palestinian nation and other nations of the region of a single day of peace. In the past 60 years, it has imposed tens of wars on the Palestinian nation and others," he said.

08-29-06 - ADL: U.S. papers back Israel U.S. newspaper editorials and political cartoons backed Israel in its recent war against Hezbollah, the Anti-Defamation League found.

08-29-06 - Jesse Jackson: Kidnapped Israeli Soldiers Are Alive The Reverend Jesse Jackson says he's been told that the 3 Israeli soldiers captured this summer by Hezbollah guerrillas and Palestinian militants are alive.

08-29-06 - Aliases, disguises OK'd for witnesses at Chicago terror trial Two Israeli security agents expected to testify at the trial of two men accused of fundraising for the Palestinian militant group Hamas may wear disguises and use aliases on the witness stand, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Welcome to the United States of Israel.

08-29-06 - Holy Land: children go back to school as humanitarian crisis deepens "People are seriously depressed," said Mervat Naber, head of Caritas Jerusalem's Social department. "They are going into their sixth month without government wages. What would any of us do under these circumstances? The mood in Palestine is simply awful and morose

08-29-06 - Palestinians: No 'Freedom Of The Press' In Gaza

08-29-06 - Israeli Army Destroying Olive Trees in Jenin

08-29-06 - Hillel activists gear up for Israel debate this fall Jewish groups formed the Israel on Campus Coalition, which today comprises some 30 organizations with a campus presence, to coordinate Israel advocacy.....The American Israel Public Affairs Committee even has begun training non-Jewish pro-Israel activists at historically black colleges and Christian universities.....Jewish groups had trained armies of pro-Israel student activists. College students beware. You're the next target for Israelization.

08-29-06 - 'Lebanon will be rebuilt before New Orleans is'

08-29-06 - Good deed meets cross-border challenge

08-29-06 - The stories they can tell The words of a cold-hearted conservative doing the automatic bidding of the Bush administration? Yeah, we didn?t think so. Mea culpa.

08-29-06 - Pronouncing Blame on the Israel Lobby Criticize someone that is Jewish - automatically get labelled an anti-semite in an article that actually PROVES the study by Walt and Mearsheimer is correct.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Report: Iranian schools teach hate

Iranian schools teach hatred of Christians, Jews and the West, according to a new study.
The analysis by researchers with the Center for Monitoring Peace in the Middle East found examples of anti-Western hatred and anti-Semitic hatred in many of 115 textbooks used in grades 1 to 12.

In one third-grade textbook, inhabitants of a clean town chase away a repugnant figure wearing a Star of David.

Full results of the analysis, conducted by the center and the American Jewish Committee, are scheduled to be released later this year

Sinai advisory reissued

Israel reissued a warning to its citizens not to travel to the Sinai Peninsula.
The government’s Counter-Terrorism Unit, which has had a top-priority alert in place for months over possible attacks in Egypt’s Sinai and Red Sea resorts, put out statements Tuesday that the threat level was considered higher than ever.

No further details were given.

Addressing the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin said the area was fast becoming a nerve-center of arms smuggling and terrorism, and predicted that if the problem is not addressed, the desert peninsula would be a “strategic threat” to Israel within three to five years.

ADL: U.S. papers back Israel

U.S. newspaper editorials and political cartoons backed Israel in its recent war against Hezbollah, the Anti-Defamation League found.
The ADL came to the conclusion after it surveyed 33 large-circulation American dailies during the war.

Thirty-one of the papers wanted Hezbollah to be disarmed or displaced from southern Lebanon, the ADL found.

Chabad dedicates new center in China

Chabad dedicated a new community center in China.
The Rohr Chabad Community Centre in Beijing, dedicated Sunday, includes a grade school, nursery school, kosher kitchen and mikvah.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

News for 08-28-06

08-28-06 - 64-year old man killed by Israeli military fire in Jenin Local sources reported that Sabri Abdul-Ghani, 64, works as a guard at a school which is still under construction near a Palestinian town near Jenin.

08-28-06 - Israel forges ahead with deadly two-month Gaza offensive Four Palestinians, including two militants from the ruling Islamist Hamas movement and two members of president Mahmud Abbas's presidential guard, were killed in an eastern district of Gaza City....22-year-old civilian Sabet Edwan was killed by Israeli tank fire in the southern city of Rafah, hospital officials said.....Back in eastern Gaza City, medics also found the body of another Palestinian, Fathi Abu al-Qumbarz, 50, who had been wounded by automatic gunfire during Israeli operations two days ago

08-28-06 - WFP warns of deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza Gaza's infrastructure lies crippled, affecting the lives of the 1.4 million population on a daily basis, WFP said, adding that power and water supplies remain low and unreliable.

08-28-06 - Captured Israeli soldier safe: Hamas

08-28-06 - Not So Clean Break ** the U.S. had given Israel a green light to attack Hezbollah and push its troops into southern Lebanon. There was an agreement between Israel and Uncle Sam that Iranian nuclear plants would eventually have to be bombed. Once this was done, Iran would most likely order Hezbollah to attack Israel. Thus the U.S. and Israel agreed in secret that at some point before the attack on Iran, Hezbollah would have to be disarmed and that as soon as a pretext became available, Israel should use force.

08-28-06 - Annan asks Israel to end blockade United Nations chief Kofi Annan has called on Israel to lift its blockade of Lebanon and urged Hezbollah to free two captured Israeli soldiers.

08-28-06 - Plan for 90 peacekeepers presented to Israel The United States has proposed a force of international observers be stationed in Karni, Gaza.

08-28-06 - EU channels funds to pay some Palestinian employees' salaries: sources The EU payments would cover about 50,000 employees whose salaries are less than 450 U.S. dollars a month. The payees will get about 350 dollars under the EU payments, said the governmental source on the condition of anonymity.

08-28-06 - Ahmadinejad says Holocaust 'made up to embarrass Germany' Merkel on July 21 indicated that she would not formally respond to the letter, saying it contained "totally unacceptable" criticism of Israel and "constantly put in question" the Jewish state's right to exist.

08-28-06 - Ezra says Arab towns should not receive aid intended for north Education Minister Yuli Tamir slammed Ezra for his comments, saying "I can't believe that a minister in Israel would dare say such a thing regarding Israeli citizens."

08-28-06 - AIPAC urges U.S. to shut Iranian Web site The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is urging the United States government to disconnect an Iranian news site from American Internet servers, charging that the site has ties to terrorist organizations. The allegation is based on a report published by Haaretz last month.

08-28-06 - Hamas figure slams Gaza 'anarchy'

08-28-06 - Lebanon's fishermen crippled by wartime oil spill "It's been almost two months since any of us worked," said Mohammed Kniwa, head of the fishermen's union at the Raouche port in Beirut, where an estimated 150 tonnes of oil is trapped.

08-28-06 - French troops aid in Lebanon rebuilding

08-28-06 - IDF replaced officer during fighting after he expressed doubts over operation The commander of an armored battalion of reservists was relieved from command during the fighting in Lebanon at his own request. Senior IDF officers are set to discuss whether he should remain in his post.

08-28-06 - Olmert: We could have only dreamed of such a scenario ** Prime minister says that if someone would have told him a month and a half ago about the current situation, he would said he was dreaming of unrealistic goals. Says cautiously, 'could be deterioration'

08-28-06 - Beckett plays down Hezbollah cache find The letter concluded: "The equipment found by the IDF was not exported to Iran, as the media have speculated. Nor does it include night vision goggles."

08-28-06 - Israel urges Iran sanctions ** Israel's foreign minister urged the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran.

08-28-06 - Olmert orders limited war probes

08-28-06 - "All I Have": UNRWA?s World Refugee Day 2006 UNRWA Commissioner-General Karin Koning AbuZayd related the desperate situation facing Gaza?s refugee population

08-28-06 - Abbas welcomes French call for quartet meeting

08-28-06 - Palestinian issue at root of violence, says ex-Lebanon hostage

08-28-06 - Needs are huge for displaced families in Lebanon

08-28-06 - Israeli Apartheid: Striking parallels to So. Africa

08-28-06 - Cleveland Examines Issues Facing Christians in the Holy Land

08-28-06 - Israel carries out large-scale detention in West Bank

08-28-06 - After a 19-Year Battle, Judge Rules L.A. 8's Aiad Barakat Deserves U.S. Citizenship

08-28-06 - UK-based Christian organisation involved in negotiations to free Fox News pair Canon White said the pair's conversion to Islam was his idea. Before they were released, a video was shown in which the pair said they had converted to Islam. Canon White said this was his suggestion, as a way of finding a "face saving" way out of the situation.

08-28-06 - Lebanese army deployed to Syrian border Palestinian refugees in camps in the Litani area have refused the Lebanese government's instructions to disarm in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701

08-28-06 - State Department surprised by Hezbollah "It was a surprising statement for somebody who launched a war to say that he regretted launching that war," department spokesman Sean McCormack said Monday. Israel launched that war, Sean, it was in the works for a year.. Sean McCormack is either a moron or a liar.

08-28-06 - Greece pledges to commit to Middle East peace process Bakoyannis also briefed Sharma over her recent trip and contacts in the Middle East, noting that "the time has come for vigorous diplomacy, both in terms of Lebanon as well as over the Palestinian issue."

08-28-06 - Harris clarifies statements on religion In Congress, Katherine Harris has consistently supported pro-Israel legislation

08-28-06 - Mearsheimer and Walt on C-SPAN John J. Mearsheimer and Steven M. Walt, authors of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy made an appearence on C-SPAN Monday to discuss those very things.

08-28-06 - Where is the Israeli Gandhi?

08-28-06 - Jewish groups blast Israeli actions Some U.S. Jewish groups signed onto a letter calling Israeli military actions in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip "vastly disproportionate."

08-28-06 - The Israel Lobby Stifles Another Israel-Questioner

08-28-06 - Danish festival leaves out Israel A cultural festival on the Mideast in Copenhagen has drawn criticism for failing to include Israel

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Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Israel urges Iran sanctions

Israel’s foreign minister urged the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran.

Tzipi Livni said Sunday that recent conciliatory remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were aimed at staving off sanctions over his country’s nuclear program when an Aug. 31 deadline set by the Security Council passes.

“One thing is clear: The world must not delude itself that Iran seeks some sort real dialogue. They want to buy time. They must not be allowed to do so. Sanctions must be under way, and the sooner the better,” Livni told Channel 2 television.

Iran has defied Western pressure to abandon technologies that could be used to produce nuclear weapons, but Ahmadinejad said in a speech over the weekend that the program was not intended to threaten the “Zionist regime.”

At the same time, Iran announced that it was opening a new heavy-water reactor, which could produce materials for nuclear bombs.

UJC meets officials on homeland security

Jewish community officials met with administration and U.S. Senate officials to ensure the release of Homeland Security money to nonprofits.

Officials of the United Jewish Communities, the umbrella body for Jewish federations, met last week with staff of the Senate’s Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee.

Staff discussed sharpening language in the Homeland Security Department’s appropriation bill to ensure that nonprofits receive $25 million, as they were allocated in 2005 and 2006; that the funds may be used to defend nonprofits from potential, and not just actual, threats; and that states would be encouraged to spend some of the $1.3 billion they receive on nonprofits.

They also said George Foresman, the department undersecretary who administers the money, was responsive to demands for the release of the 2006 money.

More than half of the 2005 money, which is just now reaching its targets, was allocated to Jewish organizations.

Jewish groups blast Israeli actions

Some U.S. Jewish groups signed onto a letter calling Israeli military actions in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip “vastly disproportionate.”

The “open letter to the Middle East” was published last week by United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of left-wing groups. It said Israel’s reactions to the capture of three soldiers by Hamas and Hezbollah were “vastly disproportionate and are in no way commensurate with a right to self-defense as defined under international law.” It calls “for an end of U.S. military and political support to Israel’s violations of international law.”

Among the 120 signatories are groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and Not In My Name. The letter also calls for an end to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq.

Danish festival leaves out Israel

A cultural festival on the Mideast in Copenhagen has drawn criticism for failing to include Israel.

According to the Danish daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende, “Images of the Middle East” aimed to improve Denmark’s reputation in the Arab world following controversial cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad led to worldwide Muslim protests, some of them violent.

But organizers of the festival, which started Aug. 12 and runs through Sept. 20 in Copenhagen and eight other Danish cities, have drawn sharp criticism because they presented an anthology of writing from the Middle East that does not include Israel.

The paper reported that the Saudi royal family, a main sponsor together with the Danish government, insisted on leaving out Israelis. The paper said politicians should reconsider whether it was worth financing “such a superficial and amateur cultural festival.”

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News for 08-27-06

08-27-06 - Fighting in Gaza kills four Palestinians, wounds journalists On Sunday afternoon, a 20-year-old Palestinian man was shot in the head by a sniper in the Shajaiyeh neighbourhood of Gaza City, hospital officials said. The army said the man approached troops while he was carrying an anti-tank missile. A six-year-old boy was shot in the chest and critically wounded in the same area later Sunday outside his home

08-27-06 - Second Palestinian killed in Israeli offensive in eastern Gaza

08-27-06 - Syria will talk peace 'when Israel is ready' "Peace would involve Israel returning occupied lands to their owners and restoring their rights," Assad said. "Israel is an enemy founded on the basis of aggression and hegemony.

08-27-06 - Nasrallah sorry for scale of war Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has said he would not have ordered the capture of two Israeli soldiers if he had known it would lead to such a war.

08-27-06 - Key US legislator says will block aid to Lebanon A key U.S. legislator said in Israel on Sunday he would block aid President George W. Bush promised Lebanon and free the funds only when Beirut agreed to the deployment of international troops on the border with Syria Lantos is, not surprisingly, an Israel-firster.

08-27-06 - Israel deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure in both Palestine and Lebanon

08-27-06 - Israeli Siege Leaves Gaza Isolated and Desperate More than 200 Palestinians, at least 44 of them children, have been killed in the past 8 weeks. 44 kids killed in 2 months' time. Had they all been killed at once, it may have made the headlines in America. But it's the slow methodical mode of killing that the IDF enjoys the best - so that it slips under the radar.

08-27-06 - Soldiers break into a physicians' home in Hebron, attack him and his family Dr. Zahda added that soldiers and settlers have carried repeated attacks in the area, and that his house was repeatedly occupied by soldiers and settlers in separate incidents.

08-27-06 - Soldiers violently attack older Palestinian man in his home

08-27-06 - Israel detains Palestinian Hamas MP in West Bank

08-27-06 - Mother, her child, injured east of Gaza City Sunday at dawn, a Palestinian mother and her child were injured in an Israeli shelling that targeted an area east of Gaza City, Palestinian medical sources reported.

08-27-06 - Tearful Western journalists freed after Gaza kidnap ordeal "We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint," he said. "I have the highest respect for Islam, but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns and we didn't know what the hell was going on," he said....Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya, who met with the pair after their release, said the mysterious group behind the kidnapping was not linked to the global Al-Qaeda network as rumored.

08-27-06 - Wounded cameraman tells of Gaza blast "This car was not identified by the army as a press vehicle," said army spokeswoman Captain Noa Meir. "If journalists were hurt, we regret it." Uhh.. they might want to take a gander at this picture then. Dahh..

08-27-06 - Fox News crew freed after Gaza ordeal "I want to thank everybody. I am happy to be here. I hope that this never scares a single journalist away from coming to Gaza to cover the story because the Palestinian people are very beautiful and kind-hearted," Centanni told reporters. "The world needs to know more about them. Don't be discouraged."

08-27-06 - Displaced Lebanese race bulldozers to recover keepsakes In the ruins of Haret Hreik, a southern Beirut suburb, Shiite families tried to save keepsakes before they were lost amid debris being cleared away by bulldozers and dump trucks.

08-27-06 - Israelis still occupy nine positions in south Lebanon: military Israeli troops still occupy nine positions in southern Lebanon two weeks after a ceasefire between Israel and the Shiite militia Hezbollah ended more than a month of heavy fighting

08-27-06 - UN peacekeeping force not to destroy Hezbollah: Italian FM

08-27-06 - Israeli general plots war with Iran "Everyone is playing with dates and time frames, but the list of options is becoming shorter," he added. "I think we have one year open (to launch military action). Israel will have to decide." Israel will not launch a war on Iran. America will on her behalf - like it did with Iraq.

08-27-06 - Humbling of the supertroops shatters Israeli army morale ?For the last six years we were engaged in stupid policing missions in the West Bank,? he said. ?Checkpoints, hunting stone-throwing Palestinian children, that kind of stuff. The result was that we were not ready to confront real fighters like Hezbollah.?

08-27-06 - Lebanese offical blasts NYC man's arrest "As a Lebanese citizen first, and as an official in the Lebanese government and information minister of Lebanon, I find this to be unacceptable," Ghazi Aridi told reporters in Beirut.

08-27-06 - Canadians divided over Middle East conflict Almost half of Canadians blame the on-going conflict in the Middle East on Iran and Syria, and such groups as Hezbollah and Palestinian militias, according to a new national poll that says 19 per cent point the finger at Israel.
Good little sheepies.

08-27-06 - I Want to Represent Israel in Congress California?s Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA) asked himself how to better serve Israel and overlook American interests? Out of no where, the savior emerged as a hero: he suggested withholding aid from Lebanon.

08-27-06 - At-Tuwani Update 1 August - 13 August The soldier explained that the settlers believe that there is a clear
delineation between the Palestinian side of the Khoruba valley and the settler
side. Eventually, the soldier admitted that it was all Palestinian land but was
concerned that no one gets hurt. He then told the settlers to go back to the

08-27-06 - Israeli military abducts Palestinian mayor; CPT visits family Three weeks earlier, August 3, 2006, at CPT's request, Mayor Farhan had hosted
thirty internationals representing several different Christian organizations
visiting Israeli and Palestine. Tracy Hughes, CPT member who brought a
delegation from Common Global Ministries, expressed shock when she heard of the
arrest. ...At the time of his arrest Mayor Alqam was in the process of inviting former
President Jimmy Carter to visit Beit Ommar Now you know why he was arrested.

08-27-06 - "THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION ON CHRISTIAN ZIONISM" - Statement by the Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches In Jerusalem This is where we take our stand. We stand for justice. We can do no other. Justice alone guarantees a peace that will lead to reconciliation with a life of security and prosperity for all the peoples of our Land. By standing on the side of justice, we open ourselves to the work of peace - and working for peace makes us children of God.

08-27-06 - Missing facts may have changed Israel/Lebanon poll results If you knew that Israel?s attack on Lebanon had been planned for over a year, and that the capture of two Israeli soldiers was just their excuse, would you still think their attack was justified?

08-27-06 - Hezbollah says won't resist UN troops

08-27-06 - Trickle of supplies reaches Lebanon Israel has blocked commercial cargo flights, letting about three planes carrying relief supplies land daily at the country's only international airport, along with seven passenger flights, airport officials said.

In a prison called Lebanon. How many Arab nations can Israel imprison at once?

08-27-06 - Annan to visit Beirut U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will discuss the deployment and role of a planned 15,000-strong peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon when he visits Beirut on Monday for the first time since the Israel-Hizbollah war.

08-27-06 - Jesse Jackson says Syria backs prisoners' release Syria backs efforts to free captured Israeli soldiers and Arab prisoners held by the Jewish state, U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said after meeting President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday.

08-27-06 - US Fox news 'grateful' for release of reporters

08-27-06 - US support for Israel soars after Hizbullah war Support for Israel was highest in the US South, where 56% said the Land of Israel was given to the Jews by God and 45% said the state of Israel fulfilled biblical prophecy. The comparable figures for the Northeast region were 24% and 22%, respectively.

The south is chock full of Christian fundies.

08-27-06 - Campaign to raise funds for children starts today A CAMPAIGN by Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) to assist Lebanese and Palestinian children affected by the recent crisis in the region will be officially launched at the City Center today

08-27-06 - Hezbollah 'in talks' on prisoner exchange Sheikh Nasrallah has told a Lebanese television station that prominent politician Nabih Berri is acting as a middle man in negotiations aimed at exchanging the two Israeli soldiers for Lebanese prisoners held in Israel.

08-27-06 - Islamic Jihad supports coalition, but not to join

08-27-06 - Cluster bombs leave 'toys' that kill children The US State Department opened an investigation last week into whether Israel?s use of American-made cluster bombs violated an agreement that they would not be used in civilian areas.
And a US official stated that this investigation is just for show. The cluster bombs are courtesy of the United States of America.

08-27-06 - Haredi writer accused of racism, slander In the article, published in the ultra-Orthodox newspaper "Hassidic World", author Yitzhak Ben-Zvi writes that "the Arabs are a people
similar to donkeys? they are a vile nation of savages? they have a great desire to murder and are even worse than the Nazi enemy." He's just saying what most Israelis think. See yesterday's news.

08-27-06 - Flights bring bridges to Lebanon Two aid flights are due to take off from RAF Brize Norton for Lebanon, with bridges to replace crossings bombed in recent Israeli air raids.

08-27-06 - Berlin demands to board Lebanese ships Germany is offering to patrol Lebanon's coast rather than send ground troops as part of a UN peacekeeping force after the conflict between Israel and Lebanon-based Hizbullah.

08-27-06 - U.N. plans Lebanon 'exclusion zone'

08-27-06 - UN will not stop Syria sending weapons to Lebanon Speaking in Brussels before heading to the region, Kofi Annan, pictured below, the UN Secretary-General, confirmed that the 15,000-strong force will not meet Israeli demands to police the routes used by the militia to smuggle missiles from Syria. "Troops are not going in there to disarm - let's be clear,"

08-27-06 - Palestine, justice still the issue

08-27-06 - Law Put to Unusual Use in Hezbollah TV Case, Some Legal Experts Say

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Israel deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure in both Palestine and Lebanon

After Palestinians kidnapped the soldier on June 25, this from a Reuters article of the same date :

Israeli leaders ordered the army to prepare for "urgent military action" and a "harsh response," including targeting civilian infrastructure and possibly striking at elected leaders of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, officials said.

Likewise, according to an article in the New Yorker by noted investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, it was Israel's strategy in Lebanon to target the civilian infrastructure in order to "turn" the people against Hezbollah:

The initial plan, as outlined by the Israelis, called for a major bombing campaign in response to the next Hezbollah provocation, according to the Middle East expert with knowledge of U.S. and Israeli thinking. Israel believed that, by targeting Lebanon’s infrastructure, including highways, fuel depots, and even the civilian runways at the main Beirut airport, it could persuade Lebanon’s large Christian and Sunni populations to turn against Hezbollah, according to the former senior intelligence official

Amnesty has condemned Israel for its deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure in its latest report on Israel and Lebanon. Here are the findings of Human Rights Watch for Israel/Lebanon.

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News for 08-26-06

08-26-06 - Medics: 1 Palestinian killed, 20 wounded in Nablus Palestinian medics at Nablus Rafidia Hospital reported that a 19-year-old young man was killed and 20 others were wounded by Israeli troops who opened fire to stop them throwing stones

08-26-06 - Teenager killed in Israeli West Bank incursion Muntasseir Suleiman Okkeh, 16, was shot in the back

08-26-06 - Twelve Year Old Boy Shot in the Back in the Name of "Security" Earlier in the day, a 12-year old boy was, for no apparent reason, shot in the back with live ammunition. He is now being treated at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where they report that the bullet narrowly missed his kidney. An older man was also shot in the foot by a ricocheting bullet, right in front of the eyes of human rights workers.

08-26-06 - Settlers in West Bank kill Palestinian man returning to his home

08-26-06 - Israeli Army Kills 15 year old Demonstrator, Injures 12, and Demolishes

08-26-06 - Israeli Army Shoots Civillians at Checkpoint, Destroys Houses in Nablus

08-26-06 - Abbas cleared for unity talks with Hamas

08-26-06 - Italy says international force possible for Gaza

08-26-06 - Gaza's border with Egypt reopens for one day Gaza militants protesting the nearly two-month closure on Wednesday tried without success to use explosives to blow open the gate.

08-26-06 - Israeli rocket hits Reuters car The Reuters armoured car was reportedly clearly labelled as a media vehicle, with signs on all sides, including the roof. Which is probably why it was targeted in the first place."Israeli regret" - now there's a laugh.

08-26-06 - 4-year old Palestinian girl killed in Iraq

08-26-06 - UN welcomes Lebanon force pledges A senior UN spokesman says it is now close to achieving firm promises of troops to make up the full peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon

08-26-06 - Hizbollah vows self-restraint "We see how Israel is violating resolution 1701," Hizbollah deputy Secretary-General Naim Kassem said in a statement. "Despite that, we as a party have decided to exercise self-restraint during this period to expose more of the U.S. and Israeli misdeeds."
This will prompt Israel to provoke them twice as much to try and get a response (something they do to the Palestinians all the time).

08-26-06 - Hopes rise for Gaza hostage pair Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya has indicated that two foreign journalists kidnapped in Gaza City on 14 August may be freed soon.

08-26-06 - Ahmed Taher - Palestinian refugee - Sunni The Palestinian Christian Slater?

08-26-06 - Lebanon's war may put Palestine on the agenda again The United States could solve this right now if it would withhold all support for Israel - both at the UN and financially - to force Israel to the negotiating table. Bush the first did the latter, though unsuccessfully, to force Israel to halt its illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Bush the second is unfortunately not like his old man.

08-26-06 - Friday, August 25 1996 - Israel moves trailers into Jewish West Bank settlements, the first step of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toward expanding settlements

08-26-06 - Palestinian Sense of Place - You Can't Bomb It Away The Israelis have tried to erase the Palestinian history in any number of ways.

08-26-06 - Love, Hamas style: For hundreds of newlyweds, life goes on

08-26-06 - Israeli views on Shebaa Farms harden There is an abundance of water in the area, from the melting snows of Mount Hermon to the tributaries which flow into Israel from Lebanon, accounting in part for the farms' importance.... "What is unique in this specific area is that the Shebaa Farms has a strategic viewpoint over the water sources of the Jordan River in Israel, like the Wazzani and the Banias,"

08-26-06 - Bending it like West Bank resistance fighters "Palestinian children watch what is going on around them. This affects their behaviour, be it on the street, at home or at school," said sociologist Abdelrahman al-Turk

08-26-06 - Iran opens nuclear reactor, defying U.N. A senior Israeli lawmaker warned in a statement that the plant inauguration marks "another leap in Iran's advance toward a nuclear bomb." Israeli legislator Ephraim Sneh of the Labor Party, a partner in the ruling coalition, said that the Jewish state must "prepare itself militarily."
Why, if they (via the neocons) can get America to do it for them?

08-26-06 - Disarming Hezbollah put on hold ISRAEL has dropped its demand for the immediate disarming of Hezbollah and begun to focus on persuading UN forces to stop the flow of weapons into Lebanon...."It is not that we have given up on disarming Hezbollah in Lebanon, but we see it as a process and the most important thing is ? to prevent their strategic rearmament," So that the US can attack Iran and not have fear that Hezbollah will in turn fire volleys of rockets at Israel?

08-26-06 - Peace Demonstrators Beaten in Bil'in Demonstrators attempted to sit down but the soldiers' repeated beating led them to disperse. An Italian and an Israeli activist were beaten so badly they had to be stretchered off to the ambulance to receive medical attention.

08-26-06 - Palestinians in Al Khader Village nonviolently resist the Israeli Wall, despite violent response Signs painted with messages against occupation and for international law were held high amid Palestinian flags and hundreds of people shouting for justice.

08-26-06 - Report on Israeli settlement in the occupied territories

08-26-06 - 'We Palestinians should lay down our arms. We don't know how to use them' With tactical, military, and intelligence supremacy, Israel is able to eliminate Palestinian fighters almost at will, suffering few casualties thanks to their enemy's primitive equipment.

08-26-06 - Cleanup of Lebanon's massive oil spill has barely begun

08-26-06 - Iran opens nuclear facility saying no threat to Israel

08-26-06 - Hizbollah expected "limited damage" Kassem told an-Nahar daily that Hizbollah had expected an Israel attack at some stage as part of a joint plan with the United States but it had no indication it would come in July.

08-26-06 - Army invades, attacked residents houses Israeli army troops and bulldozers stormed the West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday at dawn, attacked residents' houses and destroyed two residential buildings.

08-26-06 - Hamas to lead future coalition govt: spokesman

08-26-06 - Army bars workers from reaching their work places in the Jordan valley Israeli troops stopped on Saturday scores of Palestinian workers from arriving to their jobs in the Jordan valley area in the West Bank.

08-26-06 - Yemen allocates 5% of fishing export profits to Lebanon and Palestine

08-26-06 - Week-long campaign to support Lebanese and Palestinian children

08-26-06 - Appeasement and War on Iran If Israel failed, the risk was that Hizbullah would be strengthened and Israel weakened. Now that Israel has lost and Hizbullah won, the loss has exposed Israel?s weak and vulnerable position. Israel is surrounded by foes with renewed spirit and hope. That fact alone may ensure some blitzkrieg type of attack by the US and/or Israel on Syria or Iran - in an attempt to restore the image of military might and dominance in the region. Neither Israel nor this administration can accept an image of weakness in that part of the world.

08-26-06 - Abbas: Pleased that Israelis prefer negotiations

08-26-06 - How Washington Goaded Israel Into War A July 23 article in Haaretz about an anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv noted that "this was a distinctly anti-American protest" that included "chants of 'We will not die and kill in the service of the United States," That's rich, ain't it? Because they demand we do the such when they continuously lobby and even demand that our government take out their enemies for them. Steve Zunes is a known apologist for Israel, despite the fact he is a critic thereof. He still refuses to lay any blame on that nation.

08-26-06 - German sub delivery postponed Two new submarines which Israel would receive under a deal it signed with Germany last month, will only start being delivered in 2010, German government spokesman Thomas Steg said Friday.

08-26-06 - Lebanese recover from Kafkaesque trip to Israel

08-26-06 - Report says Lebanon's GDP will fall 10-percent The cost of material damages to Lebanon is not clear, the Council for Development and Reconstruction estimates losses at more than $3.6 billion. They should take it out of the billions we give to Israel in foreign aid each year.

08-26-06 - Lebanese optimism begins to evaporate People are greeted with daily headlines about the continued Israeli blockade of the port and airport, reports of Israeli threats of a new round of fighting, and warnings that the security vacuum in Lebanon may not be filled for months.

08-26-06 - US hopeful of quick end to Lebanon blockade The United States wants a quick end to Israel's air and sea blockade of Lebanon but blames Syria and Iran for delaying the process by helping the Hezbollah militia, a US official said.

08-26-06 - Israel 'not fooled' by Iranian nuclear assurances

08-26-06 - Gaza: 'why demolish the olive trees'?

08-26-06 - The Washington Post publishes an unbelievably long piece of apologentsia featuring the 'agonizing' of the IDF over targeted killings 5 pages of BS.

08-26-06 - Fr Jaeger: Christians and Jews supporting Church-Israel relations it must be admitted that neither Agreement has been made into Israeli law, and specifically, most of all, that the "Fundamental Agreement" itself - in spite of the many years that have passed since its signature and ratification - has not been made into Israeli law. Even more perplexingly, the government itself - as is well known by now - has officially informed Israel's Supreme Court that it did not recognize the "Fundamental Agreement" as binding. This has made the Agreement useless in practice, since the Church and Catholic organisations cannot rely on it in their day-to-day dealings with the State and society In short, Israel failed to stick to the agreement with the Catholic Church, among others. What a surprise.

08-26-06 - Pressure on Olmert as poll shows Israelis want him to quit over Lebanon 'failure'

08-26-06 - Filmmaker Ken Loach Joins the Cultural Boycott of Israel I support the call by Palestinian film-makers, artists and others to boycott state sponsored Israeli cultural institutions and urge others to join their campaign.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

News for 08-25-06

08-25-06 - Children pay the price as UNRWA operations in Gaza are grinding to a halt UNRWA warned on Thursday that the Agency's Gaza operation is grinding to a halt because of the lack of access in and out of Gaza. The principal goods terminal, Karni, remains closed for the seventh consecutive day

08-25-06 - Govt says forcibly disarming Hezbollah 'suicidal' Lebanon's government says it would be suicidal trying to disarm the Shiite militia Hezbollah by force.

08-25-06 - OPT: USAID repairs damaged water networks in Gaza The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched an emergency assistance program to repair damaged water pipelines and sanitation services in the West Bank and Gaza. USAID's $12 million Emergency Water and Sanitation program, which is implemented by the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), aims to restore the availability of water and sewage services for thousands of Palestinians currently without them.

08-25-06 - Israel feels US will not attack Iran There is growing consensus within the defense establishment that the United States will not attack Iran, and that Israel might be forced to act independently to stop the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, a high-ranking defense official told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. ...The defense official blasted the US for "not doing enough" to stop Teheran's race to the bomb. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he said, was leading the State Department in the direction of "appeasement." Where does it say in the American Constitution that we must wage war to please Israel? On behalf of the American people: GFY.

08-25-06 - Inquiry Opened Into Israeli Use of U.S. Bombs Several current and former officials said that they doubted the investigation would lead to sanctions against Israel but that the decision to proceed with it might be intended to help the Bush administration ease criticism from Arab governments and commentators over its support of Israel's military operations. Our government cares not for Arab civilians killed by these bombs, let there be no doubt.

08-25-06 - Hezbollah warns Blair: you're not welcome in Beirut TONY BLAIR?S peace mission to the Middle East appeared in jeopardy last night after Hezbollah declared that the Prime Minister would not be welcome in Lebanon because of his support for Israel during the war.

08-25-06 - Israel Prepares for the Next War Akiva Eldar has apparently heard the news about 2008 too. He sees a real possibility of ?an accelerated preemptive war against Syria, before Iran is equipped with a nuclear bomb and before Tehran completes the transformation of the Syrian army into a modern army rich in new types of weaponry

08-25-06 - Halutz names officer to prepare for possible war with Iran

08-25-06 - Chavez says Israel's action in Lebanon "worse" than Hitler "Israel often criticizes Hitler ... but they have done the same thing, perhaps even worse," Chavez told reporters Friday in a briefing during his six-day visit to China.

08-25-06 - Hamas sees progress in bid to free Gaza hostages

08-25-06 - US probes Israel cluster bomb use A congressional investigation after Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 found Israel guilty of intentionally dropping cluster bombs in civilian areas. A six year ban was imposed on further sales of the weapons to Israel.

But a senior White House official told the BBC that the current investigation is unlikely to lead to any serious repercussions.
Ronald Reagan imposed that ban. They don't make Republicans like they used to anymore. Those days went out with Bush the first.

08-25-06 - Russia denies Hezbollah arms link Last week Israeli officials said they had provided Moscow with proof that Hezbollah had been supplied with Russian weapons delivered to the Syrian Army. Mr Ivanov said that it was "laughable" to call the anti-tank weapons he understood to have been used by Hezbollah modern.

08-25-06 - Israel May Help Build U.S. Border Wall

08-25-06 - Germany confirms sale of two submarines to Israel The German government confirmed reports that two German submarines have been sold to Israel, but said the vessels are not equipped to carry nuclear weapons.

08-25-06 - Lebanese oil slick hits ancient Phoenician port

08-25-06 - Chirac doubts Lebanon force size French President Jacques Chirac has said sending 15,000 peacekeeping troops to southern Lebanon is "excessive".

08-25-06 - Syria cuts off power flow, denies political message Syria announced on Thursday it had suspended the flow of electricity it supplies to Lebanon, citing technical problems with its own power grid. Syria's state-owned electricity company issued a statement which said it could no longer provide electricity through two separate lines.

08-25-06 - Egypt, Pakistan point to Israeli Occupation of Palestine as root cause of Mid-East conflict

08-25-06 - Christian Peacemaker calls for release of Gaza hostage

08-25-06 - First positive signs for kidnapped NZ cameraman

08-25-06 - El Salvador moves embassy in Israel The decision comes a week after fellow Central American nation Costa Rica - the only other country that had an embassy in Jerusalem - announced it was moving its diplomatic mission to Tel Aviv, which is used by other countries because of Jerusalem's disputed status.

08-25-06 - Hezbollah might "respond" to Israeli ceasefire breaches, says MP

08-25-06 - At Funeral, a Sunni Village Condemns Hezbollah?s Presence

08-25-06 - IRC distributes needed supplies to displaced Lebanese at Shatila camp

08-25-06 - Let UN Handle Middle East, Say Americans 29 per cent of respondents think the U.S. should not become involved in the matter at all, while 14 per cent want their federal administration to take the leading role in the issue.

08-25-06 - Italian FM: Harsh U.S. approach to Mideast failed D'Alema said that America's aggressive approach to the Middle East, which Israel shares, has failed, and has caused serious damage. Now, he said, Italy and Europe must prove to Israelis that only international intervention can bring them security. .....There was talk in the past about deploying a multinational force to the Gaza Strip as well.

08-25-06 - Pakistan bigger threat than Hezbollah: Senior Israeli leader In a candid admission of churning that is taking place inside Israel, Dr Shlomo Ben Ami, foreign minister in Prime Minister Ehud Barak cabinet in 2000-2001, said Israel should not take on the burden of global war on terror waged by the United States and the West....he advised his country's leadership to separate its war against militant organisations Hamas and the Hezbollah and the global war on terror, headed by the United States and the West.....Ben Ami, however, claimed that Israel achieved its purpose after the war in Lebanon -- deployment of an international force and application of the UN Resolution 1559 of 2004.

08-25-06 - Hezbollah's War Wins Support Among Arab Pro-Democracy Reformers Where the U.S. sees in Hezbollah a front for Iran's theocratic government, though, pro-Hezbollah advocates see it as altering the Middle East's political and military balance to Israel's disadvantage.

08-25-06 - Poll: 18% of Israeli Arabs backed Hezbollah in war In regards to Jewish-Arab relations, the poll found that some 62% of the Jewish Israeli public would be unwilling to rent an apartment to Arabs prejudice: preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge b : an instance of such judgment or opinion c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics

08-25-06 - US charges Hezbollah TV provider Javed Iqbal, originally from Pakistan, is accused by prosecutors of doing business with a terrorist entity.

08-25-06 - Most Israelis oppose Olmert: poll A newspaper poll shows 63 per cent of Israelis want Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign, in a sharp public backlash over his handling of the war in Lebanon.

08-25-06 - Hezbollah launches boy band to stardom Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said the song is considered inflammatory and that tapes and CDs containing it will be confiscated. He said police in and around Jerusalem have found no copies of the song so far, but that officers have searched music stores and are on the lookout for contraband.

08-25-06 - Neocons attack Rice (again)

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

News for 08-24-06

08-24-06 - Israel raids Gaza, civilian and two militants killed

08-24-06 - Israeli air strikes wounds 8 Palestinians in Gaza A first strike just after midnight Thursday destroyed the home of a local commander from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in the Jabalya refugee camp. Five civilians near the home at the time of attack where hurt. Three more Palestinians were injured when Israel bombed a building in Gaza City a short while later, setting it ablaze, medics and witnesses said

08-24-06 - Abbas chagrined at futile Gaza tour: paper

08-24-06 - Unpaid Palestinian employees demonstrate against Hamas government in Ramallah

08-24-06 - Amid ruin in Lebanon, families find aid

08-24-06 - EU countries under pressure for Lebanon troops

08-24-06 - France boosts Lebanon peace force President Jacques Chirac has pledged an additional 1,600 French troops to the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon.

08-24-06 - U.S. warns Syria to observe arms embargo

08-24-06 - Washington takes aim at Iran as destabilizing force in Mideast ** One Washington analyst said Barbero's comments were part of a move by the US administration to prepare the US public for war on Iran. Iran is next in the Clean Break strategy imposed by the neocons onto the United States. See the related articles from today's and yesterday's (Neocon Watch) news about troop call-ups.

08-24-06 - Cluster bomb toll mounts as displaced return to south Lebanon Israeli cluster bombs dropped during a month-long blitz against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon are taking an increasing toll on civilians trying to return home more than a week after the fighting ended, the UN and rights groups say.

08-24-06 - Israel/Lebanon Deliberate destruction or "collateral damage"? Israeli attacks on civilian infrastructure

08-24-06 - Israelis keep civilians way in village At another house, a Star of David was spray-painted across an outer wall beside a slogan praising a Jewish sage. A skull and crossbones cardboard sign on the front steps warns people not to enter. It's unclear if Israelis wrote it, or if it was meant to point out unexploded ordnance. On an upper floor of Fares' house, family and marriage photos lay shredded. Fares said Israeli soldiers destroyed them. "Why?" he asked, holding a picture torn in two that showed him with his bride in her white wedding dress

08-24-06 - Time To Change the Tune And that raises the third wild card: whether the current President Bush is willing and able to do what has to be done. Right now he?s torn between the pragmatists in his administration, who favor dialogue, and the ideologues, who insist on seeing the world in blacks and whites and are willing to keep fighting to the last Israeli. Bush's own instincts are with the ideologues, though he's shown himself capable of acting pragmatically when he sees the need. The 'ideologues' are neoconservatives, and none of their policies benefit America in any way - in fact, they've achieved just the opposite effect. They should be run right out of our government, in the very least.

08-24-06 - Palestinian PM calls for kidnapped reporters to be released

08-24-06 - Lebanon plays down Israel-Syria dispute over troops Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, in an interview broadcast on Thursday, said the cabinet would have to discuss the matter but Lebanon had no intention of showing hostility towards Syria.

08-24-06 - Abbas pays salaries of 5,000 members of Hamas' operational force

08-24-06 - Israel slams Amnesty International report on Lebanon conflict Israel's protests are for show. They (paragraph 21) deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure because they mistakenly believe that it will turn the public against Hizbullah. They do the (paragraph 3)same thing with the Palestinians - and it doesn't work there either.

08-24-06 - Gaza hostage wife in new appeal The wife of a journalist seized in the Gaza Strip has issued a fresh plea for him and his colleague to be freed.

08-24-06 - Robert Fisk: Hizbollah's reconstruction of Lebanon is winning the loyalty of disaffected Shia Hizbollah has made it clear that it has no intention of disarming under the UN Security Council's 1701 ceasefire resolution and yesterday afternoon, Major-General Alain Pellegrini, the commander of the UN Interim Force in southern Lebanon - which the Americans and British are relying upon to seize the guerrilla army's weapons - personally confirmed to me at his headquarters in Naqoura that "the Israelis can't ask us to disarm Hizbollah".

08-24-06 - Lebanon holds train bomb suspect A second suspect in last month's alleged plot to blow up German trains has been arrested in Lebanon, prosecutors in Germany say.

08-24-06 - Annan plans Mideast trip to push Lebanon cease-fire

08-24-06 - Israel army chief admits failures

08-24-06 - A weaker US hand in the Mideast Some specialists in the region say the brief but devastating Israel-Hizbullah war leaves the United States even more tarnished, particularly among moderate Arabs, because America was seen to be either ineffectual or snail-paced by design at stopping the fighting and destruction in southern Lebanon.

08-24-06 - Shebaa farmers present deeds in new hopes of reclaiming land After the 1967 war, Israel began to occupy their land, part of a 20-square-kilometer territory that rises from 400 to 2,000 meters in altitude, the farmers said.

08-24-06 - Syria: Israel should admit defeat Syria has called on Israel to acknowledge defeat against Hezbollah and seek a just peace settlement with Arabs based on trading land for peace.

08-24-06 - Wasp bound for Lebanon The amphibious assault ship Wasp is set to begin an unscheduled ?surge? deployment to the waters off Lebanon, where its sailors will support the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and Pentagon-approved humanitarian assistance efforts. Message to our guys : watch your back!

08-24-06 - Palestinians Denounce Fox Kidnappers

08-24-06 - Full Account of Israeli Army House Invasions in Hebron

08-24-06 - Icelandic citizen arrested at Israeli border, denied entry They also found fault with his place of birth, which according to his passport is Jerusalem. His passport was subsequently confiscated and stamped as void. He was then made to leave the country without his luggage, with only the clothes he was wearing and his cellular phone.

08-24-06 - PA officials say Shalit's fate is in the hands of Syria

08-24-06 - US stands idly by applauding the despicable actions of Israel: Paper

08-24-06 - India cautious about joining UN force in Lebanon Given its commitment to the Palestinian cause and its stable ties with Israel, India has to be extremely cautious before making any troops commitment to the new force, official sources told IANS.

08-24-06 - Lebanese PM says army can patrol border Lebanon's prime minister sought Thursday to sidestep conflicting Israeli and Syrian demands over the deployment of international troops along his border with Syria, saying Lebanese soldiers already there pose no threat to the prickly Arab neighbor.

08-24-06 - US civil rights leader aims to broker Israeli prisoner swap On Tuesday Jackson, who has previously negotiated the release of US and foreign nationals being held in Cuba, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, took up the case of the Israeli soldiers by speaking with Israeli and Syrian diplomats in Washington.

08-24-06 - Embattled Liberal MP resigns critic post The Liberals? deputy foreign affairs critic has resigned after an uproar over his statements that Canada should negotiate directly with Lebanon?s Hezbollah, which is on Canada?s list of terrorist organizations.

08-24-06 - Comment: Center's events teach that Palestinians, Jews dream of the same peace

08-24-06 - Israeli president questioned over sex claims

08-24-06 - Cairo mocks Damascus over comments by Assad

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