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Saturday, November 11, 2006

News for 11-10-06

11-10-06 - A Palestinian mother and her two babies lay together in the drawer of the morgue

11-10-06 - Palestinian PM offers to resign for aid Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday he would be willing to sacrifice his job if the international community would lift economic sanctions that have crippled his Hamas-led government.

11-10-06 - Resident of Beit Hanoun dies of wounds sustained on Wednesday

11-10-06 - Desperate Palestinians miss their late leader Yasser Arafat Abu Ibrahim Salama, a 65-year-old Gazan man, pointed a huge Arafat picture hanging in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) building and said, "Where are you? Where are your days? If you were here, our life would be better."

11-10-06 - UN Security Council delays vote on criticism of Israel's Gaza attack The amended draft no longer refers to Wednesday's Israeli shelling that killed 18 Palestinians, mostly women and children, in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun as "a massacre" and no longer calls for the deployment of UN observers to supervise a mutual ceasefire.....But despite the changes, the United States is expected to veto the draft, several diplomats said.

11-10-06 - Gaza: While the world looked elsewhere, another week of death and misery

11-10-06 - Palestinians inch towards unity government

11-10-06 - Palestinians Pessimistic Before Haniyeh's Offer 62.3 per cent of respondents are pessimistic about the political and economical conditions in the Palestinian territories.
Another winning US policy in the Middle East: cut off all hope from an already destitute people. A real stroke of genius.

11-10-06 - Olmert warns against hasty U.S. withdrawal from Iraq

11-10-06 - Olmert to focus on Iran in Washington, hoping for steady course ** "Without the political support at home and in his party and among the American public, a decisive military or diplomatic move (by Bush) against Iran seems less and less likely."

11-10-06 - Egypt uncovers arms tunnel Egypt on Friday discovered a weapons-smuggling tunnel under its border with Gaza, a move that will please Israel

11-10-06 - Israel official: Strike on Iran possible ** Such a move would implicitly involve the US in the fight, thereby endangering our guys in Iraq, and threatening the world economy via its oil supply. This is nothing short of blackmail on the part of Israel to get us to do the job for them.

11-10-06 - At-Tuwani Release: Children return to school, continue to need Because of the repeated attacks on the children and international observers
in the area, the Israeli police and military, under order from the Israeli
Knesset, began escorting the Palestinian children to and from school each
day in October of 2004.

11-10-06 - In Nazareth; thousands protest against Israeli attacks in Beit Hanoun Thousands of Arab residents of Israel held on Friday in a regional protest against the Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip and the recent killing of twenty-one civilians, including several children, in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Several Arab Knesset members participated in the protest.

11-10-06 - UN urges Israel to cease flights over Lebanon The UN says the flights, conducted regularly by Israeli warplanes, are a clear violation of the Security Council resolution adopted in August to end the war between Israel and the militant group Hezbollah.

11-10-06 - Church agency-backed call for Israel to observe international law in Gaza

11-10-06 - Restrictions Imposed on West Bank Due to Israel?s High State of Alert The Red Cross buses typically used to transport families to other West Bank cities were unable to operate Friday due to the long lines at military checkpoints

11-10-06 - 'We are dead people' - Gaza defiance grows as Israeli grip stifles economy Since the militant Hamas movement was elected to power this year, Israel has refused to transfer the $60m (£31m) monthly tax revenues due to the Palestinians, and the west has halted direct financial support for the government. Since March 160,000 government employees, from doctors and teachers to security staff, have gone without their salary. Regular Israeli closures and delays at crossing points out of Gaza have badly hit the already fragile economy.

11-10-06 - Why is the Middle East exempt from international law? Christian Aid partners, both Israeli and Palestinian, along with UN officials have expressed their shock over the continuing Israeli incursions in Gaza, asking how many more Palestinians need to die before the world acts.

11-10-06 - France demands independent probe of Beit Hanoun incident

11-10-06 - Blair will urge US to talk to Syria and Iran Mr Blair faces an uphill battle to persuade Mr Bush to include a big initiative on Palestine in any revised Iraq strategy

11-10-06 - Italy calls on the U.S. to press Israel on Palestinian conflict he called on Bush to press Israel, where he said the military was lashing out in Gaza to prove its might after failing to defeat Hezbollah in Lebanon.

11-10-06 - Gazans debate response to killings "Children were sleeping," said one of them. "Bombs killed them while they slept. They had done nothing.

11-10-06 - Kahane supporters praise Gaza killings as 'holy'

11-10-06 - Radar fault led to deaths in Beit Hanun A technical malfunction in the radar of the Israel Defense Forces artillery battery that carried out an attack against Beit Hanun was the cause for the mistaken shelling of civilians on Wednesday, which resulted in the deaths of 19 Palestinian civilians, IDF sources said yesterday Oh what a crock.

11-10-06 - 12 Israeli jets violate Lebanese airspace as Paris seethes over mock attacks

11-10-06 - Iran State Media Plays Down Argentina "Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the arrest warrants as a decision influenced by Zionists," the newscaster said, referring to Israel.

11-10-06 - Does Father Know Best? It was the Lobby that, in large part, lured us into the Iraqi quagmire, and this same concatenation of forces stands in the way of an orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces.

11-10-06 - UN bemoans slow Lebanon cluster bomb clearance "If the Israelis give us the exact locations of the targeted sites, it will accelerate our work," Dalya Farran, the spokeswoman of the United Nations' Mine Action Coordination Center (MACC), told AFP.

11-10-06 - Kahane followers: radical Jews in garb of American counterculture Those gathered for the commemoration represent a fundamentalist religious militancy in the garb of American counter culture. Like Kahane himself, most of those in attendance seem to be from Brooklyn. The younger devotees blend New York hip-hop fashions such as baggy chinos, Nike trainers, and hooded sweatshirts with untamed beards, wool skull caps, and messianic eyes. Some wear T-shirts that read "I only buy from Jews."
Abe says ISLAMIC extremism is where we should be focusing our attention.

11-10-06 - Olmert to focus on Iran in visit to U.S. **

11-10-06 - Iran slams Western 'silence' at Israeli killings "The West's silence towards this huge atrocity shows that Palestinian children, men and women's lives are worthless for these self-professed human rights backers,"

11-10-06 - FM Gul Condemns Israel over 'Massacre' of 18 Palestinians Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has slammed Israel for its killing of 18 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and reiterated a call for an immediate end to its "inexplicable" military operations.

11-10-06 - Nonviolent marches throughout Palestine condemn Israeli massacre of civilians in Beit Hanoun In addition, protests in the Jerusalem area have again been beaten down today by Israeli border police, and Israeli authorities have closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque to anyone under 45 years old on this, the weekly day of prayer for Muslims.

11-10-06 - Israeli troops arrest 27 Palestinian militants in W. Bank

11-10-06 - At-Tuwani Update: 19-31 October 2006 The team received a phone call telling them a settler was plowing land in
the Palestinian village of Mufakara. Schramm, Zimmerman and two Doves walked
to the neighboring village and videotaped the settler working the land.
Meanwhile, two other settlers called the police to complain that
Palestinians were preventing them from working their land near the illegal
settlement outpost, Avigail. The police provided protection for the settler
on Palestinian land, and proceeded to arrest the three accused Palestinians

11-10-06 - Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi: new Prime Minister to be named within days, unity government within weeks

11-10-06 - Two Gaza projects temporarily suspended

11-10-06 - A simple road to Middle East peace

11-10-06 - Historic Black Churches Delegation to Holy Land Finds Pain and Hope On a visit to the Israeli-built barrier now separating Palestinian residents in the West Bank from residents in Israel-controlled Jerusalem, African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr., said, "I'm surprised by the blatant attempt of Israelis to separate themselves. I've also been on the backside of fear of Black people," he said, "and it makes me sad to see this wall and to hear so many say this wall has been built with money I have sent to the U.S. government in tax dollars." .....Bishop Louis Hunter of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, said, "I don't care what anyone says, I'm going to do something for the kids in that Lutheran School." Hunter, whose episcopal seat is in Suwanee, Georgia, also declared that he will "become a megaphone in the AME Zion Church" to bring attention to the inequality in the Holy Land. When people witness the reality of Palestine, they sing a very different tune. That is, until the Israeli lobby starts working on them (recall what happened to the Presbys who sought to divest from Israel). I wonder how long the fine clergyman's attempt to spread the word will last before being silenced by the Lobby.

11-10-06 - Analysis: Bush, Olmert, Iran and Palestine ** Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will probe the likelihood of the United States providing a nuclear umbrella against Iranian nuclear threats when he meets President Bush in Washington next Monday. Yediot Aharonot Friday quoted sources close to Olmert as saying he "expects to hear" such a promise from Bush.

11-10-06 - Dems pledge to sever ties to lobbyists Ethics watchdog groups are hopeful as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., readies the Democrats' "Honest Leadership and Open Government" initiative for opening day in January You're kidding me right? Our legislators will never sever ties to one of the most powerful lobbies in America - AIPAC. Not going to happen.

11-10-06 - Journalists' Coverage of Middle East Shallow and Distorted

11-10-06 - IAF negotiates purchase of 100 F-35 fighter jets in $5 billion deal The F-35 project, funded jointly by the U.S., Canada and the U.K., is still in the developmental stage and is scheduled to fly for the first time in late 2006

11-10-06 - Number of Jewish lawmakers worldwide reaches record high "cooperation among Jewish legislators worldwide has increased. " Conspiracy? .... j/k!

11-10-06 - Arab-American Comedy Fest Comes to New York

11-10-06 - Syria attacks UN report of arms traffic to Lebanon Roed-Larsen's allegations had also been denied by Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh and Defense Minister Elias al-Murr, Jaafari said.

11-10-06 - From 2005: Nancy Pelosi Gives A Pep Talk To AIPAC
Nancy Pelosi Speech to American Israel Public Affairs Committee

11-10-06 - In parting interview, ambassador says Israel must build more bridges Ayalon described a determination in the Bush administration to confront Iran over its nuclear program, which international inspectors believe is a precursor to the manufacture of weapons. He predicted U.N. sanctions in place by December unless Iran relents. Making sure that America remains under the influence.

11-10-06 - Protesters rally in Mideast capitals against Israel, US I bet they hate 'our freedom'.

11-10-06 - Back to Palestine - Only America can move matters forward in the Middle East The second fact is the liberation that a final stint in office brings. George W. Bush has no need now to fear the electoral consequences of defying powerful lobbies in America: like Bill Clinton, he can afford to pursue a Middle East settlement

11-10-06 - Israel, U.S. ponder new ways to collect intelligence in Lebanon Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will discuss the issue of the overflights during his visit to Washington on Monday. Olmert will inform President George W. Bush of the continued supply of arms to Hezbollah and the fact that the international embargo is only being implemented partially.

11-10-06 - Hospital in Bethlehem Seen as Hope for Interreligious Peace Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem, considered the pre-eminent provider of medical services in the Holy Land, serves as a beacon of hope for Palestinian women in desperate need of healthcare.

11-10-06 - Israel Is In Crisis. What Part Will American Jews Play?

11-10-06 - Peace group outrage at ban on Palestinians Members of the five-strong musical party were also going to give a presentation on life in their war-torn home city of Jenin. But only days before the cultural group were due to fly into London, bureaucrats at the Consul General?s office in Jerusalem said no.

11-10-06 - Citigroup Lauds Israel's 'Robust Economy' According to Citigroup's new local managing director, despite having endured years of Palestinian terrorism and a devastating 34-day summer war with Hezbollah, Israel maintains a "robust economy" that continues to surpass all expectations.

11-10-06 - Resolved to defeat Islamic extremism It is not Israel that is the obstacle to peace or the cause of continued Palestinian suffering. This according to Abe Foxman of the ADL. This organization heavily influences our government, our law enforcement and other major institutions in America. And he couldn't be any more clear: Israel is not to be blamed. That is a form of supremacy. We are to blame extremism - specifically, Islamic extremism, when the extremism of Israel in many forms has been demonstrated these last few weeks. The Muslims made 'em do it.

11-10-06 - Al-awda urges UW divestment from Israel

11-10-06 - The Perils of Inaction Even before Mr. Olmert visits Washington next week, Mr. Bush should send Ms. Rice back to the region to broker an immediate cease-fire.
She needs to insist that the Israelis restrain their offensives into Palestinian territory and cease all settlement construction. And she needs to make clear to the Palestinians that while words are important, there will be no resumption of aid until their security forces move aggressively to halt rocket and terrorist attacks against Israel.

11-10-06 - Independent Publisher Norton Purchases Rachel Corrie's Writings Independent publisher W.W. Norton this week acquired the complete writings of Rachel Corrie, the young American killed in March 2003, while trying to prevent an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer from razing a Palestinian home in Gaza.

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