A concert cry severs the silence: Jubran seemed nonplussed by the pressure of such a complex production - one which he worked on with friends for three months - as he stood onstage at the Ramallah Cultural Center, juxtaposed by a couch and an enormous screen. He kicked off the event with a moving virtuoso, solo performance on the Arab buzuk and then proceeded to navigate the event smoothly. He joked with artists who appeared onscreen, but did not conceal his strident opposition to oppression and occupation. Such was the artists' objective for the evening: to break the silence. Satellite technology made it possible to mock the limits to freedom of movement imposed on them by appearing in tandem, despite prohibitions.
Beit Hanoun girl dies of wounds sustained last month: Abu Odah was injured when Israeli army opened fire at her and her family killing her father and brother Ismai'l, her younger sister received three bullet wounds in the attack while Hannan was wounded by eight live rounds and was moved to a hospital in Israeli for treatment were she died, her brother Ayman reported.
Israel Believes Assault On Gaza Will Be Necessary: Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Dan Halutz was backed by members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday in his assessment that a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip will be necessary in the short term.
High Court questions lack of IDF probe into shooting of U.S. activist: Avery's disabilities from the shooting include impaired vision in his left eye and several missing teeth. Avery had bone grafts to reconstruct his upper left jaw bone, and his left eye also was damaged. "Today marks a major turning point in the case," said Sfard, adding that the decision should send a message to soldiers that "there are still people who are asking the army for accountability."
Israeli army attacks Palestinian Banks and money exchange shops, stealing millions: The Israeli army invaded several cities in the West Bank and broke into money changers' shops and banks, confiscating some 1.5 million USD, on Wednesday morning. The seizure of cash comes after months of seige by the Israeli authorities, who are attempting to 'starve out' the Palestinian people for the results of their democratic election in January.
Israeli army invades Beit Fourik near Nablus, sets one house ablaze, takes one prisoner: Soldiers surrounded the house of Ferass Militat, 30, and then took him to an unknown location. The army claims that Militat is a member of the Islamic Jihad. Troops fired sound bombs into resident's houses in the village, setting the house of Abdullah Hannini on fire causing massive damage. Also, soldiers detained several children and took them to a nearby military post where they where held over night, interrogated and abused.
In the name of security, but not for its sake: Cohen's research relies mainly on police documents from the period, which have recently been opened for public perusal (the Shin Bet documents are still classified). They relate, for example, that the provision of weapons to collaborators by the local authorities was a way of rewarding them. However, the security forces' liaison committee mentioned in 1949 that "the distribution of weapons to an element or members of one group is likely to be useful to us; it will create the desired tension among the various parts of the population and enable us to control the situation." The security agencies, Cohen reveals on the basis of written documents, occasionally even initiated internal conflicts.
Gladwin man fights home demolition in Occupied Territories: While some college students spent their summer taking some extra classes, working or enjoying some time off, Cody O’Rourke of Gladwin spent some time using skills he’d learned in construction to help rebuild homes in the heart of the Occupied Territories of Palestine. O’Rourke participated in a peaceful resistance movement with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), a group which uses non-violent, direct action to resist the destruction of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories.
Congressman Nye and Jack Abramoff: Justice versus lobbies: Native American leaders contributed millions to the foundation. In 2002, the foundation reported it had given away more than $330,000 in grants to four organizations that said they never received the money. Instead, Abramoff used the organization for his pet projects. These included over $4 million to a Jewish school allied with the Zionist movement, $248,742 for Abramoff's house in Silver Spring, Maryland and hundreds of thousands for sniper training of extremist and illegal Israeli colonial settlers living on Palestinian land.
Palestinian killed by Israeli shells in northern Gaza: Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Wednesday that one resident was killed, another was injured, after the Israeli army fired a tank shell at a group of residents who were present close to the border line in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Israeli forces fire missiles into southern Gaza Strip home and bulldoze land in the north: At least one of the rockets hit the house, as reported by eyewitnesses. Home owner Fat’hi Abu Jarad and his family made it out safely before Israeli forces launched the missiles. An afternoon account from eyewitnesses indicated that Israeli warplanes fired into Beit Lahia, killing a Palestinian. Also this morning Israeli forces bulldozed agricultural land east of Gaza City near the town of Jabaliya’s cemetery.
Israel confirms: Letter received from Shalit: Israel on Wednesday night confirmed for the first time that a letter has been received from Gilad Shalit. Channel 2 reported that the letter, which was reported by Arab media in recent days, indeed exists and was received by Israel.
Report: Former IDF commandos secretly trained Kurdish soldiers: Former Israeli special forces soldiers crossed into Iraq from Turkey in 2004 to train two sets of Kurdish troops, one of the former Israeli trainers told the BBC's Newsnight program. They also trained more than 100 Peshmerga or Kurdish fighters for "special assignments" that included how to use rifles and how to shoot militants in a crowd, he said.
Following visit to Syria, two Arab legislators banned from Knesset: Israeli Knesset “Ethics Committee “ decided to ban Arab members of Knesset Jamal Zahalka and Ibrahim Sarsour from the Knesset for three days over a trip they made to Syria about two weeks ago, Israeli sources reported.
Hamas retracts support for Arab League peace initiative: "You can't mention the Arab initiative only," Salah Bardawil, head of Hamas's parliamentary faction, told Haaretz yesterday. "The prisoners' document [an earlier proposed blueprint for a unity government] explicitly talks about 'recognizing the Arab source of authority,' while the agreement talks only about the Arab peace initiative. It must be changed and the initiative should be noted in a more general manner."
Palestinian airlines to use Egyptian airport: According to the agreement with Egyptian authorities, the Palestinian airlines would be able to take off and land in northern Egyptian town of al-Ariesh which is located a few kilometers away from Gaza Strip, Minister Zeyad al-Zaza told reporters.
Annan: UN must end mideast conflict: Addressing world leaders for the last time as secretary-general, Kofi Annan painted a grim picture Tuesday of an unjust world economy, global disorder and widespread contempt for human rights, and appealed for nations and peoples to truly unite. He said the Arab-Israeli conflict was the most potent and emotionally charged conflict in the world today."
Wild thoughts about the Palestinian issue: America is threatened; it needs a coalition to fight the threat; the coalition's members include Europe and the moderate Arab countries; these other members must be taken into account; and they want progress. Period. Whoever rejects this logic is apparently ready to compromise America's security. And after all, it is easier to look for a solution in Israel, which is so dependent on the United States, than to make an effort to force American policy on a recalcitrant Hamas or the obstinate Europeans.
Saudi Arabia sends relief to Gaza: The U.N. World Food Program is supplying Gaza with $2.6 million worth of flour, donated by Saudi Arabia, to assist impoverished Palestinians. Some 2,050 metric tons of flour, procured in Egypt, started entering the Gaza Strip this week to feed 50,000 families. (Gee thanks for the flour, KSA!)
Tulkarem Farmers in Boycott of Israeli goods: Palestinian traders and farmers will gather in the Tulkarem Refugee Camp on September 20th for a Palestinian goods market, boycotting Israeli products as a statement of resistance against Israel's ongoing occupation, The Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign said.
Two killed in the West Bank one of them a pregnant woman: Bushra Sultan, 27, from the Saflit region of the West Bank, died at an Israeli military checkpoint - East of Saflit - which had been closed by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday morning. Medical teams tried to revive Sultan but all attempts failed, leading to her death due to being unnecessarily held at the checkpoint.
Human rights group claims 90% of police investigations end in failure: The farmer was lying on the blood-soaked earth with crows circling above him when his son found him. Saber Shteia, 74, was battered by four settlers in his olive groves and left to die. As his son, Thourri, and another farmer loaded Mr Shteia on his donkey, he muttered, "They have killed me". The attack happened outside the village of Salem in the West Bank, which is under the jurisdiction of the Israeli police.
Palestinian woman dies at the Rafah Crossing: At least eight residents died at the Rafah Border Crossing since August after they were stranded there for several weeks due to the Israeli closure and siege imposed on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian fighters captured an Israeli soldier in a raid that targeted a military post near the Gaza borders.
Warning: Social intifada to break out in east J'lem: According to Amos Gil, chairman of the Ir-Amim organization, the issue can be solved only if it is treated on a national level. According to the organization, there are about 14,000 students which are not listed in the city's education system. Jerusalem City Council member Papa Alalu said that if the problem is not solved, "we will have a social intifada (uprising) on our hands."
TOMORROW: Brian Avery Shooting Investigation Appeal: On Wednesday, September 20, Israeli attorney Michael Sfard will again apply to the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem demanding that the Israeli military open an investigation into the circumstances of the shooting of Brian Avery in Jenin on 5th April 2003. The application will be heard by judges Beinish, Arbel and Heshin at 9am.
National boycott action targets Irish stores selling Israeli goods: IPSC members targetted retail outlets in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Sligo, to send a message to Irish retailers that continuing to trade with Israel while it obliterates Palestine is grossly unethical and gives both financial support, succour and legitimacy to Israel's escalating and unchecked violations of Palestinian human rights. The National Boycott Day was also intended to educate consumers as to the extent of Israeli goods in their shops.
Arab MK suspended for calling Peretz ‘murderer': The Knesset Ethics Committee decided on Tuesday to suspend United Arab List-Ta’al MK Ibrahim Sarsur for one day after he refereed to Defense Minister Amir Peretz as a “murderer.” Arab MK Jamal Zahalka (National Democratic Assembly) was suspended from the Knesset for three days for making similar remarks.
Study shows growing divide in life expectancy for Jews, Arabs: The Central Bureau of Statistics annual report on the Israeli population, issued Tuesday, shows a widening gap between the life expectancies of Jews and Arabs in Israel. The life expectancy of an Arab male in 2005 was 3.1 years shorter than that of a Jewish male, as opposed to a two-year difference in 1999.
Israel's Jewish population decreasing: Israel’s Jewish population decreasing According to Central Bureau of Statistics data published on Tuesday, the population of the State of Israel at the end of 2005 was comprised of 6,990,700 people, of which 5,313,800 were Jewish (76 percent of the entire population), and 1,377,100 were Arab (19.7 percent) according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
IDF: Arab MK barred from Gaza due to personal dangers of such a trip: The defense establishment on Tuesday said it had forbidden MK Talab al-Sana from traveling to the Gaza Strip to meet with senior Palestinian officials over the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, due to the personal dangers of such a trip.
Author Finkelstein to talk about Palestine-Israel conflict at UVM: Finkelstein will draw from his most recent book, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History to address the most recent developments in the Middle East, according to a press release from the event sponsors. Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! says Beyond Chutzpah is “a must read for anyone committed to a just and enduring peace in the Middle East.”
Palestine Economy May Crash: The Palestinian economy is at the edge of a collapse after months of Israeli aggressions and the closing of border routes, the spokesman of the World Food Program, Christiane Berthiaume, said on Tuesday. The spokesman said that if changes are not made, the crisis will not have solution because the aid only mitigates the problem.