Thursday, April 30, 2009
Also, at this time Egypt is in the midst of many worker strikes. What a great time to create an artificial enemy, the Zabaleen to distract from the strikes by numerous sectors.
- 20 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, were wounded by IOF gunfire in the West Bank.
- A number of these civilians were wounded by Israeli settlers during a joint attack with IOF.
- IOF conducted 28 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
- IOF arrested 32 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children.
- IOF halted technical preparations related to a reception site intended for the Pope’s visit.
- IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
- IOF imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian Christians during Easter.
- IOF troops positioned at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 5 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.
- IOF have continued measures aimed at the changing the demographic majority of east Jerusalem’s population.
- IOF started to establish a new settlement neighborhood in the al-Sawahra area, southeast of Jerusalem.
- Media reports disclosed a plan to connect "Kidar" settlement with "Ma'ale Adomim" settlement and annex 12,000 donums of Palestinian land.
- IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
- IOF resumed the establishment of a settler road to the south of Hebron.
- Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in the north and south of the West Bank.
- Israeli troops detain rights workers, confiscate collected photos and testimony from earlier attack
- The Israeli military open fire at famers near Gaza City
- Israeli settler rams a Palestinian teenage girl near Hebron
- Two elderly farmers attacked by Israeli settlers in the southern West Bank
- Settlers and heavily armed soldiers parade marking independence in West Bank
- The Israeli military invades and bulldoze lands in northern Gaza Strip
- Israeli forces uproot olive trees, bulldoze lands near Salfit
- Israeli municipality issues demolition order on renovated housing in Old City monastery
- Artas villagers appeal for help resisting settlers on local land
- AJ VIDEO: Israeli settlement homes sold to foreign buyers - 30 Apr 09
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Also, Thanks Marion again for sharing your article with us. It seems that I knew of you or your family even without knowing you are contributing here with your comments. Your family is very well known in the Jnoub and even in the U.S.A. ....... if I am thinking of the same family with the same last name as yours? Ok, Here is an excerpt and its a beautiful piece and a true piece that I hope everyone will take some time to read:
I see the Arab world as a collection of paranoid and divided dictatorial regimes. I see a part of the world being led by so-called moderate leaders (meaning they serve Western interests), who are leading their people irrationally and immoderately. I see countries that are not sovereign, in which the people are not being encouraged or allowed to take part in the process of determining their own future interests. I see a gang of dictatorships which have sold their souls to the highest bidder, at the expense of the Arab people and their rights, hoping that by doing so they can hold onto their dishonest power. I see governments that would easily collapse from the inside pressures of the people, were they not being propped up by powerful outside supporters with their own selfish interests in mind. I see cowardly leaders who have basically decided that for them remaining in control is more important than their people's inherent rights.
What are your views on Lebanon events today?
Your Lebanese and that's why I am asking! Today is an important day in Lebanon if you ask me. So many things, so many things.
Today it was recommended that the four Lebanese generals would get released from custody immediately. Of course that terrible piece of kharra Saad Hariri immediately gave one statement full of so many lies. Did you know Hariri said it is the fault of the "opposition" that those 4 where sitting in a jail for so long?
Does it insult you when they lie in this way? It insults me and I am not even Lebanese!
Today I was looking at some footage of New TV of some in Masr there were interesting news of the police slapping a Palestinian man in the face for a long time and laughing at him.
Seems to methat New TV released all that info as a message to Welsh of "look at how they do interrogations before opening your mouth to talk about wonderful Egypt" but I don't think that will make any sense to Welsh since I don't expect those people to have humanity when it comes to the "wrong" Arabs.
So many spies also have been caught in the last few weeks thanks to Hezbollah, including two shameful spies that did get caught in Saida who are Palestinian collaborators working for the Israelis.
It looks like Hezbollah will win the elections soon and it should be a lesson to the rest of the Arabs in the world and the rest of the non Arabs that when you oppress a people over and continue to treat them like animals the way some of the non Shiite political parties did to the people in the Jnoub for to long then the people will fight back And get the support of the population.
I don't think that it is a good thing necessarily for the opposition to win the elections, but not because I am afraid of Nasrallah or the influence of Shiite religious observation. Because to be honest with you since I was a child the only religious "stories" that ever sounded very interesting to me where from the Shiite people, esp. Hussein, Ali and those characters. I don't think that Nasrallah gains to much to control the government, I like him as a the Opposition and he will be less effective when they try to dilute him in a different position.
And I think that no matter what we hear about these elections that the March 14th movement is looking to make a big dilution of the Sayyed with these elections.
One good thing about the news for the Generals today is that Future TV kept its mouth shut all day long, they only spoke when mini Hariri gave his ignorant speech that he sounds much worst than the Saudi royals when they are trying to read in front of a camera. Those Hariri March 14th people got dealt a big defeat today and they know that the support for the Sayyed is so huge and can be mobilized at any time in minutes and this is not the Hezbollah members this is the people of the Jnoub that can do the mobilization.
So if it is one good thing among the majority terrible things that the usurping entity gave to Lebanon was the fact that it made some of the people set out and decide whether they will be led by there d**** by puppets or whether they will support the resistance against Israeli criminal attacks and against the people internally that are plotting against the own interests of there people.
Being home with the non swine flu has given me the chance to catch up on all the news channels that I cant spend to much time watching when I am working trying to be with my family and finding some bad news to put on this blog.
There are very few times that I can look at something in the Middle East and feel any kind of pride but today I do have pride that the Sayyed is handing the death certificate to this silly March 14th movement. They are finished, destroyed.
There were even some Sunni sheiks who got on the television today and praised the Sayyed and said that they stand with the opposition it seems from interviews of Palestinians that they are not ashamed to give there support to the Sayyed to.
Again this is nothing to do with religion or religious choices and I don't think anyone should fear the opposition victory, I don't see any type of extremism coming from the Jnoub initiated by Hezbollah to warrant fear of them.
1-April 29; A Decisive Day in the Four Officers’ Life
2-Lebanon tribunal prosecutor requests generals' release
3-A Tale of Four Generals and a ‘Revolution’
4-Bless the courageous and decent people from the Jnoub!
5-Hundreds protest as US ambassador visits south
6-US ambassador in Lebanon was inaugurating some theater in some schools in `Aba in South Lebanon earlier today. As soon as she arrived, reporters gathered and showered her with questions about American support for Israeli war crimes in Lebanon. Suddenly, a crowd gathered outside with makeshift signs against American embrace of Israeli war crimes andthe use of American weapons in South Lebanon. She hurried and left. This is based on a report with footage on NBN TV.
7-New TV added more details about the failed visit by the US ambassador in Lebanon to South Lebanon. It showed a group of angry female demonstrators making threats against the ambassador, and there were shoes hailed in the air. When the ambassador made it to the school, she was asked by angry residents about the value of US aid when Israel destroys South Lebanon.
8-Lebanon is preparing for elections that could dramatically alter the leadership of the moderate country. One of the expected big winners is Hezbollah, which commands a huge and growing influence in Lebanon. Some call it a state within a state; a movement that is all too willing to fill any gaps it perceives left open by the government. Hezbollah, with its close ties to Iran, has become very influential -- and though the U.S. government considers them terrorists, they are heroes to their many followers.
9-Calls for engagement with Hezbollah in Lebanon are increasing in Washington, Britain is opening dialogue with non-state players and the Syrians are back in the international arena. Steadily, the Middle East leftovers of the George W Bush era are being eroded, and people like Lebanese warlord Walid Jumblatt are preparing for the new alignments.
10-Fadlallah says opposition will be unified in pollsBut remember mini Hariri said that the opposition was to blame for keeping them in prison for so long!
They are finished!
...M14 lobbied to delay decision until after the elections, but Tribunal figures refused "political considerations"...
from "friday-lunch-club" by G, Z, & or B
My friend, Gen. Mustapha Hamdan, saying farewell to the Rumieh inmates, as he was acclaimed by all including the hapless Salafis who are usually Electoral fodder of the 11th hour for the FUTURE bloc... . Private Photo from Private Collection.
More bombings in Iraq more innocent and poor people killed.
More detentions and one prisoner is celebrating (no he is not!!) : Palestinian to break record for longest-held political prisoner
Palestinian people in Gaza still are starving and the children still have trauma
Land theft in Jerusalem..., Bilin ...., and Salfit
Mubarak is still one collaborating pig: Mubarak congratulates Israel on independence
Mubarak still killing Palestinians for Israel: 70-year old man dies in Gaza due to kidney failure
Mubarak still cant come to the realization that the Arab people will choose Nasrallah before him:
Egyptian authorities arrest a Saudi physician in Egypt because he had a picture of Hasan Nasrallah. He was later released.
And then a good some thing that made me laugh to much: Happy Birthday Saeb!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Time for U.S. to insist on real change in Israeli-Palestinian relations, By Brian Baird and Keith Ellison
WE recently returned from a trip to Gaza. What we saw and heard there was profoundly troubling — hospitals and schools destroyed, the industrial and employment base ruined, relief centers burned and innocent civilians strip-searched and forced to flee their homes to United Nations tents and shelters.
Some will deny these events. However, from what we have seen, the destruction in Gaza cannot be denied and the official explanations lack credibility in the face of the evidence on the ground. Our observations have been validated by several other members of Congress who subsequently traveled to Gaza.
Awwamiya, Saudi Arabia - Despite the vast oil fields underfoot, this rural village of struggling farmers and narrow streets is a long way from the gleaming riches and wide boulevards of Riyadh.
It is also far from the strict Wahhabi version of Sunni Islam favored by the Saudi government, since most Awwamiya residents are Shiite Muslims.
These religious and economic realities help explain the graffiti on view here: "Death to Wahhabi," "Down with the government," and "We will not forget our prisoners."
Somewhere here, too, Sheikh Nimer Al-Nimer, a firebrand Shiite cleric in his late 40s, is hiding from police. He is wanted for questioning, officials say, about an angry sermon threatening secession and his possible behind-the-scenes role in Sunni-Shiite clashes in the holy city of Medina earlier this year.
"We've been patient a long time hoping to get our rights," says one Awwamiya resident. "But it's useless."
I wish I could keep my chauvinism down, but when I see Jews waking up in print and song and html as sentient beings to the horror of Israeli policy, to try and lead the world out of this mess, it makes me want to be a part of a Jewish community. Here is Noam Sheizaf (of the daily paper "Ma'ariv") at Promised Land on the latest wrinkle in the Israeli train company's efforts to prevent Arabs from working as crossing lookouts:
The great effort on the company’s behalf to at least keep the option of firing its Arab workers is further proof to my claim that discrimination and latent racism is not just part of the extreme-right politics in Israel, but rather a de-facto national policy.
*Fatah leaders clash in Jordan during Sixth Fatah Conference preparatory meeting
- Hamas spokesman's brother arrested in Egypt
- Egyptian security forces discovered on Monday a new tunnel used for smuggling foodstuffs at the border with the Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian authorities discovered the tunnel in Rafah town between Egypt and the Gaza Strip from the Egyptian side and confiscated different shipments of goods found at the entrance of the tunnel.
- RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Once a profitable business, Abu Abdallah's tunnel under the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has been out of work for three weeks due to an Egyptian security crackdown on smuggling. The Palestinian network of some 3,000 tunnels, created to thwart Israel's blockade of the coastal territory ruled by Hamas Islamists, was reduced to hundreds by bombing during Israel's three-week offensive in January.
- Egyptian authorities announced earlier this month the discovery of a Hizbullah "cell" allegedly planning to carry out violent operations in Egypt. Although Hizbullah chief Hasan Nasrallah insists the group was only tasked to assist the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, the government has used the episode to launch a blistering media campaign against the Lebanese Shia resistance group.
- Two Lebanese men and a Palestinian have confessed to supplying Israeli intelligence agents with information regarding Hezbollah's activities, media outlets in Lebanon reported on Tuesday.
- Security sources in the capital of the South, Sidon, said on Tuesday that a Lebanese Army unit carried out raids in Harat Saida near (Speaker) Nabih Berri Avenue, targeting the home of an Israeli Mossad-linked agent's brother in the city. According to the sources, the army unit stormed into the house of Palestinian Moujahed Awad, the brother of Mohamad Ibrahim Awad who was accused last week of spying for the Israeli enemy. Awad, a member of the Israeli Mossad-Linked cell uncovered in Sidon last week, is reportedly the cousin of Abdul Rahman Awad, believed to be the successor of Fatah al-Islam leader Shaker Abssi.
- The United States plans to expand a programme to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's security forces in the occupied West Bank, the general in charge of training and equipping them said on Monday. "We have plans to train at least three more battalions before this time next year," Lieutenant General Keith Dayton told Reuters. Each battalion has about 500 members.
- Dahlan comeback to Gaza fails - CAIRO (IPS) - The recent onslaught against the Gaza Strip -- and Israel's failure to achieve its military objectives there -- left Palestinian resistance group Hamas politically stronger than ever. Concurrently, it dealt a possible death blow to the faction within Fatah led by strongman Mohammed Dahlan, long known for its closeness to Israel.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Dozens of CIA "Ghost Prisoners" Missing
UK High Court demands U.S. torture documents
US Must Prosecute Bush Torture Memo Lawyers: UN Envoy
Court Of Appeals Rules Detainees Are Not “Persons”
Israel looks to enlarge settlement in Occupied West Bank
Palestinians condemn 'extremely dangerous' scheme to grow settlement
Barghouthi: IOA embarking on biggest ever racial cleansing in Jerusalem
Nonviolent action by Palestinians and internationals stops settler road construction in Um al Kheir
Saturday, April 25, 2009
click to enlarge. My great-grandfather is listed as the "sgan sheni", the vice president.
My father shared this with me a few days ago. It is an announcement by a group that my great-grandfather was a member of calling for a Jewish "commonwealth" in Palestine. It makes me sad, but I am trying to imagine why he did this. 1933 was the year the Nazis seized power. He was a member of this group, as well. Perhaps he thought that the state would only be on land legitimately purchased from Palestinians. He may not have known of the exploitative way the land was purchased from the Ottomans. He may not have conceived of the genocide about to ensue. I may seem to be making excuses. I never met the man (he died in 1938), but since most members of my family are communists, anarchists, progressives or anti-racists, this doesn't sit easy. My husband said instead of posting it, I should research the organization and try to learn more about why he would support this. He doesn't understand blogging. I am interested in everyone's reactions.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
by Ali Soufan
Blasts kill 78 in Iraq's bloodiest day in a year
Blowing up people waiting for food aid is not resistance. It is insanity.
My husband says that on AlJazeera Arabic that there was a comment under the article praising this barbarity.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The cards are necessary for accessing almost all aspects of life in Egypt, from opening a bank account to immunizing children.
But on March 16, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court upheld a lower courts' 2008 ruling that all Egyptians have a right to obtain official documents, such as ID cards and birth certificates, without stating their religion.
During WWII it was used to describe both Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Nazis. Let's return to that usage.
IOF arrests 7 Palestinians in WB and Gaza
Israeli army kidnaps eight civilians West Bank
Army claims detaining two Palestinian after attempting to infiltrate into Israel
PA security kidnaps Dr. Qassem professor of political sciences
IOA intensifies repressive measures against Palestinian female captives
Palestinian prisoners beaten inside military transport
Palestinian detainees to resist orange uniforms
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Piracy 1. the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea
– Compact Oxford English Dictionary
GAZA CITY, 21 April 2009 (IRIN) - Rising poverty, unemployment and food insecurity in Gaza, compounded by the recent 23-day Israeli offensive, have increased the threat of child malnutrition, say UN agencies, health ministry officials and healthcare NGOs in Gaza.
Egyptian security forces discover two Gaza tunnels; both now closed
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Two tunnel incidents emphasized the instability of the smuggling trade between Egypt and the Gaza Strip Tuesday, after one caught fire and another was shut-down by Egyptian security.
Israeli army kidnaps 15 civilians in West Bank invasions
Three young Palestinians detained in Hebron
Israeli forces detain student from Al-Khadr near Bethlehem
Palestinian man taken from Nablus home, detained by Israeli forces
IOF troops arrest Palestinian citizens including child
Settlers aim to increase Israeli population in the Golan heights in bid to thwart pullout
Settlers uproot trees from Palestinian lands in Hebron
Israeli "settlers" claim Golan Heights 'forever': Israel
Ahronoth: A venal senior PA official stopped a probe into selling lands to Jews
Monday, April 20, 2009
The campaign plans to recruit the international gay community, which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed in 2007 when he said there were no homosexuals living in his country.
That's the takeaway from the CQ story. Charges of anti-Semitism from influential Jewish speakers dissuaded journalists for a few years. No longer. Andrew Sullivan writes that it's just "another day at the office" for AIPAC and says, "Take it away, Professor Walt!" Robert Dreyfuss at the Nation:
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
The rather controversial problem appeares in The Mathematical Miniatures for Primary Schools, a manual for second to twelfth grade students who want to participate in the International Mathematical Kangaroo competition. The book was published in 2004 by Aksjomat Publishing House from the northern city of Torun.
I believe "Turks" is a generic word for Muslim.
At a military tribunal in 2007, the father of a Guantanamo detainee alleged that Pakistani guards had confessed that American interrogators used ants to coerce the children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed into revealing their father’s whereabouts.
The statement was made by Ali Khan, the father of detainee Majid Khan, who gave a detailed account of his son’s interrogation at the hands of American guards in Pakistan. In his statement, Khan asserted that one of his sons was held at the same place as the young children of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
“The Pakistani guards told my son that the boys were kept in a separate area upstairs and were denied food and water by other guards,” the statement read. “They were also mentally tortured by having ants or other creatures put on their legs to scare them and get them to say where their father was hiding.” (A pdf transcript is available here)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
One 4-month-old baby was shaken so violently she needed surgery. Another 3-week-old suffered fractured ribs from abuse at home. A 9-year-old diabetic boy stopped receiving proper treatment for his condition. Those cases reported by Boston hospitals are part of a spike in child abuse in United States during a recession that has driven some families to the brink and overwhelmed cash-strapped child-protection agencies.
Robert Fisk: How can you trust the cowardly BBC?
Haaretz gave considerable space to the BBC`s findings yesterday. I`m not surprised. But why is it that Haaretz`s top correspondents – Amira Hass and Gideon Levy – write so much more courageously about the human rights abuses of Israeli troops (and war crimes) than the BBC has ever dared to do? Whenever I`m asked by lecture audiences around the world if they should trust the BBC, I tell them to trust Amira and Gideon more than they should ever believe in the wretched broadcasting station. I`m afraid it`s the same old story. If you allow yourself to bow down before those who wish you to deviate from the truth, you will stay on your knees forever.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari said Wednesday that Hamas should be included in a negotiating process to achieve peace in the Middle East.
International reputation be damned
Israel continues to block humanitarian aid from entering Gaza and refuses to cooperate in UN war crimes investigationIsrael's international standing may be plummeting due to its new government, but it would appear to remain unbowed. Today the AP is reporting that Israel is "very unlikely" to cooperate with a UN war crimes probe into the war in Gaza (Hamas has said they will support the investigation). In addition, there is yet another story about Israel preventing necessary humanitarian aid from entering Gaza. From the IPS article "Aid Rots Outside Gaza"
In the past two weeks internationals working with Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have twice witnessed settlers grazing sheep directly in the path of the children at the time they walk home from school. Because the children have been physically attacked in the past, and threatened with death by settlers earlier this school year, they are terrified by the presence of these settlers. Since an incident on March 24 in which settlers were present at the end of the children’s walk home, internationals and the children have repeatedly asked the soldiers to walk with the children until they are out of danger. On April 1 settlers again came onto the land between the outpost of Havat Ma’on and the village of Tuba while the children were walking. Members of CPT and Operation Dove were present and the children ran towards them crying and very frightened.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
strange that is says once roamed the street, no?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
- IOF arrests 20 citizens in the West Bank
- IOF troops kidnap ex-detainee who spent 15 years in Israeli jails
- Israeli forces raid four villages near Jenin, detaining one
- Israeli forces seize eight Palestinian youths in raid south of Nablus
- Israeli soldiers seize PA intelligence officer, two others in Nablus area
- Israeli soldiers seize four Palestinians from Safa, days after settler clashes
- Undercover forces kidnap two residents near Hebron
- Israeli occupation has imposed a sentence of house arrest on a child who is one year and two months old in Golan heights.
- Israeli military kidnaps eight civilians from village of Budrus near Ramallah
- DETENTION AS A MEANS TO POLITICAL SILENCING: THE CASE OF THEATER ARTIST SAMIEH JABBARIN
- Palestinian media worker detained for documenting settler visit to Al-Aqsa
- Testimonies of the fishermen abducted on 6/4/2009
- Israeli troops arrest Syrian in Golan - army
Monday, April 13, 2009
*I sure hope us Arabs dont wait until the problem is as big as it is in the U.S. before fixing that problem in our society...
Sunday, April 12, 2009
In case some people Missed my posts about this in the days before there was some member of Hezbollah that got arrested in Egypt a few days ago, they are trying to arm the Palestinian resistance so that they have some weapons to fight back instead of just getting killed by the Israelis like the sheep.
Now Mubarak declared war on Nasrallah and I dont see how this will go according to that cow's plan.
The popular sentiment in every Arab country, including those countries that we can accuse of harboring some anti-shiite sentiment is a sentiment of pride and respect for the Sayyed.
These feelings are not suddenly going to change because Mubarak wants. People will be able to see passed all these lies of Mubarak and I dont think in the end that they will turn against Nasrallah.
Right now Nasrallah is recieving full support and solidarity from the leader of the Ikhwan and even if you dont support those guys politics it is still signigicant because they Own the Streets in Egypt.
So Mubarak is going to use this as an opportunity to go against: Nasrallah, Hamas and the Brotherhood in Egypt? I dont see how someone who is viewed as being the most pro-American and pro-Israel can possibly go against the Muqawama Islamiyeh in Lebanon and Palestine and against the strongest political and religious force in Egypt.
Mubarak is a delusional cow and collaborator. This is the end of his Regime to. The Israelis already said that they Only support Mubarak and his sons as the rulers of Egypt so I wonder for how long the Egyptian people can put up with this. I included a good article below that shows the where the Egyptian people are economically, what the hell did they get because there leader is in bed with the Americans and Israelis? Nothing. Maybe they got a little bit more bread and ful, enough to keep them full enough without making a rebellion but not enough to keep them sedated forever.
Yasmina got any thoughts to add?
Egypt takes hard line against arms smuggling into Sinai
Egyptian MPs call for arrest warrant against Nasrallah
Egypt: Nasrallah wants to turn us into Lebanon
Egypt press brands Hezbollah chief 'war criminal' and "Sheikh Monkey."
Analysis: Israel is profiting from Egypt-Hezbollah quarrel
The Mubarak factor
In a recent piece that appeared in the Badeel newspaper, the shocking levels of dilapidation in Egyptian society are exposed. (4) Forty-four percent (44%) of the population find themselves below the poverty line with earnings of less than a dollar a day. Unemployment figures have soared to twenty-nine percent (29%) and the level of illiteracy presently stands at twenty-six percent (26%). The degradation in healthcare conditions and the prevalence of social ills have moved Egyptian society perilously close to the edge.
PA official: Egypt settled score with Hamas
It is said that radical times call for radical thinking, but even by my own standards this is a controversial proposal: perhaps there is merit in an argument for the creation of a second Jewish state – not to replace Israel, but in addition to it, to embarrass it in front of the world.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)