Olives for Hope

If the world is ever going to come to peace,
humanity can no longer be recognized 
on a case by case basis.


Selected News Week of 2/28/11

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 8:11 PM


Rabbi exposing Zionism

Most people don't know, that many orthodox jews oppose Israel and the occupation of Palestine. These orthodox jews believe Zionism endangers peace on earth. One of them is Rabbi Josef Antebi (born in Hebron), who was tortured by Zionists. This is an interview made in Amsterdam, the last day of Hanuka.



Demanding equal rights in Bahrain

Many Shia citizens of Gulf island demand ouster of PM, and less power for the ruling Khalifa family.


Murder of Palestinian highlights Israeli judicial discrimination

According to the Israeli law system, if you’re an Arab and you beat a Jew to death, you’re a murderer. But if you’re Jewish and you stab an Arab, that’s manslaughter


Olive Trees destroyed in Jaba'a

The random destruction of olive groves by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the West Bank continues.


Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem’s visa revoked

Israel’s Interior Ministry has revoked the permit for the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem, The Rt Revd Suheil Dawani, to live in Jerusalem, and has refused requests to reinstate it, in spite of protests by Anglican authorities in the West specifically the United States.


Concerns over rising settler violence in West Bank

Violence between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the West Bank appears to be worsening, say UN agencies, NGOs, and the Israeli and Palestinian communities living there.


We should beware of the Jewish Brotherhood

Jews and Arabs still get along in Haifa. But if the ultra-Orthodox are taking over the city, the good relations between Jews and Arabs may also be at risk.


Folk music legend Pete Seeger endorses boycott of Israel

Folk music legend Pete Seeger has come out in support of the growing Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a program for justice for Palestinians and a route to peace in the Middle East.


Israel investing $1.6 million in "new media warriors"

The Israeli military establishment is once again on the offensive, but instead of high-tech weaponry and missiles, it is using computer screens, keyboards and rapid wireless connections to fight what Israeli military representatives are dubbing a "new media war."



Selected News Week of 2/21/11

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM


Many Americans hold dangerous misconceptions about the defining conflict in the Middle East.

The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza goes on, seemingly without end. Israeli troops continue to kill innocent Palestinians. The United States arms Israel to the tune of $3 billion a year or more. And most progressives talk as if there’s not a thing anyone can do about it.This sorry state of affairs persists because so many wrong ideas about the conflict are widely held here. Here are eight of the worst distortions in our discourse.




Palestinian House Inside Cage In Jewish Settlement

The al-Ghirayib family lives in one of the stranger manifestations of Israel's 43-year occupation of the West Bank: a Palestinian house inside a metal cage inside an Israeli settlement.




Knesset debates bill to abolish the status of Arabic as an official language in Israel

Israel's parliament, the Knesset, is looking at a draft bill which proposes the abolition of Arabic as an official language in the Zionist state... The proposed law is one of a number of initiatives designed to undermine the status of Arabic, which is the mother-tongue of more than 1.25 million Palestinian citizens of the state, one-fifth of the population. A draft constitution, for example, supported by a number of Israeli institutions, also proposes the removal of Arabic's official status.



Israel destroys hundreds of West Bank olive trees to lay settlement water line / Circarre Parrhesia

Abu Taha’s struggle with the Israeli military that occupies and controls the West Bank, began when the Israeli water company applied to the Israeli military to build a water pipe on his land. Without consulting Abu Taha, permission was granted, resulting in the destruction of 60 of his trees, and the paving of part of his field . This water pipe supplies Israeli settlements with water that is, of course, not allowed to be used by the Palestinian population in the area.



Israel destroys agricultural lands near Salfit

Israeli bulldozers tore up recently cultivated agricultural lands north of Salfit on Thursday morning, mayor of the nearby Deir Istiya village told Ma‘an. Starting a few hours after sunrise, Mayor Nathmi Suleiman said, the bulldozers entered the village, accompanied by Israeli forces, and began destroying a stone fence separating fields in the Qattan Al-Jame area west of the village. During its work, the bulldozer ripped out several olive trees, and obliterated the half-meter high hand-crafted stone wall.



Clinton threatened to cancel aid to PA

Palestinian President Abbas stresses PA won't boycott US, after Yasser Abed Rabbo slammed American mediation. Fatah element claims Obama told Abbas no other US president has done more to promote Palestinian issue


West Bank field trip for Israeli kids stirs anger

At a time when peace talks with the Palestinians are stalled over Jewish settlements, the Israeli government plans to send schoolchildren on field trips to a disputed holy site in one of the West Bank's most volatile flash points.


Put Pressure on the JNF to Leave Al-Arakib to its Inhabitants

Israeli government forces have razed Al-Arakib, a Bedouin village in the Negev, eighteen times since last July. The Israeli government does not recognize Al-Arakib and has been coercing its Arab inhabitants to relinquish the land they say they have owned since the beginning of the twentieth century.


Israel Navy To Take Lebanon Gas Resource

The Israeli naval forces plan to enforce Tel Aviv's claim over sea-based gas resources off Israel, including one belonging to Lebanon and another, which extends into the country's waters.


Self-demolition in Beit Suhur

 A resident of Beit Suhur village south of Jerusalem was forced to demolish his own home under orders of the Jerusalem Municipality yesterday, 19 February. Ramzi Shehadeh Attun demolished his 70 square meter home after he was threatened by the Jerusalem Municipality with a fine of 70,000 NIS to have it demolished by the state, citing “irregularities” in his building permit ... [Attun] added that  'I thought that I had finally achieved the dream of building a home for my family – there are 7 of us. But today we are homeless.'


Palestinians prepare for historic home match

The Palestinian national football team is to play an international qualifier match on its home turf for the first time ever, Palestinian officials said today.


Jerusalem Municipality to Further Annexation of Entire City with Green Parks Initiative

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, based in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, has published an article raising their concerns over an scheduled project to encircle East Jerusalem with parks to complete the annexation of the entire city and much of the surrounding area in the West Bank.


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Omar Barghouti Kept from Entering U.S. for Book Release Tour

Effectively canceling a planned speaking tour, the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem has inexplicably delayed the granting of a visa for Omar Barghouti, founding member of the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) campaign, due to tour the United States this April for the release of his new book, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.


Mideast can go to hell

Following midterm elections defeat, Obama’s foreign policy dictated by domestic voices

The American veto in the United Nations Security Council over the weekend is prompting Israel’s leaders to shut off their ears and mind. They insist on not understanding the message arriving from Washington: The Middle East can go to hell; the only thing that matters today is the presidential elections.


Nearly 3,000 Palestinians rally against U.S. veto on settlement resolution

Mass demonstration in Ramallah backed by members of Abbas' Fatah faction; Palestinian PM decries Obama's defense of the veto as 'offensive', offers concessions to Hamas in apparent show of frustration over U.S. policy.


Settlers uproot 270 olive trees near Nablus

A mob of extremist settlers stormed Palestinian farmland and uprooted olive trees near Nablus in the northern West Bank, Palestinian officials said. Residents of an an illegal outpost "waged war on olive trees uprooting 270 using chainsaws and other means," in Duma and Qusra villages, said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank.


Selected News - Week of 2/14/11

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Don't Fear the Brotherhood

Running away from the Islamic party is exactly what the entrenched Egyptian ruling class wants America to do.



IDF destroys unauthorized Bedouin reservoirs built before state's creation

The move, intended to push Bedouin off IDF firing ranges, leaves dozens of families in the region with no water for their sheep and livestock. A day after heavy winter storms brought much needed rain to the country, military authorities demolished 11 water reservoirs belonging to Bedouin in the southern Hebron Hills.



What Egypt Can Teach America

It’s a new day in the Arab world — and, let’s hope, in American relations to the Arab world.

The truth is that the United States has been behind the curve not only in Tunisia and Egypt for the last few weeks, but in the entire Middle East for decades.



Obama Gives Israel Way Too Much Love in Valentine's Day Budget

Today--Valentine's Day--President Obama sent his 2012 budget request to Congress.  As we anticipated, it includes a record-breaking request for $3.075 billion in military aid to Israel.

Given our $14 trillion debt and the fact that Israel misuses U.S. military aid to commit systematic human rights abuses against Palestinians, now is the time to end--not increase--military aid to Israel.

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Bill that prohibits boycotts of Israel approved in preliminary reading

In a first reading, the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved a law proposal that would prohibit boycotts of Israel. If the bill is passed, the State would place criminal sanctions on anyone wishing to boycott it. The proposal was accepted despite opposition from the Foreign and Justice Ministries, whose representatives claimed that the law might hurt Israeli interests. http//www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4029099,00.html


Bill proposes discount in tuition fees for soldiers

Coalition MKs submit bill proposing to provide those who served in IDF, performed National Service with NIS 2,860 for university payments. MK Ahamd Tibi: Bill is racist



Haaretz probe: IDF base to be built in East Jerusalem

Both the municipality as well as the Ministry of Defense claim that the base will be built within the green line, however, Haaretz has revealed otherwise based on initial plans for the IDF base.


US vs UN on Israeli settlements

Vetoing UN resolutions condemning Israeli settlements violates broader US interests. http//english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/02/2011215115925859109.html

Egyptian army hijacking revolution, activists fear

Military ruling council begins to roll out reform plans while civilian groups struggle to form united front



Let US see Al Jazeera

Cable companies have resisted adding Al Jazeera English to the lineup

The Egyptian crisis may provide the news channel its best chance yet to capture a larger share of the US audience. FOR THE past few weeks, a parallel plot line to the revolutions in the Arab world has been playing out in the media. With rare exceptions, the largest American cable and satellite providers simply do not provide viewers access to Al Jazeera English, the cousin to the powerful Qatar-based world news network.



Hasbara spam alert

With Israel's foreign ministry organising volunteers to flood news websites with pro-Israeli comments, Propaganda 2.0 is here



Selected News - Week of February 7, 2011

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Tell U.S. to Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements

Please add your name right now to our petition below to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice asking her to vote in favor of this resolution.



Holocaust Survivor Hajo Meyer Condemns Modern ‘Zionism’

Hajo Meyer — an author, political activist and Auschwitz concentration camp survivor — compared Israel’s relations with the Palestinians to Nazi relations with Jews during the Holocaust at a conference held at Emory on Wednesday.



Report: Military says Nablus checkpoints to stay

Palestinians cross the Huwwara checkpoint on the edge of the West Bank city

of Nablus on June 7, 2009. [MaanImages/Rami Swidan]TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Israeli Military officials told the Tel Aviv-based news site Ynet on Sunday that there were no plans to dismantle the West Bank's two largest internal checkpoints, Huwwara and Beit Furik.



Yesterday Egypt, today Algeria

This was the slogan of the brave protesters in Algiers on

Saturday, making the first breach in Algeria's wall of fear



Settlers Harass Palestinian Children after Israeli Military Fails to Provide Escort

Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:25 CPT/Operation Dove



Settlers Planning 200 Units in Sheikh Jarrah

Arieh King, founder and director of the Israel Land Fund, stated that within five to ten years 200 units for Jewish settlers will be built in the Palestinian neighborhood in Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem.



Fundamentalist Settler Rabbi Says Killing “Non-Jews” Is Justifiable

Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of the Keryat Arba’ illegal settlement in Hebron, in the southern part of the West bank, stated that killing non-Jews is justifiable, in some cases, without any restrictions.



Arab Israelis celebrate Mubarak's downfall

Locals hit streets as jubilant parade held in Arab Israeli town to mark Mubarak ouster

Jubilant Arab Israelis hit the streets of the northern town of Taybeh Friday evening to celebrate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation earlier in the day.



Erekat quits over Palestine Papers

Chief Palestinian negotiator resigns, saying source of Al Jazeera's revelations was in his own office.



Tsunami in Egypt

UNTIL THE very last moment, the Israeli leadership tried to keep Hosni Mubarak in power.

It was hopeless. Even the mighty United States was impotent when faced with this tsunami of popular outrage.



Selected News 1/29 - 2/2/11

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 9:23 PM


Mubarak to stay on till election

Egypt's president tells nation he will not seek another term, prompting protesters to resume "Leave, Mubarak!" chant.



Egypt's Military Calls For An End To Protests

The Egyptian military called Wednesday for an end to more than a week of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak, throwing its support behind his embattled regime hours after he defiantly rejected demands to step down immediately and said he would serve out his term in office. The declaration was a clear shift in the stand of the army, which gave a tacit endorsement to the movement on Monday by saying it would not use force against protesters, and that they had legitimate demands.


Mohamed ElBaradei: The man who would be President

No he doesn't want to be the president, but when I ask him if he might consider a transitional presidency for himself ? until fair elections, naturally ? I receive a traditional reply. "If there's a consensus by all people to do whatever they think I can do for them... I will do that." Hmmm, I think to myself.

Man of the moment?




Movement for equality

Rabeah Murkus founded the first studio for Arab dancers and the first dance study track. The choreographer from Kfar Yassif shares her vision of a new, first generation of Arab dancers in Israel.




Knesset nears final hurdle in forming panels of inquiry into left-wing NGOs

Motion approved by Knesset House Committee, now faces plenum vote; if it receives that final approve, the two panels will be headed by architects of the the proposals - MKs Danny Danon and Faina Kirshenbaum.


A dangerous shift on 1967 lines

One of the more astonishing revelations in The Palestine Papers -- detailed records and minutes of the Middle East peace process leaked to Al Jazeera -- is that the administration of US President Barack Obama effectively repudiated the Road Map, which has formed the basis of the "peace process" since 2003. In doing so it has backed away even from commitments made by the George W. Bush administration and blown an irreparable hole in the already threadbare "two-state solution."

But even worse, the US position perhaps unwittingly opens the door to dangerous Israeli ambitions to transfer -- or ethnically cleanse -- non-Jewish Palestinian citizens of Israel in order to create an ethnically pure "Jewish state."


The Aljazeera Scandal

Now that the Palestinian and Israeli negotiating positions have been made public – and nobody seriously denied their authenticity - the real discussion should be about their substance.

For anyone involved in any way with Israeli-Palestinian peace-making, there was nothing really surprising in these disclosures. On the contrary, they showed that the Palestinian negotiators are adhering strictly to the guidelines laid down by Yasser Arafat.


We Palestinians in Israel will not stand for our rights being given away by so-called representatives

Had the offer made by "representatives" of the Palestinian people to Israel during peace negotiations – revealed this week in the Palestine papers – been accepted, the resulting agreement would have been in conflict with international law. It would also have had a profound impact on all Palestinians: not only those under occupation or refugees in the diaspora, but also Palestinians like myself – the 1.2 million of us who make up 18% of the population of Israel.


Police ban Egypt solidarity rally in Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Security forces shut down a demonstration Sunday in front of the Egyptian embassy in Ramallah, after calling in one of the organizers for questioning multiple times a day earlier, organizers of the rally said.


Palestinian Human Rights Defender Sentenced to Nine Years Imprisonment

Activist Ameer Makhoul was sentenced to nine years in jail on Sunday, 30 January on charges of spying and contact with a foreign agent.Makhoul, who serves as General Director of Ittijah – The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations and Chairman of the Public Committee for the Protection of Political Freedoms, was arrested on 6 May 2010, by the Israeli General Security Service and police. His original charge also included aiding the enemy (Hezbollah) in time of war, which in Israel includes a penalty of life in prison.


Israel seeks support for Mubarak

JERUSALEM — Israel has told its diplomats in the United States, Europe and elsewhere to encourage their host nations to support the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, daily Haaretz reported Monday.The newspaper said Israel's foreign ministry told its diplomats to stress that it is in "the interest of the West" and of "the entire Middle East to maintain the stability of the regime in Egypt." "We must therefore curb public criticism against President Hosni Mubarak," the message sent at the end of last week said, according to Haaretz.


Two Israelis on Joining the Protests in Egypt

As pro-democracy protests erupt across Egypt and threaten to end the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak, two Israeli women are following the news with particularly personal zeal: After all, they participated in this week's demonstrations against the autocrat.


Egypt protests escalate in Cairo, Suez and other cities

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds, who responded by attacking police vehicles. Anti-government protests are intensifying across Egypt, as police clash with demonstrators in several cities demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.


Thousands protest in Jordan

Protesters gather across the country, demanding the prime minister step down.

Thousands took to the street across Jordan demanding the prime minister step down[Reuters]

Thousands of people in Jordan have taken to the streets in protests, demanding the country's prime minister step down, and the government curb rising prices, inflation and unemployment.In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan's main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations gathered in the capital, waving colourful banners reading: "Send the corrupt guys to court".




Selected News 1/22 - 1/29/2011

Posted on January 22, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Story of Israeli troops told to 'cleanse' Gaza

Israeli soldiers tell Channel 4 News they were ordered to "cleanse" Palestinian neighbourhoods, as filmmaker Nurit Kedar says "the atmosphere was that nobody should talk about this war".



People are being hauled out by police and beaten'

Jack Shenker, the Guardian's reporter in Cairo, was beaten by police alongside protesters last night. He recorded the experience as they were driven in the dark through the city



A filmmaker has received death threats after a report on Channel 4 News showed Israeli soldiers claiming they had been told to "cleanse" Gaza during the 2008-9 conflict.



Israeli settlers 'shoot Palestinian teen' near Nablus

An 18-year-old shepherd has died after being shot by Israeli settlers near the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian officials say.


Palestine Does Not Have to be a Lost Cause

By Alan Hart

January 26, 2010 "Information Clearing House" -- -- The most sickening (I mean truly vomit inducing) thing about the Al Jazeera revelations, the so-called Palestine Papers, is not what they confirm about the quisling status of the impotent and corrupt Palestine Authority. Nor is it what they confirm about the Israeli leadership’s complete lack of interest in peace on terms other than those which require the Palestinians to surrender – to abandon their struggle for even an acceptable minimum amount of justice. What then is the most sickening thing?



Hanan Ashrawi: Palestinians, America and the U.N.

Palestinians are well within their rights to bring the issue of Israeli settlements and their illegality before the United Nations Security Council. Our decision to do so follows both Israel’s refusal to cease all settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, and America’s failure to ensure Israel’s compliance with international law and existing agreements. The United States should support such a move, not block it




Introducing The Palestine Papers

Al Jazeera has obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.


Coverage of the Palestine Papers by UK Gaurdian


The Palestine papers: The story behind the Palestine papers

How 1,600 confidential Palestinian records of negotiations with Israel from 1999 to 2010 came to be leaked to al-Jazeera


Lieberman drafts own map of future Palestinian borders

According to a Foreign Ministry official, Lieberman believes Israel must take the diplomatic initiative by proposing a Palestinian state in provisional borders.Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has drafted a map of a Palestinian state in provisional borders. The map would essentially "freeze the existing situation in the territories, with minor changes," a senior Foreign Ministry official said.


The Palestine Papers: It’s Not Just What Was Conceded; But What Israel Rejected

It will be a few days before anyone can offer a thorough reaction or analysis of the more than 1600 confidential documents, known as the Palestine Papers, leaked to Aljazeera about Israeli-Palestinian negotiations spanning a decade. But an initial reaction is warranted to the central revelation made in these documents, namely the unprecedented territorial compromises made by Palestinian negotiators on East Jerusalem and the fact that they were turned down by the Israelis.


News for sad Jews

In the past two years, over 3,000 trees in Palestinian villages have been destroyed or stolen. When volunteers celebrated Tu Bishvat by planting trees in Maghar, near Ramallah, settlers slammed the event


US trying to stop UN resolution against West Bank settlements

Washington is desperately trying to head off a United Nations resolution condemning Jewish settlements in Jerusalem and the disputed West Bank territories that is presenting Barack Obama with one of the most acute dilemmas of his presidency.


Israel set to build more homes on annexed land

JERUSALEM, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Israel's Jerusalem municipality took another step on Monday towards building 124 new apartments on annexed land around East Jerusalem, a move likely to draw international condemnation.  The municipal planning committee authorised construction of 92 flats in East Talpiot in the southern part of Jerusalem and 32 in Pisgat Zeev to the north. Israel calls both areas Jewish "neighbourhoods" built on land it annexed following a 1967 war.



Al-Araqib residents expelled to make way for trees

On Sunday, January 16th, 2011, the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) accompanied by a heavy police presence destroyed the Bedouin village of Al Araqib for the 9th time since its total destruction in July 2010. During the village's destruction the police forces used large amounts of violent force, including sponge bullets (a police method of crowd dispersal) which injured eleven of the residents, one of them in his eye.  This time it seems that the ILA has decided to expel the residents once and for all. This is corroborated by statements made by Shlomo Zeiser, the ILA officer in charge of inspection ... The ongoing demolitions are not a coincidence. They are part of The 30 Day Plan, which is the plan to rid the Negev of its Bedouin residents.


Protest Held at Mercer County Plant Over Tear Gas

A Mercer County company is manufacturing and selling a type of tear gas to law enforcement agencies around the world.  Monday, a group of protesters gathered outside of that facility, upset that the company is allegedly selling that product to Israeli military forces who are in turn using it against Palestinians.  Combined Systems Incorporated, or CSI, based in Jamestown, Pa., manufactures and sells what they call less-lethal weapons to law enforcement.


Gaza children 'at risk' near border

New report says 26 children killed by Israeli troops near the border in 2010, while the blockade is 'ravaging' economy.


Israeli navy fire damages dozens of Palestinian fishing boats

Israeli navy gunboats opened machinegun fire at dozens of Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Monday night, a PIC reporter said.



Medvedev: As we did in 1988, Russia still recognizes an independent Palestine

Russian president makes announcement after meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in West Bank; Israeli officials fear recognition will cause a domino effect of other states following Russia's lead, including China.


Braverman to Haaretz: Lieberman harmed Israel's relations with its Arab citizens

Labor's Minority Affairs minister, who resigned from the government on Monday, says present goal is to 'topple the regime of Netanyahu, Lieberman, Barak.'



Rabbi: Lower marriage age to 15

Initiator of new bill says legislation would financially help large families, curtail sexual offenses. 'Girls who do not want to study or work are a burden to the household,' says Rabbi Asher Idan.



'Sumoud' in Palestine: To Exist is to Resist, Kim Bullimore

On Tuesday, the Israeli military demolished the dreams of a family of five in the Palestinian village of Azzoun Atma. At 8.30am, on January 11, more than 100 Israeli soldiers surrounded their home, forced them onto the street and then locked them in the neighouring house for the next three and half hours. As “the most moral army in the world” stood guard around the neighbouring house, ensuring the family could do nothing to stop what was about to happen, a heavily armoured Caterpillar bulldozer smashed down the walls of the home they had lived in for more than 8 years. The Israeli occupation forces then made their way to the other side of the village and demolished a farm house belonging to another family, along with their agricultural pens.


Israel's 'disobedient women' questioned over illegal trips for Palestinians

Days out to Israel for West Bank women and children come under police scrutiny amid fears of rising intolerance



Study: 61% of men don't see forced sex with acquaintance as rape

Over half of Israeli men - 61 percent - do not consider forcing sex on an acquaintance as rape, a study conducted by Tel-Hai Academic College recently found. Moreover, 41 percent of Israeli women share that view.


Israel 'has 150 nuclear weapons'

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal.

The Israelis have never confirmed they have nuclear weapons, but this has been widely assumed since a scientist leaked details in the 1980s.



The documentary Israel vs Israel is a film about Jewish peace activists who in both words and actions take a stand again 40 years of occupation and illegal settlements.


Artists playing Tel Aviv should insist on Palestinians attending

The debate regarding the cultural boycott of Israel is framed around the wrong questions


Israelis target Macy Gray with racist diatribes AFTER she agrees to play Tel Aviv

By Max Blumenthal


Prominent Americans send letter to Obama urging vote for UN resolution on settlements

Washington Post editor slams signatories as "Israel bashers"

A letter from an array of concerned policy commentators and practitioners, academics, and former government officials about the resolution pending at the United Nations Security Council on illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Territory has just been released.



Amjad – The Next Victim in Gaza Buffer Zone

Gaza, (PalTelegraph) - It took eight days. Eight days since the last innocent was killed. You watch people die here one after another, getting killed one by one, without consequences, without justice, without an outcry in the media. Innocent people who have never done anything wrong in their lives other than try to make a living from something amidst the stifling four year siege.


Selected News 1/14 - 1/21/2011

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 9:06 PM

 Turkey calls for Israeli minister to be sacked

By Catrina Stewart in Jerusalem  Friday, 14 January 2011

Turkey's Prime Minister has urged Israel to sack its controversial foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, arguing that he is an obstacle to peace in the region. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a vocal critic of Israeli policies, sounded some of the harshest criticism yet of Mr Lieberman from an erstwhile ally, describing him as a "despicable" man who is "a problem at the head of Israel".


New Jerusalem settlement hits peace process

By Catrina Stewart in Jerusalem Monday, 17 January 2011

Israel is moving ahead with a project to build 1,400 new homes in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem, a development that critics claim will deliver a death knell to the already faltering peace process. http//www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/new-jerusalem-settlement-hits-peace-process-2186234.html


‘Zionism and peace are incompatible’ — Israeli general’s son

by Miko Peled on November 8, 2010

Now that the two-state-solution is all but dead, it is vital for Americans to hear the voices of Israelis and Jews and Palestinians who are imagining a different future. And maybe we are witnessing in that the end of Zionism. The important thing though is the strength of the voices, and the moral and spiritual vitality of them, and their potential leadership. Here is Miko Peled, an Israeli, the son of a war hero, uncle of the victim of a suicide bomber, writing a month ago



Braverman to Haaretz: Lieberman harmed Israel's relations with its Arab citizens

By Jack Khoury Published 22:12 17.01.11

Labor's Minority Affairs minister, who resigned from the government on Monday, says present goal is to 'topple the regime of Netanyahu, Lieberman, Barak.'



Ehud Barak quits Labor to form 'centrist, Zionist and democratic' party

By Jonathan Lis and Haaretz Service Published 09:12 17.01.11

Four Labor MKs to join Defense Minister in new Atzmaut (Independence) faction after months of infighting in once powerful party.  Ehud Barak Benjamin Netanyahu Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Monday that he is stepping down as Labor Party chairman to set up a new party, following months of turmoil within the weakened faction.



Jerusalem orders construction halted at site of controversial Sheikh Jarrah hotel

By Ranit Nahum-Halevy

Zoning appeals panel issues temporary injunction on work at the Shepherd Hotel in East Jerusalem.

The appeals committee of the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee has issued a temporary injunction order to stop construction work at the controversial Shepherd Hotel compound in East Jerusalem, until the matter can be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday.



Gaza commemoration events focus on becoming active in the cause for Palestine

(CHICAGO 01/10/2010) – The best way to honor the victims and survivors of Operation Cast Lead is to become active in the cause for Palestine. That was the main message at events in Milwaukee and Chicago commemorating the passage of two years since the Israeli onslaught against the Palestinians of Gaza that killed more than 1,400 people and wounded 5,300.



Auschwitz survivor Dr. Hajo Meyer talks about the differences between the Nazi's treatment of the Jews and the Palestinians today.

Meyer expresses in impassioned terms his dismay at what he sees as the moral collapse of contemporary Israeli society and the worldwide Jewish community as a whole. Meyer is a member of "A Different Jewish Voice," a Dutch-based, secular Jewish movement that dares to openly criticize Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.


Diversity: Dearborn, Arab Capital of America Dearborn, Michigan, is a thriving center of Arab life in America.

More than 30 percent of the population is of Middle Eastern descent, and cultural shops, businesses and attractions blend seamlessly into this American city.



Did pop star Paradis cancel Israel concert over politics?

French singer Vanessa Paradis claims her visit to Israel with partner Johnny Depp was cancelled for professional reasons, but insiders say anti-Israel boycott campaign played a role.

By City Mouse Online and Matan Abramovitch



Tel Aviv sees largest leftwing demonstration in years

Saturday, January 15 2011 |Noam Sheiza

Thousands march to protest Knesset’s decision to probe human rights organizations


 Video: IDF fires live ammunition at civilians in Nabi Saleh

Sunday, January 16 2011| Joseph Dana

This week the army resumed nighttime raids in Nabi Saleh. During the weekly Friday demonstration, the village was attacked with excessive amounts of live ammunition and tear gas. A curfew was declared prohibiting residents from leaving their homes for a twenty four hour period. Despite the recognition of unarmed demonstrations as a legitimate form of protest by the European countries, Israel is pushing forward with its campaign of harsh military repression.



An inspired arrangement of an Ave Maria accompanied by the Adhan "Allah Akbar".

An idea of Tania Kassis at the occasion of the designation of March 25 (Annonciation Day) as National Islamo-Christian Holiday in Lebanon.



Gaza doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish: '"We saved lives," I told the children. "Your sisters' blood wasn't wasted'''

Rachel Cooke

The Observer, Sunday 16 January 2011

Two years ago, Israeli shells fell on Dr Abuelaish's family home in Gaza, killing three of his young daughters and their cousin. The horror was caught live on Israeli TV when the doctor phoned his broadcaster friend. Amazingly, the loss did not embitter Izzeldin Abuelaish. Instead he decided his girls' deaths must not be in vain – and slowly he has turned his family tragedy into a force for peace



Israel clears out disputed site in Muslim quarter

The Independent Friday, January 14, 2011

By Catrina Stewart in Jerusalem

Israel has widened access to a revered Jewish site in the heart of the Jerusalem Old City’s Muslim quarter, a move that threatens to inflame tensions at one of the world’s most contested religious sites.

Municipal officials recently ordered the removal of scaffolding -- which propped up an arch underneath Palestinian homes -- to enlarge the courtyard in front of a small section of the ancient wall, a remnant of the Second Temple destroyed in 70 AD, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported. 


[I have photos of this area - cld]

News 1/11 - 1/13/10

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM


'The Beatles of Palestine' give their first homeland performance

By By Ruth Sherlock

For decades, the band Al-Ashequeen has provided a soundtrack to life in the Palestinian territories. Last month, the group of Palestinian refugees set foot in the West Bank for the first time.



Urgent Action: Support Canadian דtore's decision to boycott Ahava

The long and the short of it is that the store that has dropped Ahava is now being bombarded by pro-Israel factions to sell Ahava products.  Please click on the link and sign the letter to the store supporting its decision.  And please distribute this message widely.


Katie Couric Speaks Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Suggests Muslim 'Cosby Show'

Katie Couric spoke out against anti-Muslim bigotry and said America may need a Muslim version of "The Cosby Show" to counteract it. Speaking on her web show, Couric said that the controversy surrounding the Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero had exposed a "seething hatred" for Muslims in America


If you are racists, you lose!

Identities and politics in Israeli football

Adam Keller spoke with Tom Wiener, a 20 year-old football fan from Jaffa, who is currently in his second year of civilian service at a pharmacy as an alternative to military service.


Israeli Court Extends Jail Term for Abdallah Abu Rahma, Anti-Wall Activist

Tuesday January 11, 2011 13:06 by Ramona M. - IMEMC and Agencies Report post

UPDATE: Today, the Israeli Military Court has accepted the military prosecution's appeal to extend Abdallah Abu Rahmah's sentence. Abu Rahmah was supposed to be released on November 18th 2010, but was kept in detention at the military prosecution’s request despite having finished serving his term. He will now serve an additional 2-3 months in prison, making his serving time a total of sixteen months.


Israeli intellectuals decry Knesset plan to investigate Leftist groups

By Jonathan Lis

A group of Israeli intellectuals has sent a letter to all Knesset members decrying the intent to establish a parliamentary committee of inquiry into Israeli human rights groups. In letter sent to all Knesset members, signatories say investigation of citizens by elected officials signals the end of democracy.


Israel Prize laureates join academic boycott of settlement university

By Or Kashti

155 academics sign petition calling Ariel, where the education center is located, an illegal settlement whose existence contravenes international law and the Geneva Convention.



Palestinian Leader: Christian Presence Is Vital

RAMALLAH, West Bank, JAN. 11, 2011 (Zenit.org).-  The conference reported Fayyad's affirmation that "a vibrant Christian presence is vital for the future of a Palestinian state." The prime minister reported that data from 2009 indicates that for the first time in years, more Palestinians -- including Christians -- are returning to that region than leaving.


Netanyahu backs Sheikh Jarrah construction

by Attila Somfalvi  01.10.11, 15:43 / Israel News

Prime Minister's Office issues statement in response to global criticism following demolition of Shepherd Hotel in east Jerusalem in favor of Jewish homes, says 'the State of Israel cannot be expected to forbid Jews to buy private property in Jerusalem'


Israeli Foreign Minister: Israeli Groups that Provided Information to Goldstone Commission:

Collaborators with Terror

Monday, 10 January 2011 14:06 Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman stated that Israeli organizations which provided information to the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (Goldstone Commission) are “net collaborators with terror whose goal is to harm the IDF and its determination to defend Israeli citizens.” http//occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/israeli-foreign-minister-israeli-groups-that-provided-information-to-goldstone-commission-collaborators-with-terror/


Israel’s Orthodox Rabbis: ‘Palestinians to the Ovens!’ [very disturbing cld]

By Richard Silverstein

Back in the days of the Shoah, one of the slogans of the Jew haters was: “Jews to the Ovens.” Now, it causes me anguish to say, we have Israeli Orthodox rabbis saying the same about the Palestinians.


"Voices From Inside, Israelis Speak" [something more positive cld]

Part 1 of 2.   A documentary film, tracing an Israeli evolution of consciousness from early Zionism, a Holocaust perspective and seeds of militaristic nationalism to a positive modern perspective of conscience, honesty and reconciliation: the real path to lasting peace . Produced by award winning producer Marjorie Wright. Winner of the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award


News 1/3 - 1/10/11

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 9:06 PM

The MOST detailed mapping of Palestine ever via Google's Maps and Earth programs

We have compiled the most complete mapping of Palestine ever (over 5,600 placemarks have been identified), however, to view our presentation Google Earth should be installed.


Avnery on McCarthyism Israeli-style

By Uri Avnery

Saturday, 08 January 2011 16:54

Good Morning, Joe. At home In the US, your name is mud. But here you can really feel at home.


EU diplomats say East Jerusalem should be treated as Palestinian capital

By Nir Hasson

EU consuls in Palestinian Authority recommend boycotting Israeli products from East Jerusalem, call for EU officials to be present at home demolitions and evacuations.


Israeli Demolition Begins in East Jerusalem Project

Published: January 9, 2011

JERUSALEM — Israeli bulldozers demolished part of a landmark building in a predominantly Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Sunday to make way for a Jewish housing project, prompting condemnation from Palestinian officials and symbolic claims to the site from both sides.



SPJ Executive Committee Refers Helen Thomas Award Decision to Full Board of Directors

The Executive Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists voted Saturday to recommend that the organization retire the Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement. The recommendation, which will be sent to the full board of directors within the next 10 days for a vote, states that the award will be retired with Thomas’ name attached.


Israel slates 15 Jericho homes for demolition

Published Thursday 06/01/2011 (updated) 07/01/2011 20:32

JERICHO (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities delivered 15 demolition orders to farmers in the Ad-Dweik Al-Foqa area north of Jericho on Thursday, marking the second day such orders were handed out in the West Bank.


New Settlement Plan to Split Silwan in Two

Thursday January 06, 2011 by Alessandra Bajec - IMEMC & Agencies Report post

A new settlement project in Silwan will see the Jerusalem neighborhood split in two parts, a Silwan committee official revealed to Ma’an News on Thursday.


Bill being Drafted to Bar International Peace Activists from Entering Israel

Tuesday, 04 January 2011 Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Knesset Member Yariv Levin, of the right-wing Likud party, together with the pro-settlement group The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, are currently working on an “anti-subversive” bill aimed at anarchists and supporters of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).


Students call for boycott of Strauss’ popular hummus [Sabra]

Israeli food company Strauss defends supporting IDF

Sunday, 02 January 2011


Northern villagers report new settler vandalism

Monday 03/01/2011 (updated) 03/01/2011 18:45

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Residents of Qusra village in the northern West Bank said settlers were behind a series of car-tire slashings and the slaughter of two sheep in their barn overnight. http//www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=347706


Petition from US Campaign to End the Occupation

Two years after "Operation Cast Lead"--Israel’s horrific 22-day all-out assault of the besieged Palestinian Gaza Strip--which killed approximately 1,400 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians, Israel continues to collectively punish 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip through an illegal blockade, and to avoid accountability for its actions.


The army spin machine at work in the Abu Rahmah killing

By Jerry Haber Tuesday, January 4 2011|+972blog

A female protester dies at a Bil’in protest from tear gas inhalation. The army is not only faced with a public relations nightmare, but also with the real possibility that there will be pressure to change its mode of operations, and to use a less effective (from its standpoint) tear gas. There may even be pressure to conduct a military investigation, which the army certainly doesn’t want. So the only thing that it can do is to attack the credibility of the woman’s family and witnesses.


WikiLeaks: Yadlin wanted Hamas takeover

Diplomatic cable reveals former military intelligence chief regarded 2007 Islamic takeover of Gaza as positive step; said it will allow Israel to declare Strip as hostile entity

Attila Somfalvi Published:     12.20.10, 18:38 / Israel News

Moments before Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip, former Director of Military Intelligence Major General Amos Yadlin said he would "be happy" if it happened, a diplomatic cable published on WikiLeaks revealed on Monday.


Bedouin-Jewish Justice in Israel

Campaign to end the destruction of Bedouin villages in Israel and promote a just negotiated solution to the plight of Israel's Negev Bedouin citizens: A Project of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America and the Jewish Alliance for Change



Group: Rise in East Jerusalem home demolitions

Published (updated) 04/01/2011 21:03

JERUSALEM (AFP) - The final months of 2010 saw a sharp rise in the number of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, an Israeli civil rights group said on Tuesday.

Ir Amim (City of Peoples), an organization that lobbies for the "viable and equitable" sharing of Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians, said the rise in demolitions was calculated to drive Palestinian residents out of the city.


Jerusalem boxing club unites Jews and Arabs in and out of the ring

By Joel Greenberg Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 4, 2011; 12:48 PM

JERUSALEM - In a converted bomb shelter in a low-income Jewish neighborhood, Ismail Jaafari, a Palestinian boxer from across town, bobbed and weaved in the ring, trading punches with an Israeli opponent. 



Israeli Leftists Show Alliance in Wake of Palestinian's Death

By Tony Karon Tuesday, Jan. 04, 2011



Helen Thomas Controversy Persists

The fallout over journalist Helen Thomas' controversial remarks about Israel could continue Saturday, when another group convenes to consider removing her name from another prestigious award.


Society for Professional Journalists to Meet January 8th Regarding Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Society for Professional Journalists' online publication, Quill, is open for feedback regarding the renaming of the SPJ Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement.



One Family in Gaza

Through one family’s story, the larger tragedy of Gaza is exposed, and the courage and resilience of its people shines through

by Jen Marlowe



Rights groups slam proposal to investigate anti-IDF organizations

By Jonathan Lis


Knesset to vote on a proposal by Yisrael Beiteinu to establish a parliamentary committee of inquiry into groups it says participate in delegitimization campaigns against IDF soldiers.


Israel's Attempt To Blame Victim Fails

January 07, 2011 1:39 pm ET by MJ Rosenberg

Yesterday, New York Times reporter Robert Mackey revisited Kershner's story and exposed the entire Israeli campaign to blame the victim. He quotes a Haaretz investigation that concluded that Abu Rahmah had been killed by the tear gas (and that she was only a bystander, not a protester). And he reported on the blogger conference call and the ridiculous line sold to the AIPAC/neocon crowd (which they disseminated)



US activists facing grand jury garner broad support

Report, The Electronic Intifada, 7 January 2011

The activists have been subpoenaed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of what the US government calls an investigation into "material support" for groups the US State Department has unilaterally declared "foreign terrorist organizations." On 24 September 2010 more than seventy federal agents in a coordinated early-morning raid burst into the homes and offices of prominent anti-war, labor and international solidarity activists in Chicago and Minneapolis.



'Dangerous' political websites blocked from viewing at Israel's airport

Barred sites include leftist organizations Breaking the Silence, Machsom Watch, Peace Now and Taayush and the rightist Legal Forum for the Land of Israel and World Headquarters to Save the People and Land of Israel.

By Sefi Krupsky

January 6, 2011



Open Letter to Jon Bon Jovi: This One Should Go out to the Palestinians

It is with great disappointment that the undersigned organizations learned of your scheduled performance in Israel set for 2011 as part of your 'Circle Tour'. Given that Israel is involved in grave violations of international law and human rights, particularly as indicated in the UN Goldstone Report, we urge you to cancel this gig until the time comes when Israel is in compliance with its obligations under international law and fully respects Palestinian rights.


West Bank civilian dies in Israeli army raid in Hebron

Israeli troops have shot dead a 67-year-old Palestinian man by mistake in an operation to arrest members of the Islamist militant organisation, Hamas. [13 shots to the head ]

7 January 2011 Last updated at 05:19 ET


Israeli MPs back 'McCarthyite' probe on rights groups

6 January 2011 Last updated at 06:18 ET

Israeli MPs have voted to begin the process of setting up a formal inquiry into foreign funding of rights groups, a move critics say is "McCarthyite"



West Bank: UN warns of new Israeli controls

By Jon Donnison BBC News, West Bank


The United Nations says it is increasingly concerned that Israel is about to tighten access restrictions to the occupied West Bank.


News 12/23/10 - 01/03/11

Posted on January 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Israel further institutionalizes racism toward Palestinian citizens

Mel Frykberg, The Electronic Intifada, 3 January 2011


BDS 2010: More Powerful Than The Sword

by Eric Walberg / December 29th, 2010



Jesus Recruited: God-TV Helps Israel Oust Bedouin



+972 Magazine’s Person of the Year: Abdullah Abu Rahmah

Thursday, December 30 2010|+972blog

Why did we choose Abdullah Abu Rahmah?.... Because he is the answer to the question, “Where is thePalestinian Gandhi?” (answer: there are many; and they are languishing in Israel’s jails).


Interim Forever!

By Uri Avnery Saturday, 01 January 2011 15:46


Wikileaks: Israel Plans Total War on Lebanon, Gaza

Posted on 01/02/2011 by Juan

The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has summarized an Israeli military briefing by Israeli Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi of a US congressional delegation a little over a year ago



Artists protest against rabbis' letter

Writer organizing protest says 'racial dictatorship' overtaking Israel will annul its right to exist

Stav Spivak Published:     01.02.11, 19:30 / Israel News


UN office concerned by West Bank deaths

Published Sunday 02/01/2011 JERUSALEM (Ma'an)

The office of UN Middle East envoy Robert Serry on Sunday expressed concern over the deaths of two Palestinians in 48 hours in incidents involving the Israeli army.


The struggle for East Jerusalem

Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem are waging a campaign of popular resistance against Israeli land confiscation.


In Israel, Non-Violent Solidarity Activist Goes to Prison, Anti-Gay Terrorist Gets Community Service

On 12.28.10, By Max Blumenthal


Students for Justice in Palestine condemns US government witch hunt

Press release, Students for Justice in Palestine, 29 December 2010

As students at over fifty American universities, we unequivocally condemn the abuse of grand jury subpoenas to chill the exercise of First Amendment rights by university students and anti-war activists speaking and organizing against Israel's continued oppression of the Palestinian people.


Israel's Qassam strikes on Gaza

Vilnai is depending on Israelis' total indifference to our Qassams: our soldiers' nearly daily firing on Gaza civilians, regularly wounding and sometimes killing them.

By Amira Hass


Jonathan Pollak’s Speech Before the Israeli Court That Sentenced Him to Jail for Unlawful Assembly

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jonathan Pollak was convicted and sentenced to three months in jail yesterday – for riding a bicycle in a demonstration that he did not organize, nor was anybody else arrested. Why Pollak, then?  


Bilin protestor's mother 'not seeking revenge'

Sulhia Abu Rahma, who lost two of her children in clashes with IDFsoldiers, insists on conveying message of peace to people of Israel. 'I have four children left,' she says. 'Like all human beings, we want to live, not to die'


Please, not again

Dec 29th 2010

Without boldness from Barack Obama there is a real risk of war in the Middle East


Tears and gas: a call to mobilise

Getting nowhere at home, Israel's Palestine solidarity activists push a global call for action.

Jesse Rosenfeld and Joseph Dana Last Modified: 03 Jan 2011 10:31 GMT


Is Israel Using Lethal Tear Gas to Disperse Demonstrations?

Monday, 03 January 2011 16:01 Tania Kepler for the Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Anyone familiar with Palestinian anti-Wall demonstrations knows that Israel’s use of tear gas is a regular occurrence. The Israeli military uses both long and short range powder and gas tear gas canisters as a means of crowd dispersal.