Olives for Hope

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Selected News Week of 6/5/11

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Report: Wine bottle smashed at Al-Aqsa compound

A bottle of red wine was broken in the grounds of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, by "Jewish extremists" who had snuck into the compound, an eyewitness reported. In Islam, alcohol is forbidden, and bringing it into a Muslim holy site is considered to be desecration. 



Special Guardian video series on East Jerusalem: Interactive video: Living in East Jerusalem

Four Palestinians and two Israelis used cameras provided by the Guardian and B'Tselem human rights organisation to record video diaries about their lives and experiences in East Jerusalem



Video: 'Every action in this area is very sensitive'

A Jewish-Israeli archaeologist takes us on an alternative tour of the 'City of David' - the archaeological site and tourist attraction in the centre of Jerusalem, owned by the Israeli settler organisation Elad



Video: The Wall is choking us all

Abd al-Fatah lives on ancestral land in an ancient Canaanite cave on the edge of Jerusalem's municipal boundary. Israeli businessmen intend to build a new settlement on his land. He recorded his daily battle to keep them away



Video: Sharing our house with settlers

Muna and Muhammed are 12-year-old twins living in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. Settlers have taken over the front of their home, but the family continue to live in the rest of the house



Video: My kids won't live under the same illusion I did'

Raised in West Jerusalem, Sara Benninga is an emerging activist leader in a growing mixed solidarity movement. We gave her a camera to record her daily life moving between opposing cultures in East and West Jerusalem



Video: Witnessing the truth

Zuheir set up CCTV cameras around his home to document clashes between settlers, residents and security forces. Footage captured on his camera contradicts the official line on the killing of a local Silwan resident by an Israeli settler guard



Golan protests

The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday she was "deeply concerned" over the use of live ammunition against protesters in the Israeli-occupied Golan on Sunday, which saw between 10 and 23 killed as pro-Palestinians marking An-Naksa Day rushed to the ceasefire line, just weeks after 12 died in the same area. "Between 30 and 40 protesters have reportedly been killed by Israeli security forces in the past three weeks," Pillay said in a statement. "The Government of Israel has a duty to ensure that its security personnel avoid the use of excessive force.


Amnesty: Israel must investigate Golan deaths

Amnesty International on Wednesday called on the Israeli authorities to investigate their army's killing of protesters along the ceasefire line with Syria on Sunday. The global rights group said they had spoken to a human rights activist in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights who "contradicts IDF [Israeli army] claims that all possible non-lethal means were used to disperse the protesters before lethal force was used."



PLO leader slams US, German stance as 'counterproductive'

"People do not negotiate their right to statehood. Rather, this is an inherent right," a PLO official lashed out Wednesday in the wake of US and German statements demanding Palestinian officials abort plans to seek UN recognition of statehood. "Far from acting unilaterally, Palestinians are bringing their case for statehood before the United Nations, the worlds preeminent multilateral body. Self-determination and respect for the sovereignty of nations are principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, making the UN a natural forum to resolve this issue," Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee said in a statement.



Republican Rep. urges House to sever UN aid if Palestinian statehood vote passes

FoxNews 7 June -- A Republican congressman says he wants the House to cut off U.S. aid to the top office at the United Nations if the international organization votes in favor of Palestinian statehood this fall. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., plans to introduce a resolution that would call for the funding cutoff to the "bloated" U.N. Secretariat in New York City -- the office headed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ... The U.S. is the largest single contributor to the United Nations. The U.S. paid up more than $6.3 billion in 2009, the last year for which data was available.



US condemns mosque arson

In a statement delivered by a White House spokesman, the United States condemned Tuesday "the burning and vandalizing of a mosque in the West Bank village of Al-Mughayyir." .. These incidents have served to undermine efforts to promote a comprehensive peace in the region. We call on the Israeli government to investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, and for calm from all parties," the spokesman said.


France to pursue Middle East peace talks

France will pursue efforts to organize a Middle East conference despite reservations expressed by the United States and Israel, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said. 



UN says West Bank economy not flourishing

Claims that the economy in the West Bank is flourishing overlook rising unemployment and a jump in inflation that has decreased purchasing power, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. In recent months, observers and officials including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the West Bank's economy as booming, calling it a sign of positive momentum under Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas ... The report said the unemployment rate in the West Bank stood at 25% in the second half of 2010, up from 23.5% in 2009 ... And it said that rising consumer inflation, which stood at 2.3% in the second half of 2010, caused "a further slide in the purchasing power of wage incomes" among Palestinians in the West Bank. The agency said the figures provided a stark counterpoint to claims of an economic boom in the West Bank.


Haneen Al Zoabi: Racists impose the rules of the political game in Israel

Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, Haneen Al Zoabi, has condemned the initiative led by a Jewish member, Yariv Levin, to ban her from traveling outside the country and to prevent her from participating in the Freedom Fleet 2. She described the move as an unparalleled form of racism. 



Israeli factories in Salfit major cause of high rate of cancer among children

The Israeli Barkan industrial area established on Palestinian land in Salfit is the major cause for soaring rate of cancer among children in the area compared to other Palestinian areas, health and local sources said on Wednesday. 



750 public doctors resign

Angry over the Palestinian High Court's decision mandating a return to work for striking public sector doctors, 750 union members collectively submitted their resignations on Wednesday. The union called on PA Minister of Health Fathi Abu Mughli to resign in solidarity,



Ex-Mossad chief inspires 'security' bill

Meir Dagan's controversial statements on Iran, peace process prompt Likud MK to draft bill calling to restrict former defense establishment personnel's access to media



Traveling to the other part of home 

For Palestinians in Gaza, the answer to "Have you ever been to Jerusalem?" is usually a complicated one. 



The no-longer temporary occupation

Every sector of Israeli society, except religious settlers and the military establishment, understand the occupation to be an ephemeral security measure necessary only in the absence of a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Ask any Israeli on the streets of Tel Aviv whether they think that Israel will permanently control the Occupied Territories and the immediate answer will be no, it is all about immediate security. This charade is exploited by successive Israeli governments as they proclaim a desire for peace while simultaneously creating permanent facts on ground like Jewish settler roads, checkpoints for Palestinians and new settlements.


Richard Silverstein vs. censorship

Ynet 7 June -- In a special interview US blogger who broke several stories, including Ofer Brothers' Mossad dealings, talks about his sources, repercussions of releasing news restricted by [Israeli] gag orders




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