Israel’s ‘enormous web of unlawful practices’ devastating Palestinian society, Palestine’s observer says, as Fourth Committee debates situation in territory
Arabs in east Jerusalem riot over house demolition
The Arab residents in East Jerusalem held a violent protest on Wednesday after the authorities demolished buildings in the area. Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Xinhua that the Palestinian protestors sought to block the demolition of a illegal house inside the village of Silwan.
Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes in West Bank, Negev Desert
Buildings belongling to the new neighborhood being built for the Carmel settlement on Palestinian farmland. On 29 October, the Israeli military and police demolished several homes in the West Bank Palestinian village of Umm al-Kheir, next to a newly built neighborhood in the Israeli settlement Carmel.
Colonizers Rebuild Illegal Migron Outpost in West Bank
Jewish colonizers restarted, Tuesday, the reconstruction of Illegal Outpost of Migron, near Ramallah in the West Bank. Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) had destroyed this outpost few months ago. During Annapolis Peace Conference, the Israeli Government pledged to destroy all illegal outposts and to stop its colonization activities, considered illegal by the whole international community.
Israel Violates Gaza Ceasefire as Welcome to US President Elect Obama
Israel Military Operation in Gaza As international public opinion was concentrated on the American elections on the night between Wednesday and Thursday, Israeli forces violated the ceasefire in Gaza during two separate events, killing six Palestinians and injuring four.
Israeli army kills five Qassam fighters in Gaza
Palestinian medical sources in Gaza reported on Tuesday at night that Israeli soldiers invaded areas in the central and southern parts of the Gaza Strip and killed five fighters, members of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, and wounded several other residents.
Israeli invasion ongoing; seven fighters killed
As the Israeli army continues its invasion to the Gaza Strip, two more Palestinians fighters were killed and several residents were wounded during armed clashes with Israel forces invading Al Qarara area, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Resistance groups in Gaza vowed retaliation.
Israel and Hamas clash inside Gaza
Six dead in first clash since June truce as Israel claims finding tunnel to abduct troops.
Abu Obaida vows fierce retaliation
After the Israeli army invaded Gaza on Tuesday evening and killed seven Palestinian fighters in addition to wounding several others, Abu Obaida, media spokesperson of the Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, vowed fierce and painful retaliation and said that the truce will not stop the fighters from retaliating against the ongoing Israeli offensive.
Palestinians fire over 35 rockets towards Israel
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 35 rockets towards Israel on Wednesday, hours after the Israeli army killed six militants in the Hamas-ruled territory, the army and the Islamist group said. An Israeli police spokesman said they landed in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries.
Barak: Israel wants Gaza truce intact despite raid
Israel wants its four-month-old Gaza truce with Hamas maintained, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday, despite having ordered a raid on the territory which drew Palestinian cross-border rocket fire. "We have no intention of violating the quiet. We have an interest in perpetuating the calm," Barak told reporters, using Israel’s terms for the truce brokered by Egypt last June.
Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for two projectiles fired at Sderot
The Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for launching two homemade projectiles at the Israeli town of Sderot, in the Western Negev desert, on Wednesday afternoon. The organization said, "This came in retaliation for Israeli aggression in the central and eastern Gaza Strip which killed six and wounded dozens of civilians on Tuesday."
Israeli forces raid Aida Refugee Camp
Israeli forces raided the Aida Refugee Camp north of Bethlehem on Tuesday after midnight, under heavy fire. Witnesses reported that Israeli forces entered the camp before detaining several civilians there. Others added that Israeli forces clashed with civilians in area, though no injuries were reported.
Extreme rightist charged with assaulting policeman
Noam Federman accused of breaking policeman’s arm during evacuation of illegal outpost in Kiryat Arba two weeks ago.
Israeli army arrests 13 Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza
Israeli forces arrested 13 Palestinians in separate raids in the occupied West Bank and in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said on Wednesday. Six of the detainees were arrested in raids that the Israeli army regularly launches in the West Bank, the sources said. Five were arrested in Hebron and one in Jericho. Israeli sources said the six were wanted by the Israeli intelligence.
Hamas: PA detained 28 loyalists across West Bank
Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces detained 28 Hamas loyalists across the West Bank on Wednesday, according to a statement from the movement.
Israeli settlers restrain EU leader near Ibrahimi Mosque
Israeli settlers obstructed the deputy president of a European Union (EU) parliament delegation in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday. An argument erupted between the settlers and the politician, Luisa Morgantini, and witnesses told Ma’an that Morgantini shouted: "You are thieves who steel buildings!" during the dispute.
Israeli officer who shot a handcuffed young man in Bil’in acquitted
Press sources in the 1948 occupied lands reported that the Israeli military prosecutor decided not to impose a harsh penalty on the officer who deliberately shot a handcuffed young man in Bil’in.
Israeli navy spray chemical substance at Gazan fishermen
The Israeli navy continuously attacked Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza throughout yesterday (4th November), using live ammunition and a high-powered water cannon containing a noxious chemical substance. International Human Rights Observers (HROs) accompanying several fishing boats off the coast of Gaza approximately 8 nautical miles from shore reported that the Israeli navy constantly shot live ammunition extremely close to the boats, damaging many of the fishing nets in the process.
Israeli forces release detainee after four-year prison term
Israeli forces released a jailed Palestinian on Wednesday after four years in an Israeli prison, the detainee told Ma’an. Rasem Basem Aqawi of the Allar village near Tulkarem explained the conflicted emotions surrounding his release. "The hardest moment is when you are detained, but it is even harder when you are released after a long period," Aqawi said.
Palestinian power struggle swallows millions in aid cash
Britain has warned the European Commission and the Palestinian Authority that it wants to prevent its humanitarian funding being swallowed by an increasingly damaging power struggle in Gaza.
Independent Gazans back Cairo national dialogue
For the fourth day consecutively, independent Palestinian residents and dignitaries in Gaza sit-in in central Gaza city , in a bid of support the Palestinian national unity talks underway in Cairo.
Mishaal calls for a meeting between Hamas and Fatah to break the ice
Khaled Mishaal, the head of the Hamas political bureau, called for holding a meeting between his Movement and Fatah to break the ice in order to move towards ending the inter-Palestinian discord.
Hamas: Our demand for releasing detainees in W. Bank is not a precondition
Hamas stated that its demands on Egypt to intervene to stop the political arrest in the West Bank is not a precondition, but to ensure the seriousness of the other party toward dialog.
Haniyeh to former Irish president: Hamas will allow Shalit to send letter to family soon
Hamas will pass Gilad Shalit’s family a letter from the kidnapped soldier, in response to the letter they sent their son a few months ago, Gaza Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh promised former Irish president Mary Robinson, while she was visiting the Gaza Strip.
An Israeli official fails to convince Hamas prisoners of accelerating a swap deal
Israeli official, in charge of missed Israeli soldiers’ profile, Ufer Dekil, failed on Wednesday to convince Hamas prisoners inside Israeli jails of accelerating a prisoner swap deal, a Palestinian prisoners society revealed.
Gaza residents ‘terribly trapped’
Former UN Rights Commission Mary Robinson says she is shocked by deteriorating conditions in blockaded Gaza.
Donald Macintyre: This dispute is hurting the ordinary people of Gaza
Clearly shocked by conditions in Gaza, Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, said today: "I cannot believe that Israeli ordinary people understand what is being done in their name; they couldn’t possibly support it if they did."
Children In The Crosshairs; Media Silent On Evidence Of Israeli Targeting Of Youngsters
On the afternoon of Thursday 28 February, 2008, a group of Palestinian boys were playing football on some open ground near their homes in the Gaza Strip. At around 3.20pm, an Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the boys, killing four of them instantly and seriously injuring another three. The four dead boys were Omar Hussein Dardouna, aged 14, Dardouna Deib Dardouna, aged 12, Mohammed Na’im Hammouda, aged 9, and Ali Munir Dardouna who was just 8. Palestinian human rights fieldworkers investigated the circumstances of this attack by Israeli forces. They concluded there was no Palestinian resistance in the area at the time and that the boys "must have been clearly visible to the [Israeli] aircraft that fired the missile."
Jordanian cancer patient denied entry into Israel
Woman seeking to enter Israel for routine treatment at Tel Aviv hospital asked to return home after being deemed a security threat.
Israel withholds cement to Gaza Strip
Israeli companies stopped providing cement to the Gaza Strip upon orders by the Israeli military, a Palestinian importer said on Tuesday. "The Israeli company ceased providing Gaza with the cement since the end of the last week," said Nabil al-Zaeem, director of the Commercial Services Company. "The Israeli security department ordered the withholding of the concrete."
Narratives Under Siege – The Israelis Attack us Every Day
"I’ve been a fisherman for fifteen years now, ever since I was fifteen years old. My father was a fisherman and so was my grandfather. I have spent half my life at sea. But every day we face problems from the Israeli gunboats: they follow us, and then they start shooting at us because they want to force us to stop working."
ISM Gaza reports from the Olive Harvest Campaign 2008 in the ‘buffer zone’
ISM Gaza Strip volunteers living in the Gaza Strip have been assisting farmers living in the Buffer Zone areas of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya with their olive harvest during the month of October. In 2005, Israeli Occupation forces declared a 500 meter wide area, deep into the rich agricultural land of Gaza Strip, as a "Buffer Zone". The entire Eastern border of Gaza Strip has become a desert in the past few years, while once it fed and sustained the 1.5 million residents, most of it is now empty fields of dirt, with maybe a lone tree, reminding all that the land was once full of olive, clementines, lemon, orange, date and many other trees and crops.
LEBANON: Life set to get harder for Nahr al-Bared refugees
Source: IRIN As he picked plastics and paper off the rubble-filled conveyor belt, Issam Sayyed indicated to a white house behind him pock-marked with bullet holes and with its roof caved in. "That’s my home," said the Palestinian refugee displaced from the Nahr al-Bared camp in northern Lebanon, which was ruined in a 15-week war last year between the army and Islamist insurgents.
MKs cry racism ‘on Obama election day’
Knesset rejects two bills on Arab municipality mergers immediately after approving similar Druze bill, sparking cries of racism. Kadima: MKs conducting their personal primary campaigns at public’s expense.
Palestinian officials urge boycott of Jerusalem election
Palestinian personalities, including a leading Muslim cleric, on Tuesday urged residents of the mainly Arab eastern sector of the city to boycott November 11 municipal elections. "Our religious and national positions on the issue are clear: they forbid participation as a voter or a candidate in these elections for an authority that represents the Israeli occupation," said Mohammed Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.
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World Bank officials in Gaza for sewage project
A World Bank delegation launched a sewage project, long delayed by the standoff between Israel and Hamas, in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to prevent raw sewage from spilling into residential areas.
Travesty of tolerance on exhibit
Israel seems to have little time for the irony that a modern Jewish shrine to "coexistence and tolerance" is being built on the graves of the city’s Muslim forefathers. The Israeli Supreme Court’s approval last week of the building of a Jewish Museum of Tolerance over an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem is the latest in a series of legal and physical assaults on Islamic holy places since Israel’s founding in 1948. The verdict ended a four-year struggle by Islamic authorities inside Israel to stop development at the Mamilla cemetery, which lies in the shadow of Jerusalem’s Old City walls, close to Jaffa Gate.
Peres to join Saudi King on interfaith panel for first time
President Shimon Peres has been invited to take part in a United Nations interfaith conference initiated by Saudi King Abdullah in Washington next week.
Photostory: The month in pictures, October 2008
The following slideshow is a selection of images from the month of October 2008. The month in pictures is an ongoing feature of The Electronic Intifada. If you have images documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, or of solidarity with Palestine, please email images and captions to photos A T electronicintifada D O T net.
Brothers brew West Bank cheer
Yasser Arafat was still in exile in Tunisia when an elderly gentleman and his son came to see him from Boston, armed with a most unusual request. The Palestinian leader had just signed the Oslo peace accords and was preparing to return to the Gaza Strip. From there, Mr Arafat was hoping finally to lead his people to independence and statehood.
Tuesday: 22 Iraqis Killed, 67 Wounded
Excerpt: A spate of bombings greeted Baghdadis today as U.S. soldiers there await results in the U.S. presidential election. Overall, at least 22 Iraqis were killed and another 67 were wounded across the country, but the lion’s share of injuries was reported in the capital. No Coalition deaths were reported. Also, a Sunni politician suggested letting the public vote on a controversial U.S.-Iraqi security pact.
Blasts rock Baghdad, at least 13 killed
Reuters – Explosions killed at least 13 people in Baghdad on Tuesday, with one blast targeting a Shi’ite member of the first U.S.-backed Iraqi governing body.
MP: Ayatollah’s SOFA conditions not met
An Iraqi lawmaker says none of the conditions set by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani for signing the US-Iraq security pact have been met.
Iraqi Ministry of Defense ready to replace US occupation force
Deputy Head of the parliamentary committee of security and defense on Monday said that Iraqi Ministry of Defense’s military commanders announced that they are ready to replace Multi National Forces (MNF) throughout Iraq, in case a security pact is not agreed upon with the U.S.
Where is the Occupation of Iraq Heading?
This spring , the Iraqi government and U.S. forces attacked Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi army in its strongholds in Basra and Sadr City in Baghdad. Iraq looked like it was on the verge of full-scale war between the occupiers’ client state and the Sadrists. Iran intervened, cut a deal between the Iraqi government and the Sadrists, and saved the U.S. surge from disaster. Since then, violence has dropped by nearly 80 percent from the previous year. Now, despite ominous signs of continuing instability, the U.S. ruling class and its obedient media have trumpeted the surgethe infusion of 30,000 extra troops into Iraq beginning in the winter of 2007for having stabilized Iraq. The architect of the surge, General David Petraeus, has been lionized across the political spectrum. He has been promoted as the new head of Central Command that oversees the entire U.S. military in the Middle East.
The global reaction to Obama’s US election win
Overwhelming congratulations and an ‘awesome’ from Bush, but Baghdad remains sceptical.
World reacts to Obama’s victory
Voices from around the world as Barack Obama is voted the next US president.
Around the World, Praise for Obama
Through tears and whoops of joy, in celebrations that spilled into streets on distant continents, people around the globe called Barack Obama’s election a victory for the world and a renewal of America’s ability to inspire.
Obama: First Black President in the White House
Democrat Barack Obama captured the White House on Tuesday after an extraordinary two-year campaign, defeating Republican John McCain to make history as the first black U.S. president. Obama will be sworn in as the 44th U.S. president on January 20, 2009 and will face a crush of immediate challenges, from tackling an economic crisis to ending the war in Iraq and trying to overhaul the U.S. health care system.
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Mid-East leaders welcome Obama
Political figures across the Middle East offer a cautious welcome to the new US president-elect, Barack Obama.
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Syria hopes Obama to change U.S. foreign policy
Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal expressed hope that U.S. president-elect Barak Obama would bring change in the big power’s foreign policy, the official SANA news agency reported. Bilal made the remarks while meeting with a visiting Cuban delegation, hoping that Obama would "change the U.S. foreign policy from a policy of war and siege to one of diplomacy and dialogue."
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Egyptian president expects Obama to work for Mideast peace
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak senta congratulatory cable on Wednesday to U.S. president-elect Barack Obama following his victory in Tuesday’s election. Mubarak voiced his hope in the message that Obama would help parties concerned reach a just and comprehensive settlement and bring about peace and stability in the Middle East, the official MENA news agency reported.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/ english/2008-11/05/content_ 10313458.htm
Abbas hopes new US president will work for Middle East peace
AFP – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, on a visit to the Hungarian capital, said Tuesday he hoped the new United States president would make more headway in the Middle East peace process.
WEST BANK: Palestinian Americans struggle to vote
Sam Bahour waited months for his absentee ballot to arrive at his home in Ramallah, but it never came. The reason: a side effect of Israel’s 41-year occupation of the West Bank. "Our postal system is as occupied as our streets are," said Bahour, a 44-year-old Palestinian American business consultant who moved to the West Bank 15 years ago.
Abbas aide: Obama never promised us East Jerusalem
An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday denied reports that American presidential candidate Barack Obama informed him that he would support the Palestinians’ right to East Jerusalem. Nimar Hamad called the claims "completely false." He added that the reports are a "perversion of Obama’s declarations."
Israelis uncertain, Palestinians numb over Obama win – Feature
Tel Aviv/Ramallah/Gaza -While Israelis reacted with a mixture of excitement and trepidation to the election of Barack Obama as US president Wednesday, enthusiasm was noticeably lacking among Palestinians. "American policy is very clear and will not change. It is totally biased toward Israel," said Mohammed Midyeh, a mathematics lecturer in the West Bank city of Ramallah, expressing a common opinion.
Hamas ready for dialogue with new US president
The exiled political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said his Palestinian Islamist movement is ready to hold talks with any elected US president, in an interview published on Tuesday. "Hamas is ready for dialogue with any incoming US president … Democrat [Barak] Obama or Republican [John] McCain," Meshaal told Jordan’s Al-Arab al-Yawm daily.
Seth Freedman: A new false dawn
Seth Freedman: Obama wins: The president-elect won four in every five Jewish votes as Israel’s invasion of Gaza continued overnight. Does it change anything?
Barack Obama: the view from Israel
Bahar Auweida, 39, fell asleep in front of the television news waiting for the result and by this morning was in his car parts shop in Beit Hanina, a Palestinian district of east Jerusalem, happily reading his newspaper. "Obama is a decent man, who represents the ordinary people and the needy," he said. "He has a programme for economic issues and most importantly he doesn’t talk of going to war. I trust him and I think maybe he could do a peace agreement here for us. We need someone to understand what we are asking for and to find a just solution in the Middle East. George Bush was not that man, but I think Obama is."
Hamas: We’ll judge Obama by his actions not by his electoral agenda
The Hamas Movement stated Wednesday that it will judge the new American president Barack Obama by his actions and positions towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and not by his electoral agenda.
Iraqi views mixed on US presidential contest
AP – Wasan Salah hopes Barack Obama will win the presidency because "he wants to withdraw the troops." An Iraqi Christian woman thinks he will too and so she’s rooting for John McCain.
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Barack Obama: the view from Iraq
The election of a new US president is greeted with mixed feelings in a country that was at the centre of the campaign.
Gilad Atzmon – Congratulations Barak, congratulations Americans
Once again America has proven that it can bring a change about. In fact, I would not count on Obama himself to bring a real change, as we all remember, the newly elected President was very quick to appease AIPAC once nominated as the Democratic party candidate. It was actually the American people who are the real winners here, they are the ones who voted for a change.
Obama urged to focus on Mideast challenges
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday congratulated Barack Obama on his electoral victory and urged him to speed up efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. "President Abbas congratulates U.S. president-elect Barack Obama in his name and in the name of the Palestinian people and hopes he will speed up efforts to achieve peace, particularly since a resolution of the Palestinian problem and the Israeli-Arab conflict is key to world peace," his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said.
Only Nader Is Right on the Issues
Sen. Barack Obama’s vote to renew the Patriot Act, his votes to continue to fund the Iraq war, his backing of the FISA Reform Act, his craven courting of the Israeli lobby, his support of the death penalty, his refusal to champion universal, single-payer not-for-profit health care for all Americans, his call to increase troop levels and expand the war in Afghanistan, his failure to call for a reduction in the bloated and wasteful defense spending and his lobbying for the huge taxpayer swindle known as the bailout are repugnant to most of us on the left. Nader stands on the other side of all those issues.
McCain, Obama and Khalidi
I know Rashid Khalidi. You, Senator McCain, are no Rashid Khalidi. And you, Senator Obama, are most certainly no Rashid Khalidi either. I don’t know Khalidi very well, but I interviewed him in 1989 for a book on Palestinian political views, and I’ve talked to him on the phone a few times since. I know that he is a superb scholar, as anyone else who has met him, listened to him speak, or read any of his many books knows. He is non-polemical, his tone in both writing and speaking is measured, he writes nothing except what can be backed up by solid evidence. He does not "bash" Israel, and does not "bash" the United States for unquestioningly supporting Israel; he writes only about Israeli and U.S. policy in terms of how these policies affect Palestinians living under Israeli domination and Middle East peoples living under U.S. hegemony. His criticism of Israel is reasoned, unemotional, and balanced. He has frequently criticized the policies of the Palestinian leadership — that PLO that McCain personally equated to neo-Nazis, that Sarah Palin mocked, and to which the McCain campaign has linked Khalidi — in similar terms.
Obama adviser Dennis Ross’s dodgy record
GENEVA (IPS) – With the 2008 presidential campaign at its end, pundits have begun to discuss in earnest what expected winner Barack Obama’s administration might look like. An important piece of evidence is Obama’s campaign team, which largely escaped the harsh scrutiny that his opponent’s lobbyist-laden team received.
Obama bashing begins here. It was a noisy night in Washington, DC. Cars were parading the streets and honking their horns all night long. People around were very excited and people walked the streets and yelled and shouted in joy. AlJazeera offices: now that was a different story. The chaos there could not hide the festive atmosphere. People took bets and they had a sheet with staff names. I asked who was betting on McCain: no one, they said but they were betting on when the results would come in with news of Obama victory. People were excited and emotional. As I sat with the three anchors listening to Obama victory speech, I would make critical comments.
Obama win sparks global conversation on Iraq and Afghanistan
Troop withdrawal, Taliban havens, and Iraq’s security may define Obama’s presidency, analysts say.