Thursday, November 8, 2012


Mother Palestine Gives Mahmoud Abbas a lesson on the 'Right of Return.'

Caricature by Carlos Latuff
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Abbas told an Israeli station that he views only the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem as a future Palestinian state.

“I am a refugee but I am living in Ramallah. I believe that the West Bank and Gaza is Palestine. And the other parts are Israel,” he told the Israeli station. 

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Good Morning from the Gaza Strip

Photo by Majdi Fathi
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Good morning from Palestine 

Breakfast - hummus with sumac, and olive oil on top.

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Israel says will expand Iron Dome.

Israel says it will expand its Iron Dome short-range missile system after the regime’s Air Force reportedly tested an upgraded version of the largely-United States-funded system.

The Israeli Ministry for Military Affairs said in a statement on Sunday that a fifth missile battery would be added to the system "within a short time" after successful tests were cond
ucted on the system "to improve its performance and capabilities of the system against a variety of unprecedented threats."

On July 27, US President Barack Obama signed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, a piece of legislation ratified by Congress that approved USD 70 million in military assistance to Israel.

Washington had already pledged to provide USD three billion to the Israeli military for 2012.
Spokesman says to release proof Arabs, Israel sabotaging Abbas.

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The president's spokesman said late Saturday that the Palestinian Authority will release proof that Arab countries, Palestinian groups and Israel have held secret talks to sabotage the president's bid for a UN upgrade.

"What is this harmony between (Israeli premier Benajmin) Netanyahu and (Foreign Minister Avigd
or) Lieberman on the one hand, and between Hamas and Arab parties on the other, in the attack on the president before heading to the United Nations?" Nabil Abu Rudaineh said in a statement.

Local groups, Arab countries and Israel have planned a campaign to thwart President Mahmoud Abbas efforts to upgrade Palestine to a non-member state at the UN General Assembly in the next month, the spokesman alleged.

He warned that they will soon publish confidential files of meetings to that effect.

Hamas and Israel refuse to recognize each other, and maintain that they do not talk directly.

Abbas' West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, at loggerheads with Hamas' Gaza government, comes under frequent fire from Hamas and other critics for its coordination with Israel on security matters.
Palestinian Beauty and Heritage 

Photo by Osama Silwadi اسامة سلوادي 
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From the river to the sea ... Palestine is FREE

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The 'writing' is on the wall ...
Everyday life in Palestine

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Israel set to recruit new computer hackers for cyber attacks.

The Israeli military has set plans to bolster its cyber-warfare abilities and expand its Unit 8200, Israeli media report.

The Israeli army faces a dire shortage of cyber warrior and the Tel Aviv regime is seeking to recruit more computer hackers from all over the world to develop a whole arsenal of cyber weapons. 

The military officials are tasked to track “young computer geniuses” and persuade them to immigrate to Israel for lucrative positions and become cyber warriors.

Moreover, the Israeli military intelligence is slated to invest two billion shekels (525 million dollars) for the purpose in the coming years.

The Israeli regime and the United States are accused of launching cyber attacks on many countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2009, a malware known as Stuxnet was used in the first cyber attack that targeted Iran’s nuclear facilities, followed by the malware “Flame” that attacked the Islamic Republic’s oil industry.

Also on December 9, 2011, US and Israeli hackers attacked Iran’s Press TV Website after the network broadcast footage of the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, an advanced US spy drone which was captured by the Iranian military for violating the country’s airspace.
Soldiers shoot dead 20-year-old man near Gaza border.
GAZA (Reuters) -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 20-year-old Palestinian man who approached a fence near Gaza's border with Israel, medics said on Monday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the shooting took place after darkness fell on Sunday, saying troops opened warning shots when a man walking in a riverbed failed to heed orders
 to leave the buffer area.

Palestinian medics said the victim, Ahmad al-Nabaheen, was unarmed and mentally unfit.

Medics had to wait around six hours for permission to pick him up from the spot near al-Bureij refugee camp. They suspected he died of injuries for which he might have been treated.

The Israeli spokeswoman could not confirm that information or say whether or not the victim was armed, saying more details about the case may become clearer later on Monday.

On Friday, a Palestinian man was seriously wounded after Israeli artillery fired several shells in the same border area. The army said it had suspected he was planting an explosive device, but no explosion ensued.

A week before, an Israeli officer had been severely injured when a bomb went off beside an army patrol in the border zone.
A Palestinian girl forced into a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Seventy percent of Gaza's current 1.5 million people are refugees.
Photo circa 1948.
Telling American Jews that they should follow the example of their brothers living in Israel and vote for Mitt Romney is the height of chutzpah, writes Haaretz columnist Chemi Shalev.

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Palestine will remain in their hearts, even if deprived of their loved ones.

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Swiss Delegation Arrives to Ramallah, Arafat’s Body to be Exhumed.
On Monday 5th November, Palestinian sources told PNN that a Swiss delegation, which is specialised in investigating Arafat's death, arrived today to Ramallah city, in the central West Bank.

Sources also told PNN that the Swiss delegation will wait for another French delegation to help investigate the circumstances of Arafat's deat
Palestinian children peer through a wooden door at the Shati Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza City on November 3, 2012. The issue of refugees is one of the thorniest elements of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with the Palestinians demanding that Israel recognise the "right of return" of refugees. Israel rejects the demand, saying they should be accommodated within a Palestinian state.

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The Role of Women in the Palestinian National Struggle

Shireen Said, co-chair of the 42nd PFLP Anniversary rally in Gaza.
Palestinian women have been taking part in the national struggle as far back as 1920 during the British mandate period. Whether it was demonstrating or smuggling arms or taking part in regional conferences, urban and educated Palestinian women spearheaded efforts against Brit
ish colonialism and against European Jewish settlement. They worked not only within the political context but also the cultural, economic, and social arenas. Decades after the initial movement began, the women never let up.

Spirits rebellious during the First Intifada (1987-93) and forced to take on non-traditional roles with the men in their lives imprisoned, they helped establish new schools and health clinics. These actions ended reliance on Israel and set forth steps to build infrastructure for a Palestinian state. The women also pushed forth an effective non-violence campaign that ultimately resulted in the homecoming of PLO leaders.

Since 1967, at least 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested and detained for political crimes. Even after release, their lives continue to have restrictions.
To see a report about the female prisoners, please see:

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Ahmed Alnabahin 28 years old, was murdered yesterday by the Israeli army, in east Burij camp, middle of the Gaza strip. Ahmed was working on his land near the eastern border when the IOF started to shoot at him till he was dead!

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Israeli warplanes are hovering at low altitudes over Gaza. 
Please keep safe.

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Palestinian family leaves East Jerusalem home after settler attack
Ma'an News Agency - November 6, 2012

Zionist settlers on Monday attacked a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem, forcing them from their homes.

Mahmoud Abu al-Hawa said that the settlers smashed the windows of his home in al-Tur and ransacked his elderly mother's room, causing her to pass out, he said.

An "Israeli" court has ruled that a relative of al-Hawa sold the home to the Elad settler association, he said.

The 7-member family left their home on Monday fearing further settler attacks, al-Hawa said.

The home is in a building overlooking the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City. "Israeli" settlers now control two apartments in the building.

The Elad association is a private "Israeli" organization which promotes settlement building in East Jerusalem.

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If not ... Why?!

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Petitioning The Israeli Government . . 
The Israeli Government . .: to give Haitham al Khatib permit to go visit his son in the hospital .

Petition by hamde abu
Ramallah, Palestinian Territory, Occupied.

Carmi al Khatib is a 5 year old boy from the Palestinian village of Bil'in. Soon after his birth it was discovered he had Leukemia and began treatment in Israel and fortunately, after years of illness, managed to over come the cancer and survived. However, very recently, Carmi was hospitalised again suffering from a rare disease known to his family from birth which is now causing further difficulties and complications. His mother, Khawal is with him at the hospital and, up until recently, so was his father Haitham al Khatib. The Civil Administration (CA) is Israel's military arm of the government in the West Bank that deals with civilian issues such as issuing permits. Haithams most recent permit, issued for a month to visit his son expired about two weeks ago. Since expiring he has tried and failed to get another permit to see his son in hospital. The CA stated that the General Security Services (GSS) declared him a threat to the state and refused to renew his permit. Carmi will be in hospital until the end of November.

What has changed in that month and a half that now prevents him from visiting his son in hospital? Haitham received a permit 5 years ago for about 6 months when his son was first in hospital, during that period of time and since, the IDF has held excursions and exercises in Bil'in. Haitham would document these raids in the village which sometimes ended in random arrests and mostly always ending with something destroyed. For 4 years after this the CA refused Haitham a permit on the grounds that he is a threat to the state of Israel. All the while his son is in and out of hospital for long periods of time. His most recent permit expired over a week ago and Haitham has been trying and failing to get another permit since. Lest in not be clear; when permits are issued for hospitals Palestinians from the West Bank can only be in the hospital grounds. They are not allowed outside the gate of the hospital. This can be from one day to a few months depending of the nature of the situation.

Haitham is involved in the popular struggle in the village of Bil'in. For years the village has struggled against the Israeli occupation, building of settlements and the Separation Wall all of which resulted in Israel annexing land from Bil'in. From tying themselves to trees to taking their case to the Supreme Court they were able to shift the route. Continuing till today and until the wall comes down and the settlements stop developing Haitham and others find innovative way to ensure people do not forget the consistent violation of human rights in the occupied territories.

The state of Israel, the IDF, and their supporters use this activism as a playing card, as blackmail, if you participate there is less chance you will receive a permit. Haitham's story is, unfortunately, not unique. Those seeking permits in and out of Gaza are asked to become informants on top of 'paying' for their way into Israel and treatment. When one village began struggling against the slow encroachment of a settlement (and the military presence that comes with it) on their land workers in the nearby Israeli run industrial estate were told to stop participating the protests or they would loose their jobs. Needless to say the struggle and protests ended in that village on a popular level. This is to say nothing of the lack of union or union support for Palestinian workers in Israeli business in the occupied territories.

Israel is the self-proclaimed only democracy in the Middle East.

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Palestinians reject Netanyahu's call to drop UN initiative.

Palestinians have rejected a call by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to halt their request for the status of non-member observer state for Palestine at the United Nations, a senior official said

Acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas plans to ask the UN General Assembly for a non-member state status in the West 
Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the territories Israel captured in the 1967 war.

Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah said on Monday that the PA will press ahead with its request, which the Palestinians look certain to win in the face of Israeli and US objection to the move.

"When we return from the U.N. General Assembly and are a non-member state based on 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital, the way to direct negotiations will be open to achieve security and stability on this basis," Abu Rdainah said.

Netanyahu has warned Abbas against making the request at the world body.

The observer state status will grant Palestinians access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court, where they could file complaints against Israel.

On October 31, 2011, the UNESCO voted strongly in favor of membership for Palestinians. Of the 173 members voting, 107 were in favor, 14 opposed and 52 abstained.

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Gaza police catch crocodile.

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Police on Monday captured a crocodile that had been living in sewage pit in the northern Gaza Strip.

The rescue operation took several attempts but the crocodile was eventually caught without harm, police said in a statement. 

Locals had alerted police to the presence of the reptile.

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Israel advances plans for 1,213 new settlement homes.

(PIC) - A section of the Israeli separation wall is seen between the Shufat refugee camp and Pisgat Zeev in an area Israel illegally annexed after capturing it in 1967.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel has announced plans to press ahead with construction of 1,213 homes on annexed West Bank land, defying international opposition to its settlement 

The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem.

The plans call for the building of 607 new homes in Pisgat Zeev and 606 in Ramot. Tens of thousands of Israelis already live in the two areas.

The Israeli NGO Peace Now said on Tuesday that an additional tender for the construction of 72 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel was reissued on Monday after a previous notice failed to attract winning bidders.

“This is the true answer of Netanyahu to Abbas. Chairman Abbas declared again his strong commitment to the two states solution, and Netanyahu replied with thousands of new units in settlements,” the group said in a statement.

“It seems that Netanyahu is afraid of the new administration that is being elected today in the US, and he has chosen the day of election to publish the tenders so that there will be the least public attention to his action.”

On Sunday, the Israeli Prime Minister had warned President Abbas against making any unilateral moves which could “push peace back,” referring to an upcoming UN bid.

Israeli settlements are one of the major obstacles to a viable two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and are widely condemned by the international community.

Around 500,000 settlers live in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Gaza has been under ILLEGAL Israeli SIEGE for 1972 days.
November 6, 2012
It's been 23,989 days since Al-Nakba ... the Palestinians' 'catastrophe'
Israel arrests 266,300 Palestinians from Gaza since 1967

Israeli occupation authorities arrested more than 266,300 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip since its occupation of the coastal enclave in 1967, Director of the Department of Statistics at the Ministry of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Abdel Nasser Farawana said Tuesday.

Farawana added in a report that those prisoners account for 35 percent of 
the total arrests in Palestine, which stood at 760,000 since 1967.

The Israeli occupation authorities tried during the Palestinian Intifada to turn Gaza into a detention center for prisoners from the West Bank prisoners, Farawana said, adding that the Israeli forces deported individually or collectively about 225 citizens since 2002.

“Around 470 Gazans are still in Israeli prisons and detention centers, while 27 prisoners were in prison before the Oslo agreement and the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority on the fourth of May 1994, the Palestinian official explained.
Far east of Khan Younis, Israeli tanks enter the Gaza Strip.

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West Bank Under Attack - Jewish settler fires at Palestinian homes

A Jewish settler opened indiscriminate fire at Palestinian homes in the Old City of al-Khalil on Monday night.

Quds Press quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the settler opened fire from his automatic machinegun at Palestinian homes and shops, adding that no casualties were suffered.

Meanwhile, Israeli army patrols stormed a number of suburbs in al-Khalil city and nearby towns of Dura and Al-Shuyukh with no arrests reported.

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We got this post from a Zionist page - this is what they are telling the world - we KNOW better!

"Click LIKE to state your support for the END to terror and to support Israel's desire for PEACE!

Overnight more than 50 rockets and mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel since Tuesday night, 30 of them at the Eshkol area. Five houses suffered a direct hit."

This morning in the Palestinian village of Dir'at in the South Hebron Hills, a 2-story house was demolished by the Israeli Civil Administration, accompanied by the Border Police. Also today, a tent structure and water cistern were destroyed in a nearby village. This is part of the reality for Palestinians living in Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank.

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4 homeless children are left destitute after Israel demolished their home. All 3 are bare foot - all that's left is one school bag.

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"I am Palestinian"
Fatema Abu Rahmah is the oldest woman in Bil'in, she's 103 years old, and still hopeful.

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Beiit Arabiya demolished, Anata, West Bank, 5.11.2012

On November 5, 2012, Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh stand among the ruins of their family's house, demolished for the sixth time four days earlier on November 1, 2012. First built in 1994, the last previous demolition took place on January 23, 2012. It was rebuilt this summer by international, Pale
stinian, and Israeli volunteers organized by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, which has used the house as a peace center since 2003.

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During October: 1,100 settlers stormed and desecrated Al Aqsa 

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Israeli soldiers use Palestinian kids as human shields against rock throwing. 

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Carlos Latuff Cartoon - Barack Obama wins, and Netanyahu waits…

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- Zionists fire from gunboats towards fishing boats at sea.
- Eastern Gaza City houses now under fire from Israeli tanks.
Protesters shout anti-Israel slogans during a protest in front of a court house in Istanbul November 6, 2012. Hundreds of protesters chanting "Murderer Israel!" gathered outside an Istanbul court on Tuesday at the start of a trial of a group of former Israeli military commanders charged over the 2010 killing of nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship.

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"Here I am, come and get me."

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 — with George Shiber.
Join 'The Freedom Bus' for the first 4 Fridays of November, and connect with communities who are struggling against Israel's illegal appropriations of Palestinian water resources. 
Next Friday, November 9, we will go to the village of At-Tuwani (South Hebron Hills)
Check out the programme

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ZIONIST TV: A meeting of top Zionist army commanders and ministers at Netanyahu's home, to discuss the large scale military operation against Gaza Strip! Zionist military censorship imposed a media blackout on the meeting!

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Abbas receives phone call from Israel's Peres.

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas received a phone call from Israeli president Shimon Peres on Sunday, official news agency Wafa reported.

Both leaders discussed the peace process, according to Wafa.
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Palestinian elderly man sitting outside the house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on November 3, 2012. The refugee issue is one of the most difficult elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the Palestinian demand that Israel recognize the "right of return" for refugees. Israel rejects the demand, saying it should be absorbed within the Palestinian state.

Photo and comment by Yousef Deeb
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Do you see what we see?

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URGENT from Gaza
The situation in the Gaza Strip now!
Zionist warplanes (F-16's) flying over the Gaza Strip!

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Al Basha Palace - Gaza
'Chase your passion'

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