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URUK Net 5 July, 2009

Last updated: Monday, July 6, 2009 18:55

Hiyam, a Gaza teenager killed as she offered aid
Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip
Thursday was as normal and quiet an afternoon as you get in Johr al-Deek village in the central Gaza Strip. “Prepare yourself for I will be taking you to the dentist in half an hour,” Salim Abu Ayish recalled telling his 17-year-old daughter Hiyam. Moments later everything changed. “At 5:30 PM an Israeli shell landed on my brother’s house,” the father told visitors who had come to offer condolences for his daughter at the family’s home on Friday. The shell injured a nephew and Salim Abu Ayish rushed to render aid…

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The Israeli Idea of a ‘Palestinian State’
By Saree Makdisi
To judge by the next day’s headlines, Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy speech last month was a great success. “Israeli Premier Backs State for Palestinians,” declared the New York Times. “Israel Endorses Two-State Goal,” said the Washington Post. “Netanyahu Backs Palestinian State,” announced The Guardian. He did no such thing, of course, unless by “state” one understands an amorphous entity lacking a definite territory, not allowed to control its own borders or airspace, shorn of any vestige of sovereignty (other than a flag and perhaps a national anthem), not allowed to enter into treaties with other states—and permanently disarmed and hence at the mercy of Israel. It would make about as much sense to call an apple an orange or a piano a speedboat as to call such a construct a state, and yet those are the conditions that Netanyahu imposed on the creation of such an entity for the Palestinians (if they get that far in the first place)..

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Nilin sends eyewitnesses to UN to testify about Occupation assassination policy
By the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza assault that investigates violations of human rights and international law committed in the context of the Israeli assault on Gaza in December 08/January 2009 will hear as well accounts of the repression meted out in the West Bank during this period. As during any war and large scale assault conducted by Occupation forces, during the attack on Gaza. which alone killed over 1400 people, soldiers also brutally repressed any protests and acts of solidarity by Palestinians anywhere within their reach. On the 28th of December, during a demonstration in Ni’lin in solidarity with Gaza, Border Police shot and killed two young men in Ni’lin. Arafat Khawaje, 22, was shot in the back and was killed instantly. 20-year-old Mohammed Khawaje was shot in the forehead. He was pronounced brain-dead on the evening of the 31st December…

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Afghan Offensive to Destabilise Balochistan: PM
Afzal Khan
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has voiced Pakistani concern that the latest offensive by US forces in Helmand, south of Afghanistan, will destabilise the situation in Balochistan. “We fear a spill-over effect on Balochistan of surge in the number of US troops and their latest massive offensive in Helmand that is likely to push Taleban to cross over to Pakistan,” the prime minister told reporters here. He said he has conveyed his reservations to US officials and they had assured him that no extremist would be allowed to cross into Pakistan…

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Mideast Churches Slam Christian Zionism
Khaled Amayreh
Christian leaders in the Middle East and the Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) are on a holy mission to expose Christian Zionism as a pseudo-religious movement that twists Christianity for its own political purposes. “We don’t consider these people [Christian Zionists] a legitimate Christian sect or denomination,” Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, told IslamOnline.net. Younan co-signed the landmark Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism along with leaders of seven other major churches in the Middles East…

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Video: Cry for the prisoners, express your outrage
Free Gaza Team
There are 11,000 Palestinian prisoners, many without benefit of trial, many in prison for years without being able to see their families. Israel outdoes the U.S. in torture, imprisonment and brutality.

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Attack on Iran would be ‘very destabilizing’ — US military chief
AFP
A US military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “very destabilizing,” top US military commander Admiral Mike Mullen said Sunday, warning that any attack could have serious “unintended consequences.” “I’ve been one who has been concerned about a strike on Iran for some time, because it could be very destabilizing, and it is the unintended consequences of that which aren’t predictable,” the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Fox News Sunday television program…

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PFLP: National dialogue must not be subject to U.S./Israeli conditions
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, spoke on July 4, 2009 at a soccer tournament commemorating the martyr Mansour Thabet, where he commented on the breakdown of the Hamas-Fateh talks in Cairo, stating that no agreement that fails to address the fundamental issues of the division is acceptable. Comade Mizher stated that the Front cannot be a “false witness” to these kinds of bilateral negotiations, when they ignore and undo previous agreements reached on a comprehensive national level including all factions in previous meetings. He compared these kinds of negotiations to the Mecca agreement, a previous Hamas-Fateh bilateral agreement, which led to the current state of division. He noted that the occupier only exploits these divisions and attempts to increase them, and that such an agreement would only place a new power in the hands of the occupier to block the hope of the Palestinian people and exacerbate the suffering of our people in Gaza and the West Bank…

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A Velvet Coup?
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
A kind person of anonymous disposition sent this translation of one of the lead articles from issue number 13 of the paper (put out by leftist dissidents in Iran), Khiaban (The Street) […] In a meeting with a group of families of those detained in recent days, [former president] Khatami called the recent events a ‘velvet coup’. This was an implicit reply to Ahmadinejad’s characterization of the recent events as a ‘velvet revolution’, which was defeated by the government. However, to call it a velvet coup is as much of a lie as calling it a velvet revolution…

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Prisoners’ center: Adminstrative detention is against int’l law
Palestinian Information Center
The prisoners’ center for studies condemned the administrative sentences issued by Israel against two Palestinians in its jails, saying that this policy is against international conventions and principles of human rights and democracy which Israel claims to have. The center said that the Negev prison administration had extended the administrative detention of Islamic Jihad leader Khaled Jaradat for three months and prisoner Ra’ed Abdelafo for six months without leveling any charges against them…

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Biden: Israel free to set own course on Iran
ROBERT BURNS, AP
Vice President Joe Biden signaled that the Obama administration would not stand in the way if Israel chose to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, even as the top U.S. military officer said any attack on Iran would be destabilizing. Biden’s remarks suggested a tougher U.S. stance against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Nonetheless, administration officials insisted his televised remarks Sunday reflected the U.S. view that Israel has a right to defend itself and make its own decisions on national security. In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Biden also said the U.S. offer to negotiate with Tehran on its nuclear program still stands…

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Iran official urges media crackdown
Aljaeera.net
The head of Iran’s judiciary has called for a crackdown on television channels and websites deemed to have been criticial of the government. “The daily growth of anti-regime satellite channels and … websites needs serious measures to confront this phenomenon,” state television quoted Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi as saying on Sunday. “Those who co-operate with such websites and television channels will face prosecution,” he said in a circular addressed to branches of the judiciary…

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1948 refugee dies as result of negligence at Iraqi camp
Ma’an News
An elderly Palestinian died of a heart attack at an Iraqi refugee camp on Sunday, according to the Palestinians of Iraq Association. The refugee, Shehad Mohamed Issa Abo-Hamd, was born in 1948 in the village of Ein Gazala near Haifa, but was expelled with his family the same year by pre-Israel Zionist forces shortly following the UN’s partition of Palestine. Since then, Abo-Hamd had resided in the Al-Waleed Refugee Camp in the Al-Anbar Al-Iraqia Desert in Iraq’s western Anbar province…

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Israel: ‘Saudi Arabia did not authorize us to use its air space’
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
The office of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued a statement on Sunday morning saying that the report regarding Saudi Arabia allowing Israel to use its air space in case of an attack against Iran, is baseless. The report was initially published by the Sunday Times British newspaper. The paper said that Saudi Arabia would not protest Israel using its air space should Israeli fighter jets launch a military assault against Iran. But the office of Netanyahu said that this report is false and baseless…

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A life in ruins
Peter Beaumont
The force of the explosion that destroyed Shifa Salman’s house in the northern Gaza district of Jabal al-Rayas folded floor into floor as easily as pastry. It pushed pillars through concrete, reconfiguring her home into a bristling dome. The tail-fin of one of the Israeli bombs responsible still sits on top of the rubble, innocuous as a child’s discarded toy. These days, pigeons and sparrows nest in the cave-like space carved out by the detonation inside the ruins where mattresses and bags of flour are stored, the latter stencilled with the initials of the World Food Programme. Sleek, aggressive cockerels patrol the floor, flying at intruders…

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Independence, Interdependence and HUMANITY
Eileen Fleming, thepeoplesvoice.org
“It appears as though the Israeli government is drilling for natural gas in the buffer zone. That gas belongs to the people of Gaza. It seems to be one of their reasons for stopping us, perhaps they’re worried that we may go back and tell the world what we have seen.” On the morning of July 2, 2009 upon discovering the FREE GAZA website had crashed [due to heavy traffic] I phoned Greta Berlin, a founder and coordinator for the movement regarding the status of the 21 activists who were kidnapped on June 30th at gun point by Israeli Naval forces from the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, while it was sailing in international waters 23 miles off the coast of Gaza…

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2 British soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan
By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer
A roadside bomb and a rocket-propelled grenade in southern Afghanistan killed two British soldiers, while gunmen in the east abducted 16 mine-clearing personnel working for the United Nations, officials said Sunday. The attacks that killed the British troops in Helmand province’s Gereshk district came as thousands of U.S. Marines pour into the Taliban’s southern heartland, in the biggest U.S. military offensive operation in Afghanistan since the toppling of the militants in 2001…

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Video: Gaza activist talks to Al Jazeera from Israeli jail – 4 Jul 09
AljaeeraEnglish
Fourteen people remain in custody after an aid ship bound for Gaza was seized by the Israeli navy on Tuesday. Among them are a nobel peace prize winner, and two Al Jazeera journalists. The Free Gaza movement sent the ship loaded with humanitarian supplies from Cyprus, in defiance of Israel’s crippling 2-year blockade. Mairead Maguire, a peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke to us from inside Tel Aviv’s Ramla Givon high security prison…

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Leading Clerics Defy Ayatollah on Disputed Iran Election
By MICHAEL SLACKMAN and NAZILA FATHI
The most important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment. A statement by the group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum, represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final. The government has tried to paint the opposition and its top presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, as criminals and traitors, a strategy that now becomes more difficult — if not impossible…

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Third British soldier killed in Afghanistan
The Press Association.
A British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan while taking part in one of the UK military’s biggest co-ordinated air operations of modern times, the Ministry of Defence said. The soldier from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards is the third to be killed in southern Afghanistan this weekend and his death takes the number of UK service personnel killed in the country since the start of operations in October 2001 to 174. Next of kin has been informed…

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THE HOLOCAUST EXPLAINED AND JUSTIFIED
Desertpeace
It must have been a slow day at the Jerusalem Post’s editorial offices today, as well as those at Ma’ariv. They found the time to print the article that appears below… more rantings from one of Israel’s Neanderthal ‘religious’ leaders. Yesterday I posted a piece quoting one of his followers, Israel’s Minister for Construction and Housing. Today’s piece shows the caliber of supporters that Netanyahu has in his government… aside from nazis, racists and idiots, there are also the Neanderthals…

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