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URUK Net 3 November, 2009

Last updated: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 8:53

Demolishing homes and lives in East Jerusalem
by Dominique in East Jerusalem
November 3, 2009 – If you want to know what municipal ethnic cleansing looks like, then look at what is happening in East Jerusalem. The story below is yet another uprooting of Palestinian families living in a city where they have always lived. This is all part of Israel’s plan to Judaise Jerusalem before there is any more talk of dividing the city between Israelis and Palestinians for a two-state solution. It is not enough that Israel illegally occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and made life unbelievably miserable for the Palestinians in the city; since then, it has demolished over 24,000 Palestinian homes to move in Jewish settlers. And it has not stopped there. Some 1500 new demolition orders are reportedly planned. The Palestinians get no replacement homes, no compensation, and even more outrageous, they are expected to remove the rubble of their former homes or else pay a hefty fine. There is no time allowed to organise the removal of their furniture and apart from the little they can salvage, the rest is either demolished with the house or taken away by removalists. Adults and children suddenly find themselves homeless – on the street or at best in a tent – with no idea of what will become of them as world leaders try to find the words like “unhelpful” so as not to offend Israel while doing and saying nothing to stop this assault on human rights and dignity…

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A statement from Izzat Ibrahim Al Duri on the occasion of the formation of the Jihad, Liberation and National Salvation Front
Izzat Ibrahim Al Duri
November 3, 2009 – …This is how your sons and daughters reached this historical achievement which represents a great turning point in the march of the heroic patriotism national and Islamic Resistance towards the decisive end of the sacred battle for the liberation of Iraq from the grip of the criminal despots of Imperialism, Colonialism and Zionism. The efforts and the Jihad of your sons and daughters undertook a thorough and a deep dialogue in between the factions of the Resistance, and its various fronts over more than a year, and resulted thanks o the Lord, and to His gratitude, and thanks to the efforts of the Mujahideen righteous believers into the establishment of the Jihad, Liberation and National Salvation Front made of both fronts of Jihad and Liberation and Jihad and National Salvation Fronts to form a wider and more powerful structure towards the total unification or the Resistance factions…

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Macho Shithead of the Week
Arthur Silber
November 3, 2009 – …Did you know that Biden called for a U.S. invasion of Iraq as far back as 1998? Do you know about his plan for a “soft partition” of Iraq, a plan which would necessarily involve suffering, devastation and death on a huge scale? About that plan and Biden’s general perspective, I noted that they perfectly capture the “vicious colonialist arrogance and condescension that brings to mind the perspective of Britain and the European nations in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.” Details concerning all of that and more will be found in that essay…

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Taliban Ridicules ‘Puppet’ Karzai
Outlook
November 3, 2009 – The Taliban today ridiculed Hamid Karzai as a “puppet president” after he was handed another five-year term in office, accusing Western powers of deciding to cancel Afghanistan’s election run-off. “The cancellation of the second round of the election showed that decisions on Afghanistan are made in Washington and London, while the announcements are made in Kabul,” a Taliban statement said. “What is astonishing is two weeks ago they were arguing that the puppet president Hamid Karzai was involved in electoral fraud… But now he is elected as president based on those same fraudulent votes, Washington and London immediately send their congratulations.”…

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The Inhuman Stain: Saying Yes to State Terror
Chris Floyd
November 3, 2009 – I’ve been writing about the case of Maher Arar since December 2003. He is the innocent Canadian man who was seized by U.S officials on his way back to Canada and then, at the order of the Justice Department, “renditioned” to Syria, where it was known that the authorities would torture the alleged “terrorist.” They did, brutally. He was finally released, and his innocence was confirmed by the Canadian government, which paid him some $9 million for its part in his ordeal. – The United States, on the other hand, made no apologies, no restitution; instead, the government has resolutely blocked any attempt by Arar to seek justice in American courts…

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Did you hate right-wing Aznar’s support for Israel ? Wait to see socialist Zapatero’s
Agustín Velloso
November 3, 2009 – …It is no secret that Israel has realised that the usually sleepy world public opinion has woke up alarmed by the barbarism that took place in Gaza against a largely unarmed and exhausted population after months of a merciless blockade. Accordingly, the Israeli government quickly launched a large damage control operation to restore the –once again- tarnished image of its army, in order to try and justify the savage deeds by its soldiers, who followed the orders of their military commanders, who in turn followed the orders of the two highest civilian commanders, the ministry of defence and the prime minister. In mid October, the Spanish prime minister, Rodríguez Zapatero paid a visit to his Israeli counterpart, Netanyahu, and had the chance to meet with the president, Shimon Peres. On October 15, the Spanish paper of record El País wrote: “Peres thanked [Zapatero] for the legal reform launched by his government in order to prevent the National Court to deal with crimes allegedly committed by the Israeli Army. These words contradict the Spanish government version, which states that the reform of the criminal law dealing with universal jurisdiction simply aimed to increase its effectiveness” ..

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Video: Iraq oil wealth eludes poor
AlJazeeraEnglish
November 3, 2009 – The Iraqi government has been busy signing a series of billion-dollar deals with major international oil companies who are attempting to gain access to Iraq’s vast oil wells. But in poverty-stricken areas of the oil-rich southern city of Basra, residents say they have not seen any of the wealth generated by the deals. Instead, they have complained of widespread unemployment, intermittent electricity and wells filled with septic water…

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Bush’s interrogators used slaps to ‘instill fear and despair’
Larisa Alexandrovna
November 3, 2009 – Bushs interrogators used slaps to instill fear and despairRecently declassified documents on the Bush administration interrogation program describe several techniques used on detainees in US custody, some of which may have violated the United Nations Convention Against Torture, to which the United States is a signatory. Included in the large cache of documents is one which describes (pdf) stress positions to be used as interrogation techniques, as well as the use of an abdominal slap as a punishment tool.

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A Plea to Norway’s University of Trondheim to Boycott Israel
M. A. Khodr M.D.
November 3, 2009 – The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has just such a historic opportunity tomorrow when it considers voting for an academic boycott of Israel, a nation that for too long has lived by violence, ethnic cleansing, military expansionism, illegal occupations, subjugation of millions of innocent Palestinians, defied all divine and international laws that respect and value human life, and that since its establishment has committed countless terrorist acts and war crimes, lately documented by the Goldstone Report, all with impunity, never accountable for its actions in courts of justice, the U.N., or to all of humanity. The West, especially the U.S., has constantly protected Israel’s interests at the expense of its own interests…

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Israeli officials posture on new war in Gaza
Ma’an News
November 3, 2009 – Israel’s next battle we be in Gaza, the country’s Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi told a cadre of graduating military officers at a graduation ceremony broadcast over Israel Radio Tuesday. “The army will return to face the places where they [Gaza militants] launch rockets which is in the most densely populated areas, [soldiers will return] to fight in the villages, cities, mosques, hospitals, kindergartens and schools because the enemies want to impose this method of fighting against Israel,” Ashkenazi said…

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UK-Chinese firms sign Iraq oil deal
Aljazeera.net
November 3, 2009 – UK oil giant, British Petroleum and the China National Petroleum Corporation have signed Iraq’s first major new oil deal since the 2003 US-led invasion. The contract signed on Tuesday is to develop the country’s southern Rumaila oilfield, one of the world’s biggest. The 20-year contract is the first of several deals Iraq expects to sign in the coming weeks and months as it tries to catapult itself to third place from eleventh in the league of oil-producing nations…

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Tens of Jewish settlers break into, occupy home of 83-year-old Palestinian woman
Palestinian Information Center
November 3, 2009 — Tens of armed Jewish settlers on Tuesday stormed and occupied the home of 83-year-old Rifka Al-Kurd in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the heart of occupied Jerusalem. The PIC reporter said that about 60 settlers broke into the house under the threat of guns and with Israeli police protection and settled in it despite an Israeli court order banning them access into this part of the house. Kurd’s family is one of 28 Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah suburb threatened with displacement after Jewish fanatic groups claimed that their homes were built on lands owned by these groups…

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Apartheid Israel releases six more Palestinian MPs
From Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
November 3, 2009 – The Israeli occupation authorities on Monday released six Palestinian legislative council members who were abducted from their homes and offices nearly 42 months ago. The abduction was aimed at forcing Hamas to release an Israeli prisoner of war and also to rob Hamas of its election victory. The freed hostages include Ahmed Eton and Wael Husseini, both from al-Quds ( Jerusalem ), and Khalil Rabbaei, Samir al Qadi, and Maher Badr, from al-Khalil ( Hebron ) and Mahmoud al Khatib from Bethlehem. The six MPs are all affiliated with the pro-Hamas Change and Reform Bloc…

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Kuala Lumpur International Conference to Criminalize War
K. Gajendra Singh
November 3, 2009 – An International Conference to Criminalize War by the Perdana Global Peace Organization (PGPO) and Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalize War (KLFCW) with the aim of stopping slaughter of innocents and prevent profiteers from earning blood money was held along with an Exhibition at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur from Oct. 28 to 31. The conference was opened by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has been the driving force behind the conference , the exhibition and holding the Commission and the Tribunal . Renowned world and Malaysian experts and personalities participated in the events…

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Norwegian university to mull academic boycott of Israel
Israel institutes rewrite Palestinian history: profs
Mona Moussly
November 3, 2009 – A group of professors in Norway have called for a boycott of Israeli academics because of “systematic” discrimination against Palestinian students and for altering history to develop the Zionist ideology, the professors said in their proposal sent to Al Arabiya on Tuesday. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where the professors work, is set to decide next week whether to boycott Israel after it received the proposal from 30 of its professors who said their aim was to put “pressure” on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land…

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Re-spacing Zayta: Exploring Transnational Geographies
Khaled Islaih
November 3, 2009 – Zayta is a small Palestinian village in the northern part of the West Bank with 3,300 inhabitants. The village is situated near the Green Line (the armistice line between Israel and the West Bank), ten kilometres northwest of Tulkarem City. Zayta is my home village and remains the closest place to my heart. Despite the radical shifts in today’s world, the early memories of life in Zayta continue to shape my identity and worldview. Villagers’ metaphors provide clarity to digest complexities and guidance to navigate the ambiguities of today’s complex world. Although I have been living in Canada for the last four years, thousands of miles from Zayta, I still maintain regular presence and engagement with my family, friends and village, thanks to the evolving revolution of information technology. In return, along with this romantic attachment to Zayta, I have been blessed with knowledge and innovative creativity. In this article, I am going to share a transnational vision to build better futures for Zayta and other underprivileged communities in Palestine…

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THE INHUMANITY OF ZIONISM
Steve Amsel, Desertpeace
November 3, 2009 – We enjoyed summer weather in Jerusalem until about a week ago. The days were hot, the evenings were cool… but not cold. There wasn’t a sign of rain. This literally changed overnight as cold winds and rain turned the clock into winter mode. That’s when the Israeli authorities decided to destroy the tent that an evicted family was living in. The family in question is not alone, Israel has plans to continue with illegal evictions and home demolitions in Occupied East Jerusalem…

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Gaza patient dies due to the siege, death toll reaches 364
Ghassan Bannoura
November 03, 2009 – A Palestinian patient was reported dead on Tuesday after he was unable to leave the Gaza Strip for life saving medical care he needed. Doctors announced that Ass’ad Asfour, aged 51, died of a lung cancer after Israel prevented him from leaving the besieged Gaza Strip for medical care. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported today that the number of patients who died because of the Israeli siege have reached 364…

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The meaning of Europe’s “step change” in Afghanistan
Chris Marsden
November 3, 2009 – The European Union has endorsed an action plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Described as a “step change” in EU policy, it makes clear that the European powers are fully behind Washington’s imperialist adventure and want to secure their own interests in the region by piggy-backing on the US war machine. Last week, European Union foreign ministers meeting in Luxemburg promised more aid for Afghanistan and Pakistan in a response to a report they commissioned, which warns that the political and security situation in the region is worsening. Making clear that the European governments have no intention of heeding overwhelming public sentiment for a swift exit from Afghanistan, the report states, “The situation in Afghanistan has a direct impact on Europe. Many of the most serious global threats facing us today are present in the region.”…

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Settlers take control of East Jerusalem home
Ma’an News
November 3, 2009 – Israeli settlers arrogated the home of the Al-Kurd family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Tuesday, residents of the area said. About 30 settlers were seen entering the house and throwing the family’s furniture into the street. The settlers have refused to leave the building and Israeli police blocked members of the Al-Kurd family from entering the area. Witnesses also reported heated arguments between police and Palestinian residents. Residents said the settlers moved into the house in violation of an Israeli court order issued nine years ago when Jewish organizations put forward a claim that they in fact owned the property…

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Military Resistance 7K1: Obvious
Thomas F Barton
November 3, 2009 – … The United States has withdrawn its troops from its four key bases in Nuristan, on the border with Pakistan, leaving the northeastern province as a safe haven for the Taliban-led insurgency to orchestrate its regional battles. The US has retained some forces in Nuristan’s capital, Parun, to provide security for the governor and government facilities. The American position concerning the withdrawal is that due to winter conditions, supply arteries are choked, making it difficult to keep forces in remote areas. The US has pulled out from some areas in the past, but never from all four main bases. Nuristan is strategically located in the Hindu Kush mountains. The province is now under the effective control of the network belonging to Qari Ziaur Rahman, a Taliban commander…

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