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URUK Net 26 December, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:09

Israel returns to Assassinations Policy
Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad
December 26, 2009 – Six Palestinians were killed in two separate incidents by the Israeli forces in Gaza and the West Bank. Three of the Palestinians were assassinated in Israel returns to Assassinations Policy 122 320x240 one of the palestinian victims Nablus at the West Bank. According to Israeli sources, Ghasan Abu Sharkh, Raed Sarkaji and Anan Suboh took part in the last attack which resulted in killing an Israeli settler in the West Bank. The Israeli troops entered Nablus while being directed by the Israeli Intelligence Service “Shabak” in order to assassinate the three Palestinians who are known as leaders of Fatah movement in the Palestinian territories…

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Israeli army murders six Palestinians in cold blood
From Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
December 26, 2009 — In an ominous sign indicating that a fresh cycle of bloodshed may be in the offing in the West Bank, Israeli occupation forces on Saturday murdered in cold blood three Palestinians in the city of Nablus, shuttering a relative calm lasting for several months. Three more Palestinians youths were killed Saturday morning in the northern Gaza Strip as they were reportedly walking by a security wall. The Israeli army said the three were suspected of trying to infiltrate the borders between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli territories occupied in 1948. In Nablus where security coordination between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Israeli army was often described as exemplary, Israeli forces, backed by armored vehicles, killed three Fatah members, including an officer in the Preventive Security Force (PSF) who had been pardoned by the Shin Beth, Israel’s chief domestic security agency…

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US Aids S. Sudan Secession
IslamOnline
December 25, 2009 — The United States is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the pocket of South Sudan government to help it prepare for secession from the North. “The United States government, one of their goals now, is to make sure southern Sudan in 2011 is a viable state,” Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, representative of South Sudan in Washington, told The Washington Times Friday, December 25. Washington offers $1 billion in annual aid to South Sudan…

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‘The US military is exhausted’
By Sarah Lazare
December 26, 2009 – The call for over 30,000 more troops to be sent to Afghanistan is a travesty for the people of that country who have already suffered eight brutal years of occupation. It is also a harsh blow to the US soldiers facing imminent deployment. As Barack Obama, the US president, gears up for a further escalation that will bring the total number of troops in Afghanistan to over 100,000, he faces a military force that has been exhausted and overextended by fighting two wars. Many from within the ranks are openly declaring that they have had enough, allying with anti-war veterans and activists in calling for an end to the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with some active duty soldiers publicly refusing to deploy…

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Comrade Mizher: Gaza stands resisting and steadfast one year after occupation massacres
PFLP – Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
December 26, 2009 – A rally in Ezbet Abed Rabbo, one of the most devastated areas in last year’s Zionist assault on Gaza, organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine marked the one-year anniversary of the aggression on December 25, 2009. Thousands of residents of Abed Rabbo and members and supporters of the PFLP rallied in the village, amid the ruins of destroyed homes, waving Palestinian flags and PFLP banners. Comrade Muin Khadr opened the rally as attendees chanted for Gaza, Palestine and the PFLP and sang Palestinian national songs. Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Central Committee of the PFLP, delivered the main speech at the rally, recalling the martyrs who fell during the aggression, and declaring that “the whole world must see that amid the rubble and the ruins of destroyed buildings and amid the tents, that Gaza and her children, despite the pain, grief and enormous sacrifices, have only been made stronger, more committed and steadfast.”…

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Clashes reported in central Tehran
Aljazeera.net
December 26, 2009 – Iranian security forces have clashed with opposition supporters in central Tehran, according to Jaras, an Iranian opposition website. The confrontation comes as the Islamic Republic marks Ashoura, a 10-day period of Shia religious ceremonies. The report could not be independently confirmed, as foreign media have been banned from reporting directly on protests… Sadegh Zibakalam, a professor at Tehran University, said the opposition had defied security forces’ warnings against using Tasoua as an occasion to stage anti-government demonstrations. “It appears that the opposition is not something that we can say has disappeared or been reduced. The opposition has used every occasion to register its voice,” he told Al Jazeera…

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Politics hamper Gaza reconstruction
By Basel Almisshal
December 26, 2009 – When Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza ended in January 2009, Palestinians emerged to find that much of their infrastructure, including homes, schools, ministries, water and sanitation networks, energy and telecommunications grids, roads, bridges, and hospitals, had been reduced to rubble. An estimated 4,100 homes were completely destroyed and over 20,000 shelters were damaged. According to UNRWA, the UN relief agency, more than 1,000 Palestinian families are still living in temporary tents. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics estimates the value of damage immediately after the war to be $1.1bn…

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B’Tselem: IDF may have executed unarmed Palestinian militants
Haaretz
December 26, 2009 – An investigation into an overnight Israel Defense Forces operation in the West Bank city of Nablus early Saturday suggests that Israeli soldiers may have executed two of the three Palestinian militants who were killed, the left wing rights group B’Tselem said Saturday. In the operation, the IDF killed three Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades operatives, whom officials said were responsible for a shooting attack on Thursday which killed 40-year-old father of seven Meir Hai of the settlement of Shavei Shomron. The troops surrounded the homes of the three and called for them to exit, and killed them when they refused to surrender…

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Israel Declares War on Peace NGOs
By Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
December 26, 2009 – One year after the devastating attack on Hamas in Gaza a new wave of reports castigating Israel for war crimes has emerged. Now, Israel is fighting back with a report on the reports, picking on international NGOs such as Amnesty, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Trocaire , Finn Church Aid, Diakonia and Cordaid. The immediate target of Israeli ire is a collective report entitled “Failing Gaza: No rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses,’’ issued by these NGO, based in Europe…

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Gaza’s Shrinking Borders: 16 Years of the Oslo Process
by Sharat G. Lin
December 26, 2009 – Forty-two years of military occupation and sixteen years of the Oslo Process have made Gaza a smaller place. Already one of the most densely-populated strips of land in the world, its population has grown during this period from less than 360,000 in 1967 to 1.5 million today. Meanwhile, its borders have not only become more impermeable, but they have been progressively closing in on what some have called “the world’s largest open air prison.” In the early years following Israel’s seizure of the Gaza Strip during the Six-Day War in June 1967, Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals routinely crossed the border between Israel and Gaza without much difficulty…

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Palestine/Israel: A Single State, with Liberty and Justice for All, regardless of Religion
by Susan Abulhawa with Ramzy Baroud
December 26, 2009 – Prior to the establishment of Israel, Palestine had been a multi-religious and multi-cultural country. Christians, Muslims and Jews, Armenians, Greek Orthodox, to name a few, all had a place there; and all lived in relative harmony. Other nations fought wars and waged epic struggles to attain the kind of coexistence that was already a reality in Palestine. Prior to the establishment of Israel, Palestine had been multi-religious and multi-cultural. Christians, Muslims and Jews, Armenians, Greek Orthodox, to name a few, all had a place there; and all lived in relative harmony. Other nations fought wars and waged epic struggles to attain the kind of coexistence that was already a reality in Palestine…

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Federal ‘Defense’ Spending Exceeds All State Outlays Combined
Sherwood Ross
December 25, 2009 – The U.S. spends more for war annually than all state governments combined spend for the health, education, welfare, and safety of 308 million Americans. Joseph Henchman, director of state projects for the Tax Foundation of Washington, D.C., says the states collected a total of $781 billion in taxes in 2008. For a rough comparison, according to Wikipedia data, the total budget for what the Pentagon calls “defense” in fiscal year 2010 will be at least $880 billion and could possibly top $1 trillion. That’s more than all the state governments collect…

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U.S. drone aircraft kills 5 in Pakistan
SAMAA
December 26, 2009 – A pilotless U.S. Drone aicraft attacked a suspected militant target in Miran Shah, North Waziristan Pakistan on Saturday, killing five people, intelligence officials said. Two missiles hit a house in village Saedgi some 20 kilometers away from Miran Shah in North Waziristan in the attack. Five people were killed in the drone attack…

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Instead of Closure, Gitmo Gears Up for 2010 Trials
Rights Groups Warn of Backlash as Gitmo Proceedings Continue
Jason Ditz
December 26, 2009 – Instead of putting the finishing touches on President Obama’s promised closure, which was supposed to have the detention center at Guantanamo Bay closed by January 22, 2010, the facility is gearing up for the assorted trials to be held in 2010. Though the administration made virtually no effort to close the facility, even praising Congress for pulling the funds that were supposed to pay for it from the budget, they did not admit until mid-November that they had abandoned the promise…

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Witness speak out as 20,000 march with executed Nablus men
Ma’an News
December 26, 2009 – At least 20,000 Palestinians came out for the afternoon funeral processions of the three Nablus men assassinated by undercover Israeli forces during the early hours of Saturday morning. The group began to gather outside the Rafediyah Hospital in the west end of Nablus’ city center, where the bodies of the three men, Raed Sakarji,38, Anan Subih, 33, and Ghassan Abu Sharkh, 40, were transferred when Israeli forces withdrew from the city. Mourners denounced the execution of the men in or beside their own homes as a crime, and many were calling on the Palestinian Authority to change its policy toward Israel based on the gruesome incident…

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Israeli forces kill three in Nablus; Al-Aqsa threatens retaliation
Ma’an News
December 26, 2009 – “By this killing in Nablus and Gaza, the Israeli occupation has thrown open the doors of its own inferno,” an A-Aqsa Brigades spokesman calling himself Abu Mahmoud said in a statement following escalated Israeli overnight Friday. Israeli forces stormed the Old City of Nablus in the early hours of Saturday morning raiding several homes and killing three men affiliated with Fatah’s military wing the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Three youth were also killed in Gaza. Sources said two of the men were “killed in cold blood” by soldiers in their homes in the Old City…

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Gaza: Israeli forces kill three youth near Erez crossing
Ma’an News
December 26, 2009 – Israeli forces keeping siege to Gaza shot at a group of youth near the northern border Saturday, killing three and injuring a fourth, sources confirmed. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that the group of four was “a few meters away from the Gaza border fence near Erez,” when Israeli forces opened fire on them. One of the youth managed to escape the attack, though witnesses said it was unclear whether or not he was injured. The witnesses said three youth were dead…

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US soldier killed in Afghanistan bomb attack: NATO
AFP
December 26, 2009 — An American soldier has been killed by a roadside bomb while serving with NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said Saturday. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the soldier died on Friday, but gave no details of where the incident took place. The death of the American, who was not named, was the only known Christmas Day fatality among the 113,000 international troops deployed to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan…

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Gaza aid convoy awaits Egypt nod
By Lawrence Smallman
December 26, 2009 – An aid convoy that has travelled over 3500km to deliver vital medical and food supplies to the Gaza Strip is currently stranded because of Egypt’s refusal to grant it easy passage. The Viva Palestina convoy, made up of almost 250 lorries, remained in the Jordanian port of Aqaba on Saturday, having waited over 48 hours to board ferries for the Egyptian Red Sea port of Nuweiba…

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Barghouthi: Israel committed seven war crimes during the war in Gaza and its leaders must be internationally prosecuted
Middle East Monitor
December 25, 2009 – MP Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, called for the indictment of Israeli officials before international courts, “because they have committed war crimes during the aggression on Gaza.”…He pointed out that, “Israel has committed seven war crimes in the Gaza Strip namely: the abuse and killing of civilians, the excessive use of force, the denial of medical personnel access to injured civilians, the wounding and the attack on medical teams, centres and medical institutions and the destruction of the environment, infrastructure and continuous siege imposed on the population. Each one of these violations is a war crime that is punishable under international law.”..

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Gaza Freedom March: The Siege Has to End
By Bianca Zammit
December 25, 2009 – ‘Is this our fate? Is this what we are worth? Nothing more than pictures on the wall?’ said Um Rabia referring to what has now become a custom in Palestine, covering walls in the streets, homes and shops with pictures of deceased family members. Um Rabia’ children were killed by an automatic watch tower as they were walking to school. No soldiers, no officers and no government has ever been forced to take responsibility for this action and if trends are abided to then it is very hard to believe justice will be served in any near future. Unfortunately, Um Rabia’ story is a very common story in Palestine. If this trend is not stopped, soon there shall be no more wall in the streets, in homes and in shops left uncovered…

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