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URUK Net 30 January, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:49

Al-Attatra Village in Gaza: Then Came the Foreshadowing Silence.
Hiyam Noir, PalestineFreeVoice
Twenty-eight letters of the Arabic language is no longer sufficient to create a few new words, or a new vocabulary worth describing the stories beyond all words horrible of the Israelis Cast Lead Operation – Massacre in Gaza,the great pain from her grief will last for a long time. Nor can the creation of even 100 letters in the English language repertoire of communication, express the deep trauma in Ismail’s face,a face washed by thousands tears.I am looking into the eyes of a mans face, aged but still so young,in just a few days many years were added. I am meeting Ismail in a friends house, he will tell me about the events that culminated in the murder of his 8 year old son, Ibrahim. Ibrahim was assassinated by Israeli soldiers in front of his own father.Ismail told me how helpless he felt,he him self a real man, and a strong fighter,became a victim of the Israelis perverted cruelty.Ismail was forced to watch the horror, a seemingly endless wave of extremely savage violence,that lasted for many hours and days,not being able to protect his family,not able to save the life of his precious son Ibrahim…

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Secret Israeli database reveals full extent of illegal settlement
Uri Blau, Haaretz Correspondent
Just four years ago, the defense establishment decided to carry out a seemingly elementary task: establish a comprehensive database on the settlements. Brigadier General (res.) Baruch Spiegel, aide to then defense minister Shaul Mofaz, was put in charge of the project. For over two years, Spiegel and his staff, who all signed a special confidentiality agreement, went about systematically collecting data, primarily from the Civil Administration. One of the main reasons for this effort was the need to have credible and accessible information at the ready to contend with legal actions brought by Palestinian residents, human rights organizations and leftist movements challenging the legality of construction in the settlements and the use of private lands to establish or expand them. The painstakingly amassed data was labeled political dynamite…

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Saddam-Qaeda Conspiracy Theorist Surfaces Writing Iraq Reports For The Pentagon
Justin Elliott, TPMmuckraker
It’s a truism that neoconservatives have a talent for failing upward: for repeatedly getting important things wrong and not seeing their careers suffer – for, in fact, being handed new opportunities to pursue their work (see, e.g., Kristol, Bill; and Hayes, Stephen). Today we can add another name to that list: Laurie Mylroie, the quintessential conspiracy theorist of the Iraq War era, wrote reports about Iraq for the Pentagon as recently as Fall 2007, years after she was discredited, according to documents obtained by TPMmuckraker…

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Paris When it Sizzles: The French Say No to Fat-Cat Bailouts
Chris Floyd
You have to admire the French. The ordinary people there know how to stick up for themselves – instead of meekly bowing down and accepting whatever bitter gruel the elite tries to cram down their throats. And they don’t just write a few angry letters (or blog posts!), or send checks to some worthy progressive organization to organize a few mildly admonishing ads or press releases on their behalf. Hell no, they take to the streets, by the millions, they shut things down, they make some noise, they put their time, their jobs, and their bodies on the line. Yesterday saw another remarkable display of this national trait, as an astonishingly broad spectrum of the French citizenry surged through the streets of Paris to express their outrage at the government’s response to the economic crisis…

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Expanding illegal no-go zones leaves hundreds homeless
Eva Bartlett | In Gaza
Imagine being grateful for the chance to return to your demolished home and sift through the rubble, to try to retrieve personal belongings, ID cards and papers, still-useable clothes and pots… Imagine your house had been bulldozed, you’d been given 5 minutes to leave it, not been allowed to collect any of those cherished possessions, you’d not had the foresight to gather all the most important documents and memorabilia and keep them by the door anticipating such an event, you’d been commanded to run away run to the nearest city or you’d be killed, you’d watched from a distance as the military dozer ate your house, and you’d been too terrified (with reason) of being shot at if you tried to later return and collect belongings …so terrified you didn’t. That was Manwa and Sharifa, mother and daughter, living in a house just a hundred metres from Gaza’s eastern border…

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GISHA: Israel deliberately withholding supplies
Laila El-Haddad
…Ten days after the ceasefire, and despite promises to permit humanitarian aid to reach Gaza residents, Israel is continuing its deliberate policy of restricting supply of industrial diesel and humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip.The policy, in place for the past 15 months, is preventing the supply of electricity to humanitarian facilities in Gaza. As a result of the restrictions on the supply of industrial diesel and the mass devastation caused by the military operation, 1/4 million people have been entirely without electricity for over a month, and more than 200,000 people are denied access to running water. Those who receive electricity — suffer power outages of 16-18 hours per day, on average…

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My terror as a human shield: The story of Majdi Abed Rabbo
Donald Macintyre in Jabalya, Gaza
…The soldiers arrived on 5 January, the second day of their ground offensive, with a Palestinian he knew only by his family name of Daher. After telling him to remove his trousers and roll up his shirt to establish he had no weapons, the soldiers told him to bring out his wife, Wijdan, 39, and family. Then, with Mr Abed Rabbo escorted at gunpoint by three soldiers and his family still in the yard, the troops searched his house up to the roof. The Arabic-speaking soldier assigned to Mr Abed Rabbo then asked him about the house next door. He told them he thought there was no one in the property. Then, he said, one of the soldiers brought a sledgehammer with which Mr Abed Rabbo was told to smash a hole in the wall between the two roofs, each opening to the apartments below…

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The Wounds of Gaza 2009
P U L S E MEDIA
…The weapons used apart from conventional bombs and high explosives also include unconventional weapons of which at least 4 categories could be identified: 1. Phosphorus Shells and bombs. The bombs dropped were described by eyewitnesses as exploding at high altitude scattering a large canopy of phosphorus bomblets which cover a large area. During the land invasion, eyewitnesses describe the tanks shelling into homes first with a conventional shell. Once the walls are destroyed, a second shell – a phosphorus shell is then shot into the homes. Used in this manner, the phosphorus explodes and burns the families and the homes. Many charred bodies were found among burning phosphorus particles…

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Israel hopes to colonize parts of Iraq as ‘Greater Israel’
Wayne Madsen
…Israel reportedly has plans to relocate thousands of Kurdish Jews from Israel, including expatriates from Kurdish Iran, to the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Nineveh under the guise of religious pilgrimages to ancient Jewish religious shrines. According to Kurdish sources, the Israelis are secretly working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to carry out the integration of Kurdish and other Jews into areas of Iraq under control of the KRG. Kurdish, Iraqi Sunni Muslims, and Turkmen have noted that Kurdish Israelis began to buy land in Iraqi Kurdistan, after the U.S. invasion in 2003…

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Never Again! (some exceptions may apply; offer not valid in Jerusalem, Hebron or Gaza)
Lawrence of Cyberia
The Guardian newspaper, Amnesty International and Ynet have been among the outlets reporting on racist and eliminationist graffiti left behind by Israeli soldiers in Palestinian homes they took over during their recent attack on the Gaza Strip. I noticed that “ahmed”, a commentor at mondoweiss, remarked as follows on that blog’s discussion of the Ynet report: I guess it’s only a hate crime when the drawings are swastikas. ..

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Poll candidates killed in Iraq
AlJazeera.net
Unidentified gunmen have killed three candidates ahead of provincial elections to be held in Iraq on Saturday. The three, all from the Sunni Arab minority, were killed by assailants in separate incidents on Thursday. Hazem Salem Ahmed, a National Unity List party candidate, was shot outside his home in Mosul, the unstable capital of Iraq’s northern Nineveh province…

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BBC Gaza residents launch legal fight to make BBC broadcast aid appeal
Mark Sweney
Two Gaza residents are using legal threats to try to get the BBC to lift its ban on broadcasting humanitarian aid appeal for victims of the recent conflict. Clerkenwell-based law firm Hickman & Rose has written a 23-page letter to the BBC seeking to take the corporation to a judicial review unless it airs the Disasters Emergency Committee film. The letter, headed “Legal challenge to the decision not to broadcast the DEC appeal”, has been sent on behalf of three people, two of whom are named as residents of Gaza…

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Maliki’s deal with the Sadrists
Roads to Iraq
… Maliki decision to release leaders of the Sadrists leaders Qais Al-Khazaili and Abdul Hadi Al-Daraji from Boca prison is part of deal with between Maliki and Sadr Trend, not objected by the Americans. And the reason is: Maliki take this step to increase his chances against his rival the Supreme Council…

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Every family has a story, here are some of them
Eva Bartlett writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine
There are many stories. Each account — each murdered individual, each wounded person, each burned-out and broken house, each shattered window, trashed kitchen, strewn item of clothing, bedroom turned upside down, bullet and shelling hole in walls, offensive Israeli army graffiti — is important. I start to tell the stories of Ezbet Abbed Rabu, eastern Jabaliya, where homes off the main north south road, Salah al-Din, were penetrated by bullets, bombs and/or soldiers. If they weren’t destroyed, they were occupied or shot up. Or occupied and then destroyed. The army was creative in their destruction, in their defacing of property, in their insults. Creative in the ways they could shit in rooms and save their shit for cupboards and unexpected places. Actually, their creativity wasn’t so broad. The rest was routine: ransack the house from top to bottom. Turn over or break every clothing cupboard, kitchen shelf, television, computer, window pane and water tank…

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Erdogan hailed after Davos walkout
AlJazeera.net
Turkey’s prime minister has returned home from the World Economic Forum in Davos to a warm welcome after he stormed out of a debate over Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip. More than 5,000 people, many waving Palestinian and Turkish flags, greeted Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his aeroplane touched down early on Friday. Erdogan walked out of a televised debate on Thursday with Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, after the moderator refused to allow him to rebut Peres’ justification about the war…

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PFLP condemns Hamas violence against Gazans, calls for strength and unity
Ma’an news
The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) condemned the violent tactics used by Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip against the Palestinian people during the Israeli war on the area…The comments came in response to recent and increasingly persuasive reports of Hamas-men using force and violence to detain, injure or execute Fatah officials, collaborators and petty criminals. The PFLP statement urged sides to work for a united government to rule the briefly united population of Gaza, rather than a government that rules by force. Palestinians in Gaza endured the Israeli aggression against them, said the statement, and that harmed the people and the land. Now that the Palestinian leadership is moving forward in planning a second chance for national dialogue, Hamas must stop “committing illegal actions by assaulting and harming people especially PFLP members who were kidnapped and tortured and killed.”..

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Dozens suffered teargas inhalation during the Bil’in Weekly Demonstration
Abdullah Abu Rahmah – IMEMC News
People left the village of Bil’in, located near the central West Bank city of Ramallah after Friday prayers in a massive demonstration, in which a group of international and Israeli peace activists. Waving Palestinian flags, and banners people marched calling for solidarity with the people of Gaza, and for the prosecution of war criminals and leaders of the Israeli occupation soldiers, as well as slogans calling to national unity…

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Secret Israeli database reveals full extent of illegal settlement
Uri Blau, Haaretz Correspondent
Just four years ago, the defense establishment decided to carry out a seemingly elementary task: establish a comprehensive database on the settlements. Brigadier General (res.) Baruch Spiegel, aide to then defense minister Shaul Mofaz, was put in charge of the project. For over two years, Spiegel and his staff, who all signed a special confidentiality agreement, went about systematically collecting data, primarily from the Civil Administration. One of the main reasons for this effort was the need to have credible and accessible information at the ready to contend with legal actions brought by Palestinian residents, human rights organizations and leftist movements challenging the legality of construction in the settlements and the use of private lands to establish or expand them. The painstakingly amassed data was labeled political dynamite…

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Palestine Think Tank pride: Erdogan at World Economic Forum cites our editor Gilad Atzmon
Mary Rizzo, Palestine Think Tank
The World Economic Forum at Davos had an incredible moment of truth… After Shimon Peres was allowed to justify the wanton killing that the Jewish State engaged in over the territory they have strangled with their inhumane blockade, (and received applause for it by the men and women waiting for their champaign glasses to be filled after the dinner that of course was more important to them than hearing the words of the Prime Minister of the largest European State with a Muslim majority and one of the most strategic areas on the face of the earth), Tayyip Erdogan begins to respond to the barrage of filth poured out by Peres…

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Video: Israel faces calls for Gaza war crimes probe
AlJazeera.net
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, is seeking to punish Israel for alleged war crimes. He has called for an international investigation panel. Al Jazeera has been out with Amnesty International investigators conducting house-to-house searches in Gaza and collecting all of the evidence, such as shrapnel fragments, that will aid ithe investigation…

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Child, youth die of wounds suffered during Israel’s offensive in Gaza
Saed Bannoura – IMEM
Palestinian medical sources reported on Thursday that a six-year old child and a youth died at Egyptian hospitals of wounds suffered during the recent Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip. The sources stated that the child, Sondos Abu Sultan, 4, died at the Ahli Hospital. She was seriously injured after shell fragments wounded her in the head and other parts of her body…

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