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URUK Net 24 July, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, July 26, 2009 8:31

“Breaking the Silence:” Testimonies of Israeli Soldiers
by Stephen Lendman
“Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects anonymous testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifada.” They recount experiences that deeply affected them, including abusing Palestinians, looting, destroying property, and other practices “excused as military necessities, or explained as extreme and unique cases.” They believe otherwise in describing “the depth of corruption which is spreading in the Israeli military” to which Israeli society and most Western observers turn a blind eye. “Breaking the Silence” was established to force an uncomfortable reality into the open to “demand accountability regarding Israel’s military actions in the Occupied Territories perpetrated by us in our name.”…

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MUST READ~CRITICIZING ISRAEL TO BE ILLEGAL
Irish4Palestine
New Report out ~Today Israeli Zionists are tightening their grip even MORE on our freedom of speech.Israel will use this to take the cause to America next. Very serious stuff to report today, we are loosing our right to free speech against Israel. A Zionist “think tank” in England that has US ties is submitting a report to re-define the term “Anti-Semitism” and make those “new terms” illegal. Sit down, take a deep breath and get ready to be stunned. I came across this recent 38 page PDF publication which is being submitted to the British Government from the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (EISCA) the Zionist think-tank which sets out to “monitor” Anti-Semitism in the “World.” This will be used against the Government, the Media, Universities and hundreds of Pro-Palestinian organisations, not to mention blogs and any protests the public decide to hold against the Zionist state Military actions in Palestine…

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Empty words
Saleh Al-Naami
Beneath the blazing sun Ahmed Al-Sheify continues to search the lists of names tacked to the wall of a school next to a police headquarters in the west of Gaza. They contain the names of everyone entitled to a $100 payment from the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Palestinian government. Suddenly Al-Sheify’s face lights up. His name is on one of the lists. The payment, supplemented by aid from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which supplies basic food necessities, allows Al-Sheify’s family of six to survive. The thing that most frustrates him is that he will be forced to live on such handouts until an agreement is reached that can end internal Palestinian divisions. Al-Sheify is not alone in despairing at the petty back-and-forth squabbling between Fatah and Hamas. Each group blames the other for the failure of the latest round of talks in Cairo…

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Iran’s Absolutist Dictatorship Reloaded
Reza Fiyouzat, Revolutionary Flowerpot Society
This is a good one. Not that it is news for real leftists who have stood with the people, but it should be for those who, for years, and especially since Ahmadinejad’s presidency, which, if anything, has intensified the oppression in Iran both politico-culturally and economically, have been praising the ‘Islamic democracy’ in Iran … That is, for people like that unforgivable editor at MRZine, who on her own blog has said things like, “At least you [Iranians] have a republic” (sic.), and who has been disseminating the theocrats’ propaganda so much so that now the official news agency of these religious dictators regurgitates articles posted by MRZine for their propaganda purposes. So, anyway, here it is: Khamenei orders Iran vice president sacked! As in, no matter how slavishly you kiss the Supreme (sic.) Leader’s hands — or, if you’re Ahmadinejad, other obligatory body parts — as the ‘elected’ president, as the supposedly independent chief-executive of a supposedly independent branch of the government, you don’t even get to choose your own assistants…

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AMERICAS ZIONIST PROBLEM~MONEY LAUNDERING AND SELLING KIDNEYS
Irish4Palestine
Well, this is truly sick and yet another example of why America must get a grip on the Zionist infiltration within government. A group of “Rabbis” have had a money laundering scheme working for ten years in the USA. Laundering illegal funds for their “Charities” between Israel and the USA. One such scam involves the ripping off of people for their Kidney’s, seriously, this is about as low as one can go..

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Iraqi Government Upset At US-Resistance Talks
IslamOnline.net
The Shiite Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki is upset by talks between the United States and resistance groups, describing the resistance movements as a bunch of “killers”…The US held two rounds of talks with the Political Council for the Iraqi Resistance (PCIR), which represents four major groups, in March and May. During the talks, the two sides signed an initial protocol on the mechanism of negotiations…

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Iraq Resistance Engages US, Arabs
By Mutiullah Tayeb
The Political Council for the Iraqi Resistance, which represents four major groups, has engaged with the United States as well as a number of Arab countries. “It is a major achievement for the resistance to force a military superpower like America to negotiate,” Ali Al-Gabbouri, the Council’s Secretary General and official spokesman, told IslamOnline.net in an exclusive interview…Formed in late 2007, the PCIR groups the Army of Islam, the Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Iraq Hamas) and Ansar al-Sunnah. Gabbouri said their negotiations with the Americans focused on four main issues…

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Haniyeh: Hamas will not stand in the way of state on ‘67 borders
Ma’an News
Hamas will not stand in the way of the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Friday. Haniyeh was speaking during his first visit to the Grand Mosque in the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza since last winter’s war. He said Hamas and his government are “not an obstacle in front of establishing a Palestinian State on 1967 borders and [are] working on achieving [such a state] but this does not mean giving up the rest of the land and the rights of the coming generations.”…

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Israel giving key Jerusalem site to settlers – activists
AFP
Israel has handed control over much of a key Palestinian area in annexed East Jerusalem to hardline settler groups in a creeping takeover kept away from public scrutiny, a report by an activist group said on Thursday. Government bodies have transferred both private Palestinian property and national parks in the Silwan neighbourhood outside the walls of the Old City to the settler organisation Elad, said Ir Amim, a non-profit group specialising in Jerusalem issues…

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Afghani crops: The next U.S. scapegoat
Angela Macdonald
As if our government has any control over what they call a drug “problem” in the United States, they are now taking their show on the road. Early this week, the U.S. military dropped the bomb on Afghanistan poppy farmers who have refused the demands of the U.S. Agency for International Development to replace their crops with wheat. Tuesday, 300 tons of poppy seed were blown up in the middle of a large, dusty vast of land in Helmand province. Those dirty little poppy seeds were first taken out by a group of 1,000 pound bombs. Being so unwilling to just give up and die, the poppies were then taken down by a helicopter air-strike…

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The Kaddumi bombshell
Khaled Amayreh
…However, a conference at which Abbas and his allies enjoy absolute hegemony will only deepen and widen the existing chasm between various camps within Fatah. More to the point, Kaddumi might resort to holding a rival Fatah conference of his own, possibly in Damascus or Beirut. If this were to happen, Fatah would disintegrate into two camps, one based abroad and enjoying “revolutionary legitimacy” and backed by Syria and Iran, and probably Qatar, and the other coalesced into the PA and enjoying “international legitimacy” and backed by the US, EU and the so-called moderate Arab regimes…

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Iranian vice-president ‘sacked’
BBC News
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed his most senior vice-president, it has been reported. The decision, the state news agency Irna said, came after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered Mr Ahmadinejad to do so. First Vice-President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie had angered hardliners last year by saying Iranians and Israelis were friends. An aide said Mr Mashaie did not now consider himself first vice-president. The decision came after a week-long stand-off between Ayatollah Khamenei and Mr Ahmadinejad, who had defended Mr Mashaie…

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Continuity in Kyrgyzstan: The Same Old Imperial Game Goes On
Chris Floyd
The New York Times tells us that the ongoing political crackdown in America’s Terror War ally Kyrgyzstan is an example of the difficult “challenge” faced by the Obama administration as it seeks to “balance” its strategic needs with its “concerns” for human rights. But of course this is not a “challenge” at all. It’s remarkably simple. When you are conducting wars of imperial domination in far-flung, hard-to-access lands, you must keep the local satraps sweet — unless or until you can replace them with your own hand-picked stooges. Everything else is just window dressing for the rubes back home…

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US: We will not use sanctions against Israel
Katherine Orwell
The US state department stressed on Friday that President Obama is not at all considering to impose economic sanctions on Israel when it fails to comply with US demands to end construction in settlements. The US is also not willing to consider mounting international pressure on Israel. The announcement came after the Israeli society had reacted in shock to comments made by a government spokesperson earlier. A spokesperson had answered a question about whether the US was considering to impose sanctions, saying “It’s premature to talk about that”.To calm down the public storm in Israel, the US government now emphasized that it will not contemplate sanctions, even if Israel will not live up to US demands and continues to break international law…

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Afghanistan: “Big Beasts,” Big Bloodbath
Media Lens
The latest manifestation of the media monopoly reinforcing a “parliamentary consensus” involves the US-UK war on Afghanistan. In an article entitled, ‘Back our boys — they fight for your lives,’ Sue Carroll asks in the Mirror: Enjoy your barbecue at the weekend? Sleep easy in your bed last night? Get to work without any problems? I trust you did because this is what liberty is all about. The right to live safely in a civilised community free from the oppression of thugs and fanatics who wouldn’t think twice about crushing our democracy and slaughtering us as we sleep. It’s hard-earned, this easy living. Millions of men have died for our freedom and more are losing their lives in Afghanistan to protect us. So less of the hand-wringing please about whether we should or should not be fighting a war against the Taliban. It’s a no-brainer. This is the approved propaganda view, not just of the current conflict, but of every war throughout history…

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Settlers attack Palestinian homes under IOF protection
Palestinian Information Center
Scores of settlers on Thursday evening attacked Palestinian homes in the village of Asseera al-Qibleyyeh to the south of Nablus city in the northern West Bank, according to local sources. The sources said that the settlers entered the village from the east near the Jewish settlement of Yitshar and started firing in the air. The settler then attacked two Palestinian homes belonging to Ibrahim Makhlouf and Abdel-Basit Abdel-Rahman…

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Well-watered and soldier-free: the good old days on Palestinian farmland
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza
The young farm worker wasn’t oblivious to the danger: working in the Israeli-imposed “buffer zone” is no task for the faint-hearted. But, like so many, he either needed the paid labour, or his family depends on the land. The farmers had returned two days after their land was again ravaged by Israeli military bulldozers and tanks: 2 and 4 of each respectively. The war machines ate up the land, finished off a house they’d not quite destroyed the last time, and tore up a water source, the farmers’ well. The day after the incursion, Yousef, one of the farmers, had dared to peek at the well, doing so furtively although it is on their land…

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PFLP condemns ongoing Nakba against our people in occupied Palestine 48
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -PFLP
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemned the continuing Nakba against our Palestinian people, particularly our people in the lands of our homeland occupied in 1948. The Zionist regime has engaged in a series of attacks against our people, in attempts to deprive them of their hard-won rights, suppress their organizing and activities, deny their identity and criminalize their very existence. A spokesperson of the PFLP said on July 22, 2009 that this series of actions against our people in the occupied lands of 1948 are part and parcel of the continuing Nakba waged against our people by the occupation state, that includes the military occupation, the building of settlements and theft of land, the demolition of homes, the Zionization of Jerusalem, the siege on Gaza, the destruction and burning of olive trees and the theft of water…

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Syria says it is rebuilding relations with US
By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, AP
Syria’s foreign minister said Friday his country is working to rebuild its diplomatic relationship with the United States. Walid al-Moallem told reporters in London that his country is looking forward to a visit by U.S. special Middle East envoy George Mitchell as “the first step of dialogue.” Mitchell is due in Damascus on Saturday for his second visit to Damascus since he took up his post. The trip is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to engage Syria and prod it into playing a U.S.-friendly role in the region…

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Biden: Expect more casualties in Afghanistan
By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, AP
The United States, Britain and other NATO allies can expect to make more sacrifices and take new casualties as the war in Afghanistan escalates, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview broadcast Thursday. But Biden said the effort to secure the country ahead of Afghanistan’s Aug. 20 presidential election was worth it…

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Who Killed Arafat and Why?
By Ramzy Baroud
Who killed Yasser Arafat? When the Palestinian leader was declared dead in a French hospital on Nov. 11, 2004, there was no way of knowing how questions related to his death should be phrased. Was he killed or did he die from old age? If he was killed, then who killed him and why? The “mysterious” nature of his symptoms gave birth to a theory that he was poisoned over a period of time, provided enough evidence that foul play was involved, even accusing some of those closest to him. Although the man’s story has been recorded in the ever-growing chronicle of the Palestinian struggle and Palestinians have somehow moved on, recent breaking news has blown his story wide open once again, breeding new controversy and stories of conspiracy…

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