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URUK Net 17 November, 2009

Last updated: Friday, November 20, 2009 10:39

Report unveils the use of Palestinian detainees for Israeli medical testing
Middle East Monitor
November 17, 2009 – A Palestinian report unveiled that Israel exploited Palestinian prisoners as laboratory samples to test new drugs – produced in the laboratories of the Israeli Ministry of Health. Several years ago a number of medical organizations as well as health and humanitarian institutions warned of the abuse of Palestinian prisoners through the conduct of such tests on them. The Palestinian Ministry of prisoners’ affairs reported that, “As this issue is coming to the surface again, it raises many serious concerns among the Palestinian prisoners and their families, who are worried about their children’s future and their health status in Israel jails.” The report explained that the fear now is not due to the medical negligence, lack of medicines, malnutrition and the poor medical care provided to the prisoners – despite the importance of all these – but to the Israeli medical departments’ failure to observe humanitarian standards…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
The Help of Allah(SwT)
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
November 17, 2009 – …Under the empty slogans of democracy and fight against terrorism, they killed hundreds of thousand of innocent Muslim people in Afghanistan and Iraq. They committed the most blatant human rights violations in Bagram, Kandahar, Abu Gharib and Guaantanamo jails. Many detainees who later proved to be innocent common people were tortured by CIA and its hired private interrogators. Even some of them were kept in unknown CIA cells in foreign countries which were notoriously reputed for human rights violations. The detainees were forced to stand naked for hours; they were beaten and water boarded. Even American soldiers desecrated holy literature including the Holy Quran. Those released say, such blasphemous incidents occurred in Kandahar airport and Guantanamo jails. But all these wrongdoing and injustice could neither wipe out the resistance nor suffocate them. Contrarily, these atrocities created new enemies for the invaders and bolstered the spirit of resistance among people. Recently, they are resorting to some other devilish tactics, like detonating bombs and mines in congested places where common people are shopping. This is a heinous effort by CIA-related agencies like Blackwater in order to create hatred among the common people against Mujahideen…

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Will Palestine Be Declared A State?
Crossing the Rubicon
By Khalid Amayreh
November 17, 2009 – … However, no matter how cautious and meticulous the PA will be in seeking UN endorsement of a Palestinian state, it seems that the mission will be an arduous uphill battle. Indeed, in the absence of massive international backing, including vigorous and meaningful Arab and Muslim support, the goal of enlisting Western, especially American backing for the statehood scheme, may prove to be very illusive. More to the point, in the absence of true Palestinian national unity, the continued showdown between Hamas and Fateh could corrode any real prospects toward achieving Palestinian statehood and ending the Israeli military occupation…

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US Presses Pakistan to Escalate War
Jason Ditz
November 17, 2009 – According to an unnamed US official, President Obama has sent a letter to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari urging him to rally support for escalating his war across the nation. The letter reportedly claims that the Afghan war ‘depends’ on Pakistan doing so. The US has been pressuring Pakistan, basically since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, to launch an ever escalating series of invasions into its tribal areas along the Afghan border…

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Exposing Britain’s pro-Israel lobby: Channel 4 TV makes a bold start
Stuart Littlewood
November 17, 2009 – Last night Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’ programme set out to investigate the pro-Israel lobby in Britain, and to boldly go where no TV team had gone before. On the Dispatches website we were told that the lobby “aims to shape the debate about Britain’s relationship with Israel and future foreign policies relating to it”. So the programme would be looking at “who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying”…Interesting though the programme was, it left out too much. For example, it didn’t name and shame enough individuals…

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U.S.: Army Underreporting Suicides, Says GI Advocacy Group
By Dahr Jamail
November 17, 2009 – According to a soldiers’ advocacy group at Fort Hood, the U.S. base where an army psychiatrist has been charged with killing 13 people and wounding 30 in a Nov. 5 rampage, the official suicide figures provided by the Army are “definitely” too low. Chuck Luther served 12 years in the military and is a veteran of two deployments to Iraq, where he was a reconnaissance scout in the 1st Cavalry Division. The former sergeant was based at Fort Hood, where he lives today. “I see the ugly,” Luther told IPS. “I see soldiers beating their wives and trying to kill themselves all the time, and most folks don’t want to look at this, including the military.”…

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The Obama Song…
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 17, 2009 – Sha’aban Abdel Raheem is a popular Egyptian singer, a kind of folk rapper. An eccentric, rather tacky looking dude, with simple songs that are a sarcastic with double meanings, hard hitting, funny and politically wise. This song was released when Obama came to power…Every time I listen to it, I crack up laughing…Of course it helps if you understand Arabic and the subtleties of the language. This is one has subtitles in English. Enjoy !…

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Who is funding the rabbi who endorses killing gentile babies?
By Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondent
November 17, 2009 – …For example, government ministries regularly transfer support and funding to a yeshiva whose rabbi determined that it is permissible to kill gentile babies “because their presence assists murder, and there is reason to harm children if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us … it is permissible to harm the children of a leader in order to stop him from acting evilly … we have seen in the Halakha that even babies of gentiles who do not violate the seven Noahide laws, there is cause to kill them because of the future threat that will be caused if they are raised to be wicked people like their parents.” Lior Yavne, who oversees research at the Yesh Din human rights organization, checked and found that in 2006-2007, the Ministry of Education department of Torah institutions transferred over a million shekels to the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in Yitzhar…

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Tortured Iraqis to avenge our troops’ killing: British soldier
Indian Express
November 17, 2009 – A former corporal in the British Army, who is accused of the brutal beating and torture of Iraqi prisoners, has said that he acted out of revenge over the killing of four UK soldiers. Donald Payne, 35, told a public inquiry that he tortured Iraqis to avenge the murder of three Royal Military Policemen and the killing of an Army captain who had been blown up while delivering humanitarian aid to southern Iraq. Payne, who has already been convicted of the inhumane treatment of Iraqis, revealed that he and other soldiers had routinely kicked and punched nine Iraqi detainees captured in September 2003. One of them, Baha Mousa, died from asphyxiation and 93 separate injuries…

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YEMEN: Nasser Ridhwan, “I had nothing in life but my wife, who I’ve now lost”
IRIN News
November 17, 2009 – Nasser Ridhwan, 78, is a recent arrival in the al-Mazraq Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Haradh District, Hajjah Governorate, some 130km southwest of his home village of Mashnaq, near Dukhan Mountain, which has become a battleground in fighting between the Saudi army and Houthi-led Shia rebels. Ridwhan, who for the past 30 years has worked as a day labourer in the Saudi town of Jaizan, 20km away from his home, has lost contact with his 80-year-old wife since 12 September, when fighting between the Yemeni army and Houthis cut off access to his home. From al-Mazraq camp, Ridhwan told IRIN his story…

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Iran Sentences 5 To Death Over Post-Election Protests
NASSER KARIMI
November 17, 2009- Iran has sentenced five defendants to death in a mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting the unrest that followed the disputed June presidential election, state television reported Tuesday. The five apparently include three death sentences announced last month. None of the five have been identified by Iranian authorities. Iran began the mass trial in August of more than 100 prominent opposition figures and activists, accusing them of a range of charges from rioting to spying and plotting what Iran’s clerical rulers have depicted as a foreign-backed plot to oust them from power…

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Video – Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby
Channel 4 UK – Broadcast November 16, 2009
November 17, 2009 – Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel. Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby. Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying…

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Arab Teens Need “Protecting from Israeli Justice”
Judge Warns of Israel’s Two-tier Legal System
Jonathan Cook
November 17, 2009 – An Israeli judge made an historic ruling last week when he decided that an Arab teenager needed “protection” from the justice system and ordered that he not be convicted despite being found guilty of throwing stones at a police car during a protest against Israel’s attack last winter on Gaza. Prosecutors had demanded that the juvenile, a 17-year-old from Nazareth in northern Israel, be convicted of endangering a vehicle on the road, a charge that carries a punishment of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, as a way to deter other members of Israel’s Arab minority from committing similar offences…

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OCHA warns of displacing hundreds of Palestinians in O. Jerusalem
Palestinian Information Center
November 17, 2009 – The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) warned that hundreds of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem are threatened with displacement because of Israeli intentions to demolish their homes at the pretext of unlicensed construction. A report issued by OCHA revealed that the Israeli municipal council in the holy city issued 17 demolition orders against Palestinian homes in Silwan neighborhood. The report said that 90 Palestinian homes received demolition orders in recent years, which puts them at risk of displacement…

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CORRUPTION: Afghanistan, Iraq Near Bottom of Transparency Index
By Jim Lobe
November 17, 2009 – Despite billions of dollars spent by the U.S. and other countries to improve governance in Afghanistan and Iraq, the two countries remain among the world’s most corrupt nations, according to the latest edition of Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Of the 180 countries covered by the 2009 CPI, Iraq ranks 176 and Afghanistan 179, according to the CPI, which was released by the Berlin-based group Tuesday. Only Somalia, which has not had a functioning government capable of controlling a major portion of its territory since 1991, ranked lower than Afghanistan, where the administration of President Barack Obama is currently considering adding as many as 44,000 more U.S. troops to the nearly 68,000 currently deployed there…

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US Army arrests mother who failed to turn up for Afghanistan deployment
By Ed Pilkington in New York
November 17, 2009 – A 21-year-old single mother serving with the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division is facing a possible court martial because she failed to turn up for deployment to Afghanistan, saying that she could not find anyone to care for her infant son. Alexis Hutchinson, who serves as an army cook, was meant to have joined her division for a flight to Kabul on 5 November, but failed to show up. She was arrested and temporarily placed in custody while her 10-month-old child Kamani was put into a daycare scheme on her military base in Savannah, Georgia…

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Bargouthi dismisses ‘ridiculous’ threats
Ma’an News
November 17, 2009 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s threat to take unilateral action against Palestinians were they to declare statehood is “ridiculous,” according to Mustafa Barghouthi, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative. “There aren’t any Palestinian territories left to threaten – they’re all occupied,” Barghouthi said in a statement on Monday…

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A Festival to Remember
Hussein Al-alak
November 17, 2009 – Campaigners kicked off a film festival on Tuesday, with a series of films that will charter the Palestinian experiences, at the month long event that will ultimately conclude in December. The Palestinian Film Festival, which is being organised by the Manchester Metropolitan University, is promising to highlight the plight of the Palestinian people, by showing a series of Middle Eastern films, which will cover the recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, the occupation of the West Bank and Jerusalem, along with films, that will also illustrate the ongoing struggle against the separation wall…

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Iraq snapshot – November 17, 2009
The Common Ills
Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, the ‘intended’ elections get more iffy, the US Justice Dept files charges against a contractor, CNN begins airing a four-part investigation into US abuse of Iraqi prisoners, and more. Starting with the ‘intended’ elections in January. There was already objection to the law: “ Waleed Ibrahim, Michael Christie and Micheal Roddy (Reuters) reports Iraq’s Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashimi, has stated the law needs to be changed to allow external Iraqi refugees to participate and to be represented. If the law is not changed (by Tuesday afternoon), he states he will veto it…

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Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 17, 2009 – …Yesterday a spokesman for the Iraqi Resistance was shortly interviewed on Al-Jazeera. He said in very simple terms : We don’t believe in the political and election process under Occupation. For us this is like Kiosk politics alluding to a vendor’s mentality. Now, there are some who are marketing themselves as the Resistance and have joined the political process time and time again (referring to Muqtada Al Sadr and the Sadrists.) They are no Resistance. The truth is that we are all alone, all by ourselves, with no outside support, no external funding, nor external arming, and there is a huge blackout on us. Many attempts and ploys have been made to discredit us. The Sahwa, the Al-Qaeda and others…but we resisted those as well… In the very complex context we find ourselves in, we are doing what we can, the best we can…we have not stopped and we will not stop until Iraq is Free. And he repeated: We are ALL alone, with NO outside support from anyone. So true. The Iraqi resistance has been all alone from the very beginning, with absolutely no support from anyone…

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Sharp rise in birth defects in Iraqi city destroyed by US military
November 17, 2009 – The assault by the US military on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in November-December 2004 was a major war crime. Thousands of civilians died as the US Marines and accompanying forces attempted to crush Iraqi popular resistance to the American occupation in the city of 300,000. Now, as a likely result of the weaponry unleashed on the city by US imperialism, doctors are discovering a horrifying increase in birth defects and deformities. The Guardian reported November 13 that the medical authorities in the city are reporting “up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting.”…

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Walls of Shame
By Dr. Elias Akleh
November 17, 2009 – On November 2nd many western leaders gathered at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, to celebrate the downing of the notorious Berlin Wall. These hypocrite leaders; German Chancellor Merkel, French President Sarkozy, Russian President Medvedev, British Prime Minister Brown, US Secretary of State Clinton, and US President Obama, praised those who tore down the wall, emphasized the need to “overcome the walls of our time”, “keep fighting for freedom …so people get to live their dreams”, and emphasized that “all men are created equal …have the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’, yet none of them recognized the rights of Palestinians and Iraqis to their freedom, and none of them condemned the uglier Israeli separation and imprisoning wall that cuts the West Bank into smaller Bantustans, or the Baghdad wall that divides the city into smaller sections. Contrary to their cajoling speeches the foreign policies of these leaders have encouraged the erection of these walls…

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Britain must de-Zionise Itself Immediately
by Gilad Atzmon
November 17, 2009 – On Monday the British TV broadcaster, Channel 4 screened Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby, a devastating expose of the Jewish lobby in the UK*. ‘We couldn’t find a conspiracy’ affirmed Peter Oborne the Daily Mail’s political commentator behind the film. He was right. After running the show for so many years, the Jewish lobby’s purchasing of British politicians and media presence is in the open. The Guardian reported today that two years ago a controversial study by American academics Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer explored the influence of the Israel lobby over US foreign policy “but Britain’s pro-Israel organisations have been subjected to far too less scrutiny.”…

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U.S. politician wants American Jews to buy West Bank homes
By Raphael Ahren
November 17, 2009 – An influential Jewish community leader and Democratic State Assemblyman from New York is currently heading a mission of about 50 Americans through the West Bank and East Jerusalem to promote home purchases in the area and to protest U.S. President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy. “Our goal is to send a clear message to Washington and President Obama that Jews will continue to live in Judea and Samaria and the ultimate commitment American Jews can make is to actually come and buy property in these areas as this will ensure these communities” security and growth,” said Dov Hikind, 59, who has been representing Brooklyn’s 48th district since 1983…

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Israel approves 900 settler homes
BBC News
November 17, 2009 – The Israeli interior ministry has approved planning applications for 900 new housing units at a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem. The planning and construction committee authorised the expansion of Gilo, which is built on land captured in 1967 and annexed to the Jerusalem municipality. The project still faces review and the public will be able to make objections. Settlements on occupied territory are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this…

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The Zionist con game in America
By Paul J. Balles
November 16, 2009 – Several days ago (9 November 2009), David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, wrote an article for the Huffington Post complaining that later this month the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), will consider a proposed boycott of Israel. His complaint is typical of the kind of twisted logic used by American Zionists to advance Israel’s causes. He asks: Why the call for the boycott? The appeal’s first sentence says it all: “Since 1948, the state of Israel has occupied Palestinian land and denied the Palestinians basic human rights.” The boycott should continue until there “is an end to the occupation.” The caustic attitude and demeaning tone appears to deny the truth in the statement. Both Israelis and American Zionists have been dismissive of any Palestinian rights since the terrorist Irgun and Stern Gang’s insurrection against British rule and terrorist slaughter of Palestinians…

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Washington’s crisis over Afghanistan deepens
By Bill Van Auken
November 17, 2009 – The increasingly public dissension within the Obama administration and the military itself over the proposed escalation in Afghanistan reflects the reality that US imperialism has no good options in the war that it launched more than eight years ago. The sharp differences came to the fore last week with the leaking of cables sent by the US ambassador in Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, advising the White House against sending tens of thousands more US troops to the occupied country…

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Gas crisis reaches Gaza’s hospitals
Ma’an News
November 17, 2009 – The domestic gas crisis has taken root in hospitals following the prohibition of its entry for over a month as Israel moves fuel transfer infrastructure from the Nahal Oz terminal to the Kerem Shalom crossing… Media spokesman for the Association of oil companies’ owners in Gaza Muhammad Al-Abadla confirmed on Monday afternoon that the gas crisis reached the hospitals of Gaza. The fuel source is used in part to boil water for the sterilization of hospital equipment, for heating some wards as well as powering stoves in the kitchens of the facilities. Al-Abadla appealed to all concerned parties to put pressure on the Israeli side to allow the amount of gas essentially needed in Gaza…

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Palestinians to Arab states: You can stop Jerusalem light rail
By Amira Hass
November 17, 2008 – The chairman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ office, Dr. Rafiq Husseini, on Monday urges all Arab countries to cancel their business ties with two French companies – Veolia and Alstom – involved in the construction of a Jerusalem-based light railway which passes through the West Bank. Husseini spoke in a press conference organized by the BNC – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee – made up of several non governmental organizations…

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A record 49 million Americans faced hunger in 2008
By Barry Grey
November 17, 2009 – A yearly survey on hunger released Monday by the United States Department of Agriculture reported that a record 49.1 million Americans in 17 million households lacked dependable access to adequate food in 2008. The government reported a sharp rise both in what it calls “food insecurity” and “very low food security,” i.e., outright hunger, noting that the rates recorded last year in both categories were the highest since the Agriculture Department began its annual surveys in 1995…

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Afghanistan corruption ‘worsening’
AljazeeraEnglish
November 17, 2009 – Afghanistan has been rated by Transparency International the second-most corrupt nation in the world, with public sector corruption worsening over the past two years. Only war-torn Somalia rates worse on the Berlin-based organisation’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of 180 nations, which was released on Tuesday. Levels of perceived public sector corruption in Afghanistan have grown for the second consecutive year, the report said…

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IOF troops conduct an incursion into Johr al-Deek to south east of Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
November 17, 2009 – Six IOF bulldozers and four tanks rolled Tuesday morning across the demarcation line into Johr al-Deek village to the south east of Gaza City and bulldozed tracts of Palestinian land. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli occupation tanks and bulldozers advanced about two hundred meters deep and started surveying and bulldozing Palestinian fields, and that some occupation soldiers stood around those bulldozers while they were working. The witnesses added that the bulldozing of land was in the direction of the al-naser gate…

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EU rejects Palestinian state plan
Aljazeera.net
November 17, 2009 – The European Union has rejected a plan to push for recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council, saying the move was “premature”. Carl Bildt, Sweden’s foreign minister, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said the bloc was discussing other steps to demonstrate its support for Palestinian aspirations. “I would hope that we would be in a position to recognise a Palestinian state, but there has to be one first, so I think that is somewhat premature,” he said on Tuesday…

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Israeli army arrests Palestinian woman for refusing to strip
Ma’an News
November 17, 2009 – A woman who refused to remove her clothes in front of Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint in Hebron was detained and taken to an Israeli prison facility Tuesday afternoon, local sources said. Umm Wisam Dovch approached the Martyrs street checkpoint in central Hebron, and was asked to remove layers of her clothing so soldiers could search her person after she passed through metal detectors at the military post. When the middle-age woman refused to remove her clothing she was struck several times by one of the soldiers and forced into a military vehicle…

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UN nuclear chief in secret talks with Iran over deal to end sanctions
Richard Beeston and Catherine Philp,
November 17, 2009 – United Nations and Iranian officials have been secretly negotiating a deal to persuade world powers to lift sanctions and allow Tehran to retain the bulk of its nuclear programme in return for co-operation with UN inspectors. According to a draft document seen by The Times, the 13-point agreement was drawn up in September by Mohamed ElBaradei, the directorgeneral of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in an effort to break the stalemate over Iran’s nuclear programme before he stands down at the end of this month…

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Memories of an Anti-Zionist Jew
Kawther Salam
November 16, 2009 – I received the text which follows from Ms. Hanna Braun, who is now 82 years old. She was born to a jewish family from Germany, a family which emigrated to Palestine in 1937 due Hanna Braunto the increasing animosity against jews in Germany of that time. In her memories which Ms. Braun shares, she remembers the time during which she and her family lived in Palestine between their arrival in 1937 and until their emigration to England in 1958 due to their disillusionment with zionism and Israel. The memories of Ms. Braun are telling because they show from a first-person perspective, how all the propaganda, everything which the zionists say about zionism and Israel, does simply not correspond to truth, that “zionism” had and has nothing to do with “making the desert bloom”, that groups like Hagana were not about defense but about murdering and expelling Palestinians, that despite asseverations to the contrary Jews from Arab countries were lured to “Israel” under false pretexts. In short, the whole text is one scandal when compared with the zionist orthodoxy spread in western countries…

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The Zionist con game in America
By Paul J. Balles
November 16, 2009 – Several days ago (9 November 2009), David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, wrote an article for the Huffington Post complaining that later this month the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), will consider a proposed boycott of Israel. His complaint is typical of the kind of twisted logic used by American Zionists to advance Israel’s causes. He asks: Why the call for the boycott? The appeal’s first sentence says it all: “Since 1948, the state of Israel has occupied Palestinian land and denied the Palestinians basic human rights.” The boycott should continue until there “is an end to the occupation.” The caustic attitude and demeaning tone appears to deny the truth in the statement. Both Israelis and American Zionists have been dismissive of any Palestinian rights since the terrorist Irgun and Stern Gang’s insurrection against British rule and terrorist slaughter of Palestinians…

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Threads of potential
Eva Bartlett
November 16, 2009 – Embroidery lives on in Palestine, a tradition passed down through the generations. While Palestine is as modern as a choking, all-encompassing 3 year siege (since soon after Hamas was elected in early 2006) and numerous Israeli wars and attacks will allow, the traditions from generations ago are not forgotten: songs, dabke (dance), food, farming and fishing techniques, clothing…and embroidery. In recent years, the art has taken on a new role in occupied Palestine, re-affirming Palestinian identity in proudly embroidered kuffiyehs (scarves) and bracelets, along with traditional dresses and shawls…

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Iraq snapshot – Monday, November 16, 2009
The Common Ills
Monday, November 16, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, the US military announces another death, a War Criminal testifies in England giving contradictory answers as to why he abused Iraqis, new problems with the ‘intended’ elections in January, Warren P. Strobel and Sahar Issa don’t seem to grasp that McClatchy signs their checks, and more…

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