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Demolition orders issued, military raids
Jerusalem Municipality officers, accompanied by armed forces, canvassed Silwan on Sunday, 30 October morning to deliver vast numbers of demolition orders to Palestinian families and store-owners in the village. A military raid of the village was staged immediately thereafter.  

Aqsa foundation warns of the plans to demolish the Bab al-Maghareba bridge
AFEH intends to launch an information campaign warning of the dangers of the occupation plans to demolish the rest of the bridge leading to the Bab al-Magahreba of the Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli forces and settlers try to drive away Um Alfagara residents
On Thursday November 3rd at dawn, 8 military jeeps with around 25 soldiers and one bulldozer arrived at Um Alfagara. The bulldozer immediately began to demolish six pylons built for bringing electrical wires from the nearby village of Attwani to Um Alfagara. The bulldozer worked a couple of hours, guarded by the Israeli Occupation Forces until the six pylons were torn down and destroyed.
It is no longer possible to ignore what’s happening in the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem- in recent months the situation has been deteriorating fast, and the tension is constantly rising. The settlers’ efforts to take over sites in densely populated Palestinian neighborhoods have increased significantly, while the Palestinian residents’ protests grow more heated and violent. The killing of Milad Said Ayyash, aged 17, during the Nakba day clashes last week, was a foreseeable tragedy under the violent and discriminatory regime forming in East Jerusalem, where the settlers and their private guards are fully backed up by the police and the political echelons. And as the government plans new provocations, approving plans for new construction and Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem, in the Palestinian neighborhoods themselves a new kind of Intifada is taking shape, and a violence threatening to flood the rest of the city.
The residents of East Jerusalem have never fully trusted the police and justice system in Israel. Their status as permanent residents who are not citizens with equal rights is a starting point for discriminatory treatment by the enforcement agencies. Compounded with the context of the conflict, the violence inherent in it and the occupation of their Palestinian compatriots in the West Bank (who do not even have the status of residents), it is understandably hard for the residents of East Jerusalem to feel safe and to believe that at least formally and legally their rights are being protected. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has recently issued an important and comprehensive report on the subject. Holding an event for a change of commanders precisely in one of the most controversial places in Jerusalem, in the courtyard of a settlement in the heart of a Palestinian village, is a very grave message for the residents. Just one month ago the attorney general, the state prosecutor and the commander of the Jerusalem police were strongly criticized for going on a tour of the site with the settler leaders. I wonder what the organizers were thinking when they chose Silwan. Were they trying to send a message to the residents, so that they know who the police serve? Were they trying to send a message to the senior commanders? Maybe they just didn’t think about it. And that is the worst possibility. The fact that the commanders of the Border Police could conceive of having their party there of all places indicates they are not even aware that their job as police is not to serve the interests of the settlers at that site but to protect the rights of all of the residents of Silwan, including the rights of the Palestinians to a normal life with a fair legal system.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — “We are here to pray and shout for justice,” the priest told congregants, leading a communion service on a windy hillside of Beit Jala, overlooking lands locals fear will soon be cut off behind Israel’s separation wall. Around 30 people on Friday huddled around the altar in the orchard by the Cremisan monastery, which locals say will be annexed to Israel by the wall being built south of Jerusalem.  Organizers unfurled a banner on the Beit Jala hill facing the Israeli settlement of Gilo reading “We live here, we exist here.”

Palestinians say Israeli soldiers are failing to protect them from vandalism – assaults they see as attempts to drive them out

Nil’in: The solitary confinement of olive trees
The selective Israeli permission system prevents many families from Nil’in from reaching their land behind the wall to pick  their own olives as the olive harvest season nears its end. The families who received permissions have until the 10th November to pick their trees Most of the Palestinians from Nil’in who received permission are women and young children studying, forcing them to choose between school obligations and the important harvest of olive trees.

South Hebron Hills Update
About one month ago we reported to you on the state of the local schoolhouse in Palestinian Susiya [Susya]… A little while before arriving at the Susiya school, we learned of yet another act of destruction inflicted by the Israeli Military Occupation’s “Civil Administration” arm.

Israeli Regime Violence Against Gaza and Palestinian Protests
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired on the southern Gaza Strip late Saturday, killing one Palestinian man and injuring three others, medical and security officials said.  The shelling attack near Khan Younis in southern Gaza killed a 26-year-old Palestinian man and injured three others, one seriously, medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said.

Palestinian Killed, Three Wounded, As Army Air Strikes Khan Younis
Palestinian medical sources reported that the Israeli Air Force fired, on Saturday evening, missiles into Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing one Palestinian and injuring at least three others.
http://www.imemc.org/article/ 62451

Youth Injured By Israeli Fire In Gaza
Israeli soldiers opened fire on Saturday morning at Palestinian civilians near the “Nahal Oz” zone, east of the Gaza Strip leading to the injury of a Palestinian youth, the Maan News Agency reported on Saturday morning

Army Attacks Weekly Protests Against The Wall, Injuries Reported
Israeli soldiers attacked on Friday the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlements, in Bil’in village near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, dozens suffered the effects of teargas inhalation. Soldiers also attacked nonviolent protests in Nil’in village, Nabi Saleh, Kafr Qaddoum, and Al Ma’sara.

The Israeli army assaulted peaceful protesters in Kufr Qaddoum with tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets, and sound bombs, injuring two and causing severe tear gas suffocation for three families, including five children, and two protesters, including an International Solidarity Movement activist. Approximately 250 protesters were present, including children, and international and Israeli activists. One Palestinian broke his foot when a high-velocity tear gas canister hit him, and is currently being transferred to Jordan for special treatment. Another protester was injured when a tear gas canister hit him in the hand. Three families were forced to evacuate their homes when soldiers fired tear gas in between their homes. Five children were witnessed crying and running out of their homes and away from the approaching soldiers. Two protesters were treated with oxygen after severe tear gas inhalation, including a female ISM activist who fell unconscious.
Palestinian Reprisals

2 rockets hit Hof Ashkelon; 1 hurt
Fired within space of three hours, rockets explode in open areas south of Ashkelon. One foreign worker sustains light wounds caused by shrapnel.

Siege on Gaza 

Hamas calls on Arab League to end the siege
Hamas called on the Arab League to break the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip in response to Israeli piracy against international solidarity activists who were trying to break the siege.

Act Now: Rafah border crossing closed for 6 days
Only hours after activists from popular committees and youth movements throughout the West Bank formally presented the Egyptian ambassador, His Excellency Yasser Othman, with an appeal and a petition to open the Rafah crossing unconditionally and permanently, the Palestinians of Gaza learned that the crossing will in fact be closed for six consecutive days during the Eid holiday. A petition was originally issued by Gaza-based civil society sectors including academics, students, workers, and youth. It was immediately supported publically by Egyptian revolutionaries and grass-roots organizations as well as renowned International human rights defenders such as Desmond Tutu and Richard Falk.
http://palsolidarity.org/2011/ 11/act-now-rafah-border- crossing-closed-for-6-days/
Political Detainees
The Israeli Nature Authority, accompanied by military forces, stormed a children’s playground in Wadi Hilweh district of Silwan on Monday afternoon, 31 October. One youth, Khalid al-Zeer, was arrested. The playground was constructed this month by residents, seeking an outlet for their children in the heavily militarized neighborhood. The raid took place with no prior warning, and no warrant to enter the private land. The playground has become a target of the Jerusalem Municipality since its construction, who seeks to confiscate the land for conversion to parking lots to service the settlement tourist City of David site. Israeli forces remained present in the area for several hours thereafter, behaving in a provocative manner towards local residents.
At 2 o’clock this morning PSP committee – and Beit Ommar Popular Committee member, Yousef Abu Maria was arrested from his home. Today the Popular Commiittee of Beit Ommar and PSP arranged their weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation and dedicated the demonstration to Yousef Abu Maria and the attack on the flotilla.
Army kidnaps A resident In Hebron
Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Saturday a Palestinian resident, active in nonviolent resistance against the Annexation Wall and settlements, in Beit Ummar Town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Prominent Fatah leader Shaker Zidan has been wanted by Israeli authorities for ten years. On Friday evening, he learned that he had received a pardon and would be freed from protective custody in the West Bank, days before Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha begins. “This amnesty comes after ten years of fear and hiding, being detained in my home and banned from movement and from taking part in life,” Zidan told Ma’an.
Freedom Waves

Gaza flotilla activists planning series of aid ships over coming months
In light of the previous flotilla’s failure earlier this year, organizers have been operating quietly in an effort to avoid bureaucratic delays and Israeli efforts to stop the operation, says Huwaida Arraf.

Israel Interrogates Four Activists Of Solidarity Ships
Israel sources reported that the Israeli Authorities interrogated four activists who were onboard the Irish and the Canadian ships (Freedom Waves) that were intercepted by the army, on Friday, while on their way to deliver humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip.

Israel to deport Gaza flotilla activists (AP)
AP – Israel has begun deportation procedures for a group of pro-Palestinian activists who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Canadian and Irish ships sailing with Freedom Waves to Gaza were illegally boarded by the Israeli military in international waters yesterday afternoon. The Israeli military stated that “Upon arrival of the vessels at the Ashdod port, the activists will be transferred to the custody of the Israel Police and immigration authorities in the Ministry of Interior”. At present, it has been confirmed that two of the passengers have been released by the Israeli authorities without charge.  The fate of the remaining passengers is unknown.

Solidarity / Activism / Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
A group of American activists staged, on Saturday evening, a sit-in at the Israeli embassy in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA, chanting slogans in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against the Israeli army for intercepting the solidarity ships that were heading to Gaza.
CAIRO, November 5, 2011 (WAFA) – A senior Swedish clergyman Friday slammed his government’s negative vote against Palestine’s UNESCO membership, according to press reports. Anders Wejryd, archbishop of the Church of Sweden, said Sweden should not have voted against Palestine’s membership of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Saturday said the Egyptian Middle East News Agency. Wejryd , in a letter to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said “to our great surprise, Sweden belonged to the small group of 14 countries that chose to vote against Palestine’s membership in UNESCO.”
Political Developments / Diplomacy
The State Department is trying to convince Congress not to cut U.S. funding for the Palestinian Authority (PA), despite the fact that the Palestinians are defying the United States by seeking statehood at the United Nations and specialized U.N. agencies. “Congress should be aware of the potential second and third order effects of cutting off assistance to Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority,” Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of State for political-military affairs, told an audience at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on Friday. “We must ask ourselves, if we are no longer their partner, who will fill the void? We must think about the other potential partners that could fill the space left behind, and that should give us pause.”

France, Britain, Columbia, Bosnia to Abstain on Palestinian Statehood Vote, Richard Silverstein
Most people concerned with the UN Secuity Council’s upcoming vote on Palestinian statehood have been focussing on the number 9.  Nine votes are required to pass a resolution and if it receives that many, a member may then veto the resolution.  Apparently, if Palestine fails to secure the nine votes (which would be followed by a U.S. veto), it is unlikely the General Assembly would then take up the matter.  This is what the U.S. hopes as it wishes to avoid the embarrassing phenomenon of vetoing a resolution supporting a policy it purports to support (Palestinian statehood).  With the statehood bid supposedly dead, the Obama administration would breathe a sigh of relief that it, and its ally Israel, had dodged a bullet.

Chief Palestinian Negotiator, member of the executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, urged the French government to reconsider its decision to abstain from UN vote on full Palestinian membership.
The French news agency AFP yesterday quoted French far-right leader as saying her meeting with Ron Prosor was not the result of a mix-up, despite claims to the contrary by the Israeli mission to the UN.

Israel, U.S. to embark on largest joint exercise in allies’ history
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro says security relationship with Israel is broader, deeper, more intense than ever before.

What Israeli, U.S. leaders of 1977 hoped would be Jerusalem’s fate
A previously unpublished transcript of a meeting between Israeli and U.S. leaders in Washington on December 17, 1977, offers a surprising revelation: Prime Minister Begin’s suggestion that autonomous international religious councils would oversee Jerusalem’s holy places.

Beating the Drums of War Against Iran

Iran demands UN censure of Israel, US ‘threats’
Islamic Republic urges UN to officially denounce Washington, Jerusalem over their reported threats to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities; say such statements ‘violate international law’.

US ‘not seeking’ confrontation with Iran
State Department tries to downplay bubbling speculation over possible strike against Islamic Republic, says US would rather exercise, exhaust ‘tough diplomacy’ first.

White House says upcoming nuclear watchdog report will be a critical opportunity for the world to see if Iran is meeting international obligations in its nuclear program.
Texas governor tells CNN he would support covert and overt military attacks in order to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability.
Officials in the U.S. administration note that there had been a substantial reduction in Israeli pronouncements on the Iranian issue, both in public but also privately through diplomatic channels.

U.S. military official: We are concerned Israel will not warn us before Iran attack
Senior U.S. military official tells CNN U.S. ‘increasingly vigilant’ over military developments in Iran and Israel, says ‘absolutely’ concerned Israel may attack Iran nuclear facilities.

Peres: I believe Israel, world approaching military option on Iran nuclear threat
President says nations of the world made commitments to Israel and they must now make good on those commitments to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.

Everybody in Israel is talking about a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities
Suddenly, this week, everyone was talking about an attack on Iran. But charges by politicians that it’s the media that are blowing this story out of proportion invite incredulity.

So apparently, Obama and Holder are either too clever by half, or are just dhimmi dunces. They’re too busy playing cloak and dagger to really do something about Tehran: sanctionsMEKSuper Stuxnet andassassinations? Oh please! Where’s our Operation Opera? The Irano-Mexican terror cell run by the FBI proves we must do something, and fast! (And if the U.S. won’t, it seems increasingly possible that Israel’s top leadership, having created “Atomic Pressure” to spur action, may strike within the next two weeks).

Great piece by MJ Rosenberg at Huffpo on who is pushing for war against Iran– the lobby. Rosenberg says Israel’s sabre-rattling is just that. But it’s intended to jack up U.S. foreign policy yet again and send us to war. Imagine if we had had this kind of incisive commentary fingering the neocons before the Iraq debacle?
More drumbeats of an Iran attack. AP is reporting that Israeli president Shimon Peres says the “international community is closer to pursuing a military solution to the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program than a diplomatic one.”

Territory of Lies: Israeli-Occupied Hearing on ‘Iranian Plot’, Maidhc Ó Cathail
In the wake of the much-heralded FBI sting that supposedly foiled a dastardly plot by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard elite Qods Force – involving a bumbling, failed used-car salesman’s botched attempt to hire a reportedly Mossad-trained Mexican drug cartel – to blow up the Saudi ambassador in a crowded but fictitious Washington D.C. restaurant, a duly alarmed U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security convened an urgent hearing on “Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil.” As evidence of Tehran’s supposed threat to the Homeland, the Committee heard testimony from “expert witnesses” who could best be described as propagandists for Israel. Commenting on the partisan line-up, an expert on U.S.-Israeli relations remarked, “If it wasn’t so serious, it would be satire.”

The Israeli government has been openly threatening Iran with attack for years, and we have learned not to take their outbreaks of war hysteria too seriously. During the last year of George W. Bush’s final term in office, there was heightened speculationthat Tel Aviv was pressuring Washington to launch such an attack, and indeed itappears Vice President Dick Cheney argued for precisely that, albeit to no avail. Now the war talk has been revived by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, along with his defense minister, Ehud Barak, has not only been arguing within the Cabinet for such a strike, but has now supposedly moved into the implementation stage.

Debunking the Iran “Terror Plot”, Gareth Porter
At a press conference on October 11, the Obama administration unveiled a spectacular charge against the government of Iran: The Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, right in Washington, DC, in a place where large numbers of innocent bystanders could have been killed. High-level officials of the Qods Force were said to be involved, the only question being how far up in the Iranian government the complicity went.

Israel Will Not Attack Iran. Period, Uri Avnery
Everybody knows the scene from school: a small boy quarrels with a bigger boy. ‘Hold me back!’ he shouts to his comrades, ‘Before I break his bones!’ Our government seems to be behaving in this way. Every day, via all channels, it shouts that it is going, any minute now, to break the bones of Iran. Iran is about to produce a nuclear bomb. We cannot allow this. So we shall bomb them to smithereens.

Other Mideast News

35 dead and injured in two consecutive explosions southwest Iraq’s Baquba
35 people, mostly Al Sahwa militants, were killed and injured in two consecutive explosions south-western Baquba, a Diyala police source reported on Thursday.

The Lede Blog: Protesters Blocked From Returning to Bahrain’s Pearl Square
Hundreds of protesters were prevented from returning to a symbolic square in Manama after the funeral of a man the main opposition party said was beaten to death by security forces this week.

Bahrainis clash with police at funeral (Reuters)
Reuters – Thousands of Bahraini Shi’ites clashed with security forces on Friday during the funeral of a man opposition group Wefaq said died after a police assault, witnesses said.

http:// news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20111104/ wl_nm/us_bahrain_funeral

Bahrain releases teenage Iraqi football player 
AP – Bahrain has released a teenage Iraqi football player detained for seven months in Bahrain on suspicion of participating in anti-government protests.

King Abdullah Names Brother as Saudi Arabia Defense Minister
Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, 76, is seen as a possible candidate to someday rule the nation.

State Department training Islamic political parties in Egypt
U.S. assistance to Egypt is helping political parties of all ideologies prepare for the upcoming elections — even Islamic parties that may have anti-Western agendas. “We don’t do party support. What we do is party training…. And we do it to whoever comes,” William Taylor, the State Department’s director of its new office for Middle East Transitions, said in a briefing with reporters today. “Sometimes, Islamist parties show up, sometimes they don’t. But it has been provided on a nonpartisan basis, not to individual parties.”

Egyptian military court rejects Maspero activist’s appeal
Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces must immediately release a prominent blogger and activist detained in connection with the bloody crackdown on the Maspero protests, Amnesty International said today, after a military court rejected on Thursday his appeal against his continuing detention.

Another letter from Alaa from, and on, prison, Issandr El Amrani
Alaa Abdel Fattah, the Egyptian blogger and activist who has been jailed for refusing to answer the questions of a military prosecutor about the Maspero Affair, has been shifted to another cell. In another heart-breaking dispatch from prison, he explains why: I am writing this note with a deep sense of shame. I have just been moved from Ist’naf (appeal) prison, at my request and insistence, because I simply couldn’t withstand the difficult conditions there: because of the darkness, the filth , the roaming cockroaches, crawling over my body night and day; because there was no courtyard, no sunshine and, again, the darkness.
Analysis / Op-ed
The former judge who wrote the Gaza War report recently – and wrongly – wrote that Israel does not practice apartheid.
Leila Khaled, Martin Jansen, Mercia Andrews and Raji Sourani from the Palestine solidarity campaign discussing issues and events in Palestine. Picture Cindy Waxa.
PROMINENT Gaza human rights lawyer Raji Sourani has called South African judge Richard Goldstone a liar, following recent comments he made in the New York Times regarding apartheid in Israel. Speaking at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign event in the city yesterday, ahead of the weekend Russell Tribunal, the founder of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza lashed out at Goldstone for saying apartheid did not exist in Israel. Last month, Goldstone criticised the Russell Tribunal in an opinion piece in the New York Times, entitled “Israel and the apartheid slander”. He wrote that there was no apartheid in Israel, and called the suggestion a “particularly pernicious and enduring canard”.
As disingenuous and pernicious as was Richard Goldstone’s previous Washington Post oped, in which he essentially retracted the Goldstone Report’s fully-substantiated finding that Israel committed war crimes in its attack on Gaza at the end of 2008, Tuesday’s NY Times oped is perhaps even worse. Goldstone writes that to characterize Israel’s policies as “apartheid” is an “unfair and inaccurate slander against Israel,” one among other “assaults that aim to isolate, demonize, and delegitimize” Israel.
The New York Times has published four letters in response to Richard Goldstone’s “Israel and the Apartheid Slander” Op-ed. The letters are split, with two opposing the judge.
The recent Palestinian UN bid and this weeks Palestinian acceptance to UNESCO has once again put the “Peace Process” front and center. Listening to Netanyahu and the U.S. Administration, getting the Israelis and Palestinians “back to the negotiating table” is the utmost priority for a lasting peace deal. (Adam Horowitz mocked the Netanyahu policy in this post yesterday: “The Netanyahu Guide to Middle East Peace.”)
In the Palestinian and Arab struggle against Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid, the “normalization” of Israel is a concept that has generated controversy because it is often misunderstood or because there are disagreements on its parameters.  This is despite the near consensus among Palestinians and people in the Arab region on rejecting the treatment of Israel as a “normal” state with which business as usual can be conducted. Here, we discuss the definition of normalization that the great majority of Palestinian civil society, as represented in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has adopted since November 2007, and elaborate on the nuances that it takes on in different contexts.

Thomas Friedman’s bouts of hypocrisy, Belén Fernández
Belén Fernández takes The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to task in this excerpt from her new book, The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work.

Israel’s Miracle Economy, Max Ajl
I saw Dan Senor speak last year at Cornell when he was on book tour for his well-timed  intervention about Israel’s miracle economy. Jewish groups on campus which I didn’t even know existed popped out to paste their names onto posters as sponsors of his talk. Senor was a spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and an adviser to the Bush II administration, and so almost certainly culpable for war crimes, but for the organized campus organs of American Jewry, mobilizing Jewish identity behind state aggression and the murder of millions is nearly reflexive.

5 Issues David “Go GOP” Ramadan Refused To Address During Campaign

Next Tuesday Lebanese-American buffoon and Republican Party booster David “Go Gop” Ramadan’s candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates will wind up as local voters go to the polls to choose their delegate for the 87th district. Regardless of the results, which we couldn’t care less about, we will be disappointed his campaign has to end.  Ray Hanania, Dean Obeidallah, Maysoon Zayid, and the rest of the quickly proliferating Arab-American “comedians” have not provided us with as many laughs as Imad (“David’s” real name) has during his hilarious and well-funded campaign.
As usual, Max Blumenthal gets to the heart of the Liam Fox/Atlantic Bridge scandal. An excerpt of a piece up at Alakhbar on the connections between Herman Cain adviser J.D. Gordon and the disgraced British lobbyist Adam Werritty.

Matt Lee Takes It to State Department’s Nuland Again, Richard Silverstein
The AP’s Matt Lee is going to make himself a mini wonk-celebrity for his habit of making mince-meat of the State Department’s Victoria Nuland during her press briefings.  Yesterday, he took her on over the UNCESCO defunding and Israel’s announcement it would be building 2,000 new settlement housing units and withholding PA tax revenue in punishment for the UN organization’s vote to accept Palestine as a full member.

Occupy Wall Street

‘Occupy London Stock Exchange’ protests outside of parliament
About 200 anti-capitalist protesters linked to a group camped outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral demonstrated on Saturday outside the parliament. Protesters from the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OLSX) group had set off on a march towards Trafalgar Square but a breakaway group headed to the square outside the Houses of Parliament. Scuffles broke out as police tried to block the demonstrators, some wearing Guy Fawkes masks that have become a symbol of their protest, from moving into the square but some managed to get in.

Second Iraq war vet hurt during Oakland protests (AP)
AP – Officials say a second Iraq war veteran is hospitalized after getting hurt during protests in Oakland.

Nurses join Occupy SF to march for tax
About 200 nurses joined Occupy San Francisco protesters Thursday and marched from the Federal Reserve building up California Street to Wells Fargo Bank’s main branch, promoting a tax on financial transactions

Green candidate for mayor based in Occupy Tucson tent
TUCSON, Ariz (Reuters) – There is no bank of telephones at Mary DeCamp’s campaign headquarters, no volunteers eager to bring her message to the masses. The Green Party candidate for mayor of Tucson, who is days away from losing her home to foreclosure, is flanked by fellow Occupy Tucson activists as she directs her long shot bid for public office from a borrowed tent in a local park.

Occupy Chicago shouts down Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) probably felt right at home in Chicago Thursday after protesters from the Occupy movement interrupted his speech on budget reforms. The governor was about to speak at the Union League Club of Chicago when about 50 protesters disguised in suits temporarily delayed him from taking the podium.

‘Occupy Philly’ storms Romney fundraising event

As developments with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland have garnered the most headlines from the 99 percent protests of late, Occupy Philadelphia demonstrators made sure to create their own newsworthy event Friday afternoon.

Protesters occupy Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office
About 20 unemployed and underemployed D.C. residents occupied the office of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY) on Thursday, pledging to remain until the senator met with them about the Rebuild America Act.

WASHINGTON — As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, thousands of Occupy protesters are beginning to fear the approaching winter while many of their supporters worry the occupations will thin out. In an effort to combat both dwindling temperatures and participation, collaborative news blog FireDogLake has launched Occupy Supply, an initiative to provide the protests nationwide with enough supplies to survive the winter.

Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Palestinians Prisoners

Posted on October 10, 2011 by Akashma News

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By Diana Alzeer

Youth movements and activists in Palestine and worldwide have declared Wednesday, October 12, 2011 to be a day of both general and hunger strikes in solidarity with the 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who have been undergoing a hunger strike for the last 14 days.

Social media and blogs will also be dedicated to the issue using hashtags such as #Oct12 #RightsPrisoners, #HungerStrike and #HS4Palestine.

Palestinian media reported Monday that many prisoners, including the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Saadat, have undergone serious deterioration in their health. Israeli authorities maintain their refusal to deal with the prisoner demands that led to the hunger strike on 27 September.

Akram Mansour, who has been held in Israeli prison since August 2, 1979, and is suffering from a brain tumor, has also undergone a dramatic decline in his health. Israeli prison authorities refused to give Mansour any kind of treatment after he repeatedly fell in and out of consciousness.

Another 460 prisoners recently joined the hunger strike with their jailed peers.

In a phone conversation Monday morning, Ayman Karajeh, a researcher at the Palestinian Human Rights and Prisoners Rights Organization Addameer told me: “the number of prisoners on hunger strike will reach 4,000 by tomorrow and will turn to a complete strike in all prisons if the Israeli prison authorities do not meet the prisoners’ demands.”

Karajeh also confirmed that all the 200 prisoners who have started the strike have been immediately moved to solitary confinement as a punishment for the strike.

Addameer reported that this hunger strike came as a response to “an escalating series of punitive measures” by the Israeli prison authorities. Palestinian prisoners demanded an end to their collective punishment, solitary confinement, forbidding of education and the continued humiliation they receive by the Israeli authorities.

The issue of Palestinian prisoners is a hot subject among Palestinians as statistics show that about 40% of the Palestinian male population in the occupied territories have been jailed at one point or another by Israel. This makes the subject of prisoners a nearly universal experience among Palestinians.  There are 6,000 Palestinian prisoners who remain in Israeli prisons today, including women, children, and elderly, and 219 of them who are under administrative detention and without charge.

Diana Alzeer is Palestinian-Bulgarian political and social activist and freelance producer living in Ramallah, Palestine. Twitter: ManaraRam

Email: dalzeer@yahoo.com


Serious deterioration in health condition of Abul Haija, Saadat– The Palestinian ministry of prisoners in Gaza held the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) fully responsible for the life of detained Hamas leader Sheikh Jamal Abul Haija after his health suddenly and seriously deteriorated.The ministry said in a statement that a lawyer managed to visit the Sheikh on Sunday in his isolation cell in Nafha desert prison and quoted him as saying that Abul Haija’s health was worsening after joining the hunger strike 13 days ago.

He added that the Sheikh could not stand on his feet without help, noting that the Israeli troops had stormed his cell after joining the strike and confiscated all his electric appliances and clothes.

The ministry said in its statement that Abul Haija, whose left hand is amputated, has been held in solitary confinement ever since his arrested in 2002, adding that the Sheikh, who suffers from numerous illnesses, is deprived of family visits since then.

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The Apartheid Wall

Cast Lead War Part I

Gaza | No Sewage | No Water

Christians in Palestine

Resist the Occupation | by Ahmad Mesleh

Photography by Ahmad Mesleh

Apartheid & Violence in Silwan – Jerusalem

A Real Eye on Palestine | by Ahmad Mesleh

Nature by Ahmad Mesleh

Photography by Ata Awisat

Memorial | September 16, 2002 Sabra & Shatila Massacre (Graphic)

Mohammed Hassona | Art for Palestine Nakba | Occupation | Protest

The Kuffiyeh Project – Palestine

Elders of Hebron.. Holding on to Their Land – July 2011

Yasser Arafat | أبو عمار

Palestine 2011

Settlers Attack & Steal from Farmers in ‘Awarta – Oct 9, 2011

Zionist vandalism on Christiian & Muslim Cemeteries in Jaffa – Oct 7, 2011

Settlers Cut Down 200 Olive Trees inh Qusra – Oct 6, 2011

Israeli soldiers destroyed a house in Beit Kahil – Oct 6, 2011

Radical Jewish terrorists torch Mosque in Tuba – Oct 3, 2011

Israeli Settler Lynch Palestinians & Activists in Anata – Sept 30, 2011

Shaheed Essam Aoudhi. Martyred in defense of Qusra – September 23, 2011

Israel’s Violent Crackdown on Non Violent Protest in Qalandiya – Sept 21, 2011

Palestine Rallies for Freedom & Independance – Sept 21, 2011

World Wide Rallies in Solidarity with Palestine – Sept 21, 2011

Israel Arms & Trains Illegal Settlers for Rampage in Occupied Palestine

A Nice Friday to Tear Down an Israel Wall – Israeli Embassy Cairo – Sept 9, 2011

Eid Ul-Fitr in Gaza – Aug 31, 2011

Al Quds Day Worldwide Protest in Solidarty with Occupied Palestine – Aug 26, 2011

Ramadan Last Friday Al-Quds and Gaza – Palestine – Aug 26, 2011

Even Real Jews Say: NO! – Aug 23, 2011

Ramadan 2011 – Worldwide in pictures

We are All Raed Salah – London UK – July 6

Naksa Day – June 5, 2011

Egypt opens Rafah Crossing for Gaza – May 28, 2011

Palestinians on Israeli Borders | Nakba Day | May 15, 2011

The World Commemorates Al Nakba – World Wide Protests – 2011

Nakba Day 2011 | May 15, 2011 | By Ahmad Mesleh

Egypt Palestine Solidarity | Themba Lewis – May 13, 2011

Egypt in Solidarity with Palestine – May 13, 2011

Gaza Nakba Memorial – May 10, 2011

Samouni Kids in Action for a No Fly Zone over Gaza – April 22, 2011

Palestine 2010

Devastation in Gaza hit by severe storm & winds – Dec 13, 2010

Olive Harvest in Palestine Gaza & West Bank – 2010

The Israeli Massacre on the Mavi Marmara Aid Flotilla – 2010

Palestine 2009

Cast Lead War on Gaza | The First Attack – Dec 2008

Cast Lead War on Gaza | The Attacks 2008 – 2009

Cast Lead War on Gaza | The Wounded – 2009

Cast Lead War on Gaza | “Battle” for lives in Gaza’s Hospital – Graphic –

Cast Lead War on Gaza | The Martyrs 2008 2009

Cast Lead War on Gaza | The Funerals – 2009

Cast Lead War on Gaza | The Devastation

Cast Lead War on Gaza | The Children – 2009

حب كل حاجة حلوة طالما ترضي ربنا, ومش بحب اي حاجة فطرتي مش متقبلاها

دعاء عواد .. مسلم  .. بحاول أوصل ف حياتي للتوازن بين كل حاجة روحيا ونفسيا وجسديا وعقليا
بحب ربنا جدا ونفسي يرضي عنّي ويرضيني ويجعلني من عباده المخلَصين
بحب الناس كلهم مسلمين أو مش مسلمين .. صالحين أو طالحين
بكره بس اي حد يأذي ديني,_ وأي حاجة ربنا مش راضي عنها بتأذي ديني_ وان كانت لاتمس ديني
بعتبر بيت كل مسلم هو وطني ومن حقه عليّ أزعل له وأفرح له وأحسه وأدافع عنه مش بس العرب ومش بس المصريين
بكره أي حاجة فيها امتهان لبشرية الانسان, أيا كان هذا الانسان, فربنا كرمه بخلقه ورزقه وصابر عليه, مش من حقي أأذيه إلا إذا آذاني ف ديني
بحاول أكون حد كويس دايما .. بحاول أشوف ربنا بيحب ايه وأعمله ومش بيحب ايه ف مش أعمله
عارفة أني مخلوقة لرسالة وبدعي ربنا دايما أنه يوفقني فيها ويصنعني بيده علي عينه ويستخدمني ف طاعته وف خدمة دينه وخدمة عباده
حلم حياتي أموت شهيدة ساجدة لربنا في الأقصي وأكون من الجيش اللي هيحرر فلسطين
أكره اسرائيل .. أكره الصهيونية
واثقة انه لازم قلوبنا تتملي بحب ربنا وعقولنا تتملي بفهم صحيح للاسلام عشان الكون يتصلح مش بس بلادنا
احنا كمسلمين مسئولين عن اصلاح الكون كلّه مش بس بلادنا
نفسي أكون علي نهج الرسول ف( كان خلقه القرآن) صلي الله عليه وسلم
بحب السيدة مريم جدا ونفسي أكون علي نهجها بردوا ف حبها لربنا
بدعي ربنا دايما يجعلني من أهل الفردوس الأعلي
ربنا يتقبلني بقبول حسن .. ربنا يتقبلنا

Proud to be Muslim and i don’t bow my forehead to anyone except Allah (swt)

ೋღೋ السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته ೋღೋ
Salamu alaykum warahmatu Allahi wabarakatuhu
May Peace,Mercy & Blessings of Allah (SWT) be on all of you

Proud to be Muslim and i don’t bow my forehead to anyone except Allah

I don’t seek attention or fame on FB, my only intentions is to share my knowledge for the sake of Allah with everyone so that we can all benefit and strive to be better Muslims and to be educated with tools to give Da’wah to others insh’Allah

لا يهمني من ندد و انتقذ ولا من بارك و استحسن بل تهمني راحة ضميري

Nothing !! can come in the way of my Religion & my Family ♥

Islam is my Deen ,Jannah is my Dream insh’Allah ♥



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● لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله
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———\— ISLAM’—–/
———-‘\’WILL ,_—•´
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♥ ♥ ♥ الحمد لله ♥ ♥ ♥ Alhamdulillah for the blessing of the Islam

Alhamdulillah !! I got unconditional love for my Islamic Ummah and all Muslims worldwide i wish i only wish to see the Khilafah again in the Ummah insh’Allah ♥

أذا اردت ان تتخذ من السعادة (رفيقا ) فاتخذ من الامس(نصيحة) ومن
اليوم(العمل) ومن الغد (الامل) فى مستقبل افضل وحياة امثل

* Life is all about Sabr (patience) and SHUKR (gratitude) ♥

* When you find a dream in your mind … don’t ever let it go wasted but
put it inside your heart and start working for it because
Dreams are the seeds from which beautiful tomorrows grow ♥

لو رأيت الكل يمشي عكسك .. لاتتردد !! إمشي حتى لو أصبحت وحيدا !! فالوحدة خير من ان تعيش عكس نفسك لارضاء غيرك

* Most beautiful moments of your life when you live amid hearts of the people transparently, without hypocrisy or compliments malignant ♥

~~ On m’a dit que l’Amour rend aveugle , mais pourtant c’est en aimant Allah (swt) que j’ai ouvert les yeux … Alhamdulillah ~~ ♥

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يا إسرائيل .. لا يأخذكم الغرور عقارب الساعات إن توقفت، لا بد أن تدور .. إن اغتصاب الأرض لا يخيفنا …… فالريش قد يسقط عن أجنحة النسور والعطش الطويل لا يخيفنا فالماء يبقى دائماً في باطن الصخور … هزمتم الجيوش إلا أنكم لم تهزموا الشعوب قطعتم الأشجار من رؤوسها .. وظلت الجذور

DO NOT ADD me if you wanna talk about RUBBISH — FLIRT — all HARAM THINGS which are not allowed in Islam ——- >> are NOT APPRECIATED !!!!!!!

كن فى الحياة كعابر سبيل واترك وراءك كل اثر جميل فما نحن فى الدنيا الا ضيوف وما على الضيوف الا الرحيل

Knowledge is for everyone … if you see what you like on my page … Don’t ask my permission … Just take it and spread the goodness around 🙂

Ya Allah, don’t take my soul away until you are happy with me.
Ya Allah, give me a death of a Shaheed.
Ya Allah, give me death whilst i am in Sujood.
Ya Allah, if i die in my sleep let my heart beat with your Dhikr.
Ya Allah, the guider of the lost souls forgive the entire Ummah.
Ya Allah, forgive my parents, my teachers, my family, my friends and please forgive me.
Ameen ya Rabb Al’Alameen !!

ೋღೋ Salamu alaykum wr wb ೋღೋ


مقاوم ومجاهد فلسطيني مهما طال الزمن

العمــــر : عمري عمر الانتصار

مكـان الميــــــــلاد : تحت انقاض البيوت

الحالـة الصحيـــة : تعب جسدي من تخاذل الاصحاب

الحالة الاجتماعيـة : مرتبط بـ حب الوطن

………الطــول : شامخ بقدر الحق الذي ادافع عنه

الخــــوف : غير وارد في قاموسي الفسطيني

المدينـة : كل مدن العالم حتى اعود الى دياري المحتلة

المهنــة : مقاوم ومجاهد فلسطيني مهما طال الزمن

موطن الأحرار, موطني !!
وطني المُفدّى فيه مجدي,
فيه نوري فيه شمسي,
فيه ظلي فيه نُبلي,
فيه عشقي يحمل وردي,
فيه قلبي يسمع همسي,
فيه الؤلؤ يرسم عزي,
فيه عيني تُبْصِر نَصْري,
فيه يومي يُرسل أَملي,
فيه فوزٌ لألأ صبري,
فيه شبابي وله هرمي …
هل تعلمون وطني؟!
وبه سميت إسمي؟!…
ذاك وطني فيه صابر,
بلد الأبي وكل ثائر,
بلد العروبة والمآثر,
لحن المَعَازِف والمُهاجر,
بها ينشد الوطنيُّ أعبق كلمةِِ,
كل العواصف قد تحدت ظفره,
سقطت صريعة كالجياف الناكرة …
ذاك هو بلدي,
تلك هي فلسطين !!

“بعيون النساء” يواصل عرض أفلامه لليوم الثاني على التوالي

مهرجان مركز شؤون المرأة


غزة- 12 يوليو/2011/ واصل مركز شؤون المرأة بغزة عرض أفلام مهرجان المرأة الثاني “بعيون النساء” لليوم الثاني على التوالي, بحضور العديد من المهتمين/ات, والمخرجين/ات, والنقاد الفلسطينين/ات, إضافة إلى شرائح مجتمعية مختلفة, حيث يتواصل تم عرض خمسة عشر فيلماً فلسطينياً وعربياً وغربياً.


اعتماد وشح, منسق عام المهرجان قالت:” معظم أفلام المهرجان تحمل طابع نسوي وتعالج قضايا المرأة بحذافيرها, والمتميز في المهرجان هو تنوع الأفلام بين مختلف الدول العربية والغربية, فاليوم سيعرض أفلام من أسبانيا, والأرجنتين, والسودان, ومصر, والأردن, إضافةً إلي أفلام فلسطينية”.


ولفتت وشح إلى أن الأفلام وصلت إلى قطاع غزة ولم تصل المخرجات العربيات والعالميات صاحبة تلك الأفلام, وذلك نتيجة الحصار المفروض على القطاع, معبرةً عن سعادتها نتيجة الإقبال الذى حظى به المهرجان, و إعجاب المشاهدين/ات بالأفلام التي أنتجها مركز شؤون المرأة.


من جانبها قالت المخرجة الفلسطينية نهيل السلطان:”سيعرض لي فيلمان فلم “بعيونهن” وهو وثائقي يتحدث عن دور الإعلاميات في حرب غزة الأخيرة, حيث يعكس الفيلم معاناة الشعب الفلسطيني خلال عملية الرصاص المصبوب الأخيرة على قطاع غزة, لافتةً إلى أن الفيلم يسلط الضوء على دور الإعلاميات في الميدان لنقل قصص عايشنها ونقلوها لنا عبر كاميراتهم”.


وأضافت السلطان:” إن تجربة الأفلام ممتعة وما يميزها هو العمل ضمن فريق, ولقد واجهتنا صعوبات مادية, وعدم وجود ممثلين مدربين, و كوادربشرية محترفة”, معبرة عن شكرها لمركز شؤون المرأة لأنه سهل الطريق لصناعة الأفلام الروائية والوثائقية.


وأشارت السلطان الى أن الهدف من الأفلام التي ستعرض اليوم, هو إبراز جرائم الاحتلال واثبات دور وقدرة الاعلاميات الفلسطينيات على نقل الصورة بمصداقية ومهنية, لافتة إلى أن فيلم الفنجان يتحدث عن عدم الالتفات للشعوذة والسحروالعالم المجهول.



محمود روقة, كاتب وناقد فلسطيني قال:” إن المهرجان خطوة كبيرة فى تحقيق حلم المبدعات والمخرجات الفلسطينيات, لأن يكون لهن أعمال مميزة في ميدان الإخراج السنيمائي والروائي والوثائقي, وأن يكن على طريق الإبداع والتميز, لخدمة هذه الصناعة الهامة جداً”.


وأضاف روقة:” المهرجان الثاني والذي يأتى “بعيون النساء” دليل على خطوات متقدمة لمركز شؤون المرأة, القائم على تنظيم الفعالية خاصة قسم الفيديو، والمتميز فى مجال التدريب وصناعة الأفلام، بمختلف عناصره من الإخراج إلى التصوير إلى كتابة السيناريو حتى تصميم الديكور”.


سناء خالد, إحدى المشاهدات أكدت أن المهرجان يأتي في ظل خواء الساحة الثقافية والفنية من أعمال يمكن أن تخرج الإنسان الفلسطيني من واقع السياسة المفرطة إلى واقع وحراك ثقافي جميل وجديد.


وأضافت:” ما يسعدنى كامرأة وجود إبداعات نسوية تخرج المرأة الفلسطينية من قالب الحزن والمعاناة والنمطية، إلى واقع تبرز من خلاله صورة المرأة القوية القادرة على التغير وإحداث تنمية