Breaking News: SE Asia Groups Claim to Plan Retaliation for Gaza Killings. Said to Target Israeli Government, Intel in Bangkok, Manila, Singapore. 01.27.2009 | AllanNairn.com By Allan Nairn In response to Israeli terror attacks on Gaza that killed hundreds of civilians, Southeast Asia Islamist terror groups are now said to be planning retaliation against Israeli government offices, including Mossad intelligence, in Bangkok, Manila, and Singapore. This account comes from Southeast Asia civilian sources who speak directly to some group leaders
The newspeak of Israeli propagandists 01.26.2009 | The Guardian, Letters By Professor Avi Shlaim Oxford What Uri Dromi says about Hamas is pure and poisonous Israeli propaganda (This Hamas hallucination, 23 January). In every respect his article is almost the exact opposite of the truth. Dromi claims that: “The Orwellian mindset of the organisation is as much a barrier to peace as the rockets it fires.” But it is the newspeak of Israeli propagandists like Dromi that is truly Orwellian.
IDF soldiers leave racist graffiti on Gaza homes 01.28.2009 | Ynet By Ynet Gaza residents returning to their homes in Zeitun neighborhood find their houses covered with slogans such as ‘Death to Arabs,’ and ‘One down, 999,999 to go.’ IDF: Those responsible will be reprimanded Photo: AFP A painful reminder for Operation Cast Lead remained evident in Gaza in the form of blatant, racist graffiti left on houses’ walls by IDF soldiers. Photo: AFP Some of the graffiti was written
Obama on Israel-Palestine 01.26.2009 | Z Net By Noam Chomsky Barack Obama is recognized to be a person of acute intelligence, a legal scholar, careful with his choice of words. He deserves to be taken seriously – both what he says, and what he omits. Particularly significant is his first substantive statement on foreign affairs, on January 22, at the State Department, when introducing George Mitchell to serve as his special envoy for Middle East peace. Mitchell is to focus
Copenhagen to host Gaza anti-smuggling meeting 01.28.2009 | The Copenhagen Post Senior US, European and Middle Eastern officials are coming to Denmark next week to discuss plans to prevent weapons being smuggled into Gaza On the back of a joint Danish-American initiative, a number of foreign representatives will be invited to Copenhagen next week to decide on a plan of action against weapons-smuggling to Hamas in Gaza. Unnamed Israeli sources describe it as an international conference while European diplomats have
‘Israel targeted UN Staff during Gaza standoff’ 01.26.2009 | Xpress (UAE) By Awad Mustafa, Staff Reporter In a seminar Tuesday morning, United Nations staff claimed that they were directly targeted by the Israeli army during the 23-day standoff at Gaza. “I mean what I am saying,” said Dr. Sami Mushasa media director for United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA.) His agency, he said, “was targeted and a scores settlement was made by Israel to disrupt our work in Gaza
UN nuclear chief boycotts BBC over Gaza appeal 01.28.2009 | The Guardian By Julian Borger, diplomatic editor The head of the UN”s nuclear watchdog has cancelled planned interviews with the BBC in protest at the corporation’s decision not to air an emergency appeal for Gaza on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee. In a statement to the Guardian, Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel peace prize winner, unleashed a stinging denunciation of the BBC, deepening the damage already caused by the controversy.
Israeli soldiers recall Gaza attack orders 01.28.2009 | The Times By Sheera Frenkel in Gaza Strip “Fire on anything that moves in Zeitoun” – that was the order handed down to Israeli troops in the Givati Shaked battalion, who reduced the eastern Gaza City suburb to little more than rubble in a matter of days. According to Israeli soldiers who took part in the three-week offensive, the destruction of the area, a known Hamas stronghold, was designed to send a