US-style democrats in action

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By David Rose The horrific torture of hundreds of people by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank is being funded by British taxpayers. An investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found that the forces responsible get £20million a year from the UK. The victims – some left maimed – are rounded up for alleged involvement with the militant Islamic group Hamas, yet many have nothing to do with it. Crackdown: Palestinian forces seize a man on the West


More on Erdogan at Davos

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By SELÇUK GÜLTA?LI BRUSSELS There are mixed reactions to what Erdo?an did in Davos while responding to the criticisms of Israeli President Shimon Peres. While some hailed him and his comments as “terrific,” others say Erdo?an is “easily provoked,” and should have behaved more in line with accepted diplomatic conduct. Professor Norman Finkelstein, a Jewish-American academic, says it was wonderful news what Erdo?an did, while Joost Lagendijk, the chairman of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee said it was not good


Mouin Rabbani on Human Rights Watch and the Gaza Massacre

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Mouin Rabbani The Middle East has always been a difficult challenge for Western human rights organizations, particularly those seeking influence or funding in the United States. The pressure to go soft on US allies is in some respects reminiscent of Washington’s special pleading for Latin American terror regimes in the 1970s and 1980s. In the case of Israel such organizations also face a powerful and influential domestic constituency, which often extends to senior echelons of such organizations, for whom


Who Profits from the Israeli Occupation?

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Now, more then ever, Israeli activists need a powerful global movement to help us build a just peace in Israel/ Palestine. Looking for effective tools for ending the occupation, we have launched a new website listing companies directly involved in the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. The grassroots initiative, of the Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace, includes a database and an information center, and reflects an on-going two-year effort, rigorous


Allan Nairn on Promoting Real Democracy

On Monday, February 2nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Allan In urban areas with street crime the idealized figure of the honest cop has long been deeply popular, especially among children. Asked what he wants to be, a young boy in a poor household cries out, eagerly, “Polisi!,” and, on getting his ear twisted by an angry mother, amends, “Allright, I’ll be a doctor!” Actually, his chances of rising to doctorhood are slim — no spare money, no free education — but they may be greater than those


Society for the Revival of Satan-Worship Cancels Turkish Holiday

On Monday, February 2nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Irit Rosenblum and Zohar Blumenkrantz, Haaretz Correspondent Israeli tourism to Turkey took a nosedive after Thursday’s incident at the Davos World Economic Conference, where Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed off the stage after verbally sparring with President Shimon Peres over last month’s fighting in the Gaza Strip. Tourism officials are reporting massive cancelations of Turkish vacations booked for the Pesach holiday period and for this summer. Turkey is the single most popular foreign destination for Israeli tourists,


Bringing democracy to the Arab world.

On Monday, February 2nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH It’s no secret that several Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials in the West Bank would have liked to see Operation Cast Lead end with the removal of Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip. Of course, these officials are still not prepared to go on the record to express their displeasure over the failure of the IDF offensive to get rid of the Hamas regime. However, in private conversations over the past few days, many of


Eva Braunovich: "Red Cross workers not sufficiently Nazified"

On Sunday, February 1st, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees does little to check whether its staff or clients are terrorists, its former chief attorney, James Lindsay, says in a newly published report. Allegations linking terrorists to UNRWA are not new. Israel has said many times its troops were fired on by gunmen using UNRWA facilities, that UNRWA vehicles transported weapons and that some of its staff members were terrorists. UNRWA has denied those charges and Israel has


With unprecedented collaboration from the Allies, Polish Polizei move to seal all holes in Warsaw Ghetto fence.

On Sunday, February 1st, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

CAIRO, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Cameras and sensors are being installed to block smuggling of arms through tunnels into Gaza, Egyptian officials say. The sensors will pick up both digging and construction, an official told The Jerusalem Post. “They started being installed two days ago,” the official said. “We are installing them with the help of American, French and German experts.” Israeli experts say many of the tunnels were destroyed during three weeks of bombing and a ground invasion of



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