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


Judeo-Nazis demand pound of flesh from Erdogan

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

By Soner Cagaptay Turkey is a special Muslim country. Of the more than 50 majority-Muslim nations, it is the only one that is a NATO ally, is in accession talks with the European Union, is a liberal democracy and has normal relations with Israel. Under its current government by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), however, Turkey is losing these special qualities. Liberal political trends are disappearing, E.U. accession talks have stalled, ties with anti-Western states such as Iran are


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


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


"The Jewish people lives"

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

By Amira Hass GAZA – “Only aerial photographs of the Gaza Strip will make it possible to show and to comprehend the extent of the destruction,” a number of Western civilians said this week. They added: “But there isn’t a chance that Israel will allow anyone to come with a light plane and do aerial photography.” The talk of aerial photography reveals the frustration felt by everyone who has managed to come here. The frustration derives from the conclusion that



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