Police are investigating suspicions of document fraud involving the chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu), secretary general of the Amana settlement housing group, Ze'ev "Zambish" Hever, and prominent settlement leader Yoel Tzur.
IOA Editor: Historically, fraud has had a key role in the process of Zionist acquisition of Palestinian lands - predating statehood. It continues today, where Israel deceives the world community and international institutions; settlers and their support organizations deceive the Israeli government and public - with the support of Israeli officials and IDF officers who participate in the process from within the government; and, finally, Israel along with the US - its financial partner and enabler of the Occupation, in the guise of the "peace process," together deceive the Palestinian people - robbing them of their land, resources, and national future....
White House press secretary responds to plan to build 900 new housing units in Jerusalem neighborhood, says 'neither party should engage in efforts or take actions that could unilaterally preempt, or appear to preempt, negotiations'
Gilo neighborhood reaction: "Who are they to decide for us where to build?" And "[t]his is a neighborhood within Israel and it hurts me to see that the Americans, who are operating in Iraq without blinking, tell us what to do inside Israel." More: Ynetnews story
IOA Editor: And Occupations will be had by all....
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....17 November 2009 / Read More
[U]nlike the Hamas government, our government does not pay the salaries of rabbis who advocate the killing of babies. Is that so? Not really. 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..."...17 November 2009 / Read More
[Jaffa,] a part of [Tel Aviv] where half of the population is Arab, and which has some 400 streets, only five are named after Arabs....17 November 2009 / Read More
Residents of Ras Hamis, an East Jerusalem neighborhood east of the separation fence, say two children died in a house fire two weeks ago while a fire crew had to wait 200 meters away at a checkpoint for lack of Border Police or army escort....17 November 2009 / Read More
This signals an improvement in the currently strained Turkish-Israeli relations, as Ankara excluded Israel at the last minute from the Anatolian Eagle international maneuvers...16 November 2009 / Read More
"[W]e must strengthen the community and character of every town that sees Zionist values and the heritage of Israel as the heart of its existence and way of life and seeks to bring in people who view these values as dear to their hearts. We don't see this as racism, just as we don't see Zionism as a racist movement....16 November 2009 / Read More
Palestinian officials have said they are preparing to ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state without Israel's consent because they are losing hope they can achieve their aspirations through peace talks. The announcement drew a harsh rebuke from Israeli officials....15 November 2009 / Read More
Prof. Shlomo Sand: "I don't define myself as an anti-Zionist... but I'm not a Zionist... I don't put into question the existence of Israel... I compare when I am speaking before Arab students the birth of the Israeli state to an act of rape. But even the son that was born of the act of rape... you have to recognize him... the existence of Israel I don't put in question today."...15 November 2009 / Read More
"The PLO central committee will discuss the options to avoid a constitutional vacuum" at its meeting due to take place on December 15, Mohammed Dahlan told reporters in the West Bank town of Ramallah....15 November 2009 / Read More
Quoting from the Book of Jeremiah: "Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord with a slack hand, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood."
On Gaza attack : "We all remember the beginning of the war, with a major attack of 80 planes bombing various places, and then artillery, mortar and tank fire and so forth, as in war... Everyone fought with all their heart and soul, and that includes bravery of course, but also fighting with all the resources one has - to fight as if to truly determine the mission."...
In a NY Times op-ed... condemning the Obama administration... argu[ing] that the lofty talk of "openness" and the promise of "dialogue" with the Iranians are just empty rhetoric... [C]ritical of the U.S. support of Israel's nuclear ambiguity and... horrified by the possibility of Israel attacking Iran's nuclear installations....14 November 2009 / Read More
The United States does not accept continued Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, a senior U.S. state department official has said, adding that Jerusalem's commitment to restrain settlement activity is not enough.
IOA Editor: Flip-flop, flip-flop, flip-flop... Words we've heard before, followed by no action....
"I would suggest that time has come for Israel to look at the allegations not only of the killing and injuring of so many civilians but also the collective punishment meted out to the people of Gaza by the substantial destruction of the infrastructure, and particularly the food infrastructure of Gaza. The debate should continue, not attempt to be silenced."...13 November 2009 / Read More
"We have been under enormous pressure and tremendous attacks, some of them very personal, as have been the attacks against Richard Goldstone with really vituperative language used to describe him: obsequious Jew, self-loathing Jew and all the rest of it."...13 November 2009 / Read More
Burin resident discovers 97 of his olive trees destroyed overnight. 'When I saw the massacre which took place on my land, I cried.'
IOA Editor: Twenty first century Jewish cossacks continue to carry out pogroms against Palestinian farmers. (For the urban version, see Ellen Cantarow's "Heroism in a Vanishing Landscape.") This is nothing short of a state-sponsored ethnic-cleansing campaign designed to rid "Judea and Samaria" of its Palestinian inhabitants so as to make room for the ever-expanding Jewish State....
Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, described the plan as essentially “national duty” in its aims to realize Palestinian freedoms, the right of return and the right to Jerusalem. “All of these ideas are acceptable to Palestinians,” he said, and said he thought the plan should see popular support....11 November 2009 / Read More
The deal was signed during President Peres' official visit to Brazil, but negotiations began months ago... The drones... are the latest model developed by IAI, which has been sold to other countries as well. This will be the model's first use by a police force.
IOA Editor: Deal closed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Merchant of Death. Soon enough, Earth will be covered by hovering, missile-equipped Israeli drones - silently monitoring the populace and "surgically" eliminating misbehaving elements, sponsored by the Federal/State/Local government on duty. Our very own taxes at work. Operating for profit. Lots of it....
If to Israelis, "what goes for East Jerusalem goes for Tel Aviv," as Netanyahu says, then as far as the Palestinians are concerned, "what goes for East Jerusalem goes for Ramallah," as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says. A freeze on Jewish construction in East Jerusalem therefore was and remains the key to the peace process....18 Nov 2009 / Read More
For 21 years and a day, since the Palestine Liberation Organization declared independence in Algiers, its leaders have not lowered their price: recognition of Israel and an end to hostilities in exchange for a Palestinian state within the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem the capital....16 Nov 2009 / Read More
Peres is our beautiful and misleading face. Equipped with the ability to delude, one of the founders of the settlement movement has turned into Israel's Mr. Peace....16 Nov 2009 / Read More
The PLO, ever since the armed Palestinian organizations got the upper hand within it after 1967, very quickly came to understand that anti-Semitic discourse is bad in itself and altogether contrary to the interests of the struggle of the Palestinian people. Hence the insistence on the distinction to be made between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, which was the issue in a political battle within the Palestinian movement....14 Nov 2009 / Read More
[B]efore Abu Mazen quits... He must declare, unilaterally, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Palestine now... Netanyahu finds this possibility very scary, and he expects the Americans to nip it in the bud. But his nightmare is our only chance for an end to the occupation in our time....13 Nov 2009 / Read More
The flurry of US officials’ visits to Ramallah is likely to stop unless a major and important change takes place in Washington. In the meantime, Abbas will pay more attention to the home front, trying to stitch together some type of agreement with Hamas....12 Nov 2009 / Read More
A young student deported from the West Bank to Gaza is just the latest victim of Israeli efforts to sever ties between the territories.
UPDATE: New York Times (12 Nov 2009): Expelled West Bank Student Petitions Israel Court. The court... remanded the case to a military hearing to be held at the Gaza border next week, where Azzam can attend. ''My priority, what's most important, is to get back to my studies,'' Azzam said, speaking by phone from Gaza. ''I was so close to finishing, I just want to get back to Bethlehem and finish.''...
"Disputed” is a word often used about East Jerusalem and homes in Sheikh Jarrah. Would the international community have considered the homes of American blacks attacked by the Ku Klux Kla as “disputed”?...10 Nov 2009 / Read More
It has been five years since the International Court of Justice ruled that Israel should cease construction, dismantle the wall, and pay reparations to affected Palestinians. But the "Separation Barrier" is now 400 km, double its length at the time of the court ruling....9 Nov 2009 / Read More
The option has been and remains one of the following: two states for two peoples along the 1967 borders; or one state, in which two peoples continue to make each other miserable. Israel is galloping toward this latter disaster with eyes wide shut....9 Nov 2009 / Read More
[The US] has no intention of being a "balanced mediator"... Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, allies of the final takeover of the West Bank, know very well that U.S. policy has not changed... The prevailing attitude of all U.S. administrations [is] essentially that any possible settlement must match the positions of the stronger party. This is how the Americans abandoned the refugee issue, and this is why they abandoned the opposition to settlements....8 Nov 2009 / Read More
This seventh-grader... is half Israeli and half Egyptian, Jewish and Muslim, speaks Hebrew with her mother and Arabic with her father, lives in Ramat Hasharon and spends vacations in Sinai and Cairo, with her father and grandmother.
IOA Editor: Perhaps the most encouraging story, if it weren't so singular, romantic, completely out of the norm and, for those who know the Sinai coast, completely out of this world....
Obama has made clear that the United States intends to retain a long-term major presence in the [ME] region. That much is signaled by the huge city-within-a city called “the Baghdad Embassy,” unlike any embassy in the world....5 Nov 2009 / Read More
The Goldstone... conclusion was that the civilian areas were targeted and the devastation was deliberate... the criticism of Israel in the Goldstone report is justified... it is imperative that the United States and the international community take steps to assure that the rebuilding of Gaza be commenced, and without delay. The cries of homeless and freezing people demand relief....5 Nov 2009 / Read More
"The top brass are not asking if there will be another military confrontation with Hamas, but when," according to the cliche about the next war. But of course the only important question is not asked: "Why?" rather than whether or when. This is the question that reverberates....5 Nov 2009 / Read More
The Obama administration is so focused on bringing the state actors -- Palestinian, Arab, Israeli -- back to the negotiating table that it has missed the signs of a resurgent activism among Palestinians around the world which is beginning to shape a new national movement....4 Nov 2009 / Read More
Abbas's acceptance of the Egyptian-mediated reconciliation deal with Hamas is only because that deal presents new ways for him to destroy his opponents, writes Azmi Bishara...4 Nov 2009 / Read More
The time has come for Obama to summon both sides for serious, continuous negotiations, accompanied by a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel on the basis of the June 4, 1967 borders. There could be no clearer expression of the United States' commitment to Israel's security and its future as a Jewish and democratic state.
IOA Editor: There could certainly be no clearer expression of US commitment to all peoples in the Middle East, the inherent conflict between a "Jewish" and a "democratic" state notwithstanding....
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An Israeli commentator writing on an Egyptian commentator's position on cultural normalization - the opposite of a Boycott - between Egypt and Israel. Simple it is not: "We have to get to know the enemy, to understand his strengths and weaknesses, so that I can know how he thinks and what he is plotting against us," he explained, offering an excuse for translations into Arabic.
IOA Editor: Egyptians who read English are welcome to read what Israelis say right here, on the pages of the IOA....
Join us on Wed, Nov 18 to tell Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to Cancel the Event! Tell the Mets & Major League Baseball Not to Support Violent, Israeli Racist Settlers.
Wed. Nov 18, 12:30-1:30 PM at the office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, 245 Park Ave (46th - 47th ST, 2 blocks north of Grand Central Station)
Organized by: Adalah-NY, CODEPINK Women for Peace, Jews Against the Occupation-NYC, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Jews Say No!, and Jewish Voice for Peace...
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....17 Nov 2009 / Read More
The banner referred to 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, which Peres won together with former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for the peace talks that resulted in the Oslo Accords....16 Nov 2009 / Read More
Protesters say the Israel Defense Forces used live ammunition from Ruger rifles last Friday to disperse a demonstration near the separation fence at the West Bank town of Na'alin. In 2001, the military advocate general ordered a halt to the use of such rifles for crowd control....16 Nov 2009 / Read More
Next Event: Standing in front of the 92nd Street Y (92nd/Lex), 7:00 - 8:00pm, Nov 21 when Alan Dershowitz comes to the Y.
Please sign the open letter in support of the Goldstone report...
Arjan El Fassed: "Twitter is a great place to connect people with issues. But it's also good at bridging cultural gaps. For most people, it's difficult to identify with life in a refugee camp, but by linking it to a global network that resonates with millions, I was aiming to promote a sense of connectedness."
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Left-wing groups enraged by Germany municipality's decision not to allow anti-Zionist Israeli historian to speak at governmental institution. Pappe writes to Munich mayor his policy reminiscent of Nazi Germany....12 Nov 2009 / Read More
The protest by gate48 is directed against CIDI's hospitality and the "uncritical" manner in which [Lieberman] will be received by the Dutch government, board member Erella Grassiani says....10 Nov 2009 / Read More
The Portugese company EPAL collaborates with Israeli water companies violating international law in the occupied West Bank....9 Nov 2009 / Read More
[T]he area known as E1, linking the settlement to East Jerusalem... is the only area that [candidate] Netanyahu explicitly committed to developing... His political rival... Ehud Barak also publicly expressed support for building...May 14, 2009 / More
Just four years ago, the defense establishment decided to carry out a seemingly elementary task: establish a comprehensive database on the settlements......Jan 30, 2009 / More
Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques - these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days...Mar 21, 2009 / More
Successive Israeli governments since 1993 certainly must have known what they were doing, being in no hurry to make peace with the Palestinians. As representatives of Israeli society, these governments understood that peace...May 11, 2009 / More