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Jewish settlers attack Palestinians, Situation in Gaza grim, Iran attack plans leaked

Posted by uscsjp on December 7, 2008

From the BBC:

Olmert condemns settler ‘pogrom’

“Outgoing Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has compared the violence used by Jewish settlers against Palestinians in Hebron to bygone anti-Semitism in Europe…”

–The BBC, Dec 7, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7770384.stm

Recent headlines from  Democracy Now…

“Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinians in Hebron

In Israel and the Occupied Territories, Jewish settlers have unleashed a new wave of attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron. On Thursday, settlers shot at Palestinians, set fire to homes and olive groves, and defaced mosques and graves after Israeli troops evicted a group of settlers from a disputed Palestinian-owned home near a biblical site. Hebron resident Hussni Abu Issifan was among the Palestinian victims of settler gunfire.

Hussni Abu Issifan: ‘The (settlers) attacked us at the house and fired live bullets on us with a handgun, and they shot my father. Then later, they set the house on fire. There was only a few meters between us, maybe one or one-and-a-half meters. He probably had his hand on the gun, as well, when he shot my father.’

Israel Lifts Gaza Ban on Journalists, Aid Workers

Meanwhile, Israel says it will allow foreign journalists and aid workers to enter the Gaza Strip for the first time in four weeks. Israel has barred reporters from Gaza since November 4th. Meanwhile, banks across the Gaza Strip have closed their doors because of a shortage of bank notes caused by the Israeli blockade.

Report: Israel Prepares Iran Strike Plans

The Jerusalem Post is reporting the Israeli military has drawn up new plans for an attack on Iran that do not include cooperation with the United States. An Israeli official said Israel would prefer to cooperate with the US if it bombs Iran but would still draw up plans in case it decides to act alone. It’s the latest in a series of news reports said to originate from anonymous Israeli government officials on plans to strike Iran.”

–Democracy Now, Dec 5, 2008

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/5/headlines

Also from Democracy Now:

Israeli Reporter Amira Hass Forced Out of Gaza by Hamas, Detained by Israeli Police For Entering Gaza Without Permit

“Israel has imposed a tightened blockade over its million and a half residents for nearly a month. Last month, award-winning Israeli journalist Amira Hass defied the blockade and entered Gaza on a boat with international peace activists. But on Sunday, Hamas officials told Hass they could no longer guarantee her security and forced her to leave. Hass was briefly detained by Israeli security officials upon re-entering Israel Monday because she did not have a permit for Gaza. Amira Hass joins us on the phone from Ramallah…”
–Democracy Now, Dec 2, 2008
And from the New York Times:

Palestinians’ Rift Prevents Gazans From Traveling to Mecca

“Gaza — For the first time since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, no Palestinians  from Gaza are making the sacred annual pilgrimage to Mecca this year because of a power struggle over which Palestinian government is legitimate…”

–NY Times, Dec 3, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/world/middleeast/04mideast.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

And finally, a call to action:
“ACTION ALERT: FREE THE SHMINISTIM –
ISRAEL’S YOUNG CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS.

The Shministim are Israeli high school students who have been
imprisoned for refusing to serve in an army that occupies the
Palestinian Territories. Show your support by contacting the Israeli
Minister of Defense using a form at http://december18th .org/
The web site also has profiles of five
Shministim.
The following paragraphs are an excerpt of what Howard Zinn asked to
pass on to like-minded Americans:

‘Right now, while I’m snug and fed this Thanksgiving holiday in
the comfort of my home, halfway around the world a group of teenagers
is sitting in a jail cell today, demonstrating the very definition of
courage and sacrifice. It’s frustrating. Humbling. And I’m damn glad
to have the chance to do something big about it.
The Shministim – all about ages 17, 18, 19 and in the 12th grade
– are taking a stand. They believe in a better, more peaceful future
for themselves and for Israelis and Palestinians, and they are
refusing to join the Israeli army. They’re in jail, holding strong
against immense pressure from family, friends and the Israeli
government. They need our support and they need it today.
They have asked people like us to let the Israeli government know
we are watching, and that we support their courage. They’re hoping to
receive hundreds of thousands of postcards to be delivered to the
Israeli Minister of Defense on December 18th, when they will hold a
huge rally and press conference. They’re hoping to stand strong on the
steps of this majestic building – and on the steps of history –
representing not only the thousands of refusers who came before them,
not only the many young people to whom they are an example of a better
world, but also to represent us. They have asked you, me, and every
person who strives for peace to be on those steps with them, on that
day. I will be there.’

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