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Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path
– subject to continuing refinement –
January
Saturday 1: In Bil'in, Palestine – A protest (attended by Palestinian Prime Minister SALAM FAYYAD) by Bil'in residents against theft of 170 acres of their land by Israel's separation wall (Israel's Supreme Court ordered the return of the land in 2007, but the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have not complied), results in the death of 36-year-old woman protestor JAWAHER ABU RAHMAH from complications caused by teargas fired at protestors by the IDF. (Her brother was killed in Bil'in on 17 April, 2009, by an extended-range teargas grenade fired into his chest by the IDF). Eyewitnesses tell Ha'aretz that the tear gas had an immediate and dramatic effect on ABU RAHMAH, who within a few minutes after exposure went into convulsions, began foaming at the mouth and lost consciousness. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Abu Rahmah's death calling it a "new Israeli crime carried out by the occupation army against our helpless nation."
Jewsih youth group 'Death to Arabs'
Fascist Zionism
Wednesday 5: In Israel – The Facebook page of Israel's Foreign Minister's political party, Yisrael Beiteinu, is reported as promoting the facebook page of a Jewish Israeli youth group calling for the killing of Arabs. The group called “Kill all Arabs” has 170 members and uses slogans such as “All Arabs must be killed one by one,” “A good Arab is a dead Arab,” and “Death to all Arabs the stray animals.” (See image right; and Friday, February 11, In Jerusalem).
   
Thursday 6: In Israel – The Israeli ministry of Foreign Affairs instructs all its diplomats to inform their host governments that until further notice all contact will be cut with their foreign ministries, prime minister's offices and president's offices in the countries in which they serve, arising from Israel's salary dispute with it Foreign Ministry staff. Apart from the United States, Canada, Russia and western European nations, visas will also not be issued.
 
Hebron IDF killing
Amr's widow, bloodied bed
& wall, and victim's photo
Late Thursday 6: In Santiago, Chile – Chilean President SEBASTIAN PINERA announces that he officially recognizes an independent Palestinian state; this being the seventh South American state to do so.
See: 'Palestine –
Recognising the State
Early Friday 7: In Hebron, Palestine – Israeli soldiers, seeking to re-arrest six Palestinians (freed the day before on the insistence of the Emir of Qatar), shoot dead an elderly man in his bed (65-year-old AMR QAWASME) after breaking into his home. (See Thursday 20)
The Israeli military express their regret at the mistaken killing of AMR QAWASME, without any mention of compensation to the family, or why an unarmed civilian was executed in his bed if the purpose was simply a re-arrest.
Friday 7: Near Gaza border, in Palestine – Israeli soldier Sgt. NADAV ROTENBERG (20) is killed and four others wounded (one seriously) when a mortar fired by Israel's troops hit their own soldiers near Israel's Gaza security fence.

Military murder
  In
Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon's Foreign Minister ALI al-SHAMI says no company should be allowed to operate in waters off Israel and Lebanon, which remain in a formal state of war, until their territorial waters were internationally recognized (see Leviathan field map, October 2010). A United Nations United Nations official says that the international body is willing to assist Lebanon demarcate its naval border with Israel to protect the country's gas reserves.
 
   
Saturday 8: In Tucson, Arizona, USA – Jewish Democratic Congresswoman GABRIELLE GIFFORDS is shot in the head at point-blank range as she meets with her constituents outside a Safeway supermarket, and an aide, a Federal judge JOHN ROLL, and six others are killed, and twelve others wounded, including a child. GIFFORDS is hospitalised in a critical condition. The 22-year-old shooter JARED LAUGHNER is arrested.
 
Meir Abergil
Meir Abergil
מאיר אברג'יל‎
(See: Jewish Criminals)
Wednesday 12, at 15.30PM: at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel – Five members of organized crime, MEIR and YITZHAK ABERGIL (Jerusalem-based mob), YISRAEL OZIFA, MOSHE MALUL ("Malul Brothers" crime syndicate) and SASSON BARASHI, are extradited to the United States in a US Federal plane to face charges that include money laundering, extortion, drug-trafficking, and murder (of Sami Atias, in Los Angeles). If convicted, the US has promised Israel that the death penalty will not be applied and that they will serve their time in an Israeli prison. (See: August 25, 2011, below).
Israeli mafia
Alleged murder, massive embezzlement, money laundering, racketeering and running a large Los Angeles-based Ecstasy ring. The trial is set for November 8, 2011 in the Los Angeles Federal District Court.
See also: Saturday 9 April.
(See: Kosher Nostra)
Wednesday night: On Al-Jazeera – The Turkish Prime Minister, RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, says that peace cannot be achieved in either Palestine or the region without the involvement of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) and that the current Israeli administration (under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) as "possibly the worst" government in the history of [modern] Israel.
  In
West Bank, Palestine – The Bedouin village of Dakeka, near Hebron, is destroyed by Israel's forces: 17 structures in all, providing shelter to some 300 Bedouin.
Lt. Colonel
ZVI COHEN, Israel's head of the civil administration's infrastructures department in the Palestinian West Bank (a military agency of Israel's IDF), signs a procedure stipulating that the custodian of government property is authorized to take possession of lands whose ownership is undefined. The inclusion of the Jordan Valley, northern Dead Sea and area surrounding 'Ariel' in the "settlement blocs" whose takeover the administration is advancing, would now prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state with territorial contiguity. In addition, the scope of land in question (Cohen's "Blue Line") thwarts the possibility of exchanging areas in any future peace settlement.
Israel's disguised annexation of Palestinian land continues.
   
In Israel – Right-wing group 'Lehava' ('For the Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land') launches a campaign to give "kashrut certificates" to businesses that do not employ Arabs. (See: Friday 11, November).
Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path
  In
the UK – In response to an article in Israel's Haaretz newspaper that the State of Israel has "blacklisted 163 foreign charities suspected of supporting terrorism", in which Interpal's situation is cited as an example, the Chair of Interpal's Board of Trustees sends a letter to the Editor rebutting the factual errors and associated conclusions. (Click to view).

INTERPAL Letter
   
Thursday 13: In Guyana – The country's Foreign Ministry announces that it now recognises an independent Palestinian state within its borders prior to 1967. This is the seventh South American country to do so, following Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.
US-Israeli industrial cyber weapon
Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, says (Wednesday 26) that the Stuxnet virus which hit Iran's Bushehr reactor had caused centrifuges to spin out of control. "This virus... could have very serious implications," he said, describing the virus's impact as being like explosive mines "these 'mines' could lead to a new Chernobyl". "NATO should get to investigating the matter... This is not a private topic."
   
Saturday 15: In New York – The New York Times reports from intelligence sources that Israel's tests of the destructive Stuxnet internet worm occurred at its nuclear complex at Dimona in the Negev, and that this was a joint Israeli-US effort to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions. It says the tests of the destructive Stuxnet worm had occurred over the past two years. The worm has since been spread around the world infecting computers in Australia, Finland, Germany, Iran, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, United States, and the United Kingdom. Siemens has released a detection and removal tool for Stuxnet. (Siemens recommends contacting customer support if an infection is detected and advises installing Microsoft patches for security vulnerabilities and prohibiting the use of third-party USB flash drives. Siemens also advises immediately upgrading password access codes.) (See: February 16).
Ethnic cleansing continues
Sunday 16: In Negev desert, Israel – The unrecognised Palestinian Bedouin village of El Araqib is destroyed by Israeli forces for the ninth time. Like the many other unrecognised Palestinian villages, it is not on maps, not sign-posted on roads, and excluded from the water and electricity grids even though occupied for decades. The Bedouin comprise about 12% of the Palestinian population.
Palestine-Russia
cooperation
Tuesday 18: In Jericho, Palestine – Russian President DMITRY MEDVEDEV visits the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and signs several bilateral documents with his Palestinian counterpart MAHMOUD ABBAS. The Russian and PNA Agriculture Ministries also sign a memorandum on mutual understanding, as well as the Russian and the Palestinian Olympic Committees.
 
   
Wednesday 19: In Jerusalem, Israel – The District Court extends the remand of an Israeli citizen ALEKSANDER CVETKOVIC, 42, suspected of participating in mass murder in Bosnia, until a final ruling on his extradition is handed down. He was arrested at the request of the Bosnia-Herzegovina government as he is suspected of participating in the slaughter of between 1,000 and 1,200 Bosnian Muslim civilians at the Branjevo farm near the city of Zvornik on July 16, 1995. The prisoners were brought to the farm on buses, some of them handcuffed and blindfolded. They were then taken off the buses in groups of ten and led a short distance away, where they were lined up and shot with automatic weapons.
Bosnian genocide
extradition request.
Qawasme-murder apology
Thursday 20: In Israel – One of Israel's soldiers in the Friday 7 Hebron mission to re-arrest six Palestinians and who fired on the sleeping 65-year-old QAWASME "following a suspicious movement [unverified] that caused the soldier to feel that his life was threatened" is declared by Israel's military (IDF) to have acted "in accordance with IDF rules of engagement", but a second soldier who followed the first one's lead and also began firing at QAWASME had acted "unprofessionally", and has thus been discharged from his IDF service.
 
refuse
'I Love My Brother'.
A Jewish refusal to serve in Israel's army of occupation.

(See: November 15 below).

See also:
Refuser Solidarity Network
Friday 21: In Gaza, Palestine – Fuel companies in the Gaza Strip confirm that most of the cooking gas filling stations in the territory have closed because of the significant reduction in gas being pumped through by Israel. Those stations still open are now using their reserves, which are likely to run out in two or three days. (The Israeli occupation authorities usually allow around 120 tonnes of cooking gas through daily, but they have reduced the amount significantly. Israel is fully aware that the gas sector in Gaza needs a daily amount of at least 300 tonnes of gas to function normally.)
Collective punishment
continues
In the US Seventeen US Senators write a letter to the President urging another Security Council veto on behalf of Israel –
"We are very concerned about reports that the Palestinian Authority is drafting a resolution intended for consideration at the United Nations Security Council regarding issues that have been and should continue to be pursued through direct negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, namely borders and settlements. We believe such a move hurts the prospects for a peace agreement and is not in the interest of the United States. We strongly urge you to make clear that the United States will veto such a resolution if it is raised at the Council, and to clearly communicate United States' intent to do so to other Security Council members..."
US Senators:
Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Schumer (D-NY), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Menendez (D-NJ), Crapo (R-ID), Moran (R-KS), Casey (D-PA), Johanns (R-NE), Snowe (R-ME), Collins (R-ME), Vitter (R-LA), Kyl (R-AZ), Barrasso (R-WY), Boozman (R-AR), Wyden (D-OR), Lieberman (I-CT) and Cardin (D-MI).
US veto in UN
(See Friday 28).
Sunday 23: In Doha, UAE – TV news-network Al-Jazeera (and the Guardian newspaper in Britain) begin revealing some of more than 1,600 documents detailing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), including details how Israel and the PA together planned an assassination of a commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of HAMAS.
Monday 24: On Army Radio, in Israel – WINKY GLENTI, media adviser to Israel’s former Prime Minister (Ehud Olmert), says that the documents leaked by Al-Jazeera known as the Palestinian Papers are authentic. He points out that the leaked papers prove that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a "genuine partner" of the bilateral political process, despite repeated claims to the contrary by Israel.
The Palestinian Papers

Wednesday
26: In Occupied Palestine – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports a significant rise in 2010 of demolitions of income-producing structures in Area C, especially cisterns, which are vital for sheep-herding and agriculture. Destroyed cisterns affected 14,136 Palestinians in 2010 (up from 764 in 2009). This increases poverty and dependence on external aid, and in the long run is thus even more harmful than the destruction of Palestinian homes which also increased in 2010 to 472 persons, including 223 minors, up from 217 (including 60 minors) in 2009.
(In November 2010, Israel's Civil Administration of Palestinian territories issued a demolition order against an entire Bedouin village near Khan al-Ahmar, northeast of Jerusalem. The village's approximately 100 residents say they had been living there for decades).


UN Report
   
Evening: In West Bank, Palestine – Dozens of Jewish settlers from Maskiot settlement in the northern valleys, attack the Palestinian village of Ayn El-Holwa with stones.
 


Glenn Beck of Fox News
Thursday 27: In New York – The Robert Murdock-owned Wall Street Journal carries a letter as an advertisement (at an estimated cost of €100,000) from 400 Jewish Rabbis objecting to comments by TV host GLENN BECK on Murdock-owned Fox News using Holocaust and Nazi references to discredit Holocaust-survivor GEORGE SOROS.
BECK, according to the rabbis, has made "literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom he disagrees," compares American leaders he does not like to Nazis, and has said putting the "common good" first leads to "death camps."
In Brussels, Belgium – The European Union pledges €300m to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, Palestine, to support its general budget and developmental projects during 2011.
UN
Holocaust Memorial Day
   
In West Bank, Palestine – Dozens of Jewish settlers from the Itzhar attack the Palestinian village of Iraq Boreen (south of the Nablus District) and open fire on the residents killing ODAI MEHER GADOOS.
In West Bank, Palestine – Five armed Jewish settlers from Beit Haggai (south of the city of Hebron) attack Palestinian farmer SULAIMAN YOUSEF TOBASI while he is working his land, abusing him physically and throwing stones, and ordering him not to come onto the land. The Israeli army arrives but does not intervene.
In West Bank, Palestine – Jewish settlers from Sosya settlement (south of Yatta in the Hebron District) stone Palestinian farmer IBRAHEEM NAWAJ'A injuring him in the face.
 
   
Friday 28: In the US – The Jewish Anti-Defamation League writes to the Secretary of State calling on the US government to use its veto in the UN Security Council to block a motion supported by more than 80 countries declaring the building of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land illegal. The draft resolution calls on the Security Council to –
"reaffirm that the Israeli settlements established in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace."
The US has used its Security Council veto to protect Israel from criticism at least 37 times. (See Friday, February 18).
In West Bank, Palestine – About 150 Jewish settlers from the Bat Eyn settlement (north of Bait Ommar in the Hebron District) attack the Palestinian village of Safa with stones and later opened fire injuring two, one of whom dies the following day from his injuries.
In Paraguay – The government announces its recognition of an independent Palestine, bring the number of South American countries which do so to eight. Paraguay's move comes just before a summit between Latin American and Arab countries, which will be held in Lima in February.
 
   
Monday 31: In Israel – Grad rockets land near the cities of Netivot (9 miles east of Gaza) and Ofakim in the western Negev causing damage to a car and leading to four people being treated for shock.
(According to the IDF spokesman's office, over 200 Grad missiles, Qassam rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip in 2010.)
In Iran – National News Agency (NNA) director LAURE SULEIMAN says the agency's Arabic, English and French websites were hacked several times by the Israeli 'Born to Freedom Foundation' leaving a message reading "Earn a reward of 10 million dollars in exchange for information about Israeli airman Ron Arad and other missing Israelis" (Arad was shot down over Lebanon in 1986). Due to the hacking, the agency was forced to stop transmitting on Monday.
BtFF website
working with Israeli Intelligence


   
At Cairo's Mina International Airport, Egypt – Three cargo planes of El Al arrive from Israel bring hazardous materials for use by the repressive Egyptian regime for crowd-control/dispersal of protestors demonstrating for open democracy.
Israel's support for Egyptian autocracy
  In
Israel – The number of Palestiniaqns held by Israel in prison indefiniately without trial ('administrative detention') is 219.
 

February
Tuesday 1: In Doha, UAE – Al Jazeera states that their broadcast signal across the Arab region is facing interference on a scale they have not experienced before. Signals on the Nilesat platform were cut, and frequencies on the Arabsat and Hotbird platforms were disrupted continually forcing millions of viewers across the Arab world to change satellite frequencies throughout the day.
In the US – The Huffington Post publishes a reply by OMAR BARGHOUTI, founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, to the attack on the movement by BERNARD-HENRI LEVY, concluding –
'The BDS movement against Israel could not care less whether it is a Jewish, Muslim, Catholic or Hindu state; all that matters is that it is a colonial oppressor that persistently denies the Palestinian people their basic rights. Is this too difficult to understand? A boycott of Israel today is a moral duty for all those who care about the rule of law and universal rights for all humans, equally.'
Wednesday 2: In Jerusalem, Israel – A parliamentary bill sponsored by MK SHAI HERMESH of Kadima is approved by the Knesset Constitution Committee allowing town/communities in northern and southern Israel of up to 400 families to screen residents for admission thus giving authority to a process of racist/religious segregation.
(Hebrew University law professor Mordechai Kremnitzer warned that the bill would bar admission to anyone who lacked the proper social status, that it was "neither Jewish nor democratic", and charged that it would serve as a model for anti-Semitic exclusion of Jews around the world).
In Israel – US Orthodox Jewish citizen 57-year-old DALE STREISAND (cousin of the famous Barbara Streisand) and his family are refused permission to settle in Israel on the basis of his past Christian associations. (His Facebook profile is alleged to have indicated in the past that he is Christian and believes in Jesus as the Messiah).
Israel's religious
discrimination


   
On CNN – Former UK prime minister, TONY BLAIR, now an envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, praises Egypt's Mubarak over his role in the negotiations and said the west was right to back him despite his [corrupt] authoritarian regime because he had maintained peace with Israel.
In Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine – Chief Palestinian negotiator SAEB EREKAT calls on the Middle East Quartet (United States, Russia, United Nations and European Union) to recognize the future Palestinian state, saying on Voice of Palestine Radio that the Quartet has 'an historic opportunity' to recognize the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. (The Quartet is due to meet in Munich on Saturday 5 February).
 
   
Friday 4: In Moscow, Russia – The Foreign Ministry issues a statement on the Middle East negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the light the upcoming Quartet meeting in Munich:
"To change the situation for the better, political will is necessary from both parties as well as concrete actions to create the necessary dialogue-favorable situation in the region. It is necessary that both parties refrain from unilateral steps that predetermine the outcome of the talks on the final status. In particular, that concerns complete cessation of Israeli settlement activity on the occupied Palestinian territories, including Eastern Jerusalem. Simultaneously any terrorist manifestations shall be prevented and calm preserved along the Gaza Strip perimeter and steps made to lift its blockade."
Saturday 5: In northern Sinai Peninsula, Egypt – Saboteurs blow up a pipeline overnight in the El-Arish area disrupting flows to Israel (40% of its natural gas) and Jordan after Islamist groups call on militants to exploit the unrest that has rocked the Egyptian government. The fire from the explosion could be seen 70 kilometres away.
Islamist sabotage

   
Monday 7: In Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem – US registered companies DEBRIL and VELPIN, via their right-wing representative CHAIM SILVERSTEIN, prepare to construct two Jewish settlement buildings in Palestinian East Jerusalem with 13 housing units.
In Israel – In the High Court of Justice, Justices AYALA PROCACCIA and YORAM DANZIGER, and High Court President DORIT BEINISCH, accept a petition on the right of East Jerusalem children to education in the public school system. The justices instructed the state to pay private schools directly whenever a pupil who sought to register in the public-school system was rejected because of a lack of space.
Ethnic cleansing of
East Jerusalem continues
   
Tuesday 8: In Hebron, Palestine – Visiting Spanish Foreign Minister TRINIDAD JIMENEZ is heckled by Jewish settlers on her visit to the "Eastern Casbah" – a residential area recently abandoned by Palestinians where the European Union is funding a project to restore the area and return its original residents. She is accompanied by the governor of Hebron and heckled with shouts of "Nazi" and "anti-Semite" by the Jewish settlers. She agrees to meet their representative, Noam Arnon, and is told by him that the EU's project was rehabilitating families of terrorists and not poor Palestinians.
In Israel – DANNY SEAMAN, renowned for his continual discrimination against any media personnel who report negatively on Israel, is appointed deputy director general of the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry in the office of the Prime Minister. (Foreign journalists and media outlets had repeatedly accused Seaman of withholding press passes or otherwise discriminating against journalists or media outlets whose coverage of Israel he disliked. Foreign embassies had also filed discrimination complaints against him.)
Wednesday 9: In Israel – State Prosecutor MOSHE LADOR states that no case in Israel's history "even approaches the scale and level of corruption" of the Holyland building project in Jerusalem. (The suspects include former prime minister Ehud Olmert, his aide Shula Zaken and former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski, as well as businessmen Danny Dankner, Hillel Charney and Avigdor Kelner).


Anti-Palestinian Semites
   
Friday 11: In Turkey – The Turkish National Commission of Inquiry submits its report to the UN Panel of Inquiry set up by the UN Secretary-General in August 2010, in accordance with the Presidential Statement issued by the UN Security Council in June 2010 which called for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards. The executive summary of the report reads:
“The attack took place 72 nautical miles from the nearest coast, and 64 nautical miles from the zone declared unlawfully, as will be seen, blockaded by Israel. As a result of the attack, eight Turkish citizens and one US citizen of Turkish descent were killed. Over 70 passengers from a host of nationalities were wounded. One of these remains in a coma to this day”.
Friday Evening: In Israel – Israeli Arabs across the country publicly celebrate the end of Egypt's dictatorship under MUBARAK as a move toward open democracy in the region. (The following day both Israel's Balad and Hadash political parties hold rallies in support of Egyptian developments, and the Ta'al party issues a statement congratulating the Egyptians on the success of their popular revolt and on the triumph of social justice, equality and freedom in their country: "Let us hope that these values will conquer regimes in our region which [currently] oppress their citizens." The Jewish political parties of Israel remain cautious.) (See Monday, January 31, in Cairo).
 
Fascist Zionism
In Jerusalem – Four Jewish youths (ages 16-17) attack two Arabs for speaking Arabic with shouts of 'death to Arabs', one of whom is stabbed to death. Two weeks later the principal charge is changed from murder to manslaughter by Israel's State Prosecution. (The prosecution decision to indict the main suspect solely for manslaughter accords with the police recommendation).
The fruit of fascist zionism
  United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights NAVI PILLAY visits Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and strongly criticizes Israel for its treatment of Palestinians and violations of international law. PILLAY states at a press conference in Jerusalem at the end of the visit –
“All state actions in support of the establishment and maintenance of the settlements, including incentives to create them and the establishment of infrastructure to support them, are illegal under international law,”
PILLAY called for a halt on all settlement-related activities in East Jerusalem, as well as home evictions, demolitions, displacements and the cancellation of residency permits on a discriminatory basis.
UN visit
   
Saturday 12: West Bank, Palestine – The Palestinian Authority announces it will seek new legislative and presidential elections by September. Of the 24 posts in Prime Minister Dr SALAM FAYYAD's cabinet, only 16 are currently staffed. Two ministers have resigned and six are marooned in Israel-blockaded Gaza. The Hamas party which controls Gaza rejects the call and says that it will not recognize the results. (Dr. Saeb Ereikat, chief negotiator of the Palestinian Authority resigns from his post).
Sunday 13: In Dresden, Germany – About 17,000 people join hands in the eastern German city of Dresden to form a human chain against the Neo-Nazi protests that have become a hallmark of the anniversary of the city's devastating World War II bombing.
 
   
Tuesday 15: In Jerusalem, Israel – The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approves a bill that calls for heavy fines to be imposed on Israeli citizens who initiate or incite boycotts against Israel, despite the Foreign Ministry's objections. "The bill was initiated in response to the phenomenon of academic and economic boycotts against Israeli that have recently been encountered in Israel" said its initiator coalition chairman ZEEV ELKIN (Likud), and its promoters by MK ARIEH ELDAD (National Union) and MK DALIA ITZIK (Kadima).
In West Jerusalem – In a written response, Intelligence Minister DAN MERIDOR acknowledges that the Shin Bet, Israel's domestic security service, has retracted its claim in its 2010 annual security report that left-wing protests in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah are a security risk to Israel.
 
  In
London, UK – British Foreign Secretary WILLIAM HAGUE calls on the United States to support the 1967 lines as the borders of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital in order to restart Palestinian-Israeli negotiations:
"Talks need to take place on the basis of clear parameters... In our view, the entire international community, including the United States, should now support 1967 borders as the basis for resumed negotiations. The result should be two states, with Jerusalem as the future capital of both, and a fair settlement for refugees."
 
   
Wednesday 16: In New York – The Washington Post cites the world's nuclear watchdog (IAEA) as saying Iran has recovered quickly from the reported cyber-attack (Stuxnet) that targeted its nuclear facility in Natanz last year. The country is now back to "steady or even slightly elevated production levels" at its uranium-enrichment plant. (see: January 15).
In Amman, Jordan – Jordan's Justice Minister HUSSEIN MJALI describes Israel as a "terrorist state that will be destroyed" in an interview with Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab Al-Yom.
 
   
Friday 18: In Jerusalem, Israel – with regard to the probable vote of the UN Security Council this night on a proposal by the Palestinian Authority supported by the Arab states that illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land by Israel be declared illegal, Prime Minister NETANYAHU and senior advisers ISAAC MOLHO and RON DERMER have told U.S. officials that Israel does not oppose even a sharply worded statement from the Security Council but that Israel expects the United States to veto the Arab resolution [as usual] if it is submitted to a vote.
Late Friday: In Ramallah, Palestine – Palestinian Authority official NABIL ABU RDAINAH states in response to the US use of its veto to protect Israel from criticism that "the American veto does not serve the peace process and encourages Israel to continue [illegal] settlements, and to escape the obligations of the peace process."
Israel blames the Palestinians for not accepting direct peace talks without any preconditions as a precondition for direct talks.
In anticipation of UN vote
  In
Ukraine – Israel's Mossad secret service kidnaps Palestine engineer DIRAR ABU SISI (42-year-old senior engineer at Gaza's only power plant), and the following day smuggles him to Israel, where he is held in Shikma prison near the coastal city of Ashkelon, north of Gaza.
(Sisi was applying for Ukrainian citizenship, while holidaying with his Ukrainian-born wife Veronika and their six children, when he was abducted Friday night by six people off a train en route between Kharkhov and Kiev. Ghazi Abu Sisi, a brother of the engineer, said he had overseen a modification of the Gaza power plant to receive diesel fuel smuggled from Egypt, instead of from Israel, which had previously been the sole source of fuel for the power station.)
(See Sunday, March 20, below)
Another Mossad kidnapping
   
In New York – The permanent Palestinian representative at the United Nations RIYAD MANSOUR states:
"The Security Council failed to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and send a clear and firm message to Israel that it must ...cease all of its violations and its obstruction of the peace process. We fear ...that the message sent today may be one that only encourages further Israeli intransigence and impunity."
In New York – Human Rights Watch issues a statement saying the U.S. veto undermined international law and suggested the Obama administration was being hypocritical:
"President Obama wants to tell the Arab world in his speeches that he opposes [illegal] settlements, but he won't let the Security Council tell Israel to stop them in a legally binding way."
US veto for Israel
10th U.S. veto on Mideast issues since 2001.
(See earlier letter
by 17 US Senators)
   
Sunday 20: In Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Idex Arms Fair opens, reflecting a pattern of business established for decades: the West buys oil from Gulf regimes; Gulf regimes use the funds to buy arms from Western manufacturers. This arrangement keeps Gulf autocrats feeling secure and boosts employment and profits in Western nations. But the democratic stirrings in the Arab world in recent weeks have now thrown a spotlight on this relationship.
In Israel – Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Deputy Chief of Staff YAIR NAVEH describes the IDF as a Jewish army, an army of believers and an army that from the beginning always –
"knew how to create the right balance among communities represented in it, all the religions represented in it, but always leading with the power of faith and adherence to mitzvot [religious commandments]."
 
Netanyahu-Merkel phone call
Monday 21: In a phone call – Israel's Prime Minister NETANYAHU tells Germany's Chancellor MERKEL that he is disappointed by Germany's UN Security Council vote in favour of the Palestinian proposal, which America vetoed.
MERKEL angrily replies:
"How dare you, ....You are the one who disappointed us! You haven't made a single step to advance peace."
NETANYAHU tries to assuage her anger with promises of a new initiative.
Netanyahu
Netanyahu
   
Tuesday 22: In California, USA – Israel successfully tests the Arrow anti-missile system, developed in conjunction with the US.
Wednesday 23, PM: In Israel – Two Grad rockets are fired at Be'er Sheva from blockaded Gaza with one hitting a home in a residential area. The rockets mark the first time that Be'er Sheva is hit since the 2009 Gaza war, Israel's Operation Cast Lead. In retaliation, Israel launches air strikes which an IDF spokesman described as part of the army's aim to act "determinately and forcefully against those who attempt to harm Israeli citizens." (One Palestinian is killed and several injured in the Israeli strike).
Jewish settler 'rage'
Jewish settler rage
Jerusalem entrance
Monday 28: In Israel – Residents of the Gush Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Jerusalem are demanding an Israeli bus driver be dismissed because he is Arab. At the same time, the right-wing Komemiyut movement has written to the Gush Etzion Regional Council asking that the council stop employing Arabs.
Monday night: In West Bank, Palestine – Jewish settlers attack the Palestinian village of Hiwwara, throwing petrol bombs, breaking windows and burning several cars, an overnight rampage, before moving on to the nearby village of Burin where Israel Defense Forces soldiers prevented them from attacking a mosque.
Wednesday 2: In Jerusalem, Israel – The High Court of Justice slams the state of Israel for tagging Israeli Arabs as a "security risk", in response to a petition filed by the Union for Civil Rights that claimed such citizens were being subjected to racial profiling at Israel's airports.
 
Thursday 3: In West Bank, Palestine – Jewish settlers begin a planned public 'day of rage' against demolition of their illegal 'outpost' near the illegal Jewish settlement of Havat Gilad ('outposts' are extensions to their illegal settlements on Palestinian land). Approximately 15 demonstrators momentarily succeeded in blocking traffic on Route 1 (the highway connecting Israel's largest metropolitan areas, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv) until they were removed by police. In a separate action, tires are set ablaze by Jewish protestors in the entrance to Jerusalem.
Jewish Settler
'Day of Rage'

  March
Wednesday 2: In West Bank, Palestine – Israel's military destroy another three wells in the Hebron area because they did not have 'building permits' from the Israeli occupation authority. Last month the UN humanitarian agency OCHA head representative in Palestine MAXWELL GAYLARD condemned Israel's routine demolition of cisterns and wells, saying –
"It is difficult to understand the reasoning behind the destruction of basic rain water collection systems, some of them very old, which serve marginalised rural and herder Palestinian communities where water is already scarce and where drought is an ever-present threat".
Further Oppression
  At
the Gaza border – Israel's military occupation authorities announce that, in addition to the previously closed Gaza border crossings of al-Mentar, Nahal Oz (4 January 2010), and Sofa, the Karni crossing is now also to be closed and its commercial traffic redirected via the Kerem Abu Salem crossing near the southern extremity of the Gaza Strip, thus further increasing costs for humanitarian agencies trying to supply food to Gaza by about 20% (according to UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness), and leaving only one border-crossing open to commercial traffic.
Provocation
Another Gaza border closure in collective punishment of Gaza
   
Thursday 3: In Jerusalem, Israel – Some 70 prominent lecturers from various universities nationwide this week accused Jerusalem's Bar-Ilan University of political persecution and denying lecturers promotion and tenure due to their political opinions and activity. Prof. YARON EZRACHI of Hebrew University's political science department said –
"Bar-Ilan [University] has learned to conceal political considerations, disguising them as academic processes. We fear the precedent of firing lecturers for radical political views of any kind, despite their international academic excellence. This could contaminate the entire higher education system in Israel."
Ideology over education
Israeli Police in East Jerusalem
Friday 4: In Tel Aviv, Israel – Several hundred demonstrators, including relief organisations, march in protest against Israel's planned deportation of the Israeli-born children of legal foreign workers, while a counter demonstration is staged shouting 'Enough with the baby visas!'.
In Jerusalem, Israel – The Anglican bishop of Jerusalem has launched legal action against the Israeli government after it refused him and his family a residency visa for the city. His diocese includes Israel, Lebanon and Jordan. A letter in Hebrew from the Israeli interior ministry accused the bishop of –
"acting with the Palestinian authority in transferring lands owned by the Jewish people to the Palestinians and also [helping] to register lands of the Jewish people in the name of the church".
These allegations are completely denied by the bishop who has demanded details of the accusations including the names of his accusers – so far unsuccessfully.
East Jerusalem, Palestine – Israeli police in Sheikh Jarrah mask themselves before aggressively dispersing protestors. They are known for their activities in Silwan and elsewhere in East Jerusalem, and belong to an elite Border Police unit that specializes in crowd dispersal, which sent some of its members to join IDF naval commandos in the controversial operation against the Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla last year.
Anonymous Accusations
Palestinian-born Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem to be deported by Israel.
  Press
TV reports that cancer cases in Gaza had increased by 30%, and that there is a link between the occurrence of the disease and residence in areas that had been badly hit by Israeli bombing. It is thought that this arises from the use of depleted uranium in munitions, as similar reports had arisen in southern Iraq from similar association.
See:
Fallujah General Hospital
   
Monday 7: Qusra village, near Nablus, West Bank, Palestine – Palestinians throw stones at Jewish settlers from the illegal Shiloh settlement-extension ('outpost') of Eli Ayin who were trying to cut down their olive trees, and are fired upon by them injuring seven Palestinians with light and moderate gun shot wounds who are later admitted to Nablus hospital. The Israeli army (IDF) fires tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the Palestinians. An IDF officer at the scene said a number of Jewish settler youth approached while soldiers were treating wounded Palestinians, and began hurling stones at the wounded.

Some 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 illegal settlements in occupied Palestine built since Israel's 1967 war.
  In
Israel – Israeli Judge YIGAL MARZEL issues a temporary injunction ordering the Israel Land Administration to freeze publication of the results of a tender to lease plots for building in the historic Palestinian village of Lifta destroyed by Israel in its 1948 war. The tender was issued following the Jerusalem Municipality approval of construction of 268 Jewish housing units, one hotel and a number of community institutions on the site of the ancient Palestinian village, the Palestinian residents of which were expelled in 1948 and now live as refugees at a distance of only a few hundred metres from their village of Lifta. A number of organisations, such as BIMKOM, Zochrot and FAST, have lobbied for the village to be listed by UNESCO as a heritage site, as a symbol of reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis, and for alternative plans they have formulated with the Land and Housing Research Centre.
 
   
In the USA – Retired Jewish American and former U.S. Secretary of State HENRY KISSINGER urges President BARACK OBAMA to commute the prison term of JONATHAN POLLARD, who is serving a life term for spying for Israel. (In January, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an official request to the U.S. president to grant clemency to Pollard. This was Israel's first formal request for Pollard's release).
Justice equity?
   
Wednesday 9: In Jerusalem, Israel – The government-owned Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem tries to evict a resident because he isn't Jewish, stating that the criteria are: "Israeli ID and being Jewish, not a Gentile" (director Shlomo Atias).
The real reason behind the attempt at expulsion however is that the man is an Evangelical Christian. He works with Israel's former minister BENNY ELON on forging closer ties between Evangelical Christians and right-wing organizations in Israel, and whose landlady's attorneys (Rubin and Ganon) describe as –
"a fine person in many respects, a quiet and peaceful man, well-integrated into his environment and contributing considerably to the nation, society and the country".
In the USA – President OBAMA appoints 41-year-old Jewish American DANIEL B. SHAPIRO (who had helped Obama win the US Jewish vote, and a senior adviser on the United States' response to the Middle East upheaval) as the United States ambassador to Israel, replacing James B. Cunningham whose term ends in June.
In Palestine – Ma'an News Agency reporter writes
"Recognition of a virtual Palestinian state that only exists in Facebook does not worry Israel. If what is demanded, in practical terms, were the respect of the international rights, it would be the end of the occupation. And, yes, that is the objective."

Israel's 'Apartheid'
   
Thursday 10: In Israel – A government panel appointed to draw up a regional plan for the Negev according to which Bedouins who can prove a historical link to their land could receive financial compensation for some of their land, which they would be able to continue cultivating (meaning that they would loose ownership of about half their land).
Dr. AWAD ABU FARIH, local committee spokesman for unrecognised village of El Araqib (demolished 18-times by Israeli police), criticized the reported deal, saying –
"How can someone discuss the lives of tens of thousands of people in the Negev without involving them at all? We want to study the offer and its consequences, but our principled position is to recognize all the unrecognised Bedouin settlements in the Negev, and nothing but that".
IBRAHIM AL-WAKILI, who heads the regional council of unrecognised Bedouin communities in the Negev, said "our land isn't for sale."
There are more than 45 unrecognised Bedouin villages in the Negev occupying hundreds of thousands of dunams for decades.
(See: Tuesday 27 July, 2010).
   
Friday 11: In Gaza, Palestine – The Hamas government condemns the abduction of a Palestinian engineer ABU SISI in Ukraine by Israel and demands his immediate release, and calls on the Ukraine to "take responsibility for a crime committed in its territory".
An Israeli court in Petah Tikva has confirmed a ban on publishing any information about the disappearance of ABU SISI, thereby implying complicity by Israel in his disappearance. SISI is being held at Shikma prison in Ashkelon, according to a Ukrainian delegate at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
(See above: Friday February 18, 2011, in Ukraine; and Sunday March 20, 2011, in Israel).
Mossad foreign abduction
Step-by-step annexation of Palestine continues.
A theft which some Jewish rabbis call –
'Redemption of the Land'
Saturday 12: In Israel – The government announces the construction of 500 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank of Palestine. A Israeli government official says that this is a strategic decision to build in settlements which will remain in Israel's control in any possible peace agreement with the Palestinians.
ITAMAR TRAGEDY
The poisonous fruit of settler crimes against Palestinians
"real murderers in Itamar are the zealous [Jewish] settlers and anyone who burned a tree, vandalized the cemetery in Awarta, forced out the residents of Khirbet Yanun, took control of a plot of land or robbed an olive harvest .... The act at Itamar was a message to the occupation and to the world ... whose meaning is clear – the occupation must go." (Hafez Barghouti, editor-in-chief of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida)
Two persons climbed over the electrified security fence of Itamar and killed Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children in their home.
Itamar road sign
Sunday 13: In Israel – Israel's Interior Minister ELI YISHAI says in Cabinet, in response to the terror attack on the Fogel family of the Itamar Jewish settlement, that the decision to build hundreds of new housing units in West Bank Jewish settlements is not enough, and that Israel must construct –
"at least a thousand new homes [on Palestinian land] for each [Jewish] person murdered",
completely ignoring Jewish settlement-building as the primary cause of continuing attacks on the Jewish settlers in Palestine.
Housing and Construction Minister ARIEL ATIAS of Israel's right-wing Shas party also expressed support for West Bank settlement construction as a reaction to the murder of five family members in the Jewish settlement of Itamar.
Soldiers from Israel's Nahal Brigade training base, the radar instructional school, the Engineering Corps academy, and a company of Israel's Border Policemen have been rerouted to the Palestinian West Bank bringing the number of Israel's reinforcements to the equivalent of two battalions.
Saturday night: In Palestine – Dozens of Jewish settlers from various settlements in the Bethlehem District gather in the area and close off Road 60, which links and Hebron and Jerusalem. Many Palestinian cars are targeted with stones. Israeli soldiers present do not stop the Jewish settlers.
Monday 14: In West Bank, Palestine – Dozens of Jewish settlers position themselves on the road between the illegal Jewish settlement of Itamar and the nearby Palestinian village of Awarta, hurling stones at the Palestinian residents.
Tuesday 15: East Mediterranean – Israeli troops from the Shayetet 13 naval commando unit take control of the ship Victoria (sailing under a Liberian flag) about 200 nautical miles off Israel's coast, and tow it to Ashdod. The ship had sailed from the Syrian port of Lattakia port, to Mersin in Turkey, and was now on its way to El-Arish in Egypt. The ship was found to be carrying weapons (including two Chinese-made C-704 missiles with a range of 35 kilometres), believed to be destined for Gaza militants, and its crew is being questioned.
A joint statement from the IDF and Foreign Ministry said that German officials have been alerted to the ship's seizure, as the ship belonged to a German company. Liberian officials have also been alerted. The operating company of the ship was from France, and thus French officials were also made aware of the situation.
Ship seized by Israel
In
Palestine – Hundreds of Palestinians, inspired by pro-democracy protests in Egypt, march in protest in Gaza and Ramallah against the five-year division between Hamas and Fatah.
Note: According to the Geneva Conventions, the International Court of Justice in the Hague, and numerous United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. In addition, most settlement 'outposts' are considered illegal under Israeli law.
Justice for Rachel Corrie still waiting: In the US – The parents of RACHEL CORRIE, deliberately run over by an Israeli military bulldozer as she knelt in front of a Palestinian pharmacist's home to prevent its demolition to make way for an illegal Jewish settlement, continue to seek justice in an Israeli court.
Rachel's
mother CINDY CORRIE states:
"We [US taxpayers], with arm-tax dollars, are funding what is happening to the Palestinians. We are funding the Israeli military; the equipment we believe we paid for the Caterpillar bulldozer that killed Rachel. And it is very disturbing to us that there seems to be no problem communicating about the funding that we provide, and yet basic answers to questions about Rachel's case are not forthcoming."
   
Wednesday 16, night: In West Bank, Palestine – Jewish settlers, apparently from the illegal settlement extension ('outpost') of Havat Ma'on destroy mature olive trees of the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani. At-Tuwani has experienced frequent vandalism of olive groves since construction of the Ma'on Jewish Settlement in 1984.
Israel admits it holds
Ukraine kidnap-victim


Saturday 19: In the Negev – Hamas fires a barrage of mortar rounds from Gaza causing damage to the Jewish settlement of Kibbutz Sufa, in retaliation for Israel's Air Force attack Wednesday on a Hamas training camp (in the ruins of the Netzarim settlement) in which two people were killed. That air attack was Israel's retaliation for the firing of a qassam rocket near Sderot by a Jihadist fringe-group a few hours before. Officially, Israel says the bombing of a populated camp was not an extreme departure from an acceptable response. It says it had to remind Hamas of its responsibility to rein in the smaller factions.
Sunday 20: In Petah Tikva, Israel – Court Judge LEAH LEV-ON partially lifted a gag-order on Thursday confirming today that Israel is holding the senior engineer of the Gaza power station Dirar Abu Sisi who was abducted in the Ukraine (apparently by Israel's Mossad), but publication of "details of the investigation and the circumstances surrounding the arrest" will remain under a gag order for the next 30 days.
Dirar Abu Sisi's daughter
Dirar Abu Sisi's daughter
Jews burn Israeli flag
See: YouTube Video
In Brooklyn, New York, USA – Anti-Zionist Jewish Americans burn the flag of the State of Israel in a public protest on the Jewish holiday of Purim.
 
In Modi'in Ilit, West Bank, Palestine – A 13-year-old Jewish girl (an eighth-grader at the Netivot Da'at school) is married to a 16-year-old boy (from Rehovot) by a local Jewish rabbi because, according to the Kabbalistic work "The Zohar," the girl could atone for flirtatious behaviour by getting married. Although condemned by other rabbis, the marriage goes ahead. (In Israel the law prohibits marriage under the age of 17, except by special court permission).
Monday 21, just after 7AM: in South Hebron Hills, Palestine – A Palestinian father of two from Tuba village is attacked and stabbed near the illegal Jewish 'outpost' of Havat Ma'on.
 
   
Tuesday 22: In Tel Aviv – Former President of Israel MOSHE KATSAV is sentenced to seven years in prison, after a Tel Aviv court had found him guilty of rape and other sexual offences against three women who used to work for him. (Katsav intends to appeal against the court decision). Other senior politicians in Israel previously charged with crimes, include –
Israel's shame
see also:
Wednesday April 13, 2011
in Israel.
 
NAME POSITION CRIME COURT DATE SENTENCE
Tzachi Hanegbi Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at the Knesset Perjury  November 2010 Fine
Avraham Hirschson Minister of Finance as part of the Kadima-led Government Theft   July 2009 Fine + Prison
Shlomo Benizri Minister of Health, and Labor and Social Welfare Minister Accepting Bribes  June 2009 Prison
Haim Ramon Minister of Justice  Indecent Assault January 2007 Community Service
Gonen Segev Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Forgery, Attempted Drug Smuggling April 2004 Prison
Yitzhak Mordechai Minister of Transport in Labor-led Government Sexual Assault x2 March 2001 Suspended Sentence
Ezer Weizman President of Israel Accepting Bribes State Declined
to Prosecute
None
Aryeh Deri Minister of Internal Affairs (Shas Party) Accepting Bribes   1999 Prison
  In
Gaza, Palestine – An 8-year-old child, injured in mortar fire by Israel's military, is evacuated by ambulance to a hospital in Israel. Israeli tank fire also strikes a Gaza home killing four civilians.
Wednesday 23: In central Jerusalem, Israel – A bomb in a bag beside a bus stop, outside the International Convention Centre, explodes killing one person (a British tourist) and wounding at least 30, three seriously. (The attack is harshly condemned by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad).
In Israel – Twelfth-grade Jewish students from Herzliya's Hayovel High School take part in a simulated shooting attack at a military base in which the targets are figures decked out with the keffiyeh Arab headdress. A notice sent to parents by the school had said that "the course of the trip is an inseparable part of the educational curriculum in general, and the 'IDF preparation' in particular." A school official said however that the use of an electronic simulator depicting targets wearing Arab keffiyehs "is certainly problematic, but this is a wider and more fundamental issue than our visit to the base. We have no intention of teaching the students to shoot people with keffiyehs."
Thursday 24: In Israel – Several Grad rockets are fired from Gaza, one striking Ashdod city area and another into Sderot. In retaliation later that day, northern Gaza is bombed by Israel's air force.
continuing ...
Palestine-Israel
conflict

Israel's Threat
Through its diplomatic respresentatives, Israel individually informs the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as several other prominent European Union countries, that if the Palestinian Authority persists in its efforts to gain UN recognition in September as a state within the 1967 borders, Israel will respond with a series of unilateral steps of its own. In private discussion these have been cited as that Israel may apply Israeli law to the Palestinian West Bank or annex major Jewish settlement blocs in Palestine to Israel [rather than the current slow process of annexation].
(Prime Minister Netanyahu's promise on February 21 to Germany's Merkel, of his imminent new initiative toward peace with the Palestinians, appears to have been shelved).
 
Sunday 27: In Israel – Bank Leumi (בנק לאומי‎) reluctantly agrees to reimburse Jewish Holocaust victims' families who had deposited their moneys with this Jewish-Zionist bank during the 1930s. This agreement results from a lawsuit against Leumi launched in June 2009 for the reimbursement of funds deposited in 3,577 accounts before World War II by Jews who later died in the Holocaust.
Bank Leumi now states:
"This agreement constitutes the final and complete end of all claims by the Company ['Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets', established by Israel in 2007] against the Bank Leumi group. Signing the agreement does not constitute any kind of recognition on the part of the bank of any [of] the Company's claims or demands...".
Bank Leumi
  Bank Leumi will now belatedly transfer NIS 130 million to Holocaust survivors and to the heirs of Holocaust victims.  
In
Southern Israel – The first 'Iron Dome' missile defence system, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (רפאל  מערכות לחימה מתקדמות בע"מ), is deployed near Beersheba.
See:
Rachel Corrie Trial Updates
Tunisia’s
government condemns an Israeli government decision to offer extra financial assistance to Tunisian Jews wishing to immigrate to Israel in that the approval of the new program amounts to interference in Tunisia’s domestic affairs and is “an attempt by Israel to tarnish the post-revolutionary image of Tunisia,” Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry says. Under the Israeli plan Tunisian Jewish immigrants will receive special financial assistance of more than $9,000 in addition to the usual aid provided to new Jewish immigrants.

See:
Preview of Miral movie
Distribution: Weinstein
Monday 28: In New York – Israel's deputy chief of delegation to the UN, HAIM WAXMAN, complains that the initiative of the current president of the UN General Assembly, JOSEPH DEISS of Switzerland, to screen the pro-Palestinian movie 'Miral' (by Jewish-American director Julian Schnabel) in the United Nations General Assembly Hall this evening means that it would give "central stage, again, to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which already receives too much attention at the UN". (Schnabel will be part of a panel discussion after the screening of the movie which includes scenes of Israel's military suppression of the Palestinian population).
Land Day
Tuesday 29: In Israel – Some 1,500 Israeli Arabs protest in the central city of Lod against government policies which affect Israel's Arab sector, launching the events of Land Day. The protesters also demonstrate against the government demolition of the houses of the Abu Eid family, which left some 50 family members, 30 of them children, without a home. The protesters raised Palestinian flags, carried signs reading "Enough with the Ethnic Cleansing" and burned pictures of Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
   
Wednesday 30: In Israel – Thousands of people gather in the Israeli-Arab "triangle" in the north to mark the 35th annual Land Day, in which the sector traditionally protests the expropriation of their lands by the government. Demonstrators marched through the town of Sakhnin waving Palestinian flags and black cloths, culminating their parade at the main square in the village of Arabe.
  In
Uruguay – UN Secretary General BAN KI-MOON, speaking at the UN Latin American and Caribbean Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, calls on Israel to halt Jewish settlement building in occupied Palestinian territory, and put a stop to all forms of violence and incitement.
  In
Israel – The Ministry of Education sends a booklet to Israel's school principals "to build a work plan, while also putting all of us on the same page" for the school curriculum in the coming year which does not include civics, democratic values or Jewish-Arab coexistence, but states schools' two main objectives are to reinforce Jewish and Zionist values, improve scholastic achievements, and instructs principals how to fulfil these goals.
Prof. GAVRIEL SOLOMON (Israel Prize winner in the field of education) of the University of Haifa states in this regard –
"This is education for Zionism and Judaism without education for democracy and peace, and it promotes ultra-nationalism".
Jewish Nationalism
for all Israel's schools

April
Khartoum begins the process of lodging a formal complaint against Israel at the United Nations Security Council for its aerial attack on Sudanese territory.
Tuesday 5: In Sudan – An Israeli Apache helicopter fires an AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile at a car near the port killing its two occupants. The Israeli helicopter had flown in from the direction of the Red Sea, scrambling Sudanese radar systems and following Port Sudan airport flight paths. (The United States had delivered 250 Hellfire missiles to Israel in 1998-1999 and 680 in 2005-2006).
In Britain – The Quaker Society ('Religious Society of Friends') announces via its executive committee ('Meeting for Sufferings') its decision of Saturday April 2 to boycott all goods produced in Jewish Settlements in the Palestinian West Bank (illegal under International Law).
"We are clear that it would be wrong to support the illegal settlements by purchasing their goods. We therefore ask Friends throughout Britain Yearly Meeting to boycott settlement goods, until such time as the occupation is ended."
Quakers call for settlements boycott

Wednesday 6: In Tel Aviv, Israel – A group of prominent Israelis, including former heads of Mossad, Shin Bet and the military, present an Israel Peace Initiative plan in the light of recent democratic changes in the Arab world.
In West Bank, Palestine – About five hundred people wearing white shirts gather on the hills facing the West Bank Jewish settlement of Itamar to establish a new illegal Jewish settlement, named Regev.
Veteran Jewish settlement leaders Daniella Weiss, Rabbi Dov Lior, and the aged and ailing Rabbi Moshe Levinger, spoke to the crowd. Young Jewish people erect a tent and a wall of rocks as bored Israeli Border Police soldiers watch the proceedings.
   
Thursday 7, early AM: Aqaba village, Tubas city, northern West Bank, Palestine – Six Israeli army bulldozers enter the village, damaging its eastern entrance, and destroy a number of houses, animal sheds, and several of the village roads. The residents are given no warning, and are not allowed to save the contents of their homes. According to the Aqaba village council, most of the village buildings were under threat of demolition from a number of previously issued military orders. The houses that were not demolished by the army this morning remain at risk of future demolition. (The village has previously been subject to attacks by Jewish settlers in an attempt to expand their nearby settlements).
See also:
Palestinian Center for Development
and Media Freedoms
Avigdor Lieberman charged with money laundering, etc
Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Saturday 9: In Mexico – Israeli Jewish mobster ASI VAKNIN is arrested and flown to the US.
See: Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Wednesday 13: In Brussels – The European Union announces it would grant duty-free access to produce from the West Bank and the Gaza strip in a bid to support Palestinian state building.
 
In Israel – Attorney General YEHUDA WEINSTEIN announces his intention to indict Israel's Foreign Minister AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN (chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu party) for aggravated fraud, breach of trust, witness tampering and money laundering. Under a precedent-setting Israeli Supreme Court ruling from the late 1990s, a Cabinet minister who is indicted for a crime must resign his post.
 
Of Israel's
six spy satellites, managed by its Air Force from Unit 151 and the Palmahim base near Tel Aviv, the high-resolution TecSar features radar-imaging capable of transmitting images at night and in poor weather conditions, with a view of those "areas of interest", such as Iran, once every 90 minutes. The Air Force would like to have enough satellites to keep the Middle East well enough under surveillance so that no spot cannot be seen of what is happening once every 15 minutes.
 
   
Tuesday 19: In Corfu, Greece – The local synagogue is set on fire by arsonists causing anxiety in its 150 strong Jewish community. In February 2010, police arrested three men suspected of setting fire twice to a medieval synagogue on the island of Crete.
 
   
Tuesday 26: In Moscow, Russia – A military court sentences Jewish Israeli citizen AVI YANAI (who moved to Russia from Israel in 2001) to 18 years in prison for organizing a vast network of sex trafficking which sold hundreds of women for prostitution-slavery to Israel, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and other countries. Using false documents his network registered fictitious companies in Russia promising people legal work abroad, mostly in Western Europe. The network which recruited women (who paid 3 to 5 thousand Euros each) with promises of legitimate work, were lured from Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan.
 
Israel's protected paedophile
Thursday 28: In New York, USA – New York State’s highest court has agreed to hear arguments in a case aimed at shedding light on the failed prosecution of alleged Orthodox Jewish child molester Rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz. (Mondrowitz fled to Israel following his 1984 indictment on multiple counts of sexual abuse. Beginning 2010, Israel's Supreme Court refused to extradict him to stand trial. Press reports have stated that the five-count indictment against him is based on complaints from more than 100 victims.)

  May
Friday 6: The European Union announces that it will provide an extra €85 million (US$124 million) to the Palestinian Authority to compensate for Israel's withholding of funds in a bid to help pay salaries of essential workers and to support vulnerable families.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells Israel's Prime Minister that Israel should not withhold tax revenues from the Palestinian Authority following its unity-deal with Hamas:
"The Secretary-General ...noted that Palestinian unity is a process which is just beginning now, and thus, it would be best to assess it as it moves forward". (UN press office statement summarizing Ban's telephone call to Netanyahu).
On Sunday May 1, Israel had blocked the transfer of US$105 million it collects in customs duties and other levies on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, following a deal to reunite the two rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah.
   
Saturday 7: In West Jerusalem – Israel's Interior Ministry releases a letter from former nuclear technician MORDECHAI VANUNU, whistle-blower of conscience on Israel's huge stockpile of nuclear explosives, asking for revocation of his Israeli citizenship based on Israel's Citizenship Revocation Law, passed by Knesset on March 28, 2011. VANUNU served 18 years in an Israeli prison of which more than eleven were in solitary confinement, and in spite of death threats against him is not permitted to leave Israel. It reads –
"After the treatment and 'care' which I got from this country and its citizens, I cannot feel myself a wanted citizen here," his letter states "I have no interest in Israeli citizenship, I don’t want to go on living here." He states that he stills feels "imprisoned" and like "a prisoner of war and a hostage, held by the state and the government" and that "I wish to exercise my right to the Freedom of Conscience and the Freedom of Choice, by choosing not to be a citizen of Israel."
See: April 21, 2004
Mordechai Vanunu
   
Sunday 8: Israel's population now stands at 7.746 million according to its Central Bureau for Statistics, of which 75.3% (5.837 million) are Jewish.
 
Israel's ethnic cleansing continues
Wednesday 11: In Israel – The legal advisor for the Judea and Samaria Justice Ministry's office admits to Ha'aretz that Israel has used a covert procedure to cancel the residency status of 140,000 West Bank Palestinians between 1967 and 1994. The Central Bureau of Statistics says the West Bank's Palestinian population amounted to 1.05 million in 1994, which means the population would have been greater by about 14% if it weren't for the procedure. Palestinians who found themselves "no longer residents" include students who graduated from foreign universities, businessmen and labourers who left for work in the Gulf. Over the years, many of them have started families, so the number of these Palestinians and their descendants is probably in the hundreds of thousands, even if some have died. As of today, 130,000 Palestinians are formally listed as "no longer residents."
 
   
Saturday 21: In Moscow, Russia – The Israeli Military Attaché at its embassy, Jewish Air Force Colonel VADIM LEIDERMAN, is deported, after three warnings by the Russian government (November 2009; April 2010; December 2010), for violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. It is believed that LEIDERMAN was trying to obtain information from Russian military personnel on the Russian supply of military equipment to Arab states (Syria in particular), and also to recruit a number of Russian civilians as possible information providers. (In retaliation, Israel expels his Russian equivalent in Tel Aviv, but it is kept secret to try and reduce tensions with Russia).
Israel's espionage
in Russia fails
International Red Cross Report
condemns Israel over its treatment of Gaza
Monday 23: Deputy Head of the The International Committee of the Red Cross, MATHILDE DE RIEDMATTEN reports regarding Gaza that "Health-care facilities are suffering from the restrictions imposed by Israel on the transfer of medical equipment, building materials and many basic items needed for maintenance" and that the city's infrastructure, including water, sanitation and buildings are in desperate need of repair. The Red Cross official says that Gaza is in a dire financial situation, in which more than 50% of its 1.5 million population under the age of 18 are dependant on foreign aid. "There is a crushing lack of prospects, and it is a constant struggle for them to maintain hope in the future," and "the strict limits on imports and the almost absolute ban on exports imposed by Israel make economic recovery impossible," stressing the damage caused to the agricultural branch from Israel's leveling of land and destruction of trees. De Riedmatten also criticized civilian death rates in the coastal strip, saying that "security incidents in the area between Gaza and Israel frequently result in loss of life or in destruction of property or livelihoods." She also slammed Israel's continuous blockade on the Gaza Strip, saying that although Israel eased its limitations on the strip, "restriction on the movement of people out of Gaza remains unchanged."
A population being motivated
for terrorism
Israel's ethnic cleansing continues



John (Ivan) Demjanjuk
Tuesday 24: In West Bank, Palestine – The 40,000 Bedouin people complain to the United Nations concerning the serious long-term discrimination they continue to experience under Israeli occupation.
"Since the military occupation of the West Bank by Israel in 1967, the Bedouin in the West Bank are experiencing increasing duress. On a daily basis we encounter discrimination, social isolation, multiple counts of home demolition and dispossession, food and water insecurity, harassment by Israeli settlers, all of which constitute triggers to forced displacement." [emphasis mine]
Tuesday 31: In West Bank, Palestine – The Israeli Army continues its destruction of Bedouin villages in the Jordan valley: “Khirbit Yizra”, and in Al-Farisiyya, Al-Meita, etc. . .
 
In Munich, Germany – Ukrainian-born JOHN DEMJANJUK is found guilty and sentenced to five years in jail for being an accessory to the murder of 28,060 Jews while he was a guard at Sobibor in occupied Poland. The crucial piece of evidence against Demjanjuk is his SS identity card from Sobibor. This verdict makes it easier for Germany to prosecute others involved in Nazi war crimes. (Demjanjuk later dies in a nursing home in the southern Bavarian town of Bad Feilnbach in March 2012, after being released pending his appeal).
Some 250,000 Jews, Sinti and Roma, and Soviet prisoners of war are thought to have lost their lives in the Sobibor camp's gas chambers.

  June
Thursday 2: In Jerusalem, Israel – Foreign Ministry Director General RAFAEL BARAK sends classified cables ordering all the country's diplomats to cancel any vacations planned for September. This is followed by instructions which read
"The goal is to get the country in which you serve to vote against recognizing a Palestinian state. Your plan must include approaching the most senior politicians, mobilizing the relevant force multipliers [such as local Jewish communities, nongovernmental organizations], using the media, influencing local public opinion, and public diplomacy aimed at all the relevant communities." (emphasis mine)
BARAK informs the emissaries that the ministry had established a 'September Forum' headed by the director of its Middle East Department, YAAKOV HADAS.
"This team is analyzing possible Palestinian moves and the options open to Israel to foil the [independence] process, and is putting together a diplomatic, public diplomacy and media plan. "You are to report on your activities to the September Forum once a week."
Israel's international attempt to block Palestinian independence
   
Monday 6: In Jerusalem – The city municipality approves the construction of a Jewish Museum of Tolerance on an ancient Muslim cemetery.
Monday night: In El Mughriah village (near Ramallah), West Bank – Jewish settlers throw a burning tyre into the local mosque causing considerable damage and the words 'Price tag, Aley Ayin' are scrawled in Hebrew on its wall. 'Aley Ayin' was an illegal Jewish settler outpost demolished by Israel's military authorities the previous week.

Jewish settlers burn Mosque
   
Friday 10: In Saudi Arabia – Prince TURKI AL-FAISAL (son of the late King Faisal and nephew of the present King Abdullah and a former ambassador to the United States and United Kingdom) states –
"The [U.S.] president must realize that the Arab world will no longer allow Palestinians to be delegitimized by Israeli actions to restrict their movements, choke off their economy and destroy their homes. Saudi Arabia will not stand by while Washington and Israel bicker endlessly about their intentions, fail to advance their plans and then seek to undermine a legitimate Palestinian presence on the international stage." (The Washington Post)
Note: September 1 in Israel.
   
Sunday 12: In Cairo, Egypt – Egyptian authorities arrest an American citizen, ILAN GRAPEL, working as an Israeli Mossad agent, for spying and for inciting protests/recruitment of protestors against the new Egyptian government. One judiciary source said the man had been active in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the revolt against Mubarak, after the former president stepped down.
Monday 13: In Lebanon – Prime Minister NAJIB MIKATI after announcing his new government says –
"Let us go to work immediately according to the principles and basis that we have affirmed our commitment to several times, namely ... defending Lebanon's sovereignty and its independence and liberating land that remains under the occupation of the Israeli enemy," Mikati said at the Baabda Presidential Palace.
Tuesday 14: In Israel – Israel's military Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. BENNY GANTZ rules this week that the prayer at Israel's military memorial ceremonies for fallen soldiers – 'Yizkor' (Remember ) – will open with "May God remember his sons and daughters" rather than the traditional "May the people of Israel remember".
 
Since 1967,
the Israeli government has demolished over 24,000 Palestinian homes – which families had built on their own land inside the Occupied Territories – in order for Israel to:
• 
Make room for Israeli settlements, businesses or governmental offices;
• 
Create Israeli-only “by-pass” roads that allow Israeli settlers to drive to and from their new homes in the Territories while “by-passing” Palestinian towns and villages; and
• 
Build the Separation Wall deep into the West Bank, effectively annexing large settlement blocs situated on Palestinian land into the State of Israel.
Source: Israeli Committee
Against House Demolitions
   
Thursday 16: In Washington – King ABDULLAH of Jordan expresses alarm over Israel's prevailing political opinions in its move toward the "hard right". He said
“I’m not convinced that they (Israel) are interested in a two-state solution."
The king quoted statistics stating that 85% of Israelis are not interested in a return to their 1967 borders.
The king lamented the current Palestinian-Israeli stalemate, saying that he is the most pessimistic he has ever been in 11 years:
"An isolated Israel and an insecure Israel [is not] a healthy thing for any of us," ABDULLAH told the Washington Post, saying "let's solve it now where we’ve all got our heads above the water as opposed to the quagmire we might find ourselves in four, five years from now.”
King of Jordan interview
Monday

Anglican
Archbishop
rebuked
 
See:
Islâm & God
20: In Palestine – RIFAT ODEH KASSIS (Kairos Palestine Coordinator) writes in rebuke to the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, on behalf of Palestinian Christians, in response to his remarks on BBC 'The World at One' programme of June 14 –
"...Your inaccurate and erroneous remarks cite Muslim extremism as the greatest threat facing Christians in Palestine, and the primary reason for our emigration. Your statements about Bethlehem are particularly faulty and offensive especially when you say that the movement of Muslims into the Bethlehem area, where space is limited, is forcing Christians to leave.
   Equally shocking is how Your Grace managed, diplomatically – instead of being prophetic, as one would expect you to be, not to mention the Israeli occupation, the separation wall, Israel confiscation of Palestinian land, its policies that violate freedom of movement and worship (Palestinians in Bethlehem cannot, for instance, go to Jerusalem), or its brutal crackdowns on nonviolent protests as one of the major reasons that push not only Christians to emigrate, but also many other Palestinians.
   We were hoping that Your Grace would have a different voice than the one in mass media and other right wing political parties, which exploit our sufferings to fuel some islamophobic tendencies and negative images about Islam. Indeed, this is what the Israeli occupation persistently tries to do. It demonizes Islam in a way that deflects blame from the repression levied by the state itself. We are concerned that your comments are serving the same purpose. ...". (emphasis mine).
Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams
Rowan
Williams
   
Tuesday 21: In Vilnius, Lithuania – The Parliament passes a bill to compensate the Jewish community for communal property taken during the Nazi and Soviet occupations of the country. Under the bill, which still has to be signed into the law by the president, the government would pay 125 million litas (51.93 million euros ) between 2013 and 2023 to a special fund. A further 3 million litas would be paid directly to Holocaust survivors in 2012.
   
Thursday 23: In Egypt – Israeli Mossad agent, Egyptian ABDEL REZEK HUSSEIN, who set up two fake telecommunications firms in Southeast Asia and obtained dozens of resumes after advertising for employees from Egypt, Syria and other Arab states (in recruiting espionage informants), is sentenced to life imprisonment.
 
   
In Jerusalem, Israel – At the President's Conference, Israel's Interior Minister ELI YISHAI states in his speech that ten years ago, a study was published in the United States showing "the Jewish gene" was passed along the maternal line, affirming the ancient halakhic line of Jewishness passing along the maternal line (according to Orthodox doctrine). [That would of course mean that Israel's great king David's grandfather Obed, born of Moabite Ruth from Boaz who was born of Canaanite Rahab, was not Jewish – see Ruth 4; Matt.1:5. So King David could then not be counted as part of the tribe of Judah, but at least then Hitler would not be Jewish].
 
Israel annexes land again!

Sunday 26: West Bank, Palestine – The West Bank Palestinian leadership formally decides to seek United Nations recognition in September of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. In response, Israel's prime minister call on the Palestininian leadership for their official recognition the Jewishness of the State of Israel. (Yasser Arafat, earlier leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, was comitted to a secular state for Palestinians).
In rural Karyut, West Bank, Palestine – Acting on instruction of the government of Israel, the Civil Administration declares 189 dunams of pasture land belonging to the Palestinian village of Karyut to now be Israel state land (without compensation), so as to retroactively legalize Jewish residences and a road in the Hayovel neighborhood of the Jewish settlement of Eli. This was done using an Ottoman empire land law dating from 1858 which allowed uncultivated land to be declared state land.
Israel steals
Palestinian land, again.


Fascist Zionism
Monday 27: In Israel – Israel's two chief rabbis, YONA METZGER and SHLOMO AMAR, issue a joint statement decrying –
"the severe damage to the dignity of an important rabbi and rabbinic judge, one of Israel's greatest rabbis."
concerning the investigative detention of Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi DOV LIOR for his endorsement of the controversial book "Torat Hamelech" (by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira) which justifies the killing of non-Jews, after he had refused to submit to an earlier summons for questioning. The book states among other that –
"One must consider killing even babies, who have not violated the seven Noahide laws, because of the future danger that will be caused if they are allowed to grow up to be as wicked as their parents.
Israel's Fascist Religion


July
Freedom Flotilla II
United Nations Fact Sheet on Gaza Strip
July 2011
Gaza population 1.6 million with over 50% under 18 years.
38% of Gazans live in poverty.
31% of Gaza workforce is unemployed and 47% of its youth.
54% of Gazans are food insecure and over 75% are aid dependent.
Economic output is 20% lower in 2010 than 2005.
35% of Gaza farmland and 85% of its fishing waters are inaccessible due to Israeli military measures.
50-80 million litres of partially treated sewage is dump in the sea each day.
Over 90% of water from the Gaza aquifer is undrinkable.
85% of schools in Gaza run on double or triple shifts.
Since beginning 2010, 59 people have been killed in tunnel accidents including 5 children, and 115 have been injured.
The main crossing for movement of Palestinians in and out of Gaza (Rafah crossing at the Egyptian border) remains limited to the passage of 500 people per day.
See: Despatches from Gaza

Fast For Gaza
Friday 1: In Greece – The Greek government (after a visit from Israel's Prime Minister) issues an official order banning any ship to set sail from its ports toward Gaza.
Monday 4: In Jerusalem, Israel – The Jerusalem municipal planning commission announces that it has approved building plans for 900 new Jewish residential units in Gilo on the Palestinian/West Bank side of the 1967 Green Line.
The following Israeli organizations of Palestinians and Jews declare their support for the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla and its declared goals: to break the Israeli siege on Gaza, namely –
 Alternative Information Center (AIC);   Coalition of Women for Peace;  Combatants for Peace; 
 Gush Shalom;  Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD); 
 Hithabrut-Tarabut;   Ta’ayush: Arab-Jewish Partnership;  New Profile; and Yesh Gvul. 
 
Tuesday 5: In New York – The UN Secretary General releases a report authored by Michael Williams which deals with the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (ending the Second Lebanon War), which was disseminated several days ago to members of the UN Security Council, very critical of Israel's handling of protests on the border with Lebanon on May 15 – Nakba Day. Its reports that IDF soldiers "used direct live fire against unarmed demonstrators" who tried to breach the border fence, and calls on the IDF –
"to refrain from responding with live fire in such situations, except where clearly required in immediate self-defense. Notwithstanding every country's inherent right of self defense, there is a need for the Israel Defense Forces always to apply appropriate operational measures, including crowd control measures, which are commensurate to the imminent threat toward their troops and civilians."
In retaliation, Israel's Foreign Affairs Ministry is cutting contact with Michael Williams until further notice.
UN Report
In Turkmenistan – Israel's new ambassador is rejected as being a Mossad spy. This is the second such rejection by Turkmenistan (which borders Iran) of a designated Israeli ambassador for the same reason.
 
Friday 8: In Washington, USA – Jewish DAN SHAPIRO is sworn in as the new US ambassador to Israel. He is a former director of Middle East and North Africa at the US National Security Council, and prior to that was U.S. President Barack Obama's adviser on the Middle East and Jewish community relations during Obama’s presidential campaign. He says that Israel’s security is his top priority.
New US ambassador to Israel
Saturday 9: In Crete, Greece – DAVID HEAP, professor of linguistics at the University of Western Ontario and part of the steering committee of the Tahrir (one of the ships in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla) announces that he has decided to withdraw because of the Greek imposed delays, but that this did not put an end to the efforts or activities for Gaza. He read a portion of a letter from a lecturer in French at the Al Aqsa University in Gaza –
"Even if physically you did not manage to reach us your voice – and the voices of all those in solidarity who mobilized to support you – have been heard and your message of peace for the inhabitants of the Occupied Palestinian Territories has been received."
 
Israel's violation of freedom/democracy:
Monday 11: In Jerusalem, Israel – Israel's parliament/knesset passes a law (47 to 36) against any boycott of Israeli goods, either within Israel or Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, which now allows the complainant to sue for damages without proving damages. The new law condemns appeals to boycott goods. The petitioner is not required to prove that "economic, cultural or academic damage" was caused, only that it could reasonably be expected from the move. Several human rights groups (Gush Shalom, etc.) have announced that they will file a High Court appeal against the new law and ask that it be cancelled. They will argue that the law is anti-constitutional, that it impedes political freedom of expression, and that it violates international law and the laws of torts.
Definition of new Israeli law
In this bill: "a boycott against the State of Israel" – [defined as] deliberately avoiding economic, cultural or academic ties with another person or another factor only because of his ties with the State of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control, in such a way that may cause economic, cultural or academic damage.
Orthodox Archbishop humiliated.
Wednesday 13: Ben Gurion Airport, Israel – Orthodox Archbishop (Theodosius) ATTALLAH HANNA (Bishop of Sebastia) on his way to Brazil is humiliatingly searched and detained for three hours by Israel's security services. Bishop HANNA is well known for his support of Palestinian human rights and opposition to Israel's Judaization of Jerusalem.
   
Thursday 14: In Israel – 32 law professors at university faculties and colleges all over the country have signed a petition aimed at Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, in which they categorically state that the Boycott Law is unconstitutional and does grievous harm to the freedom of political expression and freedom of protest. Among the signatories are Prof. NIVA ELKIN-KOREN, dean of the law faculty at the University of Haifa; and Prof. MOSHE COHEN-ELIYA, dean of the law school at the Ramat Gan Academic Center. Also signed on are several former law school deans: HANOCH DAGAN, ARIEL PORAT and MENACHEM MAUTNER former deans of the Tel Aviv University Law School); URIEL PROCACCIA (former dean of the Hebrew University Law School) and ELI SALZBERGER (former dean at the University of Haifa). Signatures will be sought until the end of this week, according to Prof. AALON HAREL of the Hebrew University and Prof. FRANCES RADAY of the College of Management, who initiated the petition. Everyone asked to sign was given a copy of the new law.
Israel's
National Security Council head YAAKOV AMIDROR, invited to give a political-security briefing to the 27 European Union ambassadors to Israel, is described after his presentation as –
"He was aggressive, contemptuous and arrogant" and "Some of the ambassadors were genuinely traumatized."
Amidror told the ambassadors that the EU is always critical of Israel but never of the Palestinians. He said that the EU, as a group, is unable to adopt a balanced stance, and said that Israel cannot be blamed for everything. Some diplomats from key European countries were shocked by the national security adviser's style and sent extensive messages on the meeting to their capitals. A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said "Yaakov Amidror expressed his opinion at the forum of European Union ambassadors in a direct and candid manner, but he wasn't insulting or patronizing as claimed."
        Letter from the people of Gaza to the Greek Government regarding the Gaza Flotilla — released 14 July.
 
12 July 2011  
Dear Prime Minister Papendreou,
Dear Foreign Minister Lambrinidis

    We, members of Palestinian civil society in Gaza, have been watching the actions your government has taken to block Freedom Flotilla 2 from setting sail towards the biggest open air prison – the Gaza Strip – to challenge Israel’s criminal blockade. Israel’s closure of Gaza has deprived us of things that most people take for granted, first and foremost, our freedom of movement. We are not allowed to pursue adequate health care or educational opportunities because we cannot travel freely. We are cut off from our families in other parts of the occupied territory and abroad; and we are not allowed to invite people to visit us in Gaza. Now, you have imported this restriction on the people whose main mission is to stand in solidarity with us.

    The people of Gaza are not only in need of humanitarian aid because we are prevented from building our economy. We are not allowed to import raw materials or to export; our fishermen and farmers get shot at when attempting to fish or to harvest their crops. As a result of deliberate Israeli policy, 80% of our people have become food aid dependent, our infrastructure is in shambles, and our children cannot imagine a day when they will know freedom.

    Your offer to deliver the cargo of the Freedom Flotilla entrenches the notion that humanitarian aid will solve our problems and is a weak attempt to disguise your complicity in Israel’s blockade.

    We are so sorry not to accept your charity. The organizers and participants of the Freedom Flotilla recognize that our plight is not about humanitarian aid; it is about our human rights. They carry with them something more important than aid; they carry hope, love, solidarity and respect. Your offer to collude with our oppressors to deliver aid to us is totally REJECTED.

    While it is clear that you have been under enormous political pressure to comply with the will of the Israeli regime, to collaborate with Israel in violating international law and legitimizing the siege, we refuse to accept your breadcrumbs. We crave freedom, dignity and the ability to make choices in our daily lives. We urge you to immediately reconsider and to let the Freedom Flotilla sail.

    Finally we recognize the historical relations between our people and your country’s support for our legitimate rights. With this history in mind and your previous acknowledgment of the freedoms denied to us, we are calling on you to allow the freedom flotilla boats to leave for Gaza, thus challenging Israel’s illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip and illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

    Sincerely,
Palestinian Network of NGOs (PNGO)
Representing over 60 non-governmental organizations in Gaza   www.pngoportal.org
•  General Society for Rehabilitation •  Palestinian International Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza
•  Maghazi Cultural Centre for Children •  Deir Al-Balah Cultural Centre for Women and Children
•  Rachel Corrie Centre, Rafah •  Al-Sahel Centre for Women and Youth
•  Al Awda Centre, Rafah •  Rafah Olympia City Sisters
•  Ajyal Association, Gaza •  Al Awda Hospital, Jabaliya Camp
•  Local Initiative, Beit Hanoun •  Al Karmel Centre, Nuseirat
•  Al Awda Centre, Rafah •  Beit Lahiya Cultural Centre
•  Alshomoa Club for Women •  Middle East Children’s Alliance – Gaza office
•  General Union for Health Services Workers •  General Union for Public Services Workers
•  General Union for Agricultural Workers •  General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers
•  General Union of Palestinian Women •  General Union of Palestinian Syndicates
•  Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)   •  Palestinian Congregation for Lawyers
•  Union of Synergies—Women Unit •  Union of Health Work Committees
•  Union of Women’s Work Committees •  Palestinian Association for Fishing and Maritime
•  Palestine Sailing Federation •  Fishing and Marine Sports Association
•  Progressive Students’ Union •  Palestinian Women Committees
 
   
Friday 15: In Israel – In the light of Glenn Beck’s visit to the Knesset, ahead of his keynote speech at the 2011 'Christians United for Israel' Washington summit, and the teachings of evangelical Zionists, +972 Magazine commissioned a poll, on Israeli Jewish attitudes towards the Rapture and the role of Jews in the event of Jesus’ return, conducted by Dr Tina Kemach. (Note: any evangelism of Jews within the State of Israel results in the deportation of the evangelist).
The percentage results showed –
74.3%  
have no intention whatsoever of accepting Jesus as the Messiah, despite the fact that after the Rapture, those who do not convert to Christianity will apparently be incinerated;
20.0%  
of the people asked were too angry/shocked/confused to answer;
5.7%  
said they would consider conversion if they could get Jesus’ autograph.
 
Ellman propaganda in UK
Saturday 16: In London, UK – ANDY BELL, Complaints Director of the Editorial Complaints Unit, issues an apology on behalf of the BBC for what he described as its 'lapse in editorial standards' reagrding their Jeremy Paxman failing to challenge the statements, during an interview on Newsnight, by LOUISE ELLMAN MP, that child suicide bombers are being used to target Israel from Gaza.
BBC Apology
   
Monday 18: Israel's Housing Ministry announces plans to build 294 new homes in two Jewish settlements in the Palestinian Westbank.
Palestinian spokesperson NABIL ABU RDAINAH for President Abbas responds –
"This decision is another reason calling on us to go to the United Nations and the Security Council to ask for recognition of the state of Palestine and gaining full membership for it in the United Nations".
In Sudan – The Kartoum government launches a genocide against the Nuba people of Central Sudan.
 
  Early
Tuesday 19: Off Gaza Coast – Three Israeli battle ships and seven commando boats of different sizes and types scramble to intercept the French yacht Dignité–Al-Karame (Respect), three nautical miles from the shore of Gaza. At least 150 soldiers were sent to sea to carry out the mission: to prevent ten citizens of the "Freedom Flotilla," alongside three crewmen and three journalists, from reaching the port of Gaza. Elite troops from Israel's Shayetet 13 naval commando unit boarded the yacht minutes after Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff BENNY GANTZ issued the order to intercept. The commandos took control of the vessel, with no resistance from those aboard.
Gaza's elected governing party Hamas condemns the seizure of the ship, with its spokesman ISMAIL RUDWAN describing it as –
"piracy, a war crime and a violation of the principles of human rights."
(Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the IDF chief of staff Tuesday evening and congratulated him on the successful interception of the French yacht Dignité–Al-Karame.)
 
International Road-Rail Bridge
Tuesday 19: In Egypt – The planned construction of a bridge between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, under discussion since 1988, is finally agreed. The plans call for the 32-kilometer (20-mile) bridge to cross the narrow Strait of Tiran from Ras Nasrani, near the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Sinai, to Ras Hamid in northwestern Saudi Arabia. Parts of the bridge would be suspended. It will carry road and rail traffic between the two countries. Concerning potential opposition, a spokesman for the Saudi government said:
"We won't let anyone discourage us from our construction plans. The Strait of Tiran lies in international waters."
This area of the Red Sea is very significant to Israel and Jordan as it provides them with access to the Indian Ocean.
In
Norway – The Norwegian Foreign Minister JONAS GAHR STORE, after a meeting with President ABBAS of the Palestinian Authority, announces Norway's support for its approach to the United Nations on the issue of Palestinian independence, in spite of Israel's opposition.
Voice of Russia broadcasting describes the announcement as –
"Norway will support Palestinians who are set to press for recognition of the independence of their state by the United Nations, says the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store".
Wednesday
Rabbi Yosef Elitzur
Rabbi Yosef Elitzur
20: In Israel – Jewish Rabbi YOSEF ELITZUR, co-author of the 2009 book "The King's Torah" ('Torat Hamelech') is informed by letter from Britain's Home Secretary that he is banned from entering Britain for the next three years because of the incitement to violence against non-Jews in his book. (See October 2009).
On Utøya Island, Norway – the leader of the the Workers' Youth League (AUF), linked to the governing Norwegian Labour Party, ESKIL PEDERSON gives an interview to the tabloid Dagbladet. The AUF had held a rally for the boycott of Israel at Utøya Island, and strengthened its position on the BDS campaign (Boycott-Divest-Sanctions) against Israel's occupation of Palestinian land. PEDERSON tells the tabloid that he believes that
"the time has come for more drastic measures against Israel. ...We in the Labour Youth will have a unilateral economic embargo of Israel from the Norwegian side."
Friday

 
See: Modern Menace
22, 15.30: In Norway – Anti-Islamic pro-Israel/Zionist 'Christian' Neo-Nazi ANDERS BEHRING BREIVIK (32; owner of Breivik Geofarm in Hedmark claiming to have 790-employees), of the Saint Johannes freemason lodge in Oslo, explodes a car bomb (500 kilograms fertilizer) in Oslo's government district (8 dead).
17.00: Utøya Island –BREIVIK arrives at the Norwegian Labour Party's youth camp on Utøya Island in semi-police uniform with two hand guns and semi-automatic rifle (loaded with specially prepared dum-dum amunition injected with liquid nicotine to cause maximum pain), and begins indiscrimately shooting everyone in sight (the 69 dead, mostly of whom were teenagers, include TROND BERNTSEN the step-brother of Norway's Crown Princess METTE-MARIT).
18.25: Norwegian Police eventually reach the island camp site as BREIVIK continues shooting victims; and BREIVIK surrenders.
Final BREIVIK toll: 77-people killed with many injured. An Islamist group falls into the trap and claims responsibility.

BREIVIK's 1,500-page anti-Islamic Zionist manifesto (influenced by blogging Islamophobe-Briton Paul Ray (Paul Cinato) of AOTK in Malta) mentions 'Israel' 359 times and 'Jews' 324 times supportively (Jerusalem Post). Although initially labelled by Norwegian police as a 'fundamentalist Christian', he had also written on his Facebook page –
"Today's Protestant church is a joke. Priests in jeans who march for Palestine and churches that look like minimalist shopping centres. I am a supporter of an indirect collective conversion of the Protestant church back to the Catholic." And,
"Islam has historically led to 300 million deaths. Communism has historically led to 100 million deaths. Nazism has historically [only] led to 6-20 million deaths. ALL hate ideologies should be treated equally."
(On Friday 24 August 2012, BREIVIK is sentenced by the Norwegian court to 21-years imprisonment for his murder of 77-persons, the maximum permited under Norwegian law. Effectively then, he is to serve about 3.27-months for each life violently taken, apart from the many innocent persons that he injured).
Anders Breivik
Neo-Nazi Zionist
Daniel Pipes (US 'Middle East Forum') has eighteen citations in Breivik's self-justifying manifesto.
  Late
Friday: In the USA – CNN’s Washington DC chief anchor WOLF BLITZER (a former spokesman for the 'American Israel Public Affairs Committee' lobby) and a correspondent for Israel's Jerusalem Post, begins his late afternoon program by pointing to "Al Qaeda" and radical Islamists as the chief culprits for the terrorist attacks in Norway.
How wrong can you be?
   
Saturday 23: In Turkey – Prime Minister RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN states to the "Palestinian Ambassadors’ Conference" in Istanbul that Turkey will not normalize its relations with Israel as long as Israel does not apologize for the killing of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists during the takeover of the Mavi Marmara ship in May 2010, and that Israel should compensate the families of those killed and end its blockade of the Gaza Strip –
"No belief can make killing innocent people legitimate. ...I salute the Palestinians, and those who are dedicated to the Palestinian cause. I remember the nine martyrs who were killed by Israeli soldiers in May 2010, and I hope God will have mercy on their soul."
(On Thursday 21, Israel's Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that he does not see a possibility for reconciliation between Israel and Turkey due to Turkey's insistence that Israel apologize, saying that Israel will not apologize or compensate the victims' families).
 
  In
Tehran, Iran – Iranian nuclear physicist DARIOUSH REZAEI (35), involved in Iran's nuclear program, is assassinated outside his home. Israel's Mossad agency is suspected again.
 
   
Tuesday 26, 03.30 AM: In Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine – The Freedom Theatre (run by British general manager JACOB GOUGH, and the Swedish co-founder of the threatre, JONATAN STANCZAK) is surrounded and attacked by about 50 heavily armed masked Israeli soldiers hurling blocks of stone at its door. The location manager of The Freedom Theatre, ADNAN NAGHNAGHIYE, is arrested and taken away to an uknown location together with BILAL SAADI, a member of the board of the Freedom Theatre.
STANCZAK (forced to squat next to a family with four small children) says:
"Whenever we tried to tell them that they are attacking a cultural venue and arresting members of the theatre, we were told to shut up and they threatened to kick us. I tried to contact the civil administration of the army to clarify the matter but the person in charge hung up on me."
GOUGH says "They’ve damaged quite a lot of the outside of the theatre, quite a few windows were smashed".
The theatre was first established in 1987 by Arna Mer to create a space where the children of Jenin could escape the violence of the first intifada which had begun several months earlier. It was destroyed during the second intifada when Israeli troops launched a massive operation against gunmen in the refugee camp. It was rebuilt in 2004 by her actor son Juliano, who was killed in April in the Jenin refugee camp when a gunman opened fire on his car as he was driving home with his infant son and their baby-sitter.
Belgium Anti-semitism
Brussels Free University, Belgium – Jewish Dr JACQUES BROTCHI, internationally renowned neurosurgeon and honorary professor at the university, is reported to have resigned from its board over the growing anti-semtism at the institution without adequate steps to counter it.
  Be'er
Sheva Magistrate's Court, Israel – The State of Israel institutes legal proceedings against 34 Bedouin families in the Negev for the costs it incurred in the repeated demolition of their homes. The government of Israel is seeking NIS 1.8 million in damages for the expense repeatedly incurred in evicting the defendants from 'state land' (under Ottoman law) and demolishing their homes.
Sheikh SIYAH ABU MADIGHAM AL-TURI, the leader of the repeatedly demolished Negev village of Al-Arakib, said neither he nor any of his family was told about the lawsuit, and that he first heard about it from the media.
"We also submit a lot of complaints but no one listens to us, about all the buildings of ours that they destroyed – and the State does not care. The first demolition cost us NIS 4 million. The trees that were uprooted in the village cost us NIS 500,000. They destroyed the village 27 times; that cost us NIS 150,000 each time."
  The
Jerusalem Rabbinical Court this week orders a 59-year-old woman jailed for 30-days for refusing (for 15-years) to accept a divorce from her husband. (Civil marriages are not permitted in Israel). She is refusing to divorce because of a property dispute with her husband. The woman conditioned her acceptance of the divorce on her getting a home they owned in the center of Israel and $1.5 million. She claims that by this she is abandoning her claim to other, substantial property her husband owns, including a profitable business. To force her to accept the divorce, the rabbinical court had previously blocked her from leaving Israel, restricted her bank account and suspended her driver’s license. But after these efforts failed, the court, comprising rabbis Avraham SHEINFELD, Eliyahu ABERGIL and Mordechai TOLEDANO, ordered her imprisoned for 30-days.
Rabbinical Abuse!
Thursday
28: In Amman, Jordan – Concrete peace-framework talks between Israel's President Peres and Palestine's President Abbas, planned for today, are cancelled by Israel at the last minute because of Netanyahu’s rejection of the concrete proposals which Peres wished to present. (As Abbas was on his way toward Allenby Bridge, the Israeli negotiator Avi Gil calls him and tells him there was no point in meeting: Netanyahu had not agreed to deliver the official document. After that, relations between Peres and Netanyahu run aground for Israel's president had lost faith in his prime minister.)
Netanyahu once again
sabotages peace talks
with the Palestinians

August
Monday 1: In Israel – A Jerusalem court decides to extradite Israeli citizen ALEKSANDER CVETKOVIC to Bosnia (in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre) for his part at the Branjevo Farm as part an eight-man firing squad that executed between 1,000 and 1,200 Bosnian Muslims.
 
   
In Israel – In a study commissioned by Israel's Courts administration and Israel Bar Association, Israeli Professors GIORA RAHAV, EPHRAIM YAAR and YORAM RABIN, found that 48.3 percent of Israeli Arabs who were convicted of violence, property crimes or drug or weapons offenses received custodial sentences, compared to 33.6 percent for Jewish Israelis for the same crimes. The average prison sentence is nine and a half months for Israeli Jews and 14 months for Israeli Arabs.
Israel's Judicial bias
Other than Kairite Judaism, all sects of Judaism regard the Jewish Tamud as containing an Oral Law orginating on Mount Sinai when the written Law was given, which is thus the only authoritative interpretation of the Holy Scripture. This Oral-Law-interpretation is the interpretation which Jesus publicly contradicted and condemned during His ministry to Israel.
Tuesday 2: In Tiberias, Israel – Three men and six women of the Jewish ultra-Orthodox (Haredi or Charedi/Chareidi) polygamous Breslov Hasidic sect of Ukrainian Jewish Rabbi Nahman (grandson of baal Shem Tov) are arrested for long-term aggravated physical and sexual assault. Another six women, along with the Jewish cult’s fifteen children, are placed in different shelters across Israel. The 'family' moved often and children were taken to different hospitals to prevent raising questions of abuse. The police breakthrough comes after the cult leader’s seventh wife broke away from the 'family', after a year and a half of living with them. Six months later, she urged social services to investigate abuse in the sect. An undercover investigation began on July 4.
Abusive Jewish Cult
About 25% of Israel's citizens
are not Jewish
Wednesday 3: In Israel – Forty Jewish Members of Israel's Parliament/Knesset (MKs) from the governing coallition and opposition sponsor a Bill (initiated by MKs Avi Dichter of Kadima, Zeev Elkin of Likud and David Rotem of Yisrael Beiteinu, and supported by 20 of the 28 Kadima MKs) to change Israel's Basic Law from the accepted definition of Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state" to makes its democratic functions subservient to the racial definition of the state as "the national home for the Jewish people". The Bill is expected to pass in the coming winter session.
Constitutional change
in favour of race.
Earthquake Warning
Sunday 7, 11:52:25 AM at epicenter: In Israel – A shallow earthquake of 10Km (6.2 miles) depth, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, rocks Israel. The epicenter is in the Mediterranean Sea, 71 km northwest of Tel Aviv, 80 km west-southwest of Haifa, 125 km (77 miles) NW of Jerusalem. Israel sits on the sensitive Syrian-African fault line, and experts have warned that the country should expect a major quake in the near future.
Event ID usc0005a3q
 
Monday 8: In West Bank, Palestine – Twelve Jewish settlers of Yitzhar have been issued with orders limiting their movements. Three of them are ordered to remain on the Jewish settlement and not leave it. Nine others are banned from being in Yitzhar, with three of those banished from the Palestinian West Bank entirely. IDF officers have said in recent months that they believe that a number of Jewish settlers in Yitzhar have carried out violent "price tag" attacks on Palestinian civilians in the area, including an arson attack on a house in the Palestinian village of Hawara, from which a mother and three children only just escaped with their lives. (Two of these 12, who were served the restricting orders, were arrested near Tel Aviv on allegations of vandalising Palestinian property, but the Israeli police and the Shin Bet intelligence service would not say whether they were suspected of being the arsonists reponsible). Yitzhar is the Jewish settlement of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva of Rabbis SHAPIRA and ELITZUR who produced Torat Ha-Melech which among other justifies the killing of Gentile babies if they could grow up to threaten Jews.

Fascist Zionism
   
Sunday 14: In Northern Israel –Justice MARINA LEVY rules that a woman who has refused to divorce her husband is to be fined NIS 200,000. The woman had previously been instructed by a rabbinic court to submit to her husband's demand for a divorce on the grounds of her infertility. Judge LEVY now rules that the woman must financially compensate her husband for violating his autonomy. The Israeli court then rejected the wife’s appeal, which claimed that the husband was really interested in another woman.
Infertility is a ground
for divorce in Israel
 
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, forced displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank has increased dramatically in the past year. Over the past seven months alone nearly 900 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes, as opposed to 606 during the whole of 2010. 755 of those were displaced due to home demolitions, while the remaining 127 were forced from their homes due to Jewish settler violence.
 
   
Thursday 18: In Egypt – Israel's security forces kill five Egyptian security officers and wound a number of others near its northern Sinai border in reaction to a terrorist attack near Eilat on a bus carrying Israeli soldiers in southern Israel. Egypt lodges a formal protest with the Israeli government over the killings – demanding "an urgent investigation over the reasons and circumstances surrounding the killing of Egypt's forces". The policemen were patrolling in the Egyptian region of Sinai when they came under fire across the border from Israeli forces.
 
   
In Washington, USA – Three US Congressional committees block any further aid (by USAID of about $192 million for the current fiscal year) to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as punishment for its application to the United Nations for Palestinian recognition. Chief spokesman for the PA, GHASSAN KHATIB, later states, after this becomes known, that –
"this is not constructive at all. Such moves are unjustified. These are mainly humanitarian and development projects, it is another kind of collective punishment which is going to harm the needs of the public without making any positive contribution."
The US punishes the Palestinians
   
Friday 19: In Gaza, Palestine – Israel's military bomb a wastewater-treatment facility north of the a-Nuseirat refugee camp. (The facility was built in 2004 with UNRWA funds and served as the main wastewater-treatment facility in the central Gaza Strip).
Saturday 20: Egypt withdraws its ambassador to Israel until "Israeli authorities apologize for the hasty and regrettable statements about Egypt" and it also holds Israel responsible for political and legal implications of the incident, which it calls a violation of the Camp David Treaty.
friction with Egypt
See: Friday 9 September.
   
Thursday 25: In Israel – Jewish mafia kingpin MEIR ABERGIL returns after signing a plea bargain with US authorities, leaving his brother Yitzhak and three others in the US awaiting trial.
See: January 12, above.
American threat to Palestine
Friday 26: In Jericho, Palestine – The Jewish American Consul-General in Jerusalem, DANIEL RUBINSTEIN, informs the chief Palestinian negotiator SAEB EREKAT that the U.S. 'will take punitive measures' against the Palestinian Authority if it seeks to upgrade its position in the UN General Assembly from observer status (which is lower than the Vatican's current status at the UN).
 
   
Sunday 28: In Iran – MAJID JAMALI-FASHI pleads guilty to murdering Iranian nuclear scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi on 12 January, 2010, and is sentenced to death. He confessed that he had travelled to Israel to receive training from its Mossad intelligence agency, and had been paid €120,000 for the assassination.
Mossad hitman confesses
Sad but true!
Tuesday 30: In Washington, USA – US Republican member of Congress, Jewish-born Episcopalian Scientologist ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (born in Cuba Ileana Ros y Adato of Sephardic Jews from Turkey), introduces a bill, along with 57 co-sponsors, asking Congress to block all U.S. funds for any United Nations entity that supports giving Palestine an elevated status at the UN.
She had played a key role in preventing the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010 (prevention of forced marriages) from being passed into law. Even though the bill had unanimously passed the Senate with bipartisan support, she persuaded enough Republicans in the House to vote against the bill so that it did not receive the required two-thirds majority.
She is also a strong supporter of Israel and as US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman opposes US support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, and the Palestinian Authority. J Street ('pro-Israel & pro-Peace') has called on her to return thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Irving Moskowitz, a Jewish Florida businessman who has made controversial purchases of homes in the heart of Palestinian east Jerusalem for Jewish inhabitants.
An Anti-Palestinian
Republican in Congress

September
Thursday 1: In Israel – Israeli right-wing Finance Minister, YUVAL STEINITZ, of Likud refuses a request from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to transfer NIS 380 Million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) so it can pay salaries, in punishment for the PA's approach to the UN for recognition. (Israel collects customs and tax money on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, as the Israeli Army controls all borders, the money, under signed peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, must be transferred to PA accounts).
Another Israeli provocation!
Note: June 10.
   
Friday 2: In Ankara, Turkey – The Turkish President announces the downgrading of Turkey's relations to Israel in view of Israel's refusal to apologise to Turkey for Israel's killing of nine of its nationals in its raid on the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters. Effective as from September 7, 2011, ambassadors will be recalled and communication will be via first secretaries. The Turkish President stated that –
"In accordance with Israel's stance, it is possible that more steps may come in the future."
Additionally, the Turkish Foreign Minister announced the cancellation of all defence contracts between Israel and Turkey, adding that Ankara would both initiate legal action against the Gaza blockade in international courts, as well as aid families of those killed in the Gaza flotilla raid in seeking litigation against Israel. Ankara is also threatening to halt trade between Turkey and Israel, which totals billions of dollars annually.
See:
2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla


friction with Turkey
see: Thursday 15.
   
Monday 5 at 03.00: In west Bank, Palestine – Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement outpost of Migron smash windows and set fire to the Mosque in the village of Qusra, south of Nablus.
Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path
Ahmed Samech kindergarten shut by Israeli police
Kindergarten shut by Israeli police
In Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanese Foreign Minister ADNAN MANSOR writes to UN Secretary General BAN KI-MOON, rejecting Israeli claims of the northern part of the waters between the two countries.
"The Israeli claim infringes on Lebanon's Exclusive Economic [sea] Zone" and "This is a clear violation of Lebanon's rights... over an area of some 860 square kilometers, and puts international peace and security at risk".
Israel and Lebanon do not have diplomatic relations, so such responses above go via the United Nations.
friction with Lebanon
In the Bethlehem-area village of al-Walaje – Dozens of olive trees are uprooted a month before harvest by Israeli bulldozers, guarded by troops, as part of the construction of Israel's Supreme Court approved security/separation wall around this Palestinian village.
 
Wednesday 7: In Jerusalem, Israel – Israeli police shut down the Ahmed Samech kindergarten, welding its door-hinges shut, because two of the founders of the registered non-profit Najat association which runs the kindergarten previously had links to the HAMAS political party which won the democratic election in Gaza.
HAMAS was originally formed by Sheikh Yassin, in collaboration with Israel, as a counter to the PLO and Fatah.
   
Thursday 8: In West Bank, Palestine – Jewish settlers attack the Mosque, scrawling abusive anti-Palestinian slogans and graffiti across its external walls and door, in the village of Yatma in the Nablus Governorate in northern West Bank, located 15 kilometers South of Nablus.
Israeli soldiers demolish three agricultural cisterns in An-Nassariya. Around 1,300 people live in the village which provides healthcare facilities for the surrounding area. Most of the local resdients depend on agriculture which Israel's military occupying force appears to be atempting to destroy. (In July Israeli soldiers demolished three wells and essential supporting infrastructure, including pumps and pipes).
Fascist Zionism
   
Friday 9: In Cairo, Egypt – Pro-democracy protestors break into the Israeli embassy, and cast piles of documents out of the windows of its 21-storey building, in anger at Israel's killing of five Egyptian security officers on Thursday 18 last month, and demand an end to Egypt's 1979 peace-treaty with Israel. Israel's ambassador, family and staff are evacuated from Egypt via a military aircraft from Cairo airport. The American President phones the Israeli Prime Minister to express concern, and Israel's Defense Minster announces that he has spoken to his American counterpart to do what he could to protect the embassy in Cairo.
Israeli embassy
in Cairo attacked
by protestors
   
Monday 12: In Israel – Sources within Shin Bet (Israel's domestic security agency) warn that the current planned attacks by Jewish right-wing groups against Palestinians and peace-activist Israelis constitute terrorist activity. There has recently been a marked rise in acts of violence against mosques and Palestinian property.
Jewish terrorists
preparing plans
Cluster-munitions Conference
Tuesday 13: In Beirut, Lebanon – Officials from over 100 countries meet for an international conference on cluster munitions. They aim to eradicate the weapon, which has killed or maimed tens of thousands. Organisers say hundreds of thousands of unexploded munitions remain in Lebanon after being dropped by Israel during the 2006 conflict. They have killed or injured at least 366 people since then. An international convention on cluster munitions has been in force for over a year. It requires signatories to forgo the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of the weapons. More than 100 countries have joined the convention, 62 of them as full state parties. The latest to become a state party is Afghanistan. The Kabul government announced its decision on the eve of the Beirut conference. The organisers of the meeting are urging governments to destroy their stockpiles, clear contaminated land and assist survivors. Cluster munitions split open before impact, scattering hundreds of smaller bombs, often the size of tennis balls. Many of these cluster bombs fail to explode immediately, lying hidden for years after the original conflict. They can kill and maim civilians, including unsuspecting children who treat the weapons as toys. China, Israel, Russia and the United States are among countries who have not signed the treaty.
 
   
Wednesday 14: In West Bank, Palestine – On the 18th anniversary of the Oslo Accords senior Palestinian official MOHAMMED SHTAYYEH releases a statement condemning Israeli unilateralism, which reads –
"Today we commemorate 18 years since the launch of a process that was supposed to lead us to freedom and independence, .... It was meant to last only for a transitional period of five years. Unfortunately, almost two decades later, the Israeli occupation of Palestine is entrenched and Israel’s occupation has turned into de facto annexation.
Together with the colonization of Palestinian land, other unilateral Israeli policies, including home demolitions, evictions, ID revocations, killings, the illegal exploitation of natural resources, and closure of Palestinian institutions in occupied East Jerusalem, have threatened the prospect of a two-state solution."
Northern Jordan Valley, West Bank, Palestine – Israeli military bulldozers destroy houses in the village of al-Aqba and dig up some of the village’s streets, including the western entrance and a street, near a demolished house, named Peace Street.
Commemorating the failed Oslo 'Peace' Accords.
   
Thursday 15: In Tunis, Tunisia – The Prime Minister of Turkey on a visit to democratic Tunisia warns Israel that it is not free to do whatever it wishes in the Eastern Mediterranean, and that Turkish warships could be there at any moment. (The issue arises from Israel's blockade of Gaza, and Turkey has said it is prepared to escort any future Gaza-bound ship with its own naval ships).
 
   
Friday 16: In Paris, France – The French branch of the Jewish Defense League (La Ligue de Defense Juive) – an organization banned in Israel and in America as a terrorist group – is recruiting people for a mission (September 19 to 25), made up of five groups of 11 people each, who will take up their "stands" in five different Palestinian villages to help "defend the [illegal Jewish] settlements" of Palestine's West Bank. (Israel's military has also begun readiness excercises for the same purpose).
Terror for 'Peace'
US Republican Bigotry

Monday 19: In Jerusalem, Israel – Israel's Public Security Minister YITZHAK AHARONOVITCH announces that Israel will withdraw its police representative in Turkey following the deepening crisis between Jerusalem and Ankara.
In Washington, USA – U.S. Representative JOE WALSH (Rep.-IL) introduces a House resolution (with 30 co-sponsors) to support Israel’s annexation of the Palestinian West Bank in the event that the Palestinian Authority continues to push for a vote at the United Nations.
The Path to War

   
In West Bank, Palestine – In response to Jewish settler violence the organisation 'Refusing to Die in Silence' is launched in the Ramallah-area village of Nabi Saleh. The group intends using cars and video cameras to monitor, respond to and intervene in Jewish settler attacks occurring across the Palestinian West Bank in the light of the failure of Israel's military occupation force to protect Palestinian villages. The previous week, Jewish settlers had burnt two hundred and twenty olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in the village of Burin.
 
   
Tuesday 20: In West Bank Palestine – Jewish Israeli settlers from their illegal Yitzhar settlement arrive at the village of Affira Al-Khaeliya outside of Nablus. After a brief demonstration waving Israeli flags they storm the village, assaulting its inhabitants and damaging property.
The United Nations weekly report of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, occupied Palestinian territory, states that during this past week (14-20) Jewish settler violence has left four Palestinians injured and almost 1,000 of their olive trees destroyed.
Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path
Palestine Arises
Wednesday 21: In New York, USA – At the United Nations General Assembly, US President OBAMA, gives a wide-ranging speech of good sounding ideals –
"The men and women who built this institution understood that peace is more than just the absence of war. A lasting peace – for nations and for individuals – depends on a sense of justice and opportunity, of dignity and freedom. It depends on struggle and sacrifice, on compromise, and on a sense of common humanity. ...We believe that each nation must chart its own course to fulfill the aspirations of its people, and America does not expect to agree with every party or person who expresses themselves politically. But we will always stand up for the universal rights that were embraced by this Assembly. Those rights depend on elections that are free and fair; on governance that is transparent and accountable; respect for the rights of women and minorities; justice that is equal and fair. That is what our people deserve. Those are the elements of peace that can last. ...The measure of our actions must always be whether they advance the right of Israeli and Palestinian children to live lives of peace and security and dignity and opportunity" [emphasis mine] –
which betrays the Palestinians by requiring a mutually agreed solution with Israel which effectively gives Israel a veto on the 'two-state solution' while Israel continues to expropriate Palestinian land. Dr. HANAN ASHRAWI, a senior member of the PLO delegation in Washington, states that she was very disappointed with Obama's speech.
"Listening to [Obama], you would think it was the Palestinians who occupy Israel. ...He presented a double standard when he disassociated the Arabs' fight for their freedom in the region from the Palestinian freedom fighters, who deal with the occupation for 63 years… what we heard is precisely why we are going to the UN."
Concerning
the Middle East Quartet's negotiation proposal with 2012 deadlines attached:
The Oslo accords set a deadline for final resolution by 1999, or twelve years ago. George W. Bush announced that a Palestinian state would exist and all issues solved by 2005, six years ago. And those are just the most prominent of a pile-up of missed deadlines for negotiations.
   
Saturday 24: In Palestine – Palestinian Foreign Minister RIYAD AL-MALKI rejects the Middle East Quartet's recent proposal to renew peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis that their proposal fails to call for a freeze on the continuing expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in Palestine or for an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territory back to its 1967 borders.
 
Monday 26: In Tel Aviv – Blogger ROI MAOR of the +972mag.com website exposes the factual errors in Zionist-controlled American news agency Associated Press' criticism of Palestinian President ABBAS' speech at the UN General Assembly.
 
According to Israel's
Central Bureau of Statistics the current population of the State of Israel is 7,797,400 of whom –
5,874,300   Jewish   75.33%
1,600,100   Arab 20.52%
323,000   Other 4.14%
 
   
Tuesday 27: In Israel – Israel approves the construction of 1,100 new Jewish residences in Gilo on Beit Jala land (a predominantly Palestinian-Christian neighbourhood) 10km south of Jerusalem, outside the Green Line of its 1967 borders.
 
   
Thursday 29 Night: In Eastern Mediterranean – Two Israel Air Force (IAF) F-15 fighter jets take off to face a Turkish seismic research vessel, and violate the airspace of both Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus. The warplanes approach the Turkish ship despite incessant warnings by forces in Turkish Cyprus, according to which the planes had breached the territory's airspace. An IAF helicopter hovers over the ship (Piri Reis) while the ship is in the Aphrodite gas field off Cyprus' southern coast and near to the larger Leviathan natural gas field of interest to Israel. Turkey launches two F-16 fighters to track the Israeli planes, at which point the Israeli fighter jets return to Israeli airspace.
 
  In the
United States – Israel's Absorbtion Ministry launches a campaign on billboards and website videos to persuade Jews to move to Israel by warning against assimilation with phrases such as –
"Before Hanukkah turns into Christmas, it's time to come back to Israel", and
"Before Abba turns into Daddy, it's time to come back to Israel"
In response to objections from Jewish Americans, Israel's Absorbtion Ministry states that it "respects and appreciates the American Jewish community and recognizes its strong connection to Israel."
(December 2: in response to Jewish-American objections, Prime Minister Netanyahu has the campaign cancelled).
Anti-Assimilation Campaign

October
Monday 3: In the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariya, northern Israel – An Israeli police officer stands inside a burnt mosque after it is vandalized by Jewish settlers.
Another
Jewish Settler
'Price Tag' Attack
 
Friday 7: In Jaffa, Israel – Christian and Muslim graves are vandalised by smashing headstones and spray-painting slogans – 'Death to the Arabs' and 'Price Tag' in Hebrew.
Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path
   
Tuesday 11 Night: In Safed, Israel – In reaction to recent anti-Arab graffitti by Jewish fascists, the local Jewish synagogue is defaced with 'Death to Jews' graffitti in Hebrew characters.
 
  In
Jerusalem – The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community prepare to impose gender segregation on public streets in the Mea She'arim neighbourhood during Judaism's Sukkot in contradiction of a High Court order forbidding it. Women will be forbidden to use certain public streets.
 
  In
Egypt – An agreement, brokered by German and Egyptian mediators, is signed by Israel and Hamas to release GILAD SHALIT (captured June 2006) in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian and Israeli-Arab prisoners (most being held without charge).
 
In Israel
A recording is broadcast of the Military commander of Golani Battalion 51 reminds his troops of the secret Hannibal Directive/Protocol on the eve of their Operation Cast Lead assault on Gaza (December 2008–January 2009), that a dead soldier is better than a captive soldier who could be used in negotiation.
2008 Order Broadcast
   
Tuesday 18: In Israel – Corporal GILAD SHALIT is returned to Israel as part of an agreement with HAMAS and the first 447 Palestinian prisoners are freed and transferred as part of the exchange. The freed prisoners will be exiled from Israeli territory.
 
   
Wednesday 26: In Tel Aviv, Israel – A government-funded Rabbinical court (composed of rabbis Yitzhak Shmuel Gamzo, Michael Bleicher, and Meir Kahan) fines a woman NIS 90,000 (about US$24,530) for witchcraft on the unsupported accusation of her adulterous husband for whom she was refusing to cook.
Rabbinic Abuse
  In
Israel – Israel's government approves implementation of the Prawer plan, named for EHUD PRAWER, the head of planning policy in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office, to strip the Bedouin of most of their ancestral lands.
Prawer Plan
In
Jerusalem, Israel – Israel's Minister of Justice YAAKOV NEEMAN advises supporters of twelve convicted Jewish terrorists how to apply for their release and pardon, as he had done previously –
"I said a separate request should be submitted in the name of each individual, not a [group] application by Honenu [an organization which provides legal services to Jewish 'security prisoners']. A separate request with the reasons for each individual, and then they can be discussed. Okay? Separate requests get discussed... I said, applications with personal reasons for each individual, so that they can be passed on to the president [Shimon Peres]. The president has to decide on this matter, and I'll countersign anything the president signs." (emphasis mine)
The Jewish terrorists whose release the activists seek include Ami Popper, convicted of killing seven Palestinians at a Rishon Letzion bus stop in 1990, and members of the so-called Bat Ayin underground, three settlers convicted of attempting to bomb a Palestinian girls' school in East Jerusalem in 2002.
Each pardon request submitted to Israel's President must be accompanied by a recommendation from this Justice Minister on whether to accept it. If the President accepts it, the Justice Minister must then countersign the pardon to make it valid.

  Anat Kamm  
Sunday 30: In Tel Aviv, Israel – Journalist ANAT KAMM is sentenced to 4.5-years in prison and 18-months probation for exposing Israeli army illegal assassination procedures to journalist Uri Blau. The panel of judges ruled that the two years Kamm had already spent under house arrest would not be deducted from her sentence.
See:
Reporters Without Borders
   
However, 31 December 2012 the Israel Supreme Court grants her appeal and shortens her prison sentence to 3.5-years by majority decision.

November
Wednesday 2: In Israel – Israel test fires a three stage ballistic missile capable of reaching Iran with a nuclear warhead. (Last week Israel's Airforce conducted drills at an Italian NATO base in training for long range attacks). Yet, Western Intelligence officials say that it will still take Iran two years to develop a nuclear device once it decides to do so.
Foreign Minister Lieberman says Iran poses the most dangerous threat.
   
Monday 7: In Israel – Member of Knesset (Israel's Parliament) AVI DICHTER (Kadima) proposes a Bill to amend Israel Basic Law (its defacto constitution) to make its democratic character subject to its Jewish identity. One of the immediate effects of such a change will be that Arabic is no longer an official language of the State.
 
  In
Cannes, France – At a meeting of the G20, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France is overheard, in conversation with US President Obama, calling Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu a "liar".
 
   
Friday 11: In Jerusalem – Members of the illegal Jewish settlement of Yitzhar, West Bank, begin mapping businesses in Jerusalem which employ Arabs for a publication which is to be used to pressure businesses to become employers of Jews only.
Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path
   
Saturday 12: In Bidganeh, Iran – Israel's Mossad detonates a massive explosion at a military base near the village killing General Hasan Moghaddam and 16 other Guard members, and wounding 15. (Source: Western Intelligence). But Iran reports it as an accidental explosion which occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions.
Western Intelligence sources expect futher sabotage in Iran by Israel. See: Friday 18.
 
Tuesday 15: In Be'er Sheva, Israel – About 230 senior university lecturers from Israeli institutions of higher learning and about another 100 from abroad have sent a letter to the president of Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev in Be'er Sheva calling on her to reconsider BGU's decision to reduce the pay of university lecturer IDAN LANDAU for a week that he spent in jail for refusing to serve in the Israel Defense Forces reserves. Another 90 faculty members from BGU made a similar demand of the university's president, Rivka Carmi. Prof. IDAN LANDAU of the university's linguistics department was informed about two weeks ago that half of his salary would be withheld for the period during which he was imprisoned for refusing, for reasons of conscience, to serve in the reserves. LANDAU has refused to do reserve duty for the past 11 years and has been imprisoned previously three times, but the university had not taken any steps against him in the past. In May of this year, after he spent a week in jail, he made up the instructional time that he had missed.
 
   
Friday 18: Vienna, Austria – In a letter to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) YUKIYA AMANO, senior Iranian envoy ALI ASGHAR SOLTANIEH writes that leaks in their recent report had made Iranian scientists –
"the targets for assassination by... [the] Israeli regime and United State[s] of America intelligence services. ...This is a clear violation of the [IAEA] staff regulation, the oath taken by the Director General upon his assumption of the post, as well as the spirit and letter of the Statute of the IAEA since all member states have to be treated equally."
East Meditarranean – The Israeli navy takes over the Gaza-bound charity boat Tahrir in international waters 50-miles off the Gaza coast and steers it to Ashdod in Israel.
 
The

Jewish Settler Fascism
United Nations monthly report by its Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) occupied Palestinian territory states –
� The weekly average of settler attacks resulting in Palestinian casualties and property damage has increased by 40% in 2011 compared to 2010, and by over 165% compared to 2009.
� In 2011, three Palestinians have been killed and 167 injured by Israeli [Jewish] settlers. In addition, one Palestinian has been killed, and 101 others injured, by Israeli soldiers during clashes between Israeli [Jewish] settlers and Palestinians.
� Eight Israeli settlers have been killed and 30 others injured by Palestinians in 2011, compared to five killed and 43 injured, during the same period in 2010.
� In 2011, nearly 10,000 Palestinian-owned trees, primarily olive trees, have been damaged or destroyed by Israeli settlers, significantly undermining the livelihoods of hundreds of families.
� In July 2011, a community of 127 people was displaced en masse due to repeated settler attacks, with some affected families re-locating to Areas A and B.
Over 90% of monitored complaints regarding settler violence filed by Palestinians with the Israeli police in recent years have been closed without indictment.
� OCHA has identified over 80 communities with a combined population of nearly 250,000 Palestinians vulnerable to settler violence, including 76,000 who are at high-risk.
Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path
   
Monday 21: In Cairo, Egypt – The Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar University and Mosque, Dr. AHMED AL-TAYYEBHAS, warns that Israel's plans for the Judaisation of occupied Jerusalem and attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque are a red line that should not be crossed.
"It means the beginning of the end of the Israeli entity on the land of Palestine... Jerusalem is not just an occupied land, but a sacred Islamic and Christian land. Its cause is not only a national issue, whether Palestinian or pan-Arab, but also an issue of Islamic ideology. While Muslims are ready to free Jerusalem from Israeli occupation, they emphasise its holiness among all believers. ...The ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine threatens the peace of the whole region, if not the world.
I call upon the free people of the world to support the right of the Palestinians to liberate the Holy Land. Wise Jews will acknowledge that when they were persecuted all over the world Jews found refuge in Islamic lands."
 
   
Thursday 24: In Teheran, Iran – Twelve CIA agents and collaborators are arrested by Iranian Intelligence. Iranian Parliamentarian PARVIZ SOROURI (of the committee of foreign policy and national security) claims that the arrested agents planned to strike at Iranian interests in the military and nuclear sectors, with the aid of Israel.
 
   
Monday 28: In Northern Israel – At least four Katyusha rockets are fired from Lebanon. The Israel Defense Forces respond by firing a number of artillery shells at "the source of fire" in southern Lebanon.
 

December
Sunday 4: An American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) is captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. The drone is brought down by the IRGC electronic warfare unit of Iran which commandeered the aircraft and safely landed it. Later Iran announces it has completed decoding the surveillance data and software extracted from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone. After capturing the aircraft, Iran announces that it intends to also carry out reverse engineering on the captured RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, which is similar in design to a US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber.
Iran captures
CIA drone
   
Monday 5: In West Bank, Palestine – Jewish settlers from the illegal Jewish settlement of Yitzhar attack and abduct 60-year-old Palestinian shepherd SALIM JAMIL SHEHADEH (taking him away in a car) and confiscate 50 of his sheep. As Israel's military, through its 'civil administration' office, is responsible for the area, the Palestinian Authority is attempting to negotiate with Israel for his release. (Some 500,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements in the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem. There are about 2.5 million Palestinians in the same territory. All the Jewish settlements are considered illegal under international law.)
Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path

Note: CNI Report.
   
Tuesday 6: In Kirayt Gat, Israel – The demolition order of the Israeli government against the 'unregistered' Bedouin village of Al-Sura with its 400-residents is cancelled. Al-Sura's 70 families had been living in their village southeast of Be'er Sheva for the last seven decades, and were recognized by the British Mandate as legal owners of their land (before the State of Israel existed), but the Israeli government has regarded them as squatters on State land simply because they are not Jewish.
Palestinian response: "This is the lowest point of thinking anyone can reach," said Erekat, a close advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Such comments serve only to "increase the cycle of violence".
See: photo of this same Gingrich with PLO Yasser Arafat!
US Republican Ignorance
Friday 9: In the USA – GINGRICH the Newt, US Republican presidential candidate, playing to his audience tells 'Jewish Channel' (U.S. cable TV network) that the Palestinians are an "invented" people (following Golda Meir's misrepresentation of June 15, 1969) because they have never had an independent state and were part of the Ottoman Empire; apparently conveniently forgetting that the Americans had no independent state and were part of the British Empire until their war of independence.
So, does that then imply that the US set an example for the Palestinians to follow now? His statement on Hamas also seriously fails to distinguish between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism of which Hamas is the latter, like many anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews who also do not recognise the State of Israel and burn its flag each year on Purim.
Israeli Blood Diamonds
Friday 23: In Israel – Two Jewish Israeli's, DAVID VARDI and GILAD HALACHMI are arrested for smuggling (Marange) Zimbabwean rough diamonds into Israel for cutting and polishing, in violation of the international Kimberly Process.
 
    Israel official population count is now 7.836 million, of which 20.5% are Arab Israelis.  
  In
Samangan province, Afghanistan – Scrolls fragments in a cave, which were apparently part of a Jewish geniza (a burial site for sacred Jewish texts) dating from about 1,000 years ago in Arabic, Judeo-Arabic and ancient Persian are found that include an unknown history of the Kingdom of Judea, passages from the Book of Isaiah and some of the works of 10th-century sage Rabbi Sa’adia Gaon.
Afghan Jewish Geniza
  In
Nazareth, Israel – City Mayor SHIMON GAPSO declares a ban on the public display of Christmas trees and states –
"Nazareth Illit is a Jewish city and it will not happen--not this year and not next year, so long as I am a mayor"
Arab Christians, who make up about 7% percent of the town's 40,000 residents, are denied their request to put up Christmas trees in their own neighborhoods.
Mutual respect & freedom of religious expression denied.
  Israel's apartheid wall in Palestine
Israel's apartheid wall in Palestine. Praying for peace means praying for an end to injustice.
 See: 'Jews For Justice For Palestinians' 

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