Settlers Hang Posters Calling For Killing Arabs, Palestinians

Dozens of armed Israeli settlers hung Israeli flags and posters on main and bypass roads close to Jewish settlements in the southern part of the West Bank, calling for slaughtering Arabs and Palestinians.

Racist posters were also placed along the Jerusalem-Hebron road, and around all settlements extending from the southern part of Bethlehem district to the northern part of Hebron.

Some of the posters read “We Will Slaughter All Arabs”, “This is the land of our fathers and forefathers”, and dozens of similar racist posters.

The settlers also camped in Palestinian farmlands and orchards south of Bethlehem, and preventing the residents from reaching their own lands.

Settlers living in the city of Hebron also hung Israeli flags and racist posters threatening to kill the Palestinians and calling for their expulsion.

( / 25.09.2011)

Israeli Forces Raid National Hotel in Jerusalem, Arrest its Manager for Holding ‘Palestinian Curricula conference’

JERUSALEM, September 25, 2011 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Sunday raided the ‘National Hotel’, on Salah el-Din street in Jerusalem, and arrested the manager of the hotel, Mohammad Qarainin under the pretext of holding the Palestinian curricula conference, according to witnesses.

A reinforced Israeli force of soldiers, police and intelligence raided the ‘National Hotel’ and arrested its manager for not complying with the decision preventing holding the
Palestinian curricula conference, which was called for by the civil committee to preserve the Palestinian curricula, witnesses said.

Jerusalemite institutions along with the civil committee to preserve the Palestinian curricula called for this important meeting, to discuss ways to deal with and respond to the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem to distort the Palestinian curricula, which is taught in different Jerusalemite schools.

( / 25.09.2011)


Een boerka is intimiderend!

Het komt er dan echt: een boerkaverbod. En de boete is niet mis! 380 euro voor het in het openbaar dragen van een boerka. Maar een Franse zakenman biedt aan om de boetes te betalen!

En dat is drie!

Vrijdag besluit het kabinet om het verbod in te voeren. Na Frankrijk en België wordt Nederland het derde land met een boerkaverbod. In Frankrijk ligt de boete wat lager, namelijk 150 euro. Maar wanneer je als man je vrouw dwingt een boerka te dragen dan mag je flink je portemonnee trekken. Je riskeert een boete van 30.000 en 2 jaar gevangenisstraf.


Het verbod is afgelopen juli in België ingegaan. Dit is aangevochten bij het Grondwettelijk hof door twee vrouwen die het er absoluut niet mee eens zijn. Het hof is nog bezig met de zaak, dus de uitspraak moeten we nog even afwachten.

Gulle gever

De Franse zakenman Rachid Nekkaz is zo ontzettend tegen dit verbod dat hij heeft aangeboden alle boetes te betalen voor boerkadragers. Dat zegt hij vandaag in EditieNL. Hij deed dit eerder al in België. In Frankrijk heeft hij een fonds van 1 miljoen euro opgericht om de bekeuringen uit te betalen. Via zijn website kun je je boete aangeven.

( / 25.09.2011)

Settlers smash Palestinian cars near Nablus

West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Extremist settlers on Sunday morning smashed a number of Palestinian cars near Israeli illegal settlements of Yitzhar and Shiloh in the south of Nablus.

Witnesses told that settlers threw rocks at Palestinian cars passing near Yitzhar settlement causing damages, but no injuries.

Yesterday, settlers stormed Palestinian houses and set fire to olive trees in Burin and Qasra villages, southern Nablus.

( / 25.09.2011)

Extremist settlers have escalated their aggression against residents of the
West Bank without the intervention of Israeli army to stop them.

Yemen rains mortar shells on protesters

At least 40 killed in Sanaa bloodbath

Government troops backed by snipers and shelling attacked a square full of Yemeni protesters and battled with pro-opposition forces in the capital Sanaa, killing at least 40 people and littering the streets with bodies.

One of the bloodiest days of fighting since the uprising began signalled an accelerated attempt by President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his loyalists to crush their rivals after his return a day earlier from Saudi Arabia, where he has been undergoing treatment for the past three months for wounds suffered in an assassination attempt.

Regime forces pounded the protest camp in Sanaa’s Change Square Saturday where thousands were massed, as they have been nearly daily since February in peaceful protests demanding the end of Saleh’s 33-year rule. Mortar shells rained down on the square, setting a number of tents on fire. Snipers on nearby rooftops fired down methodically on protesters dashing for cover.

“I was terrified when I saw one protester who left the tent running toward us as he heard the mortars, only to be shot in the chest by a sniper and fall to the ground before my eyes,” said Samir al-Mukhlafi, a protest leader.

Republican Guard troops and Central Security forces, led by Saleh’s son Ahmed, fired anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades down streets near the square in battles with soldiers loyal to Saleh rival Maj.-Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar protecting the protesters. The shelling wrecked several houses, witnesses said.

At one field hospital in the square, the body of a protester cut in two by mortar blasts was brought in. At least 28 protesters and one of the soldiers guarding them were killed Saturday, and 54 people were wounded, said Mohammed al-Qabati, a medic at the field hospital.

The intensity of the fighting forced ambulance crews to leave many of the bodies in the streets, he said, and motorcycles were bringing in the wounded.

Al-Ahmar called for international help, asking the United States and other regional powers to rein Saleh in. He warned that Saleh is pushing the country into civil war and compared him to the Roman emperor Nero, burning down his own city.

In a strongly worded statement, al-Ahmar called Saleh a “sick, vengeful soul” who treats Yemen like his personal estate.

“With his return, Yemen is experiencing sweeping chaos and the harbingers of a crushing civil war, which this ignorant man is determined to ignite,” said al-Ahmar, who was once a close ally of Saleh but early on in the uprising joined the opposition along with the 1st Armored Division he commands.

Sanaa has become a city divided between rival gunmen, with barracks and roadblocks manned by men in different uniforms indicating their loyalties. The city’s streets have become too dangerous for the residents to venture out. Many took cover in basements because of mortar fire during fighting that has killed at least 140 people the past week.

The turmoil is a blow to U.S. efforts to find a stable transfer of power to ensure the continued fight against al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, who Washington says constitute the most dangerous branch of the terror network. With the country spiraling deeper into disorder, al-Qaeda linked militants have already seized control of entire towns beyond their traditional strongholds in southern Yemen.

In the northwest of the capital, Sanaa, mortar shells fell on the headquarters of Maj.-Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar’s 1st Armored Division, a rival of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.(CBC)Saleh, who has clung to power despite nearly eight months of protests and the June 3 assassination attempt, abruptly returned to Yemen on Friday. Street battles that reignited a week earlier in Sanaa rapidly escalated, widening to include the most determined attack by Saleh’s forces on al-Ahmar’s military units, anti-government tribesmen and the unarmed protesters themselves.

A prominent Yemeni human rights centre said the violence has left the impoverished country of more than 24 million on the verge of collapse and urged the international community to stop the bloodshed.

“The situation in Yemen is becoming catastrophic,” a statement by the Yemen Observatory for Human Rights, describing fighting between army units, security forces and tribesmen, the targeting of protesters and random killings of civilians in their homes or on the streets.

In the northwest of the capital, Sanaa, mortar shells fell on the headquarters of the Al-Ahmar’s 1st Armored Division. Eleven of al-Ahmar’s troops were killed and 112 were wounded, according to Abdel-Ghani al-Shimiri, a spokesman for the soldiers.

An official in al-Ahmar’s office said his troops will remain only on the defensive and won’t go after Saleh’s troops. The official said al-Ahmar conveyed the message to diplomats in Sanaa, who are apparently trying to contain the violence.

If al-Ahmar were to try to go on the offensive and move directly against Saleh and his leadership, that would likely escalate the violence even more. In his statement, al-Ahmar called on the neighbouring Gulf countries, the United States and the international community to deter Saleh, “stop his irresponsible behaviour that aims to ignite a civil war that would have repercussions on the whole region.”

On a third front, Saleh’s troops fought anti-government tribesmen in the capital’s Hassaba district, where 18 tribal fighters have been killed the past two days, according to a statement Saturday from tribal elders.

Hassaba is a stronghold of Yemen’s most powerful tribal confederation, the Hashid, led by Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, another Saleh foe. He is not related to Maj. Gen. al-Ahmar.

Eight government troops have also been killed and dozens wounded, said Interior Minister Gen. Mutahar al-Masri. He did not specify when or where the casualties occurred.

Violence also shook the southern city of Taiz, home to one of the strongest waves of anti-Saleh protests, and at least one protester was killed there, a medical official said.

In response to the violence, the Gulf Co-operation Council — the alliance of Saudi Arabia and five other energy-rich nations— called for a cease-fire and urged Saleh to immediately sign a power transfer deal proposed by the group.

“The security and humanitarian situation in Yemen can’t take any more delays,” a statement issued by the group, currently in New York, said.

The GCC’s accord, which is backed by the U.S., would require Saleh to resign and transfer his powers to the vice-president in return for immunity from any prosecution. Saleh endorsed the deal several times only to balk at signing at the last minute.

Yemen’s uprising began in February as the unrest spreading throughout the Arab world set off largely peaceful protests in this deeply unstable corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Saleh’s government responded with a heavy crackdown that has killed hundreds.

( / 25.09.2011)

Palestine State only with Negotiation !!!!!

should I laugh or Cry, laugh as most of the people arround the World know that this statement is a lie, cry as the whole world believe such a lie.

A State (Palestine) that has been stolen by the zionist and its people are getting oppressed without an end

Stones against Bombs guns, Children against Soldiers hope and peace against war and terror.

After 63 years occupation and Terror in the Arab world which started by israeli groups and goes on till today, after that about 64% of the UN members already said their support.

Obama announced in advance that there must be Negotiation between Palestine and israHELL, before the statehood, what nusty game is he palying.

how can any normal person in the world trust their words, after seeing their crimes

-.prison children under 14 years

-.Siege of Gaza

-.steeling land illegal

-.killing civil international Activists

-.US & Co. aggression in Libya

-.US & Co. occupation in Afghanistan Iraq and and

alot of more reasons i could count and write here, but what is would help if most of the world´s Goverment are the puppets of the USA, even I myself  had some moments of doubt if it has a sence  to write and fight against the evil, and only the promise i gave to myself once got me one result no we can not give up, no this satisfaction ican not give the zionist.

somebody must do it, must stand for the Justice and it will come the time that justice will be stronger even stronger then the USA and their zionist Masters.

I personaly will always support the Palestine nation to come to their rights, and its only their decision what and how to do, but what would we achive with this statehood by the UN??? since when was the UN for Justice and peace, what did they do in Iraq Libya ? simply nothing because they are nothing els but puppets.

One is sure that the countdown for israHELL started, and in any case the 100% loser is Obama and his Goverment if they make use of their Veto right or not.#

I don’t care about any government, not Abbas of Hamas, for me is the most important to end the siege of Gaza, that the people in the westbank can move free with out the check points, that the civil people have their dignity and humanity,and this the US must show the Palestinian not to order  Negotiation, because over 40 year we hear this lie.

(Facebook / Raef El-Ghamri / 25.09.2011)

Foreign fighters support Israel’s settlements

The Jewish Defence League has dispatched French “militants” for a “show of solidarity” in illegal West Bank settlements.

Two weeks ago, an announcement appeared on a French website, calling for “militants with military experience” to participate in a solidarity trip to Israel between September 19 and 25. “The aim of this expedition is to lend a hand to our brothers facing aggression from the Palestinian occupiers, and to enhance the security of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria,” it explained. The dates of the trip coincide with the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.

As of yesterday, in response to this call, there were 55 French citizens, both men and women, with military experience, stationed inside the illegal Israeli settlements up and down the West Bank. Organised into five separate groups of 11, their mandate is to “defend the settlements against any attack from Palestinians”, and to “aid” in areas where they feel there is a lack of Israeli army personnel or police forces.

The website belongs to the French chapter of the Jewish Defence League (JDL), a far-right Jewish group founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane in the United States in 1968. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has refered to the JDL as a “violent extremist organisation”.

JDL in France

“In France, it is a movement made up of French citizens who defend the Jewish
community when faced with aggression, and also defends Israel in a more general
manner,” said Amnon Cohen, a spokesperson for the group. “In terms of ideology,
we are Zionists, pro-Israeli, and we share similar ideologies to that of the Ichud Leumi [“National Union”] party in Israel.” The National Union advocates the settlement of Jewish people in the entirety of the occupied West Bank, which it calls by its biblical name of Judea and Samaria.

“People say we are extreme because we believe in Judea and Samaria, and that this belongs to the Israelis, the Jews, but I don’t consider this to be extreme,” he told Al Jazeera.

Cohen was quick to point out that the JDL, contrary to recent media reports, is not banned in Israel or the US, but in fact, has active chapters across the world, including the US, Canada, the UK and France.

“We are active, the authorities are aware of us, and we maintain good relations with them,” he said.

Numerous examples of targeted attacks on pro-Palestinian entities, movements, and demonstrations across France by individuals associating with the JDL validate Cohen’s statements.

Nicolas Shahshahani, manager of La Librarie Resistances, a bookstore located in a quiet neighbourhood of Paris, has been the victim of such aggression. The first attack occurred in December 2006 soon after the store’s opening, when Shahshahani asked two Jewish authors, the late Tanya Reinhart and Aharon Shabtai to speak, both critics of Israeli policy in the occupied territories. Midway through the event, the bookstore was suddenly filled with tear gas, as a group of six masked people wearing helmets, and armed with iron bars entered and raided the store, shouting obscenities at the attendees. “They broke the windows, and I had to go to the hospital to get treatment for the teargas,” Shahshahani told Al Jazeera. “We launched a complaint against the
police, but of course there was no investigation.”

In July 2009 the bookstore was targeted once again. Five people, who identified themselves as members of the JDL, poured litres of cooking oil all over the store and its books. “This is just as efficient as fire, if not more, if you want to damage a bookshop,” explained Shahshahani.

That time, however, the perpetrators were taken to court, where they admitted guilt, and were given suspended prison terms plus made to pay civil damages.

Courts and convictions

In another case, about 20 JDL members assaulted four students from Nanterre University. The attack, in which one student had his facial bones broken, took place within the compounds of the Administrative Court of Paris. Only Anthony Attal, reputed to be head of the group at the time, was charged.

The spokesperson for the Nanterre student association, AGEN, who wished to
remain anonymous for fear of reprisal attacks, was present when the beating took
place. Forced to do their own investigation into the matter, the students presented the police with their evidence. “We had video footage that identified Attal as the perpetrator,” he said, adding that as an association, AGEN – a Palestinian solidarity organisation – was regularly targeted by the JDL.

“When you spend many years attending these demonstrations, you start to recognise the faces of those who turn up and commit acts of aggression and intimidation, and then you see the same faces in court. It’s not difficult to point out who belongs to the JDL,” he said.

The court process to convict Attal was unusual, according to Dominique Cochain, the lawyer representing one of the victims. “The aggressor wasn’t present in the court, neither was his lawyer, and the judge therefore took it upon himself to interrogate the victim for two hours, trying to make the victim say it was a fight rather than an act of aggression,” essentially playing the role of the defence lawyer, she told Al Jazeera.

Since his conviction, Attal has been captured on video at several pro-Palestinian demonstrations, as recently as this summer.

“It gives the signal to others that there is a possibility to continue with this type of aggression, because it is not dealt with harshly,” said Cochain. “In my opinion, there is a certain level of tolerance between the French authorities and this group.”

Cochain, who has been defending victims of these aggressions since 2004, has also been a victim of intimidation. “I’ve been verbally abused and menaced because of the cases I do,” she said. “They’ve called me the ‘devil lawyer’ and taken my photo,” adding that she can identify them by the JDL logos they flash at her.

‘Protecting the community’

Cohen, however, says any association between the attacks and the JDL are false. “These people say whatever they want against us, but it doesn’t mean it’s us doing it,” he said.

Trying to connect members officially to the group is difficult to prove, due to the way organisations are structured in France. Registration would force the group to put out a manifesto and officially name members of its board. However, as registration is not obligatory, the JDL can exist without being registered, whereby membership is neither official nor public.

Cohen admitted the group was not registered under the name of the JDL, adding that it was registered under different names, “which are not important to know”.

Some people claim that the police purposefully ignore unlawful acts of aggression purportedly carried out by the JDL. While Cohen denies this, he admits to having good relations with the authorities.

“Our adversaries say we work hand in hand with them, but we don’t,” he said. “We just divide the work. For example, if there is a protest we are involved in, the police secure the streets, and we secure the entrances.”

“The police know that we are there to protect the community,” he added.

French authorities referred Al Jazeera to the Ministry of Interior, who did not respond to an interview request.

‘Violent youths’

The JDL encourages its members to undertake training in Krav Maga [Hebrew: “hand to hand combat”], a form of martial art used by the Israeli forces for close combat in urban warfare.

“We give this training to our members, so they are capable of defending themselves,” Cohen explained.

Military training is also encouraged for its members. “I tell the members that they should do military service, and we encourage this,” said Cohen, adding that some JDL members have been enrolled in the French army.

But AGEN says each of its demonstrations have been targeted by the JDL. “They hear about pro-Palestinian demonstrations, such as the Gaza flotilla solidarity events we had this summer, and they show up and start abusing people. It’s not self-defence when they actively search for the demonstration,” he said. “They hide in the streets when demonstrations happen, and attack the tail-end of the protests.”

“We’ve asked for the dissolution of the JDL through a petition signed by 30 different associations, as they are an armed militia, which is forbidden in France,” he said, but the petition has yet to gain traction with French authorities.

Ironically, prominent Jewish lobbies in France dissociate with the JDL, claiming they are groups of violent youth who do not represent the Jewish community.

Richard Prasquier, president of the Conseil Representatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF), France’s main Jewish lobby group, told Al Jazeera: “There are no relations between CRIF and the JDL, and I don’t want anything to do with them.”

Others remain unconvinced. “For years there have been calls for the government to dissolve the JDL, but they have done nothing because of CRIF,” said Shahshahani. “On the street, when CRIF holds a public event, it’s the JDL that provides the security in coordination with the French police.”

Cohen confirmed what Shahshahani had said, adding: “Officially CRIF says they are separate from us, but there is the official position, and then there is reality. When there is something going on, they call us.”

Sammy Ghozlan, a former police officer and president of the Bureau Nationnal de Vigilance Contre le Anti-semitisme (BNVCA), told Al Jazeera that they too “have no particular relationship with the JDL”, although he was more understanding to the motives behind such actions.

“While the JDL are an extremist group, and not very well tolerated, their actions are a result of the discontent that exists, and this is continuing to grow,” said Ghozlan. “Furthermore, the violence from the pro-Palestinian side is increasing, and the Jewish people are in despair.”

‘Very serious show of solidarity’

Referring to the current “mission” to Israel and the West Bank, the call for solidarity is being taken very seriously by the JDL. Cohen refused to give any personal details of his comrades in the settlements, as “it is not a show, but a serious gesture of solidarity. This is a serious trip; we’ve sent over people who are slightly older, with more experience, between the ages of 24 and 35”, including three women.

“We know the IDF doesn’t need us, but we”re going to show our solidarity. We’re going over to make sure all areas are covered, and to defend the settlements,” he said.

Pro-Palestinian activists such as Shahshahani say the call should be taken seriously. “They are publicly recruiting people with military experience, French citizens with military experience, to serve a foreign country with guns, what is this called?” he said. “We all know of people who were sent to Guantanamo, including French citizens, because of actions like these. What about the ones who aid the Israeli army?”

( / 25.09.2011)