Barak blij met explosie basis Iran

De Israëlische minister van Defensie Barak is blij met de explosie van zaterdag op een legerbasis in Iran.

Bij die explosie kwamen zeker 17 leden van de Iraanse Revolutionaire Garde om het leven, onder wie de stichter van de artillerie-eenheden van de garde.

“Israël zal geen traan laten om de explosie. Het zou goed zijn als zoiets vaker gebeurde”, zei Barak op de radio.

Iran zegt dat er iets mis ging bij het transport van munitie. Volgens een Iraanse ballingengroep gebeurde het op een raketbasis. Israël wantrouwt Iran steeds sterker nu de aanwijzingen dat Iran een kernwapen maakt, toenemen.

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The wall

Newspaper ‘Yedioth Ahronoth’ Zionism revealed that the fence wire, which is built by the Zionist entity on its borders with Egypt will be the largest of any fence last built by the Tel Aviv on its borders, and intended purely to protect the country from attacks that target, especially after the bloody attack, which occurred in Eilat recently, and strained relations with Egypt.

The newspaper said that it is being built a monster of wire along the border with Egypt, the wall will not be less about the wall being built in the West Bank, a project that aims to maintain the security of the Zionist entity.

Israeli bulldozers raze Qalqiliya village lands

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces accompanied bulldozers that razed through Palestinian-owned lands near Qalqiliya on Sunday, locals said.

The vehicles cut down trees and leveled ground belonging to farmers from nearby village Azzun Atma, residents said.

Local farmer Ibrahim Abdullah told Ma’an the area was bulldozed to “ensure security for settlements which they originally confiscated from Palestinian citizens.”

An Israeli army spokesman said he was not familiar with the incident, and Israel’s Civil Administration could not be reached for comment.

Azzun Atma lies between Israeli settlements Oranit and Shaare Tiqwa, and locals fear Israeli authorities plan to construct a no-go zone on the most fertile land of the village to buffer the settlements.

The real aim of the bulldozing is to expand settlements at the expense of Palestinian farmers, Abdullah warned.

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Anti Jewish political party joins Greek new government.

Jewish organizations have expressed concern over the presence of an extreme-right anti-Semitic party in the new government of national unity in Greece.

The Greek new interim cabinet, led by Lucas Papademos, set up after the resignation of George Papandreou, held its first session on Friday after having been sworn in earlier in the day. It will have to roll out painful austerity measures to calm the
turmoil that threatens to bankrupt Greece and force it out of the euro zone.

“We are deeply concerned by the presence in the new unity government of the LAOS extreme-right, headed by Georgios Karatzaferis,” the American Jewish Committee (AJC) said.

According to reports, Karatzaferis, a tv-channel owner and former member of the European Parliament, has a record of outrageous statements about Jews, including spreading the libel that Jews were implicated in the 9/11 attacks by their
alleged absence from work that day.

He challenged the Israeli ambassador in Greece to come and debate on “the Holocaust, the Auschwitz and Dachau myth” and in 2001 he stated that “the Jews have no legitimacy to speak in Greece and provoke the political world. Their impudence
is crass.”

“We urge the new Greek leadership, understandably preoccupied with the economic crisis, not to permit any such expression of outright bigotry or anti-Semitism to emerge from its ranks,” the AJC said in a statement.

LAOS, the Popular Orthodox Rally, is an extreme right party established by Karatzaferis in 2000 which won 7% of the vote in the last general elections.

The party joined this week the unity government together with the Socialist PASOK party of Papandreou and the Conservative New Democracy party.

Two ministers of LAOS took ministerial posts. One of them Adonis Georgiadis, has in the past advertised and endorsed a controversial Greek book called “Jews: The Whole Truth” on his television show broadcast on LAOS’s leader tv channel.

The book has been described by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) as a “defamatory, anti-Semitic book in which Jews are called ‘subhuman’ and are directly threatened with annihilation.”.

The American Jewish Committee has voiced its “admiration and respect” for outgoing Prime Minister Papandreou who, it said, “forged a warm link with neighboring Israel, which has accrued to the mutual benefit of both countries.”

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Campaigners push for Israeli products boycott

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Campaigners passed out leaflets and erected posters in central Bethlehem on Sunday in a new push to boycott Israeli products.

The campaign, organizer by political party Palestinian National Initiative and the Bethlehem-based International Solidarity Initiative, urges residents to stop buying Israeli products available in the West Bank.

The boycott seeks to show that “all sectors of the Palestinian people should partake in popular resistance, which is an important strategy towards ending occupation and getting rid of (Israeli) settlers in order to establish an independent Palestinian state,” Mazin Al-Azza, campaign coordinator in Bethlehem, said in a statement.

ISI Director Fadi Kattan said it was time for Palestinians to stop paying money that is used by people “who kill Palestinians and confiscate their lands,” the statement continued.

The boycott targets “Israeli products whose profits support the occupation,” he added.

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Turkey evacuates embassy officials’ families in Damascus following attack

A crowd of around a thousand attacked the Turkish embassy in Damascus on Saturday evening, throwing stones and bottles before Syrian police intervened to break up the protest, Turkey’s state-run Anatolian news agency said on Sunday.

Attacks were also staged against Turkey’s consulate in Aleppo and its honorary consulate in Latakia, the agency reported Turkish embassy officials in Damascus as saying.

The attacks took place hours after the Arab League suspended Syria for failing to carry out a promise to halt its armed crackdown on eight-month-old pro-democracy demonstrations and open a dialogue with its opponents.

On Saturday evening, residents in Syria said crowds armed with sticks and knives attacked the Saudi Arabian embassy in Damascus and the French and Turkish consulates in Latakia after the Arab League suspended Syria.

They said hundreds of men shouting slogans in support of President Bashar al-Assad beat a guard and broke into the Saudi embassy in Abu Rummaneh, three blocks away from Assad’s offices in one of the most heavily policed areas of the capital.

Outside the Turkish embassy, protesters chanted anti-Turkey slogans, tried to climb the walls and force the gates open. Syrian police intervened using teargas to break up the protest as the demonstrators threw stones and bottles, Anatolian said.

After cultivating ties with Assad and Syria for several years, Turkey has this year robustly condemned the repression of peaceful protests, fearing Syrian violence could spill over the border if it develops a stronger ethnic or sectarian dimension.

Syrian opposition figures have met in Istanbul to forge a united front, the Syrian National Council. Turkey has also given sanctuary to Syrian military officers who have defected.

In Aleppo, demonstrators entered the consulate garden and tried to lower the Turkish flag but were prevented from doing so by consulate officials.

A group of some 5,000 gathered outside the Turkish honorary consulate in Latakia, 330 km (210 miles) north of Damascus on the Mediterranean coast, and broke windows. The officials said a Turkish flag was burned at this protest, Anatolian said.

No officials at the Turkish diplomatic missions were injured in the protests, it added.

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Netanyahu is working to limit free speech in Israel, Labor leader says

In response to cabinet’s approval of bill limiting funding to human rights groups, Shelly Yachimovich says PM pushing away from global democracies; Tzipi Livni: Israel should be a country in which everyone can voice his or her opinion.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has set upon itself to limit free speech and declare war on Israel’s judicial system, Labor leader MK Shelly Yachimovich said on Sunday, adding that a wave of recent Likud bills was pushing Israel away from the democratic world.

Yachimovich’s comment came after, earlier Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved two bills that would limit foreign funding for Israeli human rights organizations.

Netanyahu had already announced support for one of the bills, sponsored by two members of his Likud party – MKs Tzipi Hotovely and Ofir Akunis – which would cap foreign governments’ contributions to “political” non-governmental organizations at NIS 20,000.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu, meanwhile, is throwing its weight behind the second initiative brought forh by party MK Fania Kirshenbaum, which would slap a 45 percent tax on foreign governments’ donations to NGOs ineligible for state funding.

In response to the cabinet’s decision, and with several contentious bills in the Knesset pipeline, Yachimovich said in a statement Sunday that Netanyahu’s Likud-led cabinet has set out to”declare war against the judicial system, injure free specch and push itself further away from the democratic, enlightened world.”

“Netanyahu cannot hide behind his party’s MKs anymore and wash his hands from the deluge of undemocratic bills,” the Labor chief said, adding that her party would “continue to struggle with all its might for the preservation of democratic values and will work to thwart similar bills.”

Yachimovich also said that the premier must “open his eyes and conduct himself as [former Prime Minister] Menachem Begin did when he put the rule of law above all and would not participate in the destruction of Israel’s strongholds of democracy.”

Also commenting on the cabinet’s move to hand over the contentious bill to the Knesset’s approval, Opposition leader and Kadima chairperson Tzipi Livni accused Netanyahu’s coalition of promoting “silencing” bills, saying that each member of the cabinet was “trying to prove he was more nationalist than his peers.”

“This government, acting out of trepidation, fear, and self preservation, has been passing a string of bills that are meant to shut mouths and bills that would cause justices to have to thank politicians a day after being elected into office.”

Livni said that “Israel was strong enough to not have to shut mouths and be the kind of country in which everyone can voice their opinions, even if we don’t appreciate it.”

In yet another response to the cabinet’s decision, the New Israel Fund (NIF) said in a statement it was dismayed and disappointed that legislation defunding Israel’s progressive civil society passed the cabinet today with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s support.”

“Despite widespread condemnation of these measures specifically designed to destroy Israel’s progressive NGO community, the cabinet’s dedication to Israeli democracy seems to be only a hasbara soundbite, now sacrificed to fear of dissent and political expediency,” the statement said, adding that the NIF and our allied organizations will continue to fight this legislation as it progresses to the Knesset.”

“If this legislation passes, Israel will become the only Western democracy to outlaw outside funding for NGOs it designates as ‘political.’ We call on all Israelis and lovers of Israel worldwide to reject this latest assault on the values and freedoms maintained by every real democracy,” the statement said.

One of the bill’s sponsors, MKs Tzipi Hotovely, said following the cabinet meeting that Israel “passed a major hurdle en route to cleansing Israel’s policies from foreign influence, of the kind that do not wish Israel’s favor.”

Hotovely criticized the negative reaction the cabinet meeting received from opposition parties, calling it “hypocrisy.”

“It is the right and duty of the State of Israel to conduct itself according to the will of the Israeli public, as opposed to succumbing to foreign attempts to buy influence within Israel,” she added.

Likud MK Danny Danon called the bill’s approval “good news to all those involved in the Zionist enterprise,” adding that an organization that subverts state authority should be outlawed.”

Danon said the bill was a first step on the way to “uprooting the lesion that is the extreme Left from Israeli society.”

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Islamic publishers gather in Tehran

Islamic publishers from all over the world, More than a hundred publishers and researchers from forty one countries have attended the 2nd Conference of Islamic World Publishers, nine countries more than the first Conference last year. The aim of the conference is:

High ranking officials believe that this is no time for differences between Moslems

The participants talked of the problems that the Islamic Publishers face through out the world

Five topics including, ’the promotion of Quran and its concepts’, Copyright, ’the economics of publishing and distribution system’, ‘e-publishing’ and ‘finding intellectual and cultural needs of the world’ are to be discussed in this two day event.

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Israel moves to limit foreign funds for organizations

JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An Israeli ministerial committee gave initial approval on Sunday to legislation intended to clamp limits on funding by foreign governments for Israeli organizations.

Critics say the measure is aimed mainly at choking off European and other Western aid to left-wing groups. Supporters say such monetary support from abroad is tantamount to foreign interference in internal Israeli politics.

A ministerial panel passed the bill, introduced by members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, by a vote of 11 to 5.

Parliament could begin discussing the legislation as early as next week when the full cabinet is due to consider amendments proposed by several ministers, government officials said.

The bill would then need to pass four votes in parliament to become law.

The legislation amends a law governing funding for non-governmental organizations by setting a ceiling of 20,000 shekels ($5,400) a year for the amount another government may contribute each year to any group.

Netanyahu conditionally backs the measure, although it has drawn protests from European diplomats, officials in his office said, adding that he had urged lawmakers to double the funding limit and exempt humanitarian groups from the restrictions.

“He supports that the process move forward but there has to be a full discussion on the wording of the bill, and deliberation on its ramifications. He wants to be cautious,” one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


“You cannot have a situation where foreign governments actively intervene in internal Israeli politics,” the official added, summing up what he said seemed the majority view of Likud cabinet ministers.

In explanatory comments, the Israeli bill says it expressly intended to “bar Israeli organizations from receiving money from foreign governments and international groups such as the United Nations and European Union.”

It charges that funding from these countries may “act to incite many organizations operating under the guise of being human rights groups, which try to influence the political discourse, and Israel’s character and policy.”

While the measure does not specify which Israeli organizations are being targeted, one of its sponsors, Likud lawmaker Ofir Akounis, cited the settlement watch group “Peace Now,” human rights group “B’Tselem” and a military watchdog called “Breaking the Silence” as foreign aid recipients.

The measure is one of several condemned as bids to muzzle critics of Israeli policies toward Palestinians who seek a state on land Israel captured in a 1967 war.

Another divisive measure on parliament’s agenda seeks to tax heavily contributions to non-governmental groups, while another bill would entrench in law a definition of Israel as a Jewish homeland, a characterization that has drawn criticism from the country’s Arab minority.

“What we have is a bunch of laws in which the majority is trying to exert tyranny over others, and that is what is so dangerous here,” left-wing Israeli lawmaker Ilan Gillon said.

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Rosenthal is op bezoek in Tripoli

Minister Uri Rosenthal van Buitenlandse Zaken is vandaag op bezoek in de Libische hoofdstad Tripoli. Hij heeft gesproken met de voorzitter van de Libische Overgangsraad, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, en met de interim-premier Abdul al-Raheem al-Qeeb.

Rosenthal zegde onder meer toe om zo snel mogelijk 2 miljard dollar aan Libische tegoeden te ontdooien. Nederland beloofde Libië eerder 3,5 miljard dollar vrij te geven, maar dat was tot nog toe niet gelukt.

‘Libië heeft die gelden nu nodig. De overgangsregering moet zware inspanningen leveren om het leger en de politie op te bouwen.’

Rosenthal benadrukte het belang van het wegnemen van wapens bij de bevolking. Hij zei financiële hulp te zullen geven voor het ontmantelen van schouderraketten.

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