News from Syria 09.01.2012

Excellent inspirational video about democracy and revolutions: Watch this, it’s amazing.

#Daraa Harra Sporadic shooting is heard at the military checkpoint in the Northern area

#Damascus Rokn Eddein An evening demo started in the area Chants for freedom and the regime’s ouster

Unconfirmed: In the speech tomorrow, Bashar will come out of the closet. His lisp is not fooling anyone. We all knew he was gay. #Syria

#Assad will deliver a speech at noon tomorrow would it be good or he want more blood to his people #Syria

Breaking: Stand up comedy show in Damascus tomorrow featuring Bashar Al-Assad. Let’s hope it will be as memorable as Daffy’s zanga zanga.

#Damascus Zakia Hundreds participated in an evening demo in solidarity with the besieged cities where they chanted for regime’s ouster

#DeirEzzor sec forces are imposing a security siege at all these areas Qarnat Jaafar Herak Ghassan Abbod roundabout and many other areas

#Damascus Qara An evening demo started in solidarity with the besieged cities Chants for freedom and the regime’s ouster

#DeirEzzor sec forces disperse the protesters in front of the Nour Hsopital by force in the Taklaya street and are following them

#DeirEzzor At least one person is wounded after security members opened gunfire at protesters waiting for the Arab League observers

#Homs Qusair Intensive shooting by security members stationed at the Municipality’s the hospital and the Silos

We did it!

2012 will be the year when Ni’lin replanted all olive trees destroyed by the Israeli army since the construction of the wall reached the village in 2008. By replanting the trees, planning for years to come, the people of Ni’lin are sending a simple but strong message to the settlers, Israel and the world: We are here to stay.

The funding was secured by the joint donations from 232 persons in 30 countries, and the target was reached during the final days of 2011. This also sends a strong message to people all over the world, that the worldwide support and solidarity with the Palestinian people is not a power to ignore. Step by step, 7 Euro by 7 Euro, the funding has been secured by ordinary people in an united cause.

We are also very happy to announce that a Swedish non-profit-importer of Olive oil, Jord & Frihet (Land and Liberty), have decided to make a donation to cover transactions, transports and unexpected costs up to 1 000 Euro. If you live in Sweden, visit their website to order Palestinian olive oil bottles or to find out where to get it.

Finally, we are now preparing for the replanting in the end of this month. We will provide more information on the replanting very shortly. Please contact us if you’re interested in volunteering.


Saeed Amireh & Niklas Berg

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Will Jews be Able to Live in a Future Palestinian State?

Allowing Israeli settlers to remain in the West Bank may ease the burden of drawing a border, but it is not in the interests of Palestinians or Israelis

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Israeli children in the settlement of Itamar in the West Bank.

The Atlantic’s new special report “Is Peace Possible?” is featuring multimedia presentations on the four core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: BordersSecurityRefugees, and Jerusalem. These are complex issues, so post your questions in the comments section of each chapter, send them via email (to, or tweet them to us at @IsPeacePossible.

Much of your Borders presentation focuses on how to draw the final borders of Israel in order to evacuate as few Israelis as possible from the West Bank. Why can’t Israelis stay in the West Bank as citizens or residents in the new Palestinian state? Are Palestinians insisting on a Judenrein?
Allowing settlers and settlements to remain in the future state of Palestine, and therefore obviating the need to evacuate them forcefully, would remove one of the biggest obstacles to reaching and implementing an agreement. There are a few different versions of this concept, but most of them involve the idea of leaving those Israeli settlers who wish to remain (and there are many who would not want to) in existing settlements, most likely under Palestinian sovereignty but with some limited autonomous rights.
 9-11 Ten Years LaterObviously, the novel part of this proposal is to make it part of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, as Israelis live in settlements right now, but absent the legitimacy of any significant international actor. The only party that could grant Israeli settlers and settlements the legitimacy they need is the Palestinians. So the key question to ask here is whether the Palestinians would accept such a notion.
Palestinians, in short, have resoundingly objected to such a proposal. “If we want an independent state, I will not accept any single Israeli in our territories,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said at a dinner with Jewish leaders in 2010 hosted by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. “We are not against the Jews. We are against the Israeli occupation.”
Why are Palestinians so opposed to this idea? To Palestinians, the settlement enterprise in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and formerly in the Gaza Strip is the most potent symbol of Israeli occupation. In their eyes — and in the eyes of the vast majority of the international community — they embody Israel’s aggressive strategy to chip away at what is left of the 22 percent of their historical homeland that they claim for a state. Politically, the continuation of settlement growth and expansion has signaled to them Israeli insincerity about a viable two state solution. It is no surprise, therefore, that the Palestinians insist that as part of a final resolution of the conflict, all settlements and settlers will be removed from within the borders of the new state of Palestine. For them, it would be the minimal correction to an historic injustice.
Palestinians claim that once they are satisfied that this injustice has been rectified, they would be ready to consider allowing Israeli Jews to become residents or citizens of Palestine in accordance with Palestinian immigration laws and relevant clauses of the peace treaty. “Once we have peace and two states on the ground, we will have to work on the best of the special relationships between Palestinians and Israelis,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told the Jerusalem Post. “I hope the day will come when Israelis can live freely in the state of Palestine.”
It is difficult to gauge the level of sincerity with which Palestinians endorse such an option. On the one hand,  it is the radical elements of the settler population — historically and currently the source of violent aggression against West Bankers — that are most likely to want to live in the new state of Palestine. On the other hand, it would be difficult for Palestinians to enact policies that discriminate on ethnic or religious grounds. “The kind of state that we want to have, that we aspire to have, is one that would definitely espouse high values of tolerance, co-existence, mutual respect and deference to all cultures, religions. No discrimination whatsoever, on any basis whatsoever,” Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said in 2009. “Jews to the extent they choose to stay and live in the state of Palestine will enjoy those rights and certainly will not enjoy any less rights than Israeli Arabs enjoy now in the State of Israel.” (In turn, it would also be difficult for Israel to demand Palestinian immigration policies that allow Israelis to become residents or citizens if Israel would not allow the same right to Palestinians.)
Even though the idea of Israelis remaining in a future Palestinian state has recently gained traction in right-wing Israeli and international circles, many Israeli officials object to it. Their first concern is the Israeli interest of clarifying that the two-state solution is a two nation-state solution: Israel fulfills the national aspirations of the Jewish people and Palestine fulfills the national aspirations of the Palestinian people. Accordingly, mixture of populations should be kept to the absolute minimum necessary. For years, Israeli officials criticized the Palestinian Liberation Movement for being the only nationalist movement that wanted, in their demand for a return of Palestinian refugees to homes and properties left in 1948 within Israel proper, to settle parts of its people outside their independent state. Now, some Israelis seem to be arguing for a similar trend.
Secondly, allowing settlers and settlements to stay intact in Palestine would undermine the basic Israeli rationale for amending the 1967 lines. If all settlers could stay where they are — why change the 1967 lines to annex some of them at all?
Thirdly, and not least important, is the issue of security. Should violent incidents occur between Israelis living in the new state of Palestine and Palestinian citizens or security forces, the Israeli government would be in a very tough spot — pressed to act in what essentially is a domestic Palestinian matter of law and order. Any incursion could threaten the peace agreement by infringing on Palestinian sovereignty; if it didn’t act, the Israeli government would allow its citizens to come under threat a few kilometers from its borders, within the historical land of Israel. “How can I provide Israelis living in Palestine with security?” asked former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni during the Annapolis negotiations. “I cannot bear the responsibility of their life in case they are exposed to danger and then the army will have to interfere.”
There are many technical challenges to the implementation of such a proposal. Will the settlers be granted Palestinian citizenship or will they be only residents of Palestine? Will dual Israeli-Palestinian citizenship be allowed by Palestine? by Israel? What will be their civil obligations to Palestine and to Israel? Will they be able to vote in either or both places? But the key impediment to its adoption is that, despite its allure in relieving the need to evacuate Israeli settlers, it is in the interests of neither Palestinians nor Israelis.
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Palestijnen en Israël praten opnieuw

Israëlische en Palestijnse onderhandelaars hebben elkaar vandaag voor de tweede keer in een week tijd ontmoet. In de Jordaanse hoofdstad Amman werd gezocht naar manieren om het vredesoverleg nieuw leven in te blazen.

Palestijnse en Israëlische functionarissen bevestigden de ontmoeting. De gesprekken vinden plaats op aandringen en met bemiddeling van het zogenoemde Kwartet: de VN, VS, EU en Rusland.

Het rechtstreekse vredesoverleg tussen Palestijnen en Israël werd in september 2010 afgebroken. Toen liep een Israëlische bouwstop voor illegale Joodse nederzettingen af.

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Youth ‘clash with forces’ in north Jenin village

JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces clashed with youth in a north Jenin village on Monday afternoon after military vehicles deployed to the area, locals told Ma’an.

Israeli military jeeps spread out through Zububa village adjacent to the Salem checkpoint, and youth pelted stones and empty bottles at the forces, who returned tear gas and sound grenades, residents said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Zububa’s location next to the Israel’s separation wall and military checkpoint attracts frequent raids and closures by the army, locals added.

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Mission Statement


  • To emphasize that the CORE issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are the   DISPOSSESSION and ETHNIC CLEANSING (compulsory population transfer to achieve political gains) of the Palestinian people for the past six decades. In our opinion, the conflict would have been at the same level of intensity even if both parties had been Jewish, Muslims, or Christians.
  • To create an easy medium where refugees can communicate, organize, and share their experiences amongst themselves. The refugees are encouraged to attach their stories, memories, pictures, movies, music files, join discussions at the message board and guest book sections, directory service listing of the refugees and their contact information, and URL links related to each listed town.
  • To provide a comprehensive source of information about the villages and cities that were ethnically cleansed, looted, and destroyed by the Israeli army. At each town’s homepage, you will find pictures (both before and after 1948), the current status of the town, the Israeli colonies that occupy the town’s lands, a brief history of the town before and after Nakba, detailed accounts of atrocities and any acts of terror, personal accounts from the refugees themselves, and above all live interviews from refugees reciting their experiences before, during and after al-Nakba.
  • To preserve the memories and the experiences of the Palestinian people around the world, especially the 726,000 Palestinians refugees who were ethnically cleansed from their homes, farms, and businesses as a result of the 1948 war. Currently, the dispossessed refugees number 6.5 million and constitute the great majority of the Palestinian people. On the political front, so far their voices have gone unheard, and we at hope to amplify their voices in cyberspace.
  • To increase refugees’ awareness of their rights to return to their homes, farms, and businesses based on United Nations General Assemblyresolution 194. Based on this resolution, every single refugee has the right to go back to his or her home, and to be compensated for any loss of their properties, pain, and suffering.
  • To respond to the widely popular Zionist myth that: “Palestine was a country with no people for people with no country“, at length we haveresponded to this myth. With the help of our online community (made up of tens of thousands of refugees), visitors to the site can verify how Palestine has its people who are rich with history, culture and values.
  • To reach out to Israelis so they can feel the human behind this “Palestinian” or “the enemy”, who was forced out from his home, farm, and business to make way to persecuted European Jewish refugees. We are proud to be one of the few mediums where Israelis and Palestinians can reach out to each other and meet, of course other than at the humiliating checkpoints. It should be noted, that the majority of the site’s page views comes from Israel, and many of the pictures and films that we have of the destroyed villages were shared by Israelis. We understand that many Israelis and Jews around the world support the Palestinian struggle for justice and are willing to do their part in bringing an end to the wrongs of the past.
  • To send clear and an unambiguous message to all the Westerners that the Palestinian people cannot be crossed for what they have sinned against their Jewish citizens. Palestine and its people cannot be the saviors  for their tortured conscious and souls for what they have done to the Jews who used to call Europe home. Their blind support to the “Jewish state” and its racists policies is blindly guided with their guilty conscious. Locking Jews, Palestinians and Arabs into eternal struggle will neither bring peace to the Middle East nor to the whole world.

     How Can You Help?

  •    In the Spring of 2003, launched al-Nakba’s Oral History Project. As of now, we have conducted no less than 600 interview, covering 300 town, and containing over 2,500 hours of recording,click here to learn more. This project is in serious need of your help to expand it outside of Jordan and to guarantee its continuity. Currently, it is being funded from private funds, and unfortunately there is so much to do in such a little time. Your generous donation, no matter how little it is, will be critical for the project’s survival.   Click here, if you wish to send your donation.
  • Spread and promote the site especially among Palestinians who are capable of documenting the memories of their relatives.  To help you promote the website among Palestinians, we have prepared a flier in MS Word format, click here to download. Please be free to print and distribute in community your centers, mosques, churches, and shops.
  • If you have any pictures for your hometown, you can help us by scanning and uploading these images to the site. It’s an easy process, so far over thirty thousand pictures have have been uploaded to the site from all over the world.
  • If you are from a village that has been destroyed, publicize your village’s page to your friends and family. Help us publicize the injustice that has been perpetrated against your people.

If you are an Israeli, you can help us by contributing any information or pictures you have about the destroyed or ethnically cleansed cities and villages. We at do not judge all Israelis or Jews by the actions of the Zionist movement and its leaders. We understand that many Israelis and Jews around the world support the Palestinian struggle for justice and are willing to do their part in bringing an end to the wrongs of the past

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IOF kidnap 10 Palestinians in night raids

WEST BANK, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) carried out at dawn Monday a wide detention campaign in different West Bank areas where many Palestinians were reportedly kidnapped.

Israeli military sources affirmed that 10 Palestinians were kidnapped and referred to interrogation centers.

The sources did not say the names of the Palestinian detainees or the areas they were kidnapped from.

Palestinian security sources said the IOF stormed at dawn many West Bank villages and cities, and intimidated and forced families out in the cold before they started to ransack their houses.

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Arab League to deploy more Syria monitors

Regional bloc decides to increase the number of observers and give those deployed more resources to monitor violence.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the league’s foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday to discuss the progress of the mission.The Arab League has decided to send more observers to Syria, despite criticism over the effectiveness of their mission that is part of a plan to end the violence there.

The regional bloc again urged the Syrian government to end its violence against protesters and allow the monitors in the country to work more freely, but stopped short of asking the UN for help.

The arrival of the monitors last month to judge whether the government was honouring a pledge to end the crackdown on the country’s uprisning appears to have done little to the violence, in which the UN says more than 5,000 people have been killed.


After Sunday’s progress meeting in Cairo, the Arab League group on Syria said the government had only partly implemented a promise to stop the crackdown, free those jailed during the crisis and withdraw its troops from cities.

In its closing communique, the league said it would increase the number of monitors from the present 165 and give them more resources, ignoring calls to end what pro-democracy campaigners say is a toothless mission that buys more time for the government to suppress opponents.

Arab League officials said the continuation of the mission, due to make a full report on January 19, depended on the Syrian government’s commitment to ending violence and honouring its promises.

League foreign ministers will discuss the findings on January 19 and 20.

‘Responsibility to act’

“If the … report comes out saying the violence has not stopped, the Arab League will have a responsibility to act on that … We have to be clear and honest with the Syrian people,” Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim
Al Thani told a news conference after the meeting.

He did not say what the league might do, but President Bashar al-Assad’s failure to abide by the peace plan resulted in Syria’s suspension from the 22-member regional body in November.

The Arab plan also called for Assad’s government to permit peaceful protests, start dialogue with political opponents and allow foreign media to travel freely to the country.

Syria agreed, but the pledge remains unfulfilled.

Qatar, which chairs the group and has been critical of the mission’s performance, had proposed inviting UN technicians and human rights experts to help Arab monitors assess whether Syria was honouring its pledges.

“We have not yet agreed to send individuals,” Sheikh Hamad said. Asked if this could happen in the future, he said: “It depends on how events develop.”

The league’s communique called on the Syrian opposition to present its political vision for the country’s future, and asked the bloc’s secretary general to convene a meeting with them.

In Syria, security forces and pro-Assad armed groups killed seven people on Sunday, in and around the central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Another opposition organisation, the Local Co-ordination Committees, put Sunday’s death toll at 14, including 10 in Homs.

The Free Syrian Army, an armed opposition force composed mainly of army deserters, has joined the 10-month revolt, which has turned increasingly violent.

The government says “terrorists” have killed 2,000 members of the security forces during the uprising.

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Dr Amer: The countdown to a new Israeli war on Gaza started

GAZA, (PIC)– Specialist in Israeli affairs and political analyst Dr. Adnan Abu Amer said the countdown to new military aggression against the Gaza Strip started, but when this war would happen is not yet decided by the Israeli occupation regime.

Dr. Amer made his remarks in a political symposium held on Sunday in Al-Omah university in Gaza.

“I think the occupation is busy now more than ever mulling over the timeline for a military campaign that seems to be closer,” the specialist in Israeli affairs stated.

He explained that the Israeli occupation, through its war threats, has sent several messages to the Arabs and the first of them is political.

“The regional changes, the occupation’s losing of more allies after the Arab spring and its military and security exposure have made it to live in a state of panic. The Israeli decision-maker wants to regain the balance he has lost and send a message that the war is not directed against Gaza and its resistance but against the political region around Gaza which changed greatly,” the specialist added.

The second message is related to the Israeli intelligence concern about the growing capabilities of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza and its thirst to explore them, the specialist elaborated.

“The enemy will not stand up for the growing development of the resistance which has turned from guerrilla groups to a regular army, so it wants to test the weapons of the resistance and the level it has reached.”

For his part, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, who took part in the symposium, said his Movement is geared up to confront any new Israeli aggression against Gaza.

“We are prepared for the war and deal with the Israeli treats at the same time as a psychological warfare,” spokesman Barhoum stated.

The spokesman stressed that the competition between Israeli leaders are based on who can inflict the biggest losses among the Palestinians.

“An Israeli leader cannot run for elections before his track record is examined to see if he is a killer or a politician, and of course if he is a killer he will win the elections,” he added.

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Zahhar: ‘The future belongs to Islamists’

GAZA CITY (Reuters) — The coming rise of Islamism in the Arab world will strengthen support for the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which will not give up its armed confrontation with Israel, senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahhar said on Monday.

If President Mahmoud Abbas bets on peace talks with Israel rather than reconciling his Fatah movement with Hamas, he will lose out, Zahhar said in an interview with Reuters in his Gaza office.

Fatah and Hamas have been bitter enemies since 2007 when the Islamists expelled Fatah and seized control of the Gaza Strip a year after they won national elections. Gaza has been under Israeli blockade ever since.

“The changing factors around us are in our favor … they are not in favor either of Fatah’s project or those with whom it cooperates, including the Israeli enemy,” he said, watched by his bodyguards.

“It all depends on Fatah’s policy now,” Zahhar said. “If Fatah wants the (unity) agreement to be accomplished, we will be ready. If they do not want, then we are sitting here and the future is ours.”

Zahhar said Hamas was not prepared to relinquish the fight against Israel under any circumstances. He denied that Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal, based in Damascus, had endorsed Abbas’s concept of non-violent “popular resistance” against Israel.

“Popular resistance includes both Fatah agenda, which speaks of protests only, and the Hamas position which advocates gathering all means of military armament for the sake of self-defense,” Zahhar said.

He foresaw a rising tide of Islamism in the Arab world which would strengthen the Palestinian cause.

“What is coming in Egypt, in Tunisia, in Libya and currently in Sudan is supportive of the Palestinian cause, not as in the past a strategic supporter of the Israeli occupation,” he said.

“What is coming is a thousand times better than in the past. Therefore we have to invest in these achievements by the Arab street for the sake of achieving the fundamental goals of the Palestinian people, the liberation of land and the return of (refugees),” Zahhar added.

Since their 1979 peace treaty Egypt, along with Jordan, has been Israel’s most reliable Arab partner in the Middle East. But the overthrow last February of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in the uprising inspired by popular revolution in Tunisia has created uncertainty over Egypt’s future attitude towards Israel.

No to non-violence 

Zahhar is a leading Hamas figure, seen by Fatah as a hardliner, who lost two sons in the fight against Israel. He is a senior negotiator in the reconciliation process with Fatah, which has been faltering almost since it was signed.

Zahhar said Egypt, now ending a lengthy election process that will lead to a new constitution, is clearly destined to be ruled by “a sweeping Islamist party and a nationalist party” that will back the Palestinian cause.

The reconciliation agreement with Fatah, signed last May and sealed personally by Abbas and Mashaal last month in Cairo, may suffer if Abbas pursues peace talks with Israel, he warned.

Senior officials of the two sides have held talks in Amman, Jordan, in the past week after more than a year in suspension. “Our doubts are really great, especially after these meetings in Amman,” Zahhar said.

Hamas opposes acceptance of Israel and is ostracized by the West as a terrorist group which refuses to renounce violence. Israel has warned that striking a unity pact with Hamas would eliminate Abbas and Fatah as a potential partner for peace.

“Imagine that the Israeli enemy attacked us today or tomorrow … If we were attacked we would respond by all possible means,” Zahhar said.

If Israel launched a military offensive into Gaza, Zahhar said he bet Arab reaction would be stronger than in 2009 when 1,400 Palestinians were killed in Israel’s three-week onslaught to stop rocket firing from Gaza into its territories. Thirteen Israelis were killed in that conflict.

“(Israel) could use the foggy political situation as the Arab nation still organizes itself … to launch a new aggression against Gaza Strip,” he said.

“They cannot accept that Gaza remains a painful and dangerous thorn in the future of the Israeli entity.”

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