American Jews Bomb Jerusalem
- Four American Jews arrested for throwing molotov cocktail at
Agence France Presse
24 November 2004
JERUSALEM Nov 24-- Four American Jewish students have been arrested
after they allegedly threw a molotov cocktail at a group of
Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City, police said Wednesday.
"On Tuesday night, a molotov cocktail firebomb was thrown at a group
of Arabs who were standing next to a phonebox in the Jewish quarter
in the Old City," said police spokesman Gil Kleiman, adding that
no-one was injured.
"A police investigation found it was thrown from a nearby window
where four American yeshiva students were residing," he said, using
the term for a religious Jewish seminary.
The four, who have denied the charges, were arrested and spent the
night in prison, he said.
They were expected to appear before a Jerusalem court Wednesday
where police would request they remain in custody while an
investigation was carried out, Kleiman added.
UN waiting for Israel apology of rocket claim :
By Irwin Arieff
United Nations - The United Nations is still waiting for Israel to
apologise for an erroneous allegation that Palestinian militants
used a UN ambulance to transport a rocket, a senior UN official said
The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees, an
aid agency active in the West Bank and Gaza, had hoped for "a fresh
start" in long-strained relations with the Jewish state after the
charge was found to have no basis.
But Israeli officials instead quickly resumed criticising the agency
behind its back, UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen told
The allegation endangered UNRWA staff working in the Palestinian
The initial Israeli accusation, based on blurry black-and-white
video footage filmed by an Israeli military drone, was made in early
October as Israeli forces carried out an offensive in the Gaza Strip
against missile launches targeting Israeli border towns.
Hansen at the time said the allegation endangered UNRWA staff
working in the Palestinian territories by encouraging Israeli troops
to think UN vehicles were "transporting terrorists and weapons."
"I asked for an apology. I never got one, and I am still waiting for
one, although not with bated breath," said Hansen, who spoke with
reporters during a visit to New York to address the 191-nation UN
A UN investigation concluded that the object identified by Israel as
a Palestinian Qassam rocket was in fact a stretcher, a finding
Israel did not dispute.
But within days, he heard from other governments - which he did not
identify - that the Israeli government was making the rounds with a
private briefing spelling out 29 additional allegations of UNRWA
wrongdoing, he said.
UNRWA had responses to all 29 allegations but had never been
informed of the charges directly by Israel, he said.
The recent incidents were only the latest in dozens of cases in
which Israel leveled charges against his agency that ultimately were
found to be without foundation, he said.
Of Human Wrekage and Zionists Dreams:
Resolution 242 requires withdrawal to the Green Line of 1967 as well
as from the
many dozens of illegal settlements. Must there be a crescendo of
Armageddon, before the master retreats?
Of Human Wreckage and Zionists Dreams
Withdrawal from Gaza?
11/02/04 "ICH" The sea was warm. A kingfisher perched momentarily
atop a rusting reinforcing rod with a tiny fish in its bill. Its
iridescent beauty was a glistening tear drop on the face of this
weeping land. Strings of boats were streaming out of the harbour
with the powerful mother ship towing the tiddlers astern. The
Prophet in action. Later they would become the long skein of lights
lying 5 kilometres from shore all night. They strayed no further
mind you because the sea is also occupied in addition to the land
and the air.
I am here to advance the work of the charity I founded with the
voyage of the Dove and the Dolphin in February last year. The second
object of this charity is `to relieve poverty, distress and hardship
among the Palestinian people and to promote the welfare of
Palestinian children'. I was also here to be a witness and to stand
with my Palestinian brothers and sisters. I wanted to see this part
of Palestine again 2004 years since the birth of the Christ 80 miles
away and in the 56th year of the nakba (catastrophe literally the
story of the falling down).
I entered through the Erez `crossing' 5 days ago. The place was
deserted apart from Nabil Sha'ath, a Palestinian Authority minister
plus his wife and little girl. After passing the rifles I was put
through the `milking machines' as the Palestinians call them. This
is a series of turnstiles and automated gates designed to `process'
up to 120,000 folk who went north each day to work before the second
intifada ( shaking loose the chains). Thence followed a very lonely
walk down the 300 metre long concrete tunnel. I was welcomed on the
one hand by a smiling Yousef, the taxi driver, and on the other by
a `blimp' at 1000 ft with its suspended camera and a
circling `drone' higher up (?armed or for surveillance). We drove
through Beit Hanoun, Beit Jahlia and Jabalya and scenes of
devastation that would match World War battlegrounds. In this land
though there was no opposing force but flea bite Kalashnikovs and a
few RPG's only. Dozens upon dozens of homes and businesses had been
raized in these last few weeks. Later I saw the human wreckage that
Gaza has slid further towards anarchy since I visited in September
last year. Side arms were being worn by some and one night the
porter carried a Kalashnikov in the hotel where I was the sole
guest. I sat with Dr Iyyad Sarraj one night in his garden under the
early moon. He is prominent in Palestine and he has concentrated his
skills that were partly learnt at the Royal Maudsley Hospital into
caring for the psychological scars caused by devils from without.
Automatic rifle fire crackled in a nearby street for an hour at
least. He told me this was probably between the Musa Arafat and
Dahlan factions. I said it would be music to Likud and that it was
the natural spawn of a 56 yr old occupation. Overhead a drone
circled but its note was lower; it was probably a different machine
and carried a rocket or two in its womb.
I returned to Jabalya which first arose as a refugee camp in 1948
when people were being swept southwards by terror and killing. I
filmed a tense and angry populace wading through sewage in the town
centre where the central food market sits. Degradation was being
heaped on loss and pain. The foul drainage has to cope with an
enlarging and hemmed in population but it was likely that
the `incursions' had stopped the sewage pumps in downing the power
poles and lines. Only those who have forked tongues would use the
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What these people witnessed were massive military assaults by the
most advanced tanks backed up by Apache helicopters above and
Caterpillar D9 armoured bulldozers behind. The tank columns entered
the Gaza strip at Zeitoun. Over 50 were counted. I later interviewed
a father of six who had spent 4 days cowering in his bedroom. He
described the fears and deprivations of his own and other families.
His own substantial house remained standing alone whilst others and
the mosque were rubble. The pillars had been buckled by the D9.
Perhaps the driver had heard the apologist for My Lai, General Colin
Powell and Secretary of State, calling for `restraint'. 130 folk
died in these invasions. 500 were injured and 250 were judged as
having a likely permanent disability. 40% of the latter group were
children ie under 18 years of age.
I will describe only one of the children I saw in the Shifa and Al
One girl of thirteen in whom shrapnel (recall the origin of the
word) had penetrated by her right hip and then ploughed through
vessels and gut into a sacro-iliac joint. She had had her tummy
opened thrice in the thirteen days since injury. Her mother was
pleased that Allah had preserved her life but it was ebbing I
thought. If she survived she would have a numb and lifeless leg due
to a sciatic nerve injury at its root. Others were certainly
surviving but with gross disabilities.
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The heartless cynics at home say `it will get a lot worse before it
gets better'. But it will not be involving them directly. The US
servant Kofi Annan murmurs some honeyed words of disapproval. On
arrival back here I learn that the zealot Blair has told Israel that
it has no better friend than Britain. And where do the indigenous
peoples of the Holy land and of the Balfour Declaration fit into
that hierarchy of friendship Mr Blair?
All I know is that if Israel obeyed just one of the dozens of UN
resolutions it has flouted then these people would heave a sigh of
relief and get on with life in the 22% of historic Palestine
remaining to them, the lion's share having gone to the Zionist
dream. Resolution 242 requires withdrawal to the Green Line of 1967
as well as from the many dozens of illegal settlements. Must there
be a crescendo of suffering, an Armageddon, before the master
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Israeli Army to investigate 'trophy photos' of dead Palestinians.
By Tom Regan
Christian Science Monitor
22 November 2004
In an article that "came as a shock" to many Israelis, the daily
newspaper Yedioth Ahronot on Friday published an article that
detailed allegations that Israeli soldiers had taken "trophy photos"
and "abused" the bodies of dead Palestinians killed during army
operations. The newspaper reported the practice has become
widespread in the Israeli army, and happens in "almost in any place
where clashes erupt between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian
In one case, soldiers posed for pictures with the head of a suicide
bomber. In another, a Palestinian who was killed because he was
basically in the wrong place at the wrong time became a running joke
for members of one unit.
Fire was opened at him from a heavy machinegun at military commands.
After the soldiers reached the area they discovered a body without
weapons or explosive belt. "He's an ordinary man who did not know
where to go. The soldiers then tied the body to a military jeep that
drove to the outpost, where cameras were taken out and pictures were
taken, immortalizing the new 'mascot' of this combat unit. Since
that time, soldiers call the body of this Palestinian 'Haffi',"
which is a word derived from two Hebrew words meaning innocent.
The Independent reported Saturday that the Israeli Chief of Staff
ordered an investigation into the incidents detailed by the
newspaper. Although he denied that the problem was as widespread as
reported by the paper, the BBC reports that Lt. Gen Moshe Ya'alon
said the Israeli army's "ethical strength" was no less important
than its "military strength.
'I ordered the military police to open an investigation and I intend
to shed full light on this matter,' he told military radio. 'It is
inconceivable that such things should happen in the ranks of
Israel's army ... God forbid if we are compared and likened to those
against whom we are fighting.'
But in an editorial in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, the editors
point out that six months ago a group of demobilized Israeli
soldiers had created an exhibit called "Breaking the Silence" where
they presented their own testimony of severe brutality against
Palestinian in Hebron. The chief of staff's response at that time,
Ha'aretz says, was to send military police to confiscate the
material. The editors also say that anyone who says "it can't happen
here" is turning "a blind eye to what actually goes on in the
The IDF [Israeli Defense Force] spokesperson, in response to Yedioth
Ahronoth, spoke about the fact that soldiers are operating in a
'complex reality' - a phrase that betrays understanding for the
soldiers' behavior. But this complex reality is in fact quite
simple. For decades the IDF and the settlers have acted as they
pleased in the territories, while the Palestinians' image as human
beings with rights and with a face has gradually diminished. The
process of dehumanization has reached a peak during the last four
years, and certainly where there is no respect for human life, there
can be no respect for the dead. MSNBC reports Monday that the
Israeli Army also formally charged an officer with repeatedly
shooting a Palestinian schoolgirl after she had been wounded by
other soldiers. The officer in question had been arrested three
weeks ago after it was found that his report on the death of
13-year-old Iman Al Hams was false.
Unidentified soldiers from the unit has also told the Israeli media
about the incident.
Finally, United Press International reports that the army is also
considering asking officers who live in "illegal West Bank
settlements" to move. UPI reports the issue is a sensitive one
because at some point the Israeli Army may be asked to remove
settlers from some of the outposts the officers are now living in.
Report from Jabaliya refugee camp
'When we came back they had destroyed all the houses' :
Chris McGreal reports from Jabaliya refugee camp
Israel violating international law by destroying homes in Gaza :
According to a human rights report released Monday.
EU sanction expected over Gaza :
The Foreign Ministry fears an increase in European pressure on
Israel, up to and including the possibility of suspending Israel's
free-trade agreement with the European Union, in light of the
growing European criticism of Israel's actions in the territories
and of the policy declarations emanating from Jerusalem.
Rights group blasts 'racist' US media
Monday 15 November 2004 - Al Jazeera
A rights group has criticised some US media organisations for
allowing racist and hate-filled speech during its coverage of
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's death.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) said it was
deeply concerned with "the alarming hostility expressed by media
commentators towards the Palestinian people in the wake of the death
of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat", a statement said.
The ADC said US networks MSNBC and CNN both broadcast hostile
commentary regarding Palestinians.
Don Imus, of the Imus in the Morning programme aired on weekends on
MSNBC, referred to Arafat as a "rat" and called him "stinky"
with "beady-eyes". Imus also said that "all Palestinians look like
The racist comments continued with one of his guests who described
the Palestinians attending the funeral as "animals" and joked about
"They're dropping soap from the helicopters," the guest laughed.
Good riddance Arafat
Also on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough, presenter of Scarborough Country,
began his programme by declaring: "Some are calling Yasir Arafat's
passing a tragedy. He's actually the father of modern terrorism.
"This was, after all, the man who invented modern terrorism in the
Middle East and by extension was the godfather of September 11."
Among the guests on the show was the Palestinian Authority
representative to the United States, Hasan Abd al-Rahman, who while
attempting to express his view, was interrupted by shouts
of "where's the money?" by Scarborough in reference to international
The ADC also said that CNN was guilty of one-sided, hostile comments.
"Plans call currently for Yasir Arafat to be buried in his compound
in Ram Allah, which will eventually be turned into some kind of
shrine. Maybe they'll put a sign out front for the Palestinian
people, that reads: 'Here lays the body of the thief who robbed you
blind'," said Jack Cafferty on CNN's morning programme, American
"Comments such as the ones listed can only be regarded as an overt
incitement to ethnic hatred of the Palestinians," the ADC said in a
"Surely the denigration of an ethnic group, a people who have been
living under an ongoing 37-year Israeli military occupation,
constitutes a violation of any system of journalistic standards.
"We should be seeking and working towards a just and lasting peace
for the Israelis and the Palestinians instead of engaging in hateful
rhetoric which dehumanises a people and affects perception of
"We call on all members of the media to be objective in their
reporting and commentary," the statement added.
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