Wednesday, 5 August 2009

US protests Jerusalem evictions as Israeli settler state carries on stealing land

The US keeps complaining and the settler state keeps evicting as it steps up its campaign of ethnic cleansing in Jersusalem. I never knew US power was so ineffectual - or is it all just a show on the part of Obama and Clinton to sweeten the rotten smell of their imperialism in the region? You know the answer.
The US State Department once again expressed its disapproval Tuesday night over Israel's eviction of two Palestinian families from their homes in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

The American officials made a phone call to Israel's Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren and protested the move. Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem stressed Wednesday that the call was not a reprimand.

On Monday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the eviction "deeply regrettable" and "provocative."

"I have said before that the eviction of families and demolition of homes in east Jerusalem is not in keeping with Israeli obligations," she told reporters. "And I urge the government of Israel and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions."

more at jpost

Former al-Aqsa Martyrs commander denied access to Fatah conference

A former leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has been prevented from attending the 2,000-strong Fatah conference by the leadership around Abbas. Meanwhile Hamas has accused the Palestinian Authority of torturing to death one of its leaders in a Jordanian hospital.
The Fatah conference was expected Wednesday to try and find a solution for former al-Aqsa Brigades Commander Zakaria Zubeidi, who discovered Tuesday that he was not considered a delegate at the congress. The decision to remove Zubeidi from the list of delegates angered many al-Aqsa activists.

more at ynetnews

Israel fears third intifada

Israel's security establishment seems to be misreading the runes at the Fatah conference. They think a third Intifada is looming because Fatah will stick to its commitment to liberate all of historic Palestine. Unfortunately the resolutions and words coming out of the conference are just that. But what is true is that Fatah leaders are under enormous pressure from the rank and file to change their policies of collaboration with the IDF in trying to isolate and destroy Hamas. However, Fatah's defence of the idea, if not the fact, of armed resistance is to be welcomed.
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Decisions made at the Fatah conference in Bethlehem could result in a third Palestinian Intifada (uprising), former Israeli security chief Avi Dichter warned the day before the conference began.

"Fatah's statements are clearing the way to what may eventually be the third Intifada," he was quoted as saying by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth in a story published late Monday. "Once you say that the fight will go on by all means necessary – anyone in their right mind understands that spells an armed conflict... Such a decision by the congress would send us years back."

Dichter, the former head of Shin Bet, Israel’s spy agency in the occupied territories, specifically expressed concern that the Fatah delegates assembled in Bethlehem would reaffirm the movement’s 1965 charter, which calls for the liberation of all of historic Palestine.

"What I find particularly disturbing is that it's the moderates that plan to have the convention vote on an article titled 'continuing the fight against Israel by all means necessary.' Sixteen years after the Oslo Accords, it's Fatah's way of saying they see an armed conflict as a legitimate way to conduct dialogue with Israel.