Thursday, 8 October 2009

Fatah calls general strike over Israel's Jerusalem outrages

Fatah has a called a general strike over Jerusalem. Perhaps Fatah (struggle) is starting to remember what their name means

Ramallah – Ma’an – Fatah’s top leadership called for a general strike throughout the nation on Friday in protest against “fierce and planned Israeli attacks” on Jerusalem holy sites.

The decision follows a week of high tension in Jerusalem after Israeli settlers backed by police were seen entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, setting off demonstrations.

'Jerusalem a tinderbox' but still no action from Arab and Muslim leaders over al-Aqsa

More talk from Arab leaders but no sign of action as the Israeli takeover of Jerusalem moves ahead. Friday will be a day of massive resistance. Access to al-Aqsa compound is restricted for the fifth day. Meanwhile Jewish extremists have their 'right' to desecrate protected, although there are signs that the settler state is getting cold feet about provoking 1.2 billion Muslims. Yesterday the foundation were laid for another settlement in East Jerusalem.
Jordan's King Abdullah II has asked Haaretz to relay a message to the Israeli public that it disavow the illusion that the status quo can be perpetuated, because as a result of the diplomatic impasse, "We are sliding back into the darkness.

"Is Israel going to be fortress Israel or is it going to be part of the neighborhood? Because if there is no two-state solution, what future do we all have together?" he asked in an exclusive interview on Tuesday at his palace in Amman at the height of the disturbances in East Jerusalem.

"Show me the future of Israel 10 years from now. Where do you want Israel to be vis-a-vis its relationship with Jordan and other Arab countries? I understand that you tend to live in the here and now. You are worried about the next threat. It is difficult for an Israeli to look into the future because of the security aspect. But if there is peace and stability, then people can look into the future."

Jerusalem is "a tinderbox that will have a major flashpoint throughout the Islamic world," he added.


Abbas Gaza treachery caught on videotape Shahab news agency confirms

More on the Abbas video. This man has to be out on trial for treason, along with the rest of the 'leadership'.
A videotape is behind the decision by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to delay the vote on a UN report accusing Israel of war crimes during its offensive on the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian news agency has reported.

Quoting what it called reliable sources, Shahab news agency said on Tuesday that PA representatives at a meeting in Washington had initially rejected Israel's request not to endorse the report and were determined to stick to this position.

But, the agency added, Brigadier Eli Avraham played a videotape showing a meeting between Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister.

The meeting was also attended by Tzipi Livni, Israel's former foreign minister.

The video reportedly showed Abbas trying to convince Barak to continue the war on Gaza, while Barak looked hesitant, although Livni appeared to be in support of the plan, Shahab quoted its sources as saying.


Security council refuses to hold special session on Goldstone report

[update 12:43 GMT 8 Oct] - the report will be discussed by the UNSC on 14 October.

No surprises from the UN security council - what a joke this body is
The UN Security Council has rejected Libya's request to hold a special session on the Goldstone report but agreed to advance a periodical meeting to address the issues it raises.