ISRAELI OCCUPATION BANALITY: ‘Settlers’ desecrate W Bank mosque

Palestinian security officials have said that Israeli settlers desecrated a mosque in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli army confirmed that “anonymous suspects” scrawled graffiti, including a Jewish star of David alongside the name of the Prophet Mohammed written in Hebrew.

Palestinian and Israeli officials said on Wednesday that the suspects set fire to two cars outside the mosque in Huwara, near Nablus.

Brigadier General Nitzan Alon, the Israeli military commander for the West Bank,  “ordered an immediate investigation into the incident, condemned the acts and said that those responsible should be brought to justice.”

Israeli soldiers erased the graffiti after the attack.

In December, Israeli settlers vandalised another mosque in the northern West Bank village of Yasuf, torching Muslim holy books and spraying hate messages in Hebrew.

The incident triggered clashes between villagers and Israeli troops.

A 17-year-old Israeli from a nearby settlement was later detained.

Last month there were skirmishes between Palestinians and Israeli police who were on high alert in Jerusalem where they prevented men under the age of 50 from entering the al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City.

The skirmishes intensified an already charged atmosphere there as a rebuilt 17th-century synagogue was opened in the Jewish quarter of the Old City, a few hundred metres from the al-Aqsa compound.

Many Palestinians view Israeli projects near the mosque compound – a site holy both to Jews and Muslims – as an assault on its status quo or a prelude to the building of a third Jewish temple there.


The Sixth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week 2010

Solidarity in Action: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
March 2010

Mark your calendars – the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place across the globe from from the 1st to the 14th of March 2010!

Since it was first launched in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year, more than 40 cities around the world participated in the week’s activities, which took place in the wake of Israel’s brutal assault against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. IAW continues to grow with new cities joining this year.

IAW 2010 takes place following a year of incredible successes for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the global level. Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of theses successes along with the many injustices that continue to make BDS so crucial in the battle to end Israeli Apartheid. Speakers and full programme for each city will be available soon.

If you are planning to organize IAW in your city in 2010, please contact:


Congratulations to Nidal El Khairy for winning the first international Israeli Apartheid Week poster competition.

A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion

JEWISH TERRORISTS: Israeli settlers attack mosque

Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian West Bank have vandalised a mosque, torching its library and spraying hate messages in Hebrew on the building.

The attack blamed on hardline Jews on Friday may be linked to plans that seek to curb their illegal settlement activity on land taken from Palestinians.

Clashes erupted as villagers hurled stones at Israeli troops sent to investigate the incident at the mosque in the northern West Bank’s Yasuf village. The security forces responded with teargas.

One of the Hebrew language slogans sprayed on a wall read: “Get ready to pay the price.” Another read: “We will burn you all.”

Village councillors and Palestinian security officials blamed Israelis from a nearby settlement for the attack.

Settler anger

The area is home to some of the most hardline settlers who advocate a “price tag” policy under which they target Palestinians in retaliation for any Israeli government measure they see as threatening Jewish settlements.

The Israeli military said “it appears that the suspects wrote hate-filled messages in Hebrew in addition to burning bookshelves and a carpet.”

It assured the Palestinian Authority that it “views the incident gravely” and that security forces are working to locate the perpetrators, the statement said.

Last week, a house and three vehicles were set on fire in another village, also near the West Bank city of Nablus. The owner of the house told police he saw three Jewish settlers start the fires.

Settlers have expressed outrage over the government’s decision to impose a 10-month moratorium on new building permits for Israeli homes in the occupied West Bank, outside annexed Arab east Jerusalem.

Many settlers consider they have a God-given right to live in the biblical Land of Israel, which includes the West Bank.

Ref: Muc

Also read:

Israeli settlers burn Quran in attack on mosque

Settlers attack West Bank mosque and burn holy Muslim books

Border Policeman standing guard at a Muslim cemetery vandalized by settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday. (AP)


Ref: Desertpeace

Lieberman: Shin Bet could be behind settler violence

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman said on Saturday that recent acts of violence by settlers near Hebron could have been perpetrated by Shin Bet undercover agents.

“I only want to say that the actions there appeared strange to me. I hope this isn’t a case of a ‘Champagne’ or of another Shin Bet agent,” said the right-wing lawmaker, speaking in an interview with Channel 2.

‘Champagne’ was the code-name for Avishai Raviv, an agent-informer the Shin Bet security service used to participate in, and even initiate, right-wing violence against Arabs in the territories, particularly in the Hebron-Kiryat Arba area of the West Bank, while filing reports to his controllers about radical Jewish activity.

Last month, prominent settler leader Daniela Weiss claimed a pipe bomb attack against outspoken left-wing advocate Ze’ev Sternhell was masterminded by the Shin Bet to turn public opinion against the settlers.

In the TV interview, Lieberman also declared that Israeli Arabs are a greater problem for Israel than the Palestinians.

“We warned before the October [2000] riots, and also before the Acre riots, and I say today: At least to me it is clear that our central problem is not Palestinian at all,” he said.

“The subject of Arab Israelis is a complex, charged matter and we also need to sort it out.”

Lieberman was referring to the violent clashes between Arabs and Jews in the northern city of Acre that erupted on the holiday of Yom Kippur last month.

He also said that the prompt apology that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres issued after he lambasted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is “tantamount to the behavior of a battered wife.”

Continuing his verbal assault on Egypt, Lieberman said that Cairo is preparing for war against Israel.

“It is obvious that Egypt is waiting for the right time to deploy troops in [demilitarized] Sinai.”

Following Liebereman’s comments, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Saturday that the peaceful relations with Egypt are a strategic asset.

“Egypt is a responsible and important player in the Middle East, and Lieberman’s comments are irresponsible. Even electioneering should not compromise our delicate and important relationship with the Egyptians,” Barak said.

Ref: Haaretz

Acre Jews warn: Arabs will kill you with knives

A young woman – kerchief on her head, baby in her arms – stood behind the barred windows of her apartment yesterday and shouted: “Get all the Arabs out of here… We don’t want them here… They’ve made our lives a misery.”

The balcony blinds of the adjacent apartment are shattered. Its former residents, the family of Mahmoud Samary, are gone, having temporarily fled the hail of stones on their home. The young woman yelled: “They should get out. The Arabs are taking all our girls.”

It was Saturday afternoon at number 18, Burla Street in Acre – part of a crowded, shamefully neglected housing project where three Arab families and 29 Jewish families inhabit a single building. At the entrance to the building, a group of policemen stood around idly. The street was lined with cars with shattered windows.

It was not only Bosnia that Acre called to mind yesterday; the city was also reminiscent of Nablus – checkpoints at every corner, hundreds of policemen under every parched tree. A city that could have been a tourist attraction was instead the most miserable in Israel. My colleague Jack Khoury, an Israeli Arab, said as we entered the neighborhood: “I don’t believe I’m traveling here in such fear and tension.”

A young man who lives in the project told us aggressively: “Don’t you dare enter the Old City. The Arabs will kill you with knives.” He would like us to leave his neighborhood, too.

But the Old City, just a few minutes’ drive away, was another world: In that beautiful but neglected neighborhood, which was virtually empty yesterday, people were mourning the cancelation of Acre’s theater festival and still speaking of peace and coexistence.

Acre went up in flames all at once. It was a clash between poor and poor, Jews and Arabs, egged on by nationalists, with a religious holiday as the catalyst – the most dangerous of all possible clashes, which threatens to ignite a conflagration. The fire could be out by press time, but as of yesterday afternoon it seemed liable to break out anew: Young men from the housing project had agreed to meet at 7:30 P.M. that evening, God only knows why.

Yet even if the fire is extinguished now, it will reignite someday. This binational city is sitting on a volcano – a volcano of nationalism and distress, fear and hatred.

If the housing project was the tensest party of the city, the saddest was the Old City, where the empty halls were all that remained of the theater festival that was supposed to have taken place this week. The spotlights had been removed, the actors and directors were gone, the tables in the cafe on the lawn remained folded. Instead of the festival, Acre got a scandal – the scandal of its cancelation.

The technical crews said it was outrageous to cancel the most important event of Acre’s year “because of 100 or 200 psychos.” They suggested holding a reconciliation festival instead, and promised to ensure the guests’ safety. “You also fight with your wife, but then you go to bed with her,” analogized one, Asfari Khalil.

Munir Abu al-Tayir, who sells pomegranate juice, had thus far sold exactly two glasses all day. At a nearby felafel booth, a young Arab responded to Jewish claims that the riots were provoked by an Arab driver blasting music on Yom Kippur by saying that during Ramadan, the Jews had offended Arab sensibilities by drinking beer, but there were no Arab riots. Issam Jalem, owner of a barbershop, warned that without the festival, “things will not be good.”

To all, it was clear that Mayor Shimon Lankri’s hasty decision to cancel the festival had one purpose, and one only: to punish the Arabs who earn their living from the event.

F., an Arab resident of the largely-Jewish Kibbutz Galuyot Street, fled his house with his wife and children; now he fears the house will be torched. Salim Najami, a city councilor, denounced all extremists, Jewish and Arab alike. Daoud Halila, director of an Arab non-profit organization, accused the police of “pampering the Jews.” Long-time communist Salim Atrash blamed the disengagement from Gaza, saying an extremist yeshiva that opened in the city following the pullout has been fanning the flames.

Atrash pulled out a copy of a notice that has been circulating on the Internet: “We will no longer buy anything from Arabs, we will not honor any of their holidays or any place of theirs. Arabs of Acre, go find your place in the villages.” The notice was signed with an epigram: “A Jew is the son of a king, an Arab is the son of a dog.

Welcome to a little Bosnia in the making.

Ref: Harretz, by Gideon Levy