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  We seek to keep you literally "updated" on movement in terms of truth and justice in the Middle East in general with a particular eye on Palestine.  The links below will take you to various articles and websites that offer the perspective of leaders in the religious, NGO, and human rights communities. Additionally, Al-Bushra, ever vigilant, provides links to regular reporting as well as opinion pieces by journalists. The dates given here indicate when the link was posted; the most recent posting is at the top. Check the article itself for the date of publication.  

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Last update: 27 May 2010 15:08:56 -0700


May 27, 2010

Wall Writings | Will Bibi’s Return to Favor Help Obama in the Mid-Term Elections? by the Rev. James M. Wall [an ordained United Methodist clergy person]

At the moment, none of this matters to Bibi. Goldstone, Israeli Arab NGOs, Gaza, check points, home demolitions, are trees falling in the forest when no one in the US hears their sounds of suffering.


May 27, 2010


Follow the Gaza flotilla.


May 27, 2010

J Street | Senator Dianne Feinstein's Critical pro-Israel, pro-peace letter

As steadfast supporters of Israel and the U.S.-Israeli relationship, we are writing to express our support for the start of proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on ending the Israeli-Palestinian dispute with the active participation of U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell. We applaud the Obama administration’s commitment to re-start the stalled peace process and play a lead role in securing an agreement.

We strongly believe that a permanent peace agreement – with two states, living side by side in peace and security– can only be achieved with the United States bringing the parties together and driving them to a settlement. We must commit ourselves to offering ideas and solutions to bridge the gaps on the most intractable issues....

May 27, 2010

Le Monde diplomatique | Israel's Propoganda War: Blame the Grand Mufti by Gilbert Achcar

Many Israelis and Palestinians would like peaceful coexistence, but myths, propaganda, and denial have a habit of getting in the way.


May 27, 2010

Gush Shalom | Let the aid boats through to Gaza! End the Siege! by Uri Avnery

The State of Israel has no interest in flooding television screens all over the world with footage of its navy violently assaulting against peace activists at sea. It is time to remove the suffocating siege and allow residents of Gaza to have free contact with the outside world, freely operate sea and air ports of their own like any country in the world.

The Gush Shalom movement calls upon the government to allow the eight-boat aid flotilla from all over the world to reach the shores of Gaza, where they are scheduled to arrive next week, and unload the humanitarian cargo which is urgently needed by the residents of Gaza. In a letter to Defense Minister Barak, Gush Shalom calls upon him to cancel immediately the instructions given to Israeli Navy ships off the Gaza shore to intercept the aid flotilla.


May 27, 2010

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs | GAZA BLOCKADE SUFFOCATING AGRICULTURE SECTOR, CREATING FOOD INSECURITY

Humanitarian aid agencies call upon the Government of Israel for full and unfettered access into and out of the Gaza Strip for materials and exports necessary for the revival of the agriculture and fishing sectors and for the lifting of restrictions imposed on Palestinian access to farm land and fishing areas.


May 27, 2010

World Council of Churches | Israel/Palestine

Israel and Palestine or the OPT - Occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank, with East Jerusalem, and Gaza) - are located along the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt in the south, Lebanon to the north and Jordan to the east.


May 27, 2010

Friends of Freedom and Justice - Bilin | Bil'in, A Day in the Life: Live Fire, Tear Gas, Sound Bombs, Detentions, Torched Olive Tree

This morning, as is their wont, Israeli Occupation Forces intruded into the village of Bilin, this time there were only three to the forefront with backup behind them, when challenged they beat a retreat. This afternoon, villagers rushed to quench a fire in an olive tree sited close to the Apartheid-Annexation Wall which was deliberately set on fire by the retreating IOF, but which was unable to be saved due to the fire being set in a crevice in the trunk which smouldered throughout the day and it was only in the latter stages that the tell-tale smoke was detected.


May 27, 2010

Churches for Middle East Peace | A Summer of Hope by Warren Clark, Executive Director

Peace talks led by Senator George Mitchell are underway again between Israel and Palestinians.  The Obama administration has shown it will not tolerate actions by either side that would derail the talks again.  So far the administration has shown extraordinary courage and cool, working to keep diversions in check and to keep all parties focused on the job at hand.


May 27, 2010

Ecumenical Accompaniment Program | Settlers invade Jordan valley Bedouin camp

At the bottom of a desiccated valley not far from the river Jordan, two encampments sit side by side. At the edge of one, several Palestinian flags flutter in the wind over a large brown tent belonging to Palestinian Bedouins. Only ten meters to the right sits a new, bright blue tent flying the Israeli flag. It was erected last week by Israeli settlers apparently determined to push the Bedouins here off their land.

See also A Time to Speak blog | Yanoun Revisited … searching for a glimmer of hope


May 27, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Issue for May 2010: Israeli Imprisonment of Palestinian Children

It’s a difficult task I’ve taken upon myself to summarize the plight of Palestinian children who are accused, tortured, detained, arrested, prosecuted, sentenced to Israeli prisons or detention centers.   Relative to this topic, however, the waters  are not so muddy.  Rather, conclusive studies like those done by the Defense for Children International (DCI) Palestine Section have researched and reported on the systematic and institutionalized ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities. From their research I take much of my information.


May 27, 2010

Rabbis for Human Rights | Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: Ezra Nawi entered prison

Ezra is responsible for most of the Israeli organizations & RHR activities in South Hebron Hills, including RHR's. Ezra knows many of the Palestinian families in the area and tries to find solutions to problems and helps them on daily basis including mediation between them and help organizations. Many in Israel and in the world protested against his conviction, but he was sentenced to a month in prison starting Sunday May 23rd. RHR lawyers visited him on Tuesday in the detention center and talked with the commander there so he will receive all his rights including books, medication, writing implement etc.

We would like to point out that Ezra's verdict is unusual in its severity, especially when we see that the law is constantly not enforced on violent settlers who daily harass and attack Palestinians and even the security forces and are not punished.


May 8, 2010

USAToday | Latest Israel-Palestinian talks hold little hope by Mustafa Barghouthi

After 18 months with no direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, so-called proximity talks between intermediaries, rather than face-to-face meetings between the direct parties, are scheduled to begin this week. An announcement is anticipated shortly. These shuttle deliberations are expected to continue for four months with Arab League backing. They hold little hope.


May 7, 2010

Christian Peace Team | Al Khalil/Hebron Update 17 – 30 April 2010

A new battalion of Israeli military – Nahal - has taken up duties in Hebron. Many of the soldiers have undertaken a year of community service prior to their national service and this is noticeable in their attitudes. They are still, of course, part of an occupation army, but some at least appear to be more sensitive to the Palestinian community.

There is growing concern about the implications of the new Military Order 1650, which was effective from 13th April 2010. One 19 year-old Hebron man has been deported to Gaza, and many Hebronites who do not have the necessary permanent residency papers will now fear deportation.


May 7, 2010

Gush Shalom | The height of Chutzpah by Uri Avnery

The height of Chutzpah:

The Israeli government
Has lodged an
Official complaint
Against the
Palestinian Authority.

What about?
About its decision
To boycott
The products
Of the settlements
Built on stolen
Palestinian lands.


May 7, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh Human Rights | Our arrests in Al-Walaja

For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions aimed at resisting the Israeli military occupation and its violent and humiliating policies aimed at suppressing the will of the Palestinians in seeking to achieve their legitimate aspirations.


May 6, 2010

Sojourners | Palestine’s True Leaders by Sami Awad

For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions aimed at resisting the Israeli military occupation and its violent and humiliating policies aimed at suppressing the will of the Palestinians in seeking to achieve their legitimate aspirations.


May 6, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Human Rights | Opinion article: The savior in each of us

We live in an era of psychological warfare and mass hysteria generated by mass communication that already led us to the catastrophic first and second world wars.  And after the US dropped nuclear bombs on civilian cities in Japan, all gloves were off instead of people being horrified enough to forsake war all together.  Over 100 major conflicts in the last 60 years  costing tens of millions of lives.  It is even getting worse as wars are started by a few special interest groups, a few rich media owners can push for them, and a few soldiers can execute them via remote control and pilot-less planes that butcher thousands at the push of a button. The maddening era where sanctions on Iraq were introduced to satisfy a special lobby caused the death of over a million Iraqi civilians and then a war and occupation in which a million more have been killed.  Many claim a clash of religions or of ‘civilizations’ to justify these abominations when excess greed can explain it better.  But humans also fail to learn the lessons of history or to reexamine our own dogmatic beliefs that allow greedy people to exploit us and take us into wars in the name of ‘nation’ or ‘religion’ or ‘ideology’.  Here in Palestine, at every turn we are inundated with messages about conflicting religious and/or political beliefs; group think that seems hard to dispel.  


May 6, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Human Rights | Three inspiring Palestinian stories and more...

There were many BDS victories recently and it is hard to keep up. But a notable acceleration of the cultural boycott is inevitable now that both Gil Scott Heron and Carlos Santana have canceled their appearances in Israel. The deputy of the Israeli ambassador in London was also reminded of the state's apartheid policies and had to escape from the challenge with help of British police agents. Hundreds of such inspiring actions occur every day thanks to hundreds of thousands of people who act (silence is complicity and action is an antidote to despair).


May 5, 2010

True Torah Jews against Zionism | Jews Against Zionism Kicks Off Ad Campaign in Washington Post

Jews Against Zionism placed an ad in the Sunday, May 2 edition of the Washington Post, in the Political Outlook section, expressing their position regarding American policies on the Middle East conflict.


May 4, 2010

Zenit | Ecumenism, Collaboration Key for Middle East

The pre-synodal council for the Special Assembly for the Middle East is underlining the urgency of a convinced ecumenical commitment and respectful collaboration with Jews and Muslims.


May 3, 2010

MIFTAH | The Big Bad (Israeli) Wolf is Nothing But a Coward  by  Joharah Baker

He is only 10. In any other corner of the civilized world (of which Israel claims to be part), he is a child. He should be preoccupied with school, playing soccer and learning the newest car game on his computer. As his mother, these (especially the first) should be my concerns as well, along with keeping him healthy and happy. But like every other Palestinian mother living in the occupied territories, one nagging and omnipresent fear is not be able to protect them. Israel has no right to strip our children of their childhood. Arresting and beating children does not contribute to the security of Israel. This is the behavior of cowards.


May 1, 2010

The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, writes:

Chris Hedges speaks with courage and in a very strong voice:  The Silence of a Nation. (07:04).

Chris' father is a Presbyterian Pastor.  Chris has a Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.

Chris is an American journalist, author and war correspondent specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies.  He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, the Dallas Morning News and The New York Times where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years.  In 2002, Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism.  He also received in 2002 the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.  He has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University.  He currently writes a column for Truthdig.  (Wikipedia)

May 1, 2010

Churches for Middle East Peace | A Turning Point by Warren Clark

Conflict in the Holy Land must end because it is costly in lives and American interests. According to General David H. Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command, on-going conflict in the Holy Land undermines U.S. security interests in the Middle East and Central Asia and strengthens groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Resumption of meaningful negotiations must start immediately and a negotiated resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict must be achieved because if we don’t move forward we risk undermining American and Israeli security.  


May 1, 2010

Churches for Middle East Peace | Tell your Representative to sign the Kind, Delahunt, Price, and Snyder letter to President Obama

In recent days there have been significant developments in efforts to re-launch Israel-Palestinian peace talks that have been suspended since late 2008.




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