by MainStreet, Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 08:55:08 AM EDT
Hasan Abu Nimah is the former permanent representative of Jordan at the United Nations. This essay first appeared in The Jordan Times, and gives us some idea as to how the Goldstone Report is playing out one of Israel's Arab friends, Jordan. Not for long, given this essay by its UN representative.
"Israel's efforts to malign the reputation of Judge Richard Goldstone have failed to bury the UN inquiry he led. (Jean-Marc Ferre/UN Photo)" This statement is a caption to a photo of Judge Goldstone.
by MainStreet, Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 06:33:49 AM EDT
by MainStreet, Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 05:41:34 AM EDT
There is so much going on in Middle East these days that it is difficult to keep up with it. But Daily Kos diarists collectively try. Here is a sampling of diaries posted within the last 24 hours on October 16, 2009.
by MainStreet, Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 09:40:18 AM EDT
You could never find a headline like the above one in mainstream American newspapers, the censorship being what it is. You would have to delve into the European or Israeli press or perhaps some off-beat internet sites in order to find out that the actress Mia Farrow (a UNICEF volunteer) went to Gaza to determine for herself the conditions under which Palestinians live, especially after Israel's invasion of the Strip late last year. 1,400 Palestinians were killed over the three week blitzkrieg, in which mostly civilians, entire families and over 300 children, were killed.
But even before this attack, Gaza was being starved while it attempted to survive a siege, mainly focused on undoing the democratic election of Hamas to head the Palestinian government. So much for democracy. When Israel-US backed Fatah forces failed to oust Hamas, intensification of the siege was the response. The Bush administration turned its head away, and although Obama later cautioned Israel to permit humanitarian aid into the Strip, what it did permit in was only a small percentage of what was needed for basic subsistence. Medical patients in need of treatment outside of Gaza were just allowed to die, now in the hundreds.
by MainStreet, Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 10:29:07 AM EDT
'Israel thumbs its nose at Obama and the rest of the world' might have been a better title of this report from Al Jazeera.
Israel 'in new settlement drive'
Peace Now, Israel's settlement watchdog, just revealed that about 800 new housing units are being built in settlements across the West Bank in addition to the thousands already under construction. Despite US calls for Israel to stop building on occupied land, new building projects have begun over the past three months in 34 settlements. In addition, fifty-five buildings are in the process of being completed and foundations are being laid for an additional 50.
These projects are not among the 2,400 houses already alleged to be in different stages of construction that Israel aims to complete despite agreeing to a temporary halt in settlement construction.
"The settlers are working fast to produce as many construction starts as possible so that these new housing units will be counted as existing settlements and not included in any future agreed upon freeze," the (Peace Now) report said.