Friday, July 20, 2012

Israel: ETHNIC CLEANSING CONTINUES as Israel orders more water cisterns for Palestinians destroyed

IMEMC & agencies:

On Tuesday, the Israeli army raided Al Qanoub area in Sa'ir, eastern Hebron and issued a demolition order on two cisterns used to irrigate land for the benefit of twenty people, of whom more than half are children.

One cistern owned by Basem and Omar al-Shalaldais is used to irrigate farmland of more than 10 dunums containing 210 seedlings.
The other cistern owned by the family of Shaher al Shalalda's is used to water 5 dunums of land planted with 185 fruit tree seedlings.

The two cisterns were built with the aid of the Improving Livelihood in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Program funded by the Netherlands Representative Office.

Palestinians are rarely issued with planning permission to build on their own land in the occupied territories, while illegal Israeli settlements are free to expand without restriction.

World Peace @WorldPeace2Day

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Israel Opposes Humanitarian Work of U.N. Agency

The Israeli military’s department governing civil affairs in the occupied West Bank said Sunday that a UN agency’s humanitarian aid to displaced Palestinians is actually illegal, according to Ma’an news.
Israeli home demolition in the West Bank.  Source:
Israeli home demolition in the West Bank. Source:

The role of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in the West Bank is being reassessed by the department of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) within the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

COGAT spokesman Guy Inbar said that UNOCHA is assisting Palestinians who have had homes demolished by the Israeli government and that this humanitarian work is illegal.

Israeli authorities insist that Palestinians living in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank that is still under full Israeli control since the 1993 Oslo Accords, must follow the legal process for building in the West Bank and that NGOs working in the West Bank must follow those same legal procedures.

Human rights workers state that providing temporary tents to displaced families falls under universally accepted international definitions of emergency humanitarian assistance and is not a building project that would require a permit.

Humanitarian agencies and the United Nations argue that the reality is that it is almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain permits to either build or refurbish their own property. This is in stark contrast to Israeli settlers in the same area that are able to expand communities with impunity that have been repeatedly found to be illegal under international law.

One area of the West Bank facing repeated demolition orders are the hills south of Hebron. After a group of illegal Israeli settlers filed a legal petition calling for the removal of the village of Susiya, the Israeli military announced plans to demolish all 50 structures in the town.

Israeli authorities have so far demolished 330 Palestinian buildings in the West Bank in 2012, displacing 536 people, half of whom are children according to the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk.

According to International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, occupying powers are forbidden from transferring its population into an occupied territory as Israel has been doing in the settlements. Occupying powers are also required to provide for the needs of the occupied population and are forbidden from demolishing any structure with a civilian purpose. The current Israeli military demolitions of Palestinian homes, in addition to being violations of international law, are also reminiscent of the destruction of homes in South Africa during apartheid.

"It is outrageous that (the Israeli) administration which condones illegal settlement construction is here using an argument against construction that helps some of the most disadvantaged communities, who have the right to protection under international law," a diplomatic source told Ma’an news.

COGAT asked the Israeli Foreign Ministry to lodge a formal complaint at the UN and on July 10th, Israel’s UN ambassador wrote to the UN humanitarian affairs chief asking for staff lists. Israeli authorities are purportedly considering limiting visas for foreign UNOCHA employees and stopping work and travel permits for Palestinian staff members, according to Haaretz.

COGAT spokesman Inbar said that the agency is upset that the UNOCHA is over stepping its bounds in Area C, while the UN counters that it is mandated to respond to humanitarian emergencies.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

#Israel ? : #Lebanon - Unidentified Spy Drone Downed In Eastern Lebanon.

An unidentified object thought to be a spy drone caught fire and crashed, eye-witnesses in the village of Younin in Hermel said.

A detachment of army, security and civil defense rushed to the scene to verify. more

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Israel to deploy missile interceptor on Egyptian border

Source RT

Israel is to install a mobile air defense system at the Egyptian border, following cross-border attacks in the area, reports the Israeli media.
­The Iron Dome system is designed to defend against rockets fired from anything up to 70 kilometers away.
The radar allows the system’s operators to pinpoint the targeted site of the enemy rocket.  Each interceptor costs between $50,000 and $100,000.
The system has been used against Palestinian rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip in the past and this time "will be placed near Eilat as part of an operational deployment program which includes changing the locations of the batteries from time to time,” according to an Israeli military spokeswoman.

Israeli-Egyptian ties go sour

­Israeli relations with its neighbor have grown tense since the popular Egyptian revolution and the ousting of the President Hosni Mubarak last year.
Since then there’s been an increase in the number of cross-border attacks. Israel has laid the blame on Egypt when two rockets fired across the frontier struck Eilat recently. Egypt has denied the accusations. In June, unidentified gunmen crossed Egypt's Sinai border and murdered an Israeli worker.  Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the incident “a disturbing deterioration in Egyptian control of security in the Sinai” reports the Washington Post.
Last month’s Muslim Brotherhood victory in the Egyptian presidential elections has raised concern in Israel that its strategic 1979 peace agreement with Egypt could be in jeopardy.
Israel's peace deal with Egypt, which ended decades of hostilities, is believed to be one of the cornerstones of Israeli security.
So far, Egypt has endorsed the deal by keeping the Sinai Peninsula essentially demilitarized. 
Meanwhile the newly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi stated his desire to befriend Israel’s arch enemy – Iran by reconsidering the peace accord with Israel, a move that raised eyebrows in Jerusalem.

Israeli man jailed in U.S. for trafficking human kidneys from Israel

An Israeli man who pleaded guilty to illegally brokering kidney transplants for profit in the United States, the first such conviction under federal law, was sentenced on Wednesday to 2-1/2 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, a 61-year old Israeli citizen who lived in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty last October to charges that he brokered kidney transplants between paid donors and recipients on three occasions.

Related articles:

Prosecutors said Rosenbaum charged between $120,000 and $150,000 to help three New Jersey residents find kidneys for transplant between 2006 and 2009.

He also pleaded to a count of conspiracy to broker a fourth kidney transaction following a sting operation leading to his arrest involving an undercover FBI agent who pretended to have a sick uncle.

Prosecutors said Rosenbaum typically found donors in Israel through newspaper advertisements who were willing to give up a kidney in exchange for payment, and that he helped arrange the necessary blood tests to ensure a match and for the donors' travel to the United States.

As part of his service, he also helped donors and recipients invent a cover story to trick hospital staff into thinking the donation was a purely altruistic exchange between friends or relatives, which is legal, rather than an illegal business deal, according to prosecutors.

מבצע המעצרים במסגרתו נלכד רוזנבאום (צילום: יוסף פפר, אתר אתרוג)
Police raids in which Rosenbaum was arrested (Photo: Yosef Pepper, Etrog website)

At least one relative of a kidney recipient spoke in defense of Rosenbaum at the hearing at the US District Court in Trenton, New Jersey, on Wednesday, saying he was a hero who helped save her father's life, local media reported.

But at least one of the donors, who agreed to cooperate with the government's case in exchange for immunity from prosecution, described to the court that he felt exploited by Rosenbaum.

Paul J. Fishman, the New Jersey US Attorney, whose office prosecuted the case, said Rosenbaum was motivated by profit, not the saving of lives. more

Sunday, July 8, 2012


DE RUEHTV #2425/01 3081213
O 041213Z NOV 09

S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 TEL AVIV 002425 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/03/2019 
REF: A. TEL AVIV 2234 
     B. TEL AVIV 2227 
     C. AMMAN 2353 
     D. AMMAN 2352 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Luis G. Moreno, Reason 1.4 (b) ( 
1.  (S) Summary.  In separate meetings October 28 and 29, MOD 
Pol-Mil Director Gilad and MFA Deputy Director General Hadas 
described different aspects of Israel's complex relations 
with Jordan.  Gilad effusively praised security cooperation 
with Jordan, calling it the "main pillar" of Israel's 
security, although he acknowledged tensions over Jerusalem 
and described Israeli-Jordanian ties as "peace with the 
regime, not the people."  Gilad said he had urged the 
Jordanians to moderate their public comments on Israeli 
security measures in Jerusalem's Old City.  Hadas stressed 
that Israel has no intention of undermining Jordan's role in 
Jerusalem, and he described quiet cooperation between the 
Israel National Police and the Jordanian Waqf in maintaining 
order on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.  Hadas blamed 
Jewish extremists as partly responsible for stirring up 
trouble in the Old City, but stressed that the INP are going 
to great lengths to avoid exacerbating the situation.  Hadas 
sharply criticized public statements by Jordanian officials 
accusing Israel of tunneling under the Al-Aqsa Mosque, noting 
the the GOJ knows perfectly well that Israel has no intention 
of harming the Islamic holy places.  He described the 
situation as Jordan complaining if Israel acts to maintain 
order on the Haram, while the Waqf would lose control to 
Islamic radicals if Israel did not act.  Hadas suggested that 
Jordanian Prince Ghazi is prviding King Abdullah with 
inaccurate reports abou Israeli actions in Jerusalem.  The 
King knows Irael will not "set the Mount on fire," but does 
ot talk to Israelis directly.  Hadas asked the U.S to send 
a message to the Jordanians that Israelhas no intention of 
changing the status quo on th Haram and that better 
cooperation is needed on he Jordanian side.  End Summary. 
2.  (S) MOD Pol-Mil Director Amos Gilad, in an October 28 
meeting with Deputy Special Envoy Fred Hof and PolCouns, 
praised Jordan's security role as "exceptional," and called 
Jordan the "pillar" of Israel's security.  The GID is very 
successful in preventing Jihadi terrorists from launching 
attacks against Israel from Jordan.  Gilad said he personally 
has "great relations" with the Jordanian army commander as 
well the GID director.  Gilad acknowledged that the 
Jordanians have become very angry about Jerusalem, but he 
said he has urged them to lower the tone of their rhetoric. 
Gilad said the Israel National Police are doing a great job 
in maintaining order on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount, and 
are conducting their operations with great sensitivity, but 
the Jordanians cannot admit this publicly.  Gilad commented 
that with regard to both Jordan and Egypt, Israel has "peace 
with the regimes, but not with the people."  Gilad concluded 
that it was difficult for him to imagine Israel's security 
without Jordan. 
3.  (C) MFA Deputy Director General for the Middle East Yacov 
Hadas-Handelsman, a former ambassador to Jordan, assured 
PolCouns October 29 that Israel has no intention of 
undermining Jordan's role in Jerusalem.  Hadas-Handelsman 
noted, however, that the Jordanians have a much broader 
interpretation of Article Nine of the Israel-Jordan peace 
treaty, and even sometimes assert a Jordanian right to a role 
in the handling of Muslim sites in West Jerusalem, such as 
the Mamilla Cemetery, which Hadas-Handelsman insisted falls 
under sovereign Israeli control. 
4.  (C) Turning to the disturbances on the Haram 
al-Sharif/Temple Mount over the Jewish High Holidays, 
Hadas-Handelsman blamed "provocations" by a small group of 
Jewish extremists whom "no one in Israel pays any attention 
to," for triggering a countering action by members of the 
Northern Branch of the Israeli Islamic Movement (refs A and 
B), whose leader, Sheikh Raed Saleh, Hadas-Handelsman said is 
banned from entering Jordan.  He said the Jordanian 
Government is well aware that the GOI and INP would not allow 
any Jewish extremist assault on the Haram.  He described the 
situation as one in which Jordan complains if Israel acts to 
maintain order, but Jordan will lose control of the Haram if 
Israel does not act. 
5.  (C)  Hadas-Handelsman said the Jordanian Waqf is in 
regular contact with the INP.  The Waqf must cope with 
efforts by a range of groups, including the Israeli Islamic 
Movement, Hamas, the generally non-violent but nonetheless 
ideologically extreme Hizb Al-Tahrir, and elements of the 
TEL AVIV 00002425  002 OF 002 
Palestinian Authority, which are all vying for control of the 
Haram.  The Waqf frequently asks the INP to help them control 
these elements, but then criticizes Israeli actions publicly. 
 Hadas-Handelsman gave the example of clashes at the Mughrabi 
Gate entrance of the Haram on October 25, during which he 
said INP actions were carefully coordinated with the Waqf, 
which received assurances that the police would not enter the 
mosques.  As a result, the disturbances were contained with a 
minimal number of injured and a few arrests. 
Hadas-Handelsman said the MFA was angered by a statement the 
same day by Jordanian Information Minister Sharif, who 
accused Israel of "fanning the flames" in Jerusalem. 
6.  (C) PolCouns mentioned reports earlier in October that 
King Abdullah was considering withdrawing the Jordanian 
Ambassador from Israel.  Hadas-Handelsman noted that he was 
aware of these reports, adding that the Jordanians had said 
nothing to the GOI directly, but had instead briefed the U.S. 
Ambassador to Jordan, whom they knew would discuss it with 
the Israeli Ambassador.  Hadas-Handelsman described Prince 
Ghazi bin Muhammad, who serves as King Abdullah's adviser on 
Islamic affairs, as "increasingly religious" and as someone 
who tells the King that Israel is "up to no good" in 
Jerusalem.  Hadas-Handelsman commented that in his 
assessment, King Abdullah knows full well that Israel has no 
intention of provoking a crisis in Jerusalem, but the King at 
this point is not talking directly to Israelis.  He 
complained that Jordanian officials are compounding the 
problem by publicly asserting that Israel is tunneling under 
the Haram in an effort to cause the mosques to collapse. 
This kind of rhetoric further poisons Jordanian public 
opinion, which the GOJ then cites as the reason for their 
need to adopt tough positions against Israel. 
7.  (C) Due to the tenuous nature of the Jordanian-Israeli 
political relationship, Hadas-Handelsman said it would be 
helpful if the U.S. would convey to the Jordanian leadership 
that Israel has no intention of undermining Jordan's role on 
the Haram, Israel seeks better dialogue and cooperation with 
Jordan on issues of mutual concern, and Israel has no 
intention of changing the status quo with Jordan. 
Hadas-Handelsman said the INP remains in close contact with 
him, adding that the MFA is actively encouraging the INP to 
try to accommodate the Waqf whenever possible. 
8.  (S) Comment.  Gilad and Hadas-Handelsman appeared to be 
describing relations with two different countries.  As is 
increasingly the case with Egypt as well, the 
Jordanian-Israeli security relationship remains robust while 
political relations are deeply troubled.  At some point, the 
security relations will also be affected if the political 
ties continue to unravel.  Israeli assurances, including a 
recent statement by PM Netanyahu denying any Israeli 
tunneling under the Haram, appear to fall on deaf ears in 
Jordan due to a lack of Jordanian trust in the GOI.  We 
welcome Embassy Amman's assessment of how a U.S. message 
along the lines requested by Hadas-Handelsman would be 
received by the Jordanians.