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UN: Pressure Mounts on Security Council to Rein in Israel

Palestinians carry the body of Jawaher Abu Rahmah during her funeral in the West Bank village of Bilin.A report has indicated that Israeli troops are knowingly using a deadly tear gas against Palestinians who take part in peaceful demonstrations. The report followed the death of a Palestinian woman, who lost her life after inhaling gas fired by Israeli troops.

By Haider Rizvi         IPS News see UPDATE below

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 6, 2011 (IPS) – Calls are growing for a swift international response to the situation in the Middle East, as Israel continues to build new settlements in Palestinian territories with increased military actions against civilians.

However, there is no sign that the 15-member Security Council intends to take any immediate measures to rejuvenate the stalled peace process led by the U.N., the United States, the European Union and Russia.

“I don’t want to prejudge anything at this moment,” Ivan Barbalić, president of the Security Council for this month, told IPS in response to a question about whether or not the Council would soon be holding a meeting to discuss the Middle East situation.

Last week, the Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour sent a letter to U.S. ambassador Susan Rice, who was then president of the Security Council, in which he described the current situation in Palestine as “grave” and said it required “urgent attention and serious action” by the international community, including the Security Council.

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The Message of the Bulldozers

Mamilla Cemetery

By Jeff Halper
CounterPunch

On the day before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, at 2:30 in the morning, workers sent by the Israeli authorities, protected by dozens of police, destroyed the tombstones in the last portion of the Mamilla cemetery, an historic Muslim burial ground with graves going back to the 7th Century, hitherto left untouched. The government of Israel has always been fully cognizant of the sanctity and historic significance of the site. Already in 1948, when control of the cemetery reverted to Israel, the Israeli Religious Affairs Ministry recognized Mamilla “to be one of the most prominent Muslim cemeteries, where seventy thousand Muslim warriors of [Saladin’s] armies are interred along with many Muslim scholars. Israel will always know to protect and respect this site.”

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“Jeopardizing U.S. Standing” – the Petraeus Controversy

Michael Collins

Leaks from a recent top level briefing by General David Petraeus are causing quite a controversy.  The general pointed out that, “Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region.”  Mark Perry reported this on March 13 in  Foreign Policy.  Perry said, “No previous CENTCOM commander had ever expressed himself on what is essentially a political issue… ”

When I read a statement like that, it’s like hearing the opening music for The Twilight Zone.   What on earth is Perry talking about?  Every CENTCOM commander, from General Tommy Franks, through Petraeus, has endorsed the continuation of the Iraq war and occupation.  That’s as essentially political as you can get.
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