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Today's a HUGE day -- most countries are going to vote 'yes' and Palestine will become the world's 194th nation at the United Nations.More than 1,750,000 signed.Add you signature NOW

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Naoko I. (260)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:54 am
Just signed and shared on FB. Thanks for posting...Peace on Palestine.

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:01 am
I am too busy but can't miss this opportunity . You too can't miss it. Add your name.Thanks to all who welcome UN new non member state Palestine. Just an other step towards a fair settlement towards peace in the Middle East.

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:09 am
* there has already been decades of occupation and repression by Israel of the Palestinian people
for years the US and Israel have held peace hostage to processes that have only led to more illegal colonization of Palestinian lands
* the US and Israel should not get away with bullying the rest of the world to vote 'no' to what is morally and strategically right

* currently there is not even a peace process in play
* this is a new chance to balance the equation and kick start a new path towards freedom and peace
* if the bid fails, we may have decades more of violence and extremists will win more ground

* it is time for Palestine - this is a legitimate, non-violent, diplomatic proposal that deserves Europe's full support
* the UN, World Bank and IMF say that the Palestinians are ready to run their own state
majorities of people across Europe and 2/3rds of world leaders already support Palestine statehood

Pat A. (116)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:23 am
This is WONDERFUL NEWS! Thanks Abdessalam - and I have already signed the AVAAZ petition - but good to know that it is here for others to sign. It would be wonderful if this indeed comes to pass that Palestine is accepted as a nation by the UN.

(Even if you have already signed - it is nice to click onto the site just to see the names (and countries) of people from all countries signing by the second - wonderful, I have never seen so many different countries following one another on one of the AVAAZ petitions!).

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:27 am

Gladly signed.

Thanks, Abdessalam!


Dandelion G. (399)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:29 am
Thank you for signing this petition. (If you accidentally sign a petition twice, you'll only be counted once.) Now help amplify the impact of our campaign by sending an urgent message to EU leaders.

I think I already signed this. But to be on safe side I signed again. It states it will not count twice if I did.

. (0)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:44 am
As much as I dislike the corrupt UN, Palestine should still be allowed to join as a nation.

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:45 am

With the expected support of as many as 150 countries, the bid will likely pass easily.

This vote will not create an independent Palestinian state.

It could, however, give Palestinians the ability to hold Israel accountable in the International Criminal Court. Despite its limitations as a tool to achieve a fair resolution, Jewish Voice for Peace supports the move.

A successful bid will show that the majority of the world’s countries support Palestinian political and social rights.

Meanwhile, Israel and the United States are lobbying furiously against it. Both countries, which say they support Palestinian independence, have worked at nearly every turn against a just and lasting peace for both peoples.
Jewish Voice for Peace 29/11/2012

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 9:57 am
Signed/thank you

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:02 am
I have signed this and all other petitions on the matter earlier, have also shared, posted to FB, circulated around C2, and recently wrote additional emails to my own govt and that of UK, expressing disappointment and critics of their decision. This morning however, it was said that these two contries were going to change their original NO vote to an abstention, a slight consolation..
Perhaps for joy and being busy, the AVAAZ team has not even updated their goal after PASSING the 1,750,000, currently standing at 1,762,120 ! 2 M should be reached very very soon.

WELCOME Palestine !

Henriette Matthijssen (150)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:19 am
Welcome Palestine! Thanks Abdessalam for posting! Being that Avaaz is supported by George Soros, I will not sign this petition. I will sign others however.

Kit B. (276)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:19 am

Thanks for standing with Palestine - let's amplify our impact! - Goal 1,750 million signatures- currently at 1,764,289 and growing FAST.

+++ was co-founded by Res Publica, a "community of public sector professionals dedicated to promoting good governance, civic virtue and deliberative democracy",[8] and, an American non-profit progressive public policy advocacy group funded by George Soros.[9][10] It was also supported by Service Employees International Union, a founding partner, and GetUp!, an Australian non-profit campaigning organization.

Avaaz's individual co-founders include Ricken Patel, Tom Pravda, former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser, Australian progressive entrepreneur David Madden, Jeremy Heimans (co-founders of, and Andrea Woodhouse. The board consists of Ricken Patel (president), Tom Pravda (secretary), Eli Pariser (board chairman), and Ben Brandzel (treasurer). (wiki)

I did find some definitively unreliable sites that make the unsubstantiated claim about George Soros, however, that has no affect on my decisions.

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:32 am
neither on mine, thx for this addition Kit. It is the CAUSE that matters and not exclusively the sponsor in each case.
Now, for a brief history lesson watch VIDEO Israel and Palestine, a short intro but educational.

Elle B. (82)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:35 am
Thank-you Abdessalam ~ Already signed earlier and called embassies ~ This is an important message to "the people" of Palestine that "they" are welcome and included members of the global community -- politicians can and will carry on ...

Parsifal O. (102)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:43 am


What ever it is - as long as it's from AVAAZ I never would sign.

AVAAZ is acting as a organisation for the promotion of US Hegemony through covert Soft Power manipulation. Strong statement, but difficult to dismiss

AVAAZ' Pro War Mission

To learn more about the AVAAZ deception please visit:

AVAAZ: Empire Propaganda Mill Masquerading as Grassroots Activism

Experiment - Derail Soros Anti-Syria Consensus Generator

Carrie B. (301)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:04 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you Abdessalam.

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:10 pm
Carl Gustav Parsifal- PLEASE don't "trash" this positive post by Abdessalam on THIS special day!
Like most of us here you, too have ALWAYS advocated pro-Palestinians and anti-Israelis and just join in to WELCOME Palestine, that is what the post is about! That petition does not depend on yours and Henriette's signature.

Elle B. (82)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:18 pm
Messages sent today at AVAAZ site. . .

S'il vous plaît soutenir les gens de Palestine par le suffrage oui à la nation 194 dans l'ONU aujourd'hui. Remercier pour votre attention à ceci la plupart de question importante.

Apoye por favor a las personas de Palestina por el votar sí a la nación 194 en la ONU hoy. Agradecimiento para su atención a estas la mayoría de los asuntos importantes.

Bitte unterstützen Sie die Leute von Palästina durch die Abstimmung ja zur 194. Nation in der UN heute. Vielen Dank für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit zu dieser wichtigsten Materie.

Please support the people of Palestine by the voting yes to the 194th nation in the UN today. Thank-you for your attention to this most important matter.

Elizabeth O. (88)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:26 pm

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 2:03 pm
VOTES: 138 vs 9 against, 41 abstentions. CONGRATULATIONS PALESTINE ! WELCOME to the international community, now prove to be peace loving nation.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 2:25 pm


You are, most definitely, an ANGEL!

(I've been searching for the results periodically all day.)


Angelika R. (146)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 2:40 pm
if you are intersted in the individual votes and statements, watch live

Jelica R. (144)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 3:31 pm
Good! And long overdue but finally, here it is. The last obstacle before full membership remains UN Security Council, particularly one member.

Sad to say, my country has no dignity nor an opinion of it's own and voted ad absentia. Like we were not in exactly the same situation 20 years ago.

* 1,771,945 have signed - nearly 300 while I was writting this comment. Not bad at all.

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 3:37 pm
Very true Jelica. But I was pleasantly surprised at Serbia's reaction including a quite passionate statement. Just rhetoric? And have you heard the very strong words by Susan Rice? pooh..

Abo r. (105)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:43 pm
Noted, signed with great pleasure.
Thanks for posting and forwarding Abdessalam.
Thanks to the Insani justic countries who voted yes for justice for Palestine.

Above all thanks for ALLAH ( God) who kept us alive to live theses historical meaningful happy moment in which the194 country had its birth certificate inspite of what US and IDF wishes and hopes with on the help of thier followers..
Thanks for all who already signesd and those who will sign it.

US needs to sit and think wisely of two failures , US failed to convense the IDF to stop building settlements even with preasure. secondly US failed to prevent The Falestinian ( Presedent Abbass) from not going to UN and went proudly .

Vicky P. (471)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:18 pm
signed before, noted

Sandrea S. (242)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:19 pm

Signed with pleasure. Congrats to Palestine on their upgraded UN status \o/

~ Peace on Earth ~

Jelica R. (144)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:37 pm
Congratulations, Abo! Now, go and celebrate. You deserve some good news for Palestina.

Surunatik WTF (38)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:54 pm
POLITICO Breaking News via

3:31 PM

POLITICO Breaking News
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said the United Nations had made an "unfortunate and counterproductive" decision in voting to change the Palestinians to non-member observer status. The United States has long opposed the change and voted against it.

Clinton said the vote "places further obstacles in the path of peace," adding, "we have been clear that only through direct negotiations between the parties can the Palestinians and Israelis achieve the peace that they deserve."

For more information...

Seems still aways to go..

Ros G. (88)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:16 pm
Congratulations - Signed with pleasure - Abo thank you for the forward. It's great to see so many Australian signatures going on too. We get very little news here on this subject and most didn't know about the Vote and the UN until - Monday - when the Labor Party's internal fighting ended up in the media.

Elle B. (82)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:37 pm
Thank-you for the results Angelika.

Michela m. (4045)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:39 pm

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 8:28 pm
Share this map -see who voted YES / NO
In the end, just nine countries ended up on the wrong side of history: Israel, the US, Canada, the Czech Republic, Panama, Palau, Nauru, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

Barbara W. (342)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 9:06 pm
Thanks Abdessalam been posting at Rumble and other places. This is the day many of US and the families of Palestine have been waiting for. This must be the beginning of better days for the people of Palestine and the Middle east.

United Nations Recognizes Palestine AS “State”

Danny W. (13)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 9:13 pm
This is wonderful news for a change, now WE must continue to get the U.S. on board.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:31 pm
U.N. General Assembly votes to recognize the state of Palestine --The United States immediately criticized the historic vote. 29 Nov 2012 The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body -- a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions. A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation.
(Although I am an American -- and love my country -- I have enough integrity to admit that many actions of my government do not represent me.)
As human beings first, we are defined and governed by our individual characters . . . NOT imaginary borderlines and so-called "leaders."

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:31 pm
Glad to sign.

Shame on those countries that are opposing this change.

Parsifal O. (102)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:05 pm
Angelikanomail Roll (75)

Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:10 pm writes:

'That petition does not depend on yours and Henriette's signature'.

How true Angelikanomail Roll (75)

Your statement reminds me to Israel Firster, Zionist Romney, when he said - caught on tape:

'There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right -- there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.'

Romney continued by saying:

'they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax. My job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.'

And yet as you, Angelikanomail Roll (75) realized that your struggle to convince good hearted, but most gullible people to sign the WallStreet Zionist Bankers (this is AVAAZ) AVAAZ Petition does not depend on OUR signature, I wish Diab would not repeatedly share such issues with his friends.

He and you have been enlightened several times by those who already have the bigger picture and able to puzzle together geo political guises.

I only can speak for myself but I'm telling you hereby, I have done more for a peaceful solution on the keyboard, beyond and ON SPOT for Palestine as you Angelikanomail Roll (75) ever have dreamt

'Long-term solutions aren’t as simple as the click of a mouse.'

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:22 pm

(Parsifal -- and your alter-ego Carl Gustav) "I only can speak for myself but I'm telling you hereby, I have done more for a peaceful solution on the keyboard, beyond and ON SPOT for Palestine as you Angelikanomail Roll (75) ever have dreamt."

How presumptively ARROGANT can one person be????

(And, mind you, that remark followed: "And yet as you, Angelikanomail Roll (75) realized that your struggle to convince good hearted, but most gullible people to sign the WallStreet Zionist Bankers (this is AVAAZ) AVAAZ Petition does not depend on OUR signature, I wish Diab would not repeatedly share such issues with his friends."

And you (and Carl) are designated representatives of WHOM? Are you suggesting that Abdessalam is less qualified than you, and as such, should NOT share his views with friends???? If that is so, then WHY should we listen to YOU? What are YOUR credentials?


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:01 am

I question (and many should) the validity of opinions expressed by those who have manufactured pseudonyms, created merely for the illusion of like-minded agreement.

Wanna talk about gullible?


Arild Warud (172)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:14 am
Definitly signed!

Emma S. (233)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:22 am
Already signed. Thanks, Abdessalam!

Ros G. (88)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:23 am
Thanks Kit B for your list of Sponsors though I can't send you a Green Star - you guest it already done so within the last week. Get-Up the Australian Not for Profit Organisation is very respect here so I happy to see they a this active - will look more seriously at the site because of this.

Just Carole same no Green Star for you - Loved your last post.

Sascha Harper (300)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:24 am
Signed, with the greatest of pleasures :)

Robert O. (12)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:26 am
Thanks for standing with Palestine - let's amplify our impact!

Have gladly signed. I'm so happy for them! Thanks Abdessalam.

Kenneth L. (314)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:32 am
I assume this means they will also have to abide by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights too? Which would be good.

Catherine G. (13)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:42 am
Already signed. High time Palestine got a break!

Frans Badenhorst (561)
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:44 am
Thanks for standing with Palestine - let's amplify our impact!
I really PITY the Palestines, really...

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday November 30, 2012, 2:10 am

Just a nudge . . .

It might be a clue to forming opinions to actually CONSIDER (and actually absorb) the information offered by dissenting thinking.)


Past Member (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:51 am
Palestinians - congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't express how delighted I am to here this morning's news!

Vivien Green (153)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:32 am
Noted signed and shred on FB.
Very welcome news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim Phillips (3202)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:18 am
AVAAZ Petition signed.

Ty, Abdessalam.

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:33 am
WELCOME PALESTINE : 138 in favour to nine against with 41 abstentions by the 193-member Assembly.

29 November 2012 – The General Assembly today voted to grant Palestine non-member observer State status at the United Nations, while expressing the urgent need for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a permanent two-State solution.

The resolution on the status of Palestine in the UN was adopted by a vote of 138 in favour to nine against with 41 abstentions by the 193-member Assembly.

“We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a State established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the State that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine,” the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, told the Assembly before the vote.

Mr. Abbas noted that the world was being asked today to undertake a significant step in the process of rectifying the “unprecedented historical injustice” inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948.

“Your support for our endeavour today,” he said, “will send a promising message – to millions of Palestinians on the land of Palestine, in the refugee camps both in the homeland and the Diaspora, and to the prisoners struggling for freedom in Israel’s prisons – that justice is possible and that there is a reason to be hopeful and that the peoples of the world do not accept the continuation of the occupation.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, said his delegation could not accept today’s resolution. “Because this resolution is so one-sided, it doesn’t advance peace, it pushes it backwards,” he stated, adding that peace could only be achieved through negotiations.

“There’s only one route to Palestinian statehood and that route does not run through this chamber in New York. That route runs through direct negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah that will lead to a secure and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” he added. “There are no shortcuts. No quick fixes. No instant solutions.”

The Israelis and Palestinians have yet to resume direct negotiations since talks stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“Today’s vote underscores the urgency of a resumption of meaningful negotiations,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after the vote was finalized. “We must give new impetus to our collective efforts to ensure that an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine lives side by side with a secure State of Israel. I urge the parties to renew their commitment to a negotiated peace.”

Addressing the same gathering, the President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, appealed to “my dear friends from Palestine and Israel” to work for peace, to negotiate in good faith, and ultimately, to succeed in reaching the historical settlement.

“I have no doubt that history will judge this day to have been fraught with significance – but whether it will come to be looked upon as a step in the right direction on the road to peace will depend on how we bear ourselves in its wake,” he said. “Let us therefore have the wisdom to act in furtherance of the goal I’m sure we all share.”

In the resolution, the Assembly also voiced the hope that the Security Council will “consider favourably” the application submitted in September 2011 by Palestine for full UN membership.

The Palestinian bid for full UN membership stalled last year when the 15-nation Council, which decides whether or not to recommend admission by the Assembly, said it had been “unable to make a unanimous recommendation.”

Today’s action comes on the same day that the UN observed the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Established in 1977, the Day marks the date in 1947 when the Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning then-mandated Palestine into two States, one Jewish and one Arab

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:52 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.

YES I can. Thanks Carole.

Jelica R. (144)
Friday November 30, 2012, 6:04 am
I wanted to post an article by Uri Avnery The Strong and the Sweet. It is not too long, but I do not want to monopolize the space. Avnery's inspiring words can be found at the AMIN, here is how it begins:

"...Well, out of the “strong” Israeli operation against Gaza, sweetness has indeed come forth. It is another confirmation of the rule that when you start a war or a revolution, you never know what will come out of it.

One of the results of the operation was that the prestige and popularity of Hamas shot sky-high, while the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas sank to new depths. That was a result the West could not possibly tolerate. A defeat of the “moderates” and a victory for the Islamic “extremists” were a disaster for President Barack Obama and the entire Western camp. Something had to found – with all urgency – to provide Abbas with a resounding achievement.

Fortunately, Abbas was already on the way to obtain UN approval for the recognition of Palestine as a “state” (though not yet as a full member of the world organization). For Abbas, it was a move of despair. Suddenly, it became a beacon of victory. ..." read MORE.

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Friday November 30, 2012, 6:07 am
Here is a document that every body is invited to read,copy and save.

John Gregoire (272)
Friday November 30, 2012, 6:12 am
Signed a day late I'm afraid. Congratulations to the Palestinians for achieving onserver nation status. Now let's get on with peaceful borders and co-existence. A mutual and public acceptance of each others existence and right to do so is the next important step. Palestine should take the lead.

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Friday November 30, 2012, 6:42 am

Teresa Cowley (272)
Friday November 30, 2012, 6:50 am
Absolutely delighted to sign this petition and share it widely!
Thank you, Abdessalam, for the post.

Alexander Werner (53)
Friday November 30, 2012, 8:24 am
John, out of curiousity, why would you support upping status of the Palestine state?

Here are the reasons why I do not:
* They are run by either thieves of extremists, in both cases with militant agenda. Why make the world worse than it is already;
* The new country will very likely have its constitution based on Sharia, thus making it racist by nature and abusive to Christian Arab population;
* Palestinians did not take any responsibilities upon themselves. Now Palestinian Arabs living in the Palestine state are still treated as refugees and are on UN payroll.

I think this whole exercise was for the Arabs to be able to sue Israel in more places.

If I am not mistake, none of the countries supporting the move give any financial aid to Palestinians. And vice versa.

Friday November 30, 2012, 8:36 am
Signed, thanks for the updates on this.

Kit B. (276)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:15 am

A few minutes ago, the UN voted overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as the world's 194th state!!! It’s a huge victory for the Palestinian people, for peace, for our community, and people across the world are joining with massive crowds in Palestine to celebrate.

The Palestinian people's journey to freedom is far from over. But this is a powerful step, and our community played a key role in it. Palestine's Ambassador to Europe said today:

"Avaaz and its members across the world have played a crucial role in persuading governments to support the Palestinian people's bid for a state and for freedom and peace. They have stood with us throughout and their solidarity and support will be remembered and cherished across Palestine." - Leila Shahid, General Palestinian Delegate to Europe.

Nearly 1.8 million of us signed the petition calling for statehood.

Thousands of us donated to fund public opinion polls across Europe -- showing that a whopping 79% of Europeans supported a Palestinian state. Our polls were plastered all over the media, and repeatedly cited in Parliamentary debates in the UK, Spain and France!

We sent tens of thousands of emails, Facebook messages and Tweets to leaders across Europe and made thousands of calls to foreign ministries and heads of state.

We unfurled a giant 4-storey banner outside the EU Commission in Brussels (right) while leaders were meeting inside. Then, we staged another stunt in Madrid. Previously, we had sailed a flotilla of ships past the UN calling for a vote. Our actions made headlines all over Europe.

Avaaz staff and members met with dozens and dozens of government ministers, top advisors, senior journalists, parliamentarians and thought leaders in each of the key countries, in many cases teaming up to win over leaders one by one through advocacy, pressure, parliamentary resolutions and public statements, always drawing on the surge in people power behind this cause.

We reached out to key thought leaders like Stéphane Hessel, a 94-year old survivor of Nazi concentration camps, and Ron Pundak, an Israeli who played a key role in Oslo peace process, to speak out in favour of statehood.

Jelica R. (144)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:30 am
Have you noticed how ardently Bob announced his opposition for Palestinian UN status. I'm sure his gesture won't pass unnoticed.

Will you, please, Thank Stevie Wonder for Cancelling his Performance for the Friends of the IDF!. Thank you!

Angelika R. (146)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:12 pm
I like to respond to some comments here, backwards in this case:
1. thx so much Jelica for both of your valuable links, will definitely read what the always appreciated voice of Uri A. has to say, and for informing us that Stevie W. actually DID cancel! I had also passed this petition around. Honorable and great!
2. @ Bob -yes, you ARE mistaken, also Europe has been supporting Palestinians with both financial and material aid and I sure hope they will continue now.
3. @ Parsifal - I will not engage in further discussion or dispute with you here but just know that your remark suggesting a comparison of my comment to that of Mr Rmoney is WAY OFF THE MARK !
4. finally, I regret that I cannot send more green stars to most of you, I thank you all.

I have actually watched the entire session live on UNGA TV and heard each (missed perhaps a few) individual statement of the "distinguished representatives". So I am pleased that Abdessalam chose to post a piece that quoted some of Ron Prosor's statement, though they do not fully mirror the arrogant, snotty and dismissive attitude and tone he used for his speech. ("...he[ Abbas] chose to fly to New York when he should have flown straight to Jerusalem.."), but he failed to mention that the Israeli side caused the peace talks to end by their action.
His most outragious remark I find to be this one: "UN can't break 4000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and land of Israel." Twisting facts and history once again...As a Zionist he should be sent to Diaspora.
Now, feel free to jump on me, I can take it.

Angelika R. (146)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:30 pm
And of course, as we learned today, the zionist state follows along the usual line. Netanyahu's announcement could not express in any clearer way that he opposes any beginning of peace talks. To declare an increased activity in settlements now as a response to the UN vote, a message directed at the Israeli voters to compensate his defeat, is definite proof.

Friday November 30, 2012, 12:43 pm
Gladly signed and congratulations Abdessalam. Negotiate with Israel and the US, but don't expect much. After sixty years of dealing with these two skunks all that have been achieved is lost of land, bulldozing of homes, war crimes, stealing of water, walls, aparthied, and occupation.

Now it's time to go to where the real power is and that is with the people of the world. Where did Israel go to get it's independence. Did they go to the Palestinians, Egypt, the Arab league, or Opec? Of cause not. Israel went straight to the UN. So why shouldn't the Palestinians do the same thing.

Clintons statement that a two state solution doesn't go through the UN but through Israel and the US is frankly full of s*@t. She seems to have had two many cocktails on the plane.

Israel and the US threats of defunding pales in comparison to what has already been done to the people of Palestine as mentioned above.

Now if only the people of the US can see Israel as she really is. Not a defenseless, harmless, fragile country surrounded by harmful countries, but a nuclear power and fourth strongest military in the world, also empowered by the strongest military in the world, the US.

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday November 30, 2012, 2:26 pm
Very gladly signed, (I think I signed 2ce, too). Much thanks, Abdessalam. Congratulations, Palestine! Thanks to Angelika for posting those countries against this. When I saw the US, Canada and others standing with Israel, and that Hillary and Rice were making comments against this, I thought it was outrageous. The world has spoken and those in the minority have no defense for their actions. I feel like I've slipped backwards in time to the Bush era.
*I'm sorry I'm unable to send a green star to Abdessalam since I've already sent one this week.

James E. (16)
Friday November 30, 2012, 2:29 pm
Not yet full status as a "nation," but non-voting observer status is a positive step forward. If America wanted to showit is really serious about a "two-state solution," a YES vote would have been a positive move. America has missed an important opportunity.

Carlene V. (203)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:09 pm
Glad to sign this one, it is about time. Congrats to Palestine! I am, probably for the first time, disagreeing with Hillary Clinton on the USA stance.

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:15 pm
And, thank you, Jelica, for the link to the Stevie Wonder petition...I missed it the first time, (haste makes waste), but have now signed it.

Jackie D. (7)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:35 pm
Signed with pleasure. Congrats!

Amanda Adams (201)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:50 pm
Beautiful! Signed!

Colleen L. (2)
Friday November 30, 2012, 7:03 pm
Gladly Signed. Congratulations to all of the people of Palestine. May they live in Peace and harmony. Thanks Abdessalam

Ellyn S. (45)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:55 pm

Gloria Morotti (14)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 12:22 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:37 am
Signed Cheers

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (292)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:59 am

Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:39 am

paul m. (93)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:48 am


Karen R. (87)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 6:13 am

Fadi M. (37)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 7:07 am
Thank you tons Abdessalam for sharing, and thank you tons to everyone who signed, noted and supported Palestinians in this great victory.

I am so happy beyond description; this victory belongs not to the Palestinians only, but to the free citizens of the world, to the free countries of the world and to the free nations of the world. It could have never happened without your support. Thank you and congratulations to HUMANITY!

Might I end my comment here with one word from the movie Brave Heart which tells exactly how I feel in this moment...


Helle H. (21)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 7:23 am
Signed, It was about time and with so many countries votting for it.

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 7:35 am
Signed. Several things, every one seems to be misinformed on what actually happened. This vote DID NOT make Palestine a member State of the UN, it did give them recognition as being a state as a non-member state which is better in many ways from their previous 'non-member observer' status, which was the equivalent of being a spectator at a sporting event. This at least gives Palestine legal recognition as a state with a right to exist and its people a status above being pawns on a chess board with essentially no guaranteed/protected human rights. It also puts Israel in the position of now having to recognize Palestine's right to exist which to the best of my knowledge they have never done. The fact is that the US opposition to this vote is simply insane and far from inhibiting the Peace process, which all sane people agree must include a Two State solution, it actually recognizes that in the Palestinian-Israeli Peace talks there are Two equal states with the right to exist sitting at the table not the Nation of Israel negotiating with the representative of some landless refugee rabble without a state. Of course Israel oppoeses the vote because it levels the playing field to a point where Two Nations are engaged, and it puts the Israeli creation of a Palestinian ghetto and the treatment of those in the ghetto on a whole new footing that now has to follow different rules, refugees and citizens of a recognized Nation on their own soil are not treated the same under International Law.

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:20 am
LLoyd, you are NOT telling us any news here and I strongly disagree with your view that "every one seems to be misinformed ...on what actually happened". But nontheless thanks for your contribution.

Ludger W. (71)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:53 am

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 11:54 am
Avaaz as of 8:30 pm French time tonight: "1,783,730 have signed. Let's get to 1,750,000" -
We've gone BEYOND the hoped-for number of signatures!! And people are continuing to sign with no pause.

On this evening's news, I heard about Israeli retaliation for the Palestinians' UN victory: the announcement that 3,000 new settler homes will be built right near East Jerusalem, which will have the effect of blocking transport & communication routes between East Jerusalem & the West Bank; & make it even more difficult to put the 2-state solution into practice. What a bunch of bas--rds!

It was only in French TV news tonight, but in yesterday's The Guardian: "Israel to build new Jewish settlement homes after UN Palestine vote" - "Binyamin Netanyahu's plan for mass building on occupied terrorities seen as retaliation for recognition of Palestinian state"-

I've posted the petiton to 'Thank Stevie Wonder for Canceling his gig at the 'Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces' Fundraiser in LA, Dec 6 & there is important & interesting info in the comments, including how the mass mobilization of BDS supporters -& ultimately UN involvement- to get him to cancel came about.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 11:57 am
Ah, I forgot - beautiful picture, Abdessalam! Thank you for the post & the beautiful illustration, too.
Green star already sent.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 12:00 pm
"Clinton and Hague attack Israel decision to build new settlements" - "US and UK react to Binyamin Netanyahu's approval of plans for 3,000 new homes on occupied territory in the West Bank" -

bilja c. (48)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 12:39 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 1:00 pm
For those who signed this, all you are doing is giving support to a :state" that has recently been overseen by the Egyptian's Brotherhood . How can anyone support another Muslim backed Shari Law, anti West, anti Israel state?

The anti-Semites who voted for this, only voted in theory. Israel still owns the Gaza.....

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 1:10 pm
Jill, it is sad you get new so much later over there... in fact Netanyahu has already stated his "retaliation" intention right after the UNGE sesson was over and in my above comments I already refered to that.
But meantime i also heard from some Israeli official that this is likely more rhetorik and he will most likely NOT proceed to such action. Indeed, he would have to be completely insane to do so, or perhaps just too desparate over losing even more votes for himself after the sorry defeat, hoping settlement activities, thus again showing "strenght" might regain some voters.
I believe that Olmert will jump back in the race with not at all bad chances for the elections.
Thx for your links.

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 1:13 pm
read: "..get NEWS so much later..", sorry for typo

Sandrea S. (242)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 1:41 pm
My apologies to the Palestinians for the Canadian Government's 'stupidity' on the vote.
They do not speak for me, or for very, very many other Canadians.
We are embarrassed.
~ Peace ~

Saturday December 1, 2012, 1:42 pm
Worldminga,Israel would have built the settlement anyway if that was their intentions regardless if the Palestiniians went to UN or not. Their bombing of Gaza is a good example. Israel does what it can get away with not what is right. Israel gets away these criminal activities because it is backed up by the US government that gives Israel it's military support.

It's up to the American people to begin putting pressure on our elected officials and corporate media to stop unconditionally supporting Israel.

Also, Hillary Clinton's phoney disagreement with Israel on settlement buildings should be quite routine to all of us at this point. She is only trying to confuse us into thinking she is trying to be an inpartial voice. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:10 pm
"It's up to the American people to begin putting pressure on our elected officials and corporate media to stop unconditionally supporting Israel. " -Better late than never comes to mind here..putting it gently, that is. ;-)
You need to FIGHT AIPAC with every power you can bring in, apart from pressure on the govt.

monkaSICK B. (63)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:15 pm
Signed already, I've also heard the reaction of Israel....."Into the bin with Binyamin " !! America : stop supporting bloody Israel who wants to build even more settlements - they are like a disease and should be stopped. It's because of Them that there is no peace and extremism got into power.
Welcome Palestine !!!

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:16 pm
Also, the way the world just voted for a Palestinian state should reflect in the participation in the BDS movement as well. There may be more BDS awareness in Europe than there is in the US. That is something that every American can and should join!

bilja c. (48)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:23 pm
On 01.12.2012 (today) Germany Canceller, mrs. Angela Merkel, said Germany is with Israel.

Sandrea S. (242)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:36 pm
Happening now via Twitter, @harryfear, British journalist is, and has been in Gaza since before the 8-day offensive began...

Ceasefire 'broken proper': Israel bombs Deir Al-Balah in the Middle Gaza Strip area. Injuries report.

This latest violation took place exactly 15-16 minutes ago in East Deir Al-Balah #GazaUnderAttack

3 family members were injured, inc. 2 critically injured (now transferring to Gaza's main hospital) #GazaUnderAttack

We await the reaction of resistance groups to this latest and most flagrant violation of the truce. Reports that it was a drone attack #Gaza

Analysis: this is the most grave Israeli violation of the truce. Ceasefire agreement said: Israel couldn't violate air or land territory.

I don't think the resistance will retaliate unless one of the seriously injured die tonight. #GazaUnderAttack

Since the truce came into 'effect' Israel has: violated airspace, maritime area; harassed; bombed; shot; and killed. Where is the media?

@harryfear what is Israel's excuse now? There was no firing from Gaza. Completely deplorable. :(

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:31 pm
OMG NO, say it isn't true Sandrea...need to check both sides's media now

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:35 pm
@ Beka, of course A Merkel has always and will always be saying that in each speech and it is Germany's policy. But yet my country-due to enormous public pressure-has made a last minute change in voting and prefered to abstain to their originally planned NO. media reported that widely as well.

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:39 pm
It IS TRUE- RT has a huge BREAKING NEWS report -

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:40 pm
Breaking news

At least four Palestinians have been injured after Israel reportedly shelled a residential area in Gaza Strip, thus violating fragile ceasefire. This comes after the UN voted to upgrade the Palestinians to a ‘non-member observer state.’

Gaza-based filmmaker and activist Harry Fear told RT that two people were critically injured with one of them being announced 'clinically dead' at Shifa Hospital.

The attack in East Deir Al-Balah occurred around 22:00 GMT. Reports from local media suggest it was a tank shelling attack. So far there has been no reaction from Hamas.

The shelling is the first such incident since the Egypt-brokered ceasefire ended violent conflict between Israel and Gaza on November 21.

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:51 pm
Happy to sign

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:54 pm

Angie, I'm sure you are as disappointed as I am at your country's stance.

I am sick and tired of warlike decisions -- that cost this country's increasingly impoverished civilians BILLIONS of dollars. And all of this is to murder civilians.

I am ashamed.


Sandrea S. (242)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:59 pm
There's word it may not have been an attack, but some sort of explosion. Those poor people must be beyond frazzled.
We'll know at some point...

Sandrea S. (242)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:27 pm
RT update:

Explosion in Gaza amid fragile ceasefire with Israel

Published: 02 December, 2012, 03:26

At least four Palestinians have been injured in an explosion in a residential area in Gaza Strip – some reports suggest it could be an Israeli tank shell. This comes after the UN voted to upgrade the Palestinians to a ‘non-member observer state.’

Gaza-based filmmaker and activist Harry Fear told RT that two people were critically injured with one of them being announced 'clinically dead' at Shifa Hospital.

The attack in East Deir Al-Balah occurred around 22:00 GMT. Reports from local media suggest it was a tank shelling attack. So far there has been no reaction from Hamas.

However other reports suggest it could be an industrial incident.

Relations between Israel and Gaza currently stand on a knife-edge more than a week after the cessation of violence between the two sides. Israel’s eight-day Pillar of Defense campaign in Gaza killed some 169 Palestinians, while Gazan rocket fire left six Israelis dead.

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:10 pm
Carole, absolutely! You probably read that I have also emailed her plus posted on FB my outrage and disappointment urging them to ote YES. But as a German of course I have never known any other policy than strong support for Israhell.

Sandrea, yes I saw that, go to RT every 5 mins or so. sorry I made my post to C2NN so prematurely.

Sandrea S. (242)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:17 pm
Yes, sorry. The news was posted from several sources. It was easiest for me to copy & paste from Twitter. I'm just relieved really.


Jelica R. (144)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:24 pm
Palestine as the 194th state in the UN General Assembly?; The EU Observer; Leila Shahid, 29.11.12

"At the level of public opinion, the vote last week by the European Parliament on a resolution on this question saw 447 MEPs say Yes and only 113 say No. This is proof of where public opinion in Europe stands.

An international poll by Avaaz collected also 1,450,000 signatures of private people in favour of it. Avaaz also organised four polls, in Germany, France, Spain and the UK, where an average of 70 percent of people supported the move.

There is a big gap between public opinion in Europe and the position of those EU foreign ministries and chancelleries which are speaking of abstention as a way to save European unity."

Jelica R. (144)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:40 pm
An explosion in Gaza? It was around midnight in Gaza time.

Thanks for the RT link, Angelika.

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:43 pm
Jelica, right she is! but perhaps needs glasses ? ( Avaaz passed way beyond that as we all know)
And, yes, Sandrea, we are all releived, however there have already been a number of occurrences in Gaza after the ceasefire, quiet so far but I wonder how much Hamas might take before they switch from warnings to (re)action..

Sandrea S. (242)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:49 pm
True, it's not been completely peaceful.
Here is a good little read:

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 6:37 pm
Thx Sandrea, I read Johnny's blogpost. Irony is often a good way o deal with hardship and overcome horror experienced, yes. It is the IOF's way of saying "Welcome Palestine" I guess, and we know that they "don't do Ghandi very well", as they quoted once. But I won't rule out either that all details of the agreement were not even forwarded to them...who knows.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:10 pm
Signed , thanks !

Robert Garvin (46)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:16 pm
So, let me get this correct. The Israelis can now be sued for bombing the Palestinians. Sounds okay. Can the Israelis also sue the Gazans for sending rockets into Israel? I think that would be reasonably fair. Having read an article by a Palestinian Moslem who did not move out when they were being told to way back is saying that Palestinians DO get a fair go in Israel BUT those Palestinians that left when scared by the other Arab states who said they were going to wipe Israel off the map, but lost that war, do NOT recognise the Palestinians who they bulled into leaving Israel. She particularly wanted others to LEAVE them alone and go fix their own miserable states. The FEAR put into the Palestinians to leave was total lies. Thoise that stayed and did not believe those lies have been treated well.
SO, WHO do we believe?

Kenneth L. (314)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:55 am
@Robert; You pick and choose who you want to believe.
It remains to be seen whether this upgrade in member status for the Palestinians will result in a better or worse situation for the whole Israel-Palestine scenario.
One thing is for sure, finger pointing and blame on either side in a conflict is never very conducive to peacefulness.

Fadi M. (37)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:21 am
Sandrea Away, great link, thank you for sharing. And don’t worry about Canadians’ reputation after the UN vote. Do you think Americans approve what their government is doing? Even in Israel itself there are supporters to the Palestinian cause, and I’m not talking about Arabs, I’m talking about Israelis. Canadians are awesome, and I know how influential the Jewish community is in Canada and I think Harper must leave soon.

Robert Garvin, the truth is quite obvious and can be found with little investigation that goes beyond mainstream media and Israeli propaganda machine. , , , (This is 1hr 40min. documentary that will explain to you the history of the state of Israel and the Zionism movement, believe me it is worth your time)

Fadi M. (37)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:56 am
Sorry Robert, this is part2 of the documentary:

Sandrea S. (242)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 5:50 am
Thank you for your understanding, Fadi. You are also so right about Harper.
Glad you enjoyed that link :)

Sandrea S. (242)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:30 am
An update re: last night's incident in Gaza:

Harry Fear On the supposed 'ceasefire breach' last night: a summary update

Reputable local news organisations and Palestinian journalists reported that an Israeli tank shell injured 4 in East Deir Al-Balah, Middle Gaza Strip at 10pm (local). I reported this and further details from these sources, including the nature of the sustained injuries.

During the night two international journalists brought doubt upon the notion of it having been a tank shelling, suggesting that it could have been a fuel tank explosion. I can confirm that this incident was definitely not a benzine tank explosion or similar.

We have investigated, spoken to injured persons, as well as witnesses and residents. The incident was either a fresh attack (further ceasefire breach) or an incident from Operation Pillar of Cloud:

* Fresh attack by tank shell (initially reported universally in Gaza) * Explosion of previously-unexploded bomb from Pillar of Cloud * Fresh attack by drone strike * Fresh attack by new military aircraft like F15

Photo: the site of the incident, with a destroyed subterranean water solid-state tank in a residential farming area, hundreds of metres from the border with Israel.

Our investigation of the scene and our interviewing of the witnesses constituted the only on-the-ground journalistic enquiry into what happened.

Harry Fear and Update From Gaza ( Noor Harazeen )

Copied&Pasted from here:

bilja c. (48)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:56 am
about 5.000 people getter today/02.12.12/ to regard Mahmud Abass in Ramala

Sandrea S. (242)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:00 am
John Lennon would be proud...


Alexander Werner (53)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:40 pm
Sandrea, John Lennon never supported violence or Islamist terrorists, like Hamas.

Sandrea S. (242)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:14 pm
Bob - either you did not watch the video, or you are now calling Australians terrorists, or.......... what??

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:27 pm

Yeah . . . the one similarity I've found about Bob (and his ilk) is that . . . if you speak of injustice -- you're anti-Semitic; if you speak of peace -- you're anti-Semitic!

(Kinda makes one wonder what PRO-Semitic is, huh?)


Sandrea S. (242)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:36 pm
Absolutely Carole, lol!

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:03 pm
Signed and noted

John Gregoire (272)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:53 am
Bob, got your note. I seldom return to these news items because they get vindictive and the name calling is out of hand, but see a number of people have answered your questions as I would. Many of your complaints could easily be reversed. Surely you don't consider putting settlements on Arab land a peaceful gesture? I did say that Palestine should make the first move in recognition and did so because this is the basic Israeli argument. Once Palestine formally recognizes Israel and its right to exist then Israel should do likewise for Palestine. The secon step would be the removal of the wall and barriers as well as moving settlements back to Israeli territoy. The Palestinians must help in a peaceful manner. Many nations who also support these countries approved of the observer nation status.


Abdessalam Diab (147)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:04 am
“My family in Israel has bomb shelters. They are, actually, safe. In Gaza, there is no such thing as “safe.” Please, ask your friends to join me in asking President Obama to make aid to Israel contingent on not using it to target civilians.”
Amir Terkel, Jewish Voice for Peace

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:53 am
Gladly signed.

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:59 am
43632 total signers \o/

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Monday December 3, 2012, 7:10 am
Thanks Sandrea . Let us spread te word to reach half a million soon.

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Monday December 3, 2012, 7:10 am
Source: Britain considers recalling Israel envoy
Britain is considering recalling its ambassador to Israel to protest at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building, a diplomatic source said on Monday. Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that France was also considering withdrawing its envoy. Both embassies...

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 3, 2012, 8:11 am
Oh gee.... Harper will be in a dither now!

Angelika R. (146)
Monday December 3, 2012, 8:13 am
Thx Abdessalam, I signed that petition 3 weeks ago and I think so did most others here. It was previously posted on threads by Kicked and Jelica ("...Don't defend me-not like this") as you may remember. But for anyone who may not yet have signed, once again:


Pass it on please!

Angelika R. (146)
Monday December 3, 2012, 8:29 am
The magnitude of US financial and material aid to Israel is OUTRAGIOUS and little known by most Americans.
Unlike all other countries receiving funds from the US, Israel is completely uncontrolled and free to use them to their liking. In addition it is granted access to CIA information which will not even be given to NATO.

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 3, 2012, 8:35 am
U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel - The Washington Post

Angelika R. (146)
Monday December 3, 2012, 8:53 am
Sandrea, this story was already posted here about a week ago, and that's not the only mega project in the planning.

Abdessalam Diab (147)
Monday December 3, 2012, 10:14 am
Thanks Sandrea for the link. I tried to read the story and this is what I received.

"We're unable to locate the page you requested.

The page may have moved or may no longer be available.
We want to help you find what you're looking for. "

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:09 am
The link that was posted previously is not above anymore, and strange that the link I posted is working for me. I'll copy & paste it out from the site...

U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel

By Walter Pincus, Published: November 28

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to supervise construction of a five-story underground facility for an Israel Defense Forces complex, oddly named “Site 911,” at an Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv.

Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million, the facility is to have classrooms on Level 1, an auditorium on Level 3, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors, protection from nonionizing radiation and very tight security. Clearances will be required for all construction workers, guards will be at the fence and barriers will separate it from the rest of the base.

Only U.S. construction firms are being allowed to bid on the contract and proposals are due Dec. 3, according to the latest Corps of Engineers notice.

Site 911 is the latest in a long history of military construction projects the United States has undertaken for the IDF under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. The 1998 Wye River Memorandum between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has led to about $500 million in U.S. construction of military facilities for the Israelis, most of them initially in an undeveloped part of the Negev Desert. It was done to ensure there were bases to which IDF forces stationed in the West Bank could be redeployed.

As recorded in the Corps’ European District magazine, called Engineering in Europe, three bases were built to support 20,000 troops, and eventually the Israeli air force moved into the same area, creating Nevatim air base. A new runway, 2.5 miles long, was built there by the Corps along with about 100 new buildings and 10 miles of roads.

Over the years, the Corps has built underground hangers for Israeli fighter-bombers, facilities for handling nuclear weapons (though Israel does not admit having such weapons), command centers, training bases, intelligence facilities and simulators, according to Corps publications.

Within the past two years the Corps, which has three offices in Israel, completed a $30 million set of hangars at Nevatim, which the magazine describes as a “former small desert outpost that has grown to be one of the largest and most modern air bases in the country.” It has also supervised a $20 million project to build maintenance shops, hangars and headquarters to support Israel’s large Eitan unmanned aerial vehicle.

Site 911, which will be built at another base, appears to be one of the largest projects. Each of the first three underground floors is to be roughly 41,000 square feet, according to the Corps notice. The lower two floors are much smaller and hold equipment.

Security concerns are so great that non-Israeli employees hired by the builder can come only from “the U.S., Canada, Western Europe countries, Poland, Moldavia, Thailand, Philippines, Venezuela, Romania and China,” according to the Corps notice. “The employment of Palestinians is also forbidden,” it says.

Among other security rules: The site “shall have one gate only for both entering and exiting the site” and “no exit or entrance to the site shall be allowed during work hours except for supply trucks.” Guards will be Israeli citizens with experience in the Israeli air force. Also, “the collection of information of any type whatsoever related to base activities is prohibited.”

The well-known Israeli architectural firm listed on the plans, Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects, has paid attention to the aesthetics of the site design as well as the sensibilities of future employees. The site, for example, will be decorated with rocks chosen by the architect but purchased by the contractor. Three picnic tables are planned, according to the solicitation.

The Corps offered a lengthy description of the mezuzas the contractor is to provide “for each door or opening exclusive of toilets or shower rooms” in the Site 911 building. A mezuza (also spelled mezuzah) is a parchment which has been inscribed with Hebrew verses from the Torah, placed in a case and attached to a door frame of a Jewish family’s house as a sign of faith. Some interpret Jewish law as requiring — as in this case — that a mezuza be attached to every door in a house.

These mezuzas, notes the Corps, “shall be written in inerasable ink, on . . . uncoated leather parchment” and be handwritten by a scribe “holding a written authorization according to Jewish law.” The writing may be “Ashkenazik or Sepharadik” but “not a mixture” and “must be uniform.”

Also, “The Mezuzahs shall be proof-read by a computer at an authorized institution for Mezuzah inspection, as well as manually proof-read for the form of the letters by a proof-reader authorized by the Chief Rabbinate.” The mezuza shall be supplied with an aluminum housing with holes so it can be connected to the door frame or opening. Finally, “All Mezuzahs for the facility shall be affixed by the Base’s Rabbi or his appointed representative and not by the contractor staff.”

What’s the purpose of Site 911? I asked the Pentagon on Tuesday, and the Corps on Wednesday said that only an Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman could provide an answer.

This may be a trend-starter. The Corps is also seeking a contractor for another secret construction project in Israel in the $100 million range to awarded next summer. This one will involve “a complex facility with site development challenges” requiring services that include “electrical, communication, mechanical/
HVAC [heating, ventilation, air conditioning] and plumbing.” The U.S. contractor must have a U.S. secret or equivalent Israeli security clearance for the project, which is expected to take almost 21 / 2 years to complete.

That sounds like a secure command center.

The purpose of Site 911 is far less clear.

For previous Fine Print columns, go to


Angelika R. (146)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:18 am
I had already sent the link to the same story published on israelhayom to him, the source used by "Greg" on Nov 30. The WaPo link works for me as well, guess Abdessalam made an error in copying it.
Strangly ALL newsposts by Greg have been removed, even this one from yesterday is no longer there:
Pls watch the video!

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:35 am
Thanks for posting the video Angelika....funny these posts are not showing up in my emails. I hope everyone watches the video since it's a huge eye-opener.

Angelika R. (146)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:56 am
Of course that includes all traffic on FB and all other social networks, probably this one as well, apart from regular email traffic. But it is not new to me and there have been a number of suggestions to this in the past.
However, the magnitude is stunning.

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:32 pm
Further to the other night's incident in Gaza - video...

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 3, 2012, 1:27 pm
Radioactive aggression:

Jelica R. (144)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:49 pm
It might be a good time to post my list of petitions:

Stop Funding Israel's Criminal War on Gaza! USA only

US aid to Israel should comply with the law

No tax dollars for bombing civilians

Support a Permanent Cease-fire in Gaza

President Obama: End Israel's Blockade of Gaza, Hold Israel Accountable for Killing Palestinians with U.S. Weapons

Take action for Gaza - UK only

Lift the blockade on Gaza for good

Thank Stevie Wonder for Canceling his Performance for the Friends of the IDF!

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 3:50 am
Only completely naive souls will trust videos on YouTube made in Pallywood.

. (1)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:14 am
Thanks Abdessalam. Signed with pleasure. It is good to note that Netanyahu has spat the dummy and is currently making a complete fool of himself. He has no chance of being re-elected. Maybe the next Israeli PM will be a human being and peace will be a possibility?

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 6:47 am
Adding this one to Jelica's compiled list there, please sign.

Tell Secretary Clinton : Get tough Now-Before It's Too Late

Sandrea S. (242)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:32 am
Thanks ladies - all petitions signed that I was able to.
I too hope peace will be possible Greg.
Thanks Bob.

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 9:20 am
We can't thank Fadi enough for throwing in those links and can only hope that ALL THOSE will SEE it who NEED TO recognise the truth! I mayself have been thinking for a while to stop using the term "Israel" and would have done so if it weren't for the inconvenience of spelling out "zionist entity" each time.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:38 pm
Who is Fadi? I can find neither Fadi or a comment from Fadi with links!

Angelika, are you talking about a recent comment that has disappeared?

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:54 pm
Yes Jill, I am but it has NOT disappeared on my screen. Scroll up. If you really dont have it I'll copy it for you.

Fadi M. (25)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:21 am
Sandrea Away, great link, thank you for sharing. And don’t worry about Canadians’ reputation after the UN vote. Do you think Americans approve what their government is doing? Even in Israel itself there are supporters to the Palestinian cause, and I’m not talking about Arabs, I’m talking about Israelis. Canadians are awesome, and I know how influential the Jewish community is in Canada and I think Harper must leave soon.

Robert Garvin, the truth is quite obvious and can be found with little investigation that goes beyond mainstream media and Israeli propaganda machine. , , , (This is 1hr 40min. documentary that will explain to you the history of the state of Israel and the Zionism movement, believe me it is worth your time)

Fadi M. (25)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:56 am
Sorry Robert, this is part2 of the documentary:

Henriette Matthijssen (150)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 1:46 pm
Also is Avaaz, Amnesty International Killing Syrians

Jelica R. (144)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 5:53 pm
Henriette, I do not share Avaaz's stance on Syria, and I have not signed their petition which put the blame on one side. That is precisely why I read every petition to see if it represents my opinion before I sign and give my support for a cause. Because I found that Avaaz petition for Palestina's status in UN is a cause I support, I did signed it.

Sandrea S. (242)
Monday December 10, 2012, 7:12 am

Message of Peace and Harmony from Outer Space

Vimeo video...


Emilia Boccagna (15)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:35 am

Abo r. (105)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 1:22 pm

For Those who is interested in f Statistics

IT IS WORTH MENTIONING THAT : the latest official report about the IDF attack to GAZA on November 2012

Total Injured 1399
Total Killed 183
children injured 465
children killed 45
women injured 254
women Killed 13


Daily Birth during the 8 days of the IDF attack to GAZA is almost 150

Total Birth during the 8 days of the IDF attack to GAZA is 1197

Total Birth during November 2012 is 4110 average 137 daily
Female 2028
Male 2082

The population Pyramid says that the GAZA specific and Falestine ( GAZA and West Bank is a Youth population

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:50 am
why are we signing this to support Hamas the terroist organization because thats who seems to run it

Jelica R. (144)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:53 pm
Carol, I highly suspect that you would ever sign this petition, so that "we" makes no sense. And, I have a surprise for you: Hamas is not a country.

Nancy C. (811)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:08 am

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