Richard Silverstein has posted on his blog, Tikkun Olam, here, a youtube video of an Al-Jazeera TV interview with a tired but fit Noam Chomsky in Amman on Sunday evening, after both he and his daughter were denied entry into the West Bank earlier in the day:
In the interview, Chomsky tells Al-Jazeera that he is “not angry, but disappointed and surprised”.
Asked to comment on the Israeli Ministry of Interior spokesperson’s remark that it was a “misunderstanding, Chomsky said “I can’t see anything to misunderstand”.
There are several holy books in this region (and more in other parts of the world). Here, Pope Benedict XVI holds up the Gospels in Amman this weekend.
As he greets the faithful and others in Jordan — including Christians from other Arab countries (Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq) who will not be able to join the Pope in his visit to the Holy Land, he appears to be reflecting on the tests that lie ahead. Is he up to it?
This graphic from AFP shows the Pope’s itinerary during his Holy Land trip:
The Israeli Ministry of Defense has announced that “a Jordanian military field hospital has been coordinated between Israel and the Jordanian authorities and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow at the Gaza Strip. Some 33 trucks, with approximately 210 medical staff and equipment, will access the region at Allenby Bridge and make their way to the Gaza Strip via Erez Crossing”.
At its weekly cabinet meeting, the Israeli government adopted a statement saying that “As a moral army without peer, the IDF took care to act in accordance with international law and did its utmost to prevent harming civilians who were not involved in the fighting, including their property, and to this end, inter alia, distributed very many flyers and also used the local media and the local telephone network in order to deliver timely general and detailed warnings to the civilian population. The IDF also acted to provide for the humanitarian needs of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip during the fighting …”
The Israeli cabinet statement added that:
“As in any operation, the IDF will undertake operational investigations, and draw lessons and the necessary conclusions therefrom. The Government expresses its full confidence in this serious process and ascribes national importance to them. The Government condemns and rejects the attempts to cast aspersions on the character of the IDF, its soldiers and commanders, and expresses its confidence in its norms and values” …
“Tensions may be heating up again about Israeli reconstruction plans for a damaged ramp leading from the Western Wall Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem, where Jewish worshippers pray at Judaism’s most sacred and revered site, up to the Mughrabi Gate entrance to the Haram as-Sharif mosque esplanade, the third holiest site of Islam. A revised Israeli design to rebuild the ramp is expected to receive Israeli government approval imminently…”