VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 21 November 2011: Jewish settlers given green light to seize more Jerusalemite property

21 November 2011 — VTJP

International Middle East Media Center

Right-wing Israeli group creates booklet listing businesses that employ Palestinians
IMEMC – A grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, best known for his belief that Arabs should be ethnically cleansed from historic Palestine, is leading a movement to document and boycott all businesses in Israel that employ Palestinians. …

Surprise Visit: King Abdullah To Meet President Abbas
IMEMC – The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, will make a surprise visit to the West Bank today to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas to reiterate Jordan’s support for the Palestinian people. …

Palestinian Prisoner Given Wrong Injection In Israeli Prison Hospital
IMEMC – A Palestinian prisoner who suffers from a chronic health condition was given the wrong injection at an Israeli prison hospital on Saturday, causing his health to deteriorate. …

Study Shows Palestinian Businessmen Invested $2.5 B In Israeli Settlements In 2010
IMEMC – An academic study conducted by a Palestinian researcher from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, revealed that the amount of investments by Palestinian businessmen in Israeli settlements and in Israel itself, amounted to $2.5 Billion in 2010. …

Ma’an News

King of Jordan arrives in Ramallah
11/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived at the presidential compound in Ramallah on Monday where he was welcomed by President Mahmoud Abbas. Jordanian foreign minister Nasser Juda and a number of Jordanian officials arrived with the King. Palestinian officials had told AFP on Sunday that King Abdullah II would meet with…. Related: Abbas: ‘We will never forget’ King Abdullah visit and Erekat: Jordan king visit to encourage unity

Presidential adviser: Settlers target Jerusalem homes
11/21/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settler organizations have been given the green light by the Israeli government to take over a number of central Jerusalem homes belonging to Palestinians, a presidential legal adviser said on Sunday. Ahmad Ruweidi said the Israeli government had waited until the timing was right politically to implement court decisions evicting….

Erekat: Jordan king visit to encourage unity
11/21/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jordan’s King Abdullah visited President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday to show support and to encourage national Palestinian reconciliation, PLO official Saeb Erekat said. During his surprise visit to Ramallah, the king told Abbas he supported the PLO’s insistence that Israel halted illegal settlement construction so talks could…. Related: Report: US envoy to meet Abbas over unity govt

Soldiers raid Hebron home of freed prisoner
11/21/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces entered Hebron overnight Sunday and raided the home of a prisoner released in the Oct. 18 exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. Local witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces issued summons to Hani Jabir to report to Israeli intelligence for questioning. The Jabir family home was also…. Related: Israeli troops ‘ransack’ ex-prisoner’s home

Report: US envoy to meet Abbas over unity govt
11/21/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A top US diplomat is to hold emergency talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders over the next two days regarding plans for a Palestinian unity government, the Israeli newspaper Maariv said Sunday. A spokesman for the US consulate in Jerusalem confirmed that Deputy Secretary of State William Burns would meet President Mahmoud Abbas…. Related: Erekat: Jordan king visit to encourage unity

Ministry: Patients in Israeli jail suffering after ward move
11/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Invalids in an Israeli prison hospital are facing worsening conditions which harm their health, the prisoner affairs ministry in Ramallah said Monday. The ministry report said sick inmates at Ramla prison hospital had deteriorated since their transfer to a new section of the prison. Ministry lawyer Fadi Abedat said the conditions….

‘Arab Spring’ convoy arrives at Gaza border
11/21/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A convoy of 100 activists arrived at the Rafah crossing on Egypt’s border with Gaza on Monday to deliver medical aid to the besieged coastal enclave, the Egyptian Red Crescent said. Jaber al-Arabi, who heads the Red Crescent in north Sinai, said in a statement that the organization….

Israeli troops ‘ransack’ ex-prisoner’s home
11/21/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces ransacked the home of a released prisoner early Monday near Jenin in the northern West Bank, witnesses said. A large force of soldiers and an intelligence officer surrounded the home of Sheikh Abdul Rahmad Salah early Monday morning near the al-Marah neighborhood, Salah’s family told Ma’…. Related: Soldiers raid Hebron home of freed prisoner

Report: ‘Hebrew Labor’ aims to stop public buying from Arabs
11/21/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A group of young settlers is working on a project to “warn the public” against buying from businesses that employ Arabs, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Monday. Around 20 people, many of whom are from the notorious Yitzhar settlement in the northern West Bank, have been touring Jerusalem neighborhoods….

Abbas: ‘We will never forget’ King Abdullah visit
11/22/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas applauded King Abdullah II of Jordan’s visit to Ramallah on Monday, after a brief surprise trip by the royal. Abbas told reporters in Ramallah that King Abdullah’s visit was “great,” after the leaders met at the presidential compound and the king returned to Jordan…. Related: King of Jordan arrives in Ramallah

UN envoy singles out Israel over talks deadlock
11/21/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN Middle East peace envoy on Monday singled out Israel’s settlement building for criticism as he highlighted deadlocked efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians into direct talks.” Provocations continue to damage confidence,” special envoy Robert Serry told a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East.” In particular, Israel….

Sri Lanka celebrated at Bethlehem church
11/21/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Sri Lankans from Israel joined Palestinians for a church service in Bethlehem marking the birthday of the president of Sri Lanka on Saturday. Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh and Sri Lankan Representative to Palestine T. Jayasinghe joined the group ‘Friends of Sri Lanka in Bethlehem’ to welcome Sri Lanka’….

33 people killed, 1,250 injured in third day of Egypt clashes
11/21/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day on Monday and morgue officials said the death toll had risen to 33, making it the worst outbreak of violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. The bloodshed in and around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, epicenter….

In photos: Protesters and security forces clash in Cairo
11/21/2011 – Reuters / Goran Tomasevic – Protesters demanding Egypt’s ruling generals hand over power beat back a police raid to evict them from Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Monday, as clashes in the country entered their third day. The clashes between government forces and protesters in Cairo and other Egyptian cities have killed at….

Source: Egypt’s army council seeking new PM
11/21/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military council is seeking agreement on a new prime minister before it accepts the resignation submitted by the cabinet of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, a military source told Reuters on Monday. The source said no formal announcement would be made until the ruling military council had agreed on the candidate….

Tahrir reprise throws down gauntlet to Egypt army
11/21/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The chants, tear gas and violence emanating from Cairo’s Tahrir Square evoke the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Protesters talk of a fight to the death with the ruling military council, whose entire transition plan looks shakier than ever. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces may take some comfort from….

Egypt police battle protesters as cabinet resigns
11/21/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day on Monday and the death toll rose to at least 33, with many victims shot, in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. The cabinet spokesman said Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s entire cabinet….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The Training Team of the Independent Civil Society Mission to Libya Continue Their Activities in Tripoli
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 21 November 2011

Alternative Information Center

Legislation guaranteeing settlement construction for ‘natural growth’ on the agenda
Alternative Information Center – On Sunday (20 November) Israel ’s Ministerial Legislative Committee postponed but did not reject discussion of proposed legislation that would guarantee yearly construction in West Bank settlements to account for “natural (population) growth.”

Relief Web

Israel: Briefing Security Council, Middle East Coordinator says without credible path forward, viability of Palestinian Authority, two-State solution in jeopardy
Relief Web 21 Nov 2011 – Source: UN Security Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel , Lebanon , Syrian Arab Republic (the) Watch the Webcast SC/10453 Security Council 6662nd Meeting (AM) Noting Gaps of Trust, Perception, Substance, Appeals to Parties to De-escalate, Adhere to Obligations, Enter Direct Talks,…

Japan: JICA and Lebanon sign US$ 2 million project for rehabilitation of infrastructure in Ein El Hillweh
Relief Web 21 Nov 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon , Japan , occupied Palestinian territory 18 November 2011 Beirut The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a memorandum of understanding today with the government of Lebanon…

The National

Iran fines British embassy for ‘environmental vandalism’ in Tehran compound
The National 21 Nov 2011 – Tehran municipality officials said this week they have slapped the British embassy with a US$1.23 million (Dh4.5m) fine for allegedly felling more than 300 trees in their compound.

CIA’s Lebanese spy network exposed despite warning
The National 21 Nov 2011 – The CIA’s operations in Lebanon have been badly damaged after Hizbollah identified and captured a number of US spies recently, current and former US officials said.

Yemeni clashes kill dozens
The National 21 Nov 2011 – The clashes began on Saturday, with tribesmen overrunning a Republican Guard base.

Tensions rise as Syrian soldiers fire on Turkish pilgrims
The National 21 Nov 2011 – Ankara accused Damascus of waging war against fellow Muslims and Turkish pilgrims reported they had been attacked in Syria by government soldiers.

Britain to sever financial ties with Iranian banks
The National 21 Nov 2011 – The ban, caused over fears about Iran’s nuclear programme, extends to all branches and subsidiaries of Iranian banks.

‘Utter confusion’ as Egyptian cabinet offers to resign
The National 21 Nov 2011 – Three days of violent protests during which at least 33 people have died provokes Egypt’s entire cabinet to offer their resignation.

Bahrain promises to punish abusers
The National 21 Nov 2011 – The government pledged to punish personnel responsible for abuses and said torture would be outlawed and penalties toughened as a result of its own investigations.

Kuwaitis in fresh rally at parliament
The National 21 Nov 2011 – Protesters return to scene of parliamentary break-in to call for prime minister to quit despite emir’s support for his nephew.

King Abdullah’s visit fuels rumour that Abbas will step down
The National 21 Nov 2011 – Palestinian Authority president and Jordan monarch hold secret meeting.


U.S. announces new Iran nuclear sanctions, avoids targeting central bank
Ha’aretz – Executive order signed by President Obama focuses on measures against Islamic Republic’s petroleum industry, adds 11 individuals and entities for involvement in WMD program.

Contentious amendment to Israeli libel law passes first major Knesset hurdle
Ha’aretz – Bill would change existing law to allow individuals to sue a newspaper for up to NIS 300,000, without proof of damages.

Egypt cabinet resigns after 3 days of violent protest crackdowns
Ha’aretz – Government submits resignation to ruling military council after an estimated 24 people killed in Cairo pro-democracy rallies since Friday; Al Jazeera report: Supreme Council of the Armed Forces accepts resignation.

Lieberman: Demolition of illegal West Bank outposts will end Netanyahu cabinet
Ha’aretz – Foreign Minister tells Yisrael Beiteinu party that planned demolition of Givat Assaf, Migron or handover of Palestinian tax money would result coalition’s dissolution.

Report: Dozens of U.S. spies captured in Lebanon and Iran
Ha’aretz – Current and former U.S. officials concede that CIA suffered difficult blow; sources say Lebanon informants were compromised by meeting CIA agents at a Beirut Pizza Hut.

Top professor: Bar-Ilan University ‘only Zionist’ institution in Israel
Ha’aretz – Efraim Inbar says Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University house many ‘Bolshevik post-Zionists,’ adding: An evil wind is emanating from these places.

IDF soldier jailed 10 days for throwing stone at Palestinian
Ha’aretz – The Palestinian man was filming the soldier stationed in Hebron on behalf of the Israeli human rights group Betselem when the initial incident took place.

Syria opposition council reveals post-Assad plan
Ha’aretz – The 260-member council was formed in Istanbul in September as Assad intensified a military crackdown on street protests calling for his removal; council so far recognized only by post-Gadhafi Libya.

Iran suspected of increasing covert nuclear work at military site
Ha’aretz – Official from IAEA-member country says it appears Tehran is trying to cover its tracks by sanitizing the site and removing any evidence of nuclear research and development.

Iran news agency chief to appeal jail verdict for ‘acting against Islamic norms’
Ha’aretz – Head of IRNA, Ali-Akbar Javanfekr, main press adviser of President Ahmadinejad, found guilty of publishing indecent article, pictures, contrary to Islamic norms in IRNA-affiliated magazine.

Sarkozy urges ‘unprecedented’ sanctions on Iran nuclear program
Ha’aretz – French President urges freezing overseas assets of Iran central bank, targeting oil industry; Netanyahu: Expected U.S. sanctions will show Tehran the dear price of nuclear ambitions.

Criticism of Israel at bay as IAEA opens first meet on nuclear-free Mideast
Ha’aretz – Israeli representatives report relative calm at Vienna conference, after chief of UN’s nuclear watchdog urges Mideast nations to focus on ‘fresh thinking.’

Jonathan Pollard won’t survive another year of U.S. jail, wife says
Ha’aretz – In statement released by campaign for convicted Israeli spy’s freedom 26 years into his sentence, Esther Pollard claims medical complications were preventing her husband from accepting visits, making phone calls.

Israel to equip schools with biometric location systems
Ha’aretz – Bezeq International will earn tens of millions of shekels for system in which teachers will have to identify themselves with physical information like a fingerprint when they enter and exit schools.

Three seriously injured in gas explosion at school in Druze village
Ha’aretz – Inspects from Industry,Trade and Labor Ministry arrive at scene to investigate possible negligence; no children injured.

Ministers: Dead Sea Works should cover salt cleanup
Ha’aretz – The cost of the cleanup is estimated at between NIS 3.8 billion (says the company) and NIS 5 billion (says the government).

HOT turns up the heat on technicians who tried to unionize
Ha’aretz – ‘This is employment terrorism. We cannot stay silent as long as it persists,’ says Hintal Suissa of the Histadrut unionization department.

Citi halts plans to issue credit cards after regulator cuts fees
Ha’aretz – If it had carried out the move, it would have brought fresh competition to a business dominated by three companies – Isracard, which belongs to Bank Hapoalim; Leumi Card, which belongs to Bank Leumi; and Visa CAL, which belongs to Discount Bank.

Israel boosts patrols around naval gas fields, fearing guerilla attacks
Ha’aretz – Missile boats have stepped up missions around the Tamar and Leviathan platforms over the past year, as well as coordination with private security firms contracted by the U.S.-Israeli exploration consortium, says Israeli official.

Iran threatens to ‘bung Israel into the trash bin of history’ if attacked
Ha’aretz – Commander of Iranian revolutionary guards’ aerospace division says it is one of Iran’s ‘biggest wishes’ that Israel do attack, so that the ‘enemy of Islam and Muslims’ can be discarded.

Jordan calls on Abbas to renew peace talks with Israel
Ha’aretz – King Abdullah makes first visit to West Bank since 2000 to show support for Palestinians’ statehood bid.

Israel to continue freeze on Palestinian tax money, says senior official
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu and senior ministers decide to further withhold money in light of Palestinian efforts to form unity government.

Report: U.S., U.K., and Canada set to announce new Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – Two U.S. officials tell ABC News new measures, to be imposed Monday, will discourage foreign banks from doing business with Iran.

Jerusalem Post

US, UK and Canada announce financial sanctions on Iran
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – New sanctions announced by Clinton place Iran’s Central Bank between cross-hairs, building on already-existing American restrictions against doing business with Tehran.

The new libel bill
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – If passed in 2nd,3rd readings by Knesset, the legislation would seriously intimidate journalists, editors and publishers.

The push to regulate NGOs is consistent with democracy
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Israeli NGOs complaining about regulations over their activities should appreciate that Israeli laws are laxer than those in North America.

Speaking out against the threat
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – The Knesset’s ongoing attack on democracy is real and terrifying. The time is now to stand up and protest.

Schools: Not only for good children
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Reaching and influencing students at risk helps all of us. School is the last hope for society to reclaim children at risk.

Encountering Peace: Leadership that makes history
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Real leadership is measured when one is faced with real-life situations that place diametrically opposed values and principles on the scales of decision making.

The Knesset’s former journalists bash libel bill
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Coalition, opposition MKs who reported for TV, radio and print say new measure would undermine freedom of press.

Just who does Area C belong to?
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – As administrator of the West Bank Israel may use land and take action to meet its military needs. All other measures must advance the welfare of the local population, i.e. the Palestinians.

1000s call White House on Pollard arrest anniversary
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Int’l campaign for Israeli agent’s release puts out ads asking supporters to urge Obama to commute his sentence.

Yalla peace: The wandering Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Palestinians must create one definition of national identity, one that breaks away from pure hatred of Israel and Jews. Our struggle must be for equal rights.

Knesset votes on controversial libel, judicial bills
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Netanyahu: I will not allow freedom of expression to be harmed; Kadima hosts “conference to save democracy.”

Paradoxical allies
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Merkel’s 2008 Knesset speech was the pinnacle of the gradual normalization process of German-Israeli relations.

Egypt’s constitutional crisis: Military versus Islamists
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – The country could still avoid a civil war, but it will require delicate handling on all sides.

Egypt riots continue, cabinet submits resignation
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – UN chief calls on Egyptian gov’t to guarantee right to protest; military council:We’ll seek new PM before accepting resignation.

UN envoy underscores need for Mideast diplomacy
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Serry calls Palestinian UNESCO bid the prerogative of member states, tells UNSC he “appreciates Israel’s stated security concerns.”

Field hospital at Tahrir Square overrun
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Dozens reported dead, morgue filled with bodies; hospitals under-staffed to cope with hundred of wounded demonstrators suffering gun shot wounds.

Saving Golani: A puppy’s journey from J’lem to Houston
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Born in Israel, abandoned in J’lem, Golani is rescued by an American animal-loving couple who bring him to the US.

Abbas: No signs of resumption of peace talks
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – PA president tells Jordanian king settlement halt is not a pre-condition but rather an obligation, in Ramallah meeting; PA foreign minister: Abbas told Abdullah most pressing issue is reconciliation with Hamas.

Top 5: Kosher and Non Kosher pizza in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – For all pizza lovers Taste TLV share their verdict on where to get the best slice in the City.

Erdogan to Assad: Tanks can’t preserve power forever
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Turkish PM warns Syrian president that violent crackdown against dissent will not sustain his rule.

‘CIA spies caught in Iran, Lebanon, feared dead’
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – ABC News reports two separate espionage networks uncovered by Iran, Hezbollah consisting of paid informants hired by US.

Abbas to Abdullah: PA must mend ties with Hamas
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Jordanian king visits W. Bank for first time since 2000, tells Abbas he supports Palestinian state on pre-67 borders.

Jordan to erect refugee camps for fleeing Syrians
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – United Nations preparing for expected flood as civil war widens.

Right end, wrong means
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Foreign governments’ contributions need to be restricted, but how?

Ahmadinejad aide denies reports of his arrest
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Arrest comes after Javanfekr gave scathing attack on Iranian president’s rival conservatives.

Egyptians fret about voting violence after clashes
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Violence during Egypt poll threatens parliament’s legitimacy as they set to pick assembly for new constitution.

Turkish bus attacked in Syria, two wounded
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Witness says eight uniformed Syrian soldiers ordered passengers off the bus, aimed rifles at passengers.

Life-saving drugs push HIV numbers to new high
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2011 – Drugs keep more alive, prevent new HIV infections; UNAIDS chief: 2011 “game-changing year”; some 34 million people around world have virus.

Gantz rejects rabbi’s remarks on singing women
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – “There’s no room for banning singing by women,” says IDF chief, adding that Levanon’s comments are “unacceptable to him.”

Journalists come out against ‘muzzling’ libel bill
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – TV and newspaper personalities crowded into the Tel Aviv Cinematheque to protest against a proposed amendment to the libel law.

Shulman to lead Euro-Asian Jewish Congress
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – Vadim Shulman is the sole candidate for president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.

UK experts join BGU regenerative medicine parlay
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – Joint research could benefit hundreds of millions around the globe.

Jordan’s Abdullah meets Abbas in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – King visits PA president in Ramallah; leaders expected to discuss peace efforts, Jordanian-PA ties and regional issues.

Alternatively Speaking: Curbing the cramps
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – Alternative medicine enthusiast Natalie Marx answers your questions: What can help blocked sinuses; Can I prevent hiccups?

Sacks: Apple’s Jobs spurred selfishness
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – “Jobs came down the mountain with two tablets, iPad one and iPad two, and the result is that we now have a culture of i, i, i,” British Chief Rabbi says at interfaith conference.

The Guardian

Abdullah Gul visits Britain as EU turns its back on Turkey
The Guardian 21 Nov 2011 – Turkish president in Britain for state visit as hopes of joining EU crumble in the face of opposition from France and Germany Amid all the drama of the eurozone crisis, the political world has missed out…

Inter Press Service

Cairo Clashes Cast Doubts over Egypt Vote
IPS Protesters calling for Egypt’s military to hand over power have beaten back a new raid by security forces to evict them from Cairo’s Tahrir Square after more than 48 hours of violence in the heart of the Egyptian capital.

Egyptians Launch New Battle for Minimum Wage
IPS Mohamed El-Abyad’s employer has agreed to increase his salary by 20 percent, but the factory worker still cannot afford to send his children to school. After paying his apartment rent and utilities, El-Abyad will have the equivalent of 20 dollars left over each month to put food on his family’s…


Within 8 months, Assad’s regime has stolen the lives of at least 280 children
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – On the International Children’s Day, while governments around the world prepare to celebrate this day based on the UN General Assembly’s call to all nations to work to promote children’s welfare, the Syrian regime continues its flagrant disregard for UNICEF and all United Nations covenants and protocols by treating children and minors…

Report: Syrian National Council accused Sadr Movement leader of sending fighters to Syria
Uruknet November 2011, 2011 – A Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Thursday that Syrian National Council accused Sadr Movement leader of sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar Al Assad’s regime. The Syrian council called for an investigation into the issue while Iraqi government denied it stressing that Iraq is being neutral. “There are reports indicating that…

In Hebron I felt that God had abandoned earth’
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – Some religious zealots, including the rightwing member of the Knesset, Danny Danon who addressed the crowd in Hebron yesterday, believe passages from Hayei Sarah establish Israel’s historical title to Hebron. At a time when radical religious extremism seems to threaten all hope of finding peace and resolution in Palestine and Israel, I…

Appeal for the Safety & Surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Sennuci to the ICC
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – The National Transitional Council (NTC) should uphold its international legal obligations and promptly surrender Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of Muammar Gaddafi, and Abdullah Al-Sennuci to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The forces holding both men and the NTC must ensure they are treated humanely while in custody.Nato Destruction Sirte Libyacustody, Saif…

Libya Rebels Claim They Cut Off Three Fingers From Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi Right Hand
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – A rebel in Libya said his colleagues cut off three fingers of the right hand of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, following a threat he made against them with his finger during a TV speech. The rebel named Abdullah from Zlitan said he personally witnessed the “cut off of Saif al-Islam’s fingers.”..

Arab League rebuffs Syria on monitors
Uruknet November 20, 2011- The Arab League said on Sunday it had rebuffed a request by Damascus to amend plans for a 500-strong monitoring mission to Syria, after President Bashar al-Assad vowed to continue his crackdown and said he would not surrender to outside pressure. Within hours of Assad ignoring a deadline to halt repression of protesters,…

Members of US Congress take pro-settlement tour
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – Five members of US Congress come to the Occupied Palestinian Territories for an in-depth, one-sided tour of the illegal Jewish settlements in “Judea and Samaria”; Ariel Mayor Ron Nahman calls the structural violence that makes Palestinian workers dependent on settlements for employment “real coexistence.” Five US Congressional Representatives recently conducted a “precedent-setting…

OWS: Too Big to Fail
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – An idea whose time has come resonates globally. November 17 marked two months since beginning in New York. Earlier Middle East and European protests inspired it. Now it’s spreading everywhere across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. In America within weeks, hundreds of large and small cities in all…

Egyptian police battle protesters, 33 dead (videos)
Uruknet November 21, 2011 – Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day on Monday and the death toll rose to at least 33, with many victims shot, in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. The cabinet spokesman said Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s entire cabinet had…

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists’ statement on the crisis in Egypt
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – Revolutionaries have returned to Tahrir Square. Once again it is filled with young people who are impatient to bring the people who killed revolutionaries in January to justice, and to see freedom and social justice realised. The military courts have stolen years upon years of their lives. They have lost their eyes…

Egyptian military junta carries out deadly crackdown on protesters
Uruknet November 21, 2011 – The US-backed military junta in Egypt carried out a violent crackdown on protesters over the weekend, killing several and injuring over 700. The repression was in advance of the November 28 parliamentary elections. Protesters have been demonstrating against state violence and the refusal of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF)…

Response to Richard Goldstone ‘Israel and the Apartheid Slander’
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – Richard Goldstone’s op-ed published for New York Times and dated October 31 2011, with the offensively noticeable title: “Israel and the Apartheid Slander”, astounded us because of the fallacies, aimed at blurring the truth and to justify the policies pursued by the Israeli occupation for decades. In the main hypothesis of his…

PCBS: 1 in 4 Palestinian children live in poverty
Uruknet November 20, 2011 — More than a quarter of children in the West Bank and Gaza live in poverty, the official statistics agency said in a report marking universal children’s day on Sunday. According to data collected by PCBS in 2010, 26.9 percent of children experience poverty, and the proportion is significantly higher in Gaza at…

The Struggle to Control Libya’s Military Future
Uruknet November 21, 2011 – The struggle for control over Libya’s military establishment is on amid concerns that Western powers want to establish a major NATO base in the country under the guise of fighting terrorism’. The one-month deadline Libya’s Transitional National Council (NTC) had set for itself to form an interim government ended on Sunday. If…

Jailed Gaddafi supporters demand their freedom
Uruknet November 20, 2011 – INMATES accused of bearing arms under the ousted regime of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi have been rotting in jail for weeks with no charges against them, and now they want their freedom. “First of all we want to know why we are here,” said one prisoner, echoing the demands of other…

Syria Protests November 19, 2011 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet November 19, 2011 – Syria: 26 martyrs have fallen on the last day of the Arab League’s deadline, and among them is a child 11 martyrs fell in in Homs ( 5 of them from Qasir), 9 in the town of Kafr Takharim in Idlib, 3 in the town of Halfaya in Hama,2 in Bokamal and one…

Daily Star

ISF arrests 3 suspects in vandalism of archdiocese
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Three Lebanese men suspected of robbing and vandalizing the Greek Orthodox archdiocese last week were arrested Monday.

Brazilian frigate joins UNIFIL Maritime Task Force fleet
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Brazil delivered Monday a high-tech frigate and more than 200 naval personnel to serve with the United Nations’ peacekeeping fleet in the eastern Mediterranean.

Drug use rampant in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Ahmad, a tall young man in a fur-lined jacket, sits smoking a cigarette in his friend’s computer shop in Ain al-Hilweh camp. His eyes are bloodshot, with dark circles underneath.

Connecting Lebanese diaspora with development
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 With a diaspora community of millions, and one of the highest remittances rates in the world, Lebanon maintains strong ties to its expats.

Terrorized by crime, Baalbek residents buy arms
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Following a string of violent robberies and killings in recent months, Baalbek-Hermel residents are taking security into their own hands while renewing calls on the government to take action.

Lebanese hoist the cedar for Flag Day
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Lebanon is often considered a land of many flags. Throughout the country, particularly during elections, the colors of political parties and former militias are proudly displayed in their respective districts.

U.N. says 3,643 registered Syrian refugees in north
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 U.N. High Commission for Refugees reports that the number of Syrians registered with the agency and Lebanon’s Higher Relief Commission now stands at 3,643.

Iran boycott mars rare Middle East nuclear talks
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Israel and its Arab neighbors sat in the same room on Monday for rare discussions on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East, although the meeting was marred by the absence of boycotting Iran.

Unfinished business for Egypt’s Tahrir protesters
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Egyptian protesters who braved bullets and tear gas for a third day in Tahrir Square say they have unfinished business from the uprising that ended President Hosni Mubarak’s rule but left his defense minister in charge.

France wants to try Libya spy chief for airliner attack
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 France said on Monday it wanted to try Libya’s former spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, over a 1989 airliner bombing in Niger that killed 170 people including 54 French nationals.

Syria blasts Israel; most other Arabs moderate
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Syria accused Israel of posing a “grave and serious threat” through its undeclared atomic arsenal Monday, at a session between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors meant to narrow differences on creating a Mideast nuclear…

Hezbollah, Amal reassert support for Iran, Syria against conspiracies
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Hezbollah and Amal reaffirmed Monday their support to Syria and Iran against international conspiracies and said they opposed that Lebanon be used as a conduit for plots against its neighbor.

Austrian, German held in Egypt in weapons probe
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Egyptian authorities are detaining a German citizen and an Austrian man as they investigate allegations that they smuggled weapons into the country, a judicial source said on Monday.

22 dead as clashes rock Cairo’s Tahrir Square
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Fresh clashes erupted Monday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square between police and protesters demanding the end of army rule, as the ruling military council faced its worst crisis since Hosni Mubarak was toppled.

Iraq set for ‘turbulence’ as US departs: general
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Iraq’s security situation is likely to be “turbulent” as US forces depart, with Al-Qaeda among the groups that will seek to take advantage, the top US general in the country said Monday.

Sleiman attends Beirut ceremony welcoming Brazilian frigate
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 President attends a ceremony welcoming a Brazilian frigate which will lead the naval force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

EDL staff say still facing threats in Baalbek
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 The Baalbek branch of Electricite Du Liban urges authorities to intervene following a spate of threats to employees at the east Lebanon station.

Iraq joins Syria civil war warnings
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Monday ruled out foreign military intervention in Syria and warned of the dangers of civil war in the country rocked by anti-regime protests.

Gadhafi intelligence chief held in secret location
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 A Libyan spokesman says Moammar Gadhafi’s intelligence chief is being held in a highly secret location in southern Libya because of possible threats to his life.

Bahrain admits “excessive force” ahead of rights report
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Bahrain admitted on Monday its forces had used excessive force and mistreated detainees during democracy protests, as it awaited the release of an independent report expected to be critical of the Gulf state’s handling of the…

Iran minister says sanctions a “lose-lose game”
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Iran’s trade minister said on Monday sanctions were hitting the economy but warned Western countries threatening to tighten the measures that they were harming their own interests.

US general warns of al-Qaida as troops exit Iraq
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 The top American general in Iraq says al-Qaida and other insurgent groups might seek to strengthen their operations after American forces leave at the end of the year.

Libya general confirms former spy chief captured
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 A senior Libyan commander confirmed on Monday that his fighters had captured former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi.

Iran snubs ‘useless’ UN Mideast atomic forum
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Iran angrily stayed away Monday from a UN atomic agency forum on creating a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, amid growing tensions over Tehran’s suspected efforts to develop the bomb.

Challenge to PM brings Kuwait a breath of Arab Spring
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Kuwait has been little touched by the wave of unrest that has swept some of its neighbors this year. But the storming of parliament by protesters last week brought it just a taste of the Arab…

Syrian opposition meets Hague in London
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Representatives from the Syrian opposition met Foreign Secretary William Hague for the first time in London on Monday although he said it was too early for Britain to formally recognize them.

Turkey says Syria can’t oppress people forever
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Turkey warned Syria’s president Monday that he cannot continue to oppress his people with tanks and guns forever, even as Syrian soldiers opened fire on at least two buses carrying Turkish citizens, witnesses and officials said.

Israel boosts naval patrols around Med gas fields
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Israel has gradually boosted naval patrols around its east Mediterranean natural gas fields for fear of guerrilla attacks and as maritime rivalry with Turkey deepens, an Israeli official said on Monday.

Bahrain braces for unveiling of probe into unrest
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Bahrain is bracing for the findings of a probe into a government crackdown on protesters as tension escalates in Shiite areas and the opposition vows not to back down from demands for democratic reform.

Syria immune to military attack: Hezbollah MP
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Syria enjoys international protection and is immune to military aggression thanks to Russia’s and China’s support, Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad said Monday.

Libya PM says new govt to be announced Tuesday
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Libya’s new government will be announced on Tuesday, Prime Minister designate Abdurrahim El Keib said on Monday.

Islamist prisoners’ families rally to mount pressure on government
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Families of Islamist inmates demonstrate outside the Grand Serail to pressure Lebanese authorities to endorse a law to reduce the prison year to nine months.

Spies outed, CIA suffers in Lebanon
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 The CIA’s operations in Lebanon have been badly damaged after Hezbollah identified and captured a number of U.S. spies recently, current and former U.S. officials tell The Associated Press.

Rai urges politicians to teach youth how to love Lebanon
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Maronite patriarch urges the various political leaders to teach the country’s youth how to love Lebanon, at the opening of the 45th conference of the Council of Catholic Bishops in Lebanon.

Hariri congratulates Jabr on Beirut Bar Association win
Daily Star 21 Nov 2011 Former prime minister congratulates lawyer Nuhad Jabr on his recent election as head of the Beirut Bar Association.

Mikati hastens STL funding efforts
Daily Star 20 Nov 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati is accelerating efforts to have the Cabinet decide on the divisive issue of paying Lebanon’s share to a U.N.-backed court ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline.

Kahwagi calls for military unity to protect Lebanon from Arab unrest fallout
Daily Star 20 Nov 2011 Army Commander General Jean Kahwagi called on troops to close ranks and protect Lebanon from the ramifications of popular upheavals currently sweeping the Arab world.

YNet News

Libel bill passes 1st Knesset reading
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – A controversial amendment to the state’s libel law was passed in its first reading at the Knesset on Monday evening, with a 42-31 margin. Prime Minister Benjamin … ….

UK orders banks to halt Iran business
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Britain ordered its financial institutions on Monday to halt all business with Iranian counterparts, including the central bank, and the United States is also expected to … ….

Yasam officer to face disciplinary trial for kicking settler
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – The Police Investigations Unit decided Monday to put on disciplinary trial Israel Police Special Patrol Unit officer Refael Cohen, who is accused of hitting a female … ….

Egypt’s cabinet resigns as clashes continue
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Egypt’s military council sought an agreement on a new prime minister before it could accept the resignation submitted by the cabinet of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, a … ….

‘Dismantling Migron would dismantle coalition’
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Threat or promise? Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman on Monday issued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an ultimatum, warning that if the government … ….

Syria slams Israel on nuke program
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Syria accused Israel of posing a “grave and serious threat” through its undeclared atomic arsenal Monday, at a meeting between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors … ….

Terror of the CIA: Hezbollah’s ‘spy combat unit’
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – The report published on Monday, claiming that Iran and the Hezbollah have arrested 12 CIA agents in the last year is yet another testimony to the fact that the CIA’s … ….

Libel bill stirs controversy in Knesset
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Members of Knesset up in arms over amendment to bill that would loosen criteria….

Report: CIA forced to curb spying in Lebanon, Iran
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Central Intelligence Agency concerned by fate of 12 undercover agents arrested….

Beit Jann: 3 injured in gas blast
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Three technicians suffer severe burns while trying to fix local school’s heater;….

Israel boosts diplomatic mission to Turkey
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Foreign Ministry names Joseph Levy-Safri chargé d’affaires of Israeli Embassy in….

Solider jailed for stoning B’Tselem photographer
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – IDF court sentences soldier to 10 days in military incarceration after video….

Clashes renew in Cairo; 22 dead
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Protestors chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ demand military announce date for handover of….

Activity spotted at alleged Iran nuke site
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Diplomatic sources say satellite surveillance indicates Tehran ups attempts to….

Turkish bus attacked in Syria, 2 wounded
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Ankara’s Foreign Ministry reports of two casualties in attack on pilgrims near….

Free Pollard campaign urges supporters to ‘call Obama’
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Campaign organizers ask those supporting their cause to ‘bombard’ White House….

NYC: ‘Al-Qaeda sympathizer’ accused of bomb plots
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – US authorities arrest 27-year-old Jose Pimentel suspected of plotting to bomb….

US, UK, Canada to announce new sanctions on Iran
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Washington, London and Ottawa set to impose new, coordinated financial sanctions….

‘Iran supplied Libya with chemical warfare’
YNet News, 21 Nov 2011 – Washington investigating whether Tehran sent Gaddafi regime hundreds of special….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers given green light to seize more Jerusalemite property
PIC – Palestinian lawyer Ahmed Al-Ruwaidi said that Jewish settlement societies received recently the green light from the Israeli government to seize more Palestinian real estate in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli prison authority rejects request for medical treatment of detainee
PIC – The Israeli prison authority has denied medical treatment for a detained university student who is need of an urgent surgery, his relatives complained on Sunday.

Israeli envoy in Cairo to discuss second stage of exchange deal
PIC – An Israeli envoy arrived in Cairo on Sunday aboard a private plane to discuss the second stage of the Egyptian-brokered Hamas-Israel prisoners’ exchange deal, the German news agency DPA said.

Bardawil: Mishaal-Abbas meeting to agree on national strategy
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil has said that the meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mishaal would focus on approving a national strategy for the upcoming stage.

Abu Marzouk: Mishaal-Abbas meeting not cancelled
PIC – Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, deputy political bureau chairman of Hamas, has denied press allegations that the meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mishaal was postponed due to the events in Cairo.

Large int’l delegation in Gaza today
PIC – A large international delegation of political figures and representatives of the Arab uprisings is due to arrive in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday.

Gantz renews war threats against Gaza
PIC – Commander in chief of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) Benny Gantz reiterated his threat to wage a large-scale war on the Gaza Strip and said it would be very painful if it happened this time.

Al-Azhar to announce “al-Quds Document” sunday
PIC – 19/11/2011 – 08:39 PM


UN Official Warns of Danger to PA

Economy Minister Calls for Suing Israel over Withheld Funds

Abbas: No Signs of Near Resumption of Negotiations

PCBS: Unemployment Up to 26.8% in Third Quarter

Jewish Extremist Breaks into Mosque in Jaffa

Palestinians Reject Israeli Claims of Media Incitement

Israeli Forces Arrest Palestinian Sergeant in Jenin

Israel not to Prosecute Commander for killing 21 Palestinians in Gaza

Israeli Intelligence Summons Released Prisoners

Newspapers Review: Situation in Cairo, Abbas’ Meeting with US Official Dominate Dailies

Los Angeles Times

CIA forced to curb spying in Lebanon
LA Times 21 Nov 2011 – The agency’s crucial post in Beirut is affected after the arrest of several informants this year, sources say. The CIA was forced to curtail its spying in Lebanon, where U.S. operatives and their agents collect crucial intelligence on Syria, terrorist groups and other targets, after…

Arab League peace effort in Syria appears at impasse
LA Times 21 Nov 2011 – The Syrian government and Arab foreign ministers fail to agree on how much freedom to give a proposed team of monitors that is to enter Syria. An Arab initiative to end violence in Syria appeared at an impasse Sunday, as Damascus and Arab foreign ministers…

New York Times

Egypt’s Civilian Government Submits Offer to Resign
New York Times 21 Nov 2011 – After three days of increasingly violent demonstrations, Egypt’s interim civilian government submitted its resignation to the country’s ruling military council.

Bahrain Nervously Awaits Revolt Report’s Findings
New York Times 21 Nov 2011 – Bahrain’s king asked for an investigation of the country’s protests and crackdown, a complicated task with the goal of promoting healing and charting a way forward.

Turkish Pilgrims on Bus Trip Are Attacked in Syria
New York Times 21 Nov 2011 – The Syrian political uprising appeared to claim its first Turkish civilian victims on Monday when two buses carrying Turkish Muslim pilgrims were attacked.

Libyan Fighters Seize Qaddafi’s Intelligence Chief
New York Times 21 Nov 2011 – Abdullah Senussi, for decades Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s brutal enforcer, was seized without resistance, a day after the capture of one of Colonel Qaddafi’s sons.

United States and Allies Expand Sanctions on Iran
New York Times 21 Nov 2011 – The United States and its allies on Monday targeted Iran’s central bank and petrochemical industry with new sanctions as they are seeking to tighten the vise on Tehran’s nuclear activities.

Arrest of a Top Adviser to Iran’s President Is Reported
New York Times 21 Nov 2011 – A simmering rivalry between Iran’s president and powerful adversaries within the conservative hierarchy spilled into the open on Monday with the brief arrest of Ali Akbar Javanfekr.

King of Jordan Visits the Palestinian West Bank
New York Times 21 Nov 2011 – King Abdullah II conferred with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, but his visit sent many messages.

The Female Factor: In Malaysia, Reality TV With a Feminist Twist
New York Times 21 Nov 2011 – In a country where women are on the rise in business, politics and academia, two new television shows have also shone a spotlight on women’s growing role in religious leadership.


The counterrevolutionary role of the Egyptian pseudo-left
WSWS – This article analyzes the role of the pseudo-left organizations in opposing a struggle by the working class to bring down the military junta in Egypt.

Egyptian military junta carries out deadly crackdown on protesters
WSWS – The US-backed military junta in Egypt carried out a violent crackdown on protesters over the weekend, killing several people and injuring more than 700.

Rafeef Ziadah: ‘I am an Arab woman of color and we come in all Shades of Anger, beware’
Mondoweiss – Within split seconds of hearing Rafeef Ziadah’s spoken words for the first time, I recognized I was witnessing an explosion, an exquisite exclusively Palestinian star. A spoken word artist of courage, strength, freedom and beauty. And inside of a week, I watched as ‘We teach life,…

‘J Street’ distances itself from board member who met with Hamas officials
Mondoweiss – Kathleen Peratis J Street board member Kathleen Peratis, a NY lawyer, had the guts to debate boycott and she has had the guts to go as a “tourist” to Gaza, as she reported in the Forward, and have a great time and talk to unnamed Hamas…

Seymour Hersh: Obama’s Iran policy is a ‘political game’ to ‘look tough’
Mondoweiss – The Obama administration is set to announce another round of sanctions on Iran today , following this month’s International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s alleged nuclear program. An important interview broadcast today on Democracy Now! has veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh putting recent developments over Iran…

Huckabee and Allen West to speak at Hebron Fund settlers gala in Queens
Mondoweiss – It’s the annual Hebron Fund, this year in Flushing, with Mike Huckabee and Allan West, the zingo Florida congressman. (jingoism+Zionism=zingo). Here’s the invite:

The problem with ‘occupation’ in the occupy movement
Mondoweiss – Map of indigenous tribes, cultures and languages produced by the Smithsonian in 1967. (Image: Wikimedia Commons ) The momentum continues to build over Occupy Wall Street and other regional “Occupy” movements.  People concerned with losing their jobs and homes are converging with others whose interests lie in…

Goldberg-Gorenberg Lib-Zionist Love Fest Featured in NY Times Book Review
Tikun Olam – The NY Times made the odd choice of selecting liberal Zionist hawk Jeffrey Goldberg to review Gershom Gorenberg’s new paean to lib Zionism , The Unmaking of Israel .  I’m only surprised that they didn’t assign the review to “Eytan” Bronner, that other Times paragon of lib Zionism, .  Assigning…

Misc 2

Palestine Solidarity Project Newsletter Autumn 2011
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Nov 2011 – News: New Bypass Road Planned on Beit Ommar and Shyoukh Land More than 800 dumums of Beit Ommar and Shwoukh land will be taken by the Israelies for a 8km bypass road, starting from Gush Etzion. The settlers have already built a watchtower on a hilltop…

Egypt cabinet offers resignation
BBC 21 Nov 2011 – Egypt’s cabinet offers to resign after days of protests against the country’s military rulers, state media say, as huge crowds gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Iran hit by fresh West sanctions
BBC 21 Nov 2011 – The US, Canada and UK announce fresh sanctions against Iran amid growing concern over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Syria ‘must change’ says Turkey
BBC 21 Nov 2011 – Turkey’s president tells the BBC his country will not remain indifferent to the crisis in neighbouring Syria, calling for “fundamental reforms”.

(en) The Egyptian masses rise up again to complete their revolution! – Testimony from an Egyptian anarchist
A-infos 21 Nov 2011 – Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian people fight all over Egypt against the reppressive apparatus of the military junta. This is a genuine rebellion of the bulk of the oppressed and not a clash between the Islamists and the army, as portrayed by some maninstream media. —-…

Video: Soldiers let settlers assault Palestinian demonstrators
B’tselem 20 Nov 2011 – On 29 Oct. ’11, Palestinian residents of Beit Ummar demonstrated on part of their land against theft of their lands. A B’Tselem volunteer documented settlers entering the security buffer strip surrounding the adjacent Carmei Tzur settlement, and throwing stones at the demonstrators. Soldiers at the scene…

The anti-democratic initiatives only strengthen our resolve
B’tselem 20 Nov 2011 – Jessica Montell, B’Tselem’s Executive Director calls on all those who are concerned about human rights and the Israeli democracy to speak out against efforts to stifle Israeli civil society. “I have full confidence that, working together, champions of democracy both inside Israel and around the world…

B’Tselem awarded Danish human rights award jointly with Palestinian organization Al-Haq
B’tselem 20 Nov 2011 – Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations B’Tselem and Al-Haq were jointly awarded the annual human rights award given by the Danish PL Foundation this year. The award has been given since the 1980s to individuals and organizations who struggle non-violently for the values embodied by the…


Analysis: Abbas and Mashaal can unite
Nasser Lahham, Ma’an News Agency 11/21/2011
      All the elements of success are in place for the upcoming meeting between Fatah leader and President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief in exile Khalid Mashaal. Both leaders have realized after five years of bloody infighting and rivalry that unity and reconciliation are inevitable, while sailing further into disagreement would be a mistake.
     Those who benefit from the division relished the chance to create an illusion they called disagreement and frequently maintained that conciliation was impossible. But the meeting, scheduled for this week, might put an end to their illusions and reveal them to be nothing more than personal concerns and anxieties.
     The Palestinians as a people were never divided: it was only political forces in Ramallah and Gaza who were in dispute. Even that dispute between political forces was not uncontrollable like the ongoing unrest in other Arab countries.
     No matter how bitter the past years were, it is time we learned lessons and repaired the rift, especially as both rivals have strong leaders capable of bridging the gap.
     President Mahmoud Abbas has made reconciliation one of his own political goals. Despite Hamas’ criticism of him, the movement is aware that he wants to implement reconciliation as soon as possible.
     Last summer Abbas proved he had Palestinian chemistry and despite his extravagant use of tactics and his exaggerated pragmatism, he is still capable of steering the wheel toward an independent national decision. Further, he expressed willingness to go to Gaza immediately after a reconciliation agreement was signed, along with the former Arab League secretary-general Amr Mousa and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. — See also: Erekat: Jordan king visit to encourage unity more.. e-mail

Netanyahu’s assault goat and Israel’s human rights NGOs
Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 11/20/2011
      Netanyahu freezes the anti-NGO bills – and keeps them as a weapon to be used at any time.
     The mythical, conflict-erasing goat has a place of honor in the annals of Israeli administration. It is based on an ancient morality tale, fabricated a few decades ago, in which a Jew goes to his rabbi and complains he prefers death to life; his large family, forced into living in a small room, bickers endlessly. What should I do, rabbi? The rabbi thinks. Put a goat in the room, he finally says. The Jew is skeptical, but obeys. A week later, they meet. How is life? Much worse, Rabbi, much worse; The goat is everywhere, eats everything, and befouls the room. Everyone is at their wits’ end. Take out the goat, orders the rabbi. Meeting a few days later, the Jew is ecstatic: Everything is so much better now, your honor! We have so much room!
     The goat technique is the favorite of the two most powerful ministries in Israel: The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry if Security. The first uses it in a straightforward way: Come every budget season, it pushes a herd of goats up to the Knesset. We’re going to destroy education, destroy welfare, destroy pretty much everything, come to think of it – and we have a really large goat in the Omnibus Bill, specifically an article referring elderly Israelis to a government-supplied protected housing, on the back of an Inuit iceberg. The public is shocked; MKs wear sackcloth and put ashes on their heads on live TV – and, in the end, the treasury boys lead most of the goats out, leaving behind them only those which are absolutely essential to the demolition of what’s left of the welfare state, and everyone sighs in relief, not paying attention to what actually happened.
     The army has its own, slightly different, version. Oh, you wanted us to cut down on the number of unnecessary NCOs? Want us to send officers into retirement at the age of 67 instead of their current cushy 42? We hear you! We have therefore decided to cut down the wing which was supposed to bomb Iran, and that hideously costly missile program we lied would defend you…. — See also: Israeli troops ‘ransack’ ex-prisoner’s home more.. e-mail

Why the US recognised Israel
Irene Gendzier, Israeli Occupation Archive 11/9/2011
      To judge by official pronouncements in Washington and Tel Aviv in the summer of 2011, nothing is more important than forestalling the appearance of the Palestinian Authority before the UN General Assembly lest it succeed in obtaining support for its unilateral declaration of Palestinian independence.
     Underlying this position on the part of the US and Israel is the unstated comparison between Israel, the allegedly law-abiding state that is a member of the ‘international community,’ and the political outlaw making illegitimate demands of that same community.
     What such images fail to convey is revealed in an examination of US policy in Palestine in 1948. At that time, Washington regarded the prospect of an Israeli declaration of independence as a threat to its interests in the region.
     In 1948 the State Department, the Defense Department and the CIA regarded such an outcome with open concern. Opposing this view was President Truman’s special legal counsel, Clark Clifford and his small entourage of supporters, who strongly endorsed US recognition of Israel’s independence as in line with US interests. It was Clifford, moreover, who shepherded the proposal for independence through the White House insisting that the Jewish state already existed and that it remained only to recognize it before the Soviet Union did.
     Several points are worth making in this connection. The first is a reminder of conditions in Palestine in the winter of 1948 that led US officials and the US President to come close to abandoning support for the UN Partition Resolution.
     The second is the US assessment of the status of Arab regimes on the eve of Britain’s departure from Palestine, and the continuing misgivings expressed by US officials as to risks that Jewish statehood entailed for US interests…. more.. e-mail

The anguish of a Gaza cancer patient in Cairo
Electronic Intifada: 21 Nov 2011 – Rami Almeghari The Electronic Intifada Cairo Palestinians in Gaza needing urgent medical care are left with few treatment options because of Israel’s four-year-long blockade. Patients who are able to reach Egypt are oftentimes unable to afford or access treatment that can save their lives.more

In Defense of History, and Gilad Atzmon
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Nov 2011 – By Sarah Gillespie Herodotos is an historian who trains you as you read. It is a process of asking, searching, collecting, doubting, striving, testing, blaming, and above all standing amazed at the strange things humans do. — Poet and translator of ancient Greek, Anne Carson, Nox (2011) Gilad Atzmon’s intellectual expedition into the daunting terrain of Jewish identity politics has always evoked a storm of controversy. Still, when I first met Gilad, it was hard not to suspect he was exaggerating the extent of abuse he received from various UK pressure groups. Primarily, it’s not easy to wrap your head around the notion that a person can plausibly be branded as ‘a racist’ when they tour the world with a gypsy violinist, a black drummer, a Jewish bass player and a token English white boy on piano. However, as I began to understand the full complexities of Gilad’s arguments –…more

Ruthlessly Pursuing Middle East Grand Strategy
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Nov 2011 – By Deepak Tripathi Popular uprisings that began with peaceful protests in Tunisia and Egypt nearly a year ago, and spread across the Arab world, have created a new reality, not only in countries to experience political awakening, but far beyond. More worryingly for Washington, the Arab Spring created fresh uncertainties and pressures for United States policy. With the first anniversary of those momentous events approaching, there is growing resentment among many Arabs who feel that their revolutions have been hijacked by forces not originally anticipated. Demonstrations in Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and Kuwait in the last few days are acute symptoms of the prevailing mood in the region. Two opposing trends are at work. The pressure from below succeeded in overthrowing the regimes in Egypt and Tunisia – in Egypt President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown though not the ruling military order, in Egypt. But the pressure from above has been decisive…more

Non-violence Does Not Have to Be Passive
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Nov 2011 – By Jim Miles I have just watched the video of the University of California students at Davis against the heavily armed police that is becoming prominent on many internet sites and I am reminded, among others, of the non-violent responses of the Palestinians to their occupiers (see “Refusing to be Enemies – Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation,” Ithaca Pres, 2011). The video shows clearly the actions of the police pepper spraying passive students sitting on the ground, heads down. Following that, without any real organization of leadership, the students start slowly almost imperceptibly at first, moving forward toward the police. The resolution is that the police finally turn and leave the site. An earlier video, showing U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Shamar Thomas shaming a squad of New York city police, serves as another excellent example of non-violence actively confronting threatened or implied violence. The highlight of…more

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