VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 November 2011: Israeli desert plan would uproot 30,000 Bedouin

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P.A. Ready To Submit The Detainees’ File To The Hague
IMEMC – Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated that all preparations to present the file of the Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, to the International Court at The Hague, were concluded and the case will be presented to the court soon. …

Netanyahu Rejects U.S., International Calls To Release Palestinian Money
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, phoned Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him to release Palestinian tax money Israel has been withholding since Palestine was voted as a full UNESCO member. Netanyahu also rejected a request from the U.N. in this regard. …

Hamas Forces Arrest Two Reporters In Gaza
IMEMC – The Palestinian Journalist Syndicate in Gaza reported Tuesday that members of the Hamas-led security forces in Gaza arrested two Palestinian reporters; one in central Gaza, and the other in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Tunisian Medical Convoy Arrives In Gaza
IMEMC – A Tunisian convoy, loaded with medical supplies and equipment, was allowed into the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday evening, via the Rafah Border Terminal, between Gaza and Egypt. …

Israeli Air Force Bombards Southern Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian sources reported on Tuesday night that Israeli war-jets carried out a number of air-strikes in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. They also opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in Rafah and Khan Younis. …

Ma’an News

Israeli desert plan would uproot 30,000 Bedouin
11/24/2011 – AL-ARAKIB, Israel (Reuters) — Bulldozed by Israel more than two dozen times, a village known by Bedouin Arabs as al-Arakib is one of many ramshackle desert communities whose names have never appeared on any official map. If Israel’s parliament adopts proposed new legislation, it never will. The plan to demolish more Bedouin homes in….

Israel army ‘plans demolition of Hebron schools’
11/24/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday presented demolition orders for the Khirbet Susa primary school south of Yatta village and threatened to close the Zeif primary school south of Hebron, locals said. Rateb Jabbour, a popular committee official in Yatta, told Ma’an that soldiers and the army’s civil administration….

Medics: Farmers hospitalized after Israel rips up land
11/24/2011 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) – Three Palestinian farmers collapsed and required medical attention Wednesday when they saw Israeli bulldozers razing their olive fields in the northern West Bank, medics said. Mufeed Abdul-Halim Ash-Sheikh, 62, his wife Fahmiyya, 60, and his son Mahmoud, 26, were evacuated to the Darwish Nazzal Hospital after they collapsed at the scene….

UN committee approves draft resolution on Palestine
11/23/2011 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — A United Nations committee on Tuesday approved a draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. The draft resolution, presented by Egypt, was approved by 166 states in a vote at the UN General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee. Canada, Israel, the Marshall Islands….

Abbas, Mashaal to meet in Cairo despite Egypt unrest
11/23/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal will meet in Cairo this week despite the unrest rocking Egypt, Hamas and Fatah officials said on Tuesday. Egypt has been shaken in recent days by renewed protests calling for the ruling military council to step aside and allow an interim civilian government to…. Related: Deported fighters urge reconciliation success and Hamas delegation arrives in Cairo for unity talks

MK: Israel discriminates against Palestinian citizens in jail
11/23/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Knesset member Ibrahim Sarsour on Wednesday said Israel discriminated against citizens of Palestinian origin in jail. Sarsour said Palestinian citizens of Israel were not given the same rights as other citizens in jail, yet they were usually excluded from prisoner swap agreements because Israel considered them a domestic matter. He pointed….

Israeli forces detain 9 across the West Bank
11/23/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained nine people overnight Tuesday in raids across the West Bank, the army said. An Israeli military spokesman said three people were detained in Beit Ummar, two in Tulkarem, two in Tubas, one in Qalqiliya and one in Ramallah. Beit Ummar committee spokesman Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’….

Blogger: Israel drone explodes at Hezbollah base
11/24/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An American blogger reported Wednesday that Israel’s military intelligence managed to outfox Hezbollah by deliberately crash-landing a booby-trapped drone which later exploded in an arms depot operated by the Shiite movement. Richard Silverstein, quoting “an authoritative Israeli source with considerable military experience,” says Hezbollah discovered a downed drone and…. Related: Tikun Olam – Richard Silverstein

PFLP urges PA to reconsider economic ties with Israel
11/24/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Wednesday urged the Palestinian Authority to reconsider its economic ties with Israel. In a statement, deputy PFLP secretary-general Abdul-Rahim Mallouh called on the PA to assign a specialized committee to analyze economic relations and protect the economy from subordination to Israel. Mallouh….

Abbas, Tantawi meet in Cairo
11/24/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas met on Wednesday with Egypt’s head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, field marshal Muhammad Hussein Tantawi, in Cairo. The meeting at the ministry of defense in Cairo included discussions on Israel’s settlement-building and recent communications from the Quartet and US about…. Related: Abbas, Mashaal to meet in Cairo despite Egypt unrest

Conflicting reports on Mashaal visit to Jordan
11/23/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The head of Hamas’ politburo Khalid Mashaal will visit Jordan in less than a week, said Rakan Majali,the Jordanian minister of state for media affairs and communications. Speaking to Jordan’s al-Ghad newspaper Tuesday, Majali highlighted that Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani would accompany Mashaal….

PA, Belgium sign bilateral agreement
11/23/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority and Belgium signed an agreement Wednesday which will see some 70 million euros donated to programs in the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank. Planning minister Ali Jarbawi signed the agreement in Ramallah with Belgian minister for development cooperation Olivier Chastel, the official….

Hamas delegation arrives in Cairo for unity talks
11/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A delegation from Hamas arrived in the Egyptian capital Wednesday in preparation for meetings with President Abbas in a bid to implement the reconciliation deal signed in May. The delegation includes Khalid Mashaal, the head of the Hamas political bureau, Mousa Abu Marzouq, Muhammad Naser, Izzat al-Rishq, Khalil al-Hayya, and….

Palestinian flag to fly at UNESCO Thursday
11/24/2011 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — For the first time, the Palestinian flag will be raised this week in front of the UNESCO building in Paris acknowledging Palestine’s admission, the ambassador to the UN said Wednesday. Riyad Mansour says Elias Sunbor, the Palestinian envoy in Paris, will raise the flag Thursday. Mansour told Ma….

PA: Palestine joins transplantation society
11/23/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestine has joined the Transplantation Society, the official Palestinian Authority news agency reported Wednesday, citing a statement from the Ministry of Health in Ramallah. Palestinian membership was granted during a TTS workshop on organ transplantation in Barcelona, the statement was quoted as saying. The ministry participated in the workshop. Omar Naser….

Japan, PA sign infrastructure agreement in Ramallah
11/23/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The deputy minister of local government and Japanese officials signed on Wednesday a cooperation agreement worth an estimated $8 million, the Palestinian Authority announced. Mazen Ghoneim signed the agreement on behalf of the ministry for a project in which it will conduct research to identify solid waste sector needs, a statement….

UK says 122 million pounds set for Palestinians
11/23/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The United Kingdom has announced that its financial support of the Palestinian Authority is likely to reach 122 million pounds ($200 million) over the next three years. The British Consulate in Jerusalem said in a statement Wednesday that this support comes to help the government provide basic public services and to….

Deported fighters urge reconciliation success
11/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian resistance fighters deported in 2002 after an Israeli siege on the Nativity church in Bethlehem have called on President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal to implement the reconciliation deal signed in May. Spokesman for deportees in Europe Jiha Jaara said that it was time to bury the…. Related: Abbas, Mashaal to meet in Cairo despite Egypt unrest

Tulkarem man convicted of killing daughter
11/23/2011 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — An 85-year-old man from Tulkarem has been convicted of killing his daughter, the public prosecutor said Wednesday. The man killed his 55-year-old daughter on Aug. 24, 2009 in the home they shared in al-Shweka in the northern West Bank, a statement from the prosecutor’s office said. The….

Haniyeh inaugurates school in Rafah
11/23/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh inaugurated a new school in the city of Rafah on Wednesday. The school is to be named after the late Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yasin, who was assassinated by Israeli in 2004, a statement said.”The Palestinian people have the right to live in dignity….

Israel security minister ‘fears another assassination’
11/23/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s internal security minister says he fears another political assassination targeting an Israeli official, 16 years after premier Yitzhak Rabin was shot to death by a right-wing assailant. Yitzhak Aharonovitch was responding in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, to questions about a series of hate crimes….

France backs humanitarian corridor in Syria
11/24/2011 – PARIS (Reuters) — France backs a possible humanitarian corridor in Syria and considers the opposition Syrian National Council a legitimate partner with which it wants to work, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Wednesday. After a meeting with SNC Chairman Burhan Ghalioun, Juppe said that the military option in Syria was not on the agenda and….

Egypt mufti denies discrimination, plays down Islamists
11/23/2011 – BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Egypt’s highest Islamic legal official denied on Tuesday that minority Christians faced sectarian discrimination and said Islamists would win no more than 20 percent of votes in next week’s election. Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said Egypt had done its best to abolish discrimination against Copts….

UN: Law protecting Afghan women has ‘long way to go’
11/23/2011 – KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) — Afghan authorities are failing to enforce the law to protect women from murder, beating, rape and other violence and being sold into marriage and prostitution, the United Nations said on Wednesday. UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan revealed in a report that only a small number of cases of violence against women have….

UN rights chief wants investigation into Egypt killings
11/23/2011 – GENEVA (Reuters) — UN human rights chief Navi Pillay called on Wednesday for an independent investigation into violence in Egypt and said she deplored the killing of protesters by military and security forces, which was inflaming the situation.” I urge the Egyptian authorities to end the clearly excessive use of force against protesters in Tahrir Square….

Yemen’s Saleh signs power transfer deal
11/23/2011 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a Gulf initiative on Wednesday to hand over power to his deputy as part of a proposal to end months of protests that have pushed the Arab country to the brink of civil war. Saudi state television broadcast live images of Saleh signing the accord in the…. Related: Obama welcomes transfer of power by Yemen’s Saleh

Arab League breaks habit, turns on Syria
11/23/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — After months of silence, Arabs are showing old formulas in the region no longer apply. The Arab League, which for six decades barely lifted a finger in anger at a member state, is now threatening Syria with sanctions for cracking down on protests. What led to this is a mixture of Syria’….

Obama welcomes transfer of power by Yemen’s Saleh
11/23/2011 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States welcomed the signing by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh of an accord under which he immediately transferred power to the country’s vice president.” This represents an important step forward for the Yemeni people, who deserve the opportunity to determine their own future,” Obama…. Related: Yemen’s Saleh signs power transfer deal

Alternative Information Center

Pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem, one family at a time
Alternative Information Center – In five days, the Sumarin family—who live in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan—will lose their home.

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic (the): Third Committee approves resolution condemning human rights violations in Syria, by vote of 122 in favour to 13 against, with 41 abstentions
Relief Web 23 Nov 2011 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: Syrian Arab Republic (the) , occupied Palestinian territory GA/SHC/4033 Sixty-sixth General Assembly Third Committee 49th & 50th Meetings (AM & PM) Also Approves 9 Other Texts on Range of Issues, Including Social Development, Disabilities and Development…

The National

Discovery of coins challenges Western Wall history
The National 23 Nov 2011 – Roman coins stamped at a later date to the long thought time period of the wall’s construction are found underneath foundation stones.

Iran mulls retaliation for sanctions
The National 23 Nov 2011 – Iran yesterday looked to expelling the British ambassador in angry retaliation for fresh western sanctions over its nuclear programme, which have been criticise by China and Russia.

To reconcile is the only option for Palestinians
The National 23 Nov 2011 – Strained relations with the primary benefactors of Hamas and Fatah could ultimately unite the dividing factions.

Saleh signs away presidency to protests in Sanaa
The National 23 Nov 2011 – Yemen president yesterday signed a GCC-brokered deal in Riyadh to hand over his powers after 33 years in office, but it is met with protests in Sanaa who want Ali Abdullah Saleh prosecuted.

Hadi: The man who will lead Yemen’s transition
The National 23 Nov 2011 – Abdurabu Mansur Hadi, the Yemeni vice president, who takes over powers from Ali Abdullah Saleh, support of the international community but not the trust of the protest movement.

Revolt forces Saleh to exit the snakepit
The National 23 Nov 2011 – In 33 years he has led a poor, unruly and fractious nation through civil war, uprisings, militant campaigns, tribal feuds and poverty.

Syria could ‘drag region into turmoil’
The National 23 Nov 2011 – Abdullah Gul, the Turkish president, warns that Bashar Al Assad’s violent crackdown threatens the whole region.

Rebel Syrian fighters grow in strength as 400 defect in one day
The National 23 Nov 2011 – Turkish government offers tacit support to group but western diplomat doubts level of coordination among the Free Syrian Army.

Oman will up spending by 9% to create 80,000 jobs
The National 23 Nov 2011 – Addressing the 84-member Shura Council, the finance minister, Darwish Ismail Al Balushi, proposed spending of 10 billion Omani rials (Dh95bn) and forecast revenues of 8.8bn rials – 21 per cent higher than this year.

Bahrain welcomes findings of report
The National 23 Nov 2011 – In response to the BICI report, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa described the report as “of profound value to us” and vowed reforms.

Egypt’s elections are in the balance
The National 23 Nov 2011 – As protesters rage against military rule for a fifth day, Egypt’s political parties consider delaying the November 28 parliamentary elections.

Ha’aretz

Netanyahu: Arab world moving backward, not forward
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister says he fears the collapse of the Jordanian Hashemite monarchy, reiterates absolute refusal to make concessions to Palestinians.

Two Egyptian soldiers killed on Israel-Egypt border
Ha’aretz – Second incident on Israel-Egypt border occurs, in which IDF forces exchange fire with suspected drug smugglers who infiltrated into Israel.

Yossi Melman / Israel’s policy of nuclear ambiguity won’t be changing for long
Ha’aretz – With El Baradei gone and the Arab countries more conciliatory, Israel’s policy of nuclear opacity won’t be changing for long.

MKs to debate bill that would limit freedom to petition Israel’s High Court
Ha’aretz – Former chief justice Aharon Barak: Democracy is not just majority rule.

Israel ranks fifth in life expectancy among OECD members
Ha’aretz – Ironically, Israel has one of the lowest places among OECD members when it comes to physical resources, infrastructure and expenditure devoted to medical care.

Israeli security forces: Turkey nearing military intervention in Syria
Ha’aretz – Defense officials in Israel say Turkey is likely to set up secure buffer zones in Syria, near the border, to allow armed Syrian opposition groups to battle against the regime.

Excavations reveal King Herod didn’t complete construction of Jerusalem’s Western Wall
Ha’aretz – Israel Antiques Authority reveals discovery of mikveh alongside Jerusalem’s ancient drainage channel.

Israel’s chief rabbi set to import ‘kosher pork’
Ha’aretz – Rabbi Yona Metzger’s office plans to import organic goose grown in Spain, which three non-Jewish chefs confirmed tastes like pork.

Yemen President signs deal to step down from power
Ha’aretz – Ali Abdullah Saleh signs Gulf initiative to hand over power to deputy, ending months of protests to end his 33-year rule.

Turkey PM apologizes for 1930 killing of 14,000 Kurds
Ha’aretz – Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologizes for campaign in southeastern Turkey between 1936 and 1939, as Ankara continues to fight Kurdish guerrilla seeking autonomy.

Syria forces kill 11 in restive areas, activist says
Ha’aretz – Syrian security forces storm areas in Homs, Hama and Idlib provinces; Turkish President Abdullah Gul says that the situation in Syria has reached a ‘point of no return’.

Netanyahu calls for stronger sanctions on Iran than those imposed by U.S.
Ha’aretz – PM says Tehran’s nuclear ambitions must be curbed after IAEA report indicated that Iran had worked on designing a nuclear bomb.

Lieberman: Israel won’t give Fatah-Hamas unity government even one dime
Ha’aretz – FM says Israel will not recognize or negotiate with a Palestinian unity government if it does not accept the principles outlined by the Mideast Quartet.

Israeli singer Margalit Tzan’ani likely to stay out of prison
Ha’aretz – Margalit Tzan’ani, accused of extorting her manager and trying to influence the outcome of the vote on ‘A Star is Born’, is expected to be sentenced to community service.

Public Security Minister: Threat of another political murder exists in Israel
Ha’aretz – Yitzhak Aharonovitch’s statement to Knesset comes in response to MK query following recent harrassment of activist Hagit Ofran and the Peace Now organization.

Former IDF soldier enters jail over leaking classified documents to Haaretz
Ha’aretz – Last month, Anat Kamm was sentenced to 4.5 years in jail for passing on classified information to Haaretz journalist; Supreme Court rejected request to delay her sentence until verdict is reached in appeal.

Atias tries tapping treasury for what Fischer won’t give
Ha’aretz – Housing minister wants loan guarantees for builders.

Minority investors in Taro want double the money Sun’s offering
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Ofers may inject $100m more into Zim
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Jerusalem Post

Low expectations as Abbas, Mashaal set to meet in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Hamas says its position towards Israel will not differ after formation of unity government with PA; EU: Cooperation with PA will end if Hamas joins government without recognizing Israel.

Blast rocks Hezbollah arms cache
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Former chief of Iranian Revolutionary Guards: We could strike Israel with Hezbollah’s rockets.

Margol to evade jail with plea bargain
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Tsanani will probably confess to committing some, but not all, charges; the prosecution will produce an amended indictment.

High Court orders A-G to speed up Eliyahu probe
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Supreme Court president tells A-G office it has 60 days to inform High Court whether or not to indict Eliyahu for incitement to racism.

Shlomo Molla: Minorities must unite for social justice
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Ethiopian-born MK says state recognization of Sigd holiday is sign of progress for the community.

Analysis: Unrest mars Egypt army’s once-sterling image
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Just one third of country’s people wants to maintain peace with Israel.

Taking on Tshuva
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Average households are being chiseled out of their savings by the country’s pivotal tycoons, who only recently seemed as trustworthy as they come.

The happiest Sigd
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – The new immigrants and those who were here celebrated together, for the first time, the Sigd holiday in Jerusalem.

Ethiopian Israelis and the need for dialogue
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Israeli indifference to Ethiopian immigrants has led to tough communication issues. The Sigd holiday is an opportunity to begin to right this injustice.

Yemen’s Saleh dance ‘on heads of snakes’ nears end
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Saleh rose to power from the military in 1978, was the West’s ally against al-Qaida, previously broke three power transfer deals.

How coexistence projects can hinder peace
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – We need a sea-change in the way coexistence and peace projects treat Jewish suffering and rights.

Palestinian reconciliation ‘next to impossible’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Washington and Jerusalem shouldn’t overreact to talk about Fatah-Hamas unity negotiations. It is one thing to reach an agreement and another to implement it.

World pushes Israel to release funds to PA
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Lieberman says “not one shekel” if Fatah reconciles with Hamas; Ban Ki-moon asks PM to resume the transfers.

Candidly Speaking: The assault on Jewish Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – It is inconceivable that neighborhoods like Ramot, Gilo, French Hill, Ramat Eshkol and Givat Ze’ev will ever be seceded from Israel.

Media Comment: Concentrated media power – in whose hands?
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Has Israel’s media twisted out of control?

‘Iran strike aftermath couldn’t be as bad as nuclear Iran’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Former Mossad head Danny Yatom says Israel can’t afford to wonder if Tehran “will go crazy and throw a bomb on us,” says “painful” IDF response would stop rocket fire from Hezbollah and Hamas.

Israel has a friend in Lithuania
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Vilnius’s vote against Palestinian membership in UNESCO was one indication of a growing bond between the two countries.

A Brecht of fresh air
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Maniacal Tiger Lillies front man Martyn Jacques talks prostitutes, Matt Groening and his band’s darkly comic edge.

Israelis win computer chess tournament
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – “Deep Junior” beat teams from around the world without losing a single game at championships in the Netherlands.

‘Libel law protects truth, strengthens democracy’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Netanyahu: Nobody thinks there will be a though police; Mofaz warns “1984 is already here.”

Gov’t plan would uproot 30,000 Negev Beduin
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Beduin have long complained of discrimination, but the gov’t says the plan will help them prosper.

‘Twinning’ project brings Muslims and Jews together
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – The “twinning” project brings together Muslim and Jewish congregations and organizations to share each other’s traditions.

Yemen’s Saleh signs power transfer deal
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Ban Ki-moon says Saleh will immediately head to NY for medical treatment after signing agreement on Saudi television.

EU: Iran oil embargo wouldn’t hurt Europe
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Amid discussion of imposing further sanctions against Iran, EU Energy Commissioner says Europe can buy oil elsewhere.

Hamas: Second part of Schalit swap within 20 days
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Senior Hamas official tells Gaza newspaper Israel will release 550 Palestinian prisoners within 20 days.

Iran lawmakers push to cut UK ties after sanctions
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Tehran’s parliament says UK gov’t “once again showed a depth of hatred and enmity toward the Islamic Republic.”

Diplomat: EU planning financial sanctions on Syria
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – European countries will reportedly unveil Assad’s ability to access cash, ban loans to Damascus.

UN right chief wants investigation into Egypt killings
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Pillay says state violence excessive, citizens right to be angry; adds actions of military, security forces have inflamed situation.

Analysis: Iraq’s Nuri al-Maliki vs. Exxon Mobil
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Exxon’s foray into Kurdistan threatens Iraqi autonomy, delicate balance between Sunnis, Shi’ites and Kurds.

Ahmadinejad: Europeans are puppets of a US master
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Iranian president lashes out following EU decision to tighten sanctions against Islamic Republic; accuses western countries of wanting to plunder Iranian bank accounts abroad to ease their own economic crises.

Street clashes rage in Cairo, death toll at 37
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Over 2,000 wounded in protests across country; Police deny using live ammunition, but medics report bullet wounds.

Healthy Eating: Top habits to fall into this autumn
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Sprinkle these nuts and seeds onto your meals to keep you feeling full, satisfied and healthy this chilly season.

Turkey, Israel clash over gas drilling
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Ankara’s energy minister: Put gas exploration on hold; Israel: If Turkey wants Israel’s resources, take us to UN.

Radio spots warn Libyans of unexploded ordnance
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Bombs, grenades left over from civil war are danger to civilians, warns International Committee of the Red Cross.

Wyoming uncovered
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Human, artificial intelligence join forces to pinpoint fossil locations in the Great Bison Basin; next up, South Africa.

‘Blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Lebanese media says blast in southern coastal city of Tyre occurred at Hezbollah arms cache.

‘Yemen’s Saleh to sign power transfer deal’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrives in Saudi Arabia to sign Gulf states’ initiative, has backed out of 3 such deals at last minute.

‘Syrian forces kill 23 civilians, 5 deserters’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Four children shot dead by troops near a school in the central region of Houla, says Observatory for Human Rights.

Women’s groups outraged by all-male rabbinical c’tee
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Israel Bar Association fails to select a woman to serve on the Appointments Committee for Rabbinical Judges.

Litzman announces plan to de-privatize health service
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Nurses union demands state take control nationwide, voices refusal to work with private contractors.

‘Precautions must be taken in deep sea drilling’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2011 – Authorities that provide licenses and oversee surveillance of offshore sites must be separated, experts tell Knesset.

Tributes flow in for Eli Hurvitz
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2011 – Man who turned Teva from small pharmaceutical firm into global giant remembered as a visionary of Israeli industry.

A-G orders incitement probe into Safed rabbi
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2011 – Investigation by Weinstein of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu will not look into halachic ruling on sale of land to Arabs.

Uruknet

Drones and the Democratization of Destruction
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – Someday soon, you’ll be checking your new Clear Skies app as a routine part of your preparations to go out for the evening. First, you’ll look at your smart gizmo to read your latest email to make sure there hasn’t been any change in plans. A quick glance at Facebook lets you…

SHORT REPORT FROM BANI WALID CLASH THIS MORNING
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – According to a phone call to an eye witness he told me that there was ferocious fighting today (23th 11 2011). It erupted as nato rebels came to arrest some people in the city, they came with about 20 armed cars. However this provoked the local residents so they resisted as people…

Seven dead as Libyan troops clash with Qaddafi loyalists
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – Libyan troops clashed with loyalists of Moammar Qaddafi’s regime on Wednesday, leaving seven dead in a desert oasis that was one of the slain dictator’s last bastions, a government official said. The fighting pitted new regime troops, some of them civilian volunteers in the former rebel army, or thwar, sent as reinforcements…

Family of 12 faces eviction in East Jerusalem
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – In the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, another house is about to bite the dust. The odds are certainly stacked against the Somrein family, which has received eviction orders and a series of bills amounting to more than two million shekels (over $500,000) worth of “back rent.” Back rent for what?…

Gaza: Good News and Bad
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – First the good. On November 22, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) said a “Freedom Spring” convoy arrived through Rafah’s border terminal, connecting Gaza and Egypt. Arab Spring movement members will meet Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyya and other Palestinian officials. In addition, meetings will be held with women’s groups, local…

Non-violence Does Not Have to Be Passive
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – 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…

Yemen’s Saleh finally signs deal to quit power
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal on Wednesday to hand over his powers after 33 years in office, ending months of delay that had seen protests that erupted in January slide into deadly unrest. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who hosted the signing ceremony at his Al-Yamama palace in Riyadh,…

Supercommittee Strikes Out
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – On November 20, New York Times writer Eric Lipton headlined, “Lawmakers Trade Blame as Deficit Talks Crumble,” saying: Hours away from their self-imposed deadlined, “Congressional leaders conceded Sunday that talks on a sweeping deficit agreement were near failure and braced for recriminations over their inability to reach a deal.” Republican aides said…

Veolia dumps Israel’s waste in Jordan Valley and wins Israeli army contract
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – Who Profits, a project of the Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace, has uncovered evidence that Veolia is involved in dumping Israeli waste at the company’s site in Tovlan in the occupied Jordan Valley. The Israeli Civil Administration confirmed this in response to an application by Who Profits under the Freedom of…

Leaked UN report reveals torture, lynchings and abuse in post-Gaddafi Libya
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – Thousands of people, including women and children, are being illegally detained by rebel militias in Libya, according to a report by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Many of the prisoners are suffering torture and systematic mistreatment while being held in private jails outside the control of the country’s new government. The…

“Excessive force” was used in Bahrain crackdown – panel (FULL REPORT )
Uruknet November 23, 2011 – Bahrain’s security forces used excessive force to suppress protests earlier this year, an inquiry commission said on Wednesday, and urged a review of sentences handed down by authorities against those it held responsible for the turmoil. The panel, led by Egyptian-American international law expert Cherif Bassiouni, was formed and funded by Bahrain’s…

Iraq snapshot – November 22, 2011
Uruknet Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, “partial immunity” supposedly is being offered US ‘trainers,’ the Turkish military continues bombing northern Iraq, the UK judicial system agrees torture is an issue to explore, Bradley Manning’s defense team draws up a witness list while supporters prepare for demonstrations, and more…

Syria News – November 22, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Number of martyrs on Tuesday in Syria rose to 37 among them are 6 children,13 martyrs in Homs, 7 martyrs in both Hama and Daraa,6 martyrs in Idlib 4 and 3 martyrs from Deir EzzorDeir Ezzor: Martydom of the child Ibrahim Farhan Najjar as a result of a bullet injury fired by security forces, who opened…

More Anti-Baath Legislation in Iraq
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – The Iraqi parliamentary cycle has kicked off again following the Eid al-Adha holiday. Perhaps serving as a harbinger of legislative priorities over the coming months, a bill outlawing the Baath and parties supporting racism, terrorism, takfir and sectarian cleansing was giving its first reading. This represents an attempt at implementing the law…

Barack “Money Bags” Obama Can’t Run on the 99 Percent Ticket
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – Remember 2004, when the cash-poor Democratic candidates were evicted from the campaign like vagabonds by ABC News? One measure of the impact of the Occupy Wall Street movement is that candidates will be compelled to explain to voters why they are so popular with Wall Street. This poses a special quandary for…

21 Nov. ’11: Video: Soldiers let settlers assault Palestinian demonstrators
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – A B’Tselem volunteer documented soldiers enabling settlers to enter a buffer strip around a settlement and throw stones at demonstrators. On the afternoon of 29 October 2011, a Saturday, residents of the Palestinian village Beit Ummar demonstrated against the theft of their land for the benefit of the Carmei Tzur settlement and…

Were Saif Gaddafi’s fingers chopped off by Libyan rebels?
Uruknet November 22, 2011 : A doctor, who examined Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s wounds, has fuelled speculations that his fingers were chopped off by the rebels. Dr Andrey Murkhovsky refused to rule out the possibility that Saif’s injured right hand was the result of a revenge attack. Dr. Murkhovsky cast doubt on claims by Gaddafi’s son that it was…

Will the UN insist on Fair Trials for Ex-Regime Loyalists in Libya?
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – …Returning to the subject of my courtroom usher, who currently works in Benghazi as a NTC liaison officer with some of NATO’s still active special units, he showed me the large ornate Italian style courtroom window which, like the courtroom, was also freshly painted. Wiping an index finger on the window ledge…

Libya: “Bombing His Own People.” Really?
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – There has been virtually no Libyan Air Force presence over Libya’s own territory since the March imposition of a no-fly zone and swift enforcement of it by NATO. Just how much aerial bombardment there was prior to that, and of what kind, is the matter of some deabte. The pre-no-fly period can…

Police, protesters clash in front of Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – Protesters clashed with police on Tuesday evening after a demonstration against a string of anti-democratic legislative initiatives recently brought forth in the Knesset. Some 200 people demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the ruling Likud party, blocking King George Street in the center of the city. Police sprayed the protesters with…

Iraqi civilians win legal battle for torture probe
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – More than 100 Iraqi civilians on Tuesday won a landmark legal victory in their bid to force a public inquiry into allegations against British soldiers of “systematic” torture. The government claims that the misconduct was confined to a “few bad apples” and denies allegations of “systematic” abuse. Last year, the High Court…

Libya rulers have no proof of Senussi arrest: Rice
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – Libya’s new rulers have no proof of the arrest of Moamer Kadhafi’s spymaster Abdullah al-Senussi, the US envoy to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said on Tuesday. “At that stage they were not able to confirm that Senussi was in anybody’s custody,” Rice said in the eastern city of Benghazi on the…

The Complete Guantánamo Files: WikiLeaks and the Prisoners Released in 2007 (Part One of Ten)
Uruknet November 22, 2011 – …Majid al-Joudi, who was 34 years old at the time of his capture, was a long-term hunger striker. The lawyer Julia Tarver Mason, who represented ten Saudi prisoners, visited Guantánamo in October 2005 and noted that three of her clients – Majid al-Joudi, as well as Abdul Rahman Shalabi and Yousef al-Shehri…

YNet News

2 Egyptian policemen killed near border
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Two Egyptian policemen were shot and killed Wednesday night, in the area between Kadesh Barnea, on the Egypt-Israel border, and Gaza Strip. Cairo’s media reported … ….

IDF prepares for possible Gaza op
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – The IDF’s Combat Engineering Corps held a drill testing its Caterpillar D9 bulldozers on Tuesday, indicating that while calm has been restored to Israel’s southern … ….

Cairo clashes flare after dark
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Rocks, teargas, firebombs and gunfire made darkened streets in central Cairo a battle zone on Wednesday as hard-core protesters demanding an immediate end to army rule … ….

Hezbollah denies explosion in munitions warehouse
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Hezbollah issued an official statement on Wednesday denying that the mysterious explosion in southern Lebanon took place in one of their strongholds. “Contrary to … ….

Livni: Israel heading towards dictatorship
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni (Kadima) warned Wednesday that the recent string of Coalition-led legislation will turn Israel from a democracy to a dictatorship. … ….

Yemen’s President Saleh set to step down
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah signed an agreement ending his 33-year rule on Wednesday, and has officially transferred power to the country’s vice president. Saudi … ….

‘Fatah-Hamas gov’t won’t see a dime’
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that Israel will continue withholding Palestinian tax funds, telling his Montenegro counterpart that a Hamas-Fatah unity … ….

Turkish PM apologizes over 1930s killings of Kurds
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s apology for mass killing evidently aims to embarrass….

Netanyahu: Israel’s democracy safe
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Knesset plenum holds heated debate over libel bill. PM: amendment necessary in….

Medvedev: Russia may target US missile defense sites
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Moscow increases pressure on US, NATO, to reach deal on missile defense plans….

Clashes, more deaths in Cairo despite democracy pledge
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Masses once again flood Cairo’s Tahrir Square and as clashes with military….

Minister: Another political murder possible
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – During Knesset debate on ‘price tag’ acts, internal security minister says fear….

Report: Israel returns drones to Turkey
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Turkish paper says drones purchased by Ankara and sent back for maintenance….

US blogger: Israel behind blast at Hezbollah arms cache
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Richard Silverstein claims booby-trapped Trojan Horse drone cause of explosion….

Recommendation: Shut down ‘leftist’ department
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Council for Higher Education committee says Ben Gurion University’s Politics….

Anat Kam begins serving prison sentence
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – Young woman convicted of espionage, stealing classified IDF files begins serving….

Ron Paul: Why does Israel need our help?
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – During foreign policy debate, republican presidential candidate says would not….

Ban calls on PM to hand over Palestinian money
YNet News, 23 Nov 2011 – UN chief calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hand over tax payments….

Palestinian Information Center

Universal declaration against besieging nations issued in Gaza
PIC – A galaxy of lawmakers from Islamic, Arab and European countries issued on Tuesday evening “the universal declaration against besieging nations” during a ceremony held in the Gaza Strip.

Let Isra’a Salhab be free
PIC – Salhab may have underestimated the hardships associated with investigative journalism, especially under a sinister racist regime which also claims to be the only true democracy in the Middle East.

Majali: Mishaal’s visit to Jordan within a week
PIC – The visit of Khaled Mishaal to Jordan would take place within the few coming days or a week at the most, the Jordanian state minister for information affairs Rakan Al-Majali said on Wednesday.

Aruri: Second batch of Palestinian captives to be freed by end of December
PIC – The second batch of Palestinian prisoners to be released from Israeli occupation jails according to the prisoners exchange deal would be set free within three weeks.

Hamas, Fatah delegations in Cairo for Abbas-Mishaal meeting
PIC – Head of the Palestinian studies center Ibrahim Al-Dirawi has said that the Hamas and Fatah delegations had arrived in Cairo in preparation for the meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mishaal.

IOF soldiers detain 3 citizens in Al-Khalil, a Jerusalemite
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained three Palestinian citizens in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, at dawn Wednesday.

Haneyya: The Israeli occupation lives in isolation
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya said that the Israeli occupation started to live in international isolation and the frequent visits made by dignitaries to the besieged Gaza Strip confirmed that.

WAFA

Fishermen Hold Sit-In in Protest of Israeli Measures Against them
WAFA

Quartet Reiterates Its Call on Israel to Release PA’s Funds
WAFA

Japan Supports Hearing and Speech Center in Gaza with Equipments
WAFA

Japan, Ministry of Local Governance Sign Cooperation Agreement of $8 M
WAFA

Palestine Becomes Member of Transplantation Society
WAFA

Israeli Forces Raid School, Hand Its Principle Demolition Notice
WAFA

8th Forum for Future Stresses Support to Palestinian State
WAFA

Health Work Committee Condemns Arrest of its Financial Director
WAFA

PA, Belgium Sign Partnership Agreement of €71.6 M
WAFA

MADA: 20 Journalists Killed in Palestine since 2000
WAFA

Newspapers Review: Tantawi’s Nation Address Dominates Dailies
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

Will the UN Insist on Fair Trials for Ex-Regime Loyalists in Libya?
Intifada-Palestine: 23 Nov 2011 – Seif-Al-Islam Gaddafi is seen after his capture in the custody of revolutionary fighters by FRANKLIN LAMB / IntifadaPalestine.com ( Benghazi, Libya) An affable gentleman, “Mahmoud” ushered this observer into the Benghazi People’s Court (Mahkamat al-Sha’b) and showed me the freshly painted courtroom where… more

Occupy Tahrir Square vs. Occupy America
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Nov 2011 – “We could all temporarily lose sight of who is pulling the strings in this counter-revolution currently playing out in Egypt … but make no mistake, the thousands in Tahrir square will not lose hope nor can they afford to.” Wounded protester… more

Los Angeles Times

Yemen president signs pact to cede power
LA Times 23 Nov 2011 – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh agrees to hand power to his vice president. The deal gives him immunity in the deaths of protesters and allows him to keep his title while elections are scheduled. After months of unrest that have brought his country to the…

Bahrain’s king promises reform after torture report
LA Times 23 Nov 2011 – Security forces beat protesters with metal rods and shocked them with electricity during March demonstrations, the inquiry by an international panel finds. Bahrain’s king on Wednesday promised reforms after an international commission reported that security officials used excessive force and torture against mostly Shiite Muslim…

Egypt protests grow for sixth day
LA Times 23 Nov 2011 – Crowds seethe with rage over the ruling generals, despite an announcement the day before of a plan to speed up transfer of power to a democratic government. The U.N. urges an end to the crackdown. Protests swelled in Cairo for a sixth day Wednesday as…

Egypt military council tries to calm protests
LA Times 23 Nov 2011 – Egypt’s Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi announces an accelerated timetable for transferring power to an elected government, and scolds protesters for insulting the military. The head of Egypt’s military council announced an accelerated timetable for handing power to an elected government, an effort to calm…

Egypt police struggle to regain pride on still-skimpy salaries
LA Times 22 Nov 2011 – Few lives in Egypt have been upended by the revolution as dramatically as those of police officers who tumbled from the street-level symbol of a cruel power to confused and bitter men. The plainclothes cop stares over a street that stinks of things dying. Black…

Misc

Millions protest to demand overthrow of US-backed Egyptian junta
WSWS – On Tuesday millions of workers and youth staged protests and strikes all over Egypt, demanding the downfall of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and the US-backed Egyptian junta.

Elbit subsidiary opens facility in Netherlands
Neged Neshek – Elbit Systems subsidiary Elbit Systems of America has – in coordination with the Netherlands Ministry of Defense – opened a maintenance facility in the Netherlands . The facility is located in Rhenen and will be used primarily for maintenance of the Royal Netherlands Air Force fleet.

Brave ‘NYT’ describes Israel’s efforts to ‘pinkwash’ occupation
Mondoweiss – Queers for Palestine protest the Jewish National Fund (Photo and more here Indybay.org ) Groundbreaking Op-Ed in today’s Times from CUNY professor Sarah Schulman on Brand Israel and the pinkwashing of the Israeli occupation. Everyone is talking about this today. Wow. A piece aimed at the Brand…

Wala’: The untrodden beauty of Palestine
Mondoweiss – Wala’ Reading the title, her smile must have already found its way to her face, tears welling in her eyes with a Palestinian proud refusal to surrender to a burst of overwhelming emotions. Yet you could still ostensibly see the tears struggling around the green apple…

Sabra alternative: Inching towards social responsibility at DePaul University
Mondoweiss – One year ago, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at DePaul University launched a campaign to remove Sabra Hummus from campus shelves after confirming that Sabra’s parent company, the Strauss Group, provides material and financial aid to the Israeli military. Although a vote by the student…

Video celebrating Freedom Riders likens Israeli flag to Confederate flag
Mondoweiss – Video is by Sana Kassem, producer/director. Thanks to Norman Finkelstein.

Bernard-Henri Levy insists settlements are not ‘colonies’ but minute ‘implantations’
Mondoweiss – Yesterday we reported on a Swiss effort to revive the Geneva Initiative for a two-state solution, in a conference featuring Bernard-Henri Levy. A Swiss friend passe along the following report: There was nothing about the conference in the main French-speaking newspapers this morning. The Swiss radio…

Exclusive: Israeli Military Intelligence Caused Massive Explosion in Hezbollah South Lebanon Arms Cache
Tikun Olam – Israeli Heron drone of the type that might’ve been booby-trapped NOTE : This story generated a huge amount of site traffic from Israel and coverage in Israeli media which caused high server load.  My host temporarily brought the site down and it should now be restored to…

Likud and the Rise of the Permanent Far-Right Majority
Tikun Olam – What we’re seeing in Israeli politics and have seen since 2000, when the last Labor government ruled Israel, is the rise of a permanent far-right majority. Not a majority within the populace, but a ruling majority cobbled together from various right and farther right strands of…

Unrest continues in central Cairo
BBC 23 Nov 2011 – Protests go on in central Cairo as demonstrators step up their demand for Egypt’s military rulers to resign, with elections due in less than a week.

Articles


The King and Palestine
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 11/24/2011
      “Ziara azima” (fabulous visit). This was the description Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave to the unexpected visit King Abdullah made to the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. The King’s visit on Monday was the first to Palestine in a decade. He didn’t visit or meet any Israeli official.
     It is not that the King and Abbas do not see each other. Almost every time that the PLO leader leaves Ramallah to travel abroad he makes a stop to visit his “brother”, King Abdullah. However, what makes this particular visit important is its public nature.
     The King wanted everyone, especially the Israelis, to notice the visit and the solidarity message behind it. Palestinians warmly welcomed the visit, which received live coverage on Palestine TV and was the lead story in all three daily newspapers.
     Over the past years, and due in part to the fact that Israel has closed all borders for Palestinians, except the King Hussein Bridge to Jordan, Palestinian-Jordanian relations have warmed up considerably. The Jordanian-Hamas relation was the focus of many commentaries following King Abdullah’s visit. Pundits explained that the Monarch wanted to reassure his Palestinian counterpart that any Jordanian-Hamas rapprochement will not be at the expense of Jordan’s recognition of the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
     The importance of the timing of this visit cannot be understated. It comes days before a crucial summit meeting between Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal and before the expected visit by the Hamas leader to Jordan.
     Relations between moderate Arab regimes and the Muslim Brotherhood must have also been on the agenda of discussions. The rise of Islamists, post-revolution, in many countries cannot be ignored…. — See also: Erekat: Jordan king visit to encourage unity more.. e-mail

Is it possible to have a unity government with zero risks?
Maher Abukhater, Bitterlemons 11/21/2011
      If there is going to be a Palestinian unity government, what will that mean for Palestinians and the peace process?
     Concerning the peace process, Palestinians in general would say: “what peace process?” No one seems worried about impacting a peace process that is obviously long gone.
     As for the Palestinian people, the issue is more serious. On the one hand, a unity government would lead to reunification of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which means strengthening the home front in light of a bleak and uncertain future. In general, there is strong support for this move.
     But, on the other, there is apprehension concerning its ramifications on Palestinian daily life.
     The United States and Israel are warning that a unity government that includes Hamas would have serious long-term negative repercussions on the Palestinian people in general, and that makes people stop and think.
     It wasn’t long ago that Palestinians experienced what this means. Tens of thousands of Palestinians went for more than a year without pay when main donors suspended their aid following Hamas’ victory in the 2006 legislative elections and its subsequent formation of a government headed and run by Hamas members.
     If it hadn’t been for handouts and charity from the European Union and some Arab countries that allowed people to put food on the table, the outcome would have been disastrous. Even the short-lived unity government between Fateh and Hamas that came to salvage the situation was not enough to convince the West to end these sanctions and allow a resumption of aid. more.. e-mail

The ‘Palestine Paper Leaks’ and the Sacralization of Jerusalem City Space?
Salim Tamari, Jerusalem Quarterly File 11/23/2011
      Autumn 2011
     Even before the crusades, Jerusalem had an enchanting hold on people’s imagination. Visitors imposed their aspirations, inner anguish, and dreams on what they saw as an eternal sacred city, whereas the worldly city was at great variance and often in contradiction with these imageries. Indeed, this vision of the city of God has always been in contrast with the living physicality of the city. As revealed in the leaked “Palestine Papers,” this view of the metaphoric Jerusalem has been adopted in the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
     This policy brief examines the historical origins of the sacralization of Jerusalem and how it has obscured changes on the ground affecting the city’s current state and its future. It appeared recently in al Shabaka, the electronic Palestinian Policy Network.
     Jerusalem and the “Palestine Papers”
     The “Palestine Papers” revealed that Jerusalem occupied a central position in the implicit agreements between President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.1
     They demonstrate that the PA has moved considerably from positions held at and since the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference. Previous Palestinian and Arab positions on Jerusalem were based on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 242, passed after the June 1967 War. The resolution considers East Jerusalem occupied territory and its status no different from that of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, or the Syrian Golan Heights. Moreover, the “land for peace” arrangement that is at the heart of UNSCR 242 also applies to East Jerusalem. more.. e-mail

Family of 12 faces eviction in East Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 23 Nov 2011 – Nadia Walid Somrein The Electronic Intifada Silwan Despite living in his home for nearly fifty years, and despite the fact there are legal documents clearly stating that the land is owned by the Somrein family, Mohammed Somrein’s land has been declared absentee property and thus subject to confiscation.more

For Gaza journalist, more than one struggle underway in Cairo
Electronic Intifada: 22 Nov 2011 – Rami Almeghari The Electronic Intifada Cairo Rami Almeghari recounts his struggle to both cover the growing protests at Cairo’s Tahrir Square and fight his own personal battle.more

Support Today’s Freedom Riders; End US Support for Israeli Apartheid
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Nov 2011 – By Josh Ruebner Fifty years ago, Freedom Riders braved beatings and arson by supremacists intent on maintaining apartheid in the Jim Crow South. By challenging segregated transportation through nonviolent action, these African American and white activists set in motion a process that ultimately dismantled segregation. While the struggle for racial justice continues, at least this shameful chapter of formal racial discrimination is history. Reflecting on this anniversary, Rep. John Lewis, one of the main organizers of the Freedom Rides, noted that they “changed America. Before the movement…people were afraid….That fear is gone. People can walk, live, work and play with a sense of dignity and a sense of pride.” Fired by the same drive for dignity and pride, six Palestinian nonviolent activists boarded last week an Israeli settler bus to draw the world’s attention to the segregated transportation systems and apartheid conditions they endure living under Israel’s brutal 44-year military…more

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