VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 29 November 2011:Israeli military courts ‘have 99 percent conviction rate’

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International Middle East Media Center

Citizens Sue Minnesota State Board of Investment for Illegal Investments in Israel Bonds
IMEMC – The lawsuit asserts that investment in Israel Bonds by the SBI is both unlawful and imprudent, and further contends that such investment violates the Minnesota statutes that control the types of foreign investments that the SBI is permitted to make. …

Army To Demolish A Palestinian Home In Jerusalem
IMEMC – The Israeli Army decided to demolish a house belonging to resident Nawal Al Jahaleen in Jabal Al Mukabber area, in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Ma’an News

Single truckload of strawberries leaves Gaza
11/29/2011 – 39;if Israel fully implements the agreement it will be just 1 percent of exports Israel agreed to in 2005′ – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — One truckload of strawberries left the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for export to Europe, crossings officials said. Farmers in Gaza started to export limited amounts of produce to Europe…. Related: Gisha: The opening of the Gaza export season

Israeli naval forces detain Gaza fishermen
11/29/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained eight fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip and took them to an unknown destination, a Palestinian union official said Tuesday. Mahfouz al-Kabarety, head of the Palestinian society for fishing and marine sports, said the navy seized two fishing boats on which the fishermen were operating….

Israeli military courts ‘have 99 percent conviction rate’
11/29/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli military courts in the West Bank have a 99. 74 percent conviction rate for Palestinians brought before them, according to data published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Tuesday. The newspaper, citing data from an annual military courts report, said military courts in the West Bank heard 9,542 cases in 2010, including…. Related: Nearly 100% of all military court cases in West Bank end in conviction, Haaretz learns

Farmland seized in Beit Ummar, local official says
11/29/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities handed over a decision Tuesday confiscating 12 dunums of land in Surif village northwest of Hebron and gave the owners orders to demolish a well and uproot trees. Yousef Abu Maria, coordinator of the national committees in Beit Ummar, told Ma’an that the land is 5 kilometers….

Rockets fired from Lebanon hit Israel
11/29/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Several rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Tuesday, and Israel returned fire across the border in response, military officials said. Two buildings in the western Galilee area were damaged, Israeli media said, but there were no reported casualties. Residents said they heard two explosions and that houses shook. UNIFIL, the UN…. Related: Al-Qaeda-linked group ‘claims Israel rocket attack’

Official: Fatah, Hamas to release political prisoners
11/29/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah and Hamas are in talks to release political prisoners in a bid to end all outstanding disagreements, an official said Monday.” (President Mahmoud) Abbas gave instructions to the director of the Palestinian Authority’s general intelligence service, Majid Faraj, to release Hamas-affiliated detainees stated in a list received….

Prisoners write to Abbas demanding PA support
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails sent a letter to President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday demanding support from the Palestinian Authority in their fight for better conditions. The letter highlighted that Israel had enacted punitive policies against prisoners since the swap deal in October between Israel and Hamas, and said the situation….

Israel urged to lift Al-Haq director’s travel ban
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Human Rights Watch and other organizations urged Israel on Tuesday to rescind a travel ban imposed on the director of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq. Shawan Jabarin has been prevented from leaving the occupied West Bank since 2006 in violation of his due process rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch….

Report: Israel arrests suspected Hamas fundraisers
11/29/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have arrested several Hamas members on suspicion of raising funds from abroad for activities in Jerusalem, officials said Tuesday. The suspected Hamas officials were charged with money laundering, being active in a “terror” organization and using property for “terrorist” purposes, Israel’s Ynet news site reported….

Al-Qaeda-linked group ‘claims Israel rocket attack’
11/29/2011 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A group linked to Al-Qaeda on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an overnight rocket attack from southern Lebanon against Israel, a local website announced. Elnashra website said it had received an email from the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam claiming responsibility for the attack.” Early this Tuesday, rockets from the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam shelled…. Related: Rockets fired from Lebanon hit Israel

UN marks ‘day of solidarity’ with Palestinian people
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that a Palestinian state was “long overdue,” in a statement to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” The need to resolve this conflict has taken on greater urgency with the historic transformations taking place across the region,” Ban said. The….

Hamas: Next phase of swap deal ‘by Dec. 18′
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel will release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners by Dec. 19 in the second phase of a captive swap deal, a senior Hamas official said Tuesday. Israel agreed to release 1,027 prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier in a deal reached with Hamas in October. On Oct. 18, 477 prisoners were….

Palestinian Authority condemns settlement plans
11/29/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday condemned Israel’s decision to build new housing units in the illegal Shilo settlement, which is built on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. Ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by Salam Fayyad, also condemned Israel’s “continued illegal measures” to….

PA: Iceland recognizes Palestinian state
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Iceland has announced its recognition of a Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 borders, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Tuesday. Riyad al-Malki told Ma’an that the Icelandic parliament voted 80 to 0 to recognize Palestine….

Hamas, Fatah officials to meet in Gaza ‘in days’
11/29/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A meeting will be held by the end of the week between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza to discuss outstanding topics for wrapping up the reconciliation deal, a Fatah official said Tuesday. Abdullah Abu Samhadaneh, a senior Fatah official in Gaza, said four issues to be discussed are passports, freedom….

Sri Lanka reiterates support for Palestinian state
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the president of Sri Lanka reiterated his support of the “just struggle of the Palestinian people” toward statehood.”Peace ensures security and that fundamental factor underscores the urgency of resolving the Middle-East conflict,” a statement from the Sri Lankan president, Mahinda….

Abbas, Fayyad, Barghouti among ‘top 100 thinkers’
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas, PA premier Salam Fayyad and lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti are among Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 top thinkers for 2011. The list “presents a unique portrait of 2011′s global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them,” according to the magazine, and features a strong….

France adds 10 million euros to 2011 aid
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The French consul general in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority have signed an agreement on budgetary aid under which France will contribute a further €10 million, officials said Monday. The increase will bring France’s budgetary support for 2011 to €20 million, French authorities in Jerusalem announced Monday….

Economy minister steps aside to fight corruption charges
11/29/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Minister of Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh said Tuesday he had suspended all ministerial duties to fight corruption allegations. Abu Libdeh told Ma’an he suspended his work in order to have time to defend himself against the accusations, which he said were “pure fabrications.” The minister added that….

Egyptian police seize weapon caches in Sinai
11/29/2011 – EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — Egyptian police forces seized two weapon caches on Tuesday in the Sinai city of el-Arish, Egyptian security sources said. Police received information about “criminals” storing ammunition and weapons in different hideouts, security officials told Ma’an. Security forces stormed the al-Tawil neighborhood on the outskirts of the city and seized….

New prime minister exposes divisions in Egypt
11/29/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The army’s choice of prime minister has polarized debate in Egypt, riling protesters in Tahrir Square who see him as a throwback to Hosni Mubarak’s rule and pleasing others who view him as a “clean pair of hands” with the skills to restore order. The divisions over Kamal Ganzouri….

UN: Syria committed crimes against humanity
11/29/2011 – GENEVA (Reuters) — A United Nations commission of inquiry on Syria said on Monday Syrian military and security forces had committed crimes against humanity including murder, torture and rape and the government of President Bashar Assad bore responsibility. The panel, which interviewed 223 victims and witnesses including defectors, called on Syria to halt “gross human rights….

Syria accused of atrocities, ‘crimes against humanity’
11/29/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — UN investigators said Syrian security forces had committed crimes against humanity, including the killing and torture of children, as Damascus lashed out at Arab League sanctions. While Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem showed reporters in Damascus a gruesome video depicting what he said was a “mass grave of security force martyrs,” in Geneva….

Egypt hails election as successful ‘democracy test’
11/29/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s first post-revolution election entered its second day on Tuesday amid pride and triumphalism over the high turn-out and the orderly start to the country’s complex transition to democracy.” The birth of the new Egypt,” declared the state-owned Al-Akhbar newspaper on Tuesday, hailing the “huge turnout, free voting in….

UK ‘outraged’ by incursion into Tehran embassy
11/29/2011 – LONDON (Reuters) — Britain said on Tuesday it was outraged at an incursion into its embassy compound in Tehran during which dozens of young Iranian men were reported to have entered buildings, thrown petrol bombs and burned documents.” There has been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our Embassy premises, including vandalism to….

Aljazeera

Israel hits suspected Lebanon rocket sites
AlJazeera 29 Nov 2011 – Missiles land in the town of Ayta Shaab after rockets launched from south Lebanon strike northern Israel.

Palestine News Network

Press Release: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
PNN – PLOPLO Executive Committee member and Palestinian lawmaker, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, said, “for sixty-four years, the Palestinian people have been subjected to an apartheid-like regime and prevented from proclaiming their rights to person…

Palestine Prepares Sports Delegation for Arab Games in Qatar
PNN – PNNThe Palestinian Olympic Committee continued preparations for the 12th Arab Games to be held in Qatar from December 9th to 23rd. Palestine plans to send 161 players and administrators in 16 different…

Israeli Forces Raid Bethlehem, Hebron, Demolish Makeshift Watchtower in Bil’in
PNN – PNNOn Tuesday, Israeli forces raided a number of houses in the village of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, and arrested two youths. Eyewitnesses told Palestinian government news wire Wafa that the Israeli forces…

Palestinian Photographer Wins Second Place in International Competition
PNN – PNNOn Monday, Palestinian photographer Hisham Sarsour won second place in the Oman Sultanate Competition for Journalists and Photographers. More than 1500 photographers from all over the world—including Malaysia, the Palestinian Territories, Indonesia,…

Op Ed: Vigil at Silwan House Slated for Demolition Postpones Despair
PNN – by Aaron Rotenberg A month ago, the Sumrein family in Silwan, who live right beside the City of David Tourist site, received an order to leave their home of the last fifty…

Journalist Syndicate Condemns SAMAA News office Raid in Gaza
PNN – PNNOn Monday, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) condemned an attack on SAMAA news agency’s main office in Gaza City by unidentified perpetrators. PJS decried the act, in which some property was stolen,…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Authorities Prevent Reparation of Major Lines Providing Electricity to the Gaza Strip for the Thirteenth Consecutive Day
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Tuesday, 29 November 2011

PCHR Condemns the Death of A Student in the Campus of al-Azhar University in Gaza City
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 28 November 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Gaza: Rebuilding from rubble
11/29/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Ruqaya Izzidien, 29 November 2011, Al Akhbar English – Despite Israel’s blockade on building materials entering the Gaza Strip, local entrepreneurs have come up with a way to turn destruction into reconstruction by recycling rubble into construction material.”He who builds his house here puts his sweat and blood into it, laying stone…. Related: Source: Al Akhbar English

International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People in the No Go Zone
11/29/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Nathan Stuckey, 30 November 2011, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – Today, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  This day commemorates the racist and colonialist proposal of the United Nations to partition Palestine in 1947.   All over the world, people stood in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle today….

Alternative Information Center

IN PHOTOS: Eritrean refugees protest torture, rape in Sinai
Alternative Information Center – On Friday morning, Eritrean refugees gathered outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv, in hopes of bringing the American government’s attention to the plight of Eritrean asylum seekers who face torture and rape at the hands…

Relief Web

Israel: Applying International Criminal Law to Israel’s Treatment of the Palestinian People
Relief Web 29 Nov 2011 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory Over the past decades there has been an increasing amount of attention directed towards international criminal law (ICL) and how to ensure that perpetrators of…

Palestine Telegraph

In the Virtual World, Palestinians in Exile Reunite
29 Nov 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – This week the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies at Birzeit University held a conference entitled “Palestinian Refugees: Different Generations but One Identity?” The aim of the conference was to identify changes in refugee identity over time and across generations. Visited by big-shots such as Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi and keynote speaker Rosemary Sayigh, the…

As Israel cuts power, Gaza plunges into darkness
29 Nov 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – The energy authority in the Gaza Strip on Monday accused Israel of deliberately disconnecting the main electricity grid to the coastal enclave as part of a “punitive policy.”

Fatah, Hamas to release Political Prisoners
29 Nov 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – Fatah and Hamas are in talks to release political prisoners in a bid to end all outstanding disagreements, an official said Monday.

The National

Mubarak’s personal poll booth gets the public’s vote
The National 29 Nov 2011 – In Heliopolis, an upmarket district of Cairo, deposed president Hosni Mubarak had his villa, his presidential palace and his personal polling station.

US vice president on surprise Iraq visit
The National 29 Nov 2011 – US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit tonight, as American troops depart Iraq ahead of a year-end deadline.

Yemen cabinet to form in days
The National 29 Nov 2011 – Yemen’s prime minister-designate promises to announce his government, saying GCC countries have been asked to help the country with oil and electricity.

Election analysis: Turnout will define Egypt politics
The National 29 Nov 2011 – High turnout will benefit the generals and the Muslim Brotherhood while low numbers will help liberals and protesters, writes Youssef Hamza, foreign correspondent.

Israel retaliates after rocket strike from Lebanon
The National 29 Nov 2011 – Israeli military fires artillery rounds into Lebanon in the direction the rockets came from, according to Unifil.

Turkey ‘ready for any scenario’ in Syria unrest
The National 29 Nov 2011 – Turkey said yesterday it did not want military intervention in Syria but was ready for any scenario to deal with President Bashar Al Assad’s crackdown.

Iran protesters briefly seize six staff hostage at UK embassy
The National 29 Nov 2011 – Britain ‘outraged’ as Tehran offices smashed and looted by mob before British workers freed.

Britain ‘outraged’ as Iranian protesters storm Tehran embassy
The National 28 Nov 2011 – Dozens of protesters break into the embassy, bringing down the mission’s flag, ransack offices and destroying files.

Ha’aretz

Former Mossad chief: Israeli strike on Iran will lead to regional war
Ha’aretz – Meir Dagan said in a television interview that a military strike will result in massive rocket attacks from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.

U.K.: Iran faces ‘serious consequences’ over embassy attacks
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister David Cameron calls attack by Iranian protesters on British embassy in Tehran ‘outrageous and indefensible.’

Iceland becomes first Western European country to recognize Palestinian state
Ha’aretz – Icelandic parliament approves measure on United Nations’ annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people; Palestinians reaffirm bid for UN membership.

Unknown thugs attack Egyptian protesters
Ha’aretz – Clashes broke out in Cairo’s Tahrir square Monday night in the wake of Egypt’s historic election’s second day.

Bradley Burston / At last, ‘Occupation Zionists’ and Israel-loathing U.S. Jews can agree
Ha’aretz – Both extremists on the right and radicals on the left have contempt for liberals and the two-state solution they seek.

Palestinian Economy Minister charged with embezzlement, insider trading
Ha’aretz – First hearing in court case of Hassan Abu Lindeh will take place December 12; charges of financial wrongdoing relate to acts alleged to have taken place before the minister took office in 2009.

Akiva Eldar / Who is this Netanyahu that’s involving Muslims in Jerusalem affairs?
Ha’aretz – If Netanyahu were opposition leader, instead of prime minister, he would have tarred and feathered anyone who decided to defer the demolition of the Mughrabi Gate.

Second of frog species long thought extinct found in Israel nature reserve
Ha’aretz – The second Hula painted frog is of the opposite gender as the first one found by warden Yoram Malka at the Hula Nature Reserve two weeks ago.

Tal Becker: Israeli Society as a Jewish Issue
Ha’aretz – Jews must care about the society Israel creates

Saudi Arabia urges citizens to ‘swiftly’ leave Syria
Ha’aretz – Appeal comes two days after Arab League decides to impose sanctions on Bashar Assad’s government over its refusal to allow monitors to enter the country.

Iran youths throw petrol bombs, break into U.K. embassy in Tehran
Ha’aretz – Two British Embassy compounds are attacked and ‘classified’ documents are seized during protest against U.K. decision to implement sanctions intended to deter Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons.

Turkey raises Syria military option; Russia urges caution
Ha’aretz – Turkish FM says Ankara reluctatant to use force, but preparing itself for ‘any scenario’; Russian FM says ban on all weapons would be ‘dishonest’.

UN urges Israel, Palestinian Authority to agree to two-state solution
Ha’aretz – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon makes appeal at International Day of Solidarity for the Palestinian People at UN headquarters in New York.

Former MI chief: Iran has enough material for 4 or 5 nuclear bombs
Ha’aretz – Amos Yadlin says Israel must maintain ‘good channels of dialogue and understanding’ with Western elements better capable of dealing with the Iranian threat.

Al-Qaida linked group claims responsibility for Katyusha fire against Israel
Ha’aretz – UNIFIL deploys extra troops and patrols along border, after four rockets launched into Israel overnight; no causualties reported in rocket fire, Israel responds with artillery rounds.

Israel’s National Insurance Institute: One in ten families suffer from hunger
Ha’aretz – Study involving 5,000 families finds 19 percent suffer from food insecurity; says solution lays in encouraging employment and increasing stipends.

November 29: A mystery date for most Israelis
Ha’aretz – Poll show that 73% of Israeli adults do not know the historical significance of the date, when the UN General Assembly decided to end the British Mandate and adopt the partition plan.

Hamas: Israel should free remaining 550 prisoners by December 19
Ha’aretz – Member of Hamas political bureau says those released in second stage of Shalit swap must be security prisoners and must be allowed to return to their homes.

UNIFIL vows to ensure calm after four rockets strike Israel from Lebanon
Ha’aretz – United Nations force deploys extra troops and patrols in area, holds emergency meeting with Lebanese Army and IDF representatives; Israel responded to the four Katyushas by firing artillery rounds.

Four Katyusha rockets from Lebanon hit northern Israel, gas tank struck
Ha’aretz – IDF responds to attack with artillery rounds; Israeli security services do not believe Hezbollah to be responsible for overnight attack, but rather a smaller faction.

Jerusalem Post

Argentina extradites convicted Israeli rapist
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Israeli man who was convicted of serious sex crimes and fled to Argentina sent back to Israel.

Light rail will require payment this week.
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – City councilor says fee collecting should wait until trains are operating at full capacity.

Chamber: Importing workers could harm China relations
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Chamber of Commerce warned of possible damage to Sino-Israeli relations if Israeli brings in construction workers from Bulgaria and Romania.

Labor parley set for Yacimovich-Peretz showdown
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Latest scuffle between current and former Labor leaders will focus on fate of Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini.

High Court to state: Investigate Shiloh construction
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – High Court gives state 60 days to decide on investigation into unauthorized Shiloh construction.

Dagan to push for change in political system
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Former Mossad head would like to see larger parties strengthened, prime ministers able to govern without constant fear of coalition collapse.

Islamists and SCAF in marriage of convenience
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Muslim Brotherhood each benefit from working together – for now.

Gov’t expected to release PA tax funds
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Icelandic parliament passes resolution to recognize Palestinian state.

A Jewish role model
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Instead of focusing on their battle against the Jewish state, Palestinians should concentrate on completing the unfinished job begun by Fayyad.

Terra Incognita: Is the ‘elite’ being alienated in Israel?
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – The secret of left-wing disdain for the country is that it’s no longer in control.

Israel’s ‘Purloined Letter’
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Right-wing politicians have always felt intimidated by the Left. That’s why Likud-led governments fail to enact Likud policies.

WMO: 2011 one of hottest years on record
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Humans are to blame for global climate change, with 2011′s El Nina causing severe drought in east Africa, the US.

Look before you leap – a tale of two frogs
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Why did the painted frog disappear? Because its habitat was thought to be nothing more than a malaria-breeding “wasteland.” But there are no wastelands in nature.

Yalla Peace: Democracy faces many challenges in Arab world
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – The challenge of democracy is to overcome sectarian ties to vote for quality candidates of any ethnic background.

On My Mind: Employing Israeli Arabs
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – American Jews should know more about the challenges and opportunities Arabs face in the Israeli workforce.

‘Golda’ marks Nov. 29 UN resolution on partition
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Reenactment portrays joy felt in 1947 celebrations outside Jewish Agency building.

Petrol bombs thrown in Cairo’s Tahrir Square
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – TV reports say unidentified youths enter square, scuffles erupt amongst street vendors at 10-day-old sit-in; Egyptians line up in second day of otherwise mostly peaceful elections.

Analysis: A sign of what Israel could face
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Security officials think rockets fired from Lebanon should serve as warning of what could happen if alternatives are not exhausted.

Britain downplays hostage crisis at embassy in Iran
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Iranian Foreign Ministry says it regrets actions of riled-up demonstrators; Hague contradicts claims of 6 hostages.

Netanyahu: Judiciary will remain independent
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – During speech in Eilat, PM says court’s robustness ‘necessary to our existence’ as much as security, economy.

Scuffles flare in Cairo square amid elections
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Egyptians line up in second day of mostly peaceful elections; Muslim Brotherhood expect gains but outcome hard to predict.

PA’s economic minister to face corruption charges
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Abu Libdeh, who denies charges, is accused of breach of trust, fraud, insider trading and embezzlement of public funds.

Barak, Steinitz remain split over defense budget
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Defense minister rejects finance minister’s claim that his ministry needs more transparency; students disrupt Steinitz speech.

New data show 20% of Israelis can’t afford food
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Welfare Ministry proposes ration cards for needy to purchase with dignity.

Hamas ‘council’ uncovered in east Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Shin Bet arrests five senior members, saying they were involved in illegal fundraising and other activities.

Gallery: Second day of voting in Egyptian elections
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Egyptians vote on second day of parliamentary election, first of its kind since former president Mubarak’s ouster.

Can Tel Aviv become a center for fashion?
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Ofir Lev, organizer and former model, is keen to show that Israeli fashion is worthy of worldwide attention.

Turkey raises option of Syria military intervention
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Russia urges caution; int’l community may decide buffer zone needed if people try to flee violence there, Davutoglu says.

Vilnai: Hold Lebanese government responsible
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Home Front Defense Minister says that Hezbollah not necessarily responsible for the rocket fire.

A genuine Egyptian liberal – and a very lonely voice
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – For Amr Bargisi, the country’s self-styled liberals are not worthy of the name.

600-gr. newborn beats odds, sent home at 2.24 kg.
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Surviving triplet heads home four months after birth.

‘College for All’ marks 12 years of success
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – The organization provides educational classes nurturing gifted children from disadvantaged backgrounds across Israel.

HIV rate rises sharply among gay men in Israel
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – 2010 data: One fifth of the 2,000 gay men who participated in a study did not use condoms during the previous six months.

Israel could benefit from Greek plan to be gas hub
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Exclusive: Energy Minister Papakonstantinou first member of new Athens gov’t to visit.

MKs threaten inquiry over underage prostitution handling
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Parliamentarians claim law enforcement, welfare services failing to properly deal with growing problem.

Who is Supreme Court Justice Asher Dan Grunis?
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Justice expected to replace Beinisch as Supreme Court president if controversial bill passes.

Price-tag militant rearrested for making death threats
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2011 – Man wrote hate e-mails to numerous Peace Now activists including director Yariv Oppenheimer.

Public Security Ministry opens new control center
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Emergency control room, located in the ministry’s building in Jerusalem, is built to withstand unconventional weapons attacks.

Building bridges
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Israel must not cave in to the insanity of Muslim extremism. The Mughrabi bridge must be replaced – the sooner the better.

Further from peace, closer to reconciliation
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – If given a clear choice, I have no doubt that Palestinians will chose peace, but that is not the choice given to them at the moment.

Moroccan wolf in sheep’s clothing
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Like in other parts of the region, Saturday’s victory by ‘moderate’ Islamists bodes poorly for positive relations with Israel.

Classical Review: IPO Young Talent
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Conductor Vasquez, 27, pianist Kadouch, 26, were the stars in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s recent concert.

Sharing a ‘Common Ground’
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Chilean-born and LA-based singer-songwriter Yael Meyer recently sat down with ‘The Jerusalem Post’ to talk about Judaism, family and musical inspiration.

The Guardian

Israel and Lebanon exchange rocket fire – video
The Guardian 29 Nov 2011 – The Israeli military say they responded after a volley of rockets were fired across the border from Lebanon, raising fresh tensions in the volatile region

Uruknet

Israeli military courts ‘have 99 percent conviction rate’
Uruknet November 29, 2011 — Israeli military courts in the West Bank have a 99.74 percent conviction rate for Palestinians brought before them, according to data published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Tuesday. The newspaper, citing data from an annual military courts report, said military courts in the West Bank heard 9,542 cases in 2010, including…

Libya leaders acknowledge abuse of prisoners
Uruknet November 29, 2011 – Libya’s new leaders said Tuesday that some prisoners held by revolutionary forces have been abused, but insisted the mistreatment was not systematic and pledged to tackle the problem. The acknowledgment comes a day after the UN released report a detailing alleged torture and ill treatment in lockups controlled by the forces that…

Iran protesters attack UK embassy in Tehran
Uruknet November 29, 2011 – Dozens of Iranian protesters forced their way into the British embassy in Tehran, tearing down the Union flag and throwing documents from the windows. They also pulled down a picture of the Queen and burnt an embassy vehicle, as well as US, Israeli and UK flags. The protesters said they wanted to…

Indefinite Domestic Military Detentions
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – Congress is now considering legislative language to mandate indefinite military detentions of US citizens suspected of present or past associations with alleged terrorist groups, with or without evidence to prove it. More on that below. The 2006 Military Commissions Act authorized torture and sweeping unconstitutional powers to detain, interrogate, and prosecute alleged…

Who is Conspiring Against Syria?
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – …In its ninth month, the Syrian revolution faces four dangers: The first danger is the drift towards sectarian practices. This is the biggest trap that threatens to destroy all the values that thousands have fallen to defend….The second danger is the use of arms. There are divisions in the army, and several…

Syria News – November 28, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – Todays’ martyrs in Syria reached so far 18 martyrs , among them is a little girl: 11 martyrs in Homs 3 of them from Talkalakh, 2 martyrs each in both of Idlib and Hama suburb, 1 martyr in each of Hasakeh, Deir Ezzor, and in Quneitra…Der Ezzor: Qureyya: Martyrdom of soldier Saleh Al-Hamed…

IOF troops arrest freed cancer patient
Uruknet November 28, 2011 — The Palestinian prisoner’s association has expressed concern over the health of Hamza Al-Traira who was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces while on his way back from treatment in Jordan. It said in a statement on Monday that Traira, From Bani Naim village in Al-Khalil, was released from Israeli custody in 2009…

Video: The Story of Palestine
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – When the United Nations, in 1977, proclaimed 29 November of each year as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, it was a clear admission of guilt towards this people. It was recognition that the Palestinian people deserve international solidarity and support, in the name of justice and rights. This…

Video: Israeli occupation forces demolish homes and mosque, arrest girls near Hebron
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – On 24 November Israeli occupation forces demolished two homes, a mosque and a barn, killing livestock, and arrested two young women in the village of Umm Fagarah, in the South Hebron Hills in the occupied West Bank. The incident was caught on video by Operation Dove, an Italian organization that has maintained…

Activists Take Direct Action Against World Health Organization Conference in Jerusalem
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – This morning a group of Palestinians and Israeli activists held a protest action in front of the Inbal hotel where the WHO (World Health Organization) held their first ‘Health 2020 – The New European Policy for Health’ conference . The conference participants encountered activists who had been bound and gagged as Palestinian detainees….

Iraq snapshot – November 28, 2011
Uruknet November 28, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Parliament is attacked, Nouri al-Maliki wants a wall around Baghdad, Jalal Talabaini wants US troops to remain in Iraq, discovery motions by David Coombs (Bradley Manning’s attorney) reveal just how much the US federal government has ignored the law, and more… Dar Addustour quotes Atta from the same press…

Despite denials, JNF to continue eviction effort of J’lem Palestinians
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – The Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), one of the most respected and well-known institutions in Zionist history, has become involved in a controversy over the attempted evacuation of an East Jerusalem family from its home. After denying its major part in the affair, the JNF has now gone back to threatening legal action…

Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – …Several testimonies reported the practice of sexual torture used on male detainees. Men were routinely made to undress and remain naked. Several former detainees testified reported beatings of genitals, forced oral sex, electroshocks and cigarette burns to the anus in detention facilities, including those of the Air Force Intelligence in Damascus, the…

“Under Gaddafi everything was great. And now there’s nothing”
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – In Bani Walid, long a stronghold for Gaddafi loyalists and one of their last bastions to fall during this year’s civil war, the mood is entirely different. On a quiet Friday morning — the day of rest in this almost entirely Muslim country — a middle-aged man drew the metal shutters of…

PCHR Strongly Condemns WHO’s Decision to Conduct a Conference in Jerusalem
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of WHO Europe to conduct an official conference in Jerusalem, hosted by Israel. The first World Health Organisation (WHO) European Conference on the New European Policy for Health is to take place on the 28-29 November 2011….

Former Libyan rebels still hold 7,000 people, some reportedly tortured: UN chief
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – Former Libyan revolutionaries still hold about 7,000 people, and some reportedly have been subjected to torture and ill treatment, according to a UN report circulated Monday. The report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, made public before a Security Council briefing about Libya on Monday afternoon, says that many of the inmates have…

Syria News – November 27, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Number of martyrs in Syria today rose to 40 among them 3 children, 13 in Damascus Suburbs “Rankos” a martyr each in Hama,Tartous,Deir Ezzor,Idlib and the rest are in Homs…Homs: Martyrdom of Mohamad Samih Zamel, 32 years old, from Khalideya district by random shooting of security forces. He is a father of 2 children Homs: Bashar…

Daily Star

The Daily Star 6th most popular English website
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 The Daily Star online was ranked the sixth most popular English-language website in the region in 2011.

Turkey eyes alternate trade route as pressure mounts on Assad
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Regional pressure mounted against President Bashar Assad’s regime Tuesday as Saudi Arabia urged its citizens to leave Syria, and Turkey said it could use Iraq as an alternate trade route.

Protesters storm British Embassy in Tehran
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Britain warned of serious consequences after Iranian protesters stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran Tuesday.

Rocket attack from south Lebanon draws Israeli artillery retaliation
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Lebanese authorities confirmed that one rocket fired from southern Lebanon landed in Israel overnight, prompting Israeli troops to retaliate by firing four artillery shells at Lebanese territory.

Hopes high for STL breakthrough
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 A near agreement to avert the government’s collapse over a dispute on funding the U.N.-backed court has been reached on the eve of a crucial Cabinet session to vote on the issue.

Spain ambassador awarded for services to Mexico
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Spain’s ambassador to Lebanon has been recognized for his services to Mexico, receiving the country’s highest award given to foreigners.

2 Syrian brothers charged with attempted murder
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Two Syrian brothers were formally charged Tuesday with the attempted murder of an Iranian man, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

Parliament to subsidize heating oil
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Parliament’s Public Works, Transport, Energy and Water Committee is set to convene Wednesday to pass a measure to subsidize heating oil.

Pietton visits Sidon, discusses projects
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 French Ambassador Denis Pietton paid a visit Tuesday to Sidon to discuss bilateral cooperation projects, as a flare-up of tension in the south overshadowed the trip.

Lebanon celebrates day of solidarity with Palestinians
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was celebrated Tuesday in a variety of events throughout the country.

March 14: Rocket fire exchange in south was message from Syria
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 March 14 politicians said Tuesday’s exchange of fire across the Lebanon-Israel border was a clear message by Syria, as it faces increasing regional and international isolation.

Karam to remain in prison until retrial complete
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 The Military Appeals Court rejected Tuesday a request by retired Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam to be released as he awaits a verdict in his retrial.

Hezbollah, Israel show no interest in escalation
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 The firing of a 122mm Katyusha rocket from south Lebanon into northern Israel, the first such incident in two years, was not unexpected given the tensions roiling Lebanon and Syria.

Environmentalist warns against construction works
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 A prominent environmentalist is warning against road construction works near the Faqra natural stone bridge in Kesrouan.

Army raids hospital as wanted men visit mother
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Lebanese Army troops raided the Khoury Hospital in Zahle Tuesday evening, where a number of wanted men from the Taleb family were checking on the health of their mother.

Woman accidentally crashes car into Sidon store
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 A parking mishap resulted in a store losing its facade after a woman crashed her car into the establishment.

Authorities close illegal quarry in Jbeil
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Local officials and environmental groups have thanked the authorities for closing an illegal quarry in the village of Mazraat Sayyad in Jbeil.

Germany gives counterfeit detection gear to Lebanon
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 General Security received equipment from Germany to detect counterfeit travel documents, according to a statement issued Tuesday.

Guide to help identify outstanding needs in women’s prisons
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Conditions in women prisons’ and services offered to women prisoners have considerably improved in the past 10 years.

NGO project aims to help prisoners’ families
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Two organizations launched a project Tuesday to support the families of prisoners in south Lebanon, the first of its kind in the country.

New center aims to assist disabled find jobs
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 The Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union launched a center to help those with disabilities secure employment, a project that Social Affairs Minister Abu Faour said was the first of its kind in the country.

Lebanese killed in Australia, 4 others injured at concert
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 One Lebanese was killed and four injured in separate incidents in Australia, the National News Agency reported Tuesday.

Rai pushes for compulsory civil marriage
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai voiced his support Tuesday for civil marriage, calling on the government to make it compulsory for all Lebanese.

Moroccan king appoints moderate Islamist prime minister
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 The leader of an Islamist party that has never before participated in Morocco’s governments was chosen by the king as the country’s new head of government Tuesday.

Palestinian minister graft case blow to Fayyad
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Palestinian Economy Minister Hasan Abu Libdeh has been charged with financial wrongdoing, piling pressure on Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s beleaguered government.

University policies spark clashes in Tunis
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Hundreds of Islamists demanding segregated classes and the right for women to wear full-face veils at university clashed with secular students near Tunis in the latest flare-up between the two camps.

Egypt wraps up first phase of elections
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Egypt wrapped up the start of its first post-revolution election Tuesday after two days of peaceful voting hailed as a triumph for democracy in a nation at the heart of the Arab Spring.

Libya’s new rulers admit prisoner abuse
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Libya’s new leaders said Tuesday that some prisoners held by revolutionary forces have been abused, but insisted the mistreatment was not systematic and pledged to tackle the problem.

Bahrain opposition wants Cabinet to quit over abuses
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 The leader of Bahrain’s main opposition party called for the government to resign after an independent inquiry found evidence of systematic rights abuses during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Police, residents blame Al-Shabaab for Mogadishu blasts
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 A wave of roadside bombs in Somalia’s capital killed seven people over two days, officials said Tuesday, as government forces struggled to secure Mogadishu against attacks from Islamist rebels.

Mistrust of Western aims, security concerns may explain rigid Iran stance
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Iran regards its nuclear program as a source of power and prestige and tougher sanctions look unlikely to alter Tehran’s cost-benefit analysis despite the economic pain they cause.

Yemen government within days: PM-designate
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Yemen’s prime minister-designate promised Tuesday to announce his government within days, saying Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would help the country with oil and electricity.

Lebanese leaders in talks to save government
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Lebanese government and party officials held talks on Tuesday to avert the collapse of Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government.

Biden visits Iraq ahead of US troop departure
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Vice President Joe Biden arrived on a surprise visit to Iraq in a trip designed to chart a new relationship between the two countries after all American forces have left the country in just over a…

US urges restraint after rockets from lebanon hit Israel
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 The United States on Tuesday called on all sides to exercise restraint after rockets fired from lebanon slammed into Israel and Israeli forces returned fire.

Iceland votes to recognise Palestinian State
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Iceland’s parliament voted in favor of recognising the Palestinian Territories as an independent state, the 1st Western European country to do so according Iceland’s foreign minister.

Progress made towards funding STL: source
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Efforts to avert the collapse of the government Tuesday lead to progress towards finding a solution to fund the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, source says.

Body of man found shot in head in Akkar
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Body of a 20-year old man with a gunshot wound to the head found in Mashha in the Akkar region, and transferred to Rahhal Hospital.

Libya leaders acknowledge abuse of prisoners
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Libya’s new leaders say some prisoners held by revolutionary forces have been abused, but insist the mistreatment was not systematic and pledge to tackle the problem.

Russia readies warship for year-end Syria visit: report
Daily Star 29 Nov 2011 Russia has loaded its only aircraft carrier with supersonic jets and anti-ship helicopters in preparation for a rare port call to Syria before the end of the year, military officials said on Tuesday.

YNet News

Israel’s UN envoy slams Arabs over refugees
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – WASHINGTON – Speaking at the United Nations on the occasion of the Partition Plan’s 64th anniversary, Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said: “The difference between the … ….

Iceland votes to recognize Palestine
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Iceland’s parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of recognizing the Palestinian territories as an independent state, the first Western European country to do so according … ….

UK warns Iran of ‘serious consequences’
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday labeled an attack by Iranian protesters on the British embassy in Tehran “outrageous and indefensible” and called on the … ….

Settlers irked by ‘tight security’ at roadblocks
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Not just a Palestinian issue: Many settlers have been complaining recently of major delays at West Bank roadblocks. The complaints prompted National Union Knesset … ….

Arabs, Jews brawl on train
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – A huge brawl on Jerusalem’s Light Rail Monday prompted the evacuation of passengers after one of the participants used tear gas on the train, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. … ….

Jerusalem men accused of raising millions for Hamas
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Cleared for publication: The Shin Bet and police arrested a number of senior Hamas members in recent months on suspicion of working to raise funds from foreign countries … ….

Ex-intel chief: Iran has enough material for 4-5 nukes
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Former IDF Intelligence Chief Yadlin provides grim assessment of Iranian….

‘Talkback bill’ passes first Knesset reading
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – House approves initial legislation aimed at making talkbackers liable for….

‘Russia to send warships to Syria in 2012′
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Naval spokesman confirms plan to send flotilla of ships led by Russia’s only….

‘IDF turned off Galilee’s rocket warning system’
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Western Galilee residents left fuming at IDF’s decision to temporarily….

Israeli couple embroiled in plot against Trinidad PM
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Couple carrying fake Israeli passports said to have escaped hotel despite tight….

Israelis save drowning Iranians
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Drama in Thailand as Israeli lifeguards save two drowning Iranians. ‘When we….

Hezbollah denies involvement in rocket fire on north
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Militant Shiite group says had nothing to do with Katyusha fire on western….

Russia opposes arms embargo on Syria
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Moscow believes international community should stop threatening Damascus with….

Grapel: I’m no Gilad Shalit
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Israeli American Ilan Grapel, who was held in Egypt on espionage charges,….

UNIFIL to probe Katyusha fire at western Galilee
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Two Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon at western Galilee overnight located…..

Report: Sexual abuse by school kids up
YNet News, 29 Nov 2011 – Knesset commissioned report suggests disconcerting increase of sexual abuse of….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel blocks visit to Palestinian prisoner
PIC – Israeli occupation forces blocked a visit to Palestinian prisoner Sheikh Jamal Abul Haija by his daughter Sajeda on Monday without giving reasons.

Aruri: 2nd stage of exchange deal should take place by 19 December
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Saleh Al-Aruri has said that Israel should set free the second batch of Palestinian prisoners by 19 December in accordance with the exchange deal.

IOA orders demolition of Jerusalemite home
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority served a home demolition notice to a Jerusalemite family on Monday at the pretext the house was built without permit.

Hamas MPs: International positions in favor of Israel
PIC – Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank have charged that the world community was persisting in passing oppressive resolutions against the Palestinian people and land.

Israeli security claims arresting Hamas activists in Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli general security and police have claimed that 18 Hamas activists in occupied Jerusalem were arrested while trying to recruit Palestinians to work for the movement.

Preventive security detains father, four sons to pressure his wanted fifth son
PIC – Agents of the PA preventive security detained Omar Awad and his four sons at a roadblock near the entrance of Ramallah on Tuesday to pressure his fifth son Abdulrahman to surrender himself to them.

Mashaal: We fear our meetings with Fatah officials unfruitful
PIC – Head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mashaal expressed fears that the reconciliation meetings held between his Movement and Fatah could not translate what was agreed upon into action.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

US Consulate in Jerusalem Introduces New Visa Application Procedures
WAFA

Abbas: Palestinians Are to Stay on Their Land
WAFA

UN Expert Calls For Solidarity With Palestinians
WAFA

Netherlands Welcomes First Truckloads of Strawberries from Gaza
WAFA

Poll: Majority of Palestinians Support Retaining Fayyad as Prime Minister
WAFA

American Hip Hop Group to Perform in Palestinian Territory
WAFA

UN Secretary General: Palestinians Ready for Statehood
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PLO Calls for Efforts to Achieve Palestinian Independence
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PA Not Informed of Release of Tax Money, says Official
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Intifada Palestine

Wahhabis Weave Web of Plot in Syria
Intifada-Palestine: 29 Nov 2011 – “Reports reveal that the US and Israel have hired Saudi elements and the Saudi-backed Lebanese March 14 forces in order to foment tension in the country, thereby creating a rift between the Syrian people and the government.” Ismail Salami Several mass… more

On the 64th Anniversary of UN Resolution 181 Lebanon’s Palestinians Continue Their Descent
Intifada-Palestine: 29 Nov 2011 – November 29, 2011 – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Nakba remembrance Day, Palestinians crossing border: ” We are going back to Palestine.” by FRANKLIN LAMB Embassy of Palestine, Tripoli, Libya Every year on November 29, as part of… more

How Palestine Became Israel
Intifada-Palestine: 29 Nov 2011 – The Catastrophe (Al Nakba) “November 29th, commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” If Americans Knew In the late 1800s a small, fanatic movement called “political Zionism” began in Europe. Its goal was to create a Jewish state… more

Lies and Truth About Syria
Intifada-Palestine: 29 Nov 2011 – For eight months, Western leaders and some public media have been agitating for a war in Syria. The extremely serious accusations leveled against Assad intimidate those who question the justification for a new military intervention. But not everyone, because – on… more

 

Misc

Egypt voters turn out for second day of elections
LA Times 29 Nov 2011 – Egypt’s multistage parliamentary vote is surprisingly peaceful as throngs wait in lines to make their imprints on the ballot and on the nation’s fate. Throngs of Egyptians voted for a second day Tuesday in parliamentary elections that were surprisingly peaceful, as the country appeared excited…

Egypt voters endure long lines at polls
LA Times 28 Nov 2011 – Delays are met with determination as Egyptians vote in the first free elections since President Hosni Mubarak’s fall. The vote pits Islamists against secularists. Hanan Milad, a house painter’s wife with two children and one on the way, stood outside a polling station Monday, biting…

Muslim Brotherhood Says Parliament Should Select Egypt’s Prime Minister
New York Times 29 Nov 2011 – Polls opened for a second day of voting on Tuesday after expectations of bedlam and violence a day earlier fell short in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak elections.

Turkey Increases Pressure on Syria
New York Times 29 Nov 2011 – The Turkish foreign minister raised the possibility of a military incursion into Syria to create a buffer zone if the Assad government failed to stop killing protesters.

In Tehran, Protesters Storm British Embassy
New York Times 29 Nov 2011 – In an assault Britain called “utterly unacceptable,” Iranian protesters entered the British Embassy on Tuesday, chanting “death to England,” pulling down a flag and ransacking offices.

Satellite Images Suggest Blast Obliterated Iran Military Base
New York Times 29 Nov 2011 – The deadly explosion on Nov. 12 appears to have been far more devastating than Iranian authorities suggested, with images showing vast destruction and chaotic disarray across a sprawling complex.

Calls for Restraint After Fire Is Exchanged on Israel-Lebanon Border
New York Times 29 Nov 2011 – It was not clear who fired rockets into northern Israel from Lebanon for the first time since 2009, prompting artillery fire in return.

Biden Visits Iraq to Thank Troops and Reshape Relations
New York Times 29 Nov 2011 – Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday aiming to inaugurate a new diplomatic relationship between the United States and Iraq, after nearly a decade of war.

JVP Executive Director’s op-ed on CNN.com
Jewish Voice for Peace -

Now they care
Mondoweiss – New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario The Israeli border guards’ brutal treatment of a pregnant NY Times photographer at the Gaza crossing has driven Joe Klein to denounce “Israeli Thuggery” at Time : Lynsey Addario… was forced to pass through the machine 3 times while being verbally…

Personal narratives vs. a colonial reality: Inside the Palestine Writing Workshop
Mondoweiss – Nancy Kricorian meets with the Palestine Writing Workshop We settle into our chairs, our small talk introductions, as we wait for the table to fill up. The workshop, titled “Family Stories: Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Narrative from Life” with Nancy Kricorian , is being offered by the…

Ann Lewis and Bill Kristol do ‘playful banter’ at AIPAC summit
Mondoweiss – Ann Lewis Erika Schupak Neuberg reports in a Phoenix Jewish publication on an AIPAC summit in Scottsdale, AZ (h/t Max Blumenthal ): Proud. Energized. Alarmed. Exhilarated. These are just a few of the words that describe my experience at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Summit - our…

Key Occupy Wall Street organizers include activists with roots in Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – Amin Husain recently appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the movement. Lost in the debate over whether Palestine is a pertinent issue to the Occupy movement is this interesting fact: two of the core organizers behind Occupy Wall Street in New York have close ties…

Israeli forces tear gas and arrest girls during home demolition in South Hebron Hills
Mondoweiss – link to theonlydemocracy.org ‘—> link to www.btselem.org link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.youtube.com link to www.maannews.net link to www.imemc.org link to mondoweiss.net link to english.aljazeera.net link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.haaretz.com link to friday-lunch-club.blogspot.com ‘—> link to…

Annals of Israeli Blacks Ops: Lebanon, Iran Continued
Tikun Olam – Lots of explosions big and small today in different parts of the region.  In Isfahan, there was a major blast at a facility that stores uranium gas which centrifuges use in the enrichment process for Iran’s nuclear program.  Damage to this plant could cause heavy delays…

Lies and truths about Syria
Voltaire Network 28 Nov 2011 – For eight months, Western leaders and some public media have been agitating for a war in Syria. The extremely serious accusations leveled against Assad intimidate those who question the justification for a new military intervention. But not everyone, because – on the initiative of Voltaire Network…

Tunisia: Hamas Representative Addresses the Country’s Political Rally
allAfrica.com 28 Nov 2011 – Tunisian Islamist party Ennahda invited Houda Naïm, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council based in Gaza, to speak at a rally in Sousse, a coastal Tunisian city, this past Sunday. The event marked the first time in known memory a member of Hamas has…

Tunisia: Scouts Organize Solidarity Caravan for Gazans
allAfrica.com 28 Nov 2011 – As a gesture of solidarity, Tunisian Scouts have organized a solidarity caravan to the Palestinian city of Gaza. The caravan will be containing medicine as well as medical equipment. It will leave December 22nd from Tunis-Carthage Airport to Cairo Airport and then it will travel over…

Tunisia: Iran Seeking Nearer Relations With Country
allAfrica.com 28 Nov 2011 – Iran is seeking closer ties with Tunisia, says Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Akbar Salehi.

Demolishing note in Surif – 12 dunums land will be taken.
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Nov 2011 – Surif November 29th.2011. Today Israeli soldiers appeared in Jamal and Ibrahim Mohammad Abed Al Khadi`s land to inform them that 12 dunums of their land will be confiscated within two weeks. There is a well on this land. The farmers were told that the well will…

Farmer Arrested close to the Apartheid Wall.
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Nov 2011 – November 29.th 2011, Maroan Ahmad Hamis Saharna was working on his fields in Hatta behind Beit Ula. Saharna was working with his tractor just outside the apartheid wall in area C. Suddenly soldiers arrived. Both the farmer and his tractor were arrested because the soldiers claimed…

Electronic Intifada: Israeli occupation forces demolish homes and mosque, arrest girls near Hebron
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Nov 2011 – From Electronic Intifada: On 24 November Israeli occupation forces demolished two homes, a mosque and a barn, killing livestock, and arrested two young women in the village of Umm Fagarah, in the South Hebron Hills in the occupied West Bank. The incident was caught on video…

Can One be a Liberal and a Zionist without being a Liberal Zionist?
The Magnes Zionist 29 Nov 2011 – Can one be a liberal (or: progressive) and a Zionist? The debate has been going on for some time now, and recent entries in the debate on the +972mag by Joseph Dana, Larry Derfner, and Abir Kopty, are worth reading. What’s interesting is that both the…

UK warns Iran over embassy attack
BBC 29 Nov 2011 – UK Prime Minister David Cameron warns Iran of “serious consequences” after protesters stormed the British embassy and a UK compound in Tehran.

Egyptian election into second day
BBC 29 Nov 2011 – Voting continues for a second day in Egypt as the first poll since President Mubarak was overthrown seems to be heading for a record turnout.

Russia urges end to Syria threats
BBC 29 Nov 2011 – Russia’s foreign minister says no more ultimatums should be issued to Syria, a day after the west says more action is needed to end the violence.

Lebanon president condemns attack
BBC 29 Nov 2011 – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman condemns a rocket attack against Israel carried out from Lebanon, as an obscure group claims responsibility.

The Story of Palestine
Sabbah report 29 Nov 2011 – When the United Nations, in 1977, proclaimed 29 November of each year as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, it was a clear admission of guilt towards this people. The story of Palestine and its people is one that will go down in…

Israel prevents Al-Haq director from leaving West Bank to receive award with B’Tselem
B’tselem 28 Nov 2011 – Today (29 Nov. ’11), the Danish PL Foundation will award B’Tselem and Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq with a joint human rights award. Al-Haq director Shawan Jabarin will not attend the ceremony in Copenhagen as Israel has banned him from leaving the West Bank since 2006….

Articles


Gaza: Rebuilding from rubble
Ruqaya Izzidien, Al Akhbar English 11/29/2011
      “He who builds his house here puts his sweat and blood into it, laying stone after stone. When it becomes rubble, it is devastating and personal for him…” Photos by Ruqaya Izzidien
     Despite Israel’s blockade on building materials entering the Gaza Strip, local entrepreneurs have come up with a way to turn destruction into reconstruction by recycling rubble into construction material.
     Gaza – The bedroom of Nasser Abu Said features two-meter holes punched by Israeli rockets and his front door is splattered with deep gashes from the nailbomb which clawed his garden apart and killed his wife. The staircase is half-collapsed, there is no roof and involuntary windows have cropped up all over the house, each one marking the entry of one of the nine bombs that hit his home, meters away from the eastern border with Israel in the Jahr el Deek neighborhood. This is what a shelled house looks like in Gaza.
     The Gaza Strip experiences frequent airstrikes which have targeted every form of infrastructure over the last few months, leaving destroyed farmland, factories and houses in their wake.
     Israel forbids Palestinians in Gaza from importing building materials, obstructing their ongoing attempts to repair damage caused during the 2008-2009 war. Add to this continuing destruction caused by regular, if unpredictable, bombings that rain down on Gaza and it becomes seemingly impossible for Palestinians to reconstruct buildings destroyed by Israel since the siege came into effect in 2007.
     However, a stroll through central Gaza City makes it clear that Palestinians living in the coastal enclave have resorted to ingenious and defiant methods in order to keep Gaza’s homes and businesses running. It is known as ‘rubble recycling.’ more.. e-mail

Anti-Arab laws and the appearance of democracy
Nadim N. Rouhana, Ma’an News Agency 11/29/2011
      The spate of anti-democratic bills recently introduced by the Israeli government has forced the issue onto the public agenda in Israel. This is so not because anti-democratic bills are new, but mainly because for the first time some of the proposed bills threaten democracy for Jewish citizens themselves.
     For example, proposals to limit foreign funding to local non-governmental organizations, changes in nomination procedures for Supreme Court justices, and the recent proposed amendment to the libel law (which the left views as anti-free speech legislation) have placed the anti-democratic trends at the forefront of the public’s consciousness.
     It is vital that these current anti-democratic bills enter the public discourse. But if, even after the resistance we are witnessing from the diminished Israeli left, these bills are passed, an anti-democratic threshold will be publicly and undeniably crossed in Israel.
     It is also important to place these bills in the context of anti-Arab laws that have been introduced all along, but explicitly and extensively since the 2000 “October events” (when Palestinian citizens staged mass demonstrations against the killing of Palestinians in the occupied territories at the start of the second intifada).
     These new laws will reduce already limited avenues for Arab political participation within the Israeli system: parliamentary elections, NGOs’ active participation in political life, and resorting to Israel’s legal system, particularly the High Court of Justice. more.. e-mail

A symptom of the occupation
Ghassan Khatib, Ma’an News Agency 11/29/2011
      Israel’s Knesset has recently intensified its consideration and approval of numerous laws that appear to compromise the democratic nature of Israel, while strengthening the right wing’s control over various aspects of Israeli life.
     In light of this, Israel’s media are full of analysis and opinion pieces written by those worried by this trend. They say it will both increase discrimination against Israel’s Palestinian minority and narrow the space for freedom of expression and secular elements in Israel.
     One article argued that instead of fulfilling his promise to create two states, Israel and Palestine, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is pushing for two states in Israel — one secular and based in Tel Aviv and the other fundamentalist and based in Jerusalem.
     In another example, Haaretz co-owner and publisher Amos Schocken argued that one can easily see many similarities between Israel today and apartheid South Africa.
     The main questions are, why is this happening now, and what can the outside world do about it? It is difficult to separate between Israel’s internal state of democracy, freedom of expression and human rights, on one hand, and the Israeli government and the way Israel is behaving toward Palestinians, on the other. Thus, it is easy to argue that four decades of occupation are an important factor in these internal negative developments.
     One way of illustrating this linkage is to note that, for Israel to delegitimize and suppress attempts to reject and resist its occupation by the enemies of that occupation — who are not all Palestinians, but also include Israelis — means the use of repression inside Israel. more.. e-mail

Attempts to break Gaza blockade won’t stop, vows Freedom Waves activist
Electronic Intifada: 28 Nov 2011 – Michelle Gyeney The Electronic Intifada As the Australian delegate on the Tahrir boat with the recent Freedom Waves initiative, Michael Coleman recently confronted all of the barriers that the government of Israel could muster.more

next Israel will ban oxygen from Gaza
In Gaza: 27 Nov 2011 – (some days ago…) A low rumble mutes the car honks and the cries of children playing on the lane outside our house in Deir al Balah, central Gaza. The vaguely furnace-like sound distinguishes itself as an Israeli warplane flying over our skies, poisoning the mid-morning tranquility. I’d been lost in typing my thoughts, almost oblivious to my surroundings: the Gaza Strip, where at any moment such a warplane’s roar erupts and where likewise any moment the deafening thud of its bomb vibrates through towns and cities and farmland. But the rumble of the circling Israeli warplane snaps me back into reality, making the trivial all the more trivial, and the possible all the more possible. (last night) Ripped from sleep by a loud explosion, which I later learn is in Nusseirat some kilometers north of us. Such is the power of the Israeli F-16 one-ton (or more) bombs that we…more

We’ve Moved!
Palestine Monitor: 26 May 2011 – Visit our new website at www.palestinemonitor.org – In pictures / photostorymore

America’s Aid for Israel’s Political ‘Continuum’
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Nov 2011 – By Clive Hambidge A Military Conquest ‘… We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours … When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do will be to scurry round like drugged roaches in a bottle.’ (Rafeal Eitan) A ‘moral articulation’ by successive American administrations as to the primary reason for their unilateral support of 0.001% of the world’s population, namely Israel, is not standing up to international law or American scrutiny. The perpetuated myth of an Israel surrounded by mortal enemies, battling heroically for its democratic rights against all odds fades as the world of right mindedness recognises in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip the daily abuse and horror for Palestinians under illegal occupation in Israel’s ‘battlefield’ to test new weaponry. That abuse, brought into sharp focus by the U.S Department of…more

Palestinian Paradigm Shift
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Nov 2011 – By Stuart Reigeluth Despite the eruption of turmoil in the centre of Cairo, the Palestinian factions met in the Egyptian capital on November 24, to advance an agreement of national reconciliation. This accord is long overdue for the Palestinian people but it comes now more out of necessity for Hamas and Fatah — both of which seem to be drifting now towards a new paradigm. With changes underway in Syria, the headquarters of Hamas’s politburo may no longer be as secure as it has been when hosted for the past decades by the Assad regime in Damascus. For Fatah, the continual failure of peace negotiations with Israel has left PLO Chairman and Palestinian National Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, with little legitimacy and no leverage. Coupled with the cuts in funding from the United States to UNESCO (as US punishment for accepting Palestine as a member) as well as cuts to…more

Kadima’s Black Flags and Israel’s Image Problem
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Nov 2011 – By Dan Freeman-Maloy Israel is currently experiencing an internationally visible collapse of its ‘liberal democratic’ camp, raising significant problems for a state whose underlying theocratic and apartheid features have historically been partially covered from international view by liberal democratic pretenses. Given that the governments of Greece and Italy are apparently being seized for direct political rule by the financial system, one might suggest that dispensing with democratic niceties is the international order of the day. Perhaps, then, Israel won’t find itself all that isolated after all. But it might. In any case, developments in Israel and the commentary that they have triggered should provide the opportunity to forcefully brush aside any lingering illusions about Israeli establishment ‘moderation’. Such illusions are little more than an unfortunate hangover from years gone by, when Israeli colonial rule found unlikely allies even among ostensible Western progressives. The Authoritarian Challenge to Ariel Sharon’s Democracy The…more

November 29, 1947: War, Ethnic Cleaning Unleashed
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Nov 2011 – By William James Martin November 29, 1947 was the date the UN passed the Partition Resolution partitioning Palestine, more or less equally, into a Jewish and an Arab state. In fact, the ethnic cleansing commenced the very next morning when the 75,000 Arab citizens of Haifa were subjected to a campaign of terror jointly by the terrorist group, the Irgun, under Manachem Begin, and the Haganah, the regular militia under David Ben Gurion. The Jewish settlers who had arrived during the previous decade had built their homes higher up the mountain and thus occupied a higher topographical space. From the superior height, they could snipe at the villagers at will. They began doing this while the Jewish troops rolled barrels of burning oil down their roads and then ignited them. When the terrified residents came out to try to extinguish the rivers of fire, they were sprayed with machine gun…more

On Power, Morality and Courage
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Nov 2011 – By Deepak Tripathi My reflections last week were about the United States grand strategy anchored in the energy resources and Israel’s defense in the Middle East. How that grand strategy, offering a validation for the Cold War in Asia and Africa, has lived on since the end of the Soviet threat two decades ago gives us plenty of food for thought. Merciless continuation of that grand strategy meant the same old policies of propping up corrupt, repressive dictatorships, which at long last brought the Arab Spring in late 2010, and which is now a bitter and bloody winter. New retaliation by Egypt’s ruling Military Council in recent days has created conditions for a second revolution in that country, whether it happens or not. The crowds at Tahrir Square are smaller than early this year. The Muslim Brotherhood, eyeing the parliamentary elections starting tomorrow (November 28), does not support the latest…more

Kadima’s Black Flags and Israel’s Image Problem
Dissident Voice: 29 Nov 2011 – Israel is currently experiencing an internationally visible collapse of its ‘liberal democratic’ camp, raising significant problems for a state whose underlying theocratic and apartheid features have historically been partially covered from international view by liberal democratic pretenses. Given that the governments of Greece and Italy are apparently being seized for direct political rule by the financial system, one might suggest that dispensing with democratic niceties is the international order of the day. Perhaps, then, Israel won’t find itself all that isolated after all. But it might. In any case, developments in Israel and the commentary that they have triggered should provide the opportunity to forcefully brush aside any lingering illusions about Israeli establishment ‘moderation’. Such illusions are little more than an unfortunate hangover from years gone by, when Israeli colonial rule found unlikely allies even among ostensible Western progressives. The authoritarian challenge to Ariel Sharon’s democracy The English-language webpage of…more

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Posted 30th November 2011 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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