VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 December 2011: Israel mortified over Lieberman’s latest gaffe

9 December 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Child, 12, Dies Of Wounds Suffered During Israeli Shelling On Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that a child identified as Ramadan Bahjat Az-Za’lan, 12, died of wounds he suffered when the army bombarded his family’s’ home on Friday, north of Gaza City. His father died instantly after the bombardment; 17 residents, including several members of his family, were injured. …

Egypt Holds Israel Responsible For Escalation
IMEMC – The Egyptian Ambassador to Palestine, Yasser Othman, held the Israeli government responsible for the latest escalation against the Gaza Strip that led to the death and injury of several Palestinians, including children. …

Israel Holds Hamas Responsible For Latest Escalation
IMEMC – The Israeli Army and the Defense Ministry held the Hamas movement in Gaza responsible for the death of a Palestinian father, on Friday, and the injury of 17 residents, including seven children of the same family, when the army bombarded an area believed to be a training center of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. …

Hamas Interior Ministry Calls On Israeli Military To Stop Escalation In Gaza
IMEMC – The Hamas Ministry of Interior stated on Friday morning that the Israeli air strike, which targeted a civilian car in central Gaza on Thursday afternoon, is a result of ongoing Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian People, the Ma’an News Agency reported. …

Hamas: “We Affirm Our Right To All Forms Of Resistance”
IMEMC – Marking the twenty-fourth anniversary of the first Palestinian Intifada, the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a press release affirming that it will continue all forms of resistance against the Israeli occupation until liberation, independence and the return of the Palestinian refugees. …

Palestinian Killed, Seventeen Injured As Army Bombarded Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that the Israeli Air Forces carried out a Friday dawn airstrike, targeting the Gaza Strip. One Palestinian has been killed, and seventeen have been wounded; most of the injured are members of the same family. …

PCHR Condemns the Prevention of Medical Delegation From Leaving Gaza
IMEMC – PCHR Condemns Prevention of Medical Delegation from Traveling via Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing by Ministry of Health in Gaza. …

Ma’an News

Gaza death toll rises to 4
12/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Violence has flared between Israel and Gaza, with the Israeli air force killing four Palestinians and armed groups firing rockets far across the border. The fighting erupted on Thursday when an airstrike on a car killed an operative for Hamas’ armed wing and another from a group affiliated with….

Israeli airstrike kills 1, injures 13 in Gaza City
12/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes killed a man in the central Gaza Strip early Friday morning, and injured 13 members of his family, medical officials said. A Ma’an correspondent said Israeli war planes struck a site used by Hamas armed wing Al-Qassam brigades northwest of Gaza City, which caused severe damage…. Related: Gaza premier says in talks to end airstrikes and Gaza death toll rises to 4

West Bank protester seriously injured by gas canister
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A tear-gas canister fired by Israeli forces struck and seriously injured a Palestinian demonstrator in the occupied West Bank, protesterssaid Friday. Onlookers said Mustafa Tamimi, 28, suffered a critical head wound after being struck in the face by the canister in Nabi Saleh. The village hosts weekly protests against land confiscation…. Related: Palestinian protester severely injured in Nabi Saleh and Israel investigates injury at West Bank protest

Gaza boy succumbs to wounds from Friday airstrike
12/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 12-year-old boy who was injured in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City earlier Friday has succumbed to his wounds, Palestinian medical officials said. Ramadan Bahjat Zaalan had been placed in ICU at Shifa hospital after the airstrike which injured several members of     his family. Five family members are….

Factions say rockets fired toward Israel
12/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Armed groups shelled Israeli targets Friday in response to deadly airstrikes that killed two operatives a day earlier, members of a Fatah-linked group said. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said it fired three “Aqsa missiles” at Ashkelon following the assassination of a member of the group along with one other Hamas-affiliated….

Gaza premier says in talks to end airstrikes
12/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that his government was holding intensive talks with regional and international parties to stop Israel’s escalation in attacks on the enclave. Four Palestinians have been killed since Wednesday and at least 20 injured in a series of airstrikes on Gaza…. Related: Gaza death toll rises to 4 and PA: Israeli actions threaten ‘land for peace’ principle

Jordan warns Israel over Al-Aqsa ramp closure
12/9/2011 – AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warned Israel on Friday against closing a wooden access ramp to the sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City.” Jordan rejects any Israeli attempt to affect Jerusalem’s holy sites, identity and heritage, including Al-Mughrabi Gate” that leads to the compound’….

Army: Rocket lands in south Israel
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open area in Israel’s Shaar Hanegev Regional Council on Friday morning, an Israeli army spokeswoman said…. Related: Factions say rockets fired toward Israel

Report: Israel chief of staff gathers top army officials
12/9/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s chief of staff Benny Gantz gathered on Friday his top army officials to review the security situation following renewed violence in Gaza and the Negev, Israeli media said. Army, air force and naval commanders attended the meeting, Ynet news reported. Four Palestinians have been killed in….

PA urges Israeli university to scrap racist text
12/9/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority wants Israel’s Hebrew University in Jerusalem to stop using a racist textbook which incites violence against non-Jews in its classroom curricula. The ministry of information in Ramallah on Wednesday deplored the university’s continued use of the King’s Torah, which it says crosses….

Rights group: Land swap agreements ‘illegal’
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian agreements to swap land with Israel as part of a peace deal are illegal under the law governing occupation, rights group said Al-Haq said Thursday. A recent proposal by Palestinian officials to Mideast Quartet diplomats on the borders of a future state could endanger Palestinian rights and be legally invalid….

Israel mortified over Lieberman’s latest gaffe
12/9/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli officials were squirming in embarrassment on Friday over remarks by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman after he described Russia’s contested parliamentary elections as “free and democratic.” Lieberman’s comments, which were reported by Russian news agency Itar-Tass, come as Moscow struggles with a wave of protests over allegations of vote….

PA: Israeli actions threaten ‘land for peace’ principle
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority said Friday that Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza and seizure of land in Jerusalem and the West Bank were undermining the “land for peace” principle. The principle “does not mean peaceful living only for Israelis while they continue their land grab and reject relinquishing control of 1967….

Officials: 7 Palestinians arrested in Sinai
12/9/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities have detained seven Palestinians who entered the Sinai desert through smuggling tunnels along Egypt’s border with the southern Gaza Strip, officials said Friday. Security sources say the Palestinians were detained in a sting operation throughout the el-Arish area. The intruders, who were not identified, could not….

PA condemns Israeli escalation in Gaza violence
12/9/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Friday condemned a series of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip that had left four people dead by late Friday, state media in Ramallah said. PLO official Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio that Israel was trying to “sabotage” the calm that had prevailed in the….

PA condemns injury of West Bank protester
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Friday denounced Israeli forces over the injury of Mustafa Tamimi, 28, during a protest against settlements in the occupied West Bank.”We hold the Israeli government responsible for this crime,” said spokesman Ghassan Khatib.”We call on the international community to take serious action to stop the….

France condemns new East Jerusalem settler homes
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A French foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday that Israeli approval of a new settlement complex in a Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem was a “provocation” that harms peace. Jerusalem city council’s planning committee accepted the proposal to build the 14-home project, to be named Maale David….

UK envoy condemns West Bank mosque arson
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UK Consul General in Jerusalem on Thursday condemned the “senseless arson attack” on a West Bank village mosque a day earlier, which local officials blamed on settlers. On Wednesday, assailants threw a burning tire into a mosque in Bruqin and sprayed graffiti on its walls. Vincent Fean visited the village….

German diplomat applauds progress in Ramallah meeting
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Germany’s foreign office director for the Middle East welcomed the state-building efforts of the Palestinian Authority in a meeting with PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah on Thursday, a press statement said. Ambassador Boris Ruge “stressed the importance for a timely, complete and unconditional transfer” of Israeli-collected tax….

Israel investigates injury at West Bank protest
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s army has opened an investigation into the serious injury of a Palestinian demonstrator in the occupied West Bank, a military spokeswoman said Friday. The official told Ma’an the injured man, identified as Mustafa Tamimi, was transferred to an Israeli hospital for treatment. He suffered a serious….

In photos: Protesters mark intifada anniversary
12/9/2011 – MaanImages / Palestinians across the occupied territories demonstrated Friday to mark the 24th anniversary of the first intifada — or uprising — against Israel’s occupation, in several cities on Dec. 9, 2011. At a protest in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, a tear-gas canister struck a demonstrator in the face and left him severely injured, onlookers said….

EU donates $4.7 million to Gaza business reconstruction
12/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The EU donated $4. 7 million to the Palestinian Authority program for private sector reconstruction in Gaza on Thursday, a statement said. The 3. 5 million euro payment will support 308 claims by Gaza businesses that were destroyed or damaged in Israel’s 2008-9 war on the blockaded coastal….

Blast wounds French UN troops in South Lebanon
12/9/2011 – TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) — A roadside bomb wounded five French peacekeepers in southern Lebanon on Friday, in the third attack this year on United Nations forces deployed near the frontier with Israel. The blast hit a jeep carrying French UNIFIL troops on the outskirts of the Mediterranean port city of Tyre.” I can confirm that a….

Opposition warns Homs ‘surrounded’ by troops
12/9/2011 – NICOSIA (AFP) — Syria’s opposition warned on Friday that thousands of regime forces and loyalist militias have encircled the protest hub of Homs, poised to launch what may be a final bloody assault to crush dissent. The Syrian National Council said in a statement sent to AFP in Nicosia that President Bashar Assad’….

Protesting Egypt tour guides fear Islamist rise
12/9/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Around 1,000 Egyptians rallied near the ancient pyramids on Friday to protest against what they said were threats by Islamic radicals to undermine tourism, one of the country’s biggest money earners. Islamist groups look set to dominate the next parliament, with the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood seeing its party win 37 percent….

Syria opposition wants rebels to halt attacks
12/9/2011 – VIENNA (Reuters) — Syria’s main opposition leader said he had urged military defectors to limit their actions to defending anti-government protesters but feared his influence may not be enough to prevent civil war. Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun said he pressed the leader of the Free Syrian Army, an umbrella group of armed….

European Union to outline Internet freedom strategy
12/9/2011 – THE HAGUE (Reuters) — The European Union will outline a strategy on Monday to support activists living under repressive governments who are using technology to organize, mobilize and exercise their rights, European Commissioner Neelie Kroes said Friday. Echoing remarks made on Thursday by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Internet restrictions in Russia, Syria and….

Turkey warns Syria not to provoke regional crisis
12/9/2011 – BEIRUT(Reuters) — Turkey warned Syria on Friday it would act to protect itself if a Syrian government crackdown on protesters threatened regional security and unleashed a tide of refugees on its borders. At least 14 Syrians were shot dead as protesters took the streets following Friday prayers and ahead of a general strike called for….


Palestinian dies in Israeli air raid on Gaza
AlJazeera 9 Dec 2011 – Civilian killed and at least 13 injured in air strike on Gaza City, a day after two fighters died in Israeli air raid.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

As a Result of Israeli Air Strikes against Gaza, a Palestinian Civilian and His Child Killed and Other Members of the Family Wounded While Sleeping at Home
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Friday, 09 December 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Dozens teargased in the village of Bil’in west of Ramallah
12/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Sameer Bornat, 9 December 2011, Friends of Freedom and Justice-Bilin – Dozens were wounded by poison gas suffocation in the weekly march organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in, with the participation of a delegation from Belgium, dozens of Palestinians, and international and Israeli peace activists. The march…. Related: Friends of Freedom and Justice-Bilin and Israeli Occupation Forces gas Bil’in: Images

Gaza attack: ‘My uncle died in my arms’
12/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Ruqaya Izzidien, 9 December 2011, Al Akhbar English – “My uncle was breathing when I found him under the rubble,” said Migdad Elzalaan.”He told me, “˜Look after our family, look after the children. Look after them,’ and then he died, right in my arms.”Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien, Al Akhbar English – Click here for…. Related: Al Akhbar English

In Exile: Families relate stories of prisoner exiles
12/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Alistair George, 10 December 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Although Palestinian prisoners endure harsh conditions in Israeli prisons, including and physical and psychological torture, their families are also severely punished through the policies of the Israeli authorities. The prisoner release deal brokered between Hamas and the Israeli authorities saw the release of 477….

In Photos: The devastation of the Price Tag campaign in Bruqin
12/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Amal, 8 December 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – The smell of fire and sorrow was evident in Bruqin today, which is located to the west of Salfit in the northern area of the West Bank.   Even eight hours later  the feeling of loss populated the air. At approximately 2:30 AM a group…. Related: The toll on Bruqin: images

Locals protest as Israeli barrier rips through Qalandia
12/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 7 December 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Today, in the town of Qalandia, north of Ramallah, Palestinian and international solidarity activists tried to stop the illegal construction of the separation wall.  The Israeli government issued a map that shows the new tracing of the wall. According to this map the wall would take more….

Military teargases Kufr Qaddoum following nightly raids and arrests
12/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Alistair George, 9 December 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – The Israeli military fired tear gas canisters directly at demonstrators in Kufr Qaddoum today in an aggressive response to the weekly protest against the closure of the main road linking the village with Nablus.   Many people suffered from severe gas inhalation. After midday prayers…. Related: Dozens teargased in the village of Bil’in west of Ramallah

Palestinian protester severely injured in Nabi Saleh
12/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Jonathan Pollack, 9 December 2011, Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Mustafa Tamimi, a 28 year old resident of Nabi Saleh, was shot in the face today, during the weekly protest in the village of Nabi Saleh. He sustained a severe injury to his head, under his right eye, and was evacuated to the Belinson hospital…. Related: West Bank protester seriously injured by gas canister and Photo: Mustafa Tamimi a moment before his injury

Still casting lead: Israeli air force attack kills 1, injures 13 in single family
12/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Radhika Sainath, 9 December 2011, Notes from Behind the Blockade – “This is the occupation,” a neighbor mumbled as we stepped into what remained of twenty-year-old Migdad El Zalaan’s cement-block home in the north of Gaza City this afternoon.  The Israeli Air Force dropped the first of three bombs near Zalaan’s home…. Related: Notes from Behind the Blockade

Alternative Information Center

Former political prisoner reflects on the 24th anniversary of the First Intifada
Alternative Information Center – On the anniversary of the outbreak of the First Intifada, which began on December 8-9, 1987 when four Palestinians were killed by IDF forces at the Erez crossing in Gaza, the Alternative Information Center interviewed Ziad…

Relief Web

World: CPI : Un soutien renforcé est nécessaire
Relief Web 9 Dec 2011 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: World , Afghanistan , Central African Republic (the) , Colombia , Côte d’Ivoire , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Georgia , Guinea , Honduras , Kenya , Libya , Nigeria , occupied Palestinian territory , Republic of Korea (the) , Sudan (the) Les pays membres sont sur…

The National

Qaddafi may be dead, but Libyans stick to their guns
The National 9 Dec 2011 – With tribal conflicts and personal score-settling on the rise, the weapons that were given to Libyans to battle the Qaddafi regime have become Libya¿s primary security threat.

Moderates worried about success of Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamists
The National 9 Dec 2011 – Egypt’s Salafis got nearly a quarter of the vote in last month’s elections and that has raised fears at home and abroad of a new government influenced by hardliners.

Syria: More violence, strike looms, elections going ahead
The National 9 Dec 2011 – With violence on the rise, thousands of dissidents in jail and key urban areas under military lockdown, questions have been raised about how municipal elections can actually be held.


IDF strikes Gaza target following barrage of rockets into Israel
Ha’aretz – IDF confirms direct hit; 13 rockets explode in southern Israel.

Ron Paul: U.S. money won’t help Israel
Ha’aretz – A wrap-up of this week in Washington: angry rabbi supports ambassador despite ‘anti-Semitic’ remarks; U.S. ambassador returns to Syria; Obama set to address Reform movement biennial.

Newt Gingrich: Palestinians are an ‘invented’ people
Ha’aretz – U.S. Republican presidential candidate differs with official U.S. policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

Palestinian seriously wounded by Israeli forces at West Bank protest
Ha’aretz – Incident occurred during weekly demonstration in village of Nabi Saleh; wounded man transported to hospital in Israel.

Akiva Eldar / Avigdor Lieberman, national whitewasher
Ha’aretz – Experience teaches us that there is no reason to believe that Netanyahu will speak out against the damage Lieberman has done to whatever is left of Israel’s good name in the world.

Shooting Israel / ‘Sad beauty’
Ha’aretz – Jungjin Lee’s photo of Midreshet Ben-Gurion reveals her interpretation of the Land of Israel as a metaphor – as something that can be anywhere, she says.

Chemi Shalev / If Obama treated Israel like Reagan did, he’d be impeached
Ha’aretz – Former President Ronald Reagan’s confrontations with Israel were harsh and personal, yet Republican conservatives revere him and the Jews remember him as a great friend.

Turkey: We won’t allow Syria to threaten security of region
Ha’aretz – Turkey has said that it does not want military intervention in Syria but that it is ready for ‘any scenario’, including setting up a buffer zone inside Syria.

Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt-Israel peace treaty needs to be reviewed
Ha’aretz – Muslim Brotherhood tells regional Asharq al-Awsat daily peace treaty is ‘of great importance'; says Israel generally does not honor the agreement.

Barrage of rockets strikes southern Israel
Ha’aretz – Iron Dome successfully intercepts one of six rockets from the Gaza Strip, hours after Qassam lands in Ashkelon following overnight IAF strikes.

Gaza rocket fire continues after IAF strike
Ha’aretz – Violence across Israeli-Gaza border escalated Thursday with IAF air strikes killing at least two people and Palestinian militants firing rockets deep into southern Israel on Friday.

Thousands march in Israel to mark International Human Rights Day
Ha’aretz – 130 groups participate in Tel Aviv march, covering full range of the political spectrum; around 500 people take part in Haifa event.

Avigdor Lieberman, national whitewasher
Ha’aretz – Experience teaches us that there is no reason to believe that Netanyahu will speak out against the damage Lieberman has done to whatever is left of Israel’s good name in the world.

U.S. envoy: Washington closely coordinating with Israel on Iran
Ha’aretz – Ambassador Dan Shapiro rebuffs previous claims by U.S. officials that Israel would not alert Washington ahead of a strike on Iran.

Jerusalem municipality orders closure of bridge leading to Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – Mughrabi Bridge in Jerusalem’s Old City in danger of collapse, says engineer; Netanyahu had in the past ordered delay of bridge’s demolition due to warnings from Egypt and Jordan.

Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah condemns attack on UNIFIL troops
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Lebanese opposition MP says Syria attacked French peacekeepers because France is destabilizing Syria.

Palestinian seriously injured in Nabi Saleh protest
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Activist hit in the face with gas canister; IDF rushes Tamini to Petah Tikva’s Belinson Hospital.

Hamas to Arab states: Stop ‘Israeli aggression’
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Four rockets fired at Israel from Gaza after IDF strikes targets overnight; Haniyeh blames Israel for “indiscriminate bombing, deliberate killings, and direct assassination,” says Gaza is “particularly targeted.”

UN to Syria: Admit our humanitarian relief teams
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Senior UN official calls on Assad regime to “let us in”; at least 4,000 killed so far in mass protests across Syria.

‘Ankara won’t allow Syria to threaten security’
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu says his country does not want to intervene in Syria but is ready for “any scenario.”

Video posted of former FBI agent missing in Iran
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Robert Levinson’s family releases video, in which he asks the US government to “answer the requests” of group holding him.

The Numbers Crunch: The Mideast rises again
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – From rocket fire, arms deals and explosions in Iran, security and defense stories are the most read this week.

Blast wounds French UNIFIL troops in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – At least seven wounded, including two passersby; attack follows May, July attacks on UNIFIL peacekeepers.

2,000 turn out for Human Rights March in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Diverse groups ranging from displaced Negev Beduin to settlers from Migron march through TA streets.

Saudi convicts trade cells for community service
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Kingdom quietly experiments with alternatives to incarceration; unique system keeping prison population numbers down.

Gaza rocket fire continues: 3 more Kassams fired at Israel
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Palestinians say civilian killed, 13 wounded in IDF response to 10 rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza; IDF says it regrets harm to civilians, blames Hamas’s use of human shields.

Prozac shown to help adults with autism
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – For first time in study, drug shown to produce improvement in functioning, decrease in repetitive behaviors in autistic adults.

AJC appoints rep in Brazil
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Muriel Asseraf will relocate to São Paulo and become the American Jewish C’tee’s first permanent official to country.

IBA icon Nakdimon Rogel dies at 86
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Rogel was one of the pioneers of television in Israel, and was one of the early CEOs of Channel 1 in its initial incarnation as ITV.

Israeli group reaches for the stars – and $30m.
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Peres on hand at unveiling of Space IL’s plan to send unmanned vehicle to the moon.

Masses enlisted for Tel Aviv Human Rights March
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2011 – Organizers say social justice movement will give march added relevance; focus on gov’t “assault on democratic values.”

Prosecutors want 6 life sentences for Oshrenko massacre
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – Damian Karlik convicted of murdering six in Rishon Lezion.

Obama marks Hanukka early at White House party
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – At event attended by rabbis, Jewish leaders, US president vows “unshakable support, commitment to the security of Israel.”

Arab World: Getting under Tehran’s umbrella
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – Iraq’s stance on Syria reflects a new sectarian regional reality in the increasingly Islamized political landscape of the Middle East.

Into the Fray: Begin – in retrospect
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – Israel cannot afford the same miscalculations made in the peace treaty with Egypt on its fronts with the Palestinians and the Syrians.

Democracy strikes back
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – Not only do Israel’s judges appoint themselves, they have empowered themselves to cancel laws of the Knesset.

A View from Israel: Stay the Course
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – Why is Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and America’s strongest ally in the region, being attacked by senior US government officials?

Another Tack: Fools rush in
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – Beilinite folly is dangerous because they dominate the media, dictate the national agenda and may inspire future governments as they did the one which gave us Oslo.

The danger of dangers
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – A Dose of Nuance: Just how similar to 1938 are we, as Jews, in 2011?

Eisenbud’s Odyssey: Roots
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – An endless wanderer finally finds a home.

Keep Dreaming: Love me tender, love me true
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – We will only be able to bring Israelis home and entice Jews born abroad to join us in our common homeland if we create a society that holds them and their Judaism in high regard.

Who is undermining Israeli democracy?
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” Lord Acton teaches.

In Plain Language: Halachic terrorism
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – Halachic terrorists harm three different groups: Their victims, the haredi community, and the Jewish People and the Jewish state in general.

Life’s duality
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – ‘And he named the place “Twin Camps” [Mahanayim]’ (Genesis 32: 3)

Veterans: The Scrabble godmother
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2011 – How Roz Grossman took singing, scrabble and swimming from Brooklyn to her new home in Kfar Saba.

The Guardian

Israeli women stand up to gender segregation with musical protest
The Guardian 9 Dec 2011 – Women sing and dance in central Jerusalem to resist Haredi Jews’ campaign The performers were mostly women, as was the audience. On a cold night in the centre of Jerusalem this week, they sang, swayed and…

Palestinians are an invented people, says Newt Gingrich
The Guardian 9 Dec 2011 – Republican frontrunner says Israelis have a right to their modern-day homeland but implies Palestinians do not The US Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has declared that the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy…

Inter Press Service

SYRIA: Civilians Pay Heavy Price for Political Deadlock
IPS These days in Syria, “people dare not step a foot outside their homes because they’re being shot at. And so they pass food from home to home by ropes through windows,” Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters Friday.

MIDEAST: Life Without Water a Growing Threat
IPS “Taking our water is not like taking a toy. Water is life, they cannot play with our lives like this,” says Maher Najjar, deputy general director of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) of the recent Israeli threat to cut electricity, water and infrastructure services to the occupied Gaza Strip….


Gaza: Life Without Water a Growing Threat
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – “Taking our water is not like taking a toy. Water is life, they cannot play with our lives like this,” says Maher Najjar, deputy general director of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) of the recent Israeli threat to cut electricity, water and infrastructure services to the occupied Gaza Strip. “Everything will…

Soldiers’ Families Demand Revenge Against U.S.
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – As Islamabad and Washington wrangle over responsibility for the Nov. 26 cross-border airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops, families of the dead soldiers are demanding revenge on the United States. “The naked assault has shown that America is our real enemy. A tit-for-tat response could lessen our grief,” Asfandyar Khan, father of…

Child Injured in Gaza Strike Dies of Wounds
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – A 10-year-old child severely wounded earlier in the day from an Israeli air strike died late Friday, according to Gaza hospital sources. They said Ramadan Za’lan died of wounds sustained when his family’s house collapsed when three Israeli missiles hit an alleged nearby Hamas training base in northern Gaza. The child’s father,…

AP Exclusive: Inside Romania’s secret CIA prison
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – One of the CIA’s most important secrets in the war on terrorism was hiding in plain sight, on a leafy residential street along a busy set of train tracks in Romania’s capital. There, tucked in the basement of a government building, the CIA ran a clandestine prison, former U.S. intelligence officials said….

Nabi Saleh: Palestinian man shot in the head with tear gas canister
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – Mustafa Tamimi, 27, was critically injured on Friday in the village of Nabi Saleh when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister directly at his head from a short distance. Witnesses say the soldier was less than ten meters away when he fired, causing severe damage to the orbital region of…

Libya: Protests – This Time, Against the Revolutionaries
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – There’s a lot of men with guns wandering around Tripoli at the moment, and Tripolitans aren’t very happy about it. Nobody has any real control over the city and firefights are common. Loosely organised militia, groups defined by geographical region, are the fighters that helped topple Gaddafi’s regime. For the most part,…

  Write to the Forgotten Prisoners in Guantánamo – for the 10th Anniversary of the Prison’s Opening on January 11, 2012
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – year and a half ago, two Facebook friends, Shahrina J. Ahmed and Mahfuja Bint Ammu, drew on my research about Guantánamo for a letter-writing campaign, in which they asked their friends and others on Facebook to volunteer to write to each of the remaining prisoners in Guantánamo. Shahrina announced the letter-writing campaign…

Gaza attack: “My uncle died in my arms”
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – “My uncle was breathing when I found him under the rubble,” said Migdad Elzalaan. “He told me, Look after our family, look after the children. Look after them,’ and then he died, right in my arms.” At around 2am on Thursday night, Israeli forces bombed the area beside the Elzalaan household in…

Israeli airstrike kills 1, injures 13 in Gaza City
Uruknet December 9, 2011 – Israeli airstrikes killed a man in the central Gaza Strip early Friday morning, and injured 13 members of his family, medical officials said… Medical spokesman in Gaza Adham Abu Salmiya said the raid killed Bahjat al-Zaalan, 38, and injured 13 from his family, including 7 children. Two of Bahjat’s children are seriously…

Militarizing the Borders Drones Are Coming to a Theater Near You
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – “The UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, are coming.” So says Candice Miller, the Republican congresswoman from northern Michigan borderlands. She should know. Miller chairs the Border and Maritime Security of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which oversees the Department of Homeland Security’s rush to deploy drones to keep the homeland secure. In…

The Face of the Killer Who Is Your President
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – The killer said: “Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement,” the president fired back at an impromptu news conference at the White House. “Or whoever’s left out there,” he added. “Ask them about that.” Watch…

Military Resistance 9L7: National Guard Special
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – This sailor was at Occupy Oakland. It’s legit. On the footage from the news helicopter you can see him leaving with his flag after the tear gas starts firing. He’s holding a Veterans For Peace flag and the constitution. We need to get him support. I am so ready….A black National Guardsmen…

Nato keen to reinforce cooperation with 11 Arab states, including Libya
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – The foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) have agreed to reinforce their contacts and cooperation with Arab countries in North Africa and the Middle East…”Significant political developments have taken place this year in North Africa and the Middle East,” the 28-member alliance said. “Against this background and in accordance…

Syria News – December 8, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – Thursday ended with twenty martyrs, whom were shot by the security forces , the army of the regime or under torture. 11, of them in Homs, five martyrs in Idleb, three were martyred in Harasta in Damascus suburb days ago and their corpse haven’t been handed out to their families yet. In addition…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (01- 07 December 2011)
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (01 – 07 December 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed a member of the Palestinian resistance and wounded 3 others seriously on the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 3 Palestinian civilians and an…

Iraq snapshot – December 8, 2011
Uruknet December 8, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, gridlock continues in Iraq, more remains of the fallen have been dumped in a landfill, and more… Hossam Acommok (Al Mada) reports that Aziz Ugaili, National Alliance MP, is noting that over 26 security companies will remain in Iraq after December 31st and questioning the claim of US withdrawal…

Defense Authorization Act Will Destroy Bill Of Rights
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – The grim face of totalitarianism is emerging in the National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA) now before Congress. This bill is the last mile post on America’s sad, well-traveled road to the butcher shop of dictatorship. We have been headed that way for some time and, with a little help from Congress, we’ll arrive…

Barbara Walters calls Syrian dictator a mild-mannered ophthalmologist’
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – ABC News personality Barbara Walters went to Syria this week to interview dictator Bashar al-Assad about his deadly crackdown on protesters and came back to report that he was “not a wild, crazy man.” “Bashar al-Assad is a dictator by accident, a mild-manner ophthalmologist,” Walters told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Wednesday. “He studied…

Abu-Jamal Should be Leaving Death Row Hell: Philly DA Announces No Attempt to Seek New Death Penalty for Mumia
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – Almost 30 years to the day of the fateful shooting incident that led to his incarderation, the decision has finally been announced: There will be no execution of African-American journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who in 1982 was convicted and sentenced to death in a highly-controversial and seriously corrupted trial before “hanging” Judge Albert…

A report about the latest events in the resistant Homs . A point of order
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – …Since the beginning of the revolution, the regime played its usual card in turning a political conflict into a social divide, so they targeted the human structure of Homs as a city and as a model. Homs was their first target to neutralize the revolution and turn it into a civil fraction…

How About an Israeli Destruction Freeze?
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – …Both the construction of illegal settlements and the destruction of the homes and property of the native Palestinians stem from the same origin: Israel’s unbridled assertion of power over the native Palestinians in the context of total impunity. Much destruction occurs in Area C of the West Bank. This territory comprises roughly…

Obama: The “Trust-Buster” Who Never Busted a Trust
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – Obama claims that bailing out the banks “infuriated” him. Lucky for them. “When Obama supposedly got furious at the banks, he put the whole government and the Federal Reserve at their beck and call and funneled more than $16 trillion into their accounts.” We could all profit by becoming the objects of…

  PCHR Condemns Prevention of Medical Delegation from Traveling via Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing by Ministry of Health in Gaza
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights condemns the prevention of a medical delegation from traveling via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing by the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The delegation was to participate in a medical conference in Jerusalem. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, 07 December 2011,…

Libya: The re-colonisation of an African state
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – …It is the duty of any responsible government to protect the citizens from external and internal aggression, and clearly Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was doing the later. I did not see any NATO tanks and fighter jets heading into Darfur when clearly Omar Bashir was killing the Sudanese people! I do not see…

US drone shot down by Iran unveiled on TV (Video)
Uruknet December 8, 2011 – Iranian state TV on Thursday showed the footage of a US drone shot down by Iranian troops in the eastern region four days ago. The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said in the report shown by IRIB TV station that “recently, with the help of collected…

Daily Star

World leaders caution Syria massacre will not be tolerated
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 World leaders indicated they would not stand by to allow the massacre of Syrians in the country, as the Syrian opposition said they were bracing for a massive assault on the central city of Homs.

Yemeni forces retreating from Taiz after week-long clashes
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Yemeni forces loyal to outgoing President Saleh and opposition gunmen are withdrawing from the streets of Taiz city, easing violence that threatened to wreck a political solution to months of upheaval

U.N. secretary-general in Somalia urges calm
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urged Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents to end violence during a surprise visit Friday to war-torn Mogadishu, where he arrived wearing a bullet-proof jacket.

Row over ICC’s Bashir warrant tests Kenya’s judiciary reforms
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 The Kenyan government’s appeal against a court order to arrest Sudan’s president on international war crimes charges has strained the ruling coalition.

Kidnappings, Libya fallout push Sahel states to up security
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Mali and Niger are increasing security measures in the Sahel region after a spate of kidnappings and worries over the fallout from the Libyan crisis.

Doctor: Erdogan underwent surgery but no sign of cancer
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Doctors operating on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have removed polyps from his intestines, but found no trace of cancer, media reported Friday.

Iran complains to U.N. over downed U.S. drone
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 The U.S. drone which Iran said it had brought down penetrated 250 kilometers inside the Islamic Republic’s air space, state television’s website reported Friday.

Israeli fire wounds West Bank protester
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 A Palestinian was critically wounded Friday when he was hit in the face by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops at a rally in the West Bank, medics and witnesses said.

Video turns missing ex-FBI agent case into hostage standoff
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished years ago in Iran, issued a plea to his kidnappers Friday and, for the first time, released a hostage video they received from his unidentified captors.

Israeli airstrike kills 4 in Gaza, including child
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Violence has flared up between Israel and Gaza, with the Israeli air force killing four Palestinians and militants firing rockets deep across the border.

Ghalioun urges free army to rein in operations
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Syria’s main opposition leader said he had urged military defectors to limit their actions to defending anti-government protesters but feared his influence may not be enough to prevent civil war.

Kurds must decide to stay or leave: Iraq minister
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region must decide whether it wishes to remain part of the country or form its own independent state, Baghdad’s oil minister said in an interview published Friday.

Journalist imprisonments jump in Middle East: report
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 This past year has seen a significant jump in imprisoned journalists, with Middle East countries among the worst offenders – particularly Iran, Syria and Turkey, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Syrian blogger’s plea to fight for Internet freedom
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 A Syrian blogger who said he was tortured for expressing his opinions called on world governments Friday to step up the fight for Internet freedom.

Israeli raids kill 4 Gazans; rockets fired at Israel
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Violence has flared up between Israel and Gaza, with the Israeli air force killing four Palestinians and Palestinian militants firing rockets far across the border.

Yemen youths rally for Saleh to be tried
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Demonstrators massed in Sanaa on Friday demanding that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh be put on trial over his regime’s bloody repression of their opposition movement.

EU leaders call for more sanctions on Iran
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 European Union leaders called on Friday for more sanctions against Iran by the end of January, in an effort to increase pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme.

Vatican envoy, Orthodox gathering discuss Christian presence in region
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Bishop Gabriel Caccia meets with a delegation from the Orthodox gathering to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East given recent changes in the region.

Six wounded as bomb hits UNIFIL patrol near Tyre
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe condemns roadside bomb that rips through French UNIFIL patrol near the southern city of Tyre, wounding five peacekeepers and one Lebanese civilian.

Man on most-wanted list arrested in Baalbek
Daily Star 9 Dec 2011 Police arrested a man on the most-wanted list in Baalbek, east Lebanon, a security source told The Daily Star Friday.

Stop The Wall

Eve of Human Rights Day: activist in Nabi Saleh looses eye as Israel escalates repression
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign The second anniversary of the start the popular resistance by the people of Nabi Saleh was marked by the brutal injury of young Mustafa Abdul-Razzaq al-Tamimi, 27, who was shot in the face at less than 10 meters. This occurred while the UN Special Rapporteur…

On International Solidarity Day with Palestine, Israeli Repression Continues
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign On International Solidarity Day with Palestine, Israeli Repression Continues Coinciding with the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the weekly protests against the apartheid wall and settlements was suppressed by the occupation forces, who shot protesters with live bullets and metal bullets covered…

YNet News

Rocket fire continues; IDF evaluates situation
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz called in top army officials to evaluate the security situation as rockets continued to bombard southern communities … ….

Report: Israeli jeweler murdered in Connecticut
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – WASHINGTON – An Israeli man was shot dead Thursday night at his jewelry store in Westport, Connecticut, the local television channel News 8 reported. According to the … ….

Report: Terrain altered near Iran nuclear site
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – Satellite images show buildings have been razed and bulldozers were at work at an underground structure near a site where Iran processes uranium, a US-based think tank … ….

EU leaders call for more sanctions on Iran
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – European Union leaders called on Friday for more sanctions against Iran by the end of January, in an effort to increase pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program. … ….

2 Grad rockets fired towards Ashdod
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – The barrage of rockets on southern Israeli communities continued on Friday afternoon with two Grad rockets being fired towards Ashdod from the Gaza Strip. The Iron Dome … ….

Friday protest: Palestinian seriously hurt
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – A Palestinian man was seriously injured during a weekly protest at the Nabi Saleh village on Friday, Palestinian sources reported. Military medical teams as well as … ….

IAF helicopter performs emergency landing
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – An Air Force Apache helicopter flying to a base in south Israel from Ramat David performed an emergency landing near Route 6 on Friday. Many drivers on the road’s … ….

‘Katsav doesn’t want to be seen in prison uniform’
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – Former president’s sisters arrive to prison, but Katsav refuses to step out of….

Tel Aviv: Hundreds march for human rights
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – Some 1,000 people take part in annual human rights march, protested government….

‘Risk of Israel, US strike on Iran has tripled’
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – Senior risk analyst at Barclays Capital says chances of military operation….

5 UNIFIL men hurt in Lebanon blast
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – Several French peacekeepers injured as roadside bomb hits their patrol near….

Iran: Missing FBI agent calls for help in video
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – Almost five years after disappearing in Iran, video and series of photographs….

Obama celebrates Hanukkah in White House
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – President appears particularly jovial as he marks Jewish holiday earlier than….

IDF strike in Gaza kills 1; wounds 25
YNet News, 9 Dec 2011 – Palestinian sources report seven children under 13 among victims in Air Force….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas says it is committed to resistance until liberation and return of refugees
PIC – Hamas said it was committed to the course of resistance in all its forms until liberation and return of refugees, stressing that the Israeli machine of repression does not frighten the movement.

One Palestinian killed, 17 others wounded in occupation airstrikes
PIC – A Palestinian man was killed and 17 others were wounded, most of them were from the same family as a result of a series of Israeli occupation airstrikes at dawn Friday..

Hamas is right in insisting on election guarantees
PIC – Hamas’ demands for meaningful guarantees that would ensure free and fair elections have drawn some consternation among Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, especially Fatah leaders.

Egypt holds Israeli responsible for escalation in Gaza
PIC – The Egyptian ambassador to the PA, Yaser Othman, held Israel responsible for the military escaltion in the Gaza Strip and called on it to stop its aggression the Strip.

Occupation re-arrest liberated captive in Tulkarem
PIC – Israeli occupation forces arrested on Thursday recently liberated captive Ayed Muhammad Hirsha from the village of Qaffin to the east of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank.

Condemnation of Israeli draft law to ban Athan in all mosques in the Green Line
PIC – Sheikh Muhammad Husain, condemned the draft law which will be discussed by the Knesset which proposes to ban the Muslim call for prayer (Athan) in 1948- occupied Palestine.

Occupation is preparing list of captives’ names to be released
PIC – Israeli radio on Friday morning quoted a high ranking security official as saying that Israeli occupation security has started preparing a list of 550 Palestinian captives to be released..


Child Injured in Gaza Strike Dies of Wounds

Protester Severely Injured in Nabi Saleh

Abbas in Qatar Discusses Developments

Intifada Palestine

How about an Israeli Destruction Freeze?
Intifada-Palestine: 9 Dec 2011 – Obama should demand an immediate halt to all Israeli destruction of Palestinian property in the West Bank.  by  Yousef Munayyer Washington, DC – Much was made of what many in the media described as a “confrontation” between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin… more


American Troops in Iraq Stay Vigilant to the Last
New York Times 9 Dec 2011 – The American forces still in Iraq are continuing their patrols, scouring for explosives and trying to ensure that departing convoys leave safely.

Egypt Military Scales Back Influence on New Constitution
New York Times 9 Dec 2011 – The military council’s quick about-face leaves the task of selecting a panel that will write a constitution in the hands of a newly elected Parliament expected to be dominated by Islamists.

Iran Takes Spy Drone Complaint to Security Council
New York Times 9 Dec 2011 – Iran, which has said it captured an advanced reconnaissance plane, accused the United States of hostile and aggressive behavior.

Somalis Still Flood Yemen, Going From Worse to Bad
New York Times 9 Dec 2011 – Unrest and economic difficulties in a crumbling nation across the Arabian Sea don’t deter the thousands of African refugees escaping famine in their homeland.

U.N. Peacekeepers Wounded in Southern Lebanon Attack
New York Times 9 Dec 2011 – A bomb exploded near a United Nations convoy in southern Lebanon on Friday, wounding five peacekeepers in the third attack on the contingent this year, officials said.

Israeli Planes Attack Gaza Targets
New York Times 9 Dec 2011 – Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza early Friday, killing one Palestinian, as militants fired more rockets into southern Israel.

Robert Levinson Video Adds to Mystery of His Disappearance
New York Times 9 Dec 2011 – A video made last year and just released was the first sign that Robert A. Levinson, an ex-F.B.I. agent missing since 2007, was alive.

Gingrich Suggests a Reversal of Mideast Policy
New York Times 9 Dec 2011 – Newt Gingrich’s statements go beyond what other conservative Israeli leadership and Republican candidates have said, with experts noting that they might be counterproductive to establishing peace.

US condemned for arming Egyptian regime
WSWS – Documents obtained by Amnesty International show that Washington repeatedly shipped arms to the regime in Egypt even as it hypocritically deplored “excessive force” by police and troops.

Iran: If it had been a fighter jet not a drone, ‘U.S. bases would have been pounded’
Mondoweiss –   RQ-170 Image: David Cenciotti via The Aviationist The Pentagon is still spinning wheels around the truth, claiming The US Drone Shown On Iranian TV Was Likely Just A Model .  I don’t think they are really  in denial,— just not ready to face the American…

Palestine Joins Newt’s Ranks of ‘Invented Peoples’…Along With Israel (1948), America (1776), Germany (1870)
Tikun Olam – In an interview with the Jewish Channel, Newt Gingrich’s brain once again outsmarts his mouth, as he spouts serial inanities about the Palestinians. Among them the old Joan Peters/Israeli nationalist canard that Palestinians are “an invented people.” Right. In the same sense that Americans were an…

Gingrich says Palestinians are an ‘invented people’
Mondoweiss – In an interview with Steven Weiss of the Jewish Channel, picked up by Ben Smith . He also says, “I think it’s delusional to call it a peace process.” Gingrich: “I believe that the Jewish people have the right to have a state, and I believe that…

Two Palestinians dead in Gaza, a story of mourning and peace
Mondoweiss –          A damaged car from the Israeli bombing that killed Issam Al-Batish and Sobhi Al-Batish (Photo: Reuters) I was half-asleep, half-awake when hearing my younger brother’s voice murmuring, “an Israeli airstrike hit a car next door, the bodies were burnt and torn apart and the pass-byers…

Israeli soldier shoots protester in face at close range with teargas canister
Mondoweiss – Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old Palestinian from the village of Nabi Saleh, moments before he was shot by the Israeli army and critically injured. “Circled in red are the barrel of the gun and the projectile that hit him,” according to the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee ( Photo:…

Robert Siegel scolds Kalle Lasn
Mondoweiss – Siegel (photo by Steve Barrett) The other day on All Things Considered, in an otherwise respectful interview, Robert Siegel scolded Kalle Lasn, the Adbusters founder and Occupy inspirer, suggesting he is anti-Semitic. It happened fast: SIEGEL: You’ve been very critical of Israel and of neoconservative policies….

Barclays Risk Assessment: Chance of Iran Attack Tripled in 2011
Tikun Olam – Reuters is reporting that Barclays Bank’s geopolitical risk analyst says that the chances of an attack on Iran have risen threefold in the past year.  Though they rate the chances right now at 25-30%, personally I think they’re underestimating. But just as interesting was this statement…

Iran War Poster: Four Minutes Till Midnight
Tikun Olam – (credit: Michael Levin) Thanks once again to Michael Levin, with whom I partnered in creating this graphic expression of my opposition to a military assault on Iran.  This includes the current covert ops campaign by Israel, which is itself a form of war writ small.

To War, To War, Aipac Goes to War
Tikun Olam – Josh Block, United Jewish Community’s Bill Daroff and Haaretz’s Natasha Mozgovaya I don’t know how many of you caught the echo of the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup (“To war, to war, Fredonia goes to war!”) in my post title.  But apparently, as Aipac joins in eager…

Tunisia: Jews Respond to Silvan Shalom’s Post Arab Spring Call for Them to Immigrate to Israel
allAfrica.com 9 Dec 2011 – Some members of Tunisia’s small Jewish community have responded after Israeli Vice-Prime Minister Silvan Shalom made another call on the Tunisian Jewish community to immigrate to Israel, this time in a Jerusalem ceremony in honor of Tunisian victims of the holocaust on December 7th.

Africa: Frantz Fanon in Africa and Asia
allAfrica.com 9 Dec 2011 – Frantz Fanon is a loved and respected figure all over Africa and Asia. Samir Amin argues that his writing and the choice to join the liberation struggle in Algeria show Fanon was a genuine revolutionary.

Watch: Egypt’s Elections: A Live Discussion
Arab American Institute 9 Dec 2011 – Live-streamed brown-bag on the elections and the political future of Egypt. AAI President Jim Zogby will moderate a panel with Rebecca Abou-Chedid, who recently served as an election observer with NDI, and Tarek Radwan, an Egyptian human rights activist who will be joining us in place…

Deadly clashes hit Syrian cities
BBC 9 Dec 2011 – At least 24 people are killed in renewed anti-government protests across Syria, activists say, with one report putting the toll at 35.

Lebanon blast injures UN troops
BBC 9 Dec 2011 – At least five UN peacekeepers and a Lebanese civilian have been injured by a bomb blast in southern Lebanon, security officials say.

Bahrain police break up protest
BBC 9 Dec 2011 – Bahraini riot police fire tear gas to disperse a march by hundreds of anti-government protesters east of the capital, Manama.

Palestinian killed in Gaza strike
BBC 9 Dec 2011 – One civilian has been killed and at least 20 others have been wounded after an Israeli air strike in Gaza, Palestinian medics say.


Book Review: Shlomo Sand, The Invention of the Jewish People
Jay Moore, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel 12/9/2011
     By this time already, after 60-plus years of heatedly arguing the topic back and forth, is there anything new and insightful to be said that might have a bearing on the Israel-Palestine conflict and help to bring some political and intellectual closure at long last – at least for those who have an open mind? Yes, in fact there actually is! And the left-wing Israeli-born historian Shlomo Sand, the son of Holocaust survivors, has said it in his book, The Invention of the Jewish People, a book that first came out in Hebrew in 2008 and which has now been translated and published in English by Verso Press. Shlomo Sand goes right to the heart of the matter. He attacks and dismantles the foundational myths of the State of Israel that have provided the Zionists with rationalizations for taking over and occupying the homeland of the Palestinians, driving a stake right through them. The terms of the discussion should never be the same again, once people have read and digested Prof. Sand’s book.
     The basic foundational myths (of a verifiable historical variety) are twofold: Firstly, that Jews were expelled from the Holy Land by the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and then dispersed to various geographical locations around the Mediterranean and beyond. Secondly, that the present-day Jewish citizens of the State of Israel are by and large the descendants of those early Jews. Thus, according to the logic of the apologists for the establishment of a settler-state in Palestine, Jews are simply (and justly) re-inhabiting the land from which they originally came, thus finally bringing to a close a long and painful exile. On the surface, this argument might seem to have validity – even if we cannot buy into the chauvinistic foundational religious-type myth that Jews are the Chosen People of God and that the deed to the Promised Land, which they have kept with them all through two thousand years of their absence, was awarded to them through Abraham and Moses by the Great Jehovah himself.
     First of all, as Sand points out, while the Roman Empire did brutally put down Jewish revolts in A.D. 70 and A.D. 135, the Romans were not in the business of ethnic cleansing…. more.. e-mail

J Street Comes to a Well-Guarded Syracuse
Ira Glunts, CounterPunch 12/9/2011
      I recently heard Jeremy Ben-Ami, president and founder of JStreet, tell a group of Jewish Syracuse New Yorkers that it is in the interest of Israel, the United States and American Jews to have a ”two-state solution” to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Ben-Ami was in town to help launch a local chapter of his self-proclaimed “pro-Israel, pro-peace organization.” He described his peace vision as one led by the Likud princess and Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni, and the U.S. installed Palestinian “Prime Minister” Salam Fayyad. Based on the audience questions and comments, JStreet Jeremy had at least as many opponents as sympathizers at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) that evening.
     Strangely, my main impressions of the evening were not based on Mr. Ben-Ami’s remarks, about which I plan to write in the near future, but rather on the unexpected presence of two burly city policemen who were stationed in the lobby near the entrance to the JCC building.
     It seems relevant to inform you that I am Jewish, live an hour’s drive from Syracuse and know close to nothing about its Jewish community. As a matter of fact, I know very little about any Jewish community except the one that existed around Pelham Parkway in the Bronx a half century ago. Most of the information I have learned recently about American Jews comes from websites, newspapers, magazines, television, even blogs. (Full disclosure: my main source of my knowledge is Mondoweiss!)
     When I saw that the Jewish Community Center was tightly secured by Syracuse’s finest, I first surmised that the police were present to protect Jeremy from some irate meshugenah alter cocker (wild old fart, inYiddish) who had overdosed on prune juice and was high on tribalism and pro-Israel fanaticism. Although I initially dismissed this assumption as unlikely, I later learned that it actually contained an element of truth. more.. e-mail

Jeff Feltman Delivers his Annual Yuletide Gifts to Lebanon
Franklin Lamb, South Beirut, CounterPunch 12/9/2011
      Stuck in the Chimney
     Over the past few years, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has sledded into Lebanon bearing gifts during the Yuletide season more regularly than Santa Claus. No sooner had I arrived back in Lebanon than I heard the news that he was on his way—again to deliver holiday tidings to Lebanese officials.
     I began thinking that one useful gift he could deliver to me personally would be to sign off on plans for this year’s US Embassy Christmas Party and invite moi. The US Embassy Christmas Party is a festive event from which Feltman barred this observer during part of his 2004-8 tenure as US Ambassador. Telling his then vice-consul in 2007, “Lamb can celebrate Christmas with those elements he associates with, plus he can’t carry a tune and he messes up my favorite carol,” (Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, which happens to be mine too.) So now each year I must sing along with Bing Crosby via a real spotty Internet connection. Lebanon ranks 183rd out of 203 countries, just behind Afghanistan, in the worlds ranking of slowest internet.
     Someone who knows Feltman fairly well, reports that ever since the former Saad Hariri March 14th government, still commonly referred to as “Feltmans Government,” in some Lebanese neighborhoods including mine, was forced into opposition last year, Feltman has been in a bit of a snit regarding Lebanon. His mood was not helped much this year when, as his bad luck would have it, the day before he arrived from Jordan, his arch nemesis, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah shocked Washington and Tel Aviv while thrilling Resistance supporters in Lebanon and around the region, by appearing in person at this year’s Rayah Field Ashoura gathering, commemorating the 7th Century martyrdom at Karbala of Ibn Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). more.. e-mail

Football in Burin
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Dec 2011 – By Ben Lorber On the 7th of December, a windy Wednesday morning behind the boys’ school in the Palestinian village of Burin, 15 teenagers, dressed in red uniform, took to the football field under the coach’s whistle. As the team began its warm-up exercises, another youth team arrived from the neighboring village of Huwwara, led by its determined coach. Under the morning sun, the football game began. As fans, coaches and players cheered and yelled from the sidelines, a Burin teenager scored a goal in the first ten seconds, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Two hours and two injuries later, Burin came out on top 4-0 against Huwwara, bringing the season’s record to 8 wins for Burin, 1 win for Huwwara, and 2 draws. As the boys walked away sweaty and satisfied, the school bell rang and children poured outside for recess. In occupied Palestine, the…more

The Fearmongers: Netanyahu and His Kippah
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Dec 2011 – By Uri Avnery On the anniversary of David Ben-Gurion’s death, the usual memorial meeting was held at his graveside in Sdeh Boker, the Negev desert village where he lived in his retirement. There is no cemetery, just his grave and that of his wife Paula. The newspapers published a picture of Binyamin Netanyahu making a speech under a big photo of the late leader gazing thoughtfully into the distance. One little detail in the picture caught my eye: Netanyahu was wearing a kippah. Why? Ben-Gurion was a convinced atheist. He refused to wear a kippah even at funerals. (Though a complete atheist myself, I do sometimes wear a kippah at funerals, out of consideration for the feelings of others.) The place was not a synagogue, nor even a cemetery. So why for God’s sake (sorry) did the man put this black kippah on his head? For me that is a…more

Where’s My Friend?
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Dec 2011 – By Sam Bahour My friend is Walid Abu Rass. He is the Finance and Administration Manager for the Health Work Committees (HWC, at www.hwc-pal.org ), one of the largest community health service providers in the occupied Palestinian territory. HWC serves over 500,000 patients/beneficiaries per year! More on HWC in a second. I had not seen Walid for a while. We are both knee deep in Palestine’s daily rat race. About two months ago, Walid and his HWC colleagues called for a meeting of their circle of friends. They sought assistance. HWC was going through some financial hard times, especially with the financial crisis in Europe, where many of their donors are based. Given it was close to the end of year, a season when I usually donate some time to assist a community based organization to fundraise, I offered to volunteer. Walid was my counterpart. During the past weeks, we were…more

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