VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 11 December 2011: Thousands protest Israel Bedouin relocation plan

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Egypt Denies Claims Of Hamas Training Centers In Sinai
IMEMC – Egyptian security officials denied claimed reported by the Israeli “Jerusalem Post” in which it said that the Hamas movement established basis and missile manufacturing facilities in the Sinai Peninsula as Israel bombards such facilities in Gaza, the Maan News Agency reported. …

Ma’an News

Man, daughter injured in airstrike on Gaza City
12/11/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man and his daughter were injured early Sunday after an Israeli airstrike hit the Gaza Strip overnight. Palestinian medical sources said ambulances evacuated Imad Aqel and his daughter from the Zaitoun neighborhood in Gaza City after their house was hit by the strike. A Ma’an correspondent said….

Palestinian communities in Israel go on strike
12/11/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israelis of Palestinian origin went on strike Sunday in protest against a plan to forcibly evict Bedouin communities in the Negev, Israeli news site Ynet reported. Schools and businesses closed for the day as organizers said earlier that they expected thousands of people to demonstrate outside government offices.” Land…. Related: Thousands protest Israel Bedouin relocation plan

Thousands mourn protester killed at Nabi Saleh
12/11/2011 – NABI SALEH (AFP) — Thousands of Palestinians gathered in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Sunday to mourn a man who died after being hit in the head by an Israeli tear gas canister. Mustafa Tamimi’s body was taken from the city of Ramallah in a funeral procession to the central Manara….

Thousands protest Israel Bedouin relocation plan
12/11/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Several thousand people demonstrated on Sunday outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, protesting over a plan they say will displace tens of thousands of people from their land. The demonstrators came from Bedouin communities across Israel, gathering outside Netanyahu’s Jerusalem office holding signs reading “We are staying here…. Related: Palestinian communities in Israel go on strike

Israeli forces clash with Jerusalem camp protesters
12/11/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces clashed with youth in Shufat refugee camp near Jerusalem on Sunday, residents and security officials said. Shufat residents were protesting the construction of a new Israeli military checkpoint at the entrance of the camp, which they say will cut the 45,000-string community from the rest of the city….

Report: Israel govt bargains over settler outpost takedown
12/11/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The Israeli government has agreed to leave untouched most homes in an illegal settler outpost in the northern West Bank, Israeli media reported on Sunday. An Israeli high court ruling in August ordered the removal of Ramat Gilad — amongst a host of other outposts unauthorized by the Israeli government….

Israeli officials talk tough on Gaza
12/11/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli ministers warned of tougher military action on Gaza on Sunday, after five days of Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded strip. Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak told a Vienna conference on Sunday that Israel might at some stage have to “take more assertive action” in Gaza, after Palestinian fighters….

Prisoners ‘clash with guards’ in Israel jail
12/11/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have clashed violently with Palestinian inmates at Israeli Nafha prison, a prisoners group said on Sunday. A lawyer from the prisoners society said she met with prisoners’ representative in the jail Alaa Abu Jazar, who told her that a number of detainees were moved to solitary confinement after….

Israel ‘stops 80-year-old exiting Gaza with wife body’
12/11/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — An elderly cancer sufferer was banned from accompanying the body of his dead wife through Israel’s Erez crossing from Gaza, family members said on Sunday. Huda al-Nmoura, from Hebron, died while visiting her sons in the Gaza Strip. Anees and Akram al-Nmoura were exiled from the West Bank after….

Activist conference prepares for solidarity march
12/11/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Activists are preparing for a major international solidarity march next year, organizers said as a preparatory conference was set to open on Monday. Arab and international solidarity groups from more than 20 countries will gather in Amman to prepare for the march to Palestine from neighboring countries, slated for March 30….

Egypt detains 5 Gazans who entered via tunnels
12/11/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian forces detained five Palestinians on Saturday evening who had entered the country via Gaza smuggling tunnels. Egyptian security sources told a Ma’an correspondent that the infiltrators were detained at a security checkpoint in the city of Bir al-Abed in the northern Sinai. A taxi carrying the five….

Report: Jordan, Israel discuss prisoner release
12/11/2011 – AMMAN, Jordan (Ma’an) — Jordanian and Israeli officials met on Friday to discuss the possibility of releasing Jordanian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Sources in the Jordanian foreign ministry told the Al-Rai daily newspaper on Sunday that officials from Jordan’s embassy in Israel had met with Israeli foreign ministry officials to discuss….

Report: Egypt officials say no rocket bases in Sinai
12/11/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian security officials said Sunday that Hamas has no rocket production facilities in the country’s Sinai region due to the presence of Egyptian and international forces there, Egyptian media reported. Responding to a report in Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post that Hamas set up bases in the border peninsula….

Netanyahu plans Africa trip over illegal immigration
12/11/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Africa to discuss illegal migration from the continent to Israel, he said on Sunday, as his cabinet approved new measures to combat the problem. Speaking ahead of a cabinet meeting to approve ways to deal with an influx of illegal migrants, Netanyahu announced “I intend to….

Report: Israeli official in Cairo talks on coming prisoner swap
12/11/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli military official is in the Egyptian capital to discuss the second stage of the prisoner swap deal agreed with Hamas, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Sunday. The October deal specified the release of 550 prisoners by Dec. 19, officials say, after 477 prisoners were freed and Israeli soldier….

Gingrich stands by ‘invented’ Palestinians jab
12/11/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Leading Republican White House contender Newt Gingrich has stood by remarks that Palestinians are an “invented” people, which have sparked outrage as he seemed to call into question long-held US policy on statehood.” Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes,” Gingrich said during a thorny moment in the….

Report: Diplomats preparing for new UN initiative
12/11/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki said Sunday that officials are preparing an initiative at the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements and aggression against Palestinians. Al-Malki told Voice of Palestine radio that diplomats are working to gain the support of more than 140 countries for the proposal, which will censure….

Freed Israel soldier Shalit thanks supporters
12/11/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held captive in Gaza for more than five years, has thanked his supporters in a pre-recorded message — his first since being freed in October. In the recording, a nervous but healthy-looking Shalit offers his thanks to those who waged a “long and exhausting campaign” for his freedom….

Barak calls for ‘paralyzing’ sanctions on Iran
12/11/2011 – VIENNA (Reuters) — Iran’s ruling clerics could use nuclear weapons to strengthen their grip on power and the world must urgently impose crippling sanctions to prevent them from building such arms, Israel’s defense minister said on Sunday. Ehud Barak also predicted that Syria’s ruling Assad family could fall within weeks….

Hamas detain Fatah affiliated PhD graduate at Rafah crossing
12/11/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Security forces in the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip detained a Fatah affiliated PhD graduate as he tried to reenter the coastal enclave on Saturday. Salim Muhammad Zaanoon, 40, was detained at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on return from Cairo University where he had received a….

In photos: Nabi Saleh mourns Mustafa Tamimi
12/11/2011 – Mustafa Tamimi was critically wounded in Nabi Saleh on Friday by an Israeli tear gas canister that hit him in the head after being fired at close range. Around 2,000 people gathered in the village on Sunday to receive the 28-year-old’s body, which was draped with the Palestinian flag. After his burial….

Hebron forces capture ‘largest heroin cache in West Bank’
12/11/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces seized the largest stash of heroin ever discovered in the West Bank in Hebron on Sunday, police said. The joint police and security operation captured 825. 1 grams of pure heroin, 3101 ecstasy pills and 1596. 2 grams of hashish, Hebron police director Ramadan Awad told Ma’….

2 hurt in gunfight near Tripoli airport
12/11/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — A gunfight erupted near Tripoli international airport in which two people were wounded on Saturday, a Libyan army official and a former rebel told AFP. Army official Samy Kamuka said the firefight erupted when a group of former rebels of the Zintan brigade clashed with former rebels from Tripoli. But a fighter from….

Syria activists call strike, Homs fears grow
12/11/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Activists called a general strike on Sunday to step up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime as fears grew of an “invasion” of the besieged protest hub of Homs. In a civil disobedience campaign, anti-regime protesters were organizing sit-ins, the closure of shops and universities, and the strike. The….

Defectors fight loyalist forces in southern Syria
12/11/2011 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Hundreds of army defectors in southern Syria fought tank backed loyalist forces on Sunday in one of the biggest armed confrontations in a nine-month uprising against President Bashar Assad, residents and activists said. Troops, mainly from the 12th Armored Brigade, based in Isra, 40-km from the border with Jordan, stormed the nearby….

France: Syria behind attack on French troops in Lebanon
12/11/2011 – PARIS (Reuters) — France’s Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Sunday Paris believed Syria was behind attacks on its troops in Lebanon earlier this week. 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.” We….

Aljazeera

Israel moves to curb African migrants
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2011 – Cabinet approves $167 million plan to stem flow through its porous border with Egypt.

Palestine News Network

Radio Against Apartheid, December 11
PNN – The Palestine News Network (PNN) is proud to present the work of the Philadelphia-based Radio Against Apartheid, including a short news segment from PNN. The Palestine News Network (PNN) is proud to…

Op Ed: Point Blank, Mustafa Tamimi
PNN – by Gary SpeddingIt is difficult to know how to begin writing about this tragedy without reflecting the raw anger and sorrow being felt not just by Palestinians but in fact the majority…

MADA Demands “Real Efforts” by UN on International Human Rights Day
PNN – MADAYesterday, the 10th of December marked the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly in the same year as the Palestinian Nakba, when approximately…

MADA, Journalists Meet with UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression
PNN – MADA The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) met on Friday 9 December 2011 with the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Opinion and Expression in the United Nations, Mr Frank…

Britain “Regrets Tragic Death” of Mustafa Tamimi
PNN – PNNIn a Sunday press release, the British government said it regretted the tragic death of Palestinian protester Mustafa Tamimi, 28, who was killed when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face…

Op Ed: Is There Room For the Palestinians at the UN Inn?
PNN – by Zoughbi ZoughbiThe essence of Christmas is warmth and security for the afflicted, the homeless, the marginalized and all the downtrodden. This is the Spirit of Christmas, as Christ recited from the…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Civilian and his Two Children Wounded in Israeli Attack on al-Zaytoon Neighborhood in Gaza City
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Sunday, 11 December 2011

IOF Use Excessive Lethal Force and Kill Palestinian Civilian in al-Nabi Saleh Weekly Peaceful Protests
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Sunday, 11 December 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Al Ma’asara refuses the road to illegal settlement activity
12/11/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 10 December 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – This weeks’ demonstration in the village of Al-Maasara was attended by approximately forty peaceful protesters with twenty Palestinians and twenty internationals.  As always during the protests in Al Ma’asara the protesters were confronted by a line of Israeli soldiers who refused to allow the….

Idna family charged by Israeli military for ‘demolition services’
12/11/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 10 December 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Over two weeks have passed since the El Gelwe family’s home was demolished. They remain homeless and are currently living in a tent which was provided by Palestinian neighbors in the village of Idna, of the Hebron Governorate. The family’s tent is erected just…. Related: Saving just to be demolished: Images

Mourning Mustafa Tamimi as Israeli soldiers escalate violence
12/11/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Alistair George, 11 December 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Over two thousand people attended the funeral of Mustafa Tamimi in Nabi Saleh today.   Tamimi was killed during a protest in Nabi Saleh on Friday after he was struck in the face by a tear gas canister fired at close range by the Israeli…. Related: Thousands mourn protester killed at Nabi Saleh and In photos: Nabi Saleh mourns Mustafa Tamimi

Sheikh Jarrah: Al Kurd family faces 30 day deadline
12/11/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – by Samar and Meriem, 11 December 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – ISM has been following the situation of the Al Kurd family from Sheikh Jarrah since 2009 and has kept a presence in the garden of their home. On November 2008 the Al Kurd family became the first of five families to face eviction….

Alternative Information Center

IN PHOTOS: Thousands demonstrate, strike against Prawer Report
Alternative Information Center – Between 3000 and 4000 protesters gathered outside of the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem today to demonstrate against the Prawer Report—Israel’s plans to relocate tens of thousands of Bedouin from their homes in the Negev to…

Israeli army fires tear gas, beats mourners after Mustafa Tamimi’s funeral
Alternative Information Center – On Sunday morning, thousands of mourners lined Ramallah’s streets for the funeral procession of Mustafa Tamimi , a 28-year-old Palestinian who was killed by the Israeli army this weekend. The procession continued to Nabi Saleh, where hundreds…

A Palestinian activist says goodbye to Mustafa Tamimi, unarmed protester killed by Israeli army
Alternative Information Center – Abir Kopty is a prominent Palestinian activist and feminist. Here, she expresses her sorrow over the death of Mustafa Tamimi, who was shot in the face with a tear gas canister by the Israeli army on…

Unarmed protester dies after being shot by tear gas canister
Alternative Information Center –   Mustafa Tamimi, who was fatally injured on Friday during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh passed away on Saturday morning . Tamimi was hit in the face by a tear – gas…

The National

Iraq and Iran exchange remains of 93 soldiers killed in 1980s war
The National 11 Dec 2011 – The bodies of three Iranians and 90 Iraqis were handed over at the border crossing point of Shalamcha in southern Iraq, while military bands played national anthems.

Syrian protesters attack own embassy in Jordan
The National 11 Dec 2011 – About a dozen Syrians attacked their embassy in Amman, wounding at least two diplomats and four other consulate employees.

Nato will not extend Iraq training mission beyond 2011
The National 11 Dec 2011 – Nato will not extend its training mission in Iraq beyond the end of the year because Baghdad would not grant its soldiers immunity from prosecution.

Erdogan’s support for Palestinians draws ovation at Doha UN summit
The National 11 Dec 2011 – Turkish PM says the issue of the Palestinians’ need for a state of their own stood in the way of peace, even as the Arab Spring brings change throughout the region.

Economy in Egypt ‘worse than anyone imagines’
The National 11 Dec 2011 – The prime minister told Egyptians yesterday that the economic situation was worse than imagined and that austerity was needed to rein in the budget deficit.

Palestinian protester ‘was deliberately shot in the face’ with gas grenade
The National 11 Dec 2011 – Israeli soldier is accused of firing gas grenade directly at the head of 28-year-old Palestinian in a West Bank village.

Ha’aretz

IDF agrees to expansion of West Bank settlement
Ha’aretz – Expansion of Gush Etzion settlement bloc with 40 single-family homes receives approval from Defense Minister Barak.

Israel calls for ‘paralyzing’ sanctions against Iran
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Ehud Barak says in Vienna that steps should be taken to target Iranian oil trade and central bank.

Arab League condemns Gingrich’s Palestinian remarks
Ha’aretz – League official handling Palestinian affairs says Republican presidential candidate’s statement that Palestinians an ‘invented people’ was ‘irresponsible and dangerous.’

Shas spiritual leader agrees to release of man who plotted his assassination
Ha’aretz – French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lobbied for the release of French-Palestinian Salah Hamour who was jailed in 2005 for the assassination plot.

France FM: Syria probably behind attack on UN peacekeepers in Lebanon
Ha’aretz – Roadside bomb wounded five French peacekeepers in south Lebanon Friday; FM Juppe says France has ‘strong reason to believe’ attacks came from Syria.

Three hurt, eight arrested after funeral of Palestinian protester killed by IDF
Ha’aretz – Mustafa Tamimi laid to rest in the West Bank village Nabi Saleh, two days after he was hit in the head by tear gas canister fired by IDF soldier.

Hamas in Gaza is learning from the Arab Spring
Ha’aretz – In recent months, there’s been a change in atmosphere, with things freer than before in Gaza, say rights activists and even political rivals of Hamas.

Jerusalem court finds Naomi Ragen guilty of plagiarism
Ha’aretz – Court rules that Ragen knowingly copied from writer Sarah Shapiro’s work in her novel Sotah.

Barak: End of Syria’s Assad would be ‘a blessing for the Middle East’
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Barak tells World Policy Conference Assad will be out in weeks; at least 18 killed in latest Syria violence Sunday, Arab League says will meet to discuss situation within ten days.

Israeli official in Cairo for talks on second stage of Shalit swap deal
Ha’aretz – Last month, a Hamas official said that the second stage of the prisoner exchange agreement should go into effect by December 19.

New Israel ambassador to arrive in Egypt this week, sources say
Ha’aretz – Previous ambassador Yitzhak Levanon was pulled out when embassy in Cairo was attacked by protesters in September.

Netanyahu to visit Africa in bid to stem illegal migration to Israel
Ha’aretz – Cabinet ministers approve a 2% across-the-board cut to fund measures to halt influx of migrants; PM says that most infiltrators in Israel are labor migrants, not refugees.

Israel introduces first national air pollution reduction program
Ha’aretz – Ministry of Environmental Protection says program will substantially reduce emission of most harmful pollutants.

Israeli bank cancels charity project after outcry over rightist NGO’s participation
Ha’aretz – Participation of rightist Im Tirzu group in Bank Leumi’s charitable donation project sparked public campaign against the project.

Israeli civilian killed during munitions test at IDF base in north
Ha’aretz – Death was caused by bullet during test at Elikim base; incident is being investigated by the army and police.

Israeli aircraft strike Gaza, as cross-border violence continues
Ha’aretz – IDF targets a weapons factory in response to rockets fired by Gaza militants in recent days; Palestinian official says father and daughter wounded in strike.

Jerusalem Post

Ministers postpone outpost bill by 2 months
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Edelstein tells ‘Post’ that Justice Ministry staff expressed concern bill was problematic with respect to both Israeli, international law.

‘Rocket fired at Israel lands in south Lebanon’
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Security sources in Lebanon say 1 person injured when rocket fired from Wadi al-Qaisiyeh area lands in Lebanese village.

Neeman denies Knesset legislation discriminatory
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Justice minister offends US Jewish leaders by condemning communal life outside Israel.

Islamic Jihad rise in Gaza challenges Hamas rule
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Analysis: With Hamas out of its orbit, Iran has upped its support of Islamic Jihad.

Swallowed hijab pin removed from girl
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Girl rushed to Petah Tikva emergency room after being scared by insect, causing her to swallow pin.

TAU archeologists discover source of Homo sapien
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Tel Aviv University researchers: disappearance of elephants in the Levant 400,000 years ago led to modern man.

Kudos to the cabinet
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Cabinet decision implement NIS 630 million plan against “illegal work infiltrators” from Egypt to be commended.

Israeli call to resume direct talks rebuffed by PA
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – J’lem officials had lobbied Quartet to use upcoming visit to region by representatives to resume direct negotiations; PA reiterates: No talks without settlement freeze, acceptance of pre-1967 lines.

Will Jews be scapegoats for Iran attack?
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Leon Panetta’s comments about Israel had some uncomfortable anti-Semitic undertones.

The moment of truth
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Top PA negotiator calls on Israel to protect fast-closing window of opportunity for peace based on two states

Islamism: 21st century Communism
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – The Region: Formation of the Muslim Brotherhood International bodes poorly for West, 250 million Arabs

Egypt liberal calls for shift in tactics
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Following success of Islamists in elections, leading liberal says movement must tone-down anti-Islamist fears.

Is Iranian nuclear issue intractable?
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – The Iran nuclear threat could make Israel’s occupation of the West Bank truly untenable.

Jewish ideas daily: Bittersweet charity
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – “The Jewish charitable impulse may be more tenuous than we have recognized. Bonds can be broken.”

‘European crash would cause 5-10 year recession’
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Finance minister says Israel preparing for “difficult scenario”; announces India trip to boost exports to developing world.

‘Syria behind attack on French troops in Lebanon’
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – French FM Juppe says he believes roadside bomb which injured 5 French peacekeepers carried out by Hezbollah at Syria’s urging.

‘Israel must recognize Palestinian peace efforts’
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – After snubbing Barak at Vienna conference, Turkish president Gul praises Hamas leader for willingness to make peace.

Barak: Fall of Assad would be a ‘blessing’ for ME
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Defense minister says Syrian regime could fall “within weeks,” would be a “blow to the Iran-Hezbollah axis”; threatens that Gaza situation “can not continue”; calls for new international sanctions on Iranian regime.

Syrian defectors regroup in Turkey, plot Assad’s end
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – “If Arab states fail to stop a bloodbath it would be an obligation for Europe and the US to intervene militarily,” deserter says.

Medvedev orders vote inquiry following protests
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Russian president orders probe into election fraud allegations; move unlikely to appease protesters calling for new vote.

Egypt denies ‘Post’ report of Hamas bases in Sinai
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – “No one can bring in military tools or erect missile bases in Sinai,” Egyptian official claims.

Outsized Jewish infrastructure in tiny Gibraltar
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – The British overseas territory’s 750 Jews live isolated but warm community life.

This Week in History: The Knesset moves to Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – The decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of the new Jewish state has never been accepted by the international community.

Leumi stops ‘Two million good reasons’ project
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Donation project is frozen after banks’ customers threat to leave due to Im Tirzu movement’s participation.

Histadrut threatens strike over contract workers
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Month-long negotiations with Finance Ministry, business leaders, local authorities produced no results, says labor federation.

New UN climate deal struck, critics say gains modest
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – UN climate talks agree deal on global warming; vulnerable states say accords leave them on the line; number of key issues deferred until 2012.

Multi-year program to curb air pollution launches
Jerusalem Post 11 Dec 2011 – Environment Ministry unveils comprehensive plan which will save country half a billion shekels each year, according to ministry.

Middle-aged men still dominate US Jewish establishment
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2011 – Jewish execs saw wages rise in 2010; top earner made $848,176.

Kiryat Motzkin: Man kills ex-wife, commits suicide
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2011 – Police suspect that 45-year-old woman was shot dead by ex-husband in her apartment; couple’s 4 children in apartment at time.

Netanyahu re-establishes PM Bible class
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2011 – Taking a page out of Ben-Gurion and Begin’s playbook, PM will begin hosting a regular Bible group in his official residence.

Health Scan: using your head isn’t always smart
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2011 – Soccer players take note: Players using their heads to butt the ball are at high risk for brain injury and cognitive impairment, research says.

My Word: Hitting close to home
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2011 – Immigrant Absorption Ministry campaign is not effective at bringing us together as Jews – those who live here, and those who live there.

Making airwaves
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2011 – 88 FM and Boaz Cohen are providing a sparkling musical alternative to nonstop news and pop pap.

The Guardian

Israeli soldiers clash with mourners at funeral of Palestinian protester
The Guardian 11 Dec 2011 – Teargas used to quell stone-throwing youths at funeral procession of Mustafa Tamimi, who was killed by Israeli soldier Palestinian youths have clashed with Israeli soldiers at the funeral of Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old Palestinian who died…

Newt Gingrich condemned for calling Palestinians ‘terrorists’
The Guardian 11 Dec 2011 – Palestinian officials say Republican frontrunner’s claim children are taught to kill in textbooks is based on Israeli propaganda Leading Palestinian officials have rounded on the Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich for his description of Palestinians as…

Mystery of father’s murder may soon be over for Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki
The Guardian 10 Dec 2011 – Biba founder hopes trip to Jerusalem may help explain why father Witold was assassinated by paramilitaries in 1948 It was the pole star of swinging London in the 60s and 70s; a chaotic and eclectic emporium…

Inter Press Service

TUNISIA: Neo-Liberalism the Issue, Not Islam
IPS On the verge of officially forming a coalition government to run the country and rewrite the nation’s pre-revolution constitution, Tunisia’s dominant, Islamist political party Ennahda has come under fire for its economic neo-liberalism, both from opponents and from coalition partners.

Uruknet

TUNISIA : Neo-Liberalism the Issue, Not Islam
Uruknet December 11, 2011 – On the verge of officially forming a coalition government to run the country and rewrite the nation’s pre-revolution constitution, Tunisia’s dominant, Islamist political party Ennahda has come under fire for its economic neo-liberalism, both from opponents and from coalition partners. After an election noted for its transparency, the major Tunisian parties are…

IDF fires tear gas, beats mourners after Tamimi funeral
Uruknet December 11, 2011 – On Sunday morning, thousands of mourners lined Ramallah’s streets for the funeral procession of Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old Palestinian who was killed by the Israeli army this weekend. The procession continued to Nabi Saleh, where hundreds attended Tamimi’s burial. The army reportedly fired tear gas on some of the mourners, beat unarmed…

IMAGE: Unarmed protester shot to death by IDF
Uruknet December 11, 2011 – Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died this morning at Belinson Hospital [Note: Images at link are very graphic] after sustaining critical wounds yesterday in the village of Nabi Saleh when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister directly at his head from a short distance. Activestills, the only photo agency which covers protest…

Syria News – December 10, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – The “Doctor of the Revolution,” Dr. Ibrahim Nahel Othman, from Hama, was martyred today due to gunfire. He was one of the co-founders of the Physicians’ Coordinating Committee in Damascus, internationally known as Khaled Al-Hakim, and one of the most important physicians in the Syrian Revolution. He was killed on the Turkish…

YEMEN: Children at risk as aid access denied
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – Thousands of people under “siege” by armed rebels in northern Yemen lack food and healthcare, which has already resulted in deaths and risks killing many more, local leaders and aid workers say. Four children under five have died of hunger since Houthi gunmen cut off access to Dammaj village more than a…

The U.S. Government Loved the Iraqi People to Death
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – …You’ll recall that after U.S. officials failed to find those infamous WMDs that were supposedly going to be launched by Saddam Hussein on the United States at any minute, the primary purpose of the Iraq invasion and occupation was converted from one of self-defense to one of altruism. Thus, while the troops…

Slouching toward Bethlehem
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – My friend, the late Father Percy Church MSC wrote a dramatic description of his Christmas in Bethlehem: The bitter wind, the road blocks, the x-rays and the body searches had robbed the mass of joy, leaving the strange sensation that we were not in church but held in prison. And at the…

Terrorists as Warriors: The Fatal Confusion at the Heart of the “War on Terror”
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – Last week, when the Senate voted, by 93 votes to 7, to pass the latest National Defense Authorization Act (PDF), they passed legislation that not only approved a budget of $662 billion in military spending for the next fiscal year, but also demanded mandatory military custody for all terror suspects seized in…

IDF kills Palestinian protester and tweets #Fail’
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – Usually when the Israeli military kills a high profile civilian, the response from its spokespeople is limited to words along the lines of: “It’s under investigation, but we’re innocent anyway.” However, with the shooting and eventual killing of Mustafa Tamimi, the IDF feels free to speak its mind via Twitter. Here’s what…

Swimming in Gaza: Do I Dare?
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – Yesterday, my six year old son Ali went to his swimming hour after school in Wafa hospital for the elderly in the eastern part of the town. It contains the only heated and covered swimming pool in Gaza. Ali must swim as often as possible by doctors orders because of what is…

Critical Health Issues in Gaza
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza’s experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed. Many services and life-saving treatments aren’t available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment. Regular Israel incursions and air attacks exacerbate bad conditions….

The real definition of Terrorism
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – The FBI yesterday announced it has secured an indictment against Faruq Khalil Muhammad Isa, a 38-year-old citizen of Iraq currently in Canada, from which the U.S. is seeking his extradition. The headline on the FBI’s Press Release tells the basic story: “Alleged Terrorist Indicted in New York for the Murder of Five…

Palestinian taxi driver hospitalized after assault by Israeli soldiers at checkpoint
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – Israeli troops beat a Palestinian taxi driver with their fists, feet and rifle butts, fracturing his back, on Saturday afternoon at the Barta checkpoint, near Jenin in the northern West Bank, according to eyewitnesses. Haitham Ibrahim Kabha, 37, was driving his taxi to Jenin when he was stopped at the Israeli checkpoint,…

  Human Rights Defenders Have No Right to Give Up as Exceptionalism and Hypocrisy Continue to Deny Universal’ Human Rights of Palestinians
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – Today, the world celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In Paris 63 years ago, Member States of the United Nations General Assembly “pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental…

“Force, might and beatings”: Indelible images of the first Intifada
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – December 9, 1987 – exactly 24 years ago – is the day Palestinians remember as the start of the first Intifada, or uprising, against Israel’s brutal and unending occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that had begun 20 year earlier. For young people in the Palestine solidarity movement today, the…

Israeli Army Bombards Sheep and Chicken Farm In Beit Hanoun
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – On Saturday, Israeli soldiers fired artillery shells targeting a chicken and sheep farm in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip — dozens of livestock died in the attack; excessive damage was reported. The Maan News Agency reported that the shelling targeted the farm of local resident Ramadan Abu…

Gunmen try to assassinate head of Libyan army
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – Gunmen tried to kill the head of the Libyan army Saturday in a bold daylight attack in the country’s capital, setting off hours of intense gunbattles along the main highway to the airport. Assailants in Tripoli also attacked one of Libya’s largest military bases. The gunmen were believed to be from renegade…

Gunfight erupts near Tripoli airport : Two hurt
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – A gunfight erupted near Tripoli international airport in which two people were wounded on Saturday, a Libyan army official and a former rebel told AFP. Army official Samy Kamuka said the firefight erupted when a group of former rebels of the Zintan brigade clashed with former rebels from Tripoli. But a fighter…

No miracle yesterday in Nabi Saleh: Mustafa Tamimi murdered
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – “Ambulance! Ambulance!” So far, there were three people who had suffocated from the tear gas, and three people injured by rubber bullets. I saw gas, and so assumed that it was another case of suffocation. But the cries got louder, urgent, desperate – quite unlike the previous calls. Along with those around…

Palestinian dies of wounds sustained in anti-wall protest
Uruknet December 10, 2011 – A Palestinian young man died of wounds sustained on Friday during an anti-wall and settlement protest in the village of Nabil Saleh near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Mustafa Tamimi, 28 was pronounced dead Saturday after being hit with a teargas canister directly to his face at a short range….Local sources…

Major battle in Syria; shops shut by strike
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Army defectors fought government troops on Sunday in one of the biggest battles of Syria’s nine-month uprising, and a strike shut businesses in a new gesture of civil disobedience, residents and activists said.

France says Syria behind Lebanon attack on troops
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 France’s Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Sunday Paris believed Syria was behind attacks on its troops in Lebanon earlier this week.

Syria activists call strike, Homs fears grow
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 A general strike was observed on Sunday in several regions of Syria to step up the pressure on the regime, activists said, as fears grew of an “invasion” of the besieged protest hub of Homs.

Arab ministers to meet on Saturday over Syria-report
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Arab foreign ministers will meet on Saturday to discuss a response to Syria’s conditional acceptance of an Arab peace plan aimed at ending a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Egypt’s MENA news agency said, citing and Arab…

Egypt’s Islamists seek to ease fears over tourism
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Egypt’s main Islamist parties on Sunday launched separate conferences aimed at promoting tourism as they scrambled to allay fears that the lucrative industry is under threat from religious conservatism.

Egypt inflation rise deepens challenge for cabinet
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Inflation in Egypt’s faltering economy accelerated in November, putting pressure on the new government to help millions of poor whose living costs were pushed up by supply chain failures even as incomes have been stagnating.

Free media helping to define US presidential race
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 From late-night comedy shows to cable news interviews, free media exposure has proved influential in defining the Republican presidential candidates and setting the dynamics of the primary race, especially for lower-tier hopefuls lacking cash for TV…

Strong quake shakes from Mexico City to Acapulco
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck in Mexico’s western Guerrero state, shaking buildings and causing panic in the nation’s capital and the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Officials said at least three people died, but there were no reports…

Syrians attack their embassy in Jordan
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 The Syrian Embassy in Jordan says a dozen of its nationals have attacked consulate employees, wounding at least two diplomats and four other people.

Prayer service marks anniversary of Jibran Tueni’s death
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Prayer service held to mark the sixth anniversary of the assassination of Jibran Tueni.

Egypt’s army ruler visits Tahrir Square: report
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Egypt’s top general, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, tours Cairo’s Tahrir Square where protesters have been camped out for more than three weeks demanding an immediate end to military rule.

Israel frees up funds to block African migrants
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Israel’s government approved on Sunday a $167 million plan to try to stem the flow of African migrants who cross into the country through its porous border with Egypt.

Ban Ki-moon to visit Lebanon next month
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to visit Beirut next month, where he will meet with various officials, including those from UNIFIL.

UNIFIL attack was message from Syria: Hariri
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Friday’s attack on a French contingent of UNIFIL was a message from Syria, former prime minister Saad Hariri says.

Iraq and Iran swap 93 bodies of 1980s war dead
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Iraq and Iran exchange the remains of 93 soldiers killed in their 1980-88 war, which claimed the lives of one million people.

Iran FM regrets storming of British embassy
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Iran’s foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, reiterates that he regretted last month’s storming of the British embassy in Tehran, but asserts that incident was “not foreseeable.”

New Israel envoy expected in Egypt this week: sources
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Israel’s new ambassador to Egypt set to arrive in Cairo this week after his predecessor was pulled out when the embassy was attacked by protesters in September, Egyptian and Israeli sources say.

Armed groups clash in turf war near Tripoli airport
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Gunbattle breaks out as armed men in the vehicles of Libya’s new national army try to take control of Tripoli’s airport from a powerful militia, the commander of the airport’s security force says.

Egypt army affirms parliament role over constitution
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Army says only parliament will choose the make-up of a constituent assembly, appearing to retreat from earlier statements that riled Islamists and others when a general said unelected bodies would have a role in the selection…

Iran says EU “definitely” will not impose oil sanctions
Daily Star 11 Dec 2011 Iran says the European Union “definitely” will not impose sanctions on the country’s oil exports as the measure will harm the global crude market.

Stop The Wall

Palestinian dies of wounds after being shot in the face by Israeli occupation forces
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Mustafa Tamimi shot at protest on Eve of Human Rights Day Nabi Saleh, West Bank – Palestinian activist Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died this morning of wounds sustained after the Israeli occupation forces shot him in the face on Friday at the weekly popular protest in…

YNet News

British media storm: IDF officer ‘mocks’ protestor’s death
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – An IDF officer shared his reactions to the death of a Palestinian protestor on Twitter – and created a storm that reached all the way to the UK. IDF Central Command … ….

Hamas in Gaza says it’s learning from Arab Spring
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Bans on women smoking water pipes in public and male coiffeurs styling women’s hair are no longer being strictly enforced in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, apparent … ….

Israeli officials: Obama too soft on Iran
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Senior Israeli officials expressed their disappointment with US President Barack Obama’s policy on Iran. “The administration is still not acting in full force to … ….

Report: Assad’s brother-in-law shot to death
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Sources within Syria’s opposition reported Sunday that General Assef Shawkat, Syrian military intelligence chief and President Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law, was shot to … ….

Juppe: Syria behind attack on French troops in Lebanon
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – France’s Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Sunday Paris believed Syria was behind the attack on its troops in Lebanon earlier last week. A roadside bomb wounded five … ….

Tel Aviv rally: Human rights – not at our expense
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Some 100 right-wing activists marched in south Tel Aviv Sunday evening to protest against the influx of migrants, mainly from Africa, just hours after the government … ….

Turkish president: Hamas extending hand of peace
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Turkish President Abdullah Gul criticized Israeli on Sunday, urging the Jewish state to take advantage of the Arab Spring. Gul chose not to attend the World Policy … ….

US: Killer of Israeli jeweler still at large
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Yekutiel Zeevi was shot dead last week at his Westport, Connecticut store during….

Bedouins: We will not give Bibi’s dogs our lands
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Negev Bedouins protest in Jerusalem over government’s plan to implement Prawer….

Rabbi Yosef okays early release of would-be killer
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Shas spiritual leader grant’s Sarkozy’s request to free Palestinian who holds….

Government OKs plan against infiltrators
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Ministers unanimously approve Netanyahu’s $168 million plan to deal with….

Clashes at Palestinian protester’s funeral
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Mourners attending funeral of Mustafa Tamimi, who died of wounds sustained….

Amos 5 satellite launched into space
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Spacecom’s biggest yet communications hub to expand services in Africa, Europe….

Syrian troops clash with defectors
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Activists say at least two people killed in Sunday clashes….

PA attempt to upgrade UN status foiled
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Israeli delegation to climate change conference thwarts Palestinian envoys’ bid….

PM to travel to Africa to study infiltrator issue
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Netanyahu intends to figure out how to return illegal refugees to home….

Civilian killed during arms inspection in IDF base
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – Man performing arms inspection in Elyakim army base hit by bullet in torso….

Rabbi Yosef may agree to free his would-be killer
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – France’s Sarkozy urges Netanyahu to include French citizen who planned to….

Gingrich stands by Palestinian people remark
YNet News, 11 Dec 2011 – US presidential hopeful defends remark that Palestinians are ‘invented’ people….

Palestinian Information Center

Int’l campaign for jailed MPs demands int’l protection for Toteh and Abu Arafa
PIC – The international campaign for releasing the abducted members of parliament called on the international community to move to prevent the IOF from storming the Red Cross building in occupied Jerusalem.

Gingrich’s obscene canard
PIC – Palestinians predated the Israelites by thousands of years. Remember, even Abraham, the patriarch, had to purchase a burial place for his wife Sara from a local Palestinian as mentioned in the Bible.

General strike in all 1948 occupied lands in support of Negev people
PIC – The high follow-up Committee for Arab citizens called for a general strike on Sunday in all parts of the 1948 occupied lands in support of the Negev region and its people.

Appeal to Doctors Without Borders and Red Cross to save life of detainee
PIC – The family of Palestinian prisoner Ali Da’na, 34, appealed to Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to urgently save the life of their son who suffers from serious health problems.

Turkey slams Israeli attack on Gaza as “uneven”
PIC – Turkey condemned the Israeli military attack on the besieged Gaza Strip which led to the killing of four Palestinians including one child as “disproportionate.”

Israeli policemen beat up 8-year-old Jerusalemite child, igniting clashes
PIC – Palestinians in Bab El-Amud neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem were infuriated to witness Israeli policemen savagely assaulting an 8-year-old child, and threw stones at them.

Hamas, Egypt deny presence of missile factories in Sinai
PIC – Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, has categorically denied building factories for manufacturing missiles in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.

A man and his baby girl wounded in Israeli air strike
PIC – A Palestinian man and his baby girl have sustained medium to serious wounds in an Israeli air strike on a house in Zaitun suburb east of Gaza city on Sunday, medical sources said.

WAFA

Israeli Human Center Demands Investigation of Palestinian’s Death in Nabi Saleh
WAFA

Arab League Condemns Gingrich’s Statements against Palestinians
WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Arrest Six Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA

Israeli Forces Severely Beat Jerusalemite Child, Injure 2 Palestinians
WAFA

Official Condemns Hazardous Israeli Factories near Tulkarm
WAFA

Newspapers Review: Gingrich’s Statements, Death of Protester Dominate Dailies
WAFA

Weather Forecast: Clear, Dry Weather
WAFA

Israeli Airstrike Injures Father, Daughter in Gaza
WAFA

Israeli Shelling on Gaza Kills Chicken
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

Who will Watch the Watchdog?
Intifada-Palestine: 11 Dec 2011 – The pro-Israel NGO behind NATO’s war on Libya is targeting Syria By Maidhc Ó Cathail On December 2, the Geneva-based UN Watch welcomed that day’s “ strong condemnation ” of Syria by a UN Human Rights Council emergency session, and its… more

Misc

Gingrich is favorite target at latest GOP debate
LA Times 10 Dec 2011 – The newest Republican front-runner parries attacks on his character, his record and his ideas, including recent statements about Palestinians. In a freewheeling clash that reflected the heightened stakes in the 2012 presidential contest, GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich parried relentless attacks on his ideas, character and…

Legal effort over injured American seeks compensation of Israel
LA Times 10 Dec 2011 – Tristan Anderson of Oakland visited Israel and the West Bank in 2009 with his girlfriend to see the Mideast conflict. At a pro-Palestinian rally he was hurt by a border guard’s tear-gas canister. Tristan Anderson visited Israel and the West Bank in 2009 with his…

Israel Steps Up Efforts to Stop Illegal Immigration From Africa
New York Times 11 Dec 2011 – The government said it would spend $160 million to build an Egyptian border fence, expand detention centers and increase the policing of companies that hire immigrant workers.

Israeli Hasbara Minister Edelstein Patrols Park Slope’s Mean Streets on Lookout for BDS and Delegitimizers
Tikun Olam – Israeli minister Yuli Edelstein (l.) & Standwithus’ Avi Posnick (r.) at Park Slope food coop patrolling Brooklyn’s mean streets  …We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the…

Gingrich comment that Palestinians are an ‘invented people’ enters primary debate
Mondoweiss – Things are heating up. Gingrich’s incendiary comment perpetuating the myth Palestinians are an ‘invented people’ has made it’s way into the GOP primary debate and it appears this outrageous inflammatory lie could forge a path into mainstream American discourse. Last night after the televised debate in…

Silent liberal pundits and Democrats are part of effort to stifle conversation on failed peace process, AIPAC’s power, and push for war on Iran
Mondoweiss – Judah Benjamin On Friday Pat Lang’s national security site published an essay that a lot of folks are passing around. I don’t know who wrote it—the byline was the pseudonym Judah Benjamin (at left). All I know is that he or she can write. The chronology…

One day in the State of the Jewish People, a ‘light unto the Nations’
Mondoweiss – What can be said any longer about Israel’s occupation and repression of the Palestinians? What may still be less known is the extent to which the poison of the occupation has inevitably and inexorably spread into Israel itself, into its political system and throughout its society…

Mira Nabulsi: Palestinian youth virtually commemorate the first Intifada on 24th anniversary
Mondoweiss – Intifada graffiti in Ramallah. Arabic reads: “we are the revolution.” (Photo: Abir Kopty ) December 9, 2011, marked the twenty-fourth anniversary of the first Intifada .  The day is typically not commemorated in Palestinian society; however, this year, #Intifada1 is trending on Twitter and social network sites ,…

‘Huffpo’ gives Ginsberg platform to push for illegal covert war against Iran
Mondoweiss – Marc Ginsberg The Democratic Party is in a shambles over the Iran question. Marc Ginsberg, former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco under Clinton, has just used the pages of the Huffington Post to try and undermine Leon Panetta’s reluctance to use force against Iran, and to push…

Bank Leumi, Faced With Prospect of Im Tirzu Winning Charity Competition, Cancels It
Tikun Olam – Bank Leumi’s ’2 Mission Reasons’ Competition logo A few days ago Israeli customers of Bank Leumi raised a furor over the inclusion of the far-right nationalist group Im Tirzu within a supposed non-political charity competition designed to promote the work of Israeli NGOs.  The winning prize…

Lieberman’s Specialty: Whitewashing Shady Russian Leaders, Elections
Tikun Olam – Avigdor Lieberman feted by Vladimir Putin in recent Kremlin ‘consultation’ (AP) Akiva Eldar writes  (in Hebrew, and a related English story ) about Avigdor Lieberman’s annoying tendency to whitewash some of the most anti-democratic world leaders including lately Ukraine’s Victor Yanukovitch and Vladimir Putin.  After meeting personally…

Gingrich’s Big Lie About Palestine
Tikun Olam – A few days ago the NY Times reported an interview  with Newt Gingrich in which he made the fabulist claim that the Palestinians are an “invented people.” Now, in a follow-up article , the Times expands on Newt’s embarrassing exhibition of ignorance about the Palestinians: “I mean,…

Clinton Lectures Russia On Elections, NATO Chief On Missiles
Voltaire Network 11 Dec 2011 – “U.S not in a position to criticize Russian elections,” said NATO expert Rick Rozoff in an interview with Voice of Russia journalist John Robles, reproduced below. Most importantly, he highlighted that while US State Secretary Hillary Clinton is concerned about Russian democracy, Washington’s plans for building…

War drums are beating for Iran. But who’s playing them?
Voltaire Network 10 Dec 2011 – For Terry Jones, the military-industrial complex is no stranger to the current campaigns against Iran. According to the British artist, we find ourselves in exactly the same situation as the taxpayers of medieval Italian cities: We’re having our money siphoned off to pay for a greedy…

NATO suspends military plans to wage all-out economic war against Syria
Voltaire Network 10 Dec 2011 – Having applied until now the humanitarian military intervention model already tested in Yugoslavia and more recently in Libya, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is forced to rewrite its script for Syria. It will now adopt the same strategy that was used in Iraq: To besiege the…

Africa: Israel PM Plans Trip Over Migrant Issue
allAfrica.com 11 Dec 2011 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Africa to discuss illegal migration from the continent to the Jewish state, he said on Sunday, as his cabinet approved new measures to combat the problem.

Weekly Demonstration in Beit Ommar Protests the Killing of Mustafa Tamimi
Palestine Solidarity Project 11 Dec 2011 – On Saturday, December 11, 2011 around 40 Palestinian villagers in Beit Ommar held their weekly demonstration land close to the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. The villagers were joined by a group of Hebron University female students and they were also supported by Israeli and international…

UPDATE: Mustafa Tamimi Dies of his Wounds
Palestine Solidarity Project 9 Dec 2011 – Update: Mustafa Tamimi, who was shot in the face from close range in a demonstration in Nabi Saleh Friday, has died. His funeral will be held tomorrow morning, proceeding from Ramallah to Nabi Saleh. On Friday, December 9, 2011, Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old Palestinian activist from…

’18 killed’ in fresh Syria unrest
BBC 11 Dec 2011 – At least 18 people are killed in fresh clashes in Syria, opposition activists say, as they call for a general strike against the government crackdown.

Critical Health Issues in Gaza
Sabbah report 11 Dec 2011 – Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza’s experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed. Many services and life-saving treatments aren’t available.

Drones spotted above Gaza as Israel breaks truce; death toll at 5
Sabbah report 11 Dec 2011 – Israel’s Gaza offensive cannot be legally justified by any right of self-defense and instead constitutes aggression and a forcible deprivation of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.

Soldier kills Palestinian demonstrator Mustafa Tamimi, 28, by shooting tear-gas canister at him
B’tselem 10 Dec 2011 – On Friday, 9 Dec. ’11, at the end of the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of a-Nabi Saleh, a soldier killed demonstrator Mustafa Tamimi by firing a tear-gas canister directly at his face. For several years, B’Tselem has been alerting officials to security forces’…

Articles


The Fear Mongers
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 12/9/2011
      Netanyahu’s Frightfest
     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 sign of what I call the re-Judaization of Israel.
     * * *
     ZIONISM WAS, among other things, a revolt against the Orthodox Jewish religion, that was associated with the Diaspora which Zionists contemptuously call Galut (“exile”). All the founding fathers of Zionism – Theodor Herzl, Max Nordau, Chaim Weizmann, Ze’ev Jabotinsky and the rest – were convinced atheists. more.. e-mail

AIPAC Economic Warfare Also Targets US
Grant Smith, Antiwar.com 12/10/2011
      From Stolen US Trade Secrets to Iran’s Central Bank
     The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is trumpeting tough new sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank. This financial blockade will likely drive up global energy prices as Iran struggles to sell petroleum to wholesalers fearful of secondary boycotts. That the sources of this latest step toward US military action against Iran are mainly Israel lobbying groups or beneficiaries of their campaign finance network has been well-established. The lobby justifies the campaign based on unsubstantiated allegations that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons although no evidence from credible sources has emerged. Less well known is that Israel and its lobby frequently deploy tactics from same menu of economic warfare — such as capturing assets — against the United States. Newly declassified documents extracted from a very reluctant US Trade Representative are a case in point.
     In 1984 the captured assets in question were also of the intangible variety — trade secrets, strategies, and classified industry data. The victims were more than seventy US corporations and business organizations that responded to US International Trade Commission solicitations in 1984 to participate in negotiations that would open the US market to Israeli exports. After delivering up their confidential business data in opposition to the preferences, participants were appalled that the Israeli government pilfered all the USTR’s classified report and passed it to AIPAC to lobby against US industries. But what made this captured US intellectual asset so valuable and timely? After a multi-year battle that began in 2009, the US Trade Representative was finally forced to publicly release (PDFs) the majority of the secret report surreptitiously obtained by AIPAC decades ago. The secret document reveals all. more.. e-mail

Mourning Mustafa Tamimi as Israeli soldiers escalate violence
Alistair George, International Solidarity Movement 12/11/2011
      Over two thousand people attended the funeral of Mustafa Tamimi in Nabi Saleh today. Tamimi was killed during a protest in Nabi Saleh on Friday after he was struck in the face by a tear gas canister fired at close range by the Israeli military. He was 28 years old.
     At least six people were arrested and several people were injured as the Israeli military reacted violently to protests following the funeral. Despite the nature of Tamimi’s death, the Israeli military continued the practice of firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters. Although it is permissible to fire tear gas canisters in an arc to disperse demonstrations, it is forbidden to use them as weapons by firing them directly at protesters.
     At least seven people were treated by the Red Crescent paramedics and one protester was taken to hospital after suffering from severe tear gas inhalation and respiratory problems. One protester sustained a wound to the head, which paramedics suggested came from being struck by a tear gas canister.
     Over 100 people gathered at the hospital in Ramallah this morning from 9am. Just before 10am, Tamimi’s body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was carried from the hospital through central Ramallah. The crowd chanted slogans and waved Palestinian flags as they carried his body – some held up posters showing a photograph of Tamimi’s bloodied face; his orbital lobe was smashed where the tear gas canister hit his right eye. Tamimi’s body was then taken in an ambulance to Nabi Saleh, the village 20km north of Ramallah where he lived. A long procession of cars and taxis followed as people joined from Ramallah for the ceremony. — See also: Thousands mourn protester killed at Nabi Saleh and In photos: Nabi Saleh mourns Mustafa Tamimi more.. e-mail

No miracle yesterday in Nabi Saleh: Mustafa Tamimi murdered
Electronic Intifada: 10 Dec 2011 – Linah Alsaafin The Electronic Intifada Ramallah Linah Alsaafin witnessed the murder of Mustafa Tamimi at the hands of the Israeli army who had invaded Nabi Saleh village.more

To Exist is to Resist : On Intifada and Sumud
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Dec 2011 – By Mohammed ALNadi – Gaza As I write this, I’m listening to ‘Ween el Malayeen’ song, meaning ‘where are the millions’, a revolutionary song which used to stir the patriotic emotions inside millions of raging Arabs at the time of the first Intifada. This song is the Intifada’s trademark which is reminiscent of vivid bittersweet memories of Palestinians in their most courageous images. It is associated with the unarmed, bare-chested Palestinian who stood firmly catapulting his stone at the Israeli killing machine, and who dared to grab the fuming tear gas grenade with his bare hands and throw it back at the Israeli soldier. The first Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, began 24 years ago, as an accumulative result of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967, and its mounting brutal, repressive actions against Palestinians in all the occupied territories. Every year on December 8, Palestinians…more

Who Will Watch the (Pro-Israeli) Watchdog?
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Dec 2011 – By Maidhc Ó Cathail On December 2, the Geneva-based UN Watch welcomed that day’s ‘strong condemnation’ of Syria by a UN Human Rights Council emergency session, and its establishment of a special rapporteur to monitor the situation there following what it called “a global campaign to create the post by a coalition of prominent democracy dissidents and human rights groups” led by UN Watch itself. The non-governmental organization, whose self-appointed mandate is “to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter,” expressed regret, however, that the UNHRC resolution “paid special deference” to Syria’s “territorial integrity” and “political independence,” decrying the provision as “a clear jab at NATO’s intervention in Libya, and a pre-emptive strike against the principle of the international community’s responsibility to protect civilians under assault.” On the same day, UN Watch delivered a speech to the Human Rights Council plenary session in…more

Who Is Inventing, Newt?
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Dec 2011 – By Sherri Muzher In the wake of Newt Gingrich’s ridiculous comments about Palestinians being an “invented” people I’d like to make a recommendation: Newt, before making historically inaccurate statements, please go read up on Middle East history. Palestinians strongly began to assert their Palestinian identity as far back as the 1930s. The following is a noteworthy excerpt from Baruch Kimmerling and Joel S. Migdal’s 1993 book, Palestinians: The Making of a People: Palestinism meant the assertion of Palestine as a common homeland at a time when political boundaries were new and still quite uncertain. After a brief flirtation with the notion of their incorporation into Syria, the new organizations began to proclaim emphatically the existence of a distinct Arab people in Palestine. Even when some adopted pan-Arab programs, they took care to distinguish Palestine’s Arabs from those outside the country and, of course, from the Jews and British within. . . . While…more

Israeli SodaStream: Maybe Green, Definitely Not Clean
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Dec 2011 – By Theresa Wolfwood It seems like a great idea – to buy a counter top device that converts tap water into sparkling fizzy water. Add a line of 100 flavours of sweet syrups; in the words of the sales clerk I spoke to, ‘it’s a fun thing.’ SodaStream (sometimes marketed as Soda Club) is sold around the world including in my city, often by big chain stores like Costco, Kmart and Amazon (USA); Sears, The Bay, and Home Outfitters (Canada); Tesco, Asda and Argos (UK); Migros (a large coop network in Switzerland); Carrefour (France & other countries); Edeka, Adler, and Karstadt, (in Germany where it is distributed by Brita, the international water filter company. Brita products are sold in Israel by SodaStream.) The world’s largest producer of home carbonation systems, sold in 41 countries, SodaStream claims to be environmentally friendly because it uses its own reusable bottles, saving the production…more

Slouching toward Bethlehem
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Dec 2011 – By Vacy Vlazna My friend, the late Father Percy Church MSC wrote a dramatic description of his Christmas in Bethlehem: The bitter wind, the road blocks, the x-rays and the body searches had robbed the mass of joy, leaving the strange sensation that we were not in church but held in prison. And at the mass the military there, so evident, alienated all sacred sense. It seemed to be a play before TV cameras, to deceive a watching world that all is well, giving me an uneasy sense of guilt for cooperating in a sacrilege or being a puppet in a lying show. Selling my own self and all I held dear. When the weary mass was ended and we had been released, people quietly melted away as if ashamed to have contributed to this masquerade. No singing, dancing, no cheery exchange with pilgrims from afar…we had no heart in…more

Reconstructing the Gaza Strip
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Dec 2011 – By Stuart Reigeluth When you see Gaza in the news and you hear about the siege, you imagine that the Strip is entirely cut off from the world — hermeneutically sealed and slowly but surely putrefying, dying. The amount of trash on the sidewalks, streets and beaches is simply astounding and attests for this possibility. One UN worker has predicted that “the environment is ripe for a cholera outbreak.” Despite the dire situation, the continual threat of Israeli bombardments and the lack of trade and raw materials, the Gazans have found holes in the siege and are reconstructing the Strip. This is manifested by the relative building ‘boom’ — relative because it is far below any global standard — but unexpected and impressive considering Gaza’s isolation. Almost all building projects currently underway are endorsed by Arab countries, particularly from the Arabian Gulf. Spearheading a new form of diplomacy, Qatar is…more

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