VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 14 December 2011: Netanyahu says Jewish extremists not terrorists

14 December 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Resident Seriously Injured By Army Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian Medical Sources in the Gaza Strip reported that one resident was seriously wounded on Wednesday morning, after the Israeli army opened fire at him east of Gaza city. …

Legislator Taken By Israeli Army In Ramallah
IMEMC – On Wednesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers kidnapped an elected Palestinian legislator, identified as Ayman Daraghma, from Ramallah. Daraghma is a member of the Hamas Change and Reform Bloc, the largest bloc at the Palestinian Legislative Council. …

Israeli Settlers Try To Torch Historic Mosque In Jerusalem, Spray-paint Anti-Muslim Graffiti
IMEMC – Late on Tuesday night, a group of Israeli settlers attempted to burn down the now disused mosque of Akasha Bin Mohsin. They were unable to obtain entry, and so proceeded to torch the exterior, and spray-painted graffiti including ‘Mohammed is a pig’ on the blackened walls. …

Fayyad Asserts That UNESCO Membership Was An Important Step
IMEMC – During his participation in an official ceremony to light the Christmas tree in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Salaam Fayyad, stated that raising the Palestinian flag at the UNESCO headquarters is an important step. He claimed that this will be followed by other similar steps, until the Palestinian flag is raised on all mosques and churches in Jerusalem, and in countries around the world. …

Second Phase Of Swap Deal Starts Wednesday
IMEMC – The second phase of the prisoner-swap deal will commence on Wednesday and is planned to be concluded by this coming Sunday. The first phase was implement on October 18 when the former captured soldier, Gilad Shalit, in return for the release of 477 Palestinian detainees, named by the resistance were let go. …

Amnesty Claims House Demolitions Have Doubled In 2011
IMEMC – Amnesty International, along with 19 other human rights organizations, reported that the rate of Palestinian homes demolished by Israel 2011 is double the rate of 2010, with over 1,000 Palestinians being displaced this year. …

Troops Demolish Four Homes Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Israeli troops invaded, on Tuesday morning, the al-Makhrour area, in Beit Jala city, north of Bethlehem, and demolished four Palestinian homes. …

Ma’an News

Gaza man shot by soldiers ‘critically wounded’
12/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man in his 20s is in critical condition after being shot by Israeli soldiers east of Gaza City on Wednesday morning, medics said. Medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya told Ma’an the man was shot in the thigh while hunting for birds in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood. An….

Right wing Israelis torch Jerusalem mosque
12/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Right wing Israelis set fire to a mosque in Jerusalem overnight, Israeli police said.” During the night, there was an attempt to set fire to a disused mosque in the city center,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.”Police also found graffiti on the walls. The police have opened an investigation….

Israel reopens access ramp to Al-Aqsa compound
12/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel on Wednesday reopened a controversial wooden access ramp to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, just over 48 hours after it was closed on safety grounds in a move which had sparked Muslim anger.” It was opened this morning,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.”It has been opened as normal for….

Second phase of prisoner swap underway
12/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said Wednesday that the Israeli prison service has notified the detainees who will be released in the second phase of the prisoner swap deal. The society has released a list naming detainees it says will be freed. Israel released 477 prisoners on Oct. 18 and agreed…. Related: Prisoners’ society names detainees to be freed

Jewish extremists clash with police in Jerusalem
12/14/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Jewish extremists slashed tires and vandalized police cars in Jerusalem on Wednesday after police tried to arrest them, Israeli media reported. Dozens of extremists linked to recent ‘price tag’ attacks on Palestinians clashed with police in the city, Israel’s Haaretz daily said. Six were reportedly….

Israeli forces detain 7 across West Bank
12/14/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained seven people across the West Bank overnight Tuesday, Palestinian and Israeli officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that four men were detained in the Ramallah area, one near Qalqiliya and two in Beit Ummar, Hebron. A Ma’an correspondent said that three men were detained from….

PA struggles to fund Bethlehem church renovation
12/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority is struggling to raise funds for a planned renovation to Bethlehem’s iconic Church of the Nativity, a Palestinian official said Monday. Ziad Bandak, presidential adviser for Christian affairs and head of the Nativity Church restoration committee, says the PA has raised about $1. 6 million of….

Bell peppers exported from Gaza for first time in years
12/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The first two truckloads of bell peppers was set to be exported from Gaza to Europe on Wednesday through the Kerem SHalom crossing with Israel, in addition to four truckloads of strawberries. Israel allowed 210-220 trucks loaded with aid and necessities to reach the Strip. It is bound for….

Gag order lifted years after undercover Hamas arrest
12/15/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli censors have finally lifted prohibition on publishing the arrest by undercover forces of a Hamas member allegedly involved in the capture of a soldier. An undercover Israeli force seized Mahawash al-Qadi in 2007 on suspicion of “indirect involvement” in the capture of Gilad Shalit, who was exchanged in….

Egypt deports 17 Palestinians
12/14/2011 – RAFAH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Wednesday deported 17 Palestinians who were in the country illegally, Egyptian security sources said. Security officials at the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza told Ma’an that 17 Palestinians were detained on the road to Cairo and sent back to Gaza. In some cases, the….

Mideast Quartet holds separate talks with Israelis, Palestinians
12/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Representatives of the international peacemaking Quartet were holding separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Wednesday, diplomats said, with no breakthrough in sight. The envoys, representing the United Nations, Russia, the United States and the European Union, met the Palestinian team headed by Mohammed Shtayeh on Wednesday morning at the UN headquarters….

From Palestine to Syria: Free Razan
12/14/2011 – A statement issued Tuesday by a group of Palestinian bloggers urging Syrian authorities to release Razan Ghazzawi, who was arrested in early December on the Jordan-Syria border. We, a group of Palestinian bloggers and activists raise our voices loud and clear in solidarity with all the prisoners of the Great Syrian Revolution. We stand with….

Israeli mayor ‘willing to cede land beyond wall’
12/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli mayor of Jerusalem said Tuesday that lands outside of the area allocated for Israel’s West Bank barrier could eventually be abandoned to the Palestinian Authority, Israeli media reported. Nir Barkat was quoted by Israel’s Maariv newspaper telling graduates of the National Security Academy that he….

Netanyahu says Jewish extremists not terrorists
12/14/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved steps that would crack down on extremists responsible for recent attacks on soldiers and other targets, Israeli media reported Wednesday. But the Israeli leader rejected a recommendation to label the operatives, who attacked an army base, a “terror group” according to….

Poll: Most Palestinians want elections in May
12/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The results of an opinion poll released Wednesday show that the vast majority of Palestinians in the occupied territories support holding elections in May, state media said. Some 85 percent of Palestinians support the current election schedule, according to the Arab World for Research and Development poll cited by Wafa, the….

Palestinian director overcomes politics to screen love story
12/14/2011 – DUBAI (Reuters) — It took Palestinian director Susan Youssef 10 years to overcome a political obstacle course before she was able to screen her heart-wrenching tale of doomed romance in Gaza at the Dubai International Film Festival this week.” Habibi” (My Beloved) retells in a modern Middle East setting the ancient Arabian story of “Layla and….

Abbas: Palestine peace key to stability
12/15/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday a key component of peace and stability in the Middle East was an agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Such a scenario requires a deal between the two sides, and after that ties between Israel and the rest of the Arab and Islamic world, Abbas was….

Egypt envoy pays respects to family of slain protester
12/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority expressed Cairo’s condemnation Wednesday of attacks targeting protesters. Yasser Othman was speaking during a visit to Nabi Saleh to extend his condolences to the family of Mustafa Tamimi. He said Egypt stood in solidarity with the village and considered it a model….

Hamas supporters mark anniversary in Gaza
12/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters rallied in Gaza City on Wednesday to celebrate the movement’s 24th anniversary. Hamas commemorated the anniversary under the slogan: “Free people living up to their promises: OhJerusalem, we are coming.” Supporters gathered in al-Katiba Square, where a stage was erected, shaped like…. Related: In photos: Hamas supporters rally in Gaza City

Prisoners’ society names detainees to be freed
12/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society on Wednesday released a list of names of detainees it says Israel will release in the second phase of the captive exchange deal. Israel agreed to release over 1,000 prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a swap deal with Hamas. Shalit and 477…. Related: Second phase of prisoner swap underway

EU launches water management project in West Bank
12/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Union has launched a 1. 5 million euro project to improve the livelihoods of poor and rural families through improving agricultural water management, officials said Wednesday. The project is being implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and is expected to be finalized at the end….

Clinton: Gingrich Palestinian comment not helpful
12/14/2011 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Newt Gingrich’s comment that the Palestinians are an “invented people” was unhelpful, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday, saying the Republican presidential candidate had realized this. Gingrich, a former speaker of the US House of Representatives, stirred controversy on Friday when told the Jewish Channel cable television broadcaster he….

University staff strike over taxes
12/14/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — University staff decided to strike from 10 a. m. Wednesday to protest the government’s failure to abolish taxes on their end-of-service pay. The union said in a statement that a protest would be held outside ministry buildings in Ramallah to demand that Prime Minister Salam Fayyad implemented a promise….

In photos: Hamas supporters rally in Gaza City
12/14/2011 – Reuters – Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh addressed tens of thousands of Hamas supporters at a rally in Gaza City on Wednesday to mark the 24th anniversary of the Hamas movement’s foundation…. Related: Hamas supporters mark anniversary in Gaza

Activists: Syrian security forces kill 5 in Hama
12/14/2011 – NICOSIA (AFP) — Syrian security forces killed five people on Wednesday when they opened fire at a car traveling in the restive central province of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.” Five people died this morning after security forces targeted their car near the town of Khataab in the northern outskirts of Hama,” said….

Christians mull future in post Arab Spring
12/14/2011 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The rise of Islamist movements in countries swept by the Arab revolutions has sent shudders through the region’s Christians who fear for their survival and question the future make-up of the Middle East.” Christians are rightly concerned,” said Odon Vallet, a French historian and expert on religion.”Their future in the….

Jerusalem mosque burnt in ‘price tag’ attack
AlJazeera 14 Dec 2011 – Vandals attempt to set fire to building and daub walls with inflammatory graffiti as city mayor appeals for calm.

Palestine News Network

Prisoners Society Releases Partial List of Prisoners to be Released in Second Phase
PNN – PNNOn Thursday, the Palestine News Network (PNN) obtained a partial list of 220 of the 550 Palestinian prisoners to be freed in the second phase of mid-October’s Hamas-Israel prisoner swap. The first…

Israeli Forces Arrest Hamas Legislator in Ramallah, Gaza Frees 75 Prisoners for Good Behavior
PNN – PNNOn Wednesday, Israeli forces arrested Hamas parliamentary bloc deputy Ayman Daraghmeh from his home in the city of Ramallah. A representative from Daraghmeh’s office said that the Israeli forces arrested him during…

Settlers Increase Attacks against Holy Sites, Burn Cars near Nablus
PNN – PNNOn Wednesday, settlers set fire to the al-Nabi Akasha mosque in southern Jerusalem and burned two vehicles in Salfit governorate, as well as a water tank and vehicle in Nablus. Al-Nabi Akasha…

Israel Reopens Mughrabi Gate, Dozens of Settlers, Tourists Enter al-Aqsa
PNN – PNNOn Wednesday, Israeli authorities re-opened the Mughrabi Gate bridge—or Bab al-Maghariba—that leads to al-Aqsa mosque. The wooden bridge was closed on Sunday under the pretext that it was unsafe and a fire…

In Beit Omar, Soldiers Threaten to Kill Palestinian and His Family
PNN – PNNOn Wednesday, Israeli forces raided the Wadi al-Sheikh neighborhood in the town of Beit Omar, north of Hebron, raided a citizen’s house and threatened to kill him and his children. Eyad al-Halaykeh…

Israel to Allow 600 Christians from Gaza to Travel to Bethlehem, If They’re Between 35 and 40
PNN – PNNKhlil Faraj, the director of the Civil Coordination Office in the Gaza Strip, confirmed that an Israeli government contact said they would allow 600 Christians from Gaza to go to Bethlehem to…

Israel Plans 2600 Settlement Units in Beit Safafa
PNN – PNNOn Tuesday, Palestinian mayor of Jerusalem Adnan al-Husseini joined a PLO Negotiation Departmenet tour of the village of Beit Safafa, outside of Jerusalem, where the Israeli government has planned 2600 new residential…

International Solidarity Movement

Narratives under siege: Overcrowded living
12/14/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 14 December 2011, Palestinian Center for Human Rights – Muhammed Salman Abu Rashad, 45, Amna Abu Rashad, 31, and their nine children live in the Jabalia refugee camp, one of the most densely populated areas on earth. The family represent just 11 of the 1. 1 million refugees who make up the vast majority of Gaza…. Related: Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Planting the seeds of resistance and steadfastness in the no go zone
12/14/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Nathan Stuckey, 13 December 2011 – We set off from in front of the Beit Hanoun Agricultural College under the flags of half a dozen countries, but listening to the music of Palestine.   Every Tuesday, for three years, we set off from here into the no go zone, that three hundred meter strip of death….

Record number of Palestinians displaced by demolitions as Quartet continues to talk
12/14/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 13 December 2011, Amnesty International – Israeli authorities have stepped up unlawful demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem over the past year, displacing a record number of Palestinian families from their homes, an international coalition of 20 leading aid agencies and human rights groups said today. The statement comes as the Middle East Quartet…. Related: Amnesty International

‘This is Apartheid’ poster contest
12/14/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 14 December 2011, It is Apartheid – HELP FIGHT INJUSTICE,  HELP THE WORLD UNDERSTAND ISRAELI APARTHEID.   WE ARE CALLING ON ACTIVISTS AND ARTISTS TO SUBMIT A POSTER TO THE “THIS IS APARHTEID POSTER CONTEST. Art has always been an important part of liberation struggles.  It can inspire and convey concepts beyond words. www. itisapartheid. org and…. Related: It is Apartheid

Alternative Information Center

Israeli democracy watch: proposed muezzin law
Alternative Information Center – The public and international unrest over antidemocratic legislation in Israel is making an impact on the political arena. Sunday, December 11, 2011 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to withdraw his support for a law that…

Life next to the separation wall, with Israeli soldiers on the roof
Alternative Information Center – The Hassan family was only allowed to come back to their house in 2010. For five years, after the Israelis built the separation wall right through one of the walls of their home, they were forbidden…

Israelis and Americans are invented peoples: response to Newt Gingrich
Alternative Information Center – Last week, United States Republican Presidential candidate claimed that the Palestinian people are ” invented ,” sparking a firestorm of controversy. Here, Mitchell Plitnick takes Gingrich to task, arguing that both Israel and America are “invented,” and cautioning…

Palestinian village struggles against “quiet transfer”
Alternative Information Center – Like other Palestinian villages, Al Aqaba is endangered—95% of its builldings are under demolition orders, including the kindergarten and the mosque. After 1967, Israel declared the area a closed military zone and began using it for…

Relief Web

Somalia: Humanitarian Appeal 2012: UN calls for US$ 7.7 billion to help 51 million people in 16 countries
Relief Web 14 Dec 2011 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Somalia , Afghanistan , Chad , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Djibouti , Kenya , occupied Palestinian territory , South Sudan (Republic of) , Sudan (the) , Yemen The United Nations today called for US$ 7.7 billion…

World: Humanitarian Assistance: Improving US-European Cooperation
Relief Web 14 Dec 2011 – Source: Global Public Policy Institute Country: World , Afghanistan , Chad , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Indonesia , Nepal , Nicaragua , occupied Palestinian territory , Serbia , South Sudan (Republic of) , Sudan (the) , United States of America (the) Foreword This book analyzes the policies and…

World: Under-Secretaty-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos Humanitarian Appeal 2012 Press Briefing, Geneva,14 December 2011
Relief Web 14 Dec 2011 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: World , Afghanistan , Central African Republic (the) , Chad , Côte d’Ivoire , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Djibouti , Haiti , Kenya , Niger (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Philippines (the) , Somalia , South Sudan (Republic of) ,…

World: Consolidated Appeals 2012 – UN Humanitarian Chief seeks US$ 7.7 billion to aid 51 million people in 2012
Relief Web 14 Dec 2011 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: World , Afghanistan , Central African Republic (the) , Chad , Côte d’Ivoire , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Djibouti , Haiti , Kenya , Niger (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Philippines (the) , Somalia , South Sudan (Republic of) ,…

World: Overview of the 2012 Consolidated Appeals and similar concerted humanitarian action plans
Relief Web 14 Dec 2011 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: World , Afghanistan , Central African Republic (the) , Chad , Côte d’Ivoire , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Djibouti , El Salvador , Haiti , Kenya , Nicaragua , Niger (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan , Philippines (the) , Somalia ,…

The National

Islamist expected to hold or gain ground in elections
The National 14 Dec 2011 – Egypt¿s Islamist political parties were expected to cement or increase their hold of the new parliament yesterday


Netanyahu: Jewish extremists not a ‘terror group’ but will be given military trial
Ha’aretz – PM approves series of steps to crack down on right-wing extremists that recently attacked IDF soldiers, carried out ‘price tag’ attacks.

‘Iran may soon start nuclear work in new underground facility’
Ha’aretz – Diplomatic sources say that Iranian experts have carried out necessary preparations at Fordow near holy city of Qom, paving way for higher-grade uranium enrichment at the site on a former military base.

Clinton: Gingrich’s comments on Palestinians ‘unhelpful’
Ha’aretz – Former House Speaker Gingrich stirred controversy after he called the Palestinians an ‘invented’ people, during an interview with the Jewish Channel.

Carlo Strenger / Mideast can accept Israel if Netanyahu will let it
Ha’aretz – Coming back from a conference in Qatar, Israel seems far less at the focus of Mideast discussions than we were led to think.

Abbas: EU should support Palestinian UN statehood bid
Ha’aretz – EU nations are equally split on the notion of supporting a bid for full UN membership, which Israel, with the United States’ support, strongly opposes.

JNF board member resigns to protest eviction of East Jerusalem Palestinian family
Ha’aretz – In letter to the Jewish Daily Forward, Seth Morrison says eviction is a ‘violation of human rights’, part of systematic transfer of Palestinian property to Jewish settlers which hinders a lasting peace agreement.

Israeli activists to launch protest against segregated buses
Ha’aretz – Over 500 people have signed up for the event on Facebook, which is slated to take place on New Year’s Day at several locations in both Jerusalem and central Israel.

Apple said to be expanding R&D beyond U.S., to Israel
Ha’aretz – Move reportedly not related to possible acquisition Israeli company Anobit, which develops flash storage solutions that provide Apple’s iPhone and iPad a competitive advantage over competitors.

Clashes between Syria security forces, army defectors leave 25 dead
Ha’aretz – It was the second day in a row in which an attack by President Bashar Assad’s forces on civilians appears to have brought a quick and deadly act of revenge by anti-regime fighters.

Report: Insurgences kill 8 Syrian soldiers in ambush
Ha’aretz – Attack follows killing of five civilians traveling through Khattab in the central province of Hama by Syrian security forces.

Hamas denounces Israel in mass anniversary rally in Gaza
Ha’aretz – Hamas’s Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh says resistance is both the way and strategic choice to ‘liberate Palestine’, vows to never recognize Israel.

Barak: Israel must treat Jewish extremists like a terror group
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister’s comments come as Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman calls right-wing rioters ‘weeds that must be uprooted.’

Israeli court remands right-wing activists over provocation near Jordan border
Ha’aretz – 15 arrested after crossing border fence, seizing abandoned churches in a deliberate attempt to gain attention of the Jordanian authorities.

Attorney General proposes bill that would place sweeping gag order on all investigations in Israel
Ha’aretz – If bill becomes a law, no details from any investigation in Israel could be published in the media and no testimonies could ever be heard by the public without the court’s approval.

Israel right-wing activists clash with Jerusalem police following price tag attack
Ha’aretz – Right-wing activists slash police-car tires, smash windows following attempt to arrest suspects following the arson of a historically significant mosque in the capital.

IDF soldiers should have shot rioting Jewish extremists, MK says
Ha’aretz – Former Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer responds to infiltration of dozens of right-wing activists into West Bank army base; Tzipi Livni: This is a struggle for Israel’s character.

Jerusalem mosque set alight in suspected ‘price tag’ attack
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem Mayor denounces arsonists’ attack on burial site of noted Muslim figure, saying zero tolerance should be shown to violence of any kind, and that coexistence in the city must be kept.

Fears of outpost demolition trigger spurt of West Bank violence
Ha’aretz – Three Palestinian vehicles set alight, stones hurled at Tapuach Junction as IDF convoy makes its way through the West Bank overnight.

Israel publicizes 2007 arrest of alleged Shalit kidnapping accomplice
Ha’aretz – Gag order lifted, revealing that after Mahawash al-Qadi was nabbed, Hamas moved Shalit to a different location, launching a massive effort to find the collaborators who it believed had helped Israel catch the alleged kidnapper.

Jerusalem Post

Advertisers propose plan to save Ch. 10
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Israeli advertisers are working on an offer that could potentially save Channel 10 from closing.

Names revealed in 2nd phase of Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Israel to free 550 prisoners Sunday; most on list were set to be released within next year; Hamas denies it received list prior to publication.

Apple to set up Israel development center
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Aharon Aharon will head Apple’s first ever development center outside of its California headquarters.

The French Connection
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Sarkozy demands early release of terrorist with French citizenship following Netanyahu snub.

Lieberman’s hearing delayed by a month
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Attorney-General decides to delay until mid January heading for Lieberman, who was accused of fraud, breach of trust.

The Arab uprisings, one year on
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Several dictators deposed in 2011, but much remains the same in the Arab world.

Anti-Semitism re-emerges in the Arab Spring
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Libyan Jew returned to Tripoli to assist in rebellion and restore synagogue only to find himself surrounded by hostile mob.

Syria is not what Assad says it is
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – The wall of fear in Syria has been breached, and it is doubtful whether the regime will be able to turn the clock back.

Uprisings opportunity for new Israel foreign policy
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Rather than focus on peace treaties, Israel should focus on building people-to-people ties around the Islamic world.

Diplomacy after the Arab uprisings
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Israel, West must see new regional Islamic leaderships as they really are, not as what they hope them to be

US condemns arson attack at Jerusalem mosque
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – State Department calls for both sides to show restraint and to restore calm after “price-tag” attack.

Tunisia: The fire within
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – “There was energy and magic in the air as Tunisians went to the polls… and they are not quite done writing their history.”

Arab Spring could turn into a cruel winter
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – There is no political panacea for Arab states to espouse, but certain measures could shorten the revolutionary process.

First party of summer social protesters being formed
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Founders include Olmert’s nephew, former IDF spokesman; social movement leaders Dapni Leef, Itzik Shmueli not involved.

Clinton slams Gingrich comments on Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – US Secretary of State Clinton says Gingrich’s claim that Palestinians are an invented people is “unhelpful.”

Iran seeks to calm Turkey over missile threat
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Previous statements about possible Iranian attack on NATO’s Turkey presence “not in line with government’s positions.”

PM approves administrative detention for far-right suspects
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Netanyahu rejects calls by ministers to class suspects as terrorists; recommendations include immediate arrest warrants, trying them in military courts.

Syrian forces invade Hama, at least 10 killed
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Attack comes after defectors ambush convoy, killing 8; UN: More than 5,000 killed since start of Assad crackdown.

TIME names ‘the protester’ 2011 person of the year
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Person of the Year defined as someone who, for better or for worse, influences the events of the year.

Noteworthy quotes from year of the Arab Spring
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Twelve months of observations on a revolution that defies easy explanations.

Israelis most interested in Schalit in 2011
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Other popular google searches include Big Brother, Syria, Iran, Libya, iPhone5, and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Schalit most-Googled term in Israel 2011
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Other popular Google searches include Big Brother, Syria, Iran, Libya, iPhone5, and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Egyptian court cuts blogger’s jail time
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Michael Nabil to serve two years instead of three; blogger on hunger strike against Egyptian military council.

Egyptian court cuts blogger’s jail time after retrial
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Michael Nabil to serve two years instead of three; blogger on hunger strike against Egyptian military council.

IDF worried about settler informants in its ranks
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Army considering changing rules of engagement after many criticize soldiers’ reaction to settler storming of base.

Syrian army deserters attack loyalist troops, kill 8
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Attack in response to government soldiers firing on car, killing 5; UN: More than 5,000 killed since start of Assad crackdown.

The ads were pulled, but the issue won’t go away
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – The ill-fated ad campaign unwittingly addresses US Jews’ disaffection with Israel.

Hamas leader: We’ll lead intifada after intifada
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Haniyeh speaks at rally in Gaza where masses of supporters gather to celebrate 24 years since group’s foundation.

Genetics test can see in to the future
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – A controversial genetic test might indicate if you are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Films revive days of Arab spring revolt
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – First cinematic outputs documenting revolutions and their aftermath debut at Dubai Int’l Film Festival.

CITYbites: Biblical bites
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – The idyllically situated restaurant, The Harp of David, evokes the days of King David.

Eight surprising health benefits of the spud
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Healthy Eating: Hanukka may be all about the “oil”, but you can’t make this holiday’s signature dish without the potato.

Mugrabi Bridge opens after temporary closure
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Fire truck is stationed in the Western Wall Plaza; MK Eldad says “there’s nothing holy about the status quo.”

Erdan, PA agree: Increase water cooperation
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Environmental protection minister: Negotiations must occur on basis of “need” instead of “rights.”

Dutch Jews, Muslims unite over ritual slaughter
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Senior Dutch rabbi tells ‘The Jerusalem Post’ that a ban would apply “double standards that target minorities.”

UK Orthodox ‘didn’t ask Metzger chief rabbi job’
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Metzger spokesman said offer was made by influential member of Anglo-Jewish community with “close ties to royal family.”

Cornerstone laid at Beduin eco-village site
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – site will include organic farms, soil-enhancing strategies, modernized herding techniques and an education center.

Israeli bloggers to get GPO cards
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Government figures have trumpeted the move as an expansion of freedom of expression in the country.

‘Station closure will hurt Israeli democracy, press’
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Journalists, experts speak of ramifications if Channel 10 shuts down over debt to government.

Administrative director of Bikur Cholim resigns
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Moshe Hevroni resigns over troubled Jerusalem hospital’s financial situation.

Man arrested for 2004 J’lem slaying
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – Undercover agent sheds light on seven-year-old case.

‘No tolerance for discrimination against women’
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2011 – J’lem police chief insists anyone who disturbs the rights of women in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods will be arrested.

Jailed Hamas bomb maker eyes PA election run
Jerusalem Post 13 Dec 2011 – Convicted terrorist Abdallah Barghouti plans to run in May elections; Zahar predicts Hamas landslide in W. Bank, Gaza.

Domestic harmony
Jerusalem Post 13 Dec 2011 – Jerusalem husband and wife team Michael and Shimrit Greilsammer find musical bliss in the release of their debut album

Inter Press Service

Soviet-Armed Iraq Switches Allegiance to U.S. Weapons Systems
IPS As the United States withdraws the last of its 50,000 troops after a nearly nine-year military occupation of Iraq, visiting Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki had one final request: billions of dollars worth of U.S. weapons for his ragtag armed forces.

U.S.: Former Top Aide Offers Insight on Mideast and Iran
IPS In his first public address since departing from the White House, Dennis Ross, former top Middle East aide to U.S. President Barack Obama, called for increased sanctions on Iran, a careful approach to new Arab regimes and a low-key approach to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Palestinian Flag Flies at UN Agency
IPS Amidst a sudden downpour of rain here, the Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Tuesday, marking Palestine’s admission to the specialised agency.


Refugees of Libya revenge attacks plan to go home
Uruknet December 14, 2011 – Thousands of former supporters of Muammar Gaddafi who fled their town after revenge attacks will try to return next week, their leaders said on Wednesday, risking a confrontation with their neighbours. Tawargha, a town about 250 km east of Tripoli, was ransacked and looted, and its residents forced to flee, in one…

Legislating Tyranny in America
Uruknet December 14, 2011 – Obama won’t prosecute CIA torturers, Wall Street crooks, other corporate criminals, lawless war profiteers, or other venal high-level civilian or government officials. Instead, expect him to sign into law (or at least tacitly approve) indefinite military detentions of US citizens allegedly associated with terrorist groups, with or without corroborating evidence. Post-9/11, US…

African Migrants Caught In Brutal Libyan Limbo
Uruknet December 14, 2011 – Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans are either stranded or imprisoned in Libya in the wake of the revolt against Moammar Gadhafi – and they haven’t been having an easy time. Many have been detained and abused, accused of being mercenaries in Gadhafi’s army. On a recent day at the military airport in Tripoli,…

Israelis welcomed in Doha Forum in Qatar
Uruknet December 14, 2011 – The last thing I would have expected in Qatar was to hear Hebrew as I walked through the corridors of the Doha Convention Center. The next scene was no less bizarre, in a country where few Israelis and Jews visit: Rabbis with kippahs on their heads. The Israeli and Jewish presence seemed…

Gaza man shot by Israeli soldiers ‘critically wounded’
Uruknet December 13, 2011 — A man in his 20s is in critical condition after being shot by Israeli soldiers east of Gaza City on Wednesday morning, medics said. Medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya told Ma’an the man was shot in the thigh while hunting for birds in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood. An Israeli army spokeswoman said…

Palestinian bloggers and activists’ statement in solidarity with Razan Ghazzawi
Uruknet Decwmber 14, 2011 -We, a group of Palestinian bloggers and activists raise our voices loud and clear in solidarity with all the prisoners of the Great Syrian Revolution. We stand with all the prisoners, activists, artists, bloggers and others, all who are shouting in the streets or on various platforms demanding freedom and justice, while decrying…

Thank you Gingrich… your arrogance is needed
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – After eighteen years of negotiations and conceding more than 80 per cent of historic Palestine, and signing the Oslo agreement (which added to the legitimacy of Israel and broke its Arab and international isolation), as well as renouncing armed struggle and considering it to be terrorism, we’ve seen recently how the United…

Critical Health Issues in Gaza -
Uruknet December 13, 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….

Syria News – December 13, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – The number of martyrs today reached so far to 37 martyrs, eight martyrs in Hama, 6 martyrs in Homs, 2 martyrs in Daraa and the rest is in IdlibThe LCC has documented 376 martyrs thus far in December alone; these were victims of army and security forces’ gunfire. Among the martyrs are…

Iraq snapshot – December 13, 2011
Uruknet December 13, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, so many press lies continue as well (CNN may take the prize today for their re-invention of how a government is formed in Iraq), however, NBC and NPR deserve praise, Iraq’s Parliament — per their Speaker — is willing to go for “partial immunity,” Nouri intends to ignore the…

Masked in Gaza: The Untold History of Palestinian ‘Militancy’
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – Essam Al-Batsh and his nephew, Sobhi Al-Batsh, are the latest in a long line of reported Palestinian militants’ killed by Israel. The civilians were both targeted while driving in a car in downtown Gaza on December 8. According to an Israeli army statement, “(They) were affiliated with a terrorist squad that intended…

Newt Unleashes His Tetrodotoxin at the Palestinians
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – “I think we have an invented Palestinian people,” Gingrich continues, forgetting to mention that Dr. Shlomo Sand in his recent book The Invention of the Jewish People, according to Leon Hadar in his review, concludes by “Countering official Zionist historiography, Sand questions whether the Jewish People ever existed as a national group…

URGENT APPEAL (UA 4/10) – Gaza: Children of the Gravel
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – Between 26 March 2010 and 3 October 2011, DCI-Palestine has documented 28 cases of children shot whilst collecting building material or working near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Please appeal to stop the targeting of unarmed children working near the border in Gaza….

The Indefinite Detention Bill DOES Apply to American Citizens on U.S. Soil
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – The ACLU notes: Don’t be confused by anyone claiming that the indefinite detention legislation does not apply to American citizens. It does. There is an exemption for American citizens from the mandatory detention requirement (section 1032 of the bill), but no exemption for American citizens from the authorization to use the military…

IDF on settler stone-throwers: You wouldn’t expect us to shoot a Jew?
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – An IDF spokesman giving a radio interview casually admitted the army’s bias in treating settler pogromchiks and Palestinians protesters in diametrically different ways. Gotta hand it to the IDF. We could never have high-lighted its apartheid policy better. Last night, three days after the killing of Mustafa Tamimi – who was killed…

Rocky road ahead for Libya’s Tawergha minority
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – The dark-skinned Tawergha minority – former slaves brought to Libya in the 18th and 19th centuries – resided until recently in a coastal town of the same name 250km east of the capital Tripoli. With the rise to power of the rebels, the Tawergha are now on the defensive. Their town sits…

Libya on the verge of chaos and civil war – experts
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – Warnings from many experts are coming true: Libya is being pulled into a civil war. Now anti-Gaddafists are carving up power and Libya’s capital of Tripoli is already seeing clashes as the rebels are fighting for the local airport. Libya that was united by one goal – to topple Gaddafi, is now…

BDS update: BDS unites East and West
Uruknet December 14, 2011 – Just in case there was an iota of doubt left in your mind, Israel was officially declared an apartheid state during a session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Cape Town on 7 November. Among depositions, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza cited the Fourth Geneva Convention and the…

West Bank village steps up protests against Israel’s theft of land
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – For approximately five months, the residents of Kufr Qaddoum have united to demonstrate against the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim and the Israeli military’s closure of their village’s main road. Kufr Qaddoum, a West Bank village so old that, according to legend, Abraham was circumcised there with an axe, has since 1976…

US Senate Approves Bill Legalizing Soldiers Having Sex With Animals
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – THE United States Senate Thursday 12/8 approved a defence authorisation bill legalising sodomy with humans and sex with animals or bestiality. The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military…

Video and testimony: Israeli soldiers’ savagery at Mustafa Tamimi’s funeral
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – … The soldiers were in their place, watching us advance. They didn’t fire tear gas; their presence itself was enough provocation. We stood in front of them, and began shouting at each of the soldiers, going from face to face with Mustafa Tamimi’s poster held up by our hands. Our grief spilled into…

Abbas raises Palestinian flag at UNESCO
Uruknet December 13, 2011 — President Mahmoud Abbas symbolically hoisted the Palestinian flag at the headquarters of the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO on Tuesday to celebrate Palestine’s admission in October as a full member of the organization. Some 50 diplomatic guests watched as Abbas lifted the flag to the Palestinian national anthem and said he hoped…

Mary Poppins and Newt Gingrich
Uruknet December 13, 2011 – But the phrase sent my mind flitting to Newt Gingrich. The Palestinians are very real indeed – I used to have a Palestinian girlfriend, and she definitely existed. Palestine is mentioned in Herodotus, and if the bible bashing Gingrich can’t see that “Palestine” and “Philistine” are the same word, he is a…

Daily Star

Egypt Islamists try to hold lead in 2nd round of voting
Daily Star 14 Dec 2011 Egyptians voted on Wednesday in the second round of a parliamentary election.

US-born Syrian blogger faces criminal charges
Daily Star 14 Dec 2011 Syrian authorities have charged a U.S.-born Syrian blogger with trying to incite sectarian strife.

Lebanese man accused of leading drug ring indicted
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 A Lebanese national who U.S. authorities say is the ringleader of a vast international drug smuggling ring with links to the militant group Hezbollah has been indicted on drug and money laundering charges after allegedly reaping…

New film traces the fate of Mussolini’s corpse
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 A new documentary about Benito Mussolini examines the near cult-like fascination that many Italians had with the fascist dictator – and how his body became a focus for the fixation.

Three bombs hit southern Iraq oil pipeline-sources
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Three bombs hit an oil pipeline that transports crude from Iraq’s southern oilfields to storage tanks around the oil hub of Basra on Tuesday, an oil police source said.

Microsoft co-founder Allen launches space project
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen is planning to build a spaceship that could replace the Space Shuttle this decade.

App helps unemployed with job search
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Facebook, the social networking site, is probably not the first place that comes to mind when contemplating new career opportunities.

New music service courts tech-averse listeners
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 A simple new online music service will launch across Europe and North America this week aimed at the millions who like music but struggle with the technology to find and listen to it.

US urges Russia to join UN action on Syria
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 The United States on Tuesday urged Russia to back UN Security Council action on Syria, after UN officials said the death toll in the months-long Syrian protests had exceeded 5,000.

Yemeni police arrest 6 al-Qaida militants
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Six al-Qaida militants have been arrested while allegedly planning attacks on senior government officials as well as Arab and other foreign diplomatic missions.

Libyan air traffic controllers stage strike
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Libyan air traffic controllers in Tripoli and Benghazi staged a strike that paralysed flights for several hours on Tuesday, but the dispute was resolved after the transport minister intervened.

French U.N. envoy rules out military action in Syria
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 France’s ambassador to the United Nations ruled out using military force for now in Syria saying everything had to be done politically to avoid Syria and the Middle East as a whole being set “ablaze”.

Medvedev: Parliament will meet next week
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 The new Russian Parliament chosen in a fraud-tainted election will go ahead with its first session, President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.

EU parliament chiefs hit out at ‘selfish’ Britain
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 European Parliament chiefs on Tuesday hit out at Britain’s “selfish” EU treaty veto, which the conservatives’ group leader said should trigger a rethink on Britain’s EU rebate.

Obama on 2012: ‘We’re going to win this thing’
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 U.S. President Barack Obama confidently predicted he would overcome tough odds and win his 2012 reelection fight Tuesday, selling the premise of his campaign to influential donors.

Saudi king makes minor cabinet reshuffle
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Saudi King Abdullah made a minor reshuffle in the cabinet of the oil-rich kingdom Tuesday, the first since 2009, state media reported.

EU anti-terror chief warns about left-wing extremism
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 European governments need to be more vigilant about emerging security threats such as left-wing extremism or new incarnations of al Qaeda, EU counter-terrorism coordinator said.

Egypt PM says 20,000 detainees freed since revolt
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzuri said Tuesday that 20,103 political prisoners had been released since February when a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak

Syria death toll hits 5,000 as insurgency spreads
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Security forces shot dead 17 people in Syria on Tuesday and rebels killed seven police in an ambush, activists said.

‘Chuck’ star Levi to host Spike Video Game Awards
Daily Star 13 Dec 2011 Zachary Levi has performed at the Oscars, and now he’s hoping to pump dignity into the Spike Video Game Awards.

YNet News

Iran: Tehran ruins dome ‘adorned’ with Jewish symbol
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – The Tehran Municipality has demolished the dome in the city’s central square on Tuesday due to criticism that the monument featured Stars of David, which are associated … ….

Report: Iran to display Israeli, US drones
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – An Iranian exhibition will showcase four Israeli drones, the Tehran Times reported on Wednesday. According to the report, The exhibition will also display three American … ….

West Bank road sees repeated stone attacks
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – On Thursday at 3 am Abu Zitun, driving a minibus carrying construction workers from Qalqilya, was approaching the Gitt junction when settlers began pelting his vehicle … ….

Tibi holds gov’t responsible for mosque arson
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) visited the site of the torched mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday and called for its refurbishment. His statements were … ….

Terrorists among inmates to be freed in Shalit deal
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – The Israel Prison Service has posted on its website the list of 550 security prisoners who are expected to be released as part of the second phase of the prisoner … ….

New Nazi-hunting drive launched
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Wednesday launched an 11th-hour drive to find and prosecute Nazi war criminals while they are still alive, saying a new legal precedent in … ….

PM rejects bid to deem rioters ‘terrorists’
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted the recommendations of the internal security minister and the justice minister for dealing with far-Right activists rioting … ….

Chief rabbi: Rightist violence stems from ‘genuine pain’
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – In weak condemnation, Shlomo Amar says settlers who raided IDF base ‘hurting….

Bill to restrict media access to criminal cases?
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Justice Ministry working on new amendment to penal code aiming to prohibit media….

IDF to apply fire protocol to Jews?
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Army to revisit procedure following violence directed against Ephraim Brigade…..

Sources: Iran may soon start nuclear work in bunker
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Equipment, nuclear material needed to begin higher-grade uranium enrichment….

Shalit deal: Palestinians publish list of prisoners Israel set to free
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Ma’an news agency says man who murdered gay Israeli partner, Hamas MP on list of….

Jerusalem: Rightists clash with police
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Right-wing activists implicated in ‘price tag’ acts riot when police officers….

Panetta: Drone campaign over Iran to continue
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Defense secretary tells Fox News drone missions over Islamic Republic ‘have to….

Gov’t mulls deeming far-Right violence ‘terror’
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman holds special meeting following escalation in….

‘Commanders’ authority supersedes rabbis’
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Addressing calls to excuse religious troops from events in which women perform,….

Hordes attend Hamas’ Gaza anniversary
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Tens of thousands rally to mark Gaza rulers’ 24th anniversary. Izz al-Din….

Mosque torching ‘could ignite religious war’
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Residents of Jerusalem area where mosque was torched warn act threatens….

German neo-Nazi cell may be linked to rabbi’s murder
YNet News, 14 Dec 2011 – Police investigating possible link between 2001 murder of rabbi and Nazi group’s….

Palestinian Information Center

20 NGOs demand int’l quartet to end demolition of Palestinian homes
PIC – 20 international non-governmental organizations strongly condemned Israel for escalating its demolition of Palestinian homes especially during 2011.

Haniya asserts Hamas’ constants says Palestine belongs to Palestinians
PIC – “Despite monumental odds and challenges facing the movement, Hamas didn’t give up on its main principles”

Gaza health ministry appeals for urgent dialysis filters
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza made an urgent appeal on Tuesday to all health and humanitarian organizations to help provide kidney units in Gaza hospitals with dialysis filters 5 and 6.

Two Knesset members intend to desecrate Aqsa Mosque this morning
PIC – Two Knesset members called Uri Ariel and Aryeh Eldad declared their intention to desecrate the Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday as a step to urge the Israeli government to demolish Al-Maghariba Gate ramp.

Jewish settlers burn a mosque in Jerusalem, threaten further assaults
PIC – A large number of Jewish settlers at dawn Wednesday set fire to a mosque in the occupied Jerusalem as part of the “price tag†campaign by the extremist settlers against Palestinians.

Occupation authorities continue home demolition policy in the Negev
PIC – IOF troops on Wednesday morning raided the villages of Beir Hadag and al-Sharkeyya in the Negev in 1948-occupied Palestine accompanied by large bulldozers and razed a number of Palestinian homes.

Settlers set Palestinian cars on fire in the northern West Bank
PIC – Jewish settlers set fire to three Palestinian cars on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in different part of the Nablus and Salfit districts in the northern West Bank.


UN, Diplomatic Partners Reiterate Call for Resumption of Middle East Talks

Abbas Meets with Ashton in Brussels

B’Tselem: Extremists Jews Should be Dealt with as Criminals

Abbas to Rompuy: Palestinian-Israeli Peace is Key to Politics in Middle East

Poll: Palestinians Want Elections

Israel Anticipates Quartet Meeting by Announcing Settlement Plans, Says Erekat

Rights Groups: Israeli Authorities Intensified Illegal Demolitions in West Bank

Israeli Soldiers Hold Palestinian Responsible for any Attacks Against them

EU launches €1.5m project to improve water availability in West Bank

Intifada Palestine

Jerusalem Mosque Burnt in ‘Price Tag’ Attack
Intifada-Palestine: 14 Dec 2011 – Vandals attempt to set fire to building and daub walls with inflammatory graffiti as city mayor appeals for calm. “ Vandals daubed the outside walls of the former mosque with inflammatory graffiti [AFP Vandals have set fire to a disused mosque… more


West seeks Saudi Arabia’s help on Iran oil sanctions
LA Times 13 Dec 2011 – The U.S. and its allies hope the kingdom will boost output to prevent oil prices from climbing as they pressure Iran on its nuclear program. In a new effort to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program, the Obama administration and its European allies are…

In Egypt, evening voter surge keeps polls open late
LA Times 14 Dec 2011 – The second round of parliamentary elections is expected to consolidate Islamist parties’ gains from the first round last month. The voting will continue Thursday. Egyptians poured back to polling stations Wednesday to take part in a second round of voting that is expected to boost…

Marines’ Haditha Interviews Found in Iraqi Junkyard
New York Times 14 Dec 2011 – Interviews with Marines about the 2005 Haditha killings were among reams of classified documents destined to become an attendant’s kindling in Baghdad.

Israel Leader Sets New Curbs on Violent Settlers
New York Times 14 Dec 2011 – A second day of Jewish settler violence that has driven Israel into an emotional debate on the growing lawlessness of the country’s extreme right.

Egyption Vote Enters Second Round, in Rural Areas
New York Times 14 Dec 2011 – Emboldened by the results of the first round of elections last week, a different set of voters expressed a new certainty they would elect a parliament that could stand up to the military council.

Syrian Army Defectors Ambush Assad Security Force
New York Times 14 Dec 2011 – Armed defectors from the Syrian military killed at least eight government troops on Wednesday in an ambush near the city of Hama, opposition groups said.

Modern Women Artists in Turkey Meet Their Trailblazing Counterparts
New York Times 14 Dec 2011 – “Dream and Reality,” a show at the Istanbul Modern, pairs “nearly forgotten” painters from the Ottoman era with some of the most intriguing artists in Turkey today. The common thread? All are women.

Proposed Law in U.A.E. Could Encourage Investing
New York Times 14 Dec 2011 – Changes would include unified accounting standards, new guidelines for share offerings and the possibility of foreign majority ownership of companies.

The Pakistanis Have a Point
New York Times 14 Dec 2011 – Sure, they can be infuriating, not to mention duplicitous, paranoid and self-pitying. But you try being a U.S. ally.

Settlers attack Israeli military base and set fire to Jerusalem mosque
Mondoweiss – link to www.imemc.org link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.maannews.net link to english.wafa.ps link to english.wafa.ps link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.haaretz.com link to www.jpost.com link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.jpost.com link to 972mag.com link to english.wafa.ps link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.haaretz.com link…

When the late great creator of ‘the Joker’ took on the dastardly Elliott Abrams
Mondoweiss – Jerry Robinson (by Christopher Irving ) The cartoonist Jerry Robinson, the co-creator of “The Joker” (i.e. Batman’s enemy) died December 7 in New York at 89. Many have celebrated his graphic skills. But he was among many other things very active in helping persecuted political cartoonists around…

A single-state vision must go beyond Israel vs Palestine, and be inclusive
Mondoweiss – Men in a boat at Jaffa on the Mediterranean Sea Holy Land[Historical Stock Photos] Here’s Sumud sharing a vision of the future from a conversation which began with Taxi’s story of a Lebanese shepherd looking at the land of Palestine. By Sumud Great story Taxi, thanks….

Elbit to upgrade displays for US F-16s
Neged Neshek – Elbit Systems subsidiary Elbit Systems of America has won a contract to upgrade wide-angle conventional heads-up displays on Block 30 and 50 F-16s for the U.S. Air Force. The five-year contract has initial orders for $3 million, with a total expected value of $38.5 million.

Funeral march
Mondoweiss – for Mustafa Tamimi  This land is a slaveship built of prisoner’s       dreams             you can taste the fire of her tears, the panting sunlight washes over the razor wire,       colder than the hands that catch it. You can’t find dreams here because the walls that surround you…

We need your help – Donate to Mondoweiss today
Mondoweiss – Every donation of $100 or more will get matched by an anonymous donor and get you a copy of Joe Sacco’s book Footnotes in Gaza . (Image: Joe Sacco) Dear readers, Our fundraiser is now in its second week and we need your help! We’re behind where…

Israel Fails International Religious Rights Survey, Parents Demand Purifying School After Moslem Wedding
Tikun Olam – One of the aspects of Israeli life which pro-Israel advocates trumpet is freedom of religion: that Jews, Muslims and Christians worship freely and without the interference or hindrance of state authorities.  This, of course, isn’t true as there are enormous limitations placed on non-Jewish worship in…

Ex-Aipac PR Flack, Block May Be Dropped by Washington Think Tanks
Tikun Olam – Is Josh Block still flacking for Aipac? The Washington Post reports that two Beltway think tanks with which Josh Block is associated may cut ties with him after he singlehandedly initiated a witch hunt against a group of progressive foreign policy bloggers associated with Media Matters…

Obama and Maliki discuss continued US operations in Iraq
WSWS – President Obama sought to use Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to the White House to boost his campaign for re-election, even as the two discussed the means of continuing US operations in Iraq.

Egypt: Full Moon Eclipse in the Country, Arab Region Saturday
allAfrica.com 12 Dec 2011 – Egypt and the Arab states will witness on Saturday 10/12/2011 a full moon eclipse, the second and last this year, said Head of the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics Hatem Ouda.

Egypt holds next phase of voting
BBC 14 Dec 2011 – Egyptians go to the polls in the second round of elections to a new parliament, with Islamists expected to build on earlier gains.

Syria military convoy ‘ambushed’
BBC 14 Dec 2011 – Army defectors open fire on a military convoy in central Syria, killing eight soldiers, in retaliation for a deadly attack on civilians, activists say.

Israel re-opens Jerusalem walkway
BBC 14 Dec 2011 – Israel re-opens a walkway to Jerusalem’s holiest site, two days after its closure on safety grounds sparked Palestinian anger.

Vandals attack Jerusalem mosque
BBC 14 Dec 2011 – Vandals set fire to a disused 12th Century mosque in the centre of Jerusalem and leave graffiti insulting the Prophet Muhammad on its walls.

Exploiting the anti-Semitic smear now backfiring
Sabbah report 14 Dec 2011 – This episode reveals yet again just how pernicious is this manipulative use of “anti-Semitism” to intimidate people out of questioning U.S. policy toward Israel. Part of the problem is that most liberal writers, bloggers and pundits – especially the non-Jewish ones – are petrified of getting…

CIA, Mossad Intervention in Syria is all about Iran [Podcast]
Sabbah report 14 Dec 2011 – Eric Margolis, internationally syndicated columnist discusses the conflict in Syria, where Western-backed instigators and a legitimate domestic opposition face off against the Assad regime

Declaring extreme rightwing activists as terrorist organization is illegitimate way to deal with settler violence
B’tselem 13 Dec 2011 – In response to media reports that the government is considering declaring extreme rightwing Israeli activists as a terrorist organization, B’Tselem states that this is an illegitimate way to deal with the phenomenon of violence by Israeli citizens in the Occupied Territories. Such violence must be dealt…

Military court partially acquits Palestinian due to forced confession
B’tselem 12 Dec 2011 – On 30 Nov. ’11, the military court in Ofer ruled that a confession given by Ayman Hamidah during an ISA (Shabak) interrogation was inadmissible, since it had not been given willingly. In an unusual step, the court acquitted Hamidah of the charges that were based solely…


Record number of Palestinians displaced by demolitions as Quartet continues to talk
Amnesty International 12/13/2011
      Israeli authorities have stepped up unlawful demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem over the past year, displacing a record number of Palestinian families from their homes, an international coalition of 20 leading aid agencies and human rights groups said today. The statement comes as the Middle East Quartet meets in Jerusalem in its latest effort to revive peace talks. The sharp rise in demolitions in 2011 has been accompanied by accelerated expansion of Israeli settlements and an escalation of violence perpetrated by settlers, the groups said. The humanitarian and human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam International, are calling for the Quartet to hold all parties to the conflict to their international law obligations. The Quartet must, therefore, press the Israeli government to immediately reverse its settlement policies and freeze all demolitions that violate international law. “The increasing rate of settlement expansion and house demolitions is pushing Palestinians to the brink, destroying their livelihoods and prospects for a just and durable peace. There is a growing disconnect between the Quartet talks and the situation on the ground. The Quartet needs to radically revise its approach and show that it can make a real difference to the lives of Palestinians and Israelis.” said Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director, Oxfam International.
     The evidence of rapidly deteriorating situation on the ground includes…. more.. e-mail

Coordinated American-Israeli effort working to smear critical voices
Joseph Dana, +972 Magazine 12/13/2011
      Last Friday evening, B’Tselem employees were busy sending out press releases and compiling media kits detailing the use of tear gas by the Israeli military in the West Bank. For the past ten years, B’Tselem has been one of the only Israeli organizations documenting routine violations of military and civilian law by Israeli soldiers. On Friday, an unidentified Israeli soldier shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian protester, with an American-made tear gas canister, who was throwing stones at armoured military jeeps in the village of Nabi Saleh. The military claims this was an ‘exceptional’ incident but the facts show that it is not.
     Due to the great fear of factual discourse regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there is an unprecedented attack taking place on the free flow of information underway in Israel and the United States. In Israel, organizations like B’Tselem have been targeted with anti-democratic legislation in the Knesset. Even former Israeli combat soldiers brave enough to openly talk about their experience in the West Bank and Gaza are labelled terrorists and marginalized in society. Israel’s democratic safeguards, for the Jewish citizens of the country, are eroding at an astonishingly fast rate. Some might argue that this was bound to happen in a country which deprived the democratic rights of 1.7 million citizens since its inception.
     The seamlessness of the occupation, its entrenchment and maintenance, is taking place on both sides of the Atlantic. Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s recent comments regarding the “invention” of the Palestinian people confirm that those who wish to defend or at least ignore Israel’s occupation are increasingly interested in the elimination of the Palestinian people from American minds. Surprisingly, or maybe not, this corrosive thinking is now a component of the US presidential election.
     Supporters of Israel’s current polices have renewed efforts to smear journalists and policy pundits who engage in factual discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Josh Block, former hit man of AIPAC, was exposed last week as leading a campaign of conservative journalists to smear journalists as “anti-Israel” and “borderline anti-Semitic”…. more.. e-mail

Ex-top US aide offers insight into Iran
Mitchell Plitnick, Asia Times 12/15/2011
      WASHINGTON – In his first public address since departing from the White House, Dennis Ross, former top Middle East aide to United States President Barack Obama, called for increased sanctions on Iran, a careful approach to new Arab regimes and a low-key stance in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
     Speaking to an audience at the strongly pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near Policy (WINEP) [1], Ross indicated that the Obama administration was keeping all options open and would take further steps, up to and including the use of force, to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
     “[A nuclear Iran] poses a threat to vital American security interests,” Ross said. “A nuclear Iran will trigger a regional arms
     race and undermine non-proliferation … It will lead to a situation where people can’t afford to wait.”
     “President Obama has said all options are on the table. Force is not the first choice, but it is on the table, and time remains for diplomacy and pressure,” he stressed.
     On the recent electoral victories of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Ross said that the Brotherhood had “evolved and are not the same as the Salafists”, the fundamentalist Muslim group that placed a strong second to the Brotherhood in the first round of parliamentary elections earlier this month.
     “We should not view [the Brotherhood] as we have in the past, though we should keep a wary eye and not dismiss their ideology.” more.. e-mail

Separated as prisoners, reunited in Gaza on release
Electronic Intifada: 14 Dec 2011 – Pam Bailey The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip The story of Samer Abu Seir and Loai Odeh — two men who met in Israeli prison and have remained friends ever since — speaks to the experience of so many others.more

random photos
In Gaza: 14 Dec 2011 – A typical Palestinian car interior (decor-wise. If speaking of the actual condition of cars, more typical are these ). But as cluttered as most cars seem, with their numerous stuffed animals and dangling, flashing hearts and Cowboy Up stickers plastered on tattered windows (I have no idea why), this is the norm in Palestine.  In the occupied West Bank in 2007 I marveled at the same decor in serviises (shared mini-van taxis), surprised by such a feminine, childish touch, with a burly or devout man behind the wheel who more often than not used to have other work before taking to driving taxis. I’ve written before, but it bears repeating: for such an occupied people suffering for over 60 years of dispossession, assaults, imprisonment, and further dispossession, Palestinians are some of the most openly-loving, child-doting people I’ve ever encountered, even if their car decor is ridiculous. Gaza’s most pleasurable place  (when…more

BDS Update: BDS Unites East and West
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Dec 2011 – By Eric Walberg – Cairo Just in case there was an iota of doubt left in your mind, Israel was officially declared an apartheid state during a session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Cape Town on 7 November. Among depositions, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza cited the Fourth Geneva Convention and the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court which prohibits “the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” This was just in time to honour the UN-endorsed International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked on 29 November to coincide with the anniversary of the UN vote for the Partition Plan, and first celebrated in 1976. Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists in 10 European countries staged more than 60 actions as part of a Day of Action calling…more

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Posted 15th December 2011 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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