VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 January 2012: Witnesses: IOF Forces raid football match near Salfit

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International Middle East Media Center

Several Residents Injured In Air Strikes Targeting Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that several Palestinians were wounded, on Tuesday at dawn, after the Israeli Air Force bombarded a number of areas in the Gaza Strip. …

Patient Kidnapped At Erez Terminal
IMEMC – PCHR is Concerned over Subjecting Him to Torture The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns arresting a Palestinian patient from the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing. The patient was heading to a hospital in the West Bank for medical treatment. PCHR is concerned that he may be subjected to torture, especially as he was supposed to undergo a surgery. …

Sources: Meshaal Intends to Visit Amman Next Week
IMEMC – Jordanian sources reported that Khalid Meshaal, the Chairman of the Hamas’ political bureau, would pay a visit to the Jordanian capital of Amman next Sunday along with the Qatari Crown Prince, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al –Thani. …

€10 Million Water Supply Agreement Signed by the PA & France
IMEMC – Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA are reporting that the P.A. have signed a water supply agreement with France on Monday worth €10 million. …

Two More Legislators Detained By The State of Israel
IMEMC – The State of Israel raided on Monday the Jerusalem headquarters of the International Red Cross and detained two Palestinian members of parliament. …

Palestinian Shot at Qalandia Checkpoint During Attack; Home Raided
IMEMC – A Palestinian man has been shot by the Israeli military on Saturday at the Qalandia checkpoint in Ramallah. …

9 Palestinians Detained in Pre-Dawn Raids
IMEMC – Nine Palestinian men have been detained in pre-dawn raids on Monday across the West Bank. …

Trial Of Dr. Dweik Delayed Until Tuesday
IMEMC – The Israeli “Ofer” Military Court, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, decided Sunday to stay the deliberations on the case of the detained head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Aziz Dweik, until this coming Tuesday. …

Two Wounded in Tunnel Accident
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that two Palestinians were injured on Saturday, when a tunnel partially collapsed while they were in it. The tunnel is located south of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Hunger-striking Bethlehem students hospitalized
1/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Ambulances of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society on Sunday evening evacuated five students from Bethlehem University to hospital after they were on hunger strike for almost a week. The hunger-striking students were evacuated to the Bethlehem Arab Society Hospital in Beit Jala. Onlookers identified three of the students as Jalal Hamdan….

Israel detains 2 more lawmakers
1/23/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday detained two Palestinian MPs during a raid on the Jerusalem headquarters of the International Red Cross. Mohammad Tawtah and former Jerusalem affairs’ minister Khalid Abu Arafa are being questioned by Israeli police on suspicion of conducting “Hamas activities inside Jerusalem,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told….

Witnesses: Forces raid football match near Salfit
1/23/2012 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank village Kifl Haris on Sunday evening, shutting down a football match with tear gas, witnesses said. Five military jeeps surrounded the pitch and launched gas and “sound bombs” as the players and spectators, onlookers at the Salfit village football game said. An Israeli military….

Islamic Jihad leader vows to continue hunger strike
1/23/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Imprisoned Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan entered the 37th day of a hunger strike on Monday, and vowed to continue until his release. Adnan was detained by Israeli forces on Dec. 17 from his Jenin home. He has been on a hunger strike in al-Ramleh jail since his arrest to protest….

Israeli court stays building plan in Jerusalem
1/23/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court in occupied Jerusalem has issued an injunction to freeze construction on 740 dunams of land in two villages, al-Tour and al-Issawiyyeh, an attorney said Monday. The decision follows a petition by the Jerusalem Center for Legal Assistance and Human Rights, and it demands a response from the municipality….

Women’s affairs employees suspend protest
1/23/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) —A group of female employees of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in the West Bank is suspending a six-day protest over alleged mistreatment and corruption, after union representatives intervened Monday. The women began a hunger strike last Tuesday, and were set to protest in front of the Palestinian Authority….

Family travels to Gaza for freed son’s wedding
1/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The West Bank family of a prisoner released and deported under an exchange deal with Israel will attend their freed son’s wedding in the Gaza Strip this week. Kifah Nawahda was exiled to Gaza following his release under a deal swapping a captured Israeli soldier for over 1,000….

PCHR slams Israel detention of Gaza patients
1/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian rights group has warned that Israel’s detention of invalids seeking treatment outside of Gaza breaches international law.” Targeting patients, exploiting their need for medical treatment at hospitals in Israel or the West Bank and blackmailing them constitute serious illegal actions,” the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said….

Report: British Jews cancel Abbas meeting
1/23/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Jewish community leaders in Britain canceled a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to London last week, an Israeli newspaper reported Monday. The meeting was supposed to be one of several Abbas has held with Jewish leaders around the world in an effort to increase pressure on….

Rivlin says Jordan diplomatic crisis exaggerated
1/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlinsaid Sunday that peace between Israel and Jordan had benefited both countries, despite a dispute over an undiplomatic letter. Rivlin told Israel Radio that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and “this is a reality,” responding to Jordan’s summoning of Israel’s ambassador over….

Pro-Israel billionaire boosts Gingrich ‘Super PAC’
1/23/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Newt Gingrich’s supporters are celebrating his stunning win in South Carolina, but Mitt Romney has a big jump in the next battleground state thanks to millions of dollars his backers have already poured into the Florida contest for the Republican presidential nomination. Restore Our Future has spent $5 million in Florida….

UK condemns mufti’s ‘inflammatory’ remarks
1/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt condemned on Monday “inflammatory words” used by the Palestinian Authority’s Mufti of Jerusalem at a recent event in Ramallah. Preaching on Jan. 9 at a rally marking the 47th anniversary of the founding of Fatah, Mohammed Hussein read out a Hadith saying the….

Haniyeh pushes coordination with Gaza private sector
1/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday he will form a committee of public and private sector organizations to address problems in the blockaded coastal enclave. After meeting with private sector representatives at the Council of Ministers, the premier encouraged the public sector to coordinate work with private companies to….

Gaza govt constructs, refurbishes 50 security buildings
1/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip has managed to construct 50 buildings used as headquarters for different security services, interior minister Fathi Hammad said Monday. Hammad says 25 of the buildings are new, while the other 25 have been reconstructed after they sustained either partial damage or major destruction….

CEC: Elections offices still closed in Gaza
1/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run government has not reopened elections offices in the Gaza Strip despite pledging to do so two weeks ago, the head of the Central Elections Commission said Monday. Hamas and Fatah agreed to hold fresh elections after signing a reconciliation deal in May 2011, and the parties said the electoral…. Related: Hamas: Elections commission can reopen Gaza offices ‘anytime’

Palestinian bodies protect systems against hacking
1/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian bodies are safeguarding their systems against hacking as cyber crime soars in the Middle East, a Palestinian Authority official said Monday. Presidential adviser on information technology Sabrio Saydam told Ma’an the PA did not have a national team specialized in cyber technology, but said the cabinet was considering….

Hamas: Elections commission can reopen Gaza offices ‘anytime’
1/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Monday rejected criticism that it had failed to open the Central Election Commission’s headquarters in Gaza. CEC chairman Hanna Nasir said Monday that the Hamas-run government had not reopened elections offices in the Gaza Strip despite pledging to do so two weeks ago. The Interior Ministry…. Related: CEC: Elections offices still closed in Gaza

Bethlehem University, student senate reach agreement
1/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The administration of Bethlehem University on Monday reached an agreement with the student senate to end a dispute which shut down classes for five days. BU Vice Chancellor Peter Bray announced the agreement in a statement Monday after weeks of student protests over rising tuition fees and fines for late payment….

In photos: Hebron`s diminishing factory life
1/23/2012 – MaanImages / Eva Pilipp – Artistic glass products, hand-made ceramics and Palestine’s one and only producer of the Keffiyeh, the traditional Palestinian scarf, Hebron’s factory district used to be flourishing. Times have changed, however, amid an increase in settler violence, the economic crisis and a flood of cheaper-made Chinese products. The city’….

Israeli forces seize MP, former minister in Jerusalem
1/23/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided a Red Cross building in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied east Jerusalem and arrested a Palestinian lawmaker and a former minister, onlookers said…. Related: Israel detains 2 more lawmakers

Syria rejects Arab call for Assad to quit
1/23/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria rejected on Monday a request by Arab League foreign ministers that President Bashar Assad hand over power to a deputy and set up a new unity government, saying the plan was part of a “conspiracy against Syria”.” Syria rejects the decisions of the Arab League ministerial council. . . and considers them a violation….

HRW: West must get over Islamist aversion
1/23/2012 – NEW YORK (Reuters) — Western democracies should overcome their aversion to Islamist groups that enjoy popular support in North Africa and the Middle East and encourage them to respect basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Sunday. HRW executive director Kenneth Roth said in the group’s annual report that the past….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR is Concerned over Subjecting Him to Torture, IOF Arrest Patient at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing in the Northern Gaza Strip
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 23 January 2012

International Solidarity Movement

Connect with the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI)
1/23/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 23 January 2012, US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel – A collective of students in Gaza has formed the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI). These students are seeking to expand their collaboration and participation in events and activities with solidarity activists at international universities. PSCABI members…. Related: US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Alternative Information Center

Israel ramps up settlement of East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA , Israel has seized over 1300 dunams of land in and around Occupied East Jerusalem in January alone. Since the new year began just three weeks ago, Israel has already…

Palestine Telegraph

The Palestine Refugee Problem
23 Jan 2012 – London, (Pal Telegraph) – Palestinian refugees and internally displaced Palestinians (IDPs) represent the largest and longest-standing case of forced displacement in the world today. On the 60th anniversary of the Nakba (or ‘Catastrophe’), the destruction of Palestine and the massive displacement of Palestinians by Israel in 1948, two out of every ?ve refugees in the world are Palestinian. At the…

Israel hits northern parts of Gaza Strip
23 Jan 2012 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli artillery Monday shelled Palestinian areas north of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, near the borders with Israel, according to local sources. No injuries were reported.

The National

The Arab League’s potent sting has stunned Damascus
The National 23 Jan 2012 – Bashar Al Assad’s regime thought it had neutralised the threat posed by other Arab states and their monitors. It was wrong, Phil Sands, Foreign Correspondent, reports.

Fuel pumping on Costa Concordia to begin today
The National 23 Jan 2012 – Death toll on the stricken cruise liner off the Italian coast rises to 15 as bodies of two women found.

New taxi service for capital
The National 23 Jan 2012 – Passengers can book using automated phone system that will retain callers’ information.

Treatment in US could turn into a headache for Obama
The National 23 Jan 2012 – Analysis Ali Abdullah Saleh was an ally of the United States in the war on terror. But times change, and now he is a deposed despot – to some, a war criminal – who will be checking into a New York hospital and might not leave quietly.

Saleh ‘wants sanctuary in Oman’
The National 23 Jan 2012 – A foreign diplomat says Muscat is yet to reply, while Yemen’s outgoing president is expected to remain in sultanate for two days before travelling to US for medical treatment.

Hospitals overhaul to tackle gaps in care
The National 23 Jan 2012 – All public and private facilities in Dubai to implement measures that include keeping of health records and disabled-friendly access.

Historic day as Egypt’s elected parliament sits for first session
The National 23 Jan 2012 – New constitution tops politicians’ agenda, but arguments and rebukes break out over taking of oath and how to go about electing the new speaker at assembly.

Trial of Tunisian TV station owner accused of offending Islam postponed
The National 23 Jan 2012 – More than 140 lawyers and others filed suit against Nabil Karoui, the owner of Tunis-based Nessma TV, and two of his employees after the station aired a film in October containing a character representing God.

Observations of a Syrian monitor
The National 23 Jan 2012 – It was Mohammed Salim Al Kaabi’s first visit to Syriasince the revolt began. As an Emirati observer for the Arab League he was warned by anti-government protesters it was not safe to visit their villages.

Captain missing after storm sinks ship
The National 23 Jan 2012 – Five members of the ship’s crew, all Indian nationals, survived after swimming to a nearby breakwater, where rescue teams gathered them up.

State schools to emphasise English
The National 23 Jan 2012 – 17 schools in Dubai and the north will begin daily English lessons for kindergarten pupils.

Cigarette prices could go up
The National 23 Jan 2012 – Government holds talks about introducing tobacco tax.

Ha’aretz

EU Foreign Ministers: Israel’s settlement building ‘particularly’ worrying
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Bedouins take control of Egypt holiday resort, demand 4 million lira ransom
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Anti-Semitism is still flourishing throughout Germany, study shows
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Anti-Semitism remains deeply rooted in Germany, study finds
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Atlanta Jewish Times publisher resigns over Obama ‘assassination’ column
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Senior Muslim Brotherhood member elected Egyptian parliament speaker
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Israel Police arrest Hamas lawmakers in East Jerusalem compound
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Iran steps up threats to close Strait of Hormuz after EU imposes oil embargo
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Netanyahu: EU sanctions step in the right direction
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

IDF personnel chief: All Israelis including ultra-Orthodox should serve in military
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Report: Russia to deliver combat jets to Syria
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

EU agrees on oil embargo over Iran nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Lapid on Facebook: I am not troubled by graduate admissions probe
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

EU set to adopt embargo on Iranian oil
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Interior Minister approves residency for 257 foreign worker families, rejects 118 cases
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

India court drops charges against Israeli arrested for possession of M-16 cartridges
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Syria rejects Arab League demands as ‘flagrant interference’
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2012

Israeli family doctors fear Internet medicine is causing a dramatic change for the worse
Ha’aretz – 22 Jan 2012

Israeli activists fear bus passes may infringe on human rights
Ha’aretz – 22 Jan 2012

Ex-IDF investigator accused of abuse, torture of Mustafa Dirani to sue state
Ha’aretz – 22 Jan 2012

Israeli moshav launches campaign against rail line that will uproot Ecualyptus trees
Ha’aretz – 22 Jan 2012

Israeli ministers backing West Bank outpost evacuation receive death threats
Ha’aretz – 22 Jan 2012

Israeli settlers reject Netanyahu’s request to evacuate largest outpost in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 22 Jan 2012

Tel Aviv orders subcontractors to stop employing asylum seekers
Ha’aretz – 22 Jan 2012

Azerbaijan thwarts terror attack against Israeli, Jewish targets
Ha’aretz – 22 Jan 2012

Jerusalem Post

Islamist-led parliament meets for first time in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Egyptian protesters rally amid rumors army and Brotherhood divvying up post-Mubarak spoils; US officials meet with Salafis.

Migron settlers, PMO seek compromise on demolition
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, MK Danny Danon plan solidarity visit to outpost, ordered by court to be removed by end of March.

Relations with China
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – China is an economic powerhouse that Israel simply cannot afford to ignore.

Our World: America and the Arab Spring
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – The US’s rapid fall from regional power is everywhere in evidence.

Nothing ‘lite’ about me
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Anyone who jumps to call me or others “dati lite,” should think twice before making assumptions and do the same.

‘UN Security Council changes won’t help PA statehood bid’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Addressing Jewish audience in New York, US Ambassador to UN Susan Rice says replacement of five members of the 15-nation council won’t help Palestinians in gambit to win full UN membership.

Why American religion isn’t refining American values
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Our public figures are obsessed with gay marriage and abortion to the exclusion of all other values.

Perry was right on Turkey and Islamic terror
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Those who befriend Iran and finance Hamas have made it clear that they are with the terrorists.

Candidly Speaking: When Ronald Lauder calls on Abbas
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – The timing of a meeting between the head of an organization purporting to represent world Jewry and Abbas was certainly questionable.

‘Bring your green menorah over the Great Wall’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – China and Israel celebrate two decades of diplomatic relations this year, and market access is easier than ever.

Stopping Sudanese genocides
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – South Africa has long been a mediator in Sudan and its leadership is needed now more than ever.

Israel and China – toward the next 20 years
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – The benefits for Israel from closer relations with China are seemingly obvious.

Poll: Majority thinks MKs should consider Diaspora
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Most Israelis believe world Jewry should be considered in lawmaking, poll finds; caucus to address Israel, Diaspora gap.

Atlanta paper owner quits over Obama hit article
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Andrew Adler, publisher of ‘Atlanta Jewish Times’ had suggested Netanyahu deploy Mossad agents to assassinate US president.

Le Guay and his ‘Women’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – ‘The Women on the 6th Floor’ opens a door into a little-known world of Paris in the 1960s. For director Philippe Le Guay however, it was a very familiar scenario.

Syria decries ‘conspiracy,’ rejects Arab plan
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012EU tightens sanctions on Damascus while Russia wavers; analyst: Syrian people know Assad has no credibility left.

US lauds EU sanctions, vows to stop Iran nukes
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Clinton praises EU oil embargo of Islamic Republic as Washington imposes sanctions on Iran’s Bank Tejarat.

Lapid comes out against Omri Casspi Bill
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Journalist turned politician writes on his Facebook page that he opposes bill giving Israelis abroad the right to vote.

‘Syria purchases 36 fighter planes from Russia’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Russian daily ‘Kommersant’ reports Syria, Russia inked $550 million deal for Yak-130 jets in December.

Libya’s neighbors fight to avert slide ‘into hell’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Analysis: Desert areas destabilized by Libyan war risk becoming safe havens for al-Qaida and international criminals.

Egypt parliament chooses Brotherhood speaker
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Mohamed Saad el-Katani, secretary-general of Freedom and Justice Party, appoints speaker during parliament’s 1st session.

‘Trafficking of women for prostitution rings down’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Smuggling of women into country for labor and internet exploitation remain areas of concern, Minister Aharonovitch says.

PLO’s DC landlord may be violating US terror laws
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Shurat Hadin also warnes telecoms company Verizon of legal consequences of providing services to PLO.

Shabbat at the ‘Sundance Synaplex’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Park City shul in Utah is a popular venue for Sundance films as well as ski-in Shabbat services.

Ashton coming to Israel on eve of talks with PA
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012EU foreign policy chief to discuss Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process; EU appoints special envoy to ME.

Alternatively Speaking: Natural remedies
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Alternative medicine enthusiast Natalie Marx answers your questions: Is there a natural remedy for women’s hair loss?

Timeline: Egypt since January protests
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – A timeline of events in Egypt from the revolution to the seating of its new parliament.

Hamas MPs hiding in e. J’lem Red Cross arrested
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Men had been staying in the Sheikh Jarrah compound to avoid arrest after their e. J’lem residency was revoked.

Yishai grants status to 257 kids in Israel illegally
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Additional 118 families have applications rejected, 260 cases are delayed; ruling follows new criteria set last summer.

France vote on genocide law faces Turkish reprisals
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – French senators to vote on law against denying Armenia genocide; Turkey warns of permanent retaliatory measures against Paris.

Sights and Insights: Jerusalem down under
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – The Western Wall Tunnels allow visitors to explore the full length of the Kotel, seeing first-century Jerusalem.

Egypt parliament opens 1st session since uprising
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2012 – Muslim Brotherhood’s party forms the largest bloc; session follows the country’s first free vote in decades.

‘Mashaal planning to visit Gaza with Abbas’
Jerusalem Post 22 Jan 2012 – Hamas leader asked Egypt to grant him passage through Rafah; visit will be ‘first of its kind’ for Mashaal, ‘Al Hayat’ reports.

Committee rejects dental-care plan for elderly
Jerusalem Post 22 Jan 2012 – Ministerial Committee on Legislation opposes bill because deputy health minister is working on his own plan.

Accusation: Shas leaders ‘taking over rabbinate’
Jerusalem Post 22 Jan 2012 – Charges of ‘cronyism’ in appointments leveled by close relative of Ovadia Yosef.

Ministry endorses European warning on MS drug
Jerusalem Post 22 Jan 2012 – Health Ministry adopts recommendations of European Medicines Agency on use of Gilenya (fingolimod).

The Guardian

UK raises concerns over Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children
The Guardian 23 Jan 2012 – Foreign Office minister says he has raised concerns about treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli detention The British government has raised concerns about Israel’s treatment of Palestinian minors arrested and interrogated for stone-throwing and other crimes,…

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The Guardian 23 Jan 2012 – • Arab League sets timetable for the end of Assad regime • Syria rejects the plan as ‘flagrant interference’ • Free Syrian Army resistance in Zabadani and Douma • First day of Egypt’s new parliament Read…

The Arab-Israeli Book Review: Common ground in contested territory
The Guardian 23 Jan 2012 – In focusing on the shared culture straddling the Middle East’s great divide, this new journal is a hopeful step towards mutual understanding The Israel-Palestine struggle has not prospered from scrutiny. Few modern conflicts have caused more…

Cell 36: Palestinian children locked in solitary confinement in Israel – video
The Guardian 23 Jan 2012 – Two Palestinian teenagers talk about their experiences of being held in solitary confinement within Al Jalame prison, northern Israel Harriet Sherwood Mat Heywood Mustafa Khalili

Inter Press Service

EGYPT: A Year On, Tiring of Demonstrations
IPS Several revolutionary groups are calling for mass demonstrations against military rule on Wednesday to coincide with the first anniversary of the January 25 uprising that ultimately toppled the Mubarak regime. But many express doubt the event will succeed in replicating last year’s revolutionary fervour on the part of the masses,…

Uruknet

Medicines in Gaza are hostage to political rivalry that puts lives at risk
Uruknet January 23, 2012 – Ahmad Dahman, 60, is one of hundreds of patients who come to Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital to receive life-saving kidney dialysis treatment each week. And like other patients, he is worried that his health and even his life are at risk because of persistent shortages in medicines and supplies needed for his treatment….

Hebron woman goes on hunger strike over settler attacks
Uruknet January 23, 2012 – - An elderly Palestinian woman spent last week on hunger strike to protest violent attacks by Israeli settlers. Hana Abu Heikel went on the hunger strike on behalf of her family after settlers burned the family car during the previous weekend. Since Israeli settlers moved into the houses surrounding the Abu Heikel…

US drone strike kills 4 in North Waziristan
Uruknet January 23, 2012 – At least four people were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal region on Monday, security sources said. According to residents, one drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in Datta Khel of North Waziristan. The second U.S. drone launched two missile strikes at the house of a local…

US-NATO war crimes in Libya
Uruknet January 23, 2012- … Based on interviews with victims of war crimes as well as with witnesses and Libyan officials in Tripoli, Zawiya, Sibrata, Khoms, Zliten, Misrata, Tawergha and Sirte, the report calls for the investigation of evidence that NATO targeted civilian sites, causing many deaths and injuries. Civilian facilities targeted by NATO bombs and missiles included…

  PCHR is Concerned over Subjecting Him to Torture, IOF Arrest Patient at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing in the Northern Gaza Strip
Uruknet January 23, 2012 -. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns arresting a Palestinian patient from the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing. The patient was heading to a hospital in the West Bank for medical treatment. PCHR is concerned that he may be subjected to torture,…

Relocating Original Sin: The State Is Not Your Friend
Uruknet January 23, 2012 – …o, aw, gee, why would our nice government, a government solely committed to justice, fairness and proportionality in all matters, decide to make such a big deal about it? And why would our nice government do this especially when it leads to “tremendous collateral damage and chilling effects”? I could simply say, “…

Israeli forces seal off occupied West Bank town
Uruknet January 23, 2012 – Israeli occupation forces sealed the entrances to the town of Azzun, east of Qalqilya in the northern West Bank, on Saturday, isolating it from the surrounding area for a short time. In a telephone interview with the local media, the Mayor of Azzun said that the closure was effected by several Israeli…

EU states agree gradual ban on Iran oil, sanctions on central bank
Uruknet January 23, 2012 – European Union governments agreed on Monday to an immediate ban on all new contracts to import, buy or transport Iranian crude oil, a move to put pressure on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme by shutting off its main source of foreign income. However, to protect Europe’s economy as it battles to overcome a…

Read the Center for Constitutional Rights’ “Faces of Guantánamo” Reports
Uruknet January 23, 2012 – In December, I was privileged to work with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights on three reports about Guantánamo that were published to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the prison on January 11, 2012, and released at a press conference in Washington D.C. that The three reports are…

Israel detains 2 more lawmakers
Uruknet January 23, 2012 — Israeli forces on Monday detained two Palestinian MPs during a raid on the Jerusalem headquarters of the International Red Cross. Mohammad Tawtah and former Jerusalem affairs’ minister Khalid Abu Arafa are being questioned by Israeli police on suspicion of conducting “Hamas activities inside Jerusalem,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an. The…

Gaddafi loyalists seize control of Bani Walid
Uruknet January 23, 2012 – Supporters of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have seized control of the town of Bani Walid after clashes with a militia loyal to the new government in which four people were killed, witnesses told Reuters. A resident of Bani Walid, about 200 km south-east of Tripoli, said the sides fought using heavy…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Number of martyrs rose to 12 up till this moment, 7 in Damascus Suburbs “5 Douma,1 Kesweh,1 Talfeta” 3 in Idlib and a martyr each in both of Homs and Hama Arab League Martyrs : One month since the Arab League Observers entered Syria and this has change nothing nor stoped the crime…

NATO’s Libya Bombings Create “Regional” Africa Disaster, Zuma Says
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – …As everybody is aware, the AU developed a political roadmap that would have assisted in resolving the political conflict in that country. The AU’s plan was completely ignored in favour of bombing Libya by NATO forces. The consequences of actions that were carried out in Libya in the name of the UN…

Urgent Appeal – (UA – 3/11) – Settler Violence
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Between 13 January 2011 and 8 January 2012, DCI-Palestine has documented 32 cases of children affected by settler violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including one fatality. The nature of the violence reported by the children includes being shot at, beaten, pelted with stones and sprayed with gas….

The FBI Spied on Me and Then Lied About It
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Five years ago, I joined a group of leaders of the Southern California Muslim community in an attempt to find out whether the government was conducting illegal surveillance at our mosques, our homes, our jobs, in public places and elsewhere. To do so, we filed a request under the Freedom of Information…

Half a dollar a day: The life of a Gaza tunnel-digger
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Did you know Gaza Strip has a Ministry of Tunnels? It’s an important ministry too, as tunnels are a lifeline bringing food and consumer goods to Palestinians. Without them, it’s doubtful that people here would survive the Israeli blockade. Tunnellers toiling in arduous conditions are happy workers – they earn a staggering $…

Arab League calls for Syrian president to hand off power
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Reporting from Cairo and Damascus, Syria- With no end to the bloodshed in Syria, the Arab League on Sunday called for President Bashar Assad to hand over power to his top deputy and sought the formation of a unity government to prepare for early elections. The league’s demands seem certain to anger…

Libya Protests Spur Shake-Up in Interim Government
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Libya’s post-Qaddafi transitional government faced a political crisis Sunday after protesters ransacked its offices in Benghazi, highlighting growing nationwide unease with its leadership and triggering a shake-up in which the governing council’s No. 2 official resigned and several members were suspended. For months, youth groups with a range of complaints have been…

Please sign the White House petition calling for the closure of Guantánamo!
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Ten days ago, on January 11 (the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba), the “Close Guantánamo” campaign was launched, with a mission statement signed by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell; the Hon. John J. Gibbons,…

The problem with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not sharia
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Secularism is not my cause and sharia is not my fear but I am one of those Egyptians who are critical of the Muslim Brotherhood movement – one who made a point of not voting for the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party in the recent elections. My cause is Egypt, the revolution,…

“Each Arab dog will have his day:” Military raids Khalil youth center
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – In an action that appears to have been carried out purely for the entertainment and satisfaction of Israeli settlers, the center of the activist group, Youth Against Settlements, in Tel Rumeida, Al Khalil (also known as Hebron) was stormed by Israeli soldiers at 3pm on the afternoon of Saturday 21st January. Organisation…

The Palestinian children – alone and bewildered – in Israel’s Al Jalame jail
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – The room is barely wider than the thin, dirty mattress that covers the floor. Behind a low concrete wall is a squat toilet, the stench from which has no escape in the windowless room. The rough concrete walls deter idle leaning; the constant overhead light inhibits sleep. The delivery of food through…

Libya’s like Somalia’
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – Somali asylum seekers who fled Libya by boat and were brought to Malta last weekend tell Patrick Cooke that Africans still risk beatings and even death in post-Gaddafi Libya. Zakaria and a fellow Somali were exhausted after carrying out back-breaking manual labour for a Libyan man who had picked them up in…

Tel Aviv refugee froze to death. Go back to Africa, it’s warmer.’
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – An asylum seeker froze to death in a Tel Aviv park tonight.Blogger Inter Spem et Metum collated some of the comments left on the YNET report describing other asylum seekers freezing across the city. What was wrong with Egypt? Why did you come here? Here’s an idea for Abdul and Yusuf -…

Handbook on Israeli Apartheid
Uruknet January 22, 2012 – In July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations created the global BDS movement – for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights” for Occupied Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian diaspora refugees. Since 1948, dozens of UN resolutions condemned…

Libya could fall into “bottomless pit” – NTC chief
Uruknet January 22, 2012- Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), warned on Sunday the country could be heading towards a “bottomless pit” after protesters stormed a government office in Benghazi when he was inside. A crowd demanding the resignation of the Libyan government smashed windows and forced their way into the…

Daily Star

France passes genocide law, faces Turkish reprisals
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 France approved on Monday a bill making it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide.

Korean research, a first step toward Dr. Smartphone?
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Tired of long waits at the hospital for medical tests? If Korean researchers have their way, your smartphone could one day eliminate that — and perhaps even tell you that you have cancer.

Music sales fall again in 2011, but optimism grows
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Digital music revenues rose eight percent in 2011 to $5.2 billion, but it was not enough to prevent another annual decline in the overall market to $16.2 billion from $16.7 billion in 2010.

Police need warrant for GPS tracking: court
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that police cannot put a GPS device on a suspect’s car to track his movements without a warrant.

Yemen sends more troops to militant-held town
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Yemen’s military has sent extra forces to a town seized by Islamists last week after negotiations with the militant group’s leader broke dow.

Syria must do more to protect embassy: US
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 The US said that Syria has offered to take some steps Washington has asked for to boost security at the US embassy in Damascus but that more is needed for the mission to stay open.

History repeats itself in euro crisis debt spat
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 There are weeks when it can sound as if the European sovereign debt crisis is going round in circles.

Nigeria police find hundreds of bombs in violence-torn city
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Nigerian police foiled fresh attacks in the northern city of Kano, discovering 10 bomb-laden cars and hundreds of other unexploded devices from a wave of deadly violence last week.

Africa’s Sahel scrambles to avert slide “into hell”
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Regional rivalries and doubts about Western intervention are hampering efforts by Africa’s fragile Sahara-Sahel zone.

Another side of Ai Weiwei shown in Sundance film
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 A new documentary film offers a glimpse into the life of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, conveying a creative, brave, yet humble man who has become more cautious following his 81-day government detention in 2011.

Libya interior minister denies attack ‘by Kadhafi men’
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Libyan Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali denied that Monday’s attack on the former regime bastion of Bani Walid was carried out by diehards of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Israel arrests two Hamas officials at Red Cross office
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Israeli police on Monday two senior Hamas members at an International Committee of the Red Cross building in East Jerusalem where they had taken shelter for some 18 months.

Russia’s support ‘arsenal’ for Assad exhausted-Kremlin aide
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Moscow can do no more for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a top Kremlin aide said on Monday, opening the way to a shift in Russia’s position after 10 months of bloodshed.

Palestinian woman says locked in bathroom for 10 years
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 A 21-year-old Palestinian woman has told authorities she was locked in a bathroom for the past decade by her father.

US Marine pleads guilty in deal over Iraq killings
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 A US soldier facing court martial over the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in 2005 pleaded guilty Monday to negligent dereliction of duty, in a deal with prosecutors.

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt trade views on filmmaking
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 They’re arguably Hollywood’s highest-profile couple, so it’s only natural that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would privately discuss the art and business of filmmaking. According to Pitt, they don’t always agree.

YouTube hits 4 billion daily video views
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 YouTube, Google Inc’s video website, is streaming 4 billion online videos every day.

Mikati: fund from oil revenue would decrease public debt
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 PM Najib Mikati said the government is in the process of establishing a fund from revenues generated through oil and gas exploration, with the aim of decreasing the public debt-to-GDP ratio by 60%.

At least four dead in ‘pro-Gadhafi’ attack
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Diehards of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Gadhafi attacked a base in his one-time bastion of Bani Walid killing at least four ex-rebel fighters.

‘Underworld’ sinks teeth into box office with $25Mln
Daily Star 23 Jan 2012 Kate Beckinsale is back with a vengeance, with her latest Underworld movie opening at No. 1 this weekend.

YNet

China vice president to visit White House
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – ….

Amnesty: Cuba releases 3 prisoners of conscience
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – ….

A new kind of war
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Israelis frightened by notion of losing to Arabs on technology, hacking front ….

US: Reports over Russia’s combat jet deal with Syria ‘concerning’
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – ….

Iranian MP: Oil embargo to hurt US, European nations
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – ….

J’lem homeless encampment to stay, despite warrant
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – ….

PM, settlers reach compromise on Migron
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Settlers agree to vacate structures in West Bank outpost; gov’t agrees to turn homes into farm instead of razing it ….

‘Nearly half of Israelis won’t receive gas masks’
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Home Front Command may run out of protective kits in three months, leaving millions vulnerable to unconventional warfare ….

NCO suspected of copying secret docs
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – High level noncommissioned officer with top security clearance suspected of downloading thousands of classified IDF documents and emails; says he wanted to be ‘better prepared’ for his next post ….

IDF officer indicted for raping soldier
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Female soldier says master-sergeant dragged her to his room and raped her, despite her pleas to stop ….

The threat of the weak
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Israelis once feared their foes’ strength; now we worry about their weakness ….

Livni slams PM over IDF nominations
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Opposition leader blasts Netanyahu over his reported disagreements with IDF Chief Gantz over next IAF commander. ‘You have no business interfering in such things,’ she tells him ….

‘Green peace’ in West Bank
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Surprising coexistence in Judea and Samaria: Palestinian dealers sold drugs to settlers ….

Beware the humanitarian racist
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Humanitarian racists say non-white people cannot be held responsible for their acts ….

Zoabi endorses anti-Semitic author
YNet News, 23 Jan 2012 – Controversial Arab MK writes foreword for new book by British anti-Israel writer, says ‘racist’ settlement enterprise premised on ‘ethnic cleansing’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

Senior Jordanian sources: Mishaal to visit Jordan on Sunday
PIC – Senior Jordanian sources told the PIC on Monday that political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal would visit Amman next Sunday in the company of Qatari crown prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad.

Special forces kidnap Jerusalemite MP, minister from Red Cross premises
PIC – Israeli special forces stormed the Red Cross premises in occupied Jerusalem on Monday and kidnapped MP Mohammed Totah and Jerusalem minister Khaled Abu Arafa, the PIC reporter said.

IOA extends detention of oldest serving administrative detainee
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) extended for the tenth consecutive time the detention of the oldest serving administrative detainee Ahmed Nabhan Saqer for three months.

Trial of Dweik adjourned to Tuesday
PIC – The Israeli military court in Ofer jail adjourned the trial of Palestinian legislative council (PLC) speaker Dr. Aziz Dweik till Tuesday, his lawyer Fadi Qawasme said.

IOF soldiers detain 9 Palestinians, attack sportsmen, activists
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained nine Palestinian citizens in various West Bank areas at dawn Monday, Hebrew press reported.

Health of detained mother deteriorates in captivity
PIC – The son of 53-year-old Salwa Hassan from Al-Khalil has appealed to human rights groups to demand the release of his mother from Israeli custody after her health badly deteriorated.

IOA notifies farmers of land confiscation in Nablus village
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has notified farmers in Jurish village, south of Nablus, that their land would be confiscated within 45 days and that they should evacuate it.

Detainee Abu Sisi loses one third of his weight
PIC – Dirar Abu Sisi, a Palestinian engineer detained in Israeli Askalan jail, said that he lost one third of his weight ever since his abduction by Israeli Mossad agents a year ago in the Ukraine.

Health ministry denounces IOF arrest of patient at crossing
PIC – The Gaza health ministry has lashed out at the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) for arresting a Palestinian patient at the Beit Hanun (Erez) crossing while on his way to a West Bank hospital.

WAFA

EU’s Ashton to Visit Region
WAFA – 19:23- BRUSSELS, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Monday that she plans to visit the Middle East on Tuesday to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas and Pri …

EU Foreign Ministers Describe Settlements as ‘Worrying Developments’
WAFA – 17:19-BRUSSELS, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels Monday described Israel’s building of settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territory as worrying development…

EUPOL COPPS: Palestinian Officers Conclude Workshop on Police Reporting
WAFA – 16:08-JERICHO, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – Eighteen senior Palestinian police officers have concluded a two-day workshop in Ramallah to enhance their know-how on police reporting through a centralized a crimi…

EU Appoints Representative to Middle East Peace Process
WAFA – 16:06-BRUSSELS, 23 January 2012 (WAFA) – The Council of the European Union appointed Andreas Reinicke as EU Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, said an EU press release on Monday. It sa…

Shaath Discusses Political Developments with Norway Representative
WAFA – 15:55-RAMALLAH, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – PLO Executive Committee Member, Nabil Shaath Monday discussed with Norway Representative for the Palestinian Authority, Hans Jacob, the latest political develo…

PA, France Sign €10m Water Supply Agreement
WAFA – 15:34-HEBRON, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Salam Fayyad Monday signed with the French Minister for Cooperation, Henri De Raincourt, a €10 million water supply agreement, according to a press rel…

Abbas Calls on Quartet to Implement Road Map
WAFA – 15:18-CHUVASHIA/RUSSIA, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Monday called on the international Quartet to make further efforts to implement the Road Map, of which Palestinians completely uphel…

Israel Raids Red Cross Office, Arrests Hamas Officials
WAFA – 14:49-JERUSALEM, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli special forces Monday raided the International Red Cross office in East Jerusalem and arrested two Hamas officials, including one Palestinian parliament me…

Erekat Calls for Release of All Palestinian Prisoners
WAFA – 13:59-JERICHO, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – Fatah Central Committee member and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat Monday called on the international community to immediately intervene to release all Palestinian pris…

Israel Approved 734 Housing Units in East Jerusalem Settlements in 2011
WAFA – 13:46-RAMALLAH, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – Israel approved the building of 734 housing units in East Jerusalem settlements and seized 1367 dunums of land in and around the occupied city since the beginning o…

Israeli Forces Arrest Nine Palestinians across West Bank
WAFA – 12:35-WEST BANK, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli forces arrested nine Palestinians across the West Bank in late night raids at several villages, Palestinian security sources said Monday. They t…

Mufti Denies Reports of Incitement against Jews
WAFA – 10:58-JERUSALEM, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – The Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Monday denied Israeli media reports that he incited against Jews. He told Voice of Palestine radio that “these al…

Israel Shells Beit Hanoun
WAFA – 09:50-GAZA, January 23, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli artillery Monday shelled Palestinian areas north of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, near the borders with Israel, according to local sources. No injuries…

Misc

Egypt’s new parliament holds inaugural session
LA Times 23 Jan 2012 – Egypt’s 498 elected lawmakers are sworn in. The first post-Mubarak parliament is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other religious groups. Men in pressed suits and polished shoes, some carrying holy books and sporting beards, rushed past concrete barricades and hurried beneath a silver dome…

Yemen’s president heads to U.S. for medical treatment
LA Times 23 Jan 2012 – Ali Abdullah Saleh asks Yemenis for forgiveness for the turmoil in the nation and promises to return. Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh left his battered nation Sunday for medical treatment in the U.S., asking his countrymen to forgive him for years of turmoil and vowing…

Arab League calls for Syrian president to hand off power
LA Times 22 Jan 2012 – The regional bloc’s proposals come after a meeting to review the findings of an observer mission. It also seeks the formation of a unity government in Syria to prepare for early elections. With no end to the bloodshed in Syria, the Arab League on Sunday…

Chaotic Start to Egypt’s First Democratically Elected Parliament
New York Times 23 Jan 2012 – The opening session of Egypt’s first democratically elected parliament erupted in chaos Monday as the Islamist dominating the chamber struggled to keep order.

Syria Rejects Arab League Peace Plan
New York Times 23 Jan 2012 – News reports on Monday, quoting Syria’s state-run news SANA agency, said Damascus, as expected, rejected the ambitious plan that had been proposed on Sunday.

Iran Urged to Negotiate as Europe Agrees on New Sanctions
New York Times 23 Jan 2012 – British Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Iran on Monday to “come to its senses” by resuming negotiations that were suspended a year ago on its nuclear program.

Israeli Police Arrest 2 Protesting Palestinian Legislators
New York Times 23 Jan 2012 – The arrests, along with remarks by a Muslim cleric, are seen as a blow to prospects for negotiations on restarting peace talks.

Stability in Iraq Threatened Amid Power Struggle
New York Times 23 Jan 2012 – With political and sectarian factions battling for power and influence following the American withdrawal, violence and instability have escalated across the country.

Bilin Journal: Documentary From Palestinian’s Camera Competes at Sundance
New York Times 23 Jan 2012 – Video shot by a farmer in the West Bank has been turned into a compelling personal tale, called “Five Broken Cameras,” now competing at Sundance.

Arab League Floats New Peace Plan for Syria
New York Times 23 Jan 2012 – Faced with the failure of its observer mission to curb the violence in Syria, the Arab League offered a proposal that would require President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power.

Breaking: Israeli bulldozer, soldiers destroy entire community of Beit Arabiya in West Bank
Mondoweiss – A tragic night in the West Bank. Israeli soldiers accompanied a bullodozer as it destroyed all the buildings in the Bedouin community of Beit Arabiya, northeast of Jerusalem in the West Bank. “People are somber, traumatized, and griefstricken,” says Itay Epshtain of the Israeli Committee Against…

Adelson’s millions come tipped with missiles aimed at Iran
Mondoweiss – Newt Gingrich and his wife celebrate his win in South Carolina Saturday night ( Photo: Matt Rourke/AP/Via Bangor Daily News ). Newt Gingrich’s South Carolina win in the Republican primary thrusts the former speaker, and his benefactor Sheldon Adelson, back into the heart of the political discussion. And…

Why Christian Zionism is nothing short of outright heresy
Mondoweiss –   Israel-Palestine: A Christian Response to the Conflict (2011). We asked Craig Nielsen to tell us about his new book, and the following is an excerpt from the introduction of Israel-Palestine: A Christian Response to the Conflict ( Foundation University Press (2011). Christian Zionism, the belief that…

Israelis arrest Dweik in latest effort to put Palestinian spring on ice
Mondoweiss – Palestinian parliamentary speaker Aziz Dweik was detained by soldiers at a checkpoint in Jabaa, between Ramallah and Jerusalem. (AFP File photo) There’s lots brewing behind the scenes in the lead up to the January 26th Quartet deadline for borders and security proposals. So let’s catch up….

Assassination has been a trusty tool in Zionism’s rightwing movement
Mondoweiss – Swedish diplomat Folke Bernadotte, murdered by Zionists in 1948 The suggestion by Atlanta Jewish Times publisher Andrew Adler that the Mossad assassinate Barack Obama has been justly condemned by many Jewish voices, including Commentary magazine and the Anti-Defamation League . I like Abraham Foxman’s statement, I wish…

Tale of Sodomy and Torture in Occupation Prison
Tikun Olam – Haaretz this week noted  that the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel has brought suit before the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of a Palestinian torture victim.  Two police officers allegedly brutally abused their client in a prolonged police interrogation in 2007. After arresting him early…

Bibi Seeks Iran War Hawk as New Air Force Commander, Chief of Staff Objects
Tikun Olam – Maj. Gen. Yochanan Locker, Bibi’s hand-picked pro-war IDF air force commander candidate (Gali Tibbon/Getty)Yediot Achronot front page headline: ‘Air War’ Yediot Achronot front page headline: ‘Air War’ During the Great Depression, FDR reacted to the Republican-dominated Supreme Court’s stymieing of his New Deal proposals by packing the Court…

Nigeria: Last Batch of Christian Pilgrims Off to Jerusalem
allAfrica.com 23 Jan 2012 – Daily Trust (Abuja)-The last batch of this year’s Christian pilgrims was last night airlifted to Jerusalem at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. Speaking to journalists on the airlifting exercise, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), John Kennedy Opara said the exercise involved…

Increasing Calls for Intervention as Syria Continues to Deteriorate
Arab American Institute 23 Jan 2012 – Though large-scale protests did not erupt in Syria until the March 15 uprising in Daraa, January 26 will be the one-year anniversary of the first Syrian demonstration. The mass movement to oust Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has been fraught with complications, but despite an unimaginably brutal…

Iran dismisses EU oil imports ban
BBC 23 Jan 2012 – Iran says an EU ban on imports of Iranian oil is “unfair” and “doomed to fail”, and will not force it to change course on its nuclear programme.

Israel holds Hamas Jerusalem MPs
BBC 23 Jan 2012 – Israel arrests two senior Hamas MPs who had been sheltering since 2010 in the compound of the international Red Cross in East Jerusalem.

Egypt MPs choose Islamist speaker
BBC 23 Jan 2012 – Egypt’s parliament elects a speaker from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement at its first session since President Mubarak was deposed.

Syria rejects power transfer call
BBC 23 Jan 2012 – Syria rejects an Arab League plan to end months of violence that called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down and hold elections.

No Comment Warranted on Commentary Blog
US Campaign to End the Occupation 23 Jan 2012 – The neo-con rag Commentary had an especially tendentious post on its blog Contentions on Friday proving for themselves beyond a shadow of doubt that there exists a grand conspiracy between Marxism, anti-Semitism, the Occupy movement, and the US Campaign to ” sabotage or at least overshadow the…

B’Tselem to military: Investigate firing of .22-caliber bullets at stone throwers
B’tselem 22 Jan 2012 – On 5 Jan. ’12, B’Tselem wrote to the military advocate general demanding an investigation into the firing of .22-caliber bullets that hit a young Palestinian man who was throwing stones at soldiers during the weekly demonstration in a-Nabi Saleh, on 23 December 2011. B’Tselem also requested…

Articles


Internationalizing the plight of Palestinian prisoners
Ameer Makhoul, Alternative Information Center 1/22/2012
      Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian political prisoner who has been held in Israel jail since April 2010 explains why the issue of Palestinian political prisoners must be embraced by the international community. The success of internationalization can be gauged by the extent to which the issue or question concerned becomes a global concern. It means creating a situation on the ground which makes it impossible for the international system to continue shirking responsibility, or colluding with a dominant or powerful party in usurping the rights of a weaker victim. International mechanisms can then be brought into play to support the restoration of the victim’s rights and enforce compliance on the violator.
     In such cases, justice is the victim’s most potent weapon to offset the power and repressive force of the dominant party — in this case, the racist colonial regime of Israel.
     But there is a basic rule that has been proven and reaffirmed by every popular revolution and liberation movement: it is not sufficient for a group or people to be victims of injustice to earn the world’s solidarity. For the world to support them, these victims must not only be conscious of and committed to their rights but more importantly, they must resist their oppression and oppressors. The victims’ own steadfastness, defiance and struggle is key to transforming international sympathy into solidarity, in the sense of effective political action with a strategic horizon.
     Internationalization lies essentially and primarily in activating and sustaining global popular solidarity, as well as acting to encourage official international bodies to assume their responsibilities. more.. e-mail

Israeli settlements are an affront to European values
MEMO Commentary, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/20/2012
      Israel’s disregard for these values has fuelled the conflict in Palestine and exposed its divergence from internationally-acceptable norms of conduct.
     Nick Clegg’s condemnation of Israel’s settlements as “an act of deliberate vandalism” was the understatement of the week, but it still managed to provoke the wrath of the Israeli establishment. The country’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, claimed during a visit to London that Clegg’s remarks were not only untrue but also unfortunate, damaging and irresponsible.
     The Deputy Prime Minister may have broken the “unwritten rules of the diplomatic game”, as the Daily Telegraph alluded, but he was only stating the obvious. The International Court of Justice ruled in July 2004 that, “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development [... and] have been established in breach of international law.”
     Israel has no right to settle its citizens in the occupied land or displace the Palestinians from their land. Article 49, paragraph 6 of the Fourth Geneva Convention stipulates explicitly that “the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”.
     Any attempt to dismiss Clegg’s view as “personal” is misguided. In reality, he was only articulating a consensual position that is fast gaining ground across Europe. Proof of this official indignation was highlighted in the EU Heads of Mission Report on East Jerusalem, which called on the European commission to consider legislation “to prevent/discourage financial transactions in support of settlement activity”. more.. e-mail

Failed treasury auction portends Egyptian disaster
Spengler, Asia Times 1/22/2012
      Investors bought less an a third of the 3.5 billion Egyptian pounds (US$580 million) worth of Treasury bills offered to the market on January 22, a red flag warning that Egypt’s foreign exchange position is close to the brink.
     Yields on Egyptian government debt maturing in nine months jumped to nearly 16%, but the government could not place its local-currency debt to Egyptian investors, even at that exorbitant rate.
     This is a new and ominous decline in the financial position of the most populous Arab country. I have been warning since last May that “Egypt is running out of food, and, more gradually, running out of the money with which to buy it.” How fast this may occur is hard to specify, but the government’s inability to borrow on money markets suggests that the crunch is not far off. (See The hunger to come in Egypt Asia Times Online, May 10, 2011.)
     Interest rate on Egyptian 9-month treasury bills
     Egypt faces a disaster of biblical proportions, and the world will do nothing about it. Officially, Egypt’s foreign exchange reserves fell by half during 2011, including a $2.4 billion decline during December – from $36 billion to $18 billion, or about four months of imports.
     But the situation almost certainly is worse than that. More than $4 billion left the country during December, estimates Royal Bank of Scotland economist Raza Agha, noting that the December drop in reserves was cushioned by a $1 billion loan from the Egyptian army and a $1 billion sale of dollar-denominated treasury bills. more.. e-mail

Medicines in Gaza are hostage to political rivalry that puts lives at risk
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jan 2012 – Rami Almeghari Gaza Strip 23 January 2012 Gaza health facilities continue to suffer shortages of medicines and equipment because of rivalry between Palestinian political parties, as well as the siege Israel has imposed on the Strip.more

Hebron woman goes on hunger strike over settler attacks
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jan 2012 – Mya Guarnieri Hebron 23 January 2012 Settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank has risen 40 percent since 2010, and 165 percent since 2009, according to the UN. Protesting a wave of settler attacks on her home and property, one elderly Palestinian woman in Hebron went on hunger strike.more

Washington Moves the World Closer to War
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2012 – By Paul Craig Roberts Washington is moving the world toward a dangerous war. The Obama regime is using its Ministry of Propaganda, a.k.a., the American media, to spread the story that President Obama, Pentagon chief Panetta, and other high US officials are delivering strong warnings to Israel not to attack Iran. For someone as familiar with Washington as I am, I recognize these reports for what they are. They are Br’er Rabbit telling Br’er Fox “please don’t throw me in the briar patch.” If you don’t know the Uncle Remus stories, you have missed a lot. Br’er Rabbit was born and raised in the briar patch. What these “leaked” stories of Washington’s warnings and protests to Israel are all about is to avoid Washington’s responsibility for the war Washington has prepared. If the war gets out of hand, and if Russia and China intervene or nukes start flying, Washington wants…more

Iran War: US Eyes Mideast Gendarme Role
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2012 – By Ismail Salami – Tehran The temptation of attacking Iran long entertained by Washington and Israel is gradually crystallizing into a reality of fear and angst and has already become an alarmingly worrisome idea even for those who are wont to see the glass half full. Amidst an escalating crisis following an exchange of threats between Washington and Tehran, US Army Gen. Martin Dempsey has visited Israel to discuss what is claimed to be an effort to stop a possible Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites. This is at least what Western media has been reporting with the manifest purpose of depicting the US government as Mr. Nice Guy who wishes to stop an Israeli attack without having any intention of its own to participate in another military expedition in the Middle East. Is this a sudden political volte face? Indeed, Washington has been acting very strangely lately. US President…more

War Beckons at the Request of Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2012 – By Iqbal Jassat – Pretoria, South Africa As the first month of 2012 ebbs away, a question dominating many conversations is whether war is still likely to break out in the Persian Gulf anytime soon. While tensions have been heating up as “war talk” between regional players adds greater anxiety, it remains unclear whether the Obama administration is willing to risk more American lives in pursuit of an Israeli agenda. Unlike former president George W Bush who seemed hell bent to settle personal scores with Saddam Hussein and was immensely assisted by a largely pliant media to “sell” America’s war on Iraq, Obama is not too certain of gaining similar levels of support. The most obvious challenge he has failed thus far is to obtain a consensus amongst America’s allies. France and Britain may be on board, but for a US president who staked a great deal on forging multilateral…more

Iranian ‘Nuclear Threat’, Israeli Political Realism
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Jan 2012 – By Ludwig Watzal US-American and Israeli politicians and their neoconservative extremist friends in Western Europe and the United States do their very best to provoke the Iranian leadership to react irrationally against the different terrorist attacks by their intelligence services. So far, the Iranian regime has kept cool. But Western media propaganda runs at full speed to rally the public behind the flag of war. Especially in the U. S., it seems easy to manipulate the minds of the benighted population as was the case in relation to Iraq. In the West, Muslims are stereotyped as “liars”, and that they only understand the “language of force”. Such wicked perception is mostly repeated by Israel politicians, American neoconservatives and islamophobic pundits throughout the Western world. Iran’s highest cleric, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in June 2006: “We have no problem with the world. We are not a threat whatsoever to the world…more

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