VTJP News & Articles 20 September 2012: Has David Miliband Changed His Spots?

20 September 2012  — VTJP


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P.A Security Captures Three Soldiers In Nablus, Hand Them Back To Israel
IMEMC – Members of the Palestinian security forces in the northern West Bank city of Nablus captured, Thursday, three Israeli soldiers who infiltrated into the city using a civilian vehicle, and handed them back to the Israeli army. … 

Clashes Took Place Near Ofer Prison, Injuries reported
IMEMC – One Palestinian was injured, on Thursday, at several others received treatment for the effects of tear gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers attacked a protest in solidarity with Palestinian detainees held at the Ofer Israeli prison, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. …

Ailing Detainee To Be Moved To Egypt
IMEMC – Palestinian Minster of Detainee, Issa Qaraqe’, reported Thursday that arrangements are being conducted to transfer ailing hunger striking detainee, Samer al-Barq, to Egypt after a sharp decline in his health condition at a-Ramla Israeli Prison Clinic. …

Settlers Steal Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – A number of armed extremist Israeli settlers illegally confiscated, on Thursday, six Dunams of privately-owned Palestinian lands, south of Al-Khader, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. … 

ISR Legal Counselor Calls For “Cracking Down” On Illegal Outposts
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported Thursday that the Legal Counselor of the Israeli Government sent an official document to Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, asking him ensure the government closely monitors illegal constructions conducted by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. …

Soldiers Kidnap Four, Including Two Children, Near Qalqilia
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, Kufr Qaddoum village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, broke into several homes and kidnapped four residents, including two children. …

World Bank Grants P.A. $14.3 Million
IMEMC – The World Bank stated Wednesday that its transferred on September 12 the amount of $14.3 Million to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, as part of a plan of the Investment Fund to help the P.A resolve its crisis and to help it build its devastated economy. …

Settlers Invade Palestinian Home In Hebron, Attack Family Members
IMEMC – A group of armed extremist Israeli settlers of the Avraham Avino illegal Israeli settlement, invaded on Wednesday a Palestinian home in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and attacked two family members including an eight years old child. …

Ma’an News

Committee: Settlers seize Palestinian land near Bethlehem
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers appropriated six dunams of land belonging to Palestinians south of Bethlehem, a local representative said on Thursday. The land in Khalet al-Fahm, near al-Khader, is owned by the sons of Ali Khader Salah, the local committee coordinator Ahmad Salah told Ma’an. The plot lies adjacent to Israeli….

PA: Samer al-Barq release within hours
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority prisoner affairs minister said Thursday detainee Samer al-Barq was to be released after 122 days of hunger strike. Issa Qaraqe said that al-Barq’s family agreed to his departure to Egypt. Al-Barq will be transferred to a hospital in Egypt for treatment, the minister said. Al-Barq was…. Related: Zubeidi suspends strike, expecting release by PA and Israel: Samer al-Barq still in custody

Ex-detainee threatens to set herself on fire in Ramallah
9/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A former prisoner who was released in a deal between Hamas and Israel in 2011 tried to set herself on fire in central Ramallah on Thursday, onlookers said. The woman, Abeer Odeh, 30, tried to set herself on fire in Ramallah’s Manara square but was stopped by police a….

Zubeidi suspends strike, expecting release by PA
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jailed former fighter Zakaria Zubeidi has suspended a hunger strike after receiving assurances he will be released within days, his lawyer said Thursday. Zubeidi was detained by PA forces on May 13 and his detention has been repeatedly renewed without charges being pressed. After his imprisonment was extended for a further…. Related: PA: Samer al-Barq release within hours

Israel: Samer al-Barq still in custody
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman on Thursday evening denied a PA official’s announcement that hunger-striking prisoner Samer al-Barq is poised for deportation to Egypt.” Its not happening today, and not tomorrow,” she told Ma’an. Prisoners Minister Issa Qaraqe said earlier that al-Barq, on his 122nd day….

PA defends arrest campaign targeting Hamas
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The arrests of scores of Hamas members in the occupied West Bank are unrelated to increasing tensions with Fatah, a Palestinian Authority official said Thursday. Security forces spokesman Adnan Dmeiri told Ma’an that the mass arrests a day earlier were approved through legal channels and not based on the….

Medics: Man killed in Gaza explosion
9/20/2012 – RAFAH (Ma’an) — A man was killed Thursday in an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry said. Rafat Hamdan Abu Qota, 45, was blown apart when an unidentified object exploded in Rafah, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. His remains were taken to hospital, the spokesman added….

Washington’s attitude to Palestinians: The sad truth
9/20/2012 – By Daoud Kuttab – For the second time in less than three months, the leader of a major US party has stereotyped Palestinians in racist and anti-peace terms. The revelation of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy attitude when it comes to the Palestinians sheds light on the gap between declared policies and the truth. In….

IMF: Palestinian economy ‘facing serious risks’
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian economy is facing serious risks, with a slowdown in growth and rise in unemployment in both Gaza and the West Bank, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. A new report says the West Bank’s real GDP grew by an annual average rate of 9 percent, but growth….

Minister: Prisoners summit to meet in Iraq this December
9/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Arab League will sponsor an international conference in Iraq this December to discuss Palestinian prisoners in Israel, the Palestinian Authority prisoner affairs minister said. Issa Qaraqe said in a statement the conference will work towards the recognition of Palestinians as prisoners of war according to international law, and the release….

Shaath heads Fatah Saudi visit to recruit support for UN bid
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Saudi Arabia supports President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid to seek recognition of a non-member state in the United Nations, a senior Fatah official said Thursday. Nabil Shaath met Saudi crown prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a recent trip to the Gulf country to recruit support for the initiative, a….

PLO leader: One-state solution is option, not inevitable
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A top PLO official said Thursday that the one-state solution was just one of several options for the Palestinians, not an inevitable outcome. Ahmad Qurai told Ma’an that “the one-state solution is one of the options the PA has, and not the only one. We will not stop talking….

PA police arrest 3 Israeli soldiers in Nablus
9/20/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces arrested three armed Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, officials said. Police pulled over a red, Israeli-plated vehicle driving in central Nablus and discovered the soldiers, security sources told Ma’an. Weapons were also found in the vehicle. The soldiers….

Hamas: Haniyeh will not go on diplomatic tour after Cairo
9/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will not continue his diplomatic trip from Cairo to other regional countries, a Hamas spokesman said on Thursday. Haniyeh’s visit to Cairo was primarily in order to meet with Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, spokesman Taher al-Nunu said. The Hamas visit to Egypt….

PLO seeks UN upgrade opposed by US and Israel
9/20/2012 – JERICHO (Reuters) — The PLO will ask the United Nations to upgrade its status in the world body by year’s end, enabling it to pursue Israel through the international courts, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. The request to become a non-member “observer state” rather than just an “observer entity”, would give the….

UN envoy: PA state-building at risk amid deadlock
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s achievements in building the institutions of a future state are at risk due to political and economic deadlock, a UN envoy warned on Thursday.” Amidst a fiscal crisis and related social unrest in the West Bank, the stakes are growing,” UN special coordinator for the peace….

Israel says to allow some exports from Gaza
9/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli official said Thursday that military authorities have approved the entry of 100 million shekels from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip to assist with a liquidity crisis, amid a host of measures to facilitate the entry and exit of goods at Gaza crossings. The Gaza Strip is….

Egypt army ‘moves reinforcements to Sinai’
9/20/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — The Egyptian army sent military reinforcements to the Sinai on Thursday, security sources said, after authorities raised the alert level in the wake of the killing of a militant leader. Around 50 tanks and armored vehicles were deployed to the eastern bank of the Suez canal for regular training, and….

Jenin group protests anti-Islam film
9/20/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A group calling themselves “Lovers of God’s Prophet” marched in the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday to protest a film mocking the founder of Islam. The protesters marched through the city carrying copies of the Quran and banners condemning insult to the Prophet Muhammad, a Ma….

Arab nuclear ‘goodwill gesture’ fails to impress Israel, US
9/20/2012 – VIENNA (Reuters) — Arab states said on Thursday they had decided as a “goodwill gesture” to refrain from targeting Israel with a resolution over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the UN atomic agency’s annual assembly this week. Arab envoys said the move was in support of wider efforts to rid the region of nuclear….

Charity economics, subservient politics
9/20/2012 – By Ramzy Baroud – Recent demonstrations in protest of the rising cost of living have swept across the West Bank. While they are not indicative of a Palestinian version of the “Arab Spring,” they are still an important first step. A reasonable demand, however, cannot possibly be for Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to sack….

Fatah leader: Abbas won’t quit
9/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Mahmoud Abbas has no intention to resign and will remain president until the next elections, senior Fatah official Jamal Muhassen said Thursday. Abbas was elected in democratic elections and will leave his post in a democratic way, Muhassan told Ma’an. On Wednesday, the Saudi newspaper al-Watan reported that….

Fatah activists in brief protest over minister’s visit to Dura
9/20/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Dozens of Fatah activists on Thursday protested the visit of Labor Minister Ahmad Majdalani to Dura, a town south of Hebron. Protesters tried to close a street in Dura to stop Majdalani entering and carried signs calling on the Palestinian Authority to fire the minister, but after a series of phone….

Teachers’ union says no plans to strike
9/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The secretary-general of the teachers’ union on Thursday said there were no further plans for strike action. Muhammad Suwwan told Ma’an the union would begin dialogue with the Palestinian Authority on Sunday. Suwwan denied reports the union’s council had decided to call a strike, and said….

Transport union to resume strike action
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The transport workers union on Thursday said it would return to strike action, as it was not satisfied with measures taken by the Palestinian Authority to allay the strikes and protest rallies that rocked the West Bank in recent weeks. Union director Nasser Younis told Ma’an that transport workers….

Abbas calls Hamas leader over brother’s killing
9/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Hamas leader Ahmad Yousef on Thursday to send his condolences after the killing of Yousef’s brother. Ashraf Mahmoud Salah, 38, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday. The Israeli military said Salah was a member of the Popular Resistance Committees who had admitted in…. Related: Medics: 2 killed in Israeli airstrike

Child killed in Gaza car accident
9/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 7-year-old boy was killed Thursday in a car accident in the southern Gaza Strip, the local Health Ministry said. Muhammad Bassam al-Majayda died in hospital after sustaining a head injury in the accident in Khan Younis, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidwa said. Three other children were injured in separate….

10-year-old boy missing in Jenin
9/20/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Security forces are searching for a 10-year-old boy who disappeared on Wednesday afternoon in a town southwest of Jenin. Khalid Bade Barhon was last seen in al-Shuhada town. He came home after school on Wednesday and his mother asked him to go to the market. The child went to fix….

Woman dies after sucked into swimming pool drain
9/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A woman died on Thursday after being sucked into a swimming pool drain in Gaza City. Sahar al-Yaziji, 25, was pulled into the drain during a swimming lesson at a club in Gaza City. Her sister Reem, who was also in the pool, told Ma’an that she tried….

PLO: 18 Palestinians killed in Damascus
9/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — At least 18 Palestinians were killed Thursday and their bodies displayed publicly in Damascus, PLO officials in the capital’s largest refugee camp said. The PLO office in Yarmouk said the Syrian regime “committed a massacre” against Palestinians in the camp. Bodies were found mutilated and charred, it said. PLO….

Western report: Iran ships arms, personnel to Syria via Iraq
9/20/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Iran has been using civilian aircraft to fly military personnel and large quantities of weapons across Iraqi airspace to Syria to aid President Bashar Assad in his attempt to crush an 18-month uprising against his government, according to a Western intelligence report seen by Reuters. Earlier this month, US officials said….

Actress sues California man linked to anti-Muslim film
9/20/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — An actress in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world sued a California man linked to the film on Wednesday, accusing him of duping her into appearing in the video she had been led to believe was a desert adventure movie. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia also named Google Inc….

Sudan orders YouTube block over anti-Islam film
9/20/2012 – KHARTOUM (Reuters) — Sudan has ordered the blocking of access to the YouTube website to prevent people watching a film that insults Prophet Mohammad, a senior government official said Wednesday. YouTube owner Google Inc. has already blocked access to the film in Egypt, Libya, India and Indonesia after deadly protests in several countries, but it has….

French man held over Muhammad cartoon revenge plan
9/20/2012 – PARIS/MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – Police detained a young man in southern France on Thursday on suspicion that he was planning a revenge attack on the staff of a satirical magazine which published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. Anti-terrorism magistrates near the Mediterranean port city of Toulon questioned the 18-year-old after he threatened in a….

US probes whether Benghazi attackers had inside help
9/20/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — US authorities are investigating possible collusion between militants who launched a deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya and locally hired Libyan personnel guarding the facility, three US officials said. So far there is no proof that the attackers, who killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US officials, were….

Activists: Syrian air strike kills at least 54
9/20/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — At least 54 people were killed when a jet fighter blew up a fuel station amid heavy fighting between government and rebel forces in northern Syria on Thursday, a British-based monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists across Syria reporting on government violence during the….


Israeli airstrike ‘kills two’ in Gaza
AlJazeera 20 Sep 2012 – Attack near Rafah town in Gaza Strip has killed two security officials and wounded another, Palestinian officials say.

Palestine News Network

Hunger Strike Continues, Though Strikers’ Health Condition Deteriorated
Palestine News Network

Settlers Seize 6 Acres from Al-Kader Lands, Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest 6 Palestinians from Qalqiliya, Hebron
Palestine News Network

Two Palestinians Killed in Israeli Airstrike on a Car, East of Rafah
Palestine News Network

The Sad Truth About US Attitude Towards Palestinians
Palestine News Network

A Released Female Prisoner Attempts to Set Herself Alight in Central Ramallah
Palestine News Network

Mordechai: Israel is Not Interested in a New Escalation in Gaza
Palestine News Network

EU and PA Ministry of Social Affairs Celebrate Joint Achievements
Palestine News Network

Occupied Lives: Nothing Left to Hope For
Palestine News Network

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concerned for the Lives of Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike, Reiterates Rejection of Forcible Transfer of Civ…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Take Action: Verdict in Corrie Case Requires U.S. Investigation
9/20/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – September 19 2012, US Campaign to End the Occupation – Urge the U. S. Government to Investigate Israel’s Attacks on Rachel and Others – Rachel Corrie was a U. S. citizen and a human rights defender committed to ending Israel’s illegal demolition of Palestinian homes. According to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions,Israel….

The National

Syrian refugees need far more aid: relief agencies
The National 20 Sep 2012 – Approach of winter means 200,000 face freezing nights in tents in the Jordan desert.

Assad warplane bombs busy petrol station, Syria groups claim
The National 20 Sep 2012 – Meanwhile, helicopter crashes after clipping commercial airliner carrying 200 passengers.

Tunisia bans film protests over violence fear
The National 20 Sep 2012 – Troops deployed in Islamabad while the US airs advertisements in Pakistan condemning the film.

Anti-Islam film causes barely a ripple in Syria
The National 20 Sep 2012 – A controversial film mocking Islam may have provoked angry demonstrations across the Muslim world, but in Syria, a country slipping ever deeper into a complex and bloody conflict, it seems to have barely raised a murmur.

Brotherhood ‘sought Islamist state in UAE’
The National 20 Sep 2012 – UAE authorities have confirmed they have arrested scores of Muslim Brotherhood members planning to seize power.

Apple’s iOS 6 update leaves UAE iPhone, iPad and iPod users fuming
The National 20 Sep 2012 – Take our poll: Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users in the UAE who downloaded iOS 6 as soon as it became available last night had little to celebrate as most of the exciting new features do not work in the Emirates, and the new Maps app misses out landmarks such as the Dubai Mall. 

Iranian cleric beaten up by ‘improperly dressed’ woman
The National 20 Sep 2012 – An Iranian cleric said a woman he “politely” chided for having her head partly uncovered gave him such a brutal beating he was hospitalised for three days.

Seventy one prisoners set free with help from Dubai humanitarian section
The National 20 Sep 2012 – Thirty inmates were released last year, seven in 2010 and another 34 inmates in 2009.

Al Qaeda chief Zawahiri’s brother says West ‘must leave Middle East’
The National 20 Sep 2012 – Mohammed Al Zawahiri, who has fashioned himself as a peace emissary for the Muslim world, says the US and its allies must leave Muslim countries and stop their wars in exchange for assurances that Islamic groups will not attack western targets.

Bid to remove anti-Islam film from YouTube denied by US court
The National 20 Sep 2012 – Actress Cindy Lee Garcia had sought to have the film removed in a suit against YouTube parent company Google Inc and a California man linked to the film, saying she was duped into taking part and had since received death threats.


Remembering Hiroshima: Four survivors bring message to the Middle East
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Minister of Defense Barak to Rahm Emanuel: Netanyahu has no intention in meddling in U.S politics
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Deputy FM: Israel doesn’t meddle in internal U.S. politics
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

New owner of Maariv daily commits to employing solely 300 current workers
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

‘Israel misled U.S. diplomats during Sabra and Shatila massacre’
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Abba Eban: Israeli leaders thought Egypt wouldn’t start a war it was liable to lose
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Ex-IDF Northern Command chief: MI was unaware of warning of Syrian attack in 1973
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Palestinians seek UN upgrade opposed by Israel, U.S.
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Documents: Explicit warning of Yom Kippur War failed to reach Israeli leaders
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Poll: Majority of Palestinians, Israelis say attack on Iran would result in major war
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Israel’s Hebrew U. joins largest online educational project in world
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

AG urges Barak to allow inspectors to prosecute illegal construction in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

A sad farewell from the man who wrote the words that made a state
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Israeli businessman sells Maariv daily to owner of right-leaning newspaper
Ha’aretz – 20 Sep 2012

Foreign fish threaten marine life in eastern Mediterranean
Ha’aretz – 19 Sep 2012

Kiryat Gat teen wins first prize in international physics competition
Ha’aretz – 19 Sep 2012

Knesset clock is stopped over daylight saving time
Ha’aretz – 19 Sep 2012

One lifeguard to watch all of Tel Aviv beachfront this winter
Ha’aretz – 19 Sep 2012

Psychiatric evaluation ordered for alleged second-time wife-killer
Ha’aretz – 19 Sep 2012

Jerusalem Post

Holyland trial gets angry, personal and entertaining
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – First Person: The weeks of listening to the state list in a monotone a line of documents and alleged illegal checks and bribes are over. 

‘Ma’ariv’ photographer looks back on decades of work
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – With 22 years spent as photojournalist at ‘Ma’ariv’ Aloni is one of veteran employees facing an uncertain future as paper on the verge of closing. 

Rahat mom suspected of murder to undergo psych exam
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Shock and horror grips the Beduin city after local mother arrested on suspicion of brutally murdering three of her children. 

As Syrian conflict worsens, concerns soar in Turkey
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Border region awash with refugees and Kurdish militants; 54 killed in strike on fuel station in northern Syria

Local firm exports grafted vegetable seedlings
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – A moshav-based Israeli agricultural group is bringing its tailored system of grafted vegetable seedlings worldwide. 

‘Night of the Scientists’ spotlights computers
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Events showcasing science to be free to the public at universities and research institutes next week. 

Israel raps Berlin Jewish Museum for boycott event
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Embassy criticizes museum for hosting Judith Butler, who expressed support for the BDS movement against Jerusalem. 

Iran’s deceit
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Iranian leaders have not shied away from extraordinary honesty of late. The same sort of bluntness and candidness should be employed by the West. 

What’s more virtuous, paying taxes or giving charity?
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Those who want to pay more taxes are welcome to. It’s a free country. But all of us need to push ourselves to give a lot more charity. 

The Jewish refugee issue
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Every Jew in the world has only one homeland – Israel. Since its establishment, there is not and will not be Jewish refugees in the world. 

Bill Clinton for the Middle East peace process
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Savir’s Corner: Bill Clinton has the necessary character and capacities to implement a proactive American Middle East policy, under President Obama as of 2013, if indeed he is reelected. 

Declassified Yom Kippur war papers reveal failures
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Shortcomings include failure to pass on warning of imminent war from a Mossad handler, erroneous IDF intelligence assessments. 

Preparing for the day after
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Netanyahu’s people are well aware of what they can expect from the White House in a second term for Obama. They are fully aware of how much the American president has grown to despise everything that the Israeli prime minister represents. 

Flip-flops and flip-flopping
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – I am amazed at the polarization in US politics and quite frankly disappointed that the debate deals less with values and ideas, and more with disqualifying and slandering of the other side. 

MKs express support for embattled ‘Ma’ariv’ paper
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – From across the political spectrum, members of Knesset call for gov’t intervention, labor strikes to save newspaper. 

PLO: Over 400 Palestinians killed in Syria conflict
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Head of the PLO’s refugee department claims victims were killed in the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus. 

US, Britain, France warn Iran: Time for talks running out
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Western diplomats at UN Security Council wag finger at Iran but fail to set red lines over the country’s illicit nuclear program; Barak arrives in NY in advance of UN General Assembly meeting. 

Report: Restrictions on religion rise worldwide
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Three-quarters of world’s population lives in states where religious practice is restricted in some way, study finds. 

PMO: PA’s UN statehood bid violates Oslo process
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Netanyahu spokesman slams PA plan to ask UNGA for “territorial terms” for 2-state solution as “ultimate in disingenuous behavior.” 

US media casts doubt on official Libya account
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Reports suggest attack on US consulate in Benghazi preplanned, possibly by al-Qaida, led by former Guantanamo inmate. 

Court: No temporary ban on anti-Islam video
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Petitioners request court force Google to block access in Israel to video; A-Sanaa: Courts would block film ridiculing the Holocaust. 

The Weekly Schmooze: Gangnam-Jewish Style
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – JPost column on hottest Jewish news: Andy Samberg on BBC; Colbert’s Yom Kippur AtonePhone; Bar Refaeli’s Tel Aviv. 

Hundreds of ‘Ma’ariv’ workers protest sale in TA
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Ma’ariv Holdings files stay of proceedings, reporting debt of NIS 408m. – of which almost a quarter is owed to employees. 

Family Matters: Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Apologies can be difficult, but Yom Kippur is a time to put conflict aside and embrace a fresh new start.

The dangers of misperception
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – To stop the violence, the Arab world and the West must take concrete steps to bridge cultural divides. 

US election ad featuring PM to debut in Florida
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Republican-linked group to spend $1m. to play ad of Netanyahu discussing Iran threat in cities with large Jewish populations. 

Turkish report: Syrian missile shot down warplane
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Ankara’s military prosecutor concludes that Turkish fighter jet was shot down in international air space. 

US official: Libya attack not planned in advance
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Best information now indicates attack that killed US Ambassador was opportunistic, not planned ahead of time. 

Syrians fear Libyan assault will cost US support
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Many believe Assad’s foes will pay the price for the attacks on US diplomatic posts. 

Egyptian women battle harassment on the streets
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Women’s groups call on President Morsy to help combat increasing incidents of sexual harassment against women. 

World refocuses on Syria as Assad’s circle crumbles
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2012 – Former head of Syria‘s weapons arsenal admits regime has plans for chemical attack on its own civilians as “last resort.” 

Rahat mother suspected of killing 3 of her children
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012 – Shock and horror grips the Beduin city after local mother arrested on suspicion of brutally murdering three of her children. 

Columnist calls German journalist ‘pure anti-Semite’
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012 – ‘Die Welt’ columnist Broder calls editor of German weekly “little Streicher,” referring to editor of Nazi-era publication. 

Israeli dairy herd firm wins huge Belarusian tender
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012 – AfiMilk wins 12 million-euro tender to provide its advanced milking parlors to locations around the Eastern European country. 

Republicans, Democrats parade Jewish supporters
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012US Republicans take ad about disenchanted Democratic Jews to key swing states as part of $5m. media campaign. 

Pilot project to test part-time hospital residencies
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012 – IMA, Health Ministry to assess trial program that would make it easier for women to train as doctors. 

TA Activists threaten suicide ‘for social justice’
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012 – “Love Revolution” protesters block Dizengoff Street, call to break down “walls between us.” 

National treasure Haim Hefer laid to rest in Ein Hod
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012 – Poet, song writer, film maker, playwright and former Palmachnik Haim Hefer laid to rest in Ein Hod Artists Village. 

US felt Israel mislead it over ’82 Beirut occupation
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012 – Declassified documents show tense conversations between US ambassador, Sharon surrounding Sabra and Shatilla, ‘NY Times’ reveals. 

Syrian rebels seek int’l intervention, just not Iran
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2012 – SNC head Abdulbaset Sieda says Tehran is “part of problem”; seek Libya-style action as rebels gain control of Turkish frontier. 

The Guardian

Letters: Designer politicsy
The Guardian 20 Sep 2012 – Your feature on Yves Béhar ( The laws of fizzics , G2, 19 September) praises his ability to design objects that “make their purchasers feel as if they’re saving the world”. Unfortunately, it fails to mention that SodaStream,…

Binyamin Netanyahu gambles on Mitt Romney victory
The Guardian 20 Sep 2012 – Israeli prime minister denies interfering in the US election, but his relationship with Barack Obama grows more antagonistic The political TV advertisement featuring Binyamin Netanyahu and the slogan “The world needs American strength, not apologies” is…

Palestinians need a one-state solution | Ghada Karmi
The Guardian 20 Sep 2012 – Palestinian autonomy is an illusion. A plan B involving a struggle for equal rights would expose the reality of occupation by Israel It is one year this week since the Palestinians applied for UN membership. President…

Netanyahu appears in Obama attack ad warning of Iran nuclear plan
The Guardian 20 Sep 2012 – Footage of Israeli prime minister edited by group meant to air in US Jewish districts amid talk of tension with Obama A new political ad produced by a fringe nonprofit group uses footage of Israeli prime…

Palestinian official says Mitt Romney is undermining hopes for peace
The Guardian 20 Sep 2012 – Top aide to Mahmoud Abbas rejects Romney’s recent video remark that Palestinians have ‘no interest whatsoever’ in peace A senior Palestinian official has said Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is undermining hopes for peace and…

Israeli air strike on Gaza kills two Palestinian security officials – video
The Guardian 20 Sep 2012 – An Israeli air strike has killed two Palestinian security officials in the Gaza town of Rafah, Hamas says

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: Arab Democracies and the West
IPS Anti-Western protests across the Arab Islamic world denouncing the anti-Islam video, reportedly produced in the United States, is a serious test for the new democratic governments in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. It is time for the new Arab democracies to explain to their peoples publicly and forcefully that…

Egyptian Christians in Uneasy Safety
IPS Many of Egypt’s Coptic Christians met the recent assumption of the presidency by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi with trepidation, even panic – some even made plans to leave the country. Almost three month’s into Morsi’s term, these fears, say some experts, appear largely unfounded. “Copts were mortified when Morsi…

Palestinian Authority Faces Fiscal Crisis, As World Bank Blames Israelis
IPS With a shortfall of some 400 million dollars this year, the Palestinian Authority (PA) faces a “deepening fiscal crisis”, according to new reports released here Wednesday on the eve of a critical donors’ conference by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The two agencies said they hoped…


Settler attack in Aqraba leaves 3 injured, 1 hospitalized

NATO’s Afghan Victory ‘Hoax’ is Fully Exposed

UK’s Role in US Drone Strikes Challenged by Former Law Chief

Italy court upholds “rendition” convictions on ex-CIA agents

Why are Palestinians protesting the Paris Protocol?

Israel refuses to release official documents about Sabra and Shatila massacre

Mistreatment of refugees in Israel doesn’t stop at border

Palestinians killed in Damascus camp

Attacks force US to halt joint operations with Afghan troops

“They shot my father in the head”: interview with survivor of Sabra and Shatila massacre

Daily Star

UK soldier unexpectedly gives birth in Afghanistan
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 Hours after a British soldier in Afghanistan told medics she was suffering from stomach pains, the Royal Artillery gunner unexpectedly gave birth to a boy – the first child ever born to a member of Britain’s…

Tunisia bans protest over French Muhammad cartoons
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 Tunisia’s government has banned any protests Friday against a French satirical weekly’s publication of lewd, crude caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Obama solidifies lead over Romney, ahead by five points
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 President Barack Obama maintains a lead of 5 percentage points over Republican Mitt Romney as he solidifies his advantage in the U.S. presidential race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.

Rebels unite in fight for Syria’s largest city
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 Rebels have taken a major stride in uniting their ranks in the battle for Syria‘s largest city, giving them hope they could tip the balance after three months of bloody, stalemated combat in Aleppo, one of…

Assad slams Turkey, Saudi, Qatar over rebels: report
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 President Bashar al-Assad has hit out at Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, accusing them of arming Syrian rebels but insisting they will not win, according to excerpts from an interview to appear in an Egyptian newspaper…

‘Friends of Syria’ want world to choke regime’s resources
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 Diplomats from over 60 nations and the Arab League met in the Netherlands on Thursday and urged the UN Security Council to choke off the resources Syria‘s regime needs to battle an 18-month uprising.

STL defense accuses U.S. of political interference
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 Defense attorneys at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon accuse the United States of political interference in the court’s work after the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on defendant Mustafa Badreddine.

Turkey border gate marks key gain for Syria rebels: experts
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 Rebels are consolidating potentially strategic territorial gains in northern Syria, having seized yet another border crossing into Turkey from already stretched regime forces, experts say.

Behind closed doors, Romney gossips, imitates Kissinger
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 The surreptitious video recording of a fundraiser held for Republican Mitt Romney in May provided a rare glimpse of how he views supporters of President Barack Obama – as government dependent

Iraq province bans Bahrain carrier flights
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 An Iraqi provincial council decides to ban flights by Bahrain’s carrier Gulf Air in solidarity with those facing “repression” in the tiny Sunni-ruled kingdom.

Libyan security aide quits, deepening void after Benghazi attack
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 The head of a committee tasked with finding posts for militia fighters in the police in eastern Libya said he had quit, becoming the third senior security figure sidelined a week after a deadly attack on…

Palestinians seek U.N. upgrade opposed by U.S. and Israel
Daily Star 20 Sep 2012 The Palestinians will ask the United Nations to upgrade their status in the world body by year’s end, enabling them to pursue Israel through the international courts, a senior Palestinian official says.

YNet News

$2.5 billion distributed to Madoff victims
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – ….

Car blast kills 1 in central Israel
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – Moving vehicle explodes in Hod Hasharon, killing driver; police investigate possibility of assassination ….

Iran slams Israel’s nuke program
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – ….

It’s a holy war, stupid
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – Analysis: Radical jihadists determined to establish Sunni Islamist state in the Levant ….

Explosions sound in Gedera; IDF: Routine training
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – ….

One killed in explosion in Hod Hasharon
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – ….

PM: Elections won’t be moved up
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – ….

Barak meets Rahm Emanuel to discuss US-Israel ties
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – Defense minister meets former White House chief of staff in bid to smooth over discord between Washington, Jerusalem ….

Judge: Offended by film? Don’t watch it
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – Court rejects Arab leaders’ request for temporary ban on anti-Islam film; Judge postpones permanent ruling until response from Google is submitted ….

New form of West Bank terror: Stone barriers
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – Assailants place piles of rocks on West Bank roads, aiming to cause car crashes; residents find stone barriers on weekly basis ….

God owns cannabis patent 
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – Op-ed: Moshe Feiglin says legalization of light drugs supported by Jewish message of freedom ….

Second anti-Israel term 
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – Op-ed: US Jews should carefully consider grave consequences of choosing Obama over Israel ….

Israel asks IAEA for inspection of Soreq reactor 
YNet News, 20 Sep 2012 – Speaking before IAEA conference, head of Israel Atomic Energy Commission says safety assessment will ‘benefit Israeli public’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas condemns attacks on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria
PIC – Hamas condemned attacks targeting Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, calling for the Palestinian refugees not to be used in the Syrian crisis.

Prisoner society calls for immediate release of two hunger strikers
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner society said hunger strikers Hasan Assafadi and Samer Barq is in very serious health situation and demanded their immediate release.

Hamas deplores the French justification in abusing religions
PIC – Hamas expressed its condemnation of the French officials’ justification of insulting Islam and religions on the pretext of freedom of speech ” while they criminalize Holocaust denial”.

The prisoners Committee: re-arrest of liberated prisoners is a betrayal
PIC – The prisoners Committee for the National and Islamic Forces condemned the PA brutal arrest campaign in the West Bank against a large number of released prisoners from Israeli jails.

Qassem: PA arrest campaigns protect the occupation
PIC – Professor Abdul Sattar Qassem stated that PA political arrests against the Palestinian people in the West and Hamas members in particular, came as a protection of the Israeli occupation..

IOA issues 3 demolition orders in Silwan
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) handed, on Wednesday, demolition orders against two houses and a Palestinian shop in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem..

Popular resistance: The recent PA arrest campaign aims to please Israel
PIC – The popular resistance movement said the political arrests in the West Bank were an attempt by the PA government to please the Israeli government which offered to help it in its financial crisis.

UK rights group slams wide PA arrest campaign in W. Bank
PIC – The Arab organization for human rights in Britain strongly denounced the Palestinian authority security forces for carrying out massive arrests among its citizens in the West Bank. 


EU, Social Affairs Ministry Honor Employees Excelled in Training Program
WAFA – 20 Sep 2012

Striking Prisoner to be Deported to Egypt
WAFA – 20 Sep 2012

PA Economy Facing Serious Risks, says International Monetary Fund
WAFA – 20 Sep 2012

Rights Group Holds Israel Responsible for Striking Prisoners’ Lives
WAFA – 20 Sep 2012

Settlers Takeover Land south of Bethlehem
WAFA – 20 Sep 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Soars
WAFA – 19 Sep 2012


In Syria, Aleppo residents grapple with hardship, uncertainties
LA Times 19 Sep 2012 – As fighting drags on, Aleppo has gone from Syria‘s affluent business hub to an edgy, apocalyptic city where life and commerce have yielded to homicidal mayhem. ALEPPO, Syria — The elderly woman, covered in a long black gown and matching headdress, was despondent. Tears of…

Iran Atomic Official Says Iran Used False Data to Fool Spies
New York Times 20 Sep 2012 – Fereydoon Abbasi said that his government gave wrong information to protect its nuclear program. 

Palestinians Aim for ‘Nonmember State’ Status at U.N.
New York Times 20 Sep 2012 – Palestinians are returning to the General Assembly next week seeking largely symbolic “nonmember state” status, lamenting a “lost year” of no peace talks, expanding Israeli settlements and deteriorating economic conditions. 

Restrictions on Religion Are Tightening, Study Finds
New York Times 20 Sep 2012 – Government restrictions on religion around the world were highest in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in the period before the Arab Spring uprisings, a Pew study found. 

Assault on Consulate in Libya a ‘Terrorist Attack,’ White House Says
New York Times 20 Sep 2012 – The White House, after Republican criticism, said it was “self-evident” that last week’s assault on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, was a “terrorist attack.” 

The Lede Blog: Cairo’s Graffiti Revolutionaries Reclaim Wall
New York Times 20 Sep 2012 – After the authorities in Cairo painted over a graffiti mural dedicated to the martyrs of the Egyptian revolution this week, the city’s street artists struck back, beginning a new mural on the same wall. 

Haim Hefer, Israeli Songwriter and Poet, Dies at 86
New York Times 20 Sep 2012 – Mr. Hefer, who could be an acerbic critic of Israeli political leaders, helped forge a national identity in contemporary Hebrew with his lyrics and newspaper columns written in verse. 

U.S. Senator Warns Iraq Over Flights Into Syria
New York Times 20 Sep 2012 – Senator John Kerry said on Wednesday that aid to Iraq might be made contingent on cutting off flights shuttling military supplies from Iran to the repressive regime in Syria

Gulliver 3D seismic survey begins 
Globes Energy & Water – The survey of the offshore license carried out by Aris Geophysical will cost $7 million.

NIS 5.8b mortgages taken in August
Globes Main News – NIS 450 million more in loans using homes as collateral were taken, the Bank of Israel reports, bringing total loans to a record NIS 6.25 billion.

“Ma’ariv” sold to Ben-Tzvi for NIS 45m
Globes Main News – The newspaper has been sold but with debts of NIS 408 million, Ma’ariv Holdings has filed for a stay-of-proceedings.

Israel denies “wealthy Jew” sent to mediate with Turkey
Globes Main News – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says “the world’s wealthiest Jew” was unable to persuade him to improve ties with Israel.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 up 0.5% on short holiday week
Globes Main News – Mellanox is again on the rise, but Teva fell on the day’s largest turnover.

Shekel loses ground against dollar after recent gains
Globes Main News – Despite today’s reversal in the strengthening of the shekel, FXCM Israel sees the shekel reaching NIS 3.85/$.

Partner cancels dividend
Globes Main News – The move comes after Hutchison cancelled its planned acquisition of Partner’s parent company Scailex from Ilan Ben-Dov.

Merrill Lynch sees Israeli economy losing momentum in Q3 
Globes Macro Economics – Merrill Lynch concludes in its latest survey, “Data do not point to much optimism.”

Netanyahu Shilling for Romney in Florida TV Ad
Tikun Olam – Now, I’ve seen everything.  Back in the day, an Israeli prime minister wouldn’t breathe a word about his personal political preferences regarding U.S. presidential races.  Israel’s leaders knew that they’d need to work with whoever became president, and for them discretion was the better part of…

Why Bibi, Barack and Mitt Are All Wrong on Iran
Tikun Olam – Many of you will remember the title of Milan Kundera’s major novel of the 1990s, The Unbearable Lightness of Being .  My original title for this post was The Unbearable Chutzpah of Bibi , till I decided the current title was more apt.  But when you read…

3 NY Jewish groups condemn Pam Geller’s ‘savages’ ad in subways
Mondoweiss – This just in. Three NY Jewish groups are combating the anti-Muslim ad campaign debuting in our subways next week. “Jewish Groups Condemn Ads Promoting Hate and Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Pledge to Challenge Islamophobia”: Jews Against Islamophobia (JAI), a coalition of three Jewish organizations, condemns the hate-mongering…

Friedman’s mirror
Mondoweiss – Thomas Friedman. Imperious New York Times foreign affairs columnist and Pulitzer Prize magnet Thomas Friedman sometimes transcribes URLs in his dispatches. In 2006, for example, he directed us to www.fclimo.hu , the website of his limousine driver in Budapest, a “Communist-era-engineer-turned-limo-proprietor” whose globalizing metamorphosis enabled Friedman to…

Fraudsters: New report highlights how Islamophobes have no expertise in the religion they claim to know
Mondoweiss – Screenshot of a new Muslim Public Affairs Council report The overwhelming majority of the people who make up the Islamophobic right in the U.S. have no formal credentials on Islam, a new report from a Muslim-American group says. 24 out of 25 of the figures the…

Obama’s latest UN appointment is calculated to increase US esteem in Europe and Arab world — Not
Mondoweiss – Cheryl Saban On September 4, Haim Saban endorsed Obama on the Times op-ed page , saying he was great for Israel, and good for the settlements too! Well, 16 days have passed. And Politico reports : The Obama administration has nominated Cheryl Saban, wife of Israeli-American billionaire Haim…

Wallace Shawn endorses Russell Tribunal on Palestine and takes on the ‘singling-out’ critics
Mondoweiss – The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is coming to New York in two weeks and here is a great video they’ve put up of the wonderful Wallace Shawn explaining why he cares. And here’s the press release from the Russell Tribunal: “As an American taxpayer and sometimes…

Hundreds Facing Axe at Israel’s Ma’ariv 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Sep 2012 – Just before the Yom Kippur, hundreds if not thousands of workers at the Maariv daily newspaper will be out of work. Many may also not receive the severance pay or pensions they thought they had coming. Maariv’s journalists union said they would strike beginning on Monday…

Israeli Court Won’t Block Anti-Islam Film 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Sep 2012 – A Jerusalem court denied a request by Arab-Israeli politicians and religious leaders seeking to remove an anti-Muslim movie from YouTube and block all Israeli access to it. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinians Will Seek U.N. ‘Observer State’ Status 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Sep 2012 – The Palestinians will ask the United Nations to upgrade their status in the world body by year’s end, enabling them to pursue Israel through the international courts, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Just 18% of Israelis Favor Solo Strike: Poll 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Sep 2012 – Around 80 percent of both Israelis and Palestinians say that an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would ignite a major regional war, a joint Israeli-Palestinian survey indicated on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Mursi Condemns Syrian Regime, Warns Iran 
allAfrica.com 20 Sep 2012 – [ThinkAfricaPress]What’s behind Egyptian President Mursi’s Syria policy?

Eritrea: Eritrean Newspaper Man in Israel Tells It Like It Is 
allAfrica.com 20 Sep 2012 – [RNW Africa]Earlier this month, 21 refugees from Eritrea made international headlines when stranded at the Israeli-Egyptian border. Last month, three migrants from the east African country were stabbed at a Tel Aviv internet café. Critics say the Israeli government blacklists these refugees as infiltrators, even considering…

Palestinians die in Gaza air raid 
BBC 20 Sep 2012 – An Israeli air strike on Gaza kills two Palestinian border guards, whom Israel says belonged to a “terrorist group”.

A Sea Change in US-Israeli Relations? 
Sabbah report 20 Sep 2012 – Finally, a Measure of Sanity? by DAVE LINDORFF The situation in the Middle East has reached a dangerous point, to be sure, but there are also signs that a sea change may be taking place here in the US which could herald a whole new relationship…

Hypocrisy Not Democracy in America 
Sabbah report 20 Sep 2012US elections are farcical. Obama and Romney represent two sides of the same coin. Neither offers choice. Democracy never existed and doesn’t now. Rhetoric substitutes for reality. Republicans and Democrats offer the worst of all possible worlds. Ordinary people are entirely shut out. Growing numbers reject…

Has David Miliband changed his spots? 
Sabbah report 20 Sep 2012 – Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has been providing vital help to vulnerable Palestinian communities ever since the Sabra and Shatila massacre 30 years ago. Gaza war crimes Eyebrows therefore shot up when MAP announced that former foreign secretary David Miliband will be speaking at its Annual…

Dictators Unite for Bahrain 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 20 Sep 2012 – This time the Bahrainis were not fooled by another international initiative to stop the systematic human rights violations committed by their regime since the February 14th revolution, and for decades before that. A large group of Bahraini dissidents were at the meeting of the United Nation…

History of Photography…or Posing for Pictures 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 20 Sep 2012 – Posing for pictures – I was thinking – has changed over time. I like to look at old pictures and examine the faces of the people in them. Clearly, to pose for a picture in the late 19th century and early 20th century was quite an…

No Room for Traitors in our Midst 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 20 Sep 2012 – Perhaps these characters, especially those of them who live among the homes of resistance fighters and martyrs, should bow their heads and crawl back into their holes, in order to avoid people’s anger. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Perhaps these characters, especially those of them who live among…

Tunisia bans Friday protests after tip-off about violent plots 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Sep 2012 – Tunisia said it was banning all demonstrations on Friday after receiving a tip-off about preparations for violence over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by a French satirical weekly. “The interior ministry, using its powers under the state of emergency and in order to maintain public…

WikiLeaks: America’s Shia Tools in Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Sep 2012 – An American flag hangs on the barbed wire fence outside the American Embassy in Awkar, during a demonstration demanding the release of the “Cuban 5″, in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) An American flag hangs on the barbed wire fence outside the American Embassy in Awkar, during…

US slaps sanctions on Hariri court suspect 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Sep 2012 – The US Treasury department has slapped sanctions on a man indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), a statement released by the suspect’s defense council Thursday said. The sanctions, only publicized by the council’s statement, were placed last Thursday, September 13. The STL is an…

Beirut’s Newest Breed of Strongmen 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Sep 2012 – Some now think Hariri’s movement has become “elitist,” more like a club than a popular party, where all the members read newspapers and wear neckties. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Some now think Hariri’s movement has become “elitist,” more like a club than a popular party, where all…

Khalil Hawi: Lebanon’s Tragic Poet 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Sep 2012 – Hawi wrote poems with an organic unity and avoided digression and narration. Hawi wrote poems with an organic unity and avoided digression and narration. When the name Khalil Hawi is mentioned, we are instantly reminded of the poet’s melancholy, even apocalyptic, voice. Hawi (1919-1982) was one…

Iraq’s Najaf province bans Bahrain airline 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Sep 2012 – An Iraqi provincial council decided Thursday to ban flights by Bahrain’s carrier Gulf Air in solidarity with those facing “repression” in the tiny kingdom. The decision by Najaf provincial council came on the day that Gulf Air was resuming flights to various destinations in Shiite-majority Iraq

Wadi al-Salam: A Cemetery to Cleanse Sins 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 19 Sep 2012 – This picture released by the US Army shows soldiers searching around graves in the Wadi al-Salam (Valley of Peace) cemetery in Najaf 9 August 2004. (Photo: AFP – Lester Colley) This picture released by the US Army shows soldiers searching around graves in the Wadi al-Salam (…

The Widespread Plague of Sexual Harassment in Egypt 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 Sep 2012 – An Egyptian protestor holds a picture of Samira Ibrahim, an Egyptian woman who brought the case against an army doctor, Ahmed Adel, accused of conducting forced “virginity tests” on female protestors, during a demonstration in solidarity with Ibrahim in Cairo on 16 March 2012. (Photo: AFP…

Egypt’s Missing Protesters: Lost Between Two Regimes 
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Sep 2012 – Riot police take cover from stones that were thrown by protesters during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo, 13 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Riot police take cover from stones that were thrown by protesters during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo,…


Washington’s attitude to Palestinians: The sad truth 
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 9/20/2012
      For the second time in less than three months, the leader of a major US party has stereotyped Palestinians in racist and anti-peace terms.
     The revelation of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy attitude when it comes to the Palestinians sheds light on the gap between declared policies and the truth.
     In Jerusalem this summer, Romney described to his fatcat funders that Palestinian culture is the reason they are inferior to Israelis and Jews; it is also because the latter’s per capita is much bigger than that of Palestinians. No mention of the fact that Palestinians have been living under a four-decade-old military occupation.
     A similar stereotypical attitude was expressed last May when Romney addressed his funders in the US. A secretly taped conversation at a fundraising event with the Republican nominee shows a total rejection by Romney of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In his frank talk at the $50,000 a plate dinner, the former governor of Massachusetts declared without hesitation that Palestinians do not want peace.
     “I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way.”
     On the record, Romney (just like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) stated his support for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestinians. more.. e-mail

The Palestine-Israel conflict through the eyes of Israeli intelligence 
Amelia Smith, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/18/2012
      In Israel its motto is “Defends and Shall Not Be Seen”. Like secret services all over the world, Israel’s is an entity associated with anonymity and invisibility. Yet in a new film that featured at the Toronto Film Festival last week, “The Gatekeepers”, six ex-directors of Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic security service, talk on camera for the first time. With unique access, Israeli director Dror Moreh reveals the challenges, successes and failures of their careers, their views on torture, grooming informants and whether killing innocent civilians is justified if a “terrorist” can be captured.
     It is strange to see the interviewees talk so openly to the camera with the knowledge that each of these men oversaw such a controversial part of Israel’s history. Take Avraham Shalom (in charge 1981 – 1986), for example, who administered the torture and killing of two Arabs after they were arrested for hijacking bus 300 in April 1984. Shalom allegedly ordered their execution and later covered it up by falsifying evidence.
     Yet they do not simply talk about their own legacies. Perhaps one of the biggest criticisms the ex Shin Bet officials have is of political leaders in Israel, each holding a deep mistrust for them. “I don’t take politicians seriously any more,” says one. They are appalled, and suggest that it is largely these politicians who are blocking peace in the region.
     What they also have in common is the idea that peace with Palestine is necessary and for it to succeed negotiation, not fighting, is the way forward. Shalom insists that Israel should talk to anyone, including Hamas, to make progress and change. But do the ex-directors support the Palestinian cause, or do they see peace as a strategic advantage to Israel?
     It’s not just the leaders of Shin Bet who are openly rebuking the system. In a recent article in The New Yorker, editor David Remnick spoke with Meir Dagan who was head of Mossad (Israel’s overseas intelligence agency) from 2002 to 2011…. more.. e-mail

The forgotten massacre 
Robert Fisk, The Independent 9/15/2012
      Thirty years after 1,700 Palestinians were killed at the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps, Robert Fisk revisits the killing fields.
     The memories remain, of course. The man who lost his family in an earlier massacre, only to watch the young men of Chatila lined up after the new killings and marched off to death. But – like the muck piled on the garbage tip amid the concrete hovels – the stench of injustice still pervades the camps where 1,700 Palestinians were butchered 30 years ago next week. No-one was tried and sentenced for a slaughter, which even an Israeli writer at the time compared to the killing of Yugoslavs by Nazi sympathisers in the Second World War. Sabra and Chatila are a memorial to criminals who evaded responsibility, who got away with it.
     Khaled Abu Noor was in his teens, a would-be militiaman who had left the camp for the mountains before Israel’s Phalangist allies entered Sabra and Chatila. Did this give him a guilty conscience, that he was not there to fight the rapists and murderers? “What we all feel today is depression,” he said. “We demanded justice, international trials – but there was nothing. Not a single person was held responsible. No-one was put before justice. And so we had to suffer in the 1986 camps war (at the hands of Shia Lebanese) and so the Israelis could slaughter so many Palestinians in the 2008-9 Gaza war. If there had been trials for what happened here 30 years ago, the Gaza killings would not have happened.”
     He has a point, of course. While presidents and prime ministers have lined up in Manhattan to mourn the dead of the 2001 international crimes against humanity at the World Trade Centre, not a single Western leader has dared to visit the dank and grubby Sabra and Chatila mass graves, shaded by a few scruffy trees and faded photographs of the dead. Nor, let it be said – in 30 years – has a single Arab leader bothered to visit the last resting place of at least 600 of the 1,700 victims. Arab potentates bleed in their hearts for the Palestinians but an airfare to Beirut might be a bit much these days – and which of them would want to offend the Israelis or the Americans? more.. e-mail

Freedom Theatre’s Zakaria Zubeidi on “death fast” in PA detention
Electronic Intifada: 19 Sep 2012 – Jen Marlowe 19 September 2012 Freedom Theatre co-founder Zakaria Zubeidi refuses to consume food and water or speak after a Palestinian Authority judge approved the extension of his detention without trial or charge.more

“They shot my father in the head”: interview with survivor of Sabra and Shatila massacre
Electronic Intifada: 19 Sep 2012 – Moe Ali Nayel Sabra-Shatila camp 19 September 2012 A survivor of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon recounts the three days of horror in Beirut refugee camps.more

Not a Gaffe, but the Real Romney
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Sep 2012 – By Ralph Nader There was something missing from the release of a tape showing Mitt Romney pandering to fat cats in Boca Raton, Florida with these very inflammatory words: “There are 47 percent who are with him, (Obama) who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax.” Romney said his job “is not to worry about those people.” Hey, Mitt, why start with the 47 percent? Fully 100 percent of the nation’s 500 biggest corporations are dependent on various kinds of corporate welfare – subsidies, giveaways, bailouts, waivers, and other dazzling preferences – while many pay no tax at all on very substantial profits (see their familiar names – General Electric, Pepco,…more

West Braces for Clash of Cultures
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Sep 2012 – By Ismail Salami With the publication of the profane pictures of the holy Prophet of Islam in Charlie Hebdo magazine, the West seems to be consciously moving in a direction where chaos will dominate the international arena and a clash of cultures will inevitably run deeper for an indefinite period of time. Magazine director Stephane Charbonnier said his staff is “not really fueling the fire,” but rather using its freedom of expression “to comment (on) the news [of the blasphemous film] in a satirical way.” The French magazine has a history of attacking Islam. On February 9, 2006, it also published some cartoons denigrating the holy Prophet. The Grand Mosque, the Muslim World League and the Union of French Islamic Organizations (UOIF) in France filed a suit saying that the cartoons contained elements of racism. In 2007, executive editor Philippe Val was, however, acquitted by the French court. Surprisingly, François…more

Has David Miliband Changed His Spots?
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Sep 2012 – By Stuart Littlewood Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has been providing vital help to vulnerable Palestinian communities ever since the Sabra and Shatila massacre 30 years ago. Eyebrows therefore shot up when MAP announced that former foreign secretary David Miliband will be speaking at its Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner tomorrow (Thursday) held in the posh Sheraton Park Lane Hotel. It seems he’ll be talking about his visit to the West Bank and Gaza. Miliband will be forever remembered as the British foreign secretary who shamelessly groveled to Israel’s gangsters for forgiveness for their running the risk of arrest if they set foot in London. And he’ll be remembered for not having the guts to go visit Gaza, or even Iran while in office. Back in 2009 Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni and retired general Doron Almog, cancelled engagements in London for fear of being arrested. Israel complained bitterly Miliband actually apologized…more

Who Gains from Anti-Islam Film?
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Sep 2012 – By Jamal Kanj Zionist and right wing Christian evangelists exploit US freedom of speech by fuelling sedition and hate between two great religions. On the other hand, right wing religious elements are manipulating Muslims’ righteous indignation by turning lawful protests into demented violence. In the US, it is argued that inflammatory speech is protected in the first amendment. Yet I know of eight people who were unjustly dragged through Los Angeles federal courts for 15 years, accused of distributing less than 50 copies of a news magazine, which highlights the hypocrisy. It seems the latest Islamophobic film Innocence of Muslims is part of a trend designed to deceptively turn the memories of 9/11 into a lasting conflict between Islam and the West, just one facet in a calculated Zionist crusade to discredit anyone challenging Israel. I wouldn’t be surprised if it emerged producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was only a front…more

Charity Economics, Subservient Politics: Why Oslo Must Go
Dissident Voice: 20 Sep 2012 – Recent demonstrations in protest of the rising cost of living have swept across the West Bank. While they are not indicative of a Palestinian version of the ‘Arab Spring’, they are still an important first step. A reasonable demand, however, cannot possibly be for Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to sack the government of Salam Fayyad. Neither has much sway over Palestinian economy, let alone political will. Abbas enjoys Israeli and Western backing because of his ability to manage — if not sustain — a factional split between his party, Fatah, and Hamas, which controls Gaza. He remains faithful to security coordination between his authority and Israel, and continues to crack down on his opponents with an iron fist. He is also desperately clinging to a loyalty to Washington policy — despite the fact that the latter’s prestige and influence is quickly diminishing in the region. In an era…more

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