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Gaza Prepares To Welcome The Prince Of Qatar
IMEMC – The Hams-led government in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas movement and various sectors in the Gaza Strip are preparing for the historic visit of the Prince of Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa, and his wife Mouza, who will be arriving in Gaza Tuesday in a move to break the illegal Israeli siege, and launch the Gaza reconstruction plan. …

Three Palestinians Killed In Gaza Monday
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that the number of residents killed, Monday, due to Israeli bombardment in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, arrived to three after the Israeli Air Force fired, on Monday evening, a missile at residents in As-Sikka Street in the city. …

PCHR Calls For The Immediate Release Of ‘Estelle’ International Activists
IMEMC – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the interception by Israeli naval forces of the Swedish ship, the ‘Estelle’, on Sunday, 21 October 2012, while it was in international waters. …

Four Fishermen Arrested In The Gaza Sea, Fishing Boat Confiscated
IMEMC – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns continued Israeli violations against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and expresses concern about the escalation of these violations, which have resulted in the arrest of four fishermen and the confiscation of a fishing boat belonging to a fisherman from the Gaza Strip. …

While harvesting olive trees; Three Civilians Attacked and Injured by Settlers then Kidnaped by Troop
IMEMC – Israeli settlers attacked and injured two Palestinians and one international supporter who were biking up olives in southern West Bank. … 

Two Palestinian Civilians Killed, Five Injured, as Israeli Shelling Targeting Gaza Continues
IMEMC – Two Palestinian civilians were killed another five injured by the continued Israeli bombardment which started on Monday at dawn. … 

Three Injured By Army Shells In Beit Lahia
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that three Palestinians were injured, on Monday morning, after the Israeli Air Force fired a missile into the Sheikh Zayed City, near Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Health Ministry: Gaza death toll rises to 3
10/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s Health Ministry says a 29-year-old man has died after he was hurt in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun. Khalil al-Kafarneh died in hospital after he was injured in an Israeli airstrike on al-Sikka Street, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma….

Settlers torch car, spray racist slogans in Hebron village
10/23/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers torched a car and sprayed racists slogans in the Hebron village of Abu al-Asja on Monday, a Ma’an correspondent said. Villagers told Ma’an that settlers from Susiya burnt a car and vandalized homes in the presence of Israeli soldiers, who were in the area prior to….

Airstrikes on north Gaza kill at least 2
10/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip killed at least two Palestinians on Monday morning, Gaza officials said. They said militants fired mortar bombs at Israeli troops spotted inside Gaza’s boundary fence, drawing airstrikes against a Hamas training camp and other targets. The first strike on Jabalia injured…. Related: Israeli airstrike injures 4 in north Gaza and Health Ministry: Gaza death toll rises to 3

Israel postpones hearing for hunger-striking prisoner
10/22/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court on Monday postponed a hearing for a prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 83 days, the prisoners club said. Israeli police did not bring Samir Issawi to Ofer courtroom and judges did not set a new date for the hearing, his sister Shireen Issawi told….

Israeli forces demolish water well in Hebron
10/22/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday morning demolished a water well in Wadi al-Ghrous neighborhood east of Hebron in the southern West Bank. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli military vehicles escorted two bulldozers which demolished a water well owned by Muhammad Said Jaabari from Hebron. They highlighted that the demolition was….

Israeli forces arrest 4 Gaza fishermen
10/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested four Gaza fishermen on Monday and took them to an unknown destination, Gaza’s ministry of agriculture said. Ramez Izzat Baker, Khamis Subhi Baker, Bayan Subhi Baker, and Omar Muhammad Baker were detained while fishing off the coast near Gaza City. An Israeli military spokeswoman said….

Israeli airstrike injures 4 in north Gaza
10/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were injured on Monday morning as Israeli warplanes bombarded the Tal al-Zaatar neighborhood of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, officials said. Spokesman of Gaza’s ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that the four people were evacuated to Kamal Udwan Hospital in north…. Related: Airstrikes on north Gaza kill at least 2 andHealth Ministry: Gaza death toll rises to 3

Egypt official says Israel may oppose Qatari aid to Gaza
10/22/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egypt may refuse to deliver Qatari aid to the Gaza Strip if Israel objects to the transfer, an Egyptian military source said Monday. The military official, who asked not to named as he is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Israel was expected to oppose the delivery…. Related: Egypt delays Gaza fuel delivery until Tuesday and Qatari emir ‘to bring 90 tons of aid’ to Gaza

Health ministry: 1 injured in Gaza attack
10/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza officials said Monday that Israeli airstrikes hit a street in Beit Hanoun, injuring one Palestinian, but Israel’s army denied bombing the area. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said one man was hospitalized with serious injuries following an Israeli airstrike on al-Sikka street. An Israeli military spokeswoman told…. Related: Airstrikes on north Gaza kill at least 2 and Israeli airstrike injures 4 in north Gaza

UNRWA staff to strike over cuts
10/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — UNRWA staff employed in schools, clinics and offices in refugee camps across the West Bank will strike on Tuesday in protest over cutbacks in services. UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, is cutting health services and other emergency programs, and firing 130 employees, a spokesman for refugee camps in the….

Abbas notified of Qatari Emir visit to Gaza
10/22/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Emir of Qatar called President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday evening to notify him of his upcoming visit to the Gaza Strip, official media said. Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani told Abbas the visit is to inaugurate reconstruction projects being funded by Qatar, PA news agency Wafa reported. According to…. Related: Fatah ‘not invited’ to meet Qatari emir and Egypt official says Israel may oppose Qatari aid to Gaza

Egypt delays Gaza fuel delivery until Tuesday
10/22/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities have delayed fuel deliveries to the Gaza Strip until Tuesday, Egyptian sources said. Fuel donated by Qatar was scheduled to be pumped in limited quantities to Gaza on Sunday, a Gaza official said this week. Egyptian authorities told Ma’an’s correspondent that the delivery will…. Related: Egypt official says Israel may oppose Qatari aid to Gaza

EU’s Ashton arrives in Jordan for regional tour
10/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrived in Jordan on Monday to begin a five day tour of the region. Ashton will meet with King Abdullah II and Jordanian Foreign Minister Judeh in Amman, before visiting Syrian refugees in the country’s Zaatari camp, an EU statement said. She….

Fatah ‘not invited’ to meet Qatari emir
10/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah has not been invited to meet Qatar’s emir who is due to visit the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, a Fatah leader said Monday. Yahya Rabah told Ma’an that Fatah received no invitation from Qatar or the Hamas-led government in Gaza to meet Sheikh Hamad bin…. Related: Abbas notified of Qatari Emir visit to Gaza and Fatah calls for boycott of Qatari emir’s visit

Qatari emir ‘to bring 90 tons of aid’ to Gaza
10/22/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — The emir of Qatar will bring 90 tons of medical and food aid to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, an Egyptian security source said. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is visiting Gaza to inaugurate reconstruction projects worth over $250 million. An Egyptian security official told Ma’an that the…. Related: Abbas notified of Qatari Emir visit to Gaza and Egypt official says Israel may oppose Qatari aid to Gaza

Carter: Israel not committed to two-state solution
10/22/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Former US President Jimmy Carter on Monday said the Israeli-Palestinian peace process had reached a crisis point and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was not pursuing a two-state solution.” That policy of promoting a two-state solution seems to be abandoned now and we are deeply concerned about this move towards….

Fatah calls for boycott of Qatari emir’s visit
10/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah on Monday called on Palestinians to boycott a visit of the Qatari emir to the Gaza Strip. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is expected to visit Gaza on Tuesday to inaugurate reconstruction projects worth $254 million. He will be the first head of state to visit the Hamas-run enclave…. Related: Fatah ‘not invited’ to meet Qatari emir

Police arrest 2 suspects in Jenin murder
10/22/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Police on Monday arrested two suspects in the murder of a 40-year-old man in Jenin, the governor said. The severely burned body of 40-year-old Samir Abdul-Halim was found on Monday wrapped in a carpet and dumped between Kfar Rai and Illar villages, southwest of Jenin. Jenin governor Talal Dweikat…. Related: Badly burnt body found in Jenin village

Badly burnt body found in Jenin village
10/22/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A badly burnt body was found in a Jenin village on Monday, security sources told Ma’an. The body, which was covered by a carpet, was unidentifiable due to the severity of the burns, security forces said. Police and Jenin’s district attorney have started an investigation into the incident. [END]

Laborer killed in Hebron work accident
10/22/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — A laborer was killed in a work accident in Hebron on Monday, medics said. Tawfiq Abu Raaya, 60, died after a pile of rocks collapsed on him at a building site west of Hebron, Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja said. [END]

Teen stabbed to death in brawl in Qalqiliya
10/22/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) – A Palestinian teenager was stabbed to death on Sunday evening during a brawl with his neighbor in Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank. Medics told Ma’an that a 19-year-old man was evacuated to Darwish Nazzal public hospital in Qalqiliya after he was stabbed, but medics failed to save….

Police officer injured in clashes with Sinai gunmen
10/22/2012 – SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian police officer was shot and injured Monday in clashes with Bedouin gunmen in Wadi al-Firan in south Sinai, security sources said. A police patrol stopped a vehicle leaving a mountainous area in Wadi al-Firan to inspect it and the passengers opened fire at officers, Egyptian security officials….

Russia condemns United States for human rights record
10/23/2012 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia accused the United States on Monday of double standards on human rights, criticizing its failure to close Guantanamo Bay prison and its use of the death penalty while the US Congress considers a law which could punish Moscow for alleged abuses. Russia and the United States attempted to “reset” their relations when….

Iran’s Ahmadinejad denied visit to Evin prison
10/22/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran‘s judiciary has blocked a request by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Tehran’s Evin prison where a top presidential aide is being held, a further sign of his waning influence in a last year in office. Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad’s press advisor and head of the country….

4 killed, 17 wounded in Lebanon gun-battles
10/22/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanese troops and gunmen exchanged fire in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Monday, wounding five people, deepening a political crisis following the assassination of a senior intelligence official, security and medical sources saidFour people were also killed, including a 9-year-old girl, and 12 wounded in clashes between gunmen in the northern….

Jordanian soldier killed in clash with militants
10/22/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — A Jordanian soldier was killed in clashes with Islamist fighters trying to cross the country’s northern border into Syria, a cabinet minister said on Monday.” The soldier died during an infiltration attempt,” Minister of Information Samih Maaytah told Reuters, adding that it was the first death in Jordanian army ranks on….

EBU says Syria suspected of jamming satellite broadcasts
10/22/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Syria is suspected of jamming broadcasts by the BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle and the Voice of America, the European Broadcasting Union said in a statement on Monday, citing satellite operator Eutelsat. Eutelsat had already blamed Iran for deliberately jamming satellite signals on Oct. 4, but the EBU said Eutelat had reported “deliberate….

Egypt groups say anti-Islam film defendant being mistreated
10/22/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian rights group said on Monday a Coptic Christian on trial for posting a video online that ignited protests around the globe for mocking Islam was being fed food unfit for human consumption and held in a cell plagued with insects. Computer science graduate Alber Saber was arrested in Cairo last month after….

UN peacekeeping chief says preparing Syria contingency plans
10/22/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United Nations is preparing various contingency plans to send peacekeepers to Syria as part of a ceasefire or political deal, but it is too early say how many would be needed, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Monday. The UN-Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, is attempting….

Aljazeera

Obama and Romney set for final debate
AlJazeera 22 Oct 2012US presidential candidates to debate foreign policy in their last encounter with Israel and Iran high on the agenda.

Palestine News Network

Two Palestinians killed in IOF Strike on Gaza
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Demolishes Agricultural Infrastructures in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Israeli Army Arrests Three Palestinians in Nablus and Ramallah
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid Six Villages in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Is the Oslo Process Dead?
Palestine News Network

Ashton Reinforces Cooperation between the EU and its partners in the Middle East
Palestine News Network

Estelle Captured, International Concern for Jim Manly and the Crew
Palestine News Network

U.S. Warns to Cut Financial Aid, Close PLO’s Office in Washington if PA Heads to UN
Palestine News Network

Turkey Condemns Construction of 797 New Units in the Jewish Settlement of Gilo, East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

A Screening of MATZPEN with AIC Co-Director Connie Hackbarth
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Organizes Workshop on ‘Patients in the Gaza Strip and Medical Treatment Abroad: Challenges and Solutions’
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR calls for the immediate release of ‘Estelle’ international activists
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

3 Arrested as Palestinians attacked by settlers and soldiers in Tel Rumeida
10/22/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Vicky Blackwell and Elyana Belle, Photographs by Vicky Blackwell – 22 October 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – VIDEO from Youth Against Settlements: UPDATE: 10. 30pm – All 3 men have now been released without charge. Today, a group of settlers from the illegal settlement in Tel Rumeida arrived at Hashem Azzeh’s olive….

The National

Jordanian dies in clash over Syria
The National 22 Oct 2012 – Soldier killed stopping militants from crossing border to join civil war.

Eid truce hopes fade as fighting flares in Syria
The National 22 Oct 2012 – Arab League’s deputy secretary-general says the Assad government has not shown any real desire to implement a ceasefire, as fighting intensifies.

Abattoirs gearing up for 17,000 cattle during Eid
The National 22 Oct 2012 – More than 129,000 head of cattle have been slaughtered at the abattoirs so far this year, plus sheep, goats, cows, camels and three deer.

Shark researcher awarded Dh30,000
The National 22 Oct 2012 – The UAE recipient, Rima Jabado’s Gulf Elasmo Project in Dubai, will use the money to collect data from sites where sharks are landed, investigating the intensity of the shark-fishing effort.

Israeli airstrikes target Gaza on eve of Qatari emir’s landmark visit
The National 22 Oct 2012 – At least two militants in the area were reportedly killed by Israeli air strikes, and Hamas’ armed wing, Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades, vowed revenge.

Lebanese troops attempt to contain sectarian violence
The National 22 Oct 2012 – With Lebanon already tense and deeply divided over the civil war next door, last week’s assassination of a top intelligence official has threatened to drag the country back into the kind of sectarian strife that plagued it for decades.

Medics urged to look for eating disorders in UAE
The National 22 Oct 2012 – A lack of awareness about eating disorders in the medical community is putting patients at risk of not receiving the treatment they need.

Israel refuses permits for gifted students who won US-funded scholarships to West Bank
The National 22 Oct 2012 – The scholarship programme for academically talented but financially strapped Palestinians has become the sole opportunity for Gaza youth to enrol in West Bank universities, which are viewed as better than those in Gaza.

UAE Haj mission is helping to solve problems
The National 22 Oct 2012 – Keeping thousands of UAE pilgrims happy can be a thankless task, but the officials at the Haj mission are working hard to deal with all the complaints that come their way. Whether it be a medical complaint or having to make sure a woman’s bathroom is clean, help is at hand.

Social workers aim for early intervention to curb youth crime
The National 22 Oct 2012 – Dubai Community Development Authority is working with police to offer social support to youngsters who commit crimes.

Ha’aretz

Rahat woman charged with murdering three children, attempting to murder fourth
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter: Israeli-Palestinian peace is ‘vanishing’
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

State Comptroller’s report reveals excessive expenditures by Israeli MKs
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Palestinian taxi set on fire in suspected ‘price-tag’ attack in Hebron Hills
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Ex-IDF legal expert: World’s take on Israel’s West Bank operations saps our self defense
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Israel’s former Mossad chief urges dialogue with Iran, calls Obama policy ‘brave’
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Peres lauds Bulgarian president’s visit to Israel as ‘best response’ to terror
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Israeli researchers join world study to revolutionize cancer treatment
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Israeli activist wins top award from World Wildlife Fund
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

IDF strikes north Gaza after rocket fire, two Palestinians killed
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Livni mulls running as head of new party in Israeli elections, sources say
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

Israeli kibbutz to sell off marble firm for $600 million
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2012

As academic year begins, BGU politics department gears up to fight closure
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2012

Israel’s Parks Authority chopping down eucalypti to safeguard visitors
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2012

Family of slain teen accuses anti-abortion group of ‘brainwashing’ his girlfriend
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2012

Battle of nerves escalates as final Harpaz report in preparation
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2012

Earthquake and tsunami drills activate nation
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2012

The lesson of Nefesh B’Nefesh: Israel urgently needs a new policy on immigration and citizenship
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

TAU student recreates the tent protest on campus
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – TAU graduate student Barak Segal, one of the leaders of the social justice movement protests high cost of housing. 

Sharon region: Man found dead; police suspect murder
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Police suspect burglars broke into home on Moshav Avichail, repeatedly stabbed landlord when he found them. 

Wiesenthal Center: US must end Brotherhood ties
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Call comes after Egyptian President Morsi allegedly seen mouthing “Amen” to prayer by cleric urging destruction of Jews. 

Olmert: Netanyahu is all talk, at least I acted
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Former prime minister has yet to decide whether to make a comeback, says deadline appearing in the press are incorrect. 

It is not only the economy, stupid, it is also peace
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Encountering Peace: We need leaders who tell us the truth, not spin doctors and mantra dolls. We need politicians who are as honest with themselves that are with us. 

The Menorah Center: Largest Jewish complex in world
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – During my lifetime I have visited hundreds of Jewish sites throughout the world, but I have never seen such an extraordinary complex of buildings and I doubt if I will ever do so again. 

Saying goodbye to reserve duty
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – More than anything the words of David Ben-Gurion are echoing in my head. Every Israeli is a full-time soldier on 11-month leave, said the great man…and now that I’m about to exit this stage, I’m really not sure how I feel. 

Ask about genocide
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – A note to Bob Schieffer, moderator of the third US presidential debate: Ask US President Barack Obama about his “troubling” genocide policy. 

America’s best investment
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Despite the polarizing partisanship that dominates US political discourse, military aid to Israel is one of the few programs that has virtual universal support among US lawmakers. 

One-step ethics
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – The job of the ethicist is to prevent moral erosion by identifying the rules that are relevant to a given situation and applying them, with sensitivity and without bias. 

Playing with the facts on the campaign trail
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – In an unstable global economy and with tough policy choices ahead, Israelis ought to demand from their politicians candid talk about the economy. 

Challenging politicians to provide clear ideas, evidence
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – As always my rejoinder is that you are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem – make sure that during this election campaign you are part of the solution. 

Fighting hit-and-runs
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – A number of high-profile hit-and-run incidents could easily give the mistaken impression that this sort of crime is on the rise. 

Qatar emir’s Gaza visit draws fire from PA, Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Israel, Palestinian leaders in Ramallah criticize Hamad bin Thani ahead of upcoming visit to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. 

Jimmy Carter: Israel not committed to two-state solution
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Former US president says two-state approach seems to have been “abandoned,” points finger at Prime Minister Netanyahu during visit by “The Elders” group of past world leaders to Israel, West Bank, Egypt. 

EU deputies snub senators with planned Iran trip
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Critics say trip by European politicians to Iran undermines the sanctions on regime, legitimizes Tehran’s rulers. 

Lapid welcomes Herzliya, Dimona mayors to party
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Two new Yesh Atid candidates introduced at press conference focusing on party’s belief in changing political system. 

Iran’s top cargo shipping line says sanctions damage rising
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Managing director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) admits sanctions have “had a significant bearing” and if they continue IRISL “operations will face serious problems;” says Iran is “now in a war.” 

Syria rebels pessimistic on ceasefire plan
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Rebel commanders say Eid truce won’t hold; Jordanian soldier killed on border; 200 Syrians killed on Sunday, group says. 

Field trips to centuries past
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Students participate in Emek Shaveh initiative, an organization focusing on the role of archaeology in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

State Comptroller report slams party finances
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Yosef Shapira’s annual report finds PM Netanyahu’s Likud hosted NIS 50,212 dinner; 12 of 18 parties overspent, in debt. 

Herschkowitz drops out of Habayit Hayehudi race
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Science and technology minister Herschkowitz to back MK Zevulun Orlev as head of Habayit Hayehudi party. 

PA fears Qatar emir Gaza trip to end Hamas isolation
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Abbas’s exclusion seen as blow to claim he is sole legitimate Palestinian leader; PA says move will solidify W. Bank, Gaza split. 

Tel Aviv competes for title of most innovative city
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – ‘Wall Street Journal’ nominates the city that never sleeps as Most Innovative City in a competition testing forward thinking. 

Love, freedom and music in the Negev
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – With more than 4,000 fans and over 70 musical acts, In D Negev rocked the desert. 

The Blog Down: A warm welcome
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Following the relative calm of the Jewish holiday season, the JPost.com blogosphere was astir this week with the addition of several new bloggers. 

Palestinians’ bid to recognize Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – A call for a sovereign Palestine necessitates recognition of Israel. 

Lebanese troops kill 4 as political crisis deepens
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – 9-year-old-girl among victims of clashes between troops, gunmen in Tripoli, Beirut that erupt in aftermath of assassination. 

Zionism cannot be equated with Israelism
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – To unite the people of the Diaspora and Israel, the Jewish identity must come first. 

PM: No immunity for those firing rockets from Gaza
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Netanyahu meets Blair, vows retaliation to Gaza aggression as IAF strikes cells targeting South; Palestinians say 2 killed. 

Court denies Ahmadinejad’s request to visit prison
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Iranian president’s request to visit prison where his press adviser is held denied, said to be a sign of his waning influence. 

Quake exercise leaves more questions than answers
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2012 – Reporter’s Notebook: Drill may be less for earthquakes, more for “practical scenarios, such as missiles falling.” 

State keeps grip on suspects in September killing
Jerusalem Post 21 Oct 2012 – Accomplices and main suspect in September killing of security guard continue to be kept in police custody. 

Danino ousts Edri for not reporting harassment claim
Jerusalem Post 21 Oct 2012 – Senior police officer failed to report the suspected sexual harassment and misconduct of Jerusalem police head Shaham. 

Youth killed in ‘Suicide-by-cop’ wanted IDF career
Jerusalem Post 21 Oct 2012 – New details emerge on the death of 18-year-old shot by police after threatening to kill his pregnant girlfriend. 

Violence in Beirut after slain official’s funeral
Jerusalem Post 21 Oct 2012 – Security forces fire into the air after assassination of Lebanese intelligence chief; opposition accuse Syria of general’s killing. 

Qatar emir to be first head of state to visit Gaza
Jerusalem Post 21 Oct 2012 – Though aid projects are the official reason for the visit, the pro-Western emir’s trip is seen as a political move. 

The joint Iran and al-Qaida operation declares war
Jerusalem Post 21 Oct 2012 – Expert: Tehran has more in common with the terror group than the international community. 

Yasmin Levy: Life, Ladino and liberty
Jerusalem Post 21 Oct 2012 – After years of international success, the Israeli singer feels her latest album has led her on the road back home. 

The Guardian

Final US presidential debate: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on foreign policy – live updates
The Guardian 22 Oct 2012 – Tonight’s third and final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is on foreign policy Richard Adams

Letters: Contrasting reactions to events in Israel and Syria
The Guardian 22 Oct 2012 – Jonathan Freedland’s argument about contrasting reactions to events in Israel and Syria is significantly flawed ( Comment , 20 October). First, there has been huge outrage over the Assad regime’s brutality, including weekly protests outside the Syrian embassy…

Israel’s cranes reprove Barack Obama’s failure to pursue two-state solution
The Guardian 22 Oct 2012 – In the West Bank’s Jewish settlements, ‘facts on the ground’ entrench divisions between Israel and the Palestinians At the eastern tip of the Israeli settlement of Ariel, cranes and earth-movers are at work on the college…

Uruknet

Live Q&A with Ian Cobain: Britain’s long history with torture
Uruknet

Accomplices to Murder
Uruknet

EXCLUSIVE: Photos from the Gaza aid boat intercepted by the IDF
Uruknet

America’s Drone Terrorism
Uruknet

Israel won’t negotiate with anyone over Jerusalem, Lieberman says
Uruknet

Egypt: independent unions under attack
Uruknet

American bombing of Iraq left legacy of deformed babies
Uruknet

Libyan Town Under Siege Is a Center of Resistance to the New Government
Uruknet

US says willing to meet with Iran but no talks set
Uruknet

Tramadol use no antidote to Israeli siege
Uruknet

Daily Star

Qatari visit hands Hamas major victory
Daily Star 22 Oct 2012 When the ruler of Qatar arrives in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, he will hand the Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers their biggest diplomatic victory since taking power five years ago.

Obama and Romney meet for final debate as race tightens
Daily Star 22 Oct 2012 Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in front of the cameras for a final time on Monday as opinion polls show their battle for the White House has tightened to a dead heat.

Israeli Gaza boat activists freed from custody
Daily Star 22 Oct 2012 A court in southern Israel on Monday freed from custody three Israeli citizens who accompanied pro-Palestinian activists on a Gaza-bound boat intercepted by the Israeli navy.

Iran’s top cargo shipping line says sanctions damage mounting
Daily Star 22 Oct 2012 Targeted Western sanctions are hurting Iran‘s vital shipping industry and if the pressure continues its biggest cargo carrier will face increasingly grave problems, the head of the Iranian line said.

Time is tight to get consensus on Egypt constitution-expert
Daily Star 22 Oct 2012 The time left for the completion of Egypt’s constitution might not be enough to resolve disputes which threaten its legitimacy, according to a legal expert who says failure to forge a consensus could lead to instability…

Bahrain acquits policewoman in journalist torture case’
Daily Star 22 Oct 2012 A Bahrain court on Monday acquitted a policewoman who was charged with torturing a female journalist during last year’s crackdown on anti-regime protests in the Gulf kingdom.

Al Qaeda No. 2 in Yemen denies reports of his death-audio
Daily Star 22 Oct 2012 The top Saudi in al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing has apparently released an audio message denying reports he was killed last month, a group that monitors Islamist websites said on Monday.

Syria rebels pessimistic on mediator’s ceasefire plan
Daily Star 22 Oct 2012 Syrian rebels cast doubt on prospects for a temporary truce aimed at stemming bloodshed in the 19-month-old conflict, saying it was not clear how an informal ceasefire this week could be implemented.

YNet News

Kahlon: Likud might lose power
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Minister voices pessimistic predictions for Likud ahead of elections, Channel 10 says; Kahlon denies report ….

Jewish group condemns Egypt’s President
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – ….

The Iranian bluff
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Tehran seeks dialogue with West as its military threat gradually diminishes ….

Lapid welcomes 2 new candidates to Yesh Atid ticket
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Lapid dismisses speculation that Herzliya Mayor Yael German and Dimona Mayor Meir Cohen’s divergent backgrounds could cause discord within party ….

Egypt TV host gets jail term for insulting president
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – ….

US to send FBI investigators to probe Lebanon bombing
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – ….

Syrian violence spills into Jordan, Lebanon 
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – ….

Earthquake alert system to be activated in 2016
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Innovative alert system announced by government last year still at initial planning stage ….

Oil falls below $89
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – ….

Olmert keeps mum on comeback plans
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Former PM slams Netanyahu government but maintains political plans under wraps ….

Under PM’s pressure, Begin to run in Likud primaries 
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Minister announces he is to contend in upcoming primaries despite reports he is mulling retirement ….

Overcoming Obama’s foreign policy
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Candidate who sets clear red line for Iran should get majority of American vote ….

Jimmy Carter says Mideast peace is ‘vanishing’ 
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Former US president condemns Israeli policies in West Bank during Jerusalem visit; ‘current situation is catastrophic,’ he says ….

J’lem youths suspected of setting Palestinian taxi ablaze 
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Settlers set taxi cab on fire, spray ‘price tag’ graffiti on Palestinian family’s property. Police: Graffiti referencing to arrest of 3 right-wing activists by undercover police ….

Nothing new under the sun
YNet News, 22 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Regardless of who wins US elections, basic position vis-?-vis Israel will not change ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian seriously wounded in fresh Israeli raid
PIC – A Palestinian man was seriously wounded on Monday night in a fresh Israeli air raid on Beit Hanun to the north of Gaza Strip.

Al-Khalil: Settlers burn Palestinian vehicle and threaten revenge
PIC – Israeli settlers burned a Palestinian vehicle and wrote racist slogans calling for revenge against the Palestinians in the village of “Abu Asja” south of the city of al-Khalil.

Rizka: Israeli military escalation targets foiling Qatari Emir’s visit
PIC – The Israeli aggression on Gaza aimed at foiling the historic visit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Al Thani to Gaza on Tuesday, Dr. Yousef Rizka, political advisor to the Palestinian premier, said.

IOA plans new demolition campaign of Islamic landmarks in OJ
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is planning a fresh wave of demolitions in occupied Jerusalem of Islamic landmarks, the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage (AFEH) said on Monday.

Qassam Brigades threaten to respond to Israeli Occupation crimes
PIC – Ezzeddeen Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas armed wing, confirmed its commitment to respond to the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, where two Palestinians were killed and five others injured.

PRC organizes campaign “Britain, It’s Time To Apologize”
PIC – The Palestinian Return Center (PRC) has launched an international campaign that targets collecting one million signatures asking Britain to apologize to the Palestinian people.

Israeli navy kidnaps four Gazan fishermen
PIC – The Israeli navy on Monday kidnapped four Palestinian fishermen from one family off the coast of Gaza city and took them to Ashdod port.

Resheq condemns Israel’s intent to establish military school in east J’lem
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq strongly denounced the Israeli government for intending to establish a military academy in the Mount of Zeitoun (olives) east of occupied Jerusalem.

Occupation renews Abdul Salam Abu Hija’s administrative detention
PIC – The occupation authorities renewed the administrative detention of captive Abdul Salam Jamal Abu Hija, 28, for the third time respectively.

WAFA

The Elders Meet Abbas, Discuss UN Bid
WAFA – 22 Oct 2012

Newspapers Review: Qatari Emir’s Visit to Gaza Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 22 Oct 2012

Settlers Burn Vehicle, Spray Racist Slogans near Hebron
WAFA – 22 Oct 2012

Israeli Forces Demolish Well near Hebron
WAFA – 22 Oct 2012

Two Killed, 5 Injured in Israeli Strikes on Gaza
WAFA – 22 Oct 2012

EU’s Ashton to Visit Palestinian Areas
WAFA – 22 Oct 2012

Misc

One shady operator provides glimpse of supply line to Iran
LA Times 22 Oct 2012 – An Austrian who stays a step ahead of the U.S. is accused of being part of a global maze of illicit suppliers who are finding gaps in the sanctions campaign. WASHINGTON — Austrian-born Daniel Frosch was only 23 when U.S. officials first realized that he…

Lebanese Army Warns Against Score-Settling
New York Times 22 Oct 2012 – The Lebanese military moved forcefully on Monday to quell simmering sectarian tensions around the country stoked by a bombing in Beirut last week.

Jordanian Soldier Killed in Syrian Border Clash
New York Times 22 Oct 2012 – Islamic extremists attacked Jordanian soldiers on the border with Syria Sunday night, hours after Jordan’s government announced that it had foiled a major terrorist plot against foreign diplomats and tourists.

In Israel, Carter Says Two-State Solution in ‘Death Throes’
New York Times 22 Oct 2012 – Former President Jimmy Carter said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel had abandoned the two-state solution and that President Obama had shirked the historical role played by the United States in the region.

Dispute Between Ahmadinejad and Rivals in Iran Takes Bitter Turn
New York Times 22 Oct 2012 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad verbally attacked the government’s highest judicial official after being denied access to the jail where his top press adviser is being held.

Netanyahu meets Leviathan bidder CEO 
Globes Energy & Water – Woodside CEO Peter Coleman told Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon that Asia is the best market for LNG exports.

Siemens to exit solar business 
Globes Energy & Water – The activity includes Israeli company Solel, bought three years ago for $418 million.

Solel Solar seller wants to buy back co from Siemens
Globes Main News – Avi Brenmiller: The business requires R&D by companies that see the importance of solar energy as an efficient and good energy source.

Office Depot Israel general manager quits
Globes Main News – With mounting losses, there is concern that the Hamashbir-owned company could seek a stay-of-proceedings.

Mon: Leviathan partners lead TASE rebound
Globes Main News – Delek and its gas exploration units and Ratio rose strongly, after confirming that Australia’s Woodside is in talks to acquire a stake in Leviathan.

NICE Systems acquires Redkite Financial Markets
Globes Main News – Redkite provides real-time, cloud-based institutional trade surveillance solutions.

Teva reports success in Laquinimod study for Crohn’s disease
Globes Main News – Laquinimod resulted in a robust, early and consistent effect on remission and response rates in patients with Crohn’s disease.

Mellanox sets up subsidiary for US federal contracts
Globes Main News – Mellanox Federal Systems will be responsible for business development with all US federal government agencies and the federal integrator market.

Bankruptcies up 36% in 2011 
Globes Macro Economics – The number of bankruptcies rose 145% in 2009-11.

Jimmy Carter: Israel has dropped the two-state solution for a ‘Greater Israel’
Mondoweiss – Former prime minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland (left), former President Jimmy Carter and former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, October 22, 2012. (Photo: Allison Deger) Speaking in Jerusalem today President Jimmy Carter said Israel has turned a corner in its foreign policy and “abandoned” a…

Israeli Navy used tasers and beat passengers aboard the Ship to Gaza
Mondoweiss – Parents of Israeli activist, Elik Elhanan, protest with other activists outside the Ashdod police station, after three Israeli activists were arrested on the Estelle ship on their way to Gaza, October 20, 2012. (Photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills) Oct. 22, 2012 The Israeli activists detained on board the…

What We Won’t Hear in Boca: Nine things to remember during the Iran section of the presidential debate tonight
Mondoweiss – “How could I possibly explain using the military to destroy the nuclear facilities of a country the intelligence community said had no active nuclear weapons program?” – George W. Bush, in his 2010 memoir  Decision Points “There’s room at the top they’re telling you still But…

GOP attacks on Obama call on Jews to show ‘fealty to Israel,’ says ‘Open Zion’ columnist
Mondoweiss – Sigal Samuel is a young and evidently religious Jewish blogger at Open Zion. In a post on the Jewish vote, she cites  a rabbi’s injunction to Jews to vote in a spirit of ” hakaras hatov “– recognizing benefits afforded to us in the United States. Samuel…

How Christians can help Palestinians (an early Christmas card)
Mondoweiss – Today former Senator Jim Abourezk sent along the following note. Its author Francis Boyle, a former legal adviser to the Palestinians, tells us that he has sent it out as a card every year for the last 2 years. A little early for Christmas, yes, but…

Starving people and targeting them with biological weapons is as American as cherry pie
Mondoweiss – Last week the Associated Press reported : Israeli authorities blockading the Gaza Strip in 2008 went so far as to calculate how many calories would be needed to avert a humanitarian disaster in the impoverished Palestinian territory, according to a newly declassified military document… [Critics said] the…

Jimmy Carter Bemoans Fading Hopes for Peace 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Oct 2012 – Former President Jimmy Carter said in Jerusalem that Israel and the Palestinians have reached a “crisis stage” and that a two-state solution is “vanishing.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Flash Mob Calls for Israel Religious Tolerance 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Oct 2012 – More than 2,500 people signed up to participate in a global Shema flash mob as part of a campaign to promote religious pluralism in Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Debate Offers Opening to Romney With Jews 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Oct 2012 – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney may see tonight’s debate as his best chance to reach Jewish voters with a message that President Obama’s policies are wrong for Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Liberal Jews Galvanized by Wailing Wall Arrest 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Oct 2012 – Last week’s episode was hardly the first time Israeli police stopped activist Anat Hoffman while she was leading a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall in violation of Israeli law. Click here for the rest of the article…

The Deeply Disturbing Israel Court Ruling on Rachel Corrie 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 22 Oct 2012 – SEATTLE TIMES Op-Ed: by Cindy Corrie September 29, 2012 Link to full article at the Seattle Times The wrongful death lawsuit for Rachel Corrie was not a solution, but rather a symptom of a broken system of accountability within Israel and the U.S. government, writes guest…

Lebanon army urges political calm 
BBC 22 Oct 2012 – Lebanon’s army urges political leaders to be careful when expressing views, in a bid to halt rising tensions after the killing of a senior security official.

UN ‘planning’ Syria peacekeeping 
BBC 22 Oct 2012 – The UN is making contingency plans for a Syria peacekeeping force in the event of a ceasefire there around a Muslim holiday beginning on Friday.

Jordanian killed at Syrian border 
BBC 22 Oct 2012 – A Jordanian soldier has been killed on the border with Syria by militants attempting to join the fighting there, say Jordanian officials.

Gaza militants killed in strikes 
BBC 22 Oct 2012 – Two Palestinian militants have been killed in Israeli air strikes on the northern Gaza Strip, local officials say, in the latest cross-border violence.

No More Israel in 10 Years 
Sabbah report 22 Oct 2012 – Maybe Kissinger is right. Privately and secretly perhaps the dog is beginning to bark. On September 17, the New York Post quoted Henry Kissinger saying: “In 10 years, there will be no more Israel . I repeat: In 10 years, there will be no more Israel .”…

It’s True… There’s No Going Back 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 22 Oct 2012 – The March 14 camp’s problem is that it does not want to face hard facts. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The March 14 camp’s problem is that it does not want to face hard facts. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Tomorrow is another day. It has to be. The logic…

The Wrong Way to Change the Government 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 22 Oct 2012 – The leadership of the Lebanese Forces and the Phalange Party called upon their constituents to come out in large numbers without raising the possibility of any further escalation. (photo: Haytham alMoussawi) The leadership of the Lebanese Forces and the Phalange Party called upon their constituents to…

Lebanon’s Weekend of Strife 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2012 – The instances of rage over the weekend throughout parts of the country resembled the May 2008 scene. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The instances of rage over the weekend throughout parts of the country resembled the May 2008 scene. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The assassination of Brigadier General Wissam…

Berri Is Ready for a National Unity Government 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2012 – Berri also called on all sides to be mindful of stability (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Berri also called on all sides to be mindful of stability (Photo: Bilal Jawich) In an interview with Al-Akhbar , Parliamentary Speaker and head of the Amal Movement Nabih Berri maintained support for…

Is There a Link Between the al-Hassan and Hariri Assassinations? 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2012 – A link between this attack and the 2005 assassination of Hariri must be proven. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A link between this attack and the 2005 assassination of Hariri must be proven. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) With foreign intelligence agencies offering to assist in investigating Friday’s assassination of…

March 14 Military Wing Seizes Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2012 – Smoke billows in Tripoli’s Bab al Tabanneh neighbourhood during clashes with Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, in Jabal Mohsen area in northern Lebanon, on 22 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Smoke billows in Tripoli’s Bab al Tabanneh neighbourhood during clashes with Alawites, an…

Beirut Divided: A Tale of Two Neighborhoods 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2012 – When pressed about blocking roads in his own neighborhood, he said it was “a reaction and nothing more,” then goes on to say “we are harassing them.” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) When pressed about blocking roads in his own neighborhood, he said it was “a reaction and…

Bahrain village under siege, prisoners claim torture 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2012 – Riot police fire tear gas at anti-government protesters in the village of Mameer, south of Manama, on 21 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Hamad Mohammed) Four men arrested over a roadside bombing in a Bahraini village that killed one policeman Thursday say they were beaten and…

Qudsayya: Syrian Town Tries to Pick up the Pieces 
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Oct 2012 – Members of the Al-Baraa bin Malek batallion, part of the Free Syria Army’s Al-Fatah brigade, run through a damaged street as they take position to rescue a man who was shot by a sniper in the Bustan al-Basha district of the northern city of Aleppo on…

Articles


Israel: Ethnic cleansing in the Negev 
Ben White, Al Jazeera.com 10/22/2012
      The forced relocation of Bedouins in southern Israel fits Foreign Affairs’ definition of ethnic cleansing.
     In September 2011, Israel’s government approved a plan to forcibly relocate tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens in the Negev from their unrecognised villages to government-approved shanty towns. The Prawer Plan, as it is known, advanced again in March this year, when it was endorsed by a committee in the Prime Minister’s Office.
     Around half of the Bedouin population in Israel live in 45 “unrecognised villages”, with a handful in the “process of recognition” by the state (see Israeli NGO Adalah’s “Myths and Misconceptions”). The Israeli government wants to force them out, claiming that their “squatting” is taking over the Negev. In fact, while constituting 30 per cent of the region’s population, today Bedouin are claiming “less than five per cent of the total area”.
     Although the law that will serve as the implementing arm of the Prawer Plan has not yet begun the legislative process in the Knesset, events on the ground indicate that the focus on demolition and displacement is already shaping policy targeting the Bedouin. In other words: Prawer is happening now.
     Many homes have been demolished this year already. In September, dozens of structures were destroyed in a single day, in what was proudly described by the Israel Land Administration as a “rolling enforcement operation” against “invasions” of state land. Then on October 11, the recognised village of Bir Hadaj was raided and officials posted demolition orders on four homes, prompting protests from village residents and a harsh response from police. more.. e-mail

Between anger and denial – Israeli collective memory and the Nakba 
Noam Sheizaf, Israeli Occupation Archive 10/17/2012
      A new documentary aims to decipher some of the anxiety that accompanies the Israeli debate over the events of 1948.
     A strange thing regarding the debate on the Nakba: the responses it generates in Israeli society are becoming more and more hostile, while at the same time, the Nakba is mentioned more and more often. Those contradicting elements live side by side, as if the more we work to forget the Nakba, the harder it gets – the recent campaign regarding “the Jewish refugees” that the Foreign Office launched is just one example.
     Israeli-Russian-Canadian journalist Lia Tarachansky (of The Real News) is presently finishing up work on a documentary that tries to deal with the complexity of Israeli sentiments towards the Nakba. “Seven Deadly Myths” (working title) tells the stories of four veterans from 1948, linking them to the lives of modern-day Palestinian refugees and to Tarachansky’s own childhood in a West Bank settlement. When I wrote about the memory of the Nakba on this blog [+972], I also began with my childhood memories. Of all the political and historical issues here, the Nakba has the most intimate feeling to it – another reason it is such a taboo.
     Filming has ended, and Tarachansky is now engaged in a fundraising effort to allow her to complete editing and post-production (more details on the film’s website). The project is also taking part in the Cuban Hat competition.
     This week, I conducted an email interview with Lia Tarachansky on the roots of her project and the memory of the Nakba in Israeli society. The video below explains how this project was born.
     How did you find the people you interviewed? How many Israelis who fought in 1948 were interviewed? Were they eager to speak?…. — See also: Source: +972 more.. e-mail

Elections and escalation 
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 10/18/2012
      Israeli assassinations in Gaza continue as Netanyahu gears up for elections.
     Anyone who drove along Salaheddin main street connecting North and South Gaza Strip this week had to be very patient after making several stops to allow ambulances to ferry the dead and injured quickly. They were injured during assassination operations by the Israeli occupation army across the Gaza Strip. This latest escalation primarily targeted leaders and members of Salafist jihad groups, which Israel accuses of being behind rocket attacks against Jewish settlements close to the Gaza Strip, as well as firing incidents and armed ambushes during the past three months on the border between Egypt and Israel.
     The occupation army killed Hisham Al-Saidni, 53, the top Salafi jihadist leader in the Gaza Strip. Unmanned surveillance planes launched a rocket on Saturday evening at Al-Saidni as he rode his motorcycle with another member of his group, while they drove on Masoud Street in the town of Jabalya in the north of the Gaza Strip.
     The scene of the assassination was horrifying; the blast severed the heads of Al-Saidni and his comrade and their body parts covered the area.
     Hours after this assassination, Israeli jets killed another three activists affiliated to Salafi jihadists. The occupation justified the operation by claiming that the three dead men were either responsible for operations against Israel in the past or were plotting new ones.
     To support these claims Israeli military sources alleged that the attacks were going to be in Sinai, in an attempt to ensure that Egypt and Arab states accept the assassinations…. more.. e-mail

The full story behind the war against free speech in Israel’s universities 
Electronic Intifada: 22 Oct 2012 – Jonathan Cook Nazareth 22 October 2012 Is Ben Gurion University being punished because its head has opposed upgrading the status of a college in an Israeli settlement?more

Overdoses on the rise as Gaza siege turns some to escape of painkillers
Electronic Intifada: 22 Oct 2012 – Eva Bartlett Gaza City 22 October 2012 Black market versions of the drug Tramadol have been known to contain mouse poison.more

Hezbollah: Eyes Wide Open
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Oct 2012 – By Mohammad Aslam The 19-month-old conflict that’s been raging in Syria between the government and rebel forces has certainly gone on far longer than most people predicted and witnessed a dangerously unforeseen cocktail of events. The fallout from the tragedy could not have been epitomized more vividly than by the recent car bombing which killed the head of neighboring Lebanon’s internal intelligence branch, Brigadier General Wisam Al-Hassan. Prime-Ministerial threats to resign, opposition politicians pointing fingers at Damascus, sectarian demonstrations on the streets and widespread rumors of more attacks to come ­– Lebanon appears to be on the brink. But amongst all the killing and confusion taking place, there’s one movement in the region that’s inadvertently been sucked into a maelstrom as a result of the on-going crisis: Hezbollah. The tripartite alliance of Turkey, Saudi-Arabia, and Qatar, and backed by the west with non-lethal equipment and money, has made sure that…more

Speaking of Intifada: Munir and His Friends
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Oct 2012 – By Tamar Fleishman – The West Bank Munir Naim Hamed can no longer be seen near the checkpoint or at his parents’ home at the refugee camp. Fifteen year old Munir hasn’t been back since he was arrested by soldiers during a protest. They say it will be a while until Munir gets back. They say he is probably at Ofer, that he will get two years, maybe more. And the teenagers tell personal stories from their imprisonment and from jail houses, one of them was accused and found guilty of throwing stones: “Here, at the checkpoint”, his friend was taken in for throwing a Molotov bottle: “Also here, at the checkpoint…”, one of them had seen Ofer from the inside, his friend had been to Nafha prison and another was taken to the Moskovia (the Russian Compound). Since Munir’s arrest, the official leader of this group of teenagers, they…more

‘Unto the Breach’: Palestinian Dance Aadaptation of Shakespeare’s Play
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Oct 2012 – Interview by Mamoon Alabbasi – London The UK-based Palestinian dabke theatre group Al Zaytouna will present its new production entitled Unto the Breach, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V set in modern-day Palestine. The show, directed by Ahmed Masoud and co-directed by Hadjer Nacer, will be performed in London in November 2012. Al Zaytouna board member Souraya Ali gave the following interview ahead of the full production’s debut. Q- Could you give a brief introduction to the show? Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre’s new show Unto the Breach is a dance adaptation of Shakespeare’s history play Henry V, set in modern-day Palestine. Paralleling Shakespeare’s account of the young English monarch, King Henry V leading his people in battle against the mighty French army, Unto the Breach tells the story of the Chairman, a Palestinian leader who, moved by his people’s suffering, leads them in a revolution against a more powerful force…more

Defeating or Aiding Racism?
Dissident Voice: 22 Oct 2012 – Respect the earth, respect the plant people, the animal people, fish people, even the stone people. – Wequash 1 The wisdom of the Wampanoag — what should be commonsense and common decency for everyone — holds that all people deserve respect despite their differences. That wisdom has importance for all social justice movements, movements that often are represented by a kaleidoscope of humanity. The pro-Palestinian movement also contains a cross-section of humanity, but recently it is beset by internecine carping. Zionists must be beside themselves in amusement at the spectacle of anti-Zionists sniping other anti-Zionists. Wise heads should agree on an important first principle for all anti-racists: racism and discrimination are anathema in all forms. Second, any fight against racism and discrimination must scrupulously observe the first principle. Racists fighting racism is hypocritical and is guaranteed to undermine the legitimacy of the anti-racist racists. Third, fidelity to the first two…more

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