VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 18 November 2012: Attack on journalists marks new stage of Israeli assault on Gaza

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24, Including 11 Children, Killed Sunday; 69 Killed Since Wednesday
IMEMC – The Israeli army escalated its offensive against the Gaza Strip, Sunday, killing 24 Palestinians, including 11 children of the same family in central Gaza; the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli shells since the war officially started last Wednesday arrived to 76, while more than 680 have been injured.

Attack on journalists marks new stage of Israeli assault on Gaza
IMEMC – The attacks late Saturday night and Sunday morning on the Ash-Shawwa Al-Husari and ash-Shuruq buildings in Gaza City mark a new type of escalation in the Israeli assault on Gaza, with direct attacks on the media. The buildings house a number of satellite TV news stations and radio stations, which were the direct targets of the attacks. …

Jewish Voice for Peace Statement on Israel’s Operation “Pillar of Defense”
IMEMC – The international group ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ issued a statement Saturday calling for an end to the Israeli attack on Gaza. The group has also participated in and sponsored protests during the last two days in cities across the US and Europe to demand that Israel end its attack and siege on Gaza. …

Ma’an News

24 killed in Sunday raids on Gaza
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli air raids across the Gaza Strip killed 24 people on Sunday, including five women and nine children, as Israel pounded the Gaza Strip for the fifth day. Since Wednesday, 72 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes, tank fire and naval shelling. On Sunday evening, an Israeli airstrike on….

Israel continues deadly Gaza bombardment
11/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces continued to bombard the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening after the bloodiest day in Gaza since the last war, Operation Cast Lead. Thirty Palestinians were killed in airstrikes on Sunday, including 14 women and children. Eight-year-old Hussein Jalal Nasr was killed in a strike on a house near….

Israel hits 2 Gaza media HQs, 6 journalists injured
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike damaged two media headquarters in Gaza City early Sunday, injuring at least six journalists, witnesses said. Khader al-Zahhar, a cameraman with al-Quds TV, had a leg amputated due to injuries sustained in the attack. The Al-Shawa building, struck in the early hours, houses a number of media…. Related: Israeli army says bombed media offices ‘Hamas operations’ and Israeli strike hits another media office in Gaza

Airstrikes slam Gaza, 3 children dead
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian infant was killed in an Israeli airstrike on central Gaza Sunday morning, medics said. The strike on al-Bureij refugee camp killed 18-month-old Eyad Abu Khousa and wounded his brother, a Ma’an correspondent saidHe was the third child to die in a morning as airstrikes continued….

WHO: Gaza hospitals stretched, need supplies to treat wounded
11/18/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Gaza hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties from Israel’s bombings and face critical shortages of drugs and medical supplies, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The UN health agency appealed for $10 million from donors to meet the need for drugs and supplies over the next three months. Israel unleashed its….

Israeli forces shoot, arrest Beit Ummar man
11/18/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and arrested a 20-year-old Palestinian in Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank early Sunday, a local spokesman said and the army confirmed. Ahmad Awad sustained three bullet wounds to his back and is in a critical condition, said popular committee spokesman Muhammad Awad. Israeli forces shot….

Gaza children struggle to cope with life under fire
11/19/2012GAZA (Reuters) — Barefoot boys chase each other in circles around the street, pointing pretend guns made out of rubber pipes up at the Gaza sky, which is thick with Israeli F-16s and surveillance drones.” We’re not afraid of the Jews’ bombs!” said Sharif al-Ewad, whose plump cheeks make him look younger….

Protests continue across West Bank, 54 injured
11/18/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Over 50 people were injured on Sunday during protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, a Ma’an correspondent and witnesses said. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protestors who had gathered outside Israel’s Ofer prison, injuring….

Israel ‘trying to silence’ the press in Gaza
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian journalists rights group accused Israel on Sunday of targeting journalists in the Gaza Strip, after Israeli warplanes bombed two media buildings. Mada says Israel is “trying to silence the press in Gaza and its crimes against journalists must not go unpunished.” In a statement, the group said it “strongly…. Related: Israel hits 2 Gaza media HQs, 6 journalists injured and Israeli army says bombed media offices ‘Hamas operations’

Press freedom groups react to Israel attacks on Gaza media
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists joined their Palestinian colleagues in expressing alarm about Israel’s attacks on media in the Gaza Strip. Reporters Without Borders condemned the attacks and called for an immediate end to such attacks.”These attacks constitute obstruction of freedom of information,”secretary-general…. Related: Israel hits 2 Gaza media HQs, 6 journalists injured

In photos: Gaza under fire
11/18/2012 – Reuters – Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip for a fifth straight day on Sunday, in the deadliest day in Gaza since Israel’s Operation Cast Lead concluded in January 2009. [END]

IPI condemns attacks on Gaza media
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The International Press Institute strongly condemned the Israeli military’s bombardment of a building that houses local and international news media in Gaza.”Journalists are never a legitimate target, either for violent attack or restrictions on freedom of movement,”IPI deputy director Anthony Mills said.”We remind Israel and Hamas….

Netanyahu: Israel prepared to widen Gaza offensive
11/18/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Israel was prepared to widen its Gaza offensive significantly.” We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organizations and the (Israeli forces) are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation,” he told his cabinet, in broadcast remarks. He gave no specifics and….

Gaza live report: Day 6
11/19/2012 – 00:28 Fatah revolutionary council calls for urgent meeting to discuss Gaza. 00:40 Hizb ut-Tahrir says Arab countries will never fight for Palestinians. 00:10 Three Palestinians, including an elderly woman, are confirmed to have been killed after airstrikes on Rafah late Sunday. 00:01 Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip has….

Israeli strike hits another media office in Gaza
11/18/2012GAZA CITY(Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike hit a second media complex in Gaza City on Sunday morning, a Ma’an correspondent said. Sky News Arabia and Al-Arabiya report their offices have been affected in the al-Shuruq building. [END]

Gaza: In the line of fire
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (IRIN) – It was, he said, a horrible twist of fate. When air strikes began over the Gaza Strip on 14 November, Othman Abdelal made what seemed a wise decision. The Israeli air force was targeting, among other things, government offices belonging to the militant group Hamas. Abdelal and his family live near a….

First rockets hit Israel after overnight lull
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Several rockets hit southern Israel on Sunday morning after an overnight lull in fire from Gaza, Israel’s army said. Projectiles landed in the Hof Ashkelon and Eshkol regions after 8 a. m. , an army spokeswoman said. Israeli news site Ynet said a building in Ashkelon was damaged and two….

Hamas rockets fired at Tel Aviv, 1 intercepted
11/18/2012TEL AVIV (Reuters) — Air sirens sounded in Tel Aviv for the fourth day in a row after Hamas‘ brigades said it fired two rockets at the commercial capital from Gaza. An Israeli police spokesman said at least one rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air shield. Police are searching for remains….

Al-Qassam Brigades claim fire on Herziliya, Israel denies
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas‘ military wing says it fired a long-range missile at Herziliya, north of Tel Aviv, but an Israeli army spokesman denied the claim. The al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that the missile fired had an 80-kilometer range. An Israeli military spokeswoman said no projectile had landed in….

Israel’s army says takes control of Gaza radio frequency
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s army said Sunday it has “gained control of Hamas radio waves” broadcasting in the Gaza Strip. A military spokeswoman refused to comment further on the purpose and content of the broadcasts, or its relation to two Israeli strikes on media headquarters in Gaza City earlier Sunday. Israeli news….

Israelis: Some Gaza rockets stripped of explosives to fly further
11/18/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Some of the Palestinian rockets fired far into Israel during the Gaza flare-up have lacked powerful warheads because they were stripped down to increase range and spread alarm over a wider population, Israeli security sources said on Sunday.” Our assessment is that the prestige of setting off alarms deep in Israel, and being….

Witnesses: 2 explosions heard in Tel Aviv area
11/18/2012TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Witnesses on Sunday said two explosions have been heard in Tel Aviv. [END]

Israel shoots down Hamas rockets fired at Tel Aviv
11/18/2012TEL AVIV (Reuters) — Israel’s “Iron Dome” interceptor system shot down two incoming rockets from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night and no casualties or damage was reported, a police spokesman said. Hamas‘ armed wing claimed responsibility for firing at the city. It was the second strike on Israel’s commercial capital…. Related: Hamas rockets fired at Tel Aviv, 1 intercepted

Hamas brigades: Tel Aviv missile ‘response to massacre’
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas‘ armed wing says it fired a long-range missile at Tel Aviv in retaliation for the killing of 11 civilians in Gaza City on Sunday. The al-Qassam Brigades said fighters sent a Fajr missile to Tel Aviv, Israel’s biggest city, and shelled an Israeli war ship and…. Related: Israel shoots down Hamas rockets fired at Tel Aviv

Ceasefire talks underway in Cairo
11/19/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Negotiations in Cairo for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas have made progress, but a truce is unlikely in the coming days, PLO official Nabil Shaath said Sunday. Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal and his deputy Mousa Abu Marzouq updated Shaath on talks in Cairo between Palestinian factions and an Israeli delegate….

Report: Iran denies supplying Fajr-5 rockets to Gaza militants
11/18/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — A senior Iranian lawmaker denied his country had supplied militants in Gaza with missiles capable of hitting Israel’s commercial center, Iran’s Arabic-language Al Alam television reported. Hamas‘ armed wing said on Sunday it had launched Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets at Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial center, about….

Israeli army says bombed media offices ‘Hamas operations’
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s army said it bombed two media complexes in Gaza City early Sunday because they are part of “Hamas‘ operational communications.” The Al-Shawa building, which houses a number of media organizations, including Ma’an News Agency, was struck around 1:40 a. m. , injuring six journalists. An…. Related: Israel hits 2 Gaza media HQs, 6 journalists injured and Israeli strike hits another media office in Gaza

Haniyeh calls Mursi over truce efforts
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi to discuss truce efforts, Haniyeh’s office said Sunday. The leaders discussed efforts to halt Israel’s aerial offensive on the Gaza Strip, particularly on the guarantees needed to prevent repeat attacks. Haniyeh thanked Mursi for Egypt’….

Tens of millions of hacks target Israel govt websites
11/18/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza assault, the government said on Sunday. Defense-related sites and those of Israel’s prime minister, president and Foreign Ministry have been targeted. A finance ministry spokesman said while the attacks have….

Egypt’s Mursi meets Islamic Jihad delegation in Cairo
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM(Ma’an) — Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi met on Sunday with an Islamic Jihad delegation in Cairo, an official from the group said. The delegation, headed by secretary-general Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, discussed ways to confront the the ongoing Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, now in its fifth day. [END]

PA medical aid arrives in Gaza
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza health ministry has received 20 trucks of medical aid from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, the ministry said Sunday. PA Health Minister Hani Abdeen sent medicine and medical supplies to Gaza on Thursday morning but saidit had been held up at an Israeli checkpoint. Abdeen told Ma’….

Marwan Barghouti urges Abbas to visit Gaza
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi on Sunday called on President Mahmoud Abbas and PLO leaders to visit Gaza to demonstrate “steadfastness and resistance.”Barghouti condemned the “brutal Israeli aggression” against the Gaza Strip, describing it as an assault on all Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, and free people of the world, a statement….

Israeli forces raid Jerusalem theater, seal building
11/19/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Palestinian National Theater in Jerusalem on Sunday and forcibly evicted crowds who had gathered to express solidarity with Gaza and commemorate the death of late president Yasser Arafat, a Fatah official said. Dimitri Deliani, a member of the Fatah party’s revolutionary council, told Ma’….

Israel detains Hamas leader in Nablus
11/18/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeil forces on Sunday detained a Hamas leader in Nablus in the northern West Bank, locals said. Hamas leader Tayseer Omaran was detained from his home in al-Marej street. Saeed Bilal Baker Saeed, 19, was also arrested in Nablus and Adham al-Shawali was detained in nearby al-Asira village, locals told Ma….

Foreign Press Association ‘concerned’ by attacks on media
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Foreign Press Association in Israel said Sunday it was concerned by Israeli military attacks on media offices in Gaza City overnight. Two media complexes were hit by airstrikes, injuring eight journalists, the FPA said in a statement. FPA members Sky News, and Sky News Arabia, MBC TV, Al Arabiya, ORF…. Related: Press freedom groups react to Israel attacks on Gaza media

Palestine Airlines to fly medical delegation to el-Arish
11/18/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestine Airlines will fly a medical delegation from Amman to Egypt’s el-Arish, PA transport minister and airline chief Ali Zaidan Abu Zuhri said Sunday. The delegation is expected to arrive on Monday. El-Arish is the closest airport to Gaza since Israel destroyed Gaza’s international airport in 2002….

Israeli forces arrest man after attempted stabbing
11/18/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested a man in Hebron on Sunday after he attempted to stab a soldier, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that Ahmad Jamil Guneimat, 19, was detained at Al-Jaba checkpoint near Surif village after attacking a soldier. [END]

Islamic Jihad says military capabilities not affected
11/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s armed wing said Sunday its military power has not been harmed by five days of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. Abu Ahmad, spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades, told Ma’an the ongoing battle would end with victory for the Palestinian people and their resistance….

Explosion heard in Israel’s Eilat resort; no sign of rocket
11/18/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An explosion was heard in Israel’s Red Sea beach resort of Eilat on Sunday, police said, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties. A police spokesman said security forces were searching the outlying area for evidence of what might have caused the explosion. Eilat is a popular tourist….

UN’s Ban to visit Egypt for talks on Monday
11/18/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Egypt on Monday for talks with the Egyptian president and other officials, the foreign ministry reported on Sunday. It did not give details of his planned discussions, only saying he would talk about regional issues. Egypt is negotiating a truce over Gaza and President Muhammad Mursi….

Officials: Arab League chief, ministers to visit Gaza on Tuesday
11/18/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The head of the Arab League and a group of Arab foreign ministers will visit Gaza on Tuesday to show solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli attack, officials said on Sunday. Arab league ministers had called at an earlier meeting for a mission to go to Gaza. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi told reporters….

Palestinians in Czech Republic condemn Gaza assault
11/18/2012 – PRAGUE (Ma’an) — The chairman of the Palestinian community union in the Czech Republic on Sunday condemned Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, a statement from the group said. Ashraf Abu Taha said that Palestinians had organized events in the European country to show solidarity with the people of Gaza. [END]

McCain: Send Bill Clinton to negotiate Mideast peace
11/18/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States needs to deploy a high-level envoy, like former President Bill Clinton, to help negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, a top US politician said on Sunday. Senator John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee who lost his 2008 presidential bid to President Barack….

Palestinian Authority seeks urgent Arab League summit
11/18/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The head of the Arab League and a group of Arab foreign ministers will visit Gaza on Tuesday to show solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli attack, officials said on Sunday. Arab league ministers had called at an earlier meeting for a mission to go to Gaza. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi told reporters….

Al Jazeera TV: Qatari emir says Israel should lift Gaza siege
11/18/2012 – ABU DHABI (Reuters) — Qatar’s emir, who visited Gaza earlier this month, said in comments broadcast on Sunday that Israel should lift its siege of the Gaza Strip. In an interview with the Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani also said Israel would not halt its offensive in Gaza unless….

Fatah revolutionary council seeks Gaza meeting
11/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah revolutionary council has called for an urgent meeting to discuss the ongoing violence in Gaza, as Israel’s bombardment entered its sixth day Monday. [END]

Israeli, West Bank tourism hit by Gaza offensive
11/18/2012 – JERUSALEM(Reuters) — With fighting in the Gaza Strip entering its fifth day and Palestinian rockets landing deeper into Israel than ever before, travelers who had hoped to visit the holy land are starting to think twice. A number of hotels in Israel, along with flagship carrier El Al, have already seen some cancellations and believe….

Captured Turkish journalist released in Syria
11/18/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — A Turkish journalist captured by government troops in Syria three months ago has been freed and was handed over to Turkish lawmakers in Damascus on Saturday. Cuneyt Unal, who works for the US-funded al-Hurra television channel, went missing with Palestinian-Jordanian colleague Bashar Fahmi after crossing into Syria from Turkey on August 20.” I….

New pope installed to lead church in Egypt
11/18/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The Coptic Orthodox church staged a ceremony rich in ritual on Sunday to install its pope, Tawadros II, who Christians hope will guide them through the new, Islamist-led Egypt. The 60-year-old pope was picked on Nov. 4 and the ceremony on Sunday filled with incense, elaborate robes and chanting marked his formal….

Jordan protesters face charges over anti-monarch chants
11/18/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Security agents in Jordan were interrogating 130 demonstrators who could face charges for calling for the downfall of US ally King Abdullah in protests triggered by a sharp rise in fuel prices. Judicial officials told Reuters on Sunday the young men, many of them in their teens, had been detained for 15 days….

Syria rebels say seized key military base near Turkey border
11/18/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian rebels said they captured a large special forces base on a main road between the city of Aleppo and the Turkish border on Sunday. No independent verification of the rebels’ statement was immediately available. [END]

Aljazeera

Civilian death toll mounts in Gaza
AlJazeera 18 Nov 2012 – Twelve Palestinians from one family killed in Israeli rocket attack in single biggest loss of life since crisis began.

Palestine News Network

49 Palestinian Martyrs: Israeli Aggression on Gaza Escalates as Enters its Fifth Day
Palestine News Network

Israeli Army Attacks 950 Targets in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Israel To Launch Ground Invasion in Gaza within 48 Hours
Palestine News Network

Dozens of Palestinians Injured, Suffered Asphyxiation in Confrontations with Israeli Forces
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Call from Gaza to the citizens of the world: STOP THE ONGOING MASSACRE
11/18/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 18. 11. 2012 – Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Four years after the Israeli Occupation Forces perpetrated a massacre upon the population of Gaza, Apartheid Israel commits another crime. The latest round of Israeli war crimes has resulted in a new massacre ; at the time of writing more than 40 innocent civilians, including 15 children, have….

List of People Twitting in English from Gaza [Constantly Updated]
11/18/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – In Gaza:@RanaGaza – Rana@annepaq – Anne Paq (Activestills photographer)@DimaEleiwa – Dima Eleiwa@pdanahar – Paul Danahar (BBC Journalist)@jncatron – Joe Catron@AhmdFarra – Ahmad Farra@MyFreePal – Rawan@ShahdAbusalama – Shah Abusalama@Palestinianism – Farah Filasteen@Solarah – Samah Saleh@RichardDufek – Richard Dufek@emilie_baujard – Emelie Baujard (Radio France journalist)@GazaYBO – Gaza Youth Break Out@PTelegraph – Palestine….

Voices of Resistance
11/18/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – For Media: We have English (as well as other languages) speaking people in Gaza wishing for their voices to be heard. To arrange for interviews please contact: palreports@gmail. comHaidar Eid, professor (Tel Al Hawa, Gaza): Quote november 18th “I was supposed to give an interview today at the Shuruk building one of the two….

Alternative Information Center

Stop new massacre in Gaza: boycott Israel now!
Alternative Information Center – On November 8, Israel carried out an attack on civilians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, shooting 13-year-old Ahmad Abu Daqqa while he played football with friends. By November 14, Israel had intensified its attacks…

Israeli petition against election war on Gaza
Alternative Information Center – To: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Israeli government Ministers No to the Election War, Yes to Dialogue We, the undersigned Israeli citizens, hereby declare: The election war is not our war. We petition…

Israeli draft refuser receives second jail term
Alternative Information Center – Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler Moriel Rothman (second from left) approaches the draft office at Ammunition Hill in East Jerusalem, October 24, 2012. Rothman is refusing military service on the basis of conscientious objection to structural…

Relief Web

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Relief Web 18 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory Key issues At least 29 Palestinian civilians, including 11 children, have been killed and over 520 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including at least 140 children, were injured…

occupied Palestinian territory: OPT: In the line of fire
Relief Web 18 Nov 2012 – Source: IRIN Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA CITY, 18 November 2012 (IRIN) – It was, he said, a horrible twist of fate. When air strikes began over the Gaza Strip on 14 November, Othman Abdel’Al made what seemed a wise…

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Relief Web 18 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Situational overview The Israeli military operation “Pillar of Defense” has entered its fifth calendar day. Israeli airstrikes have been ongoing during the past…

occupied Palestinian territory: Roof-knocking employed again by IOF in Gaza, Death toll reaches 44; over 450 wounded before the end of 4th day of aggression
Relief Web 17 Nov 2012 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory 95/2012 Published: 22:00 Gaza Time (+2 GMT) The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued its attacks on Gaza for the fourth day. Today, it was confirmed that the IOF started…

occupied Palestinian territory: Women’s Voices: Bessan Q. – Gaza women
Relief Web 17 Nov 2012 – Source: Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling Country: occupied Palestinian territory Name: Bessan Q. Age: 28 Location: Gaza City Date of incident: 17 November 2012 Nature of incident: Shelling 28-year old mother of two from Gaza describes another sleepless…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli Gaza raids continue, hitting media centre
Relief Web 17 Nov 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/18/2012 01:58 GMT GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, Nov 18, 2012 (AFP) – Fresh Israeli air strikes hit a Gaza City media centre and homes in northern Gaza early Sunday as the death toll…

The National

Israeli air strike kills 9 members of one family
The National 18 Nov 2012 – A least 23 Palestinian civilians were killed yesterday ¿ including at least nine members of one family – by Israeli air strikes. 

Freed UAE inmate who served twice his sentence dreams he’s still in jail
The National 18 Nov 2012 – Koonimookel Abdullah, 61, spent a decade in prison because he could not afford the Dh325,000 a court ordered he pay as part of an embezzlement conviction in May 2002.

First UAE visit for Italy’s prime minister
The National 18 Nov 2012 – The Italian prime minister, Mario Monti, will arrive in the UAE tonight on his first official visit to the country.

Healing and living with the wounds of war in Gaza
The National 18 Nov 2012 – Dealing with a crisis is nothing new for physicians and nurses in Gaza hospitals.

Dubai pupils caught in school rent row may have to repeat year
The National 18 Nov 2012 – Hundreds of Pakistani children face having to repeat a year of education if their school is forced to close in April.

New power and water woes for duped tenants in Dubai rent scam
The National 18 Nov 2012 – Many of the Shamyana tenants have been asked to file cases with the Rent Committee and pay deposits to Dewa or face disconnection.

Wise up to Pinoy savings scheme, UAE Filipinos urged
The National 18 Nov 2012 – An international campaign to encourage saving among Filipino migrants will launch in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Dubai couple tour 26 countries to promote anti-pollution cause
The National 18 Nov 2012 – A couple who drove their pick-up truck across two continents to campaign against pollution by have returned – 26 countries, four months and 27 days later.

Ha’aretz

Reporters Without Borders condemns Israeli strikes on building housing media outlets
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Israeli leaders should think twice before launching a Gaza ground offensive
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Pillar of Defense Day 5
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Guards barring homeless from entering south Tel Aviv shelters
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

IDF: Gaza civilians killed due to faulty air strike
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Former IDF general: Israel should end Gaza blockade in return for cessation of rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

As IDF strike kills entire family in Gaza, Israel is starting to get in trouble
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Gaza diary: Trying to sleep between explosions
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Israeli envoy arrives in Cairo to discuss cease-fire
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Some Gaza rockets lack warheads, say Israeli officials
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Eleven reasons why this is not Cast Lead
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Waiting to see how a cease-fire would pan out
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Handicapped Ashkelon residents left to own devices
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

U.S. looks to Egypt to de-escalate Gaza crisis
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Gaza leader: Hamas will accept truce only if Israel guarantees no more attacks
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Hamas video threatening Israelis draws more parody than fear
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Israel attacks Hamas media operations in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Israel doesn’t want to topple Hamas, just rein it in
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2012

Staffer for Israel’s U.S. ambassador erroneously tweets his support for dialogue with Hamas
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2012

IDF responds to Syria gunfire, killing three soldiers
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

‘It was a miracle, I don’t have a scratch on me’
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – 80-year old woman survives direct rocket hit on her bedroom; “God saved her life,” says Rosa Gabbai’s granddaughter. 

Ashkelon residents seek shelter, await IDF call-up
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – Amid constant rocket-fire, residents of the southern town await draft notices for a chance to defend their homes. 

Longest-serving mayor of Beersheba, dies at 92
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – Eliyahu Nawi oversaw the development of the capital of the Negeve for 23 years. 

Hamas co-opts photos of injured Syrians
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – Jewish Agency social media expert says the truth is “often the first casualty in these situations.” 

Think About It: Shylock and pigheadedness
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – What the Israeli Left argues is that there is another approach, and that this alternative approach is not anti- Zionist, neo-Zionist, defeatist or an expression of self-hatred. 

Understanding Egypt’s policy
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – How can trust between people, so important to a future of peace and stability, exist in this hostile atmosphere of alienation? 

Gaza, Libya and 9/11: Wishful thinking helping terror
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – If we really want to fight terror, we have to throw away the wishful thinking. That is something we must demand of our leaders and of our media. 

The Region: Notes on the new Mideast
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – An attack from Lebanon on Israel is increasingly unlikely because that country is moving toward a civil war of its own. 

A decisive conclusion is necessary
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip. 

Only disproportionate deterrence will offset Hamas
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – Candidly Speaking: There must be a clear understanding that any breach would result in harsh “disproportionate” Israeli responses including the targeted killings of those responsible for initiating attacks. 

Ground invasion?
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – If the government and the military conclude that sending in ground forces is the only way to strike a hard enough blow to Hamas to restore Israel’s deterrence, then this must be done. 

Muslim Brotherhood fuel Jordan gas price protests
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2012 – Fuel prices, Riyadh’s refusal to grant loan are central issues; Gas pipeline explosions in Sinai cost Amman $7m. a day. 

Abbas vows to continue UN bid for status upgrade
Jerusalem Post 17 Nov 2012PA president claims Pillar of Defense was aimed at thwarting Palestinian effort. 

The Guardian

Gaza: four children killed in single Israeli air strike
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – Attack believed to be aimed at Hamas official increases death toll of military offensive to 67 people At least 11 members of one family, including five women and four children, were killed when Israel bombed a…

Hackers launch assault on Israeli government websites
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – Israeli officials count 44 million attacks on government sites since bombardment of Gaza began – but only one succeeds More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government websites since Wednesday when Israel…

Palestinian statehood wins European backing
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – A majority of Europeans want their governments to vote for Palestinian recognition at the UN, latest polls reveal Overwhelming majorities in the UK and other western European countries believe Palestinians should have their own state and…

Letters: ‘Have we learned nothing since Guernica?’
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – The two large and very similar photos of women, one a grieving Palestinian, the other an Israeli in shock (Report, 17 October), trade in a grotesque deception: that Israel and Gaza are suffering in equal measure….

We in the Gaza Strip will not die in silence | Musa Abumarzuq
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – If the world will not defend the Palestinians against Israel, we have the right to defend ourselves The latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has prompted several European countries and the US to reaffirm their…

Israeli bombardment of Gaza enters fifth day – as it happened
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – • Israel targets Hamas houses • ‘Surgical’ attacks on Hamas figures, says Israeli spokesman • Obama: ‘We will continue to support Israel’s right to defend itself’ • Two rockets fired at Tel Aviv intercepted and destroyed Alexandra…

Letters: Steve Bell’s cartoon defended
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – One’s heart sinks as Mark Gardner plays the dog-eared antisemitism card for the fifteen hundredth time ( Letters , 17 November). Steve Bell ( 16 November ) derided Tony Blair for sycophancy to power, aggression and the profitable employment flowing…

Clashes in West Bank as anger over Gaza is directed at Mahmoud Abbas
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – Palestinian Authority blamed for failing to take action and for co-operating with Israeli security forces against protesters Fresh clashes erupted in the West Bank on Sunday as Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded…

Israeli envoy arrives in Egypt for Gaza ceasefire talks
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – Unnamed diplomat in Cairo for truce negotiations, as Israel continues preparations for a possible ground offensive An Israeli envoy has arrived in Egypt for possible negotiations on a ceasefire as the barrage on Gaza intensified and…

Eyewitness: Tel Aviv, Israel
The Guardian 18 Nov 2012 – Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

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Day Five of Israeli Attack on Gaza: Death toll rises to 72, 520 civilians wounded; 4 children killed in Israeli strike; Tel-Aviv bound rocket shot down again
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Israel hits 2 Gaza media HQs, 6 journalists injured
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On the Eve: Last Thoughts Before the Latest Invasion of Gaza
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012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
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Israeli Military Assault on Gaza – “Operation Pillar of Defence” – Not “defence” but murder of unarmed civilians .
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Gaza Redux
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Tony Blair and the protesters who keep trying to arrest him for war crimes
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Message from ISM volunteer in Gaza
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Demonstrations in solidarity with Gaza: all over the West Bank, all over the world
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012 : A Video Roundup
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Daily Star

Congress to investigate Benghazi ‘talking points’
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 Lawmakers said Sunday they want to know who had a hand in creating the Obama administration’s now-discredited “talking points” about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi.

Hamas links truce to end of Gaza border blockade
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 Gaza’s Hamas rulers are aiming high in the conditions they place on stopping rocket fire into Israel in indirect cease-fire talks launched this weekend.

Explosion heard in Israel’s Eilat resort
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 An explosion was heard in Israel’s Red Sea beach resort of Eilat on Sunday, police said, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties.

Hamas finds cause to smile under Israeli assault
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 As Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip for a fifth day, Ali Al-Ahmed took to the streets of Gaza city in his pyjamas on Sunday to buy eggs and chocolate for his three…

US, Britain warn of risks of Israeli ground war
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 The U.S. and Britain warned about the risks of Israel expanding its air assault on the Gaza Strip into a ground war, while vigorously defending the Jewish state’s right to protect itself against rocket attacks.

Israeli, West Bank tourism hit by Gaza offensive
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 With fighting in the Gaza Strip entering its fifth day and Palestinian rockets landing deeper into Israel than ever before, travelers who had hoped to visit the holy land are starting to think twice.

Syria slams ‘hostile’ France as fighting rages
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 Syria’s regime on Sunday slammed as “hostile” a French decision to host an opposition ambassador, as its forces bombarded southern districts of the capital and clashes raged nationwide.

Israel raids kill 3 in Gaza, taking day’s toll to 26
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 New Israeli air raids killed three people in Gaza City on Sunday, taking the death toll to 26 on the bloodiest day of Israel’s bombing campaign, Hamas said.

US senator blasts Egypt’s ‘weak’ effort on Gaza
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 Senior US Senator Carl Levin criticized Egypt’s “weak” efforts Sunday to pressure its ally Hamas to reduce tensions in the bloody conflict between Gaza’s Islamist rulers and their enemy Israel.

Syrian civil war spillover draws Israeli fire
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 Israel shelled Syrian fighters after gunfire from their civil war spilled over to the Israel-controlled Golan Heights, the military said Sunday, as the conflict appeared to inch closer to the Jewish state.

Iran expects region to arm Palestinians against Israel
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 Iran expects regional countries to send weapons to the Palestinians to help them fight Israel, parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday.

Israel facing ‘millions’ of cyber-attacks over Gaza
Daily Star 18 Nov 2012 Israel admitted Sunday it has been targeted in a mass cyber-warfare campaign that has witnessed millions of attempts to hack state websites since the start of its Gaza offensive four days ago.

YNet News

Palestinian sources: Truce talks enter serious phase
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Israel raids kill 29 in Gaza as truce efforts intensify
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PA: 29 people killed Sunday in Gaza
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PA: 2 killed in IDF airstrike
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PA: IAF struck Hamas naval police post
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Rocket fire? 2 blasts heard in Eilat
YNet News, 18 Nov 2012IDF checking whether loud blasts heard in southern city were rocket hits; no duds found as of yet ….

Time to thank Amir Peretz
YNet News, 18 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Former defense minister insisted on developing Iron Dome system despite senior defense officials’ objection. His decision is now saving many Israeli lives on a daily basis ….

Staying here to tell the world
YNet News, 18 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Beersheba student explains why he won’t leave southern city despite ongoing rocket fire ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel’s orgy of death in Gaza
PIC – Zionist Israel is not merely a murderous venomous snake. It is also God’s lying people par excellence. Israel has the temerity to accuse its own victims of responsibility for their own death.

69 killed and 660 injured in Israeli raids on Gaza
PIC – In its fifth day, the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip caused dozens of martyrs and hundreds of wounded amongst Palestinian civilians including children, women, and elderly.

Haniyeh calls on the world to assume its responsibilities
PIC – Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh condemned the massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces against the Dalo family in Gaza, resulting in the killing of 12 martyrs.

Three martyrs, including a father and his child in two Israeli raids
PIC – Three Palestinians, including a father and child, were martyred in two Israeli raids targeting two cars in Gaza.

11 martyrs in an Israeli new massacre on Gaza
PIC – Israeli Occupation forces committed, Sunday afternoon, a terrible massacre on Gaza City, after they bombed a house for Dalo family and killed and wounded all the family members.

Resistance reduced the pressures on detainees in occupation jails
PIC – The Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and the resistance rockets reduced the pressures on Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails..

Ofer prisoners form National Unity Section
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in Ofer prison declared the establishment of the National Unity Section in section 15 which includes detainees from all Palestinian factions..

IOF arrests four liberated prisoners from Hamas in the West Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Sunday four activists affiliated with Hamas movement after raiding their houses in different districts of the West Bank.

Haniyeh discusses with Morsi the efforts to stop the aggression on Gaza
PIC – Prime Minister, Dr. Ismail Haniyeh, telephoned the Egyptian President Dr. Mohamed Morsi, and expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s attitude and political decisions regarding the aggression on Gaza. 

Israeli aircraft target Al-Quds TV office
PIC – Israeli warplanes bombed, in the early hours of Sunday, Shawwa Tower in the center of Gaza City, which includes a number of media offices, causing a number of injuries among journalists.

WAFA

Israeli Airstrike Kills 5 in Gaza, Raising Death Toll to 59
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Israeli Forces Attack Demonstration against Aggression on Gaza near Nablus
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

PLO Calls on International Community to Halt Israeli Aggression on Gaza
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Settlers Kidnap Shepherd in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Health Ministry’s Medical Convey Arrives in Gaza
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Protesters in Solidarity with Gaza Clash with Soldiers in Tulkarem
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Erekat Condemns Israeli Attacks against Journalists in Gaza
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Israeli Ongoing Strikes Kill Child, Man in Gaza
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

012, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Israeli Strike Targets Media Offices in Gaza, Injuring 6
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Israeli Airstrikes Kill 3 Children, 2 Women, Raising Death Toll to 52
WAFA – 18 Nov 2012

Misc

In Gaza, Palestinians torn between pressing on and ending fight
LA Times 17 Nov 2012 – A father in the rubble of his daughter’s room and a policeman on a Gaza street offer polarized views on the response to four days of Israeli airstrikes. JABALIYA, Gaza Strip — Stepping over his daughter’s mangled teddy bear and pink bedroom curtains, math teacher…

Gaza Violence Is Unabating as Outsiders Push for a Truce
New York Times 18 Nov 2012 – Israel’s onslaught against the Gaza Strip continued for a fifth day with its deadliest strike so far, said to target a Palestinian militant tied to recent rocket attacks and likely to weigh on any discussion of a cease-fire.

With Longer Reach, Rockets Bolster Hamas Arsenal
New York Times 18 Nov 2012 – Israel is focused on arms that for the first time have enabled Hamas to strike as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Qatari Spearheads Effort to Educate 61 Million Children
New York Times 18 Nov 2012 – Sheika Moza bint Nasser, wife of the emir of Qatar, created the Educate a Child initiative, which has partnerships with five global development organizations.

Obama’s Asia Trip Shadowed by Mideast Strife
New York Times 18 Nov 2012 – President Obama’s three-day swing through Southeast Asia began as events in Gaza threatened to overshadow his agenda.

Alstom, BrightSource win Ashelim thermosolar tender 
Globes Energy & Water – The Magalim consortium will build one of the world’s largest thermosolar energy plants in the world – a 121 megawatt plant at an investment of $600-700 million.

“Reuters”: Foreign companies in Leviathan bidding war 
Globes Energy & Water – Ratio CEO Yigal Landau told “Reuters” that the expertise the new partner brings, especially to the ‘midstream’, is more important than the size of the bid.

IEC revives nuclear energy project 
Globes Energy & Water – IEC VP nuclear energy research Naftali Tal estimates the cost of a nuclear power station at $4 billion.

South Korea mulls importing Iron Dome
Globes Main News – The Defense Ministry would demand South Korea buy the missile defense system in exchange for Israel’s procurement of four patrol boats.

Banks to make NIS 10b provision for war
Globes Main News – The scenario also involves flight of capital by foreign investors and by Israelis seeking to convert shekels into foreign currencies.

Hamas rocket chief killed as expanded operation looms
Globes Main News – Israel attacked 130 targets in Gaza today as 80 rockets were fired at Israel including several intercepted above Tel Aviv.

Sun: TASE unruffled by rockets
Globes Main News – The banks led today’s rally, while Delek Group and its energy exploration units posted strong gains.

Makhteshim posts $13m Q3 profit
Globes Main News – Revenue rose to $643.5 million for the third quarter from $638.5 million for the corresponding quarter.

Kamada reports juvenile diabetes success
Globes Main News – The company says that its AAT protein may halt the progression of the disease.

Gaza weighs on budget deficit 
Globes Macro Economics – Operation Pillar of Cloud will deepen the budget hole by billions of shekels that the public will have to pay.

Israel’s growth slows 
Globes Macro Economics – Growth slowed to an annualized 2.9% in the third quarter of 2012, down from 3.4% in the preceding quarter.

Gaza Ceasefire on Bibi’s Terms
Tikun Olam – Haaretz is reporting that Bibi Netanyahu is telling foreign leaders that Hamas has two choices : to stop rocket fire on Israel or prepare for war.  The terms for the ceasefire are entirely favorable to Bibi: Hamas will end rocket fire, agree to no more attacks on…

Jerusalem: “Wash This Blood from Our Hands and Hatred from Our Souls”
Tikun Olam – God, for something positive and constructive to rise up out of these ashes.  We can’t lose sight of hope, can we? Gregg Mitchell highlighted some wonderful music for Middle East peace in his Nation column.  I wanted to focus in particular on Steve Earle’s fine, fine…

‘Up With Chris’ on MSNBC features 2 Palestinians out of 4 guests — and bankruptcy of neocon Frum’s claims
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Egypt allows 400 activists to enter Gaza
Mondoweiss – Gaza City November 17, 2012 Photo: Marah Elwadia Egyptians Activists Occupy Gaza Photo: Mahmood Abdulmonem As Israel continues to pound Gaza for the 5th day Egyptian authorities have allowed a five bus convoy of 400 activists to enter Gaza thru the Rafah border in solidarity with…

Day Five of Israeli Attack on Gaza: Death toll rises to 72, 520 civilians wounded; 4 children killed in Israeli strike; Tel-Aviv bound rocket shot down again
Mondoweiss – Palestinian women mourn four-year-old Mahmoud Raed Sadallah, who was killed following an explosion in Jabaliya, Gaza Strip, 16 November. (Anne Paq / ActiveStills) This post is a continually updated news resource. Click on the links for Mondoweiss’ coverage of Day 1; Day 2 ; Day 3 ; and Day…

Israel targets (and defends attacking) journalists in Gaza
Mondoweiss – Al-Quds TV cameraman Khader al-Zahhar after Israeli air strike on media building, Gaza, 18 November 2012. (Photo: Ali Hassan/Reuters) Early this morning, just after dawn, the Israeli military targeted two media buildings in the Gaza Strip, injuring six journalists with one losing his leg in an…

Exile and the Prophetic: The last gasp of the ‘purity of arms’ — robocalls over Gaza
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. I think this is my favorite, the last gasp of the ‘purity of arms’ — the phone call. See it below in…

The light doesn’t get much greener than this: Obama admin gives Israel the go ahead to escalate in Gaza
Mondoweiss – The Wall Street Journal reports the result of a press conference held on Air Force One by Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes , who works as one of Obama’s main (foreign policy) speechwriters who helped the President draft his spring 2012 AIPAC address. Rhodes expressed…

Rabbi Sacks: Gaza War ‘Got To Do With Iran’ 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Nov 2012 – The BBC issued an apology to British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks after a presenter asked him about the Gaza operation while he thought he was off the air. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gaza Journalists Wounded by Israeli Attack 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Nov 2012 – Israeli aircraft hit two Gaza media buildings on Sunday, wounding eight journalists and drawing concern from press covering the fighting between Palestinian militants and the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

Obama Says ‘Preferable’ To Avoid Gaza Ground War 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Nov 2012 – President Barack Obama insisted on Sunday that Israel had a right to defend itself but said it would be “preferable” to avoid an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza. Click here for the rest of the article…

Two More Rockets Shot Down Above Tel Aviv 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Nov 2012 – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at Tel Aviv on Sunday which were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air shield, witnesses and police said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Real Winner in Gaza War? Could Be Hamas. 
The Forward New 18 Nov 2012 – Palestinians are suffering with Israel’s deadly strikes on Gaza. But win or lose, Hamas may experience a surge in popularity for confronting the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

As Rockets Fly, Israel’s Grumpy Old Men Shrug 
The Forward New 18 Nov 2012 – When air raid sirens sound, some Israelis take their time running for cover. Old-timers like Emmanuel Hatzofe have seen plenty worse than this. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Morsi Congratulates Saudi King On Successful Surgery 
allAfrica.com 18 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi sent a cable of congratulations to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz al-Saud on Sunday 18/11/2012 on his recent successful surgery.

Egypt: Egypt, Qatar Affirm Need to Take Unified Arab Stance to Deter Israel 
allAfrica.com 18 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday 17/11/2012 received Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani who arrived in Cairo yesterday on a few hours visit the two leaders had talks on developments in Gaza, the Israeli aggression on Gaza enclave and developments in Syria.

Tunisia: Government Condemns Heinous and Repeated Attacks On Gaza 
allAfrica.com 18 Nov 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -The Government, Friday, condemned “the heinous and repeated attacks on Gaza” and announced its decision to send a high-level ministerial delegation in the region to reiterate Tunisia’s unconditional solidarity with the brave Palestinian people and its categorical rejection of the barbaric attacks they…

Tunisia: Peaceful Demonstrations Downtown Tunis in Solidarity With Gaza 
allAfrica.com 18 Nov 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -A peaceful march in solidarity with Gaza was staged, on Friday afternoon, from El Fath Mosque in Tunis to the Human Rights Square in Mohamed V Avenue and a second one departed from Mohamed Ali Square to Habib Bourguiba Avenue.

2 Critically Injured, 4 Arrested in Last 24 Hours in Beit Ommar 
Palestine Solidarity Project 18 Nov 2012 – Residents of Beit Ommar have held ongoing spontaneous protests against Israel’s attack on Gaza, which many are calling a massacre. Yesterday, one man, Khaled Abu Ayyesh, 20, was arrested yesterday by Israeli forces. Another, Moyasir Abu Maria, was shot from less than 3 meters away with…

How Two Jewish (and One Stoic) Ideas Helped Me Get Through Yesterday’s Sermon in Synagogue 
The Magnes Zionist 18 Nov 2012 – Before I left for synagogue in DC yesterday I resolved that I would not sit through a service that painted the Israelis as the innocent victims of murderous Hamas thugs. I expected that additional Psalms would be said for those in Israel, and I would say…

Five ways to effectively support Gaza through Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions 
Global BDS 18 Nov 2012 – As this new aggression on the people of Gaza shows, Israel will continue its belligerence and state terrorism unless it is made to pay a heavy price for its crimes against the Palestinian, Lebanese and other Arab peoples. Palestinian civil society has called for a campaign…

Death toll jumps in Gaza conflict 
BBC 18 Nov 2012 – Israel maintains air strikes on Gaza and militants continue to fire rockets into Israel as the fifth day of unrest becomes the deadliest so far.

Coptic pope enthroned in Cairo 
BBC 18 Nov 2012 – The new pope of Egypt’s Coptic Christian church has been formally enthroned in Cairo, at an uncertain time for the religious minority.

A Palestine That Israelis Can’t See 
Sabbah report 18 Nov 2012 – Israeli Jews do not see Palestinians as equal human beings. They live in utter denial of the peculiar and unsustainable reality, but this is no excuse for the rest of the world, especially the United States, not to wake up and realize that ending the occupation…

Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault on Gaza 
Sabbah report 18 Nov 2012 – Assault on Gaza is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does. Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault on Gaza was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter ,…

Bishop Corder: Israel’s “Pillar of Cloud” Blasphemy 
Sabbah report 18 Nov 2012 – Israel have mocked the message of God’s prophet and turned it into a murderous blasphemy. The Pillar of Cloud represents life to the Palestinian people. Bishop Corder: Israel’s “Pillar of Cloud” Blasphemy was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah…

Stop new massacre in Gaza: boycott Israel now! 
AIC: Economy of the Occupoation 18 Nov 2012 – On November 8, Israel carried out an attack on civilians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, shooting 13-year-old Ahmad Abu Daqqa while he played football with friends. By November 14, Israel had intensified its attacks on Gaza and begun to implement an intensive plan of…

Israeli petition against election war on Gaza 
AIC: Israeli Society 18 Nov 2012 – To: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Israeli government Ministers No to the Election War, Yes to Dialogue We, the undersigned Israeli citizens, hereby declare: The election war is not our war. We petition you with the demand to halt the Gaza bloodbath immediately,…

Israeli draft refuser receives second jail term 
AIC: Israeli Society 18 Nov 2012 – Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler Moriel Rothman (second from left) approaches the draft office at Ammunition Hill in East Jerusalem, October 24, 2012. Rothman is refusing military service on the basis of conscientious objection to structural violence and the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Israeli…

Islamic Economics 101: All Rhetoric, Little Reality 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 18 Nov 2012 – An Egyptian woman looks at a window display selling women’s clothes in downtown Cairo on 18 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) An Egyptian woman looks at a window display selling women’s clothes in downtown Cairo on 18 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki)…

Syria charges France with “hostility” 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2012 – A Syrian rebel shoots during clashes with the Syrian army in the town of Harem on the outskirts of Idlib on 17 November 2012. (Photo: AP – Khalil Hamra) Syria on Sunday called France’s decision to host an ambassador from the Syrian opposition as “hostile,” while…

Lebanon: The Curse of Ansariyeh Strikes Again 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2012 – A Lebanese protestor waves the Hezbollah flag and the Palestinian flag during a protest against the ongoing attack on Gaza outside the offices of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Lebanese capital Beirut, on 17 November 2012. (Photo: Anwar Amro)…

Jordanian unions strike over fuel price hike 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2012 – Riot police stand guard near a Jordanian flag as anti-government protesters demand the release of political activists charged with insulting the king, in Amman on 13 April 2012. (Photo: Reuters/Muhammad Hamed) Jordanian unions held a strike on Sunday to protest fuel price rises, two days after…

Three killed in Egypt gunfight with army 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2012 – Three people were killed and 12 injured in a firefight between soldiers and armed residents over a disputed island in the Nile west of Egypt’s capital Cairo, a security source said. An army statement said the authorities were clearing the island, which the army says it…

Kurdish prisoners end hunger strike 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2012 – Members of a pro-Kurdish party wearing bibs reading “We are on hunger strike” demonstrate on 17 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) Hundreds of Kurdish fighters and political prisoners ended a hunger strike in jails across Turkey on Sunday after an appeal from their leader,…

The Palestinian Resistance Alters the Rules 
Al-Akhbar Politics 17 Nov 2012 – A child attends a Pro-Palestinian protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London 17 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Luke MacGregor) A child attends a Pro-Palestinian protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London 17 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Luke MacGregor) Al-Akhbar ’s reporters in Gaza examine…

Death toll jumps in Gaza conflict 
BBC 18 Nov 2012 – Israel maintains air strikes on Gaza and militants continue to fire rockets into Israel as the fifth day of unrest becomes the deadliest so far.

Coptic pope enthroned in Cairo 
BBC 18 Nov 2012 – The new pope of Egypt’s Coptic Christian church has been formally enthroned in Cairo, at an uncertain time for the religious minority.

Jordan profile 
BBC 18 Nov 2012 – Provides an overview of Jordan, including key events and facts about this small country in the Middle East.

VIDEO: Israel pounds Gaza for fifth day 
BBC 18 Nov 2012 – Israel has been shelling Gaza from the sea and air on the fifth day of its bombardment of the coastal territory.

Articles


Call from Gaza to the citizens of the world: STOP THE ONGOING MASSACRE 
Various undersigned organizations, International Solidarity Movement 11/18/2012
      Four years after the Israeli Occupation Forces perpetrated a massacre upon the population of Gaza, Apartheid Israel commits another crime. The latest round of Israeli war crimes has resulted in a new massacre; at the time of writing more than 40 innocent civilians, including 15 children, have been murdered brutally as they slept in their own houses. More than 400 have been critically injured.
     We request that the citizens of the world oppose this deadly crime. We no longer rely on governments. The failure of the United Nations and its numerous organizations to condemn such crimes proves their complicity. Only civil society is able to mobilize to demand the application of international law and put an end to Israel’s impunity. The intervention of civil society was effective in the late 1980s against the apartheid regime of South Africa. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have not only described Israel’s oppressive and violent control of Palestinians as Apartheid, they have also joined this call for the world’s civil society to intervene again.
     We, therefore, ask people of conscience and civil society organizations to put pressure on their governments until Israel is forced to abide by international law and international humanitarian law. Without the intervention of the international community which was effective against apartheid in South Africa, Israel will continue its war crimes and crimes against humanity, as articulated by the Goldstone report.
     We call on civil society organizations worldwide to intensify the anti-Israel sanctions campaign to compel Israel to end to its aggression.
     The international conspiracy of silence towards the genocidal war taking place against the 1.5 million civilians in Gaza indicates complicity in these war crimes. more.. e-mail

Why Gaza must suffer again 
Jonathan Cook, Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth 11/18/2012
      The four guilty parties behind Israel’s attack
     A short interview broadcast by CNN late last week featuring two participants – a Palestinian in Gaza and an Israeli within range of the rocket attacks – did not follow the usual script.
     For once, a media outlet dropped its role as gatekeeper, there to mediate and therefore impair our understanding of what is taking place between Israel and the Palestinians, and inadvertently became a simple window on real events.
     The usual aim of such “balance” interviews relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is twofold: to reassure the audience that both sides of the story are being presented fairly; and to dissipate potential outrage at the deaths of Palestinian civilians by giving equal time to the suffering of Israelis.
     But the deeper function of such coverage in relation to Gaza, given the media’s assumption that Israeli bombs are simply a reaction to Hamas terror, is to redirect the audience’s anger exclusively towards Hamas. In this way, Hamas is made implicitly responsible for the suffering of both Israelis and Palestinians.
     The dramatic conclusion to CNN’s interview appears, however, to have otherwise trumped normal journalistic considerations.
     The pre-recorded interview via Skype opened with Mohammed Sulaiman in Gaza. From what looked like a cramped room, presumably serving as a bomb shelter, he spoke of how he was too afraid to step outside his home. Throughout the interview, we could hear the muffled sound of bombs exploding in the near-distance. Mohammed occasionally glanced nervously to his side.more.. e-mail

Gaza children struggle to cope with life under fire 
Noah Browning, Ma’an News Agency 11/19/2012
      GAZA (Reuters) — Barefoot boys chase each other in circles around the street, pointing pretend guns made out of rubber pipes up at the Gaza sky, which is thick with Israeli F-16s and surveillance drones.
     “We’re not afraid of the Jews’ bombs!” said Sharif al-Ewad, whose plump cheeks make him look younger than his 15 years. “Al-Qassam (Hamas‘s armed wing) has raised its head high, and is really beating them up this time!” he smiled.
     But beneath the swagger and bravado there is also a yearning for peace and quiet after five days of Israeli airstrikes that killed at least 65 Palestinians, including 20 children.
     With one of the youngest populations in the world, over half of Gaza’s 1.7 million residents are aged under 18 and they have little to comfort them beside the heady local culture of armed struggle against Israel.
     Israel launched its latest wide-scale operation last Wednesday with the stated aim of putting a halt to the attacks.
     Psychiatrist Hasan Zeyada says the constant exposure to shocking violence has left many children suffering trauma and all that it entails — bed-wetting, nightmares, flashbacks, and fear of going out in public.
     “Part of this is related to our culture and religion, which values sacrifice and duty. The other part is a kind of denial. it’s normal to be scared, but in the messages they’ve watched and heard, they’re taught just to show strength,” said Zeyada, manager of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. more.. e-mail

Voices of Resistance 
International Solidarity Movement 11/18/2012
      For Media: We have English (as well as other languages) speaking people in Gaza wishing for their voices to be heard. To arrange for interviews please contact: palreports@gmail.com
     Haidar Eid, professor (Tel Al Hawa, Gaza): Quote november 18th “I was supposed to give an interview today at the Shuruk building one of the two buildings that house the media outlets in Gaza. Both were bombed. Apartheid Israel must not get away with its crimes against the innocent civilians of Gaza. What more does the international community need to see to be convinced to act than the dozens of dead corpses and amputated bodies of children and women in Gaza? We no longer count on governments, especially Western, but rather on people of conscience and civil society to exert whatever pressure they can on the fascist government of Israel to stop its war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in broad day light!” 
     Omnia Abu Shahla, student (Gaza City Center): ‘’Please, help us. I’m really scared we will die soon. Yesterday was a bombing around us. Windows broken, everybody crying, the fire everywhere. I’m a human being. This is not human what is going on. We are just trying to live.’’
     Khalil Shaheen, PCHR (Tel Al Hawa): ‘’It is very important that we as PCHR and all Palestinian NGOs get together now. We have just finished our press conference in front of a journalist building which was attacked this morning. This was the strongest message to send, to assure our friends we use all possible tools. The international community should form a convention to stop Israeli aggression. This is already five days of escalating violence and Palestinians pay the price. We have more than 140 children injured. The international community should intervene. It is time for justice for all the victims, for all of us also and to demand accountability of Israel.’’ more.. e-mail

In photos: Israel relentlessly bombs Gaza, West Bank protests repressed
Electronic Intifada: 17 Nov 2012 – 18 November 2012 Images documenting Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip and solidarity protests in the West Bank and beyond.more

“We will not fear their strikes”: Gaza journalists defiant after Israeli attack on media center
Electronic Intifada: 18 Nov 2012 – Rami Almeghari Gaza Strip 18 November 2012 Despite Israeli air strikes on their buildings, Palestinian journalists in Gaza are defiant, and say they will continue to report.more

latest severe injuries after Israeli bombing of Meghazi, central Gaza
In Gaza: 18 Nov 2012 – A woman, her two girls (3 and 4 years old) and one year old son were seriously injured by an Israeli bombing in Meghazi, central Gaza Strip Sunday evening. photos: Emad Badwan Filed under: Israel war on Gaza , Israeli attacks on Gazamore

The Red Line Israel Brazenly Crossed
Dissident Voice: 18 Nov 2012 – Reports indicate that Israel is reportedly setting the stage for a full-scale war on Gaza. According to Israeli media, 16,000 reservists are being briefed on a full-scale war on the Gaza Strip while Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered 75,000 military reservists drafted. There are reports which indicate the units of the Israeli elite paratroop and Givati Brigades have been mustering outside the Gaza Strip. Israeli sources have confirmed that Palestinian missiles have hit several districts of Tel Aviv and that the Iron Dome missile shield which was proudly thought to be impenetrable has only intercepted one-fifth of the rockets launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip since Wednesday while Israeli media had earlier reported that the Iron Dome was incredibly advanced and that it had intercepted 100 percent of the launched missiles. Israel’s Channel 2 has said that only 210 missiles, out of a total of 650, fired…more

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Posted 19th November 2012 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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