VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 29 November 2012: Israel bombed the stadium where disabled athletes train

29 November 2012 – VTJP

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US Senate Threatens Sanctions Against P.A.
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that the United States Senate threatened to block all funding to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in the West Bank should the Palestinians decide to sue Israel for war crimes at the International Court. …

Palestine Wins General Assembly Vote
IMEMC – The Palestinians managed to garner an overwhelming support to their UN General Assembly membership bid and were voted in as a nonmember observer state. …

150 Countries To Vote “Yes” For Palestine
IMEMC – As the vote approaches, the Palestinians seem to be garnering all needed support to be recognized as a nonmember observer state at the United Nations General Assembly with more than 150 countries supporting the Palestinian bid, while Israel and the United States are heading the short list of “No”. …

PCHR Statement On Ongoing Attacks Against Palestinian Fishermen In Gaza
IMEMC – The Continued Attacks against Palestinian Fishermen Prove False Israeli Claims of Permitting Fishermen to Fish up to 6 Nautical Miles. …

UN Secretary-General; “Peace Process Dying Off”
IMEMC – United Nations Secretary General Bank Ki-moon, stated that peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are “on life support”, adding that both Israel and the Palestinians must step out of this stalemate and move forwards by resuming direct peace talks. …

Two Israeli Policemen Face Charges Of Abusing A Kidney Patient
IMEMC – Israeli paper, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that two Israeli Policemen are facing charges after they abused and humiliated a Palestinian kidney patient, including hitting him with their rifles, at a military roadblock in the occupied West Bank. …

E.U Says It Backs Palestinian State, But Split On UN Vote
IMEMC – The European Union expressed direct support of a Palestinian state, but not all of its 27 countries will be voting for upgrading Palestine’s status at the United Nations, to become a full member state. …

Tunisian Health Minister Arrives In Gaza
IMEMC – Tunisian Health Minister, Dr. Abdul-Latif Al-Makky, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, heading a medical team in addition to the Tunisian Ambassador in Cairo, and were welcomed by the Palestinian Health Minister in Gaza, Dr. Mofeed Al-Mkhallalaty, and several health officials. … 

Abbas Meets UN Secretary General In New York
IMEMC – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, met on Wednesday at night with the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and discussed the Palestinian nonmember state application (observer state) that will be submitted and discussed Thursday. … 

European Parliamentarians, Politicians, To Visit Gaza Saturday
IMEMC – Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported that senior European Parliamentarians and officials will be arriving in the coastal region on Saturday to observe the devastating effects of the latest Israeli escalation against Gaza, and intend to prepare a report on Israel’s targeting of civilians. …

Ma’an News

UN welcomes State of Palestine
11/30/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an)– The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade Palestine to a “non-member state” at the United Nations, implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. There were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. Addressing the assembly in New York ahead of the vote, President Mahmoud Abbas said….

Medics: 1 hurt by Israeli fire near Jabaliya
11/29/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire and injured a Palestinian man east of Jabaliya on Thursday, medics said. Wahid al-Fasis, 20, was shot in the Tal Abu Safayeh area and transferred to Awdeh hospital, medics said. An Israeli army spokesman said forces fired “in accordance with the rules of engagement” after a….

Elderly farmer, granddaughter, died hours before Gaza truce
11/30/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Elderly farmer Ibrahim Abu Nasr was determined to harvest his last two olive trees, despite ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip last Wednesday. The ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants would come into effect just nine hours later. But as Ibrahim, 80, began prayers in the olive grove in….

Limited Israeli incursion near Khan Younis
11/30/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles crossed near the al-Qarara town northeast of Khan Younis on Thursday in a new breach of the Gaza ceasefire, a Ma’an reporter said. Two military bulldozers crossed 200 meters inside agriculture lands but did not open fire. An Israeli army spokesman confirmed there was “routine….

Israel detains fishermen off north Gaza shore
11/30/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli naval forces detained Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, according to the Israeli army and rights groups. Six men aboard a boat around 5 nautical miles off Beit Lahiya in north Gaza were seized and investigated at gunpoint, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said….

Israel charges Palestinian rights researcher
11/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court has issued charges against a Palestinian human rights researcher that relate to his participation in public occasions, Addameer said Wednesday. The list of charges refers to Ayman Nasser’s involvement in the annual Prisoners Day activities in 2011 and 2012, solidarity work during prisoners’ hunger….

Hamas fighter dies of Gaza war wounds
11/30/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A member of Hamas‘ military wing died Thursday from wounds sustained during Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip, the group said. The al-Qassam Brigades announced the death of Hosam al-Hums, from Rafah, and said he was being treated in Egypt for serious injuries sustained in an….

Israel: US co-production of rocket shield not option ‘right now’
11/29/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Israel has agreed to give the United States the know-how needed to produce interceptors used by the vaunted Iron Dome rocket shield, but it is not interested in any proposed co-production yet, an Israeli official told Reuters Thursday. Using radar-guided interceptor missiles, Israel’s Iron Dome defense system shot down 421 of….

Israel sets up roadblock southwest of Jenin
11/30/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces late Wednesday set up a roadblock at the eastern entrance of Yaabad village southwest of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, locals said. The obstruction prevented cars from traveling in the area for four hours. The incident was the fourth of its kind since Wednesday. Previous checkpoints were set….

Diary of a war: Lessons in survival
11/29/2012 – By Ahmed Ferwana - This is the third in a series of journal entries documenting life in Gaza during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud. Previous entries can be read here [see link below]. November 16 – Hearing the echoes of massive explosions caused by F-16 fighter jets bombing Rafah was the sign that it…. Related: Diary of a war

Executed Gaza ‘collaborators’ were in custody before war
11/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinians who were accused of spying for Israel and publicly executed during the latest assault on Gaza were already in jail when the war started, and several had been held for more than a year. Masked gunmen shot the alleged collaborators in two public attacks at the height of Israel…. Related: Rights ombudsman urges Haniyeh to probe Gaza executions

Rallies for UN bid in West Bank, Gaza
11/30/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians rallied Thursday across the occupied West Bank to support President Mahmoud Abbas‘ bid to upgrade Palestine’s status at the United Nations. Tens of thousands took part in a march in Hebron where Palestinians waved flags from Fatah as well as Hamas to support the bid and national….

Netanyahu: Palestinians must recognize Jewish state
11/30/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said the Palestinians had to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and prepare to end the conflict with Israel.”Israel is prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state, but for peace to endure, Israel’s security must be protected. The Palestinians….

Arab League to discuss peace process in Doha
11/30/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Arab League Ministerial Committee will meet in Doha on Dec. 9 to reevaluate the peace process and review the Arab Peace Initiative, a league official said Thursday. Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani will chair the meeting, said Mohammad Sbaih, Arab League head of Palestinian affairs….

Abbas: UN recognition last chance for peace
11/30/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday told the UN General Assembly that Palestine’s bid for “observer state” status is the last chance to save the two-state solution.” Sixty-five years ago on this day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, which partitioned the land of historic Palestine into two….

Israel says UN vote won’t hasten Palestinian state
11/30/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A UN General Assembly vote on Thursday recognizing a Palestinian state will do nothing to make it a reality, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Israel had fiercely opposed the Palestinian bid to become a “non-member state” at the United Nations, but had been unable to prevent wide international support for the initiative….

Abbas says unafraid of Israel, US threats
11/29/2012 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he was ready to address the UN General Assembly in New York before it upgrades Palestine’s status at the United Nations.”The whole world realizes that the Palestinian Authority with all its political, security, services and administrative bodies has been ready to upgrade….

Olmert sees ‘no reason’ to oppose Palestine UN bid
11/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert backs the Palestinian bid to upgrade its status at the United Nations, a US news site reported Wednesday. Olmert told The Daily Beast the “the Palestinian request from the United Nations is congruentwiththe basic concept of the two-state solution. Therefore, I see no reason to….

Lieberman: UN bid ‘pushes both sides apart’
11/29/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that Palestine’s bid to upgrade its status at the UN “pushes both sides further apart.”In New York, Lieberman said that “Even though the Palestinians are guaranteed a majority of the votes in their favor, in reality they will end….

UN set for implicit recognition of Palestinian state
11/29/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The UN General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. A Palestinian resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority’s U. N. observer….

US to honor Israel’s Barak
11/29/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will receive the highest award he could be given by a US secretary of defense when he visits the Pentagon Thursday, three days after announcing his exit from political life next year. The 70-year-old Barak, a leading strategist in confronting Iran over its nuclear program who….

Germany to abstain from UN Palestine vote
11/29/2012 – BERLIN (Reuters) — Germany said it would abstain in a vote on Thursday at the UN General Assembly on changing the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic status, citing fears that it could be counterproductive to the peace process.” We did not take this decision lightly. Germany shares the goal of a Palestinian state. . . but the decisive….

Competing narratives for the liberation of Palestine
11/29/2012 – By Daoud Kuttab - Two narratives are competing for the hearts and minds of Palestinians, regarding the best way to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine: one military, the other nonviolent. Each has strong arguments, but neither has produced any result yet. Both narratives were being displayed in parallel fashion this month. The PLO will seek….

Portugal to vote for Palestine UN upgrade
11/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Portugal will vote for Palestine to be granted non-member observer status at the United Nations, “having long favored the existence of an independent Palestinian state.”In the letter to President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, premier Pedro Passos Coelho said he “welcomes and supports” the leader’s commitment to returning to….

Analysis: Politics and humanitarianism in Israel-Palestine
11/29/2012 – JERUSALEM (IRIN) — “We do aid not politics”, has been the traditional mantra of the mainstream humanitarian community. But that division is not always easy to maintain, perhaps nowhere more so than for those working in the occupied Palestinian territory, something that was brought into sharp relief by the recent seven-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip….

PA to rethink ties with countries opposing UN bid
11/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority foreign ministry said Thursday it would re-evaluate ties with countries that oppose Palestine’s bid to upgrade its status at the UN. A ministry statement said the Palestinians hoped foreign countries would not only vote to upgrade Palestine’s status but also pressure Israel to abide….

Israel court says Bosnian Serb can be extradited over Srebrenica
11/29/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a Bosnian Serb accused of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre could be extradited to Bosnia to face a charge of genocide. Aleksandar Cvetkovic, who has lived in Israel since 2006, was arrested in January 2011 on an international warrant after witnesses testified that….

Rights groups back Palestinian UN bid
11/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian rights groups on Thursday threw their support behind President Mahmoud Abbas‘ initiative to upgrade Palestine’s status at the United Nations. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Palestine’s admission as a non-member state would be “a major step in the Palestinian people’s struggle….

Italy will vote in favor of new Palestine status at UN
11/29/2012 – ROME (Reuters) — Italy will support a United Nations resolution on Thursday giving Palestine the status of a “non-member state”, officials said. A government statement said the move was in line with Italy’s support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The UN vote will implicitly recognize Palestine as a sovereign state. The….

Sweden: Recognize Palestine, boycott settlement products
11/29/2012 – By Gabriel Wikström and Evin Incir -Today President Mahmoud Abbas will go before the UN General Assembly to request Palestinian observer status in the UN. Abbas‘ initiative is an important step toward ending the oppression and the unstable situation in the region. When UNESCO voted on a Palestinian membership in 2011, Sweden was one….

Kuwait transfers $50 million to PA
11/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Kuwait on Thursday transferred $50 million to support the Palestinian Authority’s budget, Kuwaiti media reported. Kuwait’s envoy to the Arab League Jamal al-Ghunaim told Kuwait News Agency the financial aid would help the PA face economic pressure from Israel. [END]

Report: Israelis rally to support UN bid
11/29/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israelis held a rally in Tel Aviv to support the Palestinian bid for a status upgrade at the UN on Thursday evening, Israeli media reported. Around 250 protesters chanted, “Israel and Palestine, two states for two peoples” and are carrying signs which read, “Palestinian state – an Israeli interest,” Israeli….

Abbas urges UN to issue ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine
11/29/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the UN General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the UN observer status of the Palestinian Authority from “entity” to “non-member state.” “The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of….

Israel’s Netanyahu slams Abbas speech as ‘hostile and poisonous’
11/29/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned President Mahmoud Abbas‘s strong critique of Israel in his speech at the United Nations on Thursday as “hostile and poisonous”, and full of “false propaganda”.” These are not the words of a man who wants peace,” Netanyahu also said in a statement released by his….

In photos: Palestine celebrates UN vote
11/29/2012 – Reuters – Palestinians celebrate after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade Palestine to a “non-member state,” implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. [END]

US urges Palestinians, Israel to resume peace talks
- UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United States called on the Palestinians and Israelis on Thursday to resume peace talks after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution that implicitly recognized a Palestinian state.” The United States calls upon both the parties to resume direct talks, without preconditions, on all the issues that divide them and….

Rights ombudsman urges Haniyeh to probe Gaza executions
11/30/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian human rights ombudsman urged Gaza’s government to transparently investigate and prosecute the killing of seven men suspected of spying for Israel during its latest assault on Gaza. Ahmad Harb, head of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, met Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh late Wednesday to…. Related:Executed Gaza ‘collaborators’ were in custody before war

Hamas plans 25th anniversary celebrations
11/29/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas will launch its 25th anniversary celebrations on Dec. 8, spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Thursday.” The celebration this year will be different than any time before,” Barhoum said at a news conference outside the home of the late Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Barhoum said the anniversary….

Gaza security source: Murder suspects excluded from amnesty
11/29/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza will not release detainees linked to its battle with Fatah if they are accused of murder, a security source in Gaza told Ma’an. The authorities in Gaza and the West Bank both pledged last week to free political prisoners in order to ease….

Cash crisis, Arab ferment threaten Jordan’s stability
11/29/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Violent protests that shocked Jordan this month have mostly subsided, but unprecedented chants for the “fall of the regime” suggested a deeper malaise in a kingdom so far spared the revolts reshaping the Arab world. Anger over fuel subsidy cuts undoubtedly drove the unrest, in which police shot dead one man during a….

Egypt assembly convenes to vote on constitution
11/29/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The assembly writing Egypt’s new constitution convened on Thursday to start voting on the final draft, a move the Muslim Brotherhood hopes will help end a crisis ignited by a decree expanding President Mohamed Mursi’s powers.” May God bless us on this day,” Hossam el-Gheriyani, the assembly speaker, said….

Sharia status unchanged in Egypt draft constitution
11/29/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The assembly drafting Egypt’s new constitution voted on Thursday to keep “principles of sharia” – Islamic law – as the main source of legislation, language unchanged from the previous constitution in force under former President Hosni Mubarak. The issue was the subject of a long dispute between hardline Salafi Islamists and liberals in….

British inquiry calls for law to underpin press watchdog
11/29/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — A far-reaching inquiry into British newspapers called for a new independent body to regulate the press, backed by law, to prevent a repeat of the excesses which led to a phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid. Senior judge Brian Leveson said the recommendations would in no….

Minister of information: ‘Terrorists’ cut Syria’s Internet
11/29/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — Syria’s minister of information said that “terrorists”, not the state, were responsible for a countrywide Internet outage Thursday, a pro-government TV station said.” It is not true that the state cut the Internet. The terrorists targeted the Internet lines, resulting in some regions being cut off,” he was quoted by al-Ikhbariya….

Qatar, Arab Spring sponsor, jails poet for life
11/29/2012 – DOHA, Qatar (Reuters) — A court in Qatar, which has backed Arab uprisings abroad, jailed a poet to life on Thursday for criticizing the emir and inciting revolt — a sentence that drew outrage and charges of hypocrisy from human rights groups. In his verses, Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami praised the Arab Spring revolts that toppled four….

Egypt opposition says wider strikes possible against Mursi
11/29/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An alliance of Egyptian opposition groups pledged on Thursday to keep up protests against President Muhammad Mursi and said broader civil disobedience was possible to fight what it described as an attempt to “kidnap Egypt from its people.” The National Salvation Front said a strike declared by judges in protest at a controversial….

Aljazeera

UN votes to upgrade Palestinian status
AlJazeera 29 Nov 2012 – Overwhelming majority of states vote to give Palestinians non-member observer status, despite Israel and US criticism.

Palestine News Network

Breaking News: Palestine is a Non-Member State at the UN
Palestine News Network

15 Fishermen Arrested and 6 Fishing Boats Confiscated and Destroyed
Palestine News Network

Justice and Accountability in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Supporting Palestine at the UN Today is a Vote for Peace in the Middle East
Palestine News Network

MADA Calls Upon the World to Support the Palestinian Bid at the UN
Palestine News Network

Olmert: No Reason to Oppose PA’s Bid
Palestine News Network

PCBS Statistics on Palestinian Producer Price Index
Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities Sentence Two Prisoners to 10 Months in Prison
Palestine News Network

EU Representative Visits UNRWA Facilities in Gaza, Contributes Additional EUR 11.5 Million
Palestine News Network

50 Years of Hard Work and Labour Shattered Within Hours
Palestine News Network

The Competing Narratives for the Liberation of Palestine
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Land mark day: Palestinian statehood
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Alternative Information Center

NGOs in the Jordan Valley
Alternative Information Center – “Aid … undermines the Palestinian’s political struggle, ‘normalises’ the situation of the occupation, and postpones a permanent solution” Shir Hever in ‘The Political Economy of Israel’s occupation: Repression beyond Exploitation’. Shot from the film Donor Opium…

occupied Palestinian territory: What Will It Take To Make The Gaza Cease-Fire Hold?
Relief Web 29 Nov 2012 – Source: National Public Radio Country: occupied Palestinian territory A week has elapsed since a ceasefire ended an explosion of violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The truce has so far held, despite some disputed incidents which have…

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Relief Web 29 Nov 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Israeli Forces killed a Palestinian civilian in the southern Gaza Strip. 5 Palestinians were wounded, including 2 civilians; one of whom is a woman, who died of wounds they…

occupied Palestinian territory: Analysis: Politics and humanitarianism in Israel-oPt
Relief Web 29 Nov 2012 – Source: IRIN Country: occupied Palestinian territory Foreign aid without political engagement – risky? Impartiality versus advocacy Israel’s definition of humanitarianism too narrow? Humanitarian activism – pros and cons JERUSALEM, 29 November 2012 (IRIN) – “We do aid not politics”, has…

occupied Palestinian territory: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the Middle East Peace Process
Relief Web 29 Nov 2012 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory Brussels, 29 November 2012 16079/12 PRESSE 470 Today the UN General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution according Non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations to Palestine. This comes at a…

occupied Palestinian territory: Construction and equipping of elementary and secondary schools
Relief Web 29 Nov 2012 – Source: European Commission Country: occupied Palestinian territory Context Responsibility for the education system was transferred from the Israeli military education authority to the Palestinian National Authority in August 1994 and subsequently to the Ministry of Education. The inherited system suffered…

The National

Morsi tries to calm rising anger over decree
The National 29 Nov 2012 – President says most Egyptians agree with his move as the Islamist constitutional assembly discusses its final draft before vote, then referendum.

Damascus fear as internet and roads cut off
The National 29 Nov 2012 – Nationwide blackout of internet services and main motorway between central Damascus and the airport closed as fighting intensifies. With Phil Sands in Damascus 

Ruler of Dubai calls on private sector to increase Emiratisation
The National 29 Nov 2012 – Initiative launched to encourage sector to hire more Emiratis.

Syria’s rebels are winning ground war
The National 29 Nov 2012 – While Syrian rebels are enjoying victories against government forces on the battlefield, their progress on the political front shows no signs of keeping pace.

Leveson says UK press needs watchdog, fines for breaches
The National 29 Nov 2012 – Inquiry finds newspapers have often ignored their own code of conduct and calls for fines to be imposed for future breaches.

Counterfeit National Day brooches and medals seized by municipality
The National 29 Nov 2012 – About 1,200 counterfeit brooches and medals celebrating National Day have been confiscated by the Abu Dhabi Municipality in collaboration with police.

Old Al Ain souq returns to its glorious past
The National 29 Nov 2012 – Al Ain market set to also become heritage tourist attraction.

New park opens on The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai
The National 29 Nov 2012 – The park, which took two months to design and almost a year to build, is finally open, much to the delight of residents.

Ha’aretz

In historic vote, Palestine becomes non-member UN state with observer status
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

LIVE BLOG: UNGA votes on Palestinian bid to become non-member observer state
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Will the UN vote on Palestinian statehood affect the Israeli election campaign?
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Abbas owes a big thank you to Lieberman if UN bid succeeds
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Supreme Court: Israeli suspected of war crimes can be extradited to Bosnia
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Poverty in Israel on the rise among working families, despite job market recovery
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Labor members head to the polls as Yacimovich pushes for ‘balanced list’
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Egypt’s assembly votes on constitution draft as crisis deepens
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

‘Germany abstaining at UN because Israel wouldn’t budge on settlements’
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Germany backtracks on Palestinian bid; Israeli official: ‘We lost Europe’
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Labor looks poised to take Blich High School’s mock election poll
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Labor polls open: Peretz, Herzog battle for No. 2 spot
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Military court president pushing to apply Israeli criminal law in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

With Palestinians near certain to win UN recognition, Israel increasingly isolated
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Former PM Ehud Olmert: No reason for Israel to oppose Palestinian bid at UN
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

PLO official: UN status ‘last chance’ to save two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Will Palestinian leadership keep the ball rolling toward statehood?
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Ex-police chief Niso Shaham faces indictment for sex crimes
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

Palestinians take to streets to cheer UN statehood
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – In Bethlehem, bells of Church of the Nativity peel to honor vote. 

Analysis: Non-member state observer status is born
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Israel’s birth didn’t come at the UN, neither will Palestine’s. 

‘Palestine’ wins historic upgrade at the United Nations
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Palestinian UN status upgrade approved; 138 vote in favor, 9 against, 41 abstentions; US, Israel oppose Palestinian statehood bid; Abbas at the UN: The Palestinians are in desperate need of peace, but window of opportunity is closing. 

MK Tibi at the UN with Abbas, drawing rightist ire
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Ben-Ari calls for Tibi to be banned from running for next Knesset, saying he’s member of the PLO, “a terrorist organization.” 

Sinai Today: Iron Dome diplomacy
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – The international boycott movement directed against Israel seeks to draw the false and libelous analogy between South Africa and Israel. And even though it is a campaign based on lies and hatred, nevertheless it has a chance of succeeding. 

Securing an impossible peace
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – For the EU, it is imperative that member states appreciate that Israel has the right to defend itself and send a clear message to Hamas that it cannot act as a facilitator for militant groups, which aim to attack Israel, no matter the cost. 

Candidates go head-to-head in Labor primary
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – 58% of Labor members vote; Beit Shemesh polling station closed due to violence; results to be released Friday morning. 

Police arrest 3 activists in protest over PA UN bid
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – MKs Ben Ari, Eldad try to burn Palestinian flag in protest; in Tel Aviv, hundreds rally in favor of bid. 

JPost/Smith poll: Livni party worth only six seats
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – The Tzipi Livni Party would only be the third largest list on the Center-Left, trailing Labor and Yesh Atid, according to poll. 

Damascus fighting cuts off airport, Internet
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Sources: Rebels block access to Damascus airport, fire mortars at runways; Syrian communication minister: “Terrorists” cut Internet. 

US sets deadline for Iran to cooperate with IAEA
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – If Tehran doesn’t cooperate with UN nuclear agency, diplomat says US will urge board to report lack of progress to UNSC. 

‘US to supervise construction of $100m. IDF complex’
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – ‘Washington Post’ reports the 5-story underground facility will include hangers for fighter jets, command, training centers. 

Sharia status unchanged in Egypt draft constitution
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s Constituent Assembly votes to keep principles of Islamic law as main source of legislation.

Weekly Schmooze: Scarlett Johansson, weatherwoman
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – The hottest Jewish news: Allison Brie does the Charleson, Maude Apatow the Jewish teen “it girl.”

Court: Extradite Serb-Israeli wanted for genocide
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Alexander Zvtkovic is suspected of involvement in killing up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in “Srebrenica massacre.” 

PM: UN can’t force Israel to compromise on security
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Netanyahu: Unilateral move will only distance PA from statehood. 

Jihadist turned Zionist
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Kasim Hafeez makes a strong case for Israel. 

Morsi: Israel, Palestinians must discuss parallels
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Egyptian leader tells ‘TIME’ he’s working with Obama on cease-fire; says Egyptians free, exercising right to oppose president. 

Animal rights groups thank Katz for ban
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Transportation minister praised for recent decision to champion a horse carriage ban. 

HU-developed mice could help disease research
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Dividing cells appear with a green fluorescent protein that could better explain cancers and degenerative diseases in humans. 

Health Ministry issues warnings about products
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Ministry says EZbetic “is not natural and is liable to cause a speedy and dangerous drop in blood sugar.” 

Energy expert: Electric cars not the answer now
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – IAGS’s Gal Luft: Better Place all-electric example “very instructive” but “not yet mature,” with “many uncertainties.” 

Hebrew U offers academic prep course for haredim
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Project created to increase ultra-Orthodox society’s access to higher education. 

High school kicks off ‘reliable’ mock election
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Mofaz and Yacimovich present their political positions to teenagers in Ramat Gan high school’s spacious conference hall. 

Hamas: Israelis will flee in next war with us
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – “The fabric of Israeli society has been torn apart in the face of the resistance’s strength,” senior Hamas official Sabah claims. 

Accomplices in a campaign to annihilate a UN member
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Any state supporting the Palestinian application in the General Assembly before a peace settlement has been attained between the parties violates the principles of the UN Charter and, wittingly or not, effectively supports a genocidal design for the destruction of a member state. 

Why I disagree with Arabic media’s demonization of Israel
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Let’s stop demonizing Israel. The new analogy I invite Arabs to use can be rendered: “Israel Is a Sister.” 

The Guardian

UN general assembly makes resounding vote in favour of Palestinian statehood
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012 – Overwhelming majority votes to recognise Palestine as non-member state as US and Israel are left to condemn decision The United Nations general assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to recognise Palestine as a state, in the face…

Yossi – review
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012 – Eytan Fox directs a moving followup to his drama about an Israeli commander whose gay lover is killed in Lebanon Ten years have passed since the tragic events of Yossi & Jagger , director Eytan Fox’s drama…

UN set to recognise Palestinian state
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012UN general assembly expected to elevate Palestinian territories to statehood despite US, Israeli opposition The UN general assembly was set to vote overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as a state, a diplomatic breakthrough for its leader, Mahmoud…

UN appears set to upgrade Palestine status in face of US-Israeli opposition
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012 – General assembly to vote on making Palestine a non-member state as Israel threatens retaliation with financial penalties The United Nations general assembly is set to deliver a momentous vote on Thursday that potentially moves the Palestinians…

UN vote on Palestinian statehood just another cautious step forward
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012UN vote complements Hamas‘s violence and is needed for world to recognise occupation, say Palestinians in a Ramallah camp The card players of the Al-Amari cafe have been around long enough to take a sceptical view…

Partition of Palestine – Picture of the day
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012 – A photographic highlight selected by the picture desk. On this day 65 years ago, the United Nations approved the partition of Palestine and the creation of a Jewish state Jim Powell

Sounds Jewish podcast: the Israel-Gaza conflict
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012 – Joining Jason Solomons in studio this month are Ian Black , the Guardian’s Middle East editor, and Mark Gardner, the director of communications for the Community Security Trust . Even though many more Palestinians than Israelis, most of…

Israel is right to back away from war with Iran despite nuclear fears | Praful Bidwai
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012 – Iran has shown itself amenable to diplomacy, while Israel’s security establishment advises against military intervention Now that the crisis over Israel’s bombing of Gaza has been defused with a ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the United…

Supporting Palestine at the UN today is a vote for peace in the Middle East | Hanan Ashrawi 
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012 – Countries that do not vote with Palestine will be on the wrong side of history, morality and international law It might seem stating the obvious that Palestinians and Israelis find solutions only through negotiation, until you…

UN general assembly recognises Palestinian state – as it happened
The Guardian 29 Nov 2012 – The United Nations general assembly has voted to grant nonmember observer status to the state of Palestine Tom McCarthy Matthew Weaver

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012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
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Bangladesh Sweatshop Fire
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Perpetual Conflict by Israeli Design
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Video : Operation Pillar of Death: Naming Gaza’s Dead – a film by Harry Fear for GazaReport.com
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After Gaza: The Challenge to Stay United
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After the Zionist bombing stopped (again)
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012 : A Video Roundup
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Family, neighbors of Yemeni killed by U.S. drone wonder why he wasn’t taken alive
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Israeli Troops Shoot 5 Palestinians Near Gaza Border
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Iraq – Child Kidnapping on the Rise, Again: Another Legacy of the US Occupation
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Daily Star

UN vote recognizes state of Palestine
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.

Palestine UN vote is not statehood: Israel
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 Palestine will not have statehood after a UN resolution expected to give it upgraded status at the United Nations, Israel said.

2 Austrian soldiers wounded in Damascus shooting
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 Two Austrian soldiers stationed with the UN force on the Golan Heights were shot and wounded in Syria while their convoy was travelling to Damascus airport on Thursday, their defence ministry said.

Arafat’s widow calls his death a mystery
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 Yasser Arafat’s widow sees a spiritual significance in the timing of her late husband’s exhumation, which came just two days before a U.N. vote on whether to recognize a Palestinian state.

Palestinian crowds watch UN statehood vote
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 Jubilant Palestinians crowded around outdoor screens and television sets at home to watch the United Nations vote on granting them, at least formally, what they have long yearned for – a state of their own.

Tunisian army intervenes in clashes in town
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 Tunisia’s army intervened Thursday in a third day of violent clashes in a northern town between police and striking residents who are demanding jobs and investment.

US drone appears to miss Pakistan target
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 A US drone fired two missiles into open fields in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on Thursday, causing no apparent damage or casualties, local security officials said.

Suicide bomber wounds Pakistani warlord
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 A suicide bomber on Thursday wounded a prominent Pakistani warlord who sends men to fight US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing at least five people and wounding 10 others, officials said.

Egypt draft constitution limits presidential terms
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 The assembly drafting Egypt’s new constitution voted on Thursday to limit the president’s term of office to two four-year terms.

AP sources: US close to shift on Syrian opposition
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 The Obama administration is preparing to recognize Syria’s new opposition council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in the coming weeks, paving the way for greater U.

Lawmakers threaten cutoff of Palestinian aid
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 A bipartisan group of senators warned the Palestinians on Thursday that millions in U.S. financial aid and its Washington office are in jeopardy if they use upgraded U.N. status against Israel.

Iraq bombings kill 45
Daily Star 29 Nov 2012 Bombs mainly targeting Shiite Muslims and security forces in Iraq killed 45 people and wounded 205 others on Thursday in the deadliest day of violence to hit the country in more than two months.

YNet News

Hollande calls for resumption of peace talks
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – ….

Meretz: Int’l community slapped Netanyahu in the face
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – ….

Yachimovich: Bibi, Lieberman gave Palestinians a gift
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – ….

Lieberman: Abbas speech proves he has no interest in peace
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – ….

Color Red siren sounds in Sha’ar HaNegev
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – ….

Son of Nazi hunters threatened over support of Israel
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Arno Klarsfeld, 46, son of famed Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, publically expressed his support of Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense invoking wrath of French Islamists: ‘They threatened to kill me’ ….

Border Guards indicted for abusing Palestinian
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Indictment filed against two former officers paints picture of abuse against Palestinian at checkpoint. ‘I was severely beaten all over my body,’ victim says ….

UN chief: Peace process is on life support 
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Hours before UN vote on Palestinian bid, Ban Ki-moon sounds more pessimistic than ever about prospects of peace. ‘Two-state solution seems ever more distant,’ he says ….

Syria cuts Internet nationwide
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Regime shuts down internet across country, cuts cellphone services in selected areas; EgyptAir suspends flights to Damascus ….

Credit goes to Netanyahu
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: PM’s spin doctors will say Israel must accept PA‘s upgraded UN status to ensure US support vis-?-vis Iran ….

Italy to support Palestinian state at UN
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – One of Israel’s closest allies in Europe announces it will support PA bid at UN. PM Monti nevertheless assures Netanyahu decision does not mean weakening of ties ….

Report: More working families enter poverty circle 
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – National Insurance Institute report indicates employment no longer protects Israelis against poverty; 860,900 children live below poverty line ….

Israeli to be extradited to Bosnia on genocide charges
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Bosnian who immigrated to Israel to be extradited for alleged involvemen in massacre of over 1,000 people, Supreme Court rules ….

PM: UN bid will delay Palestinian statehood
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Netanyahu says Palestinian state cannot be founded without resolution to conflict with Israel; Germany to abstain from General Assembly vote on PA‘s request ….

Morsi: What do we have to lose with Palestine?
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Egyptian president stresses need for Mideast stability, says Egypt is helping Palestinians gain foothold ….

Please, some real issues
YNet News, 29 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Relationship with American president should not be a factor in determining next Israeli PM ….

US makes last-ditch bid to head off Palestinian UN vote
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – Deputy Secretary of State Burns, Middle East envoy Hale fail to convince Abbas to withdraw request for non-member observer state. Nuland: Resolution will not lead to independent Palestinian state. Lieberman: Move only enhances dispute ….

Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in schools
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – Ankara lifts ban on female students wearing headscarves in religious schools. Secularists criticize move, see it as evidence of Erdogan regime’s Islamic agenda ….

Iran ‘will press on with enrichment’
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – Tehran signals defiance ahead of possible talks with world powers; head of Iraninan atom agency says country plans to continue uranium refinement ‘with intensity’ ….

Turkish PM fumes over steamy Ottoman soap opera
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – Erdogan urges legal action against controversial TV show about Suleiman the Magnificent; Turkish opposition accuses PM of authoritarianism, saying ‘he wants to be the only sultan’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers advance into southern Gaza Strip
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) advanced into eastern Qarara town to the east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Thursday morning.

The liberated prisoner Khadr Sarkaji in PA solitary confinement since 70 days
PIC – AOHR in the UK stated that they received a complaint letter from the liberated prisoner Khadr Sarkaji’s family stating that their son is held in solitary confinement since his arrest. 

IOF destroys completely three mosques, damages 64 others during the aggression
PIC – The Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in Gaza, Ismail Radwan, confirmed that the occupation destroyed completely three mosques during the recent aggression on the Gaza Strip..

William Hague: heir apparent of British colonialism 
PIC – It is really lamentable that the foreign secretary of Britain stands before the House of Commons to defend murderous Zionist war criminals responsible for the annihilation of thousands..

Tunisian medical delegation headed by Health Minister reaches Gaza
PIC – Tunisian Health Minister, Dr. Abdul-Latif Al-Makky, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, heading a medical team in addition to the Tunisian Ambassador in Cairo, on a solidarity visit. 

IOA to build third huge synagogue next to Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said the Israeli occupation authority intends to build soon a huge synagogue in the heart of the old city of occupied Jerusalem.

Minister of justice calls for Arab and Islamic action against Israel’s crimes
PIC – Palestinian minister of justice Mazen Haneyya called on his counterparts in the Arab and Muslim worlds to take action against the latest Israeli crimes in the Gaza Strip.

High-level European delegation to visit Gaza Saturday
PIC – A high-level delegation of European lawmakers and politicians is expected to visit Gaza next Saturday to assess and report on the humanitarian situation following Israel’s last military action.

EMHRN calls on IOA to respect the truce after repeated violations
PIC – EMHRN warned against embroiling the Gaza Strip in “a new spiral of violence”, after repeated violations committed by the Israeli occupation army of the truce concluded with the Palestinian resistance.

IOF storm al-Khalil and Jinin
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided at dawn on Thursday towns of Ya’abad, Kferet, and Kafr Kud south of the city of Jenin, during which clashes erupted in the town of Ya’abad.

WAFA

EU’s Ashton Supports Palestine’s UN Bid
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Belgium to Vote in Favor of Palestinian UN Bid
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

India Contributes $1 Million to UNRWA Projects
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Newspapers Review: Palestine’s UN Bid Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Israeli Navy Nabs Two Fishermen in Gaza
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

012, says Statistical Bureau
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Rallies throughout the Day in Support of UN Bid
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Misc

Iran blogger’s death in prison sets off blame game
LA Times 28 Nov 2012 – The case of government critic Sattar Beheshti provides fuel for the bitter rivalry between loyalists to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his hard-line critics. BEIRUT — The mysterious death of a dissident blogger while in Iranian police custody this month has generated a rare torrent of…

For Palestinian leader, stakes higher after Israel-Hamas clash
LA Times 28 Nov 2012 – After the recent conflict, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas faces pressure to mend fences with Hamas and drop his pursuit of peace talks with Israel. JERUSALEM — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is virtually certain to win passage Thursday of a United Nations General Assembly…

In Egypt, court offensive is met with countermove by assembly
LA Times 28 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s highest court says it will not be ‘blackmailed’ in deciding the constitutional assembly’s fate. The latter plans to deliver a draft charter Thursday. CAIRO — Egypt’s highest court Wednesday went on the offensive against President Mohamed Morsi, saying it would not be “blackmailed” and…

General Assembly Grants Palestine Upgraded Status in U.N.
New York Times 29 Nov 2012 – More than 130 countries voted to grant Palestine recognition as a nonmember observer state, in a stinging defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.

Leader of Hamas Calls for Palestinian Unity
New York Times 29 Nov 2012 – The move could help heal the political split between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, the party that controls the P.L.O. and the West Bank.

Israel Seizes Gaza Fishing Boats Near Offshore Limit
New York Times 29 Nov 2012 – Despite an Israeli concession to permit fishing up to six nautical miles from shore, forces detained a Palestinian fisherman as his crew tried to venture farther into the Mediterranean Sea.

U.S. Moves Toward Recognizing Syria Opposition
New York Times 29 Nov 2012 – The shift is the most immediate decision facing the Obama administration as it weighs how to end the government of Bashar al-Assad and stop the violence consuming Syria.

In Syria, Internet and Main Airport Shut Down
New York Times 29 Nov 2012 – Internet access disappeared across the country on Thursday, and the largest commercial airport in the capital was shut because of fighting nearby, government opponents said. 

Egypt Rushes to Vote on New Constitution
New York Times 29 Nov 2012 – Analysts say the document is hastily drafted and ill-defined, but members of the constitutional assembly acted after facing a looming court ruling and an escalating political crisis.

Bombings in Iraq Kill at Least 48
New York Times 29 Nov 2012 – Attacks across the country left 32 dead in Hilla and killed 16 more in Karbala, Falluja, Mosul and Baghdad.

Delek Group revenue up, but profit falls
Globes Energy & Water – The group’s oil and gas business made a loss of NIS 31 million in the third quarter.

Haim Saban set to buy cellular carrier Partner
Globes Main News – The deal in which Saban will pay $80 million and assume Ilan Ben-Dov’s $300 million debt should be signed by Friday.

NCR acquires retail software co Retalix
Globes Main News – The deal for the Ra’anana based company is for a cash transaction of at least $650 million.

Livni fails to take off – poll
Globes Main News – Tzipi Livni’s new party has no mass appeal, the right has strengthened, but Benjamin Netanyahu’s fears about Likud’s list prove well-founded.

012 so far
Globes Main News – Partner rose on reports of its impending acquisition by Haim Saban and the banks rose after publishing positive financial reports.

Mellanox plunges on Intel rivalry rumors
Globes Main News – Analysts can see no justification for the share’s latest slump and reiterate a “Buy” recommendation for the Infiniband developer.

Dankner: I’m fine, I did nothing wrong
Globes Main News – IDB chairman Nochi Dankner responded for the first time today to accusations of securities fraud.

More working families falling into poverty
Globes Macro Economics – According to the 2011 Poverty Report, a quarter of Israelis are poor, and work does not guarantee an escape.

NY Times Public Editor Proudly Announces Jodi Rudoren’s Tweets Will Be Censored
Tikun Olam – Jodi Rudoren: the Taming of the Jew No sooner do I admire a column by the NY Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, than she produces one of the truly strange pieces , taking the paper’s Israel bureau chief to task for “improper” tweeting.  In her story, she…

Christians and Jews Gather to Support Churches’ Call to Investigate Unconditional Military Support of Israel
Jewish Voice for Peace – Religious organizations and their secular partners will gather at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC, in Conference Room 3 on Thursday, November 29 at 10:00am to affirm the call of 15 Christian leaders to investigate the legality of U.S. unconditional military support…

Director of Israeli human rights group: Ceasefire offers opportunity for easing of closure on Gaza
Mondoweiss – Palestinians hang flags in the Israeli imposed “buffer zone” in the Gaza Strip after a protest in 2010 (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org) The ceasefire agreement that ended the latest Gaza assault offers some opportunity for change in the Israeli policy of closure towards the Gaza Strip, the…

Confirmed: Stevie Wonder pulls out of IDF fundraiser
Mondoweiss – Yesterday, Alex Kane reported on an anonymously sourced story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency saying Stevie Wonder was set to pull out of a December 6 fundraiser for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force (FIDF). The story has now been confirmed in a press release…

Don’t ‘target our Israeli ally’– Schumer warns Palestinians 
Mondoweiss – Earlier today we mentioned that three Republican Senators have sponsored legislation to oppose the Palestinian bid for non-member statehood at the U.N. Well, now there are two Dems on board for punitive legislation: Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. Here’s the…

If only . . .
Mondoweiss – This afternoon, the United Nations issued the following tweet: On Day of Solidarity with Palestinians, Ban Ki-moon stresses urgency of reaching 1-state solution j.mp/Shm6tH — United Nations (@UN) November 29, 2012 The link goes to an article with a considerably different headline . Best comment so far:…

Ashrawi: statehood is ‘game-changer’ and US is damaging its standing in world by opposing it
Mondoweiss – The United States and Israel have tried to “blackmail” the Palestinians against pressing the statehood initiative at the U.N. today, Hanan Ashrawi, senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, said today , then challenged the U.S. to at least abstain on the initiative lest it…

On crossing cultures as a western visitor to Palestine
Mondoweiss – link to www.nytimes.com Editor: Following the recent controversy over the New York Times correspondent’s statements about Palestinian culture, we asked Pamela Olson, the American author of Fast Times in Palestine , how she had dealt with issues of culture shock as a western woman when she went…

Why Jews Should Back Palestinian U.N. Bid 
The Forward Leonard Fein 28 Nov 2012 – Ad: A Circle Of Gentlemen – The Secret Jacobite Society – A Circle Of Gentlemen Have Opened Their Doors! Join Us At Several Venues In Scotland And In Our Private Forums. Find Out About Bonnie Prince Charlie And The Real Scottish Heritage. Take A Leap Back…

AIPAC Wants Palestinian Office Shut After Vote 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Nov 2012 – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a “full review” of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations. Click here for the rest of the article……

Blasting Statehood Bid, U.S. Calls for Peace Talks 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Nov 2012 – The United States called on the Palestinians and Israelis on Thursday to resume peace talks after the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution that implicitly recognized a Palestinian state. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bibi Slams ‘Meaningless’ Statehood Bid 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Nov 2012 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the U.N. vote recognizing Palestine as a state would do nothing to make it a reality on the ground. Click here for the rest of the article…

Mahmoud Abbas Asks for Palestine ‘Birth Certificate’ 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Nov 2012 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from “entity” to “non-member state.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Pro-Israel Strategy Faces Campus Setbacks 
The Forward New 29 Nov 2012 – Advocates of divestment from Israel have won recent victories on college campuses. Do the votes suggest the ‘beyond the conflict’ strategy of pro-Israel groups is failing? Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People – 31 Arab Human Rights Organizations Demand United Nations Recognize Palestinian Statehood 
allAfrica.com 29 Nov 2012 – [HRInfo]In 1977, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA) designated 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Thirty-five years later, the human rights and humanitarian situation of Palestinians has only deteriorated. The Palestinian people continue to be subjected to grave and…

Stevie Wonder not to perform on December 6th for the annual gala of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 29 Nov 2012 – November 28, 2012 We are heartened by reports that Stevie Wonder has decided not to perform on December 6th for the annual gala of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. We eagerly await his confirmation of this. Throughout his legendary performance career, Stevie Wonder has…

The Ready-for-War City 
Joseph Dana 29 Nov 2012 – It’s not only in the contested cities of the Middle East where war has a footprint. Military demands, from surveillance technology to anti-terrorism defenses, are beginning to play an important role in shaping the urban environments of Western cities. From New York to London, the built…

UN upgrades Palestinians’ status 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – The UN General Assembly votes to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the US.

‘Fierce clashes’ by Syria airport 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – The main Damascus airport road is closed and flights are cancelled amid reports of clashes, as internet and phone services go down across Syria.

Egypt constitution vote under way 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s constituent assembly adopts the first part of a draft constitution as judges remain locked in a power struggle with President Morsi.

Serb loses court battle in Israel 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – A Serb-Israeli loses a court battle in Israel to avoid extradition to Bosnia, where he is accused of a role in the Srebrenica massacre.

Palestine a new UN member? 
Sabbah report 29 Nov 2012 – The US‘ fruitless opposition for Palestine’s membership will go down in the annals of history – along with the ill-treatment of native Americans and slavery – as one of the most abominable and darkest eras in American history. Palestine a new UN member? was published by…

012 Palestine’s Infant Step to Statehood 
Sabbah report 29 Nov 2012 – November 29, 2012 will live forever in posterity and in perpetuity as the day where the world’s beloved people, the occupied but never defeated, never surrendering Palestinians will take the first step to the international legitimacy of a nation, a people, who have been victimized by…

Israel’s War on Palestinian Children 
Sabbah report 29 Nov 2012 – Why did the IDF kill and injure so many Palestinian Children during this bombing run? Seventy-five percent of the population of Gaza is under 25. This means that if the IDF attacks civilians, it is more likely to kill or maim children than adults. Israel’s War…

Gaza Fishermen Shot at and Arrested 
Sabbah report 29 Nov 2012 – We should not fool ourselves by believing that the conditions of the latest ceasefire between Hamas and the IDF are being honoured by the IDF (excuse the word ‘honoured’ here). Gaza Fishermen Shot at and Arrested was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on…

NGOs in the Jordan Valley 
AIC: Economy of the Occupoation 29 Nov 2012 – “Aid … undermines the Palestinian’s political struggle, ‘normalises’ the situation of the occupation, and postpones a permanent solution” Shir Hever in ‘The Political Economy of Israel’s occupation: Repression beyond Exploitation’. Shot from the film Donor Opium International NGO’s are working extensively in the Palestinian villages, towns…

Gentrification and Xenophobia in the Gulf 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 29 Nov 2012 – Everyday, the Kuwaiti press publishes statements and reports coming from the interior ministry, meant to comfort their citizens: “We have arrested illegal immigrants” in this or that area, they say. These illegal immigrants were termed “illegal” once they left their employers, in an effort to escape…

Exclusive: Inside Future Movement’s Syria Arms Trade 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2012 – It was soon revealed that the source had been working with Sakr for more than a year as part of an operations room established to support the Syrian uprising. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) It was soon revealed that the source had been working with Sakr for more…

Tunisia sends in army to quell protests 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2012 – A Tunisian protester gestures during a demonstration in front of the prefecture of Siliana calling for the resignation of Ahmed Ezzine Mahjoubi, the town’s governor, on 29 November 29 2012. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Army forces were dispatched to rein in protests in the impoverished…

Jordan Theater Festival: Drama of the Arab Spring 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2012 – A dancer performs to the music of Mercan Dede at a concert titled “Secret Tribe” during the Jordan Festival at the Amman Citadel, on 30 August 2010. (Photo: Reuters – Muhammad Hamed) A dancer performs to the music of Mercan Dede at a concert titled “Secret…

Syrian minister blames “terrorists” for Internet blackout 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2012 – This Google analytics chart shows a sharp drop in Syria’s Internet traffic to near zero. This Google analytics chart shows a sharp drop in Syria’s Internet traffic to nearly zero on November 29 2011. Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi claims “terrorists” attacked Syria’s Internet network causing…

Damanhour Divisions Mirror Egypt’s Instability 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2012 – Mourners attend the funeral of 15-year-old Islam Massoud in the Egyptian town of Damanhour 26 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Asmaa Waguih) Mourners attend the funeral of 15-year-old Islam Massoud in the Egyptian town of Damanhour 26 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Asmaa Waguih) The clashes…

Two Bombs in Jaramana: A Very Bloody Morning 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2012 – A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 28 November 2012, shows two injured Syrian men near the scene of a car bomb explosion in Jaramana (Photo: AFP – HO/SANA) A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on…

In North Lebanon, Palestinians Celebrate Gaza Victory 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 28 Nov 2012 – Palestinian children from the Mieh Mieh refugee camp situated on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, take part in a rally supporting the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip on 18 November 2012. (Photo: AFP- Mahmoud Zayyat) Palestinian children from the Mieh Mieh refugee…

Lebanon’s Salafis: The Elusive Sheikh Sabbagh 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Nov 2012 – July 2006 war, encouraged us to arm ourselves, in order to be prepared, in the case that Israel decided to repeat its assault. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) July 2006 war, encouraged us to arm ourselves, in order to be prepared, in the case that Israel decided to…

More to Lebanon’s Salafis Than Meets the Eye 
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Nov 2012 – For the time being, the Salafis seem to be stuck with a negative public image that’s based on stereotypes (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) For the time being, the Salafis seem to be stuck with a negative public image that’s based on stereotypes (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Salafis are…

Lebanon’s Political Circus Moves to the Vatican 
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Nov 2012 – There was more activity in the courtyards of the Vatican than there has been in the committee rooms of the Lebanese parliament recently. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) There was more activity in the courtyards of the Vatican than there has been in the committee rooms of the Lebanese…

UN upgrades Palestinians’ status 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – The UN General Assembly votes to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the US.

‘Fierce clashes’ by Syria airport 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – The main Damascus airport road is closed and flights are cancelled amid reports of clashes, as internet and phone services go down across Syria.

Egypt constitution vote under way 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s constituent assembly adopts the first part of a draft constitution as judges remain locked in a power struggle with President Morsi.

Deadly blasts target Iraqi Shias 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – At least 33 people are killed in bomb attacks on predominantly Shia Muslim cities south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials say.

Serb loses court battle in Israel 
BBC 29 Nov 2012 – A Serb-Israeli loses a court battle in Israel to avoid extradition to Bosnia, where he is accused of a role in the Srebrenica massacre.

Articles


Israel’s War on Palestinian Children 
Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch 11/29/2012
      Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Down
     On 18 November, the Israeli armed forces bombed a house and killed the al-Dalou family, all ten members that were present and two neighbors. When the dust and fires settled, it became clear that amongst the dead were five children and five women. Among them was Mohammed Jamal al-Dalou, 29, who his neighbors said worked at a grocery store. The Israeli military (IDF) said at the time that there was an error: either its ground operatives failed to laser-paint the correct target or its munitions misfired (as reported by Gili Cohen at Ha’aretz). Hamdi Shaqqura of the Palestine Centre for Human Rights in Gaza noted, “There is now a complete disregard for human life, shown by the attack on the Dalou family home in the middle of a residential area. This was not the home of a militant.”
     Now, with the ceasefire in place, the Israeli military’s spokesperson Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich has reversed the IDF view. “There was no mistake from the IDF,” she noted. “It’s tragic when a terror operative is hiding among civilians but unfortunately it is part of Hamas and Islamic Jihad tactics.” The Israelis now say that al-Dalou was a member of the police unit of Hamas charged with the security detail for high-level officials. In other words, al-Dalou sounds like a functionary of the Hamas organization. The Israelis are not saying that he was part of the military wing, let alone was part of any unit that had either done or planned to undertake any kind of operations in Israel. At most, al-Dalou was a Hamas bodyguard and driver. His terror level is even lower than that of Salim Hamdan, Osama Bin Laden’s driver who was acquitted by a US appeals court in mid-October.
     It is contrary to the customs of war to bomb civilian areas. The jargon of warfare (Proportionality and Distinction) makes it clear that the threshold for prevention of civilian casualties must be very high and the imminent threat from the person being targeted must be demonstrable…. more.. e-mail

Palestine, the UN and Zionist bullying 
Jamal Kanj, Redress 11/29/2012
      Today Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas will formally request the United Nations General Assembly to vote on Palestine’s application for observer member state status.
     This comes exactly 65 years to the day after the General Assembly voted to partition Palestine between its native inhabitants and new Jewish immigrants.
     On 29 November 1947 guilt-ridden Westerners, the Soviet Union and a bunch of newly independent vassal states voted in favour of granting 55 per cent of historical Palestine to European Jews. The vote to divide Palestine was originally planned for 26 November. However, the sponsors failed to garner the two-thirds majority to pass the resolution, so the meeting was postponed by three days.
     Several nations spoke of pressure orchestrated by the Zionist Organization (ZO) – the precursor to the World Zionist Organization – in New York to get them to switch their vote.
     The ZO headquarters were established in Berlin at the turn of the 20th century. At the time, Germany represented the centre of European power and the country with the greatest influence over the Ottoman Empire, which had control over Palestine.
     After its victory in World War I Great Britain became the new centre of power and the Mandate Authority over Palestine. The ZO abandoned Berlin and moved to London. World War II propelled the US to a new pre-eminence on the world stage. Predictably, ZO made New York its new home. more.. e-mail

Palestinian peace, reconciliation and unity advocates are murdered or arrested 
Stephen Lendman, Sabbah 11/27/2012
      Israel Signals Hardline Policy Intentions – Observers thinking Palestinians gained from Pillar of Cloud might think again.
     Palestinian peace, reconciliation and unity advocates are murdered or arrested
     Nothing changed. Hardline Netanyahu policies continue. Expect worse ahead. Palestinian peace, reconciliation and unity advocates are murdered or arrested.
     Qassem brigades leader Ahmed Jabari negotiated a truce agreement draft. Ways for establishing ceasefires in case of future flare-ups were included.
     Jabari was working with Egypt to establish permanent peace. Israel murdered him to prevent it. Peace, stability, and Palestinian unity defeat its agenda. Conflict and violence are prioritized.
     Rogue states need enemies to justify policies. Israel’s include crimes of war and against humanity. They rage against soft targets. Tougher ones require US intervention. Israel prefers riding shotgun.
     When enemies don’t exist, they’re invented. Hamas is a convenient one. So are Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah.
     Achieving regional hegemony depends on inventing enemies, destroying major ones, and eliminating rivals various ways. Balkanizing some into weak statelets substitutes for full-scale war.
     Israel’s longstanding strategy calls for dividing the entire region along ethnic and sectarian lines. It wants easily controlled satellites. more.. e-mail

Competing narratives for the liberation of Palestine 
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 11/29/2012
      Two narratives are competing for the hearts and minds of Palestinians, regarding the best way to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine: one military, the other nonviolent.
     Each has strong arguments, but neither has produced any result yet. Both narratives were being displayed in parallel fashion this month. The PLO will seek statehood through the UN, while Hamas sought to convince the Israelis to quit their occupation through the use of rockets.
     The military narrative has been with us for decades. The Palestinian guerrilla movements, starting with Fateh in 1965, argued that the only way to liberate Palestine is through armed struggle. Fatah began its struggle with a guerrilla operation from south Lebanon and celebrated when joint Palestinian and Jordanians forces repulsed an Israel incursion in the Jordanian town of Karameh.
     Over the years, the various PLO factions used force against what would be considered legitimate military targets, as well as what many in the world would consider illegitimate civilian targets, be they in Israel, in the occupied territories or abroad. This has brought both attention and scorn to the Palestinians.
     The struggle for liberation was tainted by the use of the term terrorism, which made gaining worldwide support difficult.
     The relatively nonviolent Palestinian Intifada in 1987 encouraged the PLO to put aside its guns and attempt the political track. In 1993, Arafat set down his gun and raised the olive branch; he shook hands with the Palestinians’ archenemy Yitzhak Rabin.
     The Oslo peace process brought hope which was partially dashed by Rabin’s assassination by a radical Jewish settler and the election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. more.. e-mail

Book review: Miko Peled sets the record straight on Palestine’s dispossession
Electronic Intifada: 29 Nov 2012 – Susan Abulhawa 29 November 2012 The General’s Son traces how an Israeli liberated himself from racism.more

Palestinian forces increasingly join Israel in repression of journalists
Electronic Intifada: 28 Nov 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Ramallah 28 November 2012 Palestinian journalists routinely self-censor following increased violations of media freedoms in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.more

Will Hamas squander its Gaza victory?
Electronic Intifada: 29 Nov 2012 – Hicham Safieddine Beirut 30 November 2012 Khaled Meshaal’s U-turns make him sound like a broken record of Mahmoud Abbas.more

Israel bombed the stadium where disabled athletes train
In Gaza: 29 Nov 2012 – * Palestine stadium, home to Gaza’s association for disabled athletes, bombed in the Nov 2012 Israeli attacks on Gaza. Deaths also happened naturally during the recent Israeli attacks, as did illnesses. For the ill, most over-crowded hospitals, functioning in emergency mode, had no room for mundane everyday illnesses (however serious they would normally be considered). One of Emad’s uncle’s passed away by natural causes during the attacks. Holding the three days of mourning most families abide by becomes difficult under the bombs, particularly when the Zionist army is noted for bombing mourning tents (including in the week prior to the officially-declared Zionist attacks ( Israel bombs mourning tent, Nov 10 )     Walking on a Gaza backstreet, parallel to the main east-west street, Omar Mukthar, I see splatters of mud across wall of tall building. It takes me a minute to understand how the mud got sprayed there. Stepping through a…more

What do they want from Syria?
Dissident Voice: 29 Nov 2012 – “What do they want from Jaramana? The town brings together people from all over Syria and welcomes everybody.” These were the anguished words of one distraught resident in the Syrian town of Jaramana that was devastated by multiple deadly explosions this week. The death toll has yet to be confirmed. Early reports on the blasts said 34 were killed. Later, the toll was put at more than 50, with over 120 injured, many critical. All of the victims were civilian. Over the past 20 months, Syria has witnessed dozens of massacres and horrific car bombings in its capital Damascus and in other cities and countless villages across the country. But the latest atrocity in Jaramana, located close to the capital, is distinguishable perhaps because it most clearly shows the vile Machiavellian mentality of the perpetrators in their broader strategy towards the Middle Eastern country. As the words of the shell-shocked…more

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Posted 30th November 2012 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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