VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 30 November 2012: Israel To Build 3000 Settlement Units In West Bank, Jerusalem

30 November 2012 – VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israel Threatens To “Reoccupy’ West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli member of Knesset, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development and the development of the Negev and Galilee, Silvan Shalom, threatened that Israel would reoccupy the West Bank in response to the Palestinian bid at the United Nations General Assembly that won the Palestinians a nonmember observer state status. …

Israel To Build 3000 Settlement Units In West Bank, Jerusalem
IMEMC – In a new direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory and a repeated violator, the Israeli government decided to build 3000 units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Eight Palestinians Injured By Army Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, Friday, that eight Palestinians have been injured by Israeli army fire in different parts of the Gaza Strip in a new military escalation against the coastal region despite the ceasefire reached a week ago. …

Two Injured, Dozens Suffocated After Inhaling Gas, In Bil’in
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlements in Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah; two residents were hit by gas bombs fired by the army while dozens were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation. Similar protests were held in several west Bank villages. …

PCHR Weekly Report: 8 dead, 44 wounded by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 22 -29 Nov. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that during the past week, Israeli Forces killed a Palestinian civilian in the Gaza Strip, while 5 others, including 2 civilians; one of whom is a woman, died of wounds they had sustained in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Civil Defense crews found the corpses of 2 civilians, including a child, in the rubble of their house that was destroyed by Israeli forces last week. … 

Qassam Fighter Killed, Several Injured, In Jabalia
IMEMC – The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, reported that one of its fighters was killed and eight were injured, on Friday at dawn, when an unexploded Israeli missile that was fired during the recent war on Gaza, detonated near them. …

Ma’an News

Hamas fighter killed as war remnants explode in Gaza
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas‘ military wing said one of its fighters was killed early Friday when remnants of Israeli weaponry from the latest Gaza assault exploded in the northern Gaza Strip. Mustafa Ahmad Hijazi, 25, was killed in the explosion at a military site in Jabalia camp, the Al-Qassam Brigades said. Eight….

Israel ‘to expand settlements’ over UN’s Palestine vote
12/1/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of a UN vote implicitly recognizing Palestinian statehood there, Israeli media reported Friday. The Ynet news site said the move had been approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner council of…. Related: White House: Israeli settlement plan ‘counterproductive’ and US ‘lack of reaction’ emboldens Israel

Committee: 2 injured at West Bank protest
12/1/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured by tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces at a protest in the West Bank on Friday, the popular committee said. The rally in Ramallah village Billin was stopped by Israeli forces with rubber bullets, tear gas and sound grenades, the committee said. Ahmad Abu Rahma, 18….

White House: Israeli settlement plan ‘counterproductive’
12/1/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The White House said Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was “counterproductive” and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.” We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. Israel plans to build thousands…. Related: Israel ‘to expand settlements’ over UN’s Palestine vote and US ‘lack of reaction’ emboldens Israel

US ‘lack of reaction’ emboldens Israel
11/30/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s plans to build 3,000 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank reflects America’s “lack of reaction” to unilateral moves, the PLO’s envoy in Washington said Friday. Ambassador Maen Areikat was responding to the announcement by Israeli government officials of plans to build 3,000…. Related: White House: Israeli settlement plan ‘counterproductive’ and Israel ‘to expand settlements’ over UN’s Palestine vote

Diary of a war: The Safe Room
11/30/2012 – By Ahmed Ferwana – This is the fourth 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 17 – At around 4 a. m. , Iwas levitated, astonished, off my bed because of an explosion whose sound, strength, and…. Related: Diary of a War

Man ‘detained at Bethlehem checkpoint’
11/30/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was detained by Israeli forces at a checkpoint north of Bethlehem on Friday morning, a local committee representative said. Ibrahim Khalil Ikhlayel, 22, was arrested at the container checkpoint returning to his hometown of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, popular committee spokesman Muhammad Ayad Awad said. [END]

Ashrawi: UN vote rescued chances for peace
12/1/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Friday thanked the 138 UN member states that voted for Palestine’s upgrade to a non-member state at the General Assembly.” You have rescued the chances of peace by supporting the forces of reason and responsibility rather than the irrational and irresponsible exercise of force….

Gaza official: Egypt to open Rafah for reconstruction effort
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Gaza government ministry will sign an agreement with Egypt next week for construction materials to enter the Gaza Strip via Egypt’s Rafah crossing, a Palestinian official said Friday. The Ministry of Public Works will finalize the memorandum of understanding with its Egyptian counterpart on Tuesday or Wednesday….

2 Austrian soldiers shot in Damascus being treated in Israel
12/1/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Two Austrian peacekeeping soldiers wounded in crossfire in Syria were transferred to Israel for treatment on Friday, a hospital spokesman said, describing their condition as not life-threatening. The two, members of the United Nations monitoring force that observes a truce between Israel and Syria, were on their way to Damascus airport for a….

Hamas, Jihad leaders welcome UN recognition of Palestine
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Top Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials on Friday welcomed the recognition of Palestine as a non-member state at the United Nations, the signature move of their political rival Fatah. Since Israel’s eight-day war on Gaza ended last week, the long-warring factions have made a number of concessions, raising….

Margin of UN defeat disappoints Israel
12/1/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The margin of Israel’s defeat in a UN vote that granted de-facto statehood to Palestine has disappointed Israeli political leaders, whose attempts on Friday to play down the loss could not disguise its significance. The United Nations General Assembly voted on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian status in the world body….

Full text: Abbas speech to UN General Assembly
11/30/2012 – New YorkNov. 29, 2012Mr. President of the General Assembly,Your Excellency Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,Palestine comes today to the United Nations General Assembly at a time when it is still tending to its wounds and still burying its beloved martyrs of children, women and men who have fallen victim to the….

Analysis: The next stop for Palestinians could be global courts
11/30/2012 – By Joseph Schuman – The UN General Assembly’s overwhelming vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state offers little prospect for greater clout in world politics but it could make a difference in the international courts. The formal recognition of statehood, even without full UN membership, could be enough for the Palestinians to achieve….

Vatican hails UN vote, wants Jerusalem guarantees
11/30/2012 – VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — The Vatican hailed the United Nations’ implicit recognition of a Palestinian state on Thursday and called for an internationally guaranteed special status for Jerusalem, something bound to irritate Israel. The 193-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s observer status at the United….

Mashaal: UN recognition, Gaza conflict go together
11/30/2012 – DOHA, Qatar (Reuters) — Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state won by his rival Mahmoud Abbas should be seen alongside Gaza’s latest conflict with Israel as a single, bold strategy that could empower all Palestinians. Mashaal said the short war which claimed over 170 Palestinian lives….

Hamas officials welcome UN recognition of Palestine
11/30/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hamas officials welcomed Thursday night’s UN General Assembly vote recognizing Palestine as a non-member state. Hamas politburo member Ezzat al-Rishq said the party celebrated the state of Palestine, and its recognition is a victory for all Palestinians. The step should be complemented by a strategic and national vision based….

Palestinians in Europe praise UN vote
11/30/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) –Palestinians living in Europe congratulated the Palestinian people for the UN‘s vote to recognize their state on Thursday night. The head of Palestinian communities` union in Europe, Mazen al-Ramahi, said the Diaspora group wanted to thank all 138 countries who votes in support of the non-member state of Palestine….

Bethlehem mayor hails ‘birth of the state of Palestine’
11/30/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Recently elected mayor Vera Ghattas Baboun on Friday thanked “all the nations and peoples who voted for the right of us Palestinians to live in dignity.””Only courageous hearts can bring change, and you are one among them,” she said in an emailed statement, referring to citizens of the 138 countries….

Why Czechs were lone EU vote against Palestine
11/30/2012 – PRAGUE (Reuters) – When Czechs cast the lone European “no” vote against the Palestinian Authority’s bid for semi-statehood at the United Nations this week, it was no surprise from a country Israel has named as its best friend on the continent. Once the punchbag for aggressive neighbors before World War Two, the central European….

Group: Prisoners applaud UN vote, call for reconciliation
11/30/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails applauded Palestine’s victory at a UN General Assembly vote for non-member state recognition on Thursday night, a prisoners organization said. Palestinian detainees hope the recognition of state of Palestine will aid the implementation of national reconciliation, the Prisoners Center for Studies said. [END]

Egypt constitution finalized as opposition cries foul
11/30/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An Islamist-led assembly finalized a new constitution early on Friday aimed at transforming Egypt and paving the way for an end to a crisis that erupted when President Muhammad Mursi gave himself sweeping new powers last week. Mursi said his decree halting court challenges to his decisions, which provoked protests and violence from….

UNCHR: Syrian refugees shot at while fleeing to Jordan
11/30/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Syrian refugees are being shot at as they flee to neighboring Jordan and many have to be treated in hospital on arrival, the United Nations said on Friday. In its latest briefing on the Syria crisis, the UN refugee agency also said 250,000 people were living in temporary shelters in the flashpoint city….

Global hacking network declares Internet war on Syria
11/30/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Global hacking network Anonymous said it will shut down Syrian government websites around the world in response to a countrywide Internet blackout believe aimed at silencing the opposition to President Bashar Assad. Syria was plunged into communication darkness on Thursday when Internet connectivity stopped at midday. Land lines and mobile phones networks were….

Egyptian soldier killed, 5 wounded as tank overturns in Sinai
11/30/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian soldier was killed and five others were wounded as a security tank overturned in the Sinai, security officials said. The body of an Egyptian soldier was transferred to a hospital inside the peacekeeping camp there along with the five other soldiers who were wounded. They were driving the….

Syrian opposition coalition forms new executive
11/30/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Syria’s new opposition coalition created a new executive body at a meeting in Cairo on Friday, less than a month after the group dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies came into being with Western and Arab support. Voting was underway to elect the 11 members of the new “political….

WHO: 2 people in Jordan died from SARS-like coronavirus
11/30/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Two people who died in Jordan in April have been found to have been infected with the new virus from the same family as SARS which sparked a global alert in September, the World Health Organisation said Friday. The coronavirus, previously unknown in humans, has now been confirmed in a total of nine….

Aljazeera

Israel approves new homes in West Bank
AlJazeera 30 Nov 2012 – Cabinet authorises 3,000 units in illegal settlements in occupied territory, a day after UN upgraded Palestine’s status.

Palestinians celebrate status upgrade at UN
AlJazeera 30 Nov 2012 – Overwhelming majority of states vote to give Palestine non-member observer status, despite Israeli and US opposition.

Palestine News Network

“Villagers on the Line” a BADIL Film and Discussion on Battir Village
Palestine News Network

Palestine Celebrates UN Vote
Palestine News Network

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi Thanks the 138 Countries Voted in Support of Palestine’s Enhancement of Status at the UN
Palestine News Network

UPDATE: Israel’s Intelligence Places Human Rights Defender Ayman Nasser in Isolation
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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Alternative Information Center

Israel demolishes home in East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – Israeli authorities demolished a home in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of the Mount of Olives on Monday morning. The Aramin family of eight persons, of whom six are children, is now homeless. Illustrative photo of Israeli…

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: The Palestinian Vote at the U.N.: Moving Forward
Relief Web 30 Nov 2012 – Source: US Institute of Peace Country: occupied Palestinian territory Olive Branch Post by Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen On November 29, 1947 the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181, recommending the adoption of a partition plan for the British Mandate of Palestine,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Refugee: Palestinians in Arab countries have it bad, too
Relief Web 30 Nov 2012 – Source: Washington Post Country: Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory A day after the U.N. General Assembly voted to grant Palestinians limited recognition of statehood, Israel authorized the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel to build new settler homes after Palestinian UN victory
Relief Web 30 Nov 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/30/2012 21:15 GMT by Steve Weizman JERUSALEM, Nov 30, 2012 (AFP) – Israel revealed on Friday plans to build 3,000 more settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after a historic…

World: Helpdesk Research Report: Preventing conflict between refugees and host communities
Relief Web 30 Nov 2012 – Source: Governance and Social Development Resource Centre Country: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan (the), Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania (the), World Question Preventing conflict between refugees and host communities:…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel to build 3,000 settler homes after UN vote
Relief Web 30 Nov 2012 – Source: British Broadcasting Corporation Country: occupied Palestinian territory Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to Israeli officials. Read the full report on the BBC .

occupied Palestinian territory: Cruz Roja Española refuerza su apoyo en salud a la Media Luna Roja Palestina
Relief Web 30 Nov 2012 – Source: Cruz Roja Española Country: occupied Palestinian territory Tras la reciente escalada del conflicto en la Franja de Gaza Cruz Roja Española refuerza su apoyo en salud a la Media Luna Roja Palestina Financia la compra de medicamentos básicos y…

The National

Egyptians warn Morsi that ‘the revolution is back’
The National 30 Nov 2012 – The high turnout and profile of the demonstration in the square that was the centre point of last year’s uprising further heightened a feeling, after more than a week of protests, that Mohammed Morsi was facing his most serious challenge since taking office nearly six months ago

Syrian regime intensifies operations near Damascus
The National 30 Nov 2012 – Southern Damascus, in particular Daraya, about five kilometres from the heart of the capital, was the scene of heavy fighting all day while the internet was cut off for the second day.

For Palestinians, the work begins anew
The National 30 Nov 2012 – The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas said after the winning UN vote that Palestinians should be reasonable in their expectations for the near future. 

Kuwait: to vote or not, that is the question
The National 30 Nov 2012 – As some Kuwaitis go to the polls today, a brewing political crisis has come down to this simple question: to vote or not to vote, as Kuwait Times columnist Faoud Al Obaid put it.

Israel hits back at Palestinians by expanding settlements
The National 30 Nov 2012 – The construction, confirmed by a senior Israeli government source, will further strain ties after Israel’s fierce opposition to the UN’s status upgrade for the Palestinians on Thursday.

Palestinians say ‘now the world recognises our humanity’
The National 30 Nov 2012 – Through the vote, the Palestinian Authority has secured the occupied territories – the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem – a level of legitimacy at the world body that Palestinians hope will lead to a future state.

National Day celebrations start in earnest
The National 30 Nov 2012 – Stilt walkers, face painters and magicians entertained the crowds on the Corniche ahead of National Day.

Rainstorms across UAE expected to continue through weekend
The National 30 Nov 2012 – Rain caused flooding on Dubai roads, was cause for celebration in Ras Al Khaimah and had no affect on the capital’s National Day festivities.

Ha’aretz

Clinton calls on Israel to embrace moderate Palestinians, peace negotiations
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

Palestinian UN envoy says new settlements are ‘provocation’
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

U.S. condemns Israel’s settlement expansion plan in Jerusalem, West Bank
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

Jewish towns get up to 14 times more buses than Arab counterparts, report finds
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

In response to UN vote, Israel to build 3,000 new homes in settlements
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

U.S. to supervise construction of secret military project in Israel
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

Veteran MKs lead new Labor list, with several fresh faces close behind
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

Despite controversial abstention, Australia likely to remain loyal ally of Israel
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

Poll: Israelis confident in U.S. support, pessimistic about peace prospects
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad: Hamas delivered, we have not
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2012

Vatican hails UN Palestine vote, wants guarantees for Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

How Israel lost Europe’s support
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Statehood of confusion
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

A big thanks to Lieberman
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

How do you say ‘firgun’ in English?
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Over half of med students: We’d fear treating HIV patients
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

In some Arab towns, some rightists do suspiciously well in Likud primary vote
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Who voted for the Palestinian upgrade at the UN? Who against?
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

Finish politician: Jews control money, media in US
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Pertti Salolainen says Jews cause US to be “afraid” of neutrality in Middle East conflict; Finish site calls him “part-time anti-Semite.” 

Abbas foregoing ICC for now, but will keep option open
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012PA president says he’ll consider taking Israel to int’l court in case of “aggression,” slams Israeli settlement plans in E-1; Fayyad, Erekat call construction announcement “unjustifiable,” detrimental to 2-state solution. 

Poland tries to calm dispute over kosher slaughter
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – After Polish court ruling against kosher slaughter angers Jewsih community, Warsaw set to draft new laws to allow shechita. 

Police: Doctor euthanizes daughter, takes own life
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Father in Nir Yisrael in South takes life of daughter suffering from terminal cancer before ending own life, police say. 

US Senate okays Iran energy, shipping sanctions
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Senate c’tee chair: Obama concerned sanctions don’t provide enough “waiver flexibility” for countries trading with Iranian entities. 

Egyptians protest after constitution finalized
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Protesters rally in cities across Egypt after Islamist-led assembly race through approval of new constitution aiming to transform gov’t. 

‘Canada will not let the Jews or Israel stand alone’
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Canadian foreign minister says Abbas should have used the support he received to reach out to Israel for peace talks. 

Hackers claim to have ‘confidential’ IAEA information
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Group Parastoo claims to have obtained new restricted data stolen from a new server IAEA installed after last hacking. 

‘Attack on Iran may lead to withdrawal from NPT’
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Iran’s IAEA ambassador tells UN military strikes will not stop uranium enrichment, adds sanctions have had “no effect.” 

Austrian soldiers wounded in Syria taken to Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Two peacekeeping soldiers injured in crossfire between Syrian government, rebels on way to Damascus airport; airlifted to Haifa. 

That’s Lifestyle: Out with the old, in with the new
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Lifestyle editor’s weekly wrap-up: The beauty of fall; hidden gems, romantic getaways; Hanukka creeps up. 

Yacimovich welcomes ‘dream’ Labor Party list
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Herzog voted in 2nd spot on 19th Knesset list followed by Peretz, Cabel; journalist Michaeli, activist Shaffir make it into top 10. 

Egypt’s assembly finalizes new constitution
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2012 – Islamist-led assembly finishes draft aimed at transforming country, system of government; limits presidential term to 8 years. 

Rule of Law: Morsi and the judiciary
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s supreme court has stood up to the country’s president in another sign that the rule of law has arrived outside of the West. 

Behind the Lines: News from the house of slaughter
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Rebels forge ahead in Syria; no end to the conflict in sight. 

State urged to alter renewable energy strategy
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Gov’t should consider benefits, not costs of introducing new renewabl energy sources, Netanyahu adviser says. 

‘Local HIV carriers rising, bucking world trends’
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Israel AIDS Task Force notes that 70% of Israelis have never been tested for HIV, which raises fear numbers not accurate. 

Haredi leaders concerned over IDF medical exams
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Public notice calls on yeshiva students not to respond to induction letters over IDF medical exams. 

‘It is not too late to be an organ donor’
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – People over age 70 have traditionally been considered “too old” to donate transplant organs when alive or deceased – but no longer. 

Eisenbud’s Odyssey: Intellectual war crimes against Israel
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – There is absolutely no ‘moral equivalency’ to be found in this war, despite profoundly misguided attempts by journalists in the international press to present one. 

Another Tack: Murdoch’s cogent question
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Murdoch essentially wasn’t far off the mark, even if he didn’t word his Tweet carefully enough. 

My Word: Rockets and political science
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – As Eban put it in a speech in London in 1970: “History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.” 

Consider This: Flying home
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – As the plane pulled smoothly into a landing in a brightly shining Tel Aviv, a flight attendant wished everyone a “pleasant… stay in Israel.” 

Middle Israel: Ehud Barak: A political eulogy
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Hopefully, Barak’s departure will prove a milestone on the road back to social sensitivity, ideological sincerity and political humility. 

Tolerance is not enough
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – A new index for Jewish nonprofits aims to spur more inclusive LGBT policies. 

The Guardian

Palestine gets a ‘birth certificate’ | Deborah Orr
The Guardian 30 Nov 2012 – Only Israel has difficulty in agreeing that both sides have committed acts of aggression, and that it’s time to end them So what is Palestine, then? Most of the UN thinks it’s a state, not just…

The UN vote to recognise Palestine legitimises a racist status quo | Joseph Massad
The Guardian 30 Nov 2012 – There’s bitter irony in the UN‘s recognition of a much-diminished Palestinian state on the anniversary of its 1947 partition plan On 29 November 1947, the UN general assembly voted to partition Palestine between native Palestinians and…

Israel to build new Jewish settlement homes after UN Palestine vote
The Guardian 30 Nov 2012 – Binyamin Netanyahu’s plan for mass building on occupied terrorities seen as retaliation for recognition of Palestinian state The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has ordered the construction of thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements in…

Footballers condemn plans to hold U21 European championship in Israel
The Guardian 30 Nov 2012 – Players from Premier League and other European top flights say tournament will be seen as reward for assault on Gaza A group of Premier League footballers and players in other major European leagues have condemned plans…

UN general assembly votes for Palestinian non-member statehood – video
The Guardian 30 Nov 2012 – The United Nations general assembly in New York votes to recognise Palestine as a non-member state

Inter Press Service

Palestinians Welcome UN Upgrade Uncertainly
IPS Thousands of Palestinians gathered throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip Thursday, including representatives of all the major political factions, to celebrate and to show their support for the Palestinian Authority’s bid for upgraded status at the United Nations. “I’m here in support. We want a state like all the…

Uruknet

917 Days Later, Bradley Manning Takes the Stand
Uruknet

Will the two-state UN bid make a difference on the ground?
Uruknet

Human Rights Defender Ayman Nasser Placed in Isolation by Occupation’s Intelligence
Uruknet

‘Iraqis cannot forget what Americans have done here’
Uruknet

No Time to Waste
Uruknet

A Second Wave of Genocide Looms in Congo, with Susan Rice on Point
Uruknet

Times Bureau Chief in Jerusalem will now have her Facebook entries edited
Uruknet

The CIA’s Murder of Frank Olson Goes to Court
Uruknet

Panetta: US Will Battle Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan for Years to Come
Uruknet

Daily Star

UNHCR: 250,000 displaced in Homs
Daily Star 30 Nov 2012 The conflict in Syria has displaced some 250,000 people in the western city of Homs alone, the U.N.’s refugee agency said Friday.

YNet News

Envoy warns that Syria could become a failed state 
YNet News, 30 Nov 2012 – ….

US doesn’t criticize Egypt’s draft constitution 
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Lebanese fighters reported killed inside Syria 
YNet News, 30 Nov 2012 – ….

Wall section collapses in Pompeii after heavy rain
YNet News, 30 Nov 2012 – ….

At least 1 dead, 1 wounded at US college
YNet News, 30 Nov 2012 – ….

UN recognition – no big deal 
YNet News, 30 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: General Assembly granted non-member observer status to state that doesn’t exist ….

Palestinian Information Center

Occupation arrests two fishermen off Gaza shore
PIC – The Israeli naval forces detained on Thursday two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip and seized their boat.

PLC receives delegations from Sudan, Bahrain and Indonesia
PIC – Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the Deputy Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and a number of MPs received on Thursday solidarity delegations from Sudan, Bahrain and Indonesia.

Hamas asserts that resistance is the only way towards the liberation
PIC – On the 65th anniversary of the passing of UN Resolution No. 181, which stipulates the partition of Palestine Hamas renewed its rejection of the resolution. 

Hamas: It is time to put an end to the occupation violations in Jerusalem
PIC – Hamas Movement has warned the Israeli authorities of their attempt to build the “Jewel of Israel” synagogue on the ruins of a Muslims’ prayer room in the center of the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.

Ofer prisoners threaten to escalate protest steps
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in Ofer prison threatened to step up their protests against the Israeli prison administration, and to take escalatory steps protesting the Israeli disregard of their demands.

Turkish lawsuit against Gilad Sharon for incitement to genocide
PIC – Turkish lawyer Adam Yildirim has lodged a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General in Istanbul, against Gilad Sharon accusing him of “committing a crime against humanity.”

Al-Dari congratulates Haniyeh for the resistance’s victory in Gaza
PIC – Sheikh Harith al-Dhari, head of the Association of Muslim Scholars, congratulated the Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh for the victory of the resistance during the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Protests against normalization festival for Syrian refugee children in Jordan
PIC – Youth and Students Assembly to Support Resistance and Confront Normalization in Jordan rejected the “Israeli enemy’s attempts to exploit humanitarian issues to deploy poison in the region..”

Martyrdom of Qassam resistance fighter raises the aggression death toll to 177
PIC – Hussam al-Hams was martyred on Thursday afternoon during his treatment in an Egyptian hospital, of wounds sustained during the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

WAFA

Abbas Congratulates Palestinians on UN Decision
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Belgium Welcomes UN Decision to Upgrade Status
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Palestinians Have Right to Establish State, says Ban at UN
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Palestine Becomes Non-Member State Observer in UN
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Sudan’s UN Envoy Reads Draft Resolution before UN
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Abbas Presents Resolution to Gain Palestine “Non-Member State Observer”
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

Bulgaria to Abstain from Voting on UN Bid
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

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

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

Misc

Egypt protests intensify after passage of draft constitution
LA Times 30 Nov 2012 – People stream into Tahrir Square in Cairo and into the streets of other cities in outrage over the growing power of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIRO — Egypt awoke to widening protests Friday from a resurgent opposition testing a president who refuses…

Egypt adopts draft constitution after marathon session
LA Times 30 Nov 2012 – The draft aims to rein in presidential authority and limit Islamists’ clout, but liberal critics fear it might allow a more rigid form of Islamic law to prevail. CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist-dominated constitutional assembly passed a rushed draft of a constitution early Friday to ease…

Away from Egypt’s protests, the worries mount
LA Times 30 Nov 2012 – ‘The country is falling apart. We’re going to hell,’ says a tailor in his Cairo shop. Prolonged civil strife between Islamists and secularists is the fear. CAIRO — Amid thimbles, pins and strands of silver thread, the tailor twitched his pencil-perfect mustache in disgust and…

In crisis, Israel keeps a shtick upper lip
LA Times 29 Nov 2012 – The jokes were flying faster than the rockets during the latest conflict with Hamas. RISHON LE ZION, Israel — During the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, high-tech executive Sharon Savariego was never far from the essentials: easy access to the family bomb shelter, a…

Syria phone, Internet access cut amid fighting
LA Times 29 Nov 2012 – As fighting rages along a road between Damascus and the airport, it is not clear whether the nationwide phone and Internet outages are the result of an accident or a deliberate act. BEIRUT — Syria was plunged into Internet darkness Thursday and much of the…

U.N. vote on Palestinian status a setback for U.S., Israel
LA Times 29 Nov 2012 – Palestinian Authority succeeds in its bid to obtain an upgraded status that recognizes its goal of statehood. U.N. General Assembly backs the move by a vote of 138 to 9. UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations General Assembly voted by a lopsided margin over U.S….

Israel Moves to Expand Settlements in East Jerusalem
New York Times 30 Nov 2012 – Two settlement actions seemed timed to punish the Palestinians for securing upgraded status at the United Nations, and appeared to show that hard-liners had prevailed in the debate over a response. 

New U.N. Status for Palestinians Could Open Door for Claims of Israeli War Crimes
New York Times 30 Nov 2012 – Working with the International Criminal Court could also make Palestinians vulnerable to Israeli counterclaims, experts say. 

Syria Rebels Find Skype Useful, but Dangers Lurk
New York Times 30 Nov 2012 – Using satellite technology, much of it smuggled in from abroad, activists are still communicating online, but the government is finding ways to listen. 

Syrian Forces Strike Rebels on Damascus Outskirts
New York Times 30 Nov 2012 – The cutoff fanned speculation among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad about the government’s intentions in coming days. 

After Moves on New Constitution, Protesters Gather in Cairo
New York Times 30 Nov 2012 – Angered by President Mohamed Morsi’s hurried effort to pass Egypt’s new constitution, protesters massed in Tahrir Square for the second time in a week. 

Israeli Success in Downing Hamas Rockets Has World’s Attention
New York Times 30 Nov 2012 – Iron Dome’s most salient feature, according to American experts now examining after-action reports from Gaza, may well be its software. 

News Analysis: News of Israel Settlements Is Bad Timing for Obama
New York Times 30 Nov 2012 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has announced settlements at inopportune moments ever since President Obama took office in 2009. 

The Lede Blog: Iranian Channel Reports Bomb Outside Its Office in Damascus
New York Times 30 Nov 2012 – Press TV says a bomb destroyed six vehicles, including a satellite news truck near the broadcaster’s office in Damascus. 

Ambassador Prosor: UN vote is a reward for terror
Globes Main News – Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor spoke to “Globes” after the Palestinian Authority gained recognition as a non-member observer state.

Yachimovich calls Labor candidates ‘a dream list’
Globes Main News – Isaac Herzog tops the list, followed by former party leader Amir Peretz.

UN Recognizes Palestine
Tikun Olam – Israelis for Palestine. Sign caption says: “Two Jerusalems, One Peace.” (Oded Bality/AP) Haaretz’s headline said it all: Israel Suffers Humiliating Defeat in UN Vote .  Palestine has won a victory, no doubt.  It’s fitting that it wins this vote 64 years to the day after the…

The Mossad and the Iranian Graph That Never Was
Tikun Olam – Tonight, I’m writing a blog post that no blogger wants to write.  And almost none do, even ones who should. I recently reported an AP story that reputed to offer a leaked Iranian nuclear explosion simulation prepared by its thee most senior nuclear scientists. In my…

Share this video–Today is our day
Jewish Voice for Peace – Hours from now, Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, will go to the United Nations and ask 193 countries to vote for non-member observer status for Palestine. Read more, watch video, and share.

Rabbi Liz Bolton speaks out in support of the 15 church leaders
Jewish Voice for Peace – Remarks by Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton at Nov 29 press conference in support of 15 church leaders calling to investigate unconditional military support of Israel . My name is Elizabeth Bolton. I am a rabbi from Baltimore and a member of the Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for…

…the feeling you could be next
Jewish Voice for Peace – My name is Eman-I am 18, a first year student at university where I study physical therapy. I have lived my whole life in Gaza. My dream is to one day study in the United States. My dream, also, is simply to survive. Read more and…

UC Berkeley’s new chancellor disavows Columbia divestment petition his name was on
Mondoweiss – Divestment from companies who profit from Israeli human rights violations on college campuses is on the move across the country. It’s sparking a backlash from advocates for Israel. And since California, in many ways, is ground zero for this effort at the moment, it should come…

Two Israeli policemen face charges after striking kidney patient with rifles at roadblock
Mondoweiss – link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.imemc.org link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.maannews.net link towww.middleeastmonitor.com link to electronicintifada.net link to electronicintifada.net link to talesofacitybythesea.com   Two Israeli Policemen Face Charges Of Abusing A Kidney Patient Israeli paper, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that two Israeli Policemen are facing…

Apartheid? Don’t be silly
Mondoweiss – From Scott Roth’s twitter feed : “I took this two weeks ago [in the West Bank]. Apartheid? Don’t be silly!” Area A makes up 3 percent of the West Bank. Israelis can come and go anywhere else they please elsewhere in the military-occupied territory. West Bank separation…

No balance: CNN slobbers over Peres, grills Meshaal
Mondoweiss – Wolf Blitzer interviews Shimon Peres In the news business, interviews are often judged by their ability to generate international headlines. If a reporter asks the right questions he or she can coax their subject into revealing new or previously unknown information to the public. But interviews…

A movement grows at American University
Mondoweiss – It is truly amazing what can be accomplished these days when the Internet has given students the power to think for themselves and organize like-minded individuals. Two young adults with nothing to lose and everything to gain have embarked on a journey for peace in the…

Reactions to UN vote: Livni calls Palestinian move ‘strategic terrorist attack’
Mondoweiss – Here are some official responses to the U.N. General Assembly vote to upgrade Palestine’s status yesterday. Tzipi Livni is a centrist in the Israeli debate. Here she is fulminating in the Jerusalem Post (h/t Max Blumenthal): Livni called the Palestinian UN move a “strategic terrorist attack”…

Stevie Wonder Explains IDF Snub: ‘I’m Against War’ 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Nov 2012 – Singer Stevie Wonder explained his decision to cancel a planned performance for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces: “I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere.” Click here for the rest of the article…

White House: Israeli Settlement Plan Is ‘Counterproductive’ 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Nov 2012 – The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was “counterproductive” and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Will Expand Settlements Over UN Palestine Vote 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Nov 2012 – Israel plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of a U.N. vote implicitly recognising Palestinian statehood there, Israeli media reported on Friday. Click here for the rest of the article…

After U.N Vote, Complications Arise in D.C. 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Nov 2012 – The cheering delegates clapping at the United Nations General Assembly hall, the Palestinian flag pulled out and waved and that unusual smile on the face of Mahmoud Abbas, provided the Palestinian Authority with its long awaited and ever so rare moment of victory. Click here for…

Israeli Public Sours on Bibi After Gaza 
The Forward New 30 Nov 2012 – The Gaza conflict might have looked like Benjamin Netanyahu’s ticket to easy reelection in the January vote. But public opinion has soured since the cease-fire with Hamas. Click here for the rest of the article…

Tunisia: Indonesian Parliament Speaker Affirms Convergence of Views On Palestinian Cause 
allAfrica.com 30 Nov 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Kasbah -Indonesia’s Parliament Speaker Ali Marzouki pointed out, on Thursday, the convergence of views between his country and Tunisia on “supporting the Palestinian people in their struggle for their just cause.”

Nigeria: Security Threat – Enugu Pilgrims to Shun Visit to Mount Sinai 
allAfrica.com 30 Nov 2012 – [Leadership]Pilgrims from Enugu State will not visit Mount Sinai during this year’s pilgrimage to Israel, the Chairman of the state’s Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has said.

The Changing Tahrir Square 
Joseph Dana 30 Nov 2012 – Egypt is still in the midst of a revolution after nearly twenty months of turmoil and protest. Nowhere is revolution more visible then in the capital city of Cairo where more than twenty million people have watched their city transform as the political situation unfolds. We…

Debating the exact nature of contemporary Israel and Palestine 
Joseph Dana 30 Nov 2012 – How often do we hear that the debate on Israel is changing in the West? The emergence of a liberal coterie of American intellectuals who coalesce around “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace” organisations such as J Street have seemingly awakened to the intricate nature of Israel’s precarious colonial adventures…

Major boycott of Israel victory as PSI congress adopts boycott resolution 
Global BDS 30 Nov 2012 – A major boycott of Israel victory has been achieved in Durban, South Africa. One of the largest international trade unions, the Public Services International (PSI), at its recent World Congress (27-30 November) voted to fully support and advance the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign. The…

Footballers condemn plans to hold U21 European championship in Israel 
Global BDS 30 Nov 2012 – A group of Premier League footballers and players in other major European leagues have condemned plans to hold the Under-21 European championship in  Israel  next year, saying it will be seen as a “reward” for this month’s assault on  Gaza  in which young people playing football…

Israel authorises settler homes 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Israel is to build 3,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a day after the UN upgraded the Palestinians’ status.

Syria ‘brutality’ appals UN chief 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Syria’s violence is “reaching appalling heights of brutality”, UN chief Ban Ki-moon says, warning that refugee numbers could swell to 700,000 by January.

Kuwait to vote amid mass protest 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Kuwaitis will cast their ballot a day after tens of thousands of opposition supporters called for an election boycott over voting law changes.

Anti-Morsi crowds rally in Cairo 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Protesters angry about sweeping new powers for Egypt’s president fill Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hours after a new constitution was hastily approved.

Full Text: Abbas speech to UN – This is why we are here today 
Sabbah report 30 Nov 2012 – Full text: President Mahmoud Abbas speech to UN General Assembly Members in New York, Nov. 29, 2012, seeking the recognition of the Palestine as a non-member state. Full Text: Abbas speech to UN – This is why we are here today was published by Sabbah Report ….

Uri Avnery: The strong must lead to sweet Palestine 
Sabbah report 30 Nov 2012 – The quest for peace based on the co-existence between Israel and Palestine has taken a big step forwards. Unity between the Palestinians should be the next. US support for the actual creation of the State of Palestine should come soon after. Uri Avnery: The strong must…

Despite the United States, Palestine Finally Returns Home 
Sabbah report 30 Nov 2012 – Sixty-five years after the United Nations declared its creation, Palestine has achieved the world body’s recognition it long deserves. It has been a long and arduous way. Yet, finally, Palestine has returned home. Despite the United States, Palestine Finally Returns Home was published by Sabbah Report ….

How the world voted on Palestine [Updated] 
Sabbah report 30 Nov 2012 – Palestine: Yes 138 – No 9 – Abstain 41. The countries which voted NO are: Israel, United States, Canada, Czech Republic, Panama, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. How the world voted on Palestine [Updated] was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter ….

Israel demolishes home in East Jerusalem 
AIC: Jerusalem 30 Nov 2012 – Israeli authorities demolished a home in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of the Mount of Olives on Monday morning. The Aramin family of eight persons, of whom six are children, is now homeless. Illustrative photo of Israeli forces prior to a home demolition in Jerusalem (Photo: Sergio…

The Politics of Blood, the Sanctity of Death 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 30 Nov 2012 – Cairo – The funeral of Gaber Salah, a 16-year old killed in Tahrir last week, brought much needed calm to central Cairo. Groups in green vests held rock-yielding youth away from the clashes that began on November 19. The police, who kept popping up in different…

No Victory for Palestine: Abbas’ Farewell Speech at the UN 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 30 Nov 2012 – With contrived drama and a fake sense of anticipation, Mahmoud Abbas rode on the wave of Palestinian popular nationalist fervor in the wake of the Israeli assault on Gaza, and came to the UN as he had long promised to submit – and obtain – a…

Anti-Mursi protesters pack Tahrir 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2012 – Tens of thousands of protesters gather in Egypt’s landmark Tahrir square against a decree by President Mohammed Mursi granting himself broad powers that shield his decisions from judicial review on 30 November 2012 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Tens of thousands of Egyptians, furious…

Hariri and Sakr Caught Red-Handed 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2012 – Sakr was “furious” that day and accused the SNC of having been infiltrated by the Syrian government. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Sakr was “furious” that day and accused the SNC of having been infiltrated by the Syrian government. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) The exploits of Future MP Okab…

Parallel Worlds in Damascus: Mazzeh and Yarmouk 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2012 – A Syrian man carries his wounded daughter outside a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo on 18 September 2012. (photo: AFP – Marco Longari) A Syrian man carries his wounded daughter outside a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo on 18 September 2012. (photo:…

Filmed in Beirut, Will Syrian Drama Sell? 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2012 – A scene from the movie “The Lover”. A scene from the movie “The Lover”. Damascus – While fighting continues to rage across Syria, closing in on the capital of Damascus, Syrian producers of television drama series are working hard to find alternative ways to deliver content…

Munir Barakat: Stories from Lebanon’s Communist Divide 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2012 – The rebel “with nine lives,” a former member of the Lebanese Communist Party (LCP), survived seven assassination attempts. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) The rebel “with nine lives,” a former member of the Lebanese Communist Party (LCP), survived seven assassination attempts. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Is there a plot…

A win for Palestine 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2012 – photo blog by Dylan Collins Everyone likes to win, and last night, Palestinians achieved a big win: the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to make Palestine a non-member state. The win, even if only symbolic, is the recognition of Palestine as a state. Over 1,000 people…

Exclusive: Inside Future Movement’s Syria Arms Trade 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Damanhour Divisions Mirror Egypt’s Instability 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…

Israel authorises settler homes 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Israel is to build 3,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a day after the UN upgraded the Palestinians’ status.

Syria ‘brutality’ appals UN chief 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Syria’s violence is “reaching appalling heights of brutality”, UN chief Ban Ki-moon says, warning that refugee numbers could swell to 700,000 by January.

Kuwait to vote amid mass protest 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Kuwaitis will cast their ballot a day after tens of thousands of opposition supporters called for an election boycott over voting law changes.

Anti-Morsi crowds rally in Cairo 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Protesters angry about sweeping new powers for Egypt’s president fill Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hours after a new constitution was hastily approved.

Fifth coronavirus death reported 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – A fifth person has died as a new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus spreads to Jordan, the WHO says.

Articles


Palestine Granted UN Observer State Status 
James M. Wall,  11/29/2012
      History may well record what happened on November 29, 2012, as Mahmoud Abbas’ “finest hour”.
     This was the day the Palestinian Authority president (right) announced to the world that he would no longer bow to blackmail from the West.
     A familiar political threat by Israel to withhold tax funds due the Authority, did not deter him. Nor was he moved by the insulting British tactic that a pledge not to haul Israel before the world’s criminal court, would buy the Crown’s yes vote.
     The U.S. State Department’s most recent contribution to the effort to force Abbas back onto the US-Israeli reservation, was both naive and arrogant. Bill Burns, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, was sent on a last-ditch begging mission to Mahmoud Abbas’ New York hotel room to persuade the PA president to “reconsider” his request for statehood status.
     Abbas ignored them all. As a result of President Abbas’ persistence, the resolution passed, granting Palestine a “non member observer state” status in the United Nations. The word “state” in that resolution is huge. It opens doors for Palestine and it represents a step up into international status which is, as of 11/29/12, 65 years overdue.
     The UN General Assembly (UNGA) approved the Palestinian resolution by an overwhelming majority, 138 in support with only 9 in opposition. There were 41 abstentions. (The vote was an improvement over the October, 2011 vote that admitted Palestine to membership in UNESCO). At present, the Vatican is the only other state that carries the designation of a “non member observer state status”. Switzerland held the status in 2002, prior to its achieving full membership. more.. e-mail

UN votes yes on Palestinian statehood: Not ’just’ a symbol 
Dahlia Scheindlin, +972 Magazine 11/29/2012
      While commentators say the vote is merely symbolic, at least for Palestinians and the international community, the vote could be a game-changing kind of symbol.
     One week ago, the request to the UN General Assembly to grant Palestine status as a non-member observer state looked like a poor stepchild of the highly anticipated first “UN route” just over one year ago. The buildup to September 2011 was long; yet until about a week ago, it wasn’t even clear whether the current vote would really happen.
     The 2011 application for UN membership turned into an anticlimax. This year, the dark-horse diplomacy won: 138 member states voted in favor and the emotional echoes of 1947 were hard to ignore.
     But, detractors say, the vote cannot change the Palestinians’ main complaints against Israel: settlement expansion, restrictions on movement, division between Gaza and the West Bank, life under military occupation. Therefore it’s “symbolic,” meaning, meaningless. And it’s true that at present, the vote may mean more in people’s minds than in their daily lives. But when did hearts and minds become insignificant? Consider how the lead-up and the vote itself has already resonated for three major actors: Palestinians (leaders and people); Israel; and the international community. Each of those, of course, contains essential sub-communities – this is just a broad-strokes starting point.
     International Reaction
     Despite anodyne comments like this New York Times editorial, the international community put on a fairly nail-biting drama leading up to the vote. That the U.S. rejected the bid is no surprise; but France’s support was a powerful victory for the Palestinians…. more.. e-mail

Will the two-state UN bid make a difference on the ground? 
Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine 11/29/2012
      Festivities were held in Ramallah throughout the day to celebrate the Palestine Liberation Organization’s bid at the United Nations to receive an upgrade to non-member observer state. It’s a bit ironic that the Palestinian Authority chose Ramallah for these official festivities—isn’t East Jerusalem supposed to be the Palestinian capital according to the two-state solution?
     And President Mahmoud Abbas’ move is a two-state move, as some of my students angrily pointed out this week. One girl, who is the 18-year-old granddaughter of Palestinian refugees who fled the massacre in Deir Yassin, said that Abbas is giving up her right of return. Another young woman said Abbas and the PA need to go—as does Hamas. She likened both to dictators.
     I also heard this sentiment throughout “Operation Pillar of Defense.” While many of my students were excited to see the Palestinian moqawama (resistance) holding its own as Israel pummeled the Gaza Strip, some also felt that there is a need for something entirely new. Not the PA, not Fateh, not Hamas. This flies in the face of mainstream media reports—written by people who have very limited contact with Palestinians—that “Operation Pillar of Defense” represented a tipping point during which Hamas garnered more support. Support for Hamas was already quite strong at the university I teach in; Fateh had a weak showing during local elections in October.
     What I saw change during the Israeli assault on Gaza is that my students were energized—they wanted to do something for Palestine. It was no longer enough to keep Palestine in their hearts; the idea of “existence is resistance” was no longer enough either…. more.. e-mail

U.N. Approval of Palestine as ‘Non-Member State’ Shows Isolation of U.S., Israel Stance on Statehood 
Democracy Now! 11/30/2012
      The United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted recognize the sovereign state of Palestine, upgrading its observer status from “entity” to “non-member state.” The move is viewed as a victory for Palestinians, but a diplomatic setback for the United States and Israel, who were joined by only a handful of countries in opposing the decision. With more than 190 members in the General Assembly, there were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. Three countries did not take part. The vote came on the 65th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. Resolution 181 that partitioned Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. “This was a referendum on the United States’s mediation of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians,” says Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the Jerusalem Fund and its educational program, the Palestine Center. “The vast majority of the world, I think, said yesterday that that has failed, and it’s time for a different approach.” [includes rush transcript]….
     AMY GOODMAN: Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
     To talk more about the significance of this vote, we to go Washington, D.C., to speak with Yousef Munayyer. He’s executive director of the Jerusalem Fund educational program, as well, the Palestine Center.
     Welcome back to Democracy Now!, Yousef. Your response to this vote? Do you consider this historic?
     YOUSEF MUNAYYER: Well, it’s certainly—it’s certainly historic. What it means, though, I think, is what—what is the bigger question here. Look, there is still a occupation of Palestine. The colonization of Palestinian territory continues. It continues today just as it was yesterday. So that has not changed. What I think is important, though, is that the United States and Israel and very, very few people, very few states who voted against this, are really isolated now internationally….. more.. e-mail

Argo and the Iranian Savage
Dissident Voice: 30 Nov 2012 – It is a rather curious time for Hollywood to launch a blockbuster movie based on the worst US-Iranian diplomatic fallout in history. Currently Iran is threatened with attack from the West almost on a daily basis, and sanctions have devastated the rial, plunging millions into poverty for the crime of (allegedly) developing the same weapons that Iran’s agitators enjoy without reprisal. Meanwhile, in the fantasy emporiums of high street cinemas, millions of moviegoers across the world are invited to imagine the opposite scenario, a tale in which the innocent Western subject is faced with extinction at the whim of an Iranian aggressor. Ben Affleck’s Argo is a nail-biting thriller based on the incredible true story of the CIA operation that rescued 6 American diplomats from the turmoil of a revolutionary Iran. Conspicuously, the film barely touches on the central humiliating debacle of the Iranian hostage crisis in which 52 Americans…more

Fake AP Graph Exposes Israeli Fraud and IAEA Credulity
Dissident Voice: 30 Nov 2012 – That Associated Press story displaying a graph alleged to be part of an Iranian computer simulation of a nuclear explosion — likely leaked by Israel with the intention of reinforcing the media narrative of covert Iranian work on nuclear weapons – raises serious questions about the International Atomic Energy Association’s (IAEA) claim that it has credible evidence of such modeling work by Iran. The graph of the relationship between energy and power shown in the AP story has now been revealed to contain absurdly large errors indicating its fraudulence. Those revelations indicate, in turn, that the IAEA based its publication of detailed allegations of nuclear weapons-related Iranian computer modeling on evidence that should have been rejected as having no credibility. Former senior IAEA inspector Robert Kelley, who has challenged the accuracy of IAEA reporting on Iran, told Lobe Log in an e-mail that “It’s clear the graph has nothing to…more

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