VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 9 December 2012: Netanyahu reveals the true face of Israel

9 December 2012 – VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

18 Seriously Sick Detainees Facing Medical Neglect In Israeli Prisons
IMEMC – The International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights issued a press release revealing that 18 seriously ill detainee, permanently at the Al-Ramla Prison Clinic are facing life-threatening conditions due to the lack of adequate and specialized medical attention and treatment. …

Palestinian Dies Of Serious Injuries Suffered During Latest War On Gaza
IMEMC – The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip reported that a Palestinian man, who was seriously injured by Israeli shells during the recent war on Gaza, died of his wounds at an Egyptian hospital on Sunday evening. …

Army Kidnaps Two Palestinian Intelligence Officers In Hebron
IMEMC – Local sources in Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, reported that Israeli soldiers invaded the town, on Sunday at dawn, and kidnapped two Palestinian intelligence officers. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces detain 2 PA intelligence officials
12/9/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained two senior members of the Palestinian intelligence service in the southern West Bank early Sunday, a local official said. The men are from Yatta, south of Hebron, and work for the Mukhabarat, or internal intelligence service, of the Palestinian Authority. Yatta intelligence director Khalil Mohammad Khalid Abu Eid….

Islamic Jihad to end ceasefire if leader banned from Gaza
12/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad will not adhere to a Nov. 21 ceasefire deal to end recent violence in Gaza if the group’s secretary-general is banned from entering the coastal enclave by Israel, a senior group official said Sunday.” We had hoped that Dr. Shalah could have visited Gaza accompanied by….

Mashaal: Reconciliation must follow democratic elections
12/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Free and fair Palestinian elections must be followed by partnership and cooperation between factions, Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal said Sunday. The Hamas leader made the comments during a public meeting of Palestinian political factions, civil society organizations and bereaved families in Gaza.” Our brothers in Fatah, you started before us…. Related: Fatah official praises Mashaal speech in Gaza and Mashaal: Hamas, Fatah must forgive each other

Israel’s army yet to name target of al-Dalou family attack
12/9/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Accused of committing a war crime by a leading human rights group, Israel’s army will still not identify the target of an airstrike on Gaza City that killed 10 relatives and two neighbors. Israeli planes bombed the al-Dalou family home on Nov. 18, crushing to death two men, six….

Man dies of wounds sustained in Gaza war
12/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man died on Sunday from wounds sustained in Israel’s eight day assault on the Gaza Strip in November, medics said. Zeidan al-Nahhal, 48, died in an Egyptian hospital on Sunday after being injured in Israel’s week-long bombardment of Gaza, which began after the targeted assassination….

Israeli settlers march south of Hebron
12/9/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Saturday evening held a rally south of Hebron, blocking Palestinian movement in the area, locals said. Palestinian drivers said they were prevented from passing the al-Fawar refugee camp checkpoint by Israeli forces. Settlers marched along the main road towards the Beit Haggai settlement north of al-Fawwar, witnesses said. [END]

Arab states to provide PA with $100 million monthly
12/9/2012 – DOHA (Reuters) — Arab states agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a $100 million monthly “financial safety net” to help President Mahmoud Abbas’s government cope with an economic crisis after the United Nations granted de facto statehood to Palestine. Israel has responded to the Nov. 29 UN vote by ordering 3,000 Jewish settler….

Minister: Gaza govt ready to aid world reconstruction efforts
12/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s government is ready to facilitate international and regional support to reconstruct the coastal strip after the recent Israeli bombardment, a minister said Sunday. Minister of public works and housing Yousef Subhi Al-Ghariz said they will provide all necessary services for world institutions to work in Gaza.” Gaza….

Israel sees no immediate threat from Syrian chemical weapons
12/9/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel does not perceive an immediate threat from Syria‘s chemical weapons, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday, after Western powers warned Damascus could use or lose such arms in the chaos of civil war. As Syria‘s southern neighbor, Israel feels at risk from the deepening conflict and has….

Abbas: Israeli settlements, tax seizure require new position
12/9/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas told an Arab League meeting on Sunday that if Israel continues to build settlements and seize Palestinian tax revenues he will take a “new position” in response. He made the comments during a speech before the Arab League’s Ministerial Committee on the Arab Peace Initiative in….

Fatah official praises Mashaal speech in Gaza
12/9/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A senior Fatah official said that Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal’s speech in Gaza on Saturday was “very positive.” Azzam al-Ahmad told Ma’an that Mashaal’s speech reflected the contents a reconciliation deal between the parties that fell apart last year.” In order to implement this, we…. Related: Mashaal: Hamas, Fatah must forgive each other andMashaal: Reconciliation must follow democratic elections

PA: Govt salaries to be paid ‘soon’
12/9/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority government is workingto pay its employees for the month of November in the coming days, its spokeswoman said Sunday. As soon as the funds are available, workers will receive salaries, Nour Odeh said, without providing a date. She said Israel transferred under 200 million shekels ($0. 5 million….

Mashaal: Hamas, Fatah must forgive each other
12/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal said Sunday that it was time for his party and their Fatah rivals to put their mistakes behind them.” Hamas can’t live without Fatah and other factions, neither can Fatah live without Hamas,” the exiled party chief, on his first visit to the Gaza…. Related: Fatah official praises Mashaal speech in Gaza and Mashaal: Reconciliation must follow democratic elections

Mashaal, Haniyeh visit Arafat’s sister in Gaza
12/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal and prime minister Ismail Haniyeh visited the sister of late president Yasser Arafat on Sunday, Ma’an’s correspondent said. The senior Hamas officials were accompanied by several other group members on the visit to Khadija Arafat’s home. Hamas official Izzat al-Rishiq…. Related: Mashaal: Hamas, Fatah must forgive each other

PA: Sheikh Tamimi’s political party not legally approved
12/9/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Interior said Sunday that a new political party formed by the former PA Chief of Justice is unlicensed. Ministry official Hassan Ilwei told Ma’an that Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi’s new political party, the Freedom and Independence Party for the Defense of Holy Sites….

Fatah announces 48th anniversary celebrations
12/9/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah will organize anniversary celebrations in the Gaza Strip to commemorate the 48th year since the party’s founding, a senior Fatah official in Gaza said Sunday. Yahya Rabah told Ma’an that the celebrations would take place amid a positive atmosphere of reconciliation and the UN vote….

Egypt president scraps decree that sparked protests
12/9/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi has canceled a decree that gave him sweeping powers and sparked deadly violence, but did not delay this month’s referendum on a new constitution as his opponents had demanded. The announcement that Mursi had scrapped his Nov. 22 decree followed hours of talks on Saturday at his….

Analysis: Netanyahu reveals the true face of Israel
12/9/2012 – By Rashid Shahin – Less than 24 hours after the world community decided to vote for Palestine and give it non member observer status, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightist government smacked the supporters of Israel, especially the leaders of the USA, the UK, Germany, and Canada, in the face. Netanyahu reacted with scorn….

Bodies of 3 Lebanese gunmen killed in Syria returned
12/9/2012 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) — Lebanese authorities received on Sunday the first three bodies from a group of 14 Lebanese gunmen killed in Syria, local clerics said, as fighting triggered by their death continued to shake the northern port town of Tripoli. A Reuters reporter in the area said fighting overnight killed at least one person, bringing….

Brahimi holds ‘constructive’ talks with US and Russia on Syria crisis
12/9/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said after talks with senior US and Russian officials on Sunday that they had agreed it was still possible to find a political solution to the deepening crisis in Syria.” The meeting was constructive and held in a spirit of cooperation. It explored avenues to move forward a peaceful….

Egypt opposition coalition ‘rejects’ constitutional referendum
12/9/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s main opposition coalition on Sunday announced its rejection of a constitutional referendum set by Islamist President Muhammad Mursi for Dec. 15. In a statement read by its spokesman, the National Salvation Front also called for mass protests on Tuesday against a draft constitution that it said lacked consensus. [END]

Saudi Arabia says cyber attack aimed to disrupt oil, gas flow
12/9/2012 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Aramco, said on Sunday a cyber attack against it in August which damaged some 30,000 computers was aimed at stopping oil and gas production at the biggest OPEC exporter. The attack on Saudi Aramco – which supplies a tenth of the world’s oil….

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Alternative Information Center

BDS success? Reports that Stevie Wonder to cancel performance at ‘Friends of IDF’ event
Alternative Information Center – Stevie Wonder is about to pull out of a performance at a fundraiser for the Israeli army, a source told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a leading newspaper for the American Jewish community. This is potentially a…

The National

Reconsider 2002 Arab peace offer to Israel, says Qatar
The National 9 Dec 2012 – Qatar says that it is time to reconsider the Arab offer to normalise ties with Israel in return for its pullout from occupied Palestinian land.

Morsi’s rivals look set to boycott constitutional vote
The National 9 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s opposition groups say taking part in the referendum would ‘add legitimacy to this constitution’.

Monk incited Tibetan self-immolations ‘for Dalai Lama’
The National 9 Dec 2012 – Police have detained a monk and his nephew in the southwestern province of Sichuan and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans.

UAE teen crowned World Scrabble champ
The National 9 Dec 2012 – Dubai-based schoolboy Navya Zaveri, 14, was named the best player under 16 at the World Youth Scrabble Championship in the UK yesterday.

Syrian rebels take over army command post
The National 9 Dec 2012 – Aleppo area and large swath of territory extending to the Turkish border in the north is now almost totally controlled by opposition forces.

Hunger in wake of Philippines typhoon
The National 9 Dec 2012 – Children are begging on roadsides as food and supplies dwindle.

Egypt’s Morsi plays to his power base
The National 9 Dec 2012 – The Egyptian president has carefully calibrated his messages over the past week’s political crisis, not for the opposition clamouring in the streets, but for his most important electoral bloc – Islamists. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo

Qatar backs UN General Assembly push for Syria intervention
The National 9 Dec 2012 – Qatar is urging countries opposed to Syria‘s regime to take their case to the UN General Assembly, where it would likely win support for a broader international intervention.

Ha’aretz

Haaretz poll: Netanyahu poised to retain premiership, as right wing solidifies lead
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

More Israeli students to be diagnosed with ADD, says report
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Education Ministry officials leave private student files for all to see
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Israeli researchers slam Netanyahu policies during Merkel meet
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Israeli ‘spy vulture’ caught in Sudan, Middle Eastern media report
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Israeli Police superintendent demoted for sexual harassment of officers
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Meretz campaign / Defined by what it isn’t
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Jerusalem court slams police for arresting woman protesting near Ma’aleh Adumim station
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Public defenders protest handcuffed perp walks
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Nurses, treasury say they’ll get tough if today’s talks fail as strike enters eighth day
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Poll: Half of Israeli Arabs don’t intend to vote in January elections
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Right-wing parties seek to ban Arab parties from upcoming Israel elections
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Radiation threatens Israeli train electrification plan
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Yacimovich: Netanyahu’s policy on peace talks with PA hurts Israel’s economy
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Hamas leader to Gaza residents: May you bring down Netanyahu as you did Barak
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Israel extends IDF service exemption for ultra-Orthodox men
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Don’t let campaign video on Israel’s water crisis worry you too much
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Netanyahu: Palestinians have no intention of compromising with Israel
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

American NGO holds fundraiser for survivors
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – iVolunteer head says challenges that Holocaust survivors encounter in the US are in fact quite similar to those in Israel. 

Livni aims at Center-Left rivals Yacimovich, Lapid
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – After Labor, Yesh Atid commit to refraining from criticizing each other, Livni lashes out at political rivals, Netanyahu

Hamas hatred
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Any unity government comprising Fatah and Hamas would end any chances of a dialogue between Israel and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority. 

Bigger fish to fry: Balancing human rights and security
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – International Human Rights Day provides an opportunity to both celebrate and reexamine the nature of global human rights. 

On Human Rights Day, don’t point fingers, join hands!
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – The denial of access to funding, essential to the existence of many NGOs, is on the rise and must be curbed. 

Candidly Speaking: Ignorance, hypocrisy, double standards
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim settlement blocs will remain part of Israel and this is one issue concerning which we must remain steadfast. 

It’s time to throw the Obama smears ‘under the bus’
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – The pro-Israel community must work to expand and broaden itself so that we can continue the tradition of broad bipartisan support for Israel. 

Think About It: The limits of direct democracy
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – In short, while the idea of direct democracy is trendy, voting in elections is still a citizen’s main tool to have some influence. 

Egypt’s opposition rejects referendum, calls for protests
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – President Morsi’s decision to retract decree awarding himself wide powers fails to placate Egyptians as demonstrators gather around presidential palace; Liberal opposition head: Race to referendum is “act of war.” 

Egypt’s opposition rejects referendum
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Morsi’s decision to retract presidential decree fails to placate Egyptians as demonstrators gather around presidential palace. 

Analysis: Olmert didn’t bow out due to legal issues
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Former PM was exonerated on all charges except for the minor charge of breach of public trust. 

IDC student from S. Sudan deported to Juba, twice
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – William Akon tries to return to Israel on a student visa after his first deportation, only to be sent back to South Sudan a second time. 

Yemeni security chief to Iran: Stop funding rebels
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – In an interview, Major-General Ali al-Ahmadi accuses Iran of backing Houthi rebels in Northern Yemen. 

IDF arrests 2 PA intelligence officers in Hebron
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Palestinian sources identify officers as Ahmed Bhais, Mohamed Abu Eid; arrests made after thorough search of homes in Yatta. 

Abbas offers 6 month talks with settlement freeze
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012PA president says talks should resume from where Olmert left them; ministers pledge to give fiscally shaky PA $100m. 

‘Bibi is good for the rich, Shelly is good for you’
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Labor party reveals campaign slogan; Olmert, Habayit Hayehudi slam Yacimovich’s economic plan, commitment to unions. 

Israel, Canada to promote int’l wastewater reuse
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau meets Canadian counterpart Kent, agree promote UN resolution on wastewater. 

Abbas mulls ‘new strategy’ in response to Israeli tax hold
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012PA president says whenever Israel “is upset with anybody in the world, it withholds Palestinian money”; Arab League ministers meet in Doha, agree to donate hundreds of millions to make up for PA budgetary shortfall. 

Jonathan Pollard returns to prison from hospital
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Israeli agent’s medical condition stable; wife calls on Peres to appeal to Obama for humane gesture to free her husband. 

Ya’alon: No sign Syria may use WMDs against Israel
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Vice premier says effective deterrence ensures that Syrian regime will not use chemical weapons against Israel. 

Family Matters: To buy, or not to buy?
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Conflict resolution expert Shimrit Nothman gives her advice on what to do when children ask for expensive Hanukka presents. 

PM: Hamas has no intention of compromising
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012Netanyahu echoes Peres in saying Mashaal’s speech reveals the movement’s true colors as a terror group that advocates killing. 

IDF: Hamas trying to activate W. Bank sleeper cells
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Terror organization is attempting to gradually regroup after its infrastructure was destroyed in 2002 operation. 

Reporter’s Notebook: Capturing Pillar of Defense
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – JPost video reporter Hadas Parush talks about capturing the scenes of terror and destruction in the South. 

Gov’t okays drafting 1,300 haredim into service
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – Civilian service proposal is meant as a compromise with religious community but instead outrages campaigners for draft reform 

Health funds end 2011 with NIS 1.259 billion deficit
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2012 – As a result of deficits, the 4 major funds have delayed payments to suppliers and taken out bank loans to keep functioning. 

Morsi cancels controversial decree amid protests
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2012 – Egyptian president rescinds decree that gave him sweeping powers, but issues revised version. 

The Guardian

Letters: UK, Palestinian child prisoners and Israel
The Guardian 9 Dec 2012 – Today, on UN Human Rights Day, we will hand in to Downing Street a petition signed by 4,883 people calling for action from our government on Palestinian child prisoners held by Israel. In June 2012 a…

Inter Press Service

Egyptian Pulse Running Weak
IPS Hospitalised for impaired kidney function, Eman El-Behery needed three medicines to bring her diabetes under control. Her daughter, 16-year-old Reham, found two of the medications at a pharmacy across the road from the hospital, but after hours of searching was unable to find the third, a drug that dilates blood…

Diamonds Are Israel’s Best Friend
IPS While Israelis aren’t new to the diamond trade, they’re fairly novice in diamond mining. Inspired by the words of a revered Rabbi who prophesied that gems are buried in the Promised Land, Shefa Yamim, the country’s first exploration and mining company, hopes to unearth huge diamonds deposits. Somewhere along the…

Uruknet

Normalising death: The business of drones
Uruknet

New York Times Finally Shows Up to Cover Bradley Manning Proceedings (And Their Story Is Sloppy)
Uruknet

Cairo : Presidential palace detainees caught by Muslim Brotherhood
Uruknet

Rafah crossing with Egypt still a prison gate for many Palestinians in Gaza
Uruknet

Palestinian employment: The phantom workers of Israel
Uruknet

Gaza fishermen after the ceasefire [includes a video]
Uruknet

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008
Uruknet

Will Guantánamo Ever Be Closed?
Uruknet

Mashaal attends mass celebration for Hamas anniversary
Uruknet

Military Resistance 10L4 : a Knife to the Heart
Uruknet

Daily Star

Arabs offer Palestinians $100 mln a month
Daily Star 9 Dec 2012 Arab states agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a $100 million monthly “financial safety net” to help President Mahmoud Abbas’s government cope with an economic crisis after the United Nations granted de facto statehood to…

Egypt opposition rejects constitutional referendum
Daily Star 9 Dec 2012 Egypt’s main opposition coalition rejected on Sunday Islamist President Mohamed Mursi’s plan for a constitutional referendum this week, saying it risked dragging the country into “violent confrontation”.

Syria Islamist rebels seize part of Aleppo base
Daily Star 9 Dec 2012 Radical Islamist rebels on Sunday seized large swathes of a Syrian military base west of Aleppo, as they consolidated their control over territory in the north near the Turkish border.

Tunisia union wins key backing for general strike
Daily Star 9 Dec 2012 Tunisia’s main labour union has won key support for a rare nationwide general strike to be held next week from the International Trade Union Confederation, a local ITUC official said on Sunday.

U.S. and Russia still back Syria settlement
Daily Star 9 Dec 2012 U.S. and Russian officials have given their commitment to a political solution for the deepening Syrian conflict, but Moscow dismissed speculation it was preparing for President Bashar al-Assad’s exit.

Israel grows jittery of new Palestinian uprising
Daily Star 9 Dec 2012 The rising confidence and bellicosity of Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, combined with rapidly deteriorating relations with Israel’s would-be peace partner in the West Bank, are raising jitters in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising…

Yemen security chief tells Iran to stop backing rebels
Daily Star 9 Dec 2012 Yemen’s security chief has told Iran to stop training and funding Shi’ite Muslim rebels who, along with al Qaeda-backed Islamists and southern separatists.

YNet News

US serviceman killed in hostage rescue in Afghanistan
YNet News, 9 Dec 2012 – ….

Ghana’s Mahama wins re-election
YNet News, 9 Dec 2012 – ….

Nigerian finance minister’s mother kidnapped
YNet News, 9 Dec 2012 – ….

Romanian exit polls: center-left gov’t wins vote
YNet News, 9 Dec 2012 – ….

Palestinian protest in J’lem dispersed; 2 arrested
YNet News, 9 Dec 2012 – ….

Peace moving further away
YNet News, 9 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Mashaal’s anti-Israel speech in Gaza was predictable, but it does not leave much room for optimism ….

Hunting season
YNet News, 9 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: PA closely following Israel’s response to European condemnations over settlement building ….

Palestinian Information Center

12 Palestinian prisoners with cancer still held in Israeli jails
PIC – The Palestinian Prisoners Studies Center (PPSC) confirmed that the occupation is still detaining in its jails 12 prisoners suffering from cancer, with its different forms.

Palestinian MPs receive Mauritanian delegation in Gaza
PIC – The Palestinian MPs, headed by Dr. Ahmed Bahar met today at the PLC’s headquarters in Gaza City the Mauritanian delegation on a solidarity visit to Gaza after the recent aggression.

Mishaal: exchange deals is the way to liberate the prisoners
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, pledged to release the Palestinian prisoners from Israeli occupation jails through capturing Israeli soldiers and implementing prisoners’ exchange deals.

The occupation arrests 3 Jerusalemites including a child
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces arrested on Saturday evening three Jerusalemites, including a boy following a march in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation jails.

Daraghmeh: the Intifada will consult no one to break out
PIC – The Palestinian MP for Hamas movement, Ayman Daraghmeh, considered that the current objective circumstances suggest that the atmosphere is similar to the one which preceded the first two intifadas.

Injured Gazan succumbs to wounds suffered during Israeli aggression
PIC – A Palestinian man was proclaimed dead in one of the Egyptian hospitals on Sunday evening after suffering serious injuries during the eight-day Israeli war on Gaza.

Teacher on protest hunger strike rushed to hospital
PIC – A dismissed teacher in Ramallah was carried to hospital on Sunday after his health condition worsened due to six days of hunger strike.

MP Attoun calls on PA to prosecute the occupation internationally
PIC – The Jerusalemite MP Ahmed Attoun, deported to Ramallah, described the days he spent away from the city of Jerusalem as the most difficult and hardest moments he has witnessed in his life.

18 prisoners in Israeli jails in critical condition due to medical negligence
PIC – Tadamun Foundation for Human Rights stated that the sick prisoners in Ramle prison hospital suffer from very difficult health condition due to the Israeli deliberate medical negligence.

Mashaal: The Palestinian unity must be based on the resistence
PIC – Khaled Mashaal said on Sunday that the Palestinian unity must be based on the resistance in all its forms, the armed and the popular, stressing that all the Palestinian factions are partners.

Misc

Egypt’s Morsi reverses most of decree that expanded his powers
LA Times 8 Dec 2012 – President Mohamed Morsi relents to popular pressure to nullify his decree that put his office beyond judicial oversight. But he refuses to cancel a referendum on a draft constitution. CAIRO — In a political reversal to calm weeks of unrest, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi early…

Genetic testing breathes new life into Israel’s Samaritans
LA Times 8 Dec 2012 – After facing near-extinction and a high rate of birth defects because of inbreeding, the community is using modern science to preserve its traditional way of life. MT. GERIZIM, West Bank — When Ben Yehuda Altif got engaged to his first cousin Mazal, there was no…

Growing number in Gaza Strip are in no mood to celebrate
LA Times 8 Dec 2012 – Several farmers and others in Gaza say their excitement over the cease-fire deal with Israel has faded as they’ve realized little has changed. JABALIYA, Gaza Strip — As tens of thousands of Gazans celebrated Hamas‘ 25th anniversary Saturday, Mohamed Mustafa Abdallah huddled by a small…

Iran Has Rosy View of Unrest in Syria
New York Times 9 Dec 2012 – Iran’s leaders insist that the conflict in Syria, their main ally in the Arabic world, is manageable and ultimately will be resolved to their advantage. 

Damascus Is Tested as Clashes Draw Near
New York Times 9 Dec 2012 – Through decades of repression, Syria’s capital held on to an atmosphere of tranquility, but the proximity of recent clashes has left residents afraid to leave their neighborhoods. 

Saudi Aramco Says Hackers Took Aim at Its Production
New York Times 9 Dec 2012 – Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, says a hacker attack last August was limited to office computers and did not hit systems that could affect operations. 

Morsi’s Concessions Fail to Quiet Egyptian Opponents
New York Times 9 Dec 2012 – President Mohamed Morsi reportedly issued an order placing the security of government institutions in the hands of the military until after a constitutional referendum on Saturday. 

Morsi Extends Compromise to Egyptian Opposition
New York Times 9 Dec 2012 – President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt rescinded most of a temporary order elevating his authority but did not postpone a referendum on a draft constitution, a critical opposition demand. 

Shimon Peres: With due respect to gas, Israel lives on high-tech
Globes Main News – President Peres and Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai spoke at the first plenary session of the Israel Business Conference. Huldai spoke of a battle of values in Israel.

Pressure pays: Israel Corp. chairman foregoes options
Globes Main News – Following fierce public criticism about the salary grab by Israel Corp. executives, chairman Amir Elstein is foregoing the changes in his employment terms.

What will Teva hold, what will it let go?
Globes Main News – Teva CEO Jeremy Levin’s strategic plan for Teva will be fateful for a string of Israeli biomed development companies.

Sun: Teva pulls TASE up
Globes Main News – Teva rose strongly on the day’s biggest turnover, and Mellanox gained ground.

Patrick Drahi’s Altice raises $1.1b debt in London
Globes Main News – Half the amount raised will be used to replace Hot’s bank debt.

China’s Ambassador: Israeli-Chinese relations will only grow stronger 
Globes Macro Economics – Gao Yanping: During the last crisis, Israeli trade with the US and Europe weakened, and China should now become your main export destination.

Olmert: Calls for taxing wealthy populist and damaging 
Globes Macro Economics – Former prime mnister Ehud Olmert attacked all sides in the current election campaign.

Israel Business Conference hosts top int’l economists
Globes Macro Economics – The festive opening of the conference, on the first night of Hanukah, included dinner for an array of prominent overseas guests.

UN passes Israeli resolution on entrepreneurship for development 
Globes Macro Economics – Despite strong Arab pressure, the General Assembly passed the Israeli-sponsored resolution by a large majority.

Israel’s Fourth President, Ephraim Katzir, Founded IDF Biological Weapons Program
Tikun Olam – I recently wrote a post which recounted two episodes in Israeli history in which the IDF resorted to biological warfare against its Arab enemies.  In one case, Moshe Dayan brought home tubes containing typhus to be used in poisoning the water supply of the Jordanian Legion (…

Bar Refaeli Ripped for Donning Santa Suit 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Dec 2012 – Bar Refaeli is getting heat again – this time for a picture showing the Israeli model in a Santa suit. Click here for the rest of the article…

Arabs Offer Palestinians $100M a Month as Financial Safety Net 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Dec 2012Arab states agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a $100 million monthly “financial safety net” to help President Mahmoud Abbas’s government cope with an economic crisis after the United Nations granted de facto statehood to Palestine. Click here for the rest of the article…

Even Without Stevie Wonder, Fundraiser Brings in $14M 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Dec 2012 – The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces fundraiser that singer Stevie Wonder pulled out of raised more than $14 million. Click here for the rest of the article…

Divided Over Israel, Palestinian Groups Call for Unity 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Dec 2012 – Leaders of the feuding Palestinian factions, the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza and the secular Fatah government in the West Bank, urged reconciliation between the two former foes on Sunday despite diverging policies on Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Least Known Holocaust Restitution Project 
The Forward New 9 Dec 2012 – Israel is not the first place that comes to mind when discussing Holocaust-era restitution. But $300 million in assets is still waiting to be claimed in the Holy Land. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt opposition shuns Morsi move 
BBC 9 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s opposition reject Islamist President Morsi’s attempted compromise to a long-running dispute, and both sides call for mass protests on Tuesday.

Uri Avnery: Israel’s Cold Revenge 
Sabbah report 9 Dec 2012 – Israel: It may well turn out that the victor of the elections, six weeks from now, will be Avigdor Lieberman, the man of the cold revenge. And that will be the beginning of a new chapter altogether. Uri Avnery: Israel’s Cold Revenge was published by Sabbah…

James M. Wall: Israel Plans a “Doomsday Settlement” for E1 
Sabbah report 9 Dec 2012 – Israel’s “Doomsday Settlement” on E1 “will render any prospective Palestinian contiguous state territorially impossible”. The tail of the snake coils around the northern part of Jerusalem, eating up rich Palestinian farm land, concluding west of Jerusalem. James M. Wall: Israel Plans a “Doomsday Settlement” for E1…

Richard Falk Visit to Gaza: UN Press Release 
Sabbah report 9 Dec 2012 – Richard Falk, arose an urgent need to investigate Israel’s seemingly deliberate attacks against seemingly civilian targets during recent hostilities. It is clear that some attacks killed and harmed civilians in a grossly disproportionate manner and thus clearly appear to violate international law. Richard Falk Visit to…

BDS success? Reports that Stevie Wonder to cancel performance at ‘Friends of IDF’ event 
AIC: Economy of the Occupoation 9 Dec 2012 – Stevie Wonder is about to pull out of a performance at a fundraiser for the Israeli army, a source told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a leading newspaper for the American Jewish community. This is potentially a major success of the international solidarity and BDS movement, which…

The Tehran-Hamas Arms Highway 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Dec 2012Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (in front) prays with senior leaders of Hamas and Fatah in Gaza City on 9 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Ahmed Jadallah) Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (in front) prays with senior leaders of Hamas and Fatah in Gaza City on 9 December…

European Footballers for Palestine 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Dec 2012 – SS Lazio’s fans display a banner that reads, “Free Palestine” during the Europa League soccer match against Tottenham at the Olympic stadium in Rome 22 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Tony Gentile) SS Lazio’s fans display a banner that reads, “Free Palestine” during the Europa League…

Sudan police attack student protest 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Dec 2012 – Sudanese police used tear gas and batons on Sunday against protesters marching in support of four dead students originally from the conflict-plagued Darfur region, witnesses said. “Killing students is the killing of the nation!” about 100 young people shouted in the center of the capital after…

Fighting continues in Tripoli, 19 killed since Tuesday 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Dec 2012 – Lebanese mourners carry the coffin of Khodr Mustafa Alameddine, who was among a group of Sunni Muslims reportedly killed by the Syrian army after they crossed into Syria to fight alongside rebels, during his funeral in Minieh in northern Lebanon on 9 December 9 2012. Lebanese…

Protests continue as Mursi rescinds decree 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Dec 2012 – Egyptian army engineers and soldiers build a third line of concrete blocks outside of the Egyptian presidential palace on 9 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) A sit-in by opposition activists outside Egypt’s presidential palace continued Sunday despite an announcement one day earlier that President…

If You Want to Know the Truth about the Recordings… 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Dec 2012 – There is no doubt that the recording which Sakr said he filed in court is a copy. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) There is no doubt that the recording which Sakr said he filed in court is a copy. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Lebanese Future Movement MP Okab Sakr…

Sakr’s Flimsy, ‘Not-So-Smart’ Fabrications 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Dec 2012 – His press conference lexicon was rich in expletives and insults, but all this impudence served only as a smokescreen to mask his lies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) His press conference lexicon was rich in expletives and insults, but all this impudence served only as a smokescreen to…

Egypt opposition shuns Morsi move 
BBC 9 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s opposition reject Islamist President Morsi’s attempted compromise to a long-running dispute, and both sides call for mass protests on Tuesday.

Egypt profile 
BBC 8 Dec 2012 – Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.

VIDEO: Could shale oil reserves help Jordan? 
BBC 9 Dec 2012 – Jordan imports 96% of its energy and with rising oil prices, it has been a big squeeze on the cash-strapped government.

Articles


Netanyahu reveals the true face of Israel 
Rashid Shahin, Ma’an News Agency 12/9/2012
      Less than 24 hours after the world community decided to vote for Palestine and give it non member observer status, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightist government smacked the supporters of Israel, especially the leaders of the USA, the UK, Germany, and Canada, in the face.
     Netanyahu reacted with scorn and contempt to the UN resolution, which was adopted by the world community, when he announced Israel’s plans for building 3,000 new settlement units.
     For Palestinians who have experienced Israeli policies and measures against them since before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, the Israeli step was not surprising or shocking.
     Palestinians believed, and still do, that those immigrants, who came from overseas to settle in Palestine, were coming under the slogan “a land without a people for a people without a land” and that these immigrants will never admit the fact that there is a Palestinian people.
     Zionists, who uprooted Palestinians from their lands, believe that those who were living on this land were no more than a few scattered Bedouins and backward tribes, who would flee and never think of returning or demanding their rights to this land.
     This thinking can be heard when listening to Israeli politicians say that there was no place called Palestine until 1967, ignoring the fact that Palestine was mentioned in the Old Testament and in correspondence before and during the First World War which mentions Palestine. more.. e-mail

In search of the political Palestinian narrative 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 12/4/2012
      JERUSALEM- Despite the vote at the United Nations in support of Palestinian statehood, this non-violent effort by the Palestinian leadership is facing an uphill battle. Another narrative is competing for the hearts and minds of Palestinians. Prime minister Salam Fayyad spoke of this narrative in simple terms. Referring to the perceived success of Hamas, especially after Gaza, Mr. Fayyad admitted: “Hamas has delivered, we have not.
     The Hamas narrative follows the same one tried by the founders of the Palestine Liberation Organization: the military/resistance one. The Palestinian guerrilla factions, starting with Fatah in 1965, argued that the only way to liberate Palestine was through armed struggle. Fatah began before the 1967 Israeli occupation with an armed operation from southern Lebanon and, after occupation, used Jordan to initiate attacks. In March, 1968, when a joint Palestinian-Jordanian force repulsed an Israel incursion in the Jordanian town of Karameh (the word means dignity), the PLO was able to get volunteers and support throughout the Arab world.
     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, 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 non-violent Palestinian intifada that began in 1987 encouraged the PLO to put aside its guns and attempt the political track. In 1993, Yasser Arafat set down his gun, raised the olive branch and shook hands with the Palestinians’ archenemy, Yitzhak Rabin. The Oslo peace process brought hope, which was partially dashed by Mr. Rabin’s assassination by a radical Jewish settler and the election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. more.. e-mail

Eyeless in Gaza 
Jayantha Dhanapala, Asia Times 12/6/2012
      UNITED NATIONS – Mahatma Gandhi said it with remarkable moral clarity – “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” That is indeed what happened in Gaza over eight days in November, with an estimated 160 Palestinians and six Israelis dead in the latest exchange of rockets and drones brought to an uneasy end by an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
     The recently re-elected US President Barack Obama’s support for Israel was assured for the cynical exercise engineered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to ensure his victory at the elections in January next year.
     It is widely speculated that this was Obama’s quid pro quo for Netanyahu pulling back from his reckless intervention in the US presidential campaign on the side of Republican challenger Mitt Romney. For good measure, Obama has unilaterally announced that the Helsinki Conference scheduled for December this year to discuss the proposed Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (MEWMDFZ) will not take place.
     This in spite of the fact that the responsibility of convening the conference was entrusted by the parties to the Treaty for the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to the US, UK, Russia and the UN secretary-general in pursuance of which the facilitator from Finland had worked tirelessly.
     In 1936, Aldous Huxley published a novel, Eyeless in Gaza, with the title drawn from the Biblical story of Samson blinded by the Philistines and put to work in Gaza, and relating the story of a man whose passage in life leads to pacifism.
     A peaceful settlement of the blockade of Gaza by Israel and an end to the scandalous conditions of its 1.7 million citizens is still very far away…. more.. e-mail

Has the EU begun to speak its mind about Israel’s occupation? 
Dr. Phyllis Starkey, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/1/2012
      On the question of the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel’s settlement project, the stated policy of the European Union, and its member states including the UK, is clear: the settlements are “illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible”. This rhetorical position has been restated endlessly, to no very obvious effect, in repeated statements condemning the Israeli government’s continued settlement expansion. At the same time the EU has tried to mitigate the effects of the occupation on the Palestinian population through generous funding (€525m in 2011) for the Palestinian Authority and for a range of development projects across the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).
     This year, there have been signs that the EU may at last be converting that rhetoric into action. Every year EU diplomats based in the OPT have compiled reports detailing Israel’s creeping annexation of Palestinian territory; they include details of settlement expansion and the accompanying expropriation of Palestinian land, house demolitions, settler violence and forced transfer. Every year, EU Foreign Ministers receive the reports, express concerns that the two-state solution is being foreclosed, call on Israel to change its policy, and then move on.
     However, in May 2012 something changed; perhaps the urgency of the reports finally got through; certainly the total intransigence of the Israeli government and its blurring of the 1967 borders helped; and perhaps the sustained pressure from NGOs and activists across Europe also contributed. The EU Foreign Ministers agreed unanimously to consider action to back up its rhetoric in two areas; settlement trade and challenging Israeli controls on development in the OPT, which have resulted in the demolition of 62 EU-funded projects in the first half of 2012 alone. more.. e-mail

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Posted 10th December 2012 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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