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International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Kidnap Four Youths In Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday evening, the southern West Bank city of Hebron, broke into and searched dozens of homes and kidnapped four youths before taking them to an unknown destination. … 

Injuries Reported In Ongoing Clashes In Aida Refugee Camp
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, Sunday, that clashes continued, for the second day, between local youths in the camp and Israeli soldiers who fired dozens of gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets leading to dozens of injuries. …

Palestinian teachers prepare to strike after PA fails to pay salaries
IMEMC – The Palestinian Authority has failed to pay the salaries of teachers and other civil servants in the West Bank for months, largely due to the withholding of most of its funds by Israeli and U.S. Authorities. As a result, teachers announced Saturday that they will take strike action this week. …

Ma’an News

Witnesses: Palestinian shot by forces near Gaza border
12/16/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot in the chest by Israeli forces near the Gaza border on Sunday, witnesses said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was not aware of the incident, which took place near al-Qarara town in south Gaza. Locals told Ma’an a man in his 20s….

Fayyad calls for economic boycott of Israel
12/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad on Sunday called for Palestinians to launch an economic boycott of Israel, Ma’an’s correspondent said. Speaking with journalists in Ramallah, the PA premier said Palestinians should boycott Israeli products in response to Israel withholding the PA‘s tax revenues. Ex-Israeli….

Refugee official challenges UNRWA over layoffs
12/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — After protests at the offices of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank this week, the refugee camps’ spokesman disputed UNRWA’s insistence that it would not cut core services. The demonstrations were sparked by the dismissal of dozens of UNRWA employees, with refugee representatives warning….

UN vote on Palestine presents legal, political opportunity
12/16/2012 – By Issam Younis - The United Nations’ vote to grant Palestine the status of a non-member observer state has much political and legal symbolic significance. While it deserves to be considered important and positive, it seems to suffer a number of legal and political problematic aspects. Neither exaggerating nor undervaluing its value is useful if….

Sources: Emir of Qatar to visit West Bank this week
12/16/2012BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Emir of Qatar will visit the West Bank city of Ramallah for the first time this Friday, informed Palestinian sources told Ma’an. They said Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will be transported by Jordanian military helicopter via Amman. The emir will first be welcomed in Jordan by….

West Bank crossing to Jordan to close Tuesday evening
12/16/2012 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — The crossing between the West Bank and Jordan will be closed on Tuesday evening, Palestinian officials said Sunday. The civil affairs ministry said Israel informed them the Allenby bridge terminal will be shut in both directions between 7 p. m. and 12 midnight Tuesday. [END]

PA condemns Syrian regime after Yarmouk attack
12/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — The Palestinian Authority leadership condemned the Syrian regime on Sunday after Bashar Assad’s forces attacked a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, killing at least 25 people.” We hold Bashar Assad and his regime responsible for this crime in Yarmouk camp, which clearly reveals that this regime knows no limits in its…. Related:Activists: Syrian fighter jets bomb Palestinian camp in Damascus

Hamas official: We are waiting on Egypt, Abbas
12/16/2012BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Senior Hamas official Ahmad Yousef said Sunday that his party was waiting for Egypt and Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas to move reconciliation with Abbas’ Fatah faction forward. The first obstacle to national reconciliation is the instability in Egypt surrounding their constitutional referendum, which began on Saturday, he said….

Jenin teachers hold sit-in, resign from union
12/16/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Amid planned strike action by teachers in the West Bank this week, Jenin’s teachers union was in chaos on Sunday after five board members resigned claiming the body had stopped representing their demands. On Sunday morning, 700 teachers protest in front of the directorate of education in the northern….

Israel’s Lieberman says turns focus to election campaign
12/16/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Avigdor Lieberman formally tendered his resignation as Israel’s foreign minister on Sunday and said he would focus on campaigning for next month’s election on a joint ticket with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Although Netanyahu’s rightist party alliance is expected to easily win the Jan. 22 ballot, an….

Nablus govt employees to strike over unpaid wages
12/16/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority workers in the West Bank city of Nablus will launch strike action this week in protest against unpaid salaries, the government employees union said Sunday. PA employees will suspend work after midday on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the union said in a statement.” During this difficult situation for the….

Christmas tree lit in Bethlehem
12/16/2012BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A giant Christmas tree was lit on Saturday evening in Bethlehem’s Manger Square marking the beginning of Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city. Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad attended the ceremony, along with the mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun, the governor Abdul-Fattah Hamayil, the minister of tourism….

Jerusalem Patriarch welcomes Christmas in Gaza mass
12/16/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem marked the beginning of Christmas celebrations in a church service in the Gaza Strip on Sunday.” Jesus knows the meaning of homelessness, murder and injustice, but the Christmas holiday is about peace, tolerance and justice,” Fuad Twal told the congregation of a Roman Catholic church….

Police stop 22-seater minibus carrying 31 children
12/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian police on Sunday impounded a 22-seater minibus found carrying 31 schoolchildren in Ramallah. The police seized the license of the driver until the end of the legal procedures. [END]

Activists: Syrian fighter jets bomb Palestinian camp in Damascus
12/16/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian fighter jets rocketed the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 25 people sheltering in a mosque in an area where Syrian rebels have been trying to advance on the capital, opposition activists said. They said the deaths resulted from a rocket hitting a mosque in the camp, to…. Related: PA condemns Syrian regime after Yarmouk attack

Egyptians narrowly back constitution, say rival camps
12/16/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptians voted narrowly in favor of a constitution shaped by Islamists and which opponents said was a recipe for deepening divisions in the nation, officials in rival camps said on Sunday after the first round of a two-stage referendum. The result based on unofficial tallies, if confirmed for this round and repeated in…. Related: Mursi’s slim vote win to embolden Egypt’s opposition

Child deaths and bitter cold in Syrian refugee camps
12/16/2012 – ZAATARI, Jordan (Reuters) — One-year-old Ali Ghazawi, born with a heart defect, faced a battle for survival even before his family fled Syria’s civil war. It was a struggle he lost two weeks ago in the bitter winter cold of a tented refugee camp in north Jordan. Ali died two days after undergoing a….

Hezbollah says rebels will not win in Syria
12/16/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, said on Sunday the rebels in Syria could not emerge victorious from the 21-month-long uprising against President Bashar Assad. Nasrallah, a staunch ally of Assad, said: “The situation in Syria is getting more complicated (but) anyone who thinks the armed opposition can settle….

Syrian warplanes bomb town next to Turkish border
12/16/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Syrian warplanes bombed the town of Azaz close to the Turkish border on Sunday, destroying at least five homes, causing hundreds of people to flee and stirring panic at a Syrian refugee camp just inside Turkey, Turkish officials said. Most of the bombs hit the center of Azaz, around three kilometers from the….

Shelling of Syrian town kills 25, activists say
12/16/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — At least 25 people were killed on Sunday when Syrian government forces attacked the town of Helfaya in Hama province with warplanes and artillery for the first time since February, opposition activists said. A Youtube video showed at least three bodies lying in a street and several more inside cars, some disfigured beyond….

France says ‘end is near’ for Assad
12/16/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) — French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday he believed Syrian President Bashar Assad would fall soon and that the new opposition coalition had to be supported to prevent extremists taking control.” I think that the end is nearing for Bashar Assad. . . even the Russians are considering it,” Fabius told RFI radio. France….

Mursi’s slim vote win to embolden Egypt’s opposition
12/16/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — President Muhammed Mursi now seems assured of pushing through Egypt’s new, distinctly Islamist constitution – but by a margin slim enough to embolden his opponents in next year’s parliamentary election. That could be good news for Egypt’s nascent democracy and its battered economy if it encourages political rivals…. Related: Egyptians narrowly back constitution, say rival camps

Syria VP says neither side can win war
12/16/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria’s Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa told a Lebanese newspaper that neither the forces of President Bashar Assad nor opposition fighters were able to win the war in Syria. Sharaa said the situation in the country was heading from bad to worse and that a “historic settlement”, involving the formation of a….

Aljazeera

Syria planes strike Damascus refugee district
AlJazeera 16 Dec 2012 – Activists report government air attacks on area in capital inhabited by Palestinian refugees and displaced Syrians.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR participated in the International Conference for Solidarity with Palestinian and Arab Prisoners in Israeli Occupati…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Alternative Information Center

PHOTOS: Tel Aviv march demands human rights for all
Alternative Information Center – Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler Celebrating the anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the annual human rights march in Tel Aviv brought together a cross-section of Israeli activism on Friday, December 7,…

The National

US school shooting victims mourned
The National 16 Dec 2012 – After the gunfire ended at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the trail of loss was more than many could bear: 20 children and six adults at the school, the gunman’s mother at home, and the gunman himself.

US gun debate drags on as resignation sets in
The National 16 Dec 2012 – Despite the rising number of shooting sprees, there is an air of resignation among the public.

UAE recruiters warned to pay minimum wage for Filipino domestic workers
The National 16 Dec 2012 – The Philippines will strictly enforce a labour agreement signed last month, and will blacklist recruiters who fail to pay the minimum wage of US$400.

Syrian rocket attack on mosque in Palestinian refugee camp kills 25
The National 16 Dec 2012 – Deaths come as vice president admits that neither side is capable of winning civil war.

Royal hoax nurse’s body reaches India
The National 16 Dec 2012 – The body of an Indian-born nurse who hanged herself after taking a hoax call to the hospital treating Prince William’s wife has arrived in Mangalore following a memorial mass in London.

Emirates Post a relative newcomer in the world of delivering mail
The National 16 Dec 2012 – Despite the boom in email, Twitter and other social messaging, the post is still a vital service. Now with the My Home, My Building, My Zone scheme, letters and packets can be received at home, as Alice Haine reports

How to access the new Emirates Post service
The National 16 Dec 2012 – To receive a personal box, customers can apply either online at www.emiratespost.ae or at their nearest post office.

Egypt’s Islamists claim win in referendum
The National 16 Dec 2012 – Muslim Brotherhood says ‘yes’ vote wins 56 per cent but opponents say poll was tainted by widespread irregularities, and women and Christians were prevented from participating.

Ha’aretz

Israel Museum hires celebrity tour guides for the evening
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

Likud campaigners mulling whether to keep Lieberman in public eye
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

New Zealand gov’t fund divests from Israeli firms over settlement construction
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

New Zealand government fund divests from Israeli firms over settlement construction
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

Palestinian premier calls for boycott of all Israeli goods
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

Outgoing FM Lieberman apologizes after insulting Israel’s top three female politicians
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

NYT retracts claims that E-1 construction plans would divide West Bank
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

U.S. drafts compromise for Lebanon-Israel dispute over natural gas resources
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

Synagogue attendance linked to better health, study shows
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

Israel’s Labor Party candidates allegedly exploited teens as campaign helpers
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

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Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

Lieberman resigns as foreign minister
Ha’aretz – 16 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

Weinstein approves Eizenkot as IDF’s No. 2
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – In reversal, Attorney-General approves appointment of Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot to the position of deputy chief of staff of the IDF. 

IBA: Media department heads can’t host shows
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Israel Broadcast Authority ethics committee decides that heads of media departments cannot host regular programs on TV, radio. 

‘Egypt’s opposition calls to repeat referendum’
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – AFP reports National Salvation Front is calling to redo the first round of constitutional referendum vote after reports of violations. 

Is Israeli diplomacy an election propaganda tool?
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Think About It: I have no doubt that if Hans Morgenthau were still alive today, Israel’s “diplomacy” would have flabbergasted him. Being inflexible and boorish simultaneously can be lethal. 

012’s lessons for Israel on US campuses
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – We must learn the lessons of 2012 and retain what works. With the stakes as high as they are likely to be in 2013, we cannot afford to forget again. 

Syrian VP admits neither Assad nor rebels can win the war
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara tells Lebanese newspaper the conflict is in need of an “historic settlement” through formation of national unity government; comments mark Shara’s first public remarks since last July. 

‘Sending warships to Sudan shows our int’l power’
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Despite remarks from former adviser to Iran’s defense minister, Khartoum denies deal in place to create Iranian naval base. 

Analysis: Referendum to leave Egyptians divided
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Given that the vote is so close, it’s likely to increase the state of polarization in the country. 

The Region: Is Iron Dome anti-peace?
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Following the logic of the ‘Washington Post’ we should hope lots of Israelis are killed by terrorists as a way to pressure those obdurate Israelis to make peace. 

Netanyahu: Western Wall ‘will be ours forever’
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – At weekly Cabinet meeting, PM says “we have been here in Jerusalem for 3,000 years, the wall has been ours for 3,000 years.” 

Hadassah researchers tackle ‘The Curse’
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – First four children treated with experimental drug saved from paralysis, and some have already been able to stand and walk. 

World ORT introduces robotics in kindergartens
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – “Their way of thinking changes; it is much more science-oriented,” says head of Israeli branch. 

Two Herzogs’ views differ on relevance of Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Not every threat to Israel is comparable to the Holocaust, and not every enemy of the Jews is a Hitler. But to suggest that there is no link between the Jewish past and the Israeli present is to ignore the powerful lessons to which Chaim Herzog alluded. 

Israeli students’ high scores on tests questioned
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Following reveal of scores on int’l standardized tests, reassessment of data puts question mark on credibility of results. 

Enlisting haredim divides the nation
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – We are obliged to start this process today, but must also have the patience to see it through. We have all played a part in creating this mess – we all need to part of the solution. 

Horror in Newtown
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Whether such murderous acts are carried out in the name of some warped ideology – as they often are in Israel – or simply the action of a very disturbed young man, as the Newtown massacre appears to be, the grief is the same for the victims’ families and for the rest of the civilized world. 

Yacimovich: Liberman intervened during probe
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Labor leader says Liberman intervened in police, courts during investigation; presents plan to stop corruption at conference. 

PLO denounces Assad for Palestinian ‘massacre’
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012PA responds to Syrian fighter jet attack on Yarmouk camp, killing 25, to urge int’l community to protect Palestinians living in Syria. 

Fayyad calls for economic boycott of Israeli goods
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012PA prime minister calls on Palestinians to “resist occupation” in response to Israel’s decision to withhold tax revenues. 

Court sentences abetter in Fogel family murder
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Yazis Hassan Muhammad Awad sentenced for involvement in the March 2011 murder of 5 members of the Fogel family in Itamar. 

PM calls Knesset meeting to save Channel 10
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Channel 10 petitions High Court to save it from closure; Center-Left parties blame PM, say shutting down channel is bad for democracy. 

‘Ahmadinejad nixes Ankara trip over Patriots slight’
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Iranian president cancels visit in wake of army chief warning to NATO not to deploy missile system in Turkey, ‘Hurriyet’ reports. 

Court: Indictment set for suspect in TA bus bombing
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Sources say indictment to be presented against man believed to have planted bomb in November attack that wounded 28 Israelis. 

Nasrallah: No chance rebels can defeat Assad
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Hezbollah leader says those who think Syria’s armed opposition can win are “very very very mistaken.” 

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Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Annual ACRI report in Israel finds racist attitudes, gov’t policy leads to friction between migrants, veteran residents in neighborhoods. 

State medal recognizes Iron Dome
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Coin depicts three Iron Dome interceptors above a city skyline, along with verse “I will shield this city…” 

‘Syrian jets bomb Palestinian camp, killing 25′
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Activists say fighter jets hit Palestinian refugee camp, mosque, killing 25 people; Palestinian Authority condemns attack. 

Ch. 10 appeals to High Court over pending closure
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Station demands Netanyahu explain why he is hampering deal that would save it from closure; Center, Left slam PM over issue. 

This Week In History: Bethlehem changes hands
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – In 1995, Bethlehem became the 6th W. Bank city to come under Palestinian rule in accordance with the Oslo Accords. 

‘Yes, your honor’: Saudis let women argue in court
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2012 – Saudi government passes laws allowing women to work in legal profession on the same footing as men. 

The Guardian

Syrian jet fires rocket at Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus
The Guardian 16 Dec 2012 – Thousands flee and dozens feared dead after attack on Yarmouk camp as Palestinians in Syria are caught up in civil war A bomb dropped by a Syrian air force jet killed and wounded scores of Palestinians…

Uruknet

Morsi’s Sins beyond the Constitution
Uruknet

Iraq: Protect Palestinians in Iraqi Prisons Baghdad Prisoners’ Rights Conference Ignores Abuses at Home
Uruknet

Guantánamo Bay Briton to sue UK government
Uruknet

Khaled El Masri – detained, tortured and yet innocent
Uruknet

Media’s Inconsiderable Coverage of Bradley Manning’s Hearing on Confinement at Quantico
Uruknet

Gitmo Detainee’s Body Returned to Yemen, New Details on His Death Revealed
Uruknet

Group of Christian women banned from voting in Egypt’s referendum
Uruknet

Taliban statement The contracts of the stooge government with America have no legal status.
Uruknet

Gaza, the stories that come after
Uruknet

Qatar’s Hypocrisy on Freedom
Uruknet

Daily Star

Obama arrives in town hit by school shooting
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 US President Barack Obama arrived Sunday in Newtown, the Connecticut town mourning 20 young children and seven adults killed in America’s latest mass shooting tragedy.

Syria rebels start operation to seize Hama -senior commander
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 Syrian rebels have launched an operation to take control of the central province of Hama to try to link the northern part of the country under their control to the centre, a senior commander said on…

Fresh protests called after Egypt Islamists clinch narrow win
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 Islamists backing a new constitution for Egypt claimed a narrow victory Sunday in the first leg of a referendum, but the opposition alleged polling violations and called for nationwide protests Tuesday ahead of next weekend’s second…

Islamists claim first-leg lead in Egypt referendum
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 Islamists backing a new constitution for Egypt claimed victory Sunday in the first leg of a referendum, but the opposition alleged polling violations and called for nationwide protests ahead of next weekend’s second leg.

US senator launches bid to ban assault weapons
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 A leading Democratic senator launched a bid Sunday to ban assault weapons in the wake of a deadly US school shooting, announcing that she will put a bill before Congress on January 3.

Libya Congress declares south closed military zone
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 Four policemen were shot dead in Libya’s troubled eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday when gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades on a security compound there, according to the Interior Ministry.

Obama congratulates Japan’s Abe on election win
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 President Barack Obama applauded former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on his conservative opposition’s electoral win Sunday, saying he looked forward to working with the next government.

Syrian Islamist rebels take Aleppo infantry base
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 An Islamist faction of Syrian rebels captured an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo, its fighters said Sunday, as forces fighting to topple President Bashar Assad advanced on the country’s largest city.

Iran urges election as step to halt Syria conflict
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 Iran is backing presidential elections in Syria as part of a six-point plan outlined Sunday to halt the 21-month civil war in Tehran’s main Middle East ally.

Palestinian premier: Boycott Israeli goods
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 The Palestinian premier called on his people Sunday to boycott Israeli products, the latest step in an economic battle between Palestinians and Israelis spurred by the Palestinians’ status upgrade last month at the United Nations.

On foreign policy, Kerry is Obama’s good soldier
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 Democratic Sen. John Kerry stands tall as President Barack Obama‘s good soldier.

Egypt evacuates 4,000 people from Syria
Daily Star 16 Dec 2012 Egypt’s Foreign Ministry says that Cairo has evacuated more than 4,000 of its nationals and their family members from Syria over the past several months.

YNet News

Attack on Ivory Coast army checkpoint kills 2
YNet News, 16 Dec 2012 – ….

President Obama arrives at Newtown
YNet News, 16 Dec 2012 – ….

Syria rebels start operation to seize Hama
YNet News, 16 Dec 2012 – ….

Iran chides EU for handing Sakharov Prize to dissidents 
YNet News, 16 Dec 2012 – ….

Large Paris march to support gay marriage plan 
YNet News, 16 Dec 2012 – ….

Until the next tragedy 
YNet News, 16 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Americans not willing to tackle real problems behind tragedies such as Newtown massacre ….

Kippahs by coercion
YNet News, 16 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: University’s decision to back lecturer who kicked student out of class a sign of the times ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas condemns Syrian aerial bombing of Yarmouk refugee camp
PIC – Hamas movement strongly condemned the continuing attacks on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria using artillery and warplanes.

Palestinian farmer injured in IOF shooting
PIC – A Palestinian farmer was seriously injured after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened fire at him while working near Qarara town to the east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Sunday.

Woman injured in settlers’ violent attack on Einabus village
PIC – A gang of fanatic Jewish settlers from Yitzhar settlement escorted by Israeli troops savagely attacked Palestinian civilians in Einabus village, south of Nablus.

Family of prisoner appeals for providing its son with medical treatment
PIC – The family of young prisoner Hudaifa Salama, 18, appealed to human rights groups to necessarily intervene to pressure the Israeli prison authority to provide its son with proper medical treatment. 

Rizqa rejects Ashton’s suggestion regarding the Rafah crossing
PIC – Dr. Youssef Rizqa, the political advisor to the Gaza Prime Minister, confirmed that the Palestinian people had expected Europe to lift the siege imposed on Gaza and not to re-occupy it.

Gaza: transportation losses during the recent aggression hit $3 million
PIC – The damage control committee at the Ministry of Transport and Communications confirmed that the losses of the transportation sector in the Gaza Strip hit $3 million.

Arrests against Hamas supporters continue in the West Bank
PIC – The PA security services arrested a liberated captive and summoned 3 Hamas supporters, while the occupation arrested a former political prisoner.

Haniya emphasizes on the government support for farmers and fishermen
PIC – Prime Minister Ismail Haniya asserted that his government will help and support the farmers in the liberated border area.

WAFA

Teachers On Strike in Jericho over Salary Delay
WAFA – 16 Dec 2012

Mass Teachers’ Strike across West Bank over Salary Delay
WAFA – 16 Dec 2012

New Yorkers Protest at Israeli Settlement Developer Store
WAFA – 16 Dec 2012

Weather Forecast: Cold, Partially Cloudy Weather
WAFA – 16 Dec 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 13 Dec 2012

Misc

Egypt votes in divisive referendum on constitution
LA Times 15 Dec 2012 – Many say they think Egypt’s polarization will only deepen after the votes on the constitution, drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly, are tallied. CAIRO — Egyptians began voting Saturday on a constitution that sharpens divisions between Islamists and secularists and intensifies the dangerous struggle over the…

Syrian Airstrike Kills Palestinian Refugees
New York Times 16 Dec 2012 – Government forces killed at least eight people in the Yarmouk district of Damascus and reportedly drove dozens of formerly pro-government Palestinian fighters to defect to the rebels. 

Egypt Votes on Constitution; Muslim Brotherhood Expects Approval
New York Times 16 Dec 2012 – Preliminary tallies in Egypt showed a relatively narrow margin of victory for the charter so far, with about 33 percent turnout and orderly balloting after weeks of violence and threats of boycott. 

Treasury plans more tax hikes after elections
Globes Main News – The fiscal package passed earlier this year leaves a hole because stricter tax collection and trapped profits will not bring revenues any time soon.

Cross-browser co Crossrider sold for $37m
Globes Main News – Crossrider, which has developed a platform that works on all popular browsers, has been acquired by a foreign Internet company.

Omrix obtains FDA approval for fibrin sealant
Globes Main News – Omrix, a Johnson & Johnson unit, will produce the sealant, Evarrest, in Israel.

Sun: Teva, Mellanox drag market down
Globes Main News – Dual listed technology companies including Teva, Perrigo and Mellanox led the TASE down today but EZchip bucked the market.

Harel upbeat on Mellanox
Globes Main News – Analyst Rami Rosen says investors fears about competition from Intel are overblown.

Teva raises $2b in debt
Globes Main News – Moody’s rated the bonds A3, and both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Rating gave them an A- rating.

Israel swings to balance of payments surplus 
Globes Macro Economics – Israel swung to a $848 million balance of payments surplus in the third quarter, after a $642 million deficit in the preceding quarter.

IBI: CPI fall makes interest rate cut likely 
Globes Macro Economics – IBI chief economist Rafi Gozlan: It is more likely that the Bank of Israel will cut the interest rate for January to 1.75% than to keep it unchanged at 2%.

CPI surprises again
Globes Macro Economics – The index fell 0.5% in November – analysts had expected no change.

IAI wins $20m airborne network centric warfare contract 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The system will provide a foreign customer with cross-platform interoperability and improved C4I capabilities, as well as connectivity among multi-player task forces.

Israeli Police Arrest, Interrogate, Gag Blogger
Tikun Olam – Before beginning this post, I want to note that there is a great deal we don’t know about this case thanks to the Israeli police’s pressure on the victim to maintain silence.  But here I’ll say what I know and then speculate about what I don’t…

Exile and the Prophetic: Stuck inside of Israel with the Diaspora blues again
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Bowing to Israel lobby group, ‘NYT’ editors neuter reporters’ assertion that Israel is nixing two-state solution
Mondoweiss – I often speak of the pressure that the New York Times is under from rightwing supporters of Israel. What follows is further evidence of the editors’ responsiveness: They bend over backwards to reverse the meaning of an important article saying that Israel is destroying the two-state…

‘Telegraph”s Christmas gift list includes seltzer-maker produced in Occupied Territories
Mondoweiss – The Telegraph of London has a list of 50 top culinary Christmas gifts lists SodaStream seltzer maker, which is produced in the occupied territories. Code Pink will tell you all about SodaStream . But the Telegraph has only this to say:  When we were growing up, only…

Palestinians Push Boycott of Israeli Products 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Dec 2012 – Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad urged his compatriots in the occupied West Bank on Sunday to boycott all Israeli products, upping the ante in a standoff with the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

CIA Said Jonathan Pollard Cooperated: Report 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Dec 2012 – CIA debriefers of Jonathan Pollard said the Israeli spy cooperated “in good faith” while in custody and that his handlers’ requests were limited to intelligence on the Pakistanis, Arab states and the Soviets. Click here for the rest of the article…

Newtown Rabbi: ‘Hardest Days of Our Lives’ 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Dec 2012 – Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown, Conn., is working with other clergy to help the community heal after the rampage at Sandy Hook School. Click here for the rest of the article…

Islamists Claim Egypt Constitution Vote Win 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Dec 2012 – Egyptians voted narrowly in favour of a constitution shaped by Islamists and opposed by liberals in the first round of a two-stage vote, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s party that sought a “yes” vote said on Sunday, citing its unofficial tally. Click here for the…

Alleged Yeshiva Abuser Quits as Accusations Mount 
The Forward New 16 Dec 2012 – One of the Yeshiva High School for Boys staffers accused of abusing students has resigned his post in Israel. Five more students have come forward with abuse claims. Click here for the rest of the article…

Chomsky backs tactics opposing Israeli policies 
Global BDS 15 Dec 2012 – From: The Australian December 15, 2012 12:00AM I WAS surprised to read a letter to the editor of The Australian claiming that I regard the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement’s tactics targeting Israel as “pure anti-Semitism, aimed at the destruction of Israel” and that I said…

Italian Town Councils take a stand for Palestinian rights, oppose companies violating international law 
Global BDS 15 Dec 2012 – Province of Bologna: Sasso Marconi votes against the participation of Pizzarotti & C. Spa in the construction of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed railway that crosses the occupied Palestinian territories. Medicina commits to take measures to prevent relationships with companies that violate international law. As the Israeli…

New Zealand divests from companies of Israeli settlement-builder Lev Leviev 
Global BDS 14 Dec 2012 – Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel www.adalahny.org   New Zealand divests from companies of Israeli settlement-builder Lev Leviev New York, NY, December 13, 2012 – The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, which invests money on behalf of New Zealand’s government, announced on December…

Egypt referendum count under way 
BBC 16 Dec 2012 – Votes are counted in the first round of Egypt’s controversial referendum on a new constitution, amid claims of irregularities and isolated incidents of violence.

Damascus refugee camp ‘attacked’ 
BBC 16 Dec 2012 – A Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus has been attacked, activists say, causing an unknown number of casualties.

Libya ‘to shut southern borders’ 
BBC 16 Dec 2012 – Libya’s parliament closes southern borders to try to stem the flow of illegal migrants and goods.

Stephen Lendman: Israel’s Lieberman Resigns 
Sabbah report 16 Dec 2012 – Lieberman and Netanyahu represent the worst of extremist governance. They’re hardcore racists. They’re ideologically anti-democratic. They believe Israel has a divine right to persecute, torture, commit naked aggression, and dominate the region unchallenged. Stephen Lendman: Israel’s Lieberman Resigns was published by Sabbah Report . Sign up for…

Uri Avnery: Sea-to-River (Israel) or River-to-Sea (Palestine) 
Sabbah report 16 Dec 2012 – The direction: the difference between sea-to-river (Israel) and river-to-sea (Palestine) is not just political, and far from superficial. It goes right to the roots of the conflict. Uri Avnery: Sea-to-River (Israel) or River-to-Sea (Palestine) was published by Sabbah Report . Sign up for our free newsletter! &…

PHOTOS: Tel Aviv march demands human rights for all 
AIC: Israeli Society 16 Dec 2012 – Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler Celebrating the anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the annual human rights march in Tel Aviv brought together a cross-section of Israeli activism on Friday, December 7, 2012. There are the usual leftist political parties, peace groups,…

Farouk Al-Sharaa in an Al-Akhbar Exclusive: Military solution isn’t the answer 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Dec 2012 – In his first public statements since July 2011, Syrian Vice-President Farouk al-Sharaa told Al-Akhbar that “with every passing day, the military and political solutions get further away.” Al-Sharaa said, “The way events are heading will lead to an uncomfortable place where things will definitely go from…

Tripoli’s Elegy to Oscar Niemeyer 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Dec 2012 – The fair, is instead an empty shell. An outdoor stage, floating in an artificial lake, is solemnly observed by bleak rows of white chairs, endlessly waiting. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The fair is instead an empty shell. An outdoor stage, floating in an artificial lake, is solemnly observed…

From Manama to Gaza: Solidarity Between Bahrain and Palestine 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Dec 2012 – A Palestinian family visits a mosque in Gaza City as the sun sets on 14 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) A Palestinian family visits a mosque in Gaza City as the sun sets on 14 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) As the…

Nasrallah renews calls for dialog 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Dec 2012 – Hezbollah soldiers participate in an annual parade in the southern city of Nabatiyeh on 28 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mahmous Zayyat) Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah called for a national working group to address Lebanon’s ongoing political crisis during a televised speech Sunday. He criticized the…

Syrian jets attack Palestinian camp 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Dec 2012 – Updated: 4:14pm: Syrian warplanes launched at least two airstrikes on a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus killing a number of people Sunday, an opposition group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight people were killed in an unprecedented airstrike on the Yarmouk refugee camp…

Kuwait emir denounces opposition 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Dec 2012 – People attend an anti-government protest in downtown Kuwait City on 15 December 2012, on the eve of the inauguration of the parliament. (Photo: Reuters – Stephanie McGehee) Updated: 4:20pm: Kuwait’s autocratic ruler denounced the opposition for threatening to “tear apart” the nation on Sunday as activists…

An Egyptian Public Frets Over Prices and Politics 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Dec 2012 – An Egyptian protester holds a flare during a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 19 October 2012 (Photo: Ahmed Mahmoud) An Egyptian protester holds a flare during a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 19 October 2012 (Photo: AFP – Ahmed Mahmoud) On the streets of…

Egypt referendum count under way 
BBC 16 Dec 2012 – Votes are counted in the first round of Egypt’s controversial referendum on a new constitution, amid claims of irregularities and isolated incidents of violence.

Damascus refugee camp ‘attacked’ 
BBC 16 Dec 2012 – A Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus has been attacked, activists say, causing an unknown number of casualties.

Libya ‘to shut southern borders’ 
BBC 16 Dec 2012 – Libya’s parliament closes southern borders to try to stem the flow of illegal migrants and goods.

Iraq doctor acted ‘dishonestly’ 
BBC 16 Dec 2012 – A former army medic is found guilty of misleading and dishonest conduct after the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa in 2003.

VIDEO: Bethlehem Christmas tree lit up 
BBC 16 Dec 2012 – The Christmas lights have been switched on in Manger Square in Bethlehem.

VIDEO: Strong turnout in key Egypt poll 
BBC 15 Dec 2012 – Polling stations in Egypt have been kept open for several hours longer than planned after thousands queued to cast their votes in a referendum on a new draft constitution.

Articles


UN vote on Palestine presents legal, political opportunity 
Issam Younis, Ma’an News Agency 12/16/2012
      The United Nations’ vote to grant Palestine the status of a non-member observer state has much political and legal symbolic significance.
     While it deserves to be considered important and positive, it seems to suffer a number of legal and political problematic aspects. Neither exaggerating nor undervaluing its value is useful if it is to be capitalized on for the benefit of the Palestinian people.
     The initiative to obtain upgraded statehood status was led by the Palestine Liberation Organization. It reflects an attempt to end the PLO’s loss of action for the first time in a long while.
     The last time that the Palestinian leadership undertook such active engagement was in 1988; at that time, it was also in the form of a declaration of independence, announced on November 15 that year in Algeria.
     The significance of this step lies in that it is contrary to the reactive politics that have characterized Palestinian political action for long. The PLO usually accepts or rejects initiatives or projects led by other players. Although reflecting frustration with the “peace process”, the UN bid is a stage of positive action.
     The peace process had already ceased by 29 November 2012. It did not get Palestinians any closer to achieving their legitimate political aspiration of self-determination and statehood. On the contrary, this open-ended process made statehood much farther away.
     The so-called peace process provided Israel with the time and political cover to create massive new facts on the ground by means of colonizing the West Bank, including Jerusalem. more.. e-mail

Christmas message from the mayor of Bethlehem 
Vera Baboun, Ma’an News Agency 12/15/2012
      In a silent and unique night that held the tidings of a glorious event, Jesus Christ was born in the manger of a humble grotto in the town of Bethlehem.
     The prophecy was fulfilled “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”
     In the Christmas season we unite our prayers for peace and justice in Palestine and in the whole world. This year we pray for our brothers in Gaza who suffer from humiliation, hunger, sickness and homelessness as a result of the continuous Israeli aggression on their houses and lands.
     This month we commemorate our Lord’s Nativity, and the international recognition of our long awaited state of Palestine in the historical voting at the General Assembly of the United Nations. This victory, of obtaining a birth certificate for our state, represents an earnest step towards achieving peace in the Middle East and international legitimacy.
     And we proudly celebrate UNESCO’s decision of inscribing the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrim’s Route on the World Heritage List, which is a source of pride and celebration for every Bethlehemite and Palestinian alike, and a confirmation of our national Palestinian identity.
     I seize this opportunity to extend a sincere invitation for all people of good will to visit Bethlehem, and I warmly welcome visitors from all corners of the world, who came this year to share with us the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ in the heart of our holy town. more.. e-mail

Under siege: One Bedouin family’s struggle to live in Israel 
Paul Karolyi, +972 Magazine 12/14/2012
      In its refusal to make compromises on zoning restrictions for an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Galilee, Israel demonstrates that its preferred demographic balance is higher on the list of state priorities than the protection of the welfare of its citizens.
     In the early 1950s, a Bedouin Arab named Atif Mohammad Sawa’ed (Abu Walid) bought a parcel of land from the Shafa ‘Amr municipality, 25 kilometers east of Haifa, hoping to build a home for his new wife and his family. The land he bought in Umm al-Sahali lies on a hilltop, no more than two kilometers south of Shafa ‘Amr in the Lower Galilee. It is a beautiful place, and at that time it was uninhabited. From the front steps of the home he built, you can see the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean, the urban sprawl of Haifa, and if you look north on a clear day, you can even see into Lebanon.
     As the Sawa’ed family grew, the surrounding population slowly changed. In the early years of Israel’s existence, the government instituted a demographic policy of “Judaization” to encourage Jews to settle the Galilee.
     The Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel face a difficult choice. Many Arab municipalities are overcrowded. State-sanctioned policies, in addition to prohibitive costs, often make it difficult for Arabs to move in to Jewish communities (see the “Admissions Committee Law” for background). The Israeli government generally refuses to sanction any growth in Arab municipal lands. So the choice is often between living in homes that cannot hold growing families or breaking the law by building homes without permits.
     In the early 1950s, 25,000 dunam of land, 6250 acres, were expropriated from Shafa ‘Amr. The confiscated land was initially designated for military use but was later developed for Jewish settlements. Since the initial seizure, the population has grown by 27,000, but the amount of land allocated to the population has only grown by 9,000 dunam, 2250 acres. more.. e-mail

Journeys in Palestine During the British Colonial Period 
Nicola Ziadeh, Jerusalem Quarterly File 12/12/2012
      Autumn, 2012
     Al-Sham and the rest of the Arab world. When the editors of Jerusalem Quarterly visited Ziadeh at his home in Beirut in 2004 we were informed that he had just signed a contract for a book that he was planning to finish by his hundredth birthday. Unfortunately, he passed away one year short of that date. That project never materialized; however, this was another indication of how active he remained as he was approaching the end of his century- long life.
     The following are selections from the many autobiographical sketches Ziadeh wrote about his early years in Palestine. As a Palestinian who was born in Damascus, lived and died in Beirut, Ziadeh exemplified what it meant to be an authentic Levantine, though he made himself an authority on the North African Maghreb as well. He not only wrote about Arab voyagers, but was one himself, traveling widely across the entire Arab world, and beyond. Thus it seems appropriate to represent his memoirs with a piece about travel documents (a particularly Palestinian concern), another on the start of his legendary trek on foot across Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria, and a third on his earliest motorcar trips.
     Three Passports, Four Travel Permits
     In 1916, when we left damascus and returned to nazareth after my father’s death, we did not need any travel documents, since the Villayet (district) of damascus (al-Sham) and the Villayet of Beirut (which included nazareth) were both parts of the ottoman state. But when in 1925 i planned to visit Beirut, latakia, aleppo, and damascus i had to have a passport because i was crossing form a country under the British mandate to two others under the French mandate. i could not get a Palestinian passport because i did not possess an official birth certificate. i used to have one issued by the Sublime ottoman State (Devlet-i ‘Aliyye-yi ‘Osmâniyye), but it was destroyed in 1921…. more.. e-mail

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