VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 3 January 2013: The conspiracy to thwart Palestinian freedom hopes

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International Middle East Media Center

Lift the Closure Imposed on Gaza Completely
IMEMC – New Israeli Allegations about Easing the Closure Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is closely following the statements made by the Israeli authorities concerning significant facilities on the closure imposed on the civilians in the Gaza Strip, for more than six years. …

Several Palestinians Injured As Army Invades Jenin
IMEMC – Local sources in Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, reported that several Palestinians have been injured by Israeli military fire, on Thursday morning, during clashes that took place after the army invaded the city and surrounded a building apparently in an attempt to assassinate a Palestinian fighter. …

012 Witnessed High Increase In Settlement Activities
IMEMC – The Israeli government approved in 2012 tenders for the construction of 2386 settlements in occupied Jerusalem, compared to 772 units approved in 2011 and 256 in 2010, Israeli human rights group Ir Amim reported. …

U.S. Calls For Resuming Peace Talks
IMEMC – The United States called for the resumption of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks without any further delay in order to reach a lasting and a comprehensive peace agreement. …

Ma’an News

Official: 2-year-old hurt as settlers raid village
1/3/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers attacked a northern West Bank village on Wednesday evening, leaving several Palestinians wounded, an official said. Dozens of settlers entered Jalud village, south of Nablus, and pelted it with rocks, settlement monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas said. Two-year-old Farah Nanseem was hit in the head, and his father and uncle….

Israeli military vehicles level land inside Gaza
1/3/2013GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles briefly entered the Gaza Strip borders on Thursday to level land, eyewitnesses told Ma’an. Four bulldozers traversed the border fence near Juhor al-Dik, central Gaza, and leveled land 100 meters inside the Gaza Strip, they said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said routine activity was carried out in the area. [END]

Israeli undercover force raids Jenin, 2 hurt
1/3/2013JENIN (Ma’an) — An Israeli undercover force conducted an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday morning, sparking clashes with Palestinian residents. Agents dressed as Palestinians, accompanied by army units, entered the industrial zone in the city and surrounded a bakery and number of shops. During a raid on the….

Tunnel collapse creates crater in Egyptian border town
1/3/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Part of an underground tunnel collapsed on Thursday in the Egyptian town of Rafah, bordering the Gaza Strip, creating a seven-meter wide hole in the road. A public transport vehicle fell into the crater, which engineers said was caused by the tunnel network used to transport goods to the Gaza….

Israel ‘yet to decide’ over tax revenue transfer to PA
1/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli government has not yet decided whether to transfer tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority this month, the spokesman of the Israeli Prime Minister said Thursday. Ofir Gendelman told Ma’an the government will announce its position in the coming days. In December, the Israeli government seized Palestinian tax….

Abbas spokesman: For talks, US must press Israel on int’l law
1/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — As US officials called for a fresh start in Middle East peace-making in the new year, the spokesman of President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestine’s position is clear, negotiations will start as soon as Israel respects international law. Nabil Abu Rdaineh told Ma’an Thursday that Palestinian leaders are….

25 trucks of aid from Namibia at Gaza border
1/3/2013 – El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian security source said Thursday that 25 trucks loaded with aid from Namibia arrived at the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip. The trucks are carrying 150 tons of food and construction materials from the African nation, the source said. Authorities are coordinating to obtain the necessary permission for….

PLO studies steps to join UN treaties, bodies
1/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The PLO’s ruling body met Thursday and affirmed the need to go to the UN Security Council for a resolution against Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land. The PLO Executive Committee stressed the State of Palestine’s commitment to the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human….

Abbas: Palestine faces hardship without Arab ‘safety net’
1/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Thursday that without the pledged Arab “safety net” for the Palestinian coffers, Palestine will be in a difficult situation. The Arab League states pledged to pay Abbas’ Palestinian Authority $100 million a month, but has yet to deliver. Abbas said at a PLO meeting that….

Official documents to begin using ‘State of Palestine’
1/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas signed agreement on Thursday to start using “State of Palestine” on all official documents, according to PA news agency Wafa. This comes to implement the resolution of General Assembly of the UN on Nov. 29 to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, the report said. [END]

Fatah official: Friday’s festival in Gaza to aid unity
1/3/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath said Thursday that his party’s 48th anniversary celebrations in the Gaza Strip would have a positive impact on national unity. The festival will take place in Gaza City’s al-Saraya square after prayers on Friday, the first party rally since Hamas took…. Related: Over 30 thousand join Fatah festival in Nablus and Gaza rallies ahead of Fatah anniversary

Social protest leaders hope to shake up Israel ballot
1/3/2013 – TEL AVIV (Reuters) — They are young and they are driven. They got half a million Israelis out on the streets demanding social justice. Now they want their votes. The leaders of a grassroots social protest movement that swept Israel in 2011 have shot to the top of a rejuvenated Labour party that polls say will….

Over 30 thousand join Fatah festival in Nablus
1/3/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — More than 30 thousand people participated in a festival for the 48th anniversary of Fatah in Nablus on Thursday. The festival began with a parade of security forces who marched from headquarter of the national security of Al-Junaid prison towards the location of the main rally near Al-Najah university. Member of…. Related: Fatah official: Friday’s festival in Gaza to aid unity

Gaza rallies ahead of Fatah anniversary
1/3/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian supporters of Fatah started massing in the main squares in the Gaza Strip ahead of an official anniversary festival for the party on Friday. A Ma’an correspondent said traffic was at a standstill around Saraya square in Gaza City on Thursday night, where flag-waving crowds gathered to…. Related: Fatah official: Friday’s festival in Gaza to aid unity

Popular committees in Yarmouk call for demilitarization
1/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Popular committees in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria on Wednesday called for Palestinian leaders to use all possible means to expel armed groups from the camp. Most residents of al-Yarmouk camp, near Damascus, have left the camp after fighting intensified there last month. Those who are left behind, the popular….

Egyptian soldier killed when vehicle overturns near Israel border
1/3/2013 – El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian soldier was killed and another injured in an accident on the Israeli-Egyptian borders on Thursday, security officials said. A military bulldozer overturned near the border in the Sinai peninsula, killed 21-year-old Muhammad Hassan Ahmad, the sources said. His injured colleague was evacuated to Rafah hospital. [END]

2 children killed in Gaza car crash
1/3/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian children were killed and three others were injured in a road accident in Gaza City on Thursday, medics said. Salem Ahed Qanou, 4 and Asma Rashad Halas, 9, died in the accident in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood, health ministry Ashraf al-Qidra said. Oday Abdul Qanou, 3, Rashad Mahmoud Halas….

Taboo on premarital sex can lead to tragedy in Oman
1/3/2013 – MUSCAT (Reuters) — When unmarried 19-year-old Sama got pregnant, she ran away from home to have an abortion rather than face family wrath. The young man who got her pregnant had refused to marry her, saying he could not afford the financial burden. So she went to share a room with a friend in a….

Al Jazeera buys Gore’s Current TV, terms undisclosed
1/3/2013 – LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) — Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster’s footprint in the United States. Terms were undisclosed, but analysts estimated the deal could be worth as much as….

Syria rebels in push to capture air base
1/3/2013 – AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) — Rebels battled on Thursday to seize an air base in northern Syria, part of a campaign to limit the air power that has given President Bashar Assad the upper hand. More than 60,000 people have been killed in the 21-month-old uprising and civil war, the United Nations said this week, sharply….

Saudi coast guard arrests 21 Iranians
1/3/2013 – JEDDAH (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia has detained 21 Iranian nationals who were aboard two boats near an island off the kingdom’s eastern coast, the Saudi border guard said on Thursday. Separated by about 250 km of Gulf waters, Shiite Muslim power Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia have often had tense relations. US ally Saudi….

Benghazi police captain seized by militia
1/3/2013 – BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) — The head of Benghazi’s criminal investigation police unit is missing after he was seized by armed men, police officials said on Thursday. Captain Abdel-Salam al-Mahdawi was taken by a unknown suspects late on Wednesday night, officials said.” He was taken by force under the threat of weapons from a location….

Palestine News Network

IOF Soldiers Shoot Palestinian During Confrontations in Jenin
Palestine News Network

UN: Over 60,000 Dead in Syria
Palestine News Network

Qaraqe: Two Hunger Strikers Run Medical Examinations
Palestine News Network

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Palestine News Network

Settlers Vandalize Palestinian Property near Nablus
Palestine News Network

Fatah to Celebrate 48th Anniversary in Gaza City
Palestine News Network

Haaretz: Military Order to Close 5000 Dunams of the Jordan Valley
Palestine News Network

Settlers Attack Palestinian Village of Jalud, Four Palestinians Wounded
Palestine News Network

Election Season Exposes Flaws
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Hosts Swiss Delegation
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Lift the Closure Imposed on Gaza Completely… New Israeli Allegations about Easing the Closure
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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Relief Web

World: UNICEF tender supports Middle Income Country access to affordable new vaccines
Relief Web 3 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Botswana, Namibia, occupied Palestinian territory, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic (the), World COPENHAGEN, 3 January 2013 – To help improve global access to new vaccines that protect children against the leading killers of pneumonia…

occupied Palestinian territory: Lift the Closure Imposed on Gaza Completely… New Israeli Allegations about Easing the Closure
Relief Web 3 Jan 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is closely following the statements made by the Israeli authorities concerning significant facilities on the closure imposed on the civilians in the Gaza Strip,…

012, une année dans la tourmente
Relief Web 3 Jan 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the), Turkey, Yemen, South Sudan (Republic of) DUBAÏ, 3 janvier 2013 (IRIN) – Deux ans après l’avènement de ce qui était alors un ‘printemps’ arabe, le…

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Relief Web 3 Jan 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic (the), Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the), Democratic Republic of the Congo (the), Djibouti, Dominican Republic (the), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho,…

The National

Record 1.7 million crowd for Dubai’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza
The National 2 Jan 2013 – Watch again: The pyrotechnics of the Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala attracted a record 1.7 million visitors, according to its organisers, Emaar Properties. 

Murder charges for New Delhi rape suspects
The National 3 Jan 2013 – ‘Let us punish them,’ shouts angry crowd outside Delhi court, as five men are charged for the rape and murder of student whose death shocked India.

UAE rights group seeks resolution for Filipinos stranded on Kish
The National 3 Jan 2013 – The migrant-rights group would like authorities to look into the ‘dire situation’ of Filipinos on the Iranian island.

Syrian rebels focus on crippling regime’s air advantage
The National 3 Jan 2013 – Rebels launch assaults in an attempt to take strategic airports in northern Syria.

Heartfelt thanks from a Dubai worker to Sheikh Mohammed
The National 3 Jan 2013 – “I want to thank Sheikh Mohammed for truly giving me the perfect ending to my life here in Dubai,” says a Dubai Municipality worker taken to the top of Burj Khalifa.

New law stops UAE’s small buses from speeding
The National 3 Jan 2013 – All buses carrying 22 or more passengers will have to be fitted with devices limiting their speed to 100kph under new regulations.

New campaign battles No. 1 killer in UAE
The National 3 Jan 2013 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the UAE but a new campaign hopes to tackle the 95% of cases that can be prevented by raising awareness.

Ha’aretz

Likud-Beiteinu rejects call to sign cross-party Jewish-Arab equality covenant
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

3,000 ultra-Orthodox Israeli’s issued IDF draft notices
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

IDF soldiers abandon posts near Syria border, citing ‘humiliating treatment’ by commanders
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

The bottom line of the Harpaz affair
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Pro-Israeli Egyptian activist receives hostile welcome in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Livni: Center-left must unite against formation of extremist government
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Bulgarian authorities identify suspect in Burgas bombing
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Vandalism at Jerusalem holy site may have aimed to erase traces of Muslim past
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

IDF arrest raid in West Bank turns violent as Palestinians demonstrate en masse
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Hamas defeated IDF in virtual warfare during Gaza conflict, study shows
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Lone kibbutz member in next Knesset likely to be from Habayit Hayehudi
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Palestinian owners barred from Jordan Valley land, while Israeli farmers profit
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Israel recognizes Shalem Center as academic institution, despite initial criticism
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Battle over Viennese Jewish archive goes to Israel’s Supreme Court
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

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Jerusalem Post

‘Lobbying reform law will be passed in next Knesset’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Knesset Speaker Rivlin accepts the Israel Democracy Institute’s position paper regarding regulating lobbyists in Knesset. 

Uproar over ‘anti-Semitic’ Spiegel columnist
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Inclusion of Jakob Augstein in Wiesenthal Center’s 2012 top-ten list of anti-Semites has sparked fierce debate in German media. 

Gulf-Muslim Brotherhood clandestine battle continues
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Egyptian envoys fly to UAE to discuss recent arrests; Kuwaiti MP calls for investigation into potential Brotherhood sleeper cells. 

Security video documents West Bank vandal attack
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – In village near Tapuach junction, perpetrators slash car tires, spray paint Hebrew graffiti on gas station wall. 

Have we gone crazy?
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Yes, there is upheaval in the Middle East and we are exploiting it. But why? To prove that we are crazier than they are? 

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Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – As I did at the beginning of 2012, this column will provide a forecast of the world, regional and Israeli scene in the coming year. 

PM to ambassadors: Iran not yet crossed nuclear red line
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Netanyahu meets envoys accompanied by Amidror, who chastised them earlier in the week; Amidror’s criticism not raised in meeting; PM warns Hamas could take control of the Palestinian Auhtority “any day.” 

Diplomatic criticism
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Israeli ambassadors from around the world were in Jerusalem this week for their annual end-of-year meeting. 

On Peres, peace – and no peace
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – President Peres can make endless speeches about nanotechnology, embrace Mark Zuckerberg, and appear to be innovative and expansive in his views, but his proposal to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians is tantamount to suggesting that we return to using the Zeppelin airships again. 

Israel’s new two-party system: A force for extremism
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – iENGAGE: A new feature has emerged in Israeli politics this election season: the evolution of our political culture into a de facto two-party system similar to the Republican and Democrat divide in the US, referred to here as the Right and the Center-Left. 

3,000 ultra-Orthodox enlisted into IDF
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Following expiration of Tal Law in August, thousands of haredim set to perform mandatory military service for first time ever. 

Campaigning PM warns citizens of regional dangers
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – In preview to Likud Beytenu campaign video, Netanyahu says only strong ruling party can finish important security missions. 

W. Bank: Palestinians attack IDF vehicles in Jenin
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – In response to search for terrorist in Jenin, hundreds of Palestinians throw rocks, petrol bombs at IDF forces. 

Hitler’s Jewish neighbor pens memoir
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Feuchtwanger, 88, co-authors book describing childhood brushes with the Nazi dictator who lived across the street from him. 

‘Post’ poll: Likud-Beytenu hits new low of 32 seats
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Smith Research poll shows ongoing downward spiral of PM’s joint list; Bayit Yehudi rises to 16 seats, nearly overtaking Labor (17). 

Labor calls on Yesh Atid, Livni for united front
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Livni, Lapid won’t rule out joining Netanyahu coalition; Labor moves from trying to gain Right-wing voters to focus on Center-Left; Yesh Atid leader accuses Yacimovich of spurring creation of messianic government. 

US Senator Rand Paul set to visit Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Paul, a fierce opponent of US foreign aid who is being touted as a 2016 presidential candidate, set to make first-ever visit. 

West Bank raid triggers clashes with Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – In response to search for terrorist in Jenin, hundreds of Palestinians throw rocks, petrol bombs at IDF forces. 

Meretz to run J’lem and TA ‘Shabbat bus’ in protest
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Bus to take people to entertainment spots in cities in protest of “religious coercion” stopping weekend public transportation. 

Charge: Eritrean raped and beat 83-yr-old for hours
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Man allegedly raped victim repeatedly, striking her and causing severe bodily trauma; victim hospitalized for 1 week after attack. 

Breaking stigmas in a relaxed way
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – The Kolbergs were both studying yoga in India when they chanced upon ultra- Orthodox Judaism. Today, they’ve combined the two interests in a studio they run in Ramat Beit Shemesh. 

Israelis: no more ‘big ideas to alter status quo’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Netanyahu’s cautious conservatism wins votes because years of such ideas have produced only bloodshed. 

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Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – A selection of highlights from Twitter and Facebook concerning Israel, the Jewish World and the region. 

Russia’s declining influence
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Being a mighty political force is an essential part of traditional Russian self-perception. But to a large degree, the Russians are frustrated over their inability to affect Middle East regional politics. 

Fatah set to celebrate 48th anniversary in Gaza City
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – “Cordial and warm” talks between PA, Hamas set the stage for 48th anniversary of Fatah; first time event held in Gaza since 2007. 

Eight foreign standouts to receive Wolf Prize
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2013 – The eight will share a total of $500,000, which will be handed out by President Shimon Peres at the Knesset. 

NY boy builds basketball court for Beersheba kids
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2013 – 13-year-old Daniel Klosk donates bar mitzvah money to transform derelict basketball court in Yud Alef neighborhood. 

Israel-US R&D fund earmarks $9m. for infrastructure
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2013 – 10 new projects will be joining an already existing database of 835 BIRD projects involving $295 million worth of investments. 

Netanya landfill to be developed into housing units
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2013 – The state will fund the evacuation of more than 2.5 million cubic meters of waste from the landfill at a cost of NIS 230 million, the ILA said. 

Uruknet

Gen. Allen Presents Options for US Troops in Afghanistan Past 2014
Uruknet

‘Washington Post’ editorial says settlements don’t matter
Uruknet

A Tale of Two Diplomatic Asylums: Julian Assange and Chen Guangcheng
Uruknet

Over 60,000 dead in Syria conflict, U.N. says
Uruknet

Damascus : Palestinian refugee camp under siege for 11th day
Uruknet

Egyptian satirist accused of undermining Mohammed Morsi
Uruknet

Comparing America’s Failure in Afghanistan to the Soviet’s in 1989
Uruknet

Why We Hate Them: Arabs in Western Eyes
Uruknet

Palestinian laborers in Israel: between a rock and a hard place
Uruknet

Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt-UAE relations worsen with Brotherhood arrests
Daily Star 3 Jan 2013 Mistrustful ties between Islamist-run Egypt and the United Arab Emirates deteriorated further this week with the reported arrest in the UAE of more than 10 Egyptians allegedly spying for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

US drones kill senior Taliban figure in Pakistan
Daily Star 3 Jan 2013 An American drone strike in Pakistan has killed a top Taliban commander who sent money and fighters to battle the U.S. in Afghanistan but had a truce with the Pakistani military, officials said Thursday.

Tunisia seeks arrest in Turkey of ex-regime figure
Daily Star 3 Jan 2013 Tunisia has asked Turkey to arrest and extradite Saida Agrebi, a key figure from the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Kerry prepping for secretary of state confirmation
Daily Star 3 Jan 2013 The U.S. State Department President Barack Obama‘s choice to be the next secretary of state has started meeting with diplomatic staff to prepare for his confirmation hearings.

Brotherhood official urges Egypt’s Jews to return
Daily Star 3 Jan 2013 A leading Muslim Brotherhood member and adviser to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi created a stir in Egypt when he called on Egyptian Jews in Israel to return home because Egypt is now a democracy and because…

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Daily Star 3 Jan 2013 Last year was one of the deadliest on record for journalists, with 141 killed in 29 different countries and Syria the most dangerous place on earth for reporters, a media watchdog said Thursday.

Obama signs $633B defense bill with Iran sanctions
Daily Star 3 Jan 2013 Obama signed a $633 billion defense bill that tightens penalties on Iran and strengthens security at diplomatic missions worldwide, despite serious concerns about the limits Congress imposed on his handling of terror suspects.

YNet News

Car bomb rips Damascus petrol station, 11 killed
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Man found dead with gunshot to head
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Cover-up led to anti-Zoabi campaign 
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: AG concealed information that would have cleared Arab MK of any wrongdoing during Gaza flotilla ….

Al-Jazeera pays $500M for Al Gore’s Current TV
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US drones kill senior Taliban figure in Pakistan
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Clinton resting, to return to the office next week
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This is your future
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: It is inconceivable that Israel, which prides itself on economic achievements, should forsake its indigent elderly ….

Mideast Christians persecuted 
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Analysis: Assault on region’s Christian communities stems mostly from process of Islamization ….

Tamoun reeling from IDF raid, riots
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – West Bank village where undercover IDF force’s manhunt for Jihad operative sparked massive riot trying to resume normalcy. ‘We want peace,’ says suspect’s father. ‘Without peace there is no quiet’ ….

Tehran says hoping for nuclear talks ‘very soon’ 
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Iran negotiator says proposal given to Russia; West’s concerns about higher-level uranium refining intensify ….

Soldier seriously injured in training accident 
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Military Police cadet Naama Yahel suffers multiple gunshot wounds in firing range accident; said to be in serious but stable condition. IDF launches inquiry ….

Settlers riot in Palestinian village 
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Group of 20 settlers enters Ramallah-adjacent village of Jallud, stone residents, vandalize property. Palestinians say three people hurt ….

UN: Syria death toll tops 60,000
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Latest report by UN Human Rights Council on civil war in Syria says country plunging deeper into bloodshed, chaos; adds 84,000 people fled region in December alone ….

Embezzlement scandal rattles Israel Railways
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Corruption case uncovered in national railways company as it reveals that several employees have allegedly stolen vast amounts of money ….

Iran says captured 2 US-made drones 
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Tehran claims it downed two miniature surveillance drones over past 17 months; US Navy says all unmanned aircrafts in the area accounted for ….

Borisov’s ex: She deserves to be a mom
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Ilan Yehuda, whose four-year-old son was drowned by his ex-wife, says he supports her petition for fertility treatments ….

French satirical magazine prints Muhammad comics
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Charlie Hebdo shrugs off threats, publishes new comic book biography of Islam’s founder ….

Egypt: ‘Israeli behaved in suspicious manner’
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – Egyptian press says Andre Pshenichnikov failed to persuade investigators of innocence and is suspected of photographing security facilities ….

Survey: Obama, Clinton world’s most-admired
YNet News, 2 Jan 2013 – While US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recovers from blood clot, Gallup Poll reveals her popularity is at all-time high. Obama maintains title as most admired man ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli navy shoot at Gaza fishermen
PIC – Israeli gunboats on Thursday morning opened intensive fire on fishing boats off the coast of the Sudaneyya district, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Settlers desecrate mosque in Bethlehem
PIC – Israeli settlers desecrated on Wednesday afternoon Hamidiya mosque in al-Faghour village in Bethlehem district located in the southern occupied West Bank, after storming it.

Complaint regarding an attempt to assassinate Sheikh Salah
PIC – A human rights organization in 1948-occupied Palestine revealed that the Israeli General Intelligence “Shabak” had masterminded a plan to assassinate the head of the Islamic movement, Raed Salah.

Palestinian martyrs’ number in Syria has rises to 855
PIC – The number of Palestinian martyrs in refugees camps in Syria has risen since the start of the conflict between the formal and free armies, to 855..

Mizan: Israel persists in its extortion policy against Gaza patients
PIC – Al-Mizan center for human rights said that Israel is still persistent in its extortion and detention policy against the Palestinian passengers especially the patients at Beit Hanoun crossing.

IOF soldiers arrest two children in Al-Khalil village
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested two children from their home in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, on Thursday during a large-scale storming operation.

IOF raids Gaza in new breach of calm
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided eastern Juhr Al-Deek area to the south east of Gaza city on Thursday morning, local sources reported.

Haneyya confirms his keenness on successful anniversary festival for Fatah
PIC – Ismail Haneyya on Wednesday received delegations from Fatah and Hamas and explored with them the avenues to promote bilateral relations and ensure the success of the Fatah’s anniversary festival.

Egyptian sports minister to visit Gaza next week
PIC – Egyptian minister of sports Alamri Farouk is scheduled to visit Gaza next Thursday at the invitation of his Gazan counterpart Dr. Mohammed Al-Madhoun.

WAFA

Newspapers Review: Ordeal of Jordan Valley Families Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 3 Jan 2013

Swine Flu Epidemic Claims 11 People
WAFA – 3 Jan 2013

Industrial Production Drops in November, says Statistical Bureau
WAFA – 3 Jan 2013

Palestinian Shot During Confrontations in Jenin
WAFA – 3 Jan 2013

Misc

Israel completes most of Egypt border fence
LA Times 2 Jan 2013 – The barrier aims to prevent illegal immigrants, drugs and weapons from making their way from Africa into Israel. JERUSALEM — Two years after construction began, Israel has finished the bulk of the work on a fence along its border with Egypt.

Attacks in Iraq Kill at Least 32 Pilgrims
New York Times 3 Jan 2013 – In what appeared to be a spate of sectarian-motivated violence, a car bomb and a roadside bomb exploded during the culmination of one of Shiite Islam’s holiest rituals. 

Hezbollah Leader Urges Lebanon to Aid in a Solution for Syria
New York Times 3 Jan 2013 – Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Shiite militant movement in Lebanon, also wants the country to open its border to refugees to avoid further bloodshed. 

Police Captain in Benghazi Is Abducted
New York Times 3 Jan 2013 – The chief of the criminal investigations unit was seized by armed men in the Libyan city, which has been plagued by poor security. 

Mubarak Dictated Response to Protests in Cairo, Report Says
New York Times 3 Jan 2013 – Former President Hosni Mubarak “knew everything, big and small” regarding the brutal response to protests against him last year in Egypt, a report says. 

At War Blog: A Library Joins a Drive for Veterans’ Success
New York Times 3 Jan 2013 – The Single Stop Veterans Initiative, a collaboration by three groups, helps veterans reintegrate into civilian life with counselors at the Mid-Manhattan Library and six other locations around New York City. 

World Briefing | Europe: Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Will Stay in Britain
New York Times 3 Jan 2013 – The father of a teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education has been given a diplomatic post in Britain. 

Noy fund to invest NIS 80m in Enlight’s Halutziot project
Globes Energy & Water – The project is one of the largest solar energy plants planned in Israel.

Ishai well disappoints 
Globes Energy & Water – It is doubtful whether it is worthwhile developing the reservoir.

Oil Refineries hydrocracker operational 
Globes Energy & Water – The hydrocracker is working as planned at an input of 25,000 barrels of oil a day.

Israel Opportunity: Signs of gas at Ishai well 
Globes Energy & Water – The Ishai licensees will nevertheless not carry out production tests.

Panic stations at Likud
Globes Main News – Benjamin Netanyahu’s party has dropped 10 seats in two months, Naftali Bennett forges ahead, while Shelly Yachimovich is running out of steam.

ILA cuts building rights on Salt Industries land to 10%
Globes Main News – The Israel Land Authority has reduced the residential building rights promised to the Dankner family.

Thu: Mellanox pulls TASE down
Globes Main News – Mellanox fell 17.3% on the day’s biggest turnover, but Oil Refineries rose on the start of operations of its hydrocracker.

Leumi sells 6.6% Migdal stake
Globes Main News – The bank is left with 3.2% of insurance company Migdal, and is expected to unload more of its non-financial portfolio.

Mellanox CEO: It happens to the best of companies
Globes Main News – “We feel that we will continue to grow in relation to 2012, our growth engines have not changed.”

UBS slashes Mellanox price target
Globes Main News – The move follows the severe revenue warning for the fourth quarter issued by the company yesterday.

Court rules employer may not express opposition to unionization 
Globes Macro Economics – The National Labor Court ruled that Pelephone’s management must refrain from presenting its position on the unionization of its employees.

Steinitz admits failures on poverty and social gaps 
Globes Macro Economics – Yuval Steinitz: Of all the social protest’s causes, that of the housing shortage was just.

Watchdog group sues CIA for information on collaboration with NYPD surveillance program
Mondoweiss – From left to right, David Cohen, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and former CIA agent; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and NYPD chief Ray Kelly (Photo: EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT) The government watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a lawsuit aimed at forcing the Central Intelligence Agency…

Hasbara fail: the ambassadors mutiny
Mondoweiss – Some late developments from Israel only solidify the impression that this country is working hard to destroy its international reputation and simply cannot help itself because of internal pressures from rightwing politicians. First, annexation of the West Bank is being pushed aggressively so that Likudniks can…

012: A banner year for the Israeli colonization of Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – In 2012, we devoted several posts to the Israeli settlement building binge in the West Bank. Now, Haaretz has the numbers . Using research from Israeli NGO Ir Amin, Haaretz reports the Israeli government approved 6,932 new units in illegal East Jerusalem settlements in 2012. This was…

Roots of Resistance: The intifada brought Palestine home
Mondoweiss – Palestinian women and children demonstrate on January 3, 1988 in Al-Ram in the West Bank. (Photo: Esaias Baitel/AFP/Getty Images) This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here . Twenty-five years ago, I had…

Will emancipated Sullivan take on Zionism hammer and tongs?
Mondoweiss – I just subscribed to Andrew Sullivan’s great site, the Daily Dish, for a year for $20. Actually, 19.99. Here’s the link . Sullivan’s announcement yesterday that he’s going independent of Daily Beast in February and will raise money from his readers stunned the media world and I…

8 Win Israel’s Wolf Awards 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jan 2013 – Seven scientists and an architect have been named recipients of Israel’s prestigious 2013 Wolf Prizes. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bulgaria ID’s Suspect in Israeli Terror Bomb 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jan 2013 – Bulgaria has reportedly discovered the identity of one of the perpetrators of the July terror bombing in Burgas, which killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Protest Leaders Hope To Make Voting Sexy 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jan 2013 – They are young and they are driven. They got half a million Israelis out on the streets demanding social justice. Now they want their votes. Click here for the rest of the article…

Eritrea: Citizens in Israel Voice Resistance Against External Conspiracies 
allAfrica.com 3 Jan 2013 – [Shabait]Asmara -Eritrean community members in Israel have reiterated readiness to mount staunch resistance against anti-Eritrea agendas.

Egypt: Rights Group Calls for Release of Local Detainees 
allAfrica.com 3 Jan 2013 – [HRInfo]Cairo -ANHRI denounces the arrest of the UAE authorities to a large number of Egyptians who reside in UAE, due to allegations of administration prohibited organization in UAE that belongs to the Muslims Brotherhood Group in Egypt.

Egypt: UAE Arrests ‘Muslim Brotherhood Cell’ Allegedly Plotting to Overthrow Government 
allAfrica.com 3 Jan 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Sharjah -Egypt sent Essam el-Haddad, President Mohamed Morsi’s adviser for foreign affairs and international co-operation, to the UAE for talks on Wednesday, a day after reports that 11 members of a group linked to Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party were arrested there.

Why is cosmetics brand “Yes to Carrots” trying to hide its ties to Israel? 
Global BDS 3 Jan 2013 – Yes To, Inc. won’t say where the Dead Sea mud it uses is sourced and processed. Scan the brightly-colored tubes and pots of face creams, shampoos and other products labeled “Yes to Carrots” and you’ll find no mention of “Israel.” But that wasn’t always the case….

New year’s resolutions for the networked activist 
Global BDS 2 Jan 2013 – The last few weeks of 2012 saw a number of high-profile victories for the BDS movement, including the withdrawal  of occupation profiteer Veolia  from a major contract bid in London following a two-year campaign, reflecting the growing strength of our activist networks. A network is simply…

Bomb hits Syria petrol station 
BBC 3 Jan 2013 – At least nine people have been killed and many injured by a car bomb at a petrol station in Damascus, say activists.

Egypt league back despite clashes 
BBC 3 Jan 2013 – Egypt’s Premier League will resume next month, a year after a ban following the deaths of over 70 fans in clashes in Port Said.

Libyan gunmen seize top policeman 
BBC 3 Jan 2013 – Armed men seize the acting head of the criminal investigation department in Libya’s second city, Benghazi.

Stephen Lendman: Netanyahu Threat New War On Gaza 
Sabbah report 3 Jan 2013 – Netanyahu threat, “we destroyed almost all of their long-range rockets. But I’m telling you that the IDF is preparing to strike a still-heavier blow. Our account with Hamas is not closed.” Read More: Stephen Lendman: Netanyahu Threat New War On Gaza . Sign up for our free…

Jamal Kanj: Obama and the Jewish Lobby 
Sabbah report 3 Jan 2013 – Ironically, patriot Americans are shoved aside by the Jewish lobby’s “thought police” while individuals with dual Israeli citizenship or ex-Israeli soldiers or even suspected spies were appointed unchallenged to the highest offices in US administrations. Read More: Jamal Kanj: Obama and the Jewish Lobby . Sign up…

Steve Amsel: Where Have All The Nazis Gone? 
Sabbah report 3 Jan 2013 – Hunting Nazi’s business has been slow for the rich Zionist Simon Wiesenthal Center, so a new scheme had to be developed … they created new enemies. Among those ‘cited’ was our esteemed associate Carlos Latuff. Read More: Steve Amsel: Where Have All The Nazis Gone? . Sign up…

Settlements Not a Problem According to Washington Post 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 3 Jan 2013 – The Washington Post Editorial Board started the New Year with an op-ed declaring that continued settlement expansion is not an obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians and that the ” overheated rhetoric ” in reaction to the latest announcement of settlement construction is counterproductive to restarting negotiations. “…

Turkish court sentences 40 Kurds to prison 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jan 2013 – A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced to prison 40 Kurds for ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the first verdict to come in a massive trial involving hundreds of suspects. The court in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey handed down jail terms ranging from three…

Hezbollah chief calls for ‘humanitarian’ approach to Syria displaced 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jan 2013 – Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah urged the government to take a strictly humanitarian approach to Syria’s displaced in Lebanon Thursday, days after Energy Minister Jibran Bassil recommended sealing the borders between the two countries. Nasrallah’s remarks came during a speech to mark the 40th day…

012 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jan 2013 – The lobby is aware of a new economic phase coming into play in Lebanon, one where it might not be possible to continue with its desired economic policies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The lobby is aware of a new economic phase coming into play in Lebanon, one…

A Facebook Downfall for Yemen’s Tawakkol Karman 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jan 2013 – An optician from a Yemeni charity shines a light into the eye of a child suffering from eye problems on the outskirts of Sanaa on 16 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Huwais) An optician from a Yemeni charity shines a light into the eye of…

Turkey inks $12 billion energy deal with UAE 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jan 2013 – State power companies in Turkey and United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement to invest in a $12 billion project to produce electricity in Turkey’s Afsin-Elbistan region, Turkey’s energy minister said on Thursday. The Afsin-Elbistan project will provide the region in Turkey’s south-east with 8,000 megawatts…

A World of Outsiders in Lebanon’s Akkar 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jan 2013 – Yet many people do not downplay other more serious causes for the restlessness among the Sunnis of Akkar (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Yet many people do not downplay other more serious causes for the restlessness among the Sunnis of Akkar (Photo: Al-Akhbar) In the Alawi villages of North…

A “Handcuffed” Education Behind Bars 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 2 Jan 2013 – Faced with an educational dead end, the young man had no choice but to skim through books on his own. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Faced with an educational dead end, the young man had no choice but to skim through books on his own. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)…

52-Year-Old Palestinian Dies in Prison in the Gaza Strip 
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Bomb hits Syria petrol station 
BBC 3 Jan 2013 – At least nine people have been killed and many injured by a car bomb at a petrol station in Damascus, say activists.

Bomb kills Shia pilgrims in Iraq 
BBC 3 Jan 2013 – A car bomb kills at least 20 Shia Muslim pilgrims and injures others in the Iraqi town of Musayyib, south of the capital Baghdad, officials say.

Egypt league back despite clashes 
BBC 3 Jan 2013 – Egypt’s Premier League will resume next month, a year after a ban following the deaths of over 70 fans in clashes in Port Said.

Libyan gunmen seize top policeman 
BBC 3 Jan 2013 – Armed men seize the acting head of the criminal investigation department in Libya’s second city, Benghazi.

Al Jazeera targets US expansion 
BBC 3 Jan 2013 – Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera acquires Current TV, the cable television network founded by former US Vice President Al Gore.

Articles


Enforcing Housing Rights: The Case of Sheikh Jarrah 
Bill Bowring, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/1/2013
      In December 2010, I accompanied a group of expert eviction lawyers from England on a visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We examined the case of Sheikh Jarrah and other cases of forced eviction and house demolition in Area C of the OPT.
     The delegation, which was carried out under the auspices of Avocats Sans Frontières, based in Belgium, which also published the delegation’s report, consisted of four English barristers, all specialising in housing rights – John Beckley, Liz Davies and Marina Sergides from Garden Court Chambers, London, and John Hobson of Doughty Street Chambers, Manchester – as well as me, a barrister who takes many cases to the European Court of Human Rights. All are members of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.
     The background to our visit was renewed tension in Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian area located to the north of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. Over the last years, more than 60 Palestinians have been evicted forcibly in this area and at least another 500 are at risk of dispossession and displacement, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
     The Sheikh Jarrah eviction cases were based primarily upon two competing land ownership claims, namely those of the Jewish Committees who claim ownership pre-dating 1948; and 28 extended Palestinian refugee families (over 500 people) who have been residing on the land for over 50 years. The 28 Palestinian families, all of which fled or were expelled forcibly from their homes in 1948 from areas that are now in Israel were resettled in the area of Sheikh Jarrah by the United Nations in 1956. more.. e-mail

‘Ghost town’ brought back to life in Hebron 
Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, Hebron, Electronic Intifada 1/1/2013
      HEBRON (IPS) – Every day, Anas Maraka sees his family’s home, but can’t go inside. “It’s hardest for my grandfather,” said Maraka, referring to the house overlooking Shuhada Street, once the central marketplace in Hebron’s old city.
     While he never lived there himself, Maraka explained that being so close — and yet, so far — from his family’s ancestral home motivates him to maintain Palestinians’ presence in the largest, and one of the most tense and volatile, cities in the West Bank.
     “I like the old city. It’s our culture. Our goal is to rehabilitate houses in the old city and bring people back to abandoned houses. We want to improve the quality of life,” explained Maraka, a member of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC).
     In 15 years of work, HRC has refurbished approximately 900 houses in the old city of Hebron. This rehabilitation, Maraka said, has helped some 10,000 Palestinians to return to the area.
     “After the second intifada, most people left their houses. They were afraid to go back because of the Israeli settlers and the Israeli military. They can’t live easily in the old city, but we’re trying to bring them back. We can’t leave this area because the settlers would come to take the houses,” Maraka said.
     According to a 2006 survey conducted by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, more than 1,000 Palestinian homes were abandoned and more than 1,800 shops were closed in the center of Hebron as a result of Israeli restrictions in the area. This represents approximately 42 percent of homes, and 77 percent of businesses, that were originally used by the city’s occupants (“Ghost Town: Israel’s separation policy and forced eviction of Palestinians from the center of Hebron,” B’Tselem, May 2007. — See also: Israeli military conducts illegal operations in Tel Rumeida, Hebron more.. e-mail

The conspiracy to thwart Palestinian freedom hopes 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 12/31/2012
      Go-go-go, PLO! What is holding you back?
     This Christmas the Palestinian embassy in London sent out a particularly pathetic message.
     Headed “Palestine mulling ICC if UN takes no action on settlements”, it warned that if the UN Security Council didn’t act against Israeli settlements Palestine would “consider complaining to the International Criminal Court [ICC], an option made available by Palestine’s admission as a non-member state to the UN in November”.
     What is there to mull? In all the years since 1967 what action has the Security Council taken to halt Israel’s illegal settlements? Even now, does it show any sign of doing so?
     By action we mean, of course, deeds not woolly words. We mean sanctions and the implementing of all those UN resolutions ordering the Israelis back behind their pre-1967 lines.
     Taking Israel’s crimes to the ICC is hardly something that still needs mulling over. It has been impatiently anticipated. The court has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by nationals of a state party or on the territory of a state party since 1 July 2002, the date the Rome Statute came into effect. Palestinians have a huge backlog of business to do there.
     Charges were surely prepared long ago, ready for submission the minute the door to justice swung open. Palestine declared its voluntary acceptance of the ICC’s jurisdiction in 2009, but was unable to pursue legal remedies until the question of whether it could be regarded as a “state” in accordance with Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute was resolved. more.. e-mail

Writing a people’s history of Israel/Palestine 
Mark LeVine, Al Jazeera.com 1/2/2013
      People’s history opens a new understanding of the current situation in the Israeli/Palestine conflict.
     For well over a century now Zionist Jews and Palestinian Arabs have struggled for control over the territory of Palestine/Israel.
     The contest over land has taken place in the context of an equally important set of struggles over identity, not merely between the two national movements but within them as well.
     The dominant Zionist/Israeli and Palestinian identities have long defined themselves through the land and against the other in a unilinear historical progression characterised either by miraculous triumph (the rebirth of Israel out of the ashes of the Holocaust and the subsequent military victories against an array of Arab enemies) or disaster followed by repeated setbacks, with a few small victories in between (1948, 1967, and the two intifadas for Palestinians).
     The reality of Palestinian-Jewish interaction in Ottoman, Mandate and then post-1948 Palestine/Israel as well as their diasporas is far more complex.
     The everyday lives and struggles, not merely of elites but even more so of the “ordinary” people whose lives are rarely captured by scholars, opens new understandings of the history that produced the present moment, and alternative futures in which the two people might better co-exist with equal freedom, dignity and political, economic and social possibilities. more..e-mail

Jordan Valley families expelled from Israeli “firing zone” during Gaza attack remain uprooted
Electronic Intifada: 2 Jan 2013 – 2 January 2013 It’s too dangerous to return, say Palestinians forced out of their homes.more

‘The Iranians Are Coming’: The Imagined, ‘Sinister’ Iranian Threat in Latin America
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jan 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud Reading the text of a bill that was recently signed into law by US President Barack Obama would instill fear in the hearts of ordinary Americans. Apparently, barbarians coming from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the US-Mexico border, cutting fences and ready to wreak havoc on an otherwise serene American landscape. Never mind that crazed, armed to the teeth, homegrown American terrorists are killing children and terrorizing whole cities. It is the Iranian menace that we are meant to fear according to the new law. When compounded with the other imagined threats of Hezbollah and Hamas, all with sinister agendas, then the time is right for Americans to return to their homes, bolt their doors and squat in shelters awaiting further instructions, for evidently, “The Iranians are coming.” It is as comical as it is untrue. But “The Countering Iran in the Western…more

A Short Tour of the Zionist Sewers
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jan 2013 – B Vacy Vlazna The Parisian sewer system is famous. Victor Hugo described it as such: ‘Paris has another Paris under herself; a Paris of sewers; which has its streets, its crossings, its squares, its blind alleys, its arteries, and its circulation, which is slime, minus the human form.’ Israel too has a sewer system that is spread internationally… a system of interconnected corporations in the USA, Australia, Canada, and Europe with subterranean links to Israel’s Leviathan- ‘slime minus the human form’ – the savage Zionist illegal occupation of Palestine. Just as Paris offers tours of its sewers, let us descend into the visceral underground (Here, no more false appearance, no possible plastering, the filth takes off its shirt, absolute nakedness, rout of illusions and of mirages, nothing more but what it is . . . The last veil is rent. A sewer is a cynic. It tells all. Hugo) of corporate interconnections to…more

Obama and the Jewish Lobby
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jan 2013 – By Jamal Kanj The Israeli lobby is flexing its muscle against Barack Obama’s potential nominee to be the next Secretary of Defence. The frontrunner Chuck Hagel is co-chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Committee. Hagel was a Republican Senator representing Nebraska from 1996 until his retirement in 2008. He was one of few senators who crossed party lines on issues most important to the American people. Despite his Republican credentials and being considered by a Democratic President, Israeli firsters from both parties are united in pre-empting Hagel’s official nomination. Not because he is ill-equipped to lead the US armed forces, but for not being adequately submissive to the Jewish lobby while in the Senate. When asked on NBC Meet the Press program last week if he would support the President’s apparent nominee, leading Israeli firster Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer responded: “I’d have to study his record.” Schumer’s response…more

Hobbes, Syria and the Importance of Stability
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jan 2013 – By Daniel Renwick Born into a tradition of leftism, Thomas Hobbes never spoke to me. When I read Leviathan as a student, it was the book of my enemy, an adversarial text that precluded me from challenging my sovereign and binding me to a status quo I loathe. I tended to be drawn to texts that offered a more optimistic picture of what we as a collective can achieve. Where sympathies lie is colored by one’s understanding of human nature or, to be more precise, the nature of the individuals who compose the body politic, in conditions where general order is removed. Hobbes painted a picture that was bleak indeed. He, in quasi-materialistic terms, laid out the system of logic that has governed political science since: people are rational egoists and it is on the basis of human selfishness that we find politics, covenants and laws. From Hobbes’ perspective, people…more

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