VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 13 January 2013: Eviction of Bab Al Shams exposes Israel as a lawless state

13 January 2012 – VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Killed, Three Injured, In Tunnel Accident
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, reported that one Palestinian was killed and three others were injured when a siege-busting tunnel on the border with Egypt collapsed on them. …

Child, 7, Rammed By Settler’s Vehicle In East Jerusalem
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in Jerusalem reported Sunday that a Palestinian child, 7, was moderately injured after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler near the Kidar illegal settlement, in occupied East Jerusalem; the settler fled the scene. …

Israeli Soldiers Attack, Evict, Bab Al-Shams, Arrest Dozens
IMEMC – Thousands of Israeli soldiers and policemen attacked, on Saturday at dawn, the Bab Al-Shams Palestinian village, installed east of in occupied East Jerusalem, and forcibly removed dozens of activists loading them into buses. …

Ma’an News

Man killed, 3 wounded in Gaza tunnel collapse
1/13/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an)– A Palestinian man was killed when a tunnel under Gaza’s border with Egypt collapsed on Sunday morning, rescue services said. Ali al-Fadi, 20, died immediately and three others were wounded when the tunnel partially caved in near Rafah, south Gaza, civil defense spokesman Muhammad al-Maathneh said. He said….

Israel evacuates E1 protest village
1/13/2013 – E1, West Bank (Reuters) — Israeli security forces removed over 100 Palestinian protesters early on Sunday from Bab al-Shams, an impromptu tented community pitched in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel has earmarked for a controversial new settlement. Israel’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Palestinian protest village, built in…. Related:In photos: Bab al-Shams challenges Israeli occupation

Child hit by Israeli car in West Bank, moderately wounded
1/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A seven-year-old Palestinian boy was hit by an Israeli car in the central West Bank on Sunday morning, his teacher said. Ali Mousa al-Jahaleen, was hit by the car near the Qedar settlement, on his way to the Jahalin school in Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem. He was transferred to Jerusalem….

Israeli forces arrest cancer patient in Nablus, locals say
1/13/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested a man suffering from cancer in Nablus on Sunday, locals said. Hassan Turabi, 22, was detained after Israeli forces raided the village of Sarra early Sunday, witnesses told Ma’an. Turabi has suffered from cancer for nearly 10 years and was preparing to resume treatment in Jordan….

Elections commission ‘to restart work in Gaza’
1/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian elections commission will begin working in Gaza in the next few days, a political official told Ma’an on Saturday. Independent coalition chief Khalil Assaf said factions meeting in Cairo in recent days had agreed to move forward with the electoral process in the Gaza Strip. Holding fresh….

In photos: Bab al-Shams challenges Israeli occupation
1/13/2013 – Reuters / Baz Ratner / Ammar Awad – Palestinian activists erected over 25 tents and a medical center in the E1 area of east of Jerusalem on Dec. 11 to protest Israeli settlement plans and protect Palestinian land from annexation. The village, named Bab al-Shams or Gate of the Sun, was an unprecedented action in the wider strategy…. Related: Israel evacuates E1 protest village

Netanyahu keeps clear of Hagel confirmation fight
1/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu steered clear of the brewing battle in Washington over the nomination for defense secretary of Chuck Hagel, whose record on Israel and Iran is under scrutiny.” I do not interfere in the political appointments of the US president. It is his prerogative,” Netanyahu, who has had a testy relationship….

013 Mideast peace plan
1/13/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The European Union is developing a proposal to restart peace talks between Israel and Palestine that it will put forward in March, Israeli media reported on Sunday. The plan will set out the principles of a future peace accord, and a timetable for negotiating all the key issues during….

Arab League urges members to ease PA financial crisis
1/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Arab foreign ministers agreed Sunday to form a delegation to press member states to fulfill their financial obligations to the Palestinian Authority, a statement said. The delegation will be comprised of PA prime minister Salam Fayyad, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, the Iraqi foreign minister, and Lebanon’s foreign….

PA to compensate citizens for storm damage
1/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will compensate citizens for the damage wrought by a heavy storm last week, the minister of national economy Jawad Naji said on Saturday. Both private losses and public infrastructure damage will be compensated, he said. The minister visited some of the worst-hit areas in the Tulkarem and Jenin….

Netanyahu denies wasting money on Iran attack plans
1/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed allegations by predecessor Ehud Olmert that he wasted billions of dollars preparing for a strike on Iran that did not take place. Olmert, who once led the centrist Kadima party, told Israel’s Channel 2 television on Friday that 11 billion shekels (about $3….

Israeli Shas party rabbi released from hospital
1/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A 92-year-old Israeli rabbi who serves as the spiritual head of a powerful ultra-Orthodox political party was released from hospital on Sunday after treatment for a suspected minor stroke. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who has largely set the terms under which his Shas party has agreed to join a succession of governments, was….

DFLP: Egypt to host reconciliation meeting in Feb
1/13/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Sunday that Egypt has agreed to host the PLO for reconciliation talks at the beginning of February. DFLP official Talal Abu Zarifeh told Ma’an that the meeting will discuss obstacles to reconciliation, and stressed the importance of using proportional….

Official: Swine flu death toll rises to 15 in West Bank
1/13/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fifteen people have died in the West Bank after contracting the Swine Flu virus, a Palestinian Authority health ministry official said Sunday. Tareef Ashour announced that a woman died from the H1N1 virus on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 15 people. There have been 511 cases of Swine Flu in….

Egyptian court accepts Mubarak appeal, orders retrial
1/13/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An Egyptian court accepted an appeal by ousted former president Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister on Sunday, allowing him to be retried over the killings of protesters in the 2011 uprising. Mubarak and former interior minister Habib al-Adli were sentenced to life in prison in June last year in a court…. Related: Egypt opens old wound with Mubarak retrial

Egypt opens old wound with Mubarak retrial
1/13/2013 – By Marwa Awad and Maria GolovninaCAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt ordered a retrial of deposed president Hosni Mubarak on Sunday after accepting an appeal against his life sentence, opening up an old wound in the painful transition from decades of authoritarian rule. Mubarak, 84, was ousted in 2011 after 30 years in power and jailed for life…. Related:Egyptian court accepts Mubarak appeal, orders retrial

Opposition: Syrian forces kill 36 in bombardment
1/13/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Government forces killed at least 36 people, 14 of them children, in a bombardment of rebel-held areas on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday, Syrian opposition activists said. Video footage showed women weeping over the dismembered bodies of children strewn across a field in Eastern Ghouta, near an air defence base on the….

Russia tells Syria rebels: seek dialogue with Damascus
1/13/2013 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — The Syrian opposition should make counter-proposals to those President Bashar Assad made in a recent speech, to start a dialogue that could end the fighting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.” President Assad came out with initiatives aimed at inviting all opposition members to dialogue. Yes, these initiatives probably do not….


Netanyahu vows to push on with E1 settlement
AlJazeera 13 Jan 2013 – Israeli police release activists detained after setting up camp to protest illegal settlement in key West Bank area. 

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

In Excessive Use of Force Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Civilians and Injure Third in the Gaza Strip and the West …
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

19 year-old law student Anwar Al-Maloukfrom Gaza City shot dead
1/13/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Jabalia, Gaza Strip, Friday 11th January, 2013 – The fragile ceasefire announced on 21st November, following Israel’s eight-day offensive on Gaza, was yet again violated by the Israeli military today after a fatal attack on a group of Palestinian civilians east of Jabalia. 19 year-old Anwar Al-Malouk, a law student from the Shajaia district….

The National

Iran planning a cinematic response to Argo
The National 13 Jan 2013 – Film is to correct the ‘historical distortions’ in the Oscar-nominated thriller about hostage rescue, Tehran says.

Dh330bn investment boost for Abu Dhabi
The National 13 Jan 2013 – A raft of developments including new homes, schools, roads and other vital infrastructure projects will inject Dh330 billion into the economy over the next five years.

Lull in fighting cold comfort to Syrians
The National 13 Jan 2013 – Extreme winter conditions across the Middle East are creating misery for Syrians already living in dire conditions. Phil Sands hunkers down with some guests in Damascus 

Live history project tells of UAE’s maritime past
The National 13 Jan 2013 – Old photographs and memories of how the families lived before oil are the subject of an exhibition and a book launched by DP World

Oldest UAE illegal’s dismay at having to leave his home of 50 years
The National 13 Jan 2013 – Mohammed Jamua Yousuf was a young man when he left his home in Somalia and travelled to Ajman to make a new life for himself.

Mali war threatens regional stability
The National 13 Jan 2013 – Following French intervention, Mali’s neighbours voice concerns that the escalation in hostilities will spill over and compromise security in their own countries. Alice Fordham reports from Tunis 

Hollande prepared to risk prolonged campaign in Mali
The National 13 Jan 2013 – UN Security Council envoy predicts a ‘chaotic few weeks’ as France vows to battle Islamist militants in Mali for ‘as long as necessary’.

The devil’s advocate who has enraged India
The National 13 Jan 2013 – ‘The whole world is crying out for revenge. I want to prove these men can get a fair trial,’ says lawyer who took gang-rape case.


Israel’s State Archives close again, this time due to collapsed staircase
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Member of Israel’s higher education council resigns over West Bank university recognition
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

After Harpaz report, aide to ex-IDF chief Ashkenazi to leave army
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Israel’s center-left signs pact pledging Arab-Jewish equality within 10 years
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Netanyahu: NIS 39 billion budget deficit won’t affect Israelis
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Video shows Palestinian youth attacking ultra-Orthodox Jews with snowballs in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Election committee asked to probe Habayit Hayehudi’s illegal call for help from state-funded yeshivas
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Israeli government recognizes Shalem Center as academic institution
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Netanyahu on evacuating Palestinian protest tents: Nobody will block E-1 corridor
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Hod Hasharon school grapples with parent’s attack on teacher
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Shas leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef released from hospital after treated for suspected stroke
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Meretz apologizes for campaign ad featuring little girl harassed by ultra-Orthodox man
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Habayit Hayehudi issues illegal call for support from state-funded yeshivas
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Netanyahu rejects Olmert’s claim he spent billions on ‘military delusions’
Ha’aretz – 13 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

IDF notes increase in attempts to hack army PCs
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Army identifies an increase in attempts to listen in on IDF communications, gain access to military computers. 

Saudi Arabia to aid Jordan with Syrian refugees
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Jordanian prime minister blames refugee situation on Israeli refusal to allow Palestinians into Jewish state. 

Parties gearing up for final push in last polls
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Likud Beytenu to start new billboard campaign, Yacimovich to call undecided voters in last few days before election. 

Cabinet okays proposal for non-petroleum-based fuels
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Compressed natural gas, methanol mixes, other alternatives to be crucial elements in reducing Israel’s dependence on oil. 

Right-wing activists to march in Arab town, Musmus
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – MK Michael Ben-Ari and Strong Israel candidates Ben-Gvir, Marzel given police approval for “No obligations, no rights” march. 

Dreaming beyond their limitations
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Persons with disabilities launch Ilan Foundation’s Employment Year with Peres at President’s Residence. 

New regulation set for speed-monitoring lasers
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – National Road Safety Authority regulates reliability of laser radar guns that monitor vehicle speeds on country’s roadways. 

Almagor turned down over petition on PA body transfers
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – With a compromise in hand between the sides, High Court dismisses petition by the Almagor Terror Victims Association to block future transfers of terrorists’ bodies to the PA

Health Ministry breaks own cigarette ban
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – After pushing Knesset amendment totally prohibiting cigarette smoking in gov’t buildings, ‘Post’ finds butts littering ministry. 

Israel accredits first liberal arts college
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Shalem College in Jerusalem aims to prepare students for quickly changing society. 

Ministry condemns attack by parent on teacher
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – A student’s father beat a teacher at the school on Friday for confiscating his son’s cellphone during class. 

IDF brass to PM: Syrian rebels on fence with Israel
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013Netanyahu tours Syria border, briefed on advances of Islamists, Salafists in country; says Israel monitoring movement of Syria‘s chemical weapons, mulling security barrier on border. 

Think About It: Witch-hunt or proper neutrality?
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – The ethos of neutral and apolitical service expected from civil servants in general and Knesset employees in particular is vital for the proper functioning of our democratic system. 

School violence
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – There is no excuse for the Hod Hasharon father’s violent assault at Shahar middle school. However, the incident provides an opportunity to reassess our educational system. 

Borderline Views: Exercising the right to vote
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – It is crucial that as many as possible of Israel’s citizens have their say in determining the future of the country. 

Colin Powell defends Hagel as ‘supporter of Israel’
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Former US secretary of state says Obama’s defense secretary nominee pro-Israel, but will disagree with J’lem when necessary. 

Intellectual savages?
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Ferocious Palestinian anti-Semites have been sanitized by the Western public opinion which calls them “militants,” as The New York Times did last week. 

Distrust and the reality of coexistence
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – One of the main impediments to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the complete lack of trust between the two sides. 

Savir’s Corner: A national emergency government
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – I do not envy Binyamin Netanyahu on the morning of January 23. 

Two feted Israeli films provoke pride and anger
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – While the Israeli film-making community is rejoicing over the two Oscar nominations for the documentaries ‘5 Broken Cameras’ and ‘The Gatekeepers,’ some fear that their political critique of the government is no more than self hatred. 

At 4.2%, 2012 deficits overshoots 3% target
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – At double the original projections, deficit adds burden to looming budget negotiations; politicians across political spectrum slam gov’t in wake of data. 

Labor, Likud push for the social vote in TV ads
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Likud brings Kahlon into the campaign; Rubinstein: Performances at Labor, Meretz ads break Election Law. 

Jordan forming int’l bloc to spur peace talks
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – King Abdullah says he is working with European countries to restart long-stalled negotiations between Israel, Palestinians. 

‘Gantz ousts Viner from IDF after Harpaz report’
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Ch. 10 reports Gabi Ashkenazi’s former aide, accused of abetting forgery of Harpaz Document, dismissed from IDF by chief of staff. 

Syrian forces kill 26 in bombardment east of capital
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Assad’s troops use air force, rockets, artillery in heaviest campaign since rebels overran helicopter base near Damascus. 

Wanted: Bone marrow for Jewish mother
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – London family turns to social media to help find donor for mom undergoing chemotherapy. 

2 killed, 12 hurt in collision near Kiryat Gat
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – 70-year-old-man severely injured, 11 others suffer light-to-moderate injuries in car accident on Route 6. 

Peace Now to secular voters: Match settler turnout
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – NGO: Right-wing bloc has advantage because of low voter turnout in major cities, high rate in settlements. 

Iran tests battle tactics in Strait of Hormuz drill
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2013 – Naval force of the IRGC holds exercises to test new equipment, navy’s combat-readiness, familiarity with new weapons. 

The Guardian

Colin Powell defends Chuck Hagel as Obama’s pick to head Pentagon
The Guardian 13 Jan 2013 – Former general backs Defense Department nomination as Republicans object to Hagel’s history on US relations with Israel Former secretary of state Colin Powell has given support to President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Defense Department,…

Israel evicts E1 Palestinian peace camp protesters
The Guardian 13 Jan 2013 – Israeli military make arrests in early morning swoop against Bab al-Shams encampment despite supreme court ruling The Israeli state has swung into action against a group of Palestinian activists who established a tent village on a…


Police brings down Palestinian outpost, activists resist peacefully

Israeli forces shoot, kill worker south of Hebron

Eleven Years of Guantánamo: End This Scandal Now!

013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

On the eve of elections, Israel’s politicians remain united in ‘defense of ethnic purity’

Settlers attack Urif and Qusra with guns, knives and stones

Tens of thousands of Sunni Iraqis rally against Maliki

U.S. issues Haiti Travel Warning: How Dare They!

Using “American Power Wisely”: AFRICOM’s Imperialist Quest

Daily Star

France calls UN Security Council meeting on Mali
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 A spokesman for the French U.N. Mission says the Security Council will meet Monday at France’s request to discuss Mali.

Libya plans diplomatic security force after attacks
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 Libya plans to create a special force to protect diplomats, government sources said, after a gun attack on an Italian consul exposed the precarious security situation in the North African state.

Bomb hits convoy of Iraq’s Sunni finance minister
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 Attackers detonated a bomb Sunday next to a convoy carrying the Iraqi finance minister, a central figure in more than two weeks of protests by minority Sunnis against the Shiite-dominated Baghdad government, police said.

Kuwaiti opposition rallies for dissolving parliament
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 Hundreds of Kuwait opposition supporters demonstrated on Sunday to demand the dissolution of the parliament elected last month in general polls boycotted by almost all political groups, witnesses said.

Assad’s removal from power ‘impossible': Russia
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 Russia said Sunday that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power was not part of past international agreements on the crisis and was impossible to implement.

Russia tells Syria rebels: seek dialogue with Damascus
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 The Syrian opposition should make counter-proposals to those President Bashar al-Assad made in a recent speech, to start a dialogue that could end the fighting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.

Protests by Pakistani Shiites spread to main port city
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 Protests against attacks on Shiites spread across Pakistan on Sunday as the prime minister flew to the western city of Quetta to meet mourners who refused to bury their dead until the government promised them better…

‘Lincoln, ‘Argo,’ Tina Fey, Amy Poehler on Golden Globes menu
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 Hollywood’s biggest stars turn out on Sunday for the 70th Golden Globe Awards, with “Lincoln” and Iran hostage thriller “Argo” in a close race for the top honor, best movie drama.

Iraq Sunni leader urges reforms to end protests
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki should reform laws seen as unjustly marginalizing the country’s Sunni Muslims or mass protests could spiral out of control, a top Sunni leader said.

Israel plans 170 new settler homes in Jordan Valley
Daily Star 13 Jan 2013 Israel’s defence ministry has published plans for 170 new housing units and another 84 guest rooms in the West Bank settlement of Rotem in the Jordan Valley, anti-settlement activists said on Sunday.

Stop The Wall

Reclaiming the land: Palestinian popular resistance activists set-up protest tent village in E1 area in opposition to Israeli settlements
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Bab Al Shams Yesterday, Friday 11 January 2013, Palestinian activists sought to protect land under threat from Israeli settlements. Coordinated by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall And Settlements Campaign (Stop the Wall) and Popular Committees against the Wall, around 250 activists from all over…

YNet News

Syrian forces kill 36 in bombardment, says opposition 
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Italian FM: Benghazi attack ‘attempt to destabilize Libya’
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Allies lead pro-Chavez rallies across Venezuela
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Mali: France bombs Islamist strongholds; SC to convene
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Pakistan Shi’ites quit protest after PM sacks minister 
YNet News, 13 Jan 2013 – ….

Isolationism will backfire 
YNet News, 13 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: In second term, Obama allowing himself to implement policies that are dangerous to America and the entire world ….

Talks with Ocalan futile? 
YNet News, 13 Jan 2013 – Analysis: Turkish PM Erdogan may find his fate tied with Kurdish leader’s ability to change course and reign in violence ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haniyeh: Egypt’s security is our security
PIC – Ismail Haniya considered the arrival of the Egyptian delegation to the Gaza Strip as “an Egyptian and Arab declaration of breaking the siege imposed on Gaza’s sports.”

Occupation closes the northern entrance of Yatta
PIC – Israeli occupation forces closed, on Sunday afternoon, the northern entrance to the city of Yatta, and set up a checkpoint just off the Israeli military tower in the “Ziv” area south of al-Khalil.

Barhoum: demolition of Bab Shams village proves the occupation’s racism
PIC – Fawzi Barhoum, the spokesman for Hamas movement, said that the demolition of the village of Bab Shams by the occupation, and the arrest of its residents represent forms of Israeli aggression.

Political arrests continue in the West Bank
PIC – PA security apparatus arrested the preacher of a mosque in Jenin, and summoned seven Hamas supporters for interrogation in al-Khalil, Nablus and Qalqilya.

IOF arrests Palestinian for allegedly attempting to stab a soldier
PIC – Hebrew media claimed that military force prevented the occurrence of an offensive operation planned by a Palestinian citizen who tried to implement it near the settlement of “Ma’ale Adumim”

The increasing suffering of Megiddo Prisoners
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in Megiddo prison complained against the medical negligence, where they informed PPS’ lawyer that the IPS prevented their medical treatment after promises to provide it.

Silent sit-in in solidarity with prisoners in Jenin
PIC – Families of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails have organized on Sunday a silent sit-in in Dawar Cinema in the downtown of Jenin.

IOF storms Palestinian towns, set-up military checkpoints in al-Khalil
PIC – The IOF stormed several Palestinian towns in al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank, where they conducted military patrols, and erected several barriers at the entrances to the district.

Seven Palestinian martyrs in Syria on Saturday
PIC – The Working Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria confirmed on Saturday that 7 Palestinian refugees were killed in Yarmouk and Husseiniya refugee camps in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Ghussein: Bab al-Shams Village is a new and important form of resistance
PIC – Ihab Ghussein, head of the Government Information Office, said that setting up the tent village of Bab al-Shams in east Jerusalem, is a new and important form of resistance against settlement. 


Foreign Ministry Condemns Attack against Bab al-Shams Village
WAFA – 13 Jan 2013

Settler Runs over Child near Jerusalem
WAFA – 13 Jan 2013

Israeli Forces Destroy Tents Village East of Jerusalem
WAFA – 13 Jan 2013

Palestinian Documentary Nominated for Oscar
WAFA – 12 Jan 2013

Activists Set Up Tents on Land Israel Seized for Settlement
WAFA – 12 Jan 2013

Newspapers Review: Tent Village in E1 Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 12 Jan 2013


Clashes flare up in strategic Syria suburb
LA Times 12 Jan 2013Syria government tanks try to enter Dariya, which is also attacked by air. Rebels say a stalemate continues. BEIRUT — Syrian forces and antigovernment rebels fought bruising skirmishes Saturday in the rubble of Dariya, a war-torn western suburb of Damascus that both sides have identified…

Egyptian Court Grants Hosni Mubarak a New Trial
New York Times 13 Jan 2013 – While a court threw out Hosni Mubarak’s conviction for failing to prevent the deaths of protesters, the former Egyptian president is being held for investigation on other charges and will not be freed. 

Egyptian Court Orders Retrial for Mubarak
New York Times 13 Jan 2013 – An Egyptian court granted Hosni Mubarak an appeal of his life sentence on Sunday, ordering a retrial for the ousted president on charges of overseeing the police killing of nonviolent protesters. 

Israeli Police Evict Palestinian Protesters from E1
New York Times 13 Jan 2013 – A group of protesters had put up tents on Friday at a site known as E1, where Israel announced plans to build a settlement. 

Get ready for Sino-American hegemony 
Globes Energy & Water – Shraga Biran thinks China and the US will bring peace and prosperity to the Middle East.

Cabinet approves plan to switch from oil to gas for transport
Globes Energy & Water – The government wants to use compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of gasoline in public transport.

Yigal Landau sells most of Ratio holding 
Globes Energy & Water – Ratio Oil’s chairman sold shares for almost NIS 28 million in an off-floor transaction.

2012 deficit double projection at 4.2%
Globes Main News – At NIS 39 billion, the 2012 budget deficit was more than double the original projection.

Dialogic fires 30 in Israel
Globes Main News – VP Andrew Goldberg: The Israeli team developed amazing solutions, and the Israeli branch is still important for Dialogic’s future.

Kinneret rises further 13 cm
Globes Main News – The lake will rise by at least a further 45 centimeters by the end of January from strong river flows.

Sun: Perrigo, Teva pull market down
Globes Main News – Teva was down on the day’s biggest turnover, and Perrigo fell sharply after Goldman Sachs cut its recommendation.

Perrigo falls following Goldman Sachs downgrade
Globes Main News – The investment bank gives the generic drug company a “Sell” recommendation, because its high multiple compared with peers is unjustifiable.

Mutual funds raising hits 6-year peak
Globes Main News – Israeli mutual funds have raised NIS 3.9 billion since the beginning of January – the highest monthly amount raised since May 2007.

Netanyahu: Deficit will have no impact 
Globes Macro Economics – “We expected a deficit of 3.9% of GDP, and a difference is 0.3 percentage points. I don’t think this will have a significant impact on the country’s people.”

Steinitz’s warped sense of responsibility 
Globes Macro Economics – The biennial budget created an economic policy that could not respond to any new conditions, and the public does not really know about fiscal trends.

Trade deficit rises sharply to NIS 70b 
Globes Macro Economics – Israel’s trade deficit ballooned 142% in 2011-2012 to NIS 70.2 billion at the end of last year, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports.

Homebuyers borrowed NIS 46.6b in 2012 
Globes Macro Economics – New mortgages in 2012 were 4% more than in 2011, and close to the previous record of NIS 47 billion set in 2010.

Bab al-Shams Village (Gateway to the Sun)
Palestine Monitor –     During the late evening on Thursday, 12th January, work began in constructing the Bab al-Shams Village in the infamous E-1 district of the West Bank. Consisting of 22 large tents, this operation marks…

Act Now to Pressure Israel to Refrain from Violence Against the People in Bab Al-Shams
Palestine Monitor – January 12, 2012 Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative appeals to all friends and supporters around the world, and to all those who believe in the sanctity of universal human rights…

Netanyahu ordered eviction of Bab al-Shams
Mondoweiss – Israeli forces destroy the village of Gate of the Sun, detaining dozens of its residents. (Photo: Felesteen.ps ) Israeli special forces have detained Palestinian villagers in the protest encampment of Bab al-Shams , in the E1 area of the West Bank, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the…

Lobby leans on Schumer to block Hagel– now that Ackerman, Berman, Frank, Weiner, Rothman and Lieberman are gone
Mondoweiss – On Meet the Press this morning, Andrea Mitchell said that Chuck Schumer is “ambivalent” about Chuck Hagel but the opposition is going to need some new information if it’s going to stop Hagel’s appointment as Defense Secretary. Neither Mitchell nor David Gregory could say what Politico…

Billboard calling for an end to aid to Israel prompts rage, and rally, in Houston
Mondoweiss – Houston billboard There’s going to be a ‘victory’ rally today in Houston to celebrate the accomplishment of raising funds for, and negotiating, the installation of a bright new Stop $30 Billion to Israel billboard. If you’re anywhere near Houston you might want to join the rally…

AP headline projects ‘Jewish state’s end’
Mondoweiss – Great piece by Dan Perry of AP, from Tel Aviv, headlined “Israel left wing sees Jewish state’s end.” This is important because Ehud Olmert’s declaration of a few years ago, that Israel is committing suicide, is finally entering the mainstream in the United States. Though the…

Activists steadfast as Bab al-Shams violently evicted by Israeli soldiers – ‘We will not remain silent as Israel continues to build Jewish-only colonies on our land’
Mondoweiss – Israeli soldiers raiding Bab al-Shams. (Photo: Babalshams Facebook page ) Shortly before 3 AM, hundreds of Israeli cops and soldiers staged a raid on the newly founded Palestinian village of Bab Alshams (Gate of the Sun), violently evicting its 150 inhabitants. Use of police brutality is even…

Huge Rally Denounces Russia’s Adoption Ban 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jan 2013 – Tens of thousands of people, some denouncing President Vladimir Putin as a “child-killer”, marched through Moscow on Sunday to protest against a ban on Americans adopting Russian children. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Released From Hospital 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jan 2013 – A 92-year-old Israeli rabbi who serves as the spiritual head of a powerful ultra-Orthodox political party was released from hospital on Sunday after treatment for a suspected minor stroke. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Clears Palestinians From E1 Camp 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Jan 2013 – Israeli soldiers forcibly removed scores of Palestinians from a tent city pitched in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel has earmarked for a new settlement. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Arabs Gripped by Election Apathy 
The Forward New 13 Jan 2013 – You might think the prospect of a far-right win would spur Arabs to vote in next week’s Israeli election. Think again. Apathy is widespread, and it’s not just Jewish parties to blame. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gambia: Iran Arms Trial Continues On Allegation of Arms Shipment From Iran Via Nigeria to Gambia 
allAfrica.com 13 Jan 2013 – [Foroyaa]Trial in the case of an Iranian, Azim Aghajani charged with unlawful importation of firearms and explosives to Nigeria continued on Thursday at the Federal High Court, Lagos, Nigeria with his Nigerian accomplice, Ali Abbas Usman testifying that he does not know that the container which…

Court orders retrial for Mubarak 
BBC 13 Jan 2013 – A court in Egypt orders a retrial for former President Hosni Mubarak after accepting his appeal against a life sentence over the killing of protesters.

West Bank tent protesters evicted 
BBC 13 Jan 2013 – Israeli forces evict Palestinian activists who had pitched tents in an area of the West Bank where Israel is planning fresh settlement building.

Israeli Vegetables at Spinneys: Tip of the Iceberg 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 13 Jan 2013 – in Lebanon, we like to outdo the West when it comes to freedom of opinion and expression. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) in Lebanon, we like to outdo the West when it comes to freedom of opinion and expression. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) This month, the Palestinian Farmers Union…

Navigating a New Damascus: Cement Barriers and Checkpoints 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jan 2013 – A car driving on a snow-covered road past the Hijaz train station, built in Ottoman times, in the Syrian capital of Damascus on 10 January 2013. (Photo: AFP – SANA) A car driving on a snow-covered road past the Hijaz train station, built in Ottoman times,…

Palestinians vow return to Bab al-Shams following raid 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jan 2013 – Israeli forces raided the Bab al-Shams Palestinian encampment in the West Bank early Sunday morning, 13 January 2013, and evicted over 100 people. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Updated 4:57pm: Palestinians have vowed to erect a new set of encampments across the Israeli-occupied West Bank Sunday…

Iraq attacks kill young boy, three soldiers 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jan 2013 – Insurgent attacks in separate parts of Iraq killed four people including a seven-year-old boy and wounded five others Sunday, officials said. The first attack took place early Sunday when gunmen attacked an army checkpoint near the city of Samarra north of Baghdad, killing three soldiers and…

Jewish settler runs over Palestinian boy 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jan 2013 – An Israeli settler ran over a seven-year-old boy with his car Sunday morning as he walked to school in the West Bank town of Abu Dis, Palestinian media reported. The boy, Ali Jahalin, was hit near the illegal Kedar settlement east of Jerusalem on his way…

Mubarak wins court appeal over life sentence 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jan 2013 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom in Cairo in this 2 June 2012 file photo. (Photo: Reuters/Stringer/Files) An Egyptian court on Sunday ordered a retrial for former president Hosni Mubarak after accepting an appeal against the life sentence handed him…

Court orders retrial for Mubarak 
BBC 13 Jan 2013 – A court in Egypt orders a retrial for former President Hosni Mubarak after accepting his appeal against a life sentence over the killing of protesters.

West Bank tent protesters evicted 
BBC 13 Jan 2013 – Israeli forces evict Palestinian activists who had pitched tents in an area of the West Bank where Israel is planning fresh settlement building.

VIDEO: Quest to bring culture to Qatar 
BBC 12 Jan 2013 – As a young country, Qatar has a somewhat limited cultural history – but authorities in the Gulf state are now using its vast wealth to invest in heavily the arts.

VIDEO: The first Palestinian 3D animated film 
BBC 12 Jan 2013 – Filmmakers in Gaza are nearing completion on The Scarecrow – the first 3D animated film to be produced by Palestinians.

VIDEO: Spotlight on Qatar’s property market 
BBC 12 Jan 2013 – Building work is in full swing in Doha ahead of the 2022 World Cup, but in challenging global economic conditions how is Qatar’s property market holding up?

Putting the welcome mat out in Baghdad 
BBC 12 Jan 2013 – Baghdad vies to be a conference capital


Eviction of Palestinian outpost exposes double standard on settlements 
Aziz Abu Sarah, +972 Magazine 1/13/2013
      The consequences of the the Israeli government decision go beyond the action against the Palestinian community in Bab Al-Shams. By evicting the residents, Netanyahu has made a mockery of the Israeli High Court and, in turn, the rule of law.
     In the early hours of Sunday morning, hundreds of Israeli soldiers stormed the newly-founded Bab Al-Shams village, evicting Palestinian and international activists. The eviction took place despite an injunction by the High Court of Justice. However, Palestinians at the site were notified ahead of time that they will be removed regardless of the decision.
     The Bab Al-Shams village was created only three days ago by over 250 Palestinians and internationals as a nonviolent response to Israel’s recent decision to build settlement units in the E1 area. According to Irene Nasser, an activist who was present at the scene last night, activists at Bab Al-Shams were arrested and later released at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah. Six Palestinians were injured during the eviction and taken to hospitals in Ramallah and Jerusalem.
     The Israeli government’s decision to ignore the High Court injunction and evict the Palestinians from E1 was justified by urgent security needs. However, there was no further explanation regarding said security threat (in Israel, the term “security threat” can often be used as a license to any oppressive actions toward the Palestinian people.). It is probably that Prime Minister Netanyahu, who ordered the eviction, made the hasty decision due to considerations having to do with the upcoming elections, rather than with security. However, the consequences of the the Israeli government decision go beyond the action against the Palestinian community in Bab Al-Shams. Netanyahu has made a mockery of the Israeli High Court and, in turn, the rule of law.
     According to Haaretz, the village was built mostly on private Palestinian land, rather than “state land.” Therefore, the government’s decision lacks any legal standing, since the Palestinians were not given a chance to defend their case in court. — See also: Police brings down Palestinian outpost, activists resist peacefully more.. e-mail

A real alternative? Tzipi Livni is far worse than Netanyahu 
Idan Landau, +972 Magazine 1/12/2013
      Despite her direct responsibility for two wars which took the lives of 2,000 civilians, and her uncompromising, hawkish positions during negotiations with the Palestinians, Tzipi Livni is still considered an acceptable choice for the Israeli ‘peace camp.’ It is time for the public to stop believing the lies. 
     On November 27, 2012, Tzipi Livni announced that she will be running for the upcoming elections as part of the newly-foundd Hatnua party, which presents itself as a diplomatic alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The party seeks to promote the peace processs wth Palestinian Authority and supports two states for two people. Two former Labor Party chairmen, Amram Mitzna and Amir Peretz, have left their old party and joined forces with Livni.
     The following post was written by Israeli blogger Idan Landau, and was first published on his blog [Hebrew]: 
     I had no intention to write about the elections. I think no differently of them now than I did three years ago: I still look in astonishment at the finest analytical minds in Israel splitting hairs over the black hole which swallowed Israeli politics, popularly known as “the center.” I was certainly not going to write about Hatnua (“The Movement”), which is to say, the standstill between Tzipi Livni and Amir Peretz. Honest to God. I don’t care for politicians, and even less so during election season.
     But then Hatnua’s billboard campaign came along: “Bibi and Lieberman – mess, Tzipi Livni – Peace. Food for thought from Hatnua.” The buck stops here. How much abuse can we take? Six words per poster? Appalling colors, junior high graphics, and last but not least: “Tzipi Livni – Peace.” They didn’t even bother to put a verb in there. Will bring peace? Doesn’t like peace? Peace out?
     In short, after brushing my clothes off from some of the trash poured over me by Hatnua, I took some time to do what their posters tell me to do: Think. I sat and I thought and this is what I’ve come up with. more.. e-mail

What’s in a name? 
Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah, Al-Ahram Weekly 1/9/2013
      The PA moves to rebrand itself the “State of Palestine” ahead of Israeli elections likely to bring in the most right wing government yet seen.
     The Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership seems to have backed away from earlier threats to dissolve the Ramallah regime if Israel goes ahead with announced plans to build an additional 75,000 settler units in Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank.
     Instead, the PA leadership has decided to officially change name of the Palestinian Authority to the “State of Palestine”.
     The move comes in the aftermath of the November resolution by the UN General Assembly to upgrade the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) status to that of a non-member observer state.
     According to instructions from the PA chairman’s office, all communications, stamps, stationary and official documents will now bear the new name. A PA statement said the move was intended to enhance Palestinian sovereignty on the ground and constituted a step forward to real independence.
     Israel has rejected the largely symbolic Palestinian step, calling it “unilateral” and in violation of the Oslo Accords.
     Israeli officials said Israel wouldn’t deal with Palestinian documents bearing the name of “state of Palestine”.
     In the past, Israel rejected and “returned to sender” documents bearing the name “Palestinian National Authority”. Israeli officials argued then that the word “National” was an unacceptable addition since it was not contained in the original agreement. more.. e-mail

Criminal Accountability Remains Due in Iraq 
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global 1/12/2013
      So I guess we should conclude that the new rules of the game are that some hapless American companies can get fined $5.28 million for abusing Iraqi prisoners, but American, British, Israeli and other governments are above these laws, and can get away with murder on a massive scale — all in the name of promoting the rule of law around the world.
     BEIRUT — I had both negative and positive reactions to the news earlier this week that an American defense contractor (Engility Holdings Inc.) whose subsidiary was accused of conspiring to torture detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has paid $5.28m to 71 former inmates who had been abused and humiliated while being held there between 2003 and 2007. This is noteworthy because it affirms or expands the parameters by which individuals and corporations are held accountable by law for their deeds around the world, even if under contract to the U.S. government.
     This is the first such legal decision requiring a U.S. defense contractor to pay damages for torture in Iraqi prisons. Another contractor is expected to go to trial this year on similar charges.
     This is good news because it means that private companies will be much more careful when they engage in such conduct in the future (or maybe not, if the fine is a very small percentage of their total profits).
     The dark side of this is about the larger accountabilities that transcend the contractor, which means the role of the United States government. The bigger question is about whether this verdict and fine are fair justice in practice, or simply a giant insult to the world? For what does it mean when a lone contractor shells out millions of dollars in fines for abusing some prisoners, but the U.S. and U.K. governments who masterminded, funded and managed the massive crimes and destruction they committed in their larger invasion of Iraq in 2003 get away without being subjected to any meaningful political or legal accountability? more.. e-mail

Eviction of Bab Al Shams exposes Israel as a lawless state
Electronic Intifada: 13 Jan 2013 – Max Blumenthal Ramallah 14 January 2013 Israeli prime minister ordered evacuation of protest village despite court order.more

Bab al-Shams Village (Gateway to the Sun)
Palestine Monitor: 13 Jan 2013 –     During the late evening on Thursday, 12th January, work began in constructing the Bab al-Shams Village in the infamous E-1 district of the West Bank. Consisting of 22 large tents, this operation marks…more

Act Now to Pressure Israel to Refrain from Violence Against the People in Bab Al-Shams
Palestine Monitor: 13 Jan 2013 – January 12, 2012 Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative appeals to all friends and supporters around the world, and to all those who believe in the sanctity of universal human rights…more

Afghan Peace Volunteer: Drones Bury Beautiful Lives – Interview
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Jan 2013 – By Kathy Kelly – Kabul (Below is a transcript of an interview with Raz Mohammad, an Afghan Peace Volunteer, with questions prepared by Maya Evans of Voices for Creative Non Nonviolence UK.) Raz Mohammad: Salam ‘aleikum. I am Raz Mohammad. I’m from Maidan Wardak province and I’m Pashtun. Kathy Kelly: Raz Mohmmad, what do you think about drones? Raz Mohammad: I think drones are not good. I remember how, in my village, a drone attack killed my brother-in-law and four of his friends. It was truly sad. A beautiful life was buried and the sound of crying and sorrow arose from peaceful homes. I say that this is inhumane. Today, the idea of humanity has been forgotten. Why do we spend money like this? Why don’t we use an alternative way? The international community says that drones are used to kill the Taliban. This is not true. We should see…more

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Posted 14th January 2013 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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