VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 16 January 2013: Making history in Bab Al Shams

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International Middle East Media Center

Army Fires Several Shells Into Central Gaza
IMEMC – Wednesday morning, Palestinian media sources reported that Israeli soldiers fired several artillery shells into Palestinian lands, east of the central part of the Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported. …

Israel Could Face Criminal Court Charges For Evicting Civilians In Hebron
IMEMC – A revised petition of a legal opinion that was submitted to the Israeli High Court of Justice, against the eviction of twelve Palestinians villages from their home so that the army can conduct military training, stated that the Palestinians could have legal grounds to sue Israel at the International Criminal Court, Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported. …

Al-Eesawy Tried In Two Courts On Same Charges
IMEMC – Wednesday January 16; the Israeli District Court in Jerusalem denied an appeal filed by the defense attorney of hunger striking detainee, Samer Al-Eesawy, requesting the court to void its deliberation in his case as he is being tried on the same charges at the Ofer Military Court. …

Peace Now: “Netanyahu’s Settlement Policies Undermine Realistic Peace Deal”
IMEMC – Israeli Peace Now movement issued a report about Israel’s illegal settlement construction and expansion activities in the occupied territories, and said that the policies of Netanyahu and his government undermine a realistic peace agreement. …

E.U. Approves €100 M. To P.A., UNRWA
IMEMC – The European Union has decided to grant the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), in the West Bank, and the UNRWA, €100 Million so that they can continue to provide essential services to the Palestinians. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli court rejects appeal to free hunger striker
1/16/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an)– Israel’s High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal to release hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Tariq Qaadan, who is being held without charge or trial. Qaadan, from Jenin, was sentenced to administrative detention by an Israeli military court and has been on hunger strike for 50 days. He told the….

Israel court lifts injunction blocking removal of protest village
1/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli bulldozers started Wednesday evening to block roads leading to the West Bank Bab al-Shams protest village, a Palestinian official said. The work started immediately after a decision by the Israeli High Court to cancel an injunction that barred removal of the village which activists founded with tents in the area…. Related: Israel blocks activists from returning to E1 protest camp

Report: Israel approves 198 new settlement homes
1/16/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s housing ministry released government tenders for the construction of 198 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, Israeli media reported Wednesday. Noting the timing before national elections, Israel’s Ynet news site reported that the announcement invited developers to bid on two projects in….

Israel blocks activists from returning to E1 protest camp
1/16/2013 – E1 (Reuters) — Israeli police, using stun grenades, blocked about 50 Palestinian activists who tried on Tuesday to reoccupy a tented protest camp they pitched last week in the West Bank. Israel has drawn strong international criticism over plans to build settler homes in the area, known as “E1″, which connects the two parts of the…. Related: Israel court lifts injunction blocking removal of protest village

Man found dead in Gaza tunnel
1/16/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The body of Bassam Khader was recovered from a tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border on Wednesday, after an 8-day search, relatives said. Khader, 42, was last seen working in a smuggling tunnel in Rafah which was thought to have collapsed during extreme weather conditions last week. On Sunday, Ali….

Israeli soldiers, Palestinians clash near Bethlehem
1/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers and Palestinians clashed on Wednesday in the village of Tuqu, southeast of Bethlehem, locals and Israel’s army said. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinians who were throwing stones at settler cars. An Israeli civilian was injured….

PA: Israeli forces demolish barns near Jericho
1/16/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished several sheep barns and sheds in al-Zur and Deir Hajla east of Jericho, the governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley said. Majid al-Fityani said that the structures belonged to al-Jahalin Bedouin clan.”With its systematic oppressive procedures targeting everything that is Palestine, Israel reflects the….

Protester, soldier injured in Bethlehem clashes
1/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an)– A Palestinian protester and an Israeli soldier were injured Wednesday in clashes near Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp, medics and the Israeli army said. A young Palestinian was hospitalized after he was hit in the shoulder by a high-velocity tear gas canister, Red Crescent official Abdul-Halim Jaafra told Ma’….

Witnesses: Israeli forces train settlers to use weapons
1/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers were seen training settlers to use automatic weapons near Bethlehem on Tuesday, witnesses said. Israeli soldiers prevented villagers from Fureidis from reaching their land while soldiers trained settlers on the agricultural land, eyewitnesses told Ma’an. [END]

Jewish settler convicted of killing 2 Palestinians
1/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A West Bank settler dubbed “The Jewish Terrorist” by the Israeli media was convicted on Wednesday of killing two Palestinians in 1997. Yaakov “Jack” Tytell, a US immigrant to a settlement in the occupied West Bank, confessed to the killings. Efforts by his lawyers, one whom quoted him as saying he had been….

Israeli forces ‘detain Islamic Jihad militant’ near Nablus
1/16/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday detained a militant affiliated to Islamic Jihad in a raid on Rojib village near Nablus, locals said. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers raided the Handoumi family home in Rojib and detained Awni Bani Udah, a member of the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s….

Erekat: Palestinians have not seen ‘EU peace plan’
1/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian negotiating team has not been updated on any plan by the European Union to complete peace talks with Israel during 2013, PLO official Saeb Erekat said Sunday. Earlier, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the EU is working on an initiative which sets out the principles of a future….

Netanyahu conundrum faces Iranian riddle
1/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a simple message as he seeks a third term in office – he is a strong man and a vote for him at parliamentary elections on Jan. 22 means Israel will be a powerful nation. The Hebrew word for strong, “hazak”, peppers the television adverts of his right-wing….

US condemns comments by Egypt’s Mursi in 2010
1/16/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The White House on Tuesday strongly condemned comments that Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi was reported to have made in 2010 when he was a Muslim Brotherhood leader and which were widely regarded as anti-Semitic in nature. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the language Mursi had used was “deeply offensive” and…. Related: Mursi says speech against Jews taken out of context

Obama’s alleged Netanyahu criticism enlivens election
1/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Long-strained ties between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sprang to the fore of Israel’s election campaign on Wednesday after the US president was quoted as criticizing the prime minister’s character. Less than a week before a Jan. 22 ballot that opinion polls predict the right-wing Netanyahu will win easily….

Jordan facilitating work of Gaza traders
1/16/2013 – GAZACITY (Ma’an) — Jordan is working to facilitate trade in the Gaza Strip, officials said Wednesday. Ali al-Hayek, chairman of the industries union, said Jordan had granted 200 traders in Gaza certificates of non-objection, allowing them entry into Jordan for six months. Sixty Palestinian traders registered with the chamber of commerce are among those….

Minister: Saudi Arabia pledges $100 million to PA
1/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million to the Palestinian Authority to ease the government’s financial crisis, the PA finance minister said Wednesday. Nabil Qassis told Ma’an that government employees would be paid as soon as the funds were received, but he said no date had been set….

Mursi says speech against Jews taken out of context
1/16/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said vitriolic comments he made against Jews and Zionists three years ago had been taken out of context, an explanation that fell short of a US call for him to repudiate the remarks. The New York Times said it had obtained video of a speech by Mursi in 2010…. Related: US condemns comments by Egypt’s Mursi in 2010

Israeli left seeks to regain appeal with focus on economy
1/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — In decline since the peace it sought with the Palestinians unraveled into violence, Israel’s Labor Party looks set to regain some lost ground in next week’s election after waging an economy-focused campaign. Opinion polls forecast an easy victory for conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday’s vote….

Ma’an celebrates 10 years
1/16/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Ma’an celebrated in Ramallah on Tuesday the 10th anniversary of the Palestinian online, TV and radio network’s beginnings during the second intifada. Ma’an general director Raed Othman addressed dignitaries at a reception in the Movenpick Hotel, where he described Ma’an’s humble….

Explosions kill 83 at Syrian university as exams begin
1/16/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Two explosions tore through one of Syria‘s biggest universities on the first day of student exams on Tuesday, killing 83 people and wounding dozens, a monitoring group said. Bloodshed has disrupted civilian life across Syria since a violent government crackdown in early 2011 on peaceful demonstrations for democratic reform turned the….

Source: French national killed in Islamist attack in Algeria
1/16/2013 – ALGIERS (Reuters) — A French national was killed in an attack by Islamist militants on an Algerian gas field on Wednesday, a local source said. The militants had seized five Japanese nationals and a French citizen from the facility at In Amenas, local and diplomatic sources said earlier. [END]

Monitor: At least 24 killed in car bombs in Syria’s Idlib
1/16/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — At least 24 people were killed, most of them government forces, in three coordinated car bombs in Syria‘s Idlib province, a violence monitor said on Wednesday, a day after explosions killed more than 87 people in Aleppo University. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group with a network of….

Egypt approves law to issue sovereign Islamic bonds
1/16/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The Egyptian government has approved a draft law allowing the issuance of sovereign Islamic bonds, Finance Minister Al-Mursi Al-Sayed Hegazy said on Wednesday. The Islamist-led Egyptian administration had amended the original draft of the law following criticism from religious scholars.” The cabinet today agreed to the draft sukuk law,” Hegazy said during a….

UN chief condemns Aleppo attack, says targeting civilians a war crime
1/16/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned on Wednesday an attack at Aleppo University in Syria that killed scores of students and warned that the deliberate targeting of civilians was a war crime.” Such heinous attacks are unacceptable and must stop immediately. All combating parties in Syria must abide by their obligations under international….

Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Detain 30 Family Members for 10 Hours
Palestine News Network

Attorney Objects to Appearance of Striking Prisoner in Two Courts
Palestine News Network

Nonviolent Road to Palestine
Palestine News Network

Public Employees Start Two-Day Work Strike
Palestine News Network

UNHRC Fears Israel to Refuse Cooperation
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest Six Young Palestinians from West Bank
Palestine News Network

Israel Issues Tenders for 198 New Housing Units in Etzion
Palestine News Network

Peace Now: Settlement Construction Increased in 2012
Palestine News Network

Hussam: Letters is the Only Way for “Jumana” to Express her Love to her Detained Father
Palestine News Network

Young Palestinian Activists Seize Initiative at Bab Al-Shams
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli military attacks funeral in Beit Ummar
1/16/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 16 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Beit Ummar, Occupied Palestine – At around 2:30 pm the Israeli occupation forces violently attacked a funeral in Beit Ummar using tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. The funeral of Masouza Alja’ar, an elderly woman who died of natural causes, was attacked by the….

Israeli military bulldozers rampage across the South Hebron Hills
1/16/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 14 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Israeli military bulldozers destroyed four homes in a morning of mayhem in the South Hebron Hills. The demolitions were carried out by plain clothed officers accompanied by 15 Border Police and two bulldozers. At 8 am Monday 14th January the house of Shoib….

Israel’s definition of a ceasefire
1/16/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 14 January 2013, Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine – Just three days after the fatal shooting of Anwar Al-Malouk near Jabalia, the Israeli military has murdered another Palestinian civilian despite a supposed ceasefire being in place. Mustafa Abu Jarad, 20, was one of a group of farm labourers working on a plot of land in….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Providing Food Assistance for Flood Victims in Palestine
Relief Web 16 Jan 2013 – Source: CHF International Country: occupied Palestinian territory Global Communities is providing assistance to 200 households in the Palestinian town of Anabta in the form of electronic food vouchers through the Food Security Program funded by the World Food Programme (WFP)….

Syrian Arab Republic (the): UN officials voice condemnation and shock over bombing of University of Aleppo
Relief Web 16 Jan 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) 16 January 2013 – Senior United Nations officials have spoken out today – expressing condemnation and shock – over the deadly Tuesday bombing of Syria’s University of Aleppo…

occupied Palestinian territory: Volunteers deal with the effects of freezing temperature across the Middle East
Relief Web 16 Jan 2013 – Source: Irish Red Cross Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) Several countries in the Middle East continue to experience severe winter weather that has so far caused casualties across the region and increased the suffering of…

occupied Palestinian territory: “The view of these children will never leave my mind, it is just too horrible.”
Relief Web 16 Jan 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory “Ever since I was a child I loved the work of the Civil Defense. I would follow the fire trucks through the streets on my bicycle”, says Jamal Sehwail (55),…

Somalia: Civil–military coordination – Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 56
Relief Web 16 Jan 2013 – Source: ODI – Humanitarian Practice Network Country: Afghanistan, Kenya, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan (the), World The special feature of this edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Victoria Metcalfe, focuses on issues related to humanitarian civil– military coordination. In…

The National

Engineering students in Abu Dhabi adaptation of Macbeth
The National 16 Jan 2013 – Students from the Petroleum Institute have found a connection and understanding of the English language in the words of Shakespeare that no modern textbooks could teach them.

New claim of poison gas attack in Homs
The National 16 Jan 2013 – Leaked cable says Assad regime used poison gas Agent 15 in the western city of Homs last month.

Palestinian state efforts ‘undermined by Israel’
The National 16 Jan 2013 – Israel’s retroactive legalisation of wildcat outposts, together with its construction push to expand Jewish settlements in sensitive areas, is intentionally undermining the prospect of a Palestinian state. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 

Dubai names Karama’s cleanest establishments
The National 16 Jan 2013 – Dubai Municipality has given certificates and trophies to the cleanest shops in the busy market area.

Al Qaeda militants from Mali launch raid on Algeria
The National 16 Jan 2013 – Islamist militants from northern Mali have seized 41 hostages – reportedly including American, French, British, Japanese, Norwegian and Irish citizens – in an attack on a gas installation in Algeria. Alice Fordham reports from Bamako 

Du and Etisalat braced for UAE users last chance to re-register Sim card
The National 16 Jan 2013 – A TRA spokeswoman said tomorrow’s deadline is the last chance for UAE mobile users involved in the first two phases of registration to abide by the new rules.

UAE anti-narcotics squad busts drug trafficking gang
The National 16 Jan 2013 – An Emirati drug trafficking gang has been busted in a sting operation called Desert Fox by the UAE anti-narcotics squad.

Lack of interest in science and technology among young Emiratis
The National 16 Jan 2013 – Young Emirati students can contribute to building a sustainable future in the UAE, says an official at the Emirates Foundation.

Ha’aretz

Netanyahu responds to Obama: Only Israeli citizens can determine Israel’s best interests
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

High Court gives go-ahead to remove Palestinian tents from E-1
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Israeli boy dies of swine flu, first since 2010
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Court convicts Jewish terrorist Teitel of murdering two Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Israel tells High Court: Palestinian Authority behind E-1 protest camp
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Naftali Bennett jokes in TV interview: I was in terrorism course with Sara Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

U.S. may waive visas for Israeli citizens
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

IDF probe: 80 bullets fired without justification in death of West Bank Palestinian
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Two defendants in Jerusalem lynch of Palestinian youth get plea deal
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Approval for settlement plans jumped 300% in 2012, says Peace Now
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Ex-Finance Minister Hirschson released from prison
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

A week before elections, politicians already picking winners for cabinet posts
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Hebrew University expected to vote to accept Ph.D. theses in English
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

High Court orders state to explain ongoing aid to yeshiva students, despite Tal Law expiration
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Obama to Bibi: You’re on your own
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Is the Red Sea-Dead Sea canal about to become reality?
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Panel warns Habayit Hayehudi: Don’t use yeshivas for campaign effort
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Legal expert to High Court: Israel could be tried in Hague if it evicts West Bank villagers
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Holon hospital saves life and womb
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Doctors come to the rescue after infection spreads throughout body of woman who underwent illegal abortion at home. 

Concern in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – The odds are that we are in for another show trial, more entertainment for the masses and more fodder for the mob. 

Barack Obama: Conceited-in-chief
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Fundamentally Freund: Now, instead of biting his lip, Obama is choosing to give Israel some lip.

Zionism versus Zionism
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – In the current campaign both the Right and the Center-Left propose unconvincing plans for the future of the state. 

Liberal Jewish Israel bashers: Ignorant or malicious?
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Candidly Speaking: One becomes increasingly convinced that many Jewish liberals have closed minds and do not wish to be enlightened. 

Media Comment: Democracy in the hands of journalists
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – The law, which still states that it is forbidden to use the airwaves for campaigning, is violated daily. 

Inside Out: Political courage and responsibility
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – The choices facing the voter truly are difficult and require political courage, particularly if one considers the broader implications of the ballot cast. 

We’re here, we’re queer, don’t mind us
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Given the rise of hostility towards LGBTs in these elections, it is imperative that the gay community act as one in order to safeguard its way of life, its rights and its status as equal members of society. 

‘Universal service plan red line for joining gov’t’
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Yesh Atid candidate Shelah says party will demand haredim be drafted; Shas official tells ‘Post’: Lapid will compromise. 

Egypt’s Morsi says speech against Jews taken out of context
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – After videos surface showing Egyptian president labeling Jews “descendants of apes and pigs,” calling on countrymen to “nurse children to hate them,” Morsi says comments made in context of Israeli “aggression” against Gazans. 

Dozens hostage as Islamists hit Algerian gas field
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – 41 foreigners including 7 Americans kidnapped in raid on Algeria field; Islamists: Attack in response to french intervention in Mali

Jerusalem Prize goes to Antonio Munoz Molina
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – ‘There can be no better prize for a writer than one awarded by an international book fair.’ says Spanish author Antonio Munoz Molina. 

Better Place CEO resigns after three months
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Sources say that the reason for Evan Thornley’s departure from the electric car venture is differences with Idan Ofer. 

Israel Antiquities digitalizes archives
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – 100 years of maps and documents from Jerusalem and Acre available for online research. 

PM hits back at Obama: I know what’s best for Israel
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013Netanyahu visits Gaza border, says over last four years Israel has stood up to strong pressure and will continue to do so. 

Court convicts ‘Jewish Terrorist’ of murder
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Jerusalem District Court finds Jack Teitel to be sane, criminally responsible for murder of Palestinians between 1997-2008. 

Court rules to allow removal of Palestinian E1 tents
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – High Court accepts state’s contention that protest tents serve as “magnet for disturbances of public order.” 

‘At least 24 killed in car bombs in Syria’s Idlib’
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says mostly gov’t forces killed in 3 coordinated car bombs, death toll expected to rise. 

Israel to UN: Stop Syrian WMD transfer to Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013UN Ambassador Prosor calls on UNSC to act immediately to prevent Assad’s chemical weapons falling into Hezbollah’s hands. 

Israel publishes tenders for 198 new settler homes
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Yacimovich, Livni slam Netanyahu for isolating Israel internationally; Lapid: PM prefers settlers over middle class. 

Ahmadinejad urges subsidy cuts as sanctions bite
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Iranian president says sanctions against nuclear program slowing down growth, disrupting trade and creating income gap. 

Police: Man kills wife in front of kids in Petah Tikva
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Eritrean migrant stabs wife to death in front of their two young children, before attempting to hang self, police say. 

Former finance minister Hirschson freed from jail
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – After serving 3.5 years of 5.5 year sentence on embezzlement charges, former Kadima minister released from Hermon Prison. 

US downplays report that Syria used chemical arms
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – White House reiterates that if Assad’s government did resort to these weapons, it would be held to account. 

Activists protest ‘hidden cigarette ads’ on TV show
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Petitioners say there is no coincidence that only 20.6% of the public smokes yet 80% of participants do so on show. 

Hadassah director resigns after 14 months
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Unnamed sources say resignation the result of financial disputes between Kokia and the HWZOA’s leadership. 

Yesh Atid No. 2: Haredim can’t support themselves
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Shas head Eli Yishai defends haredi community, says State has failed to help integration of ultra-Orthodox into workforce. 

The Guardian

Syria: Russia blames opposition ‘terrorists’ for attack on Aleppo University – as it happened
The Guardian 16 Jan 2013 – • Attack on north-western city yesterday killed 87 – activists • Regime and opposition blame each other for bombing • Suspicion falls on jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra • Triple car bomb in northern province • ’73 killed’ today •…

Syria: US denies Assad regime has used chemical weapons – live updates
The Guardian 16 Jan 2013 – • News report ‘not consistent with what we believe’ – US • At least 82 killed yesterday in Aleppo University explosions • Government and rebels blame each other for blasts • At least 200 dead across Syria

Uruknet

BDS roundup: In latest setback, Veolia Water drops California contract bid following boycott campaign
Uruknet

Military Resistance 11A12 A Sarcastic Look
Uruknet

December settlement activity in Jerusalem
Uruknet

Israeli Elections
Uruknet

Finding Excuses to Torture
Uruknet

How the Government’s Prosecution of Aaron Swartz Pushed Him Toward Death
Uruknet

F-16 deal redefines US relationship with Egypt’s Morsi administration
Uruknet

Eviction of Palestinian outpost exposes double standard on settlements
Uruknet

Palestinian Workers in Settlements
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Daily Star

UN: Syria allows agency to feed 1 mln more
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 The Syrian government will give the World Food Program greater access to the 2.5 million Syrians suffering from hunger, the head of the U.N. agency said Wednesday.

Pakistan warns anti-government cleric to end protest
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 Pakistan’s interior minister warned an anti-government Muslim cleric and thousands of protesters camped out near parliament to disperse, saying they were at risk of attack by militants.

US recognizing first Somali gov’t in 2 decades
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 The Obama administration is recognizing Somalia’s government again after a two-decade gap, acknowledging the African country’s progress against Islamist extremists.

Turkey to pursue Kurd rebels till they lay down arms
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 Erdogan said on Wednesday military operations against Kurdish rebels would continue until they laid down their arms, as Turkish media reported warplanes had bombed militants in northern Iraq for a third day.

Mali: French troops begin land assault
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 French troops pressed north in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, launching a land assault which will put soldiers in direct combat “in 1 to 72 hours,” military officials said.

Egypt building collapse kills 25 people
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 At least 25 people were killed on Wednesday when a 12-storey building collapsed in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria, the health ministry said.

Gulf activists step up campaigns despite quiet crackdown
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 When security forces raided the home of one of his friends in eastern Saudi Arabia one day last August, Ali al-Fardan felt a net tightening around him.

Israel court okays removal of Palestinian protest tents
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 Israel’s Supreme Court gave the government the go-ahead on Wednesday to remove tents Palestinian activists pitched on a patch of West Bank land marked for Jewish settlements.

UN experts, Iran open talks on nuclear probe
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 Senior U.N. investigators opened a new round of talks with Iranian officials in Tehran in hopes of restarting a probe into allegations that the Islamic Republic carried out atomic bomb trigger tests and other suspected weapons-related…

Obama unveils $500 mln gun violence package
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 Obama launched the most sweeping effort to curb U.S. gun violence in nearly two decades, announcing a $500 million package that sets up a fight with Congress over bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition…

Bombers kill more than 35 across Iraq
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 More than 35 people died in a suicide attack and other bombings in northern Iraq and Baghdad on Wednesday, worsening sectarian strife as Al-Maliki faces mounting pressure from minority Sunni Muslims and Kurds.

Saudi fire Dutch coach Rijkaard
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 The Saudi football federation sacked the national team’s Dutch manager Frank Rijkaard on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia failed to pass the group stage of the 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations in Bahrain.

Coordinated car bombs kill 24 in northwest Syria
Daily Star 16 Jan 2013 Three car bombs exploded within minutes of each other in northwest Syria on Wednesday, killing at least two dozen people in a coordinated assault on government positions, a monitoring group said.

YNet News

US studying legal basis for assisting France in Mali
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Palestinians say E1 outpost eviction underway 
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Clinton calls on Laos to find missing activist
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Long road to Tehran 
YNet News, 16 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Any US military campaign to halt Iran’s nuclear program will be accompanied by diplomacy ….

UN nuclear agency: Iran talks to continue on Thursday
YNet News, 16 Jan 2013 – ….

Egypt’s Mubarak pays back $3 million for gifts
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Root cause of disheartening politics
YNet News, 16 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: The 34 parties that stand for election next week distinguish themselves by inciting and polarizing ….

Obama settles the score
YNet News, 16 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: US president’s harsh remarks aimed at saving State of Israel from its own leadership ….

UNHRC says Israel wants rights review postponed
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Human Rights Council expresses concern that Jerusalem will refuse to cooperate with annual review following severing of ties over UN‘s probe into West Bank settlements ….

US condemns comments from Egypt’s Morsi
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Washington says Egyptian president’s derogatory 2010 remarks against Jews counter ‘goals of peace’ ….

IDF reveals: Northern councils excel in combat draft 
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – For the first time IDF ranks local, regional council according to enlistment rates and placements ….

Syria: 80 dead, 160 wounded in Aleppo blast 
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Explosion tears through university in Syria‘s second largest city. Syrian State TV calls it ‘terror attack’; rebels says Assad’s jets targeted school buildings ….

US lawmakers eye visa exemption by 2015 
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Two congressmen present House with bill promoting Israel’s inclusion in list of nations whose citizens can travel to US sans visa ….

Passengers brawl on bus; driver fires in air
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Man arrested in Raanana after allegedly attacking bus driver with knife as driver attempted to break up fight between him, other passenger. Driver escapes unscathed, fires in midair to deter attacker ….

Terrorist celebrates engagement in jail
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Samar Abu Kwick, security prisoner serving three life terms for murder of two soldiers, held engagement party in cell; video apparently shot by other inmates ….

2 teens accused of assaulting Arab strike plea 
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Two youths implicated in August assault on Arab teen in Jerusalem strike plea bargain; State agrees to drop aggravated assault charges to secure incitement conviction ….

Iran: Khamenei’s ban of nuclear weapons binding
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Foreign Ministry in Tehran says West ‘must understand significance of supreme leader’s fatwa to define the framework for our activities in the nuclear field’ ….

19 killed in Egypt train crash
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Two railroad passenger cars carrying Egyptian soldiers derail south of Cairo; more than 100 wounded. ‘I saw my colleagues’ body parts strewn on the tracks,’ survivor says ….

Palestinian Information Center

Report: IOF has orders to shoot at any demonstration
PIC – Israeli military investigation into the death of a Palestinian boy in Badares village, west of Ramallah, indicated that he came under heavy fire.

IOF soldiers raid house in Al-Khalil, detain its occupants for hours
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) broke into the home of Issa Hreizat, 55, in Haram Al-Rama suburb north of Al-Khalil city on Wednesday and detained his family members for ten hours.

IOA destroys power grid in Bethlehem
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) destroyed a power grid in Makhur area in Beit Jala town, Bethlehem province.

Raed Salah: Israel accelerates plans to Judaize al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic movement in the Palestinian 1948-occupied territories, said that the Israeli occupation is now seeking to escalate its aggression against Jerusalem.

Clashes break out in the west of Jenin
PIC – Roumaneh town, West of Jenin, witnessed at dawn today confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces during which the soldiers fired gas grenades.

An Israeli court detains the sons of Sheikh al-Saadi
PIC – The Israeli forces detained on Tuesday, in Salem Court west of Jenin, three sons of Sheikh Bassam al-Saadi, after they arrived to the court to attend the trial of their detained mother.

Occupation escalates its aggression in the West Bank
PIC – More than five Palestinians had been killed and dozens of others were wounded, in less than two months, with the occupation forces’ live bullets in different parts of the West Bank.

Israeli lobby wage a fierce campaign against Egyptian President
PIC – “Al Quds Al Arabi” Newspaper revealed in Wednesday’s edition that the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been subjected to a fierce “disastrous” campaign waged by the Israeli lobby against him.

President Marzouki to visit Gaza Strip
PIC – The Tunisian President adviser for International Affairsconfirmed the Tunisian President Dr. Moncef Marzouki’s visit to the Gaza Strip, to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Meeting between Egyptian and Israeli delegations to end the strikers’ suffering
PIC – Tadamun Foundation revealed a meeting held last Sunday between the Egyptian intelligence delegation and an Israeli delegation to discuss ways to end the striking prisoners’ suffering. 

WAFA

Settlers Prepare Land for Settlement Expansion in West Bank
WAFA – 16 Jan 2013

Attorney Objects to Appearance of Striking Prisoner in Two Courts
WAFA – 16 Jan 2013

Newspapers Review: Army Killing of Student Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 16 Jan 2013

Public Employees Start Two-Day Work Stoppage
WAFA – 16 Jan 2013

EU Ups Annual Aid Package to First of Year
WAFA – 16 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 15 Jan 2013

Misc

Netanyahu Issues Veiled Barb in Response to Reported Criticism From Obama
New York Times 16 Jan 2013 – In response to a denunciation of his policies, Mr. Netanyahu said, “I think everyone understands that only Israeli citizens will be the ones who determine who faithfully represents the vital interests of Israel.” 

IHT Special: Women Appointed to Saudi Council for First Time
New York Times 16 Jan 2013 – There are still no female ministers in the traditionally all-male body and women will remain segregated with their own seating area, but some are calling the appointments a major advance. 

Egypt’s Morsi Says Slurs of Jews Were Taken Out of Context
New York Times 16 Jan 2013 – The Egyptian president, responding for the first time to criticism of newly surfaced videos, said through a spokesman that his ire was directed at “the Israeli aggression in Gaza,” not at Jews. 

Sifting the Dust for Treasures While Trouble Swirls
New York Times 16 Jan 2013 – Despite much turmoil in the region, an Italian archaeologist is digging at a famous site that sits on Turkish-Syrian border. 

In Iraq, Bombers Kill More Than 20 in Kirkuk
New York Times 16 Jan 2013 – At least two car bombs shattered a building that houses the local headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Kirkuk, and a third exploded nearby. 

Bombings in Disputed Iraqi City Kill 13
New York Times 16 Jan 2013 – More than 100 people were wounded in the blasts from two car bombings in Kirkuk on Wednesday, a police official said. 

Consulate Said to Support Claim of Syrian Gas Attack
New York Times 15 Jan 2013 – A State Department cable said forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria may have used chemical weapons in the city of Homs on Dec. 23, according to a report. 

Kinneret at highest level since 2005 
Globes Energy & Water – The water level in the Dead Sea has risen for the first time since February 2003.

World Bank finds Red-Dead canal worthwhile
Globes Energy & Water – A new report on the feasibility of the project estimated the cost at $9.97 billion, with Jordan enjoying most of the benefit.

Water Commissioner: Drought over, but prices won’t fall 
Globes Energy & Water – Alexander Kushnir: Despite the rain, the country’s natural water reservoirs still lack one billion cubic meters of water.

Teva looks to Asia
Globes Main News – Teva Japan and South Korea chairman Itzhak Krinsky tells “Globes” that China is an obvious target.

Better Place CEO resigns after 3 months
Globes Main News – Sources say that the reason for Evan Thornley’s departure from the electric car venture is differences with Idan Ofer.

Rami Levy in talks to sell MVNO to Pelephone
Globes Main News – Rami Levy Communications has been unable to match the latest discounts offered by new carriers Golan Telecom and Hot Mobile.

Wed: Banks drag market down
Globes Main News – The banks fell for the second straight day as Mellanox had the biggest loss among Tel Aviv 25 shares.

Clal Insurance cuts 30 more jobs
Globes Main News – Since Izzy Cohen was appointed CEO of Clal Insurance six weeks ago, the company has fired 80 employees.

Tower “well placed” to win Indian fab tender
Globes Main News – At the Needham Growth Conference, Tower said that its guidance did not take into account a possible win in the tender to build semiconductor fabs in India.

Treasury chief: We won’t promise not to raise taxes 
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Ministry director general Doron Cohen: We must act responsibly, and not increase expenditures.

16 year old Sameer Awad killed by Israeli military in Budrus
Palestine Monitor –   Sixteen year old Sameer Awad was shot three times, in the head, neck and chest by Israeli soldiers on January 15th, late Tuesday morning. He later died of his wounds in a hospital in…

Inauguration weekend in DC tell the White House — No blank check for Israel!
Mondoweiss – No Blank Check for Israel Rally and Candlelight Procession Saturday January 19th 2013 (Graphic by Rachele Richards Design / @DocR0cket ) I ran into this fabulous graphic over the weekend advertising the No Blank Check for Israel rally and candlelight procession to the White House this Saturday. Turns…

Create your own SodaStream Super Bowl ad spoof
Mondoweiss – Have you sent in your entry for the SodaStream Super Bowl Spoof Ads Contest yet? Check out the competition! Now that the mainstream media has picked up on Soda Stream’s Superbowl ad the time is ripe to get the message out .

Trump says Netanyahu is ‘terrific leader, great for Israel’
Mondoweiss – JTA reports on the electoral endorsemen t, says Trump’s daughter is married to a pro-Israel publisher, Jared Kushner. Update: The celebrity endorsements continue to roll in: Forget about the memes, the real Chuck Norris has endorsed Binyamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections! fb.me/1tdBn9K6m — Yisrael Beytenu (@…

Jon Stewart can’t touch Roger Waters’s Palestinian work with a bargepole
Mondoweiss – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , Political Humor & Satire Blog , The Daily Show on Facebook On Monday night, Jon Stewart’s show was nervy, as usual. It ran a wonderful piece savaging CNN for gutting investigative journalism. It made fun…

Fallows bridles at the use of the anti-Semitism bogy
Mondoweiss – As I wrote the other day, one of the best things that’s happened in the Chuck Hagel controversy is that neoconservatives threw the libel “anti-Semite” around so casually that their irresponsibility has come back to bite them. The latest evidence of this is that James Fallows,…

Chicago youth message to OneVoice: ‘We will not work with you’
Mondoweiss – The following letter was sent over by the Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights. Open Letter to OneVoice from Chicago Youth-led Palestinian Solidarity Organizations Dear OneVoice, We are youth-led Palestinian solidarity organizations in Chicago, many of which have been contacted by OneVoice to work together. Our response…

Jewish Extremist Settler Convicted in Murders 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jan 2013 – A West Bank settler dubbed “The Jewish Terrorist” by the Israeli media was convicted on Wednesday of killing two Palestinians in 1997. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Gets Green Light To Remove E1 Camp 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jan 2013 – Israel’s Supreme Court gave the government the go-ahead on Wednesday to remove tents Palestinian activists pitched on a patch of West Bank land marked for Jewish settlements. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bibi Fuels 300% Growth in Jewish Settlements 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jan 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has allowed a record level of settlement expansion since his 10-month construction moratorium expired two years ago, an anti-settlement watchdog said on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Should Egypt Aid Be Pulled Over Morsi Remarks? 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jan 2013 – The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on the White House to withhold aid to Egypt over President Mohamed Morsi’s controversial comments about Jews Click here for the rest of the article…

Chuck Hagel Moves Toward Mainstream on Iran 
The Forward New 16 Jan 2013 – Chuck Hagel is much less of a contrarian on Iran now than he was during his years as a senator. Shifting his stance, he now embraces sanctions and won’t rule out military action. Click here for the rest of the article…

Tunisia: NCA Speaker Meets With Mahmoud Abbas 
allAfrica.com 16 Jan 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Bardo -National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar conferred on Tuesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to an NCA press release.

5 main Unions in Galicia in Spanish state adopt BDS 
Global BDS 16 Jan 2013 – Five major trade unions in the Galicia region of the Spanish state have announced their support for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Below is an English translation of the statement they released on January 9. Manifesto of the Galician trade unions supporting the global movement…

Multiple blasts kill 20 in Syria 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – More than 20 people have been killed in near-simultaneous car bomb blasts in the Syrian city of Idlib, government officials and activists say.

Foreign workers seized in Algeria 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – Islamist militants have attacked and occupied a gas facility in Algeria, killing two people, one of them British, and seizing some 20 foreign workers.

Block of flats collapses in Egypt 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – At least 25 people die as a block of flats collapses in Alexandria, Egypt, a day after a fatal train crash near Cairo led to criticism of safety standards.

Israeli man convicted of murders 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – A court in Jerusalem convicts a US-born Israeli man of the murder of two Palestinians in 1997.

Veolia Action in St. Louis 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 16 Jan 2013 – Press release from our member group St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee . FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2013 Contacts: Anna Baltzer, St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee,info@stl-psc.org Kat Logan Smith, Missouri Coalition of the Environment, klogansmith@moenviron.org Residents to Pack City Board Meeting in Protest of Water Contract…

Not Your Typical Egypt Female Activists 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 16 Jan 2013 – Cairo – A university graduate, Abir Ibrahim was over qualified for her job as a salesperson for subsidized bread in Suez. Her vocal frustration with working conditions and nominal pay was repeatedly dismissed as non-representative. After the January 25 uprising, she used to go door-to-door convincing…

Nudity as an Intervention 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 16 Jan 2013 – read more

Israeli settlement activity highest in 10 years: chart 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2013 – Israeli border police survey the scene on Januray 15, 2013, as Palestinians attempt to return to the Bab al-Shams (Gate of the Sun) village Palestinians recently erected in the controversial West Bank area known as E1 located east of Jerusalem and near the Jewish settlement of…

Diplomatic cable claims chemical weapons used in Syria: US magazine 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2013 – A cable sent by the US consul general in Istanbul last week alleged that the Syrian government used lethal chemical weapons in the city of Homs on December 23, Foreign Policy magazine reported Tuesday. . The White House has since denied the report, which cited an unnamed…

On the Road in Lebanon, Safety is Secondary 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2013 – Raising awareness can spread a new culture of road safety, but what is really needed is law enforcement. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Raising awareness can spread a new culture of road safety, but what is really needed is law enforcement. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Sitting on the crowded…

A New Method for Syria’s Security Services? 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2013 – Iranian men who had been held hostage by Syrian rebels since early August celebrate as they arrive at a hotel in Damascus after being freed in a prisoner swap on 9 January 2013. (Photo: AFP – Louai Beshara) Iranian men who had been held hostage by…

For Algerians, a Divide on France in Mali 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2013 – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) shakes hands with Mali‘s Prime Minister Diango Cissoko upon his arrival at the presidential palace in Algiers 14 January 2013. (Photo: Louafi Larbi) Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) shakes hands with Mali‘s Prime Minister Diango Cissoko upon his arrival at the…

Video: Saudi clerics protest female Shura Council members 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2013 – A group of hardline clerics protested outside the royal palace in Riyadh against the king’s decision to appoint 30 women to the kingdom’s top advisory body, a YouTube video posted on Wednesday showed. The footage of Tuesday’s demonstration showed clerics protesting what they said were “dangerous…

France: Searching for Lost Glory in Africa 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Jan 2013 – French troops based in N’Djamena (Chad) carry munitions on the 101 military airbase near Bamako on 15 January 2013 to reinforce the “Serval” operations, before their deployment in the north of Mali. (Photo: Eric Feferberg) French troops based in N’Djamena (Chad) carry munitions on the 101…

STL Leaks: The Prosecution’s Surprise Witnesses 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Jan 2013 – The investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri has been considered suspect on many fronts. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) The investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri has been considered suspect on many fronts. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) The prosecution in the…

Georges Abdallah: Justice Delayed, Again 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Jan 2013 – This is the winding road that the leader of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions has had to take in the French justice system. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) This is the winding road that the leader of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions has had to take in the…

Multiple blasts kill 20 in Syria 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – More than 20 people have been killed in near-simultaneous car bomb blasts in the Syrian city of Idlib, government officials and activists say.

Foreign workers seized in Algeria 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – Islamist militants have attacked and occupied a gas facility in Algeria, killing two people, one of them British, and seizing some 20 foreign workers.

Block of flats collapses in Egypt 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – At least 25 people die as a block of flats collapses in Alexandria, Egypt, a day after a fatal train crash near Cairo led to criticism of safety standards.

Israeli man convicted of murders 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – A court in Jerusalem convicts a US-born Israeli man of the murder of two Palestinians in 1997.

Suicide bombing kills 10 in Iraq 
BBC 16 Jan 2013 – At least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a bomb attack on a Kurdish political office in the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials say.

Articles


Making history in Bab Al Shams 
Abbas Sarsour, Electronic Intifada 1/15/2013
      A group of local activists, Palestinian and international, informed me of a protest camp we would set up to help community members in Jericho and give support to the surrounding areas. We were told to be prepared to face armed Israeli soldiers. But even so, the instructions were vague. None of us knew exactly where we were going.
     At 5am on Friday morning, 11 January, 50 activists took a bus to an area we called Bab Al Shams. One of the group leaders of the camp told us that we were on private Palestinian land termed by Israel as “E-1.” Israel was planning on constructing settlements here, he told us, and our mission would be to camp out in defiance of the occupation forces.
     He told us that we were all informed that we would be heading to Jericho, but this was only meant to keep the plan as secretive as possible. “If you’d like to stay, you can. If not, we understand, and you can return with the buses,” he told us after explaining the risks associated with what we would soon be doing.
     We started to build tents. After a few hours, four more busloads of activists arrived at the scene. Together, we erected even more tents. By noon, after finishing with the tents, we held Friday prayers for the first time in Bab Al Shams. Eviction notices
     Not long after, we were met by Israeli border police and soldiers who arrived at the location to hand out eviction notices to the residents of this new village. Bab Al Shams, having been founded just hours earlier, had already posed a risk to the Israeli government. The police threatened to return and demolish the tents shortly if we didn’t take them down ourselves. Needless to say, we stood our ground. more.. e-mail

Israel’s insecurity industry 
Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera.com 1/16/2013
      Israel thrives in the security market by taking advantage of the insecurity of some developing nations.
     According to the Israeli government and sympathetic entities, Iran poses an apocalyptic threat to the world.
     Indeed, since its inception, the Islamic Republic has repeatedly engaged in destructive behaviour confirming its antagonistic role vis-à-vis the global population.
     In the 1990s, for example, Iran assisted the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide with arms and training, while continuing to sell weapons to Indonesian dictator Suharto as he presided over the extermination of hundreds of thousands of persons in East Timor.
     Drawing on its own expertise in large-scale forced displacement, Iran contributed to the implementation of a scorched-earth policy targeting indigenous communities in Guatemala, one of the highlights of a conflict that culminated with over 200,000 fatalities.
     Elsewhere in Latin America, Iran provided the homicidal Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet with useful methods of popular oppression, while helping spawn the contemporary incarnation of Colombian paramilitarism that has been responsible for an untold quantity of civilian bloodshed and other forms of suffering.
     Just kidding
     Actually, none of the above is true. The real culprit in all of the items listed in this sample chronology is none other than the state of Israel. more.. e-mail

Stop playing by Israel’s rules, aid workers urged 
IRIN, Electronic Intifada 1/16/2013
      RAMALLAH/JIFTLIK, (IRIN) – As night descends in the Jordan Valley, a family in the village of Ras al-Ahmar lights a small paraffin lamp in the tent they call home.
     There is no electricity here and the nearby Palestinian villages are enveloped in darkness. The only visible cluster of light is from a nearby Israeli settlement.
     Humanitarian agencies are well aware of the needs in this part of the occupied West Bank but they face a challenge: play by the rules established by Israel or face the risk of having projects demolished.
     Despite being outside the state of Israel, 90 percent of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli civil and military control as part of Area C, a zone that covers 60 percent of the West Bank.
     Palestinian communities here, among the poorest and most vulnerable in the occupied West Bank, desperately need access to water, electricity, sanitation and other basic infrastructure. Hampered
     But despite the needs, development organizations that try to improve living conditions in Area C say they find their ability to make any lasting impact hampered by Israeli restrictions and bureaucracy.
     Like Palestinians, organizations that want to build basic service infrastructure such as houses, schools or water systems are required to submit an application for a permit to the Israeli authorities. more.. e-mail

Why did a rogue group of Occupy activists smear me with ‘terror’ claim? 
Jaime Omar Yassin, Oakland, Electronic Intifada 1/16/2013
      On 26 February 2012, a small group of Occupy Oakland activists claimed that I was potentially a “suspected” terrorist in an article they posted on an Occupy Oakland-branded website that they controlled. The resulting spectacle revealed an entrenched and unexamined prejudice against Arabs and Muslims, and a weakness many mainstream, predominantly white activist groups have in openly discussing issues of race and ethnicity.
     The article, titled “Occupational Awareness” (see the screengrab at the bottom of this article), is based on several glaring errors in reasoning — the central one being that my “name had been found in Google search results in connection with allegations of terrorist activity.” The premise was fatally misleading, because it was not my name found, but that of another person, with a different surname.
     Nevertheless, this acrobatic logic became the basis for their claim of my potential identity as a Palestinian “terror” suspect. Additionally, the article claimed that the person in question “visually and biographically” resembled me. This claim was based on the low-resolution photo of a bearded man with glasses featured in the article, and, apparently, the fact he was arrested in Paraguay.
     Other suspected connections were added: connections to “South American drug trafficking”; to “Israeli intelligence”; and to the FBI. The group suggested I may have “entered the movement in order to harm it” and tacked that on to a disclaimer that Occupy did not support “terrorism.” This gave the impression that some kind of “terror” attack might also be imminent.
     The “breakaway” group responsible for the article was a faction that had splintered from the main media committee. They later acquiesced to pressure from Occupy Oakland activists and removed the post. more.. e-mail

16 year old Sameer Awad killed by Israeli military in Budrus
Palestine Monitor: 16 Jan 2013 –   Sixteen year old Sameer Awad was shot three times, in the head, neck and chest by Israeli soldiers on January 15th, late Tuesday morning. He later died of his wounds in a hospital in…more

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