VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 23 January 2013: A surrounded city; Nablus and its settlers

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Including Two Children; Six Palestinians Kidnapped In West Bank
IMEMC – Wednesday January 23; Israeli soldiers invaded different parts of the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped six Palestinians, including two children, before taking them to a number of military interrogation centers. Soldiers also carried out a limited invasion into northern Gaza. …

Dozens Of Workers Attacked By Soldiers Near Jenin
IMEMC – Wednesday January 23; Palestinian medical sources reported that dozens of Palestinian workers have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after the army attacked them at the At-Taiba roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. …

Israel Announces Election Results
IMEMC – Wednesday January 23; The Israeli Central Election Committee announced that final results of the general Israeli election that was held Tuesday, leading to a marginal victory of the Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu coalition. …

Sharawna Resumes His Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Palestinian political prisoner, Ayman Sharawna, resumed his open ended hunger strike, that he suspended less than a month ago, due to a very serious health deterioration and while awaiting trial. Sharawna went on a 162-day hunger strike demanding his release. … 

Believed To Have Planned Attacks, Two Brothers Arrested In Negev
IMEMC – A gag order has been lifted Sunday on the arrest of two Arab brothers from the Negev believed to have planned attacks against Israeli targets, Israeli sources reported, the Arabs48 News Website reported. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces kill woman near Hebron
1/23/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed one person and injured another in the Hebron district on Wednesday, medics said. Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers traveling in a civilian car opened fire at a group of people at the entrance to al-Arrub refugee camp south of Bethlehem. Lubna Munir Hanash…. Related: 22 year old woman killed in the West Bank and In photos: Israel shooting victim mourned in Bethlehem

Azza teen dies of Israel gunshot wounds
1/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A teenager shot by Israeli forces during clashes in Bethlehem last week died on Wednesday, the boy’s family said. Salih al-Amarin, 15, from Azza refugee camp, was shot in the head Friday during clashes in Bethlehem’s nearby Aida camp, leaving him critically injured, a Ma’an….

Group: Israeli forces arrest youth activist in Ramallah
1/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested a youth activist overnight Tuesday in Ramallah, Addameer prisoners group said.” Human rights defender Hassan Karajeh (29 years old) was arrested from his home last night at 2:30am by a large convoy of IOF soldiers,” the group said on its social media sites. Muhannad Karaja, a lawyer….

Teen says beaten at Israeli checkpoint
1/23/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers on Wednesday beat a teenager at a checkpoint south of Nablus in the northern West Bank, the boy said. Ibrahim Adnan Hasan, 17, told Ma’an that soldiers stopped the car he was traveling in at Huwwara checkpoint and checked passengers’ ID cards.” When I said I….

Released prisoner dies from health condition
1/23/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A prisoner released from an Israeli jail in November died overnight Monday from ongoing health complications, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said. Ashraf Abu Threa passed away in the Augusta Victoria hospital in Jerusalem after being in a coma days before dying. He suffered from muscular dystrophy, the group said. He had….

Former prisoners protest PA neglect in Tulkarem
1/23/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Three former prisoners of Israel protesting in Tulkarem say the Palestinian Authority is neglecting their rights. Mohammad Sabah, Samer Salah and Bassam Mari set up a protest tent outside the PA‘s detainee affairs office in the northern West Bank city on Sunday. Sabah told Ma’an the former….

Rebuilding in Gaza between war and peace
1/23/2013GAZA CITY (IRIN) — Ashraf Azzam, 33, stands in the ruins of his house in Zeitoun area, eastern Gaza City, destroyed in an Israeli bombing attack two months ago.” Everything went so fast. In the beginning, a warning rocket fell on our house and adjacent houses as well; we rushed out of the house, running for….

Gaza security launch crackdown on Palestinian media
1/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian human rights groups say internal security services in the Gaza Strip have stepped up harassment of journalists in the Gaza Strip over the past 48 hours. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights distributed a list of media workers it said had been arrested since Monday and condemned the seemingly coordinated….

In photos: Israel shooting victim mourned in Bethlehem
1/23/2013 – Reuters / Ammar Awad – Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Lubna Hanash in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Jan. 23, 2013. Israeli soldiers shot and killed Hanash, a 21-year-old Palestinian woman, near Hebron on Wednesday and wounded another local youth, Palestinian medics said. Asked about the incident, an Israeli army spokeswoman said Palestinians…. Related: 22 year old woman killed in the West Bank and Mourners bury woman, teen killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem

Egypt briefly detains Hamas MP at Cairo airport
1/23/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Wednesday allowed deputy speaker Ahmad Bahar to enter the Gaza Strip after detaining him for over two hours at Cairo airport, officials said. Majed Abu Murad, a spokesman for the Palestinian Legislative Council, told Ma’an that the delegation of two other parliament members and media….

Abbas to work with any Israel govt committed to 2 states
1/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinians will deal with any Israeli government that abides by a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, an official said Wednesday. President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said that”this is the way we will deal with the coming Israeli….

Egyptian forces arrest 2 migrants trying to enter Israel
1/23/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian forces arrested two Eritrean migrants trying to enter Israel on Wednesday, a security official said. The migrants, aged 19 and 20, were found by Egyptian police near the Kerem Shalom south of Gaza. The 20-year-old had been shot in the arm two weeks ago by Egyptian soldiers when….

Hamas: Election outcome reflects Israel defeat in Gaza
1/23/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The impact of the Palestinian victory over Israel in the latest assault on Gaza was evident in the outcome of Israel’s election Tuesday, according to Hamas. Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered losses because he failed to face the resistance in….

FM addresses UN as Palestine representative for first time
1/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister on Wednesday addressed the UN Security Council as a representative of a world-recognized state for the first time.” A new era has begun,” Riyad al-Malki said, adding that the General Assembly’s acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state marked “the turning point….

US renews call for resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks
1/23/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The White House on Wednesday renewed its call for a resumption of long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in the wake of Israeli elections in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the winner but with a weaker-than-expected showing for his right-wing bloc. White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to speculate on Netanyahu‘s efforts….

Israel’s tilt to center fails to impress Arab world
1/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — Israel’s electoral nudge to the center may limit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s freedom to set policy toward Iran and the Palestinians, but few in the Middle East expect a marked retreat from the premier’s hawkish approach. Tuesday’s vote cost Netanyahu‘s bloc a quarter….

Preventive Security detains gang suspected of extortion
1/23/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — PA Preventive Security officers on Tuesday arrested members of a gang suspected of threatening and extorting money from residents of Hebron. The gang is suspected of threatening to destroy individuals’ reputations using sensitive information about “immoral acts” to extort large sums of money, at times using death threats, Preventive Security….

Polls: Netanyahu ahead in Israel election
1/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s rightist Likud-Beitenu party came out on top in Israel’s election on Tuesday, exit polls said, but center-left parties made surprising gains, potentially complicating coalition building. Netanyahu‘s party was forecast to win 31 seats in the 1200- member parliament, according to three different exit….

Hamas official: No dispute over Abbas heading unity govt
1/23/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — There is no disagreement within Hamas about Mahmoud Abbas heading a unity government to be formed later this month, deputy head of Hamas politburo Mousa Abu Marzouq said Tuesday.” We have agreed to the next government, headed by President Abbas, but the process of its formation and the selection of….

From high hopes to ‘disaster’ for Israel’s far-right star
1/23/2013 – RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) — Young religious Israelis danced under showers of confetti after exit polls showed the far-right Jewish Home party winning more seats in parliament, but their leader, high-tech millionaire Naftali Bennett, had little to smile about.” This is a disaster,” one party activist told another as they gathered on the sidelines of the….

Voters punish Netanyahu but keep him in power
1/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu narrowly won an election in which disgruntled voters catapulted a new centrist challenger into second place and he now faces the daunting task of building a coalition. Tuesday’s vote crystallized demands for attention to bread-and-butter issues over the ambitions of religiously fired hardliners and largely sidelined foreign….

Minister says PA financial crisis is structural
1/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis is structural, the finance minister said Wednesday, adding that the deficit has exceeded $1. 4 billion.” A structural solution is needed in order to fill the gap between expenses and revenue,” Nabil Qassis told a committee of lawmakers in Ramallah. Qassis told the committee….

Mourners bury woman, teen killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem
1/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of mourners on Wednesday attended the funerals of a woman and a teenager shot and killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem. Lubna Hanash, 22, was shot in the head on Wednesday morning as Israeli soldiers in a civilian car opened fire at a group standing at the entrance to al-Arrub…. Related: 22 year old woman killed in the West Bank and In photos: Israel shooting victim mourned in Bethlehem

Sinai party urges Mursi to tackle security problems
1/23/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A political party in Sinai on Wednesday called on Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi to tackle violence and security problems in the peninsula, a statement said. The director of the Sinai Freedom Movement warned the president and Egyptian defense minister Adbul al-Fatah that Sinai was on the verge of exploding due….

Jordan votes in poll boycotted by main Islamist party
1/23/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Jordanians voted in their first parliamentary elections since the Arab Spring revolts on Wednesday, but a boycott by the main Islamist party guaranteed there would be no repeat of an Egypt-style revolution via the ballot box. The popular Muslim Brotherhood shunned the poll saying the electoral system had been rigged against large, populated….

HRW: Syrian rebels destroy Shiite site, loot churches
1/23/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Rebels in Syria have burned and looted the religious sites of minorities, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, as the longest and deadliest of the Arab Spring revolts becomes increasingly sectarian. The 22-month-old rebellion against President Bashar Assad started as a peaceful protest movement but has turned into civil war, pitting mostly….

20,000 Syrian refugees flee to Jordan in a week
1/23/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Around 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan in the last seven days due to escalating violence in southern Syria, the fastest influx since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad two years ago, Jordan’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.” What we have seen in terms of influx….

Aljazeera

Palestinian student shot dead near Hebron
AlJazeera 23 Jan 2013 – One woman shot dead and at least two others injured after Israeli soldiers open fire near al-Arroub refugee camp.

Palestine News Network

A Young Palestinian Dies of Wounds Sustained During Confrontations in Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Young Palestinian Killed, Three Others Wounded at Al-Aroub Refugee Camp
Palestine News Network

7 Violations in 2 Days: MADA Demands Respect for Freedom of Expression in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Armenian Patriarchate Gearing Up For Election of 97th Incumbent
Palestine News Network

Erekat: The New Israeli Government Must Save Two-State Solution
Palestine News Network

Qatar and U.S.: Collusion or Conflict of Interests
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Deliver Demolition Notices in Jordan Valley
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Forces Invade Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

19th Knesset to See Right, Left Virtually Tied
Palestine News Network

IOF Troops Arrest a Palestinian Human Rights Defender in Ramallah
Palestine News Network

Jordanians Vote for New Parliament
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Workers Suffered Suffocation at Taybeh Crossing
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid a House in Yamoun, West of Jenin
Palestine News Network

Prisoner Sharawneh Resumes his Hunger Strike
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

‘We were too afraid to stay on our farmlands’
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Expresses Concern about the Summons and Arrest of a Number of Journalists by Internal Security Services in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17- 22 January 2012)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Teenager dies following shooting in Bethlehem
1/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 23 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine – On Friday January 18th at approximately 3. 20 pm, fifteen year old Saleh Elamareen was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem. Today Wednesday 23 January he was pronounced dead. Salah Elamareen was outside the Lajee Refugee Centre when he….

Israeli forces demolish in two villages, damage a crucial road in South Hebron Hills
1/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 22 January 2013, Operation Dove, At Tuwani, Occupied Palestine – On 21st January the Israeli army demolished a building in the village of Ar Rifa’iyya and a water cistern in the village of Hawara. The army went on and damaged the only road that connects the village of At Tuwani and the nearby villages….

22 year old woman killed in the West Bank
1/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 23 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – A 22-year-old Palestinian woman was killed after being shot in the face by Israeli gunfire in the southern West Bank Wednesday. Lubna Hanash was killed in a shooting at the gates of the Aroub refugee camp near Beit Ummar, some eight kilometers north of Hebron…. Related: In photos: Israel shooting victim mourned in Bethlehem and Israeli forces kill woman near Hebron

Military exercises in firing zone 918, Massafer Yatta
1/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 23 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Massafer Yatta, Occupied Palestine – On Monday 21st January over 100 soldiers from the Israeli army held training exercises in the firing zone 918 in Massafer Yatta, also known as South Hebron Hills. The exercises continued throughout the day on Tuesday 22nd January. The Israeli military set….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli-Palestinian peace process entering critical period, UN envoy tells Security Council
Relief Web 23 Jan 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 23 January 2013 – The Middle East peace process is entering a critical period that requires “courageous” steps by Israelis and Palestinians to save the two-State solution, a senior United Nations envoy…

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Relief Web 23 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory Jerusalem – The humanitarian Consolidated Appeal (CAP) for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) was launched today in Ramallah by the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. James W. Rawley. The…

Syrian Arab Republic (the): Statement to the press on the situation in Syria – Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos
Relief Web 23 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the), Turkey The humanitarian situation in Syria is already catastrophic and is clearly getting worse. Four million people face unrelenting violence and…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian, 21, killed by Israeli fire near Hebron: medics
Relief Web 23 Jan 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/23/2013 15:46 GMT HEBRON, Palestinian Territories, Jan 23, 2013 (AFP) – A 21-year-old Palestinian woman died after being hit in the face by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank on Wednesday, medics said,…

occupied Palestinian territory: ‘We were too afraid to stay on our farmlands’
Relief Web 23 Jan 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Since 2007, Israeli authorities have unilaterally and illegally established a so-called ‘buffer zone’ along the border, which officially extends 300 metres into the Gaza Strip. However, in reality, the ‘buffer…

occupied Palestinian territory: Rebuilding in Gaza between war and peace
Relief Web 23 Jan 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA, 23 January 2013 (IRIN) – Ashraf Azzam, 33, stands in the ruins of his house in Zeitoun Area, Eastern Gaza City, destroyed in an Israeli bombing attack two months ago. “Everything went so…

The National

Prince Harry has ‘a mental problem’, Taliban says
The National 22 Jan 2013 – The Taliban has accused Prince Harry of having ‘developed a mental problem’ after he compared the shooting of insurgents to playing video games. Omar Karmi reports from London 

UAE’s first female Speaker used to blazing a trail for women
The National 23 Jan 2013 – When Dr Amal Al Qubaisi took the FNC Speaker’s chair on Tuesday, it was not the first time she had blazed a trail for UAE women.

Fiji’s envoy to the UAE launches cyclone appeal
The National 23 Jan 2013 – The Fijian Embassy is launching a drive to raise funds for victims of Cyclone Evan, which has cost more than US$100million (Dh367.3m) in damage.

Iran tries to calm fears over nuclear power plant
The National 23 Jan 2013 – Safety concerns over almost completed plant which is closer to Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City, Manama and Doha than it is to Tehran. Michael Theodoulou reports 

French insist African soldiers must take the lead in Mali
The National 23 Jan 2013 – French officials say African soldiers must lead push against Islamists, as questions loom over whether the Malian army has the capacity and support to go it alone. Alice Fordham reports from Diabaly 

Sharjah officials to learn about importance of cruise industry for their
The National 23 Jan 2013 – The course seeks to raise awareness about the role and importance of cruise industry for the region and particularly Sharjah.

Behaviour modification techniques the focus at Dubai autism conference
The National 23 Jan 2013 – Behaviour modification techniques will be the focus of this year’s Autism Around the World Conference and Exhibition expected to be held next month.

Indian government panel refuses to impose death penalty for rape
The National 23 Jan 2013 – Government panel set up to review legislation on rape says India needs to implement existing laws, not introduce tougher punishments.

Ha’aretz

For Israeli Arabs, election marks success mingled with regret
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Netanyahu, army brass held special discussion on Syria chemical weapons
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

U.S. protests ‘State of Palestine’ placard in UN
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

In response to Israeli elections, U.S. renews call for peace negotiations
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Yair Lapid: I will not block a Netanyahu-led coalition
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Son of ex-finance minister sentenced to 7 months in prison for drunk driving
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Lieberman: Yair Lapid a natural choice for finance minister in next government
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Yesh Atid’s Dov Lipman to relinquish U.S. citizenship to serve in Knesset
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Palestinian woman shot dead by IDF soldier, another wounded
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Abbas: We’re ready to talk to any Israeli government that recognizes Palestine
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Happiness is personal, not national, Israelis say
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Russia warns Israel and West not to attack Iran over nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Aryeh Deri faces test of leadership as Shas loses status, but not seats
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Ultra-Orthodox critics: Haredi officials ‘provoked’ seculars over new Israeli city
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Budget deadline to complicate coalition talks
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Once seated, government has just 45 days to solve nation’s financial issues; outstanding issues include budget, Tal Law. 

Twelve settlements have more Likud members than votes
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Numbers obtained exclusively by the ‘Post’ show settlers have joined Likud party en masse in order to back hawks in primaries with no intention of voting for party in general elections. 

Playing a ground game: Explaining Lapid’s success
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Former journalist Yair Lapid’s meteoric rise can be attributed to his focus on the middle class, says pollster Mark Mellman. 

Anti-migrant cause fails to woo voters
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Strong Israel fails to pass election threshold and south Tel Aviv voters stray from Likud, Shas. 

Celebrate ‘new year of trees’ without accidents
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Tu Bishvat will be market on Shabbat, but carelessness about young children eating nuts, dried fruit can be dangerous. 

Media Comment: Elections are over, what now?
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Members of Knesset, the new and the old, are entrusted with a civic responsibility to seek the best for Israel’s citizens and residents. 

Date growers celebrate hearty 2012 harvest
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Agriculturalists are celebrating the increasing global success of one of Israel’s most fruitful trees; the date tree. 

Washington Watch: Are Jewish voting patterns changing?
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Orthodox Jews are far more likely to put Israel as a top priority in making choices at the polls. 

Together we stand
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – The global Jewish people are, and must remain, one. Any rupture in Jewish solidarity, whether in Israel, the US or elsewhere, affects us all as a people and, yes, potentially undermines Israel’s national security. 

Fastest influx of some 20,000 Syrians flee to Jordan
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Latest surge in numbers due to escalating violence in Southern Syria, according to Jordanian FM; 6,200 cross border in past 24 hours.

Ron Nachman’s heart
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Ron’s heart had a way of growing stronger as time progressed. The more he revealed his personal emotions, the more capable, bold and successful the man behind the machine became. 

Israel’s fractional reality
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013Netanyahu-Lapid-Bennett will find a common denominator in pulling and pushing haredi families to remain religious while also becoming part of working Israel. 

Candidly Speaking: Daunting challenges facing Netanyahu
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – We are entitled to demand that our political representatives behave as patriotic Israelis, suspend their differences and collaborate to promote the national interest. 

Rough ride ahead
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – All potential coalition partners need to lower expectations and demand less in portfolios, prestige and policies. 

Analysis: The Greening of Egypt
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Will the opposition allow the country to turn the color of Islam? 

Israeli promoter: Springsteen will perform here
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Shuki Weiss tells ‘Post’ that logistics, not boycott, behind inability to bring the Boss to Israel thus far. 

White House calls for resumption of peace talks
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Carney says direct negotiations must address final-status issues; UN envoy says settlement construction undermines mutual trust. 

Record number of female, religious MKs in Knesset
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – The 19th Knesset will have 50 new MKs, including Yesh Atid’s entire list; Knesset to have five more women than previous list. 

PA can deal with ‘any’ gov’t seeking two states
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Abu Rudaineh says Israel must choose “peace or stalemate,” Hamas: Decline of Right reflects victory of Palestinian resistance. 

Clinton chokes up defending handling of Benghazi
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013US Secretary of State Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations C’tee, says she never saw Benghazi security requests. 

IDF jeep firebombed, troops’ fire kills Palestinian
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Jeep struck by Molotov cocktails in Al-Arroub near Bethlehem; 21-year-old woman killed by return fire in clashes. 

The Lapid factor
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – A new cast of players in Israel’s 19th Knesset makes an even split between Right and Left. 

Jewcology: Valuing biodiversity
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Rabbi Shaul David Judelman explains the importance of appreciating the vast variety of life on Earth. 

Russia warns Israel, West against attack on Iran
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – “Attempts to prepare and implement strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities are a very dangerous idea,” Russian FM says. 

Russia: Rebels must talk to Assad for Syria peace
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Russian FM: Assad’s exit must not be a precondition to negotiate peace; Moscow flies 77 of its citizens out of Syria

Ukrainian Jewish Congress: Gvn’t grabbing TV
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – President of Ukrainian Jewish Congress Vadim Rabinovich says authorities attempting to take away Jewish News One TV channel. 

Arabic paper: Bulgarians blame Hezbollah for Burgas
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Pan-Arab paper ‘Al-Hayat’ reports Bulgaria’s interior minister told EU leaders Hezbollah had played a role in Burgas suicide bombing. 

UK teachers encouraged to join pro-Israel unions
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Jewish teachers in the United Kingdom are bring encouraged to join unions to combat anti-Israel rhetoric. 

Hamas arrests Fatah journalists in Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2013 – Palestinian journalists condemn Hamas for arresting colleagues in Gaza, call for their immediate release. 

Malaysian PM visits Gaza, drawing fire from Abbas
Jerusalem Post 22 Jan 2013 – Premier Najib Razak crossed into Gaza for humanitarian visit; PA accuses Malaysian government of “conspiracy to divide homeland.” 

The Guardian

Ex-talkshow host is Israel’s shock election success – video
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – Yair Lapid, leader of the Israeli centrist party Yesh Atid, has surprised many by coming second after Netanyahu‘s party in Tuesday’s elections

Israel: the new normal | Editorial
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – The Israeli voter is to be credited with taking a good look at the far right and rejecting it – Netanyahu is ‘King Bibi’ no more In the end, the crown prince of Israeli politics was…

Can Netanyahu survive Israel’s middle-class revolt? | Aluf Benn
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – The election has given Israel a new kingmaker in Yair Lapid. But Binyamin Netanyahu is a master of survival Israeli voters delivered a painful blow to Binyamin Netanyahu in Tuesday’s election , and halted the country’s worrying…

Israel election result hands rising star Yair Lapid a pivotal role
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – Former journalist whose party won second largest share of seats is courted by both Binyamin Netanyahu and Shelly Yachimovich Yair Lapid, the celebrity journalist-turned-politician who shook the Israeli political landscape with an unexpectedly strong showing in…

Netanyahu pledges ‘more equal sharing of the burden’ – video
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – After being re-elected as Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu speaks in Jerusalem on Wednesday to promise his citizens change

Israel election: Netanyahu looks to form coalition – as it happened
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – • Surprise second place for centrist party Yesh Atid • Next coalition may be less rightwing than predicted • Syria: new video suggests Aleppo attack was not by rebels • Algeria: five foreign hostages still missing •…

Binyamin Netanyahu in weaker position after election battering
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – Israeli prime minister sets out ‘central principles’ for new coalition government, but may be less free to pursue his own agenda Binyamin Netanyahu cited “five central principles” for his new coalition government when he addressed subdued…

Israel’s elections mean little to most Palestinians – with good reason | Raja Shehadeh
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – Palestinians know that whoever wins, their situation is unlikely to change – as no party will row back on Israel’s occupation No country is more important for the future of Palestine than Israel, which controls most…

Binyamin Netanyahu’s victory in Israel election prompts mixed reaction – video
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – Jerusalem residents give their response on Wednesday after prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu won re-election

Yair Lapid, smooth face of Israel’s ‘new normal’
The Guardian 23 Jan 2013 – The journalist-turned-politician’s shrewd move in steering hard away from foreign policy has landed him in a kingmaking role Yair Lapid is well known to Israelis as a former television personality and columnist for the country’s biggest-selling…

Inter Press Service

Never-Ending Case Arises Again
IPS P?nar Selek, a Turkish sociologist who has on three occasions been tried and acquitted over a fatal explosion in Istanbul more than 14 years ago, is being taken to court again Jan. 24. On Jul. 9, 1998, seven people were killed and more than 120 injured in an explosion at…

Victory Close to Defeat for Netanyahu
IPS As expected, Benjamin Netanyahu has been ensured another term in office. Against all expectations, he could have been defeated. Now, he faces uncertainty over the kind of governing coalition he will lead and thus the kind of policies he will carry out. And he faces a lingering question: can any…

Uruknet

French Intervention in Mali Violates UN Resolution; Root of Crisis Marginalization of the North
Uruknet

US Drone Strike Kills Three Near Yemeni Capital
Uruknet

Assassination Drones: A New Type of Warfare
Uruknet

Palestinian teenager shot in his head with live ammunition in Aida camp
Uruknet

Israel Criminalizes Throwing Snowballs
Uruknet

013 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet

Why to exclude #Qatar from the land ownership law in #Egypt ? !?
Uruknet

Iraq MP Condemns Torturing Detainees to Death
Uruknet

European Union Condemns Israeli Settlements—But Buys From Them
Uruknet

O Frabjous Day!
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Daily Star

Brazil investigates death of former president
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 Brazil’s Truth Commission, which is investigating human rights abuses committed during the nation’s military dictatorship, said Wednesday it’s looking into the death of former President Juscelino Kubitschek, who died in a 1976 car accident.

US protests “State of Palestine” placard in UN
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 Rice objected Wednesday to the Palestinians’ latest bid to capitalize on their upgraded U.N. status when their foreign minister spoke at Security Council while seated behind a nameplate that read “State of Palestine.”

EU chides Iran over nuclear talks venue proposals
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 The European Union rebuked Iran in unusually direct language, suggesting it was willfully delaying new nuclear talks with six world powers by changing venues and setting preconditions on how the negotiations should be conducted.

Gaza’s Hamas rulers arrest 6 local reporters
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 A Palestinian rights group says Gaza’s Hamas rulers have detained six journalists suspected of affiliation to a rival group, Fatah.

About 20,000 Syrian refugees flee to Jordan in a week
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 Around 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring Jordan in the last seven days due to escalating violence in southern Syria, the fastest influx since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad two years…

Palestinians warn new Israeli government over settlements
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 The Palestinians will launch an International Criminal Court case if the new Israeli government allows settlements in occupied areas near Jerusalem, the Palestinian foreign minister said Wednesday.

Yemen: US drone strike kills 7 suspected militants
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 Yemeni officials say a U.S. drone strike on a car outside the capital of Sanaa has killed at least seven suspected al-Qaida militants.

Jordan Islamists shun election, cry foul
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 Jordanians turned out in numbers on Wednesday for polls snubbed by Islamists who alleged vote buying and shed doubt on turnout figures, slamming as illegitimate what is likely to be an opposition-free body.

Prince Harry back in UK after Afghan deployment
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 Prince Harry returned to Britain on Wednesday after a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan, landing on a military plane in light snow at the Brize Norton military airbase northwest of London.

Republicans step back from US debt showdown
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday to suspend for nearly four months the requirement for Congress to approve a higher limit on America’s borrowing.

Expert: Iran sanctions near end of effectiveness
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 A leading academic says there’s not much more the world can do to sanction Iran, and that such penalties could drive Tehran to take radical action.

Turkey: Syrian regime’s actions equal war crimes
Daily Star 23 Jan 2013 Syria‘s bombardment of its citizens should be declared a war crime and aid groups must be given greater access to the millions suffering there, Turkey’s foreign minister told the World Economic Forum.

YNet News

Obama proceeds with Allen nomination as NATO commander 
YNet News, 23 Jan 2013 – ….

Al-Qaeda leader’s brother condemns Mali operation
YNet News, 23 Jan 2013 – ….

Slap in the face of cynicism 
YNet News, 23 Jan 2013 – Oped: Parties that did well in elections consist of people who want to change Israel’s priorities ….

Panetta opens combat roles to women
YNet News, 23 Jan 2013 – ….

Palestinians say may have no choice but to take Israel to ICC
YNet News, 23 Jan 2013 – ….

Yemen: US drone strike kills 7 suspected militants
YNet News, 23 Jan 2013 – ….

And the loser is – the victor
YNet News, 23 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Benjamin Netanyahu least successful Likud leader since party rose to power in 1977 ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian young woman killed by IOF gunfire in refugee camp
PIC – A Palestinian young woman was killed and two others were wounded when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened fire at a group of citizens near Arub refugee camp in Al-Khalil.

Foreign ministry: Technical problem delayed MPs at Cairo airport
PIC – The Palestinian foreign ministry in Gaza said that a “technical†problem delayed the departure of the Palestinian legislative council members from Cairo international airport.

Rizqa: There must be a good atmosphere to implement reconciliation
PIC – Dr. Youssef Rizqa, Political Adviser to the Palestinian Prime Minister, said that the national reconciliation could be disrupted in case there is no appropriate atmosphere for its implementation.

IOF arrest 9 citizens in the West Bank
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested 6 citizens from the West Bank, including three children, in Jerusalem early Wednesday. Three other youths from al-Khalil were arrested last night.

Abu Zuhri: Israeli election results reflect the resistance victory
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, declared that the Israeli election results reflected the Palestinian resistance victory in the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza. 

Protest tent in Shuafat against land confiscation
PIC – People of Shuafat village in occupied Jerusalem set up on Tuesday a new protest tent, calling it “Somud Zaytun” (Olive Steadfastness), in protest against the Israeli confiscation policy.

Abu Marzouk denounces claims about Hamas and Mursi’s relationship
PIC – Deputy head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Moussa Abu Marzouk, declared that the Gaza Strip is Egypt’s eastern gateway, praising the Egyptian role towards the Palestinian cause. 

Israeli attempts to force the prisoners to break their strike
PIC – The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) confirmed on Tuesday that the Israeli prisons services (IPS) practiced on striking prisoners psychological pressure to force them to break their strike.

Dozens take part in sit-in in solidarity with prisoners in Nablus
PIC – Dozens of Palestinians and representatives of factions and grassroots groups participated in a sit-in staged in Nablus city in solidarity with the prisoners and hunger strikers in Israeli jails. 

WAFA

Bethlehem Teenager Dies of Wounds
WAFA – 23 Jan 2013

Israelis Want new Peace Impetus, say Europeans
WAFA – 23 Jan 2013

Exports Up in November, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 23 Jan 2013

Palestinians Skeptical about Israeli election results
WAFA – 23 Jan 2013

Presidency: Israel Should Accept Palestinian State
WAFA – 23 Jan 2013

Newspapers Review: Israeli elections focus of dailies
WAFA – 23 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al Quds Index Up
WAFA – 22 Jan 2013

Malaysian Premier to Visit Gaza
WAFA – 20 Jan 2013

Misc

Russian evacuees from Syria arrive in Moscow
LA Times 23 Jan 2013 – They describe the fear that drove them from a country they’d grown to love, along with the uncertainty they now face. MOSCOW — Russian evacuees from war-torn Syria, mostly worried-looking women and children, emerged from two government airplanes Wednesday into the predawn chill of the…

Israel elections deal a major setback to Netanyahu
LA Times 23 Jan 2013 – Parliamentary voting results in a virtual tie between conservatives and the center-left, denying the prime minister a mandate to pursue his hawkish policies. JERUSALEM — Israeli voters dealt a stunning political rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leaving parliamentary elections in a virtual tie between…

Syrians in Zaatari refugee camp fled danger, found misery
LA Times 22 Jan 2013 – The camp in neighboring Jordan is underfunded and growing more crowded by the day as the war in Syria rages. ZAATARI, Jordan — This sprawling tent city, by far the largest refugee camp for Syrians fleeing their war-ravaged nation, is becoming more crowded by the…

IHT Special: Syrians Struggle in an Uneasy Lebanon
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – At the most recent count, there were 212,000 refugees in Lebanon, registered or awaiting registration with the United Nations refugee agency. A year ago, the agency had registered 5,000. 

Turkey Cracks Down on Legal Brothels
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – Licensed sex workers in Turkey, whose ranks number around 3,500, are accusing the authorities of attempting to force them out of business. 

IHT Special: Abu Dhabi Company Searches for Greener Desalination
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – Masdar, a renewable energy company, is turning its attention to finding ways to remove the salt from seawater using solar power and other innovative technologies. 

Iran Is Accused of Delaying Resumption of Nuclear Talks
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – A spokesman for the six big powers in nuclear talks with Iran expressed irritation on Wednesday with repeated changes in finalizing the date for the next round of negotiations. 

The Lede Blog: Video Suggests Missile Hit Syrian University
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – New video of last week’s deadly attack on Syria‘s Aleppo University suggests that at least one of the two explosions was caused by a missile. 

Bombing at Funeral in Northern Iraq Kills at Least 35
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – A tent full of Turkmen funeral mourners, including a number of high-ranking regional dignitaries, military officers, and religious men, was transformed into a mass killing ground on Wednesday. 

Jordanians Vote in First Parliamentary Elections Since Protests
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – The protests two years ago shook the rule of King Abdullah II, and he is relying on the results to quiet his critics. 

Clinton Cites New Security Steps After Libya Attack
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asserted that she had moved quickly to improve the security of American diplomats after the September attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. 

€250m wind farm to be built on Golan 
Globes Energy & Water – 50 130-meter high wind turbines generating 120 megawatts of electricity are planned.

Israel mulls alternatives to diesel buses 
Globes Energy & Water – Converting buses to compressed natural gas could save NIS 1.25 billion annually.

Israel Opportunity in talks to buy Gabriella stake 
Globes Energy & Water – Modiin Energy is seeking to sell 10% of the offshore license.

Ormat Technologies makes $230m write off on US power plant 
Globes Energy & Water – Parent company Ormat Industries will also make write offs on the North Brawley geothermal power plant in California and the Jersey Valley power plant in Nevada.

Cisco to acquire Intucell for $475m
Globes Main News – Ra’anana based Intucell has developed self-optimizing network software for more efficient planning and management of mobile networks.

Netanyahu moves to preempt rivals
Globes Main News – The prime minister declared today that he would form the new government. Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid is in a position to dictate terms.

Wed: TASE rises on election results
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals enjoyed the largest rise on the Tel Aviv 25 Index today and Mellanox suffered the biggest fall.

Teva reports armodafinil depression study failure
Globes Main News – The Phase III trial failed to meet its primary endpoint.

dkpartners joins York in Elbit Imaging bond investment
Globes Main News – As far as is known, the two funds bought 15% of Elbit Imaging’s bonds at an investment of NIS 150-200 million.

Magal acquires cyber security co WebSilicon
Globes Main News – WebSilicon will become part of Magal’s new cyber strategy and expand integrated physical-cyber solutions for critical sites.

Israel’s Elections: Dirty Tricks and Rearranging Deck Chairs
Tikun Olam – Yes, that title is a bit harsh.  But we’ll get to that later.  There is much to say about the results of today’s Israeli election. But in essence, very little has changed and what little has–not for the better. Let’s start with winners and losers. Losers :…

Israel Avoids Hard-Right Shift, but Benefit to Palestinians Looks Minimal
Palestine Monitor –   Israel Avoids Hard-Right Shift, but Benefit to Palestinians Looks Minimal by Andrew Beale With many commentators predicting big wins for the settler movement in Israel’s elections, the Knesset appeared poised for a hard-right shift….

A surrounded city; Nablus and its settlers
Palestine Monitor –   In 1995, following the signing of the Oslo Accords two years prior, Nablus became an autonomous Palestinian city. Designated under Area A, the newly formed Palestinian Authority were responsible for the civil and security…

The status quo reigns — Lapid chooses Netanyahu over partnering with Palestinians
Mondoweiss – Yair Lapid: I will not try to form an opposition block to Netanyahu with Arab MK’s like Hanin Zoabi. It’s not gonna happen — Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) January 23, 2013 The day after elections, the consensus in Israeli politics is on full display. Leading up to…

Anti-hunger group in New York under fire for ties to Israeli settlement builder
Mondoweiss – Protesters gathered outside of Lev Leviev’s diamond store in Manhattan to sing and demonstrate against the mogul’s involvement in building settlements. (Photo: Bud Korotzer) A New York City anti-hunger non-profit has come under fire from Palestine solidarity activists for taking money linked to a settlement builder….

Ehud Barak proposes Separation Wall surround E1 to block Palestinian access
Mondoweiss – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma‘an) 21 Jan — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak plans to finish building the separation wall around planned Israeli settlement zone E1 which cuts off the West Bank from Jerusalem, Israeli media reported. …

Full-Page Ad in ‘Roll Call’: 80,000 to President Obama—Hold Israel accountable, we have your back
Mondoweiss – US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace Inaugural ad Roll Call Jan.22, 2013 Media Release : The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace announced that they are running a full-page ad in today’s special presidential inauguration…

Cornell partnership with military-linked Israeli school greeted by protests on first day of class
Mondoweiss – About 25 activists gathered outside the offices of Google, where the Cornell partnership with an Israeli university with deep ties to the IDF is housed for now (Photo: Alex Kane) Palestine solidarity activists greeted the first day of classes for students attending Cornell NYC Tech with…

Millions disenfranchised in Israeli vote due solely to ethnicity and geography
Mondoweiss – (Click on the image below to view it larger.) Gary Spedding comments on yesterday’s Israeli elections in his post ” No ‘Democracy in Action’ for the Disenfranchised “: I thought to highlight the overriding flaw found in the idea of Israel having an airtight democracy. This is demonstrable simply…

Disastrous Showing in Israel Election Throws Right Wing Into Turmoil 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Jan 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lacklustre election campaign only got into top gear one hour before polling stations closed. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinian College Student Shot Dead by Israeli Soldiers on West Bank 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Jan 2013 – Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian woman near the West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday and wounded another local youth, Palestinian medics said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Yair Lapid, Former TV Anchorman, Is Star of Israel Election Cliffhanger 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Jan 2013 – Yair Lapid is more than a pretty face. The ex-anchorman and karate enthusiast stormed to second place in Israel’s election and now holds plenty of cards as coalition talks begin. Click here for the rest of the article…

Final Israel Election Results Shows Dead Even 60/60 Left-Right Split 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Jan 2013 – Israel’s final election results show that the right-wing and left-wing blocs are evenly split with 60 seats apiece, even closer than exit polls predicted. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bibi’s Deciding Vote 
The Forward Editorial 23 Jan 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL : The Israeli electorate has spoken — and handed Benjamin Netanyahu a choice. He could move to the center and rebuild the stalled peace process. Click here for the rest of the article…

Yair Lapid, Israel’s Rising Star, Is Still Great Unknown in Washington 
The Forward New 23 Jan 2013 – Yair Lapid has quickly emerged as Israel’s rising political star. Despite living in Hollywood for a time, he remains a great unknown to American policymakers. Click here for the rest of the article…

Lapid snubs ‘anti-Netanyahu bloc’ 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party came second in the Israeli election, says he will not try to block a new coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestinian threat to sue Israel 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – The Palestinians threaten to take Israel to the International Criminal Court over plans to build new Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem.

Morocco plan to change rape law 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – Women’s rights activists in Morocco have welcomed plans to change a law allowing rapists of minors to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims.

Voting ends in Jordanian election 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – Polls close in Jordan’s parliamentary elections, hailed by the government as a move to greater democracy but boycotted by the opposition.

Activists Gather on MLK Day to Protest Cornell-Technion Partnership 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 23 Jan 2013 – Press release from our member group New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership . See pictures of the protest here . Their next planned action is on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Find details here . Protesters outnumbered students on a blustery Martin Luther King Day as the New York…

Can the People Speak? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 23 Jan 2013 – When the uprisings first hit our region, most of us were driven into clichés and slogans praising the people for being brave to fight for change and speak. Since the 1980s, the people have been seen by ‘the elite’ as pacified and silent. Right now, as…

Qatar Leaks: The Business of Foreign Affairs 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Jan 2013 – British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s cat, sits on a table in a room in Downing Street where a meeting between Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was shortly due to take place at 10 Downing Street…

HRW: Syria rebels attacking Shia and Christian religious sites 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Jan 2013 – New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch warned that rebel groups appeared to have destroyed or allowed the looting of minority religious sites in northern Syria. “The destruction of religious sites is furthering sectarian fears and compounding the tragedies of the country,” said Sarah Leah Whitson,…

After 23 Years, “Heavyweight” Lebanese Spy Knocked Out 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Jan 2013 – Former detainees in Israeli jails protest in Beirut against the lenient sentences handed to convicted spies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Former detainees in Israeli jails protest in Beirut against the lenient sentences handed to convicted spies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) An antiques dealer and former member of Baalbeck’s…

NATO missiles on Turkey-Syria border to start functioning this week 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Jan 2013 – NATO said Wednesday its Patriot anti-missile defenses along Syria’s border with Turkey would become operational this week, and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking in Davos called on the international community to charge the Syrian regime with war crimes for the “bombardment of its own citizens.”…

On Election Day, Jordan’s King Pulls Parliament’s Strings 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Jan 2013 – A man shows his ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Amman on 23 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Muhammad Hammad) A man shows his ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Amman on 23 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Muhammad Hammad)…

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian woman in the head 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Jan 2013 – A Palestinian policeman takes the statement from Palestinian Suaad Jaafari, 43, after she was wounded in a shooting incident which claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman on January 23, 2013 in the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP Photo – Hazem Bader) A Palestinian policeman…

Lapid snubs ‘anti-Netanyahu bloc’ 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party came second in the Israeli election, says he will not try to block a new coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bahrain princess on torture charge 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – A Bahraini princess is facing charges of torturing three pro-democracy activists in the Gulf island kingdom.

Many dead in Iraqi mosque bomb 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – At least 23 people are killed by a suicide bomber targeting a funeral being held at a Shia mosque in the Iraqi village of Tuz Khurmato, police say.

Palestinian threat to sue Israel 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – The Palestinians threaten to take Israel to the International Criminal Court over plans to build new Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem.

Morocco plan to change rape law 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – Women’s rights activists in Morocco have welcomed plans to change a law allowing rapists of minors to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims.

Voting ends in Jordanian election 
BBC 23 Jan 2013 – Polls close in Jordan’s parliamentary elections, hailed by the government as a move to greater democracy but boycotted by the opposition.

Articles


Is the right to have elections a gift from Israel? 
Ghassan Fawzi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/22/2013
      Palestinians elected their representatives and participated in the political process until 1918.
     Many believe that the right for Palestinians to participate in elections as Israeli citizens is a gift from the Israeli state; something that the “forgiving democracy” of Zionist ideology has bestowed on them. This belief in Israeli generosity and fairness has been pushed by Zionists and the state itself from Theodor Herzl’s “new ancient land” up to the latest election campaign.
     Those who claim that the right to vote is poisoning Israel’s Palestinian citizens fall into the same trap of imagining the state’s largesse. In fact, descriptions of the electoral “gift” are suspect, coming as they probably do from Israeli sources.
     I will explain in this concentrated study why I think that the right to participate in elections is a Palestinian right earned through rebellion, and that the Zionist movement has always been against Palestinians’ right to elect their own representatives. Indeed, that the government and main political groups in Israel want to erode and remove the right to vote from Palestinian Israelis as well as those in the occupied Palestinian territories.
     Israel’s democratic “gift” to the Palestinians is a continuous thread in Palestinian and Israeli political and cultural writings. The issue is always present in debates during Israeli election campaigns, so it is extremely topical.
     We need to look back into history to see that Palestinians have, in fact, a long record of voting in general elections which pre-dates the creation of the state of Israel…. more.. e-mail

The ethnic vote and the ’white coalition’: 7 takeaways from Israel’s elections 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 1/23/2013
      Netanyahu is most likely to form his next government around the religious and the secular middle class, represented by election victors Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid. The coalition will concentrate on domestic reform and will only strengthen the status quo on the Palestinian issue. Also: Did Israelis really move left? Seven takeaways from the elections.
     1. The future government
     At the time of writing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s base of Orthodox and right-wing parties has 60 Knesset seats – the same as the potential opposition. Estimates are that the Jewish Home party will finish with another seat at the expense of the United Arab List once the soldiers’ votes are counted, pushing the Right over the Knesset’s halfway mark. This is not a major change, since it’s pretty clear that Netanyahu will form the next government with Yair Lapid – the biggest winner of the night – and probably Kadima. The three parties have 52 seats combined and with Naftali Bennet’s Jewish home party, they could reach 63-64 seats, which means a stable government. Other parties that might join the government, like Shas or Tzipi Livni, will do so on the terms of the senior coalition partners.
     This combination makes sense because Lapid, Bennet and Netanyahu share the same ideology on social and economic issues, and have the same indifference to the Palestinian issue (with some nuances). Bennett will have the support of Likud hawks, while Lapid will take over the role of handling the Right’s contacts with the world, as Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres did for the previous Netanyahu government. Lapid spoke at the last AIPAC conference and enjoys nice relations with some of Israel’s allies in Washington, while for them his presence in the government will serve as proof that Netanyahu has indeed “moderated.” more.. e-mail

An appraisal of the Cairo Palestinian Reconciliation Agreement 
Feras Abu-Helal, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/23/2013
      Following a series of meetings held under Egyptian patronage and aimed at reviving the issue of reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, Cairo has issued an official statement defining the terms of the new reconciliation agreement. The meetings were held at this juncture in an effort to capitalize on the seemingly positive relations between the two over the past few months.
     However, how do the terms of this agreement differ from those of the past? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Unlike the succession of past agreements that have failed to find a solution to Palestinian disunity, is it destined to succeed?
     Strengths
     The Cairo Agreement is distinguished by the fact that it sets a timetable to begin extended “technical” negotiations aiming to discuss outstanding issues. It sets January 30th as the date for commencement of negotiations relating to the formation of a new Palestinian government; the resumption of work by the Central Election Commission in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and meetings between committees concerned with civil liberties and community reconciliation. It is also agreed that the Palestine Liberation Organization Development and Activation Committee will meet to resume its work in Cairo on February 9th.
     The deadlines set by this schedule are relatively close. This gives it a sense of gravity and the possibility of it being executed unlike previous agreements which would set a deadline for the completion of negotiations without setting a date for their commencement. This often led to the deadline being reached before negotiations had even begun. more.. e-mail

Israel’s land theft means Gaza camels have few places to graze 
Rami Almeghari, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 1/23/2013
      Surrounded by camel owners in al-Mosadar village in the central Gaza Strip, Talal al-Talbani cheerfully described what an effective remedy he found camel’s milk to be in helping his 14-year-old son Hamza recover from a surgery on his spinal cord several years ago.
     “His immunity got better when I started giving him camel’s milk,” al-Talbani said. “In 2006, I accompanied my son to the Tel Hashomer hospital inside Israel,” he explained.
     “In the months that followed the surgery, we had to take precautions as my son’s condition was unstable.” al-Talbani decided to follow local advice and feed camel’s milk to his son: “We went back to the same hospital and found that Hamza’s immunity had doubled.”
     Adnan al-Mosadar, who owns the camel whose milk helped Hamza, welcomed me at his family home. He owns two female camels — the naqa. One is currently pregnant and cannot produce milk before it gives birth.
     “The naqa has been my obsession since I was 12 years old. Throughout my life as the son of a rural local family, I have been taking care of camels to the extent I am their friend,” says the 45-year-old local farmer.
     Camels in Gaza have been reliable since ancient times, he said while holding his camel. “Reliable in terms of their meat production and good-quality milk that helps cure a number of illnesses, especially stomach conditions,” he added. “It is also used as an antidote for poisons.” more.. e-mail

Israel’s land theft means Gaza camels have few places to graze
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jan 2013 – Rami Almeghari Gaza Strip 23 January 2013 Camel’s milk is used as a traditional remedy.more

Israel Avoids Hard-Right Shift, but Benefit to Palestinians Looks Minimal
Palestine Monitor: 23 Jan 2013 –   Israel Avoids Hard-Right Shift, but Benefit to Palestinians Looks Minimal by Andrew Beale With many commentators predicting big wins for the settler movement in Israel’s elections, the Knesset appeared poised for a hard-right shift….more

A surrounded city; Nablus and its settlers
Palestine Monitor: 23 Jan 2013 –   In 1995, following the signing of the Oslo Accords two years prior, Nablus became an autonomous Palestinian city. Designated under Area A, the newly formed Palestinian Authority were responsible for the civil and security…more

Qatar and US: Collusion or Conflict of Interests
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2013 – By Nicola Nasser In his inaugural address on January 21, U.S. President Barak Obama made the historic announcement that “a decade of war is ending” and declared his country’s determination to “show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully,” but his message will remain words that have yet to be translated into deeds and has yet to reach some of the U.S. closest allies in the Middle East who are still beating the drums of war, like Israel against Iran and Qatar against Syria. In view of the level of “coordination” and “cooperation” since bilateral diplomatic relations were established in 1972 between the U.S. and Qatar, and the concentration of U.S. military power on this tiny peninsula, it seems impossible that Qatar could move independently apart, in parallel with, away or on a collision course with the U.S. strategic and regional plans. According to the…more

Exploited and Misused: The Impossible Discourse of the ‘Arab Spring’
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud A reductionist discourse is one that selectively tailors its reading of subject matters in such a way as to only yield desired outcomes, leaving little or no room for other inquiries, no matter how appropriate or relevant. The so-called Arab Spring, although now far removed from its initial meanings and aspirations, has become just that: a breeding ground for choosy narratives solely aimed at advancing political agendas which are deeply entrenched with regional and international involvement. When a despairing Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire on December 17, 2010, he had ignited more than a mere revolution in his country. His excruciating death had given birth to a notion that the psychological expanses between despair and hope, death and rebirth and between submissiveness and revolutions are ultimately connected. His act, regardless of what adjective one may use to describe it, was the very key…more

No War against Iran: Israeli and US Elections
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2013 – By Ludwig Watzal The call for early elections brought Benyamin Netanyahu a Pyrrhic victory. The Israeli voters made it clear that his dreams are not up to the sky. Netanyahu and his right-wing partner Avigdor Lieberman scored a heavy defeat.  They lost 25 percent of their seats in the Knesset; they downsized from 42 to 31 seats. Both camps, the right-wingers and the so-called Zionist left, are in a dead heat. Netanyahu has two options: either he forms a purely right-wing government that encompasses the lunatic fringe in Israel, which would lead Israel into total international isolation, or he includes some of the other more reasonable parties from the so-called Zionist left into the new government. There is also a chance for the “progressive” parts of Israeli society to form a government that would include the Sephardic Shas party and United Thorah Judaism; both are only interested to serve their…more

Universalism and Individualism versus Tribalism
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2013 – By William A. Cook ‘As it looks now, more than half the members of the 19th Knesset will belong to the extreme right and beyond, at least a dozen of them honest to goodness fascists.’ — Uri Avnery , Israel’s Elections and the Voters Dilemma. On Monday of this week, Martin Luther King’s Holiday, my wife and I took an overnight break in Temecula, California, a wine tasting town a bit north of San Diego filled with antique shops in the Old Town section. As we entered an old house converted to such a shop, we overheard a customer comment that “…today is Martin Luther King’s Holiday.” The proprietor, an old man of grey hair and stooped shoulders, blurted out: “It’s not my Holiday!” How quaint the old attitude rings out 185 years after America’s founding; how visceral the silent anger as the Inaugural played out in the Nation’s capital at…more

Terrorists and ‘Terrorists’: Quotes Make the Difference
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2013 – By Jeremy Salt The French bombing of Islamic extremists and terrorists in Mali contrasts nicely with France’s support for Islamic extremists/terrorists in Syria. Francois Hollande says Mali had to be stopped from becoming an Islamic terrorist base on ‘Europe’s doorstep.’ Mali is 3237 kms from France and Syria is 3322 kms from France, so the doorstep difference is 85 kms.  Yet, while blocking ‘Islamic terrorism’ in Mali, France is promoting it in Syria through its support for the Islamist groups fighting to bring down the secular government of Bashar al Assad. In the past two weeks alone they have fired rockets at Aleppo University, killing nearly 90 students on the first day of their semester examinations, and set off bombs in towns across north and central Syria, including Salamiyya, killing more than 40 people. The population of Salamiyya is largely Ismaili, heterodox Muslims who will have no place in the…more

Grand Waffle in the Middle East
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jan 2013 – (Remarks by Ambassador Chas Freeman, delivered on January 16 at a conference of the Washington-based Middle East Policy Council, of which Chas is president emeritus. The remarks were circulated yesterday by the American Academy of Diplomacy, an élite organization of retired and serving American ambassadors.) By Chas W. Freeman Jr. Over the past half century or so the United States has pursued two main but disconnected objectives in West Asia and North Africa: on the one hand, Americans have sought strategic and economic advantage in the Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf, and Egypt; on the other, support for the consolidation of the Jewish settler state in Palestine.  These two objectives of U.S. policy in the Middle East have consistently taken precedence over the frequently professed American preference for democracy. These objectives are politically contradictory.  They also draw their rationales from distinct moral universes.  U.S. relations with the Arab countries and Iran…more

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