VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 29 January 2013

29 January 2012 – VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Man Shot In Beit Hanoun
IMEMC – Tuesday January 29; Palestinian medical sources reported that a young Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli military fire in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Settler Stabbed Near Nablus
IMEMC – Israeli medical sources reported, Tuesday, that an 17-year-old settler suffered mild-to-moderate injuries after being stabbed near the Za’tara roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Army Prevents Entry Of Samplings, Construction Material, Into Beit Iksa
IMEMC – Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the Israeli army denied the transport of construction materials and saplings into the village of Beit Iksa, north of occupied East Jerusalem. …

166 Homes In Eli Settlement Built On Private Palestinian Land
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported Tuesday that the Civil Israeli Administration, operated by the Israeli Army in the occupied West Bank, said some 166 homes in the Eli settlement in the occupied West bank, were built on private Palestinian land. …

Army Holds Training In Palestinian Villages In Hebron
IMEMC – A week ago Monday, the Israeli army started drills using live ammunition in several Palestinian villages in the southern West bank city of Hebron. The training was held despite a preliminary High Court ruling preventing the army from conducting training near Palestinian civilian areas. …

Soldiers Invade Village Near Jenin, Photograph Homes
IMEMC – Tuesday at dawn January 29; Israeli soldiers invaded the village of the Al-Mogheer, east of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and took pictures of 14 homes after breaking into them and searching them. …

Israel Claims Foiling Infiltration Attempt
IMEMC – Monday at night, January 28 2013; The Israeli army claimed that its soldiers managed to foil an infiltration attempt by gunmen who attempted to infiltrate into Israel through the Egyptian border. …

B’Tselem Issues Report On Army’s Use of “Crowd Control” Weapons
IMEMC – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) issued a report on the inventory of “crowd control weapons” used by the Israeli army against Palestinian protesters in the West Bank, and said that some of these weapons can be dangerous and fatal. …

Israel claims Arresting A Palestinian “Cell” In Bethlehem
IMEMC – The Israeli army revealed, Wednesday evening, that the soldiers kidnapped members of what was described as a “Palestinian cell” near Bethlehem. …

Ma’an News

Israel to demolish Palestinian neighborhood
1/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Tuesday delivered demolition notices to all Palestinian families in Fuheidat neighborhood east of Anata village in northeast Jerusalem, residents said. According to the notices, residents can demur before Feb. 17. A Ma’an reporter said about 200 Palestinians live in the neighborhood which is located to the….

Israel boycotts UN rights scrutiny session
1/29/2013 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Israel boycotted a United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday where it was due to have its record reviewed, setting a precedent feared by many Western and other states. The current president of the Human Rights Council, Poland’s ambassador Remigiusz Henczel, noted the absence of the Israeli delegation and ordered the…. Related: Universal Periodic Review, human rights, and Israel

Report: Israel to transfer Palestinian tax revenue
1/29/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will transfer Palestinian tax revenues after refusing for two months to distribute the funds, Israeli media reported late Tuesday. The transfer, reported by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, comes after government employees announced a strike over the Palestinian Authority’s failure to pay salaries. [END]

Israeli forces arrest 7 across West Bank
1/29/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested seven people overnight Monday, Israel’s army and locals said. Soldiers raided several homes in Nablus and detained Husni Imad al-Amoudi, 21, and Muhammad Khalid al-Madini, 19, witnesses told Ma’an. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that four people were detained in Nablus, one in Jenin, one in Ramallah and one in Beit Ummar. [END]

Jerusalem braces for tense cup match after racist incident
1/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Hundreds of police officers and stewards will secure an Israeli State Cup match on Tuesday in which Premier League Beitar Jerusalem, supported by a group of vehement anti-Arab fans, host Arab side Maccabi Umm el-Fahm. A racist element among Beitar fans caused uproar on Saturday when they held up banners during a Premier….

PA finance minister meets Quartet envoy Blair
1/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Finance Minister Nabil Qassis met with Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair in Ramallah on Monday. Qassis called on the Quartet to intervene in the PA‘s political crisis and pressure Israel to release Palestinian tax revenues withheld since last November as punishment for the UN‘s….

Murdoch apologizes for ‘offensive’ Netanyahu cartoon
1/29/2013 – LONDON (Reuters) — Rupert Murdoch apologized on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon in his London-based Sunday Times newspaper depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a bloody wall trapping the bodies of Palestinians, after complaints from Jewish groups. The image, which shows Netanyahu holding a trowel dripping blood, was published on Holocaust Memorial Day and carried…. Related: Gerald Scarfe cartoon of Netanyahu and the Wall

Egypt to allow medical supplies into Gaza
1/29/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egypt will allow ten tons of medical supplies to enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, Egyptian security sources said. The medical supplies were donated by the Arab Doctors Union and will be transferred into Gaza under the supervision of the Egyptian Red Crescent. Another shipment of….

Palestinian, Israeli officials ‘to discuss tax transfers’
1/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance officials will meet with their Israeli counterparts on Wednesday to discuss resuming the transfer of taxes withheld by Israel since November, an official said. Rami Mahdawi, PA finance ministry spokesman, told Ma’an Tuesday that the meeting will discuss Israel’s position to resuming…. Related: Report: Israel to transfer Palestinian tax revenue

Clinton: Israel vote outcome ‘opens doors’ to peace
1/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the outcome of Israel’s parliamentary elections “opens doors” toward peace with the Palestinians. Referring to the possible inclusion of center-left parties in Benjamin Netanyahu‘s next government, she said the elections improved the climate for resuming the peace process….

Arab League delegation to submit new peace proposal to US
1/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – A delegation representing the Arab League will soon head to the United States to move forward the Middle East peace process, a Palestinian envoy said Tuesday. Muhammad Sbeih, secretary-general for Palestinian affairs in the Arab League, told Jordan’s al-Ghad newspaper that the delegation would submit a proposal to Washington….

Universal Periodic Review, human rights, and Israel
1/29/2013 – By Peter Splinter – If the Israeli government is not careful, it will ruin an important global human rights process for everybody. The Universal Periodic Review, a process to examine states’ human rights records, has until now been truly universal: all United Nations member states were reviewed by the end of 2011 and the second…. Related: Israel boycotts UN rights scrutiny session

UN nuclear watchdog backs Iran’s denial of Fordow explosion
1/29/2013 – VIENNA (Reuters) — The UN atomic watchdog backed up on Tuesday Iran‘s denial of media reports of an explosion at one of the Islamic state’s most sensitive nuclear plants. The reports had said there had been an explosion early last week at the underground Fordow uranium enrichment facility near the holy Iranian….

15 members of new political party renounce ties to group
1/29/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Fifteen members of a newly formed political party announced Tuesday that they are renouncing their ties to the group. The Haris, or Guard, party was formed by former PA Chief of Justice Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi in December, but the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Interior said the party was not licensed. Fifteen….

Israeli finance chief expects cuts to defense spending
1/29/2013 – NEW YORK (Reuters) — Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, fresh from a record-setting sale of Israeli bonds to investors in Florida, said on Monday that balancing the government budget will require “moderate but still significant” cuts to the defense sector. In an interview with Reuters, Steinitz, a leading member of the weakened Likud party of hawkish….

PA arrests ‘arms dealers’ in northern West Bank
1/29/2013 – TUBAS (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces arrested a group of arms dealers in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, a local official said. Governor of Tubas Marwan al-Tubasi told Ma’an that security services received intelligence about the group operating in Tubas, and raided an apartment building they were using to store….

Teachers pause strike ahead of talks with PA
1/29/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The general union of teachers says classes will resume Wednesday and Thursday across the occupied West Bank after a sit-in Tuesday during a Palestinian Authority cabinet meeting. Bassam Naim, a spokesman for the union, said a committee of experts, teachers and government officials would meet Wednesday in the hopes of coming…. Related: Palestinian civil servants to continue strike

Fatah al-Intifada chief dies in Damascus at 85
1/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Secretary-general of the Syria-based Palestinian faction Fatah al-Intifada Col. Said al-Muragha, better known as Abu Mousa, died Tuesday in Damascus at 85. An official in the movement told reporters that Abu Mousda died Tuesday morning in a hospital in Damascus. Fatah al-Intifada was founded in 1983 after Abu Mousa broke away….

Palestinian civil servants to continue strike
1/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The civil servants union in the West Bank decided on Tuesday to go ahead with protests against the Palestinian Authority’s failure to pay salaries. Civil servants will not work Wednesday in protest of the government’s broken promise to distribute an unpaid portion of November’s paychecks…. Related: Teachers pause strike ahead of talks with PA and Report: Israel to transfer Palestinian tax revenue

Oscar nod for protest film cheers Palestinians
1/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — Oscar-nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras” screened for Palestinians for the first time on Monday, leaving locals hopeful that their struggle with Israel for land and statehood will gain a global audience. The low-cost film is based on five years of amateur camera work by journalist Emad Burnat as he documented weekly protests against…. Related: 5 Broken Cameras film site

Swine flu death toll reaches 25
1/29/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (IRIN) — Health officials in the occupied Palestinian territory are calling on residents to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, or “swine flu”, after 25 deaths in recent weeks. Over 700 infections of H1N1 have been reported in the West Bank and 20 in the Gaza Strip, and officials say the number of….

Woman dies after falling from Ramallah apartment building
1/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A woman died on Tuesday after falling from the fifth floor of an apartment building in Birzeit, north of Ramallah, medics said. The 27-year-old woman, identified only as Q. A. , fell from the building in the early hours of Tuesday and was transferred to hospital but died from her injuries….

Egyptian protesters defy curfew, attack police stations
1/29/2013 – CAIRO/ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) — Egyptian protesters defied an overnight curfew in restive towns along the Suez Canal, attacking police stations after Islamist President Mohamed Mursi imposed emergency rule to end days of clashes that have left at least 52 people dead. At least two men died in overnight fighting in the canal city of Port….

Egypt’s army chief warns of collapse of state
1/29/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The head of the Egyptian military said political conflict in the country could lead to the collapse of the state and protecting the Suez Canal was one of the main objectives of an army deployment in nearby cities shaken by violence.” The continuation of the struggle of the different political forces. . . over the….

65 found executed in Syria’s Aleppo, activists say
1/29/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least 65 people, apparently shot in the head, were found dead with their hands bound in a district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday, activists said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which says it provides objective information about casualties on both sides of Syria‘s war….

Adviser: EU could deploy peace force in post-conflict Syria
1/29/2013 – BRUSSELS (Reuters) — European Union planners are looking at ways to help stabilize Syria when the civil war is over, and sending an EU military force to keep the peace could be an option, the bloc’s top military officer said on Tuesday. The EU has a 2,000-strong rapid reaction force, known as a….

Egypt’s Mursi cancels Paris visit amid crisis at home
1/29/2013 – PARIS (Reuters) — Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has cancelled a planned visit to Paris this week, France’s presidency said on Tuesday, as a political crisis flares in Egypt. Mursi had been due to arrive in Paris on Thursday afternoon following a visit to Berlin on Wednesday and later meet Hollande over breakfast on Friday….

Aljazeera

Israel boycotts UN Human Rights Council
AlJazeera 29 Jan 2013 – The move sparks heated debate among diplomats at UN Human Rights Council on how to respond. 

Palestine News Network

New Settlement Outpost to Be Build in Jayyous Village, Qalqilia
Palestine News Network

Rights Groups Say Israel Must Submit Review Report to UN
Palestine News Network

PA to Pay Public Employees Half of November’s Salary
Palestine News Network

EJHN Holds a Conference Entitled,”Striving for Excellence Under Crisis”
Palestine News Network

Egypt Army Chief: Political Unrest Could Topple State
Palestine News Network

Jordan’s King Meets Mashaal, Urges Two-State Solution
Palestine News Network

IOF Prevent Admission of Agricultural Seedlings, Construction Materials to Beit Iksa
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Raid West Bank Cities, Arrest Palestinians
Palestine News Network

AIC: Social Media in Palestine with Palestinian Journalist and Blogger Musleh
Palestine News Network

Rights Groups Launch Palestine Solidarity Legal Support Intake System, Website
Palestine News Network

Hussam Calls on Associations to Exert Pressure on Israel to Allow Children Visit Their Detained Parents
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR condemns Israel’s Refusal to Participate in the UN Human Rights Council Review and Calls Upon the Council to Procee…
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International Solidarity Movement

Do not let settlers expel us from our home in Sheikh Jarrah
1/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Update on 29 January by ISM: There is still imminent threat of eviction hovering upon the Shamane family. The family was given a brief reprieve of two months at the last minute [on 31st December 2012] when the Jerusalem District Court ordered the eviction delayed until 1st March 2013.   There will be a weekly protest….

Important Supreme Court session on the future of the Palestinian village of Susiya
1/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 29 January 2013, Rabbis for Human Rights – On Thursday 31st January the Supreme Court will hold two sessions regarding two petitions affecting the future of the Palestinian village Susiya. One will discuss the organization Regavim’s petition to expedite the demolition of most of the village. The other petition seeks to prevent the villagers…. Related: Rabbis for Human Rights and VIDEO – Threat of demolition looms over Palestinian village in West Bank

Ongoing attacks result in injuries and 17 miscarriages in Urif, West Bank
1/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 29 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus, Occupied Palestine – The Israeli army and illegal settlers have been, on almost daily basis for the past two months, invading and attacking the village of Urif in the West Bank. A local doctor reports that these actions have inflicted 17 miscarriages only in the month of December, numerous…. Related: VIDEO – Soldiers entering Urif at 1 AM

Resist the land grab: donate a tree
1/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 29 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus, Occupied Palestine – For more than a decade the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) has supported Palestinians during the olive harvest, a task which continues to be challenging. We regularly support farmers by accompanying them to fields and planting olive trees in areas of high risk of settler attacks and…. Related: Donate to ISM

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: The U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis (EN/AR)
Relief Web 29 Jan 2013 – Source: US Department of State Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United States of America Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 29, 2013 Today, President Obama reaffirmed the United States’ continued…

occupied Palestinian territory: 15 Israeli and Palestinian organisations warn of far-reaching consequences of Israel’s for obstructions of UN human rights mechanisms
Relief Web 29 Jan 2013 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Defence for Children International/Palestine Section, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling Country: occupied Palestinian territory 15 Israeli and Palestinian…

occupied Palestinian territory: Azerbaijan donates USD 100,000 to support UNRWA’s work in Gaza
Relief Web 29 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Azerbaijan, occupied Palestinian territory 29 January 2013 Gaza The Government of Azerbaijan has donated USD 100,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine…

Lebanon: Conditions tough for 20,000+ Palestinians fleeing Syria for Lebanon
Relief Web 29 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic “There are families of 20 members, including eight children, living in this place”, says Nawras Al-Sahly a 35-year-old Palestine…

Syrian Arab Republic: International community is ‘failing the people of Syria’
Relief Web 29 Jan 2013 – Source: Islamic Relief, Norwegian Refugee Council, Christian Aid, People in Need, Refugees International, World Vision Country: Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic On the eve of a key meeting of donor counties, a coalition of six international…

occupied Palestinian territory: The Monthly Humanitarian Monitor – occupied Palestinian territory, December 2012
Relief Web 29 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory HIGHLIGHTS ? Israel began allowing limited amounts of gravel for commercial use into Gaza, while Egypt authorized the entry of construction materials for a range of Qatar-funded…

The National

UAE teachers satisfied but feel excluded in decisions, survey shows
The National 29 Jan 2013 – Adec asked 8,017 teachers to rate their levels of satisfaction and found overall satisfaction increased to 80 per cent from 70 per cent in 2009.

Lean, mean military machine designed and built in the UAE
The National 29 Jan 2013 – The Nimr 6X6 APC has been tested in all terrains, can handle 7.62 mm armour piercing rounds and has run-flat tyres and a central tyre inflation system.

UAE women who kick sexism out of football
The National 29 Jan 2013 – Fourty-eight young Emirati women participate in a ladies-only football tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Timbuktu: a byword for mystery brought into plain sight by Mali conflict
The National 29 Jan 2013 – An unintended consequence of the conflict in Mali has been the discovery by many westerners that Timbuktu, a byword for mystery, myth and fantasy, actually existed – but Arabs have known about this crossroads of trade, culture and learning for centuries.

Timbuktu stores owned by militants’ supporters looted
The National 29 Jan 2013 – Hundreds of Malians loot stores in Timbuktu, saying the shops belong to ‘Arabs’ and ‘terrorists’ linked to the radical Islamists who occupied the desert town for 10 months.

Tawazun to showcase UAE defence tehnology overseas
The National 29 Jan 2013 – The strategic defence investment company will display locally developed weapons and defence technology in the US, Brazil, France and the Far East this year.

Retired UAE soldier jailed for passing security data to Iran
The National 29 Jan 2013 – The man was arrested last June after state security police were tipped off about his actions.

Egypt ‘on the brink of collapse’, military chief warns
The National 29 Jan 2013 – President Mohammed Morsi’s position as head of state is no longer tenable and he must call an election, activist says, as military chief warns of ‘collapse of the state’. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Ha’aretz

Israel approves transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Israel boycotts scheduled UN human rights review
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Hebrew University gets its very own asteroid
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Court bans 50 Beitar Jerusalem fans from tense cup game against Arab team
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Israel summons Argentina envoy over ‘truth commission’ with Iran
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Palestinian stabs Jewish teen in northern West Bank
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Israel imprisons two Eritrean immigrants without trial
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Stanley Fischer to step down early from Bank of Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Flu outbreak leads to overcrowding in hospitals across Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Netanyahu’s plan: NIS 27 billion in cuts, ban on strikes in essential services
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

‘The Voice Israel’ competitor, 17, suspended from school for singing before men
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Israel not doing enough to avoid defense sector corruption, report says
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Study: Israel ranks among world’s most harmful land-grabbers
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Don’t blame the messenger: In Eshel affair, Netanyahu doesn’t understand the rules of the game have changed
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Number of divorces in Israel hit all-time high in 2012
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

MIT students turn into teachers at Israeli schools
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – “I feel like I’ve learned so much through this because now I remember why science is cool in the first place.” 

Analysis: Al-Qaida’s increasing presence in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Is the group’s presence, which is growing due to spillover from the war in Syria, a reality or a Syrian/Iranian propaganda? 

High Court hears appeal from Lebanese terrorist
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Mustafa Dirani seeks to sue the state for civil damages; Dirani’s attorney: Even Eichmann would have had the right to sue the state. 

A-G to open criminal investigation of Ashkenazi
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Military police to probe former IDF chief of staff, his top aide Erez Winer over their roles in Harpaz Affair. 

Navy to purify its greasy engine wastewater
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Navy has a bio-treatment facility which separates contamination from wastewater coming out of its ships.

‘Preserve Auschwitz-Birkenau for future’
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – CEO Jacek Kastelaniec tells ‘Post’ 120 million euros needed so future generations can remember horrors of Holocaust. 

Rabbinical Court: 4.7% rise in national divorce rate
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Report shows 10,694 couples divorced last year; Rights Group: Rabbinate misleading, hiding data on “chained women.” 

Netanyahu okays transfer of NIS 400m. tax revenues to PA
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Reneging on policy of withholding money from Palestinian Authority due to its unilateral statehood bid at UN, PM agrees to one-time transfer of tax revenues to alleviate Palestinian financial crisis. 

Israel’s segregated ‘acceptance committee’ society
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – In Sderot seventy percent of the people voted for right-wing and religious parties and only 1% voted Meretz and 3% Labor. 

Vulgar defamation
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – It is politically incorrect to even hint at their thinly disguised anti-Semitism. 

Why the Likud lost
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – The elections are over. The Likud- Beytenu slate won the most votes and Binyamin Netanyahu will remain Israel’s prime minister. 

Center Field: Lead, Bibi, lead!
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Despite all the Likud lamentations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should see the 2013 election results as a gift. 

IAEA backs Iran’s denial of Fordow explosion
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013UN watchdog says it saw no sign of a blast at Iran‘s underground uranium enrichment site Fordow, in line with Iran‘s claim. 

In My Own Write: Where to draw the line
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Gerald Scarfe told Britain’s ‘Jewish Chronicle’ this week that he “very much regrets” the timing of his cartoon. 

Clinton: My successor will explore Mideast peace
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Obama tells PM he looks forward to “working closely” with new gov’t; former US envoy Indyk: Two leaders have “bad chemistry.” 

Partier stabs disc jockey for not playing his song
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Indictment filed with Haifa court over alleged stabbing by Amar Shahab of disc jockey at engagement party in his village. 

UN avoids Israel showdown, delays rights review
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013UN Human Rights Council postpones Israel’s Universal Periodic Review in response to J’lem’s unprecedented refusal to cooperate. 

IAF Chief: Iran source of most threats to Israel
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – At space conference, Amir Eshel says “Syria is falling apart, no one knows what future holds,” warns of Assad’s unconventional arms. 

BoI Governor Stanley Fischer quitting after 8 years
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Highly rated Bank of Israel governor Fischer doesn’t give reason for exit; PM: Fischer helped Israel grow through global crisis. 

Palestinian stabs Israeli in W. Bank terror attack
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Police say suspect admits to stabbing 17-year-old at Tapuah Junction for nationalistic reasons; victim moderately wounded. 

‘Hamas leader Mashaal seeking presidency of PLO’
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – ‘Al-Quds Al-Arabi’ quotes Palestinian sources as saying Jordan and Qatar are pushing for Mashaal to chair PLO. 

Voices of Jerusalem: Holy City Tango
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Loren Minsky speaks to Guy Kimchi, 33, Israeli chef and owner of the Latin American restaurant La Boca in Jerusalem. 

WATCH LIVE: Israel’s international space conference
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – The eighth annual Ilan Ramon Conference includes speakers from NASA, presentation of Curiosity discoveries. 

Syrian refugees top 700,000 as exodus grows, UN says
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says aid workers struggling to keep up. 

Egypt army chief warns: Unrest could topple state
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Egyptian defense minister says army deployment to cities shaken by violence meant to protect Suez Canal; death toll rises to 52. 

Nazi Goebbels’ descendants are hidden billionaires
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Nazi propaganda minister’s heirs own nearly 50% of BMW; Study: Quandt family fortune partially built by concentration camp labor. 

The Guardian

Sunday Times statement on Gerald Scarfe cartoon
The Guardian 29 Jan 2013 – Acting editor Martin Ivens responds to Jewish organisations’ concerns over cartoon depicting Israeli prime minister Statement on Sunday Times Gerald Scarfe cartoon There was a meeting at 4pm today between representatives of the Jewish community and…

Sunday Times editor apologises over Benjamin Netanyahu cartoon
The Guardian 29 Jan 2013 – Martin Ivens says Gerald Scarfe ‘crossed a line’ with image of Israeli prime minister published on Holocaust Memorial Day The acting editor of the Sunday Times has apologised unreservedly to Jewish community leaders for what he…

John Humphrys was inaccurate in Middle East report, rules BBC Trust
The Guardian 29 Jan 2013 – Presenter inadvertently broke accuracy, but not impartiality, rules by referring to Golan Heights as being part of Israel The BBC Trust has ruled that Radio 4′s Today programme breached rules on accuracy, after presenter John Humphrys…

Is the Sunday Times cartoon antisemitic? | Mark Gardner and Anshel Pfeffer
The Guardian 29 Jan 2013 – Two contrasting views on Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon depicting Binyamin Netanyahu cementing a wall with blood YES: Mark Gardner On Holocaust Memorial Day 2013, the Sunday Times ran a cartoon by its famously acerbic cartoonist, Gerald Scarfe,…

The US-born soldier fighting for Israel: ‘Women should have the privilege’
The Guardian 29 Jan 2013 – Corporal Arielle Werner, now a member of the IDF, welcomes the US decision to allow women to serve in combat roles When she was a child growing up in Minnesota, Arielle Werner dreamed of becoming a…

Israel president demands crackdown on racism in football
The Guardian 29 Jan 2013 – Shimon Peres calls for ‘determined stance’ after Beitar Jerusalem fans protest against plan to sign Muslim players Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, has called on the country’s football authorities to clamp down on racism after Beitar Jerusalem…

Sunday Times acting editor to meet Jewish leaders over Netanyahu cartoon
The Guardian 29 Jan 2013 – Martin Ivens expected to apologise to Board of the Deputies of British Jews over Gerald Scarfe cartoon The acting editor of the Sunday Times is expected to apologise personally to the Board of the Deputies of…

Inter Press Service

Egypt Faces ‘Mubarak-Like’ Morsi
IPS Concerns are mounting over Egypt’s future after the outbreaks of violence that marked the second anniversary of Egypt’s January 25 Revolution. Massive anti-government rallies led to ongoing clashes between protesters and security forces that have left at least 40 people dead. Cities along Egypt’s Suez Canal faced a government-declared state…

Uruknet

Former CIA agent responsible for torture revelations sentenced to prison
Uruknet

Pentagon’s new massive expansion of ‘cyber-security’ unit is about everything except defense
Uruknet

Settlers Install An Illegal Outpost Near Qalqilia
Uruknet

Statement of the Constituent Assembly The Central Committee of Coordination to Support the Uprising of the Iraqi People The Voice of Iraqis Abroad
Uruknet

Operation Invade Africa : Napoleon in Mali
Uruknet

Video. “Five Broken Cameras” What It Means To Live Under Occupation
Uruknet

How “A Plague on Both Your Houses” Aids Counter-Revolution in Syria
Uruknet

Legal initiative launched to fight back against harassment of Palestine solidarity activists
Uruknet

Map Confirms: 166 Israeli Settler Homes Built on Palestinian-Owned Land
Uruknet

“How Can We Trust the Government?” Egypt Aflame Over Protests
Uruknet

Daily Star

18 die as Yemen military attacks kidnappers: sources
Daily Star 29 Jan 2013 Two soldiers and 16 Al-Qaeda militants were killed on Tuesday in a Yemeni military offensive against the jihadists who are suspected of holding Western hostages, sources said.

British paper sorry for ‘inexcusable’ Israel cartoon
Daily Star 29 Jan 2013 The acting editor of Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper apologised Tuesday for a “grotesque” cartoon that sparked accusations of anti-Semitism when it was printed on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

U.S. Transportation chief LaHood to step down
Daily Star 29 Jan 2013 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he planned to resign, marking the latest departure from Obama’s Cabinet as the administration tries to find the root cause of safety problems with Boeing’s Dreamliner plane.

UN seeks major aid boost for Syrian ‘catastrophe’
Daily Star 29 Jan 2013 International aid officials are framing their latest gathering on Syria‘s humanitarian crises in terms not seen in the region since the height of the Iraq war: Refugee numbers possibly swelling toward 1 million.

Egypt military chief warns of collapse of state
Daily Star 29 Jan 2013 Egypt’s military chief warned Tuesday the political crisis sweeping the country could lead to the collapse of the state, as thousands defied curfews and the death toll from days of rioting rose to 52.

EU could deploy peace force in post-conflict Syria -adviser
Daily Star 29 Jan 2013 European Union planners are looking at ways to help stabilise Syria when the civil war is over, and sending an EU military force to keep the peace could be an option, the bloc’s top military officer…

Egypt clashes spill into landmark Cairo hotel
Daily Star 29 Jan 2013 Looters broke into a Nile-side luxury hotel in the Egyptian capital early Tuesday, taking advantage of clashes in the streets outside to trash shops and the lobby before police and demonstrators alerted via social media drove…

US Senate panel approves Kerry nomination
Daily Star 29 Jan 2013 The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday swiftly and unanimously approved President Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. John Kerry to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

YNet News

US soldier who underwent arms transplant leaves hospital
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I won’t attend Beitar games 
YNet News, 29 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Former PM Olmert disgusted by racist fans who oppose signing of Muslim, Arab players ….

Senate confirms Kerry to head State Dept.
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Ashkenazi demands probe into Barak conduct 
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Envoy: Syria ‘breaking up before everyone’s eyes’
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Mali secures retaken towns
YNet News, 29 Jan 2013 – ….

Welcome to State of Palestine?
YNet News, 29 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: In absence of direct talks with Israel, we will more likely see a third intifada than actual Palestinian state ….

Time has come for 2 states
YNet News, 29 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Israel must separate from the Palestinians to preserve country’s Jewish, democratic character ….

Palestinian Information Center

100 Israeli female soldiers organize a military march in Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage warned of the escalation of the Israeli practices against Al-Aqsa Mosque, and called on the Islamic nation to defend the sanctity of Al-Aqsa.

Jerusalemite Foundation reports Israeli violations in Issawiya
PIC – The Jerusalemite Grassroots Foundation has published a report concerning events in the town of Issawiya during the recent months under the title “Issawiya resists collective punishment.”

Haaretz: More than 166 homes in Eli settlement built on Palestinian-owned land
PIC – Haaretz newspaper said it had a certified map of the West Bank settlement of Eli showing that at least 166 homes in this settlement are built on land privately owned by Palestinians.

IOA claims arresting cell responsible for armed attacks
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority said on Monday night that a Palestinian commando cell was arrested end of last November for attacking Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Palestinian worker shot at in northern Gaza
PIC – A Palestinian worker was shot and wounded in northern Gaza on Tuesday at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Bardawil: Egyptian media outlets launching systematic campaign against Hamas
PIC – Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, a Hamas leader, has said that a number of Egyptian media outlets were involved in a concentrated incitement campaign against Hamas supported by the “Zionist entityâ€.

Haaretz: Israel coerces Ethiopians into taking Depo-Provera drug
PIC – Haaretz revealed that the Israeli health ministry coaxes Etheopian Women while waiting in transit camps in Ethiopia into taking a long-acting birth control injection drug known as “Depo-Provera.”

Prisoners in Hawara detention center suffer from difficult conditions
PIC – Tadhamun Foundation for Human Rights said that the Palestinian prisoners in Hawara detention center in the south of Nablus are living in difficult conditions because of repressive measures.

Occupation detains a female captive with “criminals” for 3 months
PIC – The Israeli Prison Service administration had detained a Palestinian Jerusalemite female captive in the Israeli convicted criminals section in Hasharon prison for the past three months.

A judicial decision issued to stop destruction in Silwan
PIC – Jerusalem Development Foundation reported that Israeli bulldozers and forces withdrew from Wadi Rababah neighborhood in the town of Silwan in Jerusalem, on Monday afternoon..

WAFA

Settlers Starts Building Settlement Outpost near Qalqilia
WAFA – 29 Jan 2013

PA to Pay Public Employees Half of November’s Salary, says Cabinet
WAFA – 29 Jan 2013

Rights Groups Say Israel Must Submit Review Report to UN
WAFA – 29 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al Quds Index Keeps Up
WAFA – 29 Jan 2013

Weather Forecast: Rain Till Saturday
WAFA – 29 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al Quds Index Up
WAFA – 27 Jan 2013

Misc

The Lede Blog: Under Attack, Cairo Hotel Tweets an S O S
New York Times 29 Jan 2013 – When the staff members of a luxury hotel in Cairo called for help on Twitter during clashes, protesters helped the police they had been fighting with secure the premises. 

Israel Boycotts U.N. Rights Review
New York Times 29 Jan 2013 – Israel became the first country to boycott a United Nations review of its human rights practices, rejecting entreaties by the United States and others to submit to scrutiny of its record. 

Guantánamo Defense Lawyers Seek 48-Hour Visits
New York Times 29 Jan 2013 – The request for access to five men accused of participating in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, criticized as unreasonable by prosecutors, is part of preparation for possible sentencing. 

The Lede Blog: Bahrain Criticized for Use of Tear Gas Following Boy’s Funeral
New York Times 29 Jan 2013 – The government of Bahrain has drawn renewed criticism for its use of tear gas after activists said an 8-year-old boy died this month when his village was exposed to tear gas. 

At War Blog: Women in Combat? Some Marines React
New York Times 29 Jan 2013 – The infantry is not for everyone, male or female. I suspect that only a small fraction of women will even attempt to join. But for those who do, I can only hope my skepticism is proved wrong and that they succeed. 

At War Blog: A Letter to the Finken Family
New York Times 29 Jan 2013 – A few years ago, a young man delivered beer to the grave of Lt. Col. Paul Finken in Earling, Iowa. I was that man. 

Israel Angry Over Argentina-Iran Accord on 1994 Bombing Inquiry
New York Times 29 Jan 2013 – Israel summoned Argentina’s ambassador to the Foreign Ministry to explain his country’s pact with Iran to form a joint commission to investigate an attack on a Jewish community center. 

Turkey could be anchor customer for Israeli gas
Globes Energy & Water – Energy Ministry director general Shaul Tzemach says the option of gas exports to Turkey is practical, despite the political tensions.

Gasoline price to rise NIS 0.30 per liter Thursday night 
Globes Energy & Water – The price of self-service 95 octane gasoline will rise from NIS 7.52 per liter to NIS 7.80 per liter.

Fischer to leave the Bank of Israel
Globes Main News – The Governor of the Bank of Israel Prof. Stanley Fischer will step down from his post at the end of June after eight years in the job.

Race on to replace Stanley Fischer
Globes Main News – Among possible successors are Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg and Dr. Karnit Flug.

Study finds more haredim turning to higher education
Globes Main News – Industry Ministry study: Haredim study in order to improve their standard of living, and are encouraged by their families.

Tue: Fischer resignation depresses market
Globes Main News – The banks fell heavily after Stanley Fischer’s announcement while Mellanox was once again in negative territory.

Saban completes Partner acquisition
Globes Main News – This was big news for Scailex’s shareholders, because the sale greatly improves the company’s financial shape and its ability to repay its bonds.

Yachimovich: Fischer’s departure Netanyahu no-confidence vote 
Globes Macro Economics – Labor chairwoman MK Shelly Yachimovich: The governor is signaling that he won’t be a partner to the economic chaos and political hell that will prevail in Israel.

Netanyahu: Fischer played major role in growth 
Globes Macro Economics – “His experience, wisdom, and international connections opened doors and helped the economy reach many achievements.”

Egg shortage hits Israel 
Globes Macro Economics – The severe winter weather, the loss of a major egg supplier, and higher seasonal demand are behind the shortage.

Eini vows to defend gov’t attempts to curb labor courts 
Globes Macro Economics – Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini: I will not allow any harm to the labor courts.

Steinitz: No need to raise taxes; we’ll cut defense 
Globes Macro Economics – Yuval Steinitz tells “Reuters”: I will probably continue as finance minister.

Transparency International Finds “High” IDF Corruption Level
Tikun Olam – Transparency International just published an index measuring levels of corruption in defense spending and military policy for nations around the world.  Israel placed in Band D , just above the middle rank.  The summary of concerns listed in the analysis was: …While formal provisions for legislative oversight…

Palestine News Network: Rights Groups Launch Palestine Solidarity Legal Support Intake System, Website 
Jewish Voice for Peace – Rights Groups Launch Palestine Solidarity Legal Support Intake Systsem, Website , Palestine News Network , January 29, 2013. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), in collaboration with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the Student Speech Working Group and other organizations, today announced the launch of the Palestine Solidarity…

Drone warfare panel brings home the civilian carnage U.S. policy produces around globe
Mondoweiss – Medea Benjamin of Code Pink spoke at a New York panel on drone warfare. Here, she’s pictured protesting in August 2012 outside a building in Florida where drones are built. (Photo via PressTV ) Surgical strikes, terrorists and high-level militants–those are the buzzwords most Americans are accustomed…

Human rights orgs: Israeli obstruction of UN Human Rights Council shields Israel from accountability and undermines human rights 
Mondoweiss – UN Human Rights Council Yesterday, Israel refused to attend a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) review of its human rights record becoming the first country ever to boycott the Universal Periodic Review process. Under this process, all 193 member states of the United Nations take part…

A story that even ‘hasbara’ cannot explain
Mondoweiss – There has been a lot of “bad news” coming out of Israel for the last few years for apologists and pro-Israeli organizations to “explain”– hasbara is of course Hebrew for “explaining”– and then there is this story: Israel “coaxed,” or forced, birth control injections on Ethiopian…

NYC event tonight spotlights surveillance that has ‘burrowed deep’ into Muslims’ lives for 10 years
Mondoweiss – There’s an important discussion about Islamophobia tonight in New York, sponsored by the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition. This is heroic work; w e mentioned it a week back . From the press release…

Yale prof gets DoD grant to teach soldiers ‘interviewing’ skills
Mondoweiss – A psychiatry professor at Yale has gotten a $1.8 million grant from the Defense Department to open a center that will teach soldiers how to “read and question” people. Gee! Waterboarding 101. This is the kind of thing that used to spark protest and student strikes….

John Kerry Wins Confirmation as Secretary of State 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jan 2013 – John Kerry’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state sailed through the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country’s top diplomat. Click here for the rest of the article…

John Kerry Cruises to 94-3 Senate Confirmation Vote 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jan 2013 – John Kerry’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state sailed through the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country’s top diplomat. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ethiopian Women Claim Israel Gave Birth Control Shots Against Will 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jan 2013 – Following a TV report alleging that Ethiopian Israeli women were being given contraceptive shots against their will, Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered physicians to put a stop to the practice. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Boycotts United Nations Review of Human Rights Record 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jan 2013 – Israel boycotted a U.N. human rights forum on Tuesday where it was due to have its record reviewed, setting a precedent that concerns rights activists and many Western nations. Click here for the rest of the article…

Africa: Israeli Furore Over Drugs for Ethiopian Jews 
allAfrica.com 29 Jan 2013 – [IRIN]Tel Aviv -The director of the Ministry of Health in Israel, Roni Gamzo, has issued a formal directive instructing that gynaecologists should not inject women with the contraceptive Depo-Provera without their knowledge or consent.

Ethiopia: Israel Admits Giving Ethiopian Immigrants Birth Control Injections 
allAfrica.com 29 Jan 2013 – [RFI]An Israeli government minister has admitted the practice of covertly injecting female Ethiopian immigrants with a birth control drug known as Depo-Provera.

Tunisia: Signing of Co-Operation Agreement in Sea Transport Field 
allAfrica.com 29 Jan 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -A co-operation agreement in the sea transport field was concluded, on Monday in Beirut, between Tunisia and Lebanon, the Tunisian Transport Ministry announces in a statement.

Army warns of Egypt’s ‘collapse’ 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – Egypt’s armed forces chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi warns that the current political crisis “could lead to a collapse of the state”.

‘Dozens of bodies’ found in Syria 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – The bodies of at least 65 young men, all apparently summarily executed, have been found in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and activists say.

Israel boycotts UN rights council 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – In an unprecedented step, Israel boycotts its regular review by the UN Human Rights Council, prompting concern that its work could be undermined.

Israel condemns Argentina inquiry 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – Israel strongly criticises Argentina for its decision to work with Iran to investigate a 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aires.

Stuart Littlewood: Truth-telling British MP in Zionists’ crosshairs 
Sabbah report 29 Jan 2013 – The challenge to Zionist’s unspeakable behaviour is not going away, nor should it until the regime’s attitude changes fundamentally and the occupation ends. In the meantime those who support, defend and perpetuate it must accept some of the blame. Read More: Stuart Littlewood: Truth-telling British MP…

Michel Chossudovsky: US-NATO “Economic Terrorism”: The Collapse of Syria’s Industry and Agriculture 
Sabbah report 29 Jan 2013 – The Syrian economy is being hit by the combined impacts of the US-NATO sponsored terrorist attacks and the economic sanctions regime. The ultimate objective of the US-NATO covert war on Syria is the destabilization of the Syria economy and the destruction of Syria as a nation…

Event: Palestinian Statehood: What Happens Next? 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 29 Jan 2013 – From our member group Committee for Palestinian Rights. Palestinian Statehood: What Happens Next? A talk by Mark Croatti Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. Howard County Central Library 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Columbia, MD 21044 Now that the United Nations has recognized Palestine as a non-member…

Michel Suleiman’s World Tour 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 29 Jan 2013 – Lebanon has had its share of lousy presidents over the year. Fouad Chehab was most likely in cahoots with the Zionists from early on to keep the Lebanese Army (which he led before becoming president in 1958) out of all Arab-Israeli war. Bishara al-Khouri (the first…

Jewish settlers erect illegal West Bank outpost 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2013 – An Israeli policeman mounted on a horse (R) stands near Palestinians, some throwing stones, during clashes as Israeli forces destroy their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on 28 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Ammar Awad) Jewish settlers on Tuesday began constructing an illegal…

Dozens of bodies found in Aleppo river 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2013 – Free Syrian Army fighters and residents attempt to identify bodies found along a river, at a school used as a field hospital in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr on 29 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Zain Karam) The bodies of dozens of men, many of them with their…

Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza laborers, injure one 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2013 – A child watches the funeral of Palestinian Mustafa Abu Jarad in the northern Gaza Strip on 15 January 2013, one day after he was killed by Israeli soldiers. (Photo: Reuters – Mohammed Salem) Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian laborer in north Gaza Tuesday as…

A New Yemeni State Falters Amid Saleh’s Holdouts 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2013 – Yemenis ride a truck to the site of a rally marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet Mohamed in Sanaa on 24 January 2013. (Photo: Khaled Abdullah – Reuters) Yemenis ride a truck to the site of a rally marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet…

Murdoch apologizes for Netanyahu cartoon: Shown to butter Palestinian blood between concrete blocks 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2013 – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch apologized Monday for a cartoon published in The Sunday Times that depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall in a white tank top and buttering Palestinian blood between concrete blocks. Palestinians are shown to be in agony and bricked into…

Georges Abdallah: Tensions Rise at French Embassy Sit-In 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2013 – From the sit-in protest in solidarity with Georges Abdallah in front of the French embassy in Beirut, 28 January 2013. (Photo: Alia Haju) From the sit-in protest in solidarity with Georges Abdallah in front of the French embassy in Beirut, 28 January 2013. (Photo: Alia Haju)…

A Death Sentence to Civil Marriage 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Jan 2013 – After convening an urgent meeting on Monday, the mufti came out to confirm this position, warning that “any Muslim official, be they an MP or a minister, who supports the legalization of civil marriage, even if it is optional, is an apostate and outside the Islamic…

Lebanon: Al-Ahbash Retreat from Politics 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Jan 2013 – Some of al-Ahbash’s allies in the March 8 coalition were not happy with the group’s political retreat at a time when they needed a Sunni cover for their protests against the government in the fall of 2006. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Some of al-Ahbash’s allies in the…

Army warns of Egypt’s ‘collapse’ 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – Egypt’s armed forces chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi warns that the current political crisis “could lead to a collapse of the state”.

‘Dozens of bodies’ found in Syria 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – The bodies of at least 65 young men, all apparently summarily executed, have been found in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and activists say.

Israel boycotts UN rights council 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – In an unprecedented step, Israel boycotts its regular review by the UN Human Rights Council, prompting concern that its work could be undermined.

Iraqis claim UK forces ‘brutality’ 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – New allegations of abuse by British troops in Iraq will be heard by the High Court in London, as lawyers push for a public inquiry.

Israel condemns Argentina inquiry 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – Israel strongly criticises Argentina for its decision to work with Iran to investigate a 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aires.

Murdoch apology over Scarfe cartoon 
BBC 29 Jan 2013 – Rupert Murdoch apologises for a “grotesque, offensive cartoon” by Gerald Scarfe in the Sunday Times, that brought complaints of anti-Semitism.

Articles


VIDEO – Threat of demolition looms over Palestinian village in West Bank 
Rabbis For Human Rights, +972 Magazine 1/29/2013
      The Palestinian village of Susya, which has been through numerous demolitions and forced expulsions, beginning in 1986, is facing yet another threat to its existence. This time, the fate of the entire village lays in the hands of Israel’s Supreme Court.
     On Thursday, Israel’s Supreme Court will hold two sessions regarding two petitions affecting the future of the Palestinian village Susya. One will discuss the possibility of expediting the demolition of most of the village, while the other seeks to prevent the villagers’ remaining lands from being rendered off limits to them.
     The first court session involves a petition by the far-right organization Regavim, which petitioned the Court together with the nearby Jewish settlement of Susya, to expedite the demolition of most of the buildings in Palestinian Susya. Regavim claims that the Nawaja family, residents of Palestinian Susya, violated an intermediate court order forbiding any new building in the village. The demolition will in all likelihood mean the complete disappearance of the village. The petitioners have also requested and received a temporary injunction that prohibits any further development in the village until a decision is issued. The petition was submitted against the Minister of Defense and the inhabitants of Palestinian Susya.
     The second hearing covers a petition by the villagers, along with Rabbis for Human Rights, responding to the blockage of about 3,000 dunams of their farmland in the area. The petition names the Minister of Defense, the heads of the Civil Administration, the Chief of the Hebron Police, the Susya Cooperative Association, and the Har Hebron Local Council.
     According to Susiya resident Nasser Nawajeh, the people of Susiya have already been through numerous demolitions and forced expulsions, beginning in 1986, when Israeli archeologists discovered the remains of a Jewish synagouge under Susiya and Israeli authorities then expelled its residents…. — See also: Important Supreme Court session on the future of the Palestinian village of Susiyamore.. e-mail

Universal Periodic Review, human rights, and Israel 
Peter Splinter, Ma’an News Agency 1/29/2013
      If the Israeli government is not careful, it will ruin an important global human rights process for everybody.
     The Universal Periodic Review, a process to examine states’ human rights records, has until now been truly universal: all United Nations member states were reviewed by the end of 2011 and the second cycle of reviews has already started.
     But now the government of Israel is not engaging with the process. Every indication is that the Israel will not be present today when it is scheduled to be examined under the Universal Periodic Review. As the only recalcitrant state among 193, Israel’s deliberate absence would sabotage the principle of universality. Consequently the Universal Periodic Review stands to lose the compelling legitimacy it derives from being applied evenhandedly to all states. Why should states that would prefer to escape scrutiny of their human rights record, or are severely resource constrained, submit to this process if Israel’s non-compliance demonstrates that it is no longer universal?
     Not so long ago, Israel, and many other states and organizations, had expressed concerns that the Commission on Human Rights was biased and operated on double standards. It was abolished and in 2006 the Human Rights Council was established. With it came a great improvement: the Universal Periodic Review. Finally, a process applied consistently to all states was at hand, and in its first cycle of reviews, it worked. It is ironic that Israel is now undermining a mechanism that was designed to remedy the bias Israel protested against.
     The Israeli government complained that the Human Rights Council singled Israel out for criticism by establishing a Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in March 2012, and consequently withdrew its cooperation with the Council. Israel had already refused to cooperate with several important mechanisms such as the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict in 2009. Yet those steps are unrelated to the Universal Periodic Review. — See also: Israel boycotts UN rights scrutiny session more.. e-mail

Iran sanctions herald new big-stick diplomacy 
Erich C Ferrari and Samuel Cutler, Asia Times 1/25/2013
      Contained in the Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 2, are sweeping new sanctions targeting Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The new measures target foreign entities engaging in a wide array of transactions with Iran, including the sale of any goods supporting Iran‘s energy, shipping and shipbuilding sectors, the sale of raw materials such as aluminum, steel, and coal, the provision of insurance, or underwriting services in support of any activity for which Iran has been subjected to US sanctions.
     Lawmakers quoted by the Wall Street Journal said that the new sanctions move closer to a complete trade embargo on Iran. Importantly, the US currently maintains a complete trade embargo, with exceptions for humanitarian exports and a positive licensing program for divestment activities and certain academic and cultural exchanges with Iran. The new sanctions will therefore have little impact on the legality of US companies still engaging in licensed trade with Iran. Any new steps that restrict Iran‘s ability to buy or sell goods and services would need to be enforced through the threat of US secondary sanctions.
     Secondary sanctions, known pejoratively as extraterritorial sanctions, are designed to prevent foreign individuals and entities from conducting activities that US primary sanctions seek to prohibit by imposing various penalties, including revoking access to the US market. They have been increasingly used over the past three years by the United States to pressure foreign countries and entities into curtailing their business dealings with Iran.
     Beginning with the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 and gaining wide spread notoriety with the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA), the US government maintains the authority to impose secondary sanctions on a wide variety of activity involving Iran…. more.. e-mail

’Zero Dark Thirty’ is the most vile and immoral war film I’ve seen in years 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 1/27/2013
      “Revenge of the agonized killers” would have been a more appropriate title. 
     Sometime in the late 1960s, Israeli cinema stopped producing heroic war stories – the kind of action or drama movies where the protagonist serves his country, noble against a powerful and cruel enemy. The quantity of other such works of fiction – in literature, for example – dropped as well. Which, when you think about it, is kind of weird for a country that has a war every few years and needs to reinforce its own ethos. Instead, Israeli popular culture started producing a different genre – that of the confessions. Here, the protagonists or story-tellers were usually trying to come to terms with the terrible things they were forced to do to – by their COs, by politicians or by circumstances, but never of their own choice. The genre even earned a name: “shooting and crying. “ It all seemed brave – but it wasn’t, since our heroes never assumed responsibility for their actions. The real perpetrators were others: generals, right-wing radicals, fools – and sometimes it was simply the Arab’s fault. And sure enough, all those groups didn’t make movies. It was the lefty cultural elites that needed absolution, or at least explanation for the things they did (with much enthusiasm) – usually while continuing to do them. Today I would rather have a right wing that is proud of the occupation than an agonized lefty. You don’t want to do something, don’t do it. In the left-wing protests in recent years you can often hear chants of, “don’t shoot, don’t cry – get out of the territories now,” urging people to take responsibility for their actions.
     Now I must say this – in decades of watching Israeli and international war cinema, I don’t remember a film as immoral, vile and self-righteous as Zero Dark Thirty. This narcissistic movie, with all its aesthetic portraits of torture and assassinations, not only enjoys and fetishizes the violence it depicts but also justifies and rationalizes it. It is not – as some more naïve viewers said – a “complicated” or “controversial” way of promoting “a debate” on torture, but the other way around. Torture and assassinations are presented as effective though unpleasant ways of preforming heroic acts…. more.. e-mail

Rebuilding in Gaza between War and Peace
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Jan 2013 – By 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 safety – we didn’t have the time to think,” he told IRIN. “The Israeli attack targeted a nearby house in front of ours – it was like an earthquake, everything was shaking; dust and smoke were all over the place with devastating consequences,” he said. In the morning light, they discovered their house had been destroyed. No one from the family was injured though some of their neighbors had been killed. For now, Ashraf’s extended family (15 members including his mother, married brothers and their children) are dispersed, living in rented apartments. Destroyed Homes During November’s…more

No Security Firms for African Refugees: Opportunities and War in Mali
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Jan 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud The British security firm G4S is set to rake in massive profits thanks to crises in Mali, Libya and Algeria. Recognized as the world’s biggest security firm, the group’s brand plummeted during the London Olympics last year due to its failure to satisfy conditions of a government contract. But with growing unrest in North and West Africa, G4S is expected to make a speedy recovery. The January 16th hostage crisis at Algeria’s Ain Amenas gas plant, where 38 hostages were killed, ushered in the return of al-Qaeda not as extremists on the run, but as well-prepared militants with the ability to strike deeply into enemy territories and cause serious damage. For G4S and other security firms, this also translates into growing demands. “The British group (..) is seeing a rise in work ranging from electronic surveillance to protecting travelers,” the company’s regional president for Africa told Reuters. “Demand…more

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