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Ma’an News

Clashes erupt after settlers visit Nablus tomb
2/7/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers visited Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus after mid-night accompanied by Israeli soldiers, locals said Thursday. Ten buses full of settlers raided the city after midnight to perform prayers at Joseph’s tomb. Many Israeli soldiers accompanied them, and deployed in the area. Witness said settlers celebrated on….

Clinic: 4 prisoners’ wives pregnant from smuggled sperm
2/7/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Four women are pregnant after smuggling their husbands’ sperm out of Israeli jails, a clinic in Nablus announced Thursday. At a news conference at the Razan Medical Center, Dr Salem Abu Khaizaran said the four successful pregnancies were a huge achievement, and that many insemination attempts had failed.”We don….

Israel releases prisoner after 20 years
2/7/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel on Thursday released a 41-year-old Palestinian after detaining him for 20 years. Khalid Abu Rayaleh, from Sheikh Radwan in the northern Gaza Strip, was detained in 1992 and sentenced to 21 years for membership of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Abu Rayaleh was released six….

Army: Israeli forces detain 6 in West Bank raids
2/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained six Palestinians in raids across the West Bank overnight Wednesday, the Israeli army said. Four people were detained in Sanniriya, near Qalqiliya, and one person was detained in Beit Ur al Tahta, west of Ramallah, an Israeli military spokesman said. Forces detained one person in Hebron and seized….

Man faces year in jail after Abbas Facebook joke
2/7/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian court has sentenced a man from the Nablus area to a year in prison for insulting President Mahmoud Abbas on Facebook, officials said Thursday. The Nablus magistrates court sentenced Anas Saad Awwad, 26, of Awarta village, in absentia to a year in prison after convicting him on charges of….

Hunger-striker, freed by Israel, returns to Gaza
2/7/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner who spent 100 days on hunger strike last year was released to the Gaza Strip on Thursday. Akram Rekhawi crossed through the Erez crossing into Gaza to a public reception of political officials after nine years in Israeli jail. In a short address, Rekhawi stressed the need….

Man injured in Nablus gunfight, police seize weapons
2/7/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A man was shot and injured during a fight in Nablus on Thursday, and police said the shooter had been taken into custody. The youth was transferred to Rafidia hospital in the city and his condition was described as stable. The assailant was immediately detained by Palestinian security forces, and will….

Satellite appears to show Syria building unscathed by Israel strike
2/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A research center that Syria said was hit by an Israeli strike last week remained unscathed in the attack, an Israeli television channel said satellite images it broadcast on Wednesday showed. Diplomats, Syrian rebels and security sources said Israeli jets bombed a convoy near the Lebanese border last week, apparently hitting weapons destined….

White House: No new Obama peace plan
2/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama will not propose any “specific” Middle East peace proposal during his upcoming visit to the region, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. The new administration in Washington and new government in Israel made this spring “an opportune time for a visit like this that is not….

Analysis: The PLO and Jordan
2/7/2013 – By Daoud Kuttab – If the agreed timetable for Palestinian reconciliation is adhered to, we are promised to witness the reemergence of the Palestine Liberation Organization as the embodiment of the aspirations of Palestinians. The new PLO, in which Hamas and other Islamic movements are to participate as well, will no doubt help revive the Palestinian….

Teachers stay home despite deal to end strike
2/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian teachers rejected calls from their own union on Wednesday and went on strike across the occupied West Bank, shutting down government schools in major cities. The union of teachers had officially decided not to carry out plans to strike Wednesday after the head of the union, Bassam Naim, said representatives….

Islamic Jihad may run in PNC elections
2/7/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad may run in Palestinian National Council elections, if its conditions are met, a politburo member said Thursday.” We are pushing toward arranging the Palestinian arena, and the most important files are the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and the Palestinian National Council elections,”Shiekh Nafith Azzam told Ma’an….

Elections commission receives Gaza population data
2/7/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip on Thursday transferred basic data from the Palestinian civil registry to the Palestinian Central Elections Commission in preparation for elections. A statement on the ministry’s website said the step was part of necessary procedures for renewing the registry and facilitation….

Fatah, Hamas to discuss unity government Sunday
2/7/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah and Hamas officials will meet in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the composition of a unity government, Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq said Thursday. Leaders of the major Palestinian parties are already in the Egyptian capital ahead of series of meeting designed to hammer out the details of the long-stalled….

Israel’s Netanyahu tackles tricky coalition-building
2/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Yair Lapid, the surprise runner-up in an election last month, to try to draw him into a broad government that could bridge Israel’s religious divide. In the Jan. 22 ballot, centrist candidate Lapid’s rallying cry, “equal sharing of the burden,” touched….

Man dies in oxygen tank explosion in Tulkarem
2/7/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — A 21-year-old Palestinian man was killed and his father injured when an oxygen tank exploded in the northern West Bank on Thursday. Majed Abu Zahre was fixing the tank in his Tulkarem refugee camp shop when the tanks exploded, seriously injuring him and his father. Zahre died shortly after in….

Bedouin man found dead in north Sinai
2/7/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A Bedouin Egyptian man was found dead in the northern Sinai peninsula on Thursday, security sources said. The man, who has not yet been identified, had been shot and his hands tied in ropes, they said. His body was found in the desert outside Rafah city. Police have asked Bedouin….

As Syrians pour in, Lebanon grapples with ghosts of a bloody past
2/7/2013 – TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) — A new video making the rounds in Lebanon opens with ominous string music reminiscent of a horror film and the title “Before it’s too late.” Red stains spread across a white map of the tiny coastal country, marking areas where Palestinian refugees settled after they fled or were driven from….

Syria opposition demands all women freed from jail by Sunday
2/7/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said the Syrian government had until Sunday to release all women detainees, otherwise he would regard his offer for dialogue as rejected by President Bashar Assad, BBC Arabic said. On its website, BBC Arabic quoted Alkhatib as saying in an interview that “the initiative would be broken” if….

Egypt secures liberals’ homes after calls for their death
2/7/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian police deployed security at the homes of prominent liberal opponents of the government on Thursday after a hardline cleric called for their deaths and a secular politician was gunned down in Tunisia. The death on Wednesday of Chokri Belaid, an outspoken critic of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government, was condemned by the….

Lebanon must boost aid, health care for Syrians, MSF says
2/7/2013 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Lebanon should grant free medical care to destitute Syrian refugees, many of whom are denied treatment for heart disease and other chronic ailments because they cannot afford it, Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Thursday. Lebanese authorities should also set up more reception centers and group shelters to cope with the growing influx into….

Pentagon backed recommendation for US to arm Syrian rebels
2/7/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that they had supported a recommendation to arm Syrian rebels promoted by the State Department and CIA but which was reportedly rebuffed by the White House. President Barack Obama‘s government has limited its support to non-lethal aid for the rebels who, despite receiving weapons from….

HRW: Kuwait must end jailings over offenses to ruler
2/7/2013 – KUWAIT (Reuters) — Kuwait cannot claim to be a beacon of freedom in the Gulf if it sends people to jail for remarks deemed offensive towards the ruling emir, and it must amend its penal code, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Since October, prosecutors have charged nearly 25 people with offending Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad….

Syrian jets bomb Damascus ring road to halt rebel push
2/7/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian government jets bombarded the Damascus ring road on Thursday in a bid to halt a rebel advance which threatens President Bashar Assad’s hold on the capital, insurgent commanders and opposition activists said. Warplanes fired rockets at southern parts of the route where rebels have spent the past 36 hours overrunning….

Aljazeera

Palestinian inmates ‘sneak sperm out of jail’
AlJazeera 7 Feb 2013 – Fertility doctor claims he has used prisoners’ sperm smuggled out of Israeli jails to help their wives have babies.

Palestine News Network

Obscuring Israel’s Occupation of Palestine: The Secrets of ‘The Gatekeepers’
Palestine News Network

Palestinian inmates ‘sneak sperm out of jail’
Palestine News Network

Opening Ceremony of Al-Jdaidah New Electricity Network in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Video: IOF Soldiers Disturbing the Peace Near Nablus
Palestine News Network

Hamas and Fatah in Unity Talks, Says Meshaal
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest Three, Demolish Municipality Building in Hebron
Palestine News Network

After 120 Day Hunger Strike, Prisoner Al-Rekhawi to be Released
Palestine News Network

IOF Breaks Pledge to Remove West Bank Fences Severing Palestinian Land
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Saga: The Battle for Freedom & Justice
Palestine News Network

110 IOF Officers, Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, Situation on Alert
Palestine News Network

Clashes Erupt at Joseph Tomb in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Morsi: Palestine is Foremost Issue In Muslim World
Palestine News Network

Ayalon: Obama to Meet Netnayahu, Abbas in His Visit to Palestine and Israel
Palestine News Network

Twelve Palestinian Refugees Killed in Yarmouk Refugee Camp, Syria
Palestine News Network

Israel Fuels Syrian Fire, Risking Regional Outburst
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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International Solidarity Movement

14 year old boy detained in Hebron
2/7/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 7 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – A 14 year old boy was detained at checkpoint 56 in Tel Rumeida, Hebron. At 2 pm on 6th February Amir Ibrahim Shawar was taken by soldiers of the Israeli occupation forces near the Jewish cemetery in Tel Rumeida, Hebron. He was accused….

Israeli forces destroy refugee camp cistern
2/7/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 6 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Israeli occupation forces demolished a rainwater cistern on the outskirts of Fawwar refugee camp this morning. The 130 square metre structure was destroyed after soldiers arrived at 9 am and began bulldozing the cistern which was constructed 5 years ago. The cistern’….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Over half of Syria refugees in Lebanon lack medical care: MSF
Relief Web 7 Feb 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 02/07/2013 15:16 GMT BEIRUT, Feb 07, 2013 (AFP) – More than half of the estimated 300,000 Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon are not receiving the medical treatment…

occupied Palestinian territory: Voices from the Occupation: Raed O. – Injury
Relief Web 7 Feb 2013 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory Name: Raed O. Date of incident: 1 January 2013 Age: 16 years Location: Qusra, Nablus Nature of incident: Injury, Soldier violence On 1 January 2013, a 16-year-old boy from Qusra,…

Syrian Arab Republic: 64 die as Damascus rocked by fighting, shelling: NGO
Relief Web 7 Feb 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 02/07/2013 09:45 GMT BEIRUT, Feb 7, 2013 (AFP) – Rebel belts around Damascus were rocked by fighting and heavy shelling for a second straight day on Thursday as the army…

occupied Palestinian territory: Rehabilitating Homes for Vulnerable Families in Gaza
Relief Web 6 Feb 2013 – Source: Global Communities Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Rahma Ismael, Global Communities West Bank & Gaza We are moving in the car, looking through the windows at everyday life in Gaza. The sea on one side, children running on the…

The National

Syria regime takes town after 16-day battle
The National 7 Feb 2013 – Syrian troops overran a rebel town and were locked in a second day of fierce clashes around the capital yesterday, as the US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, admitted for the first time that his department backed the idea of providing arms to rebel groups.

Stunning display opens Sharjah Light Festival
The National 7 Feb 2013 – Traditional seafaring is the theme for this year’s Sharjah Light Festival which wowed crowds with its stunning light show at the opening ceremony.

Tunisia in crisis as PM’s party fights dissolution
The National 7 Feb 2013 – Ruling party rejects its own premier’s declaration to dissolve the government and replace it with a board of technocrats following the assassination of a secular opposition leader. Alice Fordham reports 

Dubai to review case against Nakheel executives at Australia’s request
The National 7 Feb 2013 – Australian prime minister reaches out to Sheikh Mohammed regarding fraud case against former Nakheel executives.

New aquaponics unit to open at Al Ain
The National 7 Feb 2013 – Research project will see farmed fish providing the fertiliser for water-cleansing hydroponic crops, such as tomatoes, grown there.

Iran rejects US offer for direct nuclear talks
The National 7 Feb 2013Iran‘s supreme leader says talks can not take place while Washington tightens sanctions and ‘points a gun at Iran‘. Michael Theodoulou reports 

Plight of the crab plover highlighted by study in Sharjah
The National 7 Feb 2013 – With its contrasting black and white plumage and thin, long legs, the crab plover is a favourite for local bird watchers and a must-see for many visiting from abroad.

Deployment of US aircraft carrier in Arabian Gulf hit by budget fears
The National 7 Feb 2013 – The United States has scrapped plans to deploy a second aircraft carrier to the Arabian Gulf in the latest sign that budget uncertainty has begun to affect the US military presence abroad. Taimur Khan reports from Washington 

Ha’aretz

Israel threatens to deport African American convert to Judaism
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Fearing Lapid, ultra-Orthodox parties seek to woo Habayit Hayehudi’s rabbis
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Netanyahu aides deny he is considering settlement freeze
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Former Shin Bet head: All interrogations should be videotaped
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Defense Ministry suspends ties with six firms over alleged fraud
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

No real progress in talks with Lapid; PM to meet with Bennett next week
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Video shows IDF unit causing nocturnal disturbance in West Bank village
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Syria denies Israeli strike targeted weapons convoy heading to Lebanon
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

One in three Israeli families receive welfare aid, statistics show
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Netanyahu and Lapid hold coalition talks, but little progress reached
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Palestinian official: If anyone can change Israel’s attitude, it’s Obama
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Israeli Arab parties balk at making Lapid opposition leader after ‘Zuabis’ jibe
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Likud source: Obama visit paves Yair Lapid’s way into Israel’s coalition
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

IDF breaks pledge to remove West Bank fences severing Palestinian land
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Palestinians’ cool response to Obama visit reflects their lack of hope for peace deal
Ha’aretz – 7 Feb 2013

Jerusalem Post

J’lem after-school workers, city reach deal
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Salaries to be cut by only eight percent, according to deal reached after staffers strike. 

Coalition to protest racism at Betar matches
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Director Gadi Gvaryahu: It’s an infectious disease; If you don’t stop it… it will enter your home. 

Haredi rabbis solidify opposition to IDF draft
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Two mainstream Ashkenazi haredi movements unite to fight what they call “dirty incitement” against ultra-Orthodox. 

Boosting ties
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Instead of pressing Israel to freeze construction, Obama should insist that the Palestinians sit at the negotiating table without preconditions. 

Feiglin to ‘Post’: I am not a homophobe
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – In discussion with LGBT community, Likud MK says he will support protection of LGBT “human rights,” but not “values.” 

Feiglin tells ‘Post’: I am not a homophobe
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – In discussion with LGBT community, Likud MK says he will support protection of LGBT “human rights,” but not “values.” 

Tensions grow ahead of Netanyahu-Bennett meet
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – 5 year boycott of PM’s former top aide set to end; Bayit Yehudi MKs fear PM will exclude him from coalition as gesture to Obama

Islamic summit urges dialogue on Syria transition
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Leaders of Muslim nations at Cairo summit say Assad has “primary responsibility” for continuation of violence in Syria

Panetta exposes rift with Obama over arming Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Both outgoing US secretary of defense and military chief Dempsey testify before Senate C’tee that they supported Clinton plan to arm rebels; Syrian jets bombard Damascus in effort to halt rebel advance, 46 dead. 

Welcome, Secretary Kerry!
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – From the outset, he should make it clear that while he is indeed a friend, he represents the strategic interests of the United States, and will not tolerate, from foes or friends, any harm to them. 

Lapid and Bennett – a love story
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Naftali believes that it’s time someone finally did something to take care of this country. So write this down: The new age of politics is winning so far. However, the game has just begun. 

The solution to the haredi draft problem
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Mainstream Israel can facilitate increased haredi participation in the army by adopting crafty and nonthreatening compromise solutions. 

Khamenei slaps down US offer for one-on-one talks
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – “Naive people like the idea of negotiating with America, however, negotiations won’t solve problem,” Iran supreme leader says. 

Parshat Mishpatim-Shkalim: Test of the simple life
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Even today, when we sadly do not have our Holy Temple, the Western Wall – the last remnant of the Temple – serves as a unifier and reminder. 

Sinai Today: The long-term revolution
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Rekindling the revolutionary spirit of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Gamla. 

EU leaders to discuss Hezbollah at summit meeting
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Despite Burgas bombing probe, European, Israeli officials caution against undue optimism that Hezbollah will be blacklisted. 

Police continue investigation of Modi’in Illit rape
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Despite the main complainant’s claims she made up rape of 5-year-old girl, police say investigation remains ongoing. 

State indicts 4 Betar J’lem fans for racist chants
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Soccer team’s fans charged with calling “death to Arabs” and “burn down their village,” at match after Muslim players joined club. 

Bennett urges Shas to work with him, not attack him
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Bayit Yehudi head calls on Shas to help him to integrate haredim into service; Yishai: We need to join forces. 

Abbas, Mashaal to discuss renewal of unity efforts
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Hamas official says leaders meeting to pave way for elections, yet PA security forces arrest Hamas supporters across West Bank. 

Think Tanks: Hotbeds for anti-Semitism? 
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – The irresponsible smear campaigns of think tanks impact the media, policymakers and the public. It’s time they were more closely monitored. 

Lapid apologizes for calling Arab MKs ‘Zoabis’
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Yesh Atid leader hopes for open dialogue, cooperation with Arab MKs; Zoabi: I’m proud to be the “bad Arab” to racists. 

Voices of Jerusalem: Ciao Bella Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Loren Minsky speaks to Gionatan Ottolengi, 61, owner of the oldest Italian restaurant in Jerusalem, Agas veTapuach. 

The Weekly Schmooze: Jewish Super Bowl ads
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – The hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Zosia Mamet listens to her dad; a rabbi enters the Shark Tank.

Netanyahu’s office: No change in settlement policy
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Comments come after Netanyahu’s senior security adviser reportedly says settlements eroding Western support for Israel. 

Sara Netanyahu’s outfit causes Knesset storm
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Revealing outfit worn by the PM’s wife at the official opening of parliament has pundits rushing to criticize, and some to defend. 

French Jews attacked in two incidents
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – The security service of the French Jewish community reports a 45% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in France in the past year. 

ADI organ donor registry grows, transplants fall
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Over 100,000 people registered in 2012; “we are doing all we can to raise awareness,” says director-general at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center. 

Man sees newborn daughter after docs save eye
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – Man whose eye was caught with fish hook sees newborn daughter day after Kaplan Medical Center doctors save his sight. 

TA residents stage photo contest to save reserve
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 – In Tel Aviv’s Tel Baruch neighborhood, local activists say they hope to save the rare landscape from commercial projects. 

The Guardian

British surgeons carry out first organ transplants in Gaza
The Guardian 7 Feb 2013 – Volunteer medical team from Royal Liverpool hospital to train local staff at beleaguered Shifa hospital A team of British surgeons has carried out Gaza’s first organ transplants as a pilot for a long-term plan to train…

Inter Press Service

Golan Heights Braces for More Fighting
IPS After Israeli war planes reportedly bombed targets in Syrian territory last week, individuals and groups in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights are quietly preparing for the possibility of escalating violence between Syria and Israel. “We can feel that the presence of the Israeli army in the Golan has been increasing in…

Uruknet

Iran is a nuclear state but has no intention to launch attack on Israel – Ahmadinejad
Uruknet

Demonstrations in Fallujah
Uruknet

Creative resistance, Israeli intransigence
Uruknet

Who’s going to step up? President Obama Must be Impeached
Uruknet

Police Brutality Persists Two Years after Egypt Revolution: Rights Activists
Uruknet

The Colin Powell Memorial BS Award
Uruknet

Toward the World of Nightmare (I)
Uruknet

Guantánamo and Shaker Aamer: Andy Worthington and Omar Deghayes in Conversation on Radio Free Brighton
Uruknet

How is Obama’s Targeted Killing Program Permissible Under International Law?
Uruknet

Israel plans to evict Palestinians, building new Jerusalem-area garbage dump on their villages
Uruknet

Daily Star

Gun lobby: Gun controls won’t pass Congress
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 The head of the powerful U.S. gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, said Thursday he’s confident that Congress won’t approve an assault weapons ban or a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines after mass shootings in Colorado…

Kuwait must end jailings over offences to ruler – HRW
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Kuwait cannot claim to be a beacon of freedom in the Gulf if it sends people to jail for remarks deemed offensive towards the ruling emir, and it must amend its penal code, Human Rights Watch…

US defense chiefs backed arming Syria rebels
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday admitted for the first time that the Pentagon had backed proposals to arm the Syrian opposition battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

UN: US air raids kill hundreds of Afghan children
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Attacks by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, including air strikes, have reportedly killed hundreds of children over the last four years, according to the U.N. body monitoring the rights of children.

Panetta defends military response in Libya attack
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Panetta said Thursday that the speed of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save the four Americans who were killed.

Syria regime retakes town as Damascus clashes rage
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Troops overran a rebel town and were locked in a second day of fierce clashes around Damascus on Thursday, as Islamic states urged Syria‘s regime and its foes to hold “serious” talks to end the bloodshed.

Ruling Islamists split over deepening Tunisia crisis
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Tunisia’s ruling Islamists Thursday rejected plans by the premier to form a government of technocrats while the main trade union called a general strike amid renewed unrest.

Palestinian officials: Obama must pressure Israel
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 The Palestinians on Thursday responded coolly to a White House announcement that President Barack Obama will not bring any bold new peace initiatives to the region next month.

Syria says ‘no truth’ Israel targeted convoy
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Syria‘s U.N. ambassador says there is “no truth” to reports that an Israeli airstrike last week which seriously damaged a scientific research center had targeted a convoy heading to neighboring Lebanon.

Egypt protects liberals’ homes after death threat
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Egyptian police deployed security at the homes of prominent liberal opponents of the government on Thursday after a hardline cleric called for their deaths and a secular politician was gunned down in Tunisia.

Iran: Sanctions make nuclear talks with US futile
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 American proposals for direct talks with Iran are pointless while Washington is “holding a gun” to the country through sanctions, Iran‘s supreme leader said Thursday.

Islamic states urge ‘serious dialogue’ on Syria
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Leaders of Islamic states called for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict through “serious dialogue” between the regime and its foes, as Iran voiced reservations, at a summit in Cairo on Thursday.

Iran’s leader wants closer ties with Egypt
Daily Star 7 Feb 2013 Iran‘s president says his country wants closer relations with Egypt.

YNet News

NRA President: Gun controls won’t pass Congress
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Workers vote to end 11-day trash strike in Spain
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Beyond apologies: Blood libel cartoon 
YNet News, 7 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: Who helped strengthen genocidal image that so many British people hold regarding Israel? ….

Tunisia Islamists say no new gov’t as crisis grows
YNet News, 7 Feb 2013 – ….

Rabbinical court injunction bars Deri from ministry position
YNet News, 7 Feb 2013 – ….

Lance Armstrong sued over $12M in Tour de France prize money 
YNet News, 7 Feb 2013 – ….

Futility in Syrian peace talks
YNet News, 7 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: Assad regime, opposition lack the will or ability to put an end to 22-month civil war ….

Kerry determined to resolve conflict 
YNet News, 7 Feb 2013 – Analysis: Unlike Obama, top US diplomat has not lost faith in stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process ….

Palestinian Information Center

Awaiting the American illusion…again
PIC – Both President Obama and his newly-appointed Secretary of State John Kerry are planning to visit the region and hold talks with Israeli and Arab officials.

Dozens of soldiers, settlers break into the Aqsa mosque
PIC – Around 110 officers of the Israeli occupation army stormed the Aqsa mosque in their uniform on Thursday.

IOF soldiers wreak havoc on Palestinian municipality
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided the Beit Ola village’s municipality at dawn Thursday and wreaked havoc on it.

Israeli demolition orders in al-Khalil, Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli Occupation authorities handed at dawn on Thursday several Palestinian families demolition orders of their homes in different parts of al-Khalil, in the southern occupied West Bank.

Bakirat calls for Islamic action to stop the Israeli violations against al-Aqsa
PIC – Dr. Najeh Bakirat, Director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque department, condemned MK Moshe Feiglin’s visit to al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that the Jerusalemites defend the mosque by themselves without support.

Mursi confirms the Islamic Summit’s support for the Palestinian cause
PIC – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, confirmed that the Palestinian issue was, still is and will remain the cornerstone for achieving security and stability in the world. 

IOA renews the journalist Abu Arafah’s administrative detention
PIC – Ahrar center for Prisoners studies and human rights has appealed to international journalist bodies to immediately intervene to stop the suffering of captive journalist Amer Abu Arafah. 

Salah: Demolishing part of Buraq Square crime against the Aqsa
PIC – Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, has lashed out at the IOA for demolishing the facades of a number of historical buildings in the Buraq Square.

WAFA

Israeli Forces Attack Prisoners in Nafha Prison
WAFA – 7 Feb 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest Three, Demolish Municipality Building in Hebron
WAFA – 7 Feb 2013

Clashes Erupt in Jenin, Causing Suffocation Cases
WAFA – 7 Feb 2013

Israeli Settlers Assault Drivers in Jerusalem
WAFA – 7 Feb 2013

Israeli Forces Demolish Home in Bethlehem
WAFA – 7 Feb 2013

PEX Report: Al Quds Index Closes Week’s Trading in Decline
WAFA – 7 Feb 2013

Weather Forecast: Potential Scattered Rain Showers
WAFA – 7 Feb 2013

Misc

Obama agrees to release legal memos on Awlaki drone strike
LA Times 6 Feb 2013 – Senators had demanded to see the Justice Department memos authorizing the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki in Yemen. WASHINGTON — President Obama, who has championed lethal drone strikes as a major part of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts, bowed to pressure Wednesday and agreed to allow…

Palestinian Describes Plan to Smuggle Sperm From Jails
New York Times 7 Feb 2013 – A Palestinian fertility doctor said he is helping 50 women to become pregnant by smuggling their husbands’ sperm out of Israeli prisons. 

At War Blog: U.S. and Allies Conduct Drills in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran
New York Times 7 Feb 2013 – The exercise included a simulation to test the policy-making and coordination of the American military and two dozen other nations, as well as drills at sea, in the air and on land. 

Fighting Expands in Damascus
New York Times 7 Feb 2013 – Clashes between Syrian insurgents and loyalist troops in Damascus raged for a second day on Thursday and spread to the suburbs and other areas, activist groups reported. 

Panetta Speaks to Senate Panel on Benghazi Attack
New York Times 7 Feb 2013 – Leon E. Panetta, the defense secretary, said it would take two to three years to add planned extra security to diplomatic compounds. 

Iran’s Supreme Leader Rejects Direct Talks With U.S.
New York Times 7 Feb 2013 – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed the idea of bilateral talks with the United States on Thursday, while scoffing at Iranian officials who might consider such negotiations. 

New Political Uncertainty Grips Tunisia After Assassination
New York Times 7 Feb 2013 – A day after a leading opposition figure was assassinated, Tunisia’s dominant party said it opposed a plan to dissolve the government, according to news reports. 

Teva Q4 revenue, profits down
Globes Main News – In line with analysts’ expectations, non-GAAP net profit in the fourth quarter fell to $1.1 billion from $1.4 billion in the corresponding quarter.

Izzy Borovich: El Al must fly on Sabbath
Globes Main News – The carrier’s controlling shareholder said, “There is no other way to survive in the world of global aviation.”

Middle-aged employees struggling in high-tech
Globes Main News – The number of high-tech employees aged 45-50 in start-ups fell by 11.8% in 2012.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 Index up 2.8% for the week
Globes Main News – Teva fell 1% after publishing its financials, but Bezeq and the banks gained ground.

Dankner to sell Cellcom, Property and Building shares
Globes Main News – IDB unit Discount Investment will sell NIS 150 million worth of shares in Cellcom, Property and Building, and Koor within the coming days.

Treasury chief: Budget deficit was no surprise 
Globes Macro Economics – Doron Cohen tells “Globes”: In July, we said that the deficit would be more than 4% of GDP.

Treasury reforms target competitiveness, cost of living 
Globes Macro Economics – The structural reforms are intended to create a foundation for sustainable growth, although their effects seem to be mainly in the long term.

They Can’t Hide the Sun: An interview with Omar Barghouti
Mondoweiss – Controversy continues to swirl around a planned forum scheduled to take place tonight at Brooklyn College to discuss the growing global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The man at the center of the storm is Omar Barghouti. In 2005, together with Palestinian unions…

Progressive Democrat stands by terror-linked official railing against Brooklyn College BDS event
Mondoweiss – Bill Thompson, a candidate for mayor, has garnered the support of Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a follower of Meir Kahane and the Jewish Defense League (Photo via Dov Hikind’s website) One of the leaders of the push to intimidate student organizers and the Brooklyn College administration over…

‘Pressure Points’ doc tells the story of Berkeley’s historic divestment debate
Mondoweiss – A feature film has been produced about the historic coalition effort led by UCBerkeley’s Students for Justice with Palestine ( SJP ) to pass a divestment bill at UCBerkeley in 2010.  The documentary, PRESSURE POINTS: Israel, Berkeley and the Divestment Resolution includes testimonies from the UCB’s Student Senate…

The clearest distillation yet of the pro-Israel argument against tonight’s BDS event at Brooklyn College
Mondoweiss – (Image: Facebook ) Alternate title: Grammar & Punctuation are Anti-Semitic.

Beyond Brooklyn College: How and why Israel advocates are fighting BDS
Mondoweiss – The Palestinians’  Boycott Divestment Sanctions  (BDS) campaign is making headlines, thanks to pro-Israel advocates’  attack  on an event scheduled for tonight at Brooklyn College in New York. In a blow to the likes of Alan Dershowitz, the decision by the college’s political science department to  co-sponsor…

Benjamin Netanyahu Meets Yair Lapid in Push for Israeli Coalition 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Feb 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Yair Lapid, the surprise runner-up in an election last month, to try to draw him into a broad government that could bridge Israel’s religious divide. Click here for the rest of the article…

Baltimore Jews Mount Anti-Iran Car Show Protest 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Feb 2013 – Baltimore Jewish groups are calling for a protest against car companies that they claim have operations in Iran. Click here for the rest of the article…

New York Yankee Mariano Rivera Named Man of Year by Rabbis 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Feb 2013 – Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera will be named Man of the Year by the New York Board of Rabbis and will be given a guided tour of Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Obama Not Bringing New Peace Plan to Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Feb 2013 – President Obama’s visit to Israel will focus on Syria and Iran, and he will not initiate new peace moves, the White House said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Fierce Reaction Greets Study of Alleged Hate in Palestinian Textbooks 
The Forward New 7 Feb 2013 – A scholarly study was supposed to determine if Palestinian textbooks demonize Jews and Israel. Instead the study itself has spawned a firestorm of controversy. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sudan: Sudanese President Hold Talks With Iran’s Ahmadinejad in Cairo – State Media 
allAfrica.com 7 Feb 2013 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir met with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, today on the sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit taking place in Egypt.

Egypt: Mursi Tells Syrian Regime to Put People Above Personal Interests 
allAfrica.com 7 Feb 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi told the Syrian regime on Wednesday that it must put the people’s interest above its own.

Iran rebuffs US nuclear talks offer 
BBC 7 Feb 2013Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses a US offer of one-to-one talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Iran shows ‘captured drone footage’ 
BBC 7 Feb 2013Iran broadcasts video footage purportedly taken from a US spy drone captured in 2011, which it says shows a US airbase in Afghanistan.

Hamas and Fatah ‘in unity talks’ 
BBC 6 Feb 2013 – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal tells the BBC he is in talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about forming a national unity government.

DC Film Screening: Where Should the Birds Fly? 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 7 Feb 2013 – From our member group The Palestine Center . Where Should the Birds Fly? by Fida Qishta (with director and producer present) Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:30-2:00pm 2425 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037 Where Should The Birds Fly documents the lives of two courageous young Palestinian women,…

The Hysteria Over Chemical Weapons in Syria 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 7 Feb 2013 – A displaced Syrian girl plays at the refugee camp of Qah along the Turkish border in the village of Atme in the northwestern province of Idlib, on 7 February 2013. (Photo: Aamir Qureshi) A displaced Syrian girl plays at the refugee camp of Qah along the…

Syria: Damascus Repels Another Rebel Attack 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Feb 2013 – A Syrian rebel takes position with a heavy machine gun on the Jabal al-Turkman mountain in Syrian’s northern Latakia province on 5 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – Aamir Qureshi) A Syrian rebel takes position with a heavy machine gun on the Jabal al-Turkman mountain in Syrian’s…

No Revolution for Lebanon’s Muslim Brotherhood 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Feb 2013 – It was only natural that the rise of the Islamist group in the Arab world has drawn attention to their Lebanon chapter (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) It was only natural that the rise of the Islamist group in the Arab world has drawn attention to their Lebanon

Belaid Assassination: Targeting the Tunisian Left 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Feb 2013 – Tunisian protestors chant slogans behind barbed wire outside the Interior Ministry in Tunis, on 7 February 2013 during a demonstration against the killing of opposition figure and human rights lawyer Chokri Belaid. (Photo: AFP – Khalil) Tunisian protestors chant slogans behind barbed wire outside the Interior…

Israel releases former Palestinian hunger striker 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Feb 2013 – A Palestinian prisoner who last year staged a 120-day hunger strike to protest his detention was freed from an Israeli prison on Thursday and returned to his home in the Gaza Strip. Akram al-Rikhawi was shown on Palestinian television being welcomed by a large crowd of…

HSBC to drop accounts of some Syrian nationals 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Feb 2013 – HSBC will close the accounts of some Syrian nationals in the Middle East and North Africa, the bank said on Thursday, after heavy compliance costs made it unprofitable to deal with them. HSBC was fined $1.9 billion in December – the largest such punishment ever imposed…

Kuwait parliament passes bill to naturalize 4,000 stateless 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Feb 2013 – A bill to grant Kuwaiti citizenship to at least 4,000 stateless people this year passed the first stage of approval in the Gulf state’s parliament on Thursday. The bill, approved by 33 MPs with 14 others including nine cabinet ministers abstaining, will become effective after it…

Bulgarian Opposition Blasts Burgas Bombing Charge 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Feb 2013 – A truck carries a bus, that was damaged in a bomb blast in July 2012, outside Burgas Airport, about 400km east of Sofia in this 19 July2012 file photo. (Photo: Reuters – Stoyan Nenov) A truck carries a bus, that was damaged in a bomb blast…

Lebanon: The Return of the Pollsters 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Feb 2013 – How do Statistics Lebanon’s results compare to other pollsters? (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) How do Statistics Lebanon’s results compare to other pollsters? (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) As the debate over what election law to adopt grinds on in parliament, Lebanon’s election pollsters are back in the media spotlight….

Lebanese Émigré Enclaves in Africa Await Presidential Visit 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Feb 2013 – Many are asking whether the president’s visit will finally put an end to years of neglect and address the mounting problems Lebanese citizens face in these countries. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Many are asking whether the president’s visit will finally put an end to years of neglect…

Iran rebuffs US nuclear talks offer 
BBC 7 Feb 2013Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses a US offer of one-to-one talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Tunisia’s political crisis deepens 
BBC 7 Feb 2013 – Tunisia’s ruling party rejects moves to form a new government of technocrats after the assassination of an opposition leader, an official says.

Iran shows ‘captured drone footage’ 
BBC 7 Feb 2013Iran broadcasts video footage purportedly taken from a US spy drone captured in 2011, which it says shows a US airbase in Afghanistan.

Hamas and Fatah ‘in unity talks’ 
BBC 6 Feb 2013 – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal tells the BBC he is in talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about forming a national unity government.

Articles


Palestinian textbook case closed, but more trumped-up Israeli charges expected 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 2/7/2013
      This week’s publication of a U.S.-funded study cleared the Palestinians of charges that their schoolbooks ‘demonize’ Israel. This was not, however, the first hoop they’ve been made to jump through, and it won’t be the last.
     The Israeli and U.S. Jewish establishment reaction to the terrible news that the Palestinians don’t demonize Jews in their textbooks reminded me of the long-forgotten uproar over the Palestinian Covenant. Same bullshit. The stout-hearted nationalist Jews in the U.S. and Israel were saying in unison, “How can we ever trust the Palestinians to make peace when their covenant talks about ”liberating all of Palestine’?” And they made this their cause celebre – they lobbied Congress, they lobbied Clinton (this was in the mid-to-late 1990s), and Clinton pressured Arafat, until finally Arafat convened the relevant PLO council and they voted to take out the offending phrases. Clinton even went to Gaza at the end of 1998 for the historic event. He told the assembly: “You have sent, I say again, a powerful message not to the government, but to the people of Israel. You will touch people on the street there. You will reach their hearts there.”
     I loved that. Nobody in Israel, no Jew on earth gave a good goddamn that they changed the Palestinian Covenant. But then none of them cared about the original “liberating all of Palestine” Palestinian Covenant, either. As soon as the vote in Gaza to amend it was finally taken, the whole issue vanished for the Israeli and American Jewish right as if it had never existed. This particular orange had been squeezed dry, and now it was time to move on – to find another issue over which to put the Palestinians on the defensive, to keep the world’s flashlight in their eyes and not in Israel’s, to find another hoop for them to jump through before Israel might be asked to slow the occupation train down just a tad.
     So it is with the Palestinian textbooks. All this supposed distress over what the Palestinians are teaching their children about Israel and the Jews, this insistence that they clean up their textbooks as a condition for “peace” – it’s another one of the old “stop Oslo” ploys of the Israeli and American Jewish right…. more.. e-mail

The PLO and Jordan 
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 2/7/2013
      If the agreed timetable for Palestinian reconciliation is adhered to, we are promised to witness the reemergence of the Palestine Liberation Organization as the embodiment of the aspirations of Palestinians.
     The new PLO, in which Hamas and other Islamic movements are to participate as well, will no doubt help revive the Palestinian national movement, especially in the diaspora.
     Ever since the creation of the Palestinian Authority, in the aftermath of the Oslo Accords, the role of the PLO has been diminishing.
     It is unclear if the diminishing of the role of the PLO was intentional, but the reality is that Palestinians in the diaspora have been feeling the absence of a robust movement that is focused on galvanizing the world for the Palestinian cause.
     It is not known yet where the renewed PLO will be headquartered and who will lead it. Some recent press reports talk about the possibility of the new PLO being headed by the current Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, who publicly declared that he will no longer run for the head of the politburo.
     Mashaal, who was born in the southern Jordanian city of Karak and whose family is living in Jordan, was recently invited to the Royal Palace for a private meeting with the King, as well as meetings with senior officials, including the prime minister and the head of the intelligence service.
     Jordan is perfectly placed, both geographically and politically, to become the headquarters of the new PLO. The Palestine National Council, the Palestinian parliament in exile and the most important body in the PLO, is based in Amman. more.. e-mail

Reflections on international law, history and the future of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations 
John McHugo, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/4/2013
      As a lawyer who is also trying his hand as a historian, I am aware that the truth can only be reached by going beyond accepted mythologies and confronting cultures of denial. This means weighing the claims of each side impartially – something that has been done all too rarely when it comes to Israel and Palestine, despite the wise words which Edward Said wrote in 1999:
     “We need to think about two histories not separated ideologically, but together, contrapuntally. Neither Palestinian nor Israeli history at this point is a thing in itself, without the other. In doing so, we will necessarily come up against the basic irreconcilability between the Zionist claim and the Palestinian dispossession. The injustice done to the Palestinians is essential to these two histories, as is also the effect of Western anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.”
     Most countries have created an approved historical narrative for their nation. Avi Shlaim, one of the most distinguished historians of the Israel/Palestine tragedy, mischievously points out that Renan, the nineteenth century French religious and political thinker, maintained that “a nation is a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbours”. Sadly, such versions of history are all too frequently the narratives taught in schools the world over. But historical fact cannot be denied for ever. As more and more evidence is unearthed the incontestable truth is slowly revealed. It may not be a case of a flash of light or a smoking gun that changes our perception. Instead, to borrow some imagery from al-Ghazali, the picture we have known all along can become gradually clearer, just as the features of a man whose silhouette could only be seen at dawn become visible as the light increases.more.. e-mail

Israel Enters Syria 
Ben Schreiner, CounterPunch 2/7/2013
      Targeting the Iranian Threat to “Stability”
     With its air strikes against targets inside Syria last week, Israel announced its formal entry into the Syrian crisis. The Israeli targeting of Iran has thus entered the Syrian theater.
     According to McClatchy, the Israeli strikes on January 30 targeted anti-aircraft missiles at a military base outside of Damascus. The missiles, according to Israeli intelligence sources, were headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
     “Israel relies heavily on the strength of our air force, and its strategic deterrence,” an Israeli official explained to McClatchy. “Weapons systems that make our air force vulnerable will not be allowed to fall into the hands of terrorist groups.”
     Accordingly, Washington reacted to the Israeli assault by sternly warning Damascus. “Syria,” White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes warned, “should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hezbollah.”
     Washington, in other words, views any effort to curb Israel’s freedom to fly sorties when and where it fancies as a threat to regional stability. Of course, “stability” in the Washington lexicon is used to connote unmatched Western military superiority. (Thus, NATO Patriot batteries deployed along the Turkey-Syria border are championed as a means to “deescalate tensions.”)
     With such “stability” in mind, Time reports that Washington has given a “green light” to Israel to carry out yet further strikes. And blessed with such carte blanche, Israel is already planning an escalated level of intervention.
     According to a report in the Times of London, “Israel is considering creating a buffer zone reaching up to 10 miles inside Syria.”….more.. e-mail

Oscar-nominated films prove Israel is an apartheid state
Electronic Intifada: 7 Feb 2013 – Eli Ungar-Sargon Los Angeles 7 February 2013 Both The Gatekeepers and 5 Broken Cameras offer evidence of Israeli racism, albeit from different perspectives.more

The MP and the Cartoonist: Israel’s Lobby Strikes Again 
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Feb 2013 – By Jeremy Salt – Ankara Yet another politician has been hauled over the coals for criticizing Israel. David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for the British constituency of Bradford East, recently issued a statement saying he was saddened ‘that the Jews who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.’ Outrage and reprimands soon followed, not just because of what he was saying but because he spoke  just ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.  The Holocaust Educational Trust and the Board of Deputies of British Jews took him to task and so did the Israeli embassy. Mr. Ward’s own party quickly jumped in….more

New Actors in Middle East Peace Charade
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Feb 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud Despite much saber-rattling by Israel and the US administration and hyped-up expectations by the Palestinian leadership, the recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state last November is fast becoming yet another footnote in the protracted conflict. Only hours after the announcement of Palestinian’s “state” status, Israel had its own to make: the building of a new illegal settlement on Palestinian land (according to international law, all of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are illegal). The area is called the E-1 zone by Israel. A couple of European countries responded with greater exasperation than usual, but soon moved on to other seemingly more pressing issues. The US called Israel’s move “counterproductive”, but soon neglected the matter. Palestinian activists who tried to counter Israel’s illegal activities by pitching tents in areas marked by Israel for construction were violently removed. Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) is at a…more

Israel Fuels Syrian Fire, Risking Regional Outburst
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Feb 2013 – By Nicola Nasser – Bir Zeit, Palestine The timing of the Israeli air raid early on January 30 on a Syrian target, that has yet to be identified, coincided with a hard to refute indications that the “regime change” in Syria by force, both by foreign military intervention and by internal armed rebellion, has failed, driving the Syrian opposition in exile to opt unwillingly for “negotiations” with the ruling regime, with the blessing of the U.S., EU and Arab League, concluding, in the words of a Deutsche Welle report on this February 2, that “nearly two years since the revolt began, (Syrian President Bashar Al-) Assad is still sitting comfortably in presidential chair.” Nonetheless, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps saying that Israel is preparing for “dramatic changes” in Syria, but senior Israeli foreign ministry officials accused him of “fear-mongering on Syria” to justify his ordering what the Russians described…more

Aussie Wolves in Zionist Clothing
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Feb 2013 – By Vacy Vlazna “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” — ( Gospel of Matthew 7:15) The Jewish belief that when people die they go on a journey during which they review their life, ‘putting right those things which they believe they may have done wrong and making even better those things which they had done right’ doesn’t apply to everyone. Some Australian businessmen, while alive, spent millions to redeem their social disgrace by covering their crimes with the garb of Zionist benevolence. Ironically, ‘redemption’ is the English translation of the Greek word agorazo, meaning “to purchase in the marketplace” or ‘buy back’. Frank Theeman and Technion Frank Theeman, an Australian property developer, set up the Frank Theeman Australia – Israel Exchange Scheme between Australian and Israeli academics in the mid-70s coincidentally about the time of the Juanita Nielsen murder (July…more

Hungry for Justice: Why Palestinian Hunger Strikers Matter
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Feb 2013 – By Tariq Shadid If you follow Middle East events through social media, you may have noticed that a good number of pro-Palestinian activists all around the world have embraced the cause of Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi, and are actively campaigning for his release via Twitter, petitions, and demonstrations. You may also have noticed that in sharp contrast to these fervent activities, regular media barely make any mention of Samer or other hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, and that pro-Palestinian organizations and institutions who are not directly dedicated to the situation of the political prisoners, are granting somewhat limited attention to this cause. Perhaps you are wondering: how important are these people? Do their individual causes really matter in the ‘big picture’? Is this really a collective problem that concerns all Palestinians, or just another collection of personal tragedies, of which there are so many in occupied Palestine? Why This Is…more

Bulgarian Charge of Hezbollah Bombing Was an “Assumption”
Dissident Voice: 7 Feb 2013 – Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s dramatic announcement Tuesday on the Bulgarian investigation of the July 2012 terror bombing of an Israeli tourist bus was initially reported by Western news media as suggesting clear evidence of Hezbollah’s responsibility for the killings. But more accurate reports on the minister’s statement and the only details he provided reveal that the alleged link between the bomb suspects and Hezbollah was merely an “assumption” rather than a conclusion based on specific evidence. Tsvetanov was quoted by various Western news outlets as saying, “We have established that the two were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah.” The minister also said, “There is data showing the financing and connection between Hezbollah and the two suspects,” according to the BBC and Jerusalem Post . Those statements implied that the Bulgarian investigators had uncovered direct evidence of Hezbollah’s involvement in the Burgas bombing. But the New York Times on…more

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