VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 17 October 2013: It’s Time to Put an End to Israel’s “Don’t ask-don’t tell” Nuclear Policy

17 October 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Peace Now: “Settlement Construction Rises By 70%”
IMEMC – Israeli Peace Now movement issued a report on Israeli settlement construction and expansion activities, and revealed that settlement construction increased by %70 in the period between January and June 2013. … 

Elderly Man Seriously Injured After Being Rammed By Settler’s Car
IMEMC – [Wednesday October 16, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that an elderly Palestinian man was seriously injured after being hit by a settler’s vehicle in Al-Fondoq village, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the West Bank. …

Ma’an News

NGO: 70 percent rise in settlement construction starts
10/17/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — New settlement construction starts rose by 70 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with a year earlier, an Israeli NGO said Thursday, describing the increase as “drastic”. According to figures released by the anti-settler group Peace Now, the construction of 1,708 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem began between January and June 2013, compared with 995 in the….

Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian at West Bank army base
10/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man who drove a tractor into an army base north of Jerusalem, according to Israeli media and a military official. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that soldiers confirmed a “direct hit” after firing at the Palestinian, who she said had driven a tractor into an army base in al-Ram, near Jerusalem.”The….

Israel bitter as world hails positive Iran talks
10/17/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The world’s positive response to the latest nuclear talks with Iran drew bitter skepticism from Israel, which warned its Western allies Thursday they risked being duped into easing sanctions prematurely. Energy Minister Silvan Shalom, a former foreign minister, went further, accusing the European Union and the United States of being more concerned with relaxing restrictions on Iranian oil exports to boost….

Egypt army destroys smuggling tunnel in Rafah
10/17/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egypt’s army on Wednesday destroyed a smuggling tunnel in the Rafah area of Sinai, security officials said. The tunnel was found in the home of a man identified only as H. Q, and was used to smuggle people to and from the Gaza Strip. Egypt destroyed the house after evacuating its residents. Suspected militant leader Mahmoud Fathi, 35….

President Abbas invites pope to Holy Land
10/17/2013 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday said he had invited Pope Francis to the Middle East, during an audience in the Vatican. Speaking to Vatican foreign affairs official Dominique Mamberti after the talks, he said: “It was a pleasure and I invited him to the Holy Land”. Abbas gave the pope a ceramic panel with a view of Bethlehem and a Bible as….

Desperate Gaza man ‘ready to sell daughter’
10/17/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man from Gazasays he will be forced to offer his 6-year-old daughter for “sale” if he does not receive aid from the government, NGOs, or charitable individuals. Hani al-Hadidi, 33, a construction worker from Gaza’s al-Shajaiya neighborhood, says he is struggling to provide for his wife and five children. Three of his children are in….

Hebron man killed in hit-and-run incident
10/17/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A man was knocked down and killed in Hebron late Wednesday in a hit-and-run incident, locals said. Alaa Haroun al-Zghaier was hit by a car in Hebron and seriously wounded. He was taken to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron where he was pronounced dead. The driver fled the scene. [END]

2 Palestinians killed in Dead Sea car accident
10/17/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians died late Wednesday in a car accident at Lido Junction near Ein Gedi west of the Dead Sea, a Ma’an reporter said. Two cars collided and eight people were injured, four of whom – including a 4-year-old boy – were seriously injured. Ambulances rushed the wounded to hospitals in Jerusalem and Beersheba. [END]

4 girls die after becoming trapped in car
10/17/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian girls died Thursday after becoming trapped inside a car in the Hebron district village of Tarqumiya, medics and an official told Ma’an. Tarqumiya mayor Sami Fatafta said that five girls were playing in the car while their parents were harvesting olives. Unable to open the doors, four of them suffocated. The fifth is reportedly in critical condition….

Tunisia rapper acquitted on appeal
10/17/2013 – GROMBALIA (Tunisia) (AFP) — Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ, who was jailed for six months in September for songs that allegedly insulted officials and violated public morals, was acquitted by an appeals court on Thursday.”The court has decided to reject the accusations and to annul the sentencing of Ahmed Ben Ahmed,” known as Klay BBJ, the judge announced at the end of the hearing in Grombalia….

‘Terrorist’ group kills 2 police in Tunisia
10/17/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Two policemen were killed in a clash with a “terrorist” group west of the Tunisian capital on Thursday, the interior ministry said.” Two National Guard agents were killed and a third was wounded in a confrontation with an armed terrorist group” in the Beja region, 45 miles from Tunis, it said in a statement. [END]

State TV: Syria rebels kill top intelligence officer
10/17/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Rebels have killed a top intelligence officer in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, Syrian state media said on Thursday.”Major General Jamaa Jamaa was martyred while carrying out his national duties to Syria and its people and pursuing terrorists in Deir Ezzor,” state television said in a breaking news alert. [END]

Baghdad car bombs kill at least 24
10/17/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Seven car bombs exploded in Baghdad province on Thursday, killing at least 24 people and wounding at least 70, security and medical officials said. Two of the bombs exploded on Sinaa street in central Baghdad, two more in Husseiniyah near the city, and one each in Baghdad Jadida and Maamal in the capital’s east and Dura in its south. Violence in….

Kerry: Syria’s chemical arms may be shipped abroad
10/17/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile could be shipped out of the country to be safely destroyed elsewhere, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. The top US diplomat commented as the world’s chemical weapons watchdog said it had completed nearly half of its inspections of Syrian sites where such arms are stored. Kerry also insisted that the fact that….

AlJazeera

Palestinian killed after ramming Israel base
AlJazeera 17 Oct 2013 – Officials say man shot dead after he drove a tractor through gate of a military base in the occupied West Bank.

Palestine News Network

Palestine’s Fast and Furious Females
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Singer Rim Banna Awarded
Palestine News Network

Eid Clothes Distributed to Refugee Camp Children in Irbid
Palestine News Network

Hamas has a Right to Dig Tunnels
Palestine News Network

Siege Puts Holiday Tradition Beyond Reach of many Gaza Families
Palestine News Network

Report: EU to Bypass its own Anti-Settlements Guidelines
Palestine News Network

Israeli Settlements in West Bank Up 70%
Palestine News Network

Abbas Promises to Save Manar’s Life
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

Lebanon: Wheelchairs for Palestinian Camps in Lebanon
Relief Web 17 Oct 2013 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory When Fatiha fled Syria with her daughter in early 2013, she took refuge in El Buss refugee camp, in South Lebanon. Because of her paraplegia, she had been trapped…

occupied Palestinian territory: 70% rise in settler construction starts: Israel NGO
Relief Web 17 Oct 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 10/17/2013 06:21 GMT JERUSALEM, October 17, 2013 (AFP) – New settlement construction starts rose by 70 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with a year earlier, an Israeli NGO said Thursday,…

Lebanon: Grief Veils Eid for Syrian Refugees
Relief Web 16 Oct 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By Rebecca Murray SIDON, Lebanon , Oct 16 2013 (IPS) – This week the Islamic world marks one of its holiest holidays, Eid al-Adha – honouring Ibrahim’s commitment to…

Egypt: ‘We cannot live here any more’: Refugees from Syria in Egypt
Relief Web 16 Oct 2013 – Source: Amnesty Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Egypt: End deplorable detention and deportation of refugees from Syria Main findings of Amnesty International’s new report on refugees from Syria in Egypt: Egypt unlawfully detains hundreds of Syrian and…

The National

At least 61 killed in bomb attacks in Iraq
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Barrage of car and suicide blasts rock Baghdad and two northern Iraqi communities during the Eid Al Adha holiday.

Turkey denies blowing cover of Israeli spy ring in Iran
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Disclosure is a significant setback for Israeli espionage efforts in Iran and may have been retaliation for Israel’s killing of nine Turks on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in 2010, report says.

US avoids catastrophic default ‘but fuse of debt bomb one inch longer’
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Eleventh-hour deal avoids debt default but the short-term measure does little to address the cycle of domestic crises over Washington’s budget that has damaged its global standing. Taimur Khan reports

Abbas meets Pope Francis, invites him to visit Holy Land
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, matching an invitation from Israel.

Iranian man who survived botched execution condemned to hang for second time
The National 17 Oct 2013 – After dangling from a rope for 12 minutes, the man was declared dead by a doctor and taken to a prison morgue, but was still breathing when his family went to collect his body the following day.

Philippines struggles to help victims of killer quake
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Rescue workers forced into boats and helicopters to help thousands of isolated survivors of a powerful earthquake in the Philippines, as death toll climbs to 158.

In ageing China, elderly woman sues children for care
The National 17 Oct 2013 – In China, where family loyalty is a cornerstone of society, more than 1,000 parents – including 94-year-old Zhang Zefang – have sued their children for financial support over the past 15 years.

Global food prices drop for the fifth month in a row
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Although worldwide food prices have dropped for the fifth consecutive month, experts say they will remain volatile over the next few years.

Qatari police arrest suspects in British teacher ‘murder’
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Lauren Patterson was last seen at a high-end hotel in Doha and was later found dead, her family said.

US man with more than 100 snakes pleads not guilty to selling exotic animals
The National 17 Oct 2013 – An Ohio man whose home was stacked with more than 100 snakes, including venomous vipers, has pleaded not guilty to illegally selling dangerous animals.

Snowden documents show NSA was involved in CIA’s drone programme: report
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Leaked documents make clear that the CIA-operated drone campaign relies heavily on the NSA’s ability to vacuum up enormous quantities of email, phone calls and other fragments of intelligence.

Salsa not ketchup now flavouring America
The National 17 Oct 2013 – With Hispanics making up more than a quarter of the US population today — and growing fast — experts say this change is dramatically flavouring the American culinary experience.

Sky News Arabia crew reported missing in Syria
The National 17 Oct 2013 – The Abu Dhabi-based broadcaster has said that a reporter, cameraman and a driver went missing while on assignment in Aleppo, northern Syria on Tuesday.

Almost 100 wildfires burn across Australian state
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fan flames across the state of New South Wales.

Nearly 30 million people are slaves worldwide, researchers say
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Many of the men, women and children living in slavery are trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labour, according to global slavery index.

In pictures: Elders fear they will suffer alone as the world ages
The National 17 Oct 2013 – As the world ages faster than ever, elderly people from around the globe were asked: As you grow older, what are you most afraid of and what is the biggest problem facing the elderly in your country?

Debt pact does not solve the problems 
The National 17 Oct 2013 – The debt-ceiling deal in Washington is no solution to the two grave underlying problems with American government.

Pilgrims start leaving Saudi Arabia after incident-free Haj
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Some 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims who came from 188 countries started leaving Saudi Arabia today at the end of this year’s largely incident-free Haj.

Syrian civil war driving apart Arabs and Kurds
The National 17 Oct 2013 – Ethnic conflict between mainly Arab rebels and Kurdish militias in the north-east of Syria is taking an ever-growing toll on civilians. Balint Szlanko reports on the growing battle over land rights

Ha’aretz

Tel Aviv mayor’s campaign: Re-election is in the bag
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Jerusalem mayoral candidate Moshe Leon hopes to replicate Olmert’s success
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Ovadia Yosef’s economic legacy: A culture of poverty and ignorance
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Only Obama apologists can think Iran is the China of Kissinger’s day
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Senator Cory Booker: A liberal African-American Baptist who loves talking Torah
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Soldiers gun down Palestinian after rams into West Bank base with bulldozer
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Losing our faith in religion
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Likud municipal campaigns ordered to drop racist ads
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

When Tel Aviv’s shopping mecca loses its allure
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Former chairman of top Israeli bank convicted of fraud
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Netanyahu aide pushing plan to avert diplomatic pressure on settlements
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Teaching ultra-Orthodox Israelis not to throw wet wipes in the toilet
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

East Jerusalem Palestinians to abandon local elections
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Eritrean refugees are dying on the road to freedom
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Chabad rabbi in Nepal averts cremation of deceased Australian Jew
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

In Migdal, five candidates fight over 1,281 voters
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Turkey reportedly leaks Israeli intelligence to Iran
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Tel Aviv University medical students take course on Wikipedia writing
Ha’aretz – 17 Oct 2013

Let’s make a deal: Israel freezes settlements, Iran freezes centrifuges
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

A government that flouts High Court
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

U.S. Senate passes 11th-hour deal to end debt crisis
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

British Museum compensates collector’s heirs for art looted by Nazis
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

Ankara: Reports of leaking Israeli intelligence to Iran meant to discredit Turkey
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

Prisons service opposes state plan for open detention centers
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

More than half of Israelis are poor, or at risk of becoming poor
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

Who is on the ropes, Iran or Israel?
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

Hamas has a right to dig tunnels
Ha’aretz – 16 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Despite optimism, Iran clinging to enrichment
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – United States and its European allies are reluctantly becoming resigned to the fact that Iran remains adamant that it will retain its capability to enrich uranium. 

After Supreme Court ruling, collector Oded Golan is poised to reclaim Jehoash Tablet
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – The Antiquities Authority has failed in its last-gasp attempt to confiscate the controversial Jehoash Tablet from Israeli collector Oded Golan. 

Magen David Adom EMS loses funding for West Bank ambulance stations
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – MDA has been facing pressure from the Red Cross to defer EMS response in the area to the Palestinian Red Crescent. 

Palestinian Authority: We won’t allow Israeli security presence in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Following comments by Prime Minister Netanyahu saying peace accord will necessitate an Israeli security border in the Jordan Valley, PA president Abbas’s spokesman says Palestinians won’t allow any Israeli presence in area. 

Reporter’s Notebook: Linguistics lesson in Holyland trial
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Shula Zaken’s inconsistencies and emotional testimony keep the proceedings interesting. 

Leshem: Capture of Israeli ‘spy’ birds harming wildlife preservation
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – A rare Bonelli’s Eagle, an alleged spy for Israel, was shot down, wounded by a Lebanese hunter, a cause of concern for Israel’s wildlife preservation. 

Suspected Palestinian terrorist shot dead trying to enter IDF base in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Younis Obaidi drove tractor into an army base near Al-Ram, southeast of Ramallah, breaching the base’s perimeter fence; suspected terrorist’s brother also attempted attack with tractor in Jerusalem in March 2009. 

Bnei Brak man suspected of raping young boys in haredi town of Modi’in Ilit
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Police say father of one victim came forward after meeting with rabbi to ask if he should go to police. 

Report: 4 girls locked in car die from heat near Hebron
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Town of Taqumiya falls into deep mourning after tragedy; girls ranged in age from two to six years old. 

Ankara: Reports of betrayal of Israeli spy ring to Iran meant to discredit Turkey
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Turkish officials say Washington Post report is an attempt to “spoil the moderate political atmosphere after Rouhani’s election.” 

Syrian Observatory: Syrian conflict death toll rises to 115,000
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Toll is a low estimate, as sides often under-report losses. 

Court convicts former Bank Hapoalim chairman of fraud
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Dani Dankner to pay NIS 1 million penalty; intends to fight against jail time; prosecutor drops more serious charges. 

Russia on Iran nuclear talks: ‘Very tough’ but ‘quite promising’
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – FM spokesman sounds more positive note on latest round of Geneva talks than earlier statement by deputy FM Ryabkov. 

Head of polygamous Jerusalem cult sentenced to 26 years for abusing women, children
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Defendant perpetrated a “cruel regime of punishment, which he had dubbed ‘the laws.’” 

Report: Turkey blows cover of Israeli spy network in Iran
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2013 – Washington Post reports Turks disclosed intel to Tehran. 

Ministry to discipline Beit Shemesh haredi school over electioneering
Jerusalem Post 16 Oct 2013 – Students were given letters printed on school letterhead encouraging parents to vote for Mayor Moshe Abutbol. 

Knesset c’tee calls on Interior Ministry to report any cases of voter address fraud
Jerusalem Post 16 Oct 2013 – Any suspicion of fraud, especially when multiple people register same address, should be passed on to police, MK Miri Regev says. 

Inter Press Service

Iran Nuclear Deal May Have its Beginnings in Geneva
IPS Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi. Courtesy of Fars News Agency By Jasmin Ramsey GENEVA, Oct 17 2013 (IPS) Talks between Iran and world powers known as the P5+1 over Iran’s nuclear programme wrapped up here Wednesday with expressions of encouragement and hope, a commitment to reconvene in just three…

Grief Veils Eid for Syrian Refugees
IPS Palestinian camps in Lebanon are just some of the places Syrian refugees find shelter in. Credit: Rebecca Murray/IPS. By Rebecca Murray SIDON, Lebanon , Oct 16 2013 (IPS) This week the Islamic world marks one of its holiest holidays, Eid al-Adha – honouring Ibrahim’s commitment to sacrifice his first-born son to…

Israel and the Gulf Increasingly Nervous Over Iran-U.S. Détente
IPS P5+1 negotiations with the Iranians began in Geneva on Oct. 15, 2013. Credit: U.S. Mission Geneva /CC by 2.0 By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Oct 16 2013 (IPS) As hopeful, albeit vague, statements about talks in Geneva between Iran and the great powers continued to issue from the Swiss city Tuesday,…

Uruknet

Even the World Bank understands: Palestine is being disappeared
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 17, 2013 – Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy. The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising…

Jewish women can t volunteer at night – to avoid contact with Arabs 
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 17, 2013 – The Israeli government succumbs to pressure by racist and anti-miscegenation organizations, banning Jewish women from volunteering in hospitals at night, when they might be more likely to encounter Arab workers and doctors. Young Israeli women volunteering…

Rebels kill top Syrian intelligence chief
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 17, 2013 – A senior Syrian intelligence chief has been killed by rebel forces in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, the opposition and Syrian state media said Thursday, as the rebels claimed new gains in the region. Gen….

Israeli police lock up Haifa activist for Facebook statuses
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 17, 2013- Police detained and held Razi Nabulsi, a young Palestinian from Haifa for a week for statuses he posted to Facebook and Twitter, claiming they constituted incitement. The catch? Even though the statuses were posted publicly on the…

Iraq Eid Attacks: 76 Killed, 229 Wounded
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 17, 2013 – Although the Eid al-Adha holiday began rather quietly, militants unleashed a torrent of violence today that left 76 people dead and 229 more wounded. The capital suffered several bombings, but so did towns in the ethnically…

Documents reveal NSA s extensive involvement in targeted killing program
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 17, 2013 – It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that…

Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian at West Bank army base
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 17, 2013 — Israeli forces on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man who drove a tractor into an army base north of Jerusalem, according to Israeli media and a military official. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that soldiers…

Bedouin Resist Israeli Relocation Plans
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – Although not fierce in intensity, the struggle of the Bedouins has been protracted and tenacious. Their demand has become a slogan for the Negev region: recognition. Ever since the Palestinian exodus of 1948, Israel has not…

US and Iran Speak Same Language in Nuclear Talks 
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – Western and Iranian diplomats hailed a new pace, candor and mutual will to try to forge a process to resolve international concerns about Iran s nuclear program, but acknowledged they were at the beginning of a…

Israeli right wants to muzzle discussion of the Nakba and Palestinian history
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – We know all too well how adamantly pro-Israel forces in the U.S. Jewish community and Israel consider certain conversations and actions critical of Israel “beyond the pale,” and how blatant their hasbara (pro-Israel propaganda) attempts are…

New documentary Flying Paper showcases the creativity of Palestinian youth in Gaza 
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – The new documentary film, Flying Paper, is premiering across the country in the coming weeks. Flying Paper is an uplifting story of Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World…

Disappearing Palestine ads in Vancouver provoke vicious and hysterical response 
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – In October, 2013, ten ads went up in Vancouver transit stations depicting loss of Jewish land in the middle east since 1000 BCE. It turns out that in that time Jewish land had shrunk by a…

The making of Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – For Sami al-Hajj, the scenes in the film he is watching at his home in Doha, Qatar, take him back to his darkest hours. Twice a day, for 16 months, al-Hajj was strapped down and force-fed…

British Prime Minister Endorses Parliamentary Investigation into Guardian for Publishing Snowden s Leaks
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 -During prime minister s questions, a half-hour period where the British prime minister takes questions from members of the House of Commons, David Cameron escalated the British government s attacks on press freedom in the wake of…

Israel proposes partial annexation
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – …Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been meeting regularly since the end of July as part of a nine-month negotiation process toward a final-status agreement. Israeli sources complain that negotiations have not produced results thus far as…

Syria News – October 16, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – By the end of Wednesday the Coodrination Committees were able to document 78 martyrs, including 18 children, 7 women and 2 under torture: 27 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 15 in Aleppo; 15 in Damascus and…

WHAT AMERICA HAS BECOME
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 -…Now, how would any future Americans manage to weave attractive myths about a president who sits in the Oval Office signing authorizations for teams of young buzz-cut psychopaths in secret locked rooms to guide killing machines against…

Why bad movies keep coming out and what to do about it
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – As an inveterate film fan, I turn to the listings every week and try not to lose hope. I search the guff that often passes for previews, and I queue for a ticket with that flicker…

US court to hear appeal on painful, humiliating, and degrading force-feeding at Guantanamo 
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 -A federal court will on Friday hear an appeal from Guantanamo Bay detainees asking that it rule to end force-feeding – during which a detainee is shackled to a specially-made restraint chair and a tube is forced…

Desmond Tutu is Wrong: The AU Should Quit the International Criminal Court
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – The African Union is on a collision course with the International Criminal Court, a tribunal that has indicted only Africans since its founding in 2002. In an extraordinary meeting of the African Union at it headquarters…

South vs. North: Yemen Teeters between Hope and Division
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 -On Oct 12, tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Eden in the South of the country, mostly demanding secession from the north. The date is significant, for it marks the 1967 independence of…

Iran s deputy FM to Israel Radio: Nuclear deal can open new horizons with all nations 
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – Israel would be able to live in peace with any deal reached by Iran and world powers, and the agreement would “open new horizons” with all nations, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said to Israel…

How CounterPunch makes Syrians invisible, Again!
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013-…Of course Nicola Nasser never gives us anything like a shred of evidence that the popular uprising that started the conflict was really a smoke-screen orchestrated by the US and Israel. The whole point of articles like this…

Egypt-U.S. relations in turmoil, says foreign minister
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 -Relations between the United States and Egypt are in deep-seated turmoil which could harm the entire Middle East, the Egyptian foreign minister said in remarks published on Wednesday.In an interview conducted by the state-owned daily newspaper al-Ahram,…

Israelis Turning Blood into Money: The Lab Review
Uruknet 17 Oct 2013 – October 16, 2013 – Warning! The Lab contains war-porn and hard-core evil; watch and weep. Yotam Feldman s documentary, released in August, is one of the most important expose s of the obscene rationale and execution of Israel s hugely…

Daily Star

Obama picks attorney Jeh Johnson for Homeland Security chief
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama will nominate attorney Jeh Johnson on Friday to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a White House official said on Thursday.

Pentagon facing fiscal shadow despite end of shutdown: Hagel
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday the Pentagon is still laboring under the shadow of budget uncertainty despite a deal by Congress that reopened the federal government and let some 7,000 furloughed defense employees…

Obama, Italy’s Letta compare notes on budget woes
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta congratulated each other on Thursday for surviving extended budget crises and pledged to work together to advance U.S.-EU trade talks and address security issues.

Kerry wants chemical arms shipped out of Syria
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that he hopes the Syrian government’s chemical weapons will be rapidly consolidated into one location, put on a ship and removed from the region.

Egypt denies mistreatment of Syrian refugees
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 Egypt on Thursday denied it was mistreating Syrian refugees following a report by Amnesty International accusing authorities of unlawfully detaining and deporting hundreds of Syrians fleeing civil war.

Israeli military: Troops kill Palestinian attacker
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 The Israeli military says its troops have shot and killed a Palestinian on a tractor who was trying to break into an army base in the West Bank.

France says treating Iran’s nuclear overture with caution
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 France is treating Iranian overtures to the international community over its nuclear programme with caution and is waiting to see concrete proposals, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday.

Syrian refugees camp out in Milan train station
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 About 200 refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war are camping out in Milan’s central railway station after many were stopped from leaving Italy as they tried to reach northern Europe.

UN elects 5 new Security Council members
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 Saudi Arabia and Chad easily won coveted seats on the U.N. Security Council Thursday, despite criticism from human rights groups.

Russia, U.S. deny date set for Syria peace conference
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 A senior Syrian official said on Thursday that a long-delayed international conference aimed at ending his country’s civil war was scheduled for Nov. 23-24, but co-organisers Russia and the United States said no date had been…

Canadian UN worker freed after 8 month Syria captivity
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 The United Nations said Thursday that a Canadian staffer held by a radical group in Syria for eight months had been freed without a ransom being paid.

Ex-spy chief appeals handing his case to Libya
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 Libya’s former intelligence chief has appealed the International Criminal Court’s decision to let him be tried in his home country and asked judges to order Libya not to start the trial until the appeal is settled.

Tunisia rapper acquitted on appeal
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 Rapper Klay BBJ, jailed for six months for allegedly insulting Tunisian officials in his songs, was acquitted on appeal Thursday, in one of several cases which have angered rights groups.

Attacks including Baghdad car bombs kill 66 in Iraq
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 A series of car bombs hit Baghdad province on Thursday, killing at least 44 people, while 22 died in other attacks, including two suicide bombings in northern Iraq, officials said.

Police search prison block holding Islamists
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 Police searched Fatah al-Islam prisoners Thursday in the notorious Roumieh Prison complex one week after an attempt to smuggle a chemical-filled sandwich was foiled

Iraq receives Russian arms under historic deal
Daily Star 17 Oct 2013 A top Iraqi official says Baghdad had begins receiving arms from Russia under a historic $4.3-billion deal it signed last year but then scrapped amid corruption allegations.

YNet News

Syrian citizen treated in Safed
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San Francisco’s Union Square evacuated
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Kerry says hopes Syria’s chemical weapons are shipped out of region
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Ramat Hasharon: Grenade lobbed at private home; none hurt
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Obama picks attorney Jeh Johnson for Homeland Security chief 
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Israeliness alive in Berlin 
YNet News, 17 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Should we deny Israelis from fulfilling employment opportunities in German capital just because of Holocaust? ….

Lithuania moves to legalizee ritual slaughter
YNet News, 17 Oct 2013 – European country seeks to expand its exports amid ban in neighboring Poland on kosher, halal slaughter of livestock for food. Tiny Jewish community welcomes move ….

Country for all its citizens 
YNet News, 17 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Alongside his efforts to advance peace, Rabin also recognized the need to promote equal rights for Israel’s Arabs ….

Jews laud protests against Nazi burial
YNet News, 17 Oct 2013 – As Italy marks 70th anniversary of deportation of Jews from Rome ghetto, Jewish community president praises local protesters for blocking funeral of convicted war criminal Erich Priebke ….

Palestinian Information Center

1607 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria
PIC – The Action group for the Palestinian refugees in Syria stated that 1607 Palestinian refugees killed since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution and till September 30.

US ambassador Dan Shapiro stresses Israel’s right to defend itself
PIC – US ambassador to the Israeli entity Dan Shapiro stressed his country’s support to “Israel’s right to defend itself against the Palestinian terrorist organizations in Gaza.”

Palestinian youths are victims of security coordination in WB
PIC – The two Palestinian youths Islam Mossa and Mohamed Assi spent Eid al-Adha away from their families and behind the Israeli bars after being arrested by Israeli forces on the day of Arafat.

Israel plans to cancel construction tenders in settlements to avert pressure
PIC – Haaretz newspaper said Israeli prime minister’s adviser on settlement issues is advancing a plan to exempt officially urban settlements from being obliged to publicize tenders for marketing lands..

Maariv: border issue brings the negotiations to a dead end
PIC – Maariv newspaper said the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have already entered a dead end following the disagreements between the two sides concerning the border issue.

Natsheh’s family deprived from celebrating holidays with him for 20 Eids
PIC – Prisoners’ families live tough moments during holidays in the absence of their husbands, fathers and their children who are detained in the Israeli occupation prisons.

Resheq: reports that Meshaal is to visit Tehran unfounded
PIC – The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas said that reports about a visit to the Iranian capital of Tehran by the Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal are unfounded.

IOF continues its restrictions on residents of Shuhada Street in al-Khalil
PIC – The occupation forces continued to impose restrictions on residents of Shuhada Street, which has been closed since the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in 1994, during the Eid days. 

Leader Badran calls to put an end to students’ arrests
PIC – The leader in Hamas movement Hossam Badran called upon PA security apparatus to stop its arrest campaign against university students that was recently intensified.

IOF kidnap son of MP Abu Juhaisha, three brothers in Al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped on Wednesday afternoon the son of Palestinian lawmaker Mohamed Abu Juhaisha from Idna town, west of Al-Khalil city.

WAFA

Abbas’ Political Adviser Meets Maltese Minister in Ramallah
WAFA – 17 Oct 2013

Peace Now: 70% Rise in Settlement Construction
WAFA – 17 Oct 2013

Israel Arrests Four Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 17 Oct 2013

UPDATE: Abbas Extends Vatican’s Pope Invitation to Visit Holy Land
WAFA – 17 Oct 2013

Misc

Rights groups lament Security Council seats for Chad, Saudi Arabia 
LA Times 17 Oct 2013 – Getting unanimous U.N. Security Council agreement to act against rogue nations and rights abusers may have become even more difficult Thursday with the election of Chad and Saudi Arabia to seats on the influential 15-member panel, human rights advocates said.

One of Syria’s top commanders killed during fighting
LA Times 17 Oct 2013 – BEIRUT — A Syrian general viewed as one of the nation’s top military commanders was killed in fighting in the eastern part of the country, the government and opposition activists said Thursday.

Iranian convict survives hanging, faces second attempt
LA Times 17 Oct 2013 – The case of an Iranian drug smuggler who faces a second execution attempt after surviving his first hanging has stirred an international outcry over what human rights groups consider the country’s excessive resort to the death penalty.

Iran’s nuclear resolve fueled by Iraq’s chemical assault in war
LA Times 17 Oct 2013 – The 1980-88 war, in which Iraq unleashed toxic gases, is a bitter memory for Iran, where the issue of chemical weapons still resonates deeply. TEHRAN — Shahriyar Khatri was among many here welcoming news that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organization…

Syrian activists say government attacked civilians fleeing town
LA Times 16 Oct 2013 – Civilians fleeing a besieged town near Syria’s capital were attacked by government forces early Wednesday, leaving many dead and others wounded, activists and residents said.

Iran, 6 world powers praise ‘forward looking’ nuclear talks
LA Times 16 Oct 2013 – After weeks of soaring hopes, the two sides provide few details, but agree on a joint statement that signals a commitment to a diplomatic solution. GENEVA — With both sides desperate for a deal, Iran and six world powers Wednesday hailed a new round of…

After Man Survives Hanging, Iran Plans a Second Attempt
New York Times 17 Oct 2013 – Amnesty International said it was unconscionable that the man, a drug offender who was hospitalized to recuperate for a rehanging, would be subjected to such punishment and asked Iran to spare his life. 

Tehran Journal: Hopeful City, Buoyed by Campaign Vows, Waits for Change in Iran
New York Times 17 Oct 2013 – President Hassan Rouhani has stoked hopes for liberalization and economic relief, but people in Tehran have seen little of that yet. 

White House Weighs Easing Sanctions on Iran With Tapered Release of Assets
New York Times 17 Oct 2013 – The United States could free up frozen Iranian assets in installments as a reward for taking steps to curb a nuclear program. 

Erdogan, Syria Rebels’ Leading Ally, Hesitates, 31 Months In
New York Times 17 Oct 2013 – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has long backed the Syrian rebels. But Turkey shelled rebel positions this week, signaling concern about the dominance of radical Islamist groups. 

Syrian Official Says Peace Talks Could Be Held in Late November
New York Times 17 Oct 2013 – The announcement from a deputy prime minister raised speculation about who would attend and who would represent the fractured opposition. 

Report That Turkey Exposed Spies Strains Its Relations With Israel
New York Times 17 Oct 2013 – Turkey’s foreign minister denied a column in The Washington Post that said his country had revealed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to 10 Iranians who had spied for Israel. 

At War Blog: Insight Into How Insurgents Fought in Iraq
New York Times 17 Oct 2013 – Documents obtained known as “storyboards” shed light on how American soldiers discovered weapons caches and where they came from. 

A Syrian Refugee Family’s New Life
New York Times 16 Oct 2013 – Millions of Syrians have fled the civil war, scattering to neighboring countries like Jordan. Many have dreams of returning to a homeland long vanished. 

Q. and A.: Examining the Status of Iran’s Nuclear Program and Talks
New York Times 16 Oct 2013 – Key questions about the country’s nuclear abilities and what was accomplished in the last round of negotiations are answered. 

Disposal of Chemical Arms in Syria Progresses
New York Times 16 Oct 2013 – Chemical weapons inspectors have reached 11 of Syria’s 20 sites and have begun destroying equipment at 6 of them, officials said. 

Effort to Evacuate Syrian Civilians Is Thwarted by Shelling
New York Times 16 Oct 2013 – The abortive evacuation was arranged in a small-scale local deal that some aid workers and others had hoped could become a blueprint for building trust. 

After Talks on Iran’s Nuclear Program, Officials Highlight the Positive
New York Times 16 Oct 2013 – In a statement, Iran and six world powers described the two days of discussions in Geneva as “forward looking” but did not disclose details. 

SingTel cancels Amdocs project
Globes Main News – SingTel has cancelled its LoopMe launch, because of a copyright infringement suit by Israeli start-up against Amdocs.

Better Place again for sale
Globes Main News – The Supreme Court has rejected a petition by the electric vehicle’s buyer Tsahi Merkur against the cancellation of the sale.

Aquarius Spectrum to help plug Jerusalem water leaks
Globes Energy & Water – In the NIS 6 million deal with Jerusalem water corporation Hagihon, Aquarius Spectrum will instal thousands of sophisticated sensors on the water supply network.

The Nakba in the New Yorker
Muzzlewatch – by Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark The publication of Avi Shavit’s “Lydda, 1948: A city, a massacre and the Middle East Today” in The New Yorker, October 21, 2013, is a welcome chink in the wall of silence around the Nakba, the forced dispossession and expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their homes…

Nova Lumos wins The Pitch 
Globes Energy & Water – Nova Lumos enables people in developing countries to generate their own electricity and pay for it with solar energy grids.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 up 0.3% on week
Globes Main News – Oil Refineries soared on a streamlining plan, but both sister company Israel Chemicals and their parent company, Israel Corp., lost ground.

Is the Jewish Theological Seminary dreaming of a world where Palestine and Palestinians don’t exist?
Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . Most people assume I was trained in the Reform movement. They’re wrong. I started my Hebrew School education in an Orthodox synagogue and…

“Globes” names MyHeritage most promising start-up
Globes Main News – MyHeritage, which has developed a program for creating family trees, has been named the most promising Israeli start-up for 2013-14.

Court postpones IDB tender
Globes Main News – Two offers have been made to date for control of IDB: one by Granovsky with Dankner, and the other by Eduardo Elsztain and IDB bondholders.

It’s time to put an end to Israel’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ nuclear policy
Mondoweiss – The negotiations this week in Geneva between Iran and the “P5+1” (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany) offer a promising vehicle for avoiding another destructive war. The talks came on the…

Infographic: A guide to administrative detention in Israeli prisons
Mondoweiss – In May 2012, over 2,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees went on hunger strike to challenge the conditions they face in the Israeli prison system. Not least, they called for an end to the practice of administrative detention, where Palestinians are held without charge or trial for…

Oil Refineries unveils recovery plan 
Globes Energy & Water – Oil Refineries estimates that the streamlining plan will cut operating costs by $100 million a year from 2014.

Even the World Bank understands: Palestine is being disappeared
Mondoweiss – A French diplomat lies on the floor in a Jordan Valley village. Marion Castaing was mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed. Photo : REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini) Two…

Israel Corp. mulls selling Mishor Rotem power station 
Globes Energy & Water – OPC Rotem owns Israel’s largest independent power plant, which came on line in July, after a $500 million investment.

Israeli child poverty rate double EU rate
Globes Macro Economics – 40% of Israeli children are at risk of poverty, compared with 20% average in EU countries.

What Comes Next: Once the one-state reality in Israel/Palestine is recognized, the basis for a comprehensive peace will be clear
Mondoweiss – This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has…

What Comes Next: We need a rights-based movement with a political vision
Mondoweiss – This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has…

Lilach Asher-Topilsky appointed Discount Bank CEO
Globes Main News – Asher-Topilsky’s appointment means that three of Israel’s five big banks are now run by women.

Terry Gross aired Blumenthal when he went after Republicans, but Israel — no thank you
Mondoweiss – Karl Vick’s piece in Time Magazine angered Israel’s supporters US press coverage of Israel is a theme in Dennis J. Bernstein’s Consortium News interview with Max Blumenthal about his new book , Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel . The book came out at the beginning of…

Ex-Hapoalim chairman Dan Dankner convicted of fraud
Globes Main News – The prosecution will ask for jail time as part of the plea bargain, on top of the NIS 1 million fine that Dankner has agreed to pay.

Shemen Oil abandons Yam 3 well 
Globes Energy & Water – Shemen Oil and its partners have abandoned the Yam 3 well, offshore from Ashdod, after it was declared a dry hole Sunday evening.

Art of the Con: Israel-Style
Tikun Olam – Much of what I do here is based on trust. Trust with my sources. Trust between you, the reader and I. Your trust in my judgment as a researcher and blogger. This, as I’ve written in the past, is a very delicate dance. Like with any…

Liberal Zionist Peratis comes out for BDS to shake up, and preserve, ‘Jewish Israel’
Mondoweiss – Kathleen Peratis Kathleen Peratis is a human rights lawyer and former board member of the liberal Zionist group J Street who has several times taken the stage to argue against boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Yesterday she changed her line, somewhat, publishing a piece…

The Jewish Daily Forward: Pew Findings on Israel Show Criticism Has Entered Jewish Mainstream
Jewish Voice for Peace – JVP’s Rebecca Vilkomerson comments on the new Pew Center study on Jewish American life which has been the subject of much handwringing since it came out last week. For many years now, the lament of the organized Jewish community has been that it is not retaining…

Palestinan Smashes Through Army Base With Bulldozer, Killed By IDF 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Oct 2013 – A Palestinian was killed by the Israel Defense Forces Thursday evening after smashing through the perimeter fence of the A-Ram army base driving a bulldozer. Click here for the rest of the article…

Avi Weiss Letter Vouching for American Couple Dismissed By Chief Rabbinate 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Oct 2013 – The Chief Rabbinate of Israel rejected a letter vouching for the Jewishness of an American couple marrying in Israel written by well-known Orthodox Rabbi Avi Weiss, as well as at least 10 rabbis in other cases, The New York Jewish Week reported. Click here for the…

In ‘Like Dreamers’ a Paratrooper from the 1967 War Dives Into the Settler Movement 
The Forward New 17 Oct 2013 – The new book, ‘Like Dreamers,’ is about seven of the paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967. It tells their story and Israel’s story in the years that unfolded. Read an excerpt. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinian shot dead in base attack 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – Israeli soldiers shoot dead a Palestinian man using a tractor to try to break into an army base, an Israeli army spokesperson says.

Hundreds of Indian Citizens With Jewish Heritage To Arrive in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Oct 2013 – Hundreds of Indian citizens who claim to be Jews descended from the biblical tribe of Menashe will begin arriving in Israel in December. Click here for the rest of the article…

Inspectors hail progress in Syria 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – Chemical weapons inspectors say they are making good progress in Syria, having completed nearly 50% of their work.

Famed Jehoash’s Tablet Returned to Israeli Antiquities Owner 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Oct 2013 – An Israeli antiquities collector on Thursday bested the state in a decade-long wrestling match, regaining possession of Jehoash’s Tablet, a unique stone inscription dated to 9 BCE that corresponds to biblical account of renovations to the First Temple by Jehoash, King of Judea. Click here for…

Iran urged to spare hanging survivor 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – Campaign group Amnesty International urges Iran not to go ahead with a repeat execution for a drug smuggler who survived a botched hanging.

Syrian refugees ‘detained in Egypt’ 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – Syrian refugees fleeing to Egypt face unlawful detention, often in deplorable conditions, or deportation, Amnesty International says.

Bomb blasts kill dozens in Iraq 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – More than 60 people are killed in a series of bomb blasts in Iraq at the end of the Eid al-Adha holiday, with dozens more injured.

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian dead at army base 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – An Israeli soldier fires tear gas towards Palestinian protesters in occupied Betunia near the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 11, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who drove a tractor through a fence surrounding a military base in…

Palestinian shot dead in base attack 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – Israeli soldiers shoot dead a Palestinian man using a tractor to try to break into an army base, an Israeli army spokesperson says.

Inspectors hail progress in Syria 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – Chemical weapons inspectors say they are making good progress in Syria, having completed nearly 50% of their work.

Saudi Arabia obtains UN Security Council seat for the first time 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – Saudi Arabia on Thursday won a UN Security Council seat for the first time in a new show of determination to make its voice heard, joining Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria in taking places on the key body. All five countries stood unopposed in an election…

Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ acquitted 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – A picture taken on June 6, 2013 shows Tunisian rapper Ahmed Ben Ahmed, better known by his stage name Klay BBJ, attending the trial of fellow rapper Weld El 15 with other musicians in front of the court in the Tunis suburb of Ben Arous. (Photo:…

Lebanon Cruises on Scientology’s “Way to Happiness” 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – A file photo taken on November 24, 2011 shows a masked member of the Church of Scientology demonstrating in front of the Paris courthouse, to protest against the appeal trial on the Church of Scientology’s fraud conviction. (Photo: AFP -Joel Saget) A file photo taken on…

Lebanon: Children of Domestic Workers Draw Their Second Country 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – I love Lebanon, Lebanon is my country, I was born here, all my friends are here, life is beautiful. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) I love Lebanon, Lebanon is my country, I was born here, all my friends are here, life is beautiful. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The purpose…

OPCW says progressing on Syrian chemical weapons disarmament plan 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – The world’s chemical weapons watchdog is confident it will be able to meet deadlines to destroy Syria’s toxic stockpile even though some sites are in disputed or rebel-held territory, a special adviser to the organization’s director general said. Inspectors from the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition…

1.4 million pilgrims leave Saudi Arabia as hajj comes to an end 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – An aerial view taken on October 16, 2013 shows the Grand mosque and the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Some 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims who came from 188 countries started leaving Saudi Arabia on Thursday at the end of…

Iran urged to spare hanging survivor 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – Campaign group Amnesty International urges Iran not to go ahead with a repeat execution for a drug smuggler who survived a botched hanging.

Syrian refugees ‘detained in Egypt’ 
BBC 17 Oct 2013 – Syrian refugees fleeing to Egypt face unlawful detention, often in deplorable conditions, or deportation, Amnesty International says.

Syria peace talks set for late November 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – An opposition fighter holds a position on the front line in Syria’s northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on October 15, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Aboud) International peace talks on the Syria conflict could take place next month, a top Syrian official said Thursday, claiming the…

Israeli settlement construction rose by 70 percent in 2013, NGO says 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – An young Israeli settler stands next to poster hanging on a protest tent reading in Hebrew: “We paid and bought so it’s ours” erected in front of the house of the Palestinian Abu Rajab family, as they demonstrate on September 24, 2013 against the eviction of…

At least 66 killed in attacks across Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Oct 2013 – Bodies of victims killed in a suicide attack that tore through a residential area of Al-Muwaffaqiyah, a village east of Mosul, are lined up for identification at a hospital in the northern Iraqi city on October 17, 2013. (Photo: AFP / STR) Updated 11:00 pm: A series…

Articles


Gaza blockade and the bitter harvest 
Nabil Al Sahli, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/16/2013
‘The number of lorries being allowed into Gaza with commercial goods is less than 50 per cent of the required number to meet daily needs…’
Israel imposed a stifling blockade on the Gaza Strip after the success of the Islamic Resistance Movement in the 2006 Palestinian elections; its grip was tightened in the summer of 2007. The blockade controls the flow of fuel and electricity as well as everyday items such as food, fresh water and medicine; fishermen are prevented from sailing beyond a punishing 3 mile limit and the border crossings between Gaza and Israel are more or less kept closed.
Since 2007, Israel has only allowed 2 crossings out of 7 to open to any degree. It has kept the Karm Abu Salem crossing between Egypt, Gaza and Israel as the only route for commercial goods, through which it allows a severely limited number of trucks to enter Gaza. The Beit Hanoun-Erez crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip is the only passenger crossing kept open by the Israelis, and even that is limited, with permission to leave or enter restricted.
The leaders of the military coup in Egypt are helping to enforce the blockade by closing the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only meaningful route to the outside world. Smuggling tunnels which have been used to take basic necessities, including fuel and medicines, into Gaza are being destroyed by the Egyptian army. These tunnels have been described by outsiders as “Gaza’s lifeline”.
Palestinian economists have pointed out that the cost of the blockade is estimated at $460 million. On top of that there is the food insecurity for almost 60 per cent of the population of Gaza, with 30,000 jobs lost since the coup in Egypt at the beginning of July. Unemployment in Gaza now stands at 43 per cent of the available work force. When all of this is added to the serious shortage of medicines, with around 50 per cent of the drugs on the Essential Drugs List unavailable due to the blockade…. more.. e-mail

‘Jerusalem the Red Line’ 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 10/17/2013
Hamas chief calls for massive armed resistance to protect it
The other day Hamas’s political chief, Khaled Meshaal, criticized the Palestinian Authority (PA) for “criminalizing armed resistance”.
He claimed that, by dropping the armed resistance option, Arab states and the PA had lost the ability to deter Israel and its never-ending violations.
He said that in Jerusalem Israel was trying to divide the sacred al-Aqsa in a first step towards demolishing it, and the regime was using the turmoil in the Arab world as an opportunity to sneak through this “taboo action”.
Apparently the Israeli authorities are going to impose some kind of “time-share” arrangement between Jews and Muslims for prayer at al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits on al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), the third holiest site in Islam. The Israelis are also said to be planning to build a synagogue there. The move has been called “an aggressive, advanced step that confirms Jewish designs on al-Aqsa Mosque at all levels”. Al-Aqsa is in the Old City, which is part of East Jerusalem and strictly speaking belongs to the Palestinians, not Israel. However, it is still under illegal Israeli occupation and control.
It is necessary, says Meshaal, to confront Israel’s plan to steal Jerusalem along with Al-Aqsa Mosque (and, of course, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and many other important places of worship in the Old City), but the PA’s slavish collaboration with the Israelis on security undermines the resistance option. “We need to take a clear stance, Jerusalem is a Red Line. Jerusalem is the soul of the cause.”
All factions must agree, Meshaal added, on a unified strategy and a unified goal to liberate and protect Jerusalem. “Our only path to liberation is resistance, and saving Jerusalem.” more.. e-mail

Israel and the erosion of democracy: an Australian story 
Samah Sabawi, Al Jazeera 10/17/2013
Academic freedom is in jeopardy after an Israeli law firm threatens two professors with legal action.
A few months ago I signed my name as co-defendant to a possible legal action threatened by an Israeli law firm, Shurat HaDin, targeting two Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) academics – Professors Jake Lynch and Stuart Rees for publically refusing to co-operate with Israel’s Hebrew university. Almost two thousand Australian and international academics, writers, human rights activists and other members of civil society have since joined this unprecedented historic act of solidarity signing as co-defendants along with the two targeted professors.
Jake Lynch was practicing a basic democratic right when he made a moral and ethical decision to refuse to collaborate with an academic representing Hebrew university. Part of Hebrew university campus and dormitories were built on illegally annexed Palestinian land in contravention of the four Geneva Conventions. The university also sponsors the archeological digs in the Occupied Territories , appropriating Palestinian historical artifacts, preventing Palestinians from accessing those sites and displacing them from there – an act considered to be plundering under International Humanitarian Law. There is a long list of other violations by Hebrew university such as its links to Elbit systems – one of Israel’s largest military security and surveillance companies that monitors and maintains Israel’s continued illegal occupation of Palestinian land. But this story is not just about Jake Lynch or Hebrew University, it is a story about how democracy functions.
Defending the rights of academics to express their views on controversial issues is a basic tenant of democracy. Given that democracies are a work in progress, it is up to us as citizens within democratic nations to use our voice to protect our civil liberties. Part of this means we have to empower those who have been disempowered and stripped of their basic human rights, both at home and abroad. This does not bode well for Israel – a state criticised by UN bodies and reputable human rights organisations for its flagrant human rights violations. more.. e-mail

Does Kerry need to convince AIPAC to support peace? 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 10/15/2013
The U.S. secretary of state’s comments raise the question of whether he’s convinced Netanyahu is ready to make the compromises necessary for peace – or whether he needs AIPAC’s support to do so.
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry seems to think that should the occasion ever arise, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will require the support of his friends in Washington in order to sign a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Kerry took time out of his busy schedule in London to send a video message to a closed AIPAC summit taking place in California wine country on Monday.
Most of the message was focused on reassuring AIPAC that the U.S. is committed to preventing a nuclear armed Iran, but he also slipped in a few interesting words about the peace process.
“If Prime Minister Netanyahu decides that it is in the best interests of the people of Israel to make reasonable compromises for peace, he will need to know that you have his back,” the Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying.
Kerry’s need to urge the lobby to support a two-state solution seems to imply that it does not support one – and that it is somehow not in sync with Netanyahu. But AIPAC’s official policy and rhetoric – just like the Netanyahu government – is to support a two-state solution, which both AIPAC and the prime minister define as “a Jewish state of Israel living in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state — with an end to all claims.”
So why the need to encourage AIPAC’s members to make their “voices heard” in support of the “courageous choice” Netanyahu had made to engage in direct talks with the Palestinians? more.. e-mail

Bombing victim’s spouse acknowledges Palestinians’ pain in new memoir
Electronic Intifada: 17 Oct 2013 – David Harris-Gershon recounts attempting to meet “terrorist” who nearly killed his wife.more

Even the World Bank Understands: Palestine is Being Disappeared
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Oct 2013 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week’s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy. The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising Palestine that shows a photoshopped image of Central Park , eerily naked. Amid New York’s skyscrapers, the park has been sheared of its trees by bulldozers. A caption reveals that since the occupation began in 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks. The second, a photograph widely published last month in Israel, is of a French diplomat lying on her back in the dirt, staring up at Israeli soldiers surrounding her, their guns pointing down towards her. Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose…more

Al Jeel Al Jadeed: Musical Call for Unity by the ‘New Generation’
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Oct 2013 – By Tariq Shadid There are several ways of expressing a desire for change, and one of these can be through the arts. In the current turmoil of the Middle East, there are also voices that look beyond the mere toppling of regimes, and are expressing their deep concern at the price being paid by ordinary citizens in civil wars and other phenomena of sectarian strife that have become widespread in the region. It should not come as a surprise that some of these voices come from Palestine, as it has become obvious how the region’s unrest has led to diminished attention for the decades-long plight of the Palestinian people. Besides this, the past years have also split up Palestinian unity along sectarian lines, thus weakening the solid unified stance of the Palestinian people against the illegal Israeli occupation. I am a Palestinian surgeon and hobbyist musician known by my artist…more

It’s Time to Put an End to Israel’s “Don’t ask-don’t tell” Nuclear Policy
Dissident Voice: 17 Oct 2013 – The negotiations this week in Geneva between Iran and the “P5+1” (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany) offer a promising vehicle for avoiding another destructive war. The talks came on the heels of a virtual uprising by the American people that stopped President Barack Obama’s plan to attack Syria, clearly demonstrating their desire to solve conflicts at the negotiation table rather than at the point of a gun. However, Israel and its allies in the U.S. Congress continue to lobby against a deal that would meet Iran in the middle, insisting on a “zero-enrichment” policy that is a deal-breaker for Iran. The Israeli cabinet said in a statement Tuesday that “Israel does not oppose Iran having a peaceful nuclear energy program. But as has been demonstrated in many countries, from Canada to Indonesia, peaceful…more

Even the World Bank Understands
Dissident Voice: 17 Oct 2013 – Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week’s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy. The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising Palestine that shows a photoshopped image of Central Park, eerily naked. Amid New York’s skyscrapers, the park has been sheared of its trees by bulldozers. A caption reveals that since the occupation began in 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks. The second, a photograph widely published last month in Israel, is of a French diplomat lying on her back in the dirt, staring up at Israeli soldiers surrounding her, their guns pointing down towards her. Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed….more


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