VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 25 October, 2011: Israel Approves Settlement Plan For Jerusalem

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Israel approves Gerabil-swap deal terms
IMEMC – Israeli cabinet held a meeting Tuesday on which it approved consensus the exchange deal, including the release of the Israeli spy “Ilan Gerabil”, held in Egyptian prisons in exchange with 25 Egyptian detainees, arrested at Israeli jails, the Palestinian News Agency, Maan, reported Tuesday evening. …

Israeli Authorities Prevent Al-Rugoob From Meeting His Released Son
IMEMC – The Israeli authorities have prevented Awad Yonis al-Rugoob, 60, from traveling to the Gaza strip to meet his son, who was released in the first phase of the prisoner-swap deal and exiled to Gaza. …

Al-Barghouthi: “There Should Be A Complete Cessation Of Settlement Construction, Not A Partial One”
IMEMC – Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative Movement, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, calls on the national consensus for the complete cessation of settlement activity, including Jerusalem, the Ma’an News Agency reported. …

Israel Approves Settlement Plan For Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli media sources reported that the Israeli government recently approved a new plan to construct a settlement “neighborhood” called Givat Hamatos, near Beit Safafa, south of occupied Jerusalem. …

Army Kidnaps Ten Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC – The Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported Tuesday that the Israeli military kidnapped ten Palestinian citizens in different parts of the occupied West Bank. …

Resident Killed In Tunnel Accident
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported on Tuesday that a resident was killed when a tunnel collapsed on him. The incident occurred near the border with Egypt, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Medics: Gazan man killed in Rafah tunnel collapse
10/25/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A smuggling tunnel underneath the Egypt-Gaza border collapsed on Tuesday morning killing a young man from Khan Younis, medics said. Medics in the Gaza Strip identified the man as 29-year-old Ahmad Rabee. The victim had been missing for hours after the tunnel collapsed in the Brazil neighborhood of Rafah….

Israel releases Palestinian child after 5 months
10/25/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released on Tuesday Omar Jaradat, 11, from Saeer village north of Hebron after five months in the Israeli prison Ofer. He also paid a 5,000-shekel fine. Israeli forces tried to forbid people who were waiting for the child near the checkpoint from welcoming him and tried to remove….

Archaeologists protest removal of Muslim graves
10/25/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The “surreptitious and unscientific” removal of hundreds of bodies from ancient Muslim graves in Jerusalem violates international and Israeli law, a group of archaeologists warned Friday. Some 84 archaeologists and and professors of archaeology from universities and research centers around the world signed a letter appealing to Jerusalem’s mayor….

Israel approves prisoner swap with Egypt
10/25/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s security cabinet approved unanimously on Tuesday the freeing of 25 Egyptian prisoners to secure the release of a US-Israeli national held by Cairoon suspicion of espionage, government officials said. The arrangement, brokered with US help, was announced on Monday and an Israeli official said it was likely to take place….

Israel to send earthquake aid to Turkey
10/26/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel said on Tuesday it was launching an airlift of supplies to help Turkey cope with a devastating earthquake, following a request from Ankara, with a first shipment of prefabricated homes destined for shipment on Wednesday. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Ankara had sought the aid via the Israeli embassy there, after….

PLO ‘not informed’ of US proposal on settlement freeze
10/25/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that the US had not officially informed the Palestinian leadership of any proposal to partially freeze settlement building. The Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported Tuesday that the US had made an offer to the Israeli government and the PA suggesting Israel halt the construction of new….

Peres, Ashton defend Abbas after attack by Israeli FM
10/25/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli President Shimon Peres came to the defense of Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday after Israel’s far-right foreign minister called the president an obstacle to peace.” Abbas and Prime Minister (Salam) Fayyad are serious leaders that want peace and are working to prevent violence and extremism in our region,” said Peres in….

Hamas: No secret terms in Shalit deal
10/25/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas official Izzat al-Rishiq on Monday denied media reports which claimed there were secret terms within the recent prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.” These reports are fabricated reports made to undermine the deal and conceal the fact that Israel yielded to Hamas and the Palestinian resistance making unprecedented….

Relatives of exiled prisoners visit the Gaza Strip
10/25/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The families of four detainees recently released in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel arrived in Gaza on Monday to visit their relatives, a Ma’an correspondent said. The families of Walid Nassar, Nasser al-Zeir, Iyad Ibayat and Amer Abu Sarhan entered Jordan through the Allenby Bridge….

Palestinian statehood dominates debate on Middle East
10/25/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The bulk of a United Nations Security Council discussion on Monday focused on the question of Palestinian statehood, despite being entitled the “Situation in the Middle East.” The Palestinian Authority submitted an application for statehood to the UN last month during the opening of the General Assembly.” We believe it is not….

Tanzania affirms support for Palestine
10/25/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The foreign minister of Tanzania on Monday confirmed his country’s support for an independent state of Palestine, the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported. The United Nations was established to defend peoples’ right to self-determination, Bernard Membe said while speaking at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam….

Official: PA wants Quartet to push for prisoner release
10/25/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat said Monday that the Palestinian Authority would ask the Mideast Quartet to pressure Israel to implement an agreement with President Mahmoud Abbas to release prisoners from Israeli jails. In an agreement reached with Hamas, Israel recently agreed to release over 1,000 prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier….

PA police undergo training in Cyprus
10/25/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Members of Palestinian Civil Police have participated in a week-long study trip to Cyprus to learn about police practices, strategic planning and administrative matters. The four-member delegation met with the Cypriot chief of police Michael Papageorgiou, who explained Cypriot police organization and the function of different departments, the delegation’s….

Arab films showcase turbulent, redemptive year
10/26/2011 – DOHA (Reuters) — The Arab Spring of pro-democracy uprisings features prominently — both directly and more subtly — in the selections at the third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival, kicking off in the Qatari capital this week. The festival, launched in 2009 in the tiny Gulf Arab state, seeks to showcase the work of Arab filmmakers who this….

New projects to ease Gaza housing crisis
10/26/2011 – GAZA CITY (IRIN) — In response to a growing housing crisis in the Gaza Strip. several new building projects have been initiated by the Hamas-led government, and thousands of families have begun purchasing properties in new communities, officials say. In Khan Younis, a project is under way on a 517,000 square-meter site which will include apartment….

Minister: 9,200 Palestinian pilgrims in Mecca
10/25/2011 – MECCA (Ma’an) — Some 9,200 Palestinian pilgrims from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have arrived in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage, the Palestinian Authority’s religious affairs minister said Tuesday. Mahmoud Habbash told reporters in Mecca that the ministry was able to successfully take the pilgrimage for the third year under….

Israeli cartoonists on Turkey, prisoner swap
10/26/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli newspapers and television programming are lately focused on the prisoner exchange with Hamas and Turkey’s earthquake, particularly its initial refusal to accept assistance. In one, a Turkish man injured in the earthquake says to a dying man: “If the rescuer is an Israeli, you should refuse….

NTC officials: Gadhafi and son buried at dawn
10/26/2011 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — Moammar Gadhafi and his son Motassim were buried at dawn on Tuesday in an unknown location, ending a wrangle over the bodies.” Gadhafi and the son, Motassim, were buried at dawn in a secret place with proper respects paid. We will release more details officially later,” a senior interim government official told Reuters….

Watchdog: 7 security agents dead in Syria convoy attack
10/26/2011 – NICOSIA (AFP) — Seven security agents were killed in an attack on their convoy in northwest Syria on Tuesday, apparently carried out by army deserters, a rights group said, while three civilians reportedly died in the protest-swept country.” Armed men, suspected deserters, attacked a security forces convoy at the entrance to Maaret al-Noman town in Idlib….

Fuel depot blast ‘kills 100’ in Libya’s Sirte
10/25/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — A fuel tank exploded in Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown Sirte killing more than 100 people less than a week after the deposed despot was captured and killed there, a military commander said on Tuesday.” There was an enormous explosion and a huge fire. More than 100 people were killed and 50 others….

In photos: Turkey earthquake death toll rises to 366
10/25/2011 – Reuters – The death toll in an earthquake which shook southeast Turkey on Sunday has risen to 366, with 1,301 people injured, the Disaster and Emergency Administration said in a statement on Tuesday. It said 2,262 buildings collapsed in the quake, which struck Van province in Turkey’s Kurdish heartland on Sunday afternoon with a….

5 civilians killed in Yemen protests
10/25/2011 – SANAA (AFP) — Five civilians were killed on Tuesday in violence and protests in Yemen’s capital and second largest city, as calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down continued despite a harsh government crackdown. In Sanaa, government troops opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters killing one person and wounding at….

Tough post-revolution reality for NGOs in Egypt
10/25/2011 – CAIRO (IRIN) — Egyptian NGOs hoping for greater freedoms and more space to operate after the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s government say they have encountered just the opposite: an unprecedented clampdown by the post-revolution military rulers.” Following Egypt’s historic protests calling for basic political freedoms, it is deeply disturbing that the Egyptian….

US, Egypt discuss ways to expand trade
10/25/2011 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States is eager to expand trade with Egyptto help the world’s most populous Arab country complete its transition to democracy, a top US trade official said Monday.” The United States greatly values its economic relationship with Egypt, which is a key strategic partner,” Deputy US trade representative Miriam Sapiro….

15 dead as Yemen truce fails, Saleh says ready to go
10/25/2011 – SANAA (AFP) — A truce between government and dissident forces collapsed as soon as it was announced, with at least 15 killed on Tuesday, as Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told the US he is prepared to step down. The State Department said Saleh told the US ambassador in Sanaa that he is committed to a….

Diplomats: Russia, China pressuring IAEA on Iran
10/25/2011 – VIENNA (AFP) — Russia and China are urging the UN atomic agency to soften or even not issue an eagerly awaited report detailing Iran’s suspected efforts to develop nuclear weapons, diplomats told AFP on Tuesday.” It does seem like the Russians and Chinese are pressuring the (International Atomic Energy Agency) to refrain from reporting….

Palestine Note

Shalit deal presents Israel with opportunity in Gaza
Palestine Note 25 Oct 2011 – Head of Gisha sees a chance for Netanyahu to end blockade and still claim political victory Sari Bashi, Foreign Policy – On the morning of June 25, 2006, I called an Israeli television reporter to suggest a story about students…

U.S. Looks Increasingly Irrelevant as Mideast Peace Broker
Palestine Note 25 Oct 2011 – While a growing number of influential voices here and in the region insist that the nearly 20-year, U.S.-sponsored “peace process” has reached its terminal phase, the administration of President Barack Obama remains committed to reviving direct negotiations between Israel and…

Aljazeera

Jordan’s king appoints reform-minded cabinet
AlJazeera 25 Oct 2011 – Cabinet approves deal to obtain release of US-Israeli man held by Egypt since June on suspicion of espionage.

Israel to free 25 Egyptians in prisoner swap
AlJazeera 25 Oct 2011 – Sporadic violence continues after President Ali Abdullah Saleh agrees halt to fighting with breakaway general.

Explosions and gunfire shake Yemen truce, Explosions and gunfire shake Yemen truce
AlJazeera 25 Oct 2011 – Journalist with London-based broadcaster tells of arrest and interrogation last week while on assignment in Damascus.

Palestine News Network

House Demolished, Trees Uprooted in Anata
PNN – PNN On Tuesday, Israeli forces demolished a 120-square foot house in the village of Anata, northeast of Jerusalem, as well as uprooted trees and removed barbed wires placed on village land. A…

Jerusalem Municipality: al-Aqsa Moroccan Gate Bridge Will Be Destroyed in 30 Days
PNN – PNNA spokesman for the Jerusalem municipality announced on Tuesday that the bridge to the Moroccan Gate, one of the entrances to the Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary, must be collapsed or burned…

Nimr Hamad: Lieberman Has a “Thuggish, Animal Mentality”
PNN – PNNNimr Hamad, the political adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks from a “thuggish mentality.” The comment comes as a response to Lieberman’s statement that…

For Palestinians on Pilgrimage to Mecca, Permits Are Not Guaranteed
PNN – by Ansar AtmayzehAhmed Hamamreh, deported in 2002 after the siege of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, has not seen his mother in nine years. This year, they had planned a memorable reunion…

Palestinian Authority, Irish Government Sign 1.5 Million Euro Agreement
PNN – PNNOn Monday, PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad signed a 1.5 million euro donation agreement with the Irish government, represented by James Carroll, head of the Representative Office of Ireland in Palestine. The…

Israel Arrests 10 Overnight, PA Sentences Nablus Man for Collaboration
PNN – PNNIn a series of overnight raids throughout the West Bank, Israeli soldiers arrested 10 people, according to the Palestinian government news wire Wafa. Meanwhile in the northern West Bank city of Nablus,…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Receives Delegation from the French Association of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Harvesting olives as a statement of resistance
10/25/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 24 October 2011, The Electronic Intifada, Ben Lorber – Palestinian villages across the West Bank are undertaking their annual olive harvest this October, amid fears of harassment and violence from Israeli settlers andsoldiers. While the Palestinian olive harvest is a tradition that stretches back countless generations, the phenomenon of settler violence during the olive harvest is….

Alternative Information Center

Latin America Promotes Independence for Region, Palestine
Alternative Information Center – The landslide electoral victory of Argentinean President Cristina Fern?°ndez on Sunday (23 October) was undoubtedly based on her government¬¥s domestic achievements and politics. Yet the record number of votes (nearly 54 percent) and a majority in…

The 1% Demands: Occupy Palestine, Free Wall Street
Alternative Information Center – As pro-Palestinian discourse begins to be heard in the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement, right-wing organizations and individuals in the US, including the Republican National Committee and the Emergency Committee for Israel, have denounced the protests…

The National

Graft threatens gains of the Arab Spring
The National 25 Oct 2011 – Changing the culture of petty bribery and corruption that besets much of the Arab world could be even more challenging than toppling three dictators.

Saudi Arabia bids a final farewell to the kingdom’s ‘Sultan of Good’
The National 25 Oct 2011 – The Crown prince was laid to rest beside other late ruling family members.

Qaddafi and son ‘buried in secret desert location’
The National 24 Oct 2011 – With the decay of the body forcing the NTC leadership’s hand, it appeared to have decided that an anonymous grave would at least ensure the plot did not become a shrine.

Ha’aretz

Palestinians: Lieberman’s remarks are an explicit threat on Abbas’ life
Ha’aretz – PA letter to PM Netanyahu demands Israel apologizes after FM says Palestinian President should be ‘removed immediately,’ calling him ‘greatest obstacle’ to Mideast peace.

Turkey requests aid from Israel for first time since struck by devastating earthquake
Ha’aretz – Israel to send portable structures to serve as temporary housing for those who lost their homes in the 7.2 magnitude quake; Turkey turned down Israeli aid twice before.

Palestinian bid for statehood faces rocky road as new UN Security council members announced
Ha’aretz – Azerbaijan joins Morocco, Pakistan, Guatemala, and Togo as non-permanent members, in what is shaping to be a more U.S.-friendly UNSC.

EU chides Lieberman over call for Palestinian President Abbas to resign
Ha’aretz – European Union’s Catherine Ashton says Foreign Minister’s remarks ‘not helpful’; U.S. urges Palestinians, Israel to commit to Quartet peace plan.

IDF should do more to stop right-wing extremists in West Bank, top officer says
Ha’aretz – Outgoing West Bank commander Nitzan Alon says military must tackle ‘price tag’ attacks ‘more efficiently’; Alon has been target of intimidation campaign by settler groups.

Israel’s annual security exhibition returns to Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – The Israel Defense Exhibition expects some 150 exhibitors and roughly 8,000 guests from 70 countries at this year’s event to provide at glimpse of the latest defense-related products.

Israel approves prisoner swap deal with Egypt to free Ilan Grapel
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cabinet unanimously supports agreement; 25 Egyptian prisoners to be exchanged for suspected Israeli spy.

Palestinian membership bid overshadows UNESCO conference
Ha’aretz – Application for UNESCO membership approved by executive board October 5, vote on issue expected at conference in coming days; U.S may withdraw all funding of UNESCO if bid approved.

Israel Police raid Jerusalem buildings suspected of housing Hamas activity
Ha’aretz – Police raid two buildings in Dahiyat al-Barid in north Jerusalem, where Hamas allegedly operates, and another in Shuafat neighborhood in East Jerusalem where PFLP operatives suspected of gathering.

Peres: Fayyad and Abbas are serious leaders who want peace
Ha’aretz – President says leaders are working to prevent violence in the region; comments come a day after FM Lieberman call Abbas ‘biggest obstacle’ to regional order.

Israel cabinet set to approve Grapel prisoner exchange deal
Ha’aretz – News comes after Israeli negotiation team updates suspected Israeli spy on his upcoming release from Egyptian prison, where he has been held since June 12.

Israel social justice leaders: Netanyahu’s time is running out
Ha’aretz – Comments come in the run-up to Saturday’s social justice protest which is set to open with a march from Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard to Rabin Square, where speeches will be delivered, alongside a slew of performances.

Turks: Erdogan would rather aid Palestinians than own quake-stricken people
Ha’aretz – Complaining of poor government coordination in wake of massive earthquake, Turkish homeless families scramble for tents after enduring two nights of biting cold.

Focus U.S.A. / ADL bid for U.S. bipartisan support for Israel faces staunch resistance
Ha’aretz – Anti-Defamation League chief Abraham H. Foxman under fire for releasing ‘National Pledge for Unity on Israel,’ meant to avoid Israel becoming a debate point in the road to the 2012 presidential elections.

U.S. unveils Arlington memorial for Jewish military chaplains
Ha’aretz – Memorial in national cemetery near Washington D.C. commemorates 14 Rabbis who died in the line of duty; DNC chairperson: Next generations will learn story of Jewish chaplains.

Amnesty: Syria regime using torture in hospitals to repress opposition
Ha’aretz – Report claims President Bashar Assad’s regime has ‘turned hospitals and medical staff into instruments of repression’; claims abuse taking place in at least 4 government hospitals.

Hundreds of Tunisians protest over alleged fraud in first Arab Spring election
Ha’aretz – Protesters say Islamist Ennahda party used fraud to gain votes in election on Sunday; unofficial results indicate Ennahda won biggest share of votes.

Ahmadinejad: With Gadhafi gone, West set to plunder Libya
Ha’aretz – Iranian President says Western countries supported Gadhafi when it suited them but bombed the Libyan leader when he no longer served their purpose.

Texas showdown: Former exec accuses Isramco Inc. of fraud, ‘countless failures’
Ha’aretz – Isramco Inc. shares are traded on Nasdaq at a company value of $196 million; it owns about 1,500 oil wells in the United States, mostly in Texas and New Mexico.

Osem bows to protest, agrees to lower prices of 35 products
Ha’aretz – Other Osem Group companies will also lower some prices, including those of Tivall’s vegetarian corn products and Tzabar hummus and tehina in 500 gram containers.

Households losing NIS 2 billion a year on deposits at banks Hapoalim, Leumi
Ha’aretz – Clients could get better interest rates by venturing outside the two giants.

Jerusalem Post

Gush Etzion council leader recommended as new INPA head
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Environmental Protection Ministry committee unanimously recommends Shaul Goldstein to head Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

Border cop gets 7.5 years for West Bank checkpoint bribes
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Atta Marai allowed Palestinian trucks to pass through crossings without security examinations.

Activists demand reinstatement of J’lem councilwoman Azaria
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Yerushalmim faction member was expelled from coalition for petitioning High Court against municipality on gender separation.

J’lem again vows to demolish temporary Mughrabi Gate bridge
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Structure leading to the Temple Mount is dangerous, says the Jerusalem city engineer.

‘Ilan Grapel incident is unlikely to become a trend’
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – “Visits by Israeli citizens to an Arab country were dangerous acts before the Grapel and Schalit affairs,” counter-terror expert Boaz Ganor says.

Peretz: Free Barghouti to help the Palestinian Authority
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – “In the current reality, it’s important that the gov’t make an effort to the Palestinian Authority over Hamas,” Peretz tells the ‘Post.’

US Jewish groups split over pledge for unity on Israel
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Pledge, which says “US-Israel friendship should never be used as political wedge issue,” comes just before one-year countdown to elections.

Jewish candidate in Tunisia finds victory in defeat
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Restaurant owner turned politician says he achieved his goal by showing that non-Muslims can take part in the nation’s first democratic elections.

‘44% of Italians have negative views of Jews’
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Study finds varying degrees of hostility toward Jews, ranging from traditional stereotypes to “pure anti-Semites.”

Education Ministry hosts virtual classroom on Dead Sea
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – PM: Becoming one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” will bring crucial tourism.

US dismantles last of powerful nuclear bombs
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Energy official: 10,000 pound B53 bomb developed in another time for a different world, world is a safer place with its dismantlement.

Yalla Peace: Celebrating freedom… together
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – The real fight in Israel and Palestine is between extremists and moderates. I know the majority of Palestinians and Israelis are moderates.

Terra Incognita: Robert Ford’s heroic diplomacy
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – US envoy to Syria’s personal investigation of abuses and his shows of support for protestors is a welcome sign.

In My Own Write: Case of the killer buildings
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – God forbid that apathy should cost us dear.

The Mughrabi Bridge must be built
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – It is time to put an end to this sad affair, which has been blown beyond all proportion. The temporary bridge leading to the Temple Mount must be replaced with a permanent one.

Democracy in Tunisia
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – It would be a tragedy if the democratic process ended up bringing to power an Islamist party that uses its mandate to roll back reforms.

Russia says UN Iran report to strain nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – IAEA expected to release strongly worded document spelling out why it voiced concern that Iran may be seeking to build an atom bomb.

Turkey says ‘yes’ to Israeli earthquake aid offer
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Defense Ministry to send plane carrying 7 mobile homes to quake-devastated province, more aid to follow; foreign ministry source warns move won’t necessarily ease diplomatic tensions between countries.

Poll: Arab support for Assad at historic low
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Arab American Institute Foundation survey finds that Arabs do not support US intervention in Syria, despite disillusionment with Assad.

High Court gives residents deadline for negotiations
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Doctors had petitioned against a National Labor Court ruling annulling their resignations and ordering them to return to work.

Syrian army deserters kill 7 troops in revolt
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Attack comes day ahead of Arab League visit which aims to open dialogue between President Bashar Assad and his opponents.

IDF Central Command chief issues warning over far-right
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Maj.-Gen. Mizrahi condemns hostility toward outgoing Judea and Samaria Division commander Brig.-Gen. Alon for clearing illegal outposts.

Sights and Insights: A Noteworthy Hill Nobody Notices
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – The physical symbol of God’s presence in Israel rested for about a century on a hill that thousands drive by every day.

Egypt’s heavy burden of bread
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Subsidies on bread, rice, sugar, cooking oil and fuel waste food, cost government dearly, but are politically untouchable.

Mass social justice protest to hit streets after hiatus
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – For first time in nearly two months, social justice movement calls for protests across country; Leef says she’ll “fight with all her might.”

Security Cabinet approves Grapel prisoner swap
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Israel to exchange 25 Egyptian prisoners for Israeli-US citizen detained in Cairo on espionage charges; US helps broker negotiations.

High Court debates doctors’ petition for resignations
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Five doctors try to overturn court ruling that resignations are collective therefore illegal, invalid; group argues that it’s “modern day slavery.”

Ahmadinejad says West set to plunder Libya’s oil wealth
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Western countries attacked Gadaffi when he was no longer of use to them in order to exploit country’s oil reserves, Iranian president says.

Police grill Likud’s Kara over claim of sexual harassment
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – Likud MK denies allegations involving PMO employee, says he doesn’t have contact with female workers, claims are “political assassination.”

Tel Aviv: Protest leaders call for ‘national strike’
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2011 – At press conference, Daphne Leef announces renewed protests, to be followed by day of across-the-board strikes.

The Guardian

Gilad Shalit has been brought home to an Israel that has no plan for peace | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian 25 Oct 2011 – Binyamin Netanyahu’s words ring hollow with Palestinians, whose outward-facing strategy has problems of its own The posters are still up, showing the face of Gilad Shalit, the boy soldier freed last week after five years hidden…

Uruknet

NYT Whitewash Of Gaddhafi Killing And Other Libya Issues
Uruknet October 25, 2011 – …Meanwhile, as anticipated, the situation in Libya is getting worse. The revolutionaries are now doing away with their pro-western attitude, the “western” face Mahmoud Jibril resigned, and start to show their real face: In his landmark speech on Sunday announcing the liberation of the country from the rule of Col Muammer Gaddafi, Libya’s provisional…

‘Kill Gaddafi’ Video Game Created by Company Linked to Defense Department
Uruknet October 25, 2011 – If photos and videos of Muammar Gaddafi’s death at the hands of rebels have not shown enough blood and carnage, a new video game developed by a reality game company that has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense will allow kids to relive the capture and murder of the ousted Libyan dictator over…

After Qaddafi, Tripoli is a violent city of armed fiefdoms
Uruknet October 25, 2011 – After not hearing from her brother Mahmoud for several hours earlier this week, Amal Ali Ibrahim dialled his mobile phone number in dread. He had gone to Tripoli’s Gargour neighbourhood to help his brother Ibrahim. There was word of a turf war between forces of the interim government and members of a civilian militia…

Archaeologists protest removal of Muslim graves
Uruknet October 25, 2011 — The “surreptitious and unscientific” removal of hundreds of bodies from ancient Muslim graves in Jerusalem violates international and Israeli law, a group of archaeologists warned Friday. Some 84 archaeologists and and professors of archaeology from universities and research centers around the world signed a letter appealing to Jerusalem’s mayor, the Israeli Antiquities Authority and…

The BBC: NATO’s media partner-in-crime
Uruknet October 25, 2011 – Well they’ve finally silenced Muammar Gaddafi, the man the BBC calls “an oddball until the end”. The manner of his capture and death seems not to bother the BBC but then who cares about oddballs’ The video, with commentary by the BBC’s chief foreign correspondent propagandist for NATO John Simpson, “looks back at the…

The Negev’s Hot Wind Blowing
Uruknet October 25, 2011 – Over the past 15 months the dusty plains of the northern Negev desert in Israel have been witness to a ritual of destruction, part of a police operation known as Hot Wind. On 29 occasions since June 2010, hundreds of Israeli paramilitary officers have made the pilgrimage over a dirt track near the city…

Fuel depot blast in Libya’s Sirte kills 100
Uruknet October 25, 2011 – A fuel tank exploded in Sirte killing more than 100 people less than a week after Col Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed there….The accidental explosion happened as a crowd of people waited near the fuel tank to fill up their cars. “We are still unable to put out the fire,” said Mohammed, adding…

Professor Cole gloats over Gaddafi’s murder
Uruknet October 25, 2011 – The eight-month US-NATO war against Libya, culminating in the barbaric siege of the Mediterranean coastal city of Sirte and the hideous lynching of the country’s deposed ruler, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has been backed from its outset by a number of political parties around the world that call themselves “left” and an upper-middle-class socio-political milieu…

Israeli Troops Fire Into Palestinian Funeral, Injuring Four
Uruknet October 24, 2011 – On Saturday, a funeral procession in the Palestinian village of Dhaher al-Malih received a violent response from Israeli soldiers stationed at a gate in the Annexation Wall. Several soldiers fired toward the mourners, injuring four- including three sons of the deceased. According to local sources, the mourners were heading from the town of Dhaher…

Gaddafi Assassinated by US-NATO Lynch Mob Seif al-Islam, loyalists vow to continue resistance against imperialist occupation
Uruknet October 24, 2011 -…The “No Fly Zone” was a pretext for total war against the state of Libya. A naval blockade was imposed by the NATO countries, over $US120 billion in foreign assets belonging to the government were frozen, the NTC rebels were armed, financed, promoted politically and given military cover by the U.S.-NATO countries and their allies…

Military Resistance: 9J15 Genocide
Uruknet October 24, 2011 – The American Assassination Drones are the piranhas of the U.S. Empire. They are the Charles Manson weapons that will spell doom for America. You reap what you sow. You murder when you launch “The Reaper.” America is experiencing moral starvation. The Pentagon has lost its mind. America is dancing with evil….

Israeli Settlement Construction Jeopardizes Palestinian Statehood Plans
Uruknet October 24, 2011 – Palestinians want and deserve long denied full UN de jure membership and official statehood recognition, including all rights granted other members. On September 23, Abbas formally petitioned the Security Council. Normally it reviews applications for a maximum 35 days. Whether or not America vetos Palestine’s bid is irrelevant. It solely recommends. Only the General…

Syria News – October 24, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Syria: the number of martyrs, whose names are documented, reached 19 today. 13 of them in Homs including a child, and 6 in Idlib including 2 women… Damascus: Daria: Security forces today handed over the body of the martyr activist Taleb AlSamra to his family after he died during the brutal torture he suffered… Homs: Martyrdom of Fathi…

Iraq snapshot – October 24, 2011
Uruknet October 24, 2011 – October 24, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, spinning and lying as well with many ‘news’ outlets providing fictions, yeah, we’re back to ‘withdrawal,’ and more…These are questions the US press should be pursuing but notice that the bulk of them are too busy selling the lies of “ALL” US troops out of Iraq and “…

Prisoners in Libya languish without charge
Uruknet October 24, 2011 – Nearly 7,000 prisoners of war are packed into dingy, makeshift jails around Libya, where they have languished for weeks without charges and have faced abuse and even torture, according to human rights groups and interviews with the detainees…. Mona Rishmawi, a senior U.N. human rights official, said after visiting Libya this month that up…

Daily Star

Ministry denies Hezbollah set up network in Tarshish
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 The Ministry of Telecommunications denied Tuesday that Hezbollah has installed a private telecommunications network in the Baabda town of Tarshish in a statement it issued and carried by the National News Agency.

Charbel urges dialogue over Lassa dispute
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Tuesday that land disputes in Lassa would not turn violent and called on all sides to hold a meeting and solve the dispute through dialogue.

Qabbani hospitalized ahead of spinal surgery
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani will undergo spinal surgery later this week…

U.S. urges Lebanon for second day in row to pay its share to STL
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 The United States urged Lebanon for the second day in a row Tuesday to honor its international obligations, including the funding of a U.N.-backed court probing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Electoral districts and PR voting at the forefront in Lebanon
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Single non-transferable voting or Orthodox Gathering? First-past-the-post or proportional representation? Winner takes all or one man one vote?

EU sanctions possible if STL dues not paid
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 European Union Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst hinted Tuesday that Europe might impose sanctions on Lebanon in the event that the government fails to pay its dues to a divisive U.N.-backed court…

Tribunal appoints 4 lawyers to represent accused at hearing
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 The United Nations-backed investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has appointed four lawyers…

March 14 blasts Hezbollah over STL
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 The opposition March 14 parties Tuesday blasted Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s rejection of the funding of a U.N.-backed court…

Boycott Israel group seeks help after businessman sues for concert losses
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 A group that is being sued by Lebanese businessman Jihad Murr for holding a boycott in 2010 against a concert he organized called Tuesday for Arab civil society organizations to pressure him to drop the lawsuits.

Shiite delegation heads to Vatican for peace prayer
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 A delegation headed by Lebanon’s Grand Shiite Jaafarite Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Qabalan left for the Vatican Tuesday.

Tawheed Party wants U.S. ambassador expelled
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 The Arab Tawheed Party, led by former Cabinet Minister Wiam Wahhab, called on Lebanon Tuesday to expel U.S. Ambassador Maura Connelly.

Education Ministry launches heritage course
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 The Education Ministry launched Tuesday a course on heritage that aims to introduce students to local and global heritages, the National News Agency reported.

LU professors vow not to work unless demands met
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 The president of the League of Lebanese University Professors provided an update on the latest developments on the professors’ strike at a news conference Tuesday, vowing that they won’t return to work until their demands are…

Media professionals warn against Internet censorship
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Although Lebanon is often celebrated among Arab nations for its protection of freedom of expression, media watchdogs and professionals are warning that media of all forms and particularly online media are increasingly coming under attack.

Citizens with disabilities long for independence
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 In recent months, the ministries of health and social affairs have been renewing their calls to implement the disability rights law of 2000, which is designed to improve the lives of those with disabilities.

Gadhafi and son Motassim buried in secret desert location
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Moammar Gadhafi and his son Motassim were buried in a secret desert location Tuesday, five days after the deposed Libyan leader was captured, killed and put on grisly public display.

Ennahda looks to build a coalition following victory
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party prepared for coalition talks Tuesday as early results showed it dominating the Arab Spring’s first free elections.

Saudi Arabia lays Crown Prince Sultan to rest in Riyadh
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 World leaders, both friends and foes, poured into Riyadh to offer condolences on the death of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz, who was buried Tuesday in a somber ceremony in the presence of Saudi King…

Once a dissident, Tunisia’s Ghannouchi now a kingmaker
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Rached Ghannouchi, whose Islamist Ennahda party dominated Tunisia’s first free elections, is a former radical preacher with a new moderate face – once persecuted but now Tunisia’s kingmaker.

Syrian opposition calls for international monitors
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 A key Syrian opposition group called Tuesday for international monitors ahead of a visit to Damascus by senior Arab officials probing ways to start dialogue and calm the 7-month-old uprising against the regime.

Somali president’s call to halt advance casts doubt on allegiances
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 American and European officials Tuesday joined some Somali residents in expressing dismay over comments from Somalia’s president that called on foreign military allies to stop twin advances against Islamic insurgents.

15 dead as Yemen truce collapses immediately
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 A truce reached by Yemen’s government and dissidents, who have been locked in bloody battles for weeks, collapsed as soon as it was announced Tuesday with fresh fighting rocking the capital.

Peres backs Abbas on Lieberman comments
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Israeli President Shimon Peres came to the defense of Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday after Israel’s far-right foreign minister called the Palestinian president an obstacle to peace.

Baby found alive in Turkish quake rubble
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 A 2-week-old baby girl, her mother and grandmother were pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building in a dramatic rescue Tuesday, 48 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled some 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey.

Iraq rounds up Baathists ahead of U.S troop withdrawal
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Iraq has arrested at least 240 former members of Saddam Hussein’s banned Baath Party and ex-military officers over what some senior officials described as a plot to seize power after U.S. troops withdraw at year’s end.

Rights group: Egypt military may have covered up Christian deaths
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 An international rights group warned Tuesday that Egypt’s ruling generals may try to cover up the circumstances surrounding the killings of more than 20 Coptic Christian demonstrators when the military broke up their protest by force…

Turkey denies reports its army crossed border into Iraq
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq overnight and about 500 soldiers have crossed the border, military and security sources told Reuters Tuesday, in an escalation of hostilities.

Desperate in hiding, Gadhafi believed people still loved him
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s all-powerful leader for four decades, spent his final weeks shuttling from hideout to hideout in his hometown of Sirte, alternating between rage and despair as his regime crumbled around him, said a regime…

Weapons lying around unsecured in Libya: HRW
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Large numbers of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles that could down commercial airliners, are still strewn around unguarded in Libya more than two months after Moammar Gadhafi was toppled in a civil war, Human Rights Watch said…

Lebanese delgation in Riyadh pays respects over death of crown prince
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrived in Riyadh Tuesday along with a ministerial delegation for the funeral of the late Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel-Aziz who died Sunday morning in the United States, where he was…

Grand Mufti admitted to hospital for health reasons
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani was admitted to a hospital in Beirut Tuesday due to a medical emergency.

Patients tortured in Syrian hospitals: Amnesty
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Patients in Syrian state hospitals are subjected to torture and mistreatment as part of the government’s crackdown on dissent, while medics are also being targeted, Amnesty International says.

Lawyer: Canadian among Bahrain unrest convictions
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 A defense lawyer in Bahrain says 13 people, including a Kuwaiti-born Canadian, have been sentenced to jail terms for links to anti-government protests and unrest in the Gulf kingdom.

Miracle baby, mother and grandmother rescued from Turkey quake
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Two-week-old baby girl pulled alive from rubble of an apartment building followed shortly by her mother and grandmother.

Yemen calls ceasefire after 5 civilians killed
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Yemeni government and a dissident general sign ceasefire hours after five civilians including a child were killed in crossfire between state troops and opposition fighters in the city of Taiz.

Ten wounded in Ain al-Hilweh blast: officials
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Palestinian officials put the wounded toll at ten from Monday’s explosion in a vegetable market in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.

7 security agents dead in Syria convoy attack: watchdog
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Seven security agents killed in an attack on their road convoy in northwest Syria, apparently carried out by army deserters, rights group says.

U.S. official in surprise visit to Beirut
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jacob Walles meets with Prime Minister Najib Mikati Tuesday morning.

EDL staff give Mikati 9 days to meet demands
Daily Star 25 Oct 2011 Electricity Du Liban workers suspend planned strike, giving the Lebanese government nine days to meet their demand to amend the pay scale.

YNet News

Cabinet approves Grapel deal
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – Political-Security Cabinet unanimously approves release of 25 Egyptian prisoners….

Saudi cleric: Kidnap soldier – get $100,000
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – Famous Muslim cleric Dr. Awad al-Qarni offers reward in response to similar cash….

Social activists gear up for mass rally
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – Protest leaders prepare for demonstrations on Saturday across Israel, turning up….

IDF to revisit abduction prevention protocol
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – Army to discuss ‘Hannibal Protocol’ which stipulates kidnappings of living….

Libyan official: Gaddafi buried at dawn
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – Deposed leader buried at secret location along with son Muatassim and a top….

UNESCO to recognize Palestine?
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization set to vote on….

First image of Grapel in Egypt jail emerges
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – MK Israel Hasson, Attorney Yitzhak Molcho visit dual US-Israeli national Ilan….

Diplomats: Turkey disaster won’t boost relations
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – Former ambassadors to Turkey reacted Tuesday to Ankara’s request for aid from Israel following the devestating earthquake that hit Turkey’s eastern region, saying: “Like … ….

Teens: Don’t exchange terrorists for our freedom
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – A week after Gilad Shalit’s return from captivity, dozens of spirited teens signed a petition opposing the release of terrorists – even in the event that they themselves … ….

Turkey asks Israel for aid
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – Crisis Diplomacy? Turkey has requested Israel for assistence, two days after a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the eastern part of the country, Ynet has learned … ….

Jewish groups: Don’t slam Obama over Israel
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – WASHINGTON – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), two of the most prominent Jewish-American organizations in the United States, on … ….

Grapel Deal: Drug dealers and infiltrators
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – The Israeli Prison Service has published an online list of 25 inmates expected to be free from jail in exchange for the release of US-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel … ….

Officials: Turkish quake toll reaches 432
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – Officials say the death toll in the powerful earthquake that hit eastern Turkey is now 432. The prime minister’s office on Tuesday also said 1,352 people were injured … ….

‘Price tag amounts to terrorism’
YNet News, 25 Oct 2011 – GOC Central Command Major-General Avi Mizrahi praised the outgoing Judea and Samaria Division commander, Brigadier-General Nitzan Alon, and slammed the right-wing … ….

Palestinian Information Center

Resheq denies Hamas wants to move from Damascus
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq denied what reported by Debka website about his Movement’s intention to change its headquarters in Damascus and move to another country.

Aruri: Israel’s exile of prisoners strategic mistake
PIC – Senior Hamas official in charge of the prisoners’ file Saleh Al-Aruri said Israel makes a strategic mistake when it exiles Palestinian prisoners from their occupied homeland.

IOF artillery blasts southern Gaza
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened artillery fire at southern Gaza Strip at a late hour on Monday night targeting the vicinity of the Gaza international airport to the east of Rafah city.

Israel plans building 4000 new housing units south of occupied Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli government has recently endorsed the building of a new Jewish suburb south of occupied Jerusalem that envisages the construction of 4000 housing units, Hebrew press reported on Monday.

Egypt to release Israeli spy in return for freedom of 25 jailed Egyptians
PIC – Israel officially announced that an agreement was reached with Egypt by which Cairo would release the suspected spy Ilan Grapel in return for the freedom of 25 Egyptians held in Israeli jails.

Israeli intelligence kidnaps 7 family members of detained Jerusalemite MP
PIC – Israeli occupation forces and intelligence agents broke into the home of detained Jerusalemite MP Ahmed Attoun in Sur Baher village and took away seven of his relatives including two brothers.

Mishaal arrives in Riyadh to participate in Saudi crown prince funeral
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, the supreme leader of Hamas, arrived in the Saudi capital on Tuesday to take part in the funeral procession of Crown prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz.

Eshel’s captives await a reply
PIC – The PPS on Tuesday said that most of the captives in Eshel who suspended their hunger strike, especially those affiliated with the PFLP, were returned to the prison wards.

Zionist plan to isolate the village of Eksa to the north of Jerusalem
PIC – Hebrew media sources revealed a plan to isolate the village of Eksa to the north west of occupied Jerusalem to separate it from the nearby Ramot settlement in the city.

WAFA

Al-Malki:Lieberman’s Declarations against Abbas Reflect Bandits Mindset
WAFA

Fatah Rejects any Solution Not Based on Settlement Freeze
WAFA

EUPOL COPPS: Palestinian Civil Police Participate in Study Trip to Cyprus
WAFA

An-Najah, Arizona Universities Sign Cooperation Agreement
WAFA

Representative Office of India to PA Celebrates ITEC Day in Ramallah
WAFA

Prisoner’s Club Mourns Death of Prisoners’ Father
WAFA

Israeli Municipality to Demolish Dung Gate Bridge
WAFA

Saudi Aid Convoy to Gaza Strip this Week
WAFA

Qatar Urges UN to Uphold its Responsibilities Toward Palestinian Bid
WAFA

Palestine to Head Arab Woman Organization Meeting
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

Gaddafi Dead: What Next?
Intifada-Palestine: 25 Oct 2011 – Dr. Ismail Salami The report that the evasive Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has died as a result of the wounds he sustained during a NATO attack has flung the Libyans into a jubilant frenzy while it has provoked mixed reactions… more

Shalit Got Off Lightly
Intifada-Palestine: 25 Oct 2011 – Considering a Palestinian kid throwing stones gets imprisonment and mashed testicles‚Ķ Standing his ground against evil invaders like Shalit – if caught this youngster can expect imprisonment and mashed testicles Photo: Musa Al-Shaer While the whole world, it seemed, was in… more

Los Angeles Times

Moammar Kadafi buried in secret grave
LA Times 25 Oct 2011 – The bodies of the former Libyan leader, son Mutassim and a former military aide were taken from the city of Misurata and interred at an undisclosed site, Libyan officials confirm. The macabre and divisive drama over the decomposing remains of Moammar Kadafi appears to have…

New York Times

Iraq Archive Reveals Saddam Hussein’s Conspiratorial Mind-Set
New York Times 25 Oct 2011 – The material depicts a leader who harbored grand ambitions for his country but was prone to epic miscalculations.

Syrian Opposition Calls for Protection from Crackdown
New York Times 25 Oct 2011 – A Syrian opposition group called on Tuesday for international protection from the government’s military crackdown on protesters.

The Circus Comes to Baghdad
New York Times 25 Oct 2011 – Promises of tigers and a massive snake aside did not come to fruition, but cotton candy and sword swallowing are still drawing crowds.

Yemen Fighting Intensifies as Cease-Fire Is Called
New York Times 25 Oct 2011 – Explosions boomed across the capital city of Sana as mostly peaceful antigovernment protests continued.

U.S. Says Parts Smuggled to Iran, Some for I.E.D.’s in Iraq
New York Times 25 Oct 2011 – Five suspects were charged with shipping Minnesota-made components, some found in unexploded bombs in Iraq, through Singapore.

New Arrests and Interrogations in Iran Fraud Case
New York Times 25 Oct 2011 – The top prosecutor says 67 people have been interrogated, 31 have been arrested, and the main suspect, hiding in Canada, may be sought for extradition through an Interpol warrant.

Misc

Obama announces US troop withdrawal from Iraq
WSWS – The announced withdrawal of US troops is not a victory for “peace,” but a redeployment of American forces to new war zones.

Testimony of an Israeli activist who was robbed and beaten by settlers while attempting to assist the olive harvest
Mondoweiss – This is a testimony of A’, a 61 year old peace activist, who was beaten badly with clubs on his head and entire body by Jewish settlers during an olive harvest in the Palestinian village of Jalud; his ribs and several fingers were broken, and his…

Jalud: Another Day, Another Pogrom
Tikun Olam – The High Holiday liturgy includes a moving prayer called Eyleh Ezkerah (“These I will remember”), which portrays the martyrdom of rabbis at the hands of the Romans in their struggle to suppress the practice of Judaism during Jewish revolts against Roman rule. The hooded face of…

Comrades in Cairo send solidarity, and advice, to Occupy Wall Street
Mondoweiss – To all those in the United States currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in sol¬?i¬?dar¬?ity. Having received so much advice from you about tran¬?si¬?tion¬?ing to democracy, we thought it’s our turn to pass on some advice. (Photo: Nick…

Israeli effort to remove Bedouins from East Jerusalem is part of the plan to make two states impossible
Mondoweiss – The Israeli Civil Administration (ICA), which is in charge of all civil operations in the West Bank (though in practice routinely blurs the line between civil and military), “‚Ķis committed to removing allBedouinsfrom the West Bank”, and plan to start with the Jerusalem periphery. Forced deportation,…

Bad Elliott
Mondoweiss – Putting the controversy over his wife Rachel Abrams’s writing firmly behind him, Elliott Abrams has a sober post up at the Council on Foreign Relations about how the Obama is coming to the Bush position on settlements 3 years too late. Well, call me seduced— by…

DAM is touring the US – and needs your help to finish their 2nd album
Mondoweiss – http://www.arabamerica.com/ http://www.artwithimpact.org/ http://www.artwithimpact.org/ link to oia.pdx.edu http://www.ticketalternative. link to www.ticketweb.com Mali Huriye is my favorite song from DAM ‘s 2006 album Dedication (lyrics here ). DAM is a Palestinian hip hop group from Lyd, and they’re currently trying to raise money to finish their second album. From…

New Israel Fund Honors ‘New Generation’ of Israeli Social Justice Activists, No Arabs Need Apply
Tikun Olam – The New Israel Fund will hold its annual young leaders fundraising event in New York on November 2nd. Here is how the website describes the goal of the event and NIF in general: A new generation of voices is speaking up for social justice and equality…

IAI UAVs sabotaged in Turkey
Neged Neshek – Saboteurs cut cables in Turkish Heron UAVs bought from Israel Aerosapce Industries. The sabotage occurred just before a Turkish attack on a Kurdish base in Kurdistan. An investigation is under way. All I can say is, kol hakavod!

Rafael’s Spike in Indian missile tender
Neged Neshek – The Indian Army is soon to conduct field trials for an anti-armor missile for its Advanced Light Helicopters. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Spike is one of the finalists in the tender. Spike models have already been sold to Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Poland, Singapore, South…

Misc 2

Besieged Gaza paid the price for the release of the prisoners
Sabbah report 25 Oct 2011 – The inhumane blockade was endured in order to gain freedom for the Palestinian prisoners released as part of the exchange deal. It was besieged Gaza which liberated our prisoners, not the largesse of the Israeli government.

Israeli military covers up evidence showing Eilat attack was not carried out by Palestinians
Sabbah report 25 Oct 2011 – Israeli military investigation revealing that the attack was carried out by Egyptians, not Palestinians, has been ’embargoed’ by the military.

Israel’s Gilad Shalit got off lightly
Sabbah report 25 Oct 2011 – Stuart Littlewood views the hypocrisy of Western civic leaders who are falling over one another honouring Gilad Shalit‚Äã for “sitting behind his armour plate picking out soft targets among the women and children packed into the Gaza Strip” while ignoring the vilest crimes committed by Israel…

Gaddafi ‘buried in Libya desert’
BBC 25 Oct 2011 – The bodies of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son and defence minister were buried in a secret location in the desert at dawn, officials say.

Libya fuel tank blast ‘kills 50’
BBC 25 Oct 2011 – An explosion at a fuel tank in the Libyan city of Sirte leaves at least 50 dead and many injured, officials and local residents say.

The Land Exchange Project
Middle East Monitor 25 Oct 2011 – Zionist political thought continues to propose projects based on the eradication of the Palestinians as a people or, at the very least, their marginalisation inside the state of Israel. So-called ‘population transfer’ is a fundamental and unequivocally non-negotiable principle of political Zionism. It has been used…

Israeli Supreme Court overturns deportation order
Middle East Monitor 25 Oct 2011 – Israel’s Supreme Court has told the Minister of the Interior that it is minded to overturn the deportation order he issued on June 30 against Jerusalemite members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a former minister. The minister has 90 days in which to respond to…

Prisoners released by Israel “refused to pledge not to return to resistance operations”
Middle East Monitor 25 Oct 2011 – An Israeli newspaper has claimed that most of the Palestinian prisoners freed in the exchange deal between Hamas and Israel refused to pledge never to return to the resistance operations. According to the Hebrew-language Maariv, because some of the prisoners were serving sentences classed as active…

Turkey declines Israeli earthquake aid
Middle East Monitor 25 Oct 2011 – The Turkish government has declined an offer of help from Israel following the devastating earthquake in the east of the country. Israel made its offer of help on Sunday after more than 200 people were known to have been killed by the quake and hundreds more…

AAI Releases Dramatic New Poll on Syria and the Assad Regime
Arab American Institute 25 Oct 2011 – This morning, AAI released a new poll on Arab attitudes towards Syria, comprised of data from six Arab nations and over four thousand respondents. AAI President Jim Zogby began the release by recalling a 2008 poll AAI had conducted in the Arab world for the BBC….

Ethiopia: Migrants Flock to the Middle East With Meagre Preparations
allAfrica.com 25 Oct 2011 – As making a living and supporting one’s self and family becomes more and more challenging in Ethiopia, women go to great measures seeking employment abroad. Without any knowledge of the country, women, fearing the alternative, are confident and eager to be domestic workers in places like…

Nigeria: Arms Import – Judge Adopts Secret Trial for Iranian, Nigerian Suspects
allAfrica.com 25 Oct 2011 – Trial resumed, Monday, behind closed doors in the case against an Iranian, Azim Aghajani, and a Nigerian, Alli Abass Jega, accused of importing arms illegally into Nigeria from Republic of Iran.

Articles


Archaeologists protest removal of Muslim graves
Ma’an News Agency10/25/2011
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The “surreptitious and unscientific” removal of hundreds of bodies from ancient Muslim graves in Jerusalem violates international and Israeli law, a group of archaeologists warned Friday.
Some 84 archaeologists and and professors of archaeology from universities and research centers around the world signed a letter appealing to Jerusalem’s mayor, the Israeli Antiquities Authority and the Simon Wiesenthal Center to abandon plans to build a Museum of Tolerance on the historic Mamilla cemetery.
The cemetery is the burial ground of thousands of Muslim leaders, Sufi saints and Jerusalem families dating back to at least the 12th century. It is said to have been in use as early as the seventh century, when the companions of the Prophet Muhammad were reputedly buried.
In 1948, when Israel took control of the cemetery, the Israeli Religious Affairs Ministry recognized Mamilla “to be one of the most prominent Muslim cemeteries, where seventy thousand Muslim warriors of armies are interred along with many Muslim scholars. Israel will always know to protect and respect this site.”
Pointing to the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s work to preserve Jewish cemeteries around the world, the archeologists appealed to the center to show tolerance by respecting the dead and “ceasing construction on the burial grounds of generations of Jerusalem’s Muslim population.”
Hundreds of bodies have already been removed, and the archaeologists said pictures showed bones “haphazardly placed in cardboard boxes” revealing an “utter disregard for these human remains.” more.. e-mail

The Prisoners Deal: A Rare Diplomatic Opportunity
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global10/24/2011
PORTLAND, Oregon — The prisoners exchange that Hamas and Israel concluded this week could be a potential historic turning point in an otherwise moribund “peace process” where no noteworthy breakthrough has occurred in the past nearly 20 years of American-mediated, and therefore mostly Israeli-defined, talks. The prisoners exchange is significant for showing that the most implacable and violent enemies are able to negotiate and reach agreement, when both sides obtain gains that are sufficiently important for them to be able then to make concessions on issues of equal importance to the other side. This deal builds on previous Hamas-Israel cease fire agreements. It shows that leaders on both sides can actually lead their people, go against skeptical public opinion, and consummate a deal. Finally, it shows that both leaderships win serious new public acclaim and political strength from their agreement, which only strengthens their legitimacy, paving the way — potentially — for other agreements that can achieve meaningful gains for both sides.
After the exchange, mass celebrations took place in Gaza and the West Bank, and 79 percent of Israelis approved the agreement (according to Yedioth Ahronot). Israeli and Palestinian politicians who savor this moment should seriously consider ways to build on their breakthrough for further mutually meaningful gains. They should do so because of the enormous contrast between this breakthrough and the genuine popular acclaim, even jubilation, it generated on both sides, and the hopeless approach of the American-Israeli-directed Quartet’s attempt to resume direct negotiations between Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas. Even the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, said in Washington this week that the Quartet attempts to push for parallel talks with both sides is “meaningless,” given the newly announced Jerusalem settlement of Givat Hamatos and the helplessness of the Palestinians to freeze such colonization.
If Israel is able to negotiate indirectly with Hamas and reach a deal that pleases both sides, why does the Quartet continue to succumb to the American refusal to engage Hamas diplomatically?…. more.. e-mail

Shalit deal presents Israel with opportunity in Gaza
Sari Bashi, Foreign Policy, Palestine Note10/25/2011
On the morning of June 25, 2006, I called an Israeli television reporter to suggest a story about students from Gaza enrolled in an occupational therapy degree program but unable to access their studies, due to an Israeli-imposed ban on travel from Gaza to the West Bank. Something was going on in Gaza — excited radio announcers reported, every 15 minutes, “exchanges of fire” — but the military censor had not yet allowed details to be released.
“I empathize with your students, but it will be a long time before anyone will be open to hearing about them,” said the reporter. It was, of course, the morning that the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Palestinian militants from Gaza, and for the past five years, his captivity has overwhelmed discussion of Israel’s policy toward Gaza, especially its restrictions on movement of goods and people.
With last week’s release of Shalit, together with more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, the residents of Israel and Gaza have an opportunity for liberation, too — from a policy of closure that has stifled normal life in Gaza and isolated Israel, leaving it vulnerable at a critical time of regional volatility.
The closure of Gaza did not originate with Shalit’s captivity, but in its wake, Israel limited travel to the most extreme humanitarian cases. In June 2007, with the takeover of Gaza’s internal control by the Hamas regime, Israel restricted movement of goods to a minimum, too. The results were predictable: Unable to bring in raw materials or export finished goods, a majority of Gaza’s factories shut down. Unemployment and poverty rose, as did dependence on international and Islamic charity. — See also: Source more.. e-mail

Gaddafi: British Media Revels in Blood Lust
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Oct 2011 – By Nathaniel Mehr – London If the violent nature of Col. Gaddafi’s grisly demise was depressingly predictable, there was, similarly, a sense of numbing inevitability about the triumphalism with which British mainstream media reported, and reflected upon, the news of his ill-treatment and summary execution. The very same editors and journalists who had condemned, in the most unequivocal language, the savagery of the London rioters back in August, were now positively revelling in the utter barbarism with which the deposed despot was done away with. That they purported to be doing so on behalf of victims of Gaddafi’s terror is a conceit that strains credulity – the Libyan people have never been anything other than so many Arabs to the writers of The Sun or, for that matter, the more respectable broadsheets. The thing was perhaps best summed up by one anxious caller to London’s LBC radio station on Friday,…more

Iraq War Declared Over, but War Party Persists
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Oct 2011 – By Ramzy Baroud In a White House Statement on October 21, US President Barack Obama pledged that his country would finally withdraw forces from Iraq. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” he said. Providing some context to Obama’s announcement, a CBSNews.com report published on the same day stated, “The war in Iraq has meant the death of more than 4,400 U.S. troops and come at a cost of more than $700 billion.” The US media is now failing to process any facts aside from the losses suffered by the US, who wrought war and destruction on a country in urgent need of peace and humanitarian assistance. For over a decade prior to the war, Iraq was reeling under US-led UN sanctions, which left the country’s infrastructure in a state of near collapse. In her introduction to Ramsey Clark’s important book, The Impact of Sanctions on…more

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