VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 October, 2011: King Abdullah: “Netanyahu Seeks The Collapse of The Kingdom of Jordan”

27 October 2011 — VTJP

International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Court Renews Solitary Confinement Of Saadat For Additional Year
IMEMC – The Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Ad-Dameer, stated that the Israeli District Court in Be’er Shiva ordered a one year extension of the solitary confinement of the detained Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ahmad Saadat. …

King Abdullah: “Netanyahu Seeks The Collapse of The Kingdom”
IMEMC – Media sources reported that King Abdullah of Jordan stated that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is seeking the collapse of the Hashemite Kingdom by transforming it into an alternative country for the Palestinians. …

Troops Kidnap Three Residents In Beit Ummar
IMEMC – The Israeli military invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the village of Beit Ummar, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped three Palestinian youth. …

Army Airstrike Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli Air Force bombarded, Thursday, four areas in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip; no injuries were reported. The Attack came after a Grad missile was fired into an area close to Ashdod. …

Army Vehicle Hits Roadside Bomb Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported on Wednesday evening that an Israeli military vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, near the Efrat settlement, south of Bethlehem. Damage was reported, no injuries. …

Child Suffers Quadriplegia After Being Shot In The Neck
IMEMC – Head of the neurological department at the Al Maqassed Hospital, in East Jerusalem, Prof. Sami Hussein, stated that surgeons operated on Aseel Ara’ra, 4, following a gunshot injury to the neck, and that she is currently at the Intensive Care Unit. He added that Aseel’s injury caused Quadriplegia. …

Fateh official: Israeli threats to assassinate Abbas are serious
IMEMC – Faisal Abu Shahala, a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fatah, issued an appeal on Wednesday to the international community to end what he termed Israeli terrorism. He described recent Israeli threats to assassinate the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, as very serious, adding that such threats are a form of terrorism against the Palestinian people, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an, reported on Wednesday. …

Israeli Army invades three towns, abducts one Palestinian from Jenin
IMEMC – The Israeli army detained a resident from the refugee Camp of Jenin after breaking into his house on Wednesday at dawn, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an reported. …

Palestinian negotiator tells Quartet: Peace Talks can start when Israel ends settlement expansion
IMEMC – The International Quartet for Mideast Peace, made up of representatives from the US, EU, Russia and Great Britain, held separate meetings on Wednesday with Palestinian and Israeli officials in an attempt to re-start peace talks, which have been stalled for over a year since Israeli government officials refused to end expansion of Israeli settlement colonies on Palestinian land. …

Ma’an News

Home near Nablus ‘firebombed by settlers’
10/28/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A family in Nablus says Israeli settlers blew up a room in their home and firebombed their jeep early Thursday. Shaheer Hanini, 40, told Ma’an the family was woken by two blasts at their home in Beit Furik at around 2 a. m. They found a room at the….

Group: Israel resumes isolation of PFLP leader
10/27/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association said Thursday that an Israeli court in Beersheva decided to extend the isolation of Popular Front secretary-general Ahmad Saadat for a year. The association added that the court ruled on secret documents that were presented by the Shin Beit which were released on….

Israeli warplanes raid Gaza Strip
10/27/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli war planes launched four airstrikes in central and southern Gaza early Thursday morning, witnesses and the army said. No injuries were reported. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli fighter jets shelled three open areas and a site used by Hamas’ armed wing the al-Qassam Brigades in Khan….

Police: Settlers uproot olive trees in Jerusalem
10/27/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers uprooted some 20 olive trees in southern Jerusalem, police said Thursday. Luba al-Samri, police representative for Arabic media, said the settlers uprooted 20 trees in the Beit Safafa area of Jerusalem. Al-Samri told Ma’an the settlers left a banner with “price tag” written on it. Israeli police….

Medics: Palestinian injured east of Rafah
10/27/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A medical official said a Palestinian man sustained injuries Thursday east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, while Israel’s army denied involvement. Medical spokesman in Gaza Adham Abu Salmiya said a 32-year-old identified only as MA suffered an injury to his left hand after Israeli forces….

Ex-army official: Egypt to receive jets in swap
10/28/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A former Egyptian major general and military expert says the deal to release suspected Israeli spy Ilan Grapel was less about prisoners and more about agreements between America and Cairo. Sameh el-Yazal said Egypt asked the Americans to include Israel in the deal “as a third party” in order to….

BDS claims victory after Alstom project derails
10/27/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement has declared victory against the Alstom group after it lost a nearly $10-billion bid for part of a railway project in Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, authorities announced that several Spanish companies beat the French rival to the contract, which will build a high-speed railway….

Russian aid convoy arrives in Gaza
10/27/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An aid convoy from Muslims in Russia arrived on Thursday evening in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing, said Ashraq Qudra, a spokesman for the health ministry in Gaza. Qudra said the convoy of medical aid was accompanied by three women. The shipment arrived in cooperation with the….

MADA: Israel extends journalist’s detention without trial
10/27/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel on Wednesday extended the imprisonment of a journalist who has not been charged or tried for any offense, a press freedom watchdog said. Israeli forces detained Nawaf al-Amer, a program coordinator for Quds satellite TV station, in June from his home near Nablus in the northern West Bank. On Wednesday….

Jordan king: We are Israel’s last ally in region
10/27/2011 – WASHINGTON (Ma’an) — Jordan’s King Abdullah on Tuesday said his kingdom was Israel’s last ally in the region and warned that Egypt may dissolve its peace treaty with Tel Aviv.” We are actually the last man standing with our relationship with Israel,” the king told The Washington Post, pointing to….

Report: Israeli spy suspect arrives at Egypt-Israel border
10/27/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — US-Israeli national Ilan Grapel, who has been held in Egypt on espionage charges, has arrived at the Taba border with Israel ahead of a prisoner swap that would see 25 Egyptians freed, state TV said. Israeli security sources told AFP they have no information about him being taken to the border and are…. Related: Egyptians wait at border for Israel prisoner swap and Egyptians cross home, Israeli leaves Egypt

Egyptians cross home, Israeli leaves Egypt
10/27/2011 – TABA, Egypt (Reuters) — Egyptians crossed the border home on Thursday and some bowed down in prayer during a prisoner exchange involving an American-Israeli man who Egypt charged with spying and who was on his way by plane to Tel Aviv. Israel agreed to swap 25 jailed Egyptians for Ilan Grapel, 27, who was detained in…. Related: Report: Israeli spy suspect arrives at Egypt-Israel border and Israeli released by Egypt en route to Israel

Israeli released by Egypt en route to Israel
10/27/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Egypt released American-Israeli Ilan Grapel on Thursday in exchange for 25 Egyptians jailed in Israel, said an Israeli official.” We have received him,” Israeli legislator Yisrael Hasson, who was sent to Egypt with another official to bring Grapel to Israel, said on Israel Radio from Cairo. Grapel was expected to meet Israeli Prime…. Related: Egyptians cross home, Israeli leaves Egypt and Report: Israeli spy suspect arrives at Egypt-Israel border

Analysis: Quartet on mission impossible in Mideast logjam
10/27/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — World powers trying to revive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians may be flogging a dead horse and their repeated failure is eroding what credibility they have left as mediators. Some political analysts argue it is now time for them to scale back their ambitions. With faint hope of a deal, would-be peacemakers….

Israeli army major ‘sold heroin’ on border
10/27/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The Israeli army has indicted an officer who holds the rank of major after he was found to have sold large amounts of heroin while on duty, news reports said. The Israeli news site Ynet said the officer, from the army’s Operations Directorate, is suspected of heading….

Abbas says to discuss PA fate with Hamas
10/27/2011 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas plans to discuss the fate of the Palestinian Authority with his rivals Hamas next month, raising questions over its future with the peace process at a dead end. The remarks make clear Abbas is seriously mulling the future of the PA, which was set up as a state-in-waiting 17 years….

Egyptians wait at border for Israel prisoner swap
10/27/2011 – TABA, Egypt (Reuters) — Egyptians gathered at the border with Israel on Thursday awaiting the handover of prisoners to be exchanged for an American-Israeli man held by Egypt and accused of spying. Israel will swap 25 jailed Egyptians for Ilan Grapel, 27, who was detained in Egypt in June on accusations he was out to recruit…. Related: Report: Israeli spy suspect arrives at Egypt-Israel border

Former Shin Bet chief: Prisoner swaps bad for Israel
10/27/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s former Shin Bet security agency chief Yuval Diskin has expressed reservations over continued prisoner exchange deals, reports in Israeli media said Thursday. Diskin said “these deals, one after the other, from Rabin to Sharon, are not good for the State of Israel; whether or not they….

Natsheh: PA determined to fight corruption
10/28/2011 – RABAT, Morocco (Ma’an) — Rafiq Natsheh, who heads the anti-corruption authority, affirmed Thursday that the Palestinian Authority was determined to continue its fight against corruption. Addressing the fourth session of a UN convention on battling corruption, Natsheh said the PA recognized the importance of regional and international cooperation to enforce the convention. The PA….

Report: Israel soldier suffers accidental gunshot
10/27/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier shot himself in the stomach in an accident Thursday, news reports said. He was taken to Kiryat Shmona hospital for treatment, the Ynet news site said….

Turk quake survivors desperate for tents as cold descends
10/28/2011 – ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) — Survivors of a deadly earthquake in southeast Turkey scrambled for tents on Thursday, fearful that more people would die from exposure to plunging temperatures four days after the tremor killed at least 481. Some quake victims have blamed the ruling AK party for a slow response and accused officials of handing aid….

Arab Spring activists win Sakharov prize
10/27/2011 – STRASBOURG (AFP) — Five Arab Spring activists have won the European parliament’s Sakharov prize awarded to campaigners for freedom, a parliamentary source said Thursday. The laureats are Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia, awarded posthumously, Egyptian Asmaa Mahfouz, Libyan dissident Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed al-Sanusi, Syrian lawyer Razan Zeitouneh and Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat, the source added….

Signs of a faltering economy in Syria
10/27/2011 – BEIRUT (IRIN) — Mufid’s small manufacturing business in a poor neighborhood on the edge of Aleppo, Syria’s commercial capital, used to run on trust because he would receive goods and pay later — a system of trading that locals call “khamisat.” Derived from the Arabic word for Thursday, khamisat meant Mufid would only….


Yemeni women burn veils in crackdown protest
AlJazeera 27 Oct 2011 – Hundreds hold a symbolic veil-burning protest in capital Sanaa as at least 20 are reported dead in overnight violence.

Egyptian policemen jailed over activist death
AlJazeera 27 Oct 2011 –

Arab Spring activists win human rights award
AlJazeera 27 Oct 2011 – Activists, including Tunisian fruit seller whose death sparked uprisings, awarded European parliament’s Sakharov Prize.

Israel frees Egyptians in ‘spy’-swap deal
AlJazeera 27 Oct 2011 –

Palestine News Network

In South Hebron Hills, Even Sheep Are Not Safe from Settlers
PNN – by Juwaid al-Tamimi (Wafa)The villages of al-Litwani and al-Jawaya, in the south Hebron hills, are suffering from settler attacks and even the sheep are not spared. Settlers from the illegal outposts of…

Despite American Opposition, Palestine “Will Be a Member” in UNESCO
PNN – PNNOn Tuesday Yahya Yekhlef, head of the Palestinian delegation to 36th General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), confirmed that the majority of the UNESCO member states…

Airstrikes in Gaza Destroy Shipping Container, Two Fishermen Arrested
PNN – PNNIsraeli military aircraft attacked Gaza in the early hours of Thursday morning, targeting a number of locations including a shipping container belonging to a fisherman in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza…

PNN Hosts Delegation from Washington Diplomat News Magazine
PNN – PNNOn Tuesday, the Palestine News Network (PNN) hosted a media delegation from the American news magazine the Washington Diplomat, well known in economic and political fields. Editor-in-chief Victor Shibli and managing editor…

After Roadside Bomb Explodes near Bethlehem, Israeli Raids al-Khader Village
PNN – PNNIsraeli forces raided the village of al-Khader, west of Bethlehem, on Wednesday night after a roadside bomb exploded near an Israeli military vehicle. No injuries were reported by the Israeli army and…

Settlers Kill Sheep, Set Fire to Beit Furik Home, Army Raids Balata Camp and Arrest 4 in Hebron
PNN – PNNOn Wednesday and Thursday, two separate settler attacks throughout the West Bank led to property damage and panic. On Wednesday, west of Hebron, settlers killed 10 sheep belonging to villagers of al-Litwani…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR’s Deputy Director for Program Affairs Meets with the British Consul General and Vice Consul (Political)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli Troops storm into a civilian Refugee Camp
27 Oct 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli forces Thursday raided Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the northern West Bank, according to the camp services committee.

Israel Bombs Gaza again
27 Oct 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli warplanes fired several missiles at three different locations in Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, early Thursday shattering a relative calm that has prevailed throughout the Gaza Strip for two months, according to witnesses.


Grapel to Netanyahu: I underwent difficult times in Egyptian prison, but was treated fairly
Ha’aretz – American-Israeli citizen jailed in Cairo on suspicion of espionage meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; PM thanks U.S. and Egypt governments for efforts to secure his release.

Abbas to discuss fate of PA with Hamas next month
Ha’aretz – The PA was set up as a state-in-waiting 17 years ago, but is now seen by critics as compromised body that eases the burden of occupation for Israel.

Palestinians file complaint with UN Security Council over Lieberman ‘incitement’
Ha’aretz – PA says Israel’s Foreign Minister’s remarks calling President Abbas the ‘biggest obstacle’ to peace constitute a clear threat against his life.

Suspected right-wing extremists uproot 20 olive trees belonging to Jerusalem Arab family
Ha’aretz – Unknown vandals post sign saying ‘Price tag’ at family’s lot in Beit Safafa; attack follows spike in violence by right-wing extremists against Arabs and IDF soldiers

Egyptians react with mixed feeling to prisoner swap with Israel
Ha’aretz – Families rejoice at prisoners’ return, but lament that dozens of Egyptians remain incarcerated in Israel.

Ilan Grapel lands in Israel after 25 Egyptian prisoners released
Ha’aretz – All 25 freed prisoners were imprisoned on criminal charges, mostly drug-related; Israel says security prisoners were not included in the deal.

Turkey: Israel earthquake aid won’t ease diplomatic tension
Ha’aretz – Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoƒülu says Israeli shipment of prefabricated houses to quake-stricken area do not change Ankara’s ‘principled’ demands from Israeli government.

U.K. court upholds ban against Islamic leader in Israel, Sheikh Ra’ad Salah
Ha’aretz – Salah appealed against June decision to ban him from U.K., but immigration tribunal rules he is likely to incite hatred and should not be allowed in Britain.

U.S. warns Israel: New Jerusalem construction will aid Palestinian bid at UN
Ha’aretz – Interior Minister Yishai rebuffs request to halt plan to approve 1,100 homes in the neighborhood of Gilo, says construction in the capital has never stopped and will not stop now.

Peres sends Sarkozy and Bruni gift for their newborn baby
Ha’aretz – In letter, President congratulates French counterpart, wife Carla Bruni for birth of daughter Giulia; gift is baby suit that says: ‘I’m a Princess’ in Hebrew.

Israel moves Egyptian prisoners toward border, as Grapel swap deal begins
Ha’aretz – Israel Prison Service convoy to hand over 25 Egyptian inmates through the Taba boder crossing in exchange for the suspected Israeli spy.

Israel rejects Palestinian lawsuit over IDF missile that struck family home
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem court calls incident, in which missile killed 2 Gaza family members during 2006 hit operation, legitimate act of war, orders family to pay NIS25,000 in legal fees.

Gaza rocket attack shows Israel must stand firm following Shalit deal, MKs say
Ha’aretz – Israel must deal with heads of ‘Hamas snake,’ Likud MK says; MK Eldad: It is clear that IDF was in over its head when it said it could contain Shalit deal fallout.

Jordan’s Abdullah: Egypt could break its peace treaty with Israel
Ha’aretz – In interview with Washington Post, King says Jordan is effectively ‘the last man standing’ with Israel ties in Mideast, saying the Arab Spring is a ‘disaster’ for Israel.

IDF strikes four Gaza sites after rocket hits Israel
Ha’aretz – Strikes come hours after grad rocket explodes near Ashdod; sirens went off in Rehovot, Rishon Letzion and other cities in the area.

Israeli professor faces criminal charges over Facebook status
Ha’aretz – Dr. Eyal Nir, a lecturer at Ben- Gurion University in Be’er Sheva under investigation after calls on world to ‘break necks of right-wing activists’.

State rejects Israeli medical residents’ bid for talks without preconditions
Ha’aretz – Medical residents proposed return to talks if August deal scrapped; states claims proposal ignores earlier High Court request to focus talks on residents only.

Jewish spiritual guru backs Israel social protests, activists say
Ha’aretz – Social protest leaders say Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto called on his community to join the rally on Saturday night; Pinto’s inner circle denies this.

Hamas boosting anti-aircraft arsenal with looted Libyan missiles
Ha’aretz – Anti-aircraft missiles smuggled into Gaza at Iran’s initiative, but fall of Muammar Gadhafi regime provided Hamas with higher quality missiles; rocket hits south Israel Wednesday night after period of relative calm.

Syria forces crackdown on flashpoint Homs, say activists
Ha’aretz – President Assad’s forces kill 19 in one day in Homs, according to Syria activists; crackdown comes day after Arab League meeting with Assad in Damascus urges an end to violence.

UN to end mandate for NATO military operations in Libya
Ha’aretz – United Nations authorization to lapse on October 31; Libya interim government asks UN council not to end NATO mandate yet.

Tunisia’s secular women fret erosion of freedoms with rise of Islamism
Ha’aretz – Secular, urban, middle-class women fear Tunisia might face the fate of Iran and Algeria, after Sunday’s election handed power to Ennahda ‚Äìa moderate Islamist party that was banned under decades of autocratic, secularist rule.

Tel Aviv to double tax on empty apartments
Ha’aretz – Nationwide, municipal taxes to rise 3.1% next year.

Biogen beats Teva in MS drug contest
Ha’aretz – Biogen’s BG-12, which is administered orally, was shown to be more effective than Teva’s drug Copaxone, delivered by injection. It was also more effective than Laquinimod, an oral version of Copaxone that Teva is developing.

Is Israel’s romance with Nasdaq over?
Ha’aretz – China is now the largest foreign presence on the exchange.

Jerusalem Post

Steinitz, Simhon compromise to removal import duties
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – ‘Israel in general, communications industry in particular reaping dividends of investments in education, infrastructure, R&D,’ says Simhon.

Grapel’s parents will ‘be able to finally sleep again’
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Released student’s sister tells ‘Post’ Ilan is strong and his time in the IDF prepared him for anything.

‘Social justice’ to hit the streets Saturday
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – We will demand that the Knesset parliamentarians and the government cancel 2012 budget, launch new social budget through cooperation with public.

Exclusive: US media moguls fight boycott of Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Creative Community For Peace to use personal touch to counteract campaigns that pressure artists to cancel appearances here.

Off the Beaten Track: Hiking the Negev wilderness
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Travel expert Joe Yudin introduces “the road less travelled” as well as some new discoveries at more well-known sites.

Ilan Grapel: I want to thank the Israeli people
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Israeli-US citizen thanks Israeli, US officials for securing release; says he was treated respectfully by Egyptians during 4.5 month detention in Egypt “according to the tenets of their religion.”

Savir’s Corner: There must be another way
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – If the Schalit prisoner deal has taught us one thing, it is that we have to stop being the commentator of the region and the abstract planners of unrealistic policies.

Post Script: No harm in thinking
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – As election time in America draws nearer and the economy becomes more of a heated issue, Israel would do well to remove itself from center stage.

US denies sale of F-16 jet to Egypt in Grapel deal
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Ma’an news agency report: US participated in negotiations, worked to sweeten deal over dual US-Israeli citizen Grapel, held on spying charges.

Former BGU prof. wanted on pedophiliac porn charges
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – FBI lists Tzvi Tzfira as a fugitive after a search of his Michigan home turned up dozens of child pornography photos; suspect denies charges.

PA officials deny rumors of Abbas plan to dismantle PA
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Denial comes in response to Arab media reports claiming PA president to make “surprise announcement” in coming days.

Raed Salah loses appeal against UK deportation
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – UK immigration tribunal concludes that pro-Palestinian activist engaged in “the unacceptable behavior of fostering hatred.”

Israel ready to submit borders proposal to Quartet
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Breaking from previous position, J’lem willing to come forward with comprehensive plan within three months; follows Blair meeting.

Weekly Schmooze: Bibi Bibi-bombs himself
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – A JPost column wrapping up Jewish culture news worldwide: Anthony Weiner is a Halloween hit; “Gossip Girl” does Yom Kippur.

Nayef, probable heir to Saudi throne, is an enigma
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Reputation as reactionary may be misleading, analysts suggest.

Jewish home on the range
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – A once-thriving Jewish community in Basavilbaso, Argentina now has few remaining members but are committed to the cowboy lifestyle while holding on to their faith.

Israel denies US request for settlement freeze
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – US Ambassador tells Yishai freeze will help counter Palestinian UN bid; interior minister: No Israeli gov’t has frozen settlements, nor will we.

Iranian chess master expelled for refusing to play Israeli
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Iranian grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami expelled from Corsica Masters for refusing to play Israeli.

The city council’s communal representatives
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – No fewer than 84,000 residents will be directly affected by the results of the December community council elections, to be held in five neighborhoods.

New ‘scarless’ surgery available for tumor removal
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Natural skull opening below cheekbone and above jawbone provides new route for removing tumors without scarring.

‘US to give Egypt F-16 fighter jet in Grapel deal’
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Ma’an news agency report: US participated in negotiations, worked to sweeten deal over dual US-Israeli citizen Grapel, held on spying charges.

Handouts pose danger to Mideast economies
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – IMF says global slowdown threatens fiscal woes for oil exporters and importers, terms world economy to be in a “dangerous new phase.”

Twenty killed in Syria, Assad meets Arab ministers
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Strikes hit several provinces in protest against crackdown; thousands join state-organized rally in capital for Assad.

Finance chair: Cross-ownership endangers our democracy
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Members of the Knesset Finance Committee spoke in favor of cracking down on cross-ownership of financial and non-financial holdings.

‘Guardian’ columnist apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic slur’
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2011 – Deborah Orr: Hamas-Israel prisoner swap acknowledges acceptance of idea that Israeli life more important than Palestinian.

Israeli programming team to save rural areas from floods
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2011 – Engineers, programmers to solve global water crises by creating mechanism to gather real-time Twitter and Facebook updates during storms.

‘Women feel more anxiety from news reports on terror’
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2011 – Researchers said the reason is gender socialization – women are “taught” to react to terrorism with more anxiety than men.

Plesner criticizes lack of funds for haredi recruitment
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2011 – MK slams government for failing to fulfill commitments to provide NIS 140 million for the recruitment of ultra-Orthodox to the IDF.

Wildlife art exhibit to open at Jerusalem Bird Observatory
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2011 – Beit Yannai artist Walter Ferguson hopes his display will help increase popularity of animal artwork in Israel.

The Guardian

Egypt frees US-Israeli spy suspect in prisoner swap
The Guardian 27 Oct 2011 – US-born Ilan Grapel exchanged for 25 Egyptians, most of them smugglers, held in Israeli jails A US-Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt as a suspected spy has been freed after more than four months in jail, under…

Eyewitness: Nudes float in the Dead Sea
The Guardian 27 Oct 2011 – Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

Inter Press Service

Q&A: Doha Summit to Boost Education on World’s Political Agenda
IPS As digital technology begins to spread across classrooms the world over, the United Nations says the next generation of children will be educated far differently from their counterparts in the past.

Yemeni Women Burn Veils to Protest Killings
IPS Hundreds of Yemeni women have set fire to traditional female veils in protest against the government’s brutal crackdown on the country’s popular uprising, as overnight clashes in the capital and another city killed 25 people, officials said.


Kadhafi family to file NATO war crimes complaint
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – PARIS – Moamer Kadhafi’s family plans to file a war crimes complaint against NATO with the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the alliance’s alleged role in his death, the family’s lawyer said Wednesday. The 69-year-old ex-leader was captured and killed Thursday near the city of Sirte in circumstances that are still unclear, but it…

Immunity and Impunity in Elite America How the Legal System Was Deep-Sixed and Occupy Wall Street Swept the Land
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now? The answer is not obvious. After all, severe income and wealth inequality have long plagued the United States. In fact, it could reasonably be claimed that this form of inequality is part of the design of the…

Fateh official: Israeli threats to assassinate Abbas are serious
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – Faisal Abu Shahala, a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fatah, issued an appeal on Wednesday to the international community to end what he termed Israeli terrorism. He described recent Israeli threats to assassinate the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, as very serious, adding that such threats are a form of terrorism against the Palestinian…

Sadr support “uprooting Baath elements”
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr supported the measures taken by Iraqi minister of higher education to demote some university personnel who were connected with the former Baath Party, as stated by his office. The statement, received by Aswat al-Iraq, confirmed Sadr’s viewpoint to “uproot the Bath party and its members”. The Iraqi Higher Education Ministry…

Uruknet October 26, 2011 – “Iran, which supported the revolt of the Libyan population against Gaddafi (…) welcomed “the victory of the Muslim people of Libya “, saying to hope the establishment of a” religious democracy “in Libya” (AFP / 2011.10.25). How Tehran supported the NTC against Gaddafi, handled the “Islamo-leftists” of the extreme left and infiltrated double agents in the pro-Gaddafi…

Iraq snapshot – October 26, 2011
Uruknet October 26, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri’s rounding up opponents, Gareth Porter embarrasses himself in his rush to glorify Barack, Barack has a ‘senior moment’ on The Tonight Show, Gates gives Bush all the credit, Turkey continues assaulting Iraq, and more…. Turning to the latest crackdown in Iraq, some estimates have 350 Iraqis arrested since Saturday for…

The US departure from Iraq is an illusion
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – Barack Obama has made good on one of his election promises, announcing: “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.” The Iraqis’ assertion of their sovereignty – meaning no legal immunity for US troops – was the deal-breaker, and 39,000 US soldiers will leave Iraq by the end of the year….

Israeli Government funding institutions supporting Jewish terrorism
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – Brigadier General Nitzan Alon, who left the command of the AYOSH (West Bank) Division yesterday, spoke candidly during his replacement ceremony, and called the “price tag” actions by their true name: Jewish terrorism. Alon, who was repeatedly harassed by the settlers, demanded that more be done in the battle against it (Hebrew). One could,…

Trees before humans: Bedouins in the Negev (Part II)
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – When David Ben Gurion, from the southern Kibbutz of Sde Boker, declared: “It is in the Negev that the creativity and pioneer vigor of Israel shall be tested,” the first settlers rose to the challenge and the blooming desert became a post-war reality. Today, driving through southern Israel on the wide motorway that cuts…

US uranium to blame for deformed babies in Fallujah? (video)
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – A London court is set to hear a case involving the alleged use of uranium-enhanced weapons by US-led forces in the deadly 2004 battle for Fallujah. Some say it is the cause of horrific birth defects and congenital diseases in the Iraqi city.¬? A number of reports have been published claiming that the use…

Anger in Egypt as police who killed Khaled Said get seven years
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – Democracy activists have condemned the seven year sentence given to two policemen convicted of beating a young man to death in a case that inspired Egypt’s uprising. The death of Khaled Said has been compared to that of Mohammed Bouazizi, the fruitseller whose self-immolation sparked the Tunisian revolution that began the chain of Arab…

Haitian Suffering Under Imperial Occupation
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – Except briefly after their successful 1804 revolution and under Aristide, Haitians suffered over 500 years of persecution and human misery. It’s ongoing today under America’s imperial boot, UN paramilitary occupation, and stealth Duvalierist Michel (“Sweet Micky”) Martelly’s illegitimate April 2011 election. With longstanding ties to Haitian elites, militarists, reactionary Duvalierists, and his thuggish Tonton…

Qatari premier hails meeting with Assad
Uruknet October 20, 2011 — Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani, who is leading an Arab League delegation to Syria in a mediatory effort to address the volatile situation in Syria, lauded talks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Speaking at a joint news conference with Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid Al-Muallem,…

Diaries: Live from Palestine “I want to hug my son before I die”
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – This account is part of an ongoing series by Shahd Abusalama in Gaza City, who has been reporting on the regular sit-in protests and hunger strikes at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters by family members of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. The prisoners’ families make sure not to miss…

Hundreds of Gaddafi Supporters Killed in New ‘War Crime’
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – More atrocities conducted during the Libyan conflict have emerged as the bodies of 267 people, thought to have been executed, have been discovered in Sirte, a local Libyan newspaper reported. Most of those found dead were supporters of Gaddafi, a Red Cross source told the online Libyan newspaper Qurynanew. The majority of the bodies…

Oakland Police Riot: The Imperial Boardroom Strikes Back
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – I had the honor of talking with Cindy Sheehan tonight, recording an interview for her radio show, which I believe will air on Sunday. She made mention of the “police riot” — as she aptly phrased it — in Oakland Tuesday night, as a Democratic administration moved in with gas and other weapons of…

Sudan armed Libyan rebels, says President Bashir
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says his country gave military support to the Libyan rebels who overthrew Col Muammar Gaddafi. In a speech broadcast live on state television, Mr Bashir said the move was in response to Col Gaddafi’s support for Sudanese rebels three years ago…. “The forces which entered Tripoli, part of their arms…

Revulsion, Resistance and Angry Words from Tripoli University
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – The people I had hoped most to be able to find on returning to Libya were eight students from Fatah University (now renamed Tripoli University) who became my friends during three months in Libya this summer. They had all been strongly opposed to what NATO was doing to their country (NATO bombs destroyed some…

Gaddafi loyalists fight on as Libya tries to unite
Uruknet October 26, 2011 – The war is not yet over for Libya’s new rulers in the desert town of Bani Walid where Gaddafi loyalists vow to fight on for their fallen leader and other residents are angry over violence and looting. Enraged by what they see as acts of retribution by forces loyal to Libya’s new government, tribesmen…

Syria News – October 25, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet October 25, 2011 – ….Homs: Talbisse: Fatima Khaled Aldhuhaik, mother of 5 children and sister of martyr Mohamad Aldhuhaik martyred after suffering serious injury earlier. Her husband Mahmoud Abdulrahman Duhaik has been detained for 3 months now.. Homs: Security forces and shabiha kidnapped Adnan Khabbaz when he was on his way back from Fajr prayer at Wafaai mosque…

Daily Star

Who is Prince Nayef? A Profile
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Interior Minister and now Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz is one of the most powerful players in leading oil exporter Saudi Arabia. Here are some facts about him.

MP Qaderi seeks answers on STL-funding dispute
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Western Bekaa MP Ziad Qaderi sent a letter Thursday to the government through Speaker Nabih Berri containing questions about the divisive issue of funding the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Hariri expresses sorrow for victims of Turkey quake
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Head of the Future Movement bloc Saad Hariri Thursday sent a telegram to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express sorrow for the victims of the recent earthquake in the southeast of the country.

Lady of the Mountain final statement postponed as debate ongoing: organizers
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Christian activists and politicians who participated in last weekend’s Lady of the Mountain gathering have postponed the announcement of its declaration Thursday, pending agreement on the final framework.

Syrian troops plant mines along border with Lebanon: MP
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Syrian troops were seen planting mines along a region bordering northern Lebanon early Thursday in an effort to stem weapons smuggling, according to a local MP and political sources.

Jumblatt to retain PSP leadership, official says
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt will be re-elected to the post during the organization’s general assembly meeting Sunday, after nominations closed with him as the only candidate.

EU keeps up pressure on STL funding
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 The European Union said Thursday it expected Lebanon to provide its share of the funding for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and urged politicians to think about the consequences of defying the international community.

Cabinet to reassess wage increase
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 The Cabinet decided Thursday to reassess a wage increase deal reached earlier this month with labor unions shortly after it was turned down by the Shura Council, which said the deal violated labor laws.

Hazim stresses importance of Orthodox Antioch unity
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim stressed Thursday the significance of unity of the Orthodox Antioch Church in Lebanon, Syria, the Levant and the diaspora in order to confront challenges facing the community.

Security Council votes to end Libya mandate
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to lift their mandate on Libya on Oct. 31…

Lattakia pro-Assad rally draws tens of thousands, security forces kill 9
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Tens of thousands of Syrians held another mass rally Thursday in support of embattled President Bashar Assad…

Ministry: Motorcycle drivers need new licenses
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Motorcycle drivers need to apply for new driver’s licenses beginning in December, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

Rash of auto thefts targets rental car agencies
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Around 30 cars that have been rented out illegally have been stolen in the last three months, according to the police.

Man found electrocuted to death in Barsa
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 A man was found dead apparently from electric shock outside the village of Barsa in Koura and police called on his relatives to identify the body, police said Thursday.

Car thief arrested after police chase in Kafaat
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 A car thief was arrested Thursday after crashing the vehicle he stole into an electricity pole while being chased by the police in the Kafaat area of Beirut’s southern suburbs, police said.

Court sentences 2 men in absentia for collaboration
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 The Military Tribunal sentenced Thursday two men in absentia for collaborating with Israel.

Percussion bomb hurled at home of Future official
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 A percussion bomb exploded outside the house of Future Movement official Fadi Shibli early Thursday morning, damaging several vehicles.

Fayez Karam hospitalized for health complications
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Retired Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam, who was sentenced to two years of hard labor for collaborating with Israel, was rushed to the military hospital Thursday with health complications.

Khoury: Taxes should be based on pollution, not production
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Environment Minister Nazim Khoury, representing President Michel Sleiman at a regional conference on the green economy, said Thursday that taxes should be used as an incentive to reduce pollution levels.

Sidon starts work on public park, sea wall
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Thursday was a day of new beginnings for Sidon, as the foundations were laid for several large-scale projects including its first public park and long-awaited maritime barrier to protect the city from its notorious waste dump.

Mental health disorders not being addressed: health official
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Mental health disorders are a social problem that is not being adequately addressed, a top official from the Health Ministry said Thursday.

Regional activists learn how to avoid big brother
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Cyber activists across the Middle East are taking part in a workshop in Beirut this week to learn about ways to carry out their work without the interference of their governments.

Egyptians cross home in swap with Israeli ‘spy’
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Egyptians crossed the border home Thursday and some bowed down in prayer during a prisoner exchange involving an American-Israeli man whom Egypt charged with spying.

Teenager found alive 4 days after Turkey quake
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Rescuers Thursday pulled a young man alive from the rubble of a collapsed building four days after a powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey Sunday, killing 534 people and leaving thousands of survivors homeless, as heavy rain…

Iran dismisses U.S plans for a virtual embassy
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 U.S. plans to launch a “virtual embassy” for Iran will fail, the speaker of Iran’s parliament said Thursday, according to the website of the state broadcaster IRIB.

International Quartet on mission impossible in Middle East logjam
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 World powers trying to revive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians may be flogging a dead horse and their repeated failure is eroding what credibility they have left as mediators.

Twin bombings kill 18, wound 36 in Baghdad
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 A twin bombing killed 18 people Thursday in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad – the deadliest attack to rock Iraq since President Barack Obama declared the full withdrawal of U.S. forces at the end of the…

Death of 8 Syrians in Yemen military plane crash sparks controversy
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 The Yemeni and Syrian governments said eight Syrian technicians and a Yemeni engineer died Tuesday in a military plane crash in the southern Yemeni governorate of Lahj, according to reports.

Yemeni forces allow first peaceful protest in central Sanaa
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Yemeni security forces heavily deployed in Sanaa allowed a massive anti-regime rally Thursday to cross the capital without intervening, for the first time since January, an AFP correspondent reported.

Al-Shabaab calls for attacks in Kenya
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Somalia’s Al-Shabaab rebels called Thursday for supporters in Kenya to carry out a major strike in retaliation for a 12-day military incursion by east Africa’s powerhouse.

Prince Nayef named as Crown Prince & Deputy Prime Minister
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Prince Nayef has been announced as Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

China opposes foreign interference in Syria: state media
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Thursday held talks with China’s special envoy for the Middle East who reaffirmed his country’s opposition to foreign interference in Syria, the official Syrian news agency said.

Syria cartoonist dedicates award to ‘martyrs of freedom’
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat, who received the Sakharov prize from the European parliament on Thursday, dedicated his award to “martyrs of freedom.”

Fayez Karam rushed to military hospital
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Retired Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam, who was sentenced to two years of hard labor for collaborating with Israel, was rushed to the military hospital Thursday.

Iran confirms Interpol request for US plot suspect: report
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Iran’s foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, has confirmed an Interpol request concerning a suspect wanted over US allegations of an assassination plot, but suggested the name was too common to pinpoint the individual.

Syrian troops plant mines by Lebanon border: local official
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Syrian troops were seen early on Thursday planting mines along a region bordering northern Lebanon.

Assad tells Nasrallah Syria not opposed to STL funding: report
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Syrian President reportedly told Hezbollah leader during a recent meeting that Syria is not opposed to funding for a U.N.-backed tribunal probing the assassination of statesman Rafik Hariri.

Egyptians wait at border for Israel prisoner swap
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Egyptians gather at the border with Israel awaiting the handover of prisoners to be exchanged for an American-Israeli man held by Egypt and accused of spying.

Syrians stage another pro-regime rally
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Tens of thousands of Syrians hold massive rally in support of embattled President Bashar Assad, but the regime’s crackdown on dissent continues in opposition areas as security forces killed at least four people, including a teenager.

Solidere defends telecoms network
Daily Star 27 Oct 2011 Solidere fires back at lawmakers from the Free Patriotic Movement for comparing Hezbollah’s controversial telecoms network with the company’s private Internet service.

YNet News

Ilan Grapel lands in Israel
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – US-Israeli national Ilan Grapel returns home after four months in Cairo’s….

‘IDF major sold 125 kg of heroin’
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Indictment filed against IDF major suspected of heading drug ring. Charges….

Soldier accidentally shot in stomach
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – IDF soldier suffers abdomen injuries due to apparent misfire; airlifted to Safed….

‘Aid won’t change Israel-Turkey relations’
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Jerusalem’s hopes that Israeli aid to earthquake victims would improve tensions….

US: Freeze settlement construction to help hinder PA bid
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tells Interior Minister Eli Yishai about….

UK mulling Raed Salah’s expulsion
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – London’s Immigration Tribunal finds Salah guilty of ‘fostering hatred’ says his….

Jonathan Pollard: Shalit release gives me hope
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Israeli spy serving life sentence in US moved by end of Gilad Shalit’s Hamas….

Report: Grapel deal includes US F-16 sale to Egypt
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Cairo military source says deal brokered to ensure release of Israeli-American….

Mideast envoys make no breakthroughs
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – International mediators fail to make progress in quest to bring Israelis,….

Jordan’s king: Israel-Egypt peace treaty in danger
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – King Abdullah tells Washington Post there is a ‘very strong possibility’ new….

Report: Jerusalem, Cairo to discuss Tarabin deal
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Following successful negotiation of Grapel deal, Jerusalem, Cairo set to discuss….

Intelligence officers meet with Shalit’s parents
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Security officers from the IDF’s Intelligence Corps met with Gilad Shalit’s parents, Aviva and Noam Shalit, in their home on Thursday to discuss their son’s upcoming … ….

J’lem protest: Free Jewish security prisoners
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Some 60 people demonstrated outside the home of Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman Thursday demanding the release of Jewish security prisoners who hurt Arabs. Among the … ….

Grapel: I was treated well in Egypt
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – US-Israeli national Ilan Grapel held a press conference in Jerusalem on Thursday after returning to Israel from Egypt where he was held for four months on espionage … ….

Price tag: 20 olive trees cut down in J’lem
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Some 20 olive trees that belong to a resident of Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhood Beit Safafa were cut down Thursday. A sign printed with the slogan “price tag” was left on … ….

Egyptian general hopes for more deals with Israel
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – South Sinai Governor General Khalid Fuda said at a press conference Thursday “the release of Egyptian prisoners is another victory over Israel like the 1973 October war.” … ….

State: Probe lecturer’s inciting post
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan has asked the police on Thursday to investigate a Ben Gurion University professor due complaints that have been made over an inciting … ….

PA to UN: Lieberman inciting against Abbas
YNet News, 27 Oct 2011 – The Palestinian Authority has submitted an official complaint to the United Nations Security Council following statements made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman … ….

Palestinian Information Center

Aggressive secularism in Tunisia must shut up
PIC – We in occupied Palestine salute the Tunisian people for conducting orderly, democratic and nearly blemish-free elections. Tunisia can be a model to be followed and emulated throughout the Arab world.

Int’l quartet: The PA and Israel will make proposals before initiating talks
PIC – The international quartet said the Palestinian authority and Israel agreed on submitting bilateral proposals regarding borders and lands before engaging in political talks for three months.

Jewish settlers carry out arson attack on house and car east of Nablus
PIC – Jewish settlers savegely attacked the house of a Palestinian citizen located between the villages of Beit Furik and Beit Dajan east of Nablus city and caused material damage to his property.

Sinwar: Gaza security forces smashed Israel’s security theory
PIC – Hamas official Yehya Assenwar hailed the Palestinian interior ministry the Gaza Strip for their contributing role in keeping the whereabouts of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit concealed for years.

Israeli airstrikes on Deir al-Balah and Khan Younis
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have carried out four air raids at an early hour Thursday on unpopulated open areas in Deir Al-Balah and Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip.

Kiryat Arba councilman calls for killing liberated prisoner
PIC – Kiryat Arba councilman Bentzi Goffstein has called for the killing of a liberated Palestinian prisoner in Al-Khalil, who was recently freed in the prisoners?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.

Palestinian shepherd wounded in IOF shooting
PIC – A Palestinian shepherd was wounded on Thursday evening when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at him east of Rafah south of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian baby girl paralyzed in Israeli shooting
PIC – A four-year-old Palestinian girl was paralyzed for life after being hit with an Israeli bullet in her neck on Wednesday.

Israeli navy detains two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza
PIC – Israeli navy forces detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of central Gaza on Thursday morning, the chief of Palestinian fishermen Nizar Ayesh said.


The Children of Shu’fat Camp Rejoice at “Animals” Muppet Show

Airstrikes Shatter Calm in Khan Younis

Israeli Soldiers Raid Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus

Israeli Settlers Set Room, Car on Fire near Nablus

Israeli Forces Declare Area near Bethlehem Closed Military Zone

Erekat says no Agreement Reached on Issue of Security, Borders

Intifada Palestine

Occupy Oakland & Mercenaries of the Oligarchy: The 99% vs. The Iron Heel
Intifada-Palestine: 27 Oct 2011 – Nima Shirazi | Wide Asleep in America “We are in power. Nobody will deny it. By virtue of that power we shall remain in power…We have no words to waste on you. When you reach out your vaunted strong hands for our… more

Has President Obama Become a Joke?
Intifada-Palestine: 27 Oct 2011 – The final troop withdrawal marks a complete defeat for Bush’s Iraq project. The neocons’ grand plan to use the 2003 invasion to turn the country into a secure pro-Western democracy and a garrison for US bases that could put pressure on… more

JONATHAN COOK: The Negev’s Hot Wind Blowing
Intifada-Palestine: 27 Oct 2011 – The Prawer plan, named for Ehud Prawer, the head of planning policy in Netanyahu’s office, is intended as the coup de grace of the Israeli government’s efforts to strip the Bedouin of most of their ancestral lands. by Jonathan Cook Middle… more

Los Angeles Times

In Syria, Arab League holds talks with Assad
LA Times 26 Oct 2011 – The meeting takes place amid reports of a paralyzing general strike by President Bashar Assad’s opponents and 17 more deaths. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Syrians turn out to rally for Assad. An Arab League delegation tasked with helping to end violence in Syria met…

Mideast ‘quartet’ tries new approach with Israel, Palestinians
LA Times 26 Oct 2011 – Envoy Tony Blair says the quartet, frustrated with the peace process, will seek border and security proposals first from Israelis and Palestinians to gauge whether direct talks are feasible. Frustrated in its bid to restart peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, the international group known…

New York Times

Turkey Shelters Anti-Assad Group, the Free Syrian Army
New York Times 27 Oct 2011 – Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey is hosting an armed opposition group waging an insurgency against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

U.N. Votes to End Libya Intervention on Monday
New York Times 27 Oct 2011 – The unanimous vote terminates the basis for the NATO military action against the defeated military of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and lifts other sanctions on the country.

Ilan Grapel, an American-Israeli Held by Egypt, Is Released in Prisoner Exchange
New York Times 27 Oct 2011 – Twenty-five Egyptian prisoners were set free in exchange for the freedom of Ilan Grapel, an American-Israeli dual citizen who was charged with spying in Egypt.

Aid Arriving in Turkey Quake Area
New York Times 27 Oct 2011 – As the death toll in the earthquake in eastern Turkey rose on Thursday, an Israeli cargo plane brought humanitarian aid that Turkish officials at first had declined to accept.

Gaza City Journal: Freed Palestinian Prisoners Adjust to Life as Celebrities
New York Times 27 Oct 2011 – Mohammed Musa Taqatqa, among the first batch of Palestinian prisoners freed in return for an Israeli tank soldier, is trying to adjust to his new life.


AAI delivers ADS drone to US Army
Neged Neshek – Textron subsidiary and U.S. arms firm AAI Corporation recently delivered an Orbiter UAV to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). AAI signed an agreement in 2008 to market Aeronautics Defense Systems UAV models to U.S. buyers. This is the second agreement stemming…

Occupy Oakland calls for general strike on November 2nd after police fracture Iraq War veteran’s skull
Mondoweiss – Amy Goodman reports on Democracy Now ! “thousands of people reclaimed the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall” last night calling for a general strike on the city of Oakland. Violence inflicted on protestors by police Tuesday night resulted in Iraq War Veteran Scott…

Grapel deal includes US F-16 sale to Egypt & Jordan’s King Abdullah reminds us he’s Israel’s only friend in region
Mondoweiss – link to www.haaretz.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.imemc.org link to www.maannews.net link to www.kibush.co.il link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk link to www.maannews.net link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk link to mondoweiss.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.haaretz.com link to us.rd.yahoo.com link…

The pro-Israel lobby courts influential African-Americans
Mondoweiss – Hasbara is the Hebrew word for a particular type of pernicious propaganda first employed by early Zionists leaders to explain the unexplainable actions of the Jewish administration in Palestine. In recent years, hasbara has been disseminated by certain Christian fundamentalists who believe supporting Israel brings…

US handwringing plea to Israel: building settlement units will only help Palestinian statehood bid
Mondoweiss – I think they talk about this kind of scolding/enabling within families in the recovery movement… Unable to veto Israeli plans for anything (though happy to veto Palestinian aspirations), the U.S. has come up with a new formulation to try and beg Israel not to build out…

The lobby rescues its old warhorse from glue factory: Israel is a strategic asset
Mondoweiss – Writes a very smart friend: The book being drumrolled below by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (spun out by AIPAC as a thinktank) will become important. Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union , AIPAC has basically had no good answer to realists, like…

Heron UAV lauded in Canadian press
Neged Neshek – The Calgary Sun recently celebrated Israel Aerospace Industries ‘Heron UAV’s performance in Afghanistan. The NATO-led occupation is now in its eleventh year with no end in sight and the Heron drones have played a major role in the occupation. The model or a variant…

BlueBird in joint UAV project with Russian firm
Neged Neshek – BlueBird Aero Systems is in a joint venture with Russian firm NefteGazoAeroTrans Group to produce a version of the Blueye UAV . Russia is the first customer for the Blueye. The Blueye is on exhibit at the Interpolitex “state security” exhibition in Moscow.

Misc 2

UN votes to end Libya operations
BBC 27 Oct 2011 – The UN Security Council votes to end seven months of international military action in Libya, carried out under a mandate to protect civilians.

Freed Ilan Grapel lands in Israel
BBC 27 Oct 2011 – US-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel, who was detained by Egypt on spying charges, arrives in Israel after being freed as part of a prisoner exchange.

US sees ‘power struggle’ in Iran
BBC 26 Oct 2011 – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells the BBC efforts to reach out to Iran have been hurt by confusion over who is ultimately running the country.

Group: Israel resumes isolation of PFLP leader
Sabr 27 Oct 2011 – Israeli prison guards stand at the entrance to Ketziot prison in southern Israel, ahead of a prisoner swap on Oct. 18. (Reuters/Yehuda Lachiani/Maariv) JERUSALEM ( Ma’an ) — The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association said Thursday that an Israeli court in Beersheva decided to extend the…

MADA: Israel extends journalist’s detention without trial
Sabr 27 Oct 2011 – Journalists light candles to commemorate their colleagues killed in Israel’s last war on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, in Gaza City on Jan. 6 2010. (MaanImages/Wissam Nassar, File) RAMALLAH ( Ma’an ) — Israel on Wednesday extended the imprisonment of a journalist who has not been charged or tried…

Eshel’s captives await a reply
Sabr 26 Oct 2011 – [ 25/10/2011 – 01:27 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )— Palestinian Prisoner Society (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. The PPS’s lawyer who visited the prison…

Egypt releases 6 Palestinians
Sabr 26 Oct 2011 – File photo of the Rafah crossing on the border of Egypt and Gaza. (MaanImages/Hatem Omar) GAZA CITY ( Ma’an ) — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday released six Palestinians who had been detained for illegally entering Egypt without permits. Palestinian sources told Ma’an that six men from Rafah and…

BDS Victory: Alstom loses Saudi Haramain Railway contract worth $10B
Global BDS 27 Oct 2011 – The BDS National Committee (BNC) has declared a long sought-after victory as Alstom lost the bid for the second phase of the Saudi Haramain Railway project, worth $10 billion US dollars, after pressure from the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, including effective campaigning from…

Cambridge University students vote to break contract with Veolia
Global BDS 26 Oct 2011 – 58% of students vote to break contract with company implicated in Israeli human rights abuses Students at Cambridge University in the UK have voted to call on the University to cut ties with a company implicated in Israeli human rights abuses. The vote calls on CUSU (…

New Film Explores the Human Side of the Sheikh Jarrah Protest Movement
Joseph Dana 27 Oct 2011 – The affluent Palestinian East Jerusalemneighborhoodof Sheikh Jarrah has become, in the words of one observer, the new battleground of the Israeli left. By now, most readers of +972 are familiar with the story of struggle and dispossession which has typified the Sheikh Jarrah protest movement. In…

Egypt: Tantawi Takes Part in Saudi Crown Prince Funeral
allAfrica.com 27 Oct 2011 – Filed Marshal and Chief of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces SCAF Hussein Tatnawi arrived on 25 /10/2011 in Riyadh where he attended the funeral of the deceased Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdel Aziz.


Truths, facts and facts on the ground
Joseph Massad, Al Jazeera10/27/2011
Much of the international support that Israel receives is based on several lies it tells and re-tells as “facts”.
In 1991, negotiations started officially and unofficially between the Palestine Liberation Organisation (and the Palestinians associated with it) and the Israeli government. At the time, Israel had occupied the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip for the previous 24 years.
Today, 20 years later, Israel and President Obama insist that the only way to bring about peace, and presumably end the Occupation, is to continue with negotiations. It is unclear if what Obama and Israel are claiming is that Israel needs 24 years of negotiations in order to end its 24-year occupation of Palestinian land, so that by the time the occupation ends, it will have lasted for 48 years.
This of course is the optimistic reading of the Israeli and US positions; the reality of the negotiations and what they aim to achieve, however, is far more insidious.
The negotiations have been based on specific goals to end certain aspects of the Israeli relationship to the Palestinians, namely some of the parts introduced since the 1967 war and the occupation, and the beginning of exclusive Jewish colonial settlement of these territories.But what always remains outside the purview of negotiations is the very core of the Palestinian-Israeli relationship, which the Palestinians are told cannot be part of any negotiations.
These off-limits core issues include what has happened since 1947-1948, including the expulsion of 760,000 Palestinians, the destruction of their cities and towns, the confiscation and destruction of their property, the introduction of discriminatory laws that legalise Jewish racial, colonial and religious privilege and deny Palestinian citizens of Israel equal rights and reject the right of the expelled refugees to return. more.. e-mail

The blinding power of Israel’s closed information environment
Lawrence Davidson, Redress10/27/2011
Lawrence Davidson considers the distorting power of the Zionist thought collective on Israel’s leaders and supporters, which makes them hostile to criticism, even from friendly quarters, and blinds them to impending perils of their own making.
Not too long ago I gave a talk on the Palestinian bid for statehood. In the audience was a Russian-Israeli expatriate who politely took exception to my criticisms of Israeli policies and behaviour. His main point was that I could not credibly criticize the Israelis because I had not experienced what they had and did not know what they knew. Or, to put it in a more homely manner, I had not walked in their shoes. “Israelis have been trying to find solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma for over 60 years, so what gives you the wisdom to criticize them and tell them what they should do?” This is an old and often used objection and, if taken literally, would suggest that outside mediation is never possible.
My response to this was quite pointed: it is exactly because Israelis have been entangled in this dilemma for so long and, in addition, have passed off to themselves as well as others their hidden expansionist ambitions as “security” needs, that most of them are incapable of coming up with a just and equitable solution. They therefore very much need those with an outside and relatively objective view to critique their actions.
Essentially, most Israelis live in a closed information environment. This is so despite their claim to have a free media. That media may be technically free, but it is nonetheless dominated by the nation’s Zionist ideology and the political and social assumptions it expounds. Counter views may indeed exist, but they do so only as rare exceptions or at the margins. So consistent is the Zionist interpretation of things that, for the country’s Jewish citizenry, it now constitutes a “thought collective” and as such dictates the parameters of their thinking…. more.. e-mail

Putting a price tag on Israeli aid
MJ Rosenberg, Al Jazeera10/26/2011
Aid to Israel should be conditional upon the government fulfilling its obligations from negotiations with Palestine.
In my last piece, I highlighted a Washington Post column in which Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Pincus urged that the $3bn aid package to Israel be re-examined.
Israel, with a population of seven million, receives $3bn a year from the United States while the entire continent of Africa, with a population over a billion, receives $8bn. Israel is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, while many countries in Africa languish in poverty and disease, especially HIV/AIDS. Obviously, these relative aid levels are ridiculous.
Nonetheless, I am now having second thoughts about the issue as a result of a call from a friend who works to increase aid levels for Africa.
She agrees that the foreign aid levels disproportionately favour Israel. But she points out that without aid to Israel, there probably would be no foreign aid at all because the Israel aid package is the locomotive that drives the aid legislation forward.
Simply put, the foreign aid bill passes due to AIPAC’s pressured lobbying for it (because it contains the Israel aid package). Needy countries in Africa would probably receive little aid from the United States at all if not for Israel’s inflated aid package and AIPAC’s fevered determination to enact it. Any doubt on that score would be eliminated by reviewing what the Republican candidates have said about foreign aid in their various debates and by what Republican and conservative Democratic members of Congress say about it. more.. e-mail

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