VTJP News & Articles 9 November 2011: IAEA Iran Report Thrives on Laptop of Lies

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International Middle East Media Center

In 3 separate attacks, Israeli settlers torch cars; kill Palestinian with car; shoot gas at family
IMEMC – Three separate settler attacks on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning resulted in one Palestinian dead and three injured in different parts of the West Bank. …

Iran Under Increasing Pressure
IMEMC – Pressure has increased on Iran following the IAEA’s report suggesting that Tehran may have been undertaking activities to develop a nuclear warhead. …

Tension Between Tel Aviv And Seoul Becoming Taut
IMEMC – Fissures appear in the relationship between Israel and South Korea, after Tel Aviv considers scraping a USD$1 billion arms deal between the two countries and opting to honour a preliminary deal signed with Italy many months ago, reported Israeli daily, Haaretz. …

Israeli Troops Charge Palestinian Farming Family With ‘Trespassing’ On Their Own Land
IMEMC – A Palestinian farmer was detained, along with his wife and sister late on Monday, and charged with trespassing on his farmland – even though the farmer holds the title to the land, which has been in his family for generations. …

Russell Tribunal Finds Israel Guilty Of Apartheid, Prosecution
IMEMC – The Russell Tribunal on Palestine has ruled that Israel is guilty of Apartheid and Prosecution crimes, as its panel of jurists ruled that the Israeli actions against the Palestinians breach the prohibition of apartheid under International Law. …

Army Carries Out Two Airstrikes Targeting Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Wednesday at dawn, two airstrikes targeting Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip; damage was reported, no injuries. …

Quartet To Meet Palestinian & Israeli Leaders
IMEMC – The U.S. State Department announced on Tuesday that the delegates of the International Quartet Committee will be holding separate meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders next Monday, November 14, in Jerusalem. They will be trying to facilitate the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. …

Likud Wants Tougher Restriction On Arab, Leftist Organizations
IMEMC – The Likud Party, headed by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, filed a draft for a new law that calls for enforcing more restrictions on foreign funding to Arab organizations and leftists groups in the country. …

Ma’an News

1 injured after Israel raids southern Gaza Strip
11/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes raided the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday injuring one man and damaging greenhouses. Israeli forces fired two missiles north of Khan Younis which hit greenhouses and cut power to large areas of the city. One man suffered injuries caused by shrapnel from the missiles, a Ma’an….

Palestinian dies after run over by settler near Salfit
11/9/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man died late Tuesday after being run over by a car driven by an Israeli national in the occupied West Bank, a Ma’an correspondent said. The victim was identified as Abdul Muttaleb Muhammad Hakim, 45, from Deir Istiya. Hakim died instantly after he was struck near the…. Related: Father of 5 run over and killed by settler

Man dies in Gaza tunnel collapse
11/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man died on Tuesday in a tunnel collapse in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said. Ramiz al-Shaer, 22, was working in the smuggling tunnel in Rafah near the Egyptian border when it collapsed, medical officials told Ma’an. His body was taken to the Abu Yousef Najjar Hospital….

Palestinian ‘freedom riders’ to board Israeli buses
11/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists will attempt to board Israeli buses in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday in an action inspired by the American civil rights movement.”Palestinian activists will reenact the US Civil Rights Movement’s Freedom Rides to the American South by boarding segregated Israeli public transportation in the West….

Settlers ‘torch cars’ in Hebron village
11/9/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers torched three cars Wednesday at dawn in the village of Beit Ummar in the northern West Bank, locals said. Popular committee spokesman Muhammad Ayyad Awad said settlers from Kfar Etzion settlement torched the cars of Habes Husein Baragheeth, Suheil Muhammad Hussein Baragheeth and his brother Yousef. He added that….

DFLP leaders stopped at Allenby Bridge
11/10/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine says three of its leaders were prevented from crossing into Jordan from the West Bank over the holiday. Ramzi Rabbah, Ibrahim Abu Hajla, and Muhammad Salameh were prevented from crossing the Allenby Bridge with no explanation, the DFLP said in a statement condemning….

Iran defiant on nuclear program
11/9/2011 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran vowed Wednesday it “will not budge an iota” from its nuclear path despite a new UN report hardening suspicions it is seeking atomic weapons, as an Iranian general warned Israel of “destruction” if it launched an attack. The words of defiance fell while the United States and its allies said they were….

UK says would abstain in UN vote on Palestine
11/9/2011 – LONDON (AFP) — Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday Britain would abstain from a vote in the UN Security Council on Palestinian membership of the United Nations.” In common with France and in consultation with our European partners, the United Kingdom will abstain on any vote on full Palestinian membership of the UN,” Hague told parliament….

UNESCO eyes emergency fund, savings after US cuts
11/9/2011 – PARIS (Reuters) — The United Nation’s cultural agency plans to cut costs and launch an emergency fund to raise cash after a vote to grant Palestine full membership led to a cutoff in vital US and Israeli funding, its director general said on Wednesday. UNESCO’s Irina Bokova said the organization, which promotes….

Israel calls on world to stop Iranian nuclear work
11/9/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel on Wednesday called on the international community to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons following a report by the UN nuclear watchdog that said Tehran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb.” The significance of the report is that the international community must bring about the cessation of Iran’…. Related: Iranians fear sanctions, not war, after UN report

Iranians fear sanctions, not war, after UN report
11/9/2011 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — When a huge thunder storm rattled windows across Tehran on Sunday night, some of the Iranian capital’s jumpier residents awoke thinking Israel was finally making good on its threat to attack. Ahead of Tuesday’s leak of the latest UN report on Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli and western….

Hamas: Israel to free 10 women ‘in weeks’
11/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Hamas leader said Wednesday that more female detainees in Israeli prisons would be released as part of an exchange deal initiated last month. Saleh Arouri told the Hamas-affiliated Risala newspaper in Gaza that the release of the 10detainees would be finalized in the next two weeks. He added that the….

Israeli police detain suspect in ‘price tag’ graffiti
11/9/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Jerusalem police have detained a man, 21, for writing “price tag” slogans, Israeli officials said Tuesday. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said a Jewish youth in Jerusalem was detained on suspicion of writing anti-Arab slogans. The suspect admitted writing “price tag” on a wall of the Peace Now building and also….

McCain wants Bill Clinton for Mideast peace role
11/9/2011 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republican Senator John McCain has some advice for President Barack Obama to help energize stalled Middle East peacemaking: Put former President Bill Clinton in charge. Democrat Bill Clinton, husband of Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is always “the smartest guy in the room” and so would he be in a….

UN nuclear agency puts Iran on the spot
11/9/2011 – VIENNA (AFP) — Iran was under fresh scrutiny Wednesday after the UN atomic watchdog released reams of what it called “credible” intelligence suggesting Tehran had worked on developing nuclear weapons. With Washington threatening to increase international pressure on Iran and Israel’s president stoking speculation of a pre-emptive strike, the International Atomic Energy Agency report….

In photos: Dead Sea vying for `New Seven Wonders` title
11/9/2011 – Reuters/Nir EliasSunbathers float on the Dead Sea north of Mitzpe Shalem settlement on Nov. 9, 2011. The salty desert lake, some 422 meters below sea level, is one of 28 natural landmarks vying for the title of one of the “New Seven Wonders of Nature”, an online competition which ends Nov. 11….

Syrian attack on rebel city mocks Arab peace plan
11/9/2011 – LONDON (Reuters) — Syria’s assault on the recalcitrant city of Homs has shredded an Arab peace plan and exposed the failure of world outrage to force President Bashar Assad to halt a violent crackdown on an eight-month popular uprising. Tanks and snipers have battled to cow protesters and hunt army defectors in Homs, killing….

Syrian opposition asks Lebanon to act on kidnappings
11/9/2011 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The Syrian opposition has urged authorities in neighboring Lebanon to act over reports that more than a dozen of their members in that country have been kidnapped.” The executive board of the Syrian National Council has expressed its concern in a letter sent to Prime Minister Najib Mikati in light of reports by….

Saudi hails ‘success’ of this year’s hajj
11/9/2011 – MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz hailed the “success” of this year’s hajj despite the risk of “chaos” feared in the wake of the Arab Spring, state news agency SPA reported.” We thank God for the success of this year’s hajj, which was the best pilgrimage….

Rights group: Syrian forces kill 4, including child
11/9/2011 – NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) — Syrian security forces, ordered to suppress protests against the regime, on Wednesday killed another four civilians, including a child, a human rights group said.” One civilian has been killed by shooting by the security forces in Barze district of Damascus, where the noise of gunfire could be heard for half an hour….

Rights group: 12 dead in Syria violence
11/9/2011 – NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) — Syrian troops killed 12 civilians on Wednesday as they pressed their bloody crackdown on dissent, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.” Six civilians were killed in the Damascus neighbourhood of Barzeh, five of whom perished when security forces fired at the funeral of a young man,” the watchdog said in a….

Palestine News Network

Eid Follies: Sheep Slaughters Owner, Dutch Muslims Face Imprisonment for Sacrificing in Streets
PNN – PNNAs Eid al-Adha came to an end on Wednesday, two stories from around the world emerged for their bizarre twists on the Muslim holiday. In the first instance, in Egypt, a sheep…

Israeli Forces Arrest Three near Jenin, Settlers Spray 10-year-old with Gas
PNN – PNNIsraeli forces arrested three Palestinians from the town of Qabatya, south of Jenin, on Wednesday morning, while Israeli settlers in the southern West Bank sprayed a family of Palestinians, including a 10-year-old…

Judge Delivers Ultimatum to Flotilla Activists: Confess or Face 2 Months Without Trial
PNN – PNN Fifteen of the activists from the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla came before an Israeli court on Tuesday, and were advised they could be held for up to 2 months without…

As Palestinians Return from Hajj, Israel Artillery Shells Gaza
PNN – PNNWith more than 4,300 Palestinians preparing to return to Gaza from the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Israel announced on Wednesday that its artillery had struck several targets in the coastal territory that it…

Arab League Asks UNESCO to Open Office in East Jerusalem
PNN – PNNMohammed Aziz Ben Ashour, the general director of the Arab League Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ALESCO) asked UNESCO on Tuesday to open an office in East Jerusalem to document and protect…

PSCC Organizes Palestinian “Freedom Rides†on Settler Buses Next Week
PNN – PNNThe Popular Struggle Coordination Committee announced in a press release on Tuesday that it had begun a campaign to put Palestinians from the West Bank on East Jerusalem-bound settler buses next week,…

International Solidarity Movement

Father of 5 run over and killed by settler
11/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Thom Andrews, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – This afternoon, 45 year old Abdullah Mutaled Al-Mashni, father of 5, was run over and killed by an illegal settler. Whilst returning from collecting his olives, Abdullah was last seen riding his donkey back towards his village of Deir Istia – 7km northwest of Salfit. Soon after the…. Related: Palestinian dies after run over by settler near Salfit

Global week of action against Israel’s wall in the West Bank
11/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada – Since the beginning stages of Israel’s implementation and continued construction of its illegal wall in the occupied West Bank nearly ten years ago “” and compounded with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling in 2004 that the wall is in violation of several international laws “” activists….

Prisoner release: Palestinian narratives
11/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Fadi Kawasmi, PASSIA – Below is an abridged transcript of a talk given at PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs ) Round table on ‘Prisoner Release – Palestinian Narratives’ on 31 October 2011 by Fadi Kawasmi, a lawyer who specializes in working with Palestinian prisoners.”In order to understand the prisoners issue…. Related: PASSIA

Remembrance in Beit Hanoun
11/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Nathan Stuckey, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – It is Tuesday, the third day of Eid, the Eid of the Sacrifice.   We, the Beit Hanoun Local Initiative and the International Solidarity Movement, have gathered near the bombed remains of the Beit Hanoun Agricultural College like we do every Tuesday in preparation for our march into the no….

Alternative Information Center

Does the 99% support freedom for Palestine? The twitter debate
Alternative Information Center – A deleted tweet from the OccupyWallStreet account, offering support to the “Freedom Waves to Gaza” flotilla, sparks a controversy as to where the 99% stands on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict A sign showing support to Palestine at…

Netanyahu: a perpetual liar
Alternative Information Center – Sarkozy called Netanyahu a liar. So what’s all the fuss about? Netanyahu has admitted this publicly. The question now is whether or not his lies will pull the region into a war with Iran—a conflict that…

Human rights organizations under attack in Israel
Alternative Information Center –   Two new bills aim to strip Israeli human rights organizations of funds and silence dissent. According to one of the bills, which proposes to put a hefty tax on donations to NGOs, the legislation intends…

Relief Web

Afghanistan: Review of Political Missions 2011
Relief Web 9 Nov 2011 – Source: Center on International Cooperation Country: Afghanistan , Albania , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Burundi , Cameroon , Central African Republic (the) , Chad , Colombia , Côte d’Ivoire , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Georgia , Guatemala , Guinea , Guinea-Bissau , Haiti , Iraq , Kenya , Kyrgyzstan , Lebanon , Liberia , Libya , Madagascar , Mauritania ,…

Israel: Report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (A/66/35)
Relief Web 9 Nov 2011 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel General Assembly Official Records Sixty-sixth Session Supplement No. 35 Chapter I Introduction The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was established by the General Assembly…

Germany: New community service centre in Bethlehem funded by the Government of Germany and implemented by UNDP
Relief Web 9 Nov 2011 – Source: Government of Germany , UN Development Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Germany Bethlehem, November 02, 2011 – The German Development Bank and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People marked today the inauguration of Dar Salah Community Centre in…

Algeria: Invisible refugees: Protecting Sahrawis and Palestinians displaced by the 2011 Libyan uprising
Relief Web 9 Nov 2011 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Libya , Algeria , occupied Palestinian territory , Western Sahara Introduction This article examines the experiences of two Middle Eastern refugee populations (Sahrawis and Palestinians) affected by the 2011 conflict in Libya. Both refugee communities and…

Egypt: Rafah crossing opened
Relief Web 7 Nov 2011 – Source: Government of Egypt Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Egypt Rafah crossing was exceptionally opened to allow the entrance of the rest of the aid convoy “Miles of Smiles-7” to Gaza Strip. The crossing was closed for 6 days. ? An…

The National

Palestinians’ UN blow reveals extent Israel’s influence
The National 9 Nov 2011 – Draft report signals no consensus on statehood bid which means UN vote may not go forward.

Few options for world to rein in Iran’s nuclear goals
The National 9 Nov 2011 – US plays down military options over UN report citing Iran’s research into building a nuclear weapon while other countries baulk at further sanctions.


U.S. calls UN report on Iran nuclear program ‘alarming,’ vows further sanctions
Ha’aretz – Speaking in wake of damning IAEA report, State Department official says U.S. looking into ‘additional ways to apply pressure on Iran’; France: Israel won’t stand alone against nuclear Iran.

Netanyahu: IAEA report confirms Israel’s suspicions on nuclear Iran
Ha’aretz – PM calls on international community to stop Iranian race toward nuclear weapons, in first official response to IAEA report detailing Iran’s attempt to produce nuclear weapons since 2003.

Bradley Burston / Iran wins
Ha’aretz – To bring an end to the existence of a Jewish state, to erase Israel from the map, this is the sum total of what Iran must do now: Nothing.

Chemi Shalev / At the GA, fundraisers eye a Jewish earthquake
Ha’aretz – Though the plenary sessions at featured much of rally round the flag rhetoric, it was in the numerous and far more intimate sessions, forums and round tables that the distress of the fundraisers and community leaders became readily apparent.

New book unveils story of serial killer who targeted Jews in WWII Paris
Ha’aretz – Marcel Petiot, a Parisian physician, killed as many as 150 people, preying largely on Jews desperate to leave Paris by luring them in with promises of escape.

Report: 5.7 quake hits eastern Turkey, weeks after region suffers major jolt
Ha’aretz – State-run TV says earthquake causes collapse of six-story hotel and other buildings in province capital of van; 1,400 aftershocks rocked the region since 7.2 quake last month.

Palestinians ready backup plan ahead of expected holdup at UN
Ha’aretz – PA official says Palestinians to seek upgraded observer status after apparently failing to garner the 9 Security Council votes required for full UN membership.

U.S. Republicans hit back after leak of Sarkozy-Obama exchange on Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – A day after Presidents Sarkozy and Obama get caught deriding PM over a ‘hot mic’, Republicans make very clear who they feel is no friend of Israel.

Tal Becker: Rabin?s Legacy and the Trouble with ?Peace?
Ha’aretz – Make the promise of peace believable

Syria troops kill six protesters, activists say
Ha’aretz – Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in several Syrian cities demanding Assad’s ouster; opposition leaders pelted with eggs outside Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

ICC Prosecutor: Libya officials might face more rape charges
Ha’aretz – Luis Moreno-Ocampo says he is close to completing an investigation on the use of rape by Gadhafi’s forces to persecute their enemies during the eight-month insurgency.

Ahmadinejad: Iran won’t retreat ‘iota’ from nuclear program
Ha’aretz – Iranian president says that IAEA discredited itself by siding with ‘baseless’ U.S. claims about Iran’s nuclear program.

Security Council report reveals discord over fate of Palestinian statehood bid
Ha’aretz – Report by UNSC Admission Committee exposes point of debate over PA gambit for full UN membership; Israel officials says vote to take place despite expected failure.

Peres to Palestinians: Peace will be achieved through talks, not UN
Ha’aretz – Speaking at ceremony commemorating assassination of former PM Yitzhak Rabin, President says territorial compromise must be reached, saying that disagreement is a natural beginning to any negotiation.

Britain to abstain from Palestinian statehood vote at UN
Ha’aretz – Comment by FM Hague comes as PA official estimates Palestinian bid at UN Security Council for full membership will probably fail.

Jerusalem police arrest suspect in ‘price tag’ attacks on Peace Now offices
Ha’aretz – Police also looking into whether suspect was involved in the spraying of death threats on the walls of Peace Now activist Hagit Ofran’s apartment.

U.S.-bound passenger jet makes emergency landing at Ben-Gurion Airport
Ha’aretz – Continental Airlines Boeing 777 with about 280 passengers on board returns to airport after smoke detected following takeoff.

Netanyahu’s father-in-law dies at age 97
Ha’aretz – Shmuel Ben-Artzi was a writer and educator; served in the Irgun during pre-state era.

All Israeli banks are too big to fail, pyramids have political clout
Ha’aretz – Yones confirms that even when the banks compete, private households do not particularly benefit from it.

IDB says: Israeli economy is competitive
Ha’aretz – IDB group is not arguing that Israel doesn’t have economic concentration, it is arguing that the concentration that exists is not harmful.

Market Report / TASE swept to gains on Italian schadenfreude
Ha’aretz – Leading indexes closed in the green, the majority with handsome gains; blue-chip Tel Aviv-25 Index gained 1.35% to close at 1,127 points, while broader Tel Aviv-100 Index gained 1.45% to close at 1,021 points.

Russia says wont back new Iran sanctions over nuclear program
Ha’aretz – Iranian army general: Dimona nuclear site could be targeted in response if Israel attacks Iran.

U.K. envoy cautions Likud MK on bill that would limit donations to Israeli NGOs
Ha’aretz – British Ambassador Matthew Gould tells Likud MK Ofir Akunis that, if passed, the bill would reflect badly on Israel in the international community.

Jerusalem Post

‘Three killed, scores trapped in latest Turkish quake’
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – 5.7 magnitude quake hits south of Van, which was struck by large tremor last month; at least 7 buildings, including 2 hotels collapse.

Cripple Iran with Sanctions
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – World powers must take the IAEA report seriously, assume the worst about Iranian intentions and work to place another round of stricter sanctions on it.

Kangaroos in South Africa
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Apartheid is a sexy catchword to denounce Israel, but it makes a mockery of and cheapens the tremendous suffering endured by South Africa’s black citizens.

From Iran to Mallorca and some things in between
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Thoughts on everything from Obama’s political thinking on Iran to Mallorcan Jews and their history.

Chief Rabbi Metzger ‘sees the light’ after visiting shelter
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – It’s good that Rabbi Metzger is sympathetic to the plight of battered women. But where has he been for 40 years?

‘At least 18 buildings collapse in Turkish quake’
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – 5.7 magnitude quake strikes south of Van, which was struck by a 7.6 magnitude quake last month; state TV: Large number of people trapped.

Candidly Speaking: Searching for one Palestinian moderate
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Who can identify one single Palestinian leader or intellectual who genuinely advocated moderation and was not assassinated?

Sarkozy: Israel has no better security partner than France
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – French president responds positively to request by World Jewish Congress official to push for unprecedented sanctions against Iran.

Murray conviction leaves everyone else off the hook
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Too much fame for his own good left Michael Jackson at the mercy of bad handlers.

Washington Watch: Brinkmanship could spark Middle East war
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Opposition to an Israeli strike is strongest where support is needed most: in Washington, DC.

Fundamentally Freund: Obama victory by way of Tehran
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – There is one thing the president can do to transform the equation, both at home and abroad: Launch a military campaign to thwart Iran’s nuclear intentions.

Italy at breaking point, Merkel calls for ‘new Europe’
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Euro zone officials say no plans for bailout of Italy; Berlusconi sees Feb. elections, creating period of vacuum; Greeks close in on new PM.

PA weighs next steps as UNSC statehood bid seems doomed
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Palestinian officials say they’re “not surprised” by failure of Security Council members to reach agreement on UN membership application; PA official tells ‘Post’: Our plan is to go to the General Assembly.

Barak, Peres call for peace talks in Rabin memorials
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Netanyahu misses memorial ceremonies in Knesset, Mount Herzl due to father-in-law’s death; Rivlin, Livni condemn ‘price tag’ vandalism.

Russia: There’s nothing new in IAEA report on Iran
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Russian Foreign Ministry says report on Iranian nuclear program is “a compilation of known facts, give a politicized tone.”

Greek PM steps down to make way for coalition gov’t
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – “Greece will implement EU bailout decision, will do all it can to stay in the euro,” Papandreou says in televised resignation; no new PM is named.

Netanyahu, Bar Refaeli urge last-minute Dead Sea voting
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Dead sea is in top 10 in New 7 Wonders of Nature competition, which concludes November 11, 2011.

PM: Iranian nukes endanger Mideast, world peace
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Prime minister says the significance of IAEA report is that int’l community must act to stop Tehran’s pursuit of nukes.

CITYsights: Oud so easy
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – The best of Arabic music showcased at the Jerusalem International Oud Festival.

Photo gallery: Mourning a giant
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Head of the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem dies at 68; 100,000 mourners attend.

Supreme Court acquits man serving life sentence
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Zinati freed after top court says prosecution didn’t prove beyond reasonable doubt his role in 2007 killing of businessman Yusuf Ali.

Protesters hurl eggs at Syria delegation in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – A hundred rally as Syrian opposition figures arrive in Egypt for talks with Arab League sec.-gen. ahead of emergency meeting on Syrian violence.

Israel Factor: Only Romney better than Obama
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – See what our panel thinks of the candidates one year before the November 2012 US presidential election.

Notorious Al-Saraya becomes holiday-time mall
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Where Gaza’s rulers once presided and the location of a notorious political prison, merchants set up shop in tents for Id Al-Adha.

Europe’s woes make way across the Mediterranean
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – North Africa’s Arab Spring economies – Tunisia, Libya, Egypt – face new blow if EU slips into recession.

TAU, Health Ministry: World hasn’t wiped out polio
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Live virus used in vaccine can evolve; researcher recommends use of inactivated strain for inoculations.

Health insurers ‘unfair’ to foreign workers
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz charges that private companies are profiteering from medical coverage for the foreigners.

Global Jewish charity shares work with UK officials
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Tag International Development describes work with Israeli charities around the world at Parliament reception.

Dead Sea in top 10 as new 7 Wonders vote nears end
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – Organizers expect site to be flooded with last minute voters.

Immigrants alert to domestic violence
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2011 – There has been an increase of 80 percent in the number of immigrant families receiving treatment at gov’t-sponsored centers for treating domestic violence.

The Guardian

Palestinians braced for fresh setback in UN statehood bid
The Guardian 9 Nov 2011 – European nations set to back US opposition to move, meaning Washington does not have to exercise its security council veto The Palestinian attempt to claim a moral victory in its bid for UN security council recognition…

The IAEA report: what does it really mean and will it lead to war with Iran?
The Guardian 9 Nov 2011 – Tuesday’s IAEA report has rekindled the global debate over what to do about the Iranian nuclear programme with a familiar array of options on the table: engage, sanction or attack. The various protagonists are familiar too….

Syria, Iran and Middle East latest – Wednesday 9 November 2011
The Guardian 9 Nov 2011 – • European states urge sanctions as Iran remains defiant • Eleven more killed in Syria in defiance of Arab League • Syrian opposition leaders pelted with eggs in Cairo • Read the latest summary 5.55pm: Time…

Mordechai Vanunu deserves freedom from Israel | Duncan Campbell
The Guardian 9 Nov 2011 – Israel has until Sunday to respond on the nuclear whistleblower’s bid to leave the country. It’s time to stop punishing him Mordechai Vanunu , the Israeli whistleblower who served 18 years in prison for revealing details of…

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Festive Season Highlights Deprivation
IPS Crowds of women waving coupons worth two kilograms of beef line the stairwell to Secours Islamique France’s Gaza City office several hours before the aid agency begins its meat distribution for Eid. Aid workers struggle to climb the stairs, hauling large bags of fresh meat to assist impoverished families in…

Uruk Net

[uruknet.info] Medical treatment delayed for hours after army shoots boy in the eye
Uruknet November 9, 2011 – Before noon on 21 September, an Israeli soldier shot 14-year-old Ahed Wahdan in the face with a high-speed tear gas canister. Ahed was shot from a distance of 25 meters as he prepared to throw an empty bottle from a storefront near the Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. He lost his right…

[uruknet.info] As Hackgate Resurfaces, John Pilger Criticizes Mainstream Media, Salutes Independent Investigative Journalists
Uruknet November 9, 2011 – I was recently alerted, by my good friend Ann Alexander, to a transcript of a speech given by the legendary investigative journalist John Pilger at the “Reclaim the Media” conference, organised by NUJ activists, which took place in central London on October 26 to discuss the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal that discredited Rupert…

[uruknet.info] Libyan Blood for Libyan Oil
Uruknet November 9, 2011 – With respect, I disagree with South African President Jacob Zuma’s simplistic view, that with Gaddafi dead, “the AU will work better now without his delaying it and with some members no longer feeling as intimidated by him as they did. (What does Gaddafi’s death mean for Africa? Africa Review: 22nd October, 2011). Mr Zuma…

[uruknet.info] Will NATO remain after Libyan war?
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – Russian political scientist Igor Panarin believes that the Libyan campaign, which ended October 31, demonstrated the weakness of NATO and revealed the military bloc’s potential to collapse. In his article for RT, the analyst explains his view. Will NATO still be there in 2016? Seems like a stupid question at first. Nothing is threatening…

[uruknet.info] Syria News – November 8, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – The number of martyrs in Syria today until the moment reach to 16 martyrs, including agirl child, 5 of them in Homs and 7 in Idlib and 4 in Hama ‘3 in Sahel Ghab and 1 in Morok…Damascus: Dumair: Martyrdom of Ms. Rajha Jumaa 85 years old Influenced by a gunshot wound few days…

[uruknet.info] Jibril reveals belief Col. Gaddafi was executed by order of foreign force’
Uruknet November 9, 2011 – Libya’s former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has expressed belief that a foreign force ordered the execution’ of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. In a surprise statement, Mahmoud Jibril, the current chair of the National Transitional Council (NTC), said he had a sense that Col. Gaddafi was killed on the orders of a third party. Jibril…

[uruknet.info] 1 injured after Israel raids southern Gaza Strip
Uruknet November 9, 2011 — Israeli warplanes raided the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday injuring one man and damaging greenhouses. Israeli forces fired two missiles north of Khan Younis which hit greenhouses and cut power to large areas of the city. One man suffered injuries caused by shrapnel from the missiles, a Ma’an reporter said. An Israeli military spokesman…

[uruknet.info] LIbya: The Aruba School Captives Mercenary Myths I
Uruknet November 9, 2011 – The myth of well-paid units of African mercenaries flown in by the thousands to brutally crush the protests was aired by day three of the armed insurgency. They were paid thousands of dollars, it was reported, to commit barbarity native Libyan’s just couldn’t commit against their own, and also helped “prove” the military had…

[uruknet.info] Ben Gurion University Punishes Professor for Resisting Military Service in Territories, Death Threats Against Peace Now Activist
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – Ben Gurion University professor Idan Landau, author of the important Israeli blog, Not to Die a Fool, protested a decision by University President Rivka Carmi to punish Landau for refusing to perform his reserve military service in the Occupied Territories. For the week he spent in military prison, the University has docked 50% of…

[uruknet.info] A U.S.-Made Catastrophe: Most of the Blame for the Crisis in Somalia Goes to the U.S.
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – Somalia faces the worst food crisis in the world, but “the U.S. response to this catastrophe it has created in Somalia is to cut its economic aid to that country by 88%, increase drone attacks, and encourage its vassal Kenya to launch another invasion.” Since 1991 the U.S. “has kept Somalia destabilized and in…

[uruknet.info] Military Resistance 9K4 : Command Lies Exposed
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – A new investigation into the 2008 friendly fire death of Pfc. David Sharrett II in Iraq blasts the platoon leader who shot Sharrett and abandoned him as he lay dying, saying the officer displayed “serious personal judgment errors.” After a botched pre-dawn raid, then-1st. Lt. Timothy Hanson left the battlefield on a helicopter while…

[uruknet.info] Military Resistance 9K3: Rush to Judgement
Uruknet In Portland, Ore., 3,000 people—singing the union anthem “Solidarity Forever”—marched down Broadway Avenue in the heart of Portland’s downtown. “As we walked past a park, activists were waiting there for us, proclaiming with a huge banner that the park had been renamed Aaron Campbell Park, who, like Oscar Grant in Oakland, was an unarmed Black man killed by…

[uruknet.info] Sarkozy and Obama’s Netanyahu gaffe broadcast via microphones
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, described the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, as a “liar” in a private exchange with Barack Obama at last week’s G20 summit in Cannes that was inadvertently broadcast to journalists. “I cannot stand him. He’s a liar,” Sarkozy told Obama. The US president responded by saying: “You’re fed up…

[uruknet.info] Libya – The rebels looted the University of Sirte … but they did not take the books! (November 7, 2011)
Uruknet November 9, 2011 – During the invasion of the city of Sirte, the rebels entered into the University of Sirte. They went directly into the administration offices, library and classrooms, that were all sacked. They took everything of furniture they can take. Istead , they did not take the books?! What can they do with books! For heating in…

[uruknet.info] Iraq snapshot – November 8, 2011
Uruknet November 8, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, the Turkish military wants the peshmerga to fight the PKK, Nouri and his power grab, a Senate hearing that makes it clear Iraq and Iraqis just don’t matter, and more….Another province that’s had talk of becoming semi-autonomous is Anbar Province whose governor Qasim al-Fahadawi was the target of an assassination attempt…

[uruknet.info] Freedom Waves will Reach Gaza
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – Another mission accomplished, or so it seems. Israeli navy has managed to thwart yet another civil society ‘provocation’ (as described by the Israeli Embassy in Dublin, Irish Times, November 4). Thus the 27 activists from nine countries aboard two boats were rounded up and hauled, along with their ‘provocative’ medical supplies, to the Israeli…

[uruknet.info] Wall Street’s Wars Fallujah Veteran: ‘I Served The 1%’
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – I did not serve my country in Iraq; I served the 1%. It was on their behalf that I helped lay siege to Fallujah, helped kill thousands of civilians, helped displace hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and helped destroy an entire city. My “service” served Exxon-Mobil, Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, and other multinational corporations…

[uruknet.info] Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – …For decades, Israel repeatedly and willfully violated international law with impunity. Interdicting Freedom Waves to Gaza adds more shame to its record. Except in self-defense, belligerence is lawless, from high-seas piracy to war. Getting away with murder has shelf life limits. Hopefully, Israel’s expiration date approaches. Activists are committed to help. Further flotillas won’t…

[uruknet.info] British media uses puppy dog’ imagery to sell genocidal attack on Libya
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – After devastating Libya and partaking in the murder of an estimated 100,000 Libyan men, women and children, RAF pilots return home to their families in the UK. In a deeply obscene news update, the Daily Mail is literally using puppy dog’ imagery to cynically whitewash the murderous war crimes that these British pilots have…

[uruknet.info] A press release by the Syrian Revolution General Commission
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – Those who manipulate in the revolution represent only themselves. The Syrian Revolution General Commission clearly explained the principles of this revolution and has specified it is under the same roof as the revolutionary movement while confirming that nobody can stop or manipulate the shared principles. The revolutionaries are the main and only source of…

[uruknet.info] Lest we forget the true cost of war
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – The bottom line is that if this or any other British government took their obligations seriously and provided the care owing to veterans and their families, they really wouldn’t have the money available to pay for their mostly illegal military adventures that make them feel so important. We would still be able to afford…

[uruknet.info] Qatar Conquers Iran’s Airspace
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – Few details were provided, but based on the agreement Qatar Airways will have to cooperate with Iranian airlines as required by Iranian regulations banning foreign companies from operating domestic routes. The measure is also seen by some as a means of countering sanctions. “Allowing Qatar or any other foreign country to operate some of…

[uruknet.info] 10 Million American Families Sliding Toward Foreclosure
Uruknet November 8, 2011 – Of the 55-million families with mortgages, 10.4-million of them “are sliding toward failure and foreclosure”-a tragedy that will depress the U.S. housing market for years to come, a result of too many houses for sale and too few buyers. That’s the blunt conclusion of distinguished economics journalist William Greider, to be published in an…

Daily Star

West, Russia in standoff over Iran
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 A new East-West front opened Wednesday over an atomic agency report on Iran with Western leaders calling for expanded sanctions against Iran…

U.S. to return Ambassador Ford to Damascus
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 The United States said it would return Ambassador Robert Ford to Damascus within days to weeks,…

March 14: Govt offering Syria security favors
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 March 14 held Wednesday the current government responsible for the country’s deteriorating security situation and accused it of directly answering to the Syrian regime and providing it with security favors, the National News Agency.

Nasrallah to deliver speech on martyrs’ day Friday
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah will deliver a speech Friday on the occasion of the party’s martyrs’ day.

Orthodox Gathering sets up committee for expats
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 The Orthodox Gathering established a new committee Wednesday to follow up on the community’s affairs in different countries around the world.

Bomb hoax prompts search in Verdun shop
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Security forces evacuated and searched a shopping center in the Beirut neighborhood of Verdun Wednesday afternoon after shop workers found a letter alleging a bomb had been planted in the center, but did not find any…

2 prisoners harm themselves in jail cell
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Two Lebanese prisoners, one described as dangerous, were treated Wednesday after deliberately harming themselves in their jail cell in a police station in Batroun, north Lebanon.

Veteran journalist Mohammad Annan dies
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Mohammad Annan, the famed journalist and head of the Arab Correspondents Association, passed away earlier this week, the Press Federation said in a statement Wednesday.

Minister lauds child rights protection
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour highlighted Wednesday the importance of child rights-based programing in order to promote and protect children’s needs and development, the National News Agency reported.

Teens flown to Australia for marriage
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 More than 100 17-year-old Lebanese girls have been flown to Australia to get married on a government visa program over the past five years, Australia’s Herald Sun reported.

Burj al-Barajneh camp builds up, but how high can it go?
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 When the Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp was established in 1948, it defied its name. With its one-story zinc-topped shelters, the then inappropriately named Tower of towers was quickly set up south of Beirut with nary a…

Arrest returns Majdal Anjar to spotlight
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Majdal Anjar is back in the media spotlight, after a man from the restive Bekaa town who was wanted in the kidnapping of seven foreign tourists in Lebanon…

New PSP secretary-general assumes ‘big responsibility’
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 A new secretary-general for Walid Jumblatt’s Progressive Socialist Party took the reins Wednesday in a handing-over ceremony at PSP’s headquarters in the Beirut neighborhood of Wata al-Msaitbeh.

Sleiman: Syria regrets incursions into Lebanon
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Syria has expressed regret to Lebanon for repeated incursions into its territory that left at least one Lebanese dead, following the official confirmation that its army had mined its side of the border.

Khreis slams Saad Hariri’s tweets regarding Berri vote
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 MP Ali Khreis, from Speaker Nabih Berri’s Liberation and Development bloc, Wednesday spoke out against Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, following the latter’s comments on Twitter.

Nazim Khoury: Dialogue is doomed if topic is arms
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Environment Minister Nazim Khoury said Wednesday that the national dialogue table would fail to achieve results if the only item on its agenda is Hezbollah’s arms.

Sleiman using preventive diplomacy to tackle domestic issues
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 More crises and domestic problems are on the horizon, as the Lebanese look for a way out of the country’s political paralysis.

Qortbawi: Judges should maintain independence
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi said Wednesday that the judiciary must be independent to allow for the emergence of a state based on the rule of law.

Politicians tweet into microblogging arena
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 As Lebanon’s Internet slowly speeds up, its politicians have been taking to a fast growing online space, Twitter…

Hariri: Opposition will not seek to topple government
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Opposition leader Saad Hariri said Wednesday he would not seek to topple the government as he is waiting for the 2013 parliamentary elections…

UNESCO cutting costs and fundraising after losing U.S. aid
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 The United Nations’ cultural agency plans to cut costs and launch an emergency fund to raise cash after a vote to grant the Palestinians full membership led to a cutoff in vital U.S. and Israeli funding,…

McCain reckons Bill Clinton has the answer for peace in the Middle East
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Republican Senator John McCain has some advice for President Barack Obama to help energize stalled Middle East peacemaking: Put former President Bill Clinton in charge.

Palestinians admit U.N. membership defeat as U.K. to abstain
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Palestinians officials told the Associated Press they are now resigned to defeat in their quest for full membership at the United Nations and have resorted to a backup plan after Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament…

Palestinians targeted in price tag attacks
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Three Palestinian cars were set ablaze overnight in the West Bank village of Beit Omar near Hebron and a house sprayed with graffiti, witnesses and police said Wednesday.

Iran looks to Moscow and Beijing to buffer West’s nuclear pressure
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 For Iranian envoys at an Asian affairs summit this week in Russia, it was the ultimate dream team: The Russian prime minister and China’s premier standing shoulder to shoulder and promising to keep Western influence at…

Niger army clash with Libyan convoy kills 14
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Niger’s army has clashed with a heavily armed convoy of vehicles that entered its territory from Libya, killing 13 in the convoy and suffering one casualty on its side, military sources in the West African country…

Iraq PM calls for Baath party repentance
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Iraq’s prime minister Wednesday called on members of Saddam Hussein’s now-dissolved Baath party to declare their rejection of the party in writing, and threatened prosecution if they do not.

Egyptian activist’s mother launches hunger strike over son’s jailing
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 The mother of a prominent blogger jailed by Egypt’s ruling generals has gone on a hunger strike to protest her son’s detention and the military’s increasingly heavy-handed approach against critics.

Algeria counts cost of cool response to Libya revolt
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Border guards loyal to Libya’s new rulers were waving travelers through the Ras Jdir crossing from Tunisia into Libya one day last month, until a man approached their checkpoint and handed them his Algerian passport.

Saudi arraigned in Guantanamo for USS Cole attack
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 A Saudi man accused of masterminding the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen’s port of Aden in 2000 was formally arraigned Wednesday by a Guantanamo military court.

UN nuclear chief defies pressure, takes on Iran
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 U.N. nuclear chief Yukiya Amano is showing steely determination to confront Iran over suspected atomic bomb research that belies his diffident public persona, even if it angers powerful member states such as Russia.

Syrian forces kill 12 more civilians: rights group
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Syrian troops killed 12 civilians on Wednesday, five of whom were attending a funeral in Damascus and were caught up in the regime’s continuing crackdown on dissent, a human rights group said.

Bomb hoax at Verdun shopping center
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Security forces evacuate and search a shopping center in Verdun after workers found a bomb hoax letter, but find no traces of explosives.

LF accuses state prosecutor of obstructing investigation into Syrian kidnapping
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Lebanese Forces steps up campaign against State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza Wednesday, accusing him of obstructing investigations into kidnappings of Syrian opposition members.

Over 100 17-year-old Lebanese girls brought to Australia on marriage visa
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 More than a hundred 17-year-old Lebanese girls have been flown to Australia to get married on a government visa program over the past five years, Australia’s Herald Sun reported.

Berri says country needs electronic voting
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 The lack of provision for electronic voting is a major flaw in the new electoral law, Parliament speaker says.

Ahmadinejad: Iran won’t retreat from nuclear path
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Iran won’t retreat “one iota” from its nuclear program, but the world is being misled by claims that it seeks atomic weapons, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in his first reaction since a U.N. watchdog report…

Prisoners treated after self-harming
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 Two Lebanese prisoners, one described as dangerous, treated after deliberately self-harming in their jail cell in a police station in Batroun, north Lebanon.

Sleiman confirms Syria mined its border with Lebanon
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 President Michel Sleiman confirms to Al-Liwaa newspaper that the Syrian army has planted mines along its border with Lebanon, adding that the neighboring country has apologized for repeated border violations.

Arab League can facilitate new phase: EU official
Daily Star 9 Nov 2011 The Arab League is capable of facilitating the transformation of the Arab world, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton tells Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

YNet News

White House on Obama-Sarkozy exchange: President committed to Israel
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama has a “very close working relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu. They speak very regularly,” Deputy National Security Advisor … ….

French document: Ma’ale Adumim part of ‘Occupied Palestine’
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – A 21-year-old resident of Ma’ale Adumim who also holds a French citizenship was surprised to find “Occupied Palestinian Territory” listed under the state of residence on … ….

US: Arab leaders offering Assad safe haven
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Arab leaders are privately telling the United States that they have offered Syrian President Bashar Assad “safe haven” in a bid to convince him to step down, a top US … ….

US says discussing more Iran sanctions with Russia
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – WASHINGTON – A day after the publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) report saying Iran appears to have worked on designing an atom bomb, the US is … ….

Palestinans resigned to defeat in UN bid
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – The Palestinians are resigned to defeat in their quest for full membership at the United Nations, officials said Tuesday, and have started work on their backup plan – … ….

State to court: IDF reducing use of white phosphorus shells
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – The State Prosecutor’s Office told the High Court of Justice Wednesday that Deputy IDF Chief of Staff (Maj.-Gen.) Yair Naveh recently ordered a significant reduction in … ….

Israeli officials: ElBaradei an Iranian agent
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Senior Israeli officials said Tuesday night that the International Atomic Energy Agency report stating that Iran has been working on developing a nuclear weapon design … ….

Israel urges world to halt Iranian nuclear program
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – PMO issues first response to IAEA report, says nuclear Iran would endanger world….

Hague: UK to abstain on UN Palestinian vote
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – British FM says decision reached after consultations with France, urges Israel….

Peres at Rabin memorial: We won’t forgive or forget
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Event marks 16th anniversary of prime minister’s death; President Peres uses….

Suspect in Peace Now HQ ‘price tag’ incident arrested
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – 21-year-old from Mevaseret Zion arrested over his suspected involvement in long….

British ambassador discusses Iran in Haifa
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Matthew Gould speaks to students at Haifa University day after IAEA report, says….

How will Israel attack Iran?
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Analysts examine ways Israel could carry out strike against Iran, issue warning:….

Minister: ‘Price tag’ gangs a cancerous tumor
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar comes out against violence, vandalism directed….

Netanyahu’s father-in-law dies at 97
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Writer, educator Shmuel Ben-Artzi passes away after being cared for by his….

McCain wants Bill Clinton for Mideast peace role
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Republican senator says President Obama should put ‘the smartest guy in the….

Ahmadinejad: Iran won’t retreat from nuclear path
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Iranian president says UN nuclear watchdog report ‘damages agency’s dignity’ due….

Rabbi Yosef to Netanyahu: Don’t raze outposts
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Shas’ spiritual leader meets settler leaders, promises to support their efforts….

China urges peaceful resolution to Iran nuclear issue
YNet News, 9 Nov 2011 – Foreign Ministry spokesman urges Tehran to show flexibility and sincerity in….

Palestinian Information Center

A settler runs over a farmer in Salfit killing him
PIC – A Palestinian man was killed Wednesday evening in the village of Deir-Estia in the northern West Bank after he was run over by a settler on a road used by settlers near Rafafa settlement.

Sheikh Raed Salah gets permission to appeal against immigration decision
PIC – Sheikh Raed Salah, who has been fighting a legal battle over the past few months to clear his name of anti-Semitism slurs, has been allowed to appeal against the decision immigration tribunal.

IOF troops try to storm Eisaweyyah in Jerusalem
PIC – IOF troops tried on Wednesday evening to storm the Eisaweyyah suburb in occupied Jerusalem, but local youth confronted the invading troops by throwing stones..

Settlers torch cars belonging to Palestinians in al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli settlers set fire on Wednesday to three cars belonging to Palestinians in the village of Beit Ummar to the north of al-Khalil. They also daubed graffiti expressing anti-Arab sentiments.

Security council still undecided over Palestine’s membership
PIC – The committee entitled to study applications for new memberships in the UN security council said it was unable to come out with a unanimous recommendation about Palestine’s admission to the UN.

Israeli air strikes on Khan Younis earlier this morning
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) waged two air raids at dawn Wednesday on Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.

Sarkozy labels Netanyahu as liar in G20 meeting
PIC – Nicolas Sarkozy labeled the Israeli premier as a liar during a private conversation with his American counterpart Barack Obama on Monday on the fringes of the G20 summit in Cannes city.


Israeli Airstrikes Injure Palestinian in Southern Gaza

Settlers Set Fire to Three Palestinian Vehicles near Hebron

‘Attack Iran’ and AIPAC’s Infamous Chutzpah
Intifada-Palestine: 9 Nov 2011 – Lobbying for a US war with Iran, AIPAC is pushing a bill that would prohibit diplomacy between the two nations. By MJ Rosenberg Wasting no time after its success in getting the administration to oppose Palestinian statehood at the United Nations,… more

Los Angeles Times

Syria opposition’s divisions showing at Arab League meeting
LA Times 9 Nov 2011 – In Cairo, Syrian dissidents try to prevent other opposition figures from meeting with Arab League officials. The Syrians disagree on whether to hold dialogue with President Bashar Assad’s government. Deep fissures in the Syrian opposition were evident Wednesday when egg-throwing dissidents attempted to prevent other…

U.N. agency alleges suspicious activities in Iran nuclear program
LA Times 9 Nov 2011 – A report based on a huge collection of evidence says Iran may be developing a nuclear weapon. It could boost U.S. and European efforts to toughen U.N. sanctions. Iran calls the findings ‘ridiculous.’ Years of credible evidence indicates Iran may be secretly working to develop…

New York Times

Iran Seeks to Frame U.N. Nuclear Report as American Bullying
New York Times 9 Nov 2011 – Professing outrage over the release of a United Nations report on Iranian nuclear ambitions, Iran’s leaders escalated their anti-American vitriol on Wednesday.

White House Quiet on Report About Iran’s Nuclear Efforts
New York Times 9 Nov 2011 – The Obama administration is trying to avoid fueling a war of words while hoping the report will intensify economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran.

Ahead of Egypt’s Vote, Parties and Skepticism Grow
New York Times 9 Nov 2011 – The question shadowing Egypt’s parliamentary elections is whether a robust enough Parliament will emerge to challenge the military’s 60-year grip on power.

France Is Sending North African Graduates Home
New York Times 9 Nov 2011 – A tightening of French immigration rules is forcing many recently graduated foreign students back home to North Africa, where few jobs await.

Lebanese Fear Syria’s Violence May Spill Over
New York Times 9 Nov 2011 – Tensions are high in Tripoli, Lebanon, where Alawites, belonging to the same Muslim offshoot as the leadership of the Syrian regime, have a long history of armed conflict with their Sunni neighbors.

Magazine Preview: Gilad Shalit and the Rising Price of an Israeli Life
New York Times 9 Nov 2011 – Understanding the exchange of a single Israeli prisoner for 1,027 Palestinians.

At least 26 Killed in Syria
New York Times 9 Nov 2011 – Syrian security forces killed at least 26 people on Wednesday across Syria, according to activists and residents, while defectors clashed with armed men loyal to the government.


The real question is: Does Netanyahu lie?
Mondoweiss – Republicans are outraged . The Anti-Defamation League is “deeply disappointed.” President Obama’s apparent agreement with French leader Nicolas Sarkozy that Israel’s prime minister is a “liar” has struck a nerve among hardline supporters of Israel in the U.S. But the exchange should raise this important question: is…

Israel, GCC and the US — An alliance of convenience
Mondoweiss – This recent article talks about the “alliances of convenience” in the Middle East between the Gulf Arab states and Israel. All alliances are “alliances of convenience,” but what the author of the article does not understand is that the Gulf Arab States would be relatively happy…

Pro-Israel blogger’s call for killing Palestinians earns rebuke from Wash Post ombudsman, clap on back from editorial editor
Mondoweiss – Yesterday the Washington Post ombudsman finally weighed in on neoconservative Post blogger Jennifer Rubin’s endorsement of Rachel Abrams’s murderous rant against Palestinians. Max Blumenthal had exposed Rubin’s retweet endorsement in the first place, and pointed out that Octavia Nasr lost her job at CNN for tweets…

James Baker blasts Obama as ‘shortsighted’ on settlements, on 20th anniversary of Madrid
Mondoweiss – As talk of the Palestinian bid for UN recognition looms, former American, Israeli, and Arab negotiators met at the US Institute for Peace on Wednesday, Nov 2nd. The gathering, which I attended, marked the 20th anniversary of the Madrid Conference, one of the first to bring…

Israel’s policy of divide and survive
Mondoweiss – Back in the days when hazy-eyed neoconservatives stood like prophets laying out their vision of a democratic wave of Biblical proportions sweeping across the Middle East, Israel was supposedly the actualization of what elsewhere might be possible . The problem was that since it came into existence,…

IAEA’s Report on Iranian Nuclear Program
Tikun Olam – Now the dreaded “smoking gun” is out–the IAEA report proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s possible that Iran is pursuing various research initiatives which a country on the road to a nuclear device might undertake (gotcha Ayatollah!). It’s clear and beyond a shadow…

Misc 2

From the Balfour promise to the Obama promise
Voltaire Network 9 Nov 2011 – International affairs Editorial: Weeks separating us from the American escape from Iraq The Arab region is currently going through a state of turmoil and tensions, mainly linked to the American withdrawal from Iraq. After a long war which caused many victims and losses, the American empire…

Cameroon: Agriculture – Israel Transforms Dry land to Bread Basket
allAfrica.com 9 Nov 2011 – The country’s success story could inspire Cameroon which strives to move to second-generation agriculture.

Angola: Israeli Physicians Visit David Bernardino Paediatric Hospital
allAfrica.com 9 Nov 2011 – A delegation of Israeli physicians will visit from 9 to 11 November the David Bernardino Paediatric Hospital of Luanda, to learn of the health condition of children that underwent surgery in Israel.

Settler Harassment in Beit Ommar, Three Cars Burnt-out.
Palestine Solidarity Project 9 Nov 2011 – Beit Ommar 9th November 2011: At around 01.30 residents from Beit Ommar, not far from the illegal settlement of Bat Ayn, were harassed by a group of settlers accompanied by Israeli soldiers. Bat Ayn is one of only two illegal settlements in the entire West Bank…

Does AIPAC’s National Council Include an ?Arab Palestinian??
Arab American Institute 9 Nov 2011 – Since surely no AIPAC National Council Member would ever be so foolish as to falsely impersonate an ?Arab Palestinian? in an effort to afford undue credibility to her condescending lecturing of Arabs, Pinkus must really be an Arab Palestinian!

Ben Gurion University’s Persecution of Idan Landau
The Magnes Zionist 9 Nov 2011 – Some of my loyal readers have noticed that I have not blogged for a long time, almost a month. I should explain. I am now the Director of one of the largest university Jewish Studies programs in the country, and I have no time for anything “…

Russia rejects new Iran sanctions
BBC 9 Nov 2011 – Russia rules out supporting fresh sanctions against Iran, despite a UN report that says Tehran may be trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Eggs thrown at Syrian opposition
BBC 9 Nov 2011 – Syrian protesters opposed to dialogue throw eggs at opposition delegates in Egypt’s capital Cairo, as more than 20 people reportedly die within Syria.

‘Torture threat’ for Libya ex-PM
BBC 9 Nov 2011 – Tunisia should halt plans to extradite back home Libyan ex-PM Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi as he is at risk of torture, says Human Rights Watch.

Niger’s army ‘intercepts’ convoy
BBC 9 Nov 2011 – Niger’s military has killed 13 people after intercepting a heavily armed convoy travelling through a remote desert region from Libya towards Mali, security sources say.

Israeli Jews brainwashed for final ethnic cleansing
Sabbah report 9 Nov 2011 – Good examples of the extent to which many (most?) Israeli Jews have been brainwashed by Zionist propaganda and are as a consequence beyond reason and only capable of seeing themselves as the victims instead of what they actually are, the oppressors.

Why is Gilad Shalit worth more than a Palestinian child?
Sabbah report 9 Nov 2011 – They have conveniently left out the numerous Palestinian children abducted from their homes and taken far away, usually denied even visits from their parents or lawyers. Many are being held without trial or conviction, while others are – often falsely – convicted of throwing rocks at…

Israel Deports Democracy Now! Correspondent Jihan Hafiz; Most Gaza Flotilla Activists Still Detained
Sabbah report 9 Nov 2011 – “All of the [Israeli] commandos on all of these boats were heavily armed… It looked like they were taking on an army of a foreign country,” says Hafiz, noting the masked soldiers pointed their guns at the heads of those on board.



Global week of action against Israel’s wall in the West Bank
Nora Barrows-Friedman, Electronic Intifada 11/9/2011
      Since the beginning stages of Israel’s implementation and continued construction of its illegal wall in the occupied West Bank nearly ten years ago — and compounded with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling in 2004 that the wall is in violation of several international laws — activists on the ground in Palestine and in numerous countries around the world have engaged in sustained and creative protest.
     The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign/Stop the Wall (STW) has organized a global week of action against Israel’s wall and its policies of apartheid and settler-colonialism in Palestine, which begins today and runs through 16 November.
     Activist groups, boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) committees, student coalitions and grassroots organizations from 18 countries on five continents have signed on to officially participate in the global week of action.
     In Palestine, STW has organized three separate demonstrations in addition to the regular, weekly Friday actions against the wall in different villages.
     From their website:
     13 November: Demonstration in the southern West Bank village of Tarqumiya — The demonstration takes place to commemorate the massacre of the people of al Sammou, south of Hebron. Exactly 45 years ago, on November 13 1966 Israeli forces raided this village, destroyed 125 houses, the village clinic and school as well as 15 houses in a neighboring village. 18 people were killed and 54 wounded. more.. e-mail

Israelis brainwashed for final ethnic cleansing of Palestinians
Alan Hart, Redress 11/10/2011
      Global concern “should be less about trying to start a real peace process in which Israeli leaders have no interest and more about stopping a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine”.
     Good examples of the extent to which many (or perhaps most) Israeli Jews have been brainwashed by Zionist propaganda and are, as a consequence beyond reason and only capable of seeing themselves as the victims instead of what they actually are – the oppressors – were on display in all their naked glory in a BBC Radio 4 documentary first broadcast on 5 November with the title “The State of Israel” (meaning, as the programme made clear, the state of things in Israel).
     Some 18 months after the end of his posting as the BBC’s Middle East correspondent, Tim Franks returned to Israel to discover how much things had changed there. As he noted on the flight in: “There was the same right-leaning government, the same absence of peace talks with the Palestinians. But all around, the region had transformed, as the winds of the Arab Spring had blown.” On the subject of this summer’s social protests in Israel, he said this (my emphasis added): “They appeared to share with many Western countries the rage at capitalism’s inequalities. And yet Israel’s economy is growing apace – 5 per cent a year – thanks to its world-beating hi-tech sector. And the protestors took a vow of silence on the most contentious issue of all – the conflict with the Palestinians.”
     One of the major figures Franks interviewed was Naftali Bennett, the chief executive officer of the Yesha Council. It is the umbrella organization of the municipal councils of the illegal settlements on the occupied West Bank. It was founded in the 1970s as the successor to Gush Emunin and its mandate is “to assist Jewish settlement (for which read colonization) in every possible way”. Presumably every possible way includes making sure that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tells President Barack Obama to go to hell from time to time. more.. e-mail

Organ Gangs Force Poor to Sell Kidneys for Desperate Israelis
Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska and David Glovin, Bloomberg 11/8/2011
      Just 12 percent of Israelis are registered organ donors.
     Aliaksei Yafimau shudders at the memory of the burly thug who threatened to kill his relatives. Yafimau, who installs satellite television systems in Babrujsk, Belarus, answered an advertisement in 2010 offering easy money to anyone willing to sell a kidney.
     He saw it as a step toward getting out of poverty. Instead, Yafimau, 30, was thrust into a dark journey around the globe that had him, at one point, locked in a hotel room for a month in Quito, Ecuador, waiting for surgeons to cut out an organ, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its December issue.
     The man holding Yafimau against his will was Roini Shimshilashvili, a former kickboxer who was an enforcer for an international organ-trafficking ring, according to evidence gathered by police in Kiev. Yafimau says that when he pleaded with Shimshilashvili to let him get out of the deal and go home, the big man sliced the air with Thai-boxing moves and threatened him.
     “He said if I didn’t go through with it, he would leave me in Ecuador and kill my family,” Yafimau says.
     Doctors removed Yafimau’s left kidney in July 2010 and transplanted it into an Israeli woman, according to the Kiev police investigation. On the plane back to Belarus, on the western border of Russia, Shimshilashvili told Yafimau that if he wanted to live, he shouldn’t talk to police.
     “I am afraid for my life,” says Yafimau, standing outside his mother’s Babrujsk apartment building, a nine-story, Soviet- era edifice that’s surrounded by weeds and trash. The traffickers paid Yafimau $10,000. He says it wasn’t worth the fear that haunts him today. more.. e-mail

Food shortages make Gaza residents rely on aid at Eid
Electronic Intifada: 9 Nov 2011 – The Electronic Intifada Gaza City International aid organizations donate fresh meat, clothing, and assistance to thousands of families in the Gaza Strip for the Eid holiday, as child malnutrition and deep poverty levels rise due to Israel’s strict blockade.more

Obama Doctrine: Making Virtue of Necessity
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Nov 2011 – By James Petras After nearly 3 years in deep pursuit of the colonial wars initiated by ex-President Bush, the Obama regime has finally recognized the catastrophic domestic and foreign consequences. As a result the “reality principle” has taken hold; the maintenance of the US Empire requires modification of tactics and strategies, to cut political, military and diplomatic losses (1). In response to major military and political losses as well as new opportunity, the White House is fashioning a new doctrine of imperial conquest based on intensified aerial warfare, greater extra-territorial intervention, and, when circumstances allow, alliances with collaborators. This includes the arming and financial backing of retrograde despotic regimes in the Gulf city-states, fundamentalists, opportunist defectors, mercenaries , academic exiles gangsters and other rabble willing to serve the empire for a price. Whether these ‘changes’ add up to a new post-colonial “Obama doctrine” or simply reflects a series of improvisations resulting…more

The PA’s UN Bid: Self-interest at Its Best?
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Nov 2011 – By Mohannad El-Khairy Achieving much needed international recognition of Palestine’s right to exist on one hand, and potentially sealing the disenfranchisement of Palestinian rights, particularly those of state-less refugees, on the other. It’s like being stuck between a rock and hard place, isn’t it? The Statehood Argument, Bottom-lined We have what appears to be a well thought-out strategy by the Palestinian government in the West Bank to demand a permanent seat at the UN. Hussam Zomlot, Fatah’s senior official in the Department of Foreign Relations, outlined the strategy clearly on Al Jazeera: “There are three main benefits that have directed or inspired our move – legal, political, and strategic. Legally: this will establish a legal parity, as a state. The main idea is for defence, to prevent an attack. There is a lot of talk about the ICC and how as a state we can pursue cases through them […] Legally,…more

Sailors Jailed, Freedom Waves Flotilla Sails on
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Nov 2011 – By Tariq Shadid The past years have seen a rise in non-violent activism against the Israeli occupation and against the blockade of Gaza. It is quite important to realize that the success or failure of these actions usually does not depend on the achievement of the direct physical aim of the protest, but much more on the indirect symbolical effects of it. Seen from this point of view, we can safely say that most of the protest activities of non-violent activism undertaken for the Palestinian cause in recent times have been quite successful – including the recent Freedom Waves Flotilla. It is very important to realize this, since the feedback of success can be instrumental in keeping a good thing going. It is also important because it seems as if some of those who either engage in these kinds of activities or support them, sometimes focus too much on the…more

Warmongers Eager for More Blood-letting
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Nov 2011 – By Stuart Littlewood You can read about it on a British government website. ‘The UK and many other countries have serious concerns about the Iranian Government’s policies,’ says the Foreign Office, ‘its failure to address serious international concerns about its nuclear programme; its support for terrorism and promotion of instability in its region; and its continued denial of human rights…’ I really thought they were talking about Israel and had got the names muddled up. But no… “On Iran’s nuclear programme, we are actively seeking a solution through diplomatic engagement and sanctions to encourage compliance by Iran with the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and six UN Security Council resolutions.” Wow, does this means that Israel, which Iran is supposed to be threatening, is an innocent victim of Iranian aggression, is a menace to no-one, is suddenly co-operating with the IAEA and is now in full compliance…more

IAEA Iran Report Thrives on Laptop of Lies
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Nov 2011 – By Ismail Salami The ‘DG [director General] of all states, but in agreement with us’ was how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano was described by the US mission in Vienna. According to a cable released by the Wikileaks in October 2009, “Amano reminded [the] ambassador on several occasions that he would need to make concessions to the G-77 [the developing countries group], which correctly required him to be fair-minded and independent, but that he was solidly in the US court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.” In an atmosphere of cringing obedience to Washington, Mr. Amano cannot choose but to play into the hands of the US officials who look over his shoulders and observe with diligence what he puts to paper in the report he writes about Iran. The US-engineered new allegation against…more

Thomas Friedman at Work: Interview
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Nov 2011 – (Belén Fernández’ book The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work was recently released by Verso. The following is an interview with Fernández’.) Q: Why Tom Friedman? And can you talk a little about how the book is organized? A: My decision to write the book was not the product of any sort of long-standing obsession with Thomas Friedman, whose journalistic exploits I remained mercifully immune to for most of my existence up until 2009. Then, about midway through that year, the idea came to me suddenly when I noticed the $125 “Russian breakfast” option on the room-service menu at my five-star Havana hotel. Kidding. In 2009 I watched with simultaneous fascination and horror as Friedman flitted on pedagogical missions from Lebanon to Iraq to Afghanistan to Palestine to Africa, where he discovered the root cause of oppression in Zimbabwe by going on safari in Botswana. Later that same year, Friedman’s…more

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