VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 19 November 2011: Israeli media paving the way for an attack on Iran

19 November 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Report: Child labor used to collect scrap metal from bomb sites in Gaza
IMEMC – According to an investigation by the Ma’an News Agency in Gaza, the illegal use of child labor has become commonplace in the Gaza Strip, where the lack of an export economy due to the Israeli siege has led families to send their children to bomb sites to collect scrap metal for money. …

Joint Palestinian-Israeli ‘peace radio’ station shut down by Israeli authorities
IMEMC – A radio station that has worked for 7 years to bring together Palestinians and Israelis in joint broadcasts and dialogue was shut down by Israeli authorities on Saturday, with the claim that the station lacked the proper license – despite the fact that the station broadcasts from the West Bank and is not under Israeli jurisdiction. …

Report: “Palestinian Village Condemned To Live In Darkness”
IMEMC – After the “Seeba” Spanish organization managed to install Solar Panels at a Palestinian village in the West Bank, known as Amenzil, and for the first time its residents managed to have electricity, Israel issued a military injunction ordering the residents to remove the Panels. …

Study: “Palestinian Businessmen Invested $2.5 B. In Settlements, Israel, In 2010”
IMEMC – An academic study conducted by a Palestinian researcher from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, revealed that the amount of investments by Palestinian businessmen men, in Israeli settlements, and in Israel itself, in 2010, mounts to $2.5 Billion. …

Ma’an News

Fatah official says new govt to be announced after Cairo meeting
11/19/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah leader Mohammad al-Nahhal said Saturday a new government is to be announced after a Cairo meeting between President Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal. Al-Nahhal told Ma’an the meeting has been well prepared to yield the best possible results.”The Palestinian people will witness in the next….

Ministry: Detainees allege soldier mistreatment in custody
11/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians in Israeli military detention in the occupied West Bank have complained of abuse by Israeli soldiers while in custody. The Ministry of Prisoners Affairs in Ramallah saysinmates at Etzion military detention center, south of Bethlehem, complained to a ministry lawyer that they had been beaten by troops and put in….

UNESCO could boost Palestinian cultural presence in Jerusalem
11/19/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — UNESCO could help restore the Palestinian Authority’s cultural presence in Jerusalem, the president of the Palestinian Committee for Education Culture and Science, Yahya Yakhlaf, said last week in Ramallah. But Yakhlaf, who used to be Minister of Culture and is a well known Palestinian novelist, stressed that Palestinian ambitions….

UN atomic watchdog passes compromise Iran resolution
11/19/2011 – VIENNA (AFP) — The UN atomic agency’s board passed a resolution on Friday condemning Iran’s nuclear activities after the watchdog’s damning recent report but stopped short of setting Tehran a deadline to comply. The text, proposed at the International Atomic Energy Agency by the five permanent members of the UN…. Related: Israel says time running out to stop a nuclear Iran

EU adds 100 million euros to 2012 Palestine aid
11/19/2011 – LONDON (Ma’an) — The European Parliament has agreed to increase aid to the occupied Palestinian territories in 2012, reports on the annual EU budget negotiations in Geneva said Saturday. The bloc’s budget for next year will increase by 129 billion euros, following more than 15 hours of talks, Reuters reported. The increase….

Fayyad says ‘ready to leave’ for unity
11/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has hit back at suggestions that he is non-democratic and an obstacle to reconciliation, in comments posted on his Facebook page late Friday. Fayyad, who heads the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority based in Ramallah, has emerged as stumbling block to selecting a caretaker government jointly with Hamas, who…. Related: Source: Abbas to meet Mashaal Nov 24 and Hamas official: Abbas, Mashaal meet will end disagreement

Islamic bank assets frozen in Gaza
11/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Islamic Bank of Palestine official says $6 million of his bank’s assets had been preventively frozen in Gaza after a court ruling, media reported on Friday. The lower court decision also bars board members from leaving the Gaza Strip, Agence France Press reported. Bank of Palestine was ordered….

Argentina delegation to visit Palestine
11/19/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A delegation of Argentinian lawmakers, mayors, journalists, academics, and representatives of civil society organizations will visit Palestine next week, the Palestinian embassy in Argentina said. The embassy said in a statement that the delegation would arrive on Nov. 25 for a 10-day visit, where they will meet with Palestinian and….

Palestine entry wins UN poster competition
11/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestine has been selected as a winner in a poster competition conducted by the United Nations world tourism organization’s biannual Vettor Giusti Prizes. UNWTO’s secretary-general Taleb Rifai announced Palestine’s win over Saudi Arabia for the Mideast region during a session of the organization’s….

Protest in Jerusalem supporting Assad regime
11/19/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the US consulate in west Jerusalem on Saturday in support of the embattled Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. Palestinian protesters waved Syrian flags and held portraits of Assad, an Agence France-Presse photographer reported. Israeli police and security guards deployed outside the consulate did not intervene.” Down….

Israel says time running out to stop a nuclear Iran
11/19/2011 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Iran is less than a year away from being unstoppable in its goal of producing a nuclear weapon, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview with CNN released on Saturday. In an advance transcript of an interview to air on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program on Sunday, Barak said…. Related: UN atomic watchdog passes compromise Iran resolution

Source: Abbas to meet Mashaal Nov 24
11/19/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Khalid Mashaal in Egypt on Nov. 24, a source in Cairo said Saturday. Abbas will meet the Hamas leader to discuss implementation of a reconciliation deal signed in May, said the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Egypt has hosted three meetings over the…. Related: Hamas official: Abbas, Mashaal meet will end disagreement and Fatah official says new govt to be announced after Cairo meeting

Hamas says 2 members arrested by PA
11/19/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces detained two Hamas members in the West Bank on Saturday, the party said. A Hamas statement said two men were detained from the Nablus village of Talluza. One of them, Mohammad Janajra, is a member of Talluza village council, the document said. A computer was confiscated and….

India donates $1 million to UNRWA
11/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Indian government contributed $1 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees on a ministerial visit to Palestine, officials said Friday. India’s minister of state for external affairs E. Ahmed met UNRWA commissioner-general Filippo Grandi to deliver the donation and discuss future cooperation, India’s representative office….

UN vote demands Iran cooperate with Saudi envoy plot probe
11/19/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN General Assembly on Friday demanded that Iran cooperate with an investigation into an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington, widening the diplomatic divide between Tehran and its Western rivals. The Iranian and US ambassadors to the United Nations linked a resolution overwhelmingly passed by the 193-member….

Officials: Plans to relocate Iranian opposition camp in Iraq
11/19/2011 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Negotiations are underway on relocating several thousand exiled Iranian opposition members from a camp north of Baghdad to another location in Iraq, officials said on Friday. The European Union, meanwhile, urged further cooperation between UN negotiators and Iraqi officials in “difficult” efforts to close Camp Ashraf, which has hosted members of the People….

Libyans say detain Saif al-Islam Gadhafi
11/19/2011 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — Moammar Gadhafi’s son and heir apparent Saif al-Islam has been detained in the southern desert, Libya’s interim justice minister and other officials said Saturday. They said Saif al-Islam and several bodyguards, but no other senior figures from the ousted administration, had been taken near the town of Obari by….

Death toll rises in Syria despite Arab League deadline
11/19/2011 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Three people were killed in a crackdown on dissent against the rule of President Bashar Assad on Saturday, activists said, despite a deadline by the Arab League for Damascus to take steps to end the bloodshed. The Arab League, a powerful political group of Arab states, set the Saturday deadline for Syria to….

Egypt police, protesters clash in Tahrir Square
11/19/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Clashes erupted between riot police and protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir square Saturday after police dispersed a sit-in by demonstrators demanding the ruling military transfer power swiftly to a civilian government. Around 100 protesters had camped in the square overnight after Friday’s demonstration which had gathered some 50,000 people, mostly….

Saif al-Islam says he is fine after capture
11/19/2011 – ZINTAN (Reuters) — Saif al-Islam Gadhafi said Saturday that he was feeling fine after being captured by some of the fighters who overthrew his father and he said injuries to his right hand were suffered during a NATO air strike a month ago. Asked by Reuters correspondent Marie-Louise Gumuchian on the plane which flew him to….

17 dead in Syria as Arab deadline looms
11/19/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — At least 17 people were killed across Syria on Saturday, activists said, as an Arab League deadline for Damascus to stop its lethal crackdown on dissent was set to expire. Among the dead were four intelligence agents killed by gunmen who raked their car with gunfire and two mutinous soldiers who died in….

1 dead, more than 600 hurt in Cairo clashes
11/19/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — At least one person was killed and more than 600 injured in clashes between riot police and protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir square on Saturday after a protest demanding the ruling military transfer power swiftly to a civilian government. Police pulled down tents of about 100 protesters who had camped in the….

Palestine News Network

France Says it Supports Reconciliation, Government to be Headed in Gaza
PNN – PNNFrench Foreign Minister Bernard Valero told the newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat on Saturday that the French government supported a reconciliation agreement between Palestinian political factions Fatah and Hamas. Meanwhile, an advisor to Hamas…

Activists Document Settler March in Hebron, Seven Arrested
PNN – PNNIn the southern West Bank city of Hebron, seven activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) were arrested documenting a citywide march by hundreds of Israeli settlers who inhabit the small, illegal…

Al-Walajeh Protestors Walk on Settlers Road, Three Injured in Nabi Saleh, Settlers Beat 70-year-old
PNN – PNNDuring Friday’s weekly protests around the West Bank, the Israeli army failed to stop a group of Palestinian and international from walking on a settlers’ only road in the Palestinian village of…

Relief Web

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Assistance in Review, FY 2002 – 2011 – Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia
Relief Web 19 Nov 2011 – Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Afghanistan , Egypt , France , Kazakhstan , Libya , occupied Palestinian territory , Poland , Saudi Arabia , Serbia , Sweden , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Yemen Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and…

Palestine Telegraph

Settlers storm Nablus villages
19 Nov 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-A group of armed settlers stormed Saturday Palestinian villages in Nablus city north of the West Bank amid indiscriminate firing.


Assad: Syria will not bow down to pressure to end crackdown
Ha’aretz – Syria President Bashar Assad tells U.K.’s Sunday Times that crackdown on opposition will continue despite Arab League pressure to end it.

What are former Mossad chief’s business ties to Uganda?
Ha’aretz – Rafi Eitan returned to business world two years ago, became interested in ventures in Africa, mainly Uganda; says has been friend of Ugandan president for many years.

Adar Primor / What happened to UNESCO’s sense of humor?
Ha’aretz – UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova defends the organization’s position regarding Palestinian membership.

Residents to tell Israel’s High Court if they will return to negotiations
Ha’aretz – High Court proposed talks based on agreement signed with Israel Medical Association in late August, but residents’ want to shorten duration of the agreement, in force until July 2019, to only three years.

Supreme Court president may scuttle controversial package deal to allow nomination of justices
Ha’aretz – Dorit Beinisch expected to seek expansion of list of candidates for High Court appointment; judicial selection committee may also make temporary court appointments to relieve case load until permanent candidates chosen.

Jerusalem dance troupe to raise the curtain on rehearsals to protest
Ha’aretz – Kolben Dance Group, last professional dance company left in Jerusalem, will join protests against exclusion of women from public spaces in the city by removing curtains hiding company’s rehearsal hall from the street.

Study: For a healthy Jordan River, divert less water to agriculture
Ha’aretz – Israel would also have to divert less water from the Kinneret to the National Water Carrier, according to study by Friends of the Earth Middle East.

Hunting and pollution plague Israel’s version of the otter
Ha’aretz – New study says ‘lutra’ otter has disappeared from areas in northern Israel; population is stable in region stretching from sources of Jordan River in north to Harod and Beit She’an valleys further south.

Three killed, hundreds injured in clashes with Egyptian police
Ha’aretz – Riot police storm into Cairo’s Tahrir Square to dismantle a tent camp set up by protesters demanding end to military government; Egypt officials say at least 650 injured.

Egypt police, protesters clash over Cairo’s Tahrir square
Ha’aretz – Military forces attempt to prevent demonstrators from camping overnight in pivotal square, but leftist protesters insist on doing so as crucial parliamentary elections approach.

Syria forces attack restive areas, despite Arab League peace plan
Ha’aretz – Turkish PM Erdogan says that Syria has not kept its promises to Turkey, the Arab League and the world; British foreign secretary to meet with Syrian opposition representatives on Monday.

Barak says sees signs of cracks in Syria’s Assad regime
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Syrian security forces assessing events; says Assad regime like ‘a medieval fiefdom,’ its end will benefit entire region.

Barak: Iran less than a year away from producing nuclear weapon
Ha’aretz – Israeli Defense Minister tells CNN that the possibility of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities is ‘not a subject for public discussion.’

Iran ‘undecided’ over allowing IAEA fact-finding mission
Ha’aretz – UN nuclear watchdog made request on Thursday, after approving resolution calling on Iran to address concerns about military dimensions of nuclear program.

Ministry shuts down broadcasts of Israeli-Palestinian radio station
Ha’aretz – Communications Ministry demands an end to broadcasts, claiming that “Kol Hashalom” is a pirate station.

Iran paper: Deadly blast occurred during intercontinental missile test
Ha’aretz – Government newspaper in Iran quotes brother of dead Revolutionary Guard commander saying accidental explosion took place during missile test; Iranian officials have denied press speculation on Israeli involvement.

Hamas: Next Palestinian government will be located in Gaza
Ha’aretz – Hamas PM adviser states that Hamas will support Palestinian efforts to receive UN recognition; says goal of all Palestinian factions is a state on 1967 borders with capital in Jerusalem.

U.S.: Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ isolation over nuclear program
Ha’aretz – U.S. national security adviser says that U.S., Russia and China are united in their opposition to Iran getting a nuclear weapon; sources say U.S. plans to sanction Iran’s petrochemical industry.

Jerusalem Post

A modern boost to Freudian therapy
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – A leading US practitioner of cognitive behavioral therapy for treating mental disorders of all types has moved to J’lem, hopes to increase its use in Israel.

The Vienna-Tehran connection
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2011 – Austria continues Iran trade, refueling Iran Air planes; Vienna-based specialist says country strongly contributes to keeping Iran from int’l isolation,

Two killed, hundreds hurt in Egypt street clashes
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Demonstrators call for ruling army council head to go; unrest spreads to Alexandria, Suez; youths chant to “topple the regime.”

Rabbi: Better that soldiers face fire than hear women sing
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Chief rabbi of Samaria region says if IDF requires religious soldiers to attend events where women sing, soldiers should leave, even if firing squad waiting.

Bill proposes IDF-exempt males do nat’l service
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – MK Moshe Matalon proposes bill that is signed by Israel Beiteinu faction members and MK Uri Ariel; will be brought to a vote by Ministerial Committee.

‘Canada, US web servers sites host Syria gov’t, Hezbollah’
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – University of Toronto academics warn hosting web pages could violate sanctions against Damascus and Lebanese terrorist group.

Miami mayor: ‘Settlements’ is wrong word to use
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Carlos Gimenez says Israeli reality is short-shrifted in 30-second sound bites; correct description is “developments.”

Syria’s Assad vows to continue crackdown
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Arab League deadline passes for Syria to comply with peace plan; “we will not bow down,” Syrian President tells Britain’s ‘Sunday Times’; 14 reportedly killed in security force raid.

500 Egyptians hurt after mass rally against army’s power
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Islamists dominate Friday’s demonstration; Ideological battle rages after female blogger posts nude images online.

Rebel hospital residents to return to talks
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Residents agree to inform court of decision; Student Association of HU’s Medicine Faculty to rally in support of doctors.

National Union bill mandates settlement building
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Gov’t unlikely to support bill, but such legislation puts PM in tough position with right-wing voters next election, source says.

Dimona man stabbed to death in drunken brawl
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – The murder victim’s 50-year-old landlord was arrested hours after emergency services found the body.

‘Turkey has contingency plans for Syria’
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Ankara may create no-fly zones to protect civilians in Syria from security forces if bloodshed worsens, Turkish papers say.

An open letter to Christian leaders in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – As a Jew, especially an Orthodox one, I am ashamed that so-called “religious” people would spit on clergy of other faiths.

More disappearing women
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – A male-only selection process for rabbinical court judges bodes badly for Israeli women of all stripes.

My Word: Not-so-easy riders
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Jews – no matter what papers they are carrying – cannot travel on a Palestinian-owned bus to Nablus, or Shechem as it’s been known in Hebrew ever since the Bible put it on the map.

A just debate
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Each time a reform of how justices are chosen for the Supreme Court is proposed, those who oppose it frame the argument as a war for democracy and the very foundations of the state.

Time running out to stop nuclear Iran, Barak says
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – IAEA report had sobering effect on world leaders, is driving urgent diplomacy, defense minister says in CNN interview.

TA, center biggest recipients of rainfall
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Tel Aviv gets one third of yearly rainfall in a week; unseasonable cold to continue, snow expected on Mount Hermon.

Gaddafi’s son captured, scared and without fight
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Fighters arrest Saif al-Islam in Libyan desert, vow to hold him in mountain town of Zintan until they are able to hand him over to authorities.

ICC to discuss Gaddafi son trial with Libya
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – After Saif al-Islam arrested, spokesman for Libya’s outgoing interim gov’t says he will be tried in Libya rather than The Hague.

Settlers stone home of prisoner released in Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Police break up clashes in Hebron between dozens of Palestinians and Israelis, Army Radio reports; 1 Jewish woman, 1 Palestinian detained.

EU urges Libya to work with ICC over captured Gaddafi son
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Saif al-Islam arrested by fighters in southern Libyan desert; Ashton spokesman says arrest a “significant development” that could help national reconciliation after bloody civil war.

Qatari World Cup bid draws unions’ attention
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – Activists worry that workers building football facilities in the emirate will be abused.

ICC confirms Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2011 – International Court confirms Muammar Gaddafi’s son was arrested in Libya, is coordinating next steps with Libya.

Arabian Sea cyclones are intensified by air pollution
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2011 – Study finds wind circulation patterns are changing, reducing vertical wind shear and allowing stronger storm development.

Geologists explore cues to earth’s formation in diamonds
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2011 – Diamonds are veritable time capsules giving researchers a window into how the continent of North Asia formed.

Revolution on the green
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2011 – Provincial Southern French cuisine in a charming atmosphere overlooking tennis courts at a country club? Must be Tel Aviv’s Rokach 73.

If the walls could speak
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2011 – Two dancers and the stage itself perform in ‘Cell in a Human Scale,’ which premieres this week.


Saif Al Islam Gaddafi pleads: ‘Fire a bullet to my head’
Uruknet November 19, 2011 – The capture yesterday of Muammar Qaddafi’s son, Saif Al Islam, has reduced the chances of a loyalist insurgency, while creating a potential custody battle among Libyan forces and the International Criminal Court. Saif Al Islam was arrested near the southern town of Obari by fighters from the mountain town of Zintan, according…

Bad Moon Rising Over Great Sirte Bay
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – This observer, with his sandaled feet comfortably dug into the sand of a chilly Mediterranean beach and huddled next to a camp fire with a congenial and bright group of still heavily armed “NATO rebels,” is learning that the past eight months’ experiences for many Libyans who fought with or for NATO…

Analysis: As Libyans wrangle, Qatar in wings
Uruknet Some Libyan leaders accuse the emir of Qatar bluntly of betrayal and of seeking divisive control of their own oil-rich country through forceful backing of Islamist figures at their expense. Some have appealed to Western governments for help. “It is outrageous. We are surprised and cannot understand it. We are telling the emir but he is…

Syria News – November 18, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 22 Martyrs so far unti now fall by the security forces and the army, among them four children: seven martyrs in Daraa, Six martyrs in Homs, five martyrs in Hama,four martyrs in “Damascus Suburb”… Daraa: Martyrdom of child Yaseen Abdulkareem Masalmeh (14 years old) by security forces random fire in a try to disperse the demonstrators…Damascus…

A message from Kairos Palestine about BDS A Frantic Counter BDS Campaign Under Way in Israel
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – Anything but subtle – that sums up the desperate campaign recently launched by an assortment of anti-Palestinians conglomerates. Buy Israel Week, to be held from November 28 to December 4, is an apparent attempt to hijack Christmas shoppers and divert attention from the success of the ongoing BDS campaigns around the world….

Criminalizing OWS Protesters
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – On November 14, the Northern California ACLU and National Lawyers Guild (NLG) sued the Oakland Police Department (OPD) in federal court for “egregious constitutional violations” against Occupy Oakland protesters. A temporary restraining order was sought to stop them. On November 14, hundreds of riot gear clad police forcefully evicted encamped Oscar Grant…

US Africa Command a tool to recolonise continent
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – The USA Africa Command, which America calls Africom’, is a military structure of the Defence Department of America. Africom was formed in 2007 during President George W Bush’s second term of office. That was two months after America had bombed a small African country, Somalia, destabilising it to the ashes it is…

Iraq snapshot – November 18, 2011
Uruknet November 18, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, a US delegation is said to be in Baghdad to continue negotiations on immunity for US troops, Moqtada al-Sadr threatens to take his bloc and go home, Baghdad and the KRG continue to argue over the Exxon deal, DoD identifies the fallen, and more. Starting with breaking news out…

Asia Channel Linked to Iraq Invasion Enthusiast Ahmed Chalabi
Uruknet Saturday, November 19, 2011 – A New Beirut-based channel promising to champion democracy and social justice has close ties and is possibly funded by Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, the prominent Iraqi apologist of the US invasion of Iraq. At Asia channel, whose headquarter studios are located in the Jnah district of Beirut, only the studios’ finishing…

Israeli Forces Destroy Agricultural Ponds East of Hebron, Knesset Mulls Settlement Law
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – On Thursday, Israeli forces destroyed agricultural ponds, farming equipment, irrigation systems and crops in the al-Baq’a area east of Hebron. Meanwhile, Israeli Knesset members proposed a law obligating the state to sign all future construction tenders for 10 West Bank settlements. “Israeli forces, accompanied by the civil administration, the borders guards and…

Concerning the American Change in Management, and the Lies that Will Kill You
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – We all claim concern with the truth. This is the case even for those individuals dominated by delusion: the delusion exerts a powerful psychological effect precisely because the sufferer believes the delusion to reflect accurately certain aspects of the world as it exists independently of him. And when we speak of political…

More than 1 in 5 U.S. children poor, Census says
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – The number of children in the United States considered poor rose by 1 million in 2010, the U.S. Census said Thursday, with more than one in five of the youngest Americans now living in poverty. “Children who live in poverty, especially young children, are more likely than their peers to have cognitive…

Libyan militias march in capital to demand voice in forming new government
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – The armed militias that overthrew the regime of Moammar Gadhafi are now demanding a voice in the formation of Libya’s new interim government. Several thousand fighters armed with automatic weapons and accompanied by trucks mounted with mortars and heavy machine guns rallied late Thursday at Tripoli’s horse track, many of them saying…

‘Down with military rule,’ chant Tahrir masses
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – Islamists and other groups that participated in the Friday, 18 November demonstration in Tahrir Square directed unprecedented criticism at the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Protesters chanted “Down with military rule” and claimed that the SCAF is trying to enshrine a special status for the military in Egypt’s new…

US Presidential Elections: GOP Candidates Advocate Torture
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – At last week’s debate, Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Michelle Bachman defended waterboarding. Cain said, “I don’t see it as torture. I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique,” which is what the Bush administration used to call its policy of torture and abuse. Bachman declared, “If I were president, I…

Poor Tripoli
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – …When the insurgents came to occupy most of Libya, the town of Tawergha was in a vulnerable position, therefore its inhabitants fled to take refuge on the outskirts of Tripoli, living in makeshift shantytowns. Now these displaced people are suffering reprisals from the Misurata guerrillas (the opposition), who are experiencing feverish emotions,…

Ruin & Rebuild: Warfare worth $300bln Libya windfall
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – Libya has big plans for its post-war future, hoping to be reborn as the next Dubai and having all the necessary sun and beaches, with oil reserves aplenty. British companies are likely to come out on top of those lining up for a piece of the action. It was France and the…

Israel Grabs Palestinian Lands To Expand Religious Kibbutz
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that the Israeli government confiscated privately owned Palestinian lands in the Jordan Valley, and gave the lands to Kibbutz Merav, inhabited by Jewish settlers. Israeli government re-routed the Annexation Wall in the area in order to secure the illegal takeover of nearly 1500 Dunams (375 Acres) of privately…

Settlers Attack Palestinian Family in their Farm Land
Uruknet November 18, 2011 – On Friday, a group of Israeli settlers attacked a family in al-Khader Village, near Bethlehem, while they were working in their orchard. The land is located near the illegal settlement “Eliezer”, the Palestine news & info agency reported (WAFA) reported.Hassan Salah, one of the assaulted family members, said that they were surprised…

Military Resistance 9K10: the Regime Attacks
Uruknet November 17, 2011 – The Obama Regime Orchestrates Coordinated Nationwide Attack On Occupy Wall Street: “Over The Past Ten Days, More Than A Dozen Cities Have Moved To Evict Occupy’ Protesters From City Parks And Other Public Spaces” “According To One Justice Official, Each Of Those Actions Was Coordinated With Help From Homeland Security, The FBI…

Syria News – November 17, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Idlib: Martyrdom of Nawar Mustafa Al Khlas under torturing, he was arrested after getting injured on 15th Nov, the security forces refused to give his corpse to his family. Deir Ezzor: martyrdom of Samer Al Tayeb under torturing, he was arrested this morning when the security forces stormed Al Joura neighborhood…Idlib: Heish: Martyrdom of a student…

Daily Star

Syria’s Assad vows to continue crackdown: report
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Syria’s Bashar al-Assad said the crackdown on anti-government unrest would continue in the face of pressure from the Arab League to end it, according to an interview published late Saturday.

Turkish papers highlight contingency plans for Syria
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Turkish newspapers said Ankara had contingency plans to create no-fly or buffer zones to protect civilians in Syria from security forces there if the bloodshed worsens.

Arrest of Gaddafi’s son poses challenge for new Libya
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 The capture of Saif al-Islam ties up an awkward loose end for Libya’s new rulers, but disputes over what to do with him could severely strain the country’s fledgling systems and structures.

Syrian army, Lebanese civilians exchange fire on border
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Syrian army personnel and Lebanese civilians exchange fire along the border in Bekaa, north Lebanon following a smuggling attempt across the border into Syria.

Hezbollah MP: U.S. targets Syria to compensate for failure in Iraq
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 The U.S. wants to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s government to compensate for its failure in Iraq, because of Syria’s opposition to Israel, Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi says.

Iran defiant after U.N. nuclear resolution
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Iranian media Saturday describes a resolution from the U.N. nuclear watchdog expressing “deep and increasing concern” about the country’s atomic programme as a victory, celebrating the fact it does not call for new U.N. sanctions.

Dozens protest in Jerusalem supporting Syria
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the US consulate in west Jerusalem Saturday in support of the embattled Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

Charbel inaugurates wiretapping control room
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Wiretapping command center aimed at bolstering national security in Lebanon inaugurated by Interior Minister Marwan Charbel in the ministry’s headquarters in Badaro.

West Bank land annexed to Israeli kibbutz
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Israeli researcher says a tract of Palestinian land in the West Bank has been annexed to a nearby kibbutz inside Israel for the first time.

Yemeni police officer gunned down
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Yemeni police officer gunned down by unknown assailants in the country’s southeastern Hadramawt province, police official says.

Islamist Jebali to be Tunisian PM: party sources
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Hamadi Jebali of the Islamist Ennahda party poised to become Tunisia’s new prime minister under a deal struck by the country’s three main parties.

Libya to unveil govt by Monday ‘at latest’
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Libya’s new government is to be announced by Monday “at the latest,” an official of the ruling National Transitional Council said Saturday.

Libya has obligation to surrender Saif : ICC spokesman
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Moammar Gadhafi’s son tells Reuters journalist he is fine, sustained injuries in NATO airstrike.

Hoss: Clinton’s remarks reflect U.S. desire for civil war in Syria
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Former Lebanese prime minister says U.S. secretary of state’s remarks on the possibility of civil war in Syria reflect America’s desire for such an event.

Proportional representation blow to PSP influence: Jumblatt
Daily Star 19 Nov 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader describes proportional representation as a potential blow to his party’s declining influence in many areas.

YNet News

Medical residents agree to resume wage talks
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Crisis averted? The medical residents decided Saturday to resume their wage negotiations with the Treasury. The decision was made following an emergency meeting of … ….

US mulls new financial sanctions against Iran
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Washington is planning to impose fresh sanctions against Iran’s petrochemical industry, in wake of the recent IAEA report on Tehran’s atom endeavors and its adamant … ….

Turkish media: Assad’s days numbered
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Turkish newspapers said on Saturday that Ankara had contingency plans to create no-fly or buffer zones to protect civilians in neighboring Syria from security forces … ….

Egypt: Hundreds injured in Cairo clashes
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Unrest sweeping through Egypt once more: Egyptian riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square Saturday to clear a protest tent camp, … ….

Report: Iran denies contact with Syrian opposition
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Iran, a close alley to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, denied recent reports that it has been in direct contact with the Syrian opposition, the semi-official Fars … ….

Syrian troops attack despite Arab peace plan; 9 killed
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Syrian troops stormed a central town and a northwestern region in search of regime opponents on Saturday, activists said; a day after the government agreed in principle … ….

Libya: Gaddafi’s son arrested
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Muammar Gaddafi’s son and heir apparent Saif al-Islam has been detained in the southern desert, Libya’s interim justice minister and other officials said on Saturday. … ….

Report: Fatah, Hamas reach understandings
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Palestinian official claims breakthrough achieved on reconciliation agreement;….

Report: Iran blast caused by missile testing
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Brother of Gen. Hasan Tehrani Mogaddam, who was killed in explosion at….

Clinton: Only a matter of time before Assad’s gone
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – US Secretary of State says Damascus regime on its way out; Assad ‘not going to….

‘Iran facing unprecedented degree of isolation’
YNet News, 19 Nov 2011 – Washington official says Russia, China and United States share similar goal to….

Palestinian Information Center

Settlers attack the villages of Aqraba and Awdla to the south of Nablus
PIC – More than fifty settlers at midnight Thursday stormed the villages of Aqraba and Awdla, to the south east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus and wreaked havoc in both villages.

Al-Azhar to announce “al-Quds Document†sunday
PIC – A statement by Al-Azhar said that Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyeb will announce on Sunday “The Quds Document†which has been coordinated with the popular campaign against Judaization of Jerusalem.

OCHA: Israel killed 6 Palestinians, wounded 40 in two weeks
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed six Palestinians and wounded 40 others in the period 2 †15 November, the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs said.

Prisoner given wrong injection moved to hospital
PIC – Palestinian prisoner Riyadh Al-Amor, 42, was given wrong injection at the Ramle prison hospital that worsened his health condition, human rights sources said on Saturday.

Israel confiscates Palestinian land north of Jordan Valley
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority has confiscated hundreds of Palestinian dunums north of the Jordan Valley and annexed them to a Jewish Kibbutz called Merav, according to Hebrew press reports.

US threatens to cut off aid to PA if national reconciliation materialises
PIC – Zionist news sources said that the US administration sent a secret message to Ramallah which says that any plans to achieve unity with Hamas in the Gaza Strip means the immediate freezing of US funds.

Detention of Journalist Isra’ Salhab extended
PIC – 18/11/2011 – 06:33 PM


IBSA Inaugurates Sports Center In Ramallah

Real Madrid Player Donates 2400 Euros to Gaza Schools

Palestine Wins International Best Tourism Poster Competition

Reporters Without Borders Concerned About Arrests of Journalists

Rights Organization Condemns Arrest of Palestinian Journalist

Newspapers Review: Israeli Annexation of Jordan Valley Land Dominates Dailies

Argentinean Delegation to Palestine Next Week

France Supports Palestinian Reconciliation

Intifada Palestine

Bad Moon Rising Over Great Sirte Bay
Intifada-Palestine: 19 Nov 2011 – “They destroyed our country and now they want us to pay them to rebuild it. I wish we could rebuild without one NATO country profiting.” by FRANKLIN LAMB / Intifada-Palestine.com  ( Sirte, Libya ) This observer, with his sandaled feet comfortably dug into… more

From US South to Palestine, Palestinian Freedom Riders Change History
Intifada-Palestine: 19 Nov 2011 – Nour Joudah    The Electronic Intifada Palestinian Freedom Riders were arrested while challenging Israel’s apartheid road system. ( Ahmad Gharabali / AFP Photo ) I grew up with two stories, two histories, and in many ways, two countries. From the age of 5 until… more

Rosengarten in Gaza: I was far more afraid of Israel than of Hamas
Intifada-Palestine: 19 Nov 2011 – by Philip Weiss on October 17, 2011 11 Lillian Rosengarten Lillian Rosengarten is a New York activist and poet, who was on the Jewish boat to Gaza that was stopped by the Israeli navy in Jan. 2010. Last week she returned… more

New York Times

Violence in Cairo Pits Thousands Against Police
New York Times 19 Nov 2011 – An outpouring on Saturday by thousands of protesters was the strongest rebuke yet against attempts by Egypt’s military to grant itself permanent governmental powers.

Qaddafi Son Seif al-Islam Is Captured in Libya
New York Times 19 Nov 2011 – The capture of Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi set off nationwide celebrations but also exposed a potential struggle between former-rebel factions over his handling.

In Homs, Syria, Sectarian Battles Stir Fears of Civil War
New York Times 19 Nov 2011 – In this ethnically diverse city, violence between Alawite and Sunni is rife, offering a chilling vision of Syria’s possible future.

Mohammad Javad Larijani Seeks to Counter Iran’s Critics
New York Times 19 Nov 2011 – Mohammad Javad Larijani never finished graduate studies at Berkeley. Instead, he became a quotable, English-speaking, official defender of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

News Analysis: The Hatred, and Hope, for Arab Christians
New York Times 19 Nov 2011 – After a region’s upheavals, religious persecution needn’t prove inevitable.

Fate of U.S. Base Raises Tensions Around Iraqi Kurdistan
New York Times 19 Nov 2011 – Kurdish officials want to turn an air base into a civilian airport after the Americans leave, but the decision may depend on Iraq’s central government.


Suspect in Peace Now Price Tag Attacks Arrested, Confesses; Court Grants Family Gag on Reporting His Identity
Tikun Olam – Israeli media are reporting  (Hebrew) that the police have arrested a suspect in the Peace Now price tag attacks and death threats against Hagit Ofran.  The suspect has confessed to his role in phoning bomb threats to the Peace Now office and vandalizing Ofran’s apartment building…

‘Shame on you’
Mondoweiss – Feel the energy of unified power as these non violent students at UC Davis shout down police and demand they exit their quad after police pepper spray protesters. Then, they literally chant police away. Chris Wong, one of the students pepper sprayed: “We just successfully booted…

National Press Club suspends journalist over tough questions for Saudi prince
Mondoweiss – Journalist Sam Husseini was suspended from the National Press Club this week over the exchange above with Saudi prince Turki al-Faisal al-Sa’ud. The transcript his here , and here is an excerpt with al-Saud responding to Hussieni’s question “What legitimacy does you regime have?”: Turki: I advise…

Barak says he would want nukes if he was Iran
Mondoweiss – Barak on Charlie Rose Tuesday night In addition to declaring that the Obama administration is deeply committed to Israel, defense minister Ehud Barak made comments on this week’s Charlie Rose Show that oppose the Israeli state line that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons because it wants…

NPR story on Dead Sea Scrolls makes listener feel like a goose being force-fed Israel propaganda
Mondoweiss – How I felt listening to NPR’s report on Dead Sea Scrolls Thursday NPR did a breathless story Thursday on an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a space called Discovery Times Square— an exhibit mounted in partnership with the Israeli Antiquities Authority, an Israeli governmental…

Sumrains, prominent family in East Jerusalem, face eviction for settlers (and where is Hillary?)
Mondoweiss – link to www.haaretz.com link to www.alternativenews.org link to palsolidarity.org link to english.wafa.ps link to silwanic.net link to www.maannews.net link to electronicintifada.net link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk link to www.imemc.org link to www.bbc.co.uk link to www.maannews.net link to 972mag.com link to www.imemc.org link to english.pnn.ps link…

Israeli Police Silence Peace Radio Station
Tikun Olam – All for Peace Radio’s comment on its silencing by the Israeli police Israeli police have just succeeding in murdering peace  (Hebrew)–or at least the voice of peace that Israelis and Palestinians can hear on the radio.   Police summoned the Radio Kol HaShalom  (“All for Peace”…

Misc 2

Kenya: Israel to Help Govt Fight Terrorism
allAfrica.com 19 Nov 2011 – Israel is sending experts to Kenya to help police secure major towns and cities from possible terrorism attacks.

Gaddafi’s son captured in Libya
BBC 19 Nov 2011 – Saif al-Islam, the fugitive son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been captured and will face a fair trial, the prime minister says.

Deadline passes for Syria action
BBC 19 Nov 2011 – Violence continues in Syria as a deadline set by the Arab League for the government to halt its crackdown on protesters passes.

VIDEO: Impact of an end to Gaddafi era
BBC 19 Nov 2011 – Libyan leaders have told David Cameron that Saif al-Islam will face justice in line with international standards, but what impact will his capture have on Libya’s future?

Israeli media paving the way for an attack on Iran
Sabbah report 19 Nov 2011 – Neve Gordon argues that while the Israeli media frenzy supporting an attack on Iran may be orchestrated to pressure the international community to impose harsher sanctions against Iran, it is nonetheless helping to produce the necessary conditions for a military campaign.

Why the West is demonizing Iran
Sabbah report 19 Nov 2011 – Why are we hearing non-stop, loud-mouthed sabre-rattling against Iran when we should be extending the hand of friendship and reconciliation? Why the West are demonising Iran instead of righting the wrongs? Why not live and let live? Because the political establishment is still smarting. They are…


Overdue Books: Returning Palestine’s ’Abandoned Property’ of 1948
Hannah Mermelstein, Jerusalem Quarterly File 11/19/2011
      Autumn 2011
     Cultural genocide extends beyond attacks upon the physical and/or biological elements of a group and seeks to eliminate its wider institutions… Elements of cultural genocide are manifested when artistic, literary, and cultural activities are restricted or outlawed and when national treasures, libraries, archives, museums, artifacts, and art galleries are destroyed or confiscated. – David Neressian.1
     For approximately the past hundred years, the Zionist movement has been engaged in an intense process of nation building in the land of historic Palestine. The problem, from the Zionist perspective, was the existence of a predominantly non-Jewish Palestinian population in the very area slated to become a Jewish state. The solution, from the Zionist perspective, was the disappearance of the Palestinian people.
     For more than sixty years, the attempt to disappear Palestine has taken three primary forms: the physical destruction of Palestinian property and expulsion of people from their homes, the legally enshrined discrimination against Palestinian people both inside and outside Palestine, and the ongoing process of cultural genocide that threatens Palestinian identity at its core. These processes are inherently intertwined, but the first two are often given more attention than the last. This study will briefly touch upon physical destruction and legal discrimination to provide a framework for understanding the primary topic of the study: an example of the ongoing process of cultural theft and destruction.
     In 1948, much of the wealthy and formally educated Palestinian population was concentrated in Jerusalem and other urban centers. When Zionist militias swept through these neighborhoods, they physically pushed thousands of people from their homes and caused tens of thousands more to flee in fear….. more.. e-mail

Who Are the ‘Canaanites’? Why Ask?
Basem L. Ra’ad, Americans for Middle East Understanding – AMEU 11/19/2011
      November-December 2011
     On the steps to Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, I see an elderly Palestinian woman wearing a hand-embroidered dress, likely of her own making, sitting on the stone pavement, baskets of fruit in front of her. She has carried her load from her village past checkpoints, or perhaps around them, to sell her harvest. To advertise her tiny pears, she calls out, “Pears, Pears, Ba’l Pears.” The people walking by understand: the pears are small, not mass-produced in irrigated orchards, but picked from the wild. Most people today prefer plump, perfect looking fruits and vegetables, though less tasty. Ba’l fruits and vegetables grow on rain moisture: imperfect and blemished, smaller in size, but the flavor is concentrated and special—one can smell the aroma from a distance. I buy a kilo, then ask: “What does it mean that your pears are ba’l?” She explains their special quality, without articulating what the term represents in the ancient memory of a Cana’anite god and his attributes.
     I am satisfied. For her, as for others in the region, this word and many such expressions, place names, and customs have retained thousands-of-years-old associations—not fossilized remnants but subaltern, functional folk traditions, conveying a host of past inventories that merit rediscovery. They show the people’s ancientness, a continuity they don’t have to pretend or fabricate, though they may not always be aware of it.
     To explicate some of this hidden history, I trace here “Canaan”/”Canaanite” as a metaphor, as a model, as a theme. My purpose is to expose underlying preconceptions in common thinking, and to approximate a more accurate picture of regional history, culture and religion, based on crucial discoveries. — See also: PDF version more.. e-mail

Foreign Intervention in Syria: No Room for Equivocation
Ibrahim al-Amin, Al-Akhbar English, Conflicts Forum 11/1/2011
      Syria today is approaching a new crossroads … These fears are not based on a general reading of the situation, but on concrete evidence reaching several regional capitals about the course that the US, Europe, and their Arab clients have decided to take on Syria. These countries are acting, of course, in collaboration with various parts of the Syrian opposition. Most prominent of these is the group that is now part and parcel of Western plans and has a controlling majority in the Syrian National Council (SNC)… Either way, it is their ideas and slogans that will be turned into a plan of action based on the concept of replicating the Libyan experience in Syria — without, of course, considering the dangers or the consequences.
     Some, of course, have been quick to argue that the West is not interested in attacking Syria because it does not have Libya’s oil or money. This is an attempt to pull wool over our eyes by pretending that Arab oil states are not themselves deeply involved in this scheme. … In terms of regional politics, and in other respects, Syria is a strategic prize that makes it infinitely more valuable than the riches that some oil kingdoms and emirates may possess.
     The experience of Lebanon is far more applicable to Syria than the experiences of Egypt or Tunisia, or even Libya or Yemen. This is due to the country’s sectarian divisions, political alignments, and regional role, as well as the nature of foreign interests involved. Any intervention – in whatever form – by the US-European Western alliance in league with the Gulf states and Turkey must be utterly condemned and rejected. Any equivocation on the issue of foreign intervention amounts to tacit acceptance of it. All current forms of foreign-sponsored sabotage in Syria (weapons, money, incitement, etc.) should also be resolutely opposed.
     Some Arab players are actively attempting to prepare for military intervention in Syria on behalf of the West. This role, the worst-kept diplomatic secret in the region, should no longer be shrugged off or covered up…. — See also: Full Article: Al-Akhbar English more.. e-mail

Is Israel Preparing an Assault against Iran?
Dissident Voice: 19 Nov 2011 – The IAEA report on Iran’s alleged nuclear programme was surrounded by a media frenzy in Israel supporting an attack. Skimming the newspapers as I rushed to get my children ready for school, I suddenly understood that Israel might actually be preparing for a military attack against Iran. “[United States Secretary of Defence Leon] Panetta Demanded Commitment to Coordinate Action in Iran” read one headline, and “A Bomb at Arm’s Length” read another. Feeding this hype were a series of military events that had been planned months in advance yet mysteriously coincided with the publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s efforts to produce a nuclear bomb. For four days straight all of the major television channels repeatedly showed images of Israel preparing for war. It began with a report on Israel’s testing of a long-range ballistic missile, which emphasised the missile’s capacity to carry nuclear warheads. This…more

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