VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 28 November 2011: Official: Israel deliberately disconnects Gaza electricity

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Four Katyusha Rockets Reportedly Fired Into Northern Israel
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that four Katyusha rockets were fired from Lebanon into an area in northern Israel on Monday at night, causing damage and fire to a building but no injuries. …

Israel Apologizes To Pregnant U.S. Reporter Strip-Searched By Soldiers
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported that the Israeli Defense Ministry issued an apology for a pregnant American reporter who was forced to be strip searched, humiliated, and forced into X-Ray search machine, at a military roadblock while heading to Israel from Gaza. …

PCHR Strongly Condemns WHO’s Decision to Conduct a Conference in Jerusalem
IMEMC – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of WHO Europe to conduct an official conference in Jerusalem, hosted by Israel. The first World Health Organisation (WHO) European Conference on the New European Policy for Health is to take place on the 28–29 November 2011. …

Israel Declared an Apartheid State in “People’s Court”
IMEMC – …a panel of eminent jurists serving on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine heard testimony from expert witnesses regarding the apartheid practices of Israel against the Palestinian people. …

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo Donates Sport Boots for Palestinian Children Foundation
IMEMC – Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, showed his concern to the Palestinian children in Gaza by donating his sports shoes to the Palestinian kids foundation. …

A Goal for Peace – Real Madrid Foundation and UNRWA unite for Palestine refugee children
IMEMC – A Partnership Agreement has been signed by Mr Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid FC, and Mr Filipo Grandi, Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA. The signing took place in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium executive box. …

Gunmen Detonate Egyptian Gas Pipeline
IMEMC – On Monday at dawn, a group of gunmen detonated an explosive on the Egyptian pipeline, which provides Israel and Jordan with gas. The explosion took place just hours before Egypt’s first legislative elections since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in the revolution earlier this year. …

Israeli Approves Construction In Shilo Settlement
IMEMC – The Israeli Housing Ministry and the Ministry of Defence has approved two plans to build 119 units in the illegal settlement of Shilo, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. …

Iran: 150 Thousand Missiles to Be Fired on Israel If Our Country Attacked
IMEMC – The Iranian Minister of Defense, Ahmed Waheedi, threatened the US and Israel with a tough military response if the latter would strike Iran. The Maan News Agency reported Monday morning. …

Israeli Bulldozers Level Areas of Qalandia To Build Annexation Wall
IMEMC – Israeli military bulldozers levelled farming lands of Qalandia town to build the Apartheid wall, the Palestine Info & News Agency, WAFA, reported Sunday afternoon. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces arrest 6 people, mayor of Nablus village
11/28/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli troops detained six people on Monday, including the mayor of a Nablus village, the army and a Ma’an correspondent said. Soldiers stormed the Nablus village of Osarin at dawn on Monday, ransacking the home of Mayor Mahir Fawzi Adeli, 39, before arresting him, witnesses told Ma’an….

Official: Israel deliberately disconnects Gaza electricity
11/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The energy authority in the Gaza Strip on Monday accused Israel of deliberately disconnecting the main electricity grid to the coastal enclave as part of a “punitive policy.” “The Israeli occupation uses security pretexts to justify disconnecting a grid which provides 14 megawatts to the northern Gaza Strip,” head of….

Report: Israel approves plans for 119 settlement units
11/28/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The Israeli defense ministry has approved plans for 119 housing units in the settlement of Shilo, north of Jerusalem, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. The permits were issued as part of the Israeli state’s response to a high court petition against the settlement by Israeli rights….

Israel releases detainee suffering from cancer
11/28/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel on Monday released a 23-year-old detainee suffering from cancer, a prisoners institute in Hebron said. Hamza al-Tarayra was detained in 2009 at a checkpoint near Bethlehem as he returned from hospital in Jordan, the center said. Amjad al-Najjar, director of the prisoner rights group, said al-Tarayra has mouth cancer….

Israel summons former prisoner ‘twice in month’
11/28/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday handed a summons to a former prisoner for the second time since her release last month, a prisoner rights group said. Israeli troops ransacked the home of Sana Shadada in Qalandiya refugee camp and gave her sister a summons ordering her to report to Israeli police, the….

Saboteurs blow up Egypt’s pipeline to Jordan, Israel
11/28/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Saboteurs blew up Egypt’s gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel on Monday, witnesses and security sources said, a few hours before the country holds its first free election since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February. The explosion struck the pipline west of el-Arish in the Sinai, witnesses said. There was….

Haniyeh calls new Tunisian PM, invites him to Palestine
11/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh telephoned the new Tunisian prime minster on Sunday to congratulate him on his election victory. The Gaza prime minister spoke with Hammadi al-Jabali and expressed his best wishes for the Tunisian people, a statement said. Haniyeh stressed that ties between Tunisia and Palestine will always be….

Report: Israel to reconsider PA tax freeze
11/28/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel was considering the release of Palestinian tax revenues, which it has frozen for over a month. Netanyahu is expected to announce the proposal during a Monday discussion in the Knesset’s foreign affairs and defense committee, the Israeli daily….

Israeli president pays short visit to Jordan
11/28/2011 – AMMAN (Ma’an) — Israeli president Shimon Peres made an unannounced visit to Amman on Monday to meet with King Abdullah II. The King and Peres discussed ways to overcome obstacles to peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, Jordan’s Petra news agency said. King Abdullah said that Israel must stop unilateral measures, above…. Related: Jordan king tells Peres: Settlements hurdle to peace

Jordan king tells Peres: Settlements hurdle to peace
11/28/2011 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Jordan’s King Abdullah told Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday that Jewish settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory was a major hurdle to reviving peace talks, a palace official said. Their meeting comes after a period of frosty ties between the neighbors. Abdullah has accused Israel of derailing peace talks by…. Related: Israeli president pays short visit to Jordan

Iran ‘will avenge past Israeli massacres if attacked’
11/28/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Iran will take revenge for past Israeli massacres if Tel Aviv attacks the Islamic republic, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Sunday, Iranian media reported. Addressing a parade of 50,000 army volunteers, Vahidi said Iran would teach the US “how to fight” if Washington attacked the Islamic republic, the Mehr news site….

MK says Israel should ‘prepare for worst’ in Egypt
11/28/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Knesset member Benjamin Ben-Eliezer on Monday said Israel should be prepared for “the worst scenario” following changes in Egypt. Ben-Eliezer called for the resumption of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in order to improve relations with Egypt, Israeli Radio reported….

Fatah official Nabil Shaath hospitalized after heart attack
11/28/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah official Nabil Shaath was admitted to hospital on Sunday evening after suffering a heart attack while on-board a plane. The official was on a flight from Brussels to Malaysia when he had the heart attack, causing the plane to make an emergency landing in Amsterdam, a statement said. Shaath’….

Abbas ‘hopes’ for May 4 elections
11/28/2011 – VIENNA (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday he hoped elections would be held on May 4 next year, after what he called “important” talks between his Fatah group and Hamas in Cairo.” I hope, God willing, that the elections will be on May 4,” Abbas told reporters during a visit to Vienna after talks with….

PA undecided on how to move forward with UN bid
11/28/2011 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has not yet decided whether to pursue membership at the UN Security Council, Palestine’s ambassador to the UN said Monday. Riyad Mansour told the Voice of Palestine that if new changes and indicators of support take place, the Palestinian leadership will immediately send a request….

Gaza student stabbed to death during fight
11/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A university student was killed on Monday morning after being stabbed during a fight in Gaza City. Medical sources in the coastal enclave said that the unnamed victim, 19, was from Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza and a student at al-Azhar university. Witnesses say the alleged killer had called….

Mass rally in Lebanon to denounce Syria, Hezbollah
11/28/2011 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of Lebanon’s anti-Syrian opposition gathered in the Sunni stronghold of Tripoli on Sunday to denounce the regime in Damascus and its Shiite ally Hezbollah. The rally in the northern port city was organized by the Future Movement, the main opposition party headed by ex-premier Saad….

EU welcomes Arab League’s sanctions against Syria
11/28/2011 – BRUSSELS (Reuters) — The European Union on Monday welcomed unprecedented Arab League sanctions imposed on Syria, casting them as a response to the “brutality and unwillingness to change course” of the Damascus government.” We welcome and support the decision taken by the Arab League,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.” Sanctions….

Thousands in Syria rally against Arab sanctions
11/28/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Tens of thousands of Syrians demonstrated in the capital Monday against the Arab League decision to impose crippling sanctions on President Bashar Assad’s regime, an AFP correspondent reported. Protesters waved Syrian flags and carried giant portraits of the embattled leader as they belted nationalistic songs in Damascus’ central Sabaa Bahrat….

Egyptians vote in first post-Mubarak election
11/28/2011 – By Dina Zayed and Yasmine SalehCAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptians voted in droves on Monday in the first election since the fall of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, giving Islamists a chance to make political gains even as the armygenerals who replaced him cling to power. Turnout in the country’s first free poll in decades was….

Sound of blast reported in Iran’s Isfahan city
11/28/2011 – TEHRAN (Reuters) – The sound of an apparent explosion was heard from Iran’s Isfahan city on Monday afternoon, the head of the judiciary in the province said, according to Iran’s ISNA news agency.” In the afternoon, there was a noise like an explosion, but we don’t have any information from….

Aljazeera

Rockets ‘fired from Lebanon hit Israel’
AlJazeera 28 Nov 2011 – Several Katyusha’s fired from southern Lebanon landed in Israel, but there were no casualties, Israeli army says.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Strongly Condemns WHO’s Decision to Conduct a Conference in Jerusalem
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 28 November 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Jerusalem: Sumarin family receives news that eviction is temporarily delayed
11/28/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Wahed Rejol, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Today in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of Silwan, the Sumarin family awaited a ruling from Israeli court on the pending eviction from their home. Members of the Sumarin family awaits court decision with solidarity activists from Japan, Sweden, Spain, US, and Israel. Israeli news reported this week….

Alternative Information Center

Two girls detained, livestock crushed in Umm Fagarah
Alternative Information Center – On November 24, the Israeli army broke into the South Hebron Hills village of Umm Fagarah, demolishing several huts and detaining two girls.

Israel’s war of attrition, waged on non-Jews
Alternative Information Center – The eviction of the Sumarin family was delayed. But the family has been living in limbo for 20 years and other groups live with uncertainty as Israel wages a psychological war of attrition on non-Jews.

The National

‘Miracle’ as Egyptian population goes to the polls at last
The National 28 Nov 2011 – Egyptians turned out in high numbers in nine of the country’s 27 governorates to cast their ballots for a people’s assembly that will draft a new constitution.

Syria says Arab League sanctions are a declaration of ‘economic war’
The National 28 Nov 2011 – Comments came as UN-appointed investigators accused Syrian forces of crimes against humanity, while rights groups say seven more civilians were killed across the country.

Kuwait’s cabinet quits amid claims of corruption
The National 28 Nov 2011 – Opposition politicians hold a large demonstration in Kuwait despite an announcement that the emir had accepted the cabinet’s resignation earlier in the day.

Egyptians extol the ‘best elections in 60 years’
The National 28 Nov 2011 – Observers commend ‘impressive’ turnout and behaviour of voters as long queues form at ballot box in first of three rounds of polls.

Arab League agrees to sweeping sanctions on Syria
The National 27 Nov 2011 – Damascus rejects ‘unprecedented’ step, as Qatari prime minister says blockade will avert wider international intervention and only an end to Syria massacre can stop embargoes.

Ahmed Harara, the blind hero of Egypt’s revolution
The National 27 Nov 2011 – Ahmed Harara lost one eye in the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, only to lose the other during protests to oust the military rulers who took power after the fall of the veteran strongman.

Saudi security forces withdraw from Qatif
The National 27 Nov 2011 – News brief The forces pulled out overnight on Sunday from Shweika and Awamiya villages.

Iran passes law to expel British ambassador
The National 27 Nov 2011 – Iran’s Guardians Council approved a parliamentary bill demanding Britain’s ambassador to Tehran be expelled within two weeks, making it law, state television’s website reported.

From a toothbrush to a rocket ship, symbols guide Egyptian voters
The National 27 Nov 2011 – A steam engine. A bouquet of flowers. A rocket ship. They may not hold much relevance in the day-to-day life of the average Egyptian, but these objects, along with hundreds of others, will serve as a symbolic reminder for many of the elections that began yesterday.

Ha’aretz

Netanyahu set to hand over $100 million in Palestinian tax money
Ha’aretz – Lieberman fights PM over release of PA tax revenues but foreign minister backs down from threat to topple Netanyahu’s coalition.

Zvi Bar’el / A novelty in this Egypt vote: Unknown results
Ha’aretz – Egypt now resembles a newly formed state that is trying to sketch out a map of its political forces on a blank page.

Akiva Eldar / Netanyahu would have hated Netanyahu’s decision on Jerusalem bridge
Ha’aretz – Whether for Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat or Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Mughrabi Bridge controversy is a fine election slogan.

Four rockets hit northern Israel, no injuries
Ha’aretz – IDF says the incident is serious and responsibility for stopping the fire lay with the Lebanese government.

Iran official: Blast near nuclear site caused by military mishap
Ha’aretz – Officials provide conflicting reports concerning reports of an explosion near home of key nuclear site; U.S.: We have limited ability to confirm reports ‘on the ground.’

Report: Explosion rocks Iran city of Isfahan, home to key nuclear facility
Ha’aretz – Semi-official Fars news agency says blast heard distinctly in several parts of the western Iran city; a uranium conversion plant near Isfahan went online in 2004.

Israel apologizes to American journalist for overly intrusive search
Ha’aretz – New York Times correspondent Lynsey Addario was strip searched at Gaza checkpoint despite asking not to go through X-ray machine out of concern for her unborn baby.

Chemi Shalev / Republicans and Israel: Too much love can kill you
Ha’aretz – Republicans are saying they’ll attack Iran for Israel’s sake – this might not only prove to be ‘bad for the Jews’ in the long run, but could also come back to haunt the Republicans themselves.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood facing compromises on its Islamist ideology
Ha’aretz – Even if all of Egypt’s Islamist factions were to join forces, the Muslim Brotherhood will need to find coalition partners, and compromise on Islamist ideology for the sake of political strength.

Iran ratifies bill to expel British ambassador
Ha’aretz – Iran’s parliament on Sunday gave the government a two-week deadline to expel the British ambassador following U.K. decision to cut financial ties with Iranian banks.

Egyptians go to the polls for first round of post-Mubarak elections
Ha’aretz – Haaretz reports from Cairo / Islamist parties expected to make big wins in three-round elections; new parliament to be tasked with drafting new constitution before presidential election by end of June.

IDF official: Iran explosion may delay Tehran’s missile development track
Ha’aretz – Head of army intelligence research department says Tehran continues nuclear program progress despite extensive pressure, attempts to destabilize regime.

Netanyahu: Israel won’t have the same ‘intimacy’ it had with past Egypt regimes
Ha’aretz – Speaking to Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, PM says Israel’s security interests cannot rely only on peace treaty with Egypt, since that deal could ‘come undone.’

North Korea supplying Syria, Iran with prohibited nuclear technology, report says
Ha’aretz – German newspaper Die Welt reports that Pyongyang has provided the countries with ‘maraging steel,’ used to upgrade missiles and centrifuges.

Israel cabinet approves NIS 265 million program to fight obesity
Ha’aretz – Plan aims to lower limitations for Israelis to join gyms, restrict TV ads for high-calorie foods and seeks mandatory caloric-content labeling for all ready-to-eat foods.

IDF court convicts second Palestinian man for Fogel murders
Ha’aretz – Amjad Awad, resident of the West Bank village of Awarta, convicted 2 months after cousin Hakim Awad was sentenced to 5 consecutive life sentences.

Abbas sets May 4 as date for Palestinian general elections
Ha’aretz – Mahmoud Abbas says a unity government made up of technocrats from both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas will be formed to prepare for the elections.

Peres meets Jordan’s Abdullah in bid to ‘overcome obstacles’ in peace talks
Ha’aretz – A week after King Abdullah makes rare West Bank visit, Israeli president visits Amman to discuss stalled Mideast talks.

Lieberman vows to stop release of Palestinian tax funds
Ha’aretz – FM fervently opposes transferring tax revenues to Palestinian Authority, says money is used to fund housing for terrorists.

Netanyahu: Israel mulling release of frozen Palestinian tax money
Ha’aretz – PM says Israel considering transfer of money after Palestinians stopped pursuing unilateral moves in international organizations.

Jerusalem Post

Public Security Ministry unveils emergency control center
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – The center, located in the ministry’s building in Jerusalem, is built to withstand unconventional weapons attacks.

Scant violence reported in historic Egypt election
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Turnout high in parliamentary vote but local human rights NGO finds 400 electoral violations.

Big turnout, scant violence in Egypt vote
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Long lines form outside polling stations; follows mounting frustration at the army’s handling of transition period.

Abbas: PA elections to be held in May
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – PA president says he expects next elections to be held May 2012, Wafa reports.

UN: Syria committed crimes against humanity
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Human Rights Council says Assad responsible for his forces’ crimes including murder, torture, rape.

Military court convicts second Fogel family killer
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Amjad Awad convicted of five counts of murder, two counts of weapons trafficking, conspiracy to commit murder.

Syria’s foreign minister lambastes Arab sanctions
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Walid al-Moualem calls sanctions “economic war,” says Syria’s new constitution will not require Baath party to lead.

EU agrees on new financial sanctions on Syria
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Syrian banks will be banned from operating in Europe; France invites Turkey to participate in EU meeting to approve measures.

Peres meets Abdullah in secret trip to Jordan
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Visit comes at the heels of Abdullah’s trip to Ramallah; leaders discuss peace process, Jerusalem.

EU leaders welcome Arab League Syria sanctions
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Efforts against Assad regime slow, gaining momentum thanks to Arab League measures; Juppe: Assad’s days ‘numbered’.

Gallery: Egyptians cast ballots in first free election
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – First phase of voting takes place in Cairo and Alexandria; lower house elections not to be complete until 2012.

Analysis: Syria neighbors may soften sanctions blow
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Iraq and Lebanon voted against sanctions; Syrian economy already reeling from unrest.

Palestinian groups accept ‘popular resistance’
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2011 – Islamic Jihad and Hamas say that while not a substitute for violence, popular resistance is legitimate.

The Guardian

Egypt gas pipeline explosion – video
The Guardian 28 Nov 2011 – Saboteurs are being blamed for twin explosions that hit Egypt’s gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel just hours ahead of the country’s first free election since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted

Israel sanctions mean Palestinian Authority cannot pay employees’ wages
The Guardian 28 Nov 2011 – Refusal to release tax revenue will hit one-third of Palestinians, who go to the polls with rest of West Bank and Gaza on 4 May Around 153,000 employees of the Palestinian Authority will not be paid…

Inter Press Service

Global Fund for Education Gathers Momentum
IPS If the international community can successfully raise billions of dollars to fight deadly diseases, why not a similar fund to promote education, asks Gordon Brown, former British prime minister.

Egyptians Cast Ballots in Post-Mubarak Polls
IPS Egyptians have started casting their ballots in the first parliamentary elections since former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising earlier this year.

 

Uruknet

Israeli Approves Construction In Shilo Settlement
Uruknet November 28, 2011- The Israeli Housing Ministry and the Ministry of Defence has approved two plans to build 119 units in the illegal settlement of Shilo, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli Ynet reported that the plans were exposed after the Israeli Peace Now Movement filed an appeal to the Israeli High…

Assassination attempt on Libyan P.M.
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – In the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday an assassination attempt was made on the Prime Minister of Libya Abdel Rahim al-Kib. However information about the incident did not appear until Sunday. Al-Kib and a group of his party were attacked on the outskirts of Tripoli in a building belonging to the state…

Attempts to break Gaza blockade won’t stop, vows Freedom Waves activist
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – Anti-Semite. Holocaust-denier. Terrorist-supporter. The government of Israel as well as its lobbyists and supporters commonly use these labels to describe Palestine solidarity activists and to discourage criticism of illegal Israeli practices. In this polarizing context, the United States, the European Union and Australia have escalated efforts to discourage activism in support of…

Syria News – November 27, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Number of martyrs in Syria today rose to 40 among them 3 children, 13 in Damascus Suburbs “Rankos” a martyr each in Hama,Tartous,Deir Ezzor,Idlib and the rest are in Homs…Homs: Martyrdom of Mohamad Samih Zamel, 32 years old, from Khalideya district by random shooting of security forces. He is a father of 2 children Homs: Bashar…

Don’t mention the A’ word: attack on freedom of speech turns into another own goal
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – Last Thursday, I participated in a debate on Palestine/Israel organised by the University of Birmingham Debating Society. The format of the event was similar to the BBC television show Question Time’, with six panellists taking both pre-prepared questions, and points from the audience. The debate was held in conjunction with both the…

Israel: Profile of a Rogue State
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – Rogue states spurn international law, treaties, conventions, and in Israel’s case its own laws and Supreme Court decisions. Daily examples offer proof, including from Ahmed el-Helah and Mariam Itani’s new book titled, “The Suffering of the Palestinian Child under the Israeli Occupation,” saying: Over a million Palestinian children “live and suffer every…

Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: Greeks Rise Up Against Austerity
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – As the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) delivered some “chilling words on the euro debt crisis” (as the Daily Telegraph described it), warning that policy makers around the world must “be prepared to face the worst,” and that the “euro area crisis represents the key risk to the world economy…

Libya and the manufacture of consent
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – …Don’t get me wrong: now the conquest is nearly over, Chomsky can be quite forthright in his denunciation of it, as he makes clear during the interview. “Right now, at this moment, NATO is bombing a home base of the largest tribe in Libya,” he tells me. “It’s not getting reported much,…

Medics: Houthi rebels raid Yemen town, killing dozens
Uruknet November 27, 2011 — At least 24 people were killed early Sunday when militants raided a Sunni town in northern Yemen, medics and witnesses said. The Houthi Shia militants raided a Sunni town in Sa’ada in the predawn hours, medics said. At least 61 Sunnis are also injured when their homes were shelled with grenades, the…

Gaza: A patient’s struggle for care
Uruknet November 28, 2011 – Over a decade ago, Amal Saber Abu Lehya, was looking forward to starting her life with her fiance’ who had spent 10 years in an Israeli prison. “The 10-year wait was no easy feat, but I wanted to stay, especially because being a prisoner of the Israelis is an honor every Palestinian…

Guarding Aggressors Against Victims Private security guards kill with impunity in East Jerusalem
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – Ahmed Qaraeen walks with a limp, more than two years after he was shot twice, in the hip and left knee, by an Israeli settler near his home in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan. “It was Ramadan,” Qaraeen told IPS, his grey crutch leaning against the wall behind him. “I was…

Rage for Change in Egypt
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – Last February, Egyptians celebrated Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. A military junta replaced him, headed by Field Marshall Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. He’s a powerful old regime stalwart with close ties to Washington. However, US diplomats call him “aged and change-resistant.” Notably, he opposes economic and political reform that conflicts with military rule.On November 25,…

  VIDEO: Iran Contra at 25: Reagan and Bush ‘Criminal Liability’ Evaluations Reagan Briefed In Advance on Each Group of Missiles Sold to Iran
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – President Ronald Reagan was briefed in advance about every weapons shipment in the Iran arms-for-hostages deals in 1985-86, and Vice President George H. W. Bush chaired a committee that recommended the mining of the harbors of Nicaragua in 1983, according to previously secret Independent Counsel assessments of “criminal liability” on the part…

Official: Israel deliberately disconnects Gaza electricity
Uruknet November 28, 2011 — The energy authority in the Gaza Strip on Monday accused Israel of deliberately disconnecting the main electricity grid to the coastal enclave as part of a “punitive policy.” “The Israeli occupation uses security pretexts to justify disconnecting a grid which provides 14 megawatts to the northern Gaza Strip,” head of the energy…

Palestinian Authority unable to pay salaries & pensions due to Israeli seizure of funds
Uruknet November 27, 2011- With the Israeli government continuing to seize Palestinian tax money and hold the funds in Israeli banks, the Palestinian Authority announced on Sunday that it will be unable to pay salaries to civil servants and pensions to the elderly and disabled this coming month. Although Israeli officials claim that the seizure of the…

Yemen names opposition leader Basindwa as premier
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – Yemen’s vice president named on Sunday opposition leader Mohammed Basindwa as the country’s new interim prime minister, the state news agency Saba reported, under a deal aimed at ending months of protests which have rocked the country. If the agreement goes according to plan, Saleh will become the fourth Arab ruler brought…

Lebanon in the Eyes of Palestinian Refugees
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – The Lebanese public discourse is saturated with negative representations of Palestinians. Rarely do Palestinian refugees get to speak their mind of how they in return view the Lebanese, as people and parties. Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are perceived as breeding grounds for lawlessness and militancy, too dangerous to enter. The people…

Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels
Uruknet November 27, 2011 – Syrian rebels held secret talks with Libya’s new authorities Friday, aiming to secure weapons and money for their insurgency against President Bashar Assad’s regime, the Daily Telegraph has learned. At the meeting, which was held in Istanbul and included Turkish officials, the Syrians requested “assistance” from the Libyan representatives and were offered…

Syria News – November 26, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet November 26, 2011 – 30 martyrs fell today, shot dead by security forces and the army of regime, including 5 children, 22-martyrs in Homs, 3 martyrs in Hama, 2 martyrs in Deir Al-Zour, and a martyr each Damascus Suburbs (Knaker) and Idleb ..Homs: Martyrdom of child Mohammad Hason (10 years old) from being shot in the…

YNet News

Katyusha rockets explode in Western Galilee
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – The IDF confirmed Monday night that at least three Katyusha rockets have exploded in the Western Galilee near the border with Lebanon. No injuries were reported, but … ….

‘Iran blast – near military academy’
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – While Iranian officials continue to deny any reports on the blast in Isfahan, other sources started to shed light on the mysterious incident. Iranian paper Farhang … ….

Drill to simulate biological terror attack
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – The Defense and Health Ministries are preparing to hold a two-day drill starting Wednesday to test Israel’s preparedness for an unconventional terror attack. The … ….

Israel apologizes for treatment of NYT journalist
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – The Defense Ministry apologized Monday for the treatment of a pregnant American news photographer who said she was strip searched and humiliated by IDF soldiers during a … ….

Eviction of Givat Assaf outpost delayed
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – The High Court of Justice on Monday evening ruled that the State will submit an updated announcement on the eviction of the Givat Asaf outpost in Samaria by July 2012, … ….

Report: Huge blast heard in Iranian city of Isfahan
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Conflicting reports? Less than two weeks after a mysterious explosion destroyed an Iranian missile base near Tehran, the Islamic Republic’s official news agency Fars … ….

UN report: Syria committed crimes against humanity
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – With EU, Arab League turning their back on Assad’s regime, UN commission of….

IDF: Iran blast harms missile development program
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Head of military’s intelligence research unit says Tehran’s missile program….

Palestinian president sets May 4 election
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Mahmoud Abbas sets date for general elections that are meant to end the division….

Second Fogel family killer convicted
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Amjad Awad, whose cousin Hakim was already convicted and sentenced, found guilty….

Egyptians cast their votes in Tel Aviv
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Candidate’s attempts to have Egyptian citizens living in Israel blocked from….

Peres holds secret meeting with Jordan’s king
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – President visits Jordan in backdrop of tense relations between Jerusalem, Amman,….

Nabil Shaath hospitalized in Netherlands
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Aide says senior Palestinian politician undergoing tests at Dutch hospital after….

Israel slated to resume funds transfer to PA
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Prime Minister Netanyahu says Israel considering to provide Palestinians with….

New bunker built in White House?
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Washington Post suspects construction work held outside Oval Office not merely….

UK ambassador’s mysterious meetings
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Matthew Gould holds secret meets with former British Defense Secretary Liam Fox….

Egypt parliament elections underway
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Polling stations open as Egypt launches first parliamentary elections since….

Additional blast in Egypt pipeline to Jordan, Israel
YNet News, 28 Nov 2011 – Hours before Egypt elections security forces report explosion west of el-Arish….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers arrest 6 citizens, Jerusalemite child
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained five Palestinian citizens in Beit Osrin village in Nablus, a young man in Jenin, and a 9-year-old child in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli war minister sanctions plans to build 119 housing units in Ramallah
PIC – The Israeli ministry of war approved two plans to build 119 housing units in Shiloh settlement to the north of Ramallah city.

Qaradawi and Attayeb meet in Cairo to discuss supporting O. Jerusalem
PIC – Sheikh Ahmed Attayeb and Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi met on Sunday in Cairo and explored different avenues of supporting occupied Jerusalem and confronting Judaization activities.

Gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan blasted for 9th time
PIC – For the ninth successive time, masked men detonated at dawn Monday the pipeline supplying the Israeli occupation state and Jordan with gas in Mazar area west of Al-Arish region.

Israeli gunboats detain two Palestinian fishermen
PIC – Israeli navy gunboats abducted two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Shati refugee camp west of Gaza on Monday evening while fishing in regional waters.

IOF troops arrest freed cancer patient
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner’s association has expressed concern over the health of Hamza Al-Traira who was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces while on his way back from treatment in Jordan.

International committee on Gaza calls for urgent moves to break the siege
PIC – The international committee to end the siege on Gaza has called on the world community to immediately act to break the Israeli siege of the coastal Strip.

Haneyya invites Tunisian premier to visit Gaza
PIC – Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has reached Tunisian premier Hamadi Al-Jibali over the telephone on Sunday and invited him to visit Gaza.

WAFA

Abbas: Israel is Required to Provide Clear, Written Position on Security, Borders
WAFA

UNRWA Calls for Renewed International Attention to Refugees’ Status
WAFA

Israeli Forces Kidnap Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza
WAFA

Employees Hold Sit-in to Protest WHO Conference in Jerusalem
WAFA

PCBS: Gross Domestic Product Increases By 12% in the Second Quarter
WAFA

France Awards New Grant of 10 Million Euros to PA
WAFA

Israeli forces Demolish International Solidarity Center in Bil’in
WAFA

Prisoner’s Club: Released Prisoner Summoned for the Second Time
WAFA

Prisoner’s Club: Israel Releases Palestinian Reporter
WAFA

November 29th Marks the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinians
WAFA

Abdullah II: Solving Final Status Issues Key to Ending Conflict
WAFA

Austria Upgrades Palestinian Delegation to Mission
WAFA

Misc

Saudi Wahhabism and Conspiracies
Intifada-Palestine: 28 Nov 2011 – Brief History of the Saudi Wahhabism and Conspiracies   Haytham A. K. Radwan     While Islam as a faith is the main religion in 48 countries, and Muslims around the globe are rapidly growing, Saudi Islam is the main sectarian… more

Celebrating Freedom Riders Likens Israeli Flag to Confederate Flag [VIDEO]
Intifada-Palestine: 28 Nov 2011 – by Philip Weiss On the 15th of November, six Palestinian activists: Nadeem Al-Sharbate, Huwaida Arraf, Dr.Mazin Qumsieyeh, Fadi Qura’an, Basel Al-Araj, and Badee’ Dwaik, boarded a segregated Israeli bus used by Israeli settlers to Jerusalem in an attempt to highlight the… more

Something’s Rotten in the Heart Western Governments
Intifada-Palestine: 28 Nov 2011 – Beware politicians cloaked in the American flag or diplomats sporting Union Jack kippahs…  by Stuart Littlewood A full house attended IBCA’s Annual Balfour Dinner on 17 November 2010 at the Tel Aviv Hilton celebrating the 93rd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration… more

Egypt Elections, Largely Peaceful, Draw Big Turnout
New York Times 28 Nov 2011 – After a week of violent clashes, the voting, the first phase of parliamentary elections, was largely peaceful and was hailed by the military as a triumph.

In Cairo, an Election Bridges Egypt’s Divides
New York Times 28 Nov 2011 – Along July 26th Street, named for the era of a long-ago revolution, Egypt’s divides were bridged, briefly, by the simplest of ideas: a chance at self-determination.

Syria Calls Arab League Sanctions ‘Economic War’
New York Times 28 Nov 2011 – In the first official Syrian reaction to Sunday’s measures, the foreign minister noted his nation’s command of key transit routes.

King Abdullah of Jordan Plays Host to Shimon Peres
New York Times 28 Nov 2011 – Jordan sees an opportunity to replace Egypt as the bridge between Israel and the Arab world.

The Egyptian revolution turns against the military
WSWS – The renewed revolutionary upsurge in Egypt is the working class’s verdict on the Egyptian military’s claims to be leading a “democratic transition” away from the dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak.

Human rights groups target fashion icon over NYC exhibition funded by settlement tycoon Lev Leviev
Mondoweiss – Daphne Guinness with Bernard Henri-Levy (Photo: Rex Features/Sipa Press) Lev Leviev, Israeli settlement mogul and blood diamond trader, is still a target.  This month he sponsored an exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology curated by Daphne Guinness , and human rights organizations are calling for the…

Sumarin family receives news that eviction is temporarily delayed
Mondoweiss – Members of the Sumarin family awaits court decision with solidarity activists from Japan, Sweden, Spain, US, and Israel. WADI HILWEH – SILWAN Today in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of Silwan the Sumarin family awaited a ruling from Israeli court on the pending eviction from their home….

Activists charge World Health Organization with being ‘blind to apartheid’
Mondoweiss – Israeli activists confront attendees to WHO meeting in Jerusalem. (Photo: Boycott from Within) A press release from Boycott from Within , a coalition of Israeli citizens, who support the Palestinian-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel: This morning a group of Palestinians and Israeli activists…

A message in the sand: ‘We will not allow gas exports to Israel’
Mondoweiss – As Egyptians headed to the polls this morning for their first free elections in years the newly repaired Sinai pipeline that delivers gas to Israel and Jordan was attacked for the second time in less than a week. The video above is from the  pipeline explosion…

Wait, did the South Carolina legislature pass a one-state resolution?!
Mondoweiss – South Carolina state rep Alan Clemmons From the Israeli settlers’ news source (emphasis mine): The Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council honored South Carolina State Representative Alan Clemmons, Sunday, for his pro-Israel resolution, which was passed by the South Caroline House of Representatives and forwarded to other states…

Zimbabwe: Nothing Wrong in Govt-Iran Deals
allAfrica.com 28 Nov 2011 – I am totally baffled by the hullabaloo raised by Western countries when the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Saleh, revealed that his country would share industrial, agricultural, medical and pharmaceutical resources and expertise with Zimbabwe.

J. J. Goldberg Should Seek Another “Occupation”
The Magnes Zionist 28 Nov 2011 – The New York Times Op-Ed page has always been a comfortable place for liberal Zionists, those who genuinely bemoan the 1967 Occupation, the settlements, and its effect on both Palestinians and Israel. When op-ed writers stray too far from the Zionist consensus, i.e., when they air…

Egyptians crowd polling stations
BBC 28 Nov 2011 – Polling stations are crowded in a mostly orderly start to Egypt’s first elections since President Mubarak was overthrown in February.

Libya ex-rebels ‘hold 7,000’ – UN
BBC 28 Nov 2011 – The UN says former Libyan rebels are still holding about 7,000 prisoners without access to legal process because police and courts are not working.

Rockets from Lebanon hit Israel
BBC 28 Nov 2011 – Several rockets fired from southern Lebanon landed in northern Israel, the Israeli army says, but no casualties are reported.

Syria forces ‘committed crimes’
BBC 28 Nov 2011 – Syria’s security forces have committed systematic “crimes against humanity” in their crackdown on anti-government protesters, a UN report says.

Articles


The Sheikh Raed Affair
Zulaikha Abdullah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/27/2011
      Introduction
     On 25 June 2011, the celebrated Palestinian social, political and civil rights leader Sheikh Raed Salah arrived at London’s Heathrow airport at the invitation of the independent media research and information organisation, the Middle East Monitor (MEMO). The purpose of his visit was to take part in a widely publicised ten-day programme of speaking engagements across the UK. During his visit, Sheikh Raed was scheduled to address the British public and parliamentarians on issues related to the Middle East and the plight of Palestinians living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Three days into his trip, Sheikh Raed was arrested and detained by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and then told that he would face deportation.
     Following Sheikh Raed’s arrest, it was claimed by the Home Office that he had been subject to a UK exclusion order at the time of his entry into the country as the Secretary of State for the Home Department (the Home Secretary), Theresa May, had deemed his presence to be “not conducive to the public good”. This assessment was made on the basis of alleged anti-Semitic statements and/or statements that support violence. On learning that Sheikh Raed was, in fact, in Britain, Mrs May personally sanctioned his immediate arrest and detention. However, neither Sheikh Raed, the Israeli authorities, the airline carrier that brought him to the UK nor immigration officers at Heathrow airport had been informed of his alleged proscribed status. No official opposition to his visit was ever made and there was no attempt to prevent his entry at the border.
     The rash decision taken by the Home Secretary to detain such a high-profile and well-respected Palestinian figure unleashed an international storm of criticism and condemnation from across the political, religious and social spectrum….. more.. e-mail

Reconciliation is a promising step towards peace
Hani Abuishaiba, Ma’an News Agency 11/28/2011
      By signing the agreement deal between Fatah and Hamas earlier this year, the Palestinians have exploded the status quo that has prevailed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
     The recent meeting between Abbas and Mashaal has shed light on what appears to be a good level of seriousness to start implementing the principles of the agreement: Reforming the PLO, preparing for elections, and building an independent Palestinian State.
     Since the 2007 fallout, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, headed by Abbas, has shunned the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip while negotiating with Israel. Furthermore, the PA has worked closely with the United States to train responsible security forces and develop an accountable, uncorrupted government.
     So why reconciliation?
     The formalization of the agreement with Hamas has spelled the end of the institution-building program under Prime Minister Salam Fayyad; better known in Western media outlets as Fayyadism. By doing so, President Abbas turned his back on the prospect of US-brokered peace talks with the Israeli government while failing in his diplomatic offense at the UN corridors to win recognition of a Palestinian state.
     With that in mind, reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is a substantial step on the path towards peace and democracy. Let’s face it and be realistic. more.. e-mail

Jewish National Fund Does More Than Just Plant Trees In Israel
Desert Peace 11/27/2011
      Go to any zionist function in New York and you will see tables with these little blue collection tins on them…
     It’s the Jewish National Fund’s way of collecting your hard earned dollars to plant trees in Israel …. but that’s not all, look what else they are doing;
     JNF delays eviction of Palestinian family from East Jerusalem home
     Eviction order initially issued requiring the 12 members of the Sumarin family to be out of the property by Sunday; Jewish National Fund has been trying to evict them since 1991.
     At the last minute on Thursday night, the Jewish National Fund announced a delay in the eviction of 12 members of a Palestinian family from the house where they’ve been living in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. An eviction order had initially been issued requiring the Sumarin family to be out of the property by Monday. Police and bailiff’s office officials had already toured the house, preparing for the possibility that the family would have to be physically removed from the premises. A Jewish National Fund subsidiary, Himnuta, has been trying to get the family out of the house since 1991, saying it owns the premises having acquired it that same year. The house had previously been acquired by the Custodian of Absentee Properties, after original owner Musa Sumarin passed away in 1983 and his three heirs were all living abroad.
     The JNF attempted to downplay its connection to the site, referring inquiries to Elad, a group that has been bringing Jews to live in East Jerusalem and obtaining leases for much of the property Himnuta acquired in Silwan. — See also: Haaretz: JNF delays eviction of Palestinian family from East Jerusalem home more.. e-mail

Private security guards kill with impunity in East Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 28 Nov 2011 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours The Electronic Intifada Silwan According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, 350 private Israeli security guards are currently employed in East Jerusalem by private security firm Modi’in Ezrahi, which is subcontracted by the Israeli Ministry of Housing and Construction, to protect 2,000 settlers living illegally in the occupied territory.more

Attempts to break Gaza blockade won’t stop, vows Freedom Waves activist
Electronic Intifada: 28 Nov 2011 – Michelle Gyeney The Electronic Intifada As the Australian delegate on the Tahrir boat with the recent Freedom Waves initiative, Michael Coleman recently confronted all of the barriers that the government of Israel could muster.more

On Power, Morality and Courage
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Nov 2011 – By Deepak Tripathi My reflections last week were about the United States grand strategy anchored in the energy resources and Israel’s defense in the Middle East. How that grand strategy, offering a validation for the Cold War in Asia and Africa, has lived on since the end of the Soviet threat two decades ago gives us plenty of food for thought. Merciless continuation of that grand strategy meant the same old policies of propping up corrupt, repressive dictatorships, which at long last brought the Arab Spring in late 2010, and which is now a bitter and bloody winter. New retaliation by Egypt’s ruling Military Council in recent days has created conditions for a second revolution in that country, whether it happens or not. The crowds at Tahrir Square are smaller than early this year. The Muslim Brotherhood, eyeing the parliamentary elections starting tomorrow (November 28), does not support the latest…more

Self-Education: Story of a Palestinian Prisoner
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Nov 2011 – By Ben Lorber and Khalil Ashour On the third floor of the Nablus Municipality Library, there sits a room of over 8,000 books set apart from the rest. Many of these books are very old and tattered; many of them, in lieu of a normal face, are adorned with images taken from old National Geographic or Reader’s Digest magazines. Some are laboriously written by hand. The spines of the books show a variety of languages, from Arabic to English, French and Spanish. ‘The New English Bible’ is flanked by ‘The Great American Revolution of 1776’ on one side and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ on the other; across the aisle, Edward Said’s ‘Orientalism’ and ‘The Greek Myths’ look on silently, next to ‘Elementary Physics’ and a study of ‘The Chinese Road to Socialism’. One day in 2008, Italian artist Beatrice Catanzaro became fascinated with this section of the Nablus Library….more

CNIF for UK: Something’s Rotten Here Too
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Nov 2011 – By Stuart Littlewood When Marcellus, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, famously says, ‘Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark’, he means that the body politic is rotting from the top down and the corruption stinks to high heaven. 410 years later the Bard’s words are especially applicable to the so-called political élite of the Western world. The stench of their corruption is assailing the nostrils of more and more people and causing mass nausea. Thankfully some small but effective relief is available in the United States courtesy of the Council for the National Interest Foundation (CNIF), an independent non-profit concern that provides information and analysis on the Middle East and its relationship to the United States. The CNIF has been doing an excellent demolition job on US foreign policy and exposing how it is dangerously at odds with American values and national interests. The CNIF hammers home the necessity for voters and…more

The New Authoritarianism
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Nov 2011 – By James Petras We live in a time of dynamic, regressive, regime changes. A period in which major political transformations and the dramatic roll back of a half century of socio-economic legislation are accelerated by a prolonged and deepening economic crises and a world-wide financier led offensive. This essay explores major ongoing regime changes that have a profound impact on governance, the class structures, economic institutions, political freedom and national sovereignty. We delineate a two-stage process of political regression. The first stage involves the transition from a decaying democracy to an oligarchical democracy; the second stage currently unfolding in Europe involves the transition from oligarchical democracy to colonial-technocratic dictatorship. We will identify the specific features of each regime focusing on the specific conditions and socio-economic forces behind each “transition”. We will proceed to clarify the key concepts, their operative meaning: specifically the nature and dynamics of “decaying democracies” (DD), oligarchical…more

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