VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 2 December 2011: Hebron: Occupation and Sterilization

2 December 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Turkey To Grant Hamas $300 Million
IMEMC – Turkish sources reported that Turkish Prime Minister, Receb Tayyip Erdogan, sent a confidential letter to Ismail Haniyya, Prime Minister of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, inviting him to visit Turkey, and informing him that he decided to grant the government $300 Million. …

Israel Approves 650 Units In Pisgat Zeev Settlement
IMEMC – The Israeli “Regional Construction and Planning Committee” at the Jerusalem Municipality approved a plan to construct 650 units in Pisgat Zeev settlement that was built in 1985 on lands that belongs to Palestinian residents of Beit Hanina and Hizma, north of occupied Jerusalem. …

Israeli Occupation Closes Nabe Saleh Western Entrance
IMEMC – The Israeli forces closed the Western entrance of An-Nabi Saleh village North West of Ramallah city, and prevented citizens from transferring in and out the village, the Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported Friday afternoon. …

Latin Church In Beit Jala Holds Prayers On Lands Threatened By Wall, Settlements
IMEMC – As part of the weekly nonviolent protests against the occupation, settlements, the Wall, and the illegal Israeli attempts to annex lands that belong to the Cremisan Christian Monastery In Beit Jala, Palestinian Christians held prayers on lands that belong to residents of the town, located near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

PCHR Weekly Report: 2 Palestinians wounded, 23 abducted by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 24- 30 Nov. 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that two Palestinians were wounded when Israeli forces attacked peaceful protests in the West Bank. Troops also abducted 9 Palestinians in the West Bank. …

Troops Arrest Three Residents In Balata
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers arrested, on Friday at dawn, three Palestinians in the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus city in the northern part of the West Bank, the Palestine News Network reported. …

Israel Prevents Thirty Farmers From Entering Their Lands
IMEMC – The Israeli Authorities prevented on Thursday thirty Palestinian farmers from Anin village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, from entering their lands and orchards isolated behind the Annexation Wall in the area. …

Netanyahu Unhappy By Abbas-Livni Meeting
IMEMC – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, rebuked Israeli opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, for holding a meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Jordanian capital, Amman. …

Egyptian Embassy To Reopen Its Gaza Office
IMEMC – An Egyptian source reported Thursday that the Egyptian Embassy in Gaza will be reopened in the near future, following the implementation of the Palestinian Unity Agreement, and due to what was described as the current calm in the situation in Cairo. …

Ma’an News

Israel builds road for Jerusalem settlements
12/2/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Jerusalem city council has begun work on a controversial new road linking settlement neighborhoods in the annexed eastern sector to the center, the website of the Haaretz daily said Friday. It said the new road, route 20, would link the existing ring road with the settlement districts of Neve Yaakov….

Israeli forces ‘close Hebron farmland’
12/2/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces blocked a group of Palestinians from working on their land in southern Hebron on Thursday, farmers told Ma’an. Ibrahim Abu Subha said around 30 farmers went to the fields near Susiya village, close to the southern edge of the West Bank, on Thursday morning. When they began….

Israel ‘detonates spy devices’ in Lebanon
12/3/2011 – TYRE, Lebanon (AFP) — The Israeli army on Friday detonated two of its espionage devices in southern Lebanon, slightly injuring two passers-by, a Lebanese army spokesman said.” Around noon today, the Israeli enemy detonated two spying apparatuses by remote control in Wadi al-Qaysiyya outside of Majdal Selem” near the southern coastal city of Tyre, the spokesman…. Related: Report: 2 injured in explosion in south Lebanon

PA: Israel closes 4 Palestinian NGOs in Jerusalem
12/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have extended the closure of four Palestinian NGOs in Jerusalem for another year, the Palestinian Authority said Friday. Police sealed the entrance of the four NGOs on Wednesday, said a statement calling the action reflective of a policy to control and undermine the role of Palestinian civil society in….

Israel ‘detains man en route to hospital’ at Gaza crossing
12/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a young man seeking medical treatment in Israel at the Erez crossing from Gaza, a prisoners organization said on Thursday. Ahmad Khamis Alika was leaving for an urgent eye operation in an Israeli hospital when he was detained on Wednesday, the Hussam prisoners organization said. Alika’….

Israeli forces detain 9 in West Bank
12/2/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained nine people in raids across the West Bank overnight Thursday, the Israeli army said. Locals told Ma’an that troops seized Yasser Ibrahim Badersawi, 47, from his home in Nablus’s Balata refugee camp. Badersawi, a Hamas member, has been detained by Israel on a number….

Israel renews detention of former minister
12/2/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have renewed the detention of a former Minister of Detainee Affairs until June 2012, a Hamas statement said Friday. Wasfi Izzat Qabha, 52, was due to be released on Dec. 10 but Israeli authorities extended his sentence until June 10. He has not been tried or informed of any….

Cardinal: Jerusalem holy sites ‘need special status’
12/3/2011 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Peace negotiations in the Middle East must tackle the issue of the status of the holy sites, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Vatican’s Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said Friday.” There will not be peace if the question of the holy sites is not adequately resolved,” the Holy See’….

UN assembly passes 6 resolutions on Mideast conflict
12/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN General Assembly passed a series on resolutions on Wednesday it says will address core issues in the conflict between Israel and the Arab World. Delegates hope the votes will “re-energize efforts to resolve old regional conflicts,” a UN press statement said. The resolutions criticize Israeli settlement building on occupied….

Earlier virus set path for Stuxnet attack on Iran
12/2/2011 – A cyber warfare expert claims he has linked the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010 to Conficker, a mysterious “worm” that surfaced in late 2008 and infected millions of PCs. Conficker was used to open back doors into computers in Iran, then infect them with Stuxnet, according to research….

PA: Israel to expand Gaza crossing for exports
12/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Nathmi Mhanna, head of crossings for the Palestinian Authority, said Friday that the Kerem Shalom terminal between Israel and Gaza would be expanded. The expansion increases exports permitted from the enclave, he said. As Israel began allowing more exports to go abroad, the crossing will be expanded to new areas….

Poll: Israeli Jews want no nuclear weapons
12/2/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — A strong majority of Israeli Jews support a Middle East where neither Iran nor Israel nor any other country has nuclear weapons, according to a poll published on Thursday.” By a ratio of two to one, Israelis support an agreement that would make the Middle East a nuclear weapon free zone, including Iran….

Fayyad: Will not run for any government position
12/3/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Prime Minister of the Ramallah-based government Salam Fayyad has ruled out taking high office in a future Palestinian government, in comments to Israeli media on Friday.” I don’t intend to run for the presidency or anything else for that matter,” Fayyad told the Israeli daily Haaretz, while….

Govt salaries on track after Israel unblocks funds
12/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Government salaries for November will be paid on time after Israel released frozen tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, a PA spokesman said Friday. Government media center head Ghassan Khatib confirmed that the government has received the balance of October and Novembers funds, which include customs duties collected by Israel and….

Hamas official: Mashaal to visit Jordan soon
12/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The head of the Hamas political bureau, Khalid Mashaal, is to visit Jordan soon after successful intervention from Qatar, a Hamas official said Friday. Izzat Risheq said he would visit the Jordanian capital and hold a meeting with King Abdullah, the newly formed government and Jordanian officials, after Qatar mediated on….

Report: 2 injured in explosion in south Lebanon
12/2/2011 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — Two people were injured Friday in an explosion in southern Lebanon, the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper reported Friday, quoting local residents. The report mentioned the possibility of a drone airstrike being behind the blast…. Related: Israel ‘detonates spy devices’ in Lebanon

Japan supports rural communities in West Bank
12/2/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Japan on Thursday granted funding for two projects to support rural communities in the West Bank. At his office in Ramallah, Japan’s representative to the Palestinian Authority Naofumi Hashimoto signed contracts to fund a compost production plant in Jericho and to supply a Jenin village with electricity. The production….

US envoy attends Bethlehem graduation
12/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US Consul General Daniel Rubinstein on Friday attended a graduation ceremony in Bethlehem for students of a US-funded education program. Some 1,285 students will graduate in December from the ACCESS program to improve English-language skills, public speaking and develop leadership abilities. Exceptional high-school students from Gaza and the West Bank, including…. Related: In photos: US envoy congratulates Bethlehem grads

First visit by UN expert on freedom of expression
12/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN’s special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression will undertake a fact-finding mission to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory this month, officials said. Frank La Rue’s visit will be the first for the UN mandate, a UN statement said.”During my….

Russian Orthodox leader: Protect Mideast Christians
12/2/2011 – PARIS (Reuters) — The Russian Orthodox Church has warned that rising violence against Christian minorities in the Middle East could force them out of the region and urged international cooperation to protect them and their rights. Patriarch Kirill told a Moscow conference the region’s Christians had become “hostages of big politics” and the prospect….

In photos: US envoy congratulates Bethlehem grads
12/2/2011 – MaanImages / Haitham Othman – Daniel Rubinstein, the US consul general in Jerusalem, attends a graduation ceremony for students of a US-funded education program, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Some 1,285 students will graduate in December from the State Department’s ACCESS program, which aims to improve English-language skills…. Related: US envoy attends Bethlehem graduation

Official: PA must fix empty ministerial posts
12/3/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A government spokesman said Friday that the absence of three key ministers needs to be addressed by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority cabinet. Head of the government media center Ghassan Khatib said in a statement that the exit of Minister of Labor Ahmad Majdalani and Minister of Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh this….

Egypt awaits poll results, protesters honor dead
12/3/2011 – By Dina Zayed and Alistair LyonCAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt will hear the results of elections which Islamist parties expect to win Friday and protesters rallied in Cairo to remember 42 people killed in clashes with police last month.” Without Tahrir, we wouldn’t have had these elections,” said Mohamed Gad, in the Cairo square that….

UN investigator: 56 children killed in November
12/2/2011 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syrian state forces killed 56 children in November in the “deadliest month” since the start of the March crackdown on dissidents, a UN-appointed investigator said Friday.” According to reliable sources, to date, 307 children were killed by state forces. November was the deadliest month so far with 56 children killed,” the chairman of….

Rich Egyptians weigh emigration as Islamists surge
12/2/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — For decades, Egypt’s Westernised elite kept the country’s growing religiosity at arm’s length, but a projected Islamist surge in the first post-revolution polls has driven many to think of moving abroad. Sporting the latest fashions and mingling in upmarket country clubs, Egypt’s rich fear a….

Carlos the Jackal dominates trial but turnout wanes
12/2/2011 – PARIS (Reuters) — All the world’s a stage for Carlos the Jackal, the veteran Marxist militant who since last month has reigned with imperious bluster over his trial in France on terrorism charges. But while theatrical antics have been a daily feature of a trial now in its fourth week, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, once….

Interview: Syria army defectors target Assad military convoys
12/2/2011 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Syrian army defectors are targeting military convoys sent to reinforce President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on popular unrest, a senior rebel said, increasingly taking the fight to Assad’s forces in response to what he called state brutality. Colonel Riad Asaad says fighters from the Syrian Free Army, a loose….

Shell to cease activities in Syria
12/2/2011 – LONDON (AFP) — Royal Dutch Shell is to cease operations in Syria because of ongoing unrest there and in line with EU sanctions, the oil giant said Friday, while France’s Total said it was staying on.” Shell will cease its activities in compliance with sanctions,” a company spokesman said.”Our main priority is the….

Commission: Egypt vote turnout hits record 62 percent
12/2/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Turnout in the opening phase of Egypt’s first post-revolution election was 62 percent, the highest in the country’s history, election commission head Abdel Moez Ibrahim announced on Friday.” Turnout is 62 percent. It’s the highest turnout in the history of Egypt,” he said, adding that 8. 5….

Iraq blast was assassination attempt, says official
12/2/2011 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraqi Maj. -Gen. Qassim Atta on Friday said an explosion near parliament was a botched attempt to kill the prime minister, after an official termed it an attempt on the parliament speaker’s life. At least one person was killed and two wounded in the blast near the Iraqi parliament building on….

Iranian diplomats leave Britain after protest violence
12/2/2011 – LONDON (AFP) — Diplomats at the Iranian embassy in London left Britain on Friday after being expelled following the storming of the British embassy in Tehran, the Foreign Office said.” I can confirm that, earlier this afternoon, all diplomatic staff of the Iranian embassy in London took off from Heathrow airport,” said a spokesman.” They are….

Aljazeera

Panetta: Israel must mend fences in region
AlJazeera 2 Dec 2011 – US defence secretary says Israel needs to reverse its growing isolation by reaching out to Turkey, Egypt and others.

International Solidarity Movement

A day with fugitives in Gaza’s fishing waters
12/2/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – By Lydia de Leeuw, 2 December 2011, A Second Glance – It’s 6. 30am when Ahmad’s fishing boat leaves the Gaza City fishing port. Together with his three nephews and a friend, he will stay at sea for 48 hours, trying to catch as many fish as possible within the Israeli-imposed 3…. Related: A Second Glance

The National

Nasrallah: Hizbollah will back government
The National 2 Dec 2011 – The group’s leader says the movement had no interest in creating political turmoil over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Jordan apology to Hamas baffles many
The National 2 Dec 2011 – Mending relations with Hamas has raised eyebrows among King Abdullah II’s loyalists and his detractors, and not only because Washington considers the Palestinian group a terrorist organisation.

Campaign for women’s Shura quota ignites debate in Muscat
The National 2 Dec 2011 – Only five women have won seats since the council was formed in 1991.

Egypt election results: vote turnout hits record 62 per cent
The National 2 Dec 2011 – A wide majority of the individual contests will go into a run-off next week because no candidate gained an outright majority.

Ha’aretz

Pentagon chief laments growing Israeli ‘isolation’ from Turkey, Egypt
Ha’aretz – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls on Israel to use diplomacy to build regional support, according to joint Israel-U.S. goals.

Lebanese media: IDF bombed espionage devices uncovered by Hezbollah
Ha’aretz – Two people were reportedly injured in blast; website associated with Hezbollah claims Israeli drones destroyed devices after they were exposed.

Britain expels Iranian diplomats following attack on embassy in Tehran
Ha’aretz – About 150 hard-liners wait at Mehrabad airport to greet returning diplomats; students throughout Iran pledge to fast for three days to commemorate and cheer the severance of ties with England, ISNA news agency reports.

The Israeli professor who dared to pluck the ‘forbidden fruit’
Ha’aretz – When he conceived the idea of the Abu Ghosh Vocal Music Festival decades ago, Sigi Stadermann, who recently passed away, did something shocking: He dared to expose local audiences to works based on Christian liturgy.

Chemi Shalev / Controversial commercials show historic balancing act of Israeli and American Jews
Ha’aretz – David Ben Gurion: ‘In the free and prosperous countries, Judaism faces the kiss of death, a slow and imperceptible decline into the abyss of assimilation.’

Netanyahu cancels controversial ad campaign to bring back Israeli expats from the U.S.
Ha’aretz – VIDEO: ADL has called campaign demeaning to American Jewry; Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.: PM had no knowledge of initiative?

Ultraconservative Islamists make gains in Egypt elections
Ha’aretz – Islamists led by the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Salafists appear to have taken a strong majority of seats in the first round of Egypt’s first parliamentary vote since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

How South Korea learned to stop worrying and live with the bomb
Ha’aretz – Or how South Korea learned to stop worrying and live, quite well, with the bomb.

Two businessmen jailed for bribery in Georgia return to Israel
Ha’aretz – Roni Fuchs and Zeev Frenkiel were pardoned by Georgian President after spending last year behind bars for allegedly offering millions of dollars to Georgian deputy finance minister.

Pardon for two Israeli businessmen jailed for bribery in Georgia
Ha’aretz – Roni Fuchs and Zeev Frenkiel spent the past year behind bars for allegedly offering millions of dollars to Georgian deputy finance minister; released following mediation of President Peres, FM Lieberman.

Al-Qaida: Israel must lift Gaza ‘siege’ in exchange for U.S. Jewish prisoner
Ha’aretz – In statement by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaida leader says group captured Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old American who went missing in August in Pakistan.

Israel paving road to link East Jerusalem neighborhoods to city center
Ha’aretz – New route would link northeast neighborhoods to capital’s main Begin Boulevard; Peace Now: Plan is illegal use of occupied land, endangers two-state solution.

Israeli schools belittle historical role of Mizrahi Jewry, former official says
Ha’aretz – In letter to Education Minister Sa’ar, chairperson of Women’s Council for Tunisia Jewry says curriculum still presents a distorted view, emphasizes history of European Jews.

Netanyahu to Livni: Only elected Israeli goverment should negotiate with Palestinians
Ha’aretz – PM’s comments come following meeting between Opposition Leader and PA President Abbas; Livni: Your government should negotiate instead of bringing on Israel’s isolation.

Mideast chaos reigns supreme as peace talks continue to stall
Ha’aretz – In his new weekly column, Haaretz diplomatic correspondent takes a closer look at the murky underside of a peace process rife with mutual mistrust.

Abraham Foxman in the Huffington Post: Israel’s democracy is eroding
Ha’aretz – ADL chairman urges the right-wing in Israel to defend the country’s democratic values, rather than supporting proposal that stifle free expression and undermine the rights of minorities.

Barak: Israel isn’t looking for war with Iran over its nuclear program
Ha’aretz – In interview with Israel Radio, Defense Minister says would be ‘happy’ if economic sanctions, diplomacy would convince Tehran to drop military nuclear program.

Obama to N.Y. Jews: No ally is more important than Israel
Ha’aretz – Speaking at N.Y. meeting of campaign donors, U.S. president says did more for Israel’s security than previous administrations.

Jerusalem Post

White House urges Cuba to release Alan Gross
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Spokesman Jay Carney says time for US contractor to return home, accuses Havana of trying to use him as a pawn.

Egypt election turnout 62%, protesters honor dead
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Turnout highest “since the pharaohs,” jokes head of election c’tee; Jimmy Carter praises vote, cites some problems.

‘UN sanctions on Iran have been exhausted’
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – As US, EU try to isolate Tehran, Russia’s UN ambassador says threats against both Syria, Iran escalating in unhelpful way.

PM pulls ad campaign luring expats back to Israel
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – American Jewish groups angered at ads that attempt to convey message that families of expats will lose Israeli identity in Diaspora.

Iranian diplomats leave UK after expulsion order
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Envoys return to Iran in line with Hague’s statement, British Foreign Office says; crowds chant “Death to Britain” in Tehran.

UN Rights Council condemns ‘gross’ violations in Syria
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – 47-member forum adopts resolution put forward by EU with 37 states in favor, 4 against including Russia, China and 6 abstentions; text calls for UN main bodies to “take appropriate action.”

‘2 injured in Lebanon during apparent IDF strike’
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Lebanese media reports that IDF drone may have bombed suspected spy facility after it was discovered by Hezbollah.

Pardon for Israeli businessmen jailed in Georgia
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Roni Fuchs, Ze’ev Frenkel were originally convicted of attempting to bribe Georgia’s deputy foreign minister.

Iran cleric warns EU, UN against backing Britain
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Crowds chant “Death to Britain” at Tehran University; follows UK evacuation of diplomats from Tehran, closing of Iranian embassy in London.

Sanctions bite in Syria as oil giant Shell pulls out
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Royal Dutch Shell is first oil major to pull out under new EU sanctions; Army defectors kill 8 Air Force personnel in ambush; UN says over 300 children among 4,000 dead.

UN rights chief calls for ‘urgent’ measures on Syria
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – United Nations Human Rights head Navi Pillay says 4,000 dead, including 307 children, and 14,000 detained in Syria; Opposition group says military deserters storm Air Force Intelligence center.

Former A-G Mazuz on list of Supreme Court candidates
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – List includes women, Sephardi and Arab Christian candidates, including Katsav trial judge.

‘Syrian rebels attack intelligence base, kill 8’
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Military deserters storm Air Force Intelligence center in Idlib province, says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Afghan woman, jailed for being raped, wins pardon
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Unclear whether woman will have to marry relative who attacked her; lawyer hopes she will leave prison “in the next few days.”

Likud MKs slam Beinisch over delegitimization remark
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Supreme Court president “forgot public chose representatives to legislate,” says judicial bill initiator Ze’ev Elkin.

Egypt awaits poll results, Tahrir protest planned
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Islamists look set for success in first post-Mubarak election; youthful demonstrators call for new protests against army rule.

Hamas: Palestine is Palestine, Jordan is Jordan
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Hamas political bureau member says Jordan understands Hamas has no intention of making “surrogate” homeland in Hashemite Kingdom.

US Senate OK’s sanctions on Iran central bank
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Obama administration doesn’t believe threatening US allies is best way to to get cooperation on Iran issue.

‘PA won’t ‘back down’ from UN statehood bid’
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2011 – Erekat says Palestinian initiative for UN membership will be brought to vote “in the near future.”

Jews in Latin America revise Mideast strategy
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Success of Palestinian statehood bid in region has leaders at AJC conference in Miami reconsidering approach.

French Jews now allowed to reclaim their old surnames
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Following the decision, a Mr. Bouché will become Mr. Weill while a Mr. Didier will be Mr. Landesman.

Adelson donation boosts Taglit participation
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Donation by Jewish-American billionaire Sheldon Adelson will allow 2,000 people to tour Israel this winter.

Working moms multitask more, unhappy about it
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Mothers multitask up to 10 hours more than dads, men feel less aggravated by the experience, Bar Ilan study shows.

Diplomacy: Treading water in a raging river
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Concerns about what the PA will do at the UN have morphed into what the PA will do if Israel does not present ‘comprehensive’ proposals.

Environment: On the road to recovery?
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Lack of funding means highly flammable pine seedlings aren’t being thinned from Carmel forests, risking repeat of the deadly blaze.

Into the Fray: Surrendering sovereignty
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – By adopting a policy to avoid confrontations in which it can prevail, Israel may eventually find itself forced into one in which it cannot.

Column One: The real war in Iran
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – The real objective these days should be the regime’s implosion, not more talk.

‘MKs, ministers are delegitimizing Supreme Court’
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Beinisch accuses MKs, ministers of incitement against High Court, trying to “undermine its ability to protect the country’s democratic values.”

Veterans: Watchmaker, watchmaker
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Suzannah Kaufman breaks the mold of the antiquated watchmaker with her cheery disposition and passion.

Exit stability, enter Islamism
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – How this radical Islam revivalism is proving to be more dangerous as time passes.

Happy birthday, Kadima
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – The main opposition party is on its way to oblivion because it never cared about ideas.

Eisenbud’s Odyssey: The art of the intellectual war
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – When it comes to Israel’s narrative, as the IDF has illustrated on the battlefield, incessant political infighting and interests must be set aside to address the larger picture: our survival.

The new libel amendment: Who’s afraid of the big, bad law?
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Protest organised by Peace Now and Meretz chants: ‘Bibi, Bibi, you have gone to far.’ One question remains: Why the frenzy?

The Chabad army at ease
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – How the International Conference of Shluchim in Brooklyn turns the spotlight inward on the experiences of each hassid.

RX for Readers: And on the third day
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2011 – Research has shown pain after surgery is worst on day 3, echoing Torah, when angels visited Abraham 3 days after circumcision.

The Guardian

Israeli women fight back against Jerusalem billboard vandals
The Guardian 2 Dec 2011 – Women in UK and US urged to send photographs of themselves to counter ultra-orthodox campaign against images of women Jewish women in the Britain and the US are being urged to send photographs of themselves holding…

Uruknet

US Senators back law authorizing indefinite military detention without trial or charge
Uruknet December 2, 2011 – Provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill, currently being considered in the US Senate, would authorize the military to unilaterally abduct and imprison any person anywhere in the world without charge or trial-including US citizens within the United States. According to a statement released by the ACLU, the bill “was…

Yemen PM warns transition at risk, eight dead in Taiz
Uruknet December 2, 2011 – At least five civilians and three soldiers were killed in the protest hotbed city of Taiz on Friday, and the head of a new government meant to prevent civil war in Yemen said a week-old political pact might unravel if the bloodshed went on. A deal to ease President Ali Abdullah Saleh…

World bodies must act now to save Lifta
Uruknet December 2, 2011 – Earlier this year, the group 1948 Lest We Forget filed an application to the World Monuments Fund (WMF) to include the Palestinian village of Lifta in its 2012 World Monuments Watch List. The WMF was chosen because it accepts nominations from individuals, institutions and organizations without the need for national or state…

ICC: Good Riddance Luis Moreno Ocampo
Uruknet December 2, 2011 – …Ocampo saved his most abysmal conduct for last; Libya. In Libya, Washington, London and Paris sought regime-change. The West was determined to get rid of Muammar al-Quathafi once and for all. So UN Resolution 1973 was obtained, through duplicity and coercion, purportedly for the purpose of “saving” innocent Libyan civilians. The Resolution…

Israel ‘detonates spy devices’ in Lebanon
Uruknet December 2, 2011 — The Israeli army on Friday detonated two of its espionage devices in southern Lebanon, slightly injuring two passers-by, a Lebanese army spokesman said. “Around noon today, the Israeli enemy detonated two spying apparatuses by remote control in Wadi al-Qaysiyya outside of Majdal Selem” near the southern coastal city of Tyre, the spokesman…

Deranged Senate Votes for Military Detention of All Terror Suspects and a Permanent Guantánamo
Uruknet December 2, 2011 – Yesterday the shameful dinosaurs of the Senate – hopelessly out of touch with reality, for the most part, and haunted by specters of their own making – approved, by 93 votes to 7, the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (PDF), which contains a number of astonishingly alarming provisions – Sections…

Religion/Morality, Syria/Resistance: For Syria, What is “Left?” (Part 2 of 3)
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – In the previous post, I argued that the recalcitrant pro-status quo leftist position cannot be upheld on principle, especially when the Syrian regime is egregiously violating the same principles on which anti-imperialism and resistance to various forms of structural oppression (e.g., occupation, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, etc.) is based. In such a position,…

Video: The letter of Dr. Aisha Gadaffi, on the 40th day of the passing of the soldier Muammar Gaddafi.
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – Those who weep for the martyr Muammer Gaddafi, Muammer Gaddafi represents glory, dignity and splendour, Muammar Gaddafi represents pride, redemption generosity and courage. Muammar Gaddafi who made colonizers kneel and kiss the hand of the son of Omar el Mokhtar (referring to the Libyan visit to Rome in June 2009 when Mohammed…

PCHR Condemns Escalation in Arrest of Palestinian Fishermen in the Gaza Strip
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli Navy’s escalation in arrests of Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Over the past week, Israeli Naval forces arrested 14 fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip. These arrests represent a continuation of the sharp increase in the arrest of…

Gaza – Narratives Under Siege: A frightening movie
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – “The bullets made the water splash up in my face. The soldiers shouted at us to take off our shirts and trousers. We had to jump into the water and swim towards them one by one” says 17-year old Mohammed Bakr, as he recounts how Israeli naval forces detained him from his…

Witnesses in Bassem Tamimi’s Trial: We were Instructed by Interrogators to Incriminate Him
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – The trial of West Bank protest organizer from Nabi Saleh, Bassem Tamimi, resumed today at the Ofer Military Court, after the main prosecution witness – 14 year-old Islam Dar Ayyoub, testified yesterday contending that his testimony was given under duress. First to take the stand today was 15 year-old Mo’atasem Tamimi from…

Syria News – December 1, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Martyrs in Syrian for 1-12-2011 so far rose to 29, including 2 women and 2 children. 14 martyrs in Hama,10 martyrs in Homs 4 martyrs in Idlib and one martyr each in Daeel… Homs: Rastan: Martyrdom of the 16-year-old child Haitham Sameer Alneef who was shot by a sniper when he stepped out of his house….

Unmasking Gershom Gorenberg, historian and apologist for ethnic cleansing
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – The popular internet magazine Slate recently published an excerpt from The Unmaking of Israel, a new book by the historian Gershom Gorenberg. The title of the excerpt asked “Did Israel actually plan to expel most of its Arabs in 1948? Or not?” (“The Mystery of 1948,” 7 November 2011). As most critical…

Grand Hypocrisy: Netanyahu Slams ‘Anti-liberal’ Arab Spring
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – As protests raged again across the Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, offered his assessment of the Arab Spring last week. It was, he said, an “Islamic, anti-western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli, undemocratic wave”, adding that Israel’s Arab neighbours were “moving not forwards, but backwards”. It takes some chutzpah – or, at least,…

Obama reaffirms support to Israel, most “important” US ally
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – Obama-the-candidate is back, and so, too, is the Israel lovefest. Speaking to “Jewish donors” in Manhattan on Wednesday amid a house call at the home of Jack Rosen, the president of the American Jewish Congress, President Obama reassured wary Jewish Americans that he’s the best friend Israel’s got. “….[T]his administration has done…

International Solidarity Day with Palestine
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – Established by the UN in 1977, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed on or around November 29. The date commemorates November 29, 1947, the date UN Resolution 181 was adopted, despite Palestinian opposition. Called the UN Partition Plan for Palestine, it granted 56% of historic Palestine to Jews (…

Iraq snapshot – December 1, 2011
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – Chaos and violence continue, the US military calls what’s taking place in Iraq “reposturing,” Biden tries to put a happy face on the war (despite today’s violence), Jalal Talabani leads a cry that politics should take place out of the sight of the Iraqi people, a US Congress member admits publicly they…

Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal: Bush and Blair Guilty
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – In Kuala Lumpur, after two years of investigation by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC), a tribunal (Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal or KLWCT) consisting of five judges with judicial and academic backgrounds reached a unanimous verdict that found George W. Bush and Tony Blair guilty of crimes against peace, crimes…

America’s Illegal Chemical Weapons Stockpile
Uruknet December 1, 2011 – On November 28, the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) opened its 16th session in The Hague, Netherlands. Information on it can be found on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) web site. OPCW is mandated to implement their elimination, and “to provide a…

Assange: Using iPhone, gmail, Blackberry? You’re screwed!
Uruknet November 1, 2011 – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says that governments worldwide have been using electronic devices, such as smart-phones and computers, to monitor what people are saying, where they are going and what they are writing. The controversial journalist spoke at a panel of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism held at the City University in…

Daily Star

First free Egypt elections see historic turnout
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Turnout in the first leg of Egypt’s first free election in six decades was an unprecedented 62 percent, far higher than in the rigged polls under deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

U.N. sets stage for further action against Syria
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 The UN top human rights forum strongly condemned Syria Friday for gross and systematic violations by its forces, including executions, and set the stage for possible action by U.N. political bodies in NY.

Mikati: Cabinet to discuss demands of Aoun’s bloc
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 PM Najib Mikati promised that the Cabinet will discuss demands by Michel Aoun’s parliamentary Change and Reform bloc in order to avoid a boycott by the bloc’s ministers similar to last week’s no-show.

Hariri strikes back at Nasrallah
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri responded to Hezbollah’s attack Friday, after Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah accused him of compromising on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for the sake of staying in power.

Mikati must now avoid a political minefield
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 PM Najib Mikati has succeeded in postponing a duel with March 14 parties by paying Lebanon’s share of the STL without provoking the ire of Hezbollah and other March 8 parties that oppose the STL’s funding

Jordan protesters demand reforms, end to graft
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Over a thousand Jordanians protested Friday in Amman calling for the country to be saved from corruption and demanding regime reforms.

List of international sanctions against Syria
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 The EU put 13 Syrian officials on its sanctions list on May 17. The measures included asset freezes and travel bans and arms embargo.

Renewed violence kills at least 8 people in Yemen
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 At least five civilians and three soldiers were killed in the protest hotbed city of Taiz Friday, and the head of a new government meant to prevent civil war in Yemen.

Defected Syrian colonelvows to escalate attacks
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Syrian army defectors are targeting military convoys sent to reinforce President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on popular unrest, a senior rebel said.

Violence remains part of Iraqis’ lives even as U.S. packs up
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Iraqi vendor Khundier Abbas was able to flee unharmed when the first of three bombs exploded this week in the market in Baghdad’s Bab al-Sharji neighborhood where he keeps his stall.

British Embassy storming bares divisions among Iran’s elite
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 The storming of the British Embassy in Tehran has bared a rift in Iran’s ruling elite with hard-liners pushing Iran toward global isolation as they maneuver for the upper hand over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ahead of…

U.S. forces hand over main military base in Iraq
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 The U.S. military passed a milestone in its pending withdrawal from Iraq Friday, vacating its vast main base near Baghdad airport.

Biden presses Turkey on new Iran sanctions
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Crowds chanted Death to Britain at Tehran University Friday prayers as a hard-line Iranian cleric warned the U.N. and European Union against siding with London after students and militia stormed the British Embassy in Tehran.

Insight: Did Conficker help sabotage Iran’s nuke program?
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 A cyber warfare expert claims he has linked the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010 to Conficker, a mysterious “worm” that surfaced in late 2008 and infected millions of PCs.

Iranian diplomats leave UK after expulsion
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Iran prepared a high-profile welcome for its diplomats expelled from London in retaliation for attacks on British compounds in Tehran that Western leaders claim were sanctioned by Tehran’s ruling elite.

Israel’s chief justice clashes with nationalists
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Israel’s chief justice came under fire from members of PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, after she went public with concerns that parliamentarians are trying to undercut the Supreme Court’s authority.

Nine killed in Iraq attacks
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Bomb and gun attacks in Iraq killed nine people, including four anti-Qaeda militiamen, and wounded 30 others, security officials said on Friday.

UN rights council condemns ‘gross violations’ in Syria
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 The UN Human Rights Council on Friday urged tougher international action against Syria, condemning “gross violations” of human rights following evidence security forces killed and tortured dissidents.

Ultraconservative Islamists make gains in Egypt
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Election results are to be announced later Friday, but preliminary counts have been leaked by judges and individual political groups.

Israel detonates communications ‘spy’ device: Hezbollah
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 The Israeli army detonates an espionage device in southern Lebanon that had been monitoring a communications network, Lebanese Hezbollah group says in a statement.

Syrian army defectors target Assad’s military convoys
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Syrian army defectors are targeting military convoys sent to reinforce President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on popular unrest, a senior rebel said, increasingly taking the fight to Assad’s forces in response to what he called state brutality.

Ongoing bloodshed in Yemen raises fears for power transfer
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 A small girl was among four people killed Friday as troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh pressed an assault on Yemen’s second city of Taiz.

Hariri: Funding of STL obviously disturbs Nasrallah
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 The former prime minister says Nasrallah’s verbal attack overlooked the large segment of Lebanese society that rejects the hegemony of arms.

Jumblatt pledges to maintain allegiance to Mikati
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Jumblatt pledges not to give up on Prime Minister Najib Mikati despite the Druze MP’s recent efforts to patch up ties with old allies.

Syrian dissidents don’t feel safe in Lebanon
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Some fear walking down main streets. Some go into hiding. For many Syrian activists who have fled across the border, Lebanon is an uneasy refuge.

4 Lebanese injured in gunfire along Lebanese-Syrian border
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Two men and two women injured in heavy shooting from the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon.

Restaurants must designate adequate parking space: Abboud
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Restaurants in major cities are now obliged to designate sufficient parking space for their customers in a bid to lessen traffic jams in popular areas.

Hezbollah, Aoun tacitly approved STL funding: MP
Daily Star 2 Dec 2011 Abi Nasr says Aoun had two choices, ‘stability or chaos,’ but preferred stability, tying the fate of the Mikati government to developments in Syria.

UN sanctions against Iran ‘exhausted’: Russia envoy
Daily Star 1 Dec 2011 Russia believes new UN sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program are no longer possible, Moscow’s UN envoy said Friday condemning “threats” being made against Tehran and Syria by the West.

YNet News

US cautions Israel against solo military op in Iran
YNet News, 3 Dec 2011 – WASHINGTON – As tensions between Tehran and the West rise US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that he has cautioned Israel not to take unilateral military … ….

Russia: UN sanctions on Iran have been ‘exhausted’
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – Moscow believes there is no room for further UN Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said on Friday. … ….

PM nixes anti-assimilation campaign
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the Absorption Ministry on Friday to abort a new campaign that urges Israelis who live abroad to return to the … ….

Iranian diplomats leave UK after expulsion
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – All Iranian diplomats in London left on a chartered airplane Friday, expelled by the UK government in retaliation for attacks on the British embassy in Tehran. They … ….

Hezbollah: We foiled Israeli spy operation
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – Two people were injured after an explosion was heard in southern Lebanon towns Friday – a blast that may have been caused by an IDF drone, the Lebanese newspaper The … ….

133 states support Israeli proposal at UN
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – WASHINTON – A majority comprised of 133 states voted at the United Nations General Assembly Friday in favor of an Israeli proposal to make farming technology more … ….

2 Israelis freed from Georgian prison
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – Ron Fuchs and Zeev Frenkiel, the two Israeli businessmen jailed in Georgia, have arrived in Israel and met with their families Friday. The two were released after being … ….

Biden in Turkey: Impose new sanctions on Iran
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – US Vice President visits Ankara, says ‘we continue to support a diplomatic….

Syrian army rebels attack intelligence base
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – Eight people killed during offensive on intelligence building in north of the….

US Jews veto anti-assimilation ad campaign
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – Video advertisements depicting assimilation process of Israelis living abroad….

US Senate OK’s sanctions on Iran central bank
YNet News, 2 Dec 2011 – National legislative body votes unanimously to penalize foreign financial….

Palestinian Information Center

Barhoum: Accepting the Quartet’s conditions eradicate Palestinian fundamentals
PIC – Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, affirmed his movement’s rejection of the International Quartet’s conditions, pointing out that the government that will be formed as a result of the reconciliation.

Qasem: The PA proposal presented to the quartet destructive to Palestinians
PIC – Political science professor, Dr. Abdel-Sattar Qasem said that the PA proposal to the quartet “takes the Palestinian people toward destruction”.

Haaretz: Palestinian Authority accepts a demilitarized state
PIC – Hebrew press sources revealed that the Palestinian Authority presented a new proposal on the “final status” issues to be settled between the Palestinians and the Zionist entity.

Clashes between Palestinians and occupation forces at Sha’fat roadblock
PIC – Israeli occupation forces arrested on Thursday evening eight Palestinian youth from the Sha’fat refugee camp to the north of occupied Jerusalem during a demonstration..

PA security arrest seven Hamas supporters in the West Bank
PIC – PA security agencies arrested seven Hamas supporters in the districts of Tulkarem, Salfit and Qalqilya. The same agencies got a teacher sacked and summoned a university student for interrogation.

Large participation in the sit-in to demand release of political prisoners
PIC – Palestinians in large numbers on Thursday participated in the weekly sit-in to demand the release of political prisoners from PA jails in light of the claimed major progress in the reconciliation.

Misc

Israeli Settlers Harass Released Prisoners, Threaten Them With Death
Intifada-Palestine: 2 Dec 2011 – Brendan Work      The Electronic Intifada    West Bank Human Rights Israeli settlers harass released prisoners, threaten them with death Brendan Work The Electronic Intifada West Bank 1 December 2011 Hani Jaber, 36, conducts an interview in a safe location away… more

Obama and Israel’s Security
Intifada-Palestine: 2 Dec 2011 – by Alan Hart If American election campaign funders who support Israel right or wrong formed a circle and demanded that President Obama stand naked in the middle of it while they sang Hava Nagila (“Let us rejoice”), I am sure he… more

Israel’s Grand Hypocrisy
Intifada-Palestine: 2 Dec 2011 – Netanyahu Slams ‘Anti-liberal’ Arab Spring by JONATHAN COOK Counterpunch As protests raged again across the Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, offered his assessment of the Arab Spring last week. It was, he said, an “Islamic, anti-western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli, undemocratic… more

Syria committed crimes against humanity, U.N. panel finds
LA Times 2 Dec 2011 – The U.N. Human Rights Council condemns Syria for ‘gross and systemic violations’ in a resolution that diplomats say calls for action by the main U.N. bodies and the International Criminal Court. The United Nations’ top human rights forum on Friday condemned Syria for “gross and…

Voter turnout high, Islamists dominate in Egypt elections
LA Times 2 Dec 2011 – Turnout for the parliamentary polls was 62%, the highest ‘since the pharaohs,’ an election official jokes. The Muslim Brotherhood and more conservative Salafis are projected to be the big winners. Eager to move beyond the repression and corruption of longtime President Hosni Mubarak’s government, Egyptians…

EU expands Iran sanctions list
LA Times 1 Dec 2011 – The European Union adds 180 entities to the list in response to a report on Iran’s nuclear program. Condemnation of the British Embassy attack in Tehran continues. The European Union slapped new sanctions on Iranian individuals, companies and organizations Thursday in response to a report…

Senate votes for new Iran sanctions, defying White House
LA Times 1 Dec 2011 – The penalties are part of a defense bill that already faced a veto threat because of new requirements for holding terrorism suspects. Disregarding White House opposition, the Senate unanimously approved new sanctions on Iran as part of a defense bill Thursday night — and then…

Syria opposition groups agree to coordinate efforts
LA Times 1 Dec 2011 – The Free Syrian Army agrees to scale back its campaign of attacks on Syrian forces after talks with the Syrian National Council, which advocates nonviolence. In a significant display of unity, Syrian military defectors fighting to unseat President Bashar Assad have agreed to scale back…

Syrians Say They Are Feeling Grip of Economic Sanctions
New York Times 2 Dec 2011 – Measures by Turkey, the Arab League and others are unraveling Syria’s links to the global economy.

U.N. Official, Navi Pillay, Calls for Intervention in Syria
New York Times 2 Dec 2011 – A United Nations commission warned that the Syrian government’s crackdown on civilians could drive the country into a full-fledged civil war.

Yemen’s Opposition Party Islah Faces Credibility Gap
New York Times 2 Dec 2011 – Islah, the country’s largest and best-organized opposition group, worked with and against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a fact that may have hurt its reputation with voters.

Troops and Tribesmen Fight in Taiz, Yemen
New York Times 2 Dec 2011 – A second day of fighting threatened an agreement designed to remove President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Biden Confers With Turkish Leaders About Syria and Iran
New York Times 2 Dec 2011 – Vice President Biden’s comments seemed calculated to reassure allies like Turkey in a region that is worried about a new wave of instability.

After American Outcry, Israel Ends Ad Campaign Aimed at Expatriates
New York Times 2 Dec 2011 – An effort to appeal to Israeli patriotism struck a sour note with American Jews.

Panetta Says Israel Must Mend Ties With Arab Neighbors
New York Times 2 Dec 2011 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta spoke sternly to America’s closest ally in the Middle East, telling Israel it must take “bold action” — diplomatic, not military — to mend ties with its Arab neighbors.

Iraqis Disagree Over Bomb’s Intended Target
New York Times 2 Dec 2011 – Iraqi officials disagreed over whether the intended victim of a bombing in Baghdad was Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki or Osama al-Najafi, the speaker of Parliament.

Yemen to install “national unity” government
WSWS – Far from opening up a new era of democracy, the government’s first task is to put an end to the months of protests against the autocratic Yemeni regime, by force if necessary.

From Occupation to ‘Occupy’: The Israelification of American domestic security
Mondoweiss –              18 November 2011 UC Davis police pepper spray students         (Photo: Reuters/Brian Nguyen) Originally published in Al Akhbar on 2 December 2011. In October, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The…

Israeli gov’t cancels oafish ad campaign targeting Christmas, US marriage
Mondoweiss – Is this the week that Israel, the longest running Jewish American TV show, “jumped the shark?” I wonder. Ruth Marcus getting vexed in the Washington Post that restrictions on women in Israel are a “national security” threat because they will alienate American Jews, on whom the…

‘This is how they drove us out’–Tiberias’s exiles recall the Nakba
Mondoweiss –     Mosque in Tiberias with “Death to Arabs” graffiti. (Photo: Sam Kestenbaum) Zochrot is a Hebrew word which means “remembering.” It’s also the name of an Israeli NGO founded in 2002–during the Second Intifada–to collect stories and personal narrativesof the Palestinian Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe,”…

Letter from Cairo: the liberals, the Brothers, and the poor
Mondoweiss – Salafist campaign workers in Cairo’s Shobra district ( @mmbilal on Twitter ) So this is what violence in Cairo is like now: the city has grown inured to it. You can stroll down a sidewalk in perfect serenity, and ignore the fact that a few blocks away lies…

A Warsaw Ghetto with guns (my recent trip to Israel/Palestine)
Mondoweiss – Menajem Perez’s family bar mitzvah trip to Israel posted by Israel Maven tours on facebook Most of my Sept./Oct. trip to Israel and Palestine was demoralizing. The two societies are utterly separated and have zero sense of shared community. The Israeli community is contained in its…

Dagan’s First TV Interview
Tikun Olam – Ilana Dayan has the first interview former Mossad director Meir Dagan has ever given to Israeli TV.  For many Israelis, it must be a bit like hearing Marcel Marceau speak the first word of his career, as Dagan has a reputation for being exceedingly laconic and…

Israel and Iran: Why War?
Tikun Olam – All I can say to you readers is: I hope you don’t get sick of this.  I don’t know how you could, but it’s possible some of you would prefer to be ogling Lady Gaga’s latest outfit. The drama playing itself out in the Middle East…

Turkish opposition leader criticizes government’s policy on Syria
Voltaire Network 2 Dec 2011 – Turkish main opposition party leader on Thursday criticized the government’s policy on Syria for being problematic. Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said in Istanbul in the wake of a series of sanctions Turkey pledged to impose on the Syrian administration: “This is not correct….

Nigeria: Syria – the World Must Rise Now
allAfrica.com 2 Dec 2011 – Protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, which started in March 2011, are gradually assuming dangerous dimensions in the face of a dithering international community. According to UN figures, over 4,000 Syrian citizens have been killed by a recalcitrant Assad administration. With no…

Africa: Free Palestine From Israeli Talons
allAfrica.com 2 Dec 2011 – Israel and its proxy state, the US, did all they could to frustrate the bid by Palestinians for statehood at the last UN General Assembly making it appear as if its Palestinians who invaded Israeli territory. But Palestine is a sovereign territory. Its declaration of independence…

Israel urged to end ‘isolation’
BBC 2 Dec 2011 – US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta calls on Israel to work with Turkey and Egypt to end what he calls its growing isolation in the Middle East.

UN passes tough Syria resolution
BBC 2 Dec 2011 – The UN Human Rights Council is to appoint a special investigator on Syria as part of a strongly-worded resolution condemning the violence there.

Egypt announces 62% poll turnout
BBC 2 Dec 2011 – Election officials in Egypt say 62% of voters participated in the first democratic elections in 60 years, and give the first few results.

US uproar over Israeli expat ads
BBC 2 Dec 2011 – The Israeli government orders adverts that urge Israelis in the US to return home to be pulled amid outcry from the American Jewish community.

Articles


The rules of the game are being changed
An interview with Haneen Zoubi, Bitterlemons 12/2/2011
      bitterlemons: What is driving the push for right-wing legislation in Israel?
     Zoubi: Israel is engaging in a struggle between the Jewishness of the state and democracy. She perceives that she is in a position to choose between “Jewish values” and “democratic values”. She is making a very clear statement that she intends to defend the Jewishness of this country and to place obstacles in the path of the true struggle for democracy.
     These kinds of laws are not only a reflection of the racism of the state, but they are also seeking to change the rules of the game. What was once a legal struggle will be from now on an illegal struggle. These laws are more dangerous than just being a reflection of racism; they are actually changing the borders of political legitimacy. Every definition of democracy, liberalism and legitimacy is now to be conditioned on Jewishness and the Jewish state.
     bitterlemons: Which of the laws passed or proposed do you think are the most dangerous to your constituents?
     Zoubi: I think there is a difference in function; there are laws that delegitimize identity and there are laws that delegitimize political movements that challenge the Jewishness of the state. I cannot tell which law is the most dangerous. There are laws that continue the functions of the old laws that confiscated land. They are passing laws against [Palestinian] prisoners. They are passing laws against the entrance of Palestinians to the state. They are passing laws for loyalty.
     This [law requiring an] expression of loyalty for Zionism is really new because up until now, the state was dependent on policies of loyalty. It sought to formulate a new Palestinian personality, one that expressed loyalty…. more.. e-mail

Whodunit on the Lebanon-Israel border
By Sami Moubayed, Asia Times 12/2/2011
      Four Katyusha rockets were fired into northern Israel shortly after midnight on Tuesday, shifting the world’s attention from Syria and Egypt onto the Lebanese-Israeli border, yet again. These four rockets were fired onto Western Galilee, territory that was famously targeted by Hezbollah during the 2006 war on Lebanon. They caused minimal damage and nobody was wounded or killed.
     They prompted retaliation from the Israelis, who placed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on high alert, while the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon said that it would patrol extra troops along the Lebanese-Israeli border, fearing that other attacks will follow, in complete disregard to the 2006 ceasefire, UNSCR 1701. The rocket launchers, according to Lebanese authorities, were found in the Rumaysh area in southern Lebanon, a Hezbollah stronghold. They were fired into Israel from an area between the villages of Aita Shaab and Rumaysh, approximately two kilometers from the border – for the first time since war raged between Israel and Lebanon in the summer of 2006. At first glance, the first thing that came to mind in Israel was: “Hezbollah!”
     The Lebanese were worried, with due cause, by the sudden border escalation. They remember too clearly that the 2006 war led to the killing of more than 1,200 citizens, mostly civilians, 30% of whom were children below the age of 13 (according to UNICEF). It also resulted in the displacement of over 1 million people, and in infrastructure damage that exceeds US$64 million.
     What makes matters worse is that this week’s events seemed to be taking a similar course. In 2006, border incidents led to an all-out war after Hezbollah seized two IDF soldiers. The major difference is that this time, Hezbollah has said nothing about the attack – and it is not in the habit of launching attacks then denying them or distancing itself from them…. more.. e-mail

The shadow war in Syria
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times 12/2/2011
      Target Syria – the strategic prize that outstrips Libya. The stage is set. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Libya 2.0 equals Syria? It’s more like Libya 2.0 remix. With the same R2P (”responsibility to protect”) rationale – starring civilians bombed into ”democracy”. But with no UN Security Council resolution (Russia and China will veto it). Instead, Turkey shines, fanning the flames of civil war.
     US Secretary of State Hillary ”we came, we saw, he died” Clinton set the scene on Indonesian TV a few weeks ago, when she prophesied there would be ”a civil war” in Syria, with a well financed and ”well-armed opposition” crammed with army deserters.
     Now it’s up to NATOGCC to make it happen. NATOGCC is of course the now fully accomplished symbiosis between selected North Atlantic Treaty Organization members such as Britain and France and selected petromonarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council, aka the Gulf Counter-revolution Club, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
     So feel free to bask in the glow of yet another mercenary paradise.
     The NATOGCC war The Libyans formerly known as rebels, with explicit consent from Transitional National Council (TNC) chairman Mustafa Abdul NATO, aka Jalil, have already shipped to Syria – via Turkey – 600 highly motivated troops fresh from toppling the Gaddafi regime, to fight alongside the Free Syria Army (FSA). This followed a secret meeting in Istanbul between the TNC and the Syrian ”rebels”, rebranded as Syrian National Council.
     The trigger-happy Libyans have access to a wealth of weapons plundered from the Gaddafi’s regimes military depots or gently ”donated” by NATO and Qatar…. more.. e-mail

The King’s Speech: ‘Jordan is (Not) Palestine’
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Dec 2011 – By Uri Avnery In the middle of the ’80s, a German diplomat conveyed to me a surprising message. A member of the Jordanian Royal family would like to speak with me in Amman. At the time, Jordan was still officially at war with us. Somehow I obtained official permission from the Israeli government. The Germans generously provided me with a passport that was not strictly accurate, and so, with much turning of blind eyes, I arrived in Amman and was lodged in the best hotel. The news of my presence spread quickly, and after some days it became an embarrassment to the Jordanian government. So I was politely asked to leave, and very quickly, please. But before that, a high-ranking official invited me to dinner in a very elegant restaurant. He was a well educated, very cultured person, who spoke beautiful English. To my utter amazement, he told me that…more

Hebron: Occupation and Sterilization
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Dec 2011 – By Markus Balázs Göransson The center of Hebron is surreal and terrifying. It is strange and overwhelming to see this schizophrenic place with my own eyes. As I walk along the streets, my senses are heightened yet I cannot fully process what I see. It feels like I am walking in a dream or on an empty movie set. The legacy of violence is stark and in your face and I am reminded of the ruins and craters that I saw when visiting Srebrenica in Bosnia several years ago. Yet, unlike Srebrenica, there has been no attempt to move past the divisions in Hebron. Instead, the divisions have been frozen and institutionalized and today Hebron is relatively quiet only because people are kept physically apart. A handful of Jewish settlers – 800, in a city of 170 000 – have moved into the heart of the city and to protect…more

No Freedom in the Land of False Prophets – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Dec 2011 – By Lillian Rosengarten I ask, how can Israel finds freedom as occupier? Two occupations and a faux Museum Sits on desecrated tombs. They call it Museum of Tolerance, I call it Ethnic cleansing, killer of those deemed inferior. False prophets, destroyer of 800,000 olive and citrus plants, subjugation. Collective abuse, Gaza fishermen attacked likes vermin by Israeli killer boats. Apartheid! Word we dare not whisper, write or speak. Condemned by true believers, the Zionist story makes one shutter. I’ve heard the racist words before, when Jews were driven from their homes and vilified. Now I hear it all again from a big Rabbi contender for The Jewish Heroes competition. Asked how Jews should treat their neighbors he said: “The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way. Destroy the holy sites, Kill men, women children and cattle.” I remember another time, “No Jews Allowed.” Germany nearly succeeded….more

UK Itching for a Fight with Iran
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Dec 2011 – By Stuart Littlewood The gung-ho leadership of the British government, fresh from their heroic ‘liberation’ of Libya (and never mind the mega-deaths and wholesale destruction), are now itching for a fight with Iran, it seems. Of course they won’t be spilling any blood or guts of their own. They’ll watch from a safe distance and make Churchillian speeches. The temperature is rising nicely. After the storming of the British embassy in Tehran, foreign secretary William Hague declared: “These events are a grave violation of the Vienna Convention… This is a breach of international responsibilities of which any nation should be ashamed.” He added: “We have been foremost among those nations arguing for peaceful legitimate pressure to be intensified on Iran in the light of the IAEA’s ‘deep and increasing concern’ about the Iranian nuclear program, including its ‘possible military dimensions’.” The operative word there is “possible”, not definite military dimensions….more

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