VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 December 2011: The Jews Go To War (With Themselves)

17 December 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Settlement Guard Mildly Injured In Stabbing Attack
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported Saturday that a settlement guard, working at the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, east of occupied East Jerusalem, suffered mild injuries after being stabbed. …

Obama assures Jewish Conference: US support for Israel is ‘unshakeable’
IMEMC – In a speech given to the Conference of Reform Jews in the US on Friday, President Barack Obama assured the audience that his administration was doing more than any previous administration in US history to serve the cause of Israel, and that US support for the Jewish state is ‘unshakeable’. …

Ma’an News

Israeli navy fire injures Gaza fisherman
12/17/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli naval ships opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the Gaza coast on Friday, injuring a 45-year-old fisherman, medics said. Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said the man was taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City with moderate injuries to his legs. An Israeli army spokeswoman….

Report: Diplomat wife dies after forced to renew Jerusalem permit
12/17/2011 – LONDON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities forced the wife of the Palestinian ambassador to the UK to return to Jerusalem to renew her residency status during chemotherapy treatment, British media reported on Friday. Samira Hassassian died in August aged 57 after she contracted a virus on the return flight to the UK in the midst….

Palestinian citizens of Israel protest mosque ban
12/17/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel took to the streets on Saturday to protest against a bill to ban the use of loudspeakers in mosques. Protesters in Nazareth, Jaffa, Umm al-Fahm and other cities held signs reading “a democratic state doesn’t attack freedom of religion,” and other….

Security guard stabbed at Maale Adumim settlement
12/17/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A young man stabbed a security guard on Saturday at the illegal Maale Adumim settlement east of Jerusalem. Israeli police said that a man approached the guard speaking in Arabic before pulling out a knife and stabbing him, Haaretz reported. The guard suffered light injuries to his neck and….

Israeli forces detain senior Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin
12/17/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a senior Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank in a raid on the northern city of Jenin early Saturday, officials said. Soldiers ransacked the home of Sheikh Khader Adnan in Arraba village and took him to an unknown destination, security officials said. Sheikh Adnan has been detained….

Jihad leader seized in Jenin raid
12/17/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday arrested senior Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank Sheikh Khader Adnan in a raid on the northern city of Jenin, officials said…. Related: Israeli forces detain senior Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin

Israel: Settler guard stabbed in West Bank
12/17/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A security guard working at the illegal West Bank settlement of Maale Adumimi, near Jerusalem, was stabbed on Saturday by an unknown assailant, Israeli media reported…. Related: Security guard stabbed at Maale Adumim settlement

Tahrir ‘changed everything’ for Gaza crossing
12/17/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Egyptian revolution has opened a new chapter for Gazans wishing to travel out of the blockaded strip, crossings officials say. The southern Rafah crossing to Egypt — the only exit point for Palestinians that is not closed by Israel’s blockade — is unrecognizable from its dire past while Hosni….

Fatah members condemn settler arson attack
12/17/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee members Tawfiq al-Tirawi and Sultan Abu al-Einen on Friday condemned a recent arson attack against a Ramallah mosque. The Fatah members called the settler attack on al-Nour Mosque in Burqa a violation against religious sites. Both officials were attending prayers at the mosque on Friday. Jewish extremists on….

Qalqiliya teacher unpaid for ‘political reasons’
12/17/2011 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — A schoolteacher in the West Bank says she has been working for nearly four years without a salary after the PA ministry of finance suspended payments for alleged political reasons. Hadiyya Daoud said she first discovered her salary had not been paid to her bank in 2008, four years after she….

Fatah central committee says reconciliation a strategic choice
12/17/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah’s central committee said Saturday that political reconciliation with Hamas is a strategic choice. The remarks were made during a meeting of the committee chaired by President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a statement said. Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh briefed committee members about a meeting last week between Abbas…. Related: Hamas, Fatah officials to meet in Cairo

Obama defends Israel policy to US Jews
12/17/2011 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — US President Barack Obama assured Jewish voters on Friday he remains committed to Israel’s security and a two-state solution as he defended himself against attacks on his policy from Republican presidential challengers. Obama, who has been criticized by Republicans and some in the American Jewish community for being too tough on….

4 Gaza workers injured in construction accident
12/17/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four men sustained injuries on Saturday after the roof of a mosque they were constructing in the southern Gaza Strip collapsed on them. Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said firefighters and civil defense teams arrived at the site of the accident in the al-Salam neighborhood in Rafah and dragged….

Hebron custom officials seize thousands of chickens
12/17/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian custom officials seized 2,700 chickens on Saturday from a Hebron village, saying they were imported without a permit. Director of the customs service in Hebron Fadi Abu al-Qarn told Ma’an that officers stopped a truck carrying the birds in al-Dhahiriya. The chickens did not have a permit from….

Fatah youth appoints new student deputy
12/17/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah youth movement in the Gaza Strip said Saturday that it is reforming its leadership structure. The group stated that Asad Obaid has been appointed as deputy of the student secretariat. Obaid was previously director of the student assembly at Al-Aqsa university in Gaza. The group said in a statement….

Troops assault Egypt protesters, clashes kill 9
12/17/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Soldiers beat demonstrators with batons in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday in a second day of clashes that have killed nine people and wounded more than 300, marring the first free election most Egyptians can remember. Protesters fled into side streets to escape the troops in riot gear, who grabbed people….

Egyptian army torches tents in Tahrir Square
12/17/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egypt’s military moved into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday and set fire to protest tents, after eight demonstrators were killed in a resurgence of violence linked to the country’s elections….

Arabs may ask Security Council to adopt Syria plan
12/17/2011 – DOHA (Reuters) — Arab states may ask the UN Security Council to adopt a peace plan aimed at ending a Syrian crackdown on pro-democracy protests, but they will not seek military action, the Qatari foreign minister said Saturday. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said after an Arab ministerial committee meeting in Doha that Arab foreign ministers….

Cradle of Arab spring celebrates first anniversary
12/17/2011 – SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia (Reuters) — Tens of thousands of people packed a provincial town square to celebrate the first anniversary Saturday of Tunisia’s democratic revolution in the place where it began, unleashing a tide of popular revolt that has transformed the Arab world. The festive mood in Sidi Bouzid was tempered somewhat, however, by….

In photos: Soldiers assault Cairo protesters
12/17/2011 – Reuters / Stringer – Soldiers beat demonstrators with batons in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday in a second day of clashes that have killed nine people and wounded more than 300, marring the first free election most Egyptians can remember, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011….

Palestinian killed in Israeli gunfire
AlJazeera 17 Dec 2011 – Israeli troops open fire near the Gaza border, killing one Palestinian and injuring two others, local medics say.

Palestine News Network

Op Ed: The Significant Others
PNN – by Mitri MuslehAccording to Israeli news, the Israeli population reached 7,282,000 at a time when Israel celebrated its 60th birthday. However, the significance that lies behind such figure is the number of…

International Solidarity Movement

2 Palestinians arrested in Nabi Saleh still in jail for resisting occupation
12/17/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 17 December 2011, Chroniques de Palestine – In a blatant demonstration of the discriminatory policies used by the Israeli authorities when it comes to deal with protesters; out of the 21 persons who were arrested during the demonstration in Nabi Saleh on 16. 12. 2011, all the Israeli and internationals were released while two Palestinians are…. Related: Chroniques de Palestine

Relief Web

World: Preventing Conflict, Managing Crisis – European and American Perspectives
Relief Web 16 Dec 2011 – Source: Johns Hopkins University , ZIF Country: World , Afghanistan , Libya , occupied Palestinian territory , Sudan (the) Over the past two decades the U.S. and Europe have engaged actively in efforts to prevent conflict and to manage crises around the world. Efforts to…

World: Helping in emergencies and long-term crises – where the European Commission’s humanitarian aid will go in 2012
Relief Web 16 Dec 2011 – Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: World , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , South Sudan (Republic of) , Sudan (the) Brussels, 16 December 2011 – The European Commission today announces its plan for the allocation of €640…


Israel envoy seeks talks with Egypt Islamist groups
Ha’aretz – Senior diplomatic official tells Haaretz, ambassador must talk to ‘anyone who wants to and agrees to talk to him, even if those contacts are not made public.’

Incoming EU president: On Israel and Palestine, Europe is divided
Ha’aretz – Incoming president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz tells Haaretz the euro will not collapse, calls Merkel’s conduct ‘arrogant’ and Cameron’s ‘obstructive’.

Israeli woman refuses ultra-Orthodox dictate to move to back of bus
Ha’aretz – When the passenger refused to move to the designated back seats, even when police arrived, the bus continued on its way, despite her refusal.

Despite criticism of Israel, Hitchens was ardent foe of anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – In the past decade, Israel became less of an issue for the late Christopher Hitchens as a result of the increasing threat he perceived in radical Islam, which he recognized as having hijacked the Palestinian cause.

Girl, 10, helps mother give birth to baby brother on bathroom floor
Ha’aretz – Mother and newborn are in good condition; weighing 1.6 kilos the baby boy was admitted to Kaplan hospital’s unit for premature infants.

Apple seeks Haifa office for first development center outside U.S.
Ha’aretz – Based on the standards in the high-tech industry, 2,500 square meters would house about 200 workers.

Nobel Prize winners, ex-ministers demand Israel adopt education reforms
Ha’aretz – Leaders summer protests initiate call to implement free compulsory education from the age of 3 as recommended by Trajtenberg Committee.

MKs seek to replace Channel 10 with new Israel news channel
Ha’aretz – Channel 10’s fate appears to be following Knesset Finance Committee decision to decline channel’s request for more more time to pay off its debt.

Israel hosts Italian Air Force for joint training exercise
Ha’aretz – Two-week exercise latest in a series of drills that Israel Air Force has conducted with foreign air forces.

Iran: We delayed news of drone capture to test U.S. reaction
Ha’aretz – Foreign Minister says Tehran finally went public with its possession of the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone to disprove contradictory statements from U.S. officials.

West Bank settlement security guard wounded in stabbing attempt
Ha’aretz – Security guard at Ma’aleh Adumim settlement was lightly wounded in the attack; security forces searching area for perpetrator.

Jerusalem Post

Two killed in light aircraft crash in Modi’in
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Plane crashes in residential area; officials believe pilot experienced technical difficulties, attempted emergency landing.

Landau to award 38 scholarships worth NIS 2.6m
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Students to receive the scholarships will include undergraduates studying electrical engineering.

Maronites strive to regain ancestral lands in Upper Galilee
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Community also works to preserve its heritage, teach youth its traditional language of Aramaic.

‘Children among 40 dead in Syrian civil conflict’
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Qatari FM says Arab League will not request military action, but Syria delaying its response to peace plan.

‘Mashaal agreed to non-violence, pre-67 borders’
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – PA president says Hamas leader made deal in context of reconciliation; Hamas, Fatah, to meet in Cairo over elections.

A chance for dialogue
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Matisyahu’s beard trim was a landmark moment for an individual, but it exposed the hypocrisy of many people surrounding him

Fatah declares ‘war’ on normalization with Israel
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Abbas party’s decision comes after week of Israeli, Palestinian meetings were sabotaged by Palestinians; Fatah worries Israel would exploit meetings to show dialogue without PA possible.

Creating tension to expel Jews
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – The confrontations between right-wing young people and the IDF are disturbing indeed, but those who condemn ‘the settlers’ are willingly ignoring half the story.

My Word: Unsettling violence
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Jewish extremists might be a fringe element but that does not make them less dangerous.

Obama and Iran
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Whatever misgivings exist in Washington, they need to be discussed with Israel in private and not aired in a manner that engenders glee in Tehran.

Twenty-four hours in London
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the most complete display of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings isn’t the only reason to visit London town.

Comment: Hassidic rocker Matisyahu comes clean
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Photo of singer without beard has Jewish world agog – but does it really mean he’s no longer religious?

Show me a story
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Set designer David Sharir says that ever since he was a child, he has had a passion for the theater. This comes through in a new documentary being screened about him at the J’lem Jewish Film Festival.

Barkat proposes dividing Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – In speech at National Defense College last week, mayor suggested a ‘land swap’ between Jerusalem land outside of the security barrier.

Ben-Gurion’s grandson: Yacimovich ‘hypocritical’
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Prof. Ben-Eliezer’s comments came after Yacimovich spoke at memorial for Ben-Gurion in Sde Boker.

Israeli, Italian Air Forces wrap up joint exercise
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Italian Air Force official says two-week drill not connected to current events like a possible Israeli strike against Iran.

‘Lebanon files UN complaint over Israel espionage’
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Complaint says Israel disregards UN resolution 1701, Lebanese sovereignty and territory.

Satellite TV news, serials widen Iranian-Arab gulf
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Saudi, Bahrain: Iran’s Al Alam channel instigates unrest; Iran sees Gulf channels’ TV shows as cultural threat.

Typhoon kills over 400 in southern Philippines
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Red Cross says death toll expected to rise due to flash floods and landslides that forced tens of thousands to flee from their homes.

Death toll in Egypt clashes rises to nine
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – 300 hurt in violence which clouds election set to empower Islamists; PM Ganzouri: Unrest an “assault on revolution.”

Cradle of Arab Spring celebrates first anniversary
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Tens of thousands of people pack Sidi Bouzid square to celebrate the first anniversary on Saturday of Tunisia’s democratic revolution.

‘Abbas is Fatah’s only presidential candidate’
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Fatah leaders in West Bank appeal to Abbas to run for another term; “Abbas is the only one that can beat Hamas,” senior Fatah officials says; Hamas, Fatah, to hold talks in Cairo to discuss reconciliation agreements.

Man hurt in stabbing near J’lem; terror suspected
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Ma’ale Adumim guard lightly hurt in attack believed to have been perpetrated by Palestinian; police, IDF search for suspect.

Protesters say ‘muezzin bill’ is ‘assault on Islam’
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Dozens of activists protest in Jaffa, Sakhnin against proposed law that would reduce volume of call to prayer, church bells.

Erdogan slams France for Armenian ‘genocide’ law
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Turkish PM attacks Sarkozy for bill to outlaw genocide denial, saying French should “look at their own dirty, bloody history.”

Arabs may ask Security Council to adopt Syria plan
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Qatari FM says Arab League will not request military action, but Syria delaying its response to peace plan.

Iraq sends delegation to Syria for crisis talks
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Delegation will attempt to help end months of violence; Iraq has resisted Arab League call for anti-Assad sanctions.

Troops charge into Cairo’s Tahrir, protesters flee
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Eight people killed, 303 wounded in Cairo; violence clouds election set to empower Islamists; generals struggle for control.

Panetta in Libya after UN lifts bank sanctions
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – American Defense Secretary notes challenges ahead for Libya after UN and US lift sanctions and unfreeze assets.

Eight killed in unrelenting Cairo clashes
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Eight people have been killed and 303 wounded in central Cairo; violence clouds election set to empower Islamists; generals struggle for control of post- Mubarak Egypt.

Violence continues in Egypt as troops, protesters clash
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – At least three people have been killed and 257 wounded in central Cairo; violence clouds election set to empower Islamists; generals struggle for control of post- Mubarak Egypt.

Two youth die in car accident in northern Galilee
Jerusalem Post 17 Dec 2011 – Driver loses control of car and crashes into bus stop causing car to overturn; a 3rd passenger is injured and treated at hospital.

The Guardian

Eyewitness: tear gas at West Bank protest
The Guardian 17 Dec 2011 – Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

Inter Press Service

U.S.: Hundreds Rally in Support of Accused WikiLeaks Source
IPS Hundreds of people gathered today outside a U.S. military base where evidence against Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified information to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, is being presented before a military judge for the first time since Manning’s arrest.


A New Iraq
Uruknet December 17, 2011 – The New Iraq is a pathetic non entity of a nothing…a mediocre product of a new world order…a country that can’t tell what is what, who is who, which is which…a country where every moron becomes a spokesman for something he understands nothing about…and behind all this facade of verbal diarrhea, the…

Hospital staff: Israeli troops kill man in Gaza Strip
Uruknet December 17, 2011 — Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and wounded two in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, hospital officials said. Palestinian medical officials said 35-year-old Majid Nabaheen was seriously injured east of Al-Bureij refugee camp and died in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah. Locals described Nabaheen as standing near his home in the…

Return to Sorman Anatomy of a NATO War Crime
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – ….In the early hours of June 20, 2011 it was dark in Sorman except for some muted half-moon light. A few dim street lights and some partially illumined homes provided some light as residents began to rise and prepare for the Al Fajr (“Dawn”) prayers. At the homestead of Khaled K. El-Hamedi,…

Obama, Congress back legalization of a police state
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – The Senate’s 86-to-13 vote in favor of the legislation followed its approval in the House of Representatives Wednesday. It also came after the announcement by the White House that President Barack Obama would not exercise his power to veto the measure, which is included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a $…

Military Resistance: 9L12 Hidden History
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – The Christmas Truce, which occurred primarily between the British and German soldiers along the Western Front in December 1914, is an event the official histories of the Great War leave out, and the Orwellian historians hide from the public. Stanley Weintraub has broken through this barrier of silence and written a moving…

Syria News – December 16, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet December 16, 2011 : The number of martyrs who fell today from being shot by security and regime’s army rose to 23 martyrs among them are 4 children and 4 women, 9 martyrs in Homs, 5 martyrs in Hama, 4 martyrs in Daraa ,2 martyrs Damascus Suburbs and one martyr each in both of Deir Ezzor and…

Mornings in Palestine
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – I’ve been waking up by 7 or earlier lately, mostly because I’ve had a number of early morning appointments in Gaza City but also because if I wake before the power cuts I can charge the laptop whose battery, like all my laptops, is almost useless. Most mornings are quiet, just bird…

Banker Occupation and Europain
Uruknet December 16, 2011 -Bankers rule the world. A new Swiss Federal Institute of Technology study says so. Written by Stefania Vitali, James Glattfelder and Stefano Battiston, it’s titled “The network of global corporate control,” saying: “We find that transnational corporations from a giant bow-tie structure and that a large portion of control flows to a small…

An Extraordinary Interview with Former Guantánamo Child Prisoner Mohammed El-Gharani
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – …Mohammed was horribly abused in US custody, and was never held separately from the adult prisoners, even though that is a requirement of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, which the US ratified a year after his…

Israel gangs up on Palestinians
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – Taking advantage of the ongoing turbulence in the Arab world, the proximity of the US presidential elections, and the international community’s manifest powerlessness to check aggressive Israeli unilateralism, the Israeli government has been stepping up hostile measures against the largely unprotected Palestinian community. The measures, which include the seizure of a large…

Iraq snapshot – December 16, 2011
Uruknet December 16, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hearing begins, Nouri’s hold on Iraq seems ever more fragile, Tom Hayden publishes political porn, and more…. In January and early February, scattered protests began to alarm Nouri al-Maliki. The protesters wanted improved basic services (potable water, dependable electricity, etc.), jobs and for the government…

21 arrested in Nabi Saleh demonstration commemorating the death of Mustafa Tamimi
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – Hundreds joined the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh today, marking the killing of Mustafa Tamimi (28), who was shot in the face during the weekly protest in the village last Friday. Tamimi was shot from a distance of less than 10 meters behind the semi-open door of an armored military jeep. The…

U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq: “In Terms of Destroying Iraq, It’s ‘Mission Accomplished'”
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – The U.S. military may be leaving Iraq, but the U.S. government is not. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad is the largest in the world, and thousands of private contractors will fill the role of the departing U.S. troops. We begin our coverage of the U.S. withdrawal with Sami Rasouli, the founder and…

Sketch by Carlos Latuff ( Carlos Latuff )
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – As the second stage of the prisoner swap deal begins, Israel is escalating its violations of the simplest rights of the Palestinian political prisoners still behind bars and exercising more violence against them. A statement I have heard repeatedly from all my friends who are former prisoners, every time I have asked…

On Quathafi Killing, Who Is ICC’s Luis Moreno Ocampo Fooling?
Uruknet The professionally and morally discredited out-going International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor now says the lynching of Libya’s leader Muammar al-Quathafi “creates suspicions” of of war crimes. This Luis Moreno Ocampo of Argentina is truly something out of this world. His conduct with respect to Libya was so deplorable that he deserves to be banned from…

Obama Approves Draconian Police State Law
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – Obama supports draconian FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act provisions. Justification given is national security and war on terror hokum. Henceforth, anyone anywhere, including US citizens, may be indefinitely held without charge or trial, based solely on suspicions, spurious allegations or none at all. No reasonable proof is needed, just suspicions that…

Palestinian fisherman wounded by occupation navy
Uruknet December 16, 2011— A Palestinian fisherman was wounded on Friday afternoon by bullets fired from an Israeli occupation gunboat while fishing at sea within the three mile limit imposed by occupation. Spokesman for the emergency services, Adham Abu Selmeyya, told PIC that the 45-year-old fisherman had a bullet wound to each of his feet as a…

Iraqi Women’s Activist Rebuffs U.S. Claims of a Freer Iraq: “This Is Not a Democratic Country”
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, joins us to discuss the impact of the nearly nine-year U.S. occupation, particularly on Iraqi women. “The Iraqi cities are now much more destroyed than they were, I would say, like five years ago,” Mohammed says. “In the same time, we…

War Without End, Amen: The Reality of America’s Aggression Against Iraq
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – In March 2003, the United States of America launched an entirely unprovoked act of military aggression against a nation which had not attacked it and posed no threat to it. This act led directly to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. It drove millions more from their homes, and…

Hebron settlers ‘attack Palestinians’ after funeral
Uruknet December 16, 2011 – Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians on Friday in central Hebron after they had finished burying a settler and his wife in the nearby cemetery, after they died after under unrelated circumstances. Issa Amr, of the Youth Against Settlements movement, said the attacks concentrated on specific families in a message that the settlers can…

Daily Star

ITC to review a ruling on HTC patent suit vs Apple
Daily Star 18 Dec 2011 The International Trade Commission said on Friday it will revisit in part a decision by an ITC administrative law judge.

Exclusive: Google CEO’s inner circle: Meet the L Team
Daily Star 18 Dec 2011 The most powerful group at Google Inc used to be known simply as “The OC,” short for operating committee. Now, it goes by a more telling name: “L Team,” short for Larry’s Team.

Boat with illegal migrants sinks off Indonesia, 300 missing
Daily Star 18 Dec 2011 A boat carrying illegal immigrants heading for Australia sank off the coast of east Java in Indonesia and over 300 people were missing with many feared dead.

Obama signs government spending bill into law
Daily Star 18 Dec 2011 President Barack Obama has signed into law a spending bill that Congress approved to keep the government running.

WTO ends meeting with no move forward on Doha
Daily Star 18 Dec 2011 The World Trade Organization closed its biennial ministerial conference on Saturday with its chairman citing an improved atmosphere in the 153-member club but no concrete moves forward on the Doha round of world trade talks

Death toll in Philippine floods rises to 436
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Pounding rain from a tropical storm swelled rivers and sent walls of water crushing into two southern Philippine cities in the thick of night, killing at least 436 people, many caught in their beds.

Tunisians celebrate anniversary of pioneering Arab revolt
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Thousands of Tunisians rallied on Saturday to commemorate a young fruitseller’s desperate gesture a year ago which unleashed the pioneering revolution of the Arab Spring.

Key Iraq bloc to boycott parliament as U.S. quits
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Secular Iraqiya bloc, which won most of the votes of Iraq’s disenchanted Sunni Arab minority, walks out of Parliament, sparking a political crisis days after U.S. forces ended their mission.

Turkey attacks France over genocide bill
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticizes France for plans to make it a crime to deny that a mass killing of Armenians at the time of World War I was genocide.

Lebanon files complaint to U.N. over Israeli spy devices
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Lebanon files formal complaint with the United Nations over the discovery Israeli spy devices in two different locations.

Turkish mosque collapse kills 1, injures 9
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Dome of a mosque under construction collapses, killing one worker and injuring nine others, pulled from the rubble by rescuers.

French official in Beirut Monday to discuss possible UNIFIL reduction
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 French Foreign Ministry official Nicolas de Riviere to travel to Lebanon to discuss a possible reduction of UNIFIL troops, reports Al-Liwaa newspaper.

Iran says it has arrested suspected U.S. spy
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Iran’s Intelligence Ministry says its agents have arrested a person of Iranian origin suspected of spying for the United States.

Missing AUB student found in north
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 A 19-year-old student from the American University of Beirut who went missing Thursday evening was found early Saturday morning in the northern city of Halba through police tracing her cellphone.

Yemen military panel begins lifting barricades
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Yemeni military commission begins returning the capital to normality, removing checkpoints and barricades erected during months of deadly protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Hezbollah prisoner held by Iraq faces minor charge
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Iraqi officials say Lebanese Hezbollah commander allegedly responsible for killing four U.S. soldiers will be prosecuted for illegal entry with a forged passport.

Iraq delegation arrives in Syria for talks: Iraq PM’s office
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 Iraqi National Security Adviser Falah al-Fayadh arrives in Damascus for talks with Syrian officials on an Iraqi proposal to end months of unrest, aide to Iraq’s premier says.

Panetta says Libya faces long, difficult transition
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 U.S. Defence Secretary arrives in Tripoli on the first visit to Libya by a Pentagon chief to study up close the security needs of the new government.

U.N. ends sanctions on Libya central bank
Daily Star 17 Dec 2011 U.N. Security Council lifts sanctions on Libya’s central bank and a key investment bank freeing tens of billions of dollars to ease a post-Gadhafi cash crunch.

YNet News

Woman faints at eatery; army chief to the rescue
YNet News, 17 Dec 2011 – Quick response from IDF’s top gun: IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and his security detail administered first aid to a woman who fainted at a Raanana restaurant Friday … ….

Abbas: Hamas agreed to renounce terror
YNet News, 17 Dec 2011 – Fatah and Hamas agreed that future Palestinian resistance to Israel will utilize popular and peaceful means, rather than military moves, Palestinian President Mahmoud … ….

Syria bloodbath continues; at least 20 killed
YNet News, 17 Dec 2011 – The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday security forces shot dead at least 20 people in Syria, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad … ….

Video: Israeli-Italian aerial drill
YNet News, 17 Dec 2011 – The IDF says that a joint Israeli-Italian aerial drill held this week in southern Israel was not meant to simulate a potential strike against Iran. Against the … ….

Egypt: Army beats protestors to death
YNet News, 17 Dec 2011 – Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers swept into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday, chasing protesters and beating them to the ground with sticks and tossing journalists’ TV … ….

Report: Suspected stabbing attack in Ma’aleh Adumim
YNet News, 17 Dec 2011 – A security guard was stabbed in Ma’aleh Adumim on Saturday in a suspected terror attack by a Palestinian man. The guard was lightly injured. Police and IDF forces are … ….

Palestinian Information Center

The Jewish war on Islam in Palestine
PIC – Palestinians themselves must not entrust the task of protecting mosques to Israel. The PA must deploy armed guards in the vicinity of mosques in order to protect them from Jewish terror.

Hamas holds Israeli gov’t responsible for spate of mosque attacks
PIC – Hamas Movement held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for the consequences of its support for the Jewish settlers’ attacks on mosques.

Heavy artillery attack on Bureij camp, one civilian reported dead
PIC – Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip came under heavy gunfire and artillery bombardment from the IOF on Friday evening amid conflicting reports about one casualty at least.

Palestinian man killed in IOF shelling of refugee camp
PIC – A Palestinian man was killed at a late hour on Friday night as a result of IOF shelling on the Buraij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip.

IOF troops arrest Jihad leader Khader Adnan in Jenin
PIC – IOF troops at dawn Saturday arrested Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank, sheikh Khader Adnan (36 years) after raiding his home in the village of Arrabah to the south of Jenin.

Abu Hashish: meeting between Hamas and Fatah tomorrow in Cairo
PIC – Dr. Hasan Abu Hashish said that Hamas and Fatah will discuss details of the reconciliation agreement during their meeting in Cairo slated for Sunday.

Davutoglu: Our policy made Israel bow before Turkey
PIC – Turkish minister of foreign affairs Ahmed Davutoglu said his country’s policy towards Israel made it bow before Turkey and led to its isolation in the region.


Stage Two of Prisoners Release Expected on Sunday

Newspapers Review: Dailies say ‘Price Tag’ Settlers Aim to Start Religious War

Syndicate calls on Gaza Journalists to Register

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian in Gaza

Arab Americans Organize Boycott of US Department Store

Army Attacks Bil’in Protest held in Solidarity with Nabi Saleh

Police Officers take part in Tourist Police Course in Italy

Intifada Palestine

Anatomy of a NATO War Crime
Intifada-Palestine: 17 Dec 2011 – by FRANKLIN LAMB / Al-Manar Sorman, Libya   It was a warm early Monday morning along the Libyan coast on June 20, 2011. At approximately 0200 GMT the next day in NATO Headquarters in Brussels and 30 minutes later in its media… more

West Bank Village Steps up Protests Against Israel’s Theft of Land
Intifada-Palestine: 17 Dec 2011 – Palestinians in Kufr Qaddoum demand access to their farmland, October 2011.(Wagdi Eshtayah / APA images ) Ben Lorber    The Electronic Intifada For approximately five months, the residents of Kufr Qaddoum have united to demonstrate against the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim and… more

The Jews Go To War (With Themselves) – An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson
Intifada-Palestine: 17 Dec 2011 – At the Kusra mosque, “Mohammed is a pig” was spray-painted on the wall. (Photo by Michele Monni) by Dr. Lawrence Davidson Part I On 12 December 2011 hundreds of Israeli settler fanatics besieged a West Bank IDF army base. They destroyed… more


Syrian refugees give firsthand account of slide into bloodshed
LA Times 17 Dec 2011 – Armed forces raided villages, detaining people and later returning bodies, say Sunni families sheltering in northern Lebanon, some of whom recognized Alawite neighbors among the militiamen. In a rocky valley at the northern tip of Lebanon, three generations of a Syrian farming family cluster around…

Yemeni Uprising Opens a Door to Besieged Rebels in the North
New York Times 17 Dec 2011 – After years of fighting, Houthis are expressing a willingness to participate in a new political process.

Scores of Unintended Casualties in NATO War in Libya
New York Times 17 Dec 2011 – NATO airstrikes killed and wounded dozens of civilians at sites in Libya examined by The New York Times, but NATO has largely refused to acknowledge or investigate the casualties.

Iraqi Parliament Boycott Threatens Coalition
New York Times 17 Dec 2011 – A standoff pits Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki against his most nettlesome partners in Iraq’s government, the Iraqiya coalition.

White House Memo: Iraq War Shaped Obama’s Foreign Policy — White House Memo
New York Times 17 Dec 2011 – Through lessons taught by war, President Obama has honed a lethal counterterrorism strategy and focused on regaining status in Asia.

Egyptian Soldiers Chase and Beat Unarmed Civilians in Cairo
New York Times 17 Dec 2011 – Egypt’s military rulers escalated a bloody crackdown on street protesters on Saturday, even as the prime minister denied that security forces were using violence.

Arab Leaders May Take Syrian Issue to U.N. Security Council
New York Times 17 Dec 2011 – Arab ministers expressed frustration that Syria had not carried out a plan to address the crisis there and may take their initiative to the United Nations Security Council next week.

Assailed on Facebook for Tel Aviv gig, British musician Joker appears to back out
Mondoweiss –   Joker announces what seems to be a decision to cancel Tel Aviv concer The following report came to us from London Rhymes with Palestine , a musical group that does Palestinian advocacy: Joker, a dubstep [electronic] musical artist from Bristol in the UK, recently announced he…

Mainstream press sniggers at Ron Paul’s antiwar message
Mondoweiss – Ron Paul Last night I heard several more mainstream voices trashing Ron Paul for his spectacular anti-war comments in Iowa the other night—when he said the runup to war with Iran was reckless and could lead to another million dead, and Iran has good reason to…

Is portrait of Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network’ anti-Semitic?
Mondoweiss – Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network We’ve had a Netflicks DVD of The Social Network hanging around the house for months. My wife watched it ages ago, by herself, but because I’m so dependent, I’ve been pressing her to watch it again, with…

Time Magazine says 2011 was the year of the Protester. We agree!
Mondoweiss – Palestinian from Al-Walaja protests the wall. (Photo: Anne Paq/Active Stills)    The latest issue of Time Magazine honored this year’s “person of the year.”   The protester! With particular attention to Occupy Oakland, Egypt, and even the Tea Party, Time detailed some of the major acts of dissidence…

More funding for Jewish museums in the West Bank
Mondoweiss – link to www.guardian.co.uk link to www.csmonitor.com link to www.imemc.org link to www.jordanvalleysolidarity.org link to www.palestinemonitor.org link to sheikhjarrah.blogspot.com link to www.haaretz.com link to www.palestinechronicle.com link to www.haaretz.com link to www.haaretz.com link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.theglobeandmail.com link to gulfnews.com link to english.wafa.ps link to palsolidarity.org link…

Settler Terror: Aberration or National Vanguard?
Tikun Olam – The level of settler violence, always high, has reached a fever pitch of late.  Usually the attacks go by the common name “price tag,” which alludes to a form of payback against the government for dismantling illegal settlements.  Though lately, the attacks seem to have taken…

Will Russia let the United States start a war in mid-January?
Voltaire Network 16 Dec 2011 – The Western media has showcased the latest report from Human Rights Watch, “By All Means Necessary!”, wherein it is alleged that crimes against humanity were committed under the authority of President Bashar al-Assad. At no time does the press inquire about the identity of the authors…

Is Syria really so isolated?
Voltaire Network 15 Dec 2011 – The international press has been harping on the Sakharov Prize recently awarded by the European Parliament to Arab spring activists, including a Syrian woman. To underscore its message, the Parliament made the announcement on the anniversary date of the Tunisian uprising. This commemoration constitutes an opportunity…

Tunisia: Arrest Warrant Against Widow of Yasser Arafat Lifted
allAfrica.com 17 Dec 2011 – Friday, December 16, a Tunisian judiciary panel decided to lift the arrest warrant for alleged corruption against Suha Arafat, widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, issued in October.

Egypt’s PM criticises protesters
BBC 17 Dec 2011 – Egypt’s Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri calls the latest protests in the capital Cairo a “counter-revolution”, following deadly clashes on Friday.

Iraq ‘positive’ after Syria talks
BBC 17 Dec 2011 – An Iraqi delegation led by National Security adviser Falah al-Fayadh says it has held “positive” talks in Syria aimed at ending the violence there.

Pentagon boss praises new Libya
BBC 17 Dec 2011 – US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta expresses confidence in Libya’s new government on a visit to Tripoli, as the UN lifts sanctions on the country’s central bank.

The Jews Go To War (With Themselves)
Sabbah report 17 Dec 2011 – The settlers don’t give a damn about international opinion – no more than does al-Qaeda, to which they have an unsavory resemblance. Led “by fundamentalist religious leaders who do not recognize the state of Israel and its laws,” they are driven by religious fanaticism and have…

Newt Gingrich: ignoramus, cheat, cynic or all three?
Sabbah report 17 Dec 2011 – Uri Avnery views Newt Gingrich’s parroting of the old Zionist propaganda line that there is no such a thing as a Palestinian people – a line now discarded by most Zionists – and argues that the US Republican presidential aspirant is not only being provocative, but…


West Bank Village Steps up Protests Against Israel’s Theft of Land
Ben Lorber, The Electronic Intifada, Intifada-Palestine 12/16/2011
      For approximately five months, the residents of Kufr Qaddoum have united to demonstrate against the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim and the Israeli military’s closure of their village’s main road. Kufr Qaddoum, a West Bank village so old that, according to legend, Abraham was circumcised there with an axe, has since 1976 been plagued by Kedumim, a 3,000-inhabitant Israeli settlement that now surrounds the village on five hilltops. Kufr Qaddoum’s main road, which passes through Kedumim to link the village to Nablus, was closed by the Israeli military in 2003.
     “The people of Kufr Qaddoum used this road long before the settlements came,” said Murad Shttaiwa, spokesman for the demonstrators. “Before 2003, we could drive through the settlement with no problems. Between 2004 and 2005, after the road was closed to cars, we walked through the settlement with no problems.”
     In 2005, the road became closed to foot traffic as well. Before the new, indirect route to Nablus was constructed in 2008, “we used to walk and drive down unpaved dirt roads around Kedumim, but the settlers would still throw stones at cars and people,” Shttaiwa explained. “We would not react to it … for three years, we used to travel on a road made for animals.”
     Now that Kufr Qaddoum’s main road is closed to villagers, a 13-kilometer straight journey to Nablus has turned into a 26-kilometer detour through a busy West Bank artery. “Three people have actually died trying to get through the main road,” Shttaiwa said, “because they were ill in ambulances, and the soldiers wouldn’t let the ambulance through.”
     Taking the closures to court
     When the road was first closed in 2003, villagers organized a single demonstration. “It was very peaceful,” Shttaiwa said. “The people left work and came, took their cars to where the barrier is [on the road], and then just sat and talked. We spoke with the soldiers and the soldiers stated to us that the road will eventually be opened.” — See also: Source: Electronic Intifada more.. e-mail

The adventures of Tintin in Beirut
Robert Fisk, The Independent 12/17/2011
      We are all haunted by war.
     The First and Second World Wars continue to hold us in their sticky embrace. The Lebanese are still trying to shake off the Christian-Druze massacres of 1860, let alone the 1975-1990 civil war. And there’s a fascinating view that the events which lead to war somehow enter our bloodstream, become part of us, a history that goes round and round inside our bodies for ever. Most Lebanese regard the start-line of their civil war as the Christian Maronite Phalangist attack on a bus-load of Palestinians in the Beirut suburb of Ain el-Remmaneh, a red and cream American school bus – actually made at Kew in England – that now lies rusting in a field in southern Lebanon, registration plate long torn off but bullet holes intact and ghosts still aboard.
     In an article headlined “Ghost Generation”, the Lebanese writer Fifi Abou Dib has intriguingly recreated the last seconds of peace in Lebanon, the driver of the red and cream bus drawing on his cigarette – we don’t know if, indeed, he smoked – annoyed at the traffic jam in which he found himself. “The tragedy of the bus at Ain el-Remmaneh is written in our collective history, for sure. But more than anything else, it has infected our DNA.” It’s true. Art galleries in Beirut often carry symbols of the bus, red and cream, a 1960s Fargo, mass grave to 27 men and women.
     Yet only this last October did the Lebanese hold their first seminar on the events of the Christian-Druze war which broke out in the Metn and Chouf mountains 115 years before the bus massacre at Ain el-Remmaneh. And it was Dima de Clerck, doctoral graduate of the University of Paris 1, who drew attention to the connections between 1860 and 1975. “We are in the presence of two traumatic histories which feed on each other,” she said. “…The recent war, which happened out of the blue but for clear socio-political reasons, resurrected the memory of 1860, brought it back to life… the history of that conflict, so badly neglected at the time, provoked Christians and Druze to take up arms in 1975, one side taking revenge for a past regarded as shameful, the other (wanting) to gain the political victory which their military success did not obtain for them in 1860.” more.. e-mail

Like a herd of elephants
Michal Schwartz, Challenge 12/15/2011
      Like a herd of elephants, the racist legislation proposals from the Likud and Israel Beitenu are galloping through the Knesset, spreading fumes of fascism into every sphere of society (see Box below). The proposals are aimed at anything that in any way represents or provides the smallest crumb of defense for the Palestinians or their supporters: the Arabic language, the media, freedom of speech, NGOs, the Supreme Court, artists, academics and universities, and there are more on the way. At the same time, women are ejected from the public sphere, while workers such as the resident doctors and social workers are treated with ignominy and aggression. If sympathy for the communist bloc or the Arab states was once considered treasonous, today it’s enough to “denounce” Israel to Europe or the US in order to earn the title of traitor. Drunk with power, the rightwing majority in the Knesset behaves like a mob, and attempts to change the rules of the game and the character of the state. Why? Because that’s what it wants, and above all, it believes it can.
     Arab citizens, who long since lost their faith in the Knesset, hardly respond. The left and the liberal Zionists, who recently brought hundreds of thousands out onto the streets to demand social justice, behave like a defeated minority. During the summer, the leaders of the social protest movement even refrained from taking a stand on controversial issues like the occupation and equal rights for Arabs, in order to maintain public support. On the other hand, NGOs who do deal with issues of the occupation and equality have abandoned the streets and shut themselves away. Now we are all choking on the fruits of the cowardice and vacillation of the protest movement which missed the opportunity to wrap social justice in democracy and peace.
     Looking from the side, it is like watching an absurdist drama. The more the Jewish minority between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea decreases, the more the Israeli government goes head to head against the Arab world, against the Palestinians it has occupied for 45 years, and against its Arab citizens…. more.. e-mail

Gingrich and Arab Spring for America
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Dec 2011 – By Aijaz Zaka Syedi When you stand upside down on your head, the world looks upturned too. So it’s just as well that US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich thinks the Palestinians are an ‘invented people.’ He told the US Jewish Channel: ‘I think we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. They had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel since the 1940s, and it’s tragic.’ Gingrich’s pearls of wisdom have stunned even those who have long been used to the lopsided nature of US politics and the hostility with which the Arabs and Palestinians are viewed by the US establishment. You wouldn’t take these views seriously if it wasn’t for the fact that Gingrich is not just any US politician playing to his part…more

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