VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 1 January 2011: Report: Netanyahu delays law restricting outpost evictions

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Ma’an News

PLO official: Israeli, Palestinian envoys to meet Tuesday
1/1/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will meet this week after more than a year of deadlocked peacemaking and present their positions on core disputes to foreign mediators, a Palestinian official said on Sunday. PLO official Saeb Erekat and Israel’s Yitzhak Molcho will meet on Tuesday in Jordan, said Wasl Abu Yossef, a….

PRC claims mortars fired into Israel
1/1/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip said it fired two mortars into southern Israel on Sunday morning. The Nasser Saladin Brigades said in a statement they launched the projectiles “in response to the crimes of the occupation.” The shells fell in southern Israel early Sunday….

Holocaust garb causes outrage in Israel faith row
1/1/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators caused outrage on Sunday by dressing children as Holocaust victims to protest against what they see as persecution of devout Jews seeking gender separation in Israel. A boy wearing a cloth cap and the sidecurls of an Orthodox Jew was the centrepiece of the Jerusalem protest late on Saturday. His….

Haniyeh arrives in Turkey
1/1/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Turkish city Istanbul on Sunday morning, as part of his first international tour since Israel tightened the seige on the coastal strip. Haniyeh will meet Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday evening to discuss regional developemnets and the reconciliation deal between the….

Report: Netanyahu delays law restricting outpost evictions
1/1/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu delayed consideration of a bill to block eviction of settler outposts on occupied Palestinian land scheduled for a Sunday committee meeting, Israeli media reported. The law would require a final court order proving private Palestinian ownership of the land before Jewish settlers and their….

Report: Iran tests nuclear fuel rods
1/1/2012 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — Iran has successfully produced and tested fuel rods for use in its nuclear power plants, state television reported on Sunday, in a snub to international demands that it halt sensitive nuclear work. The rods, which contain natural uranium, were made in Iran and have been inserted into the core of Tehran’s….

Analysis: Three years after the war on Gaza
1/1/2012 – Daoud Kuttab – Three years ago the Israeli army initiated a major military offensive against the people of the Gaza Strip with the aim of stopping the shelling from Gaza and the release of one of their soldiers that was held in the strip. Over 1,400 Palestinians, many of them women and children, were killed, thousands….

2011: The year in review
1/1/2012 – In a dramatic year in which unrepresentative leaders were ousted in a wave of protests across the region, Palestine at times looked left behind as political divisions, internally and externally, failed to budge. But the 44th year of struggle against occupation had its own moments of tragedy and triumph. January – Jawahir Abu Rahmah, 36, died….

Palestine celebrates New Year
1/1/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Crowds packed Palestinian squares to celebrate the New Year on Saturday night, amid tentative hopes that 2012 would bring independence to Palestine. Issa Jamal, 19, told Ma’an in Bethlehem: “I am looking to the year 2012 as the year of freedom and a Palestinian state.” Tourism in the southern….

Youth protesters, police clash across Bahrain
1/1/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Shiite youths chanting slogans against Bahrain’s royal family clashed with riot police across the Gulf island kingdom on Saturday, trying to block highways in a second day of protests, residents said.” Death to Al-Khalifa, Death to Al-Saud,” protesters shouted, also targeting the Saudi ruling family, as they were chased backed into….

Libyan rebel chief warns Egypt over pro-Gadhafi TV
1/1/2012 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — A powerful Libyan militia leader warned Egypt on Saturday he would use force to close its embassy and shut the border if the military rulers failed to cut off a Gadhafi-era state television station that has broadcast footage of his old speeches. Abdullah Naker, the commander of Tripoli’s Revolutionist Council, said….

Islamist fighters ‘halt Yemen peace march’
1/1/2012 – ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) — Islamist militants fired into the air on Saturday to halt a peace march by thousands of Yemenis who were demanding an end to fighting that has forced them to flee their homes in the south, witnesses said. Marchers told Reuters they were stopped on a 50 km walk from the port city….

8 killed as Arab body urges Syria monitors out
1/1/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An Arab League advisory body called for the immediate withdrawal of Arab monitors from Syria, where eight more people were reported killed on Sunday, saying their mission was allowing Damascus to cover up unabated violence and abuses. President Bashar Assad’s forces, keen to prevent huge public protests under the monitors’….

Libya militia says holds Gaddafi supporters over plot
1/1/2012 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — A Libyan militia chief said on Sunday his fighters had captured nine supporters of otherthrown leader Moammar Gadhafi who had been plotting to blow up Tripoli’s power grid on New Year’s eve.” We captured explosives with them that they bought from the black market and now we’re….

Funeral of Bahrain youth turns into street protest
1/1/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Bahraini police fired tear gas and sound grenades after hundreds of Shiite youths demonstrated on Sunday against the death of a 15-year-old protester a day earlier in the Sunni-ruled Gulf island kingdom, residents and activists said. Confrontations between security forces and protesters take place almost daily in areas populated by members of….

Egypt’s army hastens end of parliamentary election
1/1/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s army rulers issued a decree on Sunday to hasten the conclusion of parliamentary elections after pressure grew for a quicker handover to civilian control. Final run-offs to the assembly’s upper house will end on Feb. 22 instead of March 12 as previously planned, the ruling military council said….

Palestinian-Israeli negotiators to meet
AlJazeera 1 Jan 2012 – Palestinian and Israeli chief negotiators will meet for the first time in more than a year in Jordan on Tuesday.

International Solidarity Movement

1 January 2009: The Nasla family
1/1/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 1 January 12, Palestinian Center for Human Rights – “I wish that if our fate is to die, that we die together, I wouldn’t want anybody left to have to bear this sort of pain” – On 1 January 2009 at around 15:00, Israeli military planes targeted a water tower across from the home…. Related: Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Ha’aretz

Tel Aviv gets court approval to evict homeless from city park
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Chile police release Israeli tourist suspected of causing forest fire
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Jewish Agency plans to ax funding for immigrant students
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Israel-Russia diplomatic tiff places restrictions on new military attaches
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

MKs propose new bills limiting Israel Supreme Court membership
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Palestinians plan diplomatic steps to put Israel under ‘international siege’
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Egypt’s army hastens end of parliamentary election
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Hundreds board segregated bus lines to protest ultra-Orthodox exclusion of women
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Egypt denies trying to stifle human rights movement
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Top IDF rabbi speaks out against exclusion of women in Israel
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Turkey PM urges Palestinian reconciliation in meeting with Hamas leader
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Water main bursts in Tel Aviv, snarling traffic during rush hour
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Israel, Palestinian envoys to hold talks in Jordan on Tuesday
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Legendary Israeli singer Yafa Yarkoni dies at 86
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Netanyahu delays discussion of bill preventing eviction of West Bank outposts
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Arab League advisory body urges end to Syria monitoring mission
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Israel, PA in mediated push to resume Mideast peace talks
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: Fate of Israel peace treaty may be decided in referendum
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Iran says produces first nuclear fuel rod for Tehran research reactor
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Iran fires medium-range missile during Strait of Hormuz naval drill
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Israeli politicians decry ultra-Orthodox protesters’ use of Holocaust imagery
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Israeli panel to debate bill banning ‘insulting’ baby names
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2011

Green groups take deal between Israel and Dead Sea Works with pinch of salt
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2011

Israel bill to force Palestinians to prove ownership over land used for West Bank outposts
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2011

Jerusalem Post

Privileges for organ donor card holders extended
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Anyone who registers as a potential organ donor will be eligible immediately for high priority for obtaining an organ for himself.

Rabbi Melchior parries UK rabbinate candidacy
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Potential replacement for Sacks says he is happy working in Israel, but adds, “one must never say never.”

Haredi use of Holocaust symbols reaps condemnation
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Children in mock concentration camp uniforms, yellow stars expresses how “Zionists are trying to eliminate us spiritually,” says Eda Haredit.

‘Bills limiting settlers, Arabs as justices valid’
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Knesset Legal Adviser says legislation by Tibi, Ben-Ari on Supreme Court justice selection should not be disqualified.

State asks court for delay in razing W. Bank homes
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Ramat Gilad structures erected illegaly on private Palestinian land to go, those found to be on state land will stay.

Arab body says monitors should quit Syria promptly
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – German-Syrian politician attacked in his apartment in Berlin by suspected Assad agents.

Activists on ‘mehadrin’ bus: Men, you sit in back!
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Protest organized by Be Free Israel sees some dozen activists make statement against gender segregation on 402 bus.

Haredi women resent intrusion into their sphere
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Activists board bus lines in J’lem to protest gender segregation; “They’re doing it just for the provocation,” haredi woman says.

‘Status quo unsustainable; Israel, PA must use opportunity’
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Clinton welcomes announcement of first direct meeting between sides in more than a year: “We are hopeful this exchange can help move us forward on the Quartet pathway”; PA: “This is not a resumption of negotiations.”

Dealing arms responsibly
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – There one reason Israel will most likely not oppose the deal. Riyadh and Jerusalem, while hardly allies, share a common enemy.

Unique challenges
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – How do national-religious families teach children to love Torah and mitzvot when the public face of religion has become so ugly?

An open letter to the Shabbat Square protesters
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – I was deeply saddened by your protest. It is no exaggeration to say it broke my heart.

‘Peace process must involve Hamas as a player’
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – In meeting with Haniyeh, Erdogan praises Palestinian unity efforts, discusses what he terms “Judaization of J’lem.”

Cabinet approves Dead Sea royalties deal
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Environmental union says the agreement is a severe blow to the public interest.

Women of valor know how to retaliate
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Imagine if the miscreants who attacked women were set upon by their potential victims and beaten to within an inch of their lives.

The case of Haneen Zoabi, and the rule of law
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – The legal limitations on running in elections, which were first enacted in 1985, were originally directed primarily against MK Meir Kahane.

Shia, Sunni to battle for regional supremacy in 2012
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – The Region: No one should misunderstand the situation. This is fundamentally a struggle for political power and wealth.

2011 – the fear, the farce and the faux pas
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – The press almost always reacts, but often it overreacts. That has a strong impact on the perceived importance of a story.

PIBA: Record number of ‘infiltrators’ in December
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Due to improved security situation in home country, Ivory Coasters will no longer be allowed to temporarily reside in Israel.

Egypt denies trying to stifle human rights movement
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Office raids of 17 non-governmental organizations angers US government, which hints of a review of military aid to Cairo.

Santorum says he would bomb Iran facilities
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Republican presidential hopeful says that he would treat foreign scientists assisting Iran nuke program like al-Qaida.

Eight killed in Syria, Arab body urges monitors out
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – At least 286 killed since Arab League mission began, local c’tee says, “monitors’ presence roused anger.”

Yaffa Yarkoni, Israel’s Queen of Song dead at 86
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – She was known as the singer of the wars, a tradition that began during her own IDF service in the War of Independence.

Post holiday delights
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – We’ve returned to the daily grind, but our cooking doesn’t have to; here are some great post-holiday recipes.

Iran fires radar-beating missile during naval drill
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Move follows delay in long-range missile test; Tehran announces production, test of domestically-made nuclear fuel rods.

PM: Security fence to be built along Jordan border
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – When fence along Egypt border complete, work to begin on new fence to prevent migrant workers, refugees from entering; record number of “infiltrators” arrived in December.

Over 230 drunk drivers caught on New Year’s Eve
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Hundreds of officers, volunteers deployed to roads, highways near entertainment districts, and dozens of spot road checks set up.

Israeli story of the year: Gilad Schalit’s release
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – The biggest Israeli news story of 2011, according to JPost voters: Hamas frees captured soldier in return for release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

The UN mourns the death of Kim Jong-Il
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Their decision to mourn one of the world’s worst dictators represents a new low for the UN.

High Court denies Kaniuk’s ‘no religion’ petition
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Justices say issue is “general topic that doesn’t address any specific individual.”

Muslim Brotherhood vows not to recognize Israel
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Egyptian party’s deputy leader tells ‘al-Hayat’ that they won’t negotiate with Israel, will seek to cancel peace treaty.

Silencing the Muezzin
Jerusalem Post 1 Jan 2012 – Michaeli wants to ban Muslim call to prayer on the basis of noise pollution.

Up in a cloud for processing computer data
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2011 – Research is moving us closer to the ability to work on data while it is still encrypted.

Intervention before lives are lost
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2011 – A government pilot project to prevent suicides – due to go national from 2013 to 2015 shows signs that it is paying off.

NGOs slam ‘anti-Semitic’ US think tank comments
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2011 – “Think tanks are entitled to their political viewpoints – but they’re not free to slander with impunity,” AJC says of CAP.

Jordan denies reports of Qatari aid to host Hamas
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2011 – Ch. 2 had said Qataris offered Jordan benefits to shelter Hamas; Saudis reportedly against move because of group’s Iran ties.

Cyprus – much more than an Israeli Las Vegas
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2011 – I’d posit that Israel shares more in common with Cyprus than with any other country.

Ultra-Orthodox protest ‘incitement’ and ‘hatred’
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2011 – 1,500 haredim protest in J’lem, wear yellow stars reading “Jude”; Livni slams invoking of Holocaust; Yosef denounces extremism.

The Guardian

Star of David patches at ultra-Orthodox Jew demonstration causes outrage
The Guardian 1 Jan 2012 – Israeli Holocaust survivors and political leaders condemn protesters who also donned concentration camp uniforms Israeli Holocaust survivors and political leaders have expressed outrage over a Jerusalem demonstration at which ultra-Orthodox Jews donned Star of David patches…

West Bank theatre founder wanted by Israel after amnesty deal revoked
The Guardian 1 Jan 2012 – Former militant Zakaria Zubeidi co-founded Jenin’s Freedom theatre with Juliano Mer Khamis, who was murdered in April A former Palestinian militant who renounced violence in favour of “cultural resistance” is in custody after Israel apparently revoked…

Uruknet

Arab parliament calls for monitors to withdraw from Syria
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – A statement released by Salem al-Diqbasi, the Kuwaiti speaker of the Arab Parliament called on the head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi to “immediately pull out the Arab observers, considering the continued killing of innocent civilians by the Syrian regime.” The Arab Parliament is a committee made up of 88 lawmakers…

WATCH Hilltop youth: “Burn down Al-Aqsa Mosque? Of course!”
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – The hilttop youth, those wacky young settlers, have been in the news quite a bit of late – the number of price tag actions is on a constant rise. Yet, we rarely get to see who these “kids” really are. Last week, Channel 2 gave us a rare glimpse into the minds…

Settlers Attack Palestinian in Husan Village, Bethlehem
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – On Friday, a Palestinian worker was injured in settlers attack while he was working in Beitar Illit settlement that was built on the lands of Husan, Nahalin and Wadi Fukin. Red Crescent emergency director, Abdul Halim al-Ja’afra, said that they received a call from the Israeli liaison saying that a Palestinian worker,…

Video: Fallujah: a lost generation?
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – This is the trailer to Feurat Alani’s “Iraq: Fallujah’s Sacrificed Children”. Mr. Alani travels to Fallujah unembedded to report on the condition of the city more than six years after it was destroyed by the US military…

Unsustainable Israeli Politics of Exclusion in Jerusalem
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – While the history of the world is moving decisively toward a culture of inclusion, diversity and pluralism, Israeli politics seems to challenge history by moving in the opposite direction of exclusion and unilateral self – righteous monopoly of geography, demography, history, archeology and culture, especially in Jerusalem, where Israelis are desperately trying…

Syria News – December 31, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – Up until now, 13 martyrs fell in Syria,7 martyrs in Homs and one in each of Banyas, Daraa, Idlib, Bokamal ,Hama and Kafar Soseh in Damascus. The local committees corroborated in the year 2011 exactly 5862 martyrs including 321 male children, 74 female children and 146 women. In addition, 53 students and…

Libyan rebel chief warns Egypt over pro-Gaddafi TV
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – A powerful Libyan militia leader warned Egypt on Saturday he would use force to close its embassy and shut the border if the military rulers failed to cut off a Gaddafi-era state television station that has broadcast footage of his old speeches. Abdullah Naker, the commander of Tripoli’s Revolutionist Council, said Egypt’s…

Will 2012 Bring Tribal War to Libya?
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – The weather in Tripoli this New Year’s weekend is unseasonably bone chilling, with heavy rains flooding the streets reminding this observer more of dreary London this time of year than the southern Maghreb coast of the Mediterranean. My modest family-run neighborhood hotel off Omar Muktar Street is clean and cheap, but my…

Palestinian Detainees Might Launch Irish-Style Hunger-Strike
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – Leaders of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement in Israeli prisons and detention facilities stated that the situation all political detainees are facing is at its worst, adding that, right now, detainees sentenced to life-terms are thinking about launching an Irish-Style Hunger-Strike, while the rest of the detainees likely to follow their lead. In…

President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA,…

State of Human Rights in Israel
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – Annually, the State Department publishes human rights reports for over 190 countries. Its latest April 8, 2011 Israel assessment noted serious human rights abuses, including: (1) numerous NGO complaints about torture and other abuses in Gaza and the West Bank. (2) Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) ruling against painful shackling. At…

Youth Protesters, Police Clash Across Bahrain : Teenager killed (Video)
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – Sh’ite youths chanting slogans against Bahrain’s royal family clashed with riot police across the Gulf island kingdom on Saturday, trying to block highways in a second day of protests, residents said. “Death to Al-Khalifa, Death to Al-Saud,” protesters shouted, also targeting the Saudi ruling family, as they were chased backed into mostly…

Memories of Gaza: when the victim is called the terrorist
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – I am a terrorist. At least that is what they call me. I grew up hearing the same word being repeated all the time that I thought terrorists were the good guys for a second. They are apparently not. Of the many saddening times I went through, the 2008-2009 offensive that Israel…

Palestinian Injured By Army Fire In Northern Gaza
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday that a Palestinian man was shot and wounded by Israeli military fire, north of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, the Arabs48 news website reported. The sources stated that medics transferred the wounded 32-year-old man to Kamal Odwan Hospital after he was shot…

Post-Gadhafi Libya: Naked Neo-Imperialism
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – While the unconcealed hypocrisy that led to the emergence of a new Libya fades from the public consciousness, the governments of the West are beginning to reap the profits of their investments. Under a mandate to protect civilians, these allied forces armed radical factions of Islamist fighters and showered white phosphorus tipped…

2011 ‘toughest year yet’ for Gaza medics
Uruknet December 31, 2011 — As 2011 draws to an end, medical shortages in the Gaza Strip have reached their highest levels, a spokesman for Gaza’s Health Ministry said Saturday. Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that medics in the besieged coastal enclave had to cope with shortages of medicine and medical equipment on a daily basis, affecting over…

Fatfat: US Zionist lobby supporting Assad
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat told New TV television on Saturday that, “The largest support which [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad is receiving, from the heart of the US administration, comes from the Zionist lobby,” which is trying to prevent the Syrian regime from falling. “These are not conclusions, but information [obtained] from…

Gaza Strip – Operation Cast Lead Aftermath : The Abu Areeda family
Uruknet December 31, 2011 – Around 23:30 on 31 December 2008, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at Najma Parc, a small green strip in the main street of the residential al-Shaboura neighbourhood in Rafah, killing two civilians and injuring dozens of others. Iman Abu Areeda (34) was one of the two casualties, killed by a piece…

Reconciliation committee cancels Gaza meeting
Uruknet December 30, 2011 — A committee overseeing national reconciliation has canceled a meeting scheduled to be held Saturday in Gaza City, committee member Hani Abu Arma said Friday…On Dec. 12 Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Fatah’s continued detention of Hamas affiliates threatened the accord, adding that committees formed to implement the unity deal had made little…

Syria News – December 30, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet December 30, 2011 – 35 were killed today till now by security forces and regime’s army fire, 9 in Hama, 6 in Daraa Al-Balad, 4 in Talkalakh, 5 in Homs 6 in Idlib and 1 in each of Daraya and Moaddamieh in Damascus suburbs and 1 each in Bokamal and Hajar Aswad in Damascus…Local Coordination Committees…

Iraq snapshot – December 30 , 2011
Uruknet Friday, December 30, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, protests take place in Turkey and Iraq over the Turkish military killing 35 Kurds, Nouri’s forces attack protesters in Baghdad and seize journalists’ equipment, Ayad Allawi reminds everyone of the Erbil Agreement, McClatchy closes its Baghdad Bureau, the political crisis continues, the issue of the families of service…

Daily Star

LG to sell 55-inch TV using new ultra-thin tech
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 For flat-panel TVs, the choice for years has been between plasma and LCD. In the coming year, there’ll be another choice, at least for those prepared to spend big.

2nd NASA probe en route to moon on New Year’s Day
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Twenty-four hours after a NASA probe safely entered orbit around the moon, its twin was poised to do the same on Sunday. The back-to-back arrivals would cap a roundabout journey spanning 3 1/2 months and covering…

Algeria’s moderate Islamist party exits government
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 A moderate Islamist party pulled out of Algeria’s governing coalition Sunday, saying that 2012 is the year of competition – not alliances.

Hezbollah reiterates support for Syria
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 The head of Hezbollah’s Shura Council, Sheikh Mohammad Yazbek, said over the weekend the resistance group would remain supportive of Syria in the face of conspiracies.

Argentine governor dies of shots to head
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 The ruling party governor of Argentina’s prime oil-producing province was killed early Sunday of gunshots to the head, and his wife was being questioned by police.

Assad cousin denied visa to Switzerland
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 A cousin of Syria’s President Bashar Assad has lost his legal bid to get a visa for Switzerland, where he wanted to meet with a lawyer to challenge international sanctions imposed against him.

Denmark takes up EU presidency with little sway on crisis
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Non-euro nation Denmark took over the European Union’s rotating presidency Sunday, aspiring to ease the bloc’s crisis but few expecting it to impact the power game dominated by the big players.

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet in Jordan
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Israel and the Palestinians said Sunday that their chief peace negotiators would attend a gathering of international diplomats in neighboring Jordan this week, bringing the sides together for the first time in more than a year.

Mortar shells fired from Gaza land in Israel
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Two mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Sunday, causing no damage or injuries, an Israeli police spokeswoman said.

West in political crisis has echoes of 1930s
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Dysfunctional politics threatens to deliver a protracted period of slow global growth, possibly lasting well beyond 2012, which will only deepen the political and economic problems for the West.

Dead blackbirds fall again in Arkansas town
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Thousands of dead blackbirds rained down on a town in central Arkansas last New Year’s Eve after revelers set off fireworks that spooked them from their roost, and officials were reporting a similar occurrence Saturday as…

Cops: Man tried to use $1M bill at NC Walmart
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.

Holocaust garb causes outrage in Israel faith row
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators caused outrage Sunday by dressing children as Holocaust victims to protest against what they see as persecution of devout Jews seeking gender separation in Israel.

Eight killed in Syria, Arab body urges monitors out
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 An Arab League advisory body called for the immediate withdrawal of Arab monitors from Syria, where eight more people were reported killed on Sunday.

Hollywood rings in New Year under arson alert
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Los Angeles fire-fighters remained on arson alert early Sunday after the Hollywood district celebrated the New Year under the cloud of a string of deliberately-set fires.

Attiyah humming ahead of Dakar Rally
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 The 2012 Dakar promises to be as tough as any in the event’s drama-laden history, tracing a route across the South American continent, over the Andes and through the Atacama desert to the Pacific coast in…

Bahrain teenager dies ‘as police crush demo’
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Bahraini police fired tear gas grenades to disperse protesters, killing a Shiite protester in the Sunni-ruled country where tensions have been running high, the opposition said Sunday.

Roumieh security foils escape attempt by militant prisoners
Daily Star 1 Jan 2012 Security forces foiled Sunday an escape attempt by three inmates, including two members of militant group Fatah al-Islam, at Roumieh jail, Lebanon’s largest prison complex .

YNet News

New York police arrest dozens of anti-Wall Street protesters
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – ….

NATO forces to attend drill in Israel
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – Organization’s search and rescue units, emergency services to take part for first time in Home Front Command drill simulating massive earthquake ….

US presidential candidate: I’ll bomb Iran
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – Republican Rick Santorum says if he’s elected as US president, he would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities unless they allowed international arms inspectors ….

Erekat: No negotiations yet
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – Amid reports about renewal of peace talks, chief Palestinian negotiator says Quartet meeting in Jordan doesn’t signal resumption of negotiations. Sources in Jerusalem: Israel, Jordan share common interests against Hamas, Iran ….

Clinton on Israel, Palestinian meeting: Must act boldly to advance peace
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Officer, NCO sent to military jail over Iron Dome incident
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‘Treatment of haredim – like Nuerenberg Laws’
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – Eda Haredit member who participated in ‘Holocaust display’ during Jerusalem rally claims ‘persecution of haredim resembles race laws passed in Germany against Jews’; slams secular Jews for ‘making Hitler proud by acting like goyim’ ….

Arab body: Monitors should quit Syria promptly
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – An Arab League advisory body calls for immediate withdrawal of organization’s monitoring mission in Syria, saying it allows Damascus to cover up continued violence ….

Erekat: Netanyahu must freeze settlement construction before talks
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Senior Fatah official visits Gaza Strip
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – ….

Erdogan to Haniyeh: Talks must include Hamas
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – Turkish prime minister hosts Hamas leader in Istanbul, says conflict cannot be resolved as long as Palestinian faction excluded from negotiations ….

Israeli tourist: Wildfire in Chile not my fault
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – Rotem Singer, 23, denies starting blaze at Patagonia national park Torres del Paine. ‘I supposedly confessed, but I didn’t really confess,’ he claims ….

Moving closer to Gaza war
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Regional developments make large-scale operation in Gaza increasingly likely ….

Haredim also have rights
YNet News, 1 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Does Israel’s majority have deep desire to make the haredi minority disappear? ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya warmly welcomed by Erdogan in Istanbul
PIC – The Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haneyya, arrived in Istanbul Sunday on the third leg of his tour where he received a warm welcome from the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

IOA confiscates 50 dunums of Salfit land
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has expropriated 50 dunums of Palestinian land in two villages west of Salfit to build part of the separation wall..

IOF soldiers storm Al-Khalil, arrest two children in Qalqilia
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed various areas in Al-Khalil province at dawn Sunday as military barriers were installed on entrances to the city itself, local sources said.

Palestinian man wounded in IOF shooting on last day of 2011
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot at and wounded a Palestinian man in northern Gaza Strip on Saturday night in the dying hours of 2011, local sources said.

Public freedom committee to meet tomorrow
PIC – Ismail Al-Ashqar, a member of the public freedom committee, said the committee would meet this Monday to address important contentious issues thwarting the national reconciliation.

PA Intelligence kidnaps senior Hamas figure in Qalqiliya
PIC – The Palestinian authority intelligence apparatus kidnapped on Saturday evening senior Hamas official and noted reformer Riyadh Walweel, 57, from his home in Qalqiliya city.

Haneyya takes part in Sudan’s independence day ceremony
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya participated in the ceremony held on Sudan’s independence day on Saturday evening in the republican palace in the presence of president Omar Al-Bashir.


WAFA

Quartet, Parties to Meet in Jordan on Tuesday

WAFA – 20:49- RAMALLAH, January 1, 2012 (WAFA) – Quartet representatives will meet with Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in the Jordanian capital Amman on Tuesday, according to Mohammad al-Kayed, spokesm…

Israeli Army Arrests 2 Minors near Qalqilia
WAFA – 12:09-QALQILIA, January 1, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli army units Sunday arrested two Palestinian minors in Azzoun, a town east of Qalqilia, according to local sources. They said that Mahmoud Radwan, 14, and Abd…

Abbas: All Options Open if Nothing Comes out of Quartet
WAFA – 12:06-RAMALLAH, January 1, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that if the Quartet was unable to revive Palestinian-Israeli negotiations by January 26, then its mission will be considered a …

Palestinian youth Clash with Israeli Police in Jerusalem
WAFA – 11:01-JERUSALEM, January 1, 2012 (WAFA) – Clashes broke out Sunday between Israeli police and Palestinian youth in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, according to local sources. Witnesses sai…

Misc

In Syria town, protesters and army play cat and mouse
LA Times 31 Dec 2011 – Soldiers with sniper rifles line building tops in Duma, near Damascus, following the movement below. Down the street, locals position defenses: flaming barricades of trash, rocks and garbage cans. It’s Friday, and this suburb just seven miles from the capital and dangerously close to the…

Palestinians and Israelis to Hold Talks This Week
New York Times 1 Jan 2012 – Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will meet in Jordan on Tuesday in an effort to revive moribund peace talks, although none of the sides involved suggested any reason to view the meeting as a sign of significant progress.

Holocaust Images in Ultra-Orthodox Protest Anger Israeli Leaders
New York Times 1 Jan 2012 – A demonstration in Jerusalem included young boys wearing yellow stars and striped prison camp uniforms.

Iran Says It Has Produced a Nuclear Fuel Rod
New York Times 1 Jan 2012 – Iran’s nuclear agency announced a step forward in spite of United Nations sanctions and measures by the United States and others to stop the nation’s atomic work.

Arendt: Born in conflict, Israel will degenerate into Sparta, and American Jews will need to back away
Mondoweiss – Hannah Arendt For the new year, here are some prophetic excerpts from two essays of Hannah Arendt’s, collected in The Jewish Writings (2007). Please note her predictions of the Nakba, of unending conflict, of Zionist dependence on the American Jewish community, of ultimate conflict with that…

Haredi Jews Dress Children as Holocaust Camp Inmates in Jerusalem Protest
Tikun Olam – Haredi children in Holocaust camp inmate uniforms (Olivier Pitoussi) Now I know the Israel’s Haredi community has truly lost its mind.  In Beit Shemesh, they began by spitting on an Orthodox 8-year-old Israeli-American girl making her way to school, because she was dressed “immodestly.”  When the…

Overthrow Bashar Assad, but for whose benefit?
Voltaire Network 1 Jan 2012 – Several demonstrations took place in the presence of the Arab League observers. According to journalists on the spot, 3 500 people in Homs turned out to protest against the regime while more than 100 000 rallied to show support for President Al-Assad. But according to the…

The US-Iranian cold war in the Middle East and the threat of broader war
Voltaire Network 1 Jan 2012 – A cold war has been ongoing between Tehran and Washington. U.S. spies, drones, assassinations, and accusations against Tehran have all been a part of this package. Washington and its minions have been using every means possible, including international organizations, like the United Nations, as a battleground…

Arab body urges Syria mission end
BBC 1 Jan 2012 – An advisory body to the Arab League calls for the organisation’s monitors to be withdrawn from Syria because of the continuing crackdown on protests.

Iran ‘tests medium-range missile’
BBC 1 Jan 2012 – Iran has test-fired a medium-range missile during military exercises in the Gulf, state media report, amid rising tensions over its nuclear programme.

Funeral in Bahrain sparks protest
BBC 1 Jan 2012 – Police in Bahrain use tear gas to break up demonstrations following the funeral of a 15-year-old protester who died on Saturday.

Jordan to host Mid-East meeting
BBC 1 Jan 2012 – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agree to meet in Jordan this week, after more than a year of deadlock in peace talks.

Articles


Three years after the war on Gaza
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 1/1/2012
      Three years ago the Israeli army initiated a major military offensive against the people of the Gaza Strip with the aim of stopping the shelling from Gaza and the release of one of their soldiers that was held in the strip.
     Over 1,400 Palestinians, many of them women and children, were killed, thousands were injured, and public, private and internationally owned properties were damaged as a result of the attack that came from land, sea and air.
     Both publicly stated goals failed in this criminal war against a defenseless population and lightly armed militants.
     Shelling from Gaza has continued intermittently since the war. It slowed down considerably as a result of a unilateral decision by Hamas, and could end immediately if Israel were to deal with the Islamic movement. As to the captured Israeli soldier, the Israelis were forced to do what Hamas offered them from day one, to trade him for imprisoned Palestinians.
     Israel and to a lesser extent, Hamas, were accused by renowned UN appointed international jurists of having committed war crimes.
     Following extreme pressure on him and his family the head of the UN commission South African judge Richard Goldstone, later wrote an opinion article changing some of the conclusions of the committee he headed. He never made any official change in the report that was submitted as an official document to the United Nations.
     The Israeli-imposed siege on Gaza has continued and has been publicly justified by major world countries even though this siege was and remains totally illegal. No international body has approved the restriction of movement of people and goods into or out of the Gaza strip. more.. e-mail

1 January 2009: The Nasla family
Palestinian Center for Human Rights 1/1/2012
      On 1 January 2009 at around 15:00, Israeli military planes targeted a water tower across from the home of the Nasla family in North Beit Lahiya. The family were making lunch when the first bomb hit. As the family were trying to escape the smoke filled house, a second and third bomb struck the area, killing Ayoun Nasla, 6, and M’uz Nasla, 2.
     For Ayoun and M’uz’s father, Jihad Nasla, the memory of what happened that day is especially distressing. “I found M’uz with his heart outside his chest and my daughter Ayoun with part of her skull missing and her brains spilt out,” says Jihad. “It is the night time, when I used to tell M’uz the stories of Abraham to get him to sleep, and when I go to visit their graves, when I most vividly recall the incident”. “I can no longer go into clothes shops to buy clothes for my children, I used to buy for three boys and two girl’s; I can’t bear to buy only for three”, added Fatima, 42.
     The children’s mother, Fatima, has also given a lot of thought and attention to that fateful day. It is clear that she ruminates on the moments, days and years before the attack took place. “M’uz used to go to the balcony of the house every morning and say “good morning” to Majdal and Herbia, where our family is originally from, and every night he would say “good night.” The day he was killed he had said good morning but he never got to say good night,” says Fatima. “M’uz used to have a favourite resistance song he sang all the time, it reminds me so much of him anytime it is played, especially because it is played a lot on the anniversary of his death, which also happens to be the anniversary of one of the resistance groups. The title of the song is now written on his grave.”
     The family dynamic has been dramatically changed since the attack, a result of the stress they all share; the stress of one family member increases the anxiety of the others…. more.. e-mail

Time of change for Hamas
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 12/29/2011
      The prisoner exchange deal capped developments pushing Hamas in Gaza towards reconciliation with Fatah and integration — with consequences — into the wider Arab order.
     From his seat on the balcony with a view of the sea, Rateb Zeidan, 45, is carefully watching the waves ebb and flow on the shore. Zeidan looks at the blue azure filling the horizon, and even as he speaks he keeps an eye on the enchanting scene. He is one of the prisoners released from Israeli prisons two months ago as part of the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.
     Zeidan’s family lives in the West Bank, but he was exiled to the Gaza Strip since his release after spending 21 years behind bars. He was serving a double life sentence plus 20 years after being convicted of killing three occupation soldiers in a battle with Israeli military forces. The fight was in response to a massacre by occupation forces in the village of Qabya near Ramallah at the beginning of the first Intifada that killed 10 Palestinians and injured dozens.
     Although it has been two months since his release, Zeidan still cannot believe he is free. “I feel as if I was a wilting plant for a long time, and suddenly the rain came,” he tells Al-Ahram Weekly. “It’s a wonderful feeling of repose, joy and disbelief.” He said he can’t stop looking at the sea and walking on the beach because for 21 years his feet did not touch sand.
     During the interview, many released prisoners were walking on the beach despite very cool temperatures, and some even played in the water.
     If the eruption of revolutions for democratic transformation was the key event of 2011 in many Arab states, the most important event in Palestine was accomplishing the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. Never in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict had the Palestinian resistance been able to force Israel to release Palestinian prisoners. more.. e-mail

Is Hamas a Mean-minded Christmas Scrooge?
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Jan 2012 – By Stuart Littlewood Phoebe Greenwood, writing from Gaza City in The Guardian on 23 December reported: ‘There hasn’t been a Christmas tree in Gaza City’s main square since Hamas pushed the Palestinian Authority out of Gaza in 2007 and Christmas is no longer a public holiday.’ The headline said Hamas had “cancelled Christmas”. Could this possibly be true? When I visited Gaza in late 2007 Fr Manuel Mussallam, the feisty old priest in charge of the Catholic community, took me and others to meet Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and some of his colleagues. Relations between Christian and Muslim – or at least between the Catholic community and the Hamas government – seemed strong enough and friendly enough for Christmas celebrations to be left undisturbed. The very idea of a ban actually makes me smile because Scotland, a Christian country of course, saw Christmas as a papist festival and for centuries…more

Unsustainable Israeli Politics of Exclusion in Jerusalem
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Jan 2012 – By Nicola Nasser While the history of the world is moving decisively toward a culture of inclusion, diversity and pluralism, Israeli politics seems to challenge history by moving in the opposite direction of exclusion and unilateral self – righteous monopoly of geography, demography, history, archeology and culture, especially in Jerusalem, where Israelis are desperately trying to establish a “Jewish” capital for Israel and “the Jewish people” worldwide, excluding centuries old presence of Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and Christian deep-rooted existence and heritage, thus sowing the seeds of imminent conflict and foreseeable war by strangling a city that has historically been of diversified and pluralistic character and a flashpoint for human misery whenever exclusion becomes the rule of the day. Israeli politics is not moving against history only, but is challenging world politics as well. Although the first Knesset of the newly born “state of Israel” voted on December 13, 1949 to…more

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