VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 2 January 2012: Israeli authorities give ‘legal’ status to illegal settlement outpost

2 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Former Detainee Dies Of Health Condition Suffered While In prison
IMEMC – Zakariyya Daoud, a former Palestinian political prisoner, who got seriously ill while in Israeli prisons, and was only released on August 22, 2011, died of cancer on Monday, he was diagnosed in prison Israeli prisons and was deprived of the needed and specialized medical attention. …

Report: “4500 Palestinians Still Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC – Abdul-Nasser Farawna, a former political detainee and a Palestinian researcher specialized in detainees affairs, published a report revealing that as the world marks 2012, and despite the fact that Israel released 1027 detainees as part of the prisoner-swap deal, at least 4500 Palestinian detainees, and dozens of Arab detainees, are still imprisoned in several Israeli interrogation facilities, prisons and detention centers. …

Imprisoned Palestinian Sheikh enters third week of hunger strike
IMEMC – 36-year old Sheikh Khader Adnan, a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad resistance movement, entered the third week of a hunger strike on Sunday, in protest of the conditions in the Israeli prison where he is being held. …

Troops Kidnap Several Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Monday at dawn several Palestinians in number of villages and towns in the occupied West Bank, mainly from the Hebron district. …

Israeli authorities give ‘legal’ status to illegal settlement outpost
IMEMC – An illegal settlement outpost established on stolen Palestinian land in 2001 by individual Israelis with no government sanction has been given legal status by the Israeli government, after Israeli authorities agreed to give in to the settlers demand of recognition, and petitioned the Israeli High Court on behalf of the settlers. …

Ma’an News

Israeli force trains teens to catch Palestinian workers
1/2/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli border police are training teenagers to use weapons and catch Palestinians working illegally in Israel and Jewish settlements, Israeli media said on Monday. The weapons and police-duties training funded by the Public Security Minister of Israel has prepped some 30 16-18-year-olds in Israeli border region Modiin….

Report: Israel to build wall on Lebanon frontier
1/2/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli military officials plan to build a new wall on the country’s northern ceasefire line with Lebanon, Israeli media reported on Monday. An official in Israel’s northern command told Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth that the 5-meter high and 1-kilometer long wall will be….

Reconciliation committee meets in Gaza
1/2/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The cross-party committee overseeing national reconciliation met in the Gaza Strip for the first time on Monday, after the meeting was postponed days earlier. The “public freedoms committee” is tasked with hammering out a number of tenets of the unity deal signed in May, including political prisoners, passports, closure of….

Israeli police detain 7 East Jerusalem relatives
1/2/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police in Jerusalem have detained seven Palestinians from the same family in recent weeks, officials said on Monday. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Sumri said the relatives, from northern East Jerusalem neighborhood Beit Hanina, are suspected of blackmail and robbery amounting to hundreds of thousands of shekels. Three suspects were remanded….

Israeli forces detain 4 in northern West Bank
1/2/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided three villages in the northern West Bank overnight Sunday, detaining four men, witnesses told Ma’an. Soldiers ransacked a number of homes in Salim village, east of Nablus, in the early hours, before detaining Abdul-Hakim Dawood Eshtaya, 45, and his brother Saad, 43. An Israeli army spokeswoman….

Prisoners: Negev jail facility to close for immigrant detention
1/2/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians jailed in southern Israel said Monday that authorities will move hundreds of prisoners from a tented facility to other jails, to make space for holding illegal immigrants. Officials at the Negev jail have officially notified 730 prisoners living in tents that they will be evacuated and distributed between other Israeli….

Haniyeh meets exiled prisoners in Turkey
1/2/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday met with detainees sent to Turkey as part of a prisoner exchange deal with Israel, during the Hamas premier’s first international tour since 2007. Sounding a note of hope to the 11 freed prisoners who were blocked by Israel from returning….

PFLP: Israeli, Palestinian meet ‘grave mistake’
1/2/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Monday that the upcoming meeting between Palestinian and Israeli envoys was a “grave political mistake.”PLO official Saeb Erekat and Israel’s Yitzhak Molcho will meet on Tuesday in Jordan, with Quartet negotiators also attending. PLO leader Wasl Abu Yossef insisted…. Related: Erekat says will demand settlement freeze, recognition and Hamas: Palestinian, Israeli talks ‘reproducing failure’

Hamas: Palestinian, Israeli talks ‘reproducing failure’
1/2/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zahri said on Monday that Palestinians envoys meeting their Israeli counterparts this week were “reproducing a failed policy.”Hamas calls on the Palestinian Authority to boycott the meeting, set for Tuesday in the Jordanian capital, Abu Zahri said. The only beneficiary of the summit will be…. Related: Erekat says will demand settlement freeze, recognition and PLO official: Israeli, Palestinian envoys to meet Tuesday

Erekat says will demand settlement freeze, recognition
1/2/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat said on Monday that his meeting with an Israeli envoy in Jordan this week is focused on reviving key parts of the peace process, reiterating officials’ insistence that the Tuesday summit is not a return to negotiations. The resigned chief negotiator told Voice of Palestine that…. Related: Hamas: Palestinian, Israeli talks ‘reproducing failure’ and PFLP: Israeli, Palestinian meet ‘grave mistake’

Senior Fatah official visits Gaza
1/2/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath arrived in Gaza on Sunday evening, in a visit to support the reconciliation deal between his party and Gaza rulers Hamas. Shaath had been due to visit the coastal strip last week, but the trip was postponed for unstated reasons. The Fatah leader, who is…. Related: Reconciliation committee meets in Gaza

Elections commission meets after restructure
1/2/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The new group of commissioners in Palestine’s official elections agency met in Ramallah on Monday, for the first time since a presidential decree ordered the restructure. Reform of the Central Elections Commission was a key term of the unity deal signed by Hamas and Fatah in May 2011. On….

Anti corruption chief going after foreign accounts
1/2/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The head of the PA anti-corruption commission said on Monday that the body is working to restore public funds stashed abroad by Palestinian officials. Rafiq al-Natsheh told Ma’an that the commission is chasing corruption suspects living outside of Palestine, pending an agreement with their countries of residence. Jordanian newspaper….

Over 1 million travel through Allenby crossing in 2011
1/2/2012 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Over a million travelers passed through the Allenby crossing between the West Bank and Jordan during 2011, police figures released Monday show. The Palestinian passport police report said 4,653 passengers were prevented from traveling for security reasons, and 1,522 were seized at the terminal as they were wanted on criminal charges….

21-year-old killed in well fall near Hebron
1/2/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 21-year-old man was killed on Monday after he fell into a well while doing construction work near Hebron, police said. Rami Ahmad Ghnimat died in intensive care in Al Ahli hopsital in the southern West Bank city, after he plunged to the bottom of the water well in nearby….

Iran says fires long-range missiles in Gulf drill
1/2/2012 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — Iran said on Monday it had successfully test-fired what it described as two long-range missiles, flexing its military muscle in the face of mounting Western pressure over its nuclear programme. The announcement came at the climax of 10 days of naval exercises in the Gulf, during which Tehran has warned it could shut….

Arab League: Syria forces withdraw from cities
1/2/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Syria’s military has withdrawn from residential areas and is on the outskirts of the country’s cities, but gunfire continues and snipers are still a threat, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said on Monday. The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed in a crackdown on….

Prosecutors to take stage Tuesday in Mubarak trial
1/2/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The trial of Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak will resume in earnest on Tuesday when judges begin hearing arguments from prosecutors, who say Mubarak and his co-defendants are to blame for the deaths of hundreds of protesters. Lawyers demanded on Monday that the head of Egypt’s ruling military council….

Bahrain says to review some verdicts over unrest
1/2/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain said on Monday it would set up a judicial panel to review some verdicts a military court issued over anti-government demonstrations led last year by its Shiite Muslim majority, which the Sunni-led kingdom crushed. A statement on the official BNA news agency said the move came in response to the recommendations of….

Saudi Arabia seeks arrest of 23 Shiites for unrest
1/2/2012 – RIYADH (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia has ordered the arrest of 23 Shiite Muslims in the kingdom’s Eastern Province who it says were responsible for unrest that has led to shootings and protests in recent weeks, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. The Sunni-ruled kingdom accused the wanted men of serving the agenda of a….

Palestine News Network

Op Ed: War in Gaza- Three years later
PNN – by Daoud KuttabThree 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…

Jordan Denies Israeli Decision to Construct Security Fence on Israeli-Jordan Borders
PNN – PNN On Monday, Jordanian Foreign Minister said that Jordan hasn’t received any official information about what has been published in the media, about the Israeli private decision of constructing a security fence…

Israeli Forces Summon Youths from Jerusalem for Interrogation, Detain and Arrest others from Hebron,
PNN – PNN Israeli Forces raided several governarates of Palestine, they summoned several Palestinians from Jerusalem for interrogation, detained and arrested three Citizens from Hebron, and they also arrested four others from Jenin. On…

Erekat: I am Attending the Quartet’s Meeting with Issac Molkho, Jordan
PNN – PNN Palestinian media sources told PNN that the international Quartet Committee would hold a meeting in Amman, the capital of Jordan, next Tuesday. The Quartet was invited by the Jordanian king Abdullah…

Prisoners: February Would Have Escalation in case Israel Don’t Respond their Requirements
PNN – PNN The prisoners’ movement in the Israeli prisons required to bring back the situation in the Israeli prisons, before the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, which Israel imposed many illegal process on prisoners,…

Op Ed: If a Priest had two robes, he should share one with another priest
PNN – “The man with two robes should share with him he who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” This was John the Baptist’s message 2000 years ago…

International Solidarity Movement

2 January 2009: Eyad al-Astal
1/2/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 2 January 12, Palestinian Center for Human Rights – “The second of January is no different from any other day. Every day and every minute feels like the moment when I lost my sons. In everything there is a memory of them. I miss them all the time.”- On 2 January 2009 at around 14:30…. Related: Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israel treats Europeans with unwarranted arrests in Nabi Saleh
1/2/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Alex, 2 January 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – In the morning of the 30th of December three members of the International Solidarity Movement and one other international were walking the streets of Nabi Saleh when two military jeeps drew up and stopped next to them. A group of approximately ten soldiers jumped out….


Israeli blogger documents failings of Tel Aviv’s bicycle rental system
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Syrian opposition leader: In post-Assad era, Arab peace initiative will probably be accepted
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Israeli Judge raps use of banned pacification method, but police close internal probe
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Israeli government tells police, prisons to gear up for more migrant workers
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Coalition members tune out as Knesset discusses attacks on Israeli media
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Nuclear activity at Dimona reactor to desist should missiles attack Israel’s home front
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Saudi Hackers claim to post personal information of 400 thousand Israelis
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Knesset approves controversial ‘Grunis bill’
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Netanyahu to reconsider bill seeking to change makeup of judges’ appointment committee
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Hamas calls on Palestinian Authority to boycott peace talks with Israel
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Arab League chief: There is no doubt Syrian forces are killing civilians
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Hamas leader visits Gaza flotilla ship in Turkey
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Barak: Iran worried about unrest in Arab world
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Palestinians: Peace talks require halt to Israeli settlement construction
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Border Police train Israeli teens to detain illegal Palestinian workers
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Mubarak trial resumes in Egypt amid tight security
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Teva CEO Shlomo Yanai leaving in May, to be replaced by American
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Iran tests long-range missiles as part of major naval exercise
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Leumi CEO Galia Maor announces surprise resignation after 17 years
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Israel allocates funds to help former IDF soldiers become sushi chefs
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Israel expels Russian diplomat from Tel Aviv embassy
Ha’aretz – 1 Jan 2012

Jerusalem Post

Yad Sarah to help Holocaust survivors
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Voluntary organization says any survivor seeking aid will be assigned a volunteer to help improve health, quality of life.

High school student pleads guilty to killing fellow teen
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Defendant admits charges as part of plea bargain agreed with state prosecutors.

Kaplan Hospital gets new children’s wing
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Ashdod lays cornerstone for general facility.

‘Gov’t lacks solutions for dealing with migrants’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Meretz MK: Gov’t has come up with ways to stem illegal immigration, but has no solution for migrants already here.

‘Oil shale: A sound way to achieve energy independence’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Private initiative releases its final assessment on environmental impact to pave way for pilot drilling and production.

‘State should finance all aspects of immigrant absorption’
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Sharansky: Gov’t must provide immigrant services; ministry willing to take over programs, but needs gov’t approval.

Election process for J’lem chief rabbis underway
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Committee for election of rabbis comes to an agreement as to which synagogues would be represented on board.

Suspects ram police road block, crash into bus
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Suspects had allegedly been in the middle of a home robbery in Nazareth when they became suspicious that it was a police sting operation.

Major bus changes in J’lem next week
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Almost half of city’s routes, mostly serving southwest, will be affected.

Tunisia seeks guarantee to extradite Libyan ex-PM
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Tunisian PM tells Libya Tunis would extradite Mahmoudi should Tripoli ensure a fair trial.

Beinisch attends her final oath-taking ceremony
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Outgoing Supreme Court president says incoming judges represent all social sectors.

Israel worried Syria weapons going to terrorists
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Concern partially stems from Western intelligence indicating chemical weaponry has been moved out of Syria by Hezbollah.

Hackers post 1000s of Israeli credit card numbers
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Credit companies tell customers to remain calm, say only 100s of authentic numbers were published by ‘Saudi group.’

Syrian rebels raid military checkpoints
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Attacks suggest anti-government forces growing more brazen; Syrian website reports Assad mulling inclusion of opposition in new cabinet.

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet in Amman
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Israel, Palestinian Authority have low expectations; PA negotiator Erekat reiterates demand to stop settlement construction; Israel says it’s ready to discuss all issues.

IDF predicts missile attacks on J’lem in future war
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Capital was previously believed to be safe due to its holy sites, large Arab population.

‘Grunis Bill’ is now law
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Move paves way for Justice Asher Dan Grunis to replace High Court president Beinisch.

US elections have global implications
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – The presidential campaign will be the most expensive in history, and will touch on countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Encountering Peace: Hats off to his majesty
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – The meeting in Jordan between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators won’t produce an agreement, but it is a step in the right direction.

Will there be justice for Mustafa Tamimi?
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – A faulty investigation system has turned a blind eye to alleged IDF soldiers and settler violence against West Bank Palestinians.

Selecting a new British chief rabbi
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Lord Jonathan Sacks has served the position with distinction and it will be asking almost the impossible for someone to step into his shoes.

As Britain seeks a new chief rabbi, extremists rise
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – If we Jews are enjoined to emulate our patriarch Jacob who wrestled with an angel, then surely we must also respectfully challenge our spiritual leaders and reclaim our human voice.

Those who desecrate Holocaust have no place in society
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – No one should be surprised when the ultra-Orthodox compare Israel to Nazi Germany, but most prominent haredi personalities seem to have developed convenient laryngitis,

The year ahead: Some predictions for 2012
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – The prime minister’s greatest challenge in the new year will come from haredi parties when it comes time for the 2013 budget.

Our World: Is Israeli society unraveling?
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – We have far more that unites us than separates us. If we focus on this, there is no force either within or without our society that can defeat us.

The right balance
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – A weak and shrinking middle-class means a generation of young men and women less well-equipped to meet future challenges.

Scrolls raise questions as to Afghan Jewish history
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Scholar hopes findings might shed light on medieval merchants.

IDF: Religious soldiers cannot leave ceremonies
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Gantz rules: No exceptions in official ceremonies, but soldiers can be excused from unit parties where female soldiers singing.

Settlers furious over ‘reconnaissance arrests’
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Activists in custody for monitoring security forces; settler leader to ‘Post’: Police, prosecutors have lost their sanity.

Gantz to promote colonel probed for Cast Lead
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Last criminal probe into Operation Cast Lead closed; Malka cleared of bombing building knowing it contained civilians.

Begin’s lessons for the left
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Begin didn’t jump ship because he couldn’t get his way; he worked to effect change.

‘American awaits verdict after Iran spy trial’
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Hekmati, who’s taped confession was aired last month, could face death penalty if found guilty of spying for CIA.

Call girls suspected of murdering scientist in TA
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – 2 female escorts and their boyfriends arrested for alleged involvement in murder, robbery of French chemistry expert in central TA apartment.

Regime change scores big in North Africa
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Most North African football teams are playing better amid Arab Spring upheaval.

Terrorist released in Schalit deal named PA minister
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – PA president’s new local gov’t advisor was former Force 17 commander, jailed for involvement in deadly terror attacks.

Alternatively Speaking: Herbs that help
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Alternative medicine enthusiast Natalie Marx answers your questions: Any natural remedies for dandruff?

Seeking Kin: An Israeli finds his American cousins
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Several details in a recent article rang a bell for Gravitz, none greater than this: Sam’s daughter was a hunchback.

Abbas appoints released terrorist as advisor
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – PA president’s new municipal advisor was former Force 17 commander, jailed for involvement in deadly terror attacks.

Vatican opens its vaults
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – The newly-displayed Vatican archives show us that many of today’s challenges are not new.

Tel Aviv’s best new restaurants of 2011
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Food enthusiasts at Taste TLV give their verdict on the best that the Tel Aviv dining scene has to offer.

Mubarak trial resumes after long delay
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – After two months of postponements and procedure, Mubarak returns to trial over killing protesters and abusing power.

Court okays further hearing on terrorist’s lawsuit
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Dirani claims he was assaulted in 1994 under interrogation for Ron Arad, filed NIS 6m. damages suit against the state.

Losing weight is like riding a bike
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – How behavior change is the cornerstone of a healthy, successful weight loss.

Barak claims ‘good faith’ on comptroller critique
Jerusalem Post 2 Jan 2012 – Defense minister accepts criticism that he contravened public norms by transferring stocks 3 days before cabinet appointment.

The Guardian

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet for first time in a year
The Guardian 2 Jan 2012 – Middle East Quartet attend meeting as deadline for border and security proposals nears Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Tuesday in Amman for the first time for more than a year in an effort to…

Inter Press Service

EGYPT: Islamist Parliament Inevitable ‘But Not Worrying’
IPS Following another Islamist landslide in the second round of legislative polling, Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliament will likely see Islamist parties – especially the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – calling the shots. While high-profile secular figures warn of looming “theocracy”, many local analysts believe an Islamist-led parliament won’t…

KAZAKHSTAN: Give Them Bread, But Not So Much
IPS Kazakhstan, intent on diversifying its economy away from oil and mining, has extended its cereal acreage by a third in the past ten years, doubled the value of its grain harvest. It has eradicated rural poverty in the north, the country’s breadbasket.


  Arab League confirmed today, by their Secretary-General, the doubts of the Syrians about the nature of the observers’ mission
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – The Secretary-General of the Arab League acknowledged today that Syrians doubt the nature of the observers’ mission in Syria. The Arab League has demonstrated, despite their alleged good intentions, their ignorance of the daily reality Syrians face and the regime’s true nature and methods it is willing to employ. We will assume…

Blood in my Eyes for You: The Deep Progressive Love for the Laureate’s “Industrial Killing Machine”
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – …This is watching someone who is obviously of good heart twist and contort themselves to avoid the truth that they are supporting mass murder. Mass murder. The reality of children being torn to shred by drone bombs at the order of a Democratic president is no less evil than children shredded by…

Israeli authorities give legal’ status to illegal settlement outpost
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – An illegal settlement outpost established on stolen Palestinian land in 2001 by individual Israelis with no government sanction has been given legal status by the Israeli government, after Israeli authorities agreed to give in to the settlers demand of recognition, and petitioned the Israeli High Court on behalf of the settlers. Israeli…

Official statistics record 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – Data issued by the Statistics Department of the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners show that 4,500 Palestinians, including six women, are being held in Israeli jails at the beginning of 2012. The figure takes into account the release of 1,027 men and women as part of the exchange deal agreed…

Libyans linked to Gaddafi can’t run in election: draft
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – Libyans with ties to ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi will be banned from running in elections under a bill drafted by the country’s new rulers. Academics who wrote about Gaddafi’s “Green Book,” containing his musings on politics, economics and everyday life, will also be barred from running under the draft law, published online…

While America shuts down fire houses, cuts infant nutrition, US subsidizes Israel army sushi courses
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – There’s an astonishing piece of news in Israel’s Haaretz today under the headine “Israel allocates funds to help former IDF soldiers become sushi chefs”: Demobilized soldiers will be able to study Asian cooking this year at the government’s expense, as part of an effort to reduce the number of foreign workers employed…

Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Criticizes Violation of Human Rights in Iraq
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al- Nujaifi criticized Monday the massive violations of human rights as the country’s political process is plunged into political row. “The human rights in Iraq have suffered massive violations by using violence against individuals and properties, random detention, mistreatment, poor judicial procedures and targeting innocent citizens from different…

Report: Israel to build wall on Lebanon frontier
Uruknet January 2, 2012 — Israeli military officials plan to build a new wall on the country’s northern ceasefire line with Lebanon, Israeli media reported on Monday. An official in Israel’s northern command told Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth that the 5-meter high and 1-kilometer long wall will be equipped with alarms and separate Israeli kibbutz al-Matala and…

Thousands call for Saleh to stand trial over civilian deaths in Yemen uprising
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – Tens of thousands protested in Sanaa, Taiz and other cities, demanding the outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, be prosecuted for the killings of more than 1,100 people, including three yesterday, since the uprising against him began a year ago. On Saturday, an aide to Mr Saleh said the president had reversed a…

Activists campaign against sale of Israeli drones to France
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – A group of activists involved in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign in France have launched a campaign calling on the French government to call off a deal to purchase five hundred million dollars worth of Heron TP Predator drones manufactured by the Israeli company IAI. The campaign in France follows a…

Photos: Chicagoans release balloons for each child killed during Gaza massacres
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – Yesterday in Chicago, more than 300 balloons were released in downtown Grant Park – one balloon for each child killed during Israel’s 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip three years ago. Attached to the balloons were the names and descriptions of each child. The organizers, the youth-led Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights,…

Is Hamas a Mean-minded Christmas Scrooge?
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – 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…

Syria News – January 1, 2012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – The number of documented deaths today is 13 including a child; 4 martyrs in each of Homs and Idlib, 3 martyrs in Hama and 2 in Daraya (Damascus suburbs). Martyrs of the Arab monitors : Since the Arab League monitors entered Syria, the Local Coordination Committees have documented the death of 315 martyrs…

The PLO and the continuing project to win Palestinian national liberation
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – The reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas that has been under discussion since last April now seems to be moving to a new level, with the leaders of these two big Palestinian factions agreeing to hold national elections in May 2012. Though many western commentators have focused on the prospects this reconciliation might…

Video: Total Ignorance: Where’s Libya, Iraq or Iran? NYC doesn’t care!
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – The men and women hoping to become the next President of the U.S. appear to spend as much time demonstrating their ignorance of the world, as they do their political credentials. But as RT’s Anastasia Churkina found out, that could just be a reflection of society….

PLO official: Israeli, Palestinian envoys to meet Tuesday
Uruknet January 1, 2012 — 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 senior…

Maliki Political Target Survives Roadside Bombing Sunday: 4 Iraqis Killed, 12 Wounded
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – Iraq’s finance minister survived a roadside bombing that wounded two guards instead. At least four Iraqis were killed and 12 Iraqis were wounded across the country, as the prime minister called for more unity despite his actions to the contrary. A late-day bombing in Ishaqi targeted a motorcade carrying Finance Minister Rafe…

Fearful, Iraq’s Sunnis leave mixed neighborhoods
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – The question was disturbing: Why do you live here? Ahmed al-Azami, a Sunni Muslim, has owned a house in Baghdad’s Shiite neighborhood of Shaab since 1999. But when Shiite residents recently began questioning why he, a Sunni, was living among them, he decided it was time to leave. His story and similar…

Obama Rings in the New Year By Signing Bill Allowing Indefinite Detention of Americans
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – Obama signed the NDAA – including a provision allowing the indefinite detention of Americans – on New Year’s eve. Obama issued a “signing statement” with the bill, which – at first blush – appears to say he won’t indefinitely detain Americans. Specifically, Obama wrote: My administration will not authorize the indefinite military…

The numbers speak for themselves
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – Last week, the New Statesman published an article of mine about the anniversary of Operation Cast Lead’ on their website. The following day, former media spokesperson for the UK Zionist Federation Jonathan Sacerdoti responded by defending Israel’s actions in the assault on Gaza. Sacerdoti’s argument was essentially two-fold: firstly, that Israel did…

Gaza Strip – Operation Cast Lead Aftermath :The Nasla Family
Uruknet January 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…

Settlers Help’ Soldiers Man Roadblocks
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – Armed Israeli settlers, in civilian clothes, were seen helping Israeli soldiers in searching Palestinian vehicles and checking ID numbers of Palestinians at a number of military roadblocks leading to the Ramallah district, in the central West Bank. The Maan News Agency reported that dozens of settlers in civilian clothes, carrying automatic rifles,…

West Bank theatre founder wanted by Israel after amnesty deal revoked
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – A former Palestinian militant who renounced violence in favour of “cultural resistance” is in custody after Israel apparently revoked an amnesty deal, in a move seen by his associates as part of a campaign of harassment against a radical West Bank theatre. Zakaria Zubeidi, a former of leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs…

Britain’s Guantánamo survivors are suffering a toxic legacy
Uruknet January 1, 2012 – They call each other “brother” and the warmth between them is tangible. Not close friends as such, they come from different walks of life, cultures and backgrounds, but have been thrown together by a shared experience. They are Britain’s survivors of Guantánamo, the detention centre that has been called the “gulag of…

Daily Star

Berlin film fest to honor Meryl Streep
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 The Berlin film festival said Monday it would award Oscar-winning U.S. actress Meryl Streep an honorary Golden Bear next month in recognition of her decades-long career.

US park closed as gunman sought in ranger killing
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 A major manhunt resumed Monday for an Iraq war veteran sought in the shooting death of a US federal ranger in Mount Rainier National Park.

It’s never been safer to fly; deaths at record low
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Boarding an airplane has never been safer in the U.S., but there are still some corners of the world where flying is risky, including Russia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia.

Blocs pursue short-term fixes for Iraq political crisis
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Looking to step back from the brink, Iraq’s fractious political blocs are working on short-term solutions to cool a crisis that threatened a slide back into sectarian strife.

Tunisia seeks guarantee to extradite Libyan ex-PM
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Tunisian President Marzouki told Libya that his country would extradite FPM Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi to Tripoli to face charges of abuse of office if Libya guaranteed him a fair trial.

Federer, Nadal start season at Qatar Open
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are eyeing a confidence-boosting victory at the season-opening Qatar Open.

Deadly Turkish strike felt by Kurdish refugees in Iraq
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Seventeen years away from their homes in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast have done little to diminish their longing to return, but for a group of refugees in Iraq.

Protests, tear gas as fuel prices soar in Nigeria
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Police fired tear gas at protesters in the Nigerian capital Monday as anger mounted after the government ended fuel subsidies, more than doubling petrol prices in the poverty stricken country.

Bahrain says panel to review unrest verdicts
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Bahrain said Monday it is setting up a judicial panel to review verdicts initially not subject to appeal after being issued by a semi-military court over involvement in anti-government protests.

Authorities probe fire attacks on 4 NYC sites
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 While members of an Islamic cultural center gathered for a Sunday evening dinner, a Molotov cocktail hurled by an unknown assailant and made from a Starbucks bottle burst and shattered against the center’s main entrance.

Critics assail crime laws aimed at people with HIV
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 A man in Texas is serving a 35-year prison sentence for spitting at a police officer – because he has the virus that causes AIDS and his saliva was deemed a deadly weapon.

Argentine governor’s wife accused of killing spouse
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 The wife of an Argentine provincial governor has been charged with killing her husband on New Year’s Day during a domestic dispute at their home in Patagonia.

Death toll mounts in Brazil floods
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Two more people died and one was missing Monday following flooding in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais that brought the total death toll to four.

Algeria jails leader of Al-Qaeda in north Africa for life
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Algeria on Monday jailed one of the most radical leaders of Al-Qaeda’s northern Africa branch, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, for life in absentia for creating “an international terror group”.

Oman announces $26-bn budget for 2012
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 The sultanate of Oman announced Monday a $26-billion budget for 2012 with a deficit expected to reach $3.12 billion, or five percent of its gross domestic product.

UK’s Cameron: This year will be tough
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Britain’s prime minister says the Summer Olympics and the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration will raise the country’s profile on the international stage, but that 2012 will be a tough year.

Cruise’s ‘Mission’ maintains altitude with $38.3M
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Tom Cruise is off to a good start for the new year with a second-straight No. 1 weekend at the box office.

UK man ‘shoots dead female relatives’ in New Year rampage
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 A man shot dead three relatives, all women, at a house in northeast England before killing himself during a New Year’s Day rampage, with one male survivor as witness.

Opposition paper shut down again in Sudan
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Sudanese authorities on Monday shut down the newspaper of the opposition Popular Congress Party — just months after it started publishing again following an earlier raid.

Tunisian gendarmes clash with Libyan armed group
Daily Star 2 Jan 2012 Tunisian paramilitary police clashed overnight with an armed group from across the border with Libya.

YNet News

Tunisia considering handing over ex-Libya premier
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – ….

Saudi hackers leak personal information of thousands of Israelis
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – Hackers break into ‘ONE’ website, post link to file containing personal addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers of scores of Israelis. Most Israelis on list say personal information accurate, but credit card details false. One of them says ‘what if the banks’ websites are also broken into?’ ….

Time to say goodbye
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Haredi-secular relationship in Israel a lost cause, time has come for full separation ….

Israeli student: Only 18,000 entries in Saudi hackers’ files
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – ….

Knesset passes Grunis bill
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – Bill shortens Supreme Court president’s minimum term. Livni: PM turning Israel into totalitarian regime ….

Bank of Israel: Credit card theft under investigation
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – ….

Chile senator demands compensation ‘if Israeli tourist started fire’
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – Alejandro Navarro notes Czech government paid Chile nearly $200,000 after one of its citizens caused fire similar to one Rotem Singer is accused of causing. ‘I’m not anti-Semitic,’ he stresses ….

Bill calling to re-jail freed terrorists passes
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – ….

Saudi hackers: We posted Israelis’ credit card details
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – ….

Watch: Teen who documented Syria clashes shot dead
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – Family says Basel al-Sid shot in the head last week during attacks by forces loyal to Assad on residents of Homs neighborhood ….

Knesset guards find gun in MK Kara’s bag
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – ‘I didn’t know that it was prohibited,’ he tells Ynet after guards find gun in his bag ….

Haredi who called soldier ‘slut’: She acted provocatively
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – Shlomo Fuchs, who is accused of sexually harassing female soldier on public bus, tells Ynet ‘it’s the most basic concept: A woman should not stand amidst men’ ….

IDF: Religious troops may be excused from informal events
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – General Staff adopts committee’s recommendation to authorize commanders to excuse religious soldiers from cultural events that feature women’s singing ….

Israel’s chemistry crisis
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: State of Israel hurting itself by depriving southern children of chemistry education ….

Israel and the Christians
YNet News, 2 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Does Israel need Christian help? Italian journalist Giulio Meotti offers his perspective ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya on Marmara: Blood of Turkish martyrs conquered the siege
PIC – Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya has said that the blood of Turkish martyrs who fell while en route to break the siege on Gaza aboard the Mavi Marmara ship had conquered the blockade.

Abu Zuhri: We call on PA in Ramallah to halt meetings with Israel
PIC – Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has urged the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah not to attend Tuesday’s meeting with Israel in Amman because the latter would be the only one benefitting from it.

Detained Islamic Jihad leader rushed to hospital
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority transferred detained Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan, 33, to hospital after his health deteriorated due to cruel investigation means and two weeks of hunger strike.

Liberated prisoner in coma
PIC – Liberated Palestinian prisoner Zakaria Issa has been in coma since Monday morning due to deterioration of his cancer condition after he lost his eyesight, speechl and ability to move.

IOF raid homes, kidnap 13 Palestinians
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have kidnapped at dawn Monday 13 Palestinians from different West Bank areas, mostly in Al-Khalil city.

IOA decides to raze hundreds of Palestinian homes, keep illegal outposts
PIC – The IOA declared its intention to demolish hundreds of Palestinian homes and buildings in area C under its control in the occupied West Bank and to retain illegal settlement outposts.

Amman to host meeting between Palestinians and Israelis
PIC – The Jordanian ministry of foreign affairs said Amman would host a Palestinian-Israeli meeting next Tuesday in the context of renewed international efforts aimed at reviving the peace talks.


Abbas Meets US Envoy, Discusses Quartet Meeting
WAFA – 20:57-RAMALLAH, January 2, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas discussed with US peace envoy David Hale in Ramallah Monday the upcoming Quartet meeting in Jordan in the presence of Palestinian and Israeli…

Restructured Elections Commission Holds First Meeting
WAFA – 20:43- RAMALLAH, January 2, 2012 (WAFA) – The restructured Central Elections Commission (CEC) held its first meeting in Ramallah Monday and through video conference with Gaza to discuss preparations …

Palestinian Factions Denounce Participation in Quartet Meeting
WAFA – 14:02-RAMALLAH, January 2, 2012 (WAFA) – Palestinian factions denounced the Quartet meeting with Israeli and Palestinian representatives planned to be held in Jordan on Tuesday, according to statements…

Meeting Aims to Force Israel to Meet Obligations, says Erekat
WAFA – 13:38-RAMALLAH, January 2, 2012 (WAFA) –The Quartet meeting scheduled on Tuesday in the Jordanian capital Amman aims to put pressure on the Israeli government to meet its international obligations, includin…

Over Million Palestinians Crossed Borders with Jordan in 2011
WAFA – 13:13-JERICHO, January 2, 2012 (WAFA) – More than one million Palestinians crossed Karama (Allenby) border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan in 2011, a press release by the Palestinian police said M…

Lawmaker Condemns Israeli Decision to Demolish Crossing in Gaza
WAFA – 13:02-GAZA, January 2, 2012 (WAFA) – Chairman of the Popular Committee against the Siege on Gaza, lawmaker Jamal al Khudari, Monday condemned the Israeli authorities’ decision to demolish Karni (al-Mintar) …

Weather Forecast: Potential Rain Showers, Considerable Drop in Temperature
WAFA – 11:28-RAMALLAH, January 2, 2012 (WAFA) – Weather on Monday is generally cloudy with a considerable drop in temperature to a maximum around 15 degrees Celsius, potential heavy rain showers, western to northw…

Intifada Palestine

47th Anniversary of the Palestinian Revolution: From Landless Revolution to Circumscribed Authority
Intifada-Palestine: 2 Jan 2012 – By: Jamal Kanj * for Intifada-palestine.com January 1, 1965 was the official start of the contemporary Palestinian revolution. On a Friday night December 31, 1964, small group of fighters attacked an Israeli military target, leaving behind the first martyr on the long… more


Arab League, dissidents disagree on progress in Syria
LA Times 2 Jan 2012 – The league says Assad’s government has taken steps to comply with a regional initiative to stop the killing, but opposition activists, citing dozens more deaths, are incredulous over those remarks. Syria’s government has taken steps to comply with a regional initiative to end months of…

Sculptor works to reshape the Iraqi art world
LA Times 2 Jan 2012 – Abdul Hameed returned from exile and found his old art institute in deplorable condition. He’s now focused on restoring it, and is inspiring his young students. Sculptor Abdul Hameed is proud of how his art form holds a mirror up to society, from Iraq’s ancient…

Yaffa Yarkoni dies at 86; Israeli singer
LA Times 1 Jan 2012 – Yarkoni, known as ‘the singer of wars,’ entertained troops for more than half a century. Yaffa Yarkoni, a singer who entertained Israeli soldiers on the front lines for half a century and later reaped public censure for her outspoken criticism of the military’s treatment of…

Arab League Criticized Over Syria Observer Mission
New York Times 2 Jan 2012 – The killings have continued despite the presence of Arab League observers, and much of the criticism has focused on the mission’s leader, a Sudanese general.

Ismail Haniya of Gaza Visits Turkey
New York Times 2 Jan 2012 – The visit to Istanbul by Ismail Haniya, the prime minister of Gaza, is his first official trip abroad since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007.

In Iran, Election Fears and Economic Woes Test Leaders
New York Times 2 Jan 2012 – A lack of reformers on the ballot would create a glaring gap that could prove worrisome in providing the appearance of a choice of candidates.

Conflicting Reports of Attack on Iraq’s Finance Minister, Rafe al-Essawi
New York Times 2 Jan 2012 – While security forces said there had been no attack, Finance Minister Rafe al-Essawi said a car bomb rocked his convoy as it returned to Baghdad from a funeral.

Raided American Groups Rebut Egyptian Accusations
New York Times 2 Jan 2012 – The National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute accused Egypt’s military-led government of a campaign of false statements about their history.

Libya Sets Plan for Assembly on Constitution
New York Times 2 Jan 2012 – The interim leaders took a step toward setting up a permanent government for the post-Qaddafi era.

Iran Tests Naval Cruise Missile
New York Times 2 Jan 2012 – The official news agency IRNA said the missile test was carried out on Monday on the final day of 10 days of maneuvers in the Persian Gulf.

Israel building walls on its borders with Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon
Mondoweiss – link to www.maannews.net link to www.jpost.com link to english.pnn.ps link to www.haaretz.com link to www.haaretz.com link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.jpost.com link to english.wafa.ps link to groups.google.com link to www.alternativenews.org link to 972mag.com link to www.imemc.org link to www.jpost.com link to english.wafa.ps link to www.richardsilverstein.com link…

Pro-Israel ‘lawfare’ group seeks to censor Twitter account for Hezbollah’s TV station
Mondoweiss – Pro-Israel law firm’s promotion for the “utimate mission to Israel.”  The legal group sent a letter to Twitter, seeking to cancel Hezbollah’s Al Manar Twitter account.  The Israeli law center Shurat HaDin is on a mission to “fight against terrorism.” Their weapon of choice, “Pro-Israel Lawfare.” The…

Again, ‘NYT’ ties anti-Zionism to white supremacism (apropos of Ron Paul)
Mondoweiss – Frank Bruni One great thing about the Ron Paul campaign is that it might actually politicize Zionism. The press will have to quote anti-Zionists and non-Zionists, and Americans will get to decide who has the better case. Of course so far the attention has been negative:…

Headlines from Israel
Mondoweiss – Haaretz : Israel allocates funds to help former IDF soldiers become sushi chefs Demobilized soldiers will be able to study Asian cooking this year at the government’s expense, as part of an effort to reduce the number of foreign workers employed as cooks in Asian restaurants by…

Linda Gradstein: ‘I’m not an Israeli citizen, but that being said, I’m part of Israel.’
Mondoweiss – Linda Gradstein, pic from her website Last October, Pat Carmeli, an upstate N.Y. activist, attended a lecture by Linda Gradstein , a freelance writer who has covered the conflict for public radio and Slate. Gradstein served as a correspondent from Israel for National Public Radio for several…

Sheikh Jarrah Settlers Let Attack Dogs Loose Against Protesters
Tikun Olam – Settler Yaakov Fauci lets attack loose against Sheikh Jarrah protesters (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP-Getty) Sports Illustrated has its bikini issues featuring the hottest bods of 2011.  We have our own feature: the Settlers of Sheikh Jarrah.  This may become a regular feature if my friends in Solidarity can…

Price Tag Comes to Queens
Tikun Olam – Shiite mosque in Queens target of arson attack There appears to be a xenophobe arsonist on the loose in Queens, who firebombed New York’s leading Shiite mosque, the home of a Hindu family, an African-American family and a bodega tonight.  The worst damage was sustained by…

UK’s secret plans for Syria
Voltaire Network 2 Jan 2012 – Revelations have surfaced about the presence of British spies in Syria as the UK government draws secret plans for a NATO-backed no-fly zone over the country. A British security official has revealed that Britain’s Ministry of Defence has been drawing up secret plots to secure a…

Overthrow Bashar al-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…

Nabi Saleh, Chicago, Commemorate Third Anniversary of Gaza Massacre
Palestine Solidarity Project 2 Jan 2012 – Activists in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank and the city of Chicago in the United States commemorated the third anniversary of the three week Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. On Friday, December 30th, 2011, several dozen…

Egypt to vote in third round poll
BBC 2 Jan 2012 – Egyptian voters are to take part in the third and final round of elections to the lower house of parliament, part of the first democratic elections in 60 years.

Israelis and Palestinians to meet
BBC 2 Jan 2012 – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are due to meet in Jordan on Tuesday, after more than 15 months of deadlock in peace talks.

Libya has ‘right to judge’ ex-PM
BBC 2 Jan 2012 – Tunisia’s president promises to hand over former Libyan Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, detained in Tunisia, if he is guaranteed a fair trial in Libya.


On anniversary of Gaza war, we will remember IDF soldiers who destroyed Palestinian families
Amira Hass, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive 1/2/2012
      While Yoav Galant’s name is most prominently mentioned in the context of the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, we must recall the other, nameless soldiers, guided by the spirit of the army’s top brass
     On the third anniversary of the Cast Lead onslaught, we remember the anonymous soldiers who fired on a red car, in which a father, Mohammed Shurrab, and his two sons were returning home from their farm lands. It is not fair that the officer who then served as GOC Southern Command of the Israel Defense Forces, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, will be the only one remembered on this anniversary. Indeed, the list of fighters who should be mentioned and recalled is long.
     We will remember the pilot who delivered the bomb that killed Mahmoud al-Ghoul, a high-school student, and his uncle Akram, an attorney, at the family’s home in northern Gaza. We will remember the soldiers who analyze photographs taken by drones, who decided that a truck conveying oxyacetylene cylinders for welding, owned by Ahmad Samur, was carrying Grad rockets – a decision that led to an order to bomb the vehicle from the air which, in turn, led to the deaths of eight persons, four of them minors.
     We will remember the soldiers who turned the Abu Eida family home in eastern Jabalya into a base and place from which to shoot, and confined in one room an elderly invalid, a blind woman and two older women. We will remember how these soldiers did not allow these four persons to go to the restroom for nine days. We will remember the soldiers who herded members of the Samouni family into one house and were themselves positioned 80 meters from it when it was shelled, with all its residents inside, under orders from brigade commander Ilan Malka – someone else whom we will remember, of course.
     The list goes on and on, and we ask forgiveness from those we haven’t cited due to lack of space. But on this occasion we shall especially remember the soldiers at a certain post in the eastern part of Khan Yunis. — See also: Source: Ha’aretz more.. e-mail

2 January 2009: Eyad al-Astal
Palestinian Center for Human Rights 1/2/2012
      “The second of January is no different from any other day. Every day and every minute feels like the moment when I lost my sons. In everything there is a memory of them. I miss them all the time.”
     On 2 January 2009 at around 14:30 an Israeli drone fired a missile at an open area in Qarara village, close to Khan Yunis. The missile struck and killed two brothers, Mohammed (12) and Abed Rabbo (9) al-Astal, and their cousin, Abdul Sattar Walid al-Astal (11) while they were playing and eating sugar canes in the land.
     “I was at home when I heard an explosion that was close to our area. An Israeli drone was flying in the sky above us at that moment.” Eyad al-Astal recalls. “Approximately ten minutes later, my brother Ibrahim (28) came to my house and told me that my two sons and their cousin were killed by an Israeli shell. I rapidly left the house and headed to the scene about 250 meters west of my house. There I saw a deep hole. Traces of blood and fragments of flesh were still there.”
     Three years have passed since Eyad lost his two sons but he still carries vivid memories with him. “Every day and every minute feels like the moment when I lost my sons. In everything there is a memory of them. I miss them all the time.”
     Eyad tries to describe what the life of his family is like without Mohammed and Abed Rabbo: “Our lives have been very difficult since they were killed. Every time I see another boy their age, I remember my sons. I still cannot look at their photos, it is too painful.” He says; “I always feel like crying but I try not to. My wife, Jawaher, cries everyday but tries to hide her tears from me. She does not want to add salt to my wounds. My wife always wants to go to our sons’ graves with her mother, but I don’t. I only went once and don’t want to go again. I can’t face the sight of their graves.” — See also: Palestinian Center for Human Rights more.. e-mail

The demographic battle for Jerusalem
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 12/29/2011
      On Tuesday, the Jerusalem municpality approved another 130 housing units for the illegal Israeli settlement of Gilo. According to Haaretz, the municipality responded to criticism of the move by saying, “there have been no changes to the municipality’s policy for the past 40 years, and we will continue to build in all of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods.” Indeed, Jerusalem’s planning policies have been discriminatory from the get-go and continue to favor Israeli growth at the expense of the city’s Palestinian residents.
     After the 1967 war, Israel annexed 71 square kilometers of the West Bank to the municipality of Jerusalem. Only six and a half square kilometers of this area had been under Jordanian rule. The remaining 64.5 square kilometers belonged to 28 Palestinian towns and villages and some were part of the municipal areas of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.
     The new boundaries of Jerusalem followed political and military considerations. They were designed to include the areas of the hinterlands that were scarcely inhabited as well as the top of the mountains surrounding the city. The move reflected an effort to maximize the amount of land annexed while minimizing the Arab population in the city.
     Along with this annexation, Israel also confiscated large amounts of lands for “public purpose” i.e. building settlements. Development proceeded from the newly captured periphery towards the center of Jewish West Jerusalem, in order to consolidate Israel’s control over the city and to avoid future re-division. Since the early 1970s, the municipality has also strived for an annual population growth of 3.7% of the Jewish population in order to maintain a population ratio between Jews and Arabs similar to the one on the time of annexation. The ratio was set by an inter-ministerial committee that sat in 1972 and 1973. more.. e-mail

Israel and US Corporate Qaeda Are at It again
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Jan 2012 – By M. I. Bhat On stand alone basis 9/11 attacks were not a significant blow to the American economy, definitely far less than Katrina, if insurance claims are any indication (9/11= $39.5 billion vs Katrina= $100+ billion). However, it is what followed as the US ‘reaction’ – Afghan-Iraq wars and homeland security and associated corruption – that cost the American economy and public dearly. Even though very much suspect, Afghanistan war may have some political and security justifications. And had the US limited its war to Afghanistan, it is certain to have wound up the mission in far less time and without accumulating so much debt and without millions of Americans in desperate financial straits. But that wasn’t to be. It manufactured a stinking lie for the war on Iraq to appease the most vocal protagonists of the war– Israel and the US corporate community. As was always believed, both…more

Imperialism and the ‘Anti-Imperialism of the Fools’
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Jan 2012 – By James Petras One of the great paradoxes of history are the claims of imperialist politicians to be engaged in a great humanitarian crusade, a historic “civilizing mission” designed to liberate nations and peoples, while practicing the most barbaric conquests, destructive wars and large scale bloodletting of conquered people in historical memory. In the modern capitalist era, the ideologies of imperialist rulers vary over time, from the early appeals to “the right” to wealth, power, colonies and grandeur to later claims of a ‘civilizing mission’. More recently imperial rulers have propagated, many diverse justifications adapted to specific contexts, adversaries, circumstances and audiences. This essay will concentrate on analyzing contemporary US imperial ideological arguments for legitimizing wars and sanctions to sustain dominance. Contextualizing Imperial Ideology Imperialist propaganda varies according to whether it is directed against a competitor for global power, or whether as a justification for applying sanctions, or engaging in…more

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