VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 3 January 2012: Israeli companies can profit from West Bank resources, court rules

3 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Haniyya Meets Erdogan In Ankara
IMEMC – Head of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyya, visited the Turkish Parliament on Tuesday, and held a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who affirmed the Turkish support to the Palestinian cause. …

Report: “Israeli Jews Will Lose Majority By 2015”
IMEMC – Israeli paper, Haaretz, reported that recent Israeli and Palestinian statistics revealed that the demography in the country will significantly change by 2015, and the Jewish majority will sharply decline and the number of Arabs and Palestinians will exceed the number of Jews. …

Factions Slams Palestinian-Israeli Meeting In Amman
IMEMC – Several Palestinian factions slammed the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in the West Bank for accepting to attend a meeting with Israeli representatives in Jordan’s capital, Amman, on Tuesday. …

Ma’an News

Report: Israel issues tenders for 300 settler homes
1/3/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli ministry on Tuesday issued tenders to build 300 new homes in Jewish only settlements in the occupied West Bank, Israeli media reported. The Housing Ministry and Israel Lands Administration published the call to build 47 units in Pisgat Zeev, and 247 in Har Homa, both adjacent to….

Palestinians give borders, security proposal at Amman meet
1/3/2012 – AMMAN (Ma’an) — Palestinian envoys handed Israeli officials a proposal for resolving border and security issues at a meeting in the Jordanian capital on Tuesday attended by international Quartet delegates. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Juda said Israeli representatives promised to respond to the proposals in future meetings, which were agreed to be held in…. Related: Hamas: Peaceful resistance not applicable to Gaza and PLO to meet Israeli, Quartet envoys in Amman

Israeli forces detain 14 across West Bank
1/3/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 14 Palestinians across the West Bank early Tuesday, officials said. Witnesses told Ma’an that soldiers seized two Palestinian students as they tried to cross a flying checkpoint near Osarin village, south of Nablus. The students were named as Aasim Snober and Abdul-Minim Snober from….

Israel detains Jihad leader in northern West Bank
1/3/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a senior Islamic Jihad member from his Jenin village early Tuesday, the second party leader in the northern West Bank seized in the past month. Israeli forces raided the home of Sheikh Osama Al-Shalabi in Silat al-Dhahar village south of Jenin, before detaining the Islamic Jihad leader, locals….

Hamas: Peaceful resistance not applicable to Gaza
1/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar has cast doubt his party will take up peaceful resistance against Israel as advocated by former rivals Fatah. Under a reconciliation deal between the factions signed in May, officials called for a unified “national strategy,” and Fatah officials say that Hamas chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal agreed to adopt…. Related: Senior Fatah, Hamas leaders meet in Gaza

PA slams Israeli demolition of Gaza crossing
1/4/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority condemned Tuesday Israel’s move to demolish a closed Gaza crossing, warning it would tighten the blockade on the coastal enclave. Israeli radio station Rishet Bet reported Monday that huge explosions were heard as Israeli forces took down buildings at the Karni crossing, after the army warned….

Senior Fatah, Hamas leaders meet in Gaza
1/3/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Nabil Shaath met with Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar in Gaza City on Tuesday afternoon to progress the reconciliation deal between their parties. In a press statement, Shaath said they discussed the political detentions in Gaza and the West Bank and ways to implement the agreement, despite…. Related: Hamas: Peaceful resistance not applicable to Gaza and Hamas: PA forces detain 72 affiliates in December

Hamas: PA forces detain 72 affiliates in December
1/3/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas said Tuesday that Palestinian Authority security services are continuing to detain their affiliates in the West Bank, breaking a key tenet of the reconciliation deal with ruling PA faction Fatah. Forces in the West Bank detained 72 Hamas supporters during December 2011, a statement from Hamas’ media office…. Related: Senior Fatah, Hamas leaders meet in Gaza

Sports star, former prisoner dies in West Bank
1/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Football sensation and former detainee Zakaria Daoud Issa died in the West Bank aged 43 on Monday evening. Daoud was released from Israeli jail on Aug. 22 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He had been sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in February 2003, charged with activism for Hamas. Prior….

Israeli forces ‘detain 19-year-old girl’
1/3/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a 19-year-old girl as she returned through an Israeli military checkpoint to the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya on Tuesday afternoon, her family told Ma’an. Maha Ghazi Barham, from Kafr Qaddum village east of Qalqiliya, was travelling back after visiting her brother in Israeli….

PLO to meet Israeli, Quartet envoys in Amman
1/3/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Israeli and Palestinian envoys meet in Jordan on Tuesday alongside international mediators trying to revive their stalled peace talks, but neither side is raising hopes they can end more than a year of deadlock. Negotiations stalled in late 2010 after Israel refused to renew a partial freeze on Jewish settlement in the occupied…. Related: Abbas hopes Amman meeting will revive peace talks and Palestinians give borders, security proposal at Amman meet

Abbas hopes Amman meeting will revive peace talks
1/3/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he hopes the meeting between Palestinian and Israeli envoys in Jordan will set the basis for a revival of peace negotiations. If the Israeli government agrees on freezing settlement expansion, we will be ready to resume negotiations, the president said, at comments during the inauguration of…. Related: PLO to meet Israeli, Quartet envoys in Amman and Jailed Fatah leader says peace process ‘dead’

Jailed Fatah leader says peace process ‘dead’
1/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi said on Tuesday the movement should focus on building and reforming Palestinian institutions and peaceful resistance, as the peace process has failed. In a letter penned in jail to the Palestinian people, commemorating his Fatah party’s 47th anniversary, Barghouthi said peace negotiations with Israel….

Report: Lieberman to face indictment in January
1/3/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman will face a court hearing this month to decide whether to proceed with an indictment for fraud charges Israeli media reported on Tuesday. If the controversial hardliner is indicted at the Jan. 17-18 hearing, he is likely to give up his ministerial post….

PA seized 517 merchants for barred goods in 2011
1/4/2012 – RAMALLAH (Maan) — The consumer protection department of the Palestinian Authority referred 517 merchants to the general prosecution during 2011 for breaking laws regulating goods in the West Bank, officials said in a statement Tuesday. The unit confiscated 3 million shekels ($787,857) worth of products during the year, undersecretary in the ministry of national economy Abdul-Hafizh….

Hackers steal Israeli credit card numbers
1/3/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Computer hackers published details of thousands of active Israeli credit cards after breaking into Israeli websites, the chief executive of Israel’s largest card company said on Tuesday. Dov Kotler, CEO of Isracard, a unit of Bank Hapoalim , said in a statement that a file containing 400,000 Israeli credit card numbers had….

Was Arab refusal of the UN partition plan a mistake?
1/4/2012 – By Jalal Abukhater – My letter might be late, but late is better than never. This subject is critical and cannot be completely ignored. Two months ago, I noticed a headline on the biggest Arab, Israeli, and international newspapers and news sites, except Palestinian titles. The headlines were about a statement made by the Palestinian Authority….

Afghan Taliban say office in Qatar has been agreed
1/4/2012 – KABUL (Reuters) — The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they have reached a preliminary agreement to set up a political office in the Gulf nation of Qatar, and asked for the release of prisoners held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay. The Taliban office is seen by Western and Afghan officials as a crucial….

Egyptians head to polls in next vote round
1/3/2012 – MAHALLA EL-KUBRA, Egypt, (Reuters) — Egyptians voted in the third round of a parliamentary election on Tuesday that has so far handed Islamists the biggest share of seats in an assembly that will be central in the planned transition from army rule. Islamist groups came late to the uprising that unseated President Hosni Mubarak in February….

Iran sentences former president’s daughter to jail
1/3/2012 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — The daughter of influential former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was on Tuesday sentenced to jail and banned from political activities for “anti state propaganda” dating back to the 2009 disputed presidential election, Iranian media reported. The Islamic state has piled pressure on the opposition ahead of a parliamentary election in March 2….

Iran threatens action if US carrier returns to Gulf
1/3/2012 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — Iran threatened on Tuesday to take action if the US Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, Tehran’s most aggressive statement yet after weeks of sabre-rattling as new US and EU financial sanctions take a toll on its economy. The prospect of sanctions targeting the oil sector in a serious….

Turkey ex-army chief named suspect in anti-govt case
1/3/2012 – ANKARA (Reuters) — A former chief of Turkey’s powerful armed forces has been named as a suspect and called in for questioning by investigators probing an Internet campaign to discredit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, state media said on Tuesday. General Ilker Basbug, who retired in 2010, is the highest-ranking officer….

Five Islamists, 2 soldiers die in Yemen fighting
1/3/2012 – ADEN (Reuters) — Five Islamist fighters and two Yemeni soldiers were killed on Tuesday, a local official said, in fighting between government forces and an Islamist group that has controlled the capital of a southern province since May. The official said the army shelled fighters from a group calling itself Ansar al-Sharia and exchanged gunfire with….

Prosecutors open case against Egypt’s Mubarak
1/3/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian prosecutors seeking a conviction against Hosni Mubarak on charges of ordering the killing of protesters took the stand for the first time on Tuesday, criticizing his political record in a session brought to an abrupt end by the presiding judge. The head of the five-member prosecution team said Mubarak, 83, had succumbed….

Jordan hosts Israel-Palestinian talks
AlJazeera 3 Jan 2012 – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators gather in the Jordanian capital for their first meeting in more than 15 months.

Palestine News Network

Op Ed: What If?
PNN – by Mitri I. MuslehOne of the biggest obstacles facing the Palestinian leadership is the lack of a plan ‘B’ to any decision they make. Tuesday’s well publicized meeting hosted by Jordan and…

Op Ed: A New Year Brings No New Resolutions For Israel
PNN – by Mousa AlshanteerDespite the recent annual transition and the promises made by other nations for the new term, one nation proudly sits on its stocking of coal and laughs in the face…

Al-Masri to PNN: Meeting in Amman is Political Mistake, Gives Chance to increase Settlement
PNN – PNN On Tuesday, the political analyst, Hani al-Masri, considered the meeting that was held in Amman, capital of Jordan, between the Palestinian-Israeli Parties, as a big political mistake, because the Palestinian authority…

Saudi Pirates Hack Israeli Websites, Got Access to 400 Thousand Israeli accounts
PNN – PNN On Tuesday, Saudi Hackers penetrated Israeli websites belonged to famous Israeli athletes, and got access to private information for thousands of people from Israel. The credit cards companies started to examine…

The Patriarchate A-Towal: We Should Educate Our Youth for Peace, Justice
PNN – PNN The Patriarchate Fo’ad al-Towal said in respond to the Pop’s message for peace This message as if it is sent to us here in the holy land and the Middle East,…

Israeli Forces Raid Several Cities, Arrest 17 Palestinians, Girl among, West Bank
PNN – PNN On Tuesday, Israeli forces arrested two Youths from Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. Secure sources told Palestine government news wire Wafa that a force from the Israeli army raided Beit…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Israeli Attack on Oliva Boat at Gaza Seashore
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Thursday, 29 December 2011

PCHR Concerned over Summons and Arrests of Fatah Activists by Internal Security Service in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Wednesday, 28 December 2011

3 Years After Operation Cast Lead Justice has been Comprehensively Denied; PCHR Release 23 Narratives Documenting the Experience of Victims
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Tuesday, 27 December 2011

PCHR Condemns Killing of Palestinian Woman in Gaza to “Maintain Family Honor”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 26 December 2011

International Solidarity Movement

3 January 2009: Motee’ and Isma’il as-Selawy
1/3/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 3 January 12, Palestinian Center for Human Rights – “What affected us a lot psychologically is the fact that we were all praying in the mosque when we were attacked. The mosque is a place where we go when we need relief or when we are sad. We could never imagine them targeting us while we…. Related: Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The National

Sheikh Mohammed takes politics to the people
The National 3 Jan 2012 – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s appointment as Prime Minister and his development of Dubai has inspired many Emiratis.

Sheikh Mohammed celebrates his sixth anniversary as Ruler of Dubai
The National 3 Jan 2012 – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, described as ‘a visionary 20 years ahead of anyone else’, has transformed Dubai into a world-class city that is a model for Arab success.

Palestinians and Israelis talk in Amman, but hopes dwindle
The National 3 Jan 2012 – Negotiators meet for the first time in more than a year, amid gloomy hopes that the peace process can be revived.

Assad: friend or foe of the Kurds?
The National 3 Jan 2012 – Syria’s suppressed Kurdish minority seems to be hedging its bets during the uprising, siding with neither the regime of Bashar Al Assad nor the groups keen to overthrow him until they can determine which side will offer the most benefits.

Free Syrian Army vows to intensify resistance as observer mission stutters
The National 3 Jan 2012 – The commander of Syria’s rebels threatens to step up attacks on President Bashar Al Assad’s forces.

FNC tackles new child law
The National 3 Jan 2012 – FNC members discussed, point by point, new adoption legislation.

US rejects Iran warning to keep vessel out of Gulf
The National 3 Jan 2012 – Iranian General Ataollah Salehi, speaking as a 10-day Iranian naval exercise ended near the Strait of Hormuz, told a US aircraft carrier, the USS John C Stennis, not to come back.

Lessons on drug danger to be taught in schools
The National 3 Jan 2012 – A drug awareness programme from the Abu Dhabi Education Council will instruct parents, teachers and pupils alike on how to protect children from drug abuse.

Pakistani and Afghan Taliban groups set up council to coordinate attacks
The National 3 Jan 2012 – A spokesman from the Pakistani Taliban says fighting will be stepped up in March.

Uterus surgery frees girl from pain
The National 3 Jan 2012 – A 13-year-old Sharjah girl was born with two sets of reproductive organs.

100-year-old Irish boat makes Abu Dhabi debut
The National 3 Jan 2012 – The Nora Bheag arrives at the capital’s Volvo Ocean Race Destination Village.

Nakheel says it is still owed Dh58m in unpaid service fees
The National 3 Jan 2012 – Owners at the Shoreline Palm Jumeirah development are being charged fees that have not been approved by the Government.


Top designer descends on Israel for one delicious show
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Iowa Caucuses: Close race between Romney and Santorum
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Haredi boy attacked in suspected Jerusalem hate crime
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

IDF officer gave court false info to keep right-wing activists in custody
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Israeli parents urge minister to cancel school trips to West Bank
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Ahmadinejad: Israel’s attempts to ‘Judaize’ Jerusalem will bring about its end
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Israeli, Palestinian envoys agree to meet again in Jordan next week
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Israel mulls espionage charges against Jewish West Bank activists
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

U.S. Republican candidates get personal under the shadow of the Iowa caucuses
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Jailed Fatah leader Barghouti: Peace process with Israel is dead
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Elie Wiesel: Haredi ‘Holocaust’ protest in Israel was a ‘vile sight’
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

U.S. says will continue to deploy warships in Persian Gulf despite Iranian threats
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Tel Aviv named one of the world’s ‘most creative cities’
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Abbas: Israel will face ‘hard measures’ if attempt to revive peace talks fails
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Iowa gives U.S. presidential race a traditionally quirky kick off
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Israel announces contentious Jerusalem construction ahead of peace talks meet
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Ultra-Orthodox Jews publish image of Jerusalem police chief depicted as Hitler
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Iran threatens to take action if U.S. carrier returns to Persian Gulf
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2012

Syria opposition leader: In post-Assad era, Damascus would likely end its alliance with Iran
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

After five decades of neglect, disabled Holocaust survivor says treasury owes her NIS 700,000
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Lieberman indictment hearing set for January 17
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Israeli, Palestinian officials due to meet in Jordan
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Israel Police close internal probe into use of banned ‘pretzel hold’ method
Ha’aretz – 2 Jan 2012

Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu pledges free toddler education in fall
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – PM reiterated promise that pre-school education will become free for children ages three and four by start of new school year.

Advocacy groups file petition against Dead Sea deal
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – Advocacy groups filed a petition against a government deal regarding the upcoming salt harvest and royalties paid to the Dead Sea Works.

Haifa launches $4.5m. project to guide parents
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – Program seeks to affect the lives of Israeli children by reaching out to the ones they’re closest to: their parents.

Hearing loss occurring at much younger ages
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – TAU researchers: One in four teens is in danger due to personal listening devices.

Outsourced social workers still waiting for wage hike
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – A year after strike, their average pay is just NIS 30 an hour.

NIS 100,000 fine levied on Dolphin Reef for coral damage
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – Eilat Magistrate’s Court imposes fine for harming the coral in the Red Sea bay by crushing the organisms with rocks and dirt.

Jerusalem to transform waste ‘from nuisance to resource’
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee plans to establish treatment facility in Jerusalem industrial area.

Early Iowa returns show tight three-way Republican race
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – Santorum, Romney and Paul lead the pack as first returns in Republican primary contest are counted; Gingrich ahead of Texas Gov. Perry for fourth place.

Court says son who killed mother cannot inherit estate
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – Kfar Saba Family Court says man who stabbed his mother 66 times is not entitled to her estate.

Father of Oshrenko family murderer gets two years
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Oleg Karlik disposed of murder weapon, bloody towel and cell phones.

TA eatery may pay after spat over guide dog
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – NIS 60,000 civil suit filed after blind IDF veteran Mordechai Levy-Talmy is told to sit outside.

Palestinians trying to avoid PA graft probe
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Fearing clampdown by anti-corruption commission, Palestinians emptying bank accounts in Jordan to avoid PA graft probe.

Germany seeks arrest of Syrian in death of Arab Israeli
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Public prosecutor’s office seek arrest of a Syrian medical student for killing an Arab-Israeli woman last month.

‘Syrian opposition may soon topple Assad’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Top IDF officer says growing signs that Syrian opposition is stabilizing and will topple Assad in coming months.

Governance group petitions top court over ‘Grunis Law’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Movement for Quality Government files urgent petition, saying law would damage judicial independence.

PA police: Musician mocked statehood, so we stopped show
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Musician forced to stop his performance New Year’s performance after allegedly mocking PA statehood bid.

Feiglin followers get orders for Likud race
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Feiglin says supporters should not be afraid to vote for an underdog ahead of effort to unseat Netanyahu as Likud chairman.

Senator queries Obama on Iran sanctions
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Senator Mark Kirk challenges president on statement that he might treat aspects of law as “non-binding.”

Egyptians take to polls for final round of voting
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Islamists look to solidify parliamentary control; analyst: Everyone believes army must return to barracks, but no one agrees how.

Rand Paul: My father is misunderstood on Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s son tells ‘Post’ his father’s positions Iranian nuclear threat in line with Israel’s.

Analysis: All it took was one badly guarded website
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – ‘Defense is only as strong as its weakest link’ is an axiom that holds truer in today’s Internet-dependent world.

Credit card firms scramble to protect hacking victims
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Hackers post thousands of Israeli credit card numbers online; Bank of Israel recommends customers monitor accounts.

Turkey’s FM to visit Iran for talks on nuke, Syria
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Davutoglu’s visit described as being in framework of regular talks, comes at a time of key changes in region for 2 powers.

Electricity prices set to rise nearly 9%
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Public Utilities Authority must approve agreement, which will raise prices starting February.

Israel, PA agree to meet again next week
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Before meeting in Jordan, Abbas warns of “hard measures” if Israel doesn’t accept the PA’s demands.

Dutch rabbi: Circumcision will be targeted after Shechita
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Religious Services Ministry calls on PM, FM to make issue a priority and warn of consequences for European nations.

Police slam depiction of police chief as Hitler
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Flyer also features photos of Jewish prisoners from Holocaust contrasted with images of protest in Mea Shearim.

Religious councils
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – The system suffers from all the built-in ills that afflict state-run endeavors: bureaucracy, lack of service ethos.

Everyone is fighting a different battle in Beit Shemesh
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Many secular Jews possess the absurd belief that all haredim, or even all religious Jews, are of the same mindset as the extremists.

Just what Israel needs – more Jewish sushi chefs
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Yalla Peace: My real question though is, can investing in sushi chefs create peace?

Iran’s Strait of Hormuz: A challenge to US policy
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Iran would probably not keep the strait closed for long, but it could harass shipping in the area for an extended period of time.

Terra Incognita: Rethinking the global economy in 2012
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – The economic forecast for this year isn’t all bad, but there are definitely changes in the air.

Is Newt Gingrich good for the Jews?
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – My gut reaction is that he so weighed down by personal baggage that his candidacy will ultimately evaporate.

Fuerza Bruta to take Tel Aviv by force
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Imagine combination of Cirque du Soleil’s fantastical journey, Blue Man Group’s visceral flamboyance, and a NYC nightclub.

US: Iran threats show sanctions starting to bite
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – White House: Threats show weakness, isolation; in latest of a series of military gestures, Tehran threatens US over Gulf.

The ‘Jerusalem Post’ and me….
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – In the course of our relationship, I went from being a restless ingenue to a double car-seat-wielding mother.

‘Palestinians are biggest winners of Arab Spring’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Speaking in Turkey, Hamas leader says Palestinians to win big from rise of Islamists to power.

Zoabi suspended from Knesset for one day
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Balad MK punished by Ethics C’tee for shoving an usher after being asked to leave Knesset for interrupting.

CITYsights: Innovation and inspiration
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – The Bloomfield Science Museums provides a great day out for both children and parents.

Faces of poverty
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Individuals share their stories of how poverty has taken a grip on their everyday lives.

BoI: Hacking victims won’t bear responsibility
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Hackers post thousands of Israeli credit card numbers online; Bank of Israel recommends customers monitor accounts.

Doing Design: Coming home
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – After living in Milan and London, industrial designer Rona Meyuchas is back in Israel doing what she does best.

Taming the tempest in a teapot
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Israel may be like one big family, but we must work to get past our familial dysfunctions.

14,000 credit cards affected in cyber attack
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Hackers post 1,000s of Israeli card numbers online; card companies reassure costumers victims will be compensated.

Egypt: Polls open in third round of elections
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2012 – Concluding round of voting to lower house of parliament set to take in parts of south, which has largest proportion of Christian voters.

The Guardian

Israeli companies can profit from West Bank resources, court rules
The Guardian 3 Jan 2012 – Supreme court says international law does not fit the ‘reality on the ground’ of long-term Israeli occupation Israeli companies are entitled to exploit the West Bank’s natural resources for economic gain, according to a supreme court…

Inter Press Service

IRAN: Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack
IPS President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are engaged in intense maneuvering over Netanyahu’s aim of entangling the United States in an Israeli war against Iran.


Film footage from Palestine back in 1896
Uruknet January 3, 2012 – It is becoming a trend among influential GOP candidates to call out the Palestinian people as “invented” or even “non-existent”. First we had Republican candidate Newt Gingrich calling the Palestinians an “invented people”. Another rising star, Republican candidate Rick Santorum, has also said “There is no Palestine”. But I won’t really bother…

Report: Israel issues tenders for 300 settler homes
Uruknet January 3, 2012 — An Israeli ministry on Tuesday issued tenders to build 300 new homes in Jewish only settlements in the occupied West Bank, Israeli media reported. The Housing Ministry and Israel Lands Administration published the call to build 47 units in Pisgat Zeev, and 247 in Har Homa, both adjacent to East Jerusalem, after…

Iranian Army commander warns against return of U.S. aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf
Uruknet January 3, 2012 — Iran’s Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi warned on Tuesday against the return of the U.S. aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The U.S. aircraft carrier had left the Persian Gulf to the Sea of Oman during Iran’s recent navy drill in the Strait of Hormuz,…

Gaza Strip – Operation Cast Lead Aftermath : Motee’ and Isma’il as-Selawy
Uruknet January 3, 2012 – On 3 January 2009, at around 17:20, during prayer time, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the western entrance of al-Maqadma mosque in Jabaliya refugee camp. In the attack, 15 worshipers were killed and hundreds were injured. “In every prayer I remember what happened in the mosque that day. I remember…

Six killed as Libyan fighters clash in Tripoli
Uruknet January 3, 2012 – At least six people died when two groups of former rebel fighters clashed in the centre of Libya’s capital Tripoli early Tuesday, Al Arabiya broadcaster reported. Clashes broke out between fighters under the military council of the transitional government and ‘rebel brigades’ from outside Tripoli, who are stationed at the former department…

Libyan militia gun battle in Tripoli kills two
Uruknet January 3, 2012 – – Two fighters were killed when Libyan militias fought a gun battle across one of Tripoli’s busiest streets on Tuesday, in a fresh sign that the new government is struggling to assert control in the post-Gaddafi era. Tripoli-based former rebels controlling a security compound in the capital fought an hour-long gun battle…

Syria News – January 2, 2012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – Monday in Syria ended with 26 martyrs including a female child. 11 martyrs in Homs, 6 in Idlib [Idlib the city,Jabal Al-Zawiyah , Areha & Saraqeb] , 5 martyrs in Damascus Suburbs [“2 in Shefonieh and a martyr each in Daraya, Arben and Abbadah”] , 3 martyrs in Hama [Misyaf, Salamieh and Mazraf] and a…

Final Curtain: Obama Signs Indefinite Detention of Citizens Into Law As Final Act of 2011
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of…

PFLP: Israeli, Palestinian meet ‘grave mistake’
Uruknet January 2, 2011 — 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 Sunday: “This is…

Nabi Saleh’s Balloon Release for Gaza
Uruknet January 2, 2011 – My friend Amra Amra informed me that the Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights were planning on commemorating the third year since the massacre on Gaza, which Israel dubbed as Operation Cast Lead, by releasing balloons with the name of each child killed attached- a total of 344. One of the coordinators asked…

Leslie Gelb’s misdiagnosis
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – War Cheerleader Leslie Gelb is back with another ahistorical column in which he hears Iraq sneeze and diagnoses cancer. “How To Save Iraq” brags the headline of Gelb’s column, no doubt reminding many of how Leslie’s last attempt to ‘save’ Iraq was to cheerlead the impending illegal war. He wants to insist, “…

Obama’s change: From kidnapping and torture to assassination
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – The promise to scrap his predecessor’s hardliner war-on-terror policies, which helped Barack Obama win presidential election, is apparently off the table. The political reality is that the current administration is doing quite the opposite thing. Long before he became US president or the winner of a Noble Peace Prize, Barack Obama was…

On anniversary of Gaza war, we will remember IDF soldiers who destroyed Palestinian families
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – 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…

On the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of Guantánamo, Kuwaiti Mothers Appeal for Release of Their Sons
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – Fatimah Al-Kandari has not seen her son Fayiz Al-Kandari in more than 10 years, but her thoughts are possessed by him. She sees Fayiz in every face. She thinks she hears him at times speaking to her. There is no room for anything else in Fatimah Al-Kandari’s life but her son. Soad…

Gaza Strip – Operation Cast Lead Aftermath : Eyad al-Astal
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – 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…

The War in Iraq is Not Over
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – …Although it is an important and significant milestone, the withdrawal of troops from Iraq does not necessarily signify an end to occupation. The US footprint is still heavy in the form of corporate contractors who employ indentured servants (under the euphemism “third country nationals”) and mercenaries without oversight, accountability, or transparency. The…

Armed with M-16s, Israeli teenagers detain Palestinians
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – The Israeli daily Haaretz reports that several dozens of Israeli teenagers have been trained and armed with M-16s in order to help Israeli Border Police, known as Magav, catch undocumented Palestinian laborers from the West Bank…The children and young adults, who range in age from 16 to 18, are local high school…

Why the Libyans Have Fallen Out of Love with Qatar
Uruknet January 2, 2012 – When Libya’s cashed-strapped rebels needed financial support to bankroll their revolution last spring, they did not look to Western powers such as the U.S. and England for aid. Instead they turned to tiny Qatar. The Persian Gulf emirate provided the struggling rebels everything from weapons to heating oil. During the eight-month revolution,…

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…

Daily Star

Lebanon receives, treats 50 Libyans
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Fifty wounded Libyans arrived at Rafik Hariri International Airport Tuesday to receive treatment at two hospitals in the country as part of a Lebanese-Libyan humanitarian project.

Syrian army deserters kill 18, activist group says
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Syrian army deserters killed at least 18 members of Syria’s security forces in the southern province of Deraa.

Greece: No second bailout, no euro
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Negotiations in the next three or four months with international debt monitors will “determine everything.”

‘The Sims’ designer creating new game for real life
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Rather than controlling virtual people or creating space creatures, the protagonist of “HiveMind” is the actual player.

U.K. artist, St. Trinian’s creator Searle dies aged 91
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 British cartoonist Ronald Searle, best known for his spiky drawings of the tearaway pupils of the fictional girls school St. Trinian’s, has died in southern France aged 91, his daughter said on Tuesday.

Row over Ghosn claims not aimed at army: Hariri
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Former PM Saad Hariri accused Marada movement head MP Suleiman Franjieh of trying to create discord between the Lebanese and their army over claims that Al-Qaeda is operating in Lebanon.

Aretha Franklin joins list of stars getting engaged
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Queen of Soul singer Aretha Franklin has become the latest celebrity to announce an engagement over the holidays, joining a list including Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and basketball superstar LeBron James.

Israel to build wall along Blue Line: reports
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Israel’s army will begin building a 1-kilometer security wall along the border of its northernmost village with Lebanon to prevent potential clashes in the area, media reports said early this week.

Moroccan king names Islamist-led cabinet
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 King Mohammed on Tuesday awarded cabinet posts to moderate Islamists for the first time.

Nigeria gas price protest turns violent in Lagos
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 An angry mob protesting spiraling fuel prices assaulted a soldier while police shot another man at the demonstration.

Shura Council rejects minimum wage increase
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 The Shura Council rejected Tuesday Cabinet’s third wage hike proposal, citing a violation of the country’s social security laws.

Body found on Queen Elizabeth’s country estate
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 The remains were found on Sunday afternoon by a member of the public.

Five Islamists, 2 soldiers die in Southern Yemen fighting
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Yemeni troops killed five fighters from an Islamist group that has controlled the capital of a southern province since May.

Syria ruling party to hold 11th congress
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Syria’s ruling Baath party said that it will hold its 11th party congress next month.

Gaza’s Hamas PM warmly welcomed in Turkish parliament
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 The Palestinian leader received a standing ovation from the ranks of the Justice and Development Party.

Saudi hackers disclose Israeli credit card number
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 The hackers called the cyber attack a “gift to the world for the New Year” that they hoped “would hurt the Zionist pocket.”

Syrian rebel leader threatens to escalate attacks
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 The commander of Syrian armed rebels threatened to wait only a few days before escalating operations with a new style of attack.

Israelis, Palestinians to meet but prospects bleak
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 The Palestinians have set a Jan. 26 deadline for peace talks to resume.

Syrian journalist dies of gunshot to head
Daily Star 3 Jan 2012 Syrian journalist Shukri Ahmad Ratib Abu Burghul died Monday in a Damascus hospital from wounds sustained from a gunshot wound to the head.

YNet News

IDF nabs 4 wanted Palestinians in West Bank
YNet News, 4 Jan 2012 – ….

Santorum, Romney lead tight Iowa race
YNet News, 4 Jan 2012 – ….

Turkey’s Davutoglu visits Iran, talk on nuke, Syria
YNet News, 3 Jan 2012 – ….

Hamas: Jordan talks a complete farce
YNet News, 3 Jan 2012 – ….

IDF Soldier lightly injured in leg from discharged bullet
YNet News, 3 Jan 2012 – ….

We’re no worse than others
YNet News, 3 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Israeli tourists no worse than other nationalities; we should stop blaming ourselves ….

An orgy of hatred
YNet News, 3 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Amnon Levy slams blatant, seemingly liberal incitement against the haredim ….

Not at my expense
YNet News, 3 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Solution to religious clash is simple – government should stop financing haredim ….

Palestinian Information Center

Center: Death of Issa proves Israel’s criminal practices against prisoners
PIC – The Palestinian center for the defense of prisoners has said that the death of liberated prisoner Zakaria Issa proves the criminal behavior of Israel against Palestinian prisoners.

IOA confiscates 13 dunums of Jerusalem land
PIC – The IOA has issued orders for the confiscation of 13 dunums of Palestinian land in Wadi Al-Jouz in occupied Jerusalem, the Quds center for social and economic rights said on Tuesday.

IOF soldiers round up six Palestinians
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained four West Bank Palestinians at dawn Tuesday and two Jerusalemites, including a young woman, on Monday night, local sources said.

Ekmeleddin appeals for urgent medical aid to Gaza
PIC – Secretary-general of the organization of Islamic cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has made an urgent appeal to humanitarian organizations to provide emergency medical assistance to the Gaza Strip.

Hamas: PA security detained 72 of our cadres last month
PIC – Hamas Movement said the mass detention of its cadres, supporters and citizens by the Palestinian security forces did not stop but increased despite the reconciliation agreement.

The Camp David treaty is not a sacred text
PIC – It is quite heartening that leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brothers are speaking of their disdain and contempt of the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Undercover Israeli soldiers kidnap Palestinian child
PIC – Undercover Israeli security forces kidnapped a Palestinian child in Aisawiye, to the north east of occupied Jerusalem, on Tuesday evening, local sources said.

IOA to build hundreds of new settlement units in West Bank, Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has published new tenders for the construction of hundreds of settlement units in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Radwan: The peace talks with Israelis a waste of time
PIC – Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan slammed the meetings taking place between the Palestinian authority and Israelis as frivolous and a waste of time.


Palestinians Hand Israelis Proposals on Security, Borders
WAFA – 20:52-AMMAN, January 3, 2012 (WAFA) – Palestinian negotiators attending a Quartet meeting in the Jordanian capital Amman on Tuesday submitted proposals on security and borders to their Israeli counterparts,…

Israel to Seize 169 Dunums of Land near Salfit
WAFA – 13:59-SALFIT, January 3, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Tuesday handed notices to landowners in Iskaka, a village in the Salfit area, north of the West Bank, that they plan to seize 169 dunums of their l…

Abbas: Israel Must Meet Obligations to Resume negotiations
WAFA – 13:53-RAMALLAH, January 3, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday said that when Israel recognizes the terms of reference of the peace process and halt all settlement activities, “then we are ready t…

Israeli Teens Enjoy Arresting Palestinians
WAFA – 13:42-JERUSALEM, January 3, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli teenagers trained to search for and arrest Palestinian workers in Israel said they enjoy arresting Palestinian, according to a report published Tuesday in t…

Cabinet Supports Decision to Complain Settlements to Security Council
WAFA – 13:15-RAMALLAH, January 3, 2012 (WAFA) – The Palestinian cabinet said Tuesday that it supports the PLO decision to complain to the United Nations Security Council and the Arab League about Israeli settlemen…

Nine Palestinians Arrested in West Bank
WAFA – 12:20-WEST BANK, January 3, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday arrested nine Palestinians from across the West Bank, according to security sources. Sources told WAFA that Israeli forces arrested two Pale…

Advocacy Group: Israel to Expand Settlements
WAFA – 11:05-JERUSALEM, January 3, 2012 (WAFA) – The Civic Coalition for Defending Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (CCDPRJ) Tuesday said in a statement that Israeli newspapers published tenders for the expansion o…

Balance of Payment Deficit Drops by 50% in Q3
WAFA – 10:59- RAMALLAH, January 3, 2012 (WAFA) – Balance of payment deficit for the Palestinian Territory dropped by more than 50% in third quarter 2011 compared to the previous quarter, a joint Palestinian Cen …

Intifada Palestine

The American-Iranian Cold War in the Middle East and the Threat of A Broader War
Intifada-Palestine: 3 Jan 2012 – by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya 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… more

2012 Campaign: The United States of “Israel”?
Intifada-Palestine: 3 Jan 2012 – Nour Rida Its 2012, the presidential battle in the United States of America started its real warm up. Since the current US President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he has only been adding up more stories to the “Tell some… more


Onetime Mubarak foes move closer to power as Egyptians vote again
LA Times 3 Jan 2012 – The third round of voting for parliament, balloting the Muslim Brotherhood has led, takes place as former President Hosni Mubarak faces charges of corruption and complicity in protester deaths. It was a day of fortunes turned inside out: The Muslim Brotherhood, persecuted for decades by…

U.S. Reverses Policy in Reaching Out to Muslim Brotherhood
New York Times 3 Jan 2012 – The shift in reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood as its party leads in Egypt’s voting acknowledges a new political reality there and around the Middle East.

Iran Warns U.S. Aircraft Carrier Not to Return to the Gulf
New York Times 3 Jan 2012 – The warning, by Iran’s army chief, was the latest and most aggressive volley in a near-daily exchange of barbed statements between Iran and the United States.

Rise of Political Islam Alters Israeli and Palestinian Talks
New York Times 3 Jan 2012 – Talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Jordan are taking place in a region in which political Islam is emerging as a potentially transformative force.

Syria Killings Continue Despite Observers
New York Times 3 Jan 2012 – The Arab League plans for a total of 110 monitors in Syria by week’s end, but activists say hundreds or thousands are needed.

Erbil Journal: Anxious Turning Point for Kurds in Iraq
New York Times 3 Jan 2012 – Kurdistan, the region of Iraq whose fortunes improved as a result of American involvement, is at an anxious turning point now that the troops are gone and a political crisis has emerged.

Egyptians Vote in Final Round of Parliamentary Elections
New York Times 3 Jan 2012 – The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s mainstream Islamist party, edged closer to winning a majority of seats in the lower house of Parliament as voters went to the polls Tuesday.

Israeli government mounts major attack on democratic rights
WSWS – Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition has initiated legislation aimed at stifling criticism of the ruling elite, curbing freedom of speech, and limiting the powers of the judiciary.

VIDEO: Activists protest massive new Shu’fat checkpoint
Mondoweiss – On Sunday, December 18, refugees from Shu’fat refugee camp and Israeli activists protested the opening of a new Jerusalem five-lane checkpoint.  The Alternative Information Center (AIC) notes that the checkpoint will block the 50,000 residents of Shu’fat refugee camp, from the remainder of the city. This…

Parsi: Israeli pressure helped scuttle Obama overtures to Iran
Mondoweiss – Barack Obama signed the Iran sanctions bill into law on Saturday , significantly intensifying economic pressure on the country. The latest news from the Financial Times is worrisome: Iran made a fresh move to ratchet up tensions with the west on Tuesday, sending oil prices higher when…

Bill Kristol’s group pictures Obama in front of Western Wall seemingly soaked in blood
Mondoweiss – Emergency Committee for Israel ad This ad appeared with Josh Nathan-Kazis’s great reporting on the Emergency Committee for Israel’s Super PAC at The Forward.  (I cannot find the image at the ECI site. ) Incitement? This follows the last ad from the ECI , which said that Obama…

383 Palestinian children arrested in 2011, 15 in the last week alone
Mondoweiss – link to www.haaretz.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.alternativenews.org link to www.richardsilverstein.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.maannews.net ‘—> link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to palsolidarity.org link to www.richardsilverstein.com link to us.rd.yahoo.com link to www.imemc.org link to www.youtube.com link to www.aljazeera.com (…

Israeli Supreme Court: Israeli companies are entitled to West Bank natural resources; international law must adapt to long-term occupation
Mondoweiss – An Israeli-owned rock quarry near the West Bank settlement Anatot. (Photo: AP/Sebastian Scheiner) The Israeli Supreme Court has decided that Israeli companies are entitled to exploit the natural resources in the occupied territories saying international law must adapt to the ‘reality on the ground’ of long-term…

Shin Bet Chief Calls Price Tag Attackers ‘Terrorists’
Tikun Olam – The far-right Israeli government, including its leader Bibi Netanyahu, has pointedly refused to use the “T” word in describing the violent price tag attacks by extremist settlers against Palestinian sacred sites.  In a development that is sure to raise eyebrows in Israel and create a fracture…

Rabbi Rotter’s Persecution Complex and Pedophilia Obsession
Tikun Olam – A few days ago, following on the heels of Moni Dvir’s blog post about “Rabbi” (more on the scare quotes later) Yeshayahu Rotter, I published further details about the personal and political history of the founder of the major radical-right Israeli internet portal, Rotter.net.  Among other…

Keep me from seeing the truth!
Voltaire Network 2 Jan 2012 – The Western and Gulf press focus on the motion of the Arab Parliament calling for the withdrawal of the Arab League monitors deployed in Syria because their presence endorses the version of events promoted by Assad. Note that: The Arab Parliament is an advisory body of…

Egypt: Local Companies to Participate in Iraq Reconstruction
allAfrica.com 3 Jan 2012 – Egypt Online (Cairo)-Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri entrusted yesterday 1/1/2012 several ministers with visiting Baghdad next week to reach agreements with Iraqi officials to participate effectively in the reconstruction of Iraq which will cost $ 500 billion.

Sudan: Minister of Justice Meets Palestinian Counterpart
allAfrica.com 3 Jan 2012 – SNA (Khartoum)-Minister of Justice, Mohamed Bushara Dosa reviewed, Sunday with his Palestinian counterpart, Mohamed Farah spheres of cooperation between the two countries in justice and legal fields.

Sudan: President Al-Bashir Receives Mishaal and Hanniya and Review Developments in Palestinian Question
allAfrica.com 3 Jan 2012 – SNA (Khartoum)-President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, Thursday received at the Guest House a high-level delegation of the Palestinian HAMAS movement, co-headed by chairman of the movement’s Political Bureau, Khalid Mishaal, and the leader of HAMAS, Ismail Hanniya.

Egypt: Borhami – Salafists Study Camp David Treaty Review
allAfrica.com 3 Jan 2012 – Aswat Masriya (London)-Salafists are looking into a review of international treaties, especially Camp David treaty as it includes a clause stating the recognition of Israel, deputy head of Salafist Call group, Yasser Borhami, said. This contravenes with the group’s principles, he added.

Hasn’t the Anti-Semitism Charge Been Trivialized Enough?

The Magnes Zionist 3 Jan 2012 – Is calling somebody an “Israel Firster” anti-Semitic? Is accusing somebody of “dual loyalty” anti-Semitic? Does it smack of anti-Semitism to refer to Israeli “apartheid”? Of course not, unless you want to trivialize anti-Semitism beyond belief, or unless you want to put very reasonable and widely held beliefs…

Iran sanctions ‘starting to bite’
BBC 3 Jan 2012 – The US says threats by Iran to restrict Gulf shipping in the event of further sanctions shows international pressure is ‘beginning to bite’.

Syrian army deserters ‘kill 18’
BBC 3 Jan 2012 – At least 18 members of President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces are killed by army deserters in Syria, a human rights group says.

Militias clash in Libyan capital
BBC 3 Jan 2012 – Four people are killed and at least five injured in a firefight in the centre of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as militiamen tried to free prisoners held there.

Iran jails Rafsanjani’s daughter
BBC 3 Jan 2012 – The daughter of the former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is sentenced to six months in prison for producing anti-regime propaganda.

The Massacre of Kurds in Sirnak: Turkish State Terror in Action (ca, fr)
A-infos 3 Jan 2012 – This unjustifiable carnage has again exposed the true face of state terrorism in Turkey. This slaughter exposes the hypocrisy of Erdogan, whose regime has its hands soaked in Kurdish blood while he speaks cynically of human rights in other countries. But it also highlights the hypocrisy…


3 January 2009: Motee’ and Isma’il as-Selawy
Palestinian Center for Human Rights 1/3/2012
      “What affected us a lot psychologically is the fact that we were all praying in the mosque when we were attacked. The mosque is a place where we go when we need relief or when we are sad. We could never imagine them targeting us while we are praying in the mosque.”
     On 3 January 2009, at around 17:20, during prayer time, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the western entrance of al-Maqadma mosque in Jabaliya refugee camp. In the attack, 15 worshipers were killed and hundreds were injured.
     “In every prayer I remember what happened in the mosque that day. I remember where I saw dismembered arms, legs and other body parts lying on the floor. I can still see our relatives and friends scattered around the praying room”, says sheikh Motee’ as-Selawy (49) as he puts his head in his hands. He was standing on the sheikh’s podium delivering a speech to the worshipers as the missile hit the entrance. “I had a direct line of sight to the door of the mosque and I saw pieces of red shrapnel flying towards us through the doorway,” he recalls.
     The extended as-Selawy family, who live together in one big house opposite the mosque, lost five of its members, all of whom were praying in the mosque when it was attacked: Ahmad Isma’il (22), Mohammed Mousa Isma’il (12), Ibrahim Mousa Aissa (44), Hani Mohammed (8), and ‘Omar Abdel Hafez as-Selawy (27).
     Motee’s brother, Ismai’l Mousa as-Selawy (53), lost his oldest son, Ahmad Isma’il, in the attack. “I cry every day for my son. I have been suffering a lot over the past three years. He was everything for our family. I visit the grave of my son once or twice a week at least. I remember him in every moment, whether I am at home, in the mosque or somewhere else”, says Isma’il.
     “We miss our killed relatives on all occasions. Our family lives in the same building and we used to have a lot of fun together. Now we visit their graves”, adds Motee’. more.. e-mail

Was Arab refusal of the UN partition plan a mistake?
Jalal Abukhater, Ma’an News Agency 1/4/2012
      My letter might be late, but late is better than never. This subject is critical and cannot be completely ignored. Two months ago, I noticed a headline on the biggest Arab, Israeli, and international newspapers and news sites, except Palestinian titles.
     The headlines were about a statement made by the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, where he expressed that he believes the Arab refusal of the UN partition plan 181 in 1947, was a mistake.
     In an interview with the Israeli Channel Two, President Abbas said: “At that time, 1947, there was Resolution 181, the partition plan, Palestine and Israel. Israel existed. Palestine diminished. Why? […] I know, I know. It was our mistake. It was our mistake. It was an Arab mistake as a whole. But do they punish us for this mistake (for) 64 years?”
     I would understand if the president, after he saw the results of the Israeli occupation today, would want to go back to the year 1947 to adopt the partition plan, because that would mean a larger territory for the Palestinian state to be created on.
     But, was the refusal a mistake? If the Arabs accepted, would it be guaranteed that the Zionist movement will accept what is less that the whole Palestinian territory?
     Frankly, I consider the president’s statement faulting the Arab and Palestinian stance refusing to abide with an unlawful resolution which takes away the Palestinians’ right to self-determination, to be a very dangerous statement which certainly deserves my comments.
     Any rational person would see that if the partition plan was applied and fully respected by both sides, Palestinians would be living in a paradise compared to the miserable situation we live in today under occupation. more.. e-mail

VIDEO – Women fight religious segregation in Israel
Lia Tarachansky, The Real News Network, Israeli Occupation Archive 1/3/2012
      Secular vs religious tensions rise as women fight segregation in Jewish Halacha law
     On New Year’s Eve, thousands of Ultra Orthodox men came out in protest of what they called religious prosecution. In recent weeks, tensions in Israel between religious and secular Jews escalated after Israel’s main TV news, Channel 2 filed a report. It showed Ultra Orthodox men in the city of Beit Shemesh attacking an 8-year old Orthodox girl for not dressing modestly enough. The report sparked nation-wide outrage and brought thousands to Beit Shemesh in protest. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke to Rabbi Uri Regev of Hiddush as well as to Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni, the leader of the opposition and MK Sheli Yechimovitch, the leader of the Labor Party.
     LIA TARACHANSKY, TRNN: I’m Lia Tarachansky with The Real News in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem. On New Year’s Eve, thousands of Ultra Orthodox men came out in protest of what they called religious prosecution. To emphasize that point they wore yellow Stars of David, with the word Juden, a throw back to Nazi Germany. Because the Ultra Orthodox Haredi community is hierarchal many refused to be interviewed on camera. Ultra Orthodox women do not speak to the media and being a woman myself, I could not interview the men, therefore a male friend had to convey my questions. When we were finally able to convince a group of men to speak with us it was on the condition that we not film their faces.
     ULTRA ORTHODOX RESIDENT OF MEA SHEARIM: We’re very reluctant to speak to the media. We feel in the past few days we’ve had bad stuff in the media against us. We feel that the media is out to get us, they’re out to paint us in a black picture, that we’re parasites, we’re against women, that we do all kinds of crazy things that we actually don’t do. That’s why we’re reluctant to speak to the media. — See also: Source: The Real News Network more.. e-mail

Anwar and Haneen: two beautiful girls murdered by Israel
Electronic Intifada: 3 Jan 2012 – Sarah Ali The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip Were 13-year-old Anwar and five-year-old Haneen terrorists? What could possibly explain the Israeli army’s targeting of children during its invasion of Gaza three years ago?more

Much to Forgive: The Story of Bibi Sadia
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jan 2012 – By Kathy Kelly and the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers – Kabul Bibi Sadia and her husband Baba share a humble home with their son, his wife and their two little children. An Afghan human rights advocate suggested that we listen to Bibi’s stories and learn more about how a Pashto family has tried to survive successive tragedies in Kabul. Holding her three year old granddaughter in her arms, Bibi adjusted her hijab and launched into a narrative that began during the Soviet occupation. The mujahideen had asked Baba to bring them medicines two or three times a week for those injured in the war. For each batch of medicines that Baba delivered, the mujahideen paid him a small sum of money. When the Russian occupiers discovered what he was doing, they beat him severely. After that, the mujahideen accused him of spying for the Russians and they also beat him…more

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