VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 5 January 2012: Israeli Photo For al-Aqsa Mosque Without The Dome Of The Rock

5 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli government pays students to spread propaganda online
IMEMC – The Israeli government has launched a program to pay students to promote the Israeli agenda on Facebook and internet chatrooms. …

EU Grants P.A €47.7 M. For December Salaries
IMEMC – The European Union will be transferring approximately €47.7 Million to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank in order to enable it pay December benefits to nearly 85.000 government employees and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. …

Troops Kidnap 3 Palestinians In Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the southern West Bank city of Hebron and kidnapped three Palestinians. Soldiers also invaded a number of nearby towns and villages, and installed several roadblocks. …

French Court To Look Into File Of Child Shot In His Father’s Arms
IMEMC – A French court will be looking into the case of Mohammad Ad-Dorra, 12, who was killed after being repeatedly shot, on September 30, 2000, while seeking shelter from Israeli military fire in his father’s lap; the father was also shot by several rounds. …

Israeli settlers suspected of torching Palestinian vehicles in Bethlehem area
IMEMC – Early Wednesday morning, unknown persons set fire to two Palestinian trucks and spraypainted slogans of the right-wing Israeli settler movement. …

Ma’an News

Gaza man killed in tunnel collapse
1/5/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man was killed and another injured when a tunnel collapsed under the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning. Bilal Shaat, 24, from Khan Younis, died while working in the underground passage near al-Salam neighborhood in southern Rafah, officials said. An injured colleague was transferred….

Israeli forces demolish 2 Jericho homes
1/5/2012 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two homes belonging to Jerusalem families in a village near West Bank city Jericho on Thursday. Bulldozers accompanied by military patrols tore down the homes in al-Duyuk, west of Jericho, also destroying the electricity connection to the site, residents told Ma’an. Forces told the owners the….

Israel destroys storage containers in East Jerusalem
1/5/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces destroyed storage containers and confiscated commercial goods belonging to Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Thursday, locals said. Israeli forces and bulldozers entered al-Eizariya and confiscated stone displayed for sale in the al-Mashtal neighborhood near Maale Adumin settlement. They handed residents demolition orders and requested store owners present licenses. The….

Israeli forces ‘shot, injured’ man at Bethlehem checkpoint
1/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured a man at a checkpoint near Bethlehem on Wednesday, local radio reported. Munqeth Moussa Rumi, from al-Eizariya in East Jerusalem, was injured in his hand and leg but refused assistance from the Palestinian Red Crescent, the ambulance service’s director told Radio Bethlehem 2000. Abdul….

Hamas: Israel detains party leader, son
1/5/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a Hamas leader and his son in the northern West Bank on Wednesday evening, party officials said. Ali Abdulllah Khalil Abu Al-Rab, 50, and his 20-year-old son were returning from Ramallah to their home in Qabatiya, near Nablus, when they were apprehended by forces at the Zaatara….

Official: 7 strawberry, flower trucks leave Gaza for export
1/5/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — One truckload of flowers and six trucks carrying strawberries crossed out of the Gaza Strip for export abroad on Thursday, crossings officials said. Israeli authorities opened the sole-functioning Kerem Shalom crossing for the limited export, crossings official Raed Fattouh said, adding that he expects 310 trucks carrying agricultural and transport….

Palestinian worker dies in Israel
1/5/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A Palestinian died Thursday after falling from a building at work in northern Israel, Hebrew media reported. The man, from Nablus, died in Kfar Saba, Yedioth Ahronoth reported….

Israel gives restraining orders to 12 West Bank settlers
1/5/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel has barred a dozen Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank for a period of up to a year, a step Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged to take to rein in violence against Palestinians, officials and Israeli media reports said. A statement issued on Thursday by Israel’s military said….

Hundreds of Israelis visit religious site in Palestinian village
1/5/2012 – SALFIT (Ma’an)Israeli forces escorted hundreds of Israelis to a religious site in a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank early Thursday. Soldiers deployed along the streets and barricaded the entrances to Kifl Haris, near Salfit, to check villagers’ identity cards, locals told Ma’an. Dozens of armored buses transferred….

Egypt charges telecom workers over Israel calls
1/5/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian prosecutors sent four telecom company employees to court on Thursday after charging them with passing phone calls that served the interests of Israel, an official at the prosecutor’s office said.” The state security prosecutor referred four employees of Mobinil telecom company to the state security court on the charge of….

Israel warns Egypt over border patrol
1/5/2012 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have warned Egyptian officials to improve monitoring along their shared border, Egyptian security sources said Thursday. Security officers told Ma’an the warning was issued after 17 migrants crossed illegally into Israel on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Egyptian security officials said soldiers had seen African migrants working for Israeli….

US: Israeli, Palestinian envoys to meet Monday
1/5/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators will hold their second round of face-to-face talks within a week on Monday in Amman, a US State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday.” We are encouraged that they are both coming to the table, they are talking directly,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in her daily briefing. The….

PA allots tax revenues to Gaza to ease cash crisis
1/5/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian tax revenues collected by Israel amounting to 150 million shekels ($39 million) will be transferred to Gaza upon their release in the next 24 hours, the head of the Palestinian Monetary Authority said on Thursday. The cash injection is intended to solve a critical shortage of currency in the….

Gaza PM arrives in Tunisia
1/5/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Tunisia on Thursday, as part of his first international tour since Israel tightened the siege on the coastal strip. The Hamas premier will spend two days in the country whose revolution sparked the Arab Spring, before returning to the Gaza Strip, Foreign Minister….

France, UK welcome continuation of talks
1/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — France and the UK on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of planned future meetings between Israeli and Palestinian envoys after a summit in Amman this week. After PLO official Saeb Erekat met Israeli delegate Yitzkhak Molcho and Quartet representatives in the Jordanian capital on Tuesday, a presidential spokesman said talks would continue….

Report: Former Israeli PM Olmert indicted on bribe charge
1/5/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s State Prosecution on Thursday indicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and 17 others for giving or taking bribes in exchange for preferential terms for building projects, Israeli media reported. Former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski and former Israel Lands Administration director Yaakov Efrati will also face charges….

Israel’s Netanyahu nixes bill on naming top judges
1/5/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday withdrew proposed legislation seen by critics as unfairly favoring his rightist coalition, after being told by the attorney-general that a court would probably deem it as flawed, a spokesman said. If it had become law, the legislation would have allowed a change in the makeup of….

Analysis: The gap between resistance and governance
1/5/2012 – By Mahmoud Abu Rahma – Once again, the media have begun to focus their attention on Palestinian reconciliation talks, which seem at last to be headed in a positive direction. These talks will include the particularly difficult process of social reconciliation for the period between 2004 and 2007 when inter-communal violence led to the terrorizing, wounding….

Analysis: Amman talks boost all sides, even without results
1/5/2012 – By Daoud Kuttab – The Palestinian-Israeli meeting that was held in Amman on Tuesday and is to be repeated next week took many by surprise. After all, the Palestinian leadership has been resisting for months to respond to tremendous pressure to go back to negotiations without conditions. Furthermore, it has become customary that as the US….

In photos: Gaza premier tours region
1/5/2012 – Reuters / Hamas Media Office – Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh left Gaza on Dec. 25 for his first international tour since Israel imposed a crippling blockade on the coastal strip in 2007. The premier visited Egypt, Sudan, Turkey and Tunisia, meeting officials including Arab League general secretary Nabil al-Arabi and Muslim Brotherhood chairman Muhammad Badie. Haniyeh….

Qatari PM: Arab League Syria monitors made ‘mistakes’
1/5/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Arab League monitors made “mistakes” in Syria during a mission to investigate a crackdown on nine months of anti-government protests, Kuwait’s state news agency quoted the prime minister of Qatar as saying, without elaborating.” This is the first experience for us. . . and I said we must evaluate the types of mistakes….

Former Israel PM indicted in corruption case
AlJazeera 5 Jan 2012 – Ehud Olmert accused of receiving bribes to promote construction projects when he was the mayor of Jerusalem.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Photo For al-Aqsa Mosque Without The Dome Of The Rock
PNN – PNN On Thursday, Israeli pictures have been published in an Israeli newspaper, where the dome of the rock has been edited out. The dome of rock is the golden roof of the…

Op Ed: Shadow boxing
PNN – by Daoud KuttabThe Palestinian-Israeli meeting that was held in Amman on Tuesday and is to be repeated next week took many by surprise. After all, the Palestinian leadership has been resisting for…

Khaled to PNN: We Won’t Depend at All on Quartet
PNN – PNN On Thursday, the member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO),Tayseer Khaled, said that the Quartet Committee’s job has failed, because the American administration was hindering the international…

Qaraqe Calls For Campaign to End Shalit’s Laws
PNN – PNN On Thursday, Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, called for an international law campaign to end Shalit’s law group. He discussed and expressed this during his meeting with a…

France Condemns Israel for Constructing 300 New Settlement Units, Jerusalem
PNN – PNN On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry condemned Israel’s decision to construct more than 300 new settlement units in Har Homa settlement, east of Jerusalem. In a statement issued by the French Foreign…

Israel Condemns UN Security Council for Not Responding to their Demands
PNN – PNN On Thursday, Israeli government condemned the United Nations Security Council for not responding to the Israeli demand about stopping the Palestinian missiles from Gaza strip. The deputy chief of Israel’s delegation…

Israeli Forces Arrest Eight Palestinians from West Bank, Raid House in Bethlehem
PNN – PNN On Thursday, Israeli forces arrested eight Palestinians from several cities in West Bank, and raided a house in Bethlehem and searched it. A secure sources told Palestinian government news wire WAFA,…

One Million Palestinian Members on Facebook
PNN – PNN According to the technology expert, Sabri Sedem, the number of the Palestinian members on Facebook has now reached one million. This is the largest international number compared to the population. Sedem…

International Solidarity Movement

5 January 2009: Amal al-Samouni
1/5/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 5 January 2012, Palestinian Center for Human Rights – “I have constant pain in my head, eyes and ears. I have been having nose bleeds for the past three years. I can still feel the shrapnel move inside my brain” – On 4 January 2009 at around 6:00 Israeli forces surrounded the house where Amal al-Samouni…. Related: Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The National

Arab League asks UN for help in Syria
The National 5 Jan 2012 – Observer mission ‘has made mistakes’ says Qatar premier.

Regional instability driving Israel-Palestinian peace talks
The National 5 Jan 2012 – The meeting between Israelis and Palestinians in Amman this week was as much about anxiety over the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamism as it was an attempt to resolve their glaring differences, analysts said.

Homeless in India: Out in the cold
The National 5 Jan 2012 – The cold wave death toll in northern India is rising. Many are victims of not just the cold, but disease and age compounded by lack of food and shelter.

Blast residents still wait for windows
The National 5 Jan 2012 – A Musaffah building wrecked by an explosion weeks ago still has no windows.

Iran ‘not concerned’ about EU ban on oil imports
The National 5 Jan 2012 – Iran’s foreign minister says it will survive sanctions.

Obama to unveil strategy for a slimmed-down military
The National 5 Jan 2012 – The US president is putting his personal stamp on a shifting Pentagon strategy for absorbing hundreds of billions of dollars in defence budget cuts.

US Marine faces trial over civilian killings in Iraq
The National 5 Jan 2012 – After years of appeals and delays, the last US marine charged over the 2005 killings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha faces a court martial.

Country advances in UN’s human development and equality rankings
The National 5 Jan 2012 – The UN Human Development Index has ranked the UAE two places higher than the previous year for advancements in the health, education and lifespan of its residents.

William Hague calls for reform on key visit to Myanmar
The National 5 Jan 2012 – Britain’s foreign secretary arrived in Myanmar yesterday, bolstering the country’s drive to shed its status as a repressive international pariah.

UAE businessman gets his favorite band back together
The National 5 Jan 2012 – For Malik Melhem listening to his favourite band meant not only filling his ears with music but giving the Palestinians a voice. When the group disbanded 22 years ago, he thought that voice had been silenced. But now, with his help, Al Ashekeen are on the road again.

Dh10,000 fine for keeping wild animals
The National 5 Jan 2012 – Anyone caught with wild animals in Ajman can be fined Dh10,000 amid a clampdown on people keeping wild animals and reptiles in their home.

Emirati researcher outlines the coming crunch
The National 5 Jan 2012 – More than 2,000 patients will require specialised treatment in the next five years, and 4,000 in the next 10 years.


Despite returnee benefits push, more Israelis staying rooted abroad
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Chief Rabbi lobbies Israel MKs to reject new marriage law
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Israel’s Supreme Court rejects plagiarism charge against novelist Naomi Ragen
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Israel police denies provocateurs operating among settlers
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Panel releases recommendations on changes to policy on Israel prisoner swaps
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Tel Aviv planning another 50km of bicycle paths
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Monday for second round of direct talks
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Iran, Turkey to double trade volume despite differences on Syria, NATO
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Huntsman tells Haaretz he will protect ‘deep, enduring’ friendship between lsrael and U.S.
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Israel, U.S. to hold major missile defense exercise
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Saudi hacker warns he is in possession of one million Israeli credit card numbers
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Israel Ministry warns of terror plot against Israelis in Bulgaria
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Egypt prosecutor demands death sentence for Mubarak
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Israeli doctors withdraw from fertility conference over exclusion of women
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Israel Police struggling to suppress Jewish extremists in West Bank, says senior officer
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Syria releases 552 people detained during civil unrest, report says
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

High Court rejects petition against Israel’s controversial ‘Nakba Law’
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

IDF rabbinate edits out Dome of the Rock from picture of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

Former PM Ehud Olmert indicted over Holyland scandal
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

IDF expels Jewish extremists from West Bank for allegedly attacking Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2012

New segment of West Bank security fence may separate nuns from monks
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2012

Negev Bedouin clan fighting evacuation orders
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2012

Israeli credit card firm leaves women out of Jerusalem billboards
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2012

Israel Police suspect rightist extremists set fire to Palestinian car wash
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2012

Indictments in Israel’s Holyland corruption scandal expected in days
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2012

Jerusalem Post

Beit Shemesh residents appeal against ‘haredi only’ area
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Panel claims high number of synagogues, lack of high-rise buildings indicate area is designed for ultra-Orthodox.

Fatah: We will teach Israel a ‘big lesson’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Member of Fatah central committee warns Israel against ignoring UN resolutions pertaining to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Iran’s Quds Force expanding in Europe, S. America
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Iranian force responsible for operations overseas believed to be increasing presence in effort to deter West from taking action against its nuclear program.

Red Sea ‘electronic fence’ to foil Sinai terror attacks
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Exclusive: ‘Post’ briefed about new fortification measures on tour of Egyptian border; “Before revolution in Egypt, threats that we prepared for were mostly theoretical,” says navy commander. “Now we know they are real.”

Analysis: Ron Paul leaves a big impact
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Texas representative he has very little chance of winning the US Republican nomination but has earned a prominent seat at the debating table.

Gould’s hullabaloo
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Yesteryear’s aggression shouldn’t determine today’s legalities.

Seeking the truth for European Jewry
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Almost 80% of Europeans don’t have any access to sources of information about the reality in the Middle East.

Gaza missiles threat to Israel’s sovereignty
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Different Perspective: As a sovereign state, Israel must take effective action to end rocket attacks.

Haredim throw stones at buses in Beit Shemesh
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Police arrest 2 ultra-orthodox protesters, 1 policeman lightly injured; haredi arrested in J’lem for cursing woman.

Ethics @ Work: Eye for an eye
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Extended program for organ donation deserves to be extended further.

Why anti-Semitism is moving toward the mainstream
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Brian Leiter and Ron Paul are guilty of helping to legitimate the oldest of bigotries. Shame on them!

Savir’s Corner: Women to the front
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Harassment of woman for not sitting in back of bus did not happen in Tehran, but rather in Jerusalem.

TAU discovers better model to find MS cure
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Scientists use mice with type 1 diabetes that actually develop MS; breakthrough could lead to better treatments.

IAF rabbi apologizes for criticizing army protocol
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Lt.-Col. Ravad writes letter asking IDF manpower chief to be allowed to return to “Shahar” program for haredim.

PostScript: Time to get smart
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Israel’s legitimacy, over the past few years, has become the battle cry of Israel and its supporters.

Iran, West ready to resume nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Turkish FM expresses hope that stalled negotiations can be revived; Iran FM says Ashton suggested that Turkey host talks.

‘Document Israel gave PA was just an outline’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Western officials say 21-point document given during meeting with Palestinians dealt with general principles of final agreement.

Saudi hacker posts 11,000 more card numbers
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Release follows publication of information about 15,000 Israeli credit cards; hacker threatens to release rest of database.

2 Arab Israelis charged with helping Hamas
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Brothers from Kfar Kana charged with assisting terror cell from West Bank to plot bombings, shootings attacks on Israelis.

Arab monitors to stay in Syria despite ‘mistakes’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Syrian activists say the monitors do not have enough access, are escorted by manipulative Syrian authorities.

Voices of Jerusalem: Vying for vegetables
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Loren Minsky speaks to 60-year-old Barry Sibul, the man behind the popular vegetarian restaurant, Village Green.

30 months for Aussie citizen who aided Hamas
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Palestinian-born man advised Hamas on technological matters, arrested when he tried to enter Israel.

‘Attacks on Iran won’t be allowed from Turkey’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Turkish FM Davutoglu dispels rumors of tension between the countries stemming from NATO missile shield in Turkey.

Egyptian prosecutors ask for death for Mubarak
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Mubarak facing charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the demonstrations which swept him from power.

The Weekly Schmooze: Mayor Mike goes Gaga
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – JPost column on hottest Jewish news: Natalie Portman brings Aleph to Israel; Bialik returns to “Blossom” roots.

Off the Beaten Track: Yochanan Ben Zakkai
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Travel expert Joe Yudin discusses link between famous Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai and Four Sephardic Synagogues of J’lem.

Katsav to file for extension for hearing request
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Attorney Zion Amir expected to submit request to Supreme Court for an extra 60 days to prepare petition for hearing.

Olmert slams Holyland indictment as ‘fairy tale’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Former PM’s media advisor says indictment at time when Olmert is already standing trial “runs contrary to the ethics of basic decency.”

Olmert charged for graft in Holyland Affair
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Former PM, 15 others charged in real estate corruption scandal dubbed one of the largest in Israel’s history.

Four blasts kill 29 in Iraq’s capital
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – 29 dead, 68 wounded by four bomb blasts; attacks in mainly Shi’ite Muslim areas of Baghdad; spate of violence comes after political crisis.

Syria releases 552 detainees, state TV reports
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Those freed “were involved in recent events…hands were not stained with blood,” according to Syrian television.

Gafni calls on ultra-Orthodox not to enlist in IDF
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – “If the IDF wants to enlist haredim it must adjust itself to accommodate their beliefs,” United Torah Judaism MK says.

Olmert charged with bribe-taking in Holyland affair
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2012 – Former PM charged with taking bribes from real estate developers in exchange for supporting construction project.

Court denies appeal of Bennet, Molrova murder accomplice
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – Appellant was 15 when she helped her boyfriend brutally kill two teenage girls in 2003.

Panel sees results in fight against gender discrimination
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – New gov’t c’tee sees tangible steps to combat religious discrimination against women; Transportation Ministry begins operation of 24-hour hotline for complaints.

Knesset c’tee demands answers in J’lem pedophile case
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2012 – More than a dozen perpetrators abused 100 children in small insular neighborhood.

Inter Press Service

EGYPT: Military Rulers Clamp Down on Civil Society
IPS Raids on the Cairo offices of civil society organisations accused of receiving unauthorised foreign funds are part of a wider campaign by Egypt’s ruling military council to silence its critics, say rights groups.



Israeli High Court rejects NGOs’ petition against Nakba law
Uruknet January 5, 2012 – The High Court of Justice dismissed on Thursday a petition contesting the so-called “Nakba Law,” which enables the state to reduce public funding for institutions that commemorate the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948. Read the ruling here (in Hebrew only). The law, passed in March of last year, originally sought to criminalize the…

The “war on terror” comes home
Uruknet January 5, 2012 – THE LATEST attacks on civil liberties, including Obama’s recent signing into law of indefinite detention for U.S. citizens, have their roots far back in the Sedition Act and the first Red Scare—but in recent memory, such tyranny is tied to things like the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, Guantánamo Bay and George W….

“Sometimes I feel my stomach will explode”: Israel subjects teen prisoner to medical negligence
Uruknet January 5, 2012 – The streets of Beit Ommar are lined with posters of Palestinian boys and men, martyrs and prisoners of the Israeli occupation. One house is plastered with more posters than the others: the house of the Awad family, whose two sons were, until recently, being held in Ofer prison on the charge of…

Israel’s “pretty face”: How National Union of Israeli Students does government’s propaganda dirty work
Uruknet January 5, 2012 – Yesterday I wrote about a program run by the National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS) to pay Israeli college students $2,000 to spread hasbara – propaganda favorable to Israel – on social networking sites. This raised a further question: who pays for this and what role do Israel’s government and other organizations…

Iraq: 81 killed, 151 wounded in attacks
Uruknet January 5, 2012 – Despite serious attempts to prevent attacks against Shi’ite pilgrims traveling in Iraq, bombers were still able to reach them. The worst violence took place south of Baghdad, but the capital also saw great loss of life. Overall, at least 81 people were killed and 151 more were wounded in the attacks. Although…

Military trial begins for Marine charged in Iraq massacre
Uruknet January 5, 2012 – The Haditha massacre represented the largest civilian death toll in a single operation by ground troops in Iraq, but countless other civilians lost their lives to air strikes, checkpoint shootings and house raids carried out over the course of nine years of occupation. The effect of this sustained assault was near genocidal…

Prosecutor Requests Death by Hanging for Mubarak ?
Uruknet January 5, 2012 – The prosecutor in the trial of Hosni Mubarak demanded on Thursday that the ousted Egyptian leader be sentenced to hang on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising against his rule. Mustafa Khater, one of a five-member prosecution team, also asked the judge for the death sentence…

Haiti: Seven Places Where the Earthquake Money Did and Did Not Go
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – Billions in public and private aid was earmarked, promised or thought to be on the way to the Haitian people, yet the the physical and human landscape of the country shows few signs that such treasure ever existed. In fact, “almost none of the money that the general public thought was going…

No need for New Year’s Resolutions for Israel – they can use the old UN ones.
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – …And if that rather glaring example of Israel’s lack of legitimacy is not enough, there is more – Israel’s admission to the United Nations in 1948 was on the explicit condition that it respect the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people as embodied in UN resolutions 181 (which gave international legitimacy to…

Gaza: January 4
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – Memories have a way of overpowering. And Arafa Abd el Dayem’s death should do so. Three years on and his murder is no less painful, his loss no less present. Arafa, when shredded to death by an Israeli-soldier-fired dart bomb (a dart bomb is a shell filled with between 5000-8000 dart-shaped metal…

Syria News – January 4, 2012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – The number of martyrs today increased to 24 of which 17 from Homs, 2 in each of Daraa and Idlib and one martyr in each of Damascus ,Deir Ezzor and Hama….Homs: Zeito Al-Saqqar was martyred due to wounds sustained after his house was shelled in the Baba Amr neighborhood. His nephew, Army…

Libyan Leader Says Militia Clashes Could Create Civil War
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – After deadly clashes between rival fighters in Tripoli this week, Libya’s transitional government expressed growing concern that the country could descend into civil war if its militias were not brought under control. The leader of the Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, bluntly warned late Tuesday that the government faced “bitter options” as…

Twisted Logic of Using Violence to Achieve Peace
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – ‘Sooner or later, there will be no escape from conducting a significant operation [in Gaza],’ said Israeli army Chief of Staff Lieutenent General Benny Gantz on December 27, the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead. Gantz’s chillingly casual remarks were cited as just another nonchalant declaration of war against a besieged, impoverished,…

Who remembers Gaza?
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – For the moment, the Arab revolutions have marginalized the Palestinian issue. For the first time in over half a century, the agenda of the Arab world—both that of governments and the people—is not determined by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but by the social and political difficulties they are facing: poverty, economic development and…

Money Power Runs America
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – Wall Street does it by controlling money, credit and debt, as well as manipulating markets for private enrichment. House and Senate millionaires do it their way for greater wealth, privilege, power and status. New Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) figures show it. More on them below. New York Times writer Eric Lichtblau…

US Approves of Maliki’s Consolidating Dictatorial Power in Iraq
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq has expressed approval of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s quest to detain Iraq’s vice president on terrorism charges, despite almost everyone else recognizing it as part of a troubling pattern of consolidating dictatorial power. “There is a serious effort by the Iraqi judiciary to have a free…

League observers who see no evil
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – …Beyond the League’s poor choice that further tarnished the institution’s sullied reputation, Al Dabi’s ill-advised public pronouncements a few hours after his arrival in Syria – when he declared that the situation on the ground seemed “to be reassuring” while killings continued all around him – guaranteed additional international opprobrium. Still, and…

NGOs slam Israel over political’ east Jerusalem parks
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – Israeli authorities are designating areas in east Jerusalem for national parks in a “political” move that chokes the development of Palestinian neighborhoods, two Israeli NGOs have charged. The organizations, in separate reports released on Tuesday, say the Jerusalem municipality and Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority (NPA) are working together to hem in…

Iraq snapshot – January 4, 2012
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – Chaos and violence continue, Barack pretends he cares about oversight and accountability and the uniformed American press doesn’t know what’s going on (as usual) or which four oversight positions are, as of today, empty, Nouri’s breaking the Iraqi Constitution again but no one’s supposed to notice, and more. Nouri al-Maliki has an…

Take Action: Tell the Members of the MN State Board of Investment to Stop Investing in Israeli Apartheid!
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – You do not need to be a Minnesota resident to participate in this action! . On November 29, 2011, the MN Break the Bonds Campaign (MN BBC) is serving a lawsuit on the Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI), seeking an order from the court directing the SBI to immediately divest from Israel…

The Absolute Moron’s Guide to the New Military Detention Laws
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – While everyone was getting all gussied up for New Year’s Eve on Saturday, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial bill that the ACLU, for example, has called “a blight on his legacy” because it authorizes the indefinite military detention of American citizens. (Rupert Murdoch, however, calls Obama “very…

Mustafa Barghouti: there is no scope for negotiations because the people are living in a state of war
Uruknet January 4, 2012 – Elected Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouti has expressed his belief that the meeting held in Amman between Palestinians and Israelis will not have any benefits. The General Secretary of the Palestinian Initiative bloc said that Israel “should not be allowed to use [the meeting] as a pretext for its settlement war against the…

Palestinian cars torched in Jerusalem ‘price tag’ attack
Uruknet January 4, 2012 — Two Palestinian-owned vehicles were torched in East Jerusalem early Wednesday morning, police said. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that “price tag” and “revenge” were sprayed near the burnt out vehicles in Sharafat, a Palestinian village near Gilo settlement… The term “price tag” is used by Jewish settlers to describe a…

Daily Star

Eighteen militants, 4 troops killed in Yemen clashes
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Eighteen militants and four Yemeni soldiers were killed in clashes involving the army backed by the air force on Thursday, a local official and medics said, near a southern provincial capital seized by Islamist dissidents in…

Hacker mounts second attack on Israeli credit cards
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 A Saudi-based computer hacker published details of thousands of active Israeli credit cards for the second time this week, the chief executive of Israel’s largest card company said on Thursday…

Crisis hitting pockets of ordinary Syrians hardest
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Syria’s economy is reeling from violence sweeping the country, and tough sanctions imposed by the United States, Europe and the Arab League, but ordinary citizens are bearing the brunt of the turmoil…

UK signals ready to use force to keep Strait open
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Britain on Thursday signalled its readiness to use military force if necessary to keep the Strait of Hormuz open, warning Iran not to miscalculate over the West’s determination to prevent disruption to the key shipping route…

US condemns deadly attacks in Iraq
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 The United States on Thursday condemned a deadly wave of attacks it said were aimed at turning “back the clock” in Iraq and stressed it was working to help end a political crisis in the country…

Iran, West say ready to resume nuclear talks
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Turkey has delivered a Western offer to Tehran to renew negotiations over its nuclear programme, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, expressing hope talks stalled a year ago could soon be revived…

Arab monitors to stay in Syria despite “mistakes”
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Arab League peace monitors will stay in Syria to check on the government’s compliance with a promise to end 10 months of violence against pro-democracy protesters, Arab government sources said on Thursday…

Israel and US to stage major defense drill
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 The Israeli military is gearing up together with U.S. forces for a major missile defense exercise, the Israeli military announced Thursday, as tension between Iran and the international community escalates…

James Franco signs deal with Amazon for first novel
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 After receiving tepid reviews for his first book of fictional short stories, actor James Franco has sold his debut novel to Amazon Publishing, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

U.K. warns Iran over oil passageway threat
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Britain’s defense secretary is warning Iran that any attempt to block the key global oil passageway the Strait of Hormuz would be illegal and unsuccessful – hinting at a robust international response

Mariah Carey asks fans to pray for sick husband
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Singer Mariah Carey asked fans Wednesday to pray for her rap artist and actor husband Nick Cannon after he was admitted to hospital suffering from mild kidney failure.

U.S. brands al-Qaida Kurdish Battalions ‘terrorist’
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 The U.S. State Department said Thursday it had named the al-Qaida Kurdish Battalions (AQKB), which operates along the Iran-Iraq border and has attacked Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government offices, as a specially designated global terrorist entity.

Hugh Jackman to work more Broadway magic as Houdini
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Hugh Jackman, who has recently been smashing records on Broadway with his one-man show, will return as escape artist Harry Houdini in the musical Houdini, producers said on Wednesday.

Sinead O’Connor says fourth marriage back on
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Irish singer Sinead O’Connor says she has reunited with her fourth husband after a short-lived marriage and an even shorter split.

Hezbollah accuses U.S. of being behind Iraq explosions
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Hezbollah accuses the U.S. of involvement in the four explosions that ripped through Baghdad Thursday, urging Iraqis to unite to thwart the plot to divide them.

Demi Moore fears being unlovable
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Actress Demi Moore, who recently ended her six-year marriage to Ashton Kutcher, says her worst fear is finding she is not worthy of being loved.

Tsonga eyes Federer test after quarter-final romp
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga set up a potential semi-final against Roger Federer after an untroubled 6-2 6-1 win over Spanish left-hander Albert Ramos in the Qatar Open on Thursday.

Israeli army rabbinite edits out mosque from Temple Mount
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Israeli Military Rabbinite releases photo of the Temple Mount with the iconic Dome of the Rock mosque edited out, Haaretz reports.

Mikati: UNIFIL task accomplished when army is in control of area
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 Lebanon’s prime minister says UNIFIL’s task will be completed only when the Lebanese army takes control of south Lebanon, thanking the international forces for their efforts.

Free Syrian Army calls for pullout of Arab mission
Daily Star 5 Jan 2012 The head of the rebel Free Syrian Army called on Thursday for the Arab League to withdraw its observers from Syria, qualifying the bloc’s monitoring mission a failure.

YNet News

Religious groups oppose NYPD surveillance
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – ….

Nigeria: Gunmen kill 6, wound 10 in church attack
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – ….

Haredi rioters stone buses
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – Stones hurled at non-segregated buses; elsewhere, haredi detained for cursing woman ….

MK Tirosh: Hacking should be treated as terrorism
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – ….

Jerusalem: Man arrested for verbally abusing woman
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – ….

Dubai gym ad: Death camp for calories
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – PR campaign for fitness center features photo of Auschwitz with slogan ‘Kiss your calories goodbye’ ….

Haredim stone bus in Beit Shemesh; cop injured
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – ….

Israel, US to stage major defense drill
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – Thousands of Israeli, US troops to take part in largest-ever joint drill, officials say; expert: Missile defense exercise meant to press Iran ….

Obama: US to stay world’s top military power
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – Despite spending cuts, failure to announce new capabilities or initiatives, president says US to maintain global military superiority ….

Quitting Air Force rabbi retracts resignation
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – Rabbi Moshe Raved sends letter of apology to senior IDF officers, expresses regret for implications of earlier resignation letter ….

Saudi hacker releases more Israeli credit info
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – New list contains 11,000 credit card numbers; Saudi hacker to Ynet: This is only the beginning ….

Is Israel losing the battle?
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Israel must prioritize effort to rekindle support on US campuses, at Jewish communities ….

2 Arab Israelis suspected of aiding Hamas
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – Two brothers detained by Shin Bet on suspicion of assisting Hamas terrorists ….

End of Arab Christianity
YNet News, 5 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: In new, Islamic Middle East, Christianity quickly becoming a thing of the past ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers raze 4 Palestinian homes
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) razed four Palestinian homes in Duyuk Al-Tahta village, west of Jericho, as part of a scheme to demolish all 70 homes of a suburb in the village.

Haneyya arrives in Tunisia on an official visit
PIC – Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya arrived in the Tunisian capital to an official and public welcome ceremony on Thursday.

IOF soldiers round up 8 Palestinians, detain 2 children for hours
PIC – Israeli occupation forces rounded up eight Palestinian citizens in various West Bank areas at dawn Thursday after blindfolding and handcuffing them, local sources said.

IOF distribute pictures of alleged temple in place of Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have circulated pictures of the Aqsa Mosque site showing the Dome of Rock was removed and the alleged Jewish temple mount was erected in its place.

Tufkaji: The peace talks with Israelis end J’lem as a Palestinian capital
PIC – Palestinian specialist in settlement affairs Khalil Tufkaji warned that the Palestinian authority’s engagement in renewed peace talks with Israelis would end Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Public freedom committee meets, exchanges names of detainees
PIC – The monitoring committee of public freedoms discussed in its second meeting on Wednesday the files in question and exchanged the names of political prisoners from Fatah and Hamas factions.

IOA to confiscate 169 dunums of Salfit land
PIC – The IOA has notified the municipal council of Eskaka village, east of Salfit, that 169 dunums of the village’s land would be confiscated, the municipality chairman, Samir Haris, said.


Rights Group: Violations Continue in West Bank, Gaza
WAFA – 14:41-RAMALLAH, January 5, 2012 (WAFA) – Violations of human rights have continued in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during December, a report by the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said Thursd…

Trial of West Bank Civil Protester to Resume Sunday
WAFA – 14:06-RAMALLAH, January 5, 2012 (WAFA) – The trial of Bassem Tamimi, a resident of Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, and a known civil protester will resume Sunday, according to local activists. In the tr…

France, Britain Welcome Palestinian-Israeli Meetings
WAFA – 12:54-JERUSALEM/ LONDON, January 5, 2012 (WAFA) – France and Britain welcomed on Thursday the announcement of the continuation of direct meetings between the Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Jordan. …

Israeli Forces Raid Town near Bethlehem
WAFA – 11:27-BETHLEHEM, January 5, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli Forces Thursday raided Takou’, a town east of Bethlehem, according to security sources. They told WAFA that after raiding the town, Israeli soldiers raide…

EU, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg Contribute €47.7m to PA Employees
WAFA – 11:24-JERUSALEM, January 5, 2012 (WAFA) – The European Union contributed around €47.7 million to the payment of the December 2011 salaries and pensions of almost 85,000 Palestinian civil servants …

Intifada Palestine

Candid Interview about 9/11 by Dr. Alan Sabrosky
Intifada-Palestine: 5 Jan 2012 – The smoking gun! by Debbie Menon In this edition of the Autograph, Susan Modaress interviews Dr. Alan Sabrosky, a ten-year US Marine Corps Veteran and a graduate of the US Army War College. A writer and consultant, specializing in national and… more


Iraq bombings targeting Shiites kill 71
LA Times 5 Jan 2012 – The attacks in the south and in Baghdad bear the hallmark of Sunni Arab insurgents. They are the second major wave of violence since U.S. troops left Iraq. A string of explosions targeting Shiite Muslims that killed at least 71 people bore the hallmark of…

Iraqi Moves to Embrace Militia Open New Fault Lines
New York Times 5 Jan 2012 – A move by Iraq’s government to welcome a deadly insurgent group into its political system is adding to sectarian tensions and could tilt the nation’s center of gravity closer to Iran.

Iran Calls Threat of Sanctions From European Union ‘Economic War’
New York Times 5 Jan 2012 – Iranian officials struck a defiant posture in response to a proposed oil embargo by the European Union intended to halt the Iranian nuclear program.

After Shalit, Israel Changing Prisoner Exchange Rules
New York Times 5 Jan 2012 – Israel recently traded more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, but deals like that may soon be over.

Ehud Olmert, ex-Israeli Leader, Charged With Taking Bribes
New York Times 5 Jan 2012 – Ehud Olmert, who resigned as prime minister of Israel in 2008 amid corruption charges, was indicted Thursday for allegedly taking bribes while he was Jerusalem’s mayor.

Egyptian Prosecutors Say Mubarak Should Be Hanged
New York Times 5 Jan 2012 – In their closing arguments at the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, prosecutors said he was ultimately responsible for the killings of hundreds of peaceful protesters.

Explosions Across Iraq Kill Dozens Amid Political Crisis
New York Times 5 Jan 2012 – At least 24 people were killed on Thursday in attacks on two Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, and 44 died in a bombing in the south, raising sectarian tensions.

Trivializing the Holocaust charge
Mondoweiss – Orthodox children wearing outfits intended to invoke the Holocaust during a rally in Jerusalem, Dec. 31, 2011. (Photo: AP/Bernat Armangue) Shortly after reading the ” Trivializing the anti-Semitism charge ” post on Mondoweiss today, I came across this new Daily Beast article about the Israeli habit of trivializing…

Mondoweiss – (Photo: Sarah Ziyad) August 24, 2011 Once again, I find myself in this place; I feel convicted, compelled to write—of things I’ve seen, of things I experienced, of things that shook me once again to my core and have haunted me ever since. I‘m speaking of…

Jewish power + Jewish hubris = ‘moral catastrophe of epic proportions’
Mondoweiss – Jerry Haber Jerry Haber wrote this in a new year’s post a week ago . I missed it. A non-Jewish friend sent it to me today, someone who loves Jews. This says it all. It’s why I pour so much energy into this site. (Jerry and I…

Mixed messages from Syrian National Council on U.S., Israel
Mondoweiss – This article first appeared on the Arabist. According to Reuters , the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria – the two largest opposition coalitions in Syria – signed on the last Friday of 2011 a unity pledge that “reject[s] any…

Christian group dedicated to derailing divestment bankrolled by settler-funding philanthropy
Mondoweiss – When United Methodists converge on Tampa, Florida this Spring , and the Presbyterian Church (USA) holds its general assembly in early July , the question of divestment from companies that profit off of the Israeli occupation will once again attract significant attention. Delegates at these church wide meetings…

How Iran Could Close Straits and Damage U.S. Navy
Tikun Olam – The NY Times today departs from its usual cheerleading of U.S. hawkish foreign policy goals by acknowledging that Iran could close the Straits of Hormuz in the event of a military conflict.  It might do so at great cost to itself, but it could be done….

The ‘Other’ Righteous Gentiles: Muslims
Tikun Olam – I’ve been rolling around in the mud too much in the past week or so after exposing David Lange and Yeshayahu Rotter. It’s time to hear of heroes and human decency for a change. I hope you appreciate these courageous acts as much as I did…

Further Tawdry Tales of Possibly ‘Rabbi’ Rotter
Tikun Olam – Here’s the latest installment on the estimable “Rabbi” Yeshayahu Rotter, impressario of the Rotter media empire.  Here I wanted to disseminate some new information I’ve discovered about him and respond to a few of his attempts to defend or support his claims about his own record…

Obama warned of dumb war with Iran
Voltaire Network 5 Jan 2012 – A group of former US intelligence officials have issued a memorandum to US President Barack Obama, advising him against starting another long “dumb war”, this time against Iran. “Another Long War is not in America’s or Israel’s interests, whatever Israel’s apologists claim,” US Veteran Intelligence Professionals…

Sarkozy tells French army international community must face up to its responsibilities in Syria
Voltaire Network 4 Jan 2012 – While Sarkozy’s recent declarations are given minimal press coverage in France, they are widely echoed in international news outlets. During a New Year’s address to army personnel, the French president accused the Syrian regime of barbarous repression, demanding that his counterpart Bashar al-Assad step down, and…

Sudan: The Israeli Direction Towards Africa Is It a Target to Sudan?
allAfrica.com 5 Jan 2012 – SNA (Khartoum)-The prospective visit of the Israeli prime minister , Netanyahu to Republic of South Sudan and to East of Africa have a strategic, political, economical and military aspirations , such to get energy, miners , agricultural products and obtaining the projects of buildings to control the Nile water,…

Egypt: Israeli Foreign Ministry – Envoy in Cairo Did Not Approach Islamists
allAfrica.com 5 Jan 2012 – Aswat Masriya (London)-Israel is not interfering in Egyptian affairs and is waiting to see the nature of the new regime, sources in the Israeli foreign ministry said. They denied that their ambassador in Egypt, Yaakov Amitai, was allowed to open a channel with Islamists in Egypt.

Africa: Arab Spring – Stolen Revolution
allAfrica.com 5 Jan 2012 – The Herald (Harare)-After Israel and its Western backers defeated Arab nationalism in 1967, a solicitous Nizar Qabbani emotionally called for the rekindling of the Arab fighting spirit.

MEPC discusses Israel, Iran, and Turkey in the changing Arab World
Arab American Institute 5 Jan 2012 – The Middle East Policy Council held its 67th Capitol Hill Conference today at the Rayburn House Office Building. The focus of the conference was ?Israel, Turkey & Iran in the Changing Arab World.? The event included a distinguished panel of speakers: Robert Malley of the International…

Death penalty sought for Mubarak
BBC 5 Jan 2012 – Prosecutors demand the death penalty for Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak if he is found guilty of ordering the killings of demonstrators.

Syria monitors ‘must act or quit’
BBC 5 Jan 2012 – The leader of the main Syrian opposition group says the Arab League observer mission should either prove itself or leave Syria.

Ban on 12 settlers in West Bank
BBC 5 Jan 2012 – Israeli police issue restraining orders banning 12 settlers from entering the occupied West Bank for up to nine months.

UK warns Iran over trading route
BBC 5 Jan 2012 – Any attempt by Iran to close a vital trade route would fail, UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond tells US think tank the Atlantic Council.

Palestinian Children Detained Oppressively in Isolation
Sabbah report 5 Jan 2012 – “I was in a very bad psychological state, so I decided to confess. I confessed to throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at army jeeps,” even though he was innocent.

Israeli Checkpoint On-Camera with no shame [Must watch video]
Sabbah report 5 Jan 2012 – “We let them suffer, in the sun, in the rain, that’s it. That’s what I wanted to say. Let the whole world know.” – Israeli border police If this goes on ON-CAMERA, just imagine what goes on OFF-CAMERA.

Israel/Palestine as a 21st Century “Lawfare” Laboratory
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Jan 2012 – Below, hear Lisa Hajjar, Professor of Sociology at UCSB, speak in Washington, DC, about her new paper that brings together the two concepts of “lawfare” — Israel’s litigation of warmaking practices — and targeted killing, which Israel interprets as supported within its international legal rights and…

What a Year Stretches Before Us!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Jan 2012 – Dear Supporters, Above: Co-chairs Felicia Eaves & Peter Miller. New shifts in U.S. public discourse mean more pressure on candidates challenging conventional military and political support for Israel, growing B.D.S. campaigns on campuses and in communities across the country, mainstream churches challenging corporations that profit from…

Plans Crystallize for Largest-Ever U.S.-Israel Military Exercise
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Jan 2012 – Last year we reported on emerging plans for “Operation Austere Challenge,” the largest-ever joint U.S.-Israeli military exercise, planned for May 2012. As it turns out, the planning for the mission is now in its final stages, according to the Jerusalem Post . Last month, Lt.-Gen. Frank Gorenc,…

Join Phyllis Bennis for a Discussion About the Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Jan 2012 – Join Phyllis Bennis, US Campaign Steering Committee Member , and Omar Barghouti , Tuesday, January 10th in San Diego, CA! Phyllis Bennis and Omar Barghouti will be discussing the Palestinian Civil Society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and universal…


5 January 2009: Amal al-Samouni
Palestinian Center for Human Rights 1/5/2012
      “I have constant pain in my head, eyes and ears. I have been having nose bleeds for the past three years. I can still feel the shrapnel move inside my brain.”
     On 4 January 2009 at around 6:00 Israeli forces surrounded the house where Amal al-Samouni (11) and 18 members of her extended family were sheltering, in Zeitoun neighborhood east of Gaza City. Israeli soldiers ordered the owner of the house, Amal’s father Attia al-Samouni (37), to step outside with his hands up. Upon opening the door he was immediately killed by shots to the head and chest. Soldiers then started firing bullets into the house, killing Amal’s 4-year old brother Ahmad al-Samouni and injuring at least 4 other people, of whom 2 were children.
     Over the following hours, soldiers ordered over 100 other members of the extended al-Samouni family into the house of Wa’el Fares Hamdi al-Samouni, Amal’s uncle. On 5 January 2009 Israeli forces directly targeted the house and its vicinity, killing 21 persons and injuring many others. Amal, who was inside, was wounded by shrapnel to the head and buried under the rubble, lying between injured, dying and deceased relatives. On 7 January ambulance personnel, who were prevented from entering the area until then, evacuated her to hospital.
     Between 4-7 January 2009, 27 members of the Samouni family were killed, including 11 children and 6 women, and 35 others were injured, including Amal’s twin brother Abdallah.
     Amal survived those 4 horrific days but is left with permanent injuries and trauma. “I remember my brother and father and how they were murdered in every moment,” says Amal as she thinks back on the attacks and the three days she spent buried under the rubble of her uncle’s house without food or water. Amal does not need a lot of words to express how she feels: “before, we used to live together as a happy family. Now I don’t feel happy anymore.” more.. e-mail

The gap between resistance and governance
Mahmoud Abu Rahma, Ma’an News Agency 1/5/2012
      Once again, the media have begun to focus their attention on Palestinian reconciliation talks, which seem at last to be headed in a positive direction.
     These talks will include the particularly difficult process of social reconciliation for the period between 2004 and 2007 when inter-communal violence led to the terrorizing, wounding, and killing of scores of people as well as the widespread destruction of property.
     The process of social reconciliation is expected to secure reparation and redress, but should also allow the courts to establish criminal responsibility for the acts under investigation.
     Both Gaza and the West Bank have experienced a slight easing in political tensions and this has helped reestablish the confidence necessary for the restoration of freedoms lost at the height of the conflict.
     Victims of the unrest will have their interests legally represented and should expect fair compensation for any losses incurred.
     One segment of Palestinian society victimized by the political violence, negligence, or legal violations that occurred during this time will nevertheless find themselves excluded from the process of recompense: these are the victims of the separate Palestinian governments or resistance groups under their supervision.
     Palestinian resistance — regardless of the methods used — was born out of the resistance of the Palestinian Nakba. Resistance would never have seen sumud (steadfastness) displayed, and its many large and small victories, had the Palestinian people not shouldered its burden. more.. e-mail

Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack
Gareth Porter, Intifada-Palestine 1/4/2012
      WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (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.
     Netanyahu is exploiting the extraordinary influence his right-wing Likud Party exercises over the Republican Party and the U.S. Congress on matters related to Israel in order to maximise the likelihood that the United States would participate in an attack on Iran.
     Obama, meanwhile, appears to be hoping that he can avoid being caught up in a regional war started by Israel if he distances the United States from any Israeli attack.
     New evidence surfaced in 2011 that Netanyahu has been serious about dealing a military blow to the Iranian nuclear programme. Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who left his job in September 2010, revealed in his first public appearance after Mossad Jun. 2 that he, Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) chief Gabi Ashkenazi and Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin had been able to “block any dangerous adventure” by Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.
     Obama’s remark seemed to indicate a desire to distance his administration from an Israeli attack on Iran. But it also made it clear that he was not going to tell Netanyahu that he would not countenance such an attack.
     Trita Parsi, executive director of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), who has analysed the history of the triangular relationship involving the United States, Israel and Iran in his book “Treacherous Alliance”, says knowledgeable sources tell him Obama believes he can credibly distance himself from an Israeli attack. more.. e-mail

Why is “terror expert” attacking US solidarity groups?
Electronic Intifada: 5 Jan 2012 – Kristin Szremski The Electronic Intifada A “terror expert” in the US is trying to entangle an American non-profit organization in a shroud of secretive conspiracy theories intent on branding it a “supporter of terrorism.”more

january 4
In Gaza: 5 Jan 2012 – memories have a way of  overpowering.   And Arafa Abd el Dayem’s death should do so. three years on and his murder is no less painful, his loss no less present. Arafa, when shredded to death by an Israeli-soldier-fired dart bomb (a dart bomb is a shell filled with between 5000-8000 dart-shaped metal nails, designed to bore into their targets and split apart upon impact, ensuring  maximum damage ), was a long-term medic with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, as well as a high-school teacher and father. We had just spent a night searching for the martyred body of a teenage night-watchman at the American High School, bombed by Israeli warplanes… returning in the morning for the charred corpse of the young bedouin boy. I’d left Arafa and his colleagues, all genial, joking through the madness, compassionate… to return to Gaza City to write up some notes, share the reality with those…more

Hamas, the Brotherhood: Reanimating History
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Jan 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud There was an unmistakable hint of triumph in the comments made by Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the elected Hamas government in Gaza when he was hosted by Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Both leaders said what would be expected of them under these circumstances. Haniyeh asserted that his movement’s “presence with the Brotherhood threatens the Israeli entity,” and Badie reaffirmed the Brotherhood’s commitment to “issues of liberation, foremost the Palestinian issue” (MENA and AP, December 26). It is very telling that Haniyeh’s first official visit outside Gaza as prime minister was to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo’s Moqattam district. He shared his message – of resistance against Israeli occupation, national unity with rival Fatah and reaching out to Muslim countries – and then resumed his regional tour. Since 2006, Hamas has attempted, but largely failed to win the approval of governments in…more

Who Are the Palestinians
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Jan 2012 – By Hasan Afif El-Hasan In 1917, Jews constituted 7 percent of the indigenous Palestinian population and owned 1 percent of the land. Britain, as a colonialist power and the victor of World War I forced the Palestine Mandate and gave itself the right to grant a homeland to the Jewish people in Palestine in “Balfour Declaration” that facilitated the colonization of the land by foreign Jews. The 1948 War that led to the creation of Israel over seventy-eight percent of Palestinian territory resulted in the devastation of the Palestinian society. More than 80 percent of the Palestinians who lived in the part of Palestine upon which Israel was established became refugees, their society disintegrated and their lives at the individual, community and national level were changed. The Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem came under the Hashemite regime while those residing in the Gaza Strip came under uncaring…more

Russell Tribunal on Palestine: Universal Justice
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Jan 2012 – By Ludwig Watzal The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) was launched in Brussels on 4 March 2009. It’s a people’s tribunal in the spirit of the Tribunal on the Vietnam war that was set up by Lord Bertrand Russell in 1966 to protest the inconceivable war crimes and the crimes against humanity that were inflicted on the Vietnamese people by the United States. The first tribunal comprised people such as Jean-Paul Sartre, James Baldwin, Simone de Beauvoir, Isaac Deutscher to name a few. So far, there has been a second Russell Tribunal on Latin America from 1974 to 1976 dealing with crimes committed by Latin American military juntas. Sartre said about the tribunal on Vietnam: “The legality of the Russell Tribunal comes from both its absolute powerlessness and its universality.” The RToP has also no legal status, and draws its strength from the will of people who wish to put…more

Hamas and the Brotherhood: Reanimating History
Dissident Voice: 5 Jan 2012 – There was an unmistakable hint of triumph in the comments made by Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the elected Hamas government in Gaza when he was hosted by Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Both leaders said what would be expected of them under these circumstances. Haniyeh asserted that his movement’s “presence with the Brotherhood threatens the Israeli entity,” and Badie reaffirmed the Brotherhood’s commitment to “issues of liberation, foremost the Palestinian issue” (MENA and AP, December 26). It is very telling that Haniyeh’s first official visit outside Gaza as prime minister was to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo’s Moqattam district. He shared his message – of resistance against Israeli occupation, national unity with rival Fatah and reaching out to Muslim countries – and then resumed his regional tour. Since 2006, Hamas has attempted, but largely failed to win the approval of governments in Muslim-majority countries. Muslim…more

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