VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 21 January 2012: US newspaper owner writes op-ed proposing Israel assassinate Obama

21 January 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

US newspaper owner writes op-ed proposing Israel assassinate Obama
IMEMC – The editor and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler, has come under fire, and on Friday issued an apology, for an op-ed in which he surmised that the Israeli Prime Minister should “order a hit” on US President Barack Obama in order to preserve the Jewish state. …

Border Policeman Stabbed in Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported Saturday that a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli border policeman at a military roadblock near the Shufat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem; the soldier was mildly injured while the stabber manager to escape. …

Bank of Palestine Stopped Online Services Temporarily to Prevent Hack
IMEMC – In light of the latest hacker attacks on several international internet sites, Bank of Palestine (BoP) has decided to disable its online banking services for a short period of time. …

Al-Ashqar: “26 Elected Legislators Currently Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC – Palestinian Researcher, specialized in detainees’ affairs, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, reported that the number of elected Palestinian legislators currently imprisoned by Israel arrived to 26 after Israel kidnapped on Friday the head of the Legislative Council, Dr. Aziz Dweik, and Legislator Khaled Tafesh. …

Israeli army bombards Gaza; no injuries reported
IMEMC – The Israeli Air Force bombarded, Saturday, an area in the Gaza Strip leading to no injuries; an Israeli military spokesperson claimed that the attack targeted resistance fighters who fired a Qassam homemade shell into the Negev leading to no damage or injuries. …

Troops Attack Nonviolent Protest in Kufr Qaddoum
IMEMC – Local sources in Kufr Qaddoum village, east of the northern west Bank city of Qalqilia, reported that Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlements; dozens of injuries were reported. …

Ma’an News

Israel strikes south Gaza, no injuries
1/21/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli aircraft fired at a group of Palestinian militants in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday morning, without causing injuries. Residents told Ma’an that Apache helicopters hovered over the site, near the disused airport east of Rafah, before firing a missile at the fighters. No injuries were reported….

2 hurt in Rafah tunnel collapse
1/21/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured Saturday when a tunnel collapsed along the border between Gaza and Egypt, a medical official said. Adham Abu Salmiya said the workers were moderately injured. They were transferred to the Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, which borders Egypt….

Police: Palestinian stabbed officer near Shufat
1/21/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian stabbed a police officer at a checkpoint near Shufat refugee camp in Jerusalem, a police spokesman said. Mickey Rosenfeld said a crowd of Palestinians gathered at the checkpoint and when police came to the scene, an officer was stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver, and lightly injured. Police….

Gaza govt bars import of Egypt vehicles
1/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The government in Gaza has stopped allowing the import of vehicles from Egypt, officials said Saturday as authorities tried to crack down on stolen cars in the Sinai. Officials said they are trying to coordinate with the Egyptian side how to prevent the importation of cars which have been purchased….

Jordan summons Israel envoy over undiplomatic letter
1/21/2012 – AMMAN (Ma’an) — Jordan’s foreign minister has summoned the Israeli ambassador over a letter sent by Israel’s parliament head to his Jordanian counterpart, which Jordan says breaches diplomatic rules, the country’s media reported. Al-Masri, who was born in Nablus, notified Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh of the private….

Palestinians protest against negotiations in Ramallah
1/21/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Over 100 Palestinians demonstrated Saturday in the occupied West Bank urging their leaders to cease negotiations with Israel, in a second week of protests. Protesters had gathered a week earlier outside the presidential compound in Ramallah and urged an end to negotiations between Saeb Erekat and Yitzhak Molcho inJordan. The PLO….

Egypt detains 3 Palestinians using tunnels to enter Sinai
1/21/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian Army forces arrested three Palestinians attempting to enter the Sinai peninsula via underground tunnels. Security sources in Egypt said the suspects confessed to trying to enter the peninsula via tunnels underneath Rafah….

Lawyer: Mubarak had no role in Israel gas deal
1/21/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s deposed leader Hosni Mubarak played no part in drawing up a deal to export Egyptian gas to Israel that prosecutors say helped line the pockets of one of his associates, Mubarak’s lawyer said Saturday. Mubarak, ousted last February in a street revolt, is on trial over the killing….

Report: Haniyeh will run for Hamas chief in party elections
1/21/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh will run to replace Khalid Mashaal as head of Hamas in upcoming party elections, according to press reports. Haniyeh’s recent international tour intends to raise his profile among leaders in the region before elections, Italian news agency AKI reported, quoting Hamas sources. The prime minister…. Related: Mashaal confirms will stand down as Hamas chief

PFLP: PLC should convene after MP arrests
1/21/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday that the best response to Israel’s arrest of the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council is to hold a council session. Israeli forces on Thursday detained Hamas-affiliated parliament speaker Aziz Dweik at a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem….

West Bank universities struggle to stem strikes
1/21/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Protests in two West Bank universities have shut down classes in recent days, as students call for easing of tuition fees amid financial crisis in Palestine. As a new semester starts, Bethlehem University and Birzeit University in Ramallah have closed after their student councils launched hunger strikes and sit-ins on campus….

Mashaal confirms will stand down as Hamas chief
1/21/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal confirmed on Saturday that he does not seek renomination as head of the party’s politburo in upcoming elections. A statement from Mashaal’s office said the leader-in-exile told the Hamas Shura Council that he will not stand again, but will continue to serve his…. Related: Report: Haniyeh will run for Hamas chief in party elections

Haniyeh: 80 Fatah members can return to Gaza
1/21/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday that his Hamas-led government will allow the return of 80 Fatah supporters who left the Gaza Strip when his Hamas party took power. Fatah affiliates fled Gaza after fierce clashes between forces from the rival factions in mid-2007, which led to the…. Related: Fatah, Hamas continue to exchange accusations

Protesters take to Nablus streets against tax hike
1/21/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of supporters of the Palestinian People’s Party rallied in Nablus on Saturday in protest of a recent increase in taxes by the Palestinian Authority. Several leaders from other Palestinian factions joined the demonstration in Shuhada square, a Ma’an reporter said. Protesters waved flags and banged empty….

President’s office denies Abbas leaving Palestine
1/21/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas denied on Saturday reports claiming Abbas was planning to leave Palestine and coordinate its politics from abroad. Nimir Hamad said “the news about Abbas leaving Palestine due to fear of being targeted by Israel, as happened to (former Palestinian leader Yasser) Arafat, is not true….

Turkish banks ‘interested in Palestine branches’
1/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The head of the Palestine Monetary Authority said Saturday that Turkish banks have expressed an interest in opening branches in Palestine. Jihad al-Wazir told reporters that the PMA has requested financial data and banking system information from the Turkish banks, which he did not name. This procedure will strengthen the….

Fatah, Hamas continue to exchange accusations
1/21/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas and Fatah continue to exchange accusations concerning a lack of commitment to the reconciliation deal signed in Cairo. Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf said Saturday that “evidence on the ground show that Hamas hasn’t fulfilled anything of the Cairo agreement.” Meanwhile, Hamas released its own statement on Saturday, accusing…. Related: Haniyeh: 80 Fatah members can return to Gaza

Blast kills 14 on bus in Syria, clashes elsewhere
1/22/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Bomb blasts killed 14 prisoners travelling in a security vehicle in northwest Syria on Saturday, the state news agency said, and troops fought rebels elsewhere as the Arab League weighed whether to keep monitors in place. Syria’s SANA agency said a “terrorist” group had set off two explosions that also wounded….

Egypt army pardons 1,959 detainees, prominent activist
1/22/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s military ruler has pardoned 1,959 people convicted by military courts in the year since President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, including activist Michael Nabil whose hunger strike had brought him close to death. The state Al Nil television channel said the convicts had been pardoned by Hussein Tantawi, head of….

Opposition urges Arab League to refer Syria to UN
1/22/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The opposition Syrian National Council has formally asked the Arab League to refer the Syrian crisis to the U. N. Security Council, after Arab observers failed to end the bloodshed, an opposition spokeswoman said. Syrian opposition groups have called in the past for the case to be referred to the Security Council but….

Egypt ‘thwarts attack’ on Sinai gas lines
1/21/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces in the northern Sinai say they have thwarted an attempt to bomb a natural gas line in the northern Sinai leading to Israel. A group of unknown armed men targeted the line in Rommana village near Beir al-Abed, placing explosive devices underneath the pipes, security officials told….

International Solidarity Movement

A detainee at risk: Ongoing hunger strike since December 17
1/21/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Shahd Abusalama, 21 January 2012, The Electronic Intifada – If you have the power, you can abuse it and no one will say a word in protest. At least this is the case for Israel, which openly violates international law and human rights feeling secure that one will stop it. But Khader Adnan, a detainee from…. Related: The Electronic Intifada

In Photos: Zionist settlers burn the vehicle of a 53 year old woman
1/21/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 21 January 2012, International Solidarity Movement – On Sunday, the 16th of January, at approximately 2 AM, about fifty settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, entered the Abu Haikal family’s field in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeideh in Hebron. After throwing stones at the family’s house, they savagely burnt the car of Hana….

Kufr Qaddoum drives back Israeli soldiers at weekly demonstration to re-open road
1/21/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Aaron, 21 January 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – The mood was celebratory following the weekly protest this Friday in Kufr Qaddoum, after demonstrators succeeded in pushing back Israeli soldiers for the second week in a row. The goal of the protest was to open the main road to regional population center of Nablus….

The National

Iran’s Press TV blames British royals for loss of licence
The National 21 Jan 2012 – Britain’s independent media watchdog revoked Press TV’s licence for breaking licensing rules and failing to pay a £100,000 fine for broadcasting an interview with a prisoner obtained under duress.

Hamas boss quits; leaders at odds over Fatah, Israel
The National 21 Jan 2012 – The decision by Khaled Meshaal ends speculation about his future amid bickering between Hamas leaders inside the Gaza Strip and those outside over how to deal with Israel.

Temperature set to drop across the UAE
The National 21 Jan 2012 – The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology has warned that the temperature will continue to drop this week.

Scaffolding accidents claim the lives of three
The National 21 Jan 2012 – Three men died over the weekend in two separate incidents in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Too much detail to be untrue, says Abu Dhabi judge
The National 21 Jan 2012 – An appeals judge has told two Emirati men that the detail in their case file was their undoing.

Advocacy group helps to rescue Filipino maid
The National 21 Jan 2012 – A maid has fled to a shelter after her employer habitually stripped in front of her.

Green streetlights in Abu Dhabi save municipality Dh1 billion
The National 21 Jan 2012 – Plans to outfit every street light and traffic signal in Abu Dhabi with energy-efficient bulbs will save the municipality up to Dh1 billion over the next 20 years, officials estimate.

Forbes takes back ‘unfriendly UAE’ label, dubs country ‘expat paradise’
The National 21 Jan 2012 – The country now ranks in top three in a new article by the business website.

Judge reduces 17-year-old’s life sentence
The National 21 Jan 2012 – A boy caught dealing drugs will have his sentence reduced ‘out of mercy’.

Residents of The Palm Jumeirah call police to unlock doors
The National 21 Jan 2012 – Shoreline residents gathered outside their locked back doors yesterday, urging police to intervene.

Doctors want UAE-wide research into dangers of smoking shisha
The National 21 Jan 2012 – Smoking one shisha is the equivalent of 20 to 40 cigarettes.

More food items will be monitored by Ministry of Economy this year.
The National 21 Jan 2012 – Government’s consumer protection chief hopes 1,000 products at 300 outlets will be included in programme by end of year.


Newt Gingrich projected to win South Carolina presidential primary
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Syrian deserters take suburb near Damascus, activists say
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Palestinian father locks daughter in bathroom for 9 years
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

GOP contenders face off in South Carolina as primary enters final stretch
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Tehran rejects Sarkozy’s accusation of seeking nuclear bomb
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Israel Police deny report that Harpaz affair investigation will be renewed
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Final results: Muslim Brotherhood wins sweeping victory in Egyptian elections
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Hamas officially announces Khaled Meshal to step down
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Bus explosions kill at least 14, at least 23 killed in Idlib province, Syria activists say
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Report: Turkey intercepts material for missiles, chemical weapons on Iranian trucks
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

U.S. Chief of Staff: U.S. and Israel have shared understanding of Mideast security
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Syrian opposition preparing report to ‘counter’ Arab League statement
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

IDF strikes Gaza site after mortar shells fired into Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

U.S. Congress halts anti-piracy bills after Wikipedia-led online protest
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2012

Jerusalem Post

Mashaal not to seek reelection as Hamas chief
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Hamas political bureau head says he will continue to “serve his people, his cause and his movement, as well as causes of the nation.”

State Dept: US may close Syrian mission
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – State Department warns that “concrete steps” must be taken, expresses concern about “deteriorating security situation in Damascus.”

Egypt’s Islamists dominate new parliament
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Muslim Brotherhood’s FJP wins 38% of seats in Egypt’s freely-elected parliament; Salafi Al-Nour Party wins 29%; Army council pardons nearly 2,000 detainees.

Mayors support int’l airport in Nevatim
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – “A decision to establish an airport at Nevatim would be a strategic decision of influence on the future of the Negev,” Shalom says.

Conference honors memory of Israeli American soldier
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Avi Schaefer Symposium will grapple with purpose of Zionism.

Environment Ministry fines Tnuva NIS 15m. for waste-dumping
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – During food production in years 2009-2010, Tnuva’s Be’er Tuvia plant discharged brine in amounts that violate terms of its permit.

Syria blasts kill 15, Arab monitors may stay
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Syrian troops battle deserters elsewhere in northwest; head of Arab monitors to report to Arab League.

Glaring injustice
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Anyone with even cursory familiarity with the legal system realizes that justice and fairness are by no means identical with encoded strictures.

Women should be driving the bus!
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – As WIZO women, we strongly believe that women should not have to sit at the back of the bus, nor in the middle of the bus, but should be driving the bus.

My Word: Computer terror
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Cyberterrorists need not waste their time on me: I’m already scared.

A river runs through it: Answering Spielberg’s ‘Munich’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – The college will be the ultimate human response to an act of ultimate destruction. Humans won’t just build businesses, they will build solutions to better the world.

Thailand’s recognition of Palestinian state ‘disappointing’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – The move will do nothing to promote the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process, Foreign Ministry spokesperson says; Thai Foreign Ministry says move not related to arrest of Lebanese man suspected of terror plot.

Egypt pardons 1,959 detainees, blogger Nabil
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Tantawi’s pardons come days before mass rallies planned to mark anniversary of uprising that ousted ex-president Mubarak.

‘Mubarak had no role in gas deal with Israel’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Controversial deal was made by Egyptian intelligence agency, Mubarak had no part in negotiations, Farid al-Deeb says.

The lost Jewish presence in Jericho
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, has been devoid of any normal Jewish presence since 1994.

‘Iran transporting weapons to Syria through Turkey’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Four trucks held by Turkish authorities two weeks ago carried missiles, chemical weapons materials, ‘Taraf’ reports.

‘Italy to help Libya protect borders, oil’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Libyan prime minister says involvement will not threaten Libyan sovereignty and that no Italian troops will be present.

Iranian channel attacks UK media regulators
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Press TV reacts angrily after it was taken off the air by British media watchdog for broadcasting from Tehran.

’14 killed in Syria bus bomb as clashes break out’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Terrorists responsible for attack on vehicle carrying prisoners in Idlib province, SANA reports.

Iran: US presence in Gulf ‘not new issue’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – American warships in region part of permanent presence, IRGC deputy commander says in possible attempt to reduce tensions.

‘Haniyeh to run for Hamas Political Bureau chair’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Hamas PM campaigning in Arab, Islamic countries ahead of elections for key position, Adnkronos International reports.

IAF strikes Gaza terrorists after mortar attack
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2012 – Raid comes in retaliation to 3 mortar shells fired into Eshkol Region; strike hits near Rafah airport, Palestinian sources report.

The Numbers Crunch: One year since Tahrir
Jerusalem Post 20 Jan 2012 – This week in online news: Americans bored by US republicans; JPost readers unhappy with Obama’s Iran policy.

The Guardian

Gaza builders lead economic recovery – with some help from the black market
The Guardian 21 Jan 2012 – Booming construction industry beats Israeli blockade as materials are smuggled in through tunnels For three years, Wael Arabeed did not do a day’s work. He delved deep into his life savings, accrued over 25 years of…

Hamas political chief to step down
The Guardian 21 Jan 2012 – Leader Khaled Meshaal will not seek renomination after 16 years at the helm of the Palestinian Islamist group Khaled Meshaal, the political head of Hamas, is to step down from his position when elections for the…


Maliki’s Failed Dictatorship: Iraq on the brink of civil war
Uruknet January 21, 2012 – Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s security services have locked up more than 1,000 members of other political parties over the past several months, detaining many of them in secret locations with no access to legal counsel and using “brutal torture” to extract confessions, his chief political rival has charged…Some of the confessions…

Remembering Cast Lead’ -Jumana’s Story
Uruknet January 21, 2012 – …I remember Salwa’s shaky, tearful voice when the bombs were so close they shook our building. “Mama, are they going to kill us, too?” I guess everyone asked that question then. Would it be us next? Would they kill us, too? We have moved since then, to another part of the city;…

Maliki’s Sectarian Arrests Fuel Another Political Crisis in Iraq
Uruknet January 21, 2012 – Politically motivated raids and arrests continue to be the order of the day in Iraq, as more top Sunni Arab politicians have been captured by the Maliki government today, following growing complaints about the practice. Yesterday it was revealed that Maliki’s government had arrested more than 1,000 political opponents in recent months,…

Mob of protesters storm new Libyan regime’s headquarters in Benghazi
Uruknet January 21, 2012 – Protesters have forced their way inside the local headquarters of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC). The incident occured in Benghazi, the birth-place of the revolt which forced out former leader Muammar Gaddafi, where people have been protesting for weeks to demand the sacking of Gaddafi-era officials and more transparency about how…

Human rights groups charge NATO with war crimes in Libya
Uruknet January 21, 2012 – There is strong evidence that NATO carried out war crimes in its eight-month war for regime-change in Libya, according to a report released Thursday by Middle East human rights groups. The United Nations resolution authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect civilians was utilized as the justification for military actions against civilian targets…

In scandalous new campaign video, Obama takes Israel pandering to dangerous levels
Uruknet January 21, 2012 – Is Barack Obama running for reelection as President of the United States or Prime Minister of Israel? A new Obama campaign video makes it increasingly hard to tell, and even more ominously ratchets further the Israelization of US politics. US President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 amid expectations that he would…

Palestinians protest against negotiations in Ramallah
Uruknet January 21, 2012 – Over 100 Palestinians demonstrated Saturday in the occupied West Bank urging their leaders to cease negotiations with Israel, in a second week of protests. Protesters had gathered a week earlier outside the presidential compound in Ramallah and urged an end to negotiations between Saeb Erekat and Yitzhak Molcho in Jordan….

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – The Local Coordination Committees have documented 455 points of protest on this Friday of the Revolution’s Detainees. Following the trend of the past several weeks, the largest point of protest, both in size and scope, was in Idlib (133 points), followed by Hama (77 points) then Daraa (55). Homs had 44 points…

The United States of Islamophobia
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – President Barack Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on December 31 shocked many people who hoped that Obama, a former constitutional law professor, would reverse the abuses routinely committed by the administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. But while the NDAA—with its provisions that authorize the military,…

Unsettled, unlawful, unresolved Israeli settlers in a foreign land
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – Violence, abuse, non-accountability, hate, such is communal living today within the occupied West Bank, where some 518,974 colonisers sit within “200” illegal settlements. Noam Chomsky, “The settlements cover over 42% of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), not counting the Jordon valley, which they are taking over” Estimates of colonisation vary from the…

Uruknet January 20, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, Grand Ayatollah Sistani is worried about an outbreak of civil war in Iraq, Nouri orders more Iraqiya members arrested, the political crisis continues, and more…Maliki oes after political rivals and threatens Iraq’s internal safety. Already he’s declared Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi a terrorist and demanded Deputy Prime Minister Saleh…

A Palestinian detainee at Risk: Ongoing Hunger Strike Since December 17
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – If you have the power, you can abuse it and no one will say a word in protest. At least this is the case for Israel, which openly violates international law and human rights feeling secure that one will stop it. But Khader Adnan, a detainee from Jenin, has decided not to…

Chief of Iran’s Quds Force claims Iraq, south Lebanon under his control
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – Commander of Iran‘s Quds Force, Brig. Gen. Qasem Soleimani has said that the Islamic Republic controls “one way or another” over Iraq and south Lebanon and that Tehran is capable of influencing the advent of Islamist governments in order to fight “arrogant” powers, ISNA student agency reported on Thursday. “The enemies are…

Gaza Tunnel Smuggling OK, Says Confused Britain
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – The British government gets hot under the collar at the very thought of Gaza smuggling anything in. So much so, that as Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza was coming to an end in January 2009 our then prime minister Gordon Brown promised to send naval units to stop the Hamas government “smuggling”…

High Court sanctions looting: Israeli quarries in the West Bank
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – The resources of an occupied territory are supposed to be used to benefit the local population, unless they are needed for an urgent military purpose. However, in a judgment given on 26 December 2011, Israel’s High Court of Justice established a new rule enabling the state and private Israeli enterprises to loot…

Wisconsinites v. Governor Scott Walker
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – Last winter’s epic battle between Wisconsin public workers and Republican Governor Walker ended badly for social justice. Nonetheless, struggling for it continues. As issue was old-fashioned union busting. It included eroding collective bargain rights before ending them altogether. In addition, draconian wage and benefit cuts were imposed. Brazen politicians conspired with corrupt…

Video: Guantanamo Remembered: The ones left behind
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – Freed Guantanamo prisoners and their families’ moving recollections of the men still held at the prison camp – 10 years on…

It’s the End of the World! Again! And Again! And Again!
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – I tell you this with profound seriousness. And I’m completely sober! (For the moment.) If I had a million dollars, I’d bet all of it on the proposition that the U.S. Government has the power right now to shut down any and every website, internet provider, etc., etc., etc., etc. it wishes,…

Republican National Committee Endorses Elimination of Palestine from Middle East
Uruknet January 20, 2012 – Not only does Newt Gingrich believe there’s no such thing as a Palestinian people, the Republican National Committee does as well. That mean that 20 years of bipartisan agreement between political parties and the foreign policy of presidents both Republican and Democratic, has been overturned by a resolution passed by the RNC…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet January 19, 2012 – Number of martyrs today rose to 26, 7 in Idlib ,6 martyrs in Hama, 4 in Homs, 4 in Deir Ezzor, 4 in Damascus Suburbs “2 in Douma 2 Rankous” and a martyr in Qameshli… Idlib: Jabal Al-Zawiyah: Martyrdom of four men when they were riding a car under the Basanqol bridge…


Palestinian man jails daughter in bathroom for 9 years
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Iran: motorcyclists shoot to death military officer
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Report: Defectors took control over Syrian city
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Teen ends globe-circling voyage in St. Maarten
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6.2 quake hits off coast of southern Mexico
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Palestinian stabs Border Guard officer near Shufat
YNet News, 21 Jan 2012 – Officer sustains light injuries in neck, released after medical treatment; Police forces searching for suspect ….

Israel’s water apartheid?
YNet News, 21 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Slanderous European accusations put State of Israel’s very existence at risk ….

Hamas: Leader Mashaal won’t seek new term
YNet News, 21 Jan 2012 – In official statement, terror group says Damascus-based chief announced decision during recent Shura Council meeting; sources say PM Haniyeh, Abu Marzouk to face off in elections for new politburo chief ….

US threatens to close Damascus embassy soon
YNet News, 21 Jan 2012 – State department has ‘serious concerns about deteriorating security situation in Damascus’; Arab League says 40 monitors left Syrian capital ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya: Israel is against democracy, justice
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya has said that Israel was against democracy and justice in the world.

Israeli occupation forces arrest Palestinian human rights team
PIC – Israeli occupation forces arrested a Palestinian human rights team in occupied Jerusalem while documenting the arrest of a Jerusalemite boy on Friday night.

UFree: Deterrence against Israel needed to stop arresting Palestinian MPs
PIC – The European Network to Support the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners (UFree) has described the Israeli arrest of Palestinian parliament speaker Dr. Aziz Dweik and another MP as “serious escalationâ€.

Resistance fighters survive Israeli raid
PIC – A group of Palestinian resistance fighters survived an Israeli air raid on their position to the east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, on Saturday, local sources said.

Violent attacks on peaceful marches in W. Bank continue
PIC – The IOF continued, in blatant violation of human rights, their violent attacks on peaceful weekly marches organized in West Bank villages against settlement activities and the segregation wall.

Haneyya calls on PA to end its talks with Israel after kidnapping of Dweik
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya demanded the Palestinian Authority to halt its peace talks with the Israeli occupation state in response to its kidnapping of speaker Aziz Dweik.

Hamas source: No date fixed for Mishaal’s visit to Jordan
PIC – A senior source in Hamas has denied press reports that political bureau chairman of the movement Khaled Mishaal would visit Jordan by the end of January.

Protest in The Hague against Netanyahu
PIC – An angry protest was held outside the parliament in The Hague to condemn the visit made by Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and demand his arrest for war crimes against the Palestinians.


Police say Father Kept Daughter Inside Bathroom for 9 Years
WAFA – 19:56-RAMALLAH, January 21, 2012 (WAFA) – A father in the city of Qalqilia, northern West Bank, locked his daughter inside a bathroom in their house for nine years and had not allowed her to leave, a police…

Abbas Awarded Russian Orthodox Prize
WAFA – 17:56-MOSCOW, January 21, 2012 (WAFA) – Russian Patriarch Kirill Saturday awarded President Mahmoud Abbas the Orthodox People’s Unity Foundation prize, also known as Patriarch Alexis II prize. Abba …

National Council Condemns Arrest of lawmaker
WAFA – 15:10-RAMALLAH, January 21, 2012 (WAFA) – The Palestinian National Council (PNC), the parliament-in-exile, Saturday condemned Israeli arrest of Aziz Dweik, president of the Palestinian Legislative Council, …

Efforts Continue to End Birzeit University Crisis, says Lawmaker
WAFA – 14:39-RAMALLAH, January 21, 2012 (WAFA) – Lawmaker Bassam Salhi said Saturday that mediation efforts to end a crisis at Birzeit University that forced the administration to shut down campus will continue un…

Abbas Meets Russia’s Highest Religious Figure
WAFA – 12:16-MOSCOW, January 21, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday met with the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill I in the Russian capital Moscow. Abbas informed Kirill I of the continuous Is…

Hamas Confirms Meshaal Will Not Run Again
WAFA – 12:14-GAZA, January 21, 2012 (WAFA) – The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas confirmed Saturday that its chairman, Khaled Meshaal, has informed the movement of his intention not to run again for the post in …

Weather Forecast: Minor Rise in Temperature
WAFA – 10:42-RAMALLAH, January 21, 2012 (WAFA) – Weather on Saturday is partially cloudy to clear with a minor rise in temperature to 14 degrees Celsius, moderate to active, northwesterly to northeasterly winds an…

Intifada Palestine

Iran War: US Eyes Mideast Gendarme Role
Intifada-Palestine: 21 Jan 2012 – Iranians carry the flag-draped coffin of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, the deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Photo: AP By Dr. Ismail Salami – Intifada-Palestine.com The temptation of attacking Iran long entertained by Washington and Israel is gradually crystallizing into… more

In Syria’s capital, dueling protests stand in sharp contrast
LA Times 21 Jan 2012 – As supporters of the government of President Bashar Assad sing and dance, his opponents play a furtive game of cat and mouse with security forces. In a central square, government supporters set up a stage and speakers for a rally, watched over by a towering…


Obama speaks to Egypt ruler over crackdown on democracy groups
LA Times 20 Jan 2012 – Rather than return confiscated materials as the U.S. says was promised, Egyptian authorities have increased harassment of the groups and hinted that they may pursue criminal charges against them.  

Several motives in stiff Russia support for Syria, observers say
LA Times 20 Jan 2012 – Russia’s support for Syria can’t just be explained as a desire to help a longtime partner, experts say. It also reflects eagerness to confront the West and the Kremlin’s fear of internal opposition.  

Muslim Brotherhood Wins 47% of Egypt Assembly Seats
New York Times 21 Jan 2012 – An official tally shows the deep cultural conservatism of the Egyptian public.

Zabadani, Syria, Enjoys a Respite From Assad’s Crackdown
New York Times 21 Jan 2012 – Zabadani, near the capital, Damascus, is in opposition hands for the moment.

Hamas Says Its Leader, Khaled Meshal, Will Step Down
New York Times 21 Jan 2012 – The decision by Khaled Meshal, who is based in Syria, opens the door for a leadership contest and adds to the uncertainty enveloping Hamas.

Yemen’s Parliament Approves Immunity for President
New York Times 21 Jan 2012 – The law granting Ali Abdullah Saleh, the departing president, freedom from prosecution was criticized by Human Rights Watch and antigovernment activists.

Community Radio: Media opportunity of a lifetime to build the Palestine solidarity movement
Mondoweiss – In January of 2010, President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act, which requires the government, specifically the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to grant new community radio station licenses to non-profit and other community organizations all across the country. As a result, 2012 will see the…

New book Palestinians in Israel explores the contradiction of the ‘Jewish and democratic’ state
Mondoweiss – More and more, the discrimination and repression faced by Israel’s Palestinian citizens is surfacing in the mainstream, through media reports and alarmed NGO briefings. The stories just keep on coming: this week, Arab Knesset Members like Haneen Zoabi were accused of treachery, and threatened with expulsion…

Atlanta Jewish Newspaper Advocates Mossad Assassinating Obama If Iran Gets Nukes
Tikun Olam – Andrew Adler, now that’s a name that should live in Jewish infamy.  He’s the publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times who actually published a column in his paper saying that one of three options Israel should consider on the day the Prime Minister hears that Iran

012 by touting the ‘unbreakable bond’ between Israel and the US
Mondoweiss – Still thinking of voting for Barack Obama? This video certainly serves as a useful compendium of the ways he has disappointed those who hoped he would bring “change” to US foreign policy. The JTA reports that David Axelrod “e-blasted” this video out today as Obama’s Jewish campaign…

Most Syrians back President Assad, but you’d never know from western media
Voltaire Network 21 Jan 2012 – The Guardian’s former international affairs correspondent debunks the Western media and their governments’ distorted view on Syria. If the the Arab League mission in the country is challenged, it is not because it lacks objectivity, but because it is likely to reveal the extent of the…

Obama’s message to Tehran: Direct war on Iran on back burner…for now?
Voltaire Network 21 Jan 2012 – President Obama’s recent overture to reset relations with Iran may prove to be as illusory as the images in this column. Subjected to Washington’s uninterrupted shadow warfare, Tehran remains skeptical. Confined to a piecemeal approach, as Nazemroaya makes clear, Washington’s road to Iran hinges on its…

How to watch Press TV in UK
Voltaire Network 21 Jan 2012 – Press TV viewers in the UK can continue to watch the news channel via the following satellites or by visiting the following websites despite the British Office of Communications (Ofcom) removing the channel from the Sky platform. You can watch Press TV broadcast from anywhere in…

Palestinian Activists Play Football During Protest Against Israeli Checkpoint
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Jan 2012 – On Saturday January 21, 2012, the Popular Committee in Beit Ommar organized its weekly protest in coordination and cooperation with the Popular Committee of Yatta, the Palestine Women’s Struggle Committee, and supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists. The demonstration was held for the first time…

Egypt’s Islamists win elections
BBC 21 Jan 2012 – The final results in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections confirm an overwhelming victory for Islamist parties.

Deadly blast hits Syria jail van
BBC 21 Jan 2012 – At least 14 people die as a van carrying prisoners blows up on a road in north-west Syria, reports say, as the Arab League prepares to discuss its monitors’ mission.

Hamas head Meshaal to ‘step down’
BBC 21 Jan 2012 – Khaled Meshaal, the leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, does not want to stand for re-election this year, the movement says.


A detainee at risk: Ongoing hunger strike since December 17
Shahd Abusalama, Electronic Intifada 1/21/2012
      If you have the power, you can abuse it and no one will say a word in protest. At least this is the case for Israel, which openly violates international law and human rights feeling secure that one will stop it.
     But Khader Adnan, a detainee from Jenin, has decided not to stay silent and accept injustices against him and his fellow prisoners. He is battling armed jailers with his only weapon: his empty stomach. Khader started hunger striking the day of his arrest, December 18, to protest the unjust administrative detention he is serving and the indescribable cruelty he has experienced since then.
     My father’s experience of being an administrative detainee
     It’s worth mentioning that administrative detention is a procedure the Israeli military uses to hold detainees indefinitely on secret evidence without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Over 300 Palestinian political prisoners are serving this term now, and tens of thousands of Palestinians have experienced administrative detention since 1967.
     My father served this term three times. Previously, he had been sentenced to seven lifetimes plus ten years, but released in the 1985 prisoner exchange after serving thirteen. As I read about Khader’s story in a report by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, stories about Dad’s experiences in Israeli prisons came back to me.
     The last time it happened, a month after I was born in 1991, was the hardest. My mother told me how I came into this life where safety, peace, and justice are not guaranteed. ”In the middle of the night, a huge force of armed Israeli soldiers suddenly broke into our home, damaging everything before them…. more.. e-mail

Have Israel’s ‘inner circles’ discussed assassinating President Obama?
Alan Hart, Redress 1/22/2012
      One man who apparently thinks Israel’s “inner circles” have discussed assassinating President Barack Obama is Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times. (By the time this article of mine is posted will he be the former owner and publisher?)
     In his weekly newspaper Adler listed three options for Israel “to counter Iran’s nuclear weapons”. (Never mind that, unlike Israel, Iran does not possess nuclear weapons and that the latest assessment of Israel’s intelligence community – an usually honest assessment – is that Iran has not yet taken a decision to go nuclear for weapons).
     Murdering Obama
     Option 1, according to what Adler wrote, “is to launch a pre-emptive strike against Hamas and Hezbollah”.
     Option 2 “is to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities”.
     Option 3 “is to give the go-ahead for US-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice-president to take his place and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies”.
     To make sure his readers got the message, Adler added this:
     “Yes, you read “three correctly”. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If you have thought of this Tom-Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?”….. more.. e-mail

Israeli army fails to protect Palestinian children
Operation Dove, Alternative Information Center 1/19/2012
      According to a new report released by Operation Dove, Israeli authorities have been increasingly intransigent in their obligation to protect Palestinian children from settler violence in the South Hebron Hills this school year. The mandatory Israeli military escort that is supposed to ensure that Palestinian children arrive to school safely failed to walk with the children 95% of the time since the school year began in September. Soldiers and police also behaved aggressively towards Palestinians, forcing a pregnant women to spend 30 minutes at a flying checkpoint, for example, and aided settler harassment of Palestinians.
     The month of December was characterized by increased Israeli military and police actions against the Palestinian communities of the South Hebron Hills. Several demolition orders were delivered to the community of Susya, including against a school, water tanks and trees. During a non-violent demonstration in the same village, a Palestinian male child was arrested. In some cases, as in the village of At- Tuwani, soldiers harassed local Palestinians, threatening and prohibiting them from calling the international volunteers of Operation Dove. There were random checkpoints and inspections, sometimes in the middle of the night, such as occurred in Umm Fagarah. In one case, soldiers stopped a car carrying a pregnant woman and sick child at a flying checkpoint outside of At-Tuwani; soldiers forced the family to remain there for more than thirty minutes. This month also saw Israeli settlers perpetrate violence against Palestinian property, destroying six olive trees.
     Problems with the military escort of school children from Tuba and Maghayr Al-Abeed
     During December, the Operation Dove team registered 20 days of school. Although the military escort arrived on time, only in a few cases did the soldiers walk with the children, as mandated. more.. e-mail

Conflict and El Clásico in the Little Town of Bethlehem
Dissident Voice: 21 Jan 2012 – Overlooked by a military watchtower, in a region known most for conflict and a town known more for Christmas, a few hundred Barcelona and Real Madrid fans are packed into a make shift outside viewing arena. This is El Clásico in Bethlehem, a city where you either support Barca or Real; to support another team is at best unheard of, at worse disgraceful. In a region which is dominated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has been for over 60 years, El Clásico provides a welcome break from life under occupation and a chance for Palestinian football fans to be like any other throughout the world: sing songs, curse the referee and yo-yo up and down off a seat for 90 minutes. And for the Christians in the crowd it’s a chance to drink the local Taybeh beer — brewed just a few kilometres away in Ramallah — and for the…more

The Blockbusters
Dissident Voice: 21 Jan 2012 – “Israel has no foreign policy, only a domestic policy,” Henry Kissinger once remarked. This has probably been more or less true of every country since the advent of democracy. Yet in Israel, this seems even truer. (Ironically, it could almost be said that the US has no foreign policy, only an Israeli domestic policy.) In order to understand our foreign policy, we have to look in the mirror. Who are we? What is our society like? IN A classical sketch, well known to every veteran Israeli, two Arabs stand on the sea shore, looking at a boat full of Russian Jewish pioneers rowing towards them. “May your house be destroyed!” they curse. Next, the same two figures, this time Russian Jewish pioneers, stand on the same spot, launching Russian curses at a boat full of Yemenite immigrants. Next, the two are Yemenites cursing German Jewish refugees fleeing from the Nazis….more

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