VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 25 January 2012: Speaker Of Palestine Parliament Receives Six Months Administrative Detention

25 January 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Egypt’s People’s Council Head Declines Invitation To Visit Israel
IMEMC – Dr. Mohammad Al-Kittani, the elected head of the Egyptian People’s Council, a political leader of the Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt, declined an invitation to visit Israel to deliver a speech in front of the Israeli Knesset. …

Army Bulldozers Destroy Six Sheds Near Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the Wa’r ad-Beik area of Anata town, north east of occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished six sheds. These sheds were home to six families, including five brothers and their families. …

Fifth Final Meeting Between Erekat & Molcho to be Held in Amman
IMEMC – The Palestinian senior negotiator, Dr. Saed Erekat, and the Israeli negotiator, Yitzhak Molcho, will be holding a meeting in the Jordanian capital of Amman to discuss the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and resolving the outstanding issues. The meeting is brokered by Jordan and the European Union, the Ma’an News Agency reported Wednesday morning. …

U.S. Government Pledges $3.8 Billion In Loan Guarantees To Israel
IMEMC – In a meeting on Monday between U.S. State Department and Israeli officials, the U.S. officials promised to extend loan guarantees to Israel for the next three years. The $3.8 billion in loan backing is in addition to the $3 billion a year in aid given to Israel by the U.S. government. …

Troops Abduct Hamas Political Leader In Jenin
IMEMC – Israeli troops abducted, on Tuesday evening, Sheikh Mohammad Freihat, 46 years old. Sheikh Freihat is a religious figure and a political leader of the Hamas movement, in al-Yamoun town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. …

PCHR Condemns Raid on Red Cross and Detention of Palestinian Legislator
IMEMC – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the detention of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Member from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, Mohammed Toutah, and the former Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Khaled Abu ‘Arafa, by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) that had stormed the head office of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem yesterday. …

Two Residents Kidnapped In Hebron
IMEMC – On Tuesday Morning, the Israeli army kidnapped two Palestinians near the Ibrahimi Mosque, and moved them to an undisclosed location, the Palestinian news agency, Maan, reported. …

Speaker Of Palestine Parliament Receives Six Months Administrative Detention
IMEMC – The Israeli Military Court at the Ofer Israeli prison, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, decided to imprison the elected head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Dr. Aziz Dweik, to six months administrative detention, an illegal arbitrary imprisonment ruling made by a military court. …

Ma’an News

Mayor: Israel to demolish 12 Jordan Valley homes
1/25/2012 – TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have handed out 12 demolition orders to residents of al-Aqaba village, the local mayor said Wednesday. The mayor of Tubas visited al-Aqaba and condemned Israeli threats to demolish homes and shelters in the village in a statement. Israeli authorities usually demolish homes, wells, barns and infrastructure built without an….

Institute: Jewish extremists destroy Palestinian graves
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jewish extremists destroyed Palestinian tombstones on Wednesday in the northern Israeli town of Beisan, the Al-Aqsa Institute for Waqf and Heritage said. A delegation from the institute visited the cemetery in the town, known in Israel as Beit Shean, and found a large number of graves destroyed and vandalized, official PA….

Israeli forces ‘demolish 2 homes’ in Bedouin village
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two houses on Wednesday in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Kheer, south Hebron, a rights group said. Operation Dove said that two bulldozers arrived in the village at 9. 00 a. m. escorted by military jeeps. The two homes did not have demolition orders. After finishing the demolition….

Haniyeh to visit Iran
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will visit Iran during an upcoming international tour, he announced Wednesday. The trip will begin Jan. 30 and include a stop in Kuwait, Haniyeh said during a visit to Khan Younis Hospital in southern Gaza. Government spokesman Tahir al-Nunu told reporters Tuesday Iran’s…. Related: Official: Haniyeh receives invitation to visit Iran

Gaza man hurt in Rafah tunnel collapse
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian worker suffered serious injuries after a tunnel under the border between Egypt and Gaza collapsed on Wednesday, medical officials said…. Related: Man killed in Rafah tunnel collapse

Israeli forces block dirt road in Hebron
1/25/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces blocked off a dirt road in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron on Wednesday, a local advocacy group said. Youth Against Settlements said the closure aims to put pressure on the Abu Heikal family to leave the area, as they can no longer access their home. Israel already closed….

Security forces clash with Bethlehem camp residents
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces detained two men from Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem on Wednesday after clashes broke out between residents. A dispute between a landlord and his tenants is thought to have sparked the clashes. Residents threw stones at security forces who tried to intervene in the incident, a Ma….

Analysis: The puzzling matter of Israeli liberals
1/19/2012 – By Ramzy Baroud – Regardless of who may rule Israel, little change ever occurs in the country’s foreign policy. Winning parties remain obsessed with demographics and retaining absolute military dominance. They also remain unfailingly focused on their quest to initiate racist laws against non-Jewish residents of the state, and continue to hone the art….

Palestinians, Israelis to hold 5th meeting in Amman
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are scheduled to hold a fifth meeting in Amman on Wednesday in an attempt to resume face-to-face peace negotiations and sort out unresolved issues. Jordan and the European Union will sponsor the meeting, and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho will head the teams…. Related: Abbas wants Jordan meeting to be last

Official: Haniyeh receives invitation to visit Iran
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Premier of the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh has received an official invitation from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Iran. Spokesman of the Gaza government Tahir al-Nunu told reporters in Gaza City Tuesday that Ahmadinejad sent Haniyeh a letter congratulating him on the anniversary of the victory…. Related: Haniyeh to visit Iran

Abbas wants Jordan meeting to be last
1/25/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority officials asserted Wednesday that President Mahmoud Abbas “refused and will continue to refuse” holding more meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Jordan. Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are scheduled to hold a fifth meeting in Amman on Wednesday in an attempt to resume face-to-face peace negotiations and sort…. Related: Palestinians, Israelis to hold 5th meeting in Amman

Rafah crossing closes as Egypt marks year since uprising
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egypt on Wednesday closed the Rafah crossing on its border with Gaza as it marked the first anniversary of the revolt that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. The post-Mubarak administration reopened the crossing in May, allowing some residents of the besieged Gaza Strip to leave the enclave for the first….

Fatah official: IPU to investigate MP arrests
1/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Inter-Parliamentary Union has agreed to a suggestion by a Palestinian delegation to send a fact-finding commission to Palestine including occupied Jerusalem. Azzam Ahmad, who headed a Palestinian Authority delegation to the IPU’s committee on the Middle East, said Wednesday that a fact-finding mission would visit Palestine in March…. Related: PA cabinet demands release of Palestinian MPs

Lawmaker condemns interference in Abbas meeting with British Jews
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office over its efforts to prevent Jewish community leaders from meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas. Jewish community leaders in Britain canceled a meeting with Abbas during his visit to London last week, Israeli media reported at the time. The….

Barghouti: Conflict ends after Israeli withdrawal
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian-Israeli conflict will come to an end only when the occupation comes to an end and Israel withdraws to the pre-1967 borders, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti said Wednesday. Barghouti, former secretary-general of Fatah in the West Bank, on Wednesday testified in court in Jerusalem in a case filed….

SA condemns Israeli settlement activities at UN
1/25/2012 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — South Africa on Tuesday condemned Israeli settlement activities as “acts of aggression” at a UN Security Council briefing in New York. South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations Ebrahim Ebrahim told the council that Israel’s ongoing expansion of illegal Jewish-only settlements made the two-state solution “a….

PA cabinet demands release of Palestinian MPs
1/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday condemned Israel’s continued detention of Palestinian lawmakers, after four members of parliament were arrested in under a week. The cabinet “condemns the continued Israeli detention campaign” against the legislature, and demands that the Israeli government immediately release all lawmakers, a statement said. It…. Related: Fatah official: IPU to investigate MP arrests

Abbas meets Jordan’s King Abdullah
1/25/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas met with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Wednesday in Amman, official news agency Wafa reported. Abbas and the Jordanian King discussed the exploratory meetings between PLO and Israeli envoys and ways to implement the reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah. The president said the next period….

PA employees union calls off strike
1/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s workers union has called off a strike planned for Wednesday and Thursday after an agreement was reached on several issues, the union head said. Bassam Zakarnah said negotiations over the workers’ demands were discussed overnight and early Wednesday, after which the PA prime minister Salam….

Jihad leader: Unity with Hamas is not political tactic
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The integration of Islamic Jihad and Hamas is a legitimate demand and not a political tactic, Jihad leader Khader Habib said Wednesday of efforts to bridge gaps between the movements. Habib said like-minded Islamist groups should unite across the world, not only in Palestine where Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders….

Fatah official criticizes PA finance plan
1/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – A top Fatah official on Wednesday strongly criticized plans by the government of Salam Fayyad to institute sweeping reforms to Palestinian economy and tax policy. Mohammad Shtayyeh, a veteran economist, said that financial reform cannot be achieved by “burdening citizens, farmers and businessmen. Neither can it be achieved by prematurely pensioning….

Protests in Ramallah over cost of living
1/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hundreds of people took part in a mass demonstration in Ramallah on Wednesday to protest the new tax laws and the high cost of living. Protesters held banners reading “Yes to a national economy that protects the citizen’s dignity”, “People want to overthrow the new tax law”, and “18….

Palestinian politicians doubt elections will take place
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several Palestinian officials expressed doubt on Wednesday that elections scheduled for May would take place. Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan told Ma’an that “the pre-date is nearing. . . . elections can not be held under two governments as the national unity government has not been formed.” “Occupation may be a….

In photos: Hebron ghost town
1/25/2012 – MaanImages / Eva Pilipp – Hebron’s Old City — the former hub of its business life — is becoming increasingly deserted due to the few hundred settlers who have taken up residence since 1967. A massive Israeli military presence severely restricts the movement of local communities. Silence, and abandoned business and homes, is now prevalent throughout the area….

3 children ‘found homeless’ near Bethlehem
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian police patrol on Monday evening spotted an 8-year-old girl, her brother, 5, and her sister, a year-and-a-half, wandering in the streets after their parents “abandoned” them, officials said. A police statement explained that the children were scared and under heavy rain and severe cold. Police officers took the….

8 prisoner exchange deportees married in Gaza
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Eight released detainees who were deported to the Gaza Strip as part of the prisoner exchange with Israel were married Tuesday night at Rashad hall in Gaza City. The released detainees celebrated with their brides as well as members of their families who traveled from the occupied West Bank to….

EU’s Ashton urges return to negotiations
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday urged Israel and the PLO to resume direct negotiations, during a visit to the Gaza Strip.” I believe in the two-state solution and I believe in negotiation that should start right now to reach that solution,” Ashton said. On Thursday, Israeli and….

Netanyahu sees expansion of ties with China
1/25/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he envisaged a dramatic expansion of diplomatic ties with China, including a possible role for Beijing in Middle East diplomacy. Speaking in Tel Aviv at a celebration marking 20 years since the two nations forged relations, Netanyahu said: “I think we’ve barely scratched the….

Bedouins block main road in Sinai
1/25/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Dozens of Egyptian Bedouins on Wednesday blocked a main road linking Rafah and El-Arish in the Sinai peninsula. Protesters burnt tires and blockaded the road as thousands gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir square to mark the anniversary of the revolt which ousted Hosni Mubarak from power. Bedouin communities complain….

Inter-Parliamentary Union to send fact-finding commission to Palestine
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) The Inter-Parliamentary Union will send a fact-finding commission to Palestine, officials said Wednesday, after Israel arrested four Palestinian lawmakers in less than a week…. Related: Fatah official: IPU to investigate MP arrests

Gaza man sentenced to 5 years for drug dealing
1/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A court in Gaza has sentenced a man to five years in prison for drug dealing. The man was caught in possession of seven grams of hashish and convicted of possession and dealing drugs, a court statement said Wednesday. He was tried at Bidaya court on Monday. Police had urged….

Amnesty: Egypt must protect peaceful protesters
1/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Egypt’s military rulers must protect protesters and uphold the right to peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said Wednesday ahead of planned nationwide protests marking the first anniversary of the uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s rule. The Egyptian Interior Minister said Monday that there will be no security presence….

Year after uprising, Egyptians celebrate and protest
1/25/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak with some seeking a new revolt against army rule and others celebrating the changes already achieved. It is a year since protesters inspired by an uprising in Tunisia took….

Saudi artists test limits of expression in rare show
1/25/2012 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) — Standing on a large floor map in a Jeddah art gallery, Hamza Serafi places a yellow sign inscribed “Caution: revolution (take 2)” over Egypt and then turns to Saudi Arabia.” Evolution not revolution” reads the sign he plans to place over the conservative Islamic kingdom, where an exhibition organizers call Saudi….

Yemen: Little hope of swift return for Abyan IDPs
1/25/2012 – ADEN, Yemen (IRIN) — When Abdullah al-Hasani, 55, fled his home in the Khanfar District of Yemen’s Abyan Governorate eight months ago, he hoped some day to return and grow watermelons. But on a visit there in January he found nothing left of his two-story home and his watermelon farm — the family’s….

ICRC: Red Crescent head shot dead in Syria
1/25/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — The head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in the northern town of Idlib was shot dead on Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.” We just learned a few minutes ago of the death of Mr. Abdulrazak Jbero, head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch in Idlib. Mr. Jbero….

Nobel winner says Yemen president entourage must leave power
1/24/2012 – SANAA (Reuters) — Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakul Karman has said President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his inner circle must be barred from power for good if the country is to have any chance of restoring stability. In an interview after she returned to her country late on Thursday, Karman said the immunity Yemen’….

Fatah’s Barghouti in rare court appearance
AlJazeera 25 Jan 2012 – Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti says conflict with Israel will only end when it withdraws to pre-1967 lines.

Relief Web

Lebanon: SDC funds employment centres to boost employment prospects for Palestine refugees in Lebanon
Relief Web 25 Jan 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory Beirut – The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in…

Lebanon: Operational Overview – ICRC activities in Lebanon for the year 2011
Relief Web 24 Jan 2012 – Source: ICRC Country: Lebanon , Israel , occupied Palestinian territory The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been present in Lebanon since 1967, addressing the humanitarian consequences of conflict and other situations of violence, in close cooperation with the Lebanese…

The National

Human Rights Watch issues report on the UAE
The National 26 Jan 2012 – A human rights organisation praised the UAE’s efforts to improve the plight of labourers but said it has more work to do to enhance free speech.

Du bans 20,000 fake phones from network
The National 25 Jan 2012 – Devices are a fire hazard and prone to leaking batteries.

Parents face ‘disaster year’ at Indian schools
The National 25 Jan 2012 – The shortage of places has been building for some time but has come to a head as Adec enforces policies aimed at safeguarding the health and safety of pupils.

100,000 flood Tahrir Square as Egypt marks the day it all began
The National 25 Jan 2012 – Tahrir Square was a microcosm of political life in the country a year after Egyptians took to the streets to demand the end of the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Thousands are following the nation’s top tweeps
The National 25 Jan 2012 – Six people from the UAE appear feature in a new list of the 100 most influential Arabs on Twitter including the Ruler of Dubai and the Foreign Minister.

Tunisian students on hunger strike over right to wear niqab in class
The National 25 Jan 2012 – Covering was banned in Tunisia under Ben Ali but protesters say nation’s new freedoms include right to practice Islam as they see fit.

Hamas learns lessons from the Arab Spring
The National 25 Jan 2012 – Are the rulers of Gaza taking careful note of the political success of Islamists elsewhere? Yes, they are, a leading Hamas figure tells Hugh Naylor, Foreign Correspondent

Mahmoud Abbas: Negotiations with Israel have ‘run their course’
The National 25 Jan 2012 – Israel fails to meet deadline over proposals on borders and security for Palestinian state.

Iran steps up arrests of journalists and activists ahead of elections
The National 25 Jan 2012 – More than a dozen journalists, bloggers, opposition supporters and rights activists in recent weeks, intensifying a crackdown on freedom of expression ahead of parliamentary elections in March.

Neonatal beds in short supply
The National 25 Jan 2012 – Doctors call for better facilities to cope with special care babies and say there is a shortage of neonatal beds.

Israel plans for US$10bn nest egg in anticipation of large offshore gasfields
The National 25 Jan 2012 – The proposed sovereign wealth fund is still in the planning phase, but officials have said some revenue would be invested in areas such as education and health.

Moroccan dies from his burns after being set alight during jobs protest
The National 25 Jan 2012 – Abdelwahab Zaydoun was part of a group of unemployed graduates who occupied an education ministry building in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, last week to protest against their unemployment.


U.S. Jewish democrats: Obama’s address is an endorsement of our values
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2012

Vegetable prices in Israel spike due to cold winter weather
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2012

Israel-Palestinian conflict moves to the soccer pitch
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2012

Obama: U.S. is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2012

German group cuts support for Palestinian rights NGO
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2012

Druze town fights to pave road through Carmel forest
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2012

Court rules homeless families can stay in Jerusalem park
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2012

Netanyahu: World must stop Iran from conducting second holocaust
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2012

Woman in Beit Shemesh attacked by ultra-Orthodox extremists
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2012

Jerusalem Post

‘Baby-faced Palestinian leaders win Israeli support’
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2012 – Hebrew U study finds Palestinian political leaders who have “baby faces” are more trusted by Israeli Jews in peace talks.

Palestinian students hope to learn desert farming in Arava
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2012 – The Arava International Center for Agricultural Training hosts several hundred agricultural university students from Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar for 10 months each year.

Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Draft report by Institute for Science and International Security says Iran unlikely to “dash” toward making nuclear weapons; asserts that sanctions, fear of military strike by Israel have worked as a deterrent.

Homeless families to remain in Sacher Park
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Court places a two-month injunction against municipality attempt to evict tent residents.

Court extends remand of man arrested for attacking woman
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Beit Shemesh victim Natalie Mashiach: They called me ‘whore’ and ‘shiksa.’

Muslim Brotherhood repeats: No talks with Israel
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Spokesman says dialogue with Jewish state ‘not up for discussion.’

Edri backs Mofaz, Sheetrit likely to join next week
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Retired judge who convicted former PM Sharon’s son to head Kadima election committee.

Barghouti refuses to testify in US civil suit
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Former Fatah leader, PA and PLO sued by family of US terror victim Esther Klieman.

IDF debates use of white phosphorus shells
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – There is ongoing discussion within the army as to whether the shells should be used in a future operations in Gaza.

Reporter’s Notebook: Tahrir Square, one year later
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – ‘It is not the Mubarak ship, but it is still the same ship.’

‘3 PMO staff went to A-G over harassment charges’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Cabinet secretary, communications director, Maj.-Gen. reportedly took complaints of female staffer over Eshel to Weinstein.

Palestinians: Peace talks end with no progress
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – “The Israelis brought nothing new in meeting,” says Palestinian official; Palestinians to consult Arab League on what to do next.

Danon: Ethiopian murders becoming ‘epidemic’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Knesset study indicates that 30% of domestic crimes are committed by Ethiopian immigrants.

Shmuli defends student union spending on J14
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – National Union of Israeli Students Chairman says he would do it all over again if he had the choice.

NGO Monitor slams funding of ‘+972’ blog
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Shoah Foundation ends work with Israeli NGO that supports ‘Nakba’.

France, Britain join Syria peace push at UN
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Arab League monitors say withdrawal of some 50 observers won’t affect their mission, pledge to continue.

Inside Out: Veering towards the center
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – The prevalent assessment is that a general election in Israel will be held by October 2012.

Three years after Operation Cast Lead
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Woe to us if Hamas serves as the standard for Israeli behavior.

PMO staff went to A-G over harassment charges
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Cabinet secretary, communications director took complaints of female staffer over Eshel to Weinstein.

Israel in the year 2040
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – In 1892, Lewinsky predicted how Israel will blossom in 2040. His fanciful predictions have already come to fruition.

Fundamentally Freund: Stop blurring Holocaust memory
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – We must combat hatred, discrimination, but not at the price of blurring memory of the six million.

A necessary act of futility
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Jordan peace talks may be going nowhere because neither side wants them to, but to admit that would be dangerous.

Media Comment: How ethical are legal commentators?
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – One wonders why our public airwaves are dominated by unbalanced, unethical legal commentary.

Encountering Peace: Breakthrough dynamic
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Decisions with historic consequences could be made by the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the coming days.

Making room for a cappella
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – The name Thalamus Vocal Quartet may infer a cerebral approach, but that simply isn’t the case.

‘Obama set to accelerate pace of US aid to Egypt’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012US State Department official says Washington to provide “more immediate benefits” to Egyptians after elections.

EU gives €55.4m. to UN Palestinian refugee agency
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – UNRWA: EU’s contribution “largest single donation to UNRWA”; money to finance education, health and social services.

TA protest shows solidarity with Ethiopian-Israelis
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Hundreds rally in central Tel Aviv to show solidarity for those suffering from racism directed at Ethiopian citizens.

Israeli hackers plan response to website attacks
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Tel Hashomer hospital, ‘The Marker’, ‘Haaretz’, ‘Dan’ bus company sites attacked; Israeli hackers vow response.

Media’s role in Arab-Jewish relations debated
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – MK Ahmed Tibi: 70% of media reports on Arabs are negative, describe Arabs in different terms than Jews.

Civil rights groups to PMO: Suspend chief of staff
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Eshel was accused of harassing a young female staffer and is being investigated by Civil Service Commission.

Beduin solar license decision delayed again
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – An approval would allow for the development of an 8-megawatt solar field on land owned by the Beduin Tarabin family.

Russia says it opposes sanctions on Syria
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Lavrov calls for negotiations to end bloodshed; Moscow has not backed Arab League call for Assad to step down.

Irishman makes ‘billion-euro home’ of shredded notes
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Artist uses 1.4 billion worth of shredded euros to build house in protest of financial crisis.

Iranian film scores rare double Oscar nod
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – “A Separation,” about an Iranian couple going through a divorce, earns Iran first nomination in 14 years.

Hospitalized twins’ grandmother released
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Parents of babies remain in custody after a night of questioning over cause of children’s injuries.

State must respond to accident victim’s family petition
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – High Court orders state to respond to petition by quadriplegic accident victim’s family.

Options speculator Aroch convicted in forgery plea
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2012 – Aroch pleads guilty to forging documents, and the court sentences him to a 12-month suspended prison term and a fine of NIS 50,000.

Harassment complaint lodged against top PMO official
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2012 – Justice Ministry looking into allegations that Nathan Eshel, Chief of Staff at the PMO read personal messages, followed young female staffer.

Woman injured by ultra-Orthodox mob
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2012 – Natalie Mashiach hit with stone in Beit Shemesh when zealots vandalize her car.

PM: World has remained indifferent to genocide
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2012 – At Knesset speech in honor of Int’l Holocaust Memorial Day, Netanyahu says UN not fulfilling mandate to prevent genocide.

Demjanjuk seeks German funding to sue paper
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2012 – Demjanjuk wants some $33,000 to sue the news organization for calling him “beast of the concentration camp.”

A Winter of Discontent for Hamas and Iran
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2012 – The growing rift between Hamas and Iran indicates a power struggle for Palestinian Jihad.

Mashaal to meet Abdullah for first time in 13 years
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2012Hamas leader to make first official visit to Jordan since Hamas‘s banishment in 1999, Jordanian official says.

Health Eating: Vitamin C in action
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2012 – From reducing risk of heart disease, to preventing wrinkles, find out what this long-forgotten vitamin can do for you.

The Guardian

012, says draft Isis report
The Guardian 25 Jan 2012 – Analysis by Institute for Science and International Security says sanctions and threat of Israeli attack are having effect Iran is unlikely to move towards building a nuclear weapon in 2012 because it cannot yet produce enough…

Letters: Child prisoners in Israel’s jails
The Guardian 25 Jan 2012 – We applaud Harriet Sherman for bringing the violation of Palestinian children’s rights to the attention of your readers ( Alone and bewildered, the boy in Cell 36 , 23 January). We recently visited Jerusalem and the West Bank…

The Guardian 25 Jan 2012 – One of Israel’s leading strategic analysts says the country’s leadership believes air strikes can set back the Iranian nuclear programme by three to five years Ronen Bergman , an investigative journalist and analyst on the Israeli newspaper…

Marwan Barghouti, jailed Palestinian leader, makes rare court appearance – video
The Guardian 25 Jan 2012 – Marwan Barghouti, sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli court for the murder of Israeli civilians in 2002, makes a rare court appearance as a witness in another case

Iran sanctions need to be tougher, Israeli defence minister warns
The Guardian 25 Jan 2012 – Ehud Barak says the EU oil embargo alone is unlikely to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear plans Israel’s defence minister, Ehud Barak, has warned that tougher sanctions need to be imposed on Iran despite the…

Inter Press Service

LEBANON: Could a New Civil Law Unify a Divided Society?
IPS Odette Klysinska, a Catholic French native, sits in her living room in an affluent neighbourhood in Beirut, clutching her will in one hand, shocked to learn that it is no longer legally valid in the country she now calls home.

The Logic and Limits of Nonviolent Conflict
IPS Today marks the one-year anniversary of the uprisings in Egypt that unseated an authoritarian regime and rekindled the spark of nonviolent resistance around the world.

Syria Security Forces “Destroy Homes” in Hama
IPS At least six people have been killed as Syrian security forces continued attacks on protest hubs across the country, activists say.

EGYPT: Arab Spring Gives Way to Military Chill
IPS When Egypt’s dictator was ousted during a popular uprising last February, the military leaders who assumed control of the country pledged to “protect the revolution” and ensure a swift transition to civilian rule within six months. One year later, the ruling generals appear to have hijacked the transition to preserve…


No prison time for Marine charged in Haditha massacre
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – …Documents found in an Iraqi dump, retrieved by the New York Times last month as they were being burned, bear out Bargewell’s findings. Among the papers were statements given by military personnel on the Haditha massacre. “I mean, whether it’s a result of our action or other action, you know, discovering 20…

Occupying Libido: Negotiating a Landscape of Hypocrisy and Hungry Ghosts
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – …Still, both major U.S. political parties remain unmoved by the opinions of their constituents and unresponsive to their needs. By having the right to vote under present day, political duopoly, one is granted the right to co-sign the ongoing fraud that the nation is a democratic republic. To vote for either a…

Activists resisting Palestinian home demolitions face IDF Price Tag’ attack
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – It has become commonplace among violent West Bank settlers to randomly attack Palestinian mosques, homes, olive orchards and individuals in order to send a message to other Israelis. They are called “Price Tag” attacks, after the “signature” the settlers leave scrawled on the walls of the burnt-out buildings. In the dark of…

Interim Libyan government a protest magnet
Uruknet January 25, 2012 — Protests are mounting against the council that replaced Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, with one critic calling the National Transitional Council “a monster.” Those unhappy with the regime include Libyans still loyal to the slain leader, those who say the NTC is not moving fast enough to establish a democracy and those who…

In Iraq, Haditha case is reminder of justice denied
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – The teacher still keeps family photos of the dead, visual mementos of lives cut short in an unremitting hail of gunfire. “The Americans killed children who were hiding inside the cupboards or under the beds,” said Rafid Abdul Majeed Hadithi, 43, a teacher in the city of Haditha who says he witnessed…

Testimonies from the Heart of Darkness
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – ‘This place is the carbuncle on the ass of the occupation,’ said Dalit Baum as the gates of Ofer prison closed behind us. The Palestinian residents of the West Bank, who had been living under occupation for over forty years and are deprived of their basic rights, are brought to justice in…

Israeli “satire” show Latma TV represents Africans as dancing, banana-eating baboons
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – The Israeli “satire” show Latma TV produces an animated cartoon that depicts African people as apes. Latma TV – a tax-exempt project of the US-based Center for Security Policy – has become notorious for its racist videos, including one which spread a libel that Muslim men were responsible for a “rape epidemic”…

Libya: Growing Discontent, Military On Alert In Tripoli
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – “The military presence in Tripoli has become more evident by the hour. There are no checkpoints, but the troops are on alert to sedate any possible unrest. There has also been an increase in exchanges of fire of various nature over the past days, as the wave of protests that erupted in…

California professor under attack for opposing “study in Israel” scheme
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – A mathematics professor at the California State University at Northridge is the target of an attack campaign by various pro-Israel lobby groups and individuals because he maintains a website that supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, and for his outspoken criticism of Israeli policies. Recently, Dr. David Klein has come under…

Detainees held by Libya rebels still tortured-UN
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – Detainees from Libya’s civil war held by revolutionary brigades continue to be subjected to torture despite efforts by the provisional government to address the issue, the U.N. human rights chief said on Wednesday. Navi Pillay told the U.N. Security Council she was extremely concerned about thousands of prisoners, most of them accused…

Institute: Jewish extremists destroy Palestinian graves
Uruknet January 25, 2012 — Jewish extremists destroyed Palestinian tombstones on Wednesday in the northern Israeli town of Beisan, the Al-Aqsa Institute for Waqf and Heritage said. A delegation from the institute visited the cemetery in the town, known in Israel as Beit Shean, and found a large number of graves destroyed and vandalized, official PA news…

Video: Tunisian Freed from Guantánamo Calls for the Return of His Compatriots
Uruknet January 25, 2012 – To mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo Bay, both Al-Jazeera and the Guardian turned their attention to the fate of the five Tunisians still held in Guantánamo, who I wrote about almost exactly a year ago, after the unexpected fall of the dictator…

Iraq’s execution of 34 people in one day shocking’ – UN human rights chief
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – The United Nations human rights chief said today she was shocked at reports that 34 people were executed in Iraq in a single day last week and called on the country to institute an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty. “Even if the most scrupulous fair trial standards were…

Yemen’s Saleh Leaving; Country Sees Hope
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – Being forced to leave the country, deeply inside Saleh knows he was degraded. He is not expected to come back to Yemen anytime soon, as Yemenis will continue demanding his prosecution as long as he lives. Though he received the immunity he long seeked, it means nothing in front of the international…

On the 4th. Anniversary of the passing of Al-Hakim George Habash
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – Al-Hakim George Habash was a born leader, the respect of whom was inevitable and willingly accepted by the people around him without demand on his part… generations of young and old Palestinians and other Arabs in complete devotion and dedication to the Arab cause in general and the Palestinian one in particular,…

Video: Pro-Gaddafi forces strike back, ‘Libya out of control’
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – Fighting has broken out in Libya between supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi and forces loyal to the new government. The head of the National Transitional Council has warned that the country is on the verge of returning to a state of civil war. Our correspondent Maria Finoshina says the NTC doesn’t…

Israel confiscates 350 acres in occupied Jerusalem in just three weeks
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – The Israeli occupation authorities have confiscated 350 acres of land in the occupied city of Jerusalem and the surrounding area in the past three weeks. Details of the land grab have been given in a report prepared by the Department of International Relations at the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), which described the…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – The number of martyrs increased to 68 including 5 defected recruits. 47 martyrs in Homs, 18 of them fell in the shelling of the two buildings in Bab Tadmur and 12 others in the shelling at Karm Al-Zayton neighborhood four of them were torn into pieces and couldn’t be identified. 7 martyrs…

US/Israel: Iran NOT Building Nukes
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – … However, a consensus seems to be emerging among the intelligence and military agencies of the United States – and Israel – that Iran has NOT made a decision to build a nuclear weapon. In recent days, that judgment has been expressed by high-profile figures in the defense establishments of the two countries…

In Palestine, to exist is to resist
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – On November 15, Mazin Qumsiyeh and other Palestinian activists boarded public bus number 148, an Israelis-only bus that normally takes Jews from the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ariel to Jerusalem. The bus took the group to the Hizma checkpoint, just outside the northern entrance of Jerusalem, where activists resisted authorities’ efforts…

ICAHD Peace Center Beit Arabiya’ Demolished for the Fifth Time
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – Israeli authorities demolished Beit Arabiya (“Arabiya’s House”) last night (Monday, January 23rd) for the fifth time, along with structures in the East Anata Bedouin compound. Beit Arabiya, Located in the West Bank town of Anata (Area C) just to the northeast of Jerusalem, is a living symbol of resistance to Occupation and…

US steps outside the law as the war on terror drones on
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – The CIA recently launched its first drone attack of 2012. Three people in North Waziristan were killed. If you haven’t yet heard of these Terminator-style US drones, it is likely you will soon. Their usage in surveillance, modern warfare and covert ”counter-terrorism” measures is rapidly expanding. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are…

Thoughts on Palestinian conference
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – The conference in Jericho was on changing course; some papers presented were excellent and most comments were exactly on target. I had heard similar comments from Palestinians in exile in the USA, Holland, Belgium, and Italy. But our block is not in diagnosis nor is it in the prognosis but it is…

Uruknet January 24, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Baghdad is slammed with bombings, Nouri goes after Turkey (again), the political crisis continues, executions in Iraq continue, and more… Today bombs slammed Baghdad. Aswat al-Iraq states, “These explosions remind the people of the 2006-2007 events.” Alsumaria TV quotes an unidentified police source stating of the aftermath of a…

Rules of American justice: a tale of three cases
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – Developments in three legal cases, just from the last 24 hours, potently illuminate the Rules of American Justice. First, the Justice Department yesterday charged a former CIA agent, John Kiriakou, with four felony counts for having allegedly disclosed classified information to reporters about the CIA’s interrogation program. Included among those charges are…

The Torture of Mumia Abu-Jamal Continues off Death Row Supporters Demand Transfer to General Population
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – On December 7, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to consider the Philadelphia District Attorney’s final avenue of appeal, current DA Seth Williams announced that he would no longer be seeking a death sentence for the world-renowned death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal – on death row following his conviction at a 1982…

Egypt : One Year On, Labor Revolution Stalling
Uruknet January 24, 2012 – On 30 January 2011, only five days into the revolution, the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions was born, the first such federation to be established in since the union movement was monopolized by the state-controlled Egyptian Trade Union Federation in 1957. Since then, some three hundred independent unions have been established…

Daily Star

Ex-Gadhafi bastion under govt control: Libya minister
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Libyan Defence Minister Osama Juili said Wednesday that the oasis town of Bani Walid was under government control as he toured the former Moammar Gadhafi bastion days after deadly clashes.

Mixed reviews for Obama speech among Davos mighty
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 The rich and powerful of the world were divided at their annual huddle on Wednesday over Barack Obama’s threat to raise their taxes, with some saying policies that go after the wealthy will hurt growth, but…

New UNIFIL head arrives in Lebanon
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Major General Paulo Serra arrived in Lebanon Wednesday afternoon, where he will replace Major General Alberto Asarta Cuevas of Spain as the head of UNIFIL, the peacekeeping force in the south.

Sleiman signs off on wage-hike bill
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman has signed off on the Cabinet’s wage-hike decree.

Chirac visits Hariri after surgery for a skiing injury
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Former French President Jacques Chirac was the latest prominent figure to check on the health of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who had surgery for a skiing injury over the weekend.

Onus on Lebanon to curb arms smuggling: Syrian envoy
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali said Wednesday that the lion’s share of responsibility for preventing the smuggling of arms across the border lies with Lebanon, not Damascus.

Red Crescent official shot dead in Syria
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 The head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in the northern town of Idlib was shot dead on Tuesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.

Turkish city counts cost of Syrian violence
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Worry etched across their grizzled faces, truck drivers line up their vehicles at Turkey’s Oncupinar border gate, ready to run the gauntlet on a road they dread taking: south into Syria.

Iran under pressure of new sanctions wave
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Sanctions drawn up by the European Union to dissuade Iran from building a nuclear weapon should considerably hamper a country already suffering from previous economic measures imposed by the West, analysts said.

Fresh attack on police in Nigerian city of Kano
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Around 30 gunmen rained bombs and gunfire on a police station in Kano, killing a woman in the latest attack blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria’s second city, residents said.

Mourinho might leave Real Madrid
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Real Madrid are looking for replacements for Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese manager decide to leave the Spanish capital.

Hamadeh slams Mansour over Syria policy
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 March 14 MP Marwan Hamadeh attacked Wednesday Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour for violating a Lebanese government policy to disassociate the country from Syria.

March 14 warns Iran on south Lebanon
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 March 14 has warned Tehran against attempts to ignite war in south Lebanon.

Libyan defence minister in restive town for talks
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Libya’s defence minister held talks on Wednesday with townsmen at Bani Walid, a former stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi where local fighters drove out a pro-government militia this week.

European shares fall on nagging Greek debt fears
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 European stocks were lower early Wednesday afternoon as investors booked recent profits on banking stocks, worried that pressure on the European Central Bank to write down Greek bond holdings could compromise its ability to buy peripheral…

U.S. commandos free two pirate hostages in Somalia
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 U.S. special forces swooped into Somalia on Wednesday and rescued an American and a Dane after a shootout with pirates holding them hostage, in a rare raid into the Horn of Africa nation to free foreign…

Vanessa Paradis jokes about Johnny Depp rumours
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis on Tuesday joked about, but did not deny, rumours that her relationship with US actor Johnny Depp was on the rocks.

Hezbollah defends Bassil, urges Cabinet to solve power cuts problem
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Hezbollah urged the government Friday to address the longstanding issue of endemic electricity shortage in the country and defended Energy Minister Jibran Bassil.

ICT Road Show Concludes With High-Level Policy Visit to Washington, DC
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Over 40 information and communications technology representatives from across the Arab world concluded their U.S. visit on Saturday, following two days of intensive meetings and discussions in Washington, DC, the last stop on an ICT Road…

Syrian troops shell central city
Daily Star 25 Jan 2012 Activists say Syrian security forces are shelling and assaulting neighborhoods in a city in the center of the country, and at least one person has been killed.


Family: 21-year-old freed by Syrian authorities
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – ….

3 senior officials in PM’s bureau behind harassment complaint
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – Sources name cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser, military secretary Yohanan Locker and PR chief Yoaz Hendel as those who informed AG’s office of alleged harassment by Natan Eshel ….

Canada imposes sanctions on Syrian banks, oil companies
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – ….

Obama set to speed aid to Egypt
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – ….

EU working on Israeli incentives package for PA
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – Palestinians declare exploratory talks with Israel ‘a failure’ as parties hold last meeting in Amman. EU’s Ashton scrambles to salvage negotiations, keep Palestinians from walking away from talks. Abbas to consider next steps with Arab League next week ….

UN chief to travel to Middle East next week
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – ….

Report: Source says no progress in Israeli-Palestinians talks
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – ….

Hundreds protest against racism in Tel Aviv
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – ‘This protest is just beginning,’ Ethiopian student Mulet Harato tells crowd of 600 in Meir Park ….

Hacker: I leaked confidential Iranian docs
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – Pro-Israeli hacker ‘Hannibal’ releases files said to contain secret info on Islamic Republic, but documents prove to be a dud ….

Barak: Extend Tal Law by one year only
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – Defense minister says law exempting yeshiva students from IDF service has ‘run its course.’ Meanwhile, high seniors plan protest ….

Israel is being hijacked
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Religious-nationalistic forces taking over Israel by using ideology, demography ….

Netanyahu fends off criticism at Knesset
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – Prime minister addresses various claims made against him by opposition, promises to urge China to increase pressure on Iran ….

Terror victim’s widow gives birth
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – Puah Palmer, whose husband Asher and son Yonatan were killed in West Bank five months ago, gives birth to girl ….

Modern-day Jewish hero
YNet News, 25 Jan 2012 – Op-ed: Murdered journalist Daniel Pearl’s final words a reminder of Jewish courage, pride ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas condemns Israel’s systematic detention of lawmakers
PIC – Hamas Movement strongly denounced on Tuesday the systematic campaign of kidnapping and administrative detention used by Israel against Palestinian lawmakers.

Massive march in Al-Khalil against negotiations, violation of rights
PIC – A massive march was organized for the 29th time in Al-Khalil on Tuesday against negotiations with Israel and violations of citizens’ rights.

Haneyya addresses a galaxy of Arab academics in scientific conference
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya on Tuesday inaugurated the conference of graduate studies and scientific research in Gaza and welcomed in a speech the participating deans of some Arab colleges.

IOA razes building in occupied Jerusalem, displaces 20 Palestinians
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) razed a Palestinian building to the east of Enata village in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Haneyya receives official invitation from Nejad to visit Tehran
PIC – Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has received an official invitation from the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedi Nejad to visit Tehran during his upcoming tour.

Jewish fanatics destroy Islamic tombstones
PIC – The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage (AFEH) has accused Jewish fanatics of destroying many headstones in the Islamic cemetery in Bisan.

Ashton calls for ending Gaza blockade
PIC – Foreign affairs minister of the European Union Catherine Ashton has called for ending the Israeli blockade on Gaza and opening all crossings of the Strip.

Masri urges Red Cross to act against kidnapping of MPs from its building
PIC – MP Mushir Al-Masri urged the Red Cross to work on bringing back the Jerusalemite lawmakers and the former minister to its headquarters in occupied Jerusalem.


Ashton Calls On Israel to Open Gaza Crossings
WAFA – 16:42-GAZA, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton Wednesday called on Israel to open Gaza crossings, and reiterated European Union’s commitment to supporting people …

Extremist Jews Destroy Graves in Islamic Cemetery, Says Group
WAFA – 15:27-BISAN, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – Al -Aqsa Institute for Waqf and Heritage revealed Wednesday that several extremist Jews destroyed a large number of tombstones in Bisan Cemetery, nor …

EU Grants UNRWA €55 Million
WAFA – 13:44-GAZA, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – The European Union Wednesday granted the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) €55.4 million as fund support, according to an EU-UNRWA …

Prisoner’s Club Condemns Mistreatment of Fatah Leader in Court
WAFA – 13:29-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) Wednesday condemned Israeli police mistreatment of jailed Fatah lawmaker, Marwan Barghouti, during an appearance in court. A …

Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Residence, Shed South of Hebron
WAFA – 13:00-HEBRON, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday demolished a residence that housed orphans and a shack in Khirbet Umm al-Khair, a locale in the Hebron south of West Bank, according to a Pal…

Fayyad Urges Donors to Meet Financial Obligations
WAFA – 12:02-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Salam Fayyad Tuesday stressed the need to intensify efforts to ensure that donor countries meet their financial obligations toward the Palestinian Au…

Abbas Meets King Abdullah in Amman
WAFA – 11:31-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday met with Jordan’s King Abdullah in the capital Amman. Abbas and Abdullah discussed the exploratory meetings between the Palestini…

Elections Commission Announces Opening of Gaza Offices
WAFA – 11:21-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – The Central Elections Commission (CEC) announced Wednesday the opening of its headquarters in Gaza City after receiving keys from the Hamas authorities, a CEC state…

Palestinian Exports Decrease, Imports Increase in November
WAFA – 11:15-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – Palestinian exports decreased by 5% in November 2011 compared to the previous month and reached $59.8 million, while imports increased by 0.8% and reached $330.0 mi…

Newspapers Review: Israeli Measures against Lawmakers Dominate Dailies
WAFA – 11:07-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies Wednesday highlighted Israeli measures against arrested Palestinian lawmakers. Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported that an Israeli cou…

PCBS: Infrastructure Cost Indexes Increase in 2011
WAFA – 10:20-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – The Construction Cost Index (CCI), Road Cost Index (RCI), Water Networks Cost Index (WNCI) and Sewage Networks Cost Index (SNCI) in the West Bank increased during 2…

Ministry of Agricultural Signs $600,000 Agreement with USAID
WAFA – 10:13-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a $600,000 agreement with the Ministry of Agricultural to refurbish the ministry’s food labora…

Inter-Parliamentary Union to Send Delegation to Palestine, Says Official
WAFA – 09:50-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – The Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) agreed to send a fact-finding delegation to the Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem to look into Israel…

Weather Forecast: Further Rise in Temperature
WAFA – 09:43-RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – Weather on Wednesday is expected to be cloudy with a further rise in temperature and a slight chance for scattered rain showers during the day, according to the Pal…

Intifada Palestine

On Its First Anniversary: Egypt Revolution Continues ….
Intifada-Palestine: 25 Jan 2012 – “The revolutionary public opinion and demands that were created in Tahrir square needed to be politically purused by revolutionary cadres and leadership.” Dr. Ashraf Ezzat Mubarak wheeled into the courtroom at the latest hearing of his case. “Mubarak is neither a… more

Washington’s Enemy ‘Doesn’t Exist’ : Former CIA Officer
Intifada-Palestine: 25 Jan 2012 – RT Interview with Michael Scheuer Americans are in the crosshairs of terrorists worldwide purely due to Washington’s policy in the Muslim world, not because there is an Islamic enemy whose only aim is to kill Americans for their freedoms and lifestyle,… more


Egypt marks anniversary of ‘Arab Spring’ revolution
LA Times 25 Jan 2012 – Crowds throng Cairo’s Tahrir Square to celebrate free elections and commemorate the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, and to curse ruling generals for crushing dissent. Tens of thousands of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square in celebration and protest Wednesday, the anniversary of the revolution…

In Iraq, Haditha case is reminder of justice denied
LA Times 25 Jan 2012 – A U.S. Marine’s guilty plea to dereliction of duty closes the books on the slayings of 24 Iraqis. But it also underscores what Iraqis see as American impunity. The teacher still keeps family photos of the dead, visual mementos of lives cut short in an…

Gulf states withdrawing monitors from Syria and urge U.N. action
LA Times 24 Jan 2012 – The gulf monarchies, including regional giant Saudi Arabia, said Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government had failed to comply with demands by the Arab League designed to curb bloodshed.  

Egyptians Observe First Anniversary of Revolt
New York Times 25 Jan 2012 – In a mix of celebration and agitation on Wednesday, tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square, the crucible of the revolution that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak.

Humanitarian Official and Priest Killed in Syria
New York Times 25 Jan 2012 – Dr. Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was shot in a vehicle clearly marked with the Red Crescent symbol, and Rev. Basilious Nasser was killed in Hama.

In Bahrain, Worries Grow of Violent Shiite-Sunni Confrontation
New York Times 25 Jan 2012 – The 14th of February movement is a worry to Western and Arab security officials who say that the passions unleashed by last year’s democracy campaign are evolving into another violent confrontation.

North Arabian Sea Journal: On Aircraft Carrier, Stennis, Sailors 9 Decks Down Build the Bombs
New York Times 26 Jan 2012 – Deep below the water line, sailors on the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis build the bombs that turn the ship from a floating airport into a projection of American military power.

Iran Steps Up Arrests of Journalists and Bloggers
New York Times 25 Jan 2012 – Rights groups and people who know the detained journalists said the government apparently wanted word of the arrests to spread informally, to heighten the atmosphere of fear and paranoia.

Ahmadinejad Relents on Interest Rate Increase
New York Times 25 Jan 2012 – Iran’s president reversed himself on Wednesday and allowed bank interest rates to rise sharply in an effort to stop a slide that has depressed the currency to a relentless string of record lows.

Will Israel Attack Iran?
New York Times 25 Jan 2012 – For the first time since the Iranian nuclear threat emerged, the conditions for an Israeli assault have been met.

Saudi Arabia Issues Its First Sovereign Islamic Bond
New York Times 25 Jan 2012 – At 15 billion riyals, or $4 billion, the sukuk was oversubscribed three times; its proceeds will be used to finance the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jidda.

One year of the Egyptian Revolution
WSWS – One year ago today, millions of workers in cities throughout Egypt took to the streets on the first day of revolutionary protests against President Hosni Mubarak.

Jewish Voice for Peace –

Israel demolishes homes in Hebron, Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley
Mondoweiss – link to english.wafa.ps link to www.imemc.org link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to silwanic.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to palsolidarity.org link to english.wafa.ps link to english.wafa.ps link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link…

The antiwar movement must rise again. Now
Mondoweiss – Anti-Iraq war protest. February 15, 2003 (Photo: REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid) For the last month there has been a rather heated discussion on this site and others about Ron Paul and to what extent his candidacy for the Presidency should be viewed as a positive vehicle for raising…

Halper vows to rebuild Palestinian home destroyed five times by Israeli soldiers
Mondoweiss – Malak Shawamreh, outside her destroyed home The other night the Israelis demolished all structures in a Bedouin community outside Anata in the occupied West Bank. The Shawamreh house in that community has been demolished five times by the Israelis. Pictured is Malak Shawamreh, age 5, daughter…

New additions to the Mondoweiss comments policy
Mondoweiss – In a continuing effort to professionalize this site and give it greater impact, we have decided (again) to further police the comment section. We hope these changes will foster more civil discussion and debate, and reduce the number of toxic arguments. It is inevitable– given the…

Israel’s latest threat — the silver screen
Mondoweiss – The JTA has a report up today bemoaning the reception Israel is receiving at this year’s Sundance film festival. Matthew Weinstein says ” the views of Israel range from critical to abysmal .” Weinstein reviews two documentaries — Five Broken Cameras and The Law in These Parts : Five…

NYPD Lies Through It’s Teeth About Involvement in Third Jihad
Tikun Olam – The NYPD has gotten itself wound up in knots over all the lies it’s told about its involvement in the anti-Muslim film, Third Jihad. The film was produced by the Clarion Fund, an offshoot of the pro-settler group, Aish HaTorah. When Arab police officers complained to…

Russia to Sell 36 Yak-130 jets to Syria
Voltaire Network 24 Jan 2012 – The Western press is tabbing the Roadmap adopted by the Arab League Ad Hoc Ministerial Committee as the consensual solution to the Syrian crisis. In doing so, it glosses over the claims it has made for the past ten months: it is no longer viable to…

Joint Statement by France, Germany and UK dealing with Iran
Voltaire Network 23 Jan 2012 – Joint Statement Today, the EU agreed an unprecedented package of sanctions on Iran, including a full ban on Iranian oil exports. Our message is clear. We have no quarrel with the Iranian people. But the Iranian leadership has failed to restore international confidence in the exclusively…

Egypt protesters stay in square
BBC 25 Jan 2012 – Thousands of Egyptians remain in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after a huge rally to mark the first anniversary of the uprising which toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

Syria Red Crescent official dead
BBC 25 Jan 2012 – The Syrian Arab Red Crescent says its vice-president has been shot dead, but there are competing claims over who is responsible.

Exploratory Mid-East talks ‘over’
BBC 25 Jan 2012 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the exploratory talks with Israel on resuming full peace negotiations have concluded, without any progress.

Hamas MP detained for six months
BBC 25 Jan 2012 – An Israeli military court orders Hamas MP Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian parliament, to be held without trial for six months, his lawyer says..

SOTU Silence
US Campaign to End the Occupation 25 Jan 2012 – In a clear indication of just how far off the Obama Administration’s radar screen Israeli-Palestinian peace has fallen, last night’s State of the Union address contained just one perfunctory sentence designed yet again to convince the doubters that indeed Israel has never had it as good…

Join William Parry in Columbia, Maryland!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 25 Jan 2012 – “Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine” with William Parry Sat., March 3, 2:00 p.m. Howard County Central Library Columbia, Maryland William Parry, a London-based photojournalist & author who contributes regularly to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), is launching his new…

State won’t prosecute officer responsible for shooting of Firas Qasqas
B’tselem 24 Jan 2012 – Firas Qasqas, an unarmed Palestinian civilian, was killed on 2 February 2007 by soldiers’ gunfire, in a-Tira neighborhood in Ramallah. On 18 August 2011, in response to a petition filed by B’Tselem, the State Attorney’s Office informed the High Court of Justice that the officer responsible…


Confronting Iran: Warmongering in the Middle East
Richard Falk, Al Jazeera.com 1/25/2012
      The last time Iran attacked a neighbour was over 200 years ago, so what is the problem with the country going nuclear?
     Santa Barbara, CA – The public discussion in the West addressing Iran’s nuclear programme has mainly relied on threat diplomacy, articulated most clearly by Israeli officials, but enjoying the strong direct and indirect backing of Washington and leading Gulf states. Israel has also been engaging in low intensity warfare against Iran for several years, apparently supported by the United States, that has been inflicting violent deaths on civilians and disrupting political order in Iran.
     Many members of the UN Security Council, along with the membership of the European Union, support escalating sanctions against Iran, and have not demurred when Tel Aviv and Washington talk menacingly about leaving all options on the table, which is “diplospeak” for their readiness to launch a military attack. At last, some signs of sanity are beginning to emerge to slow the march over the cliff. For instance, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, commented harshly on this militarist approach: “I have no doubt that it would pour fuel on a fire which is already smoldering, the hidden smoldering fire of Sunni-Shia confrontation, and beyond that [it would cause] a chain reaction. I don’t know where it would stop.” And a few days ago even the normally hawkish Israeli Minister of Defence, Ehud Barak, evidently fearful of encouraging international panic and perhaps worrying about a preemptive response by Tehran, declared that any decision to launch a military attack by Israel is “very far off”, words that can be read in a variety of ways, mostly not reassuring.
     It is not only an American insistence, despite purporting from time to time to prefer a diplomatic solution, that only threats and force are relevant to resolve this long incubating political dispute with Iran, but more tellingly, it is the underlying stubborn refusal by Washington for more than three decades to normalise relations with Iran…. more.. e-mail

US, Israel Agree: Iran Not Building Nukes
Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com 1/26/2012
      Has Iran decided to build a nuclear bomb? That would seem to be the central question in the current bellicose debate over whether the world should simply cripple Iran’s economy and inflict severe pain on its civilian population or launch a preemptive war to destroy its nuclear capability while possibly achieving “regime change.”
     And if you’ve been reading The New York Times or following the rest of the Fawning Corporate Media, you’d likely assume that everyone who matters agrees that the answer to the question is yes, although the FCM adds the caveat that Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. The line is included with an almost perceptible wink and an “oh, yeah.”
     However, a consensus seems to be emerging among the intelligence and military agencies of the United States — and Israel — that Iran has NOT made a decision to build a nuclear weapon. In recent days, that judgment has been expressed by high-profile figures in the defense establishments of the two countries — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
     You might think that you would have heard more about that, wouldn’t you? The United States and Israel agree that Iran is NOT building a nuclear bomb. However, this joint assessment that Iran has NOT decided to build a nuclear bomb apparently represented too big a change in the accepted narrative for the Times and the rest of the FCM to process.
     Yet, on Jan. 18, the day before U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived for talks in Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Barak gave an interview to Israeli army radio in which he addressed with striking candor how he assesses Iran’s nuclear program. It was not the normal pabulum. more.. e-mail

The puzzling matter of Israeli liberals
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 1/19/2012
      Regardless of who may rule Israel, little change ever occurs in the country’s foreign policy. Winning parties remain obsessed with demographics and retaining absolute military dominance. They also remain unfailingly focused on their quest to initiate racist laws against non-Jewish residents of the state, and continue to hone the art of speaking of peace, while actually maintaining a permanent state of war.
     Every few years the media becomes captivated by Israeli democracy. Commentators speak of right, left, center, and anything in between. Despite Israeli elections still being a year and a half away, media pundits are already discussing possible outcomes of the vote against the peace process, economic reforms, social equality, and so on.
     In a recent article, Israeli columnist Uri Avnery decried the fact that the main opposition to the right-wing parties — “the Likud, the Lieberman party and various ultra-nationalist, pro-settlement and religious factions” — is no other than the center-left Kadima. The party, led by the “incompetent” Tzipi Livni, is allegedly in “shambles.” Moreover, left parties, such as Labor and Meretz, are not expected to pose a real threat to the right party conglomerate, despite their temporary rise in the polls.
     As genuine as he is, Avnery is once again presenting the false hope of a savior emerging to save Israel from itself. Avnery envisions Israel being rescued from its “neo-fascists” and returned to the over-romanticized scenario of old, when early Zionists supposedly dreamed of an Israel governed by universal ethics, true democracy, peace and social equality . “I fervently hope that a different kind of new political force will emerge – a center-left party with a clear and inclusive message: social reform, narrowing the gap between rich and poor, the two-state solution, peace with the Palestinians and the end of the occupation.” more.. e-mail

California professor under attack for opposing “study in Israel” scheme
Electronic Intifada: 25 Jan 2012 – Nora Barrows-Friedman Berkeley 25 January 2012 The well-funded Israel lobby continues to wage attacks against university faculty, staff and students who engage in Palestine solidarity activism. One professor talks about why he refuses to be silent despite the threats against him, and why he thinks the tide is turning.more

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