VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 5 February 2012: U.S. Leak on Israeli Attack Weakened a Warning to Netanyahu

5 February 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

10 More Detainees Join Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Ten more Palestinian detainees at the Ofer Israeli prison, decided to join the open-ended hunger strike of Sheikh Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike since 50 days, and his health condition has sharply deteriorated. …

Palestinian prisoner near death on hunger strike; joined by dozens of students in solidarity
IMEMC – Palestinian Prisoner Khader Adnan reached the 49th day of his hunger strike against prison conditions on Saturday. This includes five days of refusing liquids as well – although Israeli prison officers have begun force-feeding him liquids to keep him alive. In solidarity, dozens of youth activists in Gaza have announced that they are joining Adnan in his hunger strike. …

Ma’an News

Abbas, Mashaal agree to form unity government
2/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal agreed to form a unity government during a Sunday meeting in the Qatari capital. A source from the Doha meeting, who wished to remain anonymous, told Ma’an that the Palestinian leaders agreed to form an interim government which will be responsible…. Related: Al Arabiya: Palestinians agree to hold elections ‘quickly’

Israel ‘denied residency to thousands of Palestinians’
2/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli policies have arbitrarily denied thousands of Palestinians the right to live in or travel to and from the West Bank and Gaza, an international rights group said Sunday.” Israel’s control over the population registry has significantly reduced the registered Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza, probably…. Related: HRW: Israel: End Restrictions on Palestinian Residency

Settlers raid Ramallah village, vandalize property
2/5/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Settlers attacked a Ramallah village overnight Saturday, breaking into a house and vandalizing village property. Ismail Mazloum said that settlers from the nearby settlement of Talmon raided the village, vandalized his car and wrote racist slogans on walls in al-Janiya village, official news agency Wafa reported.” Once the village’s….

Hunger-striking Islamic Jihad leader transferred to hospital
2/5/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian prisoner’s society said Sunday that hunger-striking Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan has been transferred to hospital by Israeli authorities. Adnan’s lawyer said in a statement that the Islamic Jihad leader was in a serious condition. The lawyer said he was only allowed to speak with….

Witnesses: Israeli forces uproot olive trees in Qalqiliya village
2/5/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces uprooted olive trees in the village of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqiliya, on Sunday. Witnesses told Ma’an that tanks and soldiers arrived in the village and began digging up land in order to expand the nearby Israeli settlement of Qedumim. Dozens of villagers tried to stop military….

Soldiers assault Palestinian construction worker
2/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian construction worker was injured by Israeli forces on Thursday while working near Israel’s separation wall in Jerusalem, relatives told Ma’an on Sunday. Najeeb Mahmoud al-Zeer, from al-Fureidis village near Bethlehem, said that his brother was attacked by soldiers while working inside Israel. He suffered two….

Israeli forces detain journalist near Bethlehem
2/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a young journalist near Bethlehem early on Sunday after storming his family home. Soldiers broke through the door of the apartment and ransacked the building in al-Ubeidiya village, before detaining Suhayb al-Asaa, 25, who works for Radio Bethlehem 2000, his father said. An Israeli army spokesman said al-Asaa….

Soldiers arrest 4 activists at Bethlehem village protest
2/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested four activists at a protest in al-Walaja village near Bethlehem on Sunday. A statement from the Popular Committee Against the Wall said that Israeli forces arrested campaign coordinator Mazin al-Aza and three others. The protests against the Israeli separation wall began at the al-Nour mosque in the village….

Blast hits Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel
2/5/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An explosion hit a gas pipeline running from Egypt to Israel on Sunday, witnesses and state television reported. The pipeline, which also supplies gas to Jordan, has come under attack at least 12 times since Egyptian resident Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011. The latest blast took place in the Massaeed area west…. Related: Jihad group says Sinai blast response to leader’s death

Jihad group says Sinai blast response to leader’s death
2/5/2012EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — Militant group Ansar al-Jihad on Sunday claimed responsibility for a blast on a gas pipeline running from Egypt to Israel hours earlier, citing retaliation for the death in Egyptian custody of the group’s leader the day before. Muhammad Eid Musleh Hamad, also known as Muhammad Tihi, died on Saturday…. Related: Blast hits Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel

First tomato export to Jordan since siege leaves Gaza
2/5/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Sunday allowed tomatoes to be exported from the Gaza Strip to Jordan, the first such export from the coastal enclave to the Hashemite kingdom since 2007, a crossings official said. Gaza crossings liaison official Raed Fattouh said two truckloads of tomatoes will leave the Gaza Strip via….

Analysis: Iran raid likely to drag in US, hurt global economy
2/5/2012 – By William Maclean – MUNICH (Reuters) — An Israeli raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities would deliver a painful shock to the global economy, revive flagging Islamist militancy and possibly drag the United States into a regional war whether it backed its ally’s attack or not. As if that prospect was not alarming enough…. Related: Iran raid likely to drag in U.S., hurt global economy

Haniyeh meets prime minister of Bahrain
2/5/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh met his Bahraini counterpart in the gulf kingdom city of Riffa on Sunday, Bahrain News Agency reported. Haniyeh and Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa discussed changes in the region and the situation in Gaza and Jerusalem. The also discussed bi-lateral relations between Palestine and Bahrain….

Israel’s Netanyahu to visit US next month
2/5/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the United States early next month to address the annual convention of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC in Washington, his office said on Sunday. The statement did not say whether Netanyahu would meet US President Barack Obama. But Israeli political sources said such talks, against the backdrop….

Abbas, Mashaal to discuss unity govt in Doha
2/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal will meet Sunday in the Qatari capital to review progress on a reconciliation deal between their parties, a Fatah official said. The main issue on their agenda is the formation of a unity government to end four years of separate administrations…. Related: Gazans denied passports despite reconciliation

Gazans denied passports despite reconciliation
2/5/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A committee representing people in Gaza who have been denied travel documents by the PA said Sunday that thousands had yet to receive passports, despite official statements that the issue had been resolved. Fair access to travel documents was a tenet of the reconciliation deal agreed between Fatah and Hamas…. Related: Abbas, Mashaal to discuss unity govt in Doha

Ministry launches new strategy to tackle cancer
2/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian ministry of health launched a new strategy to deal with cancer to mark World Cancer Day on Saturday, the minister of health said. The ministry is working to reduce risk factors, educate citizens, train specialists, and open new specialist treatment centers, Fathi Abu Moghli told Ma’an. Cancer….

Govt building torched in Cairo as pressure mounts for early vote
2/5/2012 – CAIRO(Reuters) — An Egyptian government building was set on fire on Sunday as protests disrupted the heart of Cairo for a fourth day and public figures demanded a faster transition to civilian rule. It was unclear who was behind the attack, shown by Egyptian television after midnight, with the state news agency blaming “unknown” arsonists….

Arabs, Turkey criticize veto of Syria resolution
2/5/2012 – MUNICH (Reuters) — Arab countries and Turkey joined the West on Sunday in criticizing the Russian-Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution against President Bashar Assad. Moscow and Beijing vetoed the resolution, which would have expressed the Security Council’s full support for an Arab League plan that would see Assad cede power to….

NGO worker cases sent to Egypt court in funding row
2/5/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The cases of 40 US citizens, other foreigners and Egyptians embroiled in a dispute over the activities and funding of pro-democracy groups have been referred to court, judicial sources said on Saturday, deepening a row with the United States. Washington has strongly criticized the crackdown on the non-governmental organizations and an unspecified number….

UN victory may push Syria’s Assad into unwinnable war
2/5/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria’s victory in dodging a UN resolution it deemed a license for regime change may only escalate its internal conflict into a full-fledged civil war that many analysts believe President Bashar Assad cannot ultimately win. With the collapse of the sole diplomatic effort recognized by Assad’s foes – both armed….


Obama says no Israel decision on Iran attack
AlJazeera 5 Feb 2012 – President Obama tells NBC TV that the US will to do everything it can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

Abbas ‘proposed as PM’ in unity government
AlJazeera 5 Feb 2012 – Hamas endorses proposal in which Palestinian Authority President Abbas will asume prime minister role, officials say.

International Solidarity Movement

Celebrating heroes and olives: Qaryut begins to dismantle roadblock
2/5/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Aaron, 5 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Hundreds of peaceful demonstrators confronted heavily armed Israeli soldiers this Friday, February 3rd,  at a new protest in the village of Qaryut, planting nearly one hundred trees and partially demolishing the roadblock that has obstructed access to the highway since the First Intifada. Although organizers….

International thoughts: Coping with the reality of Israeli occupation
2/5/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Iman, 5 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – I am … well, it is not easy to explain. I am overwhelmed, I am shocked, grateful yet disappointed, filled with love and anger, incomprehension filled my heart and an inability to truly understand what is going on. On the one side I think I….

The National

Travel chaos for UAE passengers as snow and ice blanket Europe
The National 5 Feb 2012 – Big freeze leaves passengers stranded in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and there’s more to come as overnight temperatures plunge to -33ºC.

Flamboyant Mayawati in battle to keep power in Uttar Pradesh
The National 5 Feb 2012 – The Congress Party’s rising star Rahul Gandhi has set the populist chief minister of India’s most populous state in his sights.

UN veto ‘has given Assad licence to kill’
The National 5 Feb 2012 – Hillary Clinton says the US and its allies will put immense pressure on Bashar Al Assad to step down after Russia and China vetoed a resolution calling on the Syrian president to quit.

Yemen military’s invite to Al Qaeda for talks could anger western allies
The National 5 Feb 2012 – A government committee has asked militants to lay down arms and participate in elections to replace the nation’s outgoing president.

Bahrain opposition parties launch week-long rally for political reform
The National 5 Feb 2012 – Bahraini opposition parties launched a week-long “sit-in” for political reforms and vowed to take their campaign to the centre of last year’s protest in Manama.

British ‘Abu Dhabi’ number plate ‘could fetch Dh1.7m’
The National 5 Feb 2012 – The plate’s current owner bought it from the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency with the intention of a “big sale”, according to Mr Khan.

NGO saga sours Egypt’s ties with US
The National 5 Feb 2012 – Egyptian judges yesterday referred 43 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, to trial before a criminal court for allegedly being involved in banned activities and illegally receiving foreign money.

US may cut aid as Egypt’s military rulers face continued protests
The National 5 Feb 2012 – A fourth day of street protests spearheading calls to speed up the transfer of power to a civilian administration and the United States threatening to cut more than a billion dollars in aid.

Sharjah fire families given compensation
The National 5 Feb 2012 – A generous offer from the Ruler of Sharjah to residents of an apartment block that was gutted by fire has turned despair into optimism.

Safety test for pet show’s killer dog
The National 5 Feb 2012 – Owner will be fined Dh5,000 for causing a dog bite and investigated for owning a banned breed.

Human Rights Watch critical of Israeli residency restrictions
The National 5 Feb 2012 – Activists call on Israel to lift restrictions on residency, saying they were often arbitrary and violate international and human-rights law, including the right to family life.

List of most wanted for prisoner swap
The National 5 Feb 2012 – Indian diplomats will soon compile a list of UAE prisoners who can serve the remainder of their sentences in their homeland.


Tel Aviv says its air is clean, but Israel’s Environment Ministry thinks otherwise
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Obama: Israel has not made decision on Iran attack, but it is rightly concerned
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Final member of Damascus-based Hamas politburo leaves Syria
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Israeli cabinet approves construction of high-speed train line between Tel Aviv and Eilat
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Clinton calls Russia and China’s veto of UN resolution on Syria a ‘travesty’
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Amir Eshel appointed as next Israel Air Force chief
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Iran vows to attack any country used by ‘enemies’ to strike its soil
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Report: Syria’s Assad releases alleged al-Qaida mastermind of 2005 London bombings
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Israeli teen jailed for one year over assaulting Arab youths
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Israeli guard suspected of confining Palestinian woman to get her phone number
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Human Rights Watch urges Israel to grant Palestinian residency rights
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Israel’s Vice PM: Fall of Assad could weaken Mideast ‘axis of evil’
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Haaretz special / Legendary actor Ben Gazzara expresses love for his Jewish ‘brothers’
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Israeli bill aims to grant financial aid to Haredi youths leaving religious world
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2012

Romney scores second straight victory following easy Nevada win
Ha’aretz – 4 Feb 2012

Top Israeli minister calls to increase protection of cities amid fears of confrontation with Iran
Ha’aretz – 4 Feb 2012

Netanyahu may try to intervene in labor dispute ahead of general strike
Ha’aretz – 4 Feb 2012

Conservative Judaism movement to establish first community in Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 4 Feb 2012

The finest photographs of early 20th century Palestine, shuttered in controversy
Ha’aretz – 4 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

Court convicts Eritrean refugees for Levinsky Park robbery
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – According to indictment, “Christian” Domus and Habtamri Tabfagber carried out the robbery when they attacked the complainant, stole his cellphone and wallet.

Beit Shemesh victims turn activists
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Natalie Mashiach and Hadassah Margolis, recent victims of extremist ultra- Orthodox violence and intimidation, demand gov’t intervention.

Cotler’s plea on Syria
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – For the sake of the Syrian people, we can only hope Russia and China join the international consensus against the Assad regime’s atrocities.

Justice Ministry closes Nabi Salih protest file
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Investigations office writes to activists that there is not enough evidence to press criminal charges.

When the moderates are radicals, you’re in trouble
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – The hopes for moderation and real democracy in Egypt is limited; neither the Islamists nor many alleged moderates are moderate.

‘Russia may seek controlled Assad exit in talks’
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Analysts say Moscow’s UN veto driven less by love for Assad than Putin’s desire to show Russia won’t cave to West in Mideast.

From Russia with love?
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Russia is again using its UN Security Council veto to block diplomatic or financial sanctions against the Syrian regime

Trajtenberg: More tax breaks for the rich
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Giving a few tax credits to the poor does not justify the tremendous tax cuts given to the rich.

Students should visit Hebron
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Even if the historical sites will not remain under Israeli sovereignty after a permanent settlement with the Palestinians, young Israeli Jews should be exposed to them.

Reality Check: Visit both sides of Hebron
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – If school students are to be sent to areas that are at the heart of the of the country’s internal political argument, then it is vitally important that they are shown both sides of the argument.

The Israeli academic Left and the Im Tirtzu movement
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Calling Im Tirtzu’s collection of objectionable academics a “blacklist,” with all the historical associations involved is ludicrous.

Natan Eshel extends leave from PMO
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Legal advisors tell Eshel as long as investigations into alleged harassment continue, he should stay off the job.

Netanyahu downplays Feiglin factor in Likud
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – According to primary results, Netanyahu won 79.79% of votes compared to Feiglin’s 23.21%; Feiglin still declares victory.

Fatah, Hamas close to agreement on unity government
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Progress achieved during talks between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Doha, Qatar; late-night meeting expected to agree upon prime minister.

Madonna to launch world tour in Israel
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Superstar and Super Bowl halftime performer will open 2012 tour on May 31 in Ramat Gan Stadium.

PM to travel to DC, may meet with Obama
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012Netanyahu to speak at AIPAC policy conference in March, may meet Obama for first time since September.

NGO worker cases sent to Egypt court
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Nineteen Americans on list of those facing charges; US State Department “deeply concerned” by the Egyptian move.

Proposed Israeli law would jail prostitute clients
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Activists take new tack on prostitution problem by addressing the demand side.

Syrian rebels kill nine soldiers in Idlib province
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Former Syrian general tells ‘Sunday Telegraph’ that regime’s troops demoralized, won’t last past February.

Cabinet approves Red-Med rail link
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Train to link Eilat, Tel Aviv will create alternative to the Suez Canal for Asian-European cargo, reduce travel to 2 hours.

12 months for minor who assaulted Arab youth
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – 17-year-old yelled “Die, you Arab!”, beat and stabbed victim after trying to run him over.

Wide-eyed Saturday into Super Sunday Shacharis
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Patriots owner Robert Kraft takes time from perhaps the biggest moment of his professional career to give thanks.

PA’s Abbas, Hamas’s Mashaal meet in Qatar
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Palestinian leaders discuss implementation of reconciliation agreement with Qatari emir, prime minister.

Iran warns neighbors not to facilitate strike
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Revolutionary Guards official warns of “retaliatory aggression” as military exercise kicks off in southern Iran.

Police have ‘smoking gun’ against twins’ parents
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Court extends remands of parents accused of abusing 4-month-old twins; police claim to have new evidence against them.

Cairo protesters want early vote, clash with police
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Politicians seek early presidential election, vote could be as soon as April or May instead of June; clashes carry on.

‘Assad’s army won’t survive beyond February’
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Former Syrian general tells ‘Sunday Telegraph’ that regime’s troops demoralized, blames Iran for “straining region to limits.”

Gallery: European chill moves west
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – 122 die in Ukraine as Russian gas exporter cannot meet increased demand; homeless in Ukraine, Poland bear the brunt.

S. Africa’s last Jewish newspaper makes last stand
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – If new sources of revenue are not found, paper’s existence may indeed be in jeopardy.

‘Recent ME events a harsh reminder of our reality’
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012Netanyahu: In this region the only thing ensuring Israel’s survival, security and prosperity is our strength.

‘Foreign intervention in Syria will ignite region’
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Iranian FM Salehi says western pressure on Damascus part of Syria “paying the price of its resistance” to Israel.

Ya’alon: Assad’s fall could break ‘axis of evil’
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Vice premier believes Syrian leader’s ouster could weaken Iranian influence in region, does not envision Islamist take-over if Assad falls, says open Israeli support of opposition forces would be harmful.

Tu Bishvat treats
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – As we celebrate the fruits of Israel, we enjoy them in many varied ways.

‘Public funding for updating health basket eroding’
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – More gov’t support needed, says Health Ministry after annual statistical report released.

Those helping Holocaust survivors to be honored
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2012 – Newly established “Medal of Light” award aims to shed light on those who work to improve lives of Shoah survivors.

Explosion hits Egyptian gas pipeline to Israel
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2012 – Pipeline has come under attack at least 11 times since fall of Mubarak; witnesses say flames seen from town in Northern Sinai.

Health Scan: Looking through the surgical keyhole
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2012 – Study could help develop better surgical training techniques for laparoscopy, a minimally invasive operation.

Turning things around at Bikur Cholim
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2012 – Dr. Raphael Pollack has performed 1,372 ‘external cephalic versions’ – an alternative to cesarean sections or breech births.

The Guardian

Obama: US and Israel ‘in lockstep’ to stop Iran becoming nuclear power
The Guardian 5 Feb 2012US president doubts Israel has yet decided on whether to strike, but America keeps all options open Barack Obama has said that the United States will work in “lockstep” with Israel to prevent Iran from becoming…

Iran warns against attacks on its nuclear bases
The Guardian 5 Feb 2012 – Revolutionary Guards deputy head says countries face ‘retaliatory aggression’ if used to launch airstrikes against Iran Iran has warned it will attack any country used to launch airstrikes against its nuclear bases, as increasingly aggressive rhetoric…

Inter Press Service

New Libya Off to a Shaky Start
IPS It’s been almost a year since Benghazi launched its uprising against former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi and three months since he was killed, but there is a growing sense of frustration in eastern Libya with the National Transitional Council. Two weeks ago, a group of protesters attacked the Council’s Benghazi…


Egyptian football protests: death toll reaches 11
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – At least 11 people have been killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces amid ongoing fallout from the 74 deaths at a football match in Port Said earlier this week. Five people were killed when hundreds of demonstrators in Cairo clashed with police near the interior ministry on Saturday morning. The protesters…

Walid Hanatsheh: Palestinian Prisoner of Conscience
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association calls Hanatsheh “a human rights defender who is currently in administrative detention.” As Health Work Committees (HWC) Finance and Administration Manager, he helped “provide necessary healthcare to over 500,000” Palestinians. In 1994, he was detained, interrogated for 30 days, then released. In June 2002,…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 4, 2012 : The final number of martyrs fell on Saturday is 206, including 181 in Homs, 16 in Damascus Suburbs, 5 in Idlib, 3 in Daraa and one in Hama. … Homs: Inshaat: Regime forces targeted the Qabaa Mosque with four mortar shells. The bodies of martyrs and the wounded have been taken to the Midanieh…

Witnesses speak out Bureau researchers interview witnesses of drone strikes in Waziristan.
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – Researchers working for the Bureau in Waziristan spoke to people who had witnessed US drone attacks on both rescuers and funeral-goers. These personal testimonies provide eyewitness accounts of events reported in leading media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, ABC News and Associated Press….On December 17 2009 CIA drones attacked the…

Israeli army harasses press crew, beats a B’Tselem female volunteer, and lies to foreign media
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – Yesterday was another violent Friday in the village of Nabi Saleh as the weekly protests against settlement expansion continues. As always, the demonstration was met with tear gas, disgusting skunk chemicals and rubber-coated metal bullets. Disregarding cases of suffocation, 20 injuries were reported. Activists on the ground reported that the army is…

Syria: No to Foreign Military Intervention! Yes to the Victory of the Revolution!
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – …In addition to being completely undemocratic, Syria is also far from being an anti-imperialist state struggling against the US and Israel, as its rulers claim. Syria has avoided direct confrontation with Israel for nearly four decades, despite its calculated support to Palestinian and Lebanese resistance groups. With the exception of some air…

Video: Israeli police shoot international activist in the neck during weekly Nabi Saleh protest
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – Despite a ridiculing statement by the IDF spokesperson that the injury was caused by a stone (see here), the above video clearly shows the the injury was caused by a tear-gas projectile shot directly at a group of very peaceful protesters by Israeli Border Police officers. On December 9th, 2011, Mustafa Tamimi…

Video: ‘Trojan horses of the West invade Libya’
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – With Libya’s new government accused of abuse in the country’s detention centers, it’s been revealed that one former senior official could have fallen victim to torture by a militia. Libya’s ex-ambassador to France has died in custody, 24 hours after being detained by an armed group. Get more on this from Sukant…

U.S. Leak on Israeli Attack Weakened a Warning to Netanyahu
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – When Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told Washington Post columnist David Ignatius this week that he believes Israel was likely to attack Iran between April and June, it was ostensibly yet another expression of alarm at the Israeli government’s threats of military action. But even though the administration is undoubtedly concerned about that…

Arab parliament head calls on Arabs to cut Syria ties
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – The head of the Arab Parliament, a committee of parliamentarians from Arab League states, called on Saturday for Arab countries to expel Syria’s ambassadors and sever diplomatic relations over President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on protests. “(Arab states) should expel Syrian ambassadors and sever diplomatic relations and economic dealings (with Syria) until the…

Palestinians challenge privatization in protests across the West Bank
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – The Palestinian People’s Party and other left-wing groups held non-violent marches in cities throughout the West Bank Saturday, challenging the Palestinian Authority’s proposed austerity measures and privatization schemes. Several hundred people gathered in Bethlehem and in Hebron, Nablus and Salfit, challenging what they call the capitalist elite’ of the Palestinian Authority in…

Disgraced ex-military interrogator threatens to reveal Israeli government secrets
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – Yediot Ahronot’s “7 Yamim”, a weekend supplement, published a long interview yesterday with “Captain George,” the nom de guerre of a disgraced army interrogator, who has become Israel’s most infamous torturer. George, who sued the government for kicking him out of the army, states clearly that his goal is blackmailing the government……

Gaza: antiquities down a dusty lane
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – Two years ago I wrote about Gaza’s antiquities, many of which were destroyed in the 2008-2009 Israeli war on Gaza. But until a few months ago, I hadn’t had the privilege of seeing one of them. Unexpectedly one day, while interviewing the Ministry of Agriculture on their many projects, I was taken…

Russia and China veto U.N. resolution on Syria killings for second time
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Syrian government’s deadly crackdown on protests for the second time. Thirteen countries voted for the resolution proposed by European and Arab nations to give strong backing to the Arab League’s plan to end the crackdown. But Russia and China…

Iraq War Crimes: Haditha: Another Small Massacre – No One Guilty.
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – On the 24th January, the day President Obama delivered his last State of the Union speech to Congress before the election, citing the:”selflessness and teamwork of America’s Armed Forces (their) focus on the mission at hand”, the “selfless” Staff Sgt., Frank Wuterich, leader of the massacre at Haditha, in Iraq, became the…

Former Gaddafi official tortured to death in Libya
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – A former Libyan diplomat who went over to the opposition National Transitional Council last year was detained and then tortured to death by a militia force based in the town of Zintan, according to a statement from the group Human Rights Watch. Omar Brebesh was detained in Tripoli on January 19. His…

  Video: In Washington D.C., Andy Worthington Discusses Protests in Guantánamo, and the Campaign to Free Shaker Aamer
Uruknet February 4, 2012 – On January 10, while I was visiting the US for events marking the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, the World Can’t Wait, the campaigning organization responsible for my visit, hosted a screening of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (which I co-directed with Polly Nash) at a…

Equality for Palestinians? Israel won’t have it
Uruknet February 3, 2012 – The presence of a few Palestinian members in the Knesset (MKs) is often touted as a sign of Israel’s robust democracy. Yet elected representatives of the Palestinian community inside Israel face growing harassment by the state, by fellow MKs and the media. On Monday, the trial of MK Said Naffaa, from the…

Palestinians Owe Ban Ki-moon No Apologies
Uruknet February 3, 2012 – Last night, a new friend of mine noticed that I try to highlight the issue of Palestinian political prisoners in my writings. That led to a long chat about my interest in bringing out their stories. I started by describing how being the daughter of a former detainee has inspired a passion…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 3, 2012 – Homs: Relayed via al-Khaldieh resident: More than 200 martyrs have fallen and the toll is rising due to the constant bombardment of the town. The LCC are working on verifying these numbers. Homs: Security forces and shabiha stormed al-Amal Hospital where more than 50 martyers and 100 wouded civilians lie. People are…

Daily Star

Fighting over captured Yemeni city kills five
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Four Islamists linked to al Qaeda and a soldier have been killed in clashes in southern yemen…

Blatter wants to reinstate Egypt football leaders
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he will seek to reinstate fired Egypt football federation leaders, calling their dismissal “direct interference” by the Cairo government…

After UN veto, US floats coalition on Syria
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 The United States proposed an international coalition to support Syria’s opposition Sunday after Russia and China blocked a U.N. attempt to end nearly 11 months of bloodshed…

Iran hails Russia, Chinese UN veto on Syria
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Iran on Sunday welcomed the Russian and Chinese veto on a UN Security Council resolution condemning its ally Syria for its crackdown on dissent, the official IRNA news agency reported…

‘Twilight’ star Kellan Lutz defends Gisele
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Twlight star Kellan Lutz sympathizes with Gisele Bundchen.

Halliwell not ruling out Spice Girls reunion
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Geri Halliwell has refused to rule out another Spice Girls reunion at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee later this year – but only if all of the band members are involved.

L.A. Reid holds on to X-factor job
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Music mogul Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid has signed a new contract to stay on for a second season of TV talent show The X-Factor, days after Simon Cowell announced Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were not returning…

Girl dies after drowning in ice pond
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 A 14-year-old girl died Sunday after drowning in an ice pond in an area located between Faraya, northeast of Beirut, and the Kesrouan town of Oyoun al-Siman.

JC Penney stands by Ellen DeGeneres as spokeswoman
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 J.C. Penney Co Inc. said it fully backs its partnership with chat show host Ellen DeGeneres after a conservative group urged the retailer to reconsider hiring DeGeneres as a spokeswoman because she is a lesbian.

Syria says pro-government TV’s news service hacked
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Syria’s state broadcaster said on Sunday that the text message news service of a separate, pro-government TV station had been hacked and was being used to disseminate “false messages”.

Clinton says Syria resolution veto was a “travesty”
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday the veto by Russia and China of a U.N. resolution that would have urged the Syrian president to give up power was a “travesty”.

Wahhab: Assad committed to preserving Druze community
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Head of the Tawhid Party Wiam Wahhab met Sunday with a number of Druze religious leaders, informing them of President Bashar Assad’s commitment to the Druze community.

Nahhas defends Mikati’s decision to suspend Cabinet sessions
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Economy Minister Nicolas Nahhas defended Sunday Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s decision to suspend Cabinet sessions until further notice, describing it as serving the national interest.

Paul Lawrie wins Qatar Masters
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie chipped in for an eagle and a birdie on his way to winning the Qatar Open Sunday, shooting a 7-under 65 to hold off the challenge of Jason Day and…

Queen prepares to mark 60 yrs on throne
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Queen Elizabeth II braved the cold and snow to attend church Sunday on the eve of her Diamond Jubilee anniversary.

Arab League to pursue Syria efforts after UN setback
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Arab states will not stop their efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis even though their bid to secure U.N. backing was blocked by Russia and China, the Arab League’s secretary-general said in a statement obtained by…

France’s Sarkozy looks to Merkel to boost re-election hopes
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Increasingly citing Germany as a model for France, President Nicolas Sarkozy will look to give his re-election hopes a boost Monday in a joint TV interview with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Iran will attack any country used to strike its soil: Fars
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Iran will attack any country whose territory is used by “enemies” of the Islamic state to launch a military strike against its soil, the deputy head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards told the semi-official Fars news…

41 in court at first Libya trial of Gadhafi loyalists
Daily Star 5 Feb 2012 Libya put 41 loyalists of dead dictator Moammar Gadhafi on trial on Sunday, in the first legal proceedings launched against members of the former regime which was ousted after a bloody conflict.


Dominican Republic: 17 dead after migrant boat capsizes
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – ….

PA to submit Israeli sites to World Heritage List
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – Palestinians trying to tighten grip in international arena, submit list of locations, including Dead Sea, Qumran Caves to be declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO ….

Obama says he deserves re-election, job’s not done
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – ….

Obama: Israel has not made decision on Iran attack
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – ….

Obama: US, Israel will work against Iran nukes
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – ….

Palestinian rivals hold unity talks in Qatar
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – ….

Raising the stakes on Iran
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Israel, America trying to make Iranians sweat by resorting to more intense military threats ….

Guards arrest man outside president’s house
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – East Jerusalem men stir violence outside President Shimon Peres’ temporary residence, forcing security to handcuff one man as other two flee scene ….

‘Eshel will prepare perfect attack plan’
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – Incoming IAF chief will be tasked with planning possible strike in Iran, possible confrontation with in Syria, but a former colleague says ‘He’ll put all cards on the table – good or bad’ ….

Netanyahu to travel to US in March
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – Two weeks after Mossad chief meets CIA director in Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set to visit US early march, address annual AIPAC convention ….

Time to fight the prejudice
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Israel’s Ethiopians suffer not only outright racism, but also indirect, concealed racism ….

Amir Eshel named next IAF chief
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – Defense minister confirms Planning Branch head has been designated for elite position. Eshel to replace outgoing Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan ….

Teen who stabbed Arab gets year in prison
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – Two Israelis ran over 15-year-old Arab boy and then beat and stabbed him. Judge hopes verdict will deter others from repeating such violence ….

America’s UN victory
YNet News, 5 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: UN showdown over Syria situation enabled America to gain nice diplomatic dividends ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hunger striker carried to hospital in serious condition
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) carried Palestinian detainee Sheikh Khader Adnan to a hospital in occupied Jerusalem in serious condition on Sunday after 50 days of hunger strike.

Hamas condemns Israeli attempts to wipe out Islamic, Christian shrines
PIC – Hamas strongly condemned the Israeli Judaization plans targeting Islamic and Christian holy shrines in occupied Jerusalem.

Haneyya confers with his Bahraini counterpart
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya conferred in Manama on Sunday with his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa on bilateral relations and Palestinian rights.

IOF soldiers round up five Palestinians
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up five Palestinians in various West Bank areas at dawn Sunday.

Mishaal-Abbas meeting in Doha discusses Palestinian reconciliation
PIC – Political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal conferred with PA chief and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in Doha on Sunday to discuss progress of Palestinian reconciliation.

Sheikh Khatib warns Israel of any folly against Islamic holy sites
PIC – Deputy head of the Islamic Movement Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib warned the Israeli occupation of making any folly against the Islamic holy sites in Palestine in light of the Arab spring.

Khudari: Israel’s justifications for Gaza siege are gone
PIC – Head of the popular campaign against the siege Jamal Al-Khudari said the appeals for ending Gaza blockade are legal and ethical, and no more justifications are left for Israel to persist in its siege.


Russia, China veto new U.N. resolution on Syria
LA Times 4 Feb 2012 – The resolution backed an Arab League plan calling on President Bashar Assad to cede power. In the Syrian city of Homs, shelling leaves 200 dead, activists say.  

Egypt Will Try 19 Americans on Criminal Charges
New York Times 5 Feb 2012 – Egyptian authorities on Sunday referred 19 Americans and two dozen others to criminal trials as part of a politically charged investigation that has shaken the alliance between the United States and Egypt.

Walls Prove No Barrier to Clashes on Streets of Cairo
New York Times 5 Feb 2012 – Security forces erected two walls bisecting streets that had been central battlegrounds between security forces and protesters calling for the end of military rule.

Israel threatens war against Iran within months
WSWS – While the Obama administration has cautioned against Israeli military action, there is no indication that Washington has vetoed such an attack.

Widening Regional Escalation Anticipated After Israeli Attack on Iran
Tikun Olam – Several interesting developments concerning the simmering war between Israel and Iran.  The website of the Iranian Majlis published a report  (in Farsi) by the director of an official government think tank that advocates Iranian attacks against Israeli sites.  The author argues that Israel’s sustained attacks within…

‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the politics of occupation
Mondoweiss – It seems as though the Israelis have missed yet another opportunity to acknowledge the power imbalance that exists between oppressor and oppressed. And the opportunities keep coming. Eleanor Kilroy’s article in Mondoweiss, “Israel’s National Theater to Bring ‘Merchant’ to World Shakespeare Fest in May,” points out…

Settlers attempt to burn another mosque in Nabi Saleh and graffiti ‘death to Arabs’ near Ramallah
Mondoweiss – link to www.palestine-info.co.uk ‘–> link to www.palestinemonitor.org link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to palestinesolidarityproject.org link to www.imemc.org link to www.imemc.org link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.imemc.org link to mondoweiss.net link to blog.endtheoccupation.org…

IDF Torturer Doron Zahavi Wants to Sodomize Arabs and Get Medal for It
Tikun Olam – Doron Zahavi, pixellated (Eli Attias) Doron Zahavi , who still can be called only “Captain George” in the Israeli media, has gone public with his grievance against the IDF, which employed him to torture kidnapped Arabs who were thought to have intelligence about affairs in Lebanon or…

UN shenanigans on Syria
Voltaire Network 5 Feb 2012 – As the attacks against Iraq and Libya have proven, the purpose of Western interventions is not to safeguard civilian populations, but to establish regimes that are friendly to the economic interests of the United States, and compatible with Israel’s geopolitical ambitions. By opposing the very principle…

With the observers gone, the lie industry is back in full swing
Voltaire Network 5 Feb 2012 – On 4 February 2012, the media organizations of the War Party unanimously announced more than 200 deaths in Homs – a city “bleeding” -, the torture of children and “relentless” bombing. We are supposed to be witnessing the “most terrifying massacre” since the beginning of the “…

US anger at Syria veto ‘travesty’
BBC 5 Feb 2012US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deplores as a ‘travesty’ Russia and China’s veto of a UN resolution condemning Syria’s violent crackdown on protesters.

Egypt ‘to try foreign NGO staff’
BBC 5 Feb 2012 – Egypt says it is to try 43 people – including Americans and other foreigners – over the alleged illegal funding of non-governmental organisations..


Israel: End Restrictions on Palestinian Residency
Human Rights Watch 2/5/2012
      Military Control Over Population Registry Splits Families
     (Jerusalem) – Israeli policies on Palestinian residency have arbitrarily denied thousands of Palestinians the ability to live in, and travel to and from, the West Bank and Gaza, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Israel should immediately stop denying or cancelling the residency of Palestinians and close family members with deep ties to the West Bank and Gaza, and end blanket bans on processing their applications for residency.
     The 90-page report, “Forget about Him, He’s Not Here,” describes the arbitrary exclusion by the Israeli military of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians since 1967 and documents the impact that exclusion continues to have on individuals and families. The way Israel’s military has exercised its control over the Palestinian population registry – the list of Palestinians whom it considers to be lawful residents of the West Bank and Gaza territories – has separated families, caused people to lose jobs and educational opportunities, barred people from entering the Palestinian territories, and trapped others inside them, Human Rights Watch said. Egypt also has problematic policies on Palestinians trying to enter Gaza that are based on the Israeli-controlled population registry.
     “Israel has never put forth any concrete security rationale for blanket policies that have made life a nightmare for Palestinians whom it considers unlawful residents in their own homes,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The current policies leave families divided and people trapped on the wrong side of the border in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel should revise these policies and process requests for families to reunite, so that Palestinians can live with their families where they want.” more.. e-mail

Iran raid likely to drag in U.S., hurt global economy
William Maclean, Al Arabiya 2/5/2012
      U.S. newspaper The Washington Post reported last week that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believed Israel was likely to bomb Iran within months to stop it building a nuclear bomb.
     Reuters MUNICH – An Israeli raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities would deliver a painful shock to the global economy, revive flagging Islamist militancy and possibly drag the United States into a regional war whether it backed its ally’s attack or not.
     As if that prospect was not alarming enough, any doubts Tehran entertained about the wisdom of building a nuclear weapon would vanish the moment the strike occurred.
     These longstanding U.S. and European assumptions about the consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran are being re-examined with greater urgency in Western capitals after repeated warnings by Israel that the chance of a peaceful resolution may be closing.
     There is concern that Israel may attack in coming months to disrupt the transfer of parts of Iran’s nuclear development work to an underground site south of Tehran that may be invulnerable to conventional bombing.
     Western experts want Israel to think long and hard before embarking on a raid many suspect would spark a broader conflict.
     “Whoever attacks Iran’s nuclear infrastructure is really making the decision to go to war with Iran,” Richard Burt, a former chief U.S. negotiator at strategic arms reduction talks, told Reuters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
     “We are talking about a range of great uncertainties, all of them basically negative, so this is one reason why consistently the joint chiefs of staff of the uniformed military in the U.S. do not like the idea of attacking Iran.” more.. e-mail

The ’new anti-Zionism’
Tariq Shadid, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/2/2012
      It is vital to clarify that anti-Zionism remains at the heart of the struggle for peace in the Middle East and inspires all meaningful activism.
     The essence of the Palestinian struggle is the battle against Zionism. It is a battle against its racism, against its murderous war crimes, against its insatiable territorial hunger, against its disdain for non-Jewish human rights, and against its devoted attempts to destroy Palestinian national identity. As voices of normalisation are on the rise, and social media is invaded by paid pro-Zionist bloggers, there is an increased need for anti-Zionists to draw attention to the crimes committed by Israel, and to speak up against the ongoing media silence and the activities of those misleadingly portraying themselves as peace doves. Let us first look briefly at the history of the anti-Zionist struggle, and then see where we stand today.
     Years before the creation of the state of Israel, there was already a full-blown battle going on against Zionism. On one side, the Palestinians were resisting against the usurpation of their land, having grown aware of the far- stretching implications of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which laid the foundation for the mass-immigration of European Jews into Palestine. In those same decades, there was also an ongoing struggle within the Jewish communities in Europe, where many were opposed to the tenets of Zionism either on a religious basis, or on the realisation that colonising an inhabited land would inevitably cause an injustice that would continue to reverberate for many years to come. A famous example of this in that period of time was the famous genius Albert Einstein, who in 1938 already expressed his opposition to the creation of a Jewish state. In a 1948 letter to the New York Times he wrote and a number of prominent Jews strongly denounced the horrendous Deir Yassin massacre.
     The ongoing struggle of the Palestinians against Zionism and the continuing expropriation of their land is well-known, but not everyone is aware that within Jewish ranks, true ideological opposition against Zionism still exists…. more.. e-mail

Who says Palestinian resistance is dead?
Electronic Intifada: 3 Feb 2012 – Nour Joudah 3 February 2012 The Arab uprisings are serving Palestinian youth in much the same way solidarity with Palestinian intifadas historically served activists in other Arab countries.more

antiquties down a dusty lane
In Gaza: 4 Feb 2012 – Two years ago I wrote about Gaza’s antiquities , many of which were destroyed in the 2008-2009 Israeli war on Gaza. But until a few months ago, I hadn’t had the privilege of seeing one of them.  Unexpectedly one day, while interviewing the Ministry of Agriculture on their many projects, I was taken by Tel Umm Amer,  an archaeological site preserving fantastic mosaics and the monastery of St. Hilarion (which I wrote about here , thanks to Abeer Jamal’s information): Few outside of Gaza would consider its history much beyond the decades of Israeli occupation. But Gaza is a historical treasure house. Many of those treasures are now in Israeli museums, and those that remain are becoming difficult to preserve due to the Israeli siege. Gaza, set along the historical silk road and on the bridge between Africa and Asia, was host to civilisations, including the Pharaohs, Canaanites, Philistines, Crusaders, Mamluks, Romans…more

We’ve Moved!
Palestine Monitor: 26 May 2011 – Visit our new website at www.palestinemonitor.org – In pictures / photostorymore

U.S. Leak on Israeli Attack Weakened a Warning to Netanyahu
Dissident Voice: 5 Feb 2012 – IPS – When Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told Washington Post columnist David Ignatius this week that he believes Israel was likely to attack Iran between April and June, it was ostensibly yet another expression of alarm at the Israeli government’s threats of military action. But even though the administration is undoubtedly concerned about that Israeli threat, the Panetta leak had a different objective. The White House was taking advantage of the current crisis atmosphere over that Israeli threat and even seeking to make it more urgent in order to put pressure on Iran to make diplomatic concessions to the United States and its allies on its nuclear programme in the coming months. The real aim of the leak brings into sharper focus a contradiction in the Barack Obama administration’s Iran policy between its effort to reduce the likelihood of being drawn into a war with Iran and its desire to…more

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