VTJP News & Articles 5 October 2012: Why Israel’s “refugee day” is a smokescreen to deny Palestinian rights

5 October 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Solidarity Ship Sailing to Gaza
IMEMC – The Helsingin Sanomat Swedish paper reported that Estelle, a Swedish-owned ship sailing under a Finnish flag, is on en route to the besieged Gaza Strip carrying tons of aid supplies to the besieged coastal region. …

Palestinian Cab Driver Who Rammed Israeli Soldiers Turns Himself In
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported that a Palestinian Cab driver, who accidentally rammed four Israeli soldiers near an Israeli settlement, south of Bethlehem, handed himself in to the Israeli Police. …

Army Kidnaps Two Palestinians In Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday afternoon, two Palestinians teenagers near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. …

Kidnapped Engineer Facing Deteriorating Health Condition
IMEMC – Palestinian sources reported the health condition of isolated detainee, Engineer Dirar Abu Sisi, 43, has sharply deteriorated at the Asqalan (Ashkelon) Israel prison, and added that he currently suffers from anemia but is not receiving the urgently needed medical treatment. … 

Ma’an News

Gaza man self-immolates
10/5/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 20-year-old man is in intensive care after setting himself on fire on Friday in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, the health ministry said. Witnesses told Ma’an that Muhammad al-Khudri doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire. Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said al-Khudriwas….

Israeli police use stun grenades to break up al-Aqsa protest
10/5/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police hurled stun grenades to disperse dozens of protesters who threw stones outside the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, after Friday prayers. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that police entered the compound and fired stun grenades after rocks were thrown at officers at….

Man found dead in Ramle mosque
10/5/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A 50-year-old man was found dead on Friday in a mosque in Ramle in central Israel, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. Police are investigating the death and told Ynet that signs of violence were found on the man’s body. The man was a well-known local….

Israeli forces kill American gunman in hotel shoot-out
10/5/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli forces shot dead an American man who opened fire in a seaside hotel packed with tourists on Friday, killing one person. Police and military troops swiftly surrounded the hotel in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat after the man — a former employee of the hotel — “grabbed a weapon from a security….

Belgium, EU contribute $12.7 million to PA welfare program
10/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Belgium and the European Union have contributed 9. 8 million euros ($12. 7 million) to the Palestinian Authority’s welfare scheme for families living in extreme poverty in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The donation is made through the PEGASE system, and includes 9 million euros from the Belgium….

Egypt crossing to Gaza remains open on Friday
10/5/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egypt’s Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip will remain open on Friday for travelers in both directions, a Palestinian official said. Crossings director Maher Abu Sabha told Ma’an the step comes as Egypt promises to provide more facilities to Gaza. Abu Sabha said last week he….

Suspect denies plot to attack Israeli interests in Cyprus
10/5/2012 – NICOSIA (Reuters) – A Lebanese-Swedish man denied charges on Friday of plotting to attack Israeli tourists in Cyprus, in a case which authorities said bore similarities to a deadly attack in Bulgaria this year. The 24-year-old defendant faces eight counts of conspiracy and consent to commit a crime and participation in a criminal organization. A….

PA, Jordan sign agricultural cooperation agreements
10/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority agriculture minister on Friday said a number of cooperation agreements signed with Jordan will benefit Palestinian producers. During a brief trip to the West Bank on Thursday, Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh signed a number of trade deals with the Palestinian Authority. Agriculture minister Walid Assaf said these….

Palestinian embassy staff detained in Cairo
10/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two employees of the Palestinian embassy in Cairo have been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking, a diplomatic official told Ma’an. The Palestinians, both service staff at the embassy, received large quantities of drugs smuggled from Syria, the official told Ma’an on condition of anonymity. They were….

As rial plunges, US Congress looks at expanding Iran sanctions
10/5/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Key lawmakers in the US Congress are looking at ways to expand economic sanctions on Iran, measures that have helped pushed the country’s currency into free fall but have not yet pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear program. The proposals, still in the early stages of development, would aim to penalize…. Related: UN chief says sanctions on Iran affecting its people

UN chief says sanctions on Iran affecting its people
10/5/2012 – By Michelle Nichols and Louis CharbonneauUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — International sanctions on Iran are having “significant” effects on the Iranian people and also appear to be harming humanitarian operations in the country, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the UN General Assembly released Friday. The Iranian currency has fallen during the past year…. Related:As rial plunges, US Congress looks at expanding Iran sanctions

Report: Israel tries to halt rising dairy prices
10/5/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli dairy products will be opened to international competition, in order to keep a check on rising prices in the market, Israeli newspaper Haaretz said Friday. The Ministry of Finance will decrease high customs duties on dairy imports, in order to offset a price rise on raw milk set….

Transport union says PA excluded them from dialogue
10/5/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The public transport union said Friday that they have been deliberately excluded by the Palestinian Authority from dialogues to solve a wave of transport strikes in the West Bank. The head of the union in Tulkarem, Muhammad Yassin, said the PA transportation ministry had invited taxi and truck company chiefs to….

Official: Netanyahu may dissolve parliament in mid-October
10/5/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will decide before parliament reconvenes on Oct. 15 on whether to seek a snap election, a government official said on Friday. Citing growing friction among Netanyahu’s allies, including disputes with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Israeli media has said elections might be held in February, eight months….

Turkish border town suffers spillover of Syrian violence
10/5/2012 – AKCAKALE, Turkey (Reuters) — Standing outside his two-storey house, Mehmet stretched his arm through his shattered living room window, pulling at a tear in the net curtain as shards of glass crunch under his feet.” This is how close we came,” he said. Mehmet was sitting at home with his family on Wednesday when mortars fired….

Egypt’s Mursi visits Sinai to meet Coptic, tribal leaders
10/5/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi arrived in northern Sinai on Friday, in a tightly-controlled visit where he will meet with local tribal and Christian leaders, security sources said. Egyptian authorities refused to provide any details on the visit and noted that only Mursi’s personal security guards know his movements….

Egypt’s Mursi dogged by own promises in first 100 days
10/5/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi has won grudging respect from detractors in his first 100 days by sending the army back to barracks faster than anyone expected and raising Egypt’s international profile in several newsmaking visits abroad. Yet his political fortunes and those of the Muslim Brotherhood which propelled him to power….

Syrian rebels say capture air defense base near Damascus
10/5/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian rebels say they captured an air defense base with a cache of missiles outside Damascus, a rare advance in a city where President Bashar Assad’s forces have them on the back foot. A video posted on YouTube shows dozens of rebels dressed in army fatigues celebrating as black smoke rises….

Morocco withdraws accreditation from AFP reporter
10/5/2012 – RABAT (Reuters) — The Moroccan government said it was withdrawing accreditation from an Agence France-Presse correspondent who wrote an article casting doubt on the monarchy’s neutrality in an election. In a statement carried by state media on Friday, the government accused Omar Brouksy of publishing an “unprofessional news item” about the re-run vote in….

Rights abuses persist in new Tunisia, investigators say
10/5/2012 – TUNIS (Reuters) — Tunisia’s human rights situation may have improved since the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last year but torture and violent repression persist, international investigators said Friday. Rights officials from the United Nations and the African Union concluded a visit to the country with a call on the government….

UN Security Council condemns ‘terrorist attacks’ in Aleppo
10/5/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously condemned what it described as “terrorist attacks” in the Syrian city of Aleppo earlier this week, a series of coordinated suicide bombings which killed 48 people in the northern metropolis.” The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in….

Russia urges restraint from Turkey after Syria border attacks
10/5/2012 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia appealed to Turkey on Friday to stay calm and avoid any action that could increase tension with Syria after a series of cross-border attacks provoked stern warnings from Ankara. The Russian statement was a response to the Turkish parliament’s decision on Thursday authorizing cross-border military action in the event of….

Turkish army returns fire after mortar fired from Syria
10/5/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — The Turkish military returned fire after a mortar bomb fired from Syria landed in countryside in southern Turkey, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported the governor of Hatay province as saying Friday. Turkish artillery bombarded Syrian military targets on Wednesday and Thursday in response to shelling by Syrian forces that killed five Turkish….

Police clash with protesters in Bahrain
10/5/2012 – ABU DHABI (Reuters) — Police in Bahrain used water cannon and tear gas on Friday to disperse hundreds of protesters after a memorial for a Shiite man jailed over last year’s pro-democracy uprising, witnesses said. Clashes erupted when police tried to stop protesters reaching Pearl Roundabout, the focus of the mass protests that began….

Aljazeera

Israeli police enter al-Aqsa compound
AlJazeera 5 Oct 2012 – Stun grenades used to disperse protesters during clashes following weeks of religious tension in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Palestine News Network

Qaraqe: Israel Proposes Release of Prisoners If Negotiations Resumed
Palestine News Network

American Tourist Opens Fire in Eilat Hotel,Two Dead
Palestine News Network

Danny Ayalon and the Jewish refugee fallacy
Palestine News Network

Israel Closes Al-Aqsa Mosque Fearing Confrontations with Palestinian Worshipers
Palestine News Network

Palestinians Stand Against Settlers’ Chaos in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Two Palestinian Institutions on the American list of Terrorism
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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Alternative Information Center

Thank Quakers for divesting from Veolia & HP!
Alternative Information Center – The US Campaign is thrilled to announce that the Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC) has become the first U.S. national fund to divest from Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Veolia Environment following concerns expressed by Palestinian rights advocates…

PHOTOS: Israel’s Bedouin citizens resist displacement in Al Araqib
Alternative Information Center – Residents of the “unrecognized” village of Al Araqib keep watch in makeshift structures built in order to maintain a presence on their village lands, September 19, 2012. Such structures were destroyed the previous week in the…

The National

One of deadly disease’s hidden victims – a man – tells his story
The National 5 Oct 2012 – Dubai expatriate Richard Weiler is among the one per cent of male breast cancer cases worldwide.

Experts call for specialist breast license
The National 5 Oct 2012 – Developing a licence scheme and building a registry of breast surgery specialists in the Emirates would help patients choose the proper doctor, experts say.

UAE national breast scan system ‘is essential’
The National 5 Oct 2012 – The national focus should still be on awareness more than anything, said Dr Jalaa Taher, the section head of cancer control and prevention at the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi.

Jordan’s opposition rallies for reform
The National 5 Oct 2012 – The Islamic Action Front, a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, and Jordan’s main opposition bloc, has been angered by the slow pace of reforms.

Turkish shelling has created ‘buffer zone’
The National 5 Oct 2012 – The Ankara government and Syrian opposition have been calling for safe zones on Syrian territory to protect refugees escaping the violence, but the idea has failed to gain traction with the West or the UN. That is until Turkey retaliated after a Syrian mortar killed five Turks.

UAE cavers get safety training
The National 5 Oct 2012 – The challenge of rescue is not that straightforward because of the rough, challenging terrain of smooth and sharp rocks, water and pitch darkness.

Labour of love to bring nation’s prosperity to those who build it
The National 5 Oct 2012 – Dozens of the capital’s blue-collar workers have a library, receive packs of everyday essentials and attend English-language courses, thanks to Labor of Love UAE.

Region’s first female camel race competitor born to the job
The National 5 Oct 2012 – In a country where women enrol in the army and run for election, the camel track is one of the last areas in which they are unseen. Successful camels and their owners become household names.

Facebook privacy fear ‘more likely for Emiratis’
The National 5 Oct 2012 – Some 79 per cent of Emiratis considered Facebook a ‘privacy concern’, compared to 56 per cent of those from UK and Europe.  

India family sentenced to death for honour killing 
The National 5 Oct 2012 – The parents, uncle, aunt and brother of a 19-year-old girl killed along with her boyfriend, in 2010 were sentenced to be hanged yesterday at a court in Delhi. 

Ha’aretz

After fatal shooting, Jewish Agency to probe how U.S. gunman was accepted onto Eilat program
Ha’aretz – 5 Oct 2012

Lieberman to Netanyahu: Call for elections as soon as possible
Ha’aretz – 5 Oct 2012

Thousands take part in third annual Tel Aviv bike race
Ha’aretz – 5 Oct 2012

Women’s groups slam Livni for joining forces with politician who has sex offense conviction
Ha’aretz – 5 Oct 2012

Internal report shows Haifa police negligence in detainee’s jail suicide
Ha’aretz – 5 Oct 2012

U.S. citizen opens fire at Eilat hotel, kills worker, is then shot dead by police
Ha’aretz – 5 Oct 2012

Health Ministry investigating claim fake Durex condoms being sold in Israel
Ha’aretz – 5 Oct 2012

Social groups target Ehud Barak in renewed push for universal draft
Ha’aretz – 5 Oct 2012

Thousands of Christians march in Jerusalem in support of Israel
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Report: U.S. rejected Iranian plan to end standoff over nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Ehud Barak’s new neighbors complain he’s commandeered the building
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Rights group calls for criminal probe into Israel’s handling of 18 Eritrean migrants returned to Egypt
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Knesset speaker calls for early elections
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Enigmatic buckle mystifies history buffs
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

UK extradites Islamist cleric to United States
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Abu Hamza al-Masri deported to the US to face terrorism charges after failing in his eight-year battle to avoid extradition. 

US supports Turkey’s military response against Syria
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – White House spokesman says “US stands behind Turkey as they take action because we believe that action is appropriate”; comments come after Turkish PM Erdogan warned his country is “not far” from war. 

Turkish army returns fire after mortar fired from Syria
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Turkey responds to a mortar shell fired from Syria, state-run news reports; Turkish PM Erdogan warns his country is “not far” from war, says those who “test” Turkey are “making a fatal mistake.” 

In biggest protest, Jordan Islamists demand change
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Islamists press ahead politically in largest demonstration since Arab Spring; authorities fear Palestinian empowerment. 

EU considers ‘taboo’ broad trade embargo on Iran
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – European Union discussing moving beyond the web of energy, business and financial restrictions imposed on Iran

After Eilat shooting, JAFI probes applications
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Jewish Agency-sponsored internship brought American William Hershkovitz, who killed one at an Eilat hotel, to Israel. 

Ramle: Muslim leader murdered in mosque
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Head of local “Waqf” Muhammed Taji, 80, found with stab wounds in his upper body; police deploy special YASSAM patrol officers. 

Suspect denies plot against Israel targets in Cyprus
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – 24-year-old held on suspicion of espionage and conspiring to commit a crime against Israeli tourists in Cyprus. 

Friday prayers end in riots on Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Following Friday prayers, hundreds of Arab worshipers hurl stones; none hurt; police disperse crowd using stun grenades. 

‘Iran will overcome currency conspiracy’
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Adviser to Khamenei says Tehran will defeat enemy ‘conspiracy’ against its foreign currency and gold markets. 

Palestinian driver that hit 4 IDF soldiers released
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Police release driver in Neve Daniel hit and run that hit IDF soldiers, rule out terrorist motive. 

US tourist opens fire at Eilat hotel, killing one
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – American tourist at Leonardo Club Hotel grabs security guard’s gun, opens fire; three people suffer from shock, two evacuated to hospital; Counterterrorism Unit shoots, kills gunman. 

That’s Lifestyle: Secrets for a successful Succot
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – Lifestyle Editor wraps up week: Weather-adaptable grilling; olim offer comic relief; bloggers eat their way through the country. 

PostScript: Time for Barak to bolt
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – We cannot afford a situation where, while the prime minister appeals to the world for understanding on the Iran issue, he is being shot in the foot by his own defense minister. 

‘US rejects Iranian plan to defuse nuclear crisis’
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2012 – ‘New York Times’ reports Iranian officials offered initiative to gradually suspend uranium production. 

TA signs int’l bike charter at cycling event
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Mayor Ron Huldai kicks off the Sovev Tel Aviv-Jaffa bike racing day by signing Charter of Brussels covenant. 

Health Ministry urged to supervise medical tourism
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Treatment of foreigners may come at expense of local patients, Knesset research center report finds. 

Inside Iran: A rial fine mess
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012Iran’s free-falling currency reveals intense political rivalries as well as economic cracks 

Politics: Embarking on early elections
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Why the prime minister seems set to pass up on history to go to the polls. 

Into the Fray: Illogical, ineffectual, immoral
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Without a credible threat of military force, the policy of sanctions against Iran lacks wisdom, efficacy and morality. 

Another Tack: The Dearborn omen
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Nothing that comes out of Dearborn should be dismissed as too trifling to trouble us, especially when underpinned by presidential rhetoric. 

Column One: The Left’s only enemy
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – The fact that Abbas was an inveterate Jew-hater who spent four decades in the senior leadership of a terrorist organization and whose doctoral dissertation was a long denial of the Holocaust, was brushed aside. 

UN reaches consensus on text condemning Syria
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Security Council reaches rare agreement on text, says incident is proof of “grave impact” of Syrian crisis on regional peace. 

Breaking with tradition
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – The Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble opens its new season on October 18, with plans for a variety of musical surprises. 

Profiles in courage
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – The Jewish Eye film fest unveils its lineup for Ashkelon. 

Tradition Today: Rejoicing in the Torah
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – If we can spread Torah knowledge to greater numbers among our people, we can rejoice on Simhat Torah. 

Radical innovation and the future of Jews
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Rethinking Judaism: Reading, interpreting, arguing about and celebrating Torah may be our time’s saving innovation. 

The empire strikes back
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – What appears as a new fact on the ground is that the Ottoman Empire’s spirit has been revived in the body of modern Turkey. 

Eisenbud’s Odyssey: Feast, famine & family
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Yom Kippur, more than any other holiday, has long served as a haunting metaphor for my feelings of guilt over the starvation and depravity my grandparents and other Holocaust victims were forced to endure. 

Thin Again: Still in need of His protection
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Each year, I survey the threats facing the Jews of Israel, if only to remind myself of how palpably we need the Divine protection of which we gain a heightened awareness on Succot. 

Real Israel: Double takes
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Another offering of Hebrew mangled by newcomers, tourists and veterans. 

Why Mali matters
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – The proliferation of armed groups is a direct result of Mali’s humanitarian crisis. 

A view from Israel: The importance of Israel
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – If only the world would appreciate the Jewish people, recognize its importance in the world and join it in its quest for tikkun olam (repairing the world). If only. 

A succa for animal rights
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Anonymous for Animal Rights and Let Animals Live push petition to revamp 18-year-old Animal Welfare Law. 

The Guardian

Israeli soldiers kill New York man who opened fire at crowded hotel
The Guardian 5 Oct 2012 – American, 23, reportedly stole a gun from a hotel security guard before killing a hotel employee in resort city of Eilat A young American shot and killed a chef at a hotel in the Red Sea…

Inter Press Service

As Conflict Spreads, Syrian Opposition Preps for the Future
IPS As the uprising in Syria becomes violently entangled with its neighbours, the expatriate opposition leadership is already formulating plans for a political transition following the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. On Thursday, the United States Institute of Peace hosted an event entitled “Syria After Assad: Managing the Challenges of…

Uruknet

Edward Said, champion of justice
Uruknet

Palestine Should Never Become a Lost Cause
Uruknet

”The Life of a Palestinian”
Uruknet

Top 10 Astonishing U.S.Police Brutality Videos Caught on Surveillance Cameras
Uruknet

Boycott and Chaos at the United Nations in Geneva: Who Committed War Crimes in Iraq?
Uruknet

What the drones protest march in Waziristan aims to achieve
Uruknet

Israeli refusenik: ‘I refuse to erase people from the world who might be right’ (IDF officer: We don’t erase people!)
Uruknet

Israeli army turns Palestinian homes in Hebron into military barracks
Uruknet

How many US troops remain in Iraq?
Uruknet

Reuters Reporter’s Hit Job on a Recent Report on US Drone Strikes in Pakistan
Uruknet

Daily Star

Riyadi book place in semis with destruction of Antranik
Daily Star 5 Oct 2012 Defending champions Al-Riyadi Beirut secured a spot in the semifinals of the 22nd Housam din al-Hariri tournament, after recording their second win over Antranik 103-63 Friday in Sidon.

YNet News

1,300 rally against violence, murder in Tira
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – ….

Protests erupt in Tunisian revolution town
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – ….

2 hikers accidentally enter minefield
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – ….

Activists: Syrian warplanes pound Homs
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – ….

UN chief says sanctions on Iran affecting its people
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – ….

Iron Dome operators still face unfit living conditions
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – Living conditions of soldiers manning missile defense batteries seem to worsen since last review, but military insists all deficiencies were fixed ….

FM: Elections should be held as soon as possible
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – Avigdor Lieberman says that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decides to hold elections early, it should be done without delay so as not to compromise economy ….

Eliat hotel shooting leaves 2 dead
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – Former American employee of Leonardo Club Hotel in southern resort city opens fire in lobby, killing one man; Police forces storm premises and kill gunman, who was fired a day before ….

Prominent Ramla figure found murdered in mosque 
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – Great Mosque of Ramla turns into crime scene after body of man who oversaw charity affairs and Muslim public assets in the city is found on the premises ….

Arabs stone police on Temple Mount 
YNet News, 5 Oct 2012 – End of Friday prayers sees hundreds of Arab youths throw rocks at security forces; none injured ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF arrests five Jerusalemites
PIC – Wadi Hilweh Information Center confirmed, on Thursday, that the IOF arrested Ihab Zughayyar in front of his house in the old town under the pretext of confronting the settlers..

Hamas warns the occupation of continuing its crimes against prisoners
PIC – The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, warned the Israeli occupation of continuing its crimes against the prisoners, and of targeting the Palestinian MPs and leaders.

IOF imposes a comprehensive cordon around a school in Tur
PIC – The IOF imposed on Thursday afternoon a comprehensive security cordon around Tur school, located in Tur neighborhood at the pretext of stones being thrown at them from the school.

Jihad celebrates the 25th anniversary of the movement’s founding
PIC – The Islamic Jihad movement celebrated on Thursday the 25th anniversary of the movement’s founding. Thousands of Islamic Jihad supporters and Palestinian factions’ leaders participated.

Dozens injured in IOF raid of the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Large numbers of IOF troops raided the Aqsa Mosque shortly after the end of the Friday prayers and fired teargas canisters and rubber bullets at worshipers, who were mostly women and elderly.

Israeli Judge calls for allowing Jews to perform rituals in al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – An Israeli Judge called for allowing the Jews to perform their Talmudic rituals inside al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing on their right to that, as she said.

PA security continue detaining journalist Mona for the 13th day
PIC – PA security services continued detaining Quds Press Agency’s correspondent in the city of Nablus Mohammad Anwar Mona, 30, for the thirteenth day, as he was arrested September 23.

Moroccan activist denounces Syria’s media attack on Meshaal
PIC – Head of Moroccan “Unification and Reform” movement denounced Syrian and Iranian media attack on Khaled Meshaal, due to his support for the aspirations of the Syrian people to freedom and dignity.

Health of isolated prisoner Abu Sisi seriously deteriorates
PIC – human rights sources said yesterday that the health of isolated prisoner, Dirar Abu Sisi, held in Ashkelon solitary confinement had significantly deteriorated and that he is suffering from anemia.

March against price hikes and PA in West Bank
PIC – A protest march was launched on Thursday in the city of al-Khalil (southern the West Bank) to demand the halt to PA‘s economic policy and the resignation of Salam Fayyad’s government.

WAFA

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012

Misc

Turkey says it has no intention for war with Syria
LA Times 4 Oct 2012 – Turkish retaliatory strikes continue for a second day and lawmakers approve further military actions against Syria, heightening fears of a regional war. BEIRUT — Turkish officials declared their country does not want to enter a war with Syria, even as lawmakers authorized further military operations…

FBI investigators reach U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya
LA Times 4 Oct 2012 – FBI agents escorted by U.S. troops enter the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, collecting evidence there for the first time since the Sept. 11 attack. WASHINGTON — FBI agents protected by heavily armed U.S. troops entered the burned-out American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, for the first…

New York Man, Fired From Israeli Hotel, Kills Co-Worker
New York Times 5 Oct 2012 – The man, William Hershkovitz, who was participating in an internship and Hebrew study program at a hotel in Eilat, was then fatally shot by the police

The Lede Blog: Video Offers Glimpses of Tehran Protests
New York Times 5 Oct 2012 – Iranian journalists working from outside the country shared video and photographs posted online by people who said they witnessed Wednesday’s protests in Tehran. 

Tehran Merchants Reopen, With Police Watching
New York Times 5 Oct 2012 – Witnesses said that protests did not resume over the devaluation of the currency, the rial, and black-market money traders and prospective customers stayed away. 

Clashes and Protest Over Iran Currency Plunge Hit Tehran
New York Times 5 Oct 2012 – The first outbreak of public anger over Iran’s collapsing currency and other economic maladies jolted the heart of Tehran. 

As Rial Slides, So Do Iranians’ Dreams
New York Times 5 Oct 2012 – In the Iranian capital, all anyone can talk about is the rial, and how lives have been turned upside down during a week in which the currency’s value plunged by 40 percent. 

Memo From Jerusalem: Concentration and Politics Hinder Israel Newspapers
New York Times 5 Oct 2012 – Newspapers like Haaretz and Maariv are being squeezed by the pressures of the global digital age and a small, crowded Hebrew-language market that is undergoing convulsions of its own. 

Global Food Prices on the Rise, U.N. Says
New York Times 5 Oct 2012 – Heat and drought in the United States, Russia and Europe led to record highs in the prices of corn and soybeans, the United Nations food agency reported. 

Iranians Offer 9-Step Plan to End Nuclear Crisis
New York Times 5 Oct 2012 – With sanctions contributing to major protests in Iran, officials have drawn up a plan to defuse the nuclear crisis with the West, but it requires many concessions. 

New ad describing Palestinian dispossession hits Metro-North, NY
Mondoweiss – I managed to shoot this short video today at a Metro-North Hudson line train station. You can see that Henry Clifford, who put up ads featuring maps showing Palestinian dispossession in July, is back at it with further proof of what Zionism meant for Pelestinians– the…

Israelis celebrating Sukkot beat Palestinians worshipers
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Ma’an News Agency ) On Friday in Jerusalem on the Muslim day of prayer Israeli tourists celebrating the Jewish fall harvest, Sukkot, attacked Muslims congregating at al-Asqa Mosque for Friday prayers. A large mob beat a group of Palestinians, resulting in the detainment of five Palestinians….

Exile and the prophetic: Presidential debate hangover
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Normal 0 false false false ENUS X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in…

Israel is losing legitimacy — according to Daniel Bell
Mondoweiss – The late sociologist Daniel Bell Gil Troy has an appalling piece up at Open Zion attacking Mahmoud Abbas for his UN speech last week: Abbas “plunged Palestinians and Israelis into round after round of the delegitimization derby.” There is no question that many critics of Israel…

The cycle of violence– set to ‘Exodus’ anthem
Mondoweiss – This Land Is Mine from Nina Paley on Vimeo . This video by the cartoonist Nina Paley is getting passed around. It features the Exodus song, This Land Is Mine, sung by the late Andy Williams. Thanks to Sheila Rechtschaffer and others.

Netanyahu up close and personal
Mondoweiss – People criticize me for my casual photos. Well, take a look at Netanyahu’s official twitter feed and his personal twitter account — maybe I should friend Netanyahu on facebook!  I must say, these are some of the most unstatesmanlike pictures I’ve ever seen. A selection: Here…

Israeli Police Use Stun Grenades to Break Up Al-Aqsa Protest 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Oct 2012 – Israeli police hurled stun grenades to disperse dozens of protesters who threw stones outside the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, after Friday prayers. Click here for the rest of the article…

Netanyahu May Dissolve Parliament in mid-October 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Oct 2012 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will decide before parliament reconvenes on October 15 on whether to seek a snap election, a government official said on Friday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Forces Kill US Gunman in Hotel Shooting 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Oct 2012 – Israeli forces shot dead an American man who opened fire in a seaside hotel packed with tourists on Friday, killing one person. Click here for the rest of the article…

Knesset Speaker Calls for Early Elections 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Oct 2012 – Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has called on the Israeli parliament to disband itself and begin preparing for early elections. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Foreign Minister – We Don’t Mull Over Sending Forces to Syria 
allAfrica.com 5 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr denied recent claims about the possibility of dispatching Egyptian forces to Syria.

Egypt: FM Denies Sending Forces to Syria 
allAfrica.com 5 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr denied recent claims about the possibility of dispatching Egyptian forces to Syria.

Egypt: Egypt – Expanding the Scope of Syrian Crisis Jeopardizes the Entire Region 
allAfrica.com 5 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr urged on Thursday 04/10/2012 the Syrian government to respect borders of neighboring countries and make sure that Wednesday attack would not be repeated again.

Nigeria: Hajj and the Saudis [I] 
allAfrica.com 5 Oct 2012 – [Daily Trust]The news came that Saudi Arabia has detained for four to five days at two of its international airports without adequate food or drink and under deplorable condition, and then turned back more than a thousand of our women pilgrims who were not accompanied by…

Sderot, an Unlikely Place for a Tourism and Real Estate Boom 
Joseph Dana 5 Oct 2012 – The southern Israeli city of Sedrot seems like an unlikely place for a real estate and tourism boom. Less than one mile from Israel’s border with the Gaza, it has been the target of rocket fire from Palestinian militants for several years. But despite the ongoing…

Turkey ‘in new Syria retaliation’ 
BBC 5 Oct 2012 – Turkey’s military returns fire after a Syrian mortar round again lands on Turkish soil, television channels say.

Jordan protests after poll call 
BBC 5 Oct 2012 – Thousands of people begin gathering in Jordan’s capital Amman amid a large police presence to call for faster political reforms.

Two die in Israel hotel shootings 
BBC 5 Oct 2012 – An American man who killed one person after opening fire at a hotel in Israel’s southern resort of Eilat is shot dead by Israeli police.

Egypt court releases Coptic boys 
BBC 5 Oct 2012 – A court in Egypt orders the release pending investigation of two Coptic Christian children detained on Tuesday for blasphemy against Islam.

Wiping Palestinians Off the Agenda – Wiping Palestine Off the Map 
Sabbah report 5 Oct 2012 – The Shrinking Map Of Palestine By Yousef Munayyer | Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14119At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last week the Israeli Prime Minister succeeded and failed simultaneously. With a cartoonish display, Benjamin Netanyahu managed to become the laughing stock of the internet as parodied images…

How the Government’s lies become truth 
Sabbah report 5 Oct 2012 – by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14115 In my last column, “ A Culture of Delusion ,” I wrote that “Americans live in a matrix of lies . Lies dominate every policy discussion, every political decision.” This column will use two top news stories, Iranian nukes…

ACLU-NC Defends Our Right to Post Ads Opposing U.S. Aid to Israel 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Oct 2012 – In advance of a controversial October 11 hearing that could result in Chapel Hill amending its advertising guidelines to prohibit political ads, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina has issued a vigorous defense of our First Amendment right to place ads in city…

Obama in the Debate 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 5 Oct 2012 – It was quite a spectacle: Romney beat Obama hands down in a debate. Liberals could not even spin their way out of this embarrassing episode. It was quite clear (and instant polls proved this) that Obama was defeated in the debate. To understand the situation you…

The Battle of Aleppo: Lebanese-style Lines of Demarcation 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 5 Oct 2012 – A view of buildings damaged in what activists said was an air strike by the Syrian Air Force loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad, at Batabo town near Aleppo 4 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Abdalghne Karoof ) A view of buildings damaged in what activists said…

Turkey renews fire into Syria after fresh mortar strike 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Oct 2012 – Turkey launched a fresh round of attacks over the border into Syria Friday after a mortar landed in a southern Turkish countryside, the Anatolian news agency reported the governor of Hatay province as saying. Turkish artillery bombarded Syrian military targets on Thursday in response to shelling…

Bahrain police attack protesters with teargas, water cannons 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Oct 2012 – Thousands of protesters took to the streets for a third consecutive day in Bahrain’s capital Friday, prompted by the death of a young activist in custody earlier this week, witnesses say. Police used teargas and water cannons to attack demonstrators in the newest round of protests…

Leftist-Islamist Struggle Fuels Tunisian University Violence 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Oct 2012 – Tunisian protestors calling for the resignation of the mayor storm the municipality building in Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of 2011’s revolution which outed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, on 5 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mokhtar Kahouli) Tunisian protestors calling for the resignation of the…

Decentralize the Internet: Peter Sunde Interview 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Oct 2012 – One of the co-founders of the file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, is interviewed on 28 September 2010 (Photo: AFP – Jonathan Nackstrand) One of the co-founders of the file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, is interviewed on 28 September 2010 (Photo: AFP -…

Mursi visits Sinai to “reassure” Copts after threats 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Oct 2012 – Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi visited the Sinai peninsula on Friday to meet with and reassure Coptic families who fled from the town of Rafah after receiving death threats, his Facebook page said. This “will not happen again,” Mursi told a group of local Bedouin tribal chiefs…

Lebanese Banks Under Washington’s Thumb 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Oct 2012 – The visits and related pressures have set “the rules of the game” between Lebanese banks and the US (Photo: Haytham alMoussawi) The visits and related pressures have set “the rules of the game” between Lebanese banks and the US (Photo: Haytham alMoussawi) As the Syrian crisis…

Canada to Lebanese: No More Free Pass 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 4 Oct 2012 – Her main concern is the future of her children who are already Canadian citizens due to the fact that they were born there. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Her main concern is the future of her children who are already Canadian citizens due to the fact that they…

Honoring Sadat: An Agenda of Appeasement 
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Oct 2012 – Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi shakes hands with Gamal al-Sadat, son of the late former President Anwar al-Sadat, at his tomb for the anniversary of Egypt’s 6 October 1973 surprise attack, in Cairo on 4 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters) Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi shakes hands with Gamal…

Mikati: Time to Focus on Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Oct 2012 – The Lebanese leader met with the American, French and Egyptian heads of state, as well as the UN secretary-general and the Jordanian king (Photo: Haytham alMoussawi) The Lebanese leader met with the American, French and Egyptian heads of state, as well as the UN secretary-general and…

Morocco: Using Salafis as Pawns 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Oct 2012 – Moroccan Salafists demonstrate against an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. that mocks the Prophet Mohammad outside a mosque in the impoverished Rahma neighbourhood of Sale, on 21 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Stringer) Moroccan Salafists demonstrate against an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. that…

Israeli Tourist Buses Invade Bethlehem 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Oct 2012 – Palestinian tourism sector has suffered tremendous losses since the outbreak of the second intifada 12 years ago, forcing many companies to close down or lay off many of their workers (Photo: AlAkhbar) Palestinian tourism sector has suffered tremendous losses since the outbreak of the second intifada…

Gazan Fisherman Dies after Coming under Sustained Fire from Israeli Military 
Al-Haq 5 Oct 2012 – Ad: New 2012 Package With 2012 Quiz Hook: Can You Answer Any Of The 7 Qs? – The “2012 Unlocked Package” Nails A Niche That’s Just Hitting Throttle. Features An Irresistible Quiz. Tantalizing Free “bribe”. Deal-closing Bonuses. Cool New Hybrid Video Sales Page. Category-defying Appeal. Backed…

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Fresh price tag attack against Jerusalem monastery; no arrests made 
Aziz Abu Sarah, +972 Magazine 10/2/2012
      Another “price tag” hate crime was carried out today against the Franciscan monastery on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The monastery was spray painted with slogans against Christianity and Jesus. Names of Jewish outposts in the West Bank were also sprayed, indicating that settlement supporters carried out the attack. This is the latest hate crime in a series of attacks on Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. The last took place only a month ago, when the door of the Latrun Monastery was set on fire.
     In February 2012, Dr. Marc Gopin and I wrote about the attack on the Baptist church in Jerusalem. Back then, price tag attacks against churches were new. The police issued a statement that they were investigating the incident and would prosecute those responsible. However, little has been done against the perpetrators. This is not surprising, considering the number of price tag attacks against Muslim sites in the past few years, which resulted in almost no arrests. I wrote in October last year about the repeated attacks on mosques that went unnoticed. Now, it seems that we are witnessing the same story all over again.
     I find it hard to believe that the Israel Police and Shin Bet security service are unable to find the perpetrators. Many consider the Shin Bet to be one of the top security agencies in the world. However it seems that its ability is limited to arresting Arab suspects, and it is unable to overcome an ethnic bias. Nationalist crimes carried by Jews against Muslims and Christians receive no more than condemnations. The offenders against Christians and Muslims know that they are not going to be held accountable. I am willing to bet money that no one will be prosecuted for this attack. Unfortunately, I also believe that attacks against Christian and Muslim holy sites will continue to take place. more.. e-mail

Abbas’s impossible choices 
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 9/27/2012
      In a rage about protests against his rule, Mahmoud Abbas threatens to resign while questions remain over his efficacy if he continues.
     The scene was very clear: angry Palestinian youth in downtown Ramallah beating effigies of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad with their shoes, amid demonstrations protesting against unbearable economic conditions, price hikes and higher taxes. Similar protests took place across the West Bank and greatly upset Abbas who was not only surprised by the scale of rage, but enraged when he found out that most of the protesters belonged to the faction he is leading, Fatah.
     Abbas was furious and decided to postpone his trip to India by one day to meet with members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) Executive Committee and representatives of Palestinian factions in the PLO. Sources told Al-Ahram Weekly that the meeting that took place in Abbas’s residence in Ramallah was very tense.
     Abbas was livid and spoke with unprecedented anger and harshness. Reliable sources said that some participants tried to blame Hamas for organising the protests but Abbas rejected the insinuations and blamed factions within the PLO and Fatah itself. “I will not stand for demonstrations and protests organised against me at this sensitive time,” he reportedly told PLO factions. “I will not take responsibility for the impossible conditions we are living; you either accept my resignation immediately or we should hold new presidential elections that I will not contest.”
     Abbas viewed the sweeping protests in the West Bank as a referendum on his political programme, and accused PLO factions of creating operation rooms to incite the public to demonstrate against him…. more.. e-mail

Why Qatar wants to invade Syria 
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times 9/28/2012
      Make no mistake; the Emir of Qatar is on a roll.
     What an entrance at the UN General Assembly in New York; Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani called for an Arab coalition of the willing-style invasion of Syria, no less. [1]
     In the words of the Emir, “It is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of their national, humanitarian, political and military duties, and to do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed in Syria.” He stressed Arab countries had a “military duty” to invade.
     What he means by “Arab countries” is the petromonarchies of the Gulf Counter-Revolution Club (GCC), previously known as Gulf Cooperation Council – with implicit help from Turkey, with which the GCC has a wide-ranging strategic agreement. Every shisha house in the Middle East knows that Doha, Riyadh and Ankara have been weaponizing/financing/providing logistical help to the various strands of the armed Syrian opposition engaged in regime change.
     The Emir even quoted a “similar precedent” for an invasion, when “Arab forces intervened in Lebanon” in the 1970s. By the way, during a great deal of the 1970s the Emir himself was engaged in more mundane interventions, such as letting his hair down alongside other Gulf royals in select Club Med destinations, as this photo attests (he’s the guy on the left).
     So is the Emir now preaching an Arab version of the R2P (“responsibility to protect”) doctrine advanced by The Three Graces of Humanitarian Intervention (Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Samantha Power)? more.. e-mail

Israel excluded as model UN meets in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 4 Oct 2012 – Rami Almeghari Gaza City 5 October 2012 Young Palestinians in Gaza tell the Palestinian Authority and international leaders that they must be included in discussions about their rights.more

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Why Israel’s “refugee day” is a smokescreen to deny Palestinian rights
Electronic Intifada: 5 Oct 2012 – Jonathan Cook Nazareth 5 October 2012 Danny Ayalon’s new diplomatic efforts are designed to distract from — and further deny — the Palestinian right of return.more

No Election Fervor, But Much at Stake
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Oct 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud Come November 6, American voters will decide whether to extend Obama’s mandate by four more years, or hand the former Massachusetts Governor the fate of a country that has long crossed the line of economic recession into territories uncharted since the Great Depression in 1929. Romney, the archetypal American elite with ample wealth, lifestyle and language so detached from the average American is doing his very best to exploit Obama’s failing to rescue the currently tattered, and largely struggling economy. The recovery, despite the hype, is still lacking at best. With a large and growing deficit, and unrelenting government borrowing, prospects for the future remain dim. “Economic growth has never been weaker in a post-war recovery. Consumer spending has never been so slack. Only once has job growth been slower,” wrote Paul Wiseman, in the Huffington Post (August 15). These were his thoughts on a thorough analysis…more

Of Bombs and Comics
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Oct 2012 – By Uri Avnery My first reaction to Binyamin Netanyahu’s exhibition of comics at the UN General Assembly was shame. Shame that the supreme elected representative of my country would stoop to such a primitive rhetorical device, bordering on the childish. (One Israeli commentator suggested putting him on a rug with a lot of paper and Indian ink, and letting him play to his heart’s content.) He was speaking to a half-empty chamber (Israeli TV was careful not to show the entire hall during the speech), and the audience consisted of second-grade diplomats, but these were still educated people. Even Netanyahu must have realized that they would despise this display. But Netanyahu was not talking to them at all. He was talking to the Jewish audience at home and in the US. This audience was proud of him. He succeeded in touching their deepest emotions. To understand this, one must recall…more

Inside Israel’s Green Line: Neither Free nor Fair
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Oct 2012 – By Patrick O. Strickland On Monday, thousands of Palestinian Israelis marched across the country to commemorate the tragic events of October 2000. At the onset of the Second Intifada, as initially peaceful demonstrations swept Arab cities and villages across Israel, police shot and killed 13 unarmed young men. Until this day, no one has been found guilty let alone tried in a court of law, as Israel has long since refused to charge any of the officers. Even among many “pro-Palestinian” figures, particularly proponents of the moribund two-state solution, there is a curious consensus that within the Green Line, Israel is a genuinely democratic state that ensures equality among all of its citizens. The state’s failure to secure justice for the families of the October 2000 victims is one of many examples that illustrate how this notion is both unfounded and inaccurate. Indeed, even a brief glance at Israel’s treatment…more

The Grand Default
Dissident Voice: 5 Oct 2012 – I am sitting here writing this article 39 years to the minute from that moment when the sirens started screaming, announcing the beginning of the war. A minute before, total quiet reigned, as it does now. No traffic, no activity in the street, except a few children riding bicycles. Yom Kippur, the holiest day for Jews, reigned supreme. And then… Inevitably, the memory starts to work. This year, many new documents were released for publication. Critical books and articles are abundant. The universal culprits are Golda Meir and Moshe Dayan. They have been blamed before, right from the day after the war, but only for superficial military offences, known as The Default. The default was failing to mobilize the reserves, and not moving the tanks to the front in time, in spite of the many signs that Egypt and Syria were about to attack. Now, for the first time, the…more

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