7 October 2012 — VTJP
International Middle East Media Center
10 Palestinians Injured By Army Missiles In Rafah
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that ten Palestinians were injured, on Sunday evening, when the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles into Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Some of the wounded residents are in serious conditions; an infant is among the wounded. …
Ansar 3 Convoy Arrives In Gaza
IMEMC – The Ansar 3 Jordanian solidarity convoy managed to enter the Gaza Strip, Sunday, through the Rafah Border Terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, the Palestinian Information Center reported. …
Soldiers Attack Palestinian Farmers Near Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, reported Saturday that dozens of Palestinian villagers, picking their olive trees west of Hebron, were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after being attacked by Israeli soldiers. …
Israel Downs Hezbollah Drone
IMEMC – An Israeli military spokesperson reported Saturday that the Israeli Air Force downed an unmanned drone over the northern part of the Negev Desert. The army said that the drone did not carry any explosives. …
Medical official: Israeli airstrike injures 11
10/7/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip injured 11 people on Sunday, a Gaza medical official said. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an the airstrike targeted a motorcycle traveling in a busy neighborhood of Rafah. Two of the wounded were in a critical condition and one….
Official: Settlers uproot olive trees in Ramallah village
10/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers uprooted around 40 olive trees in a Palestinian village in the central West Bank, a local official said on Sunday. Villagers from Ras Karkar, northwest of Ramallah, discovered the trees had been destroyed on Sunday morning, village council head Riziq Nofel told Ma’an. A group of 10….
Witnesses: Settlers attack farmers, burn olive trees
10/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in the Ramallah town of Beitillu on Sunday, burning dozens of olive trees, witnesses said. Locals told official news agency Wafa that settlers from nearby Nehaliel settlement attacked the farmers while they were picking olives and set fire to dozens of trees. Israeli forces….
Israeli forces ‘deploy at Al-Aqsa after clashes’
10/7/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Israeli forces deployed around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning, a local foundation said, as tensions continued at the Jerusalem religious site amid Jewish holidays. Israeli troops confiscated the identity documents of worshipers in al-Aqsa and ordered a large number of youth to leave the compound, the Al-Aqsa….
Israel detains 4 fishermen off Gaza coast
10/7/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four men fishing off the northern Gaza shore on Sunday morning. Head of Gaza’s fishing association Mahfouth al-Kabriti said gunboats seized Majed Fadel Baker, and his three sons Omran 26, Fadi 23, and Muhammad, 19, while they were on a fishing trip. An Israeli military….
Swedish ship sets sail to challenge Gaza blockade
10/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Swedish ship set sail from Italy on Saturday in a bid to challenge Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, the organizers said. Ship to Gaza Sweden said that several hundred participants gathered to bid the ship farewell at a quay in Naples.”In spite of Israeli pressure to….
Israel detains Palestinians in Ramallah, Hebron overnight
10/7/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained two Palestinians driving south of Hebron overnight Saturday, locals told Ma’an. Muhammad Awni al-Qassrawi, and Ilwan Nasser Jamjoum were stopped by soldiers, who called in explosive experts to examine their car for weapons, local officials said. When they discovered a weapon the pair were detained, they….
First minimum wage for Palestinian employees approved
10/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an)– A national committee headed by Palestinian Authority labor minister Ahmad Majdalani announced Sunday that the first minimum wage for Palestinian employees has been approved. Thirteen out of fifteen committee members signed a minimum wage document setting the figure at 1,450 shekels ($375) per month. The group was composed of government, private…. Related: Palestinian policy group to approve minimum wage
Egypt seizes fuel headed to Gaza tunnels in Sinai
10/7/2012 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities seized 6,500 liters of fuel in northern Sinai that were headed to Gaza via underground border tunnels, security sources said. Forces stopped three trucks in Bir al-Abed and detained two smugglers, while a third escaped, the sources said. Gaza’s only border crossing not controlled by Israel….
Israel prevents Palestinian-Venezuelans from voting
10/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians with Venezuelan citizenship were prevented from casting their vote in the country’s presidential elections on Sunday because Israel withheld ballots from the Ramallah representative office, an official said.” Venezuelan citizens were deprived of their natural and democratic right to participate in elections by a state which claims respect….
Gaza crossing closes over Jewish holiday
10/7/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities closed the sole goods crossing into the Gaza Strip for two days on Sunday during Jewish holidays, officials said. Palestinian officials in Gaza told Ma’an the Kerem Shalom terminal would re-open on Tuesday, after the Sukkot holiday. Israel tightened a land and sea blockade on Gaza….
Jenin governor: Man injured by weapon misfire
10/7/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A man was injured late Saturday when a weapon he was handling misfired in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, the governor said. Mizer Walid Abu Muwis, 32, was shot in the leg while standing on Jenin-Nazareth road around 11 p. m. and was taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus….
West Bank doctors set to aid Syria refugees
10/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Doctors from the West Bank have formed a delegation to travel to Turkey in order to assist Palestinians fleeing Syria, the organizers said Sunday. The Al-Quds Medical Association said the delegation includes 25 doctors specialized in different fields. They are slated to spend two weeks in Turkey, but will stay longer….
Shaath: Fatah joining socialist coalition strengthens Europe ties
10/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah official Nabil Shaath said Sunday that his faction’s new membership of a coalition of European socialist parties will strengthen Fatah’s relationship with Europe. The Party of European Socialists said last week that its 2012 congress had bestowed membership on both the Palestinian Authority’s ruling….
Regional publishers take part in Gaza book exhibition
10/7/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Publishers from Cairo, Beirut, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are taking part in an international book exhibition in Gaza this week, a statement from the Gaza ministry of culture said Sunday. The exhibition is organized by the culture ministry and offers talks, seminars and a wide variety of Arabic language books….
PLO to start legal process against Lieberman incitement
10/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The PLO has appointed a legal committee to begin the process of putting together a lawsuit against Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, an official said Sunday. Nimir Hammad, political adviser to President Abbas, told Ma’an that lawyers will contact Israeli, American and European legal experts to start proceedings against….
Gazans stage soccer protest at Shalit’s Barcelona visit
10/7/2012 – GAZA CITY (Reuters) — Palestinians freed from Israeli jails held their own version of the Barcelona-Real Madrid soccer match on Sunday to protest the presence of a former captive Israeli soldier at the actual fixture. The five-a-side kick-about in Gaza comprised mostly of ex-prisoners protesting at Gilad Shalit’s presence in Barcelona. He was abducted….
Palestinian policy group to approve minimum wage
10/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority labor minister said Sunday that he expects a dialogue group meeting later in the day to set the first minimum wage for Palestinian employees. There is broad consensus that the minimum wage will be set at 1,450 shekels ($375) per month, 80 shekels ($20) per day, and 10…. Related: First minimum wage for Palestinian employees approved
Elections commission reiterates rules to party reps
10/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Central Elections Commission held a meeting with party representatives in Ramallah on Sunday, ahead of the municipal vote on Oct. 20. The campaign period began on Saturday, and commission director Hanna Nasser called on the parties to abide by electoral rules. He stressed that the government must remain impartial…. Related: 4 Fatah officials dismissed for election violations
Gaza govt tries to phase out motorcycles
10/7/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s government has banned the entry of spare parts for motorcycles or old makes of car as a safety measure, transport minister Osama al-Assawi announced Sunday. Ministry official Hassan Akashed said the move aims to reduce the number of motorcycles, which he said are a main cause of….
4 Fatah officials dismissed for election violations
10/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah’s Central Committee has dismissed four members for failure to comply with the movement’s decisions regarding upcoming local elections, an official said Sunday. Central committee member Mahmoud al-Aloul told Ma’an that four Fatah members from Bethlehem had their party membership revoked for running in a…. Related: Elections commission reiterates rules to party reps
Man behind anti-Islam film due in LA court next week
10/7/2012 – LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — A California man behind an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests in the Muslim world is due to appear in a federal court in Los Angeles next week for a preliminary hearing on whether he violated the terms of his probation over a 2010 bank fraud conviction, court papers show. Mark Basseley….
Qatar urges Syrian rebels not to kill Iranian prisoners
10/7/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Qatar, a major supporter of Syrian rebels, urged them on Sunday not to kill Iranians seized two months ago near Damascus, after the captors threatened to start killing their 48 prisoners. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim al-Thani made the appeal following a request from Iran, an ally of Syrian President Bashar….
Witnesses: Rebels seize Syrian army outpost at Turkey border
10/7/2012 – GUVECCI, Turkey (Reuters) — Syrian rebels have seized a government army outpost near the Turkish border province of Hatay and a rebel flag flew over the building on Sunday, while clashes could be heard in the area of a nearby Syrian village, a Reuters witness and villagers said. The rebels took control of the three-story white….
Turkey strikes back after Syrian shell hits border town
10/7/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Turkey’s military fired an artillery round into Syria on Sunday in immediate retaliation after a shell fired from Syria landed in the Turkish border town of Akcakale, broadcasters said, the second such incident in five days. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Syria on Friday that Turkey would not shy away from….
State media: Car bomb blast at police building in Damascus
10/7/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — A car bomb exploded near a police headquarters in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, state media and opposition activists said. State television said one person was wounded in what it called a “terrorist car bombing”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said people had been killed and wounded but gave no details….
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
International Solidarity Movement
Teenager Injured By Tear Gas Canister at Weekly Protest in Nabi Saleh
10/7/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By: Naseem Roberts, 06 October 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Waed Bassim Tamimi, a 15 year old boy was hit in the side of his body by a tear gas canister in Nabi Saleh today. There was excessive use of live ammunition by Israeli forces in and around the village during the weekly non….
Care plan for the UAE’s aging population
The National 7 Oct 2012 – The UAE may soon unveil a 20-year health and home care plan for the nation’s growing elderly population.
UAE’s Federal National Council: why we need appointed members
The National 7 Oct 2012 – Lack of public awareness is cited as FNC officials agree that appointments bring balance to council and can fill gaps in expertise
Sharjah families back in Al Tayer fire tower
The National 7 Oct 2012 – Tenants return to the 40-storey tower in Sharjah after it was renovated, following the fire in April.
Jordan’s friendship to the youngest Syrians
The National 7 Oct 2012 – More than 17,000 Syrian students will start school in Jordan.
Back to school for 152 teachers
The National 5 Oct 2012 – Educators will take a 12-month sabbatical to improve their classroom skills.
Bani Yas cop-shooters question police video
The National 7 Oct 2012 – Two men who have been sentenced to death for shooting undercover policemen during a drugs sting in Bani Yas are questioning the authenticity of a video purported to show the drug deal.
At least 60 percent of cables in UAE are fire hazardous, experts warn
The National 7 Oct 2012 – Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma) warns that nearly two-thirds of electrical cables in buildings and villas are substandard, increasing the risk of fire.
Pakistani anti-drone peace march cut short
The National 7 Oct 2012 – Imran Khan, the great Pakistani cricketer, turned politician, called off his peace march short of a major Al Qaeda and Taliban stronghold on the Afghan border.
Dubai property watchdog launches site to cut scam risks
The National 7 Oct 2012 – The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Rera) orders companies to post listings online in a bid to cut scam risks.
Spike in alcohol addiction in UAE’s young generation sparks new alert
The National 7 Oct 2012 – Young people have been urged to learn more about the dangers of alcohol abuse amid a sharp increase in the number of those in their twenties and thirties seeking help for drink problems.
IAF jets fly mock raids over south Lebanon after mysterious aircraft shot down over Israel
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2012
Palestinians: One man killed in IAF strike on Gaza
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2012
Pro-Palestinian activists set sail from Italy, in bid to break Gaza blockade
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2012
Prominent Israeli figures hold send-off for a settler who abused Palestinian teen
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2012
Libyan assembly dismisses PM in no confidence vote
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – National Congress ousts newly-elected moderate Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur after second failed attempt to form cabinet, underscoring major challenges facing the country.
Settlers allegedly beat cops posing as Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Court remands three settlers accused of assaulting undercover police dressed as Palestinian shepherds in the West Bank.
Hollande vows to boost security at Jewish sites in France
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – French president tells Jewish leaders there will be “total mobilization of the state” and increased security to fight terrorist threats; meeting follows recent raids on Islamist cells, shooting incident at Paris synagogue.
This Week in History: 1st Jew in Patriarchs’ cave
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – In 1968, daughter of Shin Bet official Arbel squeezed through a narrow hole into the Cave of the Patriarchs, which Jews had been forbidden from entering for 700 years.
‘Peaceful’ Swedish flotilla sets sail to Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – The Estelle leaves from Italy carrying human rights activists, humanitarian aid in an attempt to break Israel’s Gaza blockade.
‘Turkey gives Syrian VP Farouq al-Shara its vote’
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – AFP reports Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu is “inclined to accept Shara” as future leader of Syrian administration.
A rich Jewish life
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Ethiopian Jews may have lived by a different calendar, but the community had deep roots.
Herzliya man indicted for murder of second wife
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – State files indictment against Mordechai Hai for allegedly stabbing second wife to death, 21 years after killing first wife.
Childhood memories of Simhat Torah in North London
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Fifty years later, Stamford Hill is home to a growing haredi population, but the rest of the Jewish community has long since left.
The journey of a Simhat Torah flag
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Suddenly, a miracle. The flags appeared.
Venezuelans vote in rare chance to oust Chavez
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Henrique Capriles Radonski, a Catholic with Jewish roots, poses biggest challenge yet to President Hugo Chavez’s socialist rule.
Torah, she wrote
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – A growing number of women are writing Torah scrolls, mezuzot, ketubot and megilot Esther, despite facing challenges from Jewish law.
The seventh day of Succot at the Western Wall
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – The hoshanot ritual entails circling the bima with the four species while reciting supplications for mercy and rain.
Jamie Geller’s favorite Simhat Torah recipes
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Hand-picked recipes by Geller from Joyofkosher.com.
Praying for rain at Simhat Torah
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – There is a belief, recorded in the Mishna, that the world is judged through water.
‘Iran withdraws elite Qods Force brigade from Syria’
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – ‘The Sunday Times’ reports Iran has withdrawn 275 members of elite brigade from Syria in face of domestic economic crisis.
The rhythm of the High Holy Days
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2012 – Rejoice, you are alive. The year is waiting for you. The scroll is yet unfurled. The story is yet to be told.
UK think tank takes EU to task on Hezbollah stance
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2012 – Whereas the United States, Canada and Holland recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist group, the EU does not.
Ministry suspects batches of Durex condoms fake
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2012 – Health Ministry’s unit for pharmaceutical crime suspect condoms with incorrect labeling are counterfeit.
PM, Barak ‘see eye-to-eye’ on Iran, Obama
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2012 – Netanyahu and defense minister say they agree on Iran threat, US relations; Liberman, Herschkowitz call for elections.
World Forgetting Palestinian Rights
IPS The annual debate has just wrapped up and, already, the certainty is that if last year Palestinian statehood auspiciously dominated the international agenda, this time, the issue vanished from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and will vanish even further from world affairs. When Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas…
The Debatacle: War and Thieves of the Uniparty
Families Of Marmara Victims File Lawsuit Against Israel
Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan as political tensions rise
Historic Peace March Against US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Makes Its Way to South Waziristan
Vicious Friday attacks on Al Aqsa
U.S. stole archives and refuses to return them to Iraq
Shadow Fighting Erupts over Gaddafi
Settlers cut down olive trees, vines near Bethlehem
Greta Berlin’s statement is not correct
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First camp for refugees in Syria rises tent by tent
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 Bulldozers level the ground and volunteers brave stormy winds to erect tent by tent what engineers say is the first initiative to build a refugee camp inside war-torn Syrian territory.
Libya parliament votes to remove PM from post
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 Libya’s parliament passed a no-confidence vote in the newly-elected prime minister, removing him from his post, in the latest blow to stability in the war-ravaged country.
Qatar Tel ups stake in Kuwait Wataniya in $1.8 bln deal
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has nearly doubled its stake in Kuwait’s No.2 operator Wataniya to 92.1 percent, giving an instant boost to its bottom line and more control of subsidiaries in the high growth markets of Algeria…
Gulf group urges release of Saudi liberal activist
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 A Gulf civil society organisation called on Sunday for the release of a Saudi activist arrested four months ago in the ultra-conservative kingdom on charges of setting up a liberal website.
Saudis fight rising poultry prices on Twitter
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 Saudi cyber activists, disgruntled at rising prices of chicken, have taken to social media networks to call for a boycott of the food staple, but retailers say sales are barely affected.
Israeli air strike wounds 2 militants, 8 bystanders in Gaza Strip
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 A missile fired by an Israeli aircraft hit and wounded two Palestinian militants and eight bystanders in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian hospital officials said.
Turkey fires artillery into Syria after shelling
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 Turkish forces fired across the frontier into Syria on Sunday after a shell launched from Syria landed in Turkey’s border town of Akcakale.
Gazans stage soccer protest at Israeli Shalit’s Barcelona visit
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 Palestinians freed from Israeli jails held their own version of the Barcelona-Real Madrid soccer match on Sunday to protest at the presence of a former captive Israeli soldier at the actual fixture.
Car bomb hits Syrian capital, killing at least 1
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 A car bomb exploded Sunday near the police headquarters in central Damascus, killing at least one person and damaging nearby buildings, Syria‘s state-run news agency said.
Bahrain frees medic after time served in jail
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 A Bahraini medic was freed for time served in jail, just five days after he was sentenced with five colleagues in connection with last year’s anti-regime protests in the Gulf state, his lawyers said.
Libya PM proposes ‘crisis cabinet’ to assembly
Daily Star 7 Oct 2012 Libya’s Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur proposed to the General National Congress a “crisis government” of just 10 ministers, after the GNC rejected outright his first proposed line-up.
US hails plan to end Philippines insurgency
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Rothko painting defaced at Tate Modern in London
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Suspicion: Settlers attacked cops posing as Palestinian shepherds
YNet News, 7 Oct 2012 – Undercover officers beaten by Jewish settlers with clubs after approaching farm they were staying in. Legal aid group: Police treats settlers like worst enemies ….
Moscow rally held to remember reporter’s murder
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Iran FM: Assad self-confident and combative
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Gazans stage soccer protest at Shalit’s Barcelona visit
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IAF strikes in south Gaza; 2 jihadists hurt
YNet News, 7 Oct 2012 – Army says global jihad terrorists severely injured when Israeli aircraft strikes motorcycle were planning holiday terror attack ….
2 arrested for trying to steal TV from police station
YNet News, 7 Oct 2012 – Youngsters allegedly detach television set from wall; officers find it hidden ….
Warning from above
YNet News, 7 Oct 2012 – Analysis: Drone carried with it Iranian message to Israel regarding any future conflict ….
Barak, Netanyahu ‘agree on all Iran-related issues’
YNet News, 6 Oct 2012 – After accusing defense minister of stoking feud with Obama, Netanyahu summons Barak to reprimand him over ‘uncoordinated meeting’ with Rahm Emanuel. After meeting, Barak says ‘we see eye-to-eye on every aspect of Iranian threat and US ties’ ….
Palestinian Information Center
Ten Palestinians half of them children wounded in Israeli air raid
PIC – Ten Palestinian citizens including five children were wounded afternoon Sunday in an Israeli air raid that targeted a motorbike in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, sources said.
Detained hunger strikers in serious condition
PIC – A Palestinian human rights group has warned that two Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli jails were in serious condition
Abu Halabiya calls on Arab and Muslims to defend al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, head of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Committee in the Legislative Council, demanded the Palestinian factions to unify their ranks, end the division, and support Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Belhadj: Damascus and Tehran’s attack on Meshaal distorts resistance
PIC – Sheikh Ali Belhadj, the second man in the Algerian Islamic Front for Salvation, praised Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal’s support for the Syrian people’s demands for dignity and freedom.
Occupation surrounds 15 young people in al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Tensions still prevailed in al-Aqsa mosque, where the IOF arrested on Sunday morning Alaa Haddad, a member of the Jerusalem Prisoners’ Families Committee as he entered the mosque yards..
Israeli occupation detains 4 fishermen off Gaza coast
PIC – Israeli forces detained four men, fishing off the northern Gaza shore on Sunday morning.
Jordanian party calls for Arab summit on Aqsa
PIC – The Jordanian IAF party has called for the immediate convening of an Arab summit conference to discuss the escalating Israeli attacks on the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
Group Demands Increasing Women Leaders in Public Sector
WAFA – 7 Oct 2012
Settlers Attack Palestinians near Ramallah, Leading to Confrontations
WAFA – 7 Oct 2012
Israeli Navy Arrests 4 Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza
WAFA – 7 Oct 2012
Newspapers Review: Abbas’ Calls for Meeting to Address Jerusalem Issue Dailies’ Focus
WAFA – 7 Oct 2012
PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012
Sanctions Help, Not Hurt Iranian Regime
Tikun Olam – The prevailing narrative among those western nations and media supporting sanctions against Iran is that it is harming the regime by gradually depriving it of support in much the same way that a failing heart eventually deprives a body of oxygen. But what if everything they…
Drone That Invaded Israeli Airspace May’ve Been Iranian
Tikun Olam – Today, Israel acknowledged ( Hebrew ) that a drone, likely launched from Lebanon by either Hezbollah or Iran, entered Israeli airspace from Gaza. It was eventually shot down by the Israeli Air Force. What’s interesting is that the drone flew south over the Mediterranean, then headed east over…
American Jewish relationship with Israel is debated at New School
Mondoweiss – Yesterday before more than 400 people jammed into a hall at the New School in New York, Adam Shatz, Norman Finkelstein, and Anna Baltzer had a fascinating discussion of the American Jewish relationship with Israel. “Romance,” as Shatz put it. Above is part 1, featuring Shatz’s…
Swedish Flotilla Ship Heads for Gaza
The Foward Breaking News 7 Oct 2012 – A Swedish ship carrying human rights activists has left from Italy to attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. Click here for the rest of the article…
Nigeria: PDP Group Partners Israel for Improved Agriculture
allAfrica.com 7 Oct 2012 – [Daily Trust]A group called PDP Youth Reap has announced that it has entered into agreement with the Israel for sustainable training programme for young Nigerians on improved agriculture.
Egypt: Azhar Grand Imam, Mufti Denounce Attack On Al-Aqsa
allAfrica.com 6 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyib, the Grand Imam Al Azhar has denounced the Israeli occupation troops attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday and dispersing worshippers through the use of tear gas bombs.
Egypt: Saudi King Greets Morsy On October War Victory Anniversary
allAfrica.com 6 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia sent a cable of greetings to Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsy on the 39th anniversary of the October war victory.
Weekly Demonstration in Front of Karmei Tsur.
Palestine Solidarity Project 7 Oct 2012 – The activists marched to the illegal fence separating Palestinians from their own land and from the illegal colony Karmei Tsur, condemned by 14 of 15 countries in the UN security council, excluding the US. As the activists walked towards the fence, a large group of soldiers…
Major structural birth defects in children aged 0–2-years in the Gaza Strip: a cross-sectional study
New Weapons Committee 7 Oct 2012 – Our study population was selected from all patients aged 0–2 years with major structural birth defects who were referred for surgery during the first 6 months of 2010 to one of the five main paediatric hospitals (Nassr, Rantissi, Dorra, European Gaza Hospital, and Emirati) or to…
Structural birth defects in the Gaza Strip, occupied Palestinian territory: a cohort study
New Weapons Committee 7 Oct 2012 – A medical team interviewed pregnant women giving birth at the Al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza Strip, using a questionnaire that included questions from the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects. The defects were then classified according to Eurocat-International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision.
Militants hit in Gaza air strike
BBC 7 Oct 2012 – Two Palestinian militants are among a number of people wounded in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip, officials say.
Iran in subsidy reform rethink
BBC 7 Oct 2012 – Iranian MPs vote to consider suspending further reform of food and fuel subsidies, after protests over the sharp drop of Iran’s currency, the rial.
Swimming Against The Current
Al-Akhbar Opinion 7 Oct 2012 – A man begs for money from a driver in traffic, in downtown Sanaa. On 9 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) A man begs for money from a driver in traffic, in downtown Sanaa. On 9 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) It is…
Iraq Struggles to See the Light
Al-Akhbar News 7 Oct 2012 – A worker adjusts a pipe at the Nassiriya oilfield in Nassiriya, 300km southeast of Baghdad, on 8 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Atef Hassan) A worker adjusts a pipe at the Nassiriya oilfield in Nassiriya, 300km southeast of Baghdad, on 8 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters -…
Tunisia island clashes leave dozens injured
Al-Akhbar News 7 Oct 2012 – Protesters set fire to police cars during a demonstration against the reopening of rubbish dump on the island of Djerba 6 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters) Dozens were injured in the Tunisian island of Djerba yesterday when protesters clashed with police after authorities reopened a garbage dump….
Kuwaiti Emir dissolves parliament
Al-Akhbar News 7 Oct 2012 – Kuwait’s ruler ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday, a senior government minister said, opening the way to a parliamentary election in the major oil-producing Gulf Arab state after months of political deadlock. The emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, had been widely expected to make the…
Israel detains Palestinian fishermen
Al-Akhbar News 7 Oct 2012 – Israeli forces detained four men fishing off the northern Gaza shore on Sunday morning. Head of Gaza’s fishing association Mahfouth al-Kabriti said gunboats seized Majed Fadel Baker, and his three sons Omran 26, Fadi 23, and Muhammad, 19, while they were on a fishing trip. An…
Qatar urges Syrian rebels not to kill Iranian prisoners
Al-Akhbar News 7 Oct 2012 – Qatar, a major supporter of Syrian rebels, urged them on Sunday not to kill Iranians seized two months ago near Damascus, after the captors threatened to start killing their 48 prisoners. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim al-Thani made the appeal following a request from…
Taliban kills two Afghan children
Al-Akhbar News 7 Oct 2012 – Two schoolchildren including a nine-year-old girl were shot dead by militants in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday. Henna and her 16-year-old brother Zelgai were killed by two gunmen on motorcycles late on Saturday while in their father’s car in the Edgah area of Ghazni province, in the…
STL: Defense Lawyer Searches for his Defendants
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Oct 2012 – He defends his theory about the independence of the judiciary in Lebanon based on three decrees he knows of which he claims went against the wishes of politicians, including a ruling to outlaw torture. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) He defends his theory about the independence of the…
Israel excluded as model UN meets in Gaza
Rami Almeghari, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 10/5/2012
There were three items on the agenda when the United Nations Security Council held an extraordinary meeting in Gaza City last weekend: the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank; the siege of Gaza; and the status of East Jerusalem. Israel was prevented from having any input into the discussions because it does not recognize Palestine.
As you may have gathered, the exclusion of Israel was not officially approved by Ban Ki-moon or others in the UN hierarchy. Rather, it was a decision taken by the Model United Nations, a forum set up by Gaza youth.
“We have not included Israel mainly because of the fact that Israel does not recognize us and works tirelessly to prevent any possible move at the UN to recognize Palestine as a member state,” said Yasmine Khader, Palestine’s “representative” and “observer” at the mock Security Council meeting.
One year ago, the first model UN forum in the West Bank was postponed for several weeks because of rising violence against Palestinians by Israeli settlers. The Electronic Intifada’s Jalal Abukhater reported that more than 140 students “comprising of 15 model UN delegations from schools in Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Haifa had registered to attend this first-of-a-kind event in Palestine.” Timing coincidental?
At a large hall in the Rashad Shawa Cultural Center, chairs and desks were arranged in the same way as they are at the UN General Assembly in New York. A blue flag marked the spot where the chairperson sat. The initiative was supported by the UN Development Program. more.. e-mail
Outrunning occupation in Palestine’s ’capital’
Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine 10/7/2012
Book Review: In Ramallah, Running
A new book offers a fresh look at Ramallah, Palestine’s ‘temporary capital.’ Unfortunately, the book is dominated by a foreigner’s personal essay – the voices of those who live under occupation should be front and center.
Running tests boundaries—both those we place on ourselves as well as those imposed upon us by the outside world. Whether those external limits are social, cultural, or political, the runner collides with them in a way that the casual pedestrian does not, thus, serving as a mirror for the issues that affect are relevant to one’s particular time and space. A woman in a male-dominated society, for example, might face cat calls or even physical assault while running; Palestinians living under Israeli occupation have, literally, nowhere to run. Trapped inside a labyrinth of Israeli military checkpoints and permits, bordered by illegal Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom of movement is severely restricted.
In Ramallah, Running is a collection of prose and visual art that expresses how one moves through—or doesn’t move through—occupied space. Edited by Samar Martha, the co-founder and director of ArtSchool Palestine, and London-based writer Guy Mannes-Abbott, the book brings together prominent Palestinian artists and writers as well as internationals. They offer reflections on Ramallah, the city that has become the de facto center of Palestinian cultural and political life in the wake of the Oslo Accords and the ongoing Israeli occupation of Jerusalem. As contributor Najwan Darwish writes in his powerful but all-too-brief essay “Ramallah Versus Ramallah,” the post-Oslo focus on Ramallah as a “temporary capital” is “meant not only to make us forget Jaffa, Haifa, Acre, the Galilee, and all of Palestine that was occupied in 1948, but also to overshadow the importance of Jerusalem.” more.. e-mail
Of Bombs and Comics
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 10/5/2012
Sorry, No War
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 the historical memories. Jews were a small, powerless community everywhere. They were completely dependent on the Gentile ruler.
Whenever their situation was in danger, the Jews chose the most prominent person among them to plead their cause before the emperor, king or prince…. more.. e-mail
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