VTJP News & Articles 15 October 2012: EU support for Israeli crimes makes it unworthy of Nobel Peace Prize

15 October 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Invades Azzoun, Imposes Curfew
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday evening, Azzoun village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and imposed curfew on the village forcing its residents under house arrest. …

Settlers Seal Southern Entrance Of Al-Khader Village [1]
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported Monday that dozens of Israeli settlers closed the southern entrance of the Al-Khader village, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and blocked all Palestinian traffic. … 

Settlers Seal Southern Entrance Of Al-Khader Village [2]
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported Monday that dozens of Israeli settlers closed the southern entrance of the Al-Khader village, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and blocked all Palestinian traffic. … 

Including Children, Army Kidnaps 13 Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, 13 Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank, including two children, 12 and 11 years old, who were taken from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem, and a 15-year-old child in Hebron. …

Egyptian Security Forces On High Alert In Sinai
IMEMC – Egyptian military and security sources reported that security forces in northern Sinai received several warnings about the intentions of armed extremist groups to carry out major attacks against Egyptian security centers in Sinai using car bombs and other means. …

Jihadist Group In Gaza Demands That Hamas Release Its Detained Operatives
IMEMC – A Salafist Jihadist group in the Gaza Strip demanded that the Palestinian government of its rival Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, release all of its detained operatives, and to “allow the fighters to fight against the Jewish invaders of the land of Palestine”. …

Israeli Soldier Charged With Stealing Military Equipment
IMEMC – The Israeli Military Prosecution filed, Sunday, an indictment against an Israeli soldier guarding a weapons storage facility, accusing him of stealing night vision equipment. …

Ma’an News

Lawyer: Al-Barq resumes hunger strike to protest delayed release
10/15/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Samir al-Barq, a Palestinian jailed without charge in Israel, said he was resuming his hunger strike after a deal to release him to Egypt failed to come through, his lawyer told Ma’an on Monday. Fadi Ubeidat, a PA ministry of prisoners’ affairs lawyer, said al-Barq announced his return….

Israeli forces arrest human rights researcher
10/15/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested a researcher from Addameer human rights organization overnight Sunday, the group said. Ayman Nasser, 42, was arrested at 1 a. m. from his home in the village of Saffa, west of Ramallah. The group is not aware of the reason for his arrest and has not yet managed….

Committee: Soldiers, villagers clash at Beit Ummar funeral
10/15/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers and local residents clashed at a funeral in Beit Ummar on Monday, a local committee said. Committee spokesman Muhammad Ayad Awad told Ma’an that an extensive armed presence by Israeli soldiers had angered mourners at the funeral, leading to clashes. Soldiers fired tear gas at homes in….

Egypt security on alert for Salafi retaliation in Sinai
10/15/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security services in the Sinai Peninsula have been put on alert after a top Salafi leader was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Saturday. Egyptian security officials told Ma’an on Sunday night that Cairo had issued instructions to northern Sinai troops warning of…. Related: Salafis say Hamas security preventing new political party

Israeli official says will increase Palestinian permits
10/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli official said Sunday that the government plans to increase the number of permits for Palestinian workers in Israel. Guy Inbar, spokesman of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, said authorities will also issue a large number of permits on Eid al-Adha holiday on Oct. 26. However, he….

Abbas says Olmert was ‘two months’ from peace deal
10/15/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — In comments that may stir Israel’s election campaign, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he and Ehud Olmert were “two months” away from a peace deal before Olmert had to resign as Israeli prime minister. With Olmert lately cleared of several graft charges and considering a challenge to Prime Minister….

US exports to Iran rise nearly one-third despite sanctions
10/15/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — US exports to Iran rose by nearly a third this year, chiefly because of grain sales, according to US data released last week, despite the tightening of US financial sanctions. The jump to $199. 5 million in the first eight months of 2012 from $150. 8 million a year earlier, according to Census….

Fayyad meets Brazilian FM in Ramallah
10/15/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad met with the foreign minister of Brazil Antonio Patriota and a delegation of Brazilian officials in his Ramallah office on Monday morning. PA foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki also attended the meeting, according to a statement from Fayyad’s office. Fayyad briefed the Brazilian delegation….

EU agrees wider Iran sanctions, Ashton sees talks ‘very soon’
10/15/2012 – LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) — European Union governments agreed further sanctions against Iran‘s banking, shipping and industrial sectors on Monday, cranking up financial pressure on Tehran in the hope of drawing it into serious negotiations on its nuclear program. The decision by EU foreign ministers reflected mounting concerns over Iran‘s nuclear intentions and Israeli….

New computer spying program linked to Flame authors
10/15/2012 – SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — The security company that has discovered some of the most sophisticated spying software unearthed to date says it found a related program, dubbed “miniFlame,” which can carry out more precise attacks on targets in the Middle East. While the original Flame virus swept in data from perhaps 5,000 computers, largely in Iran….

Islamic Jihad: No truce reached with Israel
10/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad on Monday denied knowledge of a truce with Israel, but said Egypt was trying to negotiate a ceasefire after a bloody weekend in the Gaza Strip.” We have no knowledge about a truce with the (Israeli) occupation, but there is an Egyptian effort,” Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib….

Israel’s Netanyahu starts re-election bid with tough Iran talk
10/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off his re-election campaign on Monday, saying Israel had new unspecified “capabilities” to act against Iran‘s nuclear threat, an issue he said he had placed at the heart of the global debate. In a combative speech to parliament, he urged lawmakers to back a motion to….

US says Palestinian UN bid jeopardizes peace process
10/15/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A Palestinian bid to upgrade its UN status to a sovereign country would jeopardize the peace process with Israel and make it difficult to get the two sides to return to talks on a two-state solution, the United States said on Monday. But the diplomatic drive by President Mahmoud Abbas received support….

Israel says Iran seeks to make Lebanon ‘outpost for terror’
10/15/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Iran is providing Hezbollah militants with financing, training and sophisticated weaponry in an attempt to transform Lebanon into an “outpost for terror,” Israel’s UN ambassador said on Monday. Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility last week for the launch of an unmanned drone which Israel shot down earlier this….

Salafis say Hamas security preventing new political party
10/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The founders of a new Salafi political party said Monday that their official launch is being obstructed by Hamas security forces, not legal regulations as the government in Gaza has claimed. Last week, Salafis announced the Al-Nur party, or ‘party of the light’, would start officially operating in…. Related: Egypt security on alert for Salafi retaliation in Sinai

Hamas: PA detained 10 members in West Bank
10/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas said on Monday that ten of its supporters were detained in the West Bank by Palestinian Authority security forces over the past 24 hours. Three others were summoned for questioning, the Hamas statement added. Fatah, which dominates the West Bank government, also released a statement saying Hamas‘ government in….

CEC stops elections in Dura
10/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Central Elections Commission on Monday implemented a high court decision to stop the electoral process in Dura municipality. The high court on Monday issued a decision to postpone elections in Hebron’s Dura municipality from Oct. 20 to Nov. 4.” Even though the commission believes that the high court….

New iPhones snapped up in Gaza despite high prices, poverty
10/15/2012GAZA CITY (Reuters) — Apple’s new iPhone 5 is selling well in the Gaza Strip despite inflated prices, reaching the enclave via smuggling tunnels even before high-tech hub Israel next door. The cutting edge smart phone is being snapped up for almost double what it costs in the United States, its price jacked up….

Armenian plane en route to Syria searched in Turkey
10/15/2012 – By Gulsen Solaker and Ozge OzbilginANKARA (Reuters) — Turkey ordered an Armenian plane flying to the Syrian city of Aleppo to land and searched its cargo on Monday, in the latest move to prevent its airspace being used to supply the Syrian military. The plane was allowed to continue on its way after the search in….

5 killed in north Sinai road accident
10/15/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Five relatives were killed on Monday in a road accident in the northern Sinai, Egyptian medics said. The casualties were taken to El-Arish hospital after the collision at the entrance of the city, they said. In a separate incident, a teenage girl was abducted from the same city by unknown….

Palestine News Network

UFree Network: Israeli Military Court System is “Kangaroo Court”, Implements Israeli Intelligence Agenda
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest Human Rights Activist, Researcher at Addameer Association Ayman Karaja
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest a 12 year-old Palestinian, Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Arrests 13 Palestinians from the West Bank Governorates
Palestine News Network

Big Demonstration Will Celebrate the 6th year of Popular Struggle Resistance in Al-Ma’sara
Palestine News Network

Settlers Vandalise a Land, Uproot Trees in Beit Ummar, Hebron
Palestine News Network

Egypt’s Security Forces Receive Threats of Possible Attacks Against Israel
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Attempts to Impose New Identity on the Land
Palestine News Network

Palestine News Network

Alternative Information Center

NEW REPORT: Outposts and Price Tag Violence
Alternative Information Center – As Israel dismantles the Migron outpost, a new report on settlers’ violence and outposts is released by the UNESCO Chair of Human Rights at Al Najah National University and the Alternative Information Center (AIC). Outposts and…

The National

Qatari emir to visit Gaza as ‘Hamas reward for breaking Assad ties’
The National 15 Oct 2012 – The first visit by an Arab leader to Gaza since Hamas wrested control in 2007 is to strengthen the country’s influence with Hamas and to reward its leaders for breaking ties with the Syrian president, analysts say.

UAE nuclear law spells out liability clauses
The National 15 Oct 2012 – The UAE’s Civil Nuclear Liability law, signed by the President in August, states the operator must provide an extraordinary Dh2.5billion in insurance to cover any possible claims against it.

Zayed University to gain UK accreditation
The National 15 Oct 2012 – Zayed University is on its way to becoming the first university in UAE to gain external accreditation for its efforts in getting students into the workforce after university.

Been there, done that: lessons learnt on the journey to Mecca
The National 15 Oct 2012 – As pilgrims head to Mecca to perform the Haj, The National outlines some lessons to be learned from those who have been on the journey before.

Australia’s PM edges closer to India uranium deal
The National 15 Oct 2012 – India has an energy-starved economy and Australia holds 40 per cent of the world’s uranium reserves. Both see the merits of a deal.

Doha’s Four Seasons Hotel Tea Lounge a painful exile for Syrians in Qatar
The National 15 Oct 2012 – Many Syrian rebel leaders and businessmen have passed through Doha since the uprising against Bashar Al Assad began – but a coherent, unified opposition remains painfully elusive. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Doha 

Telecoms watchdog and du at odds over SIM card re-registration in UAE
The National 15 Oct 2012 – Confusion over re-registration of SIM cards in the UAE continues as the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and du differ over the deadline.

Sharjah ruler orders rebuilding of burnt home that killed father and son
The National 15 Oct 2012 – The Ruler of Sharjah wants the villa destroyed by fire in Al Madam to be repaired so that family members of the two victims can return to their home as soon as possible.

Dh100,000 for the most beautiful garden in Abu Dhabi
The National 15 Oct 2012 – Residents of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia can compete for the Dh100,000 prize money that Abu Dhabi Municipality is offering for the most beautiful garden in the emirate.

Syria peace envoy calls for ceasefire over Eid Al Adha
The National 15 Oct 2012 – Lakhdar Brahimi makes his appeal as refugee numbers in neighbouring Turkey rise to more than 100,000.


Israel’s Knesset votes to disband, hold early elections on January 22
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Parts of intercepted Hezbollah drone left behind at crash site
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Israel’s UN envoy: Iran seeks to turn Lebanon into an ‘outpost for terror’
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Hackers attack Haaretz Hebrew, English websites
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Barak: Draft of older ultra-Orthodox men delayed until after elections
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Netanyahu: Whoever belittles the Iranian threat isn’t worthy of leading Israel
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Conductor Zubin Mehta gets presidential award from Shimon Peres for contributions to Israeli culture
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Health Ministry report: One in eight Israeli women at risk of developing breast cancer
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Israel Police reports major decline in traffic fatalities
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Swedish government summons Israeli ambassador over Iran sanctions row
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

EU ministers slap new sanctions on Syria, mull measures against Iran
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Israeli ministry slams ‘unreasonable’ conditions at new detention facility for African migrants
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Katsav asks for presidential pardon over rape conviction
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

EU expected to approve tougher sanctions against Iran
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

IDF pledges to ease travel restrictions in Jordan Valley
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

With Tal Law expired, IDF to send enlistment notice to 15,000 ultra-Orthodox youths
Ha’aretz – 15 Oct 2012

Israel Air Force grounds fighter jets after series of near-accidents
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2012

Battle of the brit
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2012

Israeli hunter jailed for first time in 60-year history of anti-poaching law
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2012

Wife of famous Israeli Rabbi Pinto attempts suicide amid bribe probe
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2012

Sudanese asylum seekers protest Israel’s plan to incarcerate in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban in UK for treatment
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – 14-year-old girl Taliban terrorists shot because she spoke out for her right to go to school sent to Birmingham hospital. 

Only ‘activists’ OK’d to vote in 6 J’lem elections
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Clause in November 20 local council vote prevents empowerment of haredi or Hamas elements; over 280,000 residents to be excluded. 

WHO condemns ‘attacks on heath facilities’ in Syria
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Amid the Syrian civil war, EMRO is concerned of attacks on medical personnel, patients and health infrastructure. 

Barring last-minute surprise, Knesset to dissolve itself
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – First reading of bill to dissolve Knesset passes with 99 in favor, none opposed; bill set to be finalized, initiating election to be held on January 22, 2013; Netanyahu inserts digs at Olmert, Yacimovich in Knesset speech. 

Borderline Views: Congratulations to the EU
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – I will be the first to nominate, and congratulate, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a Nobel Peace Prize, if and when he makes the bold moves necessary to bring real peace to this troubled region. 

Hadassah’s birthday
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Hadassah launches its centennial convention, which includes the dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower a much-needed addition to the Hadassah University Medical Center. 

Candidly Speaking: Hypocritical Protestant churches
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – The church leaders conveniently overlook the fact that two Israeli prime ministers offered the PA virtually the entire West Bank but were rebuffed without even a counter proposal. 

Noah vs Isaiah: The Torah of climate change
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – We have five years, maximum, before global warming becomes irreversible. 

On My Mind: Electric cars
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – American consumers and, importantly, the automotive giants prefer the gas-powered vehicles. 

We are not ‘frierim,’ either
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Are these truly the hurdles a newcomer to this country should have to face to gain acceptance into Israeli society? 

An insight to the Denmark circumcision debate
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – To many Danes the case is simple; any man or woman may do with their own bodies what they see fit, but no one should be allowed to make decisions about non-medically warranted procedures on behalf of anybody else. 

Encountering Peace: The challenge of statesmanship
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – If I were prime minister, who would receive my first phone call? It would not be a difficult decision – Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. 

The Levy Report: A vital beginning
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Some have argued that Israel is not obliged to maintain its giving up of these areas as the Palestinian Authority has never fulfilled its obligations under the relevant Oslo Accords. 

Johnny Hallyday hasn’t left the building
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Despite recent health problems, the ‘French Elvis’ is ready to woo Tel Aviv as part of his current world tour. 

Court won’t order Google to block anti-Islam film
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Jerusalem District Court rejects MK Taleb a-Sanaa’s petition to block YouTube access to film, says Israelis could find it elsewhere. 

iPhone 5 popular in Gaza despite poverty
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Apple’s new phone reaches the Strip via smuggling tunnels and is selling well despite inflated prices. 

‘Hezbollah military build-up could devastate region’
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Israeli envoy to UN Prosor warns Security Council that southern Lebanon has become storage facility for 50,000 missiles. 

Meitzav results show decrease in achievements
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Exam results reveal a significant amount of cheating and a decline in maths, science and technology scores. 

Bill to limit money migrants can send abroad advances
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Amendments are meant to reduce number of migrants; foreign violators could get three months in jail, Israeli intermediaries a year. 

Liberman vows to join nationalist coalition
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – FM begins election campaign by saying he won’t be part of gov’t that negotiates about Golan, compares Yacimovich to Fidel Castro. 

Israel, US to UN: PA state bid hurts peace process
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Initiative to grant Palestinians non-member state observer status would complicate efforts to restart talks, US envoy to UN Rice says. 

US economists tied to Israeli academia win Nobel
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Lloyd Shapley and Jewish-American Alvin Roth win the Nobel Prize in Economics for their match-making market theories. 

18 freed in Schalit deal to return to West Bank
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Security prisoners that were deported to Gaza or abroad will return to the West Bank as part of original prisoner exchange deal. 

Israeli expats returning home in record numbers
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Ministry of Immigrant Absorption campaign brings back 22,470 Israelis living abroad in 2.5 years; most from US, Canada. 

Iran cracks down on underground ‘illegal’ churches
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Iranian media reports blame “Zionist propaganda” for targeting vulnerable Muslims, converting them to Christianity. 

EU agrees to new, wide-ranging Iran sanctions
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – European Union governments target Iran‘s banking, shipping and industrial sectors, cranking up financial pressure. 

Migrants in prison protest ‘infiltrators law’
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – African migrants send back meals at Saharonim Prison, protesting law allowing them to be jailed for up to 3 years. 

Live blog: The final session of 18th Knesset
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Join us for live coverage of the final session of the 18th Knesset, where parliament will be dissolved ahead of elections. 

The Muslim Brothers and the subversion of the West
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – The slow undermining of western values by the MB and its associates must be contained. 

Barak: IDF has begun process of recruiting haredim
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Defense minister says IDF to start selection process for haredi youth, current yeshiva students won’t be drafted at this stage. 

Moshe Katsav requests pardon on rape conviction
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Former president files request to Peres; Katsav has reportedly not expressed remorse for crime. 

Tribute to a lost Harlem
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – The rollicking Broadway show ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ takes audiences back to the jazz era of the 1920s and ‘30s. 

Israeli inventor: Cardboard bike can change world
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits throughout the world. 

‘Troops in Sinai on high alert after Gaza strike’
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Egyptian security officials tell Palestinian news agency ‘Ma’an’ they expect retaliation after IDF assassinates Palestinian jihadi leader. 

Brahimi seeks Iran’s help for Eid al-Adha ceasefire
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012UN-Arab League envoy to Syria has asked Iranian authorities for help in achieving ceasefire during upcoming Islamic holiday. 

The Blog Down: Let the partying continue
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – The JPost.com blogosphere sparks up again after the High Holy Days, with blogs on upcoming US elections, De-legitimizatoin and Islamophobia, among other topics. 

Former Lebanese PM: UAV not a state decision
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2012 – Siniora criticizes Hezbollah leader Nasrallah for sending drone that implicates Lebanon in potential Israeli reaction, ‘Daily Star’ reports. 

Man kills himself in Ma’aleh Adumim police station
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2012 – A man called in for questioning at the Ma’aleh Adumim station took his life, shooting himself in the head in a bathroom. 

Palestinian affairs reporters boycott Abbas meeting
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2012 – Association for Palestinian Affairs decide to boycott Abbas-MK’s meeting after only one journalist from ‘Haaretz’ was invited. 

Ashrawi calls on diplomats to protect olive harvest
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2012 – After more than 450 trees vandalized since beginning of harvest, PLO member urges observer teams to document abuse, attacks. 

The Guardian

Israel urged to protect West Bank olive trees after settler attacks
The Guardian 15 Oct 2012 – More than 870 trees vandalised in first week of harvest this month, according to UN Hundreds of olive trees have been uprooted, burned or cut down by extremist settlers since the annual harvest got under way…

Inter Press Service

UN Envoy to Syria Calls for Eid Ceasefire
IPS The U.N.-Arab League envoy has called for a ceasefire in Syria during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, as the revolt against the Syrian government enters its 20th month with a death toll of more than 33,000. Lakhdar Brahim made his call on Monday as he shuttled between Syria’s…

Syria Stands Between Egypt and Iran
IPS The election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi to the presidency this summer was followed by a flurry of conjecture that the restoration of Egyptian-Iranian diplomatic relations – frozen since 1979 – was in the offing. Yet despite some initial indications to this effect, local analysts now say such speculation…

Caged in the Great City
IPS Ali Shuruf turns on the lights, that shine into a gaudy living room. Beyond the window, the dominant colour is uniformly grey: the house stands literally against a wall. Not just any wall – the infamous eight-metre cement wall separates Palestinians from Israelis. “From the salon, see – the wall;…


Various items: free speech v ‘community’, lawlessness in Libya, sprawling surveillance state

U.S. Drones Kill 16 in Pakistan; Victims Left Unidentified

Cancer often death sentence in Gaza

Why Malala Yousafzai was attacked?

The EU accelerates trade with Israel, despite human rights abuses

When it’s quiet in Jerusalem the settler security cameras are still rolling

Israeli policies of dispossession reminiscent of South African apartheid



The Russell Tribunal On Palestine

Daily Star

More than 2 million registered for Jordan elections
Daily Star 15 Oct 2012 More than two million voters have registered for Jordan’s parliamentary elections due to take place by the end of 2012, the independent electoral commission announced on Monday.

Palestinian status bid jeopardizes peace process, US says
Daily Star 15 Oct 2012 A Palestinian bid to upgrade its U.N. status to a sovereign country would jeopardize the peace process with Israel and make it difficult to get the two sides to return to talks on a two-state solution.

Egypt uprising film depicts crippling social divide
Daily Star 15 Oct 2012 When horse and camel riders attacked protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during last year’s uprising, Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah was struck by one of the most vivid examples of how Egypt’s huge class divide is exploited…

New iPhones snapped up in Gaza despite high prices, poverty
Daily Star 15 Oct 2012 Apple’s new iPhone 5 is selling well in the Gaza Strip despite inflated prices, reaching the Palestinian enclave via smuggling tunnels even before high-tech hub Israel next door.

Top Israeli rabbi faces house arrest, travel ban
Daily Star 15 Oct 2012 Israeli authorities have placed a multimillionaire celebrity rabbi with a strong American following under house arrest and banned him from traveling abroad.

Armenian plane en route to Syria searched in Turkey
Daily Star 15 Oct 2012 Turkey ordered an Armenian plane flying to the Syrian city of Aleppo to land and searched its cargo, Ankara’s latest move to prevent its airspace being used to supply the Syrian military.

YNet News

Romney raised $170 million in September, trails Obama 
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – ….

Settlers vs. Palestinians: Who took down olive trees?
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – Settlers who documented Palestinians cutting down olive trees claim that Palestinians did so in attempt to put blame on settlers; Palestinians: It’s a lie ….

Knesset dissolves itself ahead of early elections
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – ….

US: Iran regime to blame for economic woes 
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – ….

Nobel Prize? For what? 
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Let’s hope EU won’t fail as badly as past laureates Obama, Peres and Annan and ElBaradei have ….

House committee okays dissolution bill
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – ….

Gush Etzion residents block Bethlehem exit
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – ….

Settlers treat electrocuted Palestinian boy
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – Severely injured child’s parents take him to Neve Tzuf, where medics stabilize him until ambulance evacuates him to Israeli hospital ….

Litzman fires Chief Pathologist Hiss
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – Move follows harsh criticism over the way longtime director has been running Abu Kabir forensic institute, report saying he had saved tissue from bodies of more than 8,000 people without informing families ….

Kahlon: Leaving Knesset, not Likud
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – After shaking political arena, communications minister tells Likud meeting he will ‘continue acting in favor of party’ ….

Ami Popper to be transferred after harassing Katsav in jail 
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – IPS says convict who killed seven Arabs in 1990 to be transferred from Maasiyahu Prison due to tensions with former president over denied pardon request ….

Is there hope for a realistic Middle East?
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: It’s refreshing to see Arab dignitaries who are waking up and questioning attitude towards Israel ….

Israel allows return of 18 Shalit deal prisoners to West Bank
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – One year after deal that brought IDF soldier back from Hamas captivity, clause stating that 18 prisoners be allowed back into West Bank goes into effect ….

The American mistake
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Iran doesn’t need sophisticated weaponry to launch nuclear attack on Israel, change Mideast ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers storm school, settlers cut down almond trees
PIC – Israeli occupation forces stormed on Monday Al-Fakhit school to the east of Yatta town in Al-Khalil and detained students and teachers along with foreign solidarity activists inside it.

Waed: Barq in serious health condition after resuming hunger strike
PIC – The health condition of administrative detainee Samer Al-Barq is very serious after he resumed his hunger strike after Israel reneged on promises to release him, Waed society said on Monday.

Haneyya reviews Israeli military escalation with Egyptian intelligence chief
PIC – Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya reached chief of the Egyptian intelligence Rafat Shehada over the telephone on Monday and conversed with him on the latest Israeli military escalation against Gaza.

Ramallah: Abbas meets Israeli MKs and former generals in occupation army
PIC – PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, met on Sunday with Israeli politicians and journalists at the seat of Palestinian Authority government headquarters, the Muqata.

30 Israeli occupation officers break into al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and heritage confirmed in a statement that a group of 30 Israeli officers, in their military uniforms, stormed on Sunday al-Aqsa Mosque..

Muslim cemetery in Ayn al-Mansi village excavated by the occupation
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and heritage revealed that the Israel Land Administration (ILA) started excavation works in the cemetery of the village of Ayn al-Mansi, depopulated in 1948.

Gaza government: Israel’s failure in UPU elections least price it should pay
PIC – The Palestinian government considered Israel’s failure to win reelection to the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Council of Administration as an additional victory, recorded for Palestine.

Barhoum: Hamas has nothing to do with latest Tahrir incidents
PIC – Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, has denounced an Egyptian press report claiming that Hamas was involved in the latest Tahrir square incidents in Cairo.

New batch of relatives visits Gaza prisoners
PIC – A new batch of relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails crossed the northern Gaza Strip crossing of Beit Hanun (Erez) en route to Eshel prison.

IOA razes house in OJ, serves demolition notices in WB
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority’s municipality bulldozers razed a Palestinian house and a Stable in Beit Hanina, in occupied Jerusalem.


Half of economic establishments Use Computers, say Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 15 Oct 2012

UN Official alarmed at Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Farmers
WAFA – 15 Oct 2012

Rise in Settler Attacks Demand International Protection, says Official
WAFA – 15 Oct 2012

Israeli Forces Arrest Two Minors in Silwan
WAFA – 15 Oct 2012

Israeli Rights Group: Israel Fails to Investigate Settlers’ Vandalism Cases
WAFA – 15 Oct 2012

Newspapers Review: Israel to Confiscate Hundreds of Dunums Focus of Daily
WAFA – 15 Oct 2012

012, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 15 Oct 2012


Jihadists Receiving Most Arms Sent to Syrian Rebels
New York Times 15 Oct 2012 – In a blow to the White House’s strategy of minimal and indirect intervention in the Syrian conflict, Washington-backed secular rebel groups are lagging behind hard-line Islamists in weapons acquisition. 

Turkey Bans All Syrian Aircraft as Tension Over War Escalates
New York Times 15 Oct 2012 – The announcement followed Syria’s ban on Turkish aircraft and became the latest volley in an increasingly aggressive dispute between the two neighbors over Syria’s devastating civil war. 

European Union Intensifies Sanctions on Iran
New York Times 15 Oct 2012 – The union’s foreign ministers agreed to measures banning trade in sectors like finance, metals and natural gas. 

Woman Must Relinquish Kafka Papers, Judge Says
New York Times 15 Oct 2012 – An Israeli judge ruled that a huge trove of documents written by Franz Kafka and his friend Max Brod must be turned over to Israel’s national library, which plans to publish them online. 

Memo From the West Bank: All-Female Ticket, a First in Palestinian Territories, Campaigns in Hebron
New York Times 15 Oct 2012 – In the first local elections since 1976 in Hebron, a conservative West Bank city, Maysoun Qawasmi is leading a slate of candidates who she says are better off heard than seen. 

Pakistani Schoolgirl Shot by Taliban Sent to UK for Treatment
New York Times 15 Oct 2012 – The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban gunmen for pushing for girls to be educated has been sent to the United Kingdom for medical treatment, a military spokesman said on Monday. 

ATP’s Israeli exploration debts top NIS 200m 
Globes Energy & Water – The debt was incurred for the drilling of the Shimshon exploratory well, which discovered a small natural gas reservoir of 0.6 TCF.

Kahlon quits politics for business
Globes Main News – Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon may team up with Kobi Maimon, the controlling shareholder of Tamar partner, Isramco.

Landa mulls raising up to $200m for nanometric ink co
Globes Main News – Market sources believe Benny Landa will try to raise the money from foreign private equity funds at a $1 billion company value.

“Reuters”: Israel to mass produce cardboard bicycles
Globes Main News – The durable bicycle, invented by Izhar Gafni, will have no metal parts, and retail for $20.

Mon: Banks boost TASE
Globes Main News – Strong gains by Bank Leumi and Bank Hapoalim led the market upwards today as Partner rose again.

Haim Saban contacts Hutchison over Partner deal
Globes Main News – Hutchison will be in no rush to agree to Saban’s request to favorably consider spreading Ben-Dov’s debt.

Partner seeks to sell and lease back cellular sites
Globes Main News – The Orange franchisee wants to collaborate on sites with other carriers.

CPI unchanged in September, defying expectations
Globes Macro Economics – Analysts had predicted that the VAT hike and higher fuel prices last month would push the Consumer Price Index up by 0.4%.

Bank of Israel warns of real estate bubble 
Globes Macro Economics – The central bank hints that it may introduce further macro-prudential measures to cool the market.

Fischer: World close to recession 
Globes Macro Economics – In an interview with “Bloomberg”, Stanley Fischer said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s early elections decision was “the right move”.

Demand for new mortgages stays high 
Globes Macro Economics – NIS 4 billion in new loans have been taken since the beginning of September.

Elta to supply new radar to navy 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The new radar, which costs tens of millions of shekels, will improve the monitoring and identification capability of Israel Navy ships.

Netanyahu: Cyber attacks on Israel increasing 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – According to the prime minister, the right response to the cybernetic threat is a digital Iron Dome.

Israeli Protest Song Banned from Army Radio
Tikun Olam – There was once a time when Israeli songs like A Matter of Habit were routinely written, aired and became hits. These were songs of political commentary or protest, songs of hope and idealism. They represented the aspirations of Israel’s secular liberal (generally Ashkenazi) elite. But that…

The Chicago Maroon: Palestinian Advocates Encourage Action Against U of C Pension Company
Jewish Voice for Peace – Students partnered with advocacy organization to strategize against TIAA-CREF investments. Palestinian Advocates Encourage Action Against U of C Pension Company , by Jennifer Standish, The Chicago Maroon , October 12, 2012. Three pro-Palestine activists discussed their efforts to put pressure on companies that they claim profit from Israel’s…

JVP Rabbinical Council stands with churches challenging US aid to Israel
Mondoweiss – From the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical blog The Palestinian Talmud : The undersigned members of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council stand with our American Christian colleagues in their recent call to “make U.S. military aid to Israel contingent upon its government’s “compliance with applicable…

Free Gaza’s Col. Ann Wright disinvited from Swedish Boat to Gaza
Mondoweiss – For those who don’t know Ann Wright, she served in the U.S. Army for 29 years, retiring as a Colonel, then put in 16 years in the U.S. diplomatic corps, until she resigned in 2003 to protest the war on Iraq. Since then she has been…

Human rights lawyers call on US to provide official accounting of deaths from drone strikes
Mondoweiss – A new report from Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Clinic has found that between 72 and 155 Pakistani civilians were killed by drone strikes in 2011 and says “the US government owes the public an accounting of who is really being killed.” The report titled “…

US: Palestinian move to circumvent nonexistent peace process will hurt the peace process
Mondoweiss – The Obama administration is working to derail the Palestinian effort within the United Nations to upgrade their diplomatic presence to a ” non-member state .” Reuters reports : “Unilateral actions, including initiatives to grant Palestinians non-member state observer status at the United Nations, would only jeopardize the peace process…

Israeli film ‘The Gatekeepers’ brings truths about occupation that Palestinians are vilified for saying
Mondoweiss – Last week I saw a riveting new Israeli film about moral corruption in the government.  The Gatekeepers features lengthy interviews with six former heads of the security service, Shin Bet, who repudiate the security policy they carried out. The men say that Palestinians committed acts of…

Exile and the Prophetic: Reporting the end of Jewish history, so that a new beginning is possible
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. Dear Sam (if I may), Thanks for your friendly email. Just in case you’ve forgotten it I copy it here: Marc, Read…

Church Letter on Israel Strains Jewish Ties 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Oct 2012 – When 15 prominent American Protestant leaders sent a letter to Congress last week calling for an investigation and possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel, at least one outcome was certain: The Jews wouldn’t like it. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zubin Mehta Wins Medal of Distinction 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Oct 2012 – Conductor Zubin Mehta was awarded a Presidential Medal of Distinction by Israeli President Shimon Peres. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bibi Kicks Off Reelection Campaign 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Oct 2012 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off his re-election campaign on Monday, saying Israel had new unspecified “capabilities” to act against Iran’s nuclear threat, an issue he said he had placed at the heart of the global debate. Click here for the rest of the article…

New iPhone Sells Fast in Gaza 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Oct 2012 – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are forking out $1,000 a pop for smuggled iPhone 5’s. The smart phones hit the streets of the coastal enclave before tech-mad Israelis get ‘em. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sudan: Sudanese Refugees in Israel Protest Plans to Jail Them 
allAfrica.com 15 Oct 2012 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -Around 300 Sudanese asylum seekers demonstrated in Israel on Sunday against government plans to incarcerate them, demanding recognition of their status as refugees in need of protection.

Zimbabwe: Iran/Zimbabwe Joint Commission Meets in Tehran 
allAfrica.com 15 Oct 2012 – [The Herald]The seventh session of the Joint Commission between Iran and Zimbabwe on economic co-operation opened in Tehran, Iran, yesterday. Zimbabwe is being represented by senior Government officials, chief executives and directors of various companies and Government agencies. The three-day meeting will look at co-operation between…

Morocco: HM the King to Visit Four Gulf States, Jordan 
allAfrica.com 15 Oct 2012 – [MAP]Rabat -HM King Mohammed VI will start, on Tuesday, working visits to four Gulf countries and to Jordan, HM the King’s office said on Sunday in a statement.

Tunisia: Israel Warns of Action Against Gaza Ship 
allAfrica.com 15 Oct 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Helsinki -Finland says Israel has warned that it will take action against a boat carrying international pro-Palestinian activists if it tries to break a naval blockade of Gaza.

Colonist Activity in Beit Ommar Land Supported by Soldiers 
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Oct 2012 – At 10 a.m. Friday, October 12th about 100 colonists, escorted by soldiers from the Israeli occupation forces, walked out of Karmei Tsur. They went in the direction of Jala at the west of Beit Ommar where several Palestinian residents have their olive trees. Local families were…

Envoy appeals to Iran over Syria 
BBC 15 Oct 2012UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi appeals for Iranian help to implement a ceasefire in Syria over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

EU imposes new sanctions on Iran 
BBC 15 Oct 2012EU member states agree a tough new package of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme, focusing on banks, trade and gas imports.

Libya jail hit by mass breakout 
BBC 15 Oct 2012 – Libyan security forces are on high alert after more than 100 prisoners break out of the al-Judaida jail in the capital Tripoli.

Egypt football season in limbo 
BBC 15 Oct 2012 – Egypt’s football association delays indefinitely the start of the domestic season because of February’s deadly stadium riots.

A malignancy called Jewish settlers 
Sabbah report 15 Oct 2012 – Graphix by Don Nash at Skulzwerks They murder in cold blood, steal in broad daylight and lie as often as they breathe the oxygen of life, all in the name of the Lord. They descend on poor and helpless Palestinian olive harvesters in the vicinity of…

Granting EU the Nobel Peace Prize in Violation of Nobel’s Will 
Sabbah report 15 Oct 2012 – The EU is not a “Person”: Granting the Nobel Prize to the European Union is in Violation of Alfred Nobel’s Will This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was granted to the European Union (EU) for its relentless contribution to “the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and…

On Being a Khaliji Ikhwan 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 15 Oct 2012 – To draw the political map of the Gulf, one is always asked to use the terms set by a shared Arab reality; Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood), Salafis, conservatives, liberals, leftists, and so on. As someone from the Gulf, I always wonder: How can the Ikhwan of Kuwait…

Al-Akhbar Blogs 15 Oct 2012 – Ayoub is a new name in the Arab political lexicon. It is the name of Hezbollah’s spy plane, which was named after one of its own “martyrs.” The speech by Nasrallah intended to take responsibility for the plane that was downed by Israeli fighter jets. Israel,…

Movement for South Yemen Secession Braves the Odds 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Oct 2012 – Women walk past flags of former South Yemen painted on walls in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden October 8, 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) Women walk past flags of former South Yemen painted on walls in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden…

EU imposes fresh sanctions on Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Oct 2012 – Smoke billows following shelling by Syrian regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo on 15 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mustafa Tauseef) The European Union imposed fresh sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime Monday while expressing concern over growing tensions between Syria and Turkey. German…

Just another day in Ersal 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Oct 2012 – (Photo: Preethi Nallu) (Photo: Preethi Nallu) About an hour northeast of Beirut, the scenery transforms substantively, from the smog-engulfed coastal terrain of the metropolis to a winding precarious ascent where the air turns crisp. Related Articles: Jordan: Syrian Refugees Sentenced to Desert Camp Syrians Queueing to…

Minassa on Stage: Reflecting a Time of Great Change 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Oct 2012 – No doubt, artists and intellectuals have a crucial role to play at this turbulent time of revolutions, which often end up further stifling cultural and intellectual freedom. (Photo: AlAkhbar) No doubt, artists and intellectuals have a crucial role to play at this turbulent time of revolutions,…

Scrapping With the Big Boys Over Waste 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Oct 2012 – Sukleen competes with poor individual collectors who race the company’s trucks to the containers to collect recyclable material. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Sukleen competes with poor individual collectors who race the company’s trucks to the containers to collect recyclable material. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A new recycling initiative…

Roumieh Prison: Rule by the Sword 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Oct 2012 – The doors of their floor have been left wide open since the last prisoner rebellion. This facilitates their movement and communication. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The doors of their floor have been left wide open since the last prisoner rebellion. This facilitates their movement and communication. (Photo:…

Syrians Queueing to Escape 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Oct 2012 – A Syrian refugee looks on as he stands in a newly built refugee camp at the village of Qah, northwestern Idlib, near the Turkish border, on 14 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) A Syrian refugee looks on as he stands in a newly built…


U.S. drops Gaza scholarships after Israel travel ban 
Lauren E. Bohn, Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development 10/15/2012
      Amal Ashour, 18, loves Shakespeare and American pop music. One of the brightest students in the Gaza Strip, she studied her senior year of high school in Minnesota through a U.S.-government funded program.
     She had planned to study English literature this fall at a university in the West Bank through another U.S.-sponsored program, but just a month before school started, she was informed the scholarship was no longer available.
     “When you live in Gaza, you’re a pawn in a greater political game,” she said in a telephone interview. “There’s nothing we can do about it.” She is now enrolled at Islamic University, a stronghold of Gaza’s ruling Islamic militant Hamas.
     Under Israeli pressure, U.S. officials have quietly canceled a two-year-old scholarship program for students in the Gaza Strip, undercutting one of the few American outreach programs to people in the Hamas-ruled territory. The program now faces an uncertain future, just two years after being launched with great fanfare by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a visit to the region.
     The program offers about 30 scholarships to promising but financially challenged Palestinian high school seniors from Gaza and the West Bank to study in local Palestinian universities.
     It is a rare opportunity for gifted students in Gaza, which has been constrained by an Israeli blockade since Hamas seized power five years ago. The blockade has made it harder for Palestinians to travel abroad. Both Israel and the U.S. consider Hamas a terrorist group because of its hundreds of attacks against Israelis, including suicide bombings, and frequent rocket attacks from Gaza. more..e-mail

Palestinian women look to Bethlehem to boost their role 
Jihan Abdalla, Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development 10/15/2012
      “Many people still believe the post of mayor is exclusively for men,” says Vera Baboun, aiming to become the first female mayor of the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, and in the process shake up a society where men still make the laws and do the deals.
     The university lecturer has a good chance of achieving the first goal in municipal elections being held across the West Bank on October 20. She heads a bloc of 12 Muslims and Christians in Bethlehem representing the Fatah movement, which one recent survey found to command 49 percent support in the West Bank.
     The municipal ballots are the first in the territory since 2005. In the ancient hilltop city just a few miles from Jerusalem, posters with the faces of six blocs of hopefuls cover nearly every lamp post and wall.
     Baboun’s group promise to improve services and promote the tourism potential of the town where the Bible says Christ was born. “Women have abilities, vision and a unique way of bringing about change,” Baboun told Reuters.
     For many residents, things can only improve after seven years in which the town’s workings were hobbled by a withdrawal of international aid after five members of the Islamist Hamas group were elected to the 15-member council in 2005.
     Western donors feared their funds would be channeled to a group that refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and that they consider a terrorist organization. To their relief, Hamas is not standing in this month’s election.
     For her part, Baboun, a mother of five, has no previous political experience. more.. e-mail

The documentary that should make every decent Israeli ashamed 
Gideon Levy, Ha’aretz 10/5/2012
      No moments of reprieve in the probing documentary by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, “5 Broken Cameras,” which chronicles the struggle in the West Bank Palestinian village of Bil’in.
     The soldiers arrive in the dead of night. They kick, they smash, they destroy. They break in, rudely awakening an entire house and its inhabitants, including children and babies. One officer pulls out a detailed document and declares: “This house is declared a ‘closed military zone.'” He reads the order – in Hebrew and in a loud voice – to the sleep-dazed, pajama-clad family.
     This young man successfully completed his officers’ training course. Perhaps he even believes, deep down, that someone has to do this dirty work. And he reads out the order solely to justify why the father of the household, Emad Burnat, is forbidden to film the event on his own video camera.
     There are no moments of respite or reprieve in the probing documentary by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, “5 Broken Cameras,” which was screened, among other places, at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque last weekend after collecting a number of international prizes and having been shown on Channel 8.
     This documentary should make every decent Israeli ashamed of being an Israeli. It should be shown in civics classes and heritage classes. The Israelis should know, at long last, what is being done in their name every day and every night in this ostensible time of no terror. Even in a West Bank village like Bil’in, which has made nonviolence its motto. more.. e-mail

Revealed: BBC correspondent portrayed Palestinian collaborator as peace activist
Electronic Intifada: 15 Oct 2012 – Asa Winstanley London 15 October 2012 How can we trust the media when it deliberately misrepresents Palestinian voices?more

EU support for Israeli crimes makes it unworthy of Nobel Peace Prize
Electronic Intifada: 15 Oct 2012 – Omar Barghouti 15 October 2012 Israel’s attack on Gaza was applauded by Europe’s most powerful leaders.more

How Legalese Can Help Free Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Oct 2012 – By Matt Meyer What does it take to break a ‘crime of silence’? That was the stated purpose for Bertrand Russell’s original 1966 International War Crimes Tribunal on the Vietnam War, just as it was for last weekend’s New York session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Though some activists see such public reviews as overly mired in legalese, this kind of tribunal — like similar past efforts relating to seemingly intractable scenarios such as apartheid in South Africa and colonialism in Puerto Rico — provides a unique opportunity to bolster broad, grassroots coalitions. Understanding the potential of these efforts is vital in order to break the very real silence around Palestine, both among activists and in society as a whole. The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a five-part, multifaceted examination of the role of global power-brokers in maintaining injustice in the region. This has included a 2010 session in…more

Shielding Israel: Inter-Faith Dialogue, Anybody?
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Oct 2012 – By Stuart Littlewood I wonder if Abe Foxman and his mates ever read the Scottish poet Rabbie Burns… especially this verse from ‘To a Louse’ (1785): O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us It wad frae monie a blunder free us An’ foolish notion What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us An’ ev’n Devotion Translation: Oh, that God would give us the ability To see ourselves as others see us It would save us from many a mistake and foolish thought We’d change the way we look and act and what we devote our time to. Over here in the UK we are faintly amused at the way Foxman and his Anti-Defamation League (ADL) throw their weight around and bully anyone who dares criticize the Israeli regime or question the rate at which it consumes American aid dollars to fund…more

First Arab Watch Report Chides Governments
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Oct 2012 – By Bernhard Schell – Beirut Though legally bound by their respective constitutions to honor basic economic and social rights, Arab government usually violate such rights in practice, which partly explains the socio-political eruptions in the region, widely known as the Arab Spring. This is the upshot of the first Arab Watch Report by civil society organizations of ten Middle East and North African countries. The report focused on the rights to work and to education was launched by the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) during a regional workshop in Beirut on October 9 and 10 at a time when development models based on economic liberalization, the commercial opening and the downsizing of the state functions have failed. ANND acted as a “watchdog” monitoring economic and social rights in the region with a focus on policies that lead to the violation of these rights. The report, which will be issued…more

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