VTJP News & Articles 21 October 2012: Erekat: Israel Doesn’t Want to End Occupation, Rather They’re Imposing Apartheid

21 October 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli navy illegally seizes humanitarian aid ship in international waters
IMEMC – In an act violating international maritime law, Israeli naval forces boarded a humanitarian aid ship, the SV Estelle, that was en route to the Gaza Strip bringing humanitarian aid supplies including musical instruments and building materials. These are among the thousands of items still banned by Israeli forces from entering Gaza. …

Israeli Settlers Attack Undercover Israeli Soldiers
IMEMC – The Israeli TV reported that a group of extremist Israeli settlers violently assaulted a number of undercover soldiers of the Israeli army thinking they were Palestinians. … 

Farmers Attacked By Settlers And Soldiers In Nablus And Hebron
IMEMC – Dozens of Israeli settlers and soldiers attacked, Friday, Palestinian farmers working on their lands in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and in Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, several injuries were reported. …

Israel Deploys Saar 4 Ships In The Mediterranean
IMEMC – The Israeli Navy revealed that it deployed several Saar 4 war ships, equipped with cameras, radars and advanced surveillance equipment, in large areas of the Mediterranean, to monitor and stop ships that sail to what it called “Israeli territorial waters”, the Quds Net News Agency reported. …

Erekat: Israel Doesn’t Want to End Occupation, Rather They’re Imposing Apartheid
IMEMC – Article By Palestine News Network – PNN “The Levy Report simply reflects the position of a government that has chosen to turn occupation into annexation and to impose an Apartheid reality in Palestine rather than taking steps to make peace possible” said Dr. Saeb Erekat, Chief Palestinian negotiator on Israeli Government’s Levi Report. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli navy intercepts Gaza-bound ship
10/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli navy on Saturday boarded a Finnish ship attempting to break the sea blockade of Gaza and deliver aid to its people. The navy will take the Estelle to Ashdod port, and passengers will be transferred to the custody of the police and immigration authorities at the Ministry of Interior….

Settlers ‘strip, insult Prophet’ in south Hebron village
10/20/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers in the south Hebron hills assaulted Palestinian villagers on Friday evening, residents told Ma’an. Three Israelis from the Karmel settlement entered Um al-Kher village, and one threw rocks at the Palestinians living there, local council chief Abu Hamza Hathalin told Ma’an. Another settler took off….

Lieberman rejects EU criticism of settlements
10/20/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s foreign minister on Saturday dismissed criticism by the European Union of settlements on occupied land the Palestinians seek for a state, advising the 27-nation bloc to attend to its own problems instead. The comments by Avigdor Lieberman, a hardliner who serves as Israel’s top diplomat by dint….

Olive trees of Gethsemane among oldest in world
10/20/2012 – VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Olive trees in the Jerusalem garden revered by Christians as the place where Jesus Christ prayed before he was crucified have been dated to at least 900 years old, a study released on Friday showed. The results of tests on trees in the Garden of Gethsemane have not settled the question of….

After 36 years, Hebron finally gets to vote for council
10/20/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Residents from Hebron and Tulkarem on Saturday morning flocked to polling stations to elect their local council for the first time in 36 years.”I am delighted to have practiced my democratic right to choose my representatives,” said the Palestinian minister of local governance Khalid al-Qawasmi, after casting his vote for….

Israel navy approaches Gaza-bound ship
10/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli navy approached a Finnish ship attempting to break the sea blockade of Gaza on Saturday, passengers and activists said. Amjad al-Shawwa, director of the Gaza network of NGOs, told Ma’an that the Estelle was 38 nautical miles from the shores of Gaza City at 9:30 a….

Qatar leaders to visit Gaza, Egypt source says
10/20/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian security source on Friday said the emir of Qatar will arrive in the Gaza Strip next week. Egyptian security services are intensively prepared, a Ma’an reporter said. The source added that the Qatari official will visit Gaza on Monday and Tuesday. He will arrive via el-Arish…. Related: Haniyeh thanks Qatar for Gaza reconstruction projects

Egypt’s Mursi telephones Haniyeh
10/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi telephoned Hamas premier in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh on Friday and talked about the reconstruction project funded by the government of Qatar. Spokesman of the Hamas-run government Tahir al-Nunu said in a statement Saturday that Mursi brought good news for the Palestinians without giving details….

Iran denounces Beirut bombing, points finger at Israel
10/20/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in Beirut that killed a prominent Lebanese intelligence official on Friday and suggested that Israel was to blame. A senior Israeli official dismissed the suggestion as “beyond pathetic”. The slain Lebanese official, Brigadier-General Wissam al-Hassan, was close to several Lebanese politicians who back the uprising….

Haniyeh thanks Qatar for Gaza reconstruction projects
10/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh called Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani on Saturday to thank him for Qatar’s role in reconstructing the Gaza Strip, a statement from his office said. Haniyeh updated Al Thani about talks with Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi and Egypt‘s cooperation with…. Related: Qatar leaders to visit Gaza, Egypt source says

Palestinians cast votes in local election
10/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Palestinians in the West Bank started to cast ballots Saturday morning at 7:00 a. m. About half a million voters will elect their representatives in 93 local councils across the West Bank. Representatives of Palestinian political parties, local and international monitors as well as journalists will be present at the….

Prisoner chosen as mayor of Bethlehem village
10/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner serving 11 life terms in Israel will be the next mayor of Tuqu near Bethlehem, after residents of the village nominated him in solidarity. Riyad al-Amour, 42, was arrested on May 4, 2002 and sentenced to 11 life terms for involvement in the resistance. He is also suffering….

PA leaders applaud elections, downplay Hamas boycott
10/20/2012 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority leaders on Saturday celebrated holding local elections in the West Bank for the first time in six years, downplaying the boycott by their Hamas rivals. President and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas lauded the poll as a “democratic celebration for the Palestinian people,” as he voted in the Ramallah-district of….

Official: Over 54 percent voter turnout in local elections
10/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Initial polling results indicate that around 54. 8 percent of Palestinians eligible to vote took part in Saturday’s local elections, head of the Central Elections Committee Hanna Nasser said. Around 277,153 out of 505,006 eligible voters turned out to cast their ballots in 838 polling stations across the West….

Syria envoy presses Damascus for ceasefire
10/20/2012 – DAMASCUS (Reuters) — International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi met Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in Damascus on Saturday, pressing for a brief ceasefire between President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebels seeking his overthrow. Brahimi has called for a ceasefire during next week’s Islamic Eid al-Adha to stem the bloodshed in a….

Militant group says was behind Aleppo air defense base assault
10/20/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — An Islamist militant group has said it planned a rebel attack on a Syrian air defense base near Aleppo on Oct. 12 and that Chechen fighters took part in the assault, the SITE monitoring group reported late Friday. Ninety-two government soldiers were killed in battles across Syria on Oct. 12, a pro-opposition monitoring….

Lebanon PM says to stay, links assassination to Syria probe
10/20/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Saturday that he offered his resignation but that President Michel Suleiman asked him to stay on for a “period of time.” As fear and anger gripped Lebanon over Friday’s car bomb attack, Mikati also said he suspected the assassination of a senior Lebanese intelligence….

Bahrain says it has identified suspects in police bomb attack
10/20/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain’s interior minister said on Saturday that the country had identified several suspects in a bomb attack on Thursday that killed one policeman and injured another following clashes between protesters and the security services in the US ally. The tiny Gulf Arab kingdom has been convulsed by unrest since February last….

Report: Turkish retaliatory fire has killed 12 Syrian soldiers
10/20/2012 – ANKARA (Reuters) — Turkey’s military has fired on Syria 87 times, killing 12 Syrian soldiers and destroying several tanks in retaliation for Syrian shells and mortars landing on Turkish territory, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday. Turkey has been carrying out a series of retaliatory strikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces fighting….

Morocco denies pagan rock carving destroyed
10/20/2012 – RABAT (Reuters) — The Moroccan government has denied that an 8,000-year-old rock engraving depicting the Sun as a divinity has been destroyed in the south of the country in an attack residents had blamed on ultra-orthodox Salafi Muslims. Communications Minister Mustafa el-Khalfi took journalists to the site of the pagan engraving in the Toukbal National….

Egypt Brotherhood party leader seeks broad alliance with rivals
10/20/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The Muslim Brotherhood’s political party will seek an inclusive majority in Egypt‘s parliament through alliances with rivals, its new chief said, addressing fears of a narrowly Islamist outcome to the uprising against autocratic rule. The Freedom and Justice Party elected Saad al-Katatni, 61, as FJP leader on Friday, replacing….

Libya govt says former Gadhafi spokesman captured
10/20/2012 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — The former spokesman of Moammar Gadhafi’s government has been captured, exactly a year after the death of the Libyan dictator, the prime minister’s office said on Saturday. Moussa Ibrahim, who was the mouthpiece of the Gadhafi regime during last year’s war, was caught in the town of….

Al-Qaida warns Hollande against French hostage rescue
10/20/2012 – NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) — A leader of al-Qaida’s north African wing warned France on Saturday that any attempt to forcibly rescue six French citizens held hostage by the militant group could lead to their death. French President Francois Hollande is pushing hard for military action against al Qaida-linked militants in Mali to quash what he….

Aljazeera

Gaza-bound aid ship boarded by Israeli forces
AlJazeera 20 Oct 2012 – Ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to reach Gaza is seized by Israeli soldiers on naval vessels.

Palestinians vote in municipal elections
AlJazeera 20 Oct 2012Hamas boycotts repeatedly delayed local elections held in occupied West Bank, with the Gaza Strip not participating.

The National

Lebanon PM asked to stay after Beirut bomb
The National 20 Oct 2012 – Najib Mikati offers to quit after opposition leaders accuse him and Syria of being behind car bomb that killed the country’s intelligence chief, but president asks PM to suspend his resignation.

Obama has questions to answer
The National 20 Oct 2012US president Barack Obama will likely face a barrage of accusations that he failed to show foreign policy leadership in Monday’s final presidential debate.

Libyan towns still ‘not fully liberated’ a year later
The National 20 Oct 2012 – Qaddafi strongholds hold out a year after the dictator’s death.

Berlin in the 1920s: Anything but calm before storm
The National 20 Oct 2012 – Berlin between the wars danced the Charleston and jazz.

Economic forecasts are economical with the truth
The National 19 Oct 2012 – Prof Gerd Gigerenzer, a leading risk expert at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, found that the forecasts were seriously wrong in nine of the 10 years covered.

US teen dies in Abu Dhabi Lamborghini blaze
The National 19 Oct 2012 – Police say girl’s sportscar hit kerb, overturned and caught fire

Nancy Ajram signs on as milk ambassador
The National 19 Oct 2012 – Lebanese songstress is the new face of Anlene milk.

Lessons in patience and strength at the Haram
The National 19 Oct 2012 – Haneen Dajani’s journey through Mecca continues.

Philippine ambassador to UAE fights fraud accusations
The National 19 Oct 2012 – A group calling itself the Alliance of Concerned Overseas Filipino Workers told the Manila Times they believe Grace Princesa has misused community funds intended for charitable projects.

Builders race to erect giant Sharjah flagpole
The National 19 Oct 2012 – The 123-metre tall pool, to be erected on Al Jazeera Island, will be the same size as the flagpole in Abu Dhabi.

Ha’aretz

New Shas leader to focus party’s campaign on ethnic discrimination
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

Arson suspected as fire damages restored streambed in Kiryat Shmona
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

Former PM Olmert unlikely to return to politics, say associates
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

Israel to launch campaign to attract more Arab students to universities
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

Yair Lapid says he opposes occupation, but will present platform in West Bank settlement
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

Lieberman: EU’s Ashton should mind her own business, not the settlements
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

Israel Navy intercepts pro-Palestinian activist ship off Gaza coast
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

EU criticizes Israeli plan to build hundreds of housing units in east Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

A tiny nation losing its character
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – The Latvian phenomenon provides food for thought for other small peoples, whose larger neighbors gaze toward their territories, with an eye toward swallowing and assimilating them. 

Songs with and without praise
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – We need not sing as one voice, but Army Radio has a duty to fight back when its own listeners come under fire. 

The EU’s Hezbollah fixation
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Israel. Europe permits a dormant terrorist potential to thrive in its midst, and it knows so, its denials notwithstanding. 

‘Labor is the home of new ‘modern, liberal’ Anglos’
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Labor primary candidate, ‘Ambassador’ winner Eytan Schwartz hopes to strengthen connection with Diaspora. 

Analysis: Bomb could bring Syria strife to Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Bombing contains threat against anyone investigating Syria-Hezbollah, comes at peak of sectarian tensions. 

Lapid: Retain settlement blocs, no divided J’lem
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Yesh Atid leader says he is not left-wing, is willing to be in coalition with Shas, blames Palestinians for lack of peace negotiations. 

FM attacks EU for Gilo construction condemnation
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Ashton says construction separates east J’lem from W. Bank; Liberman describes Gilo as “an inseparable part of Jerusalem.” 

West Bank Palestinians vote for 1st time in 6 years
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012PA President Abbas describes vote as “democratic process,” as Palestinians elect mayors, heads of village councils. 

Israeli Navy seizes Gaza-bound ship ‘Estelle’
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Navy seizes Finnish-flagged ship carrying 30 pro-Palestinian activists after it refused to change course, tows it to Ashdod. 

Pro-Israel activists battle apathy on campuses
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Although political apathy on campuses can deter students from Israel engagement, persistent dedication can lead to success. 

New school year sees rise in number of students
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – 305,550 students will study in Israel’s higher education institutions this year, an increase of 2.3 percent since last year. 

Lebanese PM connects deadly car bomb to previous plots
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Gunmen and demonstrators block roads, burn tires in Beirut and other cities to protest killing of senior Lebanese anti-Assad intelligence official; Mikati says he offered to resign amid sectarian tensions. 

Syria envoy presses Damascus for Id al-Adha truce
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Brahimi pushes Syria’s foreign minister for four day ceasefire during Islamic Eid al-Adha festival; Syria seeks rebel guarantee. 

Palestinians head to vote for first time in 6 years
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012PA President emphasizes legacy of democracy as over 50,000 Palestinians entitled to elect mayors, heads of village councils. 

Olive trees of Gethsemane among oldest in world
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 – Tests on the olive trees in the Jerusalem garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives have been dated to at least 900 years old. 

Romney: Israel does not warrant public warnings
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2012 – In AJC questionnaire, Republican presidential candidate pledges to support Israel as it weighs “decisions of war and peace.” 

New FJP leader in Egypt calls for Sharia law
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2012 – Saad al-Katatny elected head of Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, says goal is to “institute Islamic Sharia law.” 

‘Palestinian push for UN upgrade likely to succeed’
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2012 – UNGA president says most expect Palestinians will succeed in upgrading to non-member status, warns against funding cuts. 

Israeli Arabs face inferior public transportation
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2012 – Infrequent public transportation in Arab towns is holding back integration efforts, advocates say. 

Between religion and state
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2012 – The ideal balance lies between total separation and driving people away from observance of any kind. 

Tradition Today: Finding the God particle
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2012 – That is the way to find the true “God particle” – and it costs much less than 10 billion euros. 

The Guardian

5 Broken Cameras – review
The Guardian 20 Oct 2012 – Injustice, hazard and hope are vividly captured in this defiant one-man chronicle of life in an embattled Palestinian village Back in the late 70s and early 80s, before he embarked on the grander works that made…

Gaza-bound ship Estelle intercepted by Israeli forces
The Guardian 20 Oct 2012 – Israeli marines board the Estelle and direct it to port of Ashdod as 30 activists on board attempt to break Gaza blockade Israeli forces have intercepted a boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to breach the naval…

Inter Press Service

Injured Struggle in the Sahara
IPS Safia’s six-year-old body is riddled with scars from the rocket that hit her home in February. With her immediate family all killed in the violent attack, this sole survivor smiles shyly as she visits the medics that fought to save her life. Their makeshift clinic is in Kufra’s impoverished and…

Uruknet

The unreported tragedy of Palestine’s olive harvest
Uruknet

Cabrera for President!
Uruknet

Privatization Madness: Now Private Companies are Collecting Our Taxes
Uruknet

Murder and Trauma in Our Name America’s Drone Terrorism
Uruknet

Israeli Army Opens Fire At Fishermen In Gaza
Uruknet

Twelve-year-old arrested 10 times by Israel in three years
Uruknet

Regimes of Dehumanization and Segregation Jim Crow and the Palestinians
Uruknet

US justice likely coming soon to Benghazi with extrajudicial executions
Uruknet

Protests and strikes as Israel raids Bedouin villages, threatens to destroy homes
Uruknet

Before Their Diaspora — Palestinian scholar’s monumental pictorial history now available online
Uruknet

Daily Star

Beirut demo calls on Cabinet to quit
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 Young demonstrators angered by the recent assassination of a top intelligence officer in Beirut gather at Martyrs’ Square in the capital and call on the government of Najib Mikati to quit.

Yemen-style power transfer deal not suitable for Syria: Turkey
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 Yemen’s power transfer deal, which allowed President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, is no longer a suitable model for a solution in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said at a news conference in Sanaa.

Hariri calls for mass demo in Beirut over Hasan’s killing
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri calls for mass participation in Sunday’s rally in Beirut over the killing of a top intelligence official and says the slain officer prevented President Bashar Assad from destabilizing Lebanon.

France urges Sleiman to avoid political vacuum in Lebanon
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 French President Francois Holland urges his Lebanese counterpart to prevent the country falling into a political vacuum and for the government to continue its mandate.

Mob assaults French reporter in Egypt’s Tahrir Square
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 A French female television reporter was sexually assaulted during a protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, she told AFP on Saturday, the latest in a series of such attacks on women covering unrest in Egypt.

Qatar to channel goods via Egypt to rebuild Gaza
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 Qatar is to channel goods and materials to rebuild Israeli-blockaded Gaza via neighbouring Egypt, Qatari and Palestinian officials said on Saturday.

Turkish retaliatory fire has killed 12 Syrian soldiers -report
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 Turkey’s military has fired on Syria 87 times, killing 12 Syrian soldiers and destroying several tanks in retaliation for Syrian shells and mortars landing on Turkish territory, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday. ANKARA, Oct 20 (…

Qaeda leader killed in Yemen drone strike: tribal chief
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 A top member of Al-Qaeda network in Yemen has died of wounds suffered in a drone strike carried out earlier this month in the eastern province of Shabwa, a tribal chief said on Saturday.

Top Iraqi officials trade blame over jail break
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 Iraq’s deputy interior minister and a police chief fired over a jail break last month in which dozens of Al-Qaeda militants escaped traded barbs on Saturday over who was to blame for the prison uprising.

Gulf states condemn Beirut bombing
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 Several Arab Gulf states condemn the recent bombing in Beirut that claimed the life of senior security official Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan.

Afghanistan: Taliban level food warehouse for US
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 An Afghan police officer and cook poisoned their colleagues at a checkpoint in an assault coordinated with insurgent fighters that left six dead in the country’s south, officials said Saturday.

Gunmen kill 3 police, 1 prison official in Iraq
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 Gunmen killed three policemen and a prison official in attacks on Saturday and overnight in Baghdad, Iraqi authorities said.

March 14 calls for mass Beirut demo over Hasan’s killing
Daily Star 20 Oct 2012 The March 14 coalition calls over the weekend for a day of rage in Beirut over the recent car bombing that claimed the lives of at least five people, including Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan.

YNet News

Libya: 26 dead, over 200 injured 
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – ….

Gaddafi ex-spokesman denies arrest in recording
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – ….

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef lauds Shas Party’s ‘triple bond’
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – Party’s spiritual leader says agreement between Aryeh Deri, Eli Yishai and Ariel Atias to lead Shas together is a ‘blessing ….

Report: US, Iran to negotiate Iran’s nuclear program
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – ….

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Deri’s return to Shas – blessing
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – ….

Report: 1 of Gaddafi’s sons captured, killed; no official confirmation
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – ….

Navy seizes Gaza-bound Finnish ship 
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – Commandoes board ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists – including three Israelis – seeking to breach Israel blockade on Hamas-ruled territory; no violence reported. No humanitarian aid supplies found aboard ship, IDF says ….

Cheating on Jerusalem 
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Jerusalemite torn by decision to move to Tel Aviv apologizes to city he loves ….

EU slams Gilo housing plan. Lieberman: They’re clueless
YNet News, 20 Oct 2012 – Ashton ‘regrets’ Israeli plan to build 800 housing units in Jerusalem neighborhood, says ‘illegal settlements’ hinder two-state solution. FM: EU lacks basic understanding of Mideast reality ….

Teen couple tries to commit suicide; boy killed by police 
YNet News, 19 Oct 2012 – Young couple announces suicide pact; police tracks them down in an attempt to stop act. Teen fires at police; officers return fire, kill him. Girl suffers shock ….

Palestinian Information Center

Farcical elections
PIC – In the absence of Hamas and amid utterly undemocratic conditions, Fatah is holding local and municipal elections in dozens of towns and villages across West Bank.

Hamas condemns murder of Al-Hassan in Beirut
PIC – Hamas condemned the killing of head of the information branch in the internal Lebanese security forces Wisam Al-Hassan in an explosion in Beirut on Friday.

Bardawil: West Bank elections promote division
PIC – Dr. Salah Bardawil, spokesman for the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, said that the municipal elections in the West Bank do not serve unity but rather promote division. 

Barhoum: Attack on Estelle piracy
PIC – A Hamas spokesman has described the Israeli attack on Estelle aid ship and kidnapping solidarity activists on board as “sheer piracy†and a crime against humanity.

Prisoner Riad Amour undergoes open-heart surgery
PIC – Palestinian prisoner Riad Amour was transferred to Israeli “Tel Hashomer” hospital to undergo an open-heart surgery after his health has seriously deteriorated.

Israeli navy hijacks aid ship “Estelle” in Gaza waters
PIC – Israeli navy soldiers boarded the Gaza-bound relief ship “Estelle,” which was seeking to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza and challenge the blockade imposed on its people.

PA security services raid female students hostel
PIC – Palestinian Authority security apparatuses raided a female students hostel for the Najah university in Nablus and interrogated its occupants, local sources said on Saturday.

IOA extends detention of lecturer for third time
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has extended the administrative detention of Dr. Mohammed Ghazal from Nablus for the third consecutive time.

WAFA

Abbas Discusses UN Bid with Norway’s Representative
WAFA – 20 Oct 2012

EU Regrets, Britain Condemns Israeli Settlement Expansion Plan
WAFA – 20 Oct 2012

UN Official Hopes Local Elections will Boost Democracy
WAFA – 20 Oct 2012

Israeli Navy Attacks Estelle Solidarity Ship in International Waters
WAFA – 20 Oct 2012

Abbas, Fayyad Cast Vote in Local Elections
WAFA – 20 Oct 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 17 Oct 2012

Misc

No evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack
LA Times 19 Oct 2012 – U.S. intelligence agencies and witnesses paint a picture of an assault carried out with little planning at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. WASHINGTON — The assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last month appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than…

Beirut Blast Kills at Least 8, Including Top Security Official
New York Times 19 Oct 2012 – An explosion in a Christian section of Lebanon’s capital killed an official viewed by Syria as an enemy and was the most provocative violence in Lebanon tied to the Syrian conflict. 

Syrian Government Booby-Traps Rebels’ Ammunition
New York Times 19 Oct 2012 – The Syrian government has salted the ammunition of antigovernment fighters with ordnance that explodes inside rebels’ weapons, wounding or killing them while destroying their guns. 

Dane’s Wild Tale of Ruse to Find Anwar al-Awlaki
New York Times 19 Oct 2012 – A man says he arranged a marriage for the Qaeda affiliate leader Anwar al-Awlaki as part of efforts by Danish and American intelligence officials to hunt him down. 

Hamas Works to Suppress Militant Groups
New York Times 19 Oct 2012Hamas is working to suppress the more radical Islamic militant groups that have emerged in Gaza, made up of extremists who are challenging its cease-fire with Israel, activists say. 

The Lede Blog: Video and Images of the Beirut Bombing Aftermath
New York Times 19 Oct 2012 – Video and photos show a quiet block in central Beirut that was destroyed by a large bomb that killed at least eight people. 

At War Blog: In a Comic’s War Stories, Humor Sometimes Takes the Back Seat
New York Times 19 Oct 2012 – Jennifer Rawlings, a stand-up comedian, traveled to war zones to entertain troops for over a decade. Now she weaves together stories about war, soldiers and family to try and blur the line between “us here” and “them over there.” 

WORLD: War Creeps Into Daily Life in Damascus
New York Times 19 Oct 2012 – With checkpoints every half-mile, the reality of war has crept into daily life in Syria’s capital. 

Turkey and Egypt Look to Team Up Amid Tumult
New York Times 19 Oct 2012 – Turkey and Egypt have turned to each other for support, looking to build a partnership that could represent a significant geopolitical shift. 

012 election is ‘almost existential test of relevance’ for the Israel lobby
Mondoweiss – From ” Conservative pro-Israel groups’ relevance at risk in 2012 “: Conservative pro-Israel groups that have spent millions of dollars targeting President Barack Obama’s policies toward the Jewish state are facing a daunting reality: If the president wins anyway, their political influence may never be the same. For…

Adelson double downs on TV’s most famous Republican sex-advice rabbi
Mondoweiss – Two leaders of daytime television, Dr. Phil and Shalom in the Home ‘s Rabbi Boteach, a Republican congressional candidate who is backed by billionaire pro-Israel advocate Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon Adelson and wife Dr. Miriam Adelson have made their second $500,000 pledge to back Rabbi Shmuley Boteach,…

Pakistan: A land of competing narratives
Mondoweiss – After an interminable 48 hours of traveling, I am at home, and looking back at my trip to Pakistan with a bit more distance and perspective. If there is a unifying theme as my thoughts crystallize it is this: There is always more than one narrative,…

Exile and the prophetic: Distinguishing between Jews and The Jews
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. With my fifteen minutes of IMAX fame over, I’ve returned to the Cape.  The morning sunrise remains.  Muted colors this morning, perfect…

MLK-inspired protest in Nabi Saleh is attacked by occupying forces
Mondoweiss – link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to cpt.org link to palestinesolidarityproject.org link towww.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to english.pnn.ps link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.maannews.netlink to www.imemc.org link to www.imemc.org link to www.imemc.org link to www.maannews.net link to english.pnn.ps link towww.imemc.org link…

Rahm Emanuel to FL to affirm ‘Obama’s unwavering support’ for Israel
Mondoweiss – Rahm Emanuel heads south

Israel Navy Seizes New Gaza Flotilla Boat 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Oct 2012 – The Israeli navy seized an international pro-Palestinian activist ship in the Mediterranean sea on Saturday to prevent it breaching its blockade of the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinian Push for U.N. Upgrade Likely To Succeed 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Oct 2012 – The Palestinians’ push for upgraded status at the United Nations is likely to succeed, the president of the U.N. General Assembly said on Friday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Anger erupts as Lebanon mourns 
BBC 20 Oct 2012 – A day of national mourning is held in Lebanon amid protests over a massive car bombing that killed the domestic intelligence chief and two others.

Israel intercepts Gaza-bound boat 
BBC 20 Oct 2012 – The Israeli navy intercepts a Finnish-flagged boat of pro-Palestinian activists trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Gaddafi aide ‘captured in Libya’ 
BBC 20 Oct 2012 – The office of Libya’s prime minister says that Moussa Ibrahim, spokesman for the late Col Gaddafi, has been captured, but other officials express scepticism.

Students die in Iranian bus crash 
BBC 20 Oct 2012 – At least 26 students are killed when their bus overturns in south-west Iran, while reportedly travelling at high speed in wet weather.

Who does ‘Agent Cameron’ work for? 
Sabbah report 20 Oct 2012 – ‘Agent Cameron’, as one of my friends calls him (you’ll see why in a minute), made the following speech to Jewish fundraisers in London this week. I’m so fizzing with rage and so ashamed that I can hardly bring myself to write about it. Such a…

Car Bomb in Beirut: Wissam Al-Hassan 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 20 Oct 2012 – Another car bomb in Lebanon and another assassination in the long series of assassination that preceded the assassination of Rafik Hariri. This is a continuation of the previous series but with a new twist. Wissam al-Hassan was far more influential than all the previous victims of…

A Professional and Resolute Opponent 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 20 Oct 2012 – A Christian woman uses a cross and a rosary to bless a poster with an image of senior intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan during a protest against his killing, at Martyrs’ square in downtown Beirut 20 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Ahmed Jadallah) A Christian woman uses…

The Presidency Causes a Rift in Egyptian Brotherhood 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2012 – An Egyptian protester holds a flare during a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 19 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Ahmed Mahmoud) An Egyptian protester holds a flare during a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 19 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Ahmed Mahmoud) Discontent among…

Losing Baalbeck’s Newfound Treasures 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2012 – Spectators arrive to attend a performance by Lebanese-born British singer Mika during the opening of Baalbeck International Festival in Lebanon‘s Bekaa valley 24 June 2010. (Photo: Reuters – Sharif Karim) Spectators arrive to attend a performance by Lebanese-born British singer Mika during the opening of Baalbeck…

Lebanese Government Made Promises It Can Not Keep 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2012 – Despite the government’s announcement that sources of revenue have been allocated, a formal study to assess these claims is still in progress. (photo: Marwan Tahtah) Despite the government’s announcement that sources of revenue have been allocated, a formal study to assess these claims is still in…

West Bank Palestinians head to the polls 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2012 – Palestinian women look for their names on the registered voters’ list before voting for the municipal elections at a polling station in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 20, 2012. Palestinians in the West Bank voted in local elections in what was the first…

Israel embarks Gaza-bound ship 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2012 – In this photo taken on October 16, 2012 the Finnish ship SV Estelle is seen during an operation off the southern Greek island of Gavdos, south of Crete. The Israeli navy on October 20, 2012 boarded a boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists and parliamentarians seeking to breach…

Mikati: Cabinet will go, but not now 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2012 – Security Forces (ISF) intelligence chief General Wissam al-Hassan on the Martyrs’ Statue in downtown Beirut on 20 October 2012, a day after he was killed in a bomb blast. Lebanon‘s cabinet met in emergency session as scattered protests erupted around the country, a day after Hassan…

Who Was Wissam Al-Hassan? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Oct 2012 – Brigadier general Wissam al-Hassan, killed Friday by a large explosion in Beirut’s Achrafieh district (photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Brigadier general Wissam al-Hassan, killed Friday by a large explosion in Beirut’s Achrafieh district (photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Brigadier general Wissam al-Hassan, killed Friday by a large explosion in Beirut’s…

Geagea: We Cannot Take Berri Anymore 
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Oct 2012 – But it seems that you also abandoned the demand to bring it down. (Photo: Haytham el Moussawi) But it seems that you also abandoned the demand to bring it down. (Photo: Haytham el Moussawi) Al-Akhbar’s Hiyam Kossayfi presses Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on the proposed…

Articles


An analysis of the experience of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation 
Dr. Mohsen Saleh, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/20/2012
      The existence of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) is an achievement to be proud of. It expressed the Palestinians’ spirit to liberate the land and not see their cause subsumed in the wider Arab political and social milieu. Nevertheless, an objective analysis shows that the PLO that was established in 1964 is not the same organisation now. It is suffering from five main problems, which reduce the PLO’s ability to represent the Palestinian people, and impede its ability to work efficiently and achieve its aims and objectives.
     1. The problem of representation
     On the official level, the PLO is “the only legitimate representative for the Palestinian people” and that’s the way it is dealt with on the world stage. In practice, though, that definition has been diminished amongst the Palestinians and their factions. With the rise of Islamism (particularly Hamas and Islamic Jihad) a quarter of a century ago, a large segment of the Palestinian people has no representation within the PLO; neither faction is part of the organisation.
     Fatah has controlled the various PLO’s sections and decision-making since 1968. The Cairo Agreement of March 2005, the national accord document of June 2006, the Makkah accord of February 2007 and the reconciliation agreement of May 2011 have all called for the reform and reactivation of the PLO, but none of these agreements has been implemented. Fatah’s leadership has not put any effort in to include all Palestinians and factions. Indeed, the PLO has shrunk to fit Fatah, not expanded to take in the breadth of Palestinian political thought.
     Thus, the PLO is no longer a truly representative umbrella body for all Palestinians inside or outside historic Palestine. Many feel that it doesn’t look after their interests or that they have any connection to it…. more.. e-mail

Chomsky in Gaza: academic boycott ‘will strengthen support for Israel’ 
Rami Almeghari, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 10/20/2012
      Legendary MIT linguistics professor and political author Noam Chomsky has been visiting the Gaza Strip for a linguistics conference and as a demonstration of political solidarity.
     The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almeghari sat down with Chomsky in Gaza City to talk about his views on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, the Palestinian Authority’s UN bid, and what a political settlement in Palestine may look like.
     This is a rush transcript.
     Rami Almeghari: Your current visit to the Gaza Strip is said to be within your own attempt to help break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Why has it taken place now?
     Noam Chomsky: It has been a matter of arrangements and you know I am here taking part in the linguistic conference for the Islamic University of Gaza and this is a good chance for me to help break the blockade of Gaza .
     RA: Do you agree with the international and Palestinian calls to boycott Israel academically and economically?
     NC: So, in the case of South Africa, for example, in which I was involved in the boycotts, they were highly selective and they were selected in a way which would lead to help for the victims, not to make us feel good, help for the victims. The same in the case of the Vietnam war, where I was involved, and I was imprisoned many times, I was involved in civil disobedience, organizing resistance and so on. more.. e-mail

The Man With the Uzi 
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 10/19/2012
      A Strange Debate
     There was this young Israeli who was captured by cannibals. They put him in the cooking pot and were about to light the fire, when he expressed one last wish: “Please box my ears!”
     When the cannibal chief obliged, the Israeli jumped up, leveled his Uzi and mowed down his captors.
     “If you had the Uzi all the time, why didn’t you use it before?” he was asked.
     “I can’t do this unless I am angry,” he replied.
     BARACK OBAMA’s debating performance reminds me of this joke. At the first confrontation he was listless and lifeless. He just wanted the silly thing to end.
     During the second debate, he was a changed man. Energetic. Aggressive. Decisive. In short: angry.
     When the confrontation started, it was 3 a.m. in Israel. I could have recorded it and watched it later. But I was unable to wait. My curiosity got the better of me.
     Of course, this whole performance is silly. There is no connection at all between talent as a debater and the ability to lead a nation. You can be an outstanding polemicist and unable to conduct a rational policy. Israelis have only to look at Binyamin Netanyahu. You can be a purposeful leader, and fail utterly at expressing yourself. YItzhak Rabin, for example. more.. e-mail

Building bridges between struggles at upcoming student conference 
Electronic Intifada: 20 Oct 2012 – Shirien Damra, Sami Kishawi and Danya Mustafa 20 October 2012 The second national Students for Justice in Palestine conference will connect, strategize, build and strengthen the student movement in the US.more

Chomsky in Gaza: academic boycott “will strengthen support for Israel” 
Electronic Intifada: 20 Oct 2012 – Rami Almeghari Gaza City 20 October 2012 During visit to Gaza, Noam Chomsky says BDS may strengthen support for Israel, backs Abbas UN bidmore

Inciting Division
Dissident Voice: 20 Oct 2012 – The recent attack on Free Gaza’s  Greta Berlin  and Colonel  Ann Wright  suggest that we have crossed a red line — Jewish domination within the Palestinian solidarity movement belongs to the past. We are now, it seems, under Zionist occupation, and we are subject to all the symptoms of Israeli abuse and Zionist brutality. The expulsions ,  the exclusions and the cleansings that are  inherent within Zionism , Israeli and Jewish politics, are now alive and kicking within the Palestinian solidarity movement itself. On a daily basis we are notified about more and more people who ‘must be’ expelled from the ‘movement’: earlier this year we learned that the Palestinian poet and writer  Nahida Izzat   had first been harassed and later expelled from her local Palestinian solidarity group by a Liverpool Jewish activists’ gang. Next,   Dr Francis Clark Lowes,  former Chairman of the UK PSC was expelled from the organisation, for allegedly being an ‘Anti Semite’ and a ‘holocaust denier’.  Norman Finkelstein,   probably the leading…more

Dear Mandela: From Durban to Detroit, the Struggle for Land and House
Dissident Voice: 20 Oct 2012 – This is the life of the poor; this is the perpetual cry I hear. — Khalil Gibran, Spirits Rebellious “A house is not just a roof over somebody. It must have all the necessities that a human being needs. Because even this beautiful museum, if there is no water, no light, this is not a museum. It’s a slum,” Mnikelo Ndabankulu said this past Sunday afternoon inside the Charles H. Wright Museum, where Dear Mandela , a Sundance grant-funded film about the South African shack dwellers movement, was being screened. “For us, a house, a structure in the middle of nowhere is not a house. It’s a shelter. But it becomes a house when there are clinics, schools, shops—infrastructure—around” — the words of Zodwa Nsibande, a fellow member of the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, visiting Detroit from South Africa. They were being hosted for the weekend by Welfare Rights, a…more

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