VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 26 October 2012: Analysis: World Bank policies persistently fail Palestinians

26 October 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Falk Calls For Boycotting Companies Benefiting From Israeli Settlements
IMEMC – United Nations Special Rapporteur on humanitarian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, called for boycotting all firms that benefit from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, and stated that this ban should be submitted to the UN General Assembly Thursday. …

Ma’an News

Rights monitors visit Gaza jails, ending 2-year hiatus
10/26/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian human rights ombudsman has been given a green light by the Hamas government to resume its work in the Gaza Strip, after their monitoring activities were blocked for several years. Head of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, Ahmad Harb, told Ma’an his visit to Gaza last….

HRW: Israel must stop harassing Addameer staff
10/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Israel to stop harassing members of prisoner rights group Addameer.” It’s deeply ironic that Israel is arbitrarily detaining a researcher who has documented arbitrary detention, and violating the rights of the head of a human rights group,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW regional….

Britain says opposed to strike on Iran ‘at this moment’
10/26/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — Britain said on Friday it was opposed to a military strike on Iran “at this moment” over its disputed nuclear program, arguing sanctions were having an effect and diplomacy should be given time. The comments followed a report by Britain’s Guardian newspaper which said Britain had rebuffed US plans to use….

Poll: Netanyahu’s hard-right alliance could backfire
10/26/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tie-up with far-right coalition partner Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman could backfire by eroding their lead ahead of Israel‘s Jan. 22 ballot, a poll said on Friday. The findings flew in the face of Netanyahu’s prediction that, by merging with his fiery rival for….

Factions want re-count after Bethlehem vote
10/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinian factions is calling for a recount of votes from Saturday’s local elections in Bethlehem, the five parties said Friday. The Popular and Democratic Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestine People’s Party, the Palestinian National Initiative and the Abu Nidal Organization are….

In photos: Eid al-Adha begins in Palestine
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9 hurt in car accident near Jenin
10/26/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Two cars collided east of Jenin on Friday, injuring nine people on the main road near Deir Abu Da’ifjunction, medics said. Medics recovered the injured from the cars and transferred them to nearby hospitals for treatment, a civil defense statement said. Workers clearing the road of debris, they said. [END]

Gaza man dies after accident involving livestock
10/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) A Palestinian man died and four others injured in an accident after mishandling livestock purchased for Eid al-Adha, a Ma’an correspondent said. Abdullah Abu Laban, 52, suffered a heart attack after a sheep attacked him east of Khan Younis. Four people were injured in the same incident. Medics….

7 hurt in accident in Khan Younis
10/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Seven people sustained injuries Friday in a motorcycle accident in Khan Younis, medics said. Two motorcycles crashed with a donkey-drawn cart. The injured were transferred to the European hospital in Khan Younis. One is in critical condition. [END]

Analysis: World Bank policies persistently fail Palestinians
10/26/2012 – By Alaa Tartir and Jeremy Wildeman – The Middle East featured prominently on the agenda of the recent annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Tokyo. But how relevant are these agencies’ policy prescriptions in the context of conflict? In the case of the occupied Palestinian territories they are not only….

Medics: Hebron teen drowns in his home
10/26/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 14-year-old boy died Thursday evening after drowning in a bath in his home, medical officials said. Ameen Falah Abu Amro, from Hebron, was transferred to al-Ahli hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead on arrival, a Red Crescent spokesman said. [END]

Pentagon: US knew too little to deploy troops to Benghazi
10/26/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Pentagon defended its decision not to deploy forces to Benghazi, Libya, as soon as the US mission came under attack on Sept. 11th, saying it would have been irresponsible to put forces in harm’s way without better information. President Barack Obama’s response to the attacks in Libya has….

Violence disrupts start of Eid truce in Syria
10/26/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Fighting erupted in a Damascus suburb and around an army base in northern Syria on Friday, opposition sources said, shaking the truce marking Eid al-Adha almost before it had begun. Three people were killed by tank fire and snipers in Harasta, a town near Damascus, activists said. The Syrian military had said it….

Bahraini policeman dies after April attack
10/26/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — A Bahraini policeman has died from burns sustained in an April incident authorities described as a “terrorist act”, the state news agency BNA reported late Thursday. BNA quoted a police director as saying the officer had died of “serious burns sustained as a result of a terrorist incident in the area of Karzakan….

Iranian lawyer and filmmaker win EU’s Sakharov Prize
10/26/2012 – BRUSSELS (Reuters) — The European Union’s prize for human rights and freedom of thought was awarded to two Iranians on Friday, a lawyer and a filmmaker who have both been cut off from the outside world for defying the country’s leadership. Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, 49, and filmmaker Jafar Panahi….

Capture of Libyan town smacks of revenge, not reconciliation
10/26/2012 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — Hours after taking control of Bani Walid, a former stronghold of Moammar Gadhafi, Libyan militias from the rival city of Misrata fired ferociously at its empty public buildings. Fighters yelling “Allahu akbar (God is greatest) and “Today Bani Walid is finished” sought to make their mark with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades on a….

Damascus car bomb shatters Syria truce
10/26/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — A powerful car bomb exploded in Damascus on Friday and forces loyal to Bashar Assad clashed with rebels across Syria as a truce intended to mark a Muslim religious holiday unraveled and activists reported at least 70 deaths. State television said the “terrorist car bomb” had killed five people and wounded 32, according….

Saudi cleric calls for ‘urgent’ action to stop Syria bloodshed
10/26/2012 – MINA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) — The imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque called on Arabs and Muslims on Friday to take “practical and urgent” steps to stop bloodshed in Syria that has killed some 30,000 people, and urged world states to assume their moral responsibility towards the conflict. Muslims from around the world on Friday….

Small fire breaks out near Khartoum arms factory
10/26/2012 – KHARTOUM (Reuters) — A small fire broke out on Friday near Sudan’s biggest arms factory in the capital Khartoum, a witness and state media said, two days after Sudan accused Israel of bombing the site. Sudan, which analysts say is used as an arms-smuggling route to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip via neighboring Egypt, said….

Palestine News Network

Kudos to Qatar
Palestine News Network

Recognition Ariel College as Accredited University
Palestine News Network

MADA Welcomes the Release of Khalid and Mona, Condemns Depriving Journalists From Coverage in Gaza
Palestine News Network

The National

Schoolboy’s entry for mascot chosen for Zayed Future Energy Prize
The National 26 Oct 2012 – 

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid meets diplomats to extend Eid greetings
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250,000 sacrificial animals given out
The National 26 Oct 2012 – 

Pakistan’s interior minister thanks UAE for their aid to Taliban victim
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Syrian Eid truce tested by clashes and bombing
The National 26 Oct 2012 – The fighting dashed hopes that the ceasefire would hold for the four days of Eid Al Adha but a relative calm seemed to be in place in some areas.

Pirated software opens UAE to hackers
The National 26 Oct 2012 – Hackers and malware programs target businesses and organisations, experts warn. Undetectable Zero Day viruses – like the ones used against Iran’s nuclear installations – are becoming a growing threat.

Joint ticket could help Netanyahu against Iran
The National 26 Oct 2012 – Should Benjamin Netanyahu’s gamble to bring Yisrael Beiteinu on to his ticket prove successful in the election, he could have a freer hand to make crucial policy decisions that have wider implications for the Middle East.

Crowded houses face fines of Dh100,000
The National 26 Oct 2012 – Hefty fines will be issued to landlords and tenants who allow overcrowding in living quarters. As Executive Council law comes into effect no more than three people are allowed to reside in one room Municipality inspectors will check flats and car parks for evidence of overcrowding.

Man sprayed tear gas on tourist outside club
The National 26 Oct 2012 – Fined for assaulting woman and drinking alcohol

Pilgrims collapse in 4-hour crush at rail platform
The National 26 Oct 2012 – Pilgrims stuck in train station for hours with some collapsing and other losing consciousness. No injuries or dearths reported.


Likud minister calls for secret ballot on merger with Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu
Ha’aretz – 26 Oct 2012

Boat sinks off Tel Aviv shore, as stormy weather covers Israel
Ha’aretz – 26 Oct 2012

Lieberman: Deal on merger with Netanyahu’s Likud was reached two months ago
Ha’aretz – 26 Oct 2012

It was fear that drove Netanyahu, Lieberman into each other’s arms
Ha’aretz – 26 Oct 2012

Ahead of Israel election, PA bid in UN may push Netanyahu to harsh unilateral reaction, diplomats say
Ha’aretz – 26 Oct 2012

With Lieberman at his side, Netanyahu’s war cabinet is on a one-way track to Iran
Ha’aretz – 25 Oct 2012

Schools in Israel’s south reopen in wake of Egypt-brokered ceasefire
Ha’aretz – 25 Oct 2012

Netanyahu, Lieberman team up for election
Ha’aretz – 25 Oct 2012

Amulet collection spanning 8,000 years is up for grabs at T.A. auction
Ha’aretz – 25 Oct 2012

New ‘Bieberman’ party dropped a bombshell, and it’s a stinker
Ha’aretz – 25 Oct 2012

By botching case against Lieberman, Israel’s AG may have made way for his union with Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 25 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

Former Italian PM Berlusconi sentenced to 4 years
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – Milan court gives Berlusconi four-year jail term for tax fraud; will not serve time until his appeal is heard. 

Morning rain brings minor flooding to the North
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – Firefighters are called to flooded retirement home in Haifa; 11 scuba divers are rescued off the Jaffa coast. 

‘Reduce political parties, religion’s role in public life’
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – Discussing Yisrael Beytenu-Likud merger, FM Liberman says deal was agreed on 2 months ago, compromises will have to be made, calls for changing role of Judaism in public life; early poll shows 9-seat loss for united party. 

Fighting ruptures ragged Syria holiday cease-fire
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – Violence disrupts early hours of Id al-Adha truce; three killed near Damascus, rebels attack army base.

Iran’s coal trade booms despite Western heat
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – Tehran’s coal trade is worth nearly $25 million a month; Iran to seek more coking coal as steel imports banned. 

Syrian army shells Damascus hours ahead of scheduled truce
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – Ceasefire due to begin on Id al-Adha; army says will respond to attacks or reinforcement of rebel units; FSA rebels say committed to truce; Del Ponte vows to bring senior officials to justice. 

110 J’lem structures open to public in festival
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – “Houses from Within’ Festival focuses on Jerusalem’s past as well as its future. 

CBS: Legal abortion rate is down
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – A little over one-10th of pregnancies in the country end in an abortion initiated by the woman. 

Abused horses, donkeys hidden before adoption
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – Locations of shelter farms must remain secret, as thieves interested in acquiring animals for exploitation would target site. 

Peres shares futuristic ideas with young innovators
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – “Let’s recognize that this is a new world to which we have to adapt ourselves,” president tells 100 young world leaders. 

Salaries at Bikur Cholim, Jerusalem cut 30 percent
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – Of the 210 bed in Bikur Cholim Hospital only about 100 of them are occupied by patients. 

Naveh: We must ready on multiple fronts
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – Deputy IDF chief of staff warns that for the first time in years, IDF must be alert and prepared on a number of fronts simultaneously. 

Holyland lawyers threaten petition to High Court
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – The defense attorneys object to the court’s new plan for moving forward on several grounds. 

Rabin memorial canceled over groups’ dispute
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – Bnei Akiva branch expresses anger at secretary-general’s scheduled attendance at memorial. 

Analysis: Uniting the Right
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – For the gamble to succeed, the potential for political gain must exceed the risks. 

Politics: Breaking stereotypes
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – Ahmed Tibi discusses January’s elections, the peace process and the Israeli public’s swing to the Right. 

Arab World: A souring mood in Tunisia
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – The country provided the spark that ignited the revolutions throughout the Middle East, but the hopes that young people there had for freedom and a better life are fading. 

Another Tack: When the darling departs
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – The curious case of Communications, Welfare and Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon was altogether a godsend allowing propagandists to crow that the Likud no longer represents regular folks. 

Editor’s Notes: It’s now or the Negev
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – JNF focuses on developing the desert at its “most succesful conference” in Orlando. 

The limits of US power
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012Israel is the only country that can prevent the genocidal Iranian regime with regional and global ambitions from acquiring the means to carry out its goals. 

Parshat Lech Lecha: Why God chose Abraham
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – “… And he built there an altar to the Lord and he called out in the name of the Lord” (Genesis 12:8) 

In Plain Language: A nice place to visit, but…
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012Israel is now the world capital of in-vitro fertilization. 

The Human Spirit: Adi Hudja’s high heels
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – In 1948, 1970, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1984 and 1997 terrorists struck Ben-Yehuda Street because it is the happy heart of Jerusalem. 

Grumpy Old Man: American standards
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – When service providers mention this in their ads, it brings business. But it hasn’t always brought the best results. 

A Dose of Nuance: The EU peace prize and Israel
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – The decision to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the EU is a clear attempt to breathe new life into a deeply challenged alliance. 

Learn from a fellow
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – A joint effort between the Jewish Agency and Hillel seeks to help students establish a meaningful connection to Israel

The Guardian

Israel has moved to the right, but it is not an apartheid state | Benjamin Pogrund
The Guardian 26 Oct 2012 – My experience of apartheid in South Africa leads me to think a survey of Israeli attitudes towards Arabs has been spun too far That Israel‘s Jewish public has moved sharply to the right in recent years…

Iran military action not ‘right course at this time’, Downing Street says
The Guardian 26 Oct 2012 – Government reiterates its current opposition to military action against Iran after revelation US has requested use of UK bases The UK government has reiterated that it does not believe military action against Iran would be appropriate…

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as hajj pilgrimage comes to an end – video
The Guardian 26 Oct 2012 – Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia prepare for the stoning of the devil, the last ritual of the hajj pilgrimage

Inter Press Service

Q&A: Severe Birth Defects Soar in Post-War Iraq
IPS A new study confirms what many Iraqi doctors have been saying for years – that there is a virtual epidemic of rare congenital birth defects in cities that suffered bombing and artillery and small arms fire in the U.S.-led attacks and occupations of the country. Courtesy of Mozhgan Savabieasfahani. The…


Israeli TV admits: No rockets were ever fired from UNRWA schools in Gaza during “Cast Lead”

GCHQ intel sharing for drone strikes may be ‘accessory to murder’

Killer drones and the fog of war: Report documents low-balling of civilian deaths in Pakistan

Shalom: Morsi harsher on Hamas than previous regime

US extends $4bn Israel loan program

WikiLeaks Releases US Military Policies for Detention & Avoiding Accountability for Torture

Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets

Israel accused of air strike on Sudan munitions factory

Afghan Policeman Kills Two US Troops in Insider Attack

United Nations team to investigate civilian drone deaths

Daily Star

Over 50,000 Muslims pray at Al-Aqsa for Eid
Daily Star 26 Oct 2012 More than 50,000 Muslim worshippers flood Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City for prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, Israeli police says.

Damascus car bomb shatters Syria truce
Daily Star 26 Oct 2012 A powerful car bomb explodes in Damascus, inflicting many casualties and buffeting a shaky temporary truce in the Syrian conflict on the occasion of a Muslim religious holiday.

First lady praises courage of Beirut blast survivors
Daily Star 26 Oct 2012 First Lady Wafaa Sleiman meets survivors of last week’s car bombing that killed a top intelligence chief and praises the survivors on their courage and determination.

Britain says talks under way with U.S. on base use
Daily Star 26 Oct 2012 Military contingency planning between the U.K. and U.S. on potential flashpoints in the Mideast is under way, Britain says, adding however that it does not support any imminent strike on nuclear sites in Iran.

YNet News

Indicted Imam to receive new prosthetics in US jail 
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France: Lawmakers pass bill to pay for abortions
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Italy: 3 Nazi officers sentenced to life imprisonment 
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US Senate leader taken to hospital after car crash
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Small fire breaks out near Khartoum arms factory 
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Lieberman: Cowards using racist card
YNet News, 26 Oct 2012 – Foreign minister unmoved by activists claiming merger with Yisrael Beiteinu has turned Likud into ‘pork’ party. In Ynet interview, he reveals two-state solution to be included in joint platform ….

Caravilla dwellers waiting for fortification
YNet News, 26 Oct 2012 – Gush Katif evacuees, living in mobile homes, hope PM Netanyahu will keep his promise to build sheltered spaces in communities located up to 7 kilometers from Gaza Strip. ‘We’ve heard countless promises, but in the meantime we’re living in houses made of carton’ ….

Egypt to return body of Israeli found in Sinai 
YNet News, 26 Oct 2012 – Driver’s license located on corpse discovered off Mediterranean coast in El Arish area ….

Did doctor help haredim dodge draft?
YNet News, 26 Oct 2012 – Police arrest Jerusalem psychiatrist for allegedly providing numerous medical opinions helping yeshiva boys evade military service ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOA extends the leader Bassam al-Saadi’s administrative detention
PIC – The Israeli military court extended on Thursday the administrative detention of Bassam al-Saadi, an Islamic Jihad leader, for the second consecutive time.

Israeli University plans to implement excavations in Jerusalem
PIC – Hebrew sources revealed an Israeli plan to implement extensive excavations in Silwan town east of Jerusalem.

Hamas congratulates Palestinians for Eid al-Adha
PIC – The Hamas movement congratulated the masses of the Palestinian people, the martyrs, the prisoners and their families, as well as the Arab and Islamic nation on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

Body of a young man recovered from collapsed tunnel
PIC – Rescue teams in the southern Gaza Strip recovered the body of a young man on Thursday evening from a collapsed tunnel at the Egyptian Palestinian border.

Detainee Anas Hashlamoun launches hunger strike in PA’s jails
PIC – A political prisoner announced entering a hunger strike in the jails of PA security services, which in turn continued for the fortieth day detaining a Hamas leader in Ramallah.

Qassem condemns Fatah’s calls for halting resistance
PIC – Political science professor at the Palestinian al-Najah University, Abdel Sattar Qassem, criticized Fatah’s calls on resistance factions in the Gaza Strip to stop armed resistance against occupation.

Hamas condemns Israeli aggression on Sudan
PIC – The Hamas Movement strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on the Yarmouk arms factory in the south of Khartoum in Sudan, and expressed its solidarity with the Sudan.

Sources: The resistance will respond to any aggression
PIC – Informed sources affirmed that Egyptian efforts had reached an understanding on restoring calm in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli government offices targeted by computer virus
PIC – A number of Israel‘s government offices have fallen victim to a cyber attack over the past week, one apparently aimed at slipping a “Trojan horse” into the computer servers at these ministries.

Calls to stop Israeli violations against Palestinian prisoners during the Eid
PIC – The Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies called for a halt of Israeli brutal violations against Palestinian prisoners during Eid.


Price Index Up in September
WAFA – 24 Oct 2012


European Rights Award Given to Convicted Iranians
New York Times 26 Oct 2012 – The European Union awarded its most prestigious human rights award on Friday to two imprisoned Iranians, the lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and the filmmaker Jafar Panahi.

Syria Clashes and Bombing Mar Holiday Cease-Fire
New York Times 26 Oct 2012 – Protests emerged onto the streets across Syria on Friday as a temporary cease-fire marking the most important Muslim holiday of the year largely held at the start of its first day.

Iran Said to Complete Underground Nuclear Enrichment Plant
New York Times 26 Oct 2012 – The installation of the last of nearly 3,000 centrifuges, deep under a mountain inside a military base, puts Iran closer to being able to build a nuclear weapon.

Israeli Officials Asked to Be Silent on Issue of U.S.-Iran Talks
New York Times 26 Oct 2012 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides were trying to head off political problems over a report on the possibility of bilateral talks between the United States and Iran.

Netanyahu Forms Coalition With a Nationalist Party
New York Times 26 Oct 2012 – The move sharpened the divide between the left and right camps in Israeli politics, after years during which the major-party leaders had gravitated toward the political center.

Likud and Yisrael Beytenu parties to merge
Globes Main News – Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman have agreed to campaign with a joint list in the January elections.

Israeli Minister Enmeshed in Sex Scandal
Tikun Olam – Uncensored version of Yossi Klein’s article about Gideon Saar scandal I reported here last year on one of the greatest stories never told in the Israeli media: that education minister Gideon Saar had sex in a Tel Aviv club with an underage girl; that all the…

Downing Street to White House: ‘UK would be in breach of international law if it facilitated pre-emptive strike on Iran’
Mondoweiss – Big news from the UK — Downing street has ” rebuffed ” US requests to use UK military bases to support a preemptive attack on Iran. The rejection includes the use of any US bases on British territory for the buildup of forces in the Gulf. This  would…

An ‘industry’ built on hate: How the right-wing successfully brought anti-Muslim bigotry into the American mainstream
Mondoweiss – Ahmed Sharif was a 44-year-old Muslim Bangladeshi taxi driver in New York City. It was August 24, 2010, a time that marked the height of vitriolic protests against a planned Islamic center to be located in lower Manhattan, a few blocks away from the site of…

Medea Benjamin to discuss drone warfare at the Culture Project in NYC next week
Mondoweiss – Our friends at the Culture Project asked us to plug this great event next week in New York City. Be sure to check out the Mondo reader discount. Culture Project in partnership with CODEPINK presents Blueprint for Accountability: Drone Warfare Monday, October 29 7:00pm Culture Project (…

Goldberg’s political fantasy
Mondoweiss – The new rightwing coalition in Israeli politics allows Jeffrey Goldberg   to describe his political fantasy: here’s my fantasy: A unity government of the mainly secular Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu party and a new, mostly secular centrist party that would have the votes to actually make progress on…

Lecture at NY’s New School aims to place Nakba story ‘on shared ground’ with Holocaust
Mondoweiss – An announcement of a lecture next Monday night at the New School in New York: THE NEW SCHOOL HISTORY DEPARTMENT PRESENTS: AMOS GOLDBERG The Holocaust and the Nakba: Traumatic Memories and (Bi)National Identities in Israel-Palestine The Jewish Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba fundamentally shape two peoples’…

UN announces investigation into legality of US drone attacks, special rapporteur says some may be war crimes
Mondoweiss – The Guardian reports : The United Nations is to set up a dedicated investigations unit in Geneva early next year to examine the legality of drone attacks in cases where civilians are killed in so-called “targeted” counter-terrorism operations. The announcement was made by Ben Emmerson QC, a…

FDA Approves Israeli Leukemia Drug 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Oct 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said it has approved a new leukemia treatment from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to be sold under the brand name Synribo. Click here for the rest of the article…

Argentine National Library Cancels Anti-Israel Program 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Oct 2012 – The Argentine National Library has canceled its program “The Ethical Trial of the Israeli Occupation and Colonization of Palestine.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas Brinkmanship Masks Quiet Confidence 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Oct 2012 – One of 70-odd rockets fired from Gaza into Israel this week hit a chicken coop, critically wounding two Thai migrant workers, innocent bystanders in a deadly game of brinkmanship. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.S. Rejects Call for Boycott by UN Rapporteur Falk 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Oct 2012 – The Obama administration slammed U.N. special rapporteur Richard Falk’s call for a boycott of private companies that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sudan: Khartoum Backs Hamas Despite Israeli ‘Attack’ 
allAfrica.com 26 Oct 2012 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The speaker of the Sudanese parliament, Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Tahir, declared on Thursday that the Israeli attack on Al-Yarmook arms factory will not deter his country from continuing its support to the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Oxfam Italy cuts ties with Paola Maugeri over involvement with Sodastream 
Global BDS 26 Oct 2012 – The campaign targeting Sodastream marketing initiatives continues to achieve results. Sodastream, a private Israeli company producing home carbonation systems, is object of international boycott campaigns highlighting the company’s illegal activities: the main production facilities are located in the Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim, built illegally in…

Bosnian walks to Mecca via Syria 
BBC 26 Oct 2012 – A Bosnian Muslim man walks thousands of kilometres to reach Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage and thanks God for his safe passage through war-torn Syria.

New Israeli right-wing bloc forms 
BBC 26 Oct 2012 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his Likud Party is to merge with the ultra-nationalist group Yisrael Beitenu for January’s general election.

Briton ‘to admit’ weapons charges 
BBC 26 Oct 2012 – Retired UK businessman Christopher Tappin, extradited to the US on charges of selling weapons parts to Iran, is to change his plea to guilty.

Richard Falk Calls for Corporate Israel Boycott including HP, Volvo, Motorola and Caterpillar 
Sabbah report 26 Oct 2012 – Richard Falk singled out 13 companies profit-making in the Israeli settlements including Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Volvo and Caterpillar. Support Boycott! Richard Falk Calls for Corporate Israel Boycott including HP, Volvo, Motorola and Caterpillar was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through…

Protesters in NY Highlight Whitewashing of Israeli Apartheid 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 26 Oct 2012 – Press release from our member group Adalah-NY . Check out photos from the action here . New Yorkers, cultural workers speak out against Israel Philharmonic for whitewashing apartheid October 25, 2012 – Over 60 New Yorkers protested the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s (IPO) performance at Carnegie Hall Thursday evening,…

Call for Volunteers in Palestine! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 26 Oct 2012 – The International Women’s Peace Service is the newest member group of the US Campaign. They have put out this call for volunteers. National Organizer Anna Baltzer worked with them for three years. It’s a transformative experience, if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to contribute to…

Uncles I never met 
AIC: Israeli Society 26 Oct 2012 – A personal story of how twins born to the author’s grandmother in the 1950s were likely taken by Israeli hospital staff and given for adoption, while the grandmother was told they had died. In what is known as the “Yemenite children affair” in Israel, thousands of…

The Islamist’s Road to Failure 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 26 Oct 2012 – Islamist Ennahda movement leader Rachid Ghannouchi speaks during prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha, at the Mellasine Stadium in Tunis 26 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Zoubeir Souissi) Islamist Ennahda movement leader Rachid Ghannouchi speaks during prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha,…

Al-Akhbar News 26 Oct 2012 – 19 October 2012 U.S. Army soldier SPC Katie Luna cries while paying respects during a memorial service for platoon member, late SPC Brittany Gordon at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar province, Afghanistan (Photo: Reuters – Erik De Castro) 19 October 2012 Filipino Catholic devotees attend a…

Syria clashes continue despite ceasefire 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Oct 2012 – A member of the Free Syrian Army runs along a street to avoid sniper fire during fighting against pro-government forces in the town of Harem on 25 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters Asmaa Waguih) Violence in Syria on Friday had been significantly reduced, but heavy fighting across…

Hundreds in Beirut pay tribute to faceless victims 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Oct 2012 – Hundreds march during a silent “White March” in Beirut on 25 October 2012 to commemorate the victims of Lebanon’s recent violence. Photo: AP – Hussein Malla) Hundreds gathered in Beirut Thursday evening to take part in the “White March,” a silent protest to commemorate the victims…

Afghan suicide attack kills over 40 worshippers 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Oct 2012 – Bodies lay on the ground after a bomb blast in Faryab province on 26 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters) A suicide bomber slaughtered more than 40 people, including five children, when he struck at a mosque in northern Afghanistan after Eid al-Adha prayers on Friday, officials said….

Eid Business Interrupted in Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Oct 2012 – A Lebanese boy aims at a target with a toy gun at a makeshift lunapark in the Beirut southern suburbt of Qasqas on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or the “Feast of Sacrifice” on 26 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Anwar…

Exclusive: The Man Behind Hariri’s Secret Army 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Oct 2012 – The events of 7 May 2008 represented the second transitional phase in his life (photo: Issa Soulaibi) The events of 7 May 2008 represented the second transitional phase in his life (photo: Issa Soulaibi) In his first interview with the press, former Lebanese Army Colonel Amid…

Paris Continues to Extort Georges Ibrahim Abdallah 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Oct 2012 – During that time, the French government managed to block the decision to free Abdallah using several bureaucratic pretexts. (Photo: AFP – Ana Arevalo) During that time, the French government managed to block the decision to free Abdallah using several bureaucratic pretexts. (Photo: AFP – Ana Arevalo)…

Bosnian walks to Mecca via Syria 
BBC 26 Oct 2012 – A Bosnian Muslim man walks thousands of kilometres to reach Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage and thanks God for his safe passage through war-torn Syria.

New Israeli right-wing bloc forms 
BBC 26 Oct 2012 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his Likud Party is to merge with the ultra-nationalist group Yisrael Beitenu for January’s general election.


As Holy Land 5 appeal begins, Palestinians in Gaza praise charity closed by Bush 
Joe Catron, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 10/24/2012
      Mariam Mohammad Aljamal was one of thousands of Palestinians assisted by the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) during its years as the largest Islamic charity in the United States.
     In 2001 Aljamal finished high school and hoped to study electrical engineering at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG).
     “I scored very high marks – 97.8 in the science track,” she recalled, speaking from her home in Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp. “But my family was going through very hard financial circumstances. Two of my sisters were already studying at the university at that time. Some of my family’s friends told us that the HLF gave scholarships to needy people.
     “So I applied. They asked me to provide some documents and reports to prove my financial status and that I was a high school graduate. After a while, after I had begun studying at IUG, they called to tell me I had been selected for a scholarship. By then, I had already managed to gather the fees for the first semester myself, so they paid me the money back. In the second semester, I provided my schedule and they paid for it in advance.
     “The HLF were very honest, transparent and direct. Once you gave them your schedule for the semester, they covered it immediately, unlike some other organizations.” Assets frozen
     In December 2001 — after the Holy Land Foundation had forwarded Aljamal’s tuition for her second semester, but before it began — the Bush administration moved against the charity, freezing its assets and accusing it of raising funds for the Palestinian resistance group Hamas. — See also: “Let us not be brought down”: Last legal recourse for Holy Land Five more.. e-mail

Why is a New York hospital being sacrificed for an Israel-backed science facility? 
Terri Ginsberg, Electronic Intifada 10/26/2012
      A New York science campus will be jointly overseen by Israel’s Technion university, which has developed technology used in Caterpillar bulldozers used to destroy Palestinian homes.
     Despite critical opposition from residents and their supporters, plans are proceeding unimpeded to build a multi-billion dollar campus linking an Israeli and an American university in New York City.
     The applied sciences university campus, Cornell NYC Tech, is to be located on tiny Roosevelt Island, a narrow strip of land in the East River dividing Manhattan from three of New York’s outer boroughs.
     The Cornell NYC Tech project is jointly overseen by Cornell University and the Israeli Institute of Technology — better known as the Technion — in Haifa and will eventually sit on 12 acres, or 2.1 million square feet, of Roosevelt Island’s south end. A temporary campus will open in January 2013 at Google’s New York headquarters in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, where the nascent university will operate until 2017, when completion is expected of its first leg of construction, a “net-zero energy” building to be designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects.
     On 15 October, New York City began the seven-month uniform land use review procedure (ULURP) that will initiate a public review of Cornell NYC Tech’s master plan, including an environmental impact statement, by the City Planning Commission.
     Cornell NYC Tech will ultimately cost developers $2 billion, including $350 million in start-up costs supplied by Cornell alumnus Charles Feeney, a wealthy philanthropist, and $100 million in New York taxpayer funds allocated freely last year by Michael Bloomberg, the city’s mayor (“Cornell alumnus is behind $350 billion gift to build science school in City,” The New York Times, 19 December 2011). more.. e-mail

World Bank policies persistently fail Palestinians 
Alaa Tartir and Jeremy Wildeman, Ma’an News Agency 10/26/2012
      The Middle East featured prominently on the agenda of the recent annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Tokyo. But how relevant are these agencies’ policy prescriptions in the context of conflict? In the case of the occupied Palestinian territories they are not only inappropriate but also harmful.
     And yet both institutions have relentlessly dished up these prescriptions for the past two decades. To understand why they are so harmful, it is useful to deconstruct the policy recommendations in the World Bank’s latest growth report for the Palestinian territories.
     The Bank’s growth report provides a breakdown of the current state of the Palestinian economy, which it describes as fragile and dependent on foreign aid. The report’s frank conclusions are largely unsurprising: aid-based growth is unsustainable, especially because aid levels are expected to decline over time.
     The surprising part of the report lies not in the Bank’s negative prognosis of the Palestinian economy, but rather in its recommendations. It calls for the Palestinians to emulate the Asian tigers by “adopting an outward orientation and integrating into world supply chains.”
     Just how a people that exercises no control over its own land, borders and natural resources can carry out such export-based growth is not explained. The report further recommends that the Palestinian Authority “should strive to build a business environment that is among the best in the world and not merely on par with its neighbors.” more.. e-mail

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