VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 27 October 2012: ‘Let us not be brought down’: Last legal recourse for Holy Land Five

27 October 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

A young Druze man refuse to serve in the Israeli Army
IMEMC – A young druze man sent out a letter to the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and defense minister Ehud Barak, explaining why he refuses to be part of the Israeli army. Young secular Druze men are required to conscript into the Israeli military the same as their Jewish peer group, however some of them refuse to do so. Below is an English translation of the letter. …

Michigan Peace Team (MPT) Assaulted By Israeli Authority, Arrested, Facing Deportation
IMEMC – Just before noon local time on October 24th, 2012 Michigan Peace Team (MPT) member “Katrina” Katarzyna Dybzynska was choked by the neck and then bodily dragged behind a line of military vehicles by Israeli border police in the Binyamin region of Palestinian Authority, outside the Rami Levy Market near an illegal Israeli settlement. … 

Miles Of smiles 17 Arrives In Gaza
IMEMC – The “Miles Of Smiles 17” solidarity convoy managed to enter the Gaza Strip, on Thursday evening, through the Rafah Border Terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. …

Ma’an News

3 killed in Gaza tunnel collapse, medics say
10/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Three men were killed when a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border collapsed on Saturday, medics said. Zuheir Qassem, 25, and two other unidentified men were killed when the Rafah tunnel collapsed. On Thursday, 23-year-old Walid Nasser Marouf, from Beit Lahiya, died in a tunnel under Gaza’s….

Israel detains leading MP near Nablus
10/27/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained the secretary-general of the Palestinian parliament Mahmoud al-Ramahi on Saturday afternoon as he passed through a northern West Bank checkpoint. Al-Ramahi was driving south from Nablus when he was seized at the Huwwara checkpoint. His car was also confiscated. The MP was last released from Israeli jail less….

Israeli man found dead in Egypt ‘shot 5 times’
10/27/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — The body of an Israeli man found dead in the Sinai and returned to Israel on Friday had been shot five times, according to Egyptian officials. The body was returned to Israel after it washed up on the Egyptian coast about 10 km from the Gaza Strip, medical officials at…. Related: Report: Body of Israeli returned from Sinai

Israel may ‘go crazy’ after UN bid, its own diplomats warn
10/27/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s diplomats are warning that President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid to upgrade Palestine‘s status at the United Nations could lead to unrest, Israeli media reported Friday. Foreign Ministry officials and Israeli diplomats abroad have been warning of a scenario in which Israel’s government….

Abbas concerned by Qatar emir visit
10/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he was concerned about the Qatari emir’s visit to the Gaza Strip, saying it could lead to Gaza’s separation from the West Bank. Abbas made the remarks while visiting the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the first day of….

Report: Body of Israeli returned from Sinai
10/27/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The body of an Israeli man found dead in Egypt‘s Sinai peninsula was returned to Israel on Friday, Israeli media reported. His body was found on Thursday off the coast near el-Arish in northern Sinai, the Times of Israel reported, noting that his body was taken to a forensics…. Related: Israeli man found dead in Egypt ‘shot 5 times’

Haniyeh says Hamas wants to end political division
10/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that Hamas wants to implement a national reconciliation deal to unite Palestinians. Haniyeh made the comments during an Eid speech in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. The political division between Palestinians is an urgent issue, he said, adding that a recent visit….

16 injured in Hebron road accidents
10/27/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Sixteen people were wounded in two separate road accidents in the Hebron area on Saturday, Ma’an’s correspondent said. Four people were wounded in Yatta and 12 near Hebron. Ambulances transferred the injured to a local hospital. [END]

Man killed in motorcycle accident in west Gaza
10/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was killed and another killed in a motorcycle accident in west Gaza, police said Saturday. Ismael Shamlakh 27, died after his motorcycle overturned in al-Sheikh Ajleen, police said. They said he had been speeding, and lost control of his bike. [END]

2 Hamas leaders killed in Syria, sources say
10/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two Hamas leaders were killed by the Syrian army in Deraa refugee camp on Saturday, Palestinian sources said. Ahmad Khalil Khalil and Ahmad al-Kharoubi were shot by Syrian soldiers in the country’s southern refugee camp, sources told Ma’an. The bodies reportedly lay in the street for several….

Clinton says she is still on track for State exit
10/27/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Hillary Clinton says she still intends to step down as US secretary of state sometime around January’s presidential inauguration, dispelling speculation over reports she might opt to stay in the post amid numerous diplomatic crises if President Barack Obama wins re-election.” It’s really still my same time-frame,” Clinton told….

In shaky Syrian holiday truce, enemies eye victory
10/27/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — Lakhdar Brahimi’s holiday truce may have saved Syrian lives on Friday, as government troops and rebels drew breath on several fronts – though dozens still shed blood on Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice. The UN envoy, discreetly downbeat since he succeeded a disillusioned Kofi Annan two months ago, could scarcely….

Activists: Syria bombards major cities, further undermining truce
10/27/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian opposition activists reported a return to heavy government bombardment in major cities on Saturday, further undermining a truce intended to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha religious holiday. Activists in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, the suburbs of Damascus and in Aleppo, where rebels hold roughly half of Syria‘s most….

UAE upbraids European Parliament over human rights resolution
10/27/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — The United Arab Emirates has condemned a European Parliament resolution criticizing its human rights record as “biased and prejudiced”, accusing the chamber of insufficient research. The resolution, which was passed on Friday, attacked the Gulf Arab state’s treatment of political dissidents and its use of the death penalty while calling on….

Al-Qaida’s Zawahri calls for kidnap of Westerners
10/27/2012 – DUBAI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, join Syria‘s rebellion and to ensure Egypt implements sharia, SITE Monitoring reported on Saturday, citing a two-part film posted on Islamist websites. The Egypt-born cleric, who became al-Qaida leader last year after the death of Osama bin Laden….

Palestine News Network

Kudos to Qatar
Palestine News Network

The National

Syrian rebels say truce is over as two-day death toll hits 200
The National 27 Oct 2012 – The truce didn’t last long, and now, according to Syrian rebels, the Eid truce is over as fighting rampaged across the country.

Haj diary: The smallest objects can bring joy
The National 27 Oct 2012 – 

Frankenstorm still has sights on eastern coast of US
The National 27 Oct 2012 – Hurricane Sandy is expected to pummel the eastern US starting Tuesday.

Project aims to cut water wastage
The National 27 Oct 2012 – New technology will save water and enable smarter reuse.

Air India Express flight plagued by bees
The National 27 Oct 2012 – Flight bound for Dubai from Mangalore was home to beehive on the wing.

Help for murder victim’s family and accused killer
The National 27 Oct 2012 – Philippines government will aid man accused of murdering Sharjah woman.

Thousands let down by schools for adults
The National 27 Oct 2012 – The troubled adult education sector could benefit from an online learning approach.

Adults motivated to take up fresh chance to study
The National 27 Oct 2012 – Classes at Hind bint Otaiba Centre for Adult Education are packed with women who are eager to learn, despite scarce resources.

Residents send school supplies to Philippines
The National 27 Oct 2012 – The Lapis, Papel, Aklat Atbp appeal has proven popular with Filipinos as well as people from other nationalities in the UAE.

Libya no longer can supress the Berbers
The National 27 Oct 2012 – Marginalised under the Muammar Qaddafi regime the Amazigh people, the traditional Berbers of norther Africa are back culturally.

Ha’aretz

Thousands attend Tel Aviv rally in memory of Yitzhak Rabin
Ha’aretz – 27 Oct 2012

Egypt transfers decayed corpse of Israeli found on coast to Israel
Ha’aretz – 27 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

Labor candidate moves to bar Ben-Ari for racism
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Eran Hermoni submits request to Election Committee to disqualify National Union’s Ben Ari for inciting racism. 

More than a mikve
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – ‘Post’ Health editor tells of her quest to promote ritual baths as women’s health education centers, despite official opposition. 

Poll: US presidential race still virtually even
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Just 12% of registered voters say they could change their minds about who to vote for; Obama holds 2% lead, according to poll. 

TA: Thousands attend annual memorial for Rabin
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Some 15,000 people participate in rally at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in honor of the slain prime minister.

The emir in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Qatar’s emir is clearly meddling in the intra-Palestinian squabble, putting his full political weight behind the utterly rejectionist Hamas. 

Out There: ‘For you, half price’
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – There is something permanent, definite, etched-in-stone about a price tag. What the price tag says was what the price was. Amazing concept. 

My Word: Construction, destruction and peace protesters
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Israelis are expected to know what to do in a “routine emergency.” It’s the unexpected emergencies that we have trouble with. 

Theater Review: Difficult People
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Naor’s direction tiptoes too much, is too respectful, is almost glossy. 

Amid political reshuffling, parties court ‘undecided’ Livni
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Yacimovich, Lapid hint at overtures to former Kadima leader, announce more new party members: Rabbi Shai Piron in Yesh Atid and MK Nachman Shai moves to Labor. 

Libya unreceptive to US priorities
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012US plans to eradicate jihadists are getting short-shrift in post-Gaddafi Libya. 

Sudan minister vows ‘steps’ against Israeli targets
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – President al-Bashir says country will not change policy due to “reckless” strike; Sudan military experts confirm: Weapons Israeli. 

Iran cancels EU visit over ‘preconditions’
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – European Parliament group demanded meeting with two Iranian activists awarded top EU rights prize. 

‘Super storm’ Sandy heads toward US east coast
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – After causing 41 deaths in Caribbean, menacing hurricane edges toward US, stirring fear and disrupting US election campaigns. 

Syrian gov’t bombards cities during bloody ‘truce’
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Troops loyal to Syrian President Assad fire on Damascus, Aleppo despite Eid al-Adha ceasefire; NGO: more than 150 killed Friday. 

Kristallnacht torah reaches new generation
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Charlotte Ruth Smith will read from the Torah that her great-great-grandfather rescued from the Night of Broken Glass. 

Al-Qaida head attacks Morsi for ties with Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2012 – Ayman al-Zawahiri calls for mass Egyptian demonstrations over “[Israel-Egypt] peace treaty, occupation of Palestine, siege in Gaza.” 

US official urges EU to name Hezbollah ‘terrorists’
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – Senior White House terrorism advisor Brennan says EU omission makes it harder to combat Lebanese group’s activities. 

Liberman: Every politician wants to become PM
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2012 – FM says that his goal is to be PM, but he’s not “obsessed”; Likud’s Eitan looks to stop Yisrael-Beytenu merger with secret ballot vote. 

Burst of 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. 

Rivlin: I’m glad fanatics don’t vote for me
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2012 – Politics: Knesset speaker hopes to keep his position for a 3rd term. Meanwhile, he speaks out on those pulling his party Right. 

The Guardian

Satellite pictures suggest Sudanese weapons factory hit by air strike
The Guardian 27 Oct 2012US monitoring group says images are consistent with attack from air as Khartoum accuses Israel over Yarmouk bombing Satellite images of the aftermath of an explosion at a Sudanese weapons factory this past week suggest the…

Israel is hostile towards Arabs, 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…

Uruknet

Palestinian Dies Of Wounds Suffered Wednesday
Uruknet

Tel Aviv U. to conduct archaeological digs with right wing group in East Jerusalem
Uruknet

Five Specific Questions Journalists Should Ask About the Drone Strike Policy
Uruknet

Libya: situation remains difficult for population of Bani Walid
Uruknet

Contemporary Colonialism: The Permanent US Drone War Base in Djibouti
Uruknet

Q&A: Severe Birth Defects Soar in Post-War Iraq
Uruknet

Why is a New York hospital being sacrificed for an Israel-backed science facility?
Uruknet

Employment of Palestinians in Israel and the Settlements: Restrictive Policies and Abuse of Rights
Uruknet

‘Boycott them!’ UN rapporteur slams companies aiding Israeli settlements
Uruknet

US seeks to bar testimony on torture in military trial of alleged 9/11 plotters
Uruknet

Daily Star

U.N. sets up fund to help victims of Beirut blast
Daily Star 27 Oct 2012 U.N. Official Robert Watkins said Saturday the international organization has set up a fund assisting various groups to help the victims of last week’s explosion in the Beirut district of Ashrafieh.

Panicking cow kills Palestinian in Muslim feast
Daily Star 27 Oct 2012 A Gaza health official says that a panicking cow has killed a Palestinian man who was trying slaughter the beast during the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha.

UAE upbraids European Parliament over rights resolution
Daily Star 27 Oct 2012 The United Arab Emirates has condemned a European Parliament resolution criticizing its human rights record as “biased and prejudiced”, accusing the chamber of insufficient research.

European Parliament visit to Iran cancelled
Daily Star 27 Oct 2012 Iran has cancelled a European Parliament delegation visit to Tehran after the group asked to meet two Iranian activists awarded a top EU rights prize, a parliament spokeswoman says.

YNet News

Lebanese PM says resignation ‘out of the question’
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – ….

Hurricane Sandy looms over 10-day sprint to US election
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – ….

Jordan: Four Belgians killed in bus crash
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – ….

Meir Dagan back in Israel following liver transplant
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – Former Mossad chief hospitalized upon his return, said to be in stable condition ….

70,000 pilgrims expected to visit Rachel’s Tomb
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – ….

Bnei Akiva chief: Few opposed Rabin rally attendence
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – ….

20,000 attend memorial rally for Rabin
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – Rally pays tribute to prime minister at Tel Aviv square where he was assassinated 17 years ago ….

Panicking cow kills Palestinian in Muslim feast
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – Man trying to slaughter beast for Muslim holiday killed by panicking cow during attempt ….

Sderot mayor launches 4th day of hunger strike
YNet News, 27 Oct 2012 – David Buskila, who has been camped outside the PM’s office in Jerusalem for four days, says he hopes government won’t allow financial situation in Sderot to worsen; southern town’s residents to join mayor in protest ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haniyeh: Gaza is an integral part of Palestine
PIC – Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh stressed that Gaza is an integral part of the Palestinian land and that the Strip, the West Bank and Jerusalem are an integral part of Palestine.

Israel criticizes Falk for boycott call
PIC – The Israeli government criticized Richard Falk after he had urged a boycott of companies working in or dealing with Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian land.

Egypt: Judaizing Jerusalem threatens stability in the region
PIC – Egypt strongly condemned the Israeli occupation authority’s plan to construct nearly 800 new settlement units in eastern Jerusalem and government headquarters in Mount of Olives.

Mishaal condemns Israeli attack on The Sudan in telephone contact with Bashir
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas, reached Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir on the telephone and condemned the Israeli attack on his country.

Resheq calls for boycotting all companies operating in WB settlements
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheeq has called on the UN to boycott all companies operating in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

New convoy of Miles of Smiles lands in Gaza
PIC – Miles of Smiles †17 aid convoy landed in the Gaza Strip at a late hour on Thursday night carrying relief material to the besieged coastal enclave. 

Israeli university plans new excavations in Jerusalem
PIC – Tel Aviv university is planning new wide excavations in Silwan to to the east of occupied Jerusalem, Hebrew media reported.

IOF re-arrests MP Ramahi
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested MP Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ramahi at the Hawara roadblock south of Nablus on Saturday.

WAFA

Price Index Up in September
WAFA – 24 Oct 2012

Misc

Dozens killed as Syria cease-fire ends within hours
LA Times 26 Oct 2012 – Military shelling starts in the early morning in some towns. Rebels and the government of Bashar Assad trade accusations over a car bomb that explodes near a children’s playground. BEIRUT — The first day of a cease-fire in the Syrian conflict in observance of the…

News Analysis: Al Qaeda-Inspired Groups, Minus Goal of Striking U.S.
New York Times 27 Oct 2012 – Jihadis of various kinds, some identifying themselves with Al Qaeda, are flourishing in Africa and the Middle East, where the chaos that followed the Arab uprisings has often given them greater freedom to organize and operate.

In Syria, Cease-Fire for Holiday Falls Apart
New York Times 27 Oct 2012 – The truce called in Syria to mark the most important Muslim holiday of the year eroded markedly on Saturday with each side accusing the other of breaking the cease-fire.

Winter’s Approach Adds to Crisis as Refugee Population Swells
New York Times 27 Oct 2012 – The population of registered war refugees in Syria’s neighboring countries is expected to nearly double by year’s end, to more than 700,000 people, just as the winter approaches.

Insurgent Attacks Kill 18 Across Iraq
New York Times 27 Oct 2012 – A bomb that detonated near children at play on Saturday challenged government efforts to promote a sense of stability during a major Muslim holiday.

European Union Gives Rights Award to Convicted Iranians
New York Times 27 Oct 2012 – The European Union awarded its most prestigious human rights award on Friday to two imprisoned Iranians: Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer, and Jafar Panahi, a filmmaker.

‘Exodus’ propaganda even converted Justin Raimondo (but now the dream is dead)
Mondoweiss – Here is Justin Raimondo confessing his love for the music of Exodus and the story that film (1960) told of exiles finding a home, the triumph of the outsider. Few American films have had such power, says the cinematic friend who tipped me to this. “The…

Chris Matthews calls out neocons for endlessly pushing Middle East wars
Mondoweiss – Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Concern over Romney’s neocon advisers went mainstream Thursday night when Chris Matthews put them front and center on Hardball. In a segment titled Return of the Neo-cons? he interviews author and journalist Tom Ricks…

Latest Obama pander-ad links rockets from Gaza with Holocaust
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HRW on Addameer’s Ayman Nasser: ‘It’s deeply ironic that Israel is arbitrarily detaining a researcher who has documented arbitrary detention’
Mondoweiss – link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.imemc.org link towww.maannews.net link to www.middleeastmonitor.com link to english.alarabiya.net link to www.dailystar.com.lb link towww.youtube.com link to www.google.com link to www.imemc.org link to blog.endtheoccupation.org link to www.bdsmovement.netlink to www.bdsmovement.net link to www.edmontonsun.com link…

Omar Saad, a Druze-Palestinian musician from the Galilee, refuses Israeli military service
Mondoweiss – Omar Saad. (Photo: SupportOmar.weebly.com) Omar Saad, a young (Druze) Palestinian musician from the Galilee village of al-Mughar has received a summon to the Israeli enlistment army. The Druze citizens of Israel are forced to enlist in the Israeli military, since 1956, when conscription law applied to…

Al Qaeda Boss Lauds Warren Weinstein Kidnap 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Oct 2012 – Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, join Syria’s rebellion and to ensure Egypt implements sharia, SITE Monitoring reported on Saturday, citing a two-part film posted on Islamist websites. Click here for the rest of the article…

Will Upgrading West Bank College Boost Boycott Movement? 
The Forward New 27 Oct 2012 – A college in the West Bank settlement of Ariel has been upgraded to university status. Could the move, which was designed to please right-wingers, boost the boycott Israel movement? Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Morsi Slams Israeli Aggression Against Sudan 
allAfrica.com 27 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi telephoned on 25/10/2012 President Omar Al-Bashir and condemned the Israeli aggression against Sudan stressing that Egypt will continue supporting Sudan.

‘Truce’ hit by more Syria clashes 
BBC 27 Oct 2012 – The Syrian government has heavily shelled several areas of the country, say activists, despite a UN-backed ceasefire for the festival of Eid al-Adha.

Europe MPs call off Iran visit 
BBC 27 Oct 2012 – European Parliament MPs cancel a visit to Iran after they are refused contacts with two jailed activists awarded the Sakharov human rights prize.

Tourists die in Jordan bus crash 
BBC 27 Oct 2012 – Four Belgian tourists are killed and six seriously injured in a coach accident in central Jordan, Belgium’s foreign ministry says.

Christian Friends of Israel: serve the Lord and bless Israel 
Sabbah report 27 Oct 2012 – Christian Friends of Israel support Israel bombing innocent civilians, demolishing homes and torturing children. All to serve the Lord and bless Israel. Christian Friends of Israel: serve the Lord and bless Israel was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah…

Israel Encourages Settler Violence 
Sabbah report 27 Oct 2012 – Israeli setter violence is out-of-control. They have license to attack Palestinian civilians, destroy their property and crops, and at times kill. Israel Encourages Settler Violence was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or Donate here!

Abu Mustafa: The Glory Days of a Municipal Policeman 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Oct 2012 – Abu Mustafa remembers himself patrolling the streets on foot in his police uniform, which he says “embodied the state’s standing and authority” in the town. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Abu Mustafa remembers himself patrolling the streets on foot in his police uniform, which he says “embodied the state’s…

Hezbollah: Siniora Gave Away Lebanese Oil 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Oct 2012 – Siniora’s premature agreement with the Cypriots allowed them to go ahead and sign agreements with Tel Aviv. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Siniora’s premature agreement with the Cypriots allowed them to go ahead and sign agreements with Tel Aviv. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) A recent spat between a Hezbollah politician and…

Assi River Basin: Lebanese Farmers’ Struggle for Survival in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Oct 2012 – Many of the townsfolk who refused to abandon their villages sold their cattle and used the money to buy weapons. (Photo: Haytham alMoussawi) Many of the townsfolk who refused to abandon their villages sold their cattle and used the money to buy weapons. (Photo: Haytham alMoussawi)…

UAE says EU resolution on its human rights record “prejudiced” 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Oct 2012 – The United Arab Emirates has condemned a European Parliament resolution criticizing its human rights record as “biased and prejudiced”, accusing the chamber of insufficient research. The resolution, which was passed on Friday, attacked the Gulf Arab state’s treatment of political dissidents and its use of the…

Al-Qaeda chief calls on Muslims to kidnap Westerners 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Oct 2012 – Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, join Syria‘s rebellion and to ensure Egypt implements sharia, SITE Monitoring reported on Saturday, citing a two-part film posted on Islamist websites. The Egypt-born cleric, who became al Qaeda leader last year after the…

Syria “Eid ceasefire” death toll climbs 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Oct 2012 – A boy makes preparations in a cave under his house to be used as a shelter in Kafruma, an area in the province of Idlib October 26, 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Ghaith Taha) A boy makes preparations in a cave under his house to be used…

‘Truce’ hit by more Syria clashes 
BBC 27 Oct 2012 – The Syrian government has heavily shelled several areas of the country, say activists, despite a UN-backed ceasefire for the festival of Eid al-Adha.

Dozens killed in Iraq Eid attacks 
BBC 27 Oct 2012 – At least 30 people are killed in a series of bomb and gun attacks in Iraq, primarily aimed at Shia Muslims and coinciding with the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Europe MPs call off Iran visit 
BBC 27 Oct 2012 – European Parliament MPs cancel a visit to Iran after they are refused contacts with two jailed activists awarded the Sakharov human rights prize.

Tourists die in Jordan bus crash 
BBC 27 Oct 2012 – Four Belgian tourists are killed and six seriously injured in a coach accident in central Jordan, Belgium’s foreign ministry says.

Kurds seek UK ‘genocide’ backing 
BBC 27 Oct 2012 – Iraqi Kurds in Britain begin a campaign for the mass murder of their people in Iraq in the late-1980s to be formally recognised as genocide.

Articles


Tel Aviv University to cooperate with settler group on East Jerusalem dig 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 10/26/2012
      Tel Aviv University’s spokesperson refuses to explain why its archaeologists will work with Elad, an organization notorious for its pursuit of Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.
     Haaretz reported on Thursday that Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology plans to start digging in al-Bustan, located in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, in cooperation with Elad, a private right-wing organization notorious for using the “City of David” National Park to further expand Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem.
     While a Tel Aviv University spokesperson told me they will be “cooperating strictly with the Israel Antiquities Authority,” it is a well-known fact that any dig in Silwan (whether in City of David, known to Palestinians as Wadi Hilweh, or farther down the road in al-Bustan, where Jerusalem’s mayor plans to build another national park called the “King’s Garden,” at the expense of 22 Palestinian homes) means directly cooperating with Elad, which founded and operates the site – with the backing of the Antiquities Authority, the National Parks Authority and the government.
     The Haaretz story also claims that the dig will be directly financed by Elad, with the Antiquities Authority merely serving as a channel to transmit funds. Moreover, both the paper and other organizations like Ir Amim (which focuses on the political conflict in East Jerusalem and has done extensive research on Elad and the City of David) have already established that Elad is responsible for settling over 500 Israeli Jews throughout Silwan – and Elad director David Be’eri has himself been caught on tape admitting the digs he oversees endanger Palestinian homes situated above.
     Tel Aviv University (where I earned my BA) is the same university that allowed students to conduct a Nakba ceremony on campus last May, despite calls by the Education Ministry to cancel it, and the risk it took of being found in violation of the “Nakba Law.”…. — See also: Haaretz: TAU to take part in East Jerusalem dig funded by pro-settlement group more.. e-mail

‘Let us not be brought down’: Last legal recourse for Holy Land Five 
Noor Elashi, New York City, Electronic Intifada 10/24/2012
      This Friday, the US Supreme Court will likely decide on whether to hear the Holy Land Foundation case in which my father is a defendant. The decision will come after 11 tumultuous years of raids, arrests, trials and appeals. This will be the last legal recourse for the Holy Land Five charity leaders, who are now serving sentences ranging from 15 to 65 years.
     During this uncertain time, all I have are my father’s words. I grasp them with my heart.
     “May God bring showers of mercy and comfort onto you,” he writes with his customary cursive, “and spread carpets of patience and perseverance upon you so you may find it easy to reach your hopes in life.”
     I want to tell him my hope is to see him out of that prison uniform. My hope is to phone him whenever I want instead of waiting for him to call. My hope is to wrap my arms around him, allowing my shoulders to embrace his, which I have not been able to do in more than three years.
     Perhaps that day will come soon. Or not. We’ll know more as the next few days unfold. Still in shock
     My father, Ghassan Elashi, has told me that when he co-founded the Holy Land Foundation in 1989, he knew it would be challenging because American foreign policy has been in favor of Israel, and thus, Palestinian sovereignty has not been a main concern.
     Although the Holy Land Foundation’s funds were distributed across the world, a large percentage of their donations went to Palestine…. more.. e-mail

‘Six Flowers’ help keep Palestinian handicraft tradition alive, adding modern twist 
Rami Almeghari, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 10/23/2012
      They call themselves the Six Flowers. They’re not the regular type of flower you’d find in a garden, but you will find them in Gaza City’s al-Tuffah neighborhood, off an unpaved road.
     At their two-story family house, surrounded by fruit trees, six sisters spend most of their time creating handmade embroidery in the Palestinian folkloric tradition but using their own designs and innovations. The sisters are: newlywed Nour, 26; Budour, 23, and a graduate in social studies; Nadreen, 24, an arts graduate; Basma, 20, a community rehabilitation graduate; Aya, 19, medical analysis student, and Hiba, a 17-year-old high school student.
     “My sister Nour recently got married and we would have loved that most of her newly-furnished home should contain handmade decorations from our Palestinian folklore. We made some towels decorated with colorful beads and some bathroom things like the mirror frame and many others like a box of spoons that is made of wood and some colorful beads,” explained Budour Nahid Shushaa, who runs the sisters’ “Six Flowers” Facebook page.
     Nadreen, with her arts background, takes the lead in designing patterns for the various items the women make — from cushion covers, table cloths, wallets and purses, trays, slippers, baby booties and blankets, picture frames and unique pieces depicting images and messages. She also carefully selects the wool and colors and prepares the material.
     “For the past eight years, we have been working at home, using it as means to achieve something for ourselves and also to use our time in useful activities,” Budour told The Electronic Intifada. “In summer, for example, we as school girls didn’t have much time or chance to go outdoors, so we wanted to do something useful. While we were sitting right in this balcony, we decided to create a Facebook account with the name Six Flowers.” more.. e-mail

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