VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 31 October 2012: Israeli soldier acquitted of killing a child with a shot to the head

31 October 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Report: “Soldiers Kidnapped 292 Palestinians In October”
IMEMC – The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped in October 292 Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, adding that among the kidnapped are 26 children. …

PLO: “Heading To UN Aims At Ending The Idleness of The Peace Process”
IMEMC – The Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) held a meeting led by President Mahmoud Abbas, and said that heading to the United Nations in November aims at boosting the chances for restarting the political process. …

MK Zoabi Sues MK Danon For Incitement
IMEMC – The Arabs48 news website revealed that Arab Member of the Israeli Knesset, (MK) Hanin Zoabi, filed a lawsuit Monday against Israeli MK of the Likud Party, Danny Dannon, accusing him of incitement against her under the pretext that she “supports terrorism”. …

Killed A Child With A Shot To The Head
IMEMC – Soldier Acquitted By Israeli Court An Israeli Court in Lod acquitted Tuesday an Israeli soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian child during a nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in Ni’lin village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, in July 2008. …

Ma’an News

Israel to build ‘180 housing units’ in East Jerusalem
10/31/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities plan to build 180 new housings units in East Jerusalem, an Israeli peace group said Monday. Israel’s Land Administration made the announcement last week, saying that the new units will be built for the families of Israeli security forces, Peace Now said. The area slated for construction….

Israeli forces demolish 2 homes in Jericho
10/31/2012 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished two Palestinian homes north of Jericho in the central West Bank, the governor said. Forces demolished the homes of Zaher al-Kalouti and Tayel Afaneh and damaged the electricity network in al-Stieh, locals told Ma’an. Jericho governor Majed al-Fatyani said the demolitions were part of….

Israeli forces arrest 24 across the West Bank
10/31/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 24 people across the West Bank overnight Tuesday, Israel’s army said. Seven people were arrested in Nablus, five in Ramallah, three in Jenin, three in Hebron, two in the south Hebron hills, two in Tuqu, one in Anata and one in Yatta, an Israeli army spokeswoman….

Israeli officer acquitted over fatal shooting of Palestinian boy
10/31/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Tuesday acquitted an Israeli police officer accused of fatally shooting a 10-year-old Palestinian boy. Israeli border police officer Omri Abu was charged with negligent manslaughter for shooting Ahmad Musa in his forehead, killing him instantly, during a July 2008 demonstration against the separation wall in Nilin….

Israeli group: 2 new outposts established in West Bank
10/31/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two illegal settler outposts have been recently established in the West Bank, representing the first such developments since 2005, Peace Now announced Wednesday. Foundations for Nahalei Tal, north of Ramallah, and Tzofim North, in Qalqiliya, have been built over the last few months and the outposts now contain mobile homes, electricity….

Video: Woman, 50, arrested in Hebron raid
10/31/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Activists have released a video showing Israeli soldiers handcuffing a 50-year-old woman to a chair and arresting her in Hebron city center early Tuesday morning. The video shows Gamila Hassan al-Shalaldeh protesting the arrest of her 20-year-old son Ragheb al-Salaymeh as he is taken, blindfolded and handcuffed, from their….

Medics: Teenager hit by settler car
10/31/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 13-year-old girl was knocked down by a settler car near Hebron on Wednesday, medics said. Alif Abu Ayyash was hit by the car in Beit Ummar and taken to hospital with serious injuries, Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja told Ma’an. Locals said that Israeli army and police vehicles arrived at the scene. [END]

Research group: ‘Natural’ settlement growth a myth
10/31/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has already built over three times more settlement buildings this year than the state’s own population growth figures would require, a Palestinian research group said Wednesday. Israel’s justification for settlement expansion based on natural population growth is a myth, the director of the Applied Research Institute….

PA summons Palestinian columnist for interrogation
10/31/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday summoned a Palestinian columnist to answer charges of libel and slander, a media rights group reported. Jihad Harb was summoned by the public prosecutor after a complaint was filed by the president’s office, said Mada, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms. Harb….

Customs guard ‘accidentally shoots himself’
10/31/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An employee of the customs control unit in Ramallah accidentally shot himself on Wednesday, a spokesman for the unit said. The man, a guard at the customs offices, shot himself by mistake while on duty, the spokesman told Ma’an, adding that the bullet entered his side and exited from….

Egypt security official says no arrests after Sinai attacks
10/31/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Security officials said Wednesday that no suspects have been arrested, days after gunmen attacked government buildings in the Sinai peninsula. Maj. -Gen. Majdi Mousa told Ma’an that the Egyptian security services did not arrest two members of a jihadist group during Eid, denying reports of armed groups operating….

Bahraini delegation to visit Gaza
10/31/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A Bahraini delegation is due to visit the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Egyptian security officials said. Egyptian authorities and security services are preparing for the visit. The delegation will arrive in Sinai’s el-Arish airport and enter Gaza via the Rafah crossing. Adnan Abu Hasna, an UNRWA spokesman, said….

Romney or Obama, Israel will see steady US course
10/31/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Most Israelis would be reassured if Mitt Romney won next week’s US presidential election, feeling they had an unquestioning friend rather than a dispassionate critic in the White House. But any change would probably be a question of style over substance, analysts say, with a Republican administration expected to follow the….

Israeli TV star makes grab for Netanyahu voters
10/31/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A TV personality-turned-politician whose centrist party could be a key player in Israel’s parliament after elections made a bid for right-wing voters on Tuesday with a call for Palestinians to accept some Israeli West Bank settlements. Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party gave his first….

Gaza lawmaker dies from medical complications
10/31/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hussam al-Tawil, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council in the Gaza Strip, died Wednesday from medical complications, officials said. Al-Tawil passed away in Egypt after seeking medical treatment in the country. He was elected to the PLC in 2005 as an independent candidate, but with the support of Hamas….

Bardawil: Hamas drafts proposal for reconciliation
10/31/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas has handed a proposal to Egypt on mechanisms to implement reconciliation with Fatah, a Hamas leader said Wednesday. Salah Bardawil told Ma’an that he hoped the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority would respond to the proposal quickly to reunite the Palestinian people. He said the paper included a comprehensive….

PLO sources: Fayyad proposes new government
10/31/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has presented a plan to the PLO leadership to form a more inclusive factional government, officials in Ramallah said Wednesday. Two PLO executive committee members, denying reports that Fayyad had offered his resignation, said he presented a political vision to encourage a more inclusive government. Ahmad Majdalani….

Fuel, gas prices reduced in West Bank
10/31/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fuel and gas prices in the West Bank will be reduced from Thursday, the Palestinian Authority Finance Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry issued new, lower prices for petrol, kerosene and domestic-use gas in a statement and called on gas stations and distributors to commit to the new tariffs or face legal….

Israeli ex-leaders discussing campaign to defeat Netanyahu
10/31/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Former leaders Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni announced on Wednesday they were discussing a partnership that could shake up Israeli politics and lead to a joint campaign to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a January election. Olmert, a centrist, was forced to quit as prime minister in 2008 over corruption charges of….

Syria rebels bring fight to pro-Assad Palestinians
10/31/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they had begun arming sympathetic Palestinians to fight a pro-Assad faction in a Palestinian enclave in Damascus – a move which could fuel spiraling intra-Palestinian violence. Two rebel commanders told Reuters they expected their Palestinian allies to fight the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command which….

Bomb near Shiite shrine in Damascus kills at least 6
10/31/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — A bomb killed at least six people on Wednesday near a Shiite shrine in a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media and opposition activists said. State media said 13 people were also wounded in the explosion in the Sayeda Zainab district. The semi-official Addounia television said the bomb was placed in….

Sacked for growing beards, Egyptian police demand jobs back
10/31/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Dozens of Egyptian policemen suspended from work in February for growing Islamic beards protested outside the Interior Ministry on Wednesday and called on President Mohamed Mursi to secure their reinstatement. The policemen had sought to challenge an unwritten rule that stopped members of the security forces from growing beards during the rule of….

Egypt detains 12 ‘militants,’ including Tunisian, Libyan
10/31/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt has detained 12 Islamist militants including a Tunisian and a Libyan suspected of having links to al-Qaida and planning attacks inside the country and abroad, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. Egypt, now run by an elected, moderate Islamist president, has been battling to quell Muslim militants particularly in its Sinai region that….

Average US voters prioritize domestic affairs
10/31/2012 – TOLEDO, Ohio (Ma’an) — Talking to average American citizens about their attitude toward next week’s presidential election reflects indicators of how US policy will look in the coming four years, and what people expect the new administration to dedicate more efforts on. Domestic affairs, mainly the economy, is the key issue the….

Clinton calls for overhaul of Syria opposition group
10/31/2012 – ZAGREB (Reuters) — The United States called on Wednesday for a major overhaul of Syria’s beleaguered opposition, saying it was time to move beyond the Syrian National Council and bring in those who are “in the frontlines fighting and dying today”. Speaking on a visit to Croatia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also said….


Netanyahu seeks France’s backing over Iran
AlJazeera 31 Oct 2012 – Israeli PM and French leader agree on sanctions to halt Tehran’s nuclear programme but differ on Palestine statehood. 

Palestine News Network

Palestinian Activist, Bassem Tamimi, Faces Another Imprisonment
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest 24 Palestinians from the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Israel Claims: 2 Rockets Hit Eshkol Regional Council
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Arrests Young Palestinian from Jenin Governorate
Palestine News Network

Video: Israeli Soldiers Torture and Arrest a Woman in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Two Illegal Settlement Outposts in the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities Close Container Checkpoint, Detain Palestinians’ Cars
Palestine News Network

EU Parliament Says Yes to ACAA : Nobel Prize Winner Disowns Peace Commitments
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The National

Saudi Arabia wedding fire kills 23 women and children
The National 3 Nov 2012 – Celebratory gunfire sparks a electrical fire in the women only tent, killing at least 23 women and children in Eastern Province, Saudi media reports.

Hispanic voters ‘find their voice’ and politicians are taking note
The National 31 Oct 2012 – Both Democrats and Republicans have been reaching out to Hispanic communities across the US and especially in swing states such as Virginia. They have reason to.

Obama has edge in Ohio but others are too close to call
The National 31 Oct 2012 – The narrowing of the race in competitive states, according to the poll of likely voters in three swing states released yesterday, mirrors a national trend in which several recent polls show the race tied or one candidate ahead by a single percentage point.

100,000 flee homes in cyclone devastation
The National 31 Oct 2012 – Four dead and six tanker crew still missing as severe floods and 100kph gales pummel south-east India coastline.

Warplanes pound Damascus suburbs
The National 31 Oct 2012 – Envoy meets Chinese minister in bid to stop bloodshed but regime continues onslaught.

China mulls dumping its one-child policy by 2015
The National 31 Oct 2012 – Move would see the world’s most populous country eventually abandon a measure that has been blamed for creating a demographic timebomb, with an ageing population foreshadowing huge economic and social problems.

Abu Dhabi bus fares rise as of today
The National 31 Oct 2012 – City bus fares will double today to Dh2. Fares to the suburbs will start at Dh2 with an additional charge of 5 fils per kilometre.

Burst pipe causes traffic chaos near Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall
The National 31 Oct 2012 – Queues formed around the mall and the surrounding community from rush hour until evening.

Pakistan not ready for full UNHRC membership, West says
The National 31 Oct 2012 – Pakistan, plagued by an Islamist militancy, sectarian violence and frequent disasters that push its people deeper into poverty, insisted to the United Nations this week that it is a democratic and progressive state working to protect human rights.

Australia warily eyes its neighbours with ‘Asian Century’ strategy
The National 31 Oct 2012 – Australia’s first major Asian strategy paper in more than two decades aims to exploit booming economies but warns of potential conflicts.


Yacimovich tries to sell Labor-style ‘social justice’ to world Jewish leaders
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

In joint statement, Olmert and Livni urge change of Israeli government
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Once a vision of peace, Israel’s environmental institute in danger of closing
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Israeli man acquitted of attacking Palestinians over police failures
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Netanyahu, Hollande call for tougher sanctions on Iran
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Haifa judge quits suddenly amid accusations of plagiarism during university studies
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Israel Police arrest 70 mental hospital employees suspected of abusing patients
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Settlers erect two new illegal West Bank outposts
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Netanyahu arrives in France, with nuclear Iran high on agenda
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

What the new darling of Israel’s center-left really thinks about the West Bank
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Poll: Kahlon would win 20 seats as head of new ‘social’ party in Israel
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Israeli man arrested for murder of two ex-wives
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Israel State Archives close due to lack of safety permits
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Amid censure of left-leaning politics, Israeli university urged to ‘rectify faults’
Ha’aretz – 31 Oct 2012

Arabs refuse reserved spot on Meretz list, say they won’t serve as fig leaf
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2012

Number of ultra-Orthodox men exempted from IDF service reaches all-time high
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2012

Merav Michaeli to vie for spot on Labor’s election list
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2012

Jewish-Arab grassroots action brings community center back to mixed Israeli city
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

Supermarkets announce price hikes
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Shufersal, Mega to raise prices of hundreds of products; social protest leader Alrov, Yishai call on public to boycott chains. 

Cairo court throws out Camp David lawsuit
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Three lawyers filed petition against president Mohammed Morsi, asking judges to cancel 1978 peace deal restricting Sinai troops. 

Washington Watch: What no one is talking about
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – “The future of the nation’s highest court hangs in the balance in this election,” observed The New York Times. Yet it remains the most important issue no one is talking about in this election. 

Dieudonné’s movie ‘L’Antisemite’ deserves our gratitude
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – L’Antisemite has torn away the pretextual camouflage. Now it is finally clear: cocktail chitchat against Israel leads directly to cocktail Molotovs against neighborhood synagogues and, most recently, a Jewish school massacre. 

Media Comment: Who gets the prize?
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Not everyone who receives an award is a prime example of ethical media behavior. In the long term, the list of people awarded a prize is a reflection of the value of the prize itself. 

Inside Out: Slogans and substance
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with Lapid’s various positions, he deserves credit for stating clearly what he stands for. 

Fundamentally Freund: Happy Balfour Day!
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – It is time for Israel to fight back and to wage a counteroffensive in the war of ideas. We cannot sit by idly and watch as lies, slander and defamation are hurled our way. Our right to this land is undeniable. 

Analysis: It’s all in the timing
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Presidential logistics put Obama in better position than Romney to attack Iran by Netanyahu’s deadline. 

The rise and fall of Kadima: A cautionary tale
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Though it may be hard to imagine today, the lesson of Kadima’s fall for Likud is that if Likud does not stay true to itself, it may face a Kadima-like future. 

Israel in the lion’s den
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Over the past four years, President Barack Obama has consistently had Israel’s back at the UN and stood up for what’s right. 

Barak: Israel won’t outsource its security to anyone
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – In London, defense minister signals J’lem will not rely on “even our closest, most trusted allies” to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, adds Israel lives in a tough region where there is “no mercy for the weak.” 

Candidly Speaking: An election of great import for Israel
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Irrespective who becomes the next president of the USA, American Jewish leaders must seek to reverse the growing threat from the far Left anti-Israeli activists in the Democratic party and reinvigorate the bipartisan spirit which has been so vital to maintain the strong US-Israel relationship. 

Fiscal economics
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – The BOI deserves unstinting support for at least trying to break the vicious cycle of rising real estate prices and low interest rates. 

Activists launch “Kosher without Certification”
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Plan calls for alternative method of kosher certification; Rabbinate says current system only way to trust businesses. 

South African party declares support for boycott
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – International conference convened by ruling party in Pretoria advocates Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting Israel. 

Peres meets UN’s Serry, calls for peace talks
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – President tells Middle East envoy he is optimistic about prospects of peace; Serry says both sides committed to two state solution. 

Kahlon mulls defecting, PM dismisses possibility
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Former Likud minister considers forming new party to counter “Likud-Beytenu”; polls show Kahlon could boost center-left bloc. 

Egypt begins questioning ‘Nasr terror cell’ suspects
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Egyptian security service suspects eight men of plotting major attack, assassinations with aim to overthrow Morsi government. 

Articles of Clothing: Meandering in the market
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Documenting Israelis and their knack for looking fantastic, no matter what the occasion. 

Tree felled by Sandy kills 2 young Jews in NY
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – The dead have been identified as Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman, both killed by a falling tree while walking their dog. 

Where was God when hurricane Sandy struck?
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – No more can we excuse tragedy for redemption, the suffering must end. 

Police detain staff over abuse at mental hospital
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Doctors, therapists among the 75 detained for suspected physical, sexual abuse of patients at Petah Tikva mental health institute. 

PLO leader calls for ‘return’ of W. Bank to Jordan
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – New proposal suggests establishment of a Palestinian-Jordanian federation or confederation, Kaddoumi tells ‘Al-Quds Al-Arabi.’ 

Remembering Rabin and changing attitudes
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – A step forward in bridging the gaps between religion and democracy in Israel. 

Syrian rebels bring fight to pro-Assad Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Rebels say they’re arming Palestinians to fight pro-Assad faction; over 180 people killed in Syria in past day, many in gov’t air strikes. 

‘PLO leader backs Jordan annexation of W. Bank’
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – New proposal suggests establishment of a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation, Kaddoumi tells ‘Al-Quds Al-Arabi.’ 

Millions in US Northeast struggle after Sandy
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Storm leaves over 8 million homes and businesses without power, puts presidential campaigns on hold; 45 dead. 

First settlement joins Erdan’s ‘green revolution’
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Alongside 30 other authorities thus far throughout Israel, all 700 Alon Shvut families begin separating their waste at home. 

Canada, Israel to establish joint energy research
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – Canada to invest $5m. over course of three years, while Israeli government will allocate resources based on the specific needs. 

Rabbinical courts to get family support services
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2012 – The units are designed to provide social services to families going through legal battles such as divorces, exist in other courts. 

Grunis, Neeman inaugurate new Lod District Court
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2012 – “When you compare this building to other buildings, the gap is huge,” said Grunis. 

Renovated Hebrew University dorms open for students
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2012 – The NIS 13 million renovation for two student dormitories will provide housing for 200 students. 

Some Bikur Cholim staffers resign over uncertainty
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2012 – Hospital medical director tells the ‘Post’: “They are tired of worrying every month if they will get a salary.” 

Ex-UK diplomat: Proportional warfare is ‘not Jewish’
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2012 – Peter Jenkins says proportionality “seems to be a Christian notion and not a Jewish notion”; UK intellectuals slam comments. 

CHE gives BGU 3 weeks to show curriculum changes
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2012 – Political department at Ben-Gurion University must show a concrete commitment to incorporating varied political approaches. 

Lévy: Jews of Diaspora and Israel are under attack
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2012 – Prominent French-Jewish intellectual says the Jewish people are facing a twin threat of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. 

Mob boss wanted for kidnapping yeshiva student
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2012 – Police on the hunt for Abutbul, wanted in kidnapping, beating of yeshiva student who Netanya gangster suspected stole from him. 

The Guardian

US warns Israel off pre-emptive strike on Iran
The Guardian 31 Oct 2012Arab spring has left US-friendly rulers in region nervous about possible impact of an Israeli strike on Iran‘s nuclear programme US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit…

The Guardian 31 Oct 2012 – Follow how the day unfolded as detailed emerged about how fractured Syrian opposition is to remodelled and international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi urged China to help secure peace in Syria Matthew Weaver

Inter Press Service

Algeria Skips the Spring of Discontent
IPS As the Arab Spring continues to rage across the Middle East and North Africa, the gaze of the international media has largely passed over a country that was once known for its restive population, its long and bloody decolonisation struggle and revolutionary zeal. Algeria has remained uncharacteristically quiet during the…


Israel’s viciousness against Bilin captured in “Five Broken Cameras” documentary


Home of Palestinian Demolished, Owner Arrested

The war on the Palestinian olive harvest

Israel halts family visits for Gaza prisoners

Pro-Assad page claims Syria and Iran engineered Hurricane Sandy

Another Torture Victim on Trial at Guantánamo

Two British Soldiers Killed by Afghan Policeman in Insider Attack

Defence minister says army chief has “no control” over Bani Walid

Druze youth faces jail for refusing to serve in Israel’s army

Daily Star

Israeli ex-leaders discussing campaign to defeat Netanyahu
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Olmert and Tzipi Livni announced they were discussing a partnership that could shake up Israeli politics and lead to a joint campaign to defeat Netanyahu in a January election.

State says go home and sleep, 24/7 Egypt resists
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Egypt’s capital prides itself on being city that never sleeps, with crowds filling cafes and shops open into till the small hours.

Libyan parliament approves new Cabinet
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Libya’s parliament on Wednesday approved the country’s new Cabinet in a vote of confidence, parliament spokesman said, but some ministers will get a second look.

Egyptians in hajj divided over Islam in politics
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Now that she has finished the hajj and is returning home to Egypt, Magda Bagnied says her family will no doubt try to convince her to put on the headscarf to demonstrate her religiosity after a…

Attacks, air strikes hit Syria as death toll mounts
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Bomb attacks hit near Damascus and air strikes pounded rebel bastions as international divisions were again exposed over how to end an escalating conflict now said to have killed more than 36,000 people.

Syria opposition must beware of Islamist ‘hijack’: Clinton
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Clinton said that Washington wanted to help the Syrian opposition unite against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime but urged it to resist efforts by “extremists” to hijack the revolution.

US rejects Pakistan militant’s offer of storm aid
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 The United States Wednesday rejected an offer of help for Americans hit by superstorm Sandy from the founder of a Pakistan-based Islamist group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Yemen LNG gas pipeline blown up again
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 A gas pipeline feeding Yemen’s only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal was blown up again on Tuesday night, the operating company said, and repair works began immediately after the attack.

Bahrain must lift ban on all protests – Amnesty
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Bahrain must lift its total ban on opposition protests, which violates the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

HRW wants Saudi-American freed after Koran comments
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Human Rights Watch called for the immediate release of a man holding dual US and Saudi citizenship and detained by Saudi authorities for writing comments on Twitter about the Koran.

Egypt police seize explosives, arrest suspects
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 Egyptian police seized dozens of bombs and arrested several people on Wednesday allegedly planning attacks in the country, the interior ministry said, in an apparent crackdown on militants.

Syria turmoil stirs Iraqi tribal sympathies, hopes
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 In guesthouses and mosques across Iraq’s Anbar province, the talk at Sunni tribal gatherings has turned from the usual debate over local politics to a matter even more pressing – the war next door.

Taliban could run for Afghan president: election chief
Daily Star 31 Oct 2012 The Taliban could stand in Afghanistan’s next presidential election in 2014, the country’s top poll official said Wednesday, as a series of suspected insurgent bombings killed 17 civilians.

YNet News

Sudan: 2 Iranian navy ships depart 
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Cypriots to sue Britain over torture claims
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Official: Gunmen kill 20 in north Nigeria village
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Palestinian state 2.0
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: To Abbas, only important historical fact is ‘grave injustice’ inflicted by Jews ….

Bloomberg: NYC Marathon will proceed as planned 
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – ….

France expels radical Tunisian imam
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – ….

Likud’s silencers 
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Ruling party members approved Lieberman merger without studying deal – just like Bibi wanted ….

IDF captain indicted for multiple indecent acts
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – Former IDF officer believed to have used hidden pen cameras to take photos of women undressing ….

Soldier: Haredi man spat on me and my mother 
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – Female soldier says man spat on her and her mother while two were sitting inside their car in Jerusalem. Police scanning area ….

Suspicion: Medical staff abused mentally disabled patients 
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – Police arrest some 70 employees of private medical institute on suspicion they physically, sexually and mentally abused patients suffering from disabilities; ‘we exposed bond of silence,’ says police chief ….

Violence, racism on board school bus
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – Father angered over his son’s suspension assaults school bus escort, calling her ‘stinking Ethiopian’ ….

Fringe games 
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Extreme-Right threatens Israel’s democratic character; Arab MKs fight country’s Jewish character ….

Eshkol council head: Southerners deserve normal lives
YNet News, 31 Oct 2012 – Residents of south becoming increasingly weary of incessant rocket fire as children start to show physical signs of anxiety. ‘We’re fed up. It’s no way to live,’ one resident says ….

Palestinian Information Center

A sit-in in Jerusalem in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners
PIC – The Islamic and National factions and activists organized on Tuesday evening a sit-in near the Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem demanding the release of hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails.

Palestinian detainee launches Hunger Strike protesting administrative detention
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner Odai Jihad Mahfouz al-Kilani from Tubas Governorates launched his open hunger strike protesting against the extension of his administrative detention.

Israeli soldier who shot dead a Palestinian child acquitted
PIC – An Israeli Court acquitted, Tuesday, an Israeli soldier who shot and killed Ahmad Mousa, 10, during a nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in Ni’lin village in 2008.

IOA plans building two new settlement outposts in WB
PIC – An Israeli leftist organization has revealed that the Israeli occupation authority was planning to build two new settlement outposts in the West Bank within the few coming months.

IOF troops shell southern Gaza
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shelled areas to the north east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning, local sources said.

MP Hussam al-Tawil dies in Gaza
PIC – The presidency of the Legislative Council announced the death of MP Hussam Kamal al-Tawil, who died this morning after a long illness.

HR activist confirms deterioration of refugee camps’ conditions in Syria
PIC – Tarek Hammoud, the coordinator of the international working group for Palestinian refugees in Syria, confirmed that the conditions in the Palestinian camps are getting worse day after day.

The Masada breaks into prisoners’ rooms in Raymond jail
PIC – Sources inside Raymond desert prison told the Ministry of prisoners in Gaza that a force from the Israeli Masada unit broke into the prison’s Section 1 on Tuesday, and searched captives’ rooms..

IOF soldiers delay passage of thousands of citizens at Container barrier
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) closed the Container roadblock on Wednesday morning practically isolating the northern West Bank from its southern areas.

Risheq: occupation crimes are not subject to statute of limitations
PIC – Ezzat Risheq, member of the Political Bureau of Hamas,stressed on the 56th anniversary of Kafr Kassem massacre that the crimes of the Israeli occupation could not be subject to statute of limitations.


Israel Builds 2 New Outposts in West Bank, says Peace Now
WAFA – 31 Oct 2012

Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Sheds near Jerusalem
WAFA – 31 Oct 2012

Israel Forces Arrest 11 Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 31 Oct 2012

Israeli Forces Storm Village, Arrest Palestinian in Hebron Hills, says Group
WAFA – 31 Oct 2012

Israel to Demolish Houses in Silwan
WAFA – 31 Oct 2012

Striking Prisoner Wins Freedom
WAFA – 30 Oct 2012


Market Rises at Zaatari Camp for Syrian Refugees
New York Times 31 Oct 2012 – Along the main road through the Zaatari camp in Jordan, there are at least three coffee shops, a brand-new falafel stand inside a tent, and stands selling fruits and vegetables.

As Fighting Rages in Syria, Clinton Calls for New Opposition Movement
New York Times 31 Oct 2012 – The United States signaled impatience with the failure of the Syrian opposition-in-exile to form a cohesive leadership and said it would support a more robust movement to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran Ayatollah Warns Subordinates to Stop Bickering
New York Times 31 Oct 2012 – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that continued public disputes among high officials were giving ammunition to “foreign media and enemies,” and would be treated as treason.

Iran Offers to Send Emergency Aid Team to Stricken New York
New York Times 31 Oct 2012 – Iranian rescuers and aid workers are on standby to fly to New York City to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Organization said.

Sinai Becomes Prison for African Migrants
New York Times 31 Oct 2012 – About 4,000 people may have died as a result of the trafficking in humans from 2009 through late October, according to data collected by rights groups.

Arab Women Turn to Crafts as a Source of Employment
New York Times 31 Oct 2012 – A growing number of Jordanian women are, for a few hours each day, escaping from family and social constraints into gainful, home-based activities.

Island Havens for Investment Citizenship
New York Times 31 Oct 2012 – Wealthy residents of troubled Arab states are paying as much as millions of dollars to qualify for citizenship-by-investment programs in several Caribbean states eager for money.

Israeli cos lose out on Cypriot licenses
Globes Energy & Water – No Israeli energy company has won its bid in the Cypriot tenders for offshore gas and oil exploration licenses.

Potash seeks merger with Israel Chemicals
Globes Main News – Canada’s Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has met with government officials and the prime minister about merging with Israel Chemicals.

Moshe Kahlon could be power broker
Globes Main News – A Rafi Smith poll finds that a list headed by Moshe Kahlon and Tzipi Livni would damage all its rivals.

Wed: Tel Aviv 25 up 2.1% in October.
Globes Main News – Talks of a takeover by Potash Corp. boosted Israel Chemicals and its parent company Israel Corp.

Israel Corp. to invest further $67m in Better Place
Globes Main News – The cash injection is part of a $100 million financing round for the electric car venture.

Mixed expectations for Teva’s Q3 results
Globes Main News – Harel Finance believes that Teva will beat the analysts’ consensus, but Leader disagrees, expecting weak results.

NICE Systems sees strong quarter ahead
Globes Main News – The company reported revenue and profit growth for the third quarter of 2012 and expects further growth in the fourth quarter.

Israel rises in WEF Financial Development Index 
Globes Macro Economics – Israel rose to 24th place in 2012 from 26th in 2011.

Unemployment falls despite slowing growth 
Globes Macro Economics – However, the unemployment rate in original data rose from 6.6% in the second quarter to 7% in the third quarter.

Manufacturers see lower growth, higher unemployment in 2013 
Globes Macro Economics – The Manufacturers Association predicts 2.7% GDP growth and 7.7% unemployment next year.

Bibi to France in Campaign Ploy Proving Israel Won’t Be Isolated If It Attacks Iran
Tikun Olam – Bibi Netanyahu will shortly touch down in Paris where he’ll be feted by the French president at Elysee Palace.  The photo ops there will show the world and voters back home that despite his promoting war with Iran he’s welcome in the world capitals.  I’m not…

RIP, Clarion Fund, Meet JerusalemOnlineU and Its Pro-Israel Propaganda Project
Tikun Olam – After three films which bashed Muslims and raised howls of racism and Islamophobia around the world, the group that used to be Clarion Fund has decided to tout Israel alone in its latest major project, Israel Inside .  It appears they’ve gotten tired of Swiftboating Arabs…

European NGOs to EU: Rhetoric is not enough, ban settlement products now
Mondoweiss – Palestinians harvesting dates in the Jordan Valley settlement of Tomer (Photo: Jean-Paul Perrin) The EU imports over 100 times more per settler than per Palestinian. The EU issues statements about the illegality of the settlements, criticizes and condemns them, but has failed to take any meaningful…

Carter Center ‘commends’ Christian leaders call for Congressional investigation into Israeli human rights violations
Mondoweiss – This morning the Carter Center issued the following press release : Carter Center Supports Calls to Investigate Human Rights Violations ATLANTA…The Carter Center commends the 15 Christian leaders who recently urged Congress to investigate human rights violations by Israelis against Palestinians that are obviously in violation of…

Exile and the Prophetic: Palestine in pieces
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. Hurricane Sandy has left the Northeast in pieces. The question is how long it will take the region to function again. That’s…

I am you
Mondoweiss – Two steps: one, two. ?Look in the mirror: ?The horror, the horror! ?The butt of your M-16 on my cheekbone ?The yellow patch it left ?The bullet-shaped scar expanding ?Like a swastika, ?Snaking across my face, ?The heartache flowing ?Out of my eyes dripping ?Out of…

Video: Normalize this!
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On the unbearable lightnness of (not) being Israeli
Mondoweiss – The adjective ‘Israeli’ is a magician’s trick. but whereas the common magician makes coins and pigeons vanish and reappear, ‘Israeli’ can disappear a whole people, only to pull it back from the ear of an assistant when the show requires it. Let’s see how it’s done….

Netanyahu and Hollande To Tour Toulouse School 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Oct 2012 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Francois Hollande will together visit the Jewish school in Toulouse where three children and a rabbi were murdered. Click here for the rest of the article…

Olmert and Livni Discuss Anti-Bibi Bloc 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Oct 2012 – Former leaders Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni announced on Wednesday they were discussing a partnership that could shake up Israeli politics and lead to a joint campaign to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a January election. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jimmy Carter Backs Church Letter on Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Oct 2012 – Former President Jimmy Carter commended a letter from Christian leaders to Congress calling for an investigation of Israel for human rights violations that could lead to a suspension of military aid. Click here for the rest of the article…

2 Illegal Outposts Set Up in West Bank 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Oct 2012 – Israeli settlers have set up two new unauthorised outposts in the occupied West Bank, the anti-settlement Peace Now group said on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sudan: Govt Denies Link Between Docking of Iranian Warships, Alleged Israeli Attack 
allAfrica.com 31 Oct 2012 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The Sudanese minister of foreign affairs Ali Karti has refused to link the arrival of Iranian warships in the country to the airstrike that destroyed an arms factory in Khartoum last week.

Egypt: Al – Azhar, FM Deplores Violence Against Muslims in Myanmar 
allAfrica.com 31 Oct 2012 – [Egypt Online]The Foreign Ministry condemned violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, which left at least 76 people dead and displaced more than 22,000 others.

Celebration of a Prisoner Release 
Palestine Solidarity Project 31 Oct 2012 – More than 40% of the male population of Palestine has been or is still detained by the Israeli occupation forces, thus it is easy to understand that the celebrations of the prison releases are an important part of the Palestinian social life. Support and solidarity are…

Occupation Forces Demolish Parts of a House During Night Raid 
Palestine Solidarity Project 31 Oct 2012 – On Tuesday 30th of October at 1.30 a.m. Israeli occupation forces invaded the village of Beit Ommar. One hundred soldiers with ten jeeps and a bulldozer laid siege to the home of Waheed Abu Maria. When the occupation forces arrived, they fired live ammunition, sound grenades…

Pro-Palestine campaigners celebrate Veolia’s loss of £40million contract in Canterbury 
Global BDS 31 Oct 2012 – Veolia Environment has failed in its bid to secure an 8-year, £40 million contract with Canterbury City Council in Britain. The council announced today that the current holder, Serco, was the successful bidder. This was despite Veolia’s website headline on November 10, 2010, that it had…

Europe once again rewards Israel in spite of violations of International Law 
Global BDS 31 Oct 2012 – On October 23rd the European Parliament adopted the EU-Israel ACAA trade agreement by 379 votes to 230, with 41 abstentions despite the escalation of Israel’s illegal settlement policies and the entrenchment of its occupation of Palestinian lands. The vote was prompted by last month’s decision of the International…

US warning over Syrian extremism 
BBC 31 Oct 2012US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urges the Syrian opposition to reject extremism and says the rebel leadership must be more inclusive.

Libyan congress backs new cabinet 
BBC 31 Oct 2012 – Libya’s General National Congress approves a new government led by Prime Minister Ali Zidan, a day after protesters burst into the chamber.

Trading away Peace: How EU helps sustain illegal Israeli settlements 
Sabbah report 31 Oct 2012 – The EU is actually helping sustain the Israeli Occupation by importing fifteen times more from the illegal settlements than from the Palestinians themselves Trading away Peace: How EU helps sustain illegal Israeli settlements was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through…

Tepid Palestinian Authority UN Upgrade Bid 
Sabbah report 31 Oct 2012 – Palestinian Authority UN upgrade bid day approaches. Soon we’ll know if Abbas follows through. If so, General Assembly approval should be rubber stamp. Tepid Palestinian Authority UN Upgrade Bid was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or Donate…

Our Greatest Strength is When We Come Together 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 31 Oct 2012 – The African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel, organized by our member group Interfaith Peace-Builders , arrived in Jerusalem last week. Below are some early impressions from participants. Initial Welcome, Lasting Impressions By Dr. Gilo Kwesi Cornell Logan My initial welcome to Israel was being detained and interrogated for…

PHOTOS: One-sided war- Israeli army and settlers vs. Palestinians 
AIC: West Bank and Settler Violence 30 Oct 2012 – Israel is publicly preparing for war with Iran; meanwhile an internal war continues under the radar. The Israeli army and the settlers it protects perpetrate daily violence against a captive Palestinian population. Incidents from this past week alone illustrate this reality: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,…

As Syria Falls (II): A Return to the Basics 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 31 Oct 2012 – A picture shows bars of Aleppo soap in the city of Afrin in northern Syria on 2 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Miguel Medina) A picture shows bars of Aleppo soap in the city of Afrin in northern Syria on 2 October 2012. (Photo: AFP -…

The Threefold Siege on Syria’s Harem 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Oct 2012 – A member of the Free Syrian Army watches for snipers during fighting against pro-government forces in Harem town, Idlib. On 25 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Asmaa Waguih) A member of the Free Syrian Army watches for snipers during fighting against pro-government forces in Harem town,…

No Zombies in Gaza: Horror in Arabic Cinema 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Oct 2012 – Beirut’s abandoned iconic Piccadilly theater. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Beirut’s abandoned iconic Piccadilly theater. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Morbid synthesized music accompanied by a slow, almost heartbeat-paced rhythm thrums from the screen. A group of indistinguishable beings cloaked in black shuffle along the periphery of a white circle…

Israel judge clears policeman of killing Palestinian boy 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Oct 2012 – An Israeli judge has acquitted a border policeman of the killing of a Palestinian boy during a demonstration in the West Bank but found him guilty of improperly discharging his firearm. The case relates to an incident in the West Bank village of Nilin on July…

Cairo police seize 83 bombs: ministry 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Oct 2012 – Egyptian police have seized dozens of bombs and arrested several people allegedly planning attacks in the country, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, in an apparent crackdown on militants. The ministry said police found 83 bombs in a car on a highway outside Cairo, and later…

Lebanon’s Hula Massacre: 64 Years on History’s Sidelines 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Oct 2012 – Hula would see a justice of sorts when it become one of the first villages to be liberated from Israeli occupation on 22 May 2000. (Photo: Hasan Bahsoun) Hula would see a justice of sorts when it become one of the first villages to be liberated…

Syrian rebels release abducted Lebanese journalist 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Oct 2012 – A still image from a video released on 28 October 2012 shows Lebanese journalist Fidaa Itani who was being held by Syrian rebels in the town Azaz. A still image from a video released on 28 October 2012 shows Lebanese journalist Fidaa Itani who was being…

Betting Mafias and Match Fixing Come to Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 30 Oct 2012 – Lebanon’s Ahmad Zreik reacts after missing a scoring opportunity during 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifying soccer match against South Korea in Goyang, north of Seoul 12 June 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Lee Jae-Won) Lebanon’s Ahmad Zreik reacts after missing a scoring opportunity during 2014 Brazil World…

Arms to Syria: Theft, Entrapment, and Tampering 
Al-Akhbar Politics 31 Oct 2012 – A gunman carries a gun as he sits behind sandbags at the neighborhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, 23 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Omar Ibrahim) A gunman carries a gun as he sits behind sandbags at the neighborhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli,…

New Wave of Leaders to the Helm in China 
Al-Akhbar Politics 30 Oct 2012 – Acrobats perform in front of an electronic board showing the emblem for the Chinese Communist Party during an event celebrating the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Hangzhou, on 19 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Chance Chan) Acrobats perform in front of…

US warning over Syrian extremism 
BBC 31 Oct 2012US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urges the Syrian opposition to reject extremism and says the rebel leadership must be more inclusive.

Fire at Saudi wedding kills 25 
BBC 31 Oct 2012 – Twenty-five people have been killed by an electrical fire at a wedding in the Abqaiq region of eastern Saudi Arabia, officials say.

Kuwait extends ex-MP’s detention 
BBC 31 Oct 2012 – Kuwaiti prosecutors extend the detention of the former opposition MP Mussallam al-Barrak, arrested on Monday on suspicion of undermining the emir.

Libyan congress backs new cabinet 
BBC 31 Oct 2012 – Libya’s General National Congress approves a new government led by Prime Minister Ali Zidan, a day after protesters burst into the chamber.

Islamist killed in Tunisia clash 
BBC 30 Oct 2012 – Authorities in Tunisia say an Islamist militant has been killed in clashes between radical Salafi Muslims and police in Tunis.

Syrian warplanes bomb rebel areas 
BBC 31 Oct 2012 – Warplanes are bombing opposition strongholds in Damascus and the north, activists say, while a bomb explodes near a Shia shrine in the capital.


Israel is an apartheid state (no poll required) 
Ben White, Al Jazeera.com 10/29/2012
      A new Ha’aretz poll indicates a majority of Jewish Israelis favour apartheid – but that’s nothing new.
     A poll of Jewish Israelis published last week in Ha’aretz newspaper created headlines round the world with its findings of support among the public for discriminatory policies. Some greeted the survey’s results as vindication of claims made by critics of the Jewish state; others pointed to what they said were flaws in the methodology and how the statistics were being presented.
     There is, however, no need for such a poll in order to reach the conclusion that Israel is guilty of apartheid: The facts speak for themselves.
     Firstly, a clarification about terminology. To talk about Israeli apartheid is not to suggest a precise equivalence with the policies of the historic regime in South Africa. Rather, apartheid is a crime under international law independent of any comparison (see here, here, here, and here). As former UN Special Rapporteur John Dugard put it in the foreword to my first book: “It is Israel’s own version of a system that has been universally condemned.”
     It is impossible to understand this “system” without remembering that its foundations were laid by the ethnic cleansing that took place in the Nakba. With the establishment of Israel in 1948, up to 90 per cent of the Palestinians who would have been inside the new state were expelled, their properties confiscated, and their return prevented. As these refugees were denied citizenship and their right to return ignored, Israel passed legislation to open up the new borders to Jews everywhere. more.. e-mail

Errors and omissions excepted – more on the Israeli apartheid survey 
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive 10/29/2012
      The headline of a news article last week was misleading. Most Israelis do support an apartheid regime, but only if the occupied territories are annexed; however, most Israelis oppose such annexation.
     This article is meant to fix a few mistakes. They shouldn’t have happened; we must acknowledge them, apologize for them and fix them. They were not made intentionally, but as a result of neglect due to time pressure. Now is the time to make things right.
     The Dialog poll commissioned by the Yisraela Goldblum Fund, whose results were published in Haaretz last week, unearthed extremely serious and disturbing findings. It sketched a troubling portrait of a nationalistic and racist Israeli society. This isn’t the first survey to demonstrate such a trend and, unfortunately, it won’t be the last. The Hebrew headline of the news article describing the survey results (“Most Israelis support an apartheid regime in Israel”) was misleading. Most Israelis do support apartheid, but only if the occupied territories are annexed; and most Israelis oppose such annexation. Haaretz explained this in a clarification published in the Hebrew edition on Sunday.
     The article itself, which I wrote, did not contain any mistakes. It provided a precise and detailed description of the survey results. In my analysis of the survey, which appeared as a separate article, there was a single sentence that did not accurately represent the poll results and contradicted what I had written in the news piece a short time beforehand. My sin was to write: “The majority doesn’t want Arabs to vote for the Knesset, Arab neighbors at home or Arab students at school.”
     The truth, as I wrote in the news piece, is different: “Just” 33 percent of the respondents said they don’t want Arabs to vote in parliamentary elections, “just” 42 percent wouldn’t want an Arab neighbor, and about the same proportion said it would bother them if there were an Arab student in their child’s class…. — See also: Source: Haaretz and Apartheid without shame or guilt more.. e-mail

Trading Away Peace: How Europe helps sustain illegal Israeli settlements 
22 European organizations, Redress 10/30/2012
      Executive summary
     The European Union’s position is absolutely clear: Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are “illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible”.1 Yet this report shows how European policy in practice simultaneously helps sustain the settlements. It reveals that the EU imports approximately fifteen times more from the illegal settlements than from the Palestinians themselves.
     Israeli settlements are communities established on territories occupied by Israel since 1967. Today there are more than 500,000 Israeli settlers living across the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem. Settlements control more than 42% of West Bank’s land and the majority of its water and natural resources.2 Their daily encroachment on Palestinian territory undermines the feasibility of the two state solution promoted by the European Union.
     Over the past two years, settlement expansion has accelerated with more than 16,000 new housing units announced or approved.3 Meanwhile the demolitions of Palestinian structures – including those funded by European donor support – are on the rise, displacing over a thousand people from their homes in 2011, almost twice the number in 2010.4 The last two years have also seen unprecedented numbers of violent attacks by settlers against Palestinians.
     A discriminatory two-tier system
     Through the establishment of settlements, successive Israeli governments have created a discriminatory two-tier system in the West Bank with settlers enjoying all the rights and benefits of Israeli citizenship, and Palestinians subject to Israeli military laws that deprive them of their fundamental rights. — See also: Europe sustaining illegal Israeli settlements more.. e-mail

From MI6 Al Qaeda Plot to Kill Gaddafi to Spying on Domestic Dissent
Dissident Voice: 31 Oct 2012 – Annie Machon : There was also the imprisoning and the conviction of two innocent people for conspiracy to bomb the Israeli embassy in 1994 in London. And MI5 had evidence that they were innocent and still let them go ahead and be convicted. Paul Jay : Why? AM : Why? That’s a very good question, because MI5?s assessment, after they looked at all the evidence around this case, was that Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, had carried out a controlled explosion outside their own embassy in order to, one, increase the security around all their interests in London, which they’d been pushing for farsor ye, and MI5 kept telling them to, you know, take a hike, and also to frame these two innocent people who were involved in Palestinian support networks in London. And that network was gaining a lot of traction politically and financially. And, of course, once you finger two innocent…more

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