VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 6 November 2012: Israel Weighs Punishment for Statehood Bid

6 November 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Human Rights Group Denounces Hamas Attack On Women’s Procession In Gaza
IMEMC – The Palestinian Human Rights Foundation – Pal-Monitor (Rased) issued a press release denouncing an attack carried out against Freedom of Speech when dozens of Hamas’s security officers and policemen, in Gaza, attacked a procession conducted by women, including political leaders, who marched in Gaza demanding an end to internal divisions and rifts between the political parties. …

Ayman Sharawna – 129 Days Of Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Israel Still Prevents Him From Seeing Independent Dr. Urgent Alert: Ayman Sharawni, day 129 to the Hunger Strike is still prevented from seeing PHR Israel’s independent doctor. …

Two Homes, Barn, Demolished By The Army Near Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, two Palestinian homes, a barn and two wells, and handed demolition orders against four more homes, in the villages of Ad-Deerat and Al-Jawaya, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. …

Gaza Border Explosion Wounds Three Soldiers
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported that three Israeli soldiers were injured, on Tuesday morning, when an explosive device, planted near the border fence with Gaza, detonated near their vehicle. … 

Settlers Occupy Palestinian Residence In Jerusalem
IMEMC – The Maan Mix Satellite TV station broadcast a video documenting several Israeli soldiers breaking into a Palestinian residential building in occupied East Jerusalem, terrifying the family and forcing them to leave their home under the claim that they own it. …

Settlers Uproot Palestinian Trees Near Hebron
IMEMC – A number of extremist Israeli settlers uprooted dozens of olive and prune trees that belong to a resident of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Ma’an News

Israel advances plans for 1,213 new settlement homes
11/6/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel has announced plans to press ahead with the construction of 1,213 homes on annexed West Bank land, defying international opposition to its settlement policies. The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part…. Related: Palestinian officials condemn Israel settlement plans

3 Israeli soldiers injured by explosion on Gaza border
11/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Israeli soldiers were wounded on Tuesday by an explosive device in the southern Gaza Strip, Israel’s army said. One soldier was moderately injured and evacuated to hospital by helicopter, and two other were lightly wounded in the blast, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. The soldiers were injured while….

‘Historic’ Mavi Marmara trial opens in Turkey
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian rights activist Mohammad al-Nahal on Tuesday described the opening of a trial for Israeli officers in Turkey as a “historic moment” for the prosecution of war criminals.”Turkey is opening today the door for international justice after it has been closed for many years due to the biased international…. Related: Turkey begins trial of Israeli military over Gaza ship killings

Israel asks UN to act on Syria tanks in Golan
11/7/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Israel has asked the UN Security Council to act on a “dangerous escalation” by Syria, which has sent tanks into a demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights patrolled by UN peacekeepers to maintain a ceasefire between the neighbors. Israel captured the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau, from Syria during a 1967 Middle…. Related: Report: Israeli army jeep hit by Syria gunfire

Israel mulls steps against PA over UN bid
11/7/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Senior members of Israel’s cabinet on Tuesday weighed punitive steps that could be taken against the Palestinians if they pursue a campaign to upgrade their status to “observer state” at the United Nations this month. A senior Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner circle of ministers reached…. Related: Fatah official says going to UN ‘despite threats’

Report: Israeli army jeep hit by Syria gunfire
11/6/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli army vehicle was damaged late Monday by gunfire from Syria, Israeli media reported. The Israeli jeep was patrolling a border area in the occupied Golan Heights when the incident took place. It is believed the gunfire was part of clashes between Syria‘s army and rebels…. Related: Israel asks UN to act on Syria tanks in Golan

Egypt ministry sends armored vehicles to Sinai
11/6/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egypt‘s Ministry of Interior delivered armored vehicles to the Sinai peninsula on Tuesday to help combat growing unrest in the region, Ma’an’s reporter said. The military vehicles were sent from Alexandria to el-Arish to be used in security campaigns. Disorder has spread in Sinai….

Turkey begins trial of Israeli military over Gaza ship killings
11/6/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Hundreds of protesters chanting “Murderer Israel!” gathered outside an Istanbul court on Tuesday at the start of a trial of a group of former Israeli military commanders charged over the 2010 killing of nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship. The trial in absentia of four of Israel’s most senior retired…. Related: ‘Historic’ Mavi Marmara trial opens in Turkey

Iran says will take part in nuclear-free Middle East conference
11/6/2012 – BRUSSELS(Reuters) — Iran said on Tuesday it would take part in a proposed international conference in December on creating a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.” The Islamic Republic of Iran now finally has decided to participate at the conference in Finland, in Helsinki, in December on a Middle East (nuclear) free zone,” Ali Asghar….

Fatah official says going to UN ‘despite threats’
11/6/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Azzam al-Ahmad said Tuesday that the leadership was not going to back down from seeking to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN next month.”We are going to the UN despite the outcome and despite the threats,” al-Ahmad said in an interview.”We know there…. Related: Israel mulls steps against PA over UN bid

Gunmen shoot security officer in Sinai
11/6/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Gunmen on Tuesday shot and injured a security officer in north Sinai, Egyptian security officials said. Salim al-Jamal, 45, was in his car at the entrance to el-Arish when three gunmen in a jeep shot him in the head and neck, security officers told Ma’an. Security forces have….

Palestinian officials condemn Israel settlement plans
11/6/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO leader Hanan Ashrawi on Tuesday condemned reported plans for Israel to construct new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem and in Ariel in the West Bank. The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that…. Related: Israel advances plans for 1,213 new settlement homes

US judge dismisses Hamas financing suit against Arab Bank
11/6/2012 – NEW YORK (Reuters) — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought by a US man wounded in the Middle East who sought to hold Arab Bank liable for providing material support to the Palestinian group Hamas. US District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn, New York, held that Mati Gill could not prove Arab….

Gaza police beat female activists
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas police officers beat women demonstrating in Gaza City on Tuesday during a protest demanding national reconciliation. The protest, organized by women’s organizations including the general union of Palestinian women, was held outside the parliament building. Iktimal Hamad, a member of the union’s secretariat, told Ma….

Hamas denies preventing Fatah official from leaving Gaza
11/6/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Interior in Gaza on Tuesday denied reports that security forces had prevented a Fatah official from leaving the Gaza Strip a day earlier, a statement said. Central committee member Amal Hamad waited at the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing for two hours before she was turned….

Teacher strike closes West Bank schools
11/6/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The teachers union undertook large scale strike action on Tuesday, forcing most schools in the West Bank to close for the day. The union had announced Saturday that it would hold half-day strikes for two weeks, blaming the Palestinian Authority government for ignoring their salary demands. Union head Muhammad Sowan had….

PA says to pay some salaries next week
11/6/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday said it was paying salaries next week to those making over 1,000 shekels and under 2,000 per month. The cabinet insisted it was doing its best to pay the rest of the salaries as soon as possible. During a weekly meeting in Ramallah headed by….

East Jerusalem hospitals face cash crisis
11/6/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Six hospitals in East Jerusalem face a financial crisis because the aid-dependent Palestinian Authority has been unable to meet payments for their services, jeopardizing the healthcare of thousands of West Bank patients. The Western-backed PA, which exercises limited self-rule in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has built up debts of $18 million….

Palestinian hip-hop group tackles murder of women
11/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian hip-hop group DAM on Tuesday released a music video of their latest song to raise awareness about the murder of women. The song, “If I could go back in time,” features guest singer Amal Murkus. It describes a young woman who is killed by her father and brother. The video…. Related: VIDEO: DAM featuring AMAL MURKUS – If I Could Go Back In Time

Father accidentally runs over 2-year-old daughter in Gaza
11/6/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man accidentally killed his two-year-old daughter in Gaza on Tuesday after running her over, police said. The man was reversing his car and did not see his daughter. She was killed instantly, police said. [END]

Medical official: Laborer killed in Gaza work accident
11/6/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 20-year-old laborer was killed in Gaza on Tuesday while working on a construction site, a medical official said. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that an unidentified man was killed after falling from part of a construction site in al-Shati refugee camp. [END]

Man killed, 2 hurt in Ramallah car accident
11/6/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A man died and two others were injured in an accident Tuesday on Nablus street in el-Bireh, near Ramallah. The conditions of the two injured people were described as moderate. The driver of a motorcycle involved in the crash died. Police and medics were at the scene clearing the debris and….

Fugitive Gaza crocodile returns to zoo
11/6/2012GAZA CITY (Reuters) — A crocodile on the run for the past 18 months has been returned to a Gaza zoo, police said Tuesday. The 1. 8 meter-long reptile was spotted several weeks ago in sewage pools in the northern Gaza Strip, and villagers complained he had been eating their livestock. Police called in fishermen, who….

Voters go to polls in close White House race
11/6/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — After a long and bitter White House campaign, Americans began casting their votes on Tuesday with polls showing President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney neck-and-neck in an election that will be decided in a handful of states. Polling stations opened across the eastern United States and parts of the Midwest as….

Britain’s PM: Assad’s safe exit ‘could be arranged’
11/6/2012 – JEDDAH (Reuters) — A safe exit and possible immunity from prosecution for President Bashar Assad “could be arranged” if it would end Syria‘s increasingly bloody conflict, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday before a visit to Saudi Arabia. Some 32,000 people have been killed in Syria during a revolt against Assad that….

Bahrain says bomb attacks show hand of Hezbollah
11/6/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Five homemade bombs that killed two people in Bahrain on Monday bore the hallmarks of Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group allied with Iran, the US-aligned government said Tuesday. The Sunni Muslim-dominated government has been struggling since early last year to suppress pro-democracy unrest led mainly by the Gulf Arab kingdom’s majority….

After campaigning ends, US presidential candidates can only wait
11/6/2012 – TOLEDO, Ohio (Ma’an) — Decision day for the United States presidential race arrived Tuesday, and in hours US citizens and the world will know who will occupy the White House for the coming four years. Campaigning has come to an end, and it is now up to the people to have the final word….

Car bomb explodes near Syrian mall, deaths reported
11/6/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — A car bomb exploded on Tuesday near a shopping center in northeast Damascus, killing and injuring several people, opposition activists in the capital said. The bomb went off near Qasioun Mall in the religiously and ethnically mixed area of Ibn al-Nafis, they said. [END]

Aljazeera

Israel to counter Palestinian attempt at UN
AlJazeera 6 Nov 2012 – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warns that Israel will respond harshly if Palestine is given enhanced status at UN.

Palestine News Network

UFree Network Condemns Renewed Solitary Confinement of Prisoner Abu Sisi
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Arrests 10 Palestinians from Azoun and Tubas
Palestine News Network

Dying Light on the Horizon, Gaza
Palestine News Network

Dr. Shtayyeh: Netanyahu and Lieberman Seek Destruction of the Two-State Solution, Impose Apartheid Regime
Palestine News Network

Handover Ceremony for the Rehabilitation Work at Beit Hanina Girls’ School Funded by Government of Japan
Palestine News Network

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Palestine News Network

Turkey Puts IOF Commanders on Trial Over Killing 9 Turks on Board of Mavi Marmara
Palestine News Network

UN Alliance of Civilizations’ Arab Fellows in US and Europe to Improve Trust Between Arab World and West
Palestine News Network

Green Palestine Under Occupation, with Simon Awad
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR is attending the “Mavi Marmara” trial in Turkey
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

House Demolished in Deirit, South Hebron Hills
11/6/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – November 6th 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On the morning of November 6th, 2012, a house was demolished by the Israeli Army amidst most of the town watching and a significant amount of media coverage. The military started moving towards the location at approximately 6 am with two excavator cranes and one bulldozer. This heavy equipment was….

Alternative Information Center

Servicing the settlements
Alternative Information Center – Better Place is an electric vehicle service provider now servicing settlers’ electric cars with battery switch stations. This year they have opened two new stations in the Jordan Valley. One in Tomer settlement, near the Palestinian…

The National

Statistics suggest sorry state of Emiratisation in private sector
The National 6 Nov 2012 – A study by the National Bureau of Statistics highlights the failure to lure nationals away from ‘status symbol’ government jobs. 

Man walking pet monkey kills neighbour in barmaid feud, Dubai court told
The National 6 Nov 2012 – A man under influence of drug kicked his neighbour in the head, bit his nose and fed him sand before leaving him to die in a dispute over a girl, hears court.

Compulsory education for expatriate children in UAE
The National 6 Nov 2012 – The FNC’s education committee is reviewing a bill on compulsory education for all children between the age of 6 and 18.

UAE constitution ‘protects the liberties of everyone’
The National 6 Nov 2012 – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid tells the Federal National Council at the opening session that the UAE constitution respects the rights and freedom of all citizens.

Man caught speeding by Dubai police admits to murder
The National 6 Nov 2012 – Dubai police stopped a speeding car at 4 in the morning and found him stained with blood.

Al Ain staggers school timings to cut traffic
The National 6 Nov 2012 – Schools in Al Ain will have to change their timings next year as the municipality looks to easing traffic on a major road that serves 33 schools.

Abu Dhabi baby’s battle against amputation
The National 6 Nov 2012 – Jasmine Ammari was diagnosed with a rare condition known as congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia (CPT) that causes her leg to break. She needs surgery urgently or risk getting her leg amputated.

Dubai taxi drivers reap rewards for clean cabs
The National 6 Nov 2012 – Taxi drivers in Dubai who pass inspections can earn entry into a raffle with cash prizes.

Confusion over whether body in Oman belongs to missing Emirati
The National 6 Nov 2012 – Police cannot confirm if the body found near the UAE border belongs to missing Emirati Nasser Al Nasser. Authorities had earlier said his body had been found.

US presidential election spurs new wave of voter lawsuits
The National 6 Nov 2012US election: Presidential contest may see new wave of litigation starting today over who gets to vote and which ballots will be counted. 

Ha’aretz

Ashdod Sudanese ask neighbors: Vote for leaders who won’t deport us
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

New report reveals death rate gap between Israel’s center and outlying areas
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

New Bedouin community to be established in Israel’s south
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Party newcomer projected to win Habayit Hayehudi primary by a landslide
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Staff at Israeli daily Maariv announce strike, stop presses
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Staff at Jerusalem’s Bikur Holim hospital ends strike
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Israeli officers and Palestinians wounded in East Jerusalem riot
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Israeli firefighters contain blaze near Syria border
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

In Habayit Hayehudi primary, it’s veteran vs. newcomer
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Jerusalem official demands ‘Zionist architect’ for National Library
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Green group says 105 pesticides taint Israeli fruit and vegetables
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Bikur Holim staff blocks entrance to maternity ward
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2012

Israel Prize-winning architect David Resnick dies at 88
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

IBA to start implementing reforms
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – The reforms have been on the agenda for more than 20 years, will aim to reduce the work force by 700 employees. 

Science academy inducting under-45 researchers
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities establishes separate academy for young researchers to function independently. 

‘Legionnaires’ disease may be lurking in nebulizers’
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Health Ministry warns bacteria have been found in water that is at room temperature and used in cold-mist and warm-mist nebulizers. 

Israel’s 1st ‘Green Roof’ research center opens
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – University of Haifa promoting construction and cultivation of greenery at on campus roofs. 

US judge dismisses Hamas financing lawsuit
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – American former aide to Dichter wounded by Hamas sniper sues Arab Bank for providing financial support to the organization. 

A rabbi’s race
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – “America’s Rabbi” runs most expensive campaign in the state. 

Religious-Zionists vote in Habayit Hayehudi primary
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Orlev, Bennett battle for party leadership; official results to be announced Wednesday; less than half of party members vote; Bennett supporters report irregularities. 

Gov’t move opens way to more Bnei Menashe aliya
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – First group of tribal group from India, Burma to make aliya in five years; another 7,000 left in India wish to come to Israel. 

Dual citizen suspected of drug offenses remanded
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Gavriel Barmi remanded into custody; plans to extradite him for alleged sexual, drug offenses committed against minors. 

Another wage reprieve for Bikur Cholim
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Health Ministry: More than 500 workers returned to jobs after enforcing reduced Shabbat schedule preventing admissions of women in labor. 

Hip-hop for change: No honor in honor crimes
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Palestinian hip-hop group DAM team up with UN Women to create a video that they hope will change hearts and minds. 

A historic opportunity for Israel
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – The criticism from some quarters has been astonishing, with many accusing the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu of losing their principles. 

Palestinians slam Israeli plans for e. Jlem tenders
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Israeli official says 1,213 tenders part of decision from last year; PLO’s Ashrawi: Israel “committed to annexing Palestinian land.” 

A winner either way
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Regardless of who wins the 2012 US presidential election, the ties between America and the Jewish state will remain strong. 

Why Turkey should be tough on Iran
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Turkish decision makers should simulate the first day of Iran’s nuclear breakthrough, and count down to the present day. 

Yes, anti-Semitism is still a problem on campus
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – The authors of a new poll suggest that campus anti-Israelism have been with us since the 1950s, so there is no reason for undue concern. 

View From The Hills: ‘Signs’ that Oslo has failed
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Sign in Gush Etzion reads: “This road leads to a Palestinian village. Entrance for Israeli citizens is dangerous.” 

Terra Incognita: Racism against Jewish immigrants
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – If the parties can’t self-diversify and represent all the groups that vote for them, this is a fundamental problem, particularly harmful to Ethiopians. 

Israeli MKs take sides in US presidential race
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Ministers claim indifference due to American bi-partisan support for Israel; Meretz throws Obama party; Tibi remains ambivalent. 

Leaders call to fight wave of anti-Israel agitation
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Christian, Jewish leaders focus on countering anti-Israel sentiment within the large Protestant churches around the world. 

Iran to take part in nuclear-free Middle East talks
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Ambassador to the IAEA says Iran “decided to participate” in international conference in Finland on creating nuclear-free zone. 

Israel slams Turkey’s ‘show trial’ of IDF commanders
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – FM describes as “kangaroo court” Ankara’s trial in absentia of IDF officers involved in 2010 ‘Mavi Marmara’ killing of 9 Turks. 

Jewish votes in swing states stir emotions
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Voters in balancing states such as Ohio, Florida, Virginia stress themes of Jewish vulnerability, threatened Jewish values. 

012 US election
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – In 2012, the presidential campaign played out on the Internet. 

Profiles: Fifty shades of America
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – 50 American voters from every state in the US – 25 for Obama and 25 for Romney. 

Nate Silver’s punditry revolution
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – The new methods for predicting the outcome of the US elections are changing the face of media analysis. 

UN envoy: Syria risks becoming failed state
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Lakhdar Brahimi warns of Syria‘s potential collapse and subsequent transformation into a new Somalia.

Court addresses fumes, moving Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Palestinians claim wood-burning operations crucial for livelihood, settlers complain of resulting environmental, health damage. 

UAE, Qatar seek advanced US missile defense system
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Pentagon confirms request of up to $7.6 billion in Lockheed missile-defense system to counter growing regional threats. 

Brotherhood dictatorship in Egypt? Not so easy
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – Analysis: No longer afraid, Egyptians take to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with Morsi. 

Bahrain bomb blasts kill two foreign workers
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2012 – At least 60 dead since Shi’ite protests began last year; Sunni-ruled Bahrain seen escalation in violence in recent weeks. 

Attacker’s family to get no special NII compensation
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2012 – Family of Ahmed Zinva, who died in gunfight with security forces in Jerusalem, will still get regular compensation. 

Media, human rights and agendas
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2012 – NGO monitoring organizations and Foreign Ministry officials describe as problematic the trend for media to cover reports from human rights law organizations and officials as if they are objective. 

The Guardian

Letters: Different histories of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The Guardian 6 Nov 2012 – Like Mahmoud Abbas, my father came from Safed, and on behalf of his family I have no intention of renouncing claims arising from our expulsion from the town in 1947-48 ( Abbas sparks Palestinian fury after waiving…

Israel pushes forward with 1,200 homes in East Jerusalem settlements
The Guardian 6 Nov 2012 – Israeli government announces tenders for building work in apparent warning to Palestinians over UN recognition bid Israel says it is pushing forward with the construction of more than 1,200 new homes in Jewish settlements, in an…

Turkey prosecutes Israeli commanders for Gaza flotilla deaths
The Guardian 6 Nov 2012 – Israel condemns ‘show trial’ of absent military chiefs after nine activists were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010 A Turkish court has launched the trial in absentia of four former Israeli military commanders over the…

5 Broken Cameras: ‘The camera is a very strong weapon’ – video
The Guardian 6 Nov 2012 – Israeli director Guy Davidi and Palestinian Emad Burnat discuss their documentary following the Israeli military’s attempts to build a separation barrier in Emad’s village

Inter Press Service

U.N. Warns Syria Heading Towards Destruction
IPS Following its failed efforts to contain the 19-month-old insurrection in battle-torn Syria, the United Nations has issued a new warning: the besieged country is heading towards “destruction”. A much-publicised ceasefire for the Islamic holiday of Eid-ul-Adha last month was violated by both warring factions, while a video of summary executions…

Uruknet

Military Resistance 10K3 : Forever And Ever And Ever
Uruknet

US forces accused of stealing Jewish-Iraqi archive and passing it to Israel
Uruknet

012 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet

In Excessive Use of Force, IOF Kill Palestinian Civilian in Central Gaza Strip
Uruknet

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people
Uruknet

US Muslim placed on no-fly list is unable to see his ailing mother
Uruknet

US drones – reinforcing failure!
Uruknet

5 Bahrain bomb blasts in Manama kill 2 foreign Asian workers
Uruknet

Committee: Settlers destroy dozens of trees in Hebron
Uruknet

How the Major Newspapers Which Endorsed Obama Celebrate His Foreign Policy Record
Uruknet

Daily Star

CNN projects Obama wins Rhode Island
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 CNN projects Obama wins Rhode Island

CNN projects Obama wins Massachusetts
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 CNN projects Obama wins Massachusetts

CNN projects Obama wins Maryland
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 CNN projects Obama wins Maryland

CNN projects Obama wins Maine
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 CNN projects Obama wins Maine

CNN projects Obama wins Illinois
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 CNN projects Obama wins Illinois

CNN projects Obama wins DC
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 CNN projects Obama wins DC

CNN projects Obama wins Delaware
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 CNN projects Obama wins Delaware

CNN projects Obama wins Connecticut
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 CNN projects Obama wins Connecticut

Romney in Indiana, South Carolina
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 Romney won Indiana, a state won by President Barack Obama four years ago. Romney is also the winner in South Carolina, a state where Obama is deeply unpopular.

More early voters choose Obama in Ohio-Reuters/Ipsos poll
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 About 60 percent of early voters in the swing state of Ohio chose President Barack Obama, while more than half of Ohioans voting on Election Day supported Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Romney, Obama win first safe states
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 White House rivals Obama and Romney picked up early wins in states traditionally loyal to their parties but key swing states like Virginia and Ohio remained too close to call.

Polls begin closing in Obama-Romney battle
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 Obama and Romney capped an aggressive, deeply negative and vastly expensive campaign and were awaiting the decision of voters in an election that left Americans the choice of starkly different visions for the country’s future.

Obama checks in on Reddit to make final vote plea
Daily Star 6 Nov 2012 With the US election going down to the wire, President Barack Obama made a final plea for votes Tuesday on the Reddit website, where he held a much publicized online chat with the public in August.

YNet News

Exit polls: Obama wins New Jersey 
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Exit polls show Romney takes 5 more states
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Tight race in Florida; slight lead for Obama
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Exit polls: Obama wins several states 
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Exit polls: Romney wins South Carolina 
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Israel mulls steps against PA over UN bid
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Jerusalem said to be mulling punitive steps against Palestinian Authority over planned status upgrade bid in UN ….

Ex-JAG: Marmara trial is a show
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Former Military Advocate General Avichai Mandelblit says trial against four former IDF commanders is ‘more about politics than law’ ….

America doesn’t dream anymore
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Winner of US elections will be president of a divided, disillusioned nation ….

10 Border Guard officers injured in Shufat
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Two officers sustain moderate wounds, eight sustain light injuries while arresting suspects in Palestinian refugee camp; teen who stabbed one of the officers injured during arrest ….

E. J’lem: Israel forges on with 1,213 new homes
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – State accepting bids for construction of new homes beyond Green Line; leftist groups blast move ….

8 year-old boy donates money to Hezbollah
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Judd Hashisho wants money he’s been saving for past year to help terror group purchase drones to ‘fight Israel the b**ch’ ….

Golan residents concerned about escalation 
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Northerners say they are worried about what scuffles on Syrian border might portend ….

View from the Oval Office
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: PM’s support for Romney during presidential campaign may hurt us all ….

If Sandy hit Israel
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: In times of crisis, it is far better to be a Jew in powerful, orderly America ….

Soldier who beat Leukemia to serve in combat role
YNet News, 6 Nov 2012 – Yoav Danguri recovered from cancer at age of three, but refused to let it stand in his way of becoming combat soldier. After fighting IDF’s regulations in court, his dream comes true ….

Palestinian Information Center

Killing Palestinians for the sake of Palestine!!
PIC – The closure on Monday, 5 November, of Hamas‘s offices in Damascus should be viewed as a badge of honor for the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement.

Sheikh Khatib: Knesset candidates defile the Aqsa Mosque to woo voters
PIC – Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib said violating the sanctity of the Aqsa Mosque are not only confined to extremist groups, but also has become a general behavior inside the Jewish community as a whole.

Sharawana’s health condition worsening after 129 days of hunger strike
PIC – Detainee Ayman Sharawana’s health condition has gravely deteriorated after 129 days of hunger strike and his body no longer accepted vitamins.

Abu Zuhri denies Hamas had secret talks with Israel
PIC – A Hamas spokesman on Tuesday denied Fatah allegation that Hamas was involved in secret negotiations with Israel in Switzerland about establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders.

Occupation orders the evacuation of Wadi al-Maleh in the northern Jordan Valley
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces stormed on Tuesday afternoon, the region of Wadi al-Maleh in the northern Jordan Valley, and handed over notices to 30 citizens to leave the area.

Occupation plans to build 1272 new settlement units in Jerusalem and West Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation government has announced new plans to press ahead with the expansion of three Israeli settlements in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

Hamdan stresses on Hamas’s adherence to the option of resistance
PIC – The International relations official in Hamas movement, Osama Hamdan, said that Hamas is still the most prominent representative of the Palestinian resistance..

Advisor to Morsi: Abbas indirectly gave up RoR
PIC – Mohammed Seif Al-Dawla, the advisor to Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi for Arab affairs, has said that PA chief Mahmoud Abbas had indirectly forsaken the Palestinian refugees’ right of return.

Occupation threatens the prisoners before releasing them
PIC – Al Tadhamon Foundation for Human Rights said that the Israeli intelligence service has been recently questioning some captives who almost completed their sentences.

PA apparatuses attack and arrest 2 cadres of PFLP
PIC – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine accused PA security services in the city of al-Khalil of arresting two of its cadres following organizing a peaceful demonstration yesterday. 

WAFA

Ashrawi Condemns Israeli Foreign Minister’s Threats against UN Bid
WAFA – 6 Nov 2012

Presidency Condemns New Israeli Tenders in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 6 Nov 2012

DAM Hip Hop Launches Video Exposing Honor killing
WAFA – 6 Nov 2012

Settlers Steal Olive Crops in Hebron
WAFA – 6 Nov 2012

Production Index Up in September, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 6 Nov 2012

Israelis Demolish Homes near Hebron
WAFA – 6 Nov 2012

Israeli Forces Arrest 13, Including Two Children
WAFA – 6 Nov 2012

EU Missions visit Community in Khan-Al-Ahmar
WAFA – 6 Nov 2012

Misc

In Syria, small-town rebels are stuck in big-city Aleppo
LA Times 5 Nov 2012 – The outsiders, who entered Aleppo in July, have fought to a deadlock with government forces. Many residents of the once-prosperous city resent the fighters’ presence. ALEPPO, Syria — They are this ancient city’s bedraggled warriors: plowmen and laborers, mechanics and carpenters who came from the…

Gunmen in Damascus Kill Brother of Parliament Speaker
New York Times 6 Nov 2012 – The killing came as clashes between the government and the rebels convulsed most major cities and seven defecting Syrian generals fled into neighboring Turkey.

A Rare Visitor Finds a Home With Gazans
New York Times 6 Nov 2012 – The crocodile is not native to Gaza, but that did not stop one from living on the loose for two years in a sewage tunnel.

Lethal Blast Rocks Iraq Military Base
New York Times 6 Nov 2012 – An explosion on Tuesday killed dozens of people, but there were conflicting accounts of what caused the blast, and some reports put the death toll higher.

Egyptian Vigilantes Crack Down on Abuse of Women
New York Times 6 Nov 2012 – More and more groups are emerging to make protecting women — and shaming the do-nothing police — a cause, combating a longstanding problem in Egypt.

Bombs in Bahrain’s Capital Kill Two Foreigners
New York Times 6 Nov 2012 – Five blasts, apparently aimed at civilians, may be harbingers of a dangerous new phase of violence in a 21-month pro-democracy uprising.

Netanyahu Strikes Tough Tone on Possible Iran Strike
New York Times 6 Nov 2012 – In an interview on Israeli TV, the prime minister reiterated his willingness to attack the Iranian nuclear program without support from Washington or elsewhere.

Saudi Arabia: New Interior Minister Named
New York Times 6 Nov 2012 – King Abdullah issued a decree naming a new interior minister, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef.

Electricity Authority wary over Tamar, Leviathan prices 
Globes Energy & Water – The Public Utilities Authority warned the Leviathan and Tamar partners not to raise prices for natural gas.

Mizrahi Tefahot to Leviev: Increase collateral
Globes Main News – Disputes are escalating between Lev Leviev’s Memorand, through which he controls Africa-Israel, and its creditor banks.

Dairies hike prices by twice rise in costs
Globes Main News – Inputs for Tnuva, Strauss, and Tara Dairy rose by 16-19%, but they have raised prices for dairy products by 30-38%.

Israeli officials to meet Potash execs – report
Globes Main News – Finance Ministry head told “Reuters” that officials will meet Potash Corp. executives to discuss the proposed Israel Chemicals takeover.

Tue: Mellanox still correcting upwards
Globes Main News – Mellanox led the market’s gains, but Israel Chemicals was down on the day’s biggest turnover.

Babylon files prospectus to raise $115m
Globes Main News – The online translation company did not disclose the price range for the Wall Street offering.

Maman acquires UPS Israel franchise for NIS 146m
Globes Main News – The acquisition is a strategic change for Maman, which will help the company in its bid in the tender for renewing cargo handling at Ben Gurion Airport in 2014.

Each traffic fatality costs state NIS 5.58m 
Globes Macro Economics – Or Yarok: The cost to the state of each person seriously injured in a traffic accident involving a four-wheeled vehicle is NIS 600,000-700,000.

Average salary NIS 8,994 in August 
Globes Macro Economics – The average salary rose by an annualized 3.9% in current prices in June-August, after rising by an annualized 3.7% in March-May.

Eggs, milk to rise 5% 
Globes Macro Economics – Earlier this week, chicken farmers halted egg deliveries to protest the government’s delay in raising egg prices, despite rising input costs.

$60m net foreign investment in TASE in September 
Globes Macro Economics – Israelis invested a net $740 million in foreign shares in September.

Turkey returns Israeli UAVs – report 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – “Defense News”: The Turkish Army intends to return three Aeronautics Aerostars, because of poor performance against the PKK.

Jeffrey Goldberg Was Kahane Disciple
Tikun Olam – Last week, Yasha Levine sent me an amazing post he wrote about the intellectual influences of Kahanism on Jeffrey Goldberg.  Yasha did something few of us had–he actually read Goldberg’s book, Survivors .  In it, he discovered that Goldberg had been a disciple of Meir Kahane. …

‘There’s now a visceral anti-Israel movement among rank-and-file Democrats’ — Adelson
Mondoweiss – Sheldon Adelson in the Wall Street Journal sees the same trend we’ve been pointing out for years: the leftwing base is getting educated on Israel and doesn’t like the special relationship. He was alarmed by the floor demonstration at the Democratic Convention when party leaders railroaded…

Video: Romney (in ’07) on how the second coming will save the Jews
Mondoweiss – I don’t think we’re going to have Mitt Romney to kick around for very much longer, so here’s a last shot: a weirdly defensive rant from 2007, by Mitt Romney about Mormonism. He’s asked at :44 or so about the second coming of Christ. Is it…

Israeli gov’t official is moderator of scholars’ listserv on anti-Semitism (with predictable results)
Mondoweiss – Menashe, photo from H-Net site I sent the following e-mail to Heather Hawley, Associate Director of H-Net, a major international academic listserv consortium boasting thousands of subscribers, three days ago.  The letter was also forwarded to H-Net’s executives and Executive Council.  As H-Net describes itself: “A…

Jordan said to allow Iyad Burnat’s passage to U.S. tour about Palestinian peaceful resistance
Mondoweiss – As we reported here , the Jordanian government unexpectedly interfered with Americans’ ability to hear from heroic peace activist Iyad Burnat, head of Bil’in’s Popular Committee, about his village’s peaceful work against Israel’s illegal separation wall and his brave defense of human rights in Palestine.  Just now,…

Berkeley student assembly condemns state legislature’s conflation of Palestine activism with bigotry
Mondoweiss – Students for Justice in Palestine protesters at a mock checkpoint in Berkeley (Photo: Tony Zhou/The Daily Californian) A graduate assembly at a California university has become the latest body to express condemnation at attempts to hinder Palestine solidarity activism by labeling such activism anti-Semitic. The University…

Israeli Public Diplomacy Minister proposes art project for separation wall – ‘From a p.r. standpoint, [the wall] has been a burden for us’
Mondoweiss – link to www.israelhayom.com link to www.haaretz.com link to www.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uklink to silwanic.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.haaretz.com link to english.wafa.ps link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to mondoweiss.net link to silwanic.net link to talesofacitybythesea.comlink to www.maannews.net link…

Serena Williams Hangs Out in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2012 – American tennis champion Serena Williams is visiting Israel for a few days. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Weighs Punishment for Statehood Bid 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2012 – Senior members of Israel’s cabinet on Tuesday weighed punitive steps that could be taken against the Palestinians if they pursue a campaign to upgrade their status to “observer state” at the United Nations this month. Click here for the rest of the article…

East Jerusalem Hospitals Face Cash Crisis 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2012 – Six hospitals in East Jerusalem face a financial crisis because the aid-dependent Palestinian Authority has been unable to meet payments for their services, jeopardizing the healthcare of thousands of West Bank patients. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel OK’s Immigration of Tribe From India 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2012 – Israel’s government approved the immigration of the Bnei Menashe, an Indian tribe that claims Jewish ancestry. Click here for the rest of the article…

Birthright Reshuffles Follow-Up Effort 
The Forward New 6 Nov 2012 – Birthright Israel NEXT admits disappointing results keeping alumni connected after they return home from trips. Now it is handing off the follow-up role to other groups. Click here for the rest of the article…

Human Rights Watch Shifts Focus to Syria 
The Forward New 6 Nov 2012 – The civil war in Syria has led Human Rights Watch to dramatically shift its focus away from Israel. The group says the move shows its evenhanded approach. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Mursi Discusses Syrian Crisis With Lavrov 
allAfrica.com 6 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi on Monday 5/11/2012 received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. During the meeting, held at the presidential palace in Heliopolis, President Morsi and Lavrov discussed a wide range of Arab and regional issues of common interest topped by the Syrian crisis, the Palestinian…

South Africa: UN Officials Call On Countries to Strengthen Women’s Access to Justice 
allAfrica.com 6 Nov 2012 – [UN News]United Nations officials today urged countries to implement measures to improve women’s access to and participation in justice systems, stressing that the rule of law can help break down gender barriers.

Sudan: NCP Accuses Opposition Party of Causing Alleged Israeli Attack 
allAfrica.com 6 Nov 2012 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan has accused its rival, the Islamist opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP), of being directly involved in the Israeli airstrike that allegedly destroyed Al-Yarmook military factory in Khartoum last month.

Egypt: A Message to the Egyptian Government to Save Sinai Peninsula 
allAfrica.com 6 Nov 2012 – [EOHR]The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) condemns the attack occurred on November 3, 2012, against the Egyptian police car in Gisr El Wadi Area, Aresh, Sinai. 3 policemen died and the fourth was injured.

Netanyahu ‘ready’ for Iran strike 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says he is ‘ready’ to order a strike on Iran‘s nuclear facilities if sanctions do not work.

Israel jails Palestinian activist 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – An Israeli military court has sentenced Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi to four months in prison for his part in a protest last month, reports say.

Turkey tries ex-Israeli commanders 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – The trial in absentia of four former Israeli commanders over the deadly raid on a Turkish aid boat trying to reach Gaza in 2010 opens in Istanbul.

Syria ‘could become new Somalia’ 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, says he fears the country could “turn into a new Somalia” unless the crisis ends soon.

Israeli Apartheid Ambiguity 
Sabbah report 6 Nov 2012 – Israel has long practiced a policy of nuclear ambiguity. No one’s fooled, however. With Israeli Apartheid a similar policy of Apartheid Ambiguity is in place. Israeli Apartheid Ambiguity was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or Donate here!…

Abbas Ill-Serves and Insults Palestinians 
Sabbah report 6 Nov 2012 – Abbas surrenders rights he should fight for. Why Palestinians put up with him, they’ll have to explain. Israel values collaborationist Palestinians. Abbas sold his soul long ago. Abbas Ill-Serves and Insults Palestinians was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah…

Abbas’s Declaration Equals Balfour’s Declaration 
Sabbah report 6 Nov 2012 – Abbas’ interview did not come in a vacuum. He wants to keep his power position and to preserve his two son’s control and monopoly of major resources of the Palestinian economy. Abbas sell himself as the Israeli guard dog, who intimidates Palestinians and keeps them in…

Impeach Abbas, Now! 
Sabbah report 6 Nov 2012 – What has Abbas and his puppet regime achieve for Palestine and Palestinians during his over-prolonged Palestinian presidency. Nothing! Impeach Abbas, Now! Impeach Abbas, Now! was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or Donate here!

Servicing the settlements 
AIC: Economy of the Occupoation 6 Nov 2012 – Better Place is an electric vehicle service provider now servicing settlers’ electric cars with battery switch stations. This year they have opened two new stations in the Jordan Valley. One in Tomer settlement, near the Palestinian villages of Fasay’il, and the other by Qalya settlement near…

China to transfer premiership Thursday 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2012 – China will usher in new leaders for the next decade on Thursday for a fifth time since the 1949 revolution brought the communists to power. The new leaders have vowed to push economic growth and fight corruption. Xi Jinping, the current vice president and assistant general…

After Hurricane Sandy: A Tale of Two Neighborhoods 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2012 – A sign directs voters during the U.S. presidential election at a displaced polling center in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York, on 6 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Brendan McDermid) A sign directs voters during the U.S. presidential election at a displaced polling center…

Leila Kilani’s New Film Explores Fringe Life in Tangier 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2012 – A screenshot from “On the Edge” A screenshot from “On the Edge” In her first feature-length film, Moroccan director Leila Kilani tells the story of female factory workers who turn to crime to survive in a ruthlessly modern and thoroughly capitalist Tangier. Related Articles: Morocco 2011:…

Tripoli Renovates Historic Bab al-Tabbaneh Market 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2012 – We have never seen anyone paying attention to the area except these past few days (Photo: Adel Karoum) We have never seen anyone paying attention to the area except these past few days (Photo: Adel Karoum) Shopkeepers in Tripoli’s Zaki al-Imam market take a break from…

Libya oil workers plan to strike 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2012 – Workers at western Libya’s main oil refinery plan to shut down the plant to protest the government’s weak grip on security, a spokesman said on Tuesday, after wounded fighters from last year’s uprising blocked off the Zawiya facility to demand more compensation. Refinery spokesman Essam al-Muntasir…

Spinning a Saudi Tale of al-Hassan’s Assassination 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2012 – Why would Israel assassinate a courageous security investigator who dared to reveal Hezbollah and Syria’s crimes? (photo: Haytham AlMoussawi) Why would Israel assassinate a courageous security investigator who dared to reveal Hezbollah and Syria’s crimes? (photo: Haytham AlMoussawi) Al-Akhbar responds to allegations of distortion and fabrication…

Reviving Lebanon’s National Library with Qatari Help 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 5 Nov 2012 – Many questions were raised when the architectural firm Erga was hired to oversee the construction of the new Lebanese National Library. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Many questions were raised when the architectural firm Erga was hired to oversee the construction of the new Lebanese National Library. (Photo:…

Underneath Beirut, a Prehistoric Home Leaves Clues to Past 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 5 Nov 2012 – Beirut has a wealth of ancient sites, some of which date from the beginning of the prehistoric era 600,000 years ago. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Beirut has a wealth of ancient sites, some of which date from the beginning of the prehistoric era 600,000 years ago. (Photo:…

Berri: Alliances Are Destroying Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Nov 2012 – Berri insisted that the international community wants a stable Lebanon even more than the Lebanese. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Berri insisted that the international community wants a stable Lebanon even more than the Lebanese. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Several weeks after the assassination of Lebanese security chief Wissam…

New and Old Challenges for Egypt’s Latest Pope 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Nov 2012 – Pope Tawadros II, the newly-selected 118th pope of Egypt‘s Coptic Orthodox Church, attends an interview at the Wadi Natrun Monastery complex, northwest of Cairo, 5 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Pope Tawadros II, the newly-selected 118th pope of Egypt‘s Coptic Orthodox Church,…

Damascus rocked by deadly blasts 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – A spate of bomb attacks rocks the Syrian capital Damascus leaving several people dead, activists say, as violence continues across the country.

Blast kills 27 at Iraq army base 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – At least 27 people have been killed by a car bomb that exploded at the entrance to an Iraqi army base near Baghdad, police and medics say.

Netanyahu ‘ready’ for Iran strike 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says he is ‘ready’ to order a strike on Iran‘s nuclear facilities if sanctions do not work.

Israel jails Palestinian activist 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – An Israeli military court has sentenced Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi to four months in prison for his part in a protest last month, reports say.

Turkey tries ex-Israeli commanders 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – The trial in absentia of four former Israeli commanders over the deadly raid on a Turkish aid boat trying to reach Gaza in 2010 opens in Istanbul.

Syria ‘could become new Somalia’ 
BBC 6 Nov 2012 – The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, says he fears the country could “turn into a new Somalia” unless the crisis ends soon.

Articles


Stripped of my clothes, my father, but not of my right to return 
Asma Jaber, Al Jazeera.com 11/6/2012
      Discrimination against Palestinians is alive and well in Israel, reminiscent of Jim Crow.
     “Unbutton your pants,” Sara, the stone-faced security agent at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, told me. I sobbed, choking on my words, “My dad was born in Nazareth.”
     “Lift your shirt,” she continued. 
     “He’s dying, and he can’t return here,” I mumbled. I thought of what my father looked like at that moment, bruised and broken from a drunk driver, unable to breathe on his own, and helpless in a hospital bed in South Carolina.
     As the daughter of Palestinian refugees, it was already a harrowing experience for me to make my way from my father’s homeland, where I have been working, back to Travelers Rest, South Carolina, where he chose to raise us after he was forced from Nazareth by the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and forced from Palestine altogether by the occupation of 1967. 
     But my latest attempt to return to my father, carrying memories of his lost home with me, was a devastating lesson in the indignities of exile and the fragility of life.
     Shortly before my hastily scheduled flight, I was in Jerusalem, a mere nine miles from the area in which my father grew up in Palestine. I waited to hail a cab when a young Jewish couple close by engaged me in small talk. When the couple realised that we were all Americans travelling to the Old City, they offered me a ride in their cab, should they find one first…. more.. e-mail

New documents reveal early Palestinian attitudes toward Zionist settlements 
Nir Hasson, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive 11/4/2012
      Petitions sent by locals to the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul reveal the complexity of early encounters between local villagers and new European immigrants.
     In the history of Zionism, the Zarnuka incident of 1913 is remembered as one of the first violent encounters between Jewish settlers and the local Arab population. The severe clash, which left two Jews and one Arab dead, broke out between Rehovot settlers and residents of neighboring Zarnuka. It appears that members of “Hashomer,” the newly founded Jewish defense organization, confronted two villagers who were stealing grapes from a vineyard belonging to Rishon Letzion settlers. The confrontation led to a mass brawl and ensuing acts of revenge.
     The Halutzim naturally wrote their version of events: “One day, during the grape harvest, two Zarnuka thugs, sons of wealthy families passed through the vineyards of Rishon Letzion, on their heavily loaded camels, and on their way, reached out to harvest some of the grapes,” author Moshe Smilanski wrote. “One of Hashomer guards, from Jerusalem, a new ‘green’ recruit, confronted them. Realizing he was no hero, the Arabs ridiculed him, and even took his gun and beat him up.”
     As in so many incidents that enfolded in the early years of Zionism, often researchers have only had access to the version of events written by the Jewish side. At times, one could find another narrative – the official account of events as recorded by the local Ottoman administration. Still, a new document referring to the Zarnuka incident was discovered recently by researcher Yuval Ben Bassat, in the Istanbul Archives, a petition written to Sultan Mehmet V by heads of families in the area.
     The petitioners present themselves as, “We, the residents of villages neighboring with the Jewish colonies of Daran [Rehovot] and Lun Kara (Rishon Leztion),” and complain that the Jews “wanted to strip the camel owner of their clothes, money and camels, but these men refused….” — See also: Source: Haaretz more.. e-mail

The Balfour Declaration: Flashback onZionist Concertations Across the Atlantic 
Dr. Noha Khalaf, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 11/6/2012
      The Balfour Declaration of November 2nd 1917, was drafted at one of the most crucial turning points of Middle Eastern history: the Zionist movement had been actively organising itself and working for the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine for at least twenty years since the first Zionist Congress in Basle(1897), the Ottoman empire had been finally dismantled after the first World War, and the Middle East had fallen prey to the victorious European powers, namely France and Great Britain which divided the fragmented empire between them and legalised its division in 1916 through the notorious Sykes- Picot agreement
     Since 1915, according to the Hussein–Mc Mahon correspondence, France had commissioned Georges Picot and Britain had asked Mark Sykes to define their respective zones of influence in the Middle East. Their joint work was ratified by the British Minister of Foreign Affairs Lord Grey an by France’s Ambassador in London, Paul Cambon. Their agreement was then submitted to Russia for approval. 
     Three zones were defined in the Sykes- Picot accords, and were represented on a map: Zone A(blue) French zone of influence through the Independent Arab State , Zone B(red) Zone of British influence of the Arab state and the third zone (brown) which included Palestine and where it was mentioned that “an international administration would be established the shape of which would be decided after consultation with Russia, and later with the other allies and the representatives of the Sharif of Mecca”
     The 1916 Sykes Picot agreement delimiting Palestine as a zone to be under ‘international administration’ probably gave the Zionist movement the final push to go forward with the implementation of the idea of the Jewish state in Palestine , thus laying the groundwork for the Balfour declaration. — See also: The Secret of Leopold Amery and Israeli regime fabricated via cover-up: Alison Weir more.. e-mail

Still Weeping for Gaza
Dissident Voice: 6 Nov 2012 – Exactly five years ago I was in Gaza to see the situation for myself. That was before the murderous blitzkrieg they called Operation Cast Lead, but Israel’s crimes against humanity were already piled high. When I got home memories of the visit so haunted me that I sat down and wrote an article titled “See Gaza and Weep”. These were my impressions in November of 2007. See Gaza and Weep Traffic into Gaza through the smart new border ‘facility’ at Erez is down to a trickle since Israel branded this tiny Palestinian seaside enclave a ‘hostile entity’ and imposed a blockade even harsher than before. We came to Gaza to visit Fr Manuel, who ministers to his flock, runs an excellent school against all odds and is revered as a local hero. If he leaves Gaza the Israelis won’t allow him back, so for 9 years he has stayed put,…more

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